Following the announcement of the arrival of new vocalist Matt James (ex-Wild Lies) and fresh from their UK tour with Savage Messiah, breaking UK metallers The Raven Age have confirmed they will be supporting heavy-weights Killswitch Engage on their European tour this summer, which kicks off next month in Sweden.
In addition to a number of dates already announced with legends Iron Maiden, The Raven Age will also be joining Shinedown for a show in Germany on June 6th, Tremonti for a date in Holland on June 26thand will being playing main stage slots at this year’s Graspop, Hellfest and Volt Festivals, amongst others.
Their relentless touring schedule only builds on their already impressive portfolio of over 250 live shows played worldwide, which includes their first European headline run, support slots with acts including Anthrax, Gojira, Mastodon and Ghost, as well as appearances at Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park and Download UK.
The band, formed of new addition Matt James (vocals), guitarists George Harris and Tony Maue, bassist Matt Cox and drummer Jai Patel, have been tipped as “the UK’s next brightest metal hope” by Metal Hammer and were Planet Rock’s ‘Best New Band’ award winners in 2017, following the release of their debut album Darkness Will Rise. They’ve now just released their first taste of new music with frontman Matt, with the new single ‘Surrogate’ - WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
They are now set to continue their global rise at the forefront of a new wave of British metal acts with a second album in the works and the US in their sights.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Thur 31st – Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden (w/Killswitch Engage)
Sat 2nd – Olso Rockefeller, Norway (w/Killswitch Engage)
Sun 3rd – Tronhelm Rocks, Dahis Arena, Norway (W/ Iron Maiden)
Wed 6th – Hamburg Gruenspan, Germany (w/ Shinedown)
Thu 7th - Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sat 9th - Munich Rockavaria, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sun 10th - Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Mon 11th - Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Thu 14th - Krakow Kwadrat, Poland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Sat 16th - Budapest Akvarium, Hungary (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Sun 17th - Nickelsdorf Nova Rock, Austria (w/ Iron Maiden)
Tue 19th - Warsaw Proxima, Poland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Wed 20th - Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic (Iron Maiden)
Fri 22nd - Dessel GMM, Belgium
Sun 24th – Clisson Hellfest, France
Mon 25th – Luxembourg Den Atelier (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Tue 26th – Zwolle Hedon, Holland (w/ Tremonti)
Thu 28th – Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Sat 30th – Freiburg Messegelaende, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Thu 5th - Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France (w/ Iron Maiden)
Fri 6th - Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France (w/ Iron Maiden)
Mon 9th - Milan Ippodromo San Siro, Italy (w/ Iron Maiden)
Thu 12th - Resurrection Festival, Spain
Fri 13th - Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal (w/ Iron Maiden)
Tue 17th - Trieste Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, Italy (w/ Iron Maiden)
Fri 20th - Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sun 22nd - Plovdiv Hills of Rock, Bulgaria
Wed 1st – Dublin Academy, Ireland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
The new album from De Profundis, The Blinding Light Of Faith, will be released through Transcending Obscurity Records on May 10th. The media reception to this darkest, heaviest release by one of the UK’s finest death metal bands has been nothing short of rapturous and tracks that have premiered at sites like Metal Injection and Decibel Magazine have created a huge sense of anticipation for the album’s release.
Now there is even more for death metal fans to look forward to, as De Profundis announce their first leg of touring in support of The Blinding Light Of Faith. Today we can reveal the details of a six date headlining UK tour, by arrangement with Artery Global and in association with Zero Tolerance Magazine, taking in Manchester, Glasgow, Ipswich, Plymouth and London – as well as an appearance at the mighty Bloodstock Open Air festival with Judas Priest and Emperor. Dates and venues are as follows...
June 9th – Star & Garter – Manchester
June 10th – Ivory Blacks – Glasgow
June 15th – The Swan – Ipswich
June 16th – Underground – Plymouth
June 17th – Black Heart – London
August 9th-12th – Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire
Don’t miss what promises to be one of the most intense live experiences of the year, as The Blinding Light Of Faith shines out across the UK.
