In the last few days UK melodic death metallers Bloodshot Dawn entered the studio to begin work on their third full length album, which will be entitled Renanimation, and is slated for released early 2018 via Hostile Media.
Frontman Josh McMorran comments, "We are pleased to announce we have joined forces with Hostile Media to release our third full length, Reanimation. After working with their press team for years we have built a stalwart relationship that we believe will help take us to the next level as well as making it easier to purchase our music across the globe. Their passion and commitment is equal to our tenacity and hard work ethic making this a force to be reckoned with!"
Since their acclaimed self-titled and second album Demons, there has been shifts in the bands ranks making way for new members, Canadian shredder Morgan Reid and drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos). The band commented earlier about James joining the fold, "His experience and recording insight has helped shape the new album and we couldn't be happier!"
As well as the news of an imminent new release the band has announced a new UK / Ireland tour, their first in almost 2 years! "We are also excited to be hitting the tour circuit again after a short hiatus. We are hungry for live devastation and looking forward to seeing fans old and new!"
Reanimation UK/Ireland Live Dates
17/01/18 - Black Heart, London
18/01/18 - Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01/18 - Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01/18 - The Underground, Plymouth
21/01/18 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01/18 - Venue TBC, Birmingham
23/01/18 - Audio, Glasgow
24/01/18 - The Fulford Arms, York
25/01/18 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01/18 - Venue TBC, Cork
27/01/18 - Limelight, Belfast
28/01/18 - On The Rox, Dublin
Dutch Symphonic Metal Titans Epica have just announced a full headline UK & Ireland Tour for next Spring. The sextet will take on UK venues nationwide as well as play their first ever Irish show at Dublin's Tivoli.
Guitarist Mark Jansen commented:
"We're coming back to the UK! Not for just 1 show like last time. Also Ireland for the very first time!!! We're looking very much forward to partying with you guys! See you in April!"
Epica played a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire earlier this year bringing their latest album 'The Holographic Principle' to life with impressive lighting and staging. Light reflecting glass prisms accompanied the cinematic soundscapes of one of metal's biggest and most bombastic live bands. Don't miss your chance to see Epica in 2018 as they take on the whole of the UK with full force on THE UNITED PRINCIPLE TOUR!
VIP bundles & General Tickets go on sale this Friday 4th August and full routing plus ticket links can be seen below:
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Fri 06.04.18 Nottingham - Rock City
Sat 07.04.18 Glasgow - ABC1
Sun 08.04.18 Bristol - O2 Academy
Tue 10.04.18 Dublin - Tivoli
Thu 12.04.18 Manchester - O2 Ritz
Fri 13.04.18 London - 02 Forum
Epica's latest album 'The Holographic Principle' was released in 2016 and was well-received worldwide, making Top 10 Chart entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. It was also #3 on the UK Rock Chart.
Epica release their new EP, The Solace System,via Nuclear Blast on September 1st, 2017.
Pre-order digitally now in i-Tunes:
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Legendary amplifier-worshipping trio Boris recently announced the release of their twenty-third studio album, Dear, which is due out July 14th on Sargent House. Today we're pleased to share news of live shows on the horizon in support of the album and their 25th Anniversary, including festival appearances, all dates below:-
BORIS 25 ANNIVERSARY / DEAR TOUR DATES
03/08 - Moscow, Volta - RU
04/08 - St. Petersburg, ClubZal - RU
05/08 - Vienna, Szene - AT
06/08 - Katowice, OFF Festival - PL
07/08 - Leipzig, Naumans - DE
08/08 - Berlin, Lido - DE
09/08 - Jaromer, Brutal Assault - CZ
10/08 - Munich, Backstage - DE
11/08 - Frankfurt, Das Bett - DE
12/08 - Lausanne, Rock Altitude - CH
13/08 - Leper, Ieperfest - BE
15/08 - Cologne, Underground - DE
16/08 - Hamburg, Hafenklang - DE
17/08 - Bielefeld, Forum - DE
18/08 - Amstelveen, P60 - NL
19/08 - Bristol, Arctangent Festival - UK
20/08 - Dublin, Whelans - IE
21/08 - Cork, Cyprus Avenue - IE
23/08 - Belfast - Limelight - UK
25/08 - Helsinki - Nosturi - FI
Dear marks the band’s 25th year of existence and while the 10-track album is chock-full of early-Boris calling cards, the avant-garde ravens aren’t learning on old tricks, describing the album as “heavenly—far beyond heavy.” Boris have shared the album’s first single and magnificent new music video “Absolutego”.
Though Boris have traversed a broad swath of sonic territories, they have always been consistently embraced the excess, pushing their myriad of approaches and stylistic forays to points of intoxicating absurdity. Eventually the band reached a crossroads in the early years of their third decade together, leaving them wondering if there were any new horizons left to explore. The renewed vitality yielded an album that fortifies their monolithic wall of sound while also allowing the individual band members to explore the nuances and intricacies of minimalist riffs played at maximum volume.
