Aug 26, 2017 – 6:00 PM

  • Marduk
  • Incantation
  • Abysmal Dawn

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Marduk: An unswerving commitment to blasphemy and extremity combined with a relentless touring schedule and a steady stream of recordings has helped establish Sweden's Marduk as one of the better-known bands on the Scandinavian black metal scene. They began as more of a standard death metal band with a black metal influence, but have come to be known for their style of extreme black metal, which tends to focus on themes of warfare and anti-Christian sentiment and is characterized by relentlessly fast drumming and blurred walls of guitar. The group formed under the leadership of guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Hakansson in 1990, with vocalist Andreas Axelsson, bassist Richard Kalm, and drummer Joakim Grave rounding out the lineup.

They released their controversially titled demo tape Fuck Me Jesus in 1991. Soon after, a second guitarist was added in Devo Andersson, while Bogge Svensson replaced Kalm on bass. Using this lineup, Marduk recorded their first official album, Dark Endless, which came out the following year on No Fashion Records. Unhappy with No Fashion, the band made the jump to the French Osmose Productions imprint, releasing Those of the Unlight in 1993, this time with Grave on drums as well as vocals and a new bassist in B. War. For their following release, 1994's Opus Nocturne, Fredrik Andersson was brought in on drums, Devo Andersson was dropped, and Grave was resigned to vocals. (Meanwhile, Osmose set about releasing the Fuck Me Jesus demo in 1995, at which time it was banned in seven countries.) The lineup shuffling continued with Grave's subsequent departure, at which time he was replaced by Legion (formerly of the band Opthalamia). With this new lineup, they issued their most well-received album, Heaven Shall Burn...When We Are Gathered, in 1996. This CD was followed by a concert recording from that album's tour entitled Live in Germania, which showed that they could indeed sustain the non-stop blasting intensity of their records without any studio assistance. (They did use a second guitarist, however, in Peter Tagtren of the death metal band Hypocrisy.)

Subsequent releases included Nightwing (1998), an album partly inspired by the life Vlad Tepes, aka Dracula, and Panzer Division Marduk (1999), a war-themed concept album and their last CD for the Osmose label. Following their split with Osmose, Marduk set up their own label, Blooddawn (distributed in the U.S. by Century Media), releasing the double-live CD Infernal Eternal as well as a new studio album, La Grande Danse Macabre, in 2001.

Incantation: One of the most important bands ever to emerge in the death metal genre, Incantation has braved two decades through many lineup changes, tours around the world, and an extensive discography. The death metal institution has returned with its latest release, Primordial Domination, to once again prove that Incantation is often imitated but never equaled. Leading Incantation is mainman John McEntee, along with drummer Kyle Severn, and bassist Joe Lombard. Incantations earliest EP, Entrantment of Evil, was released to a burgeoning death metal scene in 1990. Despite numerous lineup changes, Incantation has outlived many a band from that era, continuing to release solid records year after year, including 1992s now-classic full-length debut, Onward to Golgotha, Diabolical Conquest, and Decimate Christendom. With Primordial Domination the band continues to set a standard of quality for all others to meet. We really feel we have accomplished what we were aiming for with Primordial Domination, said McEntee. It has all the fundamentals that make Incantation who we are as a band but we went for a heaver and more crushing production on this album. We also added more leads than the band have had in many years. We made the album that we wanted to hear. The staggering combination of the bands ominous sound, vicious style, incredible work ethic, and unwavering dedication has left an indelible mark unmatched by all except the most legendary of their peers. Through its recorded and live performances, Incantation has built a legacy that will extend beyond its years. Lending proof to its incredible work ethic, Incantation has toured from Canada to Colombia, Argentina to Europe, Central America to Australia and the United States, and plans to continue its worldwide live onslaught following the release of Primordial Domination. We have always gone the extra mile to tour and perform for all the Incantation supporters around the world, McEntee said. Incantation, for us, is a life style and when we play live, people are getting a band in their most sincere and pure primordial state. We believe that our supporters deserve the best show possible and we will always do are best to deliver. Over its illustrious 18-year career, Incantation has become an infamous death metal institution and Primordial Domination is certain to maintain the groups reputation as a pillar of the international underground metal scene.

Abysmal Dawn: ABYSMAL DAWN plays aggressive modern death that combines some of the best elements of both black and thrash metal. The band seamlessly blends the catchiness and technicality of early 90’s American death, with ample doses of atmosphere, melody and the brutality of their contemporaries. Pain ridden death growls, complex drumming and soaring leads all help make From Ashes one of the strongest debuts within the extreme music genre in a long time! Hailing from Los Angeles CA, ABYSMAL DAWN was formed in late-2003 after Charles Elliotts (guitars/vocals) departure from the long running local blackened/death act Rise. Soon after, Elliott sought to start an entirely new project with his former Inhuman Visions band mate, Jamie Boulanger (guitars). The pair recruited Terry Barajas (drums) and frantically began writing material that would soon invoke mass hysteria throughout the metal community. The bands first three song demo was unleashed upon mankind in October of 2004. It garnered the band critical praise within the underground metal press circuit, as well as earning them some high profile gigs. 2005 saw the band playing alongside some of metals most elite acts such as Exodus, 3 Inches of Blood, Krisiun, Incantation, Hate Eternal, Into Eternity, Exhumed, Aborted, Disgorge, Impaled, Crisis and Decrepit Birth, to name a few. Metal audiences clamored to see the bands energetic stage shows, and demand for a proper recording soon became overwhelming. In November of 2005, ABYSAML DAWN entered Shiva Industries in Santa Ana to start work on their debut release entitled From Ashes. For the recording, the band enlisted the help of longtime friend and live bassist, Mike Bear (Ex-Prototype, Artisan) to fill in the bottom end. The result is nine songs that pay special attention to not only brutality, but song craft as well. Engineered by John Haddad (Eyes of Fire, Phobia) and graced with the stunning artwork of Par Olofsson (Deeds of Flesh, Psycroptic), From Ashes assaults your senses and tears at the very fabric of your soul. Make no mistake, ABYSMAL DAWN is soon to be a household name among the metal community. Surely a force to be reckoned with, ABYSMAL DAWN have risen From Ashes only to conquer us all.

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