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Withered Prepare For Extremely "Fest"-ive Spring Touring
February 16, 2009
The "tortured blackened doom" Georgia quartet Withered – who recently wrapped up a national tour with Watain and labelmates Book of Black Earth, and whose recently released 'Folie Circulaire' was named one of Decibel Magazine's Top 40 albums of 2008 – is currently preparing for a busy spring that will see the band play three of the most significant metal festivals of the season.

First up is the inaugural Scion Rock Fest, which takes place later this month in the band's Atlanta hometown. There, Withered will play alongside Mastodon, Neurosis, High on Fire and many more. Says vocalist/guitarist Mike Thompson, "We're incredibly excited to be a part of this. Big thanks to the Scion crew (especially Adam) for inviting us to participate in this unprecedented event. Hell, I couldn't have put together a better lineup myself. I've never attended, much less performed at, a fest where there were so many bands I'd climb over my own mother to see live! This one will be truly historical for Atlanta, and for this generation of hard rock/metal fans."

Soon after, Withered will perform on day two of the 11th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass., where they'll play alongside Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and many of the band's Prosthetic Records labelmates. On the way to and from New England, the band will also play a handful of headlining shows. "It's great to be a part of this fest, as we had a blast in 2006 and can't wait to do it again," Thompson says. "The lineup looks fantastic and it'll be great to rub elbows with the likes of Napalm Death, Suffocation and all the other incredible bands playing. New England is one of the oldest events in extreme music, and everyone should experience it at least once in their life, so make it out if you can and have a few beers with us."

Finally, Withered was just announced as one of the participants in the inaugural "Blackenedfest," which will see the band team up with Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage for a month-long tour. "We're very honored to take part in this tour," Thompson says. "Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic and Cattle Decap are all veterans of extreme metal, and each has had a significant impact on the scene. Just being around these bands everyday will help drive our focus and performances to new levels. We'll be faced with warming up the crowds each night, but it's a welcome responsibility. It'll be great to see our fans again while also, hopefully, earning some new ones. We'll be performing selections from both of our full-length albums, and we might even pull out a new song or two just to give our dedicated fans something fresh to chew on. We'll see everyone on the road!"

Four tracks from 'Folie Circulaire' – including a cover of Necrophobic's "Into Armageddon" – can currently be streamed on the band's Myspace page. The album was produced by Kylesa's Phillip Cope (Baroness), and it features artwork by Paul Romano (Trivium, The Acacia Strain, Mastodon).

Withered on tour:
2/13 - Warehouse - Atlanta, GA
2/20 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
2/27 - Criminal Records - Atlanta, GA (free in-store performance)
2/28 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (Scion Rock Fest)

4/15 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
4/16 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
4/17 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metalfest)
4/18 - The M Room - Philadelphia, PA
4/19 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC

w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation:
5/21 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
5/23 - Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
5/24 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
5/26 - Numbers - Houston, TX
5/27 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
5/29 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
5/30 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
5/31 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
6/02 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
6/03 - DNA - San Francisco, CA
6/04 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
6/05 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/06 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
6/07 - Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
6/09 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/11 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
6/12 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/13 - Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI
6/14 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
6/15 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
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Cephalic Carnage Announce Japanese, U.S. Tours
February 16, 2009
Cephalic Carnage, who are currently touring through the U.K. and Europe alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, have recently announced two spring tours.

The band will first head to Japan for ‘Extreme The Dojo: Volume 21’ along with Destruction and Into Eternity in mid-May. Immediately following that, Cephalic Carnage will take part in the inaugural run of BlackenedFest, a three-week North American tour, alongside Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered. A TuneWidget for BlackendFest, featuring audio from all five bands is available below. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Cephalic Carnage Tour Dates:
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Psycroptic, Sylosis:
2/16 - Sheffield, United Kingdom - The Corporation
2/17 - Dublin, Ireland - The Button Factory
2/18 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Ivory Blacks
2/19 - London, United Kingdom - Carling Academy
2/20 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Beibob
2/21 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
2/22 - Esch-Alsette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik

Extreme The Dojo V. 21 w/ Destruction, Into Eternity:
5/12 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
5/13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
5/14 - Tokyo, Japan - Club Quattro

w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Withered:
5/21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
5/22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
5/23 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
5/24 - Orlando, FL - The Club @ Firestone
5/26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
5/27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
5/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/30 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
6/02 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
6/03 - San Francisco, CA - The DNA Lounge
6/04 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
6/05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6/06 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
6/07 - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theater
6/09 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
6/11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
6/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
6/13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
6/14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
6/15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electrique

Cephalic Carnage is touring in support of their most recent full-length, 'Xenosapien'. The band has been writing the follow-up to 'Xenosapien' in-between touring and is expected to hit the studio later this year.

Updated Cephalic Carnage news and tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website at, the Official Cephalic Carnage website and the band's Official MySpace page at
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Cattle Decapitation To Take Part In Blackened Fest
February 11, 2009
California’s most brutal goregrinders, Cattle Decapitation, will join fellow extreme metal veterans, Mayhem, Marduk and Cephalic Carnage, as well as black metal newcomers, Withered, on this summer’s Blackened Fest.

The tour will kick off on May 21st in New York at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza and wrap up in Montreal, QC on June 15th. This is one of the most extreme tour packages of the year and is no doubt one you do not want to miss!

A widget for Blackened Fest is available below.

Blackened Fest
w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Withered:
05/21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
05/22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest) tickets
05/24 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone tickets
05/26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
05/27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit tickets
05/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
05/30 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse tickets
05/31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues tickets
06/02 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
06/03 - San Francisco, CA - DNA tickets
06/04 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre tickets
06/05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven tickets
06/06 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House tickets
06/07 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater tickets
06/09 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
06/11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues tickets
06/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
06/13 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater
06/14 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
06/15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques

For more info on Blackened Fest, head on over to And for more info on Cattle Decapitation, visit the band's Official Myspace page at
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Morgan - Guitar
Mortuus - Vocals
Devo - Bass
Lars - Drums

