Ten Reasons Defenders Of The Faith Will Kick Ass
Defenders Of The Faith III will unite Floridian metal heavyweights Trivium, Gothenburg kings In Flames, occult doom favourites Ghost, rising Brits Rise To Remain and frenetic Norwegian mob Insense for a UK-conquering tour – and it all start this very week!
Here are our ten reasons why it’ll be kicking our asses – and yours.
1. It’s Packing Five Of The Best Modern Metal Bands In The World
Trivium? One of the biggest metal bands to emerge this century. In Flames? Innovators of an entire genre. Ghost? One of the most unique forces in metal today. Rise To Remain? A genuine shining light in the British metal scene. Insense? Yet more evidence that Norway is experiencing a new wave of awesomeness. Massive bill? You bet your ass it’s a massive bill! And multicultural to boot.
2. Trivium Know How To Play A Big Show
Not only did they pull off one of the most famous Download sets in history when they were bumped up to the main stage for a legendary performance in 2005, but they proved they can fill legendary venues when they slayed the likes of Brixton Academy on their Black Crusade tour with Machine Head two years later! No-brainer.
3. Ninety-Nine Per Cent Of Your Favourite Bands Love In Flames
There aren’t many metal bands around that have influenced the genre’s direction over the past two decades like In Flames have. Their role in the emergence of the Gothenburg metal scene set a template for countless modern heavyweights, from Killswitch Engage to Bullet For My Valentine – and Trivium themselves! When they get the chance to show the young pups how it’s done on Defenders, you can guaran-damn-tee it’ll be unmissable.
4. Ghost Will Have The Devil In Them
Has there been a single band to emerge in recent times that is as fascinating, uniquely strange and downright mysterious as Ghost? The Swedish occult crew left jaws on the floor with their mystic incantations at Download this year, and rest assured that they’ll be doing the same at each and every Defenders show. Plus, as they said in their own words to Hammer recently, to really understand them, you need to see them live.
Grab your tickets for the tour here!
5. Rise To Remain Are Flying The Flag For Britain
Repping for us Brits will be one of the most hotly-tipped young metal bands of the last couple of years in Rise To Remain, and as frontman Austin Dickinson told us earlier this week, they’ll never stop flying the flag for our fair isle. Come and show some home-grown blood some support.
6. Insense Come In Flames-Approved
Arguably the underdogs on the bill, Norwegian crew Insense are giving us plenty to be excited about – not least because they’re managed by In Flames’ own Anders Fridén! Get there early to catch another exciting prospect.
7. Defenders Is Always One Of The Highlights Of The Year
Defenders I and II have gone down in history as two of the most badass metal tours to ever hit the UK, with Opeth, Arch Enemy, DevilDriver and 3 Inches Of Blood bringing the noise back in 2008 and Lamb Of God, Dimmu Borgir, Unearth and Five Finger Death Punch levelling the UK a year later. History repeating itself? You know it’ll happen.
8. It’s the perfect pre-Christmas knees-up
What’s the best way to welcome in the holiday season properly, you ask? Why, partying with five ace metal bands, of course! Let’s get festive.
9. It’ll be hitting some of the UK’s most iconic venues
We already know that Trivium have what it taken to do venues like Brixton Academy justice (see above), but to see bands of that calibre taking on some of the UK’s greatest gig haunts will be nothing less than epic.
10. We’ll be there!
Yes, you lucky things. Team Hammer will be out in force across many of the dates spread over the UK, so if you see any of us out, ours is a pint. See you there!
Defenders Of The Faith III will rage across the following UK venues…
1st December Southampton Guildhall
2nd Wolverhampton Civic Hall
3rd Manchester Academy
4th London Brixton 02 Academy
6th Glasgow 02 Academy
7th Newcastle 02 Academy
8th Plymouth Pavillions