Anthrax Film Glasgow Show For Live DVD.

Mallory Knox'.Wednesday 15th February 2017
Thrash pioneers ANTHRAX, now armed with six dynamic tour dates under their belt - ‘Among The Kings’, their first UK/European headline tour in more than a decade, already earning over-the-top rave press reviews and hundreds of effusive social posts from fans who have attended the shows - will chronicle the frenzy with a live DVD expected to be released later this year (Megaforce).

With the energy level through the roof, ANTHRAX's show was filmed last night at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favourites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans (see below) and included 'Madhouse''Be All, End All''Breathing Lightning' and 'A.I.R.', followed by ANTHRAX’s classic 1987 album ‘Among The Living’ performed from start to finish ('Caught In A Mosh', 'I Am the Law', 'Indians', 'N.F.L.'). In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include "fly-on-the-wall” interviews and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere.

The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, UK-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan, The Levellers, and many others.

Last year’s celebration of ANTHRAX's 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of their career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far beyond what anyone anticipated.  

“I don’t know why it took us so long to come back to the UK and headline our own tour", said ANTHRAX's Joey Belladonna, “but I’m sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we’ve ever done, and that’s really due to the interaction with the fans, they’ve just been crazy. And that’s what we wanted to capture for this DVD.”

ANTHRAX plays their last ‘Among The Kings’ UK date tomorrow in Norwich, and then they head on to 22 European cities winding up in Paris on March 16th.  

In celebration of this unique tour, fans can win meet & greets with the band (possible in every city of the tour). To take part, they have to follow these instructions:

1.       Download the poster here: www.nuclearblast.de/meetanthrax
2.  Take a photo of yourself with the poster in the city where the band will be playing. The photo needs to be taken at a special/creative location such as at a famous statue/rock bar/famous landmark etc. (as creative as you can think of) and email it to meetanthrax@nuclearblast.de!

Good luck!

The ‘Among The Kings’ show is divided into two parts - one, ‘Among The Living’ performed live from start to finish, and then the other half will be a special set that ANTHRAX are inviting their fans to help create. Fans should go to http://anthrax.com/setlist-vote/ where the band has posted the titles of 44 of their songs from throughout their career. You can vote for up to 10 songs, and the songs that receive the most votes will make up that portion of the live show. The band plans to keep an eye on the votes over the course of the European dates so, as the most voted for songs may change, the band will alter their set lists appropriately.

So, help create the ultimate ANTHRAX set list and VOTE!

An Evening with ANTHRAX – ‘Among The Kings’
w/ THE RAVEN AGE

16.02.  UK – Newcastle, Northumbira University
17.02.  UK – Norwich, UEA

19.02.  NL – Utrecht, Ronda
20.02.  B – Antwerp, Trix
21.02.  D – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
22.02.  D – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
24.02.  D – Nuremberg, Löwensaal
25.02.  D – Munich, Backstage Werk
27.02.  S – Gothenburg, Pustervik
01.03.  FIN – Helsinki, Ice Hall Black Box
02.03.  FIN – Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
03.03.  S – Umeå, House Of Metal Festival @ Idunteatern
04.03.  S – Stockholm, Berns
06.03.  DK – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
07.03.  D – Hamburg, Docks
08.03.  D – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
09.03.  D – Berlin, Huxley's
10.03.  PL – Warsaw, Stodola
12.03.  H – Budapest, Barba Negra
13.03.  A – Vienna, Arena
14.03.  I - Trezzo Sull'adda, Live Club
15.03.  CH – Zurich, Komplex
16.03.  F – Paris, Elysee Montmartre

In support of this trek, ANTHRAX will release a limited tour edition of their latest studio album ‘For All Kings’ on February 17th. As well as the regular album it will include 'Vice Of the People' (previously only available in Japan) as well as a bonus disc of demo versions.

Pre-order ‘For All Kings’ (Tour Edition) now: http://nblast.de/ANTHRAXForAllKings
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JCJPuo8-QE

‘For All Kings’ - Tour Edition
Tracklisting:

CD1 – ‘For All Kings’
01. You Gotta Believe
02. A 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. This Battle Chose Us
11. Zero Tolerance
Bonus:
12. Vice Of The People

CD2 - Demos
01. Breathing Lightning
02. A Monster At The End
03. This Battle Chose Us
04. Soror Irrumator
05. Vice Of The People

 Mallory Knox To Release New Album 'Better Off Without You.

Mallory Knox'.Wednesday 15th February 2017
Today Mallory Knox return with 'Better Off Without You', the second single to be lifted from their
forthcoming third album 'Wired' , released March 10th on RCA. 

Written about the prescription drug Citalopram, used to treat anxiety and depression, 'Better Off Without You' was borne out of bassist Sam Douglas' frustration towards a doctor who took a particularly lax approach to his treatment. 'For something so personal it all felt very impersonal' recalls Sam of the experience that provoked one of the band's most pertinent, thought-provoking tracks to date. Drawing on their characteristically thunderous style, 'Better Off Without You' leaves no doubt in the listener's mind that Mallory Knox are back in full force with something important to say.

Defined by psychological conflict, 'Wired' documents a journey of self-discovery for the band. 'Sometimes the biggest part i s the realisation that you are fucked up,' Mikey says, 'and you do need to sort yourself out if you're ever going to find a pathway to happiness, that leads you away from the vices that deafen you daily.' The future of the band, though, seems impossibly bright.

'Better Off Without You' follows album opener and lead single 'Giving It Up', which was praised by BBC Radio 1's MistaJam for its 'completely undeniable' energy and spent five weeks on their playlist. The Cambridge five-piece have previously released three Radio 1 A-Listed singles, sold out London's 3,700-capacity Roundhouse, played the main stages at Reading & Leeds and Download and reached #16 on the UK Album Chart with their last album 'Asymmetry'. This year, the band will embark on an extensive UK headline tour, including two nights at London's Koko , with further dates to be announced later in the year.

'Wired' will be released March 10th on RCA, including the following tracks:

  1. Giving It Up
  2. California
  3. Wired
  4. For You
  5. Midnight
  6. Better Off Without You
  7. Falling in Love
  8. Lucky Me
  9. Saviour
  10. Come Back Around
  11. Mother

Pre order 'Wired' here:
Official Store
Apple Music / iTunes Spotify
Google Play Amazon

Mallory Knox will play the following live dates in 2017.
 
20 Mar          Bristol, O2 Academy
21 Mar          Cardiff, Tramshed
22 Mar          Norwich, UEA
24 Mar          Birmingham, O2 Institute 
25 Mar          Sheffield, Leadmill
26 Mar          Cambridge, Corn Exchange
28 Mar          Aberdeen, Garage
29 Mar          Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
31 Mar          Newcastle, University SU
1 April           Liverpool, O2 Academy
2 April           Portsmouth, Pyramids
4 April           Oxford, O2 Academy
5 April          London, KOKO
6 April          London, KOKO

 Tequila Mockingbyrd Announce Worldwide Record Deal.

Tequila Mockingbyrd.Thursday 16th February 2017
Australian powerhouse trio, Tequila Mockingbyrd, have today announced the signing of a worldwide deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings, the label currently home to acts such as The Quireboys, The Amorettes, Bonafide and Massive Wagons.

"We're so happy to be working with OYR to get the album out to the world,", says Estelle. " They showed a lot of belief in the band before we even landed in the UK, so to have them backing the record is amazing. We're very happy 'Byrds right now, as we've been waiting a long time for this"

Their debut album, Fight And Flight, will be released on 24 March 2017, and contains 13 songs covering topics such as having a good time, shaking what you've got to get where you want to go, and taking chances to make things happen.  With the first single, I smell Rock n Roll, finding its way on to the playlist at Planet Rock Radio, and a further single, Never Go Home being released ahead of the album.  This exclusive release will also contain 4 live tracks, recorded at the "Flocking Off, A farewell to Oz" show in Melbourne

Following a decision, in late 2016, to relocate permanently to the UK, Tequila Mockingbyrd have been consistently touring across Europe and the UK. The band will promote the release of the album with a full UK tour as Special Guests to Swedish Rockers, Bonafide.

5 March: o2 ABC2, Glasgow
6 March: o2 Academy2, Liverpool
7 March: o2 Academy2, Sheffield
8 March: The Tivoli, Buckley
9 March: Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival, Pwllheli
10 March: Fibbers, York
11 March: Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby
12 March: o2 Academy2, Birmingham
13 March: o2 Academy2, London
14 March: o2 Academy2, Oxford
15 March: Rebellion, Manchester
16 March: The Waterfront, Norwich
17 March: Think Tank, Newcastle
18 March: Bannermans, Edinburgh

 Biters To Release 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' Album.

Biters
							.Thursday 16th February 2017
Atlanta rockers BITERS are set to release 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' on 19th May through Earache Records.  The album, produced by Dan Dixon, is the follow-up to 2015's critically acclaimed 'Electric Blood' and is set to land in the wake of a UK/European tour this Spring (dates below).

You can pre-order the album digitally from midnight tonight (16th Feb) at iTunes - http://bit.ly/bitersfuture-itunes and order signed copies, bundles and vinyl from http://biters.earache.com/

BITERS possess a certain energy coursing through their veins...that unmistakable sprinkling of stardust required for a band to go stratospheric.  Formed in Atlanta, GA in 2009, frontman Tuk set about his mission to bring back no-nonsense rock n' roll to the masses.  Their sound is infused with a modern twist on 70's rock, it's loud and fiery, yet unafraid of pop hooks and sweet harmonies.  BITERS remind us of times when bands looked like bands and acted like gangs and are set to destroy any suggestions that rock is dead with their hunger for anarchy and partying hard.  They've a cynical social commentary on the state of the world and a knack for a catchy feel-good chorus.  

When it comes to the brand new album, Tuk tells us, "I knew I wanted to do something totally different to 'Electric Blood'.  It's very easy to get side tracked as an artist and especially easy to lose perspective with so many people giving you advice and critique.  For this album, I wanted to go back to the reason I started this band back in 2010 - my love for early 70's glam rock, power pop and those big anthemic sing-alongs are where my heart feels most home.  I wanted to take risks and really wear my heart on my sleeve this time around."

For 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be', BITERS recruited the expertise of multi-platinum songwriter/producer Scott Stevens to help take them to the next level.  LA-based Stevens has worked with The Struts, Highly Suspect & Shinedown and his input on the lead single 'Stone Cold Love' has elevated BITERS sound to a whole new level.  With regard to having someone else in the studio, Tuk tells us "The most valuable thing people like Scott and Dan Dixon (producer of 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be') bring to the table is their willingness to strive for greatness.  They don't give up.  They'll sit and work 'til they're out-of-their-mind exhausted.  To find that same obsessive kinship with other writers and producers gets me so fired up.  The experiences I've had in recent years touring, writing and working with other driven, inspiring people have been invaluable.  Not all experiences were great by any means, but it was for a greater good. I love being pushed and challenged. It feeds my soul."

The album ignites with the punchy mission statement of 'Let It Roll' and the next 33 minutes are pure unadulterated rock n' roll perfection.  The stomping T-Rex style groove of 'Stone Cold Love' will make a home between your ears with its anthemic, stadium sized chorus.  'Callin' You Home' is a reflective and existential stargazer soundtrack, whilst the feel-good bounce of Tuk's personal favourite, 'Gypsy Rose' (which was birthed whilst singing to his border collie; "Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unassuming of situations" he informs) and the straight up no-frills, chunky rock riffs of 'Chasing The Feeling' make 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' a record that re-energises the entire the genre, making rock n' roll relevant once more.

BITERS are blazing a trail across the globe with their electrifying live shows.  In March, they undertake a 24-date European tour with label mates Blackberry Smoke which will see them playing to over 50,000 music fans, including a date at London's iconic Roundhouse.  UK dates rack up as follows:

Mon 27th Mar - OXFORD O2 Academy
Tue 28th Mar - LONDON Roundhouse
Wed 29th Mar - NORWICH UEA
Fri 31st Mar - MANCHESTER Academy
Sat 1st Apr - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Mon 3rd Apr - GLASGOW Barrowlands
Tue 4th Apr - NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Thu 6th Apr - BRISTOL O2 Academy
Fri 7th Apr - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat 8th Apr - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre

 The Pretty Reckless Release New Video 'Oh My God'.

The Pretty Reckless.Thursday 16th February 2017
The Pretty Reckless continue their ascent on the rock charts with the release of their new video for the single, "Oh My God."  "It's just me and the band, pouring ourselves into the song, and into the camera.  It's subtle, you have to really watch it to understand all the layers, but it's honest, and that to me always yields the best art." says lead singer Taylor Momsen  

The video can be viewed here: http://vevo.ly/wsMImY.

The Pretty Reckless' critically acclaimed third studio album was produced by longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala, Who You Selling For expands the band's sound to encompass soul, blues and rock and roll. The songs were written by front woman Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips. Momsen's dark lyrics and raw, charismatic vocals are on full display and the band delivers at full intensity with a level of musicianship that raises the bar.  The band recently played a run of sold out UK shows and are now about to embark on an extensive UK tour.
 

 Bear Trade Announce New Album.

Bear Trade.Thursday 16th February 2017
Bear Trade are back. The North East four-piece punk band's second album 'Silence Unspeakable' will be released 21st April, 2017 via Everything Sucks Music in the UK and Dead Broke Rekerds in the US. The band are also off on tour with Strike Anywhere and Petrol Girls in April.

Greg Robson (vocals/guitar) goes into some detail about the interim between albums and the inspiration behind 'Silence Unspeakable': "Since the last record (2014's debut full length 'Blood & Sand') a lot has happened.  There have been deaths, break-ups, marriages, births. You could actually restructure the tracks and form a loose narrative of the last three years of my life, but although there are a lot of quite sad songs on the album, don't worry it all had a very happy ending.

As with the last offering, the songs have me writing from the heart and from personal experience. They look at finding love. Relationships and family. Finding your way, and saying goodbye. In short they are about life.

We recorded the album at Suburban Home Studios in Leeds, with Matt Johnson from Hookworms. It was recorded over two weekends in Autumn 2016. Some of the songs were written three years ago and some we finished while we were recording them. Helen Chambers kindly helped us with singing duties."


There's a lot to identify with in 'Silence Unspeakable' and the first track to be revealed 'Inglorious' offers a tongue-in-cheek look at going off the rails a bit, but knowing you have a lot more to offer, and hoping it is a temporary situation.

TOUR DATES (Supporting Strike Anywhere):
21.04  Manchester – Punk Festival
22.04  Bristol – Exchange
23.04  London – Underworld
24.04  Exeter – Cavern

 White Lies To Release Deluxe Version Of New Album.

White Lies.Thursday 16th February 2017
Says band member Charles Cave; "We wrote nearly two-dozen songs in the year leading up to the recording of 'Friends'. Harry and myself worked every day through the seasons even after we had enough material for a double album. Songs like 'Don't Fall' and 'Come On' wouldn't have existed had we stopped any sooner. In the studio we whittled the list down to fourteen, and then only at the very final moment did we decide which ten would make the album. So these four we are releasing now aren't B-sides. They're songs which, perhaps even given a different time or mood, could have sat comfortably on the album. The title track 'Friends' - perhaps notable in its absence from the album - is the most 'out-there' piece of music we've recorded, and 'What I Need' is certainly the fastest! We're so thrilled to share these with our fans. We think they stand up with everything on 'Friends' and we anticipate people to feel the same way."

'Friends' was recorded in Bryan Ferry's private studio in London's Olympia and was self-produced by the band. White Lies enlisted the help of an expert team including Grammy Award-winning engineer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs) on mixing duties and long-term collaborator Ed Buller who contributed additional production. The fourteen-track deluxe album 'Friends' is now available on digital download and streaming formats.

'Friends' Deluxe tracklist below:
1.     Take It Out On Me
2.     Morning In LA
3.     Hold Back Your Love
4.     Don't Want To Feel It All
5.     Is My Love Enough?
6.     Summer Didn't Change A Thing
7.     Swing
8.     Come On
9.     Right Place
10.  Don't Fall
11.  What I Need
12.  Friends
13.  Give A Sign
14.  Where Do I Go?

A full list of upcoming White Lies Tour dates are below:

February 2017 
17th - Guadalajara, Teatro Diana
18th - Mexico City, El Plaza Condesa
19th - Monterrey, Cinema Rio 70
23rd - UK, Newcastle O2 Academy
24th - UK, Sheffield O2 Academy
25th - UK, Oxford O2 Academy
27th - UK, Cardiff University
28th - UK, Leicester O2 Academy

March 2017
2nd - UK, Portsmouth Pyramids
3rd - UK, Hull University
4th - UK, London Troxy
6th - UK, Preston Guildhall
7th - UK, Aberdeen Garage
8th - UK, Edinburgh Potterrow
10th - UK, Coventry Empire
11th - UK, Keele University
12th - UK Norwich UEA
14th - NL, Groningen De Ossterpoort
15th - NL, The Hague Grote Zaal, Paard Van Troje
16th - NL, Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg
17th - NL, Eindhoven, Effenaar

April 2017
19th - RU, Moscow Izvestiya Hall
20th - RU, St Petersburg A2 Green Concert
27th - IL, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Barby Club

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds More Bands.

Bloodstock.Thursday 16th February 2017
By way of a late Valentines Day gift, BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce 3 more bands for 2017's event!

ARCH ENEMY will be joining us as Sunday's special guests.  Get a taste of their Swedish melodeath with the live video for 'War Eternal', shot at Wacken 2016 and check out what's in store this August - https://youtu.be/p5etfIwlRbg.  The band, now fronted by Alissa White-Gluz, are set to release a new live DVD/Blu-Ray of their full Wacken set titled 'As The Stages Burn!' on 31st March via Century Media.  ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott tells us "We're very much looking forward to being a part of this year's edition of BLOODSTOCK, which actually takes place very close to where my father was born.  We'll be bringing our 'pure fucking metal' attack home... Hail to England!"  Stay clued up on all things ARCH ENEMY at www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial/.

Salt Lake City deathcore mob CHELSEA GRIN also land an early main stage slot on Friday. The band released their fourth studio album, 'Self Inflicted' via new label home Rise Records last summer and unveiled a video for 'Broken Bonds' - https://youtu.be/awa50gXnOdw.  Frontman Alex Koehler tells us "We are looking forward to heading back overseas this summer to be part of Bloodstock 2017.  When we were offered the show and we saw the lineup we were extremely excited.  We've seen tons of videos from BLOODSTOCK in the past and cannot wait to be there."  Get all the latest on CHELSEA GRIN over at www.facebook.com/ChelseaGrinMetal.

Lastly, prog metallers ONI join the ranks on the Sophie stage on Saturday.  Signed to Metal Blade, these Canadians recently unveiled a creepy video for 'The Only Cure' from debut album 'Ironshore', featuring guest vocals from Lamb of God's Randy Blythe.  Check it out at: https://youtu.be/ERFBmOtElKU.  Frontman Jake Oni says "In the past year, we've had the pleasure of playing the UK a few times, but being a part Bloodstock 2017 is a huge honour.  We are not only excited to show this festival what we've got, but also to see some of the masters that are playing!!!  You don't want to miss this!"  ONI warm up for their BLOODSTOCK debut by traversing Europe next month with Children of Bodom.

It's nearly the 'last chance saloon' for the very popular ticket payment scheme!  BLOODSTOCK's deposit plan helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums.  Sign up in the ticket store before 28th Feb with your initial payment of £34.80.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively.  Job done, ticket purchased!  Get full info at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.

If you're coming to BLOODSTOCK by coach, you might want to secure your spot now to ensure you're not disappointed.  BIG GREEN COACH have 21 departure cities for coaches directly to BLOODSTOCK in 2017; Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, and Worcester.  BIG GREEN COACH will bring you, all your camping gear, & beer supplies and drop you hassle free right inside the festival grounds.  Check out the details and secure your seat for only a tenner (with the rest payable in July) over at http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday's headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday's headliners MEGADETH, plus BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, MACABRE, SCARAB, and WINTERSUN.  Many more, including our Saturday headliner are still be announced!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK's social media for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than 'on the day' purchase) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.  Children's weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4's go free!  Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

 Dawes Premier Video For 'Roll With The Punches'.

Dawes.Wednesday 15th February 2017
Dawes have premiered their new video for "Roll With The Punches," featuringMandy Moore and directed by Dan Henry (Kurt Vile, Jack White), via Entertainment Weekly. In the video, Moore and Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes's front man, star as a couple in the throes of a breakup. On the inspiration behind the video director Dan Henry says: "I got the idea for the video after I read a true story about a disgruntled German man whose 12 yearlong marriage ended tragically. He quite literally split all of their belongs in two, in a vindictive yet beautiful move that inspired the 'RWTP' video. The whole idea made me laugh at its extreme pettiness, but ended up perfectly representing the process of moving on."

Watch the new video here:  http://bit.ly/2lQr6c4
 
Also today, as a suprise gift to fans, Dawes release their streaming-only live album, We're All Gonna Live.  The band recorded the fifteen-song release during the first four shows on their current, "An Evening With Dawes" tour. The album contains live versions of audience favorites and new originals including 'When The Tequila Runs Out," "Roll With The Punches," "One of Us," "Things Happen," and "All Your Favorite Bands." Said Taylor of the live album: "With this tour we've felt like we've begun to turn a corner as a live band, so we figured it was time to share some of it with everyone."

We're All Gonna Live plays off the title of Dawes' critically acclaimed studio album, 2016's We're All Gonna Die, and the album's cover features a phone number that fans can call to leave a message for the band while they are on the road. The album is available to stream on all digital platforms here.

Dawes is currently on a 50-date North American tour, with stops in New York, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville, and more (full itinerary on www.dawestheband.com ). Billed as "An Evening With Dawes," each night will feature two sets by the band with no opener. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here. Read more about the tour in an interview with singer-songwriter, Taylor Goldsmith, on Billboard.

Dawes consists of Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber (bass), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals, percussion) and Lee Pardini (keyboards, vocals). Dawes has toured extensively playing headline shows worldwide and major festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. Recently, they have toured with My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst and Jackson Browne.

WE'RE ALL GONNA LIVE TRACK LIST:

  1. Coming Back to a Man (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  2. One of Us (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  3. Right On Time (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  4. Quitter (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  5. Somewhere Along the Way (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  6. Roll With the Punches (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  7. A Little Bit of Everything (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  8. Picture of a Man (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  9. Less Than Five Miles Away (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  10. Things Happen (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  11. Still Gonna Die - Intro (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  12. We're All Gonna Die (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  13. From the Right Angle (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  14. When the Tequila Runs Out (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
  15. All Your Favorite Bands (Live from An Evening With Dawes)
     

 Senses Fail Release Video For 'In Your Absence'.

Senses Fail.Wednesday 15th February 2017
Post-hardcore veterans Senses Fail have premiered new song  'In Your Absence' via Kerrang.com. 'In Your Absence' is taken off the upcoming acoustic EP of the same name, on 3rd March via Pure Noise Records.

Click here to listen 'In Your Absence'

'This is our first stab at an acoustic record, coming off our last record being so heavy we thought it might be fun to try the opposite. I have to say that it was very fun to write these songs and I think they came out great. They are loosely about my wife battle with Multiple Sclerosis and the thought of losing her prematurely.' - Buddy Nielsen

In addition to releasing a new EP, Senses Fail will also be celebrating their 15th anniversary as a band with a headlining North American tour that kicks off in March. The band will be performing their critically acclaimed 2006 album, Still Searching, in its entirety along with other fan-favorites from the last decade and half to round out the set. Tickets are on sale now at sensesfail15.com.

In Your Absence Track List:
1.     Jets to Peru
2.     In Your Absence
3.     Death Be
4.     Family Tradition
5.     Lost and Found

For the last 15 years, Senses Fail has been one of post-hardcore's most celebrated and influential bands. They've released 6 studio albums, including their latest Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, which was released on Pure Noise Records, that have a shared common thread of outspoken political and social commentary that have brought attention to important issues such as equality and human rights. The band's breakout record Still Searching is considered to be a crucial album among post-hardcore fans and marked a turning point for the band's sound blending the band's signature aggressive sound with a newfound emotional sensibility.

Catch the band on tour this coming spring and follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/sensesfail for additional updates.

Senses Fail "15th Anniversary Tour" Dates:
March 3 - San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
March 4 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
March 6 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
March 7 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
March 9 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
March 10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
March 11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
March 12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
March 14 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
March 15 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
March 18 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
March 19 - Boston, MA - Paradise
March 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
March 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
March 23 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
March 24 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
March 25 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's
March 26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
March 28 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
March 29 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
March 30 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
March 31 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
April 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - THe Complex
April 3 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
April 4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
April 6 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
April 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
April 8 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory

 Wintersun Release Details f 'The Forest Seasons' Album.

Wintersun.Wednesday 15th February 2017
On March 1st, the Finnish kings of epic melodic death metal, WINTERSUN, start their crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of their own studio. Fans will be able to purchase their 'Forest Package' - also including their upcoming studio album 'The Forest Seasons' - directly from the band and support them. Bit by bit, WINTERSUN unveil new info on their upcoming full-length release and today, Jari Mäenpää states:

ABOUT THE FOREST SEASONS ALBUM:
'This album is more primitive and organic than I normally like to do, but still modern, melodic, epic, bombastic yet also dark -  and dare I say even shocking and we love it! It is new and different, because I don't like doing the same thing over and over, but it's still very much a WINTERSUN album - although WINTERSUN can be anything, even techno/trance/pop... There are no limits with the music of WINTERSUN!
 
It is a longer album than »Time I« running over 53 minutes and for once I'm 100% happy with the sounds and the production. The sound fits PERFECTLY for this album! This album actually sounds great in every sound system / speakers / headphones I've listened to it! If you are a WINTERSUN fan you won't be disappointed! It has everything you would expect from a WINTERSUN album, that we can promise you! And if you're not a fan, you might like it anyway, because it has lots of variety and new dimensions to our sound and style.
 
'The Forest Seasons' album was something that I could do with my current resources, but it doesn't take anything away how great the album is. Because it is killer! And music isn't measured in money. Albums costing hundred bucks or a million bucks can be equally good albums. (But the unfortunate thing is that certain albums can only be done with higher end production and then again some albums would sound like shit with a big budget production and vice versa, some albums would sound like shit with low budget production and some albums would sound killer with low budget production!)
 
The album has four epic and monumental songs, all very different, but still merging together perfectly like the season changes. Two of the songs, 'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' and 'Eternal Darkness (Autumn)' are multipart songs like 'Starchild' and 'Sons of Winter and Stars'. 
 
AWAKEN FROM THE DARK SLUMBER (SPRING)
 
'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' is the starting track. It's a very energetic song illustrating the awakening of nature and it will build up to a big climax! (This song has this album's "killer riff"... forest style!)
 
THE FOREST THAT WEEPS (SUMMER)
 
'The Forest That Weeps (Summer)' is the summer song. It's atmospheric, melodic and rockin'! It's also enhanced with big choirs celebrating the end of summer, before the autumn darkness takes over.
 
ETERNAL DARKNESS (AUTUMN)
 
'Eternal Darkness (Autumn)' is the darkest Wintersun track to date! It paints a dark mood illustrating the Finnish autumn, when you hardly see any sun at all. But ultimately the song is about death... with a twist that some of the parts are written from death's point of view and how IT sees life... as a mistake in the universe. It's an epic and long four part song describing four phases of dying.
 
LONELINESS (WINTER)
 
I'm really proud of all the songs, but especially the last song called 'Loneliness (Winter)' is what I'm really proud of. I really hit it out of the ballpark with this one, even if I do say so myself. It's a little like 'Silver Leaves' (on »Time II«), but a more sorrowful and darker song with a really cold winterish vibe where as 'Silver Leaves' is more beautiful, oriental, atmospheric.
I really think that this is my first PERFECT ALBUM I've ever done. It all came together just right!
We sincerely hope you will support us by getting the new album from INDIEGOGO on March 1st, included in our crowdfunding package, the FOREST PACKAGE. This will help us to reach our goal which is to build the WINTERSUN Headquarters studio, completing »Time II« once and for all and start making our future albums!
Thank you!' -Jari & the Wintersun boys

Here is the track list of 'The Forest Seasons':

1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54

In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:

07. - 10.06.         S           Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07.   FIN         Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08.         P           Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
10. - 13.08.        UK          Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
16. - 19.08.         D           Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08.        SK          Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest

 The One Hundred Release Video For 'Dark Matters'.

The One Hundred.Wednesday 15th February 2017
THE ONE HUNDRED have revealed an official music video for 'Dark Matters', the first single from their forthcoming, hotly-tipped debut album.
The video was produced and directed by Jeb Hardwick, who has previously created clips for Architects and Wild Palms.

Watch 'Dark Matters' here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/GBUV71602256

'Dark Matters' was unleashed via Dan P Carter's Radio One Rock Show, and is now available via iTunes and Spotify. Listen to 'Dark Matters' HERE.

The One Hundred have been busy putting the finishing touches to their debut album – due for worldwide release this year via Spinefarm Records – and are now ready to hit the ground running; a full headline UK tour is locked-in for this May, leading into further headline dates in Europe. Massmatiks will support The One Hundred across all UK shows.
R The One Hundred vocalist, Jacob Field, says; ''We know we've kept you guys in suspense for a while, but we are BACK and 'Dark Matters' is just the beginning. We can't wait to hit the road for our debut headline tour as well. 2017, LETS DO THIS!"

MAY UK / EURO TOUR DATES
            01        UK       Southampton, Joiners      
            03        UK       Bath, Moles                                         
            04        UK       Plymouth, Underground     
            05        UK       Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
            06        UK       Nottingham, Rock City Basement                                                    
            08        UK       Glasgow, The Garage
            09        UK       Leeds, The Key Club
            10        UK       Birmingham, Asylum 2
            11        UK       London, Boston Music Room                                  
            13        UK       Manchester, Rebellion                                  
           

             15       France            Paris, Backstage by the Mill
            16        Germany        Cologne, Blue Shell  
            17        Germany        Hamburg, Hafenklang
            18        Germany        Berlin, Maze                                       

Tickets are selling fast!

TOH will also appear at Download Festival this coming June, plus Teddy Rocks Festival this April. More tour & festival plans will be revealed in due course.

 Madina Lake Reform.

Madina Lake.Wednesday 15th February 2017
Much-loved alt rockers MADINA LAKE have revealed some exciting news.

Although they disbanded in 2013, the US group have decided to mark the 10th anniversary of their debut Roadrunner Records album, 'From Them, Through Us, To You' by reforming and playing a handful of UK dates this Spring.

Released in 2007, their first LP featured some of the band's most popular singles, including 'Here I Stand', 'House Of Cards,' 'Now Or Never,' and 'One Last Kiss'. The band went on to win Best International Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards and were blazoned across front covers around the world, including Kerrang! and Rock Sound in the UK. Madina Lake notched up three albums, two EPs, and numerous international tours and festivals before calling it a day.

Don't miss the following intimate headline shows:
Fri 26th May - LONDON Islington Academy
Tue 30th May - MANCHESTER Sound Control
Wed 31st May - GLASGOW King Tuts

Support comes from Nottingham rock act Lacey. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, 17th February.  To buy online, visit www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/YDH2605Z (London), www.seetickets.com/event/madina-lake/sound-control/1071007 (Manchester), and www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/3600524AF5EBA890 (Glasgow).

In addition, Madina Lake are thrilled to confirm they will also appear at Slam Dunk 2017.  Pick up tickets at bit.ly/SlamDunk17 for these festival dates:
Sat 27th May - BIRMINGHAM NEC (Slam Dunk Midlands)
Sun 28th May - LEEDS City Centre (Slam Dunk North)
Mon 29th May - HATFIELD Forum (Slam Dunk South)

Madina Lake singer Nathan Leone comments, "We'd always told ourselves that no matter what happens after we dissolved Madina, we have to get back together around the 10 year anniversary mark of 'From Them, Through Us, To You' and go back to England.  I can't imagine any of us believed we would actually do it but the stars have seemed to align perfectly and we can't wait to play again."

 Backyard Babies To Release DVD.

Backyard Babies.Wednesday 15th February 2017
With all the things happening in the world currently, a dose of sunshine is needed, so it's very good timing that The Dollyrots are back with a brand new album! The wonderfully titled Whiplash Splash will be released on the 24th of March through Arrested Youth Records and will be the band's sixth studio album and first since 2014's Barefoot and Pregnant.

