With the release of the third Bloodshot Dawn album Reanimation last Friday and the band due to embark across the UK starting this week. The band have now revealed plans for their first foray into northern America territories. The band will tour across guitarist Morgan Reid's home country of Canada in April. "We are hitting Canada this April!!!" exclaims band leader Josh McMorran. "We are pleased to be hitting North America for the first time as well as going to Morgans home country!!"
Catch the band in Canada at the following dates!
17/04 - Quebec City Le Scanner
18/04 - Montreal Piranha Bar
19/04 - Ottawa Cafe Dekcuf
20/04 - Toronto Hard Luck
21/04 - Waterloo Maxwells
22/04 - Guelph Silence
24/04 - Venue TBC
25/04 - Regina Cloud Nine
26/04 - Saskatoon Vangelis Tavern
27/04 - Edmonton Brixx
28/04 - Vancouver Astoria
29/04 - Kelowna Muninn's Post
30/04 - Venue TBC
01/05 - Calgary Distortion
The new album 'Reanimation' is out now and is available for streaming on Bandcamp and all other major streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Deezer, etc. Listen on Bandcamp here: https://hostilemedia.bandcamp.com/album/reanimation
Out via Hostile Media on 12th January 2018; Reanimation features prominent guests including Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Paul Wardingham, Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless), Mendel Bij De Leij (Aborted). The album was mixed and mastered by Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry while artwork was completed by Chris Kewli & Tomasz Strzalkowski.
Bloodshot Dawn UK Live Dates
17/01 - Black Heart, London
18/01 - Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01 - Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01 - The Underground, Plymouth
21/01 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01 - The Flapper, Birmingham
23/01 - Audio, Glasgow
24/01 - The Fulford Arms, York
25/01 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01 - An Spailpin Fanach, Cork
27/01 - Limelight, Belfast
28/01 - On The Rox, Dublin
The band will also appear at this years Hellfest Open Air Festival and UK Tech Fest.
Order Reanimation Here: www.hostilemedia.net/shop
The Black Dahlia Murder announces North American tour with Suffocation, Exhumed, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, and Wormwitch
This fall, The Black Dahlia Murder will embark upon a North American trek in support of their upcoming album, Nightbringers, due out October 6th via Metal Blade Records. The tour will run from October 6th through November 11th with a stop at this year's edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 5th. Support will be provided by Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch, and Exhumed on select dates. The journey follows The Black Dahlia Murder's co-headlining jaunt on The Summer Slaughter Tour with Dying Fetus, currently underway. Summer Slaughter sees The Black Dahlia Murder performing Nocturnal in its entirety in honour of the album's ten-year anniversary. See all confirmed dates below.
For a first preview of The Black Dahlia Murders eighth full-length, Nightbringers, a video for the title track can be viewed at: metalblade.com/tbdm where the album can be pre-ordered in various formats.
The Black Dahlia Murder: The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Oceano, Origin, Slaughter To Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore:
8/23/2017 Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
8/25/2017 The Majestic - Detroit, MI
8/26/2017 Agora Theatre And Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch:
10/06/2017 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
10/07/2017 Revolution - Lowell, MA
10/08/2017 Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
10/10/2017 Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
10/11/2017 Debonair Music Hall - Teaneck, NJ
10/12/2017 Ram's Head Live- Baltimore, MD
10/13/2017 One Center Square - Easton, PA
10/14/2017 The Chameleon - Lancaster, PA
10/16/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
10/17/2017 Bronson Center - Ottawa, ON
10/18/2017 Opera House - Toronto, ON
10/20/2017 The Forge - Joliet, IL
10/21/2017 Piere's - Ft Wayne, IN
10/22/2017 Delmar Hall - St Louis, MO
10/23/2017 The Slowdown - Omaha, NE
10/25/2017 Q & Z Expo Center - Ringle, WI
10/26/2017 Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
10/27/2017 The Exchange - Regina, SK
10/28/2017 Starlite - Edmonton, AB
10/29/2017 Marquee - Calgary, AB
10/31/2017 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
11/01/2017 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA w/ Exhumed
11/02/2017 HIFI Music Hall - Eugene, OR w/ Exhumed
11/03/2017 Vinyl at Hard Rock - Lake Tahoe, NV w/ Exhumed
11/04/2017 Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA w/ Exhumed #
11/05/2017 KnotFest - San Bernardino, CA w/ Exhumed # **
11/06/2017 Club Red - Mesa, AZ w/ Exhumed
11/07/2017 Hard Rock Cafe - Las Vegas, NV
11/09/2017 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
11/10/2017 Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
11/11/2017 Diamond Pub Concert Hall - Louisville, KY
# = No Suffocation
* = No Necrot, Wormwitch
Having just closed a spectacular Bloodstock festival headlining the Sophie stage Sunday night, Finnish epic metallers Wintersun have just announced they will embark on a full UK tour with Arch Enemy and Tribulation in early 2018.
