Desertfest Berlin has announced the first names for its 2023 edition, and is happy to welcome Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, The Obsessed King Buffalo, Church Of Misery, Dozer, Blood Ceremony, L.A. Witch, Somali Yacht Club, Gnod, Ecstatic Vision, Daily Thompson, Gaupa and Psychlona, with many more acts to be announced soon!
Taking place between May 19 - 21, 2023 will see a venue change from the Arena to Columbiahalle and Columbia Theater, with additional outdoor space & stage. Weekend tickets for Desertfest Berlin 2023 will be on sale this Friday, October 28th at 12PM CET via www.desertfest.de
Swedish metal heroes Sabaton have revealed their special guests for the UK and European leg of their upcoming "TOUR TO END ALL TOURS". Japanese dance metal sensation Babymetal will appear as very special guests, marking their first international shows in over three years. Finnish Eurovision winners Lordi will open all shows.
"We are extremely happy to welcome Babymetal to our already much anticipated tour in Europe 2023," says bass player Pär Sundström. “The energy and power of this band will for sure make each night something special."
“If there ever was a band that would break all the rules, it’s Babymetal with the power and precision to deliver a full on heavy metal show!” echoes frontman Joakim Brodén. “It’s not our first rodeo together, expect nothing but excellence from Babymetal!”
Joakim participated as a guest on “Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén)" on Babymetal’s third album "Metal Galaxy" released October 11th, 2018. He also made a guest appearance at Babymetal’s headline show in October 2018, at Japan's extra show DARK NIGHT CARNIVAL.
SABATON - THE TOUR TO END ALL TOURS
Special Guest: BABYMETAL
Tickets for the UK shows will be on sale from 10am Friday 21st October here:
Japanese metal band Bridear have just announced their brand new UK tour dates for 2022. Having become the first Japanese band to tour internationally last year, they blew UK & EU audiences away with their 2021 shows. Now, in celebration of their 10th Anniversary, they return this September armed with their brand new album Aegis Of Athena, which was released on May 13th.
The acclaimed five-piece will be performing as follows:
Lead vocalist Kimi comments:-
"The UK is very special to us and we can't wait to return! A lot has happened in the world but we are determined to keep moving forward as we have for 10 years now! 'Raise your voice for us' - we're coming back!”
Haru, the band’s bassist, continues:-
"The new album has songs that will be so much fun live. The shows last year were amazing and this year will be even better, so I hope the UK is ready!”
Tickets will be available from www.bridear.world and at https://www.orionlive.co.uk/upcoming-events
The new album Aegis of Athena is a blistering 11-track sonic assault perfectly blending traditional heavy metal, progressive arrangements, stunning technical prowess and addictive pop-rock hooks. Brimming with big riffs it features feature furious thrash passages, incredible lead lines and irresistible melodic sensibilities, showcasing J-metal like you’ve never heard it before.
Fans can order physical copies of Aegis Of Athena, including a special bundle with CD and t-shirt here: www.setsushop.com
Check out full details here: www.bridear.world
Abbath have added more dates to their already announced run of Australian and Asian shows in September this year. The tour kicks off on September 20 in Bangkok, and sees the band playing in Australia and Japan straight after. The full list of shows can be found below.
Abbath will be playing in support of the latest release, 'Outstrider'.
Asia & Australia tour
23 Sep 20 Canberra (AU) Basement
24 Sep 20 Brisbane (AU) The Zoo
25 Sep 20 Sidney (AU) Crowbar
26 Sep 20 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
27 Sep 20 Hobart (AU) Altar
29 Sep 20 Tokyo (JP) The Unit
30 Sep 20 Tokyo (JP) The Unit
02 May 20 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Metal Festival (Exact date TBA)
03 Jun 20 Barcelona (ES) Primavera Sound Festival (Exact date tba)
19 Jun 20 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
04 Jul 20 Dokkum (NL) Dokkem Open Air
Abbath - Vocals & guitars
Ole Andre Farstad -Guitars
Ukri Suviletho – Drums
Rusty Cornell – Bass
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
DragonForce´s Fred Leclercq and Joey Jordison of Vimic (former drummer and co-founding member of Slipknot), who just released the brand new and critically acclaimed album 'Repulsion For Humanity' by all-star death metal band Sinsaenum on August 10th 2018 with Ear Music, are about to kick off for an extensive European tour this September! Starting on September 28th with shows in France, continuing their run all over Germany, Poland, Italy, Scandinavia, BeNeLux and many more European hot spots with a final show in Helsinki a month later, the band will be joined by very special guests Hatesphere.
