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The Band

Germany’s Gothic metal veterans are back – but recent years have seen lots of exciting changes for the band.
Obviously matured and without giving in to the pressure of the trend-oriented music industry Darkseed continue their journey in 2010 to the next exciting chapter of their universal darkness.

The seed had been sown in 1992 by Stefan Hertrich and Harald Winkler when the first demo (“Sharing the Grave”) was released: After the 2nd demo “Darksome Thoughts”, their mini-CD “Romantic Tales“ (Invasion Records, 1994) and the first full album “Midnight Solemnly Dance (Serenades Records, 1996) they sparked interest at Nuclear Blast Record and got signed: The albums “Spellcraft” (1997) and “Give me light” (1999) meant the conclusion of the band’s early stage of development.
Tours all over Europe triggered off the next phase in Darkseed’s evolution which finally led to “Diving into Darkness”, their extremely successful 2000 release which meant an immense step forward for the band: they had journeyed from the romantic and dreamy darkness of the early years into the heaviness of a new black millennium. Atmospheric electronic sounds entered the mix of distinctive guitars, bloody reality, dark poetry and isolated darkness. In 2003 Darkseed threw a spiritual glance at their black world with “Astral Adventures”, an album composed with an emotional sensitiveness contrary to the prevailing zeitgeist of bands trying to sound modern at all costs. In 2005 they returned with a double strike: “Ultimate Darkness” (Massacre Records) perfected the unique blend of emotional directness and depth which had provided the band with a loyal fan base worldwide.

After Darkseed’s mastermind Stefan Hertrich had left the band the media was once again tempted to announce the end of an era. But chances come from within. Having matured both stylistically and personally by cooperating with outstanding artists such as Harold Faltermeyer (soundtrack for the blockbuster game “Two Worlds”, 2007), side projects such as “Shiva in Exile” (awarded “best new age /world album in 2004) and various solo releases of the individual musicians, the core members (Tom Gilcher – guitars, Armin Doerfler – keyboards, Maurizio Guolo – drums) around guitarist and studio mastermind Thomas Herrmann stayed together during the last decade. Completed by Darkseed’s co-founder Harald Winkler on vocals and Michael Behnke (Eisbrecher) on bass, the band made things hum and started working on their latest album. The songwriting and recording process was allowed more room, the production was once again completed by Tomas Herrmann in the
band’s own studio.

This development resulted in 2010’s Massacre Records release “Poison Awaits”, probably the most eclectic Darkseed release to date. Breaking out of Gothic metal’s limiting genre trademarks, the band portrays what the dark seed is made of in 2010 and impressively shows the matured Gothic the way from the band’s roots to their own interpretation of black bloom.
Stylistically more open-minded, more longing and multidimensional than in the past, but as usual full of metaphors and images between the dull present and emotional vision.


Maurizio Guolo | Michael Behnke | Harry Winkler | Tommy Herrmann | Tom Gilcher | Armin Dörfler

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New Jersey/New York's ILL NIÑO will release its new album "Dead New World" via AFM Records, as follow-up to 2008's "Enigma". The record was self-produced, with co-production coming from Clint Lowery (SEVENDUST) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA), and mixed by Eddie Wohl (36 CRAZYFISTS, ANTHRAX, SMILE EMPTY SOUL).

"Our new CD is everything you expect from ILL NIÑO's original Latin metal sounds; it's heavy as fuck, full of Cristian growling vocals, melodic choruses, tribal Latin rhythms, sick guitars, as well as also being the most progressive record we've ever recorded!!!" , states drummer Dave Chavarri

Even after eleven years of band history, ILL NIÑO are still as wanted as in the beginning, which they proved this year by playing festivals such as Summer Breeze and Wacken Open Air in front of ten thousands of enthusiastic fans! After the release of “Dead New World” the band will start touring around the world in 2011. So you better watch out!



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Here are the dates of the european tour in early 2011 :

20.01.2011 (POL ) Katowice / Mega Club
21.01.2011 (A ) Vienna / Szene
22.01.2011 (HUN) Budapest / a38
23.01.2011 (ROM) Bucarest  / tbc
24.01.2011 (BUL) Sofia / Blue Box