Tickets for all dates are on sale now and available here: www.myticket.co.uk
Full routing is as follows:
09.02. UK Glasgow - ABC
10.02. UK Nottingham - Rock City
11.02. UK London - Koko
13.02. UK Manchester - Ritz
14.02. UK Bristol - Academy
Wintersun released their brand-new record 'The Forest Seasons' last month which charted at #1 in their native Finland and charted highly worldwide:
'The Forest Seasons' - Chart Entries
#7 Sweden (Hard Rock)
#10 Sweden (Physical)
#16 UK (Indie)
#18 UK (Rock)
#124 Belgium (Flanders)
#170 Belgium (Wallonia)
#8 USA (Hard Music)
#19 USA (Rock)
#50 USA (Top Current Albums)
In the last few days UK melodic death metallers Bloodshot Dawn entered the studio to begin work on their third full length album, which will be entitled Renanimation, and is slated for released early 2018 via Hostile Media.
Frontman Josh McMorran comments, "We are pleased to announce we have joined forces with Hostile Media to release our third full length, Reanimation. After working with their press team for years we have built a stalwart relationship that we believe will help take us to the next level as well as making it easier to purchase our music across the globe. Their passion and commitment is equal to our tenacity and hard work ethic making this a force to be reckoned with!"
Since their acclaimed self-titled and second album Demons, there has been shifts in the bands ranks making way for new members, Canadian shredder Morgan Reid and drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos). The band commented earlier about James joining the fold, "His experience and recording insight has helped shape the new album and we couldn't be happier!"
As well as the news of an imminent new release the band has announced a new UK / Ireland tour, their first in almost 2 years! "We are also excited to be hitting the tour circuit again after a short hiatus. We are hungry for live devastation and looking forward to seeing fans old and new!"
Reanimation UK/Ireland Live Dates
17/01/18 - Black Heart, London
18/01/18 - Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01/18 - Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01/18 - The Underground, Plymouth
21/01/18 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01/18 - Venue TBC, Birmingham
23/01/18 - Audio, Glasgow
24/01/18 - The Fulford Arms, York
25/01/18 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01/18 - Venue TBC, Cork
27/01/18 - Limelight, Belfast
28/01/18 - On The Rox, Dublin
The Ukraine's Jinjer announces second round of dates on the "Will To Power Tour" supporting Arch Enemy!
Melodic metal masters Arch Enemy are ready to conquer fans worldwide as they embark on their headlining international "Will To Power Tour"!
Jinjer will support Arch Enemy on this intense tour run! The first leg of the tour will trek across Eastern Europe from September 15th until October 11th! The second round of dates for the "Will to Power Tour" will take place in early 2018 from January 12th until February 7th across Western Europe, and feature support from Wintersun and Tribulation as well!
Arch Enemy bandleader and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “Very happy to already announce our “Will To Power" European headline tour for early 2018. We can't wait to get back out there with a new fresh Arch Enemy show full of cool surprises! And what a line-up! We have assembled a killer tour package with some amazing bands for you. Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer are all bands with their own unique and impressive live performances. This all adds up to an epic night of Metal that should not be missed!"
While Jinjer chimed in stating, "We are literally counting the days until this tour starts! It's everything that we've been working up to for the past few years: bigger venues, bigger crowds and smashing the stage every night with the likes of a heavy metal giant like Arch Enemy. This tour will be one for the record books for sure!"
Don’t miss out on this tour run! Tickets can already be purchased HERE!
