KORPIKLAANI – Jägermeister

Finnish folk metal heroes KORPIKLAANI who are currently preparing for two Russian shows with Trollfest later this month, are pleased to announce that they will be returning to UK shores in March 2020 for a string of eight headline shows, as part of their ongoing Land Of A Thousand Drinks world tour! The final performance is set to take place at Hammerfest UK. Support on the tour will come from Nuclear Blast label mates Burning Witches.

In celebration of this news, KORPIKLAANI have today released a killer video for their new track Jägermeister, shot at their recent New York show. The video was directed by Vicente Cordero, with production by Industrialism Films. Jägermeister will be available to purchase as a digital single on 13th December.

Tickets for KORPIKLAANI’s UK tour are set to go on sale Friday 13th December. Stay tuned for news next week.

Front-man Jonne commented: “As our recent North American tour began, we were discussing making a new video and Jyrki (The 69 Eyes) recommended Vicente and he was a perfect fit. At the time we did not even know what song to use and then we remembered we never released Jägermeister as this was recorded during the Manala sessions. We contacted Vicente and found out that he had free time the day we had our last show in New York. He flew out to NY, met us at the PlayStation Theater and then filmed around Times Square, backstage and during the show. Now it is time for your favourite medicine, perfect to warm up the cold winter days and get you in that party mood! Come and drink with us!”

w/ TROLLFEST
13/12/19  RU  Saint Petersburg – Aurora Concert Hall
14/12/19  RU  Moscow – Club Red

LAND OF A THOUSAND DRINKS UK TOUR 2020
w/ Burning Witches
13/03/20  UK  Manchester – Rebellion
14/03/20  UK  Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
15/03/20  UK  Sheffield – Corporation
17/03/20  UK  Bristol – Thekla
18/03/20  UK  Southampton – The 1865
19/03/20  UK  Birmingham – Asylum
20/03/20  UK  Glasgow – The Classic Grand
21/03/20  UK  Great Yarmouth – Hammerfest UK *
*Korpiklaani only

KORPIKLAANI have some more global tour dates currently scheduled for 2020:

Japan Tour 2020
w/ Skyclad, Skiltron
29/02/20  JP   Osaka – Used amHall
01/03/20  JP   Tokyo – Shibuya Stream Hall

06/03/20  FI    Lahti – Möysän Musaklubi
07/03/20  FI    Lievestuore – Laukaanhovi

w/ Arzén
26/03/20  SK    Bratislava – Ateliér Babylon
27/03/20  SK    Trenčín – Piano club
28/03/20  SK    Ružomberok – Kultúrny dom Andreja Hlinku
29/03/20  SK    Košice – Colloseum Club

03/04/20  FI    Inari – Papana
04/04/20  FI    Kempele – ZRock
12/06/20  ES   Zamora – Z! Live Rock Fest
18/06/20  FI    Nummijärvi – Nummirock
28/08/20  DE  Crispendorf – Wolfszeit
06/09/20  DE  Selb – Festival Mediaval

GATECREEPER – Live In The K! Pit (Tiny Dive Bar Show)

Critically acclaimed Arizona death metal band GATECREEPER have been added to the Decibel Magazine Tour 2020 joining Mayhem & Abbath. Tickets are available and all confirmed dates are available below. Additionally, GATECREEPER share live footage from their Kerrang! K-Pit filmed earlier this Fall while on tour with Relapse labelmates EXHUMED. GATECREEPER are touring in support of their new album, Deserted. The album, hailed as one of 2019’s best albums by Decibel Magazine, Revolver Magazine, and many more, is available on CD/LP/CS/Digital .

GATECREEPER Tour Dates:

Dec 13 Santa Ana, CA @ Decibel Metal & Beer Fest

— Decibel Magazine Tour 2020 Mar 13 – Apr 10 w/ Mayhem, Abbath & Idle Hands —

Mar 13 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Mar 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Mar 16 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Mar 17 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Mar 18 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
Mar 20 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Mar 21 Santa, Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Mar 22 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Mar 24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
Mar 25 Alburquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Mar 27 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room and Garage
Mar 28 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Mar 29 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
Mar 31 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Apr 01 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr 02 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Apr 03 Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel Metal & Beer Fest
Apr 04 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Apr 06 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr 07 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Apr 08 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Apr 09 Millvale, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre
Apr 10 Chicago, IL @ Metro

Jul 15-19 Trutnov, CZ @ Obscene Extreme
Jul 17-20 Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell

BROTHERS OF METAL – One

BROTHERS OF METAL release their new album ‘Emblas Saga’ on 10th January on AFM Records. Brothers Of Metal have just released their new single and video for ‘One’ which you can check out here. “’One’ is a true Viking hymn written deep in the dark woods of Birka”, the band states. “A tale of lost hope, a meady and darkened mind of a long lost forgotten hero, and his struggle to get back into the light. Follow this fallen Viking in search of his true purpose and infinite strength, as he learns that this journey isn’t one you should walk alone. A tale of darkness, hope, mead and togetherness – all mixed in One”.

