By way of a late Valentines Day gift, Bloodstock is thrilled to announce 3 more bands for 2017’s event!
Arch Enemy will be joining us as Sunday’s special guests. Get a taste of their Swedish melodeath with the live video for ‘War Eternal’, shot at Wacken 2016 and check out what’s in store this August - https://youtu.be/p5etfIwlRbg. The band, now fronted by Alissa White-Gluz, are set to release a new live DVD / Blu-Ray of their full Wacken set titled ‘As The Stages Burn!’ on 31st March via Century Media. Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott states "We're very much looking forward to being a part of this year's edition of Bloodstock, which actually takes place very close to where my father was born. We'll be bringing our 'pure fucking metal' attack home... Hail to England!"
Salt Lake City deathcore mob Chelsea Grin also land an early main stage slot on Friday. The band released their fourth studio album, ‘Self Inflicted’ via new label home Rise Records last summer and unveiled a video for ‘Broken Bonds’ - https://youtu.be/awa50gXnOdw. Frontman Alex Koehler tells us “We are looking forward to heading back overseas this summer to be part of Bloodstock 2017. When we were offered the show and we saw the lineup we were extremely excited. We’ve seen tons of videos from Bloodstock in the past and cannot wait to be there.”
Lastly, prog metallers ONI join the ranks on the Sophie stage on Saturday. Signed to Metal Blade, these Canadians recently unveiled a creepy video for ‘The Only Cure’ from debut album ‘Ironshore’, featuring guest vocals from Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe. Check it out at: https://youtu.be/ERFBmOtElKU. Frontman Jake Oni says “In the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of playing the UK a few times, but being a part Bloodstock 2017 is a huge honour. We are not only excited to show this festival what we’ve got, but also to see some of the masters that are playing!!! You don't want to miss this!” ONI warm up for their Bloodstock debut by traversing Europe next month with Children of Bodom.
It’s nearly the ‘last chance saloon’ for the very popular ticket payment scheme! Bloodstock’s deposit plan helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums. Sign up in the ticket store before 28th Feb with your initial payment of £34.80. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. Job done, ticket purchased! Get full info at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
If you’re coming to Bloodstock by coach, you might want to secure your spot now to ensure you’re not disappointed. Big Green Coach have 21 departure cities for coaches directly to Bloodstock in 2017; Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, and Worcester. Big Green Coach will bring you, all your camping gear, & beer supplies and drop you hassle free right inside the festival grounds. Check out the details and secure your seat for only a tenner (with the rest payable in July) over at http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.
With heavy hearts, notorious NYC Deathcore mob Emmure have announced today that their upcoming UK and European dates have been postponed. The band put out the following statement on Facebook:
“To our European Supporters, It is with our most sincere apologies that we will need to cancel the upcoming Torch The Earth tour. Upon the initial planning of this tour our goal was to return to Europe in 2017 pairing a new record with the tour. Unfortunately some unexpected delays have hindered our chances of releasing the record in this time frame.
We appreciate that our fans understand how important this release is to us, it is a record we have put so much effort into on every angle, and we feel we would be selling our fans and ourselves short if we compromised the overall release of it. We promise to be back at a later time in 2017, and with a brand new record. Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all cancelled shows”.
Stay tuned for further information on Emmure’s touring in 2017.
Emmure recently announced their worldwide signing to SharpTone Records / Nuclear Blast for the release of their 7th studio album, due in early 2017. This album will mark the first appearance with their brand new line-up.
Stay tuned for further details on the upcoming record very shortly…
Southern California metal titans, Suicide Silence have announced that their UK tour dates – originally due to happen later this month – have been rescheduled to March 2017.
Special guests for the shows will be announced in due course.
The band have posted this statement online:
“UK, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be moving our shows to spring 2017. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured. We're sorry for the inconvenience and will see you in a few months!”
