Arch Enemy To Release 'As The Stages Burn!' DVD.

Arch Enemy.Tuesday 17th January 2017
Extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY have now launched a first trailer for their upcoming live DVD/Bluray 'As The Stages Burn!' which will be released on March 31st, 2017 via Century Media Records!

You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/AAxsf5Rq0bM

Featuring footage of their headline performance at WACKEN OPEN AIR 2016, marking the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of 'War Eternal', “As The Stages Burn!” highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before!

'As The Stages Burn!' will be available as Ltd. Deluxe CD+DVD+Blu-ray Box Set, Special Edition CD+DVD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+DVD and as digital album.

The full Wacken 2016 show was recorded with 13 cameras, produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus. The audio was mixed by Andy Sneap.

The DVD/Blu-ray also contains Behind The Scenes footage from Wacken, as well as excerpts from the 'Tokyo Sacrifice' live DVD, all 'War Eternal' music videos and a new, previously unreleased video clip for 'Time Is Black' as bonus material! The Deluxe Box Set will come with an Artbook incl. CD, DVD and Blu-ray, pop-up art, lanyard and 'As The Stages Burn!' laminate.

ARCH ENEMY live:
30.03.2017 – Bochum (Germany), Zeche*
31.03.2017 – Leipzig (Germany), Hellraiser*
01.04.2017 – Colmar (France), Rock in Hell*
02.04.2017 – Edinburgh (UK), Heavy Scotland Festival
04.04.2017 – Langen (Germany), Neue Stadthalle**
05.04.2017 – München (Germany), Backstage Werk**
06.04.2017 – Saarbrücken (Germany), Garage**
07.04.2017 – Durbuy (Belgium), Durbuy Rock Festival**
08.04.2017 – Cambrai (France), Betiz Fest*
09.04.2017 – Ludwigsburg (Germany), Rockfabrik**
* with The Haunted
** with The Haunted and Lacuna Coil

Festivals 2017:
02.02.2017 - 70000 Tons Of Metal - Miami, FL
06.07.2017 - Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
14.07.2017 - Gefle Metal Festival , Gävle, Sweden
05.08.2017 - Ostrava v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
10.08.2017 - Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 - Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 - Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

 Nashville Pussy Announce UK Tour.

Nashville Pussy.Tuesday 17th January 2017
High octane dirty Southern US rock ’n’ rollers NASHVILLE PUSSY fly in to play two UK dates next week, in support of their highly acclaimed ‘Ten Years of Pussy’ double CD, containing the very best tracks from their three SPV releases – 2005’s ‘Get Some’, 2009’s ‘From Hell To Texas’ and 2014’s ‘Up The Dosage’. Dates are:-

Tues. 24th January        LONDON Camden Underworld
Thurs. 26th January      MILTON KEYNES The Craufurd Arms
Supreme extreme US Noise Rockers WHORES, whose much lauded cranium crunching debut studio album ‘Gold’ was released at the end of October 2016 on SPV, are set to tour the UK as Special Guests of BIG BUSINESS. Dates are:-

31st March        BRISTOL The Fleece
1st April            LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
2nd April           MANCHESTER Star And Garter
3rd April            GLASGOW Audio
4th April            BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s
5th April            LONDON Camden Underworld

Groundbreaking German thrash metal trio SODOM, whose storming 15th studio album ‘Decision Day’, a diverse, hard-as-nails, totally contemporary thrash metal masterpiece, was released at the end of on August 2016 on SPV, drop in to the UK to co-headline HRH metal in February before returning to play further shows in May. Dates are:-

12th Feb.           BIRMINGHAM 02 Academy – hrhmetal.com
12th May           DUBLIN Voodoo Lounge
13th May           LONDON The Dome – Incineration Festival - incinerationfest.com/2017
14th May           GLASGOW – Classic Grand

 Helloween Announce Pumpkin United UK Show.

Helloween.Tuesday 17th January 2017
Here comes the sensation for all HELLOWEEN fans: You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a HELLOWEEN stage together and resurrect the band's legendary original line-up. Yes, it's official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play HELLOWEEN classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that's not all of it! Under the flag PUMPKINS UNITED all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Michi on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section.

PUMPKINS UNITED WORLD TOUR 2017/2018: GOOD. AS. IT. GETS.
The band have also announced this special line-up will also take to the stage in the UK, for a one-off show at London's Brixton Academy on the 14th November. 
The band commented 'The only PUMPKINS UNITED concert in the UK has been confirmed!
BRITISH HELLOWEEN MANIACS - let us rock the O2 Brixton Academy in London together on the 14th of November 2017 and make this evening something unique! Tickets will be on sale next Monday!'


THE IDEA.
Undisputedly, HELLOWEEN are one of Germany's most respected metal exports and considered the founders of German melodic speed metal. As godfathers of the genre, they have grown to become one of the most influential metal bands of the planet. In an unbelievable career reaching back as far as 1984, HELLOWEEN have performed at innumerable metal festivals around the globe such as Rock in Rio, Loudpark in Tokyo, Wacken, or the Woodstock in Poland, which they headlined in front of over 500,000 fans.

The band has delivered countless headliner world tours, spectacular shows with the likes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, Slayer, or Ozzy Osbourne to name just a few, and played at exotic locations in Borneo, Indonesia, Manaus, Brazil, or, at over 10,600 ft in the world's highest capital, La Paz, Bolivia. The band's spectacular show at the 'Monsters Of Rock' festival in Castle Donington in front of over 100,000 metal heads in 1988 was just as memorable as the massive MTV 'Headbanger's Ball' US tour with Anthrax and Exodus. Including genre masterpieces 'Keeper of the Seven Keys' Part I & II, they've released 15 studio- and three live albums to date, selling over eight million records and earning fourteen gold and six platinum awards. For 30 years, HELLOWEEN have been delighting their fans with fantastic riffs, great songs, and haunting melodies – three decades of a global career they officially celebrated with the 'Hellbook' in 2015. This is when the idea for PUMPKINS UNITED was born: The 'Anniversary Bible' as well as touring with Kai made them realize that this band's story is demanding its next chapter. Or, as Michael Kiske describes it:'Playing an original HELLOWEEN track with Unisonic was quite a flashback already, but rocking with the original line-up and Andi will be something really special. The time has come!' The chemistry between Kiske, Hansen, Weikath, and Grosskopf is singular – and sees its revival not least because of you: You've never stopped asking for it – now the mega event is coming up live, with the complete cast, and heavily wired!

IN DETAIL.
The super tour's first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo and takes the full PUMPKINS entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US. An extremely big deal, which, including a few secret surprises, will present almost three hours of the biggest hits from three decades of HELLOWEEN as the band will obviously insist on performing a full-speed trip through the HELLOWEEN repertoire. 'We already had an awesome time on the Hellish Rock part 1 & 2, but this time we'll definitely double down on it' says Kai Hansen, and Markus Grosskopf adds: 'There'll for sure be songs that we haven't played in a very long time or even ever before.' Whoever doesn't secure tickets for this tour, probably doesn't have all their pumpkins in a row: The original line-up wants to celebrate a global party with you, which is also going to be highly emotional because this SPECIAL WORLD TOUR is actually not a reunion and most probably won't happen again. Andi channels our metal hearts when he says: 'I'm so much looking forward to playing Michi's and my tunes together with him live on stage. It's going to be absolutely exceptional.'       
                   
 – And now: breathe.

Check out the YouTube trailer:
Pumpkins United: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg9ZOyDfYIA

Tickets for the London show on the 14th November go on-sale next Monday 23rd January.

 Primitive Weapons Release New Video Ahead Of UK Tour.

Primitive Weapons.Tuesday 17th January 2017
PRIMITIVE WEAPONS release new video and embark on UK tour with
The Dillinger Escape Plan and HO99O9


Primitive Weapons have released their second music video from "The Future of Death" for their latest single, "Panopticon Blues". 

"The Future of Death" was produced by Dean Baltulonis at Wild Arctic Studios (The Hold Steady, Goes Cube, Madball, Sheer Terror, Sick of it All) and is the bands second full-length, which was released by Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan / Giraffe Tongue Orchestra) on his own imprint, Party Smasher Inc.

It should come as no surprise that they will also be on one of Dillinger Escape Plan's final tours, who have announced their recent plans to disband. The tour begins January 18th and takes them across the UK along with HO99O9. 

Be sure to catch this incredible line up at the following venues
 
January 2017

18th UK, Norwich, Waterfront
19th UK, Glasgow, QMU
20th UK, Manchester, Academy 2
21st UK, Nottingham, Rock City
22nd UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute
23rd UK, Cardiff, Tramshed
25th UK, London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
26th UK, Brighton, Concorde 2

 The Interupters Announce Headline UK Shows.

The Interupters.Tuesday 17th January 2017
Hot on the heels of the release of their sophomore album 'Say It Out Loud', released in July of 2016 on Hellcat Records, LA based ska-punk quartet  The Interrupters have announced a run of UK headline shows following their prestigious support to Green Day on their arena tour in February.

"We had a couple of free days after the Green Day tour so we thought, why not add a couple of headline shows," states frontwoman Aimee Interrupter. "It's been too long and we are stoked to be coming back to the UK!"

Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, 'Say It Out Loud' captured the bands frenetic energy and revealed a whole new boldness to their songwriting. Undeniably fun but urgent in message, The Interrupters back their 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fuelled yet melody-heavy sound with lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus that surrounded the presidential election. In short, The Interrupters are a band to make you laugh, smile and dance but they'll also make you think.

Since their formation in 2012, The Interrupters have forged a formidable bond that deeply informs their music. "Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes," sums up guitarist Kevin Bivona. "That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about."

Catch the band live at the following dates:

February 2017 With Green Day:
5th  Leeds, First Direct Arena
6th  Manchester, Arena
7th  Kingston, Beggars Banquet, acoustic in-store 6pm
8th  London , 02 Arena

Headline shows:
9th  Sheffield, 02 Academy 2 (TICKET LINK)
10th Liverpool, 02 Academy 2 (TICKET LINK)
11th London, Tufnell Park Dome (TICKET LINK)

 Elbow Announce Forestry Commision Tour.

Elbow.Monday 16th January 2017
Elbow announce Forest Live dates for the summer

Elbow is the latest band to announce dates as part of Forest Live, where acts perform in spectacular woodland settings around the country as part of the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.

Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Since debut album, 2001’s ‘Asleep At The Back’ their stature has grown with subsequent releases such as ‘Cast of Thousands’, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ and 2014’s ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’ that debuted at the top of the U.K. charts. Front man Guy Garvey’s story-telling lyrics have honed their unique identity and sound to establish the band a passionate fan base and critical acclaim on their musical journey including two Ivor Novellos and a BRIT award for Best British Band.

Renowned for the intimacy of their live shows, stand-out gigs include Glastonbury Festival’s sunset slot with a trio of sets on the Pyramid Stage, taking part in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games performing their classic track ‘One Day Like This’ and recreating their Mercury Prize winning album, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, with the BBC Concert Orchestra from the world famous Abbey Road Studio One. Elbow’s seventh studio album ‘Little Fictions’ will be released on 3rd February.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 16 years history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Elbow - plus guests. Forest Live 2017

Thursday 15 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
Saturday 17 June: Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Saturday 24 June: Dalby Forest, near Pickering, N Yorks.
Sunday 25 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, near Mansfield, Notts.
Thursday 29 June: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Friday 30 June, Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.
Friday 7 July: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.

Tickets £41.50 (plus £4.65 booking fee) available from 9am Friday 20 January from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

 Youth Killed It TO Release Debut Album In May.

Youth Killed It.Monday 16th January 2017
British alternative rock quintet Youth Killed It are announcing today the release date of their debut album “Modern Bollotics”, due out on 12th May 2017 via Rude Records.
The announcement comes with the release of “Popstar”, the first single and video to be taken from the album.

Check out the video for “Popstar” here: https://youtu.be/e-ma9cnKmWs

With Brit Pop-esque lyrical content blended in with huge Hip-Hop drum beats, bass lines that resemble funk/dance and walls of crunchy guitars to top off the serving, you are sure to hear something that will definitely make your ears pop!

The band collectively comments on “Popstar”: "This track is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. You know how the old story goes, boy starts band, boys thinks he can be a popstar. Then boy quickly realises he looks like a Cheshire cat mated with The Rock and bam that dream is over… I guess deep down it’s a critique of what being a young adult has become nowadays. You’ve got to do things the 'old fashioned way' if you want to be generally not frowned upon by society – you must be realistic! But we didn’t want to get too serious about it so this what came out.

The track relates back to what a big part of what Youth Killed It’s upcoming record “Modern Bollotics” is all about: education and that weird section of your life when you’ve got to cross that dreaded line between adolescence to full blown adulthood - which the band admits to be still running away from in their early-mid twenties.

The band continues: “For the video, we wanted to create that awful karaoke / Elvis tribute act feel, so that’s exactly what we did. Got a bunch of mates over to our tiny living room, set up a karaoke machine and just let the 'magic' happen? As for the weird clothes and costumes, we aren’t sure how that came about, seemed like a good idea after a couple of beers! And to this day we have no idea who the guy dressed as Danger Mouse was…"
“Modern Bollotics” is due out on Rude Records on 12th May 2017. Pre-orders are available at the following links:
 
Physical Pre-order: http://smarturl.it/YKIBolloticsPhysical
Popstar Single: http://smarturl.it/PopstarSingle
Spotify Follow: http://smarturl.it/YouthKilledItSpotify

 Mortiis To Relese Remix Album.

Mortiis.Monday 16th January 2017
Hot on the heels of last year's well-received comeback album 'The Great Deceiver', Mortiis are set release a double remix album entitled 'The Great Corrupter' on 21st April via Omnipresence Records.

'The Great Corrupter' contains tracks from the previous album, deconstructed and masterfully "corrupted" by household names like GODFLESH, Die Krupps, Merzbow, John Fryer, Apoptygma Berzerk, In Slaughter Natives, Raison D´Etre, PIG, and many more. 

"The tracks on this album are very broad, they range from retro sounding, heavy industrial to very deep ambient type music to electronic/industrial club type stuff" says Mortiis.

The Great Corruptor will be available in digital format, on CD and vinyl, each with its own unique, collectible packaging.


Ahead of the release of the forthcoming remix album in late April, the band will be embarking on a 9 date strong UK co-headline run this March with PIG aka industrial pioneer Raymond Watts. The tour kicks off at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms on 10th March and finishes at London's legendary Garage venue on 18th March.

Mortiis comments: "We always have a great time in the UK, so being able to go out on tour there again, and with old heroes PIG no less, makes it even more exciting! What makes this tour even more special, to me personally anyway, is the fact that we just remixed each other. PIG are on our upcoming remix album 'The Great Corrupter' so it´s a double whammy!"

MORTIIS/PIG 'Swine & Punishment' UK TOUR
10 March       Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
11 March       Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
12 March       Newcastle - Think Tank
13 March       York - Fibbers
14 March       Sheffield - Plug
15 March       Manchester - Ruby Lounge
16 March       Bristol - Fleece
17 March       Norwich - Epic Studios
18 March       London - Garage

 Annihilator To Release Triple Threat Album On 27th January.

Annihilator.Monday 16th January 2017
Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters Annihilator have lacerated many senses over the years with their supreme, aggressive metal mastery, and on January, 27th, 2017, their legion of loyal fans can look forward to a series of fresh sensory experiences as Annihilator proudly present Triple Threat, a three-disc collection of Annihilator's music in a trio of very different scenarios. 

The main disc comprises a set of Annihilator's classics performed acoustically, with band leader/guitarist/ songwriter and vocalist Jeff Waters bringing together band members Aaron Homma and Rich Hinks, Vancouver BC drummer and friend Marc LaFrance plus Ottawa session player Pat Robillard. Recorded and mixed by Waters, this quintet recorded everything live, off the floor and in single takes at Watersound Studios in Dunrobin, Canada during late May and early June, 2016, giving Waters one of the most challenging, satisfying and perhaps 'electric' creative moments in his career. 

The second disc will feature Annihilator's vicious set from the 2016 Bang Your Head Festival, a set, which illustrates the very best of what Annihilator, is known for –tight, sharp, technically-excellent and melodic thrash metal music. It will also contain some exclusive inside-Annihilator off-stage perspective, which captures further elements, flavors and detail of the band, which fans will flip over. 

"This was one of the coolest things I have done in my long career. Having 5 people in a room, from all different backgrounds and talents, coming together to play songs from the past and to try to sound like we are one but totally live and with feel. This was one of the biggest challenges that Annihilator has faced, musically, but what impressed me the most was how you can hear all the individual styles each player has and how we were able to glue the playing and feel together. Done all in one take and with all the musical blemishes and imperfections that I would never normally let slide! This set covers some of the melodic songs, one even from 1984 (when a few of these guys were not even born!) and I just had to do this once in my life... to challenge myself and maybe show some others that it's not always just about the metal and the thrash! Rock n' Roll & and ballads are found everywhere in Heavy Metal. Annihilator are made up of a helluva lot of styles, mixed into one. That's exactly what kind of musicians I put together for this set... a mixed bag of Rockers & Metalheads and they made our legacy proud! Enjoy... we sure love this one." Jeff Waters - Annihilator

Triple Threat will be available in several formats, including DVD/2CDs, Blu-Ray/2CDs, a 2CD audio-only and digital download.

The Blue-Ray and DVD visual content is split in 3 parts:

 •            Chapter I – Annihilator Un-Plugged: The Watersound Studios Sessions (62 mins)
•             Chapter II – Annihilator Live at the BANG YOUR HEAD Festival (45 mins)
•             Chapter III - ANNIHILATOR: Summer Mini-Documentary 2016 (45 mins)
•             Plus Bonus Video Chapters: "Jeff's Commentary On The Acoustic Songs" and "Jeff Answers Fan
               Questions".

"So the first time that I heard Annihilator, I think it was 1989 and me and Nick Menza and Marty Friedman would listen to the Alice In Hell record, driving to and from rehearsal, all the time... cause we were basically writing the Rust In Peace record; we'd listen to it all the time.  Annihilator really is Canada's thrash band; kind of an extension of the Big Four. We have Sepultura in the South, we have Annihilator to the North.  One of the pack, one of the tribe. I love Jeff, I love the band, I love his playing. His compositions are terrific. Annihilator rules." David Ellefson - Megadeth

 Svart Crown To Release New Album On March 3rd.

Svart Crown.Monday 16th January 2017
SVART CROWN’s new album 'Abreaction' will be released in Europe on March 3rd via Century Media Records. Today the band reveal the first new track 'Transsubstantiation', a prime example of SVART CROWN’s musically vision made flesh on this fourth studio album.

Check out the track here: https://youtu.be/6Q1GVYKIONs

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/SVARTCabreactionAMA
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/SVARTCabreactioniTun
Amazon MP3: http://smarturl.it/SVARTabreactionAmMP3
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/3kwhzvz8eipiNUXKNCcECb

After SVART CROWN’s previous album 'Profane', released in 2013, 'Abreaction' is the next logical step for the band, filled to the brim with flawlessly executed, ferocious and malignant premium-class death metal, combining the complexity of acts like Behemoth and Morbid Angel with the grimness of Deathspell Omega and Immolation.

'Abreaction' is available for pre-order at various online stores as of now! The album will be released as a limited Deluxe CD Digipak (unfolding into cross-shape) and limited LP version with gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl and a 12-page LP-booklet plus the entire album on CD.

A very limited LP version on transparent-orange vinyl (100 copies worldwide) will be available four weeks before release from www.cmdistro.com 

'Abreaction' tracklist:

  1. Golden Sacrament (5:23)
  2. Carcosa (3:44)
  3. The Pact: To The Devil His Due (7:21)
  4. Upon This Intimate Madness (4:38)   
  5. Khimba Rites (5:23)   
  6. Tentacion (3:34)   
  7. Orgasmic Spiritual Ecstasy (4:56)   
  8. Transsubstantiation (6:40)   
  9. Emphatic Illusion (5:43)   
  10. Lwas (1:10)   
  11. Nganda (6:08)   


SVART CROWN live
February 21st – Le Ferraileur, Nantes, France
February 22nd – Le Temps Machine, Tours, France
February 23rd – Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
February 25th – Le 106, Rouen, France
March 3rd – Le Metronum, Toulouse, France
March 4th – Jas Rod, Marseilles, France
March 8th – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
March 10th – Le Grillen, Colmar, France
March 11th – Les Caves du Manoir, Martigny, Switzerland

More dates coming soon!

 The White Buffalo Heads Out On Tour.

The White Buffalo.Sunday 15th January 2017
THE WHITE BUFFALO aka singer songwriter Jake Smith kicks off his headline UK tour next week. A force of nature on stage, they whip up a righteous racket.  A nuanced songwriter, Jake shows a rough tenderness on his more leisurely narratives resulting in comparisons to Johnny Cash, Eddy Vedder and Steve Earle.

The first date is January 19th in Bristol, and coincides with the release of a number of THE WHITE BUFFALO's back catalogue titles, which are being made widely available in Europe for the first time. The first being 'Once Upon a Time in the West' - twelve tracks of hard-driving blues and outlaw country tales.   New video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnsP7ohzPO4
 
Dates are:
Jan. 19 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Arts Centre
Jan. 20 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Jan. 21 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 2
Jan. 23 - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
Jan. 24 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jan. 25 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

View the tour flyer at http://bit.ly/2doVUC9
Photo here: https://app.box.com/s/77b9ieos2yitccqnhtbd8xyv2qcl0lgm


Look out for these great back catalogue titles from THE WHITE BUFFALO coming in 2017:

'Once Upon a Time in the West' UK/Euro 4 Bonus Track Deluxe Edition (January 20th, 2017)
'Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways' (February 17th, 2017)
'Hogtied Revisited' (March 24th, 2017)

Get THE WHITE BUFFALO's latest album, 'Love and the Death of Damnation', on CD and vinyl in Europe with three exclusive bonus tracks at http://www.earache.com/twb

Led by singer/songwriter Jake Smith, THE WHITE BUFFALO is probably best known for his numerous song placements in the TV series Sons of Anarchy, including the series finale song "Come Join the Murder", which was co-written with series producer Kurt Sutter and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.

 Me And That Man To Release Debut Album 'Songs Of Love And Death'.

Me And That Man.Sunday 15th January 2017
ME AND THAT MAN are set to release their debut album, 'Songs of Love & Death' via Cooking Vinyl on 24th March 2017.  The first track is revealed today (Friday 13th January) via the Lynchian video for the album's lead single, 'My Church Is Black': https://youtu.be/4XBB8CNHs4U.

ME AND THAT MAN will also play their first UK show at London's Jazz Cafe on Sunday 26th March.  Tickets go on general sale at 10am Monday 16th January over at http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/me-and-that-man-tickets.

ME AND THAT MAN is a meeting at the crossroads; Nergal, the charismatic visionary, free thinker and frontman of Behemoth, one of the most infamous and increasingly successful bands in extreme music and British/Polish rock musician, John Porter.  Their debut album, 'Songs of Love & Death' is a journey across bleak, dust-ravaged plains, soundtracked by low-slung guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues.  The tracks draw on dark narratives familiar to fans of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and crackle with an evocative, sinister aesthetic.

Nergal is ready to burn the preconceptions people may have about his creative vision.  'Songs Of Love & Death' isn't sonic esoterica, it is an album of simple, yet timeless ideas, all filtered through Nergal's pitch-black poetic prism.  He tells us, "'My Church Is Black' is a strong declaration.  With ME AND THAT MAN, I'm telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings.  It's just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be."

Admirers of everything from Johnny Cash's American Recordings through to the grim, frontier polemic of Wovenhand will be drawn in by these songs.  The collection may appear vastly different to what Nergal is best known for, but as far as he is concerned, ME AND THAT MAN is a necessary and vital a part of his creative life: a new way to express the same ideas of individualism, defiance and darkness.

He explains, "With ME AND THAT MAN, the songs just come out in a very organic way.  One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad,  but put together they all made sense.  I need Me & That Man to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless.  It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated... and darker ...and blacker.  But Me & That Man is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking.  With all the best art, once you have it in you you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system.  This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it's liberating."

"This is a side-project, but I don't really know what it's going to grow into," Nergal concludes. The idea was just to get this music out to people.  There's no hidden agenda.  It is what it is, and if you like it, it's cool.  If you don't, that's cool too.  This is the battle we've already won."

'Songs of Love And Death' features sleeve artwork by Daniel P. Carter and is available for pre-order now at https://MATM.lnk.to/SOLAD.  Pre-orders via iTunes secure you a download of 'My Church Is Black' right away. A range of vinyl and special bundles can be picked up at https://MATM.lnk.to/store.

 Kreator To Release New Album 'Gods Of Violence'.

Kreator.Sunday 15th January 2017
Gods Of Violence will be released on January 27th via Nuclear Blast Records and will be available in various formats.

The cover art was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also did the limited edition artwork for KREATOR's last album, Phantom Antichrist (2012) and lent his talents to band like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT or OVERKILL in the past. 

The album will contain 11 tracks with a total running time of approx. 52 minutes.
01. Apocalypticon
02. World War Now
03. Satan Is Real
04. Totalitarian Terror
05. Gods Of Violence
06. Army Of Storms
07. Hail To The Hordes
08. Lion With Eagle Wings
09. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

Gods Of Violence was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was done by Tony Lindgren, also at Fascination Street Studios.

KREATOR will embark on an extensive European headlining tour in early 2017 with support from label mates SEPULTURA and SOILWORK.

KREATOR
+ SEPULTURA
+ SOILWORK
+ ABORTED
01.02.  F          Metz - B.A.M.
02.02.  NL        Tilburg - 013
03.02.  D         Munich - Tonhalle
04.02.  D         Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
06.02.  DK       Copenhagen - Amager Bio
07.02.  N         Oslo - Rockefeller
08.02.  S          Stockholm - Fryshuset
10.02.  FIN       Helsinki - Black Box
11.02.  FIN       Tampere - Pakkahuone
12.02.  EST      Tallinn - Rock Cafe
13.02.  LT        Vilnius - Siemens Arena
15.02.  PL        Warsaw - Progresja
16.02.  A          Vienna - Gasometer
17.02.  D         Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
18.02.  D         Berlin - Columbiahalle
19.02.  CH       Pratteln - Z7
21.02.  I           Trezzo - Live Club
22.02.  F          Grenoble - Summum
23.02.  E          Barcelona - Razzmatazz
24.02.  E          Madrid - Riviera
25.02.  F          Toulouse - Bikini
26.02.  F          Paris - Bataclan
28.02.  UK       Manchester - Academy
01.03.  IRL       Dublin - Vicar Street
02.03.  UK       London - o2 Forum
03.03.  B          Torhout - De Mast
04.03.  D         Essen - Grugahalle
07.03.  RUS     Moscow - Bud Arena*
* no ABORTED
------
17.06.  FR        Clisson, Hellfest
03.08.  D          Wacken - Wacken Open Air

 Less Than Jake Release New Song 'Whatever The Weather.

Less Than Jake.Sunday 15th January 2017
Influential Gainesville punk band Less Than Jake have released a stream of new song 'Whatever The Weather,' which Rock Sound recently premiered. 'Whatever The Weather' is taken from upcoming EP 'Sound The Alarm.' 

