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 Kendal Calling Announces 2016 Line Up.

Kendal Calling.Monday 8th February 2016
Having sold out their 10th birthday edition a whopping 19 weeks in advance last year, Kendal Calling returns to the beautiful Lake District in 2016 with huge headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness and The Charlatans.   

One of Manchester’s finest musical sons Noel Gallagher will be bringing a catalogue of festival-ready anthems to the fields with his High Flying Birds. Exactly 20 years to the week since Oasis’s seminal Knebworth and Loch Lomand shows, Noel will take to the stage at Kendal Calling for what is sure to be one of the festivals defining moments.  Expect cuts from his two hugely acclaimed solo records plus some old favourites as a genuine musical icon graces the Lake District with his mighty anthems. .

Chart-topping drum and bass crossover kings Rudimental’s high octane, party sets have cemented their reputation as one of the best live acts around.  Last year’s sophomore album ‘We The Generation’ featuring huge collaborations with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Dizzee Rascal whilst debut album ‘Home’ catapulted the band into the mainstream and captured the hearts of the nation’s youth.

Celebrating 40 years since their formation, London legends Madness are the ultimate sing along band and their hit laden set is sure to include the likes of ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Our House’.  Suggs, Carl and the Madness boys know how to work the crowd and these consummate showmen’s career spanning set will be a summer festival highlight.

A year on from their triumphant return with landmark album ‘Modern Nature’ and five years on from the founding of singer Tim Burgess’ festival favourite Tim Peaks Diner, The Charlatans return to Kendal Calling as special guest Thursday headliners. Expect hits galore as these North West heroes grace the stage and Tim pops up over the weekend to deliver dj sets and the finest cherry pie and coffee at Tim Peaks Diner.

Tim Burgess, Charlatans singer and founder of Tim Peaks Diner comments:
"As ever, I'm really looking forward to Kendal Calling. The sixth year in a row for me, the second time The Charlatans will have headlined and this year is the fifth year for Tim Peaks. It's going to be an extra special four days. See you there!"

Joining the headliners are indie rock sensation Catfish and the Bottlemen, quirky indie quartet Everything Everything, gritty three piece Band Of Skulls, power pop icons Ash, incendiary Swedish rock and rollers The Hives, bombastic classic rockers The Darkness, enduring New Yorkers We Are Scientists, BBC Sound Of stars Blossoms, riotous punk upstart Ratboy, Merseyside slacker champs Hooton Tennis Club, the smoky blues of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, fresh faced garage punkers Pretty Vicious and filling the now customary hip hop legends slot the mighty Sugarhill Gang and many more. 

Over on the dance stage will be none other than returning man of the moment Craig David’s TS5, living legend David Rodigan MBE and Radio 1 and XOYO resident Toddla T.

Kendal Calling founder Ben Robinson comments:
"My first gig in a field was Loch Lomond watching Oasis twenty years ago. That moment defined my youth and calling in the years to follow. Noel’s songwriting has soundtracked the lives of millions over the last two decades; it’s with great pride that we’re able to bring those anthems and his new hits to the fields of Kendal Calling. Alongside Rudimental, Madness, The Charlatans and the rest of the bill it’s going to be another weekend to remember, see you the fields!"

Set in the stunning surrounds of the Lake District’s Eridge Deer Park, this innovative, independent festival is renowned for more than just music and festival lovers will also enjoy 4 days of arts installations, comedy, gourmet food, kid’s entertainment and a real ale festival all within the confines of what is widely regarded to be the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

With the festival fully established as one of the undisputed highlights of the busy summer calendar, Kendal Calling 2016 is not to be missed.  Tickets always sell out for the festival well in advance so grab your ticket now and see you in the fields!

Full Lineup To Date:
Noel Gallagher / Rudimental / Madness / The Charlatans
Catfish & Bottlemen / Ash / Everything Everything / Band of Skulls / The Hives / We are Scientists / The Darkness / Blossoms / Ratboy / Craig David’s TS5 / Sugarhill Gang / Toddla T / David Rodigan MBE / Pretty Vicious / Hooton Tennis Club / Sundara Karma / Rag 'n' Bone / Lightning Seeds / Age of Glass / Alice Gasson / Auction For The Promise Club / Beds in Parks / Blueprint Blue / BMX Bandits / Bridges / Britpoporama Indie Disco / Buffalo Brothers / Camp Stag / Colour / Dave Rybka / Ded Rabbit / Documenta / Dorey The Wise / Dust Junkys / Fours / Gideon Conn / Grumbling Fur / Hatcham Social / Haus / Henge / Horsebeach / IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE / Kelvin / Kid Kapichi / Kismet Ryding / Liberty Ship / Marsicans / Modern Minds / Molotov Jukebox / New York Tourists / Omit Sleep / Plastic Mermaids / Publik Sektor / Puppet Rebellion / Riot Jazz Brass Band / Rosie Lowe / Shunya / Signals / Stay Beautiful Bowie Disco / Teen Canteen / The Bear Around Your Neck / The Big Moon / The Crookes / The Floodgates / The Galivantes / The Hidden Revolution / The Lottery Winners / The Mexanines / The Soul Rays / The Templebys / Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs / Thomas Turgoose (DJ set) / Tim Book Two with Tim Burgess / Too Many T’s / Too Much Love / Turrentine Jones / Viola Beach / Where Fires Are

 Stone Free Festival Add More Bands.

Stone Free Festival.Monday 8th February 2016
Kilimanjaro Live and The O2 are proud to reveal the next wave of acts joining this year's inaugural STONE FREE FESTIVAL.

Joining Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman, The Darkness, Marillion, Steve Hackett and Blackberry Smoke on the Main Stage at The O2 Arena comes Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live, to be performed on Sunday 19th June.

Released just last week by Decca, Wish You Were Here Symphonic is the first orchestral reworking of Pink Floyd's classic album, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the original. The performance at The O2 will include the 25-piece London Orion Orchestra who perform on the album, and will be providing the orchestral backing later that evening for Rick Wakeman's hugely anticipated performance of The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table. Performing the album in full – along with a selection of Pink Floyd's greatest hits – the show will feature conductor Peter Scholes and Frank Dunnery on guitar, known for his work with both It Bites and his long-time collaboration with Robert Plant.

You can listen to their beautiful version of 'Welcome To The Machine' here

STONE FREE FESTIVAL also features a huge host of artists performing across other stages within The O2 complex. Northern Irish alt-rock three-piece Therapy? lead the way on Saturday 18th June. Since their 1992 major label debut Nurse featuring their first Top 40 hit 'Teethgrinder', and their 1993 breakthrough album Troublegum which included the hit singles 'Screamager', 'Die Laughing' and 'Nowhere', the band have become a British rock institution.

Performing both classics and brand new songs from their 14th studio album Disquiet, the bruisingly melodic punk/metal trio will be headlining the Daytime Second Stage within The O2 complex. Typically confrontational, challenging, vengeful and venomous, Disquiet is a visceral and utterly compelling document of a confident band operating at the peak of their powers and makes this a not-to-be missed set

Also appearing that day will be Finnish multi-instrumentalist, former Hanoi Rocks frontman and revered rock 'n' roll icon Michael Monroe who will be bringing his eclectic and high-energy stage show to The O2. With a band featuring bassist Sami Yaffa, drummer Karl Rockfist and guitarists Dregen and Steve Conte, it's no wonder that their kick-ass rock'n'roll evokes the riotous legacy of their previous bands, having performed variously in the New York Dolls, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Danzig and The Backyard Babies amongst many others.

Fast-rising blues guitar hero Jared James Nichols will be providing a more blues-inspired experience. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist's current album Old Glory & The Wild Revival channels blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock 'n' roll. It's raw, raucous and righteously real and will be a blistering experience live.

Bringing a feminine glamour to proceedings will be stunning soul-rock songstress – and ex-lead singer of the acclaimed rock band Saint Jude – Jackaman, who released her highly acclaimed No Halo EP last year, and British trio The Lounge Kittens, whose harmony-driven, lounge-style versions of rock and metal classics have graced the stages of Sonisphere, Download and Glastonbury as well as providing one of the most talked-about support acts of recent years when they performed with bad boys of metal Steel Panther on their European arena tour.

Sunday 19th June will feature London-based progressive, psychedelic rockers Messenger, who have recently announced their signing to InsideOutMusic. Their labelmates and fellow progressive rock band, Haken, who PROG magazine have described as "One of the brightest young bands in the progressive sphere right now", are also revealed today as joining the bill.

As previously announced STONE FREE FESTIVAL will be headlined on Saturday 18th June by the legendary master of the macabre ALICE COOPER in a UK exclusive, and on Sunday 19th June by the titan of progressive rock RICK WAKEMAN in a WORLD exclusive performance of his flamboyant, 12-million-selling masterpiece The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table for the first time since 1975. The STONE FREE FESTIVAL marks the debut solo performances by both artists at The O2.

Further artists on the main stage include flamboyant rockers The Darkness, prog rock heroes Marillion, guitarist Steve Hackett and Southern rock riffers Blackberry Smoke. A diverse bill of artists from all areas of the classic rock world will also be performing throughout The O2.

 Jamie Woon Announces UK Tour.

Jamie Woon.Monday 8th February 2016
The news of Jamie Woon's return made a lot of patient fans very happy when he revealed his new single Sharpnessa few weeks ago. Introduced to the world by Pharrell on his Beats 1 show in July, with playlist additions across Radio 1, 6 Music and 1Xtra and an intimate yet triumphant live return in London last week, Jamie is excited to announce the release of his new album, Making Time, on PMR Records on November 6th.

"Each project takes as long as it takes," says Jamie. "It's quite common for me to start a song and then sit on it for 2 years before I finish it. I used to feel a lot of guilt about how long things take, but I've made peace with that. Part of the reason this record took so long is that I wanted to feel like a new person, releasing a new record."

In the four years following the release of his debut album Mirrorwriting, Jamie made an appearance on Disclosure's debut album Settle in 2013 and played a select few festivals around Europe. These brief appearances were a just a quick reprieve during the valuable time Jamie spent writing his new record. 

An undeniable focus and informed musical ear are signatures of Jamie's work both on record and on stage, as well as a fine attention to detail. Elsewhere on Making Time, Willy Mason lends his distinctive vocal to Celebration, Robin Hannibal and Jamie team up on Sharpness, Royce Wood Junior collaborates on Lament and co-production across the album comes from Lexxx. The first song they worked on together is the opening track on Making Time: Message. This soulful rumination explores the idea of ambition. "That's me explaining what I've been up to and working out why I do this," Jamie explains. "The process of this record was about me finding that confidence in myself."

Pre-order Making Time from iTunes and receive a free download of Message now, watch Jamie performing it in session HERE

Pre-order Making Time from iTunes - http://po.st/MakingTimeF

UK Headline Tour:

2nd March '16 Sheffield Plug
3rd March '16 Manchester Gorilla
5th March '16 Birmingham The Library
6th March '16 Glasgow ABC
8th March '16 Brighton Concorde 2
9th March '16 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
10th March '16 bristol Bierkeller


 Coast To Coast To Release EP.

Coast To Coast.Monday 8th February 2016
 "I've never really had much to be proud of," says Kei Hyland, vocalist of Birmingham quartet, Coast To Coast; "I'm used to being the average, quiet kid. In the past I have tried to please other people, and have been scared of being myself, but the passion and sense of community in the punk scene is what first attracted me to it -  without music my life would be so dull! And now I am so proud of the music we have managed to make."

Coast To Coast's first strike is debut E.P, Dwell, a collection of dynamic rock nuggets which sees the band treading a line between pop punk and pop rock, Kei's idiosynchratic vocals soaring atop the mix like a Hawk on an updraft.

"With this being our first EP we didn't want to bolt ourselves down to a single genre," states Kei; "We wanted to just play whatever we liked without worrying too much about it. We've ended up with an EP that has a bit of everything, 'Bloom' shows off our pop punkside, which is really our bread and butter, but then 'Cornerstones' has a more emo overtone. Each song is different, but they all have the same roots."

Completed by guitarists Alex Edge and Josh Taylor and drummer Darius Walters, Coast To Coast are a distinctly British band, perpetuators of their own self-effacing Twitter hashtag #dadbodsquad, and the nickname "Sad Sods With Dad Bods". "It started off as just a joke between us and a few friends, and now lots of people associate it with us," laughs Kei; "It's a joke about me eating too many cheeseburgers!"

Coast To Coast 'Dwell' Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Bloom 3. Cornerstone 4. Bunkbeds
Coast To Coast Live Dates:
5th February 2016 - Mansfield, The Intake*
6th February 2016 - Birmingham, House Show*
7th February 2016 - Sheffield, The Riverside*
26th March 2016 - Derby, Less Than Three Festival, The Victoria Inn
30th March 2016 - Camden, Fiddlers Elbow^
31st March 2016 - Oxford – Bullingdon^
1st April 2016 - Bristol, Stag & Hounds^
2nd April 2016 - Birmingham, The Asylum^
3rd April 2016 - Manchester, Night & Day Café^
4th April 2016 - Sheffield, TBA^
24th April 2016 - Birmingham, Dwell Launch Party Show, The Rainbow~
(*- with Catch Fire | ^- with Better Than Never | ~- with Best Years)

 Immolation To Support Marduk In The UK.

Immolation.Monday 8th February 2016
Yonkers NY’s unique death metal masters, Immolation are very pleased to announce that they will be supporting black metal veterans Marduk on their upcoming May UK dates.

The 4 date run commences with a performance at London’s infamous extreme music event, Incineration Festival (also with Marduk) on May 8th, culminating on May 11th with a final show at The Fleece, Bristol.

Commanding frontman and bassist Ross Dolan said of the announcement:
"We are very excited to be returning to Europe, supporting and sharing the stage with our good friends and metal brothers in Marduk. We have toured with the Marduk guys many times before in the past and are looking forward to a great tour with some great people. It will be a good one for sure, see you all in May!"

You can purchase tickets for the Immolation / Marduk dates here:
(inc. ticket links)
8th May – Incineration Festival, London
9th May – Manchester, Sound Control
10th May – Glasgow, G2
11th May – Bristol, The Fleece

Immolation are currently working on a brand new studio album which is due for release this summer via Nuclear Blast.

Stay tuned for more details…

Immolation are now a name long synonymous with the extreme music scene, they have been delivering some of the most unique and creatively dark, death metal the underground has witnessed over the past 25 years.  They continue to push the boundaries and remain a vibrant force for the future of a genre that they helped define. Ever since their debut album ‘Dawn of Possession’ (Roadrunner) was released in in 1991, they have continued album after album to refine and hone their most identifiable style, creating some of the darkest and most adventurous death metal the scene has ever heard. With such classic albums as ‘Here In After’, ‘Failures for Gods’, and ‘Close To A World Below’ (Metal Blade), as well as their more recent critically acclaimed releases, ‘Unholy Cult’, ‘Harnessing Ruin’, ‘Hope and Horror’(ep) and ‘Shadows In The Light’ (Listenable/Century Media),  the band has developed into one of the premiere extreme acts of our time.

The next stage in Immolation’s evolution was their signing to Nuclear Blast and release of their NB debut record ‘Majesty and Decay’ (2010). The record not only far surpassed their previous releases musically, but also started a new chapter in their career.

 UB40 To Play Forestry Commission Show This Summer.

UB40.Monday 8th February 2016
UB40’s three founding members will be making a triumphant return to Westonbirt Arboretum this summer as part of Forest Live, the annual concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will be performing a set of classic hits that a whole generation of fans grew up with, such as: ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One in Ten’, ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Please Don’t Make Me Cry’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’, acknowledging UB40’s status as Britain’s most successful reggae band of all time.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 15 years history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Commenting on the gig, Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40, said “It will actually be ten years ago to the very weekend that we graced the same stage at Westonbirt Arboretum. We hope you can come and enjoy this very special reunion with us.”

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue plus special guests Radio Riddler: 

Saturday 18 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.

Tickets £38.50 plus £4.35 booking fee available from 9.00am Friday 12 February from Forestry Commission box office tel. 03000 680400 or buy online from forestry.gov.uk/music

 The Ready Set Sign To Hopeless Records And Announce New Album.

The Ready Set.Monday 8th February 2016
Hopeless Records is excited to announce the signing of electro-pop act, The Ready Set. Along with the signing news, The Ready Set has announced that the band will be releasing their new album, 'I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love', on April 8, 2016. The music video for the first single, 'Good Enough', can be viewed here: smarturl.it/GoodEnoughVideo. The new album is now available to pre-order on iTunes with a free instant download of 'Good Enough': smarturl.it/IWillBeNothing. Fans can also pre-order various merch bundles from the webstore, here: smarturl.it/TRSmerch

'I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love' an album full of pop gems with infectious tropical backbeats - marks some of The Ready Set's strongest work to date. "The record as a whole feels like a reinvention of myself," says Jordan Witzigreuter of The Ready Set. "I stripped everything down and produced the whole thing by myself from top to bottom, so it could feel 100% true to what I wanted it to be. It's a fresh start."

The Ready Set will be embarking on tour in the U.S. with a number of headlining dates later this month, followed by The Fight For Something tour with Tonight Alive, Set It Off, and Say We Can Fly, which kicks off on March 1st. Please see below for dates. Purchase tickets here: http://on.fb.me/1S36fjn

'I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love' Track Listing:
1. Disappearing Act
2. Being Afraid
3. Good Enough
4. Concrete
5. I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love
6. Run With Me
7. Should We Go Downtown
8. Swim
9. No Love (feat. Ansley Newman)
10. First
11. Fire In The Sky
12. See You
 
Jordan Witzigreuter was only 20 years old when nearly overnight, the young Indiana-born musician—who had spent the better part of his teens writing an arsenal of illegally catchy, electro-pop songs—was plucked from near obscurity and thrust into the spotlight. Six years have passed since the release of The Ready Set's debut album, I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming, which hit No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseakers chart, thanks to the platinum-selling success of the LP's first single, "Love Like Woe. 2011 saw the release of The Ready Set's sophomore album Feel Good Now and the hit song "Young Forever." The band's most recent album, 2014's The Bad & The Better, charted at #75 on the Billboard 200. The Ready Set has toured with The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cher Loyd, Breathe Carolina, We The Kings, and more.

 Hands Like Houses Announce UK Tour For May.

Hands Like Houses.Monday 8th February 2016
Australian rock band Hands Like Houses have announced a rescheduled UK run of dates this May.  Tickets purchased previously will be valid.

UK TOUR DATES:
Wed 25th May Manchester Academy 3
Thurs 26th May Leeds key Club
Fri 27th May Glasgow Cathouse
Sat 28th May Newcastle, Uni SU
Sun 29th May Liverpool Arts Centre Loft
Mon 30th May Nottingham Bodega
Tues 31st May Birmingham O2 Institute
Wed 1st June Southampton Joiners
Thurs 2nd June Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 3rd June London O2 Academy Islington
Sat 4th June Bristol Exchange

 Deftones Announce New Album 'Gore'.

Deftones.Sunday 7th February 2016
Multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Deftones have announced that they will release their eagerly awaited eighth studio album, entitled GORE, on April 8th via Warner Bros. Records. GORE is available for pre-order beginning today at http://www.deftones.com. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the first single, "Prayers/Triangles." The album was produced by Matt Hyde and Deftones.

Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gore/id1078767494

CD at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BFXN0MU

Says Deftones singer Chino Moreno of the album: "Out of respect for Pac, Big, Stevie, Michael, Hendrix, GORE is ONE of the greatest albums not the greatest, just one of."

In addition, the Deftones music store will be offering an exclusive and limited edition, 180 gram, double LP vinyl version of GORE. This will be limited to 3,500 foil-stamped and numbered gatefold jackets and is available for pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/Gore180.

Deftones will hit the road in the spring, starting with a March 5th headline performance on night two at Travis Barker's Musink Festival — a three-day tattoo convention, car show, and concert in California,  followed by appearances at this year's SXSW music festival. May and June will find Deftones appearing at major festivals in the U.S. and Europe, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, Rock AM Ring, Rock IM Park, and Download Festival, among others as well as a solo-headline show at Wembley Arena. Please see below for upcoming tour dates.

Deftones have released seven albums to date and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Deftones is vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, keyboardist/samplist Frank Delgado, drummer Abe Cunningham and bassist Sergio Vega.

The track-listing for GORE is as follows:
1. Prayers/Triangles
2. Acid Hologram
3. Doomed User
4. Geometric Headdress
5. Hearts and Wires
6. Pittura Infamante
7. Xenon
8. (L)MIRL
9. Gore
10. Phantom Bride
11. Rubicon

Deftones upcoming tour dates:

03/05    Costa Mesa, CA        Musink Festival
03/16    Mission, TX            Never Say Never Festival
03/19    San Antonio, TX        Lonestar Events Center
03/20    Dallas, TX            South Side Ballroom
03/22    Houston, TX            Revention Music Center
03/24    Lubbock, TX            Lonestar Pavilion
05/08    Kannapolis, NC        Carolina Rebellion
05/13    Augusta, GA            Shaky Knees Festival (May 13th -15th)
06/03    London, UK            The SSE Arena Wembley
06/04    Mendig, Germany        Rock AM Ring
06/05    Nürnberg, Germany        Rock IM Park
06/10    Paris, France            Download Festival
06/11    Donington, UK                    Download Festival 
06/12  Nickelsdorf, Austria        Novarock Festival
06/14    Cologne, Germany        Palladium
06/15    Berlin, Germany        Columbiahalle
06/17    Aarhus, Denmark        NorthSide Festival
06/18    Reykjavik, Iceland        Secret Solstice

 Aversions Crown Release New Single.

Aversions Crown.Sunday 7th February 2016
Brisbane metal destroyers AVERSIONS CROWN have released had their new digital single "Erebus" available via iTunes.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/erebus-single/id1075866928 
Fans can also check the visualizer / lyric video, here: https://youtu.be/eb5z5AULWCw

"'Erebus' is the first taste of what's to come from AVERSIONS CROWN in 2016," comments guitarist Chris Cougan. "We've written over 20 songs for our next record, we're really excited about Mark's vocals, he is killing it. We couldn't wait to share some of it with you so head bang to 'Erebus' and we'll see you on the road soon with more new music!"
'Erebus' will appear on Aversions Crown's next monstrous slab of brutality, which they will be tracking this month. The new year is set to get even more oppressive as the band delve further into their extraterrestrial dystopian nightmare.

The band's latest album, Tyrant, was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane's summer with THY ART IS MURDER's Andy Marsh producing and Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPELCARNIFEX) of Audio Hammer mixing. With a thematic fixation on dystopian nightmares and hostile extraterrestrial encounters, the relentless barrage AVERSIONS CROWN churn out across these ten songs will soundtrack either a solid Halo session or the coming invasion. The striking artwork was created by Swedish visionary Pär Olofsson, who has worked with acts like PSYCROPTICABORTEDABYSMAL DAWN, and THE FACELESS.
Watch the music video for "Earth Sterilizer" as well as "Hollow Planet," "Vectors," and "The Glass Sentiment" on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/UpOczU
About AVERSIONS CROWN:

Formed in 2010 in Queensland's Brisbane - the same sunny stretch of Australian coastline that spawned PORTAL and THE AMITY AFFLICTION AVERSIONS CROWN developed their pummeling blend of mechanized brutality and haunting atmospherics by utilizing three guitarists brandishing 8-string guitars. Appearing live as a wall of muscle, guitars and flailing hair, the band have logged serious road miles across Australia, Europe, and the U.K. with acts like THY ART IS MURDERTHE ACACIA STRAINOCEANOALL SHALL PERISH, and CATTLE DECAPITATION. They've also appeared on Warped Tour.

 Raveneye Announce Tour Dates.

Raveneye.Sunday 7th February 2016
UK Trio RavenEye, who released their debut EP "Breaking Out" last year to rave reviews, have just been nominated in the Best New Band category at Planet Rock's The Rocks 2016 awards.  The band have also announced their first headline London show at Islington Garage for February 16th. This will be the final date of their UK tour which kicked off on January 21st.   Tickets are £7 available here:  www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/aji1602u  At the same time the band will be releasing the track 'Hey, Hey Yeah' as a single:  https://soundcloud.com/itsraveneye/hey-hey-yeah-1/s-lh2OH

Last year saw the band touring as main support to Slash in both Europe and America, where they received a ton of great reviews, as well as playing headline slots of their own at The Viper Room, L.A. and the Billboard Lounge N.Y.

Even though he's still only 25 year sold, Oli Brown, singer and multi award winning guitarist, has already released four solo albums and toured the world for 10 years with legends such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Joe Satriani.  He recorded the 5 tracks on "Breaking Out" before teaming up with drummer Kev Hickman and bassist Aaron Spiers to take the songs out live - et voilà – RavenEye was born.

Classic Rock called the EP's lead track 'Breaking Out' a 'filthy monster of a song'.  Listen here:  https://soundcloud.com/itsraveneye/breaking-out.  The band have also been confirmed on a number of US and European Festival dates.

February
Sat 6 - Marrs Bar, Worcester, Worcestershire
Sun 7 – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Mon 8 – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Thur 11 – The Horn, St. Albans
Fri 12 - Greystones, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Sat 13 – Diamond Rock Club, Ballymena, NI
Tue 16th – Upstairs At The Garage, London
 
Sat April 30 – Moonstone Music Festival – Orlando FL
Sun May 8 – Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
Sun May 15 – Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI
Sat June 18 – Azkena Rock Festival – Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

 Ducking Punches Announce New Album.

Ducking Punches.Sunday 7th February 2016
Xtra Mile Recordings can now happily announce that forthcoming album by Ducking Punches, entitled 'Fizzy Brain' will be released on 4th March 2016. It's available for preorder now, and early birds who pre-order the album digitally will receive two new tracks 'Greedy Bones' and 'God Damn Coward', instantly. You can listen to the tracks here - 'Greedy Bones' and 'God Damn Coward'.

A full band, headline tour of the UK is taking shape for March – but before that though they're out on the road supporting Lucero in the UK throughout February and then join Frank Turner on a far-reaching jaunt across Europe in April. Full dates are:

SUPPORTING LUCERO:
FEBRUARY
4 Newcastle, The Cluny 
5 Glasgow, Audio
6 Bristol, Exchange 
7 Bristol, Exchange 
9 Manchester, Ruby Lounge 
10 Manchester, Ruby Lounge 
11 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club 
12 London, The Garage
13 Southampton, The Joiners

>HEADLINE TOUR:
MARCH
3 LONDON, The Monarch 
4 Kingston, Banquet Records instore 
5 SOUTHSEA, the birdcage 
6 BRIGHTON, The Pav Tav
7 BRISTOL, The Stag and Hounds
8 SOUTHAMPTON, Joiners 
9 CAMBRIDGE, The Portland Arms 
11 NORWICH, Arts Centre. 

SUPPORTING FRANK TURNER:
APRIL
07 Italy Milan  Circolo Magnolia
08 Italy Treviso New Age Club
09 Slovenia Liubljana Kino Siska
10 Slovakia Bratislava Majestic Music Club
12 Serbia Belgrade Magacin Depo
13 Hungary Budapest A38 Ship
14 Czech Republic Prague 1   Lucerna Music Bar
15 Poland Wroclaw Firlej
16 Poland Warsaw Klub Proxima
18 Denmark Aarhus Atlas
19 Denmark Copenhagen Lille Vega
21 Norway Bergen USF Rokeriet
22 Norway Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall
23 Finland Helsinki Tavastia Club
24 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Medis
25 Sweden Gothenburg Pustervik
27 Denmark Aalborg 1000Fryd

'Fizzy Brain', the band's third album, was produced by Owen Turner (Bearsuit, Magoo, The Broken Family Band) at Sickroom Studios in Norfolk. Following on from their previous two, the self-titled debut from 2010 and Dance Before You Sleep from 2014, they've collectively cranked the vitality and volume while building melody, texture and drama with violins, gang vocals and amplification. Whilst all the while retaining the pace and dynamics that brought Ducking Punches to such live acclaim.

Speaking of the album, frontman Dan Allen says: "We are so proud of this record, it was written much more collaboratively than previous releases and I think this has made for far stronger songs. It carries similar themes to Dance Before You Sleep in that it touches on loss, mental health, death and love. However, it is a far more hopeful record. This one was so cathartic albeit it often heartbreaking to write and I really hope everyone digs it."

With a soaring sound that seems only to get larger with each album, these songs are as stirring as they are a call-to-arms, as blaring and exhilarating as they can be heart-rending and tender.

Originally the solo acoustic songs of vocalist and guitarist Dan Allen, Ducking Punches are now a punk/rock quintet. Hailing from Norwich, the band has nearly 1,000 shows under their belt, including a European tour in 2014 with Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad, as well as festival sets at Reading and Leeds, Download, Groezrock, FEST and support slots alongside The Hold Steady, The Menzingers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Franz Nicolay and Leatherface.

'Fizzy Brain' will be released on CD, LP and download at the following places:

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_Amazon
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_iTunes
Banquet Records: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_Banquet
Xtra Mile Recordings: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_XMR

 Van Canto To Release New Album.

Van Canto.Sunday 7th February 2016
In 2006, VAN CANTO surprised the world of metal with a revolutionary idea: to perform metal music with vocals and drums only. Nine years later, after five top 20 releases in Germany, sold out headlining tours throughout Europe and festival performances taking the band from Wacken to Australia, Van Canto now mark a new chapter in the story of "metal a cappella": Vocal Metal Musical.

"Vocal Metal Music further develops what we stand for as Van Canto. Not only can our voices sing and imitate guitars but they are also able to tell stories. It has been six years that we've been working on this concept – and now we're finally able to share it with the world", says founding band member Stef.

March 11th, 2016 sees the release of the brand new album "Voices Of Fire" on earMUSIC by Van Canto. For this release, the band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch ("Die Trolle" – engl. "The Trolls") who is going to release his new fantasy novel "Feuerstimmen" on March 17th, 2016 on Piper Verlag.

"We are barely able to tell what came first: the music as part of the novel or the novel as part of our album. Christoph Hardebusch and we worked hand in hand on this. Our compositions did influence the novel and vice versa. Simply put, we created our own world – a world full of competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, fire and bards. Not always deadly serious but full of adventures to set your imagination running wild... like Van Canto does," explains lead singer Sly who developed the plot of the novel together with Christoph Hardebusch.

„On the one hand working closely with Van Canto was a lot of fun but on the other hand it was also very demanding," adds author Christoph Hardebusch. "The great picture can only be achieved when creative minds interact with each other; the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Right from the start, story and music has been a unit which has influenced and fueled each other."

For the first time, Van Canto is working with the London Metro Voices – a choir which also sang on the soundtracks of the popular blockbuster saga "Lord of the Rings".

"Nowadays, especially in metal, everyone is creating this pseudo symphonic metal, trying to squeeze as many drum machine tracks and fake orchestra sounds in one song as possible. We wanted to do it differently. We wanted to create an album full of human sounds – either by using one's hands for drumming or using your voice," drummer Bastian, who is responsible for directing the various international choirs on the album, explains.

The cover artwork for "Voices Of Fire" as well as its various illustrations were created by fantasy artist Osmar Arroyo from South America.
"For this album, we wanted people to actually see the most important scenes. Omar is a great artist who understands our vision," Ross, responsible for the guitar vocals, adds.

Coinciding with the album release, the band is going to tour Europe in 2016.
"We will surely find a way to present the songs from the new album in a special way live. But not only, we are of course going to play the most loved Van Canto songs and will also pick songs who weren't part of our setlist for a long time," announces lead singer Inga.

Van Canto is supported by Grailknights as well as changing local supports and special guests on their upcoming tour.

March 18        Leipzig – Hellraiser (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
March 19        Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
March 20        Prag – Meet Factory (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
March 24        London – O2 Islington (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 25        Tilburg – O13 (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 26        Vosselaar Biebob (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 27        Paris – Le Petit Bain (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 31        Wien – Szene (+ Grailknights + Dragony)
April 1             Pratteln – Z7 (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
April 2             München – Backstage (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
April 3             Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
April 9             Hannover – Musikzentrum (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
April 10           Berlin – Lido (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
April 15           Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
April 16           Hamburg – Markthalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
April 17           Frankfurt – Batschkapp (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)

 Dynazty To Release Fifth Studio Album.

Dynazty.Sunday 7th February 2016
At long last, DYNAZTY unveil their anticipated fifth album, “Titanic Mass”, set for international release on April 15th via Spinefarm Records.

Hailing from the lively hard rock scene of Stockholm, Sweden, Dynazty are a prime example of forward-thinking and evolutionary sound development. Having established their current formation in 2008, the band's early approach was strictly within the proud and successful tradition of Swedish hard rock as defined by Europe, Treat and the like, culminating with the nationwide Melodifestivalen hit “Land Of Broken Hearts” (from their 3rd full-length album, “Sultans Of Sin”, released in 2012).

However, it was with the Spinefarm-released album, “Renatus” (2013), that Dynazty truly came into their own. Opting for a sound altogether more modern, more defined, more addictive and more powerful, “Renatus” saw the band taking a leap towards a tighter style with an arsenal of rapid rhythm patterns and machine-gun riffs, underpinning ever-present soaring vocals plus huge, addictive choruses. Boasting massive arrangements, “Renatus” was an exceptional album.

Now, “Titanic Mass” sees the Swedes taking the next logical step, maintaining the overall tightness and bite of  “Renatus” whilst also giving a courteous nod towards power metal, and finally adding an extra symphonic element – yes, the arrangements are TITANIC this time. The band has succeeded in making the songs more addictive than before, each one pushed to greater heights by the edgy, yet massive production of the overlord of all things metal, Peter Tägtgren (Sabaton, Pain, Dimmu Borgir, Lindemann, etc.).

Say the band: ‘Titanic Mass’ is the culmination of all of the knowledge we've learned and all of the experience we've gained over the years writing songs and making albums. Our efforts combined with the mastery of producer Peter Tägtgren has resulted in an album that we feel is really strong. To us, ‘Titanic Mass’ is without a doubt our ultimate effort.”

The cover and track-listing for “Titanic Mass” are as follows:
Track-listing:
01. The Human Paradox
02. Untamer Of Your Soul
03. Roar Of The Underdog
04. Titanic Mass
05. Keys To Paradise
06. I Want To Live Forever
07. The Beast Inside
08. Break Into The Wild
09. Crack In The Shell
10. Free Man’s Anthem
11. The Smoking Gun

The release of “Titanic Mass” on April 15th (on CD & download) will be preceded by iTunes Grat Track, the hard-hitting “Roar Of The Underdog” on February 12th, when the pre-ordering of the album will commence.

The 1st single, “The Human Paradox”, accompanied by a video directed by Tage Rönnqvist (Swallow The Sun, Santa Cruz, etc.) will rock your socks off on March 18th.

 Lacey Stream New EP.

Zakk Wylde To Release Book.Sunday 7th February 2016
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th 2016 via Spinefarm Records, his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favourite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the "Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016" via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s "Unblackened" spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

 Mark Lanegan Announces Intimate UK Toutr.

Mark LaneganSunday 7th February 2016
Currently working on new material for the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed Phantom Radio album, MARK LANEGAN has announced news of an extensive tour of acoustic performances in intimate venues throughout Europe. The tour begins in the UK in April before moving on to most major European cities throughout May. Support on the tour comes from his labelmate, collaborator and kindred spirit DUKE GARWOOD. Upcoming live info below:

Tuesday 19th April – Manchester – Cathedral, UK
Wednesday 20th April – York - Opera House, UK
Thursday 21st April – Glasgow - ABC, UK
Friday 22nd April - Aberdeen - TBC, UK
Saturday 23rd April – Gateshead - age 2, UK       
Monday 25th April – Belfast – Empire, UK
Tuesday 26th April – Dublin – Academy, IRELAND
Wednesday 27th April – Dublin – Academy, IRELAND
Friday 29th April – Bristol - St Georges Church, UK
Saturday 30th April - Brighton - St Georges Church, UK
Sunday 1st April – Leeds - City Varieties, UK
Monday 2nd April – Birmingham - Glee Club, UK
Tuesday 3rd April – London - Union Chapel, UK
Wednesday 4th April – Lille - Le Splendid, FRANCE    
Friday 6th April – Tilburg – 013, NETHERLANDS
Saturday 7th April – Utrecht - Tivoli Hertz, NETHERLANDS        
Monday 9th May – Paris – Alhambra, FRANCE
Tuesday 10th May – Cologne – Kulturkirche, GERMANY
Wednesday 11th May – Ghent – NTGnent, BELGIUM
Thursday 12th May  - Ghent – NTGnent, BELGIUM        
Saturday 14th May – Oslo - Storsalen, Chateau Neuf, NORWAY
Sunday 15th May – Stockholm - Cirkus, Skandia:Scenen, SWEDEN
Monday 16th May – Malmo - Slagthuset Teatern, SWEDEN
Tuesday 17th May – Hamburg - Übel + Gefährlich, GERMANY
Wednesday 18th May – Berlin – Passionkirche, GERMANY
Thursday 19th May – Prague - Lucerna Music Bar, CZECH REPUBLIC
Saturday 21st May - St Gallen – Palace, SWITZERLAND
Sunday 22nd May – Bologna - Teatro Antoniano, ITALY
Monday 23rd May – Prato - Teatro Metastasio, ITALY
Tuesday 24th May – Milan – Fabrique, ITALY
Wednesday 25th May - Madrid - Teatro Lara, SPAIN
Thursday 26th May - San Sebastian - Teatro Muicipal, SPAIN
Saturday 28th May - La Coruna - Teatro Rosalia, SPAIN
Sunday 29th May – Braga - Theatro Circo, PORTUGAL
Monday 30th May  - Lisbon - Cinema Sao Jorge,  PORTUGAL

 Lacey Stream New EP.

Lacey.Thursday 4th February 2016
Ahead of its release tomorrow, Lacey's new EP 'I Don't Owe The World A Thing' is now streaming in full. An often-melancholic collection of tracks, the release follows the release of the Nottingham quartet's debut album 'Under The Brightest Lights' in 2015. The new EP release also coincides with a 15-date tour supporting Bowling For Soup across the UK in Feb which is currently in progress. Following the BFS tour, Lacey have just announced a clutch of headline dates around the country in June.

Lacey's latest single 'Shadow' is taken from the EP and highlights the sentiment that some things are best left behind us. Premiered on Alex Baker's Kerrang! Radio show, the single is accompanied by a brand new video, which is now in rotation at Kerrang! TV and you can see here.

At times, the songs of the EP take a darker turn. However, there's a real sense of defiance coupled with that, leaving a glimmer of hope and optimism. Produced by Drew Lawson (ROAM, While She Sleeps) at Steel City Studios, the EP continues in a tradition of compelling songwriting as Lacey take cues from Jimmy Eat World, Kids In Glass Houses and many a classic band that have gone before.

SEE LACEY LIVE
(supporting Bowling For Soup):

February 2016
4 O2 Academy Liverpool
5 Manchester Academy
6 O2 Academy Birmingham
7 O2 Academy Sheffield
8 Norwich UEA
9 Nottingham Rock City
10 Guildford G Live
11 London Camden Roundhouse
12 O2 Academy Bournemouth
13 Southampton Guildhall
14 Cardiff Great Hall
15 O2 Academy Bristol

HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
4th June Rock City  Nottingham
5th June Think Tank  Newcastle
6th June Sound Control  Manchester
7th June The Surya  London

 The Defiled Postpone UK Headline Tour.

The Defiled.Thursday 4th February 2016
Over a year since their last headline UK tour, THE DEFILED planned to grace our shores once more this January with a run of headline shows in January and February 2016 following a short run of dates as main support to In This Moment.  Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control, the In This Moment tour was postponed and so The Defiled's headline dates also became delayed. 

Both the headline shows and the support shows with In This Moment have now been announced to take place in May.  Full dates are below.  

The AvD comments, “After our 'Running in Circles' tour getting postponed earlier this year we are proud to announce that we are hitting the road with our brothers Forever Never. These are off dates that coincide with our In This Moment UK tour so get ready for some intimate drunken shenanigans.  Can't wait to see all your pretty faces, let's party!

2016 will also be a record breaking year for the band when the four piece are officially added to the Guinness Book Of World Records.  Braving arctic conditions, THE DEFILED became the first band to play a gig on an iceberg last year as part of Jagermeister’s Ice Cold Gig series.  The stunt will be immortalised forever in the 2016 Guinness Book Of World Records. 

Watch a video filmed whilst the band were in Greenland for ‘Five Minutes’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YvCnMfXxqE

Tickets for the tour are on sale now www.thedefiled.net

Catch THE DEFILED at the following shows.
* With IN THIS MOMENT
** Headline with support from FOREVER NEVER 

  • Tue 03 May    Norwich - Waterfont Studio**
  • Wed 04 May    Swansea - The Scene**
  • Thu 05 May    Chester - Live Rooms**
  • Fri 06 May    Newcastle - Think Tank**
  • Sat 07 May    Sheffield - Corporation**
  • Sun 08 May    Nottingham - Rescue Rooms**
  • Tue 10 May    York -  The Duchess**
  • Wed 11 May    Milton Keynes - Craufurd Arms**
  • Thu 12 May    Oxford - The Bullingdon**
  • Wed 25 May   London - The Forum*
  • Thu 26 May     Birmingham - O2 Institute *
  • Fri 27 May      Manchester - Academy*
  • Sat 28 May    Glasgow - Academy *
  •  The Cult Release 10th Studio Album 'Hidden City'.

    The Cult.Thursday 4th February 2016
    THE CULT releases their incredible 10th studio album, Hidden City, tomorrow, February 5th! The album completes a trilogy that began with 2007's Born Into This - and is anchored by the lead single "Hinterland," which is available NOW on Billboard.com

    The groundbreaking Hidden City is produced by Bob Rock and contains Ian Astbury's trademark baritone and captivating lyrics paired with Billy Duffy's smoldering, textured guitar tones and creates yet another fearless and poignant musical environment for THE CULT's legion of devoted fans. 

    If you would like a review copy of the album, please let us know!

    In support of their latest work, THE CULT is set to hit the road for a series of live experiences unlike any other. Please check out dates below and respond ASAP if you would like to cover THE CULT

    Feb 05 - Tower Theater - Los Angeles, CA
    Feb 17 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
    Feb 19 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
    Mar 18 - SXSW Festival - Austin, TX
    Mar 19 - Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK 
    Mar 20 - Steifel Theater - Salina, KS
    Mar 22 - Anthem at Hard Rock Casino - Sioux City, IA
    Mar 24 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
    Mar 25 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
    Mar 26 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI
    Mar 28 - Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
    Mar 29 - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH
    Mar 31 - Casino Rama - Rama, ON
    Apr 03 - Foxwoods Casino - Mashantucket, CT
    Apr 05 - Shubert Theater - Boston, MA
    Apr 06 - The Paramount - Huntington, NYY
    Apr 08 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
    Apr 09 - Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
    Apr 10 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
    Apr 12 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
    Apr 14 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
    Apr 15 - Mahaffey Theater - St. Petersburg, FL
    Apr 16 - The Fillmore - Miami, FL

     For I Am Sign To Bearded Punk Records.

    For I Am.Thursday 4th February 2016
    We've watched For I Am grow from being a very promising fun bunch on stage to a major force to be reckoned with, within the Belgian punk rock scene. In under 8 months they've completely sold out the entire first pressing of their debut EP, headed out on their very first European tour and played with punk rock greats as  The Smith Street Band ASTPAI and Chumped. Their debut EP '15 Minutes Late' is a small masterpiece and it would be a shame to deny everyone that still has to discover it the pleasure of being able to physically purchase it. Sooo... We're SO thrilled (really, really, really thrilled...) to announce that the amazing  For I Am will re-release 15 Minutes Late via Bearded Punk Records and thus make our cosy little family EVEN cooler!

    15 Minutes late will be available again just in time for Valentines day but you can already pre-order the thing down below! We'll keep you updated on more insanely cool For I Am news very soon, in the meantime kick back, relax, go give these sweethearts a like and re-listen to one of the funnest Belgian punkrock EPs in the last 10 years...

    Pre-sale: http://beardedpunk.com/cd/i-am-15-minutes-late

    Youtube (Time and time again): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghv5cguChFA

     Primal Scream To Headline Electric Fields.

    Electric Fields.Thursday 4th February 2016
    Electric Fields, Scotland’s most exciting new music festival, is proud to announce PRIMAL SCREAM as the first headliner for 2016, with Everything Everything, The Twilight Sad, Public Service Broadcasting, Erol Alkan and Model Aeroplanes and Joy Orbison also revealed.

    Returning to the stunning grounds of the 17th Century Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, Electric Fields expands to two full days for the first time in 2016, offering festival goers even more incredible music and time to enjoy the intimate, community atmosphere that has made it such a hit with fans during its first two outings.

    Primal Scream continue to be one of the most exciting bands on the planet, with a hugely successful and influential career spanning almost three decades and a catalogue of genre-defying hits, united by the groove. Loaded, Movin’ On Up, Rocks, Jailbird, Kowalski and Country Girl are just some of the highlights and, with the bands’ 11th album Chaosmosis due for release in March 2016, this homecoming show will be an unmissable festival experience.

    Electric Fields co-founder Nick Roberts said

    “We’re incredibly excited to bring Primal Scream to Electric Fields this August. They have created some of the greatest music these islands have produced and are right at the top of their game. The rest of the line-up compliments the whole nature of the festival brilliantly and we’re delighted to have this legendary band spearheading it for us. With our new two-day format, we’re able to bring even more incredible acts to the beautiful estate at Drumlanrig Castle and we can’t wait to welcome everyone come August.”

    Standing as the mad scientists of indietronica, Everything Everything have garnered acclaim and awe with their constantly evolving soundscapes on modern life. Since emerging onto the alternative scene with their Mercury Prize nominated debut “Man Alive”, the Manchester quartet have grown from strength to strength, characterised by the multi-faceted vocals of frontman Jonathan Higgs. Dominating airwaves and stages around the world, these time-travelling explorers will be touching down at Electric Fields fresh from their widely acclaimed latest LP “Get To Heaven” for a set that’s sure to live-long in the memory.

    National treasures don’t come much bigger than The Twilight Sad whose melancholic tales of heartbreak and life have soundtracked the emotional heartstrings of their homeland for nearly a decade. Their 2014 album “Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave” was met with universal acclaim, breathing new life into the post-punk world. With a new release on the horizon, their performance at Electric Fields is set to captivate the masses, and cement their place as one of the most important acts of a generation.

    Public Service Broadcasting stand in a world of their own, creating unique and challenging soundtracks to the pivotal moments in human history. Their most recent LP, “The Race For Space,” transported listeners back to the heady days of the space race, combing historical clippings of the time with their epic instrumental soundscapes. Their immersive, cinematic show is set to be a stand-out at Electric Fields this summer.

    Scotland’s very own Model Aeroplanes stand as one of the most exciting new bands in the UK, and their dazzling blend of indie-pop shows exactly why major labels were scrambling to sign the Dundee natives. Expect a mesmerising performance from a band destined to fill arenas. 

    >Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s will bring some of the most exciting names in electronic music to their own stage at Electric Fields this year. Erol Alkan, seminal electro pioneer, revered producer, remixer, DJ and head honcho of independent label Phantasy Records will be dropping tectonic vibrations throughout the fields, as he makes himself at home for an unrelenting showcase of the best in underground dance. Joining him on the Sneaky’s lineup will be renowned boundary-morpher Joy Orbison whose infectious beats will make for a celebration of groove and funky house. Drawing inspiration from a plethora of genres, the maverick Londoner has lead the way for electronic music, establishing a style that has soundtracked dark basement dens and festival stages worldwide. 

    Electric Fields is delighted to announce that the Tim Burgess-curated Tim Peaks stage, famous for secret sets and an eclectic variety of artists, will be part of the 2016 family. The first artist to be revealed is actor Paddy Considine’s Riding The Low. So much more than a side project, the band’s infectious Suede-like melodies have seen them captivate crowds at festivals around the country.

    With the expansion to two days, Electric Fields has added Boutique Camping and a dedicated Family Camping area to the weekend’s options. The Real Ale tent, high quality world cuisine, lots of activities and games for kids and many more surprises will all add to the experience.

    "In a gorgeous setting, with brilliant weather, a tremendous crowd and a never-ending well of brilliant music, Electric Fields has absolutely nailed everything that a festival should be.”
     Tenement TV

    “..Electric Fields feels a community event: bands watching bands, the boundary blurred between performer and audience, full of family, support and respect.” 
    The Skinny
    “..charm and scenery by the bucket load….. a welcome breath of fresh air
    for those who want to immerse themselves in the music” 
    Far Out magazine

    strong>TICKET INFORMATION
    A very limited number of Early Bird tickets will be available at £75, on sale at 12 noon on Friday 5th February 2016.

    General weekend camping tickets are priced at £85 and will be on sale once Early Bird tickets have sold out.

    Concessions for youngsters, with deposit and pay monthly options available if you’d like to split the cost. Children under 5 accompanied by an adult go free.

     Lonely The Brave Release New Video.

    Lonely The Brave.Thursday 4th February 2016
    Following its premiere as Rockest Record on Dan P Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show, Lonely The Brave today announce the release of "Black Mire". Marking the band's first new material since the critically acclaimed debut album "The Day's War" and its subsequent "Victory Edition" reissue last year, "Black Mire" is also the first chance for fans to hear their work with producer Ross Orton (M.I.A., Drenge, Arctic Monkeys). The result is an expansive, atmospheric introduction to their new sound. Retaining the strong sense of melody and lyricism that has won them such a dedicated fanbase already, "Black Mire" also feels like a natural leap forward musically, from a band hitting their stride and full of confidence after nearly two years in the spotlight. The accompanying AV video, directed by Jordan Martin, features the band's frontman David Jakes in a rare performance direct to camera.

    Lonely The Brave have spent much of these last two years touring internationally and playing with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Deftones, Neil Young, Marmozets and Wolf Alice, as well as putting in unforgettable festival performances at the likes of Glastonbury, Download and, most recently, the main stage at Reading & Leeds.

    The band will put out their highly anticipated second album before the summer.

    Further details will be announced soon.

    Upcoming live dates:
    Handmade Festival – O2 Academy, Leicester – April 29th - May 1st
    WATCH THE 'BLACK MIRE' VIDEO HERE

     The Struts To Release Debut Album.

    The Struts.Thursday 4th February 2016
    British rock band The Struts – who have become one of the hottest rock bands in America – have announced that their debut album 'Everybody Wants' will be released globally on March 4th via Polydor/Interscope Records.

    Featuring the huge US hit singles 'Could Have Been Me' and 'Kiss This' – which were on their US-only 2015 EP 'Have You Heard' – the new album was recorded in Los Angeles, London, Bournemouth and Jersey and embodies the sheer rock 'n' roll decadence which saw The Struts handpicked at the end of last year by legendary rock band Mötley Crüe to support them on their final four performances.

    Of the new music, which was co-written by the band, frontman Luke Spiller says, "'Everybody Wants' is a collection of songs for the disenchanted. When putting the album together we have approached it with the mindset that when listening, you are taken on a journey. You can even hear the album title in the chorus of the opening track 'Roll Up.' This song gives you the insight to a larger than life character that opens the door to the rest of the album. I think anyone who listens to this album will hear our journey and feel our ambition. We truly have put our hearts and souls into it and I hope you love it as much as we do."

    The Derby four-piece cracked the Top 5 at US Modern Rock radio, crashed the Top 10 in an array of Billboard charts, hit #1 on Spotify's viral chart and received over 2.5 million Vevo/YouTube views with 'Could Have Been Me'. The follow up 'Kiss This' has seen them play sell-out shows across America and perform on both Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

    The Struts are a riotously exciting live band, full of vaudevillian onstage theatrics and peerless musicianship, who have built up a fervent British fanbase alongside their new-found American fame through non-stop touring. Last year saw the band ignite the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, and deliver a turbo-charged, sweat-drenched encounter at London's intimate 100 Club, which sold out in just five minutes. 

    The Struts are Luke Spiller (lead vocals), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).
    EVERYBODY WANTS TRACKLIST
    1. Roll Up
    2. Could Have Been Me
    3. Kiss This
    4. Put Your Money On Me
    5. Mary Go Round
    6. Dirty Sexy Money
    7. The Ol' Switcheroo
    8. She Makes Me Feel Like
    9. Young Stars
    10. Black Swan
    11. These Times Are Changing
    12. Only Just A Call Away
    13. Where Did She Go

     Clean Cut Kid Announce New Single.

    Clean Cut Kid.Thursday 4th February 2016
    Clean Cut Kid have announced details of their new single. 'Pick Me Up' will be released digitally on February 4th through the band's own Babe Magnet Records/Polydor. 'Pick Me Up' is the third single from the Liverpool quartet who make inventive and adventurous art-pop. Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson make music that they describe as "fuzzy pop ballads, washed in Mersey water."

    'Pick Me Up' builds on the thrilling momentum of the four-piece's previous two singles. 'Vitamin C' and 'Runaway' introduced a band brimming with unshakeable hooks and full of imagination, songs that demanded your attention from the first second to the last. Time spent hunkered down in their Liverpool HQ honing their sound and endlessly writing and re-writing has resulted in Clean Cut Kid emerging fully-formed with a truckload of great songs at their disposal. 'Pick Me Up' is a lolloping anthem that continues in that vein. "As the band grows, our lives seem to become more and more hectic by the hour!" says Mike Halls, "Pick-Me-Up is a song about that calming voice that comes poking through the background noise of life: pulling you instantly back to earth."  You can imagine 'Pick Me Up''s infectious chorus kicking off in a sweatbox venue just as easily as you can envisage it prompting a mass singalong at a festival.

    The group appeared on Radio 1's Live Lounge last week and will embark on a UK tour throughout February and March as special guests to Fickle Friends. Their own headline tour will follow in March. Clean Cut Kid spent much of 2015 cutting their live teeth at various festivals throughout the UK but with both Google and Apple Music earmarking them for success in 2016, they are ready for the step up. The songs are there, the stage is set.

    UK Headline Tour
    * w/ Fickle Friends
     
    07-Feb-16         Leicester                  Scholars Bar *
    08-Feb-16         Bristol                      Louisiana *
    09-Feb-16         Chester                     Live Rooms *
    17-Feb-16         Reading                   Oakford Social Club *
    19-Feb-16         Southampton          Joiners *
    20-Feb-16         Totnes                      South Devon Arts Club *
    21-Feb-16         Colchester               Arts Centre *
    23-Feb-16         Norwich                    Waterfront *
    24-Feb-16         Nottingham             Bodega *
    25-Feb-16         Manchester             Sound Control *
    26-Feb-16         Sheffield                  Leadmill *
    28-Feb-16         Newcastle               Think Tank *
    07-Mar-16         Hull                           Fruit *
    08-Mar-16         Leeds                        Oporto *
    09-Mar-16         Manchester             Sound Control [[Headline Show]]
    11-Mar-16         Liverpool           The Magnet [[Headline Show]]
    12-Mar-16         Brighton                  Patterns *
    23-Mar-16         London                    100 Club [[Headline Show]]

     Sanquine To Support Mushroomhead.

    Mushroomhead.Thursday 4th February 2016
    Exeter alt. metallers Sanguine have announced they’ll be joining American heavyweights Mushroomhead and American Head Charge on a 15 date UK tour, which kicks off in Manchester on March 18th. 

    The news comes hot on the heels on Sanguine’s second album, ‘Black Sheep’, which got a Europe-wide release through Odyssey Music at the end of January, and sold out at Amazon.co.uk and HMV within 24 hours of going on sale.

    Guitarist Nick Magee comments, “we're stoked to be hitting the road with Mushroomhead and American Head Charge! We've got a full on set planned for these shows and can't wait to bring ‘Black Sheep’ to everyone who has supported us in the UK. Bring it on.....we'll see you in the pit!

    Dates are; -
    Fri 18th March........ MANCHESTER, Club Academy
    Sat 19th March....... SHEFFIELD, Corporation
    Sun 20th March...... NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
    Tues 22nd March.... GLASGOW, Classic Grand
    Weds 23rd March... NEWCASTLE, Northumbria University
    Thurs 24th March... BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy 2
    Fri 25th March........ CHESTER, Live Rooms
    Sat 26th March....... BRISTOL, Marble Factory
    Sun 27th March...... PLYMOUTH, The Hub
    Tues 29th March.... CARDIFF, The Globe
    Weds 30th March... LONDON, Electric Ballroom
    Thurs 31st March... BRIGHTON, Concorde 2
    Fri 1st April............. SOUTHAMPTON, Engine Rooms
    Sat 2nd April........... NORWICH, Waterfront
    Sun 3rd April.......... READING, Sub 89

    Tickets are on sale now. 

    In the meantime, gig goers can sample the sort of heavy hooks and brutal intensity Sanguine bring to the stage, by checking out the spectacular sci-fi video for their latest single ‘Save Me’.  Watch it on YouTube at; - https://youtu.be/yaV3q66SilY

     Black Stone Cherry Unleash New Video.

    Black Stone Cherry.Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    BLACK STONE CHERRY have unveiled their video for 'In Our Dreams', the first single taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album, 'Kentucky', which is set for a 1st April release via the Mascot Label Group.  Check out the clip here: https://youtu.be/iyXOZYqfs1E

    The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world, 'Hydros', ruled by a nefarious leader.  While the band play, the tale unfolds of two sisters separated in this society by a class structure.  They're eventually reunited when a revolt topples the system and they escape to a new life above water.

    BLACK STONE CHERRY tell us, "We're so proud of this video as visually it's a direction we really haven't taken before.  We wanted a powerful performance with a very unique narrative and we believe we've achieved it!  We hope y'all enjoy!"

    Drummer John Fred Young elaborates, saying "We wanted the video for 'In Our Dreams' to bring the songs lyrics to life.  Director Kyle Cogan helped us to forge new ground, visually.  His unique sci-fi storyline of two sisters, tragically separated into two social classes in an oppressed underwater civilization run by an evil leader, accompanied the lyrics so well, and metaphorically, the story feels like it relates to current world circumstances."

    Director Kyle Cogan informs us, "From concept to completion, it was a total collaboration across many disciplines.  We worked with the band to create a striking narrative that would require a heavily stylized world.  It was great to see the vision come alive practically on set, and through visual effects in post production."

    BLACK STONE CHERRY's new album 'Kentucky', named after the band's home state, is very much a 'back to their roots' affair, with the four-piece working with the same engineer in the same 'local' studio, Barrick Recording, where they crafted their eponymous debut, eight years ago. BSC frontman/guitarist, Chris Robertson comments "We are beyond excited to bring 'Kentucky' to you!  Since the release of our debut we have wanted to go back to the studio where it all began and it finally happened!  The original studio owner/engineer, all of the great equipment and BLACK STONE CHERRY have been reunited for what I feel has been the most unique album we've ever made.  We took it back to where it started and something magical happened!  These new songs are the heart and soul of who we were in 2006 and who we've become.  There is something very special about these songs and I cannot wait for y'all to feel them!"

    You can pre-order your copy of 'Kentucky' now at iTunes http://smarturl.it/BSC-iTunes and get new album track, 'The Way of The Future' right away!  Check it out here: https://youtu.be/OFmIlJUYXeo.  Pre-orders for physical CDs and special vinyl packages are available over at http://smarturl.it/BSC-Kentucky.

    BLACK STONE CHERRY fans can be among the first to hear some of the new songs live during the band's headline slot on the UK's inaugural 'Carnival of Madness' tour.  Tickets and early entry packages are available from www.carnivalofmadness.com. The band continue into Europe for additional headline shows through February.  The remaining dates rack up as follows:

    FEB 4 - Wembley The SSE Arena, London, United Kingdom 
    FEB 5 - Leeds First Direct Arena, Leeds, United Kingdom 
    FEB 6 - Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom 
    FEB 8 – Trix, Antwerpen, Belgium 
    FEB 9 - Cabaret Savage, Paris, France 
    FEB 11 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
    FEB 12 - Dortmund FZW, Dortmund, Germany 
    FEB 13 – Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland 
    FEB 15 - Live Club, Trezzo Sull'adda Mi, Italy 
    FEB 16 - Ottakringer Brewery, Vienna, Austria 
    FEB 17 – Posthof, Friesenegg, Austria 
    FEB 19 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany 
    FEB 20 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany 
    FEB 21 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany 
    FEB 23 – Train, Aarhus, Denmark 
    FEB 24 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway 
    FEB 25 – Fryshuset, Stockholm, Sweden 
    FEB 27 - Klubi Tampere, Tampere, Finland 
    FEB 28 - The Circus, Helsinki, Finland

    BLACK STONE CHERRY return to the UK this summer to headline Ramblin' Man Fair on 24th July at Mote Park, Maidstone in Kent.  More info at www.ramblinmanfair.com/

     Walk The Moon For Headline UK Tour.

    Walk The Moon.Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    Walk The Moon return to the UK for a string of headline shows in February 2016.

    "Shut Up And Dance" was one of the biggest-selling singles of 2015, a staple on Radio 1 anbd beyond throughout the year that took up residence in the Top 10 for weeks. An undeniable pop-rock gem. It's an ode to freeing yourself from the shackles of self-consciousness and embracing the present.

    Watch the "Shut Up And Dance" video HERE

    The band will be touring the album "Talking Is Hard" has new musical elements that take the band into uncharted territory. Raw vocals and new wave hooks mix with heavier riffs that combine the old with the new, revealing more with every listen. Songs of growth and survival combine with a musical restlessness to create a brilliant second album from this Ohio four-piece.

    February tour dates:
    FEB 19                        Queens Hall Edinburgh,
    FEB 20                        O2 Academy Liverpool
    FEB 21                        O2 Academy Bristol
    FEB 23                        Birmingham HMV Institute
    FEB 25                        KOKO London
    FEB 26                        Concorde 2

     Tax The Heat To Release New Album.

    Tax The Heat.Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    Following a single and a sold-out UK headline tour in December 2015, Tax The Heat are pleased to announce the release of their full length Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, "Fed To The Lions".

    The album shows why there is so much excitement at the release of this record. Previous singles "Some Sympathy", "Highway Home" and "Fed To The Lions" sit alongside future classics such as "Caroline", "Animals" and "Stood On the Platform To Leave". The driving rhythms of Jack Taylor (Drums) and Antonio Angotti (Bass) overlaid with the powerful riffs of JP Jacyshyn (Guitars) and distinctive melodies of Alex Veale (Vocals, Guitars). The album is available on CD and limited edition gatefold vinyl.

    The CD and Vinyl can be pre-ordered now from Recordstore.co.uk with an insert signed by the band - https://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Tax-The-Heat/

    Tracklisting as below

    CD
    1. Highway Home 2. Animals
3. Under Watchful Eye
4. Fed To The Lions
5. Hit Me Hard
6. Stood On The Platform To Leave
7. Some Sympathy
8. Devil's Daughter
9. Learn To Drown (You're Wrong)
10. Caroline
11. Your Fool
12. Lost Our Way

    Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
    Side A1. Highway Home.2. Animals.3. Under Watchful Eye.4. Fed To The Lions.5. Hit Me Hard.6. Stood On The Platform To Leave.
    Side B1. Some Sympathy.2 Devil's Daughter.3 Learn To Drown (You're Wrong).4 Caroline.5 Your Fool.
    6 Lost Our Way

    2015 was an intense year for Bristol's rising stars Tax The Heat. Following the release of two critically acclaimed singles "Fed To The Lions" and "Highway Home" (both of which were playlisted across rock radio – A listed on Planet Rock) the band have cemented their live reputation by supporting the likes of Cadillac 3, Reef, The Graveltones, Black Star Riders, Masters Of Reality, The Virginmarys and Thunder and festival appearances such as 2000 Trees, Download and Calling. The band's unique blend of classic blues driven rock with a modern alternative twist winning them a legion of fans.

    The band have now signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment (home to acts such as Blues Pills, Black Star Riders & Crobot).

    Guitarist/vocalist Alex Veale says: "We love the energy of those '60s bands. Maximum R&B – that's the basis for Tax The Heat. But we're taking it somewhere else, bridging the gap between old and new, creating something that has that raw energy but is also original."

    "It was all about capturing that live energy on the record," says Jack Taylor. "We didn't want to go fully old-school with it – we used modern technology. But what you hear on the album is the four of us playing together, no overdubs. A lot of live takes."

     White Buffalo To Release New Studio Album.

    White Buffalo.Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    American dark blues singer/songwriter THE WHITE BUFFALO (a.k.a. Jake Smith) releases his  3rd studio LP "Love And The Death Of Damnation" on February 12th via Earache Records. 

    The White Buffalo paid a flying visit to the UK last week, which took in a session on Radio 2 with Dermot O'Leary (sending the album to the top of the Amazon Movers & Shakers chart the next day) plus a sold out solo acoustic show at London's Cargo. The first single from the album is 'I Got You',  a duet with Audra Mae which you can listen to here: https://soundcloud.com/earacherecords/i-got-you-radio-edit/s-abyv5

    Smith's reputation is based on solid and progressive leaps and bounds as an artist. The White Buffalo has received over 21 million streams on YouTube since September 2014. Straddling the blurry lines of country, rock, folk and Americana, with poignant narratives as dark and deadly as a drug deal gone south and big, bold anthems of love, the strength to survive and a rebel-like resilience, Smith can strip a story down into raw emotion. 'Love And The Death Of Damnation' prompted the LA Times to comment "It's the voice that burrows into you. Devil's growl. Sinner's lament. Smith's baritone echoes with villains and misfits, drunks and philistines. It curls through loneliness, sets out on crooked highways. It is an American voice cured in recession, war and betrayal, a resonant map where the spectral bleeds into dreams."

    This year he joined the ranks of Emmy-nominated songwriters for the original track "Come Join the Murder" featured as the season closer for FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy - Smith has notched up 9 songs on the show so far. You can also hear his tracks in Californication, and movies Safe Haven and West of Memphis. Leading guitar manufacturer Ernie Ball recently released a 10-part docu-series "Capturing The White Buffalo: The Recording of an American Songwriter". The series follows the raw struggles and successes of Smith's writing and recording process, gives each song a new narrative, and introduces you to the album in a way that's altogether haunting, uplifting, and unforgettable. You can watch the whole series here: http://www.ernieball.com/whitebuffalo

    Smith says about 'Love and the Death of Damnation' "With this album, I really wanted to get back to songs... I wanted to get back to writing individual stories, as opposed to an extended narrative.  I wanted each song to make you feel something.  In the past, the songs have almost always been pretty dark.  But this time, I was also able to channel some happier stuff and write a couple of actual feel-good songs.  It's also more varied musically.  I really made an effort to expand my sound, and to get out of my comfort zone as a songwriter."

    "Smith's capacity to tell tales and evoke atmospheres remains undimmed"  Q 4/5
    "A rich composite of Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle"  Uncut
     "Gravel-voiced, ferociously intense work"  Mojo
     "The original Son of Anarchy 8/10"  Guitarist
    "...while he's depressing your pants off, he can still thrill you.....he's an endangered species"  Classic Rock
    "America's darkest country/blues export...imagine a blue collar Tom Waits, or Nick Cave pumping gas in a station just off the highway"  Classic Rock

    'Love and the Death of Damnation' is due to be released on CD and vinyl in Europe on February 12th, featuring three exclusive bonus tracks on the CD version and as a bonus 7" with all vinyl versions.
    Earache Webstore - http://www.earache.com/twb
    Amazon UK (CD) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0158LZAB4
    Amazon UK (Vinyl) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0158LZ9G0

     Crowbar Announce UK Show.

    Crowbar.Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    New Orleans sludge metal masters, CROWBAR, who released their latest and highly praised album “Symmetry In Black” in 2014, will return to European for another run of tour dates starting at the end of April! This run also includes a performance at London's legendary Desertfest on 29th April.

    At some of the shows CROWBAR will be accompanied by no other than doom legends, TROUBLE!

    28.04.16 - Eindhoven – Dynamo, NL*
    29.04.16 -  London – Desert Festival, UK
    30.04.16 -  Berlin – Desert Festival, DE
    01.05.16 -  Rostock – Mau Club, DE
    02.05.16 -  Wiesbaden – Schlachthof, DE
    03.05.16 -  Bremen – Tivoli, DE*
    04.05.16 -  Essen – Turock, DE*
    05.05.16 -  Leipzig – Werk 2, DE*
    06.05.16 -  München – Backstage, DE*
    08.05.16 -  Hasselt – Muziekodroom, BE*
    09.05.16 -  Karlsruhe – Stadtmitte, DE*
    12.05.16 -  Montpellier – Secret Place, FR
    13.05.16 -  Bilbao – Kristonfest 2016, ES
    15.05.16 -  Paris – Le Glazart, FR*
    16.05.16 -  Hengelo – Metropool, NL
    21.05.16 -  Oslo – Bla, NO
    16.05.16 -  Hengelo – Metropole, NL
    18.05.16 -  Aarhus – Voxhall, DK
    19.05.16 -  Copenhagen – Vega, DK
    20.05.16 -  Gothenburg – Belsebup Metal Club, SE
    *) with Trouble

     X Japan Postpone Wembley Show.

    X Japan.Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    Due to completely unforeseen circumstances, X JAPAN have announced that their show at SSE Arena Wembley, scheduled for March 12, 2016, has now been postponed to March 4, 2017. All tickets sold will remain valid for the rescheduled date.

    X JAPAN's guitarist, PATA was admitted to the ICU at a hospital in Tokyo on January 15, 2016. He was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, which included a severe blood clot. He recently came out of the ICU and his condition has thankfully stabilized, however his doctors do not consider him fit to fly until he has made a full recovery. 

    After much discussion, X JAPAN has announced a suspension of their current performance commitments, which include the Wembley show. Given the unfortunate circumstances, the release of X JAPAN's new album, scheduled for a March 11, 2016 has also been postponed. Expect a rescheduled worldwide release date for their as-yet-untitled new album to be announced soon.

    X JAPAN members have released the following statements:
    "My heart is filled with sadness. No words can describe how sorry I am to disappoint our fans," says YOSHIKI. "I know the show must go on, but at this this time I can only pray for PATA's recovery.  I cannot tolerate more tragedy than what we've been through. I promise X JAPAN will come back strong, as we've done before, together with our fans."
     "We are truly sorry from the bottom of our hearts, for all the worries and concerns we've caused to our fans," adds TOSHI. "X JAPAN is looking forward to playing with PATA again, and continuing our music journey together."
    "We truly apologize for the postponement of our Wembley show and new album," says HEATH. "In order to present ourselves in the best condition for all our beloved fans, we've made a very difficult decision to wait for PATA's full recovery. Upon his return, we promise to do our best to play even better and show you the best version of ourselves on stage. Please stay tuned."

     "There is no X JAPAN without PATA," adds SUGIZO. "I will wait for him, for as long as it will take."

     Groezrock Add More Bands.

    Groezrock.Tuesday 2nd February 2016
    We already announced that Rancid will be performing their classic album " ...And Out Come the Wolves " in its entirety. But you want more names, right? Well, here they are:
    The almighty Face to Face recently announced their new album “Protection”, the band’s first since 2013’s “Three Chords And A Half Truth”. Listen to their first song "Double Crossed" here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q73hik5Lx0M

    “Protection” will be out March 4th via Fat Wreck Chords and if you ask them nicely, they will play some of their new songs at GROEZROCK.

    As far as we know Canada’s punk legends SNFU are not working on a new album, but Mr. Chi Pig & co will grace us with their attendance anyway. Get ready to tear it up with them!

    Still feel like you will not have had enough of a workout after those shows? Then get ready for some violent hardcore slamdancing to the tunes of Terror. And to those of Walls Of Jericho, who will show up at GROEZROCK with a new album tucked firmly under their arms.

    Hardcore bruisers Broken Teeth are out to cause as much blunt force trauma as possible. And so is Northlane. They are just a bit more sneaky about it. All sweet and melodic one moment, and pummel your ass the next.

    DEATHCORE heroes Despised Icon have recently come back from the dead and are aching to play a couple of select dates. And yes, you guessed it. GROEZROCK is one of those dates where they will be slinging breakdown your way.

    >Want to know which day these bands are playing at GROEZROCK? Check our new website http://www.groezrock.be for the line-up!

    A novelty at this year’s GROEZROCK will be rental tents on the campsite that are good and ready to go. That means you can leave all of your camping stuff at home! Just bring the essentials like clean underwear and beer. Oh, and maybe some deodorant for everyone else’ sake. ("Soon" more info about this one at groezrock.be!)

    If you prefer a stay in one of our fancy Flexotels, you’d better hurry because they first big batch was already sold out. We just increased this capacity. Just sayin’… The same goes out for the festival tickets, it's not sold out yet, but it goes pretty fast this year!

    VIP tickets are finally on sale in our ticket shop and while you are there, you can pre-order a GROEZROCK fesitval shirt as well. They make you look extra snazzy. You’re welcome.

    And the news just keeps on coming. We teamed up with Deezer! Check out the official GROEZROCK playlist http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1567401151 with all of the bands playing at GROEZROCK this year. Get your free Deezer account, log-in, add this playlist as a favourite and you might be able to win a duoticket (including camping). Also it will get you in just the right mood for our 25th anniversary edition.

    A quick reminder: Sum 41 will be playing their first festival show in a long time at GROEZROCK . Four Year Strong is doing an exclusive Benelux show. And even more exclusive are the only shows on the European mainland by The Movielife (on this run) and none other than the mighty Dillinger Four !!!!!!

    That’s all for now folks! We’ll be back soon with more service announcements. And more names!

    Oh… and ticket sales just started as we speak. Check http://www.groezrock.be
    Friday : 65 euro
    Saturday : 70 euro
    Combi : 98 euro
    VIP Friday: 140 euro
    VIP Saturday: 145 euro
    VIP Comby: 180 euro
    Mobilhome: € 50 / 60 ( motorhome / camper /caravan )
    Camping : 15 euro.

     Iron Maidens For First Ever UK Show.

    Iorn Maidens.Tuesday 2nd February 2016
    World’s only all-female Iron Maiden tribute band the Iron Maidens have announced a one-off show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 14th April 2016.

    Excited front-woman Kirsten Chickinson said: For years people have been asking when we're coming to the U.K. so it feels almost surreal that it's finally happening. To play London--the city where Iron Maiden actually began in 1975--is thrilling and also daunting; I expect the "home" fans to be the most discerning but we are definitely up for the challenge! To see where it all began, this is hallowed ground.

    Formed in 2001 in Southern California, the Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of the most notorious tribute act in the US, progressively expanding their fame far and beyond the Americas. These five women have conquered the attention of fans and fellow musicians with their musical prowess and electrifying live shows, where they perform hits and fan   favourites from all phases of Iron Maiden’s career with appearances by mascot Eddie, the grim reaper, the devil and more.

    The Iron Maidens are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds, ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock. The line-up is Linda ‘Nikki McBURRain’ McDonald on drums, Nikki ‘Davina Murray’ Stringfield and Courtney ‘Adriana Smith’ Cox on guitars, Kirsten ‘Bruce Chickinson’ Rosenberg on vocals and Wanda ‘Steph Harris’ Ortiz on bass.

    While Iron Maiden’s latest album hits the stores, the Iron Maidens celebrate the recent release of their first full-length studio album, the first studio tribute CD to a band ever recorded entirely by one artist; the cover artwork featuring a female monster was designed by none other than Eddie’s creator Derek Riggs.

    Despite being undoubtedly five rocking hot ladies, the Iron Maidens are not just pretty faces: in their career they have been joined on stage by the likes of Alex Skolnik from Testament, Lemmy,  Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Anthrax’  Scott Ian and Judas Priest’s Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. They were chosen to support Danzig, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nightwish and Nevermore amongst others. They’ve been featured in Playboy and Hustler as well as Rolling Stone, Guitar World and Drum magazine.

    The Iron Maidens will bring their show to the UK for the very first timeon Thursday 14th April 2016, with a one-off date at Shepherds Bush Empire. Courtney and Linda have played in London before with different bands - Linda even at the same venue! - while it’s the first encounter with the British crowd for Wanda and Nikki.  Give them a warm welcome, hang around and make sure you get Nikki a drink: the show  is on her birthday and  she’s looking  forward to  celebrating London style!

    Tickets are available here:
    http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/IEH1404X?brand=o2sbe&camefrom=AMG_SBE_irnmdns
    General admission £20 + booking fees. Supports TBA, doors open at 7pm, curfew at 11pm.
    Up the Irons!

     Toseland To Release New Album.

    Toseland.Monday 1st February 2016
    The brand new Toseland album, "Cradle The Rage", will be released worldwide on the 11th March 2016. The band are setting out on a 10 date UK tour to support the release in the same month.
     
    "Cradle The Rage" is the follow up to the critically and commercially successful album "Renegade". Production duties again come from Toby Jepson (The Answer, Virgin Marys, Little Angels), with mixing duties now taken on by the legendary Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Motley Crue). The album will be available to pre order in January with first single available as an instant grat download from then. There will also be physical bundle option with exclusive t-shirt.
     
    Toseland's debut album "Renegade" was released in March 2013. It has sold 13,000 copies in the UK to date, and the band have headlined 3 sell out tours and played to thousands of people on numerous festivals including Car Fest, Ramblin Man, Isle Of Wight and Hard Rock Hell. The success of Renegade led to the band inking a licensing deal with German label Metalville earlier this year, and that deal will see new album Cradle The Rage released globally in March.
     
