In the last couple of years, the Heidenfest turned out to be a unique and not-to-be-missed tour package when it comes to the biggest names in the field of heathen/viking metal and bands offering you the best in between war anthems and drinking horn frenzy! Which is why the 2012 line up looks like the wet dream of every heathen metal warrior again:
Headlining will be mighty genre legends WINTERSUN from Finland! It took mastermind Jari Mäenpää and his brethren exactly one album to write folk and melodic death metal history: “Wintersun” came out in 2004 and will be followed by a new milestone around the tour.
“We are very excited to announce that we are going to be headlining the 2012 Heidenfest Tour in October. There was some setbacks with the album during the winter (again), but as usual we have managed to ram through them. (Big thanks to our management for helping us through the tough times!). I´ve been mixing my ass off and things are going smooth and steady now and the album will be released late summer. Stay tuned for bigger updates about the album (or should we say “albums”, wink wink!)“ Jari and the Wintersun boys, cheers!
Fellow Finns KORPIKLAANI have an equally impressive fan base to boast and with albums such as “Ukon Wacka” (2011) they deliver the goods in a party-friendly “Pelimanni metal” way! Rising German force VARG on the other hand call their troops to war with some powerful pagan metal tunes while Norwegians TROLLFEST up the ante with a healthy dose of black humour – and supreme folky heaviness! TROLLFEST will be releasing their brand new album “Brumlebassen” on August 24 and VARG will unleash their new beast on October 19, right in time for the HEIDENFEST tour!
Opening act on this tour will be Italian modern folk metal outfit KRAMPUS, who won the Rock The Nation award 2011. KRAMPUS offer an eclectic array of folk sounds with the usage of bagpipes, flutes, whistles, violins, and the Irish Bouzouki partnered with the modern metal sounds of heavy guitars, aggressive vocals, and melodic keyboards. In addition to creating a new breed of sound, KRAMPUS´ focus on their lyrical content while addressing themes such as issues with humanity and nature, and environmental awareness. They´ll be appearing on this years edition of METALCAMP festival in August and the same month they´ll be releasing their long-awaited debut album. Fear the Krampus!
This package already looks flawless – but there are some very special guests yet to be announced! So keep your eyes peeled and check www.heidenfest.eu regularly where you can also order your tickets!
HEIDENFEST 2012 – the ultimate party-program with several highlights, new albums, new music which will spice up your misty Autumn and mood! Cheers!
Presented by Metal Hammer, Legacy, Noizeletter, Musix, X-tra-X, Metalnews.de, BLAST!
+ SPECIAL GUESTS at extended shows*
19.10.2012 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle *Extended Show*
20.10.2012 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn *Extended Show*
21.10.2012 NL – Tilburg, 013 *Extended Show*
22.10.2012 CH – Pratteln, Z7
24.10.2012 IT – Bologna, Estragon
25.10.2012 AT – Wien, Gasometer
26.10.2012 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
27.10.2012 CZ – Prague, KD Vltavska
28.10.2012 PL – Krakow, Studio
29.10.2012 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
30.10.2012 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof
31.10.2012 DE – Munich, Backstage
01.11.2012 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
02.11.2012 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall *Extended Show*
03.11.2012 DE – Gießen, Hessenhallen *Extended Show*
04.11.2012 BE – Antwerp, Trix
WEBSITE & TICKETLINK
Tickets will be on sale April 2nd!