Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have released a lyric video for ‘The Essence Of Silence,’ a track off their upcoming sixth studio album, »The Quantum Enigma«, due out in Europe on May 2nd, in the U.K. on May 5th, and on May 6th in North America through Nuclear Blast. EPICA drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek shares the following about the single and the new album: “’The Essence Of Silence’ is a little taste of what’s yet to come, but this song raises the bar of EPICA’s music once again. Get ready to bang your head on some pounding heavy riffs. grooving drums, and a chorus that will stick in your head for a long time!”
EPICA will return to the stage for their album release show on April 30th in The Netherlands and various festival appearances this summer. See all upcoming EPICA live dates & pre-sale ticket links on the band’s Facebook page.
On February 21st there will be two new releases of THERION coming up, the deluxe edition CD + DVD of their all-time classic »Theli« as well as a 3-DVD package (limited edition incl. bonus DVD) called »Adulruna Redivia And Beyond«.
»Theli« was the fifth studio album of THERION, being released on August 1996. The successful album features THERION’s legendary hit ‘To Mega Therion’ as well as the outstanding 10-minutes epos ‘The Siren Of The Woods’ and the hymn ‘Cults Of The Shadow’. It features two different choirs and a.o. Dan Swanö from EDGE OF SANITY as a gust singer. The deluxe edition of »Theli« has three more bonus tracks: ‘In Rememberance’, ‘Black Fairy’ and the SCORPIONS cover version ‘Fly To The Rainbow’ as well as a bonus DVD with the entire album performed live. On top there will be a double live DVD + bonus DVD, limited edition Digipak called »Adulruna Redivia And Beyond«. The two shows were recorded live in Atlanta in 2011 and in Budapest 2007.
“The concert recorded in Hungary was a concert on the “Adulruna Rediviva” 20 year Anniversary-Tour in December. The idea of the tour was to play the entire Theli album + a set consisting of songs that the fans had voted for on the band web page. Piotr Wawrzeniuk and our old friend Messiah Marcolin joined in to make this evening extra special. The concert in Atlanta was the band‘s only show in the USA since 2007 and was shot during the band‘s headline performance at the ProgPower festival 2011”, commented the band.
»The Satanist« pre-order bundles are available now and include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com (digibook and box). »The Satanist« will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’ has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE.
Additionally, BEHEMOTH’s highly anticipated new video for ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’ was launched at the end of 2013. The visual masterpiece was produced by Grupa 13 and is one of BEHEMOTH’s most unsettling and unique works to date. Watch ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’ now on youtube (censored) and Vimeo (uncensored).
»The Satanist« deluxe box, which is available in North America as an European import, includes: CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase with a high quality 44 page booklet (with gold foil, UV gloss lamination), supersize poster flag (approx. 3.5′ x 5′), wooden black inverted rosary cross, metal pin, black envelope with black communion wafers. The DVD, “Live Barbarossa,” includes a professionally filmed show in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as well as 30 min documentary about the creative process behind »The Satanist«.
The album was produced by BEHEMOTH, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio. »The Satanist« was mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER) and mastered by Ted Jensen (METALLICA, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound. The cover art for »The Satanist« was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist, Denis Forkas (denisforkas.com). The paint used included some of Nergal’s own blood! Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, etc.) and Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST).
BEHEMOTH will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe beginning next month with CRADLE OF FLITH, IN SOLITUDE, INQUSITION, and SVARTTJERN. Tour dates are listed below, as well as on facebook.com/behemoth. BEHEMOTH will be announcing North American tour dates soon. the second album, called ”Curse And Chapter” of the British Heavy Metal legend HELL hits the stores.
Kev Bower (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals) comments some important details about the record: “The artwork for »Curse And Chapter« is once again the result of our collaboration with artist Dan Goldsworthy and photographer Nigel Crane, who we first worked with on the »Human Remains« album cover in 2011. The digipak for this is one of the most complex pieces of CD/DVD packaging ever attempted by Nuclear Blast, and the concept for this was dreamed up by myself and Andy Sneap whilst staggering back from the local pub late one night, after a ‘heavy creativity session’. It was inspired by the rise in spiritualism in England during the 19th century, during which time séances and attempts to communicate with the dead became commonplace – along with the establishment of numerous secret cults and aristocratic organizations who would meet in secret, attempting to raise spirits and reach ‘the other side’.
We also wished to explore the phenomenon known as ‘post-mortem photography’. Because photography was very costly at the time, the only time ordinary families could justify the expense was after the subject was already dead. We became gripped by these macabre Victorian images of deceased family members and children being posed alongside their living families, often being supported in a standing position by equally macabre mechanical devices designed specifically for this gruesome purpose. The other major issue with spirit communication is that you never know who (or what) will ‘come through’ – and it was common for malevolent entities to create havoc in the séance room.
Dan’s done a superb job of rendering our dark imaginings into reality, using his vision and skill to generate an entire art platform based around the existence of such a secret aristocratic spiritual cult. The cover image shows the cult’s symbol, and his manipulation of the additional photography shows a set of disturbing images which could easily have been shot at the turn of the century in some dark, dangerous English country house, during an exchange with the dead which should not happen…”