FRACTAL UNIVERSE has announced plans for 2022, including a 30+ date European tour supporting metal icons EVERGREY, with additional support from VIRTUAL SYMMETRY. The tour kicks off September 16th in Eindhoven, Germany and wraps up in the bands home country on October 23rd in Paris, France.
“2021 has been a whirlwind of emotions and musical creativity,” admits vocalist Vince Wilquin. “For the first time, we managed to enter the US Billboard charts with our third album The Impassable Horizon. The response to the album has been very positive and overwhelming, and we want to thank everyone who purchased and streamed our music. Bring on 2022, the best is yet to come!“
Since the release of the album, FRACTAL UNIVERSE was able to pull off a few shows in the pandemic-laced year of 2021, as Wilquin adds, “We look forward to taking our new album to as many stages as possible in 2022. We are thrilled to be the main support on the European Tour with Swedish powerhouse EVERGREY for 36 dates across Europe in September and October 2022. There are still festival performances and other surprises to be announced, so stay tuned!“
The “Recharging Europe” tour, featuring Swedish progressive metal juggernauts EVERGREY, was scheduled to begin in just a few weeks. But, due to the continuing uncertainty regarding live events, these shows – like so many others – will be postponed to 2022.
Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid. In addition to the new dates, the tour itself – being re-dubbed “European Tour 2022” – will also see some minor changes, with progressive death metallers Fractal Universe from Nancy, France and Swiss/Italian unit Virtual Symmetry (who previously toured with EVERGREY in 2015) joining the line-up. These two bands will replace this year’s scheduled guests Witherfall and Dust In Mind.
All in all, the most important thing is – where first-class progressive metal is promised, first-class progressive metal is what you’ll get! This is what Gothenburg’s finest export EVERGREY has embodied since 1993. Their gloomy mood and their thoughtful art of writing along with brilliant musical versatility are the trademarks of the matchless force led by singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund. With Escape Of The Phoenix,EVERGREY unveiled their twelfth studio album back in February 2021, that will also be part of the shows in autumn 2022.
“Given the nature of the current world situation it is simply not feasible to go on tour in Europe and UK,” the band says with regrets. “It involves too much insecurity and risk, and too much money for too many people. With that said, we are confident enough to say that by this time next year we will be ready and firing on all cylinders. Aaaaaand we will also have released another album! So TWO albums in ONE tour! Not too shabby huh?!”
EVERGREY European Tour: presented by Rock Hard, Eclipsed, Musix, metal.de + special guest: FRACTAL UNIVERSE + VIRTUAL SYMMETRY
16.09.22 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo 17.09.22 GB – London / 229 venue 18.09.22 GB – Nottingham / Rescue Rooms 19.09.22 GB – Bristol / Thekla 20.09.22 GB – Manchester / Academy 3 21.09.22 IE – Dublin / Voodoo Lounge 22.09.22 GB – Glasgow / Cathouse 23.09.22 GB – Newcastle / St Dom’s Social Club 24.09.22 GB – Birmingham / The Asylum 2 25.09.22 NL – Leiden / Gebr. De Nobel 27.09.22 DE – Bremen / Tivoli 28.09.22 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann Club 29.09.22 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater 30.09.22 DE – Hamburg / Bahnhof Pauli 01.10.22 DE – Oberhausen / Resonanzwerk 02.10.22 DE – Lindau / Club Vaudeville 03.10.22 FR – Colmar / Le Grillen 04.10.22 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle 05.10.22 DE – Hannover / Faust 06.10.22 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal 07.10.22 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob 08.10.22 DE – Mannheim / 7er Club 09.10.22 SI – Ljubljana / Orto Bar 11.10.22 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra 12.10.22 AT – Graz / Dom im Berg 13.10.22 PL – Wroclaw / Akademia 14.10.22 AT – Vienna / Viper Room 15.10.22 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch 16.10.22 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof 17.10.22 CH – Luzern / Schüür 18.10.22 FR – Lyon / CCO Villeurbanne 19.10.22 ES – Barcelona / Boveda 20.10.22 ES – Madrid / Shoko 21.10.22 ES – Pamplona / Totem 22.10.22 FR – Toulouse / L’Usine 23.10.22 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish progressive metal juggernauts EVERGREY. The matchless force led by singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund has just inked a worldwide contract with the premier rock and metal label!
EVERGREY are trulyGothenburg’sfinest exports, have been commanding the scene for over 25 years and have released twelve full-length records to date – starting with their blistering debut The Dark Discovery in 1998. Their latest chartbreaking high-quality offering, the critically acclaimed Escape Of The Phoenix (#12 on German album charts), was unveiled in early 2021, proving the inimitable ability of the five-piece to harmoniously weave dark lyricism with different shades of heaviness and musical influences. Over the course of time, EVERGREY remarkably managed to build their very own, powerful yet emotional sound that reaches the listener deep in their core and creates an exceptional experience with every note.
EVERGREY are currently working on new music. More to be announced soon.
EVERGREY on the signing with Napalm Records: “We are very excited to announce that EVERGREY signed with Napalm Records! Given the success of our recent albums we feel certain that Napalm have the power that will bring us to the next level. We have lots of exciting news to share soon so stay tuned!”
Dive into EVERGREY’s inimitable soundscapes and listen to “Where August Mourns”HERE:
The year starts off with a big bang – after their first single “Forever Outsider” so gratefully received by their fans and numerous Progressive Metal enthusiasts, EVERGREY released a new single named “Eternal Nocturnal” today. Pleasant surprise, it comes with a wonderful video clip again directed by the famous music filmmaker Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film Company / www.revolver.se)
Creating hope in those times is essential, this is what “Eternal Nocturnal” is able to evoke in people, deepest confident and arising hope, balsam to your soul. A feeling of solidarity is being created by the hymn-like chorus that takes you to the positive inner of yourself.
James LaBrie (singer of legendary Dream Theater) will appear as special guest on the new EVERGREY album!
One of several high points on “Escape Of The Phoenix”, both lyrically and musically, is “The Beholder” featuring Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie singing a duet with Englund. As a fan of the band, and crediting Dream Theater & LaBrie as playing a key role in his development as a musician, Englund felt the song would benefit from the addition of LaBrie’s performance. It was a sentiment shared by all of Evergrey’s members, and the collaboration came together with a simple e-mail.
Englund: “I just wrote to James and told him about the idea for the song, and that it would be great to have him on it. He really liked the song and agreed to do it.“
On top of that EVERGREY and their booking agency Decibel Touring announced a tour coming up in 2021. Throughout October and November ’21 the band will tour Europe with special guest Witherfall and second support Dust In Mind. 29 dates in 8 countries are on the schedule.
