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Estrella unveal artwork for first single off second album

The wait is finally over! We can now reveal the first single to be released from our second album. The much anticipated track, aptly named, “Here I Am’’ is set for release 24th November.

We would love to hear your thoughts and please share with all of your friends and fellow #EstrellaWarriors

 



You can hear the new single on the link: https://soundcloud.com/estrellarocks/here-i-am

Photo courtesy of Jannica Honey Photography
Artwork by James Gaden

Eden's Curse about to hit Belgium again soon! 

Due to an scheduling conflict Steve Williams will be unable to appear at the Road To Rock Festival with us on 11th October in Brussels, Belgium. We are delighted to confirm that our good friend Geert Margodt from Rik Priem's PRIME will deputise on the evening.


You can check out Geert here in action : http://youtu.be/ApihMoiW5_4

Steve will be back behind the keyboards for Live Album Recording in Glasgow on 28th November at The Classic Grand.

Angels Or Kings Set to release 'Kings of Nowhere' on AOR Heaven

“If ever there was an eighties super group from a humble background, then Angels Or Kings (A.O.K.) fit that bill perfectly. They were made up of ex members of Sam Thunder, Circus and Strutz to name a few, and tore it up on Oxford Road - Manchester’s answer to Sunset Strip – playing the Banshee and Rockworld. Whilst their history is well documented in Tony Bell’s excellent book “Life In The Bus Lane”, it simply doesn’t capture the vitality or energy that oozed from their every pore.
 
Unfairly dubbed “the poor man’s FM”, they were far more than just a bunch of mere clones or plagiarists. In Noel Fraser they had a vocalist that could keep up with the best, and ultimately it was the songs that were the stars of the A.O.K. show.
 

In the late eighties and early nineties the band stood shoulder to shoulder with a plethora of promising unsigned acts, some ultimately doomed to a life of obscurity. It was hard to pinpoint the exact failings of many, but it was ultimately the change in the musical climate that put paid to A.O.K.’s dreams of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle in particular; or, as Tony Bell put it so eloquently in Classic Rock AOR; “Grunge gate-crashed my party. It hid my hairspray, trashed my records, supped my beer, nicked my girl and then dressed her like a bloke!”
 
A chance meeting between me and the boys at a Firefest after show though ultimately lead to the discussion of the band reforming; “We’ve got something on the go,” slurred Tony Bell, “but we’re lazy and need a kick up the arse”. That kick came in the shape of Barrie (‘Baz’) Jackson, an unknown vocalist at the time, but one who carried a style that was tailor-made for AOR. Hailing from the Dales of Yorkshire (more like ‘New York-shire’, judging by the sound of that voice) Jackson, alongside original members Bell, Steve Kenny and Rob Naylor, was the final piece of the jigsaw and a slew of promising demos quickly followed, with Classic Rock AOR declaring that, “Jackson has given the band an edge that sets them even further apart from the competition.”
 
Setting up camp in Shabby Road studios, the journey towards their debut album began in earnest. With the basics intact, and with original drummer Andy Chemmey along for the ride, they moved to Mad Hat Studios (home to Magnum), where under the guidance of Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart, they put the finishing touches to album “Kings Of Nowhere”.
 
A true statement of intent, “Kings Of Nowhere” truly shows that the boys have built on their initial promise by delivering a quintessential UK AOR album. Like their early days, it’s all about the songs and this album has them in spades. From the stirring anthemic strains of future classic “Any Other Girl”, through to the swirling keyboards of “Lost Boy”, and stopping off at the epic “Real Life” and the Van Halen-esque “If Her Tears Could Talk”, this rollercoaster of AOR covers all the bases.
 
A.O.K. are trulythe people’s band – winning a fan voted appearance at this year’s final Firefest proves that – but now they deserve your utmost attention. In a world of AOR that heaps praise on the bland and the boring, it makes a refreshing change to see a home-grown outfit totally deliver on the hyperbole by actually being good.
 
It’s a little over twenty years since they called it a day the first time, but now these ‘kings of nowhere’ are here to stay and it’s time for the Kings to rise to the top. They’ve loved and lost along the way but that’s really only just put some grit under the fingernails, enabling them now to provide an album that is both honest and real. This is British song writing at its absolute best.”
 
ROB EVANS – CLASSIC ROCK AOR & POWERPLAY

Band Line Up:
 
Baz Jackson – Vocals
Tony Bell – Guitars
Rob Naylor – Bass
Steve Kenny – Guitars, Keyboards
Andy Chemmey – Drums
 
Track Listing:

01 Any Other Girl
02 A Harder Place
03 Ice Turned To Rain
04 Real Life
05 Same Star
06 Someone To Save Me
07. Left Me In Love
08 A Night Like This
09 Another Lost Boy
10 Same Old Love
11 If Her Tears Could Talk
12. Kings Of Nowhere

www.angelsorkings.com

Collisions set to hit the road soon

Brighton's high energy, high voltage electro-metal fusionists COLLISIONS are gearing up to light a serious fire under their home town on Saturday 27th September when they play the Breakout Festival supporting (and at the request of) the fabulous Skindred. 
 

Since forming in 2011, the Brighton four-piece have been filling dance-floors across their home town with a refreshingly unique, high-octane fusion of metal, punk and drum & bass. Support slots with the legendary Senser, HED, and local buzz band Floors & Walls quickly established COLLISIONS as a must see band.


The crossing of distorted guitars, dance rhythms and synthetic sounds has led many to liken COLLISIONS to a hybrid of Skindred and Pendulum. The precisely crafted instrumentation is complemented by the charismatic tones of front-man Olly Simmons, whose infectious hooks burn themselves into the subconscious of all who listen.

They released their electrifying EP 'Believe In This' May 7th this year & the band’s debut video to ‘Believe In This’ was recorded at Black Hangar Studios with Metal Wasp Media (Protest The Hero, Acoda) and Digby Milner (Harry Potter, Star Wars) and is every bit as bitingly brilliant as you'd expect from this striking young band. 

"Collisions are fucking AWESOME!”    Beez, Scuzz TV

“Listening to Collisions makes me want to bang my head and dance at the same time. And I can’t dance for shit. Electro-metal soundclash Insanity”   Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer.

 

“Collisions’ crushing, trademark cocktail of breakneck-paced Metal, Punk and Drum ‘n’ Bass instantly ingnited their native Brighton.........Collisions cement their reputation with a must-see live show, frequently talked about in the same breath as Slipknot, Pendulum and Skindred" Big Cheese

“Collisions drum and bass infused metal is a great way to carry on the festivities. Mixing elements of electronica, dubstep and just pure heaviness they get people dancing and are certainly ones for fans of crossover artists like The Prodigy, Pendulum et al to check out.”   Soundcheck

Collisions are: Olly Simmons, Andy Trewin, Spud, Will Chapman

 

Check out our Gig Guide for those all important tour dates!

 

http://www.myspace.com/collisionsuk    http://soundcloud.com/collisionsuk 
http://www.youtube.com/collisionsuk   http://www.twitter.com/collisionsuk

Revocation due to release 'Deathless' via Metal Blade Records 14 October.

Revocation have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. Revocation has firmly been established as one of the genre's finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, "Deathless," is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band.

"Deathless" was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts. The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. Musically, cuts like "Madness Opus" showcase a more deliberate Revocation - restrained, if even moderately so, to deliver a slow, near-dirge like track. Alternatively, the title track highlights the diversity of Davidson's vocals with a catchy chorus. It's an ear worm the likes of which the band had only previously hinted. The rest of the album offers a refreshing variety of music and truly feels like an "album", rather than a collection of similar tracks. This is a refinement, achieved only through years of focusing on their craft.

Davidson adds, "Collectively, we feel that "Deathless" is our finest offering yet. The songs are incredibly varied and each one showcases a different element of the band. Technically, everyone is in top form on this record, as well, and we really pushed ourselves to deliver the best performances possible on all fronts. This is a new chapter and a new beginning for the band; we can't wait for this record to be unleashed in October!"

Lyrically, "Deathless" addresses life on the road and the band's commitment to touring, followed by even more touring. "Madness Opus" made its live debut when Revocation toured with DevilDriver and Whitechapel during the summer of 2014. Davidson discusses the track: "The crowd response for that tune has been overwhelmingly positive. It's one of the heaviest songs we've ever written, hands down, and has been a blast to play live. Lyrically, it's about one of my favorite HP Lovecraft stories, "The Music Of Erich Zann". Fans of unnamable cosmic horror and punishing death metal will not be disappointed!"

Revocation begins touring in support of "Deathless" in September with Crowbar in North America, followed by a full European tour with new label mates Cannibal Corpse and Aeon. Much is more is set to come - this is the beginning of a new era for Revocation. "Deathless" will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records

Revocation history:
In 2006, lifelong friends Dave Davidson, Anthony Buda, and Phil Dubois-Coyne formed the core of what would become Revocation. The trio gigged throughout New England, and recorded a three song demo, "Summon the Spawn." The guys would spend the next few years writing and performing new songs as often as possible, before finally tracking their debut album in 2008.

