Posted by Steve Seebode - September 7, 2015 - News
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September 7, 2015
PELICAN, MARTYRDÖD, KONGH, MONOLORD, SALEM’S POT CONFIRMED FOR SCORCHED TUNDRA V
Scorched Tundra is proud to announce its entire lineup for the fifth edition. This year’s installment – taking place on December 17th and 18, 2015 at Sticky Fingers in Göteborg, Sweden – will feature some of the most devastating and innovative metal bands from Scandinavia as well as an exclusive European performance from Chicago instrumental metal quartet PELICAN. This year’s lineup is as follows:
Day 1 Thursday December 17th MARTYRDÖD KONGH SALEM’S POT ANTI RITUAL
Day 2 Friday December 18th PELICAN KONGH MONOLORD AGE OF WOE MAMMOTH STORM
Tickets can be purchased in advance:
Two Day Tickets: http://burl.nu/5hpyof
Scorched Tundra is an annual metal festival organized by Pivotal Rockordings founder and Chicago native Alexi Front. The festival’s mission is to give a new generation of talented bands from Scandinavia and abroad a unique live platform in the metal capital of the world. Scorched Tundra is a carefully curated musical experience. Its billing based on sound not stature creates a unique listening and visual experience for the audience.
PELICAN is an international standard bearer in the instrumental metal and doom scenes. Since it’s formation in 2000, the Chicago based four piece has seamlessly integrated sludgy soundscapes with post-alternative influences, creating brutal riff-oriented tracks throughout the course of several full length albums and a handful of short length releases most recently via Southern Lord Records. Coming to Sweden exclusively to play Scorched Tundra V, Day 2 will mark PELICAN’s first headline show in Northern Europe in seven years, to be celebrated with a set that encompasses the bands entire decade and a half career.
MARTYRDÖD has cemented itself as a legendary act in the European D-Beat “Käng” movement. Armed with distinctive melodic sensibilities that distinguish the Gothenburg based four piece from their contemporaries, MARTYRDÖD has released five full-length albums to date, most recently Elddop (Southern Lord Records, 2014). Having toured the USA and Europe countless times, the bands engaging live performance will be on full display as the headlining act on Day 1.
KONGH will be performing two unique sets at Scorched Tundra V. Known for its devastating atmospherics and rich melodies paired with groove laden guitars, this Småland based three piece has already racked up numerous accolades including a nomination for P3 Guld Award, #1 Position in Close Up Magazine’s SoundCheck in 2007 and 2009; performances at Metal Town and Roadburn Festivals; and most recently a Scandinavian run with MESHUGGAH and a European headline tour. On Day 1 KONGH will perform songs rarely or never heard live from their first two albums Counting Heartbeats (Trust No One Recordings, 2007) and Shadows of the Shapeless (Music Fear Satan, 2010), while on Day 2 new, unreleased songs previously not performed live will be showcased as well as select tracks from the band’s third release Sole Creation (Agonia Records, 2013).
MONOLORD is arguably the most devastating fuzz trio active in Sweden. The bands debut effort Empress Rising (Riding Easy Records, 2014) received wide praise from the European metal press. Picking up where SLEEP and ELECTRIC WIZARD leave off, MONOLORD creates its own space in an increasingly crowded genre, interspersing trippy vocals, earth rattling bass and an overall “fuzzed out landscape.” The band recently released its sophomore album Vænir (Riding Easy Records, 2015) and devastated audiences at Roadburn Festival in Holland. The band’s Scorched Tundra V Day 2 performance follows an extensive US tour with WINDHAND.
SALEM’S POT is a psychedelic doom five piece hailing from central Sweden. The bands elusive image complements an incredibly unique sound that has become established through a series of short and full-length releases, a recent European tour with label mates MONOLORD, and an appearance at Roadburn Festival this spring. On October 31st SALEM’S POT will release a 7” titled The Vampire Strikes Back (Riding Easy Records). The band makes a strong statement about itself: “They used to wake up on your couch, not wanting to wake up. Desperately clinging to sin, degradation, murder and substance abuse. With nothing left inside they made an attempt to tell someone about it, and the dead chuckled merrily. You’re not alone.” Day 1 will provide an opportunity to witness SALEM’S POT’s psychedelic spells.
