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Roy Khan Is Back With His Old Band CONCEPTION | New EP Soon

After 20 years, Roy Khan returns to Norwegian Power Metal band, CONCEPTION, by reuniting with it’s most famous lineup: Tore Østby, Ingar Amlien and Arve Heimdal.

CONCEPTION is a Progressive Power Metal band that was formed in the year 1989 and disbanded in 1998 after Khan left to join the American Progressive Metal band, KAMELOT. Khan then left Kamelot in 2010 and went off the radar. In 2014 we published the investigative, viral article “What Happened To Roy Khan After Leaving The Band” which tried to collect several information from here and there, and later in 2016 we published a letter that shows Khan’s interest in going back to music. Check it out >here<.

At the beginning of this month, Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot, and hinted for a reunion with his old band CONCEPTION.

CONCEPTION decided to release their comeback album by financing it themselves and by asking for the help of their fans through a crowdfunding campaign via a PledgeMusic campaign.

“Since releasing the album “Flow” in 1997, the members have been working on separate projects, but fans never gave up hope of seeing them together as a band again. There have been rumors and speculations for some time about a possible reunion, and now they confirm they’ve been quietly working for some time on this new material.

Singer Roy Khan (ex-KAMELOT) says: “It’s great to be back together. The strong bond we have makes for a great foundation for creativity. We can’t wait to present our new music which we feel shows development but still bears the signature of CONCEPTION.”

Guitarist Tore Østby adds: “I can only agree with Roy. I think it’s been a surprising experience for all of us to meet each other musically again and find where this work has taken us.”

The decision to do this on their own has been unanimous, to explore the possibilities in having full control. They have already formed a team of professionals believing in the band’s comeback. The band intends to raise money to release a single and EP in the autumn.

Khan (full name: Roy Sætre Khantatat) recently released his first-ever solo song called “For All”. The track, which was written by Khan, was recorded at Stable Studios in Oslo, Norway in March 2018 and features Roy on vocals, piano and keyboards alongside Leif Johansen on fretless bass and Geir Olav Akselsen on all guitars.

After his departure from KAMELOT seven years ago, Khan, who is a devout Christian, joined a church in the coastal town of Moss, Norway. As an employee of Moss Frikirke, Khan worked with the youth, mainly with the choir and the skaters of the village. Roy stopped working at the church in September 2016, but is reportedly still living and working in Moss.

Khan announced his exit from KAMELOT in April 2011 after taking several months off to recover from a “burnout.” He explained in a statement at the time: “I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough, they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with KAMELOT). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales, they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; it is finished.”

KAMELOT officially announced Tommy Karevik as its new lead singer in June 2012. The Florida-based band has recorded three albums so far with the Swedish vocalist: 2012’s “Silverthorn”, 2015’s “Haven” and “The Shadow Theory”, which arrived earlier month.” – Source Blabbermouth.


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Roy Khan Is Back With His Old Band CONCEPTION | New EP Soon

After 20 years, Roy Khan returns to Norwegian Power Metal band, CONCEPTION, by reuniting with it's most famous lineup: Tore ...
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Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot

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Roy Khan Is Back

Roy Khan Is Back With His Old Band CONCEPTION | New EP Soon

After 20 years, Roy Khan returns to Norwegian Power Metal band, CONCEPTION, by reuniting with it's most famous lineup: Tore ...
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Seven years after leaving Power Metal giants Kamelot, Roy Khan releases his first song as a solo artist. A lot of speculations took place throughout the years about what happened to Roy Khan after leaving Kamelot (read full report here). We then raised the question: Is KAMELOT’s Former Singer ROY KHAN Preparing His Comeback? And our question was ans

wered a year and few months later >here<.

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Lamb Of God Resurrects Burn The Priest

Earlier this week, the band posted a cryptic teaser video that teased “Burn The Priest” was coming on March 23! Groove Metal masters Lamb Of God started first as Burn The Priest in 1994 and changed their name over to Lamb Of God in 1999 to avoid satanic accusations.

