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Akercocke set to no longer play Bloodstock

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 25th May 2016 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In a bizarre turn of events, Akercocke, who recently reformed, have announced on their Facebook page that they will no longer be playing at this year’s Bloodstock Festival. The announcement reads:

Dear friends and fiends,

Owing to politics we neither understand nor participate in, we have been pulled from the Bloodstock 2016 line up.

Akercocke

Understandably some Akercocke fans have voiced their displeasure at this news, with some of them referring to the festival as being petty and a joke. While the exact reason is unknown to Akercocke being pulled from the billing, it appears that it has something to do with the organisers of Bloodstock trying to keep an illusion of exclusivity as the band have been confirmed to play Damnation in November and will be touring the UK later this year.

At the moment, Bloodstock have not made a statement to as why Akercocke are no longer on the bill.

***UPDATE***

Adam Gregory, one of the organisers of Bloodstock left the following comment on the band’s post:

As much as we would like to answer your questions with our reasons for being forced to cancel the bands appearance, out of respect for the band, we wont air our laundry in public, but rest assured Bloodstock was left without any option on this occasion.

Akercocke online:

http://facebook.com/akercockeofficial

Doom legends Saint Vitus confirmed to celebrate 35th anniversary at Damnation

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

This year, 1st November will be a very special date as it’s the 10th anniversary of the UK’s darkest festival Damnation which brings us onto the second reason why it will be such a special date. The legendary doom metallers Saint Vitus have been confirmed to not only celebrate their 35th anniversay at Damnation Festival in Leeds, but they’ll also be playing their entire album Born Too Late in full.

The Los Angeles-based doom quartet will air the seminal album with other classic tracks on the Jagermeister stage at Leeds University on 1st November, later this year. Saint Vitus join headliners Bolt Thrower and the recently reformed sludge unit Raging Speedhorn on the bill with another 24 bands to be confirmed across four differing stages. Saint Vitus’ guitarist Dave Chandler said:

We are very excited to be performing at the Damnation Festival for the first time and it’s even cooler because we are doing it on our 35th Anniversary tour. Two very kick ass things.

Festival director Gavin McInally added:

Saint Vitus playing Born Too Late, Bolt Thrower playing their only UK show, Raging Speedhorn back with the original singers to play tracks from their two best albums and record ticket sales with only a fraction of the bill announced… To say our 10th birthday bash preparations are coming along nicely would be a massive understatement!

And with one of the planet’s biggest death metal bands and another 23 acts to announce, I think it’s safe to say that Damnation Festival 2014 will not only be the best line-up of the year, but overshadow our previous efforts too.

With the continued support of the fans, we’re going to sell this year out and mark our tenth Damnation in style.

Tickets are available from the following locations for a mere £36 which is an absolute bargain:

http://damnationfestival.co.uk
http://facebook.com/damnationfestival
http://leedstickets.com

Saint Vitus online:

http://saintvitusband.com
http://facebook.com/saintvitusofficial

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Bolt Thrower confirmed for one-off 2014 UK show at Damnation Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 4th February 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Death metal titans Bolt Thrower have been confirmed for their only show of 2014 at Damnation Festival. The Coventry quintet, who haven’t performed on home soil since selling out London’s Forum in 2012, will play the Leeds event on Saturday 1st November, in their only UK appearance for the “foreseeable future”.

The one-off UK show also marks the first time that Bolt Thrower appear at a UK festival, making it one of many highlights at Damnation’s 10 Year Anniversary. At least another 26 bands will be added to the line-up. Vocalist Karl Willetts said

Well, we always knew if we were ever going to play a festival in the UK, it would be Damnation Festival; as we’ve only heard good things about it from mates who’ve been, and other bands who’ve played it.

So we’re chuffed our only UK show of 2014 – and the foreseeable future – will be Damnation’s 10th Anniversary Bash… Grind on.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally added:

In 2005 we asked Bolt Thrower to play Damnation Festival and there hasn’t been a year that’s passed since that we haven’t sent a hopeful enquiry their way so it’s with massive relief and delight that we’re able to announce our absolute first-choice headliner for Damnation Festival. The band are by far and away the most requested group for Damnation Festival so there could not be a more fitting start to out 10th anniversary preparations than to have Bolt Thrower topping the bill.

Tickets for Damnation 2014 are now on sale for the low price of £36 and can be purchased from this location.

