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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

Korpiklaani w/Support @ Club Academy, Manchester

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

 

Knaat – Die Lichtung

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 10th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

Knaat
Die Lichtung
Released October 2012
Pagan Metal/ Folk Metal
Self-Released

‘Die Lichtung’ is the debut album from the German pagan metal band Knaat. According to their own statement, the band follows in the tradition of folk metal bands such as Equilibrium, Eluveitie, Korpiklaani and Ensiferum.

So after an ‘Intro’ akin to that of the opening credits to a battle scene in some epic movie, we enter folk metal territory with title track ‘Die Lichtung’ causing Knaat to sound like a Germany’s answer to Korpiklaani. It’s accordions galore with some equally catchy metal guitar riffs mixed in along with symphonic keyboards added for that “Ensiferum- twist”. However, it’s not all about the folk instruments, as ‘Unter Heiligen Hufen’ proves that these guys are also skilled guitarists offering some great solos to accompany the vocals and keyboards.

Then it’s time to hit the local tavern for some much needed refreshments as ‘Schenkentanz Intro’ and ‘Schenkentanz’ set the scene for a big feast with a catchy folk metal soundtrack to match. Yes, ‘Schenkentanz’ is one of those infectiously catchy tracks that will have you attempting some random polka dance moves whilst in the middle of a mosh-pit. ‘Sturm auf Windhelm’ features some flutes mixed in with the guitars creating a pleasant sounding blend of folk and metal. Another noteworthy tracks include: the accordion-laden ‘Spielmann’, which is the closest this band come to matching the speed and overall style of their fellow countrymen Equilibrium; and the final chapter of this release ‘Nordmannen’ offering more of the same catchy folk metal with some funny chanting towards end.

So if you’re a fan of Korpiklaani don’t let this album pass you by!

4/5

Iza Raittila

 

Tyr sign to Metal Blade

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce their latest signing, the Faroe Islands natives, Týr! The deal was signed in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, September 12th at the Rainbow. The band are currently on tour with Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow and more. The tour will wrap up this Sunday in Worcester, MA, after which the band will return home to Europe for several shows and to begin production on their next album. Additionally, a video was released on Metal Blade TV in which Brian Slagel interviews the band. The video can be seen now here.

Cruadalach – Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by izaforestspirit

Cruadalach
Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside
Released: February 2011
Folk Metal
Released via Parat Magazine

‘Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside’ is the latest EP from the Czech folk metal band Cruadalach. It was released in the same year as the band’s debut ‘Lead – Not Follow’.

Straight from the bag-pipe and war chant -infused intro ‘Agni’, you know you’re in for a folk metal album. The first track ‘Occident Sun’ offers a hybrid of melodic folk tunes and metal akin to the likes of Skyforger and Pagan Reign. This is not your typical (read Korpiklaani-style) beer-drinking party folk metal, though. Instead there’s a touch of melancholy in the songs mostly due to the violin accompanying the other instruments, which creates a sombre feeling that is audible on tracks such as ‘Pramen Epony’ or the ballad ‘Confession’.

Good thing that they have decided to incorporate bag-pipes, whistles and flutes into the music as well – all of which lighten up the mood a little. Take ‘Heavenly Forge’ for instance, it’s the first track on here with which you can picture yourself dancing or stomping your feet to. There’s something very uplifting about the overall style and speed of that particular track that makes it stand out.

3.5/5 – Not a bad effort, but if you’re new to Cruadalach I would recommend checking out their debut album first.

Iza Raittila

Cruadalach signs booking contract with Austrian agency BLACK LIGHT MUSIC

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by izaforestspirit

The young Czech folk metal band Cruadalach announces signing the new booking contract with the Austrian mailorder/label/agency BLACK LIGHT MUSIC, for a cooperation in western Europe.

Please check their webpage: http://www.black-light-music.com / http://www.black-light-music.com/webshop/Booking

Who are Cruadalach?

Cruadalach plays folk metal with using violin, violoncello, recorders (flutes), shawms and bagpipe, in their original way, blending various styles. Some influences can be seen in “celtic” music, various legends and Czech folk music. Performances are led with very energic frontman – singer and nothing goes from playback, so Cruadalach gets many feedback considering that the band is “damn good live”. Band has eight members.

In less than 3 years of active existence (since autumn 2009), Cruadalach established their position on the metal scene in central Europe. Besides performances in their homeland, band already toured through all neighbouring and other close countries – Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Netherlands….., and played at great events, side by side with many big names in (not only) folk metal (Eluveitie, Arkona, Tyr, Skyforger, Korpiklaani, Equlibrium, Haggard, Moonsorrow, Crimfall, Suidakra), but also with many other great folk metal bands (Percival Schuttenbach, Dalriada, Niburta, Stribog, Avven, Krampus, Panychida, Prarod, Vecordia, Nothgard, Brezno, Northland, Heathen Foray, XIV Dark Centuries, Waylander…).

Please check their webpage: http://www.cruadalach.com/en http://www.cruadalach.com/en/bio.php http://www.cruadalach.com/en/gigs.php

Barren Earth: “THE DEVIL’S RESOLVE” set to be unleashed!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

The Devil’s Resolve is the studio album from the fast-rising Finnish maestros of progressive death and doom metal, Barren Earth.

The sophomore album from the Finnish metal titans is set from release March 12th via Peaceville Records. The new album comes two years after the release of their debut The Curse of the Red River, which made a massive impact upon its release with fans and critics alike. The Devil’s Resolve is said to take the listener across musical landscapes utilising the trademark sounds of Barren Earth including brutal riffs, gloomy growls, with some extra pieces such as… No, not that… Bagpipes (Courtesy of Jaakko Lemmetty from Korpiklaani)! And if that’s not good enough for you… There will also be an appearance of Mathias Lillmåns from Finntroll who shall be providing guest vocals.

Artwork comes courtesy of renowned artist Paul Romano (Mastodon).

Tracklist

Passing of the Crimson Shadows
The Rains Begin
Vintage Warlords
As It Is Written
The Dead Exiles
Oriental Pyre
White Fields
Where All Stories End
Martyrs of Devotion (Special Edition only)
World in Haze (Special Edition only)

To pre-order the new album:

CD-http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/product/261/3518/
Vinyl-http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/product/261/3517/