You Me At Six have just announced UK tour dates for April 2017, which kick off at Newcastle, 02 Academy on April 3rd. Tickets available here
The announcement comes following the band’s conclusion of several underplay shows throughout October, which saw them top Music Week’s UK Ticket Charts comprising the hottest tickets in the UK. This was bolstered by the final date at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (October 24th) selling out in just three minutes. The band have also just scored their 14th Radio 1 A list single, with the addition of Night People to the playlist.
Having gained a reputation as being one of the best live bands in the UK, with sold-out tours that have seen them headline both Wembley Arena and the O2, these 2017 dates will follow the release of what will be their 5th studio album, the highly anticipated Night People, which is due for release January 13th 2017 through Infectious Music: https://ymas.lnk.to/NightPeoplePR. The album will help to cement their status as one of the most important rock bands to emerge from the UK. It was recorded in Nashville at Black Bird Studios with Grammy award-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, James Bay) and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers).
UK TOUR - April
3rd – Newcastle, O2 Academy
5th – Plymouth, Pavilions
6th – Blackburn, King George's Hall
7th – Doncaster, The Dome
10th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
11th – Bournemouth, Solent Hall
13th – Glasgow, SECC
14th – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
15th – London, Alexandra Palace
Pre-sale 1st Nov 7pm / general sale 3rd Nov 7pm
You Me At Six have had a hugely successful career to date, selling over 600,000 albums globally. The band have had 3 top 5 albums including a UK number 1 on their last release, Cavalier Youth. With new tour dates scheduled and anticipation building for their upcoming album, it looks like 2017 is going to be another huge year for the band.
Ukrainian metal act Aftermoon are proud to announce "Phase One Tour 2016"!
30.10 Iasi (RO) – Indoor Metal Festival
1.11 Romnicu Valcea – Aby Stage Bar
2.11 Varna (BG) Varna Live Club
3.11 Cluj Napoca (RO) – Hard Club
4.11 Satu Mare – (RO) Club Algeria
5.11 Szekesfehervar (HU) – Nycolas Muhely
6.11 Targu Mures (RO) – Jazz & Blus Pub
7.11 Oradea (RO) Club Mozskva
1.11 Chisinau (MD) Albion Club
It's always a special occasion when a band decides to do an album launch concert, gig, party, however you wish to term it. The truth of the matter is that not only are album launch parties great for showcasing a wide variety of bands, in this case metal bands, but also the nationalities drawn it from it. With Epica's EpicMetalFest II, people from far and wide came to the 013 Poppodium in Tilburg to witness bands from Europe and as far away as Tunisia and Canada.
(This was my first time at a concert abroad and first time flying alone having come from the UK)
Sadly despite best efforts, due to some rather annoying maintenance works going on the Dutch railway and highway between Arnhem and Tilburg, I missed Off The Cross (BE), For I Am King (NL) and Myrath (FR / TN) and so cannot really report on either band. However, by chatting to some punters who said all three bands were on the ball, I'll take their word for it and give all three bands a 7.50/10.
Dutch Modern Metal outfit Textures certainly had their A-game in check as they carried off where Tunisian Oriental Metallers Myrath had finished. By unleashing a charismatic on-stage presence with some rather tight and malicious sounding music, there was no reason why the crowd couldn't have matched the intensity radiating from Textures performance. Underrated at times, Textures have shown during this evening why they're worthy of a Bloodstock slot next year. Ballistic at all angels, Textures were simply raising the bar for the evening, was there anyone capable of stealing the show (besides Epica)?
Having only made their Napalm Records debut last year, Belgian Speed Metallers Evil Invaders showed exactly why the Austrian label snapped up the quartet without question. Blisteringly fast riffs crashed against all four walls of the Universe Stage, all whilst Textures were doing their own shindig next year on the Storm Stage. Evil Invaders have been knocking around for nearly 10 years and yet despite the age of the band as a unit, the members started off as teenagers, yet they're capable of proving that they've shed their teenage skins and morphed into a formidable, respectable force. By belting out songs as if they went out of fashion, Evil Invaders only had one thing in mind... total carnage and boy did they deliver.
