In Flames Join Five Finger Death Punch For UK Tour

Autumn 2017 looks big for rock with In Flames joining Five Finger Death Punch on their UK and Europe arena tour, with Of Mice And Men playing secondary support at select dates. The tour begins in November before concluding on December 21st at Wembley Arena in London. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 16th June, grab them from usual vendors and With both bands joining forces with Spotify and LiveNation, this one-of-a-kind tour partnership features exclusive pre-sales, packages, and content from both bands. Spotify has an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale kicking off tomorrow (Wednesday Jun 14th at 10:00am BST) for passionate listeners of both acts. There will also be a Ticketmaster pre-sale starting on June 15th at 10:00am BST leading up to the general on sale the next day.

“We’ve been lucky to play for so many Jesterheads around the world this year and can’t think of a better way to end 2017 than touring Europe with Five Finger Death Punch. We’ll see you soon Jesterheads and Knuckleheads. It’s going to be a tour to remember.” – Anders Fridén (In Flames, vocals)

“We are currently playing all the European festivals and are having an amazing time. As these massive crowds are singing along every word of the lyrics, it feels like Europe is truly becoming the second home of Five Finger Death Punch. We can’t wait to come back this autumn and especially with In Flames which is one of my favourite bands. This will be something special to see…” – Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch, guitar)


16th Nov – (Sweden), Gothenburg, Scandinavium
17th Nov – (Sweden), Stockholm, Ericsson Globe
21st Nov – (Germany), Hamburg, Sportshalle
22nd Nov – (Germany), Berlin, Velodrome
24th Nov – (Germany), Oberhausen, KP Arena
26th Nov – (Czech Republic), Prague, Forum Karlin*
28th Nov – (Switzerland), Zurich, Hallenstadion*

29th N Nov – (Germany), Munich, Olympiahalle
30th Nov – (Italy), Padova, Geox Theatre*
2nd Dec – (Germany), Stuttgart, HMH Schleyerhalle

4th Dec – (France) Paris, Olympia*
5th Dec – (Luxembourg) Luxembourg, Rockhal*

6th Dec – (Germany) Frankfurt, Festhalle

8th Dec – (Austria) Vienna, Stadthalle*
14th Dec – (Belgium) Antwerp, Lotto*

15th Dec – (Netherlands) Amsterdam, AFAS Live*
17th Dec – (UK) Birmingham, BCA*
18th Dec – (UK) Glasgow, Hydro*
20th Dec – (UK) Leeds, Leeds Arena*
21st Dec – (UK) London, Wembley Arena*

*with Of Mice & Men

LIVE: Avenged Sevenfold – Birmingham Genting Arena 13/01/17

Genting Arena was buzzing on Friday 13th, for the long anticipated Avenged Sevenfold‘s The Stage tour. Supported by Disturbed and In Flames, it was set to be a promising night.

In Flames were first on the bill, with a short and sweet 8 song set that pumped the crowd up. Starting with Bullet Ride, In Flames played with the same energy all the way through to the ending with Take This Life, and they sounded great. Even those who had only bought tickets for the headline act were left impressed. However those with lower seats near the stage and standing at the front were left blinded by the too bright lights, but their sound was great and the audience loved them.



Next on the bill were the legendary Disturbed, and they put on an incredible performance. Their set was double the length of In Flames, but not once did the audience get bored. Disturbed began with their heavy and lively The Eye Of The Storm, mellowed out in the middle with their version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s The Sound Of Silence, where they asked the audience to light up their mobile phones, and began getting the crowd pumped again by ending on Ten Thousand Fists and Down With The Sickness. Their pyrotechnics were incredible, and they sounded fantastic. Although vocalist David Draiman looked tired by the end of the set, his vocals never faltered and he had an incredible sound. The sound crew did a fantastic job and it was all round a cracking set. One might say that Disturbed were Down With The Sickness.


Finally, after David Bowie‘s Space Oddity played over the sound system, Avenged Sevenfold made their appearance. Launching into The Stage, the crowd went wild, especially for Synyster Gates and M Shadows. After The Stage was over, the stage was launched into darkness and Gates played an interlude on acoustic guitar, before the other band members returned with AfterlifeAvenged Sevenfold knew what some of the crowd favourites were, however it was a shame not to hear tracks like Beast And The Harlot and So Far Away.

