A rather cold night at hand, two of the world’s greatest themed metal bands are about to play one of England’s iconic venues. It is pretty evident how everyone around me feels about the moment and the tour, non-stop talking about how amazing it is too see such a massive line up.
The last time I saw Alestorm play was in a very tiny venue in the south-west of Germany, it’s going to be very interesting to see how they cope with such a large venue. As for Sabaton, I haven’t myself ever seen them before, but I have heard nothing but good words.
Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker. It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.
Saying that Alestorm have been a busy band is an understatement, with a new album just out and the Scottish pirate crew are ready to release the Kraken that is their new album “Sunset on the Golden age”.We caught up with Dani Evans, who lends his guitar talents to Alestorm, for a quick chat about the new album, the current tour and plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
The pirate crew re back on this stop of their swashbuckling journey they are in Reading’s prime venue Sub 89, famed for their wench at the ready tunes that make you want to crack out a bottle of rum in an instant, have three valiant support acts for tonight’s debauchery. Rainbowdragoneyes, Red Rum and Lagerstein and of course the evenings head line act Alestorm.
Without further ado it’s time for some merriment, first up are Rainbowdragoneyes [4/5] who on paper might sound like am audio disaster, but in reality are surprisingly infectious. Opening up with a dance-chip-core sound, the corpse painted one man band is met with a crowd who look almost anxious about the lack of fellow musicians on stage. His sound is somewhere between the soundtrack of fighting dragons with majestic 8-bit trumpets, stomping dance beats and topped off with death metal growls.
It’s not long though before the slowly trickling in crowd start to enjoy the strange sound flavour before them. There is an aura of uncertainty around the frontman until he asks the crowd an obvious ice breaker “do you like video games” before proceeding with his 3D game boy antics.
With slices such as “the rift” which sounds like Nintendo dubstep and other notable wonders such as “Primordial ooze” which is not without some killer electronically created riffs. It would be fair to say that this band have a very old school sound to them, with childhood rekindling in every chord. A thoroughly enjoyable if not unexpected set from the American gamer.
Red Rum [3.5/5] are up next with a full band on board, it’s a visual re-adjustment for the crowd (which has filled out by quite a long way). With music that sits somewhere between Neoclassical Pirate Metal and fairy-tale land infused folk. The crowd lapped up the chance to interact with the band and show them their “claw/hook” instead of the traditional metal horns.
The six piece from the Midlands step up the pace with a heavy rendition of Lord of the Rings famed “Taking the hobbits to Isengard” among other delightful offerings that are as addictively danceable as they are drinkable too. It’s not long before the crowd are thrown by command into a tundra of excitement, whirling its way into a circle pit.
The bands bring with them rhythms that are drenched in a sound that is a combination of Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, and Eluviette influence.
It’s time to say bye to the plush pirates who needless to say may have felt a bit underdressed in compare to the crowd, which had finally filled out the venue completely and just in time for the gigs second to last act.
Lagerstein [4.5/5], the troupe who hail from Australian, have travelled across the seven seas to be here tonight. The outfit who are self-described as being formed in 2010 after a 12 Kings hangover and decided that there weren’t enough drinking bands out there so formed Lagerstein and did something about it!
The band don’t waste too much time with formalities as they get stuck in with the first guitar chords ringing out from band members “The Majestic Beast” and ” Neil Rummy Rackers”. They work in fruitful harmony and start off the bands musical journey packed with story- telling antics, which serve as the backdrop for the beer guzzling.
Highlights of the bands set included a swashbuckling cover of “I’m on boat” that gets everyone familiar with the lonely island masterpiece to sing along, after downing multiple beer bongs of course. Shared with one man band Rainbowdragoneyes and the evening’s headliners Alestorm it’s needless to say that the stage is pretty packed.
The excitement for Alestorm [4/5] has begun to boil as the band are about to kick off with an instrumental sea shanty followed by new found classic: “Walk the plank”. Which kicks off the “First annual Anglo-Irish pie rating festival 2014” according to the set list.
The ‘True Scottish Pirate Metal’ band were welcomed onstage by the packed out crowd. The band who are nearing the end of their nineteen day tour of the British Isles, most bands at this point would be faltering but the crew are roaring to go helped by a power punch of excitement in their bellies to add fire to the hearth.
Working their magic all over the intimate stage, Alestorm show their ability to play to a large and relatively small crowds. Displaying their calibre as musical geniuses and as theatrical master minds. With no stopping except for topping up the dosage of alcohol as the band continue onward on their high energy rampage.
