Bloodstock Open Air is excited to announce another batch of bands for August’s event at Catton Park!
Regrouped Brit industrial metallers, Kill II This joins the main stage for a Saturday slot. Frontman, Mark Mynett says “Bloodstock is one of the finest metal festivals there is; this year’s stunning line up says it all! So we are both delighted and honoured to be playing the Ronnie James Dio stage.” Check out their video for ‘The Universe In A Nutshell’ here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myNgEf8I7jU.
Stepping into Friday’s special guest slot on the Sophie Lancaster Stage are Norway’s black jazzsters, Shining. Singer Jørgen Munkeby comments, “Last time we played at Bloodstock was one of the best and most exciting shows we’ve ever done. We’re so much looking forward to be back at the UK’s best metal festival again!” Remind yourself of their sound with the video for ‘The Last Stand’; https://youtu.be/7tNODbdyJaw
Also landing Friday slots on the Sophie stage are Brit crust / grindcore monsters, Foetal Juice and British apocalyptic metal crew, Anti Clone. Tunisian symphonic prog metallers, Myrath play the Sophie stage on Saturday, as do French avant-garde extremists, Misanthrope. Lastly, stepping into a Sunday Sophie slot are US progressive thrash beasts, Vektor.
The second wave of Bloodstock club nights kicks off in June. Get along to one of the following local events for a chance to win Bloodstock weekend tickets and Bloodstock-related giveaways. Check with your local club for further details in case of changes and expect the unexpected! Events for June and July stack up as follows:
Wed 1st June - Nottingham - Bodega
Thu 2nd June - Bury - Blind Tiger
Sat 4th June - Stoke-on-Trent - Bunker 13
Thu 9th June - Manchester Rebellion Bar
Sat 18th June - Stoke-on-Trent - Bunker 13 (Rawkus)
Fri 24th June - Middlesbrough - SUMO
Fri 24th June - Reading - Face Bar
Fri 24th June - London Elektrowerkz
Fri 24th June - Glasgow - Cathouse
Fri 24th June - Ipswich - The Cock and Pye
Sat 25th June - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 25th June - Sheffield - Corporation
Thu 30th June - Exeter - Timepiece
Fri 1st July - Leicester - Firebug
Sat 2nd July - Doncaster - The Vintage Rock Bar
Sat 2nd July - Brighton - Envy
Sat 2nd July - Coventry - The Phoenix
Sat 2nd July - Stoke-on-Trent - Bunker 13
Fri 8th July - London - Electric Ballroom
Thu 14th July - Winsford - De Bees
Sat 16th July - Birmingham - The Asylum
Sat 23rd July - Burnley - Sanctuary Rock Bar
Thu 28th July - Sheffield Leadmill
Sat 30th July - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 30th July - Sheffield - Corporation
Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.
Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016. Keep up to date with the very latest info on Bloodstock’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com, or via Twitter on @Bloodstockfest.
In less than two weeks, the pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, Fear Factory, will kick off their US headlining tour which will see the band perform its classic second album "Demanufacture" in its entirety. The trek will commence on March 21st and run through May 7th with support provided by Swedish metal unit, Soilwork.
For Dino Cazares the "album sounds not one day older today than it did in 1995," going on to admit that for him it is "a metal classic for the ages and I'm excited that we are finally going to be able to perform it live in its entirety and songs from Genexus. Play fearlessly."
Burton C. Bell is "looking forward to the upcoming tour where Fear Factory will be performing "Demanufacture" in full for the first time since we released it in 1995. We have some good friends joining us for everyone's enjoyment. Please come and support the bands that tour hard, and play harder!"
