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Divine Heresy Kick Off North American Tour With Moonspell
October 15, 2009
Divine Heresy kicked off their much anticipated worldwide touring campaign for their highly acclaimed, pummeling new offering, 'Bringer of Plagues', yesterday in Tampa, FL with genre legends Moonspell along with Book of Black Earth and Secrets of The Moon in the support slots. This massive North American fall tour is going to deliver a blistering 45-minute Divine Heresy set, which is not to be missed by any true metal fan. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/divineheresyband to view their complete touring itinerary.

Dino Cazares
(guitars) states: “It is finally here, the start of the 'Bringer of Plagues' worldwide touring cycle and the whole band is chomping at the bit to annihilate the masses across the country. It is an honor to be direct support to the legendary Moonspell and we are also excited to be playing to lots of new faces for the first time. We are firing on all cylinders and deadlier than ever, so please come out to the shows and be sure to stop by the merch booth to say hello to us after our set as we love to hang with the fans each night as we wouldn’t be here without all of your support. The new songs are fuckin’ insane in a live setting and it’s finally time to get this machine moving. See you all soon.”

'Bringer of Plagues'
redefines the meaning of aggression and takes the term ‘extreme’ to an all new level. The unrelenting new offering was released July 28th to rave reviews across the board and debuted at an impressive #148 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This album is hailed as the most brutal and unrelenting offering of Cazares’ stellar career. Newcomer Travis Neal (vocals, ex-The Bereaved) has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages.

Divine Heresy
just completed a new video for the 'Bringer of Plagues' scathing opening cut, “Facebreaker,” with renowned director Brian Thompson (Killswitch Engage). The clip features the band’s frenetic live performance surrounded by an apocalyptic background setting. Check it out now below.

Divine Heresy
w/ Moonspell, Book Of Black Earth, Secrets Of The Moon:
10/15 - Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/16 - Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/17 - The Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA
10/18 - B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
10/19 - Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/20 - The Mod Club Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
10/21 - Peabodys – Cleveland, OH
10/22 - Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
10/23 - The Pyramid Club – Chicago, IL
10/24 - Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
10/25 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/27 - The Venue – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
10/28 - Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/29 - Satyricon – Portland, OR
10/30 - Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
10/31 - The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
11/01 - The Roxy – Hollywood, CA
11/02 - The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
11/03 - Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
11/04 - Marquee – Tulsa, OK
11/05 - Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
11/06 - Warehouse Music Venue – San Antonio, TX

Divine Heresy
Headlining (No Moonspell):
11/07 Chic’s – El Paso, TX
11/10 The Joint – Flagstaff, AZ
 
 
 
 
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Divine Heresy Prepares To Hit The Road
September 22, 2009
Divine Heresy's pummeling new offering, 'Bringer of Plagues', redefines the meaning of aggression and takes extreme to an all new level. The unrelenting new offering was released earlier this summer to rave reviews across the board and debuted at an impressive #148 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This album is hailed as the most brutal and unrelenting offering of the legendary Dino Cazares’ stellar career. Newcomer Travis Neal (ex-The Bereaved) has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages. The group kicks off the album touring cycle Oct. 14th on a massive North American fall tour as direct support to Moonspell. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/divineheresyband to view their complete touring itinerary.

Cazares
further states: “We have been waiting patiently for the perfect touring opportunity to present itself and we couldn’t possibly be more pleased to be direct support to the mighty Moonspell this fall. This North American tour is exactly what we were looking for as we wanted a chance to perform in front of a lot of new faces that might not have been exposed to our band. This tour marks the kickoff of a massive worldwide touring campaign to support the new 'Bringer of Plagues' album. Divine Heresy is better than ever and we are embarking on this tour with only one, simple goal in mind: to annihilate everything in our path. Expect an unrelenting set and if your jaw isn’t on the floor when we finish, then we haven’t done our job, but that won’t be the case. Be sure to come by the merch booth each night to say hello to us all and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. It’s certainly been way too long.”

Divine Heresy
just completed a new video for the 'Bringer of Plagues’ scathing opening cut, “Facebreaker,” with renowned director Brian Thompson (Killswitch Engage). The clip features the band’s frenetic live performance surrounded by an apocalyptic background setting. Check it out now below and stay tuned to www.myspace.com/divineheresyband for all news and tour updates.

