THERION, MAYHEM Confirmed For Israel's DISTORTION FESTIVAL

Swedish symphonic metallers THERION and Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM has been confirmed for the Distortion Festival 2007, set to take place on August 30 in the "Israeli fairs center" in Tel-Aviv, Israel. More band confirmations and ticket information will be published on www.metalist.co.il in the next few days.

THERION recently announced the departure of vocalist Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE) prior to the band's appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in early August. His replacement in the group will be Thomas Vikström, who is best known to metal fans as the voice behind CANDLEMASS' "Chapter VI" album (1992).

THERION's latest studio album, the dual-disc "Gothic Kaballah", was released in North America on February 6 via Nuclear Blast Records.

MAYHEM cancelled its "Deconsecrate the States" 2007 U.S. tour this past week as a result of a serious injury suffered by drummer Hellhammer. "The power of MAYHEM must come at full force and without Hellhammer, it is impossible for us to accomplish this feat," the band said in a statement. "We deeply regret having to cancel the tour but we feel that there truly was no other option. We shall however return stronger than ever to deconsecrate your shores as soon as humanly possible!"

MAYHEM's latest CD, "Ordo Ad Chao", entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 12, the band's highest position ever.

MAYHEM had only once before been on the Norwegian charts, when the band's last album, "Chimaira", reached No. 28 in 2004.

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