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Gloryhammer's historical power metal guide to the United Kingdom

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Anglo-Swiss power metal titans Gloryhammer are about to embark on a mammoth European tour, bringing their third album Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex to expectant fans the length and breadth of a rapidly disintegrating continent.   

To celebrate this momentous trek, we asked Gloryhammer founder Christopher Bowes, a.k.a. keyboardist Zargothrax, to guide us through the UK leg of this epic journey, which kicks off in London on October 18 - full dates below.

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London

To the untutored eye, London may appear a sleepy mountain village. But beneath the surface lies a most appalling den of iniquity! Harlots, thieves, fools and falsifiers – these are the piteous mortals that choose to make their home in such a god-forsaken dump. Of course, I condone all such behaviour, and if lawless drinking until the sun rises is your thing, I can think of no better place.

Manchester

Magnificent, untarnished Manchester! Known by all as the Jewel of the North, and with good reason; the city is hewn of crystals and inhabited by noble, kind beings of pure light. The local cuisine is famed for exotic and fiery spices – the very same fire I would like to rain down upon the place, until nothing but ash remains. Hahahaha!

Bristol

Legend tells that countless aeons ago, The Hootsman once made his home in a foul hovel somewhere near the swamps of Bristol. In this odious shack he would spend his time cursing and drinking a baleful concoction of rotten apples until he was inebriated enough to rise at sundown, terrorising the locals until collapsing and sleeping where he fell, only to begin the process again at dawn! 

Time and time again they attempted to rally together and expel him from the town, and time and time again they failed, until one day he simply disappeared – he'd drank the place dry and wandered on elsewhere, to do it all again.

Birmingham

Home to an industrious species of goblin, mole-like in their visage. They're particularly fond of a peculiar kind of beer known as 'real ale' – best described as condensed and distilled smog, the same smog that billows from the chimneys of the countless factories that I've conscripted them in to construct my nightmarish war machines! Loyal, devoted goblins. I love goblins!

Nottingham

Everyone has heard of Robin Hood, but there's far more to Nottingham than silly little children's tales. For example, many places claim to be home to the oldest pub in the world, but did you know that Nottingham takes credit for the oldest known pub in the universe? 

And not just this universe – in every conceivable dimension, multitudes beyond mortal comprehension! A most impressive fact indeed, and one that surely makes up for the fact that it's actually rather cramped inside.

Dublin

This isn't in the United Kingdom at all – who's responsible for this article?! I'll have their heads presented on a stick... Oh, it's me. Nevermind, I should have an amnesia hex lying around here somewhere, if I can just find that scroll...

Glasgow

A repugnant, squalid hole in the ground populated by pustule-ridden peasants! Glasgow was one of the first cities I laid siege to after escaping through the wormhole, and with good reason – it's awful!. 

"The simpletons that reside here are so violently passionate about supporting their champion athletes that they've invented a whole new sport around it – total destruction of the opposing zealots teeth by use of any means necessary! Stupidity on a molecular level, and all the more remarkable for it. 

Dundee

At long last, Mighty Dundee is mine! I can't keep count of the times I've had to tangle with that bug-armoured buffoon, Angus McFife, over it. Waving around that ridiculous oversized hammer like it'll impress someone! Although my spies tell me that he and his cohorts are planning to advance on it at this very moment, as the seasons change. We'll just have to wait and see...

Gloryhammer 2019-2020 Tour

Oct 18: London Heaven, UK
Oct 19: Manchester Club Academy, UK
Oct 20: Bristol SWX, UK
Oct 22: Birmingham The Mill, UK
Oct 23: Nottingham Rescue Rooms, UK
Oct 24: Dublin Academy, IE
Oct 25: Glasgow Slay, UK
Oct 26: Dundee Church, UK

Nov 08: Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal, LX
Nov 09: Metalhammer Paradise Weissenhäuser Strand, DE
Nov 10: Tilburg Poppodium 013, NL
Nov 12: Cologne Palladium, DE
Nov 13: Copenhagen Amager Bio, DK
Nov 15: Oslo Rockefeller, NO
Nov 16: Stockholm Fryshuset, SE
Nov 17: Gothenburg Tradgarn, SE
Nov 19: Helsinki The Circus, FI
Nov 20: Tallinn Rock Cafe, EE
Nov 22: Gdansk B90, PL
Nov 23: Winter Masters of Rock Zlin, CZ
Nov 24: Wroclaw A2, PL
Nov 25: Krakow Studio, PL
Nov 27: Bucharest Arnele Romane, RO
Nov 28: Sofia Music Jam , BG
Nov 29: Athens Piraeus 117 Academy, GR
Nov 30: Thessaloniki Principal Club Theater, GR
Dec 02: Bratislava Refinery Gallery, SK
Dec 03: Graz Orpheum, AT
Dec 05: Linz Posthofm, AT
Dec 06: Innsbruck Music Hall, AT
Dec 07: Bern Bernexpo, CH
Jan 17: Hamburg Grosse Freiheit 36, DE
Jan 18: Oberhausen Turbinenhalle II, DE
Jan 19: Antwerp Trix, BE
Jan 21: Saarbruecken Garage, DE
Jan 22: Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg, DE
Jan 23: Nuremberg Hirsch, DE
Jan 24: Stuttgart LKA Longhorn, DH
Jan 25: Munich Backstage, DE
Jan 26: Leiden Gebr. de Nobel, NL
Jan 28: Paris Le Trabendo, FR
Jan 29: Toulouse Le Metronum, FR
Jan 30: Madrid Sala Mon, ES
Jan 31: Barcelona Razzmatazz II, ES
Feb 01: Lyon Ninkasi Kao, FR
Feb 02: Milan Legend Club, IT
Feb 04: Hanover Musikzentrum, DE
Feb 05: Frankfurt Batschkapp, DE
Feb 06: Vienna Szene, AT
Feb 07: Budapest Barba Negra, HU
Feb 08: Leipzig Hellraiser, DE
Jun 12: Nova Rock Nickelsdorf, AT