UK Tech Fest have announced stage splits for it’s four day event between 5th-9th July at Newark Showground. The festival has also announced that Winspear will sponsoring the main stage and Waghorn Guitars will be sponsoring the second stage.
The festival has also announced that a band can open up the festival on the Thursday of the event. Just send your submission details with the subject ‘Competition Slot’ to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight June 7th.
The stage splits for the event are as follows:
Early Bird Stage
HEART OF A COWARD
TAKEN BY THE TIDES
FROM HER ASHES
BLEED FROM WITHIN
FROM SORROW TO SERENITY
THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT
Waghorn Guitars Stage
THIS IS TURIN
YOU WIN AGAIN GRAVITY
FROM EDEN TO EXILE
THE ACACIA STRAIN
MARTYR DEFILED (farewell show)
Waghorn Guitars Stage
TIDES FROM NEBULA
DAMNED SPRING FRAGRANTIA
THE VOYNICH CODE
THE FIVE HUNDRED
PROTEST THE HERO
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS
Waghorn Guitars Stage
EMPLOYED TO SERVE
THE HIRSCH EFFEKT
UK Tech Fest has also been nominated for Best Event at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods to vote click -HERE- and the best festival at The Heavy Music Awards to vote click –HERE-.
Weekend tickets for the event are £79.99 plus £20 for camping tickets can be bought -HERE-.
Danish group Vola have released their acoustic EP October Session worldwide through all digital channels. October Session contains two acoustic performances of Gutter Moon and Stray The Skies. The original, electric versions of both songs were featured on the band’s critically acclaimed 2016 label debut Inmazes. Until now, both October Session tracks were only available on the vinyl version of Inmazes.
Mashing all of your favourite genres together in a big explosion, VOLA are planning to return to the UK this August to play two headline shows at Dingwalls in London as well as the Sanctuary in Basingstoke. Including that, the band will also be playing the illustrious ArcTanGent Festival alongside Explosions in the Sky, Tesseract, Converge, Sikth, Future of the Left and Heck.
If you like your progressive metal that pushes a lot of the genre and the boundaries of music in general, then you will definitely want to feast your ears and eyes on Vola, who with their new music video have brought something very unique and captures the tone of the song perfectly.
You can check out the music video for ‘Emily‘ below!
Progressive music, especially in the metal spectrum, has evolved greatly since classic’s like Moving Pictures.Bands like Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree amped up the sound and led the way for new generations to put their own stamp on what had come before. Today, the genre has absorbed so much, the template has grown, befitting of the very word ‘progressive’ and with debut LP Inmazes, Denmark’s VOLA are here to push that template one step further.
The Same War springs to life with a mammoth riff, setting precedent for the rest of the album. A staccato verse leads the way for a brilliant half-time chorus, reminiscent of Opeth at their most accessible. Accessible is a key word here with the immediacy of Inmazes being vital in keeping the listener’s attention. Second track Stray The Skies certainly does this, harnessing the album’s catchiest riff and orchestral arrangements to give the song a unique atmosphere. The keys of Martin Werner provide layering and memorable melodies to the album, which alongside lush vocals, lend a Depeche Mode quality to the record. Starburn‘sairy intro gives the listener a chance to breathe before the storm arrives again with another huge chorus ending on an elephantine guitar part right out of the Rush playbook.
With Inmazes the band creates an overarching and consistent feel, much like a well directed movie, locking the listener the into the cosmic soundscape of its creator. Asger Mygind’s cryptic lyrics bring depth to the record, his warm vocal tones slotting smoothly atop the polyrhythmic interplay of the rest of the band. The production here from Mygind is crisp and hits big in all the right places, with rhythm section of Felix Ewert (drums) and Nicolai Mogensen (bass) providing a backdrop for colossal guitars and textured electronica. This allows mini-epic’s such as Owls, with its transformative mid section, to dynamically shift in mood and pace without missing a step.
With Emily, the band unveil the heart of Inmazes, bridging the gap between the scintillating guitar/keyboard interplay of Your Mind is a Hopeless Place and the moog-laced romanticism of Gutter Moon. It shows the band at their ambient best, exposing VOLA as something more than just Meshuggah-esque guitars and catchy choruses. Emily’s inventive nature spreads to the rest of the record and helps build to a climactic final few tracks. Feed The Creatures starts with Bjork-like vocals and tranquil synths, before a gloriously 80’s chorus soars over more polyrythmnic riffery. The title-track closes out the album in a remarkable fashion. All Mr Bungle keys and oddball guitars to start, the song twists its way through a hyper-melodic collection of the bands strongest points ; including a wonderfully chorus-heavy guitar solo and canyon-sized vocal lines, fading to a glassy, shimmering close.
With Inmazes, VOLA have achieved something rare. An album that fuses accessible melodies, crushingly deep guitar tone and mesmerizing electronics into an expansive wall of metallic groove-based sound. An album which is immediate but will reward the listener with repeated listens. More importantly, an album that will undoubtedly show its influence in years to come.
Inmazes is out now on Mascot Records. Check VOLA out on Facebook.
VOLA are back with another brilliantly crafted animated video for the brand new single Stray The Skies from their upcoming their debut album Inmazes.
The Copenhagen-based quartet grew out of a common interest in eclectic, groove-oriented music which draws inspiration ranging from 70’s progressive rock to modern day electronica, industrial and extreme metal. VOLA features Asger Mygind (Vocals/Guitar), Nicolai Mogensen (Bass), Martin Werner (Keyboard) and Felix Ewert (Drums).
This wonderful video was created entirely using ‘Procreate’, a sketching, illustration and painting app that was only designed mainly to be used on mobile phones. Blending beautiful and captivating visuals with the bands ferocious riffs and jaw dropping melodies, the new video truly demonstrates what currently sets VOLA apart from their peers.
VOLA frontman says “I’ve always been a big fan of bands like Opeth and Porcupine Tree, and they write very dynamic songs, so I think the influence to explore dynamics and moods came from that place initially.” Then again, he admits, he is influenced just as much by just the opposite: groove-based, monotonous music. “Some big influences of heavier music are Devin Townsend, Soilwork and Meshuggah. But it doesn’t have to be metal at all as long as it has a spectacular beat, groovy odd-time groupings, an interesting mood or something else along those lines. Massive Attack‘s 100th Window is a big influence. It’s monotonous but it still feels like it’s constantly evolving. Steven Wilson‘s Insurgentes and Ulver’s Shadows Of The Sun both have a darkness that we find very fascinating.”
You can find the song and the stunning new video here!
Before the end of 2015, the band played high-profile gigs like Euroblast in Germany and ProgPower Europe in the Netherlands. Says Mygind: “We felt very proud. We haven’t played that many shows in total, so to step upon a big stage in a foreign country and experience the incredibly positive energy coming from the crowd, was amazing. We didn’t know what to expect, so it blew us all away.”
Vola have announced that they will support Katatonia on the bands upcoming September – November European Tour including several stops in the UK. The band will also be supporting Agent Fresco as part of the upcoming bill.
The band have also released an animated video for their track Gutter Moon this will be taken from the bands upcoming album Inmazes due for release on 16th September 2016 via Mascot Records. The band have been described as being progressive combining elements of bands like Opeth and Devin Townsend with Steven Wilson. The track can be viewed below.
Copenhagen quartet VOLA have announced that they have signed a record deal with Mascot Records, and will re-release their album Inmazes via Mascot on the 16th September.
The album is the band’s debut LP which they self-released digitally in 2015, and with their new record deal, the album will be re-released on physical CD, 2LP, MP3 and Digital on the 16th September. You can pre-order the album here and check out the video for single Starburn below.