Ian Anderson Releases New Studio Album.

Ian AndersonTuesday 22nd April 2014
Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson’s new studio album Homo Erraticusentered the UK album charts at number 14 on Sunday 20th April, and his 2014 UK tour commences on 28th April. HomoErraticus is released through his own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope.

In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick As A Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real.

Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future; visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

Track listing is:
PART ONE: CHRONICLES
Chapter 1 Doggerland
Chapter 2 Heavy Metals
Chapter 3 Enter The Uninvited
Chapter 4 PuerFeroxAdventus (Wild Child Coming)
Chapter 5 MelioraSequamur (Let Us Follow Better Things)
Chapter 6 The Turnpike Inn

Chapter 7 The Engineer
Chapter 8 The Pax Britannica

PART TWO: PROPHECIES
Chapter 9 Tripudium Ad Bellum (Instrumental)
Chapter 10 After These Wars
Chapter 11 New Blood, Old Veins

PART THREE: REVELATIONS
Chapter 12 In For A Pound
Chapter 13 The Browning of the Green
Chapter 14 Per Errationes Ad Astra
Chapter 15 Cold Dead Reckoning

The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classicsupdated with video and theatrics..

Tour Dates are:
APRIL
28th Brighton Dome 01273 709 709 £26 + £30
29th Southampton O2 Guildhall 023 8063 2601 £26 + £30

MAY
01st Salisbury City Hall 01722 434 434 £26 + £30
02nd Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 £26 + £30
03rd Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0600 £27.50 + £32.50
04th Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020 £28 + £32
06th Bristol Colston Hall 0844 887 1500 £28 + £32
07th High Wycombe Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £28 + £32
08th Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797 £28 + £32
09th Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 851 £26 + £30
10th Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433 100 £26 + £30
11th Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111 £26 + £30
14th Manchester Palace Theatre 0844 871 3019 £28 + £32
15th York Royal Opera House 0844 871 3024 £28 + £32
16th Gateshead Sage Theatre 0191 443 4661 £26 + £30
18th Edinburgh Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 £26 + £30
19th Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031 £26 + £30
20th Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 632 080 £26 + £30
21st Inverness Eden Court 01463 234 234 £26 + £30
24th London 02 Shepherds Bush 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32
Empire
25th London 02 Shepherds Bush 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32
Empire

Tickets - online booking: www.gigantic.com/artist/ian-anderson or from venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. Ian Anderson will be onstage at 7.30pm. There is no support.
Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.
Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and as a solo artist, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and he’s recognised as the one who introduced the flute to rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in their career, Tull have been characterised by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures, created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In his most recent solo shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the genre.

 Hands Like Houses Head Out On Tour.

Hands Like HousesTuesday 22nd April 2014
Australia's Hands Like Houses start their UK headline run tonights in London. The band played to packed out rooms at Hit The Deck festival this weekend, and with sold out shows all week, it looks set to be a rapturous return to UK shores.

They band have recently released a cover of Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn' for Punks Goes 90's out now via Fearless Records. Check out the video here: HANDS LIKE HOUSES 'TORN' COVER

UK SHOWS:
Tues 22nd April London Garage
Wed 23rd April Southampton Joiners
Thurs 24th April Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 25th April Birmingham Asylum 2
Sat 26th April Sheffield Corporation
Mon 28th April Glasgow Cathouse
Tues 29th April Manchester Sound Control
Wed 30th April Leeds Cockpit 3
Fri 2nd May Dublin Academy 2
Sat 3rd May Belfast Oh Yeah Centre

Australia's Hands Like Houses burst onto the scene in 2012, releasing their debut album "Ground Dweller" to incredible reviews and an even better reaction from people everywhere. The album had great sales out the gate, selling 4,500 ?rst week, despite the band having never been to the US, The band kept on growing - thanks to them taking their live show in front of large audiences, touring the entire US with bands like Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens.

Second album Unimagine was produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore, The Academy Is...) and is out now via Rise Records.

 The Amity Affliction To Release new Album.

Amity AfflictionThursday 17th April 2014
Roadrunner recording group The Amity Affliction has announced details of their eagerly awaited new album. Titled ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’, the Australian metalcore masters’ fourth full-length record will be released on June 9 (cover art attached).

Named by Alternative Press as one of 2014’s “Most Anticipated” albums, ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’ is available now for pre-order on iTunes ( http://smarturl.it/TTAUKiTunes), with all pre-orders receiving an instant download of the album’s powerful first single, ‘Pittsburgh’. Pre-order it digitally and you can grab the album (+ the single download) for a mere £5.99!! Watch the ‘Pittsburgh’ companion video online at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu3xGr-lNVI#t=46.

Known worldwide for their incendiary live performances, The Amity Affliction is currently blowing up stages across North America as part of Blessthefall’s ‘The Hollow Bodies Tour’. The multi-artist trek – which also features, among others, labelmates Heartist – continues through mid-May. The Amity Affliction will perform in the UK in June at the Download Festival.

Urgent, aggressive, and remarkably cathartic, ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’ is The Amity Affliction at their vital best. Recorded by producer Will Putney (Winds Of Plague, Upon A Burning Body) at guitarist Troy Brady’s Evergreen Studios in Brisbane, the album pushes the band’s signature post-hardcore approach to new heights of richness and diversity, providing the consummate aural partner to vocalist Joel Birch’s increasingly potent lyricism. Inspired in part by a near death experience suffered during last year’s Vans Warped Tour, songs like ‘Don’t Lean On Me’ and ‘FML’ are fueled by intense emotion and anxiety but transcend through honesty and raw power.

“(The album) is about really trying to find a positive in my life again,” Birch says. “Writing these songs was a very cathartic process, but I’m terrified of people listening to them and reading these lyrics because they’ll know exactly what I’m thinking. I’m hiding nothing.”

‘Let The Ocean Take Me’ Track Listing

1. Pittsburgh
2. Lost & Fading
3. Don't Lean On Me
4. The Weigh Down
5. Never Alone
6. Death's Hand
7. FML
8. My Father's Son
9. Forest Fire
10. Give It All

For more than a decade, The Amity Affliction has used music to entertain while simultaneously confronting the darkest edges of man’s existence. ‘Severed Ties’, 2008’s full-length debut, and 2010’s follow-up ‘Youngbloods’ established the band’s twisted take; all revved-up rhythms, soaring melodies, and full-bore vocals coming together to fashion something provocative and distinct. ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’ follows 2012’s ‘Chasing Ghosts’ which debuted at #1 on the Australian ARIA Chart -- the rare rock record to achieve that major milestone – and has since been certified gold.

 Saxon Announce New Tour Dates.

SaxonWednesday 16th April 2014
NWOBM legends Saxon have announced ‘Warriors of The Road’, a 38 date European Tour celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will feature tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather.

Starting in Bristol and closing at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, ‘Warriors of the Road’ will land in the UK on 30th November to delight fans with 12 explosive shows. ‘Come and see the awesome power of Saxon live!’ – says frontman Biff Byford. The band is currently working on a live DVD that will be released to coincide with the upcoming tour.

35 years, 20 albums, countless live shows and still no sign of slowing down: Saxon prove to be a force to be reckoned with and something every rock fan in the world should witness. Come see for yourself and take a dive into metal history.

UK Dates are:

November
30th Bristol Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)

December
01st Bournemouth Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
02nd Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444
04th Manchester Ritz 0844 248 5117
05th Dublin Academy
06th Belfast Limelight/ Mandela Hall
07th Glasgow ABC 0844 477 2000 (TM)
09th Newcastle Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
10th Leeds Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
11th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 0870 320 7000
12th Oxford Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
13th London Shepherd's Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 (TM)

Ticket price for London is £27.50 (subject to booking fee) - all other shows £26 (subject to booking fee); please refer to www.Saxon747.com or www.Kililive.com (24 hour ticket line - 0844 871 8803) for more info. Tickets go onsale at 9.00am on Friday 18th April.

Saxon formed in Barnsley, Yorkshire in 1976. To date they have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and released 26 albums including Wheels of Steel, which hit number 5 in 1980. They have had 8 top 20 UK albums.


 Nightmares To Release Debut Album.

NightmaresWednesday 16th April 2014
Heavy music's most anticipated new band, Nightmares, have announced their debut record, Suspiria, out today June 2nd, 2014, via Rise Records. The band have also released new music, the magnificently brutal track "Cujo," from their forthcoming album. Nightmares will hit the road on Rise Records and Friends tour this spring.

Fans can check out "Cujo" and pre-order the new album here: http://www.nightmares.merchnow.com

The epic and urgently dark new album features eleven of the most viciously powerful songs Nightmares have ever recorded. Carrying the emotional and psychological weight of a horror movie soundtrack, the ride begins with the blistering track, "Frontiers" that uses intricate digital manipulation of cinematic sound effects to set the tone of the record. From the moment you hear the hear first single, " In the Mouth of Madness," listeners are drawn into a sonic journey that embraces precision guitar riffs, dark lyrics and massive breakdowns. Tracks like "Hands of the Ripper," "Suspiria," and "Carnival of Souls," are deep with raw emotions, keeping fans on their toes as they explore the many elements and layers that are true to Nightmare's sound.

"We are thrilled to be announcing our debut full-length Suspiria today," says frontman Carter Hardin. "This record is the product of two years of work and we can't wait to share it with you. Our new song "Cujo" is personal favorite. I wrote it about a Christian school I attended growing up where they forced their beliefs down our throats and wouldn't let anyone question anything. The main message behind the song it to not let anyone force you to believe something... draw your own conclusions and find truth for yourself, whatever that may be."

Nightmares recorded Suspiria over the course of a full year with Drew Fulk at Think Sound Studios in Greensboro, North Carolina. The band also brought in heavy - hitter producer and engineer, David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men, Asking Alexandria) to mix the album at House of Loud in Elmwood Park NJ.

The Atlanta based five piece recently released a provocative new video for "In the Mouth of Madness," featuring Tyler Carter of the band Issues, which saw over 250k views with it's first week of release. Nightmares will take the stage starting April 30, 2014 on the Rise Records and Friends tour with PVIRS, Alive Like Me, and Tamerlane.

Suspiria Track Listing:
01. Frontiers
02. Let The Right One In
03. In The Mouth Of Madness (feat. Tyler Carter)
04. Tourist Trap
05. Cujo
06. Carnival Of Souls
07. Enter The Void
08. The Tommyknockers
09. Hands Of The Ripper
10. Suspiria
11. Irreversible

 Sonisphere Adds Wrestling, Comedy And Much More.

SonisphereWednesday 16th April 2014
SONISPHERE festival announces its comedy cast for the 2014 Knebworth event.

Hosting the Saturday is MAT REED. Born and Bred in Sunderland, the cheekily salacious Mackem charmer hosts a comedic cast that will ensure that most contagious of human functions fills the big blue tent during the comedy hours.

Tickling ribs on the Saturday are enemy of the righteous and champion of profanity FIN TAYLOR, ALFIE BROWN, purveyor of socio-political alternative comedy (or SPAC as he likes to call it), the lighting-quick wit of UK improve troupe NOISE NEXT DOOR, JOHN HASTINGS, whose jokes revolve around his world travels, love of metal and what it’s like to look racist but not actually be racist, ANDREW O NEIL – the world’s favourite vegan-transvestite-occultist-metalhead (but-not-goth) comedian and JOHN ROBERTSON – showman, writer, singer, dancer, YouTube manipulator and grinning anarchist extraordinaire.

Splitting sides on the Sunday and hosted by SONISPHERE veteran ANDREW O NEIL are Chortle Best Newcomer nominee MATT REES, the surreal and absurd comedy of PAT CAHILL, “Well produced bullshit” specialist (his words, not ours) MAT EWINS, the one man rock/pop extravaganza that is ROB DEERING and “heavily tattooed idiot” (again, his words, not ours) JIM SMALLMAN

Check out the full cast and a taste of what to expect here:


Saturday

MC – Mat Reed -
Fin Taylor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpwvMTgzjSg
Alfie Brown - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FKGh1iy554
Noise Next Door - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfavepTzcH4
John Hastings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xor9c72AURU
Andrew O’Neill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo4-8dLb3iY
John Robertson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBVL8SACjZQ

Sunday
MC – Andrew O’Neill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo4-8dLb3iY
Matt Rees - http://youtu.be/dGyEdqHI0r4
Pat Cahill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3osz4wgRtI4
Alfie Brown - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FKGh1iy554
Mat Ewins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrewMrpUeU
Rob Deering - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmCAdfvOaHQ
Jim Smallman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMV_hToU26c


WRESTLING

Wrestlers To Choke Hold Knebworth

In honour of our Wrestling Fancy Dress Theme, we've invited some of the cream of British wrestling to perform at Sonisphere with the guys from professional wrestling outfit, Progress Wrestling, set to take to the ring at Knebworth. Prepare for a choke-slam as champions like Jimmy Havoc, Rhia O’Reilly, Rampage Brown and Tommy End, who is the current WXW champion, descend on Knebworth.

Think Powerslams, think Facebusters, think Piledrivers, think Flying Clotheslines, think about trying to catch Boston Crabs. So dust off your lycra, don a mask (or at least pay extra attention to your hair), create some witty signs, learn some wrestling chants and get ready to watch some men in tighter pants than some of those appearing on the Main Stage.

See you in the ring!!

SILENT DISCO

Sshh...Silent Disco Returns To Sonisphere

We are extremely pleased to announce the return of Silent Arena’s hugely popular Silent Disco to Sonisphere this summer as part of the late-night entertainment. The Silent Disco will run on every night of the festival, including the Thursday, and will feature the Silent Arena resident DJs.
It'll also be a Jäger-fuelled affair, with Jägermeister hosting the Silent Disco in the Jägermeister tent, which includes its own bar. So grab a pair of cans, knock back a pint or (or some ice-cold Jäger) and sing to your heart's content with the added luxury of not being able to hear anyone else singing – or yourself for that matter.


LINE UP SO FAR:

Friday

APOLLO STAGE:

THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:

ELECTRIC WIZARD
65DAYSOFSTATIC
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
YASHIN
CARNIFEX
LOSTALONE
CANTERBURY
TRC
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
HOUNDS
LITTLE MATADOR
MALEFICE
GLASS CITY VICE

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:

IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST

SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
WILKO JOHNSON
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
BLEED FROM WITHIN
STAMPIN GROUND
VOODOO SIX
THE HELL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
BABYMETAL
THE BRONX
GALLOWS
BO NINGEN
CHIODOS
KERBDOG
TRASH TALK
TRUCKFIGHTERS
SILVERSTEIN
THE CADILLAC THREE
ONLY CRIME
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
DREGEN
ITCH
BEASTMILK
KROKODIL


Across the weekend
BLACK SPIDERS BROKEN HANDS COLLIBUS EMP!RE FORT HOPE GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY THE LOUNGE KITTENS MAX RAPTOR THE ONE HUNDRED PALM READER RAGING SPEEDHORN TESSERACT THE SAFETY FIRE

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk

 Empress AD Sign To Roadrunner Records.

Empress ADWednesday 16th April 2014
ROADRUNNER RECORDS are thrilled to announce the signing of British prog-metal band EMPRESS AD.

Formed in 2011, and until now known simply by the monicker EMPRESS, brothers Ollie (guitar and vocals) and Alex Loring (bass), together with Edd Unwin (drums) and Tom Meadon (guitar) have crafted a sound that belies their young age. Soothing and vicious in turn, they juxtapose gentle harmonies with frantic ferocity; relaxed strumming followed by thrashy beats, time signature changes and other interesting meanderings.

There are as many elements of Mastodon, Metallica, and Opeth in their music as there are of the more melodic Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Elbow – all huge influences. The band also cites influences such as post-hardcore pioneers Underoath and Thrice. If that seems quite the motley crew, you’ll understand why the band’s sound is hard to pin down.

Danny Corr, ROADRUNNER RECORDS, says: “We’re hugely delighted to welcome EMPRESS AD to the ROADRUNNER fold. They are truly one of the most exciting young bands around and we’ve been wanting to work with them for ages – now it’s finally happening! We can’t wait to get started with their debut album due out this Summer and then work alongside the guys on many records to come!”

EMPRESS AD’s Ollie Loring adds, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the ROADRUNNER family. Changing the band’s name was a necessary step to safeguard against any name issues down the line. EMPRESS was then. EMPRESS AD is the watershed moment and very much ’the now'. We know we have the best possible label partner in ROADRUNNER to help us achieve the things we always dreamed of. We’re over the moon. Stay tuned... it’s going to be fun.”

No strangers to the road, EMPRESS AD have already toured with the likes of Baroness, Bring Me The Horizon, Cancer Bats, and Bury Tomorrow, as well as landing a coveted slot at Download Festival last year. Having just wrapped up UK dates with Arcane Roots, the group next hit the road with Kvelertak, playing the following UK shows:
17 April - SHEFFIELD Corporation
18 April - LEEDS Cockpit 2
21 April - MANCHESTER Academy 3
22 April - GLASGOW Cathouse
23 April - WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms.

EMPRESS AD have already picked up plaudits left, right, and centre, with Rock Sound magazine declaring them ‘Band of the Week’ and industry bible Music Week enthusing, “Like the four guys from Mastodon riding a whale, wearing an Elbow t-shirt. You’ll be amazed.” The Guardian labelled them “likely to headline Download” and made them ‘New Band of the Day”, exclaiming, “Forget quiet-loud, these prog-metallers can go from quiet to sounding like they are exhaling dead matter from the bowels of hell. That's a recommendation, by the way!” Kerrang! magazine declared the band were “More in your face than a pair of eyeballs.” Add to that, terrific radio support from well respected, tastemaker DJs Ian Camfield (XFM), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio1) and Zane Lowe (BBC Radio1), and it’s easy to see why the band are gathering steam at a phenomenal rate.
EMPRESS AD’s debut album will be released by Roadrunner Records in Summer 2014. Meanwhile, check out previous single ‘Blurred Perception’ at: http://youtu.be/QgDBm-tVrWM.

 Breathe Carolina Release New Video.

Breathe CarolinaWednesday 16th April 2014
BREATHE CAROLINA have released a new video for the track ‘Chasing Hearts’. Both the song and the video feature Issues front man Tyler Carter.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km-F3L5Bfrk

The band this week released their latest album ‘Savages’ – available here: ITUNES: http://smarturl.it/SavagesBC

‘Chasing Hearts’ is the second official video to come from ‘Savages’, closely following the video for ‘Sellouts’ featuring Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria.
Watch ‘Sellouts’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdNk3Rcb80E&feature=youtu.be?

BREATHE CAROLINA - David Schmitt (Vocals / Guitar), Eric Armenta (Drums), Luis Bonet (Keyboards/DJ), Tommy Cooperman (guitar) - deliver a different kind of energy to the dance floor with their fourth full-length album, ‘Savages’.

Released this week the album sees the unit once again treading boldly into fresh territory, delving heavier into the electronic dance world while staying true to their rock roots, a combination that sounds equally at home in a club, or lighting up packed fields at Warped Tour. Featuring guest vocals from pop artist Karmin, and rock frontmen Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Tyler Carter (Issues), Savages solidifies the band’s unique ability to straddle multiple musical styles and blend it into a sound all their own, a sound that is as infectious as it is euphoric - and about to become the soundtrack to your summer.

Known for their genre-bending fuse of rock and electro-pop, the band skyrocketed to mainstream attention with their platinum selling 2012 single entitled ‘Blackout,’ which hit the top 15 on Top 40 radio, and their seductively addictive music video for single ‘Hit and Run’ which has received over 1.6 million YouTube views. The band's pulse-pounding beats have landed placements on MTV Hills and The City, NBC's The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, and Monday Night Football, and have garnered press from noteworthy outlets such as MTV, USA Today, New York Times, Playboy.com, Alternative Press, and a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. With their strongest record right around the corner -- the band is poised to launch into 2014 bigger and better than ever.

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds More Bands.

BloodstockWednesday 16th April 2014
The award-winning BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL are excited to announce the first batch of breaking bands to grace the Hobgoblin-sponsored ‘New Blood’ stage in 2014.

BLOODSTOCK is very proud to support new bands from all over the world and the ‘New Blood’ stage gives them the platform to showcase grass-roots acts, underlining their belief that you don’t necessarily need a big record deal to have a shot at playing the fest. The following bands were chosen from CD applications to perform at Catton Park, while more will be added later via the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour which kicks off on 10th May and rolls through local clubs and venues throughout June. This year’s tour is the biggest to date, encompassing 23 regions, including various UK cities, as well as events in Latvia, Norway, and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey. The best bands are chosen from each event to land a spot at Bloodstock this year.

The lucky seven additions span a range of metal genres; Londoner’s ABHORRENT DECIMATION (death metal), Canada’s PHANTOM (trad metal), Slovenians THE CANYON OBSERVER (post-noise/sludge), Norway’s ANGERMAN (grunge rock/metal), London outfit BRUTAI (metalcore), Scotland’s SCORDATURA (death metal) and South London outfit, STONEGHOST (hard classic rock).

Has your fave new band not submitted yet? Fear not, for BLOODSTOCK will keep hunting out new additions via CD applications, video uploads, and the aforementioned ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour for some weeks yet! There’s still time to enter! A full list of application options can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2014/stages/new-blood-stage.

With Easter weekend looming, BLOODSTOCK are once again running their website’s very popular Easter Egg hunt, as they have done in years past. Will you be one of three lucky winners of a pair of weekend tix with camping?! Simply collect the URLs of the pages where the twelve eggs are hidden, email those in to comps@bloodstock.uk.com, with your name and address included and you could be in with a chance of weekend tickets! The hunt begins at 8am on Good Friday, 18th April and ends at 8pm on Tuesday 22nd April. Click over to the BLOODSTOCK website at www.bloodstock.uk.com to take part.

BLOODSTOCK 2014 is promising to be the biggest and best yet! Friday night’s headliners are New Orleans sludgemeisters, DOWN. Joining them to head up Saturday are re-united black metal overlords, EMPEROR and closing out proceedings on Sunday are mighty thrash legends, MEGADETH. Also appearing are AMON AMARTH, DIMMU BORGIR, HATEBREED, OBITUARY, CROWBAR, LACUNA COIL, CARCASS, PRONG, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, EVIL SCARECROW, GRAVEYARD and many more. Even more bands and other cool on site things will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch the video trailer for BLOODSTOCK 2014 and get excited about what’s in store!! You can view it at: http://youtu.be/xukFwVTNkZc

For plenty of travel options to the festival, including details of coaches from all over the country with Big Green Coach, shuttles from local train stations, and car-sharing with GoCarShare (which can even win you a pair of tickets for next year), visit: http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/travel-info.

Tickets are available now priced £130 (plus booking fee) for a 4-day Thurs-Sun weekend pass with camping. VIP tickets and upgrades are also available. Look up all the ticket options over at bloodstock.seetickets.com.

BLOODSTOCK is held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 Slam Dunk Festival Adds Couple More Bands.

Slam Dunk FestivalWednesday 16th April 2014
Slam Dunk Festival, has added 2 more bands to the 9th annual 3 day festival, covering Leeds, Hatfield and Wolverhampton. The 7 stage event uses a combination of indoor and outdoor stages across urban sites to create a totally unique festival experience.

Saturday 24th May: Slam Dunk Festival North. Leeds University.

Sunday 25th May: Slam Dunk Festival South. The Forum, Hertfordshire.

Monday 26th May: Slam Dunk Festival Midlands. Wolverhampton Civic.

Joining exclusive headliners All American Rejects will be rising stars from Brighton, Verses, who will be releasing their much anticipated debut album 'Feel It Faster' on May 26th and are currently touring the UK with LostAlone. Also announced are hard working Birmingham Pop Punk band Light You Up who say “We've been coming to Slam Dunk for years and we're delighted to be invited to play this year! Every year has a great party atmosphere and I'm sure this year will be no different! Bring it on!”
‘The Uprawr DJ stage’ is now also confirmed, with the national club brand bringing their legendary parties into the mix. Slam Dunk is pleased to announce this will include a massive headline slot from one of the biggest party DJs in the UK, DJ Yoda.

Duncan Beiny aka DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”.

From his hip-hop beginnings, DJ Yoda has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and influences as diverse as funk, b-more, kuduro, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and even big band swing and country & western, to make unashamed party music. No stranger to cutting the Indiana Jones theme with woofer-worrying dubstep or the Muppet Theme with 1930’s swing, his shows are peppered with film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights. His new album ‘Chop Suey’, is well worth a listen for fans of any type of music!

Tek One, a Slam Dunk festival regular will also return for an exclusive DJ set, filled with his usual mix of rock inspired dub step to promote his new album, Sleep Equals Myth.

The stage will be finished off by Slam Dunk & Uprawr residents and special guests.
Slam Dunk Festival 2014 - (new additions in bold)

Verses
Light You Up
DJ Yoda
Tek One
Feed The Rhino
Natives
Landscapes
Vinnie Caruana
Mike Hererra
You, Me, and Everyone We Know
Rob Lynch
The Lion & The Wolf
Mallory Knox
Kids In Glass Houses (exclusively playing ‘Smart Casual’)
We The Kings
Chiodos
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Capdown
Gnarwolves
Jesse James
MC Lars
Ghost Town
Heart Of A Coward
Save Your Breath
Modern Baseball
The All American Rejects (Festival headliner)
We Are The In Crowd
Less Than Jake
Motion City Soundtrack
Hit The Lights
State Champs
A Loss For Words
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Marmozets
Blitz Kids
Canterbury
letlive.
Bury Tomorrow
The Ghost Inside
The Devil Wears Prada
I Killed The Prom Queen
Caliban
Crown The Empire
Goldfinger
Zebrahead
Fandangle
I Am The Avalanche
Real Friends
Neck Deep
Decade


For a full list of ticket outlets for all events, please go to www.slamdunkmusic.com

Tickets are priced at £35 & £39 with Afterparty across all sites.

SLAM DUNK SCOTLAND & SLAM DUNK WALES
In addition to the 3 main festivals, Slam Dunk is pleased to announce it will be returning to Scotland and Wales. However instead of the usual Cardiff and Glasgow events, this year will see Slam Dunk spreading its wings and visit new cities in both countries:

Friday 23rd May: Slam Dunk Scotland, Edinburgh Liquid Room

Tuesday 27th May: Slam Dunk Wales, Newport Centre
These stripped down versions of the main festival will see an amazing pop punk bill at both featuring:
We Are the In Crowd, Hit the Lights, Neck Deep, Decade + Special Guests

SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED!! Local boys Save Your Breath will be joining the lineup in Newport, and likewise new upcoming Scottish stars Altered Sky will be joining in Edinburgh.

Tickets are priced at only £15 available from www.gigsinscotland.com & www.seetickets.com

 Anthrax Announce Irirish Shows To Coincide With Sonisphere.

AnthraxWednesday 16th April 2014
New York thrash legends ANTHRAX have just announced a duo of shows in Ireland ahead of their UK festival mainstage performance at SONISPHERE FESTIVAL this coming July.

Dates and ticket links as follows:

July 1st – Belfast, Limelight
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/anthrax-belfast-01-07-2014/event/38004C82AC4C11C2?artistid=734447&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=200
July 2nd – Dublin, Academy
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/anthrax-dublin-02-07-2014/event/18004C838AEB0C4E?artistid=734447&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=200
Sonisphere:
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Sonisphere-tickets/artist/54593

After touring the world on the legendary Big Four package and the huge release of the long awaited album 'Worship Music' in September 2011, their celebrated release of 'Anthems' last year sat nicely alongside another electric performance at Bloodstock Festival, meaning the thrash metal titans are eagerly awaiting the chance to come and rip up our hallowed soils once more!

 In Hearts Wake Release New Video.

In Hearts WakeWednesday 16th April 2014
Byron Bay metal / hardcore outfit In Hearts Wake have released a lyric video for the track 'Sacred', taken from the forthcoming album, Earthwalker, out via UNFD on May 5, 2014.

Vocalist Jake Taylor explains the inspiration behind the powerful lyrics:
"I wrote these lyrics based on the prophecy of the Seventh Generation. It stated that after 7 generations the people would see stone monsters tear away, great rivers burn aflame, birds fall from the sky, the fish would die in the water, and man would grow ashamed of the way that he had treated his mother and provider, the Earth."

Check out the 'Sacred' lyric video here: http://youtu.be/L87t4hixFx8

In an effort to counteract the effect global warming is having on Australia’s natural flora and fauna, In Hearts Wake have joined forces with Carbon Neutral – a carbon solutions provider and bio-diverse reforestation developer that helps organisations and individuals minimise their impact on the environment by measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. The ongoing partnership between In Hearts Wake and Carbon Neutral has allowed the band to officially reach Green Supporter status through their efforts in planting native trees in the lead-up to the release of Earthwalker.

Giving back to the community is an important part of the In Hearts Wake ethos. For each copy of Earthwalker pre-ordered via 24Hundred.net, a bio-diverse native tree will be planted in the hope of restoring and preserving the natural beauty of our environment.

Earthwalker was recorded in late 2013 at Michigan’s Random Awesome Studios with producer Josh Schroeder. The album displays a unique approach to songwriting for the heavy music genre, placing focus on giving each song its own story and motive. The dual vocal attack of Jake Taylor and Kyle Erich is displayed in full force, as both singers showcase their personal ability and teamwork throughout the 11 tracks.

‘Divine’, the anthemic lead single from Earthwalker, premiered on BBC Radio 1 ‘The Rock Show’.

Check out the video for 'Divine' here.

In Hearts Wake – Earthwalker is out May 5 via UNFD.

 Steel Panther Release 'Gloryhole' Video.

Steel PantherTuesday 15th April 2014
Steel Panther have released the outrageous music video for their song 'Gloryhole,' which is now available on YouTube. This is the third video from their latest album, 'All You Can Eat' (Kobalt), which was released March 31ste.

Teasers emerged online earlier this month but until now, the video was only available by texting the Steel Panther Hotline. The video has finally been deemed acceptable (ish) for Youtube although beware, it's very NSFW!

Steel Panther recently completed a largely sold out tour of the UK and Europe culminating in a sold out night at Brixton Academy in London.

The band are now back in their spiritual homeland of LA's Sunset Strip playing a 'threesome' of dates at Hollywood's House Of Blues. One date remains, the 21st of April.

Steel Panther will be back in the UK for Download Festival in June.

To stay current on everything Steel Panther, be sure to check out their official website, Facebook and Twitter.

'Gloryhole' Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYS8jyOcFc

 Arch Enemy Go Tour Crazy.

Arch EnemyTuesday 15th April 2014
There are tour packages that literally scream „this is f****n’ massive! “ even before such a tour kicks off! Well folks, this is definitely such a case offering a colossal line up that should please all lovers of extreme music immediately. German thrash metal giants KREATOR will be leading the true “hordes of chaos” through Europe as headlining act and will be accompanied by the mighty ARCH ENEMY on this trek.

ARCH ENEMY have just injected some fresh blood into their ranks: growler extraordinaire Angela Gossow has been replaced by the equally powerful Alissa White-Gluz! Have no fear, dear fans – the band that brought us one melodic death metal anthem after the other with landmark releases such as „Rise Of The Tyrant“ (2007) and „Khaos Legions“ (2011) is stronger than ever. Just check out the brand new video for “War Eternal”: a masterful combination of raw shredding and lush melody lines only ARCH ENEMY could pull off in such an elegant fashion!
http://youtu.be/InRMwptcgAo

The full album – also entitled “War Eternal” – will be released June 9th, 2014.

ARCH ENEMY’s founder, guitarist/chief-songwriter Michael Amott comments: “Yes, what a great tour! We’ve wanted to tour with KREATOR for the last ten years and now it’s finally happening! KREATOR was one of the bands that inspired me to play faster and harder when I grew up and I’m happy to call Mille Petrozza a friend for quite a few years now. This tour is a real metal onslaught, the kind of show you don’t want to miss. We’re excited as hell to be a part of it and looking forward to showing the fans the damage that the re-energized ARCH ENEMY is capable of in 2014!“

Sodom and Vader will open on the German, Dutch and Swizz Shows. The support bands for the rest of the dates will be announced soon.

This brilliant and brutal package will kick things off at Tilburg, Holland on December 4th, and you should regularly visit www.rtn-touring.com and www.hardticket.eu for more info, news and tickets!

KREATOR Tour 2014
Kreator, Arch Enemy, Sodom, Vader
26.11.2014 FR – Lyon, Le Transbordeur *
27.11.2014 FR – Istres, L´Usine *
01.12.2014 FR – Toulouse, Le Bikini *
02.12.2014 FR – Paris, Le Bataclan *
04.12.2014 NL – Tilburg, 013
05.12.2014 DE – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
06.12.2014 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
07.12.2014 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
08.12.2014 DE – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36
09.12.2014 DE – Berlin, Huxleys
11.12.2014 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
12.12.2014 DE – Geiselwind, Eventhall
13.12.2014 DE – München, Tonhalle
14.12.2014 CH – Pratteln, Z7
16.12.2014 UK – Birmingham, Institute *
17.12.2014 UK – Bristol, Academy *
18.12.2014 UK – London, The Forum *
19.12.2014 UK – Manchester, Academy *
20.12.2014 IR – Dublin, Academy *
21.12.2014 UK – Glasgow, QMU *
22.12.2014 UK – Newcastle, Academy *
* without Sodom and Vader

More ARCH ENEMY tourdates:
23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5 , Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
30.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
31.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L'Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
17.09.2014 Kerubi, Joensuu, Finland
18.09.2014 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
19.09.2014 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
20.09.2014 Luakko, Jyväskylä, Finland
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost', Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

 Hit The Lights sign To Pure Noise Records.

Hit The LightsMonday 14th April 2014
Hit The Lights are excited to announce they have signed to Pure Noise Records. The band’s signing news comes shortly after the announcement of their upcoming spring tour where they will play their critically acclaimed album Skip School, Start Fights in its entirety. Hit The Lights will also be releasing a new album this fall produced by Kyle Black (Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals). More information and a full list of tour dates can be seen below.

Nick Thompson of Hit The Lights had the following to say about their signing, "We couldn't think of a better place to be than with the Pure Noise crew for our new record. We’re proud to be a part of the roster and excited to make more music!”

Hit The Lights is a pop punk band from Ohio consisting of members Nick Thompson (vocals), Omar Zehery (guitar), Kevin Mahoney (guitar), Nate Van Dame (drums) and David Bermosk (bass). Hit The Lights have played with such bands as Paramore and New Found Glory and have released three studio albums including This Is A Stick Up…Don’t Make It A Murder, the Billboard Top 100 charting Skip School, Start Fights and their latest release Invicta.

Skip School, Start Fights Tour (w/ Major League, Light Years, Brigades, July)
May 30 – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
May 31 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
June 1 – The Palladium (Upstairs) – Worcester, MA
June 2 – The Space – Hamden, CT
June 3 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
June 4 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
June 5 – The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
June 6 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
June 7 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
June 8 – Woodland Tavern – Columbus, OH

 Itch Heads Back Out On Tour.

ItchMonday 14th April 2014
Fresh from announcing the release of his debut album, iTCH has unveiled the new video for forthcoming single ‘Life Is Poetry’. The video sees iTCH take over a stately British home for the poignant track, due for release March 17th – a week before the album The Deep End drops via Red Bull Records.

A truly impassioned and creative performer, the album has been a long time coming for the former frontman of political punk outfit The King Blues. Following the breakup of his former band, iTCH has forged his own career, focussing on his cutting lyrical style and passion for different musical styles to create a hybrid of punk, pop, electro and rock, all underpinned by iTCH’s unique fire and attitude. Despite being stuck in a wheelchair for the whole summer of 2013 due to an injury sustained at a show, he managed to complete the Warped Tour in the US whilst continuing to write, create and collaborate – including a mixtape tape with Dan The Automator.

iTCH did a huge stint of dates with Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip in February and has been confirmed to play the second leg of the tour, starting in April. Dates as follows:

April
22nd Wolves Slade Rooms
23rd Preston 53 degrees
24th Liverpool East Village
25th Warwick Warwick arts centre
26th Chester The Live Rooms
27th Reading Sub 89
28th Plymouth White Rabbit
29th Bournemouth Old Fire Station

May
1st Bath Komedia
3rd Nottingham Rescue Rooms

 Rob Zombie To Release Feature-Length Concert Film.

Rob ZombieThursday 10th April 2014
Rob Zombie’s first concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, will be released May 19 by Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Universal Music. The feature-length concert film, recorded live over two sizzling nights in Texas, captures Zombie's elaborate, multi-media production of mind-blowing SFX, animatronic robots, pyrotechnics, oversized LED screens and state-of-the-art light show combined with his powerhouse band featuring John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.

The Zombie Horror Picture Show, available on Blu-ray, DVD and longform digital video, puts the viewer at the centre of the hot and nasty action for a blistering set of 16 Rob Zombie classics, including “Dragula,” “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” “Living Dead Girl,” “More Human Than Human,” and the crushing cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” from the seven-time Grammy® nominee’s U.S. Top 10 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

To support the release of The Zombie Horror Picture Show, Rob Zombie is set to tour Europe across June and July. The 2014 dates are Zombie’s first European dates since 2012. That year saw Zombie also dominate the touring world, blowing away audiences on the road with Megadeth, then with Marilyn Manson for the “Twins of Evil Tour”, where Zombie and his band of maniacs brought their hair-raising theatrics, insane guitar riffs and vicious beats all around the world. 2014’s European run is set to cement Rob Zombie’s reputation as one of the most exciting and essential live touring acts.

In 1997, after the breakup of his multi-platinum group White Zombie, Zombie went on to achieve even greater success as a solo artist with several more multi-platinum and gold albums including Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge and Educated Horses.

As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of his music and films. Zombie has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $100 million.


