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The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.
As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.
Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.
As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.
Among the many acts to check out:
Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):
19h30 Sacred Reich
22h40 Aura Noir
00h45 Abbath More...
Last year it was announced that Adrian Erlandsson would be missing upcoming tour dates with Paradise Lost, and now that temporary situation has become a permanent split. Adrian comments:
"For the ones that don't already know, I am no longer playing with Paradise Lost. When 'The Plague Within' was released last year I was in the middle of gigs with At The Gates and The Haunted.
"Since I couldn't make all the gigs for the new album, it made sense for PL to have someone that can be there the whole time, which I couldn't. I want to thank everyone in the band and management.
"It has been an amazing ride playing with one of my favourite bands and I feel very proud of the work we did together. This is the last video I did with the band." More...
Iconic UK metal act Paradise Lost has signed a worldwide deal with German-based metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast Records.
Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting 4 of its 5 original members, the band are widely-credited with co-founding the gothic metal genre with the sophomore album, 'Gothic' (1991). Through the years, Paradise Lost changed styles effectively and reinvented the the sound again and again. The band elbowed its way from the original melodic death metal sound on 'Lost Paradise' (1990) to the classic 'Icon' (1993) and even more on the experimental 'One Second' (1997). Finally, the band went back to the roots with the current release, 'The Plague Within' (2015) achieving some of the best album reviews of its career.
Vocalist Nick Holmes commented: "Paradise Lost's career has run alongside Nuclear Blast Records since the label began in the late 80's. And as huge fans of original death metal, we still have the majority of the label's first releases from those very early days. It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years, both in Europe and America and now, nearly 30 years later, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"
Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger added: "As a fan from day one I've been following Paradise Lost ever since their death metal era, but have also enjoyed watching them grow into something even bigger and so unique. They defined and later on re-defined the gothic genre and always delivered the most dark and memorable songs. It's a great pleasure to finally welcome the band to the ever-growing Nuclear Blast family! Needless to say that we're very much looking forward to this partnership!"
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
I woke around 7am – excited for what was not only the first full day of the cruise…but what I hoped would be the most concerts I’ve ever attended in any single day of my life. It was all mapped out…but the question is – would the pool deck be ready?
I headed up to Deck 12 to assess the situation…and once I made it to the yellow police tape, I realized – here we go again. In 2015, the high winds at sea forced the crew to abandon building the pool deck stage (the largest at sea) until the morning. It took them until 6pm to get it ready for Soulfly’s set, forcing all other shows to be reworked indoors. This year, the plan going in seemed to be to rework the shows where available – likely at the end of the evening within the venues inside. I recalled my joke to Siegfried Sammer of Visions of Atlantis – “I’ll see you at 10am…IF – and that’s a big IF…the pool deck is ready.” Well, it appears the jinx was on because Visions of Atlantis would be bumped to Saturday. The guard told me that 11:30am was the target time for completion, which is still way better than 2015. More...
Just before heading out to sea as part of the 2016 installment of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, the British goth metal pioneers from Paradise Lost have released a brand new video for the track “Terminal.”
The video was produced and directed by Oliver Barth for visions-in-fear.de and filmed at a special fan event at the Forum in Bielefeld, Germany on August 17th, 2015. More...
The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.
In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.
Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dia De Los Muertos
The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.
The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.
Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dia De Los Muertos
The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.
Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.
The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.
Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.
This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.
On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.
After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.
While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.
The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015
Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.
But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.
The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...
The early 90s saw some exciting innovations within extreme music, and Toronto's Soulstorm was at the forefront of some genre-defining and defying times.
Band mainman, Nick Sagias, having disbanded Overthrow - as well as honing his chops within the ranks of the mighty Pestilence - threw caution to the wind and helped pioneer a musical movement that fused death metal with industrial overtones, sounding like a cross between Ministry, Swans, Godflesh, Celtic Frost and Obituary.
Soulstorm has now returned with "Devils Music (Part 1)," a precursor to a forthcoming all original full-length, paying tribute to many of the bands that have influenced Soulstorm through the course of its storied career. "Devil's Music (Part 1)" includes covers from Celtic Frost, Godflesh, Swans, Ministry, Paradise Lost and many more. You can stream the album below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Return To The Eve (Celtic Frost)
2. Cold World (Godflesh)
3. Eternal (Paradise Lost)
4. Stay Here (Swans)
5. Yu Gung (Einstuerzende Neubauten)
6. Breathe (Ministry)
7. Inflammator (Pitchshifter)
8. Primal (2015)
9. Nothingness (Dub)
10. Endless Human Failure (Dub)
11. Stranglehold (Dub)
12. Pulp (Bonus Track)
13. Stranglehold (Erosion Cycle Noise Mix - Bonus Track) More...
Returning with opus number fourteen, "The Plague Within" (reviewed here) earlier this year, British goth metal pioneers Paradise Lost celebrated a tremendously successful 2015 achieving top ten positions in Germany and Finland as well as chart entries in Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and their native UK.
Now the band rounds off the year with another very special release: filmed and recorded in September 2014, "Symphony For The Lost" is a live album/DVD which captures Paradise Lost performing at the epic Ancient Roman Theatre of Philippopolis in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, featuring the Orchestra of State Opera Plovdiv and Rodna Pesen Choir.