New tour dates will commence as follows in March 2017:
19th March – Southampton, Engine Rooms
20th March – Manchester, Club Academy
21st March – Glasgow, Garage
22nd March – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
23rd March – Bristol, Marble Factory
24th March – London, Koko
Knoxville-based Whitechapel will saw blade their way through a monstrous co-headlining tour with Suicide Silence. Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing, the Straight Outta Hell tour will commence on September 28th in Portland, Oregon and conclude October 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional support will be provided by Carnifex and Oceano, with Despised Icon appearing at select dates.
WHITECHAPEL w/ Suicide Silence, Carnifex, Oceano:
9/28/2016 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
9/29/2016 Studio 7 - Seattle, WA
9/30/2016 Pinnacle NW - Spokane, WA
10/01/2016 Pub Station - Billings, MT
10/02/2016 The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
10/04/2016 Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
10/05/2016 Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
10/06/2016 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
10/07/2016 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
10/08/2016 St. Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI
10/09/2016 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
10/11/2016 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH*
10/12/2016 Harmony House - Webster, NY*
10/13/2016 The Gramercy Theater - New York, NY*
10/14/2016 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA*
10/15/2016 Rock & Shock @ Palladium - Worcester, MA
10/16/2016 GameChanger World - Freehold, NJ
10/17/2016 Arizona Pete's - Greensboro, NC
10/19/2016 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
10/20/2016 The Door - Dallas, TX
10/21/2016 Top Deck - Farmington, NM
10/22/2016 Vinyl @ Hard Rock - Las Vegas, NV
* w/ Despised Icon
Whitechapel recently completed an extensive run across the US on the annual Vans Warped Tour as well as an explosive performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest this past weekend. The band is currently touring in support of their recently-issued sixth full-length, Mark Of The Blade. Hailed as an, "exciting milestone," by Alternative Press, Mark Of The Blade was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) and sees Whitechapel redefine who they are and what they are capable of with the resulting eleven tracks. Kicking off with "The Void" - which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band's three-guitar attack - the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on "Decennium" bring the record to a close, it's impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear. Guitarist Alex Wade explains, "At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us."
To purchase Mark Of The Blade in various formats, visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel, where the video for the latest single, "Elitist Ones," can also be viewed.
Southern California's metal titans, Suicide Silence have just announced a UK-wide November Tour. Frontman Eddie comments that the band can't wait to come back:
"England it has been too long! Hold on to your butts cause we will be headbanging our way through your town! Bring your A game cause we will be bringing ours. The last time we were around you guys brought it hard as fuck now it's time to set the bar higher! Bring the FIRE!" - Eddie Hermida
Main Support for all dates comes from European metal-core torchbearers Caliban. Suicide Silence are expected to release a new album early next year via Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Tickets will be on sale from 11am BST this Friday 12th August.
Tour Dates as follows (click through for tickets):
Thursday 24th November – Manchester – Club Academy
Friday 25th November – Glasgow – Garage
Saturday 26th November – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2
Sunday 27th November – Bristol – Marble Factory
Monday 28th November - Southampton – Engine Rooms
Tuesday 29th November – London – KOKO
www.suicidesilence.net | www.facebook.com/suicidesilence | www.twitter.com/suicidesilence
Brisbane, Australia alien metallers Aversions Crown will return to Europe once again this year! This time they'll be destroying the European clubs with Belgian Hardcore outfit Nasty, UK-based metallers Malevolence and German newcomers Vitja. The touring package will be completed by Japanese hardcore group Sand and also US-based metallers Varials.
Tickets on sale now, see below for UK ticket-links. Full dates for the 'Taste Of Anarchy' tour as follows:
"Taste Of Anarchy" Tour
w/ Nasty, Malevolence, Vitja, Sand (from 15.10.), Varials (until 14.10.)
