With just a month to go, Bloodstock has chosen the last of its New Blood bands, added some more to the Jagermeister stage, revamped entertainment both after hours on the Sophie Lancaster & New Blood stages and in VIP too, bought a Hawaiian shirt ready for Cannibal Corpse, and is still working on a few final tricks!
A limited amount of adult day tickets remain available priced £65 (+ booking fee) and child day tickets at £20 (+ bkg fee) over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. You can still also pick up four-day ‘weekend tickets with camping’ for £145 (+ bkg fee), with children’s weekend tickets only £35 (+ bkg fee). Kids under 4 years go free! Weekend tickets are selling faster than ever and just like last year, are looking likely to sell out in advance, so don’t delay if you want to guarantee entry to the UK’s best metal weekender!
Without further ado, here’s the final batch of results from Bloodstock’s top talent-seeking Metal 2 The Masses finals!
Bloodstock was so impressed by the range of talent across this year’s competition, we can reveal two additional bands landing spots on Saturday’s New Blood line-up - grinding hardcore crusters The Brood (www.facebook.com/TheBroodUK) and progressive death metallers Luna’s Call (www.facebook.com/LunasCall). We’re also pleased to welcome Hobgoblin’s video upload contest winners, Earthbound (www.facebook.com/EarthboundMusicUK), a blend of melodic death riffs with big choruses and some progressive elements!
Two more bands join the New Blood family on Sunday. Smashing first place in the Oxford final, Imminent Annihilation (www.facebook.com/ImminentAnnihilation) promise to bring some face-melting riffs of the heavy and metal kind. Last but certainly not least, kings of London’s competition Dead Before Mourning (www.facebook.com/metalDBM) might just be your new favourite thing, if you’re a fan of Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, or Exodus.
There’s also more treats in store over on the Jagermeister stage! Here’s five more bands to tempt you into an ice cold shot. Friday brings thrash beasts DAMAGED REICH (www.facebook.com/damaged.reich), down-tuned stoner/thrash sludgers CALLUS (www.facebook.com/Callus.band), and metal lovin’ headbangers UNTAMED (www.facebook.com/Untamedrock). Breaking heads & ears on Saturday are death metallers CRANIAL SEPARATION (www.facebook.com/CranialSeparation). Sunday welcomes Nottingham lads DEF GOLDBLUM (www.facebook.com/defgoldblum); three skinheads and one MC on a mission to save the soul of rap metal.
BLOODSTOCK also recently revealed their brand new entertainment plans for the Sophie Lancaster stage after the bands finish. The big top tent will transition into ‘The Lock In’, a fully immersive club night presented by Old Blue Last Beer and hosted by comedian Andrew O’Neill. Each night features a different DJ, celebrating a decade of metal! Thursday sees DJ Krusher unearthing tracks from the ‘70s, Friday rocks out to the ‘80s with The Dark Lord Alexander Milas, on Saturday, everyone’s favourite metal encyclopedia Dom Lawson brings you the best of the ‘90s, and Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade rounds out Sunday’s fun with top tunes from the ‘00s. Not only that, there’s world record attempts, games, prizes, a giant can sculpture(!) and plenty more. Nabbed yourself a VIP ticket? Head over to the BLOODSTOCK VIP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BloodstockVIP to see full details of this year’s exclusive entertainment. And if you want to have your say in which movies should be screened each night at the New Blood stage after the bands end, cast your vote at: https://www.facebook.com/events/215185702446013/.
If you missed out last month, BLOODSTOCK’s cranking up the fun with their remaining club nights for July! Don’t miss a great night out at one of the clubs below for the chance to win weekend tickets, associated prizes, and hear blistering tracks from BLOODSTOCK bands, old and new.
Fri 13th July - Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge
Fri 13th July - London Electric Ballroom (Project Mayhem)
Fri 20th July - Leicester Firebug
Fri 27th July - London Elektrowerkz (Voodoo Summer Ball Rodeo)
Sat 28th July - Dublin Fibber Magees
Sat 28th July - Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 28th July - Sheffield Corporation
Want to meet like-minded metalheads who’re going to BLOODSTOCK? Got tips to share, want a camping buddy, or just to chat about bands? Maybe you want to find out if you’re not the only one taking a Hawaiian shirt for Cannibal Corpse’s set (https://youtu.be/8dM_TN7I5m8)!! Join these fan-run Facebook groups - Bloodstock Metal Forum 666 at www.facebook.com/groups/bmf666/ and/or the BLOODSTOCK Camp Loners & Newbies at www.facebook.com/groups/171715506329753/.
With Friday night headliners JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers NIGHTWISH, as well as EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, JASTA & FRIENDS, FEED THE RHINO, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, ALESTORM, VENOM INC., MR BIG, ORPHANED LAND, KAMELOT, POWER TRIP, CONJURER, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, EXHORDER, PALLBEARER, MEMORIAM and many more, we’re counting down the final days ‘til BLOODSTOCK 2018!
