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  I want to introduce to you Athena, the Crowgrrl!

*The upcoming Blackest of the Black Festival is an event to not be missed – it promises to be an incredible immersive experience! The brainchild of the legendary Glenn Danzig, this event is billed not just as a music festival but as a total “Escape” from the mundane.

Coming to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th, Blackest Of The Black will host two music stages, curated by Danzig, with performances by some of the heaviest acts around including Danzig, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Devil Driver, Belphegor, Marduk, Atreyu, Vamps, Corrosion of Conformity, Venom Inc., Discharge, Combichrist, Butcher Babies, 3 Teeth, Ghoul, Ritual, and more. The festival will also feature camping, and a number of sinister attractions including Castle Danzig -- a fully immersive walkthrough experience of pain, pleasure, and metal, based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig

The Castle Danzig attraction is a fully interactive festival experience in torture, pain, and metal.
Based on the music and graphic novels from Glenn Danzig, fans will get to fully experience being placed in stocks, torture on the rack, and some light electrocution. Just past the tree graveyard, Torture Countess Drukija will guide attendees though their first virgin sacrifice before relaxing into a nice warm blood bath. The world’s foremost suspension artist will be hanging only the most daring fans from hooks, and suspending them up to 20ft in the air. And if the fans are feeling crazy, like really crazy, they will have the opportunity to wriggle into a straight jacket and chill out in the padded cell, where their friends can watch them freak out on video. Castle Danzig is the perfect place to get a little blood on your clothes, and get that selfie only a sicko would like.

Other attractions include thrill rides, freak performers, and a Sugar Skull Painting contest for a chance to win a meeting with Glenn Danzig himself!

Some really impressive VIP packages are also available for the festival.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://blackestfest.com/
http://blackestfest.com/
http://www.danzig-verotik.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Danzig/

 


*I absolutely LOVE Light of the Morning Star’s debut release, “Nocta” (Iron Bonehead Records). It celebrates all things Nocturnal, including Vampirism, Necromancy, and the Dark Arts. Excellent musicianship provides a starry backdrop for the deep, luscious black satin vocals.

What’s really surprising is that this is all performed by one man: the mysterious entity only known as O-A. The music is a hypnotic mix of deathrock, molten doom, and atmospheric black metal. A total dark musical masterpiece!

Nocta’s title track starts things off with funerary keyboards – the excellent symphonic song progresses into exploring nocturnal mysteries with a hint of Vampiric sexiness. I love both the whispered and clean vox in “Coffinwood”, this hypnotic song puts the Romance back into Necromancy. The venomous “Serpent Lanterns” totally Rocks!!!

The ominous funerary procession of “Grey Carriages” shows otherworldy beings collecting newly released souls. The brilliant “Crescentlight” has us dancing under the moon’s glow. The poisonous “Oleander Halo” combines the danger of a toxic plant with the influence of the Angel of Death.

The powerful “Ophidian” is inescapably captivating! “Lord of All Graves” is pure bone-chilling. I adore the catchy “Five Point Star” which honors the pentagram.

This surprisingly wonderful album that hints on but defies genres immediately made its way into my personal heavy rotation stack. I can’t sing its praises enough!

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*The Viking horde known as Amon Amarth have their long ships once again targeting North American shores. Still touring on the strength of their excellent “Jomsviking” album (Metal Blade), they are bringing special guests Goatwhore this time around. Starting April 30th, the trek also features select appearances by Amon Amarth at some of the nation's premier music festivals: "Welcome to Rockville", "Carolina Rebellion", "Dark Lord Day", "Northern Invasion", and "Rock on the Range".

Hailing from Sweden, Amon Amarth are: vocalist Johan Hegg, bassist Ted Lundstrom, guitarists Johan Soderberg and Olavi Mikkonen, and Jocke Wallgren kicking the skins.

 

Amon Amarth comments: "United States! We return to your lands this Spring and we will raid and plunder your little cities as we please. For the first time we will be sailing our longships towards the curious native celebrations called 'The Loudest Month' (Welcome To Rockville, Northern Invasion, Carolina Rebellion & Rock On The Range) where we will sack and burn them to the ground and feast on the spoils. Our good friends in the almighty Goatwhore will be joining us on this voyage on all headline shows. You have been warned."

Goatwhore's Ben Falgoust (vocals) adds: "We are looking forward to hitting the road with Amon Amarth and playing some raw as fuck metal for you people. Show up with your anger and let's make some chaos happen. I know you all need to vent some issues. Let's do it together and crush the opposition. I also hope by the end of this tour I can try to be as cool as Joe Grindo from Theories."

See below for all dates!



Amon Amarth tour dates
w/ Goatwhore
Apr. 30 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville *
May 1 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl
May 2 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
May 4 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
May 5 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion *
May 6 - Richmond, VA - The National
May 8 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
May 9 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
May 10 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
May 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
May 13 - Chicago, IL - Dark Lord Day *
May 14 - Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion *
May 16 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
May 17 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
May 19 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
May 20 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range *
*=Amon Amarth only


As the band's first concept record in their storied career, Jomsviking tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal - which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). For their efforts, Amon Amarth landed on the global charts this past year (including a #11 spot on the USA Current Album Billboard Chart!). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit http://www.amonamarth.com


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