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Sabaton announce several UK tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 15th June 2014 by Pieni

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Last month, Sabaton‘s seventh studio album “Heroes” hit the stores. Now the Swedes themselves will hit the stages to introduce it to you live, bringing along Korpiklaani and Týr. UK will have a full leg on this European tour, happening on the following dates (click links for tickets):

Nov 28th – Norwich, Waterfront
Nov 29th – Brighton, Concorde 2
Nov 30th – Plymouth, White Rabbit
Dec 2nd – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 3rd – Weymouth, Pavilion
Dec 5th – Glasgow, QMU
Dec 6th – Dublin, Academy
Dec 7th – Belfast, Limelight
Dec 8th – Manchester, Ritz
Dec 9th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

2015
Jan 12th – London, Forum

Pär Sundström, bass player and founding member, commented: “Finally we can reveal our plans for UK this year! We love to play a lot of shows and we love to see a sweaty sold out club everywhere! Sabaton always brings a good party wherever we go and when we take Korpiklaani and Týr with us for this run its certain that we will leave no city untouched”.

Sabaton online:
http://www.sabaton.net
http://facebook.com/sabaton
http://www.twitter.com/sabaton
http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

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Korpiklaani w/Support @ Club Academy, Manchester

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 11th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Korpiklaani, Metsatöll and Andraste
Club Academy, Manchester
2nd February 2013

Part of Korpiklaani’s extensive European tour, in support of the new album, Manala, brought them to the Manchester Academy – More specifically Club Academy – with their touring support Metsatöll. At the beginning of the part, before the local support act, Andraste began their set, the venue looked empty with the handful of bodies in there though the crowd soon doubled, tripled and more in size.

Manchester’s own folk metal act Andraste opened up the night, with some significant changes since I’d last seen them play almost a year ago. The addition of the violinist, whose name escapes me, added an extra layer of folk-infused sounds to their already domineering northern Celtic sound. The northern war band played a number of catchy tunes, blasting out their heathen ballads of days and myths gone by with expert precision. The folk-choir vocals performed by four members of the band during in some of the songs provided efficient reinforcements for the blistering guitar riffs and storming percussion that thundered like Taranis’ wheel. The folkier elements, conjured by Coll Féchin, added a touch of easier listening to the war-like anthems and added emphasis to Atticus’ guttural and haunting growls. One thing about Andraste’s set that really did catch me off guard though was the newer material that was inclined towards the progressive side of the band’s sound but it still proved to be enjoyable, almost breath taking. Andraste certainly lived up to their Celtic deity’s namesake that night as they sent their heavy, folktastic anthems screaming forth unto the horde that was amassing. [4/5]

Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of Metsatöll’s set due to an attempted interview with the headliners, Korpiklaani. By the time I was back into the area where the band were playing, they were already progressing through their set with the crowd warmed up them greatly. I hadn’t check the band out before the gig so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect though I’d heard good things about Metsatöll but those good things didn’t do the Estonian metallers justice. For want of a better word, their set was truly majestic, displaying a beautiful fusion of heavy guitar playing and the more melodic folk-inspired sounds of the flutes and bagpipes. The vocals had a mystifying quality to them – A quality that entwined itself within the strength of the vocals, helping to add that extra oomph to the band’s performance. Hopefully Metsatöll will come back to British shores again in the future. [4.5/5]

With the crowd whipped into a near-violent frenzy, Korpiklaani took their respective places on the stage. The Finnish metal outfit proved to be entertaining enough, blasting out their accordion-and-violin plastered songs with a waterfall of charisma and energy flowing from the frontman, Jonne. The vocals were quite gruff throughout the set but that added more feeling to the songs, especially some of the darker sounding ones and suited the drinking songs (like Vodka) extremely well. The riffs were a strong, driving force throughout the band’s performance, going toe-to-toe with the violin and accordion, as well as the heavy, boisterous drum work. The insanely fun to jig along to song Vodka proved to be a crowd favourite until the sound cut out, though that was no fault of Korpiklaani’s. The highlight of their set, for me, was the performance of the leek spinning song, properly known as Ievan Polka. The band certainly made that song their own that night in Manchester. [4/5]

Between three great bands and a lot of drunken pits and alcohol-influenced jigs, mostly encouraged by Korpiklaani, I think it’s safe to say that it was one hell of a gig and certainly is going to rate as one of the most memorable gigs of the year and possibly the next decade.

Nico Davidson

Photography by Nico Davidson. Pictures of the entire gig can be found atthis location.

Norderobring announced as local support for I AM I

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Epic Scottish folk metal sextet Norderobring have been confirmed as local support for ex-Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart’s I Am I at Stereo in Glasgow on 28th March. Details of the event can be found here.

