This year is the fifth year for Paganfest tour to circle around Northern America. The bands tour through 22 locations starting from Springfield, VA and end the tour at Worcester, MA. Over the years the tour has been getting bigger and bigger and this year the shows are held on bigger venues than ever before. This year brings back two bands that have been on the tour before. Korpiklaani and Turisas from Finland. Additionally the tour includes Chthonic from Taiwan, Varg from Germany and Winterhymn from Cincinnati, OH.
Remaining dates for the tour; 04/30/14 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis 05/01/14 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House 05/02/14 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa 05/03/14 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's 05/04/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater 05/05/14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret 05/07/14 - Calgary, AB @ The Republik 05/08/14 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre 05/09/14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 05/10/14 - Portland, OR @ Toxic Lounge 05/11/14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 05/12/14 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage 05/13/14 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues 05/15/14 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 05/16/14 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 05/17/14 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's 05/18/14 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
This is the second appearance on Paganfest for Korpiklaani. The band was last seen in the USA in late 2012. The band has made eight albums since 2003 and their latest “Manala” was released in 2012. Since then the band has recruited new accordion player, Sami Perttula. Korpiklaani is known for their partying and drinking influenced lyrics and lively performances.
Turisas is the other band that has several Paganfest tours under their belt. In fact, this is third go-around for Turisas and they have been busy touring in USA also on their own. The band Their latest album Turisas2013 was made in .. well .. 2013 and received very positive reviews from the press as well as fans. Turisas always dons red and black face paint while performing and their songs are mostly medieval battles.
Chthonic incorporates traditional Taiwanese influences to their brutal metal and they often bring up historical events in their lyrics. The members are also fighting for independence from China for Taiwan. The band has released seven studio albums; the most recent, “Bu-Tik”, was released in 2013.
Varg from Germany plays pagan metal with heavy Viking themes. They have released 6 albums since their first demo in 2006. The hard working band has had it’s share of ups and downs but has never stopped making music. Their music is closest to traditional metal and they are the only band on the tour that doesn’t primarily sing in english.
The only American act on the tour is Winterhymn from Cincinnati, OH. Their brand of folk metal leans on celtic musical tradition and stories of knights spilling each others blood at the battle fields and fair maidens hoping for their return. Winterhymn is the youngest of the bands on the tour and will definitely be making a lot of new fans on the way.