Ill Nino

Latin Metal legends “15 Years Of Revolution” UK tour.

Ill Niño brings the celebrations to the UK this March, marking the 15th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut albumRevolution Revolución‘, by playing the classic in its entirety, alongside other fan favourites from the band’s extensive catalogue.

Drummer ‘Dave Chavarri’ says, “It’s amazing that it’s been 15 Years, since the release of our debut Revolution….Revolución. It’s been a wild ride, with lots of great memories, toured the globe with some amazing bands, that are now our tour family, and we’ve made many friends along the way. I can’t say that it hasn’t been with our share of trying times. But this East Coast Latino Crew, is still here rocking, doing it our way, and not taking anyone’s bullshit! To many more years of Revolution.”

Ill Nino

Reigning from New Jersey/New York, Ill Niño are a force to be reckoned with. ‘Revolution Revolucion’ marked what was the beginning for these founding fathers of Latin Metal. The band continues strong 15 years later and show no signs of letting up as they bring their “15 Years Of Revolution” tour to the UK this March following extensive touring across Europe, U.S., Australia, UK, South America, Japan, and China.

There’s no doubtIll Niño have cemented themselves as one of the best, must see live metal bands.

With 1.3 million worldwide albums sales under their belts and still going strong, their breed of metal to the masses resonates with longterm and new fans. Not following the typical flavour of the day musical trends, and sticking to their guns, is what makes Ill Niño one of the most prolific Latin Metal bands of all time.

ill nino 15 years of revolution Tour 2017

UK Tour Dates:

23rd March NORWICH, Waterfront
24th March MANCHESTER, Academy 3
25th March GLASGOW, Classic Grand
26th March BRISTOL, Fleece
28th March LONDON, Islington Academy
29th March SOUTHAMPTON, Talking Heads

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Amplified

With REEF already confirmed as Sunday headliner at Amplified Open Air Festival / New bands added to the line-up are Raging Speedhorn, Astroid Boys, Milk Teeth and Heck.

This new UK live event takes place in Gloucestershire at Quarrydowns, Northleach on the 21st to the 23rd of July, with stage headliners including REEF, Puddle Of Mudd, Diamond Head, Acid Reign and Evil Scarecrow. Saturday’s main stage headliner is to be announced soon. Raging Speedhorn drummer Gordon Morrison says, “We can’t wait to play Amplified fest this year with such an amazing line up it’s going to be a banging weekend. I just hope you guys are ready for us!”With a bill showcasing a wealth of rock, metal and alternative talent which includes the likes of Trapt, As Lions, Anti-Clone, The Fallen State, Courtesans, Krysthla, Oni, Conjurer and many more; this exciting new festival is not to be missed.

Chart topping rock group REEF play the Sunday headline slot on Amplified’s main stage. Following a BIG 2016, which saw the West Country rockers end the year with a sold-out headline UK tour, Reef live at Amplified Open Air Festival are a must see.

Reef

“I’m absolutely stoked to be playing Amplified Festival with REEF on the Sunday. We cannot wait to rock out. I’m AMPED!!!” (Gary Stringer)

Also, joining the bill on theShoot Your Hoops’ stage are God Damn, Orto, The Splash, Goblins, Chapter & Verse, Veridian, Red Light Rebels and The Uncharted.

With Saturday’s main-stage headliner still to be announced, the addition of Reef and confirmed Friday night headliner PUDDLE OF MUDD, Amplified Open Air Festival is set to be one of the must go to events for rock music fans this Summer.

Amplified Open Air Festival 2017

Situated in the glorious Cotswold countryside, other Amplified confirmed acts include Evil Scarecrow, Trapt, Diamond Head, Acid Reign and many more.

Tickets for Amplified Open Air are available directly through the festival’s website, with weekend tickets only £80 (including FREE camping and parking) and with VIP nearing sold out status, now’s the time to GET AMPED!

Keeping you up to date visit Amplifiedrocks.online.

Amplified Open Air Festival takes place 21st-23rd July 2017 at Quarrydowns, between Northleach and Aldsworth, in Gloucestershire.

