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SUNDAY, 28.07.2019
Artfest & Dirty Skunks Present - MetalDays Aftershow: Queensrÿche (USA), Firewind (Gre), Mirrorplain (Ger)

Venue:
Kino Šiška, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana
Start: 19:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 25 €
Ticket price on concert day: 29 €
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QUEENSRŸCHE

Bio:
QueensrÿcheQueensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full length album "The Warning" in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of "Rage For Order", Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album"Operation:Mindcrime", which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful "Empire" in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV "viewers choice" award for the #1 chart topping hit "Silent Lucidity". During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
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FIREWIND

Bio:
FirewindTime to wake the sleeping giant...
It’s been about five years since Greek melodic Power Metallers FIREWIND released their critically acclaimed seventh album “Few Against Many” (2012), but in the meantime the band and its individual members have all been extremely busy with various activities. Main man and guitarist Gus G. has released not one, but two solo albums, toured worldwide in support of both of them and hit the road once again with the ‘Prince of Darkness’, Ozzy Osbourne, whose band member he has been since 2009. His fellow FIREWIND band mates have also been far from idle too, but despite the prolonged break in activities, FIREWIND was always going to return… strong and blasting on all cylinders!
After already returning to the international live-circuit already throughout the last months, January 20th, 2017 will see FIREWIND release their newest studio album entitled “Immortals”, which returns to the infectiously catchy and highly anthemic origins of the group. Throughout the 10 new tracks on the record, FIREWIND sound fresher and more determined than ever before, showcasing not only a high quality level of individual instrumental skills, but also a tasteful and matured song writing ability, making the 44 minutes playing time of the album an energetic rollercoaster between the realms of traditional Heavy Metal, epic Hardrock influences as well extremely melodic Power/Speed Metal craft.
“The songs were written in a much slower pace this time, as it's the longest break we ever took between albums. So we took our time writing this and concentrated on keeping ideas that were really strong”, says Gus G. Another noteworthy element to “Immortals” is that this album marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
“Immortals” also once again features a new FIREWIND frontman, even though not at all stranger to the band and their followers: Henning Basse (ex Metalium, Sons Of Seasons) already performed across the world with FIREWIND back in 2007 on the “Allegiance” tour and has been a close friend and collaborator of the band, as well the most recent vocalist for Gus G.’s solo touring band. His rich, classic rock referencing vocals are the perfect foil for the wealth of material the band have been working on and he brings a reinvigorated power to the fold.
Conceptually packaged with suitable artwork courtesy of longtime visual partner Gustavo Sazes, the lyrical theme for “Immortals” is explained by Gus G. as follows: “This is our first concept album and it has to do with ancient Greek history and more specifically the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis in 480 BC during the second Persian invasion of Greece. In Thermopylae, The vastly outnumbered Greeks held off the Persians for seven days (including three of battle) before the rear-guard was annihilated in one of history's most famous last stands”.
Upon release of “Immortals”, FIREWIND will strike back with further live activity, as they first embark on a headline tour of Europe & UK in February 2017 and then are set to follow up with several summer festival appearances, which are already being confirmed and soon to be announced...
Firewind Website
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Firewind @ ReverbNation
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MIRRORPLAIN

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MetalDays Aftershow: Queensrÿche (USA), Firewind (Gre), Mirrorplain (Ger)

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FRIDAY, 20.09.2019
Dirty Skunks & Trainstation SubArt Present: Der Weg einer Freiheit (Ger), Downfall of Gaia (Ger)

Venue:
TrainStation SubArt, Kolodvorska 8, Kranj
Start: 20h
Ticket price in pre-sale: 18 €
Ticket price on concert day: 22 €
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DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT

Bio:
Der Weg einer FreiheitDER WEG EINER FREIHEIT was born in February 2009 in Würzburg, Germany when founding fathers Nikita Kamprad (guitars, bass, songwriting, drum programming) and Tobias Jaschinsky (vocals) released the first self-titled album limited to 200 copies using a drum machine. Within just one month the self-produced record was sold out and the first reviews and interviews followed quickly.
In January 2010 a deal with Berlin based record label Viva Hate Records was inked and the band re-released their debut album in May – this time featuring real drumtracks recorded by Christian Bass (Heaven Shall Burn), a new mix and the bonustrack “Ruhe”. Further the band celebrated their first live performance at Friction Fest Berlin among bands like Wolves In The Throne Room, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Entombed, Crippled Black Phoenix and Amenra followed by various shows all over Germany.
In March 2011 the band entered Hamburg’s Hammer Studios with producer Eike Freese (Negator, Dark Age, Deep Purple, Gamma Ray) to record their EP “Agonie”. With its release in July drummer Christian Bass had to leave the band due to timing and private reasons but shortly after a new permanent drummer was found in Tobias Schuler who has already substituted Christian Bass at a couple of shows in 2010.
The first big festival appearances at Summer Breeze Open Air, Barther Metal Open Air and Wolfszeit Festival followed as well as the first Austrian shows with friends Neaera.
After finishing songwriting for the next record at the end of 2011 the band entered Tonstudio Würzburg in their hometown to record their next full-length. “Unstille” was produced, mixed and mastered by Nikita Kamprad and released in June 2012 via Viva Hate Records. After having various friends helping out on live-guitar and -bass, Sascha Rissling (guitars) and Giuliano Barbieri (bass) were added as permanent members to the line-up.
Despite of a successful headlining tour around Germany and Austria singer Tobias Jaschinsky decided to leave the band due to musical differences. Having no auditions with other singers at all the band chose to go on as a 4-piece with Nikita Kamprad taking over the vocal position live and in the studio besides his duties on guitars.
In this constellation the band went on tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland in March 2013 with comrades Agrypnie and Heretoir and played Summer Breeze Open Air for the second time as well as several headliner shows.
2014 started off with a short run through France supporting Ensiferum before leaving for Blastfest in Bergen, Norway in February, followed by a German tour with The Ocean. In April the band played a one week tour in Russia and then co-headlined Israel’s biggest annual metal festival, the Tel Aviv Deathfest among many other international bands. The band also played the renowned With Full Force Open Air in Germany and headlined various metal festivals.
In August 2014 DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT signed a deal with French label Season of Mist and recorded their highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Unstille” with producer Jan Kerscher at Ghost City Recordings, Germany.
“Stellar” was released in March 2015 followed by an extended tour all over Europe with fellow countrymen Downfall of Gaia. The band continued their journey on major international festivals like Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Resurrection Fest and Roadburn Festival and visited many countries they haven’t been before. “Stellar” has been reviewed and well-discussed in major print- and webzines all over the world strengthening the band’s international reputation in the extreme metal sector.
After supporting Sweden’s Shining on a short German run and playing another extensive headlining tour through Europe the band was confirmed for the world-famous Wacken Open Air. However, just a few days before their performance bassist Giuliano Barbieri left the band and they finished all remaining shows 2016 including a support tour for Moonspell as a three-piece on stage.
In January 2017 DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT entered Ghost City Recordings once again to record their forth full-length album. This time the band decided to handle the whole production process by themselves allowing them to fully concentrate on the new material without being limited by time and financial means. After completing the album production early March the band announced Nico Ziska as their new bassist and permanent member followed by selected shows in Germany and Luxembourg in support of Heaven Shall Burn.
The new album “Finisterre” has been released on August 25th 2017 by Season of Mist worldwide and was very well received and reviewed by the press, media and fans. The album’s success was also pushed by the following headlining release tour in September/October with quite a few sold out shows such as in Paris, Zurich, Strasbourg and Nantes. With the release of the album, however, guitarist Sascha Rissling decided to leave the band but was replaced shortly after by good friend and direct predecessor Nicolas Rausch who already played with the band in 2011.
Der Weg einer Freiheit Website
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DOWNFALL OF GAIA

Bio:
Downfall of GaiaDownfall of Gaia is a dark wall, moving forward relentlessly, enveloping the listener, absorbing one’s spirit to take one into the realm of the band’s potent sound.
Founded in 2008 and having undergone several line up changes, the quartet is now comprised of the two founding members Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar and vocals) and Anton Lisovoj (bass and vocals), Marco Mazzola (Guitar) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City.
Although the group’s roots lie within the DIY / Crust scene, they have become more closely associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock, and dirty sludge, while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of living. In their early days, they released one demo, which was heavily influenced by d-beat, in addition to a split tape with French band Kazan in advance to a tour EP in 2009. Their debut album “Epos” followed in 2010, which was realized with the help of several DIY-labels.
The band’s connection to the DIY scenes also led to a split LP with In The Hearts Of Emperors on Alerta Antifascista Records, one of the most important underground/punk labels in Germany, as well as Moment Of Collapse and Shove Records.
The band never intended to stagnate, and naturally their sound underwent significant changes. Downfall of Gaia drifted away from fast crust punk, which influenced their early work, towards longer and more intense material that became the more massive with black metal, doom and sludge elements.
In 2012, this new sound was heard on their second album, their first for legendary label Metal Blade Records, titled “Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes,” which more than satisfied what fans of infinite heaviness longed for, and made its appearance in annual end-of-the-year and best-of lists among critics and editors.
When Downfall of Gaia were not rehearsing or recording, they love to go on tour ever, which is something they’ve done since their humble beginnings: often and anywhere. They have travelled through almost every European country and played in most US states in 2011, as well as in 2013.
In 2012, they even went to Russia, enthusing fans in Moscow. In 2013 alone, the group performed more than 100 concerts. In 2014, they gigged with Neurosis, Toxic Holocaust, Black Tusk and many more and also appeared at cult open air Hellfest in France.
Now in the same year, their excessive touring came to a halt to make time for their second release via Metal Blade. The band entered ’79 Sound Studio in Cologne and started working on new material. The results were mixed at renowned Atomic Garden Studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and mastered in Portland, Oregon, at notorious Audiosiege Studio. Finally, the new masterpiece was completed and is ready to ravage eager listeners. Once again, the band has developed a concept. The album addresses mankind’s most powerful enemy: time, which passes without mercy.
Downfall of Gaia refrain from any calm moments, let alone pauses, and go full throttle immediately on “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay,” released via Metal Blade Records in November of 2014 followed by extended touring worldwide all over Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay” is being reviewed and well-discussed in major print- and webzines all over the world and one more time made its appearance in annual end-of-the-year and best-of lists.
Despite an intense band life and a successful touring history, guitarist Peter Wolff called it quits in early 2016 to focus on new projects, family and his private life. Downfall of Gaia was on the hunt for a new member and after a few auditions a choice was made. Marco Mazzola became the new face behind the guitar and replaced Peter Wolff in April 2016! Right now Downfall of Gaia is preparing for their new record ‘Atrophy‘ which will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records in November of 2016! Recorded in June 2016 at Hidden Planet Studio Berlin. Mixed and mastered at Atomic Garden Studio, San Francisco. A record about the the absurdity of life and of human existence, an album about the constant dialog between life and death.
Downfall of Gaia Website
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Der Weg einer Freiheit (Ger), Downfall of Gaia (Ger)

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FRIDAY, 04.10.2019
She Past Away (Tur), Phantasmagoria (Cro)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 21h
Ticket price in pre-sale: 15 €
Ticket price on concert day: 18 €
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SHE PAST AWAY

Bio:
She Past AwayShe Past Away is dark-wave with a reworked 80's sound. Signature guitar sound of the post-punk era, combined with minimalist poetry in Turkish.
Band's foundations date back to 2006 when Volkan was drafting songs even before the band was named. In 2009 the band came to a formation and recorded the debut EP "Kasvetli Kutlama", which was released in digital in 2010. "Belirdi Gece" LP was released in 2012, followed by "Narin Yalnızlık" LP in 2015.
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PHANTASMAGORIA

Bio:
PhantasmagoriaPhantasmagoria chose a way through music with an idea of creating something different in the post punk sunset of Zagreb at the end of eighties. Inspiration for the name was found at the same titled The Damned album, but it also reminds about apparent fiction of universal truth. Phantasmagoria used the pentagram as its symbol, as a symbol of the perfect man and a balance between material and spiritual. Marked as a dark and controversial band and often compared with the some of the biggest names of the genre, such as The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, The Fields Of The Nephilim,......, Phantasmagoria soon earned the cult status in Croatian underground sczene. First single "Alex" (1988.) went straight to No. 1 indie-charts position which was followed by the press responses in the favour of the band. The following singles "Poziv U Raj" and "Ja Gledam Svojim Ocima" (1989.) repeated that success. Phantasmagoria 1990. earned the title of a best new alternative band by music press. The first Phantasmagoria’s video-clip for the song "Better World" (1991.) came straight to No. 1 on national television chart and next one. Video for the song "Isolated" (1992.), was chosen as one of 10 the best video-clips in Croatia for the year 1993. However, band's cult status also resulted with bad publicity within the local Catholic Church, which escalated to the constant assaults from local Church newspapers and even with ripping off the band's posters from the walls because of the pentagram usage as a symbol of the band and reffering to the philosophy of Aleister Crowley. Although the war in Croatia seriously damaged their career, Phantasmagoria never gave up playing live, in war-zones and at many anti-war festivals. Phantasmagoria has twice performed at the famous festival "Wave Gotik Treffen" in Leipzig, Germany, played on "Dark Nation Day" festival in Vienna, "Metal Camp" in Slovenia, "Viva La Pola!" festival in Pula, Croatia, "Exit" in Serbia, a headliner tour in Czech Republic and Slovakia, supported and play with many great acts like The Young Gods, Mizar, Let 3, New Model Army, Iggy Pop, Borghesia, Christian Death, Kismet, Clan Of Xymox, Theatres Des Vampires, Diva Destruction, Moriis, In Extremo, Charon, Deathstars, Type O Negative, The 69 Eyes, The Mission, Paradise Lost, Love Amongs Ruin, Moonspell, ... 93!
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She Past Away (Tur), Phantasmagoria (Cro)

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MONDAY, 07.10.2019
Paul Gilbert (USA)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 19h
Ticket price in pre-sale: 25 €
Ticket price on concert day: 29 €
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PAUL GILBERT

Bio:
Paul GilbertA virtuosic American heavy metal and hard rock guitarist, Paul Gilbert is best known as the ace shredder and co-founder of Mr. Big, and as a member of Los Angeles-based metallers Racer X. He launched a solo career in 1996, and has since issued a slew of acclaimed albums like Alligator Farm (2000), Silence Followed by a Deafening Roar (2008), Vibrato (2012), and Behold Electric Guitar (2019). He has also collaborated with fellow six-string wizards Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai.
Born November 6, 1966, in Carbondale, Illinois, and raised primarily in Greenburg, Pennsylvania, Gilbert began playing music at age five, and by age 15 was not only touring local clubs with his band Tau Zero but was even spotlighted in Guitar Player magazine alongside fellow up-and-comer Yngwie Malmsteen. In 1984, Gilbert relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology, becoming an instructor there the following year; concurrently, he formed the band Electric Fence, which by 1986 evolved into Racer X. Their debut album, Street Lethal, appeared later that year, but in the wake of the follow-up, 1987's Second Heat, Gilbert exited to join Mr. Big, which in 1992 topped the pop charts with the ballad "To Be with You."
Mr. Big disbanded in 1996, and a year later Gilbert made his solo debut with King of Clubs. He also re-formed Racer X, who had enormous success in Japan with the 1999 LP Technical Difficulties and 2000's Superheroes. The ensuing years saw Gilbert continuing to release solo albums while recording and touring with Racer X, and in 2011 he teamed back up with Mr. Big and released the album What If. The following year, Gilbert issued his 12th solo outing, Vibrato, followed by the 2014 covers LP Stone Pushing Uphill Man. I Can Destroy was issued in 2016, with Behold Electric Guitar arriving in 2019.
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Paul Gilbert (USA)