JINJER as Support of ARCH ENEMY
“Will To Power Tour 2018” w/ Wintersun, Tribulation
12.01.2018 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
13.01.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
15.01.2018 CH - Zurich, Komplex
17.01.2018 IT - Milano, Alcatraz
18.01.2018 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
22.01.2018 FR - Toulouse, Le Bikini
23.01.2018 FR - Paris, Bataclan
24.01.2018 BE - Antwerp, Trix
26.01.2018 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
29.01.2018 DE - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 SE - Malmö, KB
01.02.2018 NO - Oslo, Rockefeller
02.02.2018 SE - Stockholm, Arenan
03.02.2018 SE - Gothenburg, Trädgarn
05.02.2018 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
06.02.2018 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
07.02.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
Tatiana Shmailyuk - Vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov - Guitars
Eugene Kostyuk - Bass
Vladislav Ulasevish – Drums
A true clash of the titans, America’s pre-eminent multiplatinum chart-topping hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch unite with renowned chart-topping European legends In Flames to co-headline what promises to be the biggest and most exciting arena rock tour of Fall/Winter 2017. This marks the very first time that these two juggernauts have joined forces on the road together, and it’s a “can’t miss” moment for the genre and fans at large. The trek ravages arenas across Europe and the UK beginning in November, stopping in most major cities, and concluding December 21 at iconic Wembley Arena in London, UK. General ticket on sale will take place this Friday, June 16 at 10:00am local time.
Spotify and Live Nation have joined forces with Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames for a one-of-a-kind tour partnership featuring exclusive pre-sales, packages, and content from both bands. The tour has partnered with Spotify for an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale kicking off tomorrow for super fan listeners of both acts, Wednesday, Jun 14 at 10:00am local time. There will also be a Ticketmaster pre-sale starting on June 15 at 10:00am local time leading up to the general on sale the next day. See tour dates below. Additional show dates are anticipated to be announced in the near future. For exclusive VIP offerings, go to fivefingerdeathpunch.com and http://inflames.seetickets.com/tour/in-flames. Live Nation presents the tour with Spotify. German tour dates will be presented by Live Nation, Wizard Promotions, and Spotify.
5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory states: "We are currently playing all the European festivals and are having an amazing time. As these massive crowds are singing along every word of the lyrics, it feels like Europe is truly becoming the second home of Five Finger Death Punch. We can't wait to come back this Fall and especially with In Flames which is one of my favorite bands. This will be something special to see…”
In Flames singer Anders Fridén offers: “We’ve been lucky to play for so many Jesterheads around the World this year and can’t think of a better way to end 2017 than touring Europe with Five Finger Death Punch. We’ll see you soon Jesterheads and Knuckleheads. It’s going to be a tour to remember.”
Support on select EU dates and all UK dates of the tour comes from Of Mice And Men. The Orange County, CA-based band recently returned with two brand new songs, “Back To Me” and “Unbreakable,” via Rise Records. They performed a successful main stage set at Download Festival this past weekend and will be on tour across Europe throughout July. The band has sold over 700,000 records worldwide and previously toured with the likes of Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.
Both Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames remain leaders of hard rock and heavy music worldwide:
Five Finger Death Punch’s crushingly epic 2015 sixth full-length studio album Got Your Six, hit new heights for the band around the world with chart-topping debuts in the US (#1 on Top Album chart, #1 on Overall Digital Album chart, #1 on the Hard Music Album chart, #2 on the Billboard Top 200) and internationally (Australia & Canada #3, Germany & Sweden #5, UK #6 Holland #17, Belgium #29 and France #32). The album was the sixth consecutive one to earn the Las Vegas rockers a RIAA Gold certification. Acclaimed by The Guardian and Classic Rock, it yielded four successive Active Rock smashes “Jekyll & Hyde” (50.4 million Spotify streams), #1 hit single “Wash It All Away” (32.9 million Spotify streams), “My Nemesis” #2 (16.29 million Spotify streams) and most recently “I Apologize” #3 (17.5 million Spotify streams). Refining their inimitable fusion of intricate instrumentation and undeniable hooks, Got Your Six represents yet another high watermark for the group who claim 17 consecutive Top 10 Hits, five #1 songs and frequently outsell the majority of bands in their genre.
