Magnus “Devo” Andersson Exits Marduk

Magnus “Devo” Andersson has announced his departure from Marduk. The bassist commented:

“After a total of 17 years in Marduk, 70 countries and almost 900 gigs, I decided to leave the band. I intend to concentrate more on the studio. I therefore wish the other members of Marduk good luck in the future.”

Marduk Banned From Entering Guatemala

According to Billboard, Marduk have been banned from Guatemala due to their Satanic beliefs. The ban was put in place after lawmakers voted on it 87 to 13. The group were supposed to perform in the country on October 11.

This isn’t the only time Marduk have ran into problems either. The band’s February 2017 show in Oakland, CA was cancelled after allegations of racism surfaced.

The group were also unable to perform in Poland back in May due to the venue getting sabotaged.

Furthermore, reports filed earlier this year also alleged that members of the band had purchased Nazi propaganda.

Marduk’s Show In Rzeszow, Poland Was Cancelled After The Venue Was Sabotaged Following Political Pressure

Marduk‘s show at the Life House club in Rzeszow, POL was cancelled earlier this week after the venue was apparently sabotaged. The Polish conservative Christian political party PiS were trying to stop the concert, because they said it was “promoting satanic content.” The club refused to cave in to the pressure, and this led someone to break in and steal a water meter and pipe to cut off their running water. A local media report says the venue then tried getting portable toilets, washbasins, and a fire fighting water tank so the show could go on, but local authorities would not allow it.

Marduk‘s booking agency Massive Music commented (translated from Polish):

“Something unusual happened. From the beginning of the announcement of the concert concert in rzeszow, they were on us and the pressure club to cancel this concert. The situation was definitely over yesterday and today. The Club, only today, had police control, fire department, and sanitation. On yesterday’s “unknown” Perp broke into the club, cut out a part of the pipe with wodomierzem, cutting off the club from running water.

On this basis, the health department has halted the activities of the life house club (until it is restored to the current water club) Coincidence? The Club did everything for the concert to take place (he ordered portable toilets, sinks, a fire tank, and even in case a aggregate generator). Unfortunately, the strength of political pressure and offices has proved too large. We regret to cancel tonight’s concert even though the teams are in rzeszow and the stage is ready.

There has never been such pressure in our history, letters from lawyers and control. We were also not able to move the concert to another place, because the checks appeared only today, on the day of the concert, and other clubs in the city did not talk to us or fear the risks.

Purchased collector tickets can be returned at sales points. Tickets from the network network can be returned after a long weekend as soon as the disposition returns.”

Behemoth’s Nergal, who is a Poland native, also commented:

“Unfortunatelly they succeded. Marduk concert in Rzeszów got cancelled. How far you will go to protect your one and only truth? How long you will keep on violating our freedom? What it will take for you to realize that NONE of your fascist ways will break our spirit?

Do I sound pathetic? Exagerated? Reactive?Try to live free life in the country full of blind sheep led by conservative, stubborn, shameful lowlives.”

This isn’t the only controversy surrounding Marduk as of late. The band have also faced allegations of Nazism in the past, and those accusations have surfaced again after recent reports said two members purchased Nazi propaganda back in 2016, though they have since denied those claims. The group also played a concert in Stockholm, Sweden with Taake, who have also been facing allegations of Nazism. Marduk said the following about that show:

“On April 29, despite the outraged bleating from the enemies of black metal, Marduk Official and Taake (Official) performed in a sold-out Stockholm venue. Both bands wish to thank the Stockholm Slaughter promoter, Vlad of Death Disco Productions, for going above and beyond in the face of overwhelming adversity. But above all, our heartfelt gratitude to you – the fans – whose unwavering support ultimately made this a highly worthwhile experience, not to mention at all possible.

Let this little escapade serve as a reminder of how outside interference in black metal matters should be approached: unity in defiance, with neither apology nor compromise.”

[via The PRP]

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Marduk To Release New Album “Viktoria” In June

Marduk have announced that their new album “Viktoria” will be released on June 22, via Century Media Records. You can check out the cover art and track listing for that below:

“Viktoria” Track Listing:

01. “Werwolf”
02. “June 44”
03. “Equestrian Bloodlust”
04. “Tiger I”
05. “Narva”
06. “The Last Fallen”
07. “Viktoria”
08. “The Devil’s Song”
09. “Silent Night”

Tour Dates:

05/01 Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
05/05 Rzeszow, Poland – Life House
05/03 Kosice, Slovakia – Colloseum
05/04 Budapest, Hungary – Blue Hell
05/05 Brasov, Romania – Kruhnen Musik Halle
05/07 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
05/08 Vercelli, Italy – Officine Sonore
05/09 Rome, Italy – Traffic
05/10 Brescia, Italy – Colony
05/11 San Dona Di Piave, Italy – Revolver
05/12 Vienna, Austria – Vienna Metal Meeting
05/13 Luzern, Switzerland – Shuur
05/14 Montbeliard, France – Atelier des Moles
05/15 St. Maurice, Switzerland – Le Manoir
05/16 Munich, Germany – Backstage
05/17 Mannheim, Germany – Ms Connection Complex
05/18 Erfurt, Germany – Club from Hell
05/19 Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Rock Hard Festival
05/20 Kubox Kuurne, Belgium – Thronefest
05/22 Cardiff, UK – The Globe
05/23 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
05/24 Glasgow, UK – Audio
05/25 London, UK – The Dome
05/26 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
05/27 Amstelveen, Netherlands – P60