Implore are the latest band to be announced for Newcastle upon Tyne’s Byker Grave Festival.  

The blackened crust quartet will be joining Hellripper and Kurokuma at the event, which will be held at Newcastle’s Anarchy Brewery on November 11.

More acts are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Implore, who originally hail from Germany, appeared in 2012 with the Phos Zoe EP and have since recorded four full-length albums, including 2019’s Alienated Despair and 2022’s The Burden Of Existence, which was released on Church Road Records.

The Byker Grave Festival show will mark a return to Newcastle for Implore vocalist Gabbo Dubko, who recently fronted Wormrot on the band’s UK tour.

Blackened thrash cultists Hellripper are no strangers to the festival, having played at the 2019 edition – and mainman James McBain now has two more albums, The Affair Of The Poisons and Warlocks Grim and Withered Hags, in his armoury.

Sheffield’s Kurokuma, meanwhile, are set to change the pace up with their visionary psych-sludge: their acclaimed 2022 opus, Born Of Obsidian, was one of Rushonrock’s Albums of the Year.

The first Byker Grave Festival took place at The Globe pub in 2013, in response to the cancellation of Northern Darkness, a major extreme metal festival booked for Newcastle University.

Following the success of the first event, the festival was hosted annually in independent venues across Newcastle until the Coronavirus pandemic shut down live music.

Acts from across the metal and grind spectrum have appeared at Byker Grave Festival, including Conan, Green Lung, PLF, Live Burial, Chapel Of Disease, Coltsblood, Hellkrusher and Hundred Year Old Man.

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Check out our recent interview with Hellripper here.

Check our review of Hellripper’s Warlocks Grim and Withered Hags here.