Taiwanese symphonic extreme metallers Chthonic mark triumphant return to stage with "Chthonic Megaport 2021" on May 19
Fans who missed symphonic extreme metal masters Chthonic’s triumphant return to the stage to headline Taiwan’s massive Megaport Festival in March will have the opportunity to experience the show with the release of the Chthonic Megaport 2021 live album and video on May 19.
Chthonic Megaport 2021 will be available digitally and as a special limited “anti-epidemic bundle” including a physical CD, Chthonic medical-quality mask, a Chthonic mask lanyard, large and small Chthonic mask containers and a small Chthonic spray can for sanitizer will be available. Pre-orders are available at https://ciongzo.com/en/product_detail.php?id=602.
After making history by successfully managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan was able to move forward with the Megaport Festival, the first large-scale rock festival since the unprecedented global lockdown. Taking place March 27-28 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the festival featured more than 100 artists on 10 stages. Founded in 2006 by Chthonic’s Freddy Lim, who left the organizing team after being elected as a member of Taiwanese Parliament in 2016, Megaport Festival attracts tens of thousands of people every year, with this year’s festival selling out its 20,000 tickets within five minutes. For their performance, Chthonic was joined by Audrey Tang, a long-time Chthonic fan who currently holds the seat of Digital Minister in Taiwan's cabinet.
Lim shared his thoughts on the occasion:-
“I felt very excited and grateful when I stood on the stage. I cherished the connection between the crowd and me, and I also wanted to cheer up the people around the world who watched the show through the live broadcast so much.”
Lim also used the Megaport appearance as an excuse to reclaim his once-fit body, which he shows off on the album’s cover and in the “Set Fire to the Island” video:-
“I have always been fit in the past. But after entering politics and having a baby, I didn't have enough time to exercise, so I was a little out of shape. Last year I promised the fans that if the Megaport Festival was held as scheduled, I will get my fit body back and take off my shirt in this show. So, I take off my shirt later in the song! Good to have my fit body back!”
While Taiwan is considered home of Austronesian peoples and a mystic island nation in the Orient, advanced technologies, modern cities, and upholding human rights and progressive values are also part of the image of Taiwan, and Chthonic gives the best interpretation of the contrasting images of the country. Chthonic's lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese mythology, folk stories and history, and the music incorporates elements of traditional Taiwanese folk music, enka and sorrowful melody from Taiwanese opera, accompanied by traditional Taiwanese musical instruments, such as hena, zheng - also known as "box zither"- and pgaku flute. Contemporary symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, blood-boiling riffs and solos are also integral parts of Chthonic's music.
Several of Chthonic's albums have entered the In Taiwanese pop-music charts, and the band has been awarded the Golden Melody Award, the Taiwanese version of the Grammy Award. With exception of its earlier works, Chthonic's albums include Seediq Bale (2007), Mirror of Retribution (2009), Takasago Army (2011) and Bú-Tik (2013) were all released worldwide, with positive feedback from music critics. The band took on a lower profile with a reduced number of performances after Lim’s election into the Parliament in 2016, but they still released the album Battlefields of Asura in 2018, which won the Golden Melody Award for Best Band, as well as a number of other nominations. In 2019, Chthonic held a concert with a symphony orchestra in the square in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office. It attracted 50,000 people, and its live video and audio was digitally released in 2020.
From Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic in Japan to Ozzfest in the US, Download in the UK and WOA in Germany, Chthonic has performed at major music festivals around the world, and has had toured hundreds of shows in Europe, North America and Asia. The group has also worked with many internationally renowned artists, including Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, guitarist Marty Friedman, Japanese folk singer Hajime Chitose, and Hong Kong diva Dennise Ho.
Moldovan up and coming, extreme metal outfit, Infected Rain, took the heavy music world by storm when they released their blistering new album, Endorphin, this Fall with Napalm Records. The band – fronted by extraordinary multi-talented vocalist Lena – unleashes fierce screams and growls, heavy riffs and pounding beats combined with ingenious samples that make Infected Rain’s style an energetic blend of the best modern metal styles of today and one can be sure, this band no longer belongs to one of the world's best-kept metal secrets!
While they are currently touring Europe in support of their new album, Infected Rain won't be stopped and have just announced a bunch of European summer tour dates for 2020!
