Thursday, 30 April 2015

VADER Announce a UK exclusive special set show this September supporting Venom Inc.


Vader are very pleased to announce that they will be playing a UK exclusive show this September 21st at the Scala, London.

They will be performing a special classic 1985 – 1990 era old school set.

Vader will be supporting Venom Inc. who performed their debut live show this week at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.

Venom Inc. will also be playing an old-school set performing songs from their classic albums; Welcome To Hell, Black Metal, At War With Satan, Possessed, Calm Before The Storm and Prime Evil.

Playing first on the bill that night are UK thrashers Divine Chaos.

Death metal legends Vader released the ‘absolute heaviest’ studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W.

The album in question is ‘Tibi Et Igni’ which was released globally via Nuclear Blast Records to widespread critical acclaim.

There is some contention as to the beginnings of Vader, but the truth is that they began in the autumn of 1983 by Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek (‘Bardast’ and later ‘Behemoth’ back then) playing the bass and the guitarist Zbyszek ‘Vika’ Wroblewski. Extreme metal was about to be born in Poland and Vader were among the pioneers of that genre in the newly emerging underground – and the only band from that era still reigning! The first crucial point in the band’s history was their participation in the first Polish heavy metal festival – Metalmania in 1986, where they played to an audience of around 5000 persons.

Vader recorded their first official material in 1989 in Olsztyn which became the 4-track demo ‘Necrolust’. This was their first studio release that reached beyond the Polish borders and earned them some excellent reviews across the globe. They released the demo‘Morbid Reich’ in 1990 which eventually gained the status of being one of the bestselling metal demos in history. ‘Morbid Reich’was also the first release to host Vader’s now infamous logo.


Vader Links;




Vader is;

James - Drums

Spider - Guitars

Peter - Guitars & Vocals

Hal – Bass


POWERWOLF - Release second part of "The Road To Blessed & Possessed" series!


Heavy Metal masters POWERWOLF are back with their sensational new album Blessed & Possessed, set to be released in July via Napalm Records. This masterpiece is already considered as a monument of a whole genre presenting metal hymns with emotiveness and pure magic!

The wolves have released the second part of “The Road To Blessed & Possessed” series giving an insight of the recordings. See the brand new video HERE!

POWERWOLF will present Blessed & Possessed live on their "Wolfsnächte Tour 2015". Find all tour dates below & make sure to get your tickets fast!

03.09.15 CH - Pratteln / Z 7
04.09.15 DE – Speyer / Halle 101
05.09.15 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.09.15 UK – London / 02 Academy Islington
10.09.15 FR – Paris / Trabendo
11.09.15 CH - Vevey / Rocking Chair
12.09.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
01.10.15 DE – Bremen / Aladin
02.10.15 DE – Oberhausen / Turnbinenhalle
03.10.15 DE – Hamburg / Grosse Freiheit
22.10.15 DE – Berlin / C-Club
23.10.15 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
24.10.15 DE – Munich / Backstage
29.10.15 DE – Ravensburg / Oberschwabenhalle
30.10.15 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
31.10.15 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
01.11.15 BE – Antwerp / Trix
07.11.15 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage


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IN HEARTS WAKE UNVEIL VIDEO FOR 'BADLANDS'

In Hearts Wake have unveiled an epic new video for the track 'Badlands', taken from their forthcoming ambitious album 'Skydancer' - due for release May 4th through UNFD. 


“Badlands is a modernised western tale of the ever-classic and symbolic feud between cowboys & Indians. Written from the perspective of native outlaws, “we will make a stand” against the invading miners who destroy the Earth only for personal gain. We recently saw this first-hand whilst driving through the invasive Texas oil wells that drain the planet 24/7 in search of profit." - Vocalist Jake Taylor

Earlier this week, The Byron Bay band also released the video game Sky Hoppers, through which fans can unlock an exclusive new song from 'Skydancer' called 'Insomnia' and enter a competition to win a rare test pressing of the album, along with the track 'Erase' (feat Hacktivist). 