Fear Factory w/ Soilwork:
3/21/2016 The Juggernaut - Gallup, NM (No Soilwork)
3/22/2016 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM (No Soilwork)
3/24/2016 Korova - San Antonio, TX
3/25/2016 Trees - Dallas, TX
3/26/2016 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
3/28/2016 House of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
3/29/2016 Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR
3/30/2016 Warehouse Live - Clarksville, TN
4/01/2016 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
4/02/2016 Rock Shop - Fayetteville, NC
4/03/2016 Norva - Norfolk, VA
4/05/2016 Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
4/06/2016 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
4/08/2016 Reverb - Reading, PA
4/09/2016 Palladium - Worcester, MA
4/10/2016 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
4/12/2016 Altar Bar- Pittsburgh, PA
4/14/2016 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
4/1/52016 Machine Shop - Flint, MI
4/16/2016 Piere's Entertainment Center - Fort Wayne, IN
4/17/2016 Big Shots - Valparaiso, IN
4/19/2016 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
4/20/2016 Q and Z Expo Center- Ringle, WI
4/21/2016 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
4/22/2016 Pop's - Sauget, IL
4/23/2016 Aftershock - Merriam, KS
4/24/2016 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
4/26/2016 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
4/27/2016 Hitt Event Center - Idaho Falls, ID
4/29/2016 Revolution Concert House - Boise, ID
4/30/2016 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/01/2016 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
5/03/2016 Slims - San Francisco, CA
5/04/2016 LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
5/05/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
5/06/2016 Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
5/07/2016 Fonda - Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Chicago Open Air has announced Rammstein as one of the headlining acts for the 3-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival held July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. This marks Rammstein’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012. Additional festival headliners will be announced on February 16.
Chicago Open Air will feature performances by over 40 bands, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food selection incorporating local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, and other entertainment and fan experiences.
Discounted Early Bird General Admission 3-day weekend tickets are available for purchase now at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com. See below for more details.
Rammstein are known for their explosive and creative live performances with spectacular lighting. In the course of two decades, the German rock band have risen to the apex of the great rock pyramid, achieving album and DVD sales in the millions, headlining major festivals and bigger venues around the world (including New York’s Madison Square Garden, a show that sold out its 18,200 tickets in under 30 minutes!), and establishing themselves as peerless master showmen with an approach to their art – and ‘art’ is the word – that is dramatic, epic in scale and capable of touching all of the senses; a dark and spectacular fairy-tale laced with controversy and don’t-try-this-at-home theatrics.
"Rammstein is an act that is headlining major festivals all over the world,” says Chicago Open Air producer Danny Wimmer. “I’ve been trying to get Rammstein here for years and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to launch Chicago Open Air with them. If you’ve never seen Rammstein LIVE before, you are in for a real treat."
Look for the full list of Chicago Open Air music, craft beer and artist-inspired beverages, as well as the Gourmet Man Food lineup to be revealed Tuesday, February 16 at 5:00 PM Central Time at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.
A limited quantity of Early Bird discounted 3-Day Weekend General Admission tickets are now available for $199.50 (Field) and $109.50 (Bowl). Once those are sold out, GA 3-Day Weekend tickets will be $219.50 (Field) and $119.50 (Bowl) while supplies last, with prices increasing as allotments sell out.
VIP 3-Day Weekend tickets are available starting at $399.50. A limited number of 3-Day Weekend Zippo VIP Ticket 2-Packs are also available for $860.00. This package includes 2 VIP tickets plus 2 commemorative Zippo lighters.
All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.
Single day General Admission Bowl tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 16 at 5:00 PM CT and prices start at $49.50 (plus fees).
Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save.
Chicago Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation and Toyota Park, with the support of the Village of Bridgeview and Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek.
Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show ends at 11:30 PM on Friday, 11:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 PM on Sunday.
For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.
Chicago Open Air sponsors include: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Marshall Headphones and The Music Experience.
Murder F.M. announced they will be touring with Drowning Pool, Audiotopsy and Violent New Breed beginning February 18th at Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO. through February 26th in San Antonio, TX.
Born and bred in Dallas,TX, Murder FM was formed as an outlet for the frustrated youth spent writing music in the dark dusty corners of TX. Following independent success with singles supported with domestic and international touring, Murder FM perfected their sound and stage presence.