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THURSDAY, 10.10.2019
Crashdïet (Swe), The Cruel Intentions (Swe/Nor), Highride (Swe)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 20:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 20 €
Ticket price on concert day: 24 €
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CRASHDÏET

Bio:
CrashdïetIt has been the motivational “catch phrase” for the Swedish boys in CRASHDÏET ever since they started out back in the beginning of 2000. They’ve clearly gone through turbulence a number of times their career, with deaths, line-up changes and a history of abuse that would make Mötley Crüe's “The Dirt” sound like a children's book. However, the boys have become known for picking up the pieces and returning to the scene, every time they crash.
Their undeniable flirt with the 80s big arena rock bands like Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Skid Row etc., combined with a notable element of punk, has made them a significant name in the revival of the sleaze and glam (or hair metal) genre.
CRASHDÏET released their critically acclaimed debut album “Rest in sleaze” in the fall of 2005 through Universal Music, giving them a spring of success in their home country. But shortly after, in January of 2006, their frontman and founder Dave Lepard, was found dead in his home after committing suicide.
The surviving members have carried on the torch ever since, recruiting new frontmen, touring the world and releasing studio albums for their widespread fans.
In September of 2019 they will release their fifth studio album, followed by a European tour together with their neighbors in Norway: The Cruel Intentions and Swedish punk-sleaze act Highride.
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THE CRUEL INTENTIONS

Bio:
The Cruel IntentionsFormer Vains of Jenna singer Lizzy DeVine has hooked up with fellow Swedes Mats Wernerson and Robin Nilsson and Norwegian rock monster Kristian Nygaard Solhaug to form The Cruel Intentions. As you'd expect, they have more swagger than a dozen penguins bloated on krill.
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HIGHRIDE

Bio:
HighrideHighride formed in 2006 as a noisy punk rock band in the dirty suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden. Two years of songwriting and sweating in tiny rehersal rooms led to the band’s live debut in 2008 and the early years was all about building a fanbase, performing live anywhere they could. With numerous shows behind them (sharing stage with bands such as Hardcore Superstar and Crashdïet) and with a unique blend of punk, sleaze and hard rock – Highride has without a doubt managed to put their name on the international rock ‘n’ roll map.
Highride Website
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Crashdïet (Swe), The Cruel Intentions (Swe/Nor), Highride (Swe)

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WEDNESDAY, 13.10.2019
Omnium Gatherum (Fin), In Mourning (Swe), Heidra (Dk)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 19:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 20 €
Ticket price on concert day: 24 €
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OMNIUM GATHERUM

Bio:
Omnium GatherumHailing from Finland, Omnium Gatherum is a band playing fierce death metal with breathtaking melodies and progressive originality for people in the metal field looking for something different that still is catchy. A band that truly walks it’s own path proudly and shows some new exciting sides on identifiable character. A band of many directions and styles, some of them clearly visible while others were more unseen - namely working and keeping it all together under the moniker of melodic life-and-death metal and bastardizing it with various influences. Adult oriented death metal that it is.
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IN MOURNING

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In MourningIN MOURNING was formed in the Swedish woods in the year 2000. Since then the band has evolved over the years striving to refine its sound to what it is today. April 2012 marked the release of the bands third and latest album "The Weight Of Oceans", a mythology inspired conceptual story that journeys to the sea. Musically blending a broad spectrum of influences into a foundation of melodic death metal. Thrusting from doomy metal-riffs, blasting drumbeats and deep growling vocals to calm breezes of clean flowing melodies and harmonies.
After the release of "The Weight Of Oceans" the band parted ways with drummer Christian Netzell (also Volturyon, Spasmodic etc.) to later be joined by former Katatonia drummer Daniel Liljekvist. Now hitting the recording studio with new spark in late 2015 to write a new chapter together with Polish record label Agonia Records!
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HEIDRA

Bio:
HeidraHeidra are a Copenhagen based metal band playing a mix of melodic, black and power metal with folk-themed undertones, powerful choruses and brutal growls. Heidra has a strong following in the Danish folk/metal scenes with an established yet growing fan base and a rich gigging history around Denmark and Europe.
Heidra @ Bandcamp
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Omnium Gatherum (Fin), In Mourning (Swe), Heidra (Dk)

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FRIDAY, 18.10.2019
Gutalax (Cz), Spasm (Cz), Guineapig (Ita)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 21h
Ticket price in pre-sale: 18 €
Ticket price on concert day: 22 €
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GUTALAX

Bio:
GutalaxDo you like dancing? In that case gore grind GUTALAX are here for you. Come to have a dance in the moshpit, because this Czech band know very well how to pump it up on the stage.
The Shitty River boys will tour South America before our anniversary to improve their movements in the samba rhythm which they will then, in a brownish connection with their disco, release into your bodies.
Band members:
Martin MATY Matousek - vox
Tomas KOJAS Anderle - guitar
Mira KOHY Kohout -guitar
Petr FREE Svoboda - drums
Pavel KEBAB Troup - bass
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SPASM

Bio:
SpasmThe Epoch of Spasm started at the beginning of winter month January in 2000. At that time the band was intended as a side-project of the hordes Psychopathia and Romantic Love, but everything completely changed. When Psychopathia (up to that time a regular and running band) was laid to rest, nothing prevented us from leading the band as a full featured group. Our aim was evident – we wanted to play extreme music with an extraordinary concept. The first line-up was formed with the help of another member of Psychopathia – Mira - guitar, but after a short engagement, the line – up slowly crystallized to the three – members’ band. At that point in time line – up was: Sam – bass grind inferno, Lukáš – drums and cymbals and Máňa- vocals. During the next year, Spasm composed and rehearsed songs for the debut demo CD - “ Spasmatic Secretion”, which was released in May 2001, but it wasn’t released nor spread among audience. Then Spasm made a progression, we tried to form our original style of playing (the band refuses using guitars) and participated in various actions and gigs. In 2004 Spasm experienced the turning point in its career – we recorded a promo CD for an eventual label release, what finally happened.
Copremesis prod. released the debut album of Spasm in May 2005. Later on, when ideal and conceptual disputes appeared, Máňa left the band and his post was taken by owner of the releasing label Copremesis- Radim (Copretina). So, the line – up was: Sam – bass guitar, Lukáš – drums and Radim – vocals. After releasing our debut album “Lust For Feculent Orgasm”, the band started playing in different fests and gigs, Obscene extreme 2006 was the most important performance in our career.
In next tree years our horde intensively played dozens of shows in Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Germany and Austria, we participated in several compilations and we were hardly working on another CD. As a result of our effort, we met with growing warm reception of fans and with growing interest and popularity as well.
At the beginning of 2008 Spasm entered the studio to record new material for the second full – length CD. We succeed in realizing it, recorded a big amount of songs, so some of them were put on Split EP with our grinding Slovakian friends Mizar. This Split Ep was released by a friend of our band - Bohdan and his Rarach Katus rec. in March 2008.
In October 2008 another glorious period of our history was started, when our second CD called “Paraphilic Elegies“ was released on German label Rotten Roll Rex. after some major technical inconveniences. Firstly, we unobtrusively had a few shows supporting our actual release, but we decided to play intense and maximal shows all around for the next year 2009.
Between 2009 - 2010 the band participated in many gigs and festivals throughout Europe (Ukraine, Portugal, The Netherlands) and also in their homeland. Moreover, Spasm filmed their first music video. That was the time for preparing another CD as well.
In summer 2011 Spasm released the third full-lenght album "Taboo Tales" and the whole crazy carousel starts up again.
In the same year Spasm shot another official video, which awarded amazing 4th place in Czech music survey Břitva in "Video of the year".
The year of 2012 brings the first real European tour with friends Gutalax. We played 10 gigs in 10 days in 5 countries. The whole venue was really successful and also the new merchandise has been maximally promoting the band.
We appeared on great summer festivals – awesome Obscene Extreme and also Extreme Fest in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Afterwards we played gigs in the Netherlands, Poland or Switzerland and Germany again.
In 2013 we experienced playing in Russia for the first time and we took part in some great small Czech festivals like Antitrend Fest and also in famous Rape The Escape Fest in Austria.
January 2014 brought us the golden opportunity to play headlining and successful tour which took place in different parts of Mexico. In May we played twice in the Netherlands, two awesome fests like Grindhoven and the biggest indoor extreme festival Neurotic Death Fest.
Now we are looking forward to appear on brilliant Brutal Assault Fest and superb Fekal Party in Czech Republic as well as Chimpy fest in Great Britain.
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GUINEAPIG