Listen to 'Erase' here: https://youtu.be/OeilJoXdEOI

Play Sky Hoppers here: unfdcentral.com/skyhoppers

Having been featured in Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer and honoured with the prestigious title of Rockest Record In The World by Dan P Carter at Radio 1 (for lead single 'Breakaway'), In Hearts Wake are set to become one of the scene's breakthrough bands. The Byron Bay quartet will play Download this summer and return later in the year for a series of live dates TBA.

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GWAR Announces "30 Years of Total World Domination Tour"


Thirty years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind. 30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!

What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR's "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence - the Internet! That's right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet's ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it. Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while "taking 5" from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages.

"I've survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming! Where is Baltimore?"

Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross. The tour kicks off August 25th in Millvale, PA and wraps up September 18th in Rochester, NY. Tickets go on sale this Friday May 1st for all shows!

GWAR
Tour w/ Butcher Babies, Battlecross
08/25: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater - Tickets
08/27: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's - Tickets
08/28: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater - Tickets
08/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada - Tickets
08/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom - Tickets
09/01: San Antonio, TX @ Kapones - Tickets
09/02: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater - Tickets
09/03: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen - Tickets
09/04: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City - Tickets
09/05: New Albany, IN @ Rustic Frog - Befuddled Fest - Tickets
09/06: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys - Tickets
09/08: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea - Tickets
09/09: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live - Tickets
09/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 - Tickets
09/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop's - Tickets
09/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance - Tickets
09/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground - Tickets
09/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb - Tickets
09/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount - Tickets
09/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall - Tickets

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ENTRAILS: New Tune From Swedish Death Metal Militia Goring The Airwaves Of Bloody Disgusting


Obliteration To Drop Next Month Via Metal Blade

Obliteration is the fittingly-titled new studio offering from Swedish death metal militia, ENTRAILS. Set to rise from the grave next month via Metal Blade Records, Obliteration boasts nine diseased tracks of audio repugnance that uphold the truest traditions of old school Swedish brutality.

As a precursor to its official release, today popular gore portal, Bloody Disgusting, delivers the flesh-eating rumble of seventh track, "Midnight Coffin" for communal ingestion. Elaborates guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist, "It's about time to unleash some ENTRAILS madness! The sick melodies and d-beat will have your head fall off and roll into the midnight coffin. Join the hordes and let death and darkness embrace you. Welcome to the cemetery!"

Adds Bloody Disgusting, "'Midnight Coffin' is a rasping, forceful lump of oldschool Swedish death that pulls no punches. It reeks of cemetery miasma and exudes horrific images. It's 100% absolutely meant for the horror metal fan and you should pay heed."

Delight in the sonic deviltry of "Midnight Coffin" HERE.

Obliteration was tracked by Jimmy Lundqvist at his own Bloodshed Studios and mixed and mastered by legendary musician/soundsmith Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Aeon, Hail Of Bullets etc.) at Unisound.

Featuring members of Birdflesh and General Surgery, ENTRAILS celebrates the teachings of Dismember, Grave, Entombed and Tomas Skogsberg's Sunlight Studio alumni with a mutinous air raid of buzzsaw riffs, bestial vocal tirades, earth-rumbling rhythms and repugnant tales of suffering, doom and the undead with the expert brutality of their forefathers. The band was initially forged in 1990 by Lundqvist but disbanded prematurely due to his dissatisfaction with their initial demo recordings. Half the lineup went their separate ways while Lundqvist continued to write music until 1998, when ENTRAILS officially went dormant. It would be a full decade before the band would ascend from the grave when Lundqvist found the band's early recordings in an old tape collection and decided they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first two ENTRAILS demos - Reborn and Human Decay - finally took shape.

The band unleashed their menacing Tales From The Morgue debut in June of 2010. The album featured songs from both newly recorded demos and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö. 2011's delightfully repugnant The Tomb Awaits full-length would follow. The record reaped critical adoration from media outlets globally with No Clean Singing noting, "although massive distortion is (of corpse) the name of this game, Lundqvist enhances the morbid fascination of the music with near-clean, Dismember-ish, reverberating guitar solos that alternately slither, writhe, and moan seductively. Indeed, all of the multi-faceted guitar tones and riffing techniques on this album, and the way in which they're balanced in the mix with the gut-punching bass and the drum-kit attack, are near-textbook representations of how this genre of music should sound."

ENTRAILS joined the Metal Blade Records roster in March of 2012, crumbling the stages of numerous festivals throughout Europe (Party.San, Summer Breeze etc.) that Summer before composing 2013's ravenous Raging Death full-length. It was then that Lundqvist moved his studio into the woodshed where it all began in the '90s. The new/old surrounding inspired Lundqvist to write material like never before. Released later that year, The New Noise crowned the record, "an absolutely perfect slab of catchy, violent Swedish death metal," while Stereogum commended it for being, "perfect for blasting, banging, and bashing." Added All Music, "What comes through right away is the guitar tone, with its perfect blend of thickness and crunch feeling like a portal to the days when the fat distortion that was the backbone of Swedish death metal was (and perhaps still is) the heaviest thing to come out of an amp. Immediately afterwards you're hit by just how punishing the album is. These songs aren't here to dazzle you with their speed or virtuosity. Instead, they offer up the fat slabs of classic riffage that seek only to crush the listener under their immense weight, bringing a muscularity to the table that's hard to fake."

Dubbed "one of the more vital and warranted demo collections to be made available" by Metal Injection in an 8/10 review, ENTRAILS dropped the Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collectionlast Summer. The mammoth eighteen-track offering delivers the band's Reborn and Human Decayrecordings - the now infamous demos that started it all - in one venomous helping. And now comes the time for a new chapter in extremity with the audio disease of Obliteration.

Obliteration will see release via Metal Blade Record on May 19th, 2015. For preorder bundles as well as a taste of first single, "Beyond The Flesh," visit metalblade.com/entrails.

DRAGONFORCE CAUGHT IN BALTIMORE RIOTS


UK based metallers DragonForce were caught up in the recent civil unrest in Baltimore on Monday (27th April) evening as they warmed up ready to hit the stage on the first show of the North American leg of their Maximum Overload World Tour.

The Soundstage in Baltimore where the ‘Force was meant to be playing with US band Kamelot was two blocks away from the rioting, but the violence was getting ever closer.

Guitarist Herman Li said “We thought it was a little weird that all the local shops were closed, in fact the only place open was the venue with a massive queue of fans still trying to get in. As we were warming up ready to go onstage we heard a State of Emergency was declared and the show immediately postponed due to the safety of the fans”

The show has been rescheduled for today, Thursday 30th April with doors opening early at 6pm and the end of the show being 10pm due to the citywide curfew imposed by the authorities for the entire week.

All tickets purchased for the original show are valid. 



NEKROGOBLIKON STREAM “ATLANTIS” FROM HEAVY META; PRE-ORDERS FOR JUNE 2 RELEASE AVAILABLE NOW


Nekrogoblikon share “Atlantis,” a song from the goblin metal outfit’s forthcoming album, Heavy Meta (June 2, Mystery Box Records):


Pre-orders are available now with physical bundles available via www.districtlines.com/nekrogoblikon and digitally via iTunes, with the song “Full Body Xplosion” available as an immediate download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id986149255.

"This is definitely our most pre-orderable album to date,” said guitar player Goldberg.

Heavy Meta track list:

1. The End of Infinity
2. We've Had Enough
3. Bring Us More
4. Snax & Violence
5. Atlantis
6. We Need a Gimmick
7. Full Body Xplosion
8. Let's Get Fucked (with Andrew W.K.)
9. Mood Swing
10. Nekrogoblikon

Heavy Meta was produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Children of Bodom), Nicky Calonne and Nekrogoblikon with Matt Good mixing.

The 10-song album arrives via the multimedia outfit’s new label, Mystery Box, which is distributed by Razor & Tie. Mystery Box will serve not only as the band’s label but also as a freestanding production company and underground comedy club headquartered in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Mystery Box goings on, visit: www.facebook.com/mysteryboxfortress or mysterybox.guru.