23.09. D Hannover - Musikzentrum
24.09. D Offenbach - Kommune2010
25.09. D Stuttgart - Hallschlag
26.09. F Paris - Glaz'Art
27.09. F Nantes - La Scene Michelet
28.09. F Toulouse - Metronum
29.09. E Vitoria - Sala Jimmy Jazz
30.09. P Lisboa - tbc
01.10. E Madrid - tbc
02.10. E Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 3
03.10. F Les Pennes Mirabeau, Marseille - Le Jas Rod
05.10. F Montbelliard - tbc
06.10. CH Genf - Usine
07.10. CH Aarau - Kiff
08.10. I Neumarkt, Bozen - Point
09.10. D Lindau - Club Vaudeville
10.10. D Munich - Hansa 39
11.10. A Salzburg - Rockhouse
12.10. CZ Prague - Rock Café
13.10. H Budapest - Dürer Kert
14.10. A Vienna - Szene Wien
15.10. D Hämmern - Back To Reality
16.10. B Antwerpen - Zappa
17.10. D Saarlouis - JUZ
18.10. PL Poznan - Pod Minoga
19.10. D Berlin - Lido
20.10. D Rostock - Peter Weiss Haus
21.10. D Leipzig - Conne Island
22.10. NL Einhoven - Dynamo
23.10. UK Manchester - Sound Control
24.10. UK Glasgow - G2
25.10. UK Birmingham - Rainbow
26.10. UK London - Underworld
27.10. NL Utrecht - Pandora
28.10. D Köln - Essigfabrik (»Taste Of Anarchy Fest«)
29.10. D Hamburg - Logo
With a new album set for June 24th, The Browning are happy to get back to Europe and the UK to play new material for their rapidly growing fanbase.
Along for the ride, coming from all corners of the globe, are Feed Her To The Sharks (AUS), Empires Fade (ENG) and To Kill Achilles (SCT).
The tour will be stopping off at the following destinations. Tickets are on-sale at all the usual outlets. Get yours now!
The Alexia Agency Proudly Presents...
I Killed The Prom Queen (AUS)
The Browning (USA)
Feed Her To The Sharks (AUS)
Empires Fade (ENG)
To Kill Achilles (SCT)
06 Morecore Mania Festival Cologne (D)
07 Hirsch Nuremburg (D)
08 Werk 21 Zürich (CH)
09 Explosiv! Graz (A)
10 Viper Room Vienna (A)
11 Musik und Frieden Berlin (D)
12 Backstage Munich (D)
13 Ieperfest Ieper (B) *
14 Matrix Bochum (D)
15 Schlachthof Wiesbaden (D)
16 Wave Misano Adriatica (I)
17 The Garage Saarbrücken (D)
18 B58 Brunswick (D)
19 Destruction Derby Open Air Dessau (D) *
20 Destruction Derby Open Air Dessau (D) **
20 Hevy Open Air Newhaven (UK) *
21 Throwfest Cardiff (UK)
22 Cathouse Glasgow (UK)
23 The Rainbow Birmingham (UK)
24 The Hub Plymouth (UK)
25 Dingwalls London (UK)
26 The Social Southampton (UK)
27 6k Unreal Fest Liege (B)
28 Poppodium Volt Sittard (NL)
29 Backstage By The Mill Paris (F)
30 En Arena Stockholm (SE) *
31 Skjulet Gothenburg (SE) *
* = IKTPQ Only
** = w/o IKTPQ
Currently finishing up work on their upcoming sixth full-length, Whitechapel will head back out on the road next month for their final headlining tour in support of their latest album, "Our Endless War". The seventeen-date journey will kick off May 4th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and wrap up on May 22nd in Wilmington, North Carolina. Support will be provided Fit For A King, The Plot In You, and Enterprise Earth.
5/04/2016 Georfe's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR
5/05/2016 The Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
5/06/2016 89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City, OK *
5/07/2016 Jakes Sports Cafe - Lubbock, TX
5/08/2016 Rock Island - Wichita, KS
5/10/2016 Lefty's Live Music - Des Moines, IA
5/11/2016 Gabe's - Iowa City, IA
5/12/2016 The Stache - Grand Rapids, MI
5/13/2016 Basement Transmissions - Erie, PA
5/14/2016 Reverb Concerts - Reading, PA
5/15/2016 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD
5/17/2016 Higher Ground South - Burlington, VT
5/18/2016 Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY **
5/19/2016 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
5/20/2016 The Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC **
5/21/2016 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
5/22/2016 Ziggy's by the Sea - Wilmington, NC
* Whitechapel, Fit For A King, Enterprise Earth only
** Whitechapel, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth only
Lincoln bruisers Martyr Defiled are set to tour in November in support of Texans Upon A Burning Body along with Dutch metallers The Charm The Fury.
