English Symphonic Metallers Pythia announce special London "The Solace Of Ancient Earth" album launch party
Epic, symphonic metallers Pythia have announced that they will host a special album launch party in London on May 16th for new album The Solace Of Ancient Earth, the day before it goes on general release. The gathering will take place at The Big Red and entry will be free. There will be a play back of the album, metal DJs, food and drink - and most importantly copies of the new album will be available to buy. Band members will be in attendance to chat to, share a drink with and sign copies of the album - it should be a great night for all fans of the band. For full details head to the Facebook event page:-
Pythia Album Launch Party - https://www.facebook.com/events/664277877356517/
US symphonic metal Beyond Forgiveness have announced their Live To Tell The Story Eastern European Tour which takes in Ukraine, Russia and Latvia for 14 dates in June and includes an appearance at the 3 day ARM Antimateria Rock and Metal Festival in Lipetsk, Russia on June 14th.
For the tour, the group will be featuring new tracks from their upcoming release Live To Tell The Story. They are currently putting the finishing touches to the album with a plan to release worldwide via Sliptrick Records later in the year.
Since 2014, Beyond Forgiveness have cultivated their signature symphonic metal sound through the composition of lush classical orchestras, choirs, and operatic vocals colliding with heavy and aggressive metal. In 2019, the band continues to push the boundaries of the symphonic metal genre with Live To Tell The Story, which follows their 2016 EP, The Ferryman’s Shore, and their 2017 debut full length album, The Great Wall.
Beyond Forgiveness vocalist Talia Hoit says:-
“We are so happy to announce our upcoming tour this summer! We are very excited to introduce our new music and visit our friends and fans in Eastern Europe and are really looking forward to teaming up with the other fantastic bands in this tour package!” –
Upcoming Tour Dates:
07.06 | Zaporizhya, UKR | Old Pub
08.06 | Kryvyi Rig, UKR | Madison
09.06 | Odessa, UKR | More Music club
10.06 | Kyiv, UKR | Volume Club
13.06 | Voronezh, RUS | Club 12
14.06 | Lipetsk, RUS | ARM Antimateria Rock and Metal Festival
15.06 | Rostov, RUS | Badland
16.06 | Krasnodar, RUS | Rock Bar
17.06 | Volgograd, RUS | Belaya Loshad
18.06 | Tambov, RUS | Molotov
19.06 | Moscow, RUS | Rock House
20.06 | Riga, LV | Depo
21.06 | Liepaja, LV | Fontaine Palace
22.06 | Jelgava, LV | MCB
Beyond Forgiveness are:
Talia Hoit – Vocals/Orchestration
Greg Witwer – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Richard Marcus – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Sean Rogers – Drums/Percussion
Jim Lasselle – Bass
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Italian Prog Metallers Last Union announce European tour dates with Delain, Amaranthe, Soundstorm & Kalidia
Italian progressive metal band, Last Union, have announced European - Eastern Europe Tour Dates as support of Delain & Amaranthe, and one show with Soundstorm & Kalidia. Last Union have released their debut album ‘Twelve‘ in December 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, which feat. as guest Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie and Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Uli Kusch (Helloween, Masterplan) on drums.
Tour dates as follow:
Feb 08 - Sonic Room, Fabriano, Italy w/ SOUNDSTORM + KALIDIA
Feb 16 - Известия Hall, Moscow, Russia w/ DELAIN
Feb 17 - Зал Ожидания, St. Petersburg, Russia w/ DELAIN
Mar 09 - Atlas, Kyiv, Ukraine w/ AMARANTHE
Mar 10 - RE:PUBLIC, Minsk, Belarus w/ AMARANTHE
The quiet city of Tolentino in the Marche region of Central Italy not only boasts a rich historical background, it is also the place progressive metal band Last Union calls home. Founded by vocalist Elisa Scarpeccio, guitarist Cristiano Tiberi and keyboardist Claudio Feliziani in 2007, the band — originally known as Blazing Ice — embarked on their journey in the pursuit of sharing their thoughts and feelings about life, and ultimately their art, with the world. With the assistance of professional session bassists and drummers, the trio established themselves on the Italian scene with a string of shows that helped them evolve and refine their craft.
LAST UNION live line-up:
Elisa Scarpeccio - vocals
Cristiano Tiberi - guitars
Alessandro Binotti - guitars
Matteo Brillarelli - bass
Alessandro Vagnoni - drums
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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Carach Angren have announced new live dates in support of their latest release 'Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten' this summer. The Dutch horror fanatics are scheduled to perform several festival and headlining shows. See below for all currently confirmed dates including festival performances.
