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Ex Libris, Drekavac, Mørktår and Reign of Fury announced for Valkyrian Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21st January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Drekavac have been announced as support to fellow Scottish black metallers Cnoc an Tursa on Friday 21st November at Basement in Bridlington as part of Valkyrian Festival, which is in aid of Rape Crisis. Founded in 2011 by lead singer Hyperion, guitarist Mite, and drummer Mephistopheles, Drekavac made their debut onto the underground metal scene via a limited CD demo entitled The Litanies of the Dead in 2012. Inspired by black metal from its inception to its modern incarnations and inspired by folk, death metal and other musical elements, the band’s music was resplendent in its aggressive and melodic vocals, guitar work and relentless drums.

Less than a year later, the band’s fluid line up solidified with Xross on bass and Sceadugenga on Lead guitars. The band recently entered the studio to record their debut album Incipit Demonas Pandorum, which promises to be an impressive release.

Keeping in the vein of black metal, London misanthropic black metal coven Mørktår have been announced for the second day of Valkyrian Festival on 22nd November, where they will be sharing the stage with Belgium’s Azylya as well as Hamerex, Sakara and Divided We Fall. This will be Mørktår’s second show in Bridlington, following their show on 22nd November 2013 where they supported Finnish death metal titans Re-Armed at an almost sold-out show.

Created in 2006 as a solo project, Mørktår had never released a demo until an anonymous drummer was hired in 2008. Cries from the Dungeon was originally self-released in just London and Bergen, Norway. After this release, the drummer parted from Mørktår due to personal and musical differences with Thrym Mørktår. Again Mørktår was a solo project. This time self-releasing Reaped by Death E.P. Mørktår signed onto Thorn Laceration Records in early 2009 and re-released Cries from the Dungeon and Reaped by Death. Fra dette Mørk… was another self-release, limited to just 9 copies with blood stained cassette covers. In 2011, Vordhr (ex-Salems Orchid) was hired and an instrumental demo was released, limited again to just 9 copies on cassette only. Later in 2011 Mørktår recorded another demo, Now Cold and Dead… this time with a new bassist, Morrigan. This demo caught the attention of Salute Records from Sweden, who re-released it on a professional CD-R format. In 2013, a new drummer in the name of Sinmara has been added to the roster, replacing Vordhr, who left in 2012, creating an even more stable line up than the previous.

Bringing with them a more 80s styled thrash and NWOBHM dominated sound to the final night of Valkyrian Festival 2014 with them are metal band Reign of Fury, who played their festival show at Bloodstock 2012. Since the release of their highly acclaimed debut album the band have made an impressive impact on the live scene, becoming well known for their shows. Reign of Fury are also currently working on their second album which is due for release later this. The band commented:

Reign of Fury are very excited to be part of a fantastic event in aid of such an important cause. As a band that’s highly motivated to use their music for positive effect, playing Valkyrian Festival has been an ambition since we first found out about it. The blend of bands planned for 2014 make this one to watch, and we can’t wait to hit the stage and play for the NE fans!

Dutch progressive powerhouse Ex Libris will also be making their return to the UK as the final headliner for Valkyrian Festival 2014, making this their first UK show since The Dames of Darkness Festival in 2013 where they support fellow Dutch metallers Delain. The band whom features the very talented soprano vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen, also the frontwoman for German symphonic metallers Xandria, released their new album Medea on 18th January. Ex Libris will also be playing a number of shows around Europe this year, including one with Azylya in Holland on 22nd February. Further Ex Libris news can be found at their official Facebook page.

Valkyrian Festival will take place at Basement in Bridlington from Friday 21st November to Sunday 23rd November. The event is all-ages but valid ID will be required for the bar. It will also be the first edition of the Valkyrian Festival to feature a European headliner. Tickets are available for £15 from this location. The line-up is as follows:

Fri. 21st November

CNOC AN TURSA
Drekavac
Pantheon

Sat. 22nd November

AZYLYA
Sakara
Mørktår
Divided We Fall

Sun. 23rd November

EX LIBRIS
Reign of Fury

Valkyrian Festival is sponsored by The Crypt of Curiosities and Black Phoenix Rising Metal Forums. For further details, head over to the official Valkyrian Festival Facebook page. Other Valk-Fest news can be found on the official Valk-Fest Twitter.

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Rival Sons release video compiled of fan footage

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 27th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rival Sons have released a video for their latest single, Wild Animal, compiled from footage sent in from their fans.

The band, who recently returned home from a near sell-out European headlining tour, held a competition asking their fans around the world to send in clips of their own creative interpretations of the song.  The winning entries were chosen by the band and put together to make the official fan video. Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley comments:

So check it out.  Before our recent European tour, we asked our fans to submit 20 sec clips for the song Wild Animal off our latest album Head Down.  What a riot it was going through these!  Now, we present to you the culmination of our fans’ (all your!) hard work and creativity on the ‘Official Wild Animal Fan Clip’.  We’re always interested in encouraging creativity and so many of our fans worldwide totally put real time and effort into these clips; the entries were awesome and far exceeded our expectations!  Yo!  Rival ‘Sons and Daughters’: you’ve outdone yourselves!  We’re gonna have to set the bar higher for the next one haha!  We want to thank you all for the entries, and also all your support on our recent European tour – man, you guys are awesome.

See Rival Sons live at the following shows:

Jun. 08 – Kivenlahti, Finland – Kivenlahti Rock
Jun. 14 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenfest
Jun. 15 – Oslo, Norway – Norwegian Wood festival
Jun. 16 – Castle Donington, UK – Download festival

Rival Sons’ new album, Head Down, is out now in Europe on CD and limited edition vinyl at this location and on iTunes here. The album is also available now in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records at this location.

