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X-Drive - Get Your Rock On

X-Drive is one of the most exciting rock projects to emerge from Los Angeles in a long time that has come out of nowhere to sign a worldwide deal with Frontiers Records! The debut CD is called “Get Your Rock On,” a stellar collection of 12 tracks that will have your heart reeling and your finger reaching for the replay button.

Unknown guitarist Jeremy Brunner is the founder of the project, and the Oregon transplant makes an impressive debut with an affinity for catchy riffs, insightful lyrics and huge choruses. He did not know a soul in California when he arrived but had a huge advantage in the form of a catalogue of songs.

Some of the best in Los Angeles have joined in including bassist James Lomenzo from White Lion, singer Keith St. John from Montrose and to round out the project hard-hitting drummer Fred Fischer from Midline. Then legendary producer Andy Johns, the former Led Zeppelin engineer who finished the X-Drive tracks just before his tragic death in 2013.

“It was such a pleasure to contribute to Jeremy's effort! He has written and crafted an incredible homage to the style of the 80's rock, a style that I cut my teeth on back in the day,” Lomenzo said. “His love for the era and style really comes through in a surprisingly satisfying way.”

X-Drive is off and running, and the results are spectacular. A quick listen to the first single “California” is all it takes to be convinced this project not only has an instant hit but could be one of the new faces of rock.

St. John is a natural-born front man with all the charisma in the world who is no stranger to the stage as he has fronted such illustrious bands as Quiet Riot, Sweet, Lynch Mob and Burning Rain. His bluesy vocals gave life to the songs featuring huge hooks and ultra-memorable choruses like “Love’s A Bitch,” “Lay Me Down,” “Just Can’t Stay” and the folksy ballad stand out track “Change of Heart.”

“Writing with Brunner was an absolute pleasure,” St. John said. “On the whole, the vehicle for his musical canvasses has been a breath of fresh air in directness and simplicity. I found myself patently inspired to fashion my parts for this collection of songs that was Jeremy’s own refreshing take on the ‘80s."

Meanwhile, Lomenzo, who has also played with such giants as John Fogerty, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Black Label Society, has a worldwide reputation for excellence, and Fischer is not only a rock solid player but one of those drummers who is fun to watch and is at the top of the showman list.

“I love playing big, arena rock anthems, and this record is full of them,” Fischer said. “I’m having a blast. I’m looking forward to what comes next.”

And then there is Brunner, a songsmith/guitarist of the highest order with an ability to write catchy riffs and ripping solos.  “Get Your Rock On” was mixed by Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake, Dokken), and it took more than a year in the studio to make things just the way Brunner wanted, as the guitarist is a bit of a mastermind perfectionist.  But wow was it worth it. The X-Drive debut positively rocks from beginning to end.

Produced by Andy Johns and Jeremy Brunner - Mixed by Wyn Davis

Tracklisting: Love’s A Bitch; Get Your Rock On; Steppin’ On The Rock; Baby Bye Bye; California; Lay Me Down; Turn The Noize Down; Beyond the Angels; Rattlesnake Eyes; Just Can’t Stay; Change of Heart; Love Breaks the Fool.

X-Drive is: Keith St. John – Vocals, Jeremy Brunner – Guitar, James Lomenzo – Bass, Fred Fischer - Drums

Release date: EU: August 22nd 2014, NA: August 25th 2014

220 Volt – Walking In Starlight

      
Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called “Walking In Starlight”.  Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.

220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80's and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80's was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy/Megadeth/Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for “Walking In Starlight”. 

The band’s reputation was built on frequent album releases and energetic live shows. Besides performing their own headline shows, the Swedes have also toured as support for AC/DC and Nazareth among others. In 1985, 220 Volt performed in front of 80.000 people in Warsaw, Poland. The show was broadcasted live on Polish TV, among the first ever TV-shows in the eastern block to feature a hard rock band.

220 Volt split up in 1992, but released the studio album Lethal Illusion in 1997.

The quartet was active for a while between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up and produced two albums, “Volume 1” and the live album “Made in Jamtland”.

Songs like “Firefall”, “Love Is All You Need”, “Beat Of  A Heart”, “The Harder They Come”, “Heavy X-mas” and “Power Games” to name a few, still get airplay around the world... Songs you'll be likely to hear live again soon! 

Discography: 220 Volt (1983), Power Games (1984), Mind over muscle (1985), Young and wild (1987), Eye To Eye (1988), Lethal Illusion (1997), Volume 1 (2002), Made in Jamtland (2005), Heavy X-mas revisited (2009, EP), Walking In Starlight (2014)

www.220volt.se   www.facebook.com/220VoltOfficial 

Line-up: Anders Engberg – vocals, Thomas Drevin – guitars, Mats Karlsson – guitars, Peter Hermansson – drums 

Sound clips in advance:

220V - Burning Heart (Edit)

220V - Through The Wastelands (Edit)

220V - Walking In Starlight (Edit)

Grand Design – Thrill Of The Night

      
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was released by AOR Heaven in October 2009.  The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.”
 
Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”.
Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belong in your players and on the big stages.
 
In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt). The band continued playing shows and festivals, building a solid following.

Early 2013 the band recorded two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song “Baby It’s You” (Promises cover) was released as a digital only single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion’s Share etc), who made his debut in the video. The band also performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild.

Early 2014 Grand Design started working on the third album, and we are now proud to present the band’s third outing: Thrill Of The Night. This album has definitely taken the band to a whole new level, musically, song wise and regarding production. The band is packed with potential hits and choruses that you will wake up in the middle of the night singing! Sorry about that, but that’s how it is. From the opening chords of U Got Me Good, followed by the anthem rocker “Rawk ‘N’ Roll Heart Attack”, to up-tempo rocker “10 Outta 10” and the big epic balladry of “When The Greatest Love Of All Kicks In”. This time the band has also had some outside help in the song writing, where melodic rock icon Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) has co-written the hit style “Who’s Gonna Rawk U Right” and “You’re The Only One”. The production, again by singer Pelle Saether, is big, ballsy yet ambient enough to probably make even John “Mutt” Lange proud.

Discography: Time Elevation (2009), Idolizer (2011), Thrill Of The Night (2014)

www.granddesignrocks.com / www.facebook.com/granddesignsweden

Line-up: Pelle Saether: vocals, Dennis Vestman: guitar, Janne Stark: lead guitar, Mats Vassfjord: bass, Magnus Ulfstedt: drums

Sound clips in advance:

GRAND DESIGN - 10 Outa 10 (Edit)

GRAND DESIGN - Rip Iddup (Edit)

GRAND DESIGN - The Rush Is Gone (Edit)

Gunfire - Age Of Supremacy

Jolly Roger Records proudly announces the come-back of  italian GUNFIRE with their new concept-album "Age of Supremacy", out on 8th September on Cd format. The idea behind the album is the history of mankind that left the earth 1000 years ago and is now divided into two factions that  evolved in different ways. The story is not based on the fight between good and evil  but rather the inability of communication between two  peoples in the distant and hypothetical  future, as often happens today. This is the reason of war and destruction.

Gunfire were born in Ancona in 1983 and in 1984 they recorded their first, self-titled mini Lp (4 tracks), nowadays a pretty rare and expensive collectable item. They broke in 1986 and came back in 2000 with original line-up, except the drummer, adding a second guitar. "Thunder of War" was released in 2005 by German label Battle Cry. Drummer Marco Bianchella plays also in symphonic-gothic band The Dogma.

Following this link you can listen to new track "Man and Machine" - http://www.jollyrogerstore.com/release.php?id=44

Tracklist :

PRELUDE
WAR EXTREME
MAN AND MACHINE
THE CITY OF LIGHT
HAMMER OF GOD
VOICES FROM A DISTANT SUN
THE WIZARD
SUPERIOR MIND
FIRE IN THE SKY
EXODUS

Line-up :

ROBERTO ‘DRAKE’ BORRELLI  - VOCALS
LUCA CALO’ – GUITARS
MARCELLO LAMMOGLIA – GUITARS
MICHELE MENGONI – BASS
MARCO BIANCHELLA - DRUMS

Album cover-art :  

WOVENWAR to release debut album on August 4; new song "The Mason unveiled
Wovenwar has officially announced August 4th as the release date for their self-titled debut album in North America! The album will be released August 4th in the UK.

Fans can stream a new song, "The Mason," as well as pre-order the album now at metalblade.com/wovenwar. Pre-order bundles include options to order a t-shirt, girls' tee, or a tank top with a CD. Digital pre-orders are available, along with a limited quantity of vinyl imported from Europe!

Wovenwar documented the recording process of their self-titled debut, due out later this summer. Guitarist Nick Hipa shot and edited the series, as well as the singles and teasers streaming at wovenwar.com. Guitar, bass, and drum studio videos can be seen now at youtube.com/WOVENWAR .

Wovenwar will embark on their first ever US tour in July and August with Black Label Society and Kyng! After that they will do a festival run including appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals plus an intimate London debut at the Barfly on August 21, 2014. Later in the year they return to support In Flames.

Wovenwar features the talents of Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of San Diego, California based metal act As I Lay Dying, and Shane Blay (vocals) of Oh, Sleeper. The band's first single, "All Rise," from the band's upcoming self-titled debut is available now on iTunes.

Over the course of this past year, Wovenwar completed work on new material and recorded with producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag). Mixing was handled by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium).

WOVENWAR
Tour w/ Black Label Society, Kyng
07/17 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
07/18 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
07/20 Fargo, ND The Venue
07/22 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
07/25 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
07/26 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
07/27 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
07/29 Sauget, IL Pop's
07/30 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
08/01 Austin, TX Emo's
08/02 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Pavilion
08/03 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
08/04 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

WOVENWAR
European Tour

08/15 Hasselt, BE Pukkelpop Festival
08/16 Hamburg, DE ELB Riot
08/17 Herford, DE X RockFest
08/19 Berlin, DE Lido
08/21 London, UK Barfly
08/23 Reading, UK Reading Festival
08/24 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival

IN FLAMES
+ WOVENWAR
+ WHILE SHE SLEEPS

27/09/14 PL - Krakow - Studio Club
28/09/14 HU - Budapest - Barba Negra
29/09/14 CZ - Prague - The Roxy
30/09/14 DE - Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
01/10/14 LU - Esch-sur-Alzette - Rockhall
02/10/14 IT - Milano - Live Club
03/10/14 CH - Zürich - Komplex
04/10/14 CH - Lausanne - Les Docks
05/10/14 IT - Trezzo Sull´Adda - Live Club
07/10/14 ES - Madrid - LA Rivierea
08/10/14 ES - Barcelona - Sala Razzamatazz
09/10/14 ES - Zaragoza - Zaragoza
10/10/14 FR - Cenon - Le Rocher de Palmer
11/10/14 FR - Clermont-Ferrand - La Cooperative De Mai
12/10/14 FR - Paris - Le Bataclan
14/10/14 FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
15/10/14 BE - Brussels - AB H all
16/10/14 UK - Manchester - The Ritz
17/10/14 UK - Glasgow - 02 ABC
18/10/14 UK - London - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
20/10/14 NL - Tilburg - 013
24/10/14 DE - Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle
25/10/14 DE - Kempten - Bix Box
26/10/14 DE - Leipzig - Haus Auensee
27/10/14 AT - Wien - Gasometer
29/10/14 DE - Berlin - Columbiahalle
30/10/14 DE - Ludwigsburg - Arena
31/10/14 DE - Köln - Palladium
01/11/14 DE - Bochum - Ruhr Congress
02/11/14 DK - Copenhagen - Store Vega
04/11/14 FI - Helsinki - Helsingin Jäähalli
06/11/14 SE - Stockholm - Hovet
07/11/14 NO - Oslo - Spektrum Arena Ans
08/11/14 SE - Gothenburg - Scandinavia

http://www.wovenwar.com
https://www.youtube.com/WOVENWAR
https://www.facebook.com/wovenwar
https://twitter.com/wovenwar
http://www.metalblade.com
EUROPE TOUR UK WITH BLACK STAR RIDERS

Starting with two nights in Glasgow and culminating with two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire the tour, consisting 14 shows, will feature classic tracks from both bands and also music from both acts forthcoming new releases.

EUROPE, featuring all original members, Joey Tempest on Vocals, John Norum on Guitar, Mic Michaeli on Keyboards, John Leven on Bass and Drummer Ian Haugland, with over 20 million albums to their credit, released their last album “Bag of Bones” to mass critical acclaim in 2012.

BLACK STAR RIDERS feature Thin Lizzy members Scott Gorham (Guitar), Ricky Warwick (Vocals) and Damon Johnson (Guitar), alongside drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and new bass player Robbie Crane, released their debut album “All Hell Breaks Loose” in 2013 with a UK national chart placing of number 25 and many publications praising the release and giving it the 2013 Album of the Year accolade.

Both EUROPE and BLACK STAR RIDERS will have new album’s out in early spring 2015.

General on sale to take place Friday July 25th at 9am through all venue box office and ticket outlets.

Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu/Mar-05 Glasgow, Scotland ABC
Fri/Mar-06 Glasgow, Scotland ABC
Sat/Mar-07 Newcastle, England O2 Academy
Sun/Mar-08 Leeds, England O2 Academy
Tue/Mar-10 Nottingham, England Rock City
Wed/Mar-11 Cambridge, England Corn Exchange
Fri/Mar-13 Manchester, England Academy
Sat/Mar-14 Wolverhampton, England Civic Hall
Sun/Mar-15 Exeter, England University
Mon/Mar-16 Bristol, England O2 Academy
Wed/Mar-18 Bournemouth, England O2 Academy
Thu/Mar-19 Norwich, England UEA
Fri/Mar-20 London, England Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat/Mar-21 London, England Shepherds Bush Empire

VIP package upgrades (purchase tickets from venue box office in advance) with meet & greets etc will be available for both bands on all dates.

Toseland Announce New Tour Dates

Fresh from support to Reef’s 20th Anniversary Tour as well as a host of headline dates (including a sold out Islington Academy in Dec 2013) and 2014 dates with Status Quo, Toseland have announced the release of their debut album “Renegade”.

“Renegade” is an album packed with powerful rock songs – from the balls out album opener “Life Is Beautiful” to the melodic piano lead of “Kingdoms”, from the driving layered riffs of “Emergency” to forthcoming single “Singer In A Band”. Previous singles “Life Is Beautiful” and “Renegade” were both A listed at Planet Rock and Team Rock radios, showing this is a band who know how to rock a melody. Pulsating rhythms are overlaid with the guitar work of Zurab Melua and the trademark distinctive vocals of James Toseland.

If the name might seem familiar it is because Toseland are a band fronted by double world superbike champion James Toseland. Throughout his career as a motorbike racer, music has been central to James life – so much so that he performed live at BBC’s Sports Personality Of the Year. When James was forced to retire through injury a journey into music started…

James met up with Toby Jepson (Little Angels) in March 2012 after a friend had recommended they might work well together. Jepson had no idea of James’ past but they clicked – personally and musically. James had the bones of several songs and an idea of the sound he wanted – one of the first tracks to emerge being album track Kingdoms (which James had been playing with for a while). The writing process was quick and the pair soon laid down instrumentation at Vale Studios with Jepson producing (credits include The Answer, Saxon and The Virgin Marys) and Steve Harris (Foo Fighters, U2) as engineer. James plays all the piano on the album. Vocals were recorded in five days at Jepson’s studio in Scarborough.

Toseland have already forged themselves a name as a powerful live act. 2013 saw them cross the country with a series of headline shows, supports (to Reef) and festival dates (Download, Planet Rockstock and the 2013 Moto GP at Silverstone).

Following a series of live dates with Status Quo other 2014 live dates are as follows:

Sat 19th July Brands Hatch, MCE British Superbike
Sun 20 July Steelhouse Festival, Gwent
Sat 26th July Rock and Blues Custom Show Old School Weekender Pentrich
Fri 1st August Cheshire, Carfest North
Fri 15th August Worksop, Clumber Park (with Status Quo)
Fri 22nd August Hampshire, Carfest South
Sat 30th August MOTO GP Silverstone
Sat 20th September Looe Festival, Cornwall
Sun 21st September Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Mon 22nd September Bristol, The Fleece
Wed 24th September Glasgow, Stereo Café
Thu 25th September Aberdeen, The Tunnels
Sat 27th September Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Sun 28th September Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Mon 29th September Cambridge, The Portland Arms
Tue 30th September Manchester, Academy 3
Thu 2nd October Northampton, The Roadmender
Wed 8th October 100 Club, London

http://www.toselandmusic.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialJamesToseland
https://twitter.com/JamesMToseland

Roxx To Ruin Festival Announced

On September 28th 2014 The Roadhouse, Birmingham, is set to host a blisteringly hot lineup of the best of the current crop of bands for a day of all out rock! Musicians, both local and national, are coming together under one roof with a single shared goal: to shake the foundations!

With nine of the best live rock bands on the main stage, plus a headline act to be announced, anyone who likes like their music hard and fast then is bound to find something to bang their head to.

If it all gets to be a little to much, though, then the acoustic stage will be home to a more stripped down, but still powerful rock experience. It’s an opportunity to catch rarely seen acoustic sets by musicians that normally play full electric. Some bands will even be pulling double duty and performing on both the main stage as well as the acoustic stage.

With a fantastic lineup and more acts to be announced, this is one music event that should not be missed. At only £5 for an advance ticket, there is no excuse not to check it out.

For more information, go to http://www.roxxtoruin.co.uk

Lineup - Main Stage: StOp sToP / Silent Jack / Fallen Mafia / Hangfire / Endless Mile ft. Richie Hevanz / The Vigil / Tigerpunch / Wylde Orchid / Anger Rising

Acoustic Stage: Section Nineteen / Endless Mile ft. Richie Hevanz / Inbetween Seas / Out Of Luck / The Carson Experience

Lords of the Riff Vol 2 Tour

Following on from the deafening and monstrously successful first instalment of Metal Hammer and Classic Rock’s own Lords Of The Riff tour, which took place earlier this year and starred Scorpion Child, Monster Truck and Buffalo Summer, it’s happening all over again. This autumn, venues around the UK will resound to the life-affirming sound of some of the heaviest riffs currently available to human ears, courtesy of three of the hottest new bands on the planet.

Organ-hammering groove-masters Lionize, thunderous rockers Anti-Mortem, and stoner riff-wielders Kyng will feature on a rotating line-up so heavy that we can already feel the ground rumbling, and all for the ridiculously reasonable price of £10 per ticket!

“We truly love these bands, and it isn’t often that Classic Rock and Metal Hammer agree on anything, so when we do, we party,” says Alexander Milas, Editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer and TeamRock. “This tour is about getting behind the best young bands in our world for a proper run of dates, and for a fair price. We can’t wait to see you there.”

Lords Of The Riff 2 will hit the road in November for 11 skull-shattering dates that promise to be one of the hottest tickets in the heavy music world this autumn.

“Lionize is very eager to get back to the UK and perform again so quickly after our last amazing tour with Clutch,” says Lionize frontman Nate Bergman. “To be a part of the Lords of the Riff 2 tour is an absolute honour, and we are looking forward to getting this rock’n’roll party started. We are humbled by the immense amount of support and love we are receiving every day in England, and to be a part of a legendary tour in the making is one of the most exciting things we’ve been a part of to date.  We feel people will be talking about this tour for a long time to come. Can’t wait, see you soon!” Watch a special announcement video from the band at http://youtu.be/H8tyVs6663Y.

“We’re really excited to tour Europe with Lionize and KYNG,” says Nevada Romo of Anti-Mortem.  “Both are visionary bands for this time. We have heard amazing things about Europe and it’s reception for this type of rock in roll. We’re really looking forward to seeing how the fans receive us.”

“Being a part of Lord of the Riff 2 is a huge deal for us!” says Kyng bassist Tony Castaneda. “We couldn’t be more excited that our debut there will be part of such an amazing package with Lionize and Anti-Mortem.”

In addition to the low price of £10, anyone who buys a ticket for Lords Of The Riff 2 will be entitled to special TeamRock bundle offers, available at participating venues when tickets go on sale this Friday.

The dates for Lords Of The Riff 2 are as follows…

Nov 5 Leeds Cockpit
Nov 6 Glasgow Classic Grand
Nov 7 Liverpool Arts Centre
Nov 8 Newcastle, O2 Academy2
Nov 9 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Nov 10 Manchester Academy 3
Nov 11 Colchester Arts Centre
Nov 13 Birmingham, O2 Academy2
Nov 14 Bristol Thekla
Nov 15 Stoke Sugarmill
Nov 16 London Garage

Visit www.metalhammer.com or www.classicrockmagazine.com for information on how to get your tickets for this feast of riffmongous entertainment and learn more about the bands at www.lionizemusic.comwww.anti-mortem.com, and www.kyngband.com.

ANATHEMA have announced a series of UK tour dates for September

Released this week ‘distant satellites, was recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo, with producer Christer-André Cederberg, with additional mixing by Grammy Nominated Steven Wilson, ANATHEMA also brought in the legendary services of Dave Stewart (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson) to create the new album’s extraordinary orchestral arrangements.

To date it’s the band’s most widely acclaimed record with the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, Total Guitar, Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Drowned in Sound and Classic Rock Prog heaping praise on the album so far. 

21st September – Glasgow, ABC 2 - Tickets

22nd September – Newcastle, Academy 2 - Tickets

23rd September – Manchester, Academy 3 - Tickets

25th September – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms  - Tickets

26th September – London, Koko - Tickets

27th September – Bristol, Thekla - Tickets

28th September – Southampton, Talking Heads - Tickets

VIP (all except Manchester + London which will be via Ticketmaster/Live Nation instead):

https://liveaccess.eventric.com/?LAVG91cklkPTUxMw&action=AccountRequest

distant satellites is available to order at:  http://www.kscopemusic.com/store/  http://www.omerch.eu/shop/Anathema/

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Anathema_DistantSat  http://www.kscopemusic.com/artists/anathema  https://www.facebook.com/weareanathema

RECKLESS LOVE have announced a headline run of UK dates for December 2014

RL frontman, Olli Herman, says;-

“Our recent visit to the UK was very much a case of ‘Flying Finns’ – we were there for a headline show in Bristol, plus a festival appearance at Sonisphere – it was our first time at Knebworth, and we had an amazing show! Thanks to everyone who packed out the Bohemia tent! And now… we’re delighted to announce a more extended return in December – seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further… harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher… kicks! Ha! Ha!”

“A dream became reality the moment we stepped onstage at the super legendary Knebworth Park,” continues  RL guitarist, Pepe. “The atmosphere was hot and welcoming as the UK crowd showed yet again just how well they know our lyrics, singing along with each song we played! And now we are excited to be bringing our merry metal mayhem back to our dear friends in the UK. December will TRULY rock this year! See you on tour!!”

UK DEC 2014 TOUR DATES:-

04       Newcastle, O2 Academy2

05      Glasgow, Cathouse

06      Nottingham, Rock City

07      Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

09       Manchester, Academy 3

10       Cardiff, The Globe

11       London, The Garage

Alestorm Announce Piratefest

Fresh from their appearance at Sonisphere UK, Alestorm have announced ‘Piratefest’ featuring a mega 19 dates across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Eire this October. Full dates are listed below.

In addition, the Scottish pirates with Captain Christopher Bowes at the helm are also set to release their upcoming album titled ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ on August 4th (UK) and August 5th (USA/Canada) via Napalm Records.  Check out the preview clip for ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ here.

Piratefest Tour Dates:

8.10 – Norwich – Waterfront
9.10 – Birmingham – Academy 2
10.10 – Sheffield – Corporation
11.10 – Southampton – 1865
12.10 – Brighton – Concorde 2
13.10 – Plymouth – White Rabbit
14.10 – Liverpool – Academy
15.10 – Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
16.10 – Cork – Cyprus Avenue
17.10 – Belfast – Mandela Hall
18.10 – Aberdeen – Garage
19.10 – Glasgow – Arches
20.10 – Bristol – Bierkeller
21.10 – Manchester – Academy 2
22.10 – Exeter – Lemon Grove
23.10 – Reading – Sub 89
24.10 – London – Electric Ballroom
25.10 – Leeds – University
26.10 – Cardiff – Globe

Mordred are back to tour the UK (and Ireland) this summer

Its 22 years ago since the band braced our shores and the band are thrilled to announce these dates and will be releasing their new single ‘The Baroness’ along with their back catalogue and ‘In This Live’ video which documents the sold out shows at the Marquee. They will be released through believe digital 11th August 2014.

Mordred have been on hiatus for a couple of decades and return with the recently reunited line-up responsible for “In This Life” and “Vision”.

The band quickly established themselves as an impressive live act with their first show with Possessed in ’84 and look forward to being on the road again.

“The land of kings is where Mordred was born, so to us it’s always been a blast to know that our greatest supporters are from there as well.” We plan to party like its 525!” (A.D.) Says bassist Arthur Liboon.

With their brand name straight out of Arthurian legend and their musical style a genre-hopping mash-up of Thrash seasoned with whatever flavours they like the taste of, it’s safe to say Mordred have never been afraid to challenge convention.

The current line-up: Scott Holderby – Vocals, James Sanguinetti – Guitar, Danny White – Guitar, Arthur Liboon – Bass, Aaron (pause) Vaughn Keyboards, Vocals, Turntables and Jeff Gomes – Drums.

UK TOUR

Aug 22 Dublin The Voodoo Lounge
Aug 23 Belfast The Lime Light
Aug 25 London 02 Academy2
Aug 26 Birmingham 02 Academy2
Aug 27 Glasgow 02 ABC2
Aug 28 Newcastle 02 Academy2
Aug 30 Liverpool 02 Academy2
Aug 31 Bristol 02 Academy2
Sept 1 Brighton Concorde 2

Ez Livin UK Dates
Wednesday 3rd December - Sheffield Corporation
Thursday 4th December - Grimsby Yardbirds

Featuring:-

Hans Ziller (Bonfire) - Guitars
David Reece (Bangalore Choir / Accept / Gypsy Rose) - Vocals
Harry Reischmann (Bonfire) - Drums
Ronnie Parkes (Tango Down / Seven Witches) - Bass
Paul Morris (Rainbow) - Keyboards

Tickets are £10 in advance

Both dates are ably supported by Matt Black`s new band Fahran
KING OF ASGARD Premiere Video for The Runes Of Hel
New Album "Karg" Available July 21st on Metal Blade Records

Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act, KING OF ASGARD are set to release their third album "Karg" July 21st, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit metalblade.com/kingofasgard to stream the first single "The Runes Of Hel" and pre-order your copy of the album.

Today KING OF ASGARD debuts a new video from the record for the song "The Runes of Hel". Decibel Magazine's Deciblog is hosting an exclusive premiere of the video here: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/video-premiere-king-of-asgard-the-runes-of-hel/

The video was directed by Rickard Moneus. The band comments: "'The Runes of Hel' was shot at the location of Vadstena Castle, inside one out of four circular cannon turrets. Vadstena Castle is a former Royal Castle and fortress built by King Gustav I of Sweden (Gustav Vasa) in 1545. Vadstena being the city where both Karl and Jonas were born and forged. Somewhat the perfect place for a video to be shot. Thus, one night in May, the key to the city of Vadstena was lent to King of Asgard. A long and late evening, in authentic setting with history's rugged wing beats embracing. Breathing the past and standing on undisturbed soil among ghouls and phantoms. A location harsh, barren and cold as carved for the finalization of "The Runes of Hel"! As is customary and traditional arrangement Rickard Monéus (1897.se), our true companion in arms, handled the photography and the completion of this piece. Assisted by our fellow thrall Petter Fredriksson. Lean back and soak yourselves, as we present to thee; 'The Runes of Hel'!"

"Karg" is the third album of KING OF ASGARD, following "Fi'mbulvintr", which was released in 2010 and "…to North" in 2012. "Karg" has again been recorded with Andy LaRocque at the infamous Sonic Train Studios.

The band's two previous, critically acclaimed albums are available worldwide on Metal Blade Records. Listen to the band on iTunes and Spotify to hear what Terrorizer Magazine called "intense blackened folk metal".

"Karg" track listing:
01. The Runes of Hel
02. The Trickster
03. Highland Rebellion
04. Remnant of the Past
05. Omma
06. The Heritage Throne
07. Huldran
08. Rising
09. Total Destruction (Bonus Track)

KING OF ASGARD:
Karl Beckman - Guitar, Vocals
Jonas Albrektsson - Bass
Lars G Tängmark - Guitar
Karsten Larsson - Drums

http://www.kingofasgard.com
http://www.facebook.com/kingofasgard
http://www.myspace.com/kingofasgardsweden
Brimstone Coven: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Alchemists Premiere New Hymn; Live Rituals Imminent
Retro rock/doom metal alchemists, BRIMSTONE COVEN, are pleased to unveil "Behold, The Anunnaki," the second movement off their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.

Now playing at cosmic riff portal, The Obelisk, "Behold, The Anunnaki" earns its name from an assembly of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures (The Anunnaki), and oozes a cathartically magnetic, psychedelic swagger that's difficult not to fall prey to.

Describes The Obelisk: "In whatever context one might want to view it, Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There's an early '70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D'Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist 'Big John' Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose '70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like 'Behold, The Anunnaki,' 'The Black Door' and 'The Séance' a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It's a careful balance and BRIMSTONE COVEN execute it well."

Check out "Behold, the Anunnaki," now casting spells and taking names here: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2014/07/16/brimstone-coven-behold-the-anunnaki-stream/

Formed in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN churns a compelling amalgam of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of hard rock icons such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock manifestations of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own.

The outfit's Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen inebriating tracks of manic occult conjurings - a combo of their self-released full-length and EP - complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings of Creighton Hill.

In related news, BRIMSTONE COVEN will bring their bewitching odes to the stage on a brief stretch of live rituals set to commence July 19th on their home turf with additional ceremonies to be announced in the weeks to come.

BRIMSTONE COVEN:
7/19/2014 Rock Bottom Campground - Cameron, WV
7/21/2014 Goodfella's - Mcmechen, WV
7/31/2014 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
9/27/2014 Chronic Tattoo - Cleveland, OH

Brimstone Coven will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on August 5th, 2014. Preorder you copy at THIS LOCATION where you can also sample delightfully jam-laden fifth cut, "The Grave".

"Coming across as Zeppelin meets '70s Black Sabbath (the best kind), BRIMSTONE COVEN certainly have that vintage sound in spades, guitars are crisp, bass feels warm and drums played adeptly, with a looseness that only Messieurs Moon, Ward and Mitchell …are known for. Great stuff and what a voice, 'Big John' is quite the frontman with an endearing and rich tone to his voice and yes he sounds. Killer." - The Sludgelord

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http://www.metalblade.com/brimstonecoven

ENTRAILS Spews Forth "Breath Of Blood"
Swedish Death Metal Unit Prepares To Drop Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collection

With the release of Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collection, the forthcoming mega compilation from Swedish death metal miscreants, ENTRAILS, quickly approaching, today the band spews forth the audio villainy of ninth track, "Breath Of Blood,"

Comments founding guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist of the hymn, "'Breath Of Blood' is one of those slabby songs that was made in the very early beginning of the ENTRAILS era back in the '90s and is one of my own personal favorites. It's filled with spider webs and cadaverous odors and of course some rotten feelings. It's natural that this song is present in the demo! Prepare yourself for some neckexercise!"

Assesses Invisible Oranges: "'Breath Of Blood' is whittled with an attention to detail and editing sense sharpened by experience and hindsight. For instance, if Swede death's quality is tied to its tone, 'Breath Of Blood' passes inspection. [vocalist Jocke] Svensson and Lundqvist understood that, so their redux took extra care to sound like someone poured ball bearings down a running garbage disposal. However, here's the best thing: below the flying shrapnel, 'Breath Of Blood' is dark. Not B-flick dark, but real life dark. 'I know the time/When you grow up/Time has not changed/After your parents' death,' Svensson grunts, going on to detail the emotional wound that never closes after your folks check out of existence. Damn. Gut punch. There are few things more frightening than recalibrating mortality. If there's any reason to take refuge within the time-preserving properties of a recording booth, there it is."

"Breath Of Blood" is currently streaming at this location for your vile listening enjoyment: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2014/06/premiere-entrails-breath-of-blood/

And if you missed it, hear "Voices" here: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-entrails-voices/

Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collection is an eighteen-track collection featuringENTRAILS' Reborn and Human Decay demos. The band was initially spawned in 1990 by Lundqvist but disbanded prematurely due to his dissatisfaction with their initial demo recordings. Lundqvist continued to write music however and fifteen years latyer decided to properly record his compositions with modern tools, computers, and some help from his accomplice, vocalist Jocke Svensson. The first ENTRAILS demo, Reborn, was tracked in early 2009 and the follow-up, Human Decay, shortly thereafter. The demos were originally self-released on homemade CDRs and limited to just fifty copies each though it had already been decided that they would need to be repressed at some point in the future for proper audio consumption.

Featuring members of Birdflesh and General Surgery, ENTRAILS tip their scythes to the teachings of Dismember, Grave, Entombed and Tomas Skogsberg's Sunlight Studio alumni, wielding their menacing buzzsaw riffs, mutinous vocal onslaughts and sordid tales of suffering, doom and the undead with the grandiose poise and divine brutality of their forefathers. ENTRAILS' most recent full-length, Raging Death, was released via Metal Blade in May of last year. Metal Hammer noted that Raging Death "should satisfy those who are hungry for something oldschool," New Noise Magazine dubbed it, "an absolutely perfect slab of catchy, violent Swedish death metal," Stereogum gushed, "Now on their third album, ENTRAILS are still putting young knockoff artists to shame. Perfect for blasting, banging, and bashing," while Sputnik Music added in a 4/5 rating, "ENTRAILS release an extremely-solid death metal album that promises to fuck your sister and worship Satan, even if you don't have a sister. Or a Satan."

Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collection will be available on CD and digitally in North America on July 22nd, 2014. Head to metalblade.com/entrails to stream the first single "Blood Red" and preorder your copy today!

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Paul Gilbert - Stone Uphill Pushing Man
Stone Pushing Uphill Man is the first big step to truly find my voice on the guitar. I wanted the inspiration of my favorite singers for such a big challenge, so I chose a lot of cover songs. I think the listeners will be amazed at what I’ve been able to do with the guitar. Besides the melodies, I’ve also created most of the production with guitars. If the song needed to have keyboards or strings… I found a way to make it happen with the guitar.

-Paul Gilbert


Stone Uphill Pushing Man, the new Paul Gilbert CD will be released in Europe on August 11, 2014 on Music Theories Recordings.

A limited edition vinyl release will follow on September 15, 2014. This is the first Paul Gilbert album that will be released on vinyl. It's limited to only 1000 copies, so grab yours while you can.

 Tracklisting:

1. Working For The Weekend
2. Back In The Saddle
3. I Got The Feelin'
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. Why Don't We Do It In The Road
6. Shock Absorber
7. Purple Without All The Red
8. Murder By Numbers
9. My Girl
10. Wash Me Clean
11. Stone Pushing Uphill Man
 Pre-order Stone Uphill Pushing Man

You can listen to MP3 snippets and pre-order Stone Uphill Pushing Man straight from MLG Merch by clicking on any of the images.  We also have all Paul's previous solo records on Mascot Records and Music Theories Recordings, as well as some old Racer X releases in stock.

Please note that we can only accept and ship orders within Europe.

Or if you'd rather, you can order the album on iTunes or Amazon
Aussie rockers MASSIVE have announced dates for a UK tour supporting Cambridge rockers THE TREATMENT

The tour kicks off on October 6th in Newcastle and also includes support from BUFFALO SUMMER.  The tour will mark the first ever European shows for MASSIVE - notorious road dogs who once famously travelled 1,000 miles to play a single show.  The band will be playing in support of their debut album, FULL THROTTLE, which was released this week.  Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, July 25th.

Don't miss MASSIVE on tour in the UK with THE TREATMENT and BUFFALO SUMMER at the following shows:

Oct. 06 - Newcastle, UK - Think Tank
Oct. 07 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC 2
Oct. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Oct. 09 - Northampton, UK - Roadmender
Oct. 10 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City Basement
Oct. 11 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Oct. 12 - Liverpool, UK - Arts Club
Oct. 14 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
Oct. 15 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct. 16 - London, UK - Underworld
Oct. 17 - Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
Oct. 19 - Norwich, UK - Studio
Oct. 20 - Southampton, UK - Joiners
Oct. 21 - Exeter, UK - Cavern
Oct. 23 - Brighton, UK - Audio

View the tour flyer at http://bit.ly/1jV5d9t

MASSIVE's debut album FULL THROTTLE was originally released independently in 2013 in the band's homeland of Australia, and is finally available now in the rest of the world, featuring four newly-recorded bonus tracks which weren't available on the original release, including two brand new original songs plus covers of AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" and AEROSMITH's "Rats in the Cellar".

FULL THROTTLE is out now worldwide on CD, as well as limited edition coloured double vinyl in the following quantities and colours:

100 - Ghost White Marble
200 - Hot Rod Red/Yellow
300 - Massive Pink
400 - Black

Get FULL THROTTLE now on CD and coloured vinyl in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/massive or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/massive

FULL THROTTLE is also available now on iTunes, including all four bonus tracks, at http://bit.ly/fullthrottle-itunes

Watch MASSIVE's music video for the single "One By One" at http://youtu.be/XDmzOgGyWy4

MASSIVE are BRAD MARR (vocals, guitar), BEN LAGUDA (vocals, lead guitar), AIDAN McGARRIGLE (backing vocals, bass), and JARROD MEDWIN (backing vocals, drums).

View some photos of the band at http://bit.ly/1cnct4V

Get more MASSIVE news and info:

Official site - http://www.massiveoz.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MassiveOz
Twitter - http://twitter.com/MassiveOz
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/MassiveOz

AUDREY HORNE UNVEIL ARTWORK FOR UPCOMING ALBUM!
The Norwegian Rockers AUDREY HORNE are set to release their brand new studio album Pure Heavy on September 29th in the UK via Napalm Records.

With admirable energy, keen sense of strong hooks, fine licks and great melodies, this record rocks without detours directly into the heart of every fan of pure Rock music. Timeless compositions from dynamic to bursting sounds and undisputed authenticity of the five musicians make Pure Heavy, a real listening pleasure.



As a first appetizer AUDREY HONRE have now unveiled the artwork for the upcoming album Pure Heavy!  

AUDREY HORNE to the upcoming album: Pure Heavy:
“We are proud to present our new album “PURE HEAVY”, an album that was written and recorded in the same spirit as YOUNGBLOOD, and that we think will rock your socks off.
 This time we worked with 2 producers: Sir Dupermann (aka Jörgen Traeen), who mixed the precious album, and The Sun King (aka Iver Sandöy), who engineered YOUNGBLOOD. Together we created something that we found fitting to the title and we are truly looking forward to come out an present this album to you all live, until then: Play it loud and heavy!"

For More Info Visit:
 
http://www.audreyhornemusic.com/
 https://www.facebook.com/AudreyHorneOfficial  

Alestorm Release Exclusive Album Teaser

‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ – August 4th 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… 
Alestorm are hitting the seven seas again! 

Cast off!

Scottish pirates ALESTORM with Captain Christopher Bowes at the helm are set to release their upcoming album

Sunset On The Golden Age on August 4th in the UK via Napalm Records

To get a first taste of the pirates live on the high seas, check out the album preview clip here: http://youtu.be/f3mPLnjDjv0

Also don't forget to check out the band's brand new video for 'Drink!' here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f55CqLc6IR0

 

'Sunset On The Golden Age' - A real treasure trove for pirates and rum-loving landlubbers alike!

 

Don’t miss Alestorm at Sonisphere July 5th 2014!

ALUNAH UNVEIL DETAILS TO UPCOMING ALBUM!
Birmingham's Stoner Rock Doomsters ALUNAH are set to release a new album via Napalm Records in October 2014.

Following their previous releases Call Of Avernus and White Hoarhound it's finally time for a new masterpiece. The band centered around guitarist & singer Sophie Day have now unveiled first details of artwork, title, track listing & release dates!
Awakening The Forest
is set to be released on October 6th in the UK and forges forward with hard guitars, pumping heavy grooves and a sound that will make fans of this genre, fans of this album!  

Check out the track listing for Awakening The Forest:
1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Heavy Bough
3. Awakening The Forest
4. The Mask Of Herne
5. Scourge And The Kiss
6. The Summerland

ALUNAH on the upcoming album  Awakening The Forest:
"We are delighted to introduce our 3rd album "Awakening The Forest" to our old, new and future friends. Recorded by Greg Chandler and mixed/mastered by Tony Reed, we are extremely proud of this album. We are also very lucky to have worked with the exceptional illustrator Michael Cowell who brought our songs to life visually in the CD and LP package. Napalm Records have been very supportive of us throughout the whole process, and we hope that you guys love the album as much as we do. Our video for "Heavy Bough" and also a short film with Michael talking about the artwork are coming soon; both shot and directed by Rhodri Thomas at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, England."  

Catch Alunah live:

ALUNAH

September 2014

5th    BEDFORD – The Trip Out @ Scald End Farm

For More Info Visit:
 
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Joe Bonamassa Announces Video & First Ever Picture Disc

To celebrate the 22nd September release of Joe Bonamassa’s new studio album, “Different Shades Of Blue”, the celebrated guitarist has just premiered a new video for the title track.  Watch the stunning video and listen to this incredibly moving song here - http://smarturl.it/h84a47.

The new album will be on various formats, including a Limited Edition CD with 64-page Hardcover Digibook and 180 gram black vinyl. Fans will also be pleased to know that “Different Shades Of Blue” will also be the first-ever Bonamassa album to be released as a collectable 12” inch Vinyl Picture Disc.

The new album will also be Joe's first to feature all original material.  Says Joe, “It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album. I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

Album Tracklisting:  

1.            Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)

2.            Oh Beautiful!

3.             Love Ain't A Love Song

4.            Living On The Moon

5.            Heartache Follows Wherever I Go

6.            Never Give All Your Heart

7.            I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues

8.            Different Shades Of Blue

9.            Get Back My Tomorrow

10.          Trouble Town

11.          So, What Would I Do

Joe Bonamassa recently announced that he’ll perform  four concerts at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on March 17, 19, 20 and 21.  Click HERE for ticket and concert details.

THE CRINGE

NY rockers’ new live single ‘Finally Gonna Be On Your Own’  released August 5th via Sony/RED, prior to first UK headline gig August 8th @ The Barfly & Fun Lovin’ Criminals support August 9th @ Brooklyn Bowl

 “The Cringe provide a smooth, hook-heavy cruise through multiple classic rock styles. John Cusimano’s glowering vocal on ‘Rushing Through The World’ promises Soundgarden style grunge, but ‘Deep Girl’s Aerosmith-esque strut and semi-psychedelic chorus are more typical of their playful, energetic pastiche.  ‘Lord Jim’, from lead guitarist and second songwriter James Rotondi briefly detours somewhere darker.  ‘One Horse Town’ though is pure, surging AOR, while ‘Get Me Some’’s New York street report (dateline: 1974, somewhere in Johnny Thunders head) powers along on copious Hammond organ” - Nick Hasted, Classic Rock, June 2014

 “Having recently coupled with sleaze ‘n’ spandex veterans Steel Panther for a slew of UK dates, The Cringe are no strangers to the rock ‘n’ roll metropolis. The Big Apple’s vibrant quartet fuse a lively cocktail of alternative rock, punk, rockabilly and post-grunge in this eleven-tracker, dipping their toes into all from Queens of the Stone Age and The Foo Fighters to The New York Dolls and The Beatles.  It’s consistently upbeat, and frequently surprising, with melodic meanderings and percussive chugs punctuating the lilting, easy-listening vibe” - Rhiannon Marley, Powerplay, May 2014

Eclectic, melodious New York rockers The Cringe will return to the UK this summer, having made a spectacular first impression on British audiences in March, when they joined Steel Panther for an almost totally sold out 7 date tour. The band were blown away by the reception that greeted them on the Steel Panther shows, and left eager to cross the Atlantic again and get better acquainted with their UK fan base. Guitarist James ‘Roto’ Rotondi comments, “not only did the mighty Panther's killer stage show inspire us to bring our A-game every night, (and to get our party on after the gig!) but it was refreshing to find that the notoriously tough UK rock crowd are nevertheless very open to sincere, hard-played rock and roll. No hipster posing or attitude—if we were on point as a band, they were awesomely receptive in kind. In fact, we've cooked up quite a few power-packed new songs inspired by our English adventures, which included numerous beer and bitter tastings, and a trip to Stonehenge (to help us get in touch with our inner English mystics)”.

 Some of those tunes will be aired for the first time when the band return in August to play the following dates;

 Fri 8th August - LONDON, The Barfly (headline show, support from Voodoo Vegas)

Sat 9th August - LONDON, Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2 (supporting Fun Lovin’ Criminals)

 Before they touch down on British soil, The Cringe plan to offer listeners a taste of what’s in store, with the release of new live single ‘Finally Gonna Be On Your Own’, out August 5th via Sony/RED. An anthemic example of the quartet’s skill for blending grungy garage rock grit with masterfully crafted, radio-friendly melodies, the track originally appeared on fourth studio album ’Hiding In Plain Sight’, which got its UK release in April. The brand new live version was recorded at a sold-out Brixton Academy on the final night of the Steel Panther tour, and comes accompanied by a video capturing The Cringe’s tight and dynamic live show in full flow here.  For now, a teaser video can be viewed here; - http://youtu.be/cPoMVb1eirY  

Such powerful performances reflect the wealth of musical experience within the ranks. All seasoned players in their own right, guitarist Rotondi (Mr Bungle, Air), drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow), bassist Jonny Matias (Crash Moderns) and charismatic vocalist and guitarist John Cusimano have honed a distinctly eclectic sound since they came together as The Cringe, which has helped them to win high profile supports to a diverse range acts, including The Hold Steady, New York Dolls and The Bravery.  

Their most accomplished album yet, ’Hiding In Plain Sight’ heard them confidently pull off an audacious mix of styles, from Soundgarden-style grunge (‘Rushing Through The World’), to raw punk rock channelling NY icons D-Generation and the Dolls (‘Gotta Find A Way’), and weather-beaten, world-weary Neil Young-esque ballads (‘Make Me Something’). Benefitting from the production input of Steve Lillywhite, and the mastering expertise of Emily Lazar (noted for her work on the Foo Fighters’ ‘Wasting Light’), the album showcased the skills of an ambitious and versatile act, and has rightly caught the attention of critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Robin Trower announces Mark / April 2015 UK Tour

Described by many as, “the British Hendrix”, rock guitarist and vocalist Robin Trower returns to UK with a brand new studio album and a Nationwide UK Tour in March 2015, which follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Roots and Branches album.  Click HERE for the official UK tour press page.  

Tickets for Trower’s UK tour will be available as an exclusive 48-hour Ticket Pre-sale on Ents24 on Wednesday 16th July.  Fans will be able to pre-order tickets 48 hours before they go on sale to the general public on Friday 18th June.  All tickets are priced £22.50, except London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£25).  Visit www.ents24.com  for further ticket pre-sale info.  

 March/April 2015 UK Tour Dates 

Lincoln Drill Hall                                                 Thursday March 26

Bury St. Edmunds, Apex                               Friday March 27

Birmingham Town Hall                                   Saturday March 28

Salford Lowry                                                    Sunday March 29

Chester Live Rooms                                        Thursday April 2

Gateshead Sage                                               Friday April 3

Glasgow Arches                                                Saturday April 4

Aberdeen Lemon Tree                                  Sunday April 5

Stockton Arc                                                      Tuesday April 7

York Barbican                                                     Wednesday April 8

Sheffield City Hall Ballroom                          Thursday April 9

Holmfrith Picturedrome                                Friday April 10

London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire       Saturday April 11

Crawley Hawth                                                 Tuesday April 14

Exeter Corn Exchange                                    Wednesday April 15

Salisbury City Hall                                             Thursday April 16

Milton Keynes Stables                                   Friday April 17

RAINBOWS ARE FREE

Oklahoman Classic Heavy Metal & Blues-Tinged Psychedelic Stoners’ Sophomore ‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’ Album released August 4th through Cargo Records

 “If Guns and Roses did weed instead of cocaine, they might have made ‘Believers in Medicine’, assuming they were from Oklahoma… The vintage influence is loud and fuzzed out with an ascendancy. It is solid heavy rock with acid guitar flashing all over it.” Metal-archives.com  

"They're from somewhere in Oklahoma. The part of Oklahoma that has UFO cults, bathtub acid, wizard robes, custom vans and amplifiers the size of refrigerators. There’s a good chance Rainbows will blow your mind for good, so use caution…” Ken McIntyre, Classic Rock Magazine (Summer 2011 Special Issue).  

‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’, Rainbows Are Free’s brand new second studio album, set for release on August 4th on Guestroom Records, distributed by Cargo, is nothing other than a monstrous, irresistible, psychedelic doom-metal masterpiece. Rainbows Are Free’s unique interpretation of a bygone era of classic heaviness sets them well apart from the contemporaries that they have shared stages with, such as Saint Vitus, High On Fire, The Sword, Pallbearer, Kylesa and Dead Meadow.  

Album opener ‘Speed God and the Rise of the Motherfuckers From a Place Beyond Hell’ immediately beckons the rabid hell-beast inside the listener to rise up and roar along to each and every one of the head-bang-able, swaggery, grungy rock anthems on the opus. Lead guitarist Richie Tarver’s crazily catchy killer riffs grab hold of your ears to drag them deep into the auditory depths, while rhythm guitarist Lucas Watson, bassist Chad Hogue and drummer Bobby Onspaugh lay down a solid groove which conjures up dark occult imagery and apocalyptic soundscapes that create an ominous portend of doom for all who listen.  

Fronted by the soaring and snarling nigh 7 foot cyclone of weirdness that is front man Brandon Kistler, Rainbows Are Free burst out of the starting blocks with their psychedelic, proto-metal debut album, ‘Believers In Medicine’, in 2010. Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stuart-Panko was inspired to proclaim that “They genuinely fire up the burners and kick ass with a lumbering gallop, fuzzed-out leads and and Brandon Kistler’s straight-edge Ozzy vocals” in September 2010’s issue.  

‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’ goes several steps further, injecting more rhythm and groove-laden, Southern rock elements with even more dramatic vocals, “somewhere between the near-operatic metallic howl of Mika from Finnish hypno rockers Circle, the classic metal vox of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and the space lord motherfucker himself, Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet.” (Aquarius Records Reviews, San Francisco, March 2014.) The seriously infectious vibe throughout the album is the sound of a band with massive musical balls obviously having the time of their lives making ‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’, which is now set to launch Rainbows Are Free into hard rock’s heady stratosphere.

Vile Regression Stream New Record In Full

With the release of their new record next week on 21st July, Irish extreme metallers Vile Regression are offering an advance listen and are streaming 'Empires' in full right here!

https://soundcloud.com/futurepublicrel/sets/vile-regression-empires/s-ZsG2B


Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011 via Casket Music.

After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.

'Empires' was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical but not technical for the sake of it and songs which would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end.

Comments the band: “We feel, ‘Empires’ is a very powerful word, invoking strength and confidence. The title came from the overarching theme within the lyrics, that being positivity and empowerment in ones life.”

“While ‘The Pattern Evolves’ dealt with very specific themes of corruption and governments, ‘Empires’ is much more positive. Lyrically the songs deal with different aspects of human emotions such as reaching your potential in life and being the master of your own empire. Songs such as ‘Raze The Complexity’ and ‘The Abstract’ are basically about being confident in yourself and purging the toxic and harmful elements around you.”

 

 

 

 

Artwork was undertaken by Bartek Siegieda (aka Splin) from Poland.

“Bartek really took time to understand our record and really brought an interesting concept to graphically represent it. The record is very much about not being a slave to the fragility of prevailing systems and being free to be your own person. Splin envisioned a similar fragile ecoystem, a society and empire of clay golems. Born from clay they are desiccating and crumbling. The servant golems have no access to water for themselves, so in place of broken elbows / knees / necks they have rags and wires barely keeping them together. Without water their mouths dry out and their voice of discontent is silenced. The exception is the queen, who is in charge of water. She has servants that regularly change wet bandages enveloping her like a mummy, with an elaborate mist system to maintain moisture. Beautiful skin and the ability to speak however doesn’t come without a price – she can’t move from her protective wet clay, so she remains in the red chamber, distant from the crumbling empire outside. All water is entirely assigned to the production of fresh clay, from which large “pools” of new servants are formed to serve her. In a way, the queen is just as enslaved as her servants and rely on them to keep her alive.”

“Bartek realised all of this with an elaborate bandage-changing ceremony depicting a society in decline and the double standards that exist.”

‘Empires’ Track Listing
1) Tides
2) Raze The Complexity
3) Dream Of The Red Chamber
4) Thought Replication
5) The Abstract
6) Down To A Sunless Sea
7) The Empyrean Divide

‘Empires’ will be released independently on July 21st.
Pre-Order 'Empires' Here: http://tinyurl.com/nchd6sf

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Sweden’s Crucified Barbara release their brand new album ‘In The Red’ on September 15th, 2014

Since their debut album "In Distortion We Trust" (2005), Crucified Barbara has earned its reputation as one hell of a live band through constant hard work; from the biggest festival stages to the dirtiest rock clubs, both on their own and as support to the likes of In Flames, Sepultura, Motörhead and Backyard Babies. The band has toured all over Europe several times, couple of laps in Brazil , played in Australia and ​​an acclaimed five-week  U.S. tour.

Crucified Barbara has built their reputation playing hard hitting and uncompromising rock n roll. Their music is heavy, in your face rock spiced with delicious melodies.

In September this Stockholm based quartet release their fourth full-length album, "In the Red," the band's most significant and heaviest album so far. Just like they did for previous album "The Midnight Chase", the band has recorded in the legendary Music-A-Matic studio in Gothenburg with Henryk Lipp as sound engineer and producer Chips Kiesby.

"We've been jamming ourselves bloody”, the band states, ‘and let our emotions flow prior to recording. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the song writing".

They add, "This album is the best thing we've ever done musically and it feels damn good to take a clear stand against subjects like misogyny and animal rights, topics we are passionate about, through our music. 

As ever Crucified Barbara will be touring extensively in support of ‘In The Red’, with a summer filled with festival appearances before they start their European headline tour in September.

Check out ‘To Kill A Man’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoUBd6aTJMg

 

Crucified Barbara in the UK

09.10.14 Manchester Academy 3

10.10.14 Glasgow Audio

11.10.14 York Fibbers

12.10.14 London The Dome 

The Ghost Wolves - 'Man, Woman, Beast' Out July 14th on Plowboy Records
"Carley fronts the band with her fucked up guitar destruction and at times, plays a one string weapon that sounds like the impending apocalypse." - Louder Than War

"Thunders with primal energy and a stripped back, no fucking around approach." -
Artrocker 
"A swaggering debut that takes a simple idea and executes it in rollicking style” 8/10 Uncut

Carley + Jonathan Wolf named themselves The Ghost Wolves as a symbol of the band’s ferocious, primal sound and a nod to Carley’s ranch upbringing among hybrid wolves. The married duo are inspired by delta blues, loud garage rock, and American roots music - a genre they call ‘stomp and roll.’ Their new LP ‘Man, Woman, Beast’ will be released in the UK/EU on Nashville’s Plowboy Records July 14th.

'Man, Woman, Beast' is an infectious romp through the minds of The Ghost Wolves - a rock and roll underworld inhabited by chain saw buzzing guitar riffs and songs about femme fatale motorcyle-borne assassins, crumbling lifelong lies, love on the outs, female murder convicts, vintage cars, life, death, and the in-between. It's "music to drive 100 miles per hour to". Songs like "Gonna Live" will have you bobbing along to their heavy beat, while deep cuts "Ride The Wolf" and "Dangerous Moves" will keep your record player turned up all the way, late into the night. Your neighbours won't mind.

Jonny and Carley Wolf started performing as The Ghost Wolves in 2011, and in the 3 years since have built themselves an ever multiplying following through their die hard touring schedule - the band's live show is completely over the top and consistently leaves audiences roaring for more. Their two previous recorded releases, both short format, were met by critical and fan acclaim both in the USA and abroad. Their music has been featured by the BBC, USA Today, FM4 Europe, Rolling Stone Italia, MTV, and most recently on the soundtrack of the Showtime series "Shameless."

The album was recorded in Austin’s Arlyn Studios (where Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan + more have taped) and was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, the Ramones, the Clash). ‘Man, Woman, Beast’ is the latest release on the Plowboy label, formed by punk legend Cheetah Chrome, professor/music historian Don Cusic and Eddy Arnold’s grandson Shannon Pollard. The Plowboy catalog includes new albums by Cheetah Chrome, Buzz Cason, Bobby Bare, Chuck Mead, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, Paul Burch and an all-star tribute to Eddy Arnold.

Instrumentation
Carley Wolf - Vocals, Guitar
Jonny Wolf - Vocals, Drums

www.theghostwolves.com

Upon A Burning Body Announce a New Album & Rescheduled Download Freezes Over Headline Tour Dates

RESCHEDULED DATES FOR HEADLINE TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AS PART OF DOWNLOAD FREEZES OVER

 
Following the announcement that they will embark on their first ever headline tour of the UK this November as part of the inaugural Download Freezes Over package, Upon A Burning Body, one of the most exciting and ferocious bands to emerge from modern metal, announce the release of their highly anticipated 3rd studio album The World is My Enemy Now on 11th August via Sumerian Records. 
 
Upon A Burning Body return with the most aggressive and intense offering of their career. The stunning new album, The World Is My Enemy Now, is set to be one of the most talked about metal albums of the year. With a brutal array of ferocious riffing, ten ton beatdowns and massive, chant along choruses that raise a middle finger to anyone and everyone that’s ever dared to doubt UABB.
 
Danny Leal (vocals) states: “This new album is the answer to everyone who said we couldn’t succeed and to everyone who has attacked us. We've had to fight for what we believe in and have been held down for too long, ‘The World Is My Enemy Now’.  It has the best elements of the last two records with the mindset of pushing the limits and stepping it up to a new level across the board. This record has everything and really shows the dynamics of UABB.
 
“We want to leave our definitive mark on the scene with this record and want to be remembered as one of the greatest metal bands of our time.”
 
The World Is My Enemy Now was tracked, mixed and mastered with renowned producer Will Putney (For Today, Body Count) at The Machine Shop in NJ. It also features guest vocals from Trivium’s Matt Heafy on track ‘Blood Sweat And Tears’ and The Word Alive’s Telle Smith on track ‘Earned My Time’. Not 1, but 2 blistering new tracks from The World Is My Enenmy Now were released online last week, which can be viewed here:
 
Red Razor Wrists          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBGaE0HChvg
Scars                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcnISrjDdb4 
 
The band will be hitting the road this winter for their first ever headline tour of the UK, playing 11 dates, including a show at London’s Underworld, as part of the first ever Download Freezes Over. Due to scheduling issues (the band now touring the US with Asking Alexandria) the dates have been rescheduled, tickets to the new shows remain valid, new dates as listed below. Danny adds:
 
“We love the UK and have had so much fun on our two previous tours there. We cannot wait to get back for our first ever headline tour and bring the party BIG TIME. We hope to see packed clubs and the intense shows we’ve become accustomed to from the crazy UK fans. Prepare for the Take over! We’re coming for you! Its Download Freezes Over but where cranking up the heat!”
 
The band are currently touring the US this summer as part of the massive Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour
 
For full info on Upon A Burning Body head to:  https://www.facebook.com/uponaburningbody   https://twitter.com/UABB
ONSLAUGHT - UK THRASHERS ANNOUNCE STEVE SMYTH'S 'ONE MACHINE' AS EXTRA BAND FOR UK 'THRASH INVASION' LONDON SHOW 20TH JULY
UK thrashers Onslaught have announced Steve Smyth's ONE MACHINE as the last band to join them, Artillery and Nightlord on the London show for the forthcoming "Thrash Invasion Tour 2014", to be held at the Islington Academy on Sunday 20th July.
 
One Machine is the brainchild of Smyth (formerly a member of Testament, Forbidden, Nevermore and Vicious Rumors), and features the vocal talents of Mikkel Sandager from Mercenary and members of both Biomechanical and Mnemic. Doors are advertised as 7.00pm.
The full dates and supports again.....
 
Sunday 13th July - Dublin, Voodoo Lounge (matinee show, doors 2pm, because of the World Cup Final)
Monday 14th – Belfast, Limelight 2
Wednesday 16th – Newcastle, 02 Academy 2 (with Demonic Resurrection as support)
Thursday 17th – Glasgow, ABC 2 (with Demonic Resurrection as support)
Friday 18th – Sheffield, 02 Academy 2 (with Demonic Resurrection as support)
Saturday 19th – Bristol, Academy – DVD Recording (with Demonic Resurrection as support)
Sunday 20th – London, Islington 02 Academy – DVD Recording (with Nightlord and One Machine as supports)
Monday 21st – Birmingham, 02 Academy 2 (with Demonic Resurrection as support)
 
Raging Speedhorn Announce First UK Tour In Six Years
Corby Bruisers Line Up Eleven Date UK Run
 
Following on from their triumphant return at Sonisphere, recently reformed sludge demons Raging Speedhorn have announce their first UK tour in six years.
 
Drummer Gordon Morison said this regarding the tour:
We are really happy to announce that we will be heading out on a series of dates around the UK in December. This will be our first UK tour in six years.
Playing live is what Speedhorn is all about and we can't wait to be back there smashing your faces in.
 
The tour will be stopping at:
 
Tue 02 Dec 14 - NORWICH - Waterfront Studio
Wed 03 Dec 14 - MILTON KEYNES - Craufurd Arms
Thu 04 Dec 14 - STOKE - Sugarmill
Fri 05 Dec 14 - GLASGOW - Ivory Blacks
Sat 06 Dec 14 - NEWCASTLE - Think Tank
Sun 07 Dec 14 - LIVERPOOL - O2Academy 3
Mon 08 Dec 14 - BIRMINGHAM - O2 Academy 3
Tue 09 Dec 14 - LONDON - Borderline
Wed 10 Dec 14 - SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners
Thu 11 Dec 14 - CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 12 Dec 14 - BRISTOL – Exchange
 
Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release “We Will Be Dead Tomorrow”, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured continuously with acts like Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals across the globe, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record “Before The Sea Was Built” and a subsequent tour of Japan.
Chicago metal trio DIAMOND PLATE have announced two very special shows with thrash metal legends MEGADETH

DIAMOND PLATE will be supporting MEGADETH at Artpark in Lewiston, New York on July 15th, and at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on July 18th.  DIAMOND PLATE have also revealed that they are currently working on the follow-up to their 2013 album, PULSE.

DIAMOND PLATE guitarist KONRAD KUPIEC comments:

"A lot has happened in the past few weeks.  We've blown an RV transmission and had it fixed with a little help from our amazing fans.  We've dealt with a death in the family and grown together as a band.  Above all, we've started writing the new album.  Now, we're beyond excited to announce not one, but two shows with the metal titans Megadeth.  Honored, humbled, and ready to lose our minds as always!"

See DIAMOND PLATE live with MEGADETH at the following shows:

Jul. 15 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark
Jul. 18 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

View the flyer at http://bit.ly/1y4tBIO

Get DIAMOND PLATE's latest album, PULSE, on CD in the USA from CM Distro at http://bit.ly/176xt2F or get the album on iTunes at http://bit.ly/1dPuJ73

Watch DIAMOND PLATE's music video for the track "Dance With Reality" at http://youtu.be/awMKsnoyB_4

Get more DIAMOND PLATE news and info:

Official site - http://www.diamondplateband.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/diamondplate1
Twitter - http://twitter.com/diamondplate1

RAINBOWS ARE FREE

Oklahoman Classic Heavy Metal & Blues-Tinged Psychedelic Stoners’ Sophomore ‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’ Album released August 4th through Cargo Records

“If Guns and Roses did weed instead of cocaine, they might have made ‘Believers in Medicine’, assuming they were from Oklahoma… The vintage influence is loud and fuzzed out with an ascendancy. It is solid heavy rock with acid guitar flashing all over it.” Metal-archives.com  

"They're from somewhere in Oklahoma. The part of Oklahoma that has UFO cults, bathtub acid, wizard robes, custom vans and amplifiers the size of refrigerators. There’s a good chance Rainbows will blow your mind for good, so use caution…” Ken McIntyre, Classic Rock Magazine (Summer 2011 Special Issue).  

***Radio Emphasis Single – Track 1 – ‘Speed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell***  

‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’, Rainbows Are Free’s brand new second studio album, set for release on August 4th on Guestroom Records, distributed by Cargo, is nothing other than a monstrous, irresistible, psychedelic doom-metal masterpiece. Rainbows Are Free’s unique interpretation of a bygone era of classic heaviness sets them well apart from the contemporaries that they have shared stages with, such as Saint Vitus, High On Fire, The Sword, Pallbearer, Kylesa and Dead Meadow.  

Album opener ‘Speed God and the Rise of the Motherfuckers From a Place Beyond Hell’ immediately beckons the rabid hell-beast inside the listener to rise up and roar along to each and every one of the head-bang-able, swaggery, grungy rock anthems on the opus. Lead guitarist Richie Tarver’s crazily catchy killer riffs grab hold of your ears to drag them deep into the auditory depths, while rhythm guitarist Lucas Watson, bassist Chad Hogue and drummer Bobby Onspaugh lay down a solid groove which conjures up dark occult imagery and apocalyptic soundscapes that create an ominous portend of doom for all who listen.  

Fronted by the soaring and snarling nigh 7 foot cyclone of weirdness that is front man Brandon Kistler, Rainbows Are Free burst out of the starting blocks with their psychedelic, proto-metal debut album, ‘Believers In Medicine’, in 2010. Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stuart-Panko was inspired to proclaim that “They genuinely fire up the burners and kick ass with a lumbering gallop, fuzzed-out leads and and Brandon Kistler’s straight-edge Ozzy vocals” in September 2010’s issue.  

‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’ goes several steps further, injecting more rhythm and groove-laden, Southern rock elements with even more dramatic vocals, “somewhere between the near-operatic metallic howl of Mika from Finnish hypno rockers Circle, the classic metal vox of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and the space lord motherfucker himself, Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet.” (Aquarius Records Reviews, San Francisco, March 2014.) The seriously infectious vibe throughout the album is the sound of a band with massive musical balls obviously having the time of their lives making ‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’, which is now set to launch Rainbows Are Free into hard rock’s heady stratosphere.

www.rainbowsarefree.com / www.guestroom-records.com

GOATWHORE confirmed as main support on DYING FETUS European tour in November/December!
New Orleans extreme Metal force GOATWHORE - who just released their critically acclaimed new album "Constricting Rage Of The Merciless" - have confirmed a full European tour as main support for Dying Fetus!

DYING FETUS
+ GOATWHORE
+ MALEVOLENCE
+ FALLUJAH
08.11.14 Belgium Liege @ Fonck
09.11.14 Germany Essen @ Turock (Matinee)
10.11.14 Germany Frankfurt @ 11er
11.11.14 Germany Dessau @ Beatclub
12.11.14 Czech Rep Prague @ Meet Factory w/ Cannibal Corpse
13.11.14 Germany Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
14.11.14 Germany Berlin @ Lido
15.11.14 Holland Eindhoven @ Dynamo
16.11.14 Germany Trier @ Exhaus
17.11.14 UK Brighton @ Audio
18.11.14 UK Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
19.11.14 UK Glasgow @ Cathouse
20.11.14 Ireland Dublin @ Voodoo Lounge
21.11.14 UK Manchester @ Sound Control
22.11.14 UK Wolverhampton @ Slade Rooms
23.11.14 UK London @ Garage
24.11.14 France Paris @ Divan Du Monde
25.11.14 France Toulouse @ La Dynamo
26.11.14 Spain Santander @ Escenario
27.11.14 Portugal Porto @ Hard Club
28.11.14 Spain Madrid @ Penélope
29.11.14 Spain Badalona @ Estraperlo Club
30.11.14 France Nimes @ Paloma
01.12.14 France Clermont-Ferrand @ Le Tremplin
02.12.14 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
03.12.14 Italy Brescia @ Circolo Colony
04.12.14 Germany München @ Backstage
05.12.14 Hungary Budapest @ Blue Hell
06.12.14 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
07.12.14 Romania Cluj-Napoca @ Flying Circus
08.12.14 Bulgaria Sofia @ Jet Rock
09.12.14 Romania Brasov @ Club Rockstadt
10.12.14 Slovakia Kosice @ Collosseum
11.12.14 Austria Wien @ Viper Room
12.12.14 Germany Nürnberg @ Rockfabrik
13.12.14 Denmark Aarhus @ Voxhall
14.12.14 Norway Oslo @ John Dee
15.12.14 Day Off
16.12.14 Finland Helsinki @ Nosturi
17.12.14 Day Off
18.12.14 Sweden Stockholm @ Debaser Medis
19.12.14 Germany Hamburg @ Kaiserkeller, Große Freiheit
20.12.14 Germany Leer @ Zollhaus

Check out GOATWHORE's "FBS" lyric video here http://www.metalblade.com/goatwhore/ , where you'll also be able to order the album. Feel the wrath of "Schadenfreude," now playing here:http://loudwire.com/goatwhore-schadenfreude-exclusive-song-premiere/

On "Constricting Rage Of The Merciless", GOATWHORE spews their unadulterated, subterranean metal as channeled through the historic likes of Motörhead and Bathory, with the insatiable hunger of a pack of wild boars. Captured at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with sound savior, Erik Rutan at the control desk, the record serves as their first studio output to be tracked to two-inch tape. A more challenging approach that demands performance over pro-tooled perfection and leaving little room for error, the ten-track, thirty-seven-minute recording isGOATWHORE's most accomplished, sonically consuming manifestation to date, its warm, organic production harnessing the dense, apocalyptic war-ready tone and energy of their live performance in a way previous releases have not.

http://www.facebook.com/thegoat666   http://twitter.com/goatwhorenola   http://www.youtube.com/Goatwhorenola666  http://www.metalblade.com/goatwhore 

BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Sorcerers To Release Debut Via Metal Blade Records; Preview Track Posted
Retro rock/doom metal sorcerers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, will unleash the psychedelic rumblings of their self-titled new full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.



Formed in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN churns a cogent blend of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of hard rock icons such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock craftings of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own. The outfit's Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen mind-altering tracks of occult conjurings - a combo of their self-released full-length and EP - complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings by Creighton Hill.

Described The Sludgelord of BRIMSTONE COVEN: "Coming across as Zeppelin meets '70s Black Sabbath (the best kind), BRIMSTONE COVEN certainly have that vintage sound in spades, guitars are crisp, bass feels warm and drums played adeptly, with a looseness that only Messieurs Moon, Ward and Mitchell …are known for. Great stuff and what a voice, 'Big John' is quite the frontman with an endearing and rich tone to his voice and yes he sounds. Killer."

Brimstone Coven will be released in the UK via Metal Blade Records on August 4, 2014. In the meantime, zone out to the witchy, jam-wrangled goodness of fifth cut, "The Grave" at metalblade.com/brimstonecoven .

Brimstone Coven Track Listing:
01. Cosmic Communion
02. Behold, the Anunnaki
03. The Black Door
04. Blood On The Wall
05. The Grave
06. Lord & Master
07. Vying
08. The Séance
09. Hades Hymn
10. The Folly of Faust
11. Intro (Bonus Track)
12. We Are Forever (Bonus Track)
13. The Ancients (Bonus Track)
14. Son of the Morning (Bonus Track)
15. LoSt in the oDyssey (Bonus Track)
16. Children of the Sun (Bonus Track)
17. Outro (Bonus Track)

BRIMSTONE COVEN:
"Big John" Williams - Vocals
Corey Roth - Guitar
Andrew D'Cagna - Bass
Justin Wood - Drums


http://www.facebook.com/brimstonecoven

http://www.metalblade.com/brimstonecoven

LINKIN PARK ADD EXTRA LONDON DATE TO ‘THE HUNTING PARTY’  EUROPEAN TOUR

Due to unprecedented demand LINKIN PARK have added a second night at The  O2 in London on Monday 24th November. The UK dates which went on sale this morning, also include Manchester Arena on November 22nd and London’s O2 on November 23rd. Tickets for all shows are on sale now from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk  Special guests on the tour will be Of Mice & Men. www.ofmiceandmenofficial.com.  More info from www.linkinpark.com.
 
The full dates are below:

November 2014:
Monday 3rd                 Zurich Hallenstadion
Tuesday 4th                 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
Thursday 6th                Cologne Lanxess Arena
Friday 7th                     Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
Sunday 9th                   Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsner Arena
Monday 10th                Hamburg O2 World
Wednesday 12th          Leipzig Arena
Thursday 13th              Munich Olympiahalle
Friday 14th                   Vienna Stadhalle
Sunday 16th                 Paris Bercy
Monday 17th                Frankfurt Festhalle
Wednesday 19th          Berlin O2 World
Thursday 20th              Bremen OVB Arena
Saturday 22nd              Manchester Phones 4u Arena
Sunday 23rd                 The O2  London
Monday 24th                The O2 London
 
LINKIN PARK’s hugely successful sixth studio album ‘The Hunting Party’ was released on June 16th, the same weekend that the band headlined the UK’s Download Festival. It went on to take the No 1 spot on the iTunes chart in 67 countries. The album was produced by band members Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson and included guest slots from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, System of a Down’s Daron Malakian and Helmet’s Page Hamilton.
The album received a glowing 4K review from Kerrang magazine who said it was “..the heaviest thing they’ve ever done”. Q rating it 4/5 thought it was the “.the sound of Linkin Park coming in from the cold” whilst the Daily Telegraph called it “…sleek, exciting and committed” and the Guardian noted it was a “..loud return to rocking hard”
 
The band recently made a surprise secret visit to the Vans Warped Tour and will be headlining the first ever MTVU Fandom Awards and the corresponding MTV Fan Fest at Comic-Con International, San Diego on July 24th before they head out on the Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds to Mars at the start of August.
 
About LINKIN PARK:
Grammy-Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band LINKIN PARK is comprised of co-lead vocalist Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, DJ/programmer Joe Hahn, and co-lead vocalist, keyboardist, and guitarist Mike Shinoda. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook - with over 64 million fans and counting. Since 2000, when LINKIN PARK debuted on the Billboard 200 with Hybrid Theory, no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart and, with the release of their last album, Living Things (Machine Shop Recordings /Warner Bros), which reached #1 in over 20 countries, no other band has achieved more #1 albums this century. On their last touring cycle, the band played to over a million people, in 79 shows, on six continents. In 2005, LINKIN PARK founded Music For Relief, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception, Music For Relief has raised over six million dollars for victims of multiple disasters across four continents. The organization was recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. In recognition of its humanitarian work, LINKIN PARK received a 2011 Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation.
 
 
Tickets on sale now (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk  or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
CODE OF SILENCE CONFIRM SPLIT
It is with heavy heart that I announce that Code of Silence will split and there will be no follow up to our debut album Dark Skies Over Babylon. 

There are a number of factors behind this decision, many of which are extremely private and will respectfully remain so, however all the reasons add up to a situation where it would not be possible to produce a high quality output as our debut and that isn't acceptable to any of us. Anything less is being disingenuous to the fans, to ourselves and to the name of Code of Silence.

Therefore, as a band, we have chosen to depart gracefully, with our heads held high and leave behind a simply stunning legacy in our first, and last piece of work, Dark Skies Over Babylon. 

We thank all those that supported us and we trust you will understand that this decision was not taken lightly. Protect and Serve! 

James Murray, 10th July 2014.
[VIDEO] : EDEN'S CURSE - BREAK THE SILENCE promo released

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse release a promo video for the track Break The Silence from their latest release, on AFM Records, Symphony Of Sin.

Watch the video here : http://youtu.be/hZFFSoOW0aE

Filmed throughout the groups recent debut UK headline tour, this is the second promo video to be released from Symphony Of Sin, and the first to feature new Drummer John Clelland (Code Of Silence).

Eden's Curse have begun writing their fifth studio album, ear marked for a release in Autumn 2015 through AFM Records, and are already putting plans in place to return to the UK towards the end of the year, as well as additional selected European dates.

ZODIAC UNVEIL TITLE & ARTWORK OF UPCOMING ALBUM!
London show in September announced
The German Blues Rockers ZODIAC are set to release their upcoming album Sonic Child on September 29th in the UK via Napalm Records.

The band has unveiled the artwork and the curiosity about the upcoming album is becoming bigger and bigger!
 
ZODIAC comment:
"This is  the cover artwork of our new album, “Sonic Child". The idea behind it is  actually very simple: As a child, you hear music in its purest form.  You do this without caring about a certain image, without looking at the  band pictures, without thinking about fancy clothes or any other  parameters; you just listen to the music and create your own vision of  it. Nowadays, it seems for many bands that music isn’t the most  important element anymore. That’s why we wrote a concept album about the  love for music in general. It is our “Sonic Child”, and we hope you’ll  cherish it as much as we do. And with such a talented artist as  Sebastian Jerke, we managed to find the perfect partner to visualize our  thoughts. Here we go!"

ZODIAC are hitting the road this fall including a London headline show so make sure to catch them and their unique live shows!  

ZODIAC @ Festivals:
03.08.14 DE - Burg Herzberg / Burg Herzberg Festival
29.08.14 DE - Wörrstadt/Mainz / Neuborn Open Air Festival
06.09.14 FR - Raismes / Raismes Fest

ZODIAC @ Headlining Tour:
19.09.14 DE - Köln / Underground *w/ GOLD
 20.09.14 DE - Essen / Turock *w/ GOLD
 21.09.14 DE - Osnabrück / Bastard Club
 23.09.14 DE - München / Backstage
 24.09.14 DE - Nürnberg / Rockfabrik
 25.09.14 AT - Wien / Reigen
 26.09.14 CH - Aarau / Kiff
 27.09.14 IT - Milano / Lo-Fi
 28.09.14 IT - Bologna / Freak Out
30.09.14 UK - London / Underworld
02.10.14 DE - Husum / Speicher
 03.10.14 DE - Hamburg / Rock Cafe St. Pauli
 04.10.14 DE - Frankfurt / Das Bett
 05.10.14 DE - Berlin / Privatclub
More dates to be announced soon…   

For More Info Visit: 
www.zodiac-rock.com  www.facebook.com/Zodiac.Rock 
EVIL INVADERS TO TOUR WITH DESTRUCTION!
News from EVIL INVADERS: The upcoming album from the Belgian Speed Metalers is set to be released in spring 2015 via Napalm Records. 

Meanwhile, the EVIL INVADERS will support DESTRUCTION and LOST SOCIETY on 14 shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands & UK in October!

The band will also perform at a handful of festivals this summer in Belgium, Germany and Lithuania.

Check out EVIL INVADERS LIVE:
 
EVIL INVADERS Festivalsummer:  
12.07.14 BE - Antwerp / Antwerp Metal Fest
17.07.14 DE - Andernach / Bäääm Metal Festival
19.07.14 LT - Anykšciai Lt / Devilstone Open Air
24.07.14 DE - Brande Hörnerkirchen / Headbangers Open Air
26.07.14 BE - As / Vlamrock
02.08.14 BE - Bilzen / Biesen Rock  

TOUR w/ DESTRUCTION & LOST SOCIETY:
 

30.09.14 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
01.10.14 DE – Munich / Backstage
 02.10.14 DE – Essen / Turock
 03.10.14 DE – Osnabrück / Bastard Club
 04.10.14 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
 05.10.14 DE – Berlin / K17
 06.10.14 DE – Marburg / KFZ-Marburg
 07.10.14 BE - Aarschot / De Klinker
08.10.14 UK -London  / Underworld
 09.10.14 UK – Bristol / Bierkeller
 10.10.14 UK – Glasgow / Audio
 11.10.14 UK – Dublin / Button Factory
 12.10.14 UK - Manchester / The Sound of Control
13.10.14 NL - Rotterdam / Baroeg  

For More Info Visit:  http://www.evilinvaders.be   https://www.facebook.com/evilinvaders

Ensiferum are scheduled to record sixth studio album this fall
Finland's Ensiferum have spent the summer of 2014 on tour through Europe, and will also perform in Japan this winter. In the midst of bringing their melodic folk-infused attack to stages worldwide, the band has been crafting songs for their sixth studio album (their Metal Blade Records debut), and the writing process is nearing completion. They plan to record the new album in September and October of this year with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio in Finland. The release date is tentatively scheduled for early 2015.

Bassist Sami Hinkka has offered the following update:
"Hi folks! They say that time flies when you are having a good time and we couldn't agree more. We have been quite busy touring around the world since our previous album came out few years ago. Between tours we have worked hard with new songs and now we are very proud to announce that Ensiferum will hit studio again right after summer festival season."

"On the new album we will take everything to eleven, it's going to be fast, furious, epic and full of surprises but of course there will be classic Ensiferum elements included."

"We will do the album with the one and only Mr. Anssi Kippo. Pre-production is already going really well and in few weeks we will record another demo of all new songs. Then it's time to continue twisting and turning all the details so that in early 2015 our fans on every continent can be sure to get in their hands the best folk metal album ever made. Stay tuned for more info!"

ENSIFERUM
07/25 Balatonszemes, HU Rock Part '14
08/15 St. Nolff, FR Motocultor Festival
08/16 Gardelegen, DE Metal Frenzy
08/17 Hodonin, CZ Made of Metal Festival
08/30 Crispendorf, DE Wolfszeit Festival
09/05-06 Hüttikerberg, CH Meh Suff! Metal Festival
11/26 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket

ENSIFERUM is:
Petri Lindroos - vocals/guitar
Markus Toivonen - guitar/backing vocals
Sami Hinkka - bass/backing vocals
Janne Parviainen - drums
Emmi Silvennoinen - keys/backing vocals

http://www.ensiferum.com
http://twitter.com/EnsiferumMetal
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum 
CRIMSON SHADOWS UNVEIL TITLE, ARTWORK, TRACK LIST & RELEASE DATE  
News from deepest Canada: The epic Melodic Death Metal band CRIMSON SHADOWS are set to release their upcoming album Kings Among Men on September, 1st in the UK via Napalm Records.

The Canadian Wacken Battle champions recently signed with Napalm Records & have just unveiled the title, artwork (Peter Salai), track list and release dates of their third album and Napalm Records debut!

CRIMSON SHADOWS have also confirmed summer tour dates with Battlecross in North America.

Check them out below!


  
 Tracklist:
1. March of Victory
2. Rise to Power
3. Heroes Among Us
4. A Gathering of Kings
5. Maidens Call
6. Braving the Storm
7. Freedom and Salvation Intro
8. Freedom and Salvation
9. Dawn of Vengeance
10. Moonlite Skies and Bloody Tides  

Tour Dates:
w/ Battlecross
24.07.14 US - Columbus / The Basement
25.07.14 US - Greensboro / Greene Street Club
26.07.14 US - Elizabethton / The Bonnie Kate
27.07.14 US - Charlotte / The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
28.07.14 US - Jacksonville / 1904 Music Hall
30.07.14 US - Reading / Reverb
31.07.14 US - Buffalo / Waiting Room
01.08.14 US - Hartford / Webster Underground
02.08.14 US - Albany / Bogies
03.08.14 CA - Ottawa / Mavericks
04.08.14 CA - Quebec City / L’Agitee
05.08.14 CA - London / Rum Runners**
06.08.14 US - Syracuse / Lost Horizon
07.08.14 US - Pittsburgh / Smiling Moose
  
For More Info Visit:  
Beyond The Mountain Wasteland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W65LfLPt5rM
https://www.facebook.com/CrimsonShadowsBand

ALESTORM UNVEIL ALBUM PREVIEW CLIP!
Cast off: They are hitting the sea again! The Scottish pirates ALESTORM with Captain Christopher Bowes are set to release their upcoming album Sunset On The Golden Age on August 4th in the UK via Napalm Records.



To get a first taste of the pirates live on the high seas, check out the album preview clip here: http://youtu.be/f3mPLnjDjv0

For More Info Visit: http://www.alestorm.net/     https://www.facebook.com/alestormband

GORMATHON announce details of upcoming album
A new star in the Melodic Death Metal sky is about to rise – GORMATHON is here to claim the Metal throne! Sweden's Melodic Death Metal band GORMATHON has revealed the artwork, title and release dates for their upcoming sophomore album Following The Beast which will be released on September 29, 2014 on Napalm Records

The highly talented artist Eliran Kantor created the artwork.  He is famous for artwork for bands such as Sodom, Testament, Kataklysm & Iced Earth!
If you are lucky enough to live in Stockholm you can see the band live at their release show on September 17th. A full European Tour will be announced soon!  

For More Info Visit:  Land of the Lost:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfpsWTM8KdI
http://www.gormathon.com   https://www.facebook.com/GORMATHON
STRIKER preview track list and tour dates with Bullet!
The Canadian Heavy Metal band STRIKER are set to release their upcoming album City Of Gold on September, 1st in the UK via Napalm Records.

The band has now unveiled the artwork by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Iced Earth) and announced European tour dates with BULLET in November!

 Tour Dates /w BULLET:
18.09.14 DE - Osnabrück / Bastard Club
 19.09.14 DE - Wiesau / Storm Crusher Festival
 20.09.14 DE - München / Backstage
 22.09.14 CH - Zürich / Komplex Club
 23.09.14 FR - Luynes / Aix Le Korigan
 24.09.14 ES - Barcelona / Razzmatazz 3
 25.09.14 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
 26.09.14 ES - Zaragoza / Centro Civico Dalicias
 29.09.14 FR - Paris / Glazert
 30.09.14 BE - Antwerpen / Kavka
 01.10.14 NL - Tilburg / Little Devil
 02.10.14 DE - Stuttgart / Cann
 03.10.14 DE - Siegburg / Kubana
 04.10.14 DE - Bochum / Matrix
 05.10.14 DE - Frankfurt / Nachtleben
 06.10.14 CZ - Prag / Storm Club
 07.10.14 AT - Wien / Escape
 09.10.14 DE - Berlin / K17
 10.10.14 DE - Hamburg / Markhalle
 11.10.14 DE - Dittigheim / Sporthalle
 12.10.14 DE - Lindau / Vaudeville  
 
 For More Info Visit: Tickets: http://bit.ly/1wEAfES    http://www.striker-metal.com    
https://www.facebook.com/strikermetal

                                   

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