    Recently frontman James Toseland's filmed an appearance on True Grit, a new BBC2 documentary where he, Gareth Thomas (rugby legend), Donavon Bailey (Double Olympic champion) and former 400m world champion Iwan Thomas go head to head and take on some of the most extreme challenges around the globe! The 4 part documentary will air in the Spring of 2016.
     
    Toseland - Cradle The Rage Tour 2016
    Sun 13th March                    Brighton, Hope                                                  
    Mon 14th March                  Cardiff, Globe                                                  
    Tue 15th March                    Birmingham, Academy 3                                    
    Wed 16th March                 Manchester, Sound Control  
    Fri 18th March                      Ballymena , The Diamond Rock Club                         
    Tue 22nd March                                     London, Borderline                                               
    Wed 23rd March                 Cambridge, Portland Arms                                 
    Thur 24th March                                    Leeds, Key Club                                                  
    Fri 25th March                      Glasgow, Stereo                                                  
    Sat 26th March                     Newcastle, Think Tank


     

     Asking Alexandria Release Brand New Video For 'The Black'.

    Asking Alexandria.Monday 1st February 2016
    ASKING ALEXANDRIA are perfectly poised for the biggest year of their already illustrious career with the release of their fourth full-length album, ‘The Black’ – set for release March 25th. Couple that with a huge North American trek with fellow countrymen, Bullet For My Valentine and While She Sleeps, starting Feb 2nd and all the pieces are set into place. In anticipation of that tour the band are very proud to present the epic, new music video for the new disc’s title track. Visit https://www.facebook.com/askingalexandria for all touring info.

    Pre-Orders for ‘The Black’ are also now available below
    Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01ART7UNI
    D2C (UK) - http://askingalexandria.tmstor.es/

    Watch ‘The Black’ – Official Music Video - http://askingalexandria.com and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1RKaRgVFKk

    Life is all about how quickly you get back up. In January 2015, everything changed for Asking Alexandria. The chart- topping, gold-selling UK hard rock outfit parted ways with singer and founding member Danny Worsnop. On the outside, the future might’ve seemed uncertain—even grim—to some, but Ben Bruce [lead guitar, vocals], James Cassells [drums], Cameron Liddell [rhythm guitar], and Sam Bettley [bass] dusted themselves off, lifted their chins, and got right back up.

    “We hadn’t reached our destination yet, and Danny had,” admits Bruce. “I think it was necessary. When it happened, I was devastated. I lost my best friend. We even started referring to this part of our career as ‘The Black period.’ It was the darkest time, but we weren’t going to give up. If he hadn’t left, I don’t think we would’ve been as inspired as we were. I also don’t think Asking Alexandria would still be around. Instead, we’re more excited than ever about this band.”

    In order to properly do that, the band actually turned to a fan. Ukrainian singer Denis Stoff gained notoriety posting Asking Alexandria covers on YouTube and consequentially inked a deal with Sumerian Records in his band Down and Dirty. Bruce shot him an email one night. The next day, a new Asking Alexandria song had vocals and a new era in the
band’s history took form.

    ‘The Black’ will be released via Sumerian Records on March 25th 2016

     Al Jurgensen's New Project Surgical Meth Machine Sign To Nuclear Blast Records.

    Surgical Meth Machine.Monday 1st February 2016
    MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for their self-titled debut album. The record, which was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso, will be released on April 15 worldwide.

    "Hello folks, thanks to Nuclear Blast the long awaited SURGICAL METH MACHINE album is finally coming. Now quit your bitching, go spark a fatty, and listen to the record! You won't regret it. I'm Al Jourgensen and I approve this message." 

    SURGICAL METH MACHINE CD track list:
    01. I'm Sensitive
    02. Tragic Alert
    03. I Want More
    04. Rich People Problems
    05. I Don't Wanna
    06. Smash And Grab
    07. Unlistenable
    08. Gates Of Steel
    09. Spudnik
    10. Just Go Home
    11. Just Keep Going
    12. I'm Invisible

    SURGICAL METH MACHINE LP track list:
    Side A
    01. I'm Sensitive
    02. Tragic Alert
    03. I Want More
    04. Rich People Problems
    05. I Don't Wanna
    06. Smash And Grab
    Side B
    01. Unlistenable
    02. Gates Of Steel
    03. Spudnik
    04. Just Go Home
    05. Just Keep Going
    06. I'm Invisible

    Pre-Order the album in the UK on neon pink vinyl here:  
    http://www.bandstores.co.uk/shop/nuclearblast/proddetail.php?prod=NBL_Meth_MachineLP
     

     Thunder Hit Number On,e With New DVD.

    Thunder.Monday 1st February 2016
    Following the critically acclaimed UK Top 10 album 'Wonder Days' last year, UK rock legends Thunder have shot straight to the top of official UK music DVD chart this week with their brand new release 'All You Can Eat'. Impressively, they did this with only two days' sales, outstripping the other titles which had been on sale for a full week.

    The highly personal DVD documents the story of 'Wonder Days', Thunder's first studio album for 6 years, and includes a live album, a live in-the-studio session, and a documentary film. 'All You Can Eat' is a superbly packaged presentation, showing how the band have battled through the face of adversary and crafted a comeback that's sealed their reputation as one of Britain's biggest contemporary rock bands.

    It's no surprise that Thunder will be celebrating later this month with a five-date UK tour including their first-ever headline show at Wembley Arena – supported by Terrorvision and King King. This follows last week's charity fundraising double-header at London's 100 Club/Gibson Music Rooms, where the band played intimate shows to the lucky fans who had managed to get their hands on tickets.

    Thunder follow the release of 'All You Can Eat' with three Limited Edition 12" vinyl albums on February 19th through earMusic. Live At RAK Studio 1 and Live At The Brooklyn Bowl are both double vinyl albums and Live At Loud Park is a single vinyl album. Full details and links to buy can be found at www.thunderonline.com.

    Feb 2016 Live Dates
    15/02/2016 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
    16/02/2016 - Bristol Colston Hall
    18/02/2016 - SECC Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
    19/02/2016 - Sheffield Arena
    20/02/2016 - SSE Arena, Wembley

     Therapy? To Release New EP.

    Therapy.Monday 1st February 2016
    Following the success of 2015's album,Disquiet, Therapy? announce a special edition EP release of Tides in time for their latest UK tour dates.
    Tides is the third single taken from Disquiet, and will be released as a limited edition CD, featuring two exclusive new B-sides - Smile or Die and Slippies, and a remix of Insecurity by industrial/electro producer Pitchphase.

    Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood / Band of Skulls / Turbowolf) and released by Amazing Record Co., Disquiet achieved great critical acclaim, featuring in the Albums of the Year lists for the likes of Metalhammer, Terrorizer and Team Rock, as well as being hugely popular with fans, who declared it a worthy successor to 1994's iconic Troublegum.

    On writing Tides, frontman Andy Cairns says:
    "When I lived in Dun Laoghaire in Ireland I used to live near the harbour, and some nights I'd stay up all night to try to get inspiration for songs and I often ended up going down to the pier and just looking out at the waves. Later on I found out that Samuel Beckett used to get a great deal of influence from that as well... I took that low point in my life and how I managed to dig myself out of it as an inspiration."
    "Originally Tides was written kinda like Die Laughing or Nowhere off Troublegum, with a catchy Husker Di-influenced chorus, but we took a bit of influence from bands like My Bloody Valentine with the brief section of warped guitar."

    Outsiders from day one, Therapy? have drawn upon the attendant feelings of alienation, frustration and dislocation for strength and inspiration across their remarkable 26 year career, crafting a dark, idiosyncratic world view which has garnered the group a reputation as one of the most uncompromising, creative and individualistic bands of their generation.
    The tightly wound punk-metal of 1994's Troublegum propelled Therapy? into the UK Top 5, sold one million copies worldwide and spawned no less than five Top 40 singles, landing the band a Mercury Music Prize nomination in the process. Disquiet extends this proud legacy, and finds the trio of vocalist/guitarist Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan and drummer Neil Cooper in incendiary form.
    Infernal Love + more 2016 UK Tour dates:
    Thurs 18th Feb – Thekla, Bristol
    Fri 19th Feb – The Globe, Cardiff
    Sat 20th Feb – The Engine Room, Southampton
    Thurs 25th Feb – The Plug, Sheffield
    Fri 26th Feb – Oran Mor, Glasgow
    Sat 27th Feb - Northumbria Student Union, Newcastle
    Wed 2nd March – The Little Civic, Wolverhampton
    Thurs 3rd March – The Wardrobe, Leeds
    Fri 4th March -  O2 Academy 2, Manchester
    Fri 11th March – Sugarmill, Stoke
    Sat 12th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
     
    Tour support comes from The Membranes

     Welcome To Once Upon A Dead Man.

    Once Upon A Dead Man.Monday 1st February 2016
    'Once Upon a Dead Man', are a new indie electronic band; the sound of three well known brothers and an old friend making a foray into new territory together.
     

    It's an excursion that's been some time in the planning; brothers Edd, Charlie and Will Simpson had long talked about collaborating, but their respective careers (in Brigade, Busted, Fightstar, More Dangerous Animal and Union Sound Set) meant it was a few years before the project came to fruition.
     

    Along with long-time friend and collaborator Simon Britcliffe, the Simpson brothers will release 'Concepts and Phenomena' on 1st April 2016. The EP is a deft blend of beautifully constructed vocal harmonies and washes of electronica. The band consciously stepped outside the traditional label structure to record the EP in their own time, with no predetermined musical direction, no defined roles within the band, and no commercial objective.  
     

    Converging on Suffolk's Old Jet studios with co-producer Jesse Quin, each member found themselves using more sequencing and synths than ever before during a series of relaxed sessions. The resulting recordings are the perfect product of a group of musicians who've known each other for decades, balancing bouncing beats and glacial soundscapes with plenty of fraternal warmth.

    OUADM are Inspired by artists such as Jimmy LaValle and Mark Kozelek, The National, American Analog Set and the Postal Service, amongst many others.


     

     Sanguine Release New Video.

    Sanguine.Monday 1st February 2016
    ‘Black Sheep’, the second album from ferocious female-fronted metal mob Sanguine, gets a Europe-wide release today through Odyssey Music. To mark its arrival, the Exeter alt. metallers have dropped another new video for ‘Save Me’; the third song to be taken from ‘Black Sheep’. The clip, which premiered exclusively at MetalTalk.net on Wednesday, is easily their most ambitious video to date, and was created in collaboration with fast-rising young Australian director Tyson Wade Johnston, who has recently joined Warner Studios in Hollywood.

    Johnston became the subject of a massive movie industry buzz after releasing his independent sci-fi short ‘Lunar’ online, leading Creative Artists Agency to sign him up just a week later. Set in a strict, robot-patrolled Los Angeles in 2057, ‘Lunar’ centres on a man who is arrested after trying to steal bread for his family, and is sent to a penal colony on the moon. Sanguine bonded with Johnston when they played in L.A, and fruit of their alliance is the ‘Save Me’ video, which repurposes scenes from ‘Lunar’, and splices them together with the band’s own footage, presenting a new spin on the director’s storyline and Sanguine’s song.

    Watch it now at; - https://youtu.be/yaV3q66SilY 

    Guitarist Nick Magee says “we saw Tyson’s work and were blown away.  We sent him an email to see if he would consider letting us collaborate using his footage - he liked what we were doing so let us. It's freaking awesome that he let us do that - artist to artist I think I respect that more than anything. 
    In a total spooky co-incidence our manager phoned that week and said we had been offered a show in Los Angeles. The weirdest thing is, before that week, Sanguine had nothing to do with Los Angeles at all. Suddenly we were playing a show there and collaborating with Hollywood Directors!  We met Tyson in a seedy titty bar, because it seemed like a good idea at the time.  Ron Jeremy happened to be there, so our first face-to-face meeting, we were sat a couple meters from Ron, watching naked girls pick things up with their breasts and talking about the new music video. That was the first day we landed in L.A!”.

    ‘Black Sheep’ is out now, and available as a CD and download from all the usual outlets. Recorded at In Flames’ Gothenburg studios, and featuring some cameos and co-writes from IF guitarist Jesper Stromblad, it’s a record that’s both highly distinctive and dizzyingly eclectic.  With frontwoman Tarin’s instantly recognisable banshee-howl-to-angelic-harmony vocal range drawing it all together, the album dips into a dazzling array of influences to be by turns both brutal and beautiful. Nick comments, “this album has been a real journey. It started back in 2012 when we started cutting demo's in Gothenburg. Since then the album has taken us to Berlin, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Las Vegas and Stockholm.  We can't believe how well it's gone in a lot of ways - the music industry is tough at the moment so we are lucky to have been given the opportunity to do so many different things. This album has something for everyone I think. Each song has a different energy”.  

     Shavpes To Support We Came As Romans And Miss May I.

    Shavpes.Monday 1st February 2016
    Birmingham-based five-piece, SHVPES, can now proudly reveal that they will support Spinefarm label-mates We Came As Romans as well as Miss May I on their 4-date UK co-headline tour this May, completing a killer line-up that is sure to sell-out.

    Tour dates as follows:-
    Tue 24 May                  Liverpool, Arts Club
    Wed 25 May                Glasgow, King Tut’s
    Thu 26 May                 Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
    Fri 27 May 2016        Manchester, Sound Control

    Tickets are on sale now via all the usual outlets/platforms.

    SHVPES, recently signed to Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records, are currently preparing the material for their debut album, and will be entering the studio shortly to start recording.

    SHVPES are fast becoming one of the most hotly talked-about young alternative acts in the UK, making a mark with fans and critics alike, and – most tellingly –  appearing in numerous ‘Tipped for 2016’ lists in the UK rock press.

    More details on the new album plus summer festival plans will be revealed in due course.

    Check out the video for SHVPES most recent single, ‘State Of Mine’, released last summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJjUkUPsbgs

     Enter Shikari To Release Acoustic EP.

    Enter Shikari.Friday 29th January 2016
    Ahead of their February 2016 headline show at London's Alexandra Palace that closes their UK tour, Enter Shikari went into the venue in December 2015 to visit the site and to record a short acoustic set for a small audience of friends and competition winners. 

    Rather than use the 10,000 capacity space that will house the full-blown ‘arena rock show’, Ally Pally offered the band the use of the seldom-seen-by-the-general-public Victorian Theatre for the recording. The theatre, largely unused in this century, is a hidden gem behind the main building. A 2500 capacity ornate room that has, over the past 100+ years, served as not only a place of entertainment but also a haven for Belgian refugees, a BBC props store, and a German internment camp. 

    Footage from the set has been released via the band’s Youtube channel today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdD4s3g45t8, and three of the tracks will be available for streaming and download as a ‘Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace EP’ via all outlets from Monday 1st February

    Enter Shikari’s UK tour - which the band recently announced would utilise quadraphonic surround-sound - starts on Thursday 18th February in Glasgow, and ends up at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 27th February before heading out to Europe. 
    Support for the UK dates comes from The Wonder Years and The King Blues.  

    EP tracklist ; 
    1) Torn Apart (Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace)
    2) Myopia (Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace)
    3) One True Colour (Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace)
    release date ; Monday 1st February 2016. 

    Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep Tour - UK - Feb 2016 
    Thurs 18 - Glasgow - O2 Apollo 
    Fri 19 - Edinburgh - Corn Exchange 
    Sat 20 - Nottingham - Motorpoint Arena 
    Mon 22 - Bournemouth - International Center 
    Tues 23 - Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena 
    Thurs 25 - Manchester - Victoria Warehouse 
    Sat 27 - London - Alexandra Palace   

     Boy Jumps ship Reveal Debut Album.

    Boy Jumps Ship.Friday 29th January 2016
    British four piece BOY JUMPS SHIP have revealed the details of their debut album. Entitled ‘Wake Up’, the band’s first full-length will be released via AMAZING RECORD CO on April 22nd.

    Hailing from the North-East of England, BOY JUMPS SHIP have gained a reputation for their energetic, passionate and exuberant live performances up and down the country and around Europe. Touring with the likes of Only Rivals, Young Guns, Arcane Roots and We Are The Ocean to name a few, as well as the UK leg of the 2015 VANS WARPED TOUR, audiences found themselves instantly connecting with their unavoidably addictive, massive melodic choruses and heavy-hitting riffs.

    With the aid of a generous grant from the PRS FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION’s Momentum Award, the band headed down to The Premises studio in Hoxton, London, working with producer Larry Hibbit (Hundred Reasons, Marmozets, Nothing But Thieves) and ending up with the 12 tracks that make up ‘Wake Up’.

    “Without the amazing support we've had from the PRS Foundation we wouldn't have been able to make the record, the work they do for bands like ourselves is so vital, we couldn't be more grateful.” Says frontman Si Todd. The band took advantage of the financial freedom the award allowed to work with a long admired producer, Larry Hibbit.

    “Larry helped us to capture the sound of our band exactly how we imagined it.’ Continues Si. “We've always said that when we eventually recorded our debut album, we would take our time and get it right. From a performance aspect, we all pushed ourselves to completely different levels this time around, we put our heart and soul into these songs and we couldn't be more proud of how they turned out!”

    Following conversations with various labels wanting to sign the band after hearing the end result, the band opted to go with Newcastle based AMAZING RECORD CO. Says Si:

    “Signing to Amazing Record Co. was pretty special for us. We wanted to make sure that our album found a good home and we definitely feel like we've achieved that with these guys. Even though we plan on taking this thing as far as we can globally, we always want to make sure that we remember our roots and where we came from. Having a locally based label with the same vision and aspirations as we do makes it all a bit more exciting.”

    ‘Wake Up’ is released via AMAZING RECORD CO on 22nd April and is available for pre-order here: https://BoyJumpsShip.lnk.to/WakeUp

    BOY JUMPS SHIP hit the road next month as main support to Scottish rockers FATHERSON. Catch them at the following shows in February 2016:

    Thurs 11    Dundee               Reading Rooms
    Fri 12         Edinburgh           Liquid Rooms
    Sun 14       Liverpool             East Village Arts Centre
    Mon 15       Birmingham         Rainbow
    Tues 16      Cardiff                 Globe
    Wed 17      Nottingham         Bodega
    Thurs 18    Bristol                 Exchange
    Sat 20        Southampton      Talking Heads
    Sun 21       Brighton              Hope
    Tues 23      London               Borderline
    Wed 24      Leeds                  Brudenell Social Club
    Thurs 25    Manchester         Gullivers
    Fri 26         Newcastle           Cluny 2

    Fatherson tour tickets available here: http://goo.gl/2hK6uE

    The band will also play a one-off special launch gig in their home town on 23rd April at Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2. Tickets available here: http://smarturl.it/Wake-Up

    Further shows are being planned with a full UK headline tour to be announced in the coming weeks.

     Falling In Reverse Unleash New Video.

    Falling In Reverse.Thursday 28th January 2016
    Falling In Reverse has released a new video for their song 'Chemical Prisoner' from their latest album Just Like You. The song sees the band continuing to blaze new pathways and bridge the gap between brutal metal and pop rock.
     
    Ronnie Radke states, "Filming this video was super fun. We did it in my hometown Vegas with my dad’s motorcycle club. One of my favourite videos to shoot." Watch the video for 'Chemical Prisoner' now at YouTube.
     
    Last year, the band's third album, Just Like You debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Current Album chart, landed at #3 for Current Alternative Album#21 in the Billboard Top 200, and took the #13 spot on the Top Current Album chart. According to Revolver it is their "strongest record to date" in their review. Alternative Press said the album is "ridiculously catchy." Also in 2015, Falling In Reverse played their first international tours in Europe, South America, and made an Australian appearance at Soundwave Festival. In the U.S, Falling In Reverse played the sold-out Self Help Festival, followed byRonnie Radke's Three Ring Circus, The Supervillains Tour, and wrapped up the year with the Christmas Vacation Tour.
     
    Falling In Reverse is currently writing new material for their next album. More news on Falling In Reverse will be announced soon.
     
    For more information on Falling In Reverse, visit: http://fallinginreverse.com/.
     

     Reading And Leeds Festival Add More Bands.

    Reading And Leeds Festival.Thursday 28th January 2016
    Reading & Leeds Festivals are delighted to announce Foals and Disclosure as co- headliners for this year’s festival taking place across Bank Holiday Weekend 26-28 August 2016. In a Reading & Leeds first, two bastions of modern British music will be making the step up to the largest festival stages of their careers, bringing together two defining acts of a generation.

    Returning after their festival-stopping surprise set last year, 2016 will see Foals in their debut headline performance atReading & Leeds. Unafraid of genre limitations, their endless creativity and ferocious live shows have seen the Oxford five-piece rise through the ranks, positioning themselves as one of the most unmissable live acts in the world.

    Joining Foals as co-headliners of Reading & Leeds 2016 is the dance phenomenon Disclosure, in their very first Major UK Festival headlining set. Their chart topping dance anthems sound-tracked the worldwide explosion of UK dance. Their 2014 performance saw crowds overflowing the NME/Radio 1 Stage, so their return to headline in 2016 is one not to be missed.

    Melvin Benn commented: “I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. A co -headline with two of the most promising British acts out there; Foals secret set last year was a highlight for me, as I’m sure their debut headline slot will be, coupled with the phenomenal Disclosure – we’re very proud to be able to give these acts the recognition they deserve.”

    Foals commented: “We're absolutely buzzing to be headlining Reading & Leeds this year. It's a dream come true. I used to watch Nirvana live at Reading '92, on vhs, repeatedly while dying my hair blue & learning how to play guitar, badly. We've worked our way up on our own terms & to be given the chance to headline one of the world’s most iconic festivals is a huge achievement for us & hopefully a sign for all bands, that, if you stick to your guns & focus on what matters, you'll get there & smash it. Onwards & upwards friends. Long live the guitar band”

    Disclosure commented: " We’re incredibly excited to be co-headlining Reading and Leeds with our good friends Foals. We've been going to Reading festival since we were kids and have played at both festivals several times, but never in a million years did we think we'd be at the top of the line-up, especially considering there hasn't been an electronic headliner since The Prodigy in 2002! Truly honoured" 

    Dance super group Jack Ü have shifted the face of modern dance, with worldwide smash ‘Where Are U Now’ dominating the airwaves and music libraries of millions. Bringing together electronic dance icons Skrillex and Diplo, their live shows at Reading & Leeds 2016 will be a summer extravaganza like no other. 

    In a European Festival Exclusive, Imagine Dragons will be returning to Reading & Leeds; with a catalogue of chart hits including ‘Radioactive’, ‘It’s Time’ and ‘Demons’ that are destined to whip the capacity crowds into frenzy. Reading & Leeds 2016 will be the only place to catch them in Europe over the summer. 

    Commenting on their appearance at Reading & Leeds this year, the band say:
    “Reading and Leeds is one of the best festivals in the world. We look forward to the wonderful people. The music. And even the mud. See you soon."

    Two Door Cinema Club joins the impressive line up at Reading & Leeds this year in a UK Festival Exclusiveperformance. Expect old favourites and new tracks galore, as the Northern Irish trio smash yet another festival crowd on their way to indie immortality.

    The hottest name in hip-hop, Fetty Wap will make his debut UK Live Appearance at this year’s Reading and Leeds, in yet another UK Festival Exclusive. Shaking up the hip-hop scene with his dark tales of modern life, the underground king has remained an untouchable enigma since his rise to stardom. The master behind 2015 hit ‘Trap Queen’, Fetty also made Billboard history when his first four singles – ‘Trap Queen’, ‘Again’, ‘My Way’ and ‘679’ - charted simultaneously on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

    A true breakthrough success story, the soaring vocals from Nothing But Thieves will be returning to Reading & Leeds bringing their unique brand of rock, and hits from their eponymous debut album released late last year. They’ll be sharing the bill with pulsating electro pioneers Crystal Castles fresh from a new line up and sound, expect a barrage of synthesised distortion and a visceral live show like no other.

    Nothing But Thieves said on their Reading & Leeds return:
    "Last year’s Reading & Leeds was one of our highlights of 2015, it was an honour to play a stage that we've seen so many bands at since we were kids, cannot wait to be playing Reading & Leeds again this year."

    Parkway Drive are set to bring their angry metalcore cocktail to Reading & Leeds 2016 with their only UK Festival appearance of the summer, whilst The Internet will be gripping the crowds with their modern take on neo-soul and trip-hop in yet another UK Festival Exclusive.

    Securing Reading & Leeds 2016 as the go-to festival for global dance superstars, co-headliners Disclosure will be joined on the line-up by ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ chart supremo Oliver Heldens and the undisputed queen of UK danceHannah Wants for bursts of unrelenting electronic gold.

    Hannah Wants: "2015 was my very first experience playing Reading & Leeds and wow I was impressed! The crowds were absolutely insaaaaaane! I’m so hyped to returning again this year!”

    >Oliver Heldens says: “I’m really looking forward to play at Reading and Leeds this August. I like the fact that there is a very diverse line up and I hope to see some cool acts when I’m at the festival. I can’t wait to be back in the UK and hope to see you all there!”

    On the Alternative Stage we’re thrilled to announce headliners Kurupt FM will present Champagne Steam Rooms, bringing the pure vibes of champagne era UKG to Reading & Leeds 2016, with special guest DJ Barely Legal, one of the best bass DJs around. On release, the BBC mockumentary pilot, People Just Do Nothing, became the most popular programme of the month. Following the MCs behind West London’s finest pirate radio station, the show developed a cult following, and with Series 3 airing in 2016 they’re now revelling in success. They’re the biggest thing to come out of Brentford since the football club and they’re taking over Reading & Leeds

    Joining Kurupt FM on the Alternative Stage at Reading and Leeds 2016 are Cassetteboy. Their most popular videos, Cassetteboy vs The Bloody Apprentice, and David Cameron’s Conference Rap, have both been watched over 6 million times.  They’ve enlisted the help of their shouty friend DJ Rubbish to create a comedy disco. He’ll be hyping up the crowd while Cassetteboy caper around behind him. The resulting show looks like your Tivo box went out clubbing and got hammered.  Dot Cotton and Gregg Wallace are mashed up with Rihanna and The Human League in the weirdest party you’ve ever been to.  It will be a stupid, messy, funny festival highlight.

    Standing as the only place to catch the biggest and most influential acts of modern times, Reading & Leeds 2016 is destined to be the epicentre of the 2016 music calendar, full of exclusive moments that will define the year in modern music. 

    Newly announced additions:
    >Foals (Co-Headliner)
    Disclosure (Co-Headliner)
    Jack Ü
    Imagine Dragons (European Festival Exclusive)
    Two Door Cinema Club (UK Festival Exclusive)
    Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive)
    Crystal Castles
    Parkway Drive (UK Festival Exclusive)
    Nothing But Thieves
    The Internet (UK Festival Exclusive)
    Oliver Heldens
    Hannah Wants
    Kurupt FM Presents: Champagne Steam Rooms
    CassetteBoy vs DJ Rubbish

    strong>Previously announced:
    Red Hot Chili Peppers (Headliner: Festival Exclusive)
    The 1975
    Courteeners
    Boy Better Know
    Twenty One Pilots
    Eagles Of Death Metal (UK Festival Exclusive)
    Slaves
    Hinds
    Rat Boy
    DJ EZ

    TICKET INFORMATION
    Tickets are on sale now.
    Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total
    Day ticket prices/sale date TBC

    If you paid your first instalment on or before October 31st, your upcoming payment date will be February 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)
    If you paid your first instalment on or before November 30th, your upcoming payment dates will be February 1st (£50.00), March 1st (£50.00) & April 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage) 
    If you paid your first instalment on or before December 31st, your upcoming payment dates will be February 1st (£50.00), March 1st (£50.00) & April 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)
    If you pay your first instalment on or before January 31st, your subsequent payment dates will be March 1st (£50.00), April 1st (£50.00) & May 3rd (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)

    Early entry permits - £20 (No booking fee)
    Campervan permits - £75 (No booking fee)
    Lockers - £16 (No booking fee)
    Reading car park - £10 (No booking fee)

     Ramblin Man Fair Add More Bands.

    Ramblin Man Fair.Thursday 28th January 2016
    Following from a hugely successful inaugural year in 2015, Ramblin' Man Fair returns in 2016. The festival is pleased to announce the second round of bands for next years festival! Already announced is the stellar lineup of WHITESNAKE (Saturday Headliners), BLACK STONE CHERRY (Sunday Headliners), THIN LIZZY, Airbourne, Europe, Ginger Wildheart, The Graveltones, Procol Harum, Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Von Hertzen Brothers, Blurred Vision, The Fierce And The Dead, Frost*, IO Earth, The White Buffalo, Life Signs, Hayseed Dixie, Walter Trout and King King. Joining them in 2016 are...

    Sebastian Bach
    Sebastian Bach, singer who achieved mainstream success as front man of SkidRow from 1987-96 will be performing with his band, playing contemporary numbers and old school classic Skid Row tracks.  Sebastian is renowned for being one of rocks most iconic singers and outspoken front men. Expect classics such as '18 For Life', 'Youth Gone Wild' and 'Monkey Business' 

    The Cadillac Three
    Since the release of Tennessee Mojo featuring the radio hit 'Party Like You', The Cadillac Three are proving a massive success on both sides of the Atlantic and have been on a non-stop rollercoaster of touring, including rave reviews and sold-out shows during their UK run this month. Ramblin' Man Fair are so excited to add them to this years line up and feel this is only the beginning for this band who clearly have big things on the horizon.

    Ginger Baker's Airforce 3
    Ginger Baker is probably one of the most innovative and influential drummers of our time and one of the founding members to one of the most iconic classic rock bands 'CREAM'. Now with a career  spanning 45 years and still going strong, Ginger Baker will be bringing back 70's jazz rock fusion project 'Airforce 3' to Ramblin' Man Fair 2016 and we can't wait!
    Also announced are blues psychedelic outfit Purson, Main stage performers Inglorious and The Kentucky Headhunters and also adding to the Prog Stage The Zombies and Headspace.

    Weekend and Day Tickets On Sale Now

    Weekend General Admission – £130.00 *
    Weekend VIP - £225.00 *
    Saturday General Admission - £75.00 *
    Saturday VIP - £125.00 *
    Sunday Genral Admission - £75.00 *
    Sunday VIP - £125.00 *
     
    *Not Including Booking Fee
     
    Ticket Link - http://ramblinmanfair.seetickets.com/

     Incite Kick Off UK Headline Tour.

    Incite.Thursday 28th January 2016
    INCITE, the Arizona based metal outfit led by Richie Cavalera, are set to release their new album, 'Oppression' on 22nd April and to tie in with their current UK dates they're debuting new song, 'Stagnant' over at Soundcloud - 
    https://soundcloud.com/incite-band/stagnant

    'Oppression' was recorded at the Omen Room Studios, Garden Grove, CA with producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Every Time I Die). Richie Cavalera states, "The shredding and ferocity on this record will surely fire up all metal heads.  It's by far, darker and faster than anything we've released before. The man chosen to take this ride through hell and back with us is no other than producer Steve Evetts."

    Having just wrapped up a UK run supporting Cancer Bats, INCITE roll straight into a full European tour with SOULFLY.  UK dates run as follows:
    Fri 29th Jan - NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement
    Sat 30th Jan - LONDON O2 Islington Academy
    Sun 31st Jan - BRISTOL Marble Factory
    Tue 2nd Feb - DUBLIN O2 Academy Green Room
    Wed 3rd Feb - BELFAST Limelight 2
    Thu 4th Feb - GLASGOW King Tuts
    Fri 5th Feb - MANCHESTER Academy 3
    Sat 6th Feb - NORWICH Waterfront
    Sun 7th Feb - WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
    Mon 8th Feb - BRIGHTON Concorde 2

     Lawson Announce New Single 'Money'.

    Lawson.Thursday 28th January 2016
    Lawson today unveil gloriously upbeat new single 'Money', the next single to be taken from their forthcoming sophomore album.

    A future anthem-in-waiting, 'Money' (Polydor Records, March 18th) is a stunning slice of carefree, optimistic pop rock and sees Lawson - Andy Brown (lead vocals/ guitars), Ryan Fletcher (bass), Joel Peat (guitar), and Adam Pitts (drums) - on the sort of classic songwriting form that propelled them to million selling status in the UK. Since the release of their hit single 'Roads' last summer, Lawson have spent the six months touring the US, UK and Australia. The band were selected by Robbie Williams himself to be the main support act on this Australian Arena Tour. Robbie was so impressed by the band's ability he asked them to join him on stage each night of the tour for a show-stopping rendition of 'Back For Good'.

    Talking about Money, lead vocalist / songwriter Andy Brown says: -  

    "We first had the idea of Money when we were unsigned and touring around in an old van, absolutely skint. We used to sing 'Where's the money?!' after driving 100's of miles to play to 10 people! After the success of the first album, we developed it further and it just turned into this big, pop anthem. It's going to be a big favourite in the live set- we shot the video last week and invited a bunch of our friends and fans down to be in it and they were all singing along after the first listen."

    Brown adds: "It's also quite fitting to be unveiling it in January as we've all spent far too much money over Christmas and like most people we're waiting for the next payday!"

    Four years since writing 'Chapman Square'- the top 5 debut album which spawned five top 10 singles and saw Lawson sell a million records in the UK alone- performing at V, T in the Park and The Isle of Wight festival in the process— 'Money' is the sound of a band at the top of their game, and a supremely confident taster of their eagerly anticipated second album.

     Wolfmother For UK Tour.

    Wolfmother.Wednesday 27th January 2016
    WOLFMOTHER have announced a European headline tour starting this April. The Grammy award-winning rock band fronted by Andrew Stockdale will also be releasing their highly anticipated new album VICTORIOUS (Universal Music Catalogue) on February 19th and have just revealed another new track 'Gypsy Caravan' which is available as a free download when you pre-order the album here.

    Both the title track 'Victorious' and 'City Lights' were premiered by Zane Lowe on his Beats1 radio show and are also available as instant downloads when you pre-order VICTORIOUS on iTunes HERE. Pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles are also available at http://smarturl.it/wolfmotherstore.

    LISTEN TO 'GYPSY CARAVAN' HERE

    LISTEN TO 'CITY LIGHTS' HERE

    The follow-up to 2009's Cosmic Egg and 2014's New Crown, the eagerly anticipated VICTORIOUS is an electrifying testament to the range and depth of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale's artistry. Recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with 2X Grammy winning producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen), the songs are edgy, inventive and uncompromising and rank among the band's best ever.

    In addition to vocals, Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM) to split drum duties.

    "We wanted to get back to that big sound," says Stockdale. "The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and," he muses, "perfect for a festival main stage."

    Led by Stockdale, Wolfmother have amassed a global fanbase, played to packed-house crowds around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Isle of Wight, Rock am Ring and Reading and Leeds, and have been invited to share stages with rock icons Aerosmith and AC/DC. For their induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Led Zeppelin personally invited Wolfmother as their guests (the band showed their appreciation by delivering an electrifying cover of 'Communication Breakdown').

    Don't miss Wolfmother when they tour Europe starting this April:

    Sat 9th – Academy, Manchester (UK)
    Sun 10th – O2 Academy, Newcastle (UK)
    Tue 12th – O2 Academy, Glasgow (UK)
    Wed 13th – O2 Academy, Leeds (UK)
    Thurs 14th – Rock City, Nottingham (UK)
    Sat 16th – O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK)
    Sun 17th – O2 Academy, Bristol (UK)
    Mon 18th – O2 Guildhall, Southampton (UK)
    Wed 20th – O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (UK)

    Ten years after their arrival, Wolfmother have returned with what could arguably be called their best work to date. With VICTORIOUS, Stockdale once again arrives right on time: in an era dominated by single-song downloads, this is an album worthy of repeat listens from top to bottom.

     Years And Years Announce Spring Tour.

    Years And Years.Wednesday 27th January 2016
    Just as they kick off their long-sold-out UK headline tour, Years & Years now announce a brand new set of tour dates for the Spring of 2016, which will see them headline arenas across the country, culminating with a show at Wembley Arena on the 8th April.

    The fresh dates, following overwhelming demand, mark yet another highlight in what has been a momentous year for Years & Years. The release of their debut album Communion, and its subsequent topping of the UK charts, proved to be a watershed moment this year for British music and global pop at large. It's now sold over 650,000 copies worldwide and has taken up permanent residence in the UK top 20 – making it the fastest selling debut in 2015 from a UK signed band.

    The three-piece, led by frontman Olly Alexander, have made their name this year one of the hottest tickets going. Today sees them embark on a headline tour of the UK – tickets for which sold out long ago – including two shows at Brixton Academy. This years' Glastonbury festival saw them play one of the most packed out shows the John Peel stage has ever seen and the other side of the pond they have recently completed a sold out tour playing their biggest North American venues to date. 

    Years & Years tour dates:

    2016 
    28/03                        Ironworks, Inverness
    29/03                         Academy, Glasgow
    01/04                         Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
    02/04                         Apollo, Manchester
    04/04                         BIC, Bournemouth
    05/04                         Pavillions, Plymouth
    06/04                         Oasis, Swindon
    08/04                         Wembley Arena, London

     The Cadillac Three To Release Brand New Single.

    Cadillac Three.Thursday 28th January 2016
    The Cadillac Three have revealed their brand new single 'Graffiti,' which premiered this morning on Planet Rock Radio and was instantly added to their A-list, ahead of kicking off their 'Night Life Religion' headline UK tour tonight in Leeds.

    Percussionist Neil Mason penned 'Graffiti' – available now via http://smarturl.it/TC3Graffiti – with Corey Crowder and Luke Dick. The soulful southern epic takes the finest of their Nashville roots and seamlessly blends them with a contemporary feel to form The Cadillac Three's trademark sound which is both unique and contagious.

    LISTEN TO GRAFFITI HERE

    The lyrics echo nostalgia for the band who met in high school: "We're doing it our way, leaving our mark down the halls, on the walls in the bathroom stalls, underneath that freight train bridge we jumped off // Our story spread around, word of mouth, town to town // We were small-town famous, our names in graffiti."

    The Cadillac Three filmed the music video for 'Graffiti' in London yesterday, leaving their mark across some of the capital's most infamous locations. The raucous Nashville trio has found a welcome home here in the UK with British fans taking them to heart. Their word-of-mouth appeal has ensured each show from their multiple visits to the UK has sold out to bigger and bigger crowds, spreading news of the band's vibrant live shows across the country at a phenomenal rate.

    Since being named the 2014 UK Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Best New Band, The Cadillac Three became the most played new band on Planet Rock in 2015 with several radio singles – 'The South', 'Back It Up', 'Party Like You', 'Peace Love And Dixie' and 'White Lightning' – all playlisted, while 'White Lightning' was a staple on the BBC Radio 2 playlist all summer long.

    Masters in blending the weight of heavy music with the swagger of southern rock and the true grit of country, The Cadillac Three's current nine-date tour will be in support of their eagerly anticipated upcoming album – the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed debut Tennessee Mojo – with more details to be announced very soon.