Bio:
GuineapigBorn in 2013, Guineapig is an Italian goregrind act featuring members of Ultimo Mondo Cannibale, SpermBloodShit and Rabid Dogs.
After a Demo CD, in 2014 Rotten Roll Rex released their first full “Bacteria”.
Now the band is working on new songs for the upcoming album.
Line-up:
Fra – guitar and vocals
Alessio – bass and vocals
Giancarlo – drums
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FRIDAY, 25.10.2019
Deströyer 666 (Aus), Dead Congregation (Gre), Nocturnal Graves (Aus), Inconcessus Lux Lucis (UK)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 19:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 22 €
Ticket price on concert day: 25 €
Buy a ticket!
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Ticket pre-sale:
- On Parole web-shop,
- Truga shop (Kotnikova 5, LJ),
- Orto Bar,
- and at all Dirty Skunks concerts!


DESTRÖYER 666

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Deströyer 666DESTRÖYER 666 continue to do what they are best at: kicking ass and hammering out heavy metal that is slamming straight into the face. No compromise, no sell out, no bullshit!
The Australians fill the gap between albums with the hard-hitting EP, 'Call of the Wild' that comes with a distinct taste of an unrepentantly classic flavour.
DESTRÖYER 666 don't do whiny nostalgia but simply stick to their old school roots, which are reaching straight down into the golden age of metal while allowing themselves to sound fresh and remain relevant. The band originally started out as a solo project of BESTIAL WARLUST guitarist KK in Australia in 1994. As early as with debut album 'Unchain the Wolves' (1997), fast-tracked towards international acclaim. The even stronger second full-length, 'Phoenix Rising' (2000) had the Australians relocating to Europe to be able to satisfy the soaring demand for touring and festival shows. After a round of line-up changes, third full length 'Cold Steel... For an Iron Age' (2002) cemented the band's excellent reputation. After a hiatus caused among other issues by disenchantment with the business, DESTRÖYER 666 returned with 'Defiance' in 2009 and followed up on this success with the rough and gritty 'Wildfire' seven years later that saw them touring and performing at all the relevant metal festivals worldwide on a regular basis again.
'Call of the Wild' comes with three fresh tracks and the revisited classic, "Trialed by Fire”, which was first published on 'Terror Abraxas' (2003). Now come and get yours!
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DEAD CONGREGATION

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Dead CongregationFormed in 2004 in Athens, Greece, Dead Congregation focus on lacking aspects in today’s death metal bands/releases: feeling, spirit, atmosphere and quality. Creating darkness and blasphemy is their only goal…
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NOCTURNAL GRAVES

Bio:
Nocturnal Graves2004: Nocturnal Graves begin with the first line-up:
J.: Guitars & Vox
R.: Thunderbass
S.R.: Drums
Demo 1 "Profanation of Innocence" recorded May, Demo 2 "Deathstorm" Recorded July. First live show in August.
2005: Gigs in Melbourne, Bendigo and Brisbane Australia take place early in the new year before S.R. leaves the band.
"Necromancer" pic 7"EP recorded June as a 2 piece with J. handling drums, vox and guitar duties, R. on Bass.
Nocturnal Graves sign with Nuclear War Now! Productions.
2006: More line up changes when Eradicator joins the fold.
The "Necromancer" Pic 7"EP is released in October by Deathstrike Records.
2007: Early nights of 2007 see the "Satan's Cross" LP recorded along with the departure of Eradicator.
Hexx (Trench Hell) joins the band on lead guitar in time for an Australian tour with Danish Black Horror Metal ghouls Denial of God.
Late 2007 Nuclear War Now! Productions release "Satan's Cross" on LP/Pic LP/CD.
Hexx deciding to focus more energy towards his own band Trench Hell is no longer a member of Nocturnal Graves thus closing the chapter of 2007, a triumphant years end forged in Blood and Fire!!!..
2008: Writing material for a split LP with the Finnish Band Hellspirit along with the search for a new guitarist means 2008 moves past with little action...
2009: Early 2009 4 new tracks recorded for "The Gravespirit Sessions" Split LP (with Hellpsirit) and is released by Nuclear War Now! Productions.
1st European Rituals are performed in November with Decaylust from Denouncement Pyre taking on lead guitar duties.
2010: The band goes on hiatus until...
2012: Nocturnal Graves rise up from the crypt with a new line-up of:
J.R. - Bass/Vox (Impious Baptism, Ex-Destroyer 666)
Decaylust - Lead Guitars (Denouncement Pyre)
Shrapnel - Lead Guitars (Ex- Destroyer 666)
L.W. - Drums (Denouncement Pyre)
Material for a second album is exhumed throughout the remainder of the year and a new deal with Hells Headbangers Records is forged.
2013: The new album "...From the Bloodline of Cain" is recorded at I-HQ Recordings Australia and is released in October 2013 through Hells Hedbangers Records.
A series of live shows have and will be performed throughout the year, with plans to finally reach the USA, and more shows in Europe in the coming future. You have been warned... The hunt goes on!!!
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INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS

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Inconcessus Lux Lucis“Flesh eating inserts swarm thy crown, my beautiful. As you peel in the fire, your fume rides on the wind to choke lungs of life. You raise me high and break me in two in one hand holding my insignificance, and in the other my grandeur. So you sink them both in pits of vipers and receive my soul, for we are, deeply nestled in the bosom of the beast...”
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FRIDAY, 08.11.2019
Swallow the Sun (Fin), October Tide (Swe), Oceanwake (Fin)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 19:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 22 €
Ticket price on concert day: 25 €
Buy a ticket!
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- Orto Bar,
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SWALLOW THE SUN

