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Vocalist Johan Hegg of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH has been confirmed to join the cast of “Northmen – A Viking Saga”. Ralph Dietrich, chief executive officer, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, made the announcement today. Hegg will join the production in South Africa this month, playing the role of Viking warrior Valli.

Said Hegg: “The mythology behind our Viking heritage is engrained in everything we do and it is awesome to have the opportunity to be part of ‘Northmen – A Viking Saga’. This is going to be one epic adventure and I cannot wait to be on set with my co-stars and this fantastic filmmaking team!”

Dietrich added: “It is an honor to have metal icon Johan Hegg set sail with us and we could not be more excited. Such a fitting addition, Johan‘s music, as the lead singer of AMON AMARTH, is synonymous with the Viking experience that we are bringing to life in ‘Northmen – A Viking Saga’.”

Hegg joins “Northmen – A Viking Saga”‘s international cast, which includes Tom Hopper (“Knights Of Badassdom”, “Black Sails”, “Merlin”), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, “The Right Kind Of Wrong”), Ken Duken (“Das Adlon”, “Inglorious Basterds”), Charlie Murphy (“Philomena”, “The Village”), Ed Skrein (“The Sweeney”, “Ill Manors”, “Game Of Thrones”), Anatole Taubman (“Quantum Of Solace”, “The Tudors”) and James Norton (“Rush”, “Belle”).

Directed by Claudio Fäh (“Sniper: Reloaded”, “Hollow Man 2”) and scripted by Matthias Bauer and Bastian Zach, the film is co-produced by Elite Filmproduktion AG, Two Oceans Production and Jumping Horse Film GmbH. The producers are Karin G. Dietrich, Ralph S. Dietrich and Daniel Hoeltschi for Elite, Giselher Venzke and Bertha Spieker for TOP and Marco Del Bianco, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm and Rolf Wappenschmitt for Jumping Horse. VFX production is by Day For Night GmbH.

Nordmedia Fonds GmbH has subsidised the project’s development to date, with production financing from Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen. “Northmen” receives further subsidies from South African National Film And Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Department Trade And Industry (DTI).

The Salt Company (London) is handling worldwide sales and contracts have already been placed for major territories including the U.K., France, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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AFI: Back in bl-oh you know how it goes

Post hardcore legends AFI return with new album Burials next month. Tom Doyle grabbed frontman Davey Havok to talk anniversaries, changing skin and leaving scenes behind.

Hi Davey! You guys have obviously evolved a hell of a lot over the years. Will Burials keep AFI relevant to fans from The Art Of Drowning days?

“To be honest, it may or may not be depending on how long those fans have stuck around. If those fans are still here and they came in in ’97 then I think it’s extremely relevant because if you’re still with us at this point it shows that you have a really true understanding of AFI and a band who evolves with every record. If you see and appreciate that with each album there is growth then I think you will understand that, as in the past, what we are delivering with Burials is something new, something fresh and something that doesn’t really sound like Crash Love or Sing The Sorrow or Black Sails…. It is different whilst keeping with the tone of what we do. It’s very honest and very pure, grew very naturally and represents who we are now as musicians and writers.”

AFI: Chillin’

What do you think the Davey Havok of 2000 would think of Davey Havok in 2013?

“In a way, things have come full circle since the very early days. In the inception of the band and when I was new to writing I hadn’t really found my voice both figuratively and literally I was writing very direct lyrics. Similarly, Burials is very direct and very candid. In that respect there is a very strong parallel between what was going on stylistically in 1995 and now, although the scenes are starkly different and the mood and tone is starkly different. In that middle period around ’99, 2000 I grew into creating a mood more through symbolic and metaphoric imagery but I am back to being much more lyrically direct.”

Do you feel that the amount of time you have been around and the influence you have make you, in some way, custodians of a scene?

