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  • 8 Mar
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    MCD proudly presents

    GIANT ROOKS

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    ANDREW CUSHIN

    Opium Live • Fri 08 March 2024 • 7:00pm


    Maintaining incredible momentum following a busy summer on the road, today Giant Rooks announce their UK and Ireland tour, kicking off at Glasgow’s SWG3 Warehouse on 6th March 2024. The tour coincides with the release of their forthcoming full-length album, How Have You Been?, arriving on 2nd February 2024 via Island Records UK/Irrsinn/Vertigo Germany, which includes their undeniable new single “For You”.

    On the new track the band said: “This song holds a special place in our hearts. It marks the opening track of our second album, and it’s the very first one we wrote for it. We’ve been performing it live for quite some time now, and we’re genuinely surprised by how deeply our fans have connected with it. We’re ecstatic that it’s finally out in the world!”

    “For You” is an anthem dedicated to that one person for whom you’d go to great lengths at the end of the day. From the opening piano intro that sets the emotional tone, to the subtle strings that add heartwarming accents, and the powerful drums that enter with gripping gravitas – this track is designed to stir the listeners’ emotions.

    As the lyrics promise, “We make it count together / one day lie down forever. When the sun sets, I’ll be waiting at the shore for you.” The song conjures nostalgic and warm imagery in the mind of anyone who listens to it.

    For the upcoming How Have You Been? album the band released an album trailer on socials and had fans buzzing about the impending album pre-order that went live last week. Watch the album trailer for How Have You Been? HERE.

    Their story is anchored in the live show, having built up a loyal following across North America, Europe, and the UK. Their last headline tour had them playing sold-out shows in excess of 75,000 tickets sold.

    Giant Rooks just completed a busy summer festival season including performances at Lollapalooza Chicago (US), Headline Dockville Festival (DE), Rock am Ring / Park (DE), Rock For People (CZ), Sziget Festival (HU), Pukkelpop (BE), Reading / Leeds (UK), and many more.

    Recently, the band revealed “Someone Like You (Live),” showcasing their performance prowess. Meanwhile, the original “Somebody Like You” has gathered 1.5 million Spotify streams and counting. Beyond praise from the likes of V Magazine and more, SWEETY HIGH professed, “The striking love song feels ready for belting out in a concert stadium with otherworldly chimes and a hugely energetic and anthemic sound.” Its predecessor “Bedroom Exile” notably generated north of 7.1 million Spotify streams and counting, minting them as an alternative band to watch.

    Stay tuned for more Giant Rooks international touring announcements:

    2024 UK AND IRELAND TOUR DATES

    6th March SWG3 Warehouse Glasgow
    7th March O2 Ritz Manchester
    8th March Whelan’s Dublin
    10th March O2 Institute2 Birmingham
    13th March O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London

    A complete list of tour dates and tickets for all their shows are available here.

    About Giant Rooks:

    Bubbling out of Germany, Giant Rooks are taking the indie game by storm. Founded in 2015, the outfit consists of Frederik Rabe (vocals), Finn Schwieters (guitar), Luca Göttner (bass), Jonathan Wischniowski (keyboard), and Finn Thomas (drums). Since, the band has garnered hundreds and millions of views across breakout hits such as “Wild Stare” and “Tom’s Diner,” also selling out shows across Germany, North America, and Europe. Their 2020 debut album, Rookery, has collected more than 200 million total streams to date, while it also peaked at #3 on the German Albums Chart. In 2022, Giant Rooks scored their biggest song to date with “Tom’s Diner,” in collaboration with AnnenMayKantereit. In addition to picking-up over 250 million streams, it landed in the Spotify Top 200 in 30 markets, peaking at #37 on the Spotify Global Chart and #83 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. With much more music on the horizon, Giant Rooks continue to prove indispensable to not only the German music scene, but Indie at large.


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  • 10 Mar
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    A DME & MCD presentation by arrangement with NMC Live

    ENSLAVED

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    Opium Live • Sun 10 March 2024 • 6:30pm


    In true Enslaved fashion, the Bergen voyagers’ 16th album, “Heimdal”, is both a departure and a communion with roots forged over three decades ago in the turbulent birth throes of Norway’s black metal scene. Founded in 1991 by the then precociously young Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson, Enslaved were determined to set out on a different course from their Satanic, church-burning peers, turning their attention towards Viking lore and writing the majority of the lyrics for their 1994 debut album, “Vikingligr Veldi“, in Icelandic for its proximity to Old Norse.