The twenty strong set list has been one killer track after another, with the likes of “drink”, “Nancy the tavern wench”, “wooden leg” and of course the awesome “Wenches and Mead” .It’s fair to say that when final fun filled tracks “Captain Morgan’s revenge” and simply named “Rum” rung out the crowd wouldn’t have asked them to walk the plank in punishment.
The concert tonight has been a fine display of how an intimate stage can really bring out the most excitement in a crowd and the best in a band. Helped, naturally by lashings of beer, plenty of whirlpool worthy circle pits and more antics than a circus. It’s fair to say that Pirate fest 2014 in Reading has been a success.
The band’s latest release Sunset on the Golden age here
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »
Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus
Irving Plaza – New York, NY
October 26th, 2012
EPICA’s live show has twice-wowed me, even if their CD’s have not. Their most recent album “Requiem for the Indifferent” left me feeling, well, a bit indifferent towards the newest tunes. Something that had really gelled during “Design your Universe” got lost in the new effort, and the result wasn’t compelling. Maybe experiencing them again live would change that?
It was one of the most diverse crowds that made their way to the Opera House for the Epica and Alestorm show, a truly unique event. In addition to the excitement of a strong lineup on this tour, the magic of Halloween filled the venue with fancy costumes and the usual candy. So, on this rainy evening an army of pirates and other strange creatures gathered together to celebrate the holiday in the best possible way.
THE premiere “pirate metal” band, NAPALM RECORDS recording artists ALESTORM will be setting sail to North American waters once again, touring the United States and Canada this month and next as direct support to EPICA! The 28-date tour begins on October 23rd in Washington, DC and concludes November 24th in Baltimore, with three headlining ALESTORM shows along the way. Also joining the tour will be INSOMNIUM, SYSTEM DIVIDE, and DESTINY POTATO. Here are the confirmed dates/venues:
10/23 Washington DC @ Howard Theater
10/24 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom (HEADLINE SHOW)
10/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
10/26 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/27 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/28 Ottawa, ONT @ Maverick’s (HEADLINE SHOW)
10/29 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
10/30 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/31 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
11/1 Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s (HEADLINE SHOW)
11/2 Cleveland, OH @ TBA
11/3 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/4 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/5 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/7 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
11/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
11/15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues Sunset Strip
11/17 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/19 Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/20 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/23 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
11/24 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Freewheeling frontman/keytar-player Chris Bowes had the following to say: “Ahoy there, you bunch of filthy North American pirates! This fall, ALESTORM is gonna be coming back to your shores for a huge-ass party and maybe a few shows, if we manage to stay sober long enough. Last time ’round during the Paganfest USA tour, we had a hell of a lot of fun, and this one is gonna be even better! Prepare to have your presidential elections ruined, and our sweaty scurvy-infested testicles smeared all over your Thanksgiving dinners! See you soon!”
ALESTORM has produced a video of epic proportions to their song “Death Throes of the Terrorsquid”! The clip may be viewed HERE (and below)! Pirates and landlubbers find the relevant merchandise HERE!
PAGANFEST America Pt. III
13.04.2012 USA – Denver, CO / The Marquis
15.04.2012 USA – Seattle, WA / Studio Seven
16.04.2012 USA – Portland, OR / Hawthorne Theatre
17.04.2012 USA – San Francisco, CA / DNA Lounge
18.04.2012 USA – West Hollywood, CA / Key Club
25.09.12 IR – Dublin / Academy
27.09.12 UK – Belfast / Mandela Hall
28.09.12 UK – Glasgow / ABC
29.09.12 UK – Newcastle / Academy
30.09.12 UK – Wolverhampton / Wulfren Hall
01.10.12 UK – Bristol / Academy
03.10.12 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
04.10.12 UK – Norwich / UEA
05.10.12 UK – Manchester / Academy
06.10.12 UK – London / Shepherd’s Bush Empire
07.10.12 UK – Portsmouth / Pyramids
Set sail for the high seas, raise the Jolly Roger, and let Alestorm take you on a voyage! Following the course first plotted by Running Wild, Alestorm writes heavy, power-metal-driven songs about wenches and mead (seriously, one of their songs is called "Wenches and Mead"), but this time, they’ve brought cannons. Lead vocalist and keytar captain Chris Bowes adds thick, symphonic backings to their music in the tradition of folk-metal bands like Turisas and Korpiklaani, two bands that Alestorm cites as influences.
Axe-man Gavin Harper also proves competent, shredding through the waves with a sweep solo on this song.
Heidenfest is an annual touring Folk Metal festival and we were happy to have the opportunity to be here to see what all the excitement was about in the UK, with bands; Finntroll / Turisas / Alestorm / Arkona / Trollfest and Skálmöld lined up it is no surprise this is such a great anticipated tour!
