Five Finger Death Punch Unleash New Video.

Five Finger death PunchFriday 3rd July 2015
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have exclusively partnered with VEVO for the global premiere of the video for their new single "Jekyll and Hyde”. The video clip can be viewed here: http://vevo.ly/9D1ei0

The band’s US label, Prospect Park, got five finger death punked when they asked the band for a new music video. Says guitarist Zoltan Bathory: “Punking the label and trolling the trolls is actually very satisfying … so either we make a video that makes a difference like “Wrong Side Of Heaven” did or we just fuck it all up and have fun with it... just clown the whole thing as we did with “Under And Over It”… and now with this one. We didn’t even hire a director … we didn’t want this to accidentally make sense…”

"Jekyll and Hyde” is the first single from 5FDP's highly-anticipated forthcoming album, GOT YOUR SIX due for w/w release on August 28th via Eleven Seven Music. You can catch up with the band on the cover of the new issue of Metal Hammer.

The album pre-order, as well as several exclusive album pre-order merchandise packages are live and ready for order NOW at www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com with “Jekyll and Hyde” as a gratis download with every order.

Following a ‘demand campaign’ in which an overwhelming 1.5 million fans made their voices heard, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH announced last week that they will co-headline Europe’s biggest rock tour of the Autumn. The tour starts in Helsinki, Finland on November 2nd and will end in London, U.K. on November 28th at a Wembley Arena show featuring special guests.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH – EUROPE 2015
DEVIL YOU KNOW
ESKIMO CALLBOY (select dates only)

DATES:

11/2 Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall Black Box*
11/4 Stockholm, Sweden Hovet*
11/5 Oslo, Norway Sentrum
11/6 Copenhagen, Denmark Tap1
11/8 Hannover, Germany Swiss Life Hall**
11/9 Leipzig, Germany Arena**
11/11 Stuttgart, Germany Porsche Arena**
11/12 Winterthur, Switzerland Eulachhalle
11/13 Frankfurt, Germany Jahhunderthalle**
11/15 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie*
11/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands Heineken Music Hall**
11/19 Munich, Germany Zenith**
11/21 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
11/22 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
11/24 Paris, France Olympia*
11/25 Dusseldorf, Germany MEH**
11/26 Brussels, Belgium Forest National Club
11/28 London, UK Wembley Arena***

(*) No Papa Roach
(**) Featuring Eskimo Callboy
(***) With Special Guests

 Cancer Bats Announce Reading And Leeds Warm Up Show.

Cancer BatsFriday 3rd July 2015
Ahead of their performances at this years Reading and Leeds Festivals, Toronto’s beloved Cancer Bats will be climbing the walls, amps and any other available surface at a special warm up show at The 100 Club in London on August 27th.

Tickets are onsale now and are priced £16. Oh and they’re bringing their friends in Krokodil with them too….. Don’t snooze on this one…. its going to be absolute carnage!

Earlier this year, Cancer Bats released their critically acclaimed 5th album “Searching For Zero” (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.

 Beartooth Reveal Download Festival Footage.

BeartoothFriday 3rd July 2015
Fresh from their mind blowing all-out assault on the body and mind at this years Download Festival, Columbus, Ohio natives Beartooth have put out some amazing footage from their PACKED performance.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPz8R1WXbjE

Beartooth, who are currently causing chaos over in the US on the Vans Warped Tour, will return to the UK later this Summer to once again start riots and mosh pits at Reading and Leeds Festival.

A little background information for those not in the know…

Beartooth songs are jam-packed with the passion, energy and urgent excitement of the underground Metalcore that emerged over two decades ago. Beartooth is a wakeup call, a rallying point against scene trends that have watered down the vibrant spirit of a classic sound; there is nothing fake about the sentiments on display. It’s real. It’s raw. Driven by the gritty sounds of guitar, bass, drums and forcefully deliberate vocals, Beartooth’s opening salvo delivers undeniable anthems.

“I Have a Problem”, “The Lines” and “Beaten In Lips” confidently announce Beartooth’s arrival to the world via an aural assault that viscerally connects in a way that is primal and destructive. There is no distinction between the band and their audience. They are one. Beartooth serves up arrestingly personal musings that act as conduits to ther fans, the people who struggle with the same issues.

The best bands are often birthed by the most modest of intentions. No master plan, no blueprint for success, no marketing strategies – these are the types of groups whose organic formation ensures an authenticity to their creative output that can’t be manufactured. When all of the stars align and the material is fully executed, it’s groups like Beartooth who ultimately dominate against pretenders to the throne.

Take a dive into the mind, take a journey into complicated issues, emerge refreshed and energised. Put on Beartooth and enjoy the ride.

 Annihilator Announce 15th Studio album.

AnnihilatorFriday 3rd July 2015
Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters Annihilator will release their brand new (and 15th!) studio album, “Suicide Society”, on September 18th, 2015 via UDR Music, worldwide.

As usual, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar & bass, engineers, produces, mixes and masters “Suicide Society”… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed “King of the Kill” (1994), “Refresh the Demon” (1996), “Remains” (1997) and other Annihilator albums over the years.

Waters on his return to vocal duties: “Dave (Padden/vocalist from 03-14) & I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator. That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with “Suicide Society!”

With “Suicide Society”, Annihilator goes headfirst into some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut, riffage Waters has ever produced. Although Waters’ vocals keep traces of stylings from his “King of the Kill” album, they now evoke a surprising blend of legends such as Staley, Osbourne, Hetfield and Mustaine. This, in a twisted way, mirrors Waters’ signature blend of riffing, drums grooves and bass; all drawing from multiple sources and genres.

Waters has built a worldwide reputation as being a premier guitarist and songwriter; the conciseness and arrangement of “Creepin’ Again” is both an air-guitarist’s dream and a sharp reminder of this. The gloriously-brutal thrash of “My Revenge” calls up a vintage of ’85 with the technical chops of 2015. The neo-classic title track defiantly expresses anger at the state of world affairs, while offering up hope in closing. With the multi-layered power of the anthem “Snap”, Waters illustrates the diversity of Annihilator’s sound, without sacrificing one decibel of attack.

“Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record” chuckles Waters, “but in the words of Joe Perry: “Let the Music Do the Talking”!

The full-track listing is:
Suicide Society
My Revenge
Snap
Creepin’ Again
Narcotic Avenue
The One You Serve
Break, Enter
Death Scent
Every Minute

Metal fans all across the world are aware of Annihilator’s stellar, energetic and “real” live shows. Drum monster Mike Harshaw continues on for his 4th year with the band, one familiar name returns & another is born: bassist Cam Dixon (from “King of the Kill” era) returns to the fold & guitarist Aaron Homma makes his debut with the band.

Aside from the band’s upcoming, scheduled devastation at some of Europe’s mega-summer festivals (ex. Wacken Open Air), Annihilator will be headlining Europe this fall on their “EUROPE IN THE BLOOD” tour 2015. Talks are underway to bring the band to South America, Japan and likely North America in 2016.

ANNIHILATOR Summer Festival appearances 2015:
24/07/2015 ESP Barcelona Rock Fest
31/07/2015 GER Wacken Wacken Open Air
02/08/2015 TÜR Istanbul Rock Off Festival
06/08/2015 TCH Josefov Brutal Assault Festival
08/08/2015 FIN Oulu Jalometalli Festival
09/08/2015 BEL Kortrijk Alcatraz Festival

“EUROPE IN THE BLOOD” tour 2015
30/09/2015 UK Birmingham - O2 Academy
01/10/2015 IRELAND Dublin - Button Factory
02/10/2015 UK Glasgow - O2 ABC 2 Glasgow
03/10/2015 UK Sheffield - O2 Academy
04/10/2015 UK London - O2 Academy Islington
06/10/2015 FRANCE Paris - Divan du Monde
08/10/2015 SPAIN Bilbao - Santana 27
09/10/2015 PORTUGAL Porto - Hard Club
10/10/2015 SPAIN Madrid - But
11/10/2015 SPAIN Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
13/10/2015 SWITZERLAND Pratteln - Z7
14/10/2015 ITALY Brescia - Circolo Colony
15/10/2015 SLOVENIA Ljubljana - Kino Siska
16/10/2015 SERBIA Belgrade - Dom omladine
17/10/2015 ROMANIA Bucharest - Maximum Rock Festival
19/10/2015 HUNGARY Budapest - A 38
20/10/2015 AUSTRIA Wörgl - Komma
21/10/2015 AUSTRIA Wien - Szene
22/10/2015 CZECH REPUBLIC Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
23/10/2015 POLAND Krakow - Fabryka
24/10/2015 POLAND Warsawa - Proxima
25/10/2015 GERMANY Berlin - Lido
27/10/2015 DENMARK Kolding - Godset
28/10/2015 GERMANY Hamburg - Grünspan
29/10/2015 GERMANY Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
30/10/2015 GERMANY München - Backstage Halle
31/10/2015 GERMANY Karlsruhe - Substage
02/11/2015 GERMANY Nürnberg - Hirsch
03/11/2015 LUXEMBURG Luxembourg - Den Atelier
04/11/2015 NETHERLANDS Tilburg - O13
05/11/2015 NETHERLANDS Haarlem - Patronaat
06/11/2015 BELGIUM Kortrijk - De Kreun
07/11/2015 GERMANY Bochum - Zeche
08/11/2015 GERMANY Köln - Underground
13/11/2015 RUSSIA Saint Petersburg - Zal Ozhidaniya
14/11/2015 RUSSIA Moscow - Volta

 Ignite Renew Deal With Century Media Records.

IgniteFriday 3rd July 2015
Orange County outfit IGNITE and Century Media Records are happy to announce that they have renewed their long-time business relationship with IGNITE signing a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

Expect a brand new album and follow up to their 2006 album 'Our Darkest Days' out before the end of 2015! The yet untitled album was recorded over the course of a year with producer Cameron Webb who didn’t just record 'Our Dakest Days' with IGNITE, but also worked with diverse artists such as Motörhead, Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio or Pennywise just to mention a few.

Zoli Teglas (vocals) can already shed some light on some of the topics on the upcoming album such as bullying, the trappings and pitfalls of what some call the progress of today's world, to the mass media and its filtered information that he feels is molded to suit eco political goals for the occupation of natural resources to the oppression of peoples. Zoli also hits upon topics such as racism and prejudice in America and the insanity of war told to him from the stories of hardship and perseverance of his immigrant family while making their journey west through war torn Europe finally ending up in Los Angeles California.

Additionally there is a song called 'Nothing Can Stop Me' that they have been playing live already. The song is dedicated to a friend of theirs who is fighting a brain tumor.

Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLgDc0656R4 and take a minute to support https://www.facebook.com/awerenessforbetterdays.

There cannot be any doubt that IGNITE are as powerful and vocal as ever.

Don’t miss IGNITE this Summer at the following dates:

IGNITE
02.07.2015 (HU) Sopron - VOLT Festival
03.07.2015 (CZ) Tabor - Mighty Sounds
04.07.2015 (SL) Cunovo - Riot River
05.07.2015 (HR) Zagreb - Vintage Industrial Bar
07.08.2015 (DE) Sulingen - Reload Festival
08.08.2015 (DE) Püttlingen - Rocko del Schlacko
09.08.2015 (UK) Blackpool - Rebellion Festival
10.08.2015 (UK) Newcastle - Think Tank
11.08.2015 (UK) Glasgow - Classic Grand
12.08.2015 (UK) Bristol - Exchange
13.08.2015 (UK) Norwich - Epic
14.08.2015 (UK) Port Lympne - Hevy Fest

 

 V Festival Completes Line Up.

V FestivalFriday 3rd July 2015
Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, is proud to announce the addition of legendary hip-hop pioneers, De La Soul to its 20th anniversary line-up. The game-changing trio will give crowds a hotly anticipated comeback performance, alongside an eclectic mix of the biggest hit-makers and rising stars of the moment.

Pendulum (DJ set), MNEK, The Coronas, Conor Maynard, Shift K3Y, Sinead Harnett, Seafret, Zac Samuel, James Glover and Nick Jonas, will complete the line-up of the summer.

Over 150,000 fans will get the chance to see the newly announced acts perform across the weekend, as they join Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith, The Script, Stereophonics, Ellie Goulding and Spotify’s most sought-after names of 2015, George Ezra, James Bay and Hozier.

De La Soul’s Kelvin Mercer said: “Every time we perform in the UK we get the best reception, from the craziest crowds! V Festival 2015 is going to be the biggest rave of the year, so we’re looking forward to being on that stage and joining the party!”

Grammy-nominated MNEK said: “This year has been a whirlwind and it’s not over yet. I’m so chuffed to be part of such a brilliant line-up and can’t wait to get out there.”

Nick Jonas commented: “I'm honoured to join such an incredible line up at the 20th anniversary of V Festival. My fans have been very supportive of my new music so I'm really excited to perform for them at one of the UK’s greatest festivals.”

The hottest names in music will be performing alongside hilarious comedy headliners including Russell Kane, Frankie Boyle, Shappi Khorsandi and Matt Richardson, who will all take centre stage in the Glee Club Comedy Tent.

V Festival today also announces its stage splits for 2015:

Saturday 22nd August – Weston Park / Sunday 23rd August – Hylands Park

VIRGIN MEDIA STAGE:
Calvin Harris, The Script, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, The Kooks, Ella Henderson, Gregory Porter, Imelda May

MTV STAGE:
Stereophonics, Clean Bandit, Kodaline, The Charlatans, Sigma, Maverick Sabre, Ella Eyre, Echo and the Bunnymen, Scouting for Girls, Hilltop Hoods

THE ARENA:
Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Duke Dumont, De La Soul, LunchMoney Lewis, Nick Jonas, Wretch 32, Conor Maynard, Lawson, Indiana

THE DANCE TENT:
Oliver Heldens, Philip George, Toddla T, Goldie, Marvin Humes presents Luvbug, Moxie, James Glover (Saturday and Sunday at Weston Park)

Saturday 22nd August – Hylands Park / Sunday 23rd August – Weston Park

VIRGIN MEDIA STAGE:
Kasabian, Sam Smith, Hozier, Courteeners, Annie Mac, James Bay, Marina & the Diamonds, The Proclaimers

MTV STAGE:
Olly Murs, Tom Jones, Chvrches, Labrinth, Mark Ronson DJ Set, Jess Glynne, Fuse ODG, Reverend and the Makers, Bleachers, The Coronas

THE ARENA:
Nero, Andy C, Example + DJ Wire, Pendulum DJ Set, Tove Lo, MNEK, Aston Merrygold, Sinead Harnett, Seafret

THE DANCE TENT:
Hannah Wants, DJ EZ, Mistajam, My Nu Leng, Shift K3Y, Alex Adair, Sam Feldt, Zac Samuel (Saturday and Sunday at Hylands Park)

 Reading And Leeds Festival Gets Bigger.

Reading And LeedsFriday 3rd July 2015
With eight weeks to go until the Festival gates open, the line-up for the Alternative Stage at Reading & Leeds has been announced. With tickets for both sites still available there’s never been a better time to buy a ticket. On top of the already huge line-up including headliners Mumford and Sons, Metallica and The Libertines comes a host of the best in comedy and alternative talent from the UK and beyond plus the annual after-hours takeover from Transgressive Records.

Heading up proceedings on the comedy front is TV favourite Milton Jones, whose regular appearances on ‘Mock The Week’ along with multiple Radio 4 shows has made him the leader of the pack when it comes to deadpan comedy. With sidesplitting one-liners aplenty, his Reading & Leeds performance is not to be missed. Bringing the jokes outside of the 140 character limit, Rob Delaney will also be making appearances at Reading & Leeds, proving his worth as an acclaimed stand up comedian after finding fame through making jokes on Twitter. Also heading for Leeds will be Adam Buxton of BBC6 Music fame who will perform his BFI London show BUG. TV joker Russell Kane will also be bringing his hugely popular brand of comedy to the festival, offering a rare chance to see the funnyman outside of the huge venues he’s already playing around the country.

With a line-up also including the brilliant ‘Stand Up For The Week’ regular and star of BBC’s Twenty Twelve Sara Pascoe and Canadian Comedy star Katherine Ryan who was a breakout star on Live At The Apollo both of whom who you’ll have seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. They are joined by wild haired standup and Virtually Famous TV star Seann Walsh, fast rising UK star Daniel Sloss and ‘Show Me The Funny’ finalist Tiffany Stevenson, The Alternative Stage is truly one of the must see parts of the festival.

The comedy bill expands even further with the delightfully cutting Stephen K Amos, the hugely inventive Abandoman, Radio 1 star Tom Deacon, the man from TV’s Uncle and Heavy Entertainment; Nick Helm, panel-show favourite the hilarious Holly Walsh, the fearlessly funny Suzi Ruffell, metalhead Andrew O’Neill, comedian and captain of ITV’s Reality Bites Joel Dommett, online superstar, fantastic comic and Beyoncé enthusiast Luisa Omielan, impractical joker Paul McCaffrey,Viral Tap and Xtra Factor star Matt Richardson, Edinburgh 2014 Best Newcomer Award winner Alex Edelman, BBC regular and break out star Dane Baptiste, Magician and Comic just returned from dazzling Las Vegas the side-splittingly funny Piff The Magic Dragon, sketch icons Wit Tank, fast-rising star David Morgan the newly announced co-host of ITV’s SafeWord, and finally everyone’s favourite from Channel 4’s Mr Drew’s School for Boys teacher and rapper, Mark Grist.

The famous Alternative Stage is far more than just another festival comedy tent though, as it bills some of the best in forward thinking music and spoken word. Fast gaining a name as one of the UK’s most vital talents after appearing on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist, George The Poet will be bringing his incredible, realistic, unafraid hybrid of spoken word and hip hop to the festival, which is sure to be an unforgettable moment of the weekend. Another huge name joining the bill is Jaguar Skills who will be spinning some of his most notable, eclectic, multi-genre mixes, alongside London-based electronica and Techno producer Max Cooper who is making his Leeds Festival debut.

On top of this, Transgressive’s annual takeover brings together another hotly anticipated late-night line-up to Reading & Leeds. Fresh after celebrating their 10th anniversary at the festival last year, the independent label is bringing another specially curated bill that is their biggest yet. Hi-jacking the Saturday and Sunday nights in Leeds, the stage will run from 9.30pm until late, featuring a host of emerging and established talent throughout the weekend. Grime hero Wiley will be bringing his fantastic and ferocious live show to the tent in the wake of his critically acclaimed album Snakes and Ladders, released at the end of 2014 to huge fanfare. Looking to the future stars of the genre, Novelist will be also be making an appearance, while the likes of Jackmaster, Madame X and DJ Target will get crowds moving throughout the weekend.

Transgressive will be taking over Reading by bringing Dj-ing talent to a Silent Disco in the Alternative Stage courtesy of Alt J, Palma Violets, Peace and BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Jen Long, which looks set to be nothing short of spectacular.

All of this sits alongside parties from Buttoned Down Disco and a series of extra special DJ sets from The Libertines’ Gary Powell and The Kooks’ Hugh Harris for Propaganda.

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.

 Cradle Of Filth Announce October UK Tour.

Cradle Of FilthFriday 3rd July 2015
Cradle Of Filth one of the greatest and most influential British metal bands of all time are pleased to announce a run of UK tour dates this October in
celebration of latest endeavour and opus nocturne entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ – out on 10th July.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth had to say regarding the announcement;

“CRADLE Of FILTH are extremely pleased to be hitting the European road in support of our latest album, 'Hammer Of The Witches', even more so now that British dates have been indelibly grafted onto the beginning!

The band is sounding better than ever and are exhilarated to be starting our world tour here in England, at Rottingham Knock City nonetheless, the proverbial hub of heavy metal!

We have an amazing setlist prepared already and everyone, including our infamous Crewdle Of Filth, are chomping at the bit to get out there and start levelling cities with our unique brand of raucous, Hellish music and stage production.

So, long live the 'Filth and see you out there on the open field of battle!
Wielding the Witch hammers,
Your fiend, Dani”

‘Hammer Of The Witches’ stands out as a milestone in Cradle’s lengthy history. It continues their grand tradition of infusing every album with a unique atmosphere and conceptual elements that embolden the songs' dramatic execution. It is classic Cradle from start to finish. And with typically mischievous aplomb, the album's title gleefully flips the historical script, turning the tables on the gruesome witch hunts of 16th and 17th century Europe and exacting some hard-earned vengeance on behalf of all of those who suffered persecution at the hands of religious zealots during that turbulent period in history.

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.

Tour Dates are as follows;
(inc. ticket links)
16th October – Nottingham, Rock City
17th October – Bristol, Motion
18th October – Norwich, Waterfront, UEA
20th October – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
21st October – Glasgow, Garage
22nd October – Manchester, Academy 2
23rd October – London, Koko

‘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.

 Northlane Unleash Video For 'Leech'.

NorthlaneFriday 3rd July 2015
Northlane have released a lyric video for Leech, the track that was hidden in various corners of the internet last week as part of a cryptic puzzle. By following the hashtag #nl6633 posted across over two dozen different Twitter accounts, fans were directed to 26 separate slices of the track that were presented in no particular order, and then had to put them together. The answer had been released over a month earlier, hidden in the final frame of a supposedly unrelated video.