    2020’s “Utgard” album was the beginning of a new phase for the band, delving deeper into the esoteric nature of Nordic mythology, but finding more precise jump-off points for a leap into the unknown. More streamlined than its multi-layered predecessors, “In Times” and “E”, if only to prise open new expanses to explore, its ruminations on the shadowy, titular land of the Norse Jotun ice giants found parallels with the psychological states of the unconscious, and the pilgrimage into our own hearts of darkness that’s the start of the route to all self-knowledge. Of course, even themes of introspection were transformed into kaleidoscopic sonic adventurism, ranging from blackened, frostbitten charges, through lush, billowing, groove-bolstered updrafts to view-above-the-cloudline vistas and even dives into syncopated, krautrock-inspired wormholes.

    For Enslaved, each stage of a journey plants a seed for the next. After 2021’s interim EP, “Caravans To The Outer Worlds”, “Heimdal” offers another tangential act of discovery, another embarkation point for a solemn, expectant and exhilarating passage through the realms of the senses.

    “I had a pretty clear sense of direction with ‘Utgard’,” says guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjørnson. “It really felt like the start of something. It felt like we were taking quite a leap into the next album so that’s where the idea for the EP came up, because that’s a format you can play around with more. So, there were two main songs, and there were two experimental tracks. But it also worked conceptually, like a launch from one orbit to another. It just felt natural to have that sort of slingshot.”


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  • 12 Mar
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    DME presents

    CYNIC + OBSCURA

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    CRYPTOSIS

    Opium Live • Tue 12 March 2024 • 6:00pm



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    CRYPTOSIS: Website


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  • 15 Mar
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    Singular Artists proudly presents

    BERLIOZ

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    Opium Live • Fri 15 March 2024 • 7:00pm


    When you combine the UK Jazz scene with downtempo deep house, you get berlioz.

    berlioz is the new alias of producer Ted Jasper, and while he has only released 8 songs under his new alter-ego, it’s opened a doorway for his dream-like, soulful electronica genre to flourish. That special sound has earned him shout outs from Erykah Badu, support from BBC Radio 1, Rinse, NTS, Reprezent and FIP, 5000+ vinyl copies sold, 6 million+ streams per month and a huge following on social media with 394k IG followers and 286k on TikTok, all whist independent, self-signed and managed.

    Alongside his recently announced North America tour, berlioz will be heading to cities across the UK and Europe in 2024, bringing his live music to the fans who connect with his art.


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    €20 available online from Singular Artists

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  • 19 Mar
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    DME presents

    ATHEIST & CRYPTOPSY

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    ALMOST DEAD

    Opium Live • Tue 19 March 2024 • 6:00pm


    Death metal juggernaut CRYPTOPSY return to pummel our collective senses anew with their new album, “As Gomorrah Burns”, which they’ll present live on this tour. Their first for Nuclear Blast, the Montreal – based quartet — featuring founding member/drummer Flo Mounier, guitarist Christian Donaldson, vocalist Matt McGachy, and bassist Olivier “Oli” Pinard — advance their signature Northern power as they celebrate 30-plus years of extremity.

    ATHEIST is widely regarded by those in the know as the pioneers of technical death metal, influencing many of today’s top technical extreme metal bands. In spring 2024, the band returns to Europe for a terrific tour over Europe and the United Kingdom for the first time since 2011, with a special anniversary set celebrating ‘Piece of Time’, ‘Unquestionable Presence’, and ‘Elements’.

    North American groove/thrash metal act Almost Dead will join the lineup as the opening band on this hell of a run.

     


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    CRYPTOPSY: Facebook | Instagram

    ALMOST DEAD: Facebook | Instagram


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  • 24 Mar
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    DME & MCD present

    ATTILA & BORN OF OSIRIS

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    AVIANA & CROWN MAGNETAR

    Opium Live • Sun 24 March 2024 • 6:00pm


    ATTILA

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    Forming in Atlanta in 2005, Attila set off on a mission to bring fun back to the metal scene and never looked back. Having to work against the odds every step of the way, the band quickly managed to gain national attention with their explosive energy on the stage, and their fearless attitude towards the opposition. With each release, the band tightened their grip on the throat of metalcore royalty, becoming an absolute monster in the heavy music world and beyond. After seeing many buzz bands come and go over the years, Attila continued to push their way uphill into a worldwide brand. Don’t let the party lifestyle fool you, Attila is one of the hardest working bands you’ll ever come across, and they are far from done.


    BORN OF OSIRIS

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    Illinois progressive metal band Born of Osiris are back with the follow up to the acclaimed The Simulation, a frankly face-melting seventh album called Angel or Alien. All of the ingredients that made previous efforts so intensely enjoyable are present and correct: inhuman vocals, technically dazzling fretwork, intricate musicianship courtesy of the rhythm section, and epic tunes. But there’s an organic evolution taking place — a progressive progression that has seen the Palatine group take things up a level.


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