US-bands Heavy Temple from Philadelphia, PA and Nashville, Tennessee’s Howling Giant will both make their first journey overseas for a co-headlining European tour in advance of their upcoming new albums. The tour will include appearances at several key festivals. It kicks off in Switzerland at the Up in Smoke Festival in Pratteln and runs through until October 22 in the city of Antwerp at Desertfest Belgium.
Please see below for all confirmed Heavy Temple and Howling Giant tour dates.
Howling Giant comment: “We are fired up about this European quest with our shield companions in Heavy Temple,” drummer Zach Wheeler writes. “We’re ready to sling riffs and cross swords with the best of the best beyond the great pond.”
Heavy Temple add: “We hope that Europe is as ready for us as we are for them!”, bassist and vocalist High Priestess Nighthawk declares. “Can’t think of another heavy-hitting power trio that we’d like to shred across the pond with than Howling Giant.”
The current advance Howling Giant single “Sunken City” taken from their forthcoming album is streaming here:
HEAVY TEMPLE & HOWLING GIANT Euorpean Tour:
29 SEP 2023 Pratteln (CH) Z7, Up in Smoke Festival
30 SEP 2023 Leeuwarden (NL) Neushoorn, Into the Void Festival
02 OCT 2023 Siegen (DE) Vortex
03 OCT 2023 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
04 OCT 2023 Jena (DE) Rosenkeller
05 OCT 2023 Kassel (DE) Goldgrube
07 OCT 2023 München (DE) Backstage, Keep It Low Festival 2023
09 OCT 2023 Budapest (HU) Robot
10 OCT 2023 Wien (AT) Arena
11 OCT 2023 Bologna (IT) Freak Out
12 OCT 2023 Milano (IT) Barrios
13 OCT 2023 Roma (IT) RCCB
14 OCT 2023 Viareggio (IT) Circolo ARCI GoB
15 OCT 2023 Carmagnola (IT) Circolo ARCI Margot
18 OCT 2023 San Sebastian (ES) Dabadaba
19 OCT 2023 Barcelona (ES) Razz3
22 OCT 2023 Antwerp (BE) Trix, Desertfest Belgium
Despite Nashville’s reputation for assembly-line pop country, the town called Music City is a place of deep history, where brilliant songwriters and virtuoso session players keep dozens of musical legacies burning bright. Nashville’s preeminent Fuzz-Psych power trio Howling Giant live in the pocket of that lineage. Howling Giant formed nearly ten years ago. From day one, the trio locked into a musical groove of thunderous Metal, Proggy acrobatics, Psychedelic flourishes and soaring melodic vocals, telling stories of fantasy and adventure with such sheer force of will that they seemed capable of opening a window to other dimensions. As an enticing taste of things to come, Howling Giant release the digital single “Sunken City” from the upcoming album before hitting the road.
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Heavy Temple crashed forth like a roaring mastodon in a thunderstorm with their first official full-length, “Lupi Amoris,” an album with all the markings of a landmark record. As Progressive as Baroness but unselfconscious, as heavy as Fu Manchu but more adventurous, this Philadelphia trio throw every lever in the riff-Metal machine, yet also wield lyrical concepts that register on literary levels. “Lupi Amoris” offers a one-way trip through wide-open spaces and deep forests. Heavy Temple came into being on the 2012 winter solstice in pursuit of the pure fun and joy of playing Heavy music, at first performing locally in Philly, then gaining an excellent live reputation which led to tours alongside Ruby The Hatchet, Mothership, Royal Thunder, Corrosion Of Conformity and The Obsessed. Invitations to notable festivals included The Maryland Doom Fest, Psycho Las Vegas, and Decibel Metal & Beer, among many others. Although Heavy Temple leverage all the trappings of traditionally male-oriented Metal (to the point that their sound could proudly sport a full beard), the powerful presence of frontwoman and founding member High Priestess Nighthawk merges their glorious heaviness with a strong thematic line of feminine strength. “Lupi Amoris” is Latin for “Wolves of Love,” and finds the Philly outfit aligning with a Red Riding Hood who is freed from the traditional bonds of what’s expected. Proving that it’s quite possible to hammer out gargantuan stoner doom and still say something about life’s realities, Heavy Temple make a fierce and much-needed statement with “Lupi Amoris,” and at these volumes, the world is guaranteed to hear it.