Not content with appearing at this years Download and Euroblast festivals, SikTh have just announced a full UK headlining tour with support from Heart Of A Coward and Idiom. From someone who caught the tail end of their set at Download 2003 (yes, I had impeccable taste even as a 13 year old) this is more than great news. I was unable to get over to Download this weekend and no chance of getting to Germany to Euroblast so this is sweet, sweet music to my ears so this opportunity will not be passed up! View Full Article »
This year marks the tenth year of Euroblast festival in Cologne, Germany. The festival has been delivering an impressive lineup for a decade now, with last year marking a decided increase in both quality and quantity. Bands like Meshuggah, The Ocean and Monuments made this festival the main pilgrimage site for fans of progressive, djenty music from all across the world. Word is the festival itself is pretty sweet, with a sizable market and good logistics in the campsite and around.
Having embarked this week on their first European tour, which includes a run of shows with The Dillinger Escape Plan and a slot at the Euroblast Festival, and with the release of their debut album, Infinitas, just a few weeks away, the buzz continues to grow regarding Australian band, Circles, who have for a few years now been considered one of the more promising up and coming acts out there.
The biggest djent and progressive metal festival of the year just made its final announcement, and the full lineup of Euroblast 2012 is:
Long Distance Calling, After the Burial, Scar Symmetry Animals As Leaders, Jeff Loomis, Skyharbor, Tesseract, Monuments, Vildjharta, Sybreed, Agent Fresco, Chimp Spanner, Destrage, Scale the Summit, Circle Of Contempt, Exivious, The Algorithm, Uneven Structure, C.B.Murdoc, The Interbeing, Red Seas Fire, Destiny Potato, Panzerballett, In-Quest, Nightshade, Stealing Axion, Akeldama, Hacktivist, Cilice, Shattered Skies, Neosis, No Consequence, V3CTORS, Modern Day Babylon, Means End, Betraeus, Humanitys Last Breath, Nexus, Joncofy, Monophonist, Eleonore, The Amentia, Halo in Pause, Deus.Exe
Euroblast is sporting its biggest year yet, and the lineup looks fantastic! Hopefully I can make the flight out to Cologne, Germany one year for this beast. Euroblast 2012 is October 18-21st. You can still purchase tickets at this location.
Lord have mercy, am I ever envious of you folks that are able to descend upon Cologne, Germany this October (19th – 21st) for Euroblast Festival. The second wave of bands were just announced for the fest, and it’s just getting sweeter. Via Got-Djent:
Jeff Loomis (US)
Chimp Spanner (UK)
The Algorithm (FR)
Red Seas Fire (UK)
No Consequence (UK)
Modern Day Babylon (CZ)
Stealing Axion (US)
Means End (SE)
C.B Murdoc (SE)
NightShade (FR / US)
Uneven Structure (FR)
The Interbeing (DK)
Synthetic Breed (AU)
Humanity’s Last Breath (SE)
Animals As Leaders (US)
Scar Symmetry (SE)
Circle of Contempt (FI)
So this just goes to show that Euroblast is the pinnacle of prog festivals, and there are still eight bands that have yet to be announced. Tickets are still on sale here, so go get some three-day passes if you fancy a flight to Germany. My eyes are set on 2013’s edition, and I can only assume with a lineup this great this year, they’ll continue to grow from here!
What is becoming Europe’s premier showcase of progressive metal, Euroblast Festival is fast approaching, and in anticipation they’ve released this trailer, with music courtesy of Monuments mastermind John Browne.
It shows just how diverse the line-up is, and how widespread the progressive metal scene has spread. A band called Syrianic have just been added to the bill for the two-day event in Cologne, Germany which will take place on October 21st and 22nd.
Additionally Browne, along with Pete Graves of Red Seas Fire and a chap called Jan Hoeglund have been contributing to a progressive guitar library for 8Dio, a “next-generation developer of new virtual instruments” which will allow you to manipulate a massive selection of riffs into whatever you want.
As Nolly of Red Seas Fire explains:
“Say you’re a composer, say you want to incorporate some progressive style guitar playing in one of your tracks but you personally cannot compose in that style well or perhaps even play guitar much at all (that last one is particularly relevant given the difficulty level of the guitar style), and don’t want to have to employ someone to do it for you. This library allows composers and producers to do just that as they would with any other style of loop.”
One of Browne’s contributions, in a neat Monuments-style package, is up for streaming below.
Something to tide us over until that Susan Boyle-fronted album, eh?
Heavy Blog favourites TesseracT will be ‘Lowering the Tone’ in Europe next after a successful run across the UK with Chimp Spanner and Uneven Structure, taking their Chimpy chums with them.
By way of advertisement they’ve teased a new song in the tour trailer:
Dates are as follows:
10/15 Hamburg, GER – Logo
10/16 Berlin, GER – Magnet
10/18 Prague, CZE – Modra Vopice
10/19 Frankfurt, GER – Nachtleben
10/20 Vienna, AUT – Arena
10/22 Koln, GER – Euroblast
10/23 Breda, NET – Mezz (no Chimp Spanner)
I review the first date last week, and I highly recommend checking out this tour; particularly the Euroblast date.
American readers may neither remember nor care about this, but it’s pretty much the biggest event in the European metal calendar between Sonisphere and Damnation Festival, and Got-Djent’s poll to find out who should get the final slot on the bill has now closed, the votes have been counted, and the winner announced as…
Five nominations were allowed per voter, and points weighted by the pecking order in said choice. Outstripping the nearest competition by 152 points, the Irish four-piece of groove metallers will be supporting the likes of Textures, Vildjharta, Visions and Chimp Spanner for two days of sheer fucking awesomeness (full lineup here).
Over 1400 votes were cast, and for posterity, here’s the top ten and the points the accumulated:
Shattered Skies – 1064 points
Nexus – 912 points
Tardive Dyskinesia – 543 points
The Helix Nebula – 539 points
No Consequence – 491 points
Custom Made Noise – 430 points
The Interbeing – 420 points
Rxyzyxr – 403 points
Machinist – 353 points
Modern Day Babylon – 338 points
There were a few of our own choices in there, but congratulations to the winners – very deserving. Want to know what they sound like? WELL YOU CAN’T.
It’s now a mere three months until one of Europe’s best small metal festivals, and with all but one of the slots filled, the organisers have left it up to YOU to decide the final band on the lineup!
The ever marvellous Got-Djent? are running the show on this one, and we understand they’ve had a massive influx already for this, but they want more of you to go and vote for the bands you think deserve that last golden spot.
There’s a pretty big choice – fifty bands in all – but you’re allowed up to five picks, so go nuts for your favourites.
I’m not exactly sure who I’m voting for yet, but my home town boys Chronographs are sure to get a look in, as well as the incredibly fun Mishkin, jazzy horn-dogsRXYZYXR, and Basick boys No Consequence.
They join a bill already brimming with talent, including TesseracT, Monuments, Chimp Spanner, Textures, Vildhjarta, Aliases, Uneven Structure, and our competition patrons this week Visions. I’m not even sure if I can make it, but I’ll be making every damn effort to try. Excite!