VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE ACCEPT AND KONKHRA AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR AUGUST 1 APPEARANCE AT TUSINDARSSKOVEN IN ODENSE
Copenhagen, Denmark — VOLBEAT has revealed legendary German heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT and Denmark’s KONKHRA will join the band for their largest headlining appearance to date on August 1 at Tusindårsskoven in Odense, Denmark. With barely two months to go until the band takes the stage for the final time in 2015, limited tickets remain which can be purchased via www.volbeat.dk.
With a back catalogue dating all the way back to their self-titled debut in 1979, ACCEPT have managed to impress the Danes on several occasions in recent years. In 2012, they initiated their Danish charge with a packed Amager Bio, and the following year saw them back in Denmark performing at the constant growing Copenhell Festival.They released their latest studio offering, Blind Rage in the summer of 2014 to critical acclaim across the globe.The band will perform at a few select festivals over the course of this summer, alongside this special appearance in Odense on August 1.
Opening on the night will be Copenhagen based death metal band KONKHRA. Forming under the name Vicious Circle in the late 1980s, the band settled for the name KONKHRA with their first demo 25 years ago. They quickly proved to be the leading metal force in Denmark up through the 1990s, issuing the groundbreaking releases Spit or Swallow and Weed Out the Weak.Historically, when Michael Poulsen was a young, rising front man, the band invited his first band Dominus to open for them in Ringsted Medborgerhus in the early 1990s.That evening marked Dominus’ very first live performance. The addition of KONKHRA marks the deeply loyal Poulsen returning the favor to Anders Lundemark and company.
Please read more about this spectacular and soon to be sold out event on www.volbeat.dk
ACCEPT’s “Blind Rage” took the number one spot in WJCU’s “Metal On Metal” Top 25 year-end album countdown show, which aired on January 2. GRAND MAGUS’ “Triumph And Power”, THE DAGGER’s “The Dagger”, MIDNIGHT’s “No Mercy For Mayhem”, OVERKILL’s “White Devil Armory”, RIOT V’s “Unleash The Fire” and JUDAS PRIEST’s “Redeemer Of Souls” were close runner-ups.
Cleveland metal fans have had a longtime love affair with the legendary German/American band. This is the second time ACCEPT won top honors in the past four years. Their “Blood Of The Nations” album, the band’s first with Mark Tornillo on vocals, finished first in 2010. The follow-up “Stalingrad” finished second in 2012.
“Dear listeners of the fabulous Bill Peters radio show ‘Metal On Metal’, says ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. “Cleveland has been special to us since the 80’s and that would not have happened without Bill! We feel very honored you voted ‘Blind Rage’ the #1 album of the year. In fact, we are floored! We miss you and we hope to see you in autumn. Thank you and let’s rock 2015 together!”
Hoffmann will be calling in to WJCU from his home in Nashville, Tennessee next Friday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST to personally thank the fans of Cleveland for their support.
“My listeners have done it again!”, says “Metal On Metal” host Bill Peters. “They have assembled yet another amazing year-end chart. It was a banner year for heavy metal releases. We had 77 albums nominated. That’s a lot of titles! All six of my favorites placed in the Top 25, including five in the Top 10. I personally owned 19 out of the 25 albums on the chart. My listeners obviously have good taste (laughs). I can’t remember a time when I had so many #1 favorites. It would be impossible for me to pick just one. 2014 was a great year to be a heavy metal fan!”
“Another cool thing about this year’s chart was to see MIDNIGHT and SUNLESS SKY finish in our Top 10”, adds Peters. “This was the first time in the 31-year history of our listener poll we had two Cleveland bands rank so high. MIDNIGHT received the most votes for a Cleveland band ever! They have a huge following in the underground. We always keep our doors open for local bands to stop by the station to premiere new music and promote their shows. They do not have this kind of opportunity on the commercial radio stations. We are very proud of our Cleveland metal scene. We have a lot of diverse talent here and our bands are highly respected around the world. This is a great place to live if you love heavy metal!”
Peters’ radio show has garnished the attention of not only fans but musicians as well. Wolf Hoffmann (ACCEPT), Bobby Blitz (OVERKILL), Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL), Steve “Lips” Kudow (ANVIL) and Robb Reiner (ANVIL) have all have acknowledged past album victories by publicly thanking their fans from Cleveland.
Now entering its 33rd year, WJCU’s “Metal On Metal” can be heard every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST on 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or streamed worldwide at www.wjcu.org.
“Metal On Metal”‘s top albums of 2014:
01. ACCEPT – “Blind Rage” (Nuclear Blast)
02. GRAND MAGUS – “Triumph And Power” (Nuclear Blast)
03. THE DAGGER – “The Dagger” (Century Media)
04. MIDNIGHT – “No Mercy For Mayhem” (Hells Headbangers)