Bolt Thrower online:

http://boltthrower.com/

 

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Damnation 2013: Bands you must see!

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11th October 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The days are counting down until Damnation Festival once again lays waste to the city of Leeds with a truly heavy, dark and spectacular line-up. Here’s our list of bands you must go see at this year’s Damnation…

Rotting Christ

Chosen by Iza Raittila.

For those who are fed up with all the gimmicks present in today’s black and death metal scenes, be sure to check out Rotting Christ at this year’s Damnation Festival. These guys prove once and for all that there’s really no need for corpse-paint or fancy, “evil” looking stage-props to put on a great show. They rely solely on their energy and skills as musicians to win over the crowds. You won’t be disappointed.

Carcass

Chosen by Alex Cook.

The legendary Carcass are due to headline this year’s Damnation festival and I have heard from many people that they are the ONLY band that they are bothered about seeing. This in many ways is a shame, but such is the power of a band that so many metal fans grew up listening to. Carcass are easily one of the more accessibly Death metal bands, although suitably graphic in their lyrics, their real strength lies in the accessibility of their riffs and the urge they produce in us to bang our heads with complete abandon. I was listening to my copy of Heartwork recently (on cassette no less) and was struck by the fact that despite it being 10 years old, it still sounds fresh and heavy without being over-bearing. It is an album that leaves on imprint on your musical memory, so that when anyone mentions the band or you hear a snippet of No Love Lost, Embodiment or Doctrinal Expletives to name but a few, you are reminded why you first fell in love with the genre in the first place. That, and Carcass’s new album Surgical Steel is something of a quiet masterpiece. Unpretentious and all-encompassing, it delivers on everything we expect from Carcass which is solid, accessible and memorable material. If you’re still not sure about the merits of Carcass, let them entertain you at Damnation festival. I am certain that even if you just stick your head around the door, you will be enchanted and undoubtedly end up in the pit that ensues whenever Carcass play live.

God Seed

Chosen by Hannah O’Flanagan.

If you’re asking me why you should go and see God Seed, I’ll ask you why you’re attending Damnation at all. Made from the fall out of the Gorgoroth name dispute saga, God Seed is Gaahl and King ov Hell‘s new project that delivers insanely atmospheric black metal as only Gaahl and KoH can. They’ve triumphantly appeared at Wacken and supported Cradle of Filth on their Manticore tour, and I can guarantee the experience of watching God Seed perform will be like no other. Their 2012 debut I Begin is a good place to start if you still don’t believe me. But stand before the infernal glory of God Seed and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Vallenfyre

Chosen by Alex Cook.

Vallenfyre are also a band to look out for at Damnation. They are something of a super-group for those whose hearts belong to early 90’s Doom and Death metal, and they do not disappoint. Featuring Gregor Mackintosh from Paradise Lost, Hamish Glencross from My Dying Bride and Adrian Erlandsson of At the Gates, you get the impression from their releases that it is just a bit of fun and that the members are stretching their wings and proving they have a capacity for a genre separate from how they have made their names. Their album A Fragile King’is engrossing and infectious and just pure, crushing, dirty death metal. Tracks such as Desecration, Cathedrals of Dread and A Thousand Martyrs reek of the infamous Boss HM2 pedal which makes any Entombed fan salivate at the mouth and it is used to spectacular effect. Expect nothing but great things if you catch them at Damnation and be sure to pick up a copy of A Fragile King beforehand so your appetite for the old school is suitably whetted.

Dyscarnate

Chosen by Nico Davidson.

No Damnation line-up would be complete without a slab of face-crushing, ear-splitting death metal and that’s exactly what Dyscarnate offer. Be it recorded or live, Dyscarnate‘s crushing use of riffs will utterly abuse you and leaving you begging for more like a glutton for punishment. Having already devastated venues across the UK and toured with bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse and most recently Psycroptic and Hour Of PenanceDyscarnate are at the front of the UK’s death metal and represent everything good about it!

Katatonia

Chosen by Lauren Gowdy.

Although their songs aren’t as fast as a majority of the bands playing Damnation Festival, Katatonia is one band that everyone should check out. Their playing is heavy and slow but filled with so much emotion that it literally will suck you into their set. Not to mention that their stage presence is captivating, and you may either find yourself headbanging slowly along with the riffs or just standing and observing the sheer awesomeness of their set. Anyone who is a fan of Opeth should definitely check out Katatonia because both bands are very similar only difference being that Katatonia does not have as many heavy songs as Opeth. They will be worth sticking around to see towards the end of the day, and I guarantee you will remember their set!

Iron Witch

Chosen by Nico Davidson.

Liverpudlian doom noise mongers Iron Witch are definitely one to keep an eye out for at Damnation this year. Straying from the classic doom sound, the Scouser quintet incorporate hardcore punk vibes and gritty riffs with their doomesque connoction that has helped put themselves on a map. Being relatively young compared to the vast majority of the Damnation line-up and other bands on the British doom scene, Iron Witch have had their fair share of success and I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t reach the same level as Liverpudlian doom overlords Anathema.

Twilight Of The Gods

Chosen by Ian Foster.

One of the many band who will be appearing at the Damnation Festival 2013 are Twilight Of The Gods, a five piece band who were initially formed with the intent of paying tribute to the legendary Bathory and writing music inspired by them. The band have just released their debut album Fire On The Mountain. The band includes members of Primordial, Lock Up, Einherjer, Thyrfing and Aura Noir so there’s some real pedigree involved here and there’s far more than Bathory worship going on. You can definitely hear a lot of influence from the classic metal bands on the Fire On The Mountain album, but after all it’s what the band set out to do. Definitely a band for fans of old school heavy metal to check out at the festival.

[Editor’s note: If you didn’t see Primordial at last year’s Damnation, TOTG are the next best thing]

Damnation Festival will take palce on 2nd November at Leeds University Union. Tickets are available from this location.

Five reasons why you must go to Damnation 2013!

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd October 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

It’s under a month now until 2013’s edition of the UK’s darkest festival Damnation tears Leeds a new one, so Valkyrian Music editor and general Yorkshire patriot Nico Davidson has listed five reasons why you must attend Damnation 2013.

5. Yorkshire!

As you already know, Damnation is hosted in Leeds, West Yorkshire which is another reason that Yorkshire is the best county in all of the UK and of course, Yorkshire has contributed a bit to the history of metal, which pioneering bands such as My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost hailing from Yorkshire, as well as NWOBHM Saxon. Throw in Damnation into the mix and Yorkshire is definitely one of the most metal places in the UK.

If you’re unsure why Yorkshire is great or metal as fuck, then you’re probably a Lancastrian.

4. Value For Money

Given the epic line-up that is gracing this year’s Damnation, which festival director Gavin McInally described as “the best line-up so far”, the event offers a damn lot more for your money than a lot of UK events – Especially at £34 a ticket!

3. The Fourth Stage

So, unless you’ve been living in a hole or under a rock in the middle of Lancashire, you’ll be aware that this year, Damnation has added a fourth stage, which will be a blasphemous temple dedicated to doom and sludge, which means more kick ass bands to go see. Or less bands if doom and sludge aren’t your cup of tea, but they’re mostly likely are.

2. Probably The Heaviest Festival In The UK

Yeah, I said it. Damnation is probably the heaviest festival in the UK, as well as being the darkest. Anyone who’s ever been to Damnation before knows exactly what to expect but if a Damnation virgin and love your music heavy and dark, then this year’s edition is not one to miss! Plus, with it being held in Yorkshire, what more could you ask for… Aside from…

1. Carcass!

So, Carcass recently released their new album, Surgical Steel via Nuclear Blast. So, that means there’ll be a lot of new material as classic tunes that they’ll be blasting out as they lay unholy waste to the Jagermeister stage this year. Of course, if Carcass aren’t your thing then there’s other bands you can get hyped up about, but we’ll discuss that in another article.

Damnation Festival will take place on 2nd November at Leeds University Union. Tickets are priced at the low price of £34 and are available at this location.

Damnation Festival 2012 @ Leeds University

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

My Dying Bride, Belphegor, Vreid
Leeds University, Leeds, West Yorkshire
3rd November 2012

It was a cold day as hundreds, probably thousands of metal fans clad in leather, denim and band shirts made their way to the Leeds University for Damnation, which boasted some of the best bands on the doom, black and death scenes. Before the doors had officially opened, there was already a might horde gathered throughout the area, each one discussing their plans for the day, familiarising themselves with the venue’s layout and buying merch.