ANTI-FLAG REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR "SKY IS FALLING"

ANTI-FLAG REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR "SKY IS FALLING" 

SONG ADDRESSES DRONE STRIKES, ARRIVING AT A CRITICAL TIME IN THE CURRENT U.S. ADMINISTRATION

BAND ALSO ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES



Anti-Flag have revealed the lyric video for the song "Sky Is Falling". 
Watch it here: http://vevo.ly/WNgY8m 
The song lives on the band's upcoming Spinefarm debut, American Spring, out May 25. The song and the clip address an extremely topical issue­—drone strikes.

In the wake of recent events, where an American and Italian citizen were killed by drone strikes, the song arrives at a critical time in the current government administration. While the media has spent a significant amount of time covering the jokes that were made at the White House Correspondent's Dinner over the weekend, many Americans remain appalled by what happened in the Middle East, which is why "Sky Is Falling" is such an important song and even more crucial political statement.

Here's what the band had to say about the song and the drone strikes.

"We release this song and video days after President Obama apologized for a drone strike that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian being held captive by al Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama did the right thing by apologizing to the victims and their families. But otherwise, his apologies fall short of the target. 

"We call on President Obama to extend his apologies to victims of U.S. drone strikes who do not hold U.S. and European passports. Furthermore, we demand an end to the U.S. drone program.

"There are countless innocent victims, families and communities whose lives have been devastated by illegal, out of control, and unaccountable U.S. drone strikes. This onslaught of aggression is sold to the American people as a surgical strike program that combats terrorism and makes the U.S. safer, when its net total result is neither.

"During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers were under orders to win over the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people while simultaneously ordered to burn down their villages. For obvious reasons, this policy was a failure. U.S. drone policy is no different, turning innocent people who would otherwise not be in opposition to America against the U.S.

"This policy is immoral, unethical and unproductive. Amnesty International has questioned the legality of the U.S. drone program in relation to international law.

"This song focuses on the fact that dropping bombs on people's heads is terror, regardless of who is dropping those bombs. Be it a high tech U.S. drone firing munitions without warning or a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest without warning, instruments of terror are those that keep a civilian population on edge due to the constant threat of attack."

Read what Amnesty International is saying about drones and get involved.

The band has also confirmed a new batch of tor dates that will keep them on the road through release date and beyond.

ANTI-FLAG TOUR DATES:

09.05.2015 Pittsburgh, PA (US) Smiling Moose

14.05.2015 Newport, KY (US) Southgate House

15.05.2015 St. Louis, MO (US) Fubar

17.05.2015 Kansas City, MO (US) Record Bar

18.05.2015 Des Moines, IA (US) Wooly's

19.05.2015 Omaha, NE (US) Slowdown

20.05.2015 Ft.Collins, CO (US) Aggie Theatre

21.05.2015 Denver, CO (US) Marquis

23.05.2015 Las Vegas, NV (US) Punk Rock Bowling

28.05.2015 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse

29.05.2015 Bolzano (IT) Full Tension Festival

30.05.2015 München (DE) Rockavaria

31.05.2015 Gelsenkirchen (DE) Rock im Revier

01.06.2015 Paris (FR) La Maroquinerie

02.06.2015 London (UK) Old Blue Last

18.07.2015 Rochester, NY (US) Lost Horizon

19.06.2015 Providence, RI (US) Simon's 677

20.06.2015 Burlington, VT (US) Showcase Lounge, Higher Ground

21.06.2015 Portland, ME (US) Port City Music Hall

23.06.2015 Buffalo, NY (US) Waiting Room

24.06.2015 Toledo, OH (US) Frankie's

25.06.2015 Columbus, OH (US) The Basement

26.06.2015 Grand Rapids, MI (US) Intersecton

27.06.2015 Erie, PA (US) Basement Transmissions

13.07.2015 Quebec City, QC (CA) Festival D'ete - Imperial de Quebec

16.07.2015 Glaubitz (DE) Back To The Future Festival

17.07.2015 Dour (BE) Dour Festival

18.07.2015 Wiesen (AT) Two Days A Week Festival

19.07.2015 Budapest (HU) Budapest Park

21.07.2015 Bratislava (SLO) Randal

23.07.2015 Innsbruck (AT) Weekender

24.07.2015 Dornbirn (AT) Conrad Sohm

25.07.2015 Bologna (IT) Alchemica

30.07.2015 Moravska Trebova (CZ) Fest Pod Parou

02.08.2015 Tolmin (SL) Punk Rock Holiday

04.08.2015 London (UK) Old Blue Last

06.08.2015 Blackpool (UK) Rebellion Festival

08.08.2015 London (UK) Brooklyn Bowl - PUNKS AND PINS

09.08.2015 Bristol (UK) Motion & The Marble Factory

W.A.S.P. announce ten date tour of UK and Ireland in September!


W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland which kicks off at The Troxy in London on September 11, 2015 to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album ‘Golgotha’ due on Napalm Records in August.

Catch them here: 

Sep 11: London Troxy
Sep 12: Leeds O2 Academy
Sep 13: Newcastle O2 Academy
Sep 14: Manchester Ritz
Sep 16: Dublin Academy
Sep 17: Belfast Limelight
Sep 18: Glasgow O2 Academy
Sep 19: Nottingham Rock City
Sep 21: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Sep 22: Bristol Motion

Tickets go on general sale at 11am on May 1 (Friday) via NMC Live http://www.nmclive.co.uk/w-a-s-p-uk-tour/

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria’s Napalm Records.W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Six years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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VOIVOD European tourdates in May Split 7” EP with At The Gates out now


After an extensive and extremely successful North American tour together with label-mates Napalm Death, Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have announced their long overdue return to European stages for May.

VOIVOD checked in with the following comment: “Here it is folks! See you in Europe soon! ‘We Are Connected’ tour! We are all very psyched about this trip!”

Here is an overview of the upcoming dates:

VOIVOD – Live in Europe 2015
Wed 20.05.2015 London (UK) - The Underworld
Thu 21.05.2015 Mechelen (Belgium) - Club Kamikaze
Fri 22.05.2015 Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Tivoli De Helling
Sat 23.05.2015 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival
Mon 25.05.2015 Berlin (Germany) - Cassiopeia
Thu 28.05.2015 Milan (Italy) - Rock In Park / Legend CVolub
Fri 29.05.2015 Barcelona (Spain) - Primavera Sound Festival
Sat 30.05.2015 Éragny-sur-Oise / Paris (France) - Covent Garden
Sun 31.05.2015 Bristol (UK) - Temples Festival 

VOIVOD recently recorded a new song entitled “We Are Connected” for an upcoming and very special split 7Inch vinyl release with label-mates At The Gates, which was released as of April 6th, 2015 in Europe via Century Media Records. The EP is “Double A-Sided” (Meaning, each band has an own, reversible front-cover side!) and comes with artwork created for both bands by VOIVOD’s Michel “Away” Langevin. 

The 7” EP is available in the following limited worldwide edition:
- 1,000x copies black vinyl
- 500x copies white vinyl
- 500x copies transparent red vinyl

Get it here from CM Distro before it’s too late: http://smarturl.it/ATGVVsplitCMD

You can alternatively also listen to 'We Are Connected' on Spotify here: http://smarturl.it/VoivodWAC

Or you can check it out in visual form on the Century Media YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz7l9M5V5Ds

VOIVOD are currently working on further follow-up material to their critically acclaimed latest album 'Target Earth', which was released in January of 2013.

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Ricky Warwick - Lemmy Sings "Summertime Blues" with Ricky


In 2014, Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy vocalist Ricky Warwick decided to record two new solo records, funded through the popular Pledgemusic crowd funding system. The results are two fan and critically acclaimed releases, “Hearts on Tree” and “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)”.

During the campaign for these two albums, Ricky would record updates for those that supported him in the campaign. Staging most of these recordings in the stairwell of his home in Los Angeles, the fans quickly dubbed Ricky as the “Stairwell Troubadour”. Ricky’s acoustic covers of a number of tracks became very popular among the fan community. So much so that when the two solo albums were completed, there was a lot of feedback asking him to consider recording some of these covers for a release. 

So, early in 2015, Ricky launched a new campaign to fund his album of covers. The best part was that the fans get to choose the tracks that are included on the album from a selection Ricky put together. One of the tracks that has already proven itself quite popular is the Eddie Cochran classic “Summertime Blues”. Working on a wave of studio born inspiration, Ricky thought that the sound would be perfect with an addition from an old friend. Enter Lemmy from Motorhead. Ricky toured with Motorhead when he fronted The Almighty and Lemmy and Ricky have been friends ever since. So when the call went out for Lemmy’s participation in the “Stairwell Troubadour” album, he didn’t even hesitate. 

Ricky tells us about Lemmy’s participation, “To have such an iconic performer be a part of this album is a dream come true. I have loved Motorhead for decades and having Lemmy contribute to my solo release is a big one off of my personal bucket list!”

Ricky’s campaign for the “Stairwell Troubadour” album is an ongoing process. You can check things out by visiting http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickywarwick2.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Ex-EVILE guitarist OL DRAKE announces Bloodstock warm-up show


Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has announced a warm-up show prior to his appearance at this year's Bloodstock festival in Derbyshire, UK.

The six-string shredder will be performing a headlining solo set on Saturday, 1st August at The Parish in his hometown of Huddersfield, a week before he rocks the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock in support of his debut solo album.

Ol Drake comments:

"A week before setting off to Bloodstock, I will be popping by my old local, The Parish in Huddersfield, to promote my debut solo album 'Old Rake', where I spent many a pound coin on their whiskey and fell down a lot.

"My friend, Mikey Baird is putting the show on, who recently won 'Promoter of the Year' at the Pure Rawk Awards, and they have a great new venue so I can't wait to widdle my widdles in my hometown. On drums will be my friend Rob Harris from the grind band Foetal Juice (check out their music video of 'Albert Grindstein', you won't be disappointed).

"Come along and hear/see a guitar being played with some music!"

Get your tickets for the show now at http://bit.ly/1FumAGV

View the flyer at http://bit.ly/1Fulvip

Ol Drake's debut solo album, 'Old Rake', features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic. The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.

The first single from the album is available now and features guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER),James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS). Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller(FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.

Listen to "Guitarists Playing Guitars" now on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1Gat3W9 or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/EInZh1Z9ZCw

'Old Rake' is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition signed CD. For anyone brave enough, there is also a deluxe 242-page tab book, featuring full tablature for the entire album for both guitar and bass, transcribed by Ol Drake himself.

Pre-order the CD, signed CD and official tab book now in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/ol-drake or in the USA at http://uswebstore.earache.com/ol-drake

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track as well as an instant download of"Guitarists Playing Guitars", at http://bit.ly/oldrake-itunes

Get more Ol Drake news and info:

Official site - http://www.oldrake.co.uk

Monday, 27 April 2015

SIKTH ARE BACK WITH NEW EP AND DECEMBER HEADLINE UK TOUR

Following on from their triumphant return to the Metal scene in 2014 - London's SikTh have decided to answer the calls from their fans and record new music in 2015.

"We've always maintained that more music would emerge one day and for the first time in years it feels like now is the time" says guitarist Dan Weller.
"We had an amazing time travelling round the World last year. Having a chance to reconnect with our fans was very special for us".

The as yet untitled EP will be the follow up to the 2006 critically acclaimed album 'Death of a dead day' and will see the band enter the studio for the first time in 10 years.

Mikee W Goodman adds " We did not realise our music had spread so far! I believe we have amongst the most passionate and energetic fans in the World. I am honoured to play to them."
"But what we have been asked most is about new music. My desire to make new SikTh music is as strong as it's ever been. I can't wait to get started!"

Recording starts this summer with a November release date penned, it will also be the first time SikTh will make a record without the assistance of a record label.

"Since we have such a good relationship with our fans we decided that funding the E.P via a PledgeMusic campaign was the best option for us and them. We could have signed a deal but it just adds so many complications for a band like us" adds Weller.

In support of the new EP SikTh will also be returning to the stage in December with a string of headline dates in the UK.