ROB ZOMBIE: THE ZOMBIE HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
Superbeast
Super Charger Heaven
Living Dead Girl
We’re An American Band
More Human Than Human
Sick Bubblegum
Never Gonna Stop
Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
Meet The Creeper
Angry Red Planet
Mars Needs Women
House Of 1000 Corpses
Lords Of Salem
Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town
Thunder Kiss ‘65
Dragula

THE ZOMBIE HORROR PICTURE SHOW was filmed and recorded at:
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX (August 3, 2013)
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX (August 4, 2013)

* * *
ROB ZOMBIE: EUROPEAN TOUR 2014
Festivals unless stated

Thurs 5th June Solvesbord, Sweden Rock Festival. SWEDEN
Sat 7th June Nurburgring, Rock Am Ring. GERMANY
Sun 8th June Nuremberg, Rock Im Park. GERMANY
Mon 9th June Landgraaf, Pinkpop Festival. HOLLAND
Wed 11th June Muenster, Skater’s Palace. GERMANY headline
Thurs 12th June Paris, Bataclan. FRANCE headline
Fri 13th June Donnington, Download Festival. UK
Sun 15th June Nickelsdorf, Novarock Festival. AUSTRIA
Mon 16th June Budapest, Aerodrome Festival. HUNGARY
Tues 17th June Prague, Aerodome Festival. CZECH REPUBLIC
Fri 20th June Clisson, Hellfest Festival. FRANCE
Sun 22nd Jun Barcelona, St Jordi Club. SPAIN headline
Mon 23rd June Madrid, Riveria. SPAIN headline
Thurs 26th June Rome, Rock in Roma Open Air. ITALY w/Megadeth
Fri 27th June Milan, Ippodromo Del Galoppo Open Air. ITALY w/Megadeth
Sat 28th June Wetzikon, Eishalle Wetzikon. SWITZERLAND w/Megadeth
Sun 29th June Dessel, Graspop Festival. BELGIUM
Tues 1st July Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg. HOLLAND headline
Wed 2nd July Luxembourg, Rockhal. LUXEMBOURG headline
Fri 4th July Roskilde, Roskilde Festival. DENMARK
Sat 5th July Leipzig, Full Force Open Air Festival. GERMANY

 Coldrain Sign To Hopeless Records.

ColdrainWednesday 9th April 2014
Hopeless Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Nagoya, Japan rock band, coldrain. Fans can now watch the music video for their song 'The Revelation' on the official Hopeless Records YouTube channel here: http://smarturl.it/therevelationvideo

The song can also be purchased now on iTUNES here: http://smarturl.it/therevelationsingle

Formed in 2007 in Japan, five members of two local bands decided to come together and become more than just local. Composed of lead vocalist Masato, bassist RxYxO (Ryo), drummer Katsuma, and guitarists Y.K.C (Yokochi) and Sugi. Shortly after forming, the band set off for their first tour and played in 30 venues across Japan.

The band has seen major success in their home country with their previous EP 2012’s 'Through Clarity', produced by the award winning David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember), debuting at #8 on the daily chart, putting them at #14 on the Japanese national chart. Soon after, the band began a headline tour of 11 dates, selling out every venue. In 2013, coldrain co-headlined the completely sold out MONSTER ENERGY OUTBURN TOUR with Crossfaith and Miss May I.

After conquering Japan, the band now sets its sights on the rest of the world. A full-length album from the band will see its worldwide release this summer.

 Sonisphere Adds 12 More Bands To 2014 Festival.

SonisphereWednesday 9th April 2014
With just three months to go until the return of the mighty SONISPHERE festival to KNEBWORTH, a further twleve acts have been added to the star-packed line up.

After their late night trip down memory lane in 2010, million selling power trio Therapy? return to BOHEMIA, this time to perform their 1995 classic “Infernal Love”. Featuring chart topping hits such as “Stories”, “Loose” and “Diane”, “Infernal Love” went crashing into the top ten on its release. Now it comes alive again at SONISPHERE as Andy Cairns and co headline BOHEMIA’s Sunday. Says the man himself:

"Delighted to have been asked back to Sonisphere UK to perform "Infernal Love" in its entirety. Our "Troublegum" show there back in
2010 was a special night indeed and we are very much looking forward to playing our 1995 fan favourite at the UK’s premier rock festival. See you all July 6th on the Bohemia stage!"

It is with immense pride that SONISPHERE welcomes ATARI TEENAGE RIOT to the 2014 line up, for their first UK festival appearance since 2010. True pioneers, Alec Empire and crew have been spreading their message of political radicalism with mindblowing musical hybrids since 1992, blending everything from speed metal, acid and jungle with their techno base. So eclectic is their output, they have toured comfortably alongside Wu-Tang Clan, RATM, NIN, Ministry, Moby and Beck to name but a few, and will no doubt go down a storm amongst the veritable musical banquet on offer at Knebworth this July.

Despite being born in four separate cities in Japan, the members of BO NINGEN met and formed their band in the capital of England. Abandoning any conventional ideas of structure, the London-based four piece are lending a new definition to the word psychedelic, ignoring all the rules and doing things the BO NINGEN way. Given their proud unpredictability, setting expectations for their set in BOHEMIA would be redundant, save to say it is not to be missed.

Thrash-punk juggernaut TRASH TALK have a reputation for putting on highly energetic and wildly chaotic shows, making them a more than welcome addition to this year’s line up. Blending furious hardcore with the speediest of metal, their ceaseless touring across the world, from the US to Europe, Australia and Japan, has made them a formidable live act who never fail to deliver their loud, ugly goods.

Farnham four piece CANTERBURY make their SONISPHERE debut this year. Armed with huge songs and even bigger choruses, this promising young band have graced stages with The Automatic, Enter Shikari, Against Me, Twin Atlantic, You Me At Six and many more. Having released third album “Dark Days” earlier this year via the iconic Hassle Records label, CANTERBURY are on a sure and steady rise to the top.

Despite currently undergoing a headline tour of clubs in the UK, Rock-Pop trio LOSTALONE make songs destined for stadiums, and their increasingly rapid trajectory suggests that it won’t be too long before the prophecy made by the likes of Kerrang!, Classic Rock, NME and Rock Sound to name but a few comes to pass. Make sure you catch their set at BOHEMIA on the Friday and see why LOSTALONE’s live show earnt the full KKKKK mark in this week’s Kerrang! Magazine.

"To be able to say that we're playing Sonisphere festival is one of the most perfectly beautiful sentences I'll ever speak.” Enthuses frontman Steven Battelle. “Knebworth being the scene of Freddie Mercury's last ever performance with Queen is a spiritual home for true rock fans. To join a bill with Metallica, The Prodigy and IRON MAIDEN is a privilege. We intend to construct our own little piece of history."

Glasgow’s BLEED FROM WITHIN are ready to show the world what a world class metal band sounds like in 2014 and SONISPHERE is delighted to give them the opportunity to do just that. Last year’s “Uprising” is an utterly monstrous piece of work, stuffed to the gills with infectious hooks, killer riffs and moments of atmospheric and dynamic euphoria. Add to that an aggression only the streets of Glasgow can breed and you have the recipe for a gloriously punishing performance at Knebworth.

Hellacopters and Backyard Babies co-founder DREGEN brings his solo project to SONISPHERE this year. Released last September, “Dregen” is the Swedish star’s modern take on an era when decadence and glamour weren’t dirty words, when heels and musicians were generally high and the commercial and the credible could sit side by side. He tells us:

"I'm really excited to play Sonisphere as this will be my first UK festival as a solo-artist! The UK tour I did in December was a lot of fun so I can't wait to get back to wake the Brits up, Swedish style, on the very last day of the Festival, Sunday July 6th."

Blending hardcore, metal and UK grime, TRC are one of a kind and a more than welcome addition to the SONISPHERE line up. Notorious for their dangerous live shows and outspoken nature, famous for their imaginative music that perfectly encapsulates the concrete jungle of inner city London that houses them, and with amazing videos that rely on imagination and creativity rather than big budgets, TRC are the real deal. Says frontman Chris Robson:

"Absolutely honoured to be playing Sonisphere. It's the first time we're getting a chance to play tracks off of Nation to such a large audience, and they were written for this kind of environment. I am well up for causing some havoc on the day and hopefully winning over some new fans. I'm also up for a bit of Slayer."

Apocalyptic post punks BEASTMILK have been described in many different ways, from “a gloomier Joy Division, an angrier Echo & The Bunnymen, a medicated Killing Joke” to “a secret recording from a psychedelic mass located stylistically between Roky Erickson, early Misfits and The Devils Blood”, with many other names dropped in between. The one thing everyone DOES seem to agree on is that BEASTMILK are awesome, and with Team Sonisphere concurring, a slot at KNEBWORTH seemed the right thing to do.

“We're honoured and privileged to be playing Sonisphere with such greats as Metallica. We're really looking forward to giving the crowd a glimpse back to Metallica's punk influences, throwing up a dose of our apocalyptic death rock and make some of those head bangers dance”

MALEFICE have being punching, kicking, choking and headbutting their way through the UK metal scene since the release of critically acclaimed debut “Entities” in 2007. Brutal, belligerent, bold and undeniably British, MALEFICE have never been about compromise, doing exactly what they felt was right for them, ignoring trends, fashions, and anything else that takes away from their backbone – the music. A very welcome addition to this year’s line up, brace yourselves as the furious five piece tear you a new one.

“We're really fucking proud to be playing this year!” says frontman Dale Butler. “With a new record out this year you can guarantee we'll be showcasing new material so be sure you come and party with us.”

Last up is Brighton four piece GLASS CITY VICE. These unsigned alt-rockers take their influences from bands such as Manchester Orchestra, Brand New and Biffy Clyro. Having made a name for themselves gigging the local scene and releasing a series of EPs, GLASS CITY VICE step up for their first major festival performance at SONISPHERE.

Individual day and weekend tickets, as well as special VIP packages for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk.


LINE UP SO FAR:

Friday

APOLLO STAGE:

THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
ELECTRIC WIZARD
65DAYSOFSTATIC
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
YASHIN
CARNIFEX
LOSTALONE
CANTERBURY
TRC
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
HOUNDS
LITTLE MATADOR
MALEFICE
GLASS CITY VICE

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST

SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
WILKO JOHNSON
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
BLEED FROM WITHIN
STAMPIN GROUND
VOODOO SIX
THE HELL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
BABYMETAL
THE BRONX
GALLOWS
BO NINGEN
CHIODOS
KERBDOG
TRASH TALK
TRUCKFIGHTERS
SILVERSTEIN
THE CADILLAC THREE
ONLY CRIME
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
DREGEN
ITCH
BEASTMILK
KROKODIL


Across the weekend
BLACK SPIDERS BROKEN HANDS COLLIBUS EMP!RE FORT HOPE GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY THE LOUNGE KITTENS MAX RAPTOR THE ONE HUNDRED PALM READER RAGING SPEEDHORN TESSERACT THE SAFETY FIRE

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

 The Summer Set To Head Out On Tour.

The Summer SetWednesday 9th April 2014
The Summer Set had an incredible 2013 which included being selected as Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Stars, a sold-out UK headline dates, touring the UK with All Time Low and Sleeping With Sirens and opening the main stage at Slam Dunk Festival. The band also performed their forthcoming single "Lightning In A Bottle" as part of last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that aired on NBC in the US alongside Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more.

The acclaimed album Legendary was released in the spring, featuring their hit single "Boomerang", the accompanying video for the track has now racked up over 2.5 million youtube plays to date.

The Summer Set
Apr 12 – Leeds – Cockpit
Apr 13 – Sheffield – Corporation
Apr 15 – Newcastle – Academy 2
Apr 16 - Glasgow – King Tuts
Apr 17 – Manchester – Academy 3
Apr 18 – Birmingham – Academy 2
Apr 19- Bristol - Hit The Deck Festival
Apr 20- Nottingham- Hit The Deck Festival
Apr 22 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr 23 – London – Islington Academy

 Crowbar Release New Song.

CrowbarWednesday 9 th April 2014
Dark riff lords CROWBAR have unleashed an all new track titled "Walk With Knowledge Wisely." Frontman Kirk Windstein comments: "'Walk With Knowledge Wisely' is the perfect opener for 'Symmetry In Black.' It has every element of the CROWBAR sound and is like an anvil to the face. It's CROWBAR at its finest."

Hear the song at the following link: https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/crowbar-walk-with-knowledge

CROWBAR will release their new full length album “Symmetry in Black” on May 26, 2014 via Century Media Records in Europe and May 27, 2014 via eOne Records in North America. See below for the exact track-listing:

1. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
2. Symmetry In White
3. The Taste Of Dying
4. Reflection Of Deceit
5. Ageless Decay
6. Amaranthine
7. The Foreboding
8. Shaman Of Belief
9. Teach The Blind To See
10. A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing

The crushing signature sound of CROWBAR is at its peak on “Symmetry in Black”, the band’s most diverse yet cohesive release. It was co-produced with fellow New Orleans resident Duane Simoneaux, who worked on “Sever the Wicked Hand” and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose diverse credits include work with Lamb Of God, Gojira and Killer Be Killed. The 25 years of working on CROWBAR in fits and starts has culminated in a renewed focus on world domination, embarked upon by a tight knit lineup sharing a common goal. “We’ve grown so close as a band since this became my biggest focus,”Windstein says. “I’m always open to side things here and there, like Kingdom of Sorrow, but nothing is going to stand in the way of what CROWBAR does ever again. This is my musical focus.”

Windstein concludes, "The morale has never been higher since we were kids. It’s equivalent to when me and Jimmy and Todd first got this thing rolling back in 1989. I’m hungry again.”

CROWBAR is currently touring in Europe and also confirmed to play various festivals including Roadburn, Bloodstock, Hellfest and many more.

Hope ya’ love it slow, hard and heavy, because the rebirth of CROWBAR is upon us.

 We Are the Ocean Announce October Tour.

We Are The OceanWednesday 9th April 2014
After the success of 2012’s ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow,’ which saw We Are The Ocean storming the BBC Radio 1 playlist, with an addition to the A list for their track ‘Young Heart’, the Essex quartet now prepare to release new music and announce their first full UK headline tour since they brought a UK run to a stunning climax at London’s Koko 14 months ago.

With a release date to coincide with their UK tour, We Are The Ocean will return to Middle Farm Studios to record a brand new EP with Peter Miles (Blitz Kids, Dry The River) who produced their previous two records, ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow’ and ‘Go Now and Live.’ WATO will look to build on their new course seen with the release of ‘MT,MT.’ Of the new material Liam Cromby, guitarist and lead singer had to say “We wanted to step out of our normal boundaries of imagination with these new tracks, I think we've surprised ourselves and will surprise our fans with what we've come up with.”

Tickets for shows go on sale this Friday 11th April 2014, and will see WATO showcase new music alongside the raft of hits from their previous three albums. Alfie Scully, lead guitarist, says of the announcement “We’re so excited to announce that we're heading out on the road again, touring has always been a huge part of what we're about as a band. We always aim to make every one of our shows something to be remembered and this tour will be no exception to that”

With Jack Spence bassist adding, “Not playing a show for over half a year is a curse I would not wish on any musician, and we are chomping at the bit to get back on the touring circuit doing what we love, and making the most of every second on stage.”

Live Dates
Tue 14 Oct 2014 Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
Wed 15 Oct 2014 Bristol, Fleece
Thu 16 Oct 2014 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Sat 18 Oct 2014 Birmingham, Academy 2
Sun 19 Oct 2014 Manchester, Academy 3
Mon 20 Oct 2014 Leeds, Cockpit
Tue 21 Oct 2014 Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Thu 23 Oct 2014 London, Scala
Fri 24 Oct 2014 Reading, The Bowery District

 Machine Head announce Intimate Tour.

Machine HeadWednesday 9 th April 2014
Bay Area metal titans, MACHINE HEAD return to the UK this summer with an unexpected move set to delight their rabid 'Head Case' fanbase.

The band are set to play a short run of five super-special underplays, in much smaller clubs than they usually play.

Frontman Robb Flynn explains the logic behind this: "In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014. No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head fans that who don't often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities. I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus. We'd never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the most fun shows we've ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It's Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. What will be really cool is that in the UK, we've never done a club tour, it happened so fast for us there that other than a handful of epically insane, wildly drunken Ten Ton Hammer club shows, we've only played bigger halls, so we are really looking forward to giving our fans something special there. Plus, we've been hearing from our Scottish fans for decades that we need to get to Edinburgh!!! So finally, 21 years into our existence, we're coming and we're ready to fucking plunder Scotland!!!!"

Dates run as follows:
Tue 29th Jul - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Thu 31st Jul - EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms
Sat 2nd Aug - NEWCASTLE University
Sun 3rd Aug - NORWICH Waterfront
Mon 4th Aug - BRIGHTON Concorde

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 11th April and will be available from the ticketing links above.

MACHINE HEAD's new album is in the workings and expected to materialise later this year via brand new label, Nuclear Blast Records. However, their loyal fanbase can get a fiery taster of some brand new material on 19th April; 'Record Store Day'. The band are releasing a strictly limited gatefold 10" vinyl 'demo version' of new song, 'Killers & Kings'. The release will come in two different colours of vinyl; red or blue, and four different sleeves featuring tarot card designs; Death, The High Priestess, The Devil, and Strength. Side A features their demo version of 'Killers & Kings', and Side B features covers of 'Our Darkest Days' and 'Bleeding', two tracks by Southern CA hardcore band, Ignite.

 Insomnium Release New Video From Forthcoming Album.

InsomniumWednesday 9th April 2014
INSOMNIUM has launched a video for the first single “While We Sleep” of their upcoming album “Shadows Of The Dying Sun”, out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America via Century Media Records. The glamorous clip, which was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz (produced by grupa13.com - Behemoth, Sonata Arctica, Kreator etc.) - check it out Here

INSOMNIUMs Ville Friman says: “Couple of weeks ago we travelled to Wroclaw, Poland, to shoot the first music video from "Shadows of the Dying Sun". This time we decided to work with a Polish production company, Grupa 13, whose work includes new Behemoth video amongst others. The song we chose for the video is called "While We Sleep". It's a wistful song with all typical Insomnium elements included - riffs, melodies, aggression, sorrow, grandeur and hope. We shot everything within one day and it was really a pleasure to work with such a professional film group. Everything went smoothly and we are amazed and very happy with the ending result. You really can't complain when the film group provides you vodka schnaps between the takes. We sincerely hope that you'll like the ending result as much as we do.”

More details are being made available on INSOMNIUM’s 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun' release - the album will contain 10 tracks, the official track listing is as follows:

1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep
3. Revelation
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
8. Ephemeral (album version)
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun

 The Offspring To Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of 'Smash' With Live Shows This Summer.

OffspringTuesday 8th April 2014
20 years ago today, The Offspring released their breakout album Smash on Epitaph Records and made history. To celebrate the band will begin playing the album in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the Summer with soon to be announced US Smash dates. Visit Offspring.com for the full list of current tour dates and to see which dates are the designated Smash shows.

This August, Epitaph will also commemorate the anniversary with a special 20th Anniversary Edition of Smash. The Offspring’s Dexter Holland and Noodles, as well as Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz, recently shared their thoughts in a retrospective just posted to RollingStone.com

SMASH 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION CD/VINYL
• Available now for pre-order via Offspring.com, this package will ship and be in stores in mid-August 2014 from Epitaph Records. The Smash 20th Anniversary Edition will include the following:
• LP version containing the original 14 album tracks newly remastered on 180-gram vinyl
• CD version containing the original 14 album tracks from the most recent remastering
• Restyled album package artwork
• Large format 24 page booklet featuring never before seen archive photos by Lisa Johnson
• Firsthand recollections and quotes from the band and others telling the story of that historic time

In addition to special 20th Anniversary merchandise, the band are also offering a “collector’s box” combo as a companion piece to the Smash 20th Anniversary Edition. The box will feature both the CD/Vinyl package and a curated collection of commemorative items including a custom wood box, art print, photo prints, pin, patch, replica pass and guitar pick. A pre-order for is available now via Offspring.com- for the first 250 ordered, the art print will be on fine art linen canvas, numbered and signed by the artist and band. All orders placed in the first 24 hours will receive a special hand-stamped first day of release card as well.

Smash has sold over six million copies in the United States alone - certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Selling 11 million copies worldwide, Smash is the best-selling independent label album of all time.

The Offspring’s album Smash was an impactful and immediate hit when released in 1994, making a place for the band in an exciting and significant time for alternative music. The album's first single "Come Out and Play" hit number 1 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The following single, "Self Esteem" peaked at number 4, and "Gotta Get Away" hit number 6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Track Charts.

The Offspring European Tourdates

3 May Meerhout, Belgium - Groezrock
5 June Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
6 June - Bulligny, France - Festival Jardin du Michel
8 June - Szántód, Hungary - Pannonia Festival
9 June - Nuremberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
12 June - Neuchatel, Switzerland - Festi'neuch
13 June - Donington Park, UK - Download Festival
15 June - Nickelsdorf, Austria - Nova Rock 2014
21 June - Montendre, France - Free Music Festival
27 June - Tallinn, Estonia - Tallinn Star Weekend
28 June - Norrköping, Sweden - Bråvalla Festival 2014
28 June - 3 July Tromoy, Norway - Hove Festival
2 July - Nibe, Denmark - Nibe Festival
4 July - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock Festival 2014
6 July - Sofia, Bulgaria - Sofia Rocks 2014

 Saves The Day To Release New Album And Head Out On Tour.

Saves The DayTuesday 8th April 2014
Saves The Day are set to release their eighth studio album this spring on EQUAL VISION RECORDS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EASY LIFE/SONY RED for the UK release. The self-titled record will be released on 14th April and not only starts a new relationship with Easy Life/Sony Red but reunites the band with the label that helped shape them into the seminal act they are today. The album was produced by Saves The Day, engineered by Marc Hudson and mixed by Rob Schnapf, marking the first time the band has worked with Schnapf since 2003’s In Reverie.

Saves The Day frontman Chris Conley explains, “Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we put out the debut Saves The Day album on Equal Vision Records. Back then, I was just a kid, 17 years old and still in high school. Somehow, after our demo was rejected by all the other indie labels of the time, Steve from EVR called us up on a landline and asked if we’d like to make a record. We were in the middle of rehearsing some new songs in a basement somewhere in New Jersey, and we dropped our instruments and jumped up and down, excited and amazed. No way to know that when we got the call it was the beginning of what would be an incredible journey through the world of music and beyond. In retrospect, I can see clearly that without Steve and Equal Vision Records, there would be no Saves The Day. After all these years, I still hold holy gratitude in my heart for Steve and his faith in our music. Signing back to Equal Vision feels like coming home.”

Lead single ‘In The In Between’ is available digitally from 14th April and the video can be viewed Here
Saves The Day will be returning to our shores later this week and heading out on a UK tour with old friends, Brand New, including performances at Hit The Deck Festival and a very special late night show on 12th April.

Saves The Day - Saves The Day - Tracklisting
1. Remember
2. In The In Between
3. Beyond All Of Time
4. Ain’t No Kind Of Love
5. Lucky Number
6. Xenophobic Blind Left Hook
7. The Tide Of Our Times
8. Supernova
9. Verona
10. Ring Pop
11. Stand In The Stars

UK TOUR WITH BRAND NEW
FRI 11TH APRIL Guildhall, Southampton
SAT 12TH APRIL Troxy, London
SAT 12TH APRIL Dukes, London (LATE NIGHT HEADLINE SHOW)
SUN 13TH APRIL The Peel, Kingston (HEADLINE SHOW)
MON 14TH APRIL O2 Academy, Leeds
TUES 15TH APRIL Barrowlands, Glasgow
WED 16TH APRIL O2 Academy, Newcastle
FRI 18th APRIL O2 Academy, Manchester
SAT 19th APRIL Hit The Deck Festival, Bristol
SUN 20th APRIL Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham

 Fact To Release Al;bum And Embark On UK Tour.

FactTuesday 8th April 2014
After bursting into the consciousness of fans of heavy music, both nationally and internationally with the release of 2009’s self-titled major label debut, FACT has gone on to become one of Japan’s biggest and best-loved rock bands of the decade.

With the band’s last two records charting in the Top 10 in their native Japan and with international releases through Vagrant, Hassle and Good Fight Music, the band has continued to enhance their burgeoning reputation with intensive touring, both on home turf and across the United States and Europe – touring which has seen them play on the main stage at festivals such as Sonisphere (UK) and Summer Sonic (Japan), as well as forge a hardcore following with a series of club tours alongside established international touring acts Your Demise, Iwrestledabearonce, Senses Fail and Memphis May Fire amongst many others.

Having gained a member on vocals and guitar in early 2012 (unusually for a Japanese band, said new member is actually an Englishman), FACT have spent the last two years carefully tweaking and perfecting their newly bulked-up sound, heading to Orlando, Florida in the Autumn of 2013 to record with world-renowned producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge, …).

The result is ‘Witness’, the band’s fourth album through Japanese major label Maximum 10/AVEX, fifth in total, and more importantly first album as a six-piece. Now with a triple guitar attack and lead vocals playing back and forth between Hiro and Adam, that the band is peaking creatively is unquestionable. From the down-tuned, hardcore roar of “Disclosure”, through the cheekily playful yet powerful “Ape”, to the classic hooky yet technical FACT sound of “Miles Away”, ‘Witness’ is not only overflowing with creativity, it’s more importantly jam-packed with incredible songs.

If you’re looking for style over substance visuals, day-glo synth silliness or superfluous beatdowns, then you’ve definitely come to the wrong place. However, if what you’re after is one of the most exhilarating, captivating rock records of 2014 then ‘Witness’ is going to be right up your street.

'WITNESS' is available to stream on Spotify now ahead of it's UK retail release on May 5th.
Stream the album here:
http://open.spotify.com/album/7850xnTtJXe2CLxkPcW0jl

UK DATES w/ MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
Thur 10th April Birmingham O2 Academy - SOLD OUT
Fri 11th April Manchester Academy 3 - SOLD OUT
Sat 12th Newcastle Academy 2
Sun 13th April Glasgow Cathouse - SOLD OUT
Tues 15th April Leeds Cockpit
Wed 16th April London KOKO
Thurs 17th April Southampton Talking Heads - SOLD OUT
Fri 18th April Plymouth White Rabbit

 Opeth Announce New Album.

OpethTuesday 8th April 2014
Swedish progressive titans OPETH unleash their hugely anticipated eleventh studio album, 'Pale Communion' via Roadrunner Records on 16th June.

'Pale Communion', which follows the band's 2011 critically lauded prog masterpiece 'Heritage', was produced by OPETH's own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime friend and collaborator, Porcupine Tree visionary Steven Wilson. The opus will be preceded by lead single, 'Cusp of Eternity' and is available for pre-order via iTunes on Tuesday, May 6th. Pre-orders for the album made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of 'Cusp of Eternity,' with multiple formats also available via both the Roadrunner Records Webstore and O Merch.

The new material finds OPETH once again challenging the boundaries of extreme music. In a recent interview with VICE’s Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated, “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album… there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall… I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process.”

After an initial hearing at Roadrunner's NY offices, Metal Injection’s Greg Kennelty broke down the album in an early 'track by track' analysis, exclaiming “This record knows exactly what it's doing and nails it through and through… one of my favourite records of 2014. If not my favourite record of 2014.”

Tracklisting;
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others

 Norma Jean Announce UK Tour.

Norma JeanTuesday 8th April 2014
Following the release of Norma Jean’s 6th album Wrongdoers, the band is now embarking upon a 5-date UK tour. The new album showed expanded categories for their life and music and received a mass of gleaming reviews.

Wrongdoers came together amidst many setbacks, frustrations and creative tensions but the resulting eleven songs stand proudly among the sharpest blades ever fashioned by the unit.

Natural expectations would peg the band's sixth record as their most atrophied and furious. Not so. “This is an album about what connects everyone,” Says Brandan. “You can hear a title like Wrongdoers and think of the word in an accusatory or hostile manner, but we see it is as a positive thing. Our wrong is something that brings everyone into the same light. No one escapes that category and it actually brings us together, we are united by it.”

Wrongdoers is not the extra chapter at the end of a great book, it's the beginning of a whole new story. You may be familiar with the visceral language and palette employed by Norma Jean, but this is a new sound, powerfully regenerated and re-imagined for what lies ahead.

The band is returning to the UK this month. Please see tour dates below:

April
Friday 25th Manchester, Roadhouse
Saturday 26th Glasgow, Scotland Classic Grand
Sunday 27th Birmingham. A7 O2 Academy
Monday 28th Southampton, Joiners
Tuesday 29th London, O2 Academy, Islington

 Bryan Adams Announces 30th Anniversary Tour.

Bryan AdamsTuesday 8th April 2014
Live Nation are delighted to announce that rock superstar Bryan Adams, will be plugging in once again and hitting the road with a full band this November to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the multi-million selling album, ‘Reckless’. Bryan Adams tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 11th April and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

This will be the first time Bryan has done a full headline tour of the UK since 2011. He will be performing a set that will honour not only the 30th Anniversary of 'Reckless’ – a deluxe version of which will be released via UMC/Polydor on September 8th featuring exclusive expanded bonus material – but also his endless catalogue of anthemic hits.

Since its release in 1984, ‘Reckless’ has gone three times Platinum in the UK alone. It spawned huge hits such as "Run to You", "Kids Wanna Rock", “Somebody", "Summer of '69", “One Night Love Affair" and "It's Only Love" a duet with the incomparable Tina Turner. 'Reckless' also gave Bryan is first U.S. #1 on Billboard with "Heaven" as well as a Diamond Award for over a million sold in his home country of Canada. The album was the turning point in Adams' career, as his music opened up new country's, resulting in his hugely successful World Wide in '85 Tour.

As Canada's best known ambassador, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold upward of 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. He has been awarded the Order of Canada, has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Adams has been been nominated for, and won several Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammy's, has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into Wembley's Square of Fame.

RECKLESS - 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR:
November 2014

Thursday 13 Capital FM Arena Nottingham
Friday 14 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Saturday 15 Echo Arena, Liverpool
Sunday 16 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 18 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 19 Birmingham LG Arena
Friday 21 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 22 The O2, London
Sunday 23 Phones 4u Arena Manchester
Tuesday 25 first direct arena, Leeds
Wednesday 26 Wembley Arena

Bryan Adams tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 11th April priced at £39.50 regionally, £42.00 for Wembley and £38.50 / £45.00 for The O2 London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 Babymetal To Play Sonisphere Festival.

BabymetalTuesday 8th April 2014
One of the best things about being in 2014 is that when something happens which is truly unique, no matter where in the world it happens, everyone knows out about it.

The latest musical phenomenon to go viral is Japan's BABYMETAL, and Team Sonisphere snapped them up to join this year's line up. Since uploading latest single "Gimme Chocolate!!" less than two months ago, anyone with even a passing interest in music will be aware of the teenage trio's blend of Icon Pop and Heavy Metal. Generating over 5 million views, seemingly out of nowhere, the music press was forced to stand up and take notice, with premier rock publications like Kerrang! and Metal Hammer featuring the band, alongside mainstream outlets such as The Guardian and USA Today.

Innovators will always divide opinion, and announcing that BABYMETAL's debut performance in the UK will be on a bill that also boasts IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, ALICE IN CHAINS and MASTODON will no doubt cause some anguished cries from the purists, but one thing is certain - anyone lucky enough to squeeze into the BOHEMIA tent on SONISPHERE'S SUNDAY will be rewarded with an all singing, all dancing show the likes of which the UK has never seen before.

“I am so honored that we are confirmed to play Sonisphere Festival UK.” Declares SU-METAL. “There are so many different types of artists playing this festival but I hope to deliver a one and only, unique style metal - BABYMETAL - even to those who will see us for the very first time.
This will be our very first time in the UK, which makes us nervous yet excited just imagining what type of people will come and see us, what sort of show it will end up being, and whether the audience will enjoy our show.”

She continues, “We'll hopefully get to see Metallica-san's performance again after witnessing them at Summer Sonic festival in Japan which we are very excited about. Put your KITSUNE sing up!! See you!!”


Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk.

Look out for another announcement with eleven more bands tomorrow at 5pm.

LINE UP SO FAR:

Friday
APOLLO STAGE:
THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:

ELECTRIC WIZARD
65DAYSOFSTATIC
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
YASHIN
CARNIFEX
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
HOUNDS
LITTLE MATADOR

Saturday
APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST

SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
WILKO JOHNSON
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
STAMPIN GROUND
VOODOO SIX
THE HELL

Sunday
APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE BRONX
GALLOWS
BABYMETAL
CHIODOS
KERBDOG
TRUCKFIGHTERS
SILVERSTEIN
THE CADILLAC THREE
ONLY CRIME
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
ITCH
KROKODIL


Across the weekend
BLACK SPIDERS BROKEN HANDS COLLIBUS EMP!RE FORT HOPE GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY THE LOUNGE KITTENS MAX RAPTOR THE ONE HUNDRED PALM READER RAGING SPEEDHORN TESSERACT THE SAFETY FIRE

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk

 The Ocean Announce UK Tour Dates.

The OceanTuesday 8th April 2014
THE OCEAN have announced a run of UK and Irish dates in the lead up to their UK Tech-Fest 2014 appearance. A handful of shows have been confirmed for July. Those dates can be seen below.

ROBIN STAPS is eager to get back:
"We only hit London and Damnation Fest in Leeds on our last Euro headliner tour, so we're happy to return to the UK now for another cool festival. We're also excited to get back to Ireland, we haven't been there since 2009 and have really good memories of our last tour over there".

At UK Tech-Fest 2014 they will join Vildhjarta, Glass Cloud along with a host of others including: The Safety Fire, The Eyes Of A Traitor, Deadly Circus Fire and many more. Europe's first ever progressive and technical metal outdoor festival, returns 10-14 July 2014 with a crushing next-generation metal line-up. Back for its third year, the festival has upgraded venue to the prestigious Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. For more info: http://www.uktechfest.com

THE OCEAN
July 2014
8th LEEDS ˆ Cockpit
9th GLASGOW - Audio
10th DUBLIN ˆ Fibber Magees
11th CORK ˆ Cyprus Avenue
12th MANCHESTER ˆ Academy 3
13th UK TECH-FEST 2014 @ Newark Showground

 Breathe Carolina Release New Videos.

Breathe CarolineTuesday 8th April 2014
BREATHE CAROLINA are thrilled to premiere 2 new songs from their forthcoming album. The music video for their new song ‘Sellouts’ (Ft. Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria) is now online along with ‘Chasing Hearts’ (Ft. Tyler Carter of Issues). Both feature on the album ‘Savages’ – due for release April 14th on Fearless Records.

Alongside the new songs, the band has launched the pre-order for the new album both physically on the Fearless web-store and digitally on iTunes. With each pre-order, fans will receive an instant download of ‘Sellouts’.

Check out the music video at the links below.
‘Sellouts’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdNk3Rcb80E&feature=youtu.be?
‘Chasing Hearts’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vuolJsGQcuM
iTUNES PRE-ORDER: http://smarturl.it/SavagesBC?
CD PRE-ORDER: http://smarturl.it/SAVAGESPRE

Released April 14th 2014 the album sees the unit once again treading boldly into fresh territory, delving heavier into the electronic dance world while staying true to their rock roots, a combination that sounds equally at home in a club, or lighting up packed fields at Warped Tour. Featuring guest vocals from pop artist Karmin, and rock frontmen Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Tyler Carter (Issues), Savages solidifies the band’s unique ability to straddle multiple musical styles and blend it into a sound all their own, a sound that is as infectious as it is euphoric - and about to become the soundtrack to your summer.

Known for their genre-bending fuse of rock and electro-pop, the band skyrocketed to mainstream attention with their platinum selling 2012 single entitled ‘Blackout,’ which hit the top 15 on Top 40 radio, and their seductively addictive music video for single ‘Hit and Run’ which has received over 1.6 million YouTube views. The band's pulse-pounding beats have landed placements on MTV Hills and The City, NBC's The Tonight Show, 30 Rock, and Monday Night Football, and have garnered press from noteworthy outlets such as MTV, USA Today, New York Times, Playboy.com, Alternative Press, and a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. With their strongest record right around the corner -- the band is poised to launch into 2014 bigger and better than ever.

 Off! Announce October Tour.

OffTuesday 8th April 2014
Punk/hardcore luminaries OFF! are set to return this October, bringing their short, sharp bolts of noise back to the UK for the first time since the summer of 2012. Following the release this week of their highly-anticipated new album ‘Wasted Years’ via Vice Records, led by former Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris, OFF! have cranked their blasts of rage and energy up a notch to maximum effect. Recorded live to 8-track half-inch tape at the quartet’s practice space, ‘Wasted Years’ is simply the most direct and in-your-face realization of OFF!’s mission yet. The album is available for purchase here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/wasted-years/id815822414

Support on all UK dates will come from regular touring partners Cerebral Ballzy, whose snotty New York hardcore rock n’roll is the perfect accompaniment to OFF!’s hardcore rage. Duck for cover at the following dates:

October
2nd Bristol The Exchange
3rd London Oslo
4th Sheffield Queens Social Club
5th Glasgow King Tuts
7th Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
8th Brighton The Haunt

 Itch Announces More Tour Dates.

ItchMonday 7th April 2014
Fresh from releasing his massive debut album The Deep End, iTCH has announced the support acts for his headline show at London’s 100 Club on May 6th. Sure to excite fans of his former band The King Blues, main support will come from former bandmate Jamie Jazz’s new act Bleach Blood. Other acts handpicked by iTCH to play at the show are Welsh bass/grime collective Astroid Boys and new South London hip-hop band Polar Zu. Tickets are available now.

iTCH says: "So excited to announce the supports for the 100 club on Tues May 6th. We have the brilliant Polar Zu, the incomparable Astroid Boys and the highly sexual Bleach Blood. Will there be a special encore…?"

Bleach Blood’s Jamie Jazz says: “We’re really excited. It’s been a few years since we’ve worked together and really happy our projects are coming to get together at the same time. The 100 Club was very special venue for The King Blues so it’s fitting that we’re coming together again here in the heart of London.”

iTCH’s debut album was recently released by Red Bull Records and features the singles ‘Life Is Poetry’, ‘Best Shot’ and ‘Homeless Romantic’ feat. Adam Lazzara'. The Deep End is available now via iTunes.

As well as the headline show, iTCH will also continue the second leg of his tour with Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip. Dates below.

April
22nd Wolves Slade Rooms*
23rd Preston 53 degrees*
24th Liverpool East Village*
25th Warwick Warwick arts centre*
26th Chester The Live Rooms*
27th Reading Sub 89*
28th Plymouth White Rabbit*
29th Bournemouth Old Fire Station*

May
1st Bath Komedia*
3rd Nottingham Rescue *
6th London 100 Club – HEADLINE SHOW

* with Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip

 Toseland Head Back Out On Tour.

ToselandFriday 4th April 2014
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) 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 “Crash Landing”. 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.

The band have teamed up with Pledge Music to launch the album. Simply go to www.pledgemusic.com/toseland. Once you have pledged you will get access to exclusive content, tour blogs and streams of other tracks from the album.

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).

