Latest news: Thu, Nov 20 2014
Thu, Nov 20 2014: THIS GIFT IS A CURSE
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of black sludge sensation THIS GIFT IS A CURSE! Regarding the signing THIS GIFT IS A CURSE comment: "After negotiations back and forth ever since the release of our debut album, the planets finally came into alignment: we are proud to announce to have signed to Season of Mist."
"We have admired this label for years", continues the band. "We have all grown up listening to their numerous bands and releases, which have contributed to shape the very sound of what we like to call THIS GIFT IS A CURSE. A new full length album will be out in 2015. We can hardly wait to unleash it upon you!"
THIS GIFT IS A CURSE were founded in Stockholm, Sweden by a chance meeting of vocalist Jonas A. Holmberg and drummer Johan Nordlund in late summer 2008. Combining elements of hardcore and sludge with influences from occult black metal as well as drone, they soon recruited guitarist Patrik Andersson and Lars Gunnarsson on bass.
In March 2010 the four-piece entered the legendary Sunlight Studios (ENTOMBED, KATATONIA, TIAMAT, DISMEMBER and many more) and recorded aided by Tomas Skogsberg their self-titled debut EP. 'This Gift Is a Curse' (2010) was well received in the underground and led to the band being invited to perform many shows in their homeland and also in Europe.
During the second half of 2011 the band recorded their first full-length 'I, Gvilt Bearer' at a secret location north of Stockholm. Their producer Magbjork (MELEEH, CHILDREN OF FALL) moved his studio to this specific location to allow the band to record without any limitations. 'I, Gvilt Bearer' (2012) caused a buzz in the underground and quickly sold out its first pressings. More touring followed during the next two years.
In 2014 THIS GIFT IS A CURSE teamed up with Magbjork again to record their sophomore album in an abandoned house close to Stockholm. Aiming for an even darker vision, this radical masterpiece is currently being prepared for release in 2015. More news to come soon. Watch this space...
Jonas A. Holmberg: vocals
Lars Gunnarsson: bass
Johan Nordlund: drums
Patrik Andersson: guitars & vocals
Thu, Nov 20 2014: BLACK SHEEP WALL
BLACK SHEEP WALL are now premiering the first new song taken from their forthcoming new album 'I'm Going to Kill Myself' and unveil further album details and artwork. "White Pig" is exclusively streaming via these official media partners:
Metal Obsession (AU)
Radio Metal (FR)
Metal Wani (IN)
Marunouchi Muzik (JP)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Zero Tolerance (UK)
Gunshy Assassin (US)
The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012's acclaimed 'No Matter Where It Ends' has been scheduled for release on January 26th, 2015 (January 27th in North America). 'I'm Going to Kill Myself' was engineered, mixed and mastered by Daniel Braunstein, and is now available for pre-order from the Season of Mist shop.
Parallel to this premiere, BLACK SHEEP WALL have unveiled the cover art and tracklist for 'I'm Going to Kill Myself', which can both be viewed below:
Thu, Nov 20 2014: ASCENSION
Occult black metal tyrants ASCENSION are premiering a new number off their highly anticipated new album 'The Dead of the World'. The track "Black Ember" is now exclusively streaming at No Clean Singing.
'The Dead of the World' will be released on December 24th, 2014, and is available for pre order here.
ASCENSION previously released "Deathless Light", the first track taken from the album and it is still streaming here. 'The Dead of the World' follows the band's ambitious debut album 'Consolamentum' (2010). Through rare festival appearances and a penchant for orthodox black metal in both aural and visual presentation, ASCENSION has instantly become a staple in the European and North American black metal underground. The German band has played prestigious festivals such as Maryland Deathfest, Deathkult Open Air, Hellfest and more, on the backs of a well received EP, Demo, and a formidable full length. Tracklist and artwork for 'The Dead of the World' can be seen below.
Thu, Nov 20 2014: IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ have announced a string of concerts in Germany and Switzerland this December. The Black Forest natives will be joined by fellow Germanic heathen hearts GERNOTSHAGEN, BIFRÖST and FIRTAN. On further news the band has confirmed their first shows in France. You can find a full list of confirmed appearances below.
The IMPERIUM DEKADENZ tour is presented by Metal.de and will kick off at Berlin's K17 club on December 26th and continues with four more German dates before the final show in Bern, Switzerland on the 30th of December. The band comments: "For years we have been longing to get out onto the road in strong company. Finally it is happening and we are announcing the Rauhnächte ("Rough Nights") Tour 2014. IMPERIUM DEKADENZ will travel the lands of hoar frost joined by GERNOTSHAGEN, BIFRÖST and FIRTAN to put a harsh end to those silent nights, holy nights. We are looking forward to meet you on our journey!"
