Yes, 2017 will be pretty exciting. Not only will we be looking to the future by making a new record, at the same time we will also be revisiting the past, by bringing our debut album ‘Ecstasy And Danger’ live, in its entirety, for the first time since 1984!
‘Ecstasy and Danger’ contains several classics tunes, like the 8-minute long opening track ‘Queen of Desire’, ‘Scream Out’, and the pounding title track ‘Ecstasy and Danger’, songs that are often featured in our live set. But other tracks haven’t been played in a while now and songs like ‘Stormbringer’ and ‘A Bitch Again’ haven’t been performed live since 1984, since the touring campaing for the ‘Ecstacy and Danger’ album, 32 years ago.
When editor in chief Metal Mike reviewed the album for Dutch Aardschok magazine, back in January 1984, he wrote “Ecstasy and Danger is the best hard rock album any Belgian band has ever produced, so far” and he gave the album a blistering score of 9/10.
When Jeff Wagner reviewed the album for British Iron Fist magazine in 2014 he wrote “‘Queen of Desire’ is the best song they would ever write, a terrific 8 minutes, packed to the gills with events. It reeks of 70′s era Judas Priest, except for the balladic middle section, which recalls the ethereal moments – ‘Remember Tomorrow’, ‘Strange World’ – from that first Iron Maiden album” and he concluded with the words “a formidale set of songs, each having something tasty to chew on”.
Both editors were spot on with their words. ‘Ecstasy and Danger’ has proven to be a classic 80′s hard rock album and a fan favorite, together with the legendary EP ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’, released one year earlier in 1983.
‘Ecstasy and Danger’ tracklisting:
- Queen of Desire
- Ecstasy and Danger
- A Bitch Again
- Scream Out
- Lords of Thunder
- The New Generation
- Do It Right
All 2017 live shows will feature an old school set with the entire ‘Ecstasy and Danger’ album, plus additional classic tunes from the early days.
The first live shows for 2017 will be announced very soon.
Original Ecstasy and Danger artwork by Eric Philippe.
These past few weeks basic recordings took place for what will become Ostrogoth’s first full length studio album since ‘Feelings Of Fury’, released in 1987. The recordings took place at the home studio of guitarist Tom Tas and so far twelve new songs are finished and demoed.
With the band still writing new stuff, chances are that we will have sixteen new songs finished, by the time we will enter the recording studio, late March 2017.
The new album will probably have ten tracks on it, with ‘All Manners of Light’, ‘Better Man’, ‘More Than Meets the Eye’, ‘Powder & Arms’ and ‘Sonic Machine’, being possible song titles. The new record will also contain a big epic song, that will be the longest Ostrogoth recording so far. And there’s a fast song, simply entitled ‘Ostrogoth’. Sounds like an anthem in the making.
So there will be a new Ostrogoth record in 2017! But don’t hold your breath yet. We are looking at a late Autumn release, not any time sooner.
In the meantime Ostrogoth will take it’s debut album on the road in 2017, with a special old school set with the entire 1984 album ‘Ecstasy and Danger’, plus additional classic tunes from the early days.
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!
FESTIVAL WEBSITE: http://veranstalter.wix.com/h-o-a
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/533387880147611/
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/
It’s been a while since we posted something from our own video archives… and this one has a story behind it.
Here’s a 1-cam video shoot from the song ‘Queen of Desire’, recorded 5 months ago at the Heavy Sound Festival. Ostrogoth were supposed to play Heavy Sound, back in 2014. But we had to cancel the show, due to WhiteShark undergoing surgery. In 2015 Ostrogoth was back with a vengeance… but unfortunately without Sharky. When WhiteShark passed away earlier this year, the band decided for future concerts not to play the guitar intro to ‘Queen of Desire’ live, but to use the original guitar intro from the song, so that WhiteShark would still be part of the shows. After all, this was his signature song.
Enjoy ‘Queen of Desire’, recorded live at the Heavy Sound Festival, Summer 2015.