AGE OF WOE released its debut full length album Inhumanform (Suicide Records/Give Praise Records) in spring 2013 and has already added to its growing fan base within the hardcore/metal scenes by touring multiple times in Scandinavia and Central Europe in addition to appearing at numerous festivals. AGE OF WOE recorded Inhumanform live with legendary producer Lennart Östlund (LED ZEPPELIN, CANDLEMASS). The album was mixed by long-time collaborator Carlos Sepulveda and mastered by Brad Boatright (SLEEP, HIGH ON FIRE, FROM ASHES RISE). The Gothenburg based five-piece will be recording its sophomore album this year, and embarking on a European tour this autumn with IMPLORE, in addition to performing on Day 2 of Scorched Tundra V.
ANTI RITUAL is a new band consisting of four experienced musicians with roots in the Copenhagen hardcore and metal scene. The sixteen minutes of music on the band’s eponymous debut self-titled EP can be described as a bastard of hardcore, sludge, and black metal, conveying aggression and negative feelings in musical form. Anti Ritual was recorded and produced by the band itself, mixed by Jakob Reichert Nielsen and mastered by Brad Boatright (NAILS, SLEEP, FROM ASHES RISE, HIGH ON FIRE). Opening Day 2, Scorched Tundra V will be ANTI RITUAL’s first performance in Sweden. MAMMOTH STORM, the opening act on Day 2, is a new doom three piece from Säffle, Värmland. Founded in 2012, the bands primary purpose is to deliver crushing, devastating sounds, as most recently evinced by the Rite of Ascension (2014) EP. MAMMOTH STORM’s upcoming full-length album Fornjot will be released this autumn through Napalm Records and will be followed by a European tour with label mates and funeral doom legends AHAB.
Age of Woe: http://ageofwoe.net/
Mammoth Storm: https://mammothstorm.bandcamp.com/
Salem’s Pot: https://salemspot.bandcamp.com/
Posted by Steve Seebode - September 1, 2014 - News
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September 1st, 2014
BONGRIPPER, PYRAMIDO, ELDRIMNER, MONOLORD, YURI GAGARIN Confirmed For Scorched Tundra 2014 Festival
Scorched Tundra Festival is proud to announce its entire lineup for 2014. This year’s installment – taking place on Friday December 19th at Sticky Fingers in Göteborg, Sweden – will feature some of the most devastating and innovative metal bands from Sweden’s scene in addition to BONGRIPPER’s exclusive European performance for 2014. This year’s lineup is as follows:
BONGRIPPER is one of the most well-known contemporary doom metal bands. The Chicago-based instrumental four piece has released six full length LPs over ten years, several split albums and seven inches as well as a live album and LP from the bands 2012 performance at the legendary Roadburn Festival.Known for its devastatingly bassy and crushing live sound BONGRIPPER infrequently perform outside of their native Chicago and are proud to announce their performance in Scorched Tundra as their exclusive European date for 2014 and only their second trip to continental Europe. BONGRIPPER’s most recent LP Miserable was released this summer 2014.
PYRAMIDO is hardcore act from Malmö founded in 2006. The bands’ third full-length release Saga was released in 2013, following a series of split 12” and 7” releases. PYRAMIDO have shared the stage with legendary acts such as NASUM, BLACK BREATH, EYEHATEGOD among others and have toured Europe multiple times. PYRAMIDO’s exclusive Scorched Tundra set will feature MONORAIL on keyboards, who can be heard on Saga.
ELDRIMNER will be making its sophomore appearance at Scorched Tundra Festival. Rooted firmly in black and progressive metal, this Gothenburg based quintet’s recently released EP Jag känner för dig received strong praise in the Swedish metal media, and was the follow up to the bands’ debut full length Inom Förloppet av ett liv (2012).
MONOLORD is arguably the most devastating fuzz trio active in Sweden. The bands debut effort Empress Rising (2014, Easy Rider Records) received wide praise from the European metal press. Picking up where SLEEP and ELECTRIC WIZARD leave off, MONOLORD creates its own space in an increasingly crowded genre, interspersing trippy vocals, earth rattling bass and an overall “fuzzed out landscape.” The band has recently also been confirmed to devastate crowds in Holland at Roadburn 2015.
