Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag announce vital UK and European tour dates for January 2020.

 

“We need these shows. We need this tour. We need to set the pace for the work that lies ahead in 2020. Our individual strength, optimism and hope comes directly from the interactions and exchanges we have at shows like these. It is a space where individual energy transforms into collective energy and power is born.

 

We cannot wait to unveil our new record. New songs are our bridge to reach out, reconnect, energize and organize. An opportunity to put names to faces, city to city, town to town. We are living in a time where minorities are being increasingly marginalized and cast out of society, where their mere existence has become illegality. Those victimized by the current administration need much more than allies, they need accomplices. We can no longer be shocked or distracted by defeat. Now is the time to remind each other that we are not alone and together we can beat back injustice.

 

We hope that this collection of songs, the congregation of folks around the shows, will all serve as tools of solidarity in the face of oppression and empire – solidarity with the poor, the marginalized and the scapegoated who are all catching hell.

 

Sometimes people say “enough” and a riot echoes forever.”

 

 

FULL UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES AS FOLLOWS: –

8/1 Lisboa, PT – RCA Club
9/1 Madrid, ES – Caracol
10/1 Vitoria, ES – Kubik
11/1 Zaragoza, ES – Sala López
12/1 Barcelona, ES – Estrapelo
14/1 Milano, IT – HT Factory
16/1 Zurich, CH – Dynamo
17/1 Graz, AT – PPC
18/1 Vienna, AT – Flex
19/1 Prague, CZ – Roxy
21/1 Berlin, DE – SO36
22/1 Munich, DE  – Backstage Werk
23/1 Nuremberg, DE – Lowensaal
24/1 Chemnitz, DE – Talschock
26/1 Warsaw, PL – Proxima
28/1 Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
29/1 Köln, DE  – Essigfabrik
30/1 Haarlem, NL – Patronaat
2/2 Brighton, UK – Chalk
4/2 London, UK –02 Academy Islington
5/2 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
6/2 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
7/2 Glasgow, UK – The Garage

Tickets go on sale on Friday 4th October @ 10am UK time / 11am CET.

Anti-Flag are currently putting the final touches on their new studio album, further details will be revealed in due course.

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE has released a live video for ‘Piece Of Me’, a track from their current studio album, ‘Gravity’, issued via Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records in June of last year.

Filmed during the band’s sold-out headline performance at Alexandra Palace, London (November 10th, 2018), with SHVPES, Nothing More and Of Mice & Men appearing in support, the show saw BFMV unveiling a stunning contemporary stage-set incorporating a giant wall of lights.

Matt Tuck Says, “We’re so happy to show you all our brand new live montage video for Piece of Me. It was filmed at our Ally Pally show last November in front of 8 thousand very energetic people. We had the night of our lives and as you can see from the video the place went off!! We also recorded the entire show in 360° VR!! A night to remember. Enjoy!”

Meanwhile, BFMV has announced an Aug 2019 Euro tour.

‘GRAVITY’ EURO TOUR DATES

August

01-Aug-19                       TivoliVrendenburg       Utrecht                                                  Netherlands

02-Aug-19                       Big Day Out                   Anroechte                                              Germany

03-Aug-19                       Wacken Open Air          Wacken                                                 Germany

05-Aug-19                       A2                                   Wrocklaw                                                 Poland

06-Aug-19                       Kwadrat                          Krakow                                                    Poland

08-Aug-19                       Taubertal Festivalgelnde Rothenburg ob der Tauber            Germany

10-Aug-19                       Rocco Del Schlacko      Puttlingen                                               Germany

13-Aug-19                       Conrad Sohm                Dornbirn                                                  Austria

16-Aug-19                       Frequency Fest            St. Poelten                                               Austria

18-Aug-19                      Pukkelpop                      Hasselt                                                    Belgium

20-Aug-19                       L’usine                           Geneva                                         Switzerland

21-Aug-19                       Z7                                    Pratteln                                          Switzerland

23-Aug-19                       Den Atelier                    Luxembourg                                Luxembourg

24-Aug-19                       Reload Festival              Sulingen                                        Germany

Gravity is BFMV’s first album under the Search and DestroySpinefarm Records banner, and aptly sees the band rewriting their own future – finding new ways to invent heavy noise and remaining unshackled by the legacy that comes with being masters of their trade.

With 2019 being the 40th anniversary of Venom, it’s well worth noting that it’s also the 10th anniversary of the band’s current line-up of Cronos (vocals and bass), Rage (guitar) and Dante (drums). Their recently released ‘Storm The Gates’ album is the band’s fifteenth to be bursting out with metal of the non-more black variety and thanks to a huge (very limited edition) Venom LP box set and 2 disc career retrospective being on the fire stoked horizon Spinefarm Records are giving this 13 tracker another push right now, which is great for me as this release somehow totally passed me by when it originally hit the shelves back in January of this year.

Which is something I can’t help but feel a bit annoyed with myself about really, simply because Venom are a band that not only reinvented heavy metal but also birthed a bazillion other subgenres, so why aren’t they lauded as all-conquering heroes and afforded multiple page tributes by the metal press like Motorhead always were every time they release a new record…and I then don’t end up missing them?”

Now there’s some food for thought eh?

In fact that Motorhead parallel is even more prevalent once you get to hear ‘Storm The Gates’ because just like what Lemmy did with the Mikkey and Phil line up, Cronos and Venom are doing pretty much the same here, by making some of the best full throttle black metal rackets they have made since their early to mid ‘80s heyday.

Opener ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ is an absolute barnstormer of a track with Cronos rattling his r’s over a pounding rhythm designed to get the heads banging and which seamlessly sets up the full on metal grind of ‘Notorious’ a track that sees Rage out Mantasing the band’s former guitar ninja with his use of the divebombing whammy bar, and the goodies don’t stop there either. ‘Dark Night (Of The Soul)’ is a fierce metal fist to the face as is the album’s title track ‘Storm The Gates’ a track that I can just see a pumped up Cronos stood arms folded 50 hole Dr Martins akimbo commanding his Legions to do his bidding in the live setting.

As a long-time fan of the band I have to admit I do find the flat out and nowt else approach the band take to their songwriting these days more than just a little relentless at times. So, for those of us who might still long an all new ‘At War With Satan’ or perhaps even a 21st century ‘Buried Alive’ you will not find anything remotely like that on ‘Storm The Gates’. In fact, tracks like ‘Over My Dead Body’ and ‘The Mighty Have Fallen’ are perhaps the most brutal the band have ever sounded, largely thanks to the superb almost out of control freight train drumming of Dante and the razor-sharp riffing of Rage.

‘Storm The Gates’ then is the sound of Venom heavier and angrier than ever before, I just hope that with this being such a special year for the band they finally get the credit and recognition they so rightly deserve as a truly ground-breaking metal band especially here in the UK where late-afternoon slots at Bloodstock aside we’re lucky to get to see them live at all.

C’MAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!

Buy Storm The Gates Here

Author: John Hayward