Whiplash Splash is a collection of infectious, upbeat punk rock with The Dollyrots typical fizzy twist to it. From the opening fun and frantic "I Do" through to a spiky cover of Karina & The Waves "Walking On Sunshine" to finish off the album, this record is an album to put smiles on the faces of listeners everywhere. Those who would like to be first to get their hands on Whiplash Splash as well as behind the scenes updates and other fun should check out the PledgeMusic campaign for the album.

As for the album's title, it is quite simple: Kelly Ogden has always wanted to be a mermaid. The bass slingin', microphone wielding frontwoman of The Dollyrots can expand on this a little:
"Growing up in Florida, we were always at the beach, or swimming in a pool or a lake or a spring. I've just always felt at home in the water."

Being suited to both land and sea has been a theme in Kelly's life, and has been woven into the imagery and songwriting on the Dollyrots' new album, Whiplash Splash. Being half human and half fish seems a fitting metaphor for the way the band now splits their time between downtown Los Angeles and coastal Florida, or how they manage to balance touring life on the road with parenthood at home.

2016 was another busy year for The Dollyrots. They released a brand new EP (Mama's Gonna Knock You Out) and their first live CD/DVD (Family Vacation: Live In Los Angeles), took part in an almost completely sold out UK tour with their good friends Bowling For Soup, and most importantly, had a new addition to The Dollyrots' family with the birth of their daughter Daisy Moon.

With a US tour already announced for the end of March to coincide with the album release and further touring plans in the works, 2017 is set to be another busy and successful one in the world of The Dollyrots!

 Me And That Man Release Video For 'Ain't Much Loving'.

Me And That Man.Tuesday 14th February 2017
ME AND THAT MAN, the side project put together by Nergal of Behemoth and British/Polish musician, John Porter, have today unveiled a new video for 'Ain't Much Loving', taken from their forthcoming debut album, 'Songs of Love And Death'. The collection is set for release on 24th March via Cooking Vinyl.

Watch 'Ain't Much Loving' here - https://MATM.lnk.to/AML

ME AND THAT MAN also play their first UK show at London's Jazz Cafe on Sunday 26th March.  Tickets are on sale now from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/me-and-that-man-tickets.

'Songs of Love & Death' is a journey across bleak, dust-ravaged plains, soundtracked by low-slung guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues.  The tracks draw on dark narratives familiar to fans of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and crackle with an evocative, sinister aesthetic.  Admirers of everything from Johnny Cash's American Recordings through to the grim, frontier polemic of Wovenhand will be drawn in by these songs. 

Check out more from the album with the video for lead single, 'My Church Is Black': https://youtu.be/4XBB8CNHs4U.

'Songs of Love And Death' features sleeve artwork by Daniel P. Carter and is available for pre-order now at https://MATM.lnk.to/SOLAD.  Pre-orders via iTunes secure you a download of 'My Church Is Black' and 'Ain't Much Loving' right away. A range of vinyl and special bundles can be picked up at https://MATM.lnk.to/store.

 Nile Announce New Band Member.

Nile.Tuesday 14th February 2017
NILE are today embarking on a North American tour in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed’, alongside New Jersey thrash legends Overkill.

The band and would also like to announce that Dallas Toler-Wade has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings.

This tour also marks the debut of Nile’s newest member, guitarist / vocalist Brian Kingsland.  The band are tentatively scheduled to return to Europe this summer for a series of metal festivals followed by a WSNBU-Latin America tour. NILE are already working on songs for their next album which will be recorded in late 2017, for an early 2018 release. More info will be released in the coming months.

NILE founding member Karl Sanders comments:

"I would like to personally thank Dallas Toler-Wade for his many years with the band, and sincerely wish him well with his music.

All of us in Nile are truly happy and thankful to be working with Brian. Not only is he a seriously talented extreme metal guitar shredder, but he has a great brutal metal voice, with a very versatile range. Brian is also a genuine, down-to-earth hard-working and motivated guy who has helped reignite and re-establish a sense of team work back into Nile. With the addition of Brian on guitar and vocals, the band right now seems to me a lot more like the early years of Nile - the classic Nile era when we were all functioning as a cohesive unit, in viciously brutal triple vocal attack mode. The mood in the Nile rehearsal room for the last 3 months has been focused and relaxed; with 4 positive, energised, hardworking people all on the same metal page. We simply can’t wait to share what we have been working on with metal fans on the upcoming Overkill Tour. Between the addition of Brian, and bassist / vocalist Brad Parris now in his 2nd year in the band, this line-up is going to crush skulls. Seriously, the last time I felt this strongly about a  Nile Line-up - was when George Kollias joined the band."

Drummer George Kollias comments:


"I want to thank Dallas for everything he did for Nile all these years, it’s been some amazing years and I wish him the best with his new project!

Also, I want to say a big "welcome to Nile" to Brian Kingsland! Brian is an amazing guitar player/vocalist and he has brought a very fresh vibe to the band, we are so looking forward to getting out there and delivering the best metal you ever heard from us! See you all on the road!!"

 Amy Lee Releases New Single.

Amy Lee.Monday 13th February 2017
Evanescence's Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Amy Lee released a new single, "Love Exists,"  on February 10th as an interactive valentine, which is available now at: http://amyleevalentine.me.  Fans were invited to create and share their own valentine featuring surreal pop art by Jennybird Alcantara to accompany the song.

"Love Exists" is also available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.


"When I was in Italy filming the video for "Speak To Me," I fell in love with a song I heard on the radio there. L'amore Esiste by Francesca Michielin. It seemed to follow me everywhere, got under my skin and just wouldn't leave. I couldn't stop listening to it, over and over the whole way home. I started piecing together what the lyrics meant and wrote my own twist on them in English. I showed my idea to one of my dream producers, Guy Sigsworth, and somehow convinced him to come to New York and re-create the song with me. Dave Eggar contributed his lush string arrangement and we all just lived in this song for a week at Flux Studios on the lower east side."

"What an incredibly fulfilling experience it was to make this beautiful thing. And with such a talented, down-to-earth, and inspired team- with no rules or limitations beyond the ones we created. Guy pushed me in new ways and I learned a few things. It was a unique honor to work beside someone I admire so much on something that at the time had no plan, no album to go on, and made no sense other than how good it felt. It's easy to get bogged down by the "point" sometimes, when what matters most in my opinion, in music-making, is following your heart. Finding a way to satisfy that deep need to express something that can't be said with words alone."

"Love is anything but simple. And it manifests itself in countless forms. It can be inconvenient. Painful. Easier to ignore than to trust. But we are still connected, despite how alone we feel sometimes. Can we be brave enough to love, knowing it's going to hurt? Can we drop our cynicism long enough to see beyond the frustrations, the discontentment, the fear of the unknown and the anger for all we can't control? Love is all around. Even in the darkest places. And it is worth everything. Look out, look in. Love exists."
–Amy Lee

In addition, Lee's single "Speak To Me" will appear on the soundtrack for the forthcoming supernatural thriller, Voice From The Stone, due April 28th which features Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones). 

Known for her soaring haunting vocals and sophisticated piano melodies, Rolling Stone describe Lee as "one of hard rock's leading ladies" and Kerrang cites her as "one of the most significant and influential women in rock".  Needless to say, her upcoming effort is much anticipated.

Amy Lee is currently in the studio with her band, Evanescence, working on new music expected later this year.  They play two shows at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in June:
June 13th -  London, UK @ Eventim Apollo 
June 14th – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo  SOLD OUT

 Oni To Support Children Of Bodom.

Children Of Bodom.Monday 13th February 2017
ONI have announced they will be joining Children Of Bodom on their entire 20 Years Down & Dirty Tour across Europe next month.
The progressive metal outfit only recently finished impressing on a lengthy UK and European run with The Devil You Know will also be joined by Forever Still making up the package.

Children Of Bodom + Forever Still + ONI

March 08 - Capitol, Hannover (D)

March 09 - Longhorn, Stuttgart (D)

March 10 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg (L)

March 11 - Academy 2, Manchester (UK)

March 12 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (UK)

March 14 - Le Cargo, Caen (FR)

March 15 - L’Echonova, Vannes (FR)

March 16 - La Nef, Angouleme (FR)

March 17 - Disney - Le File 7, Magny-Le-Hongre (FR)

March 18 - Le Metaphone, Oignie (FR)

March 20 - Komplex, Zurich (CH)

March 21 - Theaterfabrik, Munich (D)

March 22 - Live Club, Milan (IT)

March 23 - Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb (HR)

March 25 - Arena, Vienna (AT)

March 26 - Strasse E, Dresden (D)

March 27 - Astra, Berlin (D)

March 28 - Serikovka, Plzen (CZ)

March 30 - Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)

April 01 - Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)

April 02 - KB, Malmö (SE)

April 03 - Rockefeller, Oslo (NO)

April 04 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)

April 06 - The Circus, Helsinki (FI)

2016 was a breakout year for ONI, who proved their lasting prowess with the release of their debut album 'Ironshore', toured with heavy metal greats such as Max & Iggor Cavalera and Children of Bodom, and tore up the stage at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God with whom they collaborated on the recently premiered video of “The Only Cure”. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERFBmOtElKU

With their influences rooted in progressive metal, ONI's sound can be compared to the genre's heavy hitters - The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me - yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylosynth player, Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on 'Ironshore'. Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira), the album takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection. To preview and purchase Ironshore, please visit: www.metalblade.com/oni

 Mortiis Release New Album Artwork.

Mortiis.Monday 13th February 2017
Mortiis have revealed further details on the complete packaging of the upcoming The Great Corrupter release, available worldwide on April 21 via Omnipresence Prodcution. 

'The Great Corrupter' is a collection of previously unreleased tracks, as well as deconstructed and "corrupted" versions of songs from last year's the The Great Deceiver by some of the most well-known names in genres spanning Industrial Rock to Deep Experimental Ambient, including the likes of .Die Krupps, John Fryer, GODFLESH, Merzbow, Apoptygma Berzerk, In Slaughter Natives, Raison D´Etre, PIG. The previously unreleased material comes from some of the original recording sessions featuring Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails).

"I went pretty crazy on this one and reached out to so many awesome artists, from people I knew, to people I happened to come across on YouTube and whose material I liked" says Mortiis, adding "As each reworked track came in, I got more and more excited, and I just kept reaching out to people asking if they´d be interested in being part of the project. I guess I got hooked on the high that it gives, to hear your music twisted and mutilated in any conceivable way".

'The Great Corrupter' track listing:

1. The Great Leap (Godflesh - Extended Version)
2. Doppelganger (Die Krupps - Extended Version)
3. Hard to Believe Chris Vrenna - Extended Version)
4. Too Little Too Late (PIG)
5. Road to Ruin (Prurient - Extended Version)
6. Sins of Mine (Apoptygma Berzerk - Extended Version)
7. The Seed of Greed (John Fryer - Extended Version)
8. Scalding the Burnt (FLESH)
9. Road to Ruin (Axegrinder)
10. Hard to Believe (Rhys Fulber - Extended Version)

Chris Vrenna Studio Mixes:

11. The Shining Lamp of God
12. Demons Are Back
13. The Ugly Truth
14. Doppelganger
15. The Great Deceiver

16. The Ugly Truth (Je$us Loves Amerika)
17. The Great Leap (Le Prince Harry)
19. Bleed Like You (Manes)
20. Too little too Late (Output/Electronics by Ole-Espen Kristiansen)
21. Sins of Mine (Katscan)
22. Hard to Believe (In Slaughter Natives)
23. Feed the Greed (Cease2Xist)
24. Demons are Back (Technomancer Feat. Angst Pop)
26. Sins of Mine (Raison D´Etre)
27. Doppelganger (Wumpscut)
28. Geisteskrank
29. Road to Ruin (Deutsch Nepal)
30. Bleed Like You (Merzbow)
The Great Corrupter will be available in digital, cd and vinyl format, presale will begin shortly.

The visual presentation of each format is equally remarkable, with each format presented as its own art package with collectible artwork.

The vinyl will be limited to 500 copies in five different vinyl colors, all limited to 100 copies each, with a unique center-opening gatefold. Four vinyl colors will come with it´s own exclusive poster, only available with that specific color, and one with a large woven patch. 

The CD version will be made up of eight-panel, DVD sized Digipak, containing a 24-page booklet of exclusive photos. The two-CD set will also include additional remixes exclusive to the deluxe CD package. This package will include download cards for three previously unreleased uncensored videos. This deluxe version will also be limited to 500, after which the CD will be available in a less elaborate standard format. The CD version will also be available digitally. 

Mortiis comments: "The LP has completely different art from the CD. I always liked the idea of creating variations of the same thing. We were able to license a couple of awesome Hieronymus Bosch paintings for that one. The CD is a homage to an age of film long gone by. One of my personal favorites. If you do some research, I am sure you will figure it out."

Ahead of the release of the 'The Great Corrupter' remix album in April, Mortiis will embark on a UK co-headline run this March with PIG, aka industrial pioneer Raymond Watts.

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

 The Shires Release New Music Video.

The Shires.Monday 13th February 2017
UK Country superstar duo, The Shires, today release their heartfelt new single, 'Daddy's Little Girl'. The track's lyrics, written by Shires vocalist Crissie Rhodes, celebrate cherished memories of her late father. From the "smell of Old Spice" or his "flat cap on the dash" the song's lyrics share Crissie's fondest memories of her father, who for her, was the "man who hung the moon."

"This is a very personal song. My dad passed away from Cancer when I was 8 years old, but I still think of myself as Daddy's Little Girl. The music video features real footage and photos of us together, and also the glasses and flat cap he wore every day. It was wonderful to go through all this in the process, as it brought back so many great memories. I have also received many messages from fathers, saying how much this song means to them, as it reminds them of their daughters." – Crissie

The track, written in Nashville, is one of the most popular songs on The Shires' hit album 'My Universe' - landing over 290k streams on Spotify to date. The song also proved to be a live favourite on their UK Headline Tour last year – performed acoustically with just Ben and Crissie on stage, the crowds always fell completely silent, often with tears in their eyes.

The Shires celebrated a landmark year in 2016 with the release of their new album 'My Universe' which stormed the UK Album Chart, landing at No.3 and becoming the fastest-selling UK Country album of all time. The duo received endorsements from celebrity fans including Robbie Williams, as well as resounding support from the media, including BBC Radio 2, being made Album of the Week at the station and landing three consecutive A-list singles; 'Beats To Your Rhythm', 'My Universe' and 'A Thousand Hallelujahs'. A packed summer festival schedule also included their first Headline performance at Glastonbury, on the Acoustic Stage.

Last year The Shires also joined the ranks of prominent US Big Machine Label Group Country artists Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett by signing an exclusive recording deal with the leading US Country music record label. The Shires are undoubtedly seen as the trailblazers of the UK Country music movement in the USA as well as the UK, which saw a sea change in recent years, with the British public fully embracing the genre.

This month has already seen the band appear on BBC One's 'One Show' and with imminent plans to focus on expanding their presence in the USA, as well as another big UK Headline Tour, 2017 is already shaping up to be another landmark year for UK Country and The Shires.

2017 SPRING UK TOUR:
April 18th: Blackpool Opera House
April 19th: Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
April 20th: Edinburgh Usher Hall
April 23rd: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
April 24th: Guildford G Live
April 25th: Warwick Arts Centre
April 27th: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
April 28th: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
April 30th: Nottingham Royal Centre
May 1st: Ipswich Regent Theatre
May 2nd: London Palladium

 Slaves To Headline 2000 Trees Festival 2017.

2000 Trees.Sunday 12th February 2017
Following last year's brilliant 10th anniversary celebration, the Cheltenham-based, independent, green-fields rock festival can today announce their first set of acts for this summer's event.

The first announced headliner will be the brilliant SLAVES. who headline the main stage on Saturday night (8th July).

From Isaac SLAVES - “Really chuffed to be headlining 2000trees Festival, it’s an honour. It’s one of my favourite UK festivals”

The festival can ALSO announce 37 more, outstanding acts.
These are (in no particular order):
Essex 5 piece, and top 10 album chart rockers NOTHING BUT THIEVES, Leeds legendary noiseniks PULLED APART BY HORSES, ex-Reuben front man and now successful solo gentleman JAMIE LENMAN, the most exciting (and the loudest) band in Kent FEED THE RHINO and fresh from recently supporting Weezer, DINOSAUR PILE-UP.

JAMIE LENMAN - "Me and Trees go way back, it's never a hard decision for me when they ask me to come play. This will be my first year on the main stage and It's going to be huge!"

PULLED APART BY HORSES - "We're super excited to be back at 2000 Trees this year. We played the festival for the first time in 2010 and have had the honour to play and return to it over the past few years. This year we get the chance to kick start the festival on the Thursday evening! "

ALSO announced are THE MUNCIE GIRLS, BLACK FOXXES, GRUMBLE BEE, SHVPES, BAD SIGN, BELLEVUE DAYS, WEIRDS, PERSONAL BEST, CASSELS, DOE, FIZZY BLOOD, SOEUR, JONAH MATRANGA, GIANTS, TIGERCUB, THE ONE HUNDRED, QUEEN KWONG, AREA 11, GREYWIND, STRANGE BONES, AWAY DAYS, APOLOGIES I HAVE NONE,

THE ST. PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, LOUISE DISTRAS, MILESTONES, POLARY, MAKING MONSTERS, WARS, VUKOVI, STRAIGHT LINES, STEVEN BATTELLE and PETROL GIRLS.

Festival organiser James Scarlett says: “We had a phenomenal 10th anniversary last year. The atmosphere was so special and the feedback was just incredible, so it was always going to be a tough task to top that, but ALL our efforts have gone into doing just that and we are unbelievably excited for 2017. As a 100% independent festival, we have always sought to maintain the intimate, friendly and fun vibe that sets smaller events apart and we are growing organically with amazing ideas in the pipeline to help
2000trees Festival to really flourish as one of the best small festivals in the UK”

WHERE:
2000trees Festival is located on Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL54 4BL

WHEN:
Thursday 6th / Friday 7th / Saturday 8th July 2017

HOW MUCH;
£83 for a two-day ticket (Friday and Saturday)
£100 for a full three-day ticket (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Ticket Link - HERE

A bit on the background of 2000trees Festival:
The multi-award-winning 2000trees Festival is a 10,000 capacity music festival set in the rolling Cotswold Hills. You’ll get two nights camping (three if you attend Thursday Early Entry night) and a friendly, intimate atmosphere – plus amazing food and locally produced ciders, ales & lagers.

2000trees Festival is all about the music, with more than 120 of the absolute best new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie, plus some more established acts to close out the night.

Previous bands that have played 2000trees Festival include (last years 2 headliners) Refused and Twin Atlantic, Alkaline Trio, Deaf Havana, Frank Turner, Frightened Rabbit, Blood Red Shoes, Band of Skulls, The Bronx, Wolf Alice, Public Service Broadcasting, 65daysofstatic, Lower Than Atlantis, Neck Deep, And So I Watch You From Afar, Future of the Left, Creeper, Hundred Reasons and many many more.  The festival also prides itself on giving new bands a platform to play to a huge audience, helping build bands up and supporting the UK music scene.

 Ben Marwood To Release New Album 'Get Found'.

Ben Marwood.Sunday 12th February 2017
The long awaited return of one of Xtra Mile Recordings' most treasured artists, singer songwriter Ben Marwood releases 'Get Found' on 7th April 2017.

Coinciding with the release is Ben's first tour in a couple of years – taking in some of the UK's best independent venues. Support comes from label mate Non Canon and on select dates, Helen Chambers. Full dates are:

APRIL
6th - Brunswick, Brighton*
7th - Monarch, London*
8th - Southsea Sound, Portsmouth*
10th - Crofters Rights, Bristol*
11th - Bodega, Nottingham*
12th - Fulford Arms, York*
14th - Opium, Edinburgh
15th - Hug & Pint, Glasgow
16th - Gullivers, Manchester


*with Helen Chambers on these dates
'Get Found' has been a long time in the making. After the successes of debut album 'Outside There's A Curse' (2011) and the follow-up 'Back Down' (2013) – which include a sold out solo headline UK tour; a support run with Frank Turner across the US, and the very surreal spectacle of accompanying Mr Turner upon rolling green hills at his pre-show performance of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony - Ben wasn't sure he'd ever be able to or even want to play music again.

A very intense year-long illness stopped Ben in his tracks and even though 2014-2015 was a surprisingly productive year of writing new songs, life continued to intervene, and this promising musician spent a year "embracing horizontal living". It turns out that if you're unhappy in a lot of aspects of your life your body isn't keen on carrying that weight. He ended up cancelling all his shows at the end of 2014's final Back Down tour except his slot at his home festival, 2000trees. "But I was still trying to date and work and arrange replacement shows for the ones I cancelled but in the end I had to admit that broken humans can't do what they feel like. Mind over matter only works if your mind wants to play ball." Ben takes pride in showing up but was forced home to recover.

A third album was anything but inevitable at that point. Yet here we are, in 2017, warmly welcoming another Ben Marwood record. After introducing us to little Ben Marwood in the cutest way possible on the opening song, it's followed by 'The Church of No Commandments' which happily reminds us what we've been missing, with an energetic live thrust and gymnastic banjo plying the way for a phrase that soars 'we'll sing through every chorus as if we can stave off death'. On the last song, Ben utters 'take your lullabies and fuck off' before winding a song around the meaning of true friendship. That constant contrast is resplendent and displayed throughout.

The album doesn't stray far from its roots but plays with them tenderly. Pedal steel aches on 'Enraptured', while 'DNFTTTS' is pure andante piano melody. 'Nights' chugs and spits before bellowing into the most uplifting-sounding chorus about death you've heard yet – and there are plenty to come. "I'm not dead, I'm not dying, I just can't get up," confesses Ben on 'I'm Wide Awake It's Boring' as one of just two songs that directly reference his mental and physical state of that difficult year. But Ben's still able to pull his best from just his familiar flowing fingerstyle and disarmingly affecting voice on 'Bones' and 'Bury Me In the Pantheon'. Penultimate song 'The Devil Makes Work For Jazz Hands' dwells on death and immobility again ("the weight of the world is locked on your shoulders forever") before sliding in a slick guitar solo and resolving into a plea of "you should know that you can't fear all of the things you fear in the dark".

Confessional and demanding of attention – it's great to have Ben Marwood back.

 Hopeless Records Release "Not Your American Idiots EP.

Not Your American Idiots.Sunday 12th February 2017
Hopeless Records have just released the 'Not Your American Idiots' compilation EP. The EP features Green Day covers from their internationally based artists, With Confidence, ROAM, and Milk Teeth. Fans can now purchase 'Not Your American Idiots' digitally, here: smarturl.it/NYAIitunes or stream it now with Spotify: smarturl.it/NYAIspotify

The tracks featured on the EP were recorded for Kerrang!'s December issue celebrating Green Day. Check out the issue, here: http://www.kerrang.com/46434/k1649-green-day/

'Not Your American Idiots' Track listing:
1. ROAM - Basket Case
2. Milk Teeth - St. Jimmy
3. With Confidence - Wake Me Up When September Ends

ROAM are from Eastbourne, UK and released their album 'Backbone' in January of 2016. Taking cues from the likes of Sum 41, Simple Plan, Blink-182 and New Found Glory but also drawing upon a diverse range of influences from Shakira (yep, Shakira) to Eminem, ROAM are well aware that they might be raising some eyebrows amongst their devoted fan base. Check out their song and music video for 'Deadweight' here. The band have upcoming UK tour dates in March with Lower Than Atlantis and North American dates in April/May with As It Is.

Milk Teeth are a British punk rock band from Stroud, Gloucestershire. They released their debut album 'Vile Child' early last year. The album and songs received shout outs from notable publications like Noisey and NPR. The band is gearing up for a UK and European tour, which will kick off March 25th.

With Confidence hail from Sydney, Australia and released their debut full length 'Better Weather' last summer. The album included the popular songs 'Keeper', 'We'll Be Okay' and 'Voldemort'. The 4-piece performed on the entire run of the Vans Warped Tour 2016 in the US and are currently touring the UK and Europe with Broadside, Safe To Say and Milestones. See all dates here.

 Backyard Babies To Release New DVD.

Backyard Babies.Sunday 12th February 2017
"returning after a five year hiatus ... doing what they do best – kick ass, straight-up rock 'n' roll songs, flecked with punk attitude and sleaze rock swagger" (Vive Le Rock).

Backyard Babies are pleased to announce the release of their brand new live DVD: "Live At Cirkus", on 24th February via GAIN Music Entertainment.

Recorded at the legendary Cirkus on 10th February 2016, in Stockholm, the release captures Backyard Babies bringing to life their distinctive sound that blends sleaze rock with nuances of punk. With more than one hour of filmed content, the DVD contains hit singles like "Th1rte3n or Nothing", "Brand New Hate" and "Minus Celsius".

Backyard Babies returned to the rock scenes after a five years hiatus in 2015, releasing the critically acclaimed album "Four By Four", via GAIN Music Entertainment.
                                                                                                                                                                       
Formed in 1989 the line-up of the band has never changed, and neither has the collective desire to claim a key and colorful chapter in the annals of rock 'n' roll. Since 1989 Backyard Babies have released seven studio albums and won two Swedish Grammys.

Backyard Babies are ready to hit the UK roads once more. The band will join Black Star Riders on a full regional tour in March 2017.

Tour dates:
Wednesday 8th March                     o2 ABC, Glasgow
Thursday 9th March                            o2 ABC, Glasgow
Friday 10th March                                o2 Academy, Newcastle
Saturday 11th March                         o2 Academy, Leeds
Sunday 12th March                             o2 Ritz, Manchester
Tuesday 14th March                           Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15th March                                    UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16th March                         o2 Academy Bristol
Friday 17th March                                o2 Kentish Town Forum, London
Saturday 18th March                         o2 Institute, Birmingham
Sunday 19th March                             o2 Academy, Bournemouth

Pre-order links:
BLUE-RAY: http://tinyurl.com/j8wwqs6
DVD: http://tinyurl.com/j7u637f

 The Flatliners To Release New Album 'Inviting Light'.

The Flatliners.Sunday 12th February 2017
Toronto Canada's The Flatliners will release 'Inviting Light', their sixth studio album (and first for Rise Records) on 7th April, 2017.
The album, produced by Peter Pablo & Derek Hoffman, is now available for pre- order HERE

You can listen to new song 'Human Party Trick' here
Tracklist:
01. Mammals
02. Hang My Head
03. Nicotine Lips
04. Indoors
05. Human Party Trick
06. Unconditional Love
07. Burn Out Again
08. Infinite Wisdom
09. Sympathy Vote
10. Wedding Speech
11. Chameleon Skin
12. No Roads
The Flatliners will also be joining The Menzingers on their upcoming European tour.

 UK dates:

Tue 18 Apr Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads 
Wed 19 Apr London, UK @ Koko 
Thu 20 Apr Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller 
Fri 21 Apr Manchester, UK @ Academy 2 
Sat 22 Apr Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor 
Sun 23 Apr Derby, UK @ The Venue 
Mon 24 Apr Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios 

 European dates:
Wed 26 Apr Cologne, DE @ Underground 
Thu 27 Apr Berlin @ Musik & Frieden 
Fri 28 Apr Munster, DE @ Uncle M event 
Sat 29 Apr Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock Festival

 Suicide Silence Release New Album.

Suicide Silence.Sunday 12th February 2017
The wait is finally over, as SUICIDE SILENCE have triumphantly returned with their truly career defining moment in the form of their self-titled new, full-length album set for a Feb 24th release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The new offering was hailed by Alternative Press and Guitar Player Magazine as "One of 2017's Most Anticipated Albums." The offering was produced by the world-renowned Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age). 

The brand-new, crushing track, "Silence," can also be streamed now at the link below. All photos in this clip were shot by Randy Blythe (Lamb of God vocalist). Blythe's photography is also featured in-depth across the band's new album layout.
 https://youtu.be/vFHxisIYLx8

Check out the 360° video for first single 'Doris'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQgMTuyjATk&feature=youtu.be

Tracklisting as follows:
01. Doris
02. Silence
03. Listen
04. Dying In A Red Room
05. Hold Me Up, Hold Me Down
06. Run
07. The Zero
08. Conformity
09. Don't Be Careful You Might Hurt Yourself

Suicide Silence start their headline UK next month:
March 19th – Southampton, Engine Rooms
March 20th – Manchester, Club Academy
March 21st  – Glasgow, Garage
March 22nd – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
March 23rd – Bristol, Marble Factory
March 24th – London, Koko

 Napalm Death Announce European Tour.

Napalm Death.Sunday 12th February 2017
UK’s Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH never slow down and are excited to announce a next headlining run across European together with Brujeria and Power Trip for April/May under the very suitable banner Campaign For Musical Destruction”.

NAPALM DEATH’s Mark 'Barney' Greenway checked in with the following comment: “It's been absurdly long since we did anything resembling a proper European tour. To make up for it, it's nice then that we can bring along a box of crazies like Brujeria - certainly not run-of-the-mill. And Power Trip are, like, the good bits of that crossover thing from back in the day. And for our part we'll be digging out a few sweet treats from the annals of Napalm Death. We are officially as excited as small children.”

Here is a list of all upcoming dates for NAPALM DEATH:

NAPALM DEATH, “Campaign For Music Destruction” Europe Tour 
with Brujeria, Power Trip
25.04. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Amager Bio
26.04. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik
27.04. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken STHLM
28.04. Flensburg (Germany) – Roxy
29.04. Magdeburg (Germany) – Factory
30.04. Haarlem (The Netherlands) – Patronaat
01.05. Köln (Germany) – Underground
02.05. Berlin (Germany) – SO36
04.05. Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat Klub
05.05. Brno (Czech Republic) – Klub Fléda
06.05. Kassel (Germany) – K19
07.05. Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage
09.05. Birmingham (UK) – O2 Institute
10.05. Glasgow (UK) – Classic Grand
11.05. Manchester (UK) – Rebellion
12.05. London (UK) – The Electric Ballroom

13.05. Paris (France) – Le Glazart
14.05. Antwerpen (Belgium) – Zappa
16.05. Six-Fours-Les-Plages (France) – Espace André Malraux
17.05. Geneva (Switzerland) – L'Usine
18.05. Bologna (Italy) – Zona Roveri
19.05. Karlsruhe (Germany) – NCO Club
20.05. München (Germany) – Backstage
21.05. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Effenaar

Other NAPALM DEATH tour dates 2017
17.03. Limerick (Ireland) – Dolans Warehouse
18.03. Dublin (Ireland) – Voodoo Lounge
19.03. Belfast (Northern Ireland) – Limelight 2
24.03. Haven (UK) – Hammerfest

31.03. Moita/Lisboa (Portugal) – Moita Metal Fest
08.04. Erica (The Netherlands) – Pitfest
10.04. Kiev (Ukraine) – Monte Ray
11.04. Vilnius (Lithuania) – Legendos Club
12.04. Riga (Latvia) – Melna Piektdiena
13.04. Tallin (Estonia) – Club Tapper
14.04. St. Petersburg (Russia) – Opera Club
15.04. Kaliningrad (Russia) – Yalta Club
16.04. Moscow (Russia) – Volta Club
17.04. Yekaterinburg (Russia) – TeleClub
19.04. Tbilisi (Georgia) – Night Office
20.04. Erevan (Armenia) – Vitamin Club
07.07. Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
03.08. Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air

NAPALM DEATH’s latest and much acclaimed 15th album release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" managed to enter the sales charts in several countries across the world upon release, with the following highest positions: Germany: #36, Switzerland: #64, France: #69, Greece: #60, Belgium (Flemish): #103, Belgium (Wallonia): #111, UK: #120, UK Rock Chart: #15, US Top 200: #113, US New Artist Top 50: #2.

Check out the promotional video clips for NAPALM DEATH’s “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album:
“Dear Slum Landlord”: https://youtu.be/7knD2d7yHbg
“Smash A Single Digit”: http://youtu.be/33OZfCUsomk
“How The Years Condemn”: https://youtu.be/g5_AtVKQFv8
 
"Apex Predator - Easy Meat" can still be ordered in various formats from CM Distro here: 
http://smarturl.it/ApexPredatorCMdistro

And copies of the recently released “The Mission Creep” Split 7” EP with Germany’s HEAVEN SHALL BURN are available from CM Distro here: http://smarturl.it/splitCMDISTRO

 Inglorious Reveal Artwork For New Album.

