Apocalyptica (FI), Anathema (UK), Clan of Xymox (DE) and Saturnus (DK), first clues on the 10th edition of ARTmania Festival. The festival follows its structure with the main concerts taking place between July 31st and August 1st, in a new location soon to be announced. For now, here are the first confirmations:
Apocalytica will perform live for the first time on ARTmania’s stage during Saturday, 1st of August 2015, as the main headliner. From their epic take on Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘The Unforgiven’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’, as well as Sepultura’s ‘Refuse/Resist’, they proved their re-orchestration talent keeping the spirit of the songs intact and they created a new metal sound unlike anything in musical history. In a world of musical nostalgia with an avalanche of recycled ideas, few bands can be called unique. Apocalytica is one of them.
The Finnish continue to prove that rock music isn’t to do with the instruments you play, but the attitude you keep. The 8th album will be released this spring and will be part of the concert in Sibiu. ‘Shadowmaker’ is a harmonically-rich combination of cello and drums, with fast pace and tempo shifts, a crescendo that gives you the shivers. The distorted cello riffs are heavier than ever, classical music is interchanging with fragments of heavy metal, for an unmatchable acoustic experience.
Vincent, Jamie Cavanagh, Daniel, & Co. are returning to Sibiu to celebrate ten years of unforgettable experiences and concerts together with ARTmania’s audience. ‘Distance Sattelite’, their latest album, is the culmination of everything ANATHEMA has been working up to so far. It contains almost every conceivable element of the heartbeat of Anathema’s music – there is beauty, intensity, drama, quietude, hope, and an extra musical dimension that the band have previously only hinted at, for the first time so clear. Anathema had its last concert at ARTmania Festival in 2007, when Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture and the festival was at its second edition.
Clan of Xymox is one of the first supporters of the darkwave style. Their music is a blend of synth pop, darkwave and gothic rock. The band has gone through many musical changes during their three decades of existence, enjoying an increased popularity in the 80’s, with singles in mainstream Billboard charts. Their ‘Imagination’ music video was in heavy rotation on MTV, while in 2011 their single ‘In Your Arms Again’ was included on David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ movie soundtrack.
Saturnus, one of the most inspiring and widely recognized names in the melodic doom metal genre joins ARTmania Festival for the first time. Established in 1991 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the band is well known for its unique approach, its vocal style switches between clean, growl and recitation, and also for the power of their emotions, taking the listener through a deep-toned, melancholic and dramatic journey, simultaneously.
ARTmania Festival Sibiu 2015 passes are valid for all festival events and are available for 115 lei (26 euro) until the end of February, and will increase to 180 lei (41 euro) during festival days. They can be purchased from Diverta and Eventim networks or ARTmania headquarter in Bucharest and online on artmaniafestival.ro.