 

Korpiklaani UK tour kicks off tonight

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 31st January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The UK leg of Korpiklaani’s European tour, in support of their new album Manala, kicks off tonight in Norwich at the OPEN Concert Venue. The band are being supported by Metsatoll on the full European tour, with local support at the Glasgow (Morlich) and Manchester (Andraste) shows.

UK tour dates are as followed:

2013-01-31 Norwich (Open)
2013-02-01 Glasgow (Classic Grand)
2013-02-02 Manchester (The Academy)
2013-02-03 Dublin (Button Factory)
2013-02-04 London (Underworld)

 

Five reasons to see Korpiklaani on their UK tour

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , on 14th January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In less than a month, Finnish folk metal legends Korpiklaani will be bringing their vodka flavoured brand of folk metal to the UK, alongside Metsatoll. So, here’s our list of five reasons why you should go see them!

5. Shows Are Almost Sold Out

Yup, that’s right folks. According to our sources, tickets for each show are flying off the proverbial shelves like hotcakes. So, it would be wise to get your tickets now.

4. Drinking Songs!

Even the most casual of listeners will know that Korpiklaani has a number of drinking songs in their back catalogue and what’s more fun that dancing away to songs like Vodka or Beer Beer with a pint in your hand?

3. Local Supports

Okay, so while not every show on the tour has a local support*, the Manchester and Glasgow shows do have local supports opening up and both of them are fantastic acts, so it would be worth getting a ticket to the Glasgow or Manchester shows.

2. Probably Be The BEST Tour of 2013

Yeah, that’s right. We’re already taking bets on it being the best tour of this year – Probably will be the best tour of the decade.

1. It’s Korpiklaani!

And they don’t tour the UK that often!

Tickets for the Korpiklaani/Metsatoll UK tour can be found at the usual ticket retailers. Tickets for the aforementioned Glasgow & Manchester shows can be found at this location.

*Local supports at Glasgow and Manchester are Morlich (Glasgow) and Andraste (Manchester).

Local supports announced for Korpiklaani Manchester and Glasgow shows

Posted in News with tags , , on 22nd November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Korpiklaani will be hitting the road with Metsatoll all over Europe in February and will be hitting the UK for several dates. Local supports have been announce for Korpiklaani’s Manchester and Glasgow dates.

Opening up for Korpiklaani in Manchester will be folk metal outfit Andraste, who are renowned in the north of England for their unique blend of folk elements and hard hitting metal sound, while symphonic black metallers Morlich will be opening up for Korpiklaani in Glasgow.

Tickets are available form the usual outlets and full tour dates are below:

January
30 – Essen, Germany – Turock
31 – Norwich, England – Waterfront

February
1 – Glasgow, Scotland – Classic Grand – With Morlich opening
2 – Manchester, England – The Academy – With Andraste opening
3 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
4 – London, England – Underworld
5 – Colmar, France – Grillen
6 – Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
7 – Rennes, France – Antipode
8 – Cognac, France – West Rock
9 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
10 – Barcelona, Spain – Razz2/Salamandra1
11 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
12 – Lyon, France – CCO
14 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
15 – Chur, Switzerland – Palazzo
16 – Reggio Emilia, Italy – Tempo Rock
17 – Turin, Italy – Combo@Suoneria
18 – Rome, Italy – Orion
19 – Treviso, Italy – New Age
20 – Maribor, Slovenia – Stuk
21 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
22 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
23 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Westpark

 

Korpiklaani announce European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , on 19th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Following the end of the highly celebrated Heidenfest Tour, Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will be hitting the road over Europe next year in January and February. Support will come from Estonian folk metal band Metsatöll. The headline tour will bring both their classics as well as the enchanting tunes of their latest album, Manala, (out since August 3rd, 2012) onto the European stages – And British fans can rejoice – Unless you live in Wales – as Korpiklaani will also be hitting up the UK on the extensive European tour. You can see the tour dates below.

Tour dates are as followed:

January
30 – Essen, Germany – Turock
31 – Norwich, England – Waterfront

February
1 – Glasgow, Scotland – Classic Grand
2 – Manchester, England – The Academy
3 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
4 – London, England – Underworld
5 – Colmar, France – Grillen
6 – Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
7 – Rennes, France – Antipode
8 – Cognac, France – West Rock
9 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
10 – Barcelona, Spain – Razz2/Salamandra1
11 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
12 – Lyon, France – CCO
14 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
15 – Chur, Switzerland – Palazzo
16 – Reggio Emilia, Italy – Tempo Rock
17 – Turin, Italy – Combo@Suoneria
18 – Rome, Italy – Orion
19 – Treviso, Italy – New Age
20 – Maribor, Slovenia – Stuk
21 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
22 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
23 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Westpark