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The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Jon Olivia's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Winds Of Plague
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. These include Connecticut natives Hatebreed, metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, Scottish pirate metal group Alestorm and American heavy metal outfit Devildriver. The festival will take place from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium and now features the following lineup, with more to be announced soon: More...
The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have begun announcing the first batch of names for next years edition of the event, in addition to the previously confirmed headliners, Black Sabbath.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Winds Of Plague
More bands are expected to be announced shortly
A trailer for the upcoming Black Troll Winterfest was posted (seen below). The event takes place on November 12, 2011 at Rwe Halle in Mülheim, Germany.
Confirmed bands for the festival are:
XIV Dark Centuries
Chain of Dogs
Finnish folk band Ensiferum updated it's 2011 fall tour schedule. The confirmed dates are
October 14, 2011 - Very Possessed: 20 Years of Spinefarm Records - Helsinki, Finland
October 15, 2011 - Very Possessed: 20 Years of Spinefarm Records - Tallinn, Estonia
October 22, 2011 - Lost In Music Festival - Tampere, Finland
November 12, 2011 - Black Troll Winterfest - Muhlheim, Germany
December 3, 2011 - Frostrock - Kuurne, Belgium
Italy's Draugr has issued the following update about performing at the Black Troll Winterfest:
"We are very proud to announce our participation at the Black Troll Winterfest. The gig will take place on November 12th, 2011 in Mulhein an der Ruhr (Germany).
"At this epic event will play other legendary bands as Immortal, Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Primordial, and so so on...
"We MUST thank all of the 941 fans that help us to make this dream come true with their vote! Watch out Mulheim! The Horde is coming!"
Additional details on the Black Troll Winterfest are available by navigating over to this location.
Kreator announced it will be headlining Metalfest 2012 in June 2012. The announcement reads:
"We're proudly announcing, that Kreator are confirmed as one of the headliners for the 'Metalfest' festivals in 2012.
"In addition to the five locations from this year, there will be Metalfests in Italy, Poland and Croatia, with a second Metalfest in Germany set to take place in Loreley.
"Kreator will share the stage with Blind Guardian, Hypocrisy, Ensiferum and many more."
The confirmed dates:
May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Mining, Metalfest Austria
May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
June 1 - June 3, 2012 - Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
June 3 - June 5, 2012 - Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
June 5 - June 7, 2012 - Milan, Metalfest Italy
June 7 - June 9, 2012 - Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
June 7 - June 10, 2012 - Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
June 9 - June 10, 2012 - Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic"
The complete schedule will be available in 2012.
Wolfchant is one of the latest bands to be confirmed to perform at Germany's Rock In Concert Open Air festival, whichl takes place in Lichtenfels, Germany on both the 17th and 18th. The currently announced running order is as follows:
Friday, June 17, 2011
11:15 pm Motörhead
09:15 pm Alice Cooper
07:25 pm Broilers
05:55 pm Danko Jones
04:25 pm Misfits
03:10 pm D-A-D
01:50 pm The Bones
12:45 pm 9mm - Assi Rock'n'Roll
11:50 am Andy Brings
11:00 am Guns Of Moropolis More...
SearchNDestroy.net has posted a video interview online with Ensiferum, which was shot in Mexico City on January 22nd, 2011. You can check out the video clip below.
Metal Warzone conducted an interview with bassist Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum at the Keyclub in Hollywood. You can check out the first segment of the video interview in the clip below, and find the second half in the video after the jump.
Rotten Sound has posted the first preview track, titled "Plan," from the band's forthcoming album "Cursed" online now via the group's MySpace page. "Cursed" will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records on CD, LP and digitally. The album, which is a follow-up to 2008's "Cycles," was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Rotten Sound also has the following upcoming tour dates
***The Finnish Metal Tour 2 w/ FINNTROLL, ENSIFERUM, BARREN EARTH***
Jan. 31 Orlando, FL The Club @ Firestone
Feb. 1 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Feb. 2 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
Feb. 3 Tulsa, OK Marquee
Feb. 4 Austin, TX Emo’s
Feb. 5 Dallas, TX Ridglea Theater
Feb. 6 Amarillo, TX The War Legion
Feb. 7 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
Feb. 8 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
Feb. 9 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
Feb. 10 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Feb. 11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 12 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Feb. 14 Calgary, AB The Republik
Feb. 15 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Feb. 16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Feb. 18 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
Feb. 19 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Feb. 20 Detroit, MI Blondie’s
Feb. 21 Cleveland, OH Peabody ’s
Feb. 22 Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb. 23 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 24 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Feb. 25 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
Feb. 26 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 27 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Mar. 1 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Mar. 2 Springfield, VA Jaxx
Mar. 3 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
Mar. 4 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
***’Cursed To Tour’ ROTTEN SOUND Headlining European Tour w/ TRAP THEM, GAZA, THE KANDIDATE, HAUST***
April 1 Karlsruhe, Germany Stadtmitte
April 2 Koln, Germany Underground
April 3 Rosswein, Germany Juha
April 4 Prague, Czech Rep. Exit Chmelnice
April 5 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal
April 6 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk Kranhalle
April 7 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse
April 8 Mezzago, Italy Bloom
April 9 Rome, Italy Init
April 10 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21
April 11 Paris, France Glazart
April 12 London, UK Underworld
April 13 Plymouth, UK White Rabbit
April 14 Colchester, UK Arts Centre
April 15 Antwerpen, Belgium Trix
April 16 Sneek, Netherlands Bolwerk
April 17 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
April 18 Lyngby, Denmark Templet
April 19 Gothenburg, Sweden Henriksberg
April 21 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
April 22 Turku, Finland Klubi
April 23 Jyvaskyla, Finland Lutakko
April 24 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi
The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:
"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.