25.01.2011 (GRE) Thessaloniki / 8ball
26.01.2011 (SER) Beograd / SKC
27.01.2011 (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara
28.01.2011 (ITA) Roncade (Treviso) / New Age
29.01.2011 (CH) Dietikon-Zurich / Sounddock14
30.01.2011 (GER)  Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
31.01.2011 (CZ) Prague / Exit Chmelnice
01.02.2011 (GER)  Munich / Backstage
02.02.2011 (CH) Vevey / Rocking Chair
03.02.2011 (ITA)Romagnano Sesia(Novara) / RnR Arena
04.02.2011 (ITA) Rome / Blackout
05.02.2011 (ITA) Gualtieri(Reggio Emilia) / Temp Rock
07.02.2011 (HOL) Nijmegen / Doornrosje
08.02.2011 (UK) Cardiff / Millennium Music Hall
09.02.2011 (UK) Liverpool / The Masque
10.02.2011 (UK) Derby / Redemption
11.02.2011 (IRE) Dublin / Buttom Factory
12.02.2011 (IRE) Belfast / Spring And Airbrake

13.02.2011 (UK) London / 02 Academy
14.02.2011 (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
15.02.2011 (BEL) Antwerp / Trix
16.02.2011 (GER) Hannover / Musikzentrum

17.02.2011 (DEN) Copenhagen / Amager Bio
18.02.2011 (SWE) Goteborg / Musikens Hus
19.02.2011 (NOR) Oslo / Betong
20.02.2011 (SWE) Stockholm / Klubben
22.02.2011 (FIN) Tampere / Klubi
23.02.2011 (FIN) Helsinki / Nosturi
24.02.2011 (EST) Tallin / Tapper
25.02.2011 (LAT) Riga / Melna Piektdiena
26.02.2011 (LIT) Vilnius / Mulen Ruzas


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The tour finished yesterday in Paris !


We had interviewed Korpikllani and listened to the new album ! You will be surprised with songs like "Tequila" !








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Here is the tracklisting :


01.Spiritual Healing 02 The Philosopher 03.Suicide Machine 04.Crystal Mountain 05.Jealousy 06.Zero Tolerance 07.Lack Of Comprehension 08.Flattening Of Emotions 09.Empty Words 10.Open Casket 11.Symbolic 12.Zombie Ritual 13.Pull The Plug.


This dvd will be released in december, 9 years after Charles Michael Schuldiner death.


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Finally, the long-awaited video-clip for the title-track of DARK FORTRESS’ current album, “Ylem”, is released. Witness a dark ritual .The clip was shot in the Dechenhoehle, a natural flowstone cave that offered the perfect set for the story of “Ylem”:

Morean (vocals): “The title track of our last album is a spell summoning the death of the universe in an accelerated "big crunch". The end of all living matter in the universe is inevitable, and in this invocation the sorcerer is a witness to this inevitable cosmic disaster. The clip is set in an atmosphere of desertion, with no more signs of civilisation, after the exponentially growing sun has scorched away all traces of life. As a last refuge, going underground offers the only shelter that is left, where the protagonist willingly surrenders to destruction and embraces his own end in a vision evoking both the distant past and distant future of our planet."

Just as a quick reminder please check out the media reaction to “Ylem” that was released in January of 2010:

“…a collection of incredibly inventive black metal songs. …this ominous work is perfect for the long, bleak winter nights.” KERRANG (UK)

“’Ylem’ is such a sinister and diverse opus…every open minded metal head with a soft spot for dark sounds should check this out…” METAL HAMMER (D), soundcheck #8

“For quite a while DARK FORTRESS have been among the best German black metal bands and with ‘Ylem’ they deliver first-class material once again.” ROCK HARD (D)


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As previously reported, NORTHER and Metal Hammer (Ger) have teamed up to give you the chance to vote for the artwork for the new NORTHER album “Circle Regenerated” which is set for an early 2011 release!

More than 100 cover artworks have been submitted by artists & fans all over the world and the band is now pleased to announce their personal top 10 and hereby ask you – the fans – to vote for your personal favourite! You can access the public voting here: link. Please be aware of the fact that you need a valid e-mail adress & that you can only vote once a day. The voting will end on November 5th, 2010.

Kristian Ranta (guitars) comments on the competition & work in the studio:

"Hi all!!!

We have now reached the voting state with our cover art competition. Please give your vote for the best cover to be selected as the official album cover for our upcoming new album “Circle Regenerated”. Huge thanks to everyone for participating!

As you may know, we have been in the studio lately recording our 6th full length album – “Circle Regenerated”. Things have gone pretty well despite some minor schedule problems.
We are now finalizing our recordings and after that the mixing will start. The album will be out through Century Media early 2011. The material is a bit different, and a lot better from what we have done before!!

Our new guys, Aleksi and Daniel have contributed tremendously and the team is working better than ever. We are absolutely thrilled to get this stuff out to you guys!! :)


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