Bio:
Swallow the SunThere’s beauty in life. There’s darkness in death. For Swallow the Sun creative force Juha Raivio, his world is the reverse. The Finnish songwriter is funneling the darkness in life and the beauty in death on new album, When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light. While much of the impressive, three-album saga Songs from the North I, II & III was inspired by the old forests of Sweden’s midlands, Swallow the Sun’s seventh album (10th if Songs from the North I, II & III and The Plague of Butterflies EP count) is directly informed by the loss of life partner and singer/songwriter Aleah Stanbridge (aka Aleah Starbridge). Raivio spent many months in the shadows, coping, trying to understand, wishing his loved one a safe journey into the glory of her next life. But when the inspiration finally hit Raivio, the maestro conceived and wrote nine songs over the course of three weeks. The result is a spectacular heart-string pull carefully ferried across a hopelessly scenic set of songs that transcend the boundaries of doom, death, and black metal. The title “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” draws from a key line in Trees of Eternity’s “Broken Mirror.”
“Every word and note I wrote, I wrote for Aleah,” says Raivio from his home in Jyväskylä, Finland. “And about my own battle since she passed. The album title, When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light, comes from Aleah’s own words, ‘When a shadow is forced into the light.’ That was exactly what I needed to do. To push myself out from the shadows. I’ve been pretty much a hermit in the woods for two and a half years. Gathering my life to write this album. That’s also why the subject is very personal and therefore hard for me to talk about. I’d rather leave it all to the music and words on When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light to tell the story. It’s all there.”
With Raivio’s inner core exposed for all to see, comment on, feel, ask questions of, and experience, it’s no wonder When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light is a difficult topic to relive. But as Raivio has said, it’s all there, out in the open. From the absolute stunning lead-off title track to the fragile massiveness of “Never Left,” Swallow the Sun have crafted a filmic masterpiece around Raivio’s bereavement and subsequent journey through it. In fact, they’ll preface When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light with a non-album EP called “Lumina Aurea”, which is, according to Raivio, the darkest and most painful song in Swallow the Sun’s history. Featuring Wardruna’s Einar Selvik and The Foreshadowing’s Marco I. Benevento “Lumina Aurea” will bridge the utter gloom of Raivio’s despair with the promise of coming to terms with it.
“‘Lumina Aurea’ is a song I would never want to write in my life,” Raivio says. “It is an open, bleeding black wound from the last two and half years of my life. But I had to write it out. I could not back down from it. The way I wrote and recorded ‘Lumina Aurea’ was so rough emotionally and physically that I think I will never talk about it public. I know this road will go on forever as a part of me, but I have also made a peace with it—that I will never have peace with it. And that the life and the journey here must still go on for a while for those of us remaining. I knew that if I would go any deeper on that road with the album as I did with ‘Lumina Aurea,’ the path would not end well. So, I quickly realized that instead I will write an album that will manifest loud and clear that after all, ‘Love is always stronger than death.’ I wanted to find that angle for When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light. This album is like a weapon for myself. A burning light, a burning torch. Victorious and proud.”
Over the last few years, Swallow the Sun have experienced several lineup changes. Drummer Kai Hahto departed in 2015 for Nightwish, keyboardist Aleksi Munter jettisoned the music industry altogether in 2016, while long-time guitarist Markus Jämsen issued his farewells in 2018. Yet, the venerable Finns have carried on, finding suitable and likeminded replacements for all in short order. That trend continues with Munter and Jämsen’s permanent replacements in new keyboardist Jaani Peuhu (of Iconcrash fame) and guitarist Juho Räihä (also of Hallatar). The addition of Peuhu and Räihä was both logical and talent driven. Peuhu and Swallow the Sun go back years—Peuhu contributed vocals to Hope centerpiece “Don’t Fall Asleep (Horror Pt. 2)”—while Räihä served valiantly as Jämsen’s sideman during Raivio’s self-imposed hiatus.
“The most important thing is this: Juho and Jaani are such great and wonderful people,” says Raivio. “It is hard to find warmer and friendlier guys than these two. That goes beyond playing skills. Luckily, they are also amazing musicians. They will both bring additional vocal layers when we play live, too. Juho and Jaani will bring lots of good, new things to the Swallow the Sun family.”
“When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” was recorded and engineered over a six-month period by Raivio, Peuhu, and studio maven Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Arch Enemy, At the Gates). The entire affair was mastered by ace Tony Lindgren (Orphaned Land, Leprous). Going back to debut The Morning Never Came, Swallow the Sun have never settled on substandard production values. That holds true with “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”. From the intensity of Mikko Kotamäki’s screams (check out “Upon the Water”) and the nuances of the string quartet to the height of Raivio’s wall of guitars and the considerate dexterity of Juuso Raatikainen’s drum work (check out “Never Left”), the production quality of “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” is enchanting at all levels.
“Jens actually sent a message to me one day and said that he would be happy to do some doomish grooves again with us,” Raivio says. “And if someone as legendary as Jens sends you a message like this, then you have to do it. Also, it has been 10 years since we did New Moon with him, so it felt totally right to get back together. I did the Trees of Eternity album with him and I just love the guy. So, I was very happy that he was involved again with “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”. I will say, we produced this album by ourselves like we have always done. But the difference is this time we looked at the big and small details of the music. We really demanded everything from everyone. And we got it.”
The covers for Lumina Aurea and When A Shadow Is Forced Into Zhe Light were created by Russian artist Liga Klavina and French artist Fursy Teyssier (also of Les Discrets fame), respectively. The two pieces were commissioned by Raivio to visually communicate the story arc of the soul-killing blackness of nothingness to the blinding light attributed to love. The breathtaking cover for Lumina Aurea will be part of the digital and vinyl-only release, while the wondrous cover for When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light will unfold majestically across digital, CD, and LP.
“Klavina painted the Lumina Aurea cover with water colors,” says Raivio. “The woman on the boat is touching the water, turning it into gold. So, the cover is connected to the story on many levels. As for Teyssier, he was involved in the Trees of Eternity and Hallatar covers, so it was natural to include him on When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light. He knows my story very well—we’ve talked for hours about it. I will say there’s a lot of hidden meaning in the three covers he’s done for me. If you look at the When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light cover, there’s a masked female warrior. She’s cut the black wings off the demons around her. Actually, she’s standing on top of a pile of demon wings on the water. The wings are bleeding gold into the water.”
As for where Swallow the Sun go from here—truthfully, after Songs from the North I, II & III Raivio wasn’t certain he’d continue the band—it’s only upward and onward. Musically, When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light is unparalleled in its wide-angle vision, its emotional depth, and its ability to be extreme at opposite ends of the spectrum. What Ghosts of Loss was to the mid-aughts (a heralded death-doom triumph), When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light is to the present day, a must-hear tour de force of heart-rending metal the likes of which only Swallow the Sun are emotionally willing and technically capable. The desolation is real. “Lumina Aurea” is proof of that. So too is the assurance that love will conquer loss, and that, at the very least, the vision of Swallow the Sun will continue to endure with When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light.
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OCTOBER TIDE

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October TideOCTOBER TIDE originated with a 1995 demo tape created by KATATONIA members Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman. Much of the material was written during a break-up of KATATONIA (which would end up being only temporary). In 1997 the two signed to VIC Records to release their debut, "Rain Without End". In 1999 OCTOBER TIDE would release their second and last album entitled "Grey Dawn" which had Mårten Hansen (of A CANOROUS QUINTET) replacing Renkse on vocal duties.
The album received much deserved praise from fans and the media alike. Renkse and Norrman made a decision to not grant interviews nor tour whatsoever, which resulted in short lived public profile. These two albums continue to live on in the underground community and are widely regarded as two treasures to result from the temporary break-up of KATATONIA.
Despite staunchly refusing the notion of future material for an astounding 11 years, OCTOBER TIDE returned in 2010 with ”A Thin Shell”, a new full-length masterpiece released through Candlelight Records.
Recorded at Black Lounge studios with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY) and featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, TESTAMENT etc) "A Thin Shell" delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Seven doom-laden and emotive songs that are every bit as heavy as they are catchy fill the impressive recording that officially closes the band’s self-imposed, decade-long hiatus.
After the release of “A Thin Shell” the band toured heavily playing shows and festivals from Finland in the north to Spain in the south and from Ireland in the west to Slovenia in the east.
In early 2012 OCTOBER TIDE parted ways with both the vocalist and bassist due to family and musical reasons and new members in form of Mattias Norrman (ex-KATATONIA) and Alexander Högbom (VOLTURYON, SPASMODIC) were quickly recruited.
Some weeks during the fall 2012 were spent at Black Lounge studios recording ”Tunnel of no Light”, OCTOBER TIDE’s anticipated fourth album which was released in April 2013 through the bands new label home, Pulverised Records.
Following the release OCTOBER TIDE played several shows & festivals all over Europe securing themselves as one of the leading European death/doom bands.
In the fall of 2015 OCTOBER TIDE recorded their latest album, “Winged Waltz”, which was released on April 22, 2016 through Agonia Records, their new label partner. The album has received outstanding reviews and is hailed as their most powerful and well-thought release so far, a true masterpiece of melodic and melancolic doom/death!
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OCEANWAKE

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OceanwakeOCEANWAKE challenge listeners. The five musicians from the coastal town of Luvia attract uncomfortable and unpredictable attention - initially by all means. The way of the Finns' never continues in a straight line. Permanent branches, parallel tracks and hardly recognizable paths secure the progress. Therefore it is important to remain attentive and pay attention to all signs, and sounds.
Oceanwake Website
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TUESDAY, 12.11.2019
P.O.D (USA), Alien Ant Farm (USA), Dead Girls Academy (USA)

Venue:
Kino Šiška, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana
Start: 19h
Ticket price in pre-sale: 29 €
Ticket price on concert day: 33 €
Buy a ticket!
Official Facebook event page

Ticket pre-sale:
- On Parole web-shop,
- Truga shop (Kotnikova 5, LJ),
- Orto Bar,
- and at all Dirty Skunks concerts!


P.O.D.

Bio:
P.O.D.Following the announcement of their new album ‘Circles’, which will be released on the 16thof November, P.O.D. are thrilled to reveal they will be hitting the road in February -March 2019 forthe ‘Full Circle’ European Tourwith Alien Ant Farmand special guests ’68.In the last fewyears, P.O.D. haveenjoyed a resurgence in popularity, which has seen them performat the Download Festival, Hellfest, Rock on the Range, River City Rockfest, Carolina Rebellion, and Aftershock Festival, as well as shared stages with In This Moment, Prophets of Rage, Shinedown, and Five Finger Death Punch.Talking about the tour Sonny Sandoval says; "We haven’t been able to tour Europe and the UK as much as we’d like so this tour with our friends Alien Ant Farm and ‘68 is very special to us and long overdue. We plan on destroying these shows so don’t miss it.”San Diego’s finest will be playing songs from the new albumas well as their extensive catalogue of hits and fan favourites. Theywill be joinedby hard rock heroes Alien Ant Farm and noise punk duo ’68 that features The Chariot/Norma Jean’s Josh Scoginand will call through Germany, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, The UK andIreland.The three time Grammy nominated P.O.D have soldover 12 million records worldwideand onNovember 16th, 2018, Mascot Records/Mascot Label Groupwill release 'Circles,' P.O.D.'sdebut for the label. The album is thebands’first since 2015's The Awakening. On ‘Circles’, theycollaborated with an L.A.-based production duo calledthe Heavy, who ensured the album is contemporary-sounding without losing any of the band's core sonic signifiers. "On Circles, we didn't limit ourselves and say, 'Hey, we need to please the metal crowd, or the hardcore crowd, or the punk crowd,'" says frontman Sandoval."We just wanted to play and write songs that we hope are relevant and catchy to a new audience—while, at the same time, still being true to ourselves.""We're looking for answers—and we're going to people to help us get through things—but at the same time, no one's perfect," Sandoval says. "Everybody's going through stuff, and we're all kind of on this same level and the same journey of experience and just trying to figure out our course of life."The idea of searching for a bright side has been aconstant theme for P.O.D. over the years andthrough it all, the members of P.O.D.—Sandoval, lead guitarist Marcos Curiel, bassist Traa Daniels anddrummer Wuv Bernardo—have leaned on one another for support and creative inspiration. "We are touring andmaking music because it still means something to the people that are coming out to see us, and people that are still listening to our music," Sandoval says. "We're humbled, we're grateful, and we're thankful for people that still enjoy what we're doing."
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ALIEN ANT FARM

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Alien Ant FarmSince the formation of Alien Ant Farm in 1995, the quartet has enjoyed worldwide success. Over the course of their four studio albums, cumulative sales surpass five million units a Grammy nomination and 4 top 10 singles. The band built a massive following on the road early in their career via high profile 2001 runs with Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Warped, and as the headliner on an MTV presented Fall Tour. In 2002, fame spread across the world, bringing Alien Ant Farm to the major European festivals, Australia's Big Day Out and a headline run in Japan. The following year they returned to Europe with Metallica, and to this day the band has steadily delivered audiences in territories across the globe.
From the beginning, the clever humor of vocalist Dryden Mitchell and guitarist Terry Corso has delivered visual imagery that made the band vanguards in the realm of music video. All of the singles released received heavy rotation on MTV and MTV2, with "Smooth Criminal" was voted the #2 video of 2001 on MTV's countdown. They appeared on the channel's programs Celebrity Dismissed, MTV Cribbs, and hosted House of Style. Alongside the massive support from cable, Alien Ant Farm were darlings of broadcast television with multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and support from Carson Daly, Extra, CNN, Access Hollywood and Mad-TV amongst many more. With all the notoriety also came a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2001.
The early history of the band began when the name came from a daydream Terry Corso had while employed at a day job. The concept revolves around the human species being cultivated by alien intelligence, and the colony forming much like it does in a traditional children's toy. In 1999, Alien Ant Farm self-released their debut titled Greatest Hits, which went on to win Best Independent Album at the L.A. Music Awards. In 2000, they signed to DreamWorks SKG, and went on to release Anthology. The following year, a cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" became a massive hit overseas, rising to #1 in Australia and New Zealand, and on the U.S. Modern Rock charts. It also rose to #3 in the U.K. To set the record straight on the inspiration behind choosing this song amongst the millions of copyrights, Corso shares, "When we were a young local band in SoCal, we'd play a different cover song by a different artist every show we would do. Wild unexpected stuff and sometimes not even songs we were that into. Just whatever was going on around us on the radio or whatever fit in with our inside jokes at that minute, from Ileah to Gary Glitter to The Police, we had a lot of fun with it. One week we had been throwing the idea of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" around the jam room, I believe someone had just watched Moonwalker again. The very next show we played, we hadn't learned the whole song yet but decided to klunk the main riff out for fun, the crowd loved it and went a little crazy. After that we learned the entire song and super charged it. The rest is pretty much history." To this day, the cover is a crowd pleaser. This past October 8th, the band was asked to appear alongside Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson Family at the Michael Jackson Forever Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales.
In 2003, the Alien Ant Farm entered the studio with Stone Temple Pilots' Robert and Dean DeLeo and cut Truant. Unfortunately, they ran in to unforeseen adversity with the closure of their record label, offering an insurmountable obstacle to continue building on the band's successes. Still under contract to Universal, Geffen green-lit the opportunity for Alien Ant Farm to return to the studio. In 2005, they recorded with Jim Wirt, but that album was not released as scheduled. Alien Ant Farm chose to share it with with fans via a bootlegged version, which has affectionately been re-named 3rd Draft by the public. Looking back on the adversity the band went through, alongside the massive fame Mitchell reflects, "This Alien Ant Farm 'Wave' is a bigger, longer wave than I could have hoped for. All these years later, we are still intact. From friends to foes to friends again, this band is something special, and nothing short of tight and explosive."
The next year in 2006 Up In The Attic was issued, and for the next several years the members went their separate ways reconvening in 2009 for performances in Kansas City, the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK and at the WARPED Tour in memory of Michael Jackson. They were back, and come 2010 began to rebuild a legacy that grows with each passing month. The band staged a very successful tour over the Summer and Fall, where they road tested new material in front of the live audience. In the New Year, they'll release the new recordings. Mitchell shares, "The First batch of these new songs are pretty to the point and pissed. Angry, but not negative. That is possible in this non tangible, musical and lyrical world. Unfortunately not possible in the real world, and that's why I love music. I can get this all out without hurting anyone."
Come 2014 Alien Ant Farm are back, and the path for the future will unfold one day at a time. As their career approaches two decades, Dryden offers, “Its hard to believe we have been doing this as long as we have, I don’t think any of us thought when we started out that our career would go onto do what it has, or that we would face some of the hurdles and losses that we have but here we stand ready to give our fans and the world another piece of Alien Ant Farm, we honestly have the best fans in the business, not only have they stuck with us through all of the personal up’s and down’s but they have never given up on our music and how we create and deliver what we feel is real and pure. We are ready to head down this path again and could not be happier with our new partners at The End Records, there’s nothing like having a team of believers around you that support your visions.”
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DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY

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Dead Girls AcademyIn 2016, when the curtains closed on Vampires Everywhere, Michael Orlando sought out other avenues for his new musical vision. “I’ve had the name DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY on the tip of my tongue for a few years,” admits Orlando,” and I’ve always been on the darker side of things in rock & roll, and the name fits the sound and overall image. Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project. I called together Ronnie (Radke, Falling In Reverse) and our friend Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust) and we started arranging songs and melodies. Living in Hollywood, there are so many fucked up things I’ve seen, the stories in my head, I could write six novels about them all. But that’s what breeds the creative juice and you will believe me once you hear DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY.”
“When Ronnie and I sat down to write ‘I’ll Find A Way,’ we were pretty adamant on stating truths. We wanted lyrics that would hit home and tell this story about conquering your inner demons. The voices in your head are pushing one way, and your heart is pushing the other - riding the line between right and wrong. I'm hoping this story, this song will give hope. The cure to happiness is inside us and we must not give up without a fight.”
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY wasted no time and began 2017 by supporting Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White and Issues. The band quickly caught the attention of Victory Records and were signed in mere days.
“Victory Records is responsible for some of my favorite bands and I'm beyond stoked to be part of their family.” Looking into the future, Orlando adds, “There is so much excitement and positivity exploding from the staff at Victory, and I feel very lucky to have this team behind me. This union came about organically and I love that we all want to push the boundaries to make DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY a success. I'm beyond excited for the road ahead and to show the world DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY.”
Alchemy was released on June 15, 2018.
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SATURDAY, 16.11.2019
Sacred Reich (USA), Night Demon (USA)

Venue:
Orto Bar, Grablovičeva 1, Ljubljana
Start: 20:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 24 €
Ticket price on concert day: 28 €
Buy a ticket!
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Ticket pre-sale:
- On Parole web-shop,
- Truga shop (Kotnikova 5, LJ),
- Orto Bar,
- and at all Dirty Skunks concerts!


SACRED REICH

Bio:
Sacred ReichSacred Reich is a Phoenix, Arizona based thrash metal band that formed in 1985. Part of the second wave of thrash along with Testament, Death Angel, Destruction and Dark Angel, Sacred Reich has produced a catalog of politically charged aggressive music that has stood the test of time. The band plays a limited amount of shows each year and can be seen performing at several European festivals each summer.
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NIGHT DEMON

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Night DemonVentura, California is a picturesque beachside town along the Pacific coast. But beneath this tranquil veneer, something dangerous lurks in the shadows of the dark. Night Demon erupted onto the underground heavy metal scene with a self-titled four-song EP in 2012. This recording showcases a sound forged in a deep-seated passion for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal melded to distinctly American muscle and swagger, transcending musical trends and cutting across generational and genre-dividing lines. A street-level buzz soon emerged, as listeners around the globe were captivated by this exciting, fresh take on a revered sound. Night Demon’s momentum accelerated in 2014, with the band landing support slots on Diamond Head and Raven tours of the USA, and launching the first of many DIY van tours across Europe that summer. This European jaunt strung together several festival appearances over a six-week period, with the routing in-between filled by gigs in every city, town and hole-in-the-wall village they could find. It became the blueprint for the band’s subsequent trips to Europe in 2014 and beyond. The net result was that, both at home and abroad, Night Demon earned a reputation as an incendiary, must-see live act with a tireless work ethic.
The next milestone in Night Demon’s career arc was the release of their first full-length album in January 2015 via Century Media in the USA and SPV/Steamhammer in Europe. Entitled Curse of the Damned, the record refined the band’s trademark sound as exhibited on the Night Demon EP. It also inspired fanatical devotion amongst the heavy metal faithful, garnering widespread critical acclaim and being voted the #1 album of 2015 by listeners of WCJU’s Metal on Metal radio show in Cleveland, Ohio. To promote the record, Night Demon hit the killing road for the better part of two years, crisscrossing the United States multiple times both as part of package tours (such as the Carcass/Crowbar/Ghoul trek in summer 2016) and on their own. With each successive tour, Night Demon’s live show incorporated additional production elements, including innovative lighting and visual effects and the nightly onstage appearance of the band’s black-cloaked skeletal mascot, Rocky, to haunt, goad and tempt concertgoers into drinking from the chalice. Reaping the rewards of their relentless touring of the European market, Night Demon scored a high-profile appearance on the main stage at Germany’s Bang Your Head!!! festival in July 2016. Fully committed to veering off the beaten path to bring their heavy metal heat to more people in more places, the band embarked on a pair of tours of Mexico and, in early 2017, a run of 20 dates in South America and Latin America, including ten shows in Brazil alone.
These steps bring us to the present. Night Demon, which features Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass), Armand John Anthony (guitar), and Dusty Squires (drums), stand on the precipice of their biggest album/touring cycle yet. The band’s second full-length album, Darkness Remains, is set for imminent worldwide release. Heralded by the compelling lead single and video track “Welcome to the Night,” Darkness Remains finds Night Demon delivering all of the expected NWOBHM-inspired thrills and chills, but also honing their songwriting chops, developing more of an individual sound, sharpening their attack, and even taking some chances along the way. Darkness Remains boasts a raw, powerful, full and clear production that complements the tracks perfectly and sets the gold standard for how a traditional metal record should sound in 2017. Of course, these indefatigable road warriors will tour full speed ahead to promote the new album, beginning with a U.S. tour alongside Anvil in spring 2017. Numerous festival appearances are also in the offing, including amongst others Frost and Fire, Defenders of the Old, and Maryland Death Fest’s Days of Darkness in America, Up the Hammers in Greece, Pounding Metal in Spain, Very ‘Eavy in the Netherlands, and Keep It True, Rock Hard and Party.San Metal Open Air in Germany. For Night Demon, no stage is too small and no stage is too large. They will take them all by storm. Welcome to the blessed night …
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THURSDAY, 05.12.2019
Eluveitie (Swi), Lacuna Coil (Ita), Infected Rain (Mol)

Venue:
Kino Šiška, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana
Start: 18:30
Ticket price in pre-sale: 25 €
Ticket price on concert day: 29 €
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- Truga shop (Kotnikova 5, LJ),
- Orto Bar,
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ELUVEITIE

