ENTOMBED A.D. and ABORTED Co-headlining tour “Hell Over Europe III” coming next month

The legendary Swedish Death Metal act ENTOMBED A.D. have announced a tour with their brothers in crime ABORTED. The bands are going on “Hell Over Europe III” and will be joined by BAEST. (See the complete list of show below.)

Entombed A.D. and Aborted Co-headlining tour "Hell Over Europe III

ENTOMBED A.D. have just released their 3rd album entitled “Bowels Of Earth” through Century Media Records. The record official release date was 30th August and was followed by a kick-ass show at the Romanian festival Posada Rock Fest on 31st, where the guys performed two tracks of the album which were well embraced by the audience.

ABORTED are touring in support of their latest offering “TerrorVision” (2018) and BAEST will have their second effort “Venenum” out on September 13th.

The “Hell Over Europe III” tour starts October 18th in London and ends on November 17th in Hamburg. Get your tickets for this ball breaking tour package now!

Hell Over Europe III
ABORTED & ENTOMBED A.D.
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18/10/2019 UK London – The Dome
19/10/2019 DE Paderborn – Metal Inferno Festival
20/10/2019 DE Leipzig – Taubchentall
21/10/2019 CZ Prague – Futurum
22/10/2019 SK Bratislava – Randal club
23/10/2019 PL Warschau – Proxima
24/10/2019 LT Vilnius – Kablys
25/10/2019 LV Riga – Melna Piektdiena
26/10/2019 EE Talinn – Tapper
27/10/2019 FI Helsinki – On The Rocks
29/10/2019 SE Stockholm – Slykhust
30/10/2019 SE Gothenburg – Pustervik
31/10/2019 NO Oslo – Jon Dee
01/11/2019 DK Copenhagen – Vega
02/11/2019 DE Kassel – Goldgrube
03/11/2019 DE Mannheim – MS Complex
04/11/2019 IT Milano – Legend club
06/11/2019 ES Murcia – Garaje
07/11/2019 ES Malaga – Paris15
09/11/2019 ES Bilbao – Stage Live
10/11/2019 FR Toulouse – Metronum
11/11/2019 FR Niort – Camji
12/11/2019 FR Rennes – Ubu
13/11/2019 FR Savigny Le Temple – L’Empreinte
14/11/2019 BE Antwerp – Zappa
15/11/2019 NL Haarlem – Patronaat
16/11/2019 NL Sittard – Volt
17/11/2019 DE Hamburg – Kulturpalast

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Gallery: KATATONIA and PARADISE LOST at Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2019

KATATONIA and PARADISE LOST – the first day of Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2019 in Rasnov, Romania, August 1, 2019.

Photographer: Christina Ludosan ©

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Metal trailblazer K.K.Downing of JUDAS PRIEST triumphantly returns to the live stage after ten years

We usually like to shun pompous epithets dominating the metal media, but K.K.’s emergence at this year’s Bloodstock Festival has been an artistic as well as a personal triumph. Having left JUDAS PRIEST in 2011 (but remaining legally a member), his involvement in playing music amid unresolved issues had been close to none.

 

It has been quite an ordeal for the passionate Judas Priest fan to follow them this past year-and-a-half. Of course, Judas Priest is an ordeal itself – full of agony as well as ecstasy, a birthplace of extreme emotion inhumanly executed, origin of extreme metal and dare we say heavy metal per se, while transcending boundaries and never being cliche. But much needed catharsis has seemed to elude as of late.

Concluding image of the Firepower tour

Concluding image of the Firepower tour

It all began with the unfortunate announcement of Glenn Tipton’s Parkinson’s diagnosis in February 2018 and him being forced to step down from being a full touring Judas Priest member.

It seemed then that K.K.Downing, the other half of the guitar duo which constituted the dual-lead attack and, alongside Rob Halford, the legend that became Priest, had assumed that the way was open for him to return to the band he formed and devoted his life to.

Little did he know that not only this wasn’t the case, but his expressed surprise would trigger undisguised hostility in the Priest camp. An innocuous statement of Downing’s, namely that Andy Sneap had probably a greater contribution to Priest’s Firepower album than that of just any producer – much like the late Chris Tsangarides had on Painkiller – spurred Rob Halford to insinuate that Downing had made an ill implication of Glenn Tipton not having played guitar on Priest’s last installment. Tipton in turn, who was said to have only decided not to tour three weeks prior to the tour itself, appointed Sneap as his replacement without room for negotiating alternatives.

