The Birthday Massacre have announced a UK tour to promote their new album, ‘Under Your Spell’. The itinerary is as follows :
24.10.17 LONDON O2 Academy Islington
25.10.17 MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
27.10.17 EDINBURGH Opium
28.10.17 WHITBY Goth Festival
29.10.17 GLASGOW Ivory Blacks
31.10.17 BRISTOL Fleece
01.11.17 READING Sub 89
02.11.17 SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
03.11.17 WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Further details will be announced in due course.
‘Under Your Spell' was released on 9th June by Metropolis Records.
‘Under Your Spell’ is the 7th album by the Birthday Massacre, and with it comes eleven songs that reveal a side of the Canadian band that audiences may not be familiar with. Driven with the band’s signature, unique blend of spiralling synth melodies, walls of guitar and evocative vocals, the new songs range from dark, aggressive anthems to danceable, pretty pop and hit all the bases that audiences have come to expect. However, there is also a rawness to the emotion expressed, an openness and vulnerability that feels new.
One thing that is clearer than ever, however, is the tight bond that exists between the band members and their willingness to explore heartbreak and loss together. With these songs, they have entered the darkness of their most fragile emotions and returned with a cohesive and detailed musical portrait that captures both the anger and hope that exist within a moment in time.
The Birthday Massacre continue to make music that is unique to them, once again managing to create an album that somehow feels so familiar, yet challenges the listener to continue alongside them on their ever-changing, ever-growing journey.
Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream are now confirmed as main support for Katatonia's shows in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Check out the details below.
December 04 - Klubi Tapper - Tallinn
December 05 - Melnà Piektdiena - Riga
December 06 - Loftas - Vilnius
As previously announced, Heretic's Dream will share the stage as special guests on Amaranthe's shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as follows:
December 01 – Saint Petersburg – Aurora
December 02 – Moscow – Volta
Just recently the Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream joined the Finnish progressive metal masters Amorphis on the 10th Eclipse Anniversary Shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Spika tour Agency has released the full video of Heretic’s Dream show performed at Zal Ozhidaniya Club 13.05.2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIEGJ36VUZE
Bloodstock have now released their day tickets (as of yesterday)! Tickets will be priced at £60 (plus booking fee) and are available at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Four-day ‘weekend tickets with camping’ are also still available, priced £139 (plus booking fee). Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Weekend tickets are selling faster than ever this year and may well sell out entirely before festival weekend, so don’t delay if you want to guarantee access to the UK’s best metal weekender!
One thing that sets Bloodstock apart from other festivals is festival founder, Paul Raymond Gregory’s on-site RAM Gallery. In addition to showing selections from his own world-renowned portfolio, Paul invites some of his favourite rock & metal-related artists to exhibit. This year he welcomes Berlin-based artist and illustrator, Eliran Kantor, who’ll show six pieces of work. Eliran has created sleeve art for numerous metal artists including Testament, Soulfly, Iced Earth, and Hatebreed. Returning to the RAM Gallery in 2017 is Orange County artist, Christian Sloan Hall, who show a few of the many pieces of work he’s created for our Friday headliner, Amon Amarth. Christian will be in the gallery to sign limited edition prints, which will be available for sale, so come by, say hello and snap up something extra special for your wall.
Also exhibiting will be Daniel P. Carter; artist, musician, and presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. Dan studied at the prestigious St Martins School of Art and has created sleeves for many albums, most recently Me And That Man’s debut (Nergal from Behemoth’s side project), ‘Songs of Love And Death’. On the photography side, the RAM Gallery is also thrilled to welcome celebrated rock photographer, Paul Harries, who’ll show six photographic pieces from his incredible portfolio. Adding a new flavour to the gallery this year is Heathen Waxworks. Their hand-carved 3D candleware in a range of unique designs are based on RAM Gallery-appropriate mythical and esoteric themes; Nordic Storm, Pagan Woodland, Native American, Hammered Horror and Satanic Majesty.
Lastly but not leastly, regular RAM Gallery contributor and luthier Cynosure, creator of hand-made guitars as art, will be exhibiting two brand new bespoke instruments. One of the new instruments is Saxon-inspired and will sit on the ‘Saxon Wall’ beside pieces of Paul Gregory’s original artwork for the British metal stalwarts. The other….well, that’ll be a surprise. Be sure to drop into the gallery to see it!
The finals for this year’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ campaign steam-roll on and Bloodstock can now reveal the next round of winners landing a slot on the New Blood stage.
Livening up proceedings on Saturday are Merseyside winners Reaper (www.facebook.com/OfficialReaperUK), Nottingham champions Raised By Owls (www.facebook.com/RaisedByOwls), Burnley victors Ward XVI (www.facebook.com/WardXVI) and Decrepit Monolith (www.facebook.com/decrepitmonolith) who landed the top spot in Newcastle.
The heavy riffage of Prognosis (www.facebook.com/Prognosis1) who took first prize in Manchester, are added to Sunday’s bill. Bloodstock has also decided to extend an invitation to three other exceptional bands, so performing on Friday, are Dorset’s sludge / groove metallers Thuum (https://youtu.be/tyJfpdbE9Vs) and Carlisle’s runners up, the prog / tech death Blood Thread (https://youtu.be/73sYRntuB94). Dublin’s second-placed Na Cruthne (https://youtu.be/Q5QzFgZFMq0) also join the bill Sunday, bringing a unique blend of groove & black metal, but with influences from traditional Irish, Scottish, and Breton music.
Bloodstocks pleased to reveal that the festival’s official charity partner for 2017 will once again be Teenage Cancer Trust. Since partnering up in 2011, Bloodstock is very proud that over £50,000 has been raised to date to help young people facing cancer. Don’t miss the charity’s stall in the market area, where you can purchase Teenage Cancer Trust merchandise and join in the popular ‘T-Shirt Amnesty’ (bring your unwanted band t-shirts to donate or swap).
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Pick up tickets at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
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