Posts Tagged “Emperor”

Dimmu Borgir: Extreme icons

Some big, big names in the latest Bloodstock announcement.

Black metal legends Dimmu Borgir return to Catton in August as special guests on the Friday night, and are joined by fellow new additions in Hellyeah, Rotting Christ, Bloodshot Dawn, De Profundis and Aghast! Holy crap!

“We are excited for our return to Bloodstock 2014, the one and only UK festival we do this year,” say Dimmu. “It will be a special event for sure, without revealing too much, but a 20th anniversary show will not go unnoticed.  Await the return of symphonic darkness.”.

Head to and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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Heavy-as-balls UK post-punk mainstays October File have unleashed a new song.

Heroes Are Welcome is taken from the band’s brand new album, The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair An Introspective of the Human Condition, out May 26 via Candlelight.

The guys also play Bloodstock in August. Head to and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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Trivium, Emperor, Carcass and Hatebreed are among the first names for Hellfest 2014!

Check the full list of early additions here.

Hellfest Open Air 2014 takes place June 20-22 in Clisson, France, with over 120 bands set to be confirmed.

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The classic lineup of U.K. death metallers CANCERJohn Walker (guitar, vocals), Carl Stokes, Ian Buchanan (bass) and Barry Savage (lead guitar) — will reform to promote their first three albums which are being re-released by Cyclone Empire Records later this year. The band plans to make a number of festival appearances during which they will play songs from these first three albums only.

CANCER in 2005 released a “comeback” studio album, entitled “Spirit In Flames”, on the Copro label. The group’s first full-length studio album (fifth overall) since 1995’s “Black Faith” was recorded over a three-week period at Philia studios in Henley on Thames, England. An EP, entitled “Corporation$”, preceded the “Spirit In Flames” CD and was also released through Copro. Included on the effort was the group’s cover version of the CELTIC FROST classic “Dethroned Emperor”.

CANCER‘s most recent lineup included Stokes, Walker, bassist Adam Richardson, and guitarist Dave Leitch (PULVERISED). Leitch replaced Rob Engvikson in 2004 after Rob left the group to focus on his long-running ASATRU project.

CANCER split up in 2006 “due to the lack of comitment to the band from John Walker,” according to a statement released at the time by Carl Stokes.

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Deathbound Records has announced the signing of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s NOIRE. The band’s debut album, “Dark Reverence”, will be made available on October 1.

NOIRE, a progressive black metal band founded in 2012 by Andrew Lawes (vocals, guitar and piano) and Bob Fitzgerald (guitar), was joined by Derrick Kroll (drums) and Craig Peeples (bass) in 2012. The band has since embarked on a path to extoll the beauty of the lightless side of music.

Not afraid to wear its influences on their sleeves, NOIRE draws inspiration from bands such as DISSECTION, OPETH, ENSLAVED and EMPEROR, unleashing brooding twin-guitar harmonies, thunderous drum work, intelligent bass lines and snarling vocals to create an atmosphere that is uniquely their own.

Having opened for bands such as ABSU, NOIRE has convinced audiences that they are serious about their music and well poised to become one of the most interesting acts to emerge from the scene.


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Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their “In The Nightside Eclipse” album by making a number of festival appearances next year. In addition to performing at Germany’s Wacken Open Air, the band will headline the 2014 edition of the the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place next August at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. EMPEROR members Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan) and Samoth (real name: Tomas Haugen) will be joined by Bård Guldvik “Faust” Eithun on drums, and they will perform the CD in its entirety. There will be no new studio album or a worldwide tour — only a few exclusive festival appearances next year to mark the celebration of this landmark release.

Speaking with U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, lhsahn explained how this new reunion came to pass. “Me and Samoth were talking and the 20th anniversary of ‘…Eclipse’ came up,” he said.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been reluctant to do the reunion stuff, because I want to be clear on my priorities as a solo artist.

“People ask us for EMPEROR shows all the time, and as a fan I can relate to that sort of nostalgia, but I’m much more involved in my current work. But now that I feel I’ve established a more solid foundation for my solo stuff, it was easier for me to appreciate the thought of celebrating this album that was such an important starting point for us.”

Ihsahn‘s fifth solo album, “Das Seelenbrechen”, will be released in Nort America on October 21 via Candlelight Records. The CD is described in a press release as “a bold and adventurous recording that is a musical contrast to the progressive shades and saxophone augmentations of the EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist’s previous two albums (2009’s ‘After’ and 2011’s ‘Eremita’). The album is every bit as dark and destructive as the artist’s previous work but is far more disorientating and disturbing than anything he has attempted in his past.”

“In the beginning of my solo career, I created more of a barrier between EMPEROR and my solo work,” Ihsahn told Metal Hammer. “But over the last few albums, I’ve been able to tap into more and more of that old black metal feeling. It’s such a fundamental part of my creative self. Even if the arrangements and form of my music are very different these days, I feel the source in its pure form is very much the same as when I first started out.”

He added: “When EMPEROR play at [the festivals around the world] next year, I want to be able to tap into that and perform those old songs with the same conviction and authenticity as before.”

The news of EMPEROR‘s appearance at Wacken Open Air was announced on August 2 at this year’s edition of the festival at a press conference which was attended by Ihsahn and Samoth.

EMPEROR released its swansong, “Prometheus – The Discipline Of Fire And Demise”, in September 2001. It was an epic and progressive metal album that once and for all marked EMPEROR as one of the most adventurous and gifted black metal bands of all times. In 2005, EMPEROR surprised all with an unannounced appearance at Oslo’s famed Inferno festival. Following the performance, the band announced additional concerts that would include a visit to America; marking the second trip to the States in the band’s legendary career. Fans flocked to New York City and Los Angeles to witness the sold-out performances. In 2007, additional shows would see the band return to the U.S. for a repeat performance in New York City, a stop in Chicago, and what would be their final American performance in Los Angeles.

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Our Milas with the Safety Fire lads

On tonight’s Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio, we ’ll be sitting down with London progressive metallers The Safety Fire whose new album is due out next week, discussing what may be the most successful DIY album of all time (you get three guesses), plus music from Emperor, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, and more!

Tune in from 9pm

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Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their “In The Nightside Eclipse” album by making a number of festival appearances next year.

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HOT. OFF. THE. PRESS. Bloodstock have just announced that recently reunited black metal legends Emperor will headline the festival in 2014! Fuck yes!

Tickets go on sale Monday (or you can buy them right now at the Bloodstock box office if you happen to be on site) at early bird prices, so get buying. We’ll see you there.

Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10. For more info, head to

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Andrew Epstein of conducted an interview with EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan) on August 2 at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany.

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