Classic avantgarde Norwegian black metal band Arcturus has released their entire live album Shipwrecked In Oslo for streaming. This is the first official live audio publication by the band and their first release in eight years. The album comes from their 2005 Sonic Solstice performance in Oslo, which was originally released on DVD. It has been edited and remastered for CD and vinyl release through Finnish label Blood Music with a June 3rd release date.
A small new update suggests that the new Arcturus album is coming together these days. Last year, Hellhammer laid down the drum tracks for the album, and recently the official Facebook page for the band posted a short update: "Recording vocals". Short but good news! We'll just have to wait for more updates then. Fans have been waiting for a long time since the band's last album Sideshow Symphonies came out in 2005 already.
Apparently, Arcturus fans can expect a blessing from the band as ICS Vortex's official Facebook page has hinted that a new Arcturus album is in the works and it is expected to be released in the fall of 2013, almost 8 years after their latest effort Sideshow Symphonies. This comes after the band had confirmed that they were working on several new songs and expected to enter the studio next year. The band also posted a new banner on their official Facebook page to build up the suspense.
Arcturus has unfortunately cancelled their appearence at ProgPower USA. Ihsahn will replace them.
The band issued the following statement: "Arcturus still suffer from hibernation sickness, and due to outdated parts we deeply regret to inform you: we are canceling Progpower USA. This lack of maintenance is entirely our own fault, and sincere apologies go out to the promoter and all ticket holders, especially those of you who had planned to travel far..."
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston seems just as confused by the statement as everyone else: "I have no idea what the hell that statement means. I'm not going to try and figure it out either, as I have wasted enough time and effort on that "band" already. In the meantime, I would like to personally thank Ihsahn for taking the slot. His professionalism in this situation is greatly appreciated."
After being dissed by Dimmu Borgir last weekend - Link] - vocalist Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs' webmaster has revealed the man's future plans:
"I think that now is the right time to post some news on the future music plans of ICS Vortex.
Simen will have a meeting with Lamented Souls in mid September to plan a new release and a few gigs in Norway. There is another meeting also planned with Arcturus members to discuss about the future of the band and a possible reunite. Nothing's for certain yet but keep visiting back the page as more announcements will take place about Simen's projects in the very near future!"
In a shock development, Avantgarde metallers Arcturus have decided to disband after a highly successful tour of Australia.
Local tour promoters Just Say Rock Productions broke the news to patrons of the concerts via e-Mail, stating their reasons: "The band just thought that the time was right, the moment had come and that due to their tour of Australia being so successful they wanted to go out on top... their Australian tour was one of their greatest highlights and they rated their Melbourne show as one of their all time memorable all round events."
Bravewords.com reported that, in response to a question asked by Australian fan Vanessa at the band's MySpace page, Arcturus drummer Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem) responded with the following:
The following message has been posted on the Season Of Mist Website:
We're sorry to announce that Arcturus' bassist Hugh Mingay recently had a motorcycle accident. He's going to be well, but has to rest for several weeks because a vertebra has been affected. Consequently, the three Norwegian shows scheduled this week had to be cancelled. We all wish Hugh to recover soon.
Arcturus are again on the news, this time because they get a deal with Season of mist, also they have schedule the release of new album at august and will be touring after that.
Also the band will have a special performance in February, check out the details:
"ARCTURUS will play at by:larm in Stavanger 11. February!
by:larm is a 3 day conference for the music busines, with seminars and over 80 concerts.
This year the best live act will get a stipend on NOK 100.000!!!
Vote for ARCTURUS in two ways:
1) Web: follow this link, and search for ARCTURUS, and vote:
Dimmu Borgir bassist /vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-Borgnagar, Lamented Souls) has officially rejoined Arcturus as the group's permanent vocalist. His first appearance back with the group will take place at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27
Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on Arcturus' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".
Arcturus announced earlier this month that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.