Sunday 12th February 2017
Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the release of the sInglorious.econd Inglorious album, "Inglorious II", on May 12, 2017! Today sees the band release the albums artwork and album pre-order links.

"We are so excited to release our second album. This one is very special to us and we had so much fun writing it in Somerset and recording it in Liverpool! I still cannot believe Kevin Shirley mixed it. We hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it and can't wait to hear people singing these new tunes at our upcoming shows and festivals!" - Nathan James, Inglorious.

Album preorders through  iTunes and AmazonMP3 will also include an instant grat track "Read All About It'. The song was premiered worldwide on Planet Rock Radio in the UK on Friday 10th February 2017.

A lyric video is available to view here https://youtu.be/YDynJwc46L8

Album presale link is below
http://radi.al/IngloriousII

Store links
http://radi.al/IngloriousIIiTunes
http://radi.al/IngloriousIIAmazon
http://radi.al/IngloriousIIGooglePlay
http://radi.al/IngloriousIISpotify

Amazon links to the physical album
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inglorious-II/dp/B01N9YP7PE
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inglorious-II/dp/B01MRDHNIA

 Produced by the band and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith), "Inglorious II" is set to further enhance the standing of this remarkable band. From the body blow riffs of "Read All About It," to the beautiful melodies of upcoming first single "I Don't Need Your Loving", from the groove of "High Class Woman" to the classic feeling ballad "Making Me Pay", this is an album that shows the bands influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born – merged with a truly contemporary feel. Driving riffs and instant melodies all overlaid with the unique and powerful vocals of Nathan James.

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles "I Don't Need Your Loving" and "Taking The Blame".

A vinyl release will also be made available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.

Consummate live performers the band already have a number of high profile shows confirmed, with more to follow through 2017. Dates announced so far are:

25th Feb 2017 - UK, Poole, Planet Rock's Winters End Festival HEADLINE
16th June 2017 – FRANCE, Clisson, Hellfest Festival
18th June 2017 – BELGIUM, Dessel, Graspop Festival
22nd June 2017 – DENMARK, Copenhagen Festival
24th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
19th August 2017 – UK, Tilford, Weyfest Festival

"Inglorious II" will be released through Frontiers Music Srl on May 12, 2017.

 Crossfaith Stream New EP.

Crossfaith.Sunday 12th February 2017
Crossfaith have released a stream for their 'New Age Warriors EP' which is out today!

The band previously dropped a video stream for ‘Revolution – The Bloody Beetroots Remix’, the first single to be taken from the EP.

The EP contains remixes from The Bloody Beetroots, Shikari Soundsystem, KSUKE, The Qemists and more.
 
Stream 'New Age Warriors Remix' EP in full here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8mKob-3u2L81x4ZmXJD6k2_dmZOl43vK

Vocalist Kenta Koie says: “We believe there's no border between rock and dance music, and so our new singles on 'New Age Warriors’ have been reconstructed by amazing artists who share this understanding with us. You guys will find new possibilities through these remixes. This is another side of New Age Warriors.  Don't miss it!"
‘New Age Warriors Remix’ EP tracklisting:

1. Rx Overdrive (Zardonic Remix)
2. Rx Overdrive (TeddyLoid Remix)
3. Kill 'Em All (The Qemists Remix)
4. Kill 'Em All (Shikari Sound System Remix)
5. Revolution (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
6. Revolution (Ksuke Remix)

Buy the EP here: https://unfd.lnk.to/RevolutionBBRemix

Crossfaith tour the UK as main support to Bury Tomorrow on 14th April through to 22nd April where they’ll be joined by Black Peaks and Any Given Day.

April 2017

14 CARDIFF Y Plas
15 MANCHESTER Ritz
16 GLASGOW Garage
17 NEWCASTLE Riverside
19 LEEDS Stylus
21 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
22 LONDON Forum

 Pierce The Veil Release New Music Video For 'Floral And Fading'.

Pierce The Veil.Saturday 12th February 2017
San Diego, CA's PIERCE THE VEIL is thrilled to unveil the music video for their new single "Floral And Fading". To celebrate the video, the band hosted a special release event last night in association with Spotify and KROQ at Paramount Drive-In Theatre in Paramount, CA. The band held a Q&A broadcast on Facebook Live for fans worldwide, before an acoustic set and private screening of the video on the drive-in big screen for lucky winners, launching simultaneously with the worldwide premiere of the video online for fans around the world. 

The track is taken from the band's latest album Misdaventures, which debuted at #4 in the Billboard Top 200 last year with 54,000 copies sold in the U.S. in its first week. 

"We weren't really sure what kind of song we were making when we recorded 'Floral & Fading,'" frontman Vic Fuentes explains. "It was sort of a studio experiment that ended up being one of my favorites on the album. It's a love song to my girl about ignoring all the internet hate we got when we first started dating and focusing on each other instead." 

TO WATCH THE VIDEO CLICK HERE
Pierce The Veil was recently nominated for Best Underground Alternative Band in the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards. Voting is open until February 25 at iHeartRadio.com/awards or through the iHeart Radio app. 


The band will kick off their headline REST IN SPACE TOUR on Feb. 17, which continues through March 10, before hitting the road again in April for a string of festivals, including 98ROCK Fest in Tampa, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion,  Rock On The Range & Download Festival in the UK. 

PIERCE THE VEIL TOUR DATES 

REST IN SPACE TOUR w/ Falling In Reverse and Crown The Empire
Feb 17 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Feb 18 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory 

Feb 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Feb 22 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb 23 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
Feb 25 - Saskatoon, SK @ O'Brians Event Centre
Feb 26 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Feb 28 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
March 1 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall 
March 2 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
March 3 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
March 5 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall 
March 7 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall 
March 9 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
March 10 - Tucson, AZ @ Club XS 

FESTIVALS
Apr 28 - Tampa, FL @ 98Rock Fest 
Apr 29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
May 5 - Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion 
May 13 - Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion 
May 19 - 21 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 26 -28 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma 

EU/UK
June 1 - Amsterdam, NL @ Power Fest 
June 2-4 - Wershofen, DE @ Rock Am Ring 
June 2-4 - Nurnburg, DE @ Rock Im Park 
June 5 - Hamburg, DE @ Rawk Attack 
June 6 - Luxembourg, LU @ The A's Mayhem 
June 8 - Interlaken, CH @ Greenfield Festival
June 9 - Brétigny-Sur-Orge, FR @ Download Festival France 
June 10 - London, UK @ Download Festival 
June 12 - Lyon, FR @ Longlive Rock Fest 
June 13 - Milan, IT @ In.Fest 
June 16 - Nickelsdorf, AU @ Nova Rock 
June 17 - Budapest, HU @ Budapest Park 
June 18 - Berlin, DE @ Monsterbash

 Danny Worsnop Releases 'Prozac' Video.

Danny Worsnop.Sunday 12th February 2017
WORSNOP RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'PROZAC' & CONFIRMS RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR APPEARANCE IN JULY

View the video for Prozac here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw7Ex27yV7Q

Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot frontman Danny Worsnop matures effortlessly into blues rock/outlaw country territory on his solo debut, 'The Long Road Home', delivering an album of real, raw emotion, with songs about personal tragedy, hard-living and heartache. It will be released via Earache Records on February 17th.

At the age of just 26, Worsnop has already lived more of life's ups and downs than most. His recent personal tragedy is laid bare in album opener "Prozac" and the listener is taken on a roller-coaster of emotions through the twelve song set. The video premiered via NME earlier this week.  He has also delighted to announce that he has been added to Kent's Ramblin' Man Fair line up in July.

Despite selling 500,000 albums, the hard-drinking lifestyle has caused Danny to be homeless three times, go through rehab twice and be hospitalised numerous times.  "The Long Road Home" sees a musical departure from his previous work.  It now forges a deeper and often darker path through the British-born, Nashville-based musician's mind. Long-time fans will see him in a more personal and reflective mood.

Worsnop comments: "With the help of some incredible and very talented people, I am pleased to announce that in 2017 I will be releasing my first album as a solo artist. It has been an emotional roller-coaster creating these songs, but the end result has left me humbled, proud, and more excited about a project than I ever have been in my life".

There will be a one off special album launch show on Tuesday February 14th 2017 at London's Lexington. Tickets are on sale now priced at £15 plus booking fee.  Doors are 7pm. http://www.seetickets.com/event/danny-worsnop/the-lexington/1057744/

He will also be one of the first artists to play a live streamed show at YouTube's new Curator space on February 13th.
 
In addition, UK fans will be able to celebrate the upcoming release with Danny himself at two exclusive, intimate performances in Leeds and Kingston-upon-Thames shortly before the album's launch.
Sunday, 12th February - Crash Records, Leeds 6 pm
Wednesday, 15th February - Banquet Records, Kingston-upon-Thames 6 pm

"The Long Road Home" is due to be released on February 17 2017,  via Earache Records with the album's first single, "Mexico" already at No 10 on the iTunes Hot Songs list, view it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UlYFIx5nRw
 
"The Long Road Home" track listing:
01. Prozac
02. Mexico
03. I Feel Like Shit
04. Anyone But Me
05. High
06. I Got Bones
07. Quite A While
08. Don't Overdrink It
09. I'll Hold On
10. Midnight Woman
11. Same Old Ending
12. The Man
"The Long Road Home" is available to pre-order now on limited-edition signed CD and coloured vinyl, along with a range of merch bundles. http://www.earache.com/thesnop

 Slam Dunk Festival 2017 Announce Full Fireball Stage Line Up.

Slamdunk Festival.Sunday 12th February 2017
Announcing the new Fireball UK partnership earlier this year, Slam Dunk Festival 2017 are pleased to reveal the complete line-up for the Fireball Stage.
The final 3 artists can be revealed as: Punk-rap party outfit Zebrahead, Indiana-bred quartet The Ataris and guitar-driven Drive-Thru alumni Fenix TX.

They will be joining the previously announced Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies and MC Lars for the most envied party weekend of the year.
This all-American stage features the biggest ska punk & classic pop-punk line up the UK has ever seen, uniting regular touring buddies and bands that have never played together before to create a must-see spectacle for both new and die-hard fans of the genres.
No strangers to Slam Dunk Festival, Zebrahead will be returning to the festival with their world-famous frat-party-like live show. Laden with happy-go-lucky vibes, Zebrahead’s appearance on the Fireball Stage will see them smash through hits such as ‘Hell Yeah!’ and ‘Falling Apart’ as they break the festival’s record for the most consecutive plays.

On their return to the festival, Ben Osmundson of Zebrahead says;
"We are damn excited to be coming back for the 4th straight year to the Slam Dunk Festival!!  It is the one festival where everyone feels like family and friends .....and we can't wait to have a drink with all of you!!”
 
Lead by Kris Roe, The Ataris join the Fireball Stage armed with timeless anthemic singalongs such as emo warcry ‘In This Diary’ and their cover of Don Henley’s ‘Boys Of Summer’ as they return for their second appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.
 
For the first-time ever, one of the most definitive bands of the pop-punk era, Fenix TX, will be bringing their unique guitar-driven sound to Slam Dunk Festival. Alumni of the legendary Drive-Thru Records, the Texan outfit will be returning to UK soil for the first time in seven years to bring Slam Dunk Festival revellers hit songs such as ‘All My Fault’ and ‘Threesome’ for what is set to be a true festival memory.
 
Festival Director Ben Ray says ‘Many people know that this stage is very close to my heart. When I started the Slam Dunk club night back in 2001, bands like Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish were the one’s that helped shaped it and established the brand. It is an honour to be able to bring these bands together for the biggest bill of it’s kind ever in the UK’

Kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday 27th May, the festival will travel to Leeds on Sunday 28th May before finishing up in Hatfield on Monday 29th May, once again ensuring the Slam Dunk Festival Bank Holiday Weekend is the only place to be to catch the finest in alternative music.

FULL LINE-UP TO DATE
Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, Citizen, Turnover, Set It Off,  Against Me! The Bronx, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Memphis May Fire, The Movielife, Trophy Eyes, Like Pacific, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cute Is What We Aim For, We The Kings, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills, Zebrahead, Fenix TX, The Ataris, MC Lars, Oceans Ate Alaska.
 
TICKET INFORMATION
Advance tickets £44 or £49 with after party are on sale now. www.slamdunkmusic.com

 Dragonforce Detail New Album.

Dragonforce.Sunday 12th February 2017
For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.

So, what is really left to say about punk super-group and cover band extraordinaire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?  After 7 studio albums, a live record and too many singles to count, they’ve tackled just about every genre under the sun.  Be it Motown, Country, show tunes, Japanese Pop (sung in Japanese!), these seasoned punk rock pros have triumphed on every occasion in a way only the Gimmes could.  With such an extensive and wide ranging catalog, where does one begin? 

Lucky for you, they’ve done that work for you. Out April 7, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, finally compiles all the best hits onto one disc! From perpetual favorite “I Believe I Can Fly” to the classic Country tune “Desperado”, to the diva sensation “Straight Up”, the hits just keep a-comin’!  They’ve even thrown in some deeper cuts for the Gimmes’ most fervent enthusiasts with “City of New Orleans” and “Hats off to Larry”. With 17 of only the very best hits, Rake It In is sure to satisfy Gimmes fans from all reaches of the globe. 

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will be on a worldwide tour in 2017 so be sure catch them live. When duty calls for one of the Gimmes to perform with their other band, rest assured a traveling Gimme will step in. Scott Shiflett, you guessed it, Chris Shiflett’s brother and guitarist for Face to Face will be filling in and on occasion, Jay Bentley from Bad Religion will sub for Fat Mike. The powerhouse continues and they’ll be singing ballads, showtunes, Country and Motown hits all year long, so don’t miss it!

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tour Dates:
2/09/17  Madrid, Spain Sala But^
02/10/17  Barcelona, Spain Sala Apolo^
02/11/17  Bilbao, Spain Sala Santana^
02/13/17  Toulouse, France Connexion Live^
02/14/17  Montpellier, France Secret Place^
02/15/17  Livorno, Italy The Cage^
02/16/17  Bologna, Italy Zona Roveri^
02/17/17  Solothurn, Switzerland Kofmehl^
02/18/17  Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall^
02/19/17  Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg^
02/22/17  Manchester, UK O2 Ritz^
02/23/17  Bristol, UK O2 Academy^
02/24/17  Birmingham, UK O2 Institute^
02/25/17  London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire^

04/11/17  Pittsburgh, PA The Rex*^
04/12/17  Cleveland, OH House of Blues*^
04/13/17  Chicago, IL Concord*^
04/14/17  Detroit, MI Majestic*^
04/15/17  Toronto, ON Canada Phoenix Theatre*^
04/16/17  Montreal, QC Canada Club Soda*
04/19/17  Boston, MA Royale*^
04/20/17  Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*^
04/21/17  Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage*^
04/22/17  Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony*^
04/23/17  New York City, NY Webster Hall*^
05/02/17  Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom#
05/03/17  Vancouver, BC Canada Commodore#
05/04/17  Seattle, WA Showbox#
05/05/17  Boise, ID The Olympic#
05/06/17  Salt Lake City, UT The Depot#
05/07/17  Denver, CO Summit Music Hall#
05/10/17  Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock#
05/11/17  San Diego, CA House of Blues#
05/12/17  Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
05/13/17  Los Angeles, CA The Fonda#
05/14/17  Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre#

06/09/17  Interlaken, Switzerland Greenfield Festival
06/14/17  Attnang-Puchheim, Austria Freizeitzentrum Attnang-Puchheim EQUALITY Festival
06/15/17 Nickelsdorf , Austria Nova Rock Festival
06/16/17  Bischofsmais, Germany Rock The Hill
06/17/17  Bischofsmais, Germany Rock The Hill
06/23/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/23/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/24/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/24/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/25/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/25/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
07/01/17  Würzburg/Giebelstadt , Germany Flugplatz Mission Ready Festival
^ w/ Masked Intruder
* – w/ PEARS
# – w/ Together Pangea

Rake It In: Greatestest Hits track listing:
01. The Times They Are a-Changing
02. Rainbow Connection
03. City of New Orleans
04. Summertime
05. All My Loving
06. Straight Up
07. Over the Rainbow
08. Country Roads
09. Sloop John B
10. Jolene
11. Uptown Girl
12. Hats Off To Larry
13. Desperado
14. Lady
15. San Francisco
16. I Believe I Can Fly
17. End of the Road

 Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies To Release Greatest Hits And Announce World Tour.

Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies.Tuesday 7th February 2017
International metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have revealed details of their forthcoming, brand new studio album. ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ will be released via EarMUSIC on May 19th on CD, LP and a special edition CD and DVD.
 
Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their “Killer Elite” best of album, utilising Lamerluser Studios, London UK. Dark Lane Studios, Witney, UK, as well as the bands own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mézières, France and Shredforce One Studios, CA USA.
 
We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again.” Explains bassplayer Frédéric Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album. “It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times - I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best.”
 
For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE have opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody.
 
“I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music.” Fred continues. “It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!”
 
The first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer has laid down an insanely impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DRAGONFORCE sound, which of course still boasts the bands trademark crazy-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. The band will give fans their first taste of the new songs in a live setting at a very exclusive one-off show at Camden Town, London’s Black Heart venue, on April 12th. Says guitarist Sam Totman:
 
"This is going to be insane! We always like to kick things off with some intimate shows and this will be the smallest London show we've done since doing 3 consecutive weeks at The Barfly back in 2005. It's going to be a wild sweaty party!"
 
Tickets go on sale Friday 10th Feb – for more info check http://www.ourblackheart.com/events/2017/4/12/dragonforce
 
“The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music” Fred concludes. “Today's world is really crazy - there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people.”
 
‘Reaching Into Infinity’ will be released via EarMUSIC on May 19th and will be available on the following formats:
 
 
Standard Edition
 
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
 
Special Edition with multi-angle Bonus DVD:
 
Disc 1 - CD
 
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
 
Bonus Tracks
 
12. Hatred and Revenge
13. Evil Dead
 
Disc 2 - Bonus DVD
DragonForce Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016
 
1. Holding On
2. Heroes of Our Time
3. Operation Ground and Pound
4. Holding On (Multi-angles)
5. Heroes of Our Time (Multi-angeles)
6. Operation Ground and Pound (Multi-Angles)

 Forever Still To Support Children Of Bodom.

Forever Still.Sunday 12th February 2017
No sleep for the wicked - Denmark's heavy rock phenomenon FOREVER STILL is ready to hit the road again and this time, the band will embark on an extensive European tour together with their label colleagues CHILDREN OF BODOM to deliver another taste of their latest album 'Tied Down' to the masses. Watch vocalist Maja Shining's exclusive invite to the shows here:
https://youtu.be/CJToQ1UXtuQ

And CHILDREN OF BODOM front man Alexi Laiho adds:
"The start of our '20 Years Down & Dirty' anniversary tour is getting close now and I'm more than happy to announce the opening acts here. First of them being ONI from Canada, whom we already have toured North America with and you can take my word when I tell you that those kids kick some serious ass! And the main support being Danish FOREVER STILL which I reckon is one of the most interesting new bands out there, so it will be an awesome and extremely diverse line up, not to mention us tearing up old school BODOM songs pretty much throughout the whole setlist, which means that this is gonna be a whole different version of COB that no one has ever seen before. More the reason to come out 'cos i promise it will be a lot of fun and as always, heavy as fuck!! See you there!"

Catch FOREVER STILL together with the Finnish Hatecrew and progressive metal act ONI on the following dates:

08.03.  D          Hanover - Capitol
09.03.  D          Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
10.03.  LUX      Luxembourg - Den Atelier
11.03.  UK        Manchester - Academy 2
12.03.  UK        London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
http://www.seetickets.com/event/children-of-bodom/o2-shepherds-bush-empire/1056039
14.03.  F          Caen - Le Cargo
15.03.  F          Vannes - L'Echonova
16.03.  F          Angouleme - La Nef
17.03.  F           Magny Le Hongre - Disney Le File 7
18.03.  F           Oignie - Le Metaphone
20.03.  CH        Zurich - Komplex
21.03.  D          Munich - Theaterfabrik
22.03.  I           Milan - Live Club
23.03.  HR        Zagreb - Tvornica
25.03.  A          Vienna - Arena
26.03.  D          Dresden - Strasse E
27.03.  D          Berlin - Astra
28.03.  CZ        Pilsen - KD Serikova
30.03.  S          Gothenburg - Pustervik
01.04.  DK        Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
02.04.  S          Malmö - KB
03.04.  N          Oslo - Rockefeller
04.04.  S          Stockholm - Debaser Strand
06.04.  FI         Helsinki - The Circus

Festival shows:
29. - 30.04.  F    Le Russey, Coming Of Rock
23. - 25.06.  UK  Wiston, Wildfire Festival
16. - 19.08.  S    Falun, Sabaton Open Air

In the meantime you can order 'Tied Down' as digipak with three additional tracks and one bonus DVD here in our shop:
http://nblast.de/FSTiedDown

 Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies To Release Greatest Hits And Announce World Tour.

Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies.Tuesday 7th February 2017
For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.

So, what is really left to say about punk super-group and cover band extraordinaire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?  After 7 studio albums, a live record and too many singles to count, they’ve tackled just about every genre under the sun.  Be it Motown, Country, show tunes, Japanese Pop (sung in Japanese!), these seasoned punk rock pros have triumphed on every occasion in a way only the Gimmes could.  With such an extensive and wide ranging catalog, where does one begin? 

Lucky for you, they’ve done that work for you. Out April 7, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, finally compiles all the best hits onto one disc! From perpetual favorite “I Believe I Can Fly” to the classic Country tune “Desperado”, to the diva sensation “Straight Up”, the hits just keep a-comin’!  They’ve even thrown in some deeper cuts for the Gimmes’ most fervent enthusiasts with “City of New Orleans” and “Hats off to Larry”. With 17 of only the very best hits, Rake It In is sure to satisfy Gimmes fans from all reaches of the globe. 

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will be on a worldwide tour in 2017 so be sure catch them live. When duty calls for one of the Gimmes to perform with their other band, rest assured a traveling Gimme will step in. Scott Shiflett, you guessed it, Chris Shiflett’s brother and guitarist for Face to Face will be filling in and on occasion, Jay Bentley from Bad Religion will sub for Fat Mike. The powerhouse continues and they’ll be singing ballads, showtunes, Country and Motown hits all year long, so don’t miss it!

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tour Dates:
2/09/17  Madrid, Spain Sala But^
02/10/17  Barcelona, Spain Sala Apolo^
02/11/17  Bilbao, Spain Sala Santana^
02/13/17  Toulouse, France Connexion Live^
02/14/17  Montpellier, France Secret Place^
02/15/17  Livorno, Italy The Cage^
02/16/17  Bologna, Italy Zona Roveri^
02/17/17  Solothurn, Switzerland Kofmehl^
02/18/17  Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall^
02/19/17  Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg^
02/22/17  Manchester, UK O2 Ritz^
02/23/17  Bristol, UK O2 Academy^
02/24/17  Birmingham, UK O2 Institute^
02/25/17  London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire^

04/11/17  Pittsburgh, PA The Rex*^
04/12/17  Cleveland, OH House of Blues*^
04/13/17  Chicago, IL Concord*^
04/14/17  Detroit, MI Majestic*^
04/15/17  Toronto, ON Canada Phoenix Theatre*^
04/16/17  Montreal, QC Canada Club Soda*
04/19/17  Boston, MA Royale*^
04/20/17  Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*^
04/21/17  Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage*^
04/22/17  Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony*^
04/23/17  New York City, NY Webster Hall*^
05/02/17  Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom#
05/03/17  Vancouver, BC Canada Commodore#
05/04/17  Seattle, WA Showbox#
05/05/17  Boise, ID The Olympic#
05/06/17  Salt Lake City, UT The Depot#
05/07/17  Denver, CO Summit Music Hall#
05/10/17  Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock#
05/11/17  San Diego, CA House of Blues#
05/12/17  Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
05/13/17  Los Angeles, CA The Fonda#
05/14/17  Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre#

06/09/17  Interlaken, Switzerland Greenfield Festival
06/14/17  Attnang-Puchheim, Austria Freizeitzentrum Attnang-Puchheim EQUALITY Festival
06/15/17 Nickelsdorf , Austria Nova Rock Festival
06/16/17  Bischofsmais, Germany Rock The Hill
06/17/17  Bischofsmais, Germany Rock The Hill
06/23/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/23/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/24/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/24/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/25/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/25/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
07/01/17  Würzburg/Giebelstadt , Germany Flugplatz Mission Ready Festival
^ w/ Masked Intruder
* – w/ PEARS
# – w/ Together Pangea

Rake It In: Greatestest Hits track listing:
01. The Times They Are a-Changing
02. Rainbow Connection
03. City of New Orleans
04. Summertime
05. All My Loving
06. Straight Up
07. Over the Rainbow
08. Country Roads
09. Sloop John B
10. Jolene
11. Uptown Girl
12. Hats Off To Larry
13. Desperado
14. Lady
15. San Francisco
16. I Believe I Can Fly
17. End of the Road

 LEss Than Jake Release Video For 'Bomb Drop'.

Less Than Jake.Tuesday 7th February 2017
Influential Gainesville punk band Less Than Jake have released a new music video for 'Bomb Drop' originally premiered on Fuse.tv. 'Bomb Drop' is taken from new EP, Sound The Alarm, which is out nowvia Pure Noise Records

You can watch 'Bomb Drop' here

"With this video, we wanted to acknowledge online existence, and how in this day and age, likes and comments can affect our real, waking lives. Max Moore was excellent to work with, and i feel like the video compliments the lyrical message of the song; "Those wars inside your mind are all for nothing" - Roger Lima

Sound The Alarm was released on 3rd February with their new label Pure Noise Records.

Fans can order the record now at http://smarturl.it/LTJ
;
 The band also will co-headline a winter U.S. tour with San Diego rock band Pepper before returning to the UK in May for an appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.

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

 Taking Back Sunday Unleash New Video Ahead Of UK Tour.

Taking Back Sunday.Tuesday 7th February 2017
TAKING BACK SUNDAY have today debuted their music video for 'Call Come Running'. Featured on the band's seventh studio album TIDAL WAVE, the video, directed by Djay Brawner,  is a loose sequel to the previous video for 'You Can't Look Backwhich found vocalist Adam Lazzara suffering from an unidentified bloody affliction. Fans will be excited to see several special cameos in the new video, including Lazzara's father. 

Proving to be "the most personal video yet for frontman Adam Lazzara," Paper Magazine reports, "A story of renewal and rebirth, that ends with a shot of Lazzara reemerging from a body of water to meet his (again, actual) family, it mirrors the album's foray into themes of growing, adulthood and building families -- a far cry from much of the rest of the band's 18 years-worth of material."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDg-A6F5MrU&feature=youtu.be

 The band is gearing up for a UK and European tour with Frank lero and the Patience kicking off February 11 in Belfast. Shortly after, the band will be making their way down under to Australia and New Zealand, with Acceptance opening during the Australia dates [March 15 - 23]. On March 26, the band will be making a stop in Hawaii at The Republik.

In May, Taking Back Sunday will be tackling the U.S. festival circuit at Rocklahoma, Rock On the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and the Bud Light River City Rockfest in San Antonio, TX.

Taking Back Sunday is Adam Lazzara (vocals), John Nolan (guitars, vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitars), Shaun Cooper (bass), and Mark O'Connell (drums). TIDAL WAVE was released via Hopeless Records in 2016 and was produced by Mike Sapone (O'Brother, Mansions) in Charlotte, NC and mixed by Claudius Mittendorpher (Weezer, Drowners, Ra Ra Riot).

 Ramblin Man Fair Add More Bands To 2017 Festival.

Ramblin Man Fair.Tuesday 7th February 2017
Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful second year in 2016, Ramblin' Man Fair returns in 2017!
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 is a unique experience fast becoming 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, Eurostar via Ashford Int'l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

Ramblin' Man Fair for the first time adds a third day, The festival will now be open from 4pm on Friday 28th July with the full line up for that day below.

The festival will be split into four stages over three days. Stages announced so far include Planet Rock Mainstage, Prog In the Park Stage, Outlaw Country Stage and Blues Stage. New for 2017 is a Guest stage unique to next year's event more details of which will emerge in a later release. Announced acts to date are:
 

Friday 28th July
Planet Rock Main Stage
Saxon (Main Stage Headliner)
Y&T
Last in Line
Graham Bonnet Band
 
Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th July

Planet Rock Main Stage
ZZ Top (Main Stage Headliner / UK Festival exclusive)
Extreme (Main Stage Headliner / UK Festival exclusive)
Black Star Riders (Special Guests/ UK Festival exclusive)
Dokken (UK Exclusive)
Blues Pills
Monster Truck
Danny Worsnop
British Lion
Jared James Nichols
Colour Of Noise
 
Prog in the Park Stage
Kansas (Prog in the Park Stage Headliner)
Magnum
Focus
I Am The Morning
The Gift


Blues Stage
Joanne Shaw Taylor (Blues Stage Headliner)
The Quireboys (Blues set)
Big Boy Bloater
Aaron Keylock
Tyler Bryant

Outlaw Country Stage
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (Headliner)
Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
Ghoultown
Whiskey Dick
Jessica Lynn
 
Grooverider Stage
Rival Sons (Headliner)
Vintage Caravan
The Picture Books
Dirty Thrills
Lionize



Information on just added bands:
 
Black Star Riders (Planet Rock Mainstage, Saturday) 

Black Star Riders join the bill as Mainstage special guests. Born from the Thin Lizzy touring act, Black Stars have just released their third album, the critically acclaimed "Heavy Fire". The album has already had a Radio 2 Record Of The Week and is riding high in the UK album chart midweeks. A hugely accomplished live act, Black Star Riders were main support on the Def Leppard/Whitesnake UK Arena Tour of December 2015.
 
"BSR are delighted to make their Ramblin' Man debut at this years festival. Having played there last year with Thin Lizzy and Warwick/Johnson I can vouch for what a wonderful and atmospheric experience it is. Black Star Riders will be ready and primed!!!!!!!" - Ricky Warwick, lead singer Black Star Riders


Danny Worsnop (Planet Rock Mainstage)

The charismatic and iconic former front man of Asking Alexandria & We Are Harlot is coming to Ramblin' Man Fair as he matures effortlessly into blues rock/outlaw country territory on his solo debut, 'The Long Road Home'. The critically acclaimed album is a true survivor's tale and will be a performance not to be missed.
 
Friday only ticket General Admission - £45*
Friday only ticket VIP - £65*

 
Weekend General Admission – £150.00*
Weekend VIP - £250.00*
*Subject to booking Fee
 
Day Tickets Now On Sale at
Day General Admission - £85*
Day VIP Admission - £125*
*Subject to booking Fee


 Mark Lanegan Band To Release New Album 'Gargoyle'.

Matrk Lanegan Band.Tuesday 7th February 2017
Heavenly Recordings are thrilled to announce the release of Gargoyle, the new album from MARK LANEGAN BAND, on 28th April 2017 via the label. The 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood.

An extensive European tour has also been announced throughout the summer, beginning in the UK with the below June dates which include a Glastonbury festival appearance:

Monday 19th June – BIRMINGHAM – Library tickets
Tuesday 20th June – GLASGOW – Garage tickets
Wednesday 21st June – MANCHESTER – Ritz tickets
Thursday 22nd June – LONDON – KOKO tickets
Friday 23rd June – PILTON – Glastonbury Festival

Early in 2016, Mark was at home in LA, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album when he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. The pair first met in 2008, when Marshall’s former band Exit Calm supported Soulsavers, who Mark was singing with at the time. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favour: “I was like, Hey man, I’m getting ready to make a record, if you’ve got anything?’” Mark recalls. “Three days later he sent me *10 things… !”

In the meantime, Mark had written ‘Blue Blue Sea’, a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record. “It’s almost always how my records start,” he explains. “I let the first couple of songs tell me what the next couple should sound like, and it’s really the same process when I’m writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. I’ve always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess.”

Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California. Rob's music fitted perfectly with the direction Mark had been pondering: in essence, a more expansive progression from the moody Krautrock-influenced electronica textures of his two previous albums, ‘Blues Funeral’ and ‘Phantom Radio’. Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan Band album. “I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him,” Mark deadpans.

