New Zealand death metallers Ulcerate have announced a headlining European tour this August. The eight-date tour commences at Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic on August 11 and ends at Metal Mean Festival in Belgium on August 19. Additionally, Ulcerate will return to Central Europe in November. Stay tuned for further details. A full tour schedule is listed below:
Aug 11 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 12 Helsinki, FI Elmun Baari
Aug 13 Turku, FI TVO
Aug 15 Stockholm, SE TBA
Aug 16 Oslo, NO Blitz
Aug 17 Copenhagen, DE Pumpehuset
Aug 18 Reykjavik, IS Gaukurinn
Aug 19 Mean, BE Metal Mean Festival 2017
Brazilian death metal lords Nervochaos have announced their "Nyctophilia" Brasil Tour 2017, Pt. 1, kicking off on June 10th in Marilia/SP. The support comes from the death / black metal act Justabeli. See the full tour trek below.
"Nyctophilia" Brasil Tour 2017 (Part 1 w/ Justabeli)
10.06 - Marilia/SP (Brasil) @ Cão Pererê
11.06 - Ribeirão Preto/SP (Brasil) @ Toca do Jack
12.06 - Campinas/SP (Brasil) @ Autorock
14.06 - Londrina/PR (Brasil) @ Cativeiro Bar
15.06 - Maringá/PR (Brasil) @ Tribus Bar
16.06 - Cascavel/PR (Brasil) @ Adega Nostra Vamos
17.06 - Foz do Iguaçu/PR (Brasil) @ TBA
18.06 - Guarapuava/PR (Brasil) @ TBA
20.06 - Joinville/SC (Brasil) @ Delinquents Bar
21.06 - Brusque/SC (Brasil) @ Rock Bar
22.06 - Fraiburgo/SC (Brasil) @ TBA
23.06 - Caxias do Sul/RS (Brasil) @ Cachacaria Sarau
24.06 - Rio Grande/RS (Brasil) @ Star Club
26.06 - São Leopoldo/RS (Brasil) @ Embaixada do Rock
27.06 - Passo Fundo/RS (Brasil) @ Claudião Drink Store
28.06 - Lages/SC (Brasil) @ Macaco Astronaut Pub
29.06 - Rio Negrinho/SC (Brasil) @ Magos Bar
30.06 - Criciuma/SC (Brasil) @ 512
01.07 - Sao Jose/SC (Brasil) @ Plataforma Rock Bar
02.07 - Curitiba/PR (Brasil) @ Blood Rock Bar
04.07 - Sorocaba/SP (Brasil) @ Sound
05.07 - Sao Jose dos Campos/SP (Brasil) @ TBA
06.07 - Araraquara/SP (Brasil) @ TBA
07.07 - Embu-Guaçu/SP (Brasil) @ Baguna Bar
08.07 - Cordeiropolis/SP (Brasil) @ Nonnalisa Music Bar
09.07 - Carapicuíba/SP (Brasil) @ Synple Pub
13.07 - Sao Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Clash Club
Hot on the heels of their recently announced Fall U.S. tour with Vale Of Pnath and First Fragment, Virvum are proud to announce yet another exciting upcoming tour. Last year's debut album, Illuminance, put the Zurich, Switzerland-based crew in Virvum on the map in a big way and the group is eager to keep the momentum going. This summer Virvum will embark on a European tour with renowned technical death metal act Beyond Creation. The tour kicks off in Mid-June and ends on with a special appearance by both bands at the UK Tech Fest in early July. Where Virvum will perform on July 7th, and Beyond Creation will perform on July 9th. Dates for the tour follow below.
June 20 Aarau (CH) Kiff (with The Black Dahlia Murder)
June 21 Bologna (IT) Alchemica Music Club
June 22 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
June 24 Tuzla (BA) Club Palma
June 25 Sofia (BG) Live & Loud
June 26 Cluj-Napoca (RO) The Shelter
June 27 Kosice (SK) Colloseum
June 28 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
June 29 Wien (AT) Viper Room
June 30 München (DE) Feierwerk
July 1st Colmar (FR) Grillen
July 2nd Utrecht (NL) dB's
July 7th Newark (UK) Tech Fest
Following their critically-acclaimed debut album Fall of Humanity, Italian Death Metal act Banned From Hell are proud to announce the 8 dates of their upcoming Eastern Europe tour. The tour will kick off in Ukraine on May 26th, finishing off in Latvia on June 3rd.
