Will Haven Release New 9 Track EP And Head Out On UK Tour.

Will HavenSunday 24th May 2015
Sacramento’s WILL HAVEN announce their long awaited return with a brand new EP, new record label, and new touring on the horizon. Their first new material since 2011’s acclaimed “Voir Dire” - the new 9 song EP titled “Open The Mind to Discomfort” will be released May 18th on Artery Recordings worldwide.

The track listing is as follows:
1. A
2. Soul Leach
3. Do You Have A Light
4. B
5. Hermit
6. C
7. The Comet
8. D
9. POP 14

In celebration, Will Haven will be touring the United Kingdom in May in support of the release. Expect a brand new song and pre orders to be released over the next few weeks. Stay tuned….

May
24th Manchester, Sound Control
25th York, Duchess
26th Glasgow, ABC 2
27th Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
28th Nottingham, Rock City Basement
29th Bristol, Temples Festival

Joining Will Haven on the tour will be Raging Speedhorn and Palm Reader. You DO NOT want to miss these shows! Tickets are on sale now.

 Anti-Flag Stream New Album 'American Spring'.

Anti-FlagSunday 24th May 2015
Anti-Flag will release American Spring on May 25 through Spinefarm Records.

The Pittsburgh punk rockers are now streaming the entire album via Art for Amnesty – Amnesty International's platform that brings together artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and all types of creatives who help us to navigate the complex human rights challenges we face today.

A-F and AI are of the same mindset, and this has turned into action; the decade-plus relationship has seen Amnesty International volunteers serve as speakers at Anti-Flag shows.

In 2013, the band joined forces with Art for Amnesty to release an electrifying version of "Toast to Freedom", the now-classic commemorative song written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.

Prior to that, Amnesty International and Anti-Flag launched a 2012 campaign against torture and the NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision. To raise awareness, they released a music video for "This Is the New Sound”.

Clearly, the relationship is one based on the desire for change and the protection of human rights.

"Amnesty International is an organization that actually saves lives. Daily, their mission is to speak up and stand up for those who cannot for themselves. The record American Spring is about the very same idea. We have been honoured to have Amnesty International table our shows and spread the agenda of human rights and equality, continuing the battle against injustice. Having them premiere our record is a truly humbling experience."

Watch the brand new video for "Brandenburg Gate”, featuring Tim Armstrong of Rancid.

UK shows:-
02.08.2015 London @ The Old Blue Last (am and pm shows)
06.08.2015 Blackpool @ Rebellion Festival
08.08.2015 London @ Brooklyn Bowl - PUNKS AND PINS
09.08.2015 Bristol @ The Marble Factory

 Fear Factory To Release New Album 'Genexus' In August.

Fear FactorySunday 24th May 2015
Fear Factory, the pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal have issued the following update regarding their upcoming 9th studio release ‘Genexus’:

‘The sensation of finalising our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement,’

commented founding guitarist Dino Cazares.
‘We really feel this is a very special Fear Factory album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic Fear Factory vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans. The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever.’

‘Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job!’

‘We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can't wait for everybody to hear it.’

Genexus will be released on August 7th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Testament, Exodus, Machine Head).

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, Fear Factory changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band’s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like ‘Soul Of A New Machine’, ‘Demanufacture’, and the gold-selling release, ‘Obsolete’.

 Rival Sons To Support Deep Purple.

Rival SonsSunday 24th May 2015
Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS have been announced as special guests on a European tour with British rock legends DEEP PURPLE.

The tour follows an impressive list of achievements for RIVAL SONS, whose latest album, 'Great Western Valkyrie' stormed into the charts around the world on its release. It was rated the number one album of 2014 by Classic Rock magazine in a year which also saw the band gain high-profile TV slots on Late Night with David Letterman and Later... with Jools Holland.

The five-and-a-half week tour includes a special show at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday, 3rd December.

RIVAL SONS guitarist Scott Holiday comments:
"There's only so many bands that can ACTUALLY occupy the limited space reserved for what we call LEGENDS (a term thrown around far too loosely these days). A band we can say without a doubt occupy this space comfortably is Deep Purple. I cut my teeth on those early records... Machine Head, In Rock, Made in Japan etc. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of LEVELING. Getting asked to jump on tour with 'em? Crazy, crazy cool. Elated. Honored. We're gonna have a blast watching these guys every night... but we're gonna have an even better time burning that shit down and giving those audiences a little bit of our rock 'n' roll every night. See ya out there."

Tour dates in full:
Oct. 25 - Lodz, Poland - Atlas Arena
Oct. 27 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - CEZ Arena
Oct. 28 - Plzen, Czech Republic - CEZ Arena
Oct. 30 - Padova, Italy - Palafabris
Oct. 31 - Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum
Nov. 02 - Marseille, France - Le Dome
Nov. 03 - Bordeaux, France - Patinoire Meriadeck
Nov. 05 - Florence, Italy - Mandela Forum
Nov. 06 - Rome, Italy - Palalottomatica
Nov. 08 - Geneva, Switzerland - Arena
Nov. 09 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
Nov. 11 - Paris, France - Zenith
Nov. 13 - Oberhausen, Germany - Konig Pilsener Arena
Nov. 14 - Magdeburg, Germany - Getec Arena
Nov. 16 - Rostock, Germany - Stadthalle
Nov. 17 - Leipzig, Germany - Arena
Nov. 18 - Hannover, Germany - Swiss Life Hall
Nov. 20 - Trier, Germany - Arena
Nov. 21 - Nuremberg, Germany - Arena
Nov. 23 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
Nov. 24 - Berlin, Germany - Max Schmeling Halle
Nov. 26 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
Nov. 27 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
Nov. 28 - Stuttgart, Germany - Hans Martin Schleyer Halle
Nov. 30 - Lyon, France - Amphithéâtre Cite des Congres
Dec. 01 - Strasbourg, France - Zenith Europe
Dec. 03 - London, UK - O2 Arena

Watch RIVAL SONS’ new video Electric Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRfRIXg2spo

 Ghostfest Add 6 More Band's To 10th Anniversary Show.

Ghost FestSunday 24th May 2015
GHOSTFEST is celebrating its 10th birthday in style, adding six more bands to its already huge lineup.

Announced today to play Leeds University Union on 5th September and Bristol on the 6th are American deathcore giants BORN OF OSIRIS, the UK's turbocharged MARTYR DEFILED and Hertfordshire's THE EYES OF A TRAITOR playing their final ever shows. Also announced are SEAFOAL, JONNY CRAIG, and CONTINENTS.

They join: HATEBREED, EMMURE, DESOLATED, DESPISED ICON, TURNSTILE, NORTHSTAR, NASTY, MAKE THEM SUFFER, ASTROID BOYS, SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL, VENOM PRISON, CRIME IN STEREO, XIBALBA and more.

GHOSTFEST
5th (Leeds) - 6th (Bristol) September 2015
Leeds Student Union / Bristol Motion
WWW.GHOSTFESTOFFICIAL.COM

 Tame Impala Unleash Trippy New Video For 'Cause I'm A Man'.

Tame ImpalaSunday 24th May 2015
Prepare to be sucked in and hypnotized by TAME IMPALA’S first official video ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN’. The mesmeric video is inspired by artwork from the hotly anticipated album ‘CURRENTS’ which is released globally Friday July 17th.

WATCH ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN’ VIDEO HERE

In a recent interview Kevin Parker, who wrote, performed, produced and mixed all tracks on ‘Currents’ explained the lyrics and sound of ’Cause I’m A Man’.

“Lyrically I’m not usually that out there and straight up saying things, but it’s meant to be really tongue-in-cheek at the same time. The song is about how weak men are, basically, and how we make all these excuses but really we’re just these odorous male members of the animal kingdom.”

“It's meant to be kind of sassy and tongue-in-cheek to some degree. It's meant to sound kind of sexy, but I don't know if that's how it comes across, with its laid-back beat. I'm really putting myself out there vocally more than I have before. I usually bury my vocals and sing quite ethereally and stick in a laser beam melody washed in reverb. I just love that dreamy, silvery vocal sound.”

The video is directed by LA based Weirdcore (Aphex Twin, Horrors, Simian Mobile Disco) who smoothly navigates us through a dreamlike world using different aesthetically pleasing scenarios.

‘Visually for me, the video is like a kind of homage to Hipgnosis artwork, as I feel Tame Impala’s music is suited to that look and feel. Tame Impala’s new artwork was a great inspiration for the vibe of it. I happily threw in as many artwork cameos as I could from that. Technically the constant moving camera was an ideal way to show near non-moving scenarios, long takes and minimal editing is something I’m always into doing.

This is the first 3D video I’ve made where none of the 3D was modelled for it. All assets were either bought/found/acquired/customised from various sources, so it’s a bit like a 3D collage.” Weirdcore Artwork for Tame Impala’s third studio LP ‘Currents’ was created by Kentucky (USA) based visual artist and musician Robert Beatty who also designed ‘Let It Happen’, ‘Eventually’, ‘Disciples’ and ‘Cause I’m A Man’ single artwork.

While the world waits with great anticipation for ‘Currents’ to be released, Tame Impala continue their USA tour, followed by festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia’s Splendour Festival.

TAME IMPALA TOUR DATES
Sat Sep 5 - End of the Road Festival - Gardenstown, UK
Sun Sep 6 – Electric Picnic – Dublin, Ireland
Tues Sep 8 - Barrowland - Glasgow, Scotland
Wed Sep 9 - Olympia - Liverpool, UK
Thurs Sep 10 - Bestival - Isle of Wight, UK

LET IT HAPPEN, CAUSE I’M A MAN, DISCIPLES and EVENTUALLY AVAILABLE NOW
‘CURRENTS’ IS RELEASED FRIDAY JULY 17th

 Napalm Death Head Out To Festivals Around The Globe.

Napalm DeathSunday 24th May 2015
After a successful run of dates in Australia and New Zealand together with carcass, British Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th studio album 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' with festival appearances this coming weekend in North America (Maryland Death Fest and Fort Worth Metal Festival) as well as dates in Europe and Russia this summer.

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury checked in briefly with greetings while on travels as follows: "We had an awesome time down in Australia & New Zealand with our old friends Carcass! A lot of history between us as everyone probably knows and the crowds were very appreciative with most of the shows sold out. And what a great line up, also with Extortion opening…a truly awesome band from Australia. All in all a killer tour and I almost got Bill Steer up onstage for a few of the old songs, but we never quite managed it with all of the crazy traveling and early flights. But one day soon though, I tell you…Cheers!"

Here is a list of the upcoming NAPALM DEATH shows that are announced so far:

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2015:
22.05. Baltimore (USA) - Maryland Death Fest
23.05. Fort Worth USA) - Fort Worth Metal Festival
29.05. Bolzano (Italy) - Full Tension Festival
30.05. Warsaw (Poland) - Ursynalia 2015
06.06. Bangalore (India) - Bangalore Open Air
03.07. Deventer (The Netherlands) - Burgerweeshuis
04.07. Trier (Germany) - Ex- Haus / Death Shall Rise Festival
05.07. Köln (Germany) - Underground
06.07. Osnabrück (Germany) - Bastard Club
07.07. Freiburg (Germany) - Atlantik
09.07. Novi Sad (Serbia) - Exit Festival
10.07. Strasskirchen (Germany) - Plutonium Klub
11.07. Berlin (Germany) - SO36
07.08. Jaromer (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Festival
08.08. Derbyshire (UK) - Bloodstock Festival
28.08. Gigors et Lozeron (France) - Freakshow Festival
29.08. Wörrstadt (Germany) - Neuborn Open Air Festival
04.10. Yaroslavl (Russia) - Gorka Club
06.10. Samara (Russia) - Zvezda Club
07.10. St. Petersburg (Russia) - Zal Ozhidaniya
08.10. Moscow (Russia) – Volta
11.10. Tokyo (Japan) - Saitama Super Arena / Loudpark Festival

Further NAPALM DEATH touring across Europe is expected for the fall of 2015!
Upon release in January, “Apex Predator - Easy Meat” managed to enter the sales charts in several countries across the world with the following highest positions: Germany: #36, Switzerland: #64, France: #69, Greece: #60, Belgium (Flemish): #103, Belgium (Wallonia): #111, UK: #120, UK Rock Chart: #15, US Top 200: #113, US New Artist Top

 Warped Tour UK Is Back For 2015 Event.

Warped Tour UKSunday 24th May 2015
In 2013, London’s historic Alexandra Palace was transformed into a seething mass of punk-fuelled energy as the VANS WARPED TOUR rolled into town. The best of punk and metal, with the likes of Rise Against, Parkway Drive and Enter Shikari performing for over 15,000 enthusiastic fans. We are thrilled to announce that Vans Warped Tour makes its welcome return to “Ally Pally” on 18th October 2015.

A limited amount of Early Bird tickets are available now - Don’t snooze! Get your tickets early!

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman: “Due to popular demand and the ability to put together a stellar line-up, we look forward to bring the Vans Warped Tour back to the UK”

We will make our line-up announcement on June 17th…..excited?! We are!

Not only was the 2013 line up one of the most impressive festival bills - seeing incredible performances from Neck Deep, Yellowcard, Hacktivist and a secret acoustic performance by A Day To Remember - the festival also featured a full merchandise market area, signings, giveaways, and all the fun of the Warped Tour under one roof.

In addition, the VANS WARPED TOUR also ran an initiative which saw the donation of hundreds of food tins and cash donations after fans were invited to support the Islington Foodbank and the Trussel Trust to help those in need in the local community. A huge amount of money was also raised for Teenage Cancer Trust via guest list donations and their booth, which saw the likes of While She Sleeps and Crossfaith stop by to meet fans and support the charity.

Since 1995, The Vans Warped Tour has been a staple of the Summer Festival circuit in the USA. If you were to read the HUGE list of talented artists who have performed over the last 21 years it reads as the “Who’s Who” guide to the best rock, metal, pop punk and hip hop. Everyone from Eminem to Katy Perry - NOFX to Less Than Jake.

 Patent Pending Announce New EP 'Armageddon'.

Patent PendingSunday 24th May 2015
The acrobatic gang of musical misfits from Long Island, also known as Patent Pending, have announced the release of a new EP titled ‘Armageddon’, set for release July 31st.

With a never-say-die attitude and enough energy to power Times Square, the band have set their sights on taking over the music industry from the ground up. Growing in size from basements to amphitheaters across the world and headlining shows in the UK, this is a band who have stuck with the DIY ethic they begun with over a decade ago.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with long time producer and collaborator, Jordan M. Schmidt, ‘Armageddon’ is another eclectic blend of genre blurring anthems from Patent Pending. No two songs sound the same, but as a whole, the EP comes together to form one inexplicably cohesive body of work.

“We’re so excited to be releasing new music again! We found a way to expand our musical horizons with these new tracks while staying true to the classic vision of the band. With pump-up songs, funny songs and serious songs this EP truly embodies every spectrum of the Patent Pending universe. We’ve taken great care in capturing the excitement of our live performances so you can feel the energy in your speakers. It’s going to be so awesome to play these new songs live!" Comments front man Joe.

 Death Angel Reveal Artwork For Live Album.

Death AngelSunday 24th May 2015
Thrash veterans Death Angel will release ‘The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco’ on LP exclusively through Nuclear Blast mail-order on July 17th. The release will also be made available in the digital format and as a bonus CD with their upcoming DVD entitled ‘A Thrashumentary’. Artwork for the LP version was created by Joey James Hernandez.

‘Joey James Hernandez has created designs for most of our tour merch over the past few years,‘

commented guitarist Rob Cavestany.
‘We love his style and felt it the perfect fit with this record!‘

‘Joey is also creating original art for the back cover and poster that will be included. We want to give our fans the full old school album experience with lots to look at while listening to the record, the way we used to check out music back in the day when it was quality over quantity!’

‘We are a Bay Area band - and have always been proud of it. That's why we recorded the album here and wanted the art to reflect where we're from - in a brutal way of course! It's a tribute to our home town fans. The City has evolved so much since we were kids growing up here. Unfortunately, swarms of parasites have invaded SF like a disease and are sucking the life out of it in many ways. I envisioned an image depicting the aftermath of the eradication of these dot com techie scums!’

‘The front cover depicts a disintegrated Bay Bridge while in the distance San Francisco lies in ruin. The ominous sky is the color of fire, the water blood red. The title is written in the blood of victims whose bodies have been dragged down to the second deck of the bridge, where their assailants plot the next attack...’

Adds Joey James Hernandez:
‘I am not used to drawing atmospheres but when the boys at Death Angel asked me to do this, it was a no brainer to do it and challenge myself. Their visuals and music for this reminded and inspired me of Mad Max, Chernobyl Diaries, any bad dream or premonition we have of aftermath, strife and danger that still lurks in its ashes.’

‘A Thrashumentary’ was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (Kataklysm, Soilwork, Lamb Of God, Carcass, Testament) of Videohammer Studios.
It will be released on July 17th via Nuclear Blast Records.

‘A Thrashumentary’ DVD Chapter List:
01. Start
02. We Grew Up In The Bay Area Thrash Scene
03. The Original Lineup Of Death Angel
04. Kill As One
05. The Ultra Violence
06. Frolic In The Park
07. Act III
08. The Accident
09. The O
10. Swarm
11. Thrash Of The Titans
12. I Like Everything About Ted
13. The Art Of Dying
14. Killing Season
15. Relentless Revolution
16. I’m Looking For Will Carroll
17. And Then Damien Came In
18. Relentless Retribution
19. Impressions Of Suecof
20. Relentless Touring
21. Thrashers
22. Death Angel Is
23. The Last Song Of The Evening
24. Credits
Extra:
25. Mistress Of Pain Live

‘The Bay Calls for Blood’ Bonus Live Album & Individual LP Track List:
1. Left for Dead
2. Fallen
3. Buried Alive
4. The Dream Calls For Blood
5. Execution / Don't Save Me
6. Truce
7. Detonate
8. Bored
9. Caster Of Shame
10. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust

 Spector Release Video For 'Bad Boyfriend'.

SpectorThursday 21st May 2015
Having impressed both fans and critics alike with recent single ‘All The Sad Young Men’, Spector, return with another burst of their wonderful new sound on forthcoming single ‘Bad Boyfriend’ impacting June 8th via Fiction.

Make no mistake about it, Spector are like none other. Led by charismatic lyricist Fred MacPherson, this newly revamped line-up packs quite a punch. Their modern twist on classic pop is infused with sardonic lyrics that document the minutiae of everyday life.

‘Bad Boyfriend’ is a case in point. Who else would write: “I’m a good listener when it’s just me talking” or “you think you’re lonely now, wait till we’re alone”.

To coincide with the new single, Spector play their third London show of the year on June 11th at the Dome. Fan pre-sale starts 9am Wednesday April 15th, at Spector.co.uk. Tickets on general sale Friday 17th April from 9am priced at £12.

A string of recent small shows were nothing short of triumphant.
The London Evening Standard described their recent Lexington show a 4* review, declaring they “are a band about to seize their moment” while the 8/10 NME review declared “No longer all front, Spector’s new songs deserve to flourish”.

“Bad Boyfriend’ and ‘All the Sad Young Men’ are already live highlights alongside other impressive new songs ‘Believe’ and ‘Stay High’. A new album will be released later this summer.

Watch the video for 'Bad Boyfriend' here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRz93s8F_gs&gl=GB

 Dear Lord Sign To Century Media Records And Set To Release New Album In August.

Dear LordThursday 21stMay 2015
"Ahoy, rockers! Last fall, DEAD LORD embarked on the quest to rescue rock music once again. We hit the studio for a week of recording. Our good friends OIa Ersfjord and Nicke Andersson were also aboard our ship of rock, steering it towards the land of awesomeness, producing and recording some of the best stuff we've done so far. We are now thrilled to tell you that our second album ‘Heads Held High’ will be out this August through Century Media Records. 10 songs of solid no-bogus, face-melting, twin-guitar, smart-rock action. We will follow up with a lot of touring and even more rocking. See you soon!" Hakim Krim / DEAD LORD

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of DEAD LORD from Sweden.

DEAD LORD was formed in January 2012. The mission was to rock. It still is.

The band’s critically acclaimed debut album, 'Goodbye Repentance', was released in 2013 through High Roller Records. The album as well as two 7” EPs (one being a split 7” with Black Trip) gained DEAD LORD a lot of attention, both from media and fans of straight forward rock. With the reputation of being one of the best live rock acts today, DEAD LORD have played festivals like Rock Hard, Muskelrock, Getaway Rock, Hell’s Pleasure, Turock Open Air, Hell Over Hammaburg or also Metal Assault and toured with Imperial State Electric, Noctum and most recently Wolf.

DEAD LORD’s appearance at Rockpalast/Crossroads Festival was broadcasted via WDR in October 2014 and can still be seen here: http://www1.wdr.de/fernsehen/kultur/rockpalast/videos/av/videodeadlordtheboldmove100_size-L.html?autostart=true#banner

DEAD LORD’s second studio album is entitled “Heads Held High” and was produced/recorded by Ola Ersfjord (known from his works for Tribulation, Morbus Chron, Dread Sovereign, etc.) and Nicke Andersson (ex-Entombed, ex-The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric).

Philipp Schulte, A&R at Century Media, comments on the signing as follows: “We are more than happy to finally have DEAD LORD on Century Media. Their brilliant debut album, the excellent 7” EPs and the awesome (or better: AWESOME!!!) live shows have made DEAD LORD’s mission very clear: They are here to rock. And their new album “Heads Held High” surely does rock. Welcome on board!!”

'Heads Held High' will be released in August 2015. More news to be revealed when time is ripe …

 Crossfaith Unleash Remix Video.

CrossfaithThursday 21st May 2015
Ahead of their appearance at this weekend’s Slam Dunk festival, Crossfaith have unveiled another epic remix of their seminal track Eclipse, this time ‘The One Hundred vs 40 Deep’ edition. ‘Eclipse’ features on the bands latest album ‘Apocalyze’.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cg9VZLQRL8

Crossfaith will be appearing at Slam Dunk on the Monster Energy Stage at 18:05 – 18:45 across all three sites.

The band are currently putting the finishing touches to the full length follow up to ‘Apocalyze’ so watch this space!

 Shvpes Unleash New Video.

Coal ChamberWednesday 20th May 2015
After revealing their latest single, the monumental ‘State of Mine,’ on BBC Radio 1 last Sunday 17th May, SHVPES today reveal the video for the track. Directed and produced by Cardiff based ‘Storm and Shelter’, the video is a satire of modern society with cameos from the band cameo throughout, the video focuses on an antisocial character banned from all online activity and desperate to get back online.

Building on their reputation as one of the UKs most exciting young metal bands, with ‘State of Mine’ SHVPES demonstrate their growing ability to take huge guitars, mix with Griffin Dickinson’s unique vocal ability and bring it all together to make powerful music that can’t help to move you. Recorded with Carl Bown (Machine Head, Trivium, While She Sleeps) ‘State of Mine’ is a statement of intent from a band on the cusp of something truly special. The track is available now as a free download from the bands website SHVPES.com.

Hailing from Birmingham, SHVPES are Griffin Dickinson on vocals, drummer Harry Jennings, guitarists Youssef Ashraf and Ryan Hamilton and completed by Ollie Pike on bass. SHVPES have spent the first part of 2015 supporting such bands as 36 Crazyfists and Fightstar and now prepare for their headline show in Leicester ahead of 3 performances across Slam Dunk Festival weekend.

WATCH ‘STATE OF MINE’ HERE

TOUR DATES
MAY
22nd - Leciester Firebug (headline show)
23rd – Slam Dunk Leeds
24th – Slam Dunk Hatfield
25th – Slam Dunk Wolverhampton
JULY
11th – NASS Festival

 Electric River Announce Festival Shows.

Electric RiverWednesday 20 th May 2015
Fresh from a sold out tour with Irish punk legends Stiff Little Fingers, ELECTRIC RIVER celebrate the anniversary of their debut album, 'The Faith And Patience's' release with a series of festival dates and headline shows including a headliner at London show at Camdens Barfly on June 6th.The first 50 punters thru the door of the Barfly show will receive a FREE copy of their BeSides E.P of non album track's.
ELECTRIC RIVER BeSides Tour
Sat May 23 Strummercamp, Manchester
Sun May 24 Bearded Theory Festival
Derby
Thurs June 4 Talking Heads, Southampton
Fri June 5 The Louisiana, Bristol
Sat June 6,The Barfly, Camden, London
Sun June 21 Willowman Festival, North Yorkshire,Thirsk
Fri July 10 Napton Festival,Napton on the Hill
Sat July 11 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
Sat July 18 Dover Music Festival
Sat August 1 Ipswich Beer Festival, Ipswich
Sun August 9 Rebellion Festival Blackpool
Sun August 30 All Day Sat In A Field Festival, ,Somerset, Dorset

 Trooper Ale Becomes The Official Ale Of Ramblin Man Festival.

TrooperWednesday 20th May 2015
Line Up 2015
Gregg Allman – UK exclusive show in 2015 – Headliner
Scorpions – UK exclusive show in 2015 - Headliner
Dream Theater
Seasick Steve

Rival Sons * Bernie Marsden * The Temperance Movement * Camel – UK Festival exclusive show in 2015 * Marillion – UK Festival exclusive show in 2015 * Saxon * Blue Oyster Cult * Jason & The Scorchers – Headliners *

Della Mae, Frankie Davies, Toseland
The Quireboys, Solstafir, Blues Pills, Ian Anderson plays the best of Jethro Tull, Pendragon, Anathema, Haken, Alcest, Knifeworld, Anna Phoebe, Unto US, Riverside, The Pineapple Thief, Messenger, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Shooter Jennings, Hayseed Dixie, Aaron Keylock, FM, No Hot Ashes, Bob Wayne, Buck & Evans, Jess and the Bandits, Danny Bryant, Mick Ralphs and VERSECHORUSVERSE

We believe there’s a Ramblin’ Man - or Ramblin’ Woman - in all of us who wants to wander and listen to great music, drink fine beer, eat great food and have the best of times. Live life to the full and take it as it comes as you join the Ramblin’ Family from 2015

Ramblin’ Man Fair is delighted to announce TROOPER as its official Ale for this year’s festival which takes place in Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent over the weekend of 25th and 26th July 2015.

TROOPER was the #1 requested beer when festival attendees were asked what they’d like to see at Ramblin’ Man Fair and this will be the first time TROOPER has been available at all the main bars at a festival.

This Premium British beer was personally designed and developed by IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson alongside Martyn Weeks, Head Brewer at the Robinsons family brewery in Cheshire.

To ensure the beer reaches Mote Park in the best condition possible, the night before the festival a special batch of TROOPER will be filled into aluminum kegs before making the 256 mile journey from the Robinsons brewery in Stockport down to Ramblin’ Man.


As one of the founders of Ramblin’ Man Fair, Gary Turner, a real ale enthusiast and qualified beer festival judge, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Trooper as The Official Ale of Ramblin’ Man Fair. The deep golden ale created by Iron Maiden and handcrafted by Robinsons has a true depth of character. It’s roasted malt and zesty hop aroma combined with its strong malt flavours make it the perfect ale to drink whilst listening to great music. We know the Ramblin’ Family will be delighted to know the quality of ale they will be drinking”.

TROOPER recently celebrated its 2nd birthday and has already proved hugely successful both in the UK and overseas, where it is available in 42 countries

Ramblin’ Man Fair is set to become the must see event for discerning festivalgoers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances will be coupled with excellent amenities throughout, including gourmet food, a beer festival, the best in music cinema, luxury camping and accommodation packages and more. The event’s unique experience will transform Ramblin’ Man into a staple of the UK festival season.

Ramblin’ Man will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone), the festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, the Channel and Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

Coach and Travel Information
Ramblin’ Man Fair has teamed up with Big Green Coach, the Events Travel Company, who are operating day return coach services on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July from London Victoria Coach Station direct to the festival. A return coach fare is only £29 and you can choose to buy travel only or travel together with your festival ticket.

Accommodation
Ramblin’ Man Fair has also announced the first of its much anticipated accommodation packages - a variety of options for all needs and budgets including Glamping at the Ranch Packages, Hotel Packages and Off-Site Camping Packages are on sale now. All of which are available through www.ramblinmanfair.com

Tickets are available from www.eventbrite.co.uk
General Admission Day Tickets £60.00 plus £5.50 booking fee
VIP Admission Day Tickets £105.00 plus £9.50 booking fee
General Admission Weekend Tickets £110.00 plus £10.00 Booking Fee.
VIP Admission Weekend Tickets £199.00 plus £15.00 Booking Fee.

Additionally, festival goers purchasing early tickets will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to join Ramblin’ Man’s very own Founders Club. In addition of including two years VIP tickets, this unique offer gives the Founders access to their own special club area on site for life, exclusive merchandise and much much more.

All weekend tickets for Ramblin’ Man Fair include 6 months membership to TeamRock+. Membership provides online access via Teamrock.com to the magazine’s current issues for Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog, and bonus content including archives dating back 30 years.

 Coal Chamber To Release New Album 'Rivals'.

Coal ChamberTuesday 19th May 2015
US nu-metal legends, COAL CHAMBER, release new album 'Rivals' next week on May 25th via Napalm Records, their first in 13 years!

As well as their upcoming UK headline tour that kicks off this week in support of the new album, the quartet is pleased to announce a series of in-store signings to promote 'Rivals'.

Coal Chamber will be signing copies of 'Rivals' at the following stores:

MAY
26 - BRISTOL Rise Music
27 - EXETER HMV -
29 - WOLVERHAMPTON HMV
30 - MANCHESTER Fopp
(All signing sessions begin at 5pm)

“It's been 13 years since COAL CHAMBER put out a record. We all worked so hard on this music to make sure the whole album was a stellar push forward for the band and not some nostalgia trip! If you like it heavy and unique you'll love Rivals! This record is full of crushing huge hooks and big down tuned riffs to move ya! Support Heavy music in all its forms!” - Dez Fafara.


Pre-order your copy of 'Rivals' under this link:
http://smarturl.it/Rivals / http://coalchamber.tmstor.es/

The band's headline UK tour dates are as follows, support comes from Soil, The Defiled and Dope. Catch COAL CHAMBER live on tour, when the legend returns to the UK starting this week:

MAY
20 Leeds Stylus
21 Norwich LCR, UEA
22 Warwick Uni Copper Rooms
23 Nottingham Rock City
24 Glasgow O2 ABC
26 Bristol Motion
27 Exeter Lemon Grove
28 Brighton Concorde 2
29 Wolverhampton Wulfrun
30 Manchester Ritz
31 London Camden KOKO

 Anti-Flag Unleash New Video For 'Brandenburg Gate'.

Anti-FlagTuesday 19th May 2015
Punk rock icons Anti-Flag are less than a week away from releasing American Spring, their Spinefarm Records debut, out May 25.

Today, the band premieres the video for "Brandenburg Gate" via VEVO.

Watch it here: http://vevo.ly/ot9yYy

The song features a guest vocal from a fellow punk legend—Tim Armstrong of Rancid, who also appears in the video. Performance footage is spliced alongside a plot-line where two youngsters get together, hatch a plan, and... well, you have to watch to see what happens next.

"A culture indoctrinated with violence will see and fear violence even when there is none. Activism is not a competition. Art doesn't have to be safe. Revolution doesn't have to be bloody. Change comes from people, not politicians," say the band about the video.

The band is also on the road for a tour that will run through the release of the new album.

The American Spring is now.

Order the album at www.americanspring.net
UK shows:-
02.08.2015 London @ The Old Blue Last (am and pm shows)
06.08.2015 Blackpool @ Rebellion Festival
08.08.2015 London @ Brooklyn Bowl - PUNKS AND PINS
09.08.2015 Bristol @ The Marble Factory

 Skarlett Riot Unleash New Single.

Skarlett RiotTuesday 19th May 2015
Skarlett Riot are excited to announce the release of their brand new single – the anthemic ‘Divide Us’.

Taken from their critically acclaimed ‘We Are the Brave’ release, ‘Divide Us’ is a call to arms, a fist in the air salute to the underdog.

Featuring all the trademark elements of Skarlett Riot’s sound; from the crunching guitar riff to Skarlett’s soaring vocals, ‘Divide Us’ further cements Skarlett Riot’s burgeoning reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting young bands.

Hotly tipped UK quartet Skarlett Riot will be appearing at this year’s Camden Rocks festival on May 30th.

Joining the likes of Bullet For My Valentine, Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Heaven’s Basement, Black Spiders and a whole host of others, Skarlett Riot will be promoting their brand new single, ‘Divide Us’ as well as their acclaimed ‘We Are The Brave’ CD.

Check out the awesome new video for 'Divide Us' here;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvJu6TT_cpc

 Kobra And The Lotus Announce Headline UK Tour.

Kobra And The LotusTuesday 19th May 2015
Kobra And The Lotus, the explosive hard rockers fronted by classically-trained vocal powerhouse Kobra Paige, will be returning to UK shores for a headline UK run in June /July.

The Canadian outfit have been making a name for themselves with well-received albums, including 2014’s ‘High Priestess’ (out now via Spinefarm Records), plus a worldwide touring plan that has seen the five appearing at the Download and Bloodstock festivals in the UK, as well as supporting some of metal’s most legendary names, the likes of Judas Priest, Def Leppard and KISS.

Produced by the Grammy-nominated Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed, etc.), ‘High Priestess’ is packed with heavy riff-laden melodies and ferocious musicianship, topped off by the fiery vocals of a front-woman who is also a featured vocalist at the ‘Metal All Stars’ events.

The full list of headline UK shows for June / July is as follows:-

June 17 – Plymouth, Junction
June 23 – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
June 24 – Stoke, The Sugarmill
June 25 – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
June 26 – Nottingham, Red Room
June 28 – Glasgow, King Tut’s
June 29 – Newcastle, Think Tank
June 30 – Sheffield, Rocking Chair
July 1 – Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms
July 2 – London, Boston Music Room
July 3 – Southampton, Firehouse

 Tim Vantol For Isle Of Wight And 2000 Trees Festivals.

Tim VantolTuesday 19th May 2015
Tim Vantol, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands is continuing his UK takeover with appearances at Isle Of Wight Festival and 2000 Trees Festival this summer - Fresh off the back of UK tours with Chuck Ragan, Dustin Kensrue & Hit The Deck Festivals
Catch Tim Vantol In The UK:
Fri Jun 12 - Isle of Wight Festival
Sat Jul 11 - 2000 Trees Festival , Cheltenham

Pick up Tim Vantol - "If We Go Down, We Will Go Together" for only £4.99 - As part of Amazon's "Great Albums For Under £5" offer, here: http://amzn.to/1cOETf4

 

 Helloween Unleash New Video.

HelloweenTuesday 19th May 2015
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15th studio album My God-Given Right, due on June 1st, the Pumpkin Heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Today HELLOWEEN have premiered a killer new music video for 'My God-Given Right', which features some stunning post-apocalyptic visuals - watch here: https://youtu.be/M7D7ynntNbg

Director Oliver Sommer (AVA Studios) comments: ?The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the play-button…So the female protagonist flees - reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated - from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realises that she won't escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty… it is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip. Our post-apocalyptic world is a white desert, which exists in reality in Germany. The industrial disaster area, our hero is fleeing in and the band is performing in, is an incredible and giant area of the ex-steelworks (heavy metal!) Maxhütte - both locations are real wastelands…!?
My God-Given Right track list:
01. Heroes
02. Battle’s Won
03. My God-Given Right
04. Stay Crazy
05. Lost In America
06. Russian Roulé
07. The Swing Of A Fallen World
08. Like Everybody Else
09. Creatures In Heaven
10. If God Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. Living On The Edge
12. Claws
13. You, Still Of War

The Limited Edition Digipack (with special 3D cover) and vinyl versions will feature two bonus tracks:
14. I Wish I Were There
15. Wicked Game

The digital version contains three bonus tracks:
14. I Wish I Were There
15. Wicked Game
16. Free World

The Limited Edition Earbook will feature an extra CD with four bonus tracks:
01. I Wish I Were There
02. Wicked Game
03. Nightmare
04. More Than A Lifetime

 Taking Back Sunday Unleash New Video Ahead Of Slam Dunk Festival.

Taking Back SundayTuesday 19h May 2015
Influential rock band Taking Back Sunday has debuted a fiery new video for their fan favorite track “Better Homes And Gardens” today at http://smarturl.it/BetterH. The track is featured on the band’s latest album, Happiness Is, which is on sale this week at iTunes for £3.49 and available from Hopeless Records. The song can also be found on the recent reissue, Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings, that includes additional tracks from the studio session.

Watch the new video for “Better Homes And Gardens” now at http://smarturl.it/BetterH

Known for their striking and imaginative videos, Taking Back Sunday’s latest is no disappointment. Directed by DJay Brawner (Panic! At The Disco, Refused) of Anthem Films, Inc and shot in Greensboro, NC, “Better Homes And Gardens” is staged around a burning house set to the band’s memorable song. For the ambitious shoot they enlisted the help of Greensboro Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Dwayne Church and a crew of recruits to help control the blaze.

“Eddie (Reyes) had this wonderful idea of watching a home burn to the soundtrack of “Better Homes And Gardens,” says vocalist Adam Lazzara. “With the help of the Greensboro fire department we were able to make that happen. As I was sitting there watching the house burn, and they were running playback of the song, there couldn’t have been anything more fitting. It was very emotional.”

“It was an awesome experience working with Adam again on this shoot,” adds Brawner. “We got to collaborate a lot on this one, figuring out how we would achieve this, where we would achieve it, and what kind of performance we wanted from him. This song was an emotional one for him, but we kept it real which was a lot of fun. It was the most intense 3hrs of filming I’ve ever been a part of. ”

Taking Back Sunday is headed to the UK for a string of dates this week - including a signing session at Banquet Records on May 21st at 7pm - followed by one-off shows in the U.S. this summer, including a performance at Alternative Press’ 2015 APMAs. Follow the band at https://twitter.com/TBSOfficial for additional updates.

