Tove Styrke is set to play a hotly anticipated UK show at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on June 12th. The gig – the first since releasing her brand new single ‘Say My Name’ – is presented by The Line Of Best Fit.
She said: "This will be my first show in one and a half years and I’m beyond excited! It’s so great that I get to do this in London. Last time was such a turnout, I really can’t wait to get back. I’ve put together a new band and it sounds better than ever. It’s going to be a mix of old and new material. You’ll love it!”
Tove’s comeback single ‘Say My Name’ has already received critical acclaim from the likes of NME, BBC, Pigeons And Planes and NYLON, and was Radio 1 Greg James’ Tune of the Week last week.
Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.songkick.com/store/events/30166884
Nox Vorago and Dying Gorgeous Lies are confirmed for the next edition of Metalhead Meeting, set to take place on June 24th-25th, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania! Nox Vorago will perform on June 24th and Dying Gorgeous Lies on June 25th!
Get more information on Metalhead Meeting, here. https://www.facebook.com/METALHEADMeeting - Facebook event page, here. https://www.facebook.com/events/1594336360896780/.
Formed in 2006, Sweden's Atmospheric Death / Black Metallers Nox Vorago‘s goal has always been, and always will be to create something inspired by the entire width of the metal scene, thus incorporating the elements they like into their music and creating a well-written chaos without confines. Check out the short promo-video showcasing the band image (The video is directed and produced by Max Ljungberg): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upyaqBhUQ-U
German Thrash Metal act Dying Gorgeous Lies‘ powerful stage presence creates a toxic essence generating an ominous seething in front of every stage that puts all metal heads under its spell. Watch the band’s “First World Breakdown” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB2y3Y3lPYU
NOX VORAGO: http://www.noxvorago.com – http://www.facebook.com/noxvorago
DYING GORGEOUS LIES: http://www.facebook.com/DyingGorgeousLies.Official
Swedish ambient black metal outfit Mist Of Misery have been confirmed for Autumn Of Souls Festival In Sofia, Bulgaria. The festival will take place between 25-26th November 2017, other bands confirmed include Swedish legends Hypothermia, and France's Nocturnal Depression. This exclusive festival appearance will be the bands first show outside Sweden.
This years festival edition marks the festival's 3rd year. Mist Of Misery is currently putting their final touches to their new double EP entitled "Shackles of Life" and "Fields of Isolation" set for release this summer.
With the new album "Rise And Shine" recently released (27th of January 2017) and with the band having recently finished a major North American Tour with multi-platinum selling band Amaranthe, Smash Into Pieces now return to tour Scandinavia and Europe.
Rise And Shine is now also available on Vinyl!
Order here: http://bit.ly/2lqLcwF
It's only been 4 months since the band finished their last European Tour and now Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden And Denmark awaits.
April 29 – Nya Kupolen, KARLSKOGA SE
April 30 – HardRock Café, NO
May 12 – Östgöta Rockfestival, NORRKÖPING SE
May 13 – Warwick Music Hall, MARKNEUKIRCHEN DE
May 14 – Maze, BERLIN DE
May 15 – Marx, HAMBURG DE
May 16 – MTC, KÖLN DE
May 17 – Underworld, LONDON UK
May 18 – Sputnik Caré, MUNSTER DE
May 19 – Uni-festival, LUBECK DE
May 25 - Adrenaline Cruise, STOCKHOLM SE
May 26 – Bomber Bar, MOTALA SE
May 27 – Lygten Station, COPENHAGEN DK
June 09 – Midnight Sun Festival, ÖVERTORNEÅ, SE
June 18 – Dreamhack, JÖNKÖPING, SE
July 08 – Peace and Love, BORLÄNGE, SE
July 22 – Uddeholmsladan, HAGFORS SE
Aug 04 – Skogsröjet, REJMYRE SE
Aug 05 – Övik kalaset, ÖVIK, SE
Aug 19 – VOX-Festivalen, ÖREBRO SE
Aug 26 – Eksjö Stadsfest, EKSJÖ SE
Sep 01 – Oscars Nite Club, VARBERG SE
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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.
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.
Benighted have announced the final round of European shows in support of their latest album 'Carnivore Sublime', which will kick off tomorrow at Deathfeast Open Air in Andernach, Germany.
