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Starkill about to set out on first Euro tour with Amorphis

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Chicago’s Starkill will embark on their first ever European tour this week, supporting Amorphis. The tour starts in Cologne, Germany tomorrow. Full tour dates are available below:

05.11.2013 – (DE) Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.11.2013 – (DE) Bochum, Zeche
07.11.2013 – (DE) Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
08.11.2013 – (DE) Munich, Backstage
09.11.2013 – (DE) Frankfurt, Batschkapp
10.11.2013 – (CH) Geneve, L’Usine
12.11.2013 – (ES) Barcelona, Apolo
13.11.2013 – (ES) Valencia, Rock City
14.11.2013 – (ES) Sevilla, Sala Custom
15.11.2013 – (PT) Lisbon, Paradise Garage
16.11.2013 – (ES) Madrid, But
17.11.2013 – (ES) Bilbao, Kafé Antzokia
19.11.2013 – (FR) Toulouse, Connexion
20.11.2013 – (FR) Paris, Divan Du Monde
21.11.2013 – (DE) SaarbrÙcken, Garage
22.11.2013 – (DE) Dresden, Tante Ju
23.11.2013 – (CZ) Zlin, Winter Masters Of Rock
24.11.2013 – (AT) Vienna, Szene
26.11.2013 – (IT) Milan, Alcatraz
27.11.2013 – (CH) Pratteln, Z7
28.11.2013 – (DE) Osnabrueck, Hyde Park
29.11.2013 – (NL) Uden, De Pul
30.11.2013 – (BE) Vosselaar, Biebob
01.12.2013 – (UK) London, O2 Academy Islington
03.12.2013 – (NL) Haarlem, Patronaat
04.12.2013 – (DE) Hamburg, Markthalle
05.12.2013 – (DK) Odense, Posten
06.12.2013 – (SE) Gothenburg, Brewhouse
07.12.2013 – (NO) Oslo, John Dee
08.12.2013 – (SE) Stockholm, Klubben

While most of their peers were listening to and playing to the “core” US-based bands, the members of Starkill spent their days cutting their chops to European metal – and the band makes no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves. Inspired by the likes of early Children Of Bodom à la the now classic Hatebreeder and Follow The Reaper, in addition to Nightwish, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir and Dragonforce, Starkill aims to pay homage to these acts, while also putting their own spin on Euro-metal – and their new album, Fires of Life, does just that.

Starkill online:

http://facebook.com/StarKillOfficial

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Turisas w/ support @ 02 Academy Islington, London

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by vmteam

Astrohenge, Revoker and Turisas
02 Academy Islington, London
10th October 2013

After a series of botched attempts to stay all the way throughout a Turisas gig, this would be my third attempt at seeing the Finnish supergroup live in London. Arriving at the O2 Academy Islington late, and wandering up to a sparsely populated floor, I realised I had missed first supporting act Astrohenge. I didn’t particularly want to see either support, to be honest, and actually feel a little bit sorry for groups who need to support a group as highly anticipated as this warpainted northern rabble. The sea of red-and-black faces, plastic Viking helmets and synthetic furs lounging around with beer cups firmly clasped in hand was testament to the fact that everyone was here for one reason, and that any other supporters could get on with it.

Revoker, a band with a frontman whose accent was confusingly Welsh, were up before that, however. They weren’t terrible, either, and had I been less eager to see Turisas I might have fully been able to enjoy them! Aggressive and dangerously charged deathy-thrash is their game, with standard tracks like the brawling Stay Down and the shouty Great Pretender proving enough of a hook to get the crowd fist-pumping, even if no pits were started. For a Welsh band sitting in the shadow of the gargantuan Bullet For My Valentine, their track record is impressive enough: they’ve worked with Skindred and have been previously signed to Roadrunner Records. Well worth a listen in the future- and their ‘just good music’ vibe was certainly an omen of things to come from our headliners…. [3/5]

