Due to "some unfortunate problems," Norway's KHOLD have been forced to pull out of the European tour with HYPOCRISY and EXODUS. Replacing them on the bill will be KEEP OF KALESSIN, the Norwegian black metal outfit featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech, also a touring guitarist for SATYRICON) on guitars/bass/synth.
KEEP OF KALESSIN have spent over one year in studio preparing for their upcoming CD "Armada", and the upcoming tour will give them a chance to test out their new material in advance of the CD's March 27, 2006 release. This will also be the first time KEEP OF KALESSIN play outside of Norway.
The routing is as follows:
Nov. 22 - Lutaako – Jyvaskyla, FIN
Nov. 23 - Club Teatria - Oulu, FIN
Nov. 24 - Nostory - Helsinki, FIN
Nov. 25 - Nooruse Maja – Tartu, EST
Nov. 26 - Salamandra – Riga, LAT
Nov. 27 - Proxima – Warszawa, POL
Nov. 28 - WZ – Wroclaw, SK
Nov. 29 - A 38 – Budapest, HUN
Nov. 30 - Media Park – Ljubljana, SLO
Dec. 01 - Stadthalle – Cham, GER
Dec. 03 - Troubadour – Lyon, FRA
"Armada" will be released via the Norwegian label Tabu Recordings, a division of Tuba Records. Vyl is playing drums on the album and a new bass player, Wizziac, is being introduced. MAYHEM singer Attila Chisar is doing some additional vocals, but he will not be the frontman anymore.
KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released in December 2003 through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order.