Recent Season of Mist signing, MERRIMACK have announced a string of European shows. The Parisian black metal fanatics will perform some headlining concerts and at festivals before embarking on a tour with KOZELINIK and ZLOSLUT in Central Europe.
04 Mar 17 Le Haillan (FR) Salem (+Temple of Baal +Strynn)
07 Apr 17 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur (Venom Fest IV)
14 Apr 17 Arnhem (NL) Willemeen (+Wrang)
15 Apr 17 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg (Conspiracy Of The Damned Fest)
21 Apr 17 Löberschütz (DE) Gleisberg
22 Apr 17 Olten (CH) Provisorium 8
23 Apr 17 Berlin (DE) Blackland
24 Apr 17 Strakonice (CZ) Na Kremelce
25 Apr 17 Banska Bystrica (SK) Tartaros
26 Apr 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
27 Apr 17 Cluj Napoca (RO) Hard Club
28 Apr 17 Belgrade (RS) Fest Klub
Regarding their recent signing, the band commented: “We are pleased to announce that MERRIMACK is joining the Season of Mist roster. Signing with the leading force of the French shores is a decisive step in our goal to deliver the blackest of metals, without compromising our art, and with the means of a well established company who proved to release the finest artists. Working with fellow countrymen will ensure a fruitful cooperation, and their unquestionable professionalism can be nothing but a motivation for the band to make this union last long!”
MERRIMACK were founded by guitarist Perversifier in 1994 with a clear vision to keep the black metal flame burning as an act of aesthetic terrorism – as adamantly based in the underground as opposed to any attempts to co-opt, commercialise, or turn the style into a self-parody.
With a number of demo recordings (‘Prologue’ (1995), ‘Act 1’ (1995), ‘Horns Defeat Thorns’ (2001)) and split-releases (‘Hirlion/Merrimack’ (1998), ‘Merrimack/Sargeist’ (2002)), the French gained recognition and respect in the scene for being true to their words.
Although MERRIMACK decided to reach a larger audience with the release of their first full-length ‘Ashes of Purification’ (2002), the Parisians remained dedicated to their roots firmly lodged in dirty, grime, and fanatical passion. Their jet-black debut and the ‘Hellgium Raped’ EP (2003) attracted wide attention and the following releases were backed by professional labels.
‘Of Entropy and Life Denial’ (2006) and ‘Grey Rigorism’ (2009) witnessed MERRIMACK closing the ranks with the most influential, active, and authentic acts of the French black metal scene. Their classic combination of harsh sound with epic structures appealed to critics and fans alike and put the band on their celebrated first US-tour with MARDUK and NACHTMYSTIUM in 2009.
Following the recording of ‘The Acausal Mass’ (2012) again in the legendary Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, DESTRÖYER 666), MERRIMACK embarked on a European tour with Norwegian genre icons MAYHEM and accepted invitations to prestigious festivals such as Hellfest in their native France, Germany’s Party-San Open Air and Summer Breeze and Montreal’s Messe des Morts in Canada.
Having firmly established their black name and message around the globe, MERRIMACK are currently preparing to release their next milestone of brilliant black metal, balancing malicious underground spirit, and wickedly simmered maturity this year.
Perversifier – guitar
A.K. – guitar
Vestal – vocals
Daethorn – bass
Blastum – drums