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sat 5th April Manchester, Apollo (with Status Quo)
Sun 6th April Leamington Spa, Zephyr
Mon 7th April Newcastle, Academy 2
Tues 8th April Glasgow, Academy (with Status Quo)
Wed 9th April Stoke, Sugarmill
Fri 11th April Poole, Mr Kypps
Sat 12th April Bristol, Exchange
Sun 13th April Southampton, Talking Heads
Mon 14th April Sheffield, Academy 2

 Blackberry Smoke Announce UK And Europe Tour Dates.

Blackberry SmokeFriday 4th April 2014
Atlanta-based southern rockers BLACKBERRY SMOKE announced dates earlier this week for a European tour, with tickets now on sale for the UK leg.

Following an exclusive pre-sale for UK fans on Wednesday, tickets are now on sale to the general public and sure to be snapped up fast following the band's recent sold out UK tour. BLACKBERRY SMOKE's latest album, THE WHIPPOORWILL, was released in Europe in February and stormed into the UK albums chart at number 30.

Get tickets for the UK shows now at http://bit.ly/bbs-tickets

See BLACKBERRY SMOKE on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Oct. 15 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
Oct. 16 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Oct. 17 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 19 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Oct. 21 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
Oct. 22 - Birmingham, UK - The Institute
Oct. 24 - Paris, France - Alhambra
Oct. 25 - Cologne, Germany - Kantine
Oct. 26 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropool
Oct. 27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Oct. 29 - Leuven, Belgium - Depot
Oct. 30 - Mannheim, Germany - Alte Seilerei
Oct. 31 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex Klub
Nov. 02 - Nuremburg, Germany - Hirsh
Nov. 03 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
Nov. 04 - Esbjerg, Denmark - Tobakken
Nov. 06 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
Nov. 07 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Nov. 08 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Nov. 09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tryol

 Ian Anderson Offers Song For Download.

Ian AndersonFriday 4th April 2014
Ahead of the release of legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson’s new album Homo Erraticus, due to be released on 11th April in Germany, the 14th April in UK & Europe & 15th April in USA & Canada via on his own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope. Fans have an opportunity to download an exclusive mix of the track ‘Enter The Uninvited’

Check out the lyric video and download the track here:
http://www.kscopemusic.com/artists/iananderson/

If you can’t wait until release date you can listen to edits of the full Homo Erraticus album at the new Ian Anderson website:
http://homoerraticus.com/samples/

In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick As A Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real. Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. Homo Erraticus marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future; visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

Ian Anderson begins an extensive touring schedule in the UK in April, which will include various summer festivals , the US and mainland Europe – check www.jethrotull.com for regular updates

 The Temperance Movement Tour.

The Temperance MovementFriday 4th April 2014
Britain's best loved rock 'n' roll band, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, have released a brand new music video for the track "Take It Back".

Taken from their self-titled debut album, the video for "Take It Back" was filmed with director CHARLIE MILLER of The Mono Grande, and is premiering now on the homepage of Clash Magazine at http://bit.ly/ttmclash

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT's debut album stormed into the UK album charts at number 12 on its release in September 2013, and since then the band have gone from strength to strength, selling out concert venues around the UK and Europe.

The band have just wrapped up a string of European dates and will be returning to the UK to kick off a headlining tour on April 21st, before heading back to continental Europe for a second leg of shows.

Join the Movement at the following shows:

Apr. 21 - Lincoln, UK - Engine Shed
Apr. 22 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Apr. 23 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Apr. 25 - Glasgow, UK - Queen Margaret Union (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 26 - Aberdeen, UK - The Lemon Tree (SOLD OUT)
Apr. 27 - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle University
Apr. 28 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Metropolitan University
Apr. 30 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
May 01 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
May 02 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
May 03 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff University Great Hall

May 07 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
May 08 - Cologne, Germany - Blue Shell
May 09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
May 10 - Nyon, Switzerland - La Parenthese
May 12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Keller Club
May 14 - Paris, France - Le Nouveau Casino
May 15 - Roubaix, France - La Cave au Poetes
May 16 - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot Power Stage
May 17 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat


 Fozzy Back With New Single 'Lights Go Out'.

FozzyFriday 4th April 2014
When "Lights Go Out", the new era of FOZZY will officially be upon us.

FOZZY - frontman Chris Jericho, guitarists Rich Ward and Billy Grey, bassist Paul Dileo and drummer Frank Fontsere - will release their new single "Lights Go Out" April 28 across all digital platforms. It will be the first single from the band's upcoming sixth studio album, set to hit stores this summer.

"’Lights Go Out’ represents a brand new color in the FOZZY spectrum", says Chris Jericho of the new single. "Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history - it doesn't matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, 'Lights Go Out' will make you move!"

The band return to the North American tour circuit in late April, check their website for the full touring schedule. The first chance to see FOZZY live in Europe will be mainstage at this year’s Download Festival in UK.

Also recently announced is the October 13, 2014 release of “The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea”, Chris Jericho's third autobiography and the sequel to his New York Times bestsellers “A Lion's Tale” and “Undisputed”.

Still can't get enough Jericho? Check out the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, which features the multi-faceted superstar interviewing guests from the all over the world of pop-culture and entertainment twice weekly, every Wednesday and Friday. The podcast has already reached No. 1 in seven countries and is one of the marquee programs on the PodcastOne network, featuring guests as diverse as comedian and TV host Howie Mandel, ghosthunter Jeff Belanger, professional athletes and wrestling superstars, and fellow musicians such as Dave Mustaine, M. Shadows and Ace Frehley.
Click here http://podcastone.com/Talk-Is-Jericho to listen to and download episodes, as well as subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.

 Alkaline Trio To Head Out On UK Tour.

Alkaline TrioThursday 3rd April 2014
Cult Rock heroes Alkaline Trio have announced details of an extensive European Tour, taking place in April and May. The tour will kick off in Oxford (UK) on April 15th and include headlining shows as well as festival appearances like Groezrock Festival in Belgium and Monster Bash Festival in Germany. Punk rockers Bayside will join Alkaline Trio on all European dates. The full list is below:

15-April, 2014 - Oxford –O2 Academy – UK - Tickets
16-April, 2014 - Norwich - Waterfront - UK
17-April, 2014 - Nottingham - Rock City – UK
19-April, 2014 - Leeds - Metropolitan University- UK
20-April, 2014 - Newcastle –O2 Academy- UK
21-April, 2014 - Glasgow – O2 ABC- UK
22-April, 2014 - Manchester - Ritz - UK
24-April, 2014 - Birmingham - Institute - UK
25-April, 2014 - Bristol – O2 Academy - UK
26-April, 2014 - London - Forum – UK
27-April, 2014 - Portsmouth - Pyramids - UK

Alkaline Trio will be touring in support of their latest album My Shame Is True, released in April last year on Epitaph. The album, recorded with Bill Stevenson (of punk legends The Descendents and Black Flag_ and Jason Livermore, contains 40 minutes of passionate punk-filled rock that showcases guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant at their absolute best.

Since emerging in 1996, Alkaline Trio have become one of punk rock’s most progressive and unique bands of the last decade, rousing a dedicated legion of passionate supporters with eight fan-adored albums and relentless world-wide touring.

 The Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Tour Kicks Off This Month.

Alkaline TrioThursday 3rd April 2014
Plans are already well underway for the Vans Warped Tour’s 2014 return to Europe, but to wet fans appetites - the people behind the World’s best loved touring punk rock festival are proud to bring the Acoustic Basement Tour to the UK.

Hitting some of the UK’s most intimate venues this April, The Acoustic Basement Tour will be headlined by none other than Geoff Rickly of post-hardcore pioneers Thursday and United Nations. Geoff is joined on this 11 date tour by Koji, Rob Lynch and Acoustic Basement pioneer Brian Marquis.

The full list of dates is as follows:
April 2014:
20 Southampton Joiners
21 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
22 London Borderline
23 Bristol Thekla
24 Norwich Epic Studios
25 Nottingham Basement
26 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
27 Glasgow ABC 2
28 Sheffield Corporation
29 Leeds Cockpit
30 Manchester Deaf Institute

 Napalm Death Announce 2 New Projects.

Napalm DeathThursday 3rd April 2014
After a successful run of dates all across Europe including shows with Hatebreed and The Exploited, Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are proud to announce 2 very special projects that have been in the works recently.

First of all and as of today, NAPALM DEATH are launching a special cover song of the track “”To Go Off And Things” by the Cardiacs via their bandcamp site as charity download.

NAPALM DEATH’s bass-player Shane Embury checked in to comment as follows: "Since I was blessed with being introduced to CARDIACS way back in 1986 they have been one of my favorite bands of all time! Getting to meet and become friends with Tim Smith, the musical genius behind it all, over the years was an added bonus. Tim always struck me as a person with a massive heart, who had a very pure and innocent view of the world in which we live in - something i totally related to, as the world can be a dark place - he radiated happiness. We shared many fun and elaborate conversations after CARDIACS shows in the early 90's and I loved every minute of every conversation with him. I could go on and on for hours about how amazing his music is and the immense influence it has had on my life but suffice to say this cover of "To Go Off And Things" that we have recorded is in tribute to the brilliance that is Tim Smith - it is the least we can do for a man who has given us so much.

Tim has unfortunately been severely unwell for a few years now and we hope with this recording made available to everyone for download on our bandcamp site for only £1 (you can pay more if your heart so desires!) we can help raise some money to go towards Tim's rehabilitation! We hope you like our version of the song and find it in your heart to donate something towards such a worthy cause...Thanks for taking the time to read this.”

Metal Hammer UK’s Dom Lawson penned the following writing to enhance the launch:

“Cardiacs. The greatest band that ever walked the Earth. The greatest sound that ever entered my ears. The greatest. Ever. Now and forever.

For those who know about Cardiacs, nothing further needs to be said. For those who don’t? Well, what a glorious world of life-affirming and miraculous music awaits you. Even though chief Cardiac and undisputed Lord Of All Genius And Musical Splendour – the inimitable Tim Smith – has been severely unwell for a number of years, the music he wrote and performed with Cardiacs remains as vital and vibrant as ever. It’s all brilliant. Every last note. It will make you smile, laugh, dance, cry, explode with joy and wonder and magic and glory. And greatness. Always greatness. Great.

NAPALM DEATH are another one of the greatest bands ever to walk the Earth, but even they know that Cardiacs are the greatest of them all. Hence this cranium-decimating cover of one of Tim Smith’s spikiest and snottiest creations, To Go Off And Things, recorded in tribute to the man (and the band) but also as a humble gesture to raise funds for Tim’s ongoing rehabilitation. Not just because the world would be an immeasurably better place if he was able to make some MORE amazing music – but also because Tim has earned our love and respect. Worthy of laudation. The greatest. Ever.

Listen to NAPALM DEATH’s version of ‘To Go Off And Things’. Then go and listen to every Cardiacs song ever recorded. And then go and listen to every NAPALM DEATH song ever recorded. Go off and things. Listen. To the greatest band that ever walked the Earth. Ever.

Now and forever. Cardiacs. Always. The greatest.”

Head over to support this good cause and purchase/donate (£1 or more at own choice!) the cover song here: http://napalm-death.bandcamp.com

In other news, NAPALM DEATH are pleased to announce the release of a limited and exclusive vinyl 12” EP entitled “Our Pain Is Their Power” to commemorate their very special Roadburn Festival appearance on April 10th. Here is the press release from Roadburn Festival about it:

The Roadburn only vinyl releases have become a tradition over the last few years. Proceedings started in 2012 with the Voivod – Live At Roadburn 2011 LP and the Ulver Roadburn EP, followed last year by Dread Sovereign’s 'Pray To The Devil In Man' EP and the Godflesh live Streetcleaner set. This year is no exception, and we once more present a special release for you: In conjunction with the special live set concentrating on the slower, painful, dirgy elements of NAPALM DEATH at this year’s festival, we will release NAPALM DEATH’s “Our Pain Is Their Power” EP to commemorate their appearance at Roadburn 2014 on Thursday, April 10th.

NAPALM DEATH’s “Our Pain Is Their Power” EP collects those slower tracks that drip with sonic anguish from the last few albums onto one EP in a one-time run of 500 copies, to be sold at the Roadburn Festival 2014.

The tracklist is as follows:

Side A:
1. Persona Non Grata
2. Smear Campaign
3. Atheist Runt

Side B:
1. Morale
2. Our Pain Is Their Powe
3. Weltschmerz (Extended Apocalyptic Power)
More details can be found here: http://www.roadburn.com

NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark 'Barney' Greenway checked in as follows about the release: "I think it's fair to say that live and on album NAPALM DEATH has always had more of an emphasis on a bare bones approach - just hit the 'go button' and it should all just about stay on the rails. However, there are other layers to the band and recently we've been in situations with more potential to pluck those from our repertoire. So, this EP gives you a significant flavour of that - as will the live performance. Although the music isn't entirely identical, I feel the moroseness and sheer desperate bludgeon of early Swans is a big factor for us in creating this different type of mood. Hopefully we can emulate that kind of power."

Here is a list of all upcoming 2014 live-dates by NAPALM DEATH, including several new additions (*):

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2014:
Presented by Rage Wear, OX Fanzine, Slam Magazine & Fuze Mag.
10.04.2014 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - Roadburn Festival
11.04.2014 Pontoise (France) - Observatoire + Hammercult
12.04.2014 Creil (France) - Grange a Musique + Hammercult
13.04.2014 Nantes (France) - Ferrailleur + Hammercult
14.04.2014 Paris (France) - Fleche d'Or + Hammercult
15.04.2014 Lyon (France) - CCO + Hammercult
16.04.2014 Toulouse (France) - Le Metronom + Hammercult
17.04.2014 Angouleme (France) - La Nef + Hammercult
19.04.2014 Chaulnes (France) - Chaulnes Metal Fest
02.05.2014 Leeds (UK) - 'Kin Hell Fest
09.05.2014 Le Havre (France) - Tetris
10.05.2014 Matignicourt (France) - Lezard'Os Metal Fest
11.05.2014 Dunkerque (France) - 4 Excluse
16.05.2014 New York (USA) - Knockdown Center
18.05.2014 San Juan (Puerto Rico)- La Respuesta
06.06.2014 Weinheim (Germany) - Cafe Central
07.06.2014 Reichenbach (Germany) - Chronical Moshers Open Air
09.06.2014 Graz (Austria) - P.P.C.
14.06.2014 Protzen (Germany) - Protzen Open Air
21.06.2014 Dokkum (The Netherlands) - Dokk'em Open Air Festival
27.06.2014 Dessel (Belgium) - Graspop
11.07.2014 Wegorzewo (Poland) - Seven Festival
01.08.2014 Munchen (Germany) - Free & Easy Festival
02.08.2014 Marktredwitz (Germany) - Sticky Fingers Festival
30.08.2014 Worrstadt - NOAFestival (Germany)
09.08.2014 Schlotheim (Germany) - Party.San Open Air
11.08.2014 Martigny (Switzerland) - Les Caves du Manoir * New show
29.08.2014 Worrstadt (Germany) - NOAFestival
06.09.2014 Loos en Gohelle (France) - Gohelle Fest

 Suburban Legends Announce UK Tour And Disney Song Collection.

Suburban LegendsThursday 3rd April 2014
Buddies since high school, third wave ska vets SURBURBAN LEGENDS are here with more of their distinct blend of fizzy ska and sugary pop, with accents of disco and funk. The Orange County-based group’s latest Mini Album, ‘Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are’, is a reverently played and imaginatively arranged collection of Disney classics.

See the video for ‘Kiss The Girl’ here

Suburban Legends’ story begins in the early 2000s at the Disneyland California theme park. For years, the guys had a regular gig as the house band performing covers and originals, winning patrons hearts with boundless musicality and an unflinchingly positive live show that boasts dazzling choreography.

‘Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are’ is a majestic mini album of popular Disney covers with lavish instrumental ornamentation, euphoric ska-flavored grooves, and powerful vocals. On it, the group navigates intricate songs like ‘A Dream Is A Wish’ from Cinderella and ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ from Toy Story with grace and pizzazz. Each of the mini album's 6 songs links Suburban Legends' unique ska lineage with time-honoured Tin Pan Alley song craft.

Over their career Suburban Legends have built an impressive live profile playing multiple tours throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Canada, undertaking successful runs with big names like Reel Big Fish, Less Then Jake, Bowling for Soup, and Goldfinger.
Delving into this canon has been inspiring for the band as it heads in to write and record its upcoming full length. “With these classic songs, you hear them once and you’re humming them for weeks," front man Vincent Walker reveals. "I learned so much about songwriting. There’s an effective simplicity here that will definitely impact us on this next album.”

It’s been an epic tale for these ska innovators: a couple of high school chums who’ve stuck together for the music through touring van fires and robberies, and tragically losing a band mate. “What keeps us motivated is that we believe in what we do," Walker says. "We have fun making music, and we love sharing it with other people. It’s such a positive thing. We want to continue making as many people happy as possible.”

Experience the magic of Disney with SURBURBAN LEGENDS in the UK on the following dates!
18th April – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
19th April – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton
20th April – The Bowery District, Reading
21st April – Thekla, Bristol
22nd April – The Globe, Cardiff
24th April – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
25th April – Academy 3, Birmingham
26th April – District, Liverpool
27th April – O’Rileys, Hull
29th April – Broadcast, Glasgow
30th April – Think Tank, Newcastle
1st May – Sound Control, Manchester
2nd May - Academy 3, Leicester
3rd May – Academy 2, Oxford
4th May – The Underworld, London
5th May – The Boileroom, Guildford

 Paloma Faith Announces October/November UK Tour.

Paloma FaithThursday 3rd April 2014
Paloma Faith will embark on a full UK tour in October and November. Her new single ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ is released on May 12. The song is taken from Paloma’s third album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, which shot straight to number two when it was released in March, and hasn’t shown any sign of moving from the top ten since.

OCTOBER
Tue 28 Oct Sheffield City hall
Wed 29 Oct Southend Cliff Pavillion
Fri 31 Oct Hull City hall
NOVEMBER
Sat 1 Nov York Barbican
Sun 2 Nov Leeds O2 Academy
Tue 4 Nov Liverpool Empire
Wed 5 Nov Manchester O2 Apollo
Sat 8 Nov Plymouth Pavillions
Sun 9 Nov Reading Hexagon
Mon 10 Nov Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wed 12 Nov Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thu 13 Nov Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Fri 14 Nov Leicester De Montford Hall
Sun 16 Nov Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Mon 17 Nov Aberdeen Music Hall
Tue 18 Nov Newcastle City Hall
Thu 20 Nov Bath Forum
Fri 21 Nov Brighton Centre
Sat 22 Nov Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mon 24 Nov Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
Tue 25 Nov London Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith)
Tickets go on sale Friday 4th April at 10AM, and are available from:

 Reachback To Release Debut Album.

ReachbackThursday 3rd April 2014
Reachback are set to release their new single ‘Saviour’ on 15th April 2014 ahead of their debut album ‘Adventureland’ in early June 2014 through Spectra Records.

The last three years have seen Reachback married to the road with constant touring to develop their sound and fan base and sharing the stage with the likes of Scouting For Girls, Mayday Parade, Forever The Sickest Kids and many more. This resulted with the band being invited to record two of their songs acoustically at Abbey Road Studios by MTV and Extreme Music.

2012 was a busy year for the pop-punks. Having signed a publishing deal with MTV/Sony Extreme Music, and three Artist In Music Award nominations, festival appearances and the debut video for ‘No One Else’ airing on Kerrang!

Now a nurtured unit with a few single releases inbetween that made the soundtrack of MTV shows Punk’d and Geordie shore. Reachback also made air play across Radio1, XFM, Kerrang!, Q Radio, Absolute and many more.

The band then took to the studio and recorded their debut album with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bullet for My Valentine, Funeral for a Friend).

The new album Adventureland boasts more catchy choruses and tight harmonies that are demonstrated perfectly in the new single ‘Saviour’ and are equal in song writing prowess to their peers such as Paramore, All Time Low and We Are The In Crowd. Reachback are destined to keep growing and this debut is a benchmark for other new bands.

Tracklisting:
1. No Place Like Home
2. Saviour
3. Slam Dunk The Punk
4. Fairytale
5. Brave
6. Get Up
7. Take My Hand
8. Pretty Slick
9. Custom Faded
10. Forever Young

 Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott To Release Album.

Jacqui Abbott Paul HeatonThursday 3rd April 2014
‘What Have We Become’ is the new album from Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott. Paul & Jacqui return together on record for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who in the 1990s and early 2000s released a string of critically-acclaimed records.

‘What Have We Become’ is a wonderful contemporary record, full of lyrical wit and humour, whilst retaining a strong social conscience that touches on the changing social landscape of Britain (‘One Man’s England’, ‘When I Get Back To Blighty’), stereotypes in music (‘I Am Not A Muse’), whilst ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Some Dancing To Do’ deal with issues of loss.

Both are clearly delighted to be working together again as they explain:
Paul Heaton: “Working with Jacqui again was like going into your garage and discovering a beautiful, covered up Rolls Royce that hadn't been started in years. Jacqui is one of the best singers I've worked with and is also part of my past. It was only a matter of time before I asked her.”

“I always wrote songs with Jacqui in mind. Even before I met her I pictured a voice that could carry the songs into people's hearts in a particular way. When I first heard her sing I almost laughed because it was SO right for the songs.”

Jacqui Abbott: “It’s just great to be singing again after such a long time, especially with Paul. We had such a good run together previously and it’s just a real pleasure to be working with him again and singing these fantastic songs”
Tracklisting:
1. Moulding of a Fool
2. D.I.Y
3. Some Dancing To Do
4. One Man's England
5. What Have We Become
6. The Snowman
7. Costa del Sombre
8. The Right In Me
9. When it Was Ours
10. I Am Not A Muse
11. Stupid Tears
12. When I Get Back To Blighty

Paul & Jacqui have announced a string of UK dates where they will perform songs from the new album, alongside tracks from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. These dates will be sponsored by the GMB Trade Union. Support on all dates comes from Cherry Ghost. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 7th February at 10am from www.gigsandtours.com

May live dates:
Tues 20th Newcastle Tyne Theatre
Wed 21st Glasgow O2 ABC
Fri 23rd Manchester Salford Lowry
Sat 24th Leeds O2 Academy
Tue 27th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thu 29th Sheffield Leadmill
Fri 30th Birmingham Institute
Sat 31st Hull City Hall

 Punk Goes 90's Up For Streaming.

Punk Goes 90'sThursday 3rd April 2014
The latest installment of Fearless Records' hugely successful Punk Goes... serious Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2 was released this week and is now available to stream in its entirety via the Fearless Records YouTube channel. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk have also unveiled the video for their cover of Smash Mouth's classic 90s hit 'Allstar'.

The album includes huge names covering some of the decades biggest songs, including contributions from the likes of Asking Alexandria, Memphis May Fire, Motionless In White, The Color Morale and Falling In Reverse - taking on Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'.

The 'Punk Goes' series has sold nearly 1 000,000 albums and 5,000,000 singles in just over a decade and is the top selling compilation in the genre. Prior volumes include Punk Goes Pop 1, 2, 3, 4 &5, Punk Ges Classic Rock, Punk Goes Crunk, Punk Goes Christmas, Punk Goes Acoustic 1 & 2 and have featured hit bands such as Sleeping With Sirens, A Day To Remember, The All-American Rejects, Rise Against, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice and many more.

Full tracklisting:
1. Get Scared - "My Own Worst Enemy" originally performed by Lit
2. Memphis May Fire - "Interstate Love Song" originally performed by Stone Temple Pilots
3. Asking Alexandria – “Closer” originally performed by Nine Inch Nails
4. The Color Morale - “Everlong” originally performed by Foo Fighters
5. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - "All Star" originally performed by Smash Mouth
6. Mayday Parade - "Comedown" originally performed by Bush
7. Motionless In White - "Du Hast" originally performed by Rammstein
8. Yellowcard - "Today" originally performed by Smashing Pumpkins
9. Hands Like Houses - “Torn” originally performed by Natalie Imbruglia
10. The Ghost Inside - “Southtown” originally performed by P.O.D.
11. Falling In Reverse - "Gangsta's Paradise" originally performed by Coolio
12. ICE NINE KILLS - “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” originally performed by Green Day

 Accept To Release New Album.

AcceptThursday 3rd April 2014
German heavy metal heroes ACCEPT have just announced the release of their forthcoming studio album, entitled, 'Blind Rage'. Since the release of their self-titled debut in 1979, the quintet, led by guitarist Wolf Hoffmann, have influenced countless bands worldwide.Having already unleashed classic albums such as 'Restless And Wild' (1982), 'Balls To The Wall' (1983) and 'Metal Heart' (1985), ‘Blind Rage’ looks set to be another blinder!

Wolf Hoffmann commented on the release:
“Something happened to us, something subliminal and impetuous, It is wild and scary and it’s called 'Blind Rage'!”

'Blind Rage', like ACCEPT's last two records, has been produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap, who recently worked on critically-acclaimed releases by Carcass and Amon Amarth.

On July 21st, 2014 'Blind Rage' will be released via Nuclear Blast Records.

“The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us - in blind rage - all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV – there is blind rage in the works – either natural catastrophes or man-made madness”, the axe man of ACCEPT states.

Don't get too restless and wild, keep your ears to the wall for more info coming your way soon!

 Cytota release New Video.

CytotaThursday 3rd April 2014
Ahead of their April tour supporting Memphis May Fire, Birmingham quintet Cytota have released the video for their new track ‘Sinnocence,’ their first release since 2013’s ‘Generation Scared.’ The track brings together the musicality of Cytota’s previous tracks and the driving guitars along with brutal drumming, giving ‘Sinnocence’ a sense of urgency and pace. All this comes together with vocalist Joby Fitzgerald’s ability to switch between a savage growl on the verses and a rapturous sung chorus.

Cytota will make ‘Sinnocence’ available for FREE DOWNLOAD on 7th April at: www.musicglue.com/cytota

The video was produced by the UK based Sitcom Soldiers – veterans of the UK metal video scene, and features the band intercut with archive footage on the themes in the song. Cytota support Memphis May Fire on tour through April, will play at Hit The Deck 19th/20th April and will finish a huge month supporting Funeral For A Friend at Camden Underworld.

Tour Dates
Supporting Memphis May Fire
April 10 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
11 – Manchester Academy 3
12 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
13 – Glasgow Cathouse
15 – Leeds Cockpit
16 – London Koko
17 – Southampton Talking Heads
18 – Plymouth White Rabbit
Hit The Deck
19 – Bristol
20 – Nottingham
Supporting Funeral For A Friend
30 – Camden Underworld
Camden Rocks
May 31st

 Bear Trade Announce Tour.

Bear TradeWednesday 2nd April 2014
North Eastern punks Bear Trade have unveiled another track from forthcoming debut album ‘Blood And Sand’, following the release of a music video for ‘Son of The Manse’, a track which ended up receiving play on Kerrang! Radio and clocking up thousands of views on YouTube. Next up is ‘If Stoic Was Normal’, which was premiered on The Ruckus and is now available to hear on Soundcloud.

A positive-vibe-inducing but sometimes cynically bittersweet, sharp and snappy journey through Bear Trade’s enviably simple outlook on life is evidenced in every track. Throughout the album, the band’s roots in the North East of England and their everyday life experiences there are more than apparent, both through Robson’s undeniable vocal accent and through lyrical content. ‘Don't Forget You're Going To Die’ is about how weird it is living in an industrial town 20 years after said industry was removed. As Robson says of the local folk, “Everyone is pissed off and they don't know why.” Bassist Lloyd Chambers chimes in “I guess the lyrics and way they are sung are unashamedly in the local tongue and pronunciation.”

The record drops just as Bear Trade head off on tour with Long Islanders Iron Chic who they fondly refer to as their brothers.

UK LIVE DATES:
Apr 5 Cambridge Portland Arms
Apr 19 Stockton Calling
May 2 York Woolpack
May 3 London The Lexington (w/ Toys Thay Kill)
May 4 Kingston Fighting Cocks (w/ Iron Chic)
May 5 Newcastle The Cluny (w/ Iron Chic)
May 6 Edinburgh Teviot (w/ Iron Chic)
May 7 Manchester Star And Garter (w/ Iron Chic)
May 8 Bristol The Exchange (w/ Iron Chic)
May 9 Southampton WTFest
May 10 Kings Lynn Ye Olde Maydens Heade
May 16 Leeds Santiagos (w/ Red City Radio)
June 6 Newport Le Pub
June 7 Norwich The Owl Sanctuary

 Handguns To Release New Album In July.

HandgunsWednesday 2nd April 2014
Pop punk band, Handguns has announced they will release a new full length album titled Life Lessons on July 7th on Pure Noise Records. Fans can listen to the first single off the record “Heart vs. Head” here. A full track listing for Life Lessons can be seen below.

Life Lessons was recorded in Baltimore at Valencia Recording Studio this past winter. The new album was produced and engineered by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Dangerous Summer) with added vocal production from Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low.

Handguns had the following to say about their new record:
"Life Lessons is a record about recovery, perseverance and all of the things that we've felt since the release of Angst. We like to think this record was made to reflect the best and worst parts of undergoing an important time in your life when you're at the crossroads of who you used to be and who you think you should be now. If you don't like the house you built, knock it down and build a new one."

Since their start, Handguns, made up of Taylor Eby (vocals), Kyle Vaught (guitar), Brandon Pagano (lead guitar), CJ Wilson (bass) and Ryan Pyle (drums), has toured the U.S. with numerous bands including A Loss For Words, The Wonder Years and The Story So Far and released three albums including Anywhere But Home,Don’t Bite Your Tongue, and their latest critically acclaimed release, Angst.

Handguns can currently be seen on the A Love Like Tour with All Time Low and Man Overboard across the USA.

Life Lessons Track Listing:
1. Anvil
2. Sleep Deprived
3. Highway Robbery
4. Heart vs. Head
5. I Can't Relate
6. The Loved Ones Who Hate Us
7. Queens
8. Give and Take
9. Waiting for Your Ghost
10. New Years Resolution

Handguns Tour Dates (supporting All Time Low):
Apr 2 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
Apr 4 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
Apr 5 – Gillioz Theatre – Springfield, MO
Apr 6 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
Apr 8 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Apr 10 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Apr 11 – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 12 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Apr 14 – Rainbow Ballroom – Fresno, CA
Apr 15 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr 17 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Apr 18 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
Apr 19 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Apr 21 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
Apr 22 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
Apr 25 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Apr 26 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
Apr 28 – State Theater – Portland, ME
Apr 29 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Apr 30 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
May 1 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
May 2 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 3 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

 Powerman 5000 Back with First New Album In 5 Years.

Powerman 5000Tuesday 1st April 2014
POWERMAN 5000 returns with their first collection of all new material in nearly five years. BUILDERS OF THE FUTURE is set to arrive May 26 via T-Boy Records/UMe. The album is available for CD and digital preorder beginning today.

Powerman 5000 has carved out a corner of the galaxy where their devoted supporters created a culture that’s bigger than music, drawing upon a tapestry of comic books, horror films and fantasy cobbled together years before “geek” became a hip buzzword.

New tracks like “How To Be A Human,” “Invade, Destroy, Repeat,” “Live It Up Before You’re Dead” and “Modern World” are turbocharged with the same futuristic, b-movie bite of enduring, electro-tinged Powerman 5000 anthems like “When Worlds Collide” and “Nobody’s Real.”

“I never would have imagined that after all the albums, the band members, the ups-and-downs of the always changing music business, I’d still be here doing this, which is thanks to our most diehard fans,” marvels band leader, visionary and sole remaining original member Spider One, who founded Powerman 5000 with a 4-track and a drum machine.

Armed with giant hooks and crowd-empowering choruses, Spider and his merry band of musical superheroes have made a record vibrantly reminiscent of their commercial breakthrough Tonight the Stars Revolt! (which gave DreamWorks Records their first platinum plaque). Builders Of The Future delivers on the promise of 2009’s return-to-form Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere. Powerman 5000 has retrofitted their songwriting prowess even further, sounding hungry yet sophisticated, as if smiling amid a dystopian landscape, flipping middle fingers in the air and dancing till doomsday.
“At the end of the day, we are the ones who will go out and play these songs in every city in America and everywhere else around the world we can,” Spider points out. “You have to live and breathe it. If you don’t believe in it, it’s easy for people to smell a rat. We can sit around and cry all day long about how the music business isn’t what it used to be, but none of that really matters. What matters is to have a blast being in a band.”

Like The Ramones, AC/DC and Motörhead, Powerman 5000 has arrived at a tried-and-true sound upon which listeners can depend. A Powerman 5000 record is ultimately the musical equivalent of The Shogun Warriors, Blackula and Mohammad Ali throwing down with each other across Saturn’s moons in the most epic comic book crossover ever.

Spider One and the band’s early lineups melded together a love of sci-fi, horror, comic books and b-movie culture two decades before teen soap operas starred vampires and werewolves or “Marvel’s The Avengers” made over 1.5 billion dollars. The band’s mainstream success just happened to coincide with the chart dominance of so-called “nü-metal” acts like Korn. “Those bands are great,” says Spider. “But I remember going into …Stars Revolt!and being like, ‘Let’s make a heavy Devo record! Clearly we were always going to be the misfit kid in whatever scene we got lumped into."

Despite passing trends and shifting business models, Powerman 5000 remained relevant thanks to tracks like the Top 10 Rock radio hit “Free” and the MTV2 staple “Wild World,” and because they have created an entire culture around their music and image.

“We’ve replanted our flag as the weird, sci-fi, electronic band,” proclaims Spider. “This is what we are. This is what we do best. This is clearly what people like from us the most, too. So I’m going to love it like they love it. We’re back. The fanbase has really rallied around us again. The enthusiasm feels like it’s picked right up from the year 2000. The electronic-metal-dance thing, we’ve locked it down once and for all with this one.”

Builders Of The Future is the first release through Powerman 5000’s partnership with T-Boy Records, a co-venture with Universal Music Enterprises founded by veteran rock manager Andy Gould. T-Boy releases include Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, Megadeth’sSuper Collider and the self-titled debut album from Kobra and the Lotus.

 The Used Release New Album.

The UsedTuesday 1st April 2014
The Used have released their highly anticipated sixth studio release, Imaginary Enemy, today, April 1st. Stream the entire album on Youtube here: http://bit.ly/1h20ICk.You can purchase Imaginary Enemy on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1k9DKwD. A limited amount of "Imaginary Enemy" Deluxe Editions, including a bonus track and expanded artwork, are available for purchase exclusively at Best Buy and Target. The Used are currently on the road for a co-headlining tour of U.S. and Canada with Taking Back Sunday, featuring special guests Tonight Alive and Sleepwave. The tour is almost completely sold out, with tickets to only 4 dates still available for purchase. For up-to-date information, please visit: http://theused.net.

Produced by the acclaimed John Feldmann, who has championed The Used since their very inception in 2001, "Imaginary Enemy," puts The Used's political frustrations and commitment to social change at its forefront. A band that has never shied away from using their music as a platform to ask the tough questions and evoke political conversation, the band's commitment, frustration and optimism for the future is palpable in each track. "Imaginary Enemy" is the band's sixth studio full-length, following the success of 2012's Vulnerable, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, selling 32,000 copies in its first week alone and marking the group's fourth top 10 album.

The Used-which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like "Box Full of Sharp Objects," "The Taste of Ink," "Blue And Yellow" and "Buried Myself Alive." The band then released the CD/DVD combo "Maybe Memories" in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed-2004's "In Love And Death"-spawning singles "Take It Away," "I Caught Fire" and "All That I've Got" - which earned the band their first MuchMusic Video Award nomination.

The band proved their unwavering staying power with the recent radio success of their new single, "Cry" on Sirius XM's Faction, Octane and Sixx Sense channels and also plays on BBC Radio One, Kerrang! Radio, Team Rock Radio and XFM. The radio success echoes fan's high demand to catch The Used on the road, as tickets for their co-headlining US tour with Taking Back Sunday have been rapidly selling out, with sold out dates in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, New York City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, Hartford, Silver Spring, Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Boston and Philadelphia.

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect planet, must question the way the world works - and where the world is heading,"says The Used frontman, Bert McCracken, in a statement about the new album. He continues, "Some view art as a way of escaping reality; others view art as a mirror reflecting our sometimes sad society; we believe art can be a weapon, used to shape the very world we live in. The Used is proud to present to you, 'Imaginary Enemy'."
"Imaginary Enemy" Tracklisting:
01. Revolution
02. Cry
03. El-Oh-Vee-Ee
04. A Song To Stifle Imperial Progression (A Work In Progress)
05. Generation Throwaway
06. Make Believe
07. Evolution
08. Imaginary Enemy
09. Kenna Song
10. Force Without Violence
11. Overdose

Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/1 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO - SOLD OUT
4/2 Sokol Omaha, NE - SOLD OUT
4/4 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
4/5 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL - SOLD OUT
4/6 Fillmore Detroit, MI - SOLD OUT
4/8 Kool Haus Toronto, ON - SOLD OUT
4/9 The Armory Rochester, NY
4/11 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT - SOLD OUT
4/12 House of Blues Boston, MA - SOLD OUT
4/13 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA - SOLD OUT
4/15 Best Buy Theater New York, NY - SOLD OUT
4/16 Best Buy Theater New York, NY - SOLD OUT
4/19 Sands Bethlehem, PA
4/21 Best Buy Theater New York, NY - SOLD OUT
4/22 Fillmore Silver Spring, MD - SOLD OUT
4/24 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL - SOLD OUT
4/27 House of Blues Orlando, FL - SOLD OUT

 Protest The Hero Win Award For Best Metal Album.

Protest The HeroTuesday 1st April 2014
At the 2014 Juno Awards, Canada’s premier music industry event, Protest The Hero received the Juno for ‘Best Metal / Hard Music Album of 2013’ for their current studio outing, Volition, out now via Spinefarm Records.

The band was appearing in Wilmington, North Carolina, on the second leg of their North American tour for Volition, when they received the news.

Says PTH guitarist Tim Millar: “We are very proud to be recognised by the Juno Awards for ‘Best Metal / Hard Music Album of 2013’. 2013 was a crazy year, and without all the hard work of the people who made the record come to life, and all the people who contributed to the record before hearing a single note, this album would not have been possible. We are forever in your debt.”

Guitarist Luke Hoskin adds: "We are thrilled with our recent Juno win! We had incredible company in our category, and it could have gone to anyone. We remain proud Canadians even though we are currently touring south of the border. Thanks for all the support!"

