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24 February 2014


British Metal trio Absolva have added European dates to their "Anthems To The Dead" Tour 2014 to promote their 2nd studio album set for release on 5th May.

The band will be joined by special guests and labelmates Babylon Fire who play the full UK leg of the tour as well as the majority of the European shows now announced.

The 'Anthems To The Dead' album features guest performances on guitar from Doug Scarratt of Saxon and Luke Appleton of Iced Earth.

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'Anthems To The Dead' was recorded with producer Matt Elliss at Axis Studios in Doncaster (as with the 1st studio album) during November 2013. Artwork is by Mike Collins of Lungfull Design, with photography by Steve Brinkman.

This is Absolva's 3rd album release, following the 2012 debut studio album 'Flames Of Justice' and the 2013 live CD and DVD 'Beyond Live'.

Their history has been nothing short of prolific, having formed in May 2012, in the wake of Fury UK bassist Luke Appleton joining US giants Iced Earth.

A debut show at SOS Festival, plus 3 shows as special guests with Iced Earth were followed by memorable performances at Bloodstock Open Air and Hammerfest in the UK, as well as Wizzfest, Skull Fest, Metal Inferno and Summerrock festivals in Europe.

Absolva have subsequently toured the UK and Europe extensively, mainly as a headline act but also as special guests with Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

The tour schedule so far is:
1st: London, The Garage 2nd: Birmingham, Asylum 2
3rd: Burnley, Sanctuary
4th: Kendal, Bootleggers
9th: Newcastle, Trillians
10th: Carlisle, Brickyard
11th: Wakefield, Snooty Fox
16th: Great Yarmouth, The Oakwood
17th: Brighton, Green Door Store
18th: Swindon, Victoria
23rd Grimsby, Yardbirds
24th: Selby, Riverside
28th: Bristol, Gryphon
29th: Southampton, Joiners
30th: Ebbw Vale, Odin's
31st: Manchester, Sound Control.

19th: UK, Radcliffe, SOS Festival

5th: FR, Arras, Blue Devil's Bar
6th: DE, Waldbronn, Soundcheck One
12th: DE, Berlin, Blackland
13th: PL, Bielsko-Biala, Rude Boy Club
14th: CZ, Litvinov, Attic Rock Club
19th: NL, Amsterdam, The Cave
21st: NL, Emmen, Blanko
26th: BE, Namur, Magick
27th: BE, Aalter, Wizz's Autumn Festival.

2nd: DE, Muhlhausen, Kulturfabrik
3rd: DE, Herdorf, Rattenloch
4th: FR, Fismes, Underground Investigation Festival
11th: FR, Bartenheim, Caf Conc
18th: NL, Nijmegen, Rockcafe Backstage
19th: BE, Roeselare, De Verlichte Geest.

Babylon Fire are special guests on all shows in May plus all European dates up to & including 3rd October.

More dates to be added.

Band members : Chris Appleton - lead vocals, lead guitar, Martin McNee - drums, Dan Bate - backing vocals, bass.


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