When you hear about artist side projects or self-styled “all-star bands”, you usually cannot help but roll your eyes at the audacity of the creators. However, when it comes to the extreme metal beast that is Sinsaenum, open your mind and ears and forget your preconceptions! Whilst they may draw their sonic power from renowned names, these are first and foremost friends joining forces as the most logical thing to do. Sinsaenum is a solidly bonded band of like-minded great musicians featuring Joey Jordison, DragonForce's Fred Leclercq, Attila Csihar from Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem and drone masters SunnO))) (who has been featured on the band's highly acclaimed debut album 'Echoes Of The Tortured`'), Sean Zatorsky from NWoAHM titans Dååth and Chimaira, Stéphane Buriez of French death metal veterans Loudblast as well as Heimoth, mastermind of eclectic extremists Seth.
“I’ve been a death metal fan ever since and wrote some of these songs already in 1998, so it’s something I always wanted to do,” says multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso bass player of London-based Power Metallers DragonForce Fred Leclercq, who sticks to the guitar on this venture. “There was never the right time though, nor did I find the proper people to pull it off.”
The end result of this mighty fusion is the second successfully released album titled 'Repulsion For Humanity', featuring some head-splitting riffs, challenging rhythms and structures, but at once such an infectious record created by one of the most influencing and incredibly versatile musicians the metal scene has to offer.
It's been just a matter of time to finally bring this exciting band project live on stage:-
"We are really excited about this upcoming tour in the fall and we looking forward to finally being able to meet our fans. To embark on this run with HateSphere is an honour and a great motivation to outdo ourselves every night! Those of you who have already seen us with our other bands know what we are capable of; all these energies combined will be something unique you dont want to miss! See you all very soon!“ - Joey, Steph, Heimoth, Sean, Fred.
Check out this promising teaser in support of the band's upcoming 'Repulsion For Humanity Tour 2018' right HERE!
Make sure to catch this unique all-star death metal group of Sinsaenum live on the following dates, presented by Dragon Productions with very special guests Hatesphere:-
28.09.18 FR St. Brieuc / La Citrouille, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
29.09.18 FR Paris / Flow, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
30.09.18 FR Reims / La Cartonnerie, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
01.10.18 LUX Esch Sur Alzette / Kulturfabrik, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
03.10.18 DE Hamburg / Knust, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
04.10.18 DE Hannover / Musikzentrum, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
05.10.18 DE Berlin / Lido, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
06.10.18 PL Warsaw / Proxima, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
07.10.18 CZ Prag / Futurum, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
09.10.18 DE München / Backstage, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
10.10.18 HU Budapest / Dürer Kert, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
11.10.18 AT Wien / Szene, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
12.10.18 CH Zug / Galvanik, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
13.10.18 IT Milano / Legend, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
14.10.18 FR St. Étienne / Le Fil, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
16.10.18 FR Colmar / Grillen, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
17.10.18 DE Stuttgart / ClubCANN, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
18.10.18 BE Vosselaar / Biebob, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
19.10.18 UK London / The Dome, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
20.10.18 NL Amstelveen / P60, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
21.10.18 DK Kopenhagen / Vega, with HateSphere
22.10.18 SE Göteborg / Sticky Fingers, with HateSphere
23.10.18 NO Oslo / Parkteateret, with HateSphere
24.10.18 SE Stockholm / Klubben, with HateSphere
26.10.18 FI Turku / Apollo, with HateSphere + Mörbid Vomit
27.10.18 FI Tampere / Olympia, with HateSphere + Mörbid Vomit
28.10.18 FI Helsinki / On The Rocks, with HateSphere + Mörbid Vomit
Exclusive V.I.P tickets are now available under the following link:
More upcoming Sinsaenum Live Dates:
29.10.18 RUS St. Petersburg
30.10.18 RUS Moscow
01.11.18 TW Taipei / The Wall
02/11/18 CN Hong Kong / TTN
03/11/18 PHL Manila /tba
04/11/18 THA Bangkok /Hollywood Awards
06.11.18 JP Tokyo Club Quattro, with Sigh
08.11.18 AUS Sydney / Factory Theatre, with Bulletbelt, Heathenspawn & Tamerlan Empire
10.11.18 AUS Melbourne / Max Watt's, with Bulletbelt, Scaphis & Requiem
11.11.18 NZ Wellington Valhalla, with BulletBelt
13.11.18 NZ Auckland Whammy Bar, with BulletBelt
Japan's finest metal band Gyze, who are celebrating the release of their brand new EP 'The Rising Dragon' today, have announced a bunch of European summer live dates!