The band states: “We are really happy to announce a tour of Europe next fall and let’s all hope that the world is in a better place by that time so we get to see all you lovely people again”
Recharging Europe Tour 2021: 08.10.2021 (DE) OBERHAUSEN – Resonanzwerk 09.10.2021 (GB) LONDON – 229 venue 10.10.2021 (GB) NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms 11.10.2021 (GB) BRISTOL – The Fleece 12.10.2021 (GB) MANCHESTER – Academy 3 13.10.2021 (GB) NEWCASTLE – St Dom’s Social Club 14.10.2021 (GB) GLASGOW – Cathouse 15.10.2021 (IE) DUBLIN – Voodoo Lounge 16.10.2021 (GB) BIRMINGHAM – The Asylum 2 17.10.2021 (NL) LEIDEN – Gebr. De Nobel 19.10.2021 (DE) STUTTGART – Im Wizemann Club 20.10.2021 (DE) HAMBURG – Bahnhof Pauli 21.10.2021 (DE) BERLIN – Columbia Theater 22.10.2021 (NL) EINDHOVEN – Dynamo 23.10.2021 (BE) VOSSELAAR – Biebob 24.10.2021 (DE) MANNHEIM – 7er Club 25.10.2021 (DE) NÜRNBERG – Hirsch 26.10.2021 (DE) LINDAU – Club Vaudeville 27.10.2021 (DE) MUNICH – Backstage Halle 29.10.2021 (DE) ASCHAFFENBURG – Colos-Saal 30.10.2021 (DE) ANDERNACH – Live Club 31.10.2021 (CH) LUZERN – Schüür 01.11.2021 (FR) COLMAR – Le Grillen 02.11.2021 (FR) LYON CCO – Villeurbanne 03.11.2021 (ES) BARCELONA- Boveda 04.11.2021 (ES) MADRID – Shoko 05.11.2021 (ES) PAMPLONA – Totem 06.11.2021 (FR) TOULOUSE – L’Usine 07.11.2021 (FR) PARIS – Petit Bain
In support of their new album “Escape Of The Phoenix” via AFM Records on February 26th 2021 Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY will be hitting the road for an extensive tour throughout Europe in 2021.
As special guest EVERGREY invited no less than dark melodic heavy metal juggernaut from Los Angeles WITHERFALL. Bringing along their third opus “Curse Of Autumn” (to be released March 5th, 2021 via Century Media Records), the quintet are blazing new trails and weaving new tales, offering a genuine metal classic with an expressive song-writing and a refined and perfectionized sound of their distinguished and musically-adept dark melodic heavy metal.
Opening support comes from the Modern Metal quintet DUST IN MIND, one of the most up and coming French bands today.
EVERGREY Front-man Tom Englund states: “We are really happy to announce a tour of Europe next fall and let’s all hope that the world is in a better place by that time so we get to see all you lovely people again!“
WITHERFALL comment: “After a long and tense year WITHERFALL are extremely happy to announce the very first tour dates in support of our soon to be released Album ‘Curse of Autumn’ as special guests with the brilliant Evergrey. We look forward to seeing all of our European friends and are excited to make some new ones in these new and uncharted waters.”
Rock Hard, Eclipsed, MusiX and metal.de present: Recharging Europe Tour 2021
special guest: WITHERFALL
DUST IN MIND
08.10.21 (DE) Oberhausen – Resonanzwerk 09.10.21 (GB) London – 229 venue 10.10.21 (GB) Nottingham – Rescue Rooms 11.10.21 (GB) Bristol – The Fleece 12.10.21 (GB) Manchester – Academy 3 13.10.21 (GB) Newcastle – St Dom’s Social Club 14.10.21 (GB) Glasgow – Cathouse 15.10.21 (IE) Dublin – Voodoo Lounge 16.10.21 (GB) Birmingham – The Asylum 2 17.10.21 (NL) Leiden – Gebr. De Nobel 19.10.21 (DE) Stuttgart – Im Wizemann Club 20.10.21 (DE) Hamburg – Bahnhof Pauli 21.10.21 (DE) Berlin – Columbia Theater 22.10.21 (NL) Eindhoven – Dynamo 23.10.21 (BE) Vosselaar – Biebob 24.10.21 (DE) Mannheim – 7er Club 25.10.21 (DE) Nürnberg – Hirsch 26.10.21 (DE) Lindau – Club Vaudeville 27.10.21 (DE) Munich – Backstage Halle 29.10.21 (DE) Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal 30.10.21 (DE) Andernach – Live Club 31.10.21 (CH) Luzern – Schüür 01.11.21 (FR) Colmar – Le Grillen 02.11.21 (FR) Lyon – CCO Villeurbanne 03.11.21 (ES) Barcelona – Boveda 04.11.21 (ES) Madrid – Shoko 05.11.21 (ES) Pamplona – Totem 06.11.21 (FR) Toulouse – L’Usine 07.11.21 (FR) Paris – Petit Bain