Bio:
EluveitieWe all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes. Distant echoes of a life both primeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. ELUVEITIE call it »Ategnatos«. And by using their longest gap between two Metal albums to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it.
Born in the rural mysticism of the Swiss alps and since a very early point deeply rooted within Celtic mythology, Gaulish history and proto-European culture, ELUVEITIE have long become Folk Metal’s trailblazers, spindoctors and rightful masters of their craft. All the more because they never limited themselves to simple forays through rune-decorated cliches or foolish drinking songs. From their fabled debut »Spirit« (2006) onward, theirs was an approach of respect, historic accuracy, depth and the most thrilling, catchy, primordial melange of Melodic Death Metal and Pagan Folk the world could have ever imagined.
Success, of course, was not far behind. Their groundbreaking seminal work »Slania« saw them bond with Nuclear Blast, a friendship that lasts to this day and quickly turned the band into a worldwide phenomenon. In a rapid two-year-succession, they unleashed »Everything Remains (As It Never Was)«, »Helvetios« and that massive monument of all things Folk Metal called »Origins«, framed by the two elaborate and archaic acoustic albums »Evocation I – The Arcane Dominion and »Evocation II - Pantheon«, the last of which was also presented on an unforgettable acoustic tour. On each release, they refined their trademark brand of Chrigel’s thundering roar, metallic fierceness and folkloric ingenuity that has always been miles above the usual “let’s add some bagpipes there”.
Members came, members went. The soul of ELUVEITIE, though, the very essence of this pagan congregation remained undisturbed. Now, in the dawn of 2019, they look back upon an impressive seven studio albums, the last of which climbed to the very top of the Swiss album charts and also made a remarkable entry at No. 6 in Germany, as well as countless tours around the globe and headliner slots at the biggest Metal festivals. Still, this was only the beginning. A 13-year-overture for the things about to come. The sky is darkening, the ravens fly. The stage is set for the thunderstorm that has already been heralded by the tempestuous harbinger »Rebirth« in late 2017. Finally, everything is prepared for the colossal voice of the ages that is »Ategnatos«.
On an album both mystical and philosophical, ELUVEITIE propel mythology, pagan belief and spirituality into our modern world. “This one almost became something like a socio-critical uncovering work”, says Chrigel, “some kind of a revelation, a doomsday prophecy. Dark and severe in its atmosphere and charisma, and also occult, arcane and elitist.” The album itself is a manifesto, a fast-paced, highly dramatic and embellished work on which today's society sees itself in the mirror of ancient Celtic mythology and knowledge. “The image, of course, is blood-curling”, Chrigel adds with a bitter grin. “At least to those with eyes to see.” Far more that a pessimistic swan song for our world, however, »Ategnatos« holds the cathartic promise of renewal. “Ategnatos is the Gaulish word for ‘reborn’”, Chrigel explains. “To the sharpened mind, it points out the concealed, long forgotten key to change and renewal.” This, naturally, comes at a price. “There's always suffering before bliss. And always darkness before light.”
A work based on archaic archetypes and the ancient concept of renewal, »Ategnatos« unfolds an elemental force to be reckoned with. “These archetypes are still within us. People didn't change that much during the last 3000 years – and men were always just men.” No wonder the album follows a decidedly darker, monumental tone that suits them very well. Of course, ELUVEITIE have long found their very own trademark sound, a sonic adventure often copied but never overcome. With »Ategnatos«, the dedicated nine-piece not only worked with a real string quartet (a premiere!) and granted Fabienne Erni’s sublime mastery of the harp the room it deserved; they also undertook a holistic upgrade resulting in some of the most catchy (‘Ambriamus’), most aggressive (‘Worship’, featuring LAMB OF GOD titan Randy Blythe on guest vocals) or most epic (‘Black Water Down’) tunes the Swiss Metal nobility has ever offered.
While this may not come as a surprise to those familiar with the zeal and ardor this band is known for, the whole journey that would eventually give birth to »Ategnatos« was rather unusual. With what quickly became the most stable, most prolific and most creative line-up yet, ELUVEITIE created the album while staying at the Zurich University of Arts and more than ever worked as one. This is an accomplishment in itself given the fact that the Swiss Folk Metal superstars boast a full nine members, but it gets even more special if you recall the usual process of creation. “From the very beginning of ELUVEITIE, my blueprint for a new album remained untouched and eventually became a reality. This record, however, is a product of the entire band. The whole affair was a decidedly spontaneous process allowing the songs to radically change while still in development.” The instant hit ‘Ambriamus’, for example, only took them two hours to write when they already were in the studio. “A bit unusual”, Chrigel confesses, “but all the more brilliant.”
Some things, of course, never change. Recordings took place in their beloved New Sound Studio with their engineer of choice Tommy Vetterli. “Yet it was radically different as we only had four weeks to record this time around – as compared to the eight weeks we had for ‘Origins’.” By taking mixing duties to the skilled hand of renowned studio wizard Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, ELUVEITIE returned to the very spot where they mixed their now legendary »Slania« album more than ten years ago. “How time flies”, Chrigel exclaims. And with an insurmountable epic like »Ategnatos« under their belts, the next years are bound to fly by, too. Heavy touring will commence even before the release, taking the band to South America first. “Asia, Europe and the United States are about to follow, bridged by a massive festival season”. Oh no, ELUVEITIE are not only back, stronger and fiercer than ever. They are reborn. Truly and thoroughly reborn, thus becoming an archetype of their own.
Eluveitie Website
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Eluveitie @ Twitter
Eluveitie @ YouTube



LACUNA COIL

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Infected RainLacuna Coil is a gothic metal band from Milan, Italy. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal. Inspired by the combination of gothic imagery and music, the members have been known, musically, for composing mid-tempo songs consisting of prominent guitar lines and contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies to help create a melodic, detached sound. Much of the band's recent material, however, sees a heavier and more down-tuned style, featuring a more distinct bass line and a higher mixing of the guitars within the songs. The band's 2012 release, Dark Adrenaline, peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. They have toured internationally and were nominated in 2006 for an MTV Europe Music Award.
Lacuna Coil Website
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Lacuna Coil @ ReverbNation
Lacuna Coil @ Twitter
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INFECTED RAIN

Bio:
Infected RainInfected Rain are far from the overly manufactured metal many of us have grown accustomed to.
A combination of female screaming, hard riffs and samples created the individual style of Infected Rain. The band was formed in 2008 and made their first appearance on stage on August 3, 2008, performing in a concert dedicated to Slayer. At the end of the same month Infected Rain recorded their first demo CD, which consisted of three songs: With Me, Parasite and No Idols. Over the next 2 years the band appeared in several concerts in Moldova, Romania and the Ukraine. Infected Rain took 1st place at the Big Up!
Urban Fest in 2009 and continued the stream of its successful performances at the Forest Kap in 2010 and 2011. In summer of 2009 the band released their EP, which included six songs: Judgmental Trap, Panika, No More, Escape, Go Away and Homeless. Their first music video was for the song Judgmental Trap and was shot in winter of the following year. November 25, 2011 was marked by the release of the band’s first album, entitled Asylum. After that the band went on a tour in Romania to support the album. In January 2012 the band released its second music video for the song At the Bottom of the Bottle and shortly after that performed at the Metal Special Fest as a headliner. In June, the band played at OST fest 2012 in Bucharest on the same stage with Dimmu Borgir and Motley Crue. Shortly after that they released a new music video for the song Me Against You, collaborating with Moldova Extreme Moto Cross. Then on March 8th, a music video for the single Stop Waiting came out. In the autumn of 2013 the band toured Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria as their first big tour. May 15th of 2014 the band released the second album called "Embrace Eternity". Later, in September and October was their big European tour in which they visited 12 countries. January of 2015 was marked with the release of 2 more music videos for the album "Embrace Eternity". At the same time the band never stopped concurring new countries and headlining big festivals in Europe. 2016 started with the release of their new music video for the single Serendipity that gave a start to a new, heavier era for Infected Rain. Serendipity and 3 other singles that the band released with the beginning of 2017 are part of the third album called “86” that was released April 20th 2017. The album, was fallowed by a very powerful and emotional music video for the song ORPHAN SOUL. This video brought to the band new fans and new support that allows the band to grow bigger and tour more. At the moment the band is working on a new album that is going to see the light in the beginning of 2019.
Infected Rain Website
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Infected Rain @ Twitter
Infected Rain @ YouTube




Eluveitie (Swi), Lacuna Coil (Ita), Infected Rain (Mol)

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