Hailing from Falun, Sweden, BROTHERS OF METAL are an extraordinary 8-piece which is taking the Metal world by storm. Their initially self-released debut ‘Prophecy Of Ragnarök’ was officially made available by AFM Records in November 2018, and it became a bestseller right away. On top of that, the album’s songs were streamed more than 25 million times (!), which is a huge number for a Metal band, let alone a group still in its early stages.

Therefore, anticipation and expectations are equally high – and following up a hit debut like “Prophecy Of Ragnarök” for sure is not an easy task. Though, BROTHERS OF METAL prevail in this battle and their masterfully crafted new weapon ‘Emblas Saga’ will pave them the way to a lot more future victories.

Fresh off triumphant festival gigs at Sweden Rock festival and Germany’s Rockharz & Rock Am Stück festivals, the buzz is stronger than ever – not only for new material but also live concerts. And again, the band is heeding the call, announcing their first tour – a headlining tour right away – which will precede the release of “Emblas Saga” (out January 10th) in late January. BROTHERS OF METAL will be joined by their labelmates, Italian folk power metallers Elvenking, on this leg.

The ‘Emblas Saga’ cover artwork was created by Peter Sallai (Amon Amarth, Sabaton).

DIABULUS IN MUSICA – Otoi

Symphonic metal quartet DIABULUS IN MUSICA has just released the power ballad, “Otoi”, the first single fresh off their forthcoming studio album, Euphonic Entropy. The long-player is to be released via Napalm Records on February 14, 2020 and takes the listener on a wild ride through time, emotions and genres. Beautiful classical elements paired with heartwarming symphonic metal melodies, as well as heavy guitar riffs and smashing drums, traverse all throughout their upcoming album.

DIABULUS IN MUSICA’s new single stands out due to Zuberoa Aznárez’ extraordinary vocals and keyboarder Gorka Elso’s powerful growls, paired with lyrics written entirely in the Basque language. The video for “Otoi” perfectly mirrors the mystical, grounded feeling the track conveys. Beautiful landscapes, wistful and equally unsettling parts, as well as amazing close-ups of Zuberoa and Gorka complete the overall aesthetic of the video.

DIABULUS IN MUSICA on the new single and video: “Otoi is a special song to us because it is entirely sung in Basque, our local language, one of the oldest languages in Europe and the only pre-indoeuropean one that is still alive. “Otoi” means ‘prayer’, in this case to the ancient gods of Basque mythology: Urtzi and Amari who represent the sky and its mother, the Earth, respectively. It is a kind of lament around the loss of our cultural identity throughout the time due to different threats. The video was recorded in a 16th century Basque farmhouse which is now a key heritage object of the region.”

Euphonic Entropy is DIABULUS IN MUSICA’s fifth studio album and their fourth to be released via Napalm Records. The band is back with their heaviest album to date and continue their way to the top, while still retaining their roots.

DIABULUS IN MUSICA on Euphonic Entropy: “After three intense years, we’re finally back with probably our heaviest and most convincing album so far. We can’t wait to share the new songs with you all! We think they are fresh, diverse, energetic and a new step in DIM’s history. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our very first album than coming back with our strongest effort.”

SYLOSIS – ‘I Sever’

Josh Middleton has announced the long-anticipated return of Sylosis with the coming record, ‘Cycle Of Suffering’, set for release on the 7th February. The announcement also delivers a first look at the band, since their 3-year hiatus, with the launch of the brand-new video, ‘I Sever’; available everywhere now. If that wasn’t enough, Sylosis take to the stage for the first time in 4 years to headline Islington Assembly Hall on 13th February – Josh promising that this will be the biggest and baddest Sylosis live show to date!

Josh comments “After 3 long years, Sylosis are back! I want to thank all of our fans for their patience and support over these last few years. ‘Cycle of Suffering’ is dedicated to them.With this new chapter, we close another; I’d like to thank Carl Parnell for his time in Sylosis. Many great memories made with him and I wish him the best in his career. Now we welcome Conor Marshall to Sylosis! Another man in another band (Conjurer) – Conor is an amazing player and compliments what we do really well. A warm welcome planned for 13th February where we play our first show in over 4 years! We’re excited and focussed – see you in 2020!”