Taking Back Sunday Tour Dates:
May 21 - Kingston, UK - New Slang (Hippodrome)
(Album signing at Banquet Records at 7pm!)
May 22 - London, UK - Rhythm Factory (Sold Out)
May 23 - Leeds, UK - Slam Dunk Festival North
May 24 - Hatfield, UK - Slam Dunk Festival South (Sold Out)
May 25 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slam Dunk Festival Midlands
June 23 - Honolulu, HI - The Republik
June 22 - Cleveland, OH - APMA’s
July 25 - Kansas City, MO - Buzz Beach Ball
Aug 7 - St. Louis, MO - Friday Night Live!
Sep 6 - Columbus, OH - Fashion Meets Music Festival

 Nile Announce September UK Tour.

NileTuesday 19th May 2015
The reigning Kings of technical, brutal and historically themed death metal Nile are very pleased to announce a string of UK dates this September as part of their ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’ European tour. Special Guests on the tour will be Nuclear Blast label mates Suffocation.

Nile were formed in 1993 on a shared on interest of Egyptian history, culture and lore alongside the ferocity of modern death metal.

Using a symphonic approach to song writing and arrangement, Nile unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical bias was inspired by Sander’s interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies.

Nile’s withering live performances are nothing short of legendary.

The band have created numerous legendary technical death metal classics such as their 1996-debut ‘Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka’, the hugely successful follow-up ‘Black Seeds Of Vengeance’ (‘album of the year’ 2000 in Terrorizer magazine) and the 2002-release ‘In Their Darkened Shrines’.

With critically acclaimed albums, EPs and several world tours under their belt, Nile have raised the bar for extreme metal bands musically, lyrically and conceptually.

Their most recent release ‘At The Gate Of Sethu’ was released in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim.

Nile’s new studio album will be released this Summer via Nuclear Blast.

Special Guests on the road with Nile are their Nuclear Blast label mates, the un-stoppable Suffocation.

In death metal history Suffocation stands unique for fusing the technical with the percussive, brutal ‘older’ styles of death metal. They are well known for being emulated more than any other band. Having formed in 1989, Suffocation soon released their 3-song debut Re-incremation. Within weeks of its existence came flowing the interest of many labels who wanted to claim their stake to the first Suffocation full length album. Most American death metal painted itself into a corner years ago, but not Suffocation, who through musicality, inventiveness, and sheer conviction, continue to invent ways to push the envelope and inject personality into extreme metal.

You can see Nile and Suffocation play at the following shows:

6th Sept – Plymouth, The Hub
7th Sept – Manchester, Sound Control
8th Sept – London, The Dome
9th Sept – Bristol, The Marble Factory

 Symphony X To Release Ninth Studio Album 'Underworld'.

Sympphony XMonday 18th May 2015
New Jersey’s progressive metal masters Symphony X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called ‘Underworld’ on July 24th globally via Nuclear Blast Records.

Symphony X have triumphed, creating a panoramic ‘album rock’ experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans.

'This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be.'

Says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band and proprietor of The Dungeon - the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted. The studio is newly equipped with the latest technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

'Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands’ previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,'
states Michael.

'Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make Underworld worth listening to as a whole record. It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.'

Although Underworld is not a concept album, Michael stated;
'like the last couple of records, there’s a theme that carries through, without it being storytelling. We try to find something to key in on and get the juices flowing, and here the goal was to find something a little dark but with emotional content. I started looking at Dante, and Orpheus in the underworld, where he’s going to go to Hades or hell to save this girl. So there’s the theme of going to hell and back for something or someone you care about.” Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Underworld draws on the themes from Divine Comedy most notably the part on Inferno. As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy.M

‘There’s cool shit like this all over the record’ Romeo reports.

For Underworld’s cover art, Symphony X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012), who similarly tapped into the 'secret knowledge' vibe Michael and band embedded in the record.

“Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record,” explains Romeo. “But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That’s just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning.”

The track List for Underworld is as follows:
01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend

 Bullet For My Valentine Back With Massive UK Tour And Fifth Studio Album.

Bullet For My ValentineMonday 18th May 2015
Bullet For My Valentine are proud to announce their eagerly awaited fifth studio album VENOM, released 14th August on RCA Records. The first taste from the blistering new album “No Way Out” premiered on BBC Radio 1 and is available for instant download with every pre-order of VENOM from http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com.

Produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) at Metropolis Studio in London, VENOM is an unrelenting, fierce step forward for Bullet For My Valentine. Their heaviest record to date, it sinks its teeth into listeners with a powerful delivery by vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck, ferocious riffs by guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget and rapid-fire rhythm courtesy of drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas. On VENOM the trio maintains their signature balance of heavy, coupled with surging melody, and pushes themselves to the next level.
Of the new record front man Matt Tuck says:

“It's pretty hard to sum up an entire record after spending so much time writing and recording it and all the blood, sweat and tears that have come with this one especially,” says Tuck.

“It wasn't easy revisiting some very dark places to come up with lyrical content for this one, but once I knew where it was heading and I was comfortable with letting certain things out - all hell broke loose. It's easily the most aggressive record we've ever done and lyrically it will no doubt touch a nerve with a lot of people that listen to it. I cannot express enough how proud I am of it, and can't wait for everyone out there to hear it too. We've reinvented who we are and are ready to take on the world once more.”

Bullet For My Valentine’s progression of sound is evident on VENOM, presenting a harder delivery and a more complex song structure, as witnessed on the band’s crushing new track, “No Way Out.”

“To write this track I had to put myself into a very dark place, a place I hadn't been to for a while mentally because of how my life is now, compared to what it was before the band exploded,” Tuck adds. “It is one of, if not the heaviest tracks we've ever recorded musically and lyrically. I've lived with it for a while now but still every time I hear it, it gives me chills. Hold on tight it's a hell of a ride.”

The band also announces the additional of fellow Welshman Jamie Mathias as their new bass player and backing vocalist. Hear the first performance of the new line up, as the freshly announced ‘secret headliners’ of the Camden Rocks Festival, at the Electric Ballroom, Saturday 30th May.

Bullet For My Valentine have established themselves as one of the biggest bands on the planet. Over the course of their astonishing career they have sold 10 million albums and toured the globe countless times, gaining more fans at every turn. In the UK their last tour saw them hit sell out arenas, including the 10,000 capacity Wembley Arena.

Following this, the band spend this summer on a headline tour of South America, as well as playing alongside Slipknot and Lamb of God, on what will be one of the biggest tours of the year. Bullet For My Valentine are one of the biggest metal bands on the planet, mixing classic riff-heavy rock with a contemporary grasp of dynamics

‘Venom’ Track listing :
1. V
2. No Way Out
3. Army of Noise
4. Worthless
5. You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)
6. Broken
7. Venom
8. Harder the Heart
9. Skin
10. Hell or High Water
11. Pariah

VENOM is available to order now from http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com in some incredible deluxe packages, featuring: white vinyl, cassette, deluxe CD, signed and limited edition merchandise. Plus, every purchase comes with an instant download of the new track “No Way Out”.

Bullet For My Valentine also today announce a huge UK headline tour for the Autumn in support of VENOM. In the UK they will be playing venues off the beaten track, to fans in every corner of the country.

Tickets go on sale Friday May 22nd at 9am. Fans pre-ordering the album from Ticketmaster before 12pm on 20th May receive a pin code that allows access to pre-sale tickets on Thursday May 21st, only from HERE

All autumn dates are as follows:

SEPTEMBER
28 Ulster Hall, Belfast IRE
29 Olympia, Dublin IRE

OCTOBER
01 Bournemouth, Academy UK
02 Reading, Hexagon UK
03 Guildford, G Live UK
05 Aylesbury, Waterside UK
06 Stoke, Victoria Hall UK
07 Lincoln, Engine Shed UK
09 York, Barbican UK
10 Aberdeen, Music Hall UK
11 Dunfermline, Alhambra UK
13 Middlesbrough, Empire UK
14 Carlisle, Sands UK
16 Leicester, Academy UK
17 Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion UK
18 Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall UK
20 Swansea, Brangwyn Hall UK
21 Southampton, Guildhall UK
22 Ipswich, Regent Corn Exchange UK

 The Maccabees Back with Fourth Studio Album 'Marks To Prove It'.

The MaccabeesMonday 18th May 2015
The Maccabees follow-up their acclaimed Mercury nominated album ‘Given To The Wild’, with their stunning new record ‘Marks To Prove It’ to be released July 31st on Fiction.

Written by The Maccabees - Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis and Sam Doyle - ‘Marks To Prove It’ features eleven magnificent tracks that veer from the anthemic ‘Spit It Out’, to the majestic next single ‘Something Like Happiness’, the mournful lilt of ‘Kamakura’ and the raw, explosive joy of the title track, first single ‘Marks To Prove It’.

Produced by Hugo White, The Maccabees and Laurie Latham, ‘Marks To Prove It’ is the work of a band in their prime. Drawing from their previous albums and experiences, the new songs are not just fuelled by a new found confidence, directness and power but also infused with emotion, highlighted by the addition of female vocals to bring the songs to new emotive heights.

Recorded at their own Elephant Studios, the album encapsulates the urban feel of their local neighbourhood. The artwork, a striking photograph of the Faraday Memorial on Elephant & Castle roundabout taken by David Busfield, provides the perfect visual extension of the album’s intended association with the area in which it was made.

“It became about the night time, the inner city stripped-back and about the band dynamic again,” says Felix White.

“One of the things we were clear about for the album, “ adds Orlando Weeks, “was not having too many voices, too many characteristics, so that you could get to know the sounds, the instruments. And then, at the end, that meant we could reintroduce those characters, not in a way that was aping what had gone before but as a familiar force.”

What has gone before are three albums that have seen The Maccabees grow into one of this country’s best and most original bands. This album will not only be adored by their growing legion of fans but will also attract a whole new audience. Quite simply, ‘Marks To Prove It’ betters their best and is nothing short of remarkable.

‘Marks To Prove It’ Tracklisting:

Marks To Prove It
Kamakura
Ribbon Road
Spit It Out
Silence
River Song
Slow Sun
Something Like Happiness
WW1 Portraits
Pioneering Systems
Dawn Chorus

 Shvpes Reveal New Track.

ShvpesMonday 18th May 2015
Mine,’ their first new music of 2015. Building on their reputation as one of the UKs most exciting young metal bands, SHVPES demonstrate their growing ability to take huge guitars, mix with Griffin Dickinson’s unique vocal ability and bring it all together to make powerful music that can’t help to move you. Recorded with Carl Bown (Machine Head, Trivium, While She Sleeps) ‘State of Mine’ is a statement of intent from a band on the cusp of something truly special. The track is available now as a free download from the bands website SHVPES.com.

‘STATE OF MINE’ OFFICIAL VIDEO COMING MAY 20th

Hailing from Birmingham, SHVPES are Griffin Dickinson on vocals, drummer Harry Jennings, guitarists Youssef Ashraf and Ryan Hamilton and completed by Ollie Pike on bass. SHVPES have spent the first part of 2015 supporting such bands as 36 Crazyfists and Fightstar and now prepare for their headline show in Leicester ahead of 3 performances across Slam Dunk Festival weekend.

TOUR DATES
MAY
22nd - Leciester Firebug (headline show)
23rd – Slam Dunk Leeds
24th – Slam Dunk Hatfield
25th – Slam Dunk Wolverhampton
JULY
11th – NASS Festival

 Bullet For My Valentine To Headline Camden Rocks.

Camden RocksMonday 18th May 2015
Camden Rocks have finally announced their extra special headliner for their 2015 festival, Welsh metal heroes Bullet For My Valentine. Returning to London for the first time in two years, this will be the only opportunity to see Bullet For My Valentine play London in 2015, as the band prepare the release of a brand new album.

Having last played London in 2013 headlining Wembley Arena, Bullet For My Valentine will close Camden’s Electric Ballroom on May 30th, in Camden Rocks’ biggest year yet. The festival, which takes over many venues, pubs and bars across North London’s Camden Town, has already confirmed some massive names in rock, metal, punk and indie, including Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Modestep, Little Comets, New Model Army, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Ginger Wildheart, Black Spiders, Heavens Basement and many many more... There are still more big names to be announced!

Tickets cost just £30 (+ booking fee) and are available now from www.camdenrocksfestival.com.

The full line-up so far includes: Bullet For My Valentine, Skindred, New Model Army, Funeral For A Friend, Little Comets, Modestep, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Ginger Wildheart, The Twang, Black Spiders, The Dictators NYC, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Jaws, Heavens Basement, Turbowolf, Michael Monroe, Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Anti Nowhere League, Richie Ramone, Fearless Vampire Killers, Menswe@r, Lawnmower Deth, Feed The Rhino, Glamour Of The Kill, Gun, The Graveltones, Sonic Boom Six, Eureka Machines, Jettblack, Black Moth, Hawk Eyes, Max Raptor, Martyr Defiled, Dolomite Minor, Polar, Little Matador, Brawlers, God Damn, Baby Chaos, Astroid Boys, Vanilla Pod, The Dirty Youth, As Lions, Fathoms, Rob Lynch, Demob Happy, Cypher16, Freeze The Atlantic, Damn Dice, Attention Thieves, The One Hundred, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Amaryllis, Samoans, The Carnabys, Kagoule, Creeper, Asylums, LTNT, Trampolene, Billy Bibby (Ex-Catfish & the Bottlemen), Longy, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Beasts, Hyena, Kyshera, Hunter & The Bear, The Scaramanga Six, Protafield, Dead!, Buffalo Summer, Buck & Evans, Boy Jumps Ship, Goldray, Despite My Deepest Fear, Josh Flowers & The Wild, Outside The Coma, Lock & Key, Tropical Contact, Monument, Skarlett Riot, Axis Of, High Hopes, Death Remains, EMP!RE , Oxygen Thief, Ducking Punches, Sons Of Icarus, iC1s, Under The Influence, Dead Sea Skulls, The Turning, The Wild Lies, EofE, Ashestoangels, Those Damn Crows, Masakichi, Voodoo Vegas, Rival State, Tim Muddiman & The Strange, The Amorettes, The Bastard Sons, In Search Of Sun, Stoneghost, Love Zombies, Slydigs, Sky Valley Mistress , EnterTheLexicon, New Device, State of Play, Reverted, Wax On Water, Paul Miro, Valens, Press to MECO, The Hyena Kill, Monarks, Strangefruit, Maleficent, Dead Shed Jokers, Broken Witt Rebels, dirt, Venrez, Stellify, Healthy Junkies, White Room, Exit Black, Death Koolaid, The Dirty Truth, The Parades, Lock, Faers, Ashes, Victory Heights, Horsefight, Pink Cigar, Dumbjaw, City Of Thieves, The Parade, Waco, Role Models, Lips, The Franklys, The Fallen State, The Fourfits, Lost Gravity, One Last Secret , Suzerain, My Little Empire, Japanese Fighting Fish, The Totems, A Week Away, Heel, Levyathan, Fireyed, Bad Sign, Fallen To Flux, Duchess, Chinese Missy, Dirty Thrills, Hands Off Gretel, Walkway ,Swoons ,Fella, King Kartelm, Dark Science, Todd Dorigo, The Assist, Vodun, Mercutio, Star Scream, Dee Harlow, More Than Most, Danny Wright, Mark Mathews & The One Ts, Venture, Matty James, Sam Ryder, Matt Henshaw, Kerri Watt, Andy Smith.

Venues confirmed for Camden Rocks 2015 include: Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Proud Camden, Barfly, Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, The Barfly (Downstairs), Purple Turtle, Belushi’s, Black Heart, Hawley Arms, Monarch, The Cuban, The Good Mixer, The Enterprise, Camden head, BrewDog, The Stillery, Dingwalls Canalside Bar.

 The Amity Affliction To Release 'Seems Like Forever' Special Edition.

The Amity AfflictionMonday 18th May 2015
Australian metalcore masters The Amity Affliction have announced a deluxe edition of their acclaimed new album, “LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME”, via Roadunner Records. The special edition release will be available physically in the UK exclusively via the Roadrunner Records UK store at http://smarturl.it/SLF , together with an exclusive ‘Seems Like Forever’ t-shirt, poster, and very limited, signed, numbered photo. It will also be available digitally via retailers such as iTunes. Fans can pre-order this week with a release date set worldwide for July 10th.

“LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME: DELUXE EDITION” appends The Amity Affliction’s critically acclaimed 2014 album with “Seems Like Forever”, a stunning new documentary chronicling the band’s extraordinary story so far, right through to last year’s epic “Let The Ocean Take Me World Tour.” The new package will also include two previously unreleased bonus tracks, “Skeletons” and “Forever.” A special trailer can be seen at ' Seems Like Forever ' Trailer 2.

Known worldwide for their incendiary live performances, The Amity Affliction are fresh off a series of explosive UK dates as special guests to Of Mice & Men. The band will spend their summer traveling North America with the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, kicking off June 19th in California and then continuing through early August.

Meanwhile, The Amity Affliction have been nominated in the “Breakthrough” category for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2015, with voting ongoing at goldengods.metalhammer.co.uk/vote/breakthrough. Results will be announced June 15th at the Golden Gods Awards event in London. In addition, the band are also nominated for “Best International Band” at the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, taking place in July. Fans can vote at www.altpress.com/apmas.

Urgent, aggressive, and remarkably cathartic, “LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME” is The Amity Affliction at their most vital best. Recorded by producer Will Putney (Winds Of Plague, Upon A Burning Body), the album – which includes the singles, “Pittsburgh” and “Don’t Lean On Me” – 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 the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, songs like “Don’t Lean On Me” and “FML” are fueled by emotion and anxiety but transcend through honesty and raw power.

The Amity Affliction’s second consecutive gold-certified #1 album in their native Australia, “LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME” received wide-ranging praise upon its release last year. Kerrang! declared, “The Amity Affliction’s most accomplished release yet,” while Rock Sound highlighted the album’s “crushing slabs of aggression offset by sing-from-the-rooftop choruses.” Big Cheese awarded it a near perfect 9/10 score, describing the record as “nothing short of remarkable,” with Metal Hammer stating, “the songs are about as catchy as they come.”

 Skindred Get Busy.

SkindredFriday 15th May 2015
Skindred winner of previous Golden God award as Best British Live act and previously nominated at both the Bass Music Awards and Kerrang awards as best UK Live act have taken on Steve Strange at X Ray Touring who also books Eminem , The Smashing Pumpkins and Coldplay as their new booking agent.

Skindreds manager Seven Webster at 7pm Management said "I have had the pleasure in working with Steve on a number of projects and he is in my opinion one of the best agents in the World at the moment and he is in my mind in no uncertain terms the best Agent to take the band to the next level globally.

Meanwhile Skindred frontman Benji Webbe has also just been announced to host this years annual Kerrang Awards on June 11th 2015.

The band have just finished recording their brand new studio album due out Globally on October 30th on Napalm Records Worldwide . The band are also one of the key acts at this months Camden Rock Festival as well as playing sets at Rock im Ring, Rock am Park , Wacken festivals and other key European festivals this summer.

Skindred drummer Arya Goggin will also be a guest panelist at this year’s Rockcomm Rock Music Conference in Shoreditch alongside singers Danny Bowes from Thunder and Arthur Brown London across June 8th & 9th June. www.rockcomm.co.uk

 Lamb Of God Sign To Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Lamb Of GodFriday 15th May 2015
Nuclear Blast Entertainment are delighted to announce the signing of world-renowned metal band Lamb of God (ex-North America), and confirm the release of their seventh full-length album in July 2015.

Markus Staiger, Nuclear Blast owner and founder, enthuses, “What an honour to work with Lamb Of God. I’ve always been a big fan of their music and we now get to work with them on their new crushing album!”

Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler continues, "Finally joining forces with Nuclear Blast outside of North America is something Lamb of God is excited to see happen. We first met back in 1997 - almost signed then, but have been flirting ever since! It's now time for a new chapter for us in connecting with our friends and fans overseas, which is long overdue! See you all very soon - with a nasty new album!"

After a much publicized, tumultuous couple of years, the Grammy-nominated Richmond, VA band are stronger than ever and raring to go with their seventh album, fittingly titled, 'VII: Sturm und Drang'. The record is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded in California at NRG Recording Studios and Suburban Soul Studios. Instagram users should check out the series of black & white studio photos being shared on the band's page at: www.instagram.com/lambofgod. The album’s cover art (attached) is by K3n Adams (www.k3n.com). To pre-order the album, click through to: http://nblast.de/LambOfGod.

The band recently launched www.lambofgodvii.com, and so far have gradually unveiled video interviews with fans around the world, including India, Israel, USA, and Venezuela. The fifth reveal, which has been counting down to today, premieres a stream of brand new track, ‘Still Echoes’. The song will be available via all digital retailers and streaming services starting Monday, May 18th.

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe states, “The time has come to give the fans their first taste of the new Lamb of God album. This is a very, very dark, yet sonically highly varied, record. As it's always good to come out of the gate hard with a fast and aggressive one; we chose this track ‘Still Echoes’ to kick it off. Enjoy/destroy.”

Lamb of God perform at the UK's Download Festival on June 14th and will spend the summer touring the US with Slipknot. A photography exhibition of some of frontman Randy Blythe's images is at the Sacred Gallery in New York City until June 30th. In addition, you can pick up Blythe's first, autobiographical book 'Dark Days: A Memoir' from July 14th, published by Random House. Lamb of God's seventh album 'VII: Sturm und Drang' will be available worldwide in July.

 Circa Survive To Embark On UK Tour.

Circa SurviveFriday 15th May 2015
Hailed as a remarkably visceral live act since their foundation, Doylestown, PA’s Circa Survive will return the UK with a co-headline tour with RX Bandits this May. ‘From Indian Lakes’ will support on all dates.

“It’s been far too long since we have visited our friends in the UK and Europe. That is finally about to change and I couldn’t be happier about it. This May, we head over there with our long time bothers in RX Bandits. Can’t wait to get sweaty over there with you all!” says vocalist Anthony Green.

Circa Survive recently released their stunning new album ‘Descensus’ via Sumerian Records.

Circa Survive / RX Bandits UK tour
18th May Brighton, The Haunt
19th May Leeds, Key Club
20th May Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
21st May Glasgow O2 ABC 2
22nd May Nottingham Rock City Basement
23rd May Birmingham O2 Academy 2
25th May Manchester Sound Control
26th May Bristol Marble Factory
27th May Southampton Engine Rooms
28th May London Electric Ballroom

 Sepultura Announce UK Shows.

SepulturaFriday 15th May 2015
Brazilian metal icons Sepultura are very pleased to announce two shows this August in the UK and Ireland.

Sepultura’s UK and Ireland dates will be following a Main Stage performance at legendary Derbyshire metal festival Bloodstock where they will be playing alongside Rob Zombie, Black Label Society and Cannibal Corpse at the renowned Catton Park ground.

It was the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil that launched the ascent of their native sons Sepultura (Portuguese for “grave”) in 1983 with a trajectory unsuspectingly aimed at the worldwide metal music scene. They were a band with humble beginnings, whose musical identity was forged in the context of living through Brazil’s authoritarian military dictatorship. Sepultura would go on to become Brazilian ambassadors to the metal world, revered master architects of the death/thrash genre, and the most successful heavy metal band from the Federal Republic of Brazil.

Sepultura are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, and they’re unstoppable!

They have released thirteen studio albums to date, the latest being ‘The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart’ in 2013.
The album was inspired by Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 movie ‘Metropolis.’ Sepultura leaned heavily on the strength of their thrash metal influences to make a statement against the dehumanizing effects of technology. The album was an angry dystopian documentary in sonic form – which also addressed the chaotic aftermath of natural disasters, the unfulfilled promises of religion, and the still-widening divide & unbridgeable gap between pampered citizens who live in decadent luxury and the working poor who withstand unbearable living & working conditions to simply survive.

You can see Sepultura at the following shows;
Aug 9th – Bloodstock Festival, Derbyshire
Aug 10th - Dublin, Academy
Aug 11th – Chester, Live Rooms

 The Darkness Unleash New Video.

The DarknessFriday 15th May 2015
The Blast of Our Kind tour will commence on November 30th in Norwich and culminate in a triumphant show at London's Roundhouse on December 20th. It is the first, and a golden, opportunity for enthusiasts to see The Darkness on their own stage in support of the new, fourth album’ Last of Our Kind’.

‘Last of Our Kind’ is an album of unparalleled beauty and power. It is to be released on June 1st, at which point children and adults alike will rejoice. The first single ‘Open Fire’ has already been unveiled and the video, directed by Simon Emmett, is currently lording over the internet, stamping it's scaly feet and pecking at cyber grubs like a magnificent peacock. http://smarturl.it/openfirevid The album also features ‘Barbarian’, which was released as a 'teaser track', with a brutally beguiling animated lyric video illustrated by Nick Roche. http://smarturl.it/barbarianvid .

On Friday 15th May another album track ‘Hammer & Tongs’ will also be sneaked out via the power of the internet. Vocalist Justin Hawkins describes the tracks as “Raw like sashimi, served with all the accoutrements you'd expect from The Darkness. Powerful, emotional lyrics sung from the heart (because it sounds better that way), a massive chorus, stripped naked and weeping, and some really brilliant guitar playing.”

Justin goes on to say “It's about prolonged, involved love-making in the sultry air of a hot summer night that yields to a hot summer morning. Rivulets of sweat. Unbridled passion. There's a fire in the city. It's out of control. They said it couldn't (perhaps shouldn't) be done. They were wrong, they hadn't counted on The Darkness.” Listen to the track here http://smarturl.it/hammerandtongs

Blast of Our Kind will be The Darkness' first UK tour since 2013. Those in attendance will be awestruck by the all-new material and downright delighted by the early works as The Darkness rip through their repertoire of ruddy great songs with new drummer Rufus Taylor.

The Darkness will spend the summer months honing their craft with a sold-out launch show at Dingwalls and choice slots at the various festivals listed below.

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain and Rufus Taylor are The Darkness.

You're welcome.

Summer Activities:
3 June LONDON, Dingwalls album launch
4 July WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival

Blast of Our Kind UK Tour:

30 November NORWICH, Open
1 December CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
2 December NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
4 December NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
5 December GLASGOW, O2 Academy
9 December LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th May priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets Live Nation presale from the 14th and O2 / Fanclub presale from the 13th

‘Last of Our Kind' will be released on limited edition colour vinyl, Compact Disc and downloadable computer files in partnership with Kobalt Label Services.

new single; ‘OPEN FIRE’ – 1st June 2015
new album: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ – 1st June 2015

‘Last of Our Kind’ Track Listing:
Barbarian * Open Fire * Last of Our Kind * Roaring Waters * Wheels of the Machine *Mighty Wings * Mudslide * Sarah O’Sarah * Hammer & Tongs * Conquerors

 Awaken The Empire Announce Debut Album.

Awaken The EmpireFriday 15th May 2015
The Seattle, WA based AWAKEN THE EMPIRE manages to fuse atmospheric alt-rock with raw, heavy emotion. Encompassed by a sound that plays out more like a cinematic movie score, and the group’s constant use of encrypted codes and hidden messages, AWAKEN THE EMPIRE is definitely not your typical rock band.

AWAKEN THE EMPIRE’s much-anticipated debut offering 'Aurora' is set for a July 24th release through Another Century and you can view their striking new music video for the track, 'Insomniacs Unite', now at the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uTUFWlG28o

Damien Lawson (vocals) states: “AWAKEN THE EMPIRE is more than just a band. We are a movement. We are here to inspire people to fight for their dreams, and fight to have their voices heard. Our new record, Aurora, is the product of that fight. We have been through an unbelievable amount of ups and downs in the years making this album, and we’ve had everything taken away from us, both physically, and emotionally. Through it all, the one constant for us, the light at the end of the tunnel, was this record coming out. The chance to have our message heard. We are here to make a statement, and Aurora is that statement. Aurora is that message."

 Eliza And The Bear To Head Out On Headline UKTour.

Eliza And The BearFriday 15th May 2015
Having just finished touring with Twin Atlantic, including a 10,000 capacity sold out show at Glasgow's SSE Hydro, London five piece Eliza and the Bear have announced their biggest headline UK tour to date, including a show at London’s KOKO on October 7th. Tickets for the tour go on general sale on Friday May 15th, with fan pre sale tickets available on Wednesday May 13th.

Through support shows with the likes of Imagine Dragons and Paramore and their own headline tour, Eliza and the Bear have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with as a live band. As London In Stereo stated when reviewing their sold out O2 Academy Islington show last year - 'big things are coming for the band'.

Eliza and the Bear have also just unveiled the explosive video for new single 'Make It On My Own', out June 7th through Capitol Records. Recorded during recent album sessions at the renowned Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men, James Bay), ‘Make It On My Own’ is a huge leap forward for Eliza and the Bear.

Marking a clear evolution to a sound rich in defiant sing-a-long choruses, rousing trumpets and thumping arena sized drums, it’s a bold, confident statement by a band who have clearly found their space in the world.

Eliza and the Bear play the following live shows: -

Manchester Club Academy Thu 01 October
Glasgow Stereo Fri 02 October
Newcastle Think Tank Sat 03 October
Leeds Brudenell Social Club Mon 05 October
Bristol Fleece Thu 06 October
London Koko Wed 07 October
Birmingham O2 Academy 2 Fri 09 October
Brighton The Haunt Sat 10 October

 Randy Blythe To Release 'Dark Days: A Memoir' Book.

Lamb Of GodWednesday 13th May 2015
LAMB OF GOD had just landed in Prague for a concert in 2012 when D. Randall “Randy” Blythe, the band’s vocalist, was immediately arrested on manslaughter charges for the death of a fan two years prior. In Dark Days: A Memoir (published by Random House; July 14, 2015 - cover art attached), Blythe tells the story of his incarceration—and his crazy life leading up to it.

Several packages are available for pre-order by fans worldwide now at Randyblythe.net, including book & t-shirt bundles, book & hoodie bundles, bundles w/ signed lithographs of Blythe's photography prints, and more.

Lamb of God will perform at the Download Festival on June 14th. The band tour across the USA from late July into September as special guests to Slipknot, plus tour buddies Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless in White. Stay tuned for more Lamb of God news soon.

 Failure Announce One Off UK Show.

FailureWedensday 13 th May 2015
Inimitable alternative rock band Failure have announced a special appearance at the Relentless Garage, London on Monday May 18th 2015. This event will mark the band’s first performance on UK soil in 20 years. Tickets available from http://www.kililive.com/

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available, which will include soundcheck access, a meet and greet with the band, a photo with the band, a special Failure UK VIP laminate and priority access to the merch stall and venue.

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ken Andrews had this to say about their return to the UK: “So much of the England’s musical history is in the DNA of Failure’s sound. After 17 years away, we’ve spent the last year finding our feet again as a live band as well as writing and recording our new album, The Heart is a Monster. We’re in the best form of our career and we’re now ready to bring Failure back to the UK for what is the first of many shows to come."

Failure are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album Fantastic Planet. The album, entitled The Heart Is A Monster, is scheduled for release later in 2015. The band launched a Pledge campaign for the forthcoming studio release and have blown away expectations with a huge uptake from Failure fans across the world. The band also recently announced the vinyl reissue of Fantastic Planet, available exclusively via PledgeMusic. More information is available here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/failure

Failure returned from a 17-year hiatus in early 2014 with a single Los Angeles date planned. The show sold out in seconds, which led to a North American tour, including a run of dates with Tool, and eventually back to the studio. In a recent interview with Noisey, Andrews admits by the time the band announced their first live outing, he, Greg Edwards and drummer Kellii Scott were already working on new music, saying “One thing that Greg and I agreed on very early on, is that we did not want to reform for just one or two nostalgia tours. We wanted to come back as a full functioning musical force and creatively pick up where we left off with Fantastic Planet. That meant we needed to start experimenting in the studio first, which we did in late 2013. After a few months, we came to the conclusion that we were really enjoying the process, the results were definitely Failure, and we were quite proud the new material. Basically, we’ve been chipping away at a new album this whole time.”

Failure formed in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s, releasing Comfort, their debut album, in 1992 via Slash Records. Magnified followed in the spring of 1994 with the band’s final offering, Fantastic Planet, released in 1996. Fantastic Planet earned a perfect 5-star score from Alternative Press with the magazine saying the album was able “to breathe life into the corpse of contemporary, guitar-driven rock,” adding that the band was “willing to stretch the definition of both their instruments and their songs.” The 17-track album is considered one of the era’s most influential and enduring rock records. Over the years, Failure has become known as a “band’s band” whose songs have been covered by such diverse artists as A Perfect Circle (“The Nurse Who Loved Me”) and Paramore (“Stuck On You). Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan said “Failure has been a huge inspiration to me. They say amateurs borrow and professionals steal. Well over the years this pro has robbed those poor saps blind.”

 Billy Idol Unleashes Video For 'Save Me Now'.

Billy IdolWednesday 13th May 2015
BILLY IDOL premieres a dramatic and mysterious video for his current single here http://smarturl.it/savemenowYT The new video is set to “Save Me Now,” an electro-rocking highlight co-written by Idol, Twin Shadow, and Greg Kurstin, from IDOL’s acclaimed current album KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND.

Known for his striking and compelling videos, the multi-platinum British rock icon headed to the California desert with his longtime guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens to film the video that was directed and conceived by Thomas Kirk (who has worked with Muse on multiple videos).

The clip follows a priest and a police officer on a wild ride set against the stark, desolate California landscape, accompanied by a leading lady entwined in the drama. In describing the video, Kirk said: “I went for a concept which very much took the lyrics of ‘Save Me Now’ and turned them into a surreal story that I felt was as true to the very visual lyrics as possible. I loved the image of a bruised cop and a priest trapped inside a car.”

Meanwhile, IDOL continues on his “Kings & Queens Of The Underground Live” 2014-2015 world tour with North American dates until June 4, followed by another run of shows in Europe this summer. IDOL will return to the U.S. from August-October for a mix of solo shows and festival appearances.

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND--IDOL’s first studio album in almost a decade--was released in October 2014 on BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. The album was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as producer to two songs, including “Can’t Break Me Down.” Upon the album’s release, USA Today named “Can’t Break Me Down” their song of the week, declaring “with its punkish drive, sneering vocals and roaring Steve Stevens guitar, Can't Break Me Down could have made a great follow-up to latter-day Idol hits.

BILLY IDOL’s 2015 EUROPEAN tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
THU 6/11 Isle of Wight, UK Isle of Wight Festival
SAT 6/13 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow
SUN 6/14 Donington Park, UK Download Festival
WED 6/17 Cork, IE Live at The Marquee
FRI 6/19 Clisson, FR HellFest
SAT 6/20 Zürcher, Oberland, CH Rock The Ring
MON 6/22 Paris, FR Zenith
WED 6/24 Hamburg, DE Stadtpark
THU 6/25 Odense, DK The Funen Village
SAT 6/27 Varberg, SE Fästningshörnan
SUN 6/28 Stockholm, SE Gröna Lund Great Stage
WED 7/1 Cologne, DE Tanzbrunnen
FRI 7/3 Saarbrucken, DE Saarlandhalle
TUE 7/7 Leipzig, DE Arena Leipzig
WED 7/8 Vienna, AT Open Air Vienna
FRI 7/10 Lucca, IT Lucca Summer Festival
SAT 7/11 Brescia, IT Brescia Summer Festival
MON 7/13 Zagreb, HR Zagreb Calling
THU 7/16 Emmendingen, DE Scholassplatz Open Air
SAT 7/18 Vechta, DE Stoppelmarkt
SUN 7/19 Husum, DE Congress Centrum
TUES 7/21 Rostock, DE Stadthalle
SAT 7/25 Munich, DE Münchner Sommernachtstraum

 The Darkness Announce 'Blast Our Kind' UK Tour.

The DarknessTuesday 12th May 2015
The Darkness are pleased to announce the Blast of Our Kind tour.

The Blast of Our Kind tour will commence on November 30th in Norwich and culminate in a triumphant show at London's Roundhouse on December 20th. It is the first, and a golden, opportunity for enthusiasts to see The Darkness on their own stage in support of the new, fourth album 'Last of Our Kind’.

‘Last of Our Kind’ is an album of unparalleled beauty and power. It is to be released on June 1st, at which point children and adults alike will rejoice. The first single ‘Open Fire’ has already been unveiled and the video, directed by Simon Emmett, is currently lording over the internet, stamping it's scaly feet and pecking at cyber grubs like a magnificent peacock. http://smarturl.it/openfirevid The album also features ‘Barbarian’, which was released as a 'teaser track', with a brutally beguiling animated lyric video illustrated by Nick Roche. http://smarturl.it/barbarianvid

Blast of Our Kind will be The Darkness' first UK tour since 2013. Those in attendance will be awestruck by the all-new material and downright delighted by the early works as The Darkness rip through their repertoire of ruddy great songs with new drummer Rufus Taylor.

The Darkness will spend the summer months honing their craft with a sold-out launch show at Dingwalls and choice slots at the various festivals listed below.

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain and Rufus Taylor are The Darkness.

Summer Activities:
3 June LONDON, Dingwalls album launch
4 July WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival

Blast of Our Kind UK Tour:
30 November NORWICH, Open
1 December CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
2 December NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
4 December NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
5 December GLASGOW, O2 Academy
9 December LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th May priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets
Live Nation presale from the 14th and O2 / Fanclub presale from the 13th

‘Last of Our Kind' will be released on limited edition colour vinyl, Compact Disc and downloadable computer files in partnership with Kobalt Label Services.

new single; ‘OPEN FIRE’ – 1st June 2015
new album: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ – 1st June 2015

‘Last of Our Kind’ Track Listing:
Barbarian * Open Fire * Last of Our Kind * Roaring Waters * Wheels of the Machine *Mighty Wings * Mudslide * Sarah O’Sarah * Hammer & Tongs * Conquerors

 V Festival Adds More Acts For 2015 Festival.

