Absolva announce headline European Tour Dates for September-October 2014

Absolva announce headline European Tour Dates for September-October 2014


British metal trio Absolva have announced their headline European tour dates for September-October 2014.

Absolva have just undertaken a tour in the UK which was the first leg of their “Anthems To The Dead” tour, promoting their 3rd album release (2nd studio album) which is receiving widespread critical acclaim….

Powerplay “A rival to any metal album released this year. Strength in adversity. Brilliance in motion. Absolva in excelsis” 9/10

Metal Talk “Infectious, uplifting and impossible to ignore”

Firebrand “The meridian of creativity and fecundity”

The European leg of the “Anthems To The Dead” tour covers 8 different countries and 24 shows in total. The band has also been confirmed for Underwall Festival in Croatia in June, playing alongside Sepultura, Enslaved, Rage, Amaranthe & many more. It’s expected that further dates will be added. Meanwhile, on home territory the band headlines day one of SOS Festival in North Manchester in July, day two headlined by former-Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart’s I Am I, plus extra UK shows in Oxford and Scotland.

“Anthems To The Dead” was released on 5th May this year & features special guest performances on guitar by Doug Scarratt of Saxon and Luke Appleton of Iced Earth. Doug Scarratt has remained friends with Absolva frontman Chris Appleton after the two toured together a couple of years earlier, whilst Luke Appleton is Chris’ brother and former co-member of Fury UK. A music video “Never Back Down” includes footage showing both Doug and Luke in the studio and can be viewed at Absolva’s Youtube channel.

The “Anthems To The Dead” album combines traditional and modern elements whilst embracing heavy, power, progressive and classic metal influences. As well as an exciting and accomplished rhythm section the album features the signature sound of Chris Appleton on lead guitar, increasingly regarded as one of the very best players in Europe, combining speed and feel.

Absolva was formed in May 2012 from the ashes of Fury UK when Luke Appleton left to join USA metal giants Iced Earth. Lead guitarist and lead vocalist Chris Appleton, and drummer Martin McNee teamed up with Dan Bate (formerly of Point Blank Fury) and quickly secured special guest slots with Iced Earth as well as performances at Hammerfest and Bloodstock festivals. Debut album “Flames Of Justice” was released November 2012 and was welcomed with open arms by fans and critics alike, followed up quickly by a live CD and DVD “Beyond Live” released September 2013 and recorded at a sell-out 500 capacity show in Belgium.

Chris Appleton : lead guitar and lead vocals
Martin McNee : drums
Dan Bate : bass and backing vocals

Special guests on the first 15 shows in September-October Tour will be Babylon Fire, labelmates of Absolva at Rocksector Records and themselves also achieving a growing reputation as one of the standard-bearers of British metal.

For interviews, airplay etc please contact Lynne Hampson of Rocksector Records by email lynnepr99(at)yahoo.co.uk

The full tour schedule confirmed so far is as follows….

Absolva - Anthems To The Dead (Album Cover)
Absolva – Anthems To The Dead (Album Cover)

19th : UK : Manchester : SOS Festival
25th : UK : Oxford : The Cellar
28th : UK : Edinburgh : Bannermans
29th : UK : Dumfries : Mount Sydney
5th : France : Arras : Blue Devils Bar
6th : Germany : Waldbronn : Soundcheck One
7th : Belgium : Namur : Magick
10th : Poland : Poznan : Klub U Bazyla
11th : Czech Republic : Prague : Hell Bells
12th : Germany : Berlin : Blackland
13th : Poland : Bielsko-Biala : Rude Boy Club
14th : Czech Republic : Litvinov : Attic Rock Club
17th : Czech Republic : Brno : Melodka
19th : Netherlands : Amsterdam : The Cave
20th : Netherlands : Eindhoven : The Jack
21st : Netherlands : Emmen : Blanko
27th : Belgium : Aalter : Gemeentelijke Feestzaal
2nd : Germany : Muhlhausen : Kulturfabrik
3rd : Germany : Herdorf : Rattenloch
4th : France : Fismes : Underground Investigation Festival
9th : Switzerland : Zurich : Hey City Club
10th : France : Luynes : Le Korigan
11th : France : Bartenheim : Caf Conc
12th : Italy : Gradisca d’Isonzo : Slot Bar Prestige
16th : Germany : Balingen : Sonnenkeller
18th : Netherlands : Nijmegen : Rockcafe Backstage
19th : Belgium : Roeselare : De Verlichte Geest
25th : Belgium : Soignies : Kraken Metal Fest

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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!