South Africa's Wildernessking have issued the following statement about their forthcoming Euro tour and 2017 plans:-
"2017 is off to a great start as we've been working on a few things lately... after a few attempts to make this happen, we are beyond thrilled to announce our first European tour.
See tour dates and locations here.
July will also see the release of a new album; one that's been shaping up really nicely in the band room over the past few weeks. We'll have more information regarding the tour and the record in the next few months. We hope to see many of you at the shows, and to finally meet some people whom we've shared a long correspondence with...
Thanks so much to Alex from Sick Man Getting Sick Records for making this happen. We owe you big time :)
Please spread the word about the tour, and if you know of any booking agents or promoters, we still need two shows for the tour, on the 22nd and 23rd of July. Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
Talk soon and take care,
Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. The band is currently wrapping up their critically-lauded Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour with support from Black Anvil and Inquisition, with their final two performances - February 19th at the Gramercy Theater in New York, New York and a very special, intimate MAYHEM-only appearance on February 20th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York - now sold out.
Following a short break, Mayhem will return to the road for a near-month-long European jaunt. Set to commence on March 24th in Karlstad, Sweden and run through April 16th in Munich, Germany, the Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour includes stops at the Vienna Metal Meeting and Dark Easter Metal Meeting. Support will be provided by Dragged Into Sunlight on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.
In related news, Rolling Stone recently featured Mayhem in an extensive retrospective piece. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.
Mayhem - Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition [remaining dates]:
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
2/17/2017 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY [tickets]
2/18/2017 Royale - Boston, MA [tickets]
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY SOLD OUT
2/20/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY * MAYHEM Only, SOLD OUT
Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII:
3/24/2017 Nojesfabrieken - Karlstad, SE *
3/25/2017 En Arena - Stockholm, SE *
3/26/2017 Amager Bio - Copenhagen, DK *
3/27/2017 Train - Aarhus, DK *
3/28/2017 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL *
3/29/2017 Electric Ballroom - London, UK *
3/30/2017 Club Academy - Manchester, UK *
3/31/2017 Academy - Dublin, IE *
4/01/2017 Barrowland (Lords Of The Land) - Glasgow, UK*
4/03/2017 L'Empreint - Savigny-le-Temple, FR *
4/04/2017 CCO - Lyon, FR
4/05/2017 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH *
4/06/2017 Live Club - Milan, IT *
4/07/2017 Mostovna - Nova Gorica, SI *
4/08/2017 Arena (Vienna Metal Meeting) - Vienna, AT *
4/09/2017 Vintage Club - Zagreb, HR
4/10/2017 Dom Omladine - Belgrade, RS
4/11/2017 Mixtape 5 - Sofia, BG
4/12/2017 Club Rockstadt - Brasov, RO
4/13/2017 Fuzz Club - Athens, GR
4/15/2017 Durer Kert - Budapest, HU
4/16/2017 Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting) - Munich, DE
* w/ Dragged Into Sunlight
De Profundis have been confirmed as part of a touring package that will be bringing an icy chill to spring in the UK. Along with atmospheric black metallers Fen and tour headliners, the Norwegian lords of the dark, Taake, De Profundis will be descending like black angels upon Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April. The dates are as follows:
April 6th - Exchange, Bristol - https://www.facebook.com/events/1174269739347094/
April 7th – The Dome, London - https://www.facebook.com/events/341771126204589/
April 8th - Ruby Lounge, Manchester - https://www.facebook.com/events/1765262270462391/
April 9th - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514083958606600/
On this tour De Profundis will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their debut album, Beyond Redemption. There will also be a very special release to commemorate the first decade of De Profundis being unveiled at this time, featuring artwork from renowned artist Gary Ronaldson (Kreator, Napalm Death, Benighted etc) – more details on this to follow soon. Meanwhile the band are nearing completion on recording work for their fifth album which will be released later in 2017.
2017 is still young and yet one of the heaviest line-up's this year rolled into London on the back-end of a performance in Paris, Fleshgod Apocalypse were on the last few dates of their European run that saw them and their supporting buddies in Carach Angren and Nightland rack up over ten countries.
Italy's most extreme metal band has visited London endless times, 9 or 10 if you were to count and yet the expectation was riding even higher on the Classical-Death Metal outfit as this was their first ever headlining tour. Sure they had support from the Dutch Symphonic / Melodic Black Metal horde Carach Angren and their own fellow-countrymen in the form of Nightland, this did not however make them sweat one bit - despite the cold outside the didn't seem phased by the bitter English weather at all.
Who'd have thought that a band like Nightland were virtually unheard of in this part of Europe and yet with their magical combination of Symphonic Death Metal and on-stage armour-clad outfits, they came with the ferocity of a thousand stallions rampaging through the old Roman towns and cities of Italia. Here is a band who try to emulate the apocalyptic sound that Fleshgod Apocalypse have nurtured but simultaneously try to resist becoming a fad or indeed a clone, they manage to pull it off.
Sure the notable absence of a pianist helps, but truth be told Nightland dealt their cards well with this performance as the crowd bathed in their mighty, yet mesmerising performance and craft. They certainly knew how to get the party started (and this is not a P!nk reference) but more so knew how to crack the London audience, after all some of the British metalheads can be a tough crowd to arouse if not motivate to spark moshpits and related motions found within the metal music repertoire.
No doubt Nightland done themselves proud and will certainly be welcomed back to these shores with open arms in the times ahead.
