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.”
Back Through Time” will hit the Seven Seas in early June and will be available as a REGULAR JEWEL CASE, DIGIBOOK incl. 2 bonus tracks, BOXSET incl. digibook and pendant & DELUXE BOX SET incl. digibook and Captain Morgan bobblehead! Fans of vinyl may choose between a BLACK or a SILVER edition. All editions come with a free poster. This offer is only good while supplies last!
In addition, a new video will soon be released. The band issued the following update with regard to its production.
“Ahoy you bunch of bastards! We’ve just got back from sunny Belgrade in Serbia, where we’ve been filming the music video for our new song “Shipwrecked”. No expense was spared in the making of it, and I can confidently say that it’s gonna be the best damn music video ever.’But how can you be so sure?’ I hear you ask. Here’s why: violin playing midgets! Hot medieval babes! Ridiculous CGI! Rampant alcohol abuse! All this and much much more! The video was directed by the mighty Ivan Colic (Epica, Kamelot, Kataklysm), and should be released sometime in May, a month before our forthcoming album “Back Through Time” hits the stores! I’m sure like us, you can’t wait to see the finished thing! Happy pirating, everyone!”
Reviews by HannTu, Trease, Arto Lehtinen and Terry Douglas
For the first time ever, Metal-Rules brings you coverage of the one and only true metal holiday in the world: Metal Camp in Slovenia. Be warned, there’s pages and pages of reviews, press conferences and especially tons of high quality pictures ahead; but what can you expect from a week long festival of sheer awesomeness? Read on, if you dare…
FME – Finnish Metal Expo has become a serious metal event and a gathering place for the metal community. The purpose of the whole event is to gather all the important and influential persons, labels and managers involved in the rock/metal business to meet each other and above all have a relaxed feeling and enjoy the atmosphere with colleagues, beer, and tasteful food. Several famous faces could be witnessed from the music business and of course a lot of metal fans having a chance to take pics with their idols. Several instrument clinics played an important role at the Expo when for example George Kollias from Nile demonstrated his drumming talent.
Even though the previous events have been completely sold out and were an utter success, the fifth expo wasn’t sold out even though 6000 people visited during two days. However, here is a brief article covering a few bands and in general the feeling of the Expo. It is truly impossible to check out each band in action because of the normal schmoozing with personal contacts and other important persons.
For an introduction to what Bloodstock Open Air is all about, check out my preview of it here. Suffice it to say that BOA is the only proper UK outdoor metal festival that is devoted to true metal of all genres. This would be the first time I was making the trip up to the Midlands to cover this amazing festival.
Reaching there late Thursday night, we set up camp and went off to explore. BOA has one of the most random things I’d expect at a metal festival: a shisha tent! Armed with a 1.5 litre bottle of JD and two bongs of shisha, we spent the night there meeting weird and crazy people (Frida from Sweden, if you’re reading this, get in touch!). After a disgusting fry-up at the All-Day Breakfast bar, I went off to bed to catch some shut-eye before Friday’s bands. Good start to BOA!