From the team that brought you Maryland Deathfest, Quebec Deathfest, California Deathfest and, we now have a Scandinavia Deathfest! It makes almost too much sense, as the region has been the birthplace of some of the greatest bands and albums of the metal genre. Right off the bat, headlining the festival are the reunited original-LAEFS-lineup of Dismember are making an exclusive European appearance. Other bands confirmed are Benediction, Birdflesh, Centinex, Death Toll 80k, Demilich, Demonical, Entrails, General Surgery, Interment, Iron Lamb, Martyrdöd, Massgrav, Nuclear Assault, Purtenance, Putrid Vision, Rippikoulu, Rotten Sound, Sarcasm, Soils of Fate, Sorcery, Toxaemia, Unanimated, Undergang, and Wombbath. Taking over Stockholm on October 11-12 at Kraken Sthlm and Slaktkyrkan. , 2019, the ticket information can be found below. Weekend passes go on sale today!
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Swedish old school death metallers Demonical are streaming their new EP Black Flesh Redemption in its entirety, out April 24, 2015 in Europe and May 5, 2015 in North America via Agonia Records. Stream it below.
They have confirmed an upcoming tour with Norwegian black/death legends Gehenna and Finnish death metal newcomer I Saw Red this April and May.
Apr 30: Klex – Greifswald (DE)(with Gehenna)
May 01: Festung – Bitterfeld (DE)(with Gehenna)
May 02: Poppodium Romein – Leeuwarden (NL)(with Gehenna)
May 03: Baroeg – Rotterdam (NL)(with Gehenna)
May 04: Gasolina – Waregem (BE)(with Gehenna)
May 05: Cafe Central – Weinheim (DE)(with Gehenna)
May 06: Rock It – Aalen (DE)(with Gehenna)
May 07: Modra Vopice – Prague (CZ)(with Gehenna)
May 08: Club U Bazyla – Poznan (PL)(with Gehenna)
May 09: From Hell – Erfurt (DE)(with Gehenna)
Jun 13: Metalhead Meeting Festival – Bucharest (RO)
Jul 04: Sick Midsummer Festival – Scharnstein (AT)
Aug 12: Summer Breeze Festival – Dinkelsbühl (DE)
Aug 13: Barther Metal Open Air – Barth (DE)
01: Cursed Liberation
02: Drown in Flames
03: Throne of Perdition
04: To Become the Weapon
DEMONICAL anno 2015:
Sverker Widgren – vocals
Martin Schulman – bass
Johan Haglund – rhythm guitars
Eki Kumpulainen – session lead guitars
Kennet Englund – session drums
Funny old thing, this heavy metal. Back in the day, there was a time when the Swedish Death metal scene could do no wrong – it was the epicentre of some of the most ferocious and infectious records. Perhaps it is the old thing of familiarity breeding contempt rather than content, but not everything of late from the Swedish scene has been dusted in aural gold. Thank heavens (or should I say thank the Satanic depths?) then, for the return of Demonical and this brutal and highly effective four track EP that doesn’t just remind everyone how this sort of thing needs to be done but reaffirms any doubts one might have had that Demonical might have softened in their old age.
Black Flesh Redemption (Agonia) is a death metal EP with a blackened, scabrous heart – filthy, furious and really rather fun. In much the same way that sometimes only something nasty and dirty will satisfy, so this EP arrives, does its stuff and exits, leaving you wanting more. For a band that specialise in dark brutality the production on this release is surprisingly perky and clean. You can hear the, dare I say it, dextrous musicianship allied to the blood curdling vocals that create the visceral thrill that only death metal can bring.
The delicious irony that death metal can be life-affirming is perhaps best extolled on ‘Throne of Perdition’ which grinds and pounds the listener into metaphoric dust. Similarly, anyone who doesn’t get a vicarious thrill from ‘Cursed Liberation’ is probably reading the wrong website.
Look, I know this and you know this: Demonical were never going to be tearing down the architecture of Swedish death metal and pushing the musical envelope. In fairness, this EP has none of those ambitions. However, as an example in how to do death metal and do it very well indeed, you could do much worse than park your ears here for a while.
With four albums already in the bag, Swedish Death Metallers Demonical have emerged blinking into the light from the murky depths of Amplified and Wing Studios with a new, as yet untitled, EP produced by vocalist Sverker Widgren in the bag.
The release will see the light of day via Agonia Records in Spring 2015.
Bassist Martin Schulman: “Armed with blood and iron we have hereby started the recording process of a new four track EP, once again bringing forth the ravishing sounds of HM-2 and razorsharp chants of Stockholm-style death metal darkness. The hour of death draws near!”.
In the meantime, ahead of working on album #5, the band that rose from ashes of Centinex, are playing a series of shows with legendary black metallers Gehenna.
30.04 (GER) Greifswald – Klex (with Gehenna)
01.05 (GER) Bitterfeld – Festung (with Gehenna)
02.05 (NL) Leeuwarden – Poppodium Romein (with Gehenna)
03.05 (NL) Rotterdam – Baroeg (with Gehenna)
04.05 (BEL) Waregem – Gasolina (with Gehenna)
05.05 (GER) Weinheim – Cafe Central (with Gehenna)
06.05 (GER) Aalen – Rock It (with Gehenna)
07.05 (CZE) Prague – Modra Vopice (with Gehenna)
08.05 (POL) Poznan – Club U Bazyla (with Gehenna)
09.05 (GER) Erfurt – From Hell (with Gehenna)
13.06 (RO) Bucharest – Metalhead Meeting Festival
04.07 (AT) Scharnstein – Sick Midsummer Festival
12.08 (GER) Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
13.08 (GER) Barth – Barther Metal Open Air