You can listen to 'Whatever The Weather' here
They will release a new EP titled Sound The Alarm on 3rd February  with their new label Pure Noise Records.

Fans can pre-order the record now at http://smarturl.it/LTJ

Speaking about the new song, lyricist and drummer Vinnie Fiorello says
".. You can't always explain life through things like bad luck,  being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or fate. The lyrics tackle that deep down stress and depression and how it tugs you places you never want to go, the thing about those situations though is that you can choose to push through, choose to walk a thin line and come out safe and happy on the other end. No matter the storm or dark cloud days you keep your own path.."

Less Than Jake's new EP, Sound The Alarm, marks an exciting new chapter for the band as they celebrate 25 years together and a newly inked deal with Pure Noise Records. Featuring 7, ska infused punk songs that quickly remind listeners of the band's incredible ability to craft memorable, hook-filled music.

"We started writing this set of songs, similar to our last record See The Light, sitting around a table in our warehouse with some acoustic guitars, lyrics scribbled on scraps of paper, and a constant barrage of ideas," Fiorello explains. "Trying ideas as they would come out, sometimes chasing the idea, or getting connected or not connected to an idea right away. We had been writing and were planning on fleshing out the ideas while on Warped Tour." 

Sound The Alarm was recorded and produced by Roger Lima and mixed at the famed punk recording studio, The Blasting Room, in Fort Collins, CO. The band wrapped the record following their run on last summer's Vans Warped Tour.

After years of releasing records through various major and independent labels Less Than Jake has found a new home at the Southern California based Pure Noise Records.

"When I met Jake at the San Francisco stop of Warped Tour, we talked about working together," Fiorello adds. "He is a longtime fan, knows the history and the arch of LTJ and that's important to know where we have to go. It's always great to have a mutual respect between band and label and that is exactly what we have between LTJ and Pure Noise."

The band also will co-headline a winter U.S. tour with San Diego rock band Pepper before returning to the UK in May for an appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.

27th May- Slam Dunk Leeds City Centre
28th May- Slam Dunk Birmingham NEC
29th May- Slam Dunk Hatfield

 Firewind To Release 'Immortals' Album.

Firewind.Sunday 15th January 2017
Ahead of the release of their 8th studio album, ”Immortals”, on January 20th, 2017, melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND have launched a digital single and lyric video (Produced by Cloud Music Typography) for the track 'Back On The Throne'.

Check out 'Back On The Throne' here:
Lyric video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJek1DFOaMg
Single on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2xDqI6pZbe9sUessMJXuCb
Single on iTunes (also instant grat): http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDbottiTunes
Single on AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDbottAMA

FIREWIND’s Gus G. checked in to comment about the track as follows: “”Back On The Throne" is the 3rd single off our forthcoming album "Immortals" and its classic heavy metal roots vibes are shining bright on this one. Crank it up to 11!”

Check out other previously launched material for FIREWIND’s “Immortals” release:
“Hands Of Time” / First single and opening track:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/z3Q1o0m2sik
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDHofTSpotify

“Ode To Leonidas” / Second single and video clip:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_nYCnVjcM
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7xRf3m8zpX1ofiKWgqIIWH

Track by track video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYccOz4FO78
Album EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxENF5x85xE

The tracklisting for the “Immortals” album reads as follows:

FIREWIND – “Immortals”:
1. Hands Of Time
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
8. Immortals
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes

“Immortals” marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G. Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Mediabook CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track (“Vision Of Tomorrow”) and 3 stickers.

“Immortals” can be pre-ordered from CM Distro here: 
http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDimmortalsCMD

Or alternatively here:
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDimmortalsAMA
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDimmiTunes
AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDimmAMAMP3

In order to support the release of “Immortals”, FIREWIND are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows (Updates marked *):

FIREWIND – Europe & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms

22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mill
24.02.2017 Wetzikon (Switzerland) - Hall Of Fame *
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017:
02.06.2017 Pilsen (Czech Republic) - Metalfest Open Air
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest

GUS G – Live 2016/2017:
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall

 The Charm The Fury Announce New Album.

Charm The Fury.Sunday 15th January 2017
Amsterdam based metal band THE CHARM THE FURY have announced that their new album 'The Sick, Dumb & Happy' will be released on the 17th of March via Nuclear Blast / Arising Empire.

The band comments about the album and cover: "This record is a cross-section of the metal sound we hope will resurrect in the next ten years. A return to thrash roots, headbanging anthems, and tried and tested songwriting that made metal so great back in the 80s and 90s.

We found Robert Sammelin via an app, saw his work and immediately knew that this was our guy. He still hand draws his designs, creating some completely surreal comic-style images. While working with him we actually found out that he did key artwork for Battlefield 1, which is crazy. We gave him the rough idea for the spiral eyed skull, the color scheme and blood spatters was all his idea. We wanted something different and we feel he created a completely unique piece, better than anything we could come up with."

Watch the teaser of their upcoming album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krUY1NRNMbs

THE CHARM THE FURY have matured since their debut. With several of Europe's biggest festivals under their belt, they have transformed their sound into a startling slab of ultra-modern but utterly distinctive metal that shrewdly and honestly redefines what THE CHARM THE FURY is all about. Driven by a collective distaste for the state of the world in the 21st century, the band recorded an angry album underpinned by ferocious intelligence and a heartfelt desire to wake people out of their digital stupors.

With more details about the band's new album to come, the critical moment has arrived: THE CHARM THE FURY are armed, ready and hungry for the next big push. When it explodes in 2017, the smart money is on these diehard noisemakers claiming their rightful place among the new metal elite. They have the songs, the determination and the charisma to make it happen.

 Cage The Elephant To Head Out On Tour.

Cage The Elephant.Sunday 15th January 2017
Cage The Elephant’s UK tour this month, which includes their biggest London show to date at Brixton Academy, has now completely sold out. Long celebrated as one of the most explosive live bands in the world, Cage The Elephant truly lived up to that billing at Reading and Leeds Festivals last year, completely packing out the Radio 1 / NME stage at both events and for many providing one of the most ‘’talked about’’ sets of the weekend. The band will live stream their sold out Brixton Academy show on 20th January. Cage The Elephant’s current album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the ‘Best Rock Album’ category. The album, their second to be nominated for a Grammy, was recently certified Platinum in the US.

Cage The Elephant upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates:

Mon 16 Jan - Academy- Dublin, Ireland - SOLD OUT
Tue 17 Jan - 02 ABC - Glasgow, UK - SOLD OUT
Thu 19 Jan - Albert Hall. Manchester, UK - SOLD OUT
Fri 20 Jan - 02 Academy Brixton - London, UK - SOLD OUT

Support: Declan McKenna and Spring King (Manchester + London)
Cage The Elephant have unveiled the video to their new single ‘Cold Cold Cold’. Written and directed by singer Matt Shultz, the video premiered on Rolling Stone.

WATCH ‘COLD, COLD, COLD’ VIDEO: https://youtu.be/n95eekfFZZg
On the inspiration for the video, Matt said, “I think we're all very prone to subscribe to a safe, surface level pursuit of happiness, keeping our adversities out of sight out of mind, in a way. We try to fix ourselves to fit into the social norm, and it is so easy to forget that in one way or another, the broken hearted are the beautiful ones."

Cage The Elephant performed ‘Cold Cold Cold’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week. PRESS HERE to watch the band’s dynamic performance, with Matt Shultz leaping from Stephen Colbert’s desk mid-song while guitarist Brad Shultz ended the performance by kissing Colbert on the lips.

Cage The Elephant’s fourth studio album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’, released through Columbia Records, was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys (Lana Del Rey, Ray LaMontagne, Dr. John, The Pretenders). The albums two singles, ‘Mess Around’ and ‘Trouble,’ both topped the Alternative charts for a total of seven #1 Alternative songs. Cage The Elephant sit with the most elite artists in radio format history - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Green Day and U2 - as the biggest airplay bands since the 1988 chart origin, with more #1 Alternative songs than any other artist this decade.

Cage The Elephant formed in 2006 and consists of singer Matt Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, bassist Daniel Tichenor, and drummer Jared Champion.

 Avatarium Enter The Studio To Work On New Album.

Avatarium.Friday 13th January 2017
Sweden's doom darlings AVATARIUM have entered the Gröndahl studio and currently work on a follow-up to their highly acclaimed second album 'The Girl With The Raven Mask'. This third brainchild will include eight new tracks and is scheduled to see the light of day in spring 2017. 

After topping multiple soundchecks in the leading European music magazines, AVATARIUM won the 'Up And Coming'-award on the German Metal Hammer Awards and with their catchy riffs, mystic atmosphere and unique voice of frontwoman Jennie-Ann Smith, they will once again bewitch doomsters all over the globe.

"AVATARIUM is about pushing boundaries and exploring new grounds", states guitar master Marcus Jidell. "Inside the four walls of our pantheon the ceiling needs to be high to let the creativity and imagination fly free. Our focus is not on technical aspects but on landscapes and colors. Diverse emotions such as anger, despair, grief, empathy and hope all find their place in our music. We are aiming to find the human touch, keep it simple and allow mistakes but also make it glorious, shining and  bigger then our own selves. 2017 needs to be the year when we bring in a new way of thinking and create music without computers holding us back with mathematic formulas and degrading bands to mass products created on conveyor belts. AVATARIUM is taking the lead and inviting you to follow!"