WATCH 'LEECH' NOW

Node is available worldwide for pre-order including a limited edition boxset that features eleven 7” vinyl records that include instrumental b-sides. Also available is 12” Vinyl, CD, Digital Downloads, Merchandise and skateboards. Every pre-order will receive an instant download of ‘Obelisk'. For more information, head to http://unfdcentral.com/node

Node will be released via UNFD and its associated partners worldwide on July 24, including Rise (USA) and New Damage (Canada).

NORTHLANE
UK TOUR DATES
4th October Bristol Fleece
5th October Birmingham Asylum
6th October Glasgow Classic Grand
7th October Manchester Club Academy
8th October London O2 Islington
9th October Southampton Talking Heads

 Lamb Of God stream New Song 'Overlord'.

Lamb Of GodFriday 3rd July 2015
American metal titans LAMB OF GOD have just revealed the official music video for the brand new track “Overlord” via https://www.lamb-of-god.com . As with “512”, “Overlord” is directed by Jorge Torres-Torres. Watch “Overlord” Here.

“Overlord” is the second official music video to be released in support of the band’s upcoming seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, hitting stores and digital retailers on July 24, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

“Overlord” is what some may consider the most unique and versatile track on the record – a new play on the revered LAMB OF GOD sound. The track “Overlord” uniquely features clean vocals and lyrics penned by vocalist Randy Blythe, and the video itself features his own personal concept and treatment.

“For years I've wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind's eye could be translated into film for others to watch,” Blythe begins. “Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for "Overlord" is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my "mental script" into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me.

I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled "me-now/now-me" culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can't seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.

Oh yeah- if you're out and about, watching the video on your pocket hate machine (mobile phone), try not to wander into traffic. A little situational awareness goes a long way."

VII: Sturm Und Drang is produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded in California.

LAMB OF GOD tour the USA this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White.

 Soulfly Release New Lyric Video.

SoulflyFriday 3rd July 2015
Metal icons SOULFLY have released a lyric video for the brand new song 'We Sold Our Souls To Metal' - listen to the track on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4YXRxGJPV2I

Max Cavalera commented: “This lyric video is a celebration of all forms of Metal. This song was written as an anthem for Metalheads all over the world! We gathered footage and photos from our Tribe, showing how free the spirit of Metal really is. Respect!”

The song comes from their upcoming 10th studio album, Archangel, which will be released on August 14th (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

”I am so proud to be releasing SOULFLY’s tenth album”, previously stated founder / vocalist / guitarist Max. “I feel it is my most mystic album since Prophecy. The guest collaborations have always been a trademark of SOULFLY and Archangel is no different! We can’t wait to play this live for the worldwide tribe!”

Archangel was produced and mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, BEHEMOTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM). The stunning cover artwork created by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM).

Pre-order Archangel in a variety of standard and limited edition formats: http://nblast.de/SoulflyArchangel

Check out the track list for all formats and list of guest performers on the album below:


ARCHANGEL TRACK LIST:
1. We Sold Our Souls To Metal
2. Archangel
3. Sodomites (feat. Todd Jones of NAILS)
4. Ishtar Rising
5. Live Life Hard! (feat. Matt Young of KING PARROT)
6. Shamash
7. Bethlehem’s Blood
8. Titans
9. Deceiver
10. Mother Of Dragons (feat. Richie Cavalera of INCITE, Igor Cavalera of LODY KONG, Anahid M.O.P.)
BONUS TRACKS FOR CD/DVD SPECIAL EDITION:
11. You Suffer (NAPALM DEATH cover)
12. Acosador Nocturno
13. Soulfly X

SPECIAL EDITION ONLY: Bonus DVD: Live At Hellfest 2014
1. Cannibal Holocaust
2. Refuse/Resist
3. Bloodshed
4. Back To The Primitive
5. Seek 'N' Strike
6. Tribe
7. Rise Of The Fallen
8. Revengeance
9. Roots Bloody Roots
10. Jumpdafuckup/Eye For An Eye

 Bloodstock Open Air Announces Day Tickets.

Bloodstock Open AirFriday 3rd July 2015
Just five short weeks ‘til they open the gates at Catton Park and the metal hoardes flood on to the hallowed turf for BLOODSTOCK 2015!

In celebration, BLOODSTOCK are releasing their day tickets at 9am on Wednesday 1st July. Tickets are priced at £60 each, plus booking fee and are available from http://www.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956. If you can’t make it for the whole weekend, come join the metal party for just one day and catch one of 2015’s headliners, TRIVIUM, WITHIN TEMPTATION or ROB ZOMBIE, plus much, much more.

Following the success of 2014’s debut outing, BLOODSTOCK is delighted to announce that the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery will once again be part of the festival’s on-site attractions.

Showcasing a selection of art and memorabilia, the exhibition will expand on last year’s event and will feature work by BLOODSTOCK co-founder Paul Raymond Gregory, himself an acclaimed artist with an extensive body of work which includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien.

Returning again this year is the amazing guitar maker/luthier, Cynosure. Working to re-define the guitar not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art, he will present several of his unique creations including the brand new RAM Guitar, specially commissioned by Paul Raymond Gregory. Click for more info at www.cynosureguitars.com/ or www.facebook.com/CynosureGuitars.

Renowned artist Mark Wilkinson will also have works on display. Mark is the mastermind behind many iconic albums sleeves for Marillion, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and The Darkness, amongst others. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Marillion’s iconic third album, ‘Misplaced Childhood’, so Mark’s inclusion in the gallery is especially timely. More of Mark’s work can be viewed at his website, www.the-masque.com.

Emphasizing the link between music, imagery and the written word, the exhibition will also feature the work of photographers and authors. Fiaz Farrelly and Alison Richards will both be displaying a selection of their dynamic rock photography, while Ramon Martos, author of ‘…And Justice For Art – Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers’ and Alex Lewis, author of ‘J.R.R.Tolkien: Codemaker, Spy-master, Hero’, will also be represented. Ramon’s book tells the tales behind some of metal’s best-known album sleeves, while Alex’s work on Tolkien brings together Paul Raymond Gregory’s own Tolkien-inspired creations and the enormous influence that The Lord Of The Rings and Tolkien’s other writings have had on metal music.
More information on exhibitors is available at Paul’s website, www.studio54.co.uk.

Professionally hung, lit and housed in a specially constructed space, the exhibition marks a step in the long term goal of establishing a new permanent rock venue, with Paul returning to his roots as an artist & gallery owner in support of both art and music. The proposed venue in Derbyshire would include a live music space with bar, rehearsal and recording facilities, and a permanent exhibition space. A true hub for British rock and metal in the heart of the Midlands, the true birthplace of metal. Check out more on Paul’s idea here: www.studio54.co.uk/index.php/rock-and-metal-museum/

If you’re travelling to BLOODSTOCK by train, don’t forget to book your Big Green Coach shuttle bus tickets to get you & your camping gear from Lichfield City rail station to the festival site. There’s still time to book coach travel from 26 different locations around the country or a coach & festival ticket package. Check out all the info & ticket options at http://goo.gl/23pfik.

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 at a cheaper rate than ‘on the day’. Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!

All these killer bands are on the bill! 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 D.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.

 Spector Announce UK Dates.

SpectorFriday 3rd July 2015
Having impressed fans and critics alike with the singles ‘All The Sad Young Men’ and ‘Bad Boyfriend’, Spector release their eagerly anticipated second album ‘Moth Boys’ on August 21st on Fiction Records. Produced by the band with Dev Hynes, Duncan Mills and Adam Jaffrey, it marks a huge leap forward for the London four piece.

Make no mistake about it, Spector are like no one else. Led by enigmatic frontman and lyricist Fred Macpherson, with Jed Cullen (guitar), Danny Blandy (keyboards) and Tom Shickle (bass), this revamped line-up have been busy proving they’re here to stay, setting the internet alight and taking an irresistible live show to sold out venues around London and festivals all over the country.

First single and live anthem ‘All The Sad Young Men’ was the perfect introduction to their newly refined, sophisticated sound, described perfectly by The Quietus as a track putting “empty-hearted decadence onto a burnished Simple Minds chorus that soars”. Building on this, album track ‘Kyoto Garden’ shows a matured band who have developed a lighter touch to song writing. Glistening synths and a hypnotic beat provide a majestic backing to a tender, impassioned vocal from Macpherson.

Spector play:
OCTOBER

Tue 13th BRISTOL, Thekla
Wed 14th BIRMINGHAM, Library
Thurs 15th NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
Sat 17th MANCHESTER, Gorilla
Sun 18th NEWCASTLE, Cluny
Tue 20th EDINBURGH, Electric Circus
Wed 21st GLASGOW, King Tut’s
Thu 22nd Liverpool, Academy 2
Sat 24th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
Sun 25th LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
Tue 27th BRIGHTON, Patterns
Wed 28th OXFORD, O2 Academy 2
Thu 29th LONDON, Heaven

 

 The Wonder years Announce New Album.

The Wonder YearsFriday 3rd July 2015
The Wonder Years have announced the upcoming release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album, ‘No Closer To Heaven,’ which will be released September 4th, 2015 via Hopeless Records. A brand new song and music video for ‘Cardinals’ is now streaming on the band’s official website here: www.thewonderyearsband.com
The 13-track album, recorded and produced by Steve Evetts and mixed by Phil Nicolo, is now available for pre-order. ‘Cardinals’ will be offered as an instant grat track when pre-ordered digitally or physically. Fans can check out bundle options and pre-order at www.thewonderyearsband.com

‘No Closer To Heaven’ Track Listing:
1. Brothers &
2. Cardinals
3. A Song For Patsy Cline
4. I Don't Like Who I Was Then
5. Cigarettes & Saints
6. The Bluest Things On Earth
7. A Song For Ernest Hemingway
8. Thanks For The Ride
9. Stained Glass Ceilings (Featuring Jason Aalon Butler)
10. I Wanted So Badly To Be Brave
11. You In January
12. Palm Reader
13. No Closer To Heaven

Currently performing on the main stage for the entire 2015 Vans Warped Tour in their native US, The Wonder Years were recently announced as main support to Enter Shikari on their 2016 UK arena tour, which will take place in February next year.

The Wonder Years Upcoming UK Tour Dates
Supporting Enter Shikari:
FEBRUARY
18 - GLASGOW Academy
19 - EDINBURGH Corn Exchange
20 - NOTTINGHAM Arena
22 - BOURNEMOUTH International Centre
23 - CARDIFF Arena
25 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
27 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

 New Years Day Unleash New Video.

New Years DayFriday 3rd July 2015
NEW YEARS DAY are creating a huge buzz this summer and the group’s first look into their highly anticipated new full-length album 'Malevolence' is via the dynamic new track 'Kill or Be Killed' which can be streamed via their official new music video at the link below. The new effort is set for an October release through Another Century.

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/FDIqbM_Q1gE

Ash Costello (vocals) states: "'Kill or Be Killed' is a song we loved making because it's about taking control of your life when others want you to fail. It encompasses the idea that we are all messed up and sometimes we have to make decisions before they are made for us. It also has been so much fun to play on Warped Tour each day because it's jumpy and I love seeing the kids bounce with us."

 The Darkness Release New Single.

The DarknessFriday 3rd July 2015
Having recently stormed Download with a secret set backed with a crowd of barbarians (and a 30 row strong crowd outside the tent!) The Darkness unleash a new single on 21st August. ‘Last of Our Kind’ is the title track of their recent 4th album which entered the UK charts at No. 12 on its release in June. The song has been described as 'part Van Halen, part Waterboys, ALL The Darkness'. It features a record-smashing choir of several thousand Darkness enthusiasts (The Darkness Army) who each contributed their individual performances using the Internet service. The single, described by one reviewer as “(the track’s) effortlessly catchy hooks and righteous leads deliver pure rock perfection”, is a stomping rocker which demands hands be thrown in the air (when not playing air guitar on the excellent solo).

The album ‘Last of Our Kind’ has received some of the best reviews of the bands career to date with Classic Rock proclaiming it “A glorious return to form for the flamboyant rockers … they’ve only gone and made their finest album since Permission To Land” whilst Total Guitar said “Their very British blend of battle rock and classy ballads still hits the spot.”

The band have also announced a UK tour for November/December where they will entertain and astonish fans all over the country with their marvelous tunes and killer riffs. A few UK festival spots will also warm them up nicely.

new single: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ - 21st August 2015

Summer:
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

Winter:
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 on sale now priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets

 The Dead Daisies Announce December UK Headline Tour.

The Dead DaisiesFriday 3rd July 2015
The Daisies have just completed an impressive European tour with KISS on the latest leg of their 40th Anniversary World Tour. Along the way, they left a pile of fans in their wake with monster sets at the largest rock festivals in Europe including Download (UK), Rockavaria (Germany), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) and more. Kerrang! Was on hand and observed, “Sunday morning at Donington Park is rarely the most energetic of moments but The Dead Daisies all-star cast do a sterling job of banishing hangovers with slick-as-a-Vaselined-otter classic rock.” Witness the massive crowds and extensive video footage at the band’s website.

Following their massive success in Europe, The Daisies are excited to announce a run of UK shows and a special performance in Paris, France. The tour kicks off on Nov 27th in Paris, after a whirlwind media tour and show with KISS at Le Zenith left the Parisians wanting more. The band then heads to South Wales on December 4th to play the 3rd annual Planet Rockstock. The Daisies will be playing alongside rockers The Darkness and Danko Jones, amongst others at the 3 day festival of live rock ‘n’ roll hosted by Planet Rock radio. The band will be doing a special signing for the fans after each and every show so be sure to come along and say hi.

The Daisies’ powerhouse lineup for this tour will be John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, Hookers & Blow), Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs), David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix) and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Obourne, Billy Idol).

“Been enjoying The UK Fans for a quite a few years now” says bassist Marco Mendoza. “I have a strong connection with the UK having been there with many different projects for quite a few years. This time I'm especially excited to come to the UK with The Dead Daisies in support of our new release ‘Revolución’, I know it’s going to be GREAT!!!, CAN’T WAIT!!!”

The Dead Daisies – UK & France Tour Dates
Fri 27th Nov Paris, Divan du Monde
Fri 4th Dec Trecco Bay, Planet Rockstock
Sat 5th Dec Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Sun 6th Dec Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Tue 8th Dec Glasgow, Cathouse
Wed 9th Dec Newcastle, Academy 2
Thu 10th Dec Manchester, Academy 3
Fri 11th Dec London, Garage

 Skindred To Release New Album In October.

SkindredFriday 3rd July 2015
SKINDRED are pleased to announce a full UK headline tour in November 2015. The tour will support the imminent release of ‘Volume’, their brand new studio album due out through Napalm Records on the 30th October 2015.

After a sold out Arena run with Steel Panther, a remarkable Camden Rocks performance, two sold out Hit The Deck headline slots and a host of European festival shows (including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany with Foo Fighters and Slipknot) already in 2015, Skindred announce a UK November headline tour with Crossfaith & Hed PE as support.

The band are currently putting finishing touches to their 6th studio album, entitled ‘Volume’, which will be the bands first release on Napalm Records. The album was recorded at The Strongroom studio in East London and was produced by longtime collaborator James 'Lerock' Loughrey (previously worked with the likes of White Zombie, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers).

Skindred are the best live band in the UK. In 2014 the band played to audiences across the world, with a string of high profile festival slots – including Download, Hurricane, Bestival and Polish Woodstock – along with sold-out headline tours at venues such as London’s Forum. The band has sold more than half a million records worldwide during their career to date.

Dates:
Wed 4th Nov 2015 Southampton Guildhall
Thu 5th Nov Norwich UEA
Fri 6th Nov Nottingham Rock City
Sat 7th Nov Manchester Academy
Sun 8th Nov Newcastle Academy
Tue 10th Nov Glasgow ABC
Wed 11th Nov Leeds Stylus
Thu 12th Nov Bristol Academy (10pm curfew)
Fri 13th Nov Birmingham Institute
Sat 14th Nov London Brixton Academy

 Crazy Town To Release New Album.

Crazy TownFriday 3rd July 2015
Crazy Town have revealed the details for their upcoming new album, ‘The Brimstone Sluggers’, which is set for release on 28th August via Membran/The Orchard. Produced by Bret ‘Epic’ Mazur, it is stylistically a follow up to the band's platinum selling debut, ‘The Gift Of Game’, which included the massive hit single 'Butterfly'. The new album features guest appearances by Tom Dumont of No Doubt, DJ AM, Madchild and Bishop Lamont.

Spearheaded by the duo of Seth ‘Shifty Shellshock’ Binzer and Bret ‘Epic’ Mazur, Crazy Town combine hip-hop’s lyrical attitude with the grooves of an alt-rock record. This combination yielded the group a number one hit in 2001, when ‘Butterfly’ topped the Billboard 100 and helped push the band's debut album, ‘The Gift Of Game’, to platinum status and a main stage slot at Ozzfest. The group's follow-up, ‘Dark Horse’, was released in 2002 and included the rock hit ‘Drowning’. Most recently, Crazy Town frontman Seth Brooks Binzer (aka Shifty Shellshock) has garnered widespread attention for his appearances on VH1's Celebrity Rehab and Sober House reality shows.

The tracklisting for ‘The Brimstone Sluggers’ is as follows:

01 - Come Inside
02 - Light The Way
03 - Born To Raise Hell [feat. J Angel and DJ AM]
04 - Ashes [feat. Tom Dumont of No Doubt]
05 - Megatron
06 - Backpack [feat. Bishop Lamont]
07 - A Little More Time [feat. Koko Laroo]
08 - Keys [feat. Madchild]
09 - Lemonface
10 - Baby You Don't Know
11 - My Place
12 - West Coast
13 - Megatron (Alternate Version)

 Alice Cooper Announces UK Shows.

Alice CooperFriday 3rd July 2015
Because Halloween would just not be the same without the king of horror rock, the mighty Alice Cooper’s always highly-anticpated All Hallow’s Eve trip to the UK returns for 2015.

Having previously celebrated his favourite holiday in style in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Alice Cooper show returns to the UK for two special nights at Plymouth Pavilions (Oct 29) and Swindon Oasis (Oct 30) with blood, guts, gore and some of the greatest rock and roll music in history.

After an illustrious career as one of the most influential figures in music, Alice is still picking up the plaudits. He recently received the coveted and rarely awarded Legend prize at the Kerrang! Awards and his radio show Nights With Alice Cooper on Planet Rock won Best Radio Show. Fans include everyone from the Sex Pistols to Lady Gaga.

He is also appearing as the ‘Very Special Guest’ on Motley Crue’s farewell “Final Tour” in Europe, having blazed a trail with them across the USA and Australia/New Zealand throughout 2014 and 2015. The UK shows are from Nov 2nd-6th culminating in London SSE Arena, Wembley, the 40th anniversary of his legendary Welcome To My Nightmare tour hitting the same venue.

Until then, join Alice Cooper in all his dark majesty for the ultimate Halloween shows.

ALICE COOPER LIVE:

OCTOBER 2015
THURSDAY 29 PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS
FRIDAY 30 SWINDON OASIS

 Disturbed Back After four Year Hiatus.

DisturbedFriday 3rd July 2015
After a four year hiatus, Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum hard rock titans Disturbed have announced their return with their sixth studio album, entitled Immortalized, to be released August 21 through Reprise Records and is available for pre-order everywhere today . Lead single “The Vengeful One” is out now, along with the accompanying animated video from award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci. The upcoming release follows 2010’s gold-certified Asylum, Disturbed’s fourth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and the group’s subsequent four-year hiatus, which gave members David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] the necessary reprieve to make this imminent and deliberate return.

Watch/share the official video for “The Vengeful One”:
http://smarturl.it/thevengefulone

“The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated,” asserts Draiman. “We had basically been going nonstop since 1998,” adds Wengren. “We got to do our own things. It didn’t take too long until the itch started coming back.” And Donegan agrees: “We wanted to return when we collectively had that fire underneath us. We missed it so much that we could tap into this energy and deliver the right album. We did it on our own terms.”

In January 2014, Draiman, Donegan, and Wengren met for dinner in their hometown of Chicago. Shortly thereafter, without notifying friends, families, or their label, the three began to fly back and forth to each other’s respective home studios for writing sessions, marking the beginnings of Immortalized and the first time they collectively wrote together since 2001.

“For this album, everything was written in the same room,” Draiman remarks. “It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference.”

To push themselves further, the group headed to Las Vegas’ Hideout Recordings to work alongside producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch]. “The goal was to find a producer we felt creatively comfortable with, but who could challenge us and spark a new evolution,” said Donegan. “Churko did that.”

The resulting record features the unshakable first single “The Vengeful One” – “Musically, it’s got that old school metal sound,” says Donegan. “It’s definitely Disturbed!” – along with an outside-the-box cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” unlike anything in the group’s catalog.

“I think the fans will feel like it was worth the wait,” says Donegan. “We’ve been planning this for the past year and keeping it a secret so we can’t wait to hear the response. I hope fans realize we have a lot more left in us. This album reassured me of that. To be away from it for almost 5 years, get back in a room, write together, and tap into that fire is awesome. Part of me didn’t want to leave the studio! We still have a lot more to say. We still have a lot more to do. We’re returning stronger than ever. I think Immortalized shows that.”

Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold 12 million albums globally, scored nine No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio, and had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut The Sickness formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by their subsequent gold-, platinum- and double platinum-certified records as well as a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance” for “Inside the Fire” in 2009.

Pre-order the album, including deluxe limited edition bundles:
http://smarturl.it/DSTImmortalized

Immortalized Track Listing:
The Eye Of The Storm
Immortalized
The Vengeful One
Open Your Eyes
The Light
What Are You Waiting For
You’re Mine
Who
Save Our Last Goodbye
Fire It Up
The Sound of Silence
Never Wrong
Who Taught You How To Hate
Tyrant*
Legion of Monsters*
The Brave And The Bold*
* Deluxe Only

 The Sword To Release New Album In August.

The SwordFriday 3rd July 2015
Following the worldwide acclaim of their fourth album, Apocryphon, The Sword announce today that they will release their new album, High Country, worldwide through Razor & Tie on August 21st and in France on September 4th. Recorded in Austin, Texas, the album was produced by Adrian Quesada and mixed by J. Robbins. High Country features 15 new compositions and will be released simultaneously in CD and double vinyl formats.

In conjunction with the release of High Country, The Sword will embark on a 25 show tour encompassing Scandinavia, Europe, and the UK. The tour begins on release day, August 21st, at the Pstereo Festival in Trondheim , Norway and ends in Bristol in the UK on September 19th. The band will be touring throughout the remainder of 2015 and 2016.

Dates for the first international leg of the High Country tour are below:

Fri, 21-Aug-2015 Norway Trondheim Pstereo Festival
Sat, 22-Aug-2015 Norway Oslo Parkteatret
Sun, 23-Aug-2015 Sweden Göteborg Sticky Fingers
Tue, 25-Aug-2015 Finland Helsinki Tavastia
Thu, 27-Aug-2015 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Strand
Fri, 28-Aug-2015 Sweden Malmö KB
Sat, 29-Aug-2015 Denmark Copenhagen Lille Vega
Sun, 30-Aug-2015 Germany Hamburg Rock Cafe St Pauli
Mon, 31-Aug-2015 Germany Berlin Magnet
Wed, 02-Sep-2015 Austria Wien Arena
Thu, 03-Sep-2015 Germany Munich Backstage club
Fri, 04-Sep-2015 Italy Milan Legend
Sat, 05-Sep-2015 Austria Salzburg Rockhouse
Sun, 06-Sep-2015 Switzerland Winterthur Salzhaus
Mon, 07-Sep-2015 Germany Stuttgart Universum
Wed, 09-Sep-2015 Belgium Antwerp Trix club
Thu, 10-Sep-2015 Netherlands Tilburg Extase
Fri, 11-Sep-2015 Germany Cologne Luxor
Sat, 12-Sep-2015 France Paris La Boule Noire
Mon, 14-Sep-2015 UK Nottingham Basement
Tue, 15-Sep-2015 UK Glasgow King Tuts
Wed, 16-Sep-2015 UK Manchester Academy 3
Thu, 17-Sep-2015 UK Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Fri, 18-Sep-2015 UK London Underworld
Sat, 19-Sep-2015 UK Bristol The Thekla


 Killing Joke Announce 9 Date UK Tour.

Killing JokeFriday 3rd July 2015
Killing Joke have confirmed a 9 date headline UK tour, starting in Cardiff on October 25th and finishing at the Roundhouse in London on November 6th. This will be the start of an extensive period of touring that will see the legendary and infamous band taking their own particular message to audiences around the world.

Driven by a fierce intelligence plus a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a music that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other band. This is a group who came out of punk and then set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever.

Killing Joke, with their original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth & Big Paul continuing to hold firm, Killing Joke release ‘Pylon’, a brand new album, via Spinefarm Records later this year. ‘Pylon’ is the follow-up to the ‘MMXII’ (2012) and ‘Absolute Dissent’ (2010) offerings, both also issued via Spinefarm.

Killing Joke UK tour dates

October
25 Cardiff University Great Hall
26 Brighton Concorde 2
27 Exeter Lemon Grove
28 Nottingham Rock City
31 Birmingham The Institute

November
01 Manchester The Ritz
03 Glasgow O2 ABC
04 Leeds Beckett University
06 London The Roundhouse

 Every Time I Die Announce November UK Tour.

Every Time I DieFriday 3rd July 2015
Perhaps one of the most beloved bands, Every Time I Die are proud to announce a headline run this November with support from the excellent Superheaven (US) and Muck (Iceland).

The 13 date tour will travel through England and Scotland, with a special series of small shows in London. The shows will see 3 different sets each night. Fans are able to purchase a season ticket for all 3, only from LIVE NATION
“If you've ever been to an Every Time I Die show in the UK, you'll understand why we would want to spend almost an entire month playing shows there. Intimate venues, cold pints, good mates. Don't miss out. These gigs will be ledge.” says frontman Keith Buckley.

FULL TOUR DATES BELOW
Nov 06 Southampton, Talking Heads
Nov 07 Plymouth Underground
Nov 08 Bristol The Fleece
Nov 09 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Nov 11 Manchester Sound Control
Nov 12 Glasgow Kings Tuts
Nov 13 Aberdeen Tunnels
Nov 14 Newcastle Riverside
Nov 15 Sheffield Corporation
Nov 17 Birmingham Asylum
Nov 18 London The Dome ETID TAKEOVER
Nov 19 London Borderline ETID TAKEOVER
Nov 20 London Underworld ETID TAKEOVER

 Iron Maiden Announce New Album.

Iron MaidenFriday 3rd July 2015
IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.
The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; six of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! It also features two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.

Steve comments,
“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of 'The Book Of Souls', we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!”

Bruce continues,
“We’re really excited about 'The Book Of Souls' and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the 'Brave New World' album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it's going to be!”

The full tracklisting is:
Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

Formats:
2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
2CD standard edition
Triple heavyweight black vinyl
High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)
Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)

The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.

Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.

 Pierce The Veil Unleash New Single.

Pierce The VeilFriday 19th June 2015
The prayers of Pierce The Veil fans have been answered: The San Diego, CA four piece released their new single "The Divine Zero" on iTunes today.

“This first single, The Divine Zero, goes out to all of our incredibly supportive fans out there who have been waiting for it!. There is nothing more special to us than being able to share new music with all of you, and this is the very first glimpse into our upcoming album. We’re looking forward to playing this song live and singing along with all of you at the Vans Warped Tour this summer. See you at the shows!” says frontman Vic Fuentes

LISTEN TO THE DIVINE ZERO HERE

"The Divine Zero" is the first song Pierce The Veil has released since the rocket¬ride success of the band's 2012 release, Collide With The Sky, selling nearly 300,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The album features the single "King For A Day" (Feat. Kellin Quinn) which has been certified Gold and has racked up an astounding 50 million YouTube views.

Pierce The Veil has been announced to perform at the Alternative Press Music Awards 2015, where vocalist Vic Fuentes is nominated for Best Vocalist, and guitarist Tony Perry is on the ballot for Best Guitarist. Fans can vote at Altpress.com/APMAS. Last year Pierce The Veil took home 4 awards for "Best Live Band," Best Bassist for Jaime Preciado, Mike Fuentes for Best Drummer, and the band took home "Best Song" for "King For A Day" (Feat. Kellin Quinn). Drummer Mike Fuentes is featured on the current cover of Alternative Press' Warped Tour Issue, in stores now.

The band also recently the award for "Best Fanbase" at the 2015 Kerrang! Awards in the UK.

San Diego's Pierce The Veil has become one of the fastest¬rising and most compelling forces on the music scene today. Already winners of "Best Video" at the 2013 Kerrang! Awards, and 2014's Revolver Golden God "Best Film & Video" award for critically ¬acclaimed documentary This Is A Wasteland, the band also won three 2014 Alternative Press Music Awards including Best Live Band. The band garnered a legion of dedicated fans worldwide through multiple tours around the globe, including stints with All Time Low and their recent sold out world tour with Sleeping With Sirens. 2015 has already seen the band grace the cover of Alternative Press, Rock Sound, and Kerrang! Magazine.

Pierce The Veil kicks off their headline slot on the Main Stage of Vans Warped Tour today in Pomona, CA.

 Devil Wears Prada To Release 'Space' EP.

Devil Wears PradaFriday 19th June 2015
The Devil Wears Prada’s first official release since 2013, the conceptual “Space” EP, is due on August 21st (Rise Records). Pre-orders can be placed at http://tdwp.merchnow.com

The “Space” EP is comprised of six songs and is a wholly-collaborative effort, with all band members - Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), Andy Trick (bass), Daniel Williams (drums), and touring musicians Jonathan Gering (keyboards), and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) - contributing. The end result is a collection of thematic songs that each explores a different point of view of space and those things that exist outside of the Earth’s province - the sun, the moon, aliens, asteroids, and the interstellar space explorer.

While The Devil Wears Prada has performed the track “Supernova” in concert over the past several months, the band is premiering the final studio version of the song via this “listening video.”

The very metal “Space” EP features some of the most sophisticated lyrics, arrangements, and musicianship The Devil Wears Prada has produced, depicting the emptiness, loneliness and vastness of space. “Planet A,” tells the story of an interplanetary ship's commander; “Alien” is straightforward and brutal, leaving no hope for the survival of mankind. Fear, arrogance and a near-incantation of what’s really important in life are at the centre of “Asteroids."

“We learned a lot from the 'Zombie' EP," said Hranica of the band’s critically-acclaimed 2010 hit. "We wanted each song on the ‘Space’ EP to have a specificity about it, to have its own identity separate from the others, to have its own sound, but still have them all united in concept. We talked about a lot of different themes, but ‘space' just felt right.”

While Hranica had a passion about zombies, “space opera” doesn’t run too close to his personal interests. “Making this EP was a great experience because it allowed me to open up my imagination and creativity, not to be hindered by having too much knowledge of the subject and become overly analytical, being able to write a more fictional narrative. We really look forward to making more records like this.”

For now The Devil Wears Prada will hit the road in the USA, opening the Main Stage for this year’s Mayhem Festival that kicks off in San Diego, CA on June 26th. On days off, the band will headline shows with Whitechapel supporting. “We’re very excited about being on Mayhem this summer,” added Hranica. “We love Mayhem, it’s one of the greatest festival tours we’ve ever done so it’s a real pleasure to be doing it again. And I can’t wait to see Slayer every night”. More dates to be announced soon.
Tour info here: http://www.tdwpband.com/tour

The “Space” EP track listing is:
1. Planet A
2. Alien
3. Moongod
4. Interlude (instrumental)
5. Supernova
6. Asteroid

 Skindred Announce New Album And UK Tour.

SkindredFriday 19th June 2015
SKINDRED are pleased to announce a full UK headline tour in November 2015. The tour will support the imminent release of ‘Volume’, their brand new studio album due out through Napalm Records on the 30th October 2015.

After a sold out Arena run with Steel Panther, a remarkable Camden Rocks performance, two sold out Hit The Deck headline slots and a host of European festival shows (including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany with Foo Fighters and Slipknot) already in 2015, Skindred announce a UK November headline tour with Crossfaith & Hed PE as support.

The band are currently putting finishing touches to their 6th studio album, entitled ‘Volume’, which will be the bands first release on Napalm Records. The album was recorded at The Strongroom studio in East London and was produced by longtime collaborator James 'Lerock' Loughrey (previously worked with the likes of White Zombie, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers).

Skindred are the best live band in the UK. In 2014 the band played to audiences across the world, with a string of high profile festival slots – including Download, Hurricane, Bestival and Polish Woodstock – along with sold-out headline tours at venues such as London’s Forum. The band has sold more than half a million records worldwide during their career to date.

Dates:
Wed 4th Nov 2015 Southampton Guildhall
Thu 5th Nov Norwich UEA
Fri 6th Nov Nottingham Rock City
Sat 7th Nov Manchester Academy
Sun 8th Nov Newcastle Academy
Tue 10th Nov Glasgow ABC
Wed 11th Nov Leeds Stylus
Thu 12th Nov Bristol Academy (10pm curfew)
Fri 13th Nov Birmingham Institute
Sat 14th Nov London Brixton Academy

 The amity Affliction To Headline Impericon Never Say Die Tour.

The Amity AfflictionFriday 19th June 2015
The Amity Affliction are thrilled to reveal more details for their special headline UK dates later this year, as captains of Impericon Never Say Die! Tour 2015. The Impericon Never Say Die! Tour has returned with its most impressive line-up yet, blending all the best elements of heavy music into one of the most exciting events of the year. Headlined by fast-rising superstars-in-waiting The Amity Affliction, the tour spans the length and breadth of Europe and features a supporting cast that will appeal to anyone who likes their music fast, passionate, hard and loud. Organised by Avocado Booking, the ninth installment of the Impericon Never Say Die! Tour is pleased to feature :

THE AMITY AFFLICTION - https://www.facebook.com/theamityafflictionofficial
DEFEATER - https://www.facebook.com/defeaterband
BEING AS AN OCEAN - https://www.facebook.com/BeingAsAnOcean
CRUEL HAND - https://www.facebook.com/Cruelhand
FIT FOR A KING - https://www.facebook.com/fitforakingband
BURNING DOWN ALASKA - https://www.facebook.com/burningdownalaska

The Impericon Never Say Die! Tour 2015 calls at:

Sun 8th November - LONDON Koko
Mon 9th November - MANCHESTER Club Academy
Tue 10th November - GLASGOW Garage
Wed 11th November - BRISTOL Marble Factory

 Asking Alexandria Announce headline Tour.

Asking AlexandriaFriday 19th June 2015
ASKING ALEXANDRIA--the riotous, genre-bending U.K. rock group have announced a UK headline tour for October this year to coincide with their UK Warped headline slot. These will be the first UK shows from the band with new vocalist Denis Shaforostov.

“We couldn't be more excited about this tour. It's an incredible package and it's going to be our biggest live show of our careers. We are back and we truly are better than ever. This tour is going to be absolutely insane and we can't wait to see you all out there. See you soon.” – Ben Bruce

Check out the first taste of what’s to come from the new line up here: ‘I Won’t Give In’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R4vcHzE5z0

Joining Asking Alexandria on the tour will be Memphis May Fire (Oct 14-28 only), August Burns Red and In Hearts Wake.

Full UK dates are below. Tickets will be on sale Friday 19th June at 10am.

OCTOBER 2015
SUNDAY 18 ALEXANDRA PALACE *
TUESDAY 20 O2 ACADEMY LEICESTER
WEDNESDAY 21 O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE
THURSDAY 22 ENGINE SHED, LINCOLN
TUESDAY 27 O2 ACADEMY, SHEFFIELD
WEDNESDAY 28 RITZ, MANCHESTER

*VANS WARPED TOUR UK – CO-HEADLINE WITH BLACK VEIL BRIDES

 August Burns Red Announce New Album And Tour With Asking Alexandria.

August Burns RedFriday 19th June 2015
AUGUST BURNS RED are stoked to announce that they will be heading back to the UK & Europe, out on tour with the mighty Asking Alexandria, Memphis May Fire and In Hearts Wake this Autumn in the UK & Europe.

Guitarist JB Brubaker comments;
"It's been far too long since we've done club shows in Europe. We are beyond excited to return and are thankful that our pals in Asking Alexandria were kind enough to bring us along on their tour. These shows are going to rule!"

Not only will they be partaking in this awesome tour, they will also be part of the just announced, and eagerly awaited return of the Vans Warped Tour UK. JB continues;

"We've played the Vans Warped Tour in the States quite a few times over the years and we are pleased to be a part of it in England. The line up is stacked and it's going to be a bonkers event. This is one show I have starred on my calendar because I know it's going to be so much fun!”

With the imminent release of their forthcoming album, 'Found In Far Away Places', set for release on June 29th (UK) via Fearless Records, this tour will be the perfect chance to hear some of their new material live, for the first time!

TRACKLIST
1. The Wake
2. Martyr
3. Identity
4. Separating The Seas
5. Ghosts (Featuring Jeremy McKinnon)
6. Majoring In The Minors
7. Everlasting Ending
8. Broken Promises
9. Blackwood
10. Twenty-One Grams
11. Vanguard
Pre-Order
Digital -- found.ee/abrfound
Digital Deluxe -- found.ee/abrfounddeluxe
Bundles -- found.ee/abrfoundpre
Tour Dates/Tickets:
Sun 18 Oct - London Vans Warped Tour
Tue 20 Oct - England Leicester - 02 Academy
Wed 21 Oct - England Newcastle - 02 Academy
Thu 22 Oct - England Lincoln - Engine Shed
Fri 23 Oct - Scotland Glasgow - 02 ABC
Sat 24 Oct - Scotland Dundee - Fat Sams
Sun 25 Oct - Scotland Aberdeen - Garage
Tue 27 Oct - England Sheffield - 02 Academy
Wed 28 Oct - England Manchester - The Ritz

 Warped Tour 2015 Is Go.

Warped TourFriday 19th June 2015
We are thrilled to bring you the line-up for this years VANS WARPED TOUR UK PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY which makes its welcome return to London’s historic Alexandra Palace on 18th October 2015. Warped UK will be the ONLY remaining UK show for Black Veil Brides this year. Joining them as co-headliners are Asking Alexandria. Ben Bruce, guitarist for Asking Alexandria: “We cannot wait to play Warped this October. We are going to bring our biggest and best live show of our career!”

Line up (in alphabetical order) is as follows:


Allusondrugs
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria (Co-Headline)
Attila
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides (Co-Headline) (only remaining UK show in 2015)
Blitz Kids
Boy Jumps Ship
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Creeper
Fearless Vampire Killers
Forever Came Calling
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Ghost Town
In Hearts Wake
John Coffey
Memphis May Fire
Metro Station
Reel Big Fish
Roam
Rob Lynch
The One Hundred
The Rocket Summer
The Word Alive
Tigress
Trophy Eyes
Twin Wild
Young Guns

In true Warped Tour tradition, stage times will only be announced on the morning of the show. Get there early! Tickets are available now from http://www.vanswarpedtouruk.com / www.seetickets.com

This years VANS WARPED TOUR UK PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY sees an additional stage added to the West Hall alongside returning sponsor Jägermeister . In the same way The Monster Energy East and West main stages have in previous years, Jukely and Jägermeister stages will alternate to give non-stop music and MORE bands in Ally Pally's West Hall.

To celebrate the return of VANS WARPED TOUR UK PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY, a limited edition T-shirt will be available to purchase with tickets or from the Warped UK web store. This exclusive shirt colour will not be available elsewhere and fans spotted sporting the shirt at the festival itself are in with the chance of winning a variety of awesome experiences if picked out by our spotters. These include the chance to watch a band from side of stage, a backstage tour with Warped Tour Boss, Kevin Lyman, exclusive meet and greets and a whole bunch more!!

VANS WARPED TOUR US starts in Pomona, California this Friday, June 19th and there will be a LIVE WEBCAST (vanswarpedtour.com/webcast) from the show which starts at 11am PST / 2PM EST / 7PM GMT. Band performances to be streamed (bold will be performing at Warped UK): PVRIS, Attila, We Came As Romans, The Amity Affliction, Transit, Beartooth, Memphis May Fire, Black Veil Brides, August Burns Red, Bebe Rexha, blessthefall, Mooseblood, Riff Raff, Neck Deep, As It Is, Night Riots,This Wild Life, Set It Off, Family Force Five, Metro Station, Never Shout Never, Mod Sun, Hands Like Houses, Motion City Soundtrack, Juliet Simms, Citizen, Man Overboard, Icon For Hire, The Wonder Years, Lee Corey Oswald and Miss May I.

And that's not all, the incredible new book “Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the road with the Vans Warped Tour” contains 200 explosive pages chronicling the first two decades of the travelling circus that is the Vans Warped Tour. Designed by tour founder Kevin Lyman and longtime friend of Warped, Howie Abrams - this book is loaded with exclusive interviews with the likes of Bad Religion, Blink 182, No Doubt, Coheed and Cambria, Echosmith, Paramore, Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish, 3OH!3, Hawthorne Heights, Killswitch Engage, The Wonder Years, Falling In Reverse and many, many more. Plus dozens of never-before-seen photographs from Warped Tour’s rich history by rock photographer Lisa Johnson. A must-have book for anyone who has ever attended the Vans Warped Tour!

The event takes place at “Ally Pally” which was last transformed into a seething mass of punk-fuelled energy in 2013 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.

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”

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 - 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 Trussell 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 20 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.

 Enter Shikari Reschedule Bristol Show.

Enter ShikariFriday 19th June 2015
Enter Shikari have today announced that the cancelled Bristol show that was set to go ahead last Friday as a Download Festival warm up, will now take place on Thursday 9th July, the day before the band headline NASS festival.

The original show was unfortunately cancelled due to illness.

Tickets are still valid for this show and refunds are available from the point of purchase.

Enter Shikari have also just announced a huge UK tour for February 2016. Full dates below.

FEBRUARY 2016
THUR 18 - GLASGOW - 02 ACADEMY
FRI 19 - EDINBURGH - CORN EXCHANGE
SAT 20 - NOTTINGHAM - CAPITAL FM ARENA
MON 22 - BOURNEMOUTH - INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
TUES 23 - CARDIFF - MOTORPOINT ARENA
THUR 25 - MANCHESTER - VICTORIA WAREHOUSE
SAT 27 - LONDON - ALEXANDRA PALACE

 Buckcherry To Release 7th Studio album.