In addition to this, PTH have been announced to play Sonisphere UK 2014. The three-day rock and metal event will return to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6, after a two-year absence. The UK leg of the international touring festival will help celebrate Knebworth’s 40th anniversary of staging rock concerts.

Sonisphere 2014 is one of many European festival appearances confirmed for PTH this summer, with France’s Hellfest and Germany’s With Full Force Festival already announced.

Further UK / European touring will follow in the autumn.

 Bleed From Within Launch Crowdfunded Campaign For New EP.

Breed From WithinTuesday 1st April 2014
BLEED FROM WITHIN have just launched a crowdfunded campaign for a very special 4 track EP that will bridge the gap in between the release of their latest album “Uprising”, their busy touring schedule and their upcoming album.

Since the band has already written new material for the next album, which is loosely scheduled for a release in early 2015 on Century Media Records, they are working on the following content for their crowdfunded EP:
- 2 brand new songs feat. guest musicians
- 2 covers, one of the covers voted by you, their loyal fans

Watch a little clip that the band filmed to explain the campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVCEOb7OIn4
Or head directly to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bleed-from-within-ep-fund for all relevant information incl. different options and perks available. The band about the campaign: “This is something new for us and we want you guys to be as big of a part of this release as we are.”This is something new for us and we want you guys to be as big a part of this release as we are.

The band is kicking off the UK leg of the DevilDriver/Sylosis tour this Thursday in Cardiff, make sure to catch them live on one of the following dates:

BLEED FROM WITHIN
w/ DevilDriver, Sylosis
03.04.2014 (UK) Cardiff - Solus
04.04.2014 (UK) London - Electric Ballroom
05.04.2014 (UK) Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
06.04.2014 (UK) Glasgow - Garage
08.04.2014 (IE) Dublin - Academy
09.04.2014 (UK) Manchester - Academy 2
10.04.2014 (UK) Southampton - Mo'club

 Yes To Embark On UK Tour.

YesTuesday 1st April 2014
Legendary progressive rock band Yes, kick off their UK Tour on 29th April in Oxford. On this tour, fans can look forward to a unique Yes experience; the band will perform three of its most popular albums in their entirety, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One.

Performing three of rocks most revered albums, Yes members Chris Squire (bass), Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), and Jon Davison (vocals), will delight audiences with Yes staples from the last four decades. Fans will enjoy long-time favourites, including “Yours is No Disgrace,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper,” “Close to the Edge,” “And You And I,” “Going for the One,” “Wonderous Stories,” “Awaken,” and more. In addition, Yes will perform all tracks in the order they appear on their corresponding studio albums.

“We performed these three albums in their entirety on our North and South American tours, and the fans absolutely loved it,” says Yes guitarist, Steve Howe. “Fans did indeed love it,” states Yes co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire, “and so did we. Plus, we’ll be performing pieces we’ve rarely played live. In fact, I believe the one song we never performed in concert before our three-album tours is ‘A Venture’ from The Yes Album.” Alan White goes on to say, “As with our three-album North and South American tours, this is a great opportunity to share with our European fans the growth of Yes throughout different eras, and to revisit the great memories of those times, as well as create brand new ones. We’re looking forward to touring Europe, performing these albums, and most of all, meeting our wonderful fans. It’s great fun for us, and we think our fans throughout Europe will love the performance as well.”

Tuesday - 29th Apr Oxford (SOLD OUT) New Theatre £37.50
Wednesday 30th Apr Southend (SOLD OUT) Cliffs Pavilion £37.50
Friday 2nd May Glasgow Clyde Auditorium £37.50
Saturday 3rd May Newcastle City Hall £37.50
Sunday 4th May Birmingham(SOLD OUT) Symphony Hall £37.50
Tuesday 6th May Leicester De Montfort Hall £37.50
Wednesday 7th May Sheffield City Hall £37.50
Thursday 8th May London Royal Albert Hall £50*, £45, £40, £35
Saturday 10th May Manchester O2 Apollo £37.50
Sunday 11th May Bristol(SOLD OUT) Hippodrome £37.50
Ticket prices London £50* (boxes), £45, £40 and £35. Agency and Credit card bookings are subject to booking fee. Showtime is 7.30pm and tickets are available from bookingsdirect.com or 24 ticket hotline: 0844 338 0000.

Exclusive Yes meet & greet and VIP ticket packages are available for all shows, please visit the band's website, YESWORLD.COM, for full details and more information on the tour.

 Saves The Day To Release New Single And Album And To Tour With Brand New.

Saves The DayTuesday 1st April 2014
Saves The Day are set to release their eighth studio album this spring on EQUAL VISION RECORDS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EASY LIFE/SONY RED for the UK release. The self-titled record will be released on 14th April and not only starts a new relationship with Easy Life/Sony Red but reunites the band with the label that helped shape them into the seminal act they are today. The album was produced by Saves The Day, engineered by Marc Hudson and mixed by Rob Schnapf, marking the first time the band has worked Saves The Day frontman Chris Conley explains, “Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we put out the debut Saves The Day album on Equal Vision Records. Back then, I was just a kid, 17 years old and still in high school. Somehow, after our demo was rejected by all the other indie labels of the time, Steve from EVR called us up on a landline and asked if we’d like to make a record. We were in the middle of rehearsing some new songs in a basement somewhere in New Jersey, and we dropped our instruments and jumped up and down, excited and amazed. No way to know that when we got the call it was the beginning of what would be an incredible journey through the world of music and beyond. In retrospect, I can see clearly that without Steve and Equal Vision Records, there would be no Saves The Day. After all these years, I still hold holy gratitude in my heart for Steve and his faith in our music. Signing back to Equal Vision feels like coming home.”

Lead single ‘In The In Between’ is available digitally from 14th April. A brand new music video will be live from 8th April.
Saves The Day will be returning to our shores later this month and heading out on a UK tour with old friends, Brand New this April, including performances at Hit The Deck Festival and a very special late night show on 12th April.

Saves The Day - Saves The Day - Tracklisting
1. Remember
2. In The In Between
3. Beyond All Of Time
4. Ain’t No Kind Of Love
5. Lucky Number
6. Xenophobic Blind Left Hook
7. The Tide Of Our Times
8. Supernova
9. Verona
10. Ring Pop
11. Stand In The Stars

UK TOUR WITH BRAND NEW
FRI 11TH APRIL Guildhall, Southampton
SAT 12TH APRIL Troxy, London
SAT 12TH APRIL Dukes, London (LATE NIGHT HEADLINE SHOW)
SUN 13TH APRIL The Peel, Kingston (HEADLINE SHOW)
MON 14TH APRIL O2 Academy, Leeds
TUES 15TH APRIL Barrowlands, Glasgow
WED 16TH APRIL O2 Academy, Newcastle
FRI 18th APRIL O2 Academy, Manchester
SAT 19th APRIL Hit The Deck Festival, Bristol
SUN 20th APRIL Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham

 Rebecca Ferguson Announces Forest Show.

Rebecca FergusonTuesday 1st April 2014
Rebecca Ferguson is the final headline act announced for this summer’s Forest Live, the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series where artists perform in spectacular woodland locations.

Rebecca Ferguson is often regarded as the most naturally talented singer to emerge from The X Factor TV series. Her million selling debut album ‘Heaven’ launched her in a blaze of critical acclaim in 2011. The album went on to become double platinum in the UK and generated hit singles ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ and ‘Teach Me How To Be Loved’.

As with ‘Heaven’, Rebecca co-wrote her new album, ‘Freedom’, working mainly with new collaborators including Jarrad Rogers, with whom she wrote 5 tracks. As well as Jarrad, she also worked with Mr. Hudson, Matt Hales, Toby Gad and TMS, and regular collaborator Eg White. ‘Freedom’ has provided Rebecca with another Top 10 release which has already achieved gold in album sales and features the singles ‘I Hope’ and ‘All That I’ve Got’. The Forest Live dates follow on from an exceptionally well-received UK Spring tour: “…such an assured voice, laced with a huskiness that conveys a shattering depth of emotion... Ferguson’s voice is effortlessly versatile” - The Independent.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission, bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the concerts are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Rebecca Ferguson plus guests will be performing:
Thursday 12 June: Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk
Sunday 22 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Glos

Tickets £36.30 (including booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am on Friday 4 April from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

 Steve Hackett To Release New DVD.

Steve HackettTuesday 1st April 2014
Prog pioneer Steve Hackett proudly announces the DVD release of his critically acclaimed live spectacular Genesis Revisited, filmed at the sold out show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall in October 2013. TheDVD of this landmark performance will hit the stores on 30th June 2014.

Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall - the next best thing after being there – was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound and will beavailable in the following formats:
- Standard 2CD/DVD digipak
- Limited 2CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray art-book with liner notes, photos and bonus interview features

An ecstatic Steve Hackett comments: “I'm excited the Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited show at the extraordinary Royal Albert Hall is being released on both DVD and Blu-Ray in 5.1. It was a thrilling musical experience for all concerned with a fantastic light / visual show! Paul Green and team filmed it brilliantly too. It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses...”

In order to re-live such a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage for Genesis Revisited, Hackett surrounded himself with a team of exceptional musicians includingkeyboardist Roger King (Gary Moore, Snoop Dog, Jamelia), Gary O’Toole (Chrissie Hynde, Kylie Minogue) on drums, percussion and vocals, Rob Townsend (Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates) on sax, flute and percussion, Lee Pomeroy (Rick Wakeman, Take That) on bass, and Nad Sylvan (Abbas’s Michael B Tretow) on vocals.

Prog Magazine’s Grant Moon wrote: ‘The Genesis Revisited incarnation represents perhaps the last chance we'll have to hear it as it should be. It's hard to recall a performance that sounded so good at this venue’.

Full track listing:
1. Dance On A Volcano
2. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
3. Fly On A Windshield
4. Broadway Melody of 1974
5. Carpet Crawlers (w/ Ray Wilson)
6. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (w/ Roine Stolt)
7. The Musical Box
8. Horizons
9. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleeprs
10. In That Quiet Earth
11. Afterglow
12. I Know What I Like (w/Ray Wilson)
13. Firth of Fifth (w/ John Wetton)
14. Ripples (w/ Amanda Lehmann)
15. The Fountain of Salmacis
16. Supper’s Ready
17. Watcher of the Skies
18. Los Endos

The guitar legend scooped Prog Magazine’s 2013 Progressive Music Award for Event Of The Year following another Genesis Revisited sell out performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

After an unforgettable 2013, Hackett will be rewarding fans in 2014 with his Genesis Extended world tour, which hits the UK in October and sees the return of Nick Beggs on bass. The show will once again feature seminal tracks from the ‘Genesis Golden Era’, some of which were not included on the Genesis Revisited tour.

Genesis Extended UK Tour Dates 2014

Tue 21st Oct IPSWICH Regent Theatre 01473 433 100
Wed 22nd Oct BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515
Fri 24thOct NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
Sat 25th Oct GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium 0844 395 4000
Sun 26th Oct YORK Barbican 0844 854 2757
Tue 28th Oct SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135
Wed 29th Oct SOUTHAMPTON 02 Guildhall 023 8063 2601
Thu 30th Oct CARDIFF St David’s Hall 02920 878 444
Sat 1st Nov LONDON * Eventim Apollo 0844 249 4300
Sun 2nd Nov SALFORD The Lowry 0843 208 6000
Mon 3rd Nov GUILDFORD Glive 0844 770 1797
Tue 4thNov BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall 0121 345 0602

Ticket prices for all venues except London are £29.50 and £27.50 all seated (except Guildford seated/standing) and London* £35 and £30. 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000Online: BookingsDirect.com(Agency & credit card bookings subject to booking fee) Showtime for all shows is 7.30pm (plus support). For full details on exclusiveVIP packages to meet Steve before the shows, please see www.hackettsongs.com

 EofE To Support McBusted.

EofETuesday 1st April 2014
The band trusted by McBusted to warm up the crowd on their mammoth arena tour has been announced as EofE, an up-and-coming 4-piece rock outfit from the Black Country.

Having only formed last year, the band comprised of vocalist Tom Harris (17), guitarist Dan Bremner (19), bassist Luke Bradley (18) and drummer Nicky Waters (25) can’t believe their luck after being picked for the run of dates. The tour will see the band play to over 380,000 fans across 32 dates, kicking of at Glasgow’s incredible new arena SSE Hydro on 17th April.

Their music has been described as ‘perfect crossover rock’, with each track being delivered with soaring vocals and stunning riffs, backed up by thumping Bass lines and Drum beats. Prior to the tour they have released their track ‘Kiss Me Like You Mean It’ as a free download, available alongside a free bracelet: https://www.eofe.com/freebies/

Speaking on being picked for the tour, Tom said:

‘We sent their team our music when the tour was announced and I was so shocked when we were told that they were offering us a support slot. To play these venues even a few months ago seemed like a distant dream, now we’re going to be able to play to thousands and thousands of people each night.’

Dan continued:

‘When they announced they were going to be forming a supergroup and touring I was ecstatic, and really wanted to get tickets to head down! I grew up with both of the bands music so to be given the opportunity to open for them is nothing short of an honour. Not only are they amazing songwriters and talented musicians, but their performances, especially in venues of this size, are going to be off the hook. We’re all massive fans so are looking forward to watching them night after night and hopefully learning a lot from touring with a band of this calibre. Plus we hope their fans like us!’

‘You can expect loads of energy, and a big sound. We will also be playing a cheeky secret cover song to get the crowd started so you’ll have to head down to see!’

Catch EofE at the following dates with McBusted:

APRIL
17-Apr Glasgow SSE Hydro
18-Apr Glasgow SSE Hydro
19-Apr Liverpool Echo Arena
21-Apr Bournemouth International Centre
22-Apr Bournemouth International Centre
24-Apr London The O2 Arena
26-Apr London The O2 Arena
28-Apr Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
29-Apr Nottingham Capital FM Arena
30-Apr Leeds First Direct Arena

MAY
2-May Birmingham LG Arena
3-May Birmingham LG Arena
4-May Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
6-May Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
7-May Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
9-May Manchester Phones 4u Arena
10-May Manchester Phones 4u Arena
11-May Manchester Phones 4u Arena
13-May Liverpool Echo Arena
15-May Glasgow SSE Hydro
16-May Glasgow SSE Hydro
17-May Birmingham LG Arena
19-May Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
20-May Nottingham Capital FM Arena
21-May Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
23-May Brighton Centre
25-May Brighton Centre
27-May Birmingham LG Arena
28-May Bournemouth International Centre
29-May Bournemouth International Centre
31-May Belfast Odyssey Arena

JUNE
1-Jun Belfast Odyssey Arena

 Vamps To Play Download Festival.

VampsTuesday 1st April 2014
VAMPS(JPN), the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), are confirmed to appear at this year’s Download Festival, held at its usual stomping ground of Donnington Park from June 13th - 15th; this will mark the band’s third visit to the UK, following their recent headline show at Koko, North London, and last October’s sold-out Islington Academy performance.

“We just finished the show at KOKO, London, and already we plan to come back and play for you guys at Download festival in June!!We will do our best to come back to the UK as many times as we can this year! Come to the festival and check out our performance, if you get a chance!!” – Hyde, VAMPS (JPN).

VAMPS(JPN)’s debut international album, ‘Sex Blood Rock n’ Roll’, is available now through Spinefarm Records, including the singles ‘Revolution II’ & ‘Sex Blood Rock n’ Roll’.

 

 Dragonforce Near Completion Of Their Sixth Album 'Maximum Overload' And Announce UK Tour.

DragonforceMonday 31st March 2014
UK Metal titans DRAGONFORCE are nearing completion of their sixth studio album entitled 'Maximum Overload'. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

Maximum Overload will be the band’s debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th.

"Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn't believe in days off"! said guitar maestro Herman Li.

"The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives" Li added. "We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there's no escaping it, it's complete information overload"!

'Maximum Overload' features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. "We've always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs"! added Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features an all time first for DragonForce.....a cover version! Sam Totman explained "Just before the last Australian tour our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DragonForce-ized it"!

The album will be released on Standard CD, Standard Digital Version, Special Edition CD with 5 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, Special Edition Digital Version (same bonus material as Special Edition CD), and Vinyl.

The band will embark on a massive 20 date UK & Ireland tour in September under the strapline ‘….this time it’s personal’ alluding to the fact that instead of playing a handful of larger venues the band are playing many shows geographically spread out across the country. Commenting on the nature of the tour Herman Li said “We did a tour like this in between the Sonic Firestorm and Inhuman Rampage albums and have wanted to repeat it ever since but couldn’t because of touring commitments elsewhere in the world. This time we were determined to make it happen so we’re going to some cities we haven’t visited for years and some we’ve never visited at all. One of the venues is a boat and one is a deconsecrated church! It will be great to see the fans up close and personal again, it’s going to be very hot, very sweaty and great fun!”

DRAGONFORCE LIVE – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014:

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thursday 18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
Friday 19th GLASGOW King Tuts
Saturday 20th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sunday 21st DUBLIN Whelan's
Tuesday 23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
Wednesday 24th MIDDLESBRO’ Empire
Thursday 25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Friday 26th STOKE Sugarmill
Saturday 27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
Tuesday 30th BRIGHTON The Haunt

OCTOBER
Wednesday 1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Thursday 2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Friday 3rd BRIDGEND Hobo's
Saturday 4th BRISTOL The Thekla
Tuesday 7th LEEDS Brundenell
Wednesday 8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Thursday 9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Friday 10th NORWICH Waterfront
Saturday 11th LONDON Bush Hall

Dragonforce tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 4th April priced at £17.50 in London & £16.00 regionally (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 Arch Enemy Reveal Album Cover.

Arch EnemyFriday 28th March 2014
Extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The artwork for the album was created by Costin Chioreanu ( http://twilight13media.com/ ), who previously worked with Michael Amott on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ re-issue of their self-titled debut.

Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: “I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we’ve been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who’s work I’ve admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he’s delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we’ve ever had with ARCH ENEMY!”

ARCH ENEMY’s upcoming album, War Eternal, was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the official video for the album’s title track, created by Patric Ullaeus: http://youtu.be/InRMwptcgAo

War Eternal track-listing (standard edition)
1. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)
2. Never Forgive, Never Forget
3. War Eternal
4. As The Pages Burn
5. No More Regrets
6. You Will Know My Name
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
11. Avalanche
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World

ARCH ENEMY will start their War Eternal world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A US tour is planned for fall 2014.
Let the eternal war begin!

ARCH ENEMY live
23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5, Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
29.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
30.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L'Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabruck, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, S?lvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Hartsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, G?vle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost', Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

 Yes To Embark On UK Tour.

YesFriday 28th March 2014
Legendary progressive rock band Yes, kick off their UK Tour on 29th April in Oxford. On this tour, fans can look forward to a unique Yes experience; the band will perform three of its most popular albums in their entirety, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One.

Performing three of rocks most revered albums, Yes members Chris Squire (bass), Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), and Jon Davison (vocals), will delight audiences with Yes staples from the last four decades. Fans will enjoy long-time favourites, including “Yours is No Disgrace,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper,” “Close to the Edge,” “And You And I,” “Going for the One,” “Wonderous Stories,” “Awaken,” and more. In addition, Yes will perform all tracks in the order they appear on their corresponding studio albums.

“We performed these three albums in their entirety on our North and South American tours, and the fans absolutely loved it,” says Yes guitarist, Steve Howe. “Fans did indeed love it,” states Yes co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire, “and so did we. Plus, we’ll be performing pieces we’ve rarely played live. In fact, I believe the one song we never performed in concert before our three-album tours is ‘A Venture’ from The Yes Album.” Alan White goes on to say, “As with our three-album North and South American tours, this is a great opportunity to share with our European fans the growth of Yes throughout different eras, and to revisit the great memories of those times, as well as create brand new ones. We’re looking forward to touring Europe, performing these albums, and most of all, meeting our wonderful fans. It’s great fun for us, and we think our fans throughout Europe will love the performance as well.”

Tuesday - 29th Apr Oxford (SOLD OUT) New Theatre £37.50
Wednesday 30th Apr Southend (SOLD OUT) Cliffs Pavilion £37.50
Friday 2nd May Glasgow Clyde Auditorium £37.50
Saturday 3rd May Newcastle City Hall £37.50
Sunday 4th May Birmingham(SOLD OUT) Symphony Hall £37.50
Tuesday 6th May Leicester De Montfort Hall £37.50
Wednesday 7th May Sheffield City Hall £37.50
Thursday 8th May London Royal Albert Hall £50*, £45, £40, £35
Saturday 10th May Manchester O2 Apollo £37.50
Sunday 11th May Bristol(SOLD OUT) Hippodrome £37.50
Ticket prices London £50* (boxes), £45, £40 and £35. Agency and Credit card bookings are subject to booking fee. Showtime is 7.30pm and tickets are available from bookingsdirect.com or 24 ticket hotline: 0844 338 0000.

Exclusive Yes meet & greet and VIP ticket packages are available for all shows, please visit the band's website, YESWORLD.COM, for full details and more information on the tour.

 Nile Announce UK Tour.

NileFriday 28th March 2014
US pharaohs of technical brutality NILE are heading back to UK shores this summer for a string of live dates in June.

Dates are as follows
Sun 22nd June - Southampton, The Brook
Mon 23rd June - London, The Underworld
w/ Vicious Rumors
Wed 25th June - Sheffield, Corporation
Thurs 26th June - Bilston (Wolverhampton) The Robin 2

Legendary US power metallers Vicious Rumors will support the band as special guests at The Underworld in Camden, London.

NILE released their seventh studio album 'At The Gate Of Sethu' in 2012 via Nuclear Blast.

 Bloodstock Festival Announce Club Nights.

Bloodstock Club NightFriday 28th March 2014
BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL are ready to announce their first batch of club promo nights for the 2014 event! More will be added for June and July, so don’t despair if your nearest rock club isn’t listed yet, but in the meantime, get along to one of the following events, check out some tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands old and new, and get in with the chance of winning weekend tickets or related giveaways. Expect a fun way of attempting to win tickets - last year’s club nights included the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests and air guitaring! Check out your local club for details.

Club events for April and May are confirmed as follows:

Sat 5th April - BIRMINGHAM Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 5th April - MANCHESTER Met Bar & Club (Met Uni)
Sat 5th April - STOKE-ON-TRENT Bunker 13
Sat 12th April - SHEFFIELD The Corporation
Thu 17th April - EXETER The Cavern Club
Sat 19th April - GLASGOW The Cathouse
Sat 19th April - NORWICH The Waterfront
Fri 25th April - LONDON Elektrowerkz
Fri 25th April - BRISTOL Bierkeller
Sat 26th April - LANCASTER V-Bar

Sat 3rd May - BIRMINGHAM Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 3rd May - STOKE-ON-TRENT Bunker 13
Sat 3rd May - CAMBERLEY The Agincourt
Sat 3rd May - BRIGHTON Belushi’s Below
Mon 5th May - READING Sakura
Fri 9th May - MIDDLESBROUGH The Empire
Sat 10th May - SHEFFIELD The Corporation
Thu 15th May - LONDON The Purple Turtle
Fri 16th May - BRISTOL The Fleece
Sat 17th May - BIRMINGHAM The Asylum
Sat 17th May - NORWICH The Waterfront
Sat 17th May - MANCHESTER Met Bar & Club (Met Uni)
Fri 30th May - BRISTOL Bierkeller

BLOODSTOCK 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet! Friday night’s headliners are New Orleans sludgemeisters, DOWN, who release their latest EP, ‘Down IV; EP Two’ on 12th May. Joining them to head up Saturday night are re-united black metal overlords, EMPEROR who are celebrating 20 years of their monumental ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’ opus, and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends, MEGADETH, whose back catalogue features classic track after classic track after….you get the picture. Also announced so far are DIMMU BORGIR, AMON AMARTH, OBITUARY, CROWBAR, HATEBREED, LACUNA COIL, HELLYEAH, CARCASS, PRONG, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, DECAPITATED, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, EVIL SCARECROW, GRAVEYARD and many more. Even more bands and other cool things on site will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch the video trailer for BLOODSTOCK 2014, pick up your tickets and get excited about what’s in store!! You can view it at: http://youtu.be/xukFwVTNkZc

Tickets are available now priced £130 (plus booking fee) for a 4-day Thurs-Sun weekend pass with camping. VIP tickets and upgrades are also available. Look up all the options over at bloodstock.seetickets.com.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 Against Me! Announce New Single And Download Festival Preformance.

Against Me!Thursday 27th March 2014
Against Me! unleash the incredible new single ‘Unconditional Love’ on 7” picture disc on 26th May 2014 and digitally on 9th June 2014. The single will be backed by the brand new and beautiful track ‘500 Years’.
This single coincides with the band’s welcome return to the UK at this year’s Download Festival. They join the line-up on the Pepsi Max Stage on Sunday 15th June.

As previously announced, following the release of their heralded new album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” - Against Me! bring their punk rock anthems to Europe this summer on a string of tour dates and festival appearances including the just announced Hellfest Festival in France as well as a couple of shows with Bad Religion in Spain. The list of shows is as follows:

May
31st Germany, Huenxe Ruhrpott Rodeo

June
1st Belgium, Aarschot JH Klinker ( Headline Show)
3rd Czech Republic, Prague Lucerna Music Bar (Headline Show)
4th Germany, Hamburg Knust (Headline Show)
5th Germany, Berlin Lido (Headline Show)
6th Germany, Dresden Beatpol ( Headline Show)
8th-9th Germany, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park
10th Austria, Vienna Arena (Headline Show)
11th Austria, Dornbirn Conrad Sohm (Headline Show)
12th Switzerland, Bern Reitschule (Headline Show)
13th Luxembourg, Den Atelier (Headline Show)
14th Holland, Ysselsteyn Jera On Air Festival
15th UK, Donington Download Festival
17th Spain, Madrid Sala Riviera ( with Bad Religion)
18th Spain, Barcelona Sala Razzmatazz (with Bad Religion)
19th Spain, Vitoria Sala Jimmy Jazz ( Headline Show)
21st France, Clisson Hellfest Festival

Further shows will be announced so keep your eyes open….Ticket links are above.

‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ is the intense follow-up to the band’s previous full-length album, ‘White Crosses’ (reissued with bonus disc Black Crosses on Xtra Mile Recordings in 2011) and stands as another major benchmark for the band and its career spanning 10+ years. Recorded at Studio 606, Earth Sound Studio, Motor Studio, Total Treble Studio and mixed by Billy Bush (Garbage, Muse, Tegan and Sara), Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by front woman Laura Jane Grace, whose material examines one’s grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self-discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptance. Featuring Grace’s signature, explicit songwriting and dominant vocals, the album also features longtime guitarist/vocalist James Bowman, drummer Atom Willard and Fat Mike of NOFX on bass for ‘FUCKMYLIFE666’ and ‘Unconditional Love’.

 Dead By April Issue Statement.

Dead By AprilThursday 27th March 2014
Dead By April have issued an official statement following their cancelled London show, scheduled to take place on Wednesday the 26th of March at The Barfly, Camden;

“For our UK Fans,

It was with a lot of sadness that we had to cancel our show at the Barfly in London last night due to Zandro being unable to sing from illness. This decision wasn't taken lightly, but Zandro's symptoms continued to get worse and there was a risk of him damaging his voice permanently if the show had gone ahead. We are now doing everything we can to ensure that we return to the UK as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.”

-Dead by April

The band were nearing the end of their extensive European run of dates in support of current studio album ‘Let The World Know’, released earlier this year via Spinefarm Records.

 Steel Panther Launch Steel Panther TV.

Steel PantherThursday 27th March 2014
Steel Panther is premiering their upcoming full-length album All You Can Eat in a unique interactive experience that has just launched. The premiere is taking place on SteelPanther.TV and features a television set that will broadcast all things Steel Panther including the complete album stream of All You Can Eat. With each change of the channel on the television set, fans will experience different content from the Steel Panther world. The set will broadcast the latest Steel Panther music videos, current episodes of SP TV and a few surprises as well. The experience will take fans deeper in to the lifestyle of Steel Panther and is a must see for all Fanthers around the globe. The new album is in-stores on March 31st and is being released on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services. The album is available for pre-order at http://www.SteelPanther.tv and was produced by longtime Steel Panther producer Jay Ruston.

Steel Panther has also launched a worldwide "hotline" that fans can call for up to the minute updates on the band. Fans who call 01424 400093 and verify that they are over 18 are sent an immediate link to see the band’s latest unreleased video for the song 'Glory Hole'. The video was shot in an unnamed glory hole location and features a performance by Steel Panther in the stalls as only they can do it. A few surprise visitors showed up that day during filming and can be seen in the video as well. The phone number has been getting major attention with fans around the globe calling in to experience what Steel Panther delivers on the “hotline".

Steel Panther have just wrapped up their 2 month European tour including a sold out UK leg culminating in a show at Brixton Academy. The band will return to UK shores in June to play main stage at Download Festival. Prior to that, Steel Panther will be playing three shows in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of All You Can Eat. The Threesome dates are taking place at the former Monday night home of Steel Panther, the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd., on April 7th, 14th, and 21st. Steel Panther recently won the Best Live Act for the second year in a row in the Loudwire Music Awards beating out the likes of Metallica, Rob Zombie, Halestorm and Iron Maiden to name a few this year.

Steel Panther was, for a long time, rock’s best-kept secret: a cult legend on the LA scene. But in recent years due to the success of their albums (both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Album Charts), and live shows, the band has enjoyed huge acclaim from fans and peers alike. Steel Panther has been joined on stage by rock and roll icons such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day to name a few. Steel Panther has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club and most recently in a national web campaign for Warner Brothers Pictures hit film, Rock Of Ages.

 Gwar Manager Jack Flanagan Issues A Statement.

GwarThursday 27th March 2014
Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued this official statement:

On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year's GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad's Lake.

More information shall be released as the details are confirmed.

 Slam Dunk Festival Adds 13 More Bands.

Slam Dunk FestivalWednesday 26th March 2014
Slam Dunk Festival, has added 13 bands to the 9th annual 3 day festival, covering Leeds, Hatfield and Wolverhampton. The 7 stage event uses a combination of indoor and outdoor stages across urban sites to create a totally unique festival experience.

Saturday 24th May: Slam Dunk Festival North. Leeds University.
Sunday 25th May: Slam Dunk Festival South. The Forum, Hertfordshire.
Monday 26th May: Slam Dunk Festival Midlands. Wolverhampton Civic.

Joining exclusive headliners All American Rejects will be the wonderful Kids In Glass Houses. Having announced their impending split earlier in the year, this was the one festival they truly wanted to do a final time. In celebration of which, they will be exclusively playing their massive debut album ‘Smart Casual’ in it’s entirety.

"Our first Slam Dunk show was the day before Smart Casual was released and the festival feels intrinsically linked to our beginnings as a band. It seems only fitting, then, that we should say goodbye to the festival the same we said hello, by playing Smart Casual in full. It's been 6 whole years and a lot of has happened since but it's still as fresh in our minds as the colossal hangover we suffered on release day. We can't wait.” says frontman Aled Phillips.

Another band who have had an incredible year is Mallory Knox. After debuting at the festival last year to top off an incredible year, Mallory Knox will return with their first UK shows in 4 months. Fans will maybe even get to hear new material of their forthcoming new album for the very first time! Singer Mikey says "We are so so happy to be a part of Slam Dunk again, it was one of our highlights of last year so to be back doing it again a little higher up the bill is a great honour for us. Cant wait for Slam Dunk 2014!"

In true Slam Dunk fashion, there is already an impeccable Ska punk lineup forming, but it was missing a couple of the old favourites. UK legends Capdown will return once more out of retirement, but not only that, Jesse James are exclusively reforming to play their first shows together since 2007.

Chiodos will join our bill, in support of their brand new record which is their first offering since the band reformed. This will be a live show not to be missed.

Exclusively flying in for the festival, after a break from the UK live scene of over 2 years, Florida rock ‘rulers’ We The Kings will return. Frontman Travis already is promising a “We The Kings show you have never seen before!!" Also returning to the rock the festival all the way from sunny Florida will be The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

Other acts to be announced include the laptop rap of MC Lars, awesome scuzzed up skate punk rock from Gnarwolves, exciting new US band Ghost Town (who head off on their first US Warped tour in the summer), the brilliant djent action of Heart Of A Coward, Welsh pop punk (fresh from a HUGE SXSW Festival) Save Your Breath, and the brilliant, angular geek rock of Modern Baseball

Slam Dunk Festival 2014 - (new additions in bold) More to be announced soon.
Mallory Knox
Kids In Glass Houses (exclusively playing ‘Smart Casual’)
We The Kings
Chiodos
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Capdown
Gnarwolves
Jesse James
MC Lars
Ghost Town
Heart Of A Coward
Save Your Breath
Modern Baseball
The All American Rejects (Festival headliner)
We Are The In Crowd
Less Than Jake
Motion City Soundtrack
Hit The Lights
State Champs
A Loss For Words
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Marmozets
Blitz Kids
Canterbury
letlive.
Bury Tomorrow
The Ghost Inside
The Devil Wears Prada
I Killed The Prom Queen
Caliban
Crown The Empire
Goldfinger
Zebrahead
Fandangle
I Am The Avalanche
Real Friends
Neck Deep
Decade

For a full list of ticket outlets for all events, please go to www.slamdunkmusic.com

Tickets are priced at £35 & £39 with Afterparty across all sites.

 American Hi Fi Are Back And Announce Intimate London Show.

American Hi FiWednesday 26 th March 2014
After a long hiatus American Hi-Fi, best known for the global hits "Flavor Of The Weak", "Another Perfect Day" and "The Art Of Losing", make their long-awaited return to the UK with a very special gig at London's legendary 100 Club on May 7th. This will be the first time the band has performed in the UK since their sold-out 2005 tour with Bowling For Soup.

Formed in Boston in 1998 by former Veruca Salt / Letters To Cleo drummer Stacy Jones, American Hi-Fi quickly became alternative rock radio staples with multiple hit singles from their Bob Rock-produced debut album and its follow up "The Art Of Losing". Influenced by power-pop titans Cheap Trick and infusing the grittier elements of My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies, American Hi-Fi provided the soundtrack to a generation of rock fans across the world.

The band's self-titled debut album spawned the timeless hits "Flavor Of The Weak" and "Another Perfect Day", both accompanied by iconic videos that remain in rotation on music channels today. The drum-driven title track of the follow-up release, "The Art Of Losing" was yet another anthem that is still as instantly recognisable today was it was back in 2003.

In 2005 the band toured the UK with Texan pop-punks Bowling For Soup in support of their Butch Walker-produced album "Hearts On Parade". Drawing on the classic British pop sounds Elvis Costello, The Kinks and The Beatles, the album had a lighter feel yet still retained Hi-Fi's trademark pop-rock hooks. A single, "The Geeks Get The Girls", was released to coincide with the UK tour while a track that didn't make the album, "The Rescue", was included on the soundtrack and trailers for the movie "Superman Returns", earning the band radio airplay into 2006.

That year, American Hi-Fi began work on their latest album to date. The release of "Fight The Frequency" was preceded by demos available exclusively on the band's Myspace page but label struggles delayed the finished album, which eventually saw the light in 2010 along with an iTunes EP.

Since then, singer Stacy Jones has been busy touring the world with Miley Cyrus as her drummer and musical director alongside his fellow American Hi-Fi alumnus Jamie Arentzen. Stacy has also undertaken drum duties for US rock supergroup Matchbox Twenty, most recently touring the UK and Europe with the band in 2013 while Jamie has toured Japan as part of Butch Walker's band.

This special gig in London takes place in the middle of the mammoth Miley Cyrus "Bangerz" world tour and gives the band the perfect opportunity to light the touchpaper on the release of their as-yet-untitled follow-up album. Recorded in 2013, the album is due for release later in the year and the 100 Club audience will be the first to hear a taste of it in addition to a setlist packed with classics that will take you back to what many consider to be a pinnacle era of US pop-rock.


American Hi-Fi play the 100 Club, Oxford Street on May 7th. Advance tickets are £14 from kililive.com and seetickets.com. Tickets on sale Friday March 28th.

 Nonpoint Sign To Metal Blade Records.

NonpointWednesday 26th March 2014
Metal Blade Records is excited to announce that Nonpoint will join its global roster of artists! Metal Blade will serve as the label home for the band worldwide, in addition to the band's label partner in North America. Since their debut album, "Statement," Nonpoint has done nothing but prove, record after record, they can still dominate stages and radio airwaves everywhere. Their most current "self-titled" release was their most critically-acclaimed and landed them their two highest charting singles. Now, with their recent signing to label powerhouse, Metal Blade Records, they are making the biggest statement of their careers. They now want WORLD DOMINATION. Updates on the new album, including new music and more, will be posted within the following weeks on metalblade.com.

"This is a dream situation for us. Just getting an offer from Metal Blade. We've always needed a team behind us outside of the U.S. It's a great feeling knowing you now have the best team possible." says Elias Soriano, the band's vocalist.

Drummer Robb Rivera comments: "We are excited to not only get THE worldwide label of labels to release our album outside of the US, but to be part of a family now that has pretty much set the bar for metal releases for 30 plus years. Needless to say, extremely excited to be able to get our music to the fans outside of the US through the team that helped launch Metallica."

Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records adds, "All of us at Metal Blade are happy to welcome Nonpoint to the Metal Blade family. We are excited to work with them and the bit of new material I heard sounds great!!"

Nonpoint's eighth full-length album is scheduled for release this Fall. Be prepared to watch them destroy and dominate stages now on a worldwide scale and convert droves of overseas fans now thanks to the support of Metal Blade Records.

 Black Stone Cherry Announce UK Arena Tour.

Black stone CherryTuesday 25th March 2014
Hot on the heels of their very special, sold-out-in-a day 'Southern Hospitality' UK dates in February, Kentucky rockers, BLACK STONE CHERRY are proud to announce a string of UK arena shows this October.

Drummer, John Fred Young enthuses; "We are beyond thrilled to be headlining our first arena tour in the UK! It's amazing for us to have this opportunity and we owe it all to the incredible fans that continue to support us and believe in our music!"

Widely acknowledged as an electrifying live band, BLACK STONE CHERRY are also looking forward to the release of their fourth studio album, 'Magic Mountain', which hits stores on 5th May through Roadrunner Records. The Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Soundgarden)-produced opus follows 2011’s 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' which racked up a silver sales certification from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), marking over 60,000 UK copies sold. 'Magic Mountain' can already be pre-ordered over at iTunes - http://smarturl.it/BSCmagiciTunes - and Amazon - http://smarturl.it/AmazonMagic.