If you haven't ordered the last AVATARIUM album 'The Girl With The Raven Mask' yet, you can get it here:  http://nblast.de/AVATARIUMRavenMask

More on 'The Girl With The Raven Mask':
'Pearls & Coffins' official music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYWC6ZlRmjA
'Girl With The Raven Mask' official track & lyrics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHiM5RHOwhk
'Hypnotized' official track & lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzr21X90eTY

 Deaf Havana To Release Fourth Album 'All These Countless Nights'.

Deaf Havana.Friday 13th January 2017
Ahead of the release of their highly-anticipated fourth album,'All These Countless Nights', on January 27th - Deaf Havana have today revealed their new single with a video for 'Fever'.

The track, "the darkest song lyrically" on the record according to frontman James Veck-Gilodi, is a tale of periods of heavy drinking, the resulting behavioural changes and ultimately the tests they present to the relationships you hold closest. The line "I saw myself in my mother's eyes and I found some hope," sees the singer reflecting on a visit to his mother and a conversation that inspired change and brought balance to his lifestyle.

The accompanying music video, is the third part of a story shot in Monterrey, Mexico at the end of 2016. "I always loved the idea of having several videos that were all part of a bigger story, I felt like the 3 singles, (Sing, Trigger and Fever) were perfect for this as they all shared and underlying theme of feeling alienated and out of control," says James. "Meeting AJ and everyone at Groovy Chaos was an absolute blessing because they completely understood our vision and managed to translate that to video much better than we ever imagined. Travelling to Mexico and shooting with the guys was such an amazing experience, being so far away from home and out of our comfort zone really leant itself to the lyrical content of the songs and they ended up being the best music videos we have ever been a part of."
MORE ON 'ALL THESE COUNTLESS NIGHTS':
2013's brilliant Old Souls album had successfully catapulted Deaf Havana into the UK rock big league. It crashed into the Top 10 of the Albums Chart, earned rave reviews for its bravura songwriting and saw the band sell out ever bigger venues, appear higher up the bill at festivals and even support James Veck-Gilodi's hero, Bruce Springsteen.
"It made us feel like a proper band," says Veck-Gilodi, after Deaf Havana's many years on the fringes of the scene. "It stepped away from that emo-y world; there were a lot more layers to it and the songwriting was much more mature."
But, behind the scenes, the band were experiencing financial problems and a lack of internal communication that almost broke them. "I was very close to quitting," says Veck-Gilodi, "basically, I didn't want to be in the band anymore."

Veck-Gilodi planned to use the band's 2014 Reading & Leeds performance to pay off the band's debts and act as its swansong. But some sideshows reminded him of how much he – and Deaf Havana's still-burgeoning fanbase – enjoyed his band. A sudden burst of inspired songwriting followed – "It's probably the most creative I've ever been," he says – but these weren't just regular DH songs.

Recent single, 'Trigger', followed as James says, "it was one of the few songs where the words just came out of me as I put the pen to paper. It's about me feeling alone in relationships and alone in life, reflecting on all the mistakes and things I had done wrong, yet too idled by laziness to do anything to change them. In the video, Ceci (the actress) represents me, being so close to so many people, yet feeling so far away and essentially remaining alone."
The song and those that followed demanded that he and his bandmates – singing keys player Max Britton, bassist Lee Wilson, drummer Tom Ogden and Veck-Gilodi's guitarist brother, Matthew – strike out for new sonic territory.
The end result, Veck-Gilodi declares, is Deaf Havana's most eclectic and expansive album yet. Having cleared house internally in the months leading up to recording of 'All These Countless Nights', taking on new management and signing to a new record label (So Recordings), the band are already benefitting from the "new energy" that brings. They're communicating better with each other, they're involved in every aspect of the band's affairs, and they're ready for whatever the world of rock wants to throw at them...
"This album needs to take us to a higher level," asserts Veck-Gilodi. "Not necessarily in terms of chart positions, because I don't care about that. I just can't wait for people to hear the album. We appreciate the fact that everyone's waited this out with us. It's going to be great."

'All These Countless Nights'
Tracklisting
1) Ashes, Ashes
2) Trigger
3) L.O.V.E
4) Happiness
5) Fever
6) Like a Ghost
7) Pretty Low
8) England
9) Seattle
10) St. Paul's
11) Sing
12) Pensacola, 2013
All These Countless Nights was produced, recorded and mixed by Adam Noble at Air Studios in London, and residential studio The Vale.
Exclusive pre-order album bundles are available at: http://www.deafhavanaofficial.com

'All These Countless Nights' UK headline tour
FEBRUARY 2017
17: MANCHESTER 02 Ritz
18: GLASGOW 02 ABC
20: BRISTOL 02 Academy
21: BIRMINGHAM 02 Academy
23: NORWICH UEA
24: LONDON 02 Forum Kentish Town

 Black Star Riders Release New Trailer For Forthcoming Album.

Black Star Riders.Thursday 12th January 2017
BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their forthcoming album Heavy Fire on the 3rd of February 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. In anticipation of this release, the band have unveiled a fourth video in whichDamon JohnsonRicky Warwick and Scott Gorham discuss how the album's title track came about. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/xp_4OMk6T5U

Damon Johnson comments, "I just remember showing up at the studio when we were actually making the album and there was the original title, 'The Salvation'. Then one day I looked up at the board and the title had been changed to 'Heavy Fire', which was a song we had decided not to make and I'm like, what's happening?! He [Ricky] says, 'oh I've changed the lyric mate, you're gonna love it, check it out!'"

Ricky Warwick adds, "The album was always going to be called Heavy Fire. I had the title for quite some time and really liked it. I just thought it felt so right with the other records... All Hell Breaks Loose, The Killer Instinct, Heavy Fire - it just sounds great when you say all three together!"

The band recently premiered the new video for second single, 'Testify Or Say Goodbye' here: https://youtu.be/SvcNNeiMl90

Pre-order Heavy Fire:
Limited Edition Orange and clear vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK Store: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireNBUK
Limited Edition Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl & Vinyl Pic Disc from Amazon.co.ukhttp://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAmzUK
Digital Album from iTunes: pre-order now and get the tracks ŒWhen The Night Comes In¹ and 'Testify Or Say Goodbye' instantly:
http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT

ICYMI:
Trailer #1https://youtu.be/PXFHrJfMtVY
Trailer #2https://youtu.be/NHb15oJTD8s
Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/yWm1diFNtK4
'When The Night Comes In' lyric video: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

From the immediate riffs of album opener ³Heavy Fire² to the instant hooks of first single ³When The Night Comes In², from the dirty bass groove of ³Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed² to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on ³Testify Or Say Goodbye², Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.
 
Following on from their critically acclaimed albums ŒAll Hell Breaks Loose¹ and ŒThe Killer Instinct¹ which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n¹ Roll, ŒHeavy Fire¹ will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  The band have also brought inPledgemusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album¹s release.

Tracklistings below: 

CD
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
 Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders  (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:

W/ Gun and The Amorettes (below)
Thursday 2nd March                                                   Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday 3rd March                                                          William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Saturday 4th March                                                    Academy, Dublin
Sunday 5th March                                                       Limelight, Belfast
Tuesday 7th March                                                     Ironworks, Inverness
W/ Backyard Babies and Gun (below)
Wednesday 8th March                                              O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Thursday 9th March                                                    O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Friday 10th March                                                       O2 Academy, Newcastle*
Saturday 11th March                                                  O2 Academy, Leeds*
Sunday 12th March                                                     O2 Ritz, Manchester*
Tuesday 14th March                                                   Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15th March                                            UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16th March                                                 O2 Academy Bristol*
Friday 17th March                                                       O2 Kentish Town Forum, London*
Saturday 18th March                                                  O2 Institute, Birmingham*
Sunday 19th March                                                     O2 Academy, Bournemouth*

 Western Addiction Release New Song.

Western Addiction.Thursday 12th January 2017
Tremulous: to display timidity or nervousness, or shake or quiver slightly. It’s an odd word, one not used commonly in the modern English language—you’re far more likely to come across it in James Joyce’s Ulysses, for example, than in your average hardcore record. But here we are, with Western Addiction’s new full-length, Tremulous, an album embodying the anxiety, dread, worry and anguish omnipresent in modern day America. "The word ‘tremulous’ just felt right,” says frontman Jason Hall. “It sums up the theme of the entire record in one word.” Hall puts a premium on the words associated with Western Addiction; every song tells a story, sometimes with uncomfortable specifics and every title and lyric is meant to resonate with the listener on a different level.

While the San Francisco band’s sophomore effort comes nearly 12 years after their debut, Cognicide, don’t think they have grown out of hardcore. Tremulous rips its way through 11 explosive tracks, delivering a consistent sound strongly rooted in the past (picture an alternate universe where Milo Aukerman, Greg Ginn and Fugazi’s rhythm section formed a band) that is plenty aggressive (“Ditch Riders,” “Masscult, Vulgarians and Entitlement”) and surprisingly melodic (“Righteous Lightning,” “Honeycreeper”). It sounds like the same band that made Cognicide, just older, wiser—but still pissed off.