V FestivalTuesday 12th May 2015
V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, is proud to announce the addition of hit-maker Mark Ronson, performing a DJ set, Example supported by DJ Wire, Maverick Sabre, Scouting for Girls, Aston Merrygold, Bleachers and Billboard chart-topper Tove Lo to the 2015 bill.

Returning to V Festival following his 2014 appearance, Example said: “I can’t wait to return to V Festival, the crowds never disappoint. A lot of people will be used to my shows with the live band behind me, but this time I’ll be bringing DJ Wire as I want to put on a unique rave with a twist. I've been lucky enough to perform at festivals all over the world but there's always something special about V Festival - it feels like my home turf."

Maverick Sabre said: "It’s been a busy year and what better way to celebrate than playing at one of the best festivals in the UK. I’ll be dropping some new tunes so really looking forward to getting out there and sharing them with my fans.”

Aston Merrygold said: "I'm so excited to be performing at V Festival for the first time, it's going to be great fun! It has definitely been tough trying to contain myself, sitting on my hands waiting to get out there with new material, so I can't wait to finally share my music with everyone...bring it on!!!"

The newly announced acts will be joining a 20th anniversary line-up that includes Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith, Stereophonics, George Ezra and Ellie Goulding. What’s more, the hottest names in music will be performing alongside an eclectic mix of comedy headliners including Russell Kane, Frankie Boyle, Shappi Khorsandi and Nick Helm, who will all take centre stage in the Glee Club Comedy Tent across the weekend.

In the coming months V Festival will announce additions to both music and comedy line-ups.

 Set It Off Announce Acoustic EP.

Set It OffTuesday 12th May 2015
Rude Records Records' pop quintet Set It Off will release Duality: Stories Unplugged, a collection of stripped down, full band, string-infused tracks. The EP is comprised of new acoustic renditions of five songs from their recently released sophomore full-length Duality, and a brand new track - 'Wild Wild World (Acoustic)'. In addition to announcing the EP today, the band is also premiering a new music video for 'Bleak December (Acoustic)', which can be seen now here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCdqjeFT3P8 .

Preorders for the stunning new EP are also now available here
https://www.smarturl.it\DualityUnplugged

"We are so unbelievably excited to present to you: Duality: Stories Unplugged! We have received requests for an acoustic EP for a long time now and we had so much fun putting this together for you. It was a huge goal on this EP to not just deliver the songs you already know with the only difference being that it's on acoustic guitars. We took time to re-imagine some of these tracks," reveals vocalist Cody Carson. "For example, in our acoustic arrangement of 'Bleak December', we took a more mellow approach and a more somber tone to deliver almost a whole new meaning to the song. We wanted to name this Stories Unplugged because that is exactly how we look at these songs. These are all tales of different avenues of life we've walked down, and you're along for the ride in a range of emotion and timbre. Thank you for your patience...I'm so glad we can finally provide you with this EP that we are so very proud of."

The band, currently on a headline run in the UK/Europe, with support from Decade and Brawlers will bring their larger than life performances all across the US and on the Journeys stage of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. This will be the band’s second time performing on the entirety of the massive annual touring festival.

All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Duality is out now and available digitally through iTunes, AmazonMP3, and Google Play, and at physical retailers.

The band has released two official music videos alongside the album release, for 'Why Worry' and 'Ancient History'.

TRACKLISTING:
'DUALITY: STORIES UNPLUGGED' EP
1. Ancient History (Acoustic)
2. Tomorrow (Acoustic)
3. Bleak December (Acoustic)
4. Why Worry (Acoustic)
5. The Haunting (Acoustic)
6. Wild Wild World (Acoustic)

TOUR DATES:
Set It Off w/Decade and Brawlers
May 12 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
May 14 Cologne, DE @ Underground
May 15 Wiesbaden, DE @Schlachthof
May 16 Hamburg, DE @Rock Café
May 17 Berlin, DE @Comet
May 19 Munich, DE @Backstage Club
May 20 Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
May 22 Oxford, UK @ The Bullingdon
May 23 Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival
May 24 Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival
May 25 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival
May 28 Nagoya, JP @ Imaike 3STAR
May 29 Nishi Ward, JP @ Socore Factory
May 30 Shinjuku, JP @ MARZ
May 31 Tokyo, JP @ ERA

 Wearing Scars Reveal New Video.

Wearing ScarsTuesday 12th May 2015
Following on from their debut song ‘Become Numb’ released back in February, former Mutiny Within frontman Chris Clancy and Sacred Mother Tongue guitarist Andy James have released new band WEARING SCARS’ debut music video.

Check out ‘Butterfly’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p1MzRmZdkw

“Writing is almost like therapy for me and I wrote this song in a particularly tough time.” Says Chris. “It's about how no matter what is currently happening in life and how dark the time may be, there will be a time in the future where you'll look back and reflect upon it knowing you've overcome the obstacles that were once in your way. The song has come full circle for me, written at a dark time, I now look back having done what I set out to do. I'm now looking back as the butterfly knowing those days are in the past.”

“Having put the album together with Andy, it was only on the day that I actually met the rest of the band for the first time myself. I think it's clear to see that we just hit off and I'm stoked to see what the future holds. For the first time in my life, I'm doing the music that I want to do, the way I want to do it.”

The promise shown by WEARING SCARS’ personnel of seasoned pros and songs so big an arena will barely contain them is clearly evident, and highly anticipated live shows are currently being worked on.

Their debut album, ‘A Thousand Words’, will be released via Candyman Records on July 24th.

 Man Overboard Announce New Album 'Heavy Love'.

Man OverboardTuesday 12th May 2015
New Jersey's Man Overboard are back with the announcement of their tremendous new album, Heavy Love, due out 29th June via Rise Records. To celebrate the album's announcement, the band have premiered three performance videos featuring new songs, "Now That You're Home," "Borderline," and "Splinter." The tracks offer a substantial taste of the massive, dynamic sounds found on Heavy Love. The album features a revitalized Man Overboard, a band whose members have conquered personal turmoil and reemerged even stronger, producing their finest, most confident effort to date.

Physical pre-orders for Heavy Love are available HERE, and digital pre-orders can be found HERE. Man Overboard will be supporting the release of Heavy Love with performances on the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour, as well as embarking on the Suppy World Tour, which will see the band joining forces with The Story So Far in Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Most punk rock bands could never imagine having the kind of longevity that would find them four full length albums deep into their career, but Man Overboard aren't most punk rock bands. With the release of Heavy Love, Man Overboard have returned with an album that both embraces their past and looks towards their future. Heavy Love is the band's most accomplished work, a confident release that more than proves that the band's fierce insistence on following their own path has paid off.

The prolific band exploded onto the scene with their debut EP, Hung Up On Nothing, in 2008, and hit the ground running with a steady stream of releases including three full lengths and many EPs, splits, singles, and collections. A non-stop touring machine, Man Overboard travelled the globe bringing their raucous live show to stages everywhere and saw their hard work pay off as the band steadily grew more popular. Despite their success, the band maintained their DIY roots, running their own label, Lost Tape Collective, and giving back to the scene they love.

After the release of their 2013 full length, Heart Attack, the band's momentum was suddenly halted by turmoil within the band members' personal lives. A band whose energy thrives on youthful exuberance and angst, the members of Man Overboard suddenly found themselves growing up whether they liked it or not. These sudden changes found their way into the core of Heavy Love. Guitarist Wayne Wildrick said “so much happened in our personal lives since the last album. Some of the members experienced loss and death, and some of the members got married. That is a big contrast and you can hear all those emotions on the record, in both the music and in the lyrics.”

With these new life experiences in tow, Man Overboard began to envision their fourth full length. They set no limits, ignored all expectations, and opened themselves up to any and all possibilities. The result is a revitalized sounding band giving some of their most passionate performances yet. Production courtesy of the legendary Bill Stevenson at The Blasting Room Studios perfectly captures the band sonically stretching their limbs and exploring new dynamics. Tracks like "She's In Pictures" and "Now That You're Home" find the band touching on crunchy power pop, while the fierce "Cliffhanger" and "Anything" demonstrate an aggression rarely heard on the band's past work. This natural progression never dilutes spirit of Man Overboard's sound. Massive hooks and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics are still the band's hallmarks and they achieve them on Heavy Love with a combination of precision and passion that is undeniable.

Heavy Love is an achievement by nature of it's very existence. The fourth full length in an already impressive discography, it is evidence of Man Overboard's staying power and ability to adapt. Where many punk bands falter, Man Overboard has flourished and created an album that celebrates their past and dives headfirst into their future.

Heavy Love tracklist:

1. Now That You're Home
2. Borderline
3. Reality Check
4. Splinter
5. The Note
6. Cliffhanger
7. She's In Pictures
8. Invisible
9. Deal
10. Anything
11. For Jennie
12. A Love That I Can't Have

Tour Dates:
06/19 - Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex^
06/20 - Mountainview, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre^
06/21 - Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park^
06/23 - Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park^
06/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater^
06/25 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Remington Park^
06/26 - Houston, TX @ NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot^
06/27 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion^
06/28 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center^
07/01 - Nashville, TN @ Tennessee State Fairgrounds^
07/02 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood^
07/03 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park^
07/04 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre^
07/05 - Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field^
07/06 - Jacksonville, FL @ Morocca Shrine Auditorium & Grounds^
07/07 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion^
07/08 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live^
07/09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion^
07/10 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center^
07/11 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre^
07/12 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre^
07/14 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center^
07/15 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC^
07/16 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center^
07/17 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre^
07/18 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion^
07/19 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center^
07/21 - Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain^
07/23 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center^
07/24 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot^
07/25 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater^
07/26 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park^
07/27 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
07/28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre^
07/29 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center^
07/30 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater^
08/01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark^
08/02 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Parking Lot^
08/05 - San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot^
08/07 - Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center^
08/08 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater^
08/25 - Kita-Ku, Japan @ Shangri-La *
08/26 - Nagoya, Japan @ Apollo Base *
08/27 - Shibuya, Japan @ Club Quattro *
08/30 - Jakarta, Indonesia @ Viky Sianipar or Rolling Stones Cafe *
08/31 - Singapore, Singapore @ The ACC MPH *
09/02 - Perth, Australia @ Amplifier Bar *
09/03 - Leederville, Australia @ YMCA HQ AA *
09/04 - Brisbane, Australia @ Lab *
09/05 - Brisbane, Australia @ Max Watts 18+ *
09/06 - Sydney, Australia @ Metro *
09/07 - Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge *
09/08 - Canberra, Australia @ Magpies *
09/10 - Melbourne, Australia @ Arrows AA *
09/11 - Melbourne, Australia @ Max Watts 18+ *
09/12 - Adelaide, Australia @ Uni Bar LIC All Ages *
09/14 - Wellington, New Zealand @ Zeal AA *
09/15 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Ellen Melville *
09/16 - Christchurch, New Zealand @ Revive *
^ = Warped Tour Date
* = w/ The Story So Far

 Will Haven To Release New EP.

Will HavenTuesday 12th May 2015
Sacramento’s WILL HAVEN announce their long awaited return with a brand new EP, new record label, and new touring on the horizon. Their first new material since 2011’s acclaimed “Voir Dire” - the new 9 song EP titled “Open The Mind to Discomfort” will be released May 18th on Artery Recordings worldwide. “Soul Leach” received its worldwide premiere on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter on Sunday night. Check out the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsdr4FWdY08&feature=youtu.be

The track listing is as follows:
1. A
2. Soul Leach
3. Do You Have A Light
4. B
5. Hermit
6. C
7. The Comet
8. D
9. POP 14

In celebration, Will Haven will be touring the United Kingdom in May in support of the release. Joining them on the tour will be Raging Speedhorn and Palm Reader. You DO NOT want to miss these shows! Tickets are on sale now.

May
24th Manchester, Sound Control
25th York, Duchess
26th Glasgow, ABC 2
27th Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
28th Nottingham, Rock City Basement
29th Bristol, Temples Festival

 Neck Deep Set To Release Second Album.

Neck DeepTuesday 12th May 2015
Neck Deep will release their second album, 'Life's Not Out To Get You', on August 14th via Hopeless Records. The album, the follow up to last year’s breakthrough ‘Wishful Thinking’, was produced by A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon and Andrew Wade.

The album’s first single, ‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’, debuted on Daniel P Carter’s BBC Radio 1 Rock Show on Sunday. Speaking of the track, singer Ben Barlow says, “’Can’t Kick Up The Roots’ is about my hometown of Wrexham in North Wales. At the time of writing it we had been away for 3 months in America, so home was very much on our minds. On one level it’s kinda all about how much our hometown sucks - we really don't come from anywhere glamorous, quite the opposite in fact - but by the same token, that's what makes it ours. Wrexham has the strangest charm, where we kinda take pride in the shittyness around us, and ‘…Roots’ is about our love for where we come from in spite of its flaws. We’ve travelled all around the world for the past two years, seen some amazing things, and yet we’re still super happy to come home to where we grew up.”

A video for the track is online now and can be viewed at: http://smarturl.it/CKUTRvideo

NECK DEEP - 'Can't Kick Up The Roots'

“We wanted the video to look natural, to show people where we come from and what makes us who we are,” says Barlow. “We had all our friends come along to tour the towns we all grew up in, and it all ended in a massive piss up in Wrexham which got pretty lairy - but that's what it's all about in Wrexham.

The performance part of the video is pretty cool too; if you look around the room we’re playing in you can see a load of personal items of ours; stuff from all our lives like photos, toys, shirts, trophies, games, and of course some ND memorabilia. If you keep your eyes peeled you'll see all this, and it really adds a nice touch to the whole personal feel of the video.”

 Twenty One Pilots Announce November UK Tour.

Twenty One PilotsTuesday 12th May 2015
One of the most hotly tipped bands around the globe right now, Columbus Ohio’s Twenty One Pilots, have announced that they’ll be coming back to the UK for a headline tour in the winter, kicking off in Glasgow on the 4 November. The tour includes shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford and London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 6 November.

The guys are currently in the UK for a run of four intimate sold out gigs (they sold out within minutes) including what is sure to be a jaw-dropping show at Electrowerkz this Thursday 14th May. The shows come in support of the imminent release of their sophomore album BLURRYFACE, released on 18 May.

The last year has seen this genre-defying two piece grow astronomically in only one album cycle. From playing tiny club shows to main stage festival appearances - in the US alone, they have sold upwards of 80,000 tickets for their September headline tour. Their YouTube channel alone has clocked up more than 68 million views! Their live show has become renowned, the energy they bring on stage – purely electrifying, the ability to involve every single fan in the show and make it an experience they’ll never forget. This is just one of the reasons Twenty One Pilots are light years ahead of their contemporaries and not only that but a band that’s only on their second album! There is a definitely a bright future ahead for these two…. Stay tuned!

November UK Tour Dates
Wed 4 O2 ABC, Glasgow
Thurs 5 The Ritz, Manchester
Fri 6 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Sat 7 O2 Academy, Oxford
Mon 9 The Institute, Birmingham

Tickets go on sale Friday 15 May at 9am

 Enter Shikari Release New Video.

Enter ShikariMonday 11th May 2015
Enter Shikari this week release a video for the track ‘Torn Apart’, directed by Mike Tyler who was also responsible for the video for the band’s previous single ‘Anaesthetist’.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xndh_CwGCn8

The track is the third “proper” single from the UK Top 10 album ‘The Mindsweep’, and follows hot on the heels of the announcement of Enter Shikari’s nominations for ‘Best British Band’ and ‘Best Single’ (for ‘Anaesthetist’) in this year's Kerrang! Magazine Awards.

‘The Mindsweep’ was released in January 2015 through Ambush Reality / Play It Again Sam Recordings and is the fourth full-length studio album from Enter Shikari since forming at school in 2003. Since the album’s release, the band have undertaken a sold out UK tour (that culminated in two nights at London’s Roundhouse) and comprehensive treks around both Europe and North America. They are just about to embark on a tour of Australia and their eighth trip to Russia, before beginning an exhausting UK / European festival season that will see them headline the Second Stage at Download Festival, headline NASS Festival, and play headline / high-profile slots at the likes of Glastonbury, T In The Park, Rock Am Ring / Im Park (Germany), Frequency (Austria), Werchter (Belgium), Sziget (Hungary), Kubana (Russia) and Lowlands (Holland) amongst many many more.

A list of all festivals / summer shows announced thus far;
JUNE
Sat 06 Germany - Rock Am Ring
Sun 07 Germany - Rock Im Park
Fri 12 UK - Bristol - Motion (Download warm-up headline show. SOLD OUT)
Sun 14 UK - Download
Fri 19 Luxembourg - Den Atelier (headline show)
Sat 20 Holland - Jera Open Air
Day TBC UK - Glastonbury
Sun 28 Belgium - Rock Werchter

JULY
Fri 03 Germany - With Full Force
Sat 04 Czech Republic - Mighty Sounds
Fri 10 UK - NASS
Sat 11 UK - T in the Park
Sat 25 Hungary - Campus
Tue 28 Italy - Cervia (Ravenna)- Rock Planet (headline show)
Wed 29 Italy - Milan - Magnolia (headline show)
Thu 30 Austria - Szene Open Air

AUGUST
Fri 07 Germany - Reload
Sun 09 Russia - Kubana
Wed 12 Hungary - Sziget
Sat 15 Germany - ELB Riot
Fri 21 Switzerland - Open Air
Sat 22 Austria - Frequency
Sun 23 Holland - Lowlands

 DMarilyn Manson Unleashes New Video.

Marilyn MansonMonday 11th May 2015
Check out the new video for Marilyn Manson's 'The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles' directed by Francesco Carrozzini (Sia, A$AP Rocky, Beyonce) featuring Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) and filmed in Los Angeles.

The track comes off his critically acclaimed album 'THE PALE EMPEROR' available now via Cooking Vinyl/Loma Vista. Check it below and see him live in the UK at Download Festival.

“The Marilyn Manson that stands before is in 2015, proves he’s still a god” - KERRANG

"vicious dance-floor metal banger" - ROLLING STONE

“The Bowie-influenced new album is Manson’s tightest and most commercial since 1998’s mega-selling Mechanical Animals.” – LOADED MAGAZINE

“No-one else does wanted decadence with such persuasive panache” - UNCUT

“The Pale Emperor , is one hell of a return and right up there with his best!” – THE SUN NEWSPAPER

Video links
Youtube - http://po.st/MephistophOfLA
Vevo - http://po.st/MephistOfLAvevo

The Pale Emperor available here:
itunes- Deluxe - http://po.st/PaleEmpiTunesDLX
Amazon - CD deluxe - http://po.st/PaleEmpAmzDLX

UK Tour Dates
13-Jun-15 Donington Park UK Download Festival

 State Champs Announce September UKHeadline Tour.

State ChampsMonday 11th May 2015
Pure Noise Records, STATE CHAMPS have announced a UK headline tour for this Autumn.

Full dates are below and expect album news on their follow up to the stunning album 'The Finer Things' released in 2013.

15th September Belfast QUB Students Union
17th September Liverpool O2 Academy 2
18th September Birmingham Asylum
19th September Newcastle O2 Academy 2
21st September Glasgow Kings Tuts
22nd September Leeds Stylus
23rd September Manchester Sound Control
24th September Nottingham Rescue Rooms
25th September London O2 Academy Islington
26th September Southampton 1865
3rd October Kingston Hippodrome

 Don Broco To Release New Single 'Automatic'.

Don BrocoMonday 11th May 2015
Don Broco are proud to announce their new single ‘Automatic’, out on June 28th through Epic Records. ‘Automatic’ is the title track of the recently announced, and highly anticipated, second album from the British four-piece due for release August 7th. ‘Automatic’ premiered on Radio 1 yesterday and featured as the station’s ‘Rockest Record’ on Dan P Carter’s Rock Show.

Don Broco have also just announced their biggest headline show to date at London’s Brixton Academy on December 13th (see tickets details below).

Making huge crossover strides, ‘Automatic’ sets the scene for the upcoming album with its dynamically singalong chorus, funked-up rhythmic backing, shimmering guitar grooves and lead singer Rob Damiani’s infectious vocals. The rock-boy swagger, synonymous with Don Broco in the past, has been electrified with a new pop influence that shoots the band into the stratosphere as one of the most exciting bands of 2015.

LISTEN TO ‘AUTOMATIC’ HERE

‘Automatic’ is the first single to be taken from the new album of the same name and follows the unveiling last month of the track ‘What You Do To Me’ as an instant grat available with pre-order of the album.

Automatic – produced by the Grammy Award winning Jason Perry – is the follow-up to Don Broco’s 2012 debut album Priorities. That album saw the band rise rapidly from cult heroes to a major force in British rock music, selling out headline shows at London’s Roundhouse and The Forum. They followed the album with the ‘You Wanna Know’ EP in 2013, scoring their first Top 40 hit with the lead track.

Now Don Broco return as an even more formidable force with a huge crossover release that sees the band incorporating a vast range of influences into their musical melting pot – pop, funk, dance, rock and a healthy dose of 1980s New Romanticism.

Fans will get their first live taste of Automatic when Don Broco hit the road this summer, kicking off with their hotly anticipated performance at Slam Dunk festival in May. And as mentioned above, the band will also be playing their biggest headline show to date on 13th December at London’s iconic Brixton Academy.

Tickets for that show go on pre-sale on Wednesday 13th May (via http://smarturl.it/DB-Brixton), and general on-sale on Friday 15th May.

23rd May – Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds
24th May – Slam Dunk Festival, Hatfield
25th May – Slam Dunk Festival, Wolverhampton
13th December – Brixton Academy, headline show

 Tame Impala Announce Third Studio Album.

Tame ImpalaMonday 11th May 2015
Global sensation TAME IMPALA have announced their highly anticipated third studio LP ‘Currents’ will be released worldwide Friday July 17th. The 13 track album is available to pre-order today offering ‘Let It Happen’, ‘Cause I’m A Man’ and two brand new tracks ‘Eventually’ and ‘Disciples’ as instant grat tracks with the album pre-order.

Fans went into an online frenzy last week when Kevin Parker revealed another new song ‘Disciples’ during a Reddit.com fan Q & A. “I'm waiting for someone to ask me if they can hear a new song...!” announced Kevin, and in minutes the 1.48 min track became one of the hottest topics on social media.

‘Eventually’, is expected to create the same online storm when the track is dropped today through all digital partners.

Currents was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker in Fremantle, West Australia. Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago. Transitions in life, relationships, perspectives, mindsets – Currents maps Parker’s evolution through these and finds him a brand new person.

Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast, Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea. Again operating as a one man studio band, Parker’s resultant record calls to mind contemporary hip hop production, Thriller, fried 70s funk, the irreverent playground Daft Punk presented on Discovery, swathes of future pop and emotional 80s balladry, all filtered through a thoroughly modern psychedelic third eye. A genre-bending soundscape fuelled equally by curiosity as it is consciousness; it’s an exhilarating new territory for Tame Impala.

Typically, initial Tame Impala recordings saw Parker’s vocal hidden beneath a layer of psychedelic fuzz, drenched in reverb, lyrics ambiguous. Currents find’s Kevin Parker’s voice front and centre, so no bones are made about his intent.

CURRENTS TRACKLISTING
Let It Happen
Nangs
The Moment
Yes I'm Changing
Eventually
Gossip
The Less I know The Better
Past Life
Disciples
Cause I'm A Man
Reality In Motion
Love/Paranoia
New Person, Same Old Mistakes
While the world waits with great anticipation for ‘Currents’ to be released, Tame Impala begin their USA tour, followed by festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia’s Splendour Festival.

TAME IMPALA TOUR DATES
Sat Sep 5 - End of the Road Festival - End of the Road Festival - Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, UK
Sun Sep 6 – Electric Picnic – Dublin, Ireland
Tues Sep 8 - Barrowland - Glasgow, Scotland SOLD OUT
Wed Sep 9 - Olympia - Liverpool, UK SOLD OUT
Thurs Sep 10 - Bestival - Isle of Wight, UK

 Devil You Know Working On Second Studio Album.

Devil You KnowMonday 11th May 2015
DEVIL YOU KNOW has completed pre-production for their much-anticipated sophomore release with renowned producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, All That Remains, Killer Be Killed). They will start the official recording process in early June and the group are poised to deliver one of the most crushing metal releases of the year. Be sure to stay tuned to https://www.facebook.com/Devilyouknowofficial for all news and studio updates.

Howard Jones (vocals) states: "Hey everyone, so we are all really excited as 2015 is going to be a huge year for DYK. I think spending quality time together sweating on stage and holding hands in vans, buses, planes, boats, trains and submarines has helped us become a true unit, and it's definitely showing in the new tunes. Josh Wilbur is super talented and he has a proven history of bringing out the best in bands, so we are excited to say the least. Now it's time to stop showering and shaving so we can transform back into metal mode and get to work! More news to follow in the coming weeks people... It's on."

In the meantime, the group has partnered with All In Merch to launch an exciting new merch store which features loads of killer DYK apparel and accessories, plus a hilarious 'Hojo' specific clothing line. Stay tuned over the coming months, as new designs will continue to be added. Head over now to http://www.allinmerch.com/category/DYK.html to check it out.

The band’s debut album, The Beauty of Destruction, 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).

 The Dillinger Escape Plan Release New Video.

Dillenger Escape PlanMonday 11th May 2015
Ahead of their Summer festival shows in the UK, The Dillinger Escape Plan have released yet another masterpiece in the form of a brilliant music video for “Paranoia Shields” (directed by Dillinger collaborator Mich Massey) - their 3rd and final video taken from 2013’s highly acclaimed album, “One Of Us Is The Killer”.

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/6RB0ehvHGpU

Catch The Dillinger Escape Plan live in the UK this summer:

August
14th Hevy Fest, Port Lympne, UK
21st ArcTanGent, Bristol, UK

 Taking Back Sunday Announce Slam Dunk Festival Warm Up Show.

Taking Back SundaySunday 10th May 2015
Ahead of their performance at the Slam Dunk Festival, Taking Back Sunday will be playing a TINY warm up show in London at The Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel on May 22nd. They will be joined by special guests Moose Blood. Tickets go on sale Friday May 8th at 10am.

Catch Taking Back Sunday live at one of the following dates:

May
22nd London, The Rhythm Factory
23rd Leeds, Slam Dunk
24th Hatfield, Slam Dunk
25th Wolverhampton, Slam Dunk

 Dead Daisies To Release Second Studio Album.

Dead DaisiesSunday 10th May 2015
After their successful and critically acclaimed US tour in 2014 with KISS & Def Leppard, The Dead Daisies are thrilled to announce their return to Europe supporting KISS on their 40th Anniversary Tour.

The European KISS tour will coincide perfectly with the release of The Daisies much anticipated second album, which will be released globally on 1st June 2015 via INgrooves.

Joining the musical collective on stage and in the studio will be singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and beating the skins for this tour will be first time member and current Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Recording for the band’s much anticipated second album titled Revolución has already begun in Sydney, Australia at Studio 301, with tracks being produced by The Dead Daisies and Craig Porteils (Guns N’ Roses/Billy Idol). Additional recording took place in Cuba at Abdala recording studios, Havana, produced by The Dead Daisies and Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson/Sevendust).

The album title Revolución was influenced by the bands recent trip to Cuba. The new album will feature bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), keyboard player Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and drummer Jackie Barnes (Tin Lids/Jimmy Barnes), who is the son of Scottish born Australian singer Jimmy Barnes.

“Well, another chapter with 'The Dead Daisies' coming up!!! After finishing what is sounding great in the studio by mid-April, and releasing it in early June, we are all excited by the prospect of sharing the same stage again with the mighty KISS, this time in Europe. We also can't wait to share our show and new music with our European fans. Europe - get ready for some good ol' Rock & Roll In your Face. WE ARE COMIN’ TO GETCHA!!!! SEE YA"LL THERE….ARE YOU READY?” - Marco Mendoza

“The Dead Daisies have been an absolute BLAST for me so far. The guys are all GREAT Musicians, and also just incredibly easy to work and write with!!! I had so much fun in Cuba, and now here I am writing in Sydney for the upcoming record. Can’t wait to see what the future brings for us all!!!” - John Corabi

“John Corabi loves deep sea shark fishing, passionate about it. He’s also a whiz with a motorcycle helmet and baseball bat. We are making a new record together. It’s gonna rock!” - Dizzy Reed

KISS EUROPEAN DATES

Tue, June 2 02 Arena (Hamburg, Germany)
Wed, June 3 02 Arena (Berlin, Germany)
Thur, June 4 Leipzig Arena (Leipzig Germany)
Sat, June 6 Rock In Vienna Festival (Vienna, Austria)
Mon, June 8 Prague 02 Arena (Prague Czech Republic)
Wed, June 10 Zurich Hallenstadion (Zurich, Switzerland)
Thur, June 11 Verona Arena (Verona, Italy)
Sun, June 14 Download Festival (Derby, UK)
Tue, June 16 Le Zenith (Paris, France)
Thur, June 18 Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam Holland)
Fri, June 19 Graspop Festival (Graspop, Belgium)
Sun, June 21 Barcelona Palau San Jordi (Barcelona, Spain)
Mon, June 22 Barclaycard Arena (Madrid, Spain)

 Bloodstock Metal To The Masses Is Go.

Bloodstock Wednesday 6th May 2015
BLOODSTOCK’s 2015 ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour is ready to kick off! The festival has a long standing reputation for supporting grass roots metal and their annual M2TM programme is at the forefront of that. Over the past few months, local venues all over the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia have been holding a series of heats. Hundreds of unsigned or self-released bands have taken part, each one hoping to land a slot in their local final, where ultimately the BLOODSTOCK panel choose the best from each event to win a slot on the Hobgoblin-sponsored New Blood stage at Catton Park in August! Those finals are about to begin!

2015 has been M2TM’s biggest programme to date, with 22 venues participating. The brand new BLOODSTOCK van will be ferrying our heavy metal judges round the country, there’ll be festival weekend tickets to win at each final, plus plenty of other goodies, so come down to one of the finals listed below and show your support!

It’s not just UK and Irish acts that BLOODSTOCK gives opportunities to, as bands from across the world can also enter for a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage by uploading a video to http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/mischeif//competitions/bloodstock. Winners will be chosen by the BLOODSTOCK panel from submitted videos. The first batch of lucky bands have been chosen (there’ll be more, so don’t worry if you’ve not uploaded yet). Friday’s bill will include the Cotswold-based modern metal outfit MUTAGENOCIDE, Canadian progsters DIATESSARON and Welsh brutal groove metallers, PISS VIPER. Saturday’s bill includes CODEX ALIMENTARIUS’ groove/thrash/classical infusion, progressive tech metallers AKARUSA YAMI and Brit post-proggers, SUMER. Sunday sees progressive hardcore outfit, TAKEN BY THE TIDE, Luxembourg’s death thrashers SCARRED and Northern Irish hardcore beasts BY ANY MEANS join the bill.

Come join the BLOODSTOCK gang at one of these finals and maybe you’ll win some festival tickets!

Fri 8th May - BELFAST Voodoo Club
Sat 9th May - DUBLIN Fibber McGee’s
Sat 16th May - SANDNES Club Tribute (NORWAY)
Sun 17th May - EXETER Cavern
Sat 23rd May - WOLVERHAMPTON Fixxion Warehouse
Sun 24th May - BRIGHTON Green Door Store
Fri 29th May - GLASGOW Ivory Blacks
Sat 30th May - SELBY The Venue
Sun 31st May - CREWE The Box
Thu 4th Jun - NORWICH The Brickmakers
Fri 5th Jun - LUTON The Castle
Sat 6th Jun - READING Facebar
Sun 7th Jun - LONDON Purple Turtle
Sat 27th Jun - CARDIFF Fuel Club
Sat 27th Jun - LIVERPOOL Crazyhouse
Sun 28th Jun - MANCHESTER Grand Central
Fri 3rd Jul - OXFORD The Bullingdon
Sat 4th Jul - MANSFIELD Intake Club
Sat 4th Jul - CORBY Zombie Hut
Sat 11th Jul - BRISTOL The Fleece
Sat 11th Jul - BURNLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar
Sun 12th Jul - BIRMINGHAM Roadhouse

Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956, priced at the very reasonable £135 (plus booking fee) for a four-day Thursday through Sunday weekend ticket with camping. VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches. Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!

All these killer bands are already announced! Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF. Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, GODFLESH and ARNOCORPS, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, GODSIZED, plus many more.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 Ol Drake Announces Bloodstock Warm Up Show.

Ol DrakeWednesday 6th May 2015
Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has announced a warm-up show prior to his appearance at this year's Bloodstock festival in Derbyshire, UK.

The six-string shredder will be performing a headlining solo set on Saturday, 1st August at The Parish in his hometown of Huddersfield ahead of his Bloodstock appearance in support of his debut solo album.

Ol Drake comments:
"A week before setting off to Bloodstock, I will be popping by my old local, The Parish in Huddersfield, to promote my debut solo album 'Old Rake', where I spent many a pound coin on their whiskey and fell down a lot.
My friend, Mikey Baird is putting the show on, who recently won 'Promoter of the Year' at the Pure Rawk Awards, and they have a great new venue so I can't wait to widdle my widdles in my hometown. On drums will be my friend Rob Harris from the grind band Foetal Juice (check out their music video of 'Albert Grindstein', you won't be disappointed)."

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

Ol Drake's debut solo album, 'Old Rake', features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of stylbr>
The first single from the album is available now and features guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS). Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.

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

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

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

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

 Hassle Recrods Celebrate 10th Anniversary.

Neck DeepFriday 1st May 2015
Neck Deep will release their second album, 'Life's Not Out To Get You', on August 14th, 2015 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders for the album will launch next week on May 12th, alongside the album's first single/ video, 'Can't Kick Up The Roots'.

Speaking of the follow up to last year's, 'Wishful Thinking', singer Ben Barlow says, "You may think you're ready, but you aren’t. You may have to transcend dimensions and exist on a different plain of reality to absorb it into your consciousness: Straight Interstellar black hole shit… It's probably not THAT good, we're not Pink Floyd, but it's some next level shit for our band, and it’s got me a little excited. We could not be more stoked on this album.”

 Ghost Fest Turns 10.

Ghost FestTuesday 5th May 2015
Celebrating its 10th year, GHOSTFEST is back and bigger than ever! Now introducing a GHOSTFEST SOUTH date, the festival takes place at Leeds University Union on 6 September before travelling to Bristol to do it all again at Motion on the 7th.

Joining the bill for this year’s bash is rising American mob TURNSTILE, Nintendo-core bruisers RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR. Back by popular demand 2014’s second stage headliners NASTY are returning for a mainstage appearance. Completing the latest announcement are MAKE THEM SUFFER, ASTROID BOYS, SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL, VENOM PRISON.

Already announced for the event are hardcore icons and headliners HATEBREED who are on their 20th anniversary tour, so expect destruction as they make their Ghostfest debut. Joining them will be DESPISED ICON, CRIME IN STEREO and XIBALBA.

Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta said:
“Our 20th anniversary celebration continues and we’re extremely excited to come back to the UK & perform for our diehards! Don’t miss these shows!”

From its humble beginnings on the second stage at Leeds Cockpit in 2005, Ghostfest evolved into the grander settings of Leeds University Union. Bring Me The Horizon and Architects were among the first bands to play the festival a decade ago; now two of the biggest metal bands in the UK.

A major turning point came in 2012 when the festival grew further with the introduction of a third stage. Over the years the festival has helped nurture the likes of Lower Than Atlantis, Bury Tomorrow, Suicide Silence, While She Sleeps, Thy Art Is Murder, Deez Nuts and Feed The Rhino.

Super early bird, early bird and the first release tickets have already gone, but there are still second release tickets still available at £33. Grab them quick before they go!
http://ghostfest.seetickets.com/tour/ghostfest

 Hassle Recrods Celebrate 10th Anniversary.

Hassle RecordsFriday 1st May 2015
DOWNLOAD ‘MORE HASSLE THAN IT’S WORTH: 10 YEARS OF HASSLE RECORDS’ https://www.hasslerecords.com/splash/hsl_enter.html
As they celebrate 10 years at the forefront of UK independent rock music, Hassle Records today announce a one off gig to mark their anniversary. With performances from Hassle artists Frank Iero and We Are The Ocean alongside friends of the label Cheap Meat, Hassle Records will take over Camden’s Black Heart for a night of music and festivities on 11th May.

A very limited amount of tickets available via smart phone app ‘Dice’ more information available at dice.fm
Tickets on sale from 4.30pm Friday 1st May

Having helped build the careers of some of the biggest artists in the world over the last decade, Hassle Records has cemented its place as one of the UK’s leading independent rock labels. From bringing bands like Brand New and Fall Out Boy to these shores for the first time, to developing UK talent such as We Are The Ocean and Lonely The Brave. Hassle have released seminal albums such as Alkaline Trio’s ‘Crimson,’ Brand New’s ‘Your Favorite Weapon’ and Alexisonfire’s breakout record ‘Crisis,’ always having prided themselves on working with the best in the new music and working alongside established artists to develop the label and their artist’s careers.

Alongside the announcement of their anniversary celebrations, Hassle will be releasing a free download compilation, bringing together some of the biggest tracks from Hassle artists across the past decade of music. With each track documenting a year in the label’s history, the compilation includes Alkaline Trio with ‘Time to Waste, ’ taken from 2005’s Crimson, Four Year Strong are 2007’s entry with their track ‘Hero’s Get Remembered, Legends Never Die’ from the record Rise or Die Trying and frankiero andthe cellabration with ‘.weighted.’ from last year’s stomachaches.
The track listing for ‘More Hassle Than It’s Worth: 10 Years of Hassle Records’ can be found here...

