Battle Beast Announces European Tour Dates With Arion

Enormously successful European headline tours, gigs in Russia and Asia, North American tours as support to Sabaton, Kamelot, Delain and Leaves’ Eyes, as well as countless festival appearances worldwide; the “Bringer Of Pain” touring cycle let these Finnish heavy metallers visit places that some other bands can only dream of. After playing around 200 shows in support of their latest record, the band is now recording their fifth, yet-untitled studio album. Doubtlessly, its release will once again be accompanied by touring all around the globe to present the group’s new ass-kicking hymns. That’s why Battle Beast are pleased to announce the first leg of their 2019 touring cycle today! Kicking off on April 2nd at Forum Bielefeld, Germany the run will come to an end after 33 shows on May 12th at Parkteatret in Oslo, Norway. The full itinerary can be found below.

Vocalist Noora Louhimo states “Battle Beast has created itself a shiny new skin and we’re showing it off with pride. With music more theatrical and empowering than ever before, we’re taking our listeners to brand new emotional and musical landscapes. This will be an adventure that just needs to be experienced live!”

Support on this roughly 6-week run will come from Helsinki, Finland based modern power metallers Arion, who will be presenting tracks from their brand new, second full-length studio album titled “Life Is Not Beautiful” (October 19, 2018), among others.

Adds Noora, “Arion is one of our absolute favourite new bands with a great future ahead of them. It’s an honour for us to be able to take these guys on their first big tour!”

More details about Battle Beast’s forthcoming record will be revealed shortly!

02.04. D Bielefeld – Forum
03.04. D Leipzig – Hellraiser
04.04. PL Warsaw – Proxima
05.04. PL Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
07.04. PL Poznan – u Bazyla
08.04. D Berlin – Lido
10.04. D Bochum – Zeche
11.04. D Saarbrücken – Garage
12.04. D Nuremberg – Hirsch
13.04. D Mannheim – Delta Metal Meeting
14.04. A Vienna – Szene
16.04. CH Pratteln – Z7
17.04. I Milan – Legend Club
18.04. F Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
19.04. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
20.04. E Madrid – But
21.04. E Sevilla – Custom
23.04. P Lisbon – Lisboa ao Vivo
25.04. E Bilbao – Santana 27
26.04. F Toulouse – Le Connexion
27.04. F Clermont-Ferrand – La Coopérative de Mai
28.04. F Paris – Le Trabendo
30.04. UK London – The Dome
01.05. NL Leiden – Gebr. De Nobel
03.05. D Munich – Backstage
04.05. D Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
05.05. B Vosselaar – Biebob
07.05. D Hanover – MusikZentrum
08.05. D Hamburg – Markthalle
09.05. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
10.05. S Gothenburg – Pustervik
11.05. S Stockholm – Klubben
12.05. N Oslo – Parkteatret

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Abigorum Premiere New Song “The Darkness of Aeon” From Upcoming New Album “Spectral Shadows”

Saint Petersburg, Russia based ambient black metal, and doom metal unit Abigorum premiere a new song entitled “The Darkness of Aeon”, taken from their upcoming new album “Spectral Shadows”, which will be released in a jewel-case CD edition with a 6-page booklet by GrimmDistribution (Ukraine) and Death Portal Studio (USA).

Check out now “The Darkness of Aeon” below.

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Within Temptation To Release New Album, “Resist” In December

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Sharon Den Adel of Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation revealed that the band will release their seventh album, “Resist,” on December 14th via Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Germany.

Speaking about the record, vocalist Sharon Den Adel tells Metal Hammer: “Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like then roughen the whole thing up as much as we could, allowing us to shape a new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our new take on metal; our way of giving a fresh lease of life to the rebellious edge of modern music.”

The band will be promoting the release of the album with a lengthy European tour, which features the following dates:

October 11 – Grand Hall Siberia – Krasnoyarsk, Russia
October 13 – House Of Culture – Novosibirsk, Russia
October 15 – Kosmos – Yekaterinenburg, Russia
October 17 – Milo Club – Nizhny Nivgorod, Russia
October 18 – Stadium Club – Moscow, Russia
October 19 – A2 – St. Petersburg, Russia
October 20 – Metro Areena – Espoo, Finland
October 22 – The Annex – Stockholm, Sweden
October 23 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway
October 24 – Valby Hallen – Copenhagen, Denmark
October 26 – Sala Ziemi – Poznan, Poland
October 27 – Torwar – Warsaw, Poland
November 9 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
November 10 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
November 11 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
November 13 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
November 16 – Le Zénith – Paris, France
November 17 – Lotto Arena – Antwerp, Belgium
November 19 – Palladium – Cologne, Germany
November 20 – Rockhal – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
November 21 – Samsung Halle – Zürich, Switzerland
November 24 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 25 – MartiniPlaza – Groningen, Netherlands
December 8 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany
December 9 – Mehr! Theater – Hamburg, Germany
December 11 – Forum Karlin – Prague, Czech Republic
December 12 – Tüskecsarnok – Budapest, Hungary
December 13 – Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
December 15 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
December 16 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany
December 17 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
December 18 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
December 21 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
December 22 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands

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Within Temptation To Release New Album, “Resist” In December

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Sharon Den Adel of Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation revealed that the band will release their seventh album, “Resist,” on December 14th via Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Germany.

Speaking about the record, vocalist Sharon Den Adel tells Metal Hammer: “Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like then roughen the whole thing up as much as we could, allowing us to shape a new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our new take on metal; our way of giving a fresh lease of life to the rebellious edge of modern music.”

The band will be promoting the release of the album with a lengthy European tour, which features the following dates:

October 11 – Grand Hall Siberia – Krasnoyarsk, Russia
October 13 – House Of Culture – Novosibirsk, Russia
October 15 – Kosmos – Yekaterinenburg, Russia
October 17 – Milo Club – Nizhny Nivgorod, Russia
October 18 – Stadium Club – Moscow, Russia
October 19 – A2 – St. Petersburg, Russia
October 20 – Metro Areena – Espoo, Finland
October 22 – The Annex – Stockholm, Sweden
October 23 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway
October 24 – Valby Hallen – Copenhagen, Denmark
October 26 – Sala Ziemi – Poznan, Poland
October 27 – Torwar – Warsaw, Poland
November 9 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
November 10 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
November 11 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
November 13 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
November 16 – Le Zénith – Paris, France
November 17 – Lotto Arena – Antwerp, Belgium
November 19 – Palladium – Cologne, Germany
November 20 – Rockhal – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
November 21 – Samsung Halle – Zürich, Switzerland
November 24 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 25 – MartiniPlaza – Groningen, Netherlands
December 8 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany
December 9 – Mehr! Theater – Hamburg, Germany
December 11 – Forum Karlin – Prague, Czech Republic
December 12 – Tüskecsarnok – Budapest, Hungary
December 13 – Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
December 15 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
December 16 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany
December 17 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
December 18 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
December 21 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
December 22 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands

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Krokus Announces “Adios Amigos” Farewell Tour

Swiss heavy metal legends Krokus has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining world tour, dubbed “Adios Amigos.” The band has stressed that they will not be reuniting once the tour is done and have posted the following statement:

“Since 1975, Krokus stands for honest, handmade, quality power rock. No other Swiss Rock Band sells their albums and their back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. More than 15 million records sold, worldwide tours, gold and platinum in the US and Canada. Our Rock milestones can still be found today all across the globe from Australia to the USA, Mexico, Russia, even Japan and China. Krokus video clips are viewed millions of times on YouTube.

“In 1980, the triumphal march began throughout America, Canada and England. The band cemented their reputation and name as a strong, no-frills live band. Unforgettable headlining tours and on the same bills with great bands like AC / DC, Van Halen, Rush, Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, Motörhead, just to name a few. Wild times, big adventures, which brought the band, among other things, the honorary citizenship of Memphis Tennessee. Krokus were also the first Swiss band to sell-out the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 1982.

“But there was also death, illness and internal disputes that drove the band to the brink of destruction. Then, in 2008 the big comeback. The story of Krokus is unique. Marked by ups and downs. From grandiose stadium concerts to sweaty club gigs. We overcame trends, insidious US managers, harsh splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, lousy fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies, and hypocritical advisors.

“During our remarkable career, Krokus rocked more than 2000 shows on five continents – different cities, unique locations, crazy gigs and loyal fans. This long journey ends with our Adios Amigo Tour.

“Krokus shows have always been special and should stay that way. That’s why we decided to stop when it’s still really good. That’s how the fans should remember us. Unlike other bands that are on their eternal ‘farewell tour’, we will keep our word and pull the plug at the end of 2019, handing over the Rock Magic Wand to the youngsters.”

In addition, the band members have issued personal statements.

Marc Storace: “We look forward to a grandiose 2019 Adios Amigos World Tour with the final highlight in Switzerland.”

Fernando von Arb: “We have signed reciprocally contracts with each other that it really is over. We will stick to that. Every party has to end eventually.”