Marduk Timeline

- Morgan who desires to create the most brutal and blasphemous metal act ever forms Marduk.
- “Fuck Me Jesus” is being released.
- Records but choose not to release the 7” “Here’s No Peace”.
- Plays their first, now considered cult, shows.
- Debut album “Dark Endless” is recorded in June and released during the winter solstice.
- All through the year Marduk performs on various locations in Sweden rapidly adding followers and supporters to their fanbase.
- No Fashion rips the band off badly.
- Sign a record deal with French label Osmose.
- The 2nd fullenght album “Those of the Unlight” is released in October.
- The first Marduk gig abroad takes place at a Black Metal festival in Oslo, Norway in April.
- Quickly there after; during May and June, Marduks first European tour entitled “Son’s of Northern Darkness” is done.
- During falltime the third fullengt album “Opus Nocturne” is recorded and land on the recordshelves by the end of the year.
- European headlining tour “Winter War” takes place in February.
- “Fuck Me Jesus” is re-released as a MCD in April.
- First time on the other side of the Atlantic. Plays one show is Mexico City in June.
- Visit the Abyss for the first time to re-mix “Those of the Unlight”
- Change of studio to the Abyss to record “Heaven Shall Burn…When We Are Gathered” in February.
- “Heaven…” is released in June.
- The, up until then, most extensive European tour is being launched in September.
- “Glorification”, a MCD with a remix from “Heaven…” plus covered songs by Bathory, Destruction and Piledriver is released during the tour.
- Attacking Europe again in the spring on the shorter “Legion” tour.
- Releasing a live album recorded on the 1996 “Heaven…” tour entitled “Germania”.
- Play direct support to legendary Black Metal act Mayhem on their re-union gig in East Germany.
- The Swedish label Shadow Records releases ”Here’s No Peace”.
- During October/November Marduk perpetuates the long-awaited precursor of “Heaven…” called “Nightwing”.
- “Nightwing” hit the stores during spring.
- Participates on the No Mercy Festival the week after the album release to support the new record.
- Spearheading the “Black Metal Assault Tour” all through Europe during autumn.
- Enter the studio once again to record the all-blasting “Panzer Division Marduk”
- Tour in Scandinavia, Greece and Japan.
- Participates in numerous festivals during the summer; e.g. Dynamo where Marduk is the headlining act on the Black Stage.
- The MCD “Obedience” is recorded.
- Another 7 week headlining tour is done in the fall.
- Puts out “Obedience” on own label Blooddawn Productions.
- Joins in with Deicide and Cannibal Corpse for a shorter spring tour.
- Ends the co-operation with Osmose.
- Returns to Mexico for a two-week tour.
- Appears on most of the big summer festivals, amongst others Wacken Oper Air, With Full Force and Waldrock.
- Play a 10-year celebration show in hometown Norrköping on Halloween.
- Release the double disc live album “Infernal Eternal” the same night.
- Records Marduk ..7 – “La Grande Danse Macabre” in December.
- Visit the studio again for some miscellaneous recordings.
- “La Grande…” is released on the fifth of March.
- Headline a 31 show European tour.
- Tour the US together with Deicide.
- Headline one of the stages at the Graspop Metal Meeting.
- Assembles and pre-produces the box set “Blackcrowned”
- Play a shorter headlining tour and joins teams with metals heaviest acts on the X-mass Festivals through Europe.
- Forced to cancel US headlining tour.
- Release the box set in February.
- Freddy is dismissed from the band.
- Emil Dragutinovic is drafted as a new drummer.
- Plays With Full Force festival in Germany and Tuska open air in finland.
- Records Marduk fullenght album ..8 – “World Funeral”
- Play direct support to Danzig in Europe
- Co-headline the annual X-mass festivals.
-World Funeral is released during February and is followed by a 31 date European headlining tour.
- In August Marduk headlines the Party San Open Air Festival/Germany
- Morgan records material for a planned 4 track Marduk ep entitled “ Porträtt Av Döda Barn”/Portraits Of Dead Children. A recording that up to this day has remained unreleased.
- During October Marduk do a South American Tour covering new areas as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and A glorious return to Mexico.
- In December vocalist Legion is out of the band.
- During January Morgan records a 3 track Marduk demo entitled Todes Reich together with a drum machine and lays the bass and handles the vocal duties himself.
- Vocalist Mortuus joins the band.
- The DVD Funeral Marches and Warsongs is released during February.
- Headlines the Motala Metal Festival/Sweden in May.
- The Band enter the local Endarker studio for a pre production of the upcoming album, know as the Hastfer Session. Marduk likes the atmosphere in the studio and decides to record the album there.
- B.War is being replaced on the bass by returning long time member Devo.
- Spends the summer recording the new album.
- Headlines the Agglutination festival in Southern Italy.
- Holds a listening session for selected journalists in Hamburg/Germany in September and performs a special concert for them invited.
- New album, fullenght nr 9 named Plague Angel is unleashed upon mankind in late November.
- Marduk headlines the annual Xmas festival package in Europe.
- The band also release a special limited tour ep entitled Deathmarch, which also is the name of the tour.
- The band prepares to continue touring in support of the new album, but is being delayed by drummer Emil Dragutinovic breaking his arm in a fight.
- The band do a triumphant apperance at the Wacken Open Air festival.
- The Deathmarch continues as Marduk is back on the road touring in Europe during late August into September.
- October sees the band finally arriving in Turkey for 3 shows.
- The Deathmarch Tour brings the band back to South/Central America for selected shows in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.
- to celebrate 15 years of Marduk the band releases a limited edition live album entitled Warschau recorded earlier the same year in Poland.
- Marduk headlines the Metalboat festival between Sweden- Finland as well as appearing on the Inferno Metal festival in Norway.
- Imago mortis/A picture of death. Once again Marduk hits the road in Europe for 20 dates of violence.
- During the spring the first four albums are being re issued.
- Marduk returns to Finland for the Nummi Rock Festival and also do some other festivals in Germany and slowakia and finishing of the touring cycle of the year at the Hellflame festival, Osnabruck/ Germany.
- A new massive 2 disc DVD Blood Puke Salvation is released on the 6th of October.
- The band prepares for the recording of studio album nr 10.
- Marduk enters the studio during Dec 2006/January 2007 as well as replacing drummer Emil with Lars Broddesson.
- During February the band returns to Mexico for 3 festival appearances.
- April sees the band touring in Russia and Ukraina.
- During the same month fullenght album nr 10, entitled Rom 5:12 is unleashed and being hailed as the bands greatest album up to date by most of the media and fans alike. The Triumph of Death continues.
- During the summer the band is doing selected festival appearances at festivals as Sweden Rock Festival, Metaltown Festival an the Waldrock Open Air.
- During August Marduk for the first time marches across the continent known as Australia
- In september the band do a handful of dates in Poland as a warm up infor the upcoming European Tour
- November/December sees Marduk doing a crushing 30 date European tour including dates in most Western European countries and also for the first time the band plays the Baltic States.
- The Vanitas 2007/2008 Tour rages on as the band during January hits the Balkan for another 20 dates. Finally Marduk reaches countries as Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria to spread the plague.
- At the begining of March Marduk participates at Europes biggest indoor metal festival, namely the Metal Mania in Katowice, Poland.
- During the same month the band once again return to the shores of South America for shows in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
- At the end of April the classic albums Germania, Nightwing and Panzer Division Marduk are being reissued with bonus material and improved graphics. 3 albums that for a long time not have been available in most part of the world.
- During the summer Marduk marches across Europe and appears at the following festivals Hellfest-France, Metalcamp-Slovenia, Kaltenbach-Austria, Allience Fest-Portugal and Summer Breeze-Germany
- September sees the band returning to their loyal fans in Mexico for some selected shows.
- Yet another blow is delivered in Europe when Marduk together with Morbid Angel and others are finishing 2008 with a 22 date tour during November/December.