A large part of that consistency can be attributed to the band’s current form, which consists of founding members Hall on vocals, Ken Yamazaki (also of Dead To Me) on guitar and Chad Williams on drums, as well as 2014 recruit Tony Teixeira moving to guitar. When it came time to record TremulousWestern Addiction re-connected with original bassist, Tyson “Chicken” Annicharico, who was happy to assist his friends in the studio, adding another connection between the band’s past and present. He even had a hand in shaping Tremulous’ most intense song, the album-closing, five-and-a-half-minute dirge “Your Life Is Precious,” written in tribute to friend (and Enemy You frontman) David Jones, whose unexpected death in 2015 had a profound effect on the band.

“I don’t usually write songs in one burst, but I did with that one—every single lyric means something very specific,” Hall says, going on to explain how the song features his first-ever attempt at singing. When he says singing, he really means singing, not your average hardcore throat-bellow. Luckily, he had one of punk's finest vocalists, Joey Cape, in the producer’s seat for Tremulous, who coaxed him to new heights in his overall performance. “One of the things we asked Joey to work on with us was vocal melodies. He had great input on many songs, especially ‘Ditch Riders,’ ‘Taedium’ and ‘Your Life Is Precious.’”

Tremulous fires off salvo after salvo of incendiary hardcore containing a surprising amount of melodicism, but Cape wasn’t the only member of the Fat Wreck family to offer assistance: Propagandhi’s Todd Kowalski delivers guest vocals on “Taedium” (“Propagandhi has continually influenced and enlightened my life, and I respect Todd as a human,” Hall praises). And while the bulk of the album was recorded with Cape and engineer Ian MacGregor in Los Angeles, the band finished up the vocals in San Francisco with Cape at Fat Mike’s Motor Studios.

Western Addiction turned to an unlikely name to mix Tremulous: Matt Bayles, an esteemed producer whose resume is two decades long and stacked with such major names in metal and hardcore as Mastodon, Botch and Isis. However, it was a different record that put Bayles’ name on Western Addiction’s tongue. “The inspiration for Tremulous was From Ashes Rise’s Nightmares, which Matt produced,” Hall says. “They’re a hardcore band but it sounds so big and well-produced. I wanted to do that. After seeing what Matt could do with my vocals, I was blown away.”

With Tremulous finally out in the world, Hall’s goal for 2017 feels surprisingly attainable while at the same time emotionally exhausting. “I want our band to be understood,” he concludes. “I don’t think we’ve ever found our people. We’re in this netherworld of punk: We’re not poppy, we’re not fun, we’re loud but we’re not a metal band, and the truly crazy hardcore bands would probably think we don’t fit in. I just want to be understood.”

Tremulous tracklisting:
1.Clatter and Hiss 
2. Family of Boys
3. Masscult,Vulgarians and Entitlement
4. Taedium
5. Ditch Riders
6. Honeycreeper
7. Righteous Lightning
8. Red Emeralds
9. Humming Bars of White Light
10. The Rockery
11. Your Life Is Precious

 Avenged Sevenfold Announce Pop Up Shop In London.

Avenged Sevenfold.Thursday 12th January 2017
Avenged Sevenfold has announced a treat for their UK fans.  From Friday 20th January until Monday 23rd the band will be setting up a pop-up shop – Vlauder Lauders General Store - in London's Camden Market to coincide with their two live dates at the 02 Arena.  The shop will be based at Camden Market, 215-216 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AB, and open 10a.m – 6p.m.

The store will be hosting in-store raffles and giveaways of exclusive and signed merchandise every hour on the hour, so fans are advised to check in frequently.  Every purchase made at the store also comes with an entry (enter to win) to win surprise gifts.

In addition, world-renowned painter, sculptor and designer from Huntington Beach CA,  Cam Rackam, who collaborated with the band on the album artwork for "Hail To The King" and "Nightmare" will be in-store creating art pieces in front of a live audience.

Avenged Sevenfold kicked off their 10 date UK tour on 7th January in Dublin, which is already picking up fantastic reviews, prompting the Guardian to comment that "the five-piece methodically discharge booming, arena-filling songs that are as hefty as they are heavy" in their 4* review.

The band's last visit was in 2013 for a sold out arena tour plus an awe inspiring headline slot at Download Festival in June 2014 which cemented their unshakable reputation for breath-taking live performances.

In October last year Avenged Sevenfold played a groundbreaking live 360 Virtual Reality gig on the roof of Capitol Records in LA after which they surprised fans with the announcement that their new album 'The Stage' – their first for Capitol Records - would be available that night.  Previously they had made headlines with the release of the title track, co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) AND a companion video directed by Chris Hopewell (Radiohead, The Killers). The latter has already amassed well over TWELVE million YouTube views – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBYVlFXsEME

The Stage is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band's first thematic release. While the term "AI" conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist's look at the accelerated rate at which technology's intelligence is expanding and what that means—good and bad—for the future.

The album's epic 15-minute-plus closing track, "Exist," features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album.

January 2017
Saturday 7th     Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 10th    Glasgow The SSE Hydro  SOLD OUT
Thursday 12th  Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 13th       Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 15th      Sheffield Arena
Monday 16th    Manchester Arena
Wed 18th          Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Thursday 19th  Cardiff Motorpoint Arena   SOLD OUT
Saturday 21st   London O2 Arena  SOLD OUT
Sunday 22nd     London 02 Arena

 Def Leppard Release New Video From 'Live From Detroit' DVD.

Def Leppard.Thursday 12th January 2017
Legendary rockers Def Leppard excited and thrilled fans nationwide with their massive 55+ city Summer 2016 North American tour. Def Leppard will now share their masterful performance on DVD and Blu-ray. On the 10th February 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release their epic concert film And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit on DVD+2CD, and Digital Video.

With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles "Dangerous" and "Let's Go" which was #1 on the USA Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.

Filmed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit is an incredible showcase that captures the electrifying energy and power of Def Leppard live today. As the sun began to set over a frenzied Detroit crowd, Def Leppard's legendary hooks and anthemic rock served up an audiovisual feast second to none. The audience were served hit after hit with fan favorites from across their iconic career.

Said front man Joe Elliott: "I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the 'Viva Hysteria' shows, we hadn't actually had a live performance filmed since 1988. With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016."

As a bonus, the DVD set will include the official music videos for "Let's Go", "Dangerous," and "Man Enough," and the lyric video for of "Let's Go."

In anticipation of the DVD release, Def Leppard and Eagle Rock Entertainment are readying the launch of a special PledgeMusic pre-order going live today, the 11th November 2016. Fans who participate will gain early access to a few select tracks, including "Dangerous" and "Rock On" as well as exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic. CLICK HERE to pre-order!

DEF LEPPARD IS: Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Rick Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)

Track Listing:

Disc 1:

  1. Let's Go
  2. Animal
  3. Let It Go
  4. Dangerous
  5. Foolin'
  6. Love Bites
  7. Armaggeddon It
  8. Rock On
  9. Man Enough

 
Disc 2:

    • Rocket
    • Bringin' On The Heartbreak
    • Switch 625
    • Medley: Hysteria / Heroes
    • Let's Get Rocked
    • Pour Some Sugar On Me
    • Rock of Ages
    • Photograph

 Skindred Sign Deal With Kobalt'.

Skindred.Thursday 12th January 2017
 Kobalt the leading independent music services company, along with the recently acquired Fintage House, today announced the signing of UK Top 40 rock group, SKINDRED to a global publishing and neighbouring rights deal. Described by Radio 1's Daniel P Carter as, "One of the best live acts Britain has ever produced," SKINDRED is a genuine worldwide phenomenon. Currently, the band has achieved sales of just under half a million albums across the globe.

Throughout 2016, SKINDRED toured all over the world, with a string of high profile, main-stage slots at UK festivals including Reading and Leeds & Download. Furthermore, the band has recently been selected to headline Steelhouse Festival in Wales and HRH Metal Festival in Birmingham as well as perform during next summer's Bloodstock Festival and Hellfest in France amongst an array of others.

SKINDRED's Manager, Seven Webster from 7PM Management, added, "We had been talking to Mandy Aubry from Fintage for a long time and really wanted to work with her and now Fintage have joined forces with Kobalt we could not be happier. For us to be one of the first deals since the Fintage /Kobalt merger is extremely exciting. Having both Nick Robinson and Miller Williams from Kobalt  both heavily involved as well in the band's day to day publishing team too is a really exciting prospect for us too as we look to strengthen the global team around the SKINDRED brand."

Nick Robinson, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Creative at Kobalt said, "We're really pleased to welcome Skindred to Kobalt/Fintage. The band have very successfully developed their own unique sound in the rock world and we're excited to be part of the next stage of their career and helping them grow their audience even further across the world."

SKINDRED is currently finishing a European headline tour which will follow a brief UK tour in February 2017 including two nights at Brightons Concorde on January 31st and February 1st. They will complete their headline set at HRH Metal in Birmingham Academy on Feb 11th. For full details go to http://www.skindred.net/live.

