Date: December 3rd, 2011
Venue: Academy 1, Manchester
Support: Insense, Rise To Remain, Ghost, In Flames
That’s right folks, it’s time again for the Defenders Of The Faith Tour to tear through the UK and leave a trail of destruction behind them. Having hosted some of the biggest names in today’s metal scene (like Machine Head and Lamb Of God), this year is no exception. With a decent variety of bands, there is something here to suit everyone, plus the Academy is one of those perfect sized venues. Big enough to create an amazing atmosphere, yet small enough to still create a kind of intimate feel.
Swedish metal masters In Flames have been confirmed as an addition towards the Metal Hammer Defenders Of The Faith tour, supporting headline act Trivium. Other bands that have also been added onto the tour’s bill are Ghost, Rise To Remain and Insense. Full dates of the tour can be seen below:
DECEMBER 01 – SOUTHAMPTON, Civic Centre
DECEMBER 02 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall
DECEMBER 03 – MANCHESTER, Academy
DECEMBER 04 – LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton
DECEMBER 06 – GLASGOW, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 07 – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 08 – PLYMOUTH, Pavilions
Photo gallery: View it here
Note: As only three members of the site were able to attend the festival weekend, we were sadly unable to cover every band performing throughout the day.
The third and final day of the Sonisphere weekend brings to the table another day filled with brilliant acts sprawling across a range of different genres. With what might be Slipknot‘s final UK performance together (at least with the current line-up), it’s an emotional and iconic day for all maggots in attendance.
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From the pioneering melodic death metal of debut album ‘The Jester Race’, the In Flames sound has slowly but surely steered towards a more mainstream inclination, as each release began to incorporate such attributes as clean singing and electronic touches which lend to the songs a more accessible flavour. Now, with the loss of primary song writer Jesper Stromblad, we could be forgiven in thinking that the band’s progression could stall in the wake of losing such a creative influence, yet ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’ confirms that In Flames retain plenty of song writing scope in their ranks.
Swedish metalheads In Flames have revealed the official artwork, tracklisting and release date for their forthcoming record, ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’. The album is released on June 20th 2011, and the final artwork and tracklisting can be seen below:
01.) Sounds Of A Playground Fading
02.) Deliver Us
03.) All For Me
04.) The Puzzle
05.) Fear Is The Weakness
06.) Where The Dead Ships Dwell
07.) The Attic
08.) Darker Times
10.) Enter Tragedy
11.) Jester’s Door
12.) A New Dawn
Sonisphere Festival have just announced another bunch of band’s to join the line-up for this year’s festival. Joining alongside the already confirmed Slipknot, Biffy Clyro and The Big 4 will be Motorhead, In Flames, Mastodon and Parkway Drive.
The festival will take place at Knebworth House from July 8th – July 10th. For more details and ticket information, visit the festival’s official website by clicking here.