Divine Heresy
w/ Moonspell, Book Of Black Earth, Secrets Of The Moon:
10/14 - Czar – Tampa, FL
10/15 - Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/16 - Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/17 - The Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA
10/18 - B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
10/19 - Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/20 - The Mod Club Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
10/21 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/22 - Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
10/23 - The Pyramid Club – Chicago, IL
10/24 - Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
10/25 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/27 - The Venue – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
10/28 - Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/29 - Satyricon – Portland, OR
10/30 - Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
10/31 - The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
11/01 - The Roxy – Hollywood, CA
11/02 - The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
11/03 - Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
11/04 - Marquee – Tulsa, OK
11/05 - Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
11/06 - Warehouse Music Venue – San Antonio, TX
 
 
 
 
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Samael Forced To Sit Out Moonspell Tour
September 22, 2009
Switzerland’s Samael will no longer be appearing alongside Moonspell on their North American tour this October/November. Taking their place will be Century Media recording artists Divine Heresy.

Samael have issued the following official statement:

“Unfortunately Samael will not be able come to North America this fall along with Moonspell. We’ve checked into every possibility with our booking agent and partners at Nuclear Blast but the financial costs are too deep into the red to make things work. We’d like to apologize to all our fans who were looking forward to seeing Samael live but rest assured that we are looking into coming over again in early 2010. We also want to express our deepest regret to our friends in Moonspell.”

For more info visit: www.samael.info & www.myspace.com/samael.
 
 
 
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Dimmu Borgir DVD Debuts At #5 On Top Music Video Charts
October 23, 2008
'The Invaluable Darkness', a three-disc release of two DVDs with a bonus audio CD from Norway’s symphonic black metal titans, Dimmu Borgir, has sold over 1,400 copies in the U.S. since its October 14th release, debuting at #5 on the Nielsen SoundScan “Top DVD Music Videos” chart. The top four artists on the chart are (in order): AC/DC, ZZ Top, Eagles, and John Mayer.

Checking in from Danzig’s Blackest Of The Black tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota is Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz:

“Everything’s going well. We’re happy with the tour, and to get this news… It’s cool that the fans appreciate that we came out with this DVD now. It seems that this was what they wanted and we gave it to them. We’re selling an autographed version of the DVD on tour, so anyone who wants one should come out!”

Pre-sale tickets for the remaining Blackest Of The Black shows (shown below) are available here, including Pre-sale tickets for Dimmu Borgir’s headlining off-date shows (marked * below). Headlining Off-date tickets are also available from the links posted at www.myspace.com/dimmuborgir.

Blackest Of The Black Tour Dates:
10/24 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI
10/25 - Congress Theatre - Chicago, IL
10/26 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
10/28 - House Of Blues - Houston, TX
10/29 - Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX*
10/30 - The Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
10/31 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
11/1 - The Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
11/2 - Gators – Farmington, NM*
11/3 - Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/4 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
11/5 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
11/7 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
11/8 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
11/10 - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
 
 
 
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Skeletonwitch Announce New Bassist, Check In From The Road
October 20, 2008
Ohio’s sons of Midwestern darkness, Skeletonwitch, are happy to announce the addition of bassist Evan Linger to the band. Linger, a long-time friend of the band entered the fold after the departure of Eric Harris. Evan has been out with The Witch since Oct. 2 when the pre-Danzig / Blackest of the Black dates kicked off.

"I'm stoked to be a part of Skeletonwitch,” Linger says about joining the band. “I've been friends with these assholes for quite a long time so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm in for...a hangover!"

"We we would like to officially welcome our new bass player, Evan Linger, to Skeletonwitch,” guitarist Nate Garnette states. “He's a bad-ass friend, a bad-ass player, and an all around bad-ass dude. Bad-ass!!”

