Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal event, has announced musical icon Ozzy Osbourne as the first of its three heavyweight headliners. The three-day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets available now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
No stranger to the hallowed grounds of Donington, The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will headline the Sunday night. Having previously graced the main stage in previous years fronting Black Sabbath, this will be his first ever Download headline solo appearance. The Download Festival set comes as part of Ozzy Osbourne’s final world tour announcement this morning.
Download Festival’s promoter, Andy Copping says:
“We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat.”
Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage and in 2018, fans can see the Miracle Man, Ozzy Osbourne.
For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk
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
Legendary amplifier-worshipping trio Boris recently announced the release of their twenty-third studio album, Dear, which is due out July 14th on Sargent House. Today we're pleased to share news of live shows on the horizon in support of the album and their 25th Anniversary, including festival appearances, all dates below:-
BORIS 25 ANNIVERSARY / DEAR TOUR DATES
03/08 - Moscow, Volta - RU
04/08 - St. Petersburg, ClubZal - RU
05/08 - Vienna, Szene - AT
06/08 - Katowice, OFF Festival - PL
07/08 - Leipzig, Naumans - DE
08/08 - Berlin, Lido - DE
09/08 - Jaromer, Brutal Assault - CZ
10/08 - Munich, Backstage - DE
11/08 - Frankfurt, Das Bett - DE
12/08 - Lausanne, Rock Altitude - CH
13/08 - Leper, Ieperfest - BE
15/08 - Cologne, Underground - DE
16/08 - Hamburg, Hafenklang - DE
17/08 - Bielefeld, Forum - DE
18/08 - Amstelveen, P60 - NL
19/08 - Bristol, Arctangent Festival - UK
20/08 - Dublin, Whelans - IE
21/08 - Cork, Cyprus Avenue - IE
23/08 - Belfast - Limelight - UK
25/08 - Helsinki - Nosturi - FI
Dear marks the band’s 25th year of existence and while the 10-track album is chock-full of early-Boris calling cards, the avant-garde ravens aren’t learning on old tricks, describing the album as “heavenly—far beyond heavy.” Boris have shared the album’s first single and magnificent new music video “Absolutego”.
Though Boris have traversed a broad swath of sonic territories, they have always been consistently embraced the excess, pushing their myriad of approaches and stylistic forays to points of intoxicating absurdity. Eventually the band reached a crossroads in the early years of their third decade together, leaving them wondering if there were any new horizons left to explore. The renewed vitality yielded an album that fortifies their monolithic wall of sound while also allowing the individual band members to explore the nuances and intricacies of minimalist riffs played at maximum volume.
Songwriting for Dear initially yielded three albums’ worth of material by the end of 2015, but as the band was slated to spend a large chunk of 2016 on their “Performing Pink” worldwide tour, they decided to hold off on releasing any new material. The tour further rekindled their passion for the craft, spurring the band to return home to crank out even more new material while scaling down three records’ worth of sonic deluge down to one.
From the glacial pacing and earthquaking rumble of the album opener to the smouldering rock ’n roll-infused “Absolutego”, Boris have managed to find wildly thrilling work in the familiar trenches of metal. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the trio carves even experiments with fuzz fuelled dream pop. “At the very first moment, this album began as some kind of potential farewell note of Boris,” the band said. “However, it became a sincere letter to fans and listeners… you know, like ‘Dear so-and-so, this is the new album from Boris’ or something like that. We feel so grateful we can release this album in our 25th anniversary year.”
Dear will be released to the world on July 14, 2017 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Stay tuned for more news to come.
WATCH A MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE "ABSOLUTEGO"
Dear Track Listing:
1. D.O.W.N. (Domination Of Waiting Noise)
7. The Power
8. Memento Mori
9. Dystopia -Vanishing Point-
Finnish doom metal band Red Moon Architect has released their 3rd album. It carries the name "Return Of The Black Butterflies" and is released worldwide via Inverse Records.
Its six tracks, clocking at 49 minutes, perfectly represent band's brutally heavy, atmospheric and beautiful soundscape.
Red Moon Architect has also released a new music video of the title track "Return Of The Black Butterflies". It's the last video release of this album and tells the haunting story with over six minutes of crushing doom.
Watch "Return Of The Black Butterflies" video on Youtube: http://youtu.be/KVw55N9Nf68
The album was recorded, produced and mixed by the band's mastermind Saku Moilanen at Deep Noise Studios. It is mastered by Juho Räihä at Soundspiral Audio.
England's finest doom export Alunah are ready to hit the road this week and begin a European tour. Riding on the worldwide critical acclaim afforded their brand-new fourth album Solennial, which was released on March 17th via Svart Records, Alunah will be playing the following confirmed dates & venues:
6th May - Coevorden, NL @ Metal Front
7th May - Dusseldorf, DE @ Route 66
8th May - Antwerp, BE @ Music City
9th May - Mannheim, DE @ Kurzbar
10th May - Würzburg, DE @ Immerhin
11th May - Olten, CH @ Coq d'Or
12th May - Mezzago, IT @ Bloom
Says vocalist/guitarist Sophie Day about the upcoming tour, "Having already completed the UK leg of our Solennial tour and being blown away with people's reactions to the album, we're really excited to be taking the tour to mainland Europe, where we'll be once again playing the album in its entirety. We'll also be throwing some more well-known Alunah tracks into the set, too, and hope to see some of you there with beers held high!"
Malta's Gothic / Doom Metallers Weeping Silence are confirmed to tour Italy in November, supporting doom masters Ahav. The tour will see in the line-up also The Foreshadowing, plus other bands on individual dates.
Weeping SIlence supporting Ahab:
24 November at Circolo Colony, Brescia
25 November at Cycle Club, Calenzano (FI)
26 November at RomaObsura Festival, Traffic Club, Roma
27 November at Wave, Misano Adriatico (RN)
The dates include the Rome festival Romaobscura, in addition also check out all the Weeping Silence dates for the second part of this year.
Weeping Silence stated:
"Italy has been on the cards for Weeping Silence for several years, and we are very pleased to finally announce our first shows in this beautiful country in support of the mighty Ahab. It is also great that we'll be joining our friends The Foreshadowing on these dates. See you in November Italian metalheads!"
Weeping Silence Next Upcoming Shows:
Gothoom Open Air Festival (SK) 23.07.2016
Metaldays (SL) 26.07.2016
Voices of the Succubi Festival (MT) 17.09.2016
Tour dates with AHAB 24-27.11.2016
This September, and two years after the release of their critically-adored "Clearing The Path To Ascend" full-length, Yob will return to Europe, delivering their purifying riff rituals across the continent.
The full dates with Black Cobra as main support are as follows:
YOB w/ Black Cobra:
9/11/2016 Incubate Festival - Tilburg, NL
9/12/2016 FZW - Dortmund, DE
9/13/2016 Radar - Arhus, DK
9/14/2016 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, SE
9/15/2016 Bla - Oslo, NO
9/16/2016 Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, DK
9/17/2016 Smoke the Fuzz Fest - Athens, GR w/ Bongzilla, Dopenthrone
9/19/2016 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, DE
9/20/2016 Feierwerk - Munich, DE
9/21/2016 Musik & Eden - Berlin, DE
9/22/2016 Asymmetry Festival - Wroclaw, PL w/ Discharge
9/23/2016 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
9/24/2016 Z-Bau - Nurnberg, DE
9/25/2016 Chelse - Vienna, AT
9/26/2016 Club Gromka - Ljubjana, SL
9/28/2016 Vintage Industrial - Zagreb, HR
9/29/2016 Stadtwerkstatt - Linz, AT
9/30/2016 Lo-Fi Club - Milan, IT
10/01/2016 Up In Smoke Festival @ Z7 - Pratteln, CH w/ Electric Wizard, Elder
10/02/2016 Astrolabe - Orleans, FR
10/04/2016 La Poudriere - Belfort, FR
10/05/2016 Glazart - Paris, FR
10/06/2016 Le Grand Mix - Tourcoing, FR
10/07/2016 The Fleece - Bristol, UK
10/08/2016 G2 Garage - Glasgow, UK
10/09/2016 The Rainbow Club - Birmingham, UK
10/10/2016 Ruby Lounge - Manchester, UK
10/11/2016 Whelans - Dublin, IRE
10/13/2016 The Scala - London, UK
10/14/2016 Desertfest - Antwerp, BE w/ Pentagram, Cough, Uncle Acid
10/15/2016 Cafe Glocksee - Hannover, DE
Rhode Island-based doom metal trio, Pilgrim, has confirmed three special shows with Castle and Blizaro this August.
Guitarist / vocalist The Wizard comments: "We are very excited and grateful to be asked to join Castle on the east coast portion of their tour. We are also ecstatic to reunite with John Gallow (Blizaro, Orodruin), a great friend and a huge inspiration and influence, and finally see the almighty Blizaro live! Hopefully we'll get some Dungeons & Dragons in on the journey to Philadelphia!"
