Epica, Eluveitie And The Agonist North American Tour Dates Announced!

Epica, Eluveitie And The Agonist North American Tour Dates Announced!

Support: Here’s another huge tour coming our way later this year! Epica, Eluveitie and The Agonist will be hitting the road together for a North American run in September, and as always, they will be can’t miss shows! Here’s what Epica said on the upcoming dates: “We are excited to announce our return to North America! It has been a while since we toured the United States and Canada but, after many requests from our fans across the Atlantic, we’re ready to return this fall stronger than ever!” VIP / Meet + Greet Bundles,go on sale Wednesday, 27th May at 10:00am local time, and General admission tickets will go on sales Friday, May 29th at 10:00am local time. These shows will sell out, so get your tickets early! The dates are below! BE THERE! 09/08 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage 09/09 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club 09/11 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre 09/12 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theatre 09/13 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre 09/15 Chicago, IL – House of Blues 09/16 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights 09/18 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre 09/19 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall 09/20 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom 09/22 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre 09/23 Seattle, WA – Neumos 09/25 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom 09/26 Los Angeles, CA- Fonda Theatre 09/28 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre 09/29 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium 10/01 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom 10/02 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom 10/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza Support: Have you seen these yet? ELUVEITIE AND WINTERSUN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ANNOUNCED! DANZIG, CORROSION...
YOU MIGHT BE A FOLK METALHEAD IF…

YOU MIGHT BE A FOLK METALHEAD IF…

Support: Picture credit: deviantArt. Folk metalheads are my people. I love them, am endlessly aggravated by them, and enjoy making fun of them. They’re like the brothers and sisters I never had, so I’m going to channel Jeff Foxworthy a little and rag on them like only a fellow folk metal fan can. You might be a folk metalhead if… You know at least five songs with “Ginnungagap” in the title Having this experience actually inspired this entire article. Most people have never even heard of Ginnungagap, but here I was, rummaging through my folk metal queue on Plug.dj, looking for Einherjer’s “Out of Ginnungagap” and finding myself unable to filter by “Ginnungagap” alone. Even if you don’t actively follow any Old Norse religions, you probably also know the names of places, people, things, & concepts that the vast majority of people worldwide are totally unfamiliar with. You have thanked Odin instead of God Christianity is so 1,982 years ago. Thanking Odin, or saying “Odin damn it” (as if damnation itself isn’t Christian as fuck), is a sign of being way too into folk metal as well as a huge dork. Double dork points if you spell it Óðinn and you’re not actually Icelandic. You’ve learned at least half the elder futhark alphabet from band logos alone When I was a teenager, my Wiccan friend taught me elder futhark runes so that we could pass notes in class that would be mostly — save for words like “bitch” and “shirt” — be unreadable by teachers if we were caught. At certain points in my life, I could write in...
TOP 5 BANDS I’VE SEEN SINCE MY HIATUS

TOP 5 BANDS I’VE SEEN SINCE MY HIATUS

Support: Songkick and Bandsintown do not give a shit that you’re on hiatus — they will still clog up your inbox with show alerts. As such, I ended up going to a few shows even though I was trying to cut back. It worked out pretty great, because it turns out that quality really IS better than quantity. Even though I didn’t go out too often, the shows I did see were superb. Here’s who I saw and enjoyed. 1. Claim the Throne Claim The Throne‘s first North American tour passed through Brooklyn in January, and they are absolutely amazing. It was super irresponsible for me to be out in Williamsburg at 2am, but there was no way I was going to miss these guys. The more sensible members of the crowd trickled out as the night went on and Claim The Throne ended up playing to a crowd of about a dozen people, giving their set a really intimate feel. 2. Metsatöll The last time I’d seen Metsatöll was at Stage 48, an overcrowded, inconveniently located venue that was clearly never designed to accommodate metalheads. Even though I love the band, the show just wasn’t all it could be. This time though, they played at Irving Plaza to an enthusiastic crowd. Every band (Týr supported and Eluveitie headlined) gave it 100% that night, but Metsatöll really stood out as fantastic. The Offspring Yeah, yeah, not metal, whatever. I am a long-time crazed Offspring fanatic, it’s true. Back in the late ’90s when my friends were fawning over boy bands, I was fawning over Noodles and naming my Tamagotchi...
TOP 5 REASONS I’M BACK

TOP 5 REASONS I’M BACK

Support: Hi everybody, it’s me, She-Wolf. I hope you haven’t all forgotten about me! I took a much-needed break for a while, but now I’ve returned. Here is a list of reasons why I couldn’t quit you after all. 1. I still had a lot to say In the first few months after I went on hiatus, I found myself looking at Facebook, seeing juicy stories, and wanting to tell everyone about them…which is exactly what I was no longer able to do. I’d lost my ability not only to spread the word about fun stuff, but also to vent! It’s one thing to chat with friends about little annoyances, but it’s sooooo much more satisfying to use a public forum. 2. I have time on my hands now Photo credit: My Cuckoo Clocks. Part of the reason my heart was no longer in Hear Evil was that I didn’t have time to put my heart into much of anything. Eventually my day job had me doing the work of three people (with the hourly rate, not even a salary, of one), all while training someone new. Getting home before 8pm was a luxury. After I moved on to greener (in more ways than one) pastures in September, my mind & body were way less encumbered. Going to shows and paying attention were no longer burdensome obligations — they were enjoyable hobbies again! Speaking of which… 3. I kind of needed a hobby Breeding Pokemon during my commutes and watching American Dad on Netflix do not count as hobbies. I missed flexing my brain muscles to come up with...
Melody’s Top 10 Albums of 2014!

Melody’s Top 10 Albums of 2014!