A full list of confirmed BENIGHTED dates can be viewed below.
03 Sep 16 Andernach (DE) Jugendzentrum Andernach (Deathfeast Open Air)
10 Sep 16 Belley (FR) Le Réservoir
17 Sep 16 Villeurbanne (FR) Metalhead For Refugees
28 Oct 16 Sofia (BG) Club Live and Loud
29 Oct 16 Bucharest (RO) Club Quantic
30 Oct 16 Cluj (RO) Napoca Flying Circus
12 Nov 16 Stockholm (SW) Prostatattack Fest
16 Dec 16 Eindhoven (NL) Eindhoven Metal Meeting (exact date tbc )
21 Jan 17 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
17 Feb 17 Bergen (NO) Blastfest
Benighted will soon reveal the first details about their new upcoming album.
The current album 'Carnivore Sublime' is still available from the Season of Mist shop: http://smarturl.it/BenightedShop and streaming in full here: https://benighted.bandcamp.com/album/carnivore-sublime
Sweden's very own Avatar just announced a European headline tour this Autumn. The band will hit the road in November & December to promote their groundbreaking latest album 'Feathers & Flesh' which was released via Another Century in May 2016.
Tickets will be on sale soon, here are the dates:
21.11. Belfast (UK) - Oh Yeah Music Centre
22.11. Dublin (IE) - Voodoo Lounge Dublin
23.11. London (UK) - O2 Academy Islington
24.11. Liverpool (UK) - O2 Academy Liverpool
25.11. Glasgow (UK) - O2 ABC Glasgow
27.11. Oxford (UK) - O2 Academy Oxford
28.11. Sheffield (UK) - O2 Academy Sheffield
02.12. Milano (IT) - Legend Club Milano
03.12. Lyon (FR) - Ninkasi Kao
05.12. Paris (FR) - Trabendo
06.12. Strasbourg (FR) - Laiterie La
07.12. Nijmegen (NL) - Doornroosjee
08.12. Ludwigsburg (DE) - Rockfabrik
09.12. Munich (DE) - BackStage Club
10.12. Berlin (DE) - Musik & Frieden
13.12. Copenhagen (DK) - Pumpehuset
14.12. Oslo (NO) - Rockefeller
16.12. Göteborg (SE) - Sticky Fingers
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
Pain, the unique Swedish metal project led by multi-instrumentalist and renowned producer, Peter Tägtgren, are very pleased to announce they will be playing a UK show on October 24th at The Underworld, London.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday 8th July @ 11am GMT.
Tickets will be available here:
October 24th @ The Underworld, London
Pain recently announced their brand new studio album, ‘Coming Home’, which will be released on 9th September via Nuclear Blast - the follow up to 2011’s 'You Only Live Twice'. After the substantial success of Peter Tägtgren's Lindemann project with Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann, Peter retreated – taking some time to write another shrewd industrial metal statement.
The artwork for ‘Coming Home’ was created by Stuttgart artist Stefan Heilemann (Epica, Lindemann, Indica) - whose artwork is famed for its symbiosis of fantasy, reality and insanity.
"I was brainstorming about the cover with Heile again... And we got the result that I really needed. I rented a spacesuit and spun away thereafter... Musically, the album is a development of where Pain and Lindemann ended at - more experimental than what I've ever done before. Acoustic guitars and a helping hand again from Clemens of Carach Angren with the orchestra arrangements, and some guest vocals. And Sebastian Tägtgren did a great job on the drums..."
So speaks Peter Tägtgren, musician, producer and creative brain behind PAIN, Sweden's finest industrial metal export. His has been a life immersed in music, in pushing boundaries, and taking ideas to both their logical and illogical extremes. It’s been a career that has involved fronting bands – notably iconic death metal veterans Hypocrisy, and now PAIN – or shaping their sounds – as he has done with Celtic Frost, Children Of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir and Immortal amongst others. It’s a calling that has made him one of Europe's most highly respected musicians and producers.
Pain started life as a hobby for Peter Tägtgren, whose concept was to fuse heavy metal with 1980s-inspired electro-industrial and techno influences. It all began with the release of a self-titled debut in 1997, and since then Pain have released six more albums and a DVD. ‘Coming Home’ will be their eighth studio album release.
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