ABOUT KOBALT
Kobalt is the leading independent music services company. Kobalt's Music Publishing, Recordings, and Neighboring Rights divisions each offer an alternative to the traditional music business model, empowering artists, songwriters, publishers and labels with advanced technology, transparency, flexibility, ownership and control. Kobalt's innovative technology solutions are designed to maximize efficiency and accuracy across the billions of micro-payments collected in today's highly complex digital world. The company serves 8,000+ songwriters and 500+ publishing companies worldwide, representing on average over 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in both the US and the UK. Kobalt has built the most trusted brand in music among music creators including Beck, Dr. Luke, Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent, Dave Grohl, Max Martin, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Sam Smith, Noah "40" Shebib, Skrillex, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys, Good Charlotte, Die Antwoord and others. For more information on Kobalt, please contact: info@kobaltmusic.com, or visit us at www.kobaltmusic.com.

 Bonafide Announce New Album 'Flames'.

Bonafide.Wednesday 11th January 2017
Explosive. Red hot. And with a burning ambition built to last: on new album FLAMES Bonafide are having a blast. Never before have the hard-gigging Swedes sounded so much like rock and roll's real deal. It's raw, it's honest and it's from the heart.

According to fiercely committed frontman Pontus Snibb, lead single SMOKE & FIRE says it all. "It's a good song about bad practice," said Bonafide's main man. "Lyrically it's giving our peers a kick up the arse. It's about bands that like dressing up more than they like writing songs. It's more about how these guys look and how they act on stage. We're the complete opposite. I mean, we look ok! But for Bonafide it's all about the music and it always has been. It's about substance over style."

And that's been the Bonafide mantra for almost a decade. In 2017 the band celebrates its 10th anniversary and the party won't stop: 14 gigs in 14 days across the UK will reinforce a reputation built on brilliant live shows and supreme songwriting.

"We've made a lot of friends in the UK and outside of Sweden it's the place we love best and are loved best," added Snibb. "But we're likeable guys! We love beer, we love curry and we love rock. Maybe that's why the UK is a home from home for us and always has been."
Bonafide will be joined by Off Yer Rocka label mates Chase The Ace and fellow countrymen Killer Bee for what promises to be an adrenaline-fuelled spring break. And they'll take the opportunity to fan the FLAMES by showcasing a slew of soul-tinged new tunes.

"The new album is a bit of a surprise where Bonafide is concerned," added Snibb. "We actually have a gospel choir from southern Sweden singing on a few songs. There's a classic Black Crowes kinda feel to some of the record. It's rock and soul. And it's something we've always wanted to do."

Bonafide have always wanted to do it. And they've always done what they wanted. There's no place for posturing. No semblance of selling out. No concessions and no corners cut. Just good, honest rock and roll. 

"It doesn't feel like this band has been going for a decade," added Snibb. "On the first album I wrote and recorded everything myself and my only ambition was to get that record out. A lot of members have come and gone over the years and it's been one hell of a ride. But I'm proud that Bonafide is still here. And still rocking."

To See Bonafide Live Messin In Wales – Click Below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4vzMNvO0c8

Also Check Out Hell Yeah by Chase The Ace! – Click Below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpcjN4jwmR8

 The Quireboys Announce 'Twisted Love Tour'.

Quireboys.Wednesday 11th January 2017
Reborn rock and roll reprobates The Quireboys will be plugging in and partying hard after revealing plans to roll out the critically acclaimed Twisted Love tour beyond 2016.

To see The Quireboys new video / single, click here

https://youtu.be/hj8d4gvDgPs

A 10-date run of UK acoustic shows this December brings down the curtain on another landmark year for the supercharged six-piece.

But there's no rest for the wicked where Spike and co. are concerned and the boys are back in town from March.

Lauded as their loudest and proudest album for 25 years, Twisted Love screams heartache, passion, tears and tension. And it's time for the record's most powerful themes to be unleashed.

"We made this record with a full-on rock and roll show in mind," said guitarist Guy Griffin. "The songs are some of the strongest we've ever written and that comes across best when all six of us are on stage and the volume is turned up."

Not since the band's early 90s heyday have The Quireboys sounded so compelling and so relevant. The bittersweet title track, bullish Breaking Rocks and terrific Ghost Train reveal a band going back to the future and back to what they always did best.

And if The Quireboys have proved themselves masters of an intimate and intriguing unplugged experience, then rocking out remains their traditional calling card.

"We played a handful of fully plugged shows in the UK earlier this year and the response to the new songs was tremendous," added Griffin. "Those gigs gave us the confidence to dig deep into Twisted Love on the next tour and we can't wait."

Twisted Love is The Quireboys' 10th studio album and the sound of a band enjoying a creative rebirth and a rich vein of songwriting form. More than 30 years after bursting onto the UK's rock and roll scene their incendiary live shows continue to set the standard for the next generation of homegrown heroes.

The Quireboys are: Spike (vocals) - Guy Griffin (guitar) - Paul Guerin (guitar) - Keith Weir (keyboards) - Nick Mailing (bass) - Dave McCluskey (drums)

2017 Fully Plugged Tour Dates
March
Thu 9th HRH AOR, Hafan Y Mor (UK)
Fri 10th Tivoli, Buckley (UK)
Sat 11th Academy 3, Manchester (UK)
Sun 12th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (UK)

April
Fri 7th Diamond Rock Club, Ballymena (Ireland)
Sun 8th Diamond Rock Club, Ballymena (Ireland)
Thu 13th Fibbers, York (UK)
Fri 14th Picturedome, Holmfirth (UK)
Sat 15th Diamond Live, Doncaster (UK)
Thu 20th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (UK)
Fri 21st Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)
Sat 22nd Riverside, Newcastle (UK)
Sun 23rd Academy, Islington (UK)
Thu 27th Thekla, Bristol (UK)
Fri 28th The Asylum, Birmingham (UK)
Sun 30th Yardbirds, Grimsby (UK)

 Dimmu Borgir To Release New DVD.

Dimmu Borgir.Monday 11th January 2017
Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, finally emerge from the depths of darkness to mark 2017 as the year of their monumental return.

On April 14th  they will finally release their highly anticipated double DVD ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’, which will contain two of the band's live rituals: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band's unique visuals.


Their remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography - from the majestic finisher 'Mourning Palace' to the stomping manifesto 'Puritania' and the haunting 'Gateways'... Norway's Dimmu Borgir know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.

"For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesisers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!", states front man Shagrath.

On April 14th, both concerts plus a bonus documentary feature will be available in many different formats – further details to be revealed soon.

 Chrome Molly To Release New Album.

Chrome Molly.Wednesday 11th January 2017
Chrome Molly made a bid for stardom in the mid to late 1980's, opening for Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne amongst many others, playing the legendary Marquee Club over 20 times and headlining the CBGB in New York.

How do you take a band that has been performing and recording since 1983 forward? By going back to what you love – riff laden melodic metal with tons of delicious guitar solos that make you want to grab your air guitar and join in. That is what Chrome Molly have achieved with this, their 6th studio album Hoodoo Voodoo.

Hoodoo Voodoo draws on the bands core influences. Formed during the latter half of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene, the Mollies were always inspired by the great metal bands and this album is something of a tribute to those acts – you might hear Priest, UFO, early Leppard, Saxon, Rainbow and myriad others echoing through the album.

While not strictly a concept album, the original idea was to create an album that conjured up the magic of listening to the great bands of the '80's, with the riffs and tunes that shaped the band. Inspired by a friend who asked why bands don't go in and make albums like they did in the old days, backing tracks were played live and much sweat was poured.

Says Steve Hawkins (vocals) "we wanted to make an album that made us feel like we did in the '80's, one that you can turn up in the car and sing along and play air drums and guitar to."

Tracklisting:
1. In The Beginning
2. Can't Be Afraid Of The Dark
3. Some Kind Of Voodoo
4. Pillars Of Creation (Albion)
5. Now That Those Days Have Gone
6. Indestructible
7. Save Me
8. Rock For You
9. Feeling Pressurised
10. Dial 'F' For Freakshow

 Lullaby To Release Debut Single.

Lullaby.Wednesday 11th January 2017
ILondon's Lullaby follow up the release of their debut single at the tail end of 2016 with an exciting start to 2017. They're set to play a free show at the Old Blue Last in the capital tonight with Mummy and Horsefight and on 3rd Feb they'll be supporting Dead! at Boston Music Rooms.

Lullaby's debut single is titled 'A Lie' and it's a tune awash with hooks that will be ringing in your ears for days. The energy of their potential live prowess is palpable and the quartet kicked off their on stage career at the Camden Assembly with Hunter & The Bear in December.  

Live dates:
11.01 - Old Blue Last, London (w/ Mummy and Horsefight) – FREE SHOW
03.02 - Boston Music Rooms, London (supporting Dead!) – SOLD OUT 

 Less Than Jake Announce New EP 'Sound The Alarm'.

Less Than Jake.Wednesday 4th January 2017
Influential Gainesville punk band Less Than Jake have announced that they will release a new EP titled Sound The Alarm on 3rd February  with their new label Pure Noise Records.
 