Pilgrim w/ Castle, Blizaro:
8/04/2016 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA
8/05/2016 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
8/06/2016 The Fire - Philadelphia, PA
Pilgrim will be playing in support of their latest album, "II: Void Worship". A frighteningly crushing exercise in pure, sonic doom, "II: Void Worship" ebbs and flows into frenzied climaxes, while fading into sweet audio depressions - all moulding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisted spires of shadowy doom metal epics. To preview and purchase "II: Void Worship", visit: metalblade.com/pilgrim.
Iconic doom-bringers, The Obsessed, will kick off their first tour in over a decade tonight in Washington, DC. The long-anticipated trek will run through two dozen cities, coming to a close on June 11th in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional support will be provided by The Atomic Bitchwax and Karma To Burn.
Forged in 1976 in Maryland and led by the inimitable Scott "Wino" Weinrich (who'd go on to front Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, Place Of Skulls, The Hidden Hand, and more), The Obsessed weathered various line up shifts and an on-again-off-again status over the course of a winding, forty-year history. The band released three now-legendary full-lengths -- 1990's "The Obsessed", 1991's "Lunar Womb", and 1994's "The Church Within" - as well as a gaggle of seven-inch singles and compilation appearances. The Obsessed is Weinrich alongside long-time partner Dave Sherman (Spirit Caravan, Earthride) and drummer Brian Constantino (a former The Obsessed drum tech). The line-up is currently writing material and will hit the studio immediately after the tour for an as-yet-untitled new full-length set for an Autumn 2016 release.
5/13/2016 Black Cat - Washington, DC
5/14/2016 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
5/15/2016 Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
5/16/2016 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
5/18/2016 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
5/19/2016 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
5/20/2016 V Club - Huntington, WV
5/21/2016 5th Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, IN
5/22/2016 The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
5/23/2016 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
5/24/2016 Rock Island Brewing Co. - Rock Island, IL
5/25/2016 Fubar - Saint Louis, MO
5/26/2016 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
5/28/2016 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
5/31/2016 Dante's - Portland, OR
6/02/2016 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
6/03/2016 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA
6/04/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
6/05/2016 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
6/07/2016 Dirty Dog - Austin, TX
6/08/2016 Tom Cat's West - Fort Worth, TX
6/09/2016 Walter's - Houston, TX
6/10/2016 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
6/11/2016 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
On a warm summers evening, in the concrete jungle of Camden's abyss, three bands were about to let rip on the unsuspecting local civilization.
Two wallowing figures soon emerged on stage being watched by those attending The Fiddlers Elbow, this duo were 5 Lives left whose unique style of rock was running wild with different influences here and there. Sure the drummer was giving his all as if he was high on matured crack, hitting everything in sight and luckily not breaking the drum kit. Whilst the crowd clearly appreciated their performance with the unsuspected encore, the vocals at times were dire and seemingly need a lot of work done to improve this, not only that but the guitarist who was also in charge of vocals lacked motion and to some extent emotion. It was a hard time to decipher what this duo were capable of and frankly some nearby felt they would find answers in downing a bottle of beer, it was going to be a long night.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Suddenly the temperature seemed to drop greatly, as if outside the sun had blown out or the fridge door was left wide open to allow a cold and bitter atmosphere to freeze everything in sight, literally the crowd were rooted to the spot when Melodic Death / Doom Metallers Spectral Darkwave shafted out their cunning and eloquent dramatis persona that welcomed them to induct impromptu after impromptu via extravagant music playing. This may well be a huge step for the London boys but the best is sure to come in the future, it is early days but this trio could well be a promising act from the deepest and darkest sewers in the underground algorithm that is leading many unsigned bands in the UK to being justly recognized.
 RHYS STEVENSON
< One Final Stitch message was black and white, they were born to rock
The final act of the evening was One Final Stitch, a no-nonsense hard rock band tinged with what they call 'Girl Metal', hailing from the back streets of Ockendon, they brought another killer performance given due this was their first live show in London, accidentally headlining (headliner pulled out) and 2nd gig overall. Since their first gig at Southend Chinnerys a couple or so weeks back, the fearsome foursome have excelled in making their music more tighter, more meaningful and with added grit, grisliness and good ole fashion rock 'n' roll. During their set they unleashed now tracks, some of which were so powerful Camden was lucky not to suffer window explosions let alone earth tremors let off by this Teutonic musical machine. As they ground into the dirt and delivered sting after sting, the crowd roared with excitement and appraisal, not only had the band done the remarkable at performing sensationally well at their second gig, but more so in London as their 2nd overall gig. However the show was not complete as it did not feature any 'this is what happens when the lights go down' jokes.
 RHYS STEVENSON
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