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Dubai-based death metallers Nervecell announced their upcoming Asia tour Torture Over Asia 2018. Commented the band:
"We are looking forward to kicking off our 2018 touring cycle promoting our new album "Past, Present...Torture" in Asia next month. Although we've done a few Asian tours before, this run is special considering these shows will be our first live appearances since the release of the new album, and also because it will be our first time performing in countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia where we have never been to before. So if you are in any of the cities we'll be stopping by, be sure to come out and have a night of metal mayhem with us. See you there!".
May 5th Pulp Summer Slam Festival - Manila, Philippines
May 6th Jack's Studio - Taipei, Taiwan
May 9th Hard Rock Cafe - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
May 12th Playspace Live - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
July 7th Bangalore Open Air - Bangalore, India
"PAST, PRESENT...TORTURE" NOW AVAILABLE
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Classic Japanese metallists Saber Tiger will embark on their first full tour of Eastern Europe in May and June. The group will be taking the Devastation Tour for 12 shows touching base in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. This is a great chance for European audiences to see one of the best Asian heavy metal bands around with a set based around their latest, and possibly best album, Bystander Effect.
Devastation Tour Dates:
24.05 | Kiev (UKR) | Volume Club
25.05 | Nikolaev (UKR) | Phoenix
26.05 | Zhelty Vody (UKR) | Art Club Etage
27.05 | Krivoy Rog (UKR) | Madisan
28.05 | Zaporozhe (UKR) | Art Club Jet
30.05 | Smolensk (RU) | A club
31.05 | Moscow (RU) | Rock House
01.06 | Tver (RU) | Music box
02.06 | Saint Petersburg (RU) | Zoccolo
07.06 | Liepaja (LV) | Fontaine Palace
08.06 | Kaunas (LT) | Lemmy
09.06 | Jelgava (LV) | MCB
The release of Bystander Effect is not just a simple re-issue for the international market; four of the tracks, originally in Japanese, have been re-recorded with English lyrics, while the brand new acoustic instrumental Ship Of Theseus and a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic First Class Fool are exclusive to the Sliptrick Records release. Also, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks Sin Eater and What I Used To Be are included. There is no better way to get acquainted with Saber Tiger’s unique brand of heavy metal.
Read more about Bystander Effect …here
Get your copy from: Amazon | iTunes | Shop Sliptrick & more
Listen to the whole of Bystander Effect on: Spotify
Saber Tiger are:
Takenori Shimoyama – Vocals
Akihito Kinoshita – Guitar
Yasuharu Tanaka – Guitar
Yasuhiro Mizuno – Drums
Hibiki – Bass
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Arguably India's biggest band Demonic Resurrection have recently announced a massive tour of the UK with special guests Wretched Soul.
Also for this tour Arran McSporran and Shoi Sen from UK metallers De Profundis will be joining the DR line-up on bass and lead guitar respectively.
The dates for the tour are as follows -
10.05.18 - Green Door Store, Brighton
11.05.18 - The Swan, Ipswich
12.05.18 - TBC (If you know a guy, then call us)
13.05.18 - Incineration Festival, London
14.05.18 - The Junction, Plymouth
16.05.18 - Star & Garter, Manchester
17.05.18 - Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
18.05.18 - The Hammer & The Anvil, Birmingham
19.05.18 - Eradication Festival, Cardiff
20.05.18 - Anvil Rockbar, Bournemouth
The band adds, "It's been 4 years since we've played in the UK and we couldn't be happier to return. We toured with De Profundis (and Onslaught) last time around and we became good friends with all of them. With the current line-up of the band it made the most sense to call upon our friends Shoi and Arran to fill in the empty bass and lead guitar spots, they are both stellar musicians and with their experience you know that Demonic Resurrection is going to deliver the goods. We look forward to seeing all our fans at the shows."
More information on this can be found on the official Demonic Resurrection page HERE.
The second festival appearance is at Eradication Festival 2018 where the leading band will be playing alongside bands such as Extreme Noise Terror, Hecate Enthroned, Wombbath, Warlord UK and others. RSVP HERE.
The band also released a brand new video of their song Krishna - The Cowherd AT THIS LINK.
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Pioneers of Ukrainian Pagan Black metal Paganland set to play on Infinite Agony Ritual 3!
Infinite Agony Ritual 3 fest will take place on May 4th and 5th (2018) in Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania, featuring bands from Ukraine, Lithuania, Finland, Poland and Estonia!