"Empire of the Obscene" was recorded with Pete Rutcho at Damage Studios in 2008, and made a huge splash upon release. Their brand of technically-minded thrash offered a new take on thrash, and a much more energetic and vital approach to the technical death metal. The debut lead to the band signing with Relapse Records. By early 2009, the band had already re-entered Damage Studios to record "Existence is Futile."

The release of their label debut was met with critical acclaim and truly began to spread their name throughout metal on a global scale. Magazines including SPIN and Decibel heaped praise on the band, and Dave Davidson became an official Jackson Guitars endorser. In 2010, guitarist Dan Gargiuolo joined the ranks as a touring second guitarist, just in time for the band to perform in Europe, Japan, the US and Canada. In total they would play in 13 countries and over 150 shows.

During the fall and winter of 2010, the band recorded "Chaos of Forms" with Rutcho at Damage Studios. The album vaulted the band to new heights, and afforded them even greater touring opportunities. Revocation also appeared on the Relapse Records label showcase, presented by Scion A/V in February 2012. The year also saw the addition of bassist Brett Bamberger, along with the recording of the "Teratogenesis" EP for Scion A/V.

In February of 2013, Revocation recorded their fourth album with producer Pete Rutcho. Their self-titled album was released in August 2013, and was followed by a slot on the Summer Slaughter Tour 2013.

David Davidson - Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo - Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger - Bass / Vocals
Phil Dubois - Drums

https://www.facebook.com/Revocation 

Massive Wagons announce official endorsement from Blackstar Amplification

We are super proud to say Massive Wagons have received Official Endorsement from Blackstar Amplification.

Many, many thanks to Blackstar from Adam Thissy and Flash Cocko who met their desired level of FILTH in the Series One, through which we will continue to proudly (and loudly) blast forth the high quality riffage! We couldn't recommend these marvellous amps highly enough.

See you out there in a few weeks, stay loud!!! \m/ \m/

http://www.blackstaramps.com/

 

Liberty Lies announced as support for some of Magnum's forthcoming tour dates

We are delighted to announce that we will be joining our friends in MAGNUM on tour, this December!

We will be main support at four of their UK dates, before hitting up Planet RockStock alongside them.

The dates are as follows:

01/12 – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
2/12 – The Corporation, Sheffield
3/12 – 53 Degrees, Preston
5/12 – The Robin 2, Bilston
7/12 – Planet RockStock, Porthcawl

Those of you who have been with us a while, may remember Magnum gave us our first touring opportunity when we supported them back in 2009. So it was an honour to be asked back once again by the band.

Hopefully we will see many of you on the road this winter!

WILD ROSE debut video "Through The Night" from the album "Hit 'N' Run"

AOR Blvd Records is excited to announce the release of the long awaited third album from the Hellenic A.O.R. band Wild Rose entitled “Hit 'N' Run” on October 13th worldwide.

 

 

Preorders start now at:
http://www.wildrose.gr/ (signed)
http://www.aorblvdrecords.co.uk

Hit 'N' Run has been recorded at EVO Studios, Evosmos, Hellas except vocals recorded at Front Room Studios, Birmingham, U.K. and keyboards recorded at W2R Studios, Chios, Hellas between September 2013 and January 2014. Hit 'N' Run was mixed & produced by Andy Rock and mastered by George Aspiotis at Studio Aspiotis, Athens, Hellas and consists 11 stellar songs, pure AOR sound replete with glorious melodies, catchy choruses, emotional vocals, lush keyboards, killer guitar riffs and powerful drums.

“We have put all our heart and soul on this album as we always do, I'm sure that all our fans will love it! No fillers inside; just put it on your stereo, make a cocktail and enjoy! says lead guitarist, songwritter and producer Andy Rock."

 

Tracklist: 1. Through The Night, 2. I'll Be There, 3. Stay, 4. Without Your Love, 5. Another Day, 6. Can't Wait On Love, 7. Give In To Me, 8. Together, 9. Don't Walk Away, 10. All For Love, 11. I Want Your Love

Weblinks: Wild Rose Official: http://www.wildrose.gr/
Wild Rose Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildroseaorevo
Wild Rose Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wild_Rose_AOR

WILD ROSE: Andy Rock – Guitars, Keys, Backing Vocals, Dirty Haris – Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Phil Gun – Bass, Tiny Karpo – Guitars, Dimos Thomaidis – Drums, David A. Saylor – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals

Backing Vocals: Chris Siloma (Tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11), Romany May Saylor (Track 8)

Discography:
Hit 'N' Run (Studio Album) - 2014
Dangerous (Studio Album) – 2013
Half Past Midnight (Studio Album) – 2011
It's All About Love (Single) – 2007
Edge Of Your Dreams (Demo) – 2005

OBLITERATIONS: Official video from Californian Punk / hardcore quartet revelead

Southern Californian punk/hardcore quartet, Obliterations, have released their official video for “Mind Ain’t Right,”.  Hailing from their impending debut, Poison Everything, the video strikes just a month ahead of the album’s release through Southern Lord.


WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "MIND AIN'T RIGHT" http://youtu.be/D38aT4BbvDs


Obliterations’ “Mind Ain’t Right” video was shot and directed by photographer Rick Rodney, of LA-based hardcore band Strife, and edited by Zach Marshall. Built from photos taken on black and white 35mm film at a local show the legendary Hollywood haunt The Kibitz Room, hosted by notable skateboard stalwart Tino Razo and the infamous Supreme Skate Shop, Rodney captured the band in its inherent environment of absolute mayhem and chaos, after which he and Marshall decided that the set would make the perfect video. Setting the photos to the breakneck pace of the opening track from Poison Everything, “Mind Ain’t Right” is Obliterations’ first video to actually feature the band. As the video details, the night turned to a thrashing mess of bodies; something one must expect when seeing the band in their natural live setting. 

 

 Obliterations brings current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, Night Horse and more together to create a mangled, modernised amalgamation of The Stooges, MC5, Laughing Hyenas, Black Flag and Poison Idea. Recorded with producer Chris Owens (Lords, Coliseum, Young Widows) at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in only three days, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Black Breath) at God City Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Integrity, Sleep) at Audiosiege, the end result of Poison Everything is a thirteen-song, twenty-nine-minute record full of raw brutality, darkness and aggression, weaving its way through the annals of punk and hardcore, while still sounding fresh and vital. The blueprint isn’t the point here, it’s the results. The sound is abrasive and raw, driving and aggressive, and fully infectious.

Poison Everything shall be released on Southern Lord on October 13th.  Obliterations continue to expand their upcoming tour itinerary with new locations confirmed in the UK and Europe. See below for the most recent updates.

 

Obliterations Autumn UK/European Tour:
11/17/2014 Maguires Pizza Bar – Liverpool, UK
11/18/2014 Green Door – Brighton, UK
11/19/2014 Barfly – London, UK w/ White Lung
11/20/2014 Temple Of Boom – Leeds, UK
11/21/2014 The Anvil - Bournemouth, UK
11/22/2014 ACU – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Fest
11/23/2014 La Zone – Liège, Belgium
11/26/2014 Templet – Lyngby, Denmark
11/27/2014 TBA – Berlin, Germany
11/28/2014 007 – Prague, Czech Republic
11/29/2014 Lofi Club – Milan, Italy
11/30/2014 Arena – Vienna, Austria
12/01/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, Switzerland
12/04/2014 Rocas – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
12/05/2014 VK – Brussels, Belgium
12/06/2014 4AD – Diksmuide, Belgium
12/09/2014 Le Bukowski – Donostia, Spain
12/10/2014 Wurlitzer Ballroom – Madrid, Spain
12/11/2014 Rocksound – Barcelona, Spain

 

EINHERJER ANNOUNCE ALBUM DETAILS!

Pioneers and godfathers of Viking Metal are set to release new studio record "Av Oss, For Oss"!

One of the leading stars of the genre are now ready to release yet a defining record. Behind them, Einherjer has an array of albums - some of which stand as milestones in a genre of explosive growth. "Av Oss, For Oss" is out 27th of October in NOR and EU, and on the 31st of October in GSA!

The coverart is created by the talented Costin Chioreanu: Track list: 1. Fremad | 2. Hammer i kors | 3. Nidstong | 4. Hedensk oppstandelse | 5. Nord og Ner | 6. Nornene | 7. Trelldom | 8. Av oss, for oss | (BONUS TRACK on limited edition: 9. Blodsbånd)

The single "Nidstong" is already out and available on all digital servises and on 7"! Get your copy or listen to it on einherjer.indierecordings.no. Costin Chioreanu is also the man behind the single art work and the music video, watch it on YouTube or VIMEO!

For more music by Einherjer, check out their album "Norrøn", which made the official Norwegian album charts, on Spotify, Wimp or iTunes, or get the record itself at amazon, platekompaniet or cdon.

Einherjer will set out on the Norwegian roads for three dates with Slegest in November! The tour is presented by Metal Hammer Norway. Join the events by clicking on the venue on the tour list:

13.11.2014 - Oslo - Blå
14.11.2014 - Sandnes - Tribute
15.11.2014 - Bergen - Garage

You also have the chance to catch these vikings live in the US as Einherjer are confirmed to 70000Tons of Metal later this year and will play on the infamous Maryland Deathfest 2015! Einherjer is also confirmed to next year's Karmøygeddon! More live dates will come.

Follow Einherjer on facebook to keep updated or go to the band's homepage.

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