Carach Angren comment:-
"The coming months we will make you dance and laugh amongst the rotten as we are haunting many festivals across Europe. After an incredible European tour earlier this year, we can't wait to get out there and summon our new stage presence for all of you!"
CARACH ANGREN festivals
04 May 18 Paola (MT) Sin Fest 2018
09 Jun 18 Würzburg (DE) Skaldenfest
22 Jun 18 Dessel (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting 2018
23 Jun 18 Halden (NO) Tons of Rock 2018
06 Jul 18 Bucarest (RO) Headbangers Meeting 2018
04 Aug 18 Tampere (FI) Festival Saarihelvetti
11 Aug 18 Vagos (PT) Vagos Metal Fest 2018
CARACH ANGREN live
14 Sep 18 Moscow (RU) Zil Arena
15 Sep 18 Saint Petersburg (RU) Mod Club
21 Sep 18 Athens (GR) Kyttaro Live
22 Sep 18 Thessaloniki (GR) Eight ball Live Stage
Carach Angren will be playing in support of their latest release 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten'.
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.”
Tokyo based “Samurais from Hell”, Survive, will join Venom Inc + Suffocation on "Blood Stained Earth Tour 2018" in Europe, kicking off on March 9th in Bristol (UK). Other support will come from Brazilian thrashers Nervosa and Canadian ethnic symphonic metallers Aeternam. Further details can be found below.
BLOOD STAINED EARTH TOUR 2018
VENOM INC + SUFFOCATION + NERVOSA + AETERNAM + SURVIVE
3.9.Fri - Bristol (UK) “Bierkeller”
3.10.Sat- Manchester (UK) “Rebellion”
3.11.Sun - Glasgow (UK) “Audio”
3.12.Mon - Birmingham (UK) “Asylum” -
3.13.Tue - London (UK) “Islington Academy”
3.14.Wed - Opwijk (BEL) “Nosta”
3.15Thu - Paris (FRA) “Petit Bain”
3.16Fri - Eindhoven (NLD) “Dynamo”
3.17.Sat - Hamburg (GER) “Kultur Palast”
3.18.Sun - Aarhus (DEN) “Voxhall”
3.19.Mon - Copenhagen (DEN) “Pumpehuset”
3.20.Tue - Mannheim (GER) “MS Connexion”
3.21.Wed - Ingolstadt (GER) “Eventhalle Westpark”
3.22.Thu - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
3.23.Fri - Bologna (ITA) “Zona Roveri”
3.24.Sat - Graz (AUT) “Xplosiv”
3.25.Sun - Budapest (HUN) “Barba Negra”
3.26.Mon - Cluj Napoca (ROM) “Form Space”
3.27.Tue - Vienna (AUT) “Viper Room”
3.28.Wed - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
3.29Thu - Prague (CZE) “Futurum”
3.30.Fri - Dresden (Ger) “Eventwerk”
3.31.Sat - Katowice (Pol) “MegaClub”
Marko Cipaktli (Drums / Harsh vocals)
Pat Cuikani (Vocals / Ocarinas)
Paul Belmar (Guitar)
Nakuset Gould (Bass)
Alex Navarro (Guitar)
Mexican symphonic folk metallers Cabrakaän will be hitting the road with Quebec's Valfreya and Alberta's Forsaken Rite for this year's "March Of The Frozen Western Canadian Tour". The tour will see the Mexican transplants whom now call Canada home and residing in Calgary, AB perform in three provinces during the month of February. During the tour, Cabrakaän will showcase new tracks from their upcoming 2018 full length "Cem Anahuac" due out in spring 2018 to follow their 2014 debut EP "Songs From Anahuac".
Staying true to their roots, Cabrakaän's music combines elements of metal orchestrated with Mexican folklore along with a wide variety of instruments such as strings, acoustic guitars, Jarocha harp, marimba, ocarinas, Huehuetl, and Teponaztle. Their lyrics are in English, Spanish, Zapoteco, Nahuatl and other ancient Mexican languages. The band's name is based on a character from the Mayan sacred book known as the Popol Vuh, where Cabrakaän was the god of mountains and earthquakes.
"We are proud our roots and our culture and we want to share it with the world through our music. When we are on stage, we try to give our fans a great experience by creating an atmosphere from the time of the Aztecs, using costumes and make up. The purpose of our sets too is to give fans more of our culture visually and musically so they can connect with us and enjoy the performance even more." says drummer Marko Cipaktli.
