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Deadland Ritual Adds More UK Dates For European Tour

On the back of releasing single ‘Down In Flames’, Deadland Ritual are back in the news, having announced two new UK headline shows on either side of their Download Festival appearance in June.

Thurs 13thJune 2019 – O2 Academy Islington, London UK
Fri 14thJune 2019 – Download Festival, Donnington UK
Sat 15thJune 2019 – Garage, Glasgow UK

In addition to these dates, Deadland Ritual, featuring the musical talents of bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars On Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver), and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), the band will be performing a number of dates throughout Europe.

Deadland Ritual promises the live shows will be something special, mixing the original material with deeper cuts from their collective past. “Not the typical songs you would expect,” according to Matt Sorum. The full run of tour dates can be seen below:

Tues 4th June 2019 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen DENMARK
Wed 5th June 2019 – Rockefeller, Oslo NORWAY
Thurs 6th June 2019 – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg SWEDEN
Mon 10th June 2019 – Kesselhaus, Berlin GERMANY
Tue 11th June 2019 – Markthalle, Hamburg GERMANY
Thurs 13th June 2019 – O2 Academy Islington, London UK
Fri 14th June 2019 – Download Festival, Donnington UK
Sat 15th June 2019 – Garage, Glasgow UK
Mon 17th June 2019 – 013, Tilburg THE NETHERLANDS
Tues 18th June 2019 – Trianon, Paris FRANCE
Wed 19th June 2019 – Z7, Pratteln SWITZERLAND
21st to 22nd June 2019 – Azkena Festival, Vitoria SPAIN
21st to 23rd June 2019 – Hellfest Festival, Clisson FRANCE 

Tickets for UK headline shows in London and Glasgow go onsale on Friday 29thMarch 2019 at 9am GMT HERE

To purchase tickets and for further updates visit:   www.deadlandritual.com

Late 2018 saw the band release their debut single, “Down In Flames” (via Sonik Riot Recordings / AWAL powered by Kobalt). Produced by Greg Fidelman (Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica), Down In Flamesfeatures the lush and powerful vocals of Perez, alongside Stevens’ signature thundering guitar conjugating with the hard-driving tribal rhythm section of Butler and Sorum. The single has been A listed on Planet Rock radio in the UK for six weeks and counting.

Sorum’s longtime friendships with Stevens and Perez helped to form the initial core of the lineup, but it was a pivotal moment when Butler agreed to join. Butler admits there was a lot to think about when he got the invitation. “I had to get used to the idea of starting from scratch again, which is good,” he says. “But I really liked the music I was hearing. It’s not your typical hard rock or metal stuff.”

For Stevens, it was a revelation the first time he found himself recording with Butler. “There’s a lot of times in the studio as a guitar player, you get a guitar sound and you’re trying to make it work, tweaking it,” Stevens says. There was none of that bullshit. It just fit against his bass sound and it was really exciting to me. I get to hear my guitar against a bass guitarist that I’ve idolised forever.”

Drawing inspiration from the ritual symbolism of desert badlands paired with Sorum’s love of the idea of a ‘ritualistic forgotten space,’ the name Deadland Ritual felt appropriate for the darker tone of the music the group was making.  “Obviously we’ve been through some stuff,” Perez says. “If you’re being honest artistically, all the turmoil of love, loss, happiness and pain in life makes its way into the music.”

The initial recordings are only the beginning of what fans can expect in the coming months. The band is focused on quality vs. quantity and letting the muse carry them in the appropriate direction. With festival appearances booked and headline dates now announced, they’ll use the time leading up to that trek to continue writing and recording…

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