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Havok hit the road

Havok return to the stage with a pair of US tours and a European run.

First off, the Havok join Metalcore band Darkest Hour on the Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora tour in July, before heading to Europe in August for festival dates and club shows with acts like Converge, Gorguts, Revocation and others.

Following these runs, Havok are to be part of the seventh annual Metal Alliance tour across North America, which is led this year by Thrash legends Overkill and Crowbar. Speaking about the band’s upcoming shows, Havok lead vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez states:

“After two months off, we’re excited to get back on the road to play some new songs! Expect to hear some fresh material from Conformicide this summer. Start stretching out those necks…”

Here is an exact overview of the upcoming Havok live-dates, which start next week and include a spot on the bill at this year’s Bloodstock Festival at Catton Hall in Derbyshire (New additions in Europe marked *):

Havok (with Darkest Hour & Jesus Piece):
12.07.2017 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon (no Darkest Hour)
13.07.2017 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall (no Darkest Hour)
14.07.2017 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
15.07.2017 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
16.07.2017 Virginia Beach VA – Shakas
18.07.2017 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
19.07.2017 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
20.07.2017 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
21.07.2017 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
22.07.2017 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
23.07.2017 Fayetteville, NC – The Drunk Horse Pub
25.07.2017 Saint Louis, MO – Fubar (no Darkest Hour)
26.07.2017 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge (no Darkest Hour)

Havok – Live in Europe:
10.08.2017 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air
11.08.2017 Ieper (Belgium) – Ieper Festival
12.08.2017 Catton Hall (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air *
13.08.2017 Vagos (Portugal) – Vagos Metal Fest
14.08.2017 Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
15.08.2017 Leipzig (Germany) – Naumanns + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
16.08.2017 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Baroeg + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
17.08.2017 Oberhausen (Germany) – Kulttempel + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
19.08.2017 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air
20.08.2017 Wroclaw (Poland) – Zaklete Rewiry + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
21.08.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Music Club + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
22.08.2017 Vienna (Austria) Arena + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
23.08.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
24.08.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
25.08.2017 Paris (France) – Trabendo + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
26.08.2017 Wörrstadt (Germany) – Neuborn Open Air
29.08.2017 Tallinn (Estonia) – Tapper *
30.08.2017 St. Petersburg (Russia) – A2 + Amon Amarth *
31.08.2017 Moscow (Russia) – Moskva *
02.09.2017 Markneukirchen (Germany) – Reeveland Fest

Havok on the Metal Alliance North American Tour with Overkill, Crowbar, Black Fast & Invidia:
07.09.2017 Cave-In-Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault Open Air (Havok and many others!)

08.09.2017 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10.09.2017 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
11.09.2017 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Concert Lounge
12.09.2017 Rochester, NY – The German House Theater
13.09.2017 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
14.09.2017 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
16.09.2017 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
17.09.2017 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
18.09.2017 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
19.09.2017 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
20.09.2017 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
22.09.2017 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
23.09.2017 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
24.09.2017 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
25.09.2017 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
26.09.2017 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
28.09.2017 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
29.09.2017 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
30.09.2017 Easton, PA – One Centre Square

SOS Festival 2017 preview

The countdown is now on to the tenth SOS Festival in Prestwich, near Manchester.  Over the decade it has been running, the three day indoor festival has become an excellent showcase for up-and-coming talent and established bands.

Bands on the bill for this year include Kill II This, Power Quest, Blaze Bayley, Triaxis (in what could be one of their final shows as Triaxis), Pythia, Wyrd Ways Rock Show favourites Die No More in their final show before going on hiatus and I Saw The World Burn.

Tickets can be bought from THIS LINK, for the princely sum of £15 for the full weekend, £5 for the Friday only and £10 each for Saturday or Sunday only.

Want to get Stonedeaf in August 2018?

The first band on the main stage at the first Stonedeaf Festival on 25th of August 2018 at the Newark Showgrounds will be decided by an online public vote.

The festival organisers are inviting ORIGINAL (no covers or tributes please) bands to provide three tracks, one of which must be a live video.

