Russian sci-fi metal group Sunwalter head out on their first tour of 2018 taking 3 East European countries. Titled The Course Of The Alien King, this will be a joint tour with Polish group Lux Perpetua. The band are still heavily promoting their recent release, Alien Hazard, which has been getting extremely positive reviews. This is always a fun and colourful band to check out live and they hope to announce dates in Russia and wider afield very soon!
Here’s the Sunwalter tour announcement from their always entertaining Facebook page;
“Earthmen! After the lengthy New Year holidays, we have finally returned to the habitual orbit around this planet. While the Earth celebrated the date, we have decided on the upcoming venues in terms of our next European tour, and we are ready to share the information with you. Unfortunately, there are no dates of Russian shows on the list yet, but we’ll try to persuade the Anunnaki race to consider that territory as landing site during the tour. Please, don’t hesitate to let us know, where else you would like to visit Sunwalter performances.”
With the release of the third Bloodshot Dawn album Reanimation last Friday and the band due to embark across the UK starting this week. The band have now revealed plans for their first foray into northern America territories. The band will tour across guitarist Morgan Reid's home country of Canada in April. "We are hitting Canada this April!!!" exclaims band leader Josh McMorran. "We are pleased to be hitting North America for the first time as well as going to Morgans home country!!"
Catch the band in Canada at the following dates!
17/04 - Quebec City Le Scanner
18/04 - Montreal Piranha Bar
19/04 - Ottawa Cafe Dekcuf
20/04 - Toronto Hard Luck
21/04 - Waterloo Maxwells
22/04 - Guelph Silence
24/04 - Venue TBC
25/04 - Regina Cloud Nine
26/04 - Saskatoon Vangelis Tavern
27/04 - Edmonton Brixx
28/04 - Vancouver Astoria
29/04 - Kelowna Muninn's Post
30/04 - Venue TBC
01/05 - Calgary Distortion
The new album 'Reanimation' is out now and is available for streaming on Bandcamp and all other major streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Deezer, etc. Listen on Bandcamp here: https://hostilemedia.bandcamp.com/album/reanimation
Out via Hostile Media on 12th January 2018; Reanimation features prominent guests including Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Paul Wardingham, Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless), Mendel Bij De Leij (Aborted). The album was mixed and mastered by Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry while artwork was completed by Chris Kewli & Tomasz Strzalkowski.
Bloodshot Dawn UK Live Dates
17/01 - Black Heart, London
18/01 - Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01 - Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01 - The Underground, Plymouth
21/01 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01 - The Flapper, Birmingham
23/01 - Audio, Glasgow
24/01 - The Fulford Arms, York
25/01 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01 - An Spailpin Fanach, Cork
27/01 - Limelight, Belfast
28/01 - On The Rox, Dublin
The band will also appear at this years Hellfest Open Air Festival and UK Tech Fest.
Order Reanimation Here: www.hostilemedia.net/shop
Tokyo based “Samurais from Hell”, Survive, will join Venom Inc + Suffocation on "Blood Stained Earth Tour 2018" in Europe, kicking off on March 9th in Bristol (UK). Other support will come from Brazilian thrashers Nervosa and Canadian ethnic symphonic metallers Aeternam. Further details can be found below.
BLOOD STAINED EARTH TOUR 2018
VENOM INC + SUFFOCATION + NERVOSA + AETERNAM + SURVIVE
3.9.Fri - Bristol (UK) “Bierkeller”
3.10.Sat- Manchester (UK) “Rebellion”
3.11.Sun - Glasgow (UK) “Audio”
3.12.Mon - Birmingham (UK) “Asylum” -
3.13.Tue - London (UK) “Islington Academy”
3.14.Wed - Opwijk (BEL) “Nosta”
3.15Thu - Paris (FRA) “Petit Bain”
3.16Fri - Eindhoven (NLD) “Dynamo”
3.17.Sat - Hamburg (GER) “Kultur Palast”
3.18.Sun - Aarhus (DEN) “Voxhall”
3.19.Mon - Copenhagen (DEN) “Pumpehuset”
3.20.Tue - Mannheim (GER) “MS Connexion”
3.21.Wed - Ingolstadt (GER) “Eventhalle Westpark”
3.22.Thu - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
3.23.Fri - Bologna (ITA) “Zona Roveri”
3.24.Sat - Graz (AUT) “Xplosiv”
3.25.Sun - Budapest (HUN) “Barba Negra”
3.26.Mon - Cluj Napoca (ROM) “Form Space”
3.27.Tue - Vienna (AUT) “Viper Room”
3.28.Wed - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
3.29Thu - Prague (CZE) “Futurum”
3.30.Fri - Dresden (Ger) “Eventwerk”
3.31.Sat - Katowice (Pol) “MegaClub”
Marko Cipaktli (Drums / Harsh vocals)
Pat Cuikani (Vocals / Ocarinas)
Paul Belmar (Guitar)
Nakuset Gould (Bass)
Alex Navarro (Guitar)
Mexican symphonic folk metallers Cabrakaän will be hitting the road with Quebec's Valfreya and Alberta's Forsaken Rite for this year's "March Of The Frozen Western Canadian Tour". The tour will see the Mexican transplants whom now call Canada home and residing in Calgary, AB perform in three provinces during the month of February. During the tour, Cabrakaän will showcase new tracks from their upcoming 2018 full length "Cem Anahuac" due out in spring 2018 to follow their 2014 debut EP "Songs From Anahuac".
Staying true to their roots, Cabrakaän's music combines elements of metal orchestrated with Mexican folklore along with a wide variety of instruments such as strings, acoustic guitars, Jarocha harp, marimba, ocarinas, Huehuetl, and Teponaztle. Their lyrics are in English, Spanish, Zapoteco, Nahuatl and other ancient Mexican languages. The band's name is based on a character from the Mayan sacred book known as the Popol Vuh, where Cabrakaän was the god of mountains and earthquakes.
"We are proud our roots and our culture and we want to share it with the world through our music. When we are on stage, we try to give our fans a great experience by creating an atmosphere from the time of the Aztecs, using costumes and make up. The purpose of our sets too is to give fans more of our culture visually and musically so they can connect with us and enjoy the performance even more." says drummer Marko Cipaktli.
Feb 15 - Kelowna, BC - Muninn's Post - info
Feb 16 - Calgary, AB - Distortion - info
Feb 17 - Edmonton, AB - The Forge On Whyte - info
Feb 18 - Regina, SK - Cloud 9 - info
Cabrakaän was formed in Toluca, Mexico in 2012 and have been calling Canada home since first performing in the country at the 2017 Metalocalypstick fest in Lone Butte, BC where the beauty of the North won them over and encouraged them make the grand decision to relocate.Their debut EP "Songs From Anahuac" was unleashed in 2014 and displayed a mix of death, folk, and symphonic European influences with Prehispanic instruments along with storytelling of Mesoamerican mythologies (Aztec, Mayan, Tlaxcaltecan, Olmecan) plus Mexican folklore such as La llorona, La Bruja, Day of The Dead.
Wasting no time in Canada, Cabrakaän are currently completing production on their follow up full length album entitled "Cem Anahuac" set for release in spring 2018. The album will be an expression of pride for their roots, history and traditions along with their love for metal and traditional music from their home country of Mexico.
Australian summer is about to get blackened: Mayhem are kicking off the live delivery of their complete landmark debut album, 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' to Down Under tonight. The Norwegian black metal icons will be joined by local label mates Départe and will be supported by Bölzer and Ruins.
A list of all confirmed Mayhem shows in Australia and New Zealand can be viewed below.
MAYHEM Australia + Départe + Bölzer + Ruin
16 Jan 18 Perth (AU) Capitol
17 Jan 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
18 Jan 18 Sydney (AU) Max Watts
19 Jan 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
21 Jan 18 Hobart (AU) Mona
MAYHEM New Zealand
23 Jan 18 Auckland (NZ) The Kings Arms Tavern
01 Apr 18 Philadelphia, PA (US) Decibel Metal & Beer Festival
Bloodstock are excited to make their first band announcement of 2018!
Tickets for 2018 are flying out the door, with less than 50 VIP tickets remaining. Do not delay if you’re planning on joining us in the Serpent’s Lair! Standard tickets, as well as the very popular Deposit Scheme and the last few camper van pitches are all currently available in the ticket store. So, about those band announcements...
Jasta & Friends are set for a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday! As a great friend of Bloodstock, we’re thrilled to welcome Jamey Jasta, frontman of Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow and Icepick, back to the festival with his solo band, Jasta. However, this is not just Jasta, this is Jasta & Friends, so expect some special guests to jump on stage for various songs, just for the BOA faithful at Bloodstock 2018! Guests will be revealed in due course, but we can tell you that the mighty Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom of Sorrow) will be one of them! Jamey says, “I’m beyond excited and honoured to have my first UK show with Jasta be at the mighty Bloodstock Festival! So many legends have graced the Bloodstock stages, we will channel their energy and give the fans a killer set with some special surprise guests!” Check out Jasta’s recent video for ‘The Same Flame’ here - https://youtu.be/P7PnbooaTOE.
Venom Inc also join Saturday’s main stage bill! With new album, ‘Avé’ released via Nuclear Blast last year, the seminal British metal icons will be bringing both classic tracks and new to Bloodstock next August. Check out the lyric video for ‘Avé Satanas’, taken from that album here - https://youtu.be/Xt_yGt0ET0U and get ready to welcome The Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon to Catton Park!
Our Saturday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner will be Orphaned Land! The ground-breaking band’s new album, ‘Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs’ is set for release later this month via Century Media and features guest appearances from Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch, Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates and Steve Hackett. Check out the epic album teaser here - https://youtu.be/GNm20DFCO7Y.
Also joining the bill are the hotly tipped Danish prog metal outfit Vola, who join the Sophie stage bill on Saturday. The band are hard at work on their new studio album, set for release through Mascot Records this year. Get a taster of their sound via the video for ‘Stray The Skies’ taken from 2016’s debut album, ‘InMazes’ - https://youtu.be/EipdyUZfrG0.
If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are a bit stretched post-Christmas, Bloodstock’s payment plan helps ease the ‘lump sum’ shock of paying for your ticket by breaking it into five smaller, more manageable amounts. Sign up in the ticket store any time before 28th Feb for an initial deposit of £36.00. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29.00 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively. Find out full details and sign up over at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets will not go on sale until next summer. Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, MR BIG, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
With a new year comes new and exciting news from Mammothfest, who are launching the 'Mammothfest Best Band 2018' competition to search for the best and most talented emerging metal acts in the UK this year.
There will be hundreds of shows held in 11 locations including London, Cardiff, Ireland and of course Brighton where Mammothfest is held. These will all include semi-finals and the all-important final where the overall regional winners will then go head to head in the national final at Mammothfest on the Sunday 7th October where one winner will be crowned MAMMOTHFEST BEST BAND 2018. But not just that, there are other prizes up for grabs such as a possible label deal and more!
If you are in a band or know a band that you think would be perfect for the potential title and crown of 'Mammothfest Best Band' you can get in touch and apply to the 11 promoters hosting the events for free! NEED INFO. Each promoter will pick 16 acts to compete in the 4 heats
Check out the official promo video for the search for 'the best band of 2018'!
