Since day one, ANCIENT BARDS have taken a variety of influences from symphonic metal’s rich heritage and forged their own unique blend of magnificent orchestral symphonies, crushing guitar riffs and the breathtaking vocals of their front girl Sara Squadrani.
The music is conceived to enhance the listeners’ experience by taking them on a ride into the magical world where the fantasy saga “The Black Crystal Sword” is set.
Dakesis are Progressive Metal band from Birmingham, UK. Formed in 2008, with the release of a limited edition four track E.P they soon followed on with their debut album ‘Trial By Fire’ in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Following on from their success of this album and extensive touring and festival appearances throughout the UK, the band went on to record their second full length album “The New Dawn” released in March 2016. They are currently working on their third full length album, which is set to be released in 2019.
Memories Of Old are an epic power metal band from the UK promising to bring you endless epic melodies and thunderous instrumental passages. Their debut album features lead vocals from Tommy ‘ReinXeed’ Johansson (Sabaton). With their strong line up of musicians recruited from throughout the power metal world, Memories Of Old can’t wait to come to PMQF!
Story tellers belong to the past, to the far and forgotten past of legends and myths, bound in the dimension known as fantasy. In these present times; filled with urbanity and technology, Ruinthrone tell stories, evoking those fantasies, yet giving them the shape of our times.
Progressive Power Metal band Ruinthrone stormed on the scene in 2008 with their first demo. Since then they have released their debut album Urban Ubris; a dream in decay and a bitter tale in the spreading urban disease.
Iced Earth Bassist and Absolva Guitarist Luke Appleton’s acoustic solo project.
With an extensive touring schedule all over the world over the last few year’s and numerous releases with both Iced Earth and Absolva, Luke is now promoting his upcoming solo album “Snake Eyes” released on 26th April 2019. This album features many special guests such as Gene Adam (Purgatory/ ex Iced Earth), Chris Appleton (Blaze Bayley/Absolva), Theresa smith (Metaprism) and Rishi Mehta (Babylon Fire).
Control The Storm are a melodic metal band based in the UK. Offering unforgettable melodies, astounding guitars, atmospheric keys and the hard hitting rhythm section that modern metalheads crave. Control The Storm were awarded a slot on Bloodstock Festival’s ‘New Blood’ stage in 2012 after winning Reading’s ‘Metal To The Masses’ competition. Their 2010 debut EP was well received by a growing fan base and since then, a number of line up changes have seen the band strengthen. Their first full length album ‘Beast Inside’ released in March 2015 has won the interest of metal fans all over world, receiving great reviews from well respected magazines and critics.
Primitai’s break through came in 2010 upon the release of their 2nd album “Line Of Fire”, which lead to UK tours and festivals including Bloodstock, HRH, Hammerfest, High Voltage and Wacken Cruise. Their 2013 album “Rise Agin”, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom and featuring a guest appearance from Ritchie Faulkner (Judas Priest), pushed them higher to dates with Saxon and the biggest rock publications. In 2018 the band signed a record deal with Dissonance productions for the release of their latest album “The Calling”, produced once again by Lasse Lammert. The months since this release have already seen the album receive international magazine coverage, shows in the UK and Europe on line ups with heavy metal legends like Riot and Satan as well as fellow scene leaders like Cauldron and Burning Witches. 2019 already has a UK tour with Wolf in store along with several festival confirmations.
For fans of Sabaton and Iron Maiden, Forlorn Hope are a five-piece heavy metal band from
Merseyside that combine history and heavy metal with epic results.
High octane, classic metal riffs and majestic keyboards unite to give these tales the sense of
excitement, intensity and scale that they deserve.