Northern Irish pagan metal outfit WAYLANDER have announced European dates in support of their latest record Kindred Spirits. The tour will take the band to places old and new.
24 - Cerninnos Paganfest - La Machine du Moulin Rouge - Paris, France
6 - Seachtain Na Gaeilge – Kellys – Galway, Ireland
17 – Fonobar Club - Warsaw, Poland
18 – Rock Out Club - Zielona Góra, Poland
19 – Blackland - Berlin, Germany
20 – Fenris Club - Klein-Pöchlarn, Austria
21 – Blue Hell Club - Budapest, Hungary
“We hope this year will be a year of firsts for the band and we are off and running in that regard already!” comments the band vocalist ArdChieftain O’Hagan. “We are more than pleased to return to Paris for Cernunnos Paganfest. For an indoor event, it captures the Pagan atmosphere more than any other Festival in terms of decor, entertainment and general vibe. If our reception is as rapturous as last time we will be equally as delighted.”
“It's been a decade since we last visited the west of Ireland and we jumped at the chance of playing in Galway as part of the Seactain na Gaeilge (Irish language week) celebrations.”
Commenting on the bands turn to new lands ArdChieftain adds: “There is no better feeling than playing new places, making new friends and sampling new cultures, so finally visiting Poland, Austria and Hungary is something we are very excited about, and are equally as pleased to be returning to Berlin, where we get the chance this time to play a full length set. We would have been pleased with just one Polish gig but to have two is a huge bonus. We get to, not only visit Warsaw, but also Zielona Góra and we are really looking forward to experiencing the notoriously crazy Polish Metal audiences. After having several aborted attempts to play in Austria over the years, we finally get the chance with a show in Klein-Pöchlarn. We hope our Austrian fans enjoy our performance. None of us has visited Hungary before, so to be able to play in such a beautiful and historic city as Budapest has got our collective pulse racing. We have heard nothing but praise for the pagan/folk metal scene in Hungary so it will be amazing to experience it for ourselves.”
Waylander recently announced that the band are planning on a new release late 2013 to commemorate their 20 year anniversary.
“As many of you may be aware of, 2013 sees Waylander celebrate two decades of existence, an impressive milestone in anyone's book. We plan to have a new release out towards the very end of 2013, which, we hope will please fans both old and new. We will write and record a concept mini album which will deal with the Four Fire Festivals of the Irish Pagan calendar, expanding on the subject matter dealt with in Twin Fires of Beltíne. As well as reworking Twin Fires of Beltíne, slightly, the other three songs will deal with Imbolg, Lughnasadh and Samhain. As a bonus we will include an interview DVD, explaining the history of the band and revealing the truth behind the trials and tribulations of the turbulent lifespan of the beast that has become known as Waylander. We hope also to include some live footage and some behind the scenes Hallionry which will reveal the personalities of the various band members.”
The band's latest record Kindred Spirits was released on July 16th in Europe and August 14th in North America 2012 via Listenable Records and has gained worldwide acclaim.
Listen To ‘Twin Fires Of Beltíne’ below: