Dubai-based death metallers Nervecell will be back to Europe this summer for a few select shows across Austria, France and Germany.
JUL 13 ESCAPE - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
JUL 14 SICK MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL - SCHARNSTEIN, AUSTRIA
JUL 15 NO MAN’S LAND - VOLMERANGE-LES-MINES, FRANCE
JUL 19 ROCK N EAT - LYON, FRANCE
JUL 20 FERRAILLEUR - NANTES, FRANCE
JUL 22 LE KLUB - PARIS, FRANCE
AUG 31 BONEBREAKER FESTIVAL - KLEINWENKHEIM, GERMANY
Italian Death Metallers Mechanical God Creation are confirmed for Sanan Metal Day festival in San Antonio Bahia (Spain), taking place on July 28th! As previously announced, the festival will also see Atrexial on stage, another Alpha Omega roster band.
Get more information on Sanan Metal Day, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/613901812276856
Next Mechanical God Creation shows:
23 Giugno - Goathell metal Fest - pula Croazia
28 Luglio - Sanan Metal Day - San Antonio Ibiza
4 Agosto - Padova Metal Fest
In 2015 Mechanical God Creation toured with Septicflesh, in Russia. Check out a video footage for the song “Walking Dead”: https://youtu.be/cJo7JU46X_0
Bloodstock announces first winners for New Blood stage & Jagermeister stage additions
As BLOODSTOCK’s regional finals for their grass-roots-artist-supporting METAL 2 THE MASSES scheme thunder through local venues around the country this month, the festival is very excited to announce the first winners who won themselves a slot on 2018’s New Blood stage this August.
Joining the bill on Friday are hard-rocking trio, PELUGION (www.facebook.com/pelugion), victors of the Coventry heat, who blend classic metal styles reminiscent of Diamond Head & Black Label Society, as well as Glasgow’s winners, A RITUAL SPIRIT (www.facebook.com/aritualspirit), Edinburgh-based heavy rockers whose debut album, ‘Carnival Carnivorous’ is available now.
Landing a Saturday spot are Sheffield’s winners and symphonic metal 7-piece, AONIA (www.facebook.com/aoniauk). The band feature two ‘soprano with balls’ vocalists and have been compared to Therion, Avantasia, and Nightwish. If your tastes are more on the brutal side, check out the champions of the Reading heat, crust/grind/powerviolence trio, NEGATIVE THOUGHT PROCESS (www.facebook.com/negativethoughtprocess). Also gaining a Saturday New Blood slot are Belfast’s groove metal victors, ORACLE (www.facebook.com/oraclebandni/), whose debut EP, ‘Tales of Pythia’ is out now.
Rolling in on Sunday are Dublin top dogs, THIS PLACE HELL (www.facebook.com/ThisPlaceHell). The five piece’s ferocious metal show is renowned at home in Ireland and has been described as ‘organised chaos’! Also appearing Sunday are irreverent power metal bards, SELLSWORD (www.facebook.com/mercenarymetal) who grabbed their slot via CD application. Their debut album, ‘...And Now We Ride’ is available now. The CD applications were so good, BLOODSTOCK’s also added OBZIDIAN (www.facebook.com/ObzidianBand), purveyors of classic thrash from the home of metal in the Midlands.
Alongside the first phase of M2TM winners come some of the Jagermeister Stage bands. Expect to see THE HERETIC ORDER (www.facebook.com/thehereticorder) on Friday. The band recently signed with Massacre Records and release their second album, ‘Evil Rising’ on 22nd June. Saturday brings you a set from Belfast’s SINOSENCE (www.facebook.com/sinocence), who’ve just completed work on the third of their trilogy of EPs under the ‘No Gods, No Masters’ banner - expect Vol.3 to land this summer. Also booked for Saturday’s Jagermeister Stage are West Midlands hard rockers, VOODOO SIOUX (www.facebook.com/Voodoo-Sioux-234030206630714).
Sunday, we welcome one for the classic metal fans, Aussie rockers TRUE BELIEVER (www.facebook.com/truebelieverofficial), who describe themselves as a blend of Dio, Mastodon, Ghost, Foreigner, Alice In Chains and Deep Purple! Also appearing are black metal experimentalists, ABDUCTION (www.facebook.com/abduction616) who bring their extreme sonics to the bill and GEMMA FOX (www.facebook.com/gemmafoxmusic), frontwoman for prog metal outfit Collibus, in her solo guise.
June’s BLOODSTOCK club nights are locked down and rack up as follows. Get along to your local club for the chance to win weekend tickets and associated prizes and hear tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands, old and new.
Fri 1st June - Nottingham Student Union (Tactical Assault)
Sat 2nd June - Brighton Envy (Apocalypse)
Sat 2nd June - Stoke Sugarmill (Devil’s Night)
Sat 9th June - Southampton Engine Rooms
Fri 22nd June - Camberley Agincourt
Fri 29th June - Leicester Firebug
Fri 29th June - Exeter Cavern Club
Sat 30th June - Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 30th June - Sheffield Corporation
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 a limited number of 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, POWER TRIP, CONJURER, 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.
After NAĐRA have recently been announced as third band from Iceland for De Mortem Et Diabolum, another highlight from the small isle follows: The blackened Death Metallers Zhrine will enter the stage in Berlin in December as well.
The last of the limited Early-Bird-Tickets for 60€ instead of 68€ are available here: https://www.folter666shop.de/de/Tickets/eTicket/de-mortem-et-diabolum-vol-iv-early-bird-hardticket.html
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England's The Raven Age joins Killswitch Engage, Shinedown & Tremonti on tour this summer
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)
England's De Profundis announce Summer UK tour and Bloodstock Festival appearance
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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Ukrainian Pagan Metallers Paganland to play Infinite Agony Ritual 3 - Lithuania
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 Open Air deliver six Easter bands; USA, Japan and England represented.
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.
There are your standard heavy metal festivals – and there is 70000TONS OF METAL. Just imagine: You’ve just returned from a beautiful island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after spending hours enjoying the sun and white sand on a wonderful Caribbean beach. Feeling the warm wind blowing in your face, you are now sitting in a hot tub on a giant cruise ship, up close to a large stage, headbanging to your favourite band. You are watching from one of six whirlpools with a direct view of the stage on the pool deck, which is the biggest open air stage structure to sail the seas. It’s loud. It’s full of metalheads from all over the world. Sounds perfect? Well, it is ......
It’s been more than a week now since most fans have returned home from a more than successful 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 - round 8, more than a few of them still suffering from a serious case of PCD (post cruise depression) following four incredible days on board the Independence Of The Seas. More than 3,000 metalheads boarded the ship together with 61 bands, each of which was going to perform at least two shows (124 shows on 4 stages in total) during this unique event at sea. Some fans spent the shore day in Turks and Caicos with their favourite band during one of the various artist-led shore excursions. Picture yourself swimming with Meshuggah in the awe inspiring presence of majestic stingrays, or snorkeling with Aborted and Exhumed by your side to make you feel safe. Wolves on a safari? Sure, go on a coast-to-coast island tour with Wolfchant!
On top came the one of a kind All-Star performance “Jamming With Waters in International Waters” featuring members e.g. from Kreator, Sabaton, Cannibal Corpse, Destruction, Sonata Arctica, Meshuggah, Enslaved, Primal Fear, Dark Tranquility, Voivod, Seven Spires and many more, playing all time heavy metal and hard rock classics together on stage for the first time ever.
And there was another premiere, a record rather, that no one expected to be broken after last year’s peak of 74 different nationalities represented on board: 2018 beat 2017 by one more nation and proved once again that 70000TONS OF METAL is the most global cruise, uniting 75 nations on board this year. Germany, USA and Canada were among the top five of the most represented nations aboard. The youngest sailor was only 1 year old, the oldest turned 79 on the ship.
Coming up: Round 9
So watch out, Sailors: After the cruise is before the cruise. Fans can already look forward to round 9 of 70000TONS OF METAL, THE original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sailing from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti and back, January 31 – February 4, 2019.
Bloodstock are excited to make their first band announcement of 2018!
Tickets for 2018 are flying out the door, with less than 50 VIP tickets remaining. Do not delay if you’re planning on joining us in the Serpent’s Lair! Standard tickets, as well as the very popular Deposit Scheme and the last few camper van pitches are all currently available in the ticket store. So, about those band announcements...
Jasta & Friends are set for a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday! As a great friend of Bloodstock, we’re thrilled to welcome Jamey Jasta, frontman of Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow and Icepick, back to the festival with his solo band, Jasta. However, this is not just Jasta, this is Jasta & Friends, so expect some special guests to jump on stage for various songs, just for the BOA faithful at Bloodstock 2018! Guests will be revealed in due course, but we can tell you that the mighty Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom of Sorrow) will be one of them! Jamey says, “I’m beyond excited and honoured to have my first UK show with Jasta be at the mighty Bloodstock Festival! So many legends have graced the Bloodstock stages, we will channel their energy and give the fans a killer set with some special surprise guests!” Check out Jasta’s recent video for ‘The Same Flame’ here - https://youtu.be/P7PnbooaTOE.
Venom Inc also join Saturday’s main stage bill! With new album, ‘Avé’ released via Nuclear Blast last year, the seminal British metal icons will be bringing both classic tracks and new to Bloodstock next August. Check out the lyric video for ‘Avé Satanas’, taken from that album here - https://youtu.be/Xt_yGt0ET0U and get ready to welcome The Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon to Catton Park!
Our Saturday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner will be Orphaned Land! The ground-breaking band’s new album, ‘Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs’ is set for release later this month via Century Media and features guest appearances from Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch, Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates and Steve Hackett. Check out the epic album teaser here - https://youtu.be/GNm20DFCO7Y.
Also joining the bill are the hotly tipped Danish prog metal outfit Vola, who join the Sophie stage bill on Saturday. The band are hard at work on their new studio album, set for release through Mascot Records this year. Get a taster of their sound via the video for ‘Stray The Skies’ taken from 2016’s debut album, ‘InMazes’ - https://youtu.be/EipdyUZfrG0.
If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are a bit stretched post-Christmas, Bloodstock’s payment plan helps ease the ‘lump sum’ shock of paying for your ticket by breaking it into five smaller, more manageable amounts. Sign up in the ticket store any time before 28th Feb for an initial deposit of £36.00. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29.00 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively. Find out full details and sign up over at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets will not go on sale until next summer. Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, MR BIG, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
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