Lead track, 'Me & Mary Jane' is currently on the A-list Playlist over at Planet Rock and Team Rock Radio. Check it out here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o32-6-EkTT0.

Support on all dates comes from two Roadrunner labelmates, rabble-rousing Aussies AIRBOURNE, who released their third album 'Black Dog Barking' in May of last year, and radio-friendly Canadians, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, who are working on a new album pencilled for release this summer.

Tickets for all dates are up for pre-sale from 9am Wednesday 26th March for O2 and Artist Arena, 9am Thursday for the Live Nation pre-sale, and go on general sale from 9am on Friday 28th March. Grab 'em over at www.livenation.co.uk, but don't hang around as they're sure to fly out the door!

Full dates run as follows:
Sun 26th Oct - GLASGOW Hydro
Mon 27th Oct - SHEFFIELD Arena
Tue 28th Oct - CARDIFF Arena
Thu 30th Oct - BIRMINGHAM LG Arena
Fri 31st Oct - MANCHESTER Evening News Arena
Sat 1st Nov - LONDON Wembley Arena

Like any great rock ‘n’ roll band, BLACK STONE CHERRY has spent much of its life on the road, travelling nearly non-stop as either headliners, special guests (alongside the likes of Alter Bridge, Def Leppard, Nickelback, Kid Rock, Motörhead, and Lynyrd Skynyrd), and festival favourites including an explosive second stage headline performance at Download Festival last year.

 The Used Announce Small London Show.

The UsedTuesday 25th March 2014
The Used are excited to announce a one off intimate headline show in London at The Scala on June 17th. Tickets go on sale on Friday March 28th at 9am. Tickets are priced £18.50 and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk

Currently on a co-headline tour with Taking Back Sunday in the USA (with a majority of shows sold out in advance and multiple nights in LA and New York), The Used are set to release their incredible new album “Imaginary Enemy” in the UK on March 31st.

Album pre-orders are now available here: theused.net/preorder. The band will also be in the UK this summer to perform at Download Festival.

Check out the awesome video for their new single “Cry” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE2CAvJZiiM

“Imaginary Enemy” is the band’s sixth studio full-length, following the success of 2012’s “Vulnerable”, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, selling 32,000 copies in its first week alone and marking the group’s fourth top 10 album. A band that has never shied away from using their music as a platform to ask the tough questions and evoke political conversation, The Used brings that passion tenfold on “Imaginary Enemy”. A palpable sense of the band’s commitment, frustration, and optimism for the future are lies at the very core of each track.

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect planet, must question the way the world works – and where the world is heading,” says The Used frontman, Bert McCracken, in a statement about the new album. He continues, “Some view art as a way of escaping reality; others view art as a mirror reflecting our sometimes sad society; we believe art can be a weapon, used to shape the very world we live in. The Used is proud to present to you, ‘Imaginary Enemy’.”

The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like “Box Full of Sharp Objects,” “The Taste of Ink,” “Blue And Yellow” and “Buried Myself Alive.” The band then released the CD/DVD combo “Maybe Memories” in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004’s “In Love And Death”—spawning singles “Take It Away,” “I Caught Fire” and “All That I’ve Got” – which earned the band their first MuchMusic Video Award nomination.

As if that weren’t enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who’s who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals.

2011 marked a year of change for The Used. Leaving Reprise Records, their label of ten years, the band formed their own label, Anger Music Group, which they have independently released 2012’s studio album “Vulnerable” and an EP “The Ocean of the Sky” in 2013.

“Imaginary Enemy” Track listing:
Revolution
Cry
We Got Love
War On Terror
Throwaway
Make Believe
Evolution
Imaginary Enemy
Kenna Song
Force Without Violence
Overdose
Secret Song

 In Hearts Wake To Release Second Album.

In HeartsTuesday 25th March 2014
Byron Bay metal / hardcore outfit In Hearts Wake will release their second album, 'Earthwalker', via UNFD on May 5, 2014.

In an effort to counteract the effect global warming is having on Australia’s natural flora and fauna, In Hearts Wake have joined forces with Carbon Neutral – a carbon solutions provider and bio-diverse reforestation developer that helps organisations and individuals minimise their impact on the environment by measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. The ongoing partnership between In Hearts Wake and Carbon Neutral has allowed the band to officially reach Green Supporter status through their efforts in planting native trees in the lead-up to the release of 'Earthwalker'.

Giving back to the community is an important part of the In Hearts Wake ethos. For each copy of 'Earthwalker' pre-ordered via 24Hundred.net, a bio-diverse native tree will be planted in the hope of restoring and preserving the natural beauty of our environment.

The album was recorded in late 2013 at Michigan’s Random Awesome Studios with producer Josh Schroeder. The album displays a unique approach to songwriting for the heavy music genre, placing focus on giving each song its own story and motive. The dual vocal attack of Jake Taylor and Kyle Erich is displayed in full force, as both singers showcase their personal ability and teamwork throughout the 11 tracks.

‘Divine’, the anthemic lead single from 'Earthwalker', premiered on BBC Radio 1 ‘The Rock Show’ on Monday evening following an Australian debut on triple j, while the uplifting music video was debuted on Channel [V] Loud.

Check out the video for 'Divine' here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUy9ytCkEjk

Vocalist Jake Taylor, who also wrote and produced the ‘Divine’ film clip, explains that the song and video identifies the disjuncture between the manmade world as we know it, and the natural world as it is. “Divine is a transformative journey of a displaced individual who breaks through society’s rigid walls by allowing a natural integration with Mother Nature.”

In Hearts Wake are a band with a commitment to the bigger picture, striving to convey a message of environmentalism and conservation through their music and beyond. They released their debut album 'Divination' in 2012, quickly gaining a loyal following. The album and accompanying live performances earned a reputation for explosive precision and a positive message. 'Divination' debuted at #27 on the ARIA Charts, and saw the band perform relentlessly around Australia, as well as a European tour supporting The Amity Affliction, multiple headline tours and a national slot on the Soundwave 2014 lineup. The band was recently announced on the River Sessions 2014 lineup alongside The Amity Affliction, Rüfüs, Dan Sultan and more. In late 2013, they released the single ‘Skydancer’ in a pay-what-you-wish online system where all proceeds were donated to charities supporting indigenous Australians, Americans and Africans.

As the lyrics on ‘Mother’, 'Earthwalker’s' closing track, explain;
“Earthwalkers: you are a part of the Earth and the Earth is a part of you. The blood that courses through your veins is like the sap that courses through the trees. When the Earth in your bones returns to the ground, perhaps then you will remember that this land does not belong to you – it is you who belongs to this land.”

In Hearts Wake – 'Earthwalker' is out May 5 via UNFD.

 The Wonder Years Release New Video.

Wonder YearsTuesday 25th March 2014
In the midst of The Wonder Years’ massively successful North American run of The Greatest Generation Tour, the band has released a brand new music video for their song ‘Dismantling Summer’, taken from their most recent album ‘The Greatest Generation’. The album was released in May of 2013 and lauded by critics across the board, earning spots in the Top 10 albums of the year in both Kerrang! And Rock Sound magazines. The video can be seen now over at the official Hopeless Records YouTube channel here: http://smarturl.it/dismantlingsummervid

The clip was directed by Drew Russ and shot in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia, PA. "We knew that for a song so personal, a literal re-telling for the video would be unwelcome and painful” says lead vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell. “Drew, the director, took the core nerve of the song, the idea of being away when it matters most, and spun it into an absurdist piece of dark comedy during which my family found themselves fed up with my perpetual absence and replaced me with a mannequin, leaving me in the literal cold.”

The Wonder Years will venture across the pond in May for the UK and European leg of The Greatest Generation world tour, with A Loss For Words and State Champs in support. Tickets for all dates are selling out fast.

The Greatest Generation Europen Tour Dates
Tickets: http://new.soundrink.com/front/tour/TWY-europe
Apr 30- Loudfest at Komplex - Zurich, Switzerland *
May 2 - Groezrock - Meerhout, Belgium *
May 3 - Monster Bash - Munich, Germany *
May 4 - Kulturladen - Konstanz, Germany * w/ Bayside
May 6 - The Great Hall 2 - Cardiff, Wales
May 7 - Institute - Birmingham, UK
May 8 - Scala - London, UK
May 9 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
May 10 - QMU - Glasgow, Scotland
May 11 - Fibber Magees - Dublin, Ireland
May 13 - Academy - Liverpool, UK
May 14 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
May 15 - The Haunt - Brighton, UK
May 16 - De Helling - Utrecht, Netherlands
May 17 - Dynamo - Eindhoven, Netherlands

*No AL4W or State Champs

 Down 'N' Outz To Release New Album.

Down N OutzTuesday 25th March 2014
Down ‘n’ Outz are pleased to announce the release of a brand new album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople.

The project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople reformed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) to get involved. Joe formed the Down ‘n’ Outz with The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Phil Martin (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience.

In 2009 Down ‘n’ Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of the band’s five Hammersmith Apollo shows, which garnered much interest with fans. The fan demand eventually led to the bandlooking to create an album. 2011 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut My Re-Generation through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). My Re-Generation included the singles “England Rocks” and “Overnight Angels,” that reached No 4 and No 1 respectively on the US Media Base Rock chart -keeping Eric Clapton’s new single off the top of the chart for 2 weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called “Live At Hammersmith Apollo.” The new album The Further Adventures of… picks up where the live DVD left off and features the driving groove of album opener - and first single - “Rock And Roll Queen”(pre-order the album https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/further-adventures-of...-bonus/id845636885 and get "Rock And Roll Queen" instantly). The collection also includes the good time of rock-n-roll tune “One Of The Boys,” and ballad “The Journey,” plus the drum heavy song “Violence.” This LP is set to bring out a rich and much loved seam of British songwriting to a whole new audience. The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage.

Joe Elliott says, “These songs make up a huge portion of who I am and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to record them and hopefully give them a new lease of life, which, quite frankly, is long overdue.”

Morgan Fisher (keyboardist Mott The Hoople 1973/1974 and also Mott and British Lions) expresses, "It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"

Ian Hunter says, “I’m blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on ‘The Journey’ is one of the best I’ve heard. These songs really suit Joe’s voice also. It’s a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!”

After supporting Mott The Hoople in 2009, Down ‘n’ Outz played the main stage of inaugural High Voltage festival at Victoria Park, London during the Summer of 2010. Following this memorable performance, they toured the UK as main support to Paul Rogers in 2011. The band is currently working on live dates for 2014/2015.

Track listing is as follows:

1. Rock And Roll Queen
2. Stiff Upper Lip
3. Marionette
4. One Of The Boys
5. Whizz Kid
6. Violence
7. The Journey
8. Drivin' Sister
9. The Original Mixed-Up Kid
10. Crash Street Kidds
11. Broadside Outcasts
12. The Revenge Of The Shipwrecked Hedgehog
13. Sea Diver (iTunes Bonus Track)
14. One Of The Boys –radio edit – (iTunes Bonus Track)

 Status Quo Announce December tour With Chas And Dave.

Status QuoTuesday 25th March 2014
Live Nation is proud to announce that Britain’s best-loved rockers will undertake the 11 date “Status Quo Live In Concert” UK Winter tour in December 2014. The tour will go on general sale on Friday, March 28th from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. The exclusive Fan Club pre-sale will commence on Monday, March 24th. The band are delighted that support at all dates will come from Chas & Dave!

This tour sees Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and new boy Leon Cave bringing back their thunderous live show to the nation’s venues. Packed with hits, both new and old, taken from that unbelievable back catalogue, “Live In Concert” is a series of dates not to be missed.

2014 has been a vintage year for the band in every sense. March 2014 sees the “Status Quo Live In Concert” go on sale but also the valedictory dates from the Frantic Four line-up of the band. Additionally, the band’s seminal 1972 ‘Piledriver’ album – their first on the legendary Vertigo label - is being issued as a Deluxe Edition with bonus material by Universal. The band have also teamed up with the Wychwood Brewery to create the ‘Piledriver’ beer which is now on sale in thousands of pubs nationally. Cheers!

Rossi and Parfitt are undoubtedly one of British music’s most enduring partnerships and the same is true of the evergreen Chas & Dave. Masters of the quick quip but also with an ear for a catchy tune, and a knack for writing hits, this duo have become part of the social fabric of the nation, in much the same way as Quo themselves. With tracks like ‘Gertcha’, ‘Snooker Loopy’ and ‘Rabbit’ always raising a smile it’s easy to overlook the fact that they’ve played at Glastonbury, perform this year at Sonisphere and once opened for Zeppelin!


Status Quo Live – December 2014
Sat 6 Liverpool Echo Arena
Sun 7 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Mon 8 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Weds 10 Leeds First Direct Arena
Thurs 11 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Sat 13 Birmingham The NIA
Mon 15 Plymouth Pavilions
Tues 16 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs 18 Bournemouth BIC
Fri 19 London, O2 Arena
Sat 20 Brighton Centre

With two great bands offering a night of classic hits and more, this tour is unmissable. See also www.statusquo.co.uk [the site for ticket pre-sales, album purchases and more information].

Status Quo tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 28th March priced £39.50 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 Rob Zombie To Release First Ever Concert Film.

Rob ZombieThursday 20th March 2014
Rob Zombie’s first concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, will be released May 19 by Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Universal Music. The feature-length concert film, recorded live over two sizzling nights in Texas, captures Zombie's elaborate, multi-media production of mind-blowing SFX, animatronic robots, pyrotechnics, oversized LED screens and state-of-the-art light show combined with his powerhouse band featuring John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.

The Zombie Horror Picture Show, available on Blu-ray, DVD and longform digital video, puts the viewer at the centre of the hot and nasty action for a blistering set of 16 Rob Zombie classics, including “Dragula,” “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” “Living Dead Girl,” “More Human Than Human,” and the crushing cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” from the seven-time Grammy® nominee’s U.S. Top 10 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

To support the release of The Zombie Horror Picture Show, Rob Zombie is set to tour Europe across June and July. The 2014 dates are Zombie’s first European dates since 2012. That year saw Zombie also dominate the touring world, blowing away audiences on the road with Megadeth, then with Marilyn Manson for the “Twins of Evil Tour”, where Zombie and his band of maniacs brought their hair-raising theatrics, insane guitar riffs and vicious beats all around the world. 2014’s European run is set to cement Rob Zombie’s reputation as one of the most exciting and essential live touring acts.

In 1997, after the breakup of his multi-platinum group White Zombie, Zombie went on to achieve even greater success as a solo artist with several more multi-platinum and gold albums including Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge and Educated Horses.

As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of his music and films. Zombie has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $100 million.


ROB ZOMBIE: THE ZOMBIE HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
Superbeast
Super Charger Heaven
Living Dead Girl
We’re An American Band
More Human Than Human
Sick Bubblegum
Never Gonna Stop
Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
Meet The Creeper
Angry Red Planet
Mars Needs Women
House Of 1000 Corpses
Lords Of Salem
Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town
Thunder Kiss ‘65
Dragula

THE ZOMBIE HORROR PICTURE SHOW was filmed and recorded at:
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX (August 3, 2013)
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX (August 4, 2013)

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ROB ZOMBIE: EUROPEAN TOUR 2014
Festivals unless stated

Thurs 5th June Solvesbord, Sweden Rock Festival. SWEDEN
Sat 7th June Nurburgring, Rock Am Ring. GERMANY
Sun 8th June Nuremberg, Rock Im Park. GERMANY
Mon 9th June Landgraaf, Pinkpop Festival. HOLLAND
Wed 11th June Muenster, Skater’s Palace. GERMANY headline
Thurs 12th June Paris, Bataclan. FRANCE headline
Fri 13th June Donnington, Download Festival. UK
Sun 15th June Nickelsdorf, Novarock Festival. AUSTRIA
Mon 16th June Budapest, Aerodrome Festival. HUNGARY
Tues 17th June Prague, Aerodome Festival. CZECH REPUBLIC
Fri 20th June Clisson, Hellfest Festival. FRANCE
Sun 22nd Jun Barcelona, St Jordi Club. SPAIN headline
Mon 23rd June Madrid, Riveria. SPAIN headline
Thurs 26th June Rome, Rock in Roma Open Air. ITALY w/Megadeth
Fri 27th June Milan, Ippodromo Del Galoppo Open Air. ITALY w/Megadeth
Sat 28th June Wetzikon, Eishalle Wetzikon. SWITZERLAND w/Megadeth
Sun 29th June Dessel, Graspop Festival. BELGIUM
Tues 1st July Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg. HOLLAND headline
Wed 2nd July Luxembourg, Rockhal. LUXEMBOURG headline
Fri 4th July Roskilde, Roskilde Festival. DENMARK
Sat 5th July Leipzig, Full Force Open Air Festival. GERMANY

 Arch Enemy Reveal New Video.

Arch EnemyThursday 20th March 2014
As announced earlier this week, extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian act THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on the band’s management. Now it’s time to lift the veil and present the new line-up with the title track of the upcoming album 'War Eternal'. The video was produced by the band’s long time friend Patric Ullaeus.
Check it out here: http://youtu.be/InRMwptcgAo

The song will be also available for streaming through Spotify (starting Friday, March 21st early morning hours).

Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: ""This is a day to remember. It is such a great feeling to come back with new music and to unleash the first single and video off 'War Eternal'. Behold the first chapter of the new Arch Enemy saga... This is f**king war!"

ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan in early June 2014. 'War Eternal' was recorded in various studios during Winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Kreator) mixed and mastered the album at Fascination Street Studio. The 'War Eternal' digital single cover was created by Gustavo Sazes, while Costin Chioreanu is working on the album cover that will be presented soon.

ARCH ENEMY will start their “War Eternal” world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A US tour is planned for Fall 2014.

Let the eternal war begin!

ARCH ENEMY Confirmed Live Dates:
23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5 , Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
29.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
30.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L’Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost', Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

 Five Finger Death Punch To Head Out On UK Tour.

Five Finger Death PunchThursday 20th March 2014
Five Finger Death Punch released two albums last year, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vols 1&2’, BOTH of which reached No 2 in the main Billboard chart. Now the band; IVAN MOODY (vocals), ZOLTAN BATHORY (guitar), JEREMY SPENCER (drums), JASON HOOK (guitar) and CHRIS KAEL (bass), have returned to Europe for their most expansive headline tour yet. The tour kicked off with a performance at the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden where the band won Best International Album, and Best International Band. The tour is all but sold out, with just a few remaining tickets in Glasgow and at the second London show.

UK dates are:

March 2014
Friday 28th Birmingham O2Academy SOLD OUT
Sunday 30th London Forum SOLD OUT
Monday 31st London Forum
April 2014:
Tues 1st Manchester Academy SOLD OUT
Thur 3rd Glasgow O2 Academy

The band wrapped up their European arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold in December 2013, followed by headline shows in Russia. They kicked off 2014 in fine fettle at Florida’s ShipRocked. On their way to Australia’s Soundwave festival, the band stopped off at the Kaneda Air Base Okinawa to play a free concert at the US Air Force base.

Five Finger Death Punch have just released a trailer for the video for their unexpected cover of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ here: http://on.fb.me/1gyhzvB |

Since their formation in 2006, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has evolved into a melodic rock machine. The band has produced three Gold certified albums in the U.S.--The Way of The Fist (2007), War Is The Answer (2009) and American Capitalist (2011)--with cumulative single sales now exceeding over 4.5 million worldwide. Their songs have appeared on the hit games Splatterhouse and Madden 13, as well as in NBC’s hit shows, Criminal Minds and Revolution. They have graced numerous magazine covers across the globe including Metal Hammer Magazine's 250th Anniversary Collector's Edition which included a career-spanning 11 Track exclusive CD of Five Finger Death Punch tracks.

 Sonisphere Festival Announce Day Splits.

SonisphereThursday 20th March 2014
Due to phenomenal demand, day tickets for the 2014 SONISPHERE festival, headlined by THE PRODIGY, IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA are now on sale, with Friday tickets priced at £55 and the Saturday and Sunday at £75 per day. In addition, camping add-ons are available to day ticket holders for £35 and for those looking to really treat themselves, a ‘King For A Day’ * package is available (see footnote for more info).

Weekend tickets start at £180. Check www.sonisphere.co.uk for all ticket options and further info.

With no clashes across the two main stages and sensitively timed sets across the tented stages, SONISPHERE ensures ticket holders get the most for their money, negating the need for any painful decisions on who to watch. The full list of bands so far and their respective performance days are outlined below, but not before a further fourteen names who join the stellar line up are revealed.

BAND OF SKULLS make their Knebworth debut at SONISPHERE this summer. The Southampton rock’n’roll trio come armed with bluesy and ballsy slabs of rock that have seen them making waves far beyond the shores of their coastal hometown. Support slots with the likes of Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Dead Weather, an Independent Music Award for “Sweet Sour”, a feature documentary on Channel 4 and huge support from Radio One has seen BAND OF SKULLS become a household name in the UK, with the rest of the world standing to attention and taking notice.

GARY NUMAN returns to Knebworth in support of his acclaimed new album “Splinter”. Highly regarded and massively influential, NUMAN is undoubtedly one of Electronic music’s pioneers, with megastars such as Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson and Dave Grohl citing him as an inspiration. An industrial rock powerhouse, GARY NUMAN at SONISPHERE is a must see for those looking for a darker, more gothic summer, with the promise of hits such as “Cars”, “Down In The Park” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”.

It’s rare for a band to wait 14 years between albums, and even rarer for the subsequent album to be unanimously declared a masterpiece by both fans and critics alike, yet legendary British metallers CARCASS managed to do just that with last year’s “Surgical Steel”. Just as angry and hungry as they were on their 1988 debut “Reek Of Putrefaction”, Bill Steer and Jeff Walker show none of the fatigue or complacency common in bands over a quarter century old, and their set at SONISPHERE will be total and utter aural annihilation.

"A chance to play on the same day as IRON MAIDEN at Sonisphere? Please sign us up!” exclaims bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker. “Nevermind the fact that Bill Steer (guitar) is a BIG Chas & Dave fan- as if that wasn’t enough to cement the deal already!”

Post Punk heroes NEW MODEL ARMY make their Knebworth debut at SONISPHERE this summer. In their 34 years, Justin Sullivan and co’s punk ethos, poetic and inspiring lyrics and gargantuan tunes have earned them a large and loyal cult following, including one Max Cavalera, who covered “The Hunt” on Sepultura’s 1993 Chaos A.D album.

NEW MODEL ARMY released their acclaimed "Between Dog and Wolf" album in 2013, their highest charting album in 20 years, and following the success of this, will release a live album taken from the accompanying European tour later this year.

Said Justin Sullivan, lead singer/songwriter and founder of the band; "We are very much looking forward to playing Sonisphere, and in particular playing at the legendary Knebworth House. This will be the first time we have played both."

It would be easy to call THE WINERY DOGS a supergroup: vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, where he met TWD bassist Billy Sheehan, who in turn has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But THE WINERY DOGS are so much more than a supergroup, and their cohesive, well rounded, classic sounding rock, interspersed with jaw dropping moments that only musicians of this caliber can create, will prove why at SONISPHERE’s Saturn stage. Drummer Mike Portnoy states:

“So excited to be playing Sonisphere at the legendary Knebworth! This will be The Winery Dogs' premiere festival performance and it couldn't have been at a better one than this!”

THE BRONX make their way over from Los Angeles to Knebworth for the first time to heat things up in BOHEMIA. Last year’s “The Bronx - IV” album – the product of a band that’s survived two near-death experiences involving their tour van, weathered label problems that undermined their previous two albums, and turned a rebellious statement into a touring and recording Mariachi band- saw a band still at the top of their game, appearing in album of the year lists across the rock media.

Their inimitable hardcore punk swagger, a reputation for blistering live shows, and anthems such as “Heart Attack American”, “Knifeman” and “False Alarm” will make for a highly energetic and wet-with-sweat set that is not to be missed. The band says:

“Congratulations England. After years of angry letters and crude protests, the Bronx will finally be exposing itself at Sonisphere 2014. Take the necessary measures to ensure you don't fucking miss it. We love you. God save the Queen”

No strangers to SONISPHERE and a band who require little introduction, Watford punks GALLOWS return to Knebworth to lay waste to the BOHEMIA stage on Sunday. With new music to showcase, as well as fan faves such as “In The Belly Of A Shark”, “Outsider Art” and “Abandon Ship”, the very structure of the big blue tent is in danger as the band warn:

"We're ripping up Sonisphere on the Sunday. Good times only, fuck the posers. New music on its way."

Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic join the SONISPHERE line up, hot off the back of a sold out UK tour in support of new album “Wild Light”. Prog, math, electronic, experimental, instrumental – 65dos have been called all these things, but we suggest you let the music do the talking and let them drop your jaws at their set in BOHEMIA on Friday.

“The best thing about all those people who like rock music and allow festivals like Sonisphere to thrive are that they usually have no preconceptions and are open to all other types of music too.’ Says guitarist Paul Wolinski. “So we’re looking forward to being the weird, noisy outliers at this festival, knowing that the people there are still going to give us the time of day. In return, we promise to be loud”.

With over 20 million records sold, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), regular TV work and a stint playing the lead in a touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, there’s no doubting SEBASTIAN BACH’s destiny to entertain. His Saturday set on BOHEMIA will be a show to remember, with songs from both his solo career as well as Skid Row hits like “Youth Gone Wild”, “Monkey Business” and “Slave To The Grind” on offer.

“I am beyond excited and honored to play the legendary Sonisphere Festival this summer at Knebworth in England!” shouts Sebastian. “This is by far the biggest festival in all of the UK with the biggest bands and the biggest audience and I am proud to share the stage with the greatest bands in the history of rock 'n roll. See you this summer at Sonisphere, let's get wild!!!!!”

Having laid waste to Alexandra Palace at last winter’s Vans Warped Tour, CHIODOS return to the UK armed with a new album and a very high bar to raise. With frontman Craig Owen’s incredible knack for pushing both himself and the audience before him to the limits, anyone hoping for a quiet Sunday at SONISPHERE is in for a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. Says guitarist Brad Bell:

“We haven't spent a lot of time in the UK in the past and to be able to come back for Sonisphere and play with some of the world’s most iconic bands is going to be an overwhelming experience. We can't wait to play for our long time fans and new fans, especially with our new music from of our upcoming album - Devil.”

With a frontman who has led one of the craziest lives ever documented and with a name like BAM MARGERA’s FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE, one thing SONISPHERE can be sure of amidst the chaos and unpredictability of such an act is that no one will be leaving their set without a smile. Says Bam:

"Thanks for inviting me to your party Sonisphere, I’ll be happy to throw gas on your fire. Uh, I mean petrol."

Legendary punks ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE also join the 2014 line up. Performing on the Sunday, don’t be too surprised if you see a few members of that night’s headliners watching…

"It's great to be asked to play Sonisphere this year,” says frontman Animal. “It's a great festival.......and on the same day as my ol' buddies Metallica...batting with the big boyz again eh!......LET THE GAMES BEGIN!"

LITTLE MATADOR, who you may have seen supporting NINE INCH NAILS or QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, bring their brash, aggressive rock to KNEBWORTH. Says lead singer Nathan Connolly:

“We're really excited to be playing at Sonisphere. Knebworth is such an iconic place and to be part of 40 years of rock history will be an honour. We promise to crank it up as loud as we can!!”

Last but by no means least SONISPHERE welcomes THE LOUNGE KITTENS, a Southampton based trio singing beautiful 3 part harmonies – over all your favorite songs. Brought to the attention of SONISPHERE by Fred Durst himself, check out their cover of “Rollin” for a taste of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x1EU3qKsUg

With more acts to be announced in the coming weeks, the list of bands so far by day and stage order, is as follows:


Friday

APOLLO STAGE:

THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:

ELECTRIC WIZARD
65DAYSOFSTATIC
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
YASHIN
CARNIFEX
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
HOUNDS
LITTLE MATADOR

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST

SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
WILKO JOHNSON
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
STAMPIN GROUND
TURBOWOLF
VOODOO SIX
THE HELL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE BRONX
GALLOWS
CHIODOS
KERBDOG
BLACK SPIDERS
TRUCKFIGHTERS
SILVERSTEIN
THE CADILLAC THREE
ONLY CRIME
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
ITCH
KROKODIL


Across the weekend
BROKEN HANDS COLLIBUS EMP!RE FORT HOPE GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY THE LOUNGE KITTENS MAX RAPTOR THE ONE HUNDRED PALM READER RAGING SPEEDHORN TESSERACT THE SAFETY FIRE

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. The highly popular deposit scheme is available until 1st April, meaning fans have less than two weeks to reserve their tickets for an initial payment of just £50. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk

* Sonisphere 2014 King for a Day (VIP Day Pass)
Have you ever been to a festival and wondered what it would be like to be King (or Queen) for a day? – No? Neither have we. But now that thought is in your head, I bet you are wondering what it would be like. Well now is your chance to find out. Sonisphere are offering King For A Day tickets to all you folk who wish to rock out like royalty for a single day, rather than the whole weekend. The King For A Day ticket offers you the chance to watch your favourite bands knowing that you can then head back to an exclusive area close to the arena, avoid the queues, and have a royally refreshing beverage. As well as having its own bar, the area will also have plenty of luxury thrones (toilets) and many fancy extras, which will be fit for a King, obviously. Priced at £155 for the Friday and £175 for the Saturday and Sunday (booking fees included), the ticket includes access to the main arena on the day you choose, parking and access to the exclusive area until it closes at 12-midnight. Crowns are optional.

 The Agonist Announce new Singer.

The AgonistThursday 20th March 2014
After the announcement of former lead singer Alissa White-Gluz joining Arch Enemy, The Agonist members released this statement: "Today we announce that after 3 albums and countless tours we officially part ways with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. We wish Alissa all the best with Arch Enemy and her future endeavors. It is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for The Agonist! We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the The Agonist family. Please give a warm welcome to very talented vocalist Vicky Psarakis!”

Stay tuned for new The Agonist material coming VERY soon!

 The Word Alive Announce UK Tour Dates.

The Word AliveThursday 20th March 2014
The Word Alive have premiere new song 'Play The Victim'. This is the first track released from the band's forthcoming new album 'REAL', released on June 9th on Fearless Records.

"With the upcoming release of our third full-length record we wanted to release a song that showcased our overall growth as a band. 'Play The Victim' was our personal choice. It has elements from our early days as well as the progression we've strived for with every release. We never want to release the same song twice, and we feel it stands on it's own.... Lyrically the song is about the fact that so many people hurt the people they love, only to complain about it or their life. Some people just live for negativity and I see so much of it these days. We'll be playing it on our upcoming UK run with our boys in Memphis May Fire so make sure you learn the words!" - Telle Smith, Lead Singer

STREAM 'PLAY THE VICTIM' BELOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3imnKY1Qj8

PURCHASE 'PLAY THE VICTIM' HERE: http://smarturl.it/PlayTheVictim

Following their current U.S and UK tour with Memphis May Fire, the band are gearing up for their slot on the entire Vans Warped Tour 2014. The band has already kicked off the year in a big way having already completed international tour dates through Japan on the Scream Out Fest with The Devil Wears Prada, a string of shows in Brazil with labelmates Blessthefall, a show in Mexico City, Mexico with Parkway Drive, and an upcoming slot on the Self Help Festival in San Bernardino, CA with A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men.

The band returns to the UK in April to kick off the REAL album cycle, as main support to Memphis May Fire, before finishing the trip with appearances at the Hit The Deck Festivals in Bristol and Nottingham.

THE WORD ALIVE UK TOUR DATES

w/ Memphis May Fire, FACT
Apr 10 - Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Apr 11 - Manchester Academy 3
Apr 12 - Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Apr 13 - Glasgow Cathouse
Apr 15 - Leeds Cockpit
Apr 16 - London Koko
Apr 17 - Southampton Talking Heads
Apr 18 - Plymouth White Rabbit
Apr 19 - Bristol - Hit The Deck Festival
Apr 20 - Nottingham - Hit The Deck Festival

 Foster The People To Release New Album.

Foster The PeopleThursday 20th March 2014
Foster The People are set to release their highly anticipated new album Supermodel on 24th March via Columbia Records with the first single “Coming Of Age” set to be released on the 16th March. Produced by Paul Epworth, the globally influenced Supermodel is the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Torches.

Recorded in various locations around the world, Supermodel began as frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco at the end of 2012. “We didn't have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days,” Foster recalls, “And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like.”
From Morocco the album continued to migrate with Foster and the band. Work continued at Woodshed Studios in Malibu, Henson Studios and Bronson Island in Los Angeles and was finished at Epworth’s Wolf Tone Studios in London.

Supermodel will be available for pre-order on Tuesday 14th January. Fans can also listen to the album’s first single “Coming Of Age” now on the band’s website fosterthepeople.com where the song is set to a visual documenting the creation of a mural inspired by the new album. The mural lives on a building in downtown Los Angeles and, at seven stories tall, is one of the largest painted murals in the United States. The band is also confirmed to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA on the 12th and 19th of April.

Foster the People is Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius. Founded by Foster in 2009, the group achieved success with the 2011 release of their debut album Torches, which has sold nearly 2 million albums and over 9 million singles worldwide. Torches features the hit singles “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Don’t Stop (Colour On The Walls),” “Houdini” and “Helena Beat.”
Foster the People garnered three GRAMMY nominations for their monumental debut - including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Houdini” - as well as a Brit Award for International Breakthrough in 2012, two Q Awards and two NME Awards.

SUPERMODEL TRACK LISTING:
1. Are You What You Want to Be
2. Ask Yourself
3. Coming of Age
4. Nevermind
5. Pseudologia Fantastica
6. The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones
7. Best Friend
8. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
9. Goats in Trees
10. The Truth
11. Fire Escape

 Cage The Gods To Release Debut Album.

Cage The GodsThursday 20th March 2014
Following hugely successful stints supporting first The Answer and then The Treatment on their UK and European tours in late 2013 and early 2014, Cage The Gods are set to release their highly anticipated debut album ‘Badlands’.

An action packed last six months has seen secure a USA release with The End Records / Warner ADA, tour the UK with The Answer and The Treatment and release their first digital EP “Favourite Sin” as premiered in the USA by Revolver magazine - http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-cage-the-gods-premiere-new-ep-favourite-sin.html

Irish vocalist Peter Comerford and Scottish guitarist Jam formed the band in the summer of 2012 and before long, the pair crossed paths with 6’7” Welsh bassist Mitch Witham. Young English drummer Colin Jones is the most recent addition having replaced original drummer NJ who in true rock n roll fashion went on a booze fuelled week in Vegas with a 38 year old glamour model, got married by Elvis in ''The Chapel Of Love'' and hasn’t been seen since.... Thankfully Jones was able to step up to the mark and solidify his place within the band after a charismatic debut performance supporting US-rockers Filter!

Their debut four-track EP “FAVOURITE SIN” was released on November 24th 2013 in both the UK and USA and is backed with “From the Start”, “Wake Up” and “Sacrifice (acoustic)”. The song was supported with a trademark powerful live performance video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjr2dkyBwmw

Following 2013 shows with Radio One play listed Heavens Basement, Classic Rock best new band winners Tracer and other UK shows with Filter, The Answer and The Treatment, and a slot at December 2013’s Hard Rock hell festival, the band are establishing themselves as a must see new British rock act. The band are also receiving great support from USA press and radio and are set to play shows in the USA later in the year.

 Saves The Day Announce New Album And UK Tour With Brand New.

Saves The DayThursday 20th March 2014
Saves The Day are set to release their eighth studio album this spring on EQUAL VISION RECORDS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EASY LIFE/SONY RED for the UK release. The self-titled record will be released on 14th April and not only starts a new relationship with Easy Life/Sony Red but reunites the band with the label that helped shape them into the seminal act they are today. The album was produced by Saves The Day, engineered by Marc Hudson and mixed by Rob Schnapf, marking the first time the band has worked with Schnapf since 2003’s In Reverie.
Saves The Day frontman Chris Conley explains, “Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we put out the debut Saves The Day album on Equal Vision Records. Back then, I was just a kid, 17 years old and still in high school. Somehow, after our demo was rejected by all the other indie labels of the time, Steve from EVR called us up on a landline and asked if we’d like to make a record. We were in the middle of rehearsing some new songs in a basement somewhere in New Jersey, and we dropped our instruments and jumped up and down, excited and amazed. No way to know that when we got the call it was the beginning of what would be an incredible journey through the world of music and beyond. In retrospect, I can see clearly that without Steve and Equal Vision Records, there would be no Saves The Day. After all these years, I still hold holy gratitude in my heart for Steve and his faith in our music. Signing back to Equal Vision feels like coming home.”
Saves The Day will be returning to our shores next month and heading out on a UK tour with old friends, Brand New this April, including performances at Hit The Deck Festival and a very special late night show on 12th April

Saves The Day - Saves The Day - Tracklisting
1. Remember
2. In The In Between
3. Beyond All Of Time
4. Ain’t No Kind Of Love
5. Lucky Number
6. Xenophobic Blind Left Hook
7. The Tide Of Our Times
8. Supernova
9. Verona
10. Ring Pop
11. Stand In The Stars

UK TOUR WITH BRAND NEW
FRI 11TH APRIL Guildhall, Southampton
SAT 12TH APRIL Troxy, London
SAT 12TH APRIL Dukes, London (LATE NIGHT HEADLINE SHOW)
SUN 13TH APRIL The Peel, Kingston (HEADLINE SHOW)
MON 14TH APRIL O2 Academy, Leeds
TUES 15TH APRIL Barrowlands, Glasgow
WED 16TH APRIL O2 Academy, Newcastle
FRI 18th APRIL O2 Academy, Manchester
SAT 19th APRIL Hit The Deck Festival, Bristol
SUN 20th APRIL Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham

 Lit Announce 15th Anniversary Of 'A Place In The Sun' Tour.

LitThursday 20th March 2014
Following their long-awaited return to the UK in 2013 for Download Festival, Orange County rock band Lit hop across the pond once again this May for a very special tour.

The multi-platinum-selling band will celebrate the 15 year anniversary of their breakthrough "A Place In The Sun" album with string of headline shows.

TOUR DATES
MAY
09 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
10 - De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
11 - Luxor, Cologne, Germany
13 - Cathouse, Glasgow, UK
14 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK
15 - Electric Ballroom, London, UK
16 - Button Factory, Dublin, UK
17 - The Institute Library, Birmingham, UK
18 - The Fleece, Bristol, UK
19 - Sub 89, Reading, UK

Anyone who witnessed last summer's massive Castle Donington crowd singing along to every word of the album's global mega-hit "My Own Worst Enemy" will testify that "A Place In The Sun" is still as relevant and fresh today as it was on its release in 1999. To make an album that strikes a chord around the world in its year of release is one thing, but to produce one that includes three massive hit singles and an enduring anthem that spans generations is an achievement few can accomplish.

