News round-up: Grails, Neurosis, and SWR Fest XXI

For the second news piece since the return, we turn away from upcoming records and focus on upcoming shows instead, with the recent announcements of European tours by two of our favourite North American bands, Grails and Neurosis, as well as of the final line-up of the 21st edition of SWR Fest, an institution in the Portuguese underground music scene.

Grails to tour Europe in May

After the release of the unsurprisingly excellent «Chalice Hymnal» last year, which you can recall by clicking play above, Grails embarked on a small European tour in March, in which it became clear for those in attendance just in how much of a cohesive shape they managed to get in a very short period of time. Two tours in the US after, they are now set to return to Europe in May, this time around with two new members in tow, namely, Ilyas Ahmed and Anthony Paterra (from Zombi and Majeure). See below for dates and locations. Below, you can find the tour poster with all the dates.


Neurosis set to tour Europe with Deaf Kids


One month after the former Neurot roster members Grails pass by the old continent, the label’s main band comes around. Neurosis is set to play nine shows in the second half of June, which range from festival appearances in Hellfest, Copenhell, and Graspop, to club shows in the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Joining them will be Brazilian crust punk turned meddlers of psychedelic and industrial DEAFKIDS, with cameos from Converge and Wolves In The Throne Room along the way. See the poster above for details.

SWR Fest announces full line-up of its twenty first edition

Before any of the tours mentioned above actually happens, the village of Barroselas will, for the 21st consecutive year, host a conglomeration of all things extreme in metal. The upcoming edition of the SWR Fest, as usual, features some impressive names from outside Portugal, as well as some of the best names in the history of the national scene, as are the cases of Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, Irae, and Process Of Guilt. The final batch of announcements consists mostly of the line-up of the third stage, as well as a replacement in the grindcore department, with Malignant Tumour replacing Cock and Ball Torture. As for the aforementioned third stage, a tent outside the main venue with free entrance, it includes names such as US synhtwave collective Gost, Portuguese veterans Raw Decimating Brutality and Theriomorphic, and a host of other acts. The full announcement can be found here.

More information about the daily distribution of bands can be found at the festival’s event, while tickets are on sale at this location.

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