Ensiferum & Septicflesh Early 2019 North American Tour Announced

Ensiferum and Septicflesh will be touring North America together in January. An additional special guest for the tour is pending with the below run of dates for the trek having been revealed.

01/05 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
01/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
01/07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01/08 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
01/09 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01/10 Toronto, ON – Opera House
01/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
01/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
01/14 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
01/15 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
01/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
01/18 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
01/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01/20 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
01/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
01/22 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
01/23 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
01/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
01/25 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
01/26 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
01/28 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
01/29 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

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Ensiferum announces 2019 North American headlining trek, “Two Paths Of Glory Tour”

– October 16th, 2018 –

After almost four years of absence in the States, Ensiferum has announced a North American headlining tour, featuring Septicflesh as direct support – with another opening band to be announced soon!

Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: “Hi folks! It’s been way too many years since we rocked with our North American warrior brothers and sisters! So early 2019 we will set sails and head to your shores.
And we are not coming alone. We will join forces with a brilliant and ass kicking bands: Septicflesh and a special guest! What a way to start a new year! This tour will leave its mark on the history of metal! So get your ticket in advance and get ready to mosh with us like there is no tomorrow.
Oh! And one more thing: on this tour, we have no chance to play in every city that we would want to, so we are doing our best to return to North America for a second time in 2019.
Stay tuned and see you soon! m/”

Following the trek, Ensiferum will also make an appearance at the “70,000 Tons Of Metal” 2019 cruise. See below for all dates!

Two Paths Of Glory Tour dates
w/ Ensiferum, Septicflesh, TBA special guest

Jan. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Jan. 7 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Jan. 8 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
Jan. 9 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Jan. 10 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Jan. 11 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
Jan. 12 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jan. 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Jan. 14 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Jan. 15 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Jan. 17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Jan. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 19 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 20 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Jan. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Jan. 22 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Jan. 23 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Jan. 24 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Jan. 25 – Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
Jan. 26 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
Jan. 29 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

Ensiferum tour dates:
Jan. 31-Feb. 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – “70,000 Tons of Metal” cruise

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with their latest album, Two Paths, they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

To preview and purchase Two Paths, please visit: https://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums

Ensiferum online:
https://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
https://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

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Bad Wolves Premiere New Music Video For “No Masters” – Recruit Fill-In Singers At Birmingham, UK Show

Bad Wolves premiere a new official music video for their track “No Masters” which was directed by Randy Edwards.

Check it out below:

In other news, the group had to recruit Stars from Bang Bang Romeo and Austin Dickinson of As Lions to fill in for their singer Tommy Vext during ltheir October 04th Birmingham, UK show of their current European/UK tour with Three Days Grace.

Vext was hospitalized this week two days into the tour for a severe bronchial infection. Comments Vext on that matter:

“Life is unpredictable. If anyone knows this, it’s me. More often than not, the universe throws a wrench in the best laid plans.

This is our first trip to play shows in Europe as a band. Nothing could prepare us for the excitement and gratitude we felt for the opportunity to come over and play for the UK and EU fans who have waited so long to see us. So imagine my disappointment when a few days ago I began feeling ill to the point I knew something was wrong enough that I had to seek medical treatment – and to accept the doctors’ advice that I not play the show in Birmingham.

But as the old adage goes, “the show must go on” and luckily I have a lot of people in my life who love and support me and my band. On a moment’s notice, Stars from the Doncaster band Bang Bang Romeo and Austin Dickinson from London based As Lions agreed to learn the set list in under 24 hours, travel to Birmingham and play the show for no money, just because they believe in us and because they know we would do the same for them. I certainly understand this sentiment. I had to fill in as the vocalist for Five Finger Death Punch on several occasions.

It is not easy to sit the Birmingham show out. But this is bigger than just me. It’s about the fans and about our commitment to Three Days Grace. As I lie here, wishing I were feeling better, those thoughts of pity are overshadowed completely by my sense of wonder at the kindness and generosity of the human spirit and the power of music to bring people together. Thank you for all the support – I’ll be back asap, in bigger, better fighting shape. I would personally like to thank the NHS and all the doctors and nurses who assisted me for their amazing service.”

See below for some footage of the band playing with Dickinson on vocals during the aforementioned show. Dickinson himself commented:

“When Tommy called me I thought he was a joking but as it turns he needed a brother to lend a hand. So here we are doing for Tommy what he’s done for many others. He owes me now and I will wait until I get ill in Siberia to ask him to return the favour.”

Remaining dates for the tour are as follows:

10/05 Bristol, UK – St. Philips Gate
10/07 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10/08 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
10/09 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
10/11 Tilburg, NET – Poppodium 013
10/13 Hamburg, GER – Docks
10/14 Cologne, GER – Palladium
10/15 Munich, GER – Tonhalle
10/17 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
10/18 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/19 Prague, CZE – Mala Sport
10/21 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
10/23 Wroclaw, POL – A2 Centrum Kocertowe
10/24 Warsaw, POL – Progresja

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Aethere Premiere New Track “Ash Of Existence” – Sign With Attila Frontman’s Stay Sick Recordings

Aethere have inked a deal with Attila vocalist Chris Fronzak‘s Stay Sick Recordings. They have a new full-length on the way and premiere a new single from it called “Ash Of Existence” streaming below.

Comment the band of their new label home:

“We are excited to announce that we have signed with Stay Sick Recordings and we are proud to bring you the first single, ‘Ash of Existence‘ from our upcoming record. We will be performing it along with two other new ones on our run with INGESTED, Enterprise Earth, I Declare War, and Bodysnatcher. We’re very excited to start this new journey and couldn’t be happier with our team.”

Dates for the tour they mentioned with Ingested and more can be found below:

10/25 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
10/27 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
10/31 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
11/01 Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
11/02 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11/03 Chicago, IL – Reggies

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Beyond Creation Premiere New Song “Entre Suffrage Et Mirage”

Another new Beyond Creation song titled “Entre Suffrage Et Mirage“ has premiered and is streaming below. The band’s upcoming new album “Algorythm” will be released on October 12th via Season Of Mist.

Beyond Creation had the following to say of it:

“We’re excited to release our 3rd promo single ‘Entre Suffrage et Mirage‘ as a band studio play-through! This song is a bit different than both previously released songs off ‘Algorythm‘, fairly leaning towards our more technical roots.

We wanted to connect with our long-time fans with a fast and catchy song, with multiple layers of melodic elements, while still keeping the vibe we went for in ‘Algorythm‘. In this video, we were also able to capture some of the great ambiance offered by the amazing studio ‘The Grid‘, in Montreal.”

You can catch the band out now in North America on this tour with Obscura, Archspire, Inferi and Exist:

09/21 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
09/22 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/23 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
09/24 Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
09/25 Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/26 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
09/27 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
09/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
09/30 Orlando, FL – The Haven
10/01 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
10/02 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/03 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live!
10/04 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Gas Bar & Grill
10/06 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
10/07 Los Angeles, CA – 1720

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Nightwish To Film Sao Paolo And Buenos Aires Shows For DVD Release

Finnish symphonic metal favourites Nightwish has announced that they will be filming two shows in South America this month for a future DVD release. The performances in São Paulo, Brazil and Aires, Argentina on September 28th and 30th respectively. Speaking about the decision to film these sets, keyboardist / founder Tuomas Holopainen comments:

“The majority of these songs that we are doing on this tour are never gonna be played again, I think, so it’s a good idea to immortalize them.”

More information will be revealed when it becomes available.

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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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Y&T Pulls Out Of Saxon European Tour, Replaced By FM

American hard rockers Y&T has announced that they have been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Saxon European tour due to vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti’s back injury, as he is adhering to his doctor’s advice and giving himself the necessary time to heal and recover. Their place will be taken by British rock veterans FM, while heavy metal heroes Raven will also be on board.

Says Dave: “It is with great disappointment that I announce Y&T’s decision to withdraw from Saxon’s upcoming fall Europe/UK tour. As many of you already know, I severely injured my back in July and have been under the care of a sports doctor/back specialist ever since. After I received two rounds of cortisone injections to reduce the inflammation, we all had high hopes I’d get “back on the field” in time for this tour. But as many people know, recovering from this kind of back injury takes time.

“Given the advice of my doctor and the urging of everyone around me, really, the only course of action for my long-term health is to stay home and properly complete my recovery. This decision has weighed heavily on me – and believe me, I’d much rather be on tour playing for all of you – but getting on an 11-hour flight and sitting for five weeks on drives of up to 10+ hours every day in a van traveling 11,000 miles/18,000 km would be a reckless approach at this stage of my recovery. I can’t risk another setback like I experienced last month when I played a show against my doctor’s advice.

“I apologize to the fans and to our buddies in Saxon for any inconveniences and disappointments that this has caused. We’re big fans of Saxon and consider them to be one of the best live straight-ahead rock bands out there, so we’re all disappointed to miss what surely would’ve been a great time on tour with them.

“For my part, and for Y&T going forward, I’m on the mend and can’t wait to get back up on stage later this year. To our amazing fans in Europe and the UK, again, my apologies. We’ll be back in 2019.”

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Kamelot Posts New Video, “Mindfall Remedy” Online

Following the first leg of a massive World Tour in North America during April and May, it’s now time kick off the next leg and bring The Shadow Theory overseas! Kamelot is returning to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date. Special guests on the tour include Leaves’ Eyes, Visions of Atlantis, Dynazty (Sweden), Circus Maximus (Oslo) vocalist Lauren Hart (Once Human) and more!

Just in time for the upcoming tour, the band has released a brand new music video for the track “MindFall Remedy!” The live footage is taken from Kamelot’s North American tour and just offers a glimpse of what you can expect when the band takes the stage.

“The North American Tour was our biggest ever and we had to chronicle it in some way, the fans were so amazing. We decided to shoot this video and mix in scenes from the tour. We cannot wait to return to the US and Canada for the next run!”, states Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood.

The meaning of the song and title “MindFall Remedy” sparks some debate, but Kamelot singer Tommy Kaverik sums it up beautifully:

“In this material world, full of vanity and beautifying filters, it is easy to turn to those things when looking for validation and comfort. We have come to expect external gratification to lift us up, solve our insecurities and give us a meaningful existence. With this song we want to encourage people to look inside themselves for answers. Only then can we fully learn to respect and love ourselves and grow as people. There is a way to unlock your inhibitions, and only you possess the key…”

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Thousand Below Premiere New Official Music Video For “Vein”

Thousand Below premiere a video for “Vein” taken from their latest album, “The Love You Let Too Close“. Comments vocalist James DeBerg of the personal meaning to him behind the track:

“The track ‘Vein‘ is the one song on the record that focuses mainly on the coping mechanism of drug abuse in my own life as well as how it affected and even defeated many people close to me. Ketamine drug abuse is ultimately what led to the suicide of my best friend. Not only did drug abuse lead to the loss of my friend and harm my own life to a certain degree, but my girlfriend who was living with me at the exact time of the loss relapsed on heroin as a reaction to the suicide. She immediately fell out of my life that very month, which only led to the weight on my shoulders that was drug abuse affecting my loved ones.”

Thousand Below will soon be out on the road with Blessthefall, The Word Alive, Ded and more on this tour:

09/02 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
09/03 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
09/04 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/05 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
09/06 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
09/07 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
09/08 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
09/09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
09/11 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/12 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
09/13 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
09/14 Reading, PA – Reverb
09/15 Providence, RI – The Met
09/16 New York, NY – Gramercy
09/17 Montreal, QC – Fairmount
09/19 Toronto, ON – Velvet
09/20 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
09/21 Columbus, OH – A&R Bar
09/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
09/23 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/25 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
09/26 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
09/28 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09/29 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
09/30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/02 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
10/03 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/04 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
10/05 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
10/06 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red

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