It turned out that the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut album with a collection of covers titled Legion: XX, due on May 18 through Epic Records.

The 10-track set includes Agnostic Front’s “One Voice”, Bad Brains’ “I Against I” and The Accused’s “Inherit the Earth,” which is the first single. All the groups represented on Legion: XX are among Blythe’s favorites, especially Bad Brains. Initially into punk, noise, hardcore, and crossover music.  Burn The Priest

 

 

Pre-order merch bundles & watch the video for “Inherit The Earth” now at: http://burnthepriest.lamb-of-god.com/

Burn The Priest – Legion: XX
1. Inherit The Earth (The Accused)
2. Honey Bucket (Melvins)
3. Kerosene (Big Black)
4. Kill Yourself (S.O.D.)
5. I Against I (Bad Brains)
6. Axis Rot (Sliang Laos)
7. Jesus Built My Hotrod (Ministry)
8. One Voice (Agnostic Front)
9. Dine Alone (Quicksand)
10. We Gotta Know (Cro-Mags)


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Kaoteon Strikes Again!

After much awaited time, the band beloved by the entirety of the local scene, Kaoteon, has finally released a new album. The band has had a great start this year, releasing the album as part of Complexity Fest in the Netherlands. “Damnatio Memoriae” is a twist on death metal, with the wicked elements of atmospheric black metal and the brutality of death metal. Kaoteon has taken on what bands like Behemoth have created and weaved into a unique blend. This separates the band’s release from others and lets it shine out due to the gloomy atmosphere it sets.

Kaoteon Damnatio Memoriar

Formed in late 1998 as a one-man band by guitarist Anthony Kaoteon (and then later joined by Walid Wolflust (also known as Walid Choughari) on vocals, the band has gone through multiple lineup changes often revolving around them. On their latest album, two session musicians, Linus Klausenitzer from Obscura and Fredrik Widigs from Marduk, were featured.

The album, in my opinion, is a great representation of what Kaoteon’s music is all about. Instrumentally, “Damnatio Memoriae” isn’t your usual blast beat only metal riffs, but a balance between the latter and great melody. The bass isn’t following the guitar but rather doing its own thing and the drums are just a complex merge of technicality with a drop of groove. With such a musically diverse-in the sense-background, the vocals cover anything from haunting shrieks to hardcore growls. The album opens up with two emotionally contrasting songs. While “Damnatio Memoriae” starts out with enraged vocals that sear hearts and instruments that roar with uncontrollable fury, the next track “Barren Lands” gives a more openly aggressive sound similar to that of modern black metal artists. And thus unfolds the album as a harmonious combination of total mayhem and melody.

Yet throughout the album, the band keeps the composition and structure efficient with the instruments building up upon each other and aggravating until they all erupted, as the vocals stared in the eyes of “the man” and spit blood onto them. With a consistent nod of oriental background and a touch of progressive music, Kaoteon slowly soared above ending the record with a glorious resurrection of what the band is all about. The album sheds light on themes such as political corruption and religious intolerance, topics to which they have been often faced in their country. And if that’s not enough, the band has released the album on its own with the help of great mixer Daniel Bergstrand.

Support the band and order their album for only 6 bucks!

Kaoteon’s Damnatio Memoriae Tracklisting:

Damnatio Memoriae
Barren Lands
Raging Hellfire
Venom Of Exalt
The Will
Non Serviam
Light Of Compassion
Into The Mouth Of Kaos
A Breath


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Kamelot Premiere First Track & Lyric Video For RavenLight

KAMELOT are one of metal’s most unique, influential, and prestigious acts that blend symphonic metal, prog, power metal, and world music – so it comes as little surprise that the whole metal world is holding its breath in anticipation of “The Shadow Theory”! The band have already unveiled the first info and details on their new masterpiece. The band have unleashed the first world premiere of the single and lyric video for the track RavenLight as a worldwide exclusive via Loudwire.

