Having released his album Ruins in December 2020 Daniel Tompkins has announced his first solo tour in support of the release.
He will be performing four intimate shows in the UK in January 2022. His band for the shows will feature Daniel performing on guitar and vocals, Amos Williams (TesseracT) on bass guitar, Mike Malyan (Monuments) on drums, Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner | Facebook) on lead guitar and Pete Skipper (In Colour) on guitar. Support acts are yet to be announced.
Daniel had the following to say: “I’m both nervous and excited about the prospect of touring my solo album for the first time. This will be new territory performing both vocals and guitar live for the first time but sharing the stage with my very good friends Amos, Mike, Paul and Pete will be such a privilege. These shows will be an intimate experience full of high energy and I hope to see and meet you all there!”
Wed 26th – Bristol – Exchange
Thu 27th – Manchester – Deaf Institute
Fri 28th – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Sat 29th – London – Boston Music Room
Tickets will go on sale – Friday 8th October
His latest release Ruins saw Tompkins rework his debut solo album Castles alongside producer Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner) and showcased re-written music with more aggression and a truer, darker tone. Castles was originally created by co-producer and friend Eddie Head (Haji’s Kitchen) and whilst the lyrical and conceptual side still represented the same ideas, the new version Ruins was significantly different to Castles with the addition of Tompkins’ signature aggressive versus clean vocal style.
Ruins features guest artists and additional co-creators. Paul Ortiz (Chimpspanner) rewrote the music and acted as co-producer alongside Tompkins, and Plini plays guitar on opener ‘Wounded Wings’. ‘The Gift’ a new song to accompany the album, features Trivium frontman and guitarist, Matt Heafy.
A SMALL SELCTION OF THE PRESS REVIEWS FOR RUINS
Metal Hammer – 8/10 (lead album review) – ‘another musical triumph, both for Dan and progressive metal’
Prog Magazine – ‘a showcase of Tompkins’ impressive versatility’
Distorted Sound – 9/10 – ‘Daniel Tompkins proves once again why he is one of the most versatile vocalists in his field’
Metal Injection – 8.5/10 – “Ruins feels like an adrenaline-fueled remake of its predecessor—in all the best ways.”
twilight-magazin.de – 15/15 – ” Perfect”
Rock Hard (FR) – Album of the month – “Spectacular! Catchy melodies, big sound, technological reflections! Ruins is one of the most impressive things we’ve heard this year! ”
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