Pre-order the record on various formats now from: https://nblast.de/CycleOfSuffering

Tickets for the band’s 13th February headline show at Islington Assembly Hall are on sale now from https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/sylosis-tickets

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS – Elephants’ Dance

Batten down the hatches! The Swedish pirate crew strikes again with the second single from their upcoming album, Hostis Humani Generis – and this time, it’s either sail or die! Accompanied by a (quite literally) bloody atmospheric lyric video, “Elephants’ Dance” depicts struggles of the free-spirited sailors, trapped between their brutal independence and the authorities, imprisoning them in the endless maze of laws and decrees.

Led through a blood-stained map, the viewer, like the pirates themselves, faces the same challenges that await the crew in “Elephants’ Dance”. As death threatens them from both sides of this ongoing conflict, the wild and free “children of the sea” choose the side people of Nassau, their long-time safe haven on Bahamas, over the power of the Crown. Throwing all the rules overboard and breaking free from steady land, YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS find their way in the storm, setting course for the next adventure.

Crude, unmistakably folky, and honest to the bone – “Elephants’ Dance” is not only a worthy representative of the upcoming album, but the next pirate anthem of the group itself!

We are born of the salt, we are children of the sea
We don’t bend our knees to no king or country

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS on “Elephants’ Dance”: “According to an old African saying, when the elephants dance – it’s the grass that gets trampled. British sailors bled for Queen Anne during the war of the Spanish Succession, was dismissed by King George after the treaty of Utrecht, only to be drafted as cannon fodder again during the War of the Quadruple Alliance.

With “Elephants’ Dance” we tell the story of those sailors who had enough and went on the account in the self-proclaimed pirate colony of Nassau. There, Governor Woodes Rogers landed in 1718 with an offer and an ultimatum: Lay down your arms and become a law obiding British citizen again, and all your crimes will be pardoned. Refuse, and you shall be hunted down and stand trial for piracy.”

The savage beast from the north, YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS, returns with their enthralling fourth album, Hostis Humani Generis, out February 7, 2020 via Napalm Records. The new full-length is the most authentic of pirate manifests – with more than enough audacious atmosphere, sing-along hymns, folk tunes and foul rambling to secure the band’s unique position in the genre. These Swedish marauders of the sea take you through the ups and downs of pirate life!

Divine Astronaut – Undone

DIVINE ASTRONAUT’s haunting and twisted new video for single ‘Undone’ is out now and you can check out the video here

Divine Astronaut are an electronic group featuring singer Livvy Holland and Producer/multi instrumentalist Moonhead. The duo describe their sound as night-time music that is downtempo alternative electronica with triphop and industrial elements.

As the pair constantly travel, it was above 35,000 feet somewhere over Europe in 2019 that the band came to fruition, Moonhead lamenting the abscence of eletronic acts from the 90’s in the current musical soundscape. With Holland in agreement, the duo vowed to start an electronic act and upon landing in Eastern Europe they started work on their album.

Their debut album ‘Made Not In Berlin’ is due for release in 2020. Divine Astronaut’s music is influenced by a wide range of producers, bands and singers. Moonhead has said Trevor Horn and BT have been inspirational and cites bands such as Portishead, Bjork, Enigma, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, NIN and Radiohead as influences.

The Spirit – Pillars Of Doom

With their new single, ‘Pillars of Doom’, Germany’s blackened death metallers THE SPIRIT grant another haunting insight into their upcoming studio album – “Cosmic Terror” will see the light of day on February 7th through AOP Records. The new track comes with a sinister music video directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz of Poland’s renowned Grupa13 who previously worked with acts like Behemoth, Kreator or Amon Amarth.

In February, the band will hit the road to unleash their new tracks upon Germany on a short co-headline tour with their new label colleagues KARG and also added a special hometown show in Saarbrücken with CRIMSON MOON and NARVIK.