“The album offers many diverse songs, here is one of the mid tempo tracks being offered as an IG for the fans, enjoy this one, more to come!!” Thomas Youngblood on “RavenLight”

RavenLight

“The Shadow Theory” was produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen. Guests on the album include Lauren Hart (Once Human), Jennifer Haben (Beyond The Black) and Sascha Paeth. The amazing cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann. (Find all details on track listing and available formats below)

Following the release of “The Shadow Theory”, KAMELOT will embark on a massive World Tour with label-mates DELAIN and Battlebeast, starting in North America during April and May, followed by European festivals in Summer 2018. No rest for the wicked as the band will return to Europe in September/October 2018 for their biggest headline tour to date. (scroll down for dates)

For Kamelot Diehard fans, if you want to be part of a live DVD shooting, you only have to scroll down and check the date of the concert that will be filmed in its entirety and buy your tickets NOW to secure a place. (scroll down for info)

The full “The Shadow Theory” track listing reads as follows:

  1. The Mission
  2. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)
  3. RavenLight
  4. Amnesiac
  5. Burns To Embrace
  6. In Twilight Hours
  7. Kevlar Skin
  8. Static
  9. MindFall Remedy
  10. Stories Unheard
  11. Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)
  12. The Proud and The Broken
  13. Ministrium (Shadow Key)

A 2-CD edition is available with the digipack version and the following additional track listing:

  1. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire) (Instrumental version)
  2. RavenLight (Instrumental version)
  3. Amnesiac (Instrumental version)
  4. Burns To Embrace (Instrumental version)
  5. Kevlar Skin (Instrumental version)
  6. The Proud and The Broken (Instrumental version)
  7. The Last Day of Sunlight (bonus)

Enjoy “RavenLight” HERE!

“The Shadow Theory” will be available in the following formats:

LTD DELUXE WOODEN BOX includes

CD Digipack
Flag
Tri K Logo pendant
Tri K Key
Signed autograph card
Tri K Logo patch

2CD EARBOOK
2CD Digipack
CD Jewelcase

2LP Gatefold
Editions:
LTD Red – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU)
LTD Gold – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU/USA)
LTD Silver (Reprint) – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU/USA)
LTD Neon Pink – Universal
LTD White – ADA/ Sony CAN
Black (for all outlets)

Pre-Order your copy NOW!

TOUR DATES

RavenLight

North American Dates
/w Delain and Battlebeast

16.04.18 US – Louisville, KY / Mercury Ballroom
17.04.18 US – Charlotte, NC / Fillmore Underground
18.04.18 US – Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore
20.04.18 US – New York, NY / Irving Plaza
21.04.18 US – Worcester, MA / New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
22.04.18 US – Montréal, QC / CA Métropolis
23.04.18 US – Toronto, ON / CA The Opera House
25.04.18 US – Albany, NY / Upstate Concert Hall
26.04.18 US – Pittsburgh, PA / Cargenie Concert Hall
27.04.18 US – Chicago, IL / Concord Music Hall
28.04.18 US – Minneapolis, MN / The Cabooze
29.04.18 US – Des Moines, IA / Wooly’s
01.05.18 US – Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre
02.05.18 US – Salt Lake City, UT / The Complex
04.05.18 US – San José, CA / City National Civic
05.05.18 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
06.05.18 US – Phoenix, AZ / Marquee Theatre
08.05.18 US – Dallas, TX / House of Blues
09.05.18 US – Houston, TX / House of Blues
11.05.18 US – Atlanta, GA / Center Stage Theater
12.05.18 US – Orlando, FL / House of Blues
13.05.18 US – Fort Lauderdale, FL / Revolution Live

Festivals:

12 Jul 18 Vizovice, CZ Masters of Rock
08 Aug 18 Villena, ES Leyendas del Rock Festival
10 Aug 18 Derbyshire, UK Bloodstock Open Air

The Shadow Tour

14.09.18 NL – Tilburg / 013
15.09.18 FR – Paris / Elysee Montmartre
16.09.18 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
20.09.18 SE – Gothenburg / Pustervik
21.09.18 SE – Malmö / KB
22.09.18 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
23.09.18 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset Klubben
25.09.18 FI – Helsinki / Nosturi
26.09.18 FI – Tampere / Pakkahuone
28.09.18 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
29.09.18 DE – Munich / Backstage
30.09.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
02.10.18 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
07.10.18 FR – Lyon / CCO Villeurbanne
09.10.18 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
12.10.18 UK – London / KOKO
more dates to be announced!
TICKETS & INFO HERE!