'05 - Alkaline Trio 'Time To Waste' (Taken from the album 'Crimson')
'06 - Alexisonfire 'This Could Be Anywhere In The World' (Taken from the album 'Crisis')
'07 - Four Year Strong 'Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die' (Taken from the album 'Rise Or Die Tryin')
'08 - City & Colour 'What Makes A Man?' (Taken from the album 'Bring Me Your Love')
'09 - August Burns Red 'Marianas Trench' (Taken from the album 'Constellations')
'10 - Cancer Bats 'Sabotage' (Taken from the album 'Bears Mayors Scraps & Bones')
'11 - Turbowolf 'A Rose For The Crows' (Taken from the album 'Turbowolf')
'12 - We Are The Ocean 'Machine' (Taken from the album 'Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow')
'13 - Lonely The Brave 'Backroads' (Taken from the EP 'Backroads')
'14 - frnkiero andthe cellabration '.weighted.' (Taken from the album 'stomachaches')

 

 Cradle Of Filth Announce 11th Studio Album.

Cradle Of FilthThursday 30th April 2015
Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth only recently announced the completion, release and cover artwork for their opus nocturne and 11th studio album entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.

Having been three years since the release of their previous album – this has been the longest gap in the band's murky history. And the wait is nearing completion.

Cradle Of Filth have revealed today that ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ will be released via Jewelcase CD, Limited Edition Digipak, Mail Order Edition and 2LP vinyl formats.

This highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios.

The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory.
It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches' hands. It's payback time.

‘Hammer Of The Witches’ is due for global release on 10th July via Nuclear Blast.
It is the first Nuclear Blast album to have a Global Release Date.

Pre-order 'Hammer Of The Witches' HERE
Jewelcase CD
Limited Edition Digipak CD w. extra tracks
Double LP Vinyl
Mail Order Edition
Limited Edition Dark Green Vinyl

'Hammer Of The Witches' will be released as follows;

Jewelcase CD
01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
05. Blackest Magick In Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
07. Hammer Of The Witches
08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell

Limited Edition Digipak CD
01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
05. Blackest Magick In Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
07. Hammer Of The Witches
08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell
Bonus Tracks:
12. King Of The Woods
13. Misericord

2LP vinyl (black) in gatefold
Side A
01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
Side B
01. Blackest Magick In Practice
02. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
03. Hammer Of The Witches
Side C
01. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
02. The Vampyre At My Side
03. Onward Christian Soldiers
04. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell
Side D (Bonus Tracks)
01. King Of The Woods
02. Misericord

 Dommin Announce Second Studio Album 'Rise'.

DomminThursday 30th April 2015
US alt rock four-piece DOMMIN have announced their long-awaited second album will be titled ‘Rise’. Produced by Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, The Used, HIM) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) ‘Rise’ will be released via DNRecords on June 21, the first day of Summer! Fans can pre-order the compelling album and a variety of rare and unique items through PledgeMusic at http://www.pledgemusic.com/dommin.

Enigmatic frontman and guitarist Kristofer Dommin reveals, “‘Rise’ is a musical evolution. I don’t enjoy repeating myself creatively so this album offers fans another face of the band. The songs are more empowering, maybe a bit more pissed-off, and definitely a lot more tongue-in-cheek.” Dommin’s keyboardist, Konstantine, sums it up with one word, “swagger.” Metal Hammer are premiering the title track’s dazzling new lyric video at: http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2015-04-30/dommin-return-to-the-fold-with-rise and it will also be added to Dommin’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/DomminBand in due course.

‘Rise’ is the follow-up to the band’s impressive debut ‘Love Is Gone’, released in 2010 by Roadrunner Records. Described as “the voice of the broken-hearted,” that album saw the quartet defining a new era of underground goth-inspired alt rock, influenced by the likes of The Doors, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Rammstein, and Type O Negative. First single, ‘My Heart, Your Hands’ was lauded as iTunes ‘Song Of The Week’ upon release. Dommin hit the road supporting acts like Rob Zombie, HIM, Lacuna Coil, Volbeat, Black Veil Brides, Cancer Bats, and Bullet For My Valentine, as well as performing at international festivals including Soundwave (Australia), Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park (Germany), and Download (UK). The band then went on to pick up nominations for Best New Band and Best International Newcomer at the UK’s Metal Hammer Awards and Kerrang! Awards.

Soon though, the band were to face some of their toughest times both personally and professionally, making the creation of ‘Rise’ a long and arduous process from start to finish.

Over the tumultuous next three years, Dommin found themselves fighting against immobility, the passing of time, and a host of personal challenges. Kristofer comments, “On the first day of recording, we walked into the studio to the news of our label President resigning, our A&R being laid off, and a lot of our label friends inside and outside the country having their offices shut down or merged,” referring to the corporate restructuring that took place when Warner Music Group completed the purchase of Roadrunner Records. “We didn’t know what to expect and tried to proceed as business as usual, but it did set a dark cloud over the whole experience.”

Bassist Billy James continues, “We were in a legal limbo for a while then, unable to move forward. We had a recorded but unmixed album. It pretty much kept the band frozen.” The band members got jobs, paid their bills, and worked on extricating themselves from the legal tangle and putting their lives back together. Eventually free agents and fired up again, it would be nearly 2½ years between when the songs were first recorded and when they were finally mixed.

Surprisingly, the fruit of that experience was not another melancholy collection of songs. Kristofer describes this period as giving new prophetic meaning to the music. “The songs were meant to describe a bouncing back from the heavy emotional turmoil of the first album’s message. What I didn’t know is that the songs would take on new significance when I lost my record deal, my relationship, and my father. I didn’t know that I would ended up needing the songs like I did and it forced me to live up to my own lyrics. We had to dig deep and find our strength and ask ourselves who we are and what we wanted.”

‘Rise’ is an exciting musical illustration of the resolve that one hopes to find in the wreckage of broken relationships and damaged psyches. Kristofer concludes, “This has been a personal evolution as well as a musical evolution for the band. We’ve been reborn from the ashes and come out of the darkness bearing a light that we want the whole world to see.” When asked about the message of ‘Rise’, he muses, “Maybe I’d coin this new album…the voice of the hopeful-hearted.”


 Welcome To Eskimo Callboy.

Eskimo CallboyThursday 30th April 2015
Eskimo Callboy have caused a proper furore since their formation in 2010; millions of views on YouTube, sold out tours, the biggest festivals in the world, crazy shows and even crazier parties, Eskimo Callboy are testament to the fact that the German music scene never ceases throw up surprises!

‘Crystals’, the third full-length album from these pop-moshers, plays host to a rather fantastic metal mash-up of NSYNC’s ‘Tearing Up My Heart’ – Yep. Really. And it’s BRILLIANT. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought Justin Timberlake would be a whole lot more successful if he’d only learnt the beauty of the breakdown?!

Set your ears to ‘FUN’ and give ‘Baby (T.U.M.H)’ a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/spinefarmrecords/baby-tumh

‘Crystals’ will be released on June 22nd in the UK via Spinefarm Records.

Tracklist:
01. Pitch Blease
02. Baby (T.U.M.H.)
03. My Own Summer
04. Kill Your Idols
05. Ritual
06. Monster
07. Best Day
08. 2 Fat 2 Furious
09. F.D.M.D.H
10. Paradise In Hell
11. Crystals
12. Walk On The Thin Line
13. Closure

 In Hearts Wake Unveil New Video.

In Hearts WakeThursday 30th April 2015
In Hearts Wake have unveiled an epic new video for the track 'Badlands', taken from their forthcoming ambitious album 'Skydancer' - due for release May 4th through UNFD.

Watch 'Badlands' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbEm3JG2IWo

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

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

Listen to 'Erase' here: https://youtu.be/OeilJoXdEOI
Play Sky Hoppers here: https://unfdcentral.com/skyhoppers

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

 Dragonforce Caught Up In Baltimore Riots.

DragonforceThursday 30th April 2015
UK based metallers DragonForce were caught up in the recent civil unrest in Baltimore on Monday (27th April) evening as they warmed up ready to hit the stage on the first show of the North American leg of their Maximum Overload World Tour.

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

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

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

All tickets purchased for the original show are valid.

 Senses Fail To Release Sixth Studio Album.

Senses FailThursday 30th April 2015
Influential post-hardcore band Senses Fail has announced they will be releasing their highly anticipated, sixth studio album titled Pull The Thorns From Your Heart on 29TH June via Pure Noise Records. As a teaser of what’s to come, the band has partnered with Noisey.com to reveal the record’s first new song and video for their track “The Importance of the Moment of Death.” The new record can be pre-ordered now at SensesFail.MerchNow.com.

Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen has spent his entire life carving out his own path, both musically and personally. His devout dedication to Vipassana meditation and studies of Buddhist teachings have allowed him to find peace within himself, embrace his differences and eventually find comfort in his newfound identification as queer. Buddhism and being queer have direct roles in the creation of his band’s new album, 'Pull The Thorns From Your Heart'.

“This record is the complete documentation of my transformative spiritual experience from the darkness to the light,” says Nielsen. “It is the completion of a journey I have been on since I started making music when I was 17. I want this record to be more than just words and music but a blueprint for how through contemplative practice you can come to love, grow and blossom out of the muck of life and into the light. It is not intended to motivate in steps or exact teachings but empower. It is above all a personal story of struggle and realization.”

His journey is told through an intense collection of 11 songs that are sonically a slight departure from Senses Fail’s earlier records while maintaining the passion and delivery that the band’s fans have come to love over the years.

“I wanted the heaviness and anger of the record to not be matched with equal words of despair but words that show growth and change,” he adds. “Most music that represents change and growth is calmer and less abrasive but I wanted to show that friction is what helps spur action. Without the friction, we wouldn't want to change, we would be content. Out of darkness is ultimately the opposite, the light., but without opposition there would be no urge to change. Half the record represents the darkness and half the record represents the light, or the appearing of light, the flowering of what the experience is.”

Pull The Thorns From Your Heart is broken up into 4 non sequential acts that are named after Buddhist concepts and teachings, I - Annica & Sacca (Impermanence & Truth, II - Tisarana (The Three Jewels), III - Maransati (Mindfulness of Death) and IV - The Brahmaviharas (The Heavenly Abodes), which provide a blueprint for the overall arc of the record.

The newly released track “The Importance of The Moment of Death” is found in the record’s third act and the video is a personal reflection of Nielsen’s former self.

“The video while not directly reflecting on the lyrics or the topic of the song, represents the world I had been living in, unsafe, unwelcoming and down right fucked up,” Nielsen explains. “It is a mythic representation of how innocence can be forcefully taken away from us as children, leaving us with too much too soon and without the proper coping skills i.e. me! The clown represents an innocence and in this case a lack of innocence, or the mode by which innocence can be lost. The parents represent the guardians, the creators, the ones who oversee our growth from childhood to adulthood and the children, the curious initiates. The clown is actually the one who initiates the cruel and premature journey that the children take from backyard party, to striking out in retaliatory violence. During the party, the children, left unsupervised and to their own devices end up clearly getting into things they shouldn't and being given gifts (by the parents) they shouldn't get. When the clown arrives, he offers them a ritualistic party favor in the form of a piñata. The piñata dates back to the celebratory festivals and offerings of the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli. The ritual is celebrated and instead of their being candy, there is meat and blood. The children eat it up and pass out. They are then transformed from their former ignorant and blissful child states, into a new mode, a new interpretation of their surroundings.”

Senses Fail are back with their boldest album to date. Catch the band at Vans Warped Tour all summer long and follow them at https://www.facebook.com/sensesfail for additional updates.

 Anti-Flag Release Lyric Video For New Song.

Anti-FlagThursday 30th April 2015
Anti-Flag have revealed the lyric video for the song "Sky Is Falling". Watch it here: http://vevo.ly/WNgY8m The song lives on the band's upcoming Spinefarm debut, American Spring, out May 25. The song and the clip address an extremely topical issue-—drone strikes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read what Amnesty International is saying about drones and get involved http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/security-and-human-rights/drones.

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

ANTI-FLAG TOUR DATES:
09.05.2015 Pittsburgh, PA (US) Smiling Moose
14.05.2015 Newport, KY (US) Southgate House
15.05.2015 St. Louis, MO (US) Fubar
17.05.2015 Kansas City, MO (US) Record Bar
18.05.2015 Des Moines, IA (US) Wooly's
19.05.2015 Omaha, NE (US) Slowdown
20.05.2015 Ft.Collins, CO (US) Aggie Theatre
21.05.2015 Denver, CO (US) Marquis
23.05.2015 Las Vegas, NV (US) Punk Rock Bowling
28.05.2015 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
29.05.2015 Bolzano (IT) Full Tension Festival
30.05.2015 München (DE) Rockavaria
31.05.2015 Gelsenkirchen (DE) Rock im Revier
01.06.2015 Paris (FR) La Maroquinerie
02.06.2015 London (UK) Old Blue Last
18.07.2015 Rochester, NY (US) Lost Horizon
19.06.2015 Providence, RI (US) Simon's 677
20.06.2015 Burlington, VT (US) Showcase Lounge, Higher Ground
21.06.2015 Portland, ME (US) Port City Music Hall
23.06.2015 Buffalo, NY (US) Waiting Room
24.06.2015 Toledo, OH (US) Frankie's
25.06.2015 Columbus, OH (US) The Basement
26.06.2015 Grand Rapids, MI (US) Intersecton
27.06.2015 Erie, PA (US) Basement Transmissions
13.07.2015 Quebec City, QC (CA) Festival D'ete - Imperial de Quebec
16.07.2015 Glaubitz (DE) Back To The Future Festival
17.07.2015 Dour (BE) Dour Festival
18.07.2015 Wiesen (AT) Two Days A Week Festival
19.07.2015 Budapest (HU) Budapest Park
21.07.2015 Bratislava (SLO) Randal
23.07.2015 Innsbruck (AT) Weekender
24.07.2015 Dornbirn (AT) Conrad Sohm
25.07.2015 Bologna (IT) Alchemica
30.07.2015 Moravska Trebova (CZ) Fest Pod Parou
02.08.2015 Tolmin (SL) Punk Rock Holiday
04.08.2015 London (UK) Old Blue Last
06.08.2015 Blackpool (UK) Rebellion Festival
08.08.2015 London (UK) Brooklyn Bowl - PUNKS AND PINS
09.08.2015 Bristol (UK) Motion & The Marble Factory

 Ricky Warwick Starts Project With Lemmy.

Ricky WarwickThursday 30th April 2015
In 2014, Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy vocalist Ricky Warwick decided to record two new solo records, funded through the popular Pledgemusic crowd funding system. The results are two fan and critically acclaimed releases, “Hearts on Tree” and “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)”.

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

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

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

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

 Silverchair Release 20th Anniversary Of 'Frogstomp'.

SilverchairFriday 24th April 2015
Australian alt-rockers Silverchair, are proud to announce the release of the 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition of their history-making debut album Frogstomp. The album will be re-released as a 2CD deluxe set on June 15th 2015 via Sony Music.

Formed in the industrial town of Newcastle at the age of just 14, Silverchair (Daniel Johns, guitars and vocals; Ben Gillies, drums; Chris Joannou, bass) saw their debut single ‘Tomorrow’ become Australia’s number one song on October 24th 1994. The track went on to remain at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for the next six weeks.

Then in April 1995, Frogstomp became the first debut album by an Australian artist to enter the national ARIA Album Chart at number one – the first of five #1 albums for the band. Within a week of release Frogstomp was certified Platinum and remained in the top position on the ARIA charts for the next three weeks. During that time the album was certified Double Platinum and has now gone on to become certified 5 x Platinum, an incredible feat for a debut album.

Frogstomp also earned the band their first 5 ARIA Awards. Over their career Silverchair received a total of 19 ARIA Awards throughout their career, which is more than any other Australian artist in history.
The massive success story continued internationally when Frogstomp was released in the United States, peaking at no.9 on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums and remaining on the chart for an astounding 49 weeks, ultimately going Double Platinum and selling over 2 million copies.

"These young Aussies are masters of sonic sculpture", wrote Musician Magazine at the time, "deftly using feedback and distortion to build vast cathedrals of sound of their barre-chord riffs and lean, catchy choruses".
Frogstomp remains a stunning debut album, having sold over four million copies to date worldwide, and remains an early indication of the even greater success yet to come for these fine young Australian musicians.

Track Listing:
CD1 / Vinyl / Digital /Deluxe Edition
Original remastered album
1. Israel's Son
2. Tomorrow
3. Faultline
4. Pure Massacre
5. Shade
6. Leave Me Out
7. Suicidal Dream
8. Madman
9. Undecided
10, Cicada
11. Findaway

CD2
1. Tomorrow from Tomorrow EP
2. Acid Rain from Tomorrow EP
3. Blind from Tomorrow EP
4. Stoned from Tomorrow EP
5. Madman vocal version
6. Madman Live At The Cambridge
7. Blind Live At The Cambridge
8. Tomorrow Live At The Cambridge
9. Faultline Live At The Cambridge
10. Pure Massacre Live At The Cambridge

 The Darkness Announce New Single.

DarknessFriday 24th April 2015
Following the stealth attack of new track ‘Barbarian’ exploding onto the internet last month, THE DARKNESS have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album ‘Last Of Our Kind’. ‘Open Fire’ is an explosion of rock which sounds like The Darkness if The Darkness were offered a million pounds to come up with the best song ever in 10 minutes and then 10 minutes later The Darkness are all just driving around in Ferraris – sweet!

The track is released on the same day as the album, June 1st via Kobalt Label Services and the band have announced a very special, tiny launch Pledge Music Presents gig at London Dingwalls on 3rd June tickets on sale Friday 24th April at 11am from http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thedarkness/tickets

The band have just completed a warm-up tour of Ireland where some of the new songs from the album received their first airing and the classics were dusted off for the enjoyment of fans new and old alike. The video for ‘Open Fire’ was also filmed over there on the magical Valentia Island where the album was recorded. Showing the band performing on an, ahem, fresh Spring Irish day it also features some fabulous fire breathing ladies! Watch it here - http://smarturl.it/openfirevid

'Last of Our Kind', released 1st June is the meaty and impassioned follow-up to 2012’s ‘Hot Cakes’ which saw the band reunited having enjoyed a well-publicised and well-deserved hiatus. As distinguished guests of Def Leppard, The Darkness destroyed Download Festival in 2011, then waved goodbye to their loved ones and toured planet Earth for over 18 months. They rounded off 2013 with a celebratory tour marking the 10th Anniversary of their legendary number one debut album. 'Permission to Land' featured the classics ‘I Believe In a Thing Called Love’, 'Love is Only a Feeling', 'Love on the Rocks with No Ice' and 'Love is a Many Splendoured Thing'; it was the fastest selling debut album by a British band in America since that of The Spice Girls.

'Last of Our Kind' will be released on limited edition colour vinyl, Compact Disc and downloadable computer files.

The Darkness will be announcing more touring plans soon.

new single; ‘OPEN FIRE’ – 1st June 2015
new album: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ – 1st June 2015
live show: LONDON, DINGWALLS – 3rd June 2015

Track Listing:
Barbarian * Open Fire * Last of Our Kind * Roaring Waters * Wheels of the Machine *Mighty Wings * Mudslide * Sarah O’Sarah * Hammer & Tongs * Conquerors

 Less Than Jake Announce UK Summer Tour.

Less Than JakeFriday 24th April 2015
Bringing some glorious Ska-Punk sunshine to the UK this Summer - Less Than Jake are thrilled to announced a run of shows and festival appearances!

Officially back in the “fat folds” Less Than Jake released their latest album “See The Light” on Fat Wreck Chords in November 2013. Their harmonious career, now spanning two decades, is tantamount to their status as genre leaders. The connection with their fans, crew, past labels and folks who've interviewed them all comes down to a kinetic energy that embraces the band’s longevity and keeps what they do fresh, respectable and exciting. One of the hardest working bands in rock ’n roll - Less Than Jake tirelessly tour the globe bringing their infectious blend of pop punk and ska to fans across the planet. Last Summer also saw the band perform their 365th show on the legendary Vans Warped Tour.

Random Hand will join Less Than Jake on the headline dates. Catch this awesome line up at one of the following shows:

July
11th Somerset, NASS Festival
12th Brighton, Concorde 2
28th Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
29th Southend, Chinnerys
30th Reading, Sub 89
31st Derbyshire, Y Not Festival

August
1st Coventry, Kasbah
2nd Nr Penrith, Cumbria, Kendall Calling
4th York, Fibbers
8th London, Punks and Pins at Brooklyn Bowl (with Anti-Flag)
9th Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
11th Bristol, Motion
12th Southampton, Engine Rooms

 Dir En Grey Announce Tour Supports.

Dir En GreyFriday 24th April 2015
Internationally respected Japanese metal band DIR EN GREY have recently announced two shows at O2 Islington Academy this May. The band can now reveal that they will be joined on stage by manga metal moshers Rise of the North Star (on Saturday 23rd May) and electronic rock act Outside the Coma (featuring Mikee Goodman from SikTh, on Sunday 24th May).

Tickets for Saturday are extremely limited. Please note that these dates take place over the bank holiday weekend. Information is below (with ticket links):

23rd May - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
with Rise of the North Star

24th May - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
with Outside the Coma

About DIR EN GREY:
Since 1997, the Osaka quartet’s songs of pain, human suffering, anger, frustration and alienation have seen them identify with the youth of Japan and become the forerunners of the Japanese rock scene. Within seven months of forming the band had a top ten single, within a year had sold out a 12,000 capacity venue, and by 1999 had three singles simultaneously in the top 10 - and it’s only gotten better for them since.

Their rapid ascent and commercial success is not the only incredible thing about this band. DIR EN GREY’s flexibility and musical development ensures that every album sounds unique, not just compared to previous efforts, but compared to anything else. Goths, metalheads, rockers and punks have all found themselves amongst DIR EN GREY’s loyal and growing fancies in Japan, USA, Canada and mainland Europe.

With no doubt DIR EN GREY are unique enough to vividly stand out on the international rock scene and become as big as they have threatened to be since breaking into the rock world beyond Japan.

 Franky Boyle Joins V Festival Comedy Line Up.

Frankie BoyleFriday 24th April 2015
V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, today presents its outstanding headliners for The Glee Club Comedy Tent at this year’s festival. Scottish funnyman Frankie Boyle will lead the comedy shenanigans alongside fellow V Festival debutant and local Essex boy Russell Kane.

The duo will headline alongside an array of comedy heavyweights guaranteed to bring some side-splitting humour to the popular fifth stage, including Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney.

Russell Kane commented: “'I can’t believe I’m headlining the V Festival Glee Club Comedy Tent! I will celebrate afterwards by heading straight to the Dance Tent, and throwing myself around to techno music like a tribal chief beating a drum.”

Making her second appearance at V Festival, Shappi Khorsandi said: “Sadly, rock stardom didn't happen for me so performing at V Festival’s Glee Club Comedy Tent is the very next best thing.”

Seann Walsh also commented: “I am looking forward to V Festival. However, I am not looking forward to the few days after it. I am both excited and terrified. Oh God!”

Comedy acts joining Frankie Boyle, Russell Kane, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney on the 22nd and 23rd August, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire will be announced in the coming months.

 Sounds In The Grounds Festival 2015 Announced.

Sounds In The GroundFriday 24th April 2015
Sounds in the Grounds is a brand new event for the Midlands’ music calendar, to be hosted in the spectacular grounds of Warwick Castle. An exciting addition to a vibrant summer of events, this two-day extravaganza will see an incredible line-up of artists resonating with both the crowd and the historic setting this coming 10th and 11th July.

Executive Producer, Eric Allen says "We're really excited to be working in such an iconic British landmark, with fantastic talent".

Expect the limitless vivacity of Kaiser Chiefs to wow the masses as they headline on Friday 10th July. Following the success of No.1 album, the British society satire “Education, Education, Education & War”, Kaiser Chiefs are currently working on their sixth studio album from which “Falling Awake” is the first single to premier. Proven crowd pleasers, whose catalogue is brimming with sing-along anthems, there couldn’t be more fitting headliners for the event’s inaugural outing.
Read All About It! Chart-topping rapper, singer & songwriter, Professor Green will be gracing the stage at Sounds in the Grounds. Following the top five chart success of his third album Growing up in Public, you can expect an electric performance that will get feet tapping well into the night. Just be good to Green.

Also joining the bill is cool chanteuse Ella Eyre, who is quickly proving to be 2015’s rising superstar, having smashed the live circuit throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. A live dynamo, Ella’s enthralling live performances never fail to captivate. Her new single, ‘Together’, out this May, promises to bring as much acclaim as mega No.1 smash, ‘Changing’, the single she co-wrote with Sigma that brought her to widespread attention.

Saturday’s show will be an altogether different prospect dominated by classical fare featuring The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The classical show will have the audience waving their union flags at the Castle with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra taking to the stage to perform a selection of classical favourites, including Hornpipe, Rule Britannia!, Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 (Land of Hope and Glory) and Nimrod. The evening will come to a grand crescendo with a fantastic firework display lighting up the dusky sky.

Following their current stint at the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be unmissable at Sounds in the Grounds. Conducted by impeccable music sculptor and West End legend David Firman, teamed with the idyllic historical setting of Warwick Castle, there will be no better location to experience this iconic performance.

For her first ever festival appearance, Dubliner Lucy O’Byrne will be joining The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Her performance on the The Voice UK astounded the audience and won her the mentorship of will.i.am & Rita Ora. Eventually securing the show’s runner up spot for this year. Lucy has a bright future head of her.

Tickets for Sounds in the Grounds are now available through Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/soundsinthegrounds

FRIDAY
Advance booking - £45 + £3.50 booking fee
SATURDAY
Early Bird - £35
Advance booking - £38
Child (Age 4-16) - £15
Children Under 4 - Free

 Feed The Rhino Announced For Reading And Leeds Mainstage.

Feed The RhinoWednesday 22nd April 2015
Feed The Rhino are very excited to announce that they will be performing on the main stage at Reading and Leeds this August. Be prepared for the craziest start to the day you have ever seen!

If you have never been to a Feed The Rhino show - well, they are ferocious, unrelenting force of absolute chaos and you won’t see anyone leave the pit without a huge smile on their face. Check out the live video for “Finish The Game” which features footage from their recent tour with Enter Shikari in the UK.

The band are currently working on new material…. watch this space for more news on that soon...

Every band feel as though they’re a unique proposition but few walk the walk quite like Kent’s Feed The Rhino. Too multi-dimensional for the hardcore scene, way too gritty and willing to burn the rule book to ever be considered a metal band and far too inventive to ever be pigeonholed by punk, Rhino have a history in standing out from the crowd over the course of their short career. It’s been a badge of honour. With ‘The Sorrow and The Sound’, they’ve created something more than just being a different flavour and standing out from the crowd. They’ve made an album that throws together the ruthless groove of Pantera, the sinister side of Deftones, the nasty streak of Gallows and their own unique aggression to make something that threatens to obliterate the banality of what you’ve come to expect from a modern rock band.

Feed the Rhino have always specialised in white hot ferocity and a sonic bombardment that feels like a series of body blows to the gut from a heavyweight bare-knuckle boxer, only this time they do so with an increased knowledge of how to harness and release their bombast into something bigger and better. ‘The Sorrow and The Sound’ sees the band (Lee Tobin - Vocals, Oz Craggs - Bass, James Colley aka Jimbo Slice on Guitars, Sam Colley on Guitars and Chris Kybert on Drums) embracing everything they’ve done to this point and claiming victory through embracing all they’ve ever wanted to try without fear of failure.

Britain has given birth to plenty of bands that have changed the rock landscape in recent years. Feed the Rhino are here to rip it’s throat out.

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds Seven More Bands.

BloodstockWednesday 22nd April 2015
BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce seven more of metal’s finest for the UK’s heaviest weekender, including a clutch of bands from the farthest flung corners of the globe.

Friday’s line up will now include extreme prog metal Aussies, NE OBLIVISCARIS for their long awaited debut on UK soil. The band proclaim, “UK, here we come! 2015 is the year we are finally going to reach your shores and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it will be as part of the enormous BLOODSTOCK festival. We’re looking forward to playing alongside many of the best and biggest heavy acts from across the world!” Get a taste for them in this clip from their Australian tour in November; https://youtu.be/WdW88MzfHec. Also joining Friday’s fray are the London based group SILAS, who describe themselves as a “fusion of genres”. Curious? Head over to the official website at http://www.silasbanduk.com/ for the full lowdown.

Saturday’s bill sees two bands who’ve jetted in from Indonesia, a hotbed of metal and one of the planet’s most burgeoning heavy music scenes. BURGERKILL and JASAD are two of the country’s biggest metal acts, even counting the country’s metal-loving prime minister, Joko Widodo among their fans. Check out the video for BURGERKILL’s ‘House of Greed’ at: https://youtu.be/A7RM2W4kQco and then take their Indonesian heavy metal language lesson with Metal Hammer at: https://youtu.be/xAEKQO4n8vE. To learn more about JASAD, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Jasadbdm. Also joining Saturday’s Sophie bill are Mancunian metallers, PIST, already flagged up as a Terrorizer ‘Band of the Day’ around the release of their ‘Riffology’ EP. If you’re into stuff like Orange Goblin, Red Fang & Kyuss, you’ll appreciate the PIST sound. Learn more about PIST at: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/botd/pist-band-day/.

Sunday’s line-up sees a very special solo set from ex-Evile shredsman, OL DRAKE to accompany his upcoming solo album, ‘Old Rake’ which is out in June via Earache. Ol comments "I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity. The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now. It’ll be a very special show, so don’t miss it. I’ll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible. This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album. Hope to see you there!" The album’s lead track, 'Guitarists Playing Guitars' features the likes of Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), James Murphy (Death/Testament/Obituary), Josh Middleton (Sylosis) and Mike Heller (Fear Factory, on drums). Check it out now on Spotify; http://open.spotify.com/track/1YdYUEsRxVB2UGkrqLn4JD. Sunday also sees the return to Catton Park of South Wales metallers, TRIAXIS, who release their third album ‘Zero Hour’ on May 18th via Rocksector Records. Listen to first single ‘Victorious’ and delve deeper at: http://www.triaxis.info/.

Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956, priced at the very reasonable £135 (plus booking fee) for a four-day Thursday through Sunday weekend ticket with camping. VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches. Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!

All these killer bands are already announced! Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF. Plus over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, GODFLESH and ARNOCORPS, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, GODSIZED, plus many more and, there’s even more bands to be announced in the coming weeks!

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 Funeral For A Friend To Release 'Hours' Live At Islington.

Funeral For A FriendWednesday 22nd April 2015
Almost ten years to the day after Funeral For A Friend released their iconic album ‘Hours’, the band are set to release a live performance of the album in its entirety. As well as the ‘Hours’ set, there’s a selection of five more recent cuts, as well as all time favourites from the band’s impressive arsenal to round off the tracklisting. The release will be available on 15th June as Vinyl+DVD+Digital Audio, CD+DVD digipack and Digital Audio through End Hits Records.

Filmed and recorded on 25th April, 2014 at London's Islington Academy during Funeral For A Friend's ‘Hours’ tour with Boysetsfire and More Than Life, the live set serves as a reminder that this band are a vital part of UK rock history and their ability to captivate a crowd and craft important music is as strong as ever.

Funeral For A Friend’s legacy is one that has permeated the psyche of a whole new generation of bands in the UK. Lloyd from Neck Deep recalls: “'Hours' is a record that shaped music for me, undoubtedly. I'd listen to that album on repeat and just think 'I want to do this someday'. I loved Casually Dressed so much that I was sure it would be impossible to top, then FFAF stepped up and produced one of the best British rock albums ever. A legendary album by a legendary band. An inspiration on my musical life, and I have no doubt the band, and this album, plays a huge part in where Neck Deep is today. Also, I played Recovery for my GCSE music piece, so you know it's bad ass.”

TRACKLISTING:
A1 All The Rage
A2 Streetcar
A3 Roses For The Dead
A4 Hospitality
A5 Drive
A6 Monsters
A7 History
A8 Recovery
A9 The End Of Nothing
A10 Alvarez
A11 Sonny
A12 Sixteen
A13 1%
A14 Conduit
A15 Juneau
A16 Escape Artists Never Die

LIVE DATES:
MAY
Thu 7th Dundee Beat Generator Live
Fri 8th Aberdeen Tunnels
Sat 9th Inverness Ironworks
Thu 14th Stoke Sugarmill
Fri 15th York The Duchess
Sat 16th Hull The Welly
Thu 28th Reading The Bowery District
Fri 29th Peterborough Met Lounge
Sat 30th Camden Rocks Festival
JUNE
Thu 4th Sheffield Corporation
Fri 5th Derby The Venue
Sat 6th Oxford Academy 2
Sun 7th Worcester Marrs Bar
Sat 13th Download Festival, Donington

 Counting Crows Announce One Off UK Show.

Counting CrowsTuesday 21st April 2015
Counting Crows Announce Exclusive UK Show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Wednesday 10th June – a continuation for the worldwide Somewhere Under Wonderland tour .

“Probably the coolest thing about a career like ours is the chance to really see the world. I’ll never forget when we landed in London to start our first European tour, or what it was like to go for a walk in the middle of the night after a show and end up at the Eiffel Tower,” said lead vocalist Adam Duritz. “European tours are magic. I cannot wait.”

The tour will feature songs from the band’s forthcoming studio album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, their first original material in seven years, along with the band’s extensive catalogue of hit songs. Slated for a September release, Somewhere Under Wonderland is Counting Crow’s seventh studio album, and their first original recording since Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings in 2008.

Tickets are available to the general public now!

Tickets priced £41.25 (£37.50 Ticket + £3.75 Booking Fee) will be available from 9.00am on Friday 6th February at Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at www.wolvescivic.co.uk

 Ol Drake Announces Debut Solo Single And Album.

Oli DrakeTuesday 21st April 2015
Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, 'Old Rake', which features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic. The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.

The first track, 'Guitarists Playing Guitars' - which made its debut last night on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter - showcases the six-string shredder's phenomenal fretwork and features special guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS). Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.

Listen to 'Guitarists Playing Guitars' now on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1Gat3W9

Ol Drake comments:
"Behold the first single from the already-rusty 'Old Rake'. This song was written by trying to write the cheesiest riff possible and going from there.

"I was speaking to Gary Holt and he said he'd like to solo on the album, and it just happened that when he'd said that I'd reached the main 'solo section' in its writing process. Then I Thought 'I might as well go all out'. James got involved and I couldn't believe it; to have two of my idols from growing up on one of MY songs was mind-blowing. I then asked my friend, Josh, from Sylosis, who is a ridiculous shredder, and my other friend, Amit. I met Amit through his working at a metal magazine publication, but mainly from at festivals involving alcohol; ridiculous shredder, too!

"Do not take a full impression of the whole album from this song; every track is different. Hope you enjoy my cheese-fest of 'Guitarists Playing Guitars'!"

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

See a sneak peek of the official tab book at https://youtu.be/EFAm2-6mJkA and try your hand at the 'Guitarists Playing Guitars' tab at http://bit.ly/1D5ofws

'Old Rake' was recorded at the guitarist's home studio and was mixed with producer and former DEATH/TESTAMENT/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy. Pre-order the CD, signed CD and official tab book now at http://bit.ly/1JQiubX

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

 Reading And Leeds Add Over 60 More Bands.

Reading FestivalTuesday 21st April 2015
With only four months to go until August Bank Holiday Weekend, Reading & Leeds Festivals are excited to add over 60 new acts to an already incredible bill headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines.

Leading the charge are indie rock heroes and all round band of the moment alt-J. Last seen headlining the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at the Festivals, the band’s sophomore album ‘This Is All Yours’ has established them as one of Britain’s brightest and biggest bands, who will deservedly step up to an evening set on the Main Stage in 2015.

Gus Unger-Hamilton says:
"We're really over the moon to be returning to Reading & Leeds. It'll be our third time playing, and we always have the best time."

Joining alt-J on the Main Stage on Friday at Reading / Saturday at Leeds, Palma Violets will be treating revelers to cuts from their upcoming ‘Danger In The Club’. Their garage rock clatter is sure to get the crowd going, whilst Drenge graduate to Main Stage status with their extremely loud brand of grunge.

Fusing dubstep and rock to create a sound that is entirely their own, London’s Modestep step up to the plate on Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds, joined on the bill by raucous LA skate punks FIDLAR and Japanese metal idol stars Babymetal, who will be opening the stage.

Sunday at Reading / Friday at Leeds will see the return of Festival favourites The Gaslight Anthem, whose signature heartfelt punk rock is sure to provide one of the afternoon’s biggest singalongs. Lead by the iconic Laura Jane Grace the passionate, dynamic punk of Against Me! will cause a similar stir whilst British hardcore titans Feed The Rhino will be providing a suitably noisy start to the day.

NME / BBC RADIO 1 STAGE
Joining the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage line-up on Friday at Reading / Saturday at Leeds are energetic Brooklyn indie-punks Parquet Courts and LA indie-poppers Echosmith.
After storming the stage last year Scottish chart-smashing rockers Twin Atlantic will return to the bill on Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds, celebrating a huge year with a characteristically anthemic evening set. London indie favourites Spector and up and coming rock newcomers Nothing But Thieves return to the Festival. British soul and R&B singer Kwabs, AWOLNATION, Ghostpoet and The Skints are added to the bill on Sunday at Reading / Friday at Leeds.

BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Getting the BBC Radio 1 Dance tent moving on Friday at Reading / Saturday at Leeds will be Jacob Plant, Maribou State, LANY and All We Are, while dance-icon MK will be bringing his stunning show to close the stage on Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds. Oliver Dollar is added to the bill at Reading only, while Kevin Saunderson will fill this slot with an exclusive set at Leeds.