Dates with DROWNING POOL, Audiotopsy, Violent New Breed:
2/18 Golden, CO @ Buffalo Rose
2/19 Salt Lake City,UT @ The Royal Bar
2/20 Idaho Falls,ID @ Hitt Event Center
2/22 Chico,CA @ Lost On Main
2/23 Los Angeles,CA @ Los Globos
2/24 Mesa,AZ @ Club Red
2/25 Lubbock,TX @ Jake's Backroom
2/26 San Antonio,TX @ Fitzgeralds
"That guy has a Nirvana t-shirt, sure Nirvana are cool but against Motionless In White? No."
On a rather overcast night at in renowned Kentish Town Forum, three bands were sharpening up their weapons of choice to slay the armada of Goths, emo's and metalheads that lined the outside of this building of sheer grandeur. Some were queuing since midday! Now that is die hard, by the time the clock showed 6:00pm, the queue was resembling the snake from that game everyone had on their mobile phones, you know? You got it! Naturally pre-show banter ensued and one guy was so joyous he was giving everyone free hugs, let's just hope he didn't give the security any hugs...
So amongst the pre-show banter there were people saying what songs they want to hear, who they're hoping to meet and also why there was a guy walking around with a black skirt, tights and platform boots on, "thankfully he was skinny" one girl said, another girl remarked on a guy further up the queue by saying that he "has a Nirvana t-shirt, sure Nirvana are cool but against Motionless In White? No." This pretty much summed the mood up of the punters, no soft rock fans tonight, god no. This was going to be one of the most Gothic nights London probably has seen since the days of Bauhaus, Siousxie & The Banshees and similar bands, only jesting, this was poised to be a sensational night regardless.
Pre-show Global Metal Apocalypse managed to have a sit down and natter with The Defiled's athletic keyboardist The AvD who was slightly tired but was awake nonetheless. You can read and listen to the interview by clicking this link here:
^ Even at 8 rows back the crowd were somewhat perplexed...
First up on tonight's phantasmagorical evening was Yorkshire's lighter-than-usual mob Glamour Of The Kill of whose improvised set rarely set the crowd in motion, except for the odd wall of death occurrence, which in itself was questionable as the performance tonight was below par by their standards. Even though the absolute sheer size of the stage did not maximize their presence, in fact it was really down to the crowd to try and cheer the band on. But credit is given when it's due and with their performance tonight, well it wasn't 100% top notch but it certainly set the crowd up for the next two musical machines. As Glamour Of The Kill rallied out their songs like a Gatling gun on crack, the crowd ironically started warming to the band's set even though they were not on song tonight, this was not one of their best performances but it certainly was not a total shambles, perhaps the next band up The Defiled could rescue the crowd from tiring out rather than being bored out.
 RHYS STEVENSON
^ The Defiled went straight to business and reactivated London's Industrial past
Next onto the stage armed with their new material from their debut Nuclear Blast album 'Daggers', was perhaps the finest Industrial / Goth / Experimental metal band London has seen since the days of Killing Miranda and Bauhaus combined, lacing together a visage of Steampunk, Goth and Cyber through Aaron Curse and his fellow members of The Defiled. This tight knit unit from North London brought their sound to the home crowd with such force that the chugging and turning of Victorian London could easily have been heard in the background, or perhaps that was The AvD making eerie sounds emerge from his keyboard as he launched it into the air, as if he was practicing juggling or ultimately enjoying himself so much that last night was merging into tonight. Whatever their secret formula was it worked, the crowd were engulfing each other through a plethora of mosh-pits happening sequentially through each song, even venturing into the old classic 'Call To Arms' towards the end. As The Defiled exploded out with their Industrialist and Horror style of metal, the atmosphere was darkening and the nearby graveyards were rocking away as the night set in on what has to be the Londoners best performance, now if only this was set in Whitechapel as the coffins on stage could have easily provided as the eerily setting for a stage production of 'Jack The Ripper'. As for The Defiled, well Vincent Hyde clearly wanted to show Glamour Of The Kill how you party by launching himself into crowd and having a crowd-surf with bass guitar in tow. It would have been much better if Dagoba was on the set, but that would be another story and in another time-frame. As soon as the London boys played the final note, the final beat, the final word and the final riff of their set, the atmosphere was as dark as the deepest depths of the Atlantic Ocean, speaking of the Atlantic Ocean the next band to embark on stage is probably the darkest Goth band of all time...
 RHYS STEVENSON
^ Motionless In White redefined the term 'Horror Show' indisputably.
It was evident that much has changed since Motionless In White's debut album 'Creatures', mainly through the greater use of industrial sounds which can be noticed on 'Infamous'; although if you own both the American and British version there's a difference there too! The crowd, already psyched from the demolition delivered by The Defiled, were into full tyrannical overload as Motionless In White delivered their sonic blast of Industrial-tinged Metalcore and Gothic imagery in tow. Through the elegant usage of what could be perceived as Victorian London style street lights (is there a theme going on tonight?) and later on the featuring of a female fire-breather as well as two female dancers adding theatrics by jesting with Chris Motionless who, by this stage, had donned on PVC pants (true Goth). As Motionless In White emitted their danceable songs and also venturing back into the past by whipping out classics like 'Immaculate Misconception' and 'Abigail' from which the latter involved the fire-breather, it was evident that this was by far the best performance they have ever delivered on British soil, and boy did they know it. Flowing into full swing, the mosh-pits were getting so huge that some punters were predicting that the bartenders might start giving out free jager shots or absinthe (we wish) to the most insane mosher, one punter said "will it be WKD given all these kids here", so what if they were youth? Metal is for any age, well maybe not for toddlers as the question is would they have stood for this? Reverting back to the performance itself, Motionless did justice and paid their dues by slamming the f**k out of the endlessly non-tiring crowd, yet whilst the set was seemingly short, it in fact was not that short, a mere hour. An hour's worth of 'Gothcore' was more than welcomed by the crowd, even when the cheekily truthful 'A-M-E-R-I-C-A' bellowed around the sublime surroundings of The Kentish Forum, the encore was enough to assure the American Goths that they were looked forward to by the London show attendees. For Motionless In White, they can be assured of a warm welcome every-time they play in the UK, could we yet see them at Bloodstock? Some attending fans at the London show certainly hope so!
 RHYS STEVENSON
As soon as their set had finished the crowd spilled onto the streets, some staying behind and hanging by the stage door, hoping to meet their idols, instead of doing that Em Wagner spoke to Global Metal Apocalypse to get her post-show thoughts.
This was my first gig at the Forum and despite underground closures trying to scupper my plans I made it in time to see the first band.
The Forum is a great little venue, like the cleaner, more dignified version of the Brixton Academy. One of the first things I noticed was the crowd and how friendly everyone seemed. Always a good sign for a good gig!
I hadn’t seen or heard much of Glamour Of The Kill before but very much enjoyed the combination of heavy tunes and clean vocals. I found my foot tapping and hips swaying to most of their songs and decided I would get purchasing their music when I got home. They also produced a good wall of death which is never a bad thing!
Next on were The Defiled who I have been a fan of since about 2009 when I saw them support Static-X at the O2 Academy Islington. Their irresistible industrial Metal-esque music ticks all my boxes and visually they are a very entertaining and energetic band. You can’t help but get sucked into their antics. It’s been great to see them go from strength to strength over the last few years and maintain their high standard of performance. Again, the crowd were fantastic, it’s not often you see that many smiling faces when everyone is trying to keep on their feet and avoid the flailing legs of passing crowd surfers.
Finally came the headlining act, Motionless in White. I wanted to see them out of curiosity rather than being a huge fan of their music. Their look is darkly appealing and their synthy, screaming sound suggests I might like it more than I realize. With an eye watering set and some fantastically theatrical outfits I was smiling from the first note of the first song. It was clear to see that they have a solid following in the UK and did not disappoint their fans by delivering a relentless set of powerful tunes. I shall definitely be investing in their music and attending their next show.
All in all the night was fantastic and I woke up the next day with multiple injuries and the post-gig blues, always a reliable sign that you’ve had a great time.
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