Rival Sons online:
http://www.rivalsons.com
http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
http://twitter.com/rivalsons

Norwegian dark metallers Aeternus announce new bassist

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 11th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Norway’s premier dark metallers Aeternus announced today that Krakow frontman and bassist Frode Kilvik, who had recently played on stage with the band for their appearance at this year’s Inferno Festival, would be joining as full-time bassist. As is so often the norm with bands, his role with Krakow, the band he co-founded in 2005, will remain unchanged.

Aeternus itself was formed in 1993 in Bergen, Norway, by guitarist and frontman Ares, and, until the release of the latest album …And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth, on Dark Essence Records at the beginning of April, the band had remained relatively quiet since the release of the previous album Hexaeon. Aside from Ares, who is the only remaining member from the original line-up, and Kilvik, Aeternus includes Specter (ex-Gravdal) on guitars and Phobos (Gravdal, Malsain, Galar) on drums. Commenting on the new addition, Ares said: “There is no doubt that Specter and Phobos infused the band not only with new blood, but also with a fresh perspective. Frode’s arrival will expand on that for sure. It was obvious from his performance at Inferno that he has an incredible stage presence that fits perfectly with the attitude we all project when we play live, and his considerable musical skills are well-able to handle the sometimes complex demands of Aeternus’ music . Not to mention the fact that he’s a great guy, which is probably even more important, and we are all very much looking forward to working as a unit.

…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth, which is the band’s seventh album, was produced at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in the band’s home town of Bergen by Bjornar E. Nilsen (Vulture Industries, Black Hole Generator). The first pressing of the album includes Aeternus’ 1995 Dark Sorcery EP as a bonus. All music for the album is by Aeternus, whilst the concept and lyrics are by Helheim’s V’gandr, who is also a former member of Aeternus.

More information about Aeternus can be found on the band’s Facebook page at this location.

Rival Sons’ Keep On Swinging video premiers on VEVO

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rival Sons have premiered their brand new music video for the track Keep On Swinging (#KeepOnSwinging) on the front page of VEVO.

Keep On Swinging is the first single from the band’s highly-anticipated new album, Head Down.  The band once again worked with director Greg Ephraim, who also shot the band’s music videos for Pressure and Time and All Over the Road.

Watch the video for Keep On Swinging now on VEVO’s front page carousel, or go directly to the video here.

For viewers in territories where VEVO is not available, the video is also available on YouTube or down below.

Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan comments “Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure.  Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time.  Excuse me while I go to hell.

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley adds “We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure.  The Spirit was moving in that room.  We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can’t reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded.  We had to tame snakes with our music.  There was a swarm of ravens.  A girl that was baptized was on fire!  Crazy stuff!  And it was all caught on tape…  I’m sure it will be all over the interwebs soon.  Be on the lookout…

Head Down is due to be released on September 17th, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order HEAD DOWN now in Europe here or in North America here.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Rival Sons confirm UK signing sessions

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rival Sons have confirmed two signing sessions in the UK, which will take place this September during the band’s European tour in support of their new album, Head Down.

The band will be chatting to fans and signing items in Newcastle on Wednesday, 26th September ahead of their show at Academy 2, and in Glasgow on Thursday, 27th September ahead of their show at the Garage. Don’t miss your chance to meet Rival Sons:

REFLEX – NEWCASTLE
Wednesday, 26th September at 5pm
23 Nun Street,
Newcastle,
NE1 5AG

LOVE MUSIC – GLASGOW
Thursday, 27th September at 4pm
34 Dundas Street,
Glasgow,
G1 2AQ

Head Down is due to be released on 17th September, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order Head Down now in Europe here or in North America here.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Rival Sons UK Tour Starts This Sunday

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Californian blues-rockers RIVAL SONS are preparing to kick off a UK tour with none other than Black Stone Cherry this Sunday, March 11th.

The band – who are releasing a special redux edition of their breakthrough album, Pressure & Time, on Monday – will be spending two-and-a-half weeks on the road for their sold out UK tour, before heading on to mainland Europe for a number of headlining shows.

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley comments: I’m chilling in a cafe listening to some new mixes from our upcoming album, figuring out logistics for the Face of Light video, and looking at final artwork for the Pressure & Time redux out on the 12th.  But most importantly, I’m freaking out excited about the upcoming Black Stone Cherry tour and seeing all our friends in the UK; one of our favorite countries in the world!  See you all soon!

 

You can see Rival Sons on tour at the following shows:

RIVAL SONS w/ BLACK STONE CHERRY
Mar. 11 – Norwich, UK – UEA
Mar. 12 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 14 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 15 – Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 17 – Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 18 – Manchester, UK – Academy
Mar. 19 – Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 21 – Edinburgh, UK – HMV Picture House
Mar. 22 – Aberdeen, UK – Lemontree
Mar. 23 – Inverness, UK – Ironworks
Mar. 24 – Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 26 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
Mar. 27 – Southampton, UK – Guildhall
Mar. 28 – London, UK – HMV Forum

RIVAL SONS
Mar. 30 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Apr. 02 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
Apr. 03 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Apr. 04 – Bergen, Norway – Garage
Apr. 06 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Apr. 07 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Small Hall
Apr. 08 – Schijndel, Netherlands – Paaspop Festival
Apr. 09 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Box
Apr. 11 – Paris, France – Fleche D’Or