The remainder of the album was written, recorded and produced by Lanegan's longtime musical amanuensis Alain Johannes at his 11 AD base in West Hollywood. Everything was done and dusted within a month, unusually fast by Lanegan’s recent standards. “I definitely feel like I’m a better songwriting than I was 15 years ago,” he says. “I don’t know if I’m just kidding myself or what, but it’s definitely easier now to make something that is satisfying to me. Maybe I’m just easier on myself these days, but it’s definitely not as painful a process, and therefore I feel I’m better at it now. But part of the way that I stay interested in making music is by collaborating with other people. When I see things through somebody else’s perspective it’s more exciting than if I’m left to my own devices.” 

While sharing roots with its two predecessors, on Gargoyle there’s a significant up-shift in the swaggering powerlode of such keynote songs as Nocturne and Beehive, while the lyrics’ tonal palette is more varied. The album title comes from a lyric in Blue Blue Sea – “Gargoyle perched on gothic spire” – and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation. “I’m most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I’ve done in the past” says Mark. “So I really like Old Swan, because it’s an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I’ve done before!” He laughs. “Y’know, I haven’t played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, ‘Wow, I had to listen to it twice – it sounds like he’s having a good time…'

It's been a long journey travelled, not always easy, but in 2017, at the age of 52, Lanegan's got the look of permanence about him. Like that gargoyle on the gothic spire….
Gargoyle tracklisting:
1. Deaths Head Tattoo
2. Nocturne
3. Blue Blue Sea
4. Beehive
5. Sister
6. Emperor
7. Goodbye To Beauty
8. Drunk On Destruction
9. First Day Of Winter
10. Old Swan

 Cult Of Luna To Release Live Album 'Years In A Day'.

Cult Of Luna.Tuesday 7th February 2017
Cult Of Luna has released nine albums, been awarded the top rock/ metal award at the Swedish National Radio Awards in 2006.
They cemented their status as one of the true progressors of the metal genre with their critically acclaimed album "Mariner", created together with one of the top post-metal vocalists, Julie Christmas which was also nominated at the Swedish Grammy's

Now they're set to release 'Years In A Day' on 21st April, the band had this to say about the up and coming release

"A few years ago, we took the decision to keep touring to a minimum. The sole reason was to prevent us from burning out, to keep the flame and the passion burning. But the experiences on the road that we've shared for almost 20 years has been life changing for all of us. It has bounded us together like brothers and we have been given the privilege to interact with incredible people all around the globe.

So, we thought it was time to release a special object related to the live aspect of Cult of Luna and how we have progressed since the release of "Fire was born" eight years ago. Releasing DVDs and live documents is always a tough thing at all aspects, but that was the right time to do it for the people that are not able to see this band live often and everywhere, and so to end an era.

The pictures that form the foundation for the art work and promotion are taken by Maria Louceiro. Her work is beyond words, please check it out. Art direction, as usual is handled by Erik Olofsson." – Cult Of Luna

Years In A Day is more than just a simple dvd release, it's a bundle including

• A 2-hour DVD captured in Paris last year at La Gaîté Lyrique.
• 2 live CDs from Roadburn Festival 2013 and 2016.
• A 20 page booklet.
• Download-code for HD video of the entire Paris show + audio files. • All combined in a stunning 10-inch vinyl sized trifold package. • Strictly ltd.to 7000 copies only on www.cultofluna.com

 Lady Gaga Announces Joanne World Tour.

Lady Gaga.Monday 6th February 2017
Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the Joanne World Tour starting on August 1st in Vancouver, BC and September 22nd in Barcelona with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the UK before returning to North America in November and December this year.  

Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist and performer. She has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Gaga is also one of the biggest living forces in social media with over 61 million likes on Facebook, over 65.1 million followers on Twitter and over 21.3 million followers on Instagram. Her fifth studio album "Joanne" was recently released and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her 4th consecutive #1 album - the first female to do so in the 2010s.

Tickets for Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour are on sale Friday, February 10th in Barcelona, Paris, Zurich, Hamburg, Berlin and Koln. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 13th for the first leg of the North American performances as well as the balance of the European dates. Tickets for the second leg of the North American Tour will go on sale on Monday, February 20th. All arena performances in North America & Europe will feature general admission on the floor, the 4 North America stadium shows have reserved seating on the floor with reserved seating in all venues in the stands. There will be a ticket limit of 8 tickets per transaction for all first day sales.

Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity for show dates in the United States, beginning Wednesday February 8th at 9am through Sunday, February 12 at 5pm for all performances going on sale on Monday, February 13th. For concerts going on sale the following Monday, Feb. 20th the Citi cardmembers may access pre-sale tickets from Wednesday, February 15 a 9am through Sunday, February 19th at 5pm (all times local).  For complete pre-sale details visit:  www.citiprivatepass.com. There is an 8 ticket limit per transaction.
 Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.   

LADY GAGA JOANNE WORLD TOUR ITINERARY

1-Aug-17- Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena (tickets on sale Mon. Feb. 13)
3-Aug-17 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place (Mon. Feb. 13)
5-Aug-17 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome (Mon. Feb. 13)
8-Aug-17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum (Mon. Feb. 13)
11-Aug-17 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena (Mon. Feb. 13)
13-Aug-17 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park (Stadium) (Mon. Feb. 13)
15-Aug-17 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center (Mon. Feb. 13)
19-Aug-17 - Omaha, NB - CenturyLink Center (Mon. Feb. 13)
21-Aug-17 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (Mon. Feb. 13)
23-Aug-17 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (Mon. Feb. 13)
25-Aug-17 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field (Stadium) (Mon. Feb. 13)
28-Aug-17 - New York City, NY - Citi Field (Stadium) (Mon. Feb. 13)
1-Sep-17 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park (Stadium) (Mon. Feb. 13)
4-Sep-17 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre (Mon. Feb. 13)
6-Sep-17 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (Mon. Feb. 13)
10-Sep-17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (Mon. Feb. 13)
15-Sep-17 - Rio De Janeiro, BR - Rock In Rio Festival (Thu. Apr. 6)
22-Sep-17 - Barcelona, ES - Palau Sant Jordi (Fri. Feb. 10)
24-Sep-17 - Zurich, CH - Hallenstadion (Fri. Feb. 10)
26-Sep-17 - Milan, IT - Mediolanum Forum (Fri. Feb. 10)
29-Sep-17 - Hamburg, DE - Barclaycard Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
1-Oct-17 - Antwerp, BE - Sportpaleis (Mon. Feb. 13)
3-Oct-17 - Amsterdam, NL - Ziggo Dome (Mon. Feb. 13)
6-Oct-17 - Paris, FR - AccorHotels Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
9-Oct-17 - London, UK - O2 Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
15-Oct-17 - Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
17-Oct-17 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
21-Oct-17 - Copenhagen, DK - Royal Arena (Mon. Feb. 13)
23-Oct-17 - Stockholm, SE - Ericsson Globe (Mon. Feb. 13)
26-Oct-17 - Berlin, DE - Mercedes-Benz Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
28-Oct-17 - Koln, DE - Lanxess Arena (Fri. Feb. 10)
5-Nov-17 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Mon. Feb. 20)
7-Nov-17 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena (Mon. Feb. 20)
10-Nov-17 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun (Mon. Feb. 20)
13-Nov-17 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
15-Nov-17 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
16-Nov-17 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
19-Nov-17 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
20-Nov-17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
28-Nov-17 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (Mon. Feb. 20)
30-Nov-17 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena  (Mon. Feb. 20)
1-Dec-17 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena (Mon. Feb. 20)
3-Dec-17 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
5-Dec-17 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
8-Dec-17 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
9-Dec-17 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena (Mon. Feb. 20)
12-Dec-17 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (Mon. Feb. 20)
14-Dec-17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena (Mon. Feb. 20)

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.ladygaga.com & www.livenation.com

Watch Lady Gaga's Super Bowl Halftime Show:
https://youtu.be/MCJGcDDNtms


 As It Is Release Video For 'Hey Rachel'.

As It Is.Monday 6th February 2017
Brighton's As It Is have today released a video for 'Hey Rachel', taken from the recently released, 'okay.', out now on Fearless Records.

'Hey Rachel' is one of the album's most personal tracks, telling of singer Patty Walters' childhood relationship with his sister.

Speaking of the track and video, Patty says "Hey Rachel was an especially cathartic song to write, re-opening old wounds after nearly ten years. Writing the song demanded being painfully honest with both myself and my sister, neither of which I was particularly comfortable doing. I had to re-live past feelings of fear, sorrow, anger, pain, and, most of all, regret. The song is an apology I'm relieved and proud to have finally said.
The video was written and directed by Joshua Halling, who also spearheaded the video for Pretty Little Distance. I love his interpretation of the song - re-imagining mine and Rachel's story with an empowering, inspirational feel with a happy ending in hindsight. It's such a beautiful and powerful music video, and I'm ecstatic to finally be sharing it."

While Rachel herself says, "My brother sent me Hey Rachel without me having any knowledge that they were writing it. I first listened to it at 10am and I immediately started sobbing, because it brought back so many emotions and memories from a time in my past that was very difficult for me. My brother also asked for my permission to put it on the album, and my initial reaction was actually 'no'; it's a scary and intimidating feeling to put a private story out into the public for everyone to hear and judge, but the feedback and the support everyone has given the song has made it a little easier to handle. And just so everyone knows, I forgave him years ago."

 Barren Earth Start Work On New Album.

Barren Earth.Monday 6th February 2017
Following a hugely successful European tour with Insomnium in January, Finnish progressive death metal outfit BARREN EARTH have returned to their home country to start preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s 'On Lonely Towers' at Woodshed Studios in March with producer V. Santura.

Vocalist Jón comments, "We are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!"

Bassist Oppu adds, “The melodic and melancholic side is naturally still there, but spiced with a touch of anger and groove. I’m also looking forward of working with Victor, since we all appreciate his previous work. It also is the first time Barren Earth works with a proper producer, and are very excited about the idea of bringing somebody else into the mix and seeing where that takes us."

This is how V. Santura comments on the cooperation: “I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising."

 Helmet To Embark On UK Tour.

Helmet.Monday 6th February 2017
earMUSIC was happy to welcome Helmet, a band that influenced and launched a thousand other bands in 2016 with the release of their brand new studio album Dead To The World in October 2016.

The critically acclaimed long anticipated new album – the first in six years - came with heavy guitar riffs, blasting drums and the distinctive voice of front man Page Hamilton. The album is energy at its purest form. Every track adds its unique flavour to mix of hard rock, alternative, metal and punk, showing the world again how versatile a rock album can be.

Produced by Page Hamilton himself and mixed by award winning record producer, engineer and mixer Jay Baumgardner, Dead To The World will be released as 1CD digipak, transparent Vinyl and Digital on October 28th, 2016 on earMUSIC.

Following a 36 date US tour in late 2016 the band come to Europe in February and March 2017 for a full tour. UK dates are as follows –

Fri 10th March 2017               The o2 Academy, London
Sat 11th March 2017              The o2 Academy 3, Manchester
Sun 12th March 2017             The Cathouse, Glasgow

Tickets available through all usual outlets

 Firewind Set To Start European Tour.

Firewind.Monday 6th February 2017
Greek melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND have now released their much anticipated 8th studio album, ”Immortals”, which has managed to enter sales charts internationally as follows:

Greece: # 6
Germany: # 72
Switzerland: # 45
Belgium (Wallonia): # 98
USA / Top New Artist Albums: #22
USA / Current Hard Music Albums: # 34

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

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

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

Stream “Immortals” on:
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2iISkEv
Apple Music: http://apple.co/2j0RK3G

Most recently, FIREWIND have launched a “making of” feature for their “Ode To Leonidas” video clip, which can be now seen here: https://youtu.be/9Kr9f5L6sPU

Check out some of the tracks off FIREWIND’s “Immortals” release here:
“Hands Of Time” / First single and opening track:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/z3Q1o0m2sik
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDHofTSpotify

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

“Back On The Throne” / Third single and lyric video:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJek1DFOaMg
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2xDqI6pZbe9sUessMJXuCb

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

In related news, FIREWIND’s albums number three, “Forged By Fire” (2005), and four, “Allegiance” (2006), have just now been released for the first time ever on LP format and currently also rank in the Greek sales charts on positions # 71 and # 68, respectively. Both records come on 180 gr. vinyl and include the full album on CD as bonus. Order from CM Distro here: http://smarturl.it/FIREWINDimmortalsCMD

While FIREWIND will be heading out on the road across Europe in promotion of “Immortals” later this month, FIREWIND’s Gus G. has also announced a next European solo tour for April. This run of dates supporting Steve Stevens will see Gus teaming up with James-Paul Luna (Holy Grail) for special acoustic sets. Here is a list of all upcoming FIREWIND and GUS G. dates announced so far:
 
FIREWIND – Europe & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms

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

Check out a trailer for the European headline tour here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bv2BOmQTLM

FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017:
02.06.2017 Pilsen (Czech Republic) - Metalfest Open Air
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest
 
GUS G. – Live 2017:
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall

GUS G. – Supporting Steve Stevens:
05.04.2017 London (UK) - O2 Academy
06.04.2017 Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit of 66
07.04.2017 Frankfurt (Germany) - Batschkapp
08.04.2017 Frankfurt (Germany) - Musikmesse
09.04.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
11.04.2017 Odense (Denmark) - Posten
12.04.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Göta Källare
14.04.2017 Zürich (Switzerland) - Plaza
15.04.2017 Bergamo (Italy) - Druso Club
16.04.2017 Madrid (Spain) - Chango Club

 The One Hundred Announce New Single 'Dark Matters'.

The One Hundred.Monday 6th February 2017
THE ONE HUNDRED have revealed the first single, 'Dark Matters', from their forthcoming hotly-tipped debut album.

'Dark Matters' was unleashed via Dan P Carter's Radio One Rock Show and is now available via iTunes and Spotify. Listen to 'Dark Matters' HERE.

The One Hundred have been busy putting the finishing touches to their debut album - due for worldwide release this year via Spinefarm Records – and are now ready to hit the ground running; a full headline UK tour is locked-in for this May, leading into further headline dates in Europe. Massmatiks will support The One Hundred across all UK dates.

The One Hundred vocalist, Jacob Field, says; ''we know we've kept you guys in suspense for a while but we are BACK and Dark Matters is just the beginning. We can't wait to hit the road for our debut headline tour as well, 2017 LETS DO THIS"

              MAY UK / EURO TOUR DATES                                                     
            01        UK       Southampton, Joiners      
            03        UK       Bath, Moles                                         
            04        UK       Plymouth, Underground     
            05        UK       Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
            06        UK       Nottingham, Rock City Basement                                                    
            08        UK       Glasgow, The Garage
            09        UK       Leeds, The Key Club
            10        UK       Birmingham, Asylum 2
            11        UK       London, Boston Music Room                                  
            13        UK       Manchester, Rebellion                                  
           
             15       France            Paris, Backstage by the Mill
            16        Germany        Cologne, Blue Shell  
            17        Germany        Hamburg, Hafenklang
            18        Germany        Berlin, Maze   
                                    

Tickets for all shows go on-sale at 10am Wednesday 8th February 2017.

TOH will also appear at Download Festival this coming June and Teddy Rocks Festival this April. More tour & festival plans will be revealed in due course.

 Bush Back With 'Black And White Rainbows' Album.

Bush.Monday 6th February 2017
Currently lighting up our TV Screens every Saturday night as a coach on The Voice UK, Gavin Rossdale has also been spending time in Los Angeles writing and recording a new BUSH album. The band's 7th studio album
BLACK AND WHITE RAINBOWS is out March 10th on Caroline International.

Written and produced by Gavin and recorded at Sea of Sound in Hollywood, BLACK AND WHITE RAINBOWS tears through its 15 tracks. From the first track, brand new single 'Mad Love' (impacts March 10th) to the closing track 'People At War', the album barely pauses for breath.

March will see BUSH first perform their new single 'Mad Love' during The Voice UK live shows and then play a headline show at the Shepherds Bush Empire March 14th.

March
Wed 14th - Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Tickets on sale date February 10th at 9am


Gavin Rossdale has had huge success on both sides of the Atlantic as lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with his band BUSH, and as a solo artist, not only selling close to 20 million records in the US, but also having 17 Top 40 hit singles to date.

BUSH's debut album 'Sixteen Stone' went six times Platinum and their follow-up 'Razorblade Suitcase' hit Number One in the US charts. Gavin also found Top 40 success in the US with solo album 'Wanderlust' and more recently BUSH have released 2011's 'The Sea of Memories' and 2014's 'Man On The Run'. In 2013 Gavin received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement presented by Coldplay's Chris Martin.

BUSH are: Gavin Rossdale – vocals and guitar, Chris Traynor – guitar, Corey Britz – bass and Robin Goodridge – drums.

 
Black and White Rainbows full tracklisting:

1.    Mad Love
2.    Peace-s
3.    Water
4.    Lost In You
5.    Sky Turns Day Glo
6.    Toma Mi Corazon
7.    All The Worlds Within You
8.    Nurse
9.    The Beat Of Your Heart
10.  Dystopia
11.  Ray Of Light
12.  Ravens
13.  Nothing But A Car Chase
14.  The Edge Of Love
15.  People At War

 Blood Youth Release New Song.

Blood Youth.Monday 6th February 2017
Harrogate hardcore heavyweights Blood Youth have revealed the video for ‘Reason To Stay’, the first single to be taken from their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Beyond Repair’, due out on 7th April 2017 via Rude Records. The single was premiered on last night’s BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.

Speaking about the track, vocalist Kaya Tarsus explains: “Reason to Stay is about wanting to detach yourself from a very emotionally attached person. That feeling when you can't end a relationship because you're not sure what it would do to that other person, the resentment you naturally feel towards them eventually forces you to leave.”

Watch the video for ‘Beyond Repair’ here: http://smarturl.it/ReasonToStayVideo

Buy the single here: http://smarturl.it/ReasonToStaySingle

Tarsus continues: “We wanted the Reason to Stay video to show what a relationship like this is like, two people feeling like they are emotionally tied together, a battle of many different thoughts and feelings that eventually leads to somebody being left behind. We created it all with Zak Pinchin who has worked with us on every BY video so far!”

Following critically acclaimed EPs ‘Inside My Head’ and ‘Closure’, Blood Youth’s debut full-length ‘Beyond Repair’ sees the trio expand their arsenal across an album.

“These songs are about how we deal with anger in the modern age," reveals Tarsus. "When I was writing the lyrics I became fascinated with heartbreak and how everybody deals with this trauma in their own way. Many tend to numb the pain in an attempt to forget, instead of facing it head on, this is something I am guilty of myself. We were aiming to create something very aggressive but very real. With Beyond Repair, I believe we have achieved just that.”
‘Beyond Repair’ tracklisting:

1. Making Waves
2. What I'm Running
3. Savanna
4. Parasite
5. I Remember
6. Reason to Stay
7. Pulling Teeth
8. Buying Time
9. Bless
10. Man Made Disaster

Pre-orders are available here: http://smarturl.it/BeyondRepairPhysical

To celebrate the release of their debut album, Blood Youth will be headlining three special release shows in April at venues across the UK, where they will be joined by Loathe and Holding Absence.

‘Beyond Repair’ Release Shows:

08 Apr - The Garage Attic, Glasgow (w/ Loathe)
09 Apr - The Key Club, Leeds (w/ Loathe + Holding Absence)
10 Apr - Boston Music Room, London (w/ Loathe + Holding Absence)

Tickets are available here: http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/blood-youth-tickets

Blood Youth have also been confirmed to play at the following European festivals this year:

29 Apr - Teddy Rocks Festival, Blandford Forum, Dorset
11 Jun - Download Festival, Donington Park, Leics
29 July - Fat Lip Fest, Bierkeller, Bristol

 He Is Legend Sign To Spinefarm Records.

He Is Legend.Sunday 5th February 2017
Spinefarm Records is proud to announce that North Carolina's He Is Legend is the latest addition to the label's global roster. The band will release their new album and label debut "few" on April 28th.

"We're very excited to start a new relationship with people who truly understand this band as a whole," said frontman Schuylar Croom. "It was really important for us to find the proper home for this record after seeing the tremendous response from our fans during the crowdfunding campaign. We truly believe Spinefarm Records is the best possible partner to help us keep that momentum trending in the right direction.

"In our eyes, this is the most important He Is Legend record to date and we're happy that our friends at Spinefarm are going to help us get this album out to the masses."
 
As well as a US headline tour, He Is Legend have announced a run of dates in UK and Europe in support of the new album. Be sure to catch this incredible band at one of the following shows:
 
April
28th    Germany, Hamburg, Kleiner Donner
29th    Belgium, Antwerp, Groezrock Festival
30th    Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg Theatre

May
1st     Germany, Frankfurt, Nachleben
2nd    France, Paris, Les Etoiles
3rd     Germany, Cologne, Artheatre
4th     Germany, Berlin, Cassiopeia
5th     Germany, Munich, Orangehouse
7th     UK, Southampton, Joiners
8th     UK, Manchester, Rebellion
9th     UK, Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
10th   UK, Glasgow, G2
11th   UK, Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
12th   UK, London, The Dome
13th    UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
14th   UK, Bristol, Exchange
 
Tickets for all shows are on sale now - be quick!!


 Havok Unleash New Track.

Havok.Sunday 5th February 2017
Thrash Metal outfit HAVOK have unleashed another new track off their upcoming record, 'Conformicide', which will be released on March 10th, 2017 via Century Media Records.

The song, titled 'Ingsoc', is the longest running on the new album and lyrically takes heavy influence from the classic George Orwell novel, 1984.

You can hear 'Ingsoc' here: https://youtu.be/jP2pzw8jV9s

Speaking about "Ingsoc", HAVOK lead guitartist Reece Scruggs states: “This is one of my favorite tracks on the record, and a bit left field compared to most HAVOK tracks. Full of slamming riffs and burning lines; it's still 100% us but a bit progressive. I fully believe this song display the best in each of us and comes together to be a ripper!”

Adding his thoughts on the writing and thematics behind the song, David Sanchez (vocals, guitar) comments: “1984 takes place in a socialist hell wherein there is perpetual war, government-sanctioned propaganda, massive gaps between the rich and poor, and "Big Brother" spies on every citizen. It appears that Orwell was not just a novelist, but a prophet; as "Ingsoc" has become all too real. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

If you pre-order a digital copy of 'Conformicide' via iTunes or Amazon you will obtain instant access to 'Ingsoc'. Click this link to direct you to selected stores and download/streaming platforms: http://smarturl.it/HAVOKconformicide

Previously, HAVOK launched the album’s first single/instant grat 'Hang 'Em High' here:

Lyric video: https://youtu.be/2HYIfA3p8jw
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2jTZhzN

In addition to 'Conformicide' being released on CD, digital and streaming platforms, the album will also be available in an array of limited edition vinyl colors. See below for a complete list of these color 2LPs:

Vinyl colors:
Black - All Outlets (unlimited)
White - CM Webshop Europe (100 copies)
Lilac - CM Distro Europe (200 copies)
Golden - Nuclear Blast Europe (200 copies)
Neon Yellow - US Stores / Indie Merch (400 copies)
Clear - Pledge Music Exclusive (300 copies)
Transparent Blue - Tour/Band Exclusive (300 copies)

'Conformicide' will be available for physical pre-order from CM Distro in Europe starting at the end of next week, but can already be pre-ordered digitally via the following links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideITUNES
AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideAMAMP3
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideGOOGLE 
Or check here for HAVOK’s Pledge Music campaign: http://smarturl.it/ConformicidePLEDGE

Almost three years in the making, HAVOK’s 'Conformicide' is undoubtedly their 'Master of Puppets' or 'Rust in Peace' moment. While it's true that the Denver-based rippers have bled out guts, brains, and cash on previous records like 'Unnatural Selection' (2013), 'Time is Up' (2011) and 'Burn' (2009), none of them compare to the ear-destroying, mind-flaying upheaval heard on 'Conformicide'.

HAVOK – 'Conformicide' / Tracklisting:
1. F.P.C.
2. Hang 'Em High
3. Dogmaniacal
4. Intention To Deceive
5. Ingsoc
6. Masterplan
7. Peace Is In Pieces
8. Claiming Certainty
9. Wake Up
10. Circling The Drain

Bonus Tracks (Special Edition CD):
11. String Break
12. Slaughtered

Bonus Tracks (Gatefold 2LP + CD):
11. String Break
12. Slaughtered
13. Claiming Certainty (Live) 

HAVOK are embarking on their first headlining tour of the year in North America as part of the build up to 'Conformicide' next week. Immediately following this run, the band will join on as part of the "World Gone Mad" tour, supporting the legendary likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Crowbar, before heading out to Europe for a headlining run together with Warbringer, Gorod and Exmortus in April. HAVOK have now also announced a brief run on the North American West Coast, on which they will be joined by Warbringer and Exmortus. Here is a complete list of all upcoming dates (with recent additions marked *):

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

HAVOK - "World Gone Mad" US Tour supporting Suicidal Tendencies & Crowbar
22.02.2017 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
23.02.2017 San Diego, CA - The Observatory
24.02.2017 Tucson, AZ - Club X
25.02.2017 Farmington, NM - Top Deck
27.02.2017 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
28.02.2017 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
01.03.2017 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
03.03.2017 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.03.2017 Ft. Meyers, FL - Harborside Events Center
05.03.2017 Tampa, FL - State Theatre
07.03.2017 Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
08.03.2017 Lawrence, KS - The Granada
09.03.2017 Omaha, NE - Lookout Lounge [No S.T.]
10.03.2017 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall [Record release!]
11.03.2017 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex

HAVOK - North American West Coast Dates with Warbringer & Exmortus
13.03.2017 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven *
14.03.2017 Vancouver, BC - The Venue *
15.03.2017 Portland, OR - Analog Café *
16.03.2017 San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge *
17.03.2017 Sacramento, CA - Cafe Colonial *
19.03.2017 West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go *

HAVOK - European Headlining Tour with Warbringer, Gorod & Exmortus
01.04.2017 Edinburgh (UK) - Heavy Scotland Festival [HAVOK only!]
02.04.2017 Manchester (UK) - Rebellion   
03.04.2017 Birmingham (UK) - Mama Roux’s  
04.04.2017 London (UK) - Underworld  

05.04.2017 Hasselt (Belgium) - Muziekodroom   
06.04.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013   
07.04.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo  
08.04.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Royal Metal Festival  
09.04.2017 Gothenburg (Sweden) - Sticky Fingers  
11.04.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - Tavastia  
13.04.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Fryshuset Klubben  
14.04.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Pumpehuset   
15.04.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Cassiopeia  
16.04.2017 Markneukirchen (Germany) - Framus & Warwick Concert Hall  
17.04.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk  
19.04.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Arena  
20.04.2017 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar  
21.04.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony  
22.04.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7  
23.04.2017 Saarbrücken (Germany) - Garage  
24.04.2017 Nantes (France) - Ferrailleur   
25.04.2017 Bordeaux (France) - La Chapelle *
26.04.2017 Madrid (Spain) - Caracol  
27.04.2017 Barcelona  (Spain) - Salamandra 1  
28.04.2017 Puget (France) - Le Rats  
29.04.2017 Paris (France) - Petit Bain  
30.04.2017 Essen (Germany) – Turock

 Biters To Support Blackberry Smoke.

Biters.Sunday 5th February 2017
Atlanta's rock n' roll animals BITERS are set to join fellow Atlanta natives BLACKBERRY SMOKE on their tour of the UK & Europe this Spring.

BLACKBERRY SMOKE's frontman, Charlie Starr tells us "We're extremely excited to bring the Georgia boogie to everyone in the UK and Europe with our brethren, BITERS.  This will most likely be a tour to remember!!"

Similarly thrilled, BITERS's Tuk comments "A bunch of wild eyed southern boys roaming through Europe playing rock n roll?  It doesn't get much better than that!  Also, we're really excited to share some of our upcoming record live!"

UK dates line up as follows:

Mon 27th Mar - OXFORD O2 Academy
Tue 28th Mar - LONDON Roundhouse
Wed 29th Mar - NORWICH UEA
Fri 31st Mar - MANCHESTER Academy
Sat 1st Apr - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Mon 3rd Apr - GLASGOW Barrowlands
Tue 4th Apr - NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Thu 6th Apr - BRISTOL O2 Academy
Fri 7th Apr - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat 8th Apr - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre


Tickets are on sale now from box offices, all usual agents and online via http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/blackberry-smoke-tickets.  Dublin tickets are available from http://www.ticketmaster.ie/venueartist/198239/1043636.

BLACKBERRY SMOKE's current album, 'Like An Arrow' crashed in to the UK Album Charts at #8 on its release late last year and follows the hugely successful 2015 release, 'Holding All the Roses'.  The band also triumphed on BBC 2's 'Later...with Jools Holland' TV show in October.  Check out the clip at https://youtu.be/Lfjfnn5aNk0.  

Following the release of 'Electric Blood' in the Summer of 2015, BITERS spent the following year on the road and racked up a nomination for 'Best New Band' in Classic Rock Magazine's annual 'Roll of Honour' Awards show.  Check out their video for '1975' here - https://youtu.be/6ZdsmWfKNJU.  BITERS' brand new studio album is set for an early Summer release wit further details being unveiled soon.

You can grab BLACKBERRY SMOKE's 'Like an Arrow' in various formats and bundles, including coloured vinyl, over at http://www.earache.com/likeanarrow.

Snap up BITERS' 'Electric Blood' over at http://biters.earache.com/.

 Crossfaith release Remix EP.

Crossfaith.Sunday 5th February 2017
Crossfaith have dropped a video stream for ‘Revolution – The Bloody Beetroots Remix’, the first single to be taken from the band’s ‘New Age Warriors Remix’ EP which is released on 10th February 2017.

The EP contains remixes from The Bloody Beetroots, Shikari Soundsystem, KSUKE, The Qemists and more.

Check out the new track here: https://youtu.be/zeJ21CbkyeA

Vocalist Kenta Koie says: “We believe there's no border between rock and dance music, and so our new singles on 'New Age Warriors’ have been reconstructed by amazing artists who share this understanding with us. You guys will find new possibilities through these remixes. This is another side of New Age Warriors.  Don't miss it!"
 ‘New Age Warriors Remix’ EP tracklisting:

1. Rx Overdrive (Zardonic Remix)
2. Rx Overdrive (TeddyLoid Remix)
3. Kill 'Em All (The Qemists Remix)
4. Kill 'Em All (Shikari Sound System Remix)
5. Revolution (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
6. Revolution (Ksuke Remix)

Pre-order the EP here: https://unfd.lnk.to/RevolutionBBRemix

Crossfaith tour the UK as main support to Bury Tomorrow on 14th April through to 22nd April where they’ll be joined by Black Peaks and Any Given Day.

April 2017

14 CARDIFF Y Plas
15 MANCHESTER Ritz
16 GLASGOW Garage
17 NEWCASTLE Riverside
19 LEEDS Stylus
21 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
22 LONDON Forum

 Camden Rocks Adds More Bands.

Camden Rocks.Sunday 5th February 2017
Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, today Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more.

Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

“We can't wait to play this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, a great line up as always and right in our own back yard!” say The Rifles.

“Camden Rocks is the weekend when Camden comes as alive as it ever was and should always be. I'm always proud to be a part of it.” Carl Barat adds.

Speaking ahead of The King Blues’ appearance, frontman Itch says, “We are ridiculously excited to be playing at Camden Rocks this year. Camden was where we cut our teeth and has been a spiritual home for us. I can't wait for this one!”

Camden Rocks 2017 will also host a special reformation from original Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook’s The Professionals, and in addition to Milburn, Carl Barat & The Jackals, The King Blues, The Rifles and The Membranes, Andy Cairns of alt-metal mainstays Therapy? will also perform an acoustic set.

"I'm honoured and excited to be part of the burgeoning Camden Rocks festival this year,” Cairns says. “My previous experience of the event was amazing and I'm very much looking forward to getting stuck in to 2017's chapter. See you there!”

Further line-up additions are noted below in bold.