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Australian prog metal masters Ne Obliviscaris have announced a European tour with Ihsahn and Astrosaur. The tour kicks off on October 29 in Sweden and will end on November 11, in Hungary. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Ne Obliviscaris comment:
"Ihsahn, from arguably the most well known black metal band in history, Emperor, has given us the opportunity to share his European tour in support his latest solo release, the brilliant, “Ámr”. We’ve all been fans of Ihsahn’s work for many years now and to support such an iconic artist we’ve looked up to is an honour and will certainly be a defining moment in not only our careers, but also our lives. Opening will be instrumental Norwegians, Astrosaur. If you want prog, melody, metal, and history, be there."
'Urn' is streaming in full at the link below.
With IHSAHN and ASTROSAUR
29 Oct 18 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
30 Oct 18 Copenhagen (DK) Lille Vega
31 Oct 18 Hamburg (DE) Logo
01 Nov 18 Köln (DE) Luxor
03 Nov 18 Leeds (UK) Damnation
04 Nov 18 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
05 Nov 18 Paris (FR) La Machine
06 Nov 18 Esch (LU) Kulturfabrik
07 Nov 18 Milan (IT) Santeria Social Club
09 Nov 18 Vienna (AT) Szene
10 Nov 18 Prague (CZ) Palac Akropolis
11 Nov 18 Budapest (HU) A38
NE OBLIVISCARIS will be touring in support of their new release 'Urn'.
Making their first UK appearance are Dutch symphonic blackened death behemoths Pictura Poesis, making their appearance as the Friday night special guests!
Pictura Poesis was founded in the south of the Netherlands at the start of 2013. taking their inspiration from paintings and literature, the band succeeds in combining a broad spectrum of classical music with energetic blackened death metal. The band released their latest CD Miseriae Mundi on the 6th of May 2017 following their 2 earlier releases in 2013 and 2014.
Unfortunately, Bas decided to part ways with the band. In the second half of 2017 Pictura Poesis once again had to set out to find a new vocalist. Linda van Vugt soon appeared on the band's horizon, and proved to be a good addition to the band's sound. With Linda on vocals, Pictura Poesis are now set to reach further heights.
Bringing a proper Northern touch to the fifth edition of the UK’s leading Symphonic Metal event, Winter In Eden will be appearing as special guests. This marks their first appearance at the festival since they headlined the first edition in 2015.
Formed in 2009, Winter In Eden have become one of the most recognisable names in the UK’s symphonic metal scene. Their energetic live performances have been enjoyed by capacity crowds in the UK at events such as The Cambridge Rock Festival and various Femme Metal Festivals alongside the likes of Delain and Revamp. Most recently, Winter In Eden have taken their live show into mainland Europe, performing to increasing numbers in the Netherlands and Belgium, playing with acts such as Stream of Passion and Maiden uniteD.
The band have been in the studio working on their fourth album, which will be the follow up to their 2014 album Court Of Conscience.
Pictura Poesis & Winter In Eden will join Manchester black metal coven Argesk and French symphonic powerhouse Beneath My Sins at Northern Symphony 2019.
Weekend and day tickets are available from the following links:
Northern Symphony Festival is set to take place at O'Rileys, Hull on 5th & 6th April 2019.
Japan's finest metal band Gyze, who are celebrating the release of their brand new EP 'The Rising Dragon' today, have announced a bunch of European summer live dates!
Formed in 2009 in Sapporo, Japan, Gyze gained credence among many talented local artists. As a result, they were invited to Tokyo where they released their first EP in 2011. In 2012 the band took the second place in national Metal-Battle Finals in Japan organized by Wacken Open Air. Being noticed overseas Gyze signed their first contract with Coroner Records.
Their first album “Fascinating Violence” was released Worldwide in 2013 and 2014 in Japan. It was ranked #1 on Amazon for consequent 3 months and topped the import CD charts in BURRN! magazine. After their major debut in Japan with Victor Entertainment in September 2014, Gyze have released their second full-format album in Japan and in 2015 Worldwide. In late 2016 Gyze joined the collaboration project to create the soundtrack for a PS4 game ”Let It DIe” developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and released worldwide by GungHo Online. Having gained recognition among the world metalheads, Gyze released their 3rd full-length album with Universal Music Japan in March 2017. Today Gyze have released their brand new new EP 'The Rising Dragon' ( including a stunning bonus track featuring Marc Hudson of Dragonforce! ), which gives an absolutely new feel and is filled with haunting Japanese melodies. 'The Rising Dragon' is out now, grab your copy on Spotify and Amazon!