"My Own Worst Enemy" won the Billboard Award for Biggest Selling Modern Rock Song of 1999 after racking up 12 straight weeks at the top of the US Modern Rock chart. Digital download figures alone are now well over 650,000, an amazing feat considering that the single was released years before the advent of online music sales.
The song, along with the album's two other hit singles, "Ziplock" and "Miserable" (accompanied by a memorable video featuring Pamela Anderson which helped it become one of the top ten most played rock songs of 2000), made Lit MTV mainstays with appearances on the network's landmark "Spring Break" and "Cribs" shows.

Tours with No Doubt, The Offspring and Garbage followed with the band clocking up close to 500 shows across the globe within a two year period as well as numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".

It wasn't long before Lit's huge success in the US crossed the Atlantic. "My Own Worst Enemy" hit the UK Top 20 and earned them appearances on "The Big Breakfast" and "Top Of The Pops" as well as a coveted slot on the Reading and Leeds Festival mainstage.

Their most recent album, the critically acclaimed "The View From The Bottom", was released last year after a lengthy absence from the UK, yet a one-off headline gig at London's Koko in June confirmed that the band had lost none of its edge, with new tracks like "The Broken" and "Miss You Gone" slotting in perfectly next to the classic hits.

The "A Place In The Sun" 15th Anniversary Tour may be a celebration of past achievements with the album being played in its entirety for the first time, but it also marks the beginning of a band moving forward to their next chapter and giving fans old and new a masterclass in American rock. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

 Arch Enemy Announce New Singer.

arhc EnemyThursday 20th March 2014
In early June 2014, ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.

Angela Gossow comments:
“Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY’s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.
I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.
I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories - I will cherish them forever!
I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way - revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!”

Alissa White-Gluz comments:
"I am very honoured and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favourite and globally respected bands, ARCH ENEMY. ‘Wages of Sin’ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen. It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with ARCH ENEMY! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!"

Chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott, who founded ARCH ENEMY in 1995, comments:
“We are eternally grateful to Angela for all her passion, hard work and talent. Her legacy is tremendous and will always be a big part of the band’s history. We feel great pride in what has been achieved in the past, but also look forward to new battles and new victories. We welcome Alissa with open arms - and we hope you will have open ears. We might have just created our most wicked metal opus yet with our upcoming album ‘War Eternal’!”

On March 20th, 2014 ARCH ENEMY will present the video for the album’s title track, 'War Eternal'. Stay tuned.

ARCH ENEMY Confirmed Live Dates:
23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5 , Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
29.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
30.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L’Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost', Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

 Chuck Ragan Releases New Video.

Chuck RaganTuesday 20th March 2014
Chuck Ragan is gearing up for a European tour in May in support of his 5th solo album, ‘Till Midnight’ which is due for release on March 24th 2014 via Side One Dummy Records.

The former Hot Water Music front man will bring his all-star backing band The Camaraderie that consists of Jon Gaunt (fiddle), Joe Ginsberg (bass), Todd Beene of Lucero and Glossary (pedal steel, electric guitar) and David Hidalgo Jr. of Social Distortion (drums), the five-week trek kicks off on May 27 at Nottingham’s Rock City, before heading out to mainland Europe, and concluding at The Brudenell in Leeds (full dates below). Support is still to be announced.

The video for the life-long love story behind his second single “Something May Catch Fire” was filmed at The Carnivale House on the foothills of Big Sky Movie Ranch in Los Angeles, CA and produced by Dannel Escallon and Anthem Films. It can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2B2TvdW7jk

“I felt they captured an essence of love that we’ve all have either known ourselves or have dreamed of knowing one day” explains Ragan.

UK dates are:
Tues 27 May Nottingham, Rock City
Wed 28th May Bristol Thekla
Thurs 29th May London Garage
Tues 24th June Brighton The Haunt
Weds 25 June Manchester Gorilla
Thurs 26th June Leeds Brudenell

“As much as we love music and sharing it with the world, we’re aware that our means of travel does make an environmental impact on our surroundings,” explains Ragan. “We’ve aimed to release some merch and means to offset our carbon footprint on this tour and help make a difference along the way.” For every ticket and package sold, one dollar will be donated to Wildlands Network to help better our air, water, forests, and the wildlife that inhabits them”. Tickets and Limited Edition sustainable merch bundles are available here: http://www.chuckragantix.com

Till Midnight was produced, engineered, and mixed by multi-instrumentalist Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon within the walls of Fireside Sound and Fonogenic Studios in Los Angeles. From the captivating fiddle and drums on the upbeat lead off track “Something May Catch Fire”, to the steel guitar and harmonica-laden “Bedroll Lullaby”, to the heartwarming “Wake With You”, to the mesmerizing solo acoustic ballad “For All We Care”, this album propels Ragan to a whole new level musically. Guest vocalists include Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers and Foo Fighters (accordion, glockenspiel, organ), Lucero frontman Ben Nichols, Jenny O., Dave Hause, and Chad Price and Jon Snodgrass of Drag The River. Listen to the full album here:: https://soundcloud.com/sideonedummy/sets/chuck-ragan-till-midnight-uk/s-WhKU5

 Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies Reveal New Album 'Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!'.

Me First And The Gimmie GimmiesTuesday 11th March 2014
In that mythical era known as the 90’s, five brave young men emerged from the legendary halls of some of the mightiest bands on Fat Wreck Chords with a single mission: make all the rest of these dildo punk bands covering popular songs obsolete. They crowned themselves Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and the world rejoiced. Now, seven records, scores of singles and nearly a thousand years later, having tackled every genre under the sun, the bold young knaves known colloquially as the Gimmes have ridden their success hard, and decayed into desiccated, old divas. Yet, the diva, she is immortal. And thus, imbued with the old-world, Mystic Pizza-esque swagger of Cher, the modern pop-art sensibility of Lady Gaga and the enthusiasm-for-drug-consumption of Whitney Houston, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have returned from their beauty rest, busting out of their sequined gowns, and throwing vases at their assistants in order to present you with their latest opus, entitled Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, slated to be released on May 13, 2014 on none other than Fat Wreck Chords. And you’d best believe, whether because of their tantrums or their virtuosity, once you hear these fat ladies sing, there’s not gonna be a dry eye in the house.

For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.

In the past, The Gimmes have tackled such disparate genres as Motown, country, show tunes and even Japanese pop (sung in real live Japanese!) but none of that enabled them to truly soar as high above the eagles as they desired, feeling the wind of other, lesser bands beneath their wings. So this time, the Fat (Wreck) Five decided to take on the un-take-on-able and hit us with cuts from the likes of Celine (gasp!) Christina (Sigh!) and Paula Abdul (oh no you di’int!) among others. And as Spike’s baritone somehow manages to make Whitney Houston’s (Dolly Parton-penned) Theme Song To The Bodyguard EVEN MORE EPIC, you will be moved to tears. You will find joy. You will shake in your very skin as the music of these divas gently takes you by the hand and shows you how to love again. AND! You’ll buy tickets to see ‘em on tour.

Because that’s right folks! Nothing says ‘diva’ like coming to your town to bask in the torrential, gushing blasts of your love, and the Gimmes will be hitting the entire world in support of Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, except maybe Mike, who’s such a diva that he’s got substitutes on hand! So grab those flowers off of your grandma’s grave and head out now, to check out Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on wax and in your town, before these five outrageous harpies either kill each other or wind up as a Vegas destination act, bloated, high on pills and… uh, nevermind that last part. Just go see em, eh? It’s a helluva time.

1. I Will Survive
2. Straight Up
3. Believe
4. Beautiful
5. My Heart Will Go On
6. I Will Always Love You
7. Top of the World
8. Speechless
9. Karma Chameleon
10. Crazy for You
11. On the Radio
12. The Way We Were

 Reading And Leeds Announce Over 40 Bands For 2014 Festival.

Reading And LeedsMonday 10th March 2014
Following the expansion of the Festival last year to encompass even more music and genres, Reading & Leeds Festivals are back with a line-up that’s more spectacular than ever! Bringing the biggest and best names in rock, indie, dance, alternative, grime and hip-hop to the UK for the bank holiday weekend that remains completely unrivalled, it really is the only place to see such an exciting mix of acts!

This year sees amazing Main Stage co-headliner shows from rock heroes Queens Of The Stone Age and pop-rock trailblazers Paramore who share the prestigious stage on Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds in their only UK performances of 2014. They join headliners pop-punk legends Blink-182, who perform their only UK shows of 2014 on the Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds, and the inimitable multi BRIT and NME Award winning Arctic Monkeys who will grace the stage in an England and Wales festival exclusive set on Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds.

With festival veterans You Me At Six returning to Reading & Leeds and Jake Bugg making a well-deserved step up to the Main Stage, the line-up is certainly taking shape! The Grammy Award winning, Vampire Weekend and multi Grammy Award-winning hip-hop duo and one of the biggest breakthrough acts of 2013, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the Main Stage for what promises to be an incredible set alongside fellow Americans Imagine Dragons and Foster The People, and the UK’s Deaf Havana.

Over on the NME/Radio 1 Stage alongside previously announced headliners Disclosure and Courteeners are the incredible Bombay Bicycle Club, who return to the Festivals with their exceptional new Number One album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, as well as catchy electronic pop group Chvrches, UK single chart toppers Clean Bandit and mysterious London hype duo Jungle.

This year’s BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage is shaping up to be as exciting as ever with already confirmed headliners Netsky Live joined by Australian superstar Flume and a special DJ set from drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights Pendulum.

Across the festival there will be performances from Klaxons, David Rodigan MBE, Lower Than Atlantis, Boys Noize, Danny Brown, Eagulls, The Fat White Family and many more.

With many more acts to be announced in the coming weeks across these stages, as well as the Festival Republic Stage, Lock Up Stage, The Pit, BBC Introducing Stage and the Alternative Stage, this year promises to be one of the best yet for the UK’s best Festivals!

READING FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST / LEEDS SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST
Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore to headline, Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Deaf Havana, Hacktivist, Temples and Drenge added!

MAIN STAGE
Main Stage co-headliners Queens Of The Stone Age are certainly no strangers to Reading & Leeds Festivals, having graced the Main Stage four times and appeared at the festival five times in total since their inception in 1996. This year the band take a well-deserved step up to headline the Festivals for the first time, playing a UK festival exclusive performance and their only UK show of 2014. From their 1998 self-titled debut and 2002’s true breakthrough album ‘Songs For The Deaf’ which contained the ubiquitous single ‘No One Knows’, through to last year’s triumphant Number One US and Number Two UK album ‘…Like Clockwork’ they are a true rock tour de force. The band’s back catalogue is full of undisputed anthems peppered with truly iconic riffs and frontman Josh Homme’s distinct, soulful vocal. Following a year of arena tours the only true home for a band of their calibre is stepping into the prestigious Main Stage headline slot to close the festival on the Friday at Reading.

Returning to Reading & Leeds, co-headliners Paramore bring their gold certified, Number One self-titled album to the Festival for a set that promises to blow crowds away this summer! With four trips to the festivals thus far, three of which saw the band tread the boards of the Main Stage, they return to take their rightful place at the top of the bill in UK festival exclusive performance and their only UK shows of 2014. With a veritable arsenal of hit songs including the likes of ‘Still Into You’, ‘Misery Business’, ‘Ain’t It Fun’ and ‘Ignorance’ they are unmatched in the field of anthemic pop-punk and rock. Hayley Williams and co. have grown up in the public eye and on the stages of Reading & Leeds and 2014 promises to be a landmark performance for the band. They will close the proceedings in spectacular style on the Saturday at Leeds.

Reading & Leeds Festivals are THE only place in the UK to see both of these bands in 2014!

Start dreaming of blue skies because possibly the best festival sunshine band, the Grammy Award-winning, Vampire Weekend return to the Reading & Leeds Main Stage for the first time since 2009. New York’s finest will bring a plethora of hits to the stage including sing-alongs from the Grammy Award-winning 2013 album ‘Modern Vampires of The City’. Last year’s Shikari Soundsystem almost blew the roof off the tent, and for 2014 the Enter Shikari guys return to their rightful place on the Main Stage for a fully live set for the first time since 2012. Expect a trademark rawkus and explosive show to get those Reading & Leeds circle pits revolving.

Since their formation in 1993 Jimmy Eat World have positioned themselves as one of the most influential and longstanding groups in emotional rock music. Wearing their hearts firmly on their sleeves and with now legendary records the likes of 'Clarity' and 'Bleed American' under their belts they return to Reading & Leeds all guns blazing for a festival exclusive set this summer.

Joining the co-headliners on this day are Norfolk alternative rock band Deaf Havana whose acclaimed 2013 album ‘Old Souls’ saw them enter into the big league and storm into the UK Top Ten with their collection of soulful, and melodic tunes. Hacktivist debuted at Reading & Leeds last year on the Lock Up/Rock Stage and have now moved up to the prestigious opening slot on the Main Stage for 2014. Rap/metal with serrated edges will be the order of the day, a rude awakening to kick start the crowds.

NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
Joining stage headliners Courteeners, as well the already confirmed SBTRKT and Warpaint and championed by the likes of Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, Temples bring their expertly executed tunes to the NME/Radio 1 Stage after releasing their Top 10 debut album ‘Sun Structures’ as the first of many names to come for this day of the Festivals.

Having made their Reading & Leeds debut in 2013 with a storming set on the Festival Republic Stage, the ‘Best New Band’ NME award-winning sibling duo Drenge will be bringing their noisy grunge rock to the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
After an amazing first year as a three day stage, this year the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage returns across all three days of the Festivals with already announced headliner Netsky Live leading proceedings.

READING SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST / LEEDS SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST
Just confirmed to join Arctic Monkeys will be Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, The Hives, Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Don Broco, Cage The Elephant, NERO (Live) and Pendulum (DJ Set)!

MAIN STAGE
With crowd favourites and dominators of this years BRIT and NME Awards, Arctic Monkeys returning to headline this years Reading & Leeds Festivals, and song-writing wunderkind Jake Bugg already announced to take the stage there’s plenty more to announce for this year’s Main Stage.

Having stormed the NME/Radio 1 Stage in 2013, Grammy Award-winning American alternative rockers Imagine Dragons make a well-deserved step up onto this year’s Main Stage line-up. With debut album ‘Night Visions’ currently certified platinum in eight countries, their calibre is unquestionable. This is a band very much on the ascent and a welcome addition to the line-up. Joining them are Indie-pop trio Foster The People who need little by way of introduction. Their crossover hit single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ was so ubiquitous that you’d have to have been living under a rock to have missed it. Their upcoming sophomore full length ‘Supermodel’ is due to land this March and with songs as catchy as ‘Coming Of Age’, the Reading & Leeds crowds are sure to be singing every word back at them.

Swedish masters of rock ‘n’ roll and festival favourites The Hives return to Reading & Leeds for what is sure to be one of the most energetic sets of the weekend. Rounding off this Main Stage announcement, indie champs Peace step up to the plate, backed by last year’s sublime album ‘In Love’.

NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
Hailing from North London, Bombay Bicycle Club have never shied away from experimenting with a variety of genres. Their sound encompasses indie, electronica, world, folk and rock and having previously released three Gold records, February saw their fourth album 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' claiming the UK’s Number One chart spot amid much critical acclaim. These songs display a maturity beyond their years and with a thrilling live show they are the perfect headliner for the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

Lead by the tender vocal of singer Lauren Mayberry, Chvrches were a true breakout act last year. Their 2013 debut album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ was full of unparalleled, catchy electronic pop that has garnered them attention on both sides of the pond and with choruses as strong as those found on singles ‘Recover’ and ‘The Mother We Share’, it is more than deserved. Reading & Leeds are ecstatic to have them back!

Almost impossible to categorise, South Africa's Die Antwoord's futuristic rap-rave hybrid needs to be seen live to truly be appreciated. Fronted by vocalists Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er, they are an authentic representation of a counter culture and forthcoming album 'Donker Mag' is sure to be another slice of truly original crossover rap. Joining the stage are a band that made their debut at Reading & Leeds in 2011 on the BBC Introducing Stage and last year completely owned their slot on the Main Stage, Don Broco, who are this year returning with their hook laden rock tunes. The band add "R&L is the absolute highlight of our summer and we are thrilled to be back again this year to tear up the Radio 1/NME tent. We've got a rich history with the festival, whether volunteering at it, going as punters or playing it, we always look forward to coming back and having a blast."

In addition to this, excellent American rock band Cage The Elephant will be returning for the first time since the release of last year’s incredible album ‘Melophobia’.

As an extra treat for the festival crowds there will also be an amazing closing set from Grammy Award-winning London electronic trio NERO (Live), who’ll wrap up proceedings with a flurry of hits.

BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Drum ‘n’ Bass heavyweights Pendulum will be bringing their distinctive mix of world-beating heavy rock and pulsing electronic music to Reading & Leeds, unleashing an extra special headline DJ set on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, a set not to be missed!

READING SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST / LEEDS FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST
Just confirmed to join Blink-182 will be
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Clean Bandit, Jungle and Flume!

MAIN STAGE
With pop-punk heroes and undisputed band of a generation Blink-182 back to headline Reading & Leeds 2014 with a new album in tow, the rest of the line-up is taking shape too.

To say that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ rise to stardom has been meteoric would be a complete understatement. The hip-hop duo comprised of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis were this year nominated for seven Grammy Awards and walked away with an astounding four on the night, ‘Best New Artist’, ‘Best Rap Album’, ‘Best Rap Song’ and ‘Best Rap Performance’. Their independently released album ‘The Heist’, which featured a vast array of guest stars including Schoolboy Q and Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, has been certified platinum in five countries and sold in excess of a million copies. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis comment on their appearance: "We have been all over the world this past year and are thrilled to be coming back to the UK to play the Reading & Leeds Festivals. It is a huge honour to be asked to perform at a festival with such a rich history."

As previously announced, Hertfordshire rockers You Me At Six will be returning to the Main Stage for 2014 along with songs from this year’s incredible Number One hit record ‘Cavalier Youth’.

Returning to the Festivals for the first time since 2010, and fresh from their biggest UK tour yet, US rock titans A Day To Remember will be bringing their incredible mix of metalcore and modern pop punk to the Main Stage this summer. Their show promises to be one of the most exhilarating and heavy sets of the weekend!br>

Following on from their Number Three Billboard charting album 'Feel', American rock band Sleeping With Sirens will be making their Reading & Leeds debut this year. Hailing from Orlando, Florida the band’s mix of heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, driving drums and heavy guitars is sure to take the Festival crowd by storm! Kellin Quinn said "We feel very honored to be a part of such a legendary festival - we're playing nothing but the bangers, so come out and yell every word with us! Can't wait to blow the roof off!"

NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
In keeping with the spirit of the festival, this day is looking like a veritable who’s who of the UK’s premier talent. Having already announced the incredible BRIT and NME Award-winning house duo Disclosure as the headliners this day, as well as the unstoppable indie band The 1975 and crowd favourites Metronomy for Reading & Leeds 2014 the impressive line-up continues to grow.

Chart toppers Clean Bandit captured the UK airwaves this year with their omnipresent Number One single ‘Rather Be’. Their sound fuses live classical instrumentation and full on house beats and with debut full length ‘New Eyes’ due this May on Atlantic, their run of success is set to continue on the same trajectory as it’s started.

Joining Clean Bandit are recent XL records signees, and the UK’s most mysterious band Jungle. Despite their anonymity and having only released a handful of singles, their shows are already selling out with rapturous gig goers and bloggers alike clamouring for a glimpse of the duo’s slippery, soulful hip-hop and funk laden tunes.

BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Australian 22 year old producer and DJ Harley Edward Streten is better known by the name Flume. His much lauded debut album was filled with intimate R ‘n’ B and hip-hop inspired electronica, of a calibre that saw him reach huge critical and commercial success, topping the charts in his native Australia. He will be heading to the Festivals to headline this day of the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage.

ALSO PLAYING AT READING & LEEDS 2014
Andy C is a figurehead of drum ‘n’ bass and founder of Ram Records. He has relentlessly DJ’ed all over the world for over two decades and will be displaying superhuman skills on the decks at Reading & Leeds.

Barely a couple of years into their hiatus, thankfully the UK's most beloved emo/indie rock band Basement are back and making a long overdue trip to the Reading & Leeds festivals. Their 2012 sophomore full length 'Colourmeinkindness' is a modern classic and they're sure to cause a storm over at The Pit.

With last year’s Top Ten single ‘What I Might Do’ still proving to be a club favourite, British DJ and producer Ben Pearce’s mix of deep house with elements of hip-hop, electronica, soul and metal place him as a real original of the dance music scene.

Bondax are the hottest duo on the electronic circuit at the moment with their sounds incorporating elements of R ‘n’ B, garage, and house. Despite their young age the boys have a mature, sophisticated sound, which has gained them notoriety on the dance floors.

Electronic German DJ Boys Noize has played on the world’s biggest stages and collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Erol Alkan and Skillrex. He is known for his unique, formidable sound and is sure to rock the festival crowds.

Breach is the house-techno pseudonym of Ben Westbeech, the multi-instrumentalist originally signed by Giles Peterson who achieved chart success last year with the incredible single ‘Jack’.

Liverpool quartet Circa Waves are bringing their garage-rock sound to Reading & Leeds for the first time for what promises to be a set to look out for!

One thing that can be said without exaggeration is that there isn’t another rapper quite like Danny Brown, his style is truly unique and with a career-spanning over a decade and last years Fools Gold full length ‘Old’ receiving widespread critical acclaim, his high octane set is not to be missed.

Master of reggae, dub and drum n’ bass, David Rodigan MBE has been unstoppable in his passion for Jamaican sounds in the clubs and airwaves over the last 30 years and knows every bass heavy reggae track going. A true legend, his energetic DJ sets are perfect for the Festivals!

Leeds residents Eagulls’ 2014 has already been a whirlwind. With their debut full length LP recently released and having appeared on the revered ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ over in the States, they are one of the UK’s most exciting new bands.

Widely regarded as one of the bands to watch in 2014, South London sextet The Fat White Family’s debut album ‘Champagne Holocaust’ is a riotous slice of snarling, visceral rock ‘n’ roll that is only intensified when played live.

South London rapper Giggs returns to the festival after a spectacular 1Xtra Stage set in 2013. From debut full length 'Walk In Da Park’ through to last year’s 'When Will It Stop', he has placed himself as one of UK hip-hop's most consistent talents and brightest stars.

With the ubiquitous top ten single 'Ready For Your Love' still fresh in the mind of any discerning dance fan, North London production duo Gorgon City are heading for R&L. Comprised of noted producers Kye 'Foamo' Gibbon and Matt 'RackNRuin' Robson-Scott, the Black Butter Records pair have been turning heads with their incredible brand of bass heavy house.

Jacob Plant is fast becoming a major force on the UK electro scene following his singles ‘Shakedown’, ‘Fire’ & the ‘Warehouse EP’. He has remixed some huge songs including Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ and has also seen support from other huge acts like Nero, Sub Focus and Chase & Status.

Joey Bada$$ is New York’s hottest rapper and a founding member of hip-hop collective Pro Era. His two critically-acclaimed mix tapes have attracted attention from legends Jay Z and Talib Kweli for his lyrical intellect so look out for him at this year’s Reading & Leeds!

Bursting into the public consciousness in 2006 with their ubiquitous 'Gravity's Rainbow' single, London's Klaxons have constantly evolved. Their breakthrough Mercury Prize-winning album 'Myths of the Near Future' and its follow up 'Surfing the Void' established the band as very much their own entity, with new single 'There Is No Other Time' and upcoming album 'Love Frequency' promising to be another tour de force of forward thinking dance-influenced pop.

LA post-hardcore quintet letlive. made huge waves with their sophomore full length and Epitaph records debut 'Fake History' and only fuelled the fire of their meteoric rise with last years follow up 'The Blackest Beautiful'. Their live energy levels are unrivalled and singer Jason Aalon Butler's livewire performance style is quickly becoming the stuff of legend. They are not to be missed!

Hailing from Minneapolis by way of Houston, Texas, Lizzo is a breath of fresh air in the rap world and with a distinctly old school approach and sardonic wit she certainly stands out from her contemporaries. Her skills have taken her from hip-hop, through electro pop and riot grrrl to working with Gayngs mastermind and Bon Iver collaborator Ryan Olson.

Having stormed the Main Stage in 2013 UK rock favourites Lower Than Atlantis will be back at Reading & Leeds this year for their third visit in as many years! Having recently completed their as yet untitled upcoming album, crowds can expect one of the best sets of anthemic punk rock that the country has to offer.

Having signed to much lauded metal label Roadrunner Records at the tail end of last year, Yorkshire five-piece Marmozets’ star is certainly on the rise. Their energetic mash up of rock and punk and the intense vocal of singer Becca Macintyre prove them to be the most exciting young heavy band in the UK.

North Wales pop-punk band Neck Deep have evolved from a piece of casual fun into one of the most exciting names in the UK scene in just one year. Full of anthemic hooks and honest lyricism, their Reading & Leeds debut is not to be missed.

Having just supported The 1975, Californians The Neighbourhood bring their infectious pop infused indie rock across the pond.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, 20 year old hip-hop prodigy Vic Mensa has turned heads with a flow beyond his years. As a frequent collaborator with fellow one to watch Chance The Rapper, and having just wrapped up a European tour with Danny Brown, his name is one that is sure to become well known very quickly.

With nods from NME and DIY, Wolf Alice are widely regarded as ones to watch in 2014. The youthful quartet’s humble beginnings as an acoustic duo have been left behind in favour of ferocious, grungy pop songs like 2013 single ‘Fluffy’. Led by the howls of band creator Ellie Rowsell these noisy kids with a penchant for rugged, energetic live performances show no signs of slowing down this year!

TICKET INFORMATION
With sold out crowds at both Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2013, fans still have the opportunity to secure their tickets for 2014 at 2013 prices until 31st March only. This is easier than ever with the improved £50 deposit scheme: until 31st March, simply put down £50 to bag your place, then pay three further instalments of £53.50 a month, which includes the booking fee, but with postage payable.

Weekend tickets £202.50 plus £8.00 booking fee ? Day tickets Friday, Saturday, Sunday £92.50 plus £7.00 booking fee ? Early entry permits £15.00 ? Campervan permits £60.00 ? Lockers £16.00 ? Reading car parking £5.00 ? Weekend ticket prices include camping

Online/Telephone
Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online. Credit Card line: 0871 231 0821

 A Day To Remember Added To Reading And Leeds And Reschedule Cardiff Show.

A Day To RememberMonday 10th March 2014
A Day To Remember are excited to announce their addition to the line up for this years Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK this August. The festival takes place over the weekend of 22 - 24th August 2014.

Tickets are available from: http://www.seetickets.com/content/reading-leeds?src=randl2014BN79

On top of this announcement - the band are also very happy to announce the rescheduled date at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on August 26th. The original show in February (8th) was postponed due to illness.

Frontman Jeremy McKinnon: “This was the first time we’ve ever had to cancel a show due to illness and there was NO WAY we were gonna leave you all hangin! Come hang with us, its gonna be a good time”

Tickets from the postponed show remain valid and there are still a few tickets left which you can grab (if you’re quick) at http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/a-day-to-remember-tickets

 Santa Cruz Embark On UK Tour.

Santa CruzMonday 10th March 2014
SANTA CRUZ reveal a head-turning video (directed by Ville Juurikkala) for brand new track, ‘We Are The Ones To Fall’.

This new single is available digitally and on limited edition coloured vinyl 7”; both versions include B-side ‘Fxckin’ High’, another new composition.

Along with ‘WATOTF’, this is the first new material released by the Finnish outfit since their 2013 debut album, ‘Screaming for Adrenaline’, out now via Spinefarm.

Purchase ‘We Are The Ones To Fall’ at the following links:
iTunes: http://po.st/yKVyBo
Amazon (7” vinyl): http://po.st/JRXweL

‘Screaming For Adrenaline’ takes skilfully-crafted, party-minded, rocket-powered hard rock ‘n’ roll to a whole new generation; released in April of 2013, the album drew the attention of both the public and their peers, including Children Of Bodom main-man and renowned super-shredder, Alexi Laiho…

“They sure as hell know how to play! Their songs, along with the awesome guitar playing, pretty much make me wanna bang my head in two pieces, End of f**king story!!!”
UK tour dates as follows:-

12 March – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
13 March – Sound Control, Manchester
14 March – Audio, Glasgow
15 March – Buskers, Dundee
17 March – The Cluny, Newcastle
19 March – Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 March – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
21 March – The Underworld, London
22 March – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
23 March – The Joiners, Southampton

 With One Last Breath Announce headline Tour.

With One Last BreathMonday 10th March 2014
Yorkshire metallers, With One Last Breath, will release their debut album, ‘The Fearless Ones’, on April 14th on Small Town Records. In celebration of the aforementioned news, the band are now streaming the album’s title track on YouTube in the form of a lyric video, which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtihXRZdC2s

The title track itself, as singer Sam Graves explains, is about not fearing fate. “I've known people who have lost their life way too early. It's horrible, but also unavoidable. I wrote this song about feeling fearless.”

Having toured with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, Motionless In White and Issues, as well an appearance at Download Festival, With One Last Breath are no strangers to stepping things up and honing their craft under the spotlight. As a result, ‘The Fearless Ones’ is a body of work that’s been written with their energetic live show in mind, where maximum crowd participation is always encouraged.

The band hit the road for a UK headline tour in May, with dates below:
3rd May - Manchester, Satans Hollow
5th May - Southampton, Joiners
6th May - Leeds, Cockpit
7th May - Nottingham, Rock City Basement
8th May - London, Barfly

 Canterbury Release New Video.

CanterburyMonday 10th March 2014
Surrey four-piece Canterbury today reveal the video for latest single ‘Expensive Imitation’. Taken from their third full length ‘Dark Days’, the track has already garnered support from BBC Radio 1 with plays from Dan P Carter, Zane Lowe and Phil and Alice; it has also been made Kerrang! TV’s video of the week.

The video, directed by Scott Peters, sees Canterbury performing the track interspersed with archive images and footage on subjects that inspired the band when writing the track; it invokes the sense of urgency and directness that the song suggests, with stabbing guitars and Luke Prebble’s distinctive vocals over the bridge driving the track to conclusion.

Working with producer, Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Dry The River), on their latest album the band have built on their distinctive sound, with their “winning way with pop hooks”(K!) whilst simultaneously developing a darker, more mature feel in their writing which is perfectly highlighted in ‘Expensive Imitation’.

Canterbury will bring this growing confidence to their record-perfect live show as they tour the UK over the coming month.

All tickets are available from:http://www.kililive.com/artists/canterbury and support will come from Blitz Kids

March
29th – Radstock Festival, Liverpool
30th – Radstock Festival, Newcastle

April
1st – Studio 24, Edinburgh
2nd – Duchess, York
3rd – Deaf Institute, Manchester
4th – Leadmill, Sheffield
5th – Temple, Birmingham
6th – Bodega, Nottingham
7th – Louisiana, Bristol
9th – Dingwalls, London

 Against Me Announce European Tour.

Against MeFriday 7th March 2014
Following the release of their heralded new album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues"- Against Me! bring their punk rock anthems to Europe this summer on a string of tour dates and festival appearances as well as a couple of shows with Bad Religion in Spain.
The list of shows is as follows:

May
31st Germany, Huenxe Ruhrpott Rodeo
June
1st Belgium, Aarschot JH Klinker( Headline Show)
3rd Czech Republic, Prague Lucerna Music Bar (Headline Show)
4th Germany, Hamburg Knust(Headline Show)
5th Germany, Berlin Lido(Headline Show)
6th Germany, Dresden Beatpol( Headline Show)
8th-9th Germany, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park
10th Austria, Vienna Arena (Headline Show)
11th Austria, Dornbirn Conrad Sohm (Headline Show)
12th Switzerland, Bern Reitschule (Headline Show)
13th Luxembourg, Luxembour City Den Atelier(Headline Show)
14th Holland, Ysselsteyn Jera On AirFestival
17th Spain, Madrid Sala Riviera( with Bad Religion)
18th Spain, Barcelona Sala Razzmatazz (with Bad Religion)
19th Spain, Vitoria Sala Jimmy Jazz (Headline Show)

Further shows will be announced so keep your eyes open….Ticket links can be reach by clicking are on the venue names above.

'Transgender Dysphoria Blues'is the intense follow-up to the band's previous full-length album, 'White Crosses' (reissued with bonus disc Black Crosses on Xtra Mile Recordings in 2011) and stands as another major benchmark for the band and its career spanning 10+ years. Recorded at Studio 606, Earth Sound Studio, Motor Studio, Total Treble Studio and mixed by Billy Bush (Garbage, Muse, Tegan and Sara), Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by front woman Laura Jane Grace, whose material examines one's grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self-discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptance. Featuring Grace's signature, explicit songwriting and dominant vocals, the album also features longtime guitarist/vocalist James Bowman, drummer Atom Willard and Fat Mike of NOFX on bass for 'FUCKMYLIFE666'and 'Unconditional Love'.

'Transgender Dysphoria Blues is available worldwide at Xtra Mile Recordings - http://bit.ly/1hTvoJM iTunes - http://smarturl.it/AgainstMeTDB and all good record store outlets.

 Avatar To Release New Album.

AvatarFriday 7th March 2014
Since the release of the latest album Black Waltz, Avatar have had massive success all over the world. The singles Smells Like a Freakshow and Let it Burn peaked on #26 on US commercial rock radio charts, where they also stayed for several weeks well ahead of more established bands in the scene. This was followed by extensive and successful US tours.

The biggest break through came when Avenged Sevenfold personally picked Avatar as support band on their sold out arena tour in Europe late 2013. Avatar got a reception far beyond expected by the crowds, which resulted in bookings on high profiled festivals such as Download Festival and Rock on the Range in 2014, among own headline dates of which most are soon sold out. More highly profiled tours and festivals are soon to be confirmed.

Now Avatar are up to date for the release of their new album ”Hail The Apocalypse” on May 12 through Gain/Sony in Europe and eOne in USA. The album was recorded in Karma Sound Studios, Bang Saray, Thailand, mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther) and mastered by Paul Logus (Volbeat, Clutch, Killswitch Engage). Avatar is by many described as a perfect mix between Rammstein, Alice Cooper and System of a Down – something the band now have developed further with the upcoming video for the title track ”Hail The Apocalypse”. Avatar have gained much attention when it comes to their creativity in videos, always self-produced.

Hail The Apocalypse is certainly an album to look out for, it is a fresh wind in a conservative metal swamp, it stands for something unique, something unexpected and something that’s been missing in the scene for the last decade.

Line Up is Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerström – Vocals, John Alfredsson – Drums, Kungen - Guitars
Tim Öhrstrom – Guitars, Henrik Sandelin - Bass

Tour dates:
March 13th - (UK) Manchester, Satans Hollow
March 14th - (UK) Nottingham,Rock City
March 15th - (UK) Wales, Hammerfest
March 16th - (UK) London, Barfly
April 13th - (NL) Amsterdam, Winston Kingdom

Tracks
01. Hail The Apocalypse
02. What I Don't Know
03. Death Of Sound
04. Vultures Fly
05. Bloody Angel
06. Murderer
07. Tsar Bomba
08. Puppet Show
09. Get In Line
10. Something In the Way
11. Tower

 Feed The Rhino To Release New Album.

Feed The RhinoFriday 7th March 2014
Feed The Rhino are excited to announce the details of their forthcoming album, “The Sorrow And The Sound”. The album will be released on SOAR / Century Media on June 16th.

After an amazing 2013 demolishing venues across the country with numerous festival appearances and a tour with their buddies in Bury Tomorrow - Feed The Rhino entered the studio to record the follow up to their acclaimed album “The Burning Sons”. Recorded with producer Oz Craggs (also the bands bass player) - “The Sorrow And The Sound” features 12 monstrous tracks showcasing the bands incredible ferocity and knack for writing riffs that incite riots.

The beautiful album artwork is by acclaimed artist Paul Jackson who has previously done artwork for Alexisonfire, Young Guns, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and City and Color. Check out his incredible work over at instagram.com/pauljacksonlives

Be sure to catch the band on the upcoming “Wild Weekends” UK tour. The mighty month of May will give fans the opportunity to mosh, dance, sing, scream and generally lose their shit with the Kent bruisers.

The full dates are as follows:

May
1st Brighton, Audio
2nd Bath, Moles
3rd Oxford, O2 Academy 2
8th Nottingham, Basement
9th Carlisle, Brickyard
10th Leicester, O2 Academy
15th Peterborough, Met Lounge
16th Folkestone, Quarterhouse

Feed the Rhino will be joined by The Howling and Zoax and on all the dates. Ticket links above.

You can also catch the band on a run of festival dates in March:

8th Newport Centre with Skindred (along with The Blackout, Hacktivist and Continents)
14th Gwynedd, Hammerfest
15th Southampton, Takedown Festival
29th Liverpool, Radstock
30th Newcastle, Radstock

and don’t forget DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL June 13 - 15th!

 The Exploited Release Live Video For 'Beat The Bastards'.

The expliotedFriday 7th March 2014
UK Punk legends THE EXPLOITED are set to release the Special Editions of 'Beat The Bastards', 'Fuck The System' and 'The Massacre' on March 17th 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The releases are being re-issued with a raft of bonus content, including a bonus DVD of live footage (Beat The Bastards) and bonus tracks (Fuck The System & The Massacre). Fans can watch the live version of Beat The Bastards, taken from the bonus footage on the DVD that comes with the album, over on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel now: http://youtu.be/oGAZsISO85U

The track listings for the three albums read as follows:

BEAT THE BASTARDS
LIMITED DIGIPACK CD/DVD
1. Beat The Bastards
2. Affected By Them
3. Don’t Blame Me
4. Law For The Rich
5. System Fucked Up
6. They Lie
7. If You’re Sad
8. Fight Back
9. Massacre Of Innocents
10. Police TV
11. Sea Of Blood
12. Fifteen Years
13. Serial Killer
Bonus DVD
Live in Sankt Petersburg 2005
1. Let’s Start A War
2. The Massacre
3. Dogs Of War
4. Noize Annoys
5. UK ‘82
6. Lie To Me
7. Dead Cities
8. Chaos Is My life
9. Alternative
10. Troops Of Tomorrow
11. Never Sell Out
12. Drug Squad Man
13. Rival Leaders
14. You’re A Fucking Bastard
15. I Believe In Anarchy
16. Holiday In The Sun
17. Fuck The USA
18. Porno Slut
19. Beat The Bastards
20. Fuck The System
21. Daily News
22. Army Life
23. Sex And Violence
24. Punk’s Not Dead
25. Was It Me
26. Why Are You Doing This To Me
27. Fightback

LIMITED 180 GM DOUBLE GATEFOLD BLACK VINYL
Side A
1. Beat The Bastards
2. Affected By Them
3. Don’t Blame Me
4. Law For The Rich
5. System Fucked Up
Side B
1. They Lie
2. If You’re Sad
3. Fightback
4. Massacre Of Innocents
Side C
1. Police TV
2. Sea Of Blood
3. Fifteen Years
4. Serial Killer
Side D (Live Bonus)
1. Let’s Start A War
2. The Massacre
3. Dogs Of War
4. Noize Annoys
5. UK ‘82
6. Lie To Me
7. Dead Cities
8. Chaos Is My Life

 Buried In Verona Stream New Album.