Lock your cellars and hide your wenches! Ale-guzzling Australian warriors CLAIM THE THRONE are set to ransack taverns in the distant lands of the UK and Ireland.
FROM ALESTORMS WEBSITE
Greetings dudes! In February 2012 we’ll be hitting the road for our biggest headlining UK tour EVER, including our first ever shows in Ireland! Along with us will be our Australian buddies Claim The Throne, who are really good at getting drunk. Here’s the dates:
2012.02.04 – Plymouth – White Rabbit
2012.02.05 – Stoke-on-Trent – Green Star
2012.02.06 – Sheffield – Corporation
2012.02.07 – Bristol – The Fleece
2012.02.08 – Southhampton – Talking Heads
2012.02.09 – Manchester – Moho Live
2012.02.10 – Glasgow – Garage
2012.02.11 – Belfast – Speakeasy
2012.02.12 – Dublin – The Pint
2012.02.13 – Leicester – Sub 91
2012.02.14 – Brighton – The Haunt
2012.02.15 – Wrexham – Central Station
2012.02.16 – Leeds – The Well
2012.02.17 – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
2012.02.18 – London – O2 Academy
2012.02.19 – Norwich – Waterfront
Riding high on the success of the latest album TRIUMPH AND BEYOND and huge Australian tours with ALESTORM, FINNTROLL and their own headlining tour in 2012 , CLAIM THE THRONE are well primed to bring their all conquering and frothy guzzling live show to the mother land. Putting the ‘fun’ in funnels since 2005, CLAIM THE THRONE have built a reputation for outrageous live performances and a unique take on the folk metal genre. With a newly refined line-up in 2010, TRIUMPH AND BEYOND displays the band at their peak with 12 tracks of fearless victory and its festive aftermath.
Pirates Force Us Back To Europe To Look For Survivors
While cruising in the Gulf of Mexico last week, they were hijacked by pirates. Didn’t that happen the previous year too? These pirates are different however. They go by the name of ALESTORM and forced them to sail to Europe, but instead of sailing to their home country, they demanded to sail back to the Baltic Sea insisting that they would find more survivors there. 27 out of 40 on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival! Who are the survivors those pirates are talking about?
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
So far 27 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:
MY DYING BRIDE
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Napalm recording artist and premier “pirate metal” band ALESTORM will be touring North America this fall, in support of just-released new album Back Through Time. Beginning in late August and going through the end of September, SPV recording artists KAMELOT will be headlining the tour, with ALESTORM headlining select dates. Vocalist/keytarist Chris Bowes had the following to say about the imminent North American invasion: “This summer we’ll be hitting the States and Canada – and even fuckin’ Mexico! – on a big, mad North American tour supporting Kamelot. I hope to see a bunch of you crazy motherfuckers down the front with pints of ale in your hands, rocking out proper pirate-style. Retarded hats and eyepatches are optional!”
Here are the confirmed dates and venues for ALESTORM supporting KAMELOT:
8.25.11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah *Headlining
8.26.11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *w/Kamelot
8.27.11 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx *w/Kamelot
8.28.11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero *w/Kamelot
8.29.11 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s *Headlining
8.30.11 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre *w/Kamelot
8.31.11 – Worcester, MA The Palladium *w/Kamelot
9.01.11 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s *Headlining
9.02.11 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda *w/Kamelot
9.03.11 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial De Quebec *w/Kamelot
9.04.11 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club *w/Kamelot
9.05.11 – London, ON @ Mod Club *Headlining
9.06.11 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s *w/Kamelot
9.07.11 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s *w/Kamelot
9.08.11 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *w/Kamelot
9.09.11 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4 *w/Kamelot
9.12.11 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *w/Kamelot
9.13.11 – Portland, OR @ Peter’s Room *w/Kamelot
9.14.11 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *w/Kamelot
9.15.11 – Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues *w/Kamelot
9.16.11 – Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse *w/Kamelot
9.17.11 – Mexico City, MX @ Ciro Volador *w/Overkill, DRI
9.19.11 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee *Headlining
9.20.11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees *w/Kamelot
9.21.11 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar *w/Kamelot
9.23.11 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Club *w/Kamelot
9.24.11 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug *Headlining
Regarding the press reaction to Back Through Time, released in North America last week by Napalm Records, Bowes had the following to say: “Every review I’ve seen in English says we suck! But from what Google Translate tells me, the Germans seem to love it, and they know metal better than anyone else in the world. So, you should all believe them and buy the fuck out of our album. It’s the soundtrack to every badass pirate party – you can quote me on that if you want.”