Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SWALLOW THE SUN (ALEKSI MUNTER KEYBOARDS): "Tomorrow's show in Houston, TX will be my last show with Swallow the Sun and mark my departure from the band."

ALEKSI MUNTER, keyboardist for Finnish epic death/doom warriors SWALLOW THE SUN  has posted this statement as he is leaving the band.






SWALLOW THE SUN unleashed "SONGS FROM THE NORTH I, II and III", (A TRIPLE ALBUM)  11/13/2015 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.










FROM ALEKSI MUNTER (SWALLOW THE SUN):
Dear friends!
There is no way to wrap up these news in a neat package so we post the original announcement by Aleksi on his facebook page. Huge respect and thanks to the a great guy for all the years! Our journey together will continue as friends!
———
Tomorrow's show in Houston, TX will be my last show with Swallow the Sun and mark my departure from the band.
I came to this decision during late summer 2016, when I had a burn out which I'm still struggling with. For the past 6 years I've been touring and working so much that it's a small miracle this didn't happen earlier. Not wanting to leave the guys hanging, and looking for some kind of closure for myself, I decided to force myself to do the shows for this year - even though I barely could find the energy for 1 show, let alone 40 - and then step down.
In addition to burning out, I also sort of had enough, which I believe is as valid a reason as any. I've always had things I've had a passion for, but never could find the time or the energy to follow up on: photography, graphic design, my own music, among others. I will first take some time off, and then pursue these things I've pushed aside for all these years.
Then there is my beautiful soon-to-be wife Olenka, whom I have barely seen for the last year or two. With Aleah's tragic and untimely passing I became painfully aware of the fact that nothing lasts forever, and I want to cherish the days we have while we're both healthy and well. I'm afraid I have already damaged my own health, and I don't want to end up there again.
These have been the best years of my life - hell, it's been most of my adult life - and I will miss everyone I've gotten to know and love during our career and travels. Juha - you are an absolute genius and no one should have had to endure the things you had to. Over the years you, Mikko, Matti, Markus, Juuso, Kai, Pasi, our manager Juha, and our longtime crew members Mikko, Jarno and Toni have become my family in every sense of the word. I feel only the deepest respect and love towards you all, and I am incredibly proud of everything we accomplished together. I want to wish you all the best, but that would be kind of pointless: we have always been the best, and I know you will remain so.
Aleksi Munter
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Comment from Mikko Kotamäki, on the road from Texas;
Well, there's no words. This is a big loss for our band. But there's no regrets. Aleksi's been my friend since i was 12 years old, way over half of my life. I think everyone should live their life how they feel the best, so we all respect Aleksi's decision. It's better for him if he feels that way. We'll remain best friends forever no matter what happens.
Thank you so much for everything, dear friend! Mikko & the boys.
ps. This will not affect our forthcoming shows. We'll keep going!

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 

BANGER FILMS: HEAVY METAL DEBATE (LOCK HORNS): BEST (IN METAL) OF 2016 PART 1 12/7/2016 5PM EST (USA) VIA YOU TUBE

SAM DUNN and BANGER FILMS are set for LOCK HORNS, a live DEBATE regarding the topic of BEST (IN METAL) OF 2016 PART 1, set to take place 12/7/2016 5PM EST (USA) via YOU TUBE.






BANGER FILMS unleashed  METAL EVOLUTION, previewed on VH1 JANUARY 2014. BANGER FILMS METAL EVOLUTION (featured on VH 1 CLASSIC) have raised funds for a new episode featuring extreme metal including death, black and grind genres.





SAM DUNN, directed and narrated the metal documentaries METAL: A HEADBANGERS JOURNEY (2005) and GLOBAL METAL (2008), the first film, his thesis in Anthropology.

BANGER FILMS METAL EVOLUTION has been unleashed on VH1.









FROM BANGER TV:

Lock Horns Year in Review begins this week! We thought new records by the titans of thrash was the biggest trend of the year so it gets its own episode. (Stay tuned for the Best Albums of 2016 episode.)
It's not Metallica Vs. Megadeth exactly...unless you make it so! What did you think of these records? Which one is your favourite? Join us Live on Wed at 5pm or start the debate right here...



Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m -l- 

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2017 8/10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, 2017 @ CATTON PARK WALTON ON TRENT, DERBY UK CONFIRM: ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, SKINDRED

Promoters for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2017, set to take place  8/10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, 2017 @ CATTON PARK WALTON ON TRENT, DERBY UK have confirmed ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, SKINDRED.








Promoters for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2017 have also confirmed AMON AMARTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, DECAPITATED, TESTAMENT, POSSESSED, BRUJERIA and MORE EXTREME METAL BANDS.



More extreme metal bands for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2017 T.B.A.



FROM BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2017 PROMOTERS:

Boisterous Welsh crew Skindred (official) have been added to the #BOA17 lineup - get ready to do the Newport helicopter!
#BOA17 Early Bird tickets are on sale until 15th December - bloodstock.uk.com


 
Canadian thrash icons Annihilator have been added to the #BOA17 lineup!
#BOA17 Early Bird tickets are on sale until 15th December, get yours at bloodstock.uk.com



Municipal Waste have been added to the #BOA17 lineup!! With last album ‘The Fatal Feast’ coming out four years ago, maybe BLOODSTOCK will get treated to a new tune or two?!
#BOA17 full lineup and ticket info 👉🏼 http://bloodstock.uk.com


Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 

HANGING GARDEN: POST VIDEO FOR "TOWARDS THE SUN"

Finnish melodic/death/doom metal warriors HANGING GARDEN have posted a video for "TOWARDS THE SUN", track from the bands anticipated new EP release "HEREAFTER" , unleashed 10/7/2016 via LIFEFORCE RECORDS.







HANGING GARDEN unleashed "BLACKOUT WHITEOUT", 9/25/2015 via LIFEFORCE RECORDS.



FROM HANGING GARDEN:
Today is independent Finland's 99th birthday. The attitudes and the general mood of public discourse is in a sad state, riddled with hate and xenophobia. Finland, as we wish you a brighter tomorrow, this song is dubbed "TOWARDS THE SUN".
"Towards the Sun" feat. Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow the Sun) is taken from the "Hereafter" EP (out now via Lifeforce Records).




VIDEO BELOW: HANGING GARDEN: "TOWARDS THE SUN"  (COURTESY OF LIFEFORCE RECORDS):



Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2017 4/21 and 22nd, 2017 WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS @ THE PALLADIUM CONFIRM: TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA, PRONG, SABATON, KATATONIA, HAMMERFALL, AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, BATTLE BEAST, LEAVES EYES and MORE METAL AND HARDCORE BANDS

 Promoters for NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2017 4/21 and 22nd, 2017m set to take place WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS @ THE PALLADIUM have confirmed TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA, PRONG, SABATON, KATATONIA, HAMMERFALL, AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, BATTLE BEAST,  LEAVES EYES and MORE METAL AND HARDCORE BANDS.










FROM NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2017 PROMOTERS:
We are pleased to announce the dates and initial lineup for the 19th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival!
Mark your calendars for the heaviest weekend of the year!
On Friday, April 21st 2017: Testament, Sepultura, Prong, Kublai Khan, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Varials, Left Behind, No Zodiac, and Precious.
On Saturday, April 22nd: Sabaton, Katatonia, Hammerfall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, and Circuit Of Suns.
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 9th at The Palladium box office, FYE stores and online at Ticketfly.com
We will be hosting an exclusive PreSale from 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 7th through 10:00 pm on Thursday, December 8th! Everyone who buys their tickets early will be entered to win an exclusive NEMHF sweatshirt and T-shirt combo pack!
2 Day Pass: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1394330
Friday Only: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1394314
Saturday Only: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1394344
Password: MF2017
**PreSale is online only**



Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 

WITCHFEST OPEN AIR 2017 (SOUTH AFRICA) 4/14/2017 (JOHANNESBURG @ SUNDOWNERS ALBERTON) and 4/15/2017 (CAPETOWN @ THE SHRED) CONFIRM: DEVILDRIVER, ZOMBIES ATE MY GIRLFRIEND, WARGRAVE, MANTAR, VULVODYNIA and more metal bands.

Promoters for WITCHFEST OPEN AIR 2017 (SOUTH AFRICA), set to take place 4/14/2017 (JOHANNESBURG @ SUNDOWNERS ALBERTON) and 4/15/2017 (CAPETOWN @ THE SHRED) have confirmed DEVILDRIVER, ZOMBIES ATE MY GIRLFRIEND, IMPERIAL DESTRUCTION, WARGRAVE, VULVODYNIA and more metal bands.


WITCHFEST OPEN AIR 2017 have also confirmed SACRIFIST, BOARGAZM and THEATER RUNS RED.   

More metal bands for WITCHFEST OPEN AIR 2017 T.B.A.



FROM WITCHFEST OPEN AIR 2017 PROMOTERS:

CAPE TOWN - Meet your new venue, The Shred
Witchfest Open Air | Cape Town has finally found a home where they do NOT discriminate or "Hate" metal.
It is quite the opposite to be honest, they welcomed us with OPEN arms and we look forward to building a future with this Venue and its AWESOME owners.
2017 Cape Town event is limited to 1500 people, do not miss out, there will be a LOT more than music due to the nature of our new venue.
Witchfest Open Air | Cape Town finally has a REAL home, one that wont RUN when the going gets tough, or dish out pathetic excuses to cover up for discrimination.
Support them, we need more people in the scene like this. huge thanks to Stephen Spinas for sourcing this GEM for us.
It is with GREAT honor we welcome DevilDriver as our 2017 Headliner for Witchfest Open Air | Johannesburg and Witchfest Open Air | Cape Town.
Get your tickets NOW via Witchdoctor Productions and Computicket official websites.
Direct ticket links available in the stories on the websites or the link below.
http://www.witchfest.co.za/wfoa-2017-devildriver-to-headli…/

@zombiesatemygirlfriend live at Witchfest Open Air 2017 - 14th April - Johannesburg at @sundowners_sa and 15th April - Cape Town at @the_shred_skatepark. Early bird Tickets at @witchdoctorproductions and @computicket #witchfest #witchfest2017 #witchfestopenair #witchfestopenair2017 #southafrica #johannesburg #capetown #metal #festival #sametal #bands #music #freedom #witchdoctor

 @vulvodyniaslam live at Witchfest Open Air 2017 - 14th April - Johannesburg at @sundowners_sa and 15th April - Cape Town at @the_shred_skatepark. Early bird Tickets at @witchdoctorproductions and @computicket #witchfest #witchfest2017 #witchfestopenair #witchfestopenair2017 #southafrica #johannesburg #capetown #metal #festival #sametal #bands #music #freedom #witchdoctor


Imperial Destruction have joined us for Witchfest Open Air | Cape Town and Witchfest Open Air | Johannesburg !
http://www.witchfest.co.za/wfoa-2017-imperial-destruction/


Wargrave will be joining us in CAPE TOWN...
http://www.witchfest.co.za/wfoa-2017-wargrave/


Super excited to be hosting MANTAR for Witchfest Open Air 2017.
The German / Turkish, Black Metal Doom Punk two piece will be playing Witchfest Open Air | Johannesburg and Witchfest Open Air | Cape Town.

Tickets are available right now from Witchdoctor Productions and Computicket official websites.
Click the story link, go watch the videos, get ready for a SONIC invasion.
http://www.witchfest.co.za/wfoa-2017-mantar/
#WFOA2017 #WitchfestOpenAir #Mantar #Witchdoctor #witchdoctorProductions #NuclearBlast #SouthAfrica #CapeTown #Johannesburg #Witchfest #WFOA #WF2017


Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 

MOURNING SUN: POST NEW TRACK "THE EXHAUSTION OF LIFE"

Chilean atmospheric doom metal warriors MOURNING SUN have posted "THE EXHAUSTION OF LIFE", a track from the bands anticipated new, as of yet untitled release, due to be unleashed in 2017 (release date T.B.A.) via GS PRODUCTIONS.



MOURNING SUN unleashed "ULTIMO EXHALARIO", 1/1/2016 via GS PRODUCTIONS.





FROM MOURNING SUN:
The shelter of my innermost wounds is an incommensurable void.
Double-biased nothingness. Nothingness.

How to moan again in the act of feel?
The exhaustion of life.
This hollow, no-light.

This
Incommensurable

Void.





VIDEO BELOW: MOURNING SUN: "THE EXHAUSTION OF LIFE" (COURTESY OF MOURNING SUN):




Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-