The California-based pagan metal quartet Helsott has announced a series of summer tour dates around their previously announced headlining appearance at the fourth-annual Maryland Folk Metal Festival, which takes place at Baltimore’s Ottobar on August 18. The group will be joined on the tour by M-Theory Audio labelmates Sicocis, whose guitarist, Rafael Ortega, also plays in Helsott (along with returning guitarist Mark Dow) performing double-duty each night. A complete list of the group’s upcoming shows – which will also include Malphas and Dark Visions of Terror – appears below.
The summer dates will mark Helsott’s first tour with new bassist Doc “The Healer” Beaulieu, a longtime fan of the band (and a real-life doctor) who helped to make the group’s 2017 EP “The Healer” a reality. As part of an Indiegogo campaign, the group offered a unique perk – a song written about the donor. Beaulieu took the band up on their offer and they subsequently became friends, and since then, he’s joined them on tour as a crew member. Now, he’ll be on the front lines.
Says Helsott vocalist Eric Dow, “We are excited to be getting back to the Southern, East Coast and Midwestern states that we have not played in a few years. Also, we will be headlining the Maryland Folk Metal Fest on this tour, so that is amazing for us. This will be our last run supporting ‘The Healer’ EP, and this time around, we will have The Healer himself playing bass for us. We will also have some surprises in the set list as we put The Healer behind us and look forward to our next full-length album due out later this year. We are stoked to be taking our label mates Sicocis out with us along with our friends in Malphas and Dark Visions of Terror. Come out and support the madness!”
Helsott recently finished recording their second full-length album, which will be released this fall. It will serve as the follow-up to “The Healer,” which the group supported with a European tour alongside I Am Morbid and Necrophagia, as well as numerous regional performances alongside the likes of Dark Tranquillity, SepticFlesh and Evergrey.
Since forming eight years ago, Helsott – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group’s unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year via their debut full-length, “Woven,” behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.
More information on Helsott’s new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Helsott on tour:
- 8/11 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
- 8/12 Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
- 8/13 Santos Bar – New Orleans, LA
- 8/14 Exit In – Nashville, TN
- 8/16 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
- 8/18 Maryland Folk Metal Festival – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
- 8/19 Lizard Lounge – Lancaster, PA
- 8/20 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
- 8/22 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
- 8/24 Pit Stop – Denver, CO
… more dates to be announced