Monday, 23 April 2018

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS Announce UK/German headline tour!

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, are pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a headline tour across the UK and Germany through November and early December! The news comes just as the band wrap up their shows supporting UGLY KID JOE.

Supporting on the UK run will be English rockers LEADER OF DOWN - the last band to feature the late, great MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Würzel. Prior to Würzel's tragic death, the band had been working towards their debut release, 'Cascade Into Chaos' - something which the band continued to work on following his passing. 

Of the tour news, PC&TBS comment:
“We are thrilled to announce 'The Age Of Absurdity' UK and Germany headline tour for November and December. It’ll be great to play full headline shows again in the UK and return to Germany to play some cities we missed out earlier this year, showcasing tracks from our new album as well as playing some Motörhead classics!”

Ticket links for the UK shows are below - on sale date is Wednesday 25th April at 10am GMT.

UK Leg
08.11. Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli - Hard Rock Hell Festival

German Leg
27.11. Cologne - Luxor
28.11. Bochum - Rockpalast
29.11. Leipzig - Hellraiser
30.11. Annaberg-Buchholz - Alte Brauerei
01.12. Stuttgart - clubCANN
03.12. Nuremberg - Hirsch
04.12. Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
05.12. Augsburg - Spectrum
07.12. Dresden - Beatpol
08.12. Weinheim - Café Central

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS released an exclusive 7" vinyl single for Record Store Day on April 21st 2018. Entitled ’Silver Machine‘, the record contains the band‘s rendition of the legendary HAWKWIND track as a tribute to Campbell's long time bandmate and friend Lemmy Kilmister as well as the previously unreleased song 'Shit Happens' as the B-Side.

Until now, 'Silver Machine' has only been available as a bonus track on the CD version of the band's recently released debut album, ’The Age Of Absurdity‘.

Order the Limited Edition ’Silver Machine‘ T-Shirt, here:

Released January 26th 2018, ’The Age Of Absurdity‘ is available to order in various formats (CD, black, white/red bi coloured and clear vinyl - see images of all products below) at the following locations: 

Bi-coloured & clear vinyl / CD & Tote bag bundle:
CD / Black Vinyl:
Digital album:

More info on PCATBS:
Phil Campbell was the lead guitarist in MOTÖRHEAD for 32 years. He has toured the world, sold millions of albums and headlined the biggest festivals. Phil has a passion for music and it is this passion that has led to the formation of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS. 

The band is unique as it features Phil's 3 sons on drums, bass and guitar. The band is completed by vocalist Neil Starr.

Phil Campbell - Guitar 
Todd Campbell - Guitar 
Dane Campbell - Drums 
Tyla Campbell - Bass 
Neil Starr – Vocals

IMMORTAL announce new studio album Northern Chaos Gods

On July 6th 2018, Norwegian black metal legends IMMORTAL will unleash their first studio album since All Shall Fall, released almost nine years ago. The legendary band has forged Northern Chaos Gods, an album which takes IMMORTAL back to its roots. The album features eight new tracks consisting of 45 minutes of merciless speed and icy darkness, all massive songs in the true IMMORTAL way.

The band has once again been focusing on making their music without much outside influence.

"We are eternally dedicated to IMMORTAL and our own musical past. The album is conceptual, and the first step in the reclaiming of our past grimness and attitude. Loyalty to the fans and our own musical history is very significant in this. Our new album will soon be available, with songs from the very gates of Blashyrkh - the realm of all darkness and cold."

IMMORTAL will first release a 7'' vinyl single of their first new song, the title track 'Northern Chaos Gods'. It will be available in three different colours and is strictly limited edition. The digital version of the track will be available on May 11th, while the physical single is out on May 25th, in the following editions:

IMMORTAL Northern Chaos Gods WHITE VINYL (limited to 500 pieces - mailorder exclusive)
IMMORTAL Northern Chaos Gods RED VINYL (limited to 300 pieces - mailorder exclusive)

All pre-orders for the new album will go live on May 11th, so stay tuned for more info and the first new IMMORTAL song.

The line-up on the album is:
Demonaz (vocals, guitars)
Horgh (drums)
Peter Tägtgren (session bass)

More info:

Sunday, 22 April 2018

AMORPHIS release stunning official video for new single `Wrong Direction`

Melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS are about to unleash their latest offering entitled Queen Of Time on May 18th via Nuclear Blast. Today sees the release of the epic and mesmerising second single, 'Wrong Direction'. The band shot their parts in a cave, whilst the rest of the story line features long-time lyricist Pekka Kainulainen trekking across some stunning scenery. 

Watch here: 

The band's new album is now available for pre-order in various formats, here:

Pre-save the album via Topsify, here: 

Queen Of Time track list:
01. The Bee
02. Message In The Amber
03. Daughter Of Hate
04. The Golden Elk
05. Wrong Direction
06. Heart Of The Giant
07. We Accursed
08. Grain Of Sand
09. Amongst Stars
10. Pyres On The Coast
Bonus Tracks (DIGI, 2LP, and MAIL ORDER EDITION only)
11. As Mountains Crumble
12. Brother And Sister

Listen to opening track 'The Bee', here:

The album was produced by the renowned Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR). The cover artwork, which was created by French artist Jean 'Valnoir' Simoulin from Metastazis, perfectly captures the feeling of the lyrics and the music.

Esa comments: "I guess Queen Of Time turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production we didn't have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It's a very natural continuation to »Under The Red Cloud« but with steroids. The songs are more aggressive but there's more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is AMORPHIS as something you've never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person he is very similar to us - we share the same kind of weird humour and we all like to work hard." 

With lyricist's Pekka Kainulainen's words, the lyrical theme is universal: "Cultures rise, flourish, and are destroyed. The story of man is the story of searching, finding, and forgetting. A single spark can set the world afire, a single idea can give birth to a new culture. The greatest can stagnate into insignificance, the smallest can hold the power for change. The lyrics on this album are distant echoes of ancient forest peoples, from a time when meaning was proportioned by the cosmic forces that govern birth and death. If the connection was lost, they sought for a strand of knowledge, found a new direction, and a new age began."

Thursday, 19 April 2018

DIMMU BORGIR discuss the album title and artwork

The time has come. On May 4th, symphonic black metal giants DIMMU BORGIR will finally release their new studio album after eight years of silence. New record Eonian combines symphonic epicness with the spirit of the Norwegian black metal scene of the Nineties and will be the tenth album released by DIMMU BORGIR. In this third trailer, vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz discuss working with Polish artist and architect Zbigniew M. Bielakon the highly detailed cover artwork for Eonian and what the album title represents to them. 

Watch the trailer, filmed at Blackcraft Cult Clothing, here: 

'Interdimensional Summit' is also available:
'Council Of Wolves And Snakes':
Trailer 1 - The writing process:
Trailer 2 - The years it took: 

Pre-order 'Eonian' here:

Being one of the successful extreme metal forges on the planet, DIMMU BORGIR have been dominating the symphonic black metal genre for 25 years. The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and GauteStoraas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir. As the title Eonian indicates, the band's 10th full-length release is dealing with the illusion of time and marks a tribute to both the band's own past as well as the Norwegian black metal history.

More info: