Greece's SepticFlesh announce European tour with Inquisition; set to play The Lebanon for the first time
SEPTICFLESH have announced a big European tour in support of their latest masterpiece, 'Codex Omega'. The Greek masters of symphonic death metal will be joined by label mates and American black metal trailblazers INQUISITION.
The demons of winter will first be summoned in the Bavarian city of Munich on January 4th and will continue to raise hell in 10 more countries until a final black ceremony at the MS Connexion Complex in Mannheim, Germany on the 27th of January.
On further news, SEPTICFLESH will perform in Lebanon for the first time in their career. The Greeks have accepted an invitation to play the Minus 5 in Beirut on December 2nd.
SEPTICFLESH European Tour
04 Jan 18 München (DE) Backstage
05 Jan 18 Leipzig (DE) Hellraiser
06 Jan 18 Praha (CZ) Klub Nová Chmelnice
07 Jan 18 Budapest (HU) Barbara Negra
08 Jan 18 Wien (AT) Viper Room
09 Jan 18 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
10 Jan 18 Bologna (IT) Alchemie Club
11 Jan 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Jan 18 Lyon (FR) Cco Jean Pierre Lachaize
16 Jan 18 Madrid (ES) Sala Caracol
17 Jan 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz
18 Jan 18 Toulouse (FR) Le Metronum
20 Jan 18 Paris (FR) La Machine du Moulin Rouge
22 Jan 18 London (UK) The Underworld
23 Jan 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
24 Jan 18 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
25 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
26 Jan 18 Matrix (DE) Bochum
27 Jan 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connexion Complex
SEPTICFLESH Festival Shows
02 Dec 17 Beirut (LB) Minus 5
12 Jan 18 Zürich (CH) Meh Suff! Winter-Fest 2018
13 Jan 18 Denain (FR) In Theatrum Denonium Festival
19 Jan 18 Angers Le Chabada (FR) Angers Mini Fest
'Codex Omega' has already been named "album of the month" by Spark Magazine (CZ), Scream Magazine (NO), Ultraje (PT), and Ghostcult Magazine (UK) among other high praise.
SEPTICFLESH are the indisputable masters of symphonic death metal and 'Codex Omega' is the perfect proof for this bold statement.
As we creep through October, BLOODSTOCK is very excited to announce three more bands for 2018!
Joining Friday’s bill in the Ronnie James Dio main stage special guest slot are black metal legends, EMPEROR in a UK exclusive appearance. Frontman Ihsahn tells us that they’ll be performing a special set based around one of their classic albums. “We're finally bringing the 20th Anniversary show for ‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’ to the UK! We’ll be performing the album in its entirety and look forward to celebrating with everyone at BLOODSTOCK!” Check out a stream of the atmospheric opus here and get excited for next August - https://youtu.be/Jmlhq5rtFXw.
Also stepping into a main stage slot on Sunday are Californian circle pit kings, DEVILDRIVER. Frontman Dez Fafara tells us “DEVILDRIVER is playing BLOODSTOCK in 2018 and we couldn’t be more fucking ready to bring the heavy and get the whole festival moving! We are thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to see everyone there! Get ready to get the fuck in the pit!” Check out the band doing what they do best in the video for the title track of their current studio album, ‘Trust No One’ - https://youtu.be/XuVibnWHoLA.
Hotly-tipped, super brutal three-piece, NAILS land a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday in a UK exclusive show. Frontman Todd Jones informs us, “I've been following BLOODSTOCK and looking at their advertisements online for the past few years, admiring how great a job the festival does having a great mix of underground bands and some of metal's biggest and finest. We're proud to finally say we're part of what BLOODSTOCK is doing to fight the good fight! We'll see all you motherfuckers at BLOODSTOCK!!!” Not familiar with NAILS? Melt your face with 91 seconds of hardcore intensity via the video for ‘You Will Never Be One Of Us’ - https://youtu.be/hGGGh03jN4w.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday night headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday headliners, NIGHTWISH already announced for next year's event, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
Snap up your VIP tickets now as they’re going fast! The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced £290) and deluxe VIP packages are in the ticket store now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed. Luxpads have already sold out, but a selection of Podpads, Bellepads and Octopads are still available. A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am. Don't delay if you want to join us in the VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!
Standard weekend tickets are also currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone. The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who've bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.
Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
After their most successful festival to date in 2017 and first ever weekend sell-out at a capacity 15,000 tickets, Bloodstock is thrilled to announce Gojira and Nightwish as its first headliners for 2018's event which will take place at Catton Park from 9th-12th August.
Gojira had this to say:-
"We are excited and honoured to headline Bloodstock festival in 2018. One of our favourite festivals in the world. We had such a great time in 2016 with the Bloodstock crowd and are sure that 2018 will be even better. We are already planning what we can do to make it the most awesome GOojira show yet. We can't wait!"
Nightwish had this to say:-
"We can't wait to hit the mighty Bloodstock Festival in 2018! By then we'll be in full flight on our 'Decades' World Tour (a retrospective) so expect an unusual set-list with a bit of nostalgia for the old fans, but some recent epics for the new. We will throw ourselves into it with everything we've got so be there!"
The bands were revealed at the festival this weekend, on the big screens at the Ronnie James Dio main stage. See the video reveals at: https://youtu.be/CIwPDJsr3bg and https://youtu.be/X2eTzwnZrk4.
Early Bird tickets are available now from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com, priced £125 plus booking fee. VIP tickets will be available from 1st September.
Dutch Symphonic Metal Titans Epica have just announced a full headline UK & Ireland Tour for next Spring. The sextet will take on UK venues nationwide as well as play their first ever Irish show at Dublin's Tivoli.
Guitarist Mark Jansen commented:
"We're coming back to the UK! Not for just 1 show like last time. Also Ireland for the very first time!!! We're looking very much forward to partying with you guys! See you in April!"
Epica played a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire earlier this year bringing their latest album 'The Holographic Principle' to life with impressive lighting and staging. Light reflecting glass prisms accompanied the cinematic soundscapes of one of metal's biggest and most bombastic live bands. Don't miss your chance to see Epica in 2018 as they take on the whole of the UK with full force on THE UNITED PRINCIPLE TOUR!
VIP bundles & General Tickets go on sale this Friday 4th August and full routing plus ticket links can be seen below:
METALHAMMER PRESENTS: EPICA + supports TBA
Fri 06.04.18 Nottingham - Rock City
Sat 07.04.18 Glasgow - ABC1
Sun 08.04.18 Bristol - O2 Academy
Tue 10.04.18 Dublin - Tivoli
Thu 12.04.18 Manchester - O2 Ritz
Fri 13.04.18 London - 02 Forum
Epica's latest album 'The Holographic Principle' was released in 2016 and was well-received worldwide, making Top 10 Chart entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. It was also #3 on the UK Rock Chart.
Epica release their new EP, The Solace System,via Nuclear Blast on September 1st, 2017.
Pre-order digitally now in i-Tunes:
Or pick up a physical copy from the NB store:
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.
Athens based Symphonic Metallers Fallen Arise are confirmed for the 10th Anniversary edition of Hammerfest UK!
Stated the band:
"We are proud to announce our participation at Hammerfest in Pwllheli, Wales, U.K. next March 17th, 2018! We will share the stage with Sepultura, Hellyeah, Blaze Bayley and other great bands!"
Get more information on Hammerfest, here: http://www.hammerfest.co.uk
As previously announced, Fallen Arise will join Paradise Lost, as special guests on Russian shows in May 2017, as follows:
May 18th – Moscow – at Yotaspace
May 19th – St. Petersburg – at Club Zal
May 21th – Yekaterinburg – at Tele-Club
Fallen Arise are a symphonic metal band formed in Athens in 2009. After releasing their first EP (Eternal) in 2011, the first studio album (Ethereal) was recorded and released in 2013. Following this, the second studio album (Adeline) was released in 2015 and features the collaboration of 40 acclaimed musicians from different orchestras across Greece.
Northern Symphony is the UK's premier symphonic metal event that actively supports the UK's symphonic metal talent. Starting in 2015, the festival has featured bands from all across the UK, including Winter In Eden, Old Corpse Road, Apparition and more as well as the odd band or two from Europe.
With just over a month until the third edition of the event, Birmingham based outfit Celestial Wish have been added to the billing as main support to co-headliners Dakesis and Control The Storm. The band commented: "It's amazing to be playing Northern Symphony with so many great bands!"
Celestial Wish are a Birmingham-based Symphonic Metal act currently consisting of; Frontwoman Saneeta Ram, guitarist and orchestral composer Daniel Carpenter, violist Eileen Smith and bassist Fraser Banks. Their sound is characterised by the use of powerful orchestration, enchanting synths, soaring vocals, heavy riffs and blistering solos, which all come together to form a sound that takes the listener into their own personal dreamland, where each Celestial Wish comes true, and anything is possible.
Celestial Wish are heavily influenced by bands such as Nightwish, Kamelot, Avantasia, Within Temptation, Evanescence and Sonata Arctica, however, their list of influences goes far beyond the Metal genre, including such composers as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwarz and Danny Elfman. All of these inspirations have come together to form a powerful sound that one might describe as majestic, or epic.
Northern Symphony Festival takes place on Saturday 15th April at The Veneu in Selby, North Yorkshire and will feature Dakesis, Control The Storm, Celestial Wish, Dead of Night, Scottish metallers The Fall of Eve, Anglo-Graeco unit Synthetic, Welsh metal band Prophecy and newcomers Sorrow's End.
Tickets for Northern Symphony Festival can be purchased at this location for £8.
Italy, Naples-based symphonic metallers Poemisia are confirmed, as main support, for Russian folk / pagan metallers Arkona on their show in Kiev, on March 12th!
"For all our beautiful Ukrainian fans, this is for you! After our very first show in Kiev just two years ago, our second one last year, we couldn't miss this year, so it's time for the third one! We're very glad to support Arkona for this show and would be very pleased to meet all of you amazing people again! See you on stage!!"
The musical style of Poemisia is focused on sounds which combine metal music to opera and symphonic elements. This duality leads to a tendency to mark the continuous conflict between darkness and light, between death and life, between Hell and Heaven, sometimes also in a peculiar grotesque way. This is fully reflected also in the lyrics which have always a refined nature. Poemisia
2017 is still young and yet one of the heaviest line-up's this year rolled into London on the back-end of a performance in Paris, Fleshgod Apocalypse were on the last few dates of their European run that saw them and their supporting buddies in Carach Angren and Nightland rack up over ten countries.
Italy's most extreme metal band has visited London endless times, 9 or 10 if you were to count and yet the expectation was riding even higher on the Classical-Death Metal outfit as this was their first ever headlining tour. Sure they had support from the Dutch Symphonic / Melodic Black Metal horde Carach Angren and their own fellow-countrymen in the form of Nightland, this did not however make them sweat one bit - despite the cold outside the didn't seem phased by the bitter English weather at all.
Who'd have thought that a band like Nightland were virtually unheard of in this part of Europe and yet with their magical combination of Symphonic Death Metal and on-stage armour-clad outfits, they came with the ferocity of a thousand stallions rampaging through the old Roman towns and cities of Italia. Here is a band who try to emulate the apocalyptic sound that Fleshgod Apocalypse have nurtured but simultaneously try to resist becoming a fad or indeed a clone, they manage to pull it off.
Sure the notable absence of a pianist helps, but truth be told Nightland dealt their cards well with this performance as the crowd bathed in their mighty, yet mesmerising performance and craft. They certainly knew how to get the party started (and this is not a P!nk reference) but more so knew how to crack the London audience, after all some of the British metalheads can be a tough crowd to arouse if not motivate to spark moshpits and related motions found within the metal music repertoire.
No doubt Nightland done themselves proud and will certainly be welcomed back to these shores with open arms in the times ahead.
[8/10] RHYS STEVENSON
Carach Angren are no strangers to the European circuit having pillaged and rampaged across the European plains for many years, blasting their infectious mix of Symphonic and Melodic Black Metal whilst adding horror and ghost stories to the fray. A perfect partner to Fleshgod Apocalypse, the Dutch horde demanded immediate attention when it came to their slaying performance.
No show is a show without some form of theatrics (lets be honest), so when Ardek's keyboard is shown to move up, down, left, right, sideways and horizontally, the crowd practically wet themselves as the motion demonstrated is one of complete amazement but more so gives the impression of being on a ship... cue The Flying Dutchman. But given their overall performance, it would be nice to see Carach Angren grace some UK festivals this year, this was deserving of a slot by far.
Ardek at one point donned a mask that was very reminiscent of The Purge artwork, so despite it's creepy nature the aesthetic was sensual and sexual simultaneously; yes there is such as a thing as a ghost orgy. As song after song came rallying out like a machine gun on endless rounds, it was time for the hauntings to cease and for the renaissance to step in... cue Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Hail to the Fleshgod Apocalypse, hail to the King! This is what was chanted by the already aroused crowd as the anthemic crescendo tune of 'Marche Royale' erupted into the venue as the Italian classical maestros made their way on stage, unfortunately Cristiano Trionfera was not in attendance but his stand-in replacement (whose name one has forgotten) done justice and would have made signor Trionfera rather proud.
In fact as the traditional quintet (with exception to the minor personnel change) and Veronica Bordacchini (live opera vocals) led the charge with 'In Aeternum', 'The Fool' and 'The Violation' as the stapled songs in their set-list, few could argue that Fleshgod Apocalypse are Italy's latest successful metal export and are ones who join the upper echelons that Lacuna Coil are perched on. Having the expected swig of wine during the performance, Tommaso looked rather stern at the media, suspecting his bottle of limoncello had been taken (of course this is not true... yet limoncello is undoubtedly nice).
This was a performance to savour and as Fleshgod Apocalypse finished their set with the epic melodic tune 'The Forsaken', it was a night that will live long in the memories of those who attended for here were three bands who despite having different styles of symphonic metal at their very foundations, all indulge in the extreme metal faculty and do so with such admirable interest. As they would say in Italy, 'tutto è bene che riesce bene'.
[8.5/10] RHYS STEVENSON
Athens based Symphonic Metallers Fallen Arise are confirmed, as special guest on Paradise Lost Russian shows in May 2017, as follows:
May 18th - Moscow - at Yotaspace
May 19th - St. Petersburg - at Club Zal
May 21th - Yekaterinburg - at Tele-Club
Watch Fallen Arise’s new vocalist Fiona Creaby making her debut on Greek soil, featuring “Never Forget Me” and “My Last Breath”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpa5h9LelAI
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