Songwriting for Dear initially yielded three albums’ worth of material by the end of 2015, but as the band was slated to spend a large chunk of 2016 on their “Performing Pink” worldwide tour, they decided to hold off on releasing any new material. The tour further rekindled their passion for the craft, spurring the band to return home to crank out even more new material while scaling down three records’ worth of sonic deluge down to one.
From the glacial pacing and earthquaking rumble of the album opener to the smouldering rock ’n roll-infused “Absolutego”, Boris have managed to find wildly thrilling work in the familiar trenches of metal. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the trio carves even experiments with fuzz fuelled dream pop. “At the very first moment, this album began as some kind of potential farewell note of Boris,” the band said. “However, it became a sincere letter to fans and listeners… you know, like ‘Dear so-and-so, this is the new album from Boris’ or something like that. We feel so grateful we can release this album in our 25th anniversary year.”
Dear will be released to the world on July 14, 2017 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Stay tuned for more news to come.
WATCH A MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE "ABSOLUTEGO"
Dear Track Listing:
1. D.O.W.N. (Domination Of Waiting Noise)
7. The Power
8. Memento Mori
9. Dystopia -Vanishing Point-
As Spring creeps into Summer, Bloodstock HQ is a hive of activity. The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best Bloodstock yet! Here’s ten more bands for starters...
Bloodstock is delighted to now reveal that nefarious Nuclear Blast group Devilment will join the bill at Catton Park this Summer. Featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, catch the band on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday. Devilment declare, “Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check Devilment out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!” If you’re not a loyal disciple already, get to grips with their most recent album, ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’, via their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/devilmentcorps/ and watch the video for ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ - https://youtu.be/tQbZ-tQycEY.
Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own Battle Beast! With ferocious riffs galore, Battle Beast are both heavy AND metal, perfect for opening night party shenanigans! Bassist Eero comments, “We're psyched to be taking on Bloodstock for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this spring, and it's really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!” Check out the video for ‘Bringer Of Pain’, the title track from their most recent album, at: https://youtu.be/pBpv_pcUEIQ.
Bloodstock can also announce the first batch of additions from the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals! Friday welcomes Coventry winners Devil’s Playground, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies (https://www.facebook.com/devil.playground) and modern metalheads Merithian, who took top prize in the Swindon heat (https://www.facebook.com/MerithianOfficial). Check out their lyric video for ‘Grow’ at: https://youtu.be/vnsGwZTJMgk.
Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors Enslavement (https://www.facebook.com/EnslavementUK), influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, & Devourment. On Saturday, Sheffield champions Ba’al add their blackened doom (www.facebook.com/baalsheff) plus Dublin’s top dogs Zhora bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary (https://www.facebook.com/zhOramusic/).
Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters Mist roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays (www.facebook.com/mist.doom). Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, & Pentagram - hear it in ‘Phobia’ at: https://youtu.be/u7QwIwGk28w. CD application conquerors Heathen Deity join Sunday from the Midlands (https://www.facebook.com/heathendeityofficial). Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’ at https://youtu.be/414Y6aG-RUo. Last but not least, melodic death metallers Shrouded also join Sunday’s bill (https://www.facebook.com/shroudedband), having clinched first place in Belfast’s final.
Stay tuned to Bloodstock’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Can’t come for the whole weekend but can join in for a day? Sign up at https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock for a heads up when day tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out! VIP & camper van tickets are sold out.
Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017 with a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, Maiden’s first visit to this city since 1981 on the Killers Tour! The band then travel to Germany for shows in Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Hamburg before heading into the UK and Ireland for an extensive series of concerts in May. There will be 8 dates across England in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, two in Scotland in Glasgow and Aberdeen and one in Cardiff, Wales.
Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris says,
“As it’s been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible. We’re really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven’t played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven’t played since 1990. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas. The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do.”
The dates are:
Apr 22 Belgium Antwerp, Sportpaleis
Apr 24 Germany Oberhausen, König-Pilsener-Arena
Apr 28 Germany Frankfurt, Festhalle
May 02 Germany Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
May 04 England Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
May 06 Ireland Dublin, 3arena
May 08 England Manchester, Arena
May 10 England Sheffield, Arena
May 11 England Leeds, First Direct Arena
May 14 England Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
May 16 Scotland Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
May 17 Scotland Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
May 20 England Liverpool, Echo Arena
May 21 England Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
May 24 Wales Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
May 27 England London, O2 Arena
No further European cities will be added to this schedule for 2017
There will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members, details of which can be found on www.ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.
Iron Maiden continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way. Their latest stance on combatting ticket touts for the 2017 UK dates can be found here http://ironmaiden.com/news/article/iron-maiden-announce-extensive-plans-to-protect-their-fans-from-ticket-piracy-profiteering-and-counterfeiting
Additionally, after great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans in the UK will, for the first time, be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of Trooper goodies and Maiden swag, Trooper beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, together with the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at £140 from www.troopervip.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately.
Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, who are currently on the road in Japan, are excited to announce a run of Irish headline dates for March 2017. The 3 date mini tour of the Emerald Island kicks off at Limerick's Dolans Warehouse on 17th March, continues in Dublin @ Voodoo Lounge on 18th March and finishes at Belfast's Limelight venue on 19th March. The band will also be playing the 9th edition of Hammerfest on 25th March which takes place from 23rd - 26th March 2017 in Haven, Wales.
Napalm Death 2017 tour dates:
17.03.17 Limerick - Dolans Warehouse (Ireland)
18.03.17 Dublin - Voodoo Lounge (Ireland)
19.03.17 Belfast - Limelight (UK)
25.03.17 Haven - Hammerfest (UK)
Highly complex progressive sci-fi themed metallers VEKTOR kicked off their European tour today at the Brutal Assault festival in Josefov, Czech Republic.
The eagerly-anticipated tour will see the band performing at a number of festivals, including the Netherlands' Into the Grave festival and the UK's Bloodstock festival, as well as a series of club shows throughout August.
VEKTOR are touring in support of their new album, 'Terminal Redux', which featured rave reviews from the likes of High Times, Metal Hammer, Outburn and many more, and resulted in the band being featured as the cover artist and lead track on Spotify's New Metal Tracks playlist in May.
Get 'Terminal Redux' now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/vektor or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/vektor
The album is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/terminalredux-itunes
Don't miss VEKTOR on tour in Europe at the following shows:
Aug. 12 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Into the Grave Festival
Aug. 13 - Corroios, Portugal - Vagos Open Air
Aug. 14 - Walton-on-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Aug. 16 - Dublin, Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
Aug. 17 - Manchester, UK - Star & Garter
Aug. 18 - London, UK - The Underworld
Aug. 19 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil Bar
Aug. 20 - Mean, Belgium - Metal Mean Festival
Aug. 21 - Saint-Nolff, France - Motocultor Festival
Aug. 22 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Eightball Club
Aug. 23 - Athens, Greece - AN Club
Aug. 25 - Bergamo, Italy - Festa Bikers
Aug. 26 - Innsbruck, Austria - PMK
Aug. 27 - Neu-Anspach, Germany - Neuborn Open Air
Aug. 29 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Opera Concert Club
Aug. 30 - Moscow, Russia - Volta
Get more VEKTOR news and info:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/VektorOfficial
Twitter - http://twitter.com/vektormetal
Avenged Sevenfold announced a major UK tour earlier this week for January 2017 which includes their first ever show at London’s 02 Arena. They have now added an extra date in Dublin on January 7th 2017 which goes on sale Thursday, 4th August at 9am (Dublin) http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/180050FC92CE1B52
The remainder of the dates go on sale on Friday July 29th 9 a.m. priced £45 / £37.50 regionally and £45 / £37.50 / £30 for London (subject to booking fee) via www.livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
The band will have Disturbed as Special Guests on the whole tour, with In Flames opening (except Dublin).
Saturday 7th Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 10th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thursday 12th Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 13th Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 15th Sheffield Arena
Monday 16th Manchester Arena
Wed 18th Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Thursday 19th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 21st London O2 Arena
Sweden's very own Avatar just announced a European headline tour this Autumn. The band will hit the road in November & December to promote their groundbreaking latest album 'Feathers & Flesh' which was released via Another Century in May 2016.
Tickets will be on sale soon, here are the dates:
21.11. Belfast (UK) - Oh Yeah Music Centre
22.11. Dublin (IE) - Voodoo Lounge Dublin
23.11. London (UK) - O2 Academy Islington
24.11. Liverpool (UK) - O2 Academy Liverpool
25.11. Glasgow (UK) - O2 ABC Glasgow
27.11. Oxford (UK) - O2 Academy Oxford
28.11. Sheffield (UK) - O2 Academy Sheffield
02.12. Milano (IT) - Legend Club Milano
03.12. Lyon (FR) - Ninkasi Kao
05.12. Paris (FR) - Trabendo
06.12. Strasbourg (FR) - Laiterie La
07.12. Nijmegen (NL) - Doornroosjee
08.12. Ludwigsburg (DE) - Rockfabrik
09.12. Munich (DE) - BackStage Club
10.12. Berlin (DE) - Musik & Frieden
13.12. Copenhagen (DK) - Pumpehuset
14.12. Oslo (NO) - Rockefeller
16.12. Göteborg (SE) - Sticky Fingers
The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, extreme tech-metal messiahs Meshuggah have upgraded their announced January 18th show at The Academy in Dublin as this venue is already close to sold out. The show will now take place at Vicar Street to meet the demand. Original tickets bought for the Academy remain valid.
Get tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Meshuggah-tickets/artist/847086
Full UK & IRL tour-dates for January 2017:
12th January - Bristol (UK) O2 Academy
13th January - Birmingham (UK) O2 Institute
14th January - Nottingham (UK) Rock City
15th January - Glasgow (UK) O2 ABC
17th January - Belfast (UK) Limelight
18th January - Dublin (IRL) Vicar Street (UPGRADED from Academy)
19th January - Manchester (UK) O2 Ritz
20th January - London (UK) O2 Forum
Meshuggah have announced a new album will be coming later this year, check out the teaser:
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