I think that Ravens Creed must have pulled the short straw when I was asked to cover their set as Nico interviewed Witchsorrow – Mainly because I’m a fan of symphonic metal. Never the less Ravens Creed offered me the well needed break from the (what seems to be) repetitive symphonic melodies and orchestrations that forms the base symphonic metal, with the heavier use of guitars and death growls that instead of easing you into this year’s Damnation, threw you into the festival’s main concept… Hard, heavy and face-melting metal! Though unable to catch the name of the first three songs the bands third song, Slaughterhouse opens up with quiet heavy guitars before being met by the frontman’s harsh vocals again.  A couple of songs later and free from a speech from the lead vocalist about how some people in the music industry are complete knobhead’s the band begin to play their next song; Stand Up and be Counted, a strong and terrifying song. While being a great band that put on an entertaining performance, I do wonder if they could have done more with their set if they had been on the Terrorizer or Jagermeister stage. Though only on for 30 minutes, Ravens Creed are towards the top of the bands that I really enjoyed both in terms of both performance and music.
[4.5/5 – DE]

After the interview with Necroskull of UK doomsters Witchsorrow, I navigated my way to the Eyesore Stage where they were due to play. By the time I had got there, I struggled to squeeze into the room – It’s nice to see people supporting bands on the smaller stages at festivals, rather than just going for the bigger names. I could barely see Witchsorrow as they began playing but I heard perfectly the unholy anthems of doom that churned out. Combining heavy, droning riffs with a crisp bass sound and haunting vocals, Witchsorrow conjured up a grim, terrifying sound and performed a truly bewitching set – Though the sunlight coming through the windows did ruin the apocalyptic atmosphere of the music.
[3.5/5 – ND]

I’ll admit Hawk Eyes aren’t exactly what I’d consider Damnation material but they proved to be an excellent opener for the Jagermeister stage as they belted out ferocious wailing riffs and destructive rhythm sections while displaying a unique sound as well. Definitely an impressive live act.
[4/5 – ND]

Wodensthrone were one band that I really wanted to see at Damnation and I feel awful that I missed most of their set due to getting lost. However, when I had found the stage they were playing, I was more than pleased with what I was welcomed by. Heavy pounding guitars and an ambiance of grim were offered up by the British black metallers, along with distinct and snarling vocals and cold keyboard symphonies that added to the final touches to the band’s set. A shame that I could barely see them though due to the crowd size!
[4/5 – ND]

Devil Sold His Soul were one of the bands on the line-up that I had actually heard of, I knew nothing about them or their music but was quite looking forward to seeing them perform live and was gutted when we arrived towards the end of their set. This was something shorted lived and the image of what I had of Devil Soul His Soul was the complete opposite to what they we’re like. I was very surprised to learn I was experiencing a post-metal band from London.  Upon the first listen I thought they were akin the likes of Bring Me The Horizon but getting away from that I do feel that they are a talented (and I have started to listen to them since seeing them at Damnation). I do feel that they have a lot of potential to become as big as the other names in the post-metal scene. Their performance was good though there wasn’t much crowd interaction and I feel that they were average while on stage – Nothing that you could complain about but yet nothing that would blow you away!
[3/5 – DE]

Winterfylleth were another band I’d wanted to catch after hearing a number of great things said about them at Warhorns Festival earlier this. I can see why they’re reading as one of the finest black metal bands on the UK’s underground scene. Aside from packing a full-on assault of vicious riffs and ethereal screams, the band know how to keep a crowd entertained as well when on stage. Unfortunately I hadn’t had the chance to watch the full set due to an interview with Vreid but hopefully, they’ll be appearing again at Damnation in the future.
[4/5 – ND]

I’ve been a casual listener of Vreid for the past few years and have always wanted to know how their live sound would compare to their studio work. Well, I was more than pleased when their terrifyingly brutal live sound was just as good, if not better than their studio work. As the light show corresponded acutely with Vreid’s use of snarling vocals and raw, gritty riffs, especially during the performances of songs such as Speak Goddamnitt and Pitch Black, I found myself mesmerised by their lively performance. Other tracks such as Raped By Light went down a treat with the fans as well due to the sheer heavy assault of barbaric drums and screeching riffs.
[4.5/5 – ND]