Turisas– with a fashionably long wait- hit us next, after anguished cries of ‘Battle Metal!?’ echoed around the room for half an hour. Opening the set tonight was a track from their latest album (the oddly named Turisas2013) For Your Own Good. A powerful song in its own right, the sound was impeccable and Turisas’ entrance met with a swelling crowd – however, it was clear that the songs from their latest album aren’t their strongest or most well received in the flesh. Musically, songs from Turisas2013 sound great- solid, catchy, jumpy and more hard-rock than metal- but seeing the band live leaves little doubt that their real power is behind the grittier, harsher songs of previous albums. A Portage to the Unknown followed, bombastic, crushing and ridiculous like the Turisas we know and love, and the place went crazy for the anthemic To Holmgard and Beyond, which induced the most intense jumping I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. But new releases Ten More Miles and Piece by Piece, whilst good songs, lacked the same energy. Picking up the pace from the new album, and a song that I had hoped would be performed live as it truly is a ‘live song’, was Greek Fire, undoubtedly Turisas2013’s most ‘metal’ track, rising and falling in a roaring crescendo and sparking a whirl of flying bodies across the floor. Another odd one, which didn’t get the reception I was hoping for, was No Good Story Ever Stars With Drinking Tea, a fun little drinking jig that translated well on stage; penultimately, ‘We Ride Together’ was a soaring, feel-good tune and was the last of the new tracks to be showcased. However, matched with the epic As Torches Rise and One More, there was no contest as to what was most preferred.

The setlist for the night provided a varied crowd with a range of songs to choose from- old school fans like me and new converts both got a healthy mix- and with Turisas as energetic on stage as ever, Mathias gliding around the stage and throwing punches to the air, the show was of little fault. Telling, however, was that the lulls in the night (if you could call them that when the crowd was still chanting and singing) were from the new album. [4/5]

Jon Geirson

Chthonic announced as main support to Satyricon on 36 date Euro tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Symphonic orient metallers Chthonic have been announced as main support on Satyricon‘s 36-date European tour which will kick off on 7th November in Copenhagen, Denmark. The tour will see Chthonic visiting a number of European cities as well as their return to the UK since their Download appearance earlier this year. Chthonic‘s bassist Doris Yeh comments:

This is our first European tour following the release of our current album, Bu-Tik, and it’s great to be able to visit so many places. For some countries, like Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Spain, it will be the first time Chthonic has been there, so we are very excited to play for those fans we haven’t had the chance to reach in the past.

UK tour dates are as follow:

SUN 10 NOVEMBER / ACADEMY 3/ MANCHESTER
MON 11 NOVEMBER / THE LIMELIGHT / BELFAST
TUE 12  NOVEMBER / BUTTON FACTORY / DUBLIN
THU 14 NOVEMBER / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON / LONDON

Chthonic online:

http://www.CHTHONIC.tw
http://facebook.com/CHTHONIC
http://facebook.com/CHTHONICtw
http://youtube.com/CHTHONICtw

 

Turisas release new track from Turisas2013 titled For Your Own Good

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Turisas, famed for their Viking-esque metal and tongue-in-cheek attitude have a new album to be released on our shores. Turisas2013 marks a new era for the band and shows more diversity than their previous releases.

Mathias Nygård (vocals) says what For Your Own Good means for him:

Turisas2013 is a very diverse album, it has some of the heaviest and fastest tracks that we’ve ever done, but For Your Own Good comes more from the lighter end. It’s a very catchy song and we hope you’ll enjoy the track that we picked to give you a very first taste of the many flavours to come.

Turisas2013 was for the most part recorded in a remote house near Helsinki by Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström, which I think you’ll agree is the best way to do it. Additional recordings to complete the album were undertaken in 3 other studios which included: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, which are both in Helsinki and a lot of vocals and numerous additional elements were tracked at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where Turisas also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight.

The mixing and mastering of the album was handled by Metal extraordinaire Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost B.C., Cathedral, Primordial, Ulver). in London at Orgone Studios and will undoubtedly be very impressive.

Turisas will be appearing at many festivals throughout the summer, so be sure to catch them. When Turisas2013 is released, an extensive European tour will follow including Heidenfest 2013 and a UK tour where they will be headlining.

Turisas2013 is scheduled for a release on 23rd August in Finland and G/A/S and 26th August in Europe while UK will follow up 2nd September and North America 3rd September.

The complete track listing of the upcoming album ‘Turisas2013’ is as follows:

1. For Your Own Good
2. Ten More Miles
3. Piece by Piece
4. Into The Free
5. Run Bhang-Eater, Run!
6. Greek Fire
7. The Days Passed
8. No Good Story Ever Starts With Drinking Tea
9. We Ride Together

Catch Turisas live at the following shows:

24.07.2013 (SLO) Tolmin – Metal Days

26.07.2013 (DE) Chemnitz – Rock im Betonwerk

17.08.2013 (SE) Falun – Sabaton Open Air

31.08.2013 (DE) Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Metal Open Air

Heidenfest 2013

Turisas w/ Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Suidakra + special guests (tba)

Metal Hammer, Legacy, Blast!, Musix, Noiseletter, XtraX, Metalnews present:

20.09.2013 (DE) Leipzig – Hellraiser

21.09.2013 (DE) Giessen – Hessenhallen **, ***

22.09.2013 (DE) Antwerp – Trix *, ***

23.09.2013 (F) Paris – Bataclan

24.09.2013 (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage

25.09.2013 (DE) Milan – Live Club

26.09.2013 (CH) Lausanne – Docks

27.09.2013 (DE) Geiselwind – Musichall **, ***

28.09.2013 (DE) Munich – Backstage **, ***

29.09.2013 (CH) Pratteln  – Z7

30.09.2013 (DE) Hamburg – Markthalle

01.10.2013 (DE) Berlin – Postbahnhof

02.10.2013 (CZ) Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe ****

03.10.2013 (AT) Vienna – Arena

04.10.2013 (DE) Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn **, ***

05.10.2013 (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle *, **, ***

06.10.2013 (NL) Tilburg – O13 *, ***

Extended show bands:

* Heidevolk
** Riger, Gernotshagen
*** Winterstorm
**** without Ensiferum

Check the official Heidenfest website for more info and get your tickets here.

UK headlining:

08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
09.10.2013 (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester – Club Academy

Turisas2013 is the first album showcasing their current line-up, which is as follows:

Mathias Nygård – vocals
Jussi Wickström – guitar
Olli Vänskä – violin
Robert Engstrand – keyboards
Jaakko Jakku – drums
Jesper Anastasiadis – bass

Turisas online:

http://www.turisas.com
https://www.facebook.com/turisas
https://twitter.com/turisasofficial
http://www.youtube.com/turisasofficial

Jettblack to play co-headline UK tour with Crashdiet

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

UK rockers, Jettblack, will join forces with Swedish sleaze rockers, Crash Diet, for a string of UK dates in April.

Following the success of Jettblack’s recent headline UK tour, the band are itching to hit the road again, and are delighted to share the stage with former Spinefarmlabel-mates, Crash Diet.

The dates are as follows,with 3 further support acts to be added…

23.04.12    NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy
24.04.12    SHEFFIELD – O2 Academy
25.04.12    BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
26.04.12    NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
27.04.12    LONDON – O2 Islington Academy

A 10-track mini-album, Less Talk, More Thrust, featuring rare, unreleased & reworked Jettblack material, will be released in support of the tour.

In addition, Les-Fest – Scotland’s award-winning rock & metal festival – have announced Jettblack to play the main-stage on June 30th 2013; Les-Fest willtake place at Valley International Park, Crossford, Lanarkshire.

Tickets are available from this location.

Furthermore, Jettblack will play support to Thin Lizzy at the O2 Academy, Leeds; the show, on December 16th, will be a one-off opening slot as part of Thin Lizzy’s November/DecemberUK tour.

You can purchase tickets from this location.

Meanwhile,  Jettblack frontman, Will Stapleton, has joined the cast of Jeff Wayne’smusical version of The War of The Worlds – Alive On Stage! for The New Generation Arena Tour, performing the role of The Voice Of Humanity.

Tickets available from this location.

Jettblack’s sophomore album, Raining Rock, is out now via Spinefarm Records.

Malefice Announce New Tour Dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd April 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Malefice have announced a lengthy UK tour kicking off in Manchester on September 19, 2012

The Perseverance Tour dates are as followed:

September 2012

19th MANCHESTER – Roadhouse
21st  BIRMINGHAM – Academy 3
22nd LEICESTER – Soundhouse
23rd GLASGOW – ABC 2
24th NEWCASTLE – Academy 2
25th LIVERPOOL – Academy 2
26th YORK – Stereo
27th CARDIFF – Bogiez
28th LONDON – Islington Academy 2
29th WEYMOUTH – Pavillion
30th SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners

October 2012

2nd PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit

Prior to the Perseverance Tour, Malefice will play three shows at the start of June 2012. The dates are as followed:
MALEFICE

June 2012

1st RUGBY – The Vaults
2nd COLCHESTER – Arts Centre (with Fei Komodo)
3rd ANDOVER – The George

Later in June, Malefice will join labelmates Unearth for four shows. See them at the following dates:

June 2012

18th SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners
19th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
20th LONDON – Underworld (with Malevolent Creation)
21st CARDIFF – The Great Hall

In related news, Malefice will release Omega, the track they recorded recently with Marus Hanemann, on April 24th, 2012.  All profits will go to the Bobby Moore Fund for cancer research. You can pre-order the track here.