This year's Wacken Open Air has been cancelled
According to yesterday's decision by the federal German government all major events in Germany are banned until 31 August 2020 to prevent further spreading of the corona pandemic. This means that this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air, which has been scheduled to the period from July 30th to the 1st of August 2020, will not take place.
Wacken co-founder Holger Hübner explains:-
"We are facing an unprecedented situation and for the first time in 30 years we have to announce with a heavy heart that unfortunately there cannot be a Wacken Open Air this year. Our whole team has been working intensively on the festival these last last months and the more all of us are bitterly disappointed that we are not allowed to celebrate a Wacken Open Air together with our visitors and the bands this year."
His fellow co-founder Thomas Jensen adds:-
"This administrative order affects us heavily and we will need some time to process the bad news. Nevertheless, we support the decision of the German government in this difficult situation for the whole world. The health and safety of all visitors, artists, employees, tradesmen, security and rescue services, public authorities and all other participants has always been our highest priority. We as promoters are therefore bound to take an even greater responsibility and have to follow the instructions of the experts."
With regard to all other open questions such as W:O:A 2021 and the options concerning the already purchased tickets, we will return with another statement as soon as possible and kindly ask for a little patience.
The promoters of the Wacken Open Air would like to give their heartfelt thanks for the trust received in this unprecedented situation for everyone involved.
More information about the Wacken Open Air can be found at wacken.com.
The #NapalmSofaSeries continues
On Sunday, April 5th, 07:00 PM CEST, Hungarian groove/thrash metal icons Ektomorf strike back with an exclusive streaming concert, live on Facebook. Over the course of the past twenty-six years and uncountable worldwide live shows, Ektomorf have established themselves to a powerful position in the metal scene – due to the current health situation, the time is just right to transfer their energetic performance to the web. As a part of the #napalmsofaseries, this is the perfect event for every fan of earthshaking grooves paired with thrilling guitar riffs and Zolis incredibly dynamic voice!
Click here to join the SHOW!
Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas states:
"We are very proud to be part of the #NapalmSofaSeries! Our upcoming set-list is based on wishes from our fans and we are happy to present songs we haven't played for a long time. Even though live shows are our main source of income and some gigs have already been cancelled or postponed, we decided to do a live stream concert without asking our fans for donations to help us through this rough times. This special show is a big "thank you" to our fans for their support over the past years"
Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas – vocals, guitars
Simon Szebasztián – guitars
Csaba Zahorán – bass
Kálmán Oláh – drums
Evanescence and Within Temptation are pleased to announce they have rescheduled their highly anticipated co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ European tour.
The European arena tour that was originally due to kick off on this weekend will now move to September. All existing tickets & VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same - except for Hamburg & Frankfurt. The Hamburg show will move to the Barclaycard Arena; all tickets will be honoured at the new venue & extra tickets to this show will be on sale immediately. We expect to have an update on Frankfurt shortly.
Evanescence is currently in the studio working on a brand new album and will be releasing the first offering from it this month.
Within Temptation is working on brand new music which will be released in the near future to coincide with the new tour dates.
For more information, please visit www.worldscollidetour.net
WED 2nd Glasgow, UK The SSE Hydro Arena (tickets valid from original April 28 show)
THU 3rd Leeds, UK First Direct Arena (tickets valid from original April 30 show)
SAT 5th Birmingham, UK Arena Birmingham (tickets valid from original May 1 show)
SUN 6th London, UK The O2 (tickets valid from original April 7)
TUE 8th Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome (tickets valid from original April 21 show)
WED 9th Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome (tickets valid from original April 22 show)
FRI 11th Brussels, BE Palais 12 (tickets valid from original April 4 show)
SAT 12th Brussels, BE Palais 12 (tickets valid from original April 24 show)
MON 14th Paris, FR Accor hotels Arena (tickets valid from original April 5 show)
THU 17th Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena (tickets valid from original April 17 show)^^
FRI 18th Leipzig, DE Leipzig Arena (tickets valid from original April 18 show)
MON 21st Berlin, DE Velodrom (tickets valid from original April 9 show)
TUE 22nd Munich, DE Zenith (tickets valid from original April 15 show)
THU 24th Düsseldorf, DE Mitsubishi Electric Halle (tickets valid from original April 20 show)
FRI 25th Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU Rockhal (tickets valid from original April 26 show)
SUN 27th Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion (tickets valid from original April 12th show)
TUE 29th Milan, IT Mediolanum Forum Milan (tickets valid from original April 14 show)
THU 1st Madrid, ES Palacio Vistalegre ** (tickets valid from Original May 3 show)
** Evanescence only
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Norwegian progressive metal act Green Carnation will stream their 'Leaves of Yesteryear' release show on May 23rd.