The first tickets for the tour will be made available via the bands PledgeMusic page below:
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 29th April at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sikth/tickets


SIKTH TOUR DATES

5/12/2015 Glasgow - Classic Grand

6/12/2015 Manchester - Academy 2

10/12/2015 Bristol - Marble Factory

11/12/2015 Birmingham - Academy 2

12/12/2015 London - Forum

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock announce January 2016 UK Tour

Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a 2016 nationwide UK tour at the starting at Bilston Robin onWednesday January 20, 2016.

A 48-hour ticket pre-sale starts at 9am on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at www.planetrock.com. Tickets are available to the general public on Friday May 1 from the 24-Hour box office on 0844 478 0898 and thegigcartel.com.

Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album Spirit On A Mission which features the singles Vigilante Man and Live and Let Live plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics.

The January 2016 UK tour will feature Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) andFrancis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.

MICHAEL SCHENKER – JANUARY 2015 UK TOUR

BILSTON ROBIN WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20

HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME THURSDAY JANUARY 21

EDINBURGH QUEEN’S HALL FRIDAY JANUARY 22

INVERNESS IRON WORKS SATURDAY JANUARY 23

GATESHEAD SAGE MONDAY JANUARY 25

LIVEPOOL ACADEMY TUESDAY JANUARY 26

MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 THURSDAY JANUARY 28

NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY FRIDAY JANUARY 29

ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL SATURDAY JANUARY 30

IN HEARTS WAKE RELEASE 'ERASE' ft HACKTIVIST & LAUNCH SKY HOPPERS VIDEO GAME


In Hearts Wake have released 'Erase', the fourth track from their ambitious new album 'Skydancer' (May 04, UNFD). The track was premiered on last night's BBC Radio 1 Rock Show by Dan P Carter and features guest vocals from Hacktivist's dynamic vocal duo J Hurley and Ben Marvin.

The Byron Bay band have also released Sky Hoppers, a video game through which fans can unlock an exclusive new song from 'Skydancer' called 'Insomnia' and enter a competition to win a rare test pressing of the album.

Listen to 'Erase' here: https://youtu.be/OeilJoXdEOI

Play Sky Hoppers here: unfdcentral.com/skyhoppers

Vocalist Jake Taylor says of the track

"We can't believe that racism still exists in the twenty first century. We're all human beings living on the same planet, the only home we've ever known. The atrocities that our species have committed towards each other isn't even summed up by the word 'horrific.' We all eat, sleep, and have two eyes, two arms, two legs and a nose. We really aren't all that different from each other. 'Our souls are like one another, our veins are similar in colour'– You think society would have figured it out by now that the real issue isn't the difference between our neighbour, but our inability to work together towards a common goal; sustaining here on planet Earth."

Having been featured in Kerrang!, Rock Sound and honoured with the prestigious title of Rockest Record In The World by Dan P Carter at Radio 1 (for lead single 'Breakaway'), In Hearts Wake are set to become one of the scene's breakthrough bands. The Byron Bay quartet will play Download this summer and return later in the year for a series of live dates TBA.

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

MUSIC FOR NATIONS ANNOUNCE SPIRITUAL BEGGARS REISSUES

Another Way To Shine // Mantra III // Ad Astra // On Fire
LP Reissues via Music For Nations – June 29th

If ever there were albums that deserved to played on vinyl, they would be the Spiritual Beggars records ‘Another Way To Shine’, ‘Mantra III’, ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘On Fire’. Originally available between 1996 and 2002, their release on June 29th is part of the Music for Nations reissues series. With liner notes by guitarist and founder member Michael Amott, new artwork by Per Wiberg, each album is to be released on coloured vinyl (three on LP for the first time) and a free CD version of the album with bonus tracks.

Formed by Michael Amott in 1993, Spiritual Beggars were quite different from his previous endeavours in Carcass and Carnage as well as his duties as strings-man in Arch Enemy. Influenced by the hard rock giants of the 1970s with healthy doses of psychedelia, each album is unashamedly a head down Rock record.

