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LIVE: Absolva (UK) + Thorium (BE)

22 september 2023 @ 19:45 22:45

*** Absolva ***
Since beginning in April 2012, Manchester (UK) hard rock / melodic metal band Absolva have carved out an enviable reputation as one of the hardest working bands around – instantly recognisable, delivering six highly-rated studio albums, and attracting critical praise from many sources.

Combining stunning guitar work with ear-worm choruses, they have an unmistakable sound of their own, refusing to be tied to a specific genre. This is a heavy metal band with melodic vocals and hard rock catchiness, singing principally down-to-earth about rolling with the punches, rolling your sleeves up and fighting back.

Absolva are perhaps best known for the impact of their live performances, connecting with the hard rockers who appreciate the melody whilst equally keeping faith with the metalheads. The band has toured extensively, including home territory UK, Europe and South America, whilst also impressing at festivals such as Planet Rockstock, Stonedead, Bloodstock, WinterStorm, Hammerfest and Burrfest in the UK, plus Headbangers Open Air (Germany), Rock The Coast (Spain), Metal Magic (Denmark), Chania Rock (Crete), Dark River Festival (Finland), Blast From The Past (Belgium) and more.

Band members
Christopher Appleton – lead vocals and lead guitar
Luke Appleton – lead/rhythm guitar and backing vocals
Martin Mcnee – drums
Karl Schramm – bass and backing vocals

*** Thorium ***
Given great incentive by their work together in Belgium’s legendary Heavy Metal band Ostrogoth, axemen Dario Frodo, Stripe and Tom Tee found themselves overwhelmed by massive amounts of inspiration for new material, much of which proved to lie too much outside the boundaries of what they could rightly realize with Ostrogoth. Therefore, they decided to found a brand new formation into which to channel all these new ideas.
With the addition of classically trained batterist Louis Van der Linden to the fold, the search was open for a powerful vocalist with a wide range and striking stage presence, which they found in seasoned Dutch singer David Marcelis (Lord Volture, Black Knight).

With the line-up complete, the band put the finishing touches on their self-titled debut album, which was released on October 5th 2018. Touring and gigging in promotion for the new record commenced immediately, and saw the band playing dozens of dates across Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Holland and Belgium, where they shared the stage with acts such as Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime, Ross The Boss, Toxik, The Three Tremors, Heir Apparent, Q5, and many more.

Not content to rest on their laurels, and eager to prove themselves a band that could keep on producing quality material quickly and efficiently, Thorium completed work on their sophomore album Empires In The Sun within one year of their debut release. Working together once again with seasoned mixer Simone Mularoni (DGM, Michael Romeo, Geoff Tate, Ray Alder,…), the band delivers some of their most ambitious material yet, employing guest vocals by acclaimed artists such as Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon) and Joe Van Audenhove (Evil Invaders), as well as British actor and narrator Norman Eshley (Blind Guardian) to further broaden their sound.
‘Empires In The Sun’ is released on March 5th 2021.

Influenced by and incorporating elements of all the classic styles of Metal from the past four decades, such as NWOBHM, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Speed Metal, Bay Area Thrash and of course classic Heavy Metal, Thorium’s members set themselves no boundaries and seek to deliver music that is heavy, melodic, virtuosic, catchy and conceptual.

Band members
David Marcelis – Vocals
Tom Tee – Guitars
Dario Frodo – Guitars
Jeroen Bonne – Bass

Time Schedule:
19:45 – 20:45 Thorium (BE)
21:15 – 22:45 Absolva (UK)

Tickets are available at the bar and online:
Presale € 10,-
Doorsale € 12,-

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