The run of dates is part of the "Download Freezes Over" collection of tours that were announced at Download festival earlier this year.
Martyr Defiled's Matt Jones has said the following:
“We're stoked to be hitting some of our favorite places in the UK supporting the riff lords in Upon A Burning Body - and even happier to be out with our crazy Dutch mates The Charm The Fury. These shows are gonna be carnage - don't miss out, get your tickets before they're gone!”
The band are also performing tomorrow night 5th September, at London’s biggest alternative club night Face Down at Kings Cross Scala.
SUN 16 NORWICH WATERFRONT STUDIO
MON 17 SOUTHAMPTON TALKING HEADS
TUE 18 BRISTOL EXCHANGE
WED 19 BRIGHTON THE HAUNT
THU 20 LONDON UNDERWORLD
FRI 21 NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
SAT 22 STOKE SUGARMILL
SUN 23 GLASGOW CATHOUSE
MON 24 NEWCASTLE ACADEMY 2
TUE 25 MANCHESTER ROADHOUSE
WED 26 BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 3
Tickets are available here
< Will began to realize how heavy his guitar war
At one of Colchester's pubs The Hole In The Wall, which is ironically situated next a hole in the wall originally made by the Romans when Colchester was a fortified town, three bands from all over Essex made their mark on what was to be Thames Burial's penultimate gig before calling it a day. First up was Colchester / Witham / Chelmsford mob Arise who play a combo of electronic post-hardcore with straight edge Metalcore, sure it's not conventionally new but the lads know how to mix the two together, and they did it well this night, slaying into the fans watching on and picking off those who were scattered across the pub, whether up at the bar or sitting down. Arise had delivered a damn good show despite the small stage resulting in limited movement. As soon as they got on stage it was time to leave and let the next band take the plunge, up next was Colchesterian Thrashers Dismanibus featuring new drummer Josh Moreton (formally of Kaine).
But before that I spoke to the lads on what lurks behind the Arise persona and what plans they are seeking out:
Will Price was horrified by the vocalist of Dismanibus drinking WKD Blue >
On comes Dismanibus, what a funny set this was, from the amount of jokes and funny banter the musicians delivered to the hilarious faces pulled, Dismanibus must be a colloquial term for tongue-in-cheek humour as the band were totally on form tonight. The only disappointing thing about the band tonight was that they lacked a little panache in their performance and as a result left the crowd attending questioning and moreover puzzled. However despite the lack of atmosphere that was expected to be delivered by Dismanibus, they performed to conformity, their conformity and in doing so lashed together a performance that is as good as any other performance they have done over the years, it was just that lack of panache that let them ultimately down and as the final song finished, the time had come to crumble and crack wide upon, for the Deathcore machine Thames Burial was about to murder en masse.
Thames Burial (L-R): Seb Cowie (guitars)
Stu Bridges (vocals)
Gav Chinnery (drums)
Dex Jezierski (guitars)
Kris Sawnkins (bass)
Kris left the band sometime ago but duly helped the lads out on what was a memorable night.
On what was their penultimate gig (their last being in Ipswich a week later), Thames Burial did no more and performed the set of a lifetime, leaving their emphatic song 'Necromantic' right to the end, so whilst fans were drinking up, there was a definite load of throwing up going on and during the band's set there was a hefty load of throwing down, mosh-pits galore. There set would not be the same if it was not for their ex-bassist Kristian Sawkins stepping into the breach to give Colchester one final farewell and it may be noted that the band made no mistake in giving the fans one final magnificent performance, even if they carried on into the future, the major and salient fact is there will always be one Thames Burial. Drink up, Throw Up, Throw Down. Oh and Seb was sporting his favorite t-shirt, from which can be seen in the photo above.
 RHYS STEVENSON
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