After a stunning 2014, pop provocateur Charli XCX also joins the Radio 1 Dance Tent line-up, a highly anticipated performance in the wake of her critically acclaimed new album Sucker and a sold-out UK tour. Secondcity, Dimension x Kove and Elliphant will join an amazing line-up on Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds, while Blonde Live, Rustie, Evian Christ, Snakehips, TCTS and 99 Souls are set to entertain the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage audience on Sunday at Reading / Friday at Leeds.

THE LOCK UP / THE PIT
Joining an already huge line-up on the Lock Up, on Friday at Reading / Saturday at Leeds will be Modern Baseball, The Bots, The Smith Street Band and Youth Man.

The Pit will feature a of line-up of gargantuan established acts and fresh emerging talent including iconic metalcore group Atreyu, PVRIS, And So I Watch You From Afar, Black Peaks, Ho99o9 and The One Hundred on Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds.

On Sunday at Reading / Friday at Leeds, American metalcore five piece Beartooth are added to the bill, and former Gallows frontman Frank Carter will be bringing his new band Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, while riff-tastic Bristol rockers Turbowolf, Moose Blood, Queen Kwong, Hawk Eyes, Single Mothers, Black Foxxes and Fort Hope are also now revealed for the stage.

FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
Fresh indie talent has been added to the line-up for the much-loved Festival Republic Stage, with Saint Raymond set to bring his joyous indie pop to the masses on Friday at Reading / Saturday at Leeds. Bombastic Scottish trio Prides, Bear’s Den, Vaults, Joywave, Eliza And The Bear and Hunter & The Bear are also revealed for the bill.

With new single ‘Our Eyes’ currently receiving huge radio support and fast-amassing buzz for her forthcoming second album, Lucy Rose will play second on the bill on Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds, with Blossoms and Bad Breeding also added to the line-up.

Geordie heroes Little Comets will take to the stage on Sunday at Reading / Friday at Leeds, along with Mini Mansions, Gengahr, Hippo Campus, Sundara Karma, Black Honey and The Sherlocks.

BBC 1XTRA STAGE
One of the most exciting stages at the Festival, the BBC 1XTRA Stage sees British legend Ms Dynamite announced for Saturday at Reading / Sunday at Leeds, joined by visceral Tempa T, Loyle Carner, and Kiko Bun.

Dope D.O.D., Fekky, Siobhan Bell and Isaiah Dreads are revealed for the line-up on Sunday at Reading / Friday at Leeds, joining a bill which features some of the best urban talent the world has to offer.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for Reading & Leeds 2015 are on sale now.
Weekend tickets £205.00 plus £8.00 booking fee + postage ? Day tickets Friday / Saturday / Sunday £59.50 plus £7.00 booking fee + postage ? Early entry permits £20 ? Campervan permits £75.00 ? Lockers £16.00 ? Reading car parking £10.00 ? Camping is included with weekend tickets only
Securing your ticket is even easier with the £50 instalment plan. To save a spot at Reading & Leeds 2015, simply put down £50 to bag your place, then pay the balance in monthly instalments.
Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online.

 Welcome To Wearing Scars.

Wearing ScarsTuesday 21st April 2015
Former Mutiny Within frontman Chris Clancy and Sacred Mother Tongue guitarist Andy James have revealed details of an exciting new project.

Accompanied by Sacred Mother Tongue’s former rhythm section – drummer Lee Newell and Bassist Craig Daws - and guitarist Daniel Woodyer, WEARING SCARS deliver a refreshing blast of modern rock, mixing heavy, syncopated grooves, glorious riffs, Andy’s signature shred and Chris’s angelic, soaring vocals.

The first taste of WEARING SCARS comes in the form of a lyric video for the song ‘Become Numb’, which you can view here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21iMVJgrYVI

“The concept of "Wearing Scars" started as an idea I had on the way home from the pub one night.” Explains frontman Chris Clancy. “To have the concept evolve into a band and album is really incredible. Some of these songs were written over 4 years ago and never reached their potential until I met Andy and he helped take them out of their shell and turn them into something really special. For the first time in my career I'm doing the music I want to do, the way I want to do it.”

Their debut album, ‘A Thousand Words’, will be released via Candyman Records on July 24th.

A new single is expected in the coming weeks.

 Slayer Unleash First New Track In Nearly A Year.

SlayerTuesday 21st April 2015
Southern Californian thrash metal pioneers SLAYER have released their first new track in nearly a year, 'When The Stillness Comes'. Listen to the band's eerie new offering here: https://youtu.be/iP2njx-0mY0URL

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King explains that he was in an unusually bad mood when he wrote the band's crushing new single:
"We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some fucking minivan and I'm just miserable in the backseat, not into anything," he says of the song. "So I just stated jotting down hateful thoughts. It's about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he's killed everybody. It's really cool."

'When The Stillness Comes' is one of 12 new songs that will appear on the thrash-metal titans' forthcoming new record, their first since 2009's World Painted Blood. The LP, produced by Terry Date (Pantera, White Zombie), will also be the band's first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013 and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo that same year.

'When The Stillness Comes' was made available as part of Record Store Day on April 18. The song, accompanied by a live recording of 'Black Magic' from the band's 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, featured on a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide) 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively available at all participating independent record stores worldwide...but unfortunately for UK fans, this is now sold out.

 Beasts To Release New Single.

BeastsTuesday 21st April 2015
South West London’s Beasts will release their brand new single “My Girl Is A Serpent” on 25th May 2015, via Avatone Records.

SoundCloud link - https://soundcloud.com/beastsmusic/my-girl-is-a-serpent/s-T57hx

The brief and deep intro of “My Girl Is A Serpent” brilliantly leads to a cunningly crafted song, packed with strong guitar riffs and catchy vocals, all sustained by a solid rhythmic section. The clean production underlines the constant creative evolution of this great emerging band.

2015 will see Beasts hitting the UK roads for a series of live shows in many legendary British venues. After supporting The Subways at Le Trabendo in Paris (FR), Beasts will support the Theory Of A Deadman on a full UK regional tour (including the London show at the Scala) and will open the Darlia show in London at the Electric Ballroom. Beasts will also perform as headliner in Nottingham’s famous Rock City on 16th May.

Since forming in late 2013, Beasts have emerged as one of the most promising bands in the underground rock scene. Having recorded their debut single ‘Annie’ with ex-Sikth guitarist and Producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Kids In Glass Houses) in December 2013, Beasts have gone on to achieve national radio play and support from Radio 1 DJs Daniel P. Carter and Zane Lowe, who made the band his “Next Hype” in June, as well as plays from Phil Taggart and Alice Levine, John Kennedy on XFM, Alex Baker on Kerrang! Radio and Amazing Radio who gave the band ‘Track Of The Day’, ‘Record Of The Week’ and playlisted the track, culminating in a number 8 spot on the Amazing Radio Charts.

The band had a busy summer of Festivals in 2014 including The Great Escape, Camden Rocks, Isle Of Wight Festival, Y Not Festival and finished the season off with Reading & Leeds in August where they opened The Pit stage to a crowd filled tent.

UK Tour Dates
Wed 22nd April Exeter, Cavern
Thu 23rd April Bristol, Bierkiller (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Fri 24th April Sheffield, Leadmill (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Sat 25th April Focus Wales 2015 @ South (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Sun 26th April Glasgow, O2 ABC (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Mon 27th April Manchester, Academy 2 (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Tue 28th April Birmingham, The Library (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Thu 30th April London, Scala (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Wed 6th May London, Electric Ballroom (supporting Darlia)
Sat 16th May Nottingham, Rock City
Thu 28th May Lincoln, The Scene
Fri 29th May Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms (with Black Spiders)
Sat 30th May London, Camden Rocks Festival
Sun 12th Jul Somerset, Nass Festival
Fri 17th Jul Oxford, Truck Festival

 Shining Sign With Spinefarm Records.

The ShiningTuesday 21st April 2015
SHINING HAVE joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see a new studio album released later this year supported by international touring, plus a number of high-profile festival appearances (in France, Belgium, Norway & Holland), with more dates to be added.

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist & songwriter Jørgen Munkeby, Norwegian collective Shining – fresh from a European tour guesting with Devin Townsend – have been breaking down musical barriers for the past 15 years, mixing progressive, technical metal, jazz, avant-garde and experimental sounds with cutting-edge visuals and blazing live performances. Along the way, Munkeby (skilled saxophonist & guitarist, a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music) has released a number of Shining albums, collected awards, toured with the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan & Arch Enemy, and effectively forged a whole new musical genre.

Just as Venom created ‘Black Metal’ in the early ’80s, so Shining can proudly put their name to ‘Blackjazz’ – also the title of their 2010 album, a Top 10 record in Norway. Following ‘Blackjazz’ came the excellent ‘One One One’ (2013), and now it’s time for studio album number seven (title tbc); as with ‘Blackjazz’ & ‘One One One’, it’s been mixed by Sean Bevan (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, etc.), and is about to be mastered in Los Angeles by Tom Baker (Baker Mastering).

According to Munkeby: “Our new album is one of our most varied, encompassing the whole gamut of what we do, from the sinister ferocity and experimentation of ‘Blackjazz’ to the more focussed songwriting of ‘One One One’. It really is the culmination of all the best elements in the Blackjazz world!

“Shining are now at the high point of our career, with several high-profile tours completed over the past couple of years, so we feel it’s very fitting for us to be moving ahead with Spinefarm Records at this particular time; we are greatly looking forward to working with them to take Blackjazz to the masses around the world, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear our new album!”

Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto: “It’s very rare that you get a chance to work with a band like Shining and an artist like Jørgen Munkeby: a songwriter and a musician with a vision that sets him completely apart from the norm – yet a vision that still allows for songs that can appeal to a broad audience. Creating challenging, intelligent music doesn’t mean that it can’t connect both emotionally and commercially, and I speak on behalf of everyone at Spinefarm worldwide when I say that we’re very much looking forward to spreading the Blackjazz gospel. Amen.”

Adventurous, compelling and constantly developing, Jørgen Munkeby & Shining are a unique force to be reckoned with, as their full-tilt cover of King Crimson’s ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ (a track on the ‘Blackjazz’ album and a regular highlight of the live set) clearly shows.

The future is bright. In fact, it’s Shining.

 Cradle Of Filth Reveal New Album Cover.

Cradle Of FilthTuesday 21st April 2015
Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork;

“The artwork for 'Hammer Of The Witches' was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty... and horror.”

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a “sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism”. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterized by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism.

Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts;
“In terms of mood, I was looking for the inspiration of this set in the spirit of Faustian romanticism, the ambivalent art of Renaissance that reanimated motives of pagan mythology after the Middle Ages, and of course, the darkly beautiful and charming spirit of Goetia traditions that is filled with the atmosphere of hermetical rituals. My personal conceptual leitmotif that inspires me, is a conflict between the free-thinking and totalitarianism, where the raw power always gains the upper hand over individualism. The act of art is a theurgical act that creates existence in the Platonic reality - reality of ideas. So, at least in this Platonic dimension let’s give the suppressed ones a chance to get their revenge. For me the Goat of Mendes on the cover symbolizes the scapegoat, who's tired of his humiliating role and wants a payback. This character is an archetypical symbol of libido and other primordial forces and instinctive aspects of a human being. And these forces always have been a menace for those who want to reign over the others, like it's schematically represented in George Orwell's "1984"."

Cradle Of Filth have been ensconced in creative purgatory for the last few weeks in Britain's darkest rural Suffolk, busy finishing the recording of their album at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. It has been three years since the release of their previous album – the longest gap in the band's history. And the wait is almost over.
‘Hammer Of The Witches’ the fruit of their diabolical endeavours is due for global release this July via Nuclear Blast.

 EofE Announced For Download Festival.

EofEMonday 20th April 2015
Fast-rising Black Country 5-piece EofE continue to blaze a trail letting loose another striking video, this time for their brand new single ‘Wake Up’, which follows the band’s two previous two tracks ‘Stars In Hollywood’ and ‘Bridges’, both of which have been major smashes in rock clubs up and down the country.

‘Wake Up’ is yet another thunderous tune, throwing the band’s monstrous guitars and epic sing-along choruses together creating the perfect pop-punk anthem.

As well as playing Brighton’s Great Escape on May 15th and then London’s Camden Rocks on May 30th, the band can now confirm that they will be performing at the world’s most iconic rock and metal festival, Download, over the weekend of June 12th – 14th. The upcoming festival appearances will provide yet more opportunities to catch the explosive young talents at the top of their game.

Having debuted last November with the track ‘Bridges’ which saw Team Rock Radio declare "EofE are going to be the next big thing", and follow up with their single ‘Stars In Hollywood’ alongside a UK tour with Brit-metallers Glamour Of The Kill, ‘Wake Up’ is set to continue the band’s path to much bigger things.

2015 is going to be the year that EofE smash through the doors of British rock.

You can catch the UK’s new rock prodigies playing at the following summer festivals:

15th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
30th May – Camden Rocks Festival, London
12th June – Download Festival, Donington

 Simple Minds Announce November UK Tour.

Simple MindsMonday 20th April 2015
Following the acclaim of their 16th album BIG MUSIC and current tour, due to demand and to cap off what has been a remarkable year for the band, Simple Minds will play three arena shows in November.

BIG MUSIC sees the band rekindling the energy and attitude, the mystery and magic that made them one of the greatest bands on the planet. It’s a swaggering collection that reiterates the band’s world-class credentials; a culmination of a decade of stealthy rediscovery that has seen the band make two albums, 2005's Black & White 050505 and 2009's Graffiti Soul, before reminding us all of their legacy with the acclaimed X5 boxed set and subsequent 5X5 Live album and tour.

With a touring cast that now sees Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, bassist Ged Grimes, backing vocalists Sarah Brown and Catherine AD (additional keys and guitars), Simple Minds have a settled line-up that enables them to look and feel like a proper band again. Made with an array of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band CHVRCHES) and producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg – BIG MUSIC is an irresistible mix of artistry and accessibility.
Simple Minds have undergone rightful reappraisal and renaissance in recent years. More relevant than ever, they have been lauded in recent times by NME (included in their ‘100 Most Influential Bands’), The Guardian and Mojo, and artists including The Horrors, The Killers, King Creosote, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Radiohead. Last year the band played to 130,000 people in the UK alone – the most ever in one year.

BIG MUSIC is an album that combines a sense of sonic euphoria with some of the most personal lyrics Jim has ever written. It does justice to the Simple Minds legacy, an album that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Empires And Dance, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain.
Simple Minds are “widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world” (BBC Breakfast) and over a 30-year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

Jim Kerr had this to say regarding the band’s special guests The Stranglers:
“Stranglers always were one of our favourite live acts. We know our audience will appreciate seeing both bands together during this arena tour.”

SIMPLE MINDS BIG MUSIC TOUR 2015
THU 26TH NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA
FRI 27TH NOVEMBER LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
SAT 28TH NOVEMBER GLASGOW SSE HYDRO

*TICKETS GO ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY 24TH APRIL

 Thy Art Is Murder Announce UK Dates.

thyartismurderMonday 20th April 2015
THY ART IS MURDER have just confirmed 3 extra UK dates ahead of Slam Dunk festival, to replace the shows from the cancelledEmmure tour.

The dates are part of a full European run dubbed ‘The Australian Takeover’,with the band being supported by 3 other acts from Down Under.These will also be the final headline shows in the UK on the 'Hate' cycle, so make sure you grab a ticket!

"As Emmure had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to illness, a lot of fans were asking what happened to the rest of the bands. A few things led to another and all of a sudden the rest of the package couldn't do the tour. Not wanting to let you guys down we worked tirelessly with our agent to bring you a tour. A headline tour. And the final European tour of the Hate album cycle. And we're bringing some friends.

We are happy and proud to announce our good friends from Australia, Aversions Crown, Feed Her To The Sharks & Earth Rot will be joining us on this exciting excursion. Our amazing agent still has a lot of work to do to pull the dates together for announcement but get excited for this last minute run of Australian metal before Holy War is released!"

TOUR DATES:

EUROPE
02.05.15 Germany Leipzig @ Impericon Fest (TAIM only)
03.05.15 Holland Amsterdam @ Impericon Fest (TAIM only)
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04.05.15 Germany Hamburg @ Logo
05.05.15 Day Off
06.05.15 Sweden Örebro @ Kulturhuset
07.05.15 Sweden Gothenburg @ Fängelset
08.05.15 Denmark Copenhagen @ KB18
09.05.15 Germany Lingen @ Alter Schlachthof
10.05.15 Germany Leipzig @ Four Rooms
11.05.15 Germany Dresden @ Chemiefabrik
12.05.15 Hungary Budapest @ Blue Hell
13.05.15 Austria Wien @ Viper Room
14.05.15 Italy Milan @ Circolo Svolta
15.05.15 Switzerland Zürich @ Dynamo
16.05.15 France Lyon @ CCO
17.05.15 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix
18.05.15 Germany Heidelberg @ Schwimmbad Club
19.05.15 France Paris @ Glazart
UK
20.05.15 UK Reading @ Sub89
21.05.15 UK Bristol @ Marble Factory
22.05.15 UK Glasgow @ Garage 2
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23.05.15 UK Leeds @ Slam Dunk (TAIM only)
24.05.15 UK Hatfield @ Slam Dunk (TAIM only)
25.05.15 UK Wolverhampton @ Slam Dunk (TAIM only)

Holy War track listing:
1. Absolute Genocide
2. Light Bearer
3. Holy War
4. Coffin Dragger
5. Fur And Claw
6. Deliver Us To Evil
7. Emptiness
8. Violent Reckoning
9. Child Of Sorrow
10. Naked And Cold
11. Vengeance (Bonus Track - initial CD pressings and vinyl only)

 Cancer Bats Announce New Single Ahead Of UK Tour.

Cancer BatsMonday 20th April 2015
Ahead of their UK co-headline tour with While She Sleeps, Toronto’s beloved Cancer Bats are happy to announce their new single “Beelzebub” - taken from their critically acclaimed new album “Searching For Zero” (out now on Noise Church Records / BMG rights).

Produced by legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, glassjaw) Searching For Zero is simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing Cancer Bats release. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is Cancer Bats at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

Since first turning heads in 2006 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut, Cancer Bats, made up of lead vocalist Liam Cormier, guitarist Scott Middleton, drummer Mike Peters and bassist Jaye Schwarzer, have arduously and unrelentingly toured across the globe, averaging about 300 shows a year in both 2011 and 2012 alone. Truly one of the hardest working bands in Canada, Cancer Bats have graced the covers and pages of countless tastemaking publications including Kerrang!, Exclaim!, Revolver, and Rock Sound and have been nominated for numerous awards from JUNO’s to Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

The Bats return to the UK this week on a co-headline tour with While She Sleeps (Hundreth and Oathbreaker will also join the tour). Be sure to catch this awesome line up at one of the following shows:

April
22nd – Birmingham, Institute
23rd – Manchester, The Ritz
24th – Norwich, UEA
25th - Bristol, Hit The Deck Festival
26th - Nottingham, Hit The Deck Festival
28th – Newcastle, University
29th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
30th – London, Forum

 Wheatus Announce 15th Anniversary Tour.

WheatusFriday 17th April 2015
What if you really REALLY loved your part time job? ...but, what if it didn't pay enough? Well then you may be in Wheatus. It's a special time for music. Not too much of it sticks and when it does well, it usually isn't everyone's cuppa. "...we really don't run into people who don't like Dirtbag, including us", Wheatus frontman, producer, songwriter Brendan Brown quotes, whilst fiddling with a vacuum tube that reads "Made In West Germany". It seems that Wheatus do indeed still love playing their multi-platinum, ubiquitous 2001 classic, Teenage Dirtbag.

"I grew up idolizing Rush & AC/DC. Bands that last forever...One of the fears I had when Dirtbag kicked off was that it would get old quick or be received as a fad...I was wrong to worry about that. It feels new every night. I think that's because it's hard to play correctly, but what the hell do I know?"

It has not been an easy go for Brown & crew. They scrape recording & touring budgets together by selling last years gear on ebay. "It's an interesting paradox that people won't buy music but they still buy the stuff to make it and that we can carry on that way...together, we found a way forward. I still can't believe it started 15 years ago though...that's hard to imagine for a song that continues to be renewed. We owe a debt to that album and to the people who remember us.”

So yes, at least one band from before the days of iTunes & Spotify have found a way forward ...and forward they come, on a full tour of the UK, Ireland & EU playing their ENTIRE FIRST ALBUM plus songs from their 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th, 6th & 7th

September 2015
18th Newton Abbot The Jolly Farmer
19th Swansea The Scene
20th Bristol Thekla
21st St Albans - The Horn
22nd Gloucester Guildhall
23rd Holyhead Ucheldre Centre
29th Leeds Key Club
30th Manchester Academy 3
October 2015
1st Glasgow O2 ABC2
2nd Aberdeen Tunnels
3rd Newcastle O2 Academy2
4th Sheffield Corporation
5th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
6th Birmingham O2 Academy2
7th Southampton Talking Heads
8th London Electric Ballroom
9th Guildford Boiler Rooms
10th Harlow The Square
11th Norwich Waterfront
12th Brighton Komedia

 Fearless Vampire Killers Set To Go On Tour.

Fearless Vampire KillersFriday 17th April 2015
This year has kicked off to a great start, having been out on tour already with Black Veil Brides & In This Moment, so this is going to be one hell of a tour for the guys and their fans, who will finally get to see a full set of FVK's new material, with some fan faves of course!

TOUR DATES:
May 4th - Norwich Arts Centre
May 5th - Oxford, O2 Academy
May 6th - Plymouth, The Hub
May 7th - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
May 8th - London, The Underworld
May 10th - Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
May 11th - Glasgow, King Tuts
May 12th - Manchester, Sound Control
May 15th - Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
May 16th - Sheffield, Corporation
May 17th - Leeds, The Key Club
May 18th - Nottingham, Rock City Basement
May 19th - Bristol, Exchange
May 21st - Brighton, The Haunt
May 22nd - Southampton, Joiners

 Helloween Stream New Song 'Battle's Won'.

HelloweenFriday 17th April 2015
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15th studio album My God-Given Right, due on June 1st, the Pumpkin Heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career. In anticipation of the new release, HELLOWEEN are streaming the first single from the album over on YouTube. Listen to 'Battle's Won' here: https://youtu.be/-CyToN626E0

My God-Given Right tracklist:

01. Heroes
02. Battle’s Won
03. My God-Given Right
04. Stay Crazy
05. Lost In America
06. Russian Roulé
07. The Swing Of A Fallen World
08. Like Everybody Else
09. Creatures In Heaven
10. If God Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. Living On The Edge
12. Claws
13. You, Still Of War

The limited digipak (with special 3D cover) and the vinyl version will feature two bonus tracks:
14. I Wish I Were There
15. Wicked Game

>The digital version contains three bonus tracks:
14. I Wish I Were There
15. Wicked Game
16. Free World

The limited Earbook will feature a bonus-CD with four bonus tracks:
01. I Wish I Were There
02. Wicked Game
03. Nightmare
04. More Than A Lifetime

 The Color Morale Return To The UK.

The Color MoraleFriday 17th April 2015
Illinois five-piece The Color Morale are set to return to the UK next month to play Slam Dunk Festival and support Beartooth. In addition to these dates, they’ve now announced a headline show at the O2 Islington Academy 2 on 17th May. As frontman Garret Rapp says: “We're very excited to be a part of this year's Slam Dunk Festival. This has been a bucket list goal for The Color Morale and we've been waiting for this one in particular! Also super stoked to be coming across the pond with our brothers in Beartooth. Make sure to come see us at both, we're going to get extra rowdy for these dates.”

The Color Morale released their latest album ‘Hold On Pain Ends’ via Fearless Records in 2014 and have been busy traversing the globe bringing their new music, along with classic fan favourites to a legion of dedicated followers, having played the likes of Soundwave Festival in Australia and their own Hold On Pain Ends headline run in the US.

LIVE DATES:
17.05.15 London O2 Academy2 Islington (TCM headline)
18.05.15 Reading The Bowery District (w/ Beartooth)
19.05.15 Bournemouth The Anvil (w/ Beartooth)
20.05.15 Northampton Roadmenders (w/ Beartooth)
21.05.15 Carlisle Brickyard (w/ Beartooth)
22.05.15 Edinburgh Studio 24 (w/ Beartooth)
23.05.15 Leeds Slam Dunk Festival
24.05.15 Wolverhampton Slam Dunk Festival
25.05.15 Hatfield Slam Dunk Festival

 Dinosaur Pile-Up To Support Brand New.

Dinosaur Pile UpFriday 17th April 2015
Having recently released the first single from forthcoming album ‘Eleven Eleven’, Dinosaur Pile-Up have been announced as support to Brand New on a clutch of intimate shows across the UK and Europe in June, as well as having several further live dates on the horizon.

Sculpted by the expert hands of producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood/Turbowolf) the crushing riffs of ‘Eleven Eleven’ are a glaring signal of deadly intent from a band that enjoyed a stellar live year in 2014. If their career were a Tarantino movie, then they are at the scene where they’re about to cut your ear clean off. Audiences from here to the States, then all the way back around again are about to see blood. This is an album that sees Dinosaur Pile-Up go harder, faster and heavier than ever before. To give you an idea of Dinosaur Pile-Up’s definition of ‘hard and fast’ just glance at what they achieved on the live circuit last year alone: the States three times, Japan twice, Europe, India and their native UK. That’s a hell of an itinerary for a live show as notoriously savage as theirs.

With their third record heralding a darker and more intense sound – as well as invoking comparisons to Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana – it’s time to sit up and take note. Dinosaur Pile-up are ready to unleash their biggest and most accomplished LP to date, which will surely usher them in as worthy adversaries to the UK rock elite.
‘Eleven Eleven’ will be released through SO Recordings later this year.
Supporting Brand New:
JUNE
01 RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
02 Art School, Glasgow
03 Glee Club, Birmingham
04 Brooklyn Bowl, London

Further dates:
1st May - Live at Leeds Party w. Pulled Apart By Horses
7th May - Tooting Tram & Social (headline)
30th May - Camden Rocks
25 July - Off The Cuff, Birmingham

 Kiss Announce Europe Dates For The Summer.

KissFriday 17th April 2015
Rock legends KISS are set to bring their new live show to Europe in Summer 2015. With multiple festival and headline dates across Europe, KISS live is set to be THE rock event of 2015.

With over 80 million album sales worldwide, KISS remain one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time. Throughout their stellar 42 year career KISS have established themselves as one of the great live rock bands. Kiss was named by VH1 as 10th on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock'. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2014 saw KISS headline a tour across North America, bringing a new production to blow away audiences across the country. Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons are set to bring the KISS tour to Europe in 2015, playing tracks from across their 40 year career, right up to 2012’s “Monster” studio album. 2014 also saw a deluxe edition reissue of the band seminal “Love Gun” album through Universal Music.

Paul Stanley says, "Our past shows, reputation and legend says it all and you can expect nothing less from us. Bombast, spectacle and great Rock & Roll? Guilty as charged. I'm ready."

“DOWNLOAD 2015! Are You Ready For KISS? We're Ready to Rock the Hallowed Grounds of Britain. It's An Honor To Be Part of The Tradition...” – Eric Singer

"We're really up for this in a big way. Just coming off tours of Japan and Latin America, the band is on fire and ready to bring it." - Tommy Thayer

Gene Simmons says, “Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as KISS are coming to OWN Europe. People have missed us? Of course they have. We are coming to set that straight. This KISS show will blow your mind!"

Early 2015 saw KISS undertake a sold out Japanese tour culminating with a night at the Tokyo Dome. Following a South American tour in April 2015 that sees dates in Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, KISS will return to Europe for the following dates:

Saturday 30th May 2015 Rockavaria Festival, Munich, GERMANY
Sunday 31st May Rock im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, GERMANY
Tuesday 2nd June O2 Arena, Hamburg, GERMANY
Wednesday 3rd June O2 Arena, Berlin, GERMANY
Thursday 4th June Leipzig Arena, Leipzig, GERMANY
Saturday 6th June Rock In Vienna Festival, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Monday 8th June O2 Arena, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Wednesday 10th June Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Thursday 11th June Verona Arena, Verona, ITALY
Sunday 14th June Download Festival, ENGLAND
Tuesday 16th June Zenith, Paris, FRANCE
Thursday 18th June Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, HOLLAND
Friday 19th June Graspop Festival, BELGIUM
Sunday 21st June St Jordi, Barcelona, SPAIN
Monday 22nd June Barclaycard Arena, Madrid, SPAIN

Rock legends KISS are set to bring their new live show to Europe in Summer 2015. With multiple festival and headline dates across Europe, KISS live is set to be THE rock event of 2015.

With over 80 million album sales worldwide, KISS remain one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time. Throughout their stellar 42 year career KISS have established themselves as one of the great live rock bands. Kiss was named by VH1 as 10th on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock'. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2014 saw KISS headline a tour across North America, bringing a new production to blow away audiences across the country. Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons are set to bring the KISS tour to Europe in 2015, playing tracks from across their 40 year career, right up to 2012’s “Monster” studio album. 2014 also saw a deluxe edition reissue of the band seminal “Love Gun” album through Universal Music.

Paul Stanley says, "Our past shows, reputation and legend says it all and you can expect nothing less from us. Bombast, spectacle and great Rock & Roll? Guilty as charged. I'm ready."

“DOWNLOAD 2015! Are You Ready For KISS? We're Ready to Rock the Hallowed Grounds of Britain. It's An Honor To Be Part of The Tradition...” – Eric Singer

"We're really up for this in a big way. Just coming off tours of Japan and Latin America, the band is on fire and ready to bring it." - Tommy Thayer

Gene Simmons says, “Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as KISS are coming to OWN Europe. People have missed us? Of course they have. We are coming to set that straight. This KISS show will blow your mind!"

Early 2015 saw KISS undertake a sold out Japanese tour culminating with a night at the Tokyo Dome. Following a South American tour in April 2015 that sees dates in Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, KISS will return to Europe for the following dates:

Saturday 30th May 2015 Rockavaria Festival, Munich, GERMANY
Sunday 31st May Rock im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, GERMANY
Tuesday 2nd June O2 Arena, Hamburg, GERMANY
Wednesday 3rd June O2 Arena, Berlin, GERMANY
Thursday 4th June Leipzig Arena, Leipzig, GERMANY
Saturday 6th June Rock In Vienna Festival, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Monday 8th June O2 Arena, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Wednesday 10th June Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Thursday 11th June Verona Arena, Verona, ITALY
Sunday 14th June Download Festival, ENGLAND
Tuesday 16th June Zenith, Paris, FRANCE
Thursday 18th June Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, HOLLAND
Friday 19th June Graspop Festival, BELGIUM
Sunday 21st June St Jordi, Barcelona, SPAIN
Monday 22nd June Barclaycard Arena, Madrid, SPAIN

 Slaves Announce New Single 'Cheer Up London'.

SlavesFriday 17th April 2015
Slaves, one of the most hotly tipped young bands in the UK, are about to unleash their brand new anthem ‘Cheer up London’ impacting June 1st. Pre-order the album from itunes here to get the track now as an instant grat: http://po.st/CULiTPR . You can pre-order the 7” vinyl here: http://po.st/CULsPR

The song is a blistering call-to-arms against the malaise of the modern world, a rallying cry against wage slave apathy, and metropolitan cynicism.

‘Cheer up London’ is the next track to be released from their forth-coming, new album ‘Are you Satisfied? ’, a high energy slab of contemporary punk, shot through with an outsider spirit and the pairs unique lyrics looking at life in 21st Century Britain.

The two Tunbridge Wells punks have been winning over fans and critics alike with their scathing riffs and snarky vocals. The pair recently joined Huw Stephens for a Radio 1 session for a frantic cover of LCD Sound System’s “Daft punk is playing at my house”, and they’ve played a prestigious slot on the NME tour, as well as support slots with Jamie T. and Interpol, both of whom are fans.

Live, Laurie (vocals, guitar) and Isaac (vocals, drums) display a madcap sense of humour also evident in their song-writing as one listen to songs like ‘Where’s your car Debbie’ and ‘Feed the Mantaray’ demonstrates. Their up-coming headline tour, along with slots at festivals such as Great Escape, Reading and Leeds, Bestival as well as Ibiza Rocks 10th Birthday in July supporting The Libertines (with many more to announce) will definitely see them picking up new fans everywhere they go !

Catch one of the most exciting bands of 2015 at the following shows

HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
Tue 05 May Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Wed 06 May Scala, London (SOLD OUT)
Thurs 07 May Scala, London (SOLD OUT)
Sat 09 May Gorilla, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
Sun 10 King Tuts, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
Mon 11 May The Cluny, Newcastle (SOLD OUT)
Wed 13 May Thekla, Bristol (SOLD OUT
Thu 14 May Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (SOLD OUT)
Mon 18 May Library at the Institute, Birmingham
Tue 19 May Leadmill, Sheffield

EUROPEAN & FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:
Wed 22 Apr Focus Wales, Wrexham
Fri 24 Apr London Calling, Amsterdam
Sat 02 May Live at Leeds Festival
Sun 03 May Handmade Festival, Leicester
Fri 15 May Great Escape Festival, Brighton
Sat 16 May Great Escape Festival, Brighton
Fri 22 May Liverpool Sound City
Sun 24 May Common People Festival, Southampton
Sat 06 June Rock am Ring/Rock Im Park, Germany
Sun 07 June Rock am Ring / Rock Im Park, Germany
Fri 10 June T in the Park, Perthshire
Fri 17 July Truck Fest, Steventon
Sat 18 July Longitude Festival, Dublin
Wed 22 July Ibiza Rocks 10th Birthday, supporting The Libertines
Fri 24 July Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
Fri 31 July Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
Sat 01Aug Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
Sun 02 Aug Camp Bestival, Dorset
Sat 15 Aug Summer Sonic, Japan
Sun 16 Aug Summer Sonic, Japan
Thu 20 Aug Cabaret Vert, Charleville Meziere
Fri 21 Aug Lowlands Festival, Holland
Sat 22 Aug Pukkelpop, Belgium
Sat 29 Aug Reading Festival
Sun 30 Aug Leeds Festival
Sun 06 Sept Jersey Live Festival
Sat 12 Sept Bestival, Isle of Wight

 Thomas Nicholas Band Reveal New Video.

Thomas Nicholas BandFriday 17th April 2015
Ahead of the release of his new full length ‘Security’ THOMAS NICHOLAS has unveiled a new video for the title track of the album.

See the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSUuspS2Mug

The video was shot in South Town in Springfield, Illinois at one of the longest running indoor skate parks in the USA (25 years) called ‘Skank Skates’. They also boast the longest running all ages club called ‘Black Sheep’ plus ‘Dumb Records’, ‘Boof City skate shop’ and a recording studio that also houses a weekly radio podcast.

Thomas Nicholas comments:
“My lead guitarist, Matt Kennedy (the Graduate, The Dangerous Summer) came up with the idea to shoot our newest music video in his home town of Springfield, IL and now the video has become part of "The Southtown Project" which will be launching a Kickstarter to raise funds to repair and improve Southtown.

I'm so excited to finally bring the whole band to the UK. Since 2012, Matt and I have been hitting the road as an acoustic duo for a few tours over there to get the word out about our music. I feel like we've finally earned our stripes. ”

So some of you may be wondering, “who the hell is Thomas Nicholas?” – well I’m sure you may be slightly more familiar with his face from seeing the box office hit movie AMERICAN PIE and its sequels where Nicholas plays Kevin Myers.

As well as a longstanding career in acting from the age of 7, Thom also has a great passion for music and has been performing for many years, with his debut album ‘Without Warning’ released in 2008.

Due for release on 25th May the ‘Security’ album was funded via a Pledgemusic campaign where Nicholas supported a great cause by donating a percentage of his funding to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a paediatric treatment & research facility that focuses on the treatment of catastrophic diseases.

Catch the THOMAS NICHOLAS BAND in the UK

24th April – Milton Keynes @ The Craufurd Arms
25th April – Bristol @ Hit The Deck Festival
26th April – Nottingham @ Hit The Deck Festival
27th April – Kingston @ Banquet Records
28th April – London @ Aces & Eights
29th April – Swansea – The Scene
30th April – London @ Tooting Tram & Social
1st May – Bournemouth @ Sound Circus
2nd May – Stamford @ Voodoo Lounge **NEWLY ADDED**
3rd May – Mountain Ash @ Mountain Ash Inn
4th May – Cardiff @ The Moon Club

 As It Is Head Out On Tour.

As It IsFriday 17th April 2015
Brighton-via-Minneapolis quintet, As It Is, have revealed a video for 'Cheap Shots and Setbacks', the next single from their forthcoming debut album, 'Never Happy, Ever After', released on April 20th on Fearless Records.

Speaking about the track, frontman Patty Walters says, "Cheap Shots & Setbacks is without sounding cliche, probably (and hopefully!) our anthem. It's about being the underdog but realising that actually it's everybody else who is the problem. It's about being proud of who you are and proud of any imperfections you may have. I see so many personal setbacks in hindsight as the only reason I'm here lucky enough to do this today.

The music video tells the story of two outcast humans who find each other and are wanted in a dystopian robotic world. We really wanted the video to represent the lyrical themes of the song and have the two sit side by side. We think it's definitely our most ambitious music video to date but I think we managed to pull it off! Cheap Shots is one of the slightly more positive songs which proves that even when we're not miserable we're still pretty miserable."

Click above to watch the video for 'Cheap Shots and Setbacks' from 'Never Happy, Ever After'.

The band's new album, 'Never Happy, Ever Happy', is now available to stream in full at the link below. Below, Patty sums up what the album means to him:
"To me 'Never Happy, Ever After' is an album that honestly explores our insecurities and addresses everything negative that happens in the minds of boys who seem happy on the surface. Being able to write and release a full length meant we finally got the chance to write diversely and approach new angles and influences. I couldn't be prouder of the album. The album is a perfect representation of where this band is and is our mission statement that we don't plan to disappear. We hope this album means as much to even one person as it does to us."