    Although seasoned travelers to the UK, The Cadillac Three will be doing their first ever UK in-store appearance on Saturday, February 6 before their sold-out show at The Tramshed in Cardiff. Taking place at Retro Vibe Music at 2:30pm – 4:30pm, the band will sign copies of Tennessee Mojo and last year's Peace, Love & Dixie EP, as well as play an intimate acoustic set that brings a taste of the Deep South to downtown Cardiff. 

    Special guests on the 'Night Life Religion' tour will be Southern rockers Whiskey Myers, visiting the UK for the first time; the East Texan band's most recent albums – Early Morning Shakes and Firewater – have been re-issued by Spinefarm in the UK.  The Cadillac Three have also just been announced to play at this year's Ramblin' Man Fair which will take place on 23 & 24 July 2016 at Mote Park, Maidstone.

    THE CADILLAC THREE 'NIGHT LIFE RELIGION' 2016 UK TOUR:
    Thursday 28th January – Leeds, The Wardrobe
    Friday 29th January – Newcastle, University
    Saturday 30th January – Glasgow, Garage
    Sunday 31st January – Manchester, Academy 2
    Tuesday 2nd February – Norwich, The Waterfront
    Wednesday 3rd February – Brighton, Concorde 2
    Thursday 4th February – Birmingham, O2 Institute
    Friday 5th February – London, Electric Ballroom
    Saturday 6th February – Cardiff, Tramshed

    Off the back of their prominent UK success, The Cadillac Three will head out with the platinum-selling duo, Florida Georgia Line on their mammoth US 'Dig Your Roots' tour starting this July.

     Years And Years Announce Spring Tour.

    Megadeth.Wednesday 27th January 2016
    Thrash metal genre pioneers MEGADETH will kick off the New Year with the release of their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records on the 22nd January 2016.

    With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold). The rest of the MEGADETH lineup is comprised of David "Junior" Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album. 

    "There's an excitement right now that I haven't felt for a really long time," exclaims Dave Mustaine.

    Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners. "Fatal Illusion" is the first track released from the album - listen here. Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to MEGADETH's influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.  

    MEGADETH burst onto the thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time). sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992's two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.

    TRACK LISTING:
    1. The Threat Is Real
    2. Dystopia
    3. Fatal Illusion
    4. Death From Within
    5. Bullet To The Brain
    6. Post American World
    7. Poisonous Shadows
    8. Conquer or Die!
    9. Lying In State
    10. The Emperor
    11. Foreign Policy

     Years And Years Announce Spring Tour.

    Years And Years.Thursday 28th January 2016
    Just as they kick off their long-sold-out UK headline tour, Years & Years now announce a brand new set of tour dates for the Spring of 2016, which will see them headline arenas across the country, culminating with a show at Wembley Arena on the 8th April.

    The fresh dates, following overwhelming demand, mark yet another highlight in what has been a momentous year for Years & Years. The release of their debut album Communion, and its subsequent topping of the UK charts, proved to be a watershed moment this year for British music and global pop at large. It's now sold over 650,000 copies worldwide and has taken up permanent residence in the UK top 20 – making it the fastest selling debut in 2015 from a UK signed band.

    The three-piece, led by frontman Olly Alexander, have made their name this year one of the hottest tickets going. Today sees them embark on a headline tour of the UK – tickets for which sold out long ago – including two shows at Brixton Academy. This years' Glastonbury festival saw them play one of the most packed out shows the John Peel stage has ever seen and the other side of the pond they have recently completed a sold out tour playing their biggest North American venues to date. 

    Years & Years tour dates:

    2016 
    28/03                        Ironworks, Inverness
    29/03                         Academy, Glasgow
    01/04                         Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
    02/04                         Apollo, Manchester
    04/04                         BIC, Bournemouth
    05/04                         Pavillions, Plymouth
    06/04                         Oasis, Swindon
    08/04                         Wembley Arena, London

     Duran Duran To Headline Common People Festival.

    Duran.Wednesday 27th January 2016
    Set to take our two-day metropolitan jamboree by storm, the Common People crew are delighted to announce that Duran Duran will headline Common People 2016, topping the bill at Oxford’s South Park on Saturday 28th May and then providing a fitting finale for our Southampton Common shindig on Sunday 29th May.

    Common People head honcho Rob da Bank says: “So, we were already off to a flyer with Common People selling out last year, announcing a second site this year, with our beautiful South Park location in Oxford, overlooking the dreaming spires, and now we’re putting the cherry on top with the news that Duran Duran will be headlining a day in each city! Icons of the last four decades the boys are still churning out hits and absolutely smashed it at our mothership show Bestival last year. I’m also delighted to announce Katy B will be joining the party. See you in the fields”.

    Commenting on their headline performance, Duran Duran’s John Taylor said: “We are very honoured to be a part of this year’s Common People festival, we had such an incredible time at Bestival last year. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend! See you all there”.

    A universal highlight of Bestival’s Summer of Love, Duran Duran took it to the next level on the Isle of Wight last year, so team CP just couldn’t resist bringing them to South Park to headline the first day of Oxford’s inaugural Common People and to wrap up our sophomore Southampton outing. One of UK pop music’s most successful and enduring bands, Duran Duran have provided the soundtrack to the lives several generations, from their early days in Birmingham’s Rum Runner formulating the sound that would give us Planet Earth and Girls on Film to their latest acclaimed album, Paper Gods, that returned them to the top ten winning them a whole new audience in the process.

    Also joining Common People’s line-up on Saturday in Oxford and Sunday in Southampton is dance music trailblazer Katy B. Firmly at the forefront of the most recent wave of chart invading beat fanatics, Katy’s armoury of pop-rave bangers saw her last album taking the top spot, and with follow up Honey poised to be the soundtrack of this summer, you can guarantee she’ll hit the mark.

    Both acts will be joining previously announced performers Primal Scream, Craig David, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombes, Ghost Poet, Kurupt FM, Hospitality, Ram Jam, and many more, plus there’s still a whole raft of bands, DJs and outlandish action to announce. For more information and ticket details head to http://commonpeople.net/.

     Stiff Little Fingers Announce UK Tour.

    Stiff Little Fingers Announce UK Tour.Wednesday 27th January 2016
    After the success of their 2014 studio album release, the critically acclaimed 'No Going Back', Punk rock legends Stiff Little Fingers are set to tour the UK in February and March 2016, with support from Ricky Warwick and The Fighting Hearts.

    The band have also launched a Pledge campaign for a brand new live album. March 17, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of SLF's annual St. Patrick's Day shows at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom. The Pledge campaign will see a live DVD recording of this historic occasion.
    http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/stifflittlefingers25thdvd 

    Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland.  Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life".

    These were the first of what became SLF's signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The band split in early '83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers.

    In '87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. In '94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Guitar and Drum on the EMI Label. This was followed by 2014's No Going Back.
     
    2016 UK tour dates are as follows:

    Thurs 25th Feb 2016         Oxford, o2 Academy UK
    Fri 26th Feb                             Portsmouth, Pyramid UK
    Sat 27th Feb                            Exeter, Phoenix UK
    Sun 28th Feb                          Cardiff, University (SOLUS) UK
    Tues 1st march                      Wolverhampton, Robin 2 UK
    Wed 2nd March                   Leamington Spa, The Assembly UJ
    Fri 4th March                         London, The Forum UK
    Sat 5th March                        Northampton, Roadmender UK
    Sun 6th March                       Bristol. O2 Academy UK
    Tues 8th March                     Cambridge, Junction UK
    Wed 9th March                    Norwich, Waterfront UK
    Fri 11th March                      Nottingham, Rock City UK
    Sat 12th March                     Leeds, o2 Academy UK
    Mon 14th March                 Aberdeen, Garage UK
    Tues 15th March                  Inverness, Ironworks UK
    Thurs 17th March                Glasgow, Barrowlands UK
    Fri 18th March                      Newcastle, o2 Academy
    Sat 19th March                     Manchester, The Ritz UK

     The Franklys Announce Tour.

    Franklys.Wednesday 27th January 2016
    The Franklys embark on their most extensive and ambitious tour since they formed and promise each show will be 'loud, raw, energetic, sweaty, and an exciting spectacle!"   The Franklys  first tour of 2016 starts in Brigton on February 29th and finishes 18 shows later with 2 shows in one day,  first the Freehold Festival in Liverpool followed by The Firebug in Leicester on April 8nd.

    The Franklys, are an all girl rock 'n' roll band based in London. 50% Swedish, 25% British, 25% American, 100% rock'n'roll.

    This four piece force of nature features a rhythm section as solid and driving as an army tank, which consists of all-American drummer Nicole Pinto and home grown talent Zoe Biggs on bass. Fronting up the quartet like a pair of firecrackers are Swedish pair Jen Ahlkvist (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) with her bitter sweet and ever so edgy vocals, and Fanny Broberg (lead guitar), contributing double-barrelled screaming guitars and melodic guitar hooks, lending a rich variety to the styles and sounds that cascade off the stage.

    The Franklys love '50s rock'n'roll, '60s psych, '70s punk, '80s new wave and you will love The Franklys, so catch them at a show near you.

    The Franklys UK Tour Dates 
    February 
    29th       Brighton            Sticky Mike's 
    March 
    3st         Cambridge        Anglia Ruskin
    4th         Ipswich             Cult Cafe 
    5th         Chelmsford       The Asylum
    9th         Edinburgh         Sneaky Pete's.
    10th       Glasgow           Nice'n'Sleazy
    11th       Stanley             The Top House
    12th       Northallerton The Fleece
    17th       London The Finsbury
    18th       Liverpool          Bumper
    19th       Leeds   Milo Bar
    20th       Manchester       The Castle Hotel 
    24th       Brighton            Green Door Store
    25th       Winchester        Railway
    26th       Bedford            Esquires
    April 
    1st         Cardiff  Clwb Ifor Back 
    2nd                  Liverpool          Threshold Festival 
    2nd         Leicester           The Firebug

     Wolfmother Release New Video.

    Wolfmother.Tuesday 26th January 2016
    Grammy winning rock band WOLFMOTHER have revealed the kitschy tongue in cheek sci-fi video for their lead single 'Victorious'. The video was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Brother Willis (Beirut), and sees Stockdale wield a laser-shooting guitar alongside a galactic warlord and heroine.

    WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 'VICTORIOUS' HERE

    "The video is about a girl who's held hostage by evil alien folk, but upon hearing the powers of Wolfmother's smash hit rock 'n roll extravaganza, the heroine is set free from the dark forces of the universe," Stockdale comments. "It is with this knowledge that all forces are combined through the rite of Wolfmother riffmania. And we had a blast shooting it."

    The single is the title track to upcoming album VICTORIOUS, which is set for a February 19th release through Universal Music Catalogue. Over the course of the past few weeks, the band have been giving fans a sneak preview of the album, starting with the Zane Lowe/Beats 1 radio show debut of 'Victorious' and 'City Lights', which was followed by the Vice/LiveNation premiere of 'Gypsy Caravan'. Fans can get all three songs as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order VICTORIOUS on iTunes. The CD is also available for pre-order through Amazon HERE and pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles are also available at http://smarturl.it/wolfmotherstore.

    The follow-up to 2009's Cosmic Egg and 2014's New Crown, the much-anticipated VICTORIOUS is an electrifying testament to the range and depth of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale's artistry. Recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with 2X Grammy winning producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen), the songs are edgy, inventive and uncompromising and rank among the band's best ever. In addition to vocals, Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM) to split drum duties.

    Led by Stockdale, Wolfmother have amassed a global fanbase, played to packed-house crowds around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Isle of Wight, Rock am Ring and Reading and Leeds, and have been invited to share stages with rock icons Aerosmith and AC/DC. For their induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Led Zeppelin personally invited Wolfmother as their guests (the band showed their appreciation by delivering an electrifying cover of 'Communication Breakdown').

    Don't miss Wolfmother when they tour Europe starting this April:
    April
    Fri 8th – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (IE)
    Sat 9th – Academy, Manchester (UK)
    Sun 10th – O2 Academy, Newcastle (UK)
    Tue 12th – O2 Academy, Glasgow (UK)
    Wed 13th – O2 Academy, Leeds (UK)
    Thurs 14th – Rock City, Nottingham (UK)
    Sat 16th – O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK)
    Sun 17th – O2 Academy, Bristol (UK)
    Mon 18th – O2 Guildhall, Southampton (UK)
    Wed 20th – O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (UK)
    Fri 22nd – Palladium, Cologne (GER)
    Sat 23rd – Schlachtof, Weisbaden (GER)
    Mon 25th – Le Trianon, Paris (FRA)
    Tue 26th – Paradiso, Amsterdam (HOL)
    Weds 27th – AB, Brussels (BEL)
    Fri 29th – Oosterpoort, Gronigen (HOL)
    Sat 30th – 013, Tilburg (HOL)

    May
    Sun 1st – Gross Freiheit, Hamburg (GER)
    Mon 2nd – Columbiahalle, Berlin (GER)
    Wed 4th – Vega, Copenhagen (DEN)
    Thu 5th – Rockefeller, Oslo (NOR)
    Fri 6th – Gruna Lund, Stocholm (SWE)
    Sun 8th – Alcatraz, Milan (ITA)
    Mon 9th – Volkshaus, Zurich (SWI)
    Tue 10th – Kesselhaus, Munich (GER)
    Fri 13th May – Apolo 1, Barcelona (ESP)
    Sat 14th May – Kristonfest, Bilbao (ESP)

    Ten years after their arrival, Wolfmother have returned with what could arguably be called their best work to date. With VICTORIOUS, Stockdale once again arrives right on time: in an era dominated by single-song downloads, this is an album worthy of repeat listens from top to bottom.

     Wolf Down Release New Music Videos.

    Wolf Down.Tuesday 26th January 2016
    "'Incite' and 'Conspire' are complementary songs dealing with the rage about social and political injustices, as well as the widespread apathy in our society. They are a metaphorical call to arms for anyone that feels the spirit of revolt in their hearts, for anyone that won't bow down to authority, for anyone that shows resistance to all kinds of oppression." - Wolf Down  

    Ahead of the release of their second album 'Incite & Conspire' via BoySetsFire's End Hits Records on 26th Feb, 2016, Germany's Wolf Down have released a double feature music video for title tracks 'Incite' and 'Conspire' (the latter featuring guest vocals from Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns). These two compositions are indicative of the album's themes and the band's ideals. The album's release coincides with Wolf Down's next stint of shows in the UK as they head out on tour with Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path and Counterparts in February. Dates below.

    Starting their journey in 2011 with their debut EP 'MMXI', Wolf Down have put themselves firmly on the international hardcore map, touring tirelessly in Europe, Asia and Russia. The 'Liberation EP', released last year, not only marked the debut of vocalist Dave, but also offered their most uncompromising mix of metallic hardcore to date at that point, fuelled by radical political content and drawing comparisons to bands like Hatebreed, Bitter End, The Ghost Inside and Trapped Under Ice.

    With their second LP, Wolf Down are now poised to become one of the most important bands in their genre. Produced by Dominic Paraskevopoulos in the Level3Entertainment Studios (Kreator, Caliban, Arch Enemy) 'Incite & Conspire' sounds even more powerful than any of the band's previous work.

    The eye-catching artwork by Donny Philips (who has worked with Mastodon, System Of A Down and Stick to Your Guns) clearly relays the message that Wolf Down is trying to convey has by no means mellowed with age. The eleven tracks offer a holistic view on the problems of our time: A central theme of the LP is the direct link between human rights, animal rights and the fight for the preservation of our planet. From the call for active environmental protection in 'Protect / Preserve', to the denouncement of the abuse of power in religious institutions through 'True Deceivers', right up to the demand for the abolition of all cages and the plea for a vegan diet: Wolf Down make it clear that it's not possible to solve the massive issues they address without recognizing their coherences.

    If you want to talk about Hardcore in 2016, you will be talking about Wolf Down. Or in the words of Jesse from Stick To Your Guns: "Wolf Down come from the underground but their truth will not stay buried there."

    The LP will be available digitally and as a limited vinyl (transparent, red and black) and as a digipack:
    http://impericon.com
    http://evilgreed.net/artists/wolf-down/
    http://endhitsrecords.bigcartel.com

    UK TOUR w/ Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path and Counterparts
    14.02.16 UK Birmingham Warehouse
    15.02.16 UK Manchester Sound Control
    16.02.16 UK Glasgow Classic Grand
    17.02.16 UK London Underworld
    18.02.16 UK London Underworld

    TRACKLISTING
    1. Barricade Fever
    2. Against The Grain
    3. Protect / Preserve
    4. Invisible War
    5. Flames of Discontent
    6. At Daggers Drawn
    7.  Incite
    8. Conspire (feat. Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns)
    9. True Deceivers
    10. Torch of Reason
    11. The Fortress

     Wednesday 13 To Embark On UK Tour.

    Wednesday 13.Tuesday 26th January 2016
    The Godfather of Ghoul, WEDNESDAY 13 has a string of acoustic dates for 2016 lined up.  Having tested the water with a handful of 'Undead, Unplugged' shows a few years back, a more extensive run is set for February & March.

    Explaining the reason behind the acoustic run, WEDNESDAY informs us: "It's great to get back to the UK where it all began, so many years ago.  When I tried this acoustic thing out live a couple years ago, I had no idea how it would turn out, but it was very well received and I felt an even closer connection to my fans in this setting.  I get to tell my stories about the songs and get to be personal with the fans, so I'm very excited to be bringing it back once again to the UK."

    The 'Undead, Unplugged' dates line up as follows:
    Wed 24th Feb - NEWCASTLE Think Tank
    Thu 25th Feb - NORWICH Waterfront
    Fri 26th Feb - MILTON KEYNES Crauford Arms
    Sat 27th Feb - LONDON Underworld
    Sun 28th Feb - BRISTOL Thekla
    Tue 1st Mar - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
    Wed 2nd Mar - YORK Duchess
    Thu 3rd Mar - BIRMINGHAM Oobleck
    Fri 4th Mar - HUDDERSFIELD Parish
    Sat 5th Mar - MANCHESTER Satan's Hollow

    Tickets are on sale now via box offices, all usual agents and online at www.seetickets.com. VIP packages are available at http://store.officialwednesday13.com/undead-unplugged-uk-tour-2016/.

    WEDNESDAY 13's current studio album, 'Monsters of the Universe: Come Out & Plague' is out now via Cargo Records.

     Grandmaster Flahs For Brooklyn Bowl.

    Grandmaster Flash.Tuesday 26th January 2016
    The Godfather of Hip-Hop and hands down one of the most influential DJ's of the modern era of music - DJ Grandmaster Flash - brings the party to Brooklyn Bowl London on March 4th 2016.

    Tickets are priced £20.00 in advance and are available here: http://www.axs.com/uk/events/306351/grandmaster-flash-tickets?skin=bbl

    Joseph Saddler aka Grandmaster Flash, was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering. However, Saddler had a much deeper passion for music; he had been experimenting with his father's vinyl since he was a toddler. His knowledge of audio equipment led him to an idea that would revolutionize the way he played music: the turntable would become his instrument.

    The career of Grandmaster Flash really began in the early 70's in the Bronx with neighborhood block parties that essentially were the start of what would become a global phenomenon - the dawn of a musical genre. He was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward or counter clockwise motion, when most DJs simply handled the record by the edges, put down the tone arm, and let it play. Those DJs let the tone arm guide their music, but Flash marked up the body of the vinyl with crayon, fluorescent pen, and grease pencil—and those markings became his compass.

    Grandmaster Flash invented and perfected so many methods of DJing in the late '70s and '80s that changed the way music is not only listened to, but MADE.  The seminal "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel", is a 7-minute solo showcase of Grandmaster Flash's virtuosic turntable skills, combining elements of Blondie's "Rapture", Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache", Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust", Chic's "Good Times" and the group's own "Freedom". It is also the first documented appearance of record scratching on a record.  

    The group's most significant hit was the electro rap song "The Message". Unlike earlier rap tunes, "The Message" featured a grim narrative about inner city violence, drugs, and poverty.  Critics praised the song's social awareness, calling the chorus "a slow chant seething with desperation and fury. In 2002, its first year of archival, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the US Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, the first hip-hop recording ever to receive this honor.

    By the time the '90s rolled around, Flash was hand picked by Chris Rock to spend five years as the music director for his groundbreaking HBO series, The Chris Rock Show. More recently, Flash has played for audiences as large as the Super Bowl and as elite as Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

    In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip-hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Flash was the first DJ to ever receive that honor.  

    >Although Flash has been in the business for many years, he shows no sign of slowing down.  Expect a dance party like no other!  Brooklyn Bowl London is beyond thrilled to host this musical and cultural icon.

     Escape The Fate To Embark On UK Tour.

    Escape The FateTuesday 26th January 2016
    US Goth Rockers NEW YEARS DAY and New Zealand Hard Rock outfit LIKE A STORM will join ESCAPE THE FATE on their upcoming EU Tour that kicks off on 28th January at Manchester's Club Academy.
     
    Both bands are extremely excited to come back to the UK and Europe:
     
    "Europe, did you miss us yet?! Well guess what? We are coming back soon!" – Ashley Costello, New Years Day
     
    "We're so excited to be coming back to the UK & Europe with Escape The Fate. We can't wait to rock with our European friends & fans again!" - Matt Brooks, Like A Storm
     
    NEW YEARS DAY & LIKE A STORM on tour with Escape The Fate:
    28-01-16 UK Manchester, Club Academy
    29-01-16 UK Glasgow, Cathouse
    30-01-16 UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

    31-01-16 France Paris, Le Divan Du Monde
    02-02-16 Germany Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
    03-02-16 Switzerland Zurich, Dynamo
    04-02-16 Germany Munich, Strom
    05-02-16 Italy Milan, Legend Club
    06-02-16 Italy Pordenone, Deposito
    08-02-16 Austria Vienna, Szene
    09-02-16 Czech Republic Prague, Rock Cafe
    10-02-16 Germany Berlin, Bi Nuu
    11-02-16 Germany Hamburg, Logo
    12-02-16 Holland Amsterdam, Melkweg
    13-02-16 Germany Koln, Underground
    14-02-16 Belgium Hasselt, Mod Box
    16-02-16 UK London, Electric Ballroom
    18-02-16 Russia Moscow, Red Club
    19-02-16 Russia St. Petersburg, Cosmonavt Club

     Anvil To Release New Album 'Anvil Is Anvil'.

    Anvil.Tuesday 26th January 2016
    Seminal Canadian Heavy Metallers Anvil are set to release their rousing, fist-pumping new studio album 'Anvil Is Anvil' on Steamhammer / SPV on February 26thas a Digipak CD, (containing a bonus track and poster), as a high class double gatefold clear vinyl LP (with CD in paper sleeve), plus download. Coinciding with release, Anvil will hit the road as Special Guests on Dirkschneider's entire European tour, calling in to the UK to play the following live dates:-

    13thApril       MANCHESTER Academy
    14thApril       NEWCASTLE Riverside
    15thApril       SHEFFIELD The Corporation
    16thApril       BUCKLEY Tivoli
    17thApril       NORWICH Waterfront
    18thApril       LONDON 02 Islington Academy

    'Anvil is Anvil', is an unambiguous, uncompromising, unmistakably Anvil long player, infused throughout with a fresh, sparkling, self-confident vitality, reflecting both the band's philosophy of life and new-found drive. "We're sometimes criticised for never changing," guitarist and vocalist Lips explains. "But why should we change something we're renowned for? Isn't it much more important to stay faithful to yourself? To do what you do best? The idea behind our latest album is: we are what we are, and that's how it's going to stay!"

    'Anvil is Anvil' presents guitarist / vocalist Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and their new bassist Chris Robertson in a thoroughly magic metal moment. Lips: "Time will tell whether this album is the absolute pinnacle of our career. But I would already refer to it as 'gaining the momentum'. The year 2013 was a perfect new start for Anvil. We were touring, went on to write the new material, toured again and returned to compose some more. During that time, the new line-up gelled into a real unit. The arrival of Chris was just as significant for us as the film back in 2008. He helped me enormously with my vocal lines, which is why my voice sounds better than ever on stage and also in the studio."
     
    The same could be said of the new material. 'Anvil is Anvil' sounds all of one piece and presents the band's amazing diversity, combined with their conscious loyalty to the compositional DNA of their own classics. 'Die For A Lie' for example sounds like a contemporary version of 'Jackhammer' and the stomping 'Runaway Train' features the same directives as 'Smoking Green', only based on Kudlow's present day maturity. "I practically graduated from the Bob Marlette University," the Anvil front man praises the American producer with whom the band recorded their 2011 release, 'Juggernaut Of Justice' and 2013's 'Hope In Hell'. "Bob showed me how to write songs which really mean something. So when I started to compose this time around, I was perfectly groomed."

    The band elected to work with producer Martin 'Mattes' Pfeifer (U.D.O.) on 'Anvil Is Anvil' at the at the Redhead 4 Studios in Pulheim near Cologne, Germany. For Lips, whose family is Jewish, as is drummer Robb Reiner's, it was a special moment to work with a German producer in a German studio. "There's a song on 'Anvil is Anvil' that's called 'Forgive Don´t Forget', which says everything about our attitude. Nobody is guilty of anything that happened before their time, especially since Germany has critically examined and come to terms with its own past. Anvil have always been welcome in Germany, even during difficult phases. When we think of Germany, we think of friends, not war criminals." Lips takes a clear political stance with songs such as 'Gun Control' and 'Die For A Lie', which denounces the ambiguous role of the church; "Religion is frequently used to involve people in military conflict. Hate in the name of God – that's just wrong!"

    Yet 'Anvil is Anvil' not only touches on sensitive issues but also documents the band's lust for life, their dynamic musical style and their absolute down-to-earthiness. When Lips delivers the line "Ace of Spades and the joker is wild" on 'It´s Your Move' with a surprisingly realistic Motörhead timbre, it proves his sense of humour and is in homage at the same time ("close friends with Lemmy since 1981, he is definitely part of the family"). And when Anvil invite their fans to the studio to join the choir on 'Daggers And Rum', it only shows the closeness between the musicians and their fans; "We've never recorded a pirate metal shanty such as 'Daggers & Rum' before. I'm sure this number will go down well on the upcoming tour."

    Drummer Robb Reiner, who created the 'Anvil Is Anvil' cover art, recalls that "This time around, it was suggested I paint the cover art for the release by brother Lips, after I had come up with the concept and shown him study sketches drawn out. The simple straight to the point composition was much fun to render on canvas in oil. I spent about 6 weeks completing it."

     Zoax To Support Funeral For A Friend.

    Zoax.Monday 25th January 2016
    UK’s finest ZOAX are putting the final touches to their debut album. Deadpress.com featured them in the “50 Bands To Look Out For In 2016” list and wrote: “Equipped with a charismatic and well-dressed frontman in Adam Carroll, combined with music that can be both a strong contender on the mainstream radio whilst still inciting a mosh pit, Zoax have been poking on our shoulders for attention for some time now.” We couldn’t agree more.

    The album will come out in late April, 2016. But before, ZOAX are proud to announce their appearance as special guests to FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND on their sold out 'Last Chance To Dance' final farewell tour. FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND are playing one very last run of shows, performing the album 'Hours' one night and 'Casually Dressed' the following, night alongside songs from their other records and EP's. The tour package also includes the US metalcore originators SHAI HULUD. In case you didn’t manage to get a ticket, there’s another chance to see ZOAX headlining a special event February 23rd at The Black Heart in Camden, London, where the band will premiere a few new songs.

    Formed in 2013, London-based ZOAX are a band set on creating music that inspire themselves in a seemingly stale and incestuous gene-pool. Still retaining the heaviness of their peers whilst infusing a broad focus on groove and melody, the 5 piece have succeeded in moulding a sound that sets them apart from the monotony of the masses. Feb 2014 saw the band introduce themselves to the world with debut EP, "XIII". Wetting the palate of listeners, the release lead the band to its 2nd Download Festival performance and on to tours with Cancer Bats, Polar, Feed The Rhino and He Is Legend. Drawing from a wealth of live experience in previous bands such as Rise To Remain, Axewound, Burn Down Rome and Time Is A Thief, the young-group control a stage with the maturity and finesse of the old dogs. With a live show that combines neck-breaking ferocity with Dickensian charisma, ZOAX are quickly cementing themselves as a must-see live band.

    Watch the video for 'Lonely Souls' from the latest EP here: youtube.com

    ZOAX

    23.02.2015 The Black Heart, London, UK

    ZOAX supporting FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND (+ Shai Hulud)
    23.03.2016 Knust, Hamburg, Germany
    24.03.2016 Knust, Hamburg, Germany
    25.03.2016 Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
    26.03.2016 Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
    28.03.2016 Kranhalle, Munich, Germany
    29.03.2016 Kranhalle, Munich, Germany
    30.03.2016 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
    31.03.2016 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
    02.04.2016 Luxor, Cologne, Germany – SOLD OUT
    03.04.2016 Luxor, Cologne, Germany – SOLD OUT
    05.04.2016 Y Plas, Cardiff, UK – SOLD OUT
    06.04.2016 Y Plas, Cardiff, UK – SOLD OUT
    08.04.2016 The Ritz, Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT
    09.04.2016 The Ritz, Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT
    10.04.2016 O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK – SOLD OUT
    11.04.2016 O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK – SOLD OUT
    13.04.2016 Institute, Birmingham, UK – SOLD OUT
    14.04.2016 Institute, Birmingham, UK – SOLD OUT
    15.04.2016 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK – SOLD OUT
    16.04.2016 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK – SOLD OUT

     Amon Amarth Reveal New Concept Album.

    Amon Amarth.Monday 25th January 2016
    On March 25th, Swedish metal kings Amon Amarth will release their 10th studio album, Jomsviking, via Sony Music (International) and Metal Blade Records (North America). Jomsviking - the band's first concept record in their storied career - tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark anthemic metal. The record was produced and mixed by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).

    The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the pagan order of mercenary Vikings from the 10th & 11th Centuries.  Frontman Johan Hegg explains, "The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee - but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story."

    German rock legend Doro Pesch adds guest vocals to the song "A Dream That Cannot Be". Hegg comments on the collaboration, saying, "It was a great pleasure to work with Doro. She's a very nice person and did a great job! She was actually the only one we could picture singing this song."
    By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for pre-order in various formats at http://smarturl.it/AmonAmarthOS. Fans can view the video for the album's first single, "First Kill" at http://www.amonamarth.com. Produced by Grupa 13 (http://www.grupa13.com) and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), "First Kill" was filmed in Gohrweide (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) and features a cinematic depiction of the brutal lyrics, along with stunning live footage of the band performing with their full dragon head and pyro stage-set.

    Jomsviking track-listing: [cover art and band photo attached]
    1. First Kill
    2. Wanderer
    3. On A Sea Of Blood
    4. One Against All
    5. Raise Your Horns
    6. The Way Of Vikings
    7. At Dawn's First Light
    8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
    9. Vengeance Is My Name
    10. A Dream That Cannot Be (featuring Doro Pesch)
    11. Back On Northern Shores
    Shortly before Jomsviking's release, Amon Amarth will embark on a special European mini tour of intimate venues where the band will debut some of the album's material for the first time. Tickets for these tiny shows are extremely limited and will sell FAST.

    One of the dates will be held in London, at the Underworld, on March 22 - which was the venue for the band's very first UK show, back in 2006, when tickets were priced £8.50. The show sold out and has since led to a number of sold out tours, seeing the band play bigger and bigger venues on each subsequent visit. For the March 22, 2016 show, only 300 tickets in total will be put on sale (priced £15 + fees), but the first 50 fans to buy tickets for it can snap them up for £8.50 in commemoration.

    Grab London tickets at: http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/amon-amarth-tickets from 4pm on Wednesday, January 27th. There is also an O2 pre-sale from 4pm Monday, January 25th, and a Live Nation pre-sale from 10am Tuesday, 26th January.

    The special dates are:
    March 22 London, England - Underworld
    March 23 Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
    March 24 Tilburg, Netherlands - Hall Of Fame
    March 25 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof

     Steven Tyler Releases New Single.

    Steven Tyler.Monday 25th January 2016
    Aerosmith frontman – and globally-renowned rock icon – Steven Tyler has today announced the details of his forthcoming solo single 'Red, White & You', which is available at all digital partners and streaming services from today. Tyler is currently working on his highly-anticipated debut solo album with Big Machine Label Group.

    'Red White & You' is a glorious illustration of how to weave the famous slide guitar and banjo-jangling sounds of country with the huge radio-friendly choruses that have been synonymous of Tyler's highly prolific musical career to date. Produced by Tyler himself, along with one of country music's finest session players Dann Huff (Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion), the track was also co-written with Nathan Barlowe, Levi Hummon and Jon Vella.

    Steven Tyler set the music industry abuzz in 2015 when he announced his first solo project would be a venture into country music. A longtime fan of the genre, Tyler hit the airwaves in May 2015 with 'Love Is Your Name', of which Rolling Stone magazine said "Once the chorus hits, 'Love Is Your Name' builds itself into something towering and anthemic, driven forward by a melody that's more appropriate for the arena than the honky-tonk."

    'Love Is Your Name' reached #1 on the Billboard Country Streaming Songs chart and the accompanying video has garnered over 10 million views to date and can be seen HERE.

    After a major television premiere on the finale of American Idol, Tyler traveled coast to coast introducing himself and his new music to country radio stations to a great reception. Both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music invited him to appear on their award shows and he was selected to announce the 2015 CMA nominees on Good Morning America.
    'RED, WHITE & YOU'
    BRAND NEW SINGLE – out now!!
    LISTEN HERE

     Zebrahead Unleash New Video.

    Zebrahead.Monday 25th January 2016
    Shortly after their addition to this years stellar Slam Dunk Festival line up was announced, Zebrahead have revealed another video from their latest full length album 'Walk The Plank', this time for the track 'So What'.
     
    Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZeQYFMqnnE&feature=em-share_video_user
     
    Check out our new video  for the song ‘So What’.  We filmed it over 2 nights at the Saitama Super Arena in Toyko, Japan.  It was pretty amazing to play for 25,000 people two nights in a row and I am excited for everyone around the world to live it with us!"
    -Ben from Zebrahead 
     
    ‘Walk The Plank’ follows the recent split EP ‘Out Of Control’ with Man With A Mission that impressively charted at number 1 in the Japanese iTunes rock chart and number 2 in the overall physical chart for the whole country.
     
    Walk The Plank’ is out now through Rude Records
     
     
    Check out Zebrahead at the following dates.
     
    May - Slam Dunk Festival
    Saturday 28th – Leeds
    Sunday 29th – Birmingham
    Monday 30th - Hatfield
     

     Mortis Announce UK Tour.

    Mortis.Monday 25th January 2016
    MORTIIS will be returning to our shores for a run of 7 headline shows in May - the tour kicks off at Newcastle's Cluny venue on 23rd May and commences at Bristol's Fleece on 29th May. The tour will follow hot on the heels of the forthcoming release of Mortiis' new album 'The Great Deceiver', which is out on 4th March via Omnipresence.
    The band comments: "It´s about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards."
    Check out the recently released videos for the tracks 'Doppelgänger' & 'The Shining Lamp of God', both are taken from the forthcoming Mortiis album 'The Great Deceiver:
    'Doppelganger' - https://youtu.be/lF4BYh5xCPU
    (free single download available available from http://www.mortiis.com/#!doppelganger/w6nmz)
    'The Shining Lamp of God' https://youtu.be/peiIL5ExGnk
    (free single download available from http://www.mortiis.com)

    MORTIIS 'demons are back' UK TOUR
    May 23rd NEWCASTLE Cluny
    May 24th GLASGOW Audio
    May 25th MANCHESTER Ruby
    May 26th BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
    May 27th BRIGHTON Haunt
    May 28th LONDON Garage
    May 29th BRISTOL Fleece

     Royal Republic To Support Theory Of A Deadman.

    Royal Republic.Monday 25th January 2016
    Royal Republic are excited to announce that they will be touring the UK early in 2016 with Theory Of A Deadman

    "We're absolutely stoked to announce our return to the UK! Very much looking forward to supporting Theory Of A Deadman on these dates, and very much looking forward to playing some new stuff! It'll be brutal! Can't wait!"

    With concentrated passion, brilliant hooks, sweeping drums and an exceptional overall drive, Royal Republic from Sweden have worked their way to the top level of European rock acts. Their past two albums, ‘We Are The Royal’ and ‘Save The Nation’, positioned themselves high up in the charts in many European territories. Now, the four Swedish rock heroes are taking the next step by releasing their third album, ‘Weekend Man’, and if you ask the band, those have been ambitiously big steps: They wanted to create “something which feels like a dynamic overall journey”, not only song-wise, but also in terms of developing new sounds.

    This new album, which has been recorded and produced by Christian Neander & Michael Tibes in Berlin, offers not only exciting style cruises but also Royal Republic’s well known rock beats full of beastly intensity and passion. The prime example of this hot mixture is their latest featured track / video release ‘Baby’, in which all the factors that make Royal Republic so unique join up: The hook-line, which goes straight into your cerebral cortex, mixes with razor-sharp guitars underlined by a beat that screams for your hips to move. Or to put it differently: Those who don’t jump to their feet in order to show their latest dance moves whilst ‘Baby’ is screaming out of their speakers need their serotonin release checked out by professionals.

    The video, which has been described by the band as a ‘Super speed roller disco thunder show’, can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqceTHjGuX4

    ‘Weekend Man’ will be released on 26 February 2016 via Spinefarm Records.  All album configurations for pre-order are available here.

    The tour kicks off on Saturday 27 February. A full list of tour dates is below. Tickets are on sale now at www.royalrepublic.net
    TOUR DATES:
    Saturday 27 February – Newcastle University
    Sunday 28 February – Glasgow O2 ABC
    Monday 29 February – Leeds Beckett SU
    Wednesday 02 March – London Electric Ballroom
    Thursday 03 March – Cardiff Students’ Union – Y Plas
    Friday 04 March – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
    Saturday 05 March – Manchester Ritz
    Sunday 06 March – Norwich Waterfront

     The Jezabels Postpone World Tour.

    The Jezabels.Monday 25th January 2016
    The Jezabels' scheduled world tour has been postponed until further notice due to the health of keyboardist Heather Shannon and the decision by the group not to tour without the full band. 

    A statement has been released from the band, today, explaining:
    Three years ago Heather was diagnosed with a unique type of ovarian cancer. Although she has been able to maintain life as usual generally, between treatments, the time has come for her to undergo further immediate treatment which will require her to stay in Sydney. 

    We were very excited to be hitting the road again in support of our third album, SYNTHIA, but sadly due to a sudden turn of events Heather's condition requires attention now so touring in the proposed time frame is no longer possible. 