BuckcherryFriday 19th June 2015
On their Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Los Angeles quintet—Josh Todd [vocals], Keith Nelson [guitar], Stevie D. [guitar], Xavier Muriel [drums], and Kelly LeMieux [bass]—staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of new anthems primed to explode on impact and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact. It’s something that the boys have done since day one, but it’s more necessary now than ever.

“There’s been so much talk about how rock ‘n’ roll is dead and all of this bullshit,” says Todd. “The funny thing is, that’s been going on since we put out our first record in 1999. We wanted to call the new album Rock ‘n’ Roll, because this is what we’ve been doing our whole lives. We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavor of Buckcherry.”

They rev up Rock ‘n’ Roll with the propulsive first single and opener “Bring It On Back.” From the jump, a robust guitar groove struts right alongside an unshakable refrain. It’s got the band’s signature hallmarks, but Todd pulled lyrical inspiration from a new source altogether. “When I’m not on the road, I race Go Karts for my hobby,” he says. “The song is really about racing. I had a driver named Kurt Busch in mind when I wrote the lyrics. They call him ‘The Outlaw,’ and he’s a badass. It captures that intensity of racing and the mentality. I love it.”

“Bring It On Back” is an immediate reminder that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and thriving in 2015. Buckcherry have added fuel to the genre’s fire for nearly two decades now. The Grammy Award-nominated outfit is responsible for smashes including “Lit Up” off their gold-certified 1999 self-titled debut as well as “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry” from 2006’s platinum 15. Along the way, they’ve shared stages with everybody from AC/DC and Mötley Crüe to Slipknot and Rob Zombie, among others.

Fans can catch Buckcherry live in concert this summer on their North American tour. Additional tour dates for July – September will be announced soon. Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/buckcherry for additional news and updates.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Track List:
1. Bring It On Back
2. Tight Pants
3. Wish To Carry On
4. The Feeling Never Dies
5. Cradle
6. The Madness
7. Wood
8. Rain’s Falling
9. Sex Appeal
10. Get With It

 Against Me Announce Live Album '23 Live Sex Acts'.

Against MeFriday 19th June 2015
Xtra Mile Recordings are proud to announce the brand new live album from celebrated rock band Against Me! titled 23 Live Sex Acts. Recorded over the band’s year-long, 2014 world tour and helmed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Worriers), 23 Live Sex Acts is an immersive collection of songs that span the band’s entire catalog and provides the most comprehensive look into the powerful Against Me! live experience. 23 Live Sex Acts will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 4. Pre-order for the album is now live on Amazon (need link) and iTunes, where an instant grat of “True Trans Soul Rebel” is now available for download with purchase. The album will also be released on TRIPLE COLOURED VINYL (blue, white, yellow) as well as digital and double cd via the Xtra Mile Recordings store.

Against Me! kicked off their summer North American headlining tour last night. Touring with supports FRANK IERO (My Chemical Romance) and Annie Girl and the Flight, the tour will extend through the middle of July. Against Me! return to this side of the pond UK in August for a run of European shows and to perform on the MAIN STAGE at Reading & Leeds Festival. A full list of dates and more information on tickets can be found via Against Me!’s official website, http://www.againstme.net.

2014 was a pivotal year for the four members of Against Me!, a year that included world touring and the release of its widely acclaimed sixth full-length album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, that landed on countless year-end lists. It was also an especially successful year for frontwoman Laura Jane Grace who starred in her own AOL Originals series titled True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a 10-episode docu-series that was nominated for “Outstanding Documentary” at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards. While continuing to work on her highly-anticipated memoir and performing solo shows around the country that included storytelling and spoken word, the cultural icon also served as Music Director for MTV’s Rebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world. Grace is also currently a contributing writer to Noisey where she writes a bi-weekly advice column titled Mandatory Happiness and, alongside the legendary Joan Jett, recently loaned her support for Miley Cyrus’ “Happy Hippie Foundation,” a non-profit whose mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.

With the upcoming release of 23 Live Sex Acts, Against Me! will remain one of the hardest working bands in music as they continue to tour and deliver empowering commentary through its passionate punk that’s been revered for over 15 years.

23 Live Sex Acts tracklisting:
01. FUCKMYLIFE666
02. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
03. Cliché Guevara
04. True Trans Soul Rebel
05. I Was A Teenage Anarchist
06. New Wave
07. Walking Is Still Honest
08. Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists
09. Transgender Dysphoria Blues
10. Pretty Girls (The Mover)
11. I Still Love You Julie
12. High Pressure Low
13. Don’t Lose Touch
14. Miami
15. White Crosses
16. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
17. How Low
18. Black Me Out
19. Thrash Unreal
20. Unconditional Love
21. The Ocean
22. Sink, Florida, Sink
23. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rules

 Miss May I To Release New Studio Album.

Miss May IFriday 19th June 2015
After much anticipation, Ohio metal band Miss May I has announced they will make their return later this summer with the release of their next studio album, Deathless, via Rise Records onAugust 7th. Fans can pre-order the album beginning Wednesday, June 17th at www.MissMayIMusic.com. All pre-orders will come with an instant download of the band’s new track “I.H.E.”
Deathless was produced by Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men) and Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria) and was recorded at The Foundation Recording Studio in Connersville, IN. The band’s fifth record follows their 2014 breakout, Rise of the Lion, which debuted at #21 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

"We are very excited about this release,” says vocalist Levi Benton. “Not only have we been working on this record for almost a year but we recorded it with our old friend Joey Sturgis who did our first 2 records and really brought out the best in us. This record is about how the last two years have tested us on many levels and how we have come through it all stronger and better. That's where the title comes from, because we are DEATHLESS."

Miss May I’s new record is not only a turning point for the band’s career it’s also a return to form. Since their inception in 2007, they’ve steadily amassed a worldwide army of fans with four records, the last three of which have charted higher with each consecutive release. With Deathless, the band has never sounded more aggressive, while remaining as accessible as always. All roads have led to this point in the band’s burgeoning career. And Miss May I don’t disappoint.

Deathless Track List:
01. I H.E
02. Trust My Heart (Never Hope To Die)
03. Psychotic Romantic
04. Deathless
05. Bastards Left Behind
06. Arise
07. Turn Back The Time
08. Empty Promises
09. The Artificial
10. Born From Nothing

 Northlane Announce October UK Tour.

NorthlaneFriday 19th June 2015
Sydney's Northlane are thrilled to announce their first UK headline tour this October with support coming from Volumes, The Acacia Strain and Hellions.
“We are really, really excited for this tour,” says Northlane guitarist Josh Smith. “For one, I’m so excited that we’re out with some of our favourite bands and people. We will be going to some of the best places in the world and it’s also the first time we’re going to be able to share a full headline set with UK audiences whilst playing songs from ‘Node’. Definitely a recipe for a good time!”

‘Node’, the forthcoming album from Northlane is one of the most ambitious heavy records in recent years and will be their first with lead vocalist Marcus Bridge, who joined the fold in November. The monolithic lead single ‘Obelisk' was also given the title of ‘Rockest Record’ on BBC Radio 1.

Check out the video for ‘Obelisk’ below, already with over 125,000 views:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM_w1vIHWQY
Northlane headline dates:
4th October Bristol Fleece
5th October Birmingham Asylum
6th October Glasgow Classic Grand
7th October Manchester Club Academy
8th October London O2 Islington
9th October Southampton Talking Heads
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10 (£11.50 for London).

 Marilyn Manson Announces November UK Tour.

Marilyn MansonFriday 19th June 2015
Fresh from an acclaimed USA tour and show stopping performance at UK’s Download Festival on the 13th June 2015, Marilyn Manson announces a four date UK headline tour for November 2015. Full dates are...

Thursday 19th November 2015 London, Eventim Apollo UK
Saturday 21st November 2015 Wolverhampton, Civic UK
Sunday 22nd November 2015 Glasgow, O2 Academy UK
Monday 23rd November 2015 Manchester, O2 Apollo UK

Tickets go onsale at 9am GMT on Friday 19th June 2015. Tickets are available from www.kililive.com, www.seetickets.com and www.triplegmusic.com

Marilyn Manson is touring his critically and commercially acclaimed album 'The Pale Emperor'. Manson has long had his hand on the pulse; now the pulse again moves to the ministrations of his hand. Since he created a 'band' in the early '90s bearing his namesake in the mangroves of southern Florida, Marilyn Manson has utilized a rotating cast of cohorts to deliver his music and message.

The seer, scribe, painter, actor, criminal, panderer of chaos, live performer...oh, and rock and roll demagogue, thee Marilyn Manson roars back above the froth of mass-media and ass mediocrity to deliver a set of soul-stripping, kiss-smearing, church floor-burning songs that stand, unequivocally, his most fully-wrought album being brought to the stage on this upcoming tour.

 Five Finger Death Punch Tour With Papa Roach.

Five Finger Death PunchFriday 19th June 2015
With 10 #1 singles, 25 Top 10 singles and millions of video streams between them, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH have been heralded by fans and press alike as being at the top of their game in the live arena. Now they have come together for the first time to co-headline Europe’s biggest rock tour with support from special guest DEVIL YOU KNOW (featuring Howard Jones, ex-Killswitch Engage). The tour kicks off in Helsinki, Finland on Nov. 2 and end in London, UK on Nov. 28 at Wembley Arena. More shows and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch notes: “By the time this tour takes off, our new album “Got Your Six” will be out already. This is our best record so far, really just a solid brick of heavy metal, so we can’t wait to play some of these songs to the European fans. This whole tour is going to be just balls to the wall night after night”. Adds Jacoby Shaddix, vocalist for Papa Roach: "We are stoked to rip up the stages in Europe with our brothers in FFDP!!!! Don't miss it! Papa Roach is gonna be on fire".

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH recently gave their European fans the opportunity to request the tour visit their city via a “demand campaign” housed at housed at http://demand.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/ and http://demand.paparoach.com/. Several hundred thousand people from 19 countries all over Europe responded to the call to action and made their voices heard.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will play the main stage at Download Festival tonight. The band is set to drop their much-anticipated forthcoming sixth full-length studio album, Got Your Six on August 28, 2015, preceded by a new single, “Jekyll and Hyde”. Their previous albums THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2 both debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 within a four-month period in 2013, as well as in the top ten mainstream charts all around the world. Volume 1 has since gone gold in the U.S. and Canada, and between them, the two albums feature three #1 radio hit singles - “Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest, “Battle Born” and “Wrong Side Of Heaven”, whose video has almost 30 million views to date.

Multi-platinum, Grammy and MTV award nominees PAPA ROACH’s brand of melodic hard rock has influenced many of today’s big names in the metal scene. The band released their 8th studio album F.E.A.R. earlier this year which charted at 13 in the UK charts followed by storming appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals and a sold out headline UK tour. PAPA ROACH are set to release their second single “Gravity,” featuring In This Moment’s Maria Brink. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/tIgtaM7OV4g. 2015 also marks the 15th Anniversary of Infest the band’s 2000 breakthrough album, which has sold over 8 million albums globally to date.

Devil You Know's highly acclaimed debut album, The Beauty of Destruction, earned them the “Best New Band” award at Metal Hammer 2014 Golden Gods Awards and high profile, main-stage performances at Sonisphere the same year.. They are currently recording their sophomore release with Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, All That Remains).

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH – EUROPE 2015
+ DEVIL YOU KNOW

DATES:
November
2nd Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall Black Box*
4th Stockholm, Sweden Hovet*
5th Oslo, Norway Sentrum
6th Copenhagen, Denmark Tap1
6th Hannover, Germany Swiss Life Hall
9th Leipzig, Germany Arena
11th Stuttgart, Germany Porsche Arena
13th Frankfurt, Germany Jahhunderthalle
17th Amsterdam, Netherlands Zenith
21st Vienna, Austria Gasometer
25th Dusseldorf, Germany MEH
26th Brussels, Belgium Forest National Club
28th London, UK Wembley Arena***

(*) No Papa Roach
(***) With Special Guests

 Clutch Announce November/December UK Tour.

ClutchFriday 19th June 2015
US rock pioneers CLUTCH are pleased to announce six more UK dates in November and December, in addition to their Irish shows revealed earlier this year.

Tickets for Dublin and Belfast dates are available now. Ticket presales for all other shows kick off from 10am Monday 15th June via O2, 10am Tuesday 16th June via Live Nation, and will be on general sale from 10am Wednesday 17th June, priced £18 regionally / £19 London (+booking fees). Support is yet to be announced.

Dates line up as follows:

November
Fri 20th Nov - DUBLIN Olympia
Sat 21st Nov - BELFAST Limelight
Mon 23rd Nov - GLASGOW O2 Academy
Tue 24th Nov - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Wed 25th Nov - BRISTOL O2 Academy

December
Thu 10th Dec - MANCHESTER Ritz
Fri 11th Dec - WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
Sat 12th Dec - LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire

The band's eleventh album 'Psychic Warfare' will be released by Weathermaker this September. Song titles revealed so far include: X-Ray Visions, Firebird, Quick Death In Texas, Our Lady Of Electric Lights, Monsters, Decapitation Blues, and Son Of Virginia. Frontman Neil Fallon told Team Rock, "'Psychic warfare' is a lyric from the first track, X-Ray Visions. It's about a guy holed up in a motel for unexplained reasons, and he's under great duress, being attacked by psychically-empowered agents of unknown origin. At least, that's the back story I have in my head

 Butcher Babies To Release New Album.

Butcher BabiesFriday 19th June 2015
The BUTCHER BABIES have returned with their most abrasive and aggressive offering yet and while unrelenting, it also delivers crushing grooves backed with extremely catchy hooks. The much-anticipated new offering, Take It Like a Man (Century Media Records) was recorded in the Hollywood Hills with renowned producer Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira) and it is set for an Aug 21st release.

BUTCHER BABIES kick off a massive European touring run at Download Fest in the UK this weekend and then will join GWAR and BATTLECROSS across North America from Aug 25th to Sept 18th. See below for all dates and head over to www.facebook.com/butcherbabiesmusic for all additional information.

A new track called “Monsters Ball” can be heard here: http://smarturl.it/monstersball

“We all come from different places and backgrounds, but every member of this band had to fight to be the person he or she is today,” affirms co-vocalist Carla Harvey. “That’s the whole basis for the record. It’s not a gender thing. It’s the inner strength you have to find in order to pull your boots up and keep moving forward, whatever the situation may be.”

While penning lyrics, Shepherd and Harvey also opened up like never before. Blatant, brutal, and (sometimes) belligerent honesty was the only rule.

“You have to dig to get that emotion out,” sighs Harvey. “Metal heads can sense authenticity. They know when you’re real. Everything we write comes straight from the heart and our own experiences. It’s not cookie cutter bullshit.”

That openness has already turned countless fans into believers. Take It Like a Man espouses an inspiring final word.“We want to coerce feeling,” Shepherd leaves off. “If you’re a musician who does that, you’ve succeeded. We just want to inspire anyone who listens to us—and melt their faces off.”

 Enter Shikari Announce 2016 Arena Tour.

Enter ShikariFriday 19th June 2015
Despite being on the cusp of performing the first of their several high-profile UK festival appearances (topping the bill on the second stage at Download Festival this coming weekend), Enter Shikari have unveiled a run of UK dates in “big rooms” for the start of 2016.

Taking in some of the band’s biggest (non-festival) headline shows of their career thus far, the dates start with a pair of relatively intimate Scottish dates, then heading down the country before ending with a 10,000 capacity show at London’s legendary Alexandra Palace.

Joining Enter Shikari as special guests for this run will be North American label-mates, The Wonder Years (openers for the shows are still TBA).

Enter Shikari released their fourth full-length studio album - The Mindsweep - via Ambush Reality / Play It Again Sam (Hopeless Records in North America) in January 2015, giving the band their fourth UK Album Chart Top 10 album.

Since release, the band has toured the world in support of the album, taking in sold out UK & Europe dates (culminating in two packed nights at London Roundhouse, the first of which selling out all 3000 tickets in less than 12 hours) a 6 week tour of the USA & Canada, a short run in Australia and, most recently, two massive headline shows in Russia.

The band’s most recent single, Torn Apart, has spent three weeks on the BBC Radio One playlist thus far, and saw the band recording their fourth Live Lounge for the station (including a cover of Muse’s ‘SuperMassive BlackHole’) as well as releasing a video for the track that looks like THIS : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xndh_CwGCn8

Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject of the tour :
“It’s difficult to summon the words, we’re inexpressibly excited for these shows!
Before booking an ‘arena-sized’ tour we wanted to wait until we were able to book as many 'flat-floored' standing venues as possible up and down the UK, as there’s nothing rock ’n’ roll about sitting at a gig 100 meters from the stage. As much as is possible, these venues should feel like normal Shikari shows but swollen in size - the communal aspect of the shows should still stay intact.

I also can’t tell you how much we’re looking forward to getting back into the sweet shop of production and lighting so we can make this a total assault on all the senses.

We will also be doing a pro bono public service by testing the structural foundations of each one of these venues to their limits with our sub bass speakers.

We’re really happy to have The Wonder Years out with us, too, and can’t wait to announce the full bill.”

FEBRUARY 2016
THUR 18 - GLASGOW - 02 ACADEMY
FRI 19 - EDINBURGH - CORN EXCHANGE
SAT 20 - NOTTINGHAM - CAPITAL FM ARENA
MON 22 - BOURNEMOUTH - INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
TUES 23 - CARDIFF - MOTORPOINT ARENA
THUR 25 - MANCHESTER - VICTORIA WAREHOUSE
SAT 27 - LONDON - ALEXANDRA PALACE

 The 1975 Announce November UK Tour.

The 1975Wednesday 10 th June 2015
Dear friends of The 1975,

I/We/The 1975 are currently in production of our second full length record. Its creation signifies the end of the most inspiring and challenging time that we’ve ever shared as friends and as artists. We simply couldn’t of imagined connecting with as many people as we have since the release of our debut in 2013.

We have toured the world playing over 25,000 shows in 400 different countries (that’s a slight exaggeration but it was a lot) and we have had the privilege of encountering the countless faces that make up our incredibly loyal and ebulliently peculiar fan-base. It is that loyalty that inspired me to write this letter, scrappy as it may be.

This is the beginning of a new chapter for The 1975. Our new record signifies the start of a new world for us, a more colourful world a less colourful world. We want to play shows we want a real shared experience we want to play HUGE shows that we never thought were possible we want to play sets at festivals that people talk about for ages cos it was fun and it was music and the weather was perfect and we want to be honest otherwise what’s the f*&king point? So the best way to start is the way we did before - in venues we have loved and places that feel intimate enough to do a proper new show. With people who really want to be there. Or need to be there in some extreme cases.

We have decided to start touring again this year, November 2015. Due to the size of the venues that we feel are appropriate for this particular tour and taking into consideration the humbling dedication that I have felt from a lot of our fans I predict that only the most dedicated will end up with tickets. This can only be remedied by our reciprocated dedication to playing more and more shows. I’ll see you soon with more music and drama and you’ve known the title all along.

Love

Matty & The 1975

NOVEMBER 2015

9 – Liverpool – The University
10 – Leicester – De Montfort Hall
11 – Sheffield – Academy
12 – Doncaster – Dome
14 – Nottingham – Rock City
15 – Newcastle – Academy
17 – Edinburgh – Corn Exchange
18 – Bridlington – Spa
19 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
20 – Plymouth – Pavilion
21 – Southampton – Guildhall
23 – Southend – Cliff Pavilion
24 – London – Hammersmith Apollo
26 – Brighton – Centre
27 – Swindon – Oasis
28 – Manchester – Academy

 We Came As Romans Unleash New Song.

We Came As RomansWednesday 10th June 2015
Today, We Came As Romans reveal new song and music video, “Regenerate”. The number is taken from the band’s highly anticipated self-titled album, which will be released July 24th, 2015 on Spinefarm Records. The video for “Regenerate” can be viewed now at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2a_Pxd-F1I

Bassist Andy Glass explains, "This video was something we really wanted our fans to be a part of. 'Regenerate' is about getting rid of a damaged mentality and giving restoration to the things that matter. We want our fans to grow with us as we shed old skin, moving forward as a band, and as a family. It was an integral part for us to involve our amazing hometown fans, who helped invoke and express emotion through the video."

The album was recorded with multi-platinum award winning producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, Of Mice and Men), and is now available for pre-order here:

We Came As Romans recently released the lead single, “The World I Used To Know”, to praise from fans and critics alike. The song shows a new direction for the band, “boasting a sound meant to fill arenas”, noted Alternative Press Magazine. “The World I Used To Know” can be streamed here: http://bit.ly/1cAwVVY

“The World I Used To Know” will be offered as an instant grat track when pre-ordered digitally from iTunes and MerchNOW. Tomorrow, “Regenerate” will also be included as an instant grat track when pre-ordered.

On the new album, the Detroit-based band confidently shows off a new-found sense of maturity, camaraderie and depth, plus a balanced understanding of the world around them, through the intense juxtaposition of the beauty and harsh injustices of growing up and experiencing life for all that it is. We Came As Romans have not only found themselves on the new album, but they’ve found each other, banding together as brothers to take on the world around them – with a massive and dedicated army of fans in tow.

We Came As Romans – Track-listing
1. Regenerate
2. Who Will Pray?
3. The World I Used To Know
4. Memories
5. Tear It Down
6. Blur
7. Savior Of The Week
8. Flatline
9. Defiance
10. 12:30

The band will perform main-stage for the entire run of the US 2015 Vans Warped Tour, which officially kicks off on June 19th, 2015 in Pomona, CA at the Pomona Fairplex.

 Lucy Rose Announce New Album And Massive Tour.

Lucy RoseWednesday 10th June 2015
The 23 dates kick off on the 19th October at Manchester’s Academy 3 and conclude at London’s The Forum for Lucy’s biggest headline date yet on 18th November. Lucy also performs in Belfast and Dublin on the 29th and 30th October respectively.

Work It Out is released on the 6th July through Columbia Records. It was produced by Rich Cooper and recorded at Snap Studios, London. The record features Lucy’s new single, Like An Arrow, and her recent returning single, Our Eyes.

Work It Out enters a whole new sonic space for the young Warwickshire musician. Where debut album, 2012’s ‘Like I Used To’, introduced a fascinatingly assured acoustic artist, rich of melody and deft of touch, Work It Out is the sound of Lucy Rose creating a bold new context for that voice. No apologies. The acoustic guitar remains present, but there’s nothing folk or shy about this record. It’s all Lucy Rose.

The autumn tour goes on sale from Friday 29th May here, with tickets at £15 (London £16.50).

As previously announced, Lucy Rose will be performing at a host of UK festivals this Summer including Bushstock, Truck, T In The Park, Somersault, and the Reading & Leeds Festival.

Lucy Rose Live:

31st May – Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham
13th June – Bushstock, London
20th June – 110 Above Festival, Leicestershire
21st June – Smoked and Uncut Festival, Swanage
10th July – T In The Park, Perthshire
18th July – Truck Festival, Steventon
24th July – Somersault Festival, Devon
1st August – Kendal Calling, Penrith
29th August – Reading Festival
30th August – Leeds Festival

Autumn Tour:

19th October – Manchester Academy 3
20th October – Bath Komedia
21st October – Cardiff Tramshed
23rd October – Norwich Waterfront
24th October – Wrexham Central
25th October – Carlisle Brickyard
27th October – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
28th October – Glasgow Oran Mor
29th October – Belfast Empire
30th October – Dublin The Button Factory
1st November – Leeds University Union
2nd November – Exeter Phoenix
3rd November – Southend-on-Sea Chinnery's
7th November – Liverpool O2 Academy2*
8th November – Oxford O2 Academy*
9th November – Leicester O2 Academy2*
10th November – Northampton Roadmender
12th November – Newcastle Riverside
13th November – Warwick Arts Centre
14th November – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
15th November – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
17th November - Stoke–On-Trent Sugarmill
18th November – London The Forum


 Ghost Set To Release Third Studio Album.

GhostWednesday 10th June 2015
Ghost have declared that the release date of their third sacred psalm, Meliora, will be August 21st on Spinefarm Records/Loma Vista Recordings. This body of work is the follow-up to 2013’s heralded INFESTISSUMAM and is available for pre-order beginning today HERE. Fans who pre-order the album will receive a complimentary download of album track “Cirice” (stream HERE). Late last month, the congregation revealed a video of the Summoning of Papa III. It can be viewed HERE.

Ghost have also revealed a brand new music video for “Cirice”, directed by Roboshobo, which can be viewed HERE.

Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls today issued a message announcing their return to North America to deliver their satanic melodies to audiences across the continent this autumn for their ‘Black To The Future’ headlining tour. The procession will begin at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22nd with UK act Purson guesting on all shows. Tickets for these dates will be available for purchase starting this Friday, June 12th at 10:00 AM local time. See below for a complete itinerary. A European tour will be announced in short order.

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. This 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN, and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the record, "one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013”, and Pitchfork praised its “addictive as sin” hooks. Rolling Stone described the sound of Ghost as “somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in”.

In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five-track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers and Depeche Mode.

Ghost have toured the U.S. extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.

Meliora Track-listing
1. Spirit
2. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
3. Cirice
4. Spöksonat
5. He Is
6. Mummy Dust
7. Majesty
8. Devil Church
9. Absolution
10. Deus in Absentia

Live Dates
September 22 - The Fillmore - Washington, DC
September 23 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
September 25 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
September 26 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
September 27 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
September 28 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
September 30 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
October 1 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
October 2 - The Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI
October 3 - The Riviera - Chicago, IL
October 5 - Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
October 6 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
October 8 - The Civic Auditorium - New Orleans, LA
October 9 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
October 10 - Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
October 11 - The Ritz - Tampa, FL
October 13 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
October 14 - Aztec Theater - San Antonio, TX
October 16 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
October 17 - Sumitt Music Hall - Denver, CO
October 19 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
October 20 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
October 21 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
October 23 - Warfield - San Francisco, CA
October 26 - The Mayan Theater - Los Angeles, CA
October 27 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
October 28 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
October 30 - Northside Park Theater - San Diego, CA
October 31 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
November 1 - Monster Mash Festival - Phoenix, AZ

 Team Sleep Are Back.

TeamsleepWednesday 10th June 2015
Team Sleep has premiered a track with Rolling Stone today. This new version of “Blvd. Nights” was captured during their live/in-studio Woodstock Sessions (in upstate NY) last autumn. To be released via LP/CD on July 10th, the Woodstock Sessions will be the collective’s first official release in over 10 years!

Listen to “Blvd. Nights” premiere via Rolling Stone here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-team-sleep-play-blvd-nights-for-first-time-since-2007-20150609

An experimental and at times unclassifiable amalgamation of styles, the group’s loose roster includes Chino Moreno (Deftones), Chuck X (Crosses), CrookOne, Rick Verret and Todd Wilkinson. New to the fold and manning the drum throne for the forthcoming album is Gil Sharone (of Marilyn Manson/The Dillinger Escape Plan fame).

Since their self-titled debut in 2005, the group has only sporadically reconvened for touring and demo recording. However in October of 2014, Team Sleep descended on Applehead Studios (Coheed & Cambria, Chiodos), to record Woodstock Sessions vol. 4. The album will include powerful re-workings of their classic material as well as official versions of songs heretofore only appeared in demo form.

As is the format for Woodstock Sessions events, a live audience attended the two-day session and watched the band compose, perform and record the album.

With this premiere, Team Sleep is also announcing that several other releases are in the works for them. These will include a series of studio and instrumental EP’s. Select live shows are also on the itinerary for the near future.

About Woodstock Sessions: The Woodstock Sessions produce events that are a hybrid between audience-attended recording sessions & live performance. The products of these sessions are unique recordings and the ultimate fan experience. Sessions have included Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Martin Medeski & Wood + Nels Cline, Bad Brains and The Alan Evans Trio.

 Periphery Announce Autumn UK Tour.

PeripheryWednesday 10th June 2015
Washington D.C. progressive metal outfit PERIPHERY have announced their return to Europe this fall with a headlining tour in support of their 2015 double release “Juggernaut: Alpha” and “Juggernaut: Omega”. The tour is presented by Jackson Guitars and Seymour Duncan in association with Impericon with a lineup featuring Veil of Maya.

Guitarist Misha Mansoor comments: "We are beyond excited to announce that we are FINALLY coming back for a proper European headlining tour. Our schedule and opportunities have just worked out to where we haven't done one in years, and this is well overdue. To add to that, we are bringing our good buddies in Veil Of Maya with us, so it's going to be a special one. We can't wait!"

PERIPHERY’s last tour in Europe was in support of The Devin Townsend Project and wrapped up with a headline show at The Forum in London, which sold out three months in advance.

PERIPHERY will begin their fall European tour on 13th November in Bristol, England joined by Veil of Maya. Tickets are available Tuesday 9th June.

VIP upgrades, sold separately from tickets, will be available in three tiers with options of meet and greet with PERIPHERY, watching the band sound check and the opportunity to watch the live show from side-stage. VIPs are on sale now at www.soundrink.com.

13.11.15 (UK) Bristol – Marble Factory
14.11.15 (UK) Manchester – Academy 2
15.11.15 (UK) Glasgow – The Garage
16.11.15 (UK) Birmingham – The Library
17.11.15 (UK) Norwich – Waterfront
19.11.15 (UK) London – Koko
20.11.15 (B) Hasselt – Muziek-O-Droom
21.11.15 (D) Cologne - Essigfabrik
22.11.15 (NL) Eindhoven – Epic Fest (@ Klokgebauw)
23.11.15 (D) Hamburg – Markthalle
25.11.15 (S) Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
26.11.15 (N) Oslo – John Dee
27.11.15 (S) Stockholm – Debaser Strand
29.11.15 (F) Helsinki – Tavastia
01.12.15 (DK) Copenhagen – Lille Vega
02.12.15 (D) Berlin – C-Club
03.12.15 (P) Warsaw – Proxima
04.12.15 (P) Krakow – Fabryka
05.12.15 (CZ) Prague – Rock Café
06.12.15 (A) Vienna – Szene
08.12.15 (D) Munich – Backstage Halle
09.12.15 (D) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
10.12.15 (D) Karlsruhe – Substage
11.12.15 (CH) Aarau – Kiff
12.12.15 (I) Romagnano Sesia – R’N’R Arena
14.12.15 (F) Lyon – CCO
15.12.15 (E) Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
16.12.15 (E) Madrid – Caracol
17.12.15 (F) Bordeaux – Rock School Barbey
18.12.15 (F) Paris – Divan Du Monde

PERIPHERY
16.-18.07.15 (ES) Viveiro - Resurrection Fest

 P.O.D Announce New Album 'The Awakening'.

P.O.DTuesday 9th June 2015
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY®-nominated SoCal hard-rockers P.O.D. will release their ninth studio album, The Awakening (T-Boy/UMC), on August 21. The evocative album, produced by the band’s long-time collaborator and friend, Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Kelly Clarkson), features 10 tracks and special guests Maria Brink from In This Moment and Lou Koller from Sick of it All.

Beginning today, The Awakening is available worldwide for preorder on CD, digital, and vinyl LP. Preorders for the digital album on iTunes unlock the rousing lead single, “This Goes Out To You,” for immediate download.

P.O.D. is on tour throughout the summer and well into the fall, with confirmed shows in more than 25 U.S. cities (confirmed dates below; more to be announced). Before heading out on tour, P.O.D. will celebrate the release of their new single, “This Goes Out To You,” by performing a special pre-game ‘Party at the Park’ set at San Diego’s PETCO Park this Friday, June 12 (San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers). For more information about P.O.D.’s upcoming tour dates and The Awakening, visit payableondeath.com.

Long known for carrying the hard rock torch with a positive message, P.O.D. are looking forward to sharing The Awakening with fans around the world. The album travels on a journey based on the good and bad choices of a central character, exploring the consequences of his decisions.

“The Awakening is meant to be listened to in its entirety,” says P.O.D. singer and lyricist Sonny Sandoval. “Every song ultimately explores a character dealing with life, making mistakes, fighting, trying. But we also live in a singles-type world, and it works on that level, too.”

Sonically, each track benefitted from the band’s years of studio and stage experience. “I used to want to put as many tracks of guitar on the record as I could, because I thought that’s what you did,” says guitarist Marcos Curiel. “But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the more space you’re letting in with all the instruments, everything breathes and has an energy and a vibe.”

“The Awakening is definitely an evolution from where we’ve come from,” says bassist Traa Daniels. “It’s this amazing piece of art that we’ve been able to put together as four guys who are like brothers; this is really special.”

“I feel this is like a pivotal moment for P.O.D.,” says drummer Wuv Bernardo. “It’s more than just `Man, we just went in the studio and did a record…’ The urgency of our band, as far as how serious we are putting this kind of material in there and the way that we did it, blows my mind. I am proud of these guys, of us.”

Since forming in San Diego in 1992, P.O.D. (Payable on Death) have charted their own course, with worldwide sales exceeding 10 million, hugely successful international tours, and a series of chart-topping radio hits. Over the span of two decades they have released eight studio albums of original songs – including the triple-platinum Satellite – seen chart success with more than a dozen Rock radio hits, including “Southtown,” “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation,” and “Boom,” the Active Rock hit “Beautiful” and their No. 1 single, “Lost In Forever,” received three GRAMMY Award® nominations, and racked up four No. 1 music videos. The band has also contributed songs to numerous major motion picture soundtracks.

P.O.D. is Sonny Sandoval (vocals), Marcos Curiel (guitar), Traa Daniels (bass) and Wuv Bernardo (drums). The members of P.O.D. are also active members of a tight-knit music community, collaborating on their own records as well as others’, including Katy Perry, H.R. (Bad Brains), Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), and more.

When asked about P.O.D.’s particularly active schedule this year, Wuv summed it up well for everyone, saying, “This time around it’s just pure band excitement. It’s natural and it’s where we’re at.”

1. Am I Awake
2. This Goes Out To You
3. Rise of NWO
4. Criminal Conversations (feat. Maria Brink)
5. Somebody's Trying to Kill Me
6. Get Down
7. Speed Demon
8. Want It All
9. Revolución (feat. Lou Koller)
10. The Awakening

 Motley Crue Announce Final Tour.

Motley CrueTuesday 9th June 2015
One of the most legendary and iconic rock bands to grace the world’s stages, Mötley Crüe made their last tour announcement ever today when they revealed which European cities would be included on their Final Tour. The European dates are part of the band’s 2-year ‘Final Tour’ cycle that will culminate at Staples Center on December 31st in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA for their last show ever.

Mötley Crüe gave their fans an opportunity to vote which European cities they would visit on the Final Tour. An overwhelming 500,000 fans in 18 European countries shared their messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DemandtheCrue. They could also track the progress of the conversation via a heat map that was updated daily at: Motley.com/DemandTheCrue. Today, at a press conference in London hosted by Matt Everitt of BBC6 Music, the band gathered in front of European media from 12 countries and revealed the results of the voting.

The November tour dates will be the ultimate farewell to the European continent as Mötley Crüe bring their biggest production and pyro show to date, including Nikki Sixx's flame throwing bass and Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, as well as the “Crüesnest” where fans can sit with the band up close and personal during the grand finale of the show. Check out highlights from Mötley Crüe’s show here: http://bit.ly/1G2uGFC


Bassist Nikki Sixx commented:
"We're excited to come back to Europe with all the songs, bells and whistles and say goodbye during The Final Tour to the greatest fans in rock n roll."

After thirty-four years performing together, the 2015 leg of the Final Tour includes shows all across the globe. Mötley Crüe have just finished touring Australia, New Zealand and Japan, The band are currently saying farewell to the European festival circuit having just laid waste to Sweden Rock Festival this past weekend and with two massive performances coming up this weekend at Novarock Festival in Austria and at Download in the UK before taking their can’t-miss show back to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Mötley Crüe originally announced plans for their two year Final Tour by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career as December 31st 2015. Since the announcement the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world.

The 2014 leg of the Final Tour was one of last year’s top grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. “Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North American Concerts. “New Year’s Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there’s no doubt that Mötley Crüe’s music will influence generations of artists for years to come.”

Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper*, who already joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage once again on most 2015 dates. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.

THE FINAL TOUR – EUROPE
NOVEMBER 2015

Monday 2 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, UK*
Tuesday 3 Manchester Arena, UK*
Wednesday 4 Birmingham Genting Arena, UK*
Friday 6 London SSE Arena, Wembley, UK
Sunday 8 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany*
Monday 9 Basel St. Jakobshalle, Switzerland
Tuesday 10 Medoplanum Forum, Italy*
Thursday 12 Monte Carlo, Monaco Sporting Club, Monaco
Friday 13 Munich, Zenith, Germany*
Saturday 14 Düsseldorf ISS Dome, Germany*
Monday 16 Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Wednesday 18 Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Friday 20 Abu Dhabi Du Arena, United Arab Emirates

*With Alice Cooper
Tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 19th June 2015 priced at £47.50 / £40.00 London
£45.00 / £40.00 / £35.00 regionally (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

 Sisters Of Mercy Announce October UK Tour.

Sisters Of MercyTuesday 9th June 2015
The Sisters Of Mercy will play UK shows this October, including their first London show since their sold out 2011 Roundhouse appearance.

October tour:
12-OCT Glasgow - ABC
14-OCT Leeds - Becket University
15-OCT Nottingham - Rock City
17-OCT Manchester - Ritz
18-OCT London - Roundhouse

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 11th June 10 am from www.kiliilve.com | www.seetickets.com and usual outlets.

 Lamb Of God Unleash New Song.

Lamb Of GodTuesday 9th June 2015
Grammy-nominated Richmond, VA band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, on July 24, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Today, LAMB OF GOD has unleashed the brand new track “512”, cut from VII: Sturm Und Drang. Listen now via the band’s YouTube page and Spotify, and stay tuned for the official music video for the track, directed by Jorge Torres-Torres, coming soon.

For more info, read the exclusive “512” track description interview with vocalist Randy Blythe via RollingStone.com here.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is now available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes

VII: Sturm Und Drang is produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur and was recorded in California at NRG Recording Studios and Suburban Soul Studios.

LAMB OF GOD tour the USA this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White: The band perform at the UK's Download Festival this Sunday.

 Parkway Drive Announce Fifth Studio Album.

Parkway DriveTuesday 9th June 2015
Australian titans and metal's most ambitious band, Parkway Drive, have announced that their highly anticipated fifth album, Ire, will be released September 25 on Epitaph. Watch Parkway Drive’s most intense video to date, featuring the band engaging in death defying stunts, for the track "Vice Grip" now at https://www.ParkwayDriveRock.com.

As seen in the "Vice Grip" video, these demonstrations of risk-taking, of showing no fear, and of acquiring new skills could be a metaphor for the entire creation of Ire, the follow up to 2012's Atlas which was certified gold in Australia. Parkway Drive has taken a stunning creative leap and produced what they consider to be a career-defining statement.

As stated by vocalist Winston McCall:
“This is the album for us. Every single step of the way, whenever there was gamble to take, we took the biggest one we could. If this isn’t the album that can go further than anything we thought was possible with this band and this type of music, that’s fine, but we can’t go back from this as far as we’re concerned.”

Parkway Drive has spent the past decade at the forefront of heavy music worldwide, and yet Ire is the sound of a band that continues to push their own limits. This is the kind of band that can sell-out stadiums and who have reached Metallica, metal god-like status in their home country. But Parkway Drive still loves the excitement of setting up a DIY show in Kolkata, India as seen in their world tour documentary Home is for the Heartless (2012).

The Australian powerhouse has tapped deep into its reserves of talent and creativity, and have taken their craft as musicians and songwriters to another level. Ire is clearly something brave and new as heard in the band's new found musical depth and urgency in Winston's vocal deliverance. They are a band that will continue to challenge themselves; and in doing so they will again redefine what has been thought possible for a metal band from Australia to achieve. Pre-orders for Ire are available at ParkwayDriveRock.com. Parkway Drive will tour worldwide in support of Ire; US tour dates are forthcoming.

Ire Track Listing
1. Destroyer
2. Dying To Believe
3. Vice Grip
4. Crushed
5. Fractures
6. Writings on the Wall
7. Bottom Feeder
8. The Sound of Violence
9. Vicious
10. Dedicated
11. A Deathless Song

 Light Years sign To Rude Records.

Light YearsTuesday 9th June 2015
Rude Records is happy to announce the signing of American pop-punk band Light Years, based in Cleveland, OH.

The band is currently mixing and mastering their highly-anticipated second full-length album, due out this fall.

Produced by Will Yip (Anthony Green, Balance and Composure, Circa Survive, La Dispute, Title Fight and more) it already puts Light Years as a band to look out for in the future, not mentioning the success and buzz their debut album 'I Won’t Hold It Against You' had to offer.

Watch the announcement video from the band members themselves by clicking on the link below!

Announcement link: https://youtu.be/2FYbBHjSUDk

Light Years is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Pat Kennedy, bassist Tommy Englert, guitarist Andrew Foerst and drummer Kent Sliney all of whom have graduated from the teenage angst that fuels most of their peers, instead turning their focus to the problems that face them in their mid-20s.
'I Won’t Hold This Against You', their 2013 debut LP released via Paper + Plastick Records, dwelled on the inescapable past while looking for ways to heal the scars incurred while coming of age. Additionally, in 2014 the band has released a five-song EP entitled 'Temporary' via Animal Style Records on the 9th of September.

On a break from the studio sessions, the band will be headlining a US tour this summer. Check out the dates below!
Their second full-length album is currently scheduled to be released via Rude Records worldwide this fall.

 Children Of Bodom Announce New Album 'I Worship Chaos'.

Children Of BodomMonday 8th June 2015
World renowned Finnish heavy metal powerhouse Children Of Bodom (aka COB) are set to release their ninth studio album ‘I Worship Chaos’ worldwide on October 2, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho commented on the new album;
“We are close to putting the finishing touches on the new COB record ‘I Worship Chaos’ and as much fun (but most importantly raw, literally bloody knuckled hard work) it has been making it, I’m more than happy and even more anxious to share this chaos with the rest of the world. So people, put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt, in a perfect COB fashion of course!”

Returning to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record ‘I Worship Chaos’, the album was produced by COB and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums ‘Halo Of Blood’, ‘Hatebreeder’, ‘Follow the Reaper’ and ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

COB is set to embark on a momentous worldwide trek in support of ‘I Worship Chaos’.
Stay tuned for more details.

