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Ultima Ratio Fest 2023: Paradise Lost, Primordial, Omnium Gatherum & Harakiri For The Sky

Updated: Mar 7

No rest for the wicked! Following the successful Ultima Ratio Fest Edition 2022, an equally powerful bunch will hit the road from September 28 until October 15 2023, a feast for those who love their metal intense and melancholic.

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Paradise Lost, Primordial, Omnium Gatherum & Harakiri For The Sky:

Sept 28 - DE, Karlsruhe - Substage

Sept 29 - CH, Zürich - Komplex

Sept 30 - DE, Memmingen - Kaminwerk

Oct 1 - DE, Wiesbaden - Schlachthof

Oct 2 - DE, Nürnberg - Löwensaal

Oct 4 - BE, Antwerp - Trix

Oct 5 - DE, Saarbrücken - Garage

Oct 6 - CZ, Prague - MeetFactory

Oct 7 - AT, Vienna - Vienna Metal Meeting

Oct 8 - HU, Budapest - Barba Negra

Oct 10 - PL, Wroclaw - A2

Oct 11 - DE, Hannover - Capitol

Oct 12 - DE, Hamburg - Kronensaal

Oct 13 - DE, Leipzig - Hellraiser

Oct 14 - DE, Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2

Oct 15 - NL, Utrecht - TivoliVredenburg


PARADISE LOST have been making over the last 32 years, even though this most resilient of British metal bands have stoically refused to be pinned down to one easily defined formula. Powered by a lust for creativity and a stout devotion to haunting heaviness, PARADISE LOST have defied the odds by coming back stronger than ever over the past decade.

“We’re doing really well right now,” says guitarist and co-founder Greg Mackintosh. “The last few albums have gone down well and we’ve gradually moved back up the festival bills. But for me, I think about it more in terms of being relaxed and content. It’s a good time to be in PARADISE LOST.”

Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1988, PARADISE LOST were unlikely candidates for metal glory when they slithered from the shadows and infiltrated the UK underground. But not content with spawning an entire subgenre with early death/doom masterpiece "Gothic" nor with conquering the metal mainstream with the balls-out power of 1995’s "Draconian Times", they have subsequently traversed multiple genre boundaries with skill and grace, evolving through the pitch-black alt-rock mastery of ‘90s classics "One Second" and "Host" to the muscular but ornate grandeur of 2009’s "Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us" and "Tragic Idol" (2012), with the nonchalant finesse of grand masters. The band’s last two albums – "The Plague Within" (2015) and "Medusa" (2017) – saw a much celebrated return to brutal, old school thinking, via two crushing monoliths to slow-motion death and spiritual defeat. Consistently hailed as one of metal’s most charismatic live bands, PARADISE LOST arrive in this new decade as veterans, legends and revered figureheads for several generations of gloomy metalheads. In keeping with their unerring refusal to deliver the expected, 2020 brings one of the band’s most diverse and devastating creations to date.

Paradise Lost:

Nick Holmes - vocals

Greg Mackintosh - lead guitar

Aaron Aedy - rhythm guitar

Steve Edmondson - bass

Waltteri Väyrynen - drums



A.A. Nemtheanga - vocals

P. MacAmlaigh - bass

C. MacUiliam - guitars

M. O'Floinn - guitars

S. O'Laoghaire - drums



Hungry for some modern melodic death metal with ridiculously catchy pop influences? Well, your dinner has just been served.

OMNIUM GATHERUM has been offering remarkable pieces of melodic death metal for already twenty-five shining years. While storming through these ferocious decades, OMNIUM GATHERUM has convinced worldwide legions of heavy metal lovers by releasing unstoppable musical onslaughts and touring relentlessly all over the world.

Omnium Gatherum:

Jukka Pelkonen - vocals

Markus Vanhala - guitars and clean vocals

Aapo Koivisto - keyboards

Mikko Kivistö - bass and clean vocals

Atte Pesonen – drums



It is this state of diffused terror and paralysis that has been enshrined in HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY's music ever since their 2012 debut album. With M.S.‘s captivating guitar melodies and J.J.‘s lyrics, ridden with trauma, delirium and loss, their unique mixture of black metal and post rock creates an inescapable maelstrom of shattering screams and sudden acoustic guitar interludes. As pioneers of the “post“ movement, the Austrians have, ever since their conception in 2011, drawn fans and critics deeper and deeper into the depths of their melancholy, self-hate and anger.

Harakiri For The Sky:

J.J. - vocals

M.S. - instruments


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