    Heather adds personally:
    "Up until now, I have preferred to not let this diagnosis get in the way of getting on with life. I feel a deep frustration at this new roadblock, as I now have to take a step back and undergo treatment. The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love. This album means so much to us, and we were so looking forward to sharing it live with everyone.
    Having said that, I feel very lucky to be in the care of the public health system here in Australia. I have met many inspiring people and I am receiving the best treatment possible. There is a lot of research going into ovarian cancer at the moment, and a big push for awareness. If you would like to make a donation to either help awareness or research, follow the links below:
    Target Ovarian Cancer - 

    http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/
    Ovarian Cancer Australia - 
    https://ovariancancer.net.au
    Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group -
    https://www.anzgog.org.au/default.aspx
    Thank you for reading. See you on the road soon you lovely people!"
    Ticket refunds are available from point of purchase. Pre-ordered copies of SYNTHIA will be dispatched as originally planned by Feb 12th.

    SYNTHIA in stores Feb 12, 2016 worldwide, Pleasure Drive out now.

     Bloodstock Open Air Adds More Bands.

    Bloodstock Open Air.Thursday 21st January 2016
    Wipe away those January blues, because BLOODSTOCK has three more bands locked and loaded, ready to level Catton Park in August!

    The METAL ALLEGIANCE project joins the bill!  You never know who'll show up on stage at a METAL ALLEGIANCE show, but the line-up confirmed so far includes Testament's Alex Skolnick, Death Angel's Mark Osegueda, Anthrax's Scott Ian & Charlie Benante, Gary Holt from Slayer & Exodus, Mike Portnoy of Twisted Sister/numerous other projects, plus METAL ALLEGIANCE leader, Mark Menghi.  Mike Portnoy says "I'm so excited for Metal Allegiance to make their UK debut at one of the most metal festivals on Earth!  The perfect audience to share this brotherhood of metal with."  Who else might step into their ranks for the day?  You'll have to be at BLOODSTOCK to find out!!

    Also joining the 2016 line-up are Atlanta's rap metal pioneers, STUCK MOJO.  Having reformed in 2014, the band are active once more and this year celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album, 'Pigwalk'. Check out the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOL6htxn-tc. The band have been working on a new album with producer Andy Sneap.  Stay tuned on the latest news on the release over at www.facebook.com/StuckMojo.

    Mighty New Orleans metallers, GOATWHORE also join us as Friday's Sophie Lancaster stage headliners!   The band are hard at work on their new album which is expected to see the light of day later this year.  Check out the video for 'Bearing Teeth For Revolt', shot at NOLA's infamous 'House of Shock' - https://youtu.be/tJkju9-919s.  Get clued up on the band over at their main website - http://www.goatwhore.net/.

    BLOODSTOCK's very popular Deposit Scheme for 2016 has undergone a few changes this year and it's now even more manageable to pay for your ticket in stages, with the scheme expanding the number of payments from 3 months to 5 months.  Less to shell out each month!  To pay this way, just sign-up at any time before 29th February.  The 1st payment of £34.80 is payable immediately, then 4 additional payments of approximately £30 will debit your account on 28th of March, April, May and June.  (Exact amounts; £27.80 for Mar/Apr/May, £31.30 for June to include postage).  Get signed up over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.  We regret that VIP tickets are NOT available via the payment plan, although pending remaining VIP availability, you could purchase a VIP upgrade in July or August and still be in time for the festival!

    Already announced for 2016 are our three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX.  Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM and ACID REIGN.  Many more are still to be announced.

    Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.

     Bloodstock Open Air Adds More Bands.

    Bloodstock Open Air.Thursday 21st January 2016
    Wipe away those January blues, because BLOODSTOCK has three more bands locked and loaded, ready to level Catton Park in August!

    The METAL ALLEGIANCE project joins the bill!  You never know who'll show up on stage at a METAL ALLEGIANCE show, but the line-up confirmed so far includes Testament's Alex Skolnick, Death Angel's Mark Osegueda, Anthrax's Scott Ian & Charlie Benante, Gary Holt from Slayer & Exodus, Mike Portnoy of Twisted Sister/numerous other projects, plus METAL ALLEGIANCE leader, Mark Menghi.  Mike Portnoy says "I'm so excited for Metal Allegiance to make their UK debut at one of the most metal festivals on Earth!  The perfect audience to share this brotherhood of metal with."  Who else might step into their ranks for the day?  You'll have to be at BLOODSTOCK to find out!!

    Also joining the 2016 line-up are Atlanta's rap metal pioneers, STUCK MOJO.  Having reformed in 2014, the band are active once more and this year celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album, 'Pigwalk'. Check out the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOL6htxn-tc. The band have been working on a new album with producer Andy Sneap.  Stay tuned on the latest news on the release over at www.facebook.com/StuckMojo.

    Mighty New Orleans metallers, GOATWHORE also join us as Friday's Sophie Lancaster stage headliners!   The band are hard at work on their new album which is expected to see the light of day later this year.  Check out the video for 'Bearing Teeth For Revolt', shot at NOLA's infamous 'House of Shock' - https://youtu.be/tJkju9-919s.  Get clued up on the band over at their main website - http://www.goatwhore.net/.

    BLOODSTOCK's very popular Deposit Scheme for 2016 has undergone a few changes this year and it's now even more manageable to pay for your ticket in stages, with the scheme expanding the number of payments from 3 months to 5 months.  Less to shell out each month!  To pay this way, just sign-up at any time before 29th February.  The 1st payment of £34.80 is payable immediately, then 4 additional payments of approximately £30 will debit your account on 28th of March, April, May and June.  (Exact amounts; £27.80 for Mar/Apr/May, £31.30 for June to include postage).  Get signed up over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.  We regret that VIP tickets are NOT available via the payment plan, although pending remaining VIP availability, you could purchase a VIP upgrade in July or August and still be in time for the festival!

    Already announced for 2016 are our three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX.  Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM and ACID REIGN.  Many more are still to be announced.

    Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.

     Tax The Heat To Release Album.

    Tax The Heat.Thursday 21st January 2016
    "The four taster tracks already recorded with QOTSA producer Chris Goss are exactly what the British scene needs right now: tight, lean, live tracked belters. Supercharged rhythm n' bluesers are ready for their time in the sun " - Classic Rock Magazine in 2015

    "tight, ferocious, crowd-pleasing, guitar-wielding, solo-humping, belting Blues Rock n Roll band" - Altsounds.com

    Following a single and a sold-out UK headline tour in December 2015, Tax The Heat are pleased to announce the release of their full length Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, "Fed To The Lions".

    The album shows why there is so much excitement at the release of this record. Previous singles "Some Sympathy", "Highway Home" and "Fed To The Lions" sit alongside future classics such as "Caroline", "Animals" and "Stood On the Platform To Leave". The driving rhythms of Jack Taylor (Drums) and Antonio Angotti (Bass) overlaid with the powerful riffs of JP Jacyshyn (Guitars) and distinctive melodies of Alex Veale (Vocals, Guitars). The album is available on CD and limited edition gatefold vinyl.

    The CD and Vinyl can be pre-ordered now from Recordstore.co.uk with an insert signed by the band - https://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Tax-The-Heat/

    Tracklisting as below

    CD
    1. Highway Home 2. Animals
3. Under Watchful Eye
4. Fed To The Lions
5. Hit Me Hard
6. Stood On The Platform To Leave
7. Some Sympathy
8. Devil's Daughter
9. Learn To Drown (You're Wrong)
10. Caroline
11. Your Fool
12. Lost Our Way

    Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
    Side A1. Highway Home.2. Animals.3. Under Watchful Eye.4. Fed To The Lions.5. Hit Me Hard.6. Stood On The Platform To Leave.
    Side B1. Some Sympathy.2 Devil's Daughter.3 Learn To Drown (You're Wrong).4 Caroline.5 Your Fool.
    6 Lost Our Way

    2015 was an intense year for Bristol's rising stars Tax The Heat. Following the release of two critically acclaimed singles "Fed To The Lions" and "Highway Home" (both of which were playlisted across rock radio – A listed on Planet Rock) the band have cemented their live reputation by supporting the likes of Cadillac 3, Reef, The Graveltones, Black Star Riders, Masters Of Reality, The Virginmarys and Thunder and festival appearances such as 2000 Trees, Download and Calling. The band's unique blend of classic blues driven rock with a modern alternative twist winning them a legion of fans.

    The band have now signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment (home to acts such as Blues Pills, Black Star Riders & Crobot).

    Guitarist/vocalist Alex Veale says: "We love the energy of those '60s bands. Maximum R&B – that's the basis for Tax The Heat. But we're taking it somewhere else, bridging the gap between old and new, creating something that has that raw energy but is also original."

    "It was all about capturing that live energy on the record," says Jack Taylor. "We didn't want to go fully old-school with it – we used modern technology. But what you hear on the album is the four of us playing together, no overdubs. A lot of live takes."

     Reckless Love To Release Fourth Album.

    Reckless Love.Thursday 21st January 2016
    Finland’s ‘merry metallers’ Reckless Love will be releasing their fourth studio album, ‘InVader’, on March 4th 2016 via Spinefarm Records – the follow-up to the colourful quartet’s previous album, ‘Spirit’ (2013).
    Produced by Ilkka Wirtanen, ‘InVader’ features all new, original material, and sees the musicians exploring fresh sounds as well as delivering their audience-pleasing signature party anthems.

    “Our latest album “InVader” sends a fresh breeze from Finland to all over the world in March 2016,” explains drummer Hessu Maxx. “We took our time with this album and it was worth it. ‘InVader’ is our boldest and most versatile album so far. We recorded these killer songs, we found the sound and it’s all there. There is nothing to add. We really nailed it this time. We are really looking forward to getting back on the road because that is where we belong. You’re going to see and hear this merry metal four piece even stronger than before.”
    The track listing for ‘InVader’ is as follows:-

    01.  We Are The Weekend
    02.  Hands
    03.  Monster
    04.  Child Of The Sun
    05.  Bullettime
    06.  Scandinavian Girls
    07.  Pretty Boy Swagger
    08.  Rock It
    09.  Destiny
    10.  Let’s Get Cracking
    11.  Keep It Up All Night (UK Bonus Track)
    For UK fans, ‘Monster’ will be the first single / video, and will be available shortly.

    On the live front, Reckless Love will be returning to the UK in March, with Spinefarm label-mates Santa Cruz guesting on all dates. After the first seven shows, the tour heads off into Europe before culminating at the end of the month at the Scala theatre in London.  
    UK Tour Dates:
    04 March - Thekla, Bristol
    05 March - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
    06 March - Key Club, Leeds
    07 March - O2 Academy2, Newcastle
    09 March - Cathouse, Glasgow
    10 March - Gorilla, Manchester
    12 March - Rock City, Nottingham
    31 March - Scala, London

     Purson To Release Album.

    Purson.Thursday 21st January 2016
    Purson welcomes you to Desire’s Magic Theatre… just a little later than originally anticipated…

    Fans can now expect the album to be released globally on April 29th  2016 under the Spinefarm / Machine Elf banner, rather than on the previously announced date of March 23rd.  The change has been brought about by exciting tour developments in the US, all of which will be revealed in good time…

    Desire’s Magic Theatre draws inspiration from the rock operas of the late sixties and early seventies; musically, visually and lyrically, it touches on a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic & classic rock, making telling use of classical instruments and complex arrangements, and fully exploring the outer limits of reel to reel tape.

    Says singer / guitarist /song-writer Rosalie Cunningham: “Desire’s Magic Theatre has turned out to be everything I’d imagined and more! My world has been so consumed by it that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.”

    PursonCunningham, George Hudson (guitars), Samuel Robinson (keyboards), Justin Smith (bass), Raphael Mura (drums) – have recently returned from a six-week tour of North America Special Guesting with Ghost, following on from a stint on the Kiss Kruise IV plus a sold-out Los Angeles debut at the notorious Viper Room.
    Previouslyannounced UK headline dates remain unchanged.

    UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
    MARCH
    WED 09          BRISTOL, THE LOUISIANA
    THU 10           NOTTINGHAM, ROCK CITY
    FRI 11             NORWICH, WATERFRONT STUDIO
    SAT 12            MILTON KEYNES, THE CRAUFURD ARMS            
    WED 16          LONDON, 100 CLUB
    THU 24           EXETER, THE CAVERN CLUB
    FRI 25             PLYMOUTH, THE JUNCTION
    SAT 26            SOUTHAMPTON, JOINERS
    SUN 27           BRIGHTON, THE HOPE & RUIN                  
    WED 30         BIRMINGHAM, THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE
    THU 31           MANCHESTER, NIGHT & DAY

    APRIL                        
    FRI 01            GLASGOW, AUDIO
    SAT 02           LEEDS, THE BRUDENELL

     Moonsorrow To Release New Album.

    Moonsorrow.Thursday 21st January 2016
    On April 1st, 2016, Finnish pagan metal act MOONSORROW will release their brand-new, seventh studio album 'Jumalten Aika' – which means ‘The Age Of Gods’ in English – via Century Media Records.

    “There are a lot more folk music influences present in “Jumalten Aika” than earlier”, comments Henri Sorvali (Guitars, keyboards & vocals). “This time around, they are more deeply integrated to the overall sound. “Jumalten Aika” is like a circling wolf biting the hardest when you would never expect it. The music is unchained aggression, deep mysteries of the North and thundering witchcraft combined together in a molten forge of the Gods and reminds us all of something that never left our blood and soil.”

    “Jumalten Aika” will be released in the following formats:
    Ltd. 2CD Mediabook & Patch – European edition
    Ltd. 2CD Digipak & Patch – US edition
    Gatefold black 2LP+CD
    Gatefold white 2LP+CD – CMDistro.de (EU webshop exclusive), limited to 100 copies
    Gatefold transparent green 2LP+CD – Nuclearblast.de exclusive, limited to 200 copies
    Gatefold clear 2LP+CD – distributed via RED in the US, limited to 400 copies
    Gatefold silver 2LP+CD – CMDistro.com (US webshop exclusive), limited to 200 copies
    CD / Digital

    The European presale at CMDistro.de will kick off March 4, 2016.

    The limited edition 2CD formats come with a strictly limited patch as well as a bonus disc including cover versions of GRAVE’s “Soulless” and ROTTING CHRIST’s “Non Serviam”. These were intentionally added as a second disc to be separated from the main album’s intricate musical and lyrical concept. All physical formats will also include English translations of the lyrics to allow you to delve deeper into the darkened folklore of MOONSORROW.

    “Jumalten Aika” track-listing:
    1. Jumalten Aika (12:43)
    2. Ruttolehto incl. Päivättömän Päivän Kansa (15:21)
    3. Suden Tunti (7:06)
    4. Mimisbrunn (15:55)
    5. Ihmisen Aika (Kumarrus Pimeyteen) (16:00)

    Bonus disc:
    1. Soulless (Grave cover) (3:18)
    2. Non Serviam (Rotting Christ cover) (5:10)

    MOONSORROW will embark on a co-headlining tour in April with fellow countrymen KORPIKLAANI. Both bands will perform extended long sets. Prior to that, there will also be an official MOONSORROW album release show at Virgin Oil in Helsinki on April 1st, 2016 and a China tour in early March. See below for all tour dates and confirmed festivals!

    MOONSORROW China tour:
    01.03.16 B10 Live, Shenzhen, CN
    02.03.16 Yuefu Livehouse, Guangzhou, CN
    04.03.16 QSW culture center, Shanghai, CN
    05.03.16 Little Bar Space, Chegndu       , CN
    06.03.16 Modernsky Lab, Beijing, CN

    MOONSORROW “Jumalten Aika” official album release show:

    KORPIKLAANI & MOONSORROW
    08.04.16 - Durbuy Rock Festival, Bomal-sur-Ourthe, BE
    09.04.16 - Les Tanzmatten, Selestat, FR
    10.04.16 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL*
    11.04.16 - Le Trabendo, Paris, FR
    12.04.16 - Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, FR
    13.04.16 - Arena , Madrid, ES
    14.04.16 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, ES
    15.04.16 - CC John Lennon, Limoges, FR
    16.04.16 - Carène, Brest, FR
    17.04.16 - Antipode, Rennes, FR
    18.04.16 - CCO Villeurbanne, Lyon, FR
    19.04.16 - Les Trinitaires, Metz, FR
    20.04.16 - O2 Islington Academy , London, UK
    21.04.16 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK
    22.04.16 - The Button Factory, Dublin, IRE
    23.04.16 – The Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
    24.04.16 – The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
    25.04.16 – Leeds Uni Stylus, Leeds, UK
    26.04.16 – Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
    27.04.16 – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
    28.04.16 – The 1865, Southampton, UK

    29.04.16 – Matrix, Bochum, DE
    * with Heidevolk

    MOONSORROW @ festivals 2016:
    07.05 Dark Troll Fest, DE
    17.06 Tampere Metal Meeting, FI
    18.06 Hellfest, FR
    19.06 Graspop, BE
    23.07 Ragnard Rock, FR
    19-20.08 Summer Breeze, DE

     Thunder Announce London 100 Club Show.

    Thunder.Thursday 21st January 2016
    UK rock legends Thunder, have announced a not-to-be-missed intimate show at London's 100 Club on January 27th, ahead of their upcoming DVD release at the end of the month, and arena tour in February. 
    With a forthcoming date scheduled at the iconic Wembley Arena, the snug confines of the 100 Club is a rare one-off for the London five-piece. E-tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow (22nd January) at 9.00am via Live Nation and can be bought HERE. Priced at £30, all ticket-sale profits will be going to Childline/NSPCC. You can watch the entertaining video announcement HERE.

    At the end of last year, the band announced full details of a three-disc set documenting the story of the band's latest, Top 10-charting, Classic Rock Award-nominated album, 'Wonder Days', plus a bonus series of three Limited Edition 12" Vinyl Albums. Entitled 'All You Can Eat', it documents the story of 'Wonder Days', Thunder's first studio album for 6 years, and includes a live album, a live in-the-studio session, and a documentary film. 

    The three Limited Edition 12" vinyl albums include Live At RAK Studio 1 and Live At The Brooklyn Bowl, both released as 12" double vinyl albums, and Live At Loud Park, which will be released as a limited edition 12" single vinyl album. The DVD set will be released on January 29th, and vinyl albums will be available on February 19th, both on earMusic.
    Full details and links to buy can be found at www.thunderonline.com.

    The band will also be blowing the roof off arenas around the UK in February, with Terrorvision and King King in support, including a date at London's SSE Arena, Wembley. Says lead singer Danny Bowes: "The shows in March last year were incredible, and the new songs went down just as well as the Thunder favourites.  We can't wait for February, so we can do it all over again."
    Feb 2016 Live Dates
    15/02/2016 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
    16/02/2016 - Bristol Colston Hall
    18/02/2016 - SECC Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
    19/02/2016 - Sheffield Arena
    20/02/2016 - SSE Arena, Wembley

     Fat Wreck Chords Signing Pears To Release Album.

    Pears.Wednesday 20th January 2016
    PEARS laid siege to the punk world with their 2014 debut release, Go To Prison, and have been on a buzz-generating rampage ever since. After spending the better part of two years turning the hardcore scene on its ear, PEARS continue along the warpath with their hotly anticipated second full-length, Green Star, out April 1st (no joke!). Green Star rages with 16 tracks that are loaded with blazingly fast spurts of aggression. Re-recorded versions of “Snowflake” and “Anhedonia” (previously heard on last year’s Letters to Memaw 7-inch) take on new life, thanks in part to A Wilhelm Scream guitarist Mike Supina, who helped engineer the album. Alongside Supina, James Whitten, who also helped produce Go To Prison, works his magic on 14 new tracks of unstoppable hardcore. 

    To elaborate on how PEARS approached recording their latest full-length, singer Zach Quinn says, “The biggest difference was Go To Prison was a fast thing—we just threw it together. This, we slaved over it. We wrote songs and cut songs and cut parts of songs and put them into other songs. It was a nightmare, but I’ve never been more proud of anything. Even though it was a completely different process, it feels like the next step.”

    PEARS are already tackling 2016 with vigor. Expect PEARS to continue to bring that energy to stages around the world, starting with Australia in March, followed by North America and Europe.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Christmas ‘91
    2. Hinged by Spine
    3. Cumshots
    4. I Love My Kennel
    5. Anhedonia
    6. The Flu
    7. Green Star
    8. Bug Aware
    9. Partridge
    10. Dizzy Is Drunk
    11. Snowflake
    12. Cloverleaf
    13. The Tile of St. Stewart 14. Doorbell
    15. Jump the Fuckin’ Ship 16. Great Mt. Ida 

     Delain To Release New EP.

    Delain.Wednesday 20th January 2016

    DELAIN seem to be restless spirits: Their latest album The Human Contradiction was released in 2014 on Napalm Records and gained high praise from both fans and the press alike. DELAIN followed up the release by touring the world with acts such as Sabaton, Within Temptation, and Nightwish, followed by a European headline tour that saw them conquering stages in sold out venues all over! Yet instead of resting on their success, DELAIN have hit the studio again to present a brand new epic endeavor: Lunar Prelude – the exciting EP by DELAIN, set to be released February 19, 2016 on Napalm Records!

    As DELAIN prepares to hit the road again in Europe followed by a North American Tour the band is pleased to present a one of the two new songs from their upcoming EP. The song entitled "Suckerpunch" is available for streaming HERE.

    The band commented on the upcoming EP and "Suckerpunch":
    "Dear Delainers, our latest album The Human Contradiction has taken us on a great ride, performing hundreds of stages around the globe for all of you. We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent tours, yet we've already got some new music that we simply can't wait to share. In preparation of our next full-length studio album, we'd like to present to you Lunar Prelude, a collection of several brand new tracks, a new version of a familiar one, and live versions of some our favorite The Human Contradiction tracks. Today, we release the first track off "Lunar Prelude": an upbeat fight song about facing your demons and taking them on. Don't let them weigh you down! We hope you will enjoy "Suckerpunch"!"

    Lunar Prelude
    , was mastered by Grammy Award winning Ted Jensen, offers two brand new songs in the shape of the beyond catchy 'Suckerpunch' and the melancholic 'Turn The Lights Out'.

    'Don`t Let Go' (taken from 2014`s The Human Contradiction) comes in a brand new version, while the EP also contains four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of 'Suckerpunch', all of which proving once again how DELAIN are blatantly known for their extremely catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and of course a good solid dose of Metal! DELAIN have concocted a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of emotions, and with the EP title featuring the tell-tale word "Prelude", our hunger is left to grow for a next full-length album...coming in 2016!

    The Track Listing of Lunar Preludewill read as follows:

    1.    Suckerpunch
    2.    Turn the Lights Out
    3.    Don't Let Go
    4.    Lullaby (Live 2015)
    5.    Stardust (Live 2015)
    6.    Here Come the Vultures (Live 2015)
    7.    Army of Dolls (Live 2015)
    8.    Suckerpunch Orchestra


    Lunar Prelude will be released on February 19th 2016 via Napalm Records!

     The Jezabels Release New Video.

    Jezabels.Wednesday 20th January 2016
    Australian dark synth-rock quartet The Jezabels have revealed the enthralling video for new single 'Pleasure Drive', released on January 22nd through Caroline Distribution. 'Pleasure Drive' is the latest song to be taken from the band's upcoming third album Synthia, due for release on February 12th.
     
    Like Chrissie Hynde starring in an episode of True Blood, 'Pleasure Drive' sees frontwoman Hayley Mary cast a spell of operatic gothic pop in a video overcome with the dark grip of lust. A haunting power takes hold of Mary and a diner full of enchanted women taking the control back from their domineering partners.
     
    The video premiered with Interview Magazine who called it, "A gothic, disco hall anthem [with a] video that, as the song's title suggests, places pleasure – auditory and otherwise – at its core... beckoning the viewer to succumb to their desires."
     
    WATCH 'PLEASURE DRIVE' HERE
     
    'Pleasure Drive' is the most recent song to be taken from Synthia, and will be available as an instant grat track for pre-orders of the album on iTunes from January 22nd. It follows the shady industrial encounter and captivating animation of 'Come Alive', which was released online last year.
     
    From the dreamy electronics of album opener 'Stand And Deliver' to the glitchy thrash of the poignant 'My Love Is My Disease', The Jezabels have developed their sound into a more personal entity than ever before. It's never demonstrated better than in the delicate groove of 'Unnatural' and the writhing rhythms of 'If Ya Want Me'.
     
    Synthia sees the quartet bringing a potent message of feminine empowerment loaded into the title itself – reimagining Cynthia, the Greek goddess of the moon, as the synthetic female archetype that the rock world simplistically prefers whilst according reverence to the 'authenticity' of male artists. Celebrating the female it's as inspired by '80s pop goddess Cyndi Lauper as it is by feminist handbook The Heroine's Journey.
     
    About Synthia, Haley Mary says, "Previously I've shrouded myself a lot in mystery and the language of romanticism; played roles and stuff — which reflected some kind of truth about how I felt as a woman. Now I feel like I can be much more upfront about all that. The truth about how it feels to be a woman has become a much more prominent part of the general conversation in the last couple of years... These are exciting times. I think we've made an album that celebrates that."
     
    Expanding upon this to Interview Magazine, she states, "Stories of women are being told and listened to more than ever and that, I think, will have a lasting effect on culture. I suppose [in making the album] I just felt more confidence to tell my own stories because of the way I felt the world was going. I feel like more of a real person, with valid thoughts and aspirations, because I see more people like me out there. I guess that's why diversity is important. It's not just tokenism. It tells people they're accepted."

     C.O.P UK To Release New Album.

    Cop UK.Wednesday 20th January 2016
    With their power, melodies, hooks, songs and unmistakable aura of arena-sized magnitude, C.O.P UK (Crimes of Passion UK) will release "No Place For Heaven" their third album, and their first with new established UDR GmbH Label Services, on January 29th 2016.

    Produced and mixed by Sascha Paeth (himself a musician and songwriter as with Avantasia, Epica and others), the Sheffield, England-forged sextet have delivered 11 briskly addictive, exciting hard rock classics with influences ranging from hometown heroes Def Leppard to the likes of Saxon, Megadeth and classic White Lion.

    "It's good to see there are bands that are not denying where they came from, and ones who can still look ahead and are open to new influences," says producer Paeth, and it's crystal clear from opener "The Core" that C.O.P UK want to evoke the influence of such groups while injecting some new energy and steel into the proceedings. Songs such as the epically-structured "No Place For Heaven" with Cloudy Yang dovetailing wonderfully with Radcliffe to form a true radio-hugger the speedy melodic-metal thrust of "Halo" and the soaring emotions of "Catch Me If You Can" show a band whose steel-coated delivery and expansive embrace of classic-yet-fresh songwriting earmark them as a hard rock force which cannot be kept quiet.

    "Always remember," states Paeth, "real singing, real playing and real song-writing makes real music, period!"
     
    Indeed, Radcliffe's warm, soaring vocals always find perfect melodic congruence with the Staton/Mewse guitar axis, making music which feels gloriously timeless, doubtless the result of an insatiable work ethic which has prevailed since the band came together in 2005 and immediately leapt into playing as many shows as possible. Honing their craft on club stages all over Europe, the band recorded their second album, To Die For, in 2011 at Blind Guardian's Twilight Hall Studios, Orion Studios in the UK before being completed at Helloween's Tenerife studio.

    It was during this spell that C.O.P.UK garnered major interest from one of modern metal's founding fathers. Saxon's Biff Byford personally invited them to tour Europe in May/June of 2011, touring with them again later that year, as well as appearing at metal festivals throughout the continent. 2012 saw C.O.P. UK's ascent continue, with recognition from Metal Hammer magazine and further prestigious festival appearances such as the world famous Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock in the UK, and their ascension was further boosted by the help of UDR GmbH Label Services, which supported their release of a 4 track, 2 video EP titled "Kiss Of An Angel".

    C.O.P. UK will immediately follow "No Place For Heaven" release by hitting the road for a European tour with Helloween at the dates below.

    29.01. CH        Pratteln – Z7
    30.01. D          München – Backstage
    31.01. I            Milan – Alcatraz
    02.02. F           Paris – Le Bataclan
    03.02. UK        London – Forum
    05.02. B          Antwerp – Trix
    06.02. D          Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
    07.02. D          Stuttgart – Longhorn
    10.02. N          Oslo – Rockefeller
    11.02. S           Götheburg – Trädgan
    13.02. FI         Turku, Logomo
    14.02. FI         Helsinki, The Circus
    16.02. PL        Warsaw, Progresja
    18.02. SK       Kosice, Cassosport, Hall
    19.02. CZ        Zlin – Hala Euronics (Very Special Guest: GOTTHARD)
    20.02. CZ        Prague – Forum Karlin (Very Special Guest: GOTTHARD)

    Sometimes you're lucky enough to get a chance to be part of rock history. This is one of those chances. Don't believe us? No worries, your ears will confirm all for you...

    http://www.copuk.com                                                                                                                                    
    www.udr-music.com

    Tourdates:

    23.01.2016        C.O.P. UK - 'No Place For Heaven' Release Show        United Kingdom    Sheffield         Corporation
    29.01.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Switzerland       Pratteln Z7
    30.01.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Germany  München Backstage
    31.01.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Italy    Milano   Alcatraz
    02.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  France   Paris    LE BATACLAN
    03.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  United Kingdom    London   Forum
    05.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Belgium  Antwerp  Trix
    06.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Germany  Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
    07.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Germany  Stuttgart         LKA Longhorn
    10.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Norway   Oslo     Rockefeller
    11.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Sweden   Gothenburg        Trädgan
    13.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Finland  Turku    Logomo
    14.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Finland  Helsinki The Circus
    16.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Rage + C.O.P. UK  Poland   Warshaw  Progresia
    18.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Gotthard + C.O.P. UK       Slovakia Kosice   Cassosport Hall
    19.02.2016        European tour: Helloween + Gotthard + C.O.P. UK    Czech Republic    Zlin Hala Euronics
    20.02.2016       European tour: Helloween + Gotthard + C.O.P. UK  Czech Repaublic Prague Forum Karlin
    28.03.2016 - 03.04.2016    Full Metal Mountain 2016   Austria  Nassfeld Full Metal Mountain

     The Used Announce Tour Support.

    The Used.Wednesday 20th January 2016
    Fifteen years ago, four teenagers from Utah created a band and released a collection of albums that shaped the space of the alternative rock scene.  High energy live shows, gut wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock was the perfect combination to make an everlasting impression on fans globally. In celebration of the bands fifteen-year anniversary, The Used will be hitting the UK next month and will be playing two shows in London and Leeds, performing Self-Titled and In Love and Death in their entirety, plus more each evening.

    The band will be joined on the UK dates by The New Regime (featuring multi-instrumentalist IIan Rubin who is best known for his work with Nine Inch Nails and Angels and Airwaves)

    February 2016

    20th                 02 Academy, Leeds (Performing their self-titled album in its entirety)
    21st                                      02 Academy, Leeds (Performing 'In Love & Death' in its entirety)
    22nd    02 Forum, London (Performing their self-titled album in its entirety)
    24th                 02 Forum, London (Performing 'In Love & Death' in its entirety)

    Tickets are available now:  http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-used-tickets

    In addition to the upcoming tour, The Used has announced Live and Acoustic at The Palace, a live CD/DVD, set to release April 1st, 2016. This album was recorded at the band's intimate unplugged storyteller performance, which took place at The Palace Theater in Los Angeles last month. Fans who were unable to attend the once in a lifetime performance will have a chance to watch the band perform a way they have never performed before - with a 4-piece string quartet and harpist (arranged by Hiro Goto), a piano player, percussion and a 3-piece gospel choir. Fans can pre-order Live and Acoustic at The Palace now here: www.TheUsed.net.

    Fifteen years ago, four teenagers from Utah created a band and released a collection of albums that shaped the space of the alternative rock scene.  High energy live shows, gut wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock was the perfect combination to make an everlasting impression on fans globally.

    Since forming in Orem, Utah in 2001, The Used have released 6 albums and 2 EPs - The Used (2002), In Love and Death (2004), Lies for the Liars (2007), Shallow Believer EP (2008), Artwork (2009), Vulnerable (2012), The Ocean of the Sky EP (2013), and Imaginary Enemy (2013).
    The Used's latest LP Imaginary Enemy put the band's political frustrations and commitment to social change at its forefront and has opened up the platform for conversation among fans and critics alike. The album climbed high on the Independent, Tastemaker Albums, Hard Rock, Alternative, Digital Albums and Top Rock charts. Fans can purchase Imaginary Enemy on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/ImaginaryEnemy.

     Slam dunk Festival 2016 Add More Bands.

    Slam Dunk.Wednesday 20th January 2016
    The 10th anniversary of SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has just got bigger with 8 new bands announced and some huge exclusives.  These 8 bands will join the headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & MenNew Found Glory and many more for the May 2016 bank holiday weekend.

    "This announcement again really feels like it represents the anniversary of the festival" says promoter Ben Ray, "Capdown who played the very first event, Set Your Goals reforming to play, The Starting Line with a very rare UK appearance, and Zebrahead who have so much fun they want to play every year! There's also still so many bands to be announced, it's going to be a great year!'.

    SET YOUR GOALS are back and SDF16 has the exclusive on these reunion shows!  "We are thrilled to be back on Slam Dunk this year. We've taken much time off and It only felt right that our first festival back be with you guys. We want to thank everyone attending for inviting us over, and we hope to give you one of the best shows of 2016!" says the band.

    Ohio boys, MISS MAY I will be bringing the mosh with their epic metal across the 3 days. This will be the first trip to the UK since the release of perhaps their best album to date, Deathless.

    MALLORY KNOX have enjoyed huge success since the release of their 2nd album Asymmetry. With Radio 1 A- lists under their belts, tours with some of the biggest bands in the scene, a sold out Roundhouse London and various magazine covers, the band will be sure to be one of the big draws of the weekend. "I get the same amount of excited for Slam Dunk every year since it has been on my radar and I love that." says frontman Mikey.  "Whether we are playing or just attending to watch it's always a weekend thats one of the highlights of my year. With the lineup this year, I have no doubts 2016 will be much the same."

    THE STORY SO FAR will be another festival exclusive! After recently selling out the UK tour in December and releasing the brilliant self titled album via Pure Noise Records they have cemented themselves as one of the best pop-punk bands around in recent years.

    CAPDOWN played the very first SDF in 2006 so will be making a welcome return for these anniversary shows. Always a festival favourite, Capdown will be sure to unleash their uniquely British ska punk sound, which promises to be one of the most energetic performances over the weekend. "So 10 years of Slam Dunk? My how you have grown...  Looking forward to what Slam Dunk has in store for us this time round, always a blast!" says the band.


    THE STARTING LINE were always one of the forerunners from the Drive -Thru Records era & the band played SDF in 2011, just before the anniversary of the their seminal album 'Say It Like You Mean It'. The band have recently announced the release of 'Anyways', a 3 track EP which is their first studio release in 8 years.  Slam Dunk will be the only chance to see them this Summer.

    American Metalcore band WE CAME AS ROMANS will also join the bill. The band have seen massive success with their first 3 full-length albums & most recently, their 2015 self-titled album,  each topping 100,000 sales in the US alone. The band's recent live DVD release Present, Future, and Past debuted #1 on the Billboard DVD charts, beating Metallica for the top spot.

    ZEBRAHEAD have become part of the Slam Dunk family and as the band says "Slam Dunk Festival has always been a blast. This is our third time playing and we are really looking forward to coming back for the shows. The crowds are always crazy and come to have a good time."

     Thin Lizzy Back For One Off UK Festival Show.

    Thin Lizzy.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    On the 40th anniversary of the seminal "Jailbreak" album and 30 years since the passing of Phil Lynott the only time Thin Lizzy will play the UK.
    Following from a hugely successful inaugural year in 2015, Ramblin' Man Fair returns in 2016. The festival is pleased to announce the second round of bands for next years festival! Already announced is the stellar lineup of WHITESNAKE (Saturday Headliners), BLACK STONE CHERRY (Sunday Headliners), Airbourne, Europe, Ginger Wildheart, The Graveltones, Procol Harum, Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Von Hertzen Brothers, Blurred Vision, The Fierce And The Dead, Frost*, IO Earth, The White Buffalo, Life Signs, Hayseed Dixie, Walter Trout and King King. Joining them in 2016 are...
    Ramblin' Man Fair is honoured to announce THIN LIZZY for a UK Exclusive performance on the 40th Anniversary of their seminal "Jailbreak" album and 30 Years since the passing of Phil Lynott. This will be a one off UK date as part of a select USA and European run and the only chance to see Thin Lizzy in the UK.

    Thin Lizzy is one of rock music's most recognizable names. The fiery Dublin band exploded onto the scene with a fresh sound, look and attitude. Lead by the incomparable Phil Lynott, the band reached many peaks and influenced generations of musicians with classic tracks such as "Jailbreak", "The Boys Are Back In Town", "Still In Love With You", "Cold Sweat", "Emerald" and "Don't Believe A Word" between 1969 and 1983.

    On March 26th, 1976, Thin Lizzy released the iconic "Jailbreak" album to the world. featuring such classic rock staples as "The Boys Are Back In Town" and the title track, "Jailbreak" and it become one of the most important albums of that era.  Now we are 40 years on since the release of that milestone and it is time to celebrate it. 

    2016 also see's 30 years since Phil Lynott passed away (January 4th, 1986) and the world lost a rock legend.  But his legacy lives on and celebrating that legacy is what is in store.  In the summer of 2016 going into 2017, Thin Lizzy will stage a handful of special shows to commemorate these important milestones.

    The Thin Lizzy Lineup is vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, and Darren Wharton on Keyboards. As special guest, we have seasoned drummer Mikkey Dee from Motörhead.

    Scott Gorham "With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album , I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it's an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days.  We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special.  For personal reasons Brian Downey won't be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about.  We will announce who is on bass shortly"

    Mikkey Dee: "it's an honor to be asked to play with Thin Lizzy on these dates, being a life long fan I am so happy and excited to playing with band on these shows. It's going to be great!"

    Weekend and Day Tickets On Sale Now

    Weekend General Admission – £130.00 *
    Weekend VIP - £225.00 *
    Saturday General Admission - £75.00 *
    Saturday VIP - £125.00 *
    Sunday Genral Admission - £75.00 *
    Sunday VIP - £125.00 *

    *Not Including Booking Fee

    Ticket Link - http://ramblinmanfair.seetickets.com/

    Ramblin' Man Fair is the must see event for discerning festival goers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances. The event will be a unique experience set to become a staple of the UK festival calendar.

    The festival 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.
    Ramblin' Man Fair is now under the ownership of new music event company Spirit of Rock, the first IP acquisition activity by ex Team Rock and Classic Rock/Metal Hammer magazine Managing Director Chris Ingham. Spirit of Rock is a division of RFS Entertainment.
    In a statement Spirit Of Rock said, "Now under new management, year two of Ramblin' Man Fair will be even bigger and better than year one. The festival will concentrate on a core offering of classic rock, prog and Southern rock music showcasing both legends and new talent. Ramblin' Man Fair will come with a new emphasis on great food, fine bourbons and the colourful world of rock culture."