Formed in 2009 in Sapporo, Japan, Gyze gained credence among many talented local artists. As a result, they were invited to Tokyo where they released their first EP in 2011. In 2012 the band took the second place in national Metal-Battle Finals in Japan organized by Wacken Open Air. Being noticed overseas Gyze signed their first contract with Coroner Records.
Their first album “Fascinating Violence” was released Worldwide in 2013 and 2014 in Japan. It was ranked #1 on Amazon for consequent 3 months and topped the import CD charts in BURRN! magazine. After their major debut in Japan with Victor Entertainment in September 2014, Gyze have released their second full-format album in Japan and in 2015 Worldwide. In late 2016 Gyze joined the collaboration project to create the soundtrack for a PS4 game ”Let It DIe” developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and released worldwide by GungHo Online. Having gained recognition among the world metalheads, Gyze released their 3rd full-length album with Universal Music Japan in March 2017. Today Gyze have released their brand new new EP 'The Rising Dragon' ( including a stunning bonus track featuring Marc Hudson of Dragonforce! ), which gives an absolutely new feel and is filled with haunting Japanese melodies. 'The Rising Dragon' is out now, grab your copy on Spotify and Amazon!
In support of Gyze's brand new release, the band will return to Europe live this summer! Make sure to catch their excellent live shows on the following dates:
11/08/18 ES - Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
12/08/18 UK - London / Underworld
13/08/18 BE - Genk / Colosseum
14/08/18 DE - München / Backstage
17/08/18 DE - Dinkelsbühl / Summerbreeze
18/08/18 DE - Essen / Turock Open Air
Says the band:-
"Awesome news! New Europe tour dates and EP digital release! Already in August we're going back to Europe bringing a new single The Rising Dragon filled with Japanese melodies and spiced with Hokkaido passion. Moreover The Rising Dragon is now online, get our new EP at Spotify, Amazon & Apple Music! Let's sing together this summer!“
Classic Japanese metallists Saber Tiger will embark on their first full tour of Eastern Europe in May and June. The group will be taking the Devastation Tour for 12 shows touching base in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. This is a great chance for European audiences to see one of the best Asian heavy metal bands around with a set based around their latest, and possibly best album, Bystander Effect.
Devastation Tour Dates:
24.05 | Kiev (UKR) | Volume Club
25.05 | Nikolaev (UKR) | Phoenix
26.05 | Zhelty Vody (UKR) | Art Club Etage
27.05 | Krivoy Rog (UKR) | Madisan
28.05 | Zaporozhe (UKR) | Art Club Jet
30.05 | Smolensk (RU) | A club
31.05 | Moscow (RU) | Rock House
01.06 | Tver (RU) | Music box
02.06 | Saint Petersburg (RU) | Zoccolo
07.06 | Liepaja (LV) | Fontaine Palace
08.06 | Kaunas (LT) | Lemmy
09.06 | Jelgava (LV) | MCB
The release of Bystander Effect is not just a simple re-issue for the international market; four of the tracks, originally in Japanese, have been re-recorded with English lyrics, while the brand new acoustic instrumental Ship Of Theseus and a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic First Class Fool are exclusive to the Sliptrick Records release. Also, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks Sin Eater and What I Used To Be are included. There is no better way to get acquainted with Saber Tiger’s unique brand of heavy metal.
Read more about Bystander Effect …here
Get your copy from: Amazon | iTunes | Shop Sliptrick & more
Listen to the whole of Bystander Effect on: Spotify
Saber Tiger are:
Takenori Shimoyama – Vocals
Akihito Kinoshita – Guitar
Yasuharu Tanaka – Guitar
Yasuhiro Mizuno – Drums
Hibiki – Bass
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | On Sliptrick
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.
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