The Damned, Orange Goblin, The Ruts DC, The King Blues, The Professionals, Hey! Hello!, Anti Nowhere League, The Urban Voodoo Machine, The RainBand, Young Kato, Stone Broken, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits, MOSES, Screaming Eagles, Imperial Leisure, Habitats, The Main Grains, Napoleon, Slydigs, Max Raptor, Losers, Cortes, Colour Of Noise, Courage My Love, Black Orchid Empire, Jasmine Rodgers, Straight Lines, Yonaka, Exist Immortal, The Anita Chellamah Band, Dirty Thrills, The Blinders, Inklings, MassMatiks, Hands Off Gretel, Fizzy Blood, Broken Witt Rebels, Louise Distras, Millie Manders & The ShutUp, Forte, Stereo Juggernaut, Black Sixteen, Lucie Barat & The Au Revoirs, HVMM, Halflives, Weirds, Frauds, Holding Absence, When We Were Wolves, Bare Knuckle Parade, Lupus-Dei, Liines, Tigress, Divides, Single By Sunday, John, Desert Planes, Happy Accidents, Brandy Row, Role Models, Tim Muddiman & The Strange, Chinese Missy, Alana Bondi, Itamar, Oxygen Thief, The Franklys, CUTE CUTE DEΔTH, Heel, The Kut, Secret Cameras, Yungblud, Kidbrother & Veridian.
Camden Rocks Festival 2017 venues include: Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Camden Market Amphitheatre, Dingwalls, Proud, Camden Assembly, The Black Heart, The Monarch, The Forge, The Crowndale, Dublin Castle, Devonshire Arms, Irish Centre, Dingwalls Canal side, Bloc Bar, Hawley Arms, Good Mixer, Brew Dog, Fifty Five, Be At One & Winnicott.
Early-bird tickets for Camden Rocks Festival 2017 are now sold out. £39.50 tickets are now available from the link below subject to booking / transaction fees.
www.camdenrocksfestival.com/tickets

 The raven Age Sign To BMG Records.

The Raven Age.Sunday 5th February 2017
Hotly-tipped Brit crew The Raven Age are pleased to announce they have signed a record deal with renowned label BMG. The band's debut album 'Darkness Will Rise' is set for release March 17, 2017. Pre-order the digipack CD or digital release at: https://bmg.lnk.to/dfCwYEM. Fans will also be able to pick it up on double gatefold vinyl.

The group's name is derived from the ravens of the Tower Of London. Historically, ravens were drawn to the tower because of the blood and carrion in which they consumed. They became the guardians of the tower, dwelling within the grounds. Legend has it that if the ravens ever leave or fly away, the tower and monarchy of Britain will fall.

Fred Casimir, BMG's Executive Vice President Continental Europe states, "We're delighted to be able to sign such a promising new artist ahead of their debut album release. The Raven Age are already making their mark on the rock & metal world. There is a huge level of anticipation around 'Darkness Will Rise' and a lot of excitement around what's to come."

The Raven Age are celebrating by sharing brand new song 'Salem's Fate', inspired by the infamous Salem witch trials in 1692. Watch the haunting video via Kerrang! at: http://www.kerrang.com/47147/raven-age-sign-record-deal-reveal-new-video/.  

Founding member/guitarist George Harris comments,"'Darkness Will Rise' entails a wide spectrum of The Raven Age's sound and influence. It's fast, heavy, soft, epic, dynamic and dramatic... All the things we love to hear as fans and take inspiration from. 'Salem's Fate' is one of our favourite tracks from the album and the video is a great representation of the dark imagery we enjoy creating."

The full track listing for 'Darkness Will Rise' [cover artwork attached]  is:
1. Darkness Will Rise
2. Promised Land  (video: https://youtu.be/wyaCCutW7OY)
3. Age Of The Raven
4. The Death March
5. Salem's Fate
6. The Merciful One
7. Eye Among The Blind
8. Winds Of Change
9. Trapped Within The Shadows
10. My Revenge
11. The Dying Embers Of Life
12. Angel In Disgrace
13. Behind The Mask

The band's self-titled debut EP has amassed over 2.3 million streams since its release in 2014, when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Hot New Release Chart. In 2016, The Raven Age racked up more than half a million Spotify listeners and toured 36 countries, winning over Iron Maiden's fans in a challenging support slot. No strangers to the road, The Raven Age have also already toured with Mastodon, Gojira, Tremonti, Opeth, and Ghost. The five-piece will traverse Europe through Feb-Mar 2017, as special guests to metal legends Anthrax. UK dates are as follows:
Thu 9th Feb - BIRMINGHAM Institute
Fri 10th Feb - LONDON Forum
Sat 11th Feb - BRISTOL O2 Academy
Mon 13th Feb - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Tue 14th Feb - MANCHESTER Academy
Wed 15th Feb - GLASGOW Barrowlands
Thu 16th Feb - NEWCASTLE Northumbria University
Fri 17th Feb - NORWICH UEA
The Raven Age also perform at HAMMERFEST in Pwllheli on Friday, 24th March.

 Ghost Bath To Support Katatonia.

Ghost Bath.Sunday 5th February 2017
After making their exciting UK live debut main stage at Bloodstock Festival last summer, depressive black metal merchants GHOST BATH, have confirmed they will return to the UK and also visit Ireland this May with Swedish metallers KATATONIA.

Frontman Nameless commented: "We had a blast in the UK last year and have been itching to return since. It will be great to play for you all and show off some brand new material."

Confirmed tour dates are as follows. Tickets on sale now and available via the links below:
KATATONIA w/ Ghost Bath
7th May – Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
http://www.seetickets.com/event/katatonia/brudenell-social-club/1065068 
8th May – Bristol – The Marble Factory
http://www.seetickets.com/event/katatonia/the-marble-factory-bristol/1065532
9th May – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
http://www.seetickets.com/event/katatonia/the-slade-rooms/1065490
10th May – Southampton – Engine Rooms
http://www.seetickets.com/event/katatonia/engine-rooms/1065533
11th May – Manchester – Sound Control
http://www.seetickets.com/event/katatonia/sound-control/1065287
12th May – Glasgow – Garage
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/katatonia-glasgow-12-05-2017/event/36005238920F2D96
13th May – Belfast – Limelight 2
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/katatonia-belfast-13-05-2017/event/38005239A9460D24
14th May – Dublin – Academy
http://www.ticketmaster.ie/katatonia-dublin-05-14-2017/event/18005239CEFF3D8B

 Imagine Dragons Back With New Single 'Believer'.

Imagine Dragons.Thursday 2nd February 2017
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons release a brand-new single entitled "Believer" on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, impacting March 17th.

"Believer" is available now for digital download and streaming via all participating digital retailers https://lnk.to/ID-BelieverPR

Vocalist Dan Reynolds says about the track:  "This last year has really been the most centred and positive of my life.  This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space - that adversity truly is what helps you become a believer in yourself."

In the US, the track will run as the soundtrack for a Nintendo ad during the Super Bowl, and "Believer" will power the visuals. Watch it on Nintendo's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/nintendo.

Formed in 2009 and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons released their debut album 'Night Visions' in 2012 selling nearly four million copies worldwide, and becoming the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. The standout single, 'Radioactive' went 9x platinum and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for "Best Rock Performance." The follow up Smoke + Mirrors debuted at #1 in the UK Chart and went on to sell 165,000 copies.

 Masked Intruder Unleash New Song 'First Star Tonight'.

Masked Intruder.Thursday 2nd February 2017
Enigmatic pop-punk misfits Masked Intruder have premiered a new video for 'First Star Tonight'  via Punktastic.
'First star tonight is taken off latest EP 'Love and Other Crimes' out via Pure Noise Records.

You can watch new video for 'First Start Tonight' HERE

Talking on new video vocalist Blue says:
"This video is like a public service announcement about the dangers of live music. Like, a lot of people don't realize it, but this shit is risky business. And I'm not talking about Tom Cruise movies. And, if I was talking about Tom Cruise movies, I'd be talking about Legend, cause that shit is THE BOMB. But, I'm not, so whatever. The point is, watch out!

We shot this video at The Frequency in Madison Wisconsin, which is where we played our first show ever of all time! The show depicted in this video seems like it would be our last show ever of all time. It's just a video, though, so chill. No Intruders or cops were harmed in the making, but several pizzas and a lot of booze got fucked up real bad.

All the actors and extras in the video are fans that responded to an Instagram casting call! Thanks everyone! It was directed by Bobby Makar with assistance from Chris Norman, and we're stoked on it!
Cool!'"

You can see Masked Intruder on tour this month supporting Me First and The Gimme Gimmes at the following dates:
 22nd February O2 Ritz- Manchester  
 23rd February  O2 Academy - Bristol
24th February O2 Institute - Birmingham
25th February O2 Shepherd's Bush - London

 Converge And Explosions In The Sky To Headline Arctangent Festival 2017.

Converge.Thursday 2nd February 2017
The incredible ARCTANGENT FESTIVAL 2017 (ATG) is GO!
Set on Fernhill Farm, only 10 miles from Bristol, tickets are now on sale and the dates are set, August 17th/18th/19th.

The 2017 headliners were announced exclusively last night on the Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter, and they are:
Converge and Explosions In The Sky. The next announcement for the festival will be on February 10th 2017, where another 10 brilliant bands will be revealed.

Massachusetts pioneers of extreme, abrasive music, Converge are regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. From Converge front man, Jacob Bannon -

"It's a great honour for Converge to be performing at this year's Arctangent Festival. Every year to date the lineup has been relevant and diverse, two great qualities that we like to see in festivals."

Texas’ Explosions in the Sky are a band who somehow mix shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk without a hint of contrivance.

ARCTANGENT FESTIVAL 2017 ticket link - HERE
Radio 1 Rock Show exclusive first announcement (Sunday Jan 29th) - HERE

From festival booker, James Scarlet - “Once people have been to ATG, they seem to come back every year. It has this amazing sense of community and really feels like we’re all part of a secret club that the rest of the world doesn’t know about. Watching an unknown, but amazing, band play at midday to a thousand people really helps with my faith in humanity! But nothing compares to 5,000 people gathering to watch the headliners – Converge and Explosion in the Sky this year will be out of this world and I guarantee that ArcTanGent 2017 will be the best weekend of the summer!”

“The ArcTanGent ethos is all about championing bands that exist just outside of the mainstream music world. We guarantee you the best acts from the worlds of math-rock, noise-rock and post-rock/metal. We’ve got some amazing exclusives this year. The fact is that both Converge and Explosions in the Sky are playing their only UK shows of 2017 at ArcTanGent. So if you want to see them, Fernhill Farm in August is the place to be!”

A little bit about ARCTANGENT:
In recent years, ARCTANGENT has built a reputation for itself as THE emerging UK rock festival, both putting on exclusive performances from exceptional, worldwide artists and supporting new, exciting talent.
Previous acts include American Football, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Deafheaven, La Dispute, And So I Watch You From Afar, Animals As Leaders, Cult of Luna, Deerhoof, The Fall of Troy, This Will Destroy You, 65daysofstatic, Fuck Buttons, Maybeshewill, Black Peaks, Rolo Tomassi, Heck, Arcane Roots and many more.

 Bloodstock Open Air Adds More Bands To 2017 Festival.

Bloodstock.Thursday 2nd February 2017
As 2017 settles in, four more brutal bands are locked in for August's best metal weekender; BLOODSTOCK!

Swedish metal marauders, SOILWORK are confirmed for a main stage slot at Catton Park.   

Frontman Björn 'Speed' Strid tells us "We are really thrilled to return to UK soil after a killer mini-tour with Arch Enemy last year.  That ended with one of the most spectacular and sweatiest shows to date at The Underworld in London.  BLOODSTOCK is always a riot and we cannot wait to hit the stage this summer.  Bring it England!!!"  Check out their 'Death In General' video, taken from 2015's 'The Ride Majestic' album here - https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ.

'Murder metal' outfit, MACABRE are set for a headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage.  The Chicago-based band blend elements of true crime, math rock, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more.  Guitarist/vocalist, Corporate Death tells us "We haven't been back to the UK in several years but BLOODSTOCK is exactly where MACABRE should play if you know our music."  Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch this unique band on UK shores!

Metallic Finns WINTERSUN are also lined up to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage.  The band are hard at work on new album, 'The Forest Seasons' which is set for release this Summer via Nuclear Blast.  The band tell us "It'll be great to come back to the atmospheric BLOODSTOCK.  We had a blast in 2011, but this year is extra special since we're going to play new music for you guys!  See ya in August!"  In the meantime, remind yourself of their epic sound with a clip of 'Time', taken from 2012's 'Time I' album - https://youtu.be/alo7A0NLmxU.  

Keen to include bands from less obvious parts of the world too, BLOODSTOCK is delighted to welcome back Egyptian death metallers, SCARAB, to the Sophie stage.  Warm up your neck with the title track for current album, 'Serpents Of The Nile' - https://youtu.be/uI6k2oAiGYM, and follow all their latest news at www.facebook.com/Scarabegypt.  The band are currently recording their new album, 'Martyrs Of The Storm' so expect some new material at Catton Park this August!

If you're coming to BLOODSTOCK by coach, you might want to secure your spot now to ensure you're not disappointed.  BIG GREEN COACH have 21 departure cities for coaches directly to BLOODSTOCK in 2017; Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, and Worcester.  BIG GREEN COACH will bring you, all your camping gear, & beer supplies and drop you hassle free right inside the festival grounds.  Check out the details and secure your seat for only a tenner (the rest is payable in July) over at http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit plan.  The payment scheme helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums.  Sign up in the ticket store before 28th Feb with an initial payment of £34.80.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively.  Get full info over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.

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

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than 'on the day' purchase) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.  Children's weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4's go free!  Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

 Sumo Cyco To Tour With Devilskin.

Devilskin.Thursday 2nd February 2017
Canadian punk-metallers SUMO CYCO have released a video for their brand new track ‘Move Mountains’ featuring SKINDRED’s Benji Webbe. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore album ‘Opus Mar’, which is set for release on 31st March 2017.

“As a band that formed after being inspired by ‘Babylon’ by Skindred, it's absolutely surreal to have collaborated on a song with Benji Webbe,” says frontwoman Skye ‘Sever’ Sweetnam.“Back in 2015, our UK tour ended in Wales. I knew we were going to be close to Benji's hometown of Newport, so I asked if he'd be down with us coming to film a music video for "Move Mountains". Not only did Benji invite us to film at Dub War's rehearsal space, but he took us out for drinks to the local pubs and we had the best night. This is how we experienced meeting one of my all time favourite vocalists –
 INSANE!!”

Watch ‘Move Mountains’ here: https://youtu.be/ULCUEWDd9_0
 
Produced by Matt Drake (illScarlett) and James ‘LeRock’ Loughrey (Skindred, Joss Stone), ‘Opus Mar’ fuses hard rock guitar riffs, in-your-face blast beats and dancehall rhythms, all topped off by frontwoman Skye ‘Sever’ Sweetnam’s electric vocals. SUMO CYCO independently crowdfunded the new album, reaching 249% of their PledgeMusic goal after the buzz of previous single ‘Anti-Anthem’.
 
Sever says: "I Facebook stalked producer James ‘LeRock’ Loughrey after "Ninja" by Skindred was released. I invited him to come see us play the first time we played London in 2014. Luckily he came and liked what he saw, because a year later we were in the London countryside recording "Move Mountains."
 
Check out the artwork and tracklisting for ‘Opus Mar’
‘Opus Mar’ tracklisting:

1. Anti-Anthem
2. Free Yourself
3. Move Mountains ft. Benji Webbe
4. Passengers
5. Brave II
6. Sleep Tight
7. Rivalry
8. Kids of Calamity
9. Won’t Put Me Out
10. Words
11. The Broadcasters (Murdering By Radio)
12. Rally
13. Struggle

Pre-orders are available here: www.pledgemusic.com/sumo-cyco 

SUMO CYCO will embark on their first co-headline tour of the UK in March 2017 with New Zealand alt-metallers DEVILSKIN and their first headline gig in Hull, UK, with a European tour supporting (HED)P.E thereafter.
 
"We honestly can't believe the amazing response we've been getting from the UK audience. We're so stoked to be able to invade again, the band is ready to rock some new tunes and take names!"

 – SUMO CYCO

Catch SUMO CYCO at the following UK shows:

14 March       MANCHESTER, Sound Control
15 March       NEWCASTLE, Think Tank
16 March       GLASGOW, Classic Grand
17 March       CHESTER, Live Rooms
18 March       SHEFFIELD, Corporation
19 March       BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
21 March       HULL, Fruit*
22 March       LONDON, Camden Underworld
23 March       NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
24 March       MILTON KEYNES, Craufurd Arms
25 March       SOUTHAMPTON, Talking Heads
 
*solo headline show without Devilskin

 Dave Hause Streaming New Album.

Dave Hause.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Rise Records are thrilled to stream the third full length album from DAVE HAUSE, entitled Bury Me In Philly, ahead of its February 3rd release. 

The AV club premiered it which can be seen HERE  

The album was co-produced by Eric Bazilian, the guitar player and songwriter/vocalist for Philadelphia band The Hooters, who Hause calls, "a childhood local hero," along with William Wittman, producer & engineer of albums by Mick Jagger, Cyndi Lauper, and countless others artists. 
Dave Hause is often referred to as "The songwriter's song writer"; here's what a few of his contemporaries have to say about him and his music:
"From his work with the Loved Ones to his solo stuff, Dave Hause is a consistently passionate and engaging songwriter. He brings a sense of urgency to the page (and stage) that takes from the last 50 years of rock and roll and still sounds new and unique. Dave's songs and performances should not be missed. Plus, he looks cool!"  - Craig Finn / The Hold Steady

"I've been sharing stages and singing with Dave Hause for 8 years now and he's still teaching me things I didn't know. A true diamond in the punk rock rough."Frank Turner

"To play music is not just about one record or one show, it's about whether you have the grit to keep going. I've played music long enough now to recognize the lifers and the tourists. Seeing the energy in which Dave Hause plays music, his ability to connect with a crowd, and listening to the depth of his songwriting, one realizes that his name is still going to be on that marquis in your town long after the tourists are gone." -  Tim McIllrath / Rise Against 

"It has truly been an honor to watch such an incredible person become such an incredible artist." - Matt Skiba / Alkaline Trio & Blink 182

Starting on March 1st, Dave Hause and his band, The Mermaid, will embark on a European tour; news of these dates which kick off in Cologne, Germany, comes shortly after Hause wrapped up a string of sold-out tour dates opening up for Bad Religion and Against Me! this past fall. Additionally, the singer has also toured alongside such notable acts such as Hot Water Music, The Gaslight Anthem, and Alkaline Trio, and performed at countless festivals including Reading/Leeds, Pukkelpop, and Hurricane / Southside

 Full tour dates and additional information can be found below. 

Confirmed UK Tour dates with Dead Heavens & Robyn G. Shiels:
March 1 / Cologne, GER / Gloria
March 2 / Hannover, GER / Faust
March 3 / Berlin, GER / Postbahnhof
March 4 / Munster, GER / Skaters
March 5 / Wiesbaden, GER / Schalachthof
March 6 / Vienna, GER / Arena
March 7 / Munich, GER / Strom
March 8 / Zurich, SUI / Dynamo
March 9 / Stuttgart, GER / Universum
March 10 / Amsterdam, NL / Bitterzoet
March 11 / Hasselt, BEL / MOB
March 12 / Brighton, UK / The Haunt
March 13 / Leeds, UK / Brudnell
March 14 / Manchester, UK / Gorilla
March 15 / Glasgow, SCT / King Tuts
March 16 / London, UK / Garage
March 17 / Bristol, UK / Thekla
March 18 / Birmingham, UK / Academy 2
March 19 / Nottingham, UK / Rescue Rooms

 Art Of Anarchy Announce New Album 'The Madness'.

Art Of Anarchy.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Supergroup ART OF ANARCHY are announcing the release their highly anticipated new effort, debuting iconic vocalist Scott Stapp (Creed). The blistering, new hard-rock offering, 'The Madness', is set for a March 24th release via Century Media Records. 

For everything AOA, including upcoming tour dates and news on the band’s upcoming album, head to http://www.artofanarchyband.com/ 

ART OF ANARCHY is one of the rare rock bands where each member has a strong identity, and together creates something special. No filler, just raw talent, and dedication to the music and being true to who they are. The members have collectively sold tens of millions of albums worldwide and have a rock pedigree that most artists would be content to rest their laurels on. But while AOA possesses the star power of a rock "supergroup" in spades, the band's focus is squarely on songwriting and musical craft.

Check out the video for the track 'The Madness' (Official Music Video), taken from the forthcoming album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNy_g6cMlIE

“The Madness” track-listing:
1. Echo of a Scream
2. 1,000 Degrees
3. No Surrender
4. The Madness
5. Won't Let You Down
6. Changed Man
7. A Light In Me
8. Somber
9. Dancing With The Devil
10. Afterburn

Lead guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal hails formerly from Guns N' Roses, while bassist John Moyer first rose to fame as a member of Disturbed. Twin brothers Jon Votta (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums), meanwhile, first gained renown as fixtures on the New York music scene. The most recent addition to the group is Grammy Award winner Scott Stapp (Creed) who replaced the late Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots) as AOA's lead singer.

AOA evolved organically out of an 18-year friendship between Bumblefoot and the Votta brothers. Jon Votta came to Bumblefoot with the idea of putting together a new band with a diverse group of talent and a uniquely melodic and aggressive sound. The group released their self-titled debut album, “Art of Anarchy” in June 2015, featuring the late Scott Weiland on vocals. The album showcased a gritty hard rock edge balanced by a powerful focus on innovative songwriting and skillful musicianship. Bumblefoot shines throughout the album not only as band's co-guitarist (and a world class one at that) but also as the producer and engineer on the album. Jon Votta shares lead responsibilities with Bumblefoot and co-wrote the album with Weiland. Vince Votta brings his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and showmanship, while Moyer brings a punchy bottom end that rounds out the sound of AOA.

The band's next chapter begins now: The addition of Stapp and the electrifying new musical direction he brings ushers in a new era for the group. "I'm excited to be a part of Art of Anarchy," said Stapp. "I appreciate collaborating with other talented artists and I can't wait to share our new music with the fans very soon."

Bumblefoot adds, "Scott's style and the personal lyrics he's been writing are taking the sound in a new direction- one that brings out the best in all of us. It's a new chapter for us all, and I'm looking forward to sharing the new music with the fans and seeing what the future holds."

 Wintersun Reveal New Album Artwork.

Wintersun.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Last week, the Finnish kings of epic melodic death, WINTERSUN, announced their crowdfunding campaign that will start on March 1st and allows the fans to secure their 'Forest Package' - also including their upcoming studio album 'The Forest Seasons' - directly from the band. With the collected amount, front man Jari Mäenpää plans to build his own studio that would finally allow him to record his long-awaited album 'Time II'. Today, WINTERSUN unveil the cover artwork of their third album 'The Forest Seasons'.

Jari Mäenpää states:

"We're proud to show you guys our NEW 3rd full length album cover! The album cover was made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates THE AWAKENING of a mystical forest where the seasons are merging together.
By the way, this preview is just 1280 x 720 resolution. Wait till you see it in 5K! ;)
Enjoy guys! This album is sick and minds will be blown! Our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st where you can order the new album DIRECTLY from us with the highest quality!
Thank you!"
 
- Jari, Jukka, Kai, Teemu


Here is the track list of 'The Forest Seasons':
1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54

In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:

07. - 10.06.         S            Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07.   FIN          Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08.         P            Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
16. - 19.08.         D            Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08.        SK           Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest

Not familiar with WINTERSUN yet? Check out the bombastic tracks from their last albums here:
'Time' (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alo7A0NLmxU
'Beyond The Dark Sun' (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbsFNSxToPE

 Firespawn Announce New Album.

Firespawn.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Swedish devil worshippers FIRESPAWN have announced the release of 'The Reprobate', the follow-up album of 2015’s much lauded debut album 'Shadow Realms'.

'The Reprobate' will be descent upon mankind on April 28 via Century Media Records. Expect nothing less than a merciless piece of evil, ferocious and blasphemous death metal.
Today the band unveils the cover artwork, as you can see above. It’s an excerpt of a huge painted piece of artwork, done by Mr. Paolo Girardi, who has been responsible for the artwork of FIRESPAWN’s debut album as well as artworks for bands such as Black Breath, Power Trip, Chthe'ilist, Manilla Road and many more.

FIRESPAWN is the incarnate abomination of LG Petrov, Victor Brandt (both Entombed AD), Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, ex-Necrophobic), A. Impaler (Necrophobic, Naglfar) and Matte Modin (Raised Fist, ex-Dark Funeral).

More details on 'The Reprobate' to be revealed in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and meanwhile check out the three video clips for FIRESPAWN’s debut album 'Shadow Realms':

'Lucifer Has Spoken' (official video):
https://youtu.be/_D225qOxugc

'The Emperor' (official video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLeZZ1A-MiA

'Ruination' (static video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr6QKk-CXBA

 Exodus Announce Download Warm Up Shows.

Exodus.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Bay Area thrash titans Exodus are very pleased to announce they will be returning to our UK soil in June for three performances.
They will be playing at Brighton's Concorde 2 on 7th June and Southend's Chinnery's on 8th June.
These two performances will precede their highly anticipated appearance at legendary Derbyshire based metal festival; Download Festival, on Friday 9th June where they will be headlining The Dogtooth Stage.  

Legendary singer Steve 'Zetro' Souza said on the announcement:

"Exodus are very excited about returning to the UK!! Especially for the shows in Brighton and Southend, early last year we did an extensive tour of the UK, and our shows in Brighton and Southend were absolutely bonkers!! See you all in the pit in June"

Tickets are available here:
7th June – Brighton, Concorde 2
8th June – Southend, Chinnerys
9th June - Donington, Download Festival
Exodus released their latest monumental, studio album 'Blood In Blood Out' in 2014. This was their tenth full-length album and it proved that Holt, Hunting, Gibson, Altus, and Souza still have the fortitude, chops, and talent to deliver top-notch, ballad-free tunes that stand out without straying from their band's core aesthetic.

The title of the album encapsulates Holt's approach to Exodus:
"When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like 'Gangland' and all these locked-up prison reality shows and I thought, 'Yeah, that's like Exodus.' It's a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. I've been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager and I'll be doing it 'til I can't physically do it anymore. It was always my grand vision to do a two-part Rush/King Crimson epic of thrash metal, and we did it. I kind of got that out of my system, so this time I wanted everything to sound more natural, shorter, and to the point. Get in and get out. So this one is a little more to the roots. Maybe some of that old 'Bonded By Blood' influence came out and it's heavy as fuck, but that's the way we like it."

'Blood In Blood Out' is as easy to grasp as a machete with finger notches in the handle and Holt has lost none of the rage and hunger he had in his teens (and he's long since mastered his craft). The eleven pulse-pounding tunes on the album are among Exodus' best, signalling a rebirth as much as an evolution. The title track storms out of the gate with chunky, rapid-fire guitars, hammering beats, and gang vocals on the chorus, not to mention the signature vocals of long-time singer Steve "Zetro" Souza, who had recently returned the band. Souza added significantly to the tone and attitude of the album, having sung with Exodus from 1986 to 1992, and again between 2002 and 2004.  Souza wasn't the only performer on 'Blood In Blood Out' who had been out of the band for more than a decade. Original band guitarist Kirk Hammett (yes, of Metallica!) dropped by the studio to contribute a solo to 'Salt the Wound.'

You can purchase 'Blood In Blood Out' here:
'Blood In Blood Out' CD
'Blood In Blood Out' Limited Edition CD + DVD

"I'm not happy unless I see someone out there in the pit, bleeding and smiling." – Gary Holt

For the troops in the trenches, it began in 1982 with a low generation copy of a local band's three-song demo. For some, it began with their first listen to Combat Records' version of 'Bonded By Blood' in 1986. As the original architects of the thrash metal scene, Exodus have battled every kind of adversity over the past 30 years and used it all as fuel to stoke their ever-raging fire.  Short-lived trends, line-up shifts, label conflicts, even the death of founding vocalist Paul Baloff couldn't stop the beast.

One cannot discuss the power and influence of Exodus without going into the genealogy of metal music itself. Long hailed as the band that spawned the burgeoning Bay Area Thrash scene in the early '80s. At the beginning of their career they gained huge notoriety in the international underground scene as a result of the tape trading community. Their dynamic guitar riffing, adrenaline-inducing drum work, and bloodied live shows made all the difference in the band's mission to take Bay Area Thrash to a worldwide audience. By 1983, the band line-up included guitarist Rick Hunolt and bassist Rob McKillop and had inspired the likes of Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, and Vio-lence. Exodus' debut, the immortal, must-have, undisputed thrash classic 'Bonded By Blood' was released in 1985 via Torrid Records (then re-released in 1986 on Combat Records), and a vast tour with Slayer and Venom propelled the band into a household name.

 Vampire Release New Album Cover.

Vampire.Wednesday 1st February 2017
VAMPIRE have unveiled the cover for their upcoming second full length album 'With Primeval Force', a monstrous piece of handcrafted art by renowned artist Nick Keller (http://cargocollective.com/nickbkeller). 'With Primeval Force' is set to be released on April 21 through Century Media records.
 
With the release of their self-titled debut album and the follow-up EP 'Cimmerian Shade' VAMPIRE already made quite an impression on the extreme metal scene with their unique mixture of harsh Teutonic thrash metal riffs, sombrous melodies and ghoulish vocals from the grave.

The new album offers nine tracks of furious and nightmarish death/thrash metal. Still remaining true to the path they have chosen, VAMPIRE have further embedded a dimension of eeriness, a baleful aura that indwells every track like a black spell.
 
A rough mix version of the album track “Skull Prayer” has been made available. Check it out here: http://smarturl.it/VampireSKULLPRAYER

 Depeche Mode To Release New Album 'Spirit' In March.

Depache Mode.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Iconic, multi-platinum selling musical pioneers Depeche Mode will release their much anticipated new single "Where's The Revolution" on Friday, February 3rd. The track, which Depeche Mode teased during their highly viewed press conference in Milan this past fall, is the first new music from the band in four years and the first offering from their impending 14th studio album, Spirit, which will be released globally on March 17th on Columbia Records.

Spirit marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys) and serves as the follow up to the band's blockbuster 2013 album Delta Machine which debuted at #1 in 12 countries.  The album has already garnered critical acclaim in early previews, with Q Magazine calling Spirit "the most energized Depeche Mode album in years".

Depeche Mode will support the release of the LP with an extensive world tour, giving both new and lifelong fans alike a chance to experience the band's stunning live shows. The first leg of the Global Spirit Tour, on sale now, will see the band play to over 1.5 million fans at 34 shows in 21 countries throughout Europe. The tour kicks off May 5th in Stockholm, Sweden and will stop at stadiums across Europe before continuing beyond summer with shows in North and South America.

For the full summer tour schedule and to sign up to receive announcements about upcoming tour dates, please visit www.depechemode.com

 Mallory Knox Release New Single 'Better Off Without You'.

Mallory Knox.Monday 1st February 2017
Today Mallory Knox return with 'Better Off Without You', the second single to be lifted from their
forthcoming third album 'Wired' , released March 10th on RCA. 

Written about the prescription drug Citalopram, used to treat anxiety and depression, 'Better Off Without You' was borne out of bassist Sam Douglas' frustration towards a doctor who took a particularly lax approach to his treatment. 'For something so personal it all felt very impersonal' recalls Sam of the experience that provoked one of the band's most pertinent, thought-provoking tracks to date. Drawing on their characteristically thunderous style, 'Better Off Without You' leaves no doubt in the listener's mind that Mallory Knox are back in full force with something important to say.

Defined by psychological conflict, 'Wired' documents a journey of self-discovery for the band. 'Sometimes the biggest part i s the realisation that you are fucked up,' Mikey says, 'and you do need to sort yourself out if you're ever going to find a pathway to happiness, that leads you away from the vices that deafen you daily.' The future of the band, though, seems impossibly bright.

'Better Off Without You' follows album opener and lead single 'Giving It Up', which was praised by BBC Radio 1's MistaJam for its 'completely undeniable' energy and spent five weeks on their playlist. The Cambridge five-piece have previously released three Radio 1 A-Listed singles, sold out London's 3,700-capacity Roundhouse, played the main stages at Reading & Leeds and Download and reached #16 on the UK Album Chart with their last album 'Asymmetry'. This year, the band will embark on an extensive UK headline tour, including two nights at London's Koko , with further dates to be announced later in the year.

'Wired' will be released March 10th on RCA, including the following tracks:

  1. Giving It Up
  2. California
  3. Wired
  4. For You
  5. Midnight
  6. Better Off Without You
  7. Falling in Love
  8. Lucky Me
  9. Saviour
  10. Come Back Around
  11. Mother


Pre order 'Wired' here:
Official Store
Apple Music / iTunes Spotify
Google Play Amazon

Mallory Knox will play the following live dates in 2017.
 