September 14th 2018 – NL – Tilburg / 013

KAMELOT will be shooting this show as part of the band’s long-awaited DVD! Don’t miss this very special event and be part of it! Grab your tickets now, as pre-sales are up and running!
Tickets Tilburg HERE!

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FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TUMBLR | GOOGLE + | YOUTUBE


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At The Gates | To Drink From The Night Itself

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, are preparing to release their second album, “To Drink From The Night Itself“, since reuniting in 2010 , on May 18 via Century Media Records. Continue reading

Iraqi Dark Phantom Needs Your Help To Tour Syria

Lone survivors of the Iraqi Metal Scene, Dark Phantom, are planning to tour Syria. If you don’t know who Dark Phantom are yet, do check out our interview and article that have all you need to know about them >HERE<. Iraqi Dark Phantom needs your help to finance this tour. It is not not much to ask, the fund-raising is set to collect 1,200 €. Since they launched the campaign until today, they have collected (to date of writing this article) 322 €.

Murad Mohammed, the band’s guitarist and main-man, has written a message (read below) as a description of the purpose of the fund-raising. In this letter, the band’s leader sheds the light on the situation of Metal in Iraq, which is apparently “illegal” and their struggle in having any possibility in performing there.  The band then took the decision to visit their war-torn neighbors for multiple shows. But such shows need funding, hence the “money pot” project.

For Donations: LEETCHI

Or support by buying DARK PHANTOM’S album “Nation Of Dogs” >here<

Welcome to this money pot !

Hello earthlings, We’re Dark Phantom a Heavy Metal band from Iraq, We started this campaign to raise money to travel and tour in our neighboring war torn country Syria and play multiple Metal shows there with our original music, We work full time jobs and are trying our best to support the band and the Metal scene in both Iraq and Syria but our sole effort is not enough and we need financial help, We go through daily struggle to practice as a band wether it’s equipments that are too expensive for us or finding a place to practice since music in these forms are forbidden and prohibited by law and religion, Many times our shows get canceled mostly by the Ministry of Culture! They state that such music cane never be played in here, That’s why we need Metal patriots around the globe to help us out to travel to Syria to make a good impact in the Metal scene and spread the word and the music here in the Middle-east.

Best regards,

Murad Mohammed, Leader of Dark Phantom.

STAY CONNECTED WITH DARK PHANTOM:

FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | BANDCAMP


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BREAKING NEWS | Slayer Farewell Tour Announced

BREAKING NEWS: Slayer Farewell Tour Announced!

Only moments ago, Slayer disturbed metalheads around the globe by announcing a farewell tour. The announcement featured a trailer in which Slayer took us with nostalgia. This, however, came as no shock to most people as the band, especially Tom Araya, had kept hinting at the possibility of retirement.

“After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension,” – Tom Araya for Loudwire in an interview from 2016.

Slayer are yet to announce tour dates (updated: 25-1-18: scroll down for dates and links of each event), but as the video shows it will be a WORLD TOUR!

Slayer To Bid Fans Farewell: “The End is Near…Slayer to tour the world one more time…”

Apparently, the farewell tour will feature: Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament. As you can see in the poster below, that was posted simultaneously with the farewell tour announcement video on the band’s official website.

Slayer then posted on all their social media outlets the following:

The end is near…
SLAYER TO MAKE ITS EXIT WITH ONE FINAL WORLD TOUR

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/ metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time.

Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet + exclusive merchandise packages will be available.

Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.