The Witch has been tearing it up on the Blackest of The Black Tour with Danzig and Dimmu Borgir since early October, a tour that will take the package all the way to culmination in San Francisco on Nov. 10. Guitarist Scott Hedrick comments: “Blackest Of The Black has been an amazing tour so far. All of the bands, crew, and Glenn himself, have been unbelievably killer! The atmosphere is great and everyone involved works together whether it's helping a band get on stage (i.e. we're sharing a lot of gear) or to party their ass off (i.e. we make Moonspell drink shitty American beer). It's a hell of a lot of fun. And on top of everything...we get to watch Danzig devastate the stage every night. Truly fucking amazing!”

Continuing to support the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, ‘Beyond The Permafrost,’ Skeletonwitch is already hard at work on music for the follow-up record. A video for “Sacrifice For The Slaughtergod” was recently completed with director Brian Wiebe earlier this fall and should be available at video outlets and online shortly.

Blackest of the Black
w/ Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Winds of Plague, Skeletonwitch:
10/21 - Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/22 - Minneapolis, MN – Myth
10/24 - Detroit, MI – Fillmore Theater
10/25 - Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
10/26 - St. Louis, MO – Pageant
10/28 - Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/29 - San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar (no Danzig)
10/30 - Dallas, TX – Palladium
10/31 - Kansas City, KS – Uptown
11/01 - Denver, CO – Fillmore Theater
11/02 - Farmington, NM – Gator’s (no Danzig)
11/03 - Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
11/05 - Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheater
11/07 - Portland, OR – Roseland
11/08 - Seattle, WA – Showbox At Market
11/10 - San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1994
HOME TOWN: Portugal
MEMBERS:
Fernando Ribeiro (vocals)
Ricardo Amorim (guitars)
Pedro Paixao (synths/samples)
Mike Gaspar (drums)

It took only two albums in the mid-'90s for Moonspell to establish itself as one of the leaders of the then-flourishing gothic metal scene. Wolfheart (1995) and its successor Irreligious (1996) allowed the Portuguese quintet to crest the throne of dark passion through a combination of stylish presentation, shadowy lyrics and a unique musical approach. Moonspell's developmental phase was more aggressive and forceful, followed by times of maturity as the band ventured down new musical paths, exploring more complex emotions. On The Butterfly Effect (1999), Moonspell invoked a harsh industrial-sound marked by intense dynamic acrobatics. Successful tours in America (with In Flames in November 1999 and Amorphis in May 2000) and Europe (headlining with Kreator, Witchery and Novembre in January 2000) followed shortly thereafter, expediting the band's progression into a solid unit of competent, complex and expressive performers. It would be easy to market Darkness and Hope as "going back to the glory days," but this would be restrictive and not altogether accurate. While Moonspell sets course for the gothic metal arena once again, they are far from revisiting their past or rewriting their own songs. The fiery emotions of the new songs are generated by a far subtler repertoire of sounds. Darkness And Hope is rich with theatrics, and great hymnal melodies breaking through to a stream of minor-keyed riffs. Moonspell manages to create delicate dynamics between sensitive half-ballads and mighty guitar-attacks, giving room to the listener's emotions while indeed generating an atmosphere somewhere between darkness and hope. The great storytelling within tracks like "Nocturna," "Firewalking" and "Devilred" manages to follow up on their dramatic masterpieces like "Mephisto" and "Vampiria." Sometimes Moonspell's own history almost seems like a Shakespearean drama in fast-forward mode: sparkling heroes storm towards the invitation of power; ambition leads to a fall (as perceived by some fans of their early work); a moment of self-reflection follows.and Act Four begins now - virtues once considered forgotten are rediscovered and forced to prove themselves against the cynicism of a life-experience nourished by defeats. Darkness and Hope encompasses some thrilling sounds. Even though this saga - from the rise and fall of a metal band - might be even more emotional than certain songs from their early days, there might be a spark of truth to it. All the many facets you can hear in Fernando Ribeiro's voice nowadays can be attributed to nothing but life itself. The same goes for the work of his band mates, who have never generated something so organic. Conclusion: Darkness And Hope, which was produced by producer-legend Hiili Hiilesmaa in Finnvox Studio, is proving that the musical, aching heart of our heroes from the very western edge of Europe is still beating powerfully... and it is exactly this pain that makes it so pleasurable to listen to, time and time again.