    Spirit Of Rock Director Chris Ingham adds, "Ramblin' Man 2016 is my first venture with the Spirit of Rock, the company I formed in partnership with RFS entertainment after twenty years at Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines and latterly, with TeamRock. I actually attended the 2015 concert in Mote Park and I was hugely impressed not only by the diversity of the artists but also the great atmosphere and the sheer potential of the brand.
    It's time to create a music festival that appeals as much to the foodie as it does the rock music fan in us all. Let's have Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Prog, Blues and Country music stages alongside great outdoor BBQ food, fine bourbon whiskies and barrels of real ale in the heart of Maidstone's beautiful Mote Park. Knowing whom we have booked to play and alongside these new areas Ramblin' Man 2016 will be a very special weekend indeed, don't miss out." – Chris Ingham

    Ticket Link - http://ramblinmanfair.seetickets.com/

     Danko Jones Live At Wacken Album And DVD Release.

    Danko Jones.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    Danko Jones, the band, stand and deliver crisp, catchy and crunchy hard rock with such exciting consistency that they have cultivated an equally loyal and consistently fervent fan base worldwide. Danko Jones, the frontman and guitarist, writes such irrepressible, hook-laden-yet-crunchy electric tunes that it's impossible not to get sucked in by the alt-punk edge to his songs. The net result is a live performance driven by this power trio's sweat and electricity. And now, for the first time in their two decade career, Danko Jones are bringing that live inspiration (and perspiration!) to CD & DVD/BluRay with the release of LIVE AT WACKEN on March 4th, 2016.     
     
    "Playing Wacken Open Air is an honour we never taken lightly. We've played the festival 3 times and it gets sweeter every time. I love Wacken and back in 2012 I spent all four days there just hanging out!"
                                                           
    Danko Jones saying this about their Wacken experiences, their 2015 set features 18 songs and various bonus material items spread across the formats, LIVE AT WACKEN provides fiery bursts of energy, quirky alternative riffery and Jones' own electric personality, one which has seen him become an independent commentator, spoken word artist and columnist for The Huffington Post.
    Bonus material will include a track-by-track commentary, an exclusive backstage interview with Jones and his spoken word performance from the 2012 Wacken Festival.
     
    "In 2012, Wacken Open Air asked me to speak. The only ´subject` I know I could confidently speak about was my favourite band in the whole world - KISS. I love the band...maybe too much as you will see here."
     
    Danko Jones again, about their effort documented on this upcoming release: "It's an honour as a Rock N' Roll band to play the ultimate metal festival - Wacken Open Air!!!!!"
     
    Live At Wacken will be followed by a busy 2016 as Danko Jones once again take their firebrand rock'n'roll revival on another world tour. Irrepressibly energetic, unflinchingly honest and engagingly addictive, Danko Jones never give anything less than 110% whether on stage, screen or stereo; unsurprisingly, everybody wants some!
     

     Honour David Bowie At Brooklyn Bowl London.

    David Bowie.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    Join us to honour the great David Bowie, Ziggy, Starman, Thin White Duke, Jareth the Goblin King, and his awe-inspiring legacy. The man that poured his soul into art, broke all the rules, and inspired generations to express their beautiful, otherworldly selves.

    We'll be flooding The Bowl with the greatest Bowie music videos throughout the night and screening the cult classic "Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars" on our huge 6m screen complete with full concert sound loud enough for the Universe to hear!

    Now, no tribute night would be complete without dancing. So let's dance, put on your red shoes, your sequins, face paint, and dance the night away with a beautiful crowd of fans and enthusiasts to the sound of the genius that made our planet a magical place to inhabit!

    Collection boxes for Cancer Research will be placed around the venue and for every person attending the event, Brooklyn Bowl London will donate £1 to Cancer Research. Strength comes in numbers!

    Doors open at 7:00pm and the movie screening will start at 8:00pm

     LAcey To Release New Single And EP.

    Lacey.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    Lacey's new single 'Shadow' highlights the sentiment that some things are best left behind us. Taken from their often-melancholic forthcoming EP 'I Don't Owe The World A Thing', the single is accompanied by a brand new video which you can see here.
     
    Having released their debut album 'Under The Brightest Lights' in 2015, Nottingham four-piece Lacey are gearing up to release the five tracks that comprise their new EP on 5th February, 2016. The release also coincides with a 15-date tour supporting Bowling For Soup across the UK in Feb. Following the BFS tour, Lacey have just announced a clutch of headline dates around the country in June.
     
    At times, the songs of the EP take a darker turn. However, there's a real sense of defiance coupled with that, leaving a glimmer of hope and optimism. Produced by Drew Lawson (ROAM, While She Sleeps) at Steel City Studios, the EP continues in a tradition of compelling songwriting as Lacey take cues from Jimmy Eat World, Kids In Glass Houses and many a classic band that have gone before.
     
    SEE LACEY LIVE
    (supporting Bowling For Soup):
    February 2016
    1 O2 Academy Glasgow
    2 O2 Academy Newcastle
    3 O2 Academy Leeds
    4 O2 Academy Liverpool
    5 Manchester Academy
    6 O2 Academy Birmingham
    7 O2 Academy Sheffield
    8 Norwich UEA
    9 Nottingham Rock City
    10 Guildford G Live
    11 London Camden Roundhouse
    12 O2 Academy Bournemouth
    13 Southampton Guildhall
    14 Cardiff Great Hall
    15 O2 Academy Bristol

    HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
    4th June Rock City  Nottingham
    5th June Think Tank  Newcastle
    6th June Sound Control  Manchester
    7th June The Surya  London

     Ministry And Devildriver Announce Joint UK Tour.

    The Browning.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    California Groove Metallers DEVILDRIVER have been announced as special guests of Ministry for a monster five-date UK run with kicks off in Cardiff on August 16, 2016.
     
    Frontman Dez Fafara:
    "Ministry and DevilDriver on the same bill , that's a fucking concert worth showing up to ! Al is a close and dear friend and Ministry is an iconic band for me and helped form my youth , I look forward to sharing the stage with one of the most legendary frontmen of all time !"Thanks for having us aboard Al let's give em HELL! "


    Ministry + DEVILDRIVER

    August 2016

    16th         CARDIFF – Tramshed
    17th         GLASGOW – O2 ABC
    18th         BIRMINGHAM – O2 Institute
    19th         MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz
    20th         LONDON – O2 Forum Kentish TownRitz UK

     Stiff Little Fingers Announce UK Tour.

    Stiff Little Fingers.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    After the success of their 2014 studio album release, the critically acclaimed 'No Going Back', Punk rock legends Stiff Little Fingers are set to tour the UK in February and March 2016, with support from Ricky Warwick and The Fighting Hearts.
    ;
    The band have also launched a Pledge campaign for a brand new live album. March 17, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of SLF's annual St. Patrick's Day shows at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom. The Pledge campaign will see a live DVD recording of this historic occasion.
    http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/stifflittlefingers25thdvd 

    Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland.  Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life".

    These were the first of what became SLF's signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The band split in early '83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers.

    In '87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. In '94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Guitar and Drum on the EMI Label. This was followed by 2014's No Going Back.

    2016 UK tour dates are as follows:

    Thurs 25th Feb 2016         Oxford, o2 Academy UK
    Fri 26th Feb                             Portsmouth, Pyramid UK
    Sat 27th Feb                            Exeter, Phoenix UK
    Sun 28th Feb                          Cardiff, University (SOLUS) UK
    Tues 1st march                      Wolverhampton, Robin 2 UK
    Wed 2nd March                   Leamington Spa, The Assembly UJ
    Fri 4th March                         London, The Forum UK
    Sat 5th March                        Northampton, Roadmender UK
    Sun 6th March                       Bristol. O2 Academy UK
    Tues 8th March                     Cambridge, Junction UK
    Wed 9th March                    Norwich, Waterfront UK
    Fri 11th March                      Nottingham, Rock City UK
    Sat 12th March                     Leeds, o2 Academy UK
    Mon 14th March                 Aberdeen, Garage UK
    Tues 15th March                  Inverness, Ironworks UK
    Thurs 17th March                Glasgow, Barrowlands UK
    Fri 18th March                      Newcastle, o2 Academy
    Sat 19th March                     Manchester, The

     Yashin Release New Single.

    Yashin.Tuesday 16th January 2016
    THE RENEGADES’ is not only the title track of the band’s brand new album going to hit stores on February 26. It’s a new beginning for YASHIN - a movement for every music lover to become part of as the associated music video is driving the point home.
     
    Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jSrIihNDOk
    Following two independent album releases, support slots of heavyweights Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Black Veil Brides and playing at Download and Sonisphere festival YASHIN are back from their silence and plan to conquer everything in their path.
     
    The band’s third album ‘The Renegades’ is a 12-track rollercoaster featuring heavy riffs, big hooks and bursting with melody.
     
    With the first single release ‘Dorothy Gale’, YASHIN set the tone with their heaviest song to date. The second single ‘THE RENEGADES’ has been chosen deliberately as singer Kevin Miles says:

    "...'We are The Renegades' has become a call to arms amongst Yashin fans.  An opportunity for likeminded individuals to forget the mundane aspects of their every day working life and come together through a passion for music..."


    YASHIN ‘The Renegades’ single is available for digital download NOW.
    The eponymous album can be pre-orderd on Amazon and iTunes.
     
     
    Catch Yashin at the following headline shows
    March
    4th – Manchester Satans Hollow
    5th – London Borderline
    6th – Nottingham Rock City Basement

     Hey! Hello! To Release New Single.

    Hey Hello.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    Hey!Hello! unveil the video for their new single Automatic Love, a pure unadulterated volume driven rock' n'roll anthem.

    Indulge now in this no holds barred taste of what it's like to witness Hey!Hello! live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olshWt0R800

    "The video is a deliberately stark introduction of the new line up, complete with new vocalist Hollis. We didn't want anything flash, and preferred to let the music be the main focus. It's raw, it's loud and sounds like the weekend.
    This is the sound of partying, sex, trouble, fun, hangovers and extreme behaviour of all persuasions, take from that what you will.
    We're bringing rock n roll back in 2016, and you better believe we mean that 100%."

    Hey!Hello! embark on their first ever UK headline tour in April with Hey!Hello!'s Rev promising that the live show will be  'a full on energetic audio assault. ' The tour is preceded by the rescheduled birthday show, now the Ginger Wildheart Show, at the Forum in London on April 1st.

    >Hey! Hello! is - Hollis (vocals) the hyper one, Ai (drums) the calm one, Toshi (bass)  the resourceful one, The Rev (lead guitar) the cool one and Ginger (rhythm guitar)  the wise one. 

    Automatic Love is available to download from iTunes: http://j.mp/a-love-itunes
    Amazon: http://j.mp/a-love-amazon and to stream from Spotify: http://j.mp/a-love-spotify

    Hey! Hello! April UK  Dates 
    1st                  London             O2 Forum Kentish Town.
    Tickets available from http://j.mp/gingerlondon2016
    15th       Wolverhampton Slade Rooms.              
    http://j.mp/hhwolves2016
    16th               Stockton                       Georgian Theatre. 
    http://j.mp/hhstockton2016
    17th       Manchester                   Academy 3.
    http://j.mp/hhmanchester2016
    18th       Newcastle                     Academy 2.
    http://j.mp/hhnewcastle2016
    20th       Glasgow                       Cathouse.
    http://j.mp/hhglasgow2016
    21st       Edinburgh                     Electric Circus. 
    http://j.mp/hhedinburgh2016
    22nd       York                             Fibbers.
    http://j.mp/hhyork2016
    23rd       Stoke               Sugarmill. 
    http://j.mp/hhstoke2016
    24th       Sheffield                       Corporation.
    http://j.mp/hhsheffield2016
    26th       Bristol               Fleece. 
    http://j.mp/hhbristol2016
    27th       Nottingham                   Rescue Room. 
    http://j.mp/hhnottingham2016
    28th       Southampton    Joiners.           
    http://j.mp/hhsouthampton2016

     White Buffalo To Release New Studio Album.

    White Buffalo.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    American underground icon in the making THE WHITE BUFFALO (a.k.a songwriter Jake Smith) whose 3rd studio LP "Love And The Death Of Damnation" is released on February 12th via Earache Records has just announced a one off solo acoustic show at London's Cargo on January 30th, in addition to his appearance at Ramblin' Man Fair later this year. Doors are 7pm, stage time is 8pm and tickets are £16.50 http://www.seetickets.com/event/ramblin-man-fair-presents-the-white-buffalo/cargo/942751. Smith said "I love coming to the UK. The London crowd is truly one of the most spirited crowds to date"
     
    Straddling the blurry lines of country, rock, folk and Americana, with poignant narratives as dark and deadly as a drug deal gone south and big, bold anthems of love, the strength to survive and a rebel-like resilience, Smith can strip a story down into raw emotion. As Billboard Magazine described it, "His voice is Eddie Vedder with more Jameson; his attitude is Johnny Cash with more empathy."
     
    'Love And The Death Of Damnation' prompted the LA Times to comment "It's the voice that burrows into you. Devil's growl. Sinner's lament. Smith's baritone echoes with villains and misfits, drunks and philistines. It curls through loneliness, sets out on crooked highways. It is an American voice cured in recession, war and betrayal, a resonant map where the spectral bleeds into dreams. But in it, like mica in slate, is the glint of redemption, flashing just long enough to allow a man to keep a bead on whatever goodness might dwell in him."
     
    This year he joined the ranks of Emmy-nominated songwriters for the original track "Come Join the Murder" featured as the season closer for FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy. The album also features Smith's first ever duet, 'I Got You' with vocalist Audra Mae who said "I've been a fan for years so it's exciting to be in the same room with Jake, let alone singing alongside him in the studio. 'I Got You' is honest and gorgeous and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. What an honour and such a pleasure."
      
    Over the past decade, Smith has had several placements in shows including 9 songs in Sons of Anarchy, as well as Californication, and movies Safe Haven and West of Memphis. He has also played with the likes of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Grace Potter, Steve Earl, and Dave Grohl. Leading guitar manufacturer Ernie Ball recently released a 10-part docuseries called "Capturing The White Buffalo: The Recording of an American Songwriter". The series documents the making of 'Love And The Death Of Damnation' in an alluring and cinematic way. It captures the raw struggles and successes of Smith's writing and recording process, gives each song a new narrative, and introduces you to the album in a way that's altogether haunting, uplifting, and unforgettable. You can watch the whole series here: http://www.ernieball.com/whitebuffalo

    Smith says about 'Love and the Death of Damnation' "With this album, I really wanted to get back to songs... I wanted to get back to writing individual stories, as opposed to an extended narrative.  I wanted each song to make you feel something.  In the past, the songs have almost always been pretty dark.  But this time, I was also able to channel some happier stuff and write a couple of actual feel-good songs.  It's also more varied musically.  I really made an effort to expand my sound, and to get out of my comfort zone as a songwriter."

    'Love and the Death of Damnation' is due to be released on CD and vinyl in Europe on February 12th, featuring 3 exclusive bonus tracks on the CD version and as a bonus 7" with all vinyl versions. 

     Wolf Mother Announce European Tour.

    Wolfmother.Tuesday 19th January 2016
    WOLFMOTHER have announced a European headline tour starting this April. The Grammy award-winning rock band fronted by Andrew Stockdale will also be releasing their highly anticipated new album VICTORIOUS (Universal Music Catalogue) on February 19th and have just revealed another new track 'Gypsy Caravan' which is available as a free download when you pre-order the album here.

    LISTEN TO 'GYPSY CARAVAN' HERE

    Fans who pre-order VICTORIOUS from the Official UK Store before 11.59pm tonight will gain exclusive early access to purchase tickets on Wednesday 20th January, ahead of them going on general sale on Friday 22nd.

    Both the title track 'Victorious' and 'City Lights' were premiered by Zane Lowe on his Beats1 radio show and are also available as instant downloads when you pre-order VICTORIOUS on iTunes HERE. Pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles are also available at http://smarturl.it/wolfmotherstore.

    LISTEN TO 'VICTORIOUS' HERE

    LISTEN TO 'CITY LIGHTS' HERE

    The follow-up to 2009's Cosmic Egg and 2014's New Crown, the eagerly anticipated VICTORIOUS is an electrifying testament to the range and depth of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale's artistry. Recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with 2X Grammy winning producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen), the songs are edgy, inventive and uncompromising and rank among the band's best ever.

    In addition to vocals, Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM) to split drum duties.

    "We wanted to get back to that big sound," says Stockdale. "The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and," he muses, "perfect for a festival main stage."

    Led by Stockdale, Wolfmother have amassed a global fanbase, played to packed-house crowds around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Isle of Wight, Rock am Ring and Reading and Leeds, and have been invited to share stages with rock icons Aerosmith and AC/DC. For their induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Led Zeppelin personally invited Wolfmother as their guests (the band showed their appreciation by delivering an electrifying cover of 'Communication Breakdown').

    Don't miss Wolfmother when they tour Europe starting this April:

    April
    Fri 8th – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (IE)
    Sat 9th – Academy, Manchester (UK)
    Sun 10th – O2 Academy, Newcastle (UK)
    Tue 12th – O2 Academy, Glasgow (UK)
    Wed 13th – O2 Academy, Leeds (UK)
    Thurs 14th – Rock City, Nottingham (UK)
    Sat 16th – O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK)
    Sun 17th – O2 Academy, Bristol (UK)
    Mon 18th – O2 Guildhall, Southampton (UK)
    Wed 20th – O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (UK)
    Fri 22nd – Palladium, Cologne (GER)
    Sat 23rd – Schlachtof, Weisbaden (GER)
    Mon 25th – Le Trianon, Paris (FRA)
    Tue 26th – Paradiso, Amsterdam (HOL)
    Weds 27th – AB, Brussels (BEL)
    Fri 29th – Oosterpoort, Gronigen (HOL)
    Sat 30th – 013, Tilburg (HOL)

    May
    Sun 1st – Gross Freiheit, Hamburg (GER)
    Mon 2nd – Columbiahalle, Berlin (GER)
    Wed 4th – Vega, Copenhagen (DEN)
    Thu 5th – Rockefeller, Oslo (NOR)
    Fri 6th – Gruna Lund, Stocholm (SWE)
    Sun 8th – Alcatraz, Milan (ITA)
    Mon 9th – Volkshaus, Zurich (SWI)
    Tue 10th – Kesselhaus, Munich (GER)
    Fri 13th May – Apolo 1, Barcelona (ESP)
    Sat 14th May – Kristonfest, Bilbao (ESP)

    Ten years after their arrival, Wolfmother have returned with what could arguably be called their best work to date. With VICTORIOUS, Stockdale once again arrives right on time: in an era dominated by single-song downloads, this is an album worthy of repeat listens from top to bottom.

     The Browning Sign To Spinefarm Records.

    The Browning.Friday 15th January 2016
    The Browning have steadily made their presence known in the international metal scene since their album debut in 2011. The Kansas City band, centered around mastermind Jonny McBee, released the crushing Hypernova in 2013 and promptly hit the road across the UK, Europe and North America.  Blurring the lines between multiple styles of electronic music, metalcore and deathcore, McBee has firmly entrenched The Browning as musical innovators in an ever expanding cultural crossover scene. McBee says, "I am really proud of what The Browning has become. It's been a long, hard road. Signing with Spinefarm is a big step in the awesome direction this band is going and I cannot wait for the future.  Excited for the world to hear this next album!”  They are currently working on their Spinefarm debut which is planned for release this summer..

     Royal Thunder Sign To Spinefarm Records.

    Royal Thunder.Friday 15th January 2016
    Royal Thunder’s unique, genre-bending sound has been turning heads since guitarist Josh Weaver founded the band in Atlanta, GA.  His songwriting, plus bassist Mlny Parsonz’s soul-searing vocals have led to worldwide critical acclaim.  Two full-length albums and a plethora of tours later, the quartet are set to begin their next chapter as part of the Spinefarm Records family. 

    The band says "We'd like to thank Relapse Records for all the years we had together. But now it’s time to move on. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to obtain something good. And as a band, we have always worked hard, stayed true to ourselves and to one another. We are a family.  We thank you Spinefarm for the opportunity to move on with you and be a part of your family! We look forward to many great years together! Bones!"

    Their most recent release Crooked Doors landed on many of the world media "Best of 2015" lists from Rolling Stone to Paste and the band was nominated for Best New Band at the UK’s Classic Rock Awards in the same year. They continue to tour steadily in support of this critically adored album and will be hitting the road with Black Tusk in the US at the end of January.  New songs are in the works, and the future is more promising than ever.

     Babymetal Announce New Album.

    Babymetal.Friday 15th January 2016
    BABYMETAL, the metal dance unit that had successfully performed a total of 25 shows across 10 countries on their World Tour last year, will be releasing a new album worldwide simultaneously and can today announce the title is ‘METAL RESISTANCE’. (More details to be disclosed on a later date.)   
     
    On April 2nd, BABYMETAL will start their world tour ‘BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016’ with their headline show at Wembley Arena, UK. Also, April 1st, the day before the Wembley show, is announced to be “FOX DAY” and it is prophesied by the FOX GOD that along with the content of BABYMETAL’s new album, there will be further details announced about the TOKYO DOME show, the world tour finale, which we look forward to hear.
     
    New Album ‘METAL RESISTANCE
    Worldwide release date: Friday, April 1st, 2016
     
    ‘BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016’
    2016/4/2 (sat) United Kingdom / LondonWembley Arena
    ・2016/5/4 (wed) PLAYSTATION THEATER / NEW YORK, USA
    ・2016/5/7 (sat) ELECTRIC FACTORY / PENNSYLVANIA, USA
    ・2016/5/8 (sun) MONSTER ENERGY CAROLINA REBELLION / NORTH CAROLINA, USA
    ・2016/5/10 (tue) THE FILLMORE / MARYLAND, USA
    ・2016/5/11 (wed) THE FILLMORE / MICHIGAN, USA
    ・2016/5/13 (fri) HOUSE OF BLUES / ILLINOIS, USA
    ・2016/5/14 (sat) NORTHERN INVASION / WISCONSIN, USA
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     Music For Boobies Compilation Unleashes New Track.

    Music For Boobies.Thursday 14th January 2016
    Rude Records is revealing today a new track out of the 'Music For Boobies' compilation: Danko Jones’ 'Wild Woman' in a new, unreleased version featuring Lacuna Coil’s very own Cristina Scabbia.

    Danko comments: “It is an honour to have the one and only Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil grace us with her vocals on our song, “Wild Woman”. To have this happen while helping to raise awareness of breast health education and support makes this even more sweet. Check out the track. I think it’s hot rockin’!”

    STREAM THE NEW TRACK HERE! https://open.spotify.com/album/787EEERhhcK4IADkYBxZIj

    Some of the hottest names in the alternative scene have joined forces with KAB and Rude Records earlier last year, creating the two volumes that make up Music For Boobies, donating a mix of new and unreleased songs: duets, previously-released tracks connected to the KAB cause, as well as new remixed versions of their songs. The full tracklist can be seen below!

    The release announcement last month came together with the first 2 instant-grat tracks announced: a brand-new, unreleased cover of the New Radicals classic 'You Get What You Give' (https://open.spotify.com/album/10Dj8umPPyHcSKqobduSpP) from Arizona rockers THE MAINE (featuring Brennan Smiley) and ANGELS & AIRWAVES with a remix of their 'Saturday Love' (https://open.spotify.com/album/6x61OH1if0ORNrMioe43yb)
     
    The compilation – which is released on worldwide digital outlets on March 18th 2016 – is available for pre-orders including 'Wild Woman' as instant-grat track in physical and digital.

    D2C Physical: http://smarturl.it/MFBExclusiveCD
    Digital: http://smarturl.it/MFBDigital

    50% of all proceeds garnered through the sale of the compilation will go to support KAB’s ongoing efforts. Spread the word, and help raise funds and awareness in support of Keep A Breast’s mission of empowering youth around the world with breast health education and support. More information can be found at musicforboobies.com.


    Music For Boobies

    Volume 1
    1. Angels & Airwaves - Saturday Love Remix
    2. Falling In Reverse - Chemical Prisoner
    3. Parkway Drive - Vice Grip
    4. Sleeping With Sirens - Save Me A Spark

    5. American Hi-Fi feat. Kay Hanley - Another Perfect Day (Acoustic)
    6. Emarosa - A Hundred Crowns
    7. Too Close To Touch - Pretty Little Thing
    8. Motion City Soundtrack - Lose Control

    9. Allison Weiss - Who We Are
    10. Alvarez Kings - Fear To Feel
    11. Patent Pending - It’s All Good Today
    12. The Raveonettes - Wake Me Up


    Volume 2
    1. The Maine feat. Brennan Smiley - You Get What You Give
    2. Simple Plan - Astronaut

    3. Anti-Flag feat. Tim Armstrong - Brandenburg Gate
    4. Knuckle Puck - Swing
    5. Such Gold - When It Gives
    6. Danko Jones feat. Cristina Scabbia - Wild Woman
    7. letlive. - Banshee (Ghost Fame)

    8. Beautiful Bodies - War Inside Your Heart
    9. Skinny Lister - Trouble On Oxford Street

    10. Zebrahead - Blue Light Special
    11. Enter Shikari - Dear Future Historians... (London Elektricity Remix)
    12. This Wild Life - No More Bad Days

    13. Simone Denny - Breathe Again

     Set It Off Unleash New Video.

    Set It Off.Friday 15th January 2016
    Pop rock quartet Set It Off have premiered their latest music video for their recent album title track 'Duality'.

    Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojkFvg9r4jY

    'Duality' was released late 2014, the band are currently in the studio working towards the new album which is expected this year.

    Singer Cody comments: "The music video for 'Duality' is more than just a music video to us. It's our artistic representation of discovering yourself and the changes that come along with that development in life. We had such a blast putting this piece of work together. I even had the opportunity to program our very own lights in the white backdrop scene, so we were very involved as usual. This music video signifies us coming to a close of the duality era and the opening of a door that peaks into what's to come this year with our new album.  So watch the newest video for our brand-new single 'Duality' and show the world how human you really are.".

     Roam Announce In-store Shows And Signings.

    Roam.Friday 15th January 2016
    ROAM are teasing fans with a third advance cut from their debut album 'Backbone' ahead of its release next week. 'Bloodline', a song about dishonesty and how people deal with themselves when they've not been real with the people who care about them, follows the equally rabble-rousing 'Deadweight' which came with an epic music video, as did its follow-up 'Hopeless Case'.

    Having sold out a special hometown release show at super lightning speed, the Eastbourne pop punk crew have announced a small clutch of in-store appearances and additional shows over the next week and a bit. One year down the line, you're going to want to be able to say you were there for these likely-ridiculous scenes:

    Wed 20th Jan, 7pm – Banquet Records, Kingston, Acoustic & Signing In-store (All ages)
    Wed 20th Jan, 11pm – Bacchus, Kingston, New Noise Clubnight Show (18+)
    Fri 22nd Jan, 5pm – hmv Liverpool, Acoustic & Signing In-store (All ages)
    Sat 23rd Jan, 12pm – hmv Brighton, Acoustic & Signing In-store (All ages)
    Sat 23rd Jan, 5pm – Pebble Eastbourne, Acoustic & Signing In-store (All ages)
    Sat 23rd Jan, 7pm – Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne, release show (SOLD OUT)

    This month's smattering of UK performances precedes ROAM's slot on the (now completely sold out) Kerrang! Tour 2016 which will see them play alongside Sum 41, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Biters.

    'Backbone' follows ROAM's 'Viewpoint' EP which was released early in 2015. The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios with additional engineering by Phil Gornell and mastering by Grant Berry. Rian Dawson of All Time Low recorded Matt Wilson's guest vocal part at his studio in California.s.

     The Iron Maidens Announce One Off London Show.

    The Iron Maidens.Friday 15th January 2016
    World’s only all-female Iron Maiden tribute band the Iron Maidens have announced a one-off show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 14th April 2016.

    Excited front-woman Kirsten Chickinson said: For years people have been asking when we're coming to the U.K. so it feels almost surreal that it's finally happening. To play London--the city where Iron Maiden actually began in 1975--is thrilling and also daunting; I expect the "home" fans to be the most discerning but we are definitely up for the challenge! To see where it all began, this is hallowed ground.

    Formed in 2001 in Southern California, the Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of the most notorious tribute act in the US, progressively expanding their fame far and beyond the Americas. These five women have conquered the attention of fans and fellow musicians with their musical prowess and electrifying live shows, where they perform hits and fan   favourites from all phases of Iron Maiden’s career with appearances by mascot Eddie, the grim reaper, the devil and more.

    The Iron Maidens are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds, ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock. The line-up is Linda ‘Nikki McBURRain’ McDonald on drums, Nikki ‘Davina Murray’ Stringfield and Courtney ‘Adriana Smith’ Cox on guitars, Kirsten ‘Bruce Chickinson’ Rosenberg on vocals and Wanda ‘Steph Harris’ Ortiz on bass.

    While Iron Maiden’s latest album hits the stores, the Iron Maidens celebrate the recent release of their first full-length studio album, the first studio tribute CD to a band ever recorded entirely by one artist; the cover artwork featuring a female monster was designed by none other than Eddie’s creator Derek Riggs.

    Despite being undoubtedly five rocking hot ladies, the Iron Maidens are not just pretty faces: in their career they have been joined on stage by the likes of Alex Skolnik from Testament, Lemmy,  Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Anthrax’  Scott Ian and Judas Priest’s Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. They were chosen to support Danzig, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nightwish and Nevermore amongst others. They’ve been featured in Playboy and Hustler as well as Rolling Stone, Guitar World and Drum magazine.

    The Iron Maidens will bring their show to the UK for the very first timeon Thursday 14th April 2016, with a one-off date at Shepherds Bush Empire. Courtney and Linda have played in London before with different bands - Linda even at the same venue! - while it’s the first encounter with the British crowd for Wanda and Nikki.  Give them a warm welcome, hang around and make sure you get Nikki a drink: the show  is on her birthday and  she’s looking  forward to  celebrating London style!

    Tickets are available here:
    http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/IEH1404X?brand=o2sbe&camefrom=AMG_SBE_irnmdns
    General admission £20 + booking fees. Supports TBA, doors open at 7pm, curfew at 11pm.
    Up the Irons!

     Pulled Apart By Horses Cover 'Ziggy Stardust'..

    Pulled Apart By Horses.Friday 15th January 2016
    Pulled Apart By Horses have unveiled a tribute to David Bowie with a cover of 'Ziggy Stardust', with all proceeds donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. The track will be available on iTunes this Friday (Jan 15th). 

    Speaking about the track, James Brown said "On Sunday January 10th, 2016, the world lost one of the most important and influential musicians of all time, David Bowie. Along with the millions of people all over the world who's lives he had touched, we were shocked and saddened to hear the news. We're all huge fans of his work, so at band practice on Monday night we decided to learn and record a tribute to him and his incredible legacy. Here is a cover of one of our favourite tracks, 'Ziggy Stardust'. All profits from the track will go to Teenage Cancer Trust which is an amazing cause. Long live The Goblin King!'"

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojib_ZVx2eo
    .

     Trivium Announce Intimate UK Tour.

    Trivium.Wednesday 13th January 2016
    US metal monoliths TRIVIUM are delighted to announce eleven new headline shows in the UK, kicking off in March. The dates will mark the first UK shows for the group with their new drummer, Paul Wandtke, in support of their latest album 'Silence In The Snow'. 
    Two of the most common questions the band sees from fans, via their social media, are "but when are you playing my [smaller] town?" and "why do most bands only play the big cities?" For this tour therefore, Trivium have purposely eschewed the usual places like Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and London, and will instead be bringing the metal to the following locations: 
    Sun 20th Mar - NORWICH UEA
    Mon 21st Mar - IPSWICH Corn Exchange
    Tue 22nd Mar - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids
    Wed 23rd Mar - BRISTOL O2 Academy
    Fri 25th Mar - OXFORD O2 Academy
    Sat 26th Mar - LINCOLN Engine Shed
    Sun 27th Mar - LEICESTER O2 Academy
    Tue 29th Mar - YORK Barbican
    Wed 30th Mar - MIDDLESBROUGH Empire
    >Thu 31st Mar - KILMARNOCK Grand Hall
    Fri 1st Apr - ABERDEEN Beach Ballroom

    Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, January 15 from all good ticket agents, venues, and online via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.gigsinscotland.co.uk. Fan-club members can snap up tickets sooner via a Triviumworld.org pre-sale from 9am on Thursday, January 14. Special guests are to be announced. 

    Frontman Matt Heafy comments, "The UK was the first place to ever truly embrace Trivium and make us feel at home. I feel now - at this very moment in time - Trivium is a better live band than we have ever been. For us to pay true homage to the place who took us in first, we can now give them the Trivium they have always deserved." 

    Curious about new drummer Paul Wandtke? Watch some drum cam footage of him at his very first show with the band, at Mexico's Knotfest on December 5, 2015 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJrI_xO5Gm4. To hear the record and learn more about 'Silence In The Snow' via a three part track-by-track, visit Trivium's YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/trivium/videos.

     Liam Cormier To Shave Hair For Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

    Liam Cormier.Wednesday 13th January 2016
    From January 11 to February 21, Liam Cormier from Canadian noise makers Cancer Bats will be raising money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. He will be taking donations at all of the Cancer Bats shows and you can also now donate online!  February 22nd will be the day that Liam will shave his head so, bring a few extra quid to the shows and let's kick Cancer's ass in 2016!

    Donation Page: here

    Appeal Video: here

    You can catch Cancer Bats at one of the following shows:
    Tickets priced £11.00 regionally and £13.50 in London ( booking fees may apply)  - links below.  

    January 2016
    13th                 Brighton, Concorde 2
    14th                 Norwich, Waterfront
    15th                 Exeter, Phoenix
    16th                 Plymouth, The Hub
    17th                 Bristol, Marble Factory
    18th                 Bridgend, Hobos
    19th                 Reading, Sub 89
    20th                 Stoke, Sugarmill
    21st                 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
    22nd    Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
    23rd    Manchester, Academy 3
    24th                 Leeds, Key Club
    25th                 Glasgow, Garage
    26th                 Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
    27th                 Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
    28th                 London, Tufnell Park Dome

    In early 2015, 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 issimultaneously 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 Rock 'n Roll, 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.

    Check out the awesome videos for:
    Satellites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwGQFzs7o6Y
    True Zero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4mE4UrOAM

     Disturbed Release Video For 'The Sound Of Silence'.

    Disturbed.Wednesday 13th January 2016
    Disturbed's video for "The Sound of Silence," their powerful version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, has premiered.The track is taken from the band's critically acclaimed #1 album Immortalized, which has already boasted two huge hits with the #1 smash "The Vengeful One" (the video currently has over 10 Million views and counting) and current single "The Light," which also took the #1 spot at both Rock and Mainstream US Rock Radio.

    Watch the official video for "The Sound of Silence"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

    Immortalized marked the end of a 4-year hiatus for the Grammy-nominated hard rock titans and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the band's fifth consecutive US #1 album – a rare distinction only achieved by one other hard rock band in the history of the chart: Metallica – and putting them in the company of a select group of global superstars to have earned five chart-topping debuts, including Madonna, Beyoncé, Eminem, Dave Matthews Band and U2.

    Disturbed will hit the road early this year for their first, full tour since the hiatus, kicking off with a home-state show on January 14 in Springfield, Illinois. The U.S. portion of the headline tour will offer a rare chance to see their arena-ready show in an up close and personal setting, such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Irving Plaza in New York City, Roseland Theater in Portland, and more.  The tour is almost completely sold out, with the few remaining tickets available here.

    The band recently announced international touring plans for 2016, starting in January headlining Australia's biggest rock event of the year at The Soundwave Festival, as well as a headline show in Auckland, New Zealand, before heading to Canada for the month of February.  Summer touring plans already include confirmed slots at 98ROCKFEST and Rock On The Range in the U.S., as well as some of Europe's biggest rock festivals, including Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in Germany, the U.K.'s Download Festival, Hellfest in France, Forta Rock in The Netherlands, Nova Rock in Austria, and Belgium's Graspop, with more worldwide tour dates to be announced soon. Click here for all tour dates.

    Formed in Chicago in 1996, the multi-platinum Disturbed – David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] – have sold over 15 million albums globally and scored ten No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut The Sickness formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by their subsequent Grammy Award nomination as well as gold-, platinum- and double platinum-certified records.

    CONFIRMED UPCOMING U.S. TOUR DATES
    For tickets and further details: http://www.disturbed1.com/shows
    01/14               Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL
    02/10               Fargo Civic Center – Fargo, ND
    02/25               Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry – Sioux Falls, SD
    03/12              The Showbox – Seattle, WA                                       
    03/14              Roseland Theater – Portland, OR                                 
    03/16              The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA                              
    03/17              The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA                            
    03/19              UFEST 2016 – Phoenix, AZ                                           
    03/20              House of Blues – San Diego, CA                                
    03/23              House of Blues – Dallas, TX                                         
    03/24              House of Blues – Houston, TX                                   
    03/25              House of Blues – New Orleans, LA                          
    03/27              Iron City – Birmingham, AL                                          
    03/29              House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC                          
    03/30              The National – Richmond, VA                                    
    04/01              Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD               
    04/02               Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA               
    04/04              Irving Plaza – New York, NY                                        
    04/                 Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY                           
    04/07              St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI                                   
    04/08              Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI                                
    04/10              New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN         
    04/29               98ROCKFEST – Tampa, FL
    04/30              Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
    05/01              Fort Rock – Ft. Myers, FL
    05/08              Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte, NC
    05/20               Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH

     PVRIS Announce Headline Tour.

    Wednesday 13th January 2016
    PVRIS.PVRIS have announce that their headline show on April 7, 2016 has been upgraded from Shepherds Bush Empire to the O2 Forum.  All tickets purchased are still valid.   There are now small number of additional  floor tickets available.  These will go on sale Friday, January 15th at 10AM GMT at www.Pvris.com/shows

    The band also made their major TV debut by performing My House and White Noise on Jimmy Kimmel last week. You can watch back HERE & HERE

    PVRIS lead singer Lynn Gunn has also been curating a Spotify playlist of her Iconic Women In Music. The playlist will be updated with more tracks every week over the next few months.  Be sure to follow the playlist by clicking the image below:

    PVRIS will return to the UK for their first ever headline tour in April 2016.  This follows a massive year of numerous magazine covers, BBC Radio 1 playlists, winning 'Best International Band' at the Kerrang! Awards and tours with Fall Out Boy and Bring Me The Horizon and 30,000 records sold in the UK alone.