Buried In VeronaFriday 7th March 2014
Australia’s Buried In Verona will release their fourth studio album ‘Faceless’ in the UK on March 10TH via UNFD.

You can now stream the album exclusively on Spotify here: Buried In Verona – Faceless

The video for latest single ‘Illuminate’ can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v2hxYNHX_c

‘Faceless’ was recorded in Michigan with American Producer Joey Sturgis, whose work with Asking Alexandria and blessthefall has made him one of the most sought after heavy music producers in the world.

Buried In Verona are also set to embark on a UK tour this May with Born Of Osiris, After The Burial and Betraying The Martyrs. Full dates below.

Since the release of BIV’s 2012 album, ‘Notorious’, the band have become one of most polarising bands in the Australian Heavy Music Community, simultaneously gaining popularity around the world while getting flamed from their online detractors. ‘Notorious’ debuted at #20 on the ARIA Charts in June 2012, and saw the band get their first ARIA Nomination in Hard Rock category. They packed out rooms around Australia upon release and went on to support The Amity Affliction on their arena tour. Followed by a worldwide release and multiple UK, Europe and North American tours with artists like Motionless In White, Attila, Emmure and Chelsea Grin.

“This record is as much a 'f*** you' to our detractors, as it is a message to people to keep being themselves no matter what” says Brett.

Pre-orders available via iTunes, Amazon and Impericon.

Catch BIV in the UK in May:

11th Bridgend Throwfest
12th Southampton Joiners
13th Glasgow G2
14th Manchester Sound Control
15th London O2 Islington Academy
16th Leeds University Mine Bar

 Taking Back Sunday Release New Video.

Taking Back SundayFriday 7th March 2014
Taking Back Sunday have released their single & video for “Stood A Chance” off their new album, Happiness Is, to be released on March 17th via Hopeless Records. Adam Lazzara tells us, “Stood A Chance is a song that anyone who has been with the band and grown with us can to relate to. Also for people who may be new to our band there is something special we hope they enjoy. We had fun making a video that came out a little weird.” The video for “Stood A Chance” was directed by Evan Spencer Brace (Phantogram) and brings a nice bright departure to the twisted lyrics in the track. Check out the video for “Stood A Chance” today, here: http://smarturl.it/stoodachancevideo. The track is available for purchase on iTunes now at: http://smarturl.it/stoodachance

Taking Back Sunday’s new album, Happiness Is, was produced by Marc Jacob Hudson and Mike Sapone, and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer. With the spirit of resilience and innovation dripping all over the band's sixth full-length, the album addresses some heady concepts, but it simultaneously showcases a new musical and conceptual leap for this band of mainstream misfits that's sure to endear them to fans both new and old. To pre-order Happiness Is please visit: hopelessrecords.com/happinessis.

The band will hit the road with The Used for a North American Co-Headlining tour this spring. Dates are selling out well in advance for this run with 50% of the shows already sold out including 3 New York Dates! The band has also announced additional headlining dates during the run. These select dates will be with Tonight Alive and Sleepwave. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.takingbacksunday.com.

 Devil You Know Release First Single.

Sub FocusFriday 7th March 2014
Sub Focus will be playing a landmark show at London’s Brixton Academy on the 17th April, featuring some very exciting special guests.

To coincide with this news, Sub Focus, also confirmed that the next single to be released from critically acclaimed second album Torus, will be the soulful, deep house offering Close.

Close is the follow up to the huge smash hit Turn Back Time, which smashed into the UK Top 10 singles chart, and has sold over 100,000 copies. Turn Back Time also spent 5 weeks in the Top 5 of the Shazam chart and was without a doubt one of the most played tracks at UK radio in the past month.

With one of the most talked about and impressive live shows in electronic music, which uses ground breaking audio reactive and circular LED technology, Sub Focus has been wowing the masses across the world, having taken his live show to some huge festivals last year including Glastonbury, Electric Daisy Carnival, Dour Festival and Reading and Leeds to name a few. After releasing his second album Torus in September, Sub Focus embarked on a sold out UK Live tour which included a momentous show at London’s Roundhouse and finished the year with a hugely successful DJ tour of the USA, which included a sold out show at the iconic House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip. 2014 is already shaping up to be a very exciting year, as well as the forthcoming Live at Brixton show, Sub Focus plays Snowbombing Festival, Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Future Music Festival in Australia, with more to be announced soon.

Sub Focus, aka Nick Douwma, is a man with an impressive resume. As a drum'n'bass producer he has already delivered one genre-mashing breakout album to critical acclaim (2009's ‘Sub Focus’ on Ram Records) while nailing a plethora of highly billed festival sets, including packed out headline sets at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and Wireless this past Summer to name a few.

Torus, Nick’s second full length studio album, is a collection of eclectic genre shifting tracks that is pushing his reputation beyond the dance hinterlands and into the mainstream. Blending house pulses and juddering dubstep rhythms with drum'n'bass breaks and the brooding, ambient synths once favoured by the likes of '80s electro mavericks, Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, this is release of catch-all appeal: festival anthems, dance floor epics, and headphone symphonies all rolled into one seamless, Technicolor journey, featuring stand out guest appearances from Alpines, Foxes, Kele Okereke and more.

 Devil You Know Release First Single.

Devil You KnowThursday 6th March 2014
DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), have released the first single from their upcoming debut! Check out the song 'Seven Years Alone' here: http://youtu.be/44Zxg4A-s1Q

The track will also be released as a digital single on the 23rd of March via iTunes. Pre-order The Beauty of Destruction: http://smarturl.it/DYK-TBOD-NB.

DEVIL YOU KNOW's highly-anticipated album, The Beauty of Destruction, will be made available in both physical and digital formats on April 28th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was produced by Logan Mader (5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA) and mixed by none other than acclaimed producer/mixer Chris 'Zeuss' Harris (HATEBREED, CHELSEA GRIN). Artwork was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND). "When Travis Smith presented us with the initial sketches we were blown away”, commented Jones. “He captured the concept of the album perfectly. It’s hugely different than anything that’s out there and will be immediately recognizable as DEVIL YOU KNOW."

 Thunder To Release 2 Live Albums.

ThunderThursday 6th March 2014
THUNDER return withthe release of not just one, but 2 live albums:Back To The Black Country (featuring additional highlights to the ticket buyer CD) andThunder The Xmas Show Live 2013 both available now from www.thunderonline.com. Recorded at the band’s thundering sold out Xmas Shows at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 20th and 21st December. The albumsfeaturethe highlights of the band’s biggest Christmas shows to date, together with the biggest band(includingguest backing vocals, keyboards and a brass section). To give fans a special treat one free download from each album is available now from the website.

Danny Bowes says: “Here’s the thing. We decided to resurrect our Christmas show concept in 2011, after an incredible show at London’s High Voltage Festival that summer. Having been away for 2 years, it was really quite moving to see so many people wearing Thunder tee shirts in the crowd, all singing every word of our set. Since then we’ve not managed to get near a studio, but the Christmas shows have just got bigger and bigger, and nuttier and nuttier! Wolves Civic last December was quite simply off the scale, and the crowd was the noisiest we’ve ever played to. So having got the new year out of the way, and the recordings mixed, we were having a cup of tea and discussing what to do next, and then Live Nation called up and asked if we wanted to play on Clapham Common with Aerosmith and Joe Bonamassa. How are we going to turn that down? I keep saying I’m supposed to be retired, but nobody’s bloody listening…”

Back To The Black Country
Long Way From Home
Heart Of Gold
Robert Johnson's Tombstone
Carol Ann
Long Train Running
Higher Ground
When I'm Dead & Gone

Everybody Wants Her
Empty City
Fade Into The Sun
Got To Get You Into My Life
Don't Wait For Me
I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

Link to buy album:
http://www.thunderonline-shop.co.uk/product.asp?productID=188

Thunder – The Xmas Show Live 2013
Long Way From Home
Pinball Wizard
Robert Johnson’s Tombstone
You Can’t Live Your Life In A Day
Long Train Running
Higher Ground
When I’m Dead and Gone
She’s So Fine
Pilot Of My Dreams
In a Broken Dream
Hollywood Nights
Fly on the Wall
I’m Dreaming Again
Just Another Suicide
Merry Xmas Everybody

Link to buy album:
http://www.thunderonline-shop.co.uk/product.asp?productID=187

Thunder will join the line-up at the Calling Festival on Clapham Common on Saturday 28th June with Aerosmith and Joe Bonamassa, plus Walking Papers and others to be confirmed… They will play a selection of their greatest hits and classic tracks, and everyone will jump up and down and scream very loudly. They say it’s the law.. Full details from livenation.co.uk.

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds More Bands.

Bloodstock Open AirThursday 6th March 2014
BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce another Ronnie James Dio Stage band, plus four more Sophie Lancaster Stage acts for this August’s event.

Gothenburg, Sweden’s hard rockers GRAVEYARD will be taking over the main Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday. The Nuclear Blast four-piece have just wrapped dates on Australia’s Soundwave Festival, playing choice cuts from latest album, ‘Lights Out’. Immerse yourself in their latest video for ‘Endless Nights’ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HmMy2ubC7E. The band last set foot in the UK in September, opening for Soundgarden. Keep up to date with their travels on their official Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial.

Stepping up for a Saturday slot on the Sophie Lancaster Stage are Norwegian death metallers, BLOOD RED THRONE. Having released their seventh studio album last year, simply entitled ‘Blood Red Throne’, the band proclaim “It’s about time BLOOD RED THRONE get the chance to tear shit up at the almighty BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL! We can’t wait to see old and new fans. Let the madness begin!” Check out their latest video for fan favourite, ‘Primitive Killing Machine’ from their eponymous album here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6VDT43bLNw.

NWOBHM stalwarts, BATTLEAXE also join the Saturday bill. Harking from the North East, the band formed in 1980 and made waves for eight years before going on hiatus. Having regrouped in 2007, BATTLEAXE are back with a vengeance, with their latest album, ‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ hitting stores last week. Check out their official website for the most recent news over at http://www.battleaxemetal.com/.

The Sophie Stage also welcomes Finnish self-appointed ‘death n’ roll’ outfit, PROFANE OMEN. The band are readying their fourth studio album, ‘Reset’ for release on 17th March through Spinefarm Records. Get a taster of the newie by checking out the lyric video for ‘Sonic Wings’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wBOX-ZEBrI.

Homegrown monolithic death metal act, THE KING IS BLIND will be steamrolling into BLOODSTOCK on Saturday. Although a new band, its various members have a wealth of experience and their festival debut performance should not be missed! For the curious, the band extend this invitation: “Brothers & Sisters of the crown, download our free 4-track promo 'Bleeding The Ascension' at http://thekingisblind.bandcamp.com. Thus spake the King.”

BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to announce its ongoing support for TEENAGE CANCER TRUST. Last year, BLOODSTOCK and its festival goers raised their highest figure to date for TEENAGE CANCER TRUST - just shy of £7500, a £3000 increase on the previous year! They’re now keener than ever to improve on that in 2014. BLOODSTOCK loves to break a record, especially for a good cause! Look out for Teenage Cancer Trust’s stall on site, go say hello and pick up a raffle ticket for one of the many great prizes planned for the weekend. The ever-popular T-shirt Amnesty will once again be running, so bring along any unwanted rock and metal tees to either donate on site, or if you want to clear your cupboards ASAP, email music@teenagecancertrust.org for details on how to help.

Tickets are available now priced £130 (plus booking fee) for a 4-day Thurs-Sun weekend pass with camping. VIP tickets and upgrades are also available. LAST CHANCE!! If you want to take part in the very popular ticket deposit scheme, which helps make a ticket purchase more manageable by breaking the payment over three months, the sign up deadline is March 7! Look up all the ticket options over at bloodstock.seetickets.com.

BLOODSTOCK 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet! Friday night’s headliners are New Orleans sludgemeisters, DOWN. Joining them to head up Saturday night are re-united black metal overlords, EMPEROR and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends, MEGADETH. Also announced so far are AMON AMARTH, OBITUARY, CROWBAR, HATEBREED, LACUNA COIL, CARCASS, PRONG, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, DECAPITATED, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, EVIL SCARECROW and many more. Even more bands and other cool things on site will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch the video trailer for BLOODSTOCK 2014, pick up your tickets and get excited about what’s in store!! You can view it at: http://youtu.be/xukFwVTNkZc

For plenty of travel options to the festival, including details of coaches from all over the country with Big Green Coach, shuttles from local train stations, and car-sharing with GoCarShare (which can even win you a pair of tickets for next year), visit: http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/travel-info.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 Sonisphere Festival Add More Bands.

SonisphereWednesday 5th March 2014
As previously announced, THE PRODIGY, IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA are headlining the festival, with exclusive appearances from ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES and LIMP BIZKIT. SONISPHERE will now feature a total of over 100 bands across the weekend and has revealed more names to join the festival’s 2014 line up.

SONISPHERE is thrilled to announce DREAM THEATER as Sunday’s headline act on the Saturn stage. A mesmerizing band to watch, each member with a number of impressive accolades under their belt, DREAM THEATER have been churning out their unique brand of progressive metal for over 25 years, selling over six million albums worldwide. Building their sound from a solid base of incredible musical proficiency, becoming heavier over the years, whilst retaining their trademark, the band have become one of the biggest-selling progressive bands around, resulting in an induction into the Long Island Hall of Fame. With an extensive back catalogue and impressive new material from their latest critically acclaimed self–titled album, SONISPHERE can’t wait to see them spread their prog magic at the festival.

Also appearing at the festival are DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of the former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), John Sankey (Devolved/ ex Divine Heresy, Fear Factory) and Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through). Having voiced the Grammy-nominated Massachusetts metallers through nearly a decade of touring and two gold records, Jones is at the top of his game and the star line up, who have just played Soundwave in Australia, are ready to take on the world. DEVIL YOU KNOW will unleash its inaugural effort this spring, the highly-anticipated debut, ‘The Beauty of Destruction’ and audiences would be wise not to miss the incredible set the band are bound to deliver.

Says the band:

"We are beyond stoked to make Sonisphere our first UK festival! It's an honour to be playing such a massive festival alongside some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal. What a way to play the UK for the first time. We can't wait to get over and show everyone what Devil You Know is all about!"

Glasgow heavyweights YASHIN will also be stopping by SONISPHERE. The band have been working hard, having just released their new video ‘D.E.A.D’, with recent live appearances at Warped Tour UK and supports slots with Black Veil Brides, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach in the UK and Europe. YASHIN’s performance at the festival will be the first chance for fans to see them play tracks from their forthcoming album, ‘The Renegades’, scheduled to hit the shelves in September 2014.

Says vocalist Harry Radford:

"It’s a huge, HUGE thrill and a massive honour to be added to this year’s Sonisphere line up. Maiden, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Deftones… It’s like we've been put in the middle of our record collections, so many of our heroes in one place, it’s actually ridiculous. We're getting back to live action in the next couple of weeks so we will be warmed up nicely to hit the Sonisphere crowd hard. See you there!"

Making their way from Nashville, THE CADILLAC THREE will give SONISPHERE a dose of their very own country fuzz. The band boasts the kind of loud and boisterous rock that the loudest PA’s in the world were invented for. Tunes such as ‘Down to the River’, ‘Get Your Buzz On’ and ‘Back It Up’ evoke the legends of southern rock – Molly Hatchets, Outlaws or Ozark Mountain Daredevils, only with a fresher sound that’s going to blow your mind.

Returning to KNEBWORTH are Yorkshire’s GLAMOUR OF THE KILL, who have just unleashed their infectious new single ‘A Freak like Me’, taken from their fantastic album ‘Savages’. Following a full US tour with Escape The Fate, a European tour with Papa Roach as main support, a largely sold out tour with Motionless In White and The Defiled in the UK, GLAMOUR OF THE KILL seem unstoppable as they are about to embark on the Heaven’s Basement’s tour before they promise to treat the festival goers to a full set of their triumphant anthems this summer.

Says vocalist Davey Richmond:

“We're really excited to get back to Knebworth for this year’s Sonisphere! There's something special about Sonisphere that you don't seem to get from any other festival and we're happy to see it making a bold comeback. It must be the history associated with Knebworth and all the greats that have stood on stage there throughout the years. The line up for this was already incredible, but it just got a whole lot better!”

Also appearing will be UK based hardcore quintet PALM READER. Drawing influences from The Dillinger Escape and Gallows, the band would have undoubtedly been winning over new fans on the recent Rock Sound Impericon Exposure tour and show no sign on slowing down before they hit KNEBWORTH.

Says Drummer Dan Olds:

"We Can't wait to play Sonisphere… Bands such as Deftones and Mastodon have always been close to Palm Reader's hearts. It's the first festival I ever went to so it’s gonna be a special moment!"

Canterbury’s BROKEN HANDS will bring their particular brand of retro-rock fused with psychedelic blues and garage influences to SONISPHERE. Having supported the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park last summer and toured in the UK and Europe with Band of Skulls, Deaf Club and Kill It Kid respectively, BROKEN HANDS are on the brink of big things.

Says the band:

"One small step for Sonisphere, one giant leap for band kind"

Rising from the ashes of My Passion, Johnathan Gaskin, Ande D'Mello, Simon Rolands and Jamie Nicholls announced the formation FORT HOPE. SONISPHERE is looking forward to sharing the beginnings of their exciting journey as a new band.

"We're so excited to be playing Sonisphere this year, and honoured to join such an incredible bill. There's nothing better than sun, rock music and festival crowds. Roll on summer!”

Mixing an eclectic combination of crushing guitars and infectious electronica, which incorporates elements of metal, hip hop, rock and dance, THE ONE HUNDRED are going after the hearts and minds of everyone crossing their path and will no doubt expand their ever growing army of supporters after their performance at SONISPHERE.

Says the band:

“We are stoked to have been invited to play such an amazing festival with so many of our heroes, we’ve dreamt of playing at Sonisphere so let's have it Knebworth!”

Also added to the festival’s line up are Manchester’s COLLIBUS. Having won the 2013 Discretionary Rock Award of Parliament’s largest competition, Rock the House, COLLIBUS made history by becoming the first metal band ever to play the House of Commons. The band’s sound has been described as a combination of the intelligence of prog with the fire of metal, and their winning track ‘Dead Inside’ has already been featured on SCUZZ TV.

Says vocalist Gemma Fox:
“The reception we've had following the release of our debut album has been mind-blowingly phenomenal. We are extremely honoured to have been invited onto the awesome Sonisphere line up and cannot wait to play alongside musicians and bands we have long been fans of ourselves!”


Weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 are on sale now priced at £170. The highly popular deposit scheme is available until 1st April, meaning fans have less than a month to reserve their tickets for an initial payment of just £50. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.


All Campsites open Thursday.

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk

 Lostalone Release New Single.

Lost AloneWednesday 5th March 2014
Derby three-piece LOSTALONE can announce the release of their new single ‘Scarlet Letter Rhymes’, which will be available from iTunes from April 7th. The band have also revealed a brand new video for the track, which can be seen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IlhKBaB5RI

The video was today revealed online after the band asked their fans to retweet the hasthag - #FansOfScreams and filling up the bands ‘Shapes Of Screams’ cross logo with fans/tweeters faces - http://www.lostalone.com/fansofscreams/

As front man Steven explains: “I wrote Scarlet Letter Rhymes whilst submerged under water in a hotel swimming pool in Finland. I fleshed it out in a dream where I was the captain of a flying pirate ship caught in some turbulence and crashed into another time. When I awoke I found lying next me a book first published in 1850 called the Scarlet Letter. The video has absaloutly nothing to do with any of this other than its chaotic interpretation of the riffonomics within"

The band will also release their brilliant, bonkers and brand new, Dan Weller produced (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Sharks) album ‘Shapes Of Screams’ on April 7th through Graphite Records.

The band can also announce the support bands for their already announced April headline tour, as Verses and The First. These headline dates follow on from their recent UK support slot with The Darkness and recent UK tours/supports with the likes of Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Tonight Alive, 30 Seconds To Mars and Evanescence.

ALL current confirmed LOSTALONE live dates:

MARCH
15th Takedown Festival @ Southampton University
29th Radstock Festival @ Liverpool O2 Academy
30th Radstock Festival @ Newcastle O2 Academy

APRIL – UK headline tour dates (support Verses and The First)
3rd St Albans The Horn / 4th Oxford O2 Academy
5th Canterbury Penny Theatre / 6th Swansea Sin City
7th Camden Barfly / 8th Exeter Cavern Club
10th Cambridge Portland Arms / 11th Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
12th Coventry Kasbah / 13th Nottingham Rock City (basement)
14th Manchester Sound Control / 15th York Fibbers
16th Edinburgh Opium / 17th Inverness Ironworks / 18th Dundee Beat Generator

JULY
26th Redfest @ Robins Cook Farm, Surrey

A bit more about LOSTALONE and the making of ‘Shapes Of Screams’ - After a chance encounter with recent single ‘Love Will Eat You Alive’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show producer Dan Weller became a believer and reached out to the band with a view to taking on production duties for the next record. With over a hundred songs already demoed and a mandate of complete musical freedom work on ‘Shapes Of Screams’ began.

The overriding theme of the record is “time and lack of it” of destiny and of legacy played by a band pushing themselves to a collective limit and then passing that limit. As front man Steven Battelle states - “The threshold for greatness in rock music has been diminished, diluted into a formulaic and soulless metallic buzz where the completely generic is hailed as incredible. It was our responsibility to melody to make this album as a first wave of the fight back.”

Mostly recorded deep in the English countryside, with forays into central London the twelve songs that make up ‘SOS’ are a collection of fears and doubts and of hopes and of dreams. For a time the records working title was “GUITAR” due to (you guessed it) a ridiculous amount of guitar. An argument could be made for it being called “VOCALS” with some songs featuring over 100 harmony parts on a single line.

Opener “Crusaders” is a micro-musical and appropriately was written on the walk home from a viewing Les Miserables, it also features a “tribute to the guitar” in the verses where guitars synonymous with certain iconic players are deployed for brief motifs in the style of each icon. The first song to be heard from the record The Bells! The Bells!! is cathedralic in performance and drops the world’s first ever “breakdong” when a stereoization of harmonised dings and dongs clatter like thunderous rain into the ears. Hostages is a defiant fight against our own our own boundaries where Sombre Party is an exercise in the contradictions of the heart.

Have no doubt that the judge who sentences us all at the start Of Guilty is fully authorised to imprison all who do not heed the lyrical warnings within this heavy shuffle. Apathy is a distained view on a modern ethos of incorrectness perfectly represented by Alan Williamson’s foundational Bass duel while Scarlet Letter Rhymes is a crushing anthem for a generation who don’t yet realise they need saving. Mental Health and Requiem are according to Steven both written in a state of “intense dark side mining of the mind, exploration and cleansing”. Requiem is my “My Way” The writing of I Was Born To End This Way deploys Stevens “self dream plagiarism technique wherein he steals a melody from a scene in his own dream, in this case the chorus is from a game show called “Born To End This Way” says Steven “its melodic espionage of which I am both the perpetrator and the victim” Doooooooooomaggedon Is according to Steven “Helms Deep heavy” and features Mark Gibson’s tribal drums at their most ferocious. The album closes with a statement, the hymn-like Breathing In The Future Exhaling The Past.

And if all of that didn’t whet your appetite to listen to this extraordinary album and band, I have no idea what will.

The album is available for pre-order from the band and their label's webstores, www.lostalone.com /www.omerch.eu/shop/graphiterecords/ in a range of pre-order bundles including tour tickets, exclusive t-shirts, signed CDs, and any combination thereof

The preorder of the iTunes edition of the album with exclusive bonus track is here

‘Shapes Of Screams’ full track-listings:
1. Crusaders / 2. The Bells! The Bells!!
3. Hostages (Destiny) / 4. Sombre Party (Legacy)
5. G.U.I.L.T.Y/ 6. Mental Health
7. Apathy / 8. Scarlet Letter Rhymes
9. I Was Born To End This Way / 10. Requiem
11. Doooooooooomageddon (Global Thermonuclear Metafictional Warfare)
12. Breathing In The Future Exhaling The Past

 Arch Enemy Detail New Album.

Arch EnemyWednesday 5th March 2014
Three years after the release of Khaos Legions and their most successful world tour to-date, extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY have started mixing their 9th studio album with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Sweden.

Michael Amott (guitar) comments: “We’ve been producing ourselves, as we did on ‘Khaos Legions’. We have a clear vision of what we want ARCH ENEMY to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).

We’ve been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (‘Khaos Legions’) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.

Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and ‘War Eternal’ will leave its own mark. Lyrically it's a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of ARCH ENEMY are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11”.

The new album will be titled War Eternal. Michael explains: “A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is ’War Eternal’...”

ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released in early June 2014; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock, Wacken and many more. A full headlining tour in North America, Europe, and the UK will take place in fall/winter 2014. ARCH ENEMY will once again tour nearly every corner of this world to spread the sound of War Eternal!

Stay tuned for more news about ARCH ENEMY coming soon!

Confirmed Live Dates:
23.05.2014 - TURBOHALLE - Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 - Metal Summer Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 - Mixtape 5 - Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 - Majestic Music Club - Bratislava, Slovakia
07.06.2014 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, Sweden
14.06.2014 - Copenhell - Copenhagen, Denmark
15.06.2014 - Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 - Rock am Härtsfeldsee - Dischingen, Germany
11.07.2014 - Rock Harz Open Air - Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 - Seven Festival - Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
01.08.2014 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 - Getaway Rock - Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 - Leyendas Del Rock - Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 - Alcatraz Metal Festival - Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 - Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 - Alt-Fest - Kettering, UK
23.09.2014 - Yunost' - Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 - Arena Hall - Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 - Glav Club - Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 - Zal Ozhidaniya - Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 - TBA - Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 - TBA - Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 - Tele Club - Yekaterinburg, Russia

 Dayshell To Return To The UK.

DayshellWednesday 5th March 2014
Following a successful UK tour with The Word Alive and I See Stars and the release of their debut self titled album in the tail end of last year, Calfornia’s Dayshell have announced they will be returning to the UK as main support for Halestorm this April.

Dayshell are also pleased to announce the addition of guitarist Tyler Shippy as an official full time member of the band.

From Tyler:
“We’re very excited and humbled to be main support for Halestorm. I love the UK, I love Europe. It's gonna be a great atmosphere and full of incredible memories for fans as well as ourselves. Hoping to meet a lot of new faces. Let's rock!"

"I can't express my gratitude and happiness enough in regards to being a part of this band. I've been touring with them for a year and since day one it's had my full attention and dedication. Being able to call this dynamic monster a part of my own brings out a whole new sense of pride and belonging within myself and in turn I see myself as another piece of the puzzle that make and encompass everything Dayshell stands for. This is my life. The guys in this band are my best friends and my family and fuck am I honored to be in this."

Dayshell bring a fusion of warm melodies, gnashing spacey guitars and heavy rhythms that cut through the fog of a saturated market and leave us all with hope and excitement.

Check out the track ‘Avatar’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Wfzhhb7N4

Debut album ‘Dayshell’ was released in November and can be purchased here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dayshell/id705144691

“2014 should be the year that this new band really make their mark. You need Dayshell in your life” – Big Cheese Magazine

“An impressively bold debut” – Kerrang!

Catch Dayshell at the following shows:
April (main support to Halestorm)
1st O2 Academy, Newcastle
3rd O2 Academy, Sheffield
4th Academy, Manchester
5th ABC, Glasgow
7th O2 Academy, Birmingham
8th O2 Academy, Bristol
9th The Forum, London

 Slam Dunk Festival Adds The Next Wave Of Bands.

Slam Dunk FestivalWednesday 5th March 2014
Slam Dunk Festival, the UK’s favourite and biggest independent touring festival announced its return for the 9th year recently. Headliners and platinum record sellers, The All American Rejects will be playing exclusively over 3 days - Leeds, Hatfield and Wolverhampton- it will be the biggest yet! The 7 stage event uses a combination of indoor and outdoor stages across urban sites to create a totally unique festival experience.

Saturday 24th May: Slam Dunk Festival North. Leeds University.
Sunday 25th May: Slam Dunk Festival South. The Forum, Hertfordshire.
Monday 26th May: Slam Dunk Festival Midlands. Wolverhampton Civic.

Following on from the initial announcement, Slam Dunk is thrilled to have the following 4 bands from the US flying in exclusively just to play the events.

Current Rock Sound cover stars, We Are The In Crowd will be returning to Slam Dunk Festival and are set to be one of the favourites of the weekend. Singer, Tay Jardine says "The biggest reward of playing Slam Dunk's going to be seeing our old fans and making some new ones! It's going to be a lot of fun.”

Already having a strong ska punk bill including Goldfinger and Zebrahead, Slam Dunk is proud to go one step further and announce the kings of the scene… Less Than Jake. They previously joint headlined the festival back in 2011 with Reel Big Fish, but have agreed to make a special guest appearance after just completing their most successful sold out UK tour ever playing to over 25,000 people in 2 weeks.

In addition Slam Dunk is pleased to announce the return of 2 of its favourite US pop punk bands.. Motion City Soundtrack and Hit The Lights both return to Slam Dunk after a year absence.

In addition to those exclusives Blitz Kids will be back for the 2nd year in a row, bringing songs from their recently released and much acclaimed new album 'The Good Youth' to the festival. Following on from tours with All Time Low, Lower Than Atlantis and Canterbury, this festival will see the band cement their place as 2014 Ones To Watch.

One of the most talked about bands of this year, State Champs will be making their UK debut festival appearance at Slam Dunk 2014 after having got rave reviews for their album ‘Finer Things’.

Joining them will be two bands returning to the festival Boston’s A Loss For Words and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! from Paris, France.

Lastly, one of the hottest tips in UK rock, Marmozets will be playing to support their forthcoming debut album. Vocalist Becca says ‘I’m excited about playing Slam Dunk as it’s a little like Christmas – all the fam get together, have a good drink sesh and lots of surprises are bound to happen!’

Slam Dunk Festival 2014 - (new additions in bold) More to be announced soon.
We Are The In Crowd
Less Than Jake
Motion City Soundtrack
Hit The Lights
State Champs
A Loss For Words
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Marmozets
Blitz Kids
The All American Rejects (Festival headliner)
Canterbury
letlive.
Bury Tomorrow
The Ghost Inside
The Devil Wears Prada
I Killed The Prom Queen
Caliban
Crown The Empire
Goldfinger
Zebrahead
Fandangle
I Am The Avalanche
Real Friends
Neck Deep
Decade

For a full list of ticket outlets for all events, please go to www.slamdunkmusic.com
Tickets are priced at £35 & £39 with Afterparty across all sites.

SLAM DUNK SCOTLAND & SLAM DUNK WALES
In addition to the 3 main festivals, Slam Dunk is pleased to announce it will be returning to Scotland and Wales. However instead of the usual Cardiff and Glasgow events, this year will see Slam Dunk spreading its wings and visit new cities in both countries:

Friday 23rd May: Slam Dunk Scotland, Edinburgh Liquid Room

Tuesday 27th May: Slam Dunk Wales, Newport Centre
These stripped down versions of the main festival will see an amazing pop punk bill at both featuring:
We Are the In Crowd, Hit the Lights, Neck Deep, Decade + Special Guests

Tickets are priced at only £15

 Protest The Hero Release New Video.

Protest The HeroWednesday 5th March 2014
Protest The Hero have revealed a video for the track ‘Tilting Against Windmills.’ This is the fourth video released from Volition. The video was filmed throughout the band’s most recent UK and European tour in January.

Watch ‘Tilting Against Windmills’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp8wu2ltC4Y

In addition to this, PTH have been announced to play Sonisphere 2014. The three-day rock and metal event will return to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6, after a two-year absence. The UK leg of the international touring festival will help celebrate Knebworth’s 40th anniversary of staging rock concerts. This appearance will be one of many festival slots around Europe confirmed for the band this summer, including France’s Hellfest, Germany’s With Full Force Festival and plenty more yet to be announced.

 Brody Dalle Releases New Music Video.

Brody DalleTuesday 4th March 2014
Check it out here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtLd2MKPqmg

The news that Brody Dalle was working on new music caused a flurry of excitement last year and even more so when she revealed she had signed to Caroline and was planning to release an album in 2014. Just before the holidays, Brody put a London date on sale and in less than hour it was completely sold out. So now with the news that she’ll be touring and will release her first ever solo album, Diploid Love on April 28, comes the video for the first offering, Meet The Foetus/ Oh The Joy.

Featuring animae from Anthony Winn and a rocking guitar duel between Brody and Shirley Manson, who features on the track (along with Emily Kokal from Warpaint) the video has been getting a lot of attention.

A deeply personal album, Diploid Love is a recording about life: creating it, living it and surviving it. Brody spent a year writing, playing, recording and co-producing her first solo album, a riotous blast of punk rock with a pop sheen that storms through ideas about the modern age, triumphing against the odds and even spirituality.

The ex-Distillers front woman co-produced the album with Alain Johannes (Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures, Mark Lanegan) at his studio, and at her and husband Josh Homme's studio Pink Duck, both in California. “I've always had a hand in crafting how it's going to sound and hearing it and trying to make that happen. But it's the first time I've put my name on something for production”, she says of the release.

Brody wrote all the songs and played almost all the instruments you can hear on the album herself, with a few incredible guests that included Shirley Manson (Garbage), Nick Valensi (The Strokes), Michael Shuman (Queens of the Stone Age), violinist Jessy Greene (recently toured with Foo Fighters), Emily Kokal (Warpaint), Tyler Parkford (Mini Mansions) with Darren Weiss (Papa) and Hayden Scott (AWOLNATION) lending a hand on drums.

SEE BRODY LIVE IN EUROPE:
24 February London, UK Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
27 February Berlin, Germany Magnet
21 April Glasgow Garage
22 April Manchester Academy 2
24 April London Electric Ballroom
25 April Sheffield Leadmill
6 April Birmingham Birmingham
12 August Budapest, Hungary Sziget
17 August Biddinghuizen, Holland Lowlands Festival

 Get Involved To Release Debut EP.

Get InvolvedTuesday 4th March 2014
Get Involved!, the new band featuring ex- members of Thursday, GlassJaw and From Autumn To Ashes is thrilled to announce the release of their EP, “Silk Cuts”, produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive- In, The Cure). “Silk Cuts” is available now for purchase digitally and physical copies are available for pre-order. To purchase and/or pre-order, head to: http://bit.ly/MBDcna.

Composed of guitarist Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw), guitarist Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes), drummer Tucker Rule (Thursday), lead vocalist Derrick Karg- Zamudio and bassist Marcus Russell Price, Get Involved!'s post-hardcore pedigree is the strikingly original music they've managed to craft over the past year and a half.

“Silk Cuts” Track Listing:
Let Your Guard Down
Paint It Gold
Serenity Now
Apathy

While Get Involved!'s roots lie in aggressive music, the band were conscious to avoid relying on the formulaic trappings of punk/hardcore in favor of creating a progressive brand of music that transcends the genre while still implementing the stylistic hallmarks that have endeared them to fans over the years. From the catchy catharsis of "Serenity Now" to the syncopated sing-along "Paint It Gold," these four songs showcase how much each player has progressed since their previous acts and listeners who aren't familiar with Karg-Zamudio will literally be blown away by the acrobatic power of his distinctive pipes as it rises above the pummeling instrumentation.

From the Snapcase-inspired post-hardcore drive of "Let Your Guard Down" to the alternately captivating and crushing nature of "Apathy," this EP showcases the various sides of Get Involved! and is precursor to what these seasoned musicians are like onstage.

The band will be performing a free show at The Old Blue Last, an infamous venue owned by VICE in Shoreditch, East London on March 26th. For more information on the show, please visit: http://www.theoldbluelast.com

"The live show is where we give three million percent because with this type of music you can't help but throw yourself into it or not do it at all," Rule explains. "It feels like we've all been playing together much longer than we have," Weinstock summarizes, adding that the band will be touring and working on a full-length in 2014. "It already sounds like we've been through a war together and we're just getting started."

 Suicide Silence Release New Video.

Suicide SilenceTuesday 4th March 2014
SUICIDE SILENCE are set to release 'The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show (Ending Is The Beginning)' on CD/DVD digipack on March 17th 2014 in Europe via Century Media.

On December 21, 2012, the metal community came together in an amazing way to celebrate the life of Mitch Lucker & raise money for his daughter's future education with an unforgettable evening of collaborative performances between past/present SUICIDE SILENCE members and elite heavy vocalists that created a defining emotional event forever captured on video and audio. The band will be donating all of the royalties earned from this release to the Kenadee Lucker Education fund.

SUICIDE SILENCE have now launched a new sneak peak video today for 'You Only Live Once" featuring Randy Blyth from LAMB OF GOD - check out the video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5hImIVSIKM

The official track listing and performers is as follows:
1. Destruction of a Statue with Jonny Davy
2. Distorted Thought of Addiction with Greg Wilburn
3. Ending is the Beginning with Brook Reeves
4. Bludgeoned to Death with Ricky Hoover
5. Unanswered with Phil Bozeman
6. Girl of Glass with Myke Terry
7. Price of Beauty with Danny Worsnop
8. No Pity For A Coward with Johnny Plague
9. Disengage with Cameron "Big Chocolate" Argon
10. No Time To Bleed with Burke VanRaalte
11. Smoke with Anthony Notarmaso
12. Wake Up with Tim Lambesis
13. March To The Black Crown
14. Slaves to Substance with Eddie Hermida
15. OCD with Austin Carlile
16. Fuck Everything with Chad Gray
17. Die Young with Robb Flynn
18. Roots Bloody Roots with Max Cavalera
19. Engine #9 with Mitch Lucker
20. You Only Live Once with Randy Blythe

 Katy B Adds Extra Dates To October Tour.