Mammothfest early bird tickets are still available at half price for just £40 for a weekend ticket for a limited time! You can purchase the discounted tickets here: https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-2018-tickets
German female-fronted thrash metal act Dying Gorgeous Lies are confirmed for Hard Rock Laager 2018 in Estonia, going onstage on June 30th. Get more information on festival at https://www.facebook.com/hardrocklaager. Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/177061902871684
As previously announced, Dying Gorgeous Lies will join, as Main Support, the German Thrash titans Destruction on their shows in Saint Petersburg and Moscow:
February 15 – Opera Concert Club – Saint Petersburg
February 16 – Moscow Hall – Moscow
Upcoming Dying Gorgeous Lies Festivals:
Hard Rock Laager 2018 - Estonia - June 30th
Metal Days 2018 - Slovenia - on July 22nd-28th
German Female fronted thrash metal act Dying Gorgeous Lies‘ powerful stage presence creates a toxic essence generating an ominous seething in front of every stage that puts all metal heads under its spell. Watch the band’s “First World Breakdown” video here: https://youtu.be/uB2y3Y3lPYU
Bloodstock's first wave of 2018 Serpent’s Lair VIP tickets sold out in record time this year. The second & final wave of VIP ticketing, including a limited amount of VIP upgrades priced at £145 and a limited number of deluxe VIP packages (Octopads, Bellepads and Podpads remain available. (Luxpads are sold out) became available at 9.00am today, Friday 15th December. Don't delay if you want to join us in 2018’s VIP Serpent’s Lair!
As well as a dedicated VIP camping area right behind the main stage compound, luxury loos, complimentary hot showers and the infamous ‘Serpent’s Lair’ VIP bar, featuring 100+ guest ales and ciders to sample, Bloodstock also offers a range of additional entertainment exclusive to the Serpent’s Lair VIP experience. There will be plenty happening in the Lair FOR YOUR EYES ONLY!! Whilst our many regulars all know its worth, if you’re new to the Serpent’s Lair, here’s the basics of the VIP camping experience at Bloodstock;
* Private entrance with free parking close to your camping area
* Party in the VIP bar with some of the artists performing
* Priority access to the band signing tent (except headline acts)
* Late night entertainment with guest DJs
* 24 hr hospitality staff to take care of your needs
* 10% discount voucher on Bloodstock merchandise purchased at the festival
* FREE T-shirt and goodie bag, including lanyard with all stage times
* Access to the festival site from 12 Noon Thursday through Monday
The very popular Deposit Scheme (allowing you to break your ticket payment over five manageable instalments) will be announced on Thursday 21st December. A very limited amount of 50 VIP tickets will also be available via the deposit scheme, subject to availability.
Also selling out in record time this year was our Early Bird ticket allocation at the discounted price. Standard weekend tickets are now available, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun, so grab yours now at the ticket store! A small handful of camper van pitches are still available.
Check out the new festival trailer here and get excited for 2018’s best metal weekender - https://youtu.be/u2ySjBak5OU.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, MR BIG, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
If you already know you can only join us for one day, sign up for a reminder email as day tickets will not go on sale until next summer. Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
British metalcore group Confessions Of A Traitor have announced an 11 date European tour supporting Crazy Town in January 2018. This comes hot on the heels of their UK dates in Swansea, Basingstoke and Bradford on January 12th, 13th and 14th. The band have an enjoyed a successful 2017 with the release of their EP Illuminate via Sliptrick Records and a lot of touring which has helped them reach out even further to the masses. They aim to kick off 2018 in the same vein with more gigs, new recordings and spreading the Confessions Of A Traitor word! Read more about Illuminate …here
Get your copy of Illuminate at: Shop Sliptrick | Amazon | iTunes
Illuminate | Released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on June 13th
European Tour dates:
Jan 18 | Viper Room | Vienna, AU
Jan 19 | Bozidarac | Belgrade, SRB
Jan 20 | Form-Space Cluj | Napoca, RO
Jan 21 | Hard Rock Cafe | Bucharest, RO
Jan 22 | Oddity | Iasi, RO
Jan 23 | Sentrum | Kiev, UA
Jan 24 | Fest Republic | L’viv, UA
Jan 25 | Eleven Club | Brno, CZ
Jan 26 | Barrak | Ostrava, CZ
Jan 27 | Club DK Luksus | Wroclaw, PL
Jan 28 | Cross Club | Prague, CZ
All dates below are supporting Crazy Town and with For The Win
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