Judas Priest on their Firepower tour

Judas Priest on their Firepower tour

Many hints on the part of the band, aimed at Downing, were thrown in the media in the following months, suggesting that he had departed on his own accord and shouldn’t expect to be asked back (despite that Rob Halford had also once left), with some of them targetting K.K.’s reputation while also implicating the fans, as in: “Fans won’t miss KK Downing, since we have Richie Faulkner who brought new energy”. To the latter, KK responded that he had been the one most energetic on the British Steel 30th Anniversary tour, where namely, in October 2009, he made his final appearance on stage. We’d like to add to that K.K.’s unique style and cordial personality which couldn’t be replaced and which makes an artist, rather than just meticulous technicality.

K.K. Downing at Bloodstock Festival

K.K. Downing at Bloodstock Festival

Furthermore, in his book “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” which came out in September 2018, K.K., while remaining gentlemanly, made it clear he had reasons to have departed, involving decrease in the quality of performance, questionable management, and not least the personality of Glenn Tipton who, through “subtle control” in the words of K.K., sidelined him creatively and in terms of decision-making for the band. K.K.’s protests were fully ignored, he said, and the band had been run as a dictatorship instead of democracy, thence leaving him no choice.

For the fans of Judas Priest, the 2018-19 Firepower tour has been excessively emotional primarily due to the partial involvement of Glenn Tipton who still played some encores on chosen shows. We were made witness to his passion and attachment to the stage. His last appearance was on the 3rd of May, when his efforts seemed poignant.

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss

The next step for Priest was the announcement of a 50th-anniversary concert (respectively tour), which everyone would have assumed should involve Downing (and why not other past members, such as drummer Les Binks of Stained Class fame). To our dismay, however, it seems to have been suggested that Sneap would continue “flying the flag” as replacement in Judas Priest, while K.K. intimated Priest’s lawyers had been sending him letters, “trying to erradicate the last speck of me” – this all leaving us to anticipate a golden wedding with a new girlfriend, while trying to divorce one’s wife.

Whatever’s going on behind the scenes in Priest, seems to stem from the realms of the irrational. Some fans hold it against Downing that he made bad business decisions in his life (as if this has any relevance to pure artistry), while business-savvy Priest have it together – but what business plan involves the promotion of a 50th-anniversary tour with only two original members (Tipton still being featured on the poster without promise of participating), a third one eager to play?

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

Speaking of playing, K.K. was artistically unambiguous on the 11th of August at Bloodstock, where he joined Ross The Boss (Ross Friedman, formerly of Manowar) and his band – this peer of Downing’s had his heart in bringing disheartened K.K. back: “I don’t know anything about what went down between K.K. and the band and I hope one day it could be solved matter. Fact it’s my ulterior motive to bring K.K Downing out and get him playing again and maybe back to where he belongs in Judas Priest. (…) I would love to put some good vibes out there to him and so maybe there would be a chance that something could happen and I think the fans would love it.” (themetalvoice.com)

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

K.K. emerged to show us what it’s all about. Youthful and dynamic, an eternal kid at heart, he executed with his poise of a “precision musician” as he describes himself, with distinction and ease, but also barely concealing his excitement and vivaciousness.

However dysfunctional the characters in the band might have been, they seemed to work together splendidly in the name of rock’n’roll – anything can be forgiven but the loss of spark and an air of toxicity, detrimental to music itself.

Throughout the clashes with his band (of which we can’t bring ourselves to say “former”) and the negative portrayal in the media, Downing has remained positive and keeps extending his will for dialogue (unfortunally met with a brick wall so far). The result on stage is the ingredient essential to music – groove.

Promotional poster for Judas Priest headlining the 2020 Wacken Festival

Promotional poster for Judas Priest headlining the 2020 Wacken Festival

Priest have been ill-advised to try and divide their fans, claiming whatever part of their unfortunately dwindling audience. Isn’t this in stark contrast with one of their anthems, United?

K.K.Downing is improvisation and freedom, a gale cutting the air to not let it stale. We need that back in Judas Priest, where the star of Rob Halford shines ever brightly.

In his latest interview following the performance at Bloodstock, a cheerful Downing leaves us resolutely hopeful: “Maybe this would be the first of many things… when bands get together, perform together…”

But “it is what it is”, K.K. always concludes, and in whatever way, we hope he Heads Out To The Highway without looking back, granting us his consistent lively presence on stage.