In support of Gyze's brand new release, the band will return to Europe live this summer! Make sure to catch their excellent live shows on the following dates:
11/08/18 ES - Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
12/08/18 UK - London / Underworld
13/08/18 BE - Genk / Colosseum
14/08/18 DE - München / Backstage
17/08/18 DE - Dinkelsbühl / Summerbreeze
18/08/18 DE - Essen / Turock Open Air
Says the band:-
"Awesome news! New Europe tour dates and EP digital release! Already in August we're going back to Europe bringing a new single The Rising Dragon filled with Japanese melodies and spiced with Hokkaido passion. Moreover The Rising Dragon is now online, get our new EP at Spotify, Amazon & Apple Music! Let's sing together this summer!“
Kaine’s Ten Year Anniversary show will take place at the Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday, April 27th 2019. This will be the biggest show the band has ever done, with a set comprising of material from all releases and will feature guest appearances from past members of the band in a special celebration of the bands achievements over the past decade. Supports to be announced.
The Arts Centre is one of East Anglia’s leading venues with an excellent sound, stage and lighting set up. The band will also be filming a DVD and recording a live-album of the night. This will be a Kaine show like no other, and fans of the band will not want to miss this.
We advise the you book now to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. Colchester has excellent transport links by rail (just an hour from London), with the venue in walking distance of both the train station and Town Centre, with many affordable hotels in the nearby area for fans to take advantage of which can be booked in advance for lower costs.
Purchase of the tickets includes a free digital copy of the live-album which will be recorded on the night itself.
Please support this momentous celebration of Kaine, this will be the biggest one off show the band has ever done and we very much hope to see you there. Tickets available from here or the button above.
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Bury Tomorrow have today announced their first UK headline tour in support of their forthcoming 'Black Flame' album, out July 13th on Music For Nations.
Speaking of the tour, frontman Daniel Winter-Bates says:-
"This is without a doubt the biggest tour our band has ever done. It's a celebration of where we’ve come from and where we are headed. Black Flame is the album we have always wanted to make and there is no better place to hear it than on this tour. We are absolutely honoured to be taking out 36 Crazyfists, a band that inspired us from the very beginning, showing that true metalcore is still alive and well. Cane Hill are also on board to add the crushing power to a stacked line up!"
The band will play the following venues in December, with support from special guests 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill and more to be announced:-
11: BRISTOL SWX
12: BIRMINGHAM o2 INSTITUTE
13: GLASGOW GARAGE
14: MANCHESTER o2 RITZ
15: LONDON o2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
Artist pre-sale from June 13th to all who pre-order or have already pre-ordered 'Black Flame' at:
Tickets on general sale from 10am on June 15th, at:
Icelandic black metal sensation Auðn have announced a co-headlining tour with French label mates The Great Old Ones in November 2018. The tour will start in Switzerland, and continues through Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, the UK and has the final date in France. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
"It is great to finally break the news of our return to the mainland with our friends in The Great Old Ones whom we toured with last December supporting Gaahls Wyrd. Following the success of our previous collaboration it was only a matter of time before the two bands would join forces again, Europe get ready!"
AUÐN With THE GREAT OLD ONES
02 Nov 18 Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk
03 Nov 18 Munich (DE) Fall of Man
04 Nov 18 Leipzig (DE) Naumann's @Felsenkeller
05 Nov 18 Prague (CZ) Modra Vopice
07 Nov 18 Berlin (DE) Nuke
09 Nov 18 Leeuwarden (NL) Neushoorn
10 Nov 18 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
11 Nov 18 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
13 Nov 18 Brussel (BE) Magasin 4
14 Nov 18 London (UK) The Boston Music Room
15 Nov 18 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
16 Nov 18 Glasgow (UK) Audio
17 Nov 18 Nottingham (UK) Angel Microbrewery
18 Nov 18 Oignies (FR) Tyrant Fest
AUÐN will perform live in support of their latest highly acclaimed full-length, 'Farvegir Fyrndar', which has hit the stores in November 2017.
As BLOODSTOCK’s regional finals for their grass-roots-artist-supporting METAL 2 THE MASSES scheme thunder through local venues around the country this month, the festival is very excited to announce the first winners who won themselves a slot on 2018’s New Blood stage this August.
Joining the bill on Friday are hard-rocking trio, PELUGION (www.facebook.com/pelugion), victors of the Coventry heat, who blend classic metal styles reminiscent of Diamond Head & Black Label Society, as well as Glasgow’s winners, A RITUAL SPIRIT (www.facebook.com/aritualspirit), Edinburgh-based heavy rockers whose debut album, ‘Carnival Carnivorous’ is available now.
Landing a Saturday spot are Sheffield’s winners and symphonic metal 7-piece, AONIA (www.facebook.com/aoniauk). The band feature two ‘soprano with balls’ vocalists and have been compared to Therion, Avantasia, and Nightwish. If your tastes are more on the brutal side, check out the champions of the Reading heat, crust/grind/powerviolence trio, NEGATIVE THOUGHT PROCESS (www.facebook.com/negativethoughtprocess). Also gaining a Saturday New Blood slot are Belfast’s groove metal victors, ORACLE (www.facebook.com/oraclebandni/), whose debut EP, ‘Tales of Pythia’ is out now.
Rolling in on Sunday are Dublin top dogs, THIS PLACE HELL (www.facebook.com/ThisPlaceHell). The five piece’s ferocious metal show is renowned at home in Ireland and has been described as ‘organised chaos’! Also appearing Sunday are irreverent power metal bards, SELLSWORD (www.facebook.com/mercenarymetal) who grabbed their slot via CD application. Their debut album, ‘...And Now We Ride’ is available now. The CD applications were so good, BLOODSTOCK’s also added OBZIDIAN (www.facebook.com/ObzidianBand), purveyors of classic thrash from the home of metal in the Midlands.
Alongside the first phase of M2TM winners come some of the Jagermeister Stage bands. Expect to see THE HERETIC ORDER (www.facebook.com/thehereticorder) on Friday. The band recently signed with Massacre Records and release their second album, ‘Evil Rising’ on 22nd June. Saturday brings you a set from Belfast’s SINOSENCE (www.facebook.com/sinocence), who’ve just completed work on the third of their trilogy of EPs under the ‘No Gods, No Masters’ banner - expect Vol.3 to land this summer. Also booked for Saturday’s Jagermeister Stage are West Midlands hard rockers, VOODOO SIOUX (www.facebook.com/Voodoo-Sioux-234030206630714).
Sunday, we welcome one for the classic metal fans, Aussie rockers TRUE BELIEVER (www.facebook.com/truebelieverofficial), who describe themselves as a blend of Dio, Mastodon, Ghost, Foreigner, Alice In Chains and Deep Purple! Also appearing are black metal experimentalists, ABDUCTION (www.facebook.com/abduction616) who bring their extreme sonics to the bill and GEMMA FOX (www.facebook.com/gemmafoxmusic), frontwoman for prog metal outfit Collibus, in her solo guise.
June’s BLOODSTOCK club nights are locked down and rack up as follows. Get along to your local club for the chance to win weekend tickets and associated prizes and hear tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands, old and new.
Fri 1st June - Nottingham Student Union (Tactical Assault)
Sat 2nd June - Brighton Envy (Apocalypse)
Sat 2nd June - Stoke Sugarmill (Devil’s Night)
Sat 9th June - Southampton Engine Rooms
Fri 22nd June - Camberley Agincourt
Fri 29th June - Leicester Firebug
Fri 29th June - Exeter Cavern Club
Sat 30th June - Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 30th June - Sheffield Corporation
Come join us in August! Standard weekend tickets are on sale now, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun. Grab yours at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com. If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for an email reminder so you don’t miss out when a limited number of single day tickets go on sale at the end of June. Register your interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
With Friday night headliners JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers NIGHTWISH announced, as well as EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, JASTA & FRIENDS, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, VENOM INC., MR BIG, ORPHANED LAND, KAMELOT, POWER TRIP, CONJURER, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, EXHORDER, PALLBEARER, MEMORIAM and many more, we’re more excited than ever for BLOODSTOCK 2018!
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Rising rock band Crown The Empire have announced a UK headline tour this September.
Support comes from Volumes and Coldrain.
You can see Crown The Empire at the following dates:
Tue 18 Sep The Haunt Brighton - Tickets
Wed 19 Sep Talking Heads Southampton - Tickets
Thu 20 Sep The Fleece Bristol - Tickets
Fri 21 Sep 02 Islington Academy London - Tickets
Sat 22 Sep Asylum Birmingham - Tickets
Mon 24 Sep Green Room Dublin - Tickets
Tue 25 Sep Oh Yeah Centre Belfast - Tickets
Thu 27 Sep Classic Grand Glasgow - Tickets
Fri 28 Sep Riverside Newcastle - Tickets
Sat 29 Sep Academy 2 Manchester - Tickets
Sun 30 Sep Waterfront Norwich - Tickets
Tickets on sale
Friday 1st June at 9am
The band are returning to the UK this weekend and will be playing Slam Dunk Festival.
You can see the band at the following dates:
May 26th - Slam Dunk Festival - Leeds, City Centre
May 27th - Slam Dunk Festival - Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire
May 28th - Slam Dunk Festival - The Nec, Birmingham
The Danish heavy scene is on fire these days. The small country best know for H.C. Andersen, Volbeat and beating Germany at the 92' European championship, are experiencing a boost of talent not seen since the hay days of 2003-2006 with Hatesphere, Raunchy, Mnemic and more.
This is your chance to get on board the new wave of Danish hard rock & metal. This all Danish package includes:
Come and see what Denmark is up to these days. You will not regret it.
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