YURI GAGARIN is the name of the first cosmonaut in space and also the name of an up and coming instrumental fuzz five piece from Gothenburg. Having recently released its debut self-titled album the band has since appeared at the Heavy Days In Doom Town Festival in Copenhagen and gigged across Sweden.
Scorched Tundra Festival is an annual metal festival held for the metal community of Gothenburg that has continued to support and churn out incredibly talented bands for over two decades. The festival is organized and operated by Pivotal Rockordings owner Alexi Front in conjunction with Sticky Fingers and Slavestate,se.
Scorched Tundra Festival is proud to announce its entire lineup for 2013. This year’s installment – taking place on Friday December 27 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg – will feature some of the most devastating and innovative bands in the Swedish metal and hard rock scenes. Full lineup is as follows:
AGE OF WOE
Advance tickets for the festival can be purchased at this link:
Holders of advance purchased tickets will receive a free five color Scorched Tundra t-shirt during the festival. Half price drinks will be available for the first hour after doors.
TRUCKFIGHTERS is well known around the world in the fuzz/alternative scene. The Örebro-based three piece has released three albums over eleven years, one documentary and have been called “the best band that ever existed” by Josh Homme of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Known for its energetic and entertaining live performances, TRUCKFIGHTERS have performed over 400 live gigs across Australia, Europe, North America and South America including headline tours of Europe and North America this year.
SKITSYSTEM is a crust punk band formed in 1994 by members of several different death metal bands – most notably AT THE GATES - whose common interest lay in D-Beat. The band has gone on to release four full-length albums and several 7” records to date. SKITSYSTEM intends to give fans a preview of brand new material from their upcoming release at Scorched Tundra this December.
KONGH will be performing its first show in Gothenburg in support of its third record Sole Creation at Scorched Tundra. Known for its devastating atmospherics and rich melodies paired with groove laden guitars, KONGH have already racked up numerous accolades including a nomination for P3 Guld Award, #1 Position in Close Up Magazine’s SoundCheck in 2009; performances at Metal Town and Roadburn Festivals; and most recently a Scandinavian run with MESHUGGAH earlier this year.
MOLOKEN was founded in Umeå in 2007 and has since released two highly praised albums Our Astral Circle and Rural. With foundations in 90s death and black metal as well as 70s progressive rock the band has in a short period of time carved out their own unique sound and musical approach. The bands collaborative writing and recording approach, combined with unique production techniques ensure that organic sound on record will be replicated live at Scorched Tundra.
AGE OF WOE released its debut full length album InhumanForm in the spring and have already added to its growing fanbase within the crust/hardcore scenes by touring multiple times in Scandinavia and Central Europe in addition to appearing at numerous festivals: most recently Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. Composed of members from NO HAWAII,MASSMORD,and FUTURE RUINS, AGE OF WOE recorded InhumanForm live with legendary producer Lennart Östlund (LED ZEPPELIN, CANDLEMASS). The album was mixed by long-time collaborator Carlos de Sepulveda and mastered by Brad Boatright (SLEEP, HIGH ON FIRE, FROM ASHES RISE). With tours already in the works for 2014 Scorched Tundra is the next step on a path of destruction for AGE OF WOE.
Scorched Tundra Festival is for the metal community of Gothenburg that has continued to support and churn out incredibly talented bands for over two decades. The festival is organized annually by Pivotal Rockordings co-owner Alexi Front in association with All Systems Go! and Sticky Fingers.
Winnipeg’s ANNEX THEORY has announced the following tourdates with fellow Canadian act NINJASPY
August 18th – Calgary- Lord Nelsons (no Ninjaspy)
August 22nd – Vancouver – The Biltmore
August 24th – Prince George – TBA
August 25th – Edmonton – The Pawn Shop
August 26th – Saskatoon – Lepps
August 27th – Regina – The Exchange/the Club
August 28th – Winnipeg – The Zoo
More dates in September/October alongside London, Ontario’s BOREALIS will be announced shortly.
ANNEX THEORY self-released its brand new EP, “Process Existence” in May 2012. The EP was mixed and mastered by Travis Montgomery of THREAT SIGNAL and NOCICEPTOR. The EP made its debut premiere via Got-Djent.com and contains a cover of the Rush classic “Subdivisions.”
The sensational Swedish metal act DEAD BY APRIL is set to play its first-ever North American show at New York City’s The Studio at Webster Hall on June 19th before heading out on a string of European festivals – including a stop at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. This is scheduled to be DEAD BY APRIL’s only North American appearance for 2012.
The landmark event in New York City will also feature a debut US performance from Sweden’s Corroded. Tickets are currently on sale now and are expected to sell out soon.
Last fall, DEAD BY APRIL became a finalist at Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, the Swedish preliminary event which decides that country’s selection for Eurovision. The group had made several national television appearances performing its new single “Mystery.”
Incomparable, DEAD BY APRIL’s sophomore release, came out last year via Universal Music.
Finnish thrashers HATEFORM will enter the studio to record the group’s third as-yet-untitled full-length record this summer due out via Spinefarm Records. Drums are scheduled to be recorded at Petrax Studios (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH, ENSIFERUM) with engineer Santeri Salmi. Guitars, bass, and vocals will be recorded at Ansa-Studio with engineer Jori Haukio.
The record will be mixed by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (WATAIN, ESKIMO CALLBOY, SCAR SYMMETRY, GRAVEWORM, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST, AS YOU DROWN) and will be mastered by Mika Jussila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM) at Finnvox Studios. Title, tracklisting, artwork, and release date will be revealed in the coming months.
HATEFORM signed a deal with Spinefarm Records in the Fall of 2011. The band’s previous releases, Dominance and Origin Of Plague, were released via 7:45 Records.
MARIONETTE Release “Stand In Line” Music Video; To Perform Live In Studio Next Week: Live Stream Available; Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE recently released the music video for the track “Stand In Line”. The video is the first part in the ‘Rite Of Ascension’ series and was recorded, produced and edited entirely by MARIONETTE. Watch the video at this link: http://youtu.be/dQNdjbDZzv0
In preparation for the band’s Slay The UK tour next month MARIONETTE will perform a 35-minute set containing select material from their Nerve record at Belly of The Whale Studio in Gothenburg Sweden on Wednesday May 2nd beginning at 19:00 local time (12:00pm Eastern Time USA). The entire set will be streamed live and will be followed by a Q&A. The performance and Q&A can be viewed at the link below: (Note: ONLY those interested in participating in the Q&A need to create an account on Justin.tv): http://www.justin.tv/bellyofthewhalestudio
MARIONETTE will hit the road in early May for the “Slay The UK Tour” with support coming from French DJ THE ALGORITHM. The band will return again to the UK this summer for Bloodstock Open Air; dates are as follows:
May 7 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
May 8 – Central Station, Wrexham, UK
May 10 – Borderline, London, UK
Aug 9 – Bloodstock Open Air, Derbyshire, UK (6pm)
Limited copies of the bands live performance at Belly of the Whale will be printed and made available exclusively on the upcoming UK dates.
Nerve, the follow up to MARIONETTE’s 2009 release Enemies, was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES); mixed by DEAD BY APRIL songwriter Pontus Hjelm at Studio PH in Gothenburg; and mastered by Erik Broheden (RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION) at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The album was released digitally by Pivotal Rockordings and limited edition digipak versions of Nerve are available through the bands website and at concerts exclusively.
Swedish pop metal act DEAD BY APRIL will return to Europe for the “European Crossroads Tour 2012” in May which will be followed up by summer festival appearances in Europe and Sweden. Support for the trek comes from fellow Gothenburgers ENGEL and BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION.
