British metal trio Absolva announce their first UK tour dates of 2014 which will coincide with the release of a brand new studio album. Special guests on all these shows will be labelmates Babylon Fire
Absolva was born in May 2012, in the wake of Fury UK bassist Luke Appleton joining US powerhouse Iced Earth, and from inception the new band earned a reputation as an inspiring live act. Following a debut show at SOS Festival in hometown Manchester, the band played 3 shows as special guests with Iced Earth followed by a memorable performance at Bloodstock Open Air. A debut album “Flames Of Justice” was released in November 2012 and promoted with a 16 date European Tour including a special show at London Underworld. A further 33 date European Tour was completed February-June 2013 which included a highlight set at Hammerfest in N.Wales plus 8 shows as special guests on the Michael Schenker Temple of Rock and Lovedrive Reunion Tour. A 25 date UK and European Tour followed towards the end of 2013 when the band released a live CD and DVD entitled “Beyond Live”, which was a live recording at a sell-out show in Belgium earlier this year. Meanwhile, a brand new studio album has been recorded and is set for release on 5th May.
“Flames Of Justice” album.. “Top notch British metal with brains, balls and big tunes” Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer).
Live review.. “time in Europe has given them a muscularity, a groove – they are a tough unit.. they shone like highly polished metal” Steve Swift (Powerplay)
“Beyond Live album.. “Live albums can be tough.. Absolva appear to have cracked it.. by delivering the music that they know is fabulous” Steve Swift (Powerplay)
The UK tour schedule confirmed so far is this.. May 1st: London, The Garage, 2nd: Birmingham, Asylum 2, 3rd: Burnley, Sanctuary, 10th: Carlisle, Brickyard, 11th: Wakefield, Snooty Fox, 16th: Great Yarmouth, The Oakwood, 17th: Brighton, Green Door Store, 23rd Grimsby, Yardbirds, 24th: Selby, Riverside, 31st: Manchester, Sound Control.
Babylon Fire have enjoyed a marked increase in popularity and reputation since the release of their official debut album “Dark Horizons” in November 2012, touring that album widely with highlights as one of the headliners of SOS Festival in Manchester, an eye-opening set at LesFest in Scotland and debuts in the Netherlands and Belgium including an acclaimed performance at Wizzfest where they were immediately invited back for 2014.
Absolva: Chris Appleton – lead vocals, lead guitar, Martin McNee – drums, Dan Bate – backing vocals, bass.
Babylon Fire: Rishi Mehta – lead guitar, backing vocals, Ryk Swillo – bass, backing vocals, Mark Dunford – lead vocals, Mark Cooper – drums