Being a fan of Celtic-styled music (be it proper Celtic folk or just Celtic-orientated metal such as Cryptic Age or Celtachor or Cruachan), I was stupidly excited to see Primordial and I can safely say that i was not let down by the Irish metallers. As frontman AA Nemtheanga put it “We are in the eye of the great storm” and he was correct as Primordial unleashed a blasphemous performance of Celtic elements and violent riffs upon an unsuspecting horde of metalheads. The darkened lightshow only added to the unholy sounds that Primordial churned out with unrelenting fury.
[4/5 – ND]

Opening up their Hadean set with Kneel Til Doomsday, Yorkshire doomsters My Dying Bride proceeded to entrance the packed out crowd at Jagermeister Stage with their unique blend of droning riffs and cold vocals, while the violins and keyboards added to the tragic flavourings of the band’s tragic sounds of the music. Aaron looked like some ethereal prophet of doom as he worked his vocal magic. One surprising part about their set was the performance of To Remain Tombless – A great song but it doesn’t strike me as a fan favourite but it still eased its way into Bride’s set like depression easing its way into one’s soul. The performance of Like Gods Of The Sun was a truly mystifying one, while their performance of The Dreadful Hours was more akin to haunting, which was a magnificent way to end their set at Damnation.
[5/5 – ND]

After seeing My Dying Bride, I headed straight to the Terrorizer stage to catch the rest of Belphegor’s set as I’d really wanted to see them but sadly they clashed with MDB. I think I got my hopes up a bit too much as I didn’t think much of Belphegor’s set. As I arrived at the Terrorizer stage, there was a cold and hellish wind blowing into the room as I was greeted by the aggressive stylings of Belphegor, though it wasn’t enough to entice me to stay interested in their performance. While they are a talented band, I found myself bored with their performance. The drums sounded tinny in sections and while blasphemous riffs and vocals were belted out aplenty, the performance just didn’t match up to their studio work (of which I am a huge fan of), and the faux-gruff voice of the frontman in between songs wasn’t quite as comical as the crowd found it to be – If anything, it was irritating. Never the less, the crowd enjoyed them and that’s what matters.
[2.5/5 – ND]

The heavy droning that was Electric Wizard’s set was one that took me by surprise. Having never been familiar with Electric Wizard, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The use of cinematic images in the background intrigued me as Jus Oborn’s vocals echoed hauntingly across the room, carried on the gloomy riffs like a raven on the wind. It was hard to not become entranced with Electric Wizard’s unique brand of doom metal as the dark riffs and hypnotic percussion came out so enchanting. My only regret is not being familiar enough with Electric Wizard’s music to truly appreciate the artistic value of their performance.
[5/5 – ND]

Well, it was one hell of a day and the early train ride to Leeds was well worth it. Damnation is definitely up there in our top five events of 2012, so we’ll gladly be raising a pint to Damnation 2013, which can’t come soon enough!

Nico Davidson & Danielle Eley.

Amateur photography by Danielle Eley.

Damnation sponsored by Peaceville Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Peaceville Records is proud to announce that, to coincide with celebrating 25 years of the label’s existence, we will be joining forces with Yorkshire’s own Damnation festival, as sponsoring partners. Damnation Festival, based in Leeds, UK, has brought a high-caliber of extreme metal’s finest & most diverse acts from around the globe to the north of England since launching in 2005.

Representing Peaceville on the night will be local doom heroes and heroine My Dying Bride – themselves a long-standing act on the label over a 20 year period of metallic tyranny – as the band return to the stage in support of their upcoming album due on Peaceville.

Since its inception in 1987, Peaceville Records has brought consistent quality & evolution to the metal universe, from early crust punk releases, to the death metal of Autopsy & At the Gates, through the black metal of Darkthrone, to being a leader of the gothic doom movement with the ‘Peaceville 3’; namely Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride & Anathema – all cementing the label’s legendary reputation as the home of doom. Later years saw numerous internationally renowned acts such as Katatonia & Opeth brought to the fold, & more recently the UK’s own Cradle of Filth.

“Damnation Festival are thrilled to be partnering up with Peaceville Records for the 2012 edition of the festival. It’s a killer label with an amazing history and we wish them a very happy birthday. Damnation fans will benefit from this fantastic partnership in the form of a free CD sampler featuring some of the best Peaceville tracks from the past two and half decades. There will be 2000 samplers on offer, so don’t forget to collect one alongside the complimentary programme courtesy of Terrorizer magazine. Here’s to the next 25!”