San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel, who seemingly never slow down, are very pleased to announce that they will be playing four UK headline shows this August.
Supports to be announced shortly.
Fiery front man Mark Osegueda checked in with the following comment:
“I am extremely proud to announce that Death Angel will finally be returning to the UK for a string of headlining shows in August of 2017. These will be the first Death Angel shows in the UK since the release of our album ‘The Evil Divide’!! And we have been biting at the bit to get back there! Expect nothing less than a special in your face set that will leave exhausted, and satisfied! Yet! Wanting for more! See you on stage, in the pit, and at the bar”
The Death Angel dates are as follows:
8th August – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
9th August – Glasgow, Audio
10th August – Bridgend, Hobos
11th August – London, Underworld
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.
Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. The band is currently wrapping up their critically-lauded Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour with support from Black Anvil and Inquisition, with their final two performances - February 19th at the Gramercy Theater in New York, New York and a very special, intimate MAYHEM-only appearance on February 20th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York - now sold out.
Following a short break, Mayhem will return to the road for a near-month-long European jaunt. Set to commence on March 24th in Karlstad, Sweden and run through April 16th in Munich, Germany, the Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour includes stops at the Vienna Metal Meeting and Dark Easter Metal Meeting. Support will be provided by Dragged Into Sunlight on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.
In related news, Rolling Stone recently featured Mayhem in an extensive retrospective piece. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.
Mayhem - Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition [remaining dates]:
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
2/17/2017 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY [tickets]
2/18/2017 Royale - Boston, MA [tickets]
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY SOLD OUT
2/20/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY * MAYHEM Only, SOLD OUT
Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII:
3/24/2017 Nojesfabrieken - Karlstad, SE *
3/25/2017 En Arena - Stockholm, SE *
3/26/2017 Amager Bio - Copenhagen, DK *
3/27/2017 Train - Aarhus, DK *
3/28/2017 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL *
3/29/2017 Electric Ballroom - London, UK *
3/30/2017 Club Academy - Manchester, UK *
3/31/2017 Academy - Dublin, IE *
4/01/2017 Barrowland (Lords Of The Land) - Glasgow, UK*
4/03/2017 L'Empreint - Savigny-le-Temple, FR *
4/04/2017 CCO - Lyon, FR
4/05/2017 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH *
4/06/2017 Live Club - Milan, IT *
4/07/2017 Mostovna - Nova Gorica, SI *
4/08/2017 Arena (Vienna Metal Meeting) - Vienna, AT *
4/09/2017 Vintage Club - Zagreb, HR
4/10/2017 Dom Omladine - Belgrade, RS
4/11/2017 Mixtape 5 - Sofia, BG
4/12/2017 Club Rockstadt - Brasov, RO
4/13/2017 Fuzz Club - Athens, GR
4/15/2017 Durer Kert - Budapest, HU
4/16/2017 Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting) - Munich, DE
* w/ Dragged Into Sunlight
De Profundis have been confirmed as part of a touring package that will be bringing an icy chill to spring in the UK. Along with atmospheric black metallers Fen and tour headliners, the Norwegian lords of the dark, Taake, De Profundis will be descending like black angels upon Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April. The dates are as follows:
April 6th - Exchange, Bristol - https://www.facebook.com/events/1174269739347094/
April 7th – The Dome, London - https://www.facebook.com/events/341771126204589/
April 8th - Ruby Lounge, Manchester - https://www.facebook.com/events/1765262270462391/
April 9th - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514083958606600/
On this tour De Profundis will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their debut album, Beyond Redemption. There will also be a very special release to commemorate the first decade of De Profundis being unveiled at this time, featuring artwork from renowned artist Gary Ronaldson (Kreator, Napalm Death, Benighted etc) – more details on this to follow soon. Meanwhile the band are nearing completion on recording work for their fifth album which will be released later in 2017.
ONI have announced they will be joining Children Of Bodom on their entire 20 Years Down & Dirty Tour across Europe next month.
The progressive metal outfit only recently finished impressing on a lengthy UK and European run with The Devil You Know will also be joined by Forever Still making up the package.
Children Of Bodom + Forever Still + ONI
March 08 - Capitol, Hannover (D)
March 09 - Longhorn, Stuttgart (D)
March 10 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg (L)
March 11 - Academy 2, Manchester (UK)
March 12 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (UK)
March 14 - Le Cargo, Caen (FR)
March 15 - L’Echonova, Vannes (FR)
March 16 - La Nef, Angouleme (FR)
March 17 - Disney - Le File 7, Magny-Le-Hongre (FR)
March 18 - Le Metaphone, Oignie (FR)
March 20 - Komplex, Zurich (CH)
March 21 - Theaterfabrik, Munich (D)
March 22 - Live Club, Milan (IT)
March 23 - Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb (HR)
March 25 - Arena, Vienna (AT)
March 26 - Strasse E, Dresden (D)
March 27 - Astra, Berlin (D)
March 28 - Serikovka, Plzen (CZ)
March 30 - Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
April 01 - Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)
April 02 - KB, Malmö (SE)
April 03 - Rockefeller, Oslo (NO)
April 04 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)
April 06 - The Circus, Helsinki (FI)
2016 was a breakout year for ONI, who proved their lasting prowess with the release of their debut album 'Ironshore', toured with heavy metal greats such as Max & Iggor Cavalera and Children of Bodom, and tore up the stage at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God with whom they collaborated on the recently premiered video of “The Only Cure”.