HRH Metal

O2 Academy Birmingham 12th February 2017.

With Saturday having been the raging success that it was, you could half forgive people for not recovering in time to make it back for the start of day two but hell no, as with XVII kicking things off in the most ruthless of ways, the Best of Brum room was fast to fill up. Vaughan Bennett never fails to bring his explosive energy to the stage and whether the metal is hard core or airing on a slightly more melodic edge, as a vocalist he always packs a punch. It really isn’t hard to grasp why XVII are as popular live as they are and I do hope that we get to see these guys back here again next year.

Vaughan Bennett - XVII

Our next band of the day were Obzidian and in full readiness for what 2pm would bring, the room was just about packed to the rafters as they took to the stage. Matty Jenks is the kind of front man whose raging vocals can tear skin from the bone and today’s aural assault was most definitely one of his greatest. I kind of got the impression that as much as the infectious energy on stage rolled out across the audience, it was also rolling right back, as Obzidian were most definitely on the finest of form today.

Matty Jenks - Obzidian

Next up were Eradikator and here we have a band who just seem to be going from strength to strength at the moment and just as I had hoped, Eradikator hit Birmingham at full throttle. With ability and technical prowess in abundance, these three guys make thrash look easy and today’s set from the band lacked for absolutely nothing.

After the fast tempo assault of our previous three bands, it was time for a change in direction and Pelugion, who hail from the Coventry area, were just the right band for the job. These guys have been casting a mighty big impression across the region since day one of their inception and if you’ve already had the pleasure of catching them live and heard their brand of hard rock/metal infused grove before, then you’ll know exactly why this is so. With the sound system in the venue being on tip top form, the vocals of Andy Sweeney were captured in all their full glory and I would hazard a pretty safe bet that Pelugion left the stage with a fair few more fans than they arrived with.

John Pittaway - Pelugion

You can’t beat a bit of the theatrics – especially when it’s done well and our next band of the day, Donkerkarnuffel, know exactly how to put on an imposing and disturbingly visual show. Amidst a heavy layer of atmospheric smoke, this awesome foursome took a step back in time to the oldie world days of the Victorian circus freak show, with a sound that is equally as dark and disturbing but in the most impressive of ways. Donkerkarnuffel really are a must see band and one that I hope to catch live again soon.

Today just seemed to have flown by far quicker than I would have liked and as 6pm approached and the remaining plethora of smoke cleared, it was time for Hanging Doll to take full command of the stage. Hanging Doll bring gothic metal and melody together in symphonic unison, with the vocal ability of Sally Holliday holding the magic combination of power and emotion perfectly. Tonight’s set from the band was a pleasure to behold and one that they can certainly be proud of.

Sally Holliday - Hanging Doll

With some many great bands packed into today’s Best Of Brum line up, it was inevitable that I wouldn’t manage to catch all of them and sadly Sunday’s casualty was Gehtika.

I did however, manage to make it back into the pit in time for the eighth band of the day, Derange and boy oh boy, am I glad that I did. Watching their set tonight felt like I was watching the birthing of art meets metal as there is something deeply creative within their expressive sound. Cat Pereira has an awesome stage presence which locks itself into an almost trance like state that precariously balances on the edge of possession and without any doubt at all, Derange were definitely my best new discovery of the weekend.

Cat Pereira - Derange

Closing out Sunday’s Best Of Brum stage were none other than The Heretic Order and what a fantastic band to end the day with. When you’re in the company of The Heretic Order, their fierce cryptic rhythms leave you hanging on to every note and Lord Ragnar Wagner is the kind of front man whose commanding persona is one of a kind!

Lord Ragnar Wagner - The Heretic Order

From my perspective, this weekend has been absolutely fantastic in just about all ways imaginable – from the organisation and support that was in place and makes doing what I do possible, to the amazing bands who got up and gave some of the finest performances you could hope to see and equally as important, the thousands of metalheads who came, partied and revelled in the most fantastic of atmospheres. The only downside to Hard Rock Hell Metal 2017 is that’s its over but with the promise of the event returning again next year, this new chapter for HRH is far from done.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.