THE SPIRIT + KARG Co-Headline-Tour 2020
07/2/2020 Oberhausen – Helvete * (https://facebook.com/events/2517973985088377)
08/2/2020 Erfurt – From Hell * (https://facebook.com/events/2664811180293063)
09/2/2020 Hamburg – Bambi Galore ** (https://facebook.com/events/1149962035393724)
10/2/2020 Berlin – Nuke Club ** (https://facebook.com/events/439767630275235)
11/2/2020 Nürnberg – Golden Nugget ** (https://facebook.com/events/2419493538318563)
* with ANCST + GROZA
** with FIRTAN

THE SPIRIT + CRIMSON MOON + NARVIK
27/2/2020  Saarbrücken – Garage

The Collision – Unbelievable (feat. Jot Maxi of Hacktivist)

UK newcomers THE COLLISION are set to etch a prominent name for themselves
aided by the release of their new single and video, Unbelievable –
which features Jot Maxi from Hacktivist.

Dishing up a sound influenced by heavier genres in synergy with harmonic
vocal melodies and leading synths, the live-wired quartet deliver high
energy riffs framed by catchy choruses.

Originally formed in 2017, THE COLLISION started life as an indie rock band.
However, as their set and stage craft developed, the foursome swayed to a
heavier sound and calling.  Comprised of vocalist Lewis Smith, Tom Copeland
on Bass, blood brothers Evan and Chris Latter (Guitarist and Drummer
respectively), THE COLLISION now have a formidable and accomplished
manifesto.

Touring throughout the UK, supporting Mallory Knox, Hoosiers, Lona, As
December Falls, and Wildfront, THE COLLISION’s profile is certainly on the
rise. Aided too by critical acclaim and support from BBC introducing, ITV
Meridian, Express FM, Eagle Radio, and Its All Indie, the time is right for
the band to strike out to a higher level.

THE COLLISION remark about their new single: “‘Unbelievable’ takes the band
in a whole new direction-the single joins together ambient synth verses,
with hard hitting choruses, taking The Collision to new highs. This is us!
This is the New Age!”. With a UK tour penned for 2020 and further singles on
the way, THE COLLISION are destined to soar.

Anchor Lane – Casino

Scottish rock band Anchor Lane unveil their eagerly awaited debut album, Casino. Packed with immense sounding up-tempo tracks it showcases the band as exceptional rock musicians and skilled songwriters. The album was written by singer Conor Gaffney, guitarist Lawrence O’ Brien, bassist Matthew Quigley and drummer Scott Hanlon in Glasgow and recorded at Vale Studios in the Midlands with renowned rock musician, writer and producer Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons, Gun, Little Angels). Casino is a sonically exhilarating album from the band who take influences from Royal Blood, Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Foo Fighters.

On working with producer Toby Jepson, Conor said, “We learned so much from Toby. His ability to take a song and flip it on its head was so inspiring to us.” Toby said, “Before I commit to working with a band, I need to get a sense of whether they have a genuine vision and something to say. When I heard the demos I knew there was some intuitive and intelligent writing going on.”

Rock legend Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) co-wrote two tracks on the album. Hook-driven opener Blood & Irony which features intoxicating howling vocals that showcase Gaffney’s prowess as a frontman and the incredibly catchy stadium-rock Dead Run which also features Warwick on backing vocals. On writing with Ricky Warwick, Lawrence said, “Ricky’s direct approach to song writing was fascinating. He taught us to accept the simplicities and imperfections in the songs and it made them stronger.” Ricky said, “Anchor Lane are everything a rock band should be. They have attitude, ability, swagger and most importantly songs… their passport to a very bright future is assured.”

Despite being in their early twenties, there’s a maturity to Anchor Lane’s song writing. They don’t shy away from tackling difficult subjects as Casino’s themes include toxic relationships, addiction and the death of a close friend. First single Fame Shame condemns modern society’s fascination with social media and reality television. Scott said, “It’s about waking up to the fact that while you’re watching someone else’s life on the internet your own life is passing you by.” The album’s title is a metaphor for the ever-changing music industry explained Matthew, “We called the album Casino because in this industry you either go all in or you leave the table. We gladly left our jobs to concentrate on writing the album. It’s a high-risk high-reward gamble but we’re here for the right reasons.”

Toby Jepson adds, “When I met the guys, they said ‘We want to change the world, we want to write something that makes a difference.’ They’re ambitious with strength of character and real vision. This is their first album and judging by the material they’ve come up with so far, they have a very big future.”

Anchor Lane came to the public’s attention in 2017 with the release of their 4-track EP New Beginning. Since then, they have toured incessantly scoring notable guest spots with Cheap Trick, Eagles of Death Metal and Tremonti. The band have garnered an impressive reputation as a thrilling and dynamic live act and have notched up significant appearances at renowned rock festivals including Download, Isle of Wight, Stone Free, Belladrum and Hard Rock Hell.