If you tuned into Planet Rock Radio this morning, you’ll have been amongst the first to hear Bloodstock’s hotly anticipated news, revealing the final two Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners for 2020’s event. Devin Townsend was announced as Friday night’s headliner last month. Without further ado…
Metal legends Judas Priest will headline Sunday night. In a year when Bloodstock celebrates 20 years, we can think of no better place to also celebrate Judas Priest’s 50 Heavy Metal Years! The Grammy Award-winning British icons were recently nominated again for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and to date have sold over 50 million albums. Their latest release, 2018’s ‘Firepower’, saw the band return all guns blazing, earning the accolade Best British Album at the Planet Rock Awards. Judas Priest enthuse:-
“Horns up Bloodstock - the Priest is back to headline the 20th year of Bloodstock with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary show!! A double barrel, once in a lifetime, blast of metal mania 2020....!!”
You can watch a special message from the inimitable Rob Halford at: https://youtu.be/2VJIsrJf_Mc.
The mighty Behemoth are set to headline Saturday in a UK festival exclusive for 2020. Having wowed fans across the globe with their phenomenal set on both Slayer’s final US tour and Slipknot’s current Knotfest Roadshow, the Polish metal heavyweights will be upping the stakes by bringing their biggest and best production to date. Don’t miss the spectacle of them closing out the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Saturday night!
Charismatic frontman Nergal tells us:-
“Bloodstock! The hallowed lands of Catton Park will once again host our Fiendish Festivities. This is Behemoth’s first UK festival headline and that will be celebrated in the only way we know how; Hell will be raised, blood will be shed, and magick will descend! We shall see you there Legions!”
Hear it straight from Behemoth themselves at: https://youtu.be/oe_1eQyZpXY.
BLOODSTOCK will be headlined on Friday by DEVIN TOWNSEND and also welcomes PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILITY, and BUTCHER BABIES so far. Many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course.
Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Mongolian rock / metal group The HU announce 23 European summer tour dates throughout June and July, including 6 UK dates, for the first time ever. The tour coincides with the upcoming international release of their debut album The Gereg, slated for summer 2019.
Bringing their unique style of Mongolian rock to the masses, The HU will be making their worldwide debut this June during a run of summer festivals in Europe. Swapping the Altai Moutains and Gobi Desert for High rises and down pours, their European summer tour will include, Sama’Rock Festival and Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival (France), Download Festival (UK), Tons of Rock Festival (Norway) and Graspop Festival (Belgium), plus UK performances in Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and London.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3rd May and can be purchased from the band’s official website, HERE.
The four-piece band combines traditional Mongolian instruments with modern American hard rock to create their own style of music they call “hunnu rock,” which derives from “HU,” the Mongolian root word for human beings. This unique sound blends heavy rock elements with traditional Mongolian guttural throat singing, accentuated by lyrics reflecting old Mongolian war cries and poetry.
You can watch the band’s EPK HERE.
The HU became an online sensation when they released music videos for “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” in December 2018, racking up a combined 24 million views to date. They, re-released the singles on March 29, generating incredible global recognition across the globe. The track, “Wolf Totem” reached Top 5 on the iTunes Rock Chart and was featured as the #1 song on 19 different charts, while “Yuve Yuve Yu” reached #2 on 11 different charts across the globe. Both tracks are available digitally HERE.
In April, the band were offered Official Mongolian Ambassador to the World by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mongolia, whilst he congratulated them on their success.
The HU also celebrate their signing to E7M (Eleven Seven Music) – home to Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Nothing More.
Eleven Seven’s COO, Steve Kline said about the signing:-
“Eleven Seven is continuously searching for unique and talented artists. The Hu’s mix of traditional Mongolian instrumentation and original brand of rock is unlike any other band. From first listen, we were immediately blown away. The Hu are about to take the world by storm, and we could not be more excited to welcome them to the Eleven Seven family!”
Eleven Seven Label Group Managing Director Europe Dan Waite added to Kline’s comments:-
“The Hu will perform in 12 European countries in June and July, playing to hundreds of thousands of festival fans this summer. With 2 tracks in the UK iTunes genre top 10 currently this is perfect timing to satisfy the demand to see the band. The excitement building up reflects the compelling blend of music and Mongolian culture”.
The HU said:-
"We couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing team at E7M. The passion they have for The HU can be felt from New York to Mongolia and we’re excited to do great things together.”
