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Author: AAndersen

California Deathfest

“We can hardly believe it, but California Deathfest seems to happen for real next weekend! But not only because of the (obvious) circumstances California Deathfest will be a very special and meaningful show for us: This is our first show in over 2 ½ years, our first show in the United States ever, the very first show for our latest album „Spectres from the Old World“ and… also the last show of our drummer Seraph who has been our brother in crime for the last two decades:

Actually Seraph had „(in)officially“ left the band already after the recordings of „Spectres from the Old World“ and our good friend Hannes Grossmann was supposed to play all upcoming shows. But due to an injury Hannes was forced to cancel California Deathfest which at first seemed to leave us in a desperate situation regarding the show. Fortunately, Seraph, despite already having left the band, proved again that he is a fantastic guy and loyal friend and stepped in for Hannes. I see this situation with a laughing and a crying eye: On the one hand it is a pity that Hannes can’t be with us, on the other hand we are also excited to play one more time with Seraph and give him a proper farewell. And I think playing our first show on „the other side“ of the Atlantic in the City of Angels is a pretty great setting for a proper farewell. Seraph, we bow to you, and thank you for 2 decades of awesomeness!”

V.Santura/Dark Fortress

Dark Fortress forced to cancel the upcoming “Spectres from the Old World” release shows in March!

“Yesterday our show in Rotterdam officially got canceled due to the prevailing situation regarding the spread of Covid-19, today the show in Munich… It is just a matter of time until every show will be down, so under the current circumstances of event size restrictions and a growing number of travel bans which affect some members of the band already, it simply doesn’t make any sense trying to tour at the moment, therefore we have no other choice than canceling the whole tour. Of course we are disappointed and cannot wait to finally get back on stage, especially after the amazing feedback our new album has received so far, but this is a force majeure… We can only hope that the situation will calm down in the upcoming weeks and months and that we will be able to tour in October as planned.”

V. Santura/Dark Fortress

DARK FORTRESS release “Pulling at Threads” taken from “Spectres from the Old World”

Venerated black metal specialists DARK FORTRESS return with a new album, “Spectres from the Old World”, on February 28th, 2020. For a first taste check out a semi-static clip for the song “Pulling at Threads” here:

“Spectres from the Old World” is more direct, more aggressive than its predecessors. At no time in DARK FORTRESS’history have they reached so far out into the darkness, only to find the domine of astronomy non-existent, the end merely an end. Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed Studios throughout 2019, “Spectres from the Old World” marks an important milestone in DARK FORTRESS’ journey along actual and spiritual left-hand paths.

Glimpse into the endless black of the universe on “Spectres from the Old World”, which is available in the following formats:
Ltd. CD Mediabook (ouside of North America)
CD Digipak (North America)
Gatefold black 2LP
100x Gatefold transparent blue 2LP – via the CM Distro Onlineshop
200x Gatefold transparent petrol green 2LP – via CM Distro
200x Gatefold transparent magenta 2LP – via EMP and Nuclear Blast
Digital Album
You can pre-order the album directly at the band’s own webshop: or here:

DARK FORTRESS have confirmed the following shows a month after “Spectres from the Old World” is released:
26.03.20 (DE) Munich – Feierwerk
27.03.20 (CH) Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
28.03.20 (DE) Bochum – Matrix
29.03.20 (NL) Rotterdam – Baroeg

Morean comments: “To celebrate the release of our eighth studio album “Spectres from the Old World”, we are happy to announce a handful of release shows next spring in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. More dates later in the year to come. Hope to see you there!”

The following festivals are announced as well:
11.04.20 (NO) Oslo – Inferno Festival
24.05.20 (USA) Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest
27/28.06.20 (USA) Los Angeles – California Deathfest
23.07.20 (SK) Drevenice Reviste – Gothoom Festival
28.07.20 (SVN) Tolmin � Metaldays

Dark Fortress share the first details about “Spectres from the Old World”!

“Spectres from the Old World” is scheduled for a worldwide release on February 28th, 2020. The track listing reads as follows:

1. Nascence (Intro)
2. Coalescence
3. The Spider in the Web
4. Spectres from the Old World
5. Pali Aike
6. Pazuzu
7. Isa
8. Pulling at Threads
9. In Deepest Time
10. Penrose Procession (Interlude)
11. Swan Song
12. Nox Irae

First shows are already confirmed, more will be announced shortly:

11.04.20 (NO) Oslo – Inferno Festival
24.05.20 (USA) Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest
27/28.06.20 (USA) Los Angeles – California Deathfest
23.07.20 (SK) Drevenice Reviste – Gothoom Festival

Stab Wounds Re-Release!

The classic third DARK FORTRESS album, “Stab Wounds” (2004), will be re-released via Century Media Records on November 22nd, 2019.

“Stab Wounds” will be released as Gatefold 2LP, Limited Edition CD Digipak and digital album. Strictly limited silver vinyl (100 copies) and transparent blue (200 copies) are available at the Century Media Store

Order “Stab Wounds” here:

Upcoming album

We are currently putting finishing touches to our eighth studio album. V. Santura comments:

“We have been working intensely on our new album over various sessions in the last couple of months. The title will be “Spectres from the Old World”. We decided to keep quite silent and vague about the process but now the recordings are basically completed. We have just finished recording all of the lead vocals with Morean on Monday, and only a few last details and two guitar solos are missing. Again, I am blown away by the power and versatility of Morean’s vocals. “Spectres from the Old World” will probably be perceived as less “progressive” than its two predecessors “Venereal Dawn” and “Ylem”, but it is more compact, super intense and I love the sheer power and brutality it bursts forth.”

The album will be mixed and mastered in late October/early November by guitarist and producer V. Santura at Woodshed studio, Germany and released worlwide via Century Media in late February 2020. More news will follow.

The End of an Era

Coming Saturday we will perform at Dark Easter Metal Meeting in Munich!

Unfortunately, this show will also mark Dark Fortress’ last show together with our long-time (almost 18 years!) bass player Draug, who decided to leave the band for personal reasons. We all feel very honoured and grateful for having been an integral part of his musical carreer for so many years, witnessing his extraordinary presence both on stage as a performer, and off stage as a friend. He will be missed, and we wish him nothing but the best for his future!

Launch of Dark Fortress’ own online merchandise store

Finally Dark Fortress launch their own official online merchandise shop! This store has been in the making for quite a while and long overdue and now at the end of the festival season we thought it would be a perfect point of time for the official introduction. For now we offer just a small but well chosen selection of items and the actual stocks are very limited. You can also find some very rare items which are almost sold out like the “Antiversum” shirt with a black on black print. Over time we will increase the selection of shirts, albums and other items as well as the stocks to make sure to cater for your needs. Orders are accepted world wide!

Website Update and Summer Festivals

After a few months of stasis in the virtual word, our official website finally underwent some long due updates. Please also check out the “Live” section for our forthcoming shows on various European summer festivals.