Finland's Gothic Metallers The 69 Eyes recently announced that they will release their 12th studio album on September 13th. Right in time for their 30th band anniversary, 'West End' will see the light of day, so prepare for 11 up-tempo rock anthems full of heaviness, black memento mori moments and dark humour featuring several top-notch guest vocalists including Cradle Of Filth's Dani Filth, Wednesday 13 and Beastö Blancö's Calico Cooper.
Today, the band have revealed the first trailer for their upcoming album, in which they discuss the ”funeral balloons” sculpture on the cover of the album. The artwork was created by the famous Finnish sculptor Jiri Geller, a friend of the band since the very early days.
"It was like black magick to have Jiri back in our Helsinki Vampire circles again! I literally haven’t seen him for twenty years but he was the same freak as back then - and as we all are,” - singer Jyrki 69 praises the long-lost lost boy.
Watch the trailer, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq5A3il7Dec
In addition to their previously announced European tour dates, the Helsinki Vampires are ready for more extensive touring through their home country and will soon embark on a tour through Finland before hitting the rest of Europe and Russia:
14.09. FIN Radio Rock Cruise, Helsinki – Tallinn – Helsinki
20.09. FIN Viking Grace, Turku – Stockholm – Turku
25.09. FIN Tampere - Klubi
28.09. FIN Ähtäri - Club B 52
04.10. FIN Hämeenlinna - Aulanko Areena
05.10. FIN Mikkeli - Wilhelm Public House
10.10. FIN Kuopio - Henry’s Pub
11.10. FIN Joensuu - Ravintola Kerubi
12.10. FIN Kotka - Ravintola Leikari
25.10. FIN Jyväskylä - Lutakko
26.10. FIN Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo
01.11. FIN Helsinki - Tavastia
THE 69 EYES - West End Tour 2019
02.11. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
03.11. D Berlin - SO36
05.11. D Hamburg - Logo
06.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
07.11. D Stuttgart - Wizemann Club
08.11. D Munich - Backstage (Halle)
09.11. CZ Prague - Meet Factory
11.11. PL Wroclaw - Stary Klasztor
12.11. HU Budapest - Barba Negra
13.11. SK Bratislava - Atelier Babylon
14.11. AT Vienna - Chelsea
16.11. IT Parma - Campus Music Industry
17.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
19.11. D Trier - Mergener Hof
20.11. F Paris - Backstage by the Mill
21.11. UK London - The Garage
23.11. D Oberhausen - Kulttempel
24.11. D Frankfurt – Zoom
Catch THE 69 EYES also in 2020:
06.03. LVA Riga - Melna Piektdiena
07.03. LTU Vilnius - Vakaris
08.03. BLR Minsk - Republic
10.03. UKR Lviv - Festrepublic
11.03. RUS Kiev - Atlas
13.03. RUS St.Petersburg - Zal
14.03. RUS Moscow - RED
16.03. RUS Khabarovsk - Velicano
17.03. RUS Vladivostok - Kraft
Ticket Link: http://69eyes.polygon.group/
As the first taster for their new album, The 69 Eyes have recently revealed the music video for their new single '27 & Done'. The clip features excerpts from the horror film 'The 27 Club' by Cleopatra Entertainment and you can watch it, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLoqIdCMZCE
THE 69 EYES are:
Jyrki 69 - vocals
Bazie - guitar, backing vocals
Timo-Timo - guitar
Archzie - bass, backing vocals
Jussi 69 - drums
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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Go Loud Agency, in collaboration with Darkside Records, is proud to announce that all-star band MaYaN (NL) – featuring members of Epica, Nightwish and Firewind, among others – will play four exclusive shows in the Baltic States, with very special guests Carthagods (TN). The Baltic tour will hit Tallinn (EE), Riga (LV), Liepaja (LV) and Vilnius (LT), marking the band’s first appearance in the Baltic States.
06.12.2018 | Tallinn (EE) | Rockclub Tapper
07.12.2018 | Riga (LV) | Melna Piektdiena
08.12.2018 | Liepaja (LV) | Fontaine Palace
09.12.2018 | Vilnius (LT) | Narauti
MaYaN was conceived in early 2010 by versatile musician and Epica mastermind Mark Jansenand old friend, ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen. Their goal was to write an album in the style they’ve always been longing to play. Mark asked guitarist Frank Schiphorst (Symmetry, Christmas Metal Symphony) to join in: the chemistry was undeniable and the project soon evolved into a real band. The initial lineup was thus completed by Epica drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek and guitarist Isaac Delahaye.
Boasting vocalists like Henning Basse (currently Firewind), Laura Macrì, Simone Simons (Epica) and Floor Jansen (currently Nightwish), MaYaN‘s debut album Quarterpast – released via Nuclear Blast in 2011 – quickly grabbed the media’s attention, with excellent reviews, in-depth interviews and raving reactions of fans worldwide to boot.
After the release of their sophomore album Antagonise in 2014 – the first MaYaN album to enter the official Dutch and Belgian album charts, as well as album of the month in leading Dutch metal magazine Aardschok and album of the week in Revolver Magazine – followed by very successful tours and prestigious festivals through parts of Europe, Central and South America, the band is now ready to promote their current album Dhyana. Aside from a handful of excellent guests, the record also features orchestral arrangements provided by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (the very same orchestra of Dimmu Borgir’s album Death Cult Armageddon).
