As Spring creeps into Summer, Bloodstock HQ is a hive of activity. The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best Bloodstock yet! Here’s ten more bands for starters...
Bloodstock is delighted to now reveal that nefarious Nuclear Blast group Devilment will join the bill at Catton Park this Summer. Featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, catch the band on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday. Devilment declare, “Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check Devilment out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!” If you’re not a loyal disciple already, get to grips with their most recent album, ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’, via their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/devilmentcorps/ and watch the video for ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ - https://youtu.be/tQbZ-tQycEY.
Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own Battle Beast! With ferocious riffs galore, Battle Beast are both heavy AND metal, perfect for opening night party shenanigans! Bassist Eero comments, “We're psyched to be taking on Bloodstock for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this spring, and it's really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!” Check out the video for ‘Bringer Of Pain’, the title track from their most recent album, at: https://youtu.be/pBpv_pcUEIQ.
Bloodstock can also announce the first batch of additions from the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals! Friday welcomes Coventry winners Devil’s Playground, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies (https://www.facebook.com/devil.playground) and modern metalheads Merithian, who took top prize in the Swindon heat (https://www.facebook.com/MerithianOfficial). Check out their lyric video for ‘Grow’ at: https://youtu.be/vnsGwZTJMgk.
Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors Enslavement (https://www.facebook.com/EnslavementUK), influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, & Devourment. On Saturday, Sheffield champions Ba’al add their blackened doom (www.facebook.com/baalsheff) plus Dublin’s top dogs Zhora bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary (https://www.facebook.com/zhOramusic/).
Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters Mist roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays (www.facebook.com/mist.doom). Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, & Pentagram - hear it in ‘Phobia’ at: https://youtu.be/u7QwIwGk28w. CD application conquerors Heathen Deity join Sunday from the Midlands (https://www.facebook.com/heathendeityofficial). Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’ at https://youtu.be/414Y6aG-RUo. Last but not least, melodic death metallers Shrouded also join Sunday’s bill (https://www.facebook.com/shroudedband), having clinched first place in Belfast’s final.
Stay tuned to Bloodstock’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Can’t come for the whole weekend but can join in for a day? Sign up at https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock for a heads up when day tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out! VIP & camper van tickets are sold out.
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
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
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
In support of their album "Episodes of Solitude", Atropas will be touring through eastern Europe and bringing along their label mates, Words That Burn, as their supporting act. Both bands have recently released their new albums through WormHoleDeath and are ready to explore new territory in the east!
03. SEPTEMBER: ROUTE66, BUDAPEST (HU)
04. SEPTEMBER: FLEX CLUB, ARAD (RO)
05. SEPTEMBER: RUDEBOY CLUB, BELSKO BYALA (PL)
06. SEPTEMBER: EXIT CLUB, OSIJEK (CRO)
07. SEPTEMBER: GUSTAF PEKARNA CLUB, MARIBOR (SLO)
08. SEPTEMBER: VELBLOUD MUSIC BAR CLUB, BUDWEIS (CZ)
09. SEPTEMBER: HARD CAFE, KARVINA (CZ)
10. SEPTEMBER: EXIT US, PRAGUE (CZ)
Finnish melodic deathsters Insomnium have announced a European tour for early 2017 to support their forthcoming release 'Winter’s Gate' - a concept album that is made of one epic 40 minute song, which they are going to play in its entirety on this tour!
Frontman Niilo Sevänen comments: ”We are very excited to get back on the road again! Last autumn a serious illness in my family forced us to make some drastic decisions and for example cancel one tour altogether. Since then things have progressed very well and steadily so everything looks a lot better at the moment. We’ve only made festivals and short trips this year but in 2017 we’ll be back on making longer tours all over the world.
The forthcoming Winter’s Gate album has been mixed by Dan Swanö and it sounds amazing. Playing this 40 minute monster song will be an interesting challenge in a live situation but we can’t wait to do this! This European tour in January will be a rare opportunity for our fans to hear the whole epic song live, so it will be a very special show every night.”
The new album will be released via Century Media Records on September 23rd, 2016. It is built around the short story 'Winter’s Gate' (Talven portti in Finnish) by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen, which won awards and nominations in Finland back in 2007 and 2008. It’s a story about a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west from Ireland, even though the winter is drawing near.