    PVRIS HEADLINE SHOWS:

    1st April Concorde Brighton SOLD OUT
    2nd April NORWICH UEA SOLD OUT
    3rd April Riverside Newcastle SOLD OUT
    4th April GLASGOW ABC SOLD OUT
    6th April  MANCHESTER ACADEMY SOLD OUT
    7th April O2 FORUM, LONDON TICKETS
    8th April CARDIFF GREAT HALL SOLD OUT

    PVRIS previous single 'White Noise', taken from the bands breakthrough debut album.  The "Poltergeist"-inspired video has already had over 2.1 million views to date. 
    This follows the previous Billboard premiere of "Holy," directed by Raul Gonzo (Thom Yorke) which has gained over 850K views to date and follows previous PVRIS videos "My House" (which has more than 4.6 million YouTube views), "St. Patrick" (over 3 million views) and "Fire" (over 1.2M views) All songs appear on the White Noise album, which re-entered The Billboard 200 recently.

     Cage The Elephant Announce UK Tour.

    Cage The Elephant.Wednesday 13th January 2016
    Cage the Elephant’s forthcoming London show has moved from Shepherd’s Bush Empire to The Forum on Thursday 11th February. Originally scheduled for Saturday 13th February, the venue and date has changed due to ongoing structural work at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. All tickets remain valid and refunds are available from point of purchase. Also, owing to overwhelming demand, Liverpool and Manchester shows have been moved to bigger venues (see below for details). The band, who just confirmed Chrome Pony as main support on the tour, have also sold out their Bristol and Nottingham show.

    Cage The Elephant released their new album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ to widespread critical acclaim last month.  The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys & The Arcs, mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Florence + the Machine) and recorded at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN. The band, who are the subject of a major Rolling Stone feature this month, made a somewhat ’lively’ appearance on Jimmy Fallon last week: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/cage-the-elephant-mess-around/2963668

    Click here to read Rolling Stone’s 4-page feature: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/cage-the-elephant-on-escaping-kentucky-sibling-rivalry-trippy-new-lp-20160105?page=4

    Full dates:

    11 February - The Forum - London, UK *     
    12 February - Bierkeller - Bristol, UK - SOLD OUT                                                      
    14 February - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK - SOLD OUT                      
    15 February - Riverside - Newcastle, UK
    16 February - QMU - Glasgow, UK                               
    18 February - Academy 2 - Liverpool, UK **
    19 February - Unity Works - Wakefield, UK
    20 February - Academy 2 - Manchester, UK **
    * venue and date moved from Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 13th Feb. Tickets remain valid
    ** venues upgraded

    Cage The Elephant’s forthcoming gigs will be the bands’ first since playing with Foals at Alexandra Palace in Feb 2014. The Times raved about those shows, reporting, “charismatic singer Matt Shultz ended stripped to the waist, upside down in the crowd, feet flailing above the heads around him”. The band recently performed an equally exhilarating set during a secret show at CMJ with Consequence of Sound describing the show as “absolutely wild” and said “Matt Shultz has developed a reputation as a fearless performer, and his daredevil antics were on full display.”

    With ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ Cage the Elephant are pushing the advances they made with their last record, 2013’s ‘Melophobia’, which was nominated for a Grammyfor ‘Best Alternative Album’ while also drawing from the sounds that initially inspired them to start making music. The results are the band’s most forceful and focused songs yet, a set of concise, punchy garage-pop with a feel that guitarist Brad Shultz describes as “a psychedelic John Wayne at an Iggy Pop show.

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

     Heck Announce UK Tour.

    Heck.Wednesday 13th January 2016
    In an age where the term 'punk rock' is regularly attributed to sanitised, pre-packaged, watered-down, radio-friendly nuggets as disposable as yesterday's bubble-gum, the world of music is in need of something potent, something tangible, something palpably dangerous. Having wrecked venues (in some cases literally) up and down the country, Baby Godzilla were the shot in the arm the underground needed, embodying the spirit of bullshit-free punk attitude, forcefully ramming their terrifying concoction of discordant riffs and erratic screaming down the throats of the disaffected and disenfranchised.

    Baby Godzilla were unstoppable, until that is the real Godzilla stepped in and stomped all over them. Toho Limited, the Japanese film company who own the rights to the Godzilla franchise, insisted the band stop using the 'Godzilla' name immediately or suffer financially crippling consequences. Beaten but not broken, the band rose like a particularly delinquent phoenix from the flames and re-christened themselves HECK. The name may have changed but the aim remains the same, to deliver the same level of white-hot deranged brutal noise and create wide-spread pandemonium in venues, fields and tents across the world. 

    Now finally primed to catapult their debut album 'Instructions' at the world, scheduled to be released March 11th through NPAG Industries, today HECK kindly give you a taste of the album's explosive opening track 'Good As Dead', co-produced by the band and Matt Peel (Pulled Apart By Horses/EAGULLS) at Cottage Road Studios in Leeds.

    "Good As Dead is a song about refusing to compromise," states vocalist and guitarist Matt Reynolds.  "Apathy is exhausting. It will strip you of your vitality and make you lose your hunger. Get angry and stay angry."

    With the trials and tribulations of 2015 behind them, 2016 promises to be a breakthrough year for HECK. 'Instructions' is the most ambitious statement of their career-to-date, providing an uncompromising blueprint for chaos that will no doubt see the band add to their already legendary list of live shows. They'll be hitting the road in March with all the delicacy of an atom bomb, leaving a trail of fire, chaos and Jägermeister in their wake. It's the end of the world and by HECK do we feel fine.

    Tracklisting:

    1. Good As Dead
    2. Mope
    3. A Great Idea Bastardised
    4. The Great Hardcore Swindle
    5. Fastback
    6. Don't Touch That Dial
    7. The Breakers
    8. Totem
    9. White Devil
    10. (i) See The Old Lady Decently (ii) Buried Although (iii) Amongst Those Left Are You


    Links to pre-order:

    Digital (itunes) - smarturl.it/HECK-Instructions
    Physical – www.abandcalledHECK.com

    Available at all good retailers

    Watch HECK do damage at the following dates in March 2016.
     
    March UK Tour
    11 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms * (special album release show) TICKETS
    13 Newcastle, Think Tank TICKETS
    14 Glasgow, Cathouse TICKETS
    15 Manchester, Star And Garter TICKETS
    17 Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle TICKETS
    18 Swansea, Riff Raff @ Sin City TICKETS
    19 Bath, Moles TICKETS
    20 Southampton, Joiners TICKETS
    21 London, The Borderline TICKETS
     
    * Special album release show, HECK will be playing 'Instructions' from start to finish for the first, possibly only time. Tickets are the special price of £5 and also available from www.abandcalledHECK.com

     Yes Announce Massive UK Tour.

    Yes.Wednesday 13th January 2016
    Seminal prog pioneers YES has announced an extensive UK and European tour for April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’. 

    ‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ - said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ - adds drummer Alan White - ‘I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this’.

    YES has recently lost bassist and co-founder Chris Squire, a tragedy that left the prog world in mourning. His replacement Billy Sherwood found a big pair of shoes to fill, as YES set out to honour his memory by keeping the band’s legacy alive. The band recently toured the US tour with fellow prog legends Toto to an enthusiastic reception.

    YES was founded by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in 1968. Characterized by a unique, prog symphonic style of rock music, lengthy compositions and the use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, the band found success in 1971 with two of the band’s most celebrated records, ‘The YES Album’ and ‘Fragile’. The band went on to record 21 albums and win several prestigious awards including Grammys.  Yes is recognized as one of the most influential icons in prog rock.

    Still as relevant today as they were in the 70s, YES has maintained a loyal following while constantly attracting new crowds of music fans throughout 47 years of outstanding career. With ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ representing two essential moments of the band’s history, it will be an opportunity for all to rediscover some undisputed gems of the genre.

    Dates as follows:

    DATE              CITY                                        VENUE                                   BOX OFFICE

    April 
    Wed 27th        Glasgow                                Royal Concert Hall              0141 353 8000
    Fri    29th         Newcastle                             City Hall                                 0191 277 8030
    Sat   30th        Manchester                           Apollo                                     08444 777 677

    May
    Mon  2nd         Liverpool                               Philharmonic                                    0151 709 3789
    Tue  3rd          Sheffield                                City Hall                                 0114 2789 789
    Wed 4th          Bristol                                    Colston Hall                         0844 887 1500
    Fri    6th           Birmingham                         Symphony Hall                     0121 345 0602
    Sat   7th           Brighton                                 Brighton Centre                   0844 847 1515
    Mon  9th          Oxford *                                  New Theatre                         0844 871 3020
    Tue  10th        London**                               Royal Albert Hall                  0207 589 8212

    Dates for rest of EUROPE

    13th                 Paris FRANCE                    Olympia
    14th                 Brussels BELGIUM             Ancienne Belgique 
    15th                 Utrecht NETHERLANDS    Tivolivredenburg
    17th                 Hamburg GERMANY          Mehr Theater 
    19th                 Frankfurt Germany            Alte Oper
    20th                 Leipzig Germany               Haus Avensee 
    21st                 Berlin Germany                 Admiralspalast 
    23rd                 Bonn Germany                  Beethovenhalle
    24th                 StuttgartGermany             Hegelsaal
    25th                          Munich Germany               Cirkus Krone
    27th                          Zurich SWITZERLAND       Volkshaus
    28th                          Milan Italy                           Teatro Nazionale
    29th                 Padova Italy                       Gran Teatro Geox
    31st                          Florence Italy                     Obihall
    June
    1st                    Rome Italy                         Teatro Olimpico

     Rebecca Ferguson Announces Rescheduled UK Tour.

    Rebecca Ferguson.Tuesday 11th January 2016
    Rebecca Ferguson has announced her rescheduled UK tour dates which will kick off in October. She was forced to cancel the original dates due to recording commitments and is excited to get back on the road again.

    She said:   "I have been working on my new album and it is sounding great! I am so pleased with how it's all going. It's almost complete; I can't wait for you to hear it and to perform it live as well as some of the material you already know and love. I have made the decision to change the dates for my tour and focus on getting the album ready! I know this will be an inconvenience for a lot of my fans as you were excited to see me but it'll be a great show... and worth the wait."

    Dates are:
    Oct 23rd                         Llandudno                Cymru Arena
    Oct 24th                     Manchester              Bridgewater Hall
    Oct 25th                     Glasgow                   Royal Concert Hall
    Oct 27th                     Gateshead               The Sage
    Oct 28th                     York                          Barbican
    Oct 31st                     London                     O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
    Nov 1st                       London                    O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
    Nov 2nd                      Birmingham             Symphony Hall
    Nov 4th                      Liverpool                  Philharmonic Hall
    Nov 5th                      Cambridge               Corn Exchange
    Nov 6th                      Bristol                      Colston Hall
    Nov 8th                      Nottingham              Royal Concert Hall
    Nov 9th                      Ipswich                     Regent Theatre
    Nov 11th                    Sheffield                  City Hall
    Nov 13th                    Guildford                  G-Live
    Nov 14th                    Cardiff                       St Davids Hall
    Nov 15th                    Leicester                   De Montfort Hall

     Fish Announces April Tour.

    Fish.Tuesday 11th January 2016
    Iconic Scottish singer, songwriter and ex-Marillion frontman FISH has announced new tour dates in April, as part of a re-scheduled series of European shows. These dates come straight off the back of a hugely successful sold-out run of the UK with the 'Farewell To Childhood Tour' in December last year, which included two sold out shows at London's Islington Assembly Hall.

    'Farewell To Childhood' saw FISH perform Marillion's 1985 chart-topping album Misplaced Childhood in full for the very last time to an absolutely incredible reaction across Europe. However certain shows in Holland and Germany needed to be re-scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances, so FISH has decided to extend this run of dates to include some new shows, giving fans who were unable to get tickets last year a final chance to experience the 'Farewell To Childhood' live show.

    The 17-date tour features six UK shows including a return to London's Islington Assembly Hall on April 29th before the last ever performance of Misplaced Childhood at the already sold-out venue The Robin in Bilston on May 1st.

    FISH EUROPEAN LIVE DATES
    09/04 – Newcastle, 02 Academy
    10/04 – Nottingham, Rock City
    11/04 – Aylesbury, Waterside
    13/04 – Koln, Essigfabrik
    14/04 – Rendsburg, Nordmarkthalle *
    15/04 – German date (details TBA soon)
    17/04 – German date (details TBA soon)
    19/04 – Amsterdam, Melkweg * SOLD OUT
    20/04 – Tilburg, 013 *
    22/04 – Groningen, Oosterpoort *
    23/04 – Haltern, am See *
    24/04 – German date (details TBA soon)
    26/04 – Karlsruhe, Tollhaus
    27/04 – Luxembourg, Centre Cultural Dudelange
    29/04 – London, Islington Assembly Hall
    30/04 – Salisbury, Town Hall
    01/05 – Bilston, The Robin SOLD OUT

    * re-scheduled show

    UK tickets are priced at £27.50 and available from the usual outlets

    Celebrating the breadth of his musical career, FISH has also begun the release of re-mastered albums from his extensive back catalogue of solo full-length releases, with eight planned for release by the end of 2016. Albums to be re-released include; Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990), Internal Exile (1991), Songs from The Mirror (1993), Suits (1994), Sunsets on Empire (1997), Raingods with Zippos (1999), Fellini Days (2001) and Field of Crows (2004),

    The first three remastered releases, Sunsets on Empire, Raingods With Zippos and Fellini Days, are available now and include previously unreleased demos and live recordings. They can be purchased exclusively on the merchandise stalls throughout the Farewell To Childhood tour and also through the Fishheads.club mail-order service.

    All the releases have been remastered, repackaged and reborn in hardback covered books (140 x 126mm) with three CD wallets inside accompanied with 48 pages of original illustrations, artwork and photos.

    FISH has also constructed an all-encompassing and highly detailed set of sleeve notes for each release that give background to the albums, the stories behind the lyrics, the writing and recording sessions, and the subsequent touring and band line-ups that were enlisted with them.

    All the releases are priced at £16.99 + VAT.

     Caliban Announce New Album.

    Caliban.Tuesday 11th January 2016
    While the majority of the scene is aiming for a more melodic and overall accessible sound, CALIBAN are plunging into darkness with their new album and heaviest offering to date, 'Gravity', which will be released worldwide on March 25th, 2016 via Century Media Records.

    Yet again the album was produced by Benny Richter and guitarist Marc Görtz as well as co-produced by Marcel Neumann. 'Gravity' was recorded at Görtz’ Nemesis Studio by the guitarist himself who mixed the album together with Klaus Scheuermann.

    The track listing of “Gravity” reads as follows:
    1. Paralyzed
    2. Mein schwarzes Herz
    3. Who I Am
    4. Left For Dead
    5. Crystal Skies
    6. Walk Alone
    7. The Ocean’s Heart
    8. brOKen
    9. For We Are Forever
    10. Inferno
    11. No Dream Without A Sacrifice
    12. Hurricane

    After wrapping up the recordings for 'Gravity', CALIBAN played another installment of their very own established ”Darkness Over Xmas“-tour that was sold out in all 3 cities at the end of 2015. The crowd that came out to those shows already got the chance to check out two brand new songs from the forthcoming album, 'Paralyzed' and 'Left For Dead'.

    CALIBAN are currently working on selected release shows in Germany as well as summer festivals which will be followed up by extensive touring in Autumn.

    CALIBAN on European summer festivals:
    05.05.2016 (CH) Zürich - Impericon Festival
    17.-19.06.2016 (F) Clisson - Hellfest
    21.-24.07.2016 (DE) Cuxhaven - Deichbrand Festival
    23.07.2016 (CZ) Velké Meziříčí - Fajtfest
    04.-06.08.2016 (DE) Wacken - Wacken Open Air
    03.-08.09.2016 (DE) Kiel - Full Metal Cruise
    More summer festivals TBA!

     Blind Guardian Return To The UK.

    Blind Guardian.Tuesday 11th January 2016
    Progressive power metal masters and Germany’s favourite sons, Blind Guardian are very proud to announce that they will be returning to our UK and Ireland shores this year.

    Enigmatic front man Hansi Kürsch said of the announcement:

    We are super excited about these upcoming five shows in the UK. Expect nothing but the best!!! Don’t miss your chance to join us at one of these five enchanting evenings. It is going to be pure magic.”

    Blind Guardian played to a rapturous crowd at The Forum, London last April – pledging to return to the UK and Ireland with some wider reaching dates.
    The tour kicks off in Glasgow, taking the band across to Dublin with the tour finally culminating in what will be another breath-taking performance at The Forum, London.

    Blind Guardian will be playing a spellbinding 150 minute long set every night – these shows are not to be missed!

    Tickets for these shows will go on sale this Friday 15th @ 10.00 am.

    You can see Blind Guardian live on the following dates:
    (ticket links inc.)
    17 May – Glasgow, Queen Margaret Union
    18 May – Manchester, The Ritz
    19 May- Dublin, Academy
    21 May – Nottingham, Rock City
    22 May – London, The Forum
    The band are still celebrating the release of epic opus and critically acclaimed tenth studio album ‘Beyond The Red Mirror’, which was released in February 2015.
    The album was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Hammerfall, Helloween) showcases Blind Guardian's incredible collaborative work with three different choirs: one from Prague (Czech Republic), one from Budapest (Hungary) and one from Boston (USA). Plus two grand orchestras, each featuring 90 musicians. These brilliant talents combined to create spellbinding results.
    The album transports listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods and the Holy Grail. The ten songs comprising Beyond The Red Mirror’s story lines revolve around the young protagonist who we first met twenty years ago in their 1995 tracks ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘And The Story Ends’.

    With a steady evolution from their early days as a speed metal band to their current, renowned musical alchemy of glory, drama, and grandiosity, Germany’s Blind Guardian have long since made their mark as the world’s definitive melodic/progressive metal band. For many they need no introduction, as the band possesses a track record and back catalogue of classic staples that perhaps only Iron Maiden can match. Called everything from heavy metal bards to modern day minstrels, Blind Guardian possess the ability to transport their legions of fans to new landscapes with their majestic song writing, fantastically themed lyrics, and their meticulous, emotion-packed music. Founded under the name Lucifer’s Heritage in Krefeld, Germany by vocalist & bassist Hansi Kürsch, lead guitarist André Olbrich, rhythm guitarist Marcus Dork, and drummer Thomen Stauch, the band released only two demos – 1985’s Symphonies Of Doom and 1986’s Battalions Of Fear - before landing their first record deal with Remorse Records. Inspired by the Fates Warning album, Awaken The Guardian, band members decided to change their name to Blind Guardian and soon acquired new rhythm guitarist Marcus Siepen.

    Blind Guardian signed with Nuclear BlastRecords in early 2005 alongside welcoming new drummer Fredrik Ehmke after possessing the same line up for nearly 20 years.

     Wolf Down Tour And Album Release.

    Wolf Down.Tuesday 11th January 2016
    Empty phrases and dull aggressiveness have apparently replaced the urge to create and make a change for a better society within hardcore music today. Hailing from the Ruhr area in Germany, WOLF DOWN have made it their task to bring back an uncompromising hardness to the genre, both lyrically and musically, to lead this subculture back to its leftist-oriented political roots. The band will release their second album 'Incite & Conspire' via BoySetsFire's End Hits Records on 26th Feb, 2016. Listen to a brand new track from the record, 'True Deceivers' here. As Wolf Down explain, the song is "an appeal to reason, a fierce polemic against organized religions, their mercenaries and the reactionary ideologies they spread. Concentrating on the injustice, submission and bloodshed that took place in the name of one or another phantom in the sky, the track urges you to question everything and believe in nothing but yourself." The album's release coincides with Wolf Down's next stint of shows in the UK as they head out on tour with Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path and Counterparts in February. Dates below.

    Starting their journey in 2011 with their debut EP 'MMXI', Wolf Down have put themselves firmly on the international hardcore map, touring tirelessly in Europe, Asia and Russia. The 'Liberation EP', released last year, not only marked the debut of vocalist Dave, but also offered their most uncompromising mix of metallic hardcore to date at that point, fuelled by radical political content and drawing comparisons to bands like Hatebreed, Bitter End, The Ghost Inside and Trapped Under Ice.

    With their second LP, Wolf Down are now poised to become one of the most important bands in their genre. Produced by Dominic Paraskevopoulos in the Level3Entertainment Studios (Kreator, Caliban, Arch Enemy) 'Incite & Conspire' sounds even more powerful than any of the band's previous work.

    The eye-catching artwork by Donny Philips (who has worked with Mastodon, System Of A Down and Stick to Your Guns) clearly relays the message that Wolf Down is trying to convey has by no means mellowed with age. The eleven tracks offer a holistic view on the problems of our time: A central theme of the LP is the direct link between human rights, animal rights and the fight for the preservation of our planet. From the call for active environmental protection in 'Protect / Preserve', to the denouncement of the abuse of power in religious institutions through 'True Deceivers', right up to the demand for the abolition of all cages and the plea for a vegan diet: Wolf Down make it clear that it's not possible to solve the massive issues they address without recognizing their coherences.

    If you want to talk about Hardcore in 2016, you will be talking about Wolf Down. Or in the words of Jesse from Stick To Your Guns: "Wolf Down come from the underground but their truth will not stay buried there."

    The LP is available digitally and as a limited vinyl (transparent, red and black) and as a digipack:
    http://impericon.com
    http://evilgreed.net/artists/wolf-down/
    http://endhitsrecords.bigcartel.com

    UK TOUR w/ Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path and Counterparts
    14.02.16 UK Birmingham Warehouse
    15.02.16 UK Manchester Sound Control
    16.02.16 UK Glasgow Classic Grand
    17.02.16 UK London Underworld
    18.02.16 UK London Underworld

    TRACKLISTING
    1. Barricade Fever
    2. Against The Grain
    3. Protect / Preserve
    4. Invisible War
    5. Flames of Discontent
    6. At Daggers Drawn
    7.  Incite
    8. Conspire (feat. Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns)
    9. True Deceivers
    10. Torch of Reason
    11. The Fortress

     Bring Me The Horizon Announce UK Arena Tour.

    Bring Me The Horizon.Tuesday 11th January 2016
     Having taken the world by storm in 2015 with their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, That's The Spirit, and a globetrotting tour which culminated in a landmark show at London's Alexandra Palace, Bring Me The Horizon announce their first ever UK arena tour this November, including a date at London's O2 arena, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Friday 8th January 2016.

    Kicking off in Nottingham on 2nd November, the band will then play in Birmingham, London, Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow (full dates below).

    2015 was a triumphant year for the Sheffield 5-piece with That's The Spirit entering the UK album chart at #2 and storming the US album chart at #1 as well as scoring a third  #1 in Australia.  'That's The Spirit' debuted in the top 10 album charts in 16 countries and went to #1 on the iTunes album charts in 19 countries. The band also stole all the headlines from this year's Reading & Leeds Festival after giving the standout performance as main support for Metallica on the Main Stage, further cementing their place as the UK's international breakout-band of the year.

    The band also recently announced a one-off performance in April at The Royal Albert Hall in London for Teenage Cancer Trust, which will see the band perform with an orchestra, only highlighting the band's determination to breakdown barriers and push their music to new heights.

    NOVEMBER 2016
    Mon 31 – London The O2
    Tue 1 – Bournemouth BIC
    Wed 2 – Nottingham Arena
    Fri 4 – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
    Sat 5 – London The O2
    Sun 6 – Sheffield Arena
    Tue 8 – Manchester Arena
    Wed 9 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro

     Enter Shikari Release New Video.

    Enter Shikari.Tuesday 12th January 2016
    Enter Shikari today unveil a brand new single following a surprise reveal on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show last night. 

    You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/X6aNNSWn5W8
    Almost twelve months from the release of their fourth UK Top 10 album, ‘The Mindsweep’ -  which went onto win Independent Album Of The Year at the 2015 AIM Awards and scoring highly in many end-of-year polls - plus two months since the release of companion album ‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised’, Enter Shikari drop a completely new track ‘Redshift’.

    Produced by the band and Mindsweep producer Dan Weller, and mixed by Tim Bran (London Grammar, La Roux, The Verve), the track is accompanied by a video directed by Mike Tyler (responsible for the bands previous videos Anaesthetist and Torn Apart)

    As vocalist Rou Reynolds explains:
    "Redshift is a song about bloody good luck! On the grandest of scales! Literally! Our universe is expanding faster and faster and a few trillion years from now, everything will have sped away from us so fast that all we would see when looking out from Earth is empty space. We would deduce that we were totally alone in the universe. A lost sheep. The last and only biscuit in the tin”

    ‘Redshift’ arrives ahead of the band’s most ambitious UK tour; bigger rooms than they have headlined in before, utilising quadrophonic sound for the first time in their live career, and their largest production to date. Support comes from The Wonder Years and the freshly-reformed original line-up of The King Blues.

    Following the UK run, Enter Shikari head to mainland Europe for a tour that includes the band’s biggest German shows ever, and see them joined by The Qemists for the first half of the tour, and Modestep for the remainder. 

    The full dates are as follows:
    ENTER SHIKARI - THE MINDSWEEP TOUR 2016
    FEBRUARY - UK. 
    THUR 18 - GLASGOW - O2 Academy
    FRI 19 - EDINBURGH - Corn Exchange
    SAT 20 - NOTTINGHAM - Motorpoint Arena
    MON 22 - BOURNEMOUTH - International Center
    TUES 23 - CARDIFF - Motorpoint Arena
    THUR 25 - MANCHESTER - Victoria Warehouse
    SAT 27 - LONDON - Alexandra Palace
    MARCH - EUROPE. 
    SUN 13 - NANCY, France - Autre Canal
    MON 14 - STRASBOURG, France - La Laiterie
    TUES 15 - PARIS, France - Trabendo
    THUR 17 - BORDEAUX, France - Krakatoa
    FRI 18 - LA ROCHELLE, France - La Sirene
    SAT 19 - PAMPALONA, Spain - Zentraal
    SUN 20 - BARCELONA, Spain - Sala Apolo
    TUES 22 - TREVISO, Italy - New Age
    WED 23 - MUNICH, Germany - Kesselhaus
    THUR 24 - BERLIN, Germany - Huxley’s
    SAT 26 - NETHERLANDS - Paaspop Festival
    SUN 27 - COLOGNE, Germany - Ewerk
    MON 28 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - AB

     Black Stone Cherry To Play Special Teenage Cancer Trust Show.

    Black Stone Cherry.Monday 11th January 2016
    BLACK STONE CHERRY are set to play a special intimate, underplay show ahead of their 8-date UK arena tour this month, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

    The Kentucky-based band will play The Borderline on 24th January.  Tickets cost just £15 and all funds raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, who do much needed work with the many young people with cancer all over the UK.

    Guitarist Ben Wells says, "We are thrilled to be starting 2016 with the Carnival Of Madness in the UK, but what's even cooler is that we're kicking that tour off with a very special show at The Borderline!  It's gonna be so cool to go back to a small place and get low down nasty and sweaty with a room packed full of BSC fans!  We are excited to say the show will also benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, which is such an incredible organization!  The UK has given us so much, it's time we return the favour."

    Jen Walker, Music Industry Developer at Teenage Cancer Trust, comments: "We are hugely excited to be involved with BLACK STONE CHERRY's gig at The Borderline. Their support will help us to provide the best treatment, care and support for the seven young people who are diagnosed with cancer every day."

    Tickets go on sale at 9am on 15th January via Live Nation and Ticketmaster, both of whom have waived their usual fees for this charity event.  Grab yours from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/black-stone-cherry-tickets

    BLACK STONE CHERRY's new album, 'Kentucky', their first for new label, the Mascot Label Group, is set for a 1st April release, so expect to hear a few new tunes at this special gig!  Check out new song, 'The Way of the Future' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFmIlJUYXeo.  If you miss out on Borderline tickets, fear not!  Limited tickets are still available for their headline slot on the Carnival of Madness tour.  Dates below:

    Thu 28th Jan - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
    Fri 29th Jan - NOTTINGHAM Capital FM Arena
    Sat 30th Jan - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
    Mon 1st Feb - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
    Tue 2nd Feb - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
    Thu 4th Feb - LONDON Wembley SSE Arena
    Fri 5th Feb - LEEDS First Direct Arena
    Sat 6th Feb - MANCHESTER Arena

     Rudimental Announce Forestry Commissiomn Shows.

    Rudimental.Friday 8th January 2016
    Rudimental announce Forest shows

    Rudimental have announced dates for the summer, as part of Forest Live, the concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in unique woodland locations around the country.

    Rudimental’s debut album, ‘Home’, now double platinum selling over 600,000 copies in the UK, spawned five huge hit singles including two UK Number Ones with ‘Feel The Love’ ft. John Newman and ‘Waiting All Night’ ft. Ella Eyre. Public adulation was reflected in industry accolades including a BRIT Award (Best British Single for ‘Waiting All Night’) and a MOBO Award (Best Album). Collectively, they have gone on to sell over 5 million singles worldwide and over 200 million views across their YouTube channel and ‘Waiting All Night’ alone has clocked up over 100 million streams on Spotify.

    For their second album release, ‘We The Generation’ marks a progressive Rudimental, a genre-defying collective that continues to change the face of dance music not just within the UK music scene but globally. They have become recognised for discovering and nurturing the hottest new up and coming talent and their sophomore album continues this, introducing Anne-Marie, Will Heard, and with Mahalia on the title track. Further collaborations abound with established artists such as ‘New Day’ ft. Bobby Womack and the hit singles ‘Bloodstream’ and ‘Lay It All On Me’ with Ed Sheeran. Renowned for their electric live performances, fans can expect a formidable set from the Hackney four-piece and their supporting cast.   

    Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 15 years history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

    Rudimental plus special guests:
    Thursday 16 June Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos
    Thursday 30 June Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk

    Tickets £37.50 (plus £4.25 booking fee) go on sale 9am Friday 15 January from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or buy online at boxoffice.forestry.gov.uk
    Info:
    rudimental.co.uk
    forestry.gov.uk/music

     Fun Loving Criminals To Embark On UK Tour.

    6Fun Loving Criminals.Monday 11th January 2016
    The 20th anniversary collectors' edition of the modern classic 'Come Find Yourself' will be released on the Edsel label through Demon Music Group on the 19th of February 2016. Available as a 3CD expanded edition and collectors' Deluxe Edition box set, the release features a plethora of rarities, live recordings, alternate mixes, and much more from the vaults of this landmark record. Bringing a unique collection together from this seminal era for the very first time.
     
    Fun Lovin' Criminals burst onto the music scene in 1996, gate-crashing the euphoric Britpop party they brought along some unexpectedly unique swag and the generational classic album 'Come Find Yourself', which gave us the cackling refrain "stick 'em up punk, it's the Fun Lovin' Criminal" and the Pulp Fiction–sampling 'Scooby Snacks'. When 'Come Find Yourself' hit the shelves it was an immediate smash in the UK, where it remained in the album charts for more than 100 weeks, becoming a multi-platinum selling record.
     
    The album featured 3 Top UK 30 hits: "The Fun Lovin Criminal," "King Of New York" and "Scooby Snacks," all became defining songs of their career and mainstays of their live set but it's a record where you remember each and every track within the first few notes. It transports you back to the time; and yet is timeless and ready for a new audience of fans to fall in love with it all over again.
     
    Fun Lovin' Criminals' infectious blend of cinematic hip-hop, rock 'n' roll, blues-jazz , latin-soul set them apart from the Britpop scene. Their sound was not tied to a particular artist or era, combining their eclectic influences and backgrounds into a musical mix that sounded like no one but Fun Lovin' Criminals. They remain the worlds' finest and only purveyors of this sound. The UK's best-loved "cousins from New York", whip-smart story-tellers in smarter Saville Row suits who, through comically tall tales of living large in the neon metropolis via music, drugs, crime and existential ennui, brought a nearly perfect album to kick-start their career; a record that still resonates and charms two decades on.
     
    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this modern classic, Huey Morgan, Brian 'Fast' Leiser and Frank Benbini have opened the archives to share with their fans and will be playing the record from start to finish for the very first time on their world tour throughout 2016.
     
    Among the additional material on the release will be a collection of the band's BBC sessions from the 'Come Find Yourself' era, including sessions recorded at the famous Astoria venue in London. There are also a number of alternate versions of the songs from the original album, including instrumentals. The collectors' edition will come with a bonus alternate LP vinyl picture disc and a BBC Sessions 10" vinyl EP. A DVD completes the package rounding up a unique collection of footage from the time; including the original 1996 EPK shot in NY, a few TV performances from TOTP to Jools Holland's Hootenanny, the original music videos including both versions of the 'Scooby Snacks' promo video, alongside a recent interview with Huey and Fast, giving a intimate and indepth perspective on this defining period.
     
    Speaking about the new edition, Fun Lovin' Criminal singer Huey Morgan said, "It's a very unique record for the times, and remains so today - it's not dated. It burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted. Looking back, it was a good start for a career in music that was uncompromising. You can tell listening to it, it was exactly the way we wanted it to be. There's still a lot of love out there for 'Come Find Yourself'."
     
    'Come Find Yourself' will be reissued on the 19th February 2016.
     
    Preorder now available via Amazon & Demon Music
    Expanded 3CD Edition: http://amzn.to/1Id39Gm
    Collectors Deluxe Edition box set: http://amzn.to/1ZfGoFU
     
    Demon Music, first 500 orders include exclusive signed print.
    UK Pre-order: Come Find Yourself (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Boxset)
     
    PRIVATE SOUNDCLOUD LINK TO ORIGINAL ALBUM  
     
    World Tour - UK Dates as follows:
     
    January 2016
     
    Thursday             4th          LIVE: Ireland Vicar Street Dublin
                     
    February 2016
     
    Thursday             04            LIVE: Leeds O2 Academy              
    Friday                     05            LIVE: Newcastle  O2 Academy  
    Saturday               06            LIVE: Nottingham Rock City      
    Thursday             11            LIVE: Oxford O2 Academy
    Friday                     12            LIVE: Worthing Pavilion Theatre             
    Saturday               13            LIVE: Norwich UEA LCR Norwich            
    Thursday             18            LIVE: Cardiff  Y Plas (formally Solus)
    Friday                     19            LIVE: Exeter Great Hall                  
    Saturday               20            LIVE: London Kentish Town Forum
    Thursday             25            LIVE: Birmingham The Institute
    Friday                     26            LIVE: Manchester  Cathedral     
    Saturday               27            LIVE: Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

     Joe Elliott Release Statement On The Sad Passing Of David Bowie.

    Joe Elliott.FMonday 11th January 2016
    Well known Bowie aficionado Joe Elliott has given a statement on the news of David Bowie's tragic death.
    Joe was a huge fan of Bowie - he had a Bowie/Mick Ronson tribute act The Cybernauts

    Joe says:
    "I heard the news today oh boy .... And I can't believe what I've heard .... David Bowie is dead. He's been a massive part of my life since I first heard Starman in 1972. So many of us came in at that moment, myself, Bono, Boy George, Morrissey, Gary Kemp, Jim Kerr, Brett Anderson, Pete Murphy, Gary Numan, millions of fans, all very different from each other but all with one thing in common, the belief that a true rock & roll alien had landed on earth & he was ours. I own every record he ever made, he was plastered all over my bedroom wall as a kid, he was my very first bootleg, his CDs take up 2 whole shelves in my collection. I have personally recorded over 25 of his songs either on my own, with Leppard or with the Cybernauts. I met him 2 or 3 times & always found him charming & engaging. It is said, never meet your heroes, they will let you down. Bullshit. He was open, funny, a good listener !!  & when myself & Phil joined David on stage with Queen, Mick Ronson & Ian Hunter at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Gig in 1992 it became one of the most memorable musical moments of my life. I can't believe he's gone. A huge whole has opened up in my heart & it feels like my youth has been further ripped away from me. At least I have a lifetime of his music to comfort me, as we all have, as he left behind one hell of a legacy. The Starman waiting in the sky waits no longer. Rest in Peace David Bowie and thank you for giving us believers something to believe in."

     Devilskin Announce First Ever UK Tour.

    Devilskin.Monday 11th January 2016
    Devilskin, a phenomenon in their native New Zealand, release the new single Start A Revolution on February 26th to celebrate their first ever UK tour.

    The anthemic Start A Revolution from their debut album We Rise is a "call to arms, a wake up call that it's not too late to do something to change your world."  
    With the song's strong message warning people against complacency, the abstract video touches upon pathos, desperation and fear.
    Feast your eyes now upon the visually arresting Start A Revolution video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yQgbYL4bIE

    Devislkin's debut UK Headline tour kicks off in Birmingham on February 18th and the 8 dates include The Underworld in London on February 26th. Devilskin will be supported on tour by Skarlett Riot.

    Devilskin promise their UK shows will be "hard hitting, hot and sweaty" and entertain UK audiences "beyond their expectations".

    We Rise debuted at #1 in New Zealand and became the first album since 2010 by a domestic rock band to achieve Platinum status, while the critics have lauded its UK release.

    We Rise, has now been in the Top 20 NZ Albums chart for 78  weeks while the videos for We Rise, have amassed over in excess of 1.65 million views on YouTube.

    The four piece Devilskin hail from Hamilton, New Zealand and comprise of the mesmerizing Jennie Skulander on vocals, the red bearded 'evil twins' Nail and Paul Martin on guitars and Nic Martin on drums.  Devilskin have already earned a formidable reputation by earnestly demonstrating commitment to unpretentious musical values: writing songs that have depth and passion, and a relentless touring schedule. In 2015 Devilskin have supported Mötley Crüe, Slash and Alice Cooper in New Zealand.  Their tactical instrumental attack is balanced by the seductive Jennie Skulander and her incredible voice that sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates with sincerity.
    Devilskin's irresistible We Rise is at times visceral, urgent and magniloquent but is also tempered with tenderness, empathy, love and bare souls. "'We Rise' is a roller coaster of emotions and moods, just like life" enthuses Paul Martin "there's definitely power and there's definitely passion. The songs are very real, and brutally honest, just like our live show." 
    R Musically twisted and possessed We Rise combines gorgeous melodies of heavy, bombastic rifts, with streamlined hard rock anthems aimed squarely at the arena circuit, no one else does it better right now. 

    These UK dates mark the beginning of the Devilskin revolution and their conquering the Northern Hemisphere.

    Devilskin's We Rise UK February 2016 Tour dates
    18th       Birmingham                   The Roadhouse 
    19th       Manchester                   Rebellion 
    20th       Milton Keynes   Craufurd Arms 
    23rd       Glasgow                       Audio 
    24th       Edinburgh                     Bannermans
    26th       London             The Underworld 
    27th       Evesham                      The Iron Road 
    28th       Southampton    Talking Heads 

    Tickets are available now from http://www.musicglue.com/devilskin/

     The 69Eyes Announce New Album.