“No, I really don’t and it is hard for me to accept or even recognise. I just don’t see us part of a scene, we don’t really fit anywhere and we never have and I’ve never seen or really heard anything that seems to be influenced by AFI. I sometimes speak to people who are kind enough to say that we have influenced a lot of bands and on occasion someone in a band might say ‘Hey, I’m in a band are you really influenced me’ and it’s very flattering, but I never really see evidence of it so it’s hard for me to truly accept it. I think what I’m more able to understand is when people say AFI have impacted their lives in a way that they make comparisons to artists that I feel very strongly about. That feels more real to me, that someone might think about me in the way that I feel about those particular artists that I love. It’s still surreal, though.”


There have been a lot of bands doing anniversary shows lately. Next year is 15 years since Black Sails In The Sunset, do you see yourself revisiting and touring that album?

“I have no interest in doing something like that. I’m proud of all of what we created, it was all a time and a place and they were great times, but those times are over. It would feel very inappropriate for us to try and go back and re-create them. If I was ever to do something like that, it would mean something was terribly terribly wrong with me.”

You’ve had quite a long break from AFI since you released Crash Love, how excited are you to get a new record out?

“It’s really exciting for us to be releasing Burials and I’m super excited for people to hear it. We spent over a year writing these songs and they came to life in such a complete way as we were working and demoing that I was very anxious for people to hear every one of them. There are songs that didn’t even make the tracking session that I’d love for people to hear some day but equally I’m thrilled for people to hear what we decided to call Burials – I really hope they enjoy it.”

Burials is out October 21

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U.S. fantasy metal band Lorenguard, featuring guitarist Christopher Cruz (Ex-Demiricous) and vocalist Robb Graves (Ex-Winterfell), will independently release the band’s debut LP “Eve Of Corruption: The Days of Astasia, Part 1″ on November 29, 2011 through the band’s website at this location, CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and other retailers.

The band’s press release reads: “Co-founded by guitarist Christopher Cruz (ex-Demiricous), Lorenguard is an ambitious multimedia project that has been in the works for the past seven years. Conceived to be a conceptual band that writes story-driven music, Lorenguard bases its songs on the literary work of the band’s drummer, Brady Sadler. Their debut album is an entirely independent release, produced and funded without any support from a record label.

” ‘Eve of Corruption’ is based on a novel of the same name, which will be released in early 2012. All ten songs on the album are chronologically based on the events and characters of the novel.

“Lorenguard was loosely formed in 2004 by Cruz, Brady Sadler, and bassist Adam Sadler. The band released an early EP entitled “Of Tales to Come” (2005) with Rob Stith (vocals). However, Stith was soon replaced by Robb Graves (ex-Winterfell) in 2007. Since then, the band’s lineup has been as follows:

Robb Graves (ex-Winterfell) – Vocals
Christopher Cruz (ex-Demiricous) – Guitars
David Schneider – Guitars
Alec Biccum – Keyboards
Adam Sadler – Bass
Brady Sadler – Drums
Raleigh Barrett – Narrations & Backing Vocals”

The track listing for “Eve of Corruption: The Days of Astasia, Part 1″ is as follows:

1. Eve of Corruption
2. Upon the Burning Isles
3. Greenstone
4. Black Sails and Phoenix Flames
5. Secrets of the Spire
i. Behind Silver Walls
ii. Myriad’s Pact
iii. Flight of the Luminary
6. Wrath Divine
7. Dragonsbane
8. The Prince and the Pariah
9. Embrace
10. Hands of Chaos

Check out the first single “Eve of Corruption” which is streaming below:

EVE OF CORRUPTION by Lorenguard

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Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM will release its new album, “Black Sails At Midnight”, via Napalm Records on the following dates:

May 27 – Finland, Spain
May 29 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain
Jun.

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Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM will release its new album, “Black Sails At Midnight”, via Napalm Records on the following dates:

May 27 – Finland, Spain
May 29 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Spain
Jun.

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