Swedish heavy metal rockers Katatonia hit 9:30 Club last Thursday to launch a North American tour on the heels of releasing their 10th studio album, The Fall of Hearts, via Peaceville.
Heavy metal quartet Baroness continue to tour on the strength of their fourth studio album, Purple, released in 2015 via Abraxan Hymns. The band is preparing to tour Europe, but they will perform a select few US dates before they go, including a stop at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 12.
Last week, a heavy metal stampede ran through the Howard Theatre as headlining heavy metal band Overkill brought along some friends to play a big show. (Check out our pix of Overkill at the Howard Theatre.)
One of those friend was Finnish progressive metal band Amorphis, six men from Finland who released their most recent album, Under the Red Cloud, in 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
Heavy metal band Alter Bridge released their fifth full-length album The Last Hero via Napalm Records last fall, and they stopped at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday on a tour to promote the album.
Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica headlined a group of seven metal bands from Europe at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7.
Sonata Arctica are touring in support of their ninth album, The Ninth Hour, released in October by Nuclear Blast.
About a year ago, Finnish doom metal band Swallow the Sun released their sixth studio album, Songs from the North I, II & III, via Century Media. It was extremely well received! Metacritic aggregated its overall critic score at 78/100 and AllMusic rated it 4.5/5 stars.
“Each disc is a separate album, though all were conceived, written, and recorded as a single project with the band exploring different aspects of its sound. What unites them musically is a pervasive melodic sensibility, no matter the setting,” said AllMusic critic Thom Jurek.
Swallow the Sun produced a music video for “Rooms and Shadows,” a song from the first of the three discs (a disc subtitled “Gloom”). Watch it on YouTube:
Vocalist Mikko Kotamäki really growls with gusto in this epic song of loss! And his bandmates guitarists Juha Raivio and Markus Jämsen, bassist Matti Honkonen, keyboardist Aleksi Munter, and drummer Juuso Raatikainen, trully fill your very blood with their roiling, dynamic melodies. Kerrang! rated Swallow the Sun’s latest effort 5 stars (or 5 “K”), hailing it as “one of doom metal’s finest moments to date.”
You can see how the six men come together so well yourself, as Swallow the Sun are on tour, opening for fellow Finnish metalmen Sonata Arctica, who released a brand new album last month. The tour comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Nov. 7 with a very full bill, but you’ll want to pace yourself to make it there for Swallow the Sun!