See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERFBmOtElKU
With their influences rooted in progressive metal, ONI's sound can be compared to the genre's heavy hitters - The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me - yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylosynth player, Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on 'Ironshore'. Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira), the album takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection.
To preview and purchase Ironshore, please visit: www.metalblade.com/oni
Sun, hot tubs and the full portion of metal instead of little snow and much cold and rain. It’s not only because of this that the visitors of this year’s 70000Tons Of Metal may right now reminisce last
week.This year, the World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise travelled from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Labadee in Haiti and back – and aboard were 3000 celebrating and headbanging heavy metal sailors and 61 bands that made the world’s biggest open air stage at sea tremble with their 123 shows in four days. Bands like Anthrax, Overkill, Striker or Arch Enemy rocked the sold out luxury cruiser at its seventh round through the Caribbean.
In times of national compartmentalisation and purposefully stirred xenophobia, the big heavy metal family aboard the Independence Of The Seas impresses with its own alternative draft. As every year, the amount of nations who conjointly mosh, romp around or relax in the hot tubs has increased again – to 74 this year!
The organizers thank this “United Nations Of Heavy Metal At Sea” for four unforgettable days – and also utter appreciation for the crew that helped to arrange the concerts and special events like signing sessions or meet and greets.
And after the cruise is before the cruise: The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will set sail next year from February 1 - 5 – and sails from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos and back.
UK’s Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death never slow down and are excited to announce a next headlining run across European together with Brujeria and Power Trip for April/May under the very suitable banner "Campaign For Musical Destruction”.
Napalm Death’s Mark 'Barney' Greenway checked in with the following comment: “It's been absurdly long since we did anything resembling a proper European tour. To make up for it, it's nice then that we can bring along a box of crazies like Brujeria - certainly not run-of-the-mill. And Power Trip are, like, the good bits of that crossover thing from back in the day. And for our part we'll be digging out a few sweet treats from the annals of Napalm Death. We are officially as excited as small children.”
Here is a list of all upcoming dates for Napalm Death:
Napalm Death , “Campaign For Music Destruction” Europe Tour w/ Brujeria, Power Trip
25.04. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Amager Bio
26.04. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik
27.04. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken STHLM
28.04. Flensburg (Germany) – Roxy
29.04. Magdeburg (Germany) – Factory
30.04. Haarlem (The Netherlands) – Patronaat
01.05. Köln (Germany) – Underground
02.05. Berlin (Germany) – SO36
04.05. Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat Klub
05.05. Brno (Czech Republic) – Klub Fléda
06.05. Kassel (Germany) – K19
07.05. Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage
09.05. Birmingham (UK) – O2 Institute
10.05. Glasgow (UK) – Classic Grand
11.05. Manchester (UK) – Rebellion
12.05. London (UK) – The Electric Ballroom
13.05. Paris (France) – Le Glazart
14.05. Antwerpen (Belgium) – Zappa
16.05. Six-Fours-Les-Plages (France) – Espace André Malraux
17.05. Geneva (Switzerland) – L'Usine
18.05. Bologna (Italy) – Zona Roveri
19.05. Karlsruhe (Germany) – NCO Club
20.05. München (Germany) – Backstage
21.05. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Effenaar
Other NAPALM DEATH tour dates 2017
17.03. Limerick (Ireland) – Dolans Warehouse
18.03. Dublin (Ireland) – Voodoo Lounge
19.03. Belfast (Northern Ireland) – Limelight 2
24.03. Haven (UK) – Hammerfest
31.03. Moita/Lisboa (Portugal) – Moita Metal Fest
08.04. Erica (The Netherlands) – Pitfest
10.04. Kiev (Ukraine) – Monte Ray
11.04. Vilnius (Lithuania) – Legendos Club
12.04. Riga (Latvia) – Melna Piektdiena
13.04. Tallin (Estonia) – Club Tapper
14.04. St. Petersburg (Russia) – Opera Club
15.04. Kaliningrad (Russia) – Yalta Club
16.04. Moscow (Russia) – Volta Club
17.04. Yekaterinburg (Russia) – TeleClub
19.04. Tbilisi (Georgia) – Night Office
20.04. Erevan (Armenia) – Vitamin Club
07.07. Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
03.08. Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
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
Ithilien announced a series of Belgian performances to present their forthcoming album "Shaping the Soul" which will be released on the 17th February worldwide via Wormholedeath/The Orchard and Aural Music!
17.02 : Release Party @Vitamine Z (Wavre, Belgium)
25.02 : Release Party @StormFest (Ostend, Belgium)
15.04 : Trolls & Legendes w/ Korpiklaani (Mons, Belgium)
29.04 : Atelier Rock (Huy, Belgium)
05.05 : Chez Zelle (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
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
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