Below is the track listing for ‘I Worship Chaos’;
01. iHurt
02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One)
03. Morrigan
04. Horns
05. Prayer For The Afflicted
06. I Worship Chaos
07. Hold Your Tongue
08. Suicide Bomber
09. All for Nothing
10. Widdershins

*The deluxe version of I Worship Chaos will include bonus tracks.

 The Sword To Release New Album.

The SwordMonday 8th June 2015
Following the worldwide acclaim of their fourth album, Apocryphon, The Sword announce today that they will release their new album, High Country, worldwide through Razor & Tie on August 21st and in France on September 4th. Recorded in Austin, Texas, the album was produced by Adrian Quesada and mixed by J. Robbins. High Country features 15 new compositions and will be released simultaneously in CD and double vinyl formats.

In conjunction with the release of High Country, The Sword will embark on a 25 show tour encompassing Scandinavia, Europe, and the UK. The tour begins on release day, August 21st, at the Pstereo Festival in Trondheim , Norway and ends in Bristol in the UK on September 19th. The band will be touring throughout the remainder of 2015 and 2016.

Dates for the first international leg of the High Country tour are below:

Fri, 21-Aug-2015 Norway Trondheim Pstereo Festival
Sat, 22-Aug-2015 Norway Oslo Parkteatret
Sun, 23-Aug-2015 Sweden Göteborg Sticky Fingers
Tue, 25-Aug-2015 Finland Helsinki Tavastia
Thu, 27-Aug-2015 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Strand
Fri, 28-Aug-2015 Sweden Malmö KB
Sat, 29-Aug-2015 Denmark Copenhagen Lille Vega
Sun, 30-Aug-2015 Germany Hamburg Rock Cafe St Pauli
Mon, 31-Aug-2015 Germany Berlin Magnet
Wed, 02-Sep-2015 Austria Wien Arena
Thu, 03-Sep-2015 Germany Munich Backstage club
Fri, 04-Sep-2015 Italy Milan Legend
Sat, 05-Sep-2015 Austria Salzburg Rockhouse
Sun, 06-Sep-2015 Switzerland Winterthur Salzhaus
Mon, 07-Sep-2015 Germany Stuttgart Universum
Wed, 09-Sep-2015 Belgium Antwerp Trix club
Thu, 10-Sep-2015 Netherlands Tilburg Extase
Fri, 11-Sep-2015 Germany Cologne Luxor
Sat, 12-Sep-2015 France Paris La Boule Noire
Mon, 14-Sep-2015 UK Nottingham Basement
Tue, 15-Sep-2015 UK Glasgow King Tuts
Wed, 16-Sep-2015 UK Manchester Academy 3
Thu, 17-Sep-2015 UK Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Fri, 18-Sep-2015 UK London Underworld
Sat, 19-Sep-2015 UK Bristol The Thekla


 

 Creeper Sign To Roadrunner Records.

CreeperMonday 8th June 2015
Southampton’s goth-punk quintet CREEPER have enjoyed a phenomenal rise since their first sold-out hometown show at The Joiners last August. Having subsequently debuted in London with a rammed set at The Old Blue Last, they then hit the road for their first full tour as guests to Funeral for a Friend. After a rapturously received performance at this weekend’s Camden Rocks Festival, CREEPER can now confirm that they have signed a recording contract with Roadrunner Records.

"Roadrunner Records has been a constant in our lives ever since we were young,” says vocalist Will Gould. “They have been a hugely important part of my young life, from picking up the first Slipknot album to The Misfits’ record 'Famous Monsters’. To be involved with a record company who have put out some the defining records of our youth is incredibly exciting for us. It's difficult to convey just how thrilled we are to be joining the Roadrunner family and to be making records together."

Will Gould and guitarist Ian Miles formed CREEPER from the fading embers of cult hardcore favourites Our Time Down Here. The line-up was completed with the addition of former Hang The Bastard guitarist Sina Nemati as well as bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton.

CREEPER’S self-released debut EP established their musical blueprint, which combines the black-hearted punk rush of AFI, The Misfits and The Damned with the theatricality of David Bowie and My Chemical Romance as well as the dark romanticism of Nick Cave. The band are also inspired by old school horrors such as The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone and Phantom of the Paradise, as well as films which celebrate the outsider such as Heathers and Stand By Me.

CREEPER are currently putting the finishing touches to their first EP for Roadrunner. Set in the band’s hometown of Southampton, the video for first track ‘LIE AWAKE’ is the first instalment of a two part story of life, love and obsession which will conclude later in the year.

Upcoming festival dates include Download on June 13th, 2000 Trees on July 10th and Hevy Fest on August 14th.

 Dan Andriano Announces New Solo Album.

Dan AndrianoMonday 8th June 2015
Xtra Mile Recordings is excited to announce the release of ‘Party Adjacent’, the second full-length from Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano's solo project, Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room on July 17, 2015. The first fruits from this stunning album is the track ‘Enemies’ – check out the lyric video here:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/eS2hNj2cquY
Premiered on Billboard earlier today.

Pre-order the album now and receive this track instantly:

“The Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didn’t seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,” explains Andriano. Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour.

Released by XMR for the world (ex NA) and Asian Man Records in the US - Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story. Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, Andriano is joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi of The Jeff Rosenstock Band and Mike Huguenor of Hard Girls to fantastic effect. With influences ranging from Thin Lizzy to Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, Party Adjacent is obviously one of those rare records that is built by an artist's singular vision and augmented by exactly the right collaborative team.

Tracklisting is below, stay tuned for more information on the release in the coming months.
Tracklisting:
01) Pretty Teeth
02) Wait
03) Eye Contact
04) Don't Have A Thing
05) My Human Being
06) Haunt Your House
07) Fire Pit
08) Enemies
09) Lowrider
10) Plain Old Whiskey
11) Lost
12) Snake Bites

 Sepultura Announce 30th Anniversary Shows.

SepulturaMonday 8th June 2015
Brazilian metal icons Sepultura are very proud to announce that their 30th Anniversary Tour will now include a visit to the UK.

After touring Russia from West to far East in 17 epic performances and taking the celebration of their 30 years to North America (including the first-ever Rock in Rio USA Festival), the mighty Sepultura are ready to hit the road and thrash the UK once again!

Sepultura’s 30th Anniversary Tour will be a very special event as the band travels through their magnificent history.

Die-hard fans will have the chance to see a unique show.

Vocalist Derrick calls on fans for this un-missable tour; ‘We will be playing songs that we normally don't perform so all you hardcore fans will not want to miss the surprises’ ‘Come join us and be a part of this special moment in our career. We look forward to seeing you all there!’

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 economic 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 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 and unbridgeable gap between pampered citizens who live in decadent luxury and the working poor who withstand unbearable living and working conditions to simply survive.

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary UK dates Sepultura have announced the pre-order and release of new digital single ‘Sepultura Under My Skin’.

‘Sepultura Under My Skin’ will be released on 7th June.

You can see Sepultura celebrating their 30th Anniversary at the following shows;

Nov 17th – Manchester, Club Academy
Nov 18th – Glasgow, Classic Grand
Nov 19th – Bristol, Marble Factory
Nov 20th – London, Electric Ballroom

Sepultura are also playing 2 UK & Ireland dates in August following their Main Stage performance at the renowned Derbyshire UK metal festival Bloodstock.

Aug 9th – Bloodstock Festival, Derbyshire
Aug 10th - Dublin, Academy
Aug 11th – Chester, Live Rooms

 Attila Frontman Fronz To Release Solo Album.

AttilaMonday 8th June 2015
Your new favourite rapper has arrived! Attila frontman Fronz will release his long-gestating and much-anticipated rap album Party People's Anthem on 30th June via Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie.

As a rapper, Fronzilla is best described as the Eazy-E of the Tumblr generation, mixed with the recklessness of Schoolboy Q and the fashion-forward freshness of A$AP Mob.

Fronzilla debuted "They Still Talk," the first track from the album, featuring a guest spot from Issues' Tyler Carter, on his incredibly active social media channels today, May 21, and as expected, fans went absolutely nuts.

Reactions to "They Still Talk" were varied, vast, and vehement. Sample comments? "Sick track man! Let them talk shit because they'll never be better than you"; "It's about time"; "Uh, yeah!"; "I'VE WAITED SO LONG OMFG AAAAAH IT'S PERFECT"; "a lot better than I thought bro I'm on board." There were lots of "Dudes!" and "OMGs!," too.

This is Fronz we're talking about and he is a cultural lightning rod. Nothing he does is met with a middle-of-the-road reaction, and that's to his credit.

Now that he has fully embarked on his career as a rhyme spitter with the same "IDGAF" attitude that he adopts as Attila's frontman, his artistic pursuits, combined with his entrepreneurial endeavours, make Fronz a true Renaissance Man for the millennial generation

ALBUM TRACK LIST
1. Turn It Up
2. Next Level
3. In Too Deep
4. They Still Talk
5. Trapped
6. Creeper
7. Party People’s Anthem
8. Funkylicious
9. Get Buck
10. Zilla
11. I Ain’t Trippin’

 Motorhead Announce New Album - Black Magic.

MotorheadMonday 8th June 2015
After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock’n’roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off.
Put their feet up.
Relax a little.
But that’s just it…
…this is Motörhead.
And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like “Thunder And Lightning” and the especially l-o-u-d “Teach‘Em How To Bleed” show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.

Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n’roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more ‘live’ approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of “Choking On Your Screams”, with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, “Electricity” carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while “Shoot Out All of Your Lights” is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on “The Devil”, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.

Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release Aftershock. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health-issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad “Until The End”, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy For The Devil”, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.

You can also expect the road to get it’s ass-kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015! Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper line-up of bands. And Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15th 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6th at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website www.imotorhead.com as well as the following social media platforms for details.

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead

Twitter: @MyMotorhead

All in all, with Bad Magic’s release now confirmed, Motörheadbangers and rock’n’roll fans worldwide can prepare themselves for the prodigal return of rock music’s greatest, meanest, dirtiest and most relentless trio…yeah, believe it: Motörhead proudly, and defiantly, remain the flag you’re proud to fly through thick and thin.

BAD MAGIC – TRACKLISTING
1. Victory Or Die – 3.09
2. Thunder & Lightning – 3.06
3. Fire Storm Hotel – 3.35
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights – 3.15
5. The Devil – 2.54
6. Electricity – 2.17
7. Evil Eye – 2.20
8. Teach Them How To Bleed -3.13
9. Till The End – 4.05
10. Tell Me Who To Kill – 2.57
11. Choking On Your Screams – 3.33
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 2.58
13. Sympathy For The Devil* – 5.35

*by The Rolling Stones

 The Story So Far Announce December Headline UK Tour.

Story So FarWednesday 3rd June 2015
The Story So Far are proud to announce a headline tour this Winter in support of their brand new, self-titled album. The tour takes in twelve dates across the UK. Supports will be announced in the coming months.

The recent album was produced by Sam Pura at the Panda Studios in Fremont, CA. The record follows the band’s critically acclaimed, breakthrough full-lengths Under Soil and Dirt (2011) and What You Don’t See (2013), which debuted at number 46 on the Billboard 200 chart. These two records have combined sales of over 100,000

Tuesday 1st December - Cardiff - Yplas
Wednesday 2nd December - Southampton - 1865
Thursday 3rd December - Exeter - Lemon Grove
Friday 4th December - London - KoKo
Saturday 5th December - Norwich - Epic
Monday 7th December - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 8th December - Birmingham - Asylum
Wednesday 9th December - Manchester - Academy 2
Thursday 10th December - Glasgow - Garage
Friday 11th December - Newcastle - Riverside
Saturday 12th December - Leeds - Stylus
Tickets on sale Friday 10am

 The Von Hertzen Brothers Gear Up For Download Festival.

Von Hertzen BrothersTuesday 2nd June 2015
The Von Hertzen Brothers—yes, they are indeed siblings—are back with a new video for their latest single “Hold Me Up,” song that the band says “portrays the seldom-seen mainstream side of VHB. We were aiming for an honest, all-embracing declaration of love for someone who stand beside us through storms and rains. Soundscape-wise we wanted it to be very ‘90s and to achieve this we wrote a string orchestration that The Manics would be proud of.”

So that’s what “Hold Me Up” sounds like. What about the accompanying visual?

VHB said, “Back in 2012 an artist called Tapio Rosenius drilled 2012 holes in an oil tank to make a wonderful piece of art. In 2015, an opportunity arose for us to shoot a music video for ‘Hold Me Up’ at this amazing location. The light plays a big role here, as the song is all about the having an element of light in our lives. Someone who is always there for us... Like the sun… even though we might not always see it.”

You can watch the video here: http://vevo.ly/km5B66

With that in mind, it's time to see the light with VHB’s “Hold Me Up,” which lives on their latest album, New Day Rising, out now via Spinefarm Records.

Links to buy: http://po.st/01g9JV (iTunes) or http://po.st/01g9JV (Amazon)

June 2015 marks VHB’s first ever Download appearance and it’s one certain to turn a few heads. If you’re a fan of Muse, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters or even Queen, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS have the credentials to become your new favourite band.

 Tiny Moving Parts Unleash New Video.

Tiny Moving PartsTuesday 2nd June 2015
Hailing from Benson, Minnesota, alt-rock, family band, Tiny Moving Parts, have just released a brand new video from their most recent output, 'Pleasant Living'. The band is made up of Dylan Matthesien and his two cousin's, Matt & Billy Chevalier, who created this band over their years of growing up together, having fun and playing music!

The video is for the beautiful track, 'Sundress', and was created with footage from a selection of their most recent tour's in the US, and captures this high-octane band getting into all sorts of mischief before, during and after their shows!

There's no frills to this tour video - and everyones a fan of Beavis and Butthead in the van, right! Dylan Mattheisen, (Vocals/Guitar), comments; "We are so hyped to have this video out! It does a great job of showing what it's like to be on tour. Playing fun shows, making new friends and partying. Having fun is fun! “

Click here for the full video for 'Sundress'

Their latest record, 'Pleasant Living', was released on October 27th '15 via Triple Crown Records.

From the youthful exuberance and frenetic drum work on the opening ‘Sundress’ to the purposefully suppressed yet intense closer ‘Van Beers,’ it’s apparent from first listen that Tiny Moving Parts knew exactly what they wanted to do with 'Pleasant Living'. And with the help of producer extraordinaire J. Robbins, they were able to get right down to it in a fashion that excels their sophomore status, entering the realm of veteran pomp. 'Pleasant Living' isn’t afraid to belt you with its power, it isn’t apologetic about being in your face–and neither are the lively personas behind the band.

“I think we’ve found a happy balance here,” Mattheisen says of his band’s follow-up to 2013’s This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship (Kind Of Like Records). “It’s mathy, it’s complex, it’s thought-out, but there’s still an element of having fun sing-along songs in there. We really can’t wait for people to hear the album.”

Lead single 'Always Focused' defines the dynamic Mattheisen speaks of, with a noodly guitar riff and cries of, ‘I let myself down when I beat myself up.’ He says it’s a song about worrying: “Even though I overthink everything, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” You can check this out here!

 Buckcherry Announce Seventh Studio Album.

BuckcherryTuesday 2nd June 2015
notorious, multi-platinum-selling rock band, Buckcherry, will release their 7th studio album, Rock ‘n’ Roll, on August 21st via F-Bomb Records/Caroline. In anticipation for the upcoming record, the band will premiere a new track/video for their first single, “Bring It On Back,” on Tuesday, June 2nd - http://vevo.ly/qREEKc

On their Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Los Angeles quintet—Josh Todd [vocals], Keith Nelson [guitar], Stevie D. [guitar], Xavier Muriel [drums], and Kelly LeMieux [bass]—staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of new anthems primed to explode on impact and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact. It’s something that the boys have done since day one, but it’s more necessary now than ever.

“There’s been so much talk about how rock ‘n’ roll is dead and all of this bullshit,” says Todd. “The funny thing is, that’s been going on since we put out our first record in 1999. We wanted to call the new album Rock ‘n’ Roll, because this is what we’ve been doing our whole lives. We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavor of Buckcherry.”

They rev up Rock ‘n’ Roll with the propulsive first single and opener “Bring It On Back.” From the jump, a robust guitar groove struts right alongside an unshakable refrain. It’s got the band’s signature hallmarks, but Todd pulled lyrical inspiration from a new source altogether. “When I’m not on the road, I race Go Karts for my hobby,” he says. “The song is really about racing. I had a driver named Kurt Busch in mind when I wrote the lyrics. They call him ‘The Outlaw,’ and he’s a badass. It captures that intensity of racing and the mentality. I love it.”

“Bring It On Back” is an immediate reminder that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and thriving in 2015. Buckcherry have added fuel to the genre’s fire for nearly two decades now. The Grammy Award-nominated outfit is responsible for smashes including “Lit Up” off their gold-certified 1999 self-titled debut as well as “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry” from 2006’s platinum 15. Along the way, they’ve shared stages with everybody from AC/DC and Mötley Crüe to Slipknot and Rob Zombie, among others.

Fans can catch Buckcherry live in concert this summer on their North American tour. Additional tour dates for July – September will be announced soon. Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/buckcherry for additional news and updates.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Track List:
1. Bring It On Back
2. Tight Pants
3. Wish To Carry On
4. The Feeling Never Dies
5. Cradle
6. The Madness
7. Wood
8. Rain’s Falling
9. Sex Appeal
10. Get With It

Buckcherry Tour Dates:
May 29 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
May 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Xfinity Live!
May 31 - Lawrence, MA - Rock The Block Music Festival
June 2 - Pottsville, PA - Goodfellas
June 3 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
June 5 - Watseka, IL - The Watseka Theatre
June 6 - Sandusky, OH - Ohio Bike Week (Free GA Show)
June 7 - Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho
June 9 - Cape Coral, FL - Dixie Roadhouse
June 10 - Jacksonville, FL - Mavericks
June 12 - Baltimore, MD - Power Plant Live
June 13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
June 14 - South Bend, IN - 103.9 The Bear’s Big Growl 4
June 26 - Sterling Heights, MI - Stars and Stripes Festival
July 18 - El Paso, TX - Texas Showdown Festival
July 25 - Royalton, MN - Halfway Jam
July 31 - Kansas City, MO - KC Live!
Aug 1 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 6 - Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip
Aug 15 - Longview, TX - Ink Life Tattoo Convention
Sep 19 - Menomonie, WI - Stout Ale House

 The Sword Announce New Album 'High Country'.

The SwordTuesday 2nd June 2015
Following the worldwide acclaim of their fourth album, Apocryphon, The Sword announce today that they will release their new album, High Country, worldwide through Razor & Tie on August 21st and in France on September 4th. Recorded in Austin, Texas, the album was produced by Adrian Quesada and mixed by J. Robbins. High Country features 15 new compositions and will be released simultaneously in CD and double vinyl formats.

In conjunction with the release of High Country, The Sword will embark on a 25 show tour encompassing Scandinavia, Europe, and the UK. The tour begins on release day, August 21st, at the Pstereo Festival in Trondheim , Norway and ends in Bristol in the UK on September 19th. The band will be touring throughout the remainder of 2015 and 2016.

Dates for the first international leg of the High Country tour are below:

Fri, 21-Aug-2015 Norway Trondheim Pstereo Festival
Sat, 22-Aug-2015 Norway Oslo Parkteatret
Sun, 23-Aug-2015 Sweden Göteborg Sticky Fingers
Tue, 25-Aug-2015 Finland Helsinki Tavastia
Thu, 27-Aug-2015 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Strand
Fri, 28-Aug-2015 Sweden Malmö KB
Sat, 29-Aug-2015 Denmark Copenhagen Lille Vega
Sun, 30-Aug-2015 Germany Hamburg Rock Cafe St Pauli
Mon, 31-Aug-2015 Germany Berlin Magnet
Wed, 02-Sep-2015 Austria Wien Arena
Thu, 03-Sep-2015 Germany Munich Backstage club
Fri, 04-Sep-2015 Italy Milan Legend
Sat, 05-Sep-2015 Austria Salzburg Rockhouse
Sun, 06-Sep-2015 Switzerland Winterthur Salzhaus
Mon, 07-Sep-2015 Germany Stuttgart Universum
Wed, 09-Sep-2015 Belgium Antwerp Trix club
Thu, 10-Sep-2015 Netherlands Tilburg Extase
Fri, 11-Sep-2015 Germany Cologne Luxor
Sat, 12-Sep-2015 France Paris La Boule Noire
Mon, 14-Sep-2015 UK Nottingham Basement
Tue, 15-Sep-2015 UK Glasgow King Tuts
Wed, 16-Sep-2015 UK Manchester Academy 3
Thu, 17-Sep-2015 UK Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Fri, 18-Sep-2015 UK London Underworld
Sat, 19-Sep-2015 UK Bristol The Thekla



 Andrea Faustini Announce Debut Single And Album.

Andrea FaustiniTuesday 2nd June 2015
X Factor finalist Andrea Faustini will release his single ‘Give A Little Love’ on July 10th which will be taken from his debut album ‘Kelly’ released July 17th.

The self penned, gospel infused track reflects Andrea’s positive nature. He said: “I'm such a positive person and I like to smile even in tough times. This is what life is about for me: be kind to the people you love (and the people you don't) and always smile... In other words give a little love!"

