In between rehearsing, playing some live festival shows and enjoying the summer time, Dario Frodo, Tom Tas and Stripe have been in the studio, these past few weeks, recording the basics for what will become a new Ostrogoth studio album. Recordings took place at the home studio of guitarist Tom Tas and so far all guitar parts and all bass parts for 10 new songs have been recorded. Drums and vocals will be recorded later this year. So there will be a new studio album, some time next year! But don’t hold your breath yet. We are looking at an Autumn 2017 release, not any time sooner. In the meantime, enjoy the four classic albums and give ‘Last Tribe Standing’ another spin. \m/
Last Friday we played the last of three Belgian summer shows for this year and what a great reception, with no less than 1800 people showing up for this outdoor show with Rotting Christ and Powerstroke. A great turnout with people coming all the way from France, Ireland and Germany and many familiar faces in the crowd. Great crowd, great hospitality, top-notch organisation!
Picture courtesy of photographer Michel Wijne (Het Nieuwsblad). Check out his entire series of pictures here: http://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/blmwi_02424898?pid=5773782
Back from a great weekend in the North of Germany for Headbangers Open Air, the biggest and definitely coolest garden party in the world. With friends and fans attending literally from all over the globe. Very cool to be rocking out on stage and seeing friends from the USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Bosnia, Sweden, and of course Belgium, all rocking out front row.
The Headbangers Open Air Festival show, in Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany, is coming soon. A great outdoor festival with Armored Saint, Saced Reich, Ross The Boss, Q5, Angel Witch, Holy Moses, Vardis, Bonfire, Trespass, Tytan and many more… OSTROGOTH will be on stage on Friday, July 29th, for a 60-minute set, from from 16:40 till 17:40, to be followed by a meet and greet & signing session, that same evening, at 20:30. Set the garden on fire!
So we just embraced Twitter. If you are a Twitter user, follow us there as well, to stay updated on all things Ostrogoth! https://twitter.com/OstrogothBand
Check out the new July-August issue from DEAF FOREVER magazine in Germany, with a 20-page special about European Metal in the period 1979-1983, including a ful page OSTROGOTH interview with Mario ‘Grizzly’ Pauwels, about the early years of the band, and a review of the ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ EP.
On sale now, at all stores where you can buy music magazines (at least in Germany) or online here:
Founding member Mario ‘Grizzly’ Pauwels (drums) and long time band members Dario Frodo (guitars), Josey Hindrix (vocals) and Stripe (bass) welcome guitarist TOM TAS into their ranks.
Tom is a 34-year old, hard working, professional musician, who has already been performing for several years with his other bands 23 Acez, Quantum Fantay and Neo-Prophet.
After the summer, Tom will also be joining the band in the studio, to start recording Ostrogoth’s next full length studio album, scheduled for release, late fall 2017.
Tom Tas: “Being a big Ostrogoth fan myself, for many years now, it’s an honour for me to be invited to play with these legendary Belgian Metal warriors, and I am greatly looking forward to join the band both on stage and in the studio”.
Come and see the new line-up during the upcoming summer festival shows in Belgium, Germany and France.
Picture by photographer Hans Van Hoof, May 2016.
From left to right: Tom Tas, Dario Frodo, Mario Pauwels, Stripe, Josey Hindrix.
One year ago, today, WhiteShark lost his battle to cancer. A good moment to remember, not only Whiteshark, but also Pierke and Sphinx, Ostrogoth’s two other six stringers who are no longer amongst us.
Jean-Pierre ‘Pierke” Dekeghel was Ostrogoth’s very first guitarist from 1980 to 1981. Pre-Full Moon’s Eyes.
Hans ‘Sphinx’ Vandekerckhove replaced Pierke in 1981 and was in the band for the classic recordings ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’, ‘Ecstacy and Danger’ and ‘Too Hot’.
Rudy ‘WhiteShark’ Vercruyssse joined in 1982 and was the only guitarist present for all the band’s recordings, from 1983′s ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ until the last recordings for ‘Last Tribe Standing’, late 2014.
Gone, but not forgotten. \m/