One of a handful of Dutch Metal bands performing at this year's EpicMetalFest, Stream Of Passion are really no newcomers to the erotic world of female-fronted Symphonic Metal, in fact all but one band member have been in previous bands thus being no strangers to the scene. Moreover here is a band who despite their best efforts at delivering sweet music that is so sumptuously good to the ears, hasn't yet managed to reach the heights of their fellow contemporaries in Within Temptation and Epica. However their set demonstrated that they're on the path to achieve that goal and despite it still being late afternoon, had no reservations about keeping the crowd on their toes. Drinking was in full flow during their set, Stream of Passion? A Stream of alcohol more like.
Since the departure of Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist kicked Alissa out of the band, thus enabling her to join Arch Enemy after Angela Gossow became band manager; thereabouts), The Agonist have been finding their way with their new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. Now, Vicky showed she is up to the task-in-hand by delivering a performance worthy of continuous applause if not for some of the other band members who seemed rather lost and at times not fully convincing; it's as if they haven't stepped out of the shadows of their former vocalist, resulting in a rather disappointing set. Not entirely sure what their plans were for the evening but it seemed to not involve band practise, despite this the whole set was of reasonable standard yet without a doubt, probably the most disinteresting performance of the night.
Herewith is an example of grandiose perversion of the extremely meticulous kind, and now you're probably thinking what the actual f*ck am I on about? It's certainly a technical sentence no? Perfect for Italy's Fleshgod Apocalypse who once again don the theatrics and emit such musical ferocity that earth tremors could be felt. Seriously enough they did not put a foot wrong, in fact they are so rehearsed in their dramatis personae that they would do well at Eurovision next year (are you reading this RAI?). Strobe lights abound and an air of operatic grandeur circumventing the venue was certainly the case, plenty more where those came from as walls of death came to and fro by the commands of Tommaso Riccardi; it was as if he was playing the king and the punters as the fools, either way Fleshgod Apocalypse demonstrated once again why they are still underrated.
Where Fleshgod Apocalypse managed to succeed in shitting the audience, Katatonia did not, instead they commenced the slitting. A once great and brutal institution has now turned for the dank and dismal worse; it was as if they weren't meant to be here because to be quite frank, the music did not fit in with the rest of the evenings line-up. That said, at least Katatonia trump Justin Bieber hands down and have the decency to sing, not lip sync live. But Katatonia just could not get the audience going, some just standing and watching bare-face, expressionless, it was as if they have been subjected to a public culling of animals, it was horrific. Despite all their might, Katatonia just did not deliver tonight... well they delivered, but the music was stale and too depressive.
Now whilst I interviewed Anis Jouini from Myrath, The Ocean were doing their thing (and we could hear it, so let's give them a decent 7/10). Now the time had come for the star performance of the evening, well it is Epica's show of course... joking aside, Epica are another band who know how to deliver a mesmerizing yet epic live show and they did not disappoint. Using props designed to mimic their new album's artwork (The Holographic Principle), Epica used laser deflecting pyramids to divert light beams across the stage, creating a psychedelic feeling as a result. Additionally in tow was Coen Janssen and his 'keyscooter' (let's call it that because it's a keyboard on wheels) and of course the expected pyrotechnics (which culminated in the end to a firework explosion). Epica simply were sensational, by delivering a set, performance and indeed day-concert worthy of being unleashed on DVD, all in the namesake of their new album, calling it magical is simply not enough and does not describe the overarching package that is EpicMetalFest... may the 2017 edition be as breathtaking.
Want to tour Cuba on Brutal Summer Fest? Brutal Battle Cuba 2017 submissions start Nov 1st (open to Canadian bands only)
FREE download of 45 minutes of 2016 BBC competing bands:
Brutal Battle Cuba is proud to announce its return for a 2017 edition across Quebec and Ontario to send one Canadian band to perform on the Brutal Summer Fest Tour across Cuba. The tour will take place during August 2017 with one Canadian band joining five to seven other international bands along with crew members, drivers and one big bus for the two week journey across the country. The winning band will also be provided a $500 worth package that will include a custom banner, shirts and stickers for the tour. While on the road, the Canadian band will also be introduced to every aspect of Cuban culture.
Watch video from last year's tour with 2016 champions Montreal's Dealer with Verbal Abuse (USA), Fang (USA), Neige Morte (France), Euglena (Russia), KESS'KHTAK (Switzerland) and local Cuban bands Switch Adox, Sex By Manipulation and Spermask - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE-aCoVppuA
Submissions for Brutal Battle Cuba 2017 will begin on November 1st, 2016 and end on November 30th, 2016 11:59 pm EST.
Submit your band at the following link: http://www.piranhaproductions.ca/soumission.php
Ontario: Oshawa, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kingston
Quebec: Montreal, Quebec City, Trois Rivieres
For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/BrutalBattleCUBA.
Carach Angren will be joining Fleshgod Apocalypse on their "King European Tour" in January 2017. The package that has already been a major success in the US in early 2016 will be completed by Nightland as opening act.
The Dutch masters of horror metal and the Italian opera fanatics will kick off their road trip at the Backstage in Munich on January 7th and continue all month to hit 10 more European countries before a final curtain at Haunting the Chapel in the French city of Metz on the 28th of January.
Carach Angren comment: "After three long years and many tours around the globe we are very much looking forward to haunt Europe once again. Make sure not to miss this great billing!"
Fleshgod Apocalypse announce: "Needless to say, we are incredibly excited about this. For our first headlining run across Europe we are preparing a whole new show, a unique live experience that will blow your mind! We cannot think of a better way to start the new year."
A list of all confirmed shows can be viewed below.
CARACH ANGREN + FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE + NIGHTLAND
07 Jan 17 München (DE) Backstage
08 Jan 17 Graz (AT) Explosiv
09 Jan 17 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
10 Jan 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
11 Jan 17 Wien (AT) Arena
12 Jan 17 Praha (CZ) Futurum
13 Jan 17 Cham (DE) LA
14 Jan 17 Zürich (CH) Dynamo
15 Jan 17 Dunkerque (FR) 4 Ecluses
16 Jan 17 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
17 Jan 17 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
18 Jan 17 Paris (FR) Le Petit Bain
19 Jan 17 London (UK) Underworld
20 Jan 17 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
21 Jan 17 Lindau (DE) Vaudeville
22 Jan 17 Annecy (FR) Le Brise Glace
24 Jan 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
25 Jan 17 Madrid (ES) Arena
26 Jan 17 Bilbao (ES) Stage Live
27 Jan 17 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
28 Jan 17 Metz (FR) Haunting The Chapel
CARACH ANGREN special X-Mass show
24 Dec 16 Amstelveen (NL) P60
It's always a blessing when a band from a country so far away comes over to play in the UK, it's even more majestic when it's their second and consequential time(s). But for Scarab (previously known as Hate Suffocation), this was another step in their quest to place their beloved Egypt on the metal map. Having pummelled out their second album 'Serpents of the Nile' last year (released via ViciSolum Productions), it was clear that Scarab are to become eminent within the MENA region alongside fellow bands Myrath (Tunisia), Nervecell (UAE), Acrassicauda (Iraq), Orphaned Land (Israel) and to a newer extent Blaakyum (The Lebanon).
However fixating complete attention onto Scarab and you begin to realize this is a band breaking boundaries, opposing Governmental oppression and above all us standing up for a form of music they feel has a powerful presence and message within. This was evident at their London show, performing in front of a mere 50/60 people, it was almost as if they were born to play music; come on they've already got Bloodstock pedigree.