26.05 Krivoy Rog, UKR | Madison
27.05 Dnepr, UKR | Rk
28.05 Zaporozhe, UKR | Chicago Blues
29.05 Nikolaev, UKR | Phoenix
30.05 Kiev, UKR | Barvy
01.06 Riga, LV | Nabaklab
02.06 Daugavpils, LV | Artilerijas Pagrabi
03.06 Liepaja, LV | Fontaine Palace
Fall of Humanity | Released June 30th, 2016 on Sliptrick Records
Nox Vorago and Dying Gorgeous Lies are confirmed for the next edition of Metalhead Meeting, set to take place on June 24th-25th, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania! Nox Vorago will perform on June 24th and Dying Gorgeous Lies on June 25th!
Get more information on Metalhead Meeting, here. https://www.facebook.com/METALHEADMeeting - Facebook event page, here. https://www.facebook.com/events/1594336360896780/.
Formed in 2006, Sweden's Atmospheric Death / Black Metallers Nox Vorago‘s goal has always been, and always will be to create something inspired by the entire width of the metal scene, thus incorporating the elements they like into their music and creating a well-written chaos without confines. Check out the short promo-video showcasing the band image (The video is directed and produced by Max Ljungberg): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upyaqBhUQ-U
German 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB2y3Y3lPYU
NOX VORAGO: http://www.noxvorago.com – http://www.facebook.com/noxvorago
DYING GORGEOUS LIES: http://www.facebook.com/DyingGorgeousLies.Official
Death metal pioneers Suffocation announced the release of their new album ‘...Of The Dark Light’ (out on June 9th via Nuclear Blast Records) last week. In support of this record, the band will be touring extensively to present these new tracks to their fans. After a US trip with Morbid Angel, Revocation, and Withered the New York death squad will come across the pond to play 24 shows in 12 countries. Don't miss out on these apocalyptic evenings! The entire itinerary can be found below.
Guitarist Terrance Hobbs commented:
"We’re looking forward to coming back to the UK and Europe, and seeing all of our fans! We're going to be bringing you some new brutal tunes from our latest release ‘...Of The Dark Light’. So prepare to go ‘Beyond The Dark Light’ with us and see you in the pit!"
‘Beyond The Dark Light’ UK Tour dates:
27th Aug – Bristol, Bierkeller
28th Aug – Sheffield, O2 Academy
29th Aug – Glasgow, Audio
30th Aug – Newcastle, Riverside
31st Aug – London, Underworld
European dates are as follows:
5th Aug – France, Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans, Sylak Open Air
6th Aug – Switzerland, Zurich, Werk 21
7th Aug – Germany, Munich, Backstage
8th Aug – Germany, Dresden, Eventwerk
9th Aug – Austria, Vienna, Viper Room
10th Aug – Czech Republic, Jaromer, Brutal Assault
11th Aug – Slovakia, Terchová, Terchovský Budzogan
12th Aug – Romania, Rasnov, Rockstadt Extreme Fest
13th Aug – Serbia, Novi Sad, The Quarter Club
14th Aug – Hungary, Budapest, Dürer Kert
16th Aug – Switzerland, Bellinzona - Pit Club
17th Aug – Germany, Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze
18th Aug – Germany, Wolfsburg, Hallenbad
19th Aug – Belgium, Méan, Metal Méan Fest
20th Aug – France, Saint-Nolff, Motocultor Festival
22nd Aug – Germany, Lindau, Club Vaudeville
24th Aug – Belgium, Bruges, Het Entrepot
25th Aug – Germany, Andernach - Death Feast Open Air
26th Aug – Netherlands, Eindhoven, Dynamo
Alpha Omega Management‘s Alpha Omega Tours is pleased to announce the Vital Remains' Latin American Tour, kicking off July 2nd in San Jose (Costa Rica). Check out all the confirmed dates below.
July 02 - Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Peppers
July 04 - Panama City, Panama @ Hangar 18
July 07 - La Paz, Bolivia @ Salon De Oro
July 08 - Cochabamba, Bolivia @ Ex-Carnivale
July 11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Museo Rock
July 12 - Montevideu, Uruguay @ BJ Sala
July 13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Clash Club
July 14 - Fortaleza, Brazil @ Teatro Boca Rica
July 15 - Belem, Brazil @ Parque Dos Igarapes
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
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.
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
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