Paganland recently performed XX anniversary show within West Ukrainian Division Act III. Full show available here: https://youtu.be/AxO3zhlOd_s
Infinite Agony Ritual 3:
PAGANLAND was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv – one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest.
The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with Pagan outlook, therefore their debut demo "Gods of Golden Circle" (1999) and the demo "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" (2008) one way or another had been nearly related to Pagan Metal.
The line-up’s changes, routine of rehearsals, hardships of concert activity caused the group’s breakup in 2005, but three years later the group revived and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album "Wind Of Freedom", having resumed their concert activity. This album was released in 2013 by Svarga Music. One year later band records a second album called "Fatherland" which is dedicated to all Patriots of Ukraine fighting against Russian aggression.
PAGANLAND is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortytsia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert… The runes of "Veles’ Book" and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)… Secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves… How many of the people worldwide at least simply heard about all of this?
The group members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lie rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. The human can and has to stand up for the truth, and the truth of life had been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of the group’s creative activity is the tribute to our land, our ancient culture, our history.
Bloodstock is racing towards the weekend with some heavy metal Easter treats! Six more bands for August’s best heavy weekender, the first wave of club nights and the annual Easter Egg hunt on the Bloodstock website, kicking off Friday 30th March! Check out www.bloodstock.uk.com from 8am Friday for details on how to hunt for Easter eggs and win a pair of festival tickets.
Joining us in a Friday Ronnie James Dio main stage slot are British thrash icons Onslaught. The band are working on their new studio album set for release later this year via AFM Records, so expect the world premiere of a brand new song at Bloodstock! The band tell us “Onslaught have always loved playing at Bloodstock, the UK’s finest metal festival and this year the show is going to be something special indeed! We’ll see you maniacs at the front!” Get warmed up by watching the video for ‘The Sound of Violence’.
Also nabbing a Friday slot opening the main stage are British metal crew, Feed The Rhino. The quintet’s latest album, ‘The Silence’ landed last month via Century Media with lead track, ‘Heedless’ landing its premiere via Daniel P. Carter on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. Have a listen! The band tell us “We are beyond honoured to be performing at this years Bloodstock Festival. See you in the Pit!"
Japanese power metal ladies, Lovebites join us for a slot on Friday’s Sophie Lancaster stage. The five piece release a new mini-album, ‘Battle Against Damnation’ on 6th June, but if you’re not up to speed on the band, make sure you investigate this video for ‘Shadowmaker’ and additional news info over at their Facebook page.
London death metallers, De Profundis join us in a Sophie stage slot on Friday. The band are readying the release in May of new album, ‘The Blinding Light of Faith’. Get a load of this new track ‘Bastard Sons of Abraham’ and then view the array of purchase options (digital, physical and special bundles) over on their Bandcamp page.
Brit thrash outfit Reprisal also land a Friday Sophie slot. Their new album, ‘None Survive The Sun’ lands this Friday 30th March via Hostile Media. Feast your eyes on the video for ‘Nephila’ and head over to pick up a copy of the album at http://reprisal.bigcartel.com.
Progressive death metal New Yorkers Uncured land a slot on Sunday’s Sophie stage. Having just wrapped a 28-date US run with Soulfly, the four piece come to Europe this Summer to play shows with their friends in Jasta. Check out their video for ‘Stygian Valley’ below and if you're curious for more, get further info on the band over on their Facebook page.
Our first phase of Bloodstock club nights start on Monday 16th April! More will be added for June/July, so don’t despair if your local rock club isn’t listed. Get along to one of the following events, check out some tunes from Bloodstock bands old and new, and be in with the chance of winning weekend tickets or related giveaways. Expect fun ways to win tickets - previous year’s events featured the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests, and air guitaring! Check your local club for details, as dates may be subject to change. Events for April/May run as follows:
Mon 16th April - Reading Coalition
Fri 20th April - Camberley Agincourt
Fri 27th April - Bristol The Hatchet
Fri 27th April - Woking Schism
Sat 28th April - Birmingham Eddie's Rock Club
Sat 28th April - Sheffield Corporation
Sat 5th May - Exeter Catacombs
Sat 5th May - Brighton Envy
Sat 5th May - Hanley JJ's
Sat 12th May - Southampton - Engine Rooms
Fri 25th May - Bristol The Hatchet
Sat 26th May - Birmingham Eddie's Rock Club
Sat 26th May - Sheffield Corporation
Get a flavour for what’s in store at this year’s festival via Bloodstock’s new video trailer!
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 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, 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.
Russian Folk/Black Metal pioneers Satarial are going to Europe in April-June 2018!
The band has recorded a video invitation!
30.03. - Bar Garage / Kaluga / RU
31.03. - Concert Hall Hertz / Oryol / RU
1.04. - Clubhouse / Bryansk / RU
5.04. - Ozi Pub/ Zory/ PL
6.04. - Zet Pe Te club/ Krakow/ PL
7.04. - Klub Kolečko/ Zilina/ SK
8.04. - Tartaros/ Banska Bistrica/ SK
13.04. - Elektrownia klub/ Zagan/ PL
14.04. - Farářova sluj/ Mlada Boleslav/ CZ
15.04. - CZ - TBA
19.04. - TBA
20.04. - Beteigeuze/ Ulm/ DE
21.04. - TBA
22.04. - TBA
25.04. - Erbrietas/ Zurich/ CH
27.04. - B52 club/ Eernegem/ BE
28.04. - Rockclub the Cave/ Amsterdam/ NL
1.05. - The Black Heart/ London/ UK
2.05. - The Peer Hat/ Manchester/ UK
3.05. - Glasgow / UK
11.05. - The One Metal Live/ Milan/ IT
12.05. - TBA
18.05. - Route 66 Barati Klub/ Budapest/ HU
19.05. - TBA
20.05. - TBA
25.05. - Live&Load/ Sofia/ BG
In what promises to be the biggest year for Evanescence yet, the group’s “Synthesis Live” tour kicks off in the UK with two sold out nights at the Royal Festival Hall on March 30th and 31st.
Few people in rock music have the pipes of vocalist Amy Lee. Her soulful tone and distinguished sound are as identifiable as they are unique, and this time the band will be bringing a live orchestra and electronic programming out on the road with them, conducted by Susie Benchasil Seiter. Lee says “This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years”
Reviews from the US and Australian legs of the tour have been ecstatic:-
“Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee made the leap from goth-rocker to opera diva last night, when she and the band led a 28-piece orchestra through a sold-out performance at the Greek Theatre. Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock's pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop…. she and the ensemble turn the familiar material including crowd favourites like the GRAMMY-winning 'Bring Me To Life' into full-throttle, wide-screen epics, with themes of loss, guilt and self-doubt enlarged to tragedy on the Greek’s proscenium. The arrangements substitute strings, woodwinds, brass, synths and drum machines for electric guitars and bass, a synthesis of rock, classical and EDM." (Variety)
"“With the theatrics up front and their old goth accents taking a back seat, the show presented Lee in the way she was perhaps always meant to be heard. 4****” (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Evanescence released Synthesis, their fourth and most ambitious album to date in November last year. The band - lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Troy McLawhorn and guitarist Jen Majura along with producers Will Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell reworked classic Evanescence tracks along with two new songs, the first of which, entitled “Imperfection” can be heard HERE. The album includes a guest performance by celebrated violinist Lindsey Stirling on “Hi-Lo” the other new song on the album.
Amy Lee explains the meaning behind “Imperfection,” “For me, this is the most important song on the album. It's for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I'm singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It’s a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don't give into the fear- I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect. We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.”
Catch EVANESCENCE on “Synthesis Live” in the following cities:
Fri 30th Royal Festival Hall, London (SOLD OUT)
Sat 31st Royal Festival Hall, London (SOLD OUT)
Mon 2nd 02 Apollo, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
Tue 3rd Arena, Nottingham
Thurs 5th Armadillo, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
Fri 6th City Hall, Sheffield (SOLD OUT)
Mon 9th Eventim Apollo, London –NEW DATE JUST ADDED
Tickets range from £39-85.
Serbian Black Metal spearheads The Stone will embark on tour in only a few days. Planned are a number of dates in Europe alongside Sweden's IXXI and Czech Republic's Inferno. Additionally, there will be a local support band for any of the shows. The Stone will play the tour in order to introduce the new material of their album "Teatar Apsurda" (released in December 2017) live as well. The Stone's 7th studio album was highly praised by both fans and press worldwide.
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