Dames of Darkness announce 2015 lineup

Dames of Darkness festival have just announced their lineup for next year.  Additionally they’ve taken the step of moving from a one day event to a 2 day event, meaning more bands and more partying.  As with recent years, the lineup features a mix of British and European bands, and this year also includes a band from the USA.  Read the statement below…….


The 5th edition of ‘The Dames of Darkness Festival ’takes place over 2 days on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015 @ The Robin 2, Bilston UK with again new and established bands from the UK, Europe and The United States.

Headling on the Saturday is SIRENIA from Norway, a band formed by Morten Veland in 2001. Morten’s musical work was already well known through his work with his former band Tristania,a band he co-founded back in the mid nineties.

WHYZDOM from France make their 3rd UK appearance and will be here to promote their new album and the first with singer Marie Rouyer.

WEEPING SILENCE from Malta play a blend of gothic/doom metal with male & female vocals.

Rooted in a European tradition, HELIOSAGA from The United States combines elements of power, symphonic and gothic metal with female vocals. This will be their first ever gig in Europe.

Andrea Casanova from Spanish band RAINOVER attended the last ‘The Dames of Darkness Festival ’ as a fan, this time she brings her band the play. The music of RAINOVER consists of grey, intense, and emotional dream-rock with a modern approach to both composition and sound and still with a dark edge.

Festival hosts or ‘house band’ APPARITION return with singer Fiona Creaby who rejoined the band after 5 years away.

In their own words AONIA,from the UK are the 7-headed, 14-legged creation comprises a dual-wield of ‘sopranos with balls’ as vocalists, along with shredding twin axes, symphonic keys and driving drums and bass – for fans of power metal, progressive metal and NWOBHM.

Opening the festival is THE FALL OF EVE who are an alternative music project formed by Laura Tracey and Michael Moffat based in central Scotland. They use a fusion of weighty guitars, inspiring orchestration and celestial choral along with a female lead vocals.
The headliners for Sunday are also from Norway. LEAVES EYES with their singer Liv Kristine who’s unique voice that serves as the linchpin in for the band. The recent Symphonies of the Night” album will once again reclaim the coveted spotlight in symphonic- rock and metal.
ENEMY of REALITY are a symphonic metal band from Greece and is a joining of regal forces that finally occurred in 2013 in Athens, Greece. Lyric soprano Iliana Tsakiraki.
Formed in 2009 WINTER IN EDEN remain one of the UK’s most popular Symphonic metal bands. Their latest album was Produced by Ruud Jolie and mixed by Stefan Helleblad both from ‘Within Temptation’,
Highly rated SKARLETT RIOT bring their own brand of rock n roll to the fest and this is what the music press say about them-”Their coming-of-age debut hits hard, and proves this young UK crew having been saving their best material for this very moment.” KKKK – Kerrang!
‘…this is one of the best debuts from a young band in a very long time. A brilliant example of modern rock music.’ 9/10 Powerplay.
In 2004 five like minded musicians became acquainted at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, all shared the common goal of creating original and exciting heavy metal, and from this ‘INCASSUM was conceived.

ENKELINATION (enkeli – meaning Angel in Finnish) was formed in November 2011 by classically trained former opera singer Elina Siirala. She moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power and performance of rock and metal.

INSUNA have been active since spring of 2010 and have built a steady following in South Wales and are known in the scene throughout the UK.
Kicking things off on the Sunday are EDENFALL are a Gothic Doom band from the heart of England’s past, who emerged from the ashes in the autumn of 2009.

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