22.07.2016 – Klang! Festival, Kekava, LV
23.07.2016 – Riverside Festival, Esslingen, DE
26.07.2016 – Metal Days, Tolmin, SI
13.08.2016 – Brutal Assault, Josefov, CZ
14.08.2016 – Rockstadt Extreme Fest, Rasnov, RO
19.08.2016 – Kaltenbach Open Air, Spital, AT
20.08.2016 – Rockstad Falun, Falun, SE
10.09.2016 – Metalitalia Festival, Live Music Club, Trezzo sull'Adda (near Milan), IT
WINTER'S GATE EUROPEAN TOUR 2017
11.01.2017 – Matrix, Bochum, DE
12.01.2017 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, DE
13.01.2017 – Biebob, Vosselaar, BE
14.01.2017 – O'Totem, Lyon, FR
15.01.2017 – Le Petit Bain, Paris, FR
16.01.2017 – Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham, UK
17.01.2017 – Sound Control, Manchester, UK
18.01.2017 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
19.01.2017 – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL
20.01.2017 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, DE
21.01.2017 – From Hell, Erfurt, DE
22.01.2017 – Lido, Berlin, DE
25.01.2017 – Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, DE
26.01.2017 – Szene, Vienna, AT
27.01.2017 – Technikum, Munich, DE
28.01.2017 – Dynamo, Zurich, CH
21.04.2017 – Ragnarök Festival, Stadthalle, Lichtenfels, DE
06.05.2017 – Karmøygeddon, 1866, Kopervik, NO
Beyond Creation have announced new European dates in support of tech death icons Obscura. The tour will kick off at the Feierwerk in Munich, Germany on the 20th of October. The fast rising Canadian technical death metal hope will be performing alongside Revocation and Rivers Of Nihil in twelve more countries, before coming to an end in the Danish city of Aalborg on the 11th of November.
A list of all currently confirmed shows can be viewed below.
+OBSCURA +REVOCATION +RIVERS OF NIHIL
20 Oct 16 München (DE) Feierwerk
21 Oct 16 Weinheim (DE) Café Central
22 Oct 16 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat
23 Oct 16 London (UK) The Dome
24 Oct 16 Sheffield (UK) Corporation
25 Oct 16 Aarschot (BE) De Klinker
26 Oct 16 Paris (FR) Divan du Monde
27 Oct 16 Aarau (CH) Kiff
28 Oct 16 Les Pennes-Mirabeau (FR) Jas'Rod
29 Oct 16 Calenzano/Florence (IT) Cycle Club
30 Oct 16 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
31 Oct 16 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
01 Nov 16 Wien (AT) Viper Room
02 Nov 16 Kosice (SK) Colosseum
03 Nov 16 Dresden (DE) Scheune
04 Nov 16 Praha (CZ) Nova Chmelnice
06 Nov 16 Oberhausen (DE) Kulttempel
07 Nov 16 Berlin (DE) Lido
08 Nov 16 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
09 Nov 16 Stockholm (SE) TBA
10 Nov 16 Oslo (NO) Parkteatret
11 Nov 16 Aalborg (DE) Aalborg Metal Festival
Winter Days of Metal: Rockin' the winter of 2017
Once upon a time there was a wintry festival, located in the cover of a majestically towering mountain – this festival was called Winter Camp. It took place in a peaceful and secret area of charming Slovenia. No one knew if it was ever to return – Until now.
Hell yeah, it’s back! Seven years after the first event, Winter Camp will come back in a fresh new design. The organizers of the biggest Slovenian festival, the MetalDays, will host the new festival in 2017 – Winter Days of Metal.
In the lovely surroundings of beautiful Bohinj valley, just right under the arm of Slovenia's highest mountain Triglav, accentuated by breathtaking Lake of Bohinj, a new adventure is born. In March, the quiet village of Bohinjska Bistrica will welcome metalheads from all over the world. The event’s main location will be in Dvorana Danica of Bohinjska Bistrica. You will be able to enjoy real winter holidays merged with heavy, breaching metal sounds.
The skiing ground of the Vogel Ski Resort will offer you an amazing skiing experience on natural snow, simply spectacular views and very well-maintained ski slopes. Those who prefer some nice relaxing Spa are invited to Bohinj Aquapark, offering swimming pools, jacuzzis, saunas and everything else that is needed for a relaxing stay.
Winter Days of Metal will rock the mountains from March 20-26, 2017.
The ticket sale starts on August 10, 2016. You can find more information about ticket prices, accommodation packages, festival packages and the first band announcements at the festival’s webpage as of August 10 at www.winterdaysofmetal.com. Until then you can find all information on the festival's Facebook page.
Prepare for your extraordinary winter holidays in magical Slovenia!
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