Today, Paradise Lost launches a live video for the song "Victim Of The Past," which is taken from the "Symphony For The Lost" DVD. Check it out below. More...
After recently revealing Twisted Sister'sfinal U.K. show and the mighty Mastodon as two of the three main stage headliners for 2016, Bloodstock is excited to announce three more main stage bands for next year’s event.
Power metal fans rejoice! Be sure to practice your air guitar skills in advance, because the shredtastic Dragonforce has confirmed that Bloodstock will be the band's only U.K. show in 2016!. Guitarist Herman Li informs us:
"It’s been over 10 years since DragonForce played Bloodstock, and both of us have come a long way in that time. Back then, we were a new band with only our debut album out, and Bloodstock was a smaller indoor festival, but still a magnet for true, die-hard rock & metal fans, just as it is today. We had some of our best times that year at Bloodstock and felt great excitement at being invited to play. That excitement is just as real today having been invited back again, only this time it's even better because I won't need to pack the gear and drive up there in my car with Sam Totman as my map reader!!"
British doom pioneers Paradise Lost also join the bill, with guitarist Greg Mackintosh commenting: “It is great to be confirmed to play Bloodstock 2016! We haven't played there since 2012 and we had a blast. It will also be our first UK festival appearance since the release of our new album, ‘The Plague Within’. We look forward to seeing you all there and adding the doom and gloom to Bloodstock 2016.”
Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ will blaze into Catton Park, with front man Sakis having this to say: “We’re very proud to be coming back to the biggest metal festival in the United Kingdom! Bloodstock, let's create hell on earth next year! Until then...keep the spirit alive!”
Returning with opus number fourteen, "The Plague Within," earlier this year (reviewed here), British goth metal band Paradise Lost is set to round off the year with a special release.
"Symphony For The Lost" is a live album/DVD which captures Paradise Lost performing at the epic Ancient Roman Theatre of Philippopolis in Bulgaria, featuring the Orchestra of State Opera Plovdiv and Rodna Pesen Choir. The set will drop November 20, 2015 via Century Media.
Filmed in September 2014, vocalist Nick Holmes comments on the coming release: "We have recorded elements of orchestration many times in the studio over the last two decades, as many of our songs lend themselves well to classical arrangement. However, we have never before had the chance to play with a real orchestra in a live situation, so it was very exciting to have the opportunity to play with the Plovdiv Philharmonic and doing that in such a prestigious location as the Roman theatre."
The epic performance was orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan, who has previously given the classical treatment to works by Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Nirvana, Judas Priest and many more as well as collaborating with Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) and other prestigious soloists.
"Symphony For The Lost" presents classic and current Paradise Lost songs in an astonishing musical fashion, alongside an impressive visual setting within the captivating atmosphere of The Ancient Roman Theatre of Philippopolis in Plovdiv. A teaser trailer is available below, and you can still catch the band live on these upcoming dates: More...
UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 40 bands of the 60 revealed.
The latest additions are: Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader!
Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader join the following previously named acts (with 20 still to be revealed):
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
The Roadburn Festival is proud to announce that Neurosis will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary as headliner at the 2016 edition. Pioneering Yorkshire doom legends, Paradise Lost, will also headline Roadburn Festival on Thursday April 14, playing second album "Gothic" in its entirety. Roadburn Festival is further incredibly proud to announce that the 2016 curator will be musician, label owner and sonic pioneer, Lee Dorrian.
Neurosis comments: "To be invited to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Europe at Roadburn is an absolute honor. Roadburn is a treasured and unique event that embodies the spirit of open minded community and original, emotional heavy music. We are humbled to be a part of it again."
Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes adds: “As a young band we spent a good deal of time in the early 90’s driving around The Netherlands in a small transit van, living off chips with mayonnaise, drinking Chocomel and playing stuff from this album. 'Gothic' totally reminds me of those days, so if we were ever going to play the album in its entirety in 2016, it has to be in The Netherlands, and where better than the Roadburn Festival!!” More...
Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced 45 more acts for the 2016 edition of the annual Memorial Day festival bash. Among the list - U.K. doom metal legends Paradise Lost, U.S. doom metal upstarts Crypt Sermon, the reformed Swedish death act Centinex, U.K. legends Discharge, U.S. thrash legends Hirax, soon to be defunct legends Nuclear Blast, U.K. classic metal legends Satan and the mighty Bay Area thrash act Testament.
Tickets for the event will be available soon. Head over to this location for more information.
The freshly named act list is:
The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin (Italy)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Gets Worse (UK)
British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost are streaming audio samples of all the tracks that are featured on the upcoming album "The Plague Within" which will be released on June 2nd in the US (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (Watain, Ghost, Entombed A.D.)
Check out now the entire album preview below.
Due to other commitments, Adrian Erlandsson will not be able to participate in the Paradise Lost European tour or upcoming festival dates this year. The band comments:
"We are pleased to announce drumming duties have been left in the young capable hands of Waltteri Väyrynen who is kindly stepping in to cover."
Waltteri also adds: "No words can explain how excited, grateful and honoured I am to do all these shows with Paradise Lost this year. The band has been one of my first and biggest influences ever since I was a little kid. Really looking forward to see all of you on the road! It's gonna be one hell of a year! Cheers!!" More...