'Never Happy, Ever After' is released on April 20th on Fearless Records and available for pre-order digitally at: found.ee/neverhappy and physically at: found.ee/neverhappypre

Catch the band at the following live dates:

APRIL
20: London, Camden Barfly ('Never Happy, Ever After' release show)
MAY (co-headline tour w/ This Wild Life)
09: Kingston, Fighting Cocks (Matinee)
10: Southampton, Joiners
11: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
12: Reading, Bowery District
13: London, Garage
14: Norwich, Epic Studios
16: Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
17: Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
18: Glasgow, King Tuts
19: Manchester, Sound Control
21: Oxford, O2 Academy 2
22: Yeovil, Westlands
MAY (Slam Dunk Festivals)
23: Leeds, City Centre (Slam Dunk North)
24: Hatfield, Forum (Slam Dunk South)
25: Wolverhampton, City Centre (Slam Dunk Midlands)

 Attention Thieves To Release New Album.

Attention ThievesTuesday 14th April 2015
Attention Thieves have posted the video for new single, 'Tell Me', taken from their forthcoming album, 'Year of the Jackal', released on May 18th.

Speaking of the track, singer Alex Green says, "Although the album is very diverse musically and subject wise Tell Me is a straight up Rock/Pop song, but that doesn't mean it is any less genuine. Like the other songs, it's a story I am telling from experience, but in this case it is about having feelings for someone who has a hold on you, your feelings are in their hands. The lyrics are fairly self-explanatory but I think a lot of people can relate to them and Tell Me is probably the song we are most proud of writing. Believe it or not it actually took the longest to write, we just couldn't get it right for over a year!"

The band will also play the following UK dates with Acoda and Press To Meco:
May 29th – Birmingham – Asylum 2
May 30th – London – Camden Rocks Festival
May 31st – Swansea – The Scene
June 1st – Newcastle – Academy 2
June 2nd – Glasgow – Broadcast
June 3rd – Hull – Orileys
June 5th – Sheffield – Corporation
June 6th – Reading – Bowery District
June 7th – Norwich – Owl Sanctuary
June 8th – Southampton – Joiners

Berkshire quartet, Attention Thieves, have been away for quite some time and no one seems to know quite what happened?

From promising beginnings - playing festivals such as Reading & Leeds, touring and sharing the stage with such bands as Enter Shikari, Mallory Knox, Deaf Havana and Neck Deep, their last release, 7 track EP, ‘Hard Truths’, received rave reviews and was championed by many radio/TV stations, magazines and press.

How was it then, that the band tipped by many as the next UK rock band to breakthrough, disappeared quietly into the background?

The truth is a week before the release of, ‘Hard Truths’, the band’s label went bust on them and they were promptly dropped by their management, due to the massive campaign debt the label had left them with. Finally and perhaps most importantly, the band had also been dealing with their own demons.

The four piece found the chain of events difficult to deal with, working so hard for so many years to get within spitting distance of their dreams, only for them to spiral away and out of control. To be capable of touring whilst shouldering a slipped disk, singer/guitarist, Alex Green, had become further reliant on self-medication to deal with the pain which resulted in addiction. It all came to a boiling point when he had a heart attack, aged 27, during the recording of their debut album, ‘Year of the Jackal’. A complete lifestyle alteration was needed, and fast… for some member’s it would prove lifesaving.

The new look Attention Thieves completed the album that almost never saw the light of day and it is by a country mile, their strongest material to date. ‘Year of the Jackal’ is a genuine triumph, both musically and subject-matter wise, littered with passion and irresistible hook-laden choruses.

 In Hearts Wake Announce Charity Auction.

In Hearts WakeTuesday 14th April 2015
In Hearts Wake have announced a massive charity auction featuring unique and collectible items kindly donated from some of the biggest names in rock music worldwide.

All proceeds will go towards two non-profit organisations, the first being Local Futures which is dedicated to a grassroots safeguarding and renewal of ecological and social well-being within communities. The second being the Byron Young Residents Alliance, which ensures the protection of the band's hometown on an environmental and social level.

The eBay auction features exclusive rare memorabilia from The Amity Affliction, Architects, Northlane, Enter Shikari, Dead Letter Circus, Stick To Your Guns, Hacktivist, UNIFY Gathering and In Hearts Wake themselves. For a full list of items please visit skydancerproject.com/auction

In Hearts Wake have long been involved with organisations that support their global vision. In partnership with Carbon Neutral, In Hearts Wake planted 1379 trees as part of the Earthwalkercampaign in 2014. The band chose a fresh approach with Skydancer, choosing to support non-profit organisations that help the community.

Local Futures is a non-profit organisation lead by Helena Norberg-Hodge, pioneer of the localisation movement and director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. Vocalist Jake Taylor says of the partnership, "The organisation is devoted to healing the Earth and ourselves through localisation and sustainable economics. It aims to raise awareness for the bigger picture by renewing natural resources and reducing CO2 emissions. It also creates human and ecological well-being, builds sustainable communities and allows social healing as it celebrates diversity and reclaims joy, health and spirit. Essentially it aims to give us control over our future."

Along with Local Futures, In Hearts Wake are teaming up with local hometown organisation Byron Young Residents Alliance (BYRA) which is a platform and a voice for young residents of the Byron Shire on community issues. Says Jake of this collaboration: "Proving that localisation is ever so important, we wish to also stand behind our own community. BYRA is a community organisation founded and run by young residents within the Byron Shire. Byron Bay is currently under threat from the impact of mass development and BYRA is a vessel for those who wish to keep Byron sustainable and preserve its pre-existing culture. #ProtectByron."

The auction begins on Friday 17 April at 9pm and can be accessed by visiting www.skydancerproject.com

In Hearts Wake’s new album ‘Skydancer’ will be released on May 5 via UNFD.

In Hearts Wake - Skydancer
1. Aether
2. Skydancer (feat. Jonathan Vigil)
3. Breakaway
4. Badlands
5. Insomnia
6. Oblivion
7. Wildfire
8. Cottonmouth
9. Erase (feat. Ben Marvin & J Hurley)
10. Intrepid (feat. Marcus Bridge)
11. Father

 All Time Low Hit Number 1 With New Album 'Future Hearts'.

All Time LowTuesday 14th April 2015
ALL TIME LOW yesterday debuted at Number 1 on the UK's Official Album Chart with their sixth album, 'Future Hearts'. The result comes hot off the heels of the bands sold-out co-headline arena tour with You Me At Six in February and their own headline sell-out at Wembley Arena last month.

Speaking of the chart victory, singer Alex Gaskarth says, "This is a huge surprise! We didn’t expect this kind of reaction to the album and we couldn’t be happier. After so many years together, we never want to let our fans down, and this feels like a massive achievement on their part as much as ours.”

The band also made history as the UK's first Number 1 on the newly launched UK Official Vinyl Album Chart.

Hopeless Records founder and president, Louis Posen, adds "All Time Low’s Future Hearts is the best selling album worldwide! This is a huge moment for All Time Low, Hopeless Records, and the entire independent community! This global success is very rare for a rock artist on a truly independent label, but it shows that there are no longer any barriers to success for artists and labels looking to do it their own way. Independent music makes up 35% of the music business and All Time Low just made sure that percentage will continue to grow.

None of these results would be possible without a very special artist and a great team around them. Alex, Jack, Rian, Zack, their management, agents, crew, and Hopeless' worldwide label team are like family and have worked very hard over the past 10 years to make this success a reality. Today is a big day for all of us. Thanks to the countless people out there that made this possible."

 Rixton Announce New Single.

RixtonTuesday 14th April 2015
Manchester four-piece Rixton, have announced their brand new single will be ‘We All Want The Same Thing’. The third single to be taken from the band’s hotly anticipated debut album Let The Road it follows the roaring chart success of last summer’s Number 1 ‘Me & My Broken Heart’ and its infectious follow-up ‘Wait On Me’.

‘We All Want The Same Thing’ is a straight-up R&B dancefloor filler showcasing charismatic frontman Jake Roche’s soaring, effortless falsetto. Another slice of the band’s sophisticated brand of infectious modern pop, this is a track that’s staking its claim as an early contender for 2015’s pop smash of the summer.

Rixton have spent most of the year to date on tour in America with Ariana Grande where their debut album, Let The Road was released last month to rave reviews and instantly became a Top 40 Billboard smash. That album is released in the UK on June 8th on School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope via Polydor Records. The album features songs co-written by the band and their producer Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Maroon 5), as well as one song written by Ed Sheeran, with whom the band will be heading out on a 16-date North American tour with in June.

Let The Road showcases just why Rixton have made such a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. Starting with the close-harmony acapella of the title track, Let The Road then explodes into action with ‘Wait On Me’ before the soaringly beautiful ‘Appreciated’ and epic rock of ‘Beautiful Excuses’, led by Charley Bagnell’s emotive lead guitar and Danny Wilkin’s piano, expands Rixton’s sonic template further.

The worldwide hit ‘Me & My Broken Heart’ leads into the Ed Sheeran-penned instant classic of ‘Hotel Ceiling’, followed by the playful reggae of ‘I Like Girls’ with its tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Two of the biggest album highlights come in the form of ‘Speakerphone’, the track that brought them early recognition on YouTube and is a firm live favourite, and the aforementioned floor-filler that is ‘We All Want The Same Thing’. The album closes with ‘Whole’, bringing the album full circle with an acapella intro leading into a heart-breakingly dramatic ballad.

Rixton will be projecting their anthemic pop to the masses in June with two UK arena dates, again supporting one of the world’s most exciting female artists, Ariana Grande. As well as arena dates, the band will be joining the likes of Justin Bieber, Tinie Tempah, McBusted, Labrinth and The Vamps at this year’s Fusion Festival in Birmingham on August 28th.

UK TOUR DATES
June 1st – London, O2 Arena (supporting Ariana Grande)
June 4th - Manchester Arena (supporting Ariana Grande)
August 28th - Fusion Festival - Birmingham

“Let The Road is something we're incredibly proud of,” says lead singer Jake Roche. “Songs have survived 6 years to make it on this album, back when me and Danny were writing in the caravan having no idea where they would end up. We feel incredibly humbled to be able to share this with our fans, and we hope you enjoy listening to it, just as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Let The Road album tracklist
1. Let The Road
2. Wait On Me
3. Appreciated
4. Beautiful Excuses
5. Me And My Broken Heart
6. Hotel Ceiling
7. I Like Girls
8. Speakerphone
9. We All Want The Same Thing
10. Whole

 

 The Defiled To Support Coal Chamber.

The DefiledTuesday 14th April 2015
Industrialized Metal Mob THE DEFILED will return to the UK next month for their first tour of 2015, supporting Nu-Metal legends COAL CHAMBER. The four piece step in for AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE who have had to pull out of the tour due to a personal issue. Also appearing on the bill are special guests SOIL, and openers DOPE.

'We're stoked to announce we are going to be joining our friends in Coal Chamber and Soil again.” Says Stitch D. “It's been a long time since we've played with these guys so we can't wait. The 17 year old me is well chuffed!'

Check out their latest video for ‘Five Minutes’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YvCnMfXxqE

The band have been holed up in Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in LA, working on new material with producer John ‘Lou’ Lousteau (Foo Fighters, The Birds Of Satan, Against Me!), their first since 2013’s ‘Daggers’ album. Of the recording experience, Stitch says:

"Getting to record at 606 has been such an insane experience. My two favorite bands of all time are Foo Fighters and Nirvana, so being able to record at Dave Grohl's place - not only surrounded by all the guitars, drums and memorabilia that I grew up watching on TV and looking at in magazines, but to record on the famous sound city desk which the greatest albums of all time have been recorded on - is utterly incredible. The sound from the desk is truly like no other.

I actually used to have a picture on my wall in my bedroom when I was 13 of Kurt’s smashed guitar on the desk from when Nirvana were recording Nevermind...crazy how some things turn out"

Catch THE DEFILED at the following shows:

COAL CHAMBER – SOIL – THE DEFILED - DOPE
20.05.15 - Leeds / Stylus
21.05.15 - Norwich / THE LCR
22.05.15 - Warwick / Copper Rooms
23.05.15 - Notthingham / Rock City
24.05.15 - Glasgow / ABC
26.05.15 - Bristol / Motion
27.05.15 - Exeter / Lemon Grove
28.05.15 - Brighton / Concorde 2
29.05.15 - Wolverhampton / Wulfrun
30.05.15 - Manchester / The Ritz
31.05.15 - London / Koko

 Beasts To Support Theory Of A Deadman.

BeastsFriday 10th April 2015
South West London’s Beasts will release their brand new single “My Girl Is A Serpent” on 25th May 2015, via Avatone Records.

SoundCloud link - https://soundcloud.com/beastsmusic/my-girl-is-a-serpent/s-T57hx

The brief and deep intro of “My Girl Is A Serpent” brilliantly leads to a cunningly crafted song, packed with strong guitar riffs and catchy vocals, all sustained by a solid rhythmic section. The clean production underlines the constant creative evolution of this great emerging band.

2015 will see Beasts hitting the UK roads for a series of live shows in many legendary British venues. After supporting The Subways at Le Trabendo in Paris (FR), Beasts will support the Theory Of A Deadman on a full UK regional tour (including the London show at the Scala) and will open the Darlia show in London at the Electric Ballroom. Beasts will also perform as headliner in Nottingham’s famous Rock City on 16th May.

Since forming in late 2013, Beasts have emerged as one of the most promising bands in the underground rock scene. Having recorded their debut single ‘Annie’ with ex-Sikth guitarist and Producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Kids In Glass Houses) in December 2013, Beasts have gone on to achieve national radio play and support from Radio 1 DJs Daniel P. Carter and Zane Lowe, who made the band his “Next Hype” in June, as well as plays from Phil Taggart and Alice Levine, John Kennedy on XFM, Alex Baker on Kerrang! Radio and Amazing Radio who gave the band ‘Track Of The Day’, ‘Record Of The Week’ and playlisted the track, culminating in a number 8 spot on the Amazing Radio Charts.

The band had a busy summer of Festivals in 2014 including The Great Escape, Camden Rocks, Isle Of Wight Festival, Y Not Festival and finished the season off with Reading & Leeds in August where they opened The Pit stage to a crowd filled tent.

Beasts are - Joe Mallory-Skinner, Jaco Norman, Tom Wood

UK Tour Dates
Wed 22nd April Exeter, Cavern
Thu 23rd April Bristol, Bierkiller (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Fri 24th April Sheffield, Leadmill (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Sat 25th April Focus Wales 2015 @ South (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Sun 26th April Glasgow, O2 ABC (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Mon 27th April Manchester, Academy 2 (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Tue 28th April Birmingham, The Library (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Thu 30th April London, Scala (supporting Theory Of A Deadman)
Wed 6th May London, Electric Ballroom (supporting Darlia)
Sat 16th May Nottingham, Rock City
Thu 28th May Lincoln, The Scene
Fri 29th May Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms (with Black Spiders)
Sat 30th May London, Camden Rocks Festival
Sun 12th Jul Somerset, Nass Festival
Fri 17th Jul Oxford, Truck Festival

 Jared James Nichols Announces New Album.

Jerad James NicolasFriday 10th April 2015
You can't teach the blues. It's not something that can be codified in music books or learned on YouTube. It goes much deeper than that and it comes from the inside. It's about the way the guitar strings are bent and the sound gets transmuted directly from a player's soul. It's simple at the end of the day. Either you've got it, or you don't. JARED JAMES NICHOLS has definitely got it. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist's new LP Old Glory & The Wild Revival channels blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock 'n' roll. It's raw, raucous and righteously real.

On stage, it truly comes to life with his power trio rounded out by the Swedish born Rhythm Section of Eriik Sandin (Bass) & Dennis Holm (drums). Jared's presence becomes amplified with guitar in hand. Audiences have experienced that everywhere from his performances at NAMM and SXSW to the iconic Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival where he’s played twice alongside ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock and the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary in Milwaukee to his first venture across Europe and the UK this past summer.

Europer Tour Date with Lynyrd Skynyrd and exclusive UK show

21st April – London – The Islington – showcase gig (free entry)
25th April – Palais Des Sports – Paris, France
26th April – Eishalle – Wetzikon, Switzerland
28th April – Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
29th April – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany

Album – Old Glory – Wild Revival’

Track Listing
1. Playing For Keeps
2. Crazy
3. Let You Go
4. Can You Feel It
5. Now or Never
6. Haywire
7. All Your Pain
8. Get Down
9. Sometimes
10. Blackfoot
11. Take My Hand
12. Come In My Kitchen
13. You Won’t Last (Live)
14. Playin’ For Keeps (Live)

 Thy Art Is Murder Reveal Album Artwork And Tracklisting.

Thy Art Is MurderFriday 10th April 2015
Australia’s incendiary extreme musical export THY ART IS MURDER, have revealed the cover art and track listing to their upcoming third studio album entitled, 'Holy War'.

Album cover and packaging shot's were captured by band photographer, Thomas Savage.

Holy War track listing:
1. Absolute Genocide
2. Light Bearer
3. Holy War
4. Coffin Dragger
5. Fur And Claw
6. Deliver Us To Evil
7. Emptiness
8. Violent Reckoning
9. Child Of Sorrow
10. Naked And Cold
11. Vengeance (Bonus Track - initial CD pressings and vinyl only)

An exclusive CD/T-Shirt bundle will be available to pre-order from www.nuclearblaststore.co.uk from Monday April 13th

Produced and Mixed by Will Putney (Suicide Silence, Northlane, Misery Signals), 'Holy War' is the band’s second release for Nuclear Blast Entertainment. It will be available in various formats (digital; limited digipak inc. bonus track; assorted color vinyl; exclusive mail-order picture disc) and unleashed in North America on June 30th, in Mainland Europe & Australia on June 26th, and in the U.K. on June 29th.

THY ART IS MURDER guitarist Andy Marsh shares the following about the origins of the new album and its title:

“Finally the cat is out of the bag! Late last year, we entered the studio in secret to create our follow up to Hate, free of expectation and public pressure. What we came out with was a reaction to things going on around the world that crawl under our skin, that make us feel sick to be alive. Musically it is darker, faster and more technical than anything we've done in the past and it hits hard lyrically. We wrote about concerns of ours, real issues, hardships that people are facing around the world today. Of course it wouldn't be a THY ART record if a lot of those affairs weren't rooted in religion somehow, and what better way to sum up the state of all things than by entitling our album - Holy War. This is our war on racism, homophobia, child abuse, animal cruelty and all evil born of religious immunity, indoctrination, and ignorance. It is ultimately a push for secularism and humanism. Without it, we will be left in the hands of mad men.”

Rising from the unhallowed wastes of Western Sydney, THY ART IS MURDER have successfully cleaved a trail of blood & mayhem since their inception in 2006. With the acclaimed Infinite Death EP (2008) and their debut album The Adversary (2010) firmly establishing their name in the global metal music scene, the band has traversed highways, autobahns & motorways all across the world.

The band actually played a phenomenal 342 tour dates worldwide, in support of their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Hate (2012), which debuted at #35 on the Top 40 Aria Chart – the highest chart debut of any Australian extreme metal band.

Known for their tireless work ethic, THY ART IS MURDER performed at Summer Slaughter 2014 & 2013, headlined their own “Hate Across America” tour in 2013, and supported both EMMURE and BORN OF OSIRIS in 2014, playing throughout the U.S. more times in a two-year period than any other Australian band in any genre of music.

THY ART IS MURDER will tour through Europe and the UK with EMMURE, and make their debut performance at the UK's SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL this May; with a return trek to the U.S. to soon be announced.

TOUR DATES:
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL
May 23rd – Leeds, City Centre
May 24th – Hatfield, Forum
May 25th – Wolverhampton, City Centre
(w/ EMMURE)

May 26th – Glasgow, Garage
May 27th – London, Electric Ballroom

 Babymetal To Release Debut Album In The UK.

Baby MetalFriday 10th April 2015
BABYMETAL are one of the most powerful musical phenomena in the world today and they are taking the world by storm.

Formed in Japan, the three girls known as SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL began their mission to unify the world through Heavy Metal in 2010. Backed and supported by some of the finest metal musicians their native land has to offer and grown from the seeds sown by band overseer KOBAMETAL, their self-titled debut album will finally be released in the UK on June 1st, 2015 on earMUSIC.

BABYMETAL is not just an invigorating introduction to its creator’s refined conceptual world and glorious tunes; it is also a fearsome statement of intent that takes the pop and metal rulebooks and sets them ablaze amid a whirlwind of euphoria and energy.
The self-titled album is a dazzling and exhilarating explosion of thunderous modern metal and irresistible, infectious kawaii pop melodies. The infectious anthems range from the crunk-ified, party thrash of ‘line!’ to the widescreen power metal fury of ‘Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!’.

The album will be released as 1CD Standard Edition as well as a Limited CD+DVD Edition. Both versions include two bonus tracks: ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ from their infamous, sold-out performance at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, and ‘Road of Resistance’ including the mighty guitar force of Herman Li and Sam Totman of Dragonforce. The DVD includes all of the band’s video clips.

BABYMETAL’s success in their native country Japan led to Top 10 singles in the Oricon chart in Japan, performances at several major festivals in Japan, including Summer Sonic 2013 and two consecutive sold out nights at Tokyo’s legendary Budokan venue in March 2014, in front of 20,000 people.
Eventually, BABYMETAL’s reputation had crossed the globe and was beginning to make waves in Europe and America too. With video clips with over 25 million views, the band became a sudden and huge internet phenomenon, leaving pop and metal fans around the world in no doubt about the magic and might of this new musical force. BABYMETAL made their first world tour, traversing continents to perform at the celebrated Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England (and won over a vast field of 65,000 diehard metalheads in the process), were invited by pop icon Lady Gaga to support her on her prestigious ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour in the US, and played various sold out shows throughout Europe and in New York.

With the public approval of such rock icons as Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and Guns N’ Roses legend Slash who sang the band’s praises during a live radio interview, BABYMETAL entered 2015 as the hottest new band on planet Earth.

BABYMETAL will become one of the biggest acts of the 21st century. Irresistible, unstoppable and destined for greatness, BABYMETAL are metal’s saviours.

Tracklist CD

1. BABYMETAL DEATH
2. Megitsune
3. Gimme Chocolate!!
4. line!
5. Akatsuki
6. Doki Doki ? Morning
7. Onedari Daisakusen
8. Song 4
9. Uki Uki ? Midnight
10. Catch me if you can
11. Rondo of Nightmare
12. Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
13. Ijime, Dame, Zettai
Bonus
14. Road of Resistance (feat. Herman Li & Sam Totman of Dragonforce)
15. Gimme Chocolate!! (Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

DVD – Official video clips
- Doki Doki ? Morning
- Iine!
- Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
- Ijime, Dame, Zettai
- Megitsune
- Gimme Chocolate!!

 Delian Announce October UK Tour.

DelianFriday 10th April 2015
After an intensive European tour with SABATON and Battlebeast earlier this year and while the band are currently on tour in the US with NIGHTWISH, Dutch Symphonic Metal sensation DELAIN has confirmed a headlining-tour in autumn with stops in the European hot-spots of France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. This special European tour will start at the end of October and wind up in early November. DELAIN are definitely ready to take over!

As special guest on this run, two of Holland's finest musicians Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen have united for a new project dubbed THE GENTLE STORM!

Anneke will take The Gentle Storm including their new album on the road backed by well known Dutch talents. Arjen, however, will not be part of the live production.

This tour will not not only enthrall Symphonic Metal fans, but also listeners new to the genre!
Extremely catchy refrains, bewitching hooks and melodies, symphonic bombast and of course a good dose of Metal – that’s DELAIN and that’s how Symphonic Metal will sound in 2015!

Find all upcoming DELAIN headlining-tour dates below and make sure to get your tickets fast!

DELAIN
22.10.15 UK - Bristol / Marble Factory
23.10.15 UK - Birmingham / Institute Library
24.10.15 UK - Manchester / Academy 2
25.10.15 UK - London / O2 Academy Islington

/w Special Guest: The Gentle Storm

28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde
30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club
02.11.15 DE – München / Backstage Halle
03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club
04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv
05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202
06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club
07.11.15 PL – Warschau / Club Progresia

 Sum Cyco Unveil New Video.

Sumo CycoFriday 10th April 2015
Canadian four piece SUMO CYCO have unveiled the video for their current single ‘Fighter’. A completely DIY, self directed and produced video, ‘Fighter’ is work of crazy genius!

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awfrxaWvFUw

On the video, front-woman Sever said; "We are thrilled to present Fighter, our newest self directed music video. It's taken us months of blood, sweat and paper mâché to make it happen."

Sumo Cyco are breathing a hefty dose of fresh-air into the international rock scene. Fusing in-your-face, hard rockin riffs and dance hall rhythms, the eleven tracks on their forthcoming ‘Lost In Cyco City’ are topped by electric vocals dripping with hooks that can not fail to make an impact.

SUMO CYCO’s secret weapon comes in the form of front-woman SEVER, the alter-ego of former teen-pop sensation Skye Sweetnam. Signed by Sony/ATV at the age of 14, Skye had performed in over twenty five countries before her 17th birthday, including 50 shows opening up for Britney Spears on the Onyx Hotel tour.

After two full-length albums, writing with hit makers such as Dr Luke, Max Martin, The Matrix and Tim Armstrong, Sweetnam decided to take her career in a different direction. Craving artistic control and rock’n’roll, she initiated her departure from the major label and formed SUMO CYCO.

To date, SUMO CYCO have taken a novel approach to putting out music, having recorded and released 10 singles digitally, accompanied by glorious grindhouse-esque movie themed videos – all produced and directed themselves.

It did not take long for SUMO CYCO to garner the attention of music fans in their homeland, winning “Best Female Fronted” band at Toronto Independent Music Awards in 2012, and Indie Week Canada the following year.

Now they have set their sights on the UK, with three shows this month and their first official UK release in May

Catch them at the following shows:

April 24th Manchester Retro Bar
April 25th Leicester The Shed
April 26th London The Barfly

‘Lost In Cyco City’ is released via RSK Entertainment May 25th 2015.

 Lacey Stream Debut Album.

LaceyFriday 10th April 2015
With the first single from their debut album, ‘Tonight’, already garnering some impressive TV and radio play, Notts rock band Lacey are now streaming album track ’The Last Time’ ahead of their full-length ‘Under The Brightest Lights’ being released on 20th April. Initially intended as the opener of the album, it’s a positive track full of ambition and driven hooks, setting out the band’s intentions with poise and an undeniable knack for melody. With influences including Taking Back Sunday, Kids In Glass Houses and Jimmy Eat World, Lacey are continuing a tradition of compelling songwriting you can’t help but sing along to.

Lacey formed in 2010 and have released several EPs in their time as a band, most recently ‘Outlaws’ in September 2013 which was particularly well received. They have toured with US-Pop Punks Patent Pending, Welsh wonders The Blackout and Jaret Reddick’s (Bowling for Soup) People on Vacation (with whom they’ll be appearing again in Feb/March), as well as playing Hit the Deck Festival for two years running. In 2013, they were also finalists in the Red Bull Studios Download Festival competition after being selected from over 100 bands.

LACEY LIVE:
30th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (Album release show) - https://www.facebook.com/events/660555624056582/

Listen to the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIA9jzgGKgU

 Camp Bestival Announces Comedy Line Up.

Camp BestivalThursday 9th April 2015
Bringing untamed joy to one and all this summer, Camp Bestival 2015 will be going utterly wild with our cortege of top class comedians and clowns. Spreading hilarity across the weekend, our jokers will be joining a gargantuan line-up that includes Underworld, Clean Bandit, Kaiser Chiefs, Ella Henderson, Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, the Cat in the Hat, Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan and many, many more this 30 July – 2 August at Lulworth Castle.

Rob da Bank says: “As ever, we have got a great comedy line-up to keep you laughing through the weekend, proving that there’s more than one way to go wild at this year’s Camp Bestival. From our old friend Marcus Brigstocke and the ace Kerry Godliman to some of the circuit’s hottest acts, like Alex Edelman, Sofie Hagen and Jamali Maddix, we’ve got a ton of familiar fun and new discoveries joining us at Lulworth Castle, so make sure you check out all the satire and send-ups in among the madness”.

We’re over the moon that stand up extraordinaire, Marcus Brigstocke will lead this year’s comedy capers. A star of radio, TV and stage, Marcus has done it all, from acclaimed shows for BBC Radio 4, to regularly appearing on Have I Got News for You, QI and even having a turn as King Arthur in Spamalot; he definitely knows how to tickle those funny bones!

Commenting on his headline comedy set in the Big Top Marcus Brigstocke said: “Camp Bestival is always a glorious weekend. I can't wait. It’s a blinding line-up, and a beautiful spot, too”.

We’ll also have side-splitting turns from erstwhile Xtra Factor presenter, and Viral Tap panellist Matt Richardson, Derek’s Kerry Godliman, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Nichol, award-winning musical comedy EastEnd Cabaret, and Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Newcomer 2014, Alex Edelman. Plus we’ll have comedy sets from Andre Vincent, Dave Johns, Sofie Hagen, Jamali Maddix, Benny Boot, Wayne Deakin, Rob Deering, Damian Clark, and Pete Cain.

There’s still plenty-more wild Camp Bestival action and adventure to be announced so keep checking into the Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest for more information.

Tickets for Camp Bestival 2015 (July 30th to Aug 2nd) are on sale now via: Ticketline, 0844 888 4410
WEEKLY PAYMENT PLAN:
You can use our 15 week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of just £11 per week over 14 consecutive weekly payments following an initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select 'Camp Bestival 2015 - Weekend Payment Plan'.

Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. More info here.

NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£25 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction.

CAMP BESTIVAL 2015 WEEKEND TICKET PRICES:
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £195*
Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £180*
Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £113*
Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £88*
Age 5 to 10 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £20*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – FREE (but ticket required)*
*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions

Car Parking - £15 advance
Campervan Ticket - £72 per vehicle - please read Campervan T&Cs here before booking
Caravan, Trailer Tent Ticket – £83 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions) (available via Ticketline only) - please read Caravan, Trailer Tent T&Cs here before booking
All Tickets - will incur a booking fee.

CAMPING PLUS:
Camping Plus plots cost £125.00 (max of 2 adults and 4 children per plot) and are perfect, not only if you know you won’t be arriving as soon as the gates open, but also if you just want the comfort of knowing that you’ve got your camping space sorted. Book now.

HOSPITALITY CAMPING:
Hospitality Camping offers luxurious creature comforts in a beautifully designed, spacious campsite with fast access to the heart of the main Castle Stage arena. With premium toilets, hot showers, free yoga sessions, private parking and a meet and greet concierge service, Hospitality Camping is the place to stay for the ultimate high-end family festival experience.

 Essence Sign to Spinefarm Records.

EssenceThursdya 9th April 2015
Essence are a Danish metal band with roots in thrash metal, formed in 2005. The band consists of four young guys, Lasse, Nikolaj, Mark & Rasmus. Their debut album, ‘Lost in Violence’ (produced by Søren Andersen), was released in 2011, and their second album, ‘Last Night Of Solace’ (produced by Peter Tägtgren), came out in 2013.

The band have shared the stage with acts such as Entombed, In Flames & Megadeth, touring heavily throughout Europe.

Their 2013 album was nominated for a Metal Hammer Award and won the Rock The Nation Award; they were also honoured with a Culture Award from the Danish government, presented by the mayor.

Their 3rd album, the first for Spinefarm, is currently being mixed, and signals the beginning of a new era…

"We are extremely proud to be part of the Spinefarm family! We have seen Spinefarm as an inspiration ever since we started playing, dreaming of what it would be like to work with them one day. It truly felt like that dream had come true when we signed the deal! They are hardworking music lovers who believe that quality beats quantity any day. We are honoured to share our songs and visions with the single most AWE-FUKN-SOME label ever!" – Essence

Head of A&R for Spinefarm Finland/Universal Finland, Euge Valovirta, also commented: “The album is sounding f**ing amazing. Really fresh with great songs, great hooks, great playing etc. God damn, I’m excited!”

 In This Moment To Release Greatest Hits Volume 1.

In This MomentThursday 9th April 2015
IN THIS MOMENT have had an almost fairytale ascent to fame - on the surface. The years of hard work, setbacks, heartache and blood aren't immediately obvious to the casual observer, but then the 'Blood Legion' are not your typical fans. They understand and relate to this ethos of a strong work ethic and family above all because they ARE the band's family.

Maria Brink had this to say: " 'Rise of the Blood Legion - Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)' is a tribute dedicated to everyone who has risen with us through the blood, the sweat, the thick and the thin. We are honored to have such a beautiful connection with our Blood Legion family. It's amazing that Century Media Records is releasing this compilation so everyone can hear our personal favourites over the last ten years. We love you all and the journey has just begun, Stay the course with us "We are immortal, We rise from the wraith, We are eternal, You are my blood legion, my faith. This is for you!”

Chris Howorth adds: "This compilation is for the "Blood Legion", our die-hard fans. We wouldn't be doing any of this without our fans, this album is for them. The songs were hand-picked by Maria and myself and we feel they show the growth of our band over the last 10 years, I hope everyone enjoys this. Thanks again for joining us on this incredible journey!"

This Greatest Hits collection of the band's most iconic songs, is IN THIS MOMENT's love letter to their fans, and Century Media's thank you to both the band and fans for this incredible chapter of their history.

The 18-track collection will be out in Europe on May 4, 2015 as CD and digital album at mid-price and contains the following songs:

Whispers of October*
Beautiful Tragedy*
Prayers*
Daddy's Falling Angel*
The Rabbit Hole#
Forever#
Into the Light (live version)&
The Gun Show%
The Promise%
World in Flames%
Rise with Me^
Blood^
Scarlet^
Adrenalize^
It is Written^
Burn^
Whore^
The Blood Legion^
* Taken from the album, “Beautiful Tragedy”
# Taken from the album, “The Dream”
% Taken from the album, “A Star-Crossed Wasteland”
^ Taken from the album, “Blood”
& Taken from the live album, “Blood at the Orpheum”

 The Early November Premier New Song 'Circulation'.

The Early NovemberWednesday 8 th April 2015
The Early November have premiered "Circulation," another new track from their upcoming full length, Imbue, due out 11th May via Rise Records. "Circulation" features the kind of intricate verses and explosively hooky choruses that The Early November excel at. With its US premier for Fuse, they commented that "TEN up the intensity when Ace Enders' vocals kick in with breathy ferocity; it's like he's screaming when he's talking. The band is working through some heavy stuff with this impressive second single—it would be wise to take note."

In addition to the release of Imbue, The Early November are set to embark on lengthy headlining tours of Europe and North America. For the European trek, The Early November has recruited support from You Blew It! and A Great Big Pile Of Leaves. In North America, the band will be joined by Lydia and Restorations. Preorders for Imbue, as well as tickets for The Early November's upcoming tour dates are available here.

The Early November have been staying busy and recently appeared on Billboard's Alt In Our Stars Podcast to discuss the band's past, present, and of course the future release of Imbue.

Listen to "Circulation"

The life of The Early November has been filled with ups and downs, the likes of which a group of kids from New Jersey could never have anticipated when they released their debut full length, The Room's Too Cold on Drive-Thru Records in 2003. The unexpected success of that album opened many doors for the young band and lead to perhaps the greatest challenge of the band's career; the creation of their sophomore release, the daunting triple disc concept album The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path. Despite the positive response to the album, the stressful recording process lead to the announcement of an "indefinite hiatus" less than 7 months after it's release.

This break proved to be exactly what the band's members needed to grow both as people and musicians. Their separate endeavors, musical and otherwise, allowed them to experiment, make mistakes, and most of all, learn, all without the mantle of The Early November and it's past. When the band suddenly felt compelled to play together again in 2011, the reformation was as surprising to the band as it was for it's fans, who quickly sold out The Early November's first reunion show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Mere months earlier, a reunion had seemed to be the most unlikely thing to happen, but even before playing a second time, the old friends knew that they wanted to make a record together, and dove back into being a band.

That record would be 2012's In Currents. The album marked The Early November's return from a six year hiatus and Rise Records debut. In Currents was a perfect portrait of a band wearing it's past proudly but continuing to forge ahead. Now with Imbue, The Early November's fourth full length, the band continue that effort, crafting powerful and dynamic rock music that is undeniably modern without abandoning it's roots.

Recorded in multiple sessions at frontman Ace Enders' Living Room Recording studio,Imbue features the band's strongest songwriting to date with Enders saying "This is my favorite album I've ever been a part of. I think one of the reasons is that we did it at two separate times. So there is a definite difference in the personality of the songs. I love when an album doesn’t sound uniform and I think that's what makes this one sound and feel so special to me." This willingness to try new things has allowed The Early November to continue to prove that they have more than successfully navigated the crests and troughs of the early 2000's emo wave, and can flourish as a vital rock band today.

The Early November of 2015 has been through countless highs and lows but has emerged stronger than ever. Never content to rest on past success, The Early November have managed the seemingly impossible task of embracing their legacy while remaining relevant and uncompromising. Imbue is a statement, a message that can be heard loud and clear across ten tracks of simmering contemplation and roaring crescendos.