Support: Did another year go by already? How does this keep happening. I promise myself each year that I will make time to listen to more new releases than I did the previous year, but I always fall victim to “No Free Time” syndrome. I wound up listening to even less this year than I did last year. Sigh … anyways, before we get started, I feel the need for a disclaimer or sorts. As with any editorial piece, these are my opinions. These are the 10 albums that were the best of the year to me. If you don’t agree with them, fuck right the hell off. There was an immense amount of releases this year that I wanted to listen to, but just didn’t have the time to. Maybe next year … 10. Sage Francis: Copper Gone MOSHPIT YE – oh … not yet. Sage Francis took a four year hiatus to refuel, and he came back better than ever with Copper Gone, which is his strongest collection of songs to date. Yes, I know … hip hop on a metal site. Shut up … it’s my list. While the album as a whole is strong, one track stands above the others for me. “Thank You” is one of the most heartfelt tributes I’ve heard in a long while. It hit me on all the right levels. If you’re a fan of intelligent hip hop, check this album out. 9. Necrophagia: WhiteWorm Cathedral I went into this one blind. I’m the type of tiger that goes to record shops every week and browses for new shit. If something looks cool to me, I’ll pick it...
ELUVEITIE: “ORIGINS” FULL ALBUM STREAM IS HERE!

ELUVEITIE: “ORIGINS” FULL ALBUM STREAM IS HERE!

Support: Are you ready? Swiss folk metallers, Eluveitie, will be releasing their highly anticipated new album, “Origins,” next Tuesday(August 5th) via Nuclear Blast Records! The group previously gave this detailed description on the concept behind the album, “‘Origins’ deals in depth with Celtic mythology, or, to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular. Hence we’re facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities. Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread — like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater. Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know, it’s likely that we’re dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again — from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today’s northern Spain all the way to later statues in today’s Switzerland, France and elsewhere. Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one.” Are you like everyone else and can’t wait to hear it? Thankfully you don’t have to! Thanks to Nuclear Blast Records, you can stream “Origins” in it’s entirety below! Get your fill of the new folk metal below! [iframe width=”100%” height=”600″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” src=”https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/45079678&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true”][/iframe] Support: Have you seen these yet? VADER: “TIBI ET IGNI” FULL ALBUM STREAM IS HERE! INCITE: “UP IN HELL” FULL ALBUM STREAM...
WATCH BEHEMOTH, WATAIN, 1349, DEATH ANGEL AND MORE LIVE FROM HELLFEST RIGHT HERE!

WATCH BEHEMOTH, WATAIN, 1349, DEATH ANGEL AND MORE LIVE FROM HELLFEST RIGHT HERE!

Support: Yes!! Some of the best bands on the planet are going to be destroying France starting in a few hours and we get to bring it to you LIVE with a stream from the 2014 Hellfest in France! Behemoth, Watain, 1349, Death Angel, Sabaton, Tsjuder and Eluveitie have been confirmed for the stream so far. Last time we did one of these we got a LOT more than what was confirmed so you’re probably going to want to buy a bunch of beer, put this shit on the big screen, crank up the volume and pretend you’re in the middle of some French-speaking farm land rocking out with all 35k+ metalheads who will be there each day! You didn’t come here to read a bunch of bullshit from a dude who is incredibly excited to watch my favorite bands perform, so here’s the video and the times the ‘confirmed’ bands will be streamed. Enjoy! Here are the confirmed bands that you will get to see and the times they are on: Friday 20th June SABATON – 12:05am (6:05pm Eastern) WATAIN – 9:50pm (3:50pm Eastern) DEATH ANGEL – 5:50pm (11:50am Eastern) Saturday 21st June TSJUDER 7:45pm (1:45pm Eastern) ELUVEITIE 9:50pm (3:50pm Eastern) Sunday 22nd June BEHEMOTH 7:50pm (1:50pm Eastern) 1349 12:00am (6pm Eastern) — For more information on Hellfest, check out their official website: http://www.hellfest.fr/ (Opens in a new window so you won’t screw up your feed) Support: Have you seen these yet? ENSLAVED LIVE PHOTOS FROM HELLFEST 2012 BY MANEL AMPOSTA! BEHEMOTH PREPARES FOR SHOWS AT HELLFEST AND GRASPOP DIMMU BORGIR LIVE PICTURES FROM HELLFEST 2012, BY MANEL AMPOSTA!...
HAIL OF THE WEEK – CELTIBEERIAN

HAIL OF THE WEEK – CELTIBEERIAN

Support: Celtibeerian, which sounds more like a folk metal subgenre than a band, brings us Celtic folk metal from Spain. The band was founded in late 2010 and by the end of 2011, they’d recorded and released their first album Tirikantam, named for one of the words found on the first Botorrita plaque. They’ve already performed in festivals around Spain, but it’s obvious to me that they’d be perfect for Paganfest America, hint-ity hint hint. The band’s music has a fun party vibe and their themes SHOCKINGLY revolve around the ancient Celtiberian people, making them sound sort of like a mixture of Korpiklaani and Eluveitie. Similarly to Eluveitie, they incorporate extinct Celtic language in a few of their songs. Earlier this year, Celtibeerian premiered a few new songs, titled “Eimos to katum” (“We’re Marching To War”) and “Kladimoi” (“Swords”). They just finished recording their upcoming album Keltorevolution last week! Below is a bit of awesomeness from their first album — enjoy! Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Celtibeerian Support: Have you seen these yet? HAIL OF THE WEEK – DYRNWYN HAIL OF THE WEEK – WINTERHYMN HAIL OF THE WEEK – NORDHEIM HAIL OF THE WEEK – HEIDRA HAIL OF THE WEEK –...
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