Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising Tour with ENSLAVED, DARK FUNERAL

Candlelight Records today proudly announces its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9, Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of DARK FUNERAL (Sweden), ENSLAVED (Norway) and introduce newcomers ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4.

DARK FUNERAL guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, “since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It’ll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!”

ENSLAVED guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, “I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive ENSLAVED tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we.”

Dates and ticket on sale information for Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will be announced shortly.

New VADER mp3 Posted Online

Candlelight Records has premiered “Shadow Fear” from VADER‘s forthcoming album, Impressions in Blood, at the label’s official Myspace page. Bring your browser to to have your first listen.

Following the success of The Art of War, the band’s masterful EP released earlier this year, Impressions in Blood showcases why the world has long praised this highly regarded band’s now signature sound and style. Realized at Hertz Studios with the production team of Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, the album features artwork by rising artist Seth (PARADISE LOST, ROTTING CHRIST). Its blazing speed (faster than fan favorite Litany!) is a turbulent metal ride that fans have long asked for and now finally receive. It is a corrosive and addictive metal offering.

Together since 1986, VADER have become one of metal’s most respected and prolific bands. Their extensive discography, now spanning eighteen individual recordings plus servearl videos and dvds, has sold nearly one million records worldwide. And till this day the band remain true road warriors, performing over 200 shows each year to a loyal and continually growing audience; the band most recently headlined the successful Metal Crusaders Tour (also featuring KATAKLYSM, labelmates DESTRUCTION, GRAVEWORM and more).