Chris von Rohr: “It was an unparalleled journey with all the ups and downs rock life has to offer. Now we are looking forward to the final lap of honor and will give it our all once more. We owe that to ourselves and our fans. The 7th of December, 2019 will be unforgettable as it was on the 27th of March 1982. “

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Six Feet Under To Play “Longest Ever Death Metal Set” In Russia

Death metal veterans Six Feet Under has announced that their upcoming show in Moscow, their first in Russia, will see them perform longer than any death metal band. A statement from vocalist Chris Barnes reads as follows:

“Six Feet Under fans in Russia, our set list for our concert on October 27th in Moscow will mark the longest performance in the history of Death Metal. ?25 songs? – over 1 hour 30 min of music!

“So very happy and honored to have been invited to Moscow,” continues Barnes. “This marks Six Feet Under’s first appearance in Russia and we are gonna give all our fans who have been waiting to see us the best damn death metal show of their lives! See you soon friends!”

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Mantar Teases New Music Video, “Taurus”

German black/doom/punk chimera Mantar will release their third studio album The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze on August 24th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album here, and check out a teaser for the upcoming “Taurus” music video below.

Mantar have achieved more in five years than most bands twice their age and size. The product of a twenty year friendship between guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, theirs is a success story born entirely of one thing: hard work, with three albums, an EP and a live release already to their name. Releasing their 2014 Svart Records debut Death By Burning, an uncompromising clash of stripped-back punk attitude and metal intensity to instant critical acclaim, the band toured relentlessly, gracing stages the world over, including the hallowed likes of Roadburn, Wacken Open Air and Maryland Deathfest. They used 2016’s Ode To The Flame, their Nuclear Blast Records debut, to further build upon their incendiary live reputation, conquering not only Europe and the US, but Russia, Japan and South Africa.

Now, following a brief period of repose which saw Hanno move to Florida, Mantar return with The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, a short, sharp shock that hones the hungry riffs and breath-taking pace of their previous records. “We skipped the bullshit,” explains Hanno. “I wanted 3 or 4 minute songs; bam, bam, bam. Every song different, catchy – that’s what rock and roll is about.”

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Death/Black metallers Hate from Poland sign to Metal Blade Records

– July 12th, 2018 –

First new song now available

Photo credit: Daniel Rusilowicz

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Hate, the glorious death/black metal force hailing from Warsaw, Poland.

Hate have been praised by press and fans alike for years for creating lacerating and dark music, proven best on their current album, Tremendum (2017). The album saw ATF Sinner (vocals, guitars) utilize the dark aspects of the mystic and arcane Slavonic folklore to explore themes both personal and impersonal. It is an album that is relatable at first listen, but that is hard to fully know.

In 2018, we find Hate as ever, advancing. In preparation for what might be their most fruitful endeavor so far, to collaborate with the home of American metal, Metal Blade Records. “‘You are judged by the company you keep’, the saying goes – and if that is true, then we shall be judged extremely favourably. We are very proud to announce our signing to Metal Blade Records, a label that is as synonymous with metal as the invention of the distortion pedal. This signing could not have come at a better timing, as it coincides with an opening of a new chapter in the band’s history. Beginning with the release of 2017′s ‘Tremendum’, Hate has been on a journey towards new, even darker horizons, and we’re confident that this step will help us in reaching these goals. Our first collaboration is already well underway and plans have already been laid down to enter the studio in December of this year, with a tentative release date for mid-2019. Come, bear witness and join us on this journey”, comments the band’s front-man ATF Sinner.

Check out the pre-production for the new Hate song, “Path To Arken”, at: youtube.com/watch?v=nc6xztTHK5M

Watch Hate on their world tour, which is kicking off tomorrow at In Flammen Open Air! See below for all dates.

Hate live:
July 13 – Torgau, Germany – In Flammen Open Air
July 14 – Essen, Germany – Turock
July 15 – Chepelle Lez Herlaimont, Belgium – Le Cercle
July 16 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Musicon
July 17 – Paris, France – Le Klub
July 18 – Nantes, France – Le Ferraileur
July 20 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
July 21 – Barcelona, Spain – Move Your Fucken Brain
July 22 – Nice, France – Altherax Music
July 23 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metal Days Open Air
Aug. 10 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Open Air
Aug. 25 – Coventry, UK – Arches
Aug. 27 – London, UK – Black Heart
Aug. 28 – Southampton, UK – Talking Heads
Aug. 29 – Brighton, UK – The Green Door Store
Aug. 30 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion
Aug. 31 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sept. 1 – Leeds, UK – Temple of Boom
Sept. 2 – Edinburgh, UK – Heavy Scotland Open Air
Sept. 13 – Kiev, Ukraine – Bingo
Sept. 15 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – Opera
Sept. 16 – Moscow, Russia – Rock House
Sept. 17 – Yaroslav, Russia – Szhao Da
Sept. 18 – Novosibirsk, Russia – Podzemka
Sept. 19 – Krasnoyarsk, Russia – The Moods
Sept. 20 – Irkutsk, Russia – Rock’n Roll Pub
Sept. 21 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Noise Metal Fest
Sept. 22 – Tianuin, China – Party Live
Sept. 23 – Shanghai, China – Bandai Namco Base
Sept. 25 – Hangzou, China – Mao Live House
Sept. 27 – Osaka, Japan – Shinsaibashi Soma
Sept. 28 – Nagoya, Japan – Rad Hall
Sept. 29 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone

Hate line-up:
ATF Sinner – vocals, guitars
Pavulon – drums
Apeiron – bass (session)
Domin – guitar (session)

Hate online:
https://www.facebook.com/HATEOFFICIAL
https://www.instagram.com/hateofficial/
https://twitter.com/HATEBand
https://www.youtube.com/user/hatepoland

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Initial “Farewell” Tour Dates

Following the announcement yesterday that British heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a final world tour, dubbed his “Farewell” tour, the singer has announced the first batch of dates for the trek, which will see him perform in a variety of countries from Mexico to Russia. Although several venues and in some cases cities has yet to be confirmed, Ozzy will kick off the tour, which is expected to last into 2020 with the following shows:

May 5 – Mexico – TBA
May 8 – Santiago, Chile – TBA
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – TBA
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil – TBA
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil – TBA
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – TBA
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – TBA
June 1 – Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky
June 3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
June 6 – Finland – TBA
June 8 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
June 13 – Prague, Czech Republic – Airport Letnany
June 15 – Paris, France – Download Festival
June 17 – Italy – TBA
June 20 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 – Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival
June 28 – Oberhausen, Germany – König-Pilsnet Arena
June 30 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival
July 2 – Lisbon, Portugal – Meo Arena

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BATUSHKA: Polish black metal legion joins the Metal Blade Records roster

– October 18th, 2017 –

‘Litourgiya’ re-issue to see release November 3rd

Polish black metal legion BATUSHKA are the latest additions to the Metal Blade Records’ US roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name Батюшка means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite their themes and imagery, they are not a Christian band. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members.

Metal Blade will re-issue BATUSHKA‘s Litourgiya full-length, initially released in 2015 in limited quantity via Witching Hour Productions, on November 3rd. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.” In a 4.5/5 rating, Sputnik Music championed the record noting, “Crushing intensity is a term bandied about with gleeful abandon nowadays, but it’s more than applicable when used to describe BATUSHKA‘s brand of Slavonic-influenced black metal. The mysterious nature of the band’s members only finishes off the creation of a truly intriguing entity, but in all honesty ‘Litourgiya‘ has done most of the hard work for them; a violent, devout, moving and sibylline affair, and one that will hopefully in time be revered as such.” No Clean Singing concurred, “The music is dark, heaving, and very heavy – with bombastic outbreaks of wildfire and thunder – and the bleak, majestic melodies are effective at getting under the skin. But what sets the music apart and makes the album especially memorable are the vocals. In addition to the incinerating shrieks that you might expect in a black metal album, you’ll hear reverberating liturgical chants in what I’m told is Church Slavonic – the language used in the Orthodox Church in such places as Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as nations in the Balkan Peninsula.” Nine Circles concurred, “to say BATUSHKA is a band that is able to create layers is an understatement…’Litourgiya‘ is a combination of ancient rites and modern blasts; a work of shocking magnitude that has gone almost unnoticed by the metal community at large,” while Metal Bandcamp hailed, “an excellent piece of work, filled with incredible instrumentality that elevates black metal to new heights.”

Physical pre-orders for Litourgiya are currently available at metalblade.com/batushka


Litourgiya track-listing:
1. Yekteniya I: Ochishcheniye
2. Yekteniya II: Blagosloveniye
3. Yekteniya III: Premudrost’
4. Yekteniya IV: Milost’
5. Yekteniya V: Svyatyy Vkhod
6. Yekteniya VI: Upovanie
7. Yekteniya VII: Istina
8. Yekteniya VIII: Spasenie

Embrace the essence of musical ecstasy, fascination, passion and the urge to create… the substitute of modernity and classical perfection, a road to freedom… It’s a distinct world of sounds lavishing us with all their divine glory, sounds of liberation, sounds of spiritual spheres, sounds of harmony…

BATUSHKA online:
http://www.batushkaofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/Batushkaband

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