By the time Avenged Sevenfold played their third song, Hail To The King, the crowd were forming a mosh pit. The band had the audience eating out of the palms of their hands. They had a decent mix of old and new material, performing Warmness On The Soul from their debut album Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, and Unholy Confessions from Waking The Fallen in the encore. However it was noticeable that Shadows‘ screamed vocals sounded a little strained compared to his usual heated singing style. It is often argued that this is due to the throat surgery Shadows had in 2003, however it could also be due to the strain that heated vocals have on the vocal chords throughout a world tour. The set list cleverly included less songs that included screaming vocals, probably for this reason. By far the best received songs by the audience was Nightmare and Almost Easy. However the encore included Bat CountryA Little Piece of Heaven and Unholy Confessions, which were all fan favourites.

Shadows interacted often with the standing audience, throwing them bottles of water and talking to them. He regularly embraced Gates and Zacky Vengeance like brothers at the front of the stage, and threw a shout out to their ‘fallen brother’ The Rev who passed away in 2009.

Although the crowd went more wild for Synyster Gates, it has to be said that Zacky Vengeance is an underrated guitarist. His solos and swapping between melodies with Gates was flawless, and he deserves more recognition than he gets.

Compared to DisturbedAvenged Sevenfold‘s light show was disappointing, and the sound of Shadows‘ voice was often lost under the screaming of the crowd and the other band members. However the backing vocals provided by all the band members except drummer Brooks Wackerman rang out through the arena.


Chariots Of The Gods Unleash Their New Video For “Resurrection”

For fans of; Trivium, In Flames, Children Of Bodom and Kalmah Melodic Death Metal band Chariots Of The Gods have unleashed their new video for Resurrection, in support of their new album Ages Unsung released this past September (as reviewed by Kris Pugh on Musicology). 

Resurrection is just one of 10 tracks taken from this impressive album recorded at The Grid with legendary producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis). The album also features a guest solo from Pascal Jobin (The Agonist) on the track Into The Oblivion. Chariots Of The God’s raised the money to create the album from a kickstarter campaign where the group surpassed their goal of $3,000. The album marks the return of the band following a small hiatus and lineup change following their 2013 debut Tides Of War produced by Glen Robinson (Queensrhyce, GWAR, Annihilator). 

The band commented on the track Resolution as part of the press release:
“For the third lyric video, we thought “Resurrection” could be a great addition to our series of singles. The song talks about the rising of beasts ready to set the world ablaze. With the US elections having passed, we felt the themes can somewhat be connected. We went into new territories with this one, but we’re really proud of the turnout. We hope you will enjoy it!”

The video can be watched below:

The album is also available to be listened to in full from the band’s YouTube channel available now

Chariots Of Fire will be on tour in Canada including supporting Sonata Arctica  in their hometown of Ottawa. The group will be taking Pronostic as their support band on this tour. No UK dates have so far been confirmed.

In Flames Release New Track

Swedish brutes In Flames have aired new track Through My Eyes. The track comes from new record Battles which is released early November. If you like the sound of it you can catch them on tour with Hell Yeah.

Battles is out November 11th on Nuclear Blast Records and you can catch them on their US tour as below.

Nov. 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Nov. 16 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
Nov. 18 – Binghamton, NY – Magic City Music Hall
Nov. 19 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Nov. 20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Nov. 22 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Nov. 23 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Nov. 25 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
Nov. 26 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Hub
Nov. 27 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
Nov. 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
Nov. 30 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec. 01 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theater
Dec. 03 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center
Dec. 04 – Green Bay, WI – The Sandlot
Dec. 06 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Dec. 07 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
Dec. 10 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Dec. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Dec. 16 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
Dec. 17 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
Dec. 18 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
Dec. 19 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

Avenged Sevenfold announce arena tour with massive supports!

When you pack three of the biggest bands on the planet into some of the largest venues the UK can hold, you know it’s going to be a very special tour. Avenged Sevenfold have been relatively quiet for the last few years, but hopefully this tour is the start of something new. It’s certainly going to go off with a bang, considering Disturbed and In Flames are in tow.

That’s right, Avenged SevenfoldDisturbed and In Flames are hitting the road together.

Here’s the dates in January:

10th – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
12th – NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
15th – SHEFFIELD Arena
17th – BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena
19th – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
20th – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
21th – LONDON O2 Arena