Michael comments. "I’m very pleased to be working with the relaunched Music For Nations label on these Spiritual Beggars vinyl reissues. I am very proud of these four albums and we've worked hard on making these LPs something well worth the long wait! I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that we are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing these albums on vinyl for the first time!"

The Grammy (Sweden) nominated ‘Another Way To Shine’, release in 1996, and their first for Music for Nations, featured Christian “Spice” Sjöstrand on vocal and bass and Ludwig Witt on drums. Keyboardist Per Wiberg came along for the ride as the band returned two years later for the release of ‘Mantra III’. The sound was of a band getting into their stride and becoming leaders in the genre which some have labelled Stoner Rock, although the band were more comfortable to simply be called a Rock band. 2000 saw the release of the groundbreaking ‘Ad Astra’. The release, led by single ‘Angel of Betrayal’, saw the band take to the road nonstop for almost two years. ‘On Fire’, their last album for Music For Nations, saw some changes as Spice moved onto other projects and Janne "JB" Christoffersson joined on vocals with Roger Nilsson on bass. It ended a four album run for MFN, but the band are still a touring and releasing albums, and these albums still sound strong and as excited as they did when originally released.

Working with Michael, Music for Nations have lovingly revisited these records and with new visuals and coloured vinyl. We are working with Pledge Music to bring you these classic records on the format it deserves to be listened on. 



VATTNET VISKAR announce new album


New Hampshire's post-black metal band VATTNET VISKAR are returning with a new album on 29th June via Century Media records. 'Settler' was recorded at Earth Analog Studios in Champaign, IL with producer Sanford Parker (MINSK, VOIVOD). 

The artwork was created by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-Neurosis, Soundgarden), who also created the video for 'Breath of the Almighty', from the band’s 'Sky Swallower' album.

'Settler' track-listing:
1. Dawnlands
2. Colony
3. Yearn
4. Impact
5. Glory
6. Heirs
7. Settler
8. Coldwar

VATTNET VISKAR is:
Nick Thornbury - Guitar/Vocals
Chris Alfieri - Guitar
Seamus Menihane - Drums
Casey Aylward – Bass

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Friday, 24 April 2015

KAMELOT VIDEO PREMIERE OF "INSOMNIA“ FROM UPCOMING ALBUM HAVEN!


Symphonic Metal masters KAMELOT are ready to enthrall with their upcoming masterpiece Haven! Today the sensational music video for the track "Insomnia“ has been premiered!

KAMELOT mastermind Thomas Youngblood states:
„Kamelot returns with a sci-fi inspired thriller for the song "Insomnia". In a post apocalyptic world, surveillance is everywhere and over population is rampant. Deep in the underground of the Wasteland Monarchy lies the Insomnia Division, the housing for some of the chosen ones, only allowed to live in an Insomniatic state!“

It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven.

Haven will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA/Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLC on May 4, 2015 (North America) and May 8, 2015 (Europe and rest of the world) and will showcase KAMELOT at their finest!

Following the release of Haven, KAMELOT will embark on a massive WORLD TOUR, starting with North America in April/May 2015 followed by European shows in the Summer 2015 and with The Haven European Tour in September/October 2015 the band will return to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date. 

Find all upcoming shows & festivals belows:

KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:

4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall
5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

SUMMER FESTIVALS

27.06.2015 BG – Kavarna / Kavarna Rock Festival
04.07.2015 RO – Romania / I Am The Rocker Festival
09.07.2015 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival


EUROPEAN HEADLINING TOUR

17.09.2015 FR – Paris / La Cigale
19.09.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
25.09.2015 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår'n
26.09.2015 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
27.09.2015 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Medis
29.09.2015 FI – Jyväskylä / Lutakko
01.10.2015 FI – Joensuu / Kerubi
02.10.2015 FI - Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
03.10.2015 FI – Helsinki / Circus
05.10.2015 LT – Vilnius / Forum Palace
06.10.2015 PL – Warszawa / Club Progresja
08.10.2015 IT – Milano / Live Music Club
16.10.2015 NL – Tilburg / Poppodium 013

More dates to be announced soon!

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