"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.
"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...
Finnish super group Barren Earth recently posted a teaser trailer online for it's upcoming North American tour dates. The band has now commented on the new shows:
"Hey everyone! Don't forget that Barren Earth will be going on their first ever tour of North America with Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Rotten Sound! Tour starts on January 31st, 2011 in Orlando and ends March 4th, 2011 in Raleigh. Please check the dates below for a show near you. And please be sure to click on the date on the front of our profile and RSVP with 'I'm going' so that if there are any changes in set times or venues, you will get a notification.
"Also, all dates were pre-entered with the start time of 8pm. This does NOT mean that the show actually starts at 8pm! Please check with your local club for actual start times. Many clubs did not have an actual start time when I entered these into the system, so I just chose 8pm. If any of you have additional information (like a corrected start time or a flyer for your particular show), please send a message here or post a comment and I will update it as soon as possible. Thanks much and BE will see you out there soon!"
The dates are as follows:
Jan 31, 2011 - Orlando, FL @ The Club - Firestone
Feb 1, 2011 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb 2, 2011 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
Feb 3, 2011 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
Feb 4, 2011 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Feb 5, 2011 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Feb 6, 2011 - Amarillo, TX @ The War Legion
Feb 7, 2011 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
Feb 8, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Feb 9, 2011 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Feb 10, 2011 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Feb 11, 2011 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb 12, 2011 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb 14, 2011 - Calgary, AB @ The Republik
Feb 15, 2011 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Feb 16, 2011 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Feb 17, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Osbourne Village Inn
Feb 18, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb 19, 2011 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Feb 20, 2011 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
Feb 21, 2011 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Feb 22, 2011 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Feb 23, 2011 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Feb 24, 2011 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Feb 25, 2011 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Feb 26, 2011 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 27, 2011 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 1, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Mar 2, 2011 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Mar 3, 2011 - Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
Mar 4, 2011 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Finnish heavy metal outfit Children Of Bodom has announced that they will be embarking on a world tour next year, which will be dubbed the "Ugly World Tour." Support on the trek will come from Ensiferum and Machinae Supremacy, with Amon Amarth also appearing at select shows.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
…and although Ensiferum have travelled a long, long way from home, the Southern tip of Africa has it’s own contingent of supporters for this unusual genre who have been most eager to welcome the Finns. We asked Shay from the band Riddare Av Koden (who are touring with the band during their South African dates) how this all came about. “It wasn’t planned or anything,” he told us, “it just happened!” Laughing, Shay explained how the ball got rolling after he sent a normal ‘obsessed fan’ email to the bands manager who actually replied, suggesting Ensiferum’s desire to tour here. “Only once the flights were booked and I saw the confirmation did it sink in that this was really happening,” Shay continued.
It seems that destiny has played it’s hand. At the time when Shay emailed Ensiferums manager, they had apparently just been speculating about a tour to Africa. Both Ensiferum and Riddare Av Koden leapt at the opportunity to work together towards making this tour a reality, also bringing in the expertise of a local events company. More...
Ensiferum has issued the following brief update about an upcoming live show in Mexico alongside Finntroll and Moonspell:
"Mexican show confirmed with Finntroll and Moonspell! For a long time, many fans have requested that Ensiferum play a show in Mexico. We are delighted to announce that Ensiferum will play in Mexico city for the very first time with Finntroll and Moonspell.
"The details of the show are as follows: 22.01.2011. Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico. We hope to see all of our Mexican fans up close and personal."
Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has announced its participation in the upcoming edition of the Party.San Open Air festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th in Bad Berka, Germany. More bands are to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Party.San Open Air confirmed bands:
Hail Of Bullets
Dutch pagan folk metallers Heidevolk have checked in with the following comments about the band's upcoming European tour dates:
"Follow Heidevolk on Heidenfest 2010. It is about to begin, the Heidenfest tour 2010! Along with Twilight of the Gods, Ensiferum, Equilibrium and Swashbuckle, Heidevolk will travel through 13 European countries to play 24 shows.
"Besides going to one of the 24 gigs you can follow Heidevolk on the web during the whole tour. The metal e-zine Sounds2Move.de presents you the official Heidevolk tour diary which will be updated daily during the tour. On top of that there will be live tweets on Twitter @Heidevolk and the official MySpace will be updated daily with new pictures of band, fans and crowd."
You can catch Heidevolk live on the following dates: More...
Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have announced a short run of tour dates in South Africa this coming October. Support on the tour will come from Riddare Av Koden. The currently announced dates are as follows:
27/10 - Burn Nightclub, KZN
28/10 - Cool Runnings, Fourways, JHB
29/10 - Rumours Lounge, Palm Court, JHB
30/10 - Halloween Party - Black Dahlia, Boksburg, JHB
To round off the band's 20th Anniversary year, Amorphis will play seven shows in major Finnish cities in December. In line with the upcoming "Magic & Mayhem" album, the set list will consist of material from the band’s early years. The shows in Seinäjoki, Oulu, and Tampere will be opened by Ensiferum. The details are as follows:
HELSINKI TAVASTIA (K18)
Ovet 20.00, Show 21.30
LAHTI FINLANDIA KLUBI ( S )
Ovet 20.00, Show 21.30
JYVÄSKYLÄ LUTAKKO ( S )
Ovet 20.00, Show 23.00 More...