As the crowd began to increase and doors were well open, Atvm were the first band to set the mood for the evening.
Having only been beating around the bush for four years, you would have thought that Atvm would have had a near-perfect craft to showcase, sadly this was not the case. Despite the best efforts from Harry (vocals) and Luke (bass), the atmosphere did not ignite and the rest of the band seemed to lack confidence in their stage presence. Sure the stage width-wise was not the largest, but to compensate you can easily think of something to get the crowd going; some seem perplexed as to what to make of Atvm, with the occasional arousing cheer making itself known.
Musically they seem ok, a bit sloppy here and there and at times trying to make their set more artificial than natural. If they're to gain a name for themselves further afield, then they need to redesign their blueprints because this effort has very little to appraise for (unless being sarcastic, then it's the case of turning up...).
As soon as Atvm wrapped up their 'could-have-gone-better' set, the Egyptian horde known as Scarab were donning their make-up in traditional Pharaoh-style, setting up their stage layout and even managing to set the mood with some incense candles... the sandwalkers have arrived.
Scarab, the more beautiful sister to Nile, are no strangers to these shores. Having played Bloodstock a few years ago to a relatively-packed Sophie Stage tent, they were once again gracing us with their 'True Egyptian Death Metal' sound. Rallying out with epics such as 'Blinding The Masses', 'Valley Of The Sandwalkers' and 'Serpents Of The Nile' among others, they wasted no time in correcting the atmosphere left unbalanced by Atvm.
Tight, precise, brutal, you could probably whip out a thesaurus and find better words to describe their performance but truth be told, these are guys who know their craft, know how to put on a damn good show and above all are showing to the world that metal is global, and that it's about bloody time the Western metalheads acknowledge this.
Having had a line-up change since their first outing on British soil, with bassist Bombest, drummer Hatem El Akkad and guitarist Tarek Amr being replaced by Omar Assem, Michel Khater and Stephen Moss respectively, their sound remains unchanged... it's as if Ra spared the death of the previous incantation. Slamming away through their set like a desert storm blasting Cairo with such intensity, the sandwalkers are on the path to international recognition and a sharp contender to challenging the metal band elite.
With moshpits, the expected headbanging and sweat emerging all around, it was too clear that the crowd love this band as much as Scarab loves their fans, they will be welcomed back to British soils and indeed London anytime. As the desert storm calmed down and Horus signalling that the Egyptians are finishing their set, it was time for De Profundis to limber up, pay respect to their brothers and co-headliners in Scarab and wrap up this interesting evening.
Four albums in and eleven years of activity, not bad for a band who by far deserve more attention than they currently have. Bloodstock 2017? Why the f**k not! De Profundis came prepared for this, by unleashing a barrage of Progressive Black / Death Metal to the statically-charged crowd; after being immersed by the energy Scarab spewed out, De Profundis knew that they had a challenge on their hands and one that they achieved in style.
Here is a band who should be gracing the European shores on an annual basis, with their performance this evening leaving the crowd gasping for air or maybe thirsty for more, De Profundis show that they're no pushovers. Intricately balanced and finely tuned, these London chaps know how to leave a scar in their backyard scene, savage yet epically sound, De Profundis are a sight to behold.
Of course there is much more this band can deliver, time will come for sure as they continue the path to success, for now they're decent enough to earn themselves a slot at Bloodstock next year (Scarab in tow of course). What makes the De Profundis unit a force to be reckoned with is they're craft, perfecting it over years and mastering a sound that can be identified as their own, something that seems to lack with some bands these days.
De Profundis, Scarab and Atvm have collectively proven one thing, metal is not dead. Metal is a thriving, breathing animal that has a lot of love, passion and life coursing through it and as the night came to a close, there was indeed the feeling of ultimate satisfaction radiating from the punters. Not even the nicest smile went amiss, the crowd were left totally content.
