Hordes X 2021

September 25, 2021
3:15 pm
70 N Lindsay St, Dundee DD1 1PS
Beat Generator
15
Hordes X 2021
RAMAGE INC
Slow Dragon Music – in association with Zero Tolerance Magazine, Very Metal Art, FATangel Bookings, Black Metal Brewery, Strait Up Studios, Inkredible Kreations, Distorted – proudly present
Hordes X 2021
The last Saturday in September can only mean one thing for full-time heavy music fans in Scotland; year 11 of Hordes X is inbound!
We’re pushing the boat out a bit further this year, with bigger headliners, returning headliners, and, as per usual, some of the best from the underground. This has meant a slight increase in ticket prices, but we think you’ll find it’s well worth it! Check out the line-up so far:
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We’re absolutely blown away to bring ACID REIGN to Dundee as this year’s headlining act. This is a band who took a massive hiatus, and have returned with explosive effect. Their 2019 album (their first in almost 30 years!!!), The Age Of Entitlement, received hugely positive feedback, and this year also saw them invited back to the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air. This band will rip Beat Generator in half!
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Hailing from Lancashire, England, our Stage 2 headliner, Damnation’s Hammer, are a study in avant-garde 80s doom/death metal. Although they are headed up by former Dearly Beheaded bassist, Tim Preston (vocals/guitar), there is little similarity to be had. Having seen them at Bloodstock in 2019, we know they’ve got the grits live, and have honed their show supporting the likes of Xentrix and Sacred Reich. We’re really proud of this booking, and can’t wait for their Dundee debut!
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In 2018, Preston’s thrash overlords, Solitary, headlined Hordes Of Belial – Nine Lives. Now they’re back as part of a bigger top-end bill, delivering the goods once more as main support. Last year, they celebrated 25 years of existence as a band, and that is a pedigree currently more scarce than quilted toilet paper! We couldn’t miss this opportunity to have them back!
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You know them, you love them, the Scottish metal scene of the last decade or so just wouldn’t be the same without them. We just had to invite Dog Tired back this year, to deliver riffs in veritable metric tonnes! Coming in hot after crushing Bloodstock and the Scottish Metal 2 The Masses streaming event, their engines are well and truly warmed up for Hordes X!
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Another Scottish band making an undeniable, crater-like impact on the metal scene is Edinburgh’s Ramage Inc. Every track drips with raw emotion, surging ever forward on the gravity of a planetary collision. They are great on record, true, but with live volume, they will slowly pulverise your soul.
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After a few attempts, it finally happened; Certain Death are playing Hordes X!!! We have hunted this lot throughout most of the Hordes history, only to run into hurdle after hurdle. But now the time is here! You may know them from the Grand Theft Auto soundtracks (as Drive By Audio, but we don’t talk about that). Maybe just their mad, fun live shows. This band will put party hairs on your chest! Prepare to face the paste!!!
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Secretly brewing away at gig-swapping tours and a head-trip video in standalone track, Cruor, IRON ALTAR have long been one of our favourite Scottish metal bands. This will be their first time playing a Hordes show since 7 & Hell in 2016, so, as you can imagine, they’ve upgraded a little bit. Prepare for a technical sludge onslaught!
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Meanwhile, over in Northern Ireland, members of Stand Up Guy, Owlcrusher, and Condemned have banded together for an underground, all-star, Belfast beast! The culmination, operating under the name of Haint, is probably best described as a kind of progressive sludge. You can check out some of what that sounds like on their Facebook page. You are at the ground floor; don’t miss it!
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If you’re not yet familiar with the insanity of ‘character metal’, Splintered Halo are here to introduce you! Welcome to their wild circus of witches, werewolves, and weirdness! With a disorienting array of unsettling styles, this is a heavy metal costume party like no other! The horror! The madness!!!
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We love a bit of proper, old school metal, and Engines Of Vengeance serve that up in spades. Nitro-boosted rock riffs and powerful, melodic-yet-smokey vocals give this lot a pounding, dirty sound, heaped up with heavy hooks. Time to let the rebel within rock out!
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Suffer Under Sorrow are one of the heaviest bands on this year’s Hordes X bill. They sit firmly at the crossroads of current sounds in metalcore and death metal. It might not be long before they are representing Glasgow on a much larger scale, so get in now!
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Opening stage 2, one of three bands representing Glasgow this year, it’s Gunpoint X! Only three years old, this “anti-industrial gunmetal” band features members of Let’s Play God, laying out some machine loving riffs. The tribal-meets-mechanical of the late 90s.
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We make no bones about it; the opening slot at Hordes X is always reserved for something really special, pulled from scouring the Scottish underground for the year. Kirkcaldy’s H8TEBALL have truly amazed us with their constant passion and stage presence. They are the perfect kick-starter for 2021!
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