The Press Release:
Ready for another round of Wacken madness? Still grinning wildly thinking about our 30th anniversary edition? Well, we are looking forward to next year’s festival as much as all of you metalheads out there. Wacken Open Air 2020 is already shaping up nicely with the first batch of amazing bands confirmed – and a cool brand new look on top. Get ready to dive into Maya and Aztec culture in Wacken next year!
First things first – and music always comes first in Wacken. We are proud to announce the following bands for 2020:
One of the highlights of next year’s Wacken Open Air will definitely be… the mighty JUDAS PRIEST! True legends celebrating “50 Heavy Metal Years” at the Holy Ground – a match made in headbanging heaven! JUDAS PRIEST have shaped heavy metal as we know it and we are incredibly honoured to welcome them to the festival for the fourth time.
Vikings and Metal go well together as we all know. There is no band out there that brings the fire, the screaming, and the general kickass awesomeness of both worlds better together than AMON AMARTH. These Swedes keep getting stronger and have been part of the Wacken journey since 1999! Next year, they will bring out the „Beserker“ in all of us for an impressive ninth time at the Wacken Open Air. Continue reading Wacken Open Air Festival Reveals First Bands For 2020→
Truth be told, Monday’s haven’t sucked at all when it comes to announcing some killer Heavy Metal touring runs and this latest news from those mighty Vikings in Amon Amarth surely will bring new levels of excitement to their fans worldwide. Check out the full press release down below.
The Press Release:
This September heavy metal overlords Amon Amarth will descend from the land of ice and snow to headline a history-making charge across North America with fellow Swedish warlords Arch Enemy, At The Gates and Grand Magus, and carnage is on the menu.
The Berserker World Tour, presented by The Noise will be a showcase of the riffing havoc captured on their 11th studio album, Berserker, and will treat fans to the kind of pulverising riffage and sublime, fist-in-the-air anthems the band have come to be known for, because no words are more synonymous with Amon Amarth than unrivaled songcraft and unswerving commitment to no-bullshit heavy fucking metal – and now they have a landmark tour to match. Continue reading Amon Amarth Announces “Berserker” World Tour→
The crushing might of Behemoth has returned to NYC in support of their brand new album. You’re not going to want to miss the bands first ever headlining appearance at this venue. They’ll be joined by At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room.
I had to say that it was feeling like a pretty slow news day but then like a crack of thunder, the darkness hit the skies above us and the Earth nearly skipped off its axis (speaking figuratively of course) as the announcement about Behemoth’s return to the US territory for a headlining run known as “Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018”. Read on to the full press release and tour dates. I’ll close up with additional editorial.
The Press Release:
This fall, Polish black/death overlords BEHEMOTH will return to North America to headline the Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. tour. featuring special guests At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room. The tour will run from October 20th through November 24th.
Behemoth vocalist, guitarist, and main-man Nergal comments, “I hereby announce BEHEMOTH’s triumphant return to the North American shores this fall. We will be in the noble company of At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room, who will be supporting us on our eleventh opus. Even though it’s only been a few moments since we played for you, our American legions, we cannot wait for this tour to start! It’s gonna be the first headlining run supporting new music and we are bringing all the artillery, which means the biggest production thus far! Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. arrives soon and we want you to celebrate this sonic pandemonium with us!” See all confirmed dates below.
BEHEMOTH Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. Tour w/ At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room:
The Tour Dates:
10/20/2018: Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2018: House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/23/2018: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
10/24/2018: House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/26/2018: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/27/2018: Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
10/29/2018: The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/30/2018: The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/01/2018: House Of Blues – Boston, MA
11/02/2018: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/03/2018: Playstation Theater – New York, NY
11/04/2018: M-Telus – Montreal, QC
11/06/2018: The Danforth – Toronto, ON
11/07/2018: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/09/2018: House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/10/2018: Cabooz – Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2018: The Truman- Kansas City, MO
11/13/2018: The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
11/14/2018: The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/16/2018: MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2018: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
11/20/2018: Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
11/21/2018: Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/23/2018: The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/24/2018: The Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
BEHEMOTH recently completed work on their eleventh full-length album, which will see a worldwide release via Metal Blade Records in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe this fall. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Did I already say “Oh HELL YES” about this one? I think that it was my opening line and well, need I say anything more? I don’t think so but if you need another line or two let me just stress at how perfect this tour package is. With support coming from the legendary At The Gates along with a still growing Metal phenomena like WITTR fans will be advised to get there as early as possible to not miss a single crushing note. Thinking on Behemoth for a moment, this is a band that I have been fortunate to watch climb the ranks slowly but meticulously and now they are perhaps one of the best presenters of Blackened Death Metal. Imposing in melody and in stature, one does not leave a Behemoth show unscarred and unaffected. It’s truly something that fans talk about for weeks and months. Their recent appearance on the final go-round of Slayer was something to be witnessed but since they went on second, it was barely a taste of what they could accomplish on the stage. November cannot get here fast enough and to be honest, part of me is saying this based on it being about 90 degrees outside in NYC. Perhaps the environment is catching some extra heat from the region way, way, way……down below. Let me know what you think of this one in the comments section. See you next time.
Hello again, we are back with the rest of the years “Best Of” for 2008. In an earlier installment I posted all of the albums that blew me away and now its time to showcase the videos and concerts along with a few other quick items. Please take a look down below and get ready to share your own favorites with us.
The Best DVD’s of 2008:
Various Artists “Roadrunner United” (Roadrunner Records): Filmed concert with Heavy Metal’s finest celebrating the record labels 25th anniversary. Lots of fun stuff here.
Opeth “The Roundhouse Tapes” (Peaceville Records): Filmed during the “Ghost Reveries” tour and a follow up to the CD released last year.
Twisted Sister “Live At The Astoria” (Demolition Records): The SMF’s from NYC remind London and the world about why they are a Metal super power to this very day.
Within Temptation “Black Symphony” (Roadrunner Records): A stunning live concert performance that pairs the Dutch sensations with a full orchestra. This is an amazing show. Audio CD included.
Iron Maiden “Live After Death” (Universal Music): Never before on DVD this classic Iron Maiden show from the “Powerslave” tour, this release was loaded with extras and is listed as required Metal.
Lamb Of God “Walk With Me In Hell” (Epic Records): This documentary took the viewer on a three year trek with the band and was insightful, entertaining and sometimes jarring in its honesty. Great job guys.
Dimmu Borgir “The Invaluable Darkness Tour” (Nuclear Blast Records): The giants of Norwegian Black Metal have their tour captured on DVD for more to enjoy. A great set with a ton of features.