They will then run an online Battle of the Bands competition, posting the contestants over a period of three weeks with the final being held in the fourth week.   Each heat will be made up of four or five bands, with the three getting the most votes moving into the finals alongside the two runners-up with the largest votes.

Each band will then submit two more tracks for the final.

The organisers believe that this will probably be the first ever Battle Of The Bands to be fought purely on social media, which goes with the fact they are probably the first festival to be born out of Social media too.

The Stonedeaf people had this message:

So you can kick back with a few beers and check out which bands could be the opener and cast your vote. Ultimately you decide.

Bands – what we need from you: a brief Bio and why you should be our opening act, links to two tracks and a link to a video of you playing live. We will get back to you, let you know our terms and go from there. We won’t be asking any band to PAY TO PLAY… it’s not what we’re about!!!

Bands MUST send their applications to this email address:  BOTB@nullStonedeaffestival.co.uk.  No links on this post will be taken into consideration.  Bands also must be in the Stonedeaf Facebook group too… so get onboard and get your fanbase engaged with us!

So then… do you know of a band who might be interested?  Get them to join the Stonedeaf Festival group and apply

Any questions just ask on their Facebook page – but please do not post any links etc.

As a final message from Chris and his team:

Regarding the rest of the line-up.
We pretty much have the next 2-3 bands onboard. We have irons in the fire regarding the bands at the top of bill, offers on the table as well as bands ready to go once we sort a deposit. Nothing can be announced until this is done though. It’s all money related. So we are working to get that aspect over the line. However, soon you will see exactly what we are doing and where we hope to be with it all next August.

Hopefully you all be happy with what we have up our sleeves.

Chris \m/ \m/

More Bloodstock bands announced!

Joining Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Denver-based thrash animals HAVOK.  The band recently released their fourth studio album, Conformicide via Century Media.

Also landing the opening slot on Saturday’s main stage are San Francisco tech death outfit, FALLUJAH.  Check out the video for Abandon, taken from their recently released Nuclear Blast album, Dreamless:

Fleshing out the Sophie bill over the weekend are seven more awesome bands.  Joining us on Friday will be Norwich thrashers SHRAPNEL, Leicester metal five-piece INTERNAL CONFLICT, Yorkshire’s stoner blues squad (WWRS Shock Of The New alumni), IRONRAT and London extremists, CORPSING who feature members of Akercocke and Aghast.

Bringing their critically acclaimed noises on Saturday are heavy prog beasts OHHMS and rounding out Sunday’s line up are British/Chilean thrash/death outfit, CRIMINAL and purveyors of mammoth metal grooves, GRAVIL, who have also appeared on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.

Phase two of our ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finalists are also locked down.  These lucky winners of regional heats land a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage…  On Friday, fans of Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Whitechapel should be sure to catch Carlisle champions, SEEK SOLACE IN RUIN:

If Sylosis, Trivium and Children of Bodom are more your thing, look out for Saltash heroes MANTRA.  Also celebrating on Friday, are Leicester victors BLOODOATH and Wolverhampton top dogs ASHEN CROWN, who are one for fans of Bolt Thrower and At The Gates.  Saturday brings Southern metal riffers TITAN BREED, who clinched first place in Glasgow, Gravesend winners INFECTED DEAD with their polished blend of modern death metal and visceral brutality, and three-piece progsters SOLAR SONS who won the Inverness heat with their Rush/Budgie influences!  Joining them will be Cardiff conquerors MALUM SKY with their mix of progressive styles – think Periphery and Karnivool, but with a twist.  The kings of the Norwegian M2TM final are VORBID, who join Sunday’s bill, sure to please everyone who digs a bit of Megadeth, Testament, Annihilator, King Crimson, Rush, and… erm… Camel!

Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia announces Irregular Orbits Stage

John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records to present IRREGULAR ORBITS – the label’s first ever curated festival stage at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Featuring ONCE & FUTURE BAND, SUNWATCHERS, MALE GAZE, MAGNETIX + DUDS

Helmed by Thee Oh SeesJohn Dwyer, along with fellow Californians Matt Jones and Brian Lee Hughes, Castle Face Records have issued music from the likes of White Fence, Warm Soda, POW!, Feels, Ty Segall, Useless Eaters, The Blind Shake, Fresh & Onlys…and more. Plus, there’s the small matter of Thee Oh Sees’ ever-expanding catalogue.

For Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017 the label present IRREGULAR ORBITS – their first ever curated festival stage. The stage will feature some of the finest groups on their roster – with an insight into what the label has in store heading into the Autumn – plus Castle Face DJs and a host of Castle Face frolics across the festival programme to be announced over the coming months.

Matt Jones gave us the following titbits of info on the groups they have lined up for IRREGULAR ORBITS:

Once & Future Band – “If we are lucky enough to have a Dark Side of the Moon-style prog grand opus for our generation, I nominate Once & Future Band’s self-titled debut. They are just that good, that grand. Like watching wizards battle over who can write the best bridge.

Sunwatchers – “Psych/jazz/freeform freakniks that dropped a great disc on us early last year. From a hall of mirrors psych-like repetition to tendrils of free jazz, but always with an exotic edge no doubt helped along by the occasional surfacing of electric phin and Ethiopiques-esqe alto spice, which frankly kinda seals the deal for me.

Male Gaze – “There is no easier task than describing your own band! Gothly sung, feedback stung, Modern English meets Big MuffMale Gaze is a loud and fuzzy pop band with a tendency to thrash behind my passable Ian Curtis impression rather than brood or jangle.”

Magnetix – “’The butchest band in Bordeaux’, as John Dwyer so eloquently put it. Looch and Aggie bring an inimitable gallic swagger to their two-piece fuzz-manic whomp. Looch is a towering, slavering rock n roll animal in person and when I heard he was recently hit by a car, I worried more about the car. Aggie could chew you up and spit you out with one hand still hitting the snare…as if she could be bothered to!

Duds – “Post-punk perfection so far delivered in 7” doses, Duds have a full length for us coming out in September. Sharp lads with a great monotone delivery, a great jittery bounce, and tension you can cut with a knife (or a Telecaster). Marc Riley actually sent them our way and we’re very happy to be working with them.”

Liverpool Psych Fest is a two-day happening, held over the weekend of 22 + 23 September 2017 within the warehouses and recesses of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.  The festival site contains four performance spaces, housed in complex of warehouses across Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory and District.  Also in the planning stages is a wide expansion of the PZYK Gallery and Village – which were successfully introduced in 2014 – on Greenland Street and Flint Street, plus the festival’s trademark world of scintillating artist curation from across the PZYK cosmos, DJs, label curations, installations and audiovisual explorations.

The festival site is a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre, and is served by buses 103 (nearest stop on Park Lane) and 82 (nearest stop on Great George Street). The main bus station at Liverpool ONE (Paradise Street) is a 15-minute walk away.

Train stations Liverpool Central and Brunswick (on the Northern Line), and Liverpool James Street (on the Wirral Line loop) are all approximately 15-20 minutes walk away.

The easiest way to get to the festival site is by foot or by car/taxi. There are also plenty of Hackney cabs operating in Liverpool city centre.

More Bloodstock bands announced

The UK’s best Metal festival have announced ten more bands for the bill at Catton Hall this summer.  Here’s the rundown:

DEVILMENT, featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, will be prowling the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday.   The band released a statement:

“Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check DEVILMENT out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!”

Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own BATTLE BEAST (a personal favourite over here at WWRS HQ – you’ve probably noticed they get a lot of play on the show).

Bassist Eero comments:

“We’re psyched to be taking on BLOODSTOCK for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this Spring, and it’s really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!”

Metal 2 The Masses also makes it’s presence felt on the Friday as the New Blood Stage welcomes Coventry winners DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies and modern metalheads MERITHIAN, who took top prize in the Swindon heat.

Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors ENSLAVEMENT , influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, and Devourment.

On Saturday, Sheffield champions BA’AL add their blackened doom and Dublin’s top dogs ZHORA bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary.

Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters (who made their debut on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show back in 2014 on show CCLXXV as part of Shock Of The New – good to see Bloodstock catching up! – Ed) MIST roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays.  Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass and Pentagram.

HEATHEN DEITY join Sunday from the Midlands.  Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’:

Last but not least, Melodic Death Metallers SHROUDED also join Sunday’s bill, having clinched first place in Belfast’s final.

Eight more bands added to Eindhoven line-up

MY DYING BRIDE, GHAALS WYRD, DARKANE, THE GREAT OLD ONES, DIABOLICAL, BALFOR, MORTAL STRIKE and HAUNTED have been added to the line-up of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2017.

The ninth running of the Netherlands‘ loudest festival is scheduled to take place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of December 2017.  As per usual, the venue is the Effenaar in Eindhoven.

The new additions mean that the bill is shaping up as follows:

ANTROPOMORPHIA (NL)
BALFOR (UA)
BAPTISM (FI)
BLASPHEMY (CA)
CARPATHIAN FOREST (NO)
CORONER (CH)
DARKANE (SE)
DESTRÖYER 666 (AU)
DIABOLICAL (SE)
DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (AT)
DOOL (NL)
EXTREME NOISE TERROR (UK)
GHAALS WYRD (NO)
HAUNTED (IT)
MERCILESS (SE) – Last show ever!
MORTAL STRIKE (AT)
MY DYING BRIDE (UK)
OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US (AT)
PENTACLE (NL)
SABIENDAS (DE)
TANKARD (DE)
THE GREAT OLD ONES (FR)
VENOM (UK)
VERWOED (NL)

More bands will be announced soon.

The strictly limited Early Bird tickets are now all gone! Regular combi-tickets (€85 + handling fee) are now available on the official festival website. Day-tickets and the schedule will be made available later on.

Free Stuff! Shredmonton Digital Sampler Download!

Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference SHREDMONTON, presented by Prairie Fire Events Ltd, is offering metal fans a free digital sampler of headbanging tunes from bands on this year’s line up.

To get your FREE download, click here.

The Acts

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s ShrEdmonton will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s funereal doom outfit Psychotic Gardening and Edmonton gore masters BLËED from Friday May 12th to Sunday May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room. This year’s festival also features an ALL AGES event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording/live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

“We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past. ”

Tickets for ShrEdmonton 2017 are available on www.Shredmonton.com and at the following Edmonton locations: Mercury Room, Blackbyrd, Rendezvous Pub, The Forge plus also available in Red Deer, AB at Sound House and from Annihilatrix Productions in Calgary, AB.

Ticket Prices:
Shredpass: $50
Friday, May 12: $20
Saturday, May 13 – Conference – Free with Shredpass, $5 at door
Saturday, May 13: $25
Sunday, May 14: $17

Social Arsonist Tour Dates

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid SOCIAL ARSONIST will be hitting the road soon. With dates across British Columbia and Alberta for the month of May,  followed by a tour of Chile and a return to Canada to perform at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, AB (full dates listed below).

Formed in Chile in 2009 by bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado, the two musicians were unable to locate the perfect vocalist in their home country and turned to the internet. They found Canadian singer Cayle Charlton. The duo worked with him for years via the internet, honing their material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.

With a full line up in Vancouver, BC, the “fiery crucible of Chilean thrash met the icy cauldron of Canadian metal” to create an explosive storm built on a foundation of classic thrash and modern metal resulting in two releases. Their 2016 full length Duality of Perception and 2014 debut EP De-Evolution of Thy Self both demonstrate the band’s sound: aggressive, fast, intense, catchy and disruptive.

Bassist Dario Zuniga reveals that SOCIAL ARSONIST take inspiration beyond metal clichés:

“The whole album carries the Social Arsonist aggression and message of rebellion and anguish against the institutionalization of society plus we have a wide range of influences, including a South American flavouring that everyone seems to enjoy, and coming from South America just to play our music in Canada, we put a lot of effort and passion into our performance!”

Tour Dates

May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 19 – Vernon, BC – Record City
May 20 – Prince George, BC  – Legion
May 21 – Kamloops, BC – The Dirty Jersey
May 25 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
May 26 – TBA
May 27 – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s
May 28 – Lethbridge, AB – Smokehouse
May 29 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
June – Chile Tour
July 14 – Abbotsford, BC – Brother’s Bowling and Billiards
August 5 – Drumheller, AB – Loud As Hell Fest