Imbue tracklist:

1. Narrow Mouth
2. Better This Way
3. Magnolia
4. The Negatives
5. Boxing Timelines
6. Circulation
7. Harmony
8. Cyanide
9. I Don't Care
10. Nothing Lasts Forever

Tour Dates:
04/21 Leeds, UK @ Key Club *
04/22 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts *
04/23 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute *
04/24 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms *
04/25 Bristol, UK @ Hit the Deck Festival *
04/26 Nottingham, UK @ Hit the Deck Festival *
04/28 Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios *
04/29 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks *
04/30 London, UK @ The Garage *
05/01 Southampton, UK @ Joiners *
05/02 Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock #
05/03 Paris, France @ Klub
05/04 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang *
05/05 Berlin, Germany @ Comet *
05/06 Cologne, Germany @ Underground *
05/12 Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
05/13 Austin, TX @ Mohawk ^
05/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
05/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour ^
05/17 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall ^
05/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound ^
05/20 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre ^
05/22 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ^
05/23 Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
05/24 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre ^
05/26 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop ^
05/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre ^
05/29 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon ^
05/30 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room ^
05/31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair ^
06/02 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
06/03 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel ^
06/04 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^

* w/ You Blew It!, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
# w/ You Blew It!
^ w/ Lydia, Restorations

 Circa Survive announce UK Tour.

Circa SurviveWednesday 8th April 2015
Hailed as a remarkably visceral live act since their foundation, Doylestown, PA’s Circa Survive will return the UK with a co-headline tour with RX Bandits this May. ‘From Indian Lakes’ will support on all dates.
“It’s been far too long since we have visited our friends in the UK and Europe. That is finally about to change and I couldn’t be happier about it. This May, we head over there with our long time bothers in RX Bandits. Can’t wait to get sweaty over there with you all!” says vocalist Anthony Green.

Circa Survive recently released their stunning new album ‘Descensus’ via Sumerian Records, and will release single ‘Schema’ on 4th May in the UK. Watch the hauntingly dark video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfbnSb8kFkI
Circa Survive / RX Bandits UK tour
18th May Brighton, The Haunt
19th May Leeds, Key Club
20th May Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
21st May Glasgow O2 ABC 2
22nd May Nottingham Rock City Basement
23rd May Birmingham O2 Academy 2
25th May Manchester Sound Control
26th May Bristol Marble Factory
27th May Southampton Engine Rooms
28th May London Electric Ballroom

Tickets onsale Friday 6th February 2015.
UK regional £13.50/ London £15

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds 7 More Bands.

BloodstockWednesday 8 th April 2015
Can you feel the festival season creeping up?! Soon, very soon it will be time to pack up your tent and your Viking drinking horn, then you and your mates will be thrashing your way to Catton Park for BLOODSTOCK 2015! With 17 weeks to go, here’s another 7 head-banging additions to the Sophie Lancaster stage.

Crash landing into Friday’s Sophie line-up are London-based metallers, I AM I. Fronted by ZP Theart (formerly of Dragonforce), I AM I are currently hard at work on their new album and follow up to their ‘Event Horizon’ debut. Check out their website at http://www.iamiofficial.com/ for video updates! Also rocking up the bill are HANG THE BASTARD, the stoner groove road dogs who recently released second album, ‘Sex In the Seventh Circle’ via Century Media and opened for Corrosion of Conformity on their UK tour. Check out the ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvYvGo2CBxw. British thrash stalwarts RE-ANIMATOR grab themselves a slot too, after reforming in 2013 after a 20-year break. Wrap your ears round ‘Low Life’ from their ‘Condemned To Eternity’ album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTDUUHTkcyo. Hard rock riff-monsters, FIRE RED EMPRESS also land a spot. You can listen to their recent ‘Paint Me The Devil’ EP over at http://fireredempress.bandcamp.com/album/paint-me-the-devil-ep. Last (for this announcement), but not least, Denmark’s HEXIS also bring their unique blend of hardcore and black metal doom to Friday’s line up. Friday is topped out by previously announced headliners, DELAIN!

Rock n’ roll tearaways JETTBLACK will be Saturday night’s main support to Sophie stage headliners, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. With their brand new album, ‘Disguises’ out this week, JETTBLACK are coming out all guns blazing with a bunch of fresh tunes! Check out some album clips over at http://www.jettblackuk.com/.

Irish metal three-piece, DEAD LABEL also join Sunday’s bill on the Sophie stage. Their new album, ‘Throne of Bones’ is set for release soon. Follow their news over at https://www.facebook.com/DeadLabel.

Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956, priced at the very reasonable £135 (plus booking fee) for a four-day Thursday through Sunday weekend ticket with camping. VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches. Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!

All these killer bands are already announced! Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF. Plus over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, GODFLESH and ARNOCORPS, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, GODSIZED, plus many more and, there’s even more bands to be announced in the coming weeks!

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

 The Lounge Kittnes Unleash New Video.

Lounge KittensWednesday 8th April 2015
Hot off their European tour with Steel Panther, who invited them on stage every night to perform ‘Girl From Oklahoma’, THE LOUNGE KITTENS have released their latest video; a seven song medley of the works of Jamaican dancehall/rap superstar Sean Paul.

Armed with no more than a piano and perfect three-part harmonies, the Southampton Sophistikittens rework hits including ‘Temperature’, ‘Get Busy’, ‘Like Glue’, Got 2 Luv Ya’, ‘Hold My Hand’, ‘She Doesn’t Mind’ and ‘Ever Blazing’.

“We had the time of our lives out on the road with Steel Panther, playing some of our fave shows to date and meeting a whole load of new fans.” Says Zan Kitten. “And what’s more, no one got pregnant (although someone did give birth at Wembley apparently)! So as we settle back into being girls-not-on-tour we’re excited to finally officially launch our EP ‘Just The Tip…’ and smack you in the face with our new video. A Sean Paul medley might not be quite what the world was expecting after our heavy metal antics of recent months, but then, we do like to keep you on your toes – and we can guarantee you know the words!!”

Check out the medley here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p6rzeWIVRc

This week also sees the release of The Lounge Kittens debut EP, ‘Just The Tip’. The full track listing is as follows:

1) Party Hard (Andrew WK cover)
2) Duality (Slipknot cover)
3) SeanAPaul Medley
4) Rollin (Limp Bizkit cover)
5) I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith cover)
6) Gloryhole (Steel Panther cover)


'Just The Tip' is out now via Grweat Records.. Pre-orders are available here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gloryhole/id971733710?i=971733716&uo=4

 Beartooth Release New Video.

BeartoothTuesday 7th April 2015
Columbus, OH hardcore outfit Beartooth have unveiled their new video for “In Between.” The song is off their debut full length album Disgusting, out now via Red Bull Records. Watch the Drew Russ-directed clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2p_w409y-o

Written, performed, produced and mixed by 22 year-old Caleb Shomo, Disgusting shares equal inspiration with brutal metalcore as with old-school punk like The Ramones and the bombastic theatricality of Queen. The end result is a back-to-basics hardcore stomp interspersed with anthemic choruses that resulted in numerous year-end superlatives: #3 Most Essential Album of 2014 (Alternative Press), #2 Album of the Year (Rock Sound), #5 Album of the Year (Kerrang), #13 Song of the Year “In Between” (Kerrang!), #6 Album of the Year (Big Cheese), Best New International Band (Big Cheese), #24 Album of the Year (Metal Hammer).

Beartooth has recently been nominated for three Alternative Press Music Awards, for Breakthrough Band, Song of the Year and Album of the Year (vote here: http://www.altpress.com/static/apmasvote.html ) and they have been nominated for a Metal Hammer Golden God award in the UK for Best New Band (vote here: http://goldengods.metalhammer.com/vote.)

The five-piece spent summer 2014 on the Vans Warped Tour and have been playing constantly since, with the likes of Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil and Silverstein, even returning to their roots on a string of house show dates through the mid-west. Next up Beartooth will play venerable rock fests Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range before heading to the UK for a headline run and a slot at Slam Dunk Festival. At the end of May they will play Australia for the first time on a tour with In Hearts Wake and We Came as Romans before crisscrossing the globe once more for UK’s Download Festival and then returning home for the entire length of the Vans Warped Tour 2015. Full tour dates are below. ( UK dates in bold)

4/11/15 – Quail Run Park - Mesa, AZ
4/24/15 – Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
4/25/15 – Welcome to Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
5/02/15 – Carolina Rebellion - Concord, NC
5/15/15 – Rock On The Range - Columbus, OH
5/18/15 – The Bowery District - Reading, UK
5/19/15 – The Anvil -Bournemouth, UK
5/20/15 – The Roadmender - Northampton, UK
5/21/15 – The Brickyard - Carlisle, UK
5/22/15 – Studio 24 - Edinburgh (Holyrood), UK
5/23/15 – Slam Dunk Festival North - Leeds, UK
5/24/15 – Slam Dunk Festival South - Hatfield, UK
5/25/15 – Slam Dunk Festival Midland - Wolverhampton, UK
5/28/15 – The Triffid - Brisbane, AUS
5/29/15 – The Triffid - Brisbane, AUS
5/30/15 – Roundhouse - Sydney, AUS
5/31/15 – Magpies - Canberra, AUS
6/02/15 – YMCA HQ - Perth, AUS
6/03/15 – Metropolis - Fremantle, AUS
6/04/15 – HQ - Adelaide SA, AUS
6/05/15 – 170 Russell - Melbourne, AUS
6/06/15 – Arrow on Swanston - Melbourne, AUS
6/12/15 – Download Festival 2015 - Park, UK
6/19/15 – Pomona Fairplex - Pomona, CA
6/20/15 – Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
6/21/15 – Seaside Park - Ventura, CA
6/23/15 – Quail Run Park – Mesa, AZ
6/24/15 – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
6/25/15 – Remington Park – Oklahoma City, OK
6/26/15 – NRG Park Main St. Yellow Lot – Houston, TX
6/27/15 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
6/28/15 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
7/01/15 – Tennessee State Fairgrounds – Nashville, TN
7/02/15 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
7/03/15 – Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL
7/04/15 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
7/05/15 – Tinker Field – Orlando, FL
7/06/16 – Morocco Shrine Auditorium and Grounds – Jacksonville, FL
7/07/15 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
7/08/15 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
7/09/15 – First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
7/10/15 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
7/11/15 – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
7/12/15 – Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
7/14/15 – Xfinity Theatre – Mansfield, MA
7/15/15 – Darien Lake PAC – Darien Center, NY
7/16/15 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/17/15 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, CA
7/18/15 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
7/19/15 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
7/21/15 – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
7/23/15 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
7/24/15 – The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot – Detroit, MI
7/25/15 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
7/26/15 – Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
7/27/15 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO
7/28/15 – Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI
7/29/15 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
7/30/15 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
8/01/15 – Utah State Fairpark – Salt Lake City, UT
8/02/15 – Pepsi Center Parking Lot – Denver, CO
8/05/15 – Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot – San Diego, CA
8/07/15 – Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR
8/08/15 – White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA


 Four Year Strong Announce New Album.

Four Year StrongTuesday 7th April 2015
Worcester melodic-punk band Four Year Strong has announced plans today to release a self-titled album on 1st June via Pure Noise Records. The upcoming release will be their fifth studio record and full-length follow-up to 2011’s In Some Way, Shape or Form.

Four Year Strong’s upcoming record was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Every Time I Die, Code Orange Kids, High On Fire) at his Godcity Studio in Salem, MA.

When asked about the album’s sound, guitarist/vocalist Dan O’Connor stated that it’s “one of the most raw records we've ever made, it's just us playing. No fancy computer shit. Made for singing along and head banging.”

Four Year Strong will mark the band’s second release for Pure Noise Records, following their 2014 EP,Go Down In History.

The band will be heading out on tour with The Story So Far, Terror and Souvenirs in the USA. Follow them athttps://www.facebook.com/fouryearstrong for additional updates.

Four Year Strong Track List:
1. Hold Myself In Contemp
2. We All Float Down Here
3. Eating My Words
4. Wipe Yourself Off, Man. You Dead
5.Stolen Credit Card!
6.Gravity
7. Who Cares?
8. Here's to Swimming with Bow Legged- Women
9. I'm a Big, Bright Shining Star
10. The Sound Of Your Heart
11. Go Down In History

 McBusted To Headline Lytham Festival.

McBustedTuesday 7th April 2015
Saturday 8th August sees Lytham Festival welcome McBusted, a pop punk supergroup of stadium proportions. An amalgamation of Busted and McFly, the group have supported One Direction and consistently sold out areas in their own right since coming together in 2013. The swoon-inducing group featuring James Bourne, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, former Strictly constant Harry Judd, and ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ winners Dougie Poynter and Matt Wills, inspire more than just a scream or two with tracks such as ‘Air Guitar’. Tickets for the McBusted event will go on sale 9am Tuesday 7th April.

To launch the event on Sunday 2nd August Lytham Festival is very proud to present a headline show from Rae Morris at the Pavilion. The young singer-songwriter was born in Lytham Festival’s home country of Lancashire and has been championed by local BBC Introducing DJ, Sean McGinty. Morris’ set for Lytham Festival marks a triumphant homecoming as she steadily becomes one of the most in-demand stars on the rise.

Ahead of her show Rae Morris comments:

“My nana lives in Lytham so I spent a lot of time there as a child. It has a very dear place in my heart and the music events are always very special. I'm so happy to be involved.”

Tuesday 4th August is to feature another soulstress in the form of X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson. The critically-acclaimed singer provides a touch of jazz for the festival as she performs tracks from her record ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, a tribute album to Billie Holiday released in the year that would have seen her 100th Birthday.

Also to crown the Pavilion stage during Lytham Festival are pop-rock trio Scouting For Girls on Wednesday 5th August. The triple-BRIT Award winning group known for hits such as the number one single ‘This Aint A Love Song’ will offer the perfect ‘feel good’ vibe at the festival. Five powerful male vocalists otherwise known as Tenors Of Rock will take to the stage on Monday 3rd; expect a high-octane performance of classics with a unique twist such as ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘God Gave Rock And Roll To You’.

Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor comments:

“This latest announcement is very exciting for Lytham Festival, it’s the result of a lot of hard work and planning that is being channelled into the event’s development. Lytham Festival still has elements on the Proms as is evident in the A-list headliner we’ve added, McBusted. This night at Lytham Green will be soundtracked by hits people know and love and there will be a big party atmosphere.

However, in Lytham Festival’s new form we have more locations and a wider breadth of artists, the result is yet more opportunities to see even more great music. Plus it can only be a good thing that one of these amazing talents, Rae Morris, is one of Lancashire’s very own. We’re proud to be bringing her and the other stars to one of Lytham’s landmark venues.”

Furthermore, the Pavilion stage will host after-party events for those wishing to carry on celebrating once the main stage, better know as The Proms Arena, comes to a close. Trance music pioneer Chicane will keep the dance floor filled on Thursday 6th August as the official after party for Faithless. Blackpool club night and 80s aficionados ‘Adam and Eve’ will take charge of proceedings on Friday 7th, the perfect follow on from Lytham Festival’s ‘80s VS 90s’ themed show earlier that evening.

Last but by no means least 2015 sees Lytham Festival introduce camping for the very first time. Festival goers wishing to pitch up their tents can do so at Lytham Farm for just £10 per person for Wednesday until Monday. Campsite access is free for those holding a full weekend ticket.

As previously announced, this year sees Lytham Proms become Lytham Festival. The event will span a whole week from 2nd until 9th August, including an eclectic mix of music, literary and comedy suitable for all ages and tastes hosted in venues around the local area.

Other artists appearing over on the Proms Arena this summer will see an ‘80s vs 90s’ themed evening of nostalgia on Friday 7th August starring Billy Ocean, Vengaboyz, Sinitta, East 17, Chesney Hawkes, Jimmy Sommerville and 5ive. The much loved proms-style evening will once again close the event on Sunday 9th in an evening titled ‘Songs from Stage and Screen’. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will expertly back performances from a number of very special performers including Elaine Paige, Marti Pellow, Jonathan Antoine and Laura Wright.

 The Dead Daisies To Release Second Studio album.

Dead DaisesTuesday 7th April 2015
After their successful and critically acclaimed US tour in 2014 with KISS & Def Leppard, The Dead Daisies are thrilled to announce their return to Europe supporting KISS on their 40th Anniversary Tour.

The European KISS tour will coincide perfectly with the release of The Daisies much anticipated second album, which will be released globally on 1st June 2015 via INgrooves.

Joining the musical collective on stage and in the studio will be singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and beating the skins for this tour will be first time member and current Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Recording for the band’s much anticipated second album titled Revolución has already begun in Sydney, Australia at Studio 301, with tracks being produced by The Dead Daisies and Craig Porteils (Guns N’ Roses/Billy Idol). Additional recording took place in Cuba at Abdala recording studios, Havana, produced by The Dead Daisies and Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson/Sevendust).

The album title Revolución was influenced by the bands recent trip to Cuba. The new album will feature bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), keyboard player Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and drummer Jackie Barnes (Tin Lids/Jimmy Barnes), who is the son of Scottish born Australian singer Jimmy Barnes.

“Well, another chapter with 'The Dead Daisies' coming up!!! After finishing what is sounding great in the studio by mid-April, and releasing it in early June, we are all excited by the prospect of sharing the same stage again with the mighty KISS, this time in Europe. We also can't wait to share our show and new music with our European fans. Europe - get ready for some good ol' Rock & Roll In your Face. WE ARE COMIN’ TO GETCHA!!!! SEE YA"LL THERE….ARE YOU READY?” - Marco Mendoza

“The Dead Daisies have been an absolute BLAST for me so far. The guys are all GREAT Musicians, and also just incredibly easy to work and write with!!! I had so much fun in Cuba, and now here I am writing in Sydney for the upcoming record. Can’t wait to see what the future brings for us all!!!” - John Corabi

“John Corabi loves deep sea shark fishing, passionate about it. He’s also a whiz with a motorcycle helmet and baseball bat. We are making a new record together. It’s gonna rock!” - Dizzy Reed

KISS EUROPEAN DATES

Tue, June 2 02 Arena (Hamburg, Germany)
Wed, June 3 02 Arena (Berlin, Germany)
Thur, June 4 Leipzig Arena (Leipzig Germany)
Sat, June 6 Rock In Vienna Festival (Vienna, Austria)
Mon, June 8 Prague 02 Arena (Prague Czech Republic)
Wed, June 10 Zurich Hallenstadion (Zurich, Switzerland)
Thur, June 11 Verona Arena (Verona, Italy)
Sun, June 14 Download Festival (Derby, UK)
Tue, June 16 Le Zenith (Paris, France)
Thur, June 18 Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam Holland)
Fri, June 19 Graspop Festival (Graspop, Belgium)
Sun, June 21 Barcelona Palau San Jordi (Barcelona, Spain)
Mon, June 22 Barclaycard Arena (Madrid, Spain)

About The Dead Daisies:
Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s hard rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible-equal parts The Faces, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverising live shows, fans across the globe are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll!

The musical collective is created by a rotating line-up that features some of the best Rock musicians on the planet. This includes: Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers and Blow), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones), Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne/Billy Idol), David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink), John Tempesta (The Cult/Rob Zombie), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), John Corabi (Motley Crue/RATT), Alex Carapetis (Julian Casablancas + The Voidz/Nine Inch Nails), Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Jackie Barnes (Tin Lids/Jimmy Barnes), and Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs).

About John Corabi:
John Corabi was already an established front man in the rock world following stints with bands such as Andorra and Scream before joining Mötley Crüe in 1992. He co-wrote and recorded their critically acclaimed self-titled album before Vince Neil returned in 1996, following which he joined RATT as a guitarist and also played with both ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick’s band Union and current KISS drummer Eric Singer’s solo project ESP. Corabi was asked to join the revolving collective after recently playing with the band in Cuba as a guest performer for their historic Cuba Rocks for Peace concert in February.

 Def Leppard Announce The First Steam Powered Amplifier 'The Boiler'.

Def LeppardTuesday 7th April 2015
Today, Def Leppard are proud to announce the release of their latest contribution to the music industry, the first ever steam powered amplifier, "The Boiler”.

Sitting proudly atop a 4x12 speaker tank, The Boiler pumps out 100 degrees celsius of sound guaranteed to give you that unique Aquasonic™ tone. Developed over the last five years in partnership with sound expert Professor Ron N.McKew, The Boiler is made out of 100% pure organic material and will run for up to 3 hours on one tank of purified water.

Expected to go into production early 2016 The Boiler will retail at just £299 and will be available in a variety of colours.

Asked to comment on this extraordinary piece of equipment, Joe Elliott said
"At first, the rest of the band were quite sceptical about the possibility of harnessing the power of water & turning it into sound, but once they heard the prototype in action, they were all very excited about its potential"

The Boiler will be manufactured in a specially built earth friendly complex on the banks of the Derwent Dam on the outskirts of Sheffield, England, a place close to Joe Elliott's heart.

"When I was a little boy, my parents & I would sometimes take a drive out to the Derwent Dam & we'd marvel at the beauty of the area. Knowing also how it was used to practice the delivery of the bouncing bomb in WW2, I saw an opportunity to change the dynamic of the dam’s history from being remembered for its contribution to destruction, into something more creative and positive"

The Boiler will be available in all good music shops.

 In Hearts Release Video For 'Skydancer'.

In Hearts WakeTuesday 7th April 2015
With new album 'Skydancer' a few short weeks away, In Hearts Wake have struck fear in the eyes of their competition by releasing a brutal live video for the title track from the forthcoming album.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-wlSMb7_gU

Filmed at the inaugural UNIFY Gathering in January, where the band headlined to an adoring crowd of 3.5million, the video shows the band at the height of their powers.

Eagle-eyed viewers will notice frontman Jake Taylor stalking the stage like a lion, metaphorically ripping the throats out of the supine crowd, who were as powerless as a newborn gazelle in the face of such awesome power.

Of the performance, Taylor says: "Roar."

Scientists have claimed we should all just give up and go home because music has peaked.

'Skydancer' is (genuinely) due for release May 5th in the UK.

 Ginger Is Back With 'Songs And Words' Tour.

GingerTuesday 7th April 2015
Ginger Wildheart returns with his ‘Songs And Words’ tour, an acoustic and spoken word show that will see Ginger entertain the audience with tales spanning his 20+ years in music in The Wildhearts, Silver Ginger 5, Clam Abuse and his myriad solo projects.

Ginger will be touring in support of his G.A.S.S. project - a multi-tier fan club for Ginger Wildheart fans. By singing up you gain access to exclusive content including a year's supply of new Ginger songs (36 in all!), and much more! Please visit http://g-a-s-s.co/main/ for more details.

The tour also supports the Pledge music release of the “Songs And Words” book - http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gingerwildheartsongsandwords

“I decided to write a book being as many of the accounts of The Wildhearts turbulent career have since turned into the stuff of traumatic myth and titanic legend, this way I can put the story straight using descriptions of the songs themselves and the life and times behind them.
The story, however, goes much deeper than merely The Wildhearts, and descends into a solo career that marks the darkest times of my life and the truly tragic depths of my tale.

Ending on a career high as my 555% Pledge campaign shot my stagnant life as a struggling songwriter air bound to unprecedented levels of success, this is a tale of redemption, self discovery and, ultimately, battling the odds and winning on my own terms.” – Ginger Wildheart

2015 “Songs And Words” tour dates are below:

Friday 10th April Nottingham, Arts Theatre
Saturday 11th April Birmingham, Old Rep Theatre
Friday 17th April Norwich, Puppet Theatre
Saturday 18th April Leeds, City Varieties
Friday 24th April Dublin, The Sugar Club
Sunday 26th April London, Leicester Square Theatre
Friday 1st May Glasgow, Eastwood Park Theatre
Saturday 2nd May Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Mining Institute
Friday 8th May Coalville (Leices), Century Theatre
Saturday 9th May Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre
Friday 15th May Newquay, The Lane Theatre
Saturday 16th May Weston-Super-Mare, Blakehay Theatre

Tickets are available from usual outlets

Ginger Wildheart is one of britains best loved rock singers and songwriters. It's been an amazing few years for Ginger Wildheart who has seen a massive career resurgence as he became the poster boy for the PledgeMusic phenomenon. In 2011 Ginger launched an ambitious preorder for a triple album project through the Direct to Fan platform, and went on to become the biggest success story yet for a British artist raising in excess of $250,000.

 Danko Jones Announces September UK Tour.

Danko JonesTuesday 7th April 2015
The September headline tour marks the first time DANKO JONES returns to play across the UK, since previous jaunt seven years back with the almighty Motorhead. Support is yet to be confirmed.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 2nd April for the following dates, priced £12 + booking fees (£15 London, 22.50 Euros Dublin).
Fri 18th Sep - DUBLIN Whelans
Sat 19th Sep - BELFAST Limelight
Sun 20th Sep - GLASGOW King Tuts
Tue 22nd Sep - WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Wed 23rd Sep - NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
Thu 24th Sep - MANCHESTER Sound Control
Fri 25th Sep - LONDON Underworld
Sat 26th Sep - LEEDS The Key Club
Sun 27th Sep - BRISTOL Exchange

 The Maccabees Are Back.

The MaccabeesTuesday 7th April 2015
The Maccabees break their three year silence when they release the first taste of their eagerly anticipated self-produced 4th album with explosive new single ‘Marks To Prove It’ on May 11th.

Listen to ‘Marks To Prove It’ now at: https://www.themaccabees.co.uk

To celebrate the single release the band will play four intimate UK shows that week.

Written by The Maccabees – Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis and Sam Doyle – ‘Marks To Prove It’ is a frenetic burst of joy. The single is produced by Hugo White, The Maccabees and Laurie Latham and was recorded at their own Elephant Studios and mixed by Cenzo Townshend.

“These new songs are a reminder of why we started the band,” says Hugo White. “With the enthusiasm to play music that’s exciting and makes us excited.”

The Maccabees May UK Dates:

Mon 11th BIRMINGHAM, Institute
Tues 12th GLASGOW, ABC
Weds 13th MANCHESTER, Ritz
Thurs 14th LONDON, Coronet

 Thy Art Is Murder Announce New Studio Album.

Thy Art Is MurderTuesday 7th April 2015
THY ART IS MURDER guitarist Andy Marsh shares the following about the origins of the new album and its title:

“Finally the cat is out of the bag! Late last year, we entered the studio in secret to create our follow up to Hate, free of expectation and public pressure. What we came out with was a reaction to things going on around the world that crawl under our skin, that make us feel sick to be alive. Musically it is darker, faster and more technical than anything we've done in the past and it hits hard lyrically. We wrote about concerns of ours, real issues, hardships that people are facing around the world today. Of course it wouldn't be a THY ART record if a lot of those affairs weren't rooted in religion somehow, and what better way to sum up the state of all things than by entitling our album - Holy War. This is our war on racism, homophobia, child abuse, animal cruelty and all evil born of religious immunity, indoctrination, and ignorance. It is ultimately a push for secularism and humanism. Without it, we will be left in the hands of mad men.”

Rising from the unhallowed wastes of Western Sydney, THY ART IS MURDER have successfully cleaved a trail of blood & mayhem since their inception in 2006. With the acclaimed Infinite Death EP (2008) and their debut album The Adversary (2010) firmly establishing their name in the global metal music scene, the band has traversed highways, autobahns & motorways all across the world.

The band actually played a phenomenal 342 tour dates worldwide, in support of their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Hate (2012), which debuted at #35 on the Top 40 Aria Chart – the highest chart debut of any Australian extreme metal band.

Known for their tireless work ethic, THY ART IS MURDER performed at Summer Slaughter 2014 & 2013, headlined their own “Hate Across America” tour in 2013, and supported both EMMURE and BORN OF OSIRIS in 2014, playing throughout the U.S. more times in a two-year period than any other Australian band in any genre of music.

THY ART IS MURDER will tour through Europe and the UK with EMMURE, and make their debut performance at the UK's SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL this May; with a return trek to the U.S. to soon be announced.

TOUR DATES:
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL
May 23rd – Leeds, City Centre
May 24th – Hatfield, Forum
May 25th – Wolverhampton, City Centre
(w/ EMMURE)
May 26th – Glasgow, Garage
May 27th – London, Electric Ballroom

 Monuments Announce UK Shows.

MonumentsTuesday 7th April 2015
After just finished a highly successful run of dates supporting Karnivool, MONUMENTS are now announcing a UK tour with No Consequence & Murdock. The 7-date strong headline run is starting on 20th May in Brighton and will finish on 27th May at London's Borderline. In other news, the band will make an appearance at various festivals throughout the Summer, including Hit The Deck, Nass Fest and Hevy Fest.

MONUMENTS live
w/ No Consequence, Murdock
20.05.2015 (UK) Brighton - Green Door Store
21.05.2015 (UK) Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
22.05.2015 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
23.05.2015 (UK) Manchester - Satans Hollow
24.05.2015 (UK) Edinburgh - Mash House
25.05.2015 (UK) Glasgow - Stereo
27.05.2015 (UK) London - Borderline

Festivals
25.04.2015 (UK) Bristol - Hit The Deck
26.04.2015 (UK) Nottingham - Hit The Deck
11.07.2015 (UK) Bath - Nass Fest
18.07.2015 (ES) Viveiro - Resurrection Festival
15.08.2015 (UK) Port Lympne - Hevy Fest

 TesseracT Play Gig On Top Of An Igloo.

TessaractTuesday 7th April 2015
Pioneering prog metal act TesseracT have achieved a new standard for outlandish gig locations by playing the first ever set on an igloo, thought to be the world’s biggest. The immense snow structure, spanning the equivalent of 3.5 double decker buses near Yllas village, Finland, was part of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig series, which puts artists to the test as they perform in unconventional, ice cold conditions.

Have a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FUp3Tk1eDE

The stunning location played host to the hour-long show which included fan favourite track Nocturne.The gig was performed to a unique crowd, pulling in reindeer, skiers, and Sami tribesmen from some 20-50 kilometres away.

In the words of guitarist James Monteith: “We’re great mates first and foremost, so we’ve shared some amazing moments. But even after playing the main stage at Sonisphere last year, the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig was definitely TessaracT’s most challenging performance to date, and what an amazing experience it was. Something we’ll remember forever!

“The final stage build was tougher going than we expected - we were shifting one-tonne blocks of ice to create the steps leading up to the stage. Fortunately, we had a team of locals to help us and the effort was well worth it. It was absolutely freezing, but as soon as we saw the crowd of people adrenalin took over, the hard work was forgotten and we battled through the gig.”

 Groezrock Announce Final Names For 2015 festival.

GroezrockTuesday 7th April 2015
Hear ye! Hear ye! Here are the final names for GROEZROCK 2015…

Let’s face it. It’s been 5 years since THE Mighty Mighty Bosstones came to visit us. That’s way too long. So we decided to give the ska punk legends a call and knocked on wood. The impression that we got is that they’re f*cking stoked to come back!

Back in 2008 a cool FAT WRECK band from Philly played early in the afternoon. The band never really broke up. It just got real quiet after their “Distractions” EP from 2009. Singer Dave Hause however made a name for himself as a solo artist and played the Acoustic Stage twice. Now, we’re far from tired of his solo work, but we thought it would be amazing if Dave and his buddies would play some tunes together for the first time since quite a while. So yes, rumors are true. The Loved Ones are coming to Groezrock 2015! And we are stoked beyond belief.

If these names did not floor you, be prepared to get beat down by Belgium/Germany’s Nasty. These guys just finished the Taste Of Anarchy tour so they are all warmed up and ready to go. You will get your ass handed to you as they unleash hell at Groezrock.

BRUTUS is a new Belgian trio that has been making quite a name for themselves the last year with a blistering mix of post rock and punk. Yes, having a really good female drummer/singer might seem something of a gimmick. But this trio more than deserves a spot at Groezrock after a couple of awesome 7-inches and about a gajillion awesome live shows.

That’s it folks… if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, we suggest you do so now. The VIP tickets are already gone and the combi tickets are going fast as well. Don't wait that long!!!

We will also be announcing the names for Groezrock’s pre-Fest at the irritatingly slow pace of one name per week. Last week we already told you that We'rewolves will be playing as part of the ?Lokale Helden (Local Heroes) initiative by Poppunt but you will have to wait a couple more days to find out all about the next name. Excited? Good. Annoyed? Even better.

ALL INFO
Date: Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd.
Location: Meerhout (Belgium)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468841426729782

About: Groezrock is an annual music festival that takes place in Meerhout, Belgium. During the past years this festival grew from a small venue (cap. 400 visitors) to an international punk/hc/emo/ska/rock festival with 40.000 visitors from Belgium, Netherlands, England, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, USA, Canada, ...

 Toseland Embark On UK Tour.

ToselandTuesday 7th April 2015
Following the release of their debut album “Renegade” in March 2014, Toseland return with a new EP, “Hearts And Bones” and a full UK tour in April 2015.

The release of “Renegade” (which has sold almost 10,000 copies in the UK alone) and two years of constant touring – both pre and post release – headline shows, supports with the likes of Aerosmith, Status Quo and Reef and festival shows such as Download, Planet Rockstock and Silverstone Moto GP - has established Toseland as one of the most exciting new UK rock acts. “Renegade” spawned multiple radio hits – with four consecutive singles A listed at Planet Rock radio.

The “Hearts And Bones” EP features the self titled first single and another new song “The Closer”. The EP also features a cover of “The Teardrop Explodes Reward”. The EP builds on Toselands sound - driving riffs overlaid with the powerful voice of James Toseland. The EP was again recorded with Toby Jepson producing (credits include The Answer, Saxon and The Virgin Marys) and Steve Harris (Foo Fighters, U2) as engineer.

The “Hearts And Bones” EP will be aavailable on CD, download and 7" vinyl with the exclusive pre order at Pledgemusic.com. Pledge preorders will get an exclusive acoustic version of “Renegade” album track and previous single “Just No Way” as an instant grat.

2014 saw Toseland develop as a powerful live act. The band remains the same core – James Toseland (vocals), Zurab Melua (Guitar), Ed Bramford (Guitar) and Roger Davis (bass).

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 was been central to James life – so when James was forced to retire through injury a journey into music started. He does maintain ties with the racing world. To the extent that in late 2014 he was due to attempt to break the motorcycle land speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States. Unfortunately the attempt was delayed due to adverse weather and surface conditions – but is now scheduled to happen in late 2015. The streamliner James will ride is powered by a Rolls Royce jet engine and is called 'The 52 Express' after Toselands racing number.

Following the release of the EP the band will embark on a full UK tour. Dates are as follows

April 2015

Tues 7th Brighton, Green Door Store
Wed 8th Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Thurs 9th Birmingham, Asylum
Fri 10th Leeds, Wardrobe
Sat 11th Hull, Fruit
Mon 13th Newcastle, Think Tank
Tues 14th Edinburgh, Electric Circus
Wed 15th Manchester, Academy 3
Thurs 16th Stoke, Sugarmill
Fri 17th Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Sun 19th Reading, Bowery District
Mon 20th Bristol, Fleece
Tues 21st Exeter, Cavern
Wed 22nd Southampton, Joiners



 Turbowolf Announce New Album.

TurbowolfTuesday 7th April 2015
Bristolian alt-rockers Turbowolf have made their bombastically explosive second album, ‘Two Hands’, available to stream right now in full from their website - www.turbowolf.co.uk. The band have also announced two intimate in-store live performances and signings at the dates below.
06/04/15 – Bristol - Rise Records
07/04/15 – Kingston - Banquet Records

‘Two Hands’, which is out on April 6th on Spinefarm Records/Search & Destroy (via Universal Music) and co-produced with Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band of Skulls, Opeth), is a master class in taking rock music to the outer limits and creating something truly unique. Stuffed to the gills with grooves, riffs and rhythms to make you lose your mind it reaches deep into the secret history of mankind and ponders the wonders of evolution.

From the slow and sludgy Black Sabbath-esque chugs of ‘Pale Horse’, to the relentless, frantic beats of ‘American Mirrors’ and ‘Rich Gift’, to the more laid-back, trippy sounds of ‘Invisible Hand’ and ‘Toy Memaha’, Turbowolf have delivered an album of unassailable sonic adventure, with an abundance of eclectic electronics, throbbing bass, bruising drums, fizzing guitars and the kind of vocals from singer Chris Georgiadis, that have you believe he’s singing for his very survival.

And in amongst the far-reaching eccentricities that Turbowolf have made their own, the band have an impeccable ear for a hit, with singles ‘Rabbits Foot’ and ‘Nine Lives’ eating up the airwaves with huge support at Radio 1 including ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist and two Track Of The Day’s.

After the storming success of their recent tours with Royal Blood and Death From Above 1979, the band are getting back on the road to promote ‘Two Hands’, with a string of headline shows across the UK in April, European dates with Red Fang, and a selection of UK and European festivals.

APRIL HEADLINE TOUR
Tickets on sale now - www.turbowolf.co.uk
08/04/14 Oxford – Bullingdon Arms
09/04/14 Swansea – Sin City
10/04/14 Nottingham - Bodega
11/04/14 Coventry – Kasbah (Tricky Disco Club)
12/04/14 Leeds – The Key Club
14/04/14 Liverpool – Academy II
15/04/14 Newcastle – Academy II
16/04/14 Sheffield – The Harley
17/04/14 Tunbridge Wells - Forum
18/04/14 Southampton – Talking Heads
20/04/14 Cambridge – Portland Arms
22/04/14 Bristol – The Marble Factory

EURO DATES
Tickets on sale now - www.turbowolf.co.uk
25/04/15 - Warsaw - Hybrydy (Knock Out Productions Party)
26/04/15 - Wroclaw - Alibi (Support to Red Fang)
27/04/15 - Krakow - Fabryka (Support to Red Fang)
28/04/15 - Prague - 007 Klub
30/04/15 - Cologne - MTC
01/05/15 - Frankfurt - Nachtleben
02/05/15 - Meerhout - Groezrock Festival

UK FESTIVAL DATES
15/05/15 – The Great Escape (The Hope) - Brighton
30/05/15 – Camden Rocks (Barfly) – London

 James Bay Announces UK Tour.

James BayTuesday 7th April 2015
To celebrate the release of his No.1 debut album ‘Chaos And The Calm’, rising star James Bay announces the ‘Chaos And The Calm Tour’ in September/October 2015. With the sell-out success of his upcoming April tour, this autumn 2015 outing will see James perform across 12 cities including a show at London’s iconic Brixton Academy.