12 albums into their storied career, In Flames reached new heights on 2016’s Battles—produced by GRAMMY Award winner Howard Benson [My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach], hitting Top 10 charts around the World with a #2 in Sweden, #3 in Finland and multiple other major countries such as Germany and Austria. Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, and more praised the record as the hit “The End” clocked over 6.6 million Spotify streams and counting. Most recently, they unleashed two new official music videos for their latest singles; first being “Here Until Forever” in May via Decibel, HERE and “Save Me” via European retail giant EMP, today upon announcement of the tour. Watch “Save Me” HERE
Knuckleheads and Jesterheads: Be prepared to unite in the name of Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames making history together this Fall.
11/16 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
11/17 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
11/21 Hamburg Germany Sportshalle
11/22 Berlin Germany Velodrome
11/24 Oberhausen Germany KP Arena
11/26 Prague Czech Republic Forum Karlin*
11/28 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion*
11/29 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
11/30 Padova Italy Geox Theatre*
12/2 Stuttgart Germany HMH Schleyerhalle
12/4 Paris France Olympia*
12/5 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rockhal*
12/6 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
12/8 Vienna Austria Stadthalle*
12/14 Antwerp Belgium Lotto*
12/15 Amsterdam Netherlands AFAS Live*
12/17 Birmingham UK BCA*
12/18 Glasgow Scotland Hydro*
12/20 Leeds UK Leeds Arena*
12/21 London UK Wembley Arena*
*With Of Mice And Men
For more information on Five Finger Death Punch:
For more information on In Flames:
Cellar Darling, the much-hyped new band formed by ex-Eluveitie members Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi, will release their first studio album on June 30th. Together they will lead you away into their world of apocalyptic tales and heavy riffs, to awaken your imagination and stretch your musical tastes. This highly anticipated debut album with astounding 14 brand new tracks is entitled ‘This Is The Sound’.
“In less than a year we’ve formed a new band, written an album and come up with what we believe is our sound. This is who we are and we’re looking forward to what happens with it!” - Anna Murphy
"This is it: this is the result of nearly one year of incredibly intense creativity, of ups and downs, of loss and gain. This is the most personal work of our lives. This Is The Sound.” - Merlin Sutter
The band showcased their freshly recorded songs two weeks ago for the very first time:
"We’ve had the best time at our show in Lucerne earlier this month!", the band states. "For the first time, we got to play our brand new and freshly recorded songs live for you. We only wish that all of you who couldn’t make it, but who showed us such amazing support in the last year, could have been there with us. It was a magical and unique experience and we can’t wait for more.”
This was Cellar Darling’s very first performance after producing their debut album at New Sound Studio, under the watchful ear of the legendary producer and guitarist Tommy Vetterli (Coroner, Eluveitie). After an incredibly successful first show, the band will bring their new material, exclusively pre-release, to a few select clubs in Europe at the beginning of May. This is a unique chance to catch these intimate first shows before the release:
29th April – NL, Haarzuilens, Elfia Festival
5th May – SLO, Ljubljana, Orto Bar
6th May – I , Mantua, Milady Metal Fest
7th May – D, Munich, Backstage
14th July – CH, Bôle, ParaBôle Festival
16th-19th Aug – D, Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze
And in autumn, the travellers will embark on a journey together with symphonic metallers Delain
26th Oct – F, Paris, Alhambra
27th Oct – CH, Pratteln, Z7
28th Oct – D, Bochum, Zeche
29th Oct – D, Munich, Backstage
31st Oct – NL, Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg
1st Nov – UK, London, Koko - http://www.koko.uk.com/listings/delain-01-11-2017
www.cellardarling.com | www.facebook.com/cellardarlingofficial
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.
Children Of Bodom's prodigious debut album ‘Something Wild’ was released 20 years ago and thus the mighty Hatecrew were born. Finland's melodic death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic set-list. For an entire month, Children Of Bodom will bring their reaper sound over to the UK and Central Europe, so make sure to catch the guys on one of these dates.
The UK leg will see the band hit two prestigious venues - London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Manchester’s Academy 2.
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday Dec 14th @ 10.00 GMT:
11th March 2017 – Manchester, Academy 2
12th March 2017 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
A few weeks ago, Children Of Bodom released a special lyric video for the song 'My Bodom (I Am The Only One)', taken from the band's latest studio album, ‘I Worship Chaos’. On October 20th, fans were encouraged via social media to submit photos of themselves with the band for a chance to be in the upcoming video. Over 300 photos were selected to be featured in the 'My Bodom (I Am The Only One)' lyric video. You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/EMje43asm-A
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.
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