The Italian vocal powerhouse came third in 2014’s series of X Factor and was a firm favourite in the competition after his very first audition. He has been in the studio working on his debut release ever since. He has performed for Vanity Fair in Italy at the Milan Expo and received recognition from one of his favourite Italian singers Elisa Toffoli who he joined on stage in Rome at Christmas and has written a track in his native language for the record.

The album features 8 original songs and the tracklisting is:

It’ll All End In Tears
Evaporate
The River
Kelly
You Pulled Me Through
Back To The Sea
Give A Little Love
What Would Dusty Do
Lascia Tutto Cosi
I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

 Liam Bailey To Support Paloma Faith.

Liam BaileyTuesday 2nd June 2015
Soul/Rock powerhouse, Liam Bailey announces the release of his debut solo album, Definitely NOW, on July 10th via Flying Buddha /Columbia Records. You can pre-order the album right now http://smarturl.it/definitelynow. Liam is also set to support friend and fellow musician Paloma Faith on her upcoming tour including dates in June & July across Gloucestershire, Kent, Yorkshire, Nottingham, Cheshire, Suffolk, Kew and Stafford.

Sometimes aggy, jabby, post-punk and tense (‘On My Mind’), other times deliciously melodic and warm (‘Stun Me’), the album is a brilliantly volatile ride through everything Liam has been through, and at times, still struggles with; Depression, loss of love and lack of self control. But there is optimism in his writing too, the darkness is laced with hope.

The album features lead single, ‘Villain’ featuring A$AP Ferg. The record received a huge level of radio support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Fearne Cotton, Mistajam and Lauren Laverne. You can watch the video here - https://youtu.be/-EUYA1pVgIc Previous single ‘On My Mind’ lifted from the album was featured as BBC Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’.

As well as being released by Flying Buddha and Columbia Records, the album is also executively produced by Flying Buddha CEO Salaam Remi, who has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Miguel, Ne-Yo, with the pair striking up a kinship whilst first working together back 2011.

Like Oasis - Liam Bailey’s gritty, working class childhood heroes - the singer/songwriter’s story starts on a bleak council estate in Nottingham. Initially in a hip-hop collective and then as lead singer in a band, he played the Nottingham circuit, but it wasn’t until he moved south, into a London bedsit flat in Stoke Newington, and began exploring a more acoustic sound through solo open-mic gigs that he truly found his sound.

It was soul legend Amy Winehouse who first took notice of Bailey’s talent, releasing his first two solo EP’s on her label, Lioness Records, back in 2010 before Bailey rocketed into the wider consciousness and became a household name after co-writing and providing vocals for Chase & Status’s 2011 hit-record ‘Blind Faith.’

Having toured the world with Chase & Status for two years, Bailey is ready to bare his soul on his own album, Definitely NOW.

Track listing:-
1. On My Mind
2. Breaking
3. Fool Boy
4. Black Moon
5. Villain
6. Autumn Leaves
7. So...? Maybe Love
8. Battle Hymn Of Central London
9. Crazy Situation
10. Summer Rain
11. Stun Me
12. Walking Out
13. Villain ft. A$AP Ferg

Tour Dates with Paloma Faith –

19th June – Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
20th June –Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
24th June – Eden Project
26th June – Dalby Forsest, Yorkshire
*27th June – Goodwood Festival of Speed
28th June – Sherwood Pines, Nottingham
3rd July – Delamere Forest, Northwich
4th July – Thetford Forest, Thetford
7th July –Kew Gardens - Richmond
8th July – Kew Gardens - Richmond
10th July – Stafford – Cannock Chase Forest
*non Paloma Faith support

 Pop Evil Unleash New Single.

Pop EvilTuesday 2nd June 2015
POP EVIL have debuted new single titled "Footsteps" via Billboard.com, a huge hook-laden rock anthem and the first music heard from new album ‘Up’ due out August 21st via eOne Music. "We challenged ourselves creatively to make a different sounding record," says frontman Leigh Kakaty. "Since 'Footsteps' was written we couldn't wait for this day to get here!"

Listen to 'Footsteps' here:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6583025/pop-evil-single-footsteps-exclusive

The USA rock radio chart topping rockers play the main stage at Download Festival on Sunday 14 June at 11:00.

Purposefully assembled at Studio Litho, Robert Lang Studios and London Bridge Studios with producer Adam Kasper (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters), ‘Up’ is the sound of a rock band cementing a powerful identity that’s steadily materialised over the course of three prior full-length slabs.

“Now it's time to step up our game and let people know we can back it all up,” adds Kakaty. “We want to prove we aren’t a one hit wonder. We didn’t just get lucky.”

‘Up’ is a bold reintroduction and step forward, with guitarists NICK FUELLING and DAVEY GRAHS, bassist MATT DIRITO, drummer CHACHI RIOT and Kakaty at the top of their game.

POP EVIL smashes through the odds like a battering ram, weathering the trials and tribulations of paying dues with a steadfast resilience owing much to their working class backgrounds, and building a worldwide audience one fan at a time. As the moniker promises when emblazoned on a CD or radio dial, POP EVIL conjures aggressive riffs and hard charging sing-a-longs with emotional heft and melodic power in equal measure. It’s music by the people, for the people.

The band is gearing up for a truckload of European and Canadian tour dates including illustrious festivals such as DOWNLOAD and GRASPOP. Click here for all tour dates.
Track listing:
1. Footsteps
2. Core
3. In Disarray
4. Take It All
5. Ghost Of Muskegon
6. If Only For Now
7. ...
8. Ways to Get High
9. Lux
10. Vendetta
11. Dead In The Water
12. Seattle Rain
13. Til Kingdom Come

 The Amity Affliction Announce UK Tour.

Amity AfflictionMonday 1st June 2015
Already selling out arenas in their native Australia, fast-rising stars THE AMITY AFFLICTION are delighted to announce their return to the UK, following a glowing reception as special guests to Of Mice & Men in recent weeks.

More details will be unveiled about this very special tour shortly, but for now, the band can reveal four headline dates in November, which will go on sale Wednesday 3rd June at 10am. Tickets can be picked up from box offices and online from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-amity-affliction-tickets, priced £13 regionally / £14 London (+ booking fees).

Vocalist Joel Birch declares, "We're really excited to get back to the UK, not only because we always feel so welcomed there but also because the lineup we have is killer. It's not often you want to watch every band on the bill – it's going to be fucking wild, see you there!”

Don't miss the following shows:
Sun 8th Nov - LONDON Koko
Mon 9th Nov - MANCHESTER Club Academy
Tue 10th Nov - GLASGOW Garage
Wed 11th Nov - BRISTOL Marble Factory

 Kadavar Announce November UK Tour.

KadavarMonday 1st June 2015
German psych-rockers, KADAVAR have just announced a full UK Tour for this November.

Drummer Tiger commented "We are stoked to return to the UK this fall! It has been two years already and with a new record in the pocket, we are looking forward to play again. It's gonna get faster, louder and dirtier! See you all very soon!"

Kadavar will be bringing Californian rockers The Shrine as main support and Swedish classic rock quintet Horisont will also play all the dates.

Tourdates as follows:

8th November – Manchester Sound Control
9th November – Glasgow – Audio
10th November – Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
11th November – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
12th November – Bristol – Marble Factory
13th November – Cardiff – The Globe
14th November – London – The Dome

 The Janoskians Announce European Tour.

The JanoskiansMonday 1st June 2015
Proving to be an unstoppable force, Melbourne-born masters of ‘social disturbance’ and pop punk mischief makers, THE JANOSKIANS will embark on a packed European run called “The Jahoo Jahaa Tour”. Tickets for the UK shows go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th June priced £22.50 regionally and £25 in London from www.livenation.co.uk, VIP tickets will also be available from www.VIPNation.eu (all tickets subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee).A North American leg is underworks as well.

It’s 20+ dates, 5 boys, endless hits and countless Janoskianators. Starting in Dublin on 29 August it moves through the UK and mainland Europe. The summer is about to get hotter.

The tour follows huge success for the band reaching the top of the UK iTunes chart within 24 hours of release with their latest EP ‘Would U Love Me’. It also follows a massive Wembley Arena show in March that entertained a sold out crowd.

Alongside this, THE JANOSKIANS, continue to work on their feature film with LionsGate, a fantastic book with Simon and Schuster and another secret project soon to be announced that is sure to get everyone very excited!

THE JANOSKIANS “Jahoo Jahaa Tour” 2015 Dates:
29/8 Dublin, Ireland - O2 Academy
1/9 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
2/9 Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
3/9 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
4/9 Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
5/9 Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
6/9 London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
9/9 Utrecht, Netherlands - TivoliVredenburg
10/9 Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
11/9 Poznan, Poland - Eskulap
12/9 Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
14/9 Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset
15/9 Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Arena
16/9 Copenhagen, Denmark - Voxhall
17/9 Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
18/9 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
19/9 Paris, France - Olympia
TBD Spain
TBD Italy
TBD Greece

It’s been a wild few years - in 2011, JANOSKIANS mayhem started brewing when the group uploaded their first ‘Awkward Train Situations’ video to YouTube. As the fan base grew, they continually released hilarious and disruptive content, gaining over 1.9 million YouTube subscribers and counting as well as accruing more than 200 million combined views.

 Danko Jones Releses 100th Podcast.

Danko JonesMonday 1st June 2015
DANKO JONES is happy to announce the centennial episode of the Official Danko Jones Podcast!

The first episode of the podcast aired May 16, 2011 and since then, DANKO has covered an impressive range of topics and featured a number of prestigious guests. His friend, the comedian, writer, and punk/rock singer Nick Flanagan, started as his co-host in the podcast's early days and has returned for almost every episode since.

During the last four years, the podcast has evolved into a low-key, often fascinating and funny conversation between DANKO and Nick concerning just about anything and everything, from rock music, Chipotle, and metal, to Lady Gaga, and children’s books - and often accompanied by a guest. Some of the podcast's visitors have included Phil Campbell (Motörhead), Henry Rollins, Dizzy Reed & Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses), Jim Breuer, Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), Ron Sexsmith, Leslie Feist, Damien Abraham (Fucked Up), and Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), amongst many more.

In the 100th episode DANKO revisits some of the high-points from the previous 99 episodes and also talks about why he first started the podcast and why he continues to do it, commenting “Whether people know it or not, I’m not the most outgoing gregarious fellow. I like to save it all, and spurt it out on stage. After that, I keep to myself. So, I’ve used the podcast to deliberately put myself in social situations. Of course the lure is, I get to be personal and social with people I admire, and they always yield some pretty great stories.”

Listen to the podcast episodes at:
iTunes podcast feed: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/official-danko-jones-podcast/id438095650
Soundcloud 100th episode stream: https://soundcloud.com/dankojones/episode-100-centennial-episode

DANKO JONES will tour the UK in September. The shows mark the first time DANKO JONES returns to play across the UK, since previous jaunt seven years back with the almighty Motorhead. Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
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

 Michael Monroe Announces New Solo Studio Album.

Michael MonroeFriday 29th May 2015
MICHAEL MONROE – hugely influential front-man, force of nature, multi-instrumentalist and revered rock ‘n’ roll icon – releases new studio album, ‘Blackout States’, on October 16th 2015 via Spinefarm Records; this 13 track outing, produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads, etc.) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland, is the follow-up to ‘Horns And Halos’ – a Finnish chart-topper in 2013.

With ‘Blackout States’, Monroe’s current touring and recording outfit – bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen) and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig) – provide strong creative support for a ground-breaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish, with many of rock‘n’roll’s most noted performers (including Dave Grohl and Slash) citing his unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration.

Indeed, when Slash headlines the Ice Hall in Helsinki on May 28th, Monroe will be the invited Special Guest, opening the show in front of thousands of fans; after that, he heads across to London to play the Camden Rocks Festival on May 30th – this one-off UK appearance (at Camden Proud) will be filmed by celebrated videographer/ photographer Ville Juurikkala as part of the video for the first single from ‘Blackout States’.

As with ‘Horns And Halos’, the new recordings see Monroe both toasting the future and honouring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks, the group he forged his name with in the early-to mid-’80s.

Says Monroe: “I’m extremely excited about our new album, 'Blackout States’. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock‘n’roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all cliches, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend ‘Blackout States' to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock‘n’roll at its best sounds like today."

Monroe has a number of festival appearances locked into place for the spring / summer, with further international touring plans to be announced shortly.

 Five Finger Death Punch And Papa Roach Announce Demand Campaign For European Tour.

Five Finger Death PunchFriday 29th May 2015
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH have launched a social media campaign today allowing fans to request which cities their 2015 co-headline European tour should visit. The bands recently ran a similar campaign for their US tour with many of the 1.5 million fans demanding that they visit Europe.

No official announcement has been made about a European leg, but the bands are offering fans the opportunity to request shows by casting a vote for their city at http://demand.fivefingerdeathpunch.com and http://demand.paparoach.com starting today. Fans can track the progress of the conversation through an interactive heatmap on each site. Each week the top voted cities will move onto the next round until the final routing is revealed the morning of June 12th, the same day FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH perform on the main stage at Download Festival in the U.K.

With 10 #1 singles and over 25 Top 10 singles between them, millions of video streams and fans all over the globe, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH have been dominating the airwaves throughout their careers. The two bands – who have also been heralded by fans and press alike as being at the top of their game in the live arena - are scheduled to co-headline North America arenas this fall.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has just finished their much-anticipated forthcoming sixth full-length studio album, Got Your Six, to be released globally on August 28, 2015. Their last UK tour in 2014 sold out well in advance, and their previous albums THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2 both debuted on the US Billboard album chart at No 2 within a four-month period in 2013, as well as in the Top 10 mainstream charts all around the world. Volume 1 has since gone gold in the U.S. and Canada, and between them, the two albums feature three #1 radio hit singles - “Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest, “Battle Born” and “Wrong Side Of Heaven”, the video to which has over 26 million views to date.

Multi-platinum, Grammy and MTV award nominees PAPA ROACH’s brand of melodic hard rock has influenced many of today’s big names in the metal scene. The band released their 8th studio album F.E.A.R. earlier this year which charted at 13 in the UK charts followed by storming appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals and a sold out headline UK tour. PAPA ROACH are set to release their second single “Gravity,” featuring In This Moment’s Maria Brink on June 1, 2015. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/tIgtaM7OV4g. 2015 also marks the 15th Anniversary of Infest the band’s 2000 breakthrough album, which has sold over 8 million albums globally to date.

 Backyard Babies To Release New Album.

Backyard BabiesThursday 28th May 2015
Backyard Babies – Peder Carlsson, Johan Blomquist, Dregen and Nicke Borg, born same year, same town, Nässjö, southern Sweden – have returned to action after a five-year hiatus.

Formed in 1989, and with half a dozen studio albums to their name, the line-up of the band has never changed, and neither has the collective desire to claim a key and colorful chapter in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll.

The single ‘Th1rt3en or Nothing’ will be followed by festival appearances right across Europe, paving the way for the release of new album, Four By Four that will be released August 28th. Then it's off to Japan to keep the party going.

Listen to the new single ‘Th1rt3en or Nothing’ on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1Rn27HU.

Tour dates;
05 Jun Sweden Rock Festival - Sweden
11 Jun Greenfield Festival - Switzerland
12 Jun Nova Rock Festival - Austria
13 Jun Fishbait Rock Festival - Åland Islands
14 Jun Download Festival - UK
18 Jun Tons of Rock Festival - Norway
19 Jun Hurricane Festival - Germany
20 Jun Hellfest - France
21 Jun Southside Festival - Germany
27 Jun Bråvalla Festival - Sweden
03 Jul Ruisrock Festival - Finland
12 Jul Sjock Festival - Belgium
17 Jul Resurrection Fest - Spain
06 Aug Leyendas Del Rock - Spain
07 Aug Getaway Rock - Sweden
08 Aug Kubana Festival - Russia
10 Oct Loud Park 15 - Japan

More dates will be added…

 Gus G announces New Solo Album.

Gus GThursday 28th May 2015
After having recently announced his upcoming sophomore solo album release “Brand New Revolution” via Century Media Records in Europe, Australia and South America, Dismanic / eOne in North America and King Records in Japan, Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist GUS G. is now ready to launch a few more details about it.

“Brand New Revolution” will be released in Europe on July 24th, 2015 and comes with artwork (which can be seen above!) once again created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net, who already worked with GUS G. on his debut release “I Am The Fire”, and also took care of artwork duties by bands such as Arch Enemy, Kamelot and also Firewind in the past.

The album features guest vocal appearances by Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, Talisman), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).

GUS G.
“Brand New Revolution”
1. The Quest
2. Brand New Revolution (feat. Jacob Bunton)
3. Burn (feat. Jacob Bunton)
4. We Are One (feat. Jacob Bunton)
5. What Lies Below (feat. Elize Ryd)
6. Behind Those Eyes (feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Gone To Stay (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
8. One More Try (feat. Jacob Bunton)
9. Come Hell Or High Water (feat. Mats Levén)
10. If It Ends Today (feat. Mats Levén)
11. Generation G (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
12. The Demon Inside (feat. Mats Levén)

GUS G. checked in with the following comment about the album: “As I'm putting the final touches on “Brand New Revolution”, I wanted to give out a bit about the new music. “The Quest" is the only instrumental of the album and it's a heavy, high energy, technical track. The rest of the album once again features collaborations with some awesome singers / songwriters such as the legendary Jeff Scott Soto, Mats Levén, Jacob Bunton and the awesome Elize Ryd of Amaranthe. I feel the album as a whole has many influences, from classic Hard Rock / Metal to more modern and current sounds. Stay tuned as more info will be revealed in the coming days”.

“Brand New Revolution” was recorded with Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther, etc.) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, etc.). Just as on “I Am The Fire”, the core of GUS G.’s recording group consisted of Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O' Brien (Lita Ford band) on bass.

GUS G. has recently also announced a few more first summer live-dates to launch “Brand New Revolution”.

GUS G. – Live 2015:
09.06.2015 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage + Hellyeah
10.06.2015 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo + Hellyeah
11.06.2015 Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Tivoli De Helling + Hellyeah
10.07.2015 Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival / www.mastersofrock.cz
12.07.2015 Drama (Greece) - Naturart Festival
14.07.2015 Arta (Greece) - Rockin' Arta 2015
18.07.2015 Chania (Greece) - Chania Rock Festival / www.chaniarockfestival.gr
22.07.2015 Ardas (Greece) - Ardas Festival
24.07.2015 Rhodes (Greece) - Colorado Club
29.07.2015 Szekevehersvar (Hungary) - Fezen Fest / www.fezen.hu
More dates following soon…

 Funeral For A Friend Live DVD Coming.

Funeral For A FriendThursday 28th May 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. The visceral live take on album track ‘Roses For The Dead’ taken from the ‘Hours Live at Islington Academy’ release is now watchable here.

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 are hitting the road hard over the next couple of weeks and part of their touring schedule includes a mighty three sets they're scheduled to play at Camden Rocks this weekend. Of the planned triple header, vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye says "Having fun is key for us when it comes to live shows and sometimes that involves being spontaneous so the idea of three different sets on the same day at Camden Rocks just was too good to pass up. I’m sure it will be chaos but that's the fun of it.”

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 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

 Mates Of State To Release EP.

Mates Of StateThursday 28th May 2015
Mates of State have released a new cut from forthcoming EP ‘You’re Going To Make It’ in the form of ‘Beautiful Kids’, a track which speaks of pervading loneliness even in an age where we are connected to one another 24/7. As Jason Hammel of the duo puts it: "We all just want to be seen, but we won't look up from our screens so that we can be seen.” The song follows the release of ‘Staring Contest’ which also features on the EP. This new batch of tunes is Mates Of State in its purest form, fizzing with razor-sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.

The 'You're Going To Make It' EP follows hot on the glittery heels of the recent digital reissue of three previous albums and the springtime release of a new compilation on download and CD. That Mates Of State compilation is called 'Greats' which, rather than spanning their lengthy career, very much focuses on the past decade by bringing together various vivacious highlights of the three fierce panda reissues, those albums being 'Mountaintops' (originally released in 2011), 'Re-Arrange Us' (2008) and 'Bring It Back' (2006).

It's not just the manner in which Mates Of State is planning to release their music from hereon which is evolving, but also how the band will be presenting them on their tours of the U.S. and Europe. "We're focusing more on performance as a whole and not being stuck behind our instruments," says Hammel. "We're coming to the front of the stage for some songs with Kori playing drums and me playing keys, mixing up the performances in new and exciting ways." The band is also exploring another new creative avenue this year with the release of 'The Rumperbutts', a feature film that Hammel and Gardner both acted in and composed the score for and will hit U.S. screens on May 22nd. Oh, and did we say that Mates Of State will be heading to the UK and Europe in late summer for their first shows over here since touring with We Are Scientists way back in 2006? Well we very much have now…

 V Festival Announces Comedy Line Up.

V FestivalThursday 28th May 2015
V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, today adds a raft of established and emerging comedy acts to The Glee Club Comedy Tent line-up. Joining headliners Frankie Boyle and Russell Kane, award-winning comedian Matt Richardson, ‘An Irishman Abroad’ star Jarlath Regan, Suzi Ruffell, Tom Deacon, Luisa Omielanand Paul McCaffrey will be taking to the stage.