20 Mar          Bristol, O2 Academy
21 Mar          Cardiff, Tramshed
22 Mar          Norwich, UEA
24 Mar          Birmingham, O2 Institute 
25 Mar          Sheffield, Leadmill
26 Mar          Cambridge, Corn Exchange
28 Mar          Aberdeen, Garage
29 Mar          Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
31 Mar          Newcastle, University SU
1 April           Liverpool, O2 Academy
2 April           Portsmouth, Pyramids
4 April           Oxford, O2 Academy
5 April          London, KOKO
6 April          London, KOKO

 Sanctury Release New Lyric Video.

Sanctury.Monday 1st February 2017
Century Media Records and legendary US metal act SANCTUARY have teamed up to release 'Inception', a collection of presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, on February 24, 2017.

Magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed), SANCTUARY now presents another track taken from this release, the previously unreleased 'Dream Of The Incubus'!

Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
“‘Dream Of The Incubus’ was one of those forgotten SANCTUARY songs. It’s awesome to see it finally get released. I believe we only played ‘Incubus’ live one time. This video footage was from our first Seattle show in the late 80s at a venue called The OZ. The introduction at the beginning is Jeff Gilbert from the radio show “Brain Pain”. Jeff was a huge help to SANCTUARY and many other Seattle bands from that time frame.”

Watch the lyric video for 'Dream Of The Incubus (Demo 1986)' and enjoy some glorious, wild and raw 80’s nostalgia: https://youtu.be/Zw2Y4VE40Ec

'Inception' will be available as Gatefold LP on 180 gram vinyl and comes with a 12-page LP-sized booklet, poster, and the album on CD as additional extra. Apart from that it will be released as Special Edition CD Digipak with a 28-page booklet, and digital album.

Apart from rare photos, flyers, artwork sketches, the booklet also offers detailed liner notes by Lenny Rutledge covering SANCTUARY’s early history.

See below for a list of coloured vinyl limitations and various pre-ordering options:

Red vinyl – limited to 100 copies! CMDistro EU exclusive – few copies left!
Gold vinyl - limited to 200 copies! CMDistro EU
Buy above mentioned colours here: http://smarturl.it/inceptionCMDistro
Dark green vinyl - limited to 200 copies! Pre-order now: http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/produkte/tontraeger/vinyl/lp-cd/sanctuary-inception-dark-green-vinyl.html
Clear vinyl – limited to 200 copies! Pre-order now:
http://www.hrrshop.de/SANCTUARY-Inception-LP-CD-LTD-CLEAR
Black vinyl – not limited

Click here to see further selected stores and download/streaming platforms:
http://smarturl.it/SanctuaryINCEPTION

Pre-order the digital album and get the singles 'Dream Of The Incubus' and 'Die For My Sins' straight away:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/inceptioniTunes
AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/inceptionAmazonMP3
 
Recorded in March of 1986 ('Soldiers Of Steel', 'Battle Angels') at Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington and Studio One in White Center between April and July 1986, 'Inception' contains previously unreleased highlights such as 'Dream of The Incubus' and 'I Am Insane' as well as several classic 'Refuge Denied' songs allowing you to delve deep into the Seattle legend’s beginnings.

With several festivals already booked for next year, a new album in the works, 'Inception' being released, 2017 shall be the year when past and future of SANCTUARY unite. Look forward to the next assault of the soldiers of steel!

SANCTUARY – 'Inception' track-listing:
1. Dream Of The Incubus
2. Die For My Sins
3. Soldiers Of Steel
4. Death Rider / Third War
5. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
6. Ascension To Destiny
7. Battle Angels
8. I Am Insane
9. Veil Of Disguise

SANCTUARY live
15.06.2017 – 17.06.2017 (DE) ST. GOARSHAUSEN / Rockfels, Loreley
16.06.2017 - 18.06.2017 (FR) CLISSON / Hellfest
17.06.2017 (BE) DESSEL / Graspop Metal Meeting
12.07.2017 (DE) BALINGEN / Bang Your Head!!!, Messegelände
14.07.2017 - 15.07.2017 (SE) GAVLE / Gefle Metal Festival
24.07.2017 - 28.07.2017 (SV) TOLMIN / Metaldays
27.07.2017 - 29.07.2017 (DE) BRANDE-HOERNERKIRCHEN / Headbangers Open Air
03.08.2017 – 05.08.2017 (DE) WACKEN / Wacken Open Air

 Blondie To Release New Album 'Pollinator'.

Blondie.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Blondie lights up 2017 with the release of their 11th studio album Pollinator by BMG on May 5th – an incredible new record and a modern take on the classic, vintage sound of one of the world's most influential and legendary bands. 

New York's famed recording studio, The Magic Shop, notably known for David Bowie's last two albums as well as one by Lou Reed, was a particularly fitting setting to inspire Blondie's musical creativity.  The last album recorded at The Magic Shop prior to its closure, Pollinator is a riot of sound and musical colour; its 11 tracks represent the continuation of a 40+ year musical conversation that Blondie started.

From the new album Pollinator, the lead single "Fun" is available to stream and download now. Plus a highly collectible 7" vinyl pressing of "Fun" will be available to order from independent retailers on February 1st - with only 1000 copies available.

"Fun" co writer and TV On the Radio's Dave Sitek, perhaps more a descendent of Blondie's New York post-punk legacy, returns them to a 21st Century Studio 54 with the new single. With Debbie Harry and the band sounding better than ever, Blondie's euphoric new track plays like the best party ever thrown, and captures that unique combination of their enviable cool and sheer melodic joy.

Blondie's classic writing duo of Chris Stein and Debbie Harry are at the heart of Pollinator's creation - with "Doom Or Destiny" and "Love Level", while keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen's two tracks ("Already Naked" / "Too Much") prove the band continues to evolve almost song by song. Blondie's founding drummer Clem Burke provides the unmistakably thrilling propulsion throughout. 

And Chris Stein's fascination with modern culture sees him mine a song from Adam Johnston aka an Unkindness ("Fragments"), first heard as a sample on the Vancouver based indie artist's YouTube movie reviews.

Producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, John Grant, War On Drugs, David Byrne) brought the band into the studio to record live, capturing the essence of one of the founders of punk rock, a genre that defined his life.

Pop's uber writers and chart queens Sia (the shimmering synth led "Best Day Ever") and Charli XCX (digital, bubble gum punk of "Gravity") are fans invited by an admiring Blondie to contribute. 

The Smiths' Johnny Marr, an old friend and admirer writes "My Monster" and joins the band on guitar, while Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) cements an enduring partnership with Blondie by channeling shards of "Heart Of Glass" into the irresistible "Long Time".

Along the way, Joan Jett and Laurie Anderson make studio appearances ("Doom or Destiny") along with The Gregory Brothers ("When I Gave Up On You").

>"Their material is part of us and we are part of them", says frontwoman Debbie Harry of their co-writers, all of whom were influenced by her band in the first place, "It's a celebration of recycling!"

Sounding more vital and essential then ever, Pollinator is a Blondie record for 2017 that stands alongside any in their extraordinary career.

World-renowned artist Shepard Fairey has designed the Pollinator artwork which, as well as CD, digital and heavy weight vinyl, will be available as a limited edition 7" box set. Fans will also be able to order a limited red heavy weight vinyl album from the artist store and an exclusive white heavy weight vinyl from independent retailers.

Blondie have already announced April 2017 Australia and New Zealand dates, which are soon to be followed by the concert dates in the US and Canada (summer 2017), the UK and Europe.

Blondie are: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Matt Katz-Bohen, Leigh Foxx and Tommy Kessler.
Pollinator Track List:
1. Doom or Destiny
2. Long Time
3. Already Naked
4. Fun
5. My Monster
6. Best Day Ever
7. Gravity
8. When I Gave Up On You
9. Love Level
10. Too Much
11. Fragments

 Slam Dunk Festival Adds More Bands.

Slam Dunk Festival.Wednesday 1st February 2017
Showing no signs of slowing down, Slam Dunk Festival 2017 have unveiled that Neck Deep, Citizen, Turnover, Set It Off, Memphis May Fire, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills and Oceans Ate Alaska will join headliners Enter Shikari for the biggest pop-punk festival of the year.

Welsh pop-punk sensations Neck Deep have enjoyed a mammoth 18 months, taking over festival main stages and leading a generation with their infectious singalong hooks on both sides of the Atlantic. With debut album 'Wishful Thinking’ already landing as one of the genre’s definitive releases of the past few years, their return to Slam Dunk is set to be a true coronation of a band primed to continue their emphatic journey.

Coming from the ever evolving Run For Cover Records stable, labelmates Citizen and Turnover will be making their first appearances at Slam Dunk Festival.

On their return to the UK for Slam Dunk Festival, Citizen say;

Everyone in Citizen is ecstatic to return to the U.K. Likewise, it's exciting being able to play a fest and see some friends, something we're not often able to do overseas.”

Leading with anthemic singalongs and unrelenting beatdowns alike, both Set it Off and Memphis May Fire will be making their return to Slam Dunk Festival.

Set It Off, the upbeat Floridian mob who are renowned for their exhilarating live show will be bringing their extensive feelgood back catalogue to the festival with acclaimed singles such as ‘Forever Stuck In Our Youth’ and ‘Ancient History’. Metal powerhouse Memphis May Fire are also set to bring a high-octane performance to Slam Dunk Festival 2017 as they return to the stage with blistering new album ‘This Light I Hold’.

Cody Carson of Set It Off says;

"Slam Dunk is one of our favorite festivals to play! You guys never hold back, the energy is insane, and we get to see all of our friends in other bands that we usually don't get to see otherwise. We can't wait to play some new stuff for you all finally!"

Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire says;

"This will be our 3rd time playing Slam Dunk Festival & we couldn't be more excited about it! The UK feels like a 2nd home to us these days so we're itching to get back & play material from our new album 'This Light I Hold'!"

Fearless Records will be delivering an incredible metalcore invasion as the visceral I Prevail, melodic thrillers Ice Nine Kills and tech-heavy Oceans Ate Alaska are all set to storm Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield this May.

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail says;

"From the day we started I Prevail we've had an insane amount of support coming from the U.K.  The rock music community there is world class. We couldn't be more excited to be a part of a festival like Slam Dunk. We've been waiting a very long time to head across the pond and give it our all performing for the fans that mean so much to us. See you all soon."

Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills says;

""I couldn't think of a better way to return to the U.K. than by doing Slam Dunk. I've admired the festival from afar for years so it's very exciting to finally be a part of it."

On their debut Slam Dunk Festival performance, Oceans Ate Alaska say;

'Slam Dunk's a huge festival we've all gone to for years and we're really excited to be playing this year's line up for the first time. Coming from Birmingham, we're stoked to be representing the UK's Midlands music scene!'

Kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday 27th May, the festival will travel to Leeds on Sunday 28th May before finishing up in Hatfield on Monday 29th May, once again ensuring the Slam Dunk Festival Bank Holiday Weekend is the only place to be to catch the finest in alternative music.

FULL LINE-UP TO DATE
Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, Citizen, Turnover, Set It Off,  Against Me! The Bronx, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Memphis May Fire, The Movielife, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cute Is What We Aim For, We The Kings, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills, Oceans Ate Alaska, Trophy Eyes, Like Pacific.

TICKET INFORMATION
Advance tickets £44 or £49 with after party are on sale now. www.slamdunkmusic.com

 Green Day Announce British Summer Time Support.

British Summer Time.Tuesday 31st January 2017
Just when you thought a date with Green Day at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park couldn't get any better, eight mega bands have been announced, completing the essential rock line up of the summer. Their Hyde Park show is part of their incredible Revolution Radio Tour.

Rancid will be hitting Hyde Park in continued support of Green Day's massive Revolution Radio world tour. Founded by 1980s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Rancid is often credited, along with Green Day, for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock during the mid-1990s.

The band's colossal hits include Ruby Soho and Time Bomb from theirplatinum-selling album '...And Out Come the Wolves'. They have released eight groundbreaking albums, selling over four million records worldwide. Off the back of their headlining South American tour this spring, plus their UK and European tour dates with Green Day, the mighty Rancid will be bringing a slice of chaos to the crowds of London this July.

Also joining Green Day is New York's wildest Gypsy punk group, Gogol Bordello. The band rose to mainstream fame in 2005 with the release of their thunderous track Start Wearing Purple, taken from the their third album 'Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike'. The band's latest album 'Pura Vida Conspiracy' was released in 2013. Its title derives from a Spanish slang phrase for "pure life", a theme that undoubtedly resonates with the band. Known for their theatrical stage shows and the immense force of energy that is Ukranian front man Euguene Katz, Gogol Bordello are guaranteed to set Hyde Park alight.

Sweden's coolest garage band The Hives will be warming up the crowds for Green Day on 1st July. Hailed as one of the best live rock bands of the 21st century, The Hives stormed to stardom in 2000 with the release of album  "Veni Vidi Vicious", including infectious hit Hate To Say I Told You So. Hot off the heels of their European and UK tour this spring, howlin' lead singer Pelle Almqvis, plus Nicholaus Arson, Vigilante Carlstroem, Chris Dangerous and The Johan and Only will make their debut Hyde Park appearance this summer.

Australian punk rockers The Living End will also be taking to the stage in support of Green Day. The trio is gearing up for Hyde Park with a tour of their homeland in March before bringing fresh material to the UK from their brand new album "Shift" (out May 13th). Crowds can expect exciting new tunes to combine with classic fan favourites Prisoner of Society and Roll On.

Beach Slang first made their mark on the scene with hit Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? and have continued to produce punk rock anthems ever since. Known for their unrestrained and even more unapologetic onstage presence, Beach Slang's set is guaranteed to bring the right amount of chaos to Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park this summer.

American punk rockers SWMRS have taken influence from the Beach Boys, The Ramones and everything in between to form their very own brand of rock n' roll. With a series of profound releases since their formation in 2004, this year will see their latest record Drive North hit the UK in March and then on to the London's Hyde Park in July.

From their beginnings in drummer Jacob Faber's basement in Brooklyn, Sunflower Bean have come a long way. Having rounded off 2016 with a UK tour in support of their debut album "Human Ceremony", the trio are making a welcome return to London to give us one hell of a show.

Last but not least, new kids on the block Public Access TV have been creating a buzz on their musical journey so far – and for good reason. Having released their debut album in September last year, the band has kick-started 2017 with a US tour and will no doubt be ready to land in London and show us what they've got!

An epic day filled with epic bands; Green Day will be joined on Saturday 8th July by Rancid, Gogol Bordello, The Hives, The Living End, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Sunflower Bean and Public Access TV – all at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017.

Also headlining at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017 is Phil Collins (30th June), Justin Bieber (2nd July), Kings of Leon (6th July), The Killers (8th July) and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (9th July). Full supporting line-ups are to be announced.

Now approaching its fifth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been host to some of the biggest and best live acts since its debut in 2013. From The Rolling Stones to Carole King, The Libertines to The Who, Kylie to Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath to Taylor Swift, music history has been written almost night by night.

About Green Day:

Since breaking through in 1994 with the Dookie album, Green Day – formed by Billie Joe Armstrong (lead singer), Mike Dirnt (bassist) and Tré Cool (drummer) – have become one of the world's biggest bands with over 75 million worldwide sales. After a succession of hit albums, their 2004 rock opera American Idiot reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation.

Green Day have won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 in what was their first year of eligibility for induction.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:
Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014
'Festival of the Year' at the UK Event Awards 2013
'Best Use of New Technology' at the Festival Awards 2013

TICKETS ON-SALE NOW
£62.50 General Admission
£72.50 Priority Entry
£139.00 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden
£199.00 Terrace

 Loads Of Acts Added To Live At Leeds.

Live At Leeds.Tuesday 31st January 2017
Cementing its position as the definitive opener for the summer festival season, Live At Leeds has announced a string of new names sure to leave their mark this April, with performances that’ll set the path for the year ahead in music.

Leading the new batch of bands and artists set to descend on Leeds City Centre this April is Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. Complete with one of the most recognisable voices of 2017, his staggering rise over the past 12 months has seen Rag ‘N’ Bone Man become the most-talked about name in modern music - with his all-conquering anthem ‘Human’ an exciting introduction to the soul-infused tales of heartache and triumph that’ll pepper his upcoming debut album. Fresh from being named the BRITS Critics Choice, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s set at Live At Leeds this year is destined to be a true “I Was There” moment.

Nothing But Thieves are primed to touch down at this year’s Live At Leeds, bringing the runaway success of their self-titled debut to the city, a collection that has taken them around the globe and onto prized headline slots. A band destined for greatness, they’re ones not to miss at Live At Leeds this year. Honeyblood will be hitting the festival with a barrage of infectious spiky hooks after returning last year with second album ‘Babes Never Die’. With a live show that’ll grab everyone’s attention from the first note, their appearance at Live At Leeds will celebrate a band well and truly in full flight, and one that’s destined to hit bigger stages from here on out. Equally as ambitious are Aussie trio DMA’s, bringing their Britpop inspired singalong anthems to Live At Leeds after a jam-packed appearance at last year’s festival. Expect stadium-sized euphoria and a passionate evening of heart on the sleeve tales, as their breakthrough year continues.

Speaking about returning to Live At Leeds, DMA’s said:

"Really looking forward to playing Live At Leeds - last year was sick"
 
Laden with a wall of psychedelic sound, Temples are primed with one of the most anticipated releases of the year - with their new album ‘Volcano’ set to erupt in March. With a sound that blends generations of innovative rock and an unfaltering passion for experimental edges, expect Temples to be one of the most talked about sets of the day. The squad are back in town as The Hunna return to Live At Leeds, turning things up to ‘100’ with a set crammed full of instantly adored moments as one of the true breakthrough bands of the past 12 months roll into the city. Vying for that crown of loved masses are Clean Cut Kid - shimmering into the year with passionate and lush tales of heartache and bliss with effervescent fun flowing through them. Lead by the distinctive voice of frontman Mike Halls, Clean Cut Kid are guaranteed to bring one of the most life-affirming sets of the day, as Liverpool’s finest takeover Live At Leeds.

Marking the announcement, The Hunna’s Prince Jammer said:

"Excited to play live at Leeds again this year! last year for us was an introduction. This year we have even more to prove... Be ready 👊🏼"

Sunshine-synth poppers Fickle Friends will be gliding into Live At Leeds with their infectious blend of summer melodies and pop hooks, marking a moment where one of the nation’s next big favourites marks their stamp on 2017. Also joining the bill for Live At Leeds 2017, is the wistful charm of Gabrielle Aplin, packed with a catalogue of instantly vibrant and recognisable hits such as ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’, ‘Home’ and her own version of ‘The Power Of Love’ which are sure to trigger a choir of fans when she takes the stage at Live At Leeds 2017. On the other end of the spectrum, and showcasing the sheer breadth in style and swagger that makes Live At Leeds such a key date in the summer calendar - is The Moonlandingz. The semi-fictional ‘ouija psych-pop’ supergroup remain one of the most cult-like offerings in modern rock, combining members of the Fat White Family and The Eccentronic Research Council into a live spectacle that is as unmissable as it is unpredictable. Sparks will fly at Live At Leeds when The Moonlandingz come to town.

Across the city, even more rising stars are set to stamp their own legacy on 2017 - combining not only the most talked-about sounds but also the most refreshing, to form a lineup that’s bursting at the seams with standout moments. On one side there’s the sharp sugar hit of Dream Wife, the savagely raw tones of Chase & Status collaborator Tom Grennan, the vibrant and vital hip-hop of Kojey Radical, the rollicking Weezer-esque highs of Get Inuit, the gritty ramshackle sheens of FISH and HMLTD and the alt-breezing She Drew The Gun. Then on the other, you’ll find even more figures destined to become a festival-goer’s next favourite act - whether that’s the visceral proto-punk of Idles, the Danish electro-pop beat swirls of Off Bloom, the instant kick of Dirty Hit signees King Nun and Pale Waves, spine-chilling melters Ider, the bustling primal waves of Trudy & The Romance, woozing scuzz fanatics Eat Fast or the peerless soul of Jake Isaac, Live At Leeds has it covered with a lineup of incredible new music unrivalled and unmatched in sheer scale and styles.

The fresh new batch of names come along with the announcement of the Live At Leeds: Welcome Party on April 28th, headlined by revered US synth-punk groovers Future Islands at Leeds University Stylus. Tickets for the show are separate from the Live At Leeds Saturday wristband, and are available now - kicking off the weekend in an emphatic style.

Speaking about the announcement, Festival Director Andy Smith said:

The reaction to the festival bill has been fantastic this year, so we’re looking forward to getting the rest of the lineup out there.
 
We announced that Future Islands will open proceedings on the Friday last week, a show I personally can’t wait to see and a great way to start the weekend.

This next festival announcement includes some really hotly tipped artists that we’ve seen go from strength to strength over the last year or so, Brits Critics winner Rag n Bone Man, The Hunna, Tom Grennan, Fickle Friends & DMA’s to name a few. Established artists like Nothing But Thieves, Gabrielle Aplin & Temples all return and It’s great to see some new strong local bands breaking through. Centre Stage winners Faux Pas, The Golden Age of TV and Dance to the Radio Compilation artists Fling, Lamia, Dead Naked Hippies & The Tiny Minds all have great potential.

I’d say it’s our best bill since we started, loads of future stars further down the bill so make sure you take a listen to the ones you may not of heard of yet.

These new names, amongst over 75 added today, join a lineup already packed with sensational game-changers and established hitters - including the likes of Slaves, Wild Beasts, White Lies, The Pigeon Detectives, Jagwar Ma, Teleman, JAWS, Black Honey, The Big Moon, Superfood, The Amazons, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Magic Gang and many more. Taking over venues across Leeds City Centre, Live At Leeds is once again set to be the definitive live music experience of the year - celebrating a city and culture that thrives on looking forward and embracing the now.
ANNOUNCED TODAY - OVER 75 NEW ACTS

Rag ‘N’ Bone Man // Nothing But Thieves // DMA’s // Honeyblood // The Hunna // Temples // Fickle Friends // Gabrielle Aplin // Clean Cut Kid // The Moonlandingz // Dream Wife // Get Inuit // Tom Grennan // HMLTD // Eat Fast // Kojey Radical // She Drew The Gun // Ider // Fish // Trudy & The Romance // Idles // LIFE // King Nun // Pale Waves // Jake Isaac // Lewis Watson // Aine Cahill // Be Charlotte // Off Bloom // Tender // Artificial Pleasure // Otzeki // Xamvolo // Matt Maltese // Chinah // Plastic Mermaids // Tom Walker // Connie Constance // Adrian Coker // Anna Straker // Atlas Wynd // Bad Nerves // Banfi // Bryde // Club Drive // Easylife // Fazerdaze // Husky Loops // Indigo Husk // Jordan Allen //
Jordan Mackampa // Joy Crookes // Judas // Kovic // Kyko // Laurel // Lea Porcelain // Marthagunn // Paris Youth Foundation // Puma Blues // Rory Wynne // Ten Tonnes // The Orielles // White Kite // Yellow Days // Cerys Selvey // Jade Bird // Chest Pains // Dead Naked Hippies // Faux Pas // Fling // Furr // Heir // The Gallery // The Golden Age Of TV // The Tiny Minds // Treeboy & Arc

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

Slaves // Wild Beasts // White Lies // Jagwar Ma // The Pigeon Detectives // Teleman // JAWS // Let’s Eat Grandma // Black Honey // The Big Moon //
The Amazons // Superfood // The Magic Gang // Bad Sounds // Freak //
Nilufer Yanya // Flamingods // Brian Deady // The Night Cafe // NGOD //
The Bay Rays // Blackwaters // The Pale White // Fangclub // Gurr // Luxury Death // Kllo // Team Picture // Lamia // Clay // The Opera Comic // Marsicans
 
Editors Notes
Live At Leeds 2017 is set to take place on Saturday 29th April 2017
Full day wristbands provide access to all venues, general admission tickets are £32.50
https://www.facebook.com/liveatleedsofficial

 Mortiis Announce VIP Packages.

Mortiis.Tuesday 31st January 2017
For the first time ever Mortiis will offer an incredible VIP package to their fans for their forthcoming UK tour in March. The package offers a Meet and Greet with the band where fans will be able take photos, have merchandise signed and ask all those long-pondered questions. 

Additionally, the VIP package also offers a copy of 'The Unraveling Mind', recorded in 2006 for an underground horror movie which has remained unreleased until now. This release is strictly limited to 250 copies, split between five different vinyl colours - Red, Dark Blue, Clear Yellow, Transparent and Glow under UV light. The first 50 copies, on red marbled vinyl, will be hand-numbered in Mortiis' own blood. After the first 50 are sold out, fans can choose from the other four colours. Other goodies will include a flyer and sticker pack, an art print limited to 100 copies and a collector's VIP Laminate.

Please note that the Red "Blood Vinyl" will only available as part of the VIP Package which can be purchased here

The 4 other colours, can be purchased worldwide via the Mortiis Webstore, preorders are available now.

**If you already booked tickets for one of the shows, don´t worry, the VIP package does not include admission to the show.**

Ahead of the release of the 'The Great Corrupter' remix album in April, Mortiis will embark on a UK co-headline run this March with PIG, aka industrial pioneer Raymond Watts.

MORTIIS/PIG 'Swine & Punishment' UK TOUR
10 March Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
11 March Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
12 March Newcastle - Think Tank
13 March York - Fibbers
14 March Sheffield - Plug
15 March Manchester - Ruby Lounge
16 March Bristol - Fleece
17 March Norwich - Epic Studios
18 March London - Garage
Tickets are on sale now at:
https://www.stargreen.com

 Tragedy To Release New Album 'The Joy Of Sex'.

Tragedy.Tuesday 31st January 2017
The rise of Tragedy has been swift and incident filled. Their heavy metal meets the Bee Gees meets disco has been welcomed into the hearts and minds of people across the globe and now the band are back with the soon to be global smash album – ‘The Joy of Sex’.

The album is set for a European release on February 24th, just as the band hit the UK for another extensive run around the country.

‘The Joy of Sex’ features eleven new Tragedy hits – including ‘Little Red Corvette’ (Prince), ‘Borderline’ (Madonna), ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy’ (Rod Stewart), ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (Rick Astley) and their stunning re-make of the disco floor filling classic – ‘Stayin’ Alive’!

Much like their acclaimed re-working of the ‘Grease’ classic ‘You’re the One That I Want’, Tragedy have taken the Bee Gees disco classic and given it a 2017 update!!

The band recently finished the video for ‘Stayin’ Alive’ in New York with special guest star Dave Hill (acclaimed U.S. comedian) and will be launching the video clip very soon!

Their video for reworked ‘Grease’ classic ‘You’re the One That I Want’ took the U.S. by storm with 150,000 in its first week on You Tube!

Check out the clip here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxD_CAatY-8

Tragedy hit the UK for another fun filled tour starting on Feb 24th (full list of dates below).

Tragedy Bio
Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond. Tragedy has changed the face of music forever. This band of flamboyant men dressed in spandex, leather and sequins, takes your favourite Bee Gees, disco and soft-rock classics and reinvents them in a Heavy Metal fashion. The result is aural ecstasy. You may enter the Tragedy experience unaware of your latent appreciation for gooey soft rock or flamboyant metal, but you shall emerge forever humbled by the greatness of Tragedy, covered in glitter and with a smile that will last for days.

Tragedy has sold out venues like Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl and Terminal 5 in their hometown of NYC, as well as those in far-away lands such as London, Glasgow, Disneyland, Austin, Boston, DC, Tampa. Festivals include Guilfest (UK, with Motorhead), Summer Breeze (Germany), Bloodstock (UK, headlining) and Hammerfest (UK, headlining). The band has appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Bruce Dickinson’s Rock Show and has received international airplay. Tragedy has released three critically acclaimed albums: We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong, Humbled By Our Greatness, and their latest, Death to False Disco-Metal.
 
Tragedy is;
Disco Mountain Man -- lead vocals, lead back-up vocals, lead keyboards, lead cowbell
Mo'Royce Peterson -- lead vocals, lead back-up vocals, lead lead guitar
Andy Gibbous Waning -- lead bass, lead vocals, lead back-up vocals
Garry Bibb -- lead guitar, lead back-up vocals
The Lord Gibbeth -- lead drums, lead vocals
Lance -- towel boy, complete idiot

HOW DEEP IS YOUR MUM - UK TOUR 2017
Fri 24 Feb - MANCHESTER - Rebellion 
Sat 25 Feb - CARLISLE - Brickyard
Sun 26 Feb - LIVERPOOL - O2 Academy 
Mon 27 Feb - EDINBURGH - Bannermans 
Tues 28 Feb - GLASGOW - Audio 
Wed 1 March - NEWCASTLE - Think Tank 
Thurs 2 March - BILSTON/WOLVERHAMPTON - Robin 2 
Fri 3 March - BRISTOL - The Fleece 
Sat 4 March - LONDON - The Garage 
Sun 5 March - SOUTHAMPTON - 1865 
Tues 7 March - SWANSEA - Sin City 
Wed 8 March - MILTON KEYNES - Craufurd Arms 
Thurs 9 March - GREAT YARMOUTH - Legends of Rock Festival 
Fri 10 March - OXFORD - Bullingdon 
Sat 11 March - BUXTON - Buxton Rocks Festival 

 The Menzingers Unleash New Song 'Thick As Thieves'.

BThe Menzingers.MTuesday 31st January 2017
The Menzingers have shared a new song 'Thick as Thieves', taken from their album 'After The Party', which is out February 3rd. As previously announced, The Menzingers will tour the UK in support of 'After The Party' this coming April with a date at London's iconic Koko on 19th April plotted, as well as an appearance at Belgium's Groezrock Festival. 

In celebration of the new album, The Menzingers have created an 'After The Party' beer with Neshaminy Creek. The band explains, "we're very excited to announce we're collaborating with our friends at Neshaminy Creek once again. This time it will be an Irish-style Dry Stout brewed with English maris otter malt and conditioned on Reanimator coffee. 4% ABV and it is absolutely crushable."

THE MENZINGERS UK/EU HEADLINE TOUR:
(with Special Guests The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil)

Tue 18 Apr Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
Wed 19 Apr London, UK @ Koko
Thu 20 Apr Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Fri 21 Apr Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller
Sat 22 Apr Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
Sun 23 Apr Derby, UK @ The Venue
Mon 24 Apr Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios
Wed 26 Apr Cologne, DE @ Underground
Thu 27 Apr Berlin @ Musik & Frieden
Fri 28 Apr Munster, DE @ Uncle M event
Sat 29 Apr Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock
THE MENZINGERS share new song 'Thick As Thieves':
https://youtu.be/w_YXaO53mTg

 Sam Duckworth To Release New Album Digitally On Xtra Mile Recordings.

Sam Duckworth.Tuesday 31st January 2017
Shaken and stirred by the times, Sam Duckworth is pouring songs forth at an alarming rate. His latest batch, Kingdoms, is a solo acoustic album recorded around Christmas 2016 and is released digitally via Xtra Mile Recordings on 27 January 2017 following a tour of independent venues as part of Independent Venue Week. Purchase 'Kingdoms' at Xtra Mile Recordings and iTunes.

Even after releasing two EPs of original material, 'Digital Ghettos' and 'Beaches Ain't Shit', a live EP ('Live at LUX') and debut album 'Baby Boomers 2' as Recreations last year, Sam Duckworth continues to harness every drop of creativity and inspiration from current strife while mining for glimmers of positivity.

Written and recorded, on the most part, at the start of this year, 'Kingdoms' sees Duckworth at his rawest and most urgent. He expresses getting back up, dusting himself off and continuing on more determined through strummed chords and light electric guitar lines, with the emphasis this time on Sam's words. Largely anchored with percussive strumming, the subtle arpeggios, melodic solos and layers of colour still pop the songs perfectly. Upbeat in sound and measured in sentiment, Sam stays familiar in addressing the societal toll on community and self-confidence.

All These Nights' opens with the perfect summation of this, a chorus promising "all the nights that you spent working hard on regrets will not be erased but you can break the cycle if you're willing to change". Elsewhere, Sam revisits 2014 single, 1986, for its first proper release. What once felt like a dystopian daydream, now feels all the more real. "It's surprising we still fall, for spite on a wall." His acoustic version of 'Baby Boomers 2' closing track 'Lifestyle Concept Store', a surprisingly moving alternative take on an album favourite. Appropriately '1993' brushes up against Britpop, giving a bright, optimistic feel to an indictment of certain elements of a younger generation who "blame immigration for the failure to coexist".

The aroma of nostalgia isn't ignored, but instead of wishing for bygone times like some lost, mythical Albion, Sam seems both a little resigned to leaving it behind and, crucially, motivated to make the best of whatever comes next. It's all the more convincing coming from one of the UK's most prolific songwriters right now.

Tracklisting:

  1. All These Nights
  2. 1986
  3. 3rd Generation
  4. 1993
  5. Multitasker
  6. Lifestyle Concept Store
  7. Wrong Way Round
  8. Mucking Around
  9. Stars

Watch the video for '1986' here

 2Cellos To Release New Album 'Score'.

2Cellos.Tuesday 31st January 2017
2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks  album Score, available on 17th March, 2017. Bringing 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television, Score will be supported by a live show at London's Palladium on 22nd March before their world tour kicks off in July 2017.

An international sensation since their unique video version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" rocked YouTube with millions of hits in 2011, the Croatian cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser have created three high-energy albums for Sony Music Masterworks. Score finds them exploring a more traditional sound-world. Joining them here – to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity – is none other than the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. Šulić and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick (Elvis Presley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russell Watson, Il Divo, Plácido Domingo).

"We love movie music! This album represents some of our favorite pieces of music by our favorite film composers. Having the opportunity to arrange them for cello whilst working with the world class London Symphony Orchestra has been a dream come true," says Stjepan.

The album opens with an arrangement of Ramin Djawadi's melodies that score Game of Thrones, culminating in the bold Main Title theme, in which the stirring sound of cellos announces each of what may be the most eagerly awaited episodes in contemporary television.

Themes that drove some of the biggest epics in movie history are also featured in fresh new treatments – favorite Oscar-winning themes from James Horner's score for Titanic ("My Heart Will Go On"), John Williams' score for Schindler's List and Vangelis's score for Chariots of Fire, as well as "For the Love of a Princess" from Braveheart (also by Horner); "May It Be" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (introduced in the film by Enya); and the inspiring "Now We Are Free" from Gladiator, by the film's composer Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard and Klaus Badelt.

The vocal beauty of the cello's sound is a perfect match for a brace of romantic themes. They include the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer song "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's ("Moon River"); Ennio Morricone's beautiful themes for Cinema Paradiso and Malena; Nino Rota's love theme for The Godfather; Francis Lai's Oscar-winning theme from Love Story; Hans Zimmer's theme from Rain Man; and Stanley Myers' haunting "Cavatina" heard in The Deer Hunter.

2CELLOS have forged a signature style that breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. As impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out, Šulić and Hauser know no limits when it comes to performing live. They have sold out shows around the globe and also performed with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.

2CELLOS were the first instrumentalists to be featured on Glee. They have also appeared on The One Show and multiple times on US shows including The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show.  Their self-titled debut album, IN2ITION and Celloverse are available on Sony Music Masterworks.

Tracklist
1.     Game of Thrones Medley                 (Game of Thrones)
2.     May it Be                                        (Lord of the Rings)
3.     For the Love of a Princess               (Braveheart)
4.     Love Story                                      (Love Story)
5.     Cinema Paradiso                             (Cinema Paradiso)
6.     Moon River                                                 (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
7.     Love Theme from The Godfather      (The Godfather)
8.     My Heart Will Go On                        (Titanic)
9.     Rain Man Theme                              (Rain Man)
10.  Cavatina                                         (Deer Hunter)
11.  Malena                                            (Malena)
12.  Schindler's List Main Theme             (Schindler's List)
13.  Titles from Chariots of Fire              (Chariots of Fire)
14.  Now We are Free                             (Gladiator)

 Black Star Riders Release Video For 'Heavy Fire'.

Black Star Riders.Monday 30th January 2017
U.S./Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their hotly-anticipated third  album Heavy Fire on the 3rd of February via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band premiere the new  lyric video for  'Heavy Fire', the album¹s thundering opening track.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, "Only fools would believe that rock n roll can rejuvenate a world in the throes of a collapsing civilisation that's coming under heavy fire from all asunder. But what if the would-be fools are right?"

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/GzATJV-qnOM

Pre-order Heavy Fire:
Limited Edition Orange and clear vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK Store: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireNBUK
Limited Edition Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl & Vinyl Pic Disc from Amazon.co.ukhttp://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAmzUK
Digital Album from iTunes: pre-order now and get the tracks When The Night Comes In¹, 'Testify Or Say Goodbye' and 'Heavy Fire' instantly:
http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT
 
ICYMI:
'Testify Or Say Goodbye':
 https://youtu.be/SvcNNeiMl90
Trailer #1https://youtu.be/PXFHrJfMtVY
Trailer #2https://youtu.be/NHb15oJTD8s
Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/yWm1diFNtK4
Trailer #4: https://youtu.be/xp_4OMk6T5U
Trailer #5: https://youtu.be/LNG0Zy6-2KE
'When The Night Comes In' lyric video: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

From the immediate riffs of album opener Heavy Fire to the instant hooks of first single When The Night Comes In², from the dirty bass groove of Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on Testify Or Say GoodbyeHeavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR's reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.
 
Following on from their critically acclaimed albums All Hell Breaks Loose and The Killer Instinct which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n¹ Roll, Heavy Fire will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  

Tracklistings as follows:

CD
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me
 
The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade
 
Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
 Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me
 
After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders  (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.
 
Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:
 
W/ Gun and The Amorettes (below)
Thursday 2nd March                                                   Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday 3rd March                                                          William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Saturday 4th March                                                    Academy, Dublin
Sunday 5th March                                                       Limelight, Belfast
Tuesday 7th March                                                     Ironworks, Inverness
W/ Backyard Babies and Gun (below)
Wednesday 8th March                                              O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Thursday 9th March                                                    O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Friday 10th March                                                       O2 Academy, Newcastle*
Saturday 11th March                                                  O2 Academy, Leeds*
Sunday 12th March                                                     O2 Ritz, Manchester*
Tuesday 14th March                                                   Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15th March                                            UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16th March                                                 O2 Academy Bristol*
Friday 17th March                                                       O2 Kentish Town Forum, London*
Saturday 18th March                                                  O2 Institute, Birmingham*
Sunday 19th March                                                     O2 Academy, Bournemouth*

 Phil Collins Announces British Summer Time Supports.

Phil Collins.Monday 30th January 2017
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park adds three major acts to its line up for one of the biggest shows of 2017. On Friday June 30th, Phil Collins will be taking to the stage in Hyde Park as part of his Not Dead Yet: Live tour – one of his first onstage appearances in nearly a decade.

Joining Collins on this momentous day in Hyde Park is one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie. With pioneering front woman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with newer band mates Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, the band are sounding stronger than ever.

During a career spanning four decades, Blondie have delivered a lifetime of smash hits including Heart of Glass, Dreaming, Tide Is High, Maria, Sunday Girl, Hanging on the Telephone, Rapture, One Way or Another, Call Me... the list goes on. Since their New York beginnings in the 70s, Blondie have dominated the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, selling over 40 million records in the process. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

With their much-anticipated new album due this year, Blondie are set to debut brand new songs for their 2017 tour dates, and show festival-goers why they belong at the top.

Supporting his former band mate is fellow Genesis star and longtime friend Mike Rutherford, with his supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. Since their formation in 1984, the band has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Their major hits include; Silent RunningAll I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of MouthAnother Cup of Coffee and the unforgettable Over My Shoulder - to name a few....

The band includes Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (Guitar), one of the UK's most prolific R&B singers, Andrew Roachford - Lead and backing vocals – (whose previous hits include Cuddly Toy and Family Man) and Canadian-born singer, Tim Howar - lead and backing vocals – who formed and toured with his band Vantramp, with the likes of Rod Stewart and Paolo Nutini. Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band's already established sound.

Mike + The Mechanics are about to embark on a sold out 30 date UK tour, including a triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall, before joining Phil at his huge Hyde Park show in the summer.  Their new album, 'Let Me Fly' is released April 7th on BMG.

Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 with their smash hit single Fever, earning them a Brit Award for 'Best New Band' the same year. The band has released four studio albums since; scoring ten Top 40 hit singles in the UK. Following a five-year hiatus in 2009, Starsailor (James Walsh, James Stelfox, Ben Byrne and Barry Westhead), returned for a triumphant world tour. This year, the Indie-rock quartet will have crowds singing along to the hits including Good Souls and Silence Is Easy, allin the wonderful summer setting of Hyde Park.

An unbeatable festival line up; Phil Collins will be joined by Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics and Starsailor this summer, making this another huge day of music to go down in Hyde Park history. More supporting acts are to be announced.

Also headlining at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017 is Green Day (1st July), Justin Bieber (2nd July), Kings of Leon (6th July), The Killers (8th July) and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (9th July). Full supporting line-ups are to be announced.

Now approaching its fifth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been host to some of the biggest and best live acts since its debut in 2013. From The Rolling Stones to Carole King, The Libertines to The Who, Kylie to Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath to Taylor Swift, music history has been written almost night by night.

About Phil Collins:
One the most successful artists of his generation, with more UK Top 40 singles than any other artist of the 1980s, Phil Collins came to prominence first as drummer and then as frontman of Genesis, making his solo debut with 1981's album Face Value, containing smash hit single 'In The Air Tonight.'

He followed this with an extraordinary run as a prolific hit maker. 3 UK Number ones Easy Lover, You Can't Hurry Love and Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - as well as 7 US Number 1s and global smashes including One More Night, Separate Lives, Two Hearts, Another Day In Paradise, I Wish It Would Rain Down, Both Sides Of The Story and Dance Into The Light to name but a few.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:
Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014
'Festival of the Year' at the UK Event Awards 2013
'Best Use of New Technology' at the Festival Awards 2013

TICKETS ON-SALE NOW
£85.00 General Admission
£99.50 Priority Entry
£149.50 Gold Circle
£299.50 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden
£399.50 Diamond View
£399.50 The Terrace Grandstand
£699 Ultimate Bar

 Ramblin Man Fair Now A Three Day Festival.

Ramblin Man Fair.Monday 30th January 2017
Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful second year in 2016, Ramblin' Man Fair returns in 2017!
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 is a unique experience fast becoming 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, Eurostar via Ashford Int'l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.
Ramblin' Man Fair for the first time adds a third day, The festival will now be open from 4pm on Friday 28th July with the first wave of bands announced below!
The festival will be split into four stages over three days. Stages announced so far include Mainstage, Prog In the Park Stage, Outlaw Country Stage and Blues Stage. New for 2017 is a Guest stage unique to next year's event more details of which will emerge in a later release. Announced acts to date are:

Friday 28th July

Main Stage
Saxon (Headliner)
Last in Line
Graham Bonnet Band
*Plus Guest Act to be Announced*
 
Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th July

Main Stage
ZZ Top (UK Festival exclusive)
Extreme (UK Festival exclusive)
Dokken (UK Exclusive)
Blues Pills
Monster Truck
British Lion
Jared James Nichols
Colour Of Noise

Prog in the Park Stage
Kansas (Headliner)
Magnum
Focus
I Am The Morning
The Gift


Blues Stage
Joanne Shaw Taylor (Headliner)
The Quireboys (Blues set)
Big Boy Bloater

Outlaw Country Stage
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (Headliner)
Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
Ghoultown
Whiskey Dick
Jessica Lynn
 
Grooverider Stage
Rival Sons (Headliner)
Vintage Caravan
The Picture Books
Dirty Thrills



Information on just added bands:

Saxon (Mainstage, Friday HEADLINE) – Formed in 1977 Saxon was one of the early leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. With a career spanning 40 years they have become one of the most iconic bands of the European metal scene, selling over 15 million albums and headling festivals the world over. Frontman Biff Byford says "After a great time at the first Ramblin' Man Fair we are very happy to be asked back to headline the inaugural Friday night this year. With all the hits and more coming your way ... get out your denim and leather, it's going to be special"
Last in Line (Mainstage) – Formed in 2012 of original remaining members of the band Dio, Last in Line carry on the memory of one of the most iconic metal musicians of all time Ronnie James Dio. Expect an electricfying set of some of the most memorable metal tracks from the past three decades. Last in Line are Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, Erik Norlander and Andrew Freeman.

Friday only ticket General Admission - £45*
Friday only ticket VIP - £65*

Weekend General Admission – £150.00*
Weekend VIP - £250.00*
*Subject to booking Fee
 
Day Tickets Now On Sale at
Day General Admission - £85*
Day VIP Admission - £125*
*Subject to booking Fee

 Less Than Jakr Stream New EP.

Less Than Jake.Monday 30th January 2017
Influential Gainesville punk band Less Than Jake are back with a new EP, Sound The Alarm, that's due out on February 3rd via Pure Noise Records. Today, the band has partnered with AltPress.com to stream the record in its entirety.

Stream Sound The Alarm now at AltPress.com

"Right when you get your footing, and you get a foothold, that's when your life flips upside down. That's the world we live in sometimes, where calm turns into chaos and we have to push forward to gain some clarity. These seven songs could be the soundtrack to that passing moment, from calm to chaos back to clarity. We continue to push forward as a band, and mix everything we learned along the way into these tracks. You learn from history or are doomed to repeat the mistakes is what someone said and that is a truth on everything we do in this world. Sound The Alarm has Roger Lima at the helm again as was Jason Livermore from Blasting Room mixing and this release feels like a good continuing arc from our last full length See The Light. We keep refining what the modern LTJ is." - Vinnie Fiorello (drums)

They will release Sound The Alarm on 3rd February with their new label Pure Noise Records.
 
Fans can pre-order the record now at http://smarturl.it/LTJ
 
 The band also will co-headline a winter U.S. tour with San Diego rock band Pepper before returning to the UK in May for an appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.

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

Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/lessthanjake for additional updates.
http://purenoise.net/

 Motionless In White Release New Single 'Eternally Yours'

Motionless In White.Monday 30th January 2017
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE have today debuted 'Eternally Yours', another new song from their forthcoming fourth studio album 'Graveyard Shift', set to hit stores on 5th May.  The release will be their first for new label home, Roadrunner Records.  

You can check out the track streaming here on their YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/wKJNffx4Qz8 and pick it up today via iTunes, Amazon and all DSPs. 

'Eternally Yours' also features fan-designed single artwork (attached) and follows the previously released track, '570', the music video for which has received over 2.6 million views on the band's official YouTube.  Both tracks are taken from 'Graveyard Shift' which will be available for pre-order in the coming weeks. 

The band are currently on the road co-headlining 'The End Is Here' Tour across the US and are set for a European run of festivals including Download Festival in the UK on 9th June. 

 Arch Enemy Launch Live Video.

Arch Enemy.Monday 30th January 2017
Extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY have now launched a live video for 'War Eternal, filmed at Wacken 2016 which is taken from their upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray 'As The Stages Burn!', out on March 31st, 2017 via Century Media Records!   

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/p5etfIwlRbg

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

'War Eternal (Live at Wacken 2016)' is also available as a digital single and Instant Grat Track.

Click the link below to direct you to selected stores and download/streaming platforms: http://smarturl.it/ArchEnemyATSB

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

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

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

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

 The King Blues Release New Single And Announce New Album.

The King Blues.Friday 27th January 2017
The King Blues are thrilled to announce their brand new album "The Gospel Truth" will be released by Cooking Vinyl on April 14th (it really will be a Good Friday). Recorded in London in 2016 and produced by Mike Moore, the record is an infectious mix of ska punk and social commentary. Check out the awesome first track "Heart of A Lion"
Enigmatic frontman Itch says: "I'm so excited to be releasing our first full length album since 2012. It's been a real collaborative effort with the fans sending in voice notes of their journey of the past year mixed in with my own experiences. This is the most vulnerable and honest we've ever been and I'm really proud of it"

Preorder "The Gospel Truth" here

The band are currently destroying venues in the UK on a SOLD OUT tour and are excited to announce the following shows this Spring:

April
22nd Barnstaple, The Factory
23rd Bournemouth, Sound Circus
24th Brighton, The Haunt
25th Reading, Sub 89
27th Gloucester, Guildhall
28th Bedford, Bedford Esquires
29th Northampton, Picturedome
30th Tunbridge Wells, The Forum

May

2nd Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
3rd Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
4th Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
5th Scunthorpe, Cafe INDIEpendent

>Tickets are priced £12 for all shows and are on sale now from the links above or www.seetickets.com

 Mastodon Announce New Album 'Emperor Of Sands'.

Mastodon.Friday 27th January 2017
Internationally celebrated heavy rock icons  MASTODON are proud to announce the title, track-listing, and release date of their eighth studio album, Emperor Of Sand — the follow-up to their universally praised 2014 album Once More 'Round The Sun. The album will be released on March 31st via Reprise Records. Emperor Of Sand will be available for pre-order beginning today at www.mastodonrocks.com. The deluxe pre-order package will contain the album on double 180-gram vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket along with a bonus Color-In-Your-Own vinyl jacket, plus an exclusive box of Mastodon colored pencils. In addition fans will also receive a digital copy of the entire album on March 31st, along with an instant download of the album track "Sultan's Curse."

Emperor Of Sand will also be available digitally and on CD. UK Pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon

Click here to view the typically stunning album artwork by Alan Brown in a glorious, full 360-degree view. Alan Brown, aka Medusawolf, created the cover and inside gatefold images. Click here to learn more about the artist.

Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. "Emperor of Sand is like the grim reaper," says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. "Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'"

"We're reflecting on mortality," adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. "To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives."

Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.

Over the course of Mastodon's career, the band members have fearlessly continued to push themselves towards greater creative heights on their recorded output. Each studio album has united an ever-expanding worldwide legion of fans who have come to expect the unexpected twists and turns that have elevated Mastodon to become one of the most respected and influential creative forces in rock music.

Mastodon kick off a Spring U.S. headline tour in support of Emperor Of Sand beginning April 14th in Missoula, MT, with support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the Carolina Rebellion Festival on May 5th. The band will also return to the UK this summer to perform at Download Festival.

Please see below for all tour dates and visit www.mastodonrocks.com/tour to purchase tickets.

Tour Dates:
# indicates festival date. All other dates are headline shows.

04/14 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
04/15 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
04/16 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
04/18 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
04/20 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium
04/21 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
04/23 Salt Lake City, UT Complex
04/24 Denver, CO Fillmore
04/26 Kansas City, KS Uptown Theater
04/27 St. Louis, MO Pageant
04/28 Birmingham, AL Iron City
# 04/29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville Festival
# 04/30 Ft. Myers, FL Fort Rock Festival
05/02 Washington, DC Fillmore
05/03 Toronto, ON Rebel
05/04 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
#05/05 Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion Festival
05/06 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
05/08 Boston, MA House of Blues
05/09 Portland, ME State Theater
05/11 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
05/12 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/13 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
05/14 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
05/16 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theater
05/17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
05/18 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
05/19 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
05/20 Austin, TX ACL Live
#6/9-11 Donington, UK, Download Festival

For further tour and ticket info visit: www.mastodonrocks.com/tour

Lastly, Mastodon have created an entirely new line of Emperor Of Sand merch. A variety of ultra-cool bundles are now available through the Official Mastodon Store. Click here to view all options.

The track-listing for Emperor of Sand is as follows:

Sultan's Curse
Show Yourself
Precious Stones
Steambreather
Roots Remain
Word To The Wise
Ancient Kingdom
Clandestiny
Andromeda
Scorpion Breath
Jaguar God

 Imelda May Announces New Album "Life, Love, Flesh, Blood".

Imelda May.Friday 27th January 2017
Imelda May Announces Forthcoming Album
 
LIFE. LOVE. FLESH. BLOOD

Released on DECCA on 7th April

Featuring the personal and heart-wrenching blues ballad 'BLACK TEARS' with guitar legend Jeff Beck


"She has poured her heart and soul into her new album" Evening Standard

"I love the girl she used to be but I think I love even more the woman she's become. Still mischievous and playful, still a siren, but there's an ache in her voice now that has me with a glass at my ear to the wall of her world where trouble has entered the room. There's an erotic power here that's not just feminine power. She makes truth telling an invitation to intimacy." Bono

"I've never met anyone quite like Imelda May. She is full of life...I was inspired by her honesty and her generosity, and I continue to be intrigued." T Bone Burnett


Imelda May today reveals her stunning new album cover as she officially announces her fifth studio record, entitled 'Life. Love. Flesh. Blood', to be released on Decca Records on 7th April.

It is clear that one of Ireland's biggest exports has found a new groove, here presenting the most personal and intimately autobiographical album she has ever written. The album is produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, who said of Imelda:

"When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open hearted way" – T Bone Burnett

Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the album features musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck (on 'Black Tears'), piano legend Jools Holland (on 'When It's My Time') and an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Elton John & Leon Russell, Ray Lamontagne) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions), the same band that recorded Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand.

The album marks a new direction for May who, in the time since her 2014 release Tribal, ended her marriage of eighteen years. Imelda May's new sound sits firmly outside of any sharply defined genre box, widely spanning blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz. 'Life, Love, Flesh, Blood' breathes new life into a classic sound, with Imelda's powerhouse vocal as distinctive as ever, cementing her position as one of the strongest vocalists of her generation. The singer herself describes the record as her most "honest" yet. Imelda's life changed considerably in the run up to recording, and this is documented in the only way she knew how. "It's therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read. Some of my favorite songs don't say much, but they reveal everything." Imelda explains.

Single 'Black Tears', premiering today, is one such example. A personal and heart-wrenching ballad, it features a distinctive slide guitar part, coupled with a unique picking and guitar tone that could be the handiwork of only one man – the legendary Jeff Beck.

Jeff Beck says of Imelda,
"I knew it from the start ...you cannot ignore talent this unique" – Jeff Beck

Imelda showcases her raw yet restrained breathtaking lead vocal, complimented by rich backing vocals and a super tight rhythm section. Written with Angelo Petragalia (Kings of Leon), the inspiration for the song's visual and poignant lyrics were inspired by a very personal moment for Imelda:

"I wrote Black Tears with Angelo Petraglia after a heart wrenchingly difficult goodbye. I closed my door and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror with black tears rolling down my face. It's a sight and situation most women have unfortunately seen ourselves in at some point in life. Angelo had a beautiful guitar piece that fit the mood perfectly."

Imelda saw 2017 in with this very track, as she impressed viewers of Jools Holland's esteemed annual Hootenanny on New Year's Eve with a captivating live performance, which landed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube in just days of its upload and was the most popular hootenanny video this year on BBC Music's YouTube channel.

Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland's most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson. Her previous album 'Tribal' debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK.

Imelda has also just announced her extensive 2017 UK Headline Tour in May, including a night at The London Palladium.   

Imelda May – Black Tears - https://youtu.be/S2xmzjKujGs

MAY 2017 UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES:

THU 04                              IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE
FRI 05                                CARDIFF ST DAVID'S HALL
SAT 06                               CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
MON 08                            SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
TUE 09                              GUILDFORD G LIVE
THU 11                              READING HEXAGON
FRI 12                                BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION THEATRE
SAT 1                                 NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
MON 15                            LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC
TUE 16                              YORK BARBICAN
THU 18                              LONDON PALLADIUM
FRI 19                                BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
SAT 20                               MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
MON 22                            BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
TUE 23                              EDINBURGH USHER HALL
WED 24                            GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
FRI 26                                GATESHEAD THE SAGE
SAT 27                               BELFAST WATERFRONT HALL
MON 29                            DUBLIN, BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
TUE  30                             DUBLIN, BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
WED 31                            DUBLIN, BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE            

 Evanescence Announce Second London Show.

Evanescence.Friday 27th January 2017
Following their announcement of a date at London's Eventim Apollo on June 14th which quickly sold out, multi-platinum rock band Evanescence are delighted to add a second date on June 13th.  Tickets go on-sale Friday, Jan 27th at 9 a.m GMT.  Limited VIP packages will be available for purchase that include a chance to watch the sound check and meet the band.  More info available at http://www.evanescence.com/shows/

Led by Amy Lee's operatic and passionate vocals, Evanescence has sold nearly 25 million albums since the band's 2003 debut, Fallen. The album's premiere single, "Bring Me To Life" won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.  Other massive hits followed including "My Immortal," "Going Under," and "Call Me When You're Sober," establishing Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners.  These dates will be the band's first in the UK for five years.

Lee comments "Coming back to Europe has been a high priority for us and we are very excited for the shows this summer. The band has a special new energy right now and we are pushing ourselves and more than ever onstage, and enjoying ourselves immensely. Can't wait to share it with you!"

Full European tour dates are below:

June 10th – Vantaa, Finland @ Rockfest
June 13th -  London, UK @ Eventim Apollo 
June 14th – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo

June 18th – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
June 20th – Warsaw, Poland @ Torwar
June 21st – Trakai, Lithuania @ Sunset Festival
June 26th – Kiev, Ukraine @ Stereo Plaza
June 29th – Bucharest, Romaina @ Arenale Romane 
July 2nd – Athens, Greece @ Rockwave Festival
July 4th – Milan, Italy @ Milano Summer Festival
July 6th – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic @ Rock for People
July 8th – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Summer Nights Open Air
July 9th – Cologne, Germany @ Palladium

 Ed Sheeran Announces UK Tour.

Ed Sheeran.Friday 27th January 2017
Set to be one of the most highly-anticipated tours of 2017, Ed Sheeran has announced an array of worldwide tour dates for the UK & Ireland, Europe, Mexico and Central & South America, kicking-off in Italy on March 17 and running through to June. Ed's London shows will see him return to London The O2 for two nights on May 1st and 2nd, marking his first shows in the capital since his record-breaking stint at Wembley Stadium in July 2015. General sale will commence on Thursday 2nd February at 10am GMT in the UK & Ireland and Europe (purchase tickets here). For Mexico and Central & South America, please contact your local ticketing company for on-sale dates.

The touring news comes straight off the back of a phenomenal few weeks for 25-year-old Ed Sheeran. Kicking-off music in 2017 and delivering the biggest musical comeback in recent years, Ed’s dual singles “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” have taken the globe by storm, hitting the #1 and #2 spots across the charts worldwide while seeing the Suffolk native break a magnitude of records along the way. On course to cement his third week at #1 & #2 respectively in the UK’s Official Singles Chart tomorrow [Ed made OCC history as the first-ever artist to land the two spots respectively with two brand new tracks], Ed recently conquered more milestones in the USA after landing his first-ever #1 as a performer on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shape Of You" - with "Castle On The Hill" sitting closely behind at #6 on the chart, Ed also became the first artist to debut in Billboard's 'Top 10' with two songs simultaneously. Not to mention the huge assortment of Spotify records broken by the troubadour this month, making history with their biggest-ever ‘one week’ and ‘one day’ streams for a track, globally, with “Shape Of You” (the records were previously held by Drake’s “One Dance” and Adele’s “Hello”, respectively). Moreover, Ed topped the streaming service’s biggest-ever opening 24 hour streams with both singles, surpassing previous title holders, One Direction. Reaching 132 combined #1 iTunes positions around the world and accomplishing Apple Music’s biggest-ever ‘day’ and ‘one week’ streams, the two singles have accumulated over 370 MILLION worldwide streams to date. Launched on Monday, Ed’s official video for “Castle On The Hill”, which was shot in his native Framlingham, Suffolk, has already reached over 10 million hits!

In addition to Ed’s epic rise with his recorded music, the global phenomenon has also broken records in the live sphere over recent years. In July 2015 Ed took to the stage of Wembley Stadium, solo, becoming the first-ever artist to headline the prestigious venue without a band - with just his trademark loop pedal and guitar – seeing him play to 240,000 people over three consecutive sold-out nights! Securing a very special collaboration with Sir Elton John on the opening night, Ed followed with the release of his live DVD ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ at the end of 2015, documenting the lead-up and live performances from the Wembley weekend. Moreover, not only has Ed caught the headlines with his phenomenal solo concerts, he's also been involved in an array of spellbinding collaborative performances over his career to date, further proving his colossal status in the musical world - in 2012, Ed performed at the London Olympics' closing ceremony alongside members of Pink Floyd and Genesis for a very special version of "Wish You Were Here" and in 2015, Ed shared the stage with Beyonce and Gary Clark Jr. at that year's Grammy tribute for Stevie Wonder.

Ed Sheeran’s genre-defying third studio album ÷ (divide) will be released on 3rd March through Asylum/Atlantic Records (available to pre-order now). 

TOUR DATES
April                                                        
Wed 12                  Ireland                                   Dublin                                    3 Arena
Thu 13                    Ireland                                   Dublin                                    3 Arena
Sun 16                    Scotland                                 Glasgow                                The SSE Hydro
Mon 17                  Scotland                                 Glasgow                                 The SSE Hydro
Wed 19                  UK                                           Newcastle                              Metro Radio Arena
Thu 20                    UK                                           Newcastle                              Metro Radio Arena
Sat 22                     UK                                           Manchester                           Arena
Sun 23                    UK                                           Manchester                           Arena
Tue 25                    UK                                           Nottingham                           Motorpoint Arena
Wed 26                  UK                                           Nottingham                           Motorpoint Arena
Fri 28                      UK                                           Birmingham                           Barclaycard Arena
Sat 29                     UK                                           Birmingham                           Barclaycard Arena 
May       
Mon 1                    UK                                           London                                  The O2
Tue 2                      UK                                           London                                  The O2                                               


GENERAL SALE (UK & IRELAND // EUROPE): THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY, 1OAM GMT
GENERAL SALE (MEXICO AND CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA): Please contact your local ticketing company for on-sale dates

 Punk Rock Bowling 2017 Is Go.

Punk Rock Bowling.Thursday 26th January 2017
Since its humble beginnings as a DIY bowling tournament in 1999, Punk Rock Bowling has prided itself on combining the perfect mixture of classic competition with an anti-authoritarian spirit, and the 2017 edition of PRB is sure to be the biggest and best yet. Punks from around the world will flock to Las Vegas from May 26-29 for a multi-day event like none other, says Punk Rock Bowling co-founder Mark Stern.

"My brother Shawn and I started this thing as a party with our friends in the punk scene: Bands, independent labels, fanzines, college radio, the whole underground punk community that lived and thrived on its own," Stern explains. "It was a celebration of the underdogs doing what we wanted and not compromising. It's been growing every year since, and more shows were happening around Vegas during that weekend, so we decided to turn it into a festival and move the whole thing downtown, allowing the music to become more of a centerpiece."

Kicking off May 26 with a series of intimate club shows, Punk Rock Bowling is expected to draw more than 20,000 fans to downtown Las Vegas for four straight days of madness and mayhem. Alongside the festival itself, there is the annual bowling tournament which gave Punk Rock Bowling its name, as well as a poker tournament, comedy shows, pop-up art galleries and more—plus all the booze and gambling your wallet can handle.

While the list of bands who have previously played Punk Rock Bowling is a murderer's row of some of the most influential punk acts of all time (previous headliners have included Descendents, Rancid, Devo and Refused), this year's lineup is more stacked than ever before. Headlining Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas this year is none other than Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Iggy Pop. He will be joined by a lineup peppered with fellow punk legends, including Bad Religion, Cock Sparrer and Pennywise, plus exciting new-school acts such as FIDLAR, Plague Vendor and The Interrupters. More than two dozen bands are included in the festival lineups, including groups from Canada, France, the U.K. and Australia. Find the full lineup below.

"Diversity is the most important thing about the festival," Stern comments. "We've had everyone from Wanda Jackson to Ministry to Devo to Roy Ellis. We really try to expand as much as possible on the musical genres that still fall into the punk aesthetic. Ska, soul, hardcore, acoustic—there are so many different styles in punk rock and we want to celebrate them all. This year we have Iggy Pop, the godfather of all of this! The Stooges paved the way for great bands that weren't accepted in the commercial music world. They're the fuel that started the whole punk scene."

Three-day tickets for Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival are $125 and are on sale now. Single-day tickets go on sale February 7 and are $50, and the daily lineups will be announced at that time.

For more information, visit  www.punkrockbowling.com, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news around the festival.