MaYaN live lineup:
– Grunts: Mark Jansen – George Oosthoek
– Clean male vocals: Adam Denlinger / Henning Basse (special guest)
– Clean female vocals: Laura Macrì – Marcela Bovio
– Keyboards: Jack Driessen
– Guitars: Frank Schiphorst – Merel Bechtold / Arjan Rijnen (backup) / Jord Otto (backup)
– Bass: Roel Käller
– Drums: Ariën van Weesenbeek
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Carthagods was one of the first metal bands to emerge from Tunisia in the late 90’s. Undoubtedly, they are the pioneers of heavy metal, not to mention the oldest existing Metal band in the country. Their powerful sound, influence, and longevity make them one of the most important bands in the history of the Tunisian Metal scene.
Carthagods is expected to release their upcoming EP in the beginning of 2019. The record will feature guitar virtuoso Timo Somers (Delain, Arrow Haze, Vengeance, to name a few), whom has also served the band as live guitarist since 2015.
Carthagods has brought their authentic blend of metal worldwide (France, Romania, Malta, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) and played a handful of prestigious shows in the band’s homeland Tunisia: the fivepiece has shared the stage with industry giants such as Dark Tranquility, Epica, Judas Priest and Blind Guardian.
In early 2018, Carthagods signed a record deal with Darkside Records, followed by the release of their single “The Devil’s Dolls” (watch it here).
Timo SOMERS (live Lead Guitars)
Zack (Drums & backing vocals)
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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
Sólstafir have added more dates to their already announced European tour in support of their latest release 'Berdreyminn' this December. Their massive road-trip will kick off at Poland's B90 in Gdansk on November 20, and run through 17 more countries before the final curtain falls at the Voodoo Lounge in Dublin, Ireland on the 22nd of December.
18 Aug 18 Dinkelsbühl (DE) Summer Breeze Open Air
11 May 19 Vienna (AT) Vienna Metal meeting
29 Aug 18 Perth (AU) Rosemount Hotel
30 Aug 18 Sydney (AU) Factory Theatre
31 Aug 18 Brisbane (AU) The Zoo
01 Sep 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
20 Nov 18 Gdansk (PL) B90
21 Nov 18 Warsaw (PL) Progresja
22 Nov 18 Vilnius (LT) Loftas
23 Nov 18 Riga (LV) Melna Vilnius
24 Nov 18 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
29 Nov 18 Gothenburg (SE) Sticky Fingers
30 Nov 18 Oslo (NO) Vulkan Arena
01 Dec 18 Copenhagen (DK) Lille Vega
02 Dec 18 Leipzig (DE) Taubchenthal
03 Dec 18 Stuttgart (DE) Im Wizeman
04 Dec 18 Winterthur (CH) Salzhaus
05 Dec 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
06 Dec 18 Biarritz (FR) Atabal
07 Dec 18 Madrid (ES) Madrid Is The Dark Festival
08 Dec 18 Lisbon (PT) Under The Doom
09 Dec 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
11 Dec 18 Cognac (FR) West Rock
12 Dec 18 Audincourt (FR) Le Moloco
13 Dec 18 Lille (FR) Aeronef
14 Dec 18 Eindhoven (NL) Eindhoven Metal Meeting
15 Dec 18 Istanbul (TR) Garajistanbul
16 Dec 18 Athens (GR) Fuzz Club
17 Dec 18 Bristol (UK) The Fleece
18 Dec 18 Birmingham (UK) Hare & Hounds
19 Dec 18 Manchester (UK) Deaf Institute
20 Dec 18 Glasgow (UK) Classic Grand
21 Dec 18 Belfast (UK) Limelight 2
22 Dec 18 Dublin (IR) Voodoo Lounge
The band will be touring in support of the Icelander's latest album, 'Berdreyminn' which is streaming in full here.
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
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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.
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.
Russian sci-fi metal group Sunwalter head out on their first tour of 2018 taking 3 East European countries. Titled The Course Of The Alien King, this will be a joint tour with Polish group Lux Perpetua. The band are still heavily promoting their recent release, Alien Hazard, which has been getting extremely positive reviews. This is always a fun and colourful band to check out live and they hope to announce dates in Russia and wider afield very soon!
Here’s the Sunwalter tour announcement from their always entertaining Facebook page;
“Earthmen! After the lengthy New Year holidays, we have finally returned to the habitual orbit around this planet. While the Earth celebrated the date, we have decided on the upcoming venues in terms of our next European tour, and we are ready to share the information with you. Unfortunately, there are no dates of Russian shows on the list yet, but we’ll try to persuade the Anunnaki race to consider that territory as landing site during the tour. Please, don’t hesitate to let us know, where else you would like to visit Sunwalter performances.”
Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream are now confirmed as main support for Katatonia's shows in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Check out the details below.
December 04 - Klubi Tapper - Tallinn
December 05 - Melnà Piektdiena - Riga
December 06 - Loftas - Vilnius
As previously announced, Heretic's Dream will share the stage as special guests on Amaranthe's shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as follows:
December 01 – Saint Petersburg – Aurora
December 02 – Moscow – Volta
Just recently the Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream joined the Finnish progressive metal masters Amorphis on the 10th Eclipse Anniversary Shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Spika tour Agency has released the full video of Heretic’s Dream show performed at Zal Ozhidaniya Club 13.05.2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIEGJ36VUZE
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