[8/10] RHYS STEVENSON
Carach Angren are no strangers to the European circuit having pillaged and rampaged across the European plains for many years, blasting their infectious mix of Symphonic and Melodic Black Metal whilst adding horror and ghost stories to the fray. A perfect partner to Fleshgod Apocalypse, the Dutch horde demanded immediate attention when it came to their slaying performance.
No show is a show without some form of theatrics (lets be honest), so when Ardek's keyboard is shown to move up, down, left, right, sideways and horizontally, the crowd practically wet themselves as the motion demonstrated is one of complete amazement but more so gives the impression of being on a ship... cue The Flying Dutchman. But given their overall performance, it would be nice to see Carach Angren grace some UK festivals this year, this was deserving of a slot by far.
Ardek at one point donned a mask that was very reminiscent of The Purge artwork, so despite it's creepy nature the aesthetic was sensual and sexual simultaneously; yes there is such as a thing as a ghost orgy. As song after song came rallying out like a machine gun on endless rounds, it was time for the hauntings to cease and for the renaissance to step in... cue Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Hail to the Fleshgod Apocalypse, hail to the King! This is what was chanted by the already aroused crowd as the anthemic crescendo tune of 'Marche Royale' erupted into the venue as the Italian classical maestros made their way on stage, unfortunately Cristiano Trionfera was not in attendance but his stand-in replacement (whose name one has forgotten) done justice and would have made signor Trionfera rather proud.
In fact as the traditional quintet (with exception to the minor personnel change) and Veronica Bordacchini (live opera vocals) led the charge with 'In Aeternum', 'The Fool' and 'The Violation' as the stapled songs in their set-list, few could argue that Fleshgod Apocalypse are Italy's latest successful metal export and are ones who join the upper echelons that Lacuna Coil are perched on. Having the expected swig of wine during the performance, Tommaso looked rather stern at the media, suspecting his bottle of limoncello had been taken (of course this is not true... yet limoncello is undoubtedly nice).
This was a performance to savour and as Fleshgod Apocalypse finished their set with the epic melodic tune 'The Forsaken', it was a night that will live long in the memories of those who attended for here were three bands who despite having different styles of symphonic metal at their very foundations, all indulge in the extreme metal faculty and do so with such admirable interest. As they would say in Italy, 'tutto è bene che riesce bene'.
[8.5/10] RHYS STEVENSON
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
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.
PRE-ORDER “HAERESIS” NOW!
Danish blackened hardcore band Hexis join up with Brisbane's Siberian Hell Sounds for an Australian tour.
Hexis are more than just a band, they're a force of nature. Combining the furious white rage of black metal with ritualistic sludge and thunderous hardcore, Hexis create an oppressive, unholy wall of noise.
Joining them for the ride are Siberian Hell Sounds, Brisbane's own black metal killers, playing their brand new EP 'Svengali' in its harrowing entirety.
This will be the first and possibly only time the Danish Black Metal band will come to Australian shores. Don't miss your chance to see them live.
3/10: Rosemount Hotel, Perth (18+)** w/ Mors De Corpus, Self Harm, Unravel and Population Control
4/10: Jimmy's Den, Perth (18+)** w/ Sanzu, Skull Cave and Alzabo
5/10: Via Studios, Brisbane (AA) w/ Carnal Urge
6/10: The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane (18+) w/ Hope Drone and Descent
7/10: Hamilton Station Hotel (Back Room), Newcastle (18+) w/ Disparo and Staunch
8/10: Blackwire Records, Sydney (AA) w/ Loather and Home Burial
9/10: RAD Bar, Woolloongong (18+) w/ Gvrlls and Night Goat
10/10: Phoenix Bar, Canberra (18+)** w/ Blight Worms, Slave Birth and Monoceros
11/10: Musicman, Bendigo (18+)** w/ SUNDR, Vulture Culture and Erebos
12/10: Hotshots Gallery, Melbourne (AA) w/ Christcrusher, BOG and Cordell
13/10: The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne (18+) w/ Whitehorse, Ash Mouth and Diploid
14/10: Ancient World, Adelaide (AA) w/ Iron Wurzel, Melchior and Wounded Pig
15/10: The Crown and Anchor, Adelaide (18+) w/ Shadowolf, BOG and DEAFAULT
16/10: The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (18+)**w/ Pure, Sanctify the Serpent, Break Through
17/10: The Arts Hall, Ferntree (AA)** w/ Pinchgut, Ruiner and the Threshold Forms, Ultra Martian
** HEXIS only.
All shows are $15.
A few days ago, the organizers of the Under The Black Sun 2017 confirmed Czech kult Black Metal outfit Inferno for the festival, and now they have more for you already: The next great band that is going to play on the festival's 2017 edition are Western Germany's Black Metal occultists Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult. The band around vocalist / guitarist Onielar and guitarist Velnias released their latest album "Necrovision" in 2012 and return to the stage in Helenenau in the woods outside Berlin after eight years of UTBS abstinence.
The billing of Under The Black Sun 2017 thus looks like this so far:
DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT (DE)
NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION (FR)
THE RUINS OF BEVERAST (DE)
Tickets for the Under The Black Sun 2017 are available under the following links:
E-Ticket (Early Bird): http://www.folter666shop.de/de/Tickets/eTicket/UTBS-2017--Hardticket-3249.html
Hardticket (Early Bird): http://www.folter666shop.de/de/Tickets/Hardticket/UTBS-2017--Hardticket.html
You can find further information on the festival's homepage or on the UTBS facebook page.
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