Hot News: Six new bands added to the Damnation Festival line up

Swedish melodic doom quintet KATATONIA and Norwegian black-metal masters GOD SEED are the latest international acts to be added to Damnation Festival.

German progressive collective THE OCEAN, French post-metal standard bearers YEAR OF NO LIGHT, Norwegian avant-garde jazz quartet SHINING and Irish doom titans MOURNING BELOVETH will also bolster the stunning bill which will be unleashed on Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 2.

The six additions compliment an extreme and eclectic line-up which already boast Carcass, Cult of Luna, Crippled Black Phoenix, Vallenfyre, Negura Bunget, SSS, Moss and Voices with at least nine more bands to be announced.

Gorgoroth re-incarnation God Seed will play Damnation Festival as an exclusive UK show.

Katatonia will play 2003’s classic ‘Viva Emptiness’ in its entirety.  Anders Nystrom, said: „Since it looks like November will bring us Damnation, we’re absolutely certain there’ll be some Swedish export of atmospheric dark metal coming your way with it!

„We couldn’t be more psyched to celebrate our ‘Viva Emptiness’ album anniversary at a festival we never got to play before. So Leeds, join us and be damned!

Brendan from Mourning Beloveth said „We are delighted to be asked to play a small part in the metal institution that is Damnation Fest. Our recent visits to the shores of the U.K. have unfortunately been limited to stages in the capital. We would like to thank Damnation Fest for giving us the opportunity to at last rectify this grave and indefensible injustice. You guys bring the ale, and we’ll bring the Doom.”

Damnation Festival could also become a four-stage event this year, reducing clashes and allowing the return of the much-missed Deathfest stage… with fans’ backing.

Organiser Gavin McInally explained: „A change to licensing laws at Leeds University Union has opened up the possibility for us to use the fantastic Riley Smith Hall as a venue which fans can enjoy a pint in, but it comes with a catch.

„The festival’s capacity would be pushed above the 4,000 mark and although ticket sales are better right now than at the same point 12 months ago, the venue management, somewhat understandably, don’t want to hand over their entire building, including terracing and bars to Damnation unless there’s a guarantee the numbers will justify it.

„This is not a sales pitch, if you don’t believe the confirmed line-up so far doesn’t merit your £34 then don’t buy a ticket BUT if you are fully intending to be at Damnation Festival this year then booking your ticket now will help us land that fourth stage.

„And if we do, Carcass and Cult of Luna will not clash for a single minute, the Terrorizer Stage will be reminiscent of our Deathfest event with death and grind from morning until night, a fourth stage will worship doom all day long and we’ll book DJs to perform in the terrace area which has been missing at Damnation since 2008.”

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now, priced £34, available from:http://www.leedstickets.co.uk , the official Damnation Festival website at http://www.damnationfestival.co.uk or facebook.com/damnationfestival

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