THE HU EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Thursday, 6 Berlin GERMANY Sage
Friday, 7 Nurnberg GERMANY Rock Im Park
Saturday, 8 Eifel, Nurnburg GERMANY Rock Am Ring
Sunday, 9 Amiens FRANCE Sama'Rock Festival
Tuesday, 11 Brighton UK The Haunt
Wednesday, 12 Manchester UK Academy 3
Friday, 14 Glasgow UK G2
Saturday, 15 Donington UK Download Festival
Monday, 17 Bristol UK Fleece
Tuesday, 18 London UK Underworld
Wednesday, 19 Paris FRANCE Nouveau Casino
Friday, 21 Dessel BELGIUM Graspop Festival
Sunday, 23 Varniai LITHUANIA Kilkim Zaibu
Monday, 24 Warsaw POLAND Hydrozagadka
Wednesday, 26 Copenhagen DENMARK Pumpehuset
Thursday, 27 Stockholm SWEDEN Debaser Strand
Friday, 28 Oslo NORWAY Tons of Rock
Sunday, 30 Hamburg GERMANY Knust
Monday, 1 Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Melkweg (Oude Zaal)
Tuesday, 2 Cologne GERMANY Luxor
Thursday, 4 Belfort FRANCE Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival
Friday, 5 Zurich SWITZERLAND Moods
Saturday, 6 Cesky Brod CZECH REPUBLIC Rock for People
Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the HU members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, with their producer, Dashka, combine the bombastic bass and drums of rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and guttural throating singing. Since the formation of the band, they’ve been working on their first album, The Gereg. The term Gereg means the first diplomatic “passport” issued by the Mongol Empire during the time of Genghis Khan. The album contains nine songs, including the recently released “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem,” and is slated for release in 2019 on Eleven Seven Music.
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Next month, Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast will unleash their fifth studio album 'No More Hollywood Endings', on March 22, 2019 through Nuclear Blast Records. Their new tracks will also be presented live on the world's stages. Kicking off in their home country (with one show already sold out!), the route will lead the group all across Europe in April & May. Watch the brand new tour trailer, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSB62di6iPs
Battle Beast - 'No More Hollywood Endings European Tour 2019' w/ Cyhra, Arion, Tyrantti
22.03. FIN Helsinki - Black Box
23.03. FIN Turku - Logomo
29.03. FIN Tampere - Pakkahuone *SOLD OUT*
30.03. FIN Oulu - Club Teatria
w/ ARION - Presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, metal.de, Rock It!, piranha, Start
02.04. D Bielefeld - Forum
03.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
04.04. PL Warsaw - Proxima
05.04. PL Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
07.04. PL Poznan - u Bazyla
08.04. D Berlin - Lido
10.04. D Bochum - Zeche
11.04. D Saarbrücken - Garage
12.04. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
13.04. D Mannheim - Delta Metal Meeting
14.04. A Vienna - Szene
16.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
17.04. I Milan - Legend Club
18.04. F Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
19.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
20.04. E Madrid - But
21.04. E Sevilla - Custom
23.04. P Lisbon - Lisboa ao Vivo
25.04. E Bilbao - Santana 27
26.04. F Toulouse - Le Connexion
27.04. F Clermont-Ferrand - La Coopérative de Mai
28.04. F Paris - Le Trabendo
30.04. UK London - The Dome
01.05. NL Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
03.05. D Munich - Backstage
04.05. D Stuttgart -Im Wizemann
05.05. B Vosselaar - Biebob
07.05. D Hanover - MusikZentrum
08.05. D Hamburg - Markthalle
09.05. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
10.05. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
11.05. S Stockholm - Klubben
12.05. N Oslo - Parkteatret
In January 2019, old school heavy metal newcomers Burning Witches will head out on an extensive tour throughout Europe, supporting Grave Digger on their Tour Of The Living Dead. All dates can be found below.
Today, the witches have unleashed an official tour trailer. Check it out, here:- youtu.be/olOYOnqofME
The band commented:-
"We were really happy when Chris Boltendahl came up to us at the Bang Your Head!!! Winter Festival to ask if we might be interested in joining Grave Digger out on tour. This will be the first big tour for us and it's an honour to get a chance like this as a new act. Since our second record was just released in November, the timing of this run couldn't be more perfect! We're super excited & READY TO FIGHT!"
The Tour Of The Living Dead w/ Grave Digger
Presented by Rock Hard (D), Rocks (D), metal.de
11.01. D Hanover - MusikZentrum
12.01. D Andernach - JUZ Live Club
13.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
14.01. D Munich - Backstage
15.01. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
16.01. D Saarbrücken - Garage
17.01. D Bochum - Zeche
18.01. D Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
19.01. D Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
20.01. NL Rotterdam - Baroeg
22.01. D Hamburg - Martkhalle
23.01. D Berlin - Lido
24.01. D Bamberg - Live-Club
25.01. D Regensburg-Obertraubling - Airport-Eventhall
26.01. D Memmingen - Kaminwerk
27.01. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
28.01. F Paris - Petit Bain
29.01. UK London - Camden Underworld
30.01. B Vosselaar - Biebob
31.01. F Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
01.02. E Bilbao - Santana 27
02.02. E Madrid - Sala Mon Live
03.02. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
The brand new studio album Hexenhammer recently entered the official album charts across Europe:
UK (Rock) #15
UK (Indie) #47
Belgium #148 (Wallonie)
Hexenhammer is available for order on a variety of different formats:
All formats: nuclearblast.com/bw-hexenhammer
Limited Digipack CD: nblast.de/BurningWitchesCD
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Black Vinyl: nblast.de/BurningWitchesVinyl
Digital album: nblast.de/BWHexenhammerIT
Burning Witches are:
Seraina | vocals
Romana | guitars
Sonia | guitars
Jay | bass
Lala | drums
Lovebites will unleash the sophomore full-length album called "Clockwork Immortality" on the 7th of December 2018.