European Crossroads Tour 2012:
May 21, 2012 – Comet Club, Berlin, Germany
May 22, 2012 – Steinbruch Theater, Darmstadt, Germany
May 23, 2012 – Bastard Club, Osnabrueck, Germany
May 24, 2012 – Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, Germany
May 25, 2012 – Sparbank Arena, Lund, Sweden (DEAD BY APRIL ONLY)
May 26, 2012 – Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
May 27, 2012 – Turock, Essen, Germany
May 28, 2012 – Rondpunt 26, Genk, Belgium
May 29, 2012 – W2, Den Bosch, Netherlands
Aug 1, 2012 – Free and Easy Festival, Munich, Germany
Aug 2, 2012 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
More dates and ticket links, including full Swedish touring schedule can be viewed on the band’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deadbyapril
On the back of DEAD BY APRIL’s appearance in the finals of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen – an annual music competition organized by and broadcasted live on SVT (Swedish National Television) and SR (Swedish National Radio) which took place on March 10 – the band has since played a series of headline shows in Germany earlier this month. DEAD BY APRIL is currently touring in support of its sophomore release Incomparable which was written and produced by guitarist Pontus Hjelm and vocalist Jimmie Strimmell (DEATH DESTRUCTION, ex NIGHTRAGE); recorded at Studio PH in Gothenburg and Big Island Sound Studio in Stockholm; mixed by Peter Mansson at Mirstudios, Stockholm; and mastered by Mats “Lipman” Lindfors at Cutting Room, Stockholm. Incomparable was released in Sweden via Universal Records in autumn and Spinefarm Records in the UK. The single “Mystery”, was recently certified Gold in Sweden, staying in the Top 20 Singles Chart for over five consecutive weeks.
MARIONETTE To Headline SLAY THE UK TOUR in May, Music Video In The Works
MARIONETTE will return to the UK for a short run of headline shows dubbed “Slay
The UK Tour” with support from The Algorithm. Dates are as follows:
May 7 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
May 8 – Central Station, Wrexham, UK
May 10 – Borderline, London, UK
MARIONETTE is currently on tour supporting DEATHSTARS in Europe. Remaining
dates are as follows:
Mar. 20 – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
Mar. 21 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Mar. 22 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
Commented bassist and founding member and guitarist Aron Parmerud: “We are about
to wrap up our support dates with DEATHSTARS and we can’t wait to come back to
SLAY THE UK with THE ALGORITHM. Though we were just out with DEAD BY
APRIL in the UK in December it will be great to get back and play a more extended set
that will certainly include a few tracks we’ve never played in the UK before. We are also
working on a new music video which we will be reveal in a few weeks.”
Nerve, the follow up to MARIONETTE’s 2009 release Enemies, was recorded at Studio
Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, AT
THE GATES); mixed by DEAD BY APRIL songwriter Pontus Hjelm at Studio PH
in Gothenburg; and mastered by Erik Broheden (RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO,
WITHIN TEMPTATION) at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The
album was released digitally by Pivotal Rockordings and limited edition digipak versions
of Nerve are available through the bands website and at concerts exclusively. The
album received critical acclaim including 4/5 in Kerrang! Magazine, 7/7 in Powerplay
Magazine, 8/10 in RockSound Magazine, and 5/7 in Metal Hammer (Germany).
Tickets can be purchased at: HTTP://WWW.MARIONETTE.SE
Official Website: http://www.marionette.se
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/marionettesweden
MARIONETTE YOUTUBE PAGE: http://www.youtube.com/marionettesweden
MARIONETTE TWITTER: http://twitter.com/marionetteswe
Pivotal Alliance: http://www.pivotalalliance.com
UK Press: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ALGORITHM: http://soundcloud.com/the-algorithm
MARIONETTE will hit the road with fellow Swedes DEATHSTARS for a string of dates on the European continent in March. The dates are as follows:
Mar. 09 – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Mar. 10 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
Mar. 12 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
Mar. 13 – Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
Mar. 14 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
Mar. 15 – Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar. 16 – Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
Mar. 17 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Mar. 18 – Rock Hal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Mar. 20 – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
Mar. 21 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Mar. 22 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
Commented bassist and founding member Mikael Medin: “We have a great history with the DEATHSTARS; having toured together in the UK and Scandinavia in 2009. Fans of both bands to this day remember those tours extremely fondly and we look forward to hitting the road again and playing more new material from Nerve.”
Nerve, the follow up to MARIONETTE’s 2009 release Enemies, was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES); mixed by DEAD BY APRIL songwriter Pontus Hjelm at Studio PH in Gothenburg; and mastered by Erik Broheden (RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION) at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The album was released digitally by Pivotal Rockordings and limited edition digipak versions of Nerve are available through the bands website and at concerts exclusively. The album received critical acclaim including 4/5 in Kerrang! Magazine, 7/7 in Powerplay Magazine, 8/10 in RockSound Magazine, and 5/7 in Metal Hammer (Germany).