Ross The Boss with K.K. Downing performing Judas Priest classics: Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac cover), Heading Out To The Highway, Breaking The Law, and Running Wild:

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Gallery: CANNIBAL CORPSE in Sofia

CANNIBAL CORPSE in club Mixtape 5, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 14, 2019.

Photographer: Dimitar Baramski ©

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Gallery: SEPTICFLESH in Sofia

SEPTICFLESH in club Mixtape 5, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 30, 2019.

Photographer: Kiril Gruev ©

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Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL release video of track from upcoming album

With a little over a month to go before the 29th March release of their sophomore full-length album “Necrogenesis” on Osmose Productions, Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have revealed a new video for a track from the album.

Nordjevel

Nordjevel

The video, by Grupa 13 Production, for the track “Amen Whores” can be seen below.

Recorded at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, “Necrogenesis” was engineered by NORDJEVEL and Christer Krogh, and mixed and mastered by Patric Darkhyrys at his WSL Studios in France.

Nordjevel - Necrogenesis

Nordjevel – Necrogenesis

With Artwork and layout by Vincent Fouquet of Above Chaos, tracklisting for “Necrogenesis” is as follows:

1. Sunset Glow
2. Devilry
3. The Idea Of One-Ness
4. Black Lights From The Void
5. Amen Whores
6. The Fevered Lands
7. Nazarene Necrophilia
8. Apokalupsis Eschation
9. Panzerengel
10. Venom Of Serpents (Bonus Track Vinyl, Digipack)

Nordjevel

Nordjevel

Daniela Shumway about Winter Time photosession

Daniela Shumway, is the one of the youngest, most beautiful and intelligent goths in Bulgarian Gothic society. The second two qualities had proven to us at The Other Side and now in Forlorn.

Although she is only 22 years old, Daniela has a wide range of Gothic photos, organizations and initiatives that make her a very attractive personality for Bulgarian Gothic and Metal culture. The words “Gothic and Metal” are predestined for her life.

Daniela Shumway

Daniela Shumway

Hello, Daniela. We can not ask you: After such a long absence from you, you decided to continue to work with charities and self-initiatives. What happened to you?

Hello,
First of all, I want to thank you very much for inviting me to participate again in your interview.
I like you very much. During this long year, I have not stopped checking your metal web and I am admired. I like your work very much and I wish you continue posting interviews, articles, news, and etc.
Thank you very much for the good words. Unfortunately, it’s a bit difficult to combine work and hobbies.

Daniela Shumway

Daniela Shumway

Do you manage to strike a balance between work and private life, and is it sometimes that one overcomes the other?

Yes.It happens because of my complicated sleep regime and my unusual working hours. But what I am trying to do everything possible to achieve a balance between the both.

Do you have free time that’s it personal to you and how do you spend it?

No. I invest everything in organizations, photos and development of Gothic culture in Bulgaria. This is my free time. I feel internally satisfied.

Daniela Shumway

Daniela Shumway

Do you want to have more time?

Yes. I want to have more free time to relax and travel abroad.

Is there a recipe for how a woman’s time is enough for everything?

Yes of course. It all depends on the priorities. Mine its photos and organizations.

Daniela Shumway

Daniela Shumway

What do you working?

Generally. I work in the banking sphere.

Are you looking for another development, i mean yours personally?

I constantly seek personal development. I plan a lot of projects in 2019. I intend to continue writing about the abandoned places in Bulgaria and taking initiatives.

What inspired you to make this photo shoot?

The time is a winter Story. I do not like winter because of other factors but the landscape is wonderful.

Daniela Shumway

Daniela Shumway

Daniela, from where do you come this self-initiative to do so much things?

There are so many abandoned places in Bulgaria, forsaken and neglected, and no one can take care of. A typical example “The Strawberry House”
The country took note of the public interest and issued a formal opinion on the subject. For which I thank the Ministry of Culture and everyone who has signed the petition.
I want to thank you about your wonderful arcticle “Keep the Strawberry House” which you published in The Other Side in May 2017

Some time ago, we asked you, what happens if you fail the project “Keep the Strawberry House”? We now want to thank you and the people behind you and congratulate you on your success.

Thank you, The Other Side. Success is not just mine, it’s all the wonderful people and organizations that have struggled with us to protect this beautiful building from demolition.

Daniela Shumway

Daniela Shumway

What can we expect from you as projects in the near future?

Well, I’m just thinking about making a trip to the countryside and showing some landmarks that crash. Abandoned places and write about them. I’m preparing a big project for the airports in Bulgaria, the “Bath in Ovcha Kupel” and many others.