Because of the challenging situation with the Coronavirus, promoter Dirty Old Town, Green Carnation , Ticketmaster, Aasgaarden Visuals / Amodei Visual and Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel have decided to live-stream the concert with a multiple camera production with no audience present. No matter where you are located, you will be able to buy a ticket, get a unique code and stream the entire event. Tickets are now available HERE.
The band is working to find a new date for the physical concert and ticket-holders for the original show on May 23rd, will automatically receive a streaming-code for the online event.
Green Carnation singer Kjetil Nordhus comments:-
"Bands, artists, musicians, promoters and music-lovers are experiencing severe challenges in the times of the Coronavirus. We have decided to attack the situation in a positive way and share our big release party with the people having already bought a ticket but also with fans in the rest of the world. This will be a big happening for everybody involved, and we’re really looking forward to sharing it with everybody!"
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
Cello metal giants Apocalyptica unite with Epica to entertain audiences all over the continent from Budapest to Barcelona on the Epic Apocalypse Tour. The two will co-headline and will be joined by the exciting, progressive metal band Wheel, who will open each night with their engaging juxtapose of time-defying grooves and deep social exploration.
Eicca Toppinen states that:-
“This is all about adventure, exploration and bringing the dynamic excitement of symphonic metal to yet more fans both old and new. Both ourselves and Epica have the chance to reach each other’s audiences and also continue on our own exciting, and unique journeys. As we’ve said before, Cell-0 is, for us, a return to our roots while exploring new artistic universes within that realm, and this tour will help our horizons expand even further. So come one, come all, because we are going to present a great night of entertainment.”
Simone Simons from Epica is equally excited:-
“To celebrate the upcoming release of our long awaited 8th album, we are going to bring the 'Epic Apocalypse Tour' to Europe together with our friends from the mighty Apocalyptica. It's a great new step as we'll be playing some new, bigger venues which allows us to add some new exciting production to the show as well. We couldn't be more excited to present our new songs and to finally tour with Apocalyptica. See you there!”
With Apocalyptica and Epica guaranteed to push each other to new heights every night - not to mention some exciting new production - the Epic Apocalypse Tour is not one to miss under any circumstances.
EPIC APOCALYPSE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
21st - Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex
22nd - Switzerland, Lausanne, Metropole
23rd - Italy, Milan, Fabrique
25th - Hungary, Budapest, Barba Negra
26th - Czech Republic, Brno, Hala Vodova
27th - Germany, Munich, Tonhalle
29th - Sweden, Stockholm, Berns
30th - Norway, Oslo, Sentrum
31st - Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio
2nd - Germany, Hannover, Capitol
3rd - Germany, Hamburg, Docks
4th - Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
6th - Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
8th - Germany, Leipzig, Haus Auensee
9th - Austria, Vienna, Gasometer
26th - Portugal, Lisbon, Coliseum
28th - Spain, Murcia, Gamma
29th - Spain, Madrid, La Riviera
30th - Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
3rd - France, Paris, Zenith
4th - Belgium, Brussels, AB
5th - UK, London, Roundhouse
7th - UK, Bristol, 02 Academy
8th - UK, Glasgow, Academy
9th - UK, Manchester, Academy
11th - Netherlands, Amsterdam, Afas
12th - Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Dan Atelier
15th - Germany, Cologne, Carlswerk Victoria
16th - Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
17th - Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
General sale will commence on Friday Feb 21st at 9am GMT, 10am CET. Apocalyptica VIP upgrades will also go on sale at the same time. Apocalyptica links for both VIP and regular tickets can be found in the following two locations.
VIP - https://apocalyptica.merchcowboy.com/tickets.html
REGULAR - https://www.apocalyptica.com/#dates
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Top Russian outfit Imperial Age are offering four young UK bands the chance to support them on their upcoming UK tour which kicks off at The Dome in London on April 16, 2020.
If your band wants an opportunity to play up to a sixty minute set at one of the shows below then get entered at the link below.
Imperial Age comment:-
“We have received a lot of requests from a lot of bands all over the world to join us at our UK concerts in April 2020. We have given it a thorough thought and this is what we have come up with this -
These days its very hard for new bands to get themselves heard. Labels don‘t sign new bands, they want them to build up a fanbase first – and even then its extremely hard. Promoters aren't really interested in them either. Usually bands have to pay an arm and a leg for everything, and the conditions aren't good.
We have experienced this ourselves and only huge support from you – our fans, allowed us to start doing music full-time without the help of a record label.
However, Destiny has been very good to us, and a few years ago we were very kindly helped by Christofer Johnsson when he allowed us to join the Therion European tour at a time when we were totally unknown in Europe. So we would like to give back as much as we can.
We want to give new bands an opportunity – so we will be setting up a competition among young UK bands.”
Check out how your band could make this happen here plus terms and conditions: http://www.imperial-age.com/support-competition/
Are you a Bloodstock regular? Perhaps you’re thinking of coming for the first time, or you’ve tested the waters before with a day ticket just to see what you think? Bloodstock weekend ticket holders don’t just get three days of heavy metal glory, they get four! While day tickets can be purchased closer to the event for Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday, Bloodstock starts the party on Thursday, exclusively for weekend ticket holders! Get your tent pitched, grab your mates, and head over to the Planet Rock presents...Sophie Lancaster stage for a jam-packed evening of heavy metal fun.
Back in December, Bloodstock revealed that Swedish hard rockers The Night Flight Orchestra are set to headline Thursday’s opening night party. The Nuclear Blast-signed band, who feature members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy in their ranks, are promising new songs in 2020, but meanwhile, check out ‘This Time’ from current release, ‘Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough’ here.
Bloodstock is thrilled to announce that they’ll be joined on the bill by these four bands…
Firstly, the irrepressible goblin kings, NEKROGOBLIKON. Hailing from California, the group released latest album ‘Welcome To Bonkers’ in 2018, featuring the track ‘Dressed As Goblins’ - watch the video for it here. If that’s not enough goblin for you, browse the rest of their Nekrogoblitude, and if you want to dress up especially for their set, who are we to stop you?! Be sure to get your photo snapped by our roving official photographers if you do!
Northern Irish death/doom merchants THE CRAWLING are also added to Thursday’s line-up. Citing influences such as Paradise Lost, Marduk, Katatonia, and Bolt Thrower, this stripped back, dark three piece will bring all the heavy. Get familiar via the video for ‘Still No Sun’ here, taken from their album ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’.
Derby-based grind squad RAISED BY OWLS are looking forward to adding their brand of extreme metal to Thursday’s headbangin’ shenanigans, promising a no-holds-barred aural assault with a hefty dose of sardonic humour. You only have to check out the video for their Christmas charity single ‘The Santanist’ here (proceeds going to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation), to get a flavour of what’s in store.
Also joining the fray, are last year’s Bournemouth Metal 2 The Masses victors ANAKIM, offering up a choice blend of progressive black/death metal to get your weekend started. Check out that live set, including the single ‘Born Of The Serpents Tongue’, filmed at Bloodstock, here. Their album, ‘Monuments To Departed Worlds’, is out now.
And that’s just the bands! There’s a host of other entertainment planned too, sure to kick off your weekend in glorious style. Don’t miss out!
Already got your weekend ticket? Started planning your travel yet? Don’t forget that BIG GREEN COACH picks up from 33 different locations across the country (with new cities added), very conveniently dropping you, your mates and all your camping gear, right inside the festival grounds. It’s good for your green credentials too! For more info or to book your spot, head over to their site here.
For those of you interested in working at BLOODSTOCK as your means to attend, FESTAFF begin their volunteer recruitment drive from February 1. To get all the details on what that entails and to apply, go here.
BLOODSTOCK’s very popular ticket deposit scheme is now up and running, allowing you to spread your standard weekend ticket purchase over 5 instalments. You can sign up at any time until February 28th and will make your first payment of £29 + booking fees straight away. After that, payments breakdown as follows: Payment 2 - £29 (debits 27/03/20), Payment 3 - £29 (debits 27/04/20), Payment 4 - £29 (debits 26/05/20), and then your Final Payment - £29 + postage (debits 26/06/20). Please note VIP and child tickets are not eligible for the deposit scheme. Get tickets at the ticket store.
Unsure what to expect? Watch a trailer all about BLOODSTOCK here.
BLOODSTOCK’s 2020 main stage headliners are DEVIN TOWNSEND (Friday), BEHEMOTH (Saturday), and JUDAS PRIEST (Sunday). The festival also welcomes HATEBREED, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BURY TOMORROW, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILLITY, BUTCHER BABIES, CATTLE DECAPITATION, BLOODYWOOD, MEMORIAM, RAMAGE INC, GREEN LUNG, BOSSK, CONJURER, ORANGE GOBLIN, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, SAXON, SYLOSIS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, NECTOR, WINTERFYLLETH, & EXHUMED so far. Many more bands performing over the weekend are still to be announced!
Standard weekend tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets, and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. A limited number of day tickets will go on sale later this year - sign up for a free reminder here. Campervan tickets for 2020 are now sold out.
BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Being already possibly the first Russian metal band to ever successfully tour the UK as headliners, Imperial Age have announced dates of their second - and bigger - UK tour in April 2020, kicking off at The Dome in London.
Prior to working on the highly anticipated follow up to 2018‘s ’The Legacy Of Atlantis‘ you can catch them here:
16th LONDON – The Dome
17th BIRMINGHAM – Asylum
18th MANCHESTER – Rebellion
19th GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks
Watch out for special news concerning support bands soon
Founded in Moscow by singers / songwriters Alexander “Aor” Osipov and Jane “Corn” Odintsova in 2012, Imperial Age has become Russia‘s most famous symphonic metal band and the country‘s second most-internationally-touring rock act, achieving acclaim from fans, press and even the founder of symphonic metal – Christofer Johnsson (Therion) – himself.
Between 2016 – 2019 the band toured Europe 4 times, with a total of 103 concerts (out of those 38 as headliners).
Musically, Imperial Age combine heavy metal with a symphony orchestra, folk instruments, 3 lead singers (1 male and 2 female) and a full choir.
The records feature multiple collaborations with musicians from DIMMU BORGIR, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, THERION, ARKONA and the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir.
Lyrically, the band deals with the idea of ancient prehistoric advanced civilizations (Atlantis, Hyperborea, Lemuria) and their legacy in the form of the Western Magical Tradition (Hermetism, Kabbalah etc.) carried through history by secret societies and magical orders (Orphism, Templars, Rosenkreuz, Freemasons, Golden Dawn etc).
As of 2019, Imperial Age have self released 2 studio albums and 1 EP
The records feature multiple collaborations with musicians from DIMMU BORGIR, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, THERION, ARKONA and the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir. All artwork by Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR). Mixing and mastering by Sergei Lazar (ARKONA).
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French Symphonic Metallers Beneath My Sins announce next shows and 2020 UK tour with Tezaura & Serpentyne
French Symphonic Metallers Beneath My Sins have announced the band's next shows and 2020 UK tour with Tezaura & Serpentyne. See the confirmed dates below.
2019 - FRANCE
Dec. 20, 2019 Bordeaux (FR - 33) @Salemwith Amethys, Nox
Dec. 21, 2019 Toulouse (FR - 31) @La cave à rock - Sortie d'Usine #2
2020 - FRANCE
Jan 17, 2020 Mons (BE)@La LorgnetteAcoustic show, w/ Beyond The Fields We Know
Jan 18, 2020 Arras (FR - 62) @GlanworthAcoustic show, w/ Burnt Umber
BACK TO THE UK with TEZAURA & SERPENTYNE
Apr 10, 2020 Abertillery (UK)@The Dolls House w/ Wales Dementia Awereness Fest
Apr 11, 2020 Manchester (UK)@Rebellion Manchester
Apr 12, 2020 Birmingham (UK)@Tower of song w/ Quinphonic Festival
Apr 13, 2020 Swansea (UK)@The Bunkhouse Swansea
Apr 15, 2020 Leicester (UK)@Firebug
Apr 16, 2020 Edinburgh (UK)@Bannermans Bar
Apr 17, 2020 Glasgow (UK)@Ivory Blacks
Apr 18, 2020 London (UK)@The Unicorn Camden Live
May 2020 IT @TBA
Just recently Beneath My Sins signed a record deal with Pride & Joy Music for their new album “I Decide”, coming out on March 20th, 2020!! More information TBA.
Beneath My Sins is a French symphonic metal band created in December 2015 by the guitarist Clement Botz and the singer Emma Elvaston. Former members of Evolvent, they have together taken their first steps in the metal scene and in the musical composition. In March 2017, Beneath My Sins released their first album “Valkyries of Modern Times”, promoted during shows in Belgium with Skeptical Minds and during two European tours shared with the Russian thrash metal band, Pokerface. Quickly perceived as the emerging symphonic metal band of the French scene, Beneath My Sins had the opportunity to tour with the famous Canadian band Kobra And the Lotus during their stay in France in June 2018 and Imperial Age in 2019.
In September 2018, the band got in contact with Fabio D’Amore, bassist from Serenity. After a few meetings and discussions they all agreed that he would provides his services as a producer to the band. Thanks to this collaboration, the band was able to record under professional conditions and to work with famous names of the music business. Many talented guests such as Matteo Sisti from Eluveitie, Melissa Bonny from Ad Infinitum, Michele Guaitoli from Temperance and Visions of Atlantis and Fabio Lethien Polo from Elvenking also joined the ship for one or more songs. While awaiting the release of the album, the band has worked on an acoustic set warmly welcomed in France.
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