    69 Eyes.Friday 8th January 2016
    Helsinki's most famous vampires, THE 69 EYES, are proud to announce the title of their new, 12th studio album, which will be released on April 22nd via Nuclear Blast: It's called 'Universal Monsters' and contains eleven brand-new Finnish Gothic hymns.
    The cover can be interchanged between 5 different images; one of each band member - and can be seen above.

    The new album's cover artwork, as well as the first video single, were conceived by Finnish photographer and director Ville Juurikkala - known from his works for NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, HIM, APOCALYPTICA and MICHAEL MONROE.
    As the album title 'Universal Monsters' refers, the band are portrayed in movie monster lighting, showing them as classic and timeless creatures. "The covers are planned and designed as an old-school CD covers - remember when the booklets used to be as exciting as the album itself?! It will actually have five different covers being such a folder - each member of the band can be used as a cover creature of their own. Ville has really succeeded in capturing the classic movie vibe for the shots without any special make-up or photo shopping. THE 69 EYES are the universal rock 'n' roll monsters - not so many of us left anymore," says THE 69 EYES vocalist Jyrki. "So from real fans I wish they would get the actual CD in their hands to get the full album treatment as we have planned it to be experienced!"

    The 'Universal Monsters' tracklist racks up as follows:

    01. Dolce Vita
    02. Jet Fighter Plane
    03. Blackbird Pie
    04. Lady Darkness
    05. Stiv & Johnny
    06. Never
    07. Miss Pastis
    08. Jerusalem
    09. Shallow Graves
    10. Rock 'N' Roll Junkie
    11. Blue

    The first making-of 'Universal Monsters' teaser trailer takes fans into the beginning of the album's recording sessions with producer Johnny Lee Michaels and drummer Jussi 69 in nighttime Helsinki. Some beers getting them through...
    Watch the clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWC0309-hiY

    The first single and video from it will be released on January 15th, 2016. It's called 'Jet Fighter Plane' and the video for it was directed by Ville Juurikkala.

    Watch the fitting teaser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RI82GhAiWw

    "The song has a dark early 80's kind of vibe. I wrote the lyrics those Cold War-era times in my mind. Strangely the world has totally returned into those dark days again after recording the song," says THE 69 EYES vocalist Jyrki.

    "It's been some 15 years since we recorded 'Blessed Be' and 'Paris Kills' albums with producer Johnny Lee Michaels here in Helsinki. You can consider 'Universal Monsters' as a follow-up to those records. Nobody makes this kind of music anymore."

    THE 69 EYES will tour Europe in support of their new record. See all dates below:

    THE 69 EYES live 2016:

    06.02.  FIN       Helsinki - Baltic Queen
    12.02.  FIN       Kittilä - Hullu Poro Areena
    13.02.  FIN       Tornio - Lapland Tattoo Weekend

    24.04.  CH       Pratteln - Z7
    25.04.  D         Munich - Backstage
    26.04.  D         Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
    27.04.  D         Frankfurt - Batschkapp
    28.04.  D         Bochum - Zeche
    29.04.  D         Cologne - Gloria
    30.04.  D         Berlin - PHB-Club
    01.05.  D         Hamburg - Markthalle

     The Dandy Warhols Release New Single.

    Dandy Warhols.Friday 8th January 2016
    Portland, Oregon based indie rock icons The Dandy Warhols return this week with a brand new song 'You Are Killing Me', their first new music since the release of the 'This Machine' album in 2012.

    The band can also announce that they have now signed to Dine Alone Records. Founded in 2005 in St. Catherines, Canada, Dine Alone Records (also home to bands such as Trail Of Dead, Alexisonfire, BRONCHO, Fidlar and many more) is an independent label based out of Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles.

    "My introduction to The Dandy Warhols pre-dates the internet", states the labels founder and owner Joel Carriere. " I was 21 years old and working at a record store and Good Will Hunting was blowing up and the soundtrack was selling a ton. I wasn't at that age yet to fully appreciate Elliott Smith so I never really put on the soundtrack at work.  While watching Good Will Hunting at the theatre, I remember asking myself what song that was in the background of the legendary scene when Will comes over to help out Chuckie with this arrogant MIT student. I didn't have a cell phone at the time so I definitely did not have Shazam, I usually was the human Shazam! That week at the record store I scanned over the soundtrack and boom!  It was The Dandy Warhols and the song just so happened to be on their full length record 'The Dandy Warhols Come Down'.  I couldn't be more thrilled that this record store clerk is now working with the band that had such an impact back then."   

    The Dandy Warhols spent 2015 writing new music and the band closed out the year with a packed-to-capacity tour of the West Coast and South which included a three-night stint at Los Angeles' Teregram Ballroom. 

    Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994, the band features Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmstrom (guitar), and Brent DeBoer (drums).  More information including upcoming tour dates and releases will follow soon.

    'You Are Killing Me' will be available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital retailers

     Alter Bridge Are Back In The Studio.

    Alter Bridge.Friday 8th January 2016
    Rock powerhouse, ALTER BRIDGE are pleased to reveal they are hard at work on the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 album, 'Fortress'. The as-yet-untitled fifth album is tentatively set for release Autumn 2016 with producer Michael 'Elvis' Baskette at the helm again.

    After extensive requests from fans for unique or special ALTER BRIDGE items over the years, the band are kicking off the start of the new album cycle with exactly that.  Via Fret 12, a company long-associated with the members of ALTER BRIDGE, those interested will now have the chance for the first-time to get their hands on a range of goodies and experiences, giving them intimate access into the world of band members Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips.

    Some of the rarities on offer include:

    Being a VIP for life  
    Special meet and greets at soundcheck
    Having your name including in the new album liner notes
    Various signed and limited edition bundles
    Drumsticks used for album recordings
    PRS guitars used for album recordings
    Used strings and heads
    Handwritten lyric sheets
    Framed and signed album artwork
    Postcards from the band
    Access to an exclusive listening party and performance by the band

    To snap up your favourite piece of rock history, visit http://fret12.com/alterbridge.

    Guitarist Mark Tremonti comments, "Gearing up for AB V, we are happy to be able to offer our fans a few of the things they have asked us for in the past.  As a band we also tried to come up with a few unique items which I feel are the ultimate collector's items!"  Vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy adds, "We are very excited to offer these exclusive and unique opportunities for the ALTER BRIDGE fans as we begin the next chapter of our journey!"

    ALTER BRIDGE burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, 'One Day Remains'.  In 2007, the band released 'Blackbird', the album that established the band's profile worldwide.  The epic solo in the title track was voted 'Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time' by the UK's Guitarist Magazine.  ABIII was released in 2010 and the single 'Isolation' gave the band their first #1 radio single in the USA.  The critically acclaimed 'Fortress' was released in 2013 and achieved Top 10 status in 5 countries and Top 20 in another 5, collectively the band's highest worldwide chart positions to date; sending them on a number of international arena-sized tours.  When ALTER BRIDGE is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash's band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.  Guitarist Mark Tremonti will soon be releasing his third effort from his band Tremonti, titled 'Dust', in April 2016.  Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012.

     Ducking Punches To Release New Album'Fizzy Brain' In March.

    Ducking Punches.Friday 8th January 2016
    Xtra Mile Recordings can now happily announce that forthcoming album by Ducking Punches, entitled 'Fizzy Brain' will be released on 4th March 2016. It's available for preorder now, and early birds who pre-order the album digitally will receive two new tracks 'Greedy Bones' and 'God Damn Coward', instantly. You can listen to the tracks here - 'Greedy Bones' and 'God Damn Coward'.
    'Fizzy Brain' will be released on CD, LP and download at the following places:

    Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_Amazon
    iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_iTunes
    Banquet Records: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_Banquet
    Xtra Mile Recordings: http://smarturl.it/FizzyBrain_XMR

    A full band, headline tour of the UK is taking shape for February / March. The confirmed dates so far are listed below with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
    3rd March London, The Monarch
    7th March Bristol, Stag and Hounds 
    8th March Southampton, The Joiners 
    9th March Cambridge, Portland Arms 
    11th March Norwich, Arts Centre 

    'Fizzy Brain', the band's third album, was produced by Owen Turner (Bearsuit, Magoo, The Broken Family Band) at Sickroom Studios in Norfolk. Following on from their previous two, the self-titled debut from 2010 and Dance Before You Sleep from 2014, they've collectively cranked the vitality and volume while building melody, texture and drama with violins, gang vocals and amplification. Whilst all the while retaining the pace and dynamics that brought Ducking Punches to such live acclaim.

    Speaking of the album, frontman Dan Allen says: "We are so proud of this record, it was written much more collaboratively than previous releases and I think this has made for far stronger songs. It carries similar themes to Dance Before You Sleep in that it touches on loss, mental health, death and love. However, it is a far more hopeful record. This one was so cathartic albeit it often heartbreaking to write and I really hope everyone digs it."

    With a soaring sound that seems only to get larger with each album, these songs are as stirring as they are a call-to-arms, as blaring and exhilarating as they can be heart-rending and tender.

    Originally the solo acoustic songs of vocalist and guitarist Dan Allen, Ducking Punches are now a punk/rock quintet. Hailing from Norwich, the band has nearly 1,000 shows under their belt, including a European tour in 2014 with Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad, as well as festival sets at Reading and Leeds, Download, Groezrock, FEST and support slots alongside The Hold Steady, The Menzingers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Franz Nicolay and Leatherface.

    Previous praise for Ducking Punches:
    "...infectious folk punk" Already Heard

    "Ducking Punches are best witnessed live – there can't be many bands that threaten to blow The Hold Steady off stage as they did." Outline Magazine
    "This record exudes the spirit, and true meaning of punk from the core of the band. This is not a folk punk record that's full of jigs about drinking, or even filled with protest songs. 'Dance Before You Sleep' is nine tracks of well-written, cohesive songs that are straight from the heart, which is exactly the place that punk should come from." Punktastic on Dance Before You Sleep.

    "Ducking Punches ... delivered a frankly majestic set of emotion-soaked punk rock. Not only were the songs the band played hugely passionate and real, but it was clear that they absolutely poured their hearts into their on-stage performance too." - The Punk Archive.

     3 Doors Down To Release New Album.

    3 Doors Down.Friday 8th January 2016
    Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down announce their sixth full-length album, Us And The Night [Republic Records], available in stores and through all digital retailers March 11th. Fans can pre-order the album starting January 15th. All those who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of their first single “In The Dark.”

    “In The Dark” shows a different side of 3 Doors Down. You’ll recognise the robust riffing, but it flaunts a sexy and striking chant that emphasises a new groove and swagger altogether.

    On the new album Brad Arnold notes: "We’re all excited to release our new album Us And The Night. It’s truly been a labor of love and we can’t wait to get these songs out to our fans around the world.”

    Following 2011’s Time of My Life, which landed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and The Greatest Hits in 2012, the band continued its non-stop touring performing for audiences across the globe. Gearing up for Us And The Night the group recorded the album at Rivergate Studios in Nashville, TN with producer Matt Wallace [Maroon 5, Train, Faith No More] over the course of 2015. It nods to the spirit of their breakout debut with seasoned songwriting and the biggest and boldest songs of their 16-year career to date.
    Get ready for a big year from 3 Doors Down including upcoming performances at Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock Festival and Carolina Rebellion Festival as well a soon to be announced headlining tour later this year.

    3 Doors Down first found their own voice in 1995. It’s only gotten louder over the past two decades. Everything kicked off with their 2000 debut, The Better Life. The album went six-times platinum and introduced the world to their now-classic “Kryptonite. Their fan base continued to grow with 2002’s triple-platinum Away from the Sun—which yielded the smashes “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.Both 2005’s platinum-certified Seventeen Days and 3 Doors Down [2008] bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 followed by Time of My Life’s #3 debut in 2011. In between countless sold out shows, the guys notched three Grammy Award® nods, scored two American Music Awards, and received a total of five BMI Pop Awards, including an award for Brad for BMI “Songwriter of the Year.”  2003 saw the group begin a tradition of giving back in a big way with the launch of their The Better Life Foundation [TBLF]. The organization has lived up to its name by giving as many children as possible a better life and supporting Center of the Prevention of Child Abuse, Habitat for Humanity, and various other charities. Its annual concert has hosted everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sara Evans to Staind, Shinedown, and Alter Bridge.

    Us And The Night Tracklisting
    1.      The Broken
    2.      In The Dark
    3.      Still Alive
    4.      Believe It
    5.      Living In Your Hell
    6.      Inside Of Me
    7.      I Don’t Wanna Know
    8.      Pieces of Me
    9.      Love Is A Lie
    10.  Us And The Night
    11.  Fell From The Moon

     New Years Day To head Out On Rescheduled Tour.

    New Years Day.Thursday 7th January 2016
    MOTIONLESS IN WHITE announced their rescheduled "Beyond The Barricade" UK headline tour will now take place in January 2016. US Goth Rockers NEW YEARS DAY will be main support on this run in early 2016, which is starting on 14th Jan in Dublin.

    All tickets previously purchased remain valid; refunds available at point of purchase.

    NEW YEARS DAY w/ MIW  (rescheduled UK tour): 
    14 Jan 2016 – Academy, Dublin
    15 Jan  2016 – Mandela Hall, Belfast
    17 Jan 2016  – Club Academy, Manchester
    18 Jan 2016  – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
    19 Jan 2016  – Stylus, Leeds
    20 Jan 2016  – Garage, Glasgow
    22 Jan 2016  – Asylum, Birmingham
    23 Jan 2016  – Underworld, London (ticket holders for the 4 Dec original date)
    24 Jan 2016  – Underworld, London (ticket holders for the 6 Dec original date)
    25 Jan 2016  – The Fleece, Bristol
    27 Jan 2016  – 1865, Southampton

     Anthrax Unleash New Song.

    Anthrax.Thursday 7th January 2016
    'Breathing Lightning', the second official track from Anthrax's upcoming album 'For All Kings' (due out February 26th via Nuclear Blast) has been revealed today.

    Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian talk about the writing and recording of the song in this new video clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgMl5q0FXxE

    'For All Kings' - Tracklist:
    01. You Gotta Believe
    02. Monster At The End
    03. For All Kings
    04. Breathing Lightning
    05. Suzerain
    06. Evil Twin
    07. Blood Eagle Wings
    08. Defend Avenge
    09. All Of Them Thieves
    10. The Battle Chose Us
    11. Zero Tolerance

    You can now pre-order 'For All Kings':

    Pre-Order Limited Edition Digipak CD, CD & Vinyl.
    Pre-Order Digital Album + 2 Instant-Grat Tracks.

    Watch the official track video for 'Breathing Lightning' here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXYKpKWHxaI&feature=youtu.be

    More on 'For All Kings':
    Watch the 'Evil Twin' lyric video here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLkF3e6Fc
    Order the 'Evil Twin' digital single here:
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/evil-twin/id1048119971?i=1048120869

    ANTHRAX live 2016:
    11th to 14th Aug - Walton On Trent, Bloodstock Open Air

     Giants To Relese Debut Album.

    Giants.Thursday 7th January 2016
    Essex punk rock band, GIANTS have today announced their debut full length "Break The Cycle" to be released 1st April 2016 via Holy Roar Records.

    They have amassed a loyal following in the DIY scene releasing various EP's and vinyl singles along the way and now with a full length in the works, recorded with Neil Kennedy at The Ranch (Landscapes, Creeper, More Than Life, Gnarwolves etc), the album will showcase a band boldly emerging from their younger years with a solid sense of direction and purpose, coupled with a socio-political message to deliver to as many people that will hear it.


    Underachievers
    I'm Not Around
    Our Own Enemy
    Against The Grain
    Eastbound
    Did It Mean So Much To You
    Misguided

    Break The Cycle
    Resignation
    Another Day, Another Year

    It's Not All Bad News
    Evergreen
    I've been low

    GIANTS who have extensively toured the UK and Europe supporting H2O, Comeback Kid, The Ghost Inside and more, will be hitting the UK once more later this month.

    UK TOUR DATES
    25/1 - Portsmouth - Edge of the Wedge TICKETS
    26/1 - London - Islington Academy 2 TICKETS
    27/1 - Swansea - The Scene TICKETS
    28/1 - Birmingham - The Rainbow TICKETS
    29/1 - Bournemouth - The Anvil TICKETS
    30/1 - Leicester - Pi Bar TICKETS
    31/1 - Leeds - Eat You Alive Festival TICKETS

     Make Them Suffer Sign Deal With Rise Records.

    Make Them Suffer.Wednesday 6th January 2016
    Australian sextet Make Them Suffer have signed with Rise Records, which plans to re-issue the band's 2015 LP 'Old Souls' later this year. The reissue will also include bonus material consisting of their independently released 2010 EP, 'Lord Of Woe.'

    The band is premiering a music video for the track "Fake" on the Rise Records Youtube channel. The clip was filmed in the band's hometown of Perth and was directed by frequent collaborator Jason Eshraghian, who is also responsible for Northlane's acclaimed "Impulse" video.

    Hailing from the most remote capital city on the planet, Make Them Sufferhave been honing their razor sharp blend of frostbitten black metal, fiery hardcore and gothic misery since 2008, devoid of outside interference. Partnering with Roadrunner Records (Slipknot, The Amity Affliction) for 2012's critically acclaimed debut, 'Neverbloom,' the band hit the road with the likes of Bleeding Through, Job For A Cowboy, Architects, Born Of Osiris and Thy Art Is Murder, in addition to a number of festival appearances throughout Australia, Europe and the UK.

    'Old Souls' was recorded in secrecy last year and tended to by a who's who of heavy music, with Jason Suecoff (The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium), Joey Sturgis (Emmure, Asking Alexandria), Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) and Roland Lim (Neverbloom, I Am Zero) all getting involved.

    'Old Souls' sees Make Them Suffer expanding their sonic universe and exploring new territory without sacrificing the vicious metallic attack that first drew fans across the world to them. Whether it's the furious blasting of "Threads," the mournful cinematic dirge of "Timeless" or manic piano piercing the thunderous breakdowns of "Scraping The Barrel," 'Old Souls' is the evolution in heavy music you've been waiting for.

     Coldrain Release New Video For 'Wrong'.

    Coldrain.Wednesday 6th January 2016
    Japanese rock band, coldrain, have officially released their new video for "Wrong"today! Watch it now! The video was shot during their recent European tour with Bullet For My Valentine and While She Sleeps ( who cameo in the video)  "Wrong" is taken from the band's acclaimed album, VENA, which was released on October 23rd, 2015. coldrain are gearing up to hit the road with Silverstein for a U.S. tour in March – a list of full tour dates can be found below.

    coldrain also released official music videos for the singles "Words Of The Youth" and "Gone". "Gone" has over 600,000 views and was added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane and Music Choice.  

    Upcoming US Tour Dates
    Supporting Silverstein

    March 9th – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
    March 10th – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
    March 11th – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
    March 12th – Hollywood, Ca – Fonda Theatre
    March 13th – Lax Vegas, NV – Unknown Venue
    March 15th – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
    March 16th – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
    March 17th – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
    March 19th – Tulsa, OK – Cain's Ballroom
    March 20th – Dallas, TX – South By So What?!
    March 22nd – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
    March 23rd – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
    March 24th – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
    March 25th – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
    March 26th – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
    March 28th – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
    March 29th – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
    March 30th – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre
    March 31st – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection

    coldrain formed in 2007, in Nagoya, Japan, after five members from two local bands decided to get together and become more than just local. The band is composed of frontman and lead singer Masato, bassist RxYxO (Ryo), drummer Katsuma, and guitarists Y.K.C (Yokochi) and Sugi.

    VENA is now available for purchase:
    iTunes: smarturl.it/VENA   
    Merch Store: smarturl.it/coldrainmerch

    VENA Track Listing:                   
    1. Vena
    2. Wrong
    3. Divine
    4. Gone
    5. Words Of The Youth
    6. The Story
    7. Whole
    8. Runaway feat. Jacoby Shaddix
    9. Pretty Little Liar
    10. Heat Of The Young
    11. Fire In The Sky

     Borknagar Release New Album.

    Borknagar.Wednesday 6th January 2016
    The release of the newest, 10th studio album entitled “Winter Thrice” by Norwegian epic black metal pioneers BORKNAGAR on January 22nd, 2016 via Century Media Records worldwide is drawing closer.

    Therefore the band is now launching a promotional video clip directed by David Solbjorg and Kjetil Kolbjornsrud of Twitchy Films for the album’s title track, which also features former/original vocalist and Ulver-mastermind Kristoffer Rygg on guest vocals.

    The stunning clip can be seen here: https://youtu.be/NDrrKv2wjvk

    BORKNAGAR founder and guitarist Øystein G. Brun commented about the clip as follows: “Finally it’s time to present our brand new video for the song “Winter Thrice”. Being the title track for the 10th album, we wanted this to be something special. We are indeed a special band. The song and the video features all the 4 vocalists throughout our 20 years of adventure, including Kristoffer Rygg a.k.a. Garm, who was our very first vocalist back in the days. The video was produced by the eminent team from Twitchy Films and was captured at various locations in Norway; first and foremost at the amazing Midgard Historiske Senter at Borre, but also in the furious wilderness of the wintry Telemark. We all laid our hearts into this project, we hope that shines through! Enjoy and happy holidays!”

    'Winter Thrice' will be released as standard CD, as limited edition Digipak CD version with extended artwork and also as Gatefold 2-LP on 180gr. vinyl (On black vinyl but also in strictly limited coloured versions: transparent blue in 100x copies / CM Webshop USA and white in 100x copies / CM Webshop Europe). Both the Digipak and the LP come with the bonustrack “Dominant Winds” and additionally, the Digipak includes a BORKNAGAR logo-patch.

    Here is the album’s tracklisting:

    BORKNAGAR – 'Winter Thrice':
    1. The Rhymes Of The Mountain
    2. Winter Thrice
    3. Cold Runs The River
    4. Panorama
    5. When Chaos Calls
    6. Erodent
    7. Noctilucent
    8. Terminus

    The album’s European pre-sale kicks off today via CM Distro and soon also digitally (With the two first singles as instant grat!), so make sure to pre-order 'Winter Thrice' in your format of choice throughout the holidays here:
    http://smarturl.it/winterthriceCMDISTRO
    http://smarturl.it/winterthriceAMAZON

    Digital pre-sale:
    http://smarturl.it/winterthriceITUNES
    http://smarturl.it/wtAMAZONMP3

    Recently, BORKNAGAR also debuted a lyric-video for the album’s opening track 'The Rhymes Of The Mountain', which can be seen/heard here: https://youtu.be/Zoa9w7WB_Xo

    'Winter Thrice', which - just like the previous album 'Urd' from 2012 - was once again mixed by Jens Bogren / Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth, etc.) and packaged in artwork by Marcelo Vasco / P2RDesign (Slayer, Machine Head, Soulfly, etc.), is unique to the BORKNAGAR catalogue also because it features four vocalist parts, including the return of original singer and Ulver-mastermind Kristoffer Rygg, a.k.a. Garm, who guests on two songs. “Winter Thrice” encompasses everything that BORKNAGAR has put to tape over the past two decades, from their most brutal assaults to their most experimental compositions, with a larger progressive vibe than ever before, making it an absolute highlight in the band’s already stellar career so far…

    BORKNAGAR have already confirmed some festival appearances in support of “Winter Thrice”, as follows:

    BORKNAGAR live 2016:
    17.-19.06.2016 Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal meeting
    01.-03.07.2016 Roitzschjora (Germany) – With Full Force 
    04.-06.08.2016 Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air

    In other news, BORKNAGAR have also announced the launch of a special branded beard-oil. Obtain more details about it here: http://borknagar.com/2402/raedical-introduces-borknagar-beard-oil/

    Further news about BORKNAGAR and “Winter Thrice” coming soon

     Voivod Release New EP.

    Voivod.Tuesday 5th January 2016
    Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD, who recently toured Europe as part of the “Deathcrusher 2015” tour alongside Carcass, Obituary and Napalm Death, are pleased to announce the release of the 'Post Society - EP' Mini-CD. This special release will be available in Digipak CD format as well as Digital Download on February 26th, 2016 via Century Media Records.

    The 'Post Society - EP', with artwork by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, contains 5 studio tracks, including the previously vinyl-only new VOIVOD songs from the split 7” EP’s with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs and a Hawkwind cover ('Silver Machine') total playing time of 30 minutes. Here is the track-listing:

    VOIVOD – 'Post Society - EP'
    1. Post Society (06:17)
    2. Forever Mountain (05:12)
    3. Fall (06:42)
    4. We Are Connected (07:26)
    5. Silver Machine (04:48)

    Michel “Away” Langevin checked in to comment on the release as follows: “More songs from out in the woods! In between tours, we are steadily finding our way through recording the next album at RadicArt studio. Many riffs were composed on the bus but until the North American tour with Vektor in 2016, we will spend most of wintertime in Montreal writing another batch of material. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy this EP of good old thrash-prog-punk-metal or whatever people want to call Voïvod nowadays :)”

    For the recent “Deathcrusher” tour, VOIVOD released a Split 7” EP with label-mates Napalm Death with the track 'Forever Mountain' as well as Napalm Death’s exclusive track “Phonetics For The Stupefied”. This special vinyl-only release, which followed up VOIVOD’s Split 7” EP of the song “We Are Connected” with At The Gates from earlier in the year, is limited to 2.500 copies (Black: 1200x, Solid White: 300x, Transparent Red: 700x and Neon Yellow: 300x) is selling out quickly, so check for the last available copies here: http://smarturl.it/ndvCMDISTRO

     IDestroy Announce Tour.

    Five Finger Death Punch.Tuesday 5th January 2016
    Blasting straight into 2016 comes Bristol three-piece IDestroy, mixing teenage rock'n'roll rebellion with riot grrrl sensibilities, bubblegum pop melodies and a whole heap of sneering, yet charming attitude. Their debut EP, 'Vanity Loves Me', is released on February 26th and leads from the off with the infectiously bratty title track.

    Perfectly formed at two minutes and eighteen seconds, 'Vanity Loves Me' is a sizzling introduction to IDestroy. With nods to the punk-edged sounds of Sleater Kinney and The Stooges, the track features huge guitar riffs, prowling basslines and insistent drums, topped off with gloriously feisty vocals from singer/guitarist Bec Jevons.

    Since forming earlier in the year, the youthful trio – completed by Becky Baldwin (bass/backing vocals) and Jenn Haneef (drums) - have built up a loyal following in their hometown, playing regularly in small but packed-out venues, and creating a genuine buzz around their local scene.

    The leather-clad, pop-punkers have not been afraid to take their catchy grrrl power to bigger stages either, playing the likes of Anfi Rock Sound festival in Spain and supporting Cherie Currie (The Runaways) at Bristol Bierkeller.

    2016 sees them hit the ground running with a string of upcoming dates including a very special EP launch party on February 26th at the Hydra Book Shop, Bristol.

    "The band has a great stage presence, looking confident and at ease, with some great funky bass and drum breaks alongside raucous guitar" Bristol 24/7

    Upcoming shows:
    31st Jan ­ Firebug, Leicester (supporting Courtesans)
    4th Feb ­ The Vic, Swindon (supporting Rain)
    18th Feb ­ The Rainbow, Birmingham
    27th Feb ­ The Cons Club, Chippenham (2pm)
    27th Feb – The Cellar, Oxford (7pm)
    5th March – T Chances, Tottenham, London
    6th March – Three Bridges Venue, Crawley
    11th March ­ The Louisiana, Bristol (supporting The Ramonas)
    6th April – Bannemans, Edinburgh
    7th April ­ O'Rileys, Hull

     Rosie Lowe To Release Debut Album.

    Rosie Lowe.Tuesday 5th January 2016
    With a succession of critically adored tracks to her name, the London-based, Devon-born musician Rosie Lowe has emerged as one of the most hotly tipped artists around. Now Lowe is set to captivate her biggest audience to date with the February 19th release of her eagerly anticipated debut album 'Control'.

    Released on Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label via Polydor, 'Control' demonstrates exactly why pioneering artists including Little Simz, The Invisible, Kwabs, Ady Suleiman, Ghostpoet and respected tastemaker Gilles Peterson have all recognised and supported her. It's an album that breaks loose from the confinement of expected genres - you'll hear echoes of James Blake, The Weeknd, Laura Mvula and The xx in her original synth-soul soundscapes - and Lowe's personality is also a pivotal part of the experience.

    An emerging feminist icon, 'Control' finds Lowe baring her soul as she explores a wealth of personal issues with devastating honesty. 'Who's That Girl' addresses the matter of some so-called friends who didn't help while she was hospitalized, and album track 'Nicole' is a plea for Rosie's best friend to leave a bad relationship.

    The brutal realities of love and relationships are also a recurring theme. Recent single 'Worry About Us' tackles the complexities of trying to retain a relationship by someone who is plagued by insecurity; 'I'll Be Gone' is an emotional plea to partner to remind her not to flee when the inevitably challenging times emerge; and 'So Human' underlines an acceptance that negative emotions are a vital part of the human experience. Yet as articulate and opinionated as Lowe is, she possesses a warmth and a sharp-wit that immediately allows strangers to feel like old pals

    Produced by Lowe with Dave Okumu (Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Kwabs, The Invisible). Previous singles 'Right Thing', 'Who's That Girl?' and 'Worry About Us' all feature alongside a wealth of new material.

    The album will be further previewed by the new single 'Woman' which is defining statement of the powers of modern feminity: "I find myself obsessing about imperfections that only I can see / And I know it's such a waste but the pressure is getting to me," she states, before declaring:"Why should my intellect be judged by perceptions of what I should be?"

    'Control' will be available on digital, CD and 12" formats, with pre-orders now available from www.rosielowe.com, iTunes and Amazon. All pre-orders will be rewarded with 'Woman, Right Thing, Who's That Girl & Worry About us' provided as instant grat tracks.

    Rosie Lowe grew up in south Devon as the youngest of six siblings. Their father, an accomplished jazz saxophonist, encouraged them to follow creative interests and together they bonded over a shared love of music. For Rosie, a childhood love of jazz set her on a path that would dictate her future. "There's never been anything else that I've wanted to do," she asserts. "Music wasn't an option, it was a necessity."

    She soon became enamoured with the leading lights of the female singer-songwriter tradition – Carole King, Erykah Badu and Joni Mitchell to name but a few. She learnt their songs then broke them apart. She analysed their lyrics. She fell in love with the art of songwriting.

    It wasn't until she studied popular music at Goldsmiths, however, that she found her own sound. The breakthrough came when she ditched her instruments and focused on teaching herself production and recording techniques. She was soon approached by management and signed to Domino Publishing. London indie label 37 Adventures soon jumped on board too, and released her critically-adored, four-track debut EP 'Right Thing'.

    Earlier this year, Rosie Lowe played a beguiling set within the beautiful surroundings of the St. Pancras Old Church. London In Stereo described it as "an incredibly atmospheric and enchanting performance...  Lowe stands as a preacher in the centre of the stage, demanding the attention of every eye in the room." She recently announced her full debut tour, scheduled as below, which will coincide with the release of the 'Control' album:

    February
    18th – Glasgow, Broadcast
    19th – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
    20th – Leeds, Headrow House
    24th – Brighton, The Hope and Ruin
    25th – London, Oslo
    26th – Bristol, Louisiana

     Witchcraft Release Brand New Song.

    Witchcraft Release Brand New Song.Tuesday 5th January 2016
    Swedish classic / doom rock masters Witchcraft have released a brand new song, 'Theory Of Consequence', from the band's eagerly anticipated new album 'Nucleus'.
    You can listen to the track HERE.

    'Nucleus' is scheduled for a January 15th, 2016 release worldwide via Nuclear Blast and will be available as CD, lavish digipak (also as a t-shirt bundle), vinyl (black, clear, splatter, gold) and digital download.

    Listen to the single HERE.

    Pre-order the 'Nucleus' Limited Edition CD Digipak.
    Pre-order Limited Edition Vinyl and T-Shirt Bundles.
     

    The 'Nucleus' tracklist reads as follows:
    01. Malstroem
    02. Theory Of Consequence
    03. The Outcast
    04. Nucleus
    05. An Exorcism Of Doubts
    06. The Obsessed
    07. To Transcend Bitterness
    08. Helpless
    09. Breakdown
    Limited digipak CD & 2LP vinyl bonus track
    10. Chasing Rainbows

    'Nucleus' seamlessly mixes the rawer side of Witchcraft's early roots, with a slightly more melancholic modern sound. With an all new line-up (Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass) the band sounds more hungry and powerful than ever before. In combination with the thrilling, yet down-to-earth production by mastermind Magnus Pelander himself, Philip Gabriel Saxin and Anton Sundell, the band's new album throws you into dreamy sonic landscapes that will mesmerise and haunt you alike.

     The Hunna Kick Off 2016.

    The Hunna.Tuesday 5th January 2016
    Following their explosive debut single 'Bonfire', The Hunna kick off what looks set to be a massive 2016 for the band, with the release of a stunning single entitled 'We Could Be', out now via High Time Records.

    The Hunna's rise has been nothing short of spectacular. Since launching in October, the Hertfordshire four-piece have amassed an army of followers, seen the videos for both 'Bonfire' and its B-side 'She's So Casual' reach over a million views each, already sold-out THREE forthcoming dates at London's Boston Music Rooms and surged into both the iTunes and Spotify charts.

    And now with 'We Could Be', which has clocked up over 384,000 views in five days, they deliver on that early promise with not just an anthemic A-side, but two B-sides of undisputed power.

    While the Hunna are a straight-up, guitar-heavy indie-rock band, the production on 'We Could Be' takes their sound to new levels with futuristic, crunching tones. Produced by Duncan Mills and mixed by Adam Noble, title track 'We Could Be' is a high-octane "fuck you" to any doubters – and the industry insiders who decided not to take a chance on them.

    The B-sides, 'Be Young' and 'World Is Ours Tonight', both produced by Tim Larcombe, are songs that reflect on The Hunna's youthful, wide-eyed and optimistic way of life, an attitude that the band's fast-growing fanbase is
    The Hunna's journey is only just beginning, but on this evidence the band will have outgrown their 'ones to watch' status in just a few months, and are destined to explode across the musical landscape of 2016 as one of the most exciting new bands on planet earth.

    A-Side
    1 - We Could Be

    B-sides
    2 - Be Young
    3 - World Is Ours

     The Stranglers Announce Massive UK Tour.

    The Stranglers.Tuesday 5th January 2016
    In recent years the month of March has become synonymous with The Stranglers live and 2016 will be no different when the punk-era iconoclasts once again take to the road, this time with the Black and White Tour. For the first time ever The Stranglers will play live, in its entirety, their starkly thrilling and ground-breaking album, Black and White, almost 40 years after its 1978 release.

    Thrusting a lance into the future, Black and White was, and continues to be, one of the most influential albums of the late 1970s, reaching number 2 in the UK album chart, marking the dawn of a new era and inspiring a whole new roster of post-punk bands.Rock music has rarely sounded so urgent and perfect.The track list includes such gems as Tank, Toiler on the Sea, Nice n Sleazy and their superlative cover version of the Bacharach and David classic Walk On By, which in 2014 was voted number 3 in the BBC Music Top 50 greatest cover versions.

    Undoubtedly one of the most exciting, credible and influential British bands, The Stranglers continue to enthral fans, old and new, with their record-breaking, sell-out shows and festival appearances throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Public demand to hear and see the group has never been so high, true testament to their considerable musical talent and the enduring quality of their songs.

    In addition to the complete live performance of White and Black, the Stranglers will play a further selection of favourites, old and new, from their extensive and memorable catalogue.

    MARCH 2016
    Thursday         03        Perth Concert Hall
    Friday              04        Inverness Ironworks
    Saturday         05        Glasgow O2 Academy
    Monday           07        Nottingham Rock City
    Tuesday          08        Liverpool O2 Academy 1
    Wednesday     09        Newcastle O2 Academy
    Friday              11        London Brixton O2 Academy
    Saturday          12        Birmingham O2 Academy 1
    Monday           14        Guildford G Live
    Tuesday          15        Reading The Hexagon
    Thursday         17        Sheffield O2 Academy
    Friday              18        Cardiff University Great Hall
    Saturday         19        Bristol O2 Academy
    Monday           21        Salisbury City Hall
    Tuesday          22        Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
    Wednesday     23        Cambridge Corn Exchange
    Friday              25        Leeds O2 Academy
    Saturday         26        Manchester O2 Apollo

     Five Finger Death Punch Re-release Album's On Vinyl.

    Five Finger Death Punch.Thursday 17th December 2015
    From the name of the band, to the title of Album One and its accompanying artwork, it was immediately clear that Five Finger Death Punch hadn’t arrived to make up the numbers… they’d come to win.

    With ‘The Way Of The Fist’, the record in question, they delivered a self-funded set of songs so focussed, so committed, so determined to leave a mark (somewhere around the jugular) that a bond was swiftly forged with those for whom heavy music has everything to do with lifestyle and nothing to do with pastime…

    Follow-up albums ‘War Is The Answer’ and ‘American Capitalist’ saw the US outfit aligning with producer Kevin Churko – the result being an even bigger sound that expertly plotted the path between emotion, melody and all-out attack, with frontman Ivan Moody showing exactly what he could do right across the board. As with ‘The Way Of The Fist’, both albums were released via Spinefarm Records ex-US, both saw traditional values laced with contemporary sounds and cutting-edge power, and both saw the band gaining real traction in Europe (with the Download festival in the UK consistently succumbing to the Death Punch main-stage assault) and making major inroads at US radio…

    Today, backed by a global army of supporters (affectionately known as ‘Knuckleheads’), Five Finger Death Punch stand as one the most successful rock acts in the world; proof that if you have your heart set on a dream, the work ethic to beat down doors and the talent to consistently deliver nothing can stand in your way…

    ‘The Way Of The Fist’, ‘War Is The Answer’ and ‘American Capitalist’ are where the blueprint for success was laid and the gauntlet first cast, and now – almost a decade down the line in the case of the debut – it’s time to raise the flag with this special set of official vinyl Re-issues, scheduled for release on February 12th 2016.

    Whilst holding true to the spirit of the original CD releases, each of the LPs has been visually reworked to get the most from the vinyl format, with extra elements added where possible.

    The LPs come as follows:-

    ‘THE WAY OF THE FIST’ (originally released, ex-US, in 2009)
    ·                    Coloured vinyl
    ·                    Camouflage inner bag
    ·                    Gatefold sleeve with ‘international artwork’
    ·                    Lyrics

    Available to purchase here

    ‘WAR IS THE ANSWER’ (originally released in 2009)

    ·                    Coloured vinyl
    ·                    Camouflage inner bag
    ·                    Gatefold sleeve
    ·                    Lyrics

    Available to purchase here

    ‘AMERICAN CAPITALIST’ (originally released in 2011)
    ·                    Coloured vinyl
    ·                    Camouflage inner bag
    ·                    Gatefold sleeve
    ·                    Lyrics
    ·                    Bonus Remix

    Available to purchase here