Katy BTuesday 4th March 2014
With the release of her critically acclaimed chart-topping sophomore album firmly under her belt, Katy B is now pleased to announce a full UK tour in October.

2014 has already seen Katy B return to the very forefront of the UK music scene. With massive singles ‘5 AM’ and ‘Crying For No Reason’ dominating UK radios, her second album ‘Little Red’ went straight to #1, receiving the highest accolade from fans and critics alike who are unanimous in their praise – Katy B is back, and sounding bigger than ever.

Sights now turn to the live show and with previously announced March dates completely sold out, Katy announces a UK tour in October which will see her play her biggest venues to date including London’s Roundhouse on October 23rd. With a bunch of festival dates also in her sights, this October tour promises to present Katy B at her best, with an arsenal of new music and a perfected live show.

Full tour dates:

18/10 O2 Academy Birmingham
19/10 Nottingham Rock City
20/10 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
21/10 O2 Academy Bournemouth
23/10 Roundhouse, London
24/10 O2 Academy Bristol
25/10 Manchester Academy
27/10 O2 Academy Leeds
29/10 O2 Academy Newcastle

Tickets for the London show are on sale now priced £17.50, while tickets for all regional dates go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th March priced £16 (all tickets subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 Every Time I Die Enter Recording Studio.

Eevry Time I DieTuesday 4th March 2014
New York (US) hardcore group Every Time I Die is currently recording new material at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts with producer Kurt Ballou of Converge. Keith Buckley, lyricist and vocalist, of Every Time I Die states:

"Kurt Ballou had always intimidated the living shit out of me, so I was overjoyed when the decision was made to record our next record with him at GodCity and I mean that sincerely. I've been a fan of his work for over a decade. His records are terrifying and moving and they sound like they were written and recorded under great duress, which is exactly how this style of music should be made. This month we join the pantheon. I couldn't be more excited to see what he helps us learn about our own band that we didn't realise for the past 15 years."

Immediately following the recording process, Every Time I Die hits the road for the entirety of the US Warped Tour 2014. Stay tuned for further album details.


 Hit The Deck 2014 Adds More Bands.

Hit The DeckTuesday 4th March 2014
Hit The Deck are pleased to announce even more bands for their Bristol and Nottingham festivals on April 19th and 20th. Joining the likes of Brand New, Saves The Day, Kids In Glass Houses and The Blackout and many more will be Kvelertak, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Xcerts, Baby Godzilla, The Charm The Fury, Death Remains, The Gnarwhals (Bristol only), Lacey (Nottingham only) and Lyger.

HIT THE DECK 2014 takes place at:
APR 19: BRISTOL Various Venues
(o2 Academy 1, o2 Academy 2, The Thekla, The Fleece, The Exchange)
APR 20: NOTTINGHAM Various Venues
(Rock City, Rock City Basement, Rescue Rooms, Stealth, The Forum)

 Glamour Of The Kill Unleash New Video.

Glamour Of The KillTuesday 4th March 2014
View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njUS0gsz6l0

Glamour Of The Kill have unleashed a new official video taken from the recent album ‘Savages’. ‘A Freak Like Me’ was filmed on the 'Silence Is The Enemy' tour in Europe by the wonderful Tom Barnes and is the second video to some from the album.

From the band:

“This video was extra fun to shoot as we got our good friend Tom Barnes out with us while we were on tour with Papa Roach!
It’s one of our favourite songs on ‘Savages’ so we knew we had to make a video for it and what better way to make a video than filming all the crazy shit we get up to on tour, backstage and beyond! It's also our favourite song to play live at the moment so we can't wait to be playing this on the ‘Welcome Home’ tour next month.”

‘Savages’ is the bands second full-length album and was produced by Joey Sturgis in the States. It was released late last year in the UK and Europe through SPV.

Purchase the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/savages/id692712008

Having recently toured with the likes of Escape The Fate and Alesana in the US, Motionless In White in the UK and main support to Papa Roach in Europe on both recent tours, GOTK are about to play two head line shows in Russia before embarking on a mammoth run of the UK and Europe with Heaven’s Basement.
Catch GOTK in the UK with Heaven’s Basement in March:

GLAMOUR OF THE KILL (supporting Heaven's Basement)

13 March Norwich - Waterfront
14 March Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
15 March Southampton - Takedown Festival
16 March Leeds - The Cockpit
18 March Newcastle - Newcastle University Union
19 March Glasgow - Cathouse
20 March Belfast, N - Voodoo
21 March Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
22 March Manchester - Academy 2
24 March Chester - The Forum
25 March Bristol - The Fleece
27 March London - Electric Ballroom
28 March Plymouth - White Rabbit
29 March Birmingham - Academy 2
30 March Brighton - The Haunt

 Stiff Little Fingers To Head Out On tour.

Stiff Little FingersTuesday 4th March 2014
Punk rock legends Stiff Little Fingers are set to tour the UK in March 2014. The tour is a precursor to new a new studio album entitled “No Going Back” – due out in April 2014.

The band have launched a Pledge music campaign for the album which already over 300% over it’s target total
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/stifflittlefingers

Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life".

In November of '77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.

These were the first of what became SLF's signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band's anger and frustration at "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality. Their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. The Go For It LP in '81 revealed more sophisticated song writing and musicianship, and another step in the shift from punk to power pop. The Now Then album of '82 alienated many of SLF's punk followers with its pop sound, and despite some glowing critical reviews, never got the recognition it deserved.

The band split in early '83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers.

In '87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. The response to the shows across the world surprised and delighted the band and their following continued to grow, with younger "new" fans alongside the old diehards. In '94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Guitar and Drum on the EMI Label, their most successful album since their reformation, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled "Strummerville".

After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. Using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. Album set to be released in April 2014

UK tour dates are as follows:

Wed 12th Mar 2014 Leeds, O2 Academy
Thu 13th Mar Dublin, The Academy
Fri 14th Mar Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sat 15th Mar Newcastle, O2 Academy
Mon 17th Mar Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
Tue 18th Mar Liverpool, O2 Academy
Wed 19th Mar Nottingham, Rock City
Fri 21st Mar Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Sat 22nd Mar Manchester, The Ritz
Sun 23rd Mar Leamington Spa, The Assembly
Mon 24th Mar Peterborough, The Cresset
Wed 26th Mar Norwich, The Waterfront
Thu 27th Mar Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Fri 28th Mar London, The Forum
Sat 29th Mar Bristol, O2 Academy
Mon 31st Mar Exeter, Phoenix
Tue 1st Apr Portsmouth, Pyramide Centre

 Blitz Kids Release New Single.

Blitz KidsThursday 27th February 2014
Having recently released their much acclaimed, brilliant new album ‘The Good Youth’, completed a sold out (and mostly upgraded) UK headline tour and had last single ‘Sometimes’ be placed on both the Radio 1 and XFM play lists, BLITZ KIDS will be releasing their new single ‘On My Own’ on March 31st. You can watch the Joe Connor directed video (Band of Skulls, Theme Park, Sound Of Guns) for their single below.

The video for ‘On My Own’ can be seen here: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQIE70N1Jcs

‘On My Own’ is the sound of a band reborn with focus, melody, aggression and HUGE ambition. Producer John Feldmann has brought out the absolute best of the band, bringing their high octane and energetic live sound onto record, with the result being their strongest material to date.

As the band explain: “This song is about being at rock bottom. It's a place we've all experienced as a band, and I'm sure many others have too. It's basically saying that if you look to the right places, you can find a way out. Help and a solution is always closer than you think. So put down the bottle and call a friend!”

Live wise, BLITZ KIDS will be spending Feb/March touring Europe with All Time Low and have already been confirmed on a number of 2014 festivals including Sonisphere, Groezrock (in Belgium) and Takedown Festival, with many more confirmed but not announced. BLITZ KIDS can also now announce a UK headline tour in April, as well as a main support slot with Canterbury just before. All dates below.

Headline APRIL tour (with I - Divide and Fort Hope in support)
Mon 21 Scholar Bar, Leicester / Tue 22 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Wed 23 Boiler Rooms, Guildford / Thu 24 Cavern, Exeter
Fri 25 Engine Shed, Lincoln / Sat 26 Epic Studios, Norwich
Sun 27 Cathouse, Glasgow / Mon 28 Fruit, Hull
Tue 29 Think Tank, Newcastle / Wed 30 Sugarmill, Stoke

Main support with Canterbury in April:
Tue 01 Apr 2014 – Edinburgh, Studio 24
Wed 02 Apr 2014 – York, Duchess
Thu 03 Apr 2014 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Fri 04 Apr 2014 – Sheffield, The Leadmill
Sat 05 Apr 2014 – Birmingham, Temple
Sun 06 Apr 2014 – Nottingham, Bodega
Mon 07 Apr 2014 – Bristol, Louisiana
Wed 09 Apr 2014 – London, Dingwalls

OTHER confirmed dates:
March 15th – Southampton – Takedown Festival
July 5th – Knebworth – Sonisphere Festival

Previously, the band played last year’s SXSW, have recently undertaken UK and European tours with the likes of Lower Than Atlantis, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, Kids In Glass Houses, Mayday Parade, Mallory Knox and Canterbury among others. They have also played the UK’s biggest and most prestigious festivals, such as Download, Sonisphere, Slam Dunk and Hevy.

 Natives Release New Video.

NativesThursday 27th February 2014
NATIVES are proud to unveil the video for new single, 'Can't Say No', taken from their forthcoming album, 'Indoor War', released on March 17th on Transmission Recordings.

VIEW 'CAN'T SAY NO' Here:
: http://www.vevo.com/watch/natives/cant-say-no/GBDGN1400024

“I think it’s fairly simple to write music which is instantly infectious, and I also think it’s equally simple to write music so personal that it reads like a diary and feels deeply profound.” Bold words from Jack Fairbrother, guitarist and spokesman for New Forest quintet, NATIVES. “The challenge, I think, is to create music with layers, music which both sonically and lyrically is instantly accessible and infectious, yet has a depth and narrative which speaks to people in new ways with each listen. That was the aim with this album.”

Natives are a band who have learned their trade the old way; through years of touring the UK toilet circuit in a transit van on it’s last legs, sleeping on floors and gradually building an extremely loyal fan base. Slowly making the transition from playing to nobody but the sound man in the back rooms of dingy pubs to filling the UK’s smaller venues at their own headline shows - no small feat.

After locking themselves away in their practice room - a converted farm building isolated in the forest, the band taught themselves basic production skills and soon had a stack of demos which would eventually make up their debut full length. These demos found their way into the hands of producer John Feldmann who contacted the band via Twitter to discuss working together. A few phone calls later and Natives were flying to LA to add themselves to the list of bands which Feldmann has given his magic touch to previously (Good Charlotte, Panic At The Disco, The Used.)

The band credit John (and Brandon Paddock who worked alongside Feldmann in this first session) for helping craft their early sound “We had all these ideas and John and Brandon helped us turn them into finished songs. We learned so much about structure and arrangement from them. Without doubt the band wouldn’t sound the way it does had we worked with different people”. We got home from that session in America and wrote a brand new set of songs. We went back to old ideas and put what we’d learned into practice, tweaking structures and rounding everything off. We then booked out a studio in Southampton and Brandon flew over to finish the recording with us.”

The result is Indoor War, the bands long awaited and highly anticipated debut album, set for release March 17th via Transmission Records.

“Indoor War tells the story of a character called Alvima who suffers a huge loss and can’t deal with the pain. He decides that from this moment on, he will live his life making decisions based upon logic and science rather than emotions. We were fascinated by this idea of a conflict between science and love all going on inside someone’s head.”

The first half of the album lyrically talks about the low point, the tragic event “When you took it all, you left me on this island, I was on my own” and the dark, brutally logical side which Alvima embraces rather than face up to what’s happened “I hid my heart away unsure of it’s existance, I left my mind to sit and calculate the distance”.

“Half way through the album there is this moment where he just lets it all out and embraces emotion. The second half of the album talks about the power of positivity, love, feeling alive and fighting for all of these things. “A switch has gone off in my mind and proved my heart is a fighter, and the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s getting brighter and brighter” . “Fight for your soul, don’t let it go, we’re never holding back”.

NATIVES tour the UK in March and April, catch them at the following venues:

MARCH:
19 - BRISTOL Louisiana
20 - SHEFFIELD Corporation
21 - NOTTINGHAM Red Rooms
22 - BIRMINGHAM o2 Academy 3
24 - NEWCASTLE o2 Academy 2
25 - GLASGOW King Tuts
26 - MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
27 - LEEDS Cockpit 2

APRIL:
3 - LONDON Borderline

 Bloodstock Add More Bands.

BloodstockThursday 27th February 2014
BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to reveal six more bands confirmed to play the Sophie Lancaster Big Top stage in August.

Thursday night is set to be livened up by these two! Throwing down the party gauntlet are returning favourites, the PHIL CAMPBELL ALL STARR BAND. The MOTORHEAD guitarist had such a great time at BLOODSTOCK last year, he’s coming back to do it all over again. Wrap your eyes and ears around these clips from last year’s fest of the MOTORHEAD classics ‘Killed By Death’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGe85gq2ZU4 and ‘Ace Of Spades’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_4l-i_cVdY. Get ready to hold your beer aloft!

Nottingham thrashers INCINERY are happy to take up the challenge, stating “Things have been stepping up a gear and the unbelievable is becoming a reality, so it is with great excitement that we return to the place that started it all for us! It’ll be a real homecoming, and we’re looking forward to playing at what is the keystone of the metal scene in the UK.” Get a free INCINERY track on the CD included in the current PANTERA cover issue of Metal Hammer magazine, or visit http://www.reverbnation.com/Incinery for tunes, video, and more info!

By name but not by nature, DIABOLICAL will bringing their unique brand of Swedish death metal to the Sophie Stage on Friday. They declare, “It is with great pleasure that we announce our appearance at BLOODSTOCK! Rest assured we will take equally great measures to make this a highly memorable show!” The band recently released new concept album ‘Neogenesis’ via ViciSolum Productions. Investigate via Terrorizer mag’s preview at: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/streams/diabolical-stream-new-album-neogenesis-terrorizer/ and check out the video for ‘Metamorphosis’ at: http://youtu.be/1cGOG_kPXZg.

BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to add Mancunian black metallers, WINTERFYLLETH to Friday’s line-up. For a taster of their current album, ‘The Threnody of Triumph’, head over to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NEgZ5x7D-I to hear the epic ‘A Thousand Winters’. The band have also just released a split EP with cult Ukranian band DRUDKH, premiering it online at: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-winterfylleth-preview-new-trve-kvlt-cover-version/. Get the lowdown on upcoming plans on their official site: http://www.winterfylleth.co.uk/.

Southwest metal band CAMBION are determined to get heads banging on Friday. Drawing their djent/tech/prog influences from the likes of Fear Factory and Meshuggah, the band commented, “We are beyond happy to be playing the best UK festival, BLOODSTOCK! CAMBION is growing into a force to be reckoned with and that’s down to hard graft and BLOODSTOCK itself for believing in and supporting the next generation of metal bands!” Check out their ‘Virus’ EP and more over at: http://www.cambionofficial.co.uk/.

Joining them on Friday are Norwegian groove metallers, ZEROZONIC. The band couldn’t be more excited to get to play at Catton Park, exclaiming “Finally, ZEROZONIC will play a big festival outside Norway for the first time. It’s about time! Ten years of existence and three albums in we are very excited to play the amazing BLOODSTOCK. Let’s get it on!” ZEROZONIC’s current album ‘Aftersane’ has just been re-released by their new label Metal Age Productions, and the band are busy working on their fourth album. Listen to some tracks at: https://soundcloud.com/zerozonic and then learn more at: http://www.zerozonic.com/.

Need a lift to BLOODSTOCK? Or driving there and want some extra cash for the empty seats in your car? BLOODSTOCK have teamed up with GOCARSHARE once more to make it easier than ever to rock out and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Simply register where you’re travelling to/from, or the route you’re taking, and then sit back and wait for drivers/passengers to get in touch! GOCARSHARE is integrated with Facebook, so you can check out the profiles of your possible travel buddies and they also encourage travellers to post feedback. Learn more at: http://gocarshare.com/page/about. Plus...register and confirm your journey to BLOODSTOCK 2014 with GoCarShare and they will put your name in a hat to win a pair of FREE TICKETS for BLOODSTOCK 2015! For full details and to find your ride or fill your car, head over to http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock. For more travel options to the festival, including details of coaches from all over the country with Big Green Coach and shuttles from local train stations, visit: http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/travel-info.

BLOODSTOCK 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, with early bird and rocksoc tickets selling out in record time and weekend tickets flying out the door! Friday night’s headliners are New Orleans sludgemeisters, DOWN. Joining them to head up Saturday night are re-united black metal overlords, EMPEROR and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends, MEGADETH. Also announced so far are AMON AMARTH, OBITUARY, CROWBAR, HATEBREED, LACUNA COIL, CARCASS, PRONG, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, DECAPITATED, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, PRIMORDIAL, EVIL SCARECROW, ROTTING CHRIST, SISTER SIN, and SATAN. More bands and other cool things on site will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch the video trailer for BLOODSTOCK 2014, pick up your tickets and get excited about what’s in store!! You can view it at: http://youtu.be/xukFwVTNkZc

Tickets are available now priced £130 (plus booking fee) for a 4-day Thurs-Sun weekend pass with camping. VIP tickets and upgrades are also now available, as well as the very popular ticket deposit scheme, which helps make a ticket purchase a bit more manageable, breaking the payment over three months. Look up all the ticket options over at bloodstock.seetickets.com.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 Neck Deep Announce Mini Tour.

Neck DeepThursday 27th February 2014
Wrexham based pop-punks, NECK DEEP, have announced a string of UK headline dates around their appearances at the Hit The Deck Festivals in April. Speaking of the tour, singer Ben Barlow says, "We are so excited to be headlining some more UK shows after the amazing response we received on our headline tour in January. We are playing some cities we haven't been too before as well, and that's always fun. We are also super stoked to have our good friends in Climates on the road with us, they are going to be a big name next year!"

The band, who released their debut album, 'Wishful Thinking', in January on Hopeless Records, head to the United States this week for their first US headline tour. Their first US headline jaunt spans an impressive six weeks, with a host of shows already sold out, showcasing quite how fast the band is building internationally, having also completed a sold-out Australian tour at the end of 2013.

The band's forthcoming UK shows are as follows:

APRIL
15: BRIGHTON, The Haunt
16: SHEFFIELD, Corporation
18: COVENTRY, Kasbah
19: BRISTOL, Hit The Deck Festival
20: NOTTINGHAM, Hit The Deck Festival
21: NORWICH, Arts Centre

MAY
24: LEEDS, Slam Dunk Festival
25: HATFIELD, Slam Dunk Festival
26: WOLVERHAMPTON, Slam Dunk Festival

 Blitz Kids Added To Canterbury Tour.

CanterburyWednesday 26th February 2014
After last month announcing their UK tour, Surrey 4 piece, Canterbury, today announce they will be taking UK alt rock band Blitz Kids on the road as their main support act. Canterbury, who released a new record ‘Dark Days’ in January to fantastic reviews, will take new tracks ‘Expensive Imitation’ and ‘Think It Over’ to the masses, having received radio support from BBC Radio 1, from DJs such as Zane Lowe and Dan P Carter. Blitz Kids, who earlier this year also released their new record ‘The Good Youth’ will play tracks from the latest full length as they join Canterbury on tour. Taking in 10 dates across the UK, including 2 dates at Radstock in Liverpool on the 29th March, and Nottingham on the 30th, the tour will finish at legendary London venue Dingwalls on the 9th April. Buckinghamshire rock band Big Sixes will also join Canterbury and Blitz Kids as additional support – making up the full line up of 3 bands. Big Sixes are currently in the studio recording new tracks for 2014.

On ‘Dark Days,’ Canterbury build on their distinctive sound, with their “winning way with pop hooks”(K!) undiminished despite infusing a darker more mature feel into these songs; with the heavier edge that was evident on their EP ‘Satellite’ a constant theme on their 3rd full length record. Produced by Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Dry The River) and with tracks mixed by Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters) ‘Dark Days’ represents Canterbury’s most accomplished output to date. Canterbury will bring this growing confidence to their record-perfect live show, creating an incredible atmosphere, where the fans voices are often heard over the PA. It is this live experience that makes it impossible not to be caught up in the energy and the charm of Canterbury.

CANTERBURY UK TOUR DATES:
LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy - 29th March
NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy - 30th March
EDINBURGH, Studio 24 - 1st April
YORK, Duchess - 2nd April
MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute - 3rd April
SHEFFIELD, Leadmill - 4th April
BIRMINGHAM, Temple - 5th April
NOTTINGHAM, Bodega - 6th April
BRISTOL, Louisiana - 7th April
LONDON, Dingwalls - 9th April

 Whitechapel Announce New Album.

WhitechapelWednesday 26th February 2014
Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is WHITECHAPEL. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

Our Endless War will be released April 28th in the UK via Metal Blade Records. Today WHITECHAPEL have revealed the album artwork track listing and have released the first single from the new album. Listen to the first offering from Our Endless War and pre-order the album, in exclusive bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel

"We are excited to announce our fifth full length studio album Our Endless War. In typical WHITECHAPEL fashion, this CD takes the sound we have been developing over the past 8 years of our career and pushes it to new levels. We want each record we release to sound different, and this one is no exception. With dashes of every record we have done so far mixed with the intensity of a new sound, this record is sure to please fans of WHITECHAPEL, old and new”, says guitarist Alex Wade.

Having progressed with every record, on Whitechapel the band took a stylistic leap forward, garnering a whole army of new fans and greater critical respect in the process. This determination is immediately apparent. Having started to "seriously" write in February of 2013, the album was a year in the making, the band letting the writing develop organically while putting everything under a microscope, working harder on perfecting every song than they ever had before.

Famed for their three-guitar lineup, the band have always packed a crushing sonic punch, but onOur Endless War they take greater advantage of this than previously. Frequently, the seven-stringers build dramatic, incredibly heavy walls of thrilling noise through interweaving their parts, making for a sonic richness that pulls listeners even further into the songs. As with all of WHITECHAPEL's releases the heaviness does not just stem from the music but Bozeman's lyrics, showing characteristic diversity across the record's twelve tracks.

When it came to tracking the album the band considered no one beyond Mark Lewis, who helmed Whitechapel. "Making the self-titled record went so well, we loved the way it came out, our label loved the way it came out, and our fans kept telling us that it was our best sounding record so it would have been stupid not to work with him again!" laughs guitarist Alex Wade. For the artwork, the band turned again to Aaron Marsh, who supplied WHITECHAPEL with its stark, arresting imagery, but again they wanted to push things to the next level. "With the sound maturing we felt like the artwork needed to reflect that. We also introduced a new logo - our old logo is classicWhitechapel, and that's not something we plan on getting rid of, but as the band grows and changes we felt like we needed the logo to represent the maturity of this new Whitechapel."

Our Endless War Track Listing:
01. Rise
02. Our Endless War
03. The Saw Is the Law
04. Mono
05. Let Me Burn
06. Worship the Digital Age
07. How Times Have Changed
08. Psychopathy
09. Blacked Out
10. Diggs Road
11. A Process so Familiar (Bonus Track)
12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track)



 Haim To Release New Single.

HaimWednesday 26th February 2014
HAIM release a new single, If I Could Change Your Mind, on the 24th March through Polydor Records. It is taken from their number 1, gold-certified debut album, Days Are Gone.

Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim have already hit the ground running in 2014, touring Japan, Australia, and New Zealand to sell-out headline audiences, and with stand-out performances at a series of festival appearances down under.

The band’s huge, breakout success in 2013 reaped widespread acclaim in the Albums of the Year round-up across the British, US and European media, and with the first batch of 2014 Awards upon us in the coming weeks, the band are nominated at The Brit Awards (International Band), NME Awards (Best International Band, Best Live Band, Best Song, Best Video, Best Fan Community, Best Band Blog/Twitter – Alana, Hero of the Year – Este), and The Fly Awards (Artist of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Song).

The HAIM story continues to be told on the motorways and highways of the globe in much the same way as 2013 concluded, with the band heading out on a celebrated sold-out tour of the UK in December. They will return again in March for seven more dates, all of which are long since sold-out including a headline slot at London’s Brixton Academy, their biggest headline show to date.

Across the Atlantic, HAIM embark on another sold-out tour in April alongside a prime slot at the Coachella Festival. Days Are Gone debuted at 6 on the Billboard 200, and following a series of TV performances (including the much-feted Saturday Night Live), HAIM are comfortably cemented as America’s latest and greatest new musical darlings.

With the Summer festivals already being booked-up in the US and Europe, expect another huge Summer for one of the most exciting live bands on the planet.

Spring 2014 UK/Ireland Tour Dates:
4th March - Nottingham, Rock City (SOLD OUT)
6th March - London, Brixton O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
7th March - Brighton, Dome (SOLD OUT)
8th March - Manchester, The Academy (SOLD OUT)
10th March - Dublin, Olympia Theatre (SOLD OUT)
11th March - Sheffield, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
12th March - Glasgow, Barrowlands (SOLD OUT)
22nd June – Milton Keynes Bowl, (w/ Kings of Leon)
19th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold Suffolk
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 Oxygen Thief Announces Tour Dates.

Oxegen ThiefWednesday 26 th February 2014
Oxygen Thief returns to his acoustic roots with new 5-track EP 'One Day This Will All Be Fields' released through Xtra Mile Recordings on 24th March 2014.

Following his first full-band release 'Accidents Do Not Happen, They Are Caused' in December 2013, Barry Dolan (AKA Oxygen Thief) has switched to his previous (dis)comfort zone of "one man genre" aggressive acoustic riffery.

Armed with over an album's worth of new songs, he chose five to lead the charge ahead of a full record, likely to follow in the summer.

"Some of the tracks will end up being re-interpreted by the band in the same way that older ones were for ADNHTAC, while the rest will only be on the EP," explains Barry. "In a way, I see the acoustic recordings as being the 'proper' versions of the songs, and anything we do with them later on will be embellishments. When we started the band, we agreed that I wouldn't change anything about the way I wrote; all the songs would start out solo acoustic, I'd perform and record them that way, and we would then see where switching to electric guitar would take them."

Those buying the CD edition, or downloading directly from Xtra Mile Recordings, will receive two bonus tracks - a cover of 'Suckerpunch' by The Wildhearts ("my favourite song ever, containing my favourite riff ever" - Barry) and live favourite 'On Your Easy Marks, Get Set, Go', a tale of political frustration and ideological betrayal in the form of a furious singalong.

The new EP was recorded at The Old Blacksmith's Studios, where the full-band mini-album was birthed. It's a contrast from the early days of recording solo at home, the preferred studio for the three-way split EP ('!@*#' or 'Exclamation At Asterisk Hash') in 2009 with Ben Marwood and Jim Lockey, and Oxygen Thief's first foray with Xtra Mile. Since that frothing introduction, Barry has taken his furious steel-string slashing on tour with Frank Turner, Jamie Lenman, Ben Marwood, Jonah Matranga and punctuated festival lineups at T in the Park, 2000Trees and ArcTanGent.

Oxygen Thief has also announced a prized support slot, with full-band, for InMe in May, to add to Barry's solo shows in March and April.

Solo acoustic shows

MARCH
21 London @ The Monarch
25 Cardiff @ Gwdihw
27 Waterford @ Murphy's
28 Dublin @ Thomas House
29 Sandinos @ Derry Londonderry
30 Belfast @ McHugh's Basement

APRIL
01 – Aberdeen @ Cellar 35*
02 Dundee @ Cerberus*
04 Leeds @ Fox & Newt*
13 Nottingham @ JT Soar^
14 Manchester @ Star & Garter^
16 Cheltenham @ Grumpy Whisker's
*w/Mark McCabe & Greg Rekus
^w/Ben Marwood

InMe dates

MAY
09 Southampton @ Talking Heads
10 Plymouth @ White Rabbit
11 Bristol @ The Fleece
12 Birmingham @ The Flapper
13 Nottingham @ Rock City
14 Glasgow @ Audio
15 Sheffield @ Corporation
16 Manchester @ Sound Control
17 London @ Islington Academy

 Falling In Reverse Announce First Ever European Show.

Falling In ReverseWednesday 26th February 2014
Falling In Reverse have announced first-ever European show with an exclusive appearance at Groezrock Festival. The band will headline theImpericon Stage on Saturday May 3rd, the closing night of the two-day festival.

This festival appearance marks the first time Falling In Reverse will perform in Europe since the bands formation in 2008 and is certainly the closest location to the UK to date. The announcement comes shortly after the band finishes the largely sold out American ‘Bury The Hatchet’ tour.

Front man Ronnie Radke told Kerrang!:

"The line up is full of bands I used to listen to, which is crazy. Brand New were one of my favourite bands. I don't know what to expect of Groezrock, but I'm sure it'll be pretty gnarly! I feel like our live set is pretty spot on when it comes to representing the record, and there's a lot of twists and turns, and for a person who has never seen us live - or heard of us - they'll be entertained!"

Voted as Alternative Press magazine’s 2012 “Artist of the Year,” one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and Kerrang’s “50 Greatest Rock Stars In The World,” Radke’s band Falling In Reverse released their latest album ‘Fashionably Late’ last summer on Epitaph Records.

The album debuted in the top twenty on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon its release.

Check out the latest video for single ‘Bad Girls Club’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzLZN1K-PUE

 Amen Reform For Alt-Fest.

AmenWednesday 26th February 2014
Twenty years since their formation, controversial metal-punk outfit AMEN are coming back together for a very special set at Alt-Fest, 15th – 17th August 2014 at Boughton Estate, Kettering. This UK festival exclusive appearance is the first of many new additions to the event including a new headliner for the metal stage, Paradise Lost, and many more.

Fronted by the formidable Grammy award–winning Casey Chaos, AMEN’s wild live shows through the late 90s and 00s gained them a huge UK following. The band picked up further gongs along the way including the title of “Best Live Band in the World” as bestowed by Metal Hammer magazine. Fast forward to 2014 and Chaos, inspired by the fan-lead phenomenon that is Alt-Fest, is returning with his band. Ahead of Alt-Fest Chaos said:

"I'm proud to announce that AMEN will return to play an exclusive show at Alt-Fest, a festival done by the people for the people. We are looking forward to performing & transmitting the sound from the heart, from our homeland communist America and destroying ourselves for your pleasure."

Seminal doom/death metallers Paradise Lost are set to top the bill for Friday’s proceedings over at the Metal Stage. With a career spanning more than twenty years and featuring 13 albums few acts are better placed or more deserving of a headline slot.

In a UK festival exclusive, Finntroll join Alt-Fest’s line-up for a set of folklore-inspired Finnish black metal. Self-styled as ‘Germany’s most extreme electro act’ Agonoize will bring their ‘aggrotech’ sound to the event, whilst the line-up increases further with the addition of thrash metal four-piece Savage Messiah. Formed of members of the likes of Sikth, Gallows and including BBC Radio 1 Rock Show presenter, Daniel P. Carter, Krokodil promise ‘beards and riffs’ for their metal stage appearance. Last but by no means least, now confirmed are also the Brighton-based Mesh; electronic body music pioneers Parade Ground and the epic sounds of Stormbringer.

The remainder of Alt-Fest’s previously announced line-up features an all-star cast of everything alternative, stretching from the 80s right up to the present day. Forefathers of alternative sounds such as The Cult and Gary Numan will perform alongside super stars such as Marilyn Manson, and newcomers such as Fearless Vampire Killers. Super-early bird tickets are now sold out however early bird adult weekend tickets priced at £115 are available for a limited time from Alt-Fest.com.

 Bury Tomorrow Unleash New Video.

Bury TomorrowTuesday 25th February 2014
Hampshire metallers, Bury Tomorrow, have posted the video for 'Man On Fire' online, following it's exclusive first play on last night's BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.

Speaking about the clip, singer Dani Winter-Bates says, "Each song on 'Runes' draws it's inspiration from each of the runic symbols they are linked to. 'Man On Fire' is about the struggle of humankind's sanity in an ever-changing world. The song itself is linked with the Rune for Man/Humankind and follows lyrically the ideas of a figure fighting their own thoughts and their fears getting the better of them. We worked closely with Sitcom Soldiers to visually bring the ideas with the song to life. We couldn't be happier with the way it came out!"

WATCH 'MAN ON FIRE' BELOW:


'Man On Fire' is taken from the quintet's eagerly-anticipated new album, 'Runes', set for release on Nuclear Blast on May 26th. The band will undertake a tour of initimate venues around the UK to celebrate the album's release, as well as their confirmed appearances at the Impericon, Slam Dunk and Download Festivals. More details can be found below:

APRIL
27: Manchester, IMPERICON Festival

MAY
16: DUBLIN, Academy 2
17: BELFAST, Oh Yeah Music Centre
21: STOKE, Sugarmill
22: EDINBURGH, Studio 24
23: LIVERPOOL, o2 Academy
24 - 26: SLAM DUNK Festivals
28: OXFORD, o2 Academy 2
29: CARDIFF, Solus 2
30: PLYMOUTH, White Rabbit
31: KINGSTON, Peel

JUNE
01: KINGSTON, Peel
13 - 15: DONINGTON, Download Festival

 More Bands Added To Sonisphere 2014.

SonisphereMonday 24th February 2014
With THE PRODIGY, IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA headlining the festival, plus exclusive appearances from DEFTONES and LIMP BIZKIT, SONISPHERE is proud to reveal the next wave of bands joining the superb 2014 line up. Also, the festival will now feature a total of over 100 bands across the weekend.

SONISPHERE FESTIVAL is hugely excited to be welcoming back guitar legend WILKO JOHNSON. Credited as a major influence for the English punk movement, this musical heavyweight last played KNEBWORTH in 1978 with Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Peter Gabriel and more, with his band Wilko Johnson’s Solid Senders. His outstanding contribution to music was recognized when Jimmy Page presented Johnson with The Innovator Award at the Classic Rock Magazine Roll of Honour in November last year, in front of an audience including Black Sabbath, Ray Davies and Manic Street Preachers. Since being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist refused chemotherapy treatment so that he could keep on playing live and record a final album with Roger Daltrey. Johnson’s ongoing commitment to his fans and his music will resonate with the passion surrounding KNEBWORTH for a bold, beautiful and unforgettable performance.

Commonly referred to as ‘the heaviest band in the world’ with at least three of their seven albums widely recognized as genre benchmarks and heavy metal classics, Dorset’s ELECTRIC WIZARD will be stopping off at SONISPHERE for the first time to headline the BOHEMIA stage on Friday Night. The band’s unique blend of stoner, sludge and doom together with their stylistic obsessions, ranging from the occult to psychedelic art, have made ELECTRIC WIZARD one of the UK’s most influential and consistently interesting bands. With a new album in the works in 2014, SONISPHERE FESTIVAL might be a rare chance to catch these grand masters of doom.

When an unknown band from New Jersey released their debut album called ‘All Boro Kings’ in May 1994, no one could have predicted they would make history. With the combination of hardcore riffs, rap and rock vocals coupled with the emergence of the ever-popular skate & snowboard style, DOG EAT DOG became a defining band of the nineties. Landmark album ‘All Boro Kings’ went on to sell 600 000 records worldwide, with single ‘No Fronts’ being featured on an episode of MTV’s Beavis and Butthead. As the summer 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of ‘All Boro Kings’, DOG EAT DOG will be performing a special anniversary set of the legendary album in its entirety for SONISPHERE FESTIVAL.

Says the band:

“Dog Eat Dog are very excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘All Boro Kings’ album at Sonisphere. We look forward to partying with everyone like it was 1994!”

Joining them are Pittsburg punk rockers ANTI-FLAG, who will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary with SONISPHERE this summer. The band have been spreading their political punk message to the masses for two decades focusing on human rights, equality and peace, environmentalism and more. Through the years, they’ve gone from non-stop tours criss-crossing North America in a dilapidated van to world tours travelling as far as Australia. ANTI- FLAG’s performance at KNEBWORTH will be a unique opportunity to hear the band playing their signature anthems, as well as reaching deep into the catalogue and playing rare material. Their set promises to be a highlight of the weekend.

Says the band:

"Anti-Flag is always searching out new places to play. Especially now, at 20 years of being a band. Knebworth is historic and an honour and a privilege for our band to perform at. Sonisphere is a new forum for us to discuss that we are a band that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia and cynicism. It is an opportunity we do not tread lightly upon."

Sometimes, you can’t get enough of a good thing, which is why SONISPHERE is proud to welcome BLACK SPIDERS back. A name synonymous with highly charged rock’n’roll tunes made in England, as showcased on their latest album ‘This Savage Land’, BLACK SPIDERS say you will like them if you “like the first three Black Sabbath albums…or masturbating in church”, which sounds extremely promising.

Says the band:

“We're majestically elated that we have been invited to the Sonisphere knights table yet again. After our last performance there, headlining the Jäger stage in 2011, it seems only fitting that we come back and wail our merry song once more to a happy throng of waifs, larks and gadabouts. With such a great line up already, we feel adding the Spiders lament will make this the festival of the year. We've had an amazing reaction to our last opus and will rain down some heavy metal rock 'n' roll into every brain and beating heart. The gauntlet is down and the challenge is accepted, so it's 'Balls to the Wall!!”

Also joining the festival’s superb line-up are BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL. Drawing influence from metal, doom, sludge and metallic hardcore, the hotly-tipped UK metallers’ assault is like no other. Armed with heavy hitting numbers that blend snarling riffs, devastating grooves and unique but distinctly memorable vocal hooks from forthcoming album ‘Suspension of Consciousness’ out later this year, their set is bound to please their dedicated fan base and casual observers alike.

Says the band:

"Well, with that lineup we were going anyway.... Now we just need to bring our gear - stoked to be playing this year's Sonisphere!"

Also appearing will be EMP!RE. Hailing from the South West of England, the band are carving out a name for themselves with their frontman’s impressive vocal range on mini album ‘Where The World Begins’.

Says the band:

“We are so happy to be given the opportunity to play such an awesome festival like Sonisphere with some incredible bands and in front of some amazing people. We will be bringing the show like never before for this one, excited doesn't even begin to cover it; we look forward to seeing you all there for the party!”