A singular modern talent; a damn good guitar player, singer and song-writer, Bay has spent the last 2 years touring, his mesmerising live show connecting with audiences across the globe. The 24 year old British musician is fast becoming a worldwide star having sold out tours in the UK, Europe, Australia and the U.S.

Released last week, ‘Chaos and The Calm’ has won plaudits for its catchy songs full of confessional lyrics and infectious melodies. The album's narrative details escapism, self-discovery, and the emotional adjustments required to keep up with James's fast-changing circumstances over the last few years. Bay’s musical spectrum spans spine-tingling acoustic balladry to rousing choruses with raging guitar, exploring the musical styles he so cherishes.

Current single ‘Hold Back The River’ continues to grow charting at No.2 in this week’s chart, its highest position to date. The track is now certified Gold with accumulative sales of 400,000 copies.

Over the next few months the BRITs Critics’ Choice winner will embark on a sold out April UK tour playing two shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire followed by a sold out U.S tour. He will then return to the UK to play prolific slots at many of this year’s festivals including Isle of Wight, T in the Park, V festival as well as a show at the Somerset House Series which sold out in record time.

Dates as below
Wednesday 23th Sep – Manchester O2 Apollo
Thursday 24th Sep – Glasgow O2 Academy
Sunday 27th Sep – Newcastle O2 Academy
Monday 28th Sep – Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 30th Sep –London Brixton 02 Academy
Sunday 4th Oct - Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 5th Oct – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 6th Oct – Bournemouth Solent Hall
Thursday 8th Oct – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 9th Oct – Swindon Oasis
Sunday 11th Oct - Belfast Ulster Hall
Wednesday 14th Oct – Ireland Dublin Olympia

Festivals – announced
Saturday 6th June – Manchester Parklife Festival
Sunday 7th June - No Tomorrow Festival
Saturday 13th June - Isle of Wight Festival
Sunday 5th July - Barn on the Farm Festival
Sunday 12th July - T in The Park Festival
Saturday 22th August - V Festival (Chelmsford)
Sunday 23th August - V Festival (Staffordshire)

 Zebrahead To Release 'The Early Years - Revisited'.

ZebraheadSaturday 28th March 2015
‘Devil On my Shoulder’ is the first focus track for the forthcoming release ‘The Early Years – Revisited’ and is not only brand new but also features Jean-Ken Johnny from Man With A Mission.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0ql_CFgbZE&feature=em-share_video_user

‘The Early Years - Revisited ‘ (out on April 20 via Rude Records) features re-recorded versions of all the fan favourites, classic party anthems that we all know and love including ‘Playmate Of The Year’ and ‘Falling apart’, plus a bonus track and one new song. Pre-orders are available here: https://www.smarturl.it/earlyyearspreorder

"Excited for everyone to see our new video for devil on my shoulder. I had sand stuck in my butt crack for days after jumping in the ocean in my clothes. And damn was it cold!"
-Ben from zebrahead

“The song Devil on my Shoulder featuring Jean-Ken Johnny is highly addictive to listen to and was a blast to record. It's great to work with a band like Man With A Mission. The band is very talented and great to collaborate with. I think everyone is going to really enjoy singing along when we play the song live!”
- Ali from zebrahead

Formed in 1996, Grammy-nominated Zebrahead has released a total of 10 studio albums and is known for their eclectic music style that incorporates punk, rap and alternative rock. Over the years the band has toured with the likes of Less Than Jake, Green Day, Blink -182, MxPx, The Bloodhound Gang, Bowling For Soup and many more earning accolades far and wide from the likes if Kerrand who said “Zebrahead see the room at capacity for the first time today. The California pop punkers bring the party-literally – 5K!”

Track Listing:
1. Check
2. Get Back
3. Jagoff
4. Someday
5. Playmate of The Year
6. Now Or Never
7. Wasted
8. Rescue Me
9. Into You
10. Hello Tomorrow
11. Falling Apart
12. Sex, Lies and Audiotape (bonus physical only)
13. Devil on My Shoulder New Song

 Mark Tremonti To Release Second Solo Album.

TremontiSaturday 28th March 2015
Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti has confirmed his second solo release with his band TREMONTI, following the worldwide success of the 2012 debut ‘All I Was’. New album ‘Cauterize’ will be released on June 8 via Fret 12 Records. The record features Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, and Garrett Whitlock on drums. ‘Cauterize’ was produced long-time friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette. “We are extremely excited for the fans to hear this album,” enthuses frontman Mark Tremonti. “We feel it’s our best work to date.”

From the first riffs of album opener ‘Radical Change’ to the final notes of epic closer ‘Providence’, it’s apparent that Mark Tremonti’s songwriting has reached a new level. His unmistakable hard rock and heavy metal influences shine throughout the album, particularly on songs like ‘Flying Monkeys’, ‘Arm Yourself’, and ‘Sympathy’. The debut single from ‘Cauterize’ is up-tempo track ‘Another Heart’. The song was recently released on iTunes ( http://smarturl.it/anotherheart) and promptly shot straight into the Top 5 of the iTunes US Rock Singles Chart. Watch the lyric video at: http://bit.ly/1CMQ0ih. A second companion album of all new material from TREMONTI called ‘Dust’ has also been completed and more information on that will be revealed in coming months.

The track listing for ‘Cauterize’ is

1. Radical Change
2. Flying Monkeys
3. Cauterize
4. Arm Yourself
5. Dark Trip
6. Another Heart
7. Fall Again
8. Tie The Noose
9. Sympathy
10. Providence

TREMONTI are also looking forward to hitting the road in support of the new album. However, the band will need to initially tour without bassist Wolfgang Van Halen due to the recently announced Van Halen US tour. "I am still part of TREMONTI and very excited for the release of ‘Cauterize’, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming dates due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album,” states bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. "Look forward to seeing all of the TREMONTI fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!"

The forthcoming tour kicks off in the USA in April before heading over to Europe in June. The band will be making stops at some of the largest festivals in the world including Welcome To Rockville, Rock On The Range, Graspop, and the UK’s Download Festival (June 14). While in the UK, TREMONTI will also squeeze in a headline show in Glasgow, at the O2 ABC on June 15. Tickets for the headline date will go on sale shortly.

Mark Tremonti is the Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter known for his work in Alter Bridge and Creed. Having sold over 40 million records globally, crafting colossal rock hits and performing at some of the world’s most famous arenas, his recognizable sound has garnered a loyal and growing fan base worldwide. Guitar World dubbed him "Guitarist Of The Year" for three consecutive years, Metal Hammer bestowed the title “Riff Lord” at the 2014 Golden God Awards, and he was lauded as the "fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever" by Total Guitar, as well as co-writer of the “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” (for Alter Bridge’s ‘Blackbird’) by Guitarist, amongst many other accolades.

 V Festival Adds More Bands.

V FestivalSaturday 28th March 2015
V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, is proud to announce the addition of The Charlatans, Sigma, Wretch 32, Echo & The Bunnymen, Hilltop Side, Lawson and Indiana to the 2015 bill. They will be joining an already world-class line-up including James Bay and Jess Glynne, who are both set to claim their first UK Number 1s in the album and single charts (respectively) this Sunday.

Ahead of their eighth V Festival outing The Charlatans front man, Tim Burgess said: “Having been lucky enough to be part of the first ever V Festival line up in ’96 we’re thrilled to be playing its 20th anniversary year.”

Wretch 32 also commented:"This will be my hat trick appearance and I can’t wait to get out there and have some fun with my fans.”

Taking place across the 22nd and 23rd August, music fans will be treated to an exciting line-up which includes the only UK outings for Sam Smith, Calvin Harris and Kasabian, who will be joined by the likes of Stereophonics, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Ellie Goulding and Ella Henderson over the weekend. With more artists and the Glee Club Comedy Tent line-up to be announced in the coming months.

 Dir En Grey Announce London Shows.

Dir En GreySaturday 28th March 2015
Internationally respected Japanese metal band DIR EN GREY have announced a set of dates for their European tour in May 2015. The band will visit Poland, Germany, Paris and the Netherlands, and this run will include a special two nights at the O2 Academy Islington in London. Dates are below.

18th May - Pogresja, Warsaw, Poland
20th May - Astra, Berlin, Germany
21st May - Nur Gültig In Verbindung, Dortmund, Germany
23rd May - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
24th May - O2 Academy Islington, London, Uk
26th May - Le Bataclan, Paris, France
27th May - De Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands

About DIR EN GREY:
Since 1997, the Osaka quartet’s songs of pain, human suffering, anger, frustration and alienation have seen them identify with the youth of Japan and become the forerunners of the Japanese rock scene. Within seven months of forming the band had a top ten single, within a year had sold out a 12,000 capacity venue, and by 1999 had three singles simultaneously in the top 10 - and it’s only gotten better for them since.

Their rapid ascent and commercial success is not the only incredible thing about this band. DIR EN GREY’s flexibility and musical development ensures that every album sounds unique, not just compared to previous efforts, but compared to anything else. Goths, metalheads, rockers and punks have all found themselves amongst DIR EN GREY’s loyal and growing fancies in Japan, USA, Canada and mainland Europe.

With no doubt DIR EN GREY are unique enough to vividly stand out on the international rock scene and become as big as they have threatened to be since breaking into the rock world beyond Japan.

 The Poodles Announce New Album.

The PoodlesSaturday 28th March 2015
The Poodles are back with "Devil in the Details", their sixth studio album and follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Tour de Force". The evolution of the band's sound is evident as a result of their continued collaboration with produced Mats Valentin. This is rock n' roll straight up, no chaser! In many ways this represents the second coming of The Poodles and you are cordially invited to experience the epic-ness and majesty of "Devil in the Details".

The debut album, “Metal Will Stand Tall”, was released in 2006 and the single “Night of Passion” went platinum. “Streets of Fire” from the album “Sweet Trade”, became the bands biggest selling single to date, achieving double platinum status. They visited twenty-nine European cities during the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010. The album “Performocracy”(2011) went #1 on the Swedish album chart.

All in all, The Poodles have had over ten “top 10” releases so far which makes them on of Sweden’s most successful rock bands.

Devil in the Details will be released worldwide April 27th

Listen to the new singles on Spotify today:
The Poodles – The Greatest

 Lonely The Brave To Support Twin Atlantic.

Lonely The BraveFriday 27th March 2015
Lonely The Brave today announce a special extended version of their phenomenal debut album, The Days War. Titled The Day’s War – Victory Edition, the 2 CD repack will include 12 as yet unreleased tracks, including 4 brand new songs.

The Day’s War – Victory Edition is available to pre order now http://smarturl.it/LonelyTheBraveD2C. When fans pre order the album they will receive Backroads (redux) as an instant grat track.

Explaining the re-interpretations of some of their best loved tracks, the band say:

"The basic thought process for us was to take the songs apart, and rebuild them in a completely different mindset to how they were originally created. This was one of the most fun and challenging things we have ever done as a band. Songs do not need to be represented by one set context. The feelings and emotions contained within are a living and breathing entity in their own right which should be allowed to develop.”

The tracklisting will be as follows:

Disc One
1. Intro
2. Trick of the Light
3. Backroads
4. Islands
5. Dinosaurs
6. Deserter
7. Untitled
8. King of the Mountain
9. Victory Line
10. Black Saucers
11. The Blue The Green
12. The Day’s War
13. Call of Horses
14. Outro

Disc Two
1. Control
2. Oceana
3. River, River
4. Science
5. Backroads Redux (IG)
6. Black Saucers Redux
7. Deserter Redux
8. Islands Redux
9. Trick Of The Light *
10. Call Of Horses*
11. Streets Of Philadelphia*
12. All Is Full Of Love*

*Live From Angel Studios

Lonely The Brave announce a one off London show today at the Tabernacle on 3rd June. This will be a rare opportunity to see the band play stripped back songs and redux tracks from the album. Also announced today, they will be heading out on tour with Twin Atlantic in May.

Lonely The Brave will also play the main stage at Reading and Leeds festivals with many more festival dates still to be added.

Catch Lonely The Brave at the below dates:
May
5th Manchester, Albert Hall *
7th London, O2 Academy Brixton*
8th Birmingham, O2 Academy*
9th Glasgow, SSE Hydro*
June
3rd London, Tabernacle
August
Reading and Leeds festival

*w/ Twin Atlantic

 Def Leppard Announce Co-Headline UK Tour With Whitesnake.

Def LeppardFriday 27th March 2015
Rock icons Def Leppard and Whitesnake today announce a joint headline UK & Irish arena tour with support from Black Star Riders. The tour will call at:

December 2015

Sunday 6 Dublin 3Arena
Monday 7 Belfast Odyssey
Wednesday 9 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Thursday 10 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Saturday 12 Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 13 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Tuesday 15 Manchester Arena
Wednesday 16 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 18 London The SSE Arena Wembley
Saturday 19 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1st April priced €59.50 & €64.50 in Dublin, £49.50 in Belfast and £45 for all other UK regions (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

Speaking about the co-headline tour, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott said: "I am very excited to be working with Whitesnake again; we had such a wonderful time when we did it back in 2008. It’s a great experience for rock fans to be able to see two great live bands on the same stage on the same night."

Formed in Sheffield, Def Leppard have been hailed as the UK's greatest-ever arena rock band. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in a career that spans three decades and have a highly anticipated new self-titled studio album coming in late 2015. Def Leppard’s influential career includes countless hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums – including two of the best-selling records of all time, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria”, both of which have been given the elusive Diamond Award. These two albums alone contain 10 hit singles including the classic Leppard tracks "Rock of Ages,” “Animal," "Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Foolin'.” Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Def Leppard's epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading the Rock Legends to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.

"Ohh, have you got trouble…Brother Joe & The Lepps?…DC & The Snakes?... Them Black Star Riders?…On the same night???…I can’t wait!!...SEE YOU THERE!!!” said Whitesnake’s David Coverdale on the forthcoming tour.

Co-headlining the tour are the legendary Whitesnake who carry a rightful & righteous reputation as one of the world’s leading rock’n’roll bands. Founded by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, the band have earned multi-platinum albums and multiple top 10 hits worldwide, including 2 number 1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” as well as the unforgettable hammer of “Still Of The Night”. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2015. The world-renowned group featuring David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass) and Tommy Aldridge (drums), will release their 12th studio record “The Purple Album”, a tribute to the band and to the music Coverdale wrote and recorded with Deep Purple Mark 3 & 4, followed by a world tour, culminating with the co-headline UK dates.

 Rival Sons Give Holmfirth A Rock N Roll Experiance.

Rival SonsFriday 27th March 2015
LA Rockers Rival Sons, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and the Coral’s Nick Power give quiet Holmfirth, West Yorkshire a rock ‘n’ roll experience they won’t forget Jack Daniel’s gave Holmfirth in West Yorkshire (population 1,900) an unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll experience by bringing LA rockers Rival Sons and the host of Radio 1’s Official Chart Show Clara Amfo along with The Coral’s Nick Power to the town as part of its Jack Rocks Your Town celebration.

Rival Sons arrived in Holmfirth by helicopter, landing on the town’s cricket pitch. They were officially welcomed to the town by Pete Carr, owner of the local Picturedrome music venue and his Border terrier, at a welcome party in its pavilion. The band then spent the day meeting local residents; exploring the nearby West Yorkshire Moors, sampling traditional British fare at the Penny Lane Tearooms and buying everyone in The Nook pub a round of drinks. The band then kicked off their world tour with a rammed gig at The Picturedrome that evening.

At an exclusive Jack Daniel’s after party, Radio 1’s next star Clara Amfo took to the decks alongside The Coral’s Nick Power. Clara Amfo will take over from Fearne Cotton on Radio 1’s Chart Show from 25th May.

The band kick of their UK tour this week, dates are:
March 2015
Thurs 26th Norwich UEA
Sat 28 Leeds 02 Academy
Sun 29 Liverpool 02 Academy
Mon 30 Glasgow 02 Academy

April 2015
Wed 1 London Roundhouse
Fri 3 Nottingham Rock City
Sat 4 Southampton 02 Guildhall

 Lonely The Brave To Support Twin Atlantic.

Lonely The BraveThursday 26th March 2015
Lonely The Brave today announce a special extended version of their phenomenal debut album, The Days War. Titled The Day’s War – Victory Edition, the 2 CD repack will include 12 as yet unreleased tracks, including 4 brand new songs.

The Day’s War – Victory Edition is available to pre order now http://smarturl.it/LonelyTheBraveD2C. When fans pre order the album they will receive Backroads (redux) as an instant grat track.

Explaining the re-interpretations of some of their best loved tracks, the band say:

"The basic thought process for us was to take the songs apart, and rebuild them in a completely different mindset to how they were originally created. This was one of the most fun and challenging things we have ever done as a band. Songs do not need to be represented by one set context. The feelings and emotions contained within are a living and breathing entity in their own right which should be allowed to develop.”

The tracklisting will be as follows:

Disc One
1. Intro
2. Trick of the Light
3. Backroads
4. Islands
5. Dinosaurs
6. Deserter
7. Untitled
8. King of the Mountain
9. Victory Line
10. Black Saucers
11. The Blue The Green
12. The Day’s War
13. Call of Horses
14. Outro

Disc Two
1. Control
2. Oceana
3. River, River
4. Science
5. Backroads Redux (IG)
6. Black Saucers Redux
7. Deserter Redux
8. Islands Redux
9. Trick Of The Light *
10. Call Of Horses*
11. Streets Of Philadelphia*
12. All Is Full Of Love*

*Live From Angel Studios

Lonely The Brave announce a one off London show today at the Tabernacle on 3rd June. This will be a rare opportunity to see the band play stripped back songs and redux tracks from the album. Also announced today, they will be heading out on tour with Twin Atlantic in May.

Lonely The Brave will also play the main stage at Reading and Leeds festivals with many more festival dates still to be added.

Catch Lonely The Brave at the below dates:
May
5th Manchester, Albert Hall *
7th London, O2 Academy Brixton*
8th Birmingham, O2 Academy*
9th Glasgow, SSE Hydro*
June
3rd London, Tabernacle
August
Reading and Leeds festival

*w/ Twin Atlantic

 Purson Join Forces With Spinefarm Records.

PursonThursday 26th March 2015
PURSON have joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see second studio album, ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, released this autumn in the wake of a number of high-profile festivals & shows, including Download in the UK.

The UK outfit – whose music touches a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic & classic rock, blending other-worldly romance with shadowy foreboding – are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, which will be released under the Spinefarm / Machine Elf Records banner…

Says singer / guitarist / song-writer Rosalie Cunningham: “As I sit here in the control room at Gizzard Studios, the pride of East London, I’m excitedly realising that our second album has turned out to be everything I’d imagined and more!

“My world has been so consumed by it that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.

“The twists in the tale have been carved out by the path we’ve taken over the last 12 months. It’s been constantly shape-shifting and developing with all the wonderful experiences we’ve had.

“On behalf of the band, I give thanks to everyone who has bought a Purson record and been to our shows. Your continued support means everything… and you have our promise that the best is yet to come…”

Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto: “I’ve been following Purson since the early days of their career, and I’ve always considered the band something special; I like their vision, their theatricality, and their refusal to be corralled by a single musical genre. Purson really do have an expansive approach to their craft, and as a song-writer, Rosalie is a unique talent on the rise. In all ways, their future is bright, and I’m delighted that Spinefarm & Purson have now forged this fresh alliance...”

PURSON are also thrilled to confirm an appearance at this year’s Download Festival, playing live on the hallowed ground of Donington Park for the first time – part of a run of European events and UK shows that kicked off in March…

“A phenomenal year beckons for us and we look forward to a schedule packed with live shows at a variety of venues including the spiritual home of rock – Donington Park. We are ecstatic to be playing at the mighty Download Festival!” – Rosalie Cunningham

The band– Cunningham, George Hudson (guitars), Justin Smith (bass) & Sam Shove (keyboards) – will once again meet up with KISS at Download, having opened for them on last year’s KISS Kruise; Purson also rounded off 2014 with a nomination in the ‘Limelight’ category for new & emerging talent at the Classic Prog Awards, following which theyreleased (in November) the four-track 'In The Meantime' EP, mastered by John Davis from Metropolis (Zeppelin, U2, Lana Del Rey, etc.]
The EP – along with their acclaimed debut album, 2013's ‘The Circle and the Blue Door’ – saw their colour-saturated tapestries of Sabbath and Beatles- tinged tales, evoking the sinister folkish English horror of the early ’70s, celebrated by the likes of Classic Rock, Mojo, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio1, Metal Hammer, XFM and Kerrang!.


PURSON LIVE IN 2015

02 April LONDON, Lea Beat Bespoke with Wolfpeople
17 April BOLTON, Railway
18 April SOUTHEND, Railway
15 May LONDON, The Roundhouse w/Electric Wizard
29 - 31 May NURBURG / EIFEL, Der Ring Festival - Grüne Hölle Rock
29 - 31 May MUNICH, Rockavaria Festival
13 June DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Castle Donington

 Ginger Wildheart Back With New Material And Tour.

GingerThursday 26th March 2015
Ginger Wildheart returns with his ‘Songs And Words’ tour, an acoustic and spoken word show that will see Ginger entertain the audience with tales spanning his 20+ years in music in The Wildhearts, Silver Ginger 5, Clam Abuse and his myriad solo projects.

Ginger will be touring in support of his G.A.S.S. project - a multi-tier fan club for Ginger Wildheart fans. By singing up you gain access to exclusive content including a year's supply of new Ginger songs (36 in all!), and much more! Please visit http://g-a-s-s.co/main/ for more details.

The tour also supports the Pledge music release of the “Songs And Words” book - http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gingerwildheartsongsandwords

“I decided to write a book being as many of the accounts of The Wildhearts turbulent career have since turned into the stuff of traumatic myth and titanic legend, this way I can put the story straight using descriptions of the songs themselves and the life and times behind them.
The story, however, goes much deeper than merely The Wildhearts, and descends into a solo career that marks the darkest times of my life and the truly tragic depths of my tale.

Ending on a career high as my 555% Pledge campaign shot my stagnant life as a struggling songwriter air bound to unprecedented levels of success, this is a tale of redemption, self discovery and, ultimately, battling the odds and winning on my own terms.” – Ginger Wildheart

2015 “Songs And Words” tour dates are below:

Friday 10th April Nottingham, Arts Theatre
Saturday 11th April Birmingham, Old Rep Theatre
Friday 17th April Norwich, Puppet Theatre
Saturday 18th April Leeds, City Varieties
Friday 24th April Dublin, The Sugar Club
Sunday 26th April London, Leicester Square Theatre
Friday 1st May Glasgow, Eastwood Park Theatre
Saturday 2nd May Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Mining Institute
Friday 8th May Coalville (Leices), Century Theatre
Saturday 9th May Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre
Friday 15th May Newquay, The Lane Theatre
Saturday 16th May Weston-Super-Mare, Blakehay Theatre

Tickets are available from usual outlets

Ginger Wildheart is one of britains best loved rock singers and songwriters. It's been an amazing few years for Ginger Wildheart who has seen a massive career resurgence as he became the poster boy for the PledgeMusic phenomenon. In 2011 Ginger launched an ambitious preorder for a triple album project through the Direct to Fan platform, and went on to become the biggest success story yet for a British artist raising in excess of $250,000.

 Gallows Unleash New Video.

GallowsThursday 26th March 2015
Watford punks Gallows have unleashed another track from their forthcoming ‘Desolation Sounds’ album, released April 13th on Venn/Play It Again Sam Records. Titled ‘Mystic Death’, it starts in true Gallows style; an epic, dark foreboding riffs open up the song before the band charge in with a pure and brutal stomping beat and riff that is utterly head-pummeling.

'Swagger, attitude and menace are the tools of our trade,” states guitarist Laurent Barnard, summing up what Gallows means in 2015 in three simple words. ‘Mystic Death’ is available now to anyone who has or is still yet to pre-order the album as an Instant Grat track. Gallows will also be joining the line-up for this year’s Slam Dunk Festival alongside their own dates in May.
‘Desolation Sounds’ is Gallows album number four. Titled after an expanse of water in frontman Wade MacNeil’s native Canada, it features ten songs, runs for 36 minutes and might just be the most bleakly beautiful, weighty and affecting collection of music you will hear this year.

Album pre-orders and exclusive bundles also available from gallows.co.uk
itunes link: http://geni.us/1Svr
Catch the band live at the following dates. Support will come from Nottingham based chaos merchants Baby Godzilla at the headline shows.

Tickets go on sale January 14th from kililive.com / seetickets.com

May
22nd Glasgow Cathouse
23rd Leeds Slam Dunk Festival
24th Hatfield Slam Dunk Festival
25th Wolverhampton Slam Dunk Festival
26TH London Garage
27th Manchester Sound Control

Watch the ‘Mystic Death’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adTaytTz8AY

 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominations Announced.

Golden GodsThursday 26th March 2015
Taking place at IndigO2 in London on 15th June 2015, the Orange Amplification presents the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in association with World of Warships once again has the fans at its core and brings them together with the artists, shoulder to shoulder, like no other event.

By simply voting for your favourite bands to win awards at www.metalhammer.com/gods you are automatically in with a chance of winning a pair of money-can’t-buy tickets for the evening.

"The Metal Hammer Golden Gods are the annual thermometer for the health of the metal scene, and the world's only live metal awards show," said Alexander Milas, Editor-in-Chief of TeamRock and Metal Hammer. "Judging by the stunning breadth and diversity of this year's nominees, it's safe to say our world is as vibrant as ever, and we can't wait to celebrate it with our readers. Horns up!"

Voting will be open from 5pm on Wednesday 25th March until Wednesday 20th May at www.metalhammer.com/gods

Previous hosts have included Alice Cooper (2011), Chris Jericho (2012), Devin Townsend (2013) and Steel Panther (2014)

Host and all band performance announcements for show and HMS Hammer to be announced soon!

The shortlisted nominees for the voted categories are:

Public Voted:

Best New Band
King 810
Beartooth
Marmozets
We Are Harlot
King Parrot

Best UK Band
Electric Wizard
Napalm Death
Architects
Bring Me The Horizon
While She Sleeps

Best International Band
Slipknot
Machine Head
Nightwish
Mastodon
Scorpions

Breakthrough
The Amity Affliction
Halestorm
In This Moment
Bury Tomorrow
Babymetal

Best Underground
Sólstafir
Winterfylleth
Purson
Royal Thunder
Bölzer

Best Live Band
Parkway Drive
Meshuggah
Of Mice & Men
Killer Be Killed
Devin Townsend

Dimebag Darrell Shredder
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
Ice Dale (Enslaved)
Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest)
Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
Josh Middleton (Sylosis)

Best Independent Label
Season Of Mist
Relapse
Epitaph
Earache
Basick

Best Video
Evil Scarecrow – Space Dementia
Northlane – Rot
Body Count – Institutionalized
Suicide Silence – You Can't Stop Me
Motionless In White – Break The Cycle

Best Video Game
Alien: Isolation
Destiny
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Bayonetta 2
Dying Light

King/Queen Of The Internet
Metal Construction
Drewsif Stalin
10 Second Song Guy
Tina S
Vegan Black Metal Chef

 Toseland To Release New EP.

ToselandThursday 26th March 2015
Following the release of their debut album “Renegade” in March 2014, Toseland return with a new EP, “Hearts And Bones” and a full UK tour in April 2015.

The release of “Renegade” (which has sold almost 10,000 copies in the UK alone) and two years of constant touring – both pre and post release – headline shows, supports with the likes of Aerosmith, Status Quo and Reef and festival shows such as Download, Planet Rockstock and Silverstone Moto GP - has established Toseland as one of the most exciting new UK rock acts. “Renegade” spawned multiple radio hits – with four consecutive singles A listed at Planet Rock radio.

The “Hearts And Bones” EP features the self titled first single and another new song “The Closer”. The EP also features a cover of “The Teardrop Explodes Reward”. The EP builds on Toselands sound - driving riffs overlaid with the powerful voice of James Toseland. The EP was again recorded with Toby Jepson producing (credits include The Answer, Saxon and The Virgin Marys) and Steve Harris (Foo Fighters, U2) as engineer.

The “Hearts And Bones” EP will be aavailable on CD, download and 7" vinyl with the exclusive pre order at Pledgemusic.com. Pledge preorders will get an exclusive acoustic version of “Renegade” album track and previous single “Just No Way” as an instant grat.

2014 saw Toseland develop as a powerful live act. The band remains the same core – James Toseland (vocals), Zurab Melua (Guitar), Ed Bramford (Guitar) and Roger Davis (bass).

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 was been central to James life – so when James was forced to retire through injury a journey into music started. He does maintain ties with the racing world. To the extent that in late 2014 he was due to attempt to break the motorcycle land speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States. Unfortunately the attempt was delayed due to adverse weather and surface conditions – but is now scheduled to happen in late 2015. The streamliner James will ride is powered by a Rolls Royce jet engine and is called 'The 52 Express' after Toselands racing number.

Following the release of the EP the band will embark on a full UK tour. Dates are as follows

April 2015

Tues 7th Brighton, Green Door Store
Wed 8th Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Thurs 9th Birmingham, Asylum
Fri 10th Leeds, Wardrobe
Sat 11th Hull, Fruit
Mon 13th Newcastle, Think Tank
Tues 14th Edinburgh, Electric Circus
Wed 15th Manchester, Academy 3
Thurs 16th Stoke, Sugarmill
Fri 17th Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Sun 19th Reading, Bowery District
Mon 20th Bristol, Fleece
Tues 21st Exeter, Cavern
Wed 22nd Southampton, Joiners


 The Dead Daisies To Support Kiss.

WDead DaisesThursday 26th March 2015
After their successful and critically acclaimed US tour in 2014 with KISS & Def Leppard, The Dead Daisies are thrilled to announce their return to Europe supporting KISS on their 40th Anniversary Tour.

The European KISS tour will coincide perfectly with the release of The Daisies much anticipated second album, which will be released globally on 1st June 2015 via INgrooves.

Joining the musical collective on stage and in the studio will be singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and beating the skins for this tour will be first time member and current Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Recording for the band’s much anticipated second album titled Revolución has already begun in Sydney, Australia at Studio 301, with tracks being produced by The Dead Daisies and Craig Porteils (Guns N’ Roses/Billy Idol). Additional recording took place in Cuba at Abdala recording studios, Havana, produced by The Dead Daisies and Ben Grosse(Marilyn Manson/Sevendust).

The album title Revolución was influenced by the bands recent trip to Cuba. The new album will feature bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), keyboard player Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and drummer Jackie Barnes (Tin Lids/Jimmy Barnes), who is the son of Scottish born Australian singer Jimmy Barnes.

“Well, another chapter with 'The Dead Daisies' coming up!!! After finishing what is sounding great in the studio by mid-April, and releasing it in early June, we are all excited by the prospect of sharing the same stage again with the mighty KISS, this time in Europe. We also can't wait to share our show and new music with our European fans. Europe - get ready for some good ol' Rock & Roll In your Face. WE ARE COMIN’ TO GETCHA!!!! SEE YA"LL THERE….ARE YOU READY?” - Marco Mendoza

“The Dead Daisies have been an absolute BLAST for me so far. The guys are all GREAT Musicians, and also just incredibly easy to work and write with!!! I had so much fun in Cuba, and now here I am writing in Sydney for the upcoming record. Can’t wait to see what the future brings for us all!!!” - John Corabi

“John Corabi loves deep sea shark fishing, passionate about it. He’s also a whiz with a motorcycle helmet and baseball bat. We are making a new record together. It’s gonna rock!” - Dizzy Reed

KISS EUROPEAN DATES

Tue, June 2 02 Arena (Hamburg, Germany)
Wed, June 3 02 Arena (Berlin, Germany)
Thur, June 4 Leipzig Arena (Leipzig Germany)
Sat, June 6 Rock In Vienna Festival (Vienna, Austria)
Mon, June 8 Prague 02 Arena (Prague Czech Republic)
Wed, June 10 Zurich Hallenstadion (Zurich, Switzerland)
Thur, June 11 Verona Arena (Verona, Italy)
Sun, June 14 Download Festival (Derby, UK)
Tue, June 16 Le Zenith (Paris, France)
Thur, June 18 Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam Holland)
Fri, June 19 Graspop Festival (Graspop, Belgium)
Sun, June 21 Barcelona Palau San Jordi (Barcelona, Spain)
Mon, June 22 Barclaycard Arena (Madrid, Spain)

 Lagwagon Added To NOFX Tour.

NOFXThursday 26th March 2015
This is the tour that just keeps on giving! NOFX and ALKALINE TRIO co-headlining the UK this summer was already exciting, but we can now announce that special guests for all shows will be LAGWAGON, and due to overwhelming demand, extra shows will now take place in Birmingham 28th June, Nottingham Rock City 29th June and Leeds 2nd July.
Tickets are selling fast and the addition of these punk rock mainstays to what is already a spectacular bill is going to make for one hell of a show.

2014 was an important year for LAGWAGON and the release of long-awaited album ‘Hang’ was huge for the Californian five piece. The band’s first studio album in nine years, ‘Hang’ is a powerful and emotional record that also saw a new LAGWAGON sound. One thing’s for certain, the material was made for the live arena and for a band that once played 284 shows in a year, their performance and energy is a force to be reckoned with.

On joining the tour Joey Cape says: “Hey UK, Lagwagon here! We’re very pleased to announce our participation in the upcoming NOFX and Alkaline Trio tour, we’ll be attending all eight shows so come a bit earlier and hang out with us – Cheers!”

This eight date tour will tear up stages in Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle, and Leeds, with a two night stand in the capital at O2 Academy Brixton, which includes an Independence Day celebration on Saturday 4th July.

June
27th Birmingham O2 Academy (Standing Sold Out)
28th Birmingham O2 Academy (Extra Show)
29th Nottingham Rock City (Extra Show)
30th Newcastle O2 Academy

July
2nd Leeds O2 Academy (Extra Show)
3rd Leeds O2 Academy (Sold Out)
4th Brixton 02 Academy (Standing Sold Out)
5th Brixton 02 Academy (Extra Show)

 Thomas Nicholas Band Back To Tour The UK And Release Debut Album 'Security'.

Thomas Nicholas BandWednesday 25th March 2015
American Pie movie star THOMAS NICHOLAS is back with new full length album entitled ‘Security’ due for release on May 25th 2015 via PledgeMusic. Fans can already check out the first single to be taken from the forthcoming release 'Don't Stop' by clicking the link below:

Listen to the track on Soundcloud here,
https://soundcloud.com/tinband/02-dont-stop?in=tinband/sets/security-ep

Nicholas thought long and hard when it came to the process of launching his new album and decided that with PledgeMusic he could build a strong foundation for the release whilst also supporting a great cause, as PledgeMusic now offer the option to support a non profit organisation as part of your campaign. In this case, St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is the benefactor of the Thomas Nicholas Band campaign. The centre, founded in 1962 is a paediatric treatment & research facility that focuses on the treatment of catastrophic diseases.

As well as supporting this excellent cause the campaign will also offer numerous exclusive items that cannot be purchased anywhere else, including signed American Pie memorabilia and copies of the album on vinyl which is a format the band have never released music on before.

See more details on the campaign here:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thomas-nicholas-band Or TinyURL.com/PledgeTNB

You can also check out an article here on how his iPhone played a big part in the recording process. http://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/thomas-nicholas-band-iphone

The Thomas Nicholas Band will return to the UK next month to play the below dates.

Check Out The Thomas Nicholas Band at these dates:
April

• 24th April – Milton Keynes @ The Craufurd Arms
• 25th April – Bristol @ Hit The Deck Festival
• 26th April – Nottingham @ Hit The Deck Festival
• 27th April – Kingston @ Banquet Records
• 28th April – London @ Aces & Eights
• 29th April – Swansea – The Scene
• 30th April – London @ Tooting Tram & Social
• 1st May – Bournemouth @ Sound Circus
• 3rd May – Mountain Ash @ Mountain Ash Inn
• 4th May – Cardiff @ The Moon Club

 Blitz Kids To Support Young Guns.

Blitz KidsWednesday 25th March 2015
Blitz Kids have been announced as the main support on Young Guns forthcoming UK tour that kicks off in Oxford on Friday 27th March. Blitz Kids will join Young Guns on nine of the dates, and will wrap up their run in Liverpool on the 6th April.

This month, the band also announced the next single from their hotly tipped album The Good Youth is Keep Swinging. They also premiered the video on YouTube, and it can be viewed here. The Keep Swinging video, directed by Shane Drake (Paramore, Fall Out Boy), was filmed in LA and features Brock O’Hurn, the American Instagram star.

Ahead of the Young Guns dates, Blitz Kids will visit the US for some highly anticipated shows, including four gigs at SXSW Festival.

Since the release of their Red Bull Records debut The Good Youth, Blitz Kids have become one of the UK’s most buzzed-about new bands. They have toured with All Time Low, Mallory Knox, Taking Back Sunday and more, played festivals like Download, British Summer Time and Sonisphere, picked up some great airplay on Radio 1, and appeared on Matt Edmondson and Phil & Alice’s Radio 1 shows. The British four piece have also appeared and performed on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. Last Summer, they were nominated for a Kerrang Award for Best British Newcomer.

Full UK tour dates:
Fri 27 Mar 2015 - Oxford - O2 Academy
Sat 28 Mar 2015 - Reading - Bowery District
Sun 29 Mar 2015 - Colchester - Arts Centre
Tue 31 Mar 2015 - Bristol - Fleece
Wed 01 Apr 2015 - Stoke - Sugarmill
Thu 02 Apr 2015 - Brighton - Haunt
Sat 04 Apr 2015 - Leeds - Key Club
Sun 05 Apr 2015 - Edinburgh - Electric Circus
Mon 06 Apr 2015 - Liverpool - Arts Club Loft