26 Dec 14 Berlin (DE) K17
27 Dec 14 Leipzig (DE) Hellraiser
28 Dec 14 Oberhausen (DE) Resonanzwerk
29 Dec 14 Egelsee (DE) Schwarzer Adler
30 Dec 14 Bern (CH) ISC
27 Feb 15 Nantes (FR) La Scène Michelet
28 Feb 15 Macon (FR) Le Souvengard
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2013 full-length 'Meadows of Nostalgia', which has been described as "gorgeous, widescreen grandeur" by Stereogum. The album is still available at Season of Mist shop and streaming in full here.
Thu, Nov 20 2014: SOLSTAFIR
SÓLSTAFIR have announced UK shows in addition to their new European tour dates for early next year. The eclectic heavy rockers are now set to start at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes (UK) on January 22nd, 2015. Lists all of new and remaining dates in Europe and the US in 2014 can be viewed below.
22 Jan 15 Milton Keynes (UK) The Craufurd Arms
23 Jan 15 Bristol (UK) The Exchange
24 Jan 15 Manchester (UK) Deaf Institute
25 Jan 15 Sheffield (UK) Corporation
26 Jan 15 Brighton (UK) The Haunt
27 Jan 15 Paris (FR) Nouveau Casino
28 Jan 15 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
29 Jan 15 Toulouse (FR) Dynamo
30 Jan 15 Lyon (FR) CCO Villeurbanne
31 Jan 15 Aarau (CH) Kiff
01 Feb 15 Weinheim (DE) Cafe Central
02 Feb 15 Bochum (DE) Zeche
03 Feb 15 Hamburg (DE) Uebel & Gefährlich
04 Feb 15 København (DK) Pumpehuset
05 Feb 15 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
06 Feb 15 Oslo (NO) Rockefeller (+Black Debbath)
07 Feb 15 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Medis
09 Feb 15 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko
10 Feb 15 Tampere (FI) Klubi
11 Feb 15 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
12 Feb 15 Riga (LT) Melna Piektdiena
13 Feb 15 Vilnius (LV) New York
14 Feb 15 Minsk (RU) Republic
15 Feb 15 Moscow (RU) Volta
16 Feb 15 St. Petersburg (RU) Zal Ozhidaniya
Below you can find are the remaining dates of SÓLSTAFIR's current European tour with OBSIDIAN KINGDOM and ESBEN AND THE WITCH. As many shows have sold out in advance. We recommend you get your tickets early!
21 Nov 14 Graz (AT) Explosiv
22 Nov 14 Innsbruck (AT) Weekender Club
24 Nov 14 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
25 Nov 14 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3
26 Nov 14 Madrid (ES) Caracol
27 Nov 14 Lisboa (PT) RCA Club
28 Nov 14 Porto (PT) Hard Club
The Icelanders will soon embark on an extended tour with PALLBEARER and MORTALS through Northern America. You can find all confirmed dates below:
02 Dec 14 Oklahoma City, OK (US) The Conservatory
03 Dec 14 Albuquerque, NM (US) Sister Bar
04 Dec 14 Phoenix, AZ (US) Crescent Ballroom
05 Dec 14 Los Angeles, CA (US) The Roxy
06 Dec 14 San Diego, CA (US) Soda Bar
07 Dec 14 San Fransisco, CA (US) Bottom of the Hill
09 Dec 14 Portland, OR (US) Hawthorne Theater
10 Dec 14 Vancouver, BC (CA) Biltmore
11 Dec 14 Seattle, WA (US) Barboza
12 Dec 14 Boise, ID (US) The Shredder
13 Dec 14 Salt Lake City UT (US) Kilby Court
14 Dec 14 Denver, CO (US) Bluebird Theater
16 Dec 14 Kansas City, MO (US) The Riot Room
17 Dec 14 Minneapolis, MN (US) Triple Rock
18 Dec 14 Chicago, IL (US) Subterranean
19 Dec 14 St. Louis, MO (US) Firebird
SÓLSTAFIR are touring in support of their new album 'Ótta', which is still available in various formats on the Season of Mist shop.
Thu, Nov 20 2014: HELLFEST & GRASPOP METAL MEETING
Season of Mist is proud to announce that several bands of their roster have been chosen to perform at next year's editions of the prestigious HELLFEST in Clisson, France and Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING in Dessel.
HELLFEST have invited:
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
SHAPE OF DESPAIR
Season of Mist will be present with their own stand as every year. We are looking forward to meet you there! Tickets are going fast, but still available through the HELLFEST website.
On further news GRASPOP METAL MEETING has confirmed the following bands:
Tickets are available through the GRASPOP website.
Additional bands will be announced soon and Season of Mist is confident to see more of their artists appearing on the billings.