BREAKING NEWS | Slayer Farewell Tour AnnouncedSlayer Farewell Tour

MAY
10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 Big Four, Calgary, AL
20 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30 Place Bell, Montreal, PQ

JUNE
1 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
2 PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17 Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20 Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX

Slayer also posted on twitter:


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Wyvern’s Guitarist And Co-Founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39

Wyvern’s Guitarist and Co-founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39!

Today, The Egyptian Metal Scene received shocking news concerning one of the most popular Egyptian metal bands, Wyvern, as Marawan Shaaban, Wyvern guitarist, passed away.

A number of Egyptian metal musicians mourned the death of Shaaban, such as Ehab Khaled Fawzy, Medic vocalist and guitarist, Sayed Ragai, Sinprophecy vocalist, Shung the guitarist of Sand Aura and Ahl Sina, Ismail Attalah Crescent vocalist and Metal Blast Festival team. (see below)

Egyptian guitarist Marawan Shaaban was announced dead today. Metal Bell Magazine learned about the passing of the Egyptian leading guitarist from a post made by Metal Blast Festival.

Marawan has been battling Leukemia for the past year, and he finally lost the battle to cancer. Wyvern are yet to post a statement. Meanwhile, we only wish for Marawan to Rest In Peace and share the grief with his family and friends.

Wyvern’s Guitarist and Co-founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39!

Wyvern is one of the oldest Metal bands in Egypt with a huge fan base. “WYVERN was the first heavy metal band to perform in a public music festival in Egypt since the ‘Great Arrest’ in 1997.”

Egypt’s Metal Scene Mourns Marawan Shaaban

-Rana Atef & T.P.


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DIVULGENT | The Anonymous Band Releases First Demo Song

DIVULGENT The Anonymous Band Releases First Demo Song!

All of a sudden, a band page in the name of Divulgent appears on Facebook. With a considerably long biography for a band that just started (read below), and a TBAs on the members’ list, they definitely got our attention.

Who, What, Why?

The About of the band depicts the following:

“We are the silenced, faced with corruption, clinging to survival with no end.
Yet, beneath the carnage a silver lining shall appear, speaking the words that you all must hear.”

Interesting enough, the band released their first music teaser a few days later. On January 17th, they released their first song from their debut EP. (Video Below)

First Release

“This song is NOT the fully produced EP quality”, the band commented on their released Lyrical video. Therefore, we are going to call it a demo. The song is actually a pretty good one! So, judging by the quality of the recording aside, the track clearly shows high musicianship and great composing abilities.

With no time, the track got a lot of support from the local and regional scene, tens of shares and an approximately 1800 views in only 3 days. Checkout  “Techno Logic” below and leave your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 DIVULGENT The Anonymous Band

An announcement today on the band page says that the band will be revealing its members in 24 hours. Bummer 🙁 we thought we were going to enjoy the mysterious approach more. (Read full statement below)

Biography

DIVULGENT is a new Experimental/Groove Metal band from Beirut, Lebanon.

Mixing sounds of heavy chugging guitars, melodies, catchy riffing patterns, groovy drumming and bass lines, a twist of melo-djent with heavy breakdowns layered with harsh vocals, talking about the issues that we all as people should open our eyes to. We define the concept of each message we find important, to be delivered with its own special identity. We are able to achieve a very unique sound due to many great bands that have influenced each member. To mention a few, Meshuggah, Lamb of God, After The Burial, and Slipknot have added their influence to our own imagination and flavoring.

Divulgent has been writing its own material from the very beginning back in late 2016. And recently recorded a Demo CD in order for people to know what to expect from the band, and listen to the messages that we try to deliver. We have a clear image of where we want this band to go, the path we want to take, the stages we aim to play and the people we want to communicate with, and build a family with those who can relate to our visions and inspire us with more.

When all this became a common interest and a mutual vision, all 5 members whom assembly turned out to be a very distinct combination due to all their experiences, decided that this is something they look to be doing for a very long time with insistence and perseverance in order to build on our passion – music.


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