Atvm , Scarab , De Profundis 
Sumerian black / thrash pioneers Melechesh are very pleased to announce their only UK show this year will take place at Burning Manc Festival, Manchester on Saturday 10th December.
They will be headlining the event, which will also feature Manchester based death metallers Foetal Juice and London extreme metallers Scutum Crux plus many more…
Burning Manc Festival is a festival of fire, food and fierce music, and this will be Melechesh’s first ever Manchester show.
For more details visit here:
Burning Manc Festival @ Rebellion, Manchester
Saturday 10th December
Athens based Symphonic Metallers Fallen Arise - who just recently introduced their new singer Fiona Creaby - have announced the band's South-Eastern European Tour, check the dates below and the details at http://www.fallenarisemusic.com
October 13 - Sofia (BG)
October 14 - Constanta (RO)
October 17 - Bucharest (RO)
October 21 - Athens (GR)
Fiona Creaby – vocals
Gus – keyboards
Rudy R. Rallis – bass
Frangiskos K. – guitar
Thanos – drums
Vlassis K. – male vocals
Due to some personal reasons, the band’s tour line up will be the following:
Fiona Creaby – vocals
Gus – Keyboards
Rudy R. Rallis – bass
Cheis Vaelor Chaldaios – guitar
Marios K. – drums
Vlassis K. – male vocals
Fallen Arise, formed in 2009, released their second full length album “Adeline” in October 2015, via Rock Of Angels Records (aka ROAR), combining a theatrical atmosphere with a progressive approach and a heavy-metal-alike heaviness. The album takes us back in time of the Victorian era of the 19th century (1837-1901), presenting us the decay of the human body and mind through fiction. The album was realized in the collaboration with an ensemble of 40 renowned musicians from the National Opera, the Athens State Orchestra, the Nerit Orchestra and the Piraeus Concert Band. Fallen Arise have shared the stage with Moonspell, Leaves' Eyes, Outloud, as well as playing several shows in Greece.
The new album "Haeresis" by Iberian Extreme Metallers Noctem is now available and a full streaming is available on Terrorizer.com (click HERE to listen).
Now you can watch the new video of the band for the track "The Submission Discipline" (watch it HERE) (directed by Ghilherme Enriques). Want to watch a story about the inquisition tortures, witch hunt and necromancy? Then this is your cup of tea. A few days ago the third and last single of this new album was released, you can watch the visualizer for "Pactum With The Indomitable Darkness" (watch it HERE).
CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
01/10 – Valencia / Paberse Matao.
26/10 – Lisboa – RCA.
27/10 – Salamanca – Nave Bunker
28/10 – Madrid – Sala Silikona
29/10 – Zaragoza – C.C. Valdefierro
30/10 – Barcelona – Sala Monasterio
25/11 – Alicante / Marearock.
28/11 – Porto (Pt) / Hard Club.
29/11 – Lisboa (Pt) / RCA.
30/11 – Sevilla (Sp) / Sala X.
01/12 – Barcelona (Sp) / Boveda.
02/12 – Oviedo (Sp) / Franel Rock .
03/12 – Vigo (Sp) / Transilvania pub.
04/12 – Irun (Sp) / Tunk.
06/12 – Montpellier (Fr) / Secret Place.
07/12 – Brescia (It) / Circolo Colony.
08/12 – TBA.
09/12 – Oberhausen (Ger) / Helvete.
10/12 – Havirov (Cz) / Club my rocket.
11/12 Dec – Lille (Fr) / El Diablo.
12/12 – London (UK) / Boston Music Room.
13/12 – Glasgow (UK) / Audio Glasgow.
15/12 – Derby (UK) / The Hairy dog.
16/12 – Plymouth (UK) / The Junction.
17/12 – Nancy (Fr) / Le Hublot.
18/12 – Rotterdam (Hol) / Baroeg.
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