ENSIFERUM will be part of the MTV’s Headbangersball Tour 2016, announce Metal Blade Records. KATAKLYSM and UNEARTH complete line-up!
HEADBANGERS BALL – The original will have a loud and live comeback!
Headbangers Ball – a name that bears pure heavy metal nostalgia – will come to life again! By the end of this year, MTV’s classic 80′s show shall return as a series of events. MTV Headbangers Ball, hosted by Continental Concerts in cooperation with MTV, is going to tour Europe. Just like the classic TV show presented by Vanessa Warwick, the festival tour is going to embody the cutting edge and timeless essence of pure f**king metal!
Headliner of this festival tour will be U.S. metal gods ICED EARTH! Formed in Florida in the mid-80s, the band celebrated its international breakthrough with the album “Burnt Offerings”, which defined the band’s trademark style between power and thrash metal. Their last album “Plagues Of Babylon” came out in 2014 and charted on #5 in Germany. To this day, the band is recognised as one of the most successful traditional metal acts.
Finish headbangers ENSIFERUM are considered one of the most successful musical exports from Northern Europe. Integrating traditional instruments such as the Finnish kantele into their rousing, aggressive metal sound, they can rely on a rabid fan-base and recently scored #1 in the Finnish charts as well as #15 in Germany for the latest album “One Man Army“.
Comments ENSIFERUM‘s Sami Hinkka: “We are really proud to be on the MTV’s Headbangers Ball -tour. Hell, we were one of those kids who stayed up on Sunday nights to check out the show and all awesome heavy metal videos and interviews of our idols! And now we are part of this legendary tour and a start of a new era, it just feels like a dream come true. So brace yourselves for the ultimate metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!“
Earlier in this year Canadian / American Death Metal Act KATAKLYSM completed an incredibly successful tour throughout Europe covering forty four cities in support of their new album “Of Ghosts And Gods”. The band is considered as one of the biggest and well-established acts in Death Metal for many years now and stands out through their characteristically musical interplay between aggressive drum sounds and melodic guitar tracks and crushing grooves , the band recently won the Juno award in Canada (Equivalent to a grammy) for best “heavy metal album of the year” for their latest album “Of Ghosts and Gods”.
Modern metal outfit UNEARTH from Massachusetts/USA completes this diverse and absolutely crushing billing. The band’s most recent studio album “Watchers Of Rule” was released in 2014 and this furious live act will perfectly open up the MTV Headbangers Ball tour.
MTV’s Headbangerball Tour 2016
presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, Metaltix, Musix, Turock, piranha, Slam
01.12.2016 DE Berlin Huxleys
02.12.2016 DE Oberhausen RMM
03.12.2016 DE Leipzig Hellraiser
04.12.2016 DE Hamburg Markthalle
05.12.2016 NL Tilburg O13
06.12.2016 UK London Electric Brixton
07.12.2016 FR Paris Bataclan
08.12.2016 DE Saarbrücken Garage
09.12.2016 DE Geiselwind Christmasbash
10.12.2016 DE Gießen Hessenhallen
11.12.2016 BE Torhout De Mast
13.12.2016 CH Pratteln Z-7
14.12.2016 CH Pratteln Z-7
15.12.2016 DE Stuttgart LKA
16.12.2016 AT Wien Arena
17.12.2016 DE München Backstage
18.12.2016 CZ Zlin Euronics
MTV Headbangers Ball was broadcasted for the first time on April 18th, 1987 and quickly became one of the most popular shows on MTV. The show was on air for eight years in the USA and six years in Europe. Besides music videos, the show also featured interviews with bands as well as specials on particular acts or festivals. The “Triple Thrash Treat” section created a TV platform for more extreme forms of metal, a tradition continued by this series of live events. Just like the TV show, the festival tour aims at presenting the endless variety of metal music offering a platform for established artists as well as newcomers.
For more information please visit: headbangersball-tour.eu
ENSIFERUM‘s “One Man Army” is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes orders, point your browser to itunes.apple.com.