KING DIAMOND Addresses Show Cancellation

Let me try and explain this without saying **** all the time.
The Japanese promoters at Loud Park had, when I woke up this morning, posted a false and deceitful cancellation announcement, which they are going to have to correct to what really happened.

First of all: We did not cancel the show. The promoters did.

Let them show an email saying we cancelled the show. They can’t. We can provide the email in which they cancelled.

They cancelled so late, that some of our people were already in flight to Japan. I myself found out from a forwarded email at 4:26 am Dallas time, waiting for a preordered cab to arrive at 6:00 am to take me to DFW International Airport.

The email had come from Onta (working for the promoter, in what capacity, I don’t know, but at least in a capacity to be able to cancel our performance), saying “Sorry for the result. Please stop taking flights for all…”

So much had happened up to this point, and I will try to condense everything into a short sequence of events.

Entire theatrical production, including all instruments and special effects had been put into the professional care of a Danish shipping company, who is also used by Rocket Cargo among others, in order to make sure everything would be in Tokyo with time to spare. This was trucked from Copenhagen to Hamburg harbor, and loaded onto a Chinese ship.

During the sail from Hamburg to Ningbo, China, where our entire cargo would be in transit and go via Japanese ship to Tokyo, our Danish shipper found out through their agents in China, that the ship’s arrival had suddenly been announced with a 6 day delay. No reasons given.

The Chinese ship company seems to still be working on an answer to our Danish shipper.

With such an unexpected delay (our Danish shipper had never experienced this before), new ways to try and make up for the delay had to be thought out.

A shipping company in China, known to our Danish shipper was contacted, since they were known to have connections to the Chinese government, with the hope that they might be able speed up a procedure that has never been done before. People at Creativeman also brought in connections in China to cooperate with everyone. The new, never before done plan was to now import the entire cargo into China, truck it in China from Ningbo to Shanghai, from where it would be exported and air lifted with a Chinese airline 747 cargo plane (the only one which had large enough entrance) to Narita Airport in Tokyo.

To my knowledge, the Danish embassy and the Japanese embassy in China became involved in trying to solve this dilemma.

At this point, money also became an issue. This procedure would add at least 21,500 Euros to expenses, which was agreed to be split between promoter and band. An amendment to the contract was negotiated, in which promoter in the end agreed to give band half the concert fee, even if the gear didn’t make it. This was agreed to, so that both band and promoter participated in the risk of incurring a bigger loss if we went along with this new plan, and still couldn’t make it.

The following paragraph explains the scenario from which the promoters probably took parts and wrongfully used in their cancellation statement, in order to push the blame onto us, while at the same time practically ridiculing us.

The promoter at some point tried to almost force the band into agreeing to play two free backline shows next year, only paying expenses for flights, rented backline and crew salary, in case the cargo didn’t make it in time to Loud Park, in order to make up for promoter’s part of the possible loss.

However, this idea was quickly scrapped, since we couldn’t guarantee that it would fit in our future schedule, plus that we would have huge losses doing that, and last but not least we do not play without our theatrical production anymore.

All King Diamond shows are full King Diamond shows.

Regarding our production, which was originally built over the period of several months and has been expanded since, the promoter generously did offer to try and replicate it in just days, which sounds nice but realistically was nothing but a big pipe dream. There is no way it could have been done safely and respectfully. Everything we use has been cleared with specific safety clauses in mind, and just walking on different feeling stairs that you have not practiced on is an actual safety issue. But there is so much that could be explained here that would make this clear as daylight, but would take too long. I need to get this out now.

Maybe you can get more info regarding all this when Decibel does their cover story of King Diamond very soon.

Again, I want to state that we did not cancel, the promoter did.

We not only have a loss from this financially, we also lost the planned 10 camera filming of our performance for a possible future DVD, plus most important, the chance to show a Japanese audience what a King Diamond show is all about.

EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT THE ONES TO BLAME FOR THIS, I WANT TO STATE TO ALL OF YOU HOW SORRY WE ARE THAT THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE.

I also want to state that the promoters are not to blame for this either. Both parties tried to go above and beyond to make this happen, but in the end it ended up being out of our hands and up to the Chinese customs authorities.

We have emails containing proof of everything I have stated above.

Stay Heavy,
King Diamond

VULTURE INDUSTRIES Stream New Album

Dynamic, progressive dark-rock outfit VULTURE INDUSTRIES are streaming their brand new record, the first album for Season of MistThe Tower in its entirety at Revolver Magazine.

VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ The Tower was released on September 30. It was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, Norway, mixed by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND, IHSAHN, ENSLAVED). The cover art and track listing can be found below.

Track listing:
1. The Tower
2. Divine – Appalling
3. The Hound
4. Blood On The Trail
5. The Dead Won’t Mind
6. A Knife Between Us
7. The Pulse of Bliss
8. Sleepwalkers
9. Lost Among Liars

Through their charismatic musicianship, VULTURE INDUSTRIES quickly earned the reputation of a formidable live act, characterized by the fusion of technical prowess with eccentric, manic performances by front-man Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen.

The Tower is available as a CD, LP & here. The limited first pressings of the The Tower will include a limited bonus track.

The band previously released a video for the track “Lost Among Liars” here.

Following the launch of the The Tower, VULTURE INDUSTRIES will commence a new live theater project with the Happy Gorilla Dance Company. The project, titled “Turning Golem” will combine a unique take on theatrical performance, combined with music from The Tower. Turning Golem will be staged on three separate dates: August 17 at the Dark Bombastic Evening in Transylvania, Romania, October 25 at the Garage in Bergen, Norway on and October 26 at Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic. Turning Golem will feature five tracks from The Tower during the show. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Season of Mist website

VULTURE INDUSTRIES website and Facebook

VULTURE INDUSTRIES – Lost Among Liars

“Vulture Industries come across as complete oddballs. They are the mad hatter’s tea party irregulars with an Alice In Wonderland surrealist brand of dark metal cabaret” – Terrorizer Magazine

Tour Dates:
9/24: Gdansk, Poland @ TBC
9/25: Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
9/26: Kracow, Poland @ Kwadrat
9/27: Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
9/28: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Beta
10/25: Bergen, NO @ Garage – Theater Collaboration with HGDC
10/26 Pilsen, CZ @ Phantoms of Pilsen – Theater Collaboration with HGDC

BELOW In Studio with Andy La Rocque

Epic doom metal band, BELOW, are currently hold up at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) recording their Metal Blade Records debut. BELOW, hails from Sweden and music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. The band offered up the following update:

“The progress of the recording of our debut album is going great and to have the opportunity to work with Andy La Rocque and Olof in Sonic Train Studios is amazing. We are currently finished recording the drums, the bass and the main guitars, and will start with the vocals this weekend. It sounds amazing already. It will be a truly epic album that will leave its mark in the history of doom.”

Producer and legendary King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque added;

“this is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio for a very long time, and the sounds so far is amazing! And always great to work with great musicians!”

Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén—bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists Noctum—of Howlin’ Owl Productions and a split 7″ is in set to be released by Dark Descent Records with the doom act’s full-length being released via Metal Blade in 2014.

There are two BELOW tracks up at Howlin’ Owl’s Soundcloud player, which can be heard HERE.

In November BELOW till tour Europe for the first time supporting the mighty doom band Devil from Norway.

BELOW Supporting DEVIL
11/08 TBA
11/09 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
11/10 Berlin, Germany @ White Trash Food w/ The Oath
11/11 Kassel, Germany @ H.Schmiede
11/12 TBA
11/13 Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
11/14 Tilburg, Holland @ Little Devil
11/15 Erfurt, Germany @ Café Tikolor
end tour

BELOW
11/16 Hammer of Doom festival @ Wurzburg, Germany

BELOW:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

Follow BELOW at the following locations and stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for more details on the 2014 full-length release.

www.facebook.com/Belowmetal
www.facebook.com/Howlinowlofficial
www.soundcloud.com/howlinowl

More CLUTCH Live Dates!

The Earth Rocker world tour is in full swing. The Current UK/European tour will have Hark as the support from London through CopenhagenTombstone will support in Oslo, Norway and Badge and Troubled Horse will support in Stockholm.

CLUTCH also announced the first leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour, beginning March 8 in Cincinnati, OH and runs through April 20 in Baltimore, MD. Support on the tour comes from Orange GoblinLionize and Kyng.

The shows from March 8 through March 24 are on sale now. Newly announced dates go on sale for fan club members Tuesday, January 22 HERE. Tickets go on sale for the general public on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.

CLUTCH will appear at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Exact info on show times and locations will be released soon. Make sure to stay tuned to http://pro-rock.com for the latest info.

Furthermore, WEATHERMAKER MUSIC confirmed March 19, 2013 as the worldwide Earth Rocker CD/Vinyl release date. Visit http://www.clutchmerch.com to pre-order the new record now. Special bundles packages available.

The first single and title track can streamed exclusively HERE. Fans can keep up on the progress of the album by visiting the new website www.earthrocker.com. The website is a hub to all things Earth Rocker featuring frequent updates including photo, videos from the studio, song title announcements and samples of new songs.

Earth Rocker European Tour

1/21: Press Day in London, UK

1/22: London, UK @ Koko – SOLD OUT!

1/23: Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg – Tickets

1/24: Press Day in Paris, FR

1/25: Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie – SOLD OUT!

1/26: Stuttgart, GER @ Universum – SOLD OUT!

1/27: Munchen, GER @ Backstage Club – SOLD OUT!

1/28: Press Day in Berlin, GER

1/29: Berlin, GER @ Lido – SOLD OUT!

1/30: Press Day in Cologne, GER

1/31: Cologne, GER @ Luxor – SOLD OUT!

2/1: Brussels, BE @ VK – Tickets

2/2: Hamburg, GER @ Logo – SOLD OUT!

2/3: Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio – Tickets

2/4: Press Day in Oslo, NO

2/5: Oslo, NO @ Parkteateret – SOLD OUT!

2/6: Press Day in Stockholm, SWE

2/7: Stockholm, SWE @ Tyrol – Tickets

 

Earth Rocker North American Tour

3/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s – Tickets

3/9: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets

3/10: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s – Tickets

3/11: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Tickets

3/12: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets

3/14: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom – Tickets

3/15: Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/18: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep – Tickets

3/19: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot – Tickets

3/21: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets

3/22: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee – Tickets

3/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café Las Vegas Strip – Tickets

3/24: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets

3/26: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

3/27: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

3/29: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market

3/30: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

3/31: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

4/1: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theater

4/2: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House

4/3: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

4/5: Calgary, AB @ Flames Central

4/6: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre

4/7: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

4/9: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre

4/10: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

4/11: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

4/12: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

4/13: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room

4/15: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater

4/16: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

4/18: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

4/19: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Indoor

4/20: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

 

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For More Info Visit:

http://www.earthrocker.com

http://www.pro-rock.com

http://weathermakermusic.com/

http://www.clutchmerch.com

DYING FETUS Premiere New Song

RevolverMag.com the online home of Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of a new track from the upcoming DYING FETUS album Reign Supreme. Head over to http://www.revolvermag.com/news/dying-fetus-premiere-new-song-second-skin.html and check out the song Second Skin.

Reign Supreme will be released June 19th on Relapse Records and is available for pre-order HERE.

DYING FETUS have filmed a series of in-studio videos taken during the recording sessions of their new album Reign Supreme. The first video in the series which focuses on the drum tracking process can be viewed HERE. The second video in the series which covers laying down vocal tracks as well as bass parts, it is available for viewing HERE

Reign Supreme features nine tracks and is a “return to roots” with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band’s last few works.  Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know.

Check out an exclusive lyric video for the first new song from Reign Supreme entitled “Subjected to a Beating” HERE.

DYING FETUS will be on tour all summer long including an appearance at Maryland Death Fest as well as the “18 Nights of Blood Tour” in North America with label matesREVOCATION and Six Feet Under. They will also be on a headlining tour of Europe which includes appearances at the “Copenhell Festival” in Copenhagen, Denmark, “Hell Fest” in Clisson, France, the “With Full Force” festival in Roitzschjora, Germany, “Sevilla Rock Festival” in Sevilla, Spain and the “Getaway Rock Fest” in Gävle, Sweden.

For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook and MySpace pages.

DYING FETUS LIVE:

5/24: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest 2012)

DYING FETUS on Tour With REVOCATION and Six Feet Under

6/8: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

6/9: West Springfield, VA @ Empire

6/10: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

6/11: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

6/12: Columbus, OH @ AlRosa Villa

6/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club

6/14: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

6/15: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

EUROPEAN TOUR

6/16: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell*

6/17: Clisson France @ Hellfest 2012*

DYING FETUS on Tour With REVOCATION and Six Feet Under

6/20: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

6/21: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

6/22: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

6/24: West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

6/26: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock

6/27: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

EUROPEAN TOUR

6/29: Roitzschjora, Germany @ With Full Force*

7/1: Badalona, Spain @ Estraperlo Club

7/2: Madrid, Spain @ Ritmo Y Compas  

7/3: Almería, Spain @ Sala Jala Jala  

7/4: Sevilla, Spain @ Sevilla Rock*

7/6: Gävle, Sweden @ Getaway Rock Fest*    

*Denotes Festival Appearance