2011 was a big year for Betraeus
where the band leaped from local heroes to a national act, with a killer Download Festival
appearance, releasing their critically acclaimed ‘Towards the Sun’
EP on Siege of Amida Records
and embarking on their highly successful debut UK tour among their achievements.
With no intention of slowing, the Manchester prog-metallers are ready to take on 2012 and have set their sights on the rest of the world. First stop – Ireland!
Betraeus will play three shows across the country with fellow Mancunian prog-metallers Spires in support, and Ireland’s biggest monthly rock mag, Molten Magazine, are joining them for the ride as official media sponsors. Check them out on the following dates:
22 March – The Blind Pig – Limerick
23 March – The Pint – Dublin
24 March – The Limelight – Belfast
For those who have yet to check them out, Betraeus fuse chopping riffs and blasting rhythms with intense atmosphere and have an immense talent for fusing brutality with beauty. December’s EP release catapulted them to the forefront of the UK underground, with achievements including a number three slot in in the the Scuzz TV
most requested chart for the title track’s video, but also a “band of the day” feature on broadsheet The Guardian
‘s website. Check out the video to the EP’s title track:
The band first displayed their diversity on a big scale at Bloodstock 2010, when they played a brutal set on ‘New Blood’ stage as well as a more mellowing session on the acoustic stage. Check out the acoustic performance of “Blossom The Void” at the festival: