Germany is home to the greatest metal festivals in the world including Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, and Bang Your Head Festivals and now they are all canceled after the German federal government banned all major events in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced tentative steps to slowly start returning the country to normal, explaining that no large events such as soccer matches, concerts and festivals will be allowed before the end of August at the earliest. This comes in addition to personal lockdown, which has been extended through May 3. Wacken posted a message on their Facebook announcing the cancelation. Continue reading →
System of A Down has already been announced for festivals such as Download in 2020, and now added new festivals and headline shows for Europe next summer. All dates are below, but not all are on sale yet. The band played a couple of U.S. Music festivals this past May, including headlining slots at Columbus, Ohio’s Sonic Temple Festival and Chicago Open Air which Ghost Cult attended and were as great as ever! The band has repeatedly teased making new music, only to fight in the press and blame creative differences as to why they are not making a new album any time soon. Their last new music was their companion releases Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums, in 2005. Continue reading →
Tough news as Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas has announced he won’t be taking part due to critical back pain issues and other health concerns. Alex long statement explaining the situation, the frontman has reassured fans that the rest of the band will still be playing the shows as planned, and that he should be making his return in time for their Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival run starting on June 21.Continue reading →
Alice In Chains has booked an extensive tour of Europe, including the UK for spring 2019. The band continues to support their recent release Rainier Fog (BMG). Kicking off on May 23rd in Glasgow, the 14-date tour includes three UK shows, with a date at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on the 24th and Wembley The SSE Arena on the 25th. These will be the biggest headline shows the band have played to date in the UK. Direct support on some of the shows will come from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band will also play some other major headline dates and festivals including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in June. Tickets are available below. Continue reading →
In addition to the just-announced headline spot at Download 2019, Slipknot has announced a summer tour to go along with their previously announced headline show in the USA at the Iowa State Fair, in their hometown of Des Moines Iowa. The European tour includes head festival appearances at Rockfest Finland, Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Novarock, Copenhell, Graspop Metal Meeting, Mystic Festival Poland, Download Spain, and Ressurection Festival in Spain. Continue reading →
A Perfect Circle’s new album Eat The Elephant is a little over a month away from dropping and the band is lining up a much-anticipated headline tour to match. Sadly, due to his commitments in this summer’s Smashing Pumpkins reunion, James Iha cannot join APC on tour. The band has recruited Failure bassist Greg Edwards to fill-in. Check out the statement the band released on the topic.
Chaos ensued earlier today in Nuremberg, Germany at the legendary Rock Am Ring Festival. It was evacuated over a possible bomb threat, with the festival organizers released a statement confirming that the rest of the June 2 lineup has been canceled. Today’s show included a headlining performance from Rammstein.Continue reading →
German summer music festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park have announced their expanded lineups for next June. Held over the weekend of June 2nd to 4th with the Rock im Park being held at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg, and ‘Rock am Ring‘ will take place at Flugtplaz Mendig in Mendig. Continue reading →
Sad news from camp of British technical metalcore band Architects, as guitarist Tom Searle lost his three-year battle with cancer. Tom’s twin brother and bandmate Dan posted to the bands’ Facebook page to announce the news:
“It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer.
He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.
Many of you will be aware that Tom has been absent from various shows over the past 15 months and I can now let you know that this was due to various surgeries that he had to have to treat the cancer. When we left for our European Festival tour on June 2nd Tom was very unwell. He had been advised to stay in hospital to receive care but ultimately there was nothing that they could do for him and he signed himself out of the ward two days before we departed for Germany. Some of you might view this as reckless but this is the way Tom wanted to do things throughout his last year because he never wanted the cancer to get in the way of what he loved. He got on stage and performed his last two shows at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, which took him an incredible amount of strength but those are two shows that we will never forget.
We had to cancel our European festival tour and US headline tour because on June 8th, in Luxembourg, Tom was extremely sick, we called an ambulance and he was taken into ICU. The following day he was placed into a medically induced coma and the doctors told us that it was unlikely that they’d ever be able to wake him. Five days later, against all the odds, he was awake again, and in a few short days following that, myself and Tom canceled the air ambulance that was due to take him home and we got the Eurostar train home. Classic Tom Searle.
He spent the last 2 months of his life fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease once and for all, and things appeared to be moving in the right direction, but in the last 2 weeks it suddenly took a turn for the worse and finally he left us.
I don’t know what will become of Architects. Me and Tom started playing in a band together when we were 13 and, really, Architects is just an evolution of the band that we started all the way back then, over half my life ago. To pretend that Tom wasn’t at the heart of everything that the band created would be to show a complete lack of respect to the amazing talent that he was. The band will never be the same and there is simply no denying it.
We will 100% tour All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, there is no doubt about that. We will be going to Australia in a few weeks and we will be doing our UK and European headline tour in October and November. We hope that these shows will be an opportunity for everyone out there to show their respects to my wonderful brother. It won’t be easy for us to get on stage and play every night without him, but its something that we must do.
We want to carry on, that is important to say, and we will strive to do so, but we will not release any music unless we truly believe that it is something that Tom would have been proud of. Whether or not we can achieve that is something that we will have to discover in time.
The Martlets Hospice in Hove took unbelievable care of Tom in his final days. We were constantly blown away by their compassion and hard work and we feel hugely indebted to them for ensuring that we were able to make some amazing memories with Tom before he passed away. If you feel as though you’d like to contribute a donation to the Hospice in Tom’s memory then please donate on the Just Giving page that we have set up below.
For now we need to begin to process what has happened. Myself, Sam, Ali and Adam will need time to fully come to terms with the loss of our brother and we hope that everyone out there will continue to respect our privacy during this terribly difficult time.
Architects released their recent album this spring, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, via Epitaph. Our sympathies go out to Tom’s family, friends, band, and fans.