The band consists of Asami (vocals), Miho (bass), Haruna (drums), Midori (guitars) and Miyako (guitars/keyboard). The Lovebites sound owes a debt to the many great overseas heavy metal bands that have directly influenced their writing. Coupled with their own unique take on music, taking a piece from each member’s eclectic background and experiences, everything has culminated into forging a truly formidable group.
Their first European tour, including stops in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK starts on the 13th of November this year!
Lovebites European & UK tour:
13.11. NL Haarlem - Patronaat
14.11. D Essen - Zeche Carl
16.11. D Hamburg - Logo
19.11. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
20.11 FR Paris - Nouveau Casino
21.11. UK London - O2 Academy Islington
Lovebites started working on their first EP at the end of 2016, joined by the amazing engineering team of Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila from Finland who are known for their work with Nightwish, Children of Bodom and Amorphis to name but a few. The Lovebites EP was the end product of those sessions, which was released in mid-2017. In October 2017 they released their first full album, "Awakening From Abyss". In the aftermath of the release of "Awakening From Abyss" in October 2017 through Europe and North America; Asami, Haruna, Midori, Miho and Miyako performed their first overseas live shows in London.
On the heels of this success, in June 2018 the all-female band won the Best New Band award at the Golden Gods Awards held by the UK music magazine Metal Hammer, being the very first Japanese band to pull this off.
Lovebites released their second mini album "Battle Against Damnation" that same month, taking it on the road with them to the world’s biggest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany, where they drove a crowd of over 10,000 people into frenzy before appearing on the main stage at the UK’s Bloodstock Open Air headlined by Judas Priest.
Asami | vocals
Midori | guitars
Miyako | guitars
Miho | bass
Haruna | drums
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
The metal warriors in Forged In Black have just finished work on a new album, which will be out in 2019 and have decided to celebrate with two special gigs.
First, on September 15th the band will be headlining a special home-town show at Chinnerys in Southend. Speaking about what promises to be a riotous night of metal, bassist Kieron had this to say...
"Forged In Black are returning to Chinnerys for our first and only local show of 2018. We are bringing three fantastic bands with us who all happen to be good friends of ours. It's also our vocalist, Stoz's birthday and we'll be celebrating in style with him. Get yourself down, bang your head and we'll see you at the bar!"
The three bands that are joining Forged In Black for their homecoming are Neverworld, Colina Pearl and Elysium Sky.
Full show details can be found here
Later in September, on the 29th, Forged In Black will be heading to London to play the legendary Camden Underworld with power metallers Dendera and NWOBHM heroes Demon. Demon will be performing their classic Unexpected Guest album in its entirety making this a night not to be missed.
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Kaine’s Ten Year Anniversary show will take place at the Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday, April 27th 2019. This will be the biggest show the band has ever done, with a set comprising of material from all releases and will feature guest appearances from past members of the band in a special celebration of the bands achievements over the past decade. Supports to be announced.
The Arts Centre is one of East Anglia’s leading venues with an excellent sound, stage and lighting set up. The band will also be filming a DVD and recording a live-album of the night. This will be a Kaine show like no other, and fans of the band will not want to miss this.
We advise the you book now to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. Colchester has excellent transport links by rail (just an hour from London), with the venue in walking distance of both the train station and Town Centre, with many affordable hotels in the nearby area for fans to take advantage of which can be booked in advance for lower costs.
Purchase of the tickets includes a free digital copy of the live-album which will be recorded on the night itself.
Please support this momentous celebration of Kaine, this will be the biggest one off show the band has ever done and we very much hope to see you there. Tickets available from here or the button above.
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Fast food-themed Black Sabbath cover kings Mac Sabbath have officially reached road (hot) dog status, announcing a slew (or slaw, in this case) of 2018 tour dates beginning today in Las Vegas, NV! The band will perform at six venues in the western U.S. in May and June, and will pick up touring again in the fall, beginning in September. More dates are scheduled to be announced soon.
See below for all confirmed tour dates! Tickets are available via each venue. Learn more here: http://www.officialmacsabbath.com/
MAC SABBATH Confirmed U.S. Tour Dates:
5/9 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
5/11 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
5/12 - Denver, CO @ Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
5/13 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/15 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
6/16 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
9/7 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
9/14 - Tustin, CA @ Marty's On Newport
11/1 - San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
11/2 - Crystal Bay, NV @ Crown Room at Crystal Bay Casino
11/3 - Portland, OR @ Dante's
11/4 - Tacoma, WA @ Jazzbones
11/16 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
11/17 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Don't forget to snag Mac Sabbath's first ever recorded music - the single Pair-A-Buns - via flexi disc in their official colouring activity book. The colouring book is chock full of fantastically-ridiculous images to colour, dots to connect, mazes to solve and more. Order for just $15 via www.officialmacsabbath.com
Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a Mac Sabbath show. Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun - Mac Sabbath puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show - complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises... basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams. Named by Buzzfeed as one of the "13 Metal Bands You Didn't Know How to React To" + Named as LA's "Best Tribute Band" by LA Weekly.
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