Eyesore Merch @ Hammerfest 5: In Fear Of The Dragon!


This year at Wales’s biggest metal fest, held at the Hafan Y Môr Holiday Park in Pwllheli, the Eyesore Merch team will be hitting Hammerfest 5: In Fear Of The Dragon, ready with a stall to satisfy your band merch needs!

The festival will be providing sets from the likes of the thrash-hards Sodom and Destruction, grindfathers Napalm Death, doomsayers Saint Vitus and Candlemass, hardcore vets Hatebreed, industrialists Killing Joke and death purveyors Ensalved. There will also be a big selection of popular acts from the underground with Winterfylleth, Dyscarnate, Flayed Disciple, Lifer, Bloodshot Dawn, Serpent Venom and many, many more.

Eyesore Merch will be setting up shop and selling merch of Hammerfest attendants Napalm DeathEnslavedAngel Witch and Killing Joke; as well as a wide, general selection of other band merch.

Not only that, but you can expect a live review feed on both the official Eyesore Merch Twitter and Facebook pages, keeping you updated on who rocked and who slopped – plus we’ll be posting interviews as well!

Let us know who you’re excited to see and who are the acts not to miss over the three-day event

In the meantime, this is who we’re excited for:

Ali –

Hammerfest is nigh! Really looking forward to hitting Wales again this year for some metal mayhem. This fest has been getting better every year and has some seriously cool bands to check out in 2013. I can’t wait for a dose of Killing Joke as I have never seen them live before. Massively excited to see Enslaved again, especially with new album RIITIIR under their belts as well as the dulcet doom tones of Candlemass and Saint Vitus. Oh, and I was surprised and happy to see the impressive Chimp Spanner on the bill. Looking forward to see how he handles the usually solo project with a full live band. Come by the Eyesore Merch stall, say Raaaaggghh, drink beer and buy merch! See you in 2 days people 🙂

Rich –

If I hadn’t already seen Napalm Death before, they would be in the number one spot. However, I’m most excited to see Saint Vitus play on Saturday – one of the most influential bands in doom and stoner metal, and fronted by the legendary Wino, whose performance in will be without a doubt unmissable. I’m pretty hyped to see Candlemass and Destruction (NAILED TO THE CROOOOSS!) too, and Killing Joke will be cool to see as well.

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UK TOURS & FESTIVALS: March


Here’s a new feature where we let you guys know where and when some of the most awe-inspiring UK tours and festivals take place within each month. So here’s to March!

Who: STATUS QUO
When: 6th-17th March
Why: Despite reaching their mid-sixties now, the famous guitar duo Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi are far from slowing down, still putting a lot of younger bands to shame. Plus, do you really need an excuse to go see these legends?

Dates and tickets here.

Who: CANNIBAL CORPSE& DEVILDRIVER
When: 7th-10th
Why:
Cannibal Corpse may just wear the crown for the biggest and most influential band in brutal death metal, the band have been unleashing gore onto the world since the eighties and have found themselves in the centre of controversy and films (Ace Ventura, anyone?). Co-headlining the tour is California’s own metalcore troupe Devildriver, headed by ex-Coal Chamber maniac Dez Fafara. Definitely a tour worth catching.

Dates and tickets here.
Get your Cannibal Corpse merch here.

Who: CANCER BATS /w Brutality Will Prevail + Empress
When: 8th-22nd March
Why: One of today’s hardest working bands in hardcore/punk are set to tour the UK for two weeks without a break. Last year, Cancer Bats pulled off the “Pentagram Tour” in London, playing six shows in five venues in one day. Also, Welsh hardcore up-comers Brutality Will Prevail are a band you have to see.

Dates and tickets here.
Get your Cancer Bats merch here.

Festival: HAMMERFEST V: IN FEAR OF THE DRAGON
When: 14th-17th March
Where: Pwllheli, North Wales.
Why: Basically, here are some of the big names in metal that are playing there, and you’d be a fool to miss them: Saint Vitus, Killing Joke, Candlemass, Napalm Death, Sodom, Angel Witch, Destruction, Enslaved, Hatebreed and a ton of promising and rising metal bands.

Day tickets are still available here.
Get your Napalm Death merch here, Angel Witch merch here and Enslaved merch here.

Who: GHOST, GOJIRA & THE DEFILED
When: 18th-24th March
Why: This is the Jagermeister Music Tour and metal’s favourite shot producers have put a hell of a line-up for this six-date tour. Ghost have garnered a strong underground following with their throwback to classic heavy metal, along with their love of theatrics. Gojira currently lay down some of the heaviest shows going with their incredible technical death metal, while The Defiled follow suit with a more melodic approach. All this for £5!

Dates and tickets here.
Get your Ghost merch here.

Who: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
When: 21st-30th March
Why: The New Jersey four-piece mix the both punk rock and the good old rock’n’roll feel of Bruce Springsteen, forming the soundtrack to many summer memories. These guys are climbing the popularity ladder pretty fast too.

Dates and tickets here.

Who: THE BLACK CROWES
When: 24th-30th March
Why:Still jamming out blues-infused rock, these catchy feel-good rollers have decided to quit the haitus and get back on tour – maybe it’s best to catch them before they go on a long-term haitus.

Dates and tickets here.