Osaka-based Violent Magic Orchestra (VMO in short) will be in Europe for a tour in February. It will be the first time in more than three years that the group will be in Europe for performances. The tour, entitled Venom, kicks off on 3 February at CTM Festival in Berlin and ends on 13 February in Amsterdam. In between these shows, VMO will perform in Brussels, Paris, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Hamburg.
The group manages to merge overwhelming electronica-induced black metal and noise with an interesting live show featuring strobes, disturbing visuals and live dancers. Violent Magic Orchestra started in collaboration with ex-Yellow Swans Pete Swanson and French composer Paul Régumbeau, aka Mondkopf, as well as some band members of Vampillia, a ‘Brutal Orchestra’ that has toured Europe before.
Today, it is a collaboration between Vampilia and visual artist Kezzardrix and has collaborated with musicians like Chip King (THE BODY) and Attila Csihar (SUNN O)))), MAYHEM) for their first album Catastrophic Anonymous. The group has already completed several European tours and performed at festivals such as Roadburn Festival, Brutal Assault, Incubate Festival, and Le Guess Who?, to name a few.
Last year, VMO got chosen by one of the 20 curators who are mentoring and helping emerging artists in becoming bigger in terms of fame for Amazon Original HEAT, a project by Amazon Music. As part of this project, the group created an original song in conjunction with a music video, sun revolves around the moon. The song is based on darkness and the light where VMO lets various layers of black metal and electronic music play together, at first it looks like an ordinary techno song but as the minutes progress, the group will show that it’s not that simple at all.
Venom, the name that the upcoming European tour bears, is also the title of their newest single, which can be found on their upcoming album Death Rave.
VMO European Tour 2023 Dates
Friday 3 February, 2023: CTM Festival – Berlin, Germany
Saturday 4 February, 2023: Le Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
Sunday 5 February, 2023: Le Klub – Paris, France
Tuesday 7 February, 2023: Black Heart – London, United Kingdom
Thursday 9 February, 2023: The White Hotel – Manchester, United Kingdom
Friday 10 February, 2023: Cobalt Studios – Newcastle, United Kingdom
Saturday 11 February, 2023: MS Stubnitz – Hamburg, Germany
Monday 13 February, 2023: OCCII – Amsterdam, Netherlands