Feb 15 - Kelowna, BC - Muninn's Post - info
Feb 16 - Calgary, AB - Distortion - info
Feb 17 - Edmonton, AB - The Forge On Whyte - info
Feb 18 - Regina, SK - Cloud 9 - info
Cabrakaän was formed in Toluca, Mexico in 2012 and have been calling Canada home since first performing in the country at the 2017 Metalocalypstick fest in Lone Butte, BC where the beauty of the North won them over and encouraged them make the grand decision to relocate.Their debut EP "Songs From Anahuac" was unleashed in 2014 and displayed a mix of death, folk, and symphonic European influences with Prehispanic instruments along with storytelling of Mesoamerican mythologies (Aztec, Mayan, Tlaxcaltecan, Olmecan) plus Mexican folklore such as La llorona, La Bruja, Day of The Dead.
Wasting no time in Canada, Cabrakaän are currently completing production on their follow up full length album entitled "Cem Anahuac" set for release in spring 2018. The album will be an expression of pride for their roots, history and traditions along with their love for metal and traditional music from their home country of Mexico.
Rotting Christ and Carach Angren have updated their extensive European co-headlining tour, "Rituals Amongst The Rotten" in January and February 2018. The Greek veterans and Dutch masters of horror metal will be joined by French blackened death outfit Svart Crown.
See below for an updated list of all confirmed shows with added pre-sales links.
Rotting Christ & Carach Angren + Svart Crown
26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock http://bit.ly/2zSr7bf
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling http://bit.ly/2AJ0ZQ1
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast http://bit.ly/2nlvANQ
29 Jan 18 København (DK) Pumpehuset http://bit.ly/2niKeVN
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden http://bit.ly/2zQqhM1
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club http://bit.ly/2j4efnT
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum http://bit.ly/2kdWje1
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei http://bit.ly/2niOYe4
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex http://bit.ly/2AJFLRV
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain http://bit.ly/2nfvw1X
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur http://bit.ly/2kbXR8m
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO http://bit.ly/2zBoOVQ
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3 http://bit.ly/2jAceiH
08 Feb 18 Oviedo (ES) Sir Laurens http://bit.ly/2jAceiH
09 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club (tba)
10 Feb 18 Lisboa (PT) RCA Club (tba)
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol http://bit.ly/2jAceiH
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod http://bit.ly/2zBoOVQ
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony http://bit.ly/2BzmGiK
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage http://bit.ly/2jyLdfG
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene http://bit.ly/2Bp3djE
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion http://bit.ly/2ir4UJP
17 Feb 18 Arnhem (NL) Willemeen http://bit.ly/2BzshVZ
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob http://bit.ly/2AszbyY
Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica are proud to announce the supports for their upcoming ‘The United Principle’ 2018 UK tour: Danish metal sensation Myrkur and US progressive metallers Oceans Of Slumber!
06.04.18 Rock City – Nottingham
07.04.18 02 ABC 1 – Glasgow
08.04.18 O2 Academy – Bristol
10.04.18 Tivoli – Dublin
12.04.18 O2 Ritz – Manchester
13.04.18 O2 Forum - London
Tickets and VIP upgrades are available here: www.epica.nl/tour
Epica celebrates 1000th show anniversary at 013 Tilburg!
On Saturday 14th April 2018 – just after their UK tour - the symphonic metal icons, along with support from Myrkur and Oceans Of Slumber, will celebrate their 1000th show anniversary at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After their recent sold out shows in the Netherlands, Epica is more than proud to announce that they will perform this mile-stone event at the legendary 013 venue, the exact same venue where it all started for the band 16 years ago!
Vocalist Simone Simons stated: "Back in 2002, we could have never imagined that one day we'd be playing our 1,000th live show! This couldn't have happened without the support of our dearest and most loyal Epica legion, so in order to make this an unforgettable night, we've invited some very cool guests to perform with us!"
Guitarist Mark Jansen added: "I remember our very first show at 013, Tilburg as if it was yesterday. Back then we were supporting Anathema, but now 16 years later, we'll have the honour to be celebrating our 1,000th show at the same venue as headliners. We could have never achieved this without the support of our loyal fans, so we definitely wanted to make this an amazing night to celebrate all together with also some very cool special guests! We hope to see you all in Tilburg!"
Epica’s latest EP – ‘The Solace System’ was released September 1st via Nuclear Blast – purchase links below:
Limited Edition Digipack CD: http://bit.ly/2zPeREY
Limited Edition NB Anniversary Green Vinyl: http://bit.ly/2zPOaQG
Limited Edition Black Vinyl: http://amzn.to/2j3iL5p
Order ‘The Solace System’ digitally: http://apple.co/2A80DSE
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