British stand-up comedians Kevin McCarthy and Mark Olver will keep the tent roaring with laughter between acts as the official MCs, introducing the world-class line-up. Further additions to the bill include Simon King, Andrew O’Neill, Jen Brister, Gareth Richards, Marlon Davis, Prince Abdi, Danny McLoughlin, Craig Murray and Andy Robinson.

Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney are also headlining during the festival weekend.

Matt Richardson said: “Last year my V Festival sets were two of my favourites of the year and I’m really excited to be going back and hopefully seeing some new faces. It’s great that comedy is such a huge part of the line-up, I love performing at festivals and I can’t wait to get on stage for the 20th anniversary of V!”

Making her second appearance at V Festival Suzi Ruffell said: “It’s an honour to be joining a tent crammed full of the finest comedy talent around. As a comedian, you’re usually on your own when on the road, so I’m looking forward to getting together with the rest of the line-up and watching them on stage too!”

V Festival’s 20th anniversary weekend will take placeon the 22nd and 23rd August, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

V Festival 2015 tickets are available to purchase online now atwww.vfestival.com, where the announced line-up can also be found.

 Stream The New Four Year Strong Album.

Four Year StrongThursday 28th May 2015
New England punk-rockers Four Year Strong will release their 5th studio album and one of the most anticipated releases of the summer on 1st June via Pure Noise Records. In anticipation, the band has premiered a stream of the record today with Fuse.tv.

Fans can also pre-order the new album now at http://fouryearstrong.merchnow.com.

Stream Four Year Strong’s self-titled album at Fuse.tv or YOUTUBE

Four Year Strong’s forthcoming record was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Every Time I Die, Code Orange Kids, High On Fire) at Godcity Studio in Salem, MA.

Four Year Strong are currently on tour with The Story So Far, Terror and Souvenirs. Follow the band at https://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

 We Came As Romans Announce New Album.

We Came As RomansThursday 28th May 2015
We Came As Romans have officially announced their highly anticipated self-titled new album, which will be released July 24th, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded with multi-platinum, award-winning producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, Of Mice & Men), and is now available for pre-order at one of the following links:

iTunes - http://po.st/WCARITPR
WCAR UK merch store- http://po.st/WCARD2CPR

“Writing this record with David Bendeth was very intense,” states vocalist Dave Stephens. “If a song wasn't great, it was rewritten until it was, and if it still wasn't great, it was cut. We wrote close to 40 songs for this record and only ten made the album. Beyond becoming better writers and musicians, it made us stronger as a band and as a team.”

Today, We Came As Romans release a brand new song taken from the album. Fans can now stream the lead single, “The World I Used To Know”

The band explains the new song by stating, “When we were younger, we had a youthful spirit that made us less fearful of the changing world around us. Even though we've lost that and are now more aware of the negativity in the world, we need to remember those days and view the world with a hopeful spirit.”

“The World I Used To Know” will be offered as an instant grat track when pre-ordered digitally from iTunes.

We Came As Romans – Track-listing
1. Regenerate
2. Who Will Pray?
3. The World I Used To Know
4. Memories
5. Tear It Down
6. Blur
7. Savior Of The Week
8. Flatline
9. Defiance
10. 12:30

The band will perform main-stage for the entire run of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, which officially kicks off on June 19th, 2015 in Pomona, CA at the Pomona Fairplex.

 Fear Factory Reveal New Album Artwork And Track Listing.

Fear FactoryThursday 28th May 2015
The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will release their 9th studio album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, entitled Genexus, on August 7th worldwide. Genexus was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, and co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber. The album was mixed by famed British producer and engineer, Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by artist Anthony Clarkson. Drums on Genexus were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY).

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words; genesis and nexus,” explains vocalist Burton C. Bell. “This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a ‘mechanical’ state of being. Ray Kurzweil predicts that the singularity will occur around 2045. Genexus is the term for that next evolutionary process. Where humans are machines, machines are human, and the differences are oblivious to the naked eye.

“This album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived, and it wants autonomy from the industry that created it. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us.”

Genexus track list:
1. Autonomous Combat System
2. Anodized
3. Dielectric
4. Soul Hacker
5. Protomech
6. Genexus
7. Church Of Execution
8. Regenerate
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
LIMITED DIGIPAK BONUS TRACKS:
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality

 Three Days Grace Unleash New Video.

Three Days GraceWednesday 27 th May 2015
The platinum-selling, chart-topping and record-setting quartet hailing from Ontario, Canada consistently offer up hard-hitting, honest and hypnotic anthems. Ahead of the bands performance at this years Download Festival comes the video for the new single ‘Human Race’.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk2vNh3VXgc

The Mark Pellington directed video may be a little NSFW due to the images of an incapacitated naked woman lying on her side on a table attached to a breathing tube. But the video’s focus more about the ideas of human connection with very distinctive looking actors whose faces seem to tell a story.

It’s a thought-provoking clip from a director who has a history with such subject matter, whether it be Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’, ‘Alice in Chains’ ‘Rooster’ or Foo Fighters ‘Best of You’ that populate his video resume.

“We had played the night before and were headed to the next city as the sun was coming up in the Midwest. We were looking out the window at just peaceful countryside and just kinda soaking it all in and then, just like that, the bus took an exit and we ended up in downtown morning rush hour gridlock traffic … just watching out the bus window as people yelled at each other, ran red lights, gave each other the finger, and were just being generally sh—y to one another, while they were in some massive rush to get nowhere at 7:30AM. It was like we were on the outside looking in, and I remember somebody said, ‘Where the hell is everybody going and why are they such in a rush? Don’t you just get sick of running this race? The human race?’ The song was born in that moment. We started writing it right away” – Comments Neil Sanderson

On their new album ‘Human’ the band--MATT WALST (lead vocals), BARRY STOCK (lead guitar), BRAD WALST (bass), and NEIL SANDERSON (drums, percussion, keyboards, programming)--re-teamed with producer Gavin Brown, who did the same honors for their platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album.

‘Human’ is currently available to buy here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human/id967339615.

Look for Three Days Grace on tour. Full dates below.

Upcoming European Tour
5/30 Madrid, ES @ Sala San Miguel
5/31 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Razzmatazz
6/2 Milan, IT @ Sonisphere - Italy
6/4 Vienna, AT @ Rick In Veinna
6/5 Kralove, VZ @ Festival Park
6/6 Mendig, DE @ Flugplatz Mendig – Mendig Airfield
6/7 Nuremberg, DE @ Nuremberg Zeppelinfeld
6/10 Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
6/12 Warsaw, PO @ Orange Warsaw Festival Live
6/14 Castle Donington, GB @ Download Festival

 Reading And Leeds Add More Bands.

Reading And Leeds FestivalWednesday 27th May 2015
With a huge bill topped by festival headliners Metallica, Mumford & Sons and The Libertines plus a supporting cast of some of the world’s biggest names in music including Kendrick Lamar, Alt J and Bring Me The Horizon, the already bursting Reading & Leeds Festival lineup is now bolstered by even more incredible names.

MAIN STAGE
With the Main Stage lineup already providing a huge number of must-see acts across this summer’s bank holiday weekend, Mariachi El Bronx return to the prestigious opening slot to bring festival crowds their signature brand of traditional mariachi and feel good pop for a set that is sure to bring the sunshine. The LA punks, The Bronx, will also play The Lock up Stage.
NME/BBC RADIO 1 STAGE
Taking the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage on the Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds, The Struts will be making their R&L debut this year; treating crowds to their potent mix of indie and glam rock as found on last years ‘Everybody Wants’ LP. Having played support to The Rolling Stones last year, they are truly a world-class rock act.

Since forming in 2009 Chicago, Illinois natives Twin Peaks have continued to build on the buzz surrounding their furious brand of garage punk. Heading for Reading on the Saturday and Sunday at Leeds, theirs is a set not to be missed.

To say that British songwriter and producer Shura has a bright future ahead of her would be a complete understatement. With standout headline shows under her belt and armed with tracks like the smooth electro-pop of recent Radio 1 championed single ‘2Shy’, expect huge crowds on Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds.

BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Dance music enthusiasts can once again rejoice as the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage once again brings only the finest acts from across the world together under one roof.

Joining this year’s lineup are Australian hitmaker Hayden James, German deep-house wizard Ferdinand Weber, a very special live set from DJ Fresh, Irish favourites Riptide Movement, live electronic duo Maribou State, pop starlet Petite Meller and The Six.

THE LOCK UP/PIT STAGE
A host of exciting new names have been announced for The Lock Up/Pit stage, including The Bronx and Progressive metal legends Baroness. Japanese noise-mongers Bo Ningen will bring their visceral, undeniably unique sound to a mid-afternoon slot on Friday Reading / Saturday Leeds. Earlier in the day the gloriously destructive God Damn will be proving why so much hype has surrounded them in recent months. Vant will also be opening proceedings with Skinny Lister. Elsewhere throughout the weekend, No Devotion and As It Is join a mammoth lineup on Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds, further proving why The Lock Up / Pit Stage is one of the festival’s most exciting, diverse areas on site.

FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
The Festival Republic Stage remains the area of the festivals with a focus on both emerging and established alternative talent. Having appeared on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist earlier this year, Sunset Sons‘ fresh brand of beachside indie has built a huge fan base who will no doubt pack out the tent Friday Reading / Saturday Leeds. Scottish synth-poppers Neon Waltz play Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds having drawn critical acclaim from blogs around the world whilst Spring King fuse visceral indie with modern pop charm.

Seether and The Last Internationale complete the current announcement, rounding off an incredible stage lineup that features the best alternative talent the world has to offer.

BBC 1XTRA STAGE
Further proving the vital place of Hip Hop and Urban music at R&L, more names have also been added to the hugely popular BBC 1XTRA Stage. Bringing together 80’s pop hooks with a 60’s aesthetic, Brighton’s Remi Miles will open the stage Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds.
Fresh after collaborating with Jamie XX, unlikely rap hero Young Thug will also be making a rare appearance Friday Leeds / Saturday Reading, bringing a barrage of hits that prove impossible not to shout along to.

Sibling production / DJ duo Star.One also join the lineup, perfectly encapsulating the diverse and groundbreaking nature of both the BBC 1xtra Stage, and Reading and Leeds as a whole.

 Sabaton Announce Tour With Alestorm.

SabatonWednesday 27 th May 2015
Put on your army combats, grab a tankard of rum and prepare to witness the metal event of 2016.
Swedish power metal heroes SABATON are coming back to the UK in 2016 and this time they're bringing Scotland's favourite Heavy Metal Pirates ALESTORM.

"We felt that the last UK tour was not enough and since then we have been thinking of what we can do and talking to our friends in Alestorm we came up with the idea of this tour. When we hit the UK both bands will play a full set! And its in good venues where we can bring more of our stage set than we could in the past. This will be awesome!" Pär Sundström - SABATON

They will also be supported by fellow Swedes BLOODBOUND.

Tickets go on sale from the links below this Friday 29th May. Tourdates as follows:
26th February 2016 Norwich UEA
27th February 2016 Manchester The Academy
29th February 2016 Southampton Guildhall
2nd March 2016 Aberdeen Music Hall
3rd March 2016 Glasgow Barrowlands
4th March 2016 Belfast Limelight 1
6th March 2016 Dublin Vicar Street
7th March 2016 Cardiff Tramshed
8th March 2016 Bristol The Motion
10th March 2016 London The Forum

Sabaton will also be playing Bloodstock Open Air this August.

 Motley Crue Announce 'Demand The Crue' Campaign.

Motley CrueWednesday 27th May 2015
Iconic rock legends Mötley Crüe, have launched a social media campaign today that will allow fans to request which cities they should visit in Europe as part of their global ‘Final Tour’.

No official announcement has been made about a European leg, but the band are offering fans the opportunity to request shows in their cities by casting a vote for their city at http://demand.motley.com; and by using the hashtag #demandthecrue across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Votes can be cast daily and fans can track the progress of the conversation through an interactive heatmap on the site.

After thirty-four years performing together, the 2015 leg of the Final Tour includes shows all across the globe. Mötley Crüe have just finished their final tours of Japan, Australia and New Zealand and will be saying farewell to the European festival circuit at Sweden Rocks (Sweden), Download (UK) and Novarock (Austria) before taking their can’t-miss show back to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Mötley Crüe first announced plans for their two year Final Tour by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career with their last show ever on New Year's Eve at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles. Since the announcement the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world.

The 2014 leg of the Final Tour was one of last year’s top grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. “Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North American Concerts. “New Year’s Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there’s no doubt that Mötley Crüe’s music will influence generations of artists for years to come.”

 Nile To Release New Studio Album.

NileWednesday 27th May 2015
The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, Nile are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’.

Produced by Nile and mixed by Neil Kernon, the album will be released on August 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The artwork was created by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc.

Mastermind Karl Sanders states:
‘All of us in Nile are happy to announce our upcoming newest album ‘What Should not be Unearthed‘ . It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting ; kind of like of an AOTW approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, ‘At the Gates of Sethu‘ was super surgically clean and very ‘musicianship oriented‘ whereas the new disc is a polar opposite;

Unearthed is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting. Although Unearthed is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from Nile over the years , it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around. These songs will be a blast to play live , and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!‘

Xaay states about the artwork:
‘At first, I would like to express that it was great experience to work on another Nile cover / artwork again. I'm really grateful having been a big fan of the band for all these years.

The story behind the title goes deeply beneath everything we have already known, and we may not be ready to face. With the art I excavated the theories of an elder ancient civilization which could give the origin to ancient Egypt. That's why you can find a new ingredient in the band imagery, pointing at some higher obscure intelligence, eroding and covered with time. That trace of a dismal legacy is resembled in the outer structure which radiates from the block, sealing the unknown, and it's only an adumbration of what we will meet, once it is removed.

The pyramid-shaped seal in the center doesn't contain a recipe for some camel stew or a Pharaoh's dining menu. An experienced eye will notice hieroglyphs taken from the 'Book of the Dead‘, or the Seven Islands of Amentet glyph - depicting the ancient Underworld, and describing the elder reign of God-kings, which had ended circa. 9850 B.C. (perhaps some similarity with that of Atlantis?). But the main thing we should not miss here is a winged scarab sign in the exact center. We all know this most common Egyptian artifact giving protection... so the message is pretty clear... I hope it may become another fine element in band's repository for the Nile themed tattoos.

To sum it up: this album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence...

Nile will be hitting the road together with label mates Suffocation as special guests, to support their upcoming masterpiece ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed‘.
You can see Nile and Suffocation play at the following shows:
(inc. ticket links)
6th Sept – Plymouth, The Hub
7th Sept – Manchester, Sound Control
8th Sept – London, The Dome
9th Sept – Bristol, The Marble Factory

 Rob Zombie Announces European Shows.

Rob ZombieWednesday 27th May 2015
Rob Zombie is pleased to announce his return to the Europe in the summer of 2015 on the back of the release of his much-awaited live album “Spookshow International Live” earlier in the year.

Rob Zombie will embark on a full European tour throughout July and August – including headline shows and renowned European festivals like Wacken, Getaway Rock Festival and culminating in a headline slot at UK’s Bloodstock festival.

Since 1997, Rob Zombie has achieved critical and commercial acclaim as a solo artist with several multi-platinum and gold albums. As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of his music and films. Zombie has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million.

Rob Zombie is currently wrapping production on his next film “31” and will release a new studio album later in 2015.

Rob Zombie’s European Tour dates are as follows:

Wed 29th Jul De Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Thu 30th Jul Wacken Open Air, Germany
Fri 31st Jul Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
Sun 2nd Aug Lokeerse Feesten Festival, Lokeren, Belgium
Mon 3rd Aug Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
Wed 5th Aug Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu 6th Aug Getaway Rock Festival, Gavle, Sweden
Fri 8th Aug Mera Luna Festival, Hildesheim, Germany
Sat 9th Aug Bloodstock Festival, Derby, UK

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds Ten New Bands.

BloodstockWednesday 27th May 2015
With 2015’s festival season officially underway, BLOODSTOCK still has plenty to reveal about the summer’s premiere metal weekender. Ten more bands, to start with…

Joining the Sophie Lancaster Stage line-up on Friday are MESSIAH’S KISS (https://www.facebook.com/MessiahsKiss), featuring former session musicians for Tony Iommi and Saxon. Saturday sees the addition of old school thrashers ANNIHILATED (https://www.facebook.com/anihilated), as well as death metal band AGELESS OBLIVION https://www.facebook.com/agelessoblivion). Digital tech metal act THE IZUNA DROP (https://www.facebook.com/theizunadrop), featuring Jamie from UK Subs, are all set to perform on Sunday, alongside female-fronted, classic doomsters ALUNAH (https://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom).

BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to announce five bands for the Jagermeister Stage! On Friday, if you’re a fan of bands like Karnivool and Tesseract, head over to check out progsters THE PARALLAX METHOD (https://www.facebook.com/theparallaxmethod). Female-fronted, dark melodic metallers WINTER STORM (https://www.facebook.com/winterstormuk) also nab a Friday slot. Former Status Quo support band KNOCK OUT KAINE (https://www.facebook.com/knockoutkaine) bring their brand of ballsy rock ‘n’ roll to the Jager stage on Saturday. Inspired by heavy metal Gods of the late 70's/early 80's such as Budgie, Tank, Venom, and Motorhead, BLIND HAZE (https://www.facebook.com/Blindhazeband) steamroll in on Sunday, joined by Irish progressive trio SNOWBLIND (https://www.facebook.com/SnowblindIreland) - definitely one to see if you like your time changes and musical curveballs!

The next batch of BLOODSTOCK club nights also kick off in June, so if you didn’t have one in your area before, check out the huge list of evenings out below, and get on down for your chance to win all manner of BLOODSTOCK goodies, including pairs of weekend tickets!

Wed 3rd June - NOTTINGHAM The Bodega
Fri 5th June - STOKE ON TRENT Bunker 13
Fri 5th June - MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
Sat 6th June - EDINBURGH Studio 24
Sat 6th June - BRIGHTON Envy
Sat 6th June - WOKING Schism
Wed 10th June - BOLTON Blind Tiger
Thu 11th June - PRESTON The Adelphi
Sat 13th June - BIRMINGHAM Eddie’s Rock Bar
Thu 18th June - LIVERPOOL The Arts Club
Fri 19th June - NEWCASTLE The Globe
Fri 19th June - MIDDLESBROUGH SUMO
Fri 19th June - STOKE ON TRENT Bunker 13
Thu 25th June - EXETER Walkabout
Thu 25h June - GLASGOW The Cathouse
Thu 25th June - LONDON The Purple Turtle
Fri 26th June - LONDON Elektrowerkz
Fri 26th June - PLYMOUTH Misfits
Fri 26th June - BRISTOL Bierkeller
Sat 27th June - BIRMINGHAM The Asylum
Sat 27th June - SHEFFIELD Corporation
Wed 1st July - BOLTON Blind Tiger
Wed 1st July - NOTTINGHAM The Bodega
Thu 2nd July - BURY Blind Tiger
Fri 3rd July - STOKE ON TRENT Bunker 13
Sat 4th July - WIGAN Boulevard
Sat 4th July - COVENTRY The Phoenix
Sat 4th July - EDINBURGH Studio 24
Sat 4th July - BRIGHTON Envy
Fri 10th July - LONDON Electric Ballroom
Fri 10th July - MANCHESTER Alter Ego
Sat 11th July - BIRMINGHAM Eddie’s Rock Bar
Fri 17th July - CAMBERLEY Agincourt
Mon 20th July - READING Sakura
Thu 23rd July - GLASGOW The Cathouse
Thu 23rd July - LONDON The Purple Turtle
Fri 24th July - BRISTOL Bierkeller
Sat 25th July - BIRMINGHAM The Asylum
Sat 25th July - SHEFFIELD The Corporation
Sat 25th July - NEWCASTLE The Globe
Fri 31st July - IPSWICH Liquid & Envy
Fri 31st July - LONDON Elektrowerkz

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.

 Halestorm To Play Two Special UK Shows In August.

HalestormWednesday 27 th May 2015
US rockers HALESTORM are delighted to announce two very special UK shows this August to celebrate the band's biggest UK chart success.

Intended as intimate, unique events, the two 'A Wild Evening With Halestorm' dates are in deliberately smaller-than-usual venues, and will see the band perform two sets. 'Into The Wild Life', the Pennsylvanian group's third record, rocketed straight into the UK album chart Top 10 & US Billboard chart Top 5 on release last month, as well as landing the coveted #1 spot in the rock chart for both countries.

Frontwoman Lzzy Hale explains, "Hello to all our UK freaks! In the spirit of doing this thing called whatever the $&@! we want, we've decided to embark on something we've never done before! We are doing 'A Wild Evening With Halestorm' - that means no openers folks, just us all night long. But wait! There's more! For two nights, we will be performing our new album, 'Into The Wild Life', live in order and in its entirety for your viewing and listening pleasure....oh and then after we perform our new album, we will do yet another set with all your favourite Halestorm songs, and we've even decided to throw in some surprise "deep tracks" for you all. It's gonna be so much fun! Come own the night with us!!!"

Join HALESTORM for the following:
Monday 17th August - LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
Tuesday 18th August - LONDON Koko

Tickets go on sale Friday 29th May at 10am, priced £17.50, from box offices and online from www.livenation.co.uk.

 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.

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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 wi