"After releasing Endorphin in October then right away hitting the road with the European tour, we felt so much love and support from you.” The band comments. "Thanks to you we are able to be ourselves and share our most sensitive emotions. So we are extremely happy to announce our next European visit. Summer of 2020 promises to be very hot, with a lot of festivals and some special club dates. Stay tuned for more updates and details. See you soon!"
Kicking off in June 2020, with selected club shows as well as prestigious festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze or Metal on the Hill to name just a few, you will get infected by the band's high-voltage shows and a vehemence that is Infected Rain live at the following dates:
10.06.2020 PL Kraków / Mystic Festival
26.06.2020 CZ Plzen / Basinfire Festival
02.07.2020 SP Viveiro / Resurrection Festival
04.07.2020 FR Colombier-Saugnieu / Plane'R Fest
10.07.2020 HU Dunaújváros / Rockmarathon
18.07.2020 FIN Laukaa / John Smith Rock Festival
24.07.2020 DE Ottobeuren / Schlichtenfest
30.07.2020 DE Wacken / Wacken Festival
01.08.2020 UKR Ternopil / Faine Miasto Festival
02.08.2020 RO Rasnov / Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08.08.2018 RUS Krasnodar / Taman Festival
14.08.2020 DE Dinkelsbuhl / Summer Breeze
15.08.2020 AT Graz / Metal on the Hill
28.08.2020 RO Bistrita / Way Too Far Rock Festival
with many more dates to be announced soon!
To shorten your wait for a heavy as hell summer with INFECTED RAIN, catch them live on the following, remaining dates of their current tour with LACUNA COIL and ELUVEITIE:
14.12 - (FI) Tampere - Pakkahuone
15.12 - (EST) Tallinn - Rock Cafe
17.12 - (SE) Stockholm - Klubben Fryshuset
18.12 - (NO) Oslo - Vulkan Arena
19.12 - (SE) Gothenburg - Trädgarn
20.12 - (DK) Copenhagen - Amager Bio
21.12 - (DE) Hamburg - Docks
Great things are waiting in the wings for English death metallers Kill All The Gentlemen: not only will they release their highly anticipated album The Loss And The Rapture – out on November 22nd via Sliptrick Records – the four will also be sharing the stage with legendary extreme metal band Cradle of Filth in December, covering all three Baltic States.
As if that weren’t enough, Sliptrick Records has officialy made The Loss And The Raptureavailable for pre-order at Shop Sliptrick.
11.12.2018 | Vilnius (LT) | Vakaris
12.12.2018 | Riga (LV) | Melna Piektdiena
13.12.2018 | Tallinn (EE) | Rockclub Tapper
Kill All The Gentlemen are:
Adam Martin (Vocals, Guitar)
Ben Andrew (Bass)
Christian Axsel (Guitar)
Thomas Arne Rørstad (Drums)
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | On Sliptrick
Iberian Black Metal act Noctem have recently confirmed a whole list of new shows, tours and festivals in September and October of this year. The band that released their acclaimed album "Haeresis" in 2016 through Prosthetic Records and Art Gates Records is finishing the presentation time of this opus, right now immersed in the creative process for their next one. Noctem will tour in the UK, Spain supporting Batushka and central and north Europe!
05/09 - The Black Heart / London (UK)
06/09 - The Old England / Bristol (UK)
07/09 - TBC (UK)
08/09 - Manchester Death Metal Feast / Manchester (UK)
22/09 - Sála Bóveda / Barcelona (Spain)
22/09 - Metal Infernus II Fest / Valencia (Spain)
23/09 - Caracol / Madrid (Spain)
26/09 - Bilbao / Stage Live (Spain)
28/09 - Coast Rock Fest / Emden (Germany)
29/09 - Frehafen / Gottingen (Germany)
30/09 - Db's / Utrecht (Netherlands)
02/10 - Blackland Festival / Berlin (Germany)
03/10 - MCP Apache / Fontaine L'eveque (Belgium)
05/10 - Peter Weiss Haus / Rostock (Germany)
06/10 - Slaktmanad / Hultsfred (Sweden)
The new album of the band is expected for the beginning of 2019.
More info coming soon to www.artgatesrecords.com, www.prostheticrecords.com and the official sites of Noctem:
Australian summer is about to get blackened: Mayhem are kicking off the live delivery of their complete landmark debut album, 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' to Down Under tonight. The Norwegian black metal icons will be joined by local label mates Départe and will be supported by Bölzer and Ruins.
A list of all confirmed Mayhem shows in Australia and New Zealand can be viewed below.
MAYHEM Australia + Départe + Bölzer + Ruin
16 Jan 18 Perth (AU) Capitol
17 Jan 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
18 Jan 18 Sydney (AU) Max Watts
19 Jan 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
21 Jan 18 Hobart (AU) Mona
MAYHEM New Zealand
23 Jan 18 Auckland (NZ) The Kings Arms Tavern
01 Apr 18 Philadelphia, PA (US) Decibel Metal & Beer Festival
Ghul: live guitar
London's Formicarius joins Devilment for a fiendishly festive December show at the Camden Underworld
The fiends of Formicarius have been invited to join Dani Filth’s Devilment for an evening of quintessentially English black metal at the Camden Underworld, on Sunday December 10th.
Formicarius will offer up a selection of dark delights from their Black Mass Ritual debut, before Nuclear Blast recording artists Devilment invite the assembled hordes to revel in the wickedness of The Mephisto Waltzes.
Formicarius launched their Black Mass Ritual album at the Underworld with a triumphant show alongside Tengger Cavalry and cannot wait to return to what is fast becoming a favourite venue for the performance of their black incantations.
There can surely be no finer diabolical pairing than the Cradle Of Filth frontman’s gothic horror show of Devilment and the wild, symphonic darkness of Formicarius. A savagely splendid way to kick off the festive season we’re sure you’ll agree...
Rotting Christ and Carach Angren are announcing their extensive European co-headlining tour in January and February 2018. The Greek veterans and Dutch masters of horror metal will be joined by French blackened death outfit Svart Crown.
ROTTING CHRIST & CARACH ANGREN + SVART CROWN
26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast
29 Jan 18 Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3
08 Feb 18 Gijon (ES) Acapulco
09 Feb 18 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
10 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion
17 Feb 18 Veghel (NL) Veghel Black Fest
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
Ne Obliviscaris have announced tour-dates in Australia and New Zealand in support of their forthcoming masterpiece, 'Urn', which has been scheduled for release on October 27th.
See below for a list of all confirmed shows Down Under.
09 Feb 18 Adelaide (AU) Fowler's Live
10 Feb 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watt's
14 Feb 18 Canberra (AU) The Basement
15 Feb 18 Newcastle (AU) The Cambridge Hotel
16 Feb 18 Sydney (SU) Manning Bar
17 Feb 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
21 Feb 18 Auckland (NZ) Kings Arms
22 Feb 18 Wellington (NZ) Valhalla
24 Feb 18 Perth (AU) Jack Rabbit Slim's
Cradle Of Filth announce UK/Ireland tour special guests; release new album trailer
UK's legendary extreme metal icons Cradle Of Filth are pleased to announce that NWOBHM inspired thrashers Savage Messiah will be accompanying them as special guests on their upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates.
Savage Messiah stated:
“We are thrilled to be joining Cradle of Filth on their UK/IRE tour in Oct/Nov! We had a great show together in Portsmouth recently, so we jumped at the chance to do a full run. This promises to be a really great night of metal so make sure you get your tickets early and we look forward to celebrating the UK metal scene with everyone!"
Dani Filth commented on the tour:
"We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the UK and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band's home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the World throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fan’s exalted expectations and more"
Tickets are on sale now!
Cradle Of Filth ‘Cryptoriana World Tour’ - UK & Ireland
w. special guests Savage Messiah
30.10. Belfast - Limelight
31.10. Dublin - Academy (Halloween Show)
02.11. Manchester - Academy 2
03.11. Glasgow - Garage
04.11. Birmingham - O2 Institute 2
05.11. Leeds – Church
07.11. Oxford - O2 Academy
08.11. Southampton - Engine Rooms
09.11. Norwich - Waterfront
10.11. London - Electric Ballroom
11.11. Bristol – Bierkeller
Cradle Of Filth have also released a brand new video in which singer Dani Filth talks about working with Artūrs Bērziņš on the expressive artwork of their eagerly awaited 12th album, ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/oVa2QASL0Jw
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Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit are pleased to announce that they will be playing a special one off festival warm-up show in Portsmouth. The show will take place at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms on June 23rd 2017.
Tickets will go on-sale this Friday 31st March @ 10.00 BST from the below link:
June 23rd - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Tickets will also be available from the venue box office direct:
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms BO 023 9286 3911
Cradle Of Filth are currently locked away, working on the follow up to 2015’s opus ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.
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