Fans can pre-order the record and stream a brand new song called "Things Change" now at http://smarturl.it/LTJ
Speaking about the new song, lyricist and drummer Vinnie Fiorello says "the only thing constant is change" is one of the lines in the chorus of the song and such a massive truth to me. The sooner you could realize this, digest it, and embrace it the better off you're going to be. Let it all move forward, at lightning speed. Everything and everyone changes, the world keeps on spinning like it or not."
 
Less Than Jake's new EP, Sound The Alarm, marks an exciting new chapter for the band as they celebrate 25 years together and a newly inked deal with Pure Noise Records. Featuring 7, ska infused punk songs that quickly remind listeners of the band's incredible ability to craft memorable, hook-filled music.
 
"We started writing this set of songs, similar to our last record See The Light, sitting around a table in our warehouse with some acoustic guitars, lyrics scribbled on scraps of paper, and a constant barrage of ideas," Fiorello explains. "Trying ideas as they would come out, sometimes chasing the idea, or getting connected or not connected to an idea right away. We had been writing and were planning on fleshing out the ideas while on Warped Tour." 
 
Sound The Alarm was recorded and produced by Roger Lima and mixed at the famed punk recording studio, The Blasting Room, in Fort Collins, CO. The band wrapped the record following their run on last summer's Vans Warped Tour.
 
After years of releasing records through various major and independent labels Less Than Jake has found a new home at the Southern California based Pure Noise Records.
 
"When I met Jake at the San Francisco stop of Warped Tour, we talked about working together," Fiorello adds. "He is a longtime fan, knows the history and the arch of LTJ and that's important to know where we have to go. It's always great to have a mutual respect between band and label and that is exactly what we have between LTJ and Pure Noise."
 
 The band also start a co-headline winter U.S. tour with San Diego rock band Pepper in January & February 2017. The band will return to the UK in May for an appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.
 
"LTJ and Pepper will be bringing some summer to your winter in 2017 and the fact we get to tour with some good friends always makes for the best energy for a night of live music." - Less Than Jake
 
 27th May- Slam Dunk Leeds City Centre
28th May- Slam Dunk Birmingham NEC
29th May- Slam Dunk Hatfield

 Havok Announce New Studio Album 'Conformicide'.

Havok.Wednesday 4th January 2017
Thrash-metal stalwarts HAVOK are thrilled to announce the details of their upcoming new studio album, titled “Conformicide”. The Denver/USA based group will unleash their fourth full-length record on March 10th, 2017 via Century Media Records, along with touring in both North America and Europe next year to support the release.

“Conformicide” is the follow up to the band's 2013 effort, "Unnatural Selection". Discussing what fans can expect from the new record, David Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) comments: “‘Conformicide’ is our most dynamic, heavy, thoughtful, musical, and sonically-crushing album so far. All four members feel that this is the best HAVOK album to date. There are a lot of “truth bombs” being dropped on this record and the music absolutely rips!”

Building on Sanchez's comments, Reece Scruggs (lead guitar) adds: “This album swings for the fences in every way. Sonically stunning, technically proficient and lyrically pissed, we've never been represented at our best until this moment in time. We cannot wait for the world to react to Conformicide."

In the shop for almost three years, HAVOK’s “Conformicide” is undoubtedly their “Master of Puppets” or “Rust in Peace” moment. True, the Denver-based rippers have bled out guts, brains, and cash on previous albums “Unnatural Selection” (2013), “Time is Up” (2011), and “Burn” (2009), but none of them compare to the ear-destroying, mind-flaying “Conformicide”.

““Conformicide” is faster and way angrier than “Unnatural Selection”,” says vocalist/guitarist/founding member David Sanchez. “On this album, the music is very layered and dynamic and the lyrics say a lot about the current state of the world.'"

As previously mentioned, HAVOK will return to the road in 2017 with extensive touring schedules in both North American and Europe. Expressing the band's level of enthusiasm to bring their fans an even heavier and more energized live show than ever before, Sanchez states, "We can’t wait to perform some new music live and present a show that people won’t forget!  Expect to see HAVOK like you’ve never seen before. We’re ready to destroy!"

HAVOK - North American headline tour with Exmortus & Extinction A.D.
08.02.2017 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
09.02.2017 Detroit, MI - Small's
10.02.2017 Toronto, ON - Rockpile West
11.02.2017 Quebec City, QC - L'Anti
12.02.2017 Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
13.02.2017 Somerville, MA - Once Ballroom
14.02.2017 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
15.02.2017 Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
16.02.2017 Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
17.02.2017 Dayton, OH - Rockstar Pro Arena
19.02.2017 Oklahoma City, OK - Thunder Alley

HAVOK - European headline tour with Warbringer, Gorod & Exmortus
01.04.2017 Edingburgh (UK) - Heavy Scotland Festival * (*Havok only!)
02.04.2017 Manchester (UK) - Rebellion   
03.04.2017 Birmingham (UK) - Mama Roux’s  
04.04.2017 London (UK) - Underworld  

05.04.2017 Hasselt (Belgium) - Muziekodroom   
06.04.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013   
07.04.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo  
08.04.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Royal Metal Festival  
09.04.2017 Gothenburg (Sweden) - Sticky Fingers  
11.04.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - Tavastia  
13.04.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Fryshuset Klubben  
14.04.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Pumpehuset   
15.04.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Cassiopeia  
16.04.2017 Markneukirchen (Germany) - Framus & Warwick Concert Hall  
17.04.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk  
19.04.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Arena  
20.04.2017 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar  
21.04.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony  
22.04.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7  
23.04.2017 Saarbrücken (Germany) - Garage  
24.04.2017 Nantes (France) - Ferrailleur   
26.04.2017 Madrid (Spain) - Caracol  
27.04.2017 Barcelona  (Spain) - Salamandra 1  
28.04.2017 Puget (France) - Le Rats  
29.04.2017 Paris (France) - Petit Bain  
30.04.2017 Essen (Germany) - Turock

 The Gospal Youth Sign To Rise Records.

The Gospal Youth.Wednesday 4th January 2017
The Gospel Youth has signed with Rise/Velocity Records and will be going into the studio with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic) in February/March, with plans to release a new album later this year.

The pop rock band from England's South Coast, will be touring the UK with Seaway and WSTR starting later this month.

Check out their music video for "The Miles We Are Apart" here. The song is the final release from the band's 2016 single series, which saw them release 12 singles across twelve months.

Formed in 2014, the five-piece has previously shared stages with the likes of We Are The Ocean, Mallory Knox, Deaf Havana, Hands Like Houses and many more.

Tour Dates:
Jan 25 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Jan 26 The Key Club Leeds, United Kingdom
Jan 27 Stereo Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jan 29 O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Newcastle, United Kingdom
Feb 01 Epic Studios Norwich, United Kingdom
Feb 02 O2 Academy3 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Feb 03 The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom

 Megadeth To Headline Sunday At Bloodstock Open Air 2017.

Bloodstock Open Air.Monday 1st January 2017
BLOODSTOCK is excited to kick off the New Year by announcing MEGADETH as their Sunday night headliner!

MEGADETH's mainman, Dave Mustaine tells us "We kick off 2017 by announcing we'll be headlining Sunday night at Bloodstock, one of my favourite, purely metal, British festivals!  Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer.  See ya at Catton Park in August!"

MEGADETH were recently nominated for a Grammy in the 'Best Metal Performance' category for the title track of their current critically acclaimed 'Dystopia' album.  Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK95lWHl7js and grab a copy of 'Dystopia' at >http://smarturl.it/MegadethDystopia.

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit scheme!  The payment plan helps ease the 'big lump' shock of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums.  You can sign up in the ticket store at any time from now until 28th Feb, with an initial payment of £34.80 payable on sign-up.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively.  Get full details over at >http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.

If you have Scuzz TV, check out GOJIRA's incredible full set from BLOODSTOCK 2016 which is being broadcast regularly on the channel!  Watch the trailer here: >https://youtu.be/yLZT5Ao7o8M.  The show will be repeated on the channel all through January.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday's headliners AMON AMARTH, plus BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL and DECAPITATED.  Many more are still to come!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK's social media for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than 'on the day' purchase) from >http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.  Children's weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee).  Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

 Austin Carlile Leaves Of Mice And Men.

Of Mice And Men.Monday 1st January 2017
Dear Of Mice & Men Fans,

It's with heavy hearts that we announce Austin's departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health. As many of you are aware, Austin suffers from a rare connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome & has been struggling with the physical demands of touring since the band began.

After his most recent series of surgeries at Stanford University Hospital, following the cancellation of our European headlining tour, his team of doctors informed him of the damage that performing, & more specifically his aggressive vocals, have been causing his body. They warned that if he were to continue on doing so, it would cause permanent & irrevocable damage to his spine & nervous system.

Following the advice from his team of specialists, Austin decided it best that he step away from the band & change his lifestyle to better his health. Though we're heartbroken that he can no longer continue, his health has always been of utmost importance to us & we support him now in this decision & are proud of his perseverance over the years.

We've had an amazing & unforgettable past few years making music & touring the world together & the 4 of us look forward to sharing the next chapter of the band's story with you. All previously announced shows will proceed as planned & we thank you for your continued love & support. We couldn't do this without all of you! See you real soon.

-Aaron, Alan, Phil & Valentino.

You can read Austin's letter to fans on >his official twitter.