19TH ANNUAL PUNK ROCK BOWLING & MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 27-29, 2017
Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
200 S 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Iggy Pop
Bad Religion
Cock Sparrer (UK)
Pennywise
FIDLAR
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Choking Victim
The Adicts
Bouncing Souls
OFF!
Discharge (UK)
The Spits
The Dickies
The Interrupters
The Real McKenzies
Booze & Glory (UK)
Plague Vendor
Lions Law (France)
Drug Church
WolfPack (Australia)
Lost In Society
Mobina Galore (Canada)
Ten Can Riot
Roadside Bombs
New Trends (Australia)
The Quitters
Venomous Pinks

 Kendall Calling Announce 2017 Line Up.

Kendall Calling.Thursday 26th January 2017
With the 2016 edition of Kendal Calling another complete sell-out and having once again won Best Medium Festival at the UK Festival Awards, the first acts have been announced for the fan favourite festival. Headlining this year are Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Brian Wilson and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls.

With a career spanning three decades, multiple number one albums and having headlined the biggest festivals in the country, Stereophonics are undoubtedly one of the UK’s biggest and most enduring rock acts. They’ll be making their Kendal Calling debut this summer for one of their trademark, anthemic headline sets full of sing-along moments.

Richard Jones from Stereophonics comments:

“We’ve been fortunate to headline and play at some amazing festivals over the years and it’s an honour to play at Kendal Calling this summer a first for us in the Lake District. See you there!”

Formed in 1986, Manic Street Preachers have spent the last 30 years making some of the most vital and politically charged, yet no less anthemic, music to ever come out of the UK. The revolutionary spirit of the band has garnered them a legion of fans the world over and with songs like ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ and ‘A Design For Life’ in their arsenal it’s no wonder. Their headline set in the fields is not to be missed.

Commenting on their appearance, Manic Street Preachers say:

"We are genuinely thrilled to be headlining Kendal Calling, a festival we have always wanted to play in a truly inspiring setting.”

Topping the main stage for those heading to the festival on the Thursday are Scottish indie legends Franz Ferdinand. From breakthrough ‘Take Me Out’ through to their most recent release as FFS with fellow oddball heroes Sparks, the band have remained one of the most innovative guitar bands of a generation. They’ll be providing what is sure to be a hit laden set at Kendal Calling 2017.

The word legend is thrown around far too easily but when you’re the man responsible for all time classic songs like ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ its more than justified. Due to phenomenal public demand in the UK, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson returns one last time to present ‘Pet Sounds’ in its entirety plus his greatest hits with Special Guests Al Jardin and Blondie Chaplin.

No stranger to the fields having played a rip roaring headlining set at the festival in 2014, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will be returning to co-headline in 2017. Forever on the road all across the world and a prolific songwriter, his relatable, impassioned music has garnered him legions of fans in the UK and beyond. Kendal Calling is proud to have him back this year. 

With multiple Brit Awards, arena tours and festival headline slots under his belt as well as having more UK number ones than any other rapper on the planet, Tinie Tempah is surely one of the country’s brightest talents. With undisputed bangers like ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass Out’ in his arsenal, he is more than qualified to top the bill at this year’s Kendal Calling.

Joining the headliners are troubadour Jake Bugg, Scottish soul-bearers Frightened Rabbit, true original Seasick Steve, British indie heroes Editors, punk rockers Slaves, indie melody-weavers Circa Waves, anthemic alt-rockers Nothing But Thieves, grime don Lethal Bizzle, riot grrrl Kate Nash, rising stars The Hunna, man of the moment Loyle Carner and veteran Merseyside psych rockers The Coral.

Frightened Rabbit comment on their return:

“We are really pleased to be returning to Kendal Calling this year. Last time was easily the muddiest yet one of the best festivals we've had the privilege of playing”
Elsewhere Field Music, Fickle Friends, Honeyblood, Palace, Little Comets, Blaenavon, Shame, The Pale White, Eat Fast, Bad Sounds, Soshe, Reverend And The Makers, Freak, Man & The Echo, Bossy Love, White, The Shimmer Band, Fews, Ardyn, Dead! and Kendal favourites The Lancashire Hot Pots are set for the fields.

Once again the dance-orientated Glow Stage will be hosting a huge lineup for those wishing to party through the weekend. Chart topping UK rapper Example returns to the festival to headline the stage alongside house DJ Tom Zanetti, Butterz members Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D together as TQD, bass duo My Nu Leng, Mike Skinner and DJ sets from London soul collective Jungle and British electronica masters Faithless. Gotsome, Holy Goof, Barely Legal, Mollie Collins, Star.One and Swindle also join the party with more names still to come.

The eclectic festival lineup will also be bolstered by Mercury Prize nominees The Comet Is Coming, Smash Hi-Fi, Broken Brass Ensemble, K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade, Holly Holdener, Yumi & The Weather, Honeyfeet, Harleighblu, Sola Rosa, Lost Colours and Ezra Collective.

Additionally, mariachi Morrissey covers band Mexrissey, London African Gospel Choir performing Graceland and Beatlemania: Celebrating 50 Years Of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band make this year’s lineup one of the most varied and exciting that the festival has ever hosted.

Kendal Calling founder Andy Smith comments:

“Drastic times call for drastic measures and to that end we’ve gone the whole nine yards! We're excited to be welcoming no less than 6 headliners to the fields this year, including Brian Wilson’s last appearance on these shores as he performs Pet Sounds in full. See you in the fields!”

Set in the incredible setting of the Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park, this innovative, fan-focused, independent festival is renowned for more than just music and visitors 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 surely the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

Having once again won ‘Best Medium Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, Kendal Calling has firmly established itself as one of the undisputed highlights of the increasingly busy summer calendar. Tickets always sell out for the festival well in advance and with 60% sold for this year before a single act was announced, fans are urged to get their tickets now to avoid disappointment. See you in the fields!

 Royal Thunder Detail New Album.

Royal Thunder.Thursday 26th January 2017
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.  And now, Royal Thunder has confirmed that their forthcoming album will be titled ‘WICK’ and released worldwide via Spinefarm Records on April 7th.

The track-listing for ‘WICK’ is as follows:-
1. Burning Tree 
2. April Showers 
3. Tied 
4. We Slipped 
5. The Sinking Chair 
6. Plans 
7. Anchor 
8. WICK 
9. Push 
10. Turnaround 
11. The Well 
12. We Never Fell Asleep

WICK is different, a bigger jump as far as our sound goes, but it’s still us, it’s just the sound of Royal Thunder’s evolution…” – Josh Weaver, Royal Thunder

“Out of all of the albums, WICK was the hardest one to make. It was a fight, but to hear it now, to see it finished, is so gratifying. Finally it's over, it's amazing to be done with it. I'm looking at it, going we're done, it's over, be free.......” – Mlny Parsonz – Royal Thunder

WICK will carry the band’s ambition and imprint out into the world. Prepare to be moved.

 X Japan Announce We Are X.

X Japan.Thursday 26th January 2017
The soundtrack for the film WE ARE X--the critically acclaimed music documentary about X JAPAN--will be released worldwide on March 3, 2017 via Sony Music's Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and is available for preorder now at Amazon (here).

Hailed as "fascinating" by the New York Times, WE ARE X is a transcendent and beautifully shot rock & roll story about the most successful rock band in Japanese history,  X JAPAN. They've sold over 30 million albums, singles and videos combined; sold out Japan's 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times; and played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. Under the enigmatic direction of YOSHIKI--composer, classically-trained pianist, drummer and the creative force behind the group--X JAPAN has captivated a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Marilyn Manson, Wes Borland, Stan Lee, and the Japanese Emperor-while pioneering a spectacle-driven style of rock music called "Visual Kei" (visual-kay), a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon.

In late 2016, 'WE ARE X'was released to theatres across America after winning multiple awards at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man), and produced by the Oscar-winning production team  behind  Searching for Sugar Man, WE ARE X is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted--but truly unstoppable--virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans.

X JAPAN--YOSHIKI/drums, piano; TOSHI/vocals; PATA/guitar; HEATH/bass; and SUGIZO/guitar, violin--will perform their first major show of 2017 on #XDAY, Saturday, March 4 at SSE Arena, Wembley in London U.K, tickets (here).  Later in March, WE ARE X (film) will premiere in London and officially open in theaters across the U.K. The film continues to expand internationally in new cities every week; and will arrive on Blu-Ray™, DVD and Digital HD on April 25 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label. Territories include U.S, Bermuda and Bahamas. Critical praise for the film 'WE ARE X' continues to pour in: NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, PITCHFORK, BUZZFEED, USA TODAY, YAHOO and LA WEEKLY.

YOSHIKI describes the song "LA VENUS" and its role in the film WE ARE X (here).

WE ARE X soundtrack tracklist :(Sony Music's Legacy Recordings):
1. La Venus (Acoustic Version)*
2. Kurenai (from The Last Live)
3. Forever Love
4. Piano Strings of Es Dur
5. Dahlia
6. Crucify My Love
7. Xclamation
8. Standing Sex (from X Japan Returns)
9. Tears
10. Longing / Setsubo-no-yoru
11. Art of Life (3rd Movement)
12. Endless Rain (from The Last Live)
13. X (from The Last Live)
14. Without You (Unplugged)*
* Soundtrack Exclusive

 Senses Fail To Release New EP.

Senses Fail.Thursday 26th January 2017
Post-hardcore veterans Senses Fail have released a new video for 'Jets To Peru' taken off upcoming acoustic EP, titled In Your Absence, on 3rd March via Pure Noise Records.

Click here to watch 'Jets to Peru
"15 years ago the first thing we ever did was put together an EP, that eventually turned into a longer EP called From The Depths of Dreams which was our first official release. WE thought it would be appropriate to celebrate our 15 year anniversary by doing the same thing. These songs are a throwback to an older style of Senses Fail and we are very proud of exploring this sound and the future. Here is to another 15 years." - Buddy Nielsen

In addition to releasing a new EP, Senses Fail will also be celebrating their 15th anniversary as a band with a headlining North American tour that kicks off in March. The band will be performing their critically acclaimed 2006 album, Still Searching, in its entirety along with other fan-favorites from the last decade and half to round out the set. Tickets are on sale now at sensesfail15.com.

In Your Absence Track List:
1.     Jets to Peru
2.     In Your Absence
3.     Death Be
4.     Family Tradition
5.     Lost and Found

For the last 15 years, Senses Fail has been one of post-hardcore's most celebrated and influential bands. They've released 6 studio albums, including their latest Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, which was released on Pure Noise Records, that have a shared common thread of outspoken political and social commentary that have brought attention to important issues such as equality and human rights. The band's breakout record Still Searching is considered to be a crucial album among post-hardcore fans and marked a turning point for the band's sound blending the band's signature aggressive sound with a newfound emotional sensibility.

Catch the band on tour this coming spring and follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/sensesfail for additional updates.

Senses Fail "15th Anniversary Tour" Dates:
March 3 - San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
March 4 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
March 6 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
March 7 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
March 9 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
March 10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
March 11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
March 12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
March 14 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
March 15 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
March 18 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
March 19 - Boston, MA - Paradise
March 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
March 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
March 23 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
March 24 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
March 25 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's
March 26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
March 28 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
March 29 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
March 30 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
March 31 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
April 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - THe Complex
April 3 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
April 4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
April 6 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
April 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
April 8 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory

 Lionize To Release New Album.

Lionize.Thursday 26th January 2017
Maryland-based rock outfit Lionize have signed to The End Records for the 2017 release of their upcoming, as-yet-untitled, studio album. The band, consisting of Chris Brooks (keys), Henry Upton (bass), Chase Lapp (drums), and Nate Bergman (guitar), will be recording in their home state at The Magpie Cage in Baltimore and The Lions Den in Beltsville. The album will be mixed/mastered by J. Robbins, with production from Lionize, Clutch's Jean Paul Gaster, and J. Robbins. 

The forthcoming Lionize LP follows the band's 2014 album 'Jetpack Soundtrack' and continues their ever-maturing sound. It's emotionally-driven and steeped in introspection, with subjects ranging from the end of times to heart break within the industry. Following the release, in true Lionize fashion, the band will be hitting the road for extensive touring across the globe in support of the album. Get the lowdown on the new album direct from the band in this clip: https://youtu.be/DayLRbUjfzY.

Lionize enthuse, "Our excitement about this album is hard to compare to our past releases because of the reaction to road-testing the material to a live audience internationally this past December. The shows took us to UK, through Europe, and ended in our home city of Washington DC. We played a set of mostly new songs that no fans had heard before - and the reaction was incredible. Instantly the energy and response was at the highest level of enthusiasm the band had ever received. The band is looking forward to forging our relationship with The End and bringing this sound to a vast new audience. The band was looking for the right home to settle into and introduce ourselves to the world and we are very happy to do it with The End."

 Inglorious To Release New Album In May.

Inglorious.Thursday 26th January 2017
Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the release of the second Inglorious album, "Inglorious II", on May 12, 2017! The band have also announced their new guitar player, who you can meet in the video below!

September 2016 saw Inglorious base themselves in Liverpool to work on the follow up to their 2016 eponymous debut album. Produced by the band and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith), this new album is set to further enhance the standing of this remarkable band. From the body blow riffs of "Read All About It," to the beautiful melodies of upcoming first single "I Don't Need Your Loving", from the groove of "High Class Woman" to the classic feeling ballad "Making Me Pay", this is an album that shows the bands influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born – merged with a truly contemporary feel. Driving riffs and instant melodies all overlaid with the unique and powerful vocals of Nathan James.

Nathan James on "Inglorious II": "It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time possible. Between Adde's flat in Malmö, Sweden and Colin's family home in Somerset, England, this album came together quickly. We spent three weekends in Somerset, writing in a kind of 9-5 fashion, whereby we knew we were at work. Then after a lovely home cooked dinner we would relax, have a few beers and balance out our hard work, the environment is so important to be creative and we had it good!"

Tracklisting:
1. I Don't Need Your Loving
2. Taking The Blame
3. Tell Me Why
4. Read All About It
5. Change Is Coming
6. Making Me Pay
7. Hell Or High Water
8. No Good For You
9. I Got A Feeling
10. Black Magic
11. Faraway
12. High Class Woman

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe 2CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles "I Don't Need Your Loving" and "Taking The Blame".

DVD content:
Live At Donington:
Until I Die, Breakaway, High Flying Gypsy, No Good For You, Holy Water, Warning, Unaware.
Special Features:
Inglorious EPK, Taking The Blame – Music Video, I Don't Need Your Loving – Music Video, Behind The Scenes.

A vinyl release will also be made available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.

Consummate live performers the band already have a number of high profile shows confirmed, with more to follow through 2017. Dates announced so far are:

2nd Feb 2017 - USA, Tampa Bay, Monster Of Rock Cruise
25th Feb 2017 - UK, Poole, Planet Rock's Winters End Festival HEADLINE
16th June 2017 – FRANCE, Clisson, Hellfest Festival
18th June 2017 – BELGIUM, Dessel, Graspop Festival
22nd June 2017 – DENMARK, Copenhagen Festival
24th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
19th August 2017 – UK, Tilford, Weyfest Festival

2016 was a stunning year for UK five-piece Inglorious. Their eponymous debut album was released through Frontiers Music Srl in February. The album received widespread critical acclaim at press, multiple A lists at radio and a lauded performance on Vintage TV. The band toured across the world, with numerous high profile shows in the UK and Europe – including show stopping performances at Download Festival 2016 and Ramblin' Man Fair 2016, support slots for The Winery Dogs and The Dead Daisies, and culminating with a support slot for Steel Panther's European Arena tour in October and a co-headline UK tour with label-mates Last In Line in November 2016.

Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.  Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion. The band's lineup on "Inglorious II" was completed by rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson and drummer Phil Beaver.

The band have also announced the departure of album guitarist Wil Taylor right after the end of the new album's recording. They are delighted to announce that for 2017 and moving forward they are reuniting with original member Drew Lowe on guitar, who is joining the band as a permanent member. Full details here: https://youtu.be/bwJxrcbetxo

"Inglorious II" will be released through Frontiers Music Srl on May 12, 2017.

 Kasabian Announced To Headline Reading And Leeds.

Reading And Leeds.Thursday 26th January 2017
Reading and Leeds announces Kasabian as the second headliners for this year’s Festivals, taking place on 25 – 27 August 2017 at Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, Leeds.  Tickets are available here.

With their sixth studio album set for release this spring, rock juggernauts Kasabian stand as one of the biggest and most beloved British bands of the 21st century. Their unmistakable modern-day rock & roll anthems have seen them reinvent themselves from the vintage classics of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, through to the electro-infused party starters of recent album 48:13. A band leading the charge in modern British rock - their UK Festival Exclusive performance at Reading & Leeds will mark an invigorating new chapter for a defining band of our time.

Kasabian commented: “It’s been five years, and as a band we have come a long way since then. We’re looking forward to playing tunes from the new record and bringing the mosh pit to Reading & Leeds Festival!”

Melvin Benn commented: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Kasabian as the second headliner for Reading and Leeds 2017. It’s been five years since they played; I’m excited about what this memorable headline performance will bring. The Reading and Leeds line up is already shaping up to be one of the best yet, and I’m looking forward to revealing the third and final headliner soon.”

Two Door Cinema Club join the impressive line up for another vibrant performance at Reading and Leeds. Expect old favourites alongside new tracks from latest album Gameshow, as the Northern Irish trio smash yet another festival crowd on their way to indie immortality.

Two Door Cinema Club commented: "It's so good to be back at Reading and Leeds, it's always a highlight of our summer. Good to see so many guitar bands on the bill this year as well."

Aussie electro king Flume is set to touch down at Reading & Leeds this summer. Latest album Skin saw him branch into stunning collaborations with AlunaGeorge, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples and Beck amongst others. Expect a stellar production of the soundtrack to 2017 when one of the most in-demand producers in modern dance, Flume takes to the Reading & Leeds stage for a UK Festival Exclusive performance.

No British DJ stands as iconic as Fatboy Slim. In the span of his 20 year career, he not only pioneered an entire revolution in British dance, but became the genre’s leading face and changed a generation in the process. From ‘The Rockafeller Skank’, through ‘Praise You’, ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and many more, Fatboy Slim’s first ever performance at Reading & Leeds this summer is guaranteed to leave festival-goers wanting to ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ for the entire weekend.

Following the success of his top ten album The Godfather, Wiley returns to Reading and Leeds in 2017. Widely acknowledged for laying the foundations for one of the most explosive and important genres of the 21st century, catch the godfather himself performing his art in its purest form.

Circa Waves will mark their unstoppable return with an appearance at this year’s festivals, bringing their hotly anticipated new album Different Creatures to life with the live presence that has catapulted them to sold-out shows across the globe.

Talking about playing Reading & Leeds this year, Circa Waves said: “We are SO made up to be playing Reading and Leeds again. We are so ready for the festival and can't wait to tear the stage up!”

Undisputedly one of the most influential pop-punk rock acts of the past 20 years, Jimmy Eat World powered the 90’s emo scene with inimitable songwriting and epic live performances that made them a cult phenomenon. JEW’s strike rate on hit records since then speak for themselves; alongside 2001’s “The Middle”, the likes of “Pain”, “Work”, “Sweetness” and “Always Be” have not only helped them attain chart success here but also a vehemently loyal fanbase in the UK and around the world. As Jimmy Eat World return to the Reading and Leeds Festival stage once more, in support of their recently released album Integrity Blues, this will be a moment that cannot be missed.

Aussie metalcore titans The Amity Affliction will make their way to Reading & Leeds this summer for a UK Festival Exclusive performance, bringing their unmistakable sound to new levels after a mammoth 12 months of touring around the globe. One of the most talked about post-hardcore bands of the moment, their debut appearance at Reading & Leeds will be a calling moment of a band in their element.

Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction says: "I can’t actually believe we’re going to be playing Reading and Leeds. What a wild dream we’re living in. After seeing insane photos of these festivals for my entire adult life and wishing I could just go as an attending music lover, it’s going to be an extremely special experience for me personally to be standing on those stages."

After a mammoth 12 months of trail-blazing live moments with a growing legion of devoted fans, Rat Boy will be returning to Reading & Leeds in August. Sparking with a youthful rebellion that’s captivated a nation, his riotous performance is not to be missed this summer.

These names join a stellar bill already confirmed for Reading & Leeds 2017, joining previously announced headliners Muse with Major Lazer, Bastille, At The Drive In, Architects, Tory Lanez, Glass Animals, Against The Current, Danny Brown, Andy C and While She Sleeps, for a weekend that brings the most exciting sounds and artists from across the musical spectrum, capturing a year in music like no other.

ANNOUNCED TODAY
Kasabian | Two Door Cinema Club | Flume | Fatboy Slim | Wiley | Circa Waves | Jimmy Eat World |
The Amity Affliction | Rat Boy

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Muse | Major Lazer | Bastille | At The Drive In | Architects | Torey Lanez | Glass Animals | Against The Current | Danny Brown | Andy C | While She Sleeps

 The Kyle Gass Band Announce UK And European Tour Dates.

Kyle Gass.Wednesday 25th January 2017
The Kyle Gass Band continues touring Europe in 2017! Heavily armed with a bunch of songs from their current album 'Thundering Herd' the band will continue their European tour this time visiting Germany, Austria, Italy, France, UK, Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands. 

The supergroup from Los Angeles certainly earned their 'Road Chops' playing more than 100 shows on the continent in the past years alone and go big this time, with more animals, broader mutton chops and fronting Mr. Kyle Gass(Tenacious D) himself. Voice phenomenon Mike Bray and guitar virtuoso John Konesky are aboard as well as Jason Keene, probably the best photographer ever to play bass guitar, not to forget the talented Tim Spier, Drummer, Michael Jackson doppelganger and eye candy in one. 

THE KYLE GASS BAND - TOUR

"Thundering Herd" Tour 2017
presented by Classic Rock Germany | SLAM | Guitar
 
31.03.GB-Glasgow - Cathouse
01.04.GB-Manchester - Satans Hollow
03.04.GB-Birmingham - Asylum 2
04.04.GB-London - Boston Music Room
06.04.F-Tourcoing - Le Grand Mix
07.04.F-Vaureal - Le Forum
08.04.F-Reims - La Cartonnerie
09.04.F-Strasbourg - La Laiterie
12.04.F-Nancy - La Machine a Vapeur
14.04.NL-Schijndel - Paaspop Festival
15.04.NL-Amsterdam - Sugarfactory
16.04.D-Münster - Skater's Palace
17.04.D-Bielefeld - Forum
18.04.D-Essen - Turock
19.04.D-Fulda - Kreuz
21.04.D-Aschaffenburg - ColoSaal
23.04.I-Milano - Legend Club
24.04.I-Ravenna - Rock Planet Club
26.04.A-Salzburg - Rockhouse
27.04.D-Leipzig - Werk 2
28.04.CZ-Prague - Rock Cafe
30.04.PL-Warsaw - Proxima

 Wintersun Announce Crowdfunding Campaign.

Wintersun.Wednesday 25th January 2017
Last week, the Finnish kings of epic melodic death, WINTERSUN, unveiled the track list of their third studio album 'The Forest Seasons' that will see the light of day in 2017. This new full-length album of 53 minutes follows the concept of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons', but will of course feature typical epic death metal on four massive tracks. And although the album is already finished, front man and mastermind Jari Mäenpää now needs the support of his loyal fans:

"THERE WILL BE A WINTERSUN CROWDFUNDING, STARTING March 1st
During last autumn, we had long and productive negotiations with our record label Nuclear Blast and we finalized it in November 2016. We came to a good solution, a win-win deal that will benefit everyone - WINTERSUN, Nuclear Blast and especially the fans! This means that we will do the crowdfunding and it will include our NEW album THE FOREST SEASONS!

The purpose of this crowdfunding is to build the WINTERSUN HEADQUARTERS studio. As some of you may know this has been in the plans for a long time. It is our long time goal and dream. Building the studio is absolutely essential in order to finish TIME II and produce our future albums as fast as possible and with the best production. All the money we raise will go directly to WINTERSUN, 100%, which we will use for building the Wintersun Headquarters.

This will be the biggest crowdfunding you've ever seen in the metal scene! It will be a different kind of crowdfunding than usually. We are not going to offer dozens of different items from guitar picks to used socks for a thousand bucks. We're going to cut all the crap and only offer one very valuable perk! That's right! It will be a massive Wintersun Crowdfunding Package called the FOREST PACKAGE and it will have lots of great Wintersun content including our new album THE FOREST SEASONS. You will be blown away!

The FOREST PACKAGE is huge and otherwise it would be very expensive, but we are going to offer it with to very affordable price in our crowdfunding. So you guys will get great value for your money and enjoy the new album like it should be experienced, with the BEST quality! The best thing is that all of the content is 100% done, so you don't have to wait for many months. It will be basically a pre-order for our new album.

This way you get the NEW Wintersun album the easiest way, with the best quality and with the best price and you'll help us get to the next level, so we can produce albums for YOU guys faster and with the best production! So this is a WIN-WIN for everyone!

The crowdfunding will take place on INDIEGOGO between March 1st - 31st. It will last only ONE MONTH, so you guys need to be prepared! Get those credit cards and PayPal accounts ready!
 
Thank you! "
- Jari, Jukka, Kai, Teemu

Here is the track list of 'The Forest Seasons':
1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54

In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:

07. - 10.06.         S            Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07.   FIN          Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08.         P            Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
16. - 19.08.         D            Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08.        SK           Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest

Not familiar with WINTERSUN yet? Check out the bombastic tracks from their last albums here:
'Time' (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alo7A0NLmxU
'Beyond The Dark Sun' (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbsFNSxToPE

 Bloodstock Open Air Announce Weekly Podcast.

Bloodstock Open Air.Wednesday 25th January 2017
BLOODSTOCK is pleased to announce that at 8pm tonight, 25th January, the brand new Bloodstock Radio Podcast will launch with a 1-hour weekly show. The show will feature music, interviews, news, and more. 

Expect music primarily but not exclusively from bands who have been announced to play BLOODSTOCK this Summer, who have played in previous years, or songs particularly relevant to an interview; a wide range of interviews from those involved with BLOODSTOCK (at all levels, from the organisers down) to bands performing in 2017 and artists talking about their experiences at BLOODSTOCK in earlier years; regular BLOODSTOCK updates including band announcements, ticket info, and more; reports from the various Metal 2 The Masses competitions taking place around the UK and Europe; as well as special guests and more! 

Listen in from 8pm tonight at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Bloodstock.

Want to be heard on BLOODSTOCK's Podcast?  Get involved! We'd love to hear from festival fans on anything relevant to BLOODSTOCK. It could be anything from your favourite BLOODSTOCK experiences, predictions/requests/responses to this year's band announcements, gig reviews, M2TM comments - the only proviso that it is all about BLOODSTOCK! To contribute or for more details on how to get involved, email podcast@bloodstockfestival.com.

 Toseland To Release new Double A Side Single.

Toseland.Wednesday 25th January 2017
Toseland is pleased to announce the release of double A side "Fingers Burned/Bullet" on March 31st 2017. The release will feature "Fingers Burned", taken from the current album "Cradle The Rage", and brand new song "Bullet", another Toseland/Jepson composition that shows another side to the expanding Toseland catalogue. "Bullet" was recorded during the Cradle The Rage sessions and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith).

The double A side will be released on streaming and download platforms on the 31st March 2017. It will also be released as a limited edition double A side 7" single, which will be available exclusively at the brand new Toseland shop www.toselandmusic.com. Pre orders for the Vinyl are available now.

Also available at the shop will be a new line of fashion clothing and accessories, based on the Toseland T-logo that features on the 7" sleeve. This will include men's and women's high end t-shirts, sweatshirts, enamel badges and key rings.

To support the release of "Fingers Burned", Toseland will embark on a full UK tour in April 2017. The UK shows will be followed by an extensive European tour in later in April and through May 2017. Toseland will preview the UK tour with a headline slot at Planet Rock Radio's Winter's End Festival in Poole on February 24th 2017 - https://www.gigantic.com/winters-end-sandford-holiday-park-2017-02-24-00-00

Toseland headline dates are as follows:

April 2017
Tues 4th             Brighton, Sticky Mikes  
Wed 5th              Leicester, Academy 2                                                                           
The 6th               Birmingham, Institute 2                                                                                        
Fri 7th                 Newcastle, Cluny                                                                                                       
Sat 8th                Manchester, Club Academy                                                             
Mon 10th           Glasgow, King Tuts                                                                                                    
Tues11th         Leeds, Wardrobe                                                                                                               
Wed 12th           Cardif, Globe                                                                                                          
Thurs 13th        Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms 

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 19th December. Available from all usual outlets
Support in Leeds, Cardiff and Milton Keynes will come from The Brew. Support on other shows TBC.

Toseland is James Toseland (vocals), Zurab Melua (Guitar), Ed Bramford (Guitar), Roger Davis (bass) and Joe Yoshida (drums).

"Cradle The Rage' album is available now...

 Pulled Apart By Horses Release New Video.

Pulled Apart By Horses.Wednesday 25th January 2017
Pulled Apart By Horses have revealed a new music video for ‘Hotel Motivation’, the latest noise-pop anthem to be revealed from their forthcoming album, ‘The Haze’, due for release March 17th via Caroline International.

Following snarling title track ‘The Haze’, and “instant mosh-pit maker” (NME) ‘The Big What If’, ‘Hotel Motivation’ arrives inspired by a mind-scrambling combination of insomnia and Iggy Pop’s discography playing back to back at full volume.

“Welcome to the Hotel Motivation”, guitarist James Brown explains, “this foot stomper came to life from a shared love of Iggy Pop and an overwhelming lack of sleep when Tom was up night and day penning song lyrics. We hope you enjoy your stay!”

“Ironically these lyrics came out of the frustration of me suffering a little ‘writers block’,” vocalist / guitarist Tom Hudson adds. “I was sat in a small room in my house, hunched over my computer recording my vocals at about three in the morning. I felt like I couldn't allow myself to sleep until I'd at least made some progress with the track. The song is sort of a fictional version of how I felt and what I was doing that night. A couple of days later we played it in our practice room and everything felt right.”

Watch ‘Hotel Motivation’ on YouTube - https://PulledApartByHorses.lnk.to/HotelMotivationYT

At the beginning of 2016 the members of Pulled Apart By Horses, Tom Hudson, James Brown, bassist Robert Lee and new drummer Tommy Davidson, an old friend recruited from Leeds noise rockers These Monsters, decamped from their lock-up rehearsal facility in their native Leeds to a tiny, remote cottage on a dairy farm in the Welsh countryside for 10 days.

“When we first got to the cottage we thought ‘There’s nothing to do here!’” says James. “But that was precisely the point. There was no internet, no emails, no-one checking how we were getting on. We were writing for no-one but ourselves. We became like a little family - cooking for one another, building fires, holding late-night karaoke competitions – and completely immersed ourselves in the music.”

Recorded by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys/MIA/Drenge) at his McCall Sound Studio in Sheffield, The Haze is twelve tracks of whip-smart, unpredictable, fierce and sussed hardcore noise-pop. “When we were making our previous album Blood we were referencing a lot of Ross’s work, so it made sense to go straight to the source, and it was great to see him investing so much in the process” Rob reveals. “Ross essentially became a fifth member of the band for a month,” adds James.

Dissected, one might hear elements of The Jesus Lizard, Devo, Hot Snakes, The Stooges, Krautrock, Surf-Pop, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Captain Beefheart, QOTSA, Fugazi and T-Rex amidst its dozen tracks, but fused by electric studio performances, it’s a compelling snapshot of a rewired, recalibrated and rejuvenated rock band at the peak of their powers.

“Our musical tastes change monthly, never mind over the course of five years, so we are never going to be the kind of band who’d do the same album every time,” adds Hudson. “We’ve always been that band that are ‘too heavy for the indie kids, and too indie for the heavy kids’ in industry terms, but it’s quite cool that people don’t really know where to put is, because it means no-one can easily slap a genre name upon us. Now we have the freedom to just be who we are.”

Pre-order ‘The Haze’ here - https://pulledapartbyhorses.lnk.to/TheHaze
Catch Pulled Apart By Horses live at the following dates. All tickets are available here - www.pulledapartbyhorses.com/tour/

March
27 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
28 London, Scala
29 Bristol, Thekla
30 Southampton, Talking Heads
April
01 Derby, 2Q Festival
02 Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
03 Norwich, Waterfront Studio
05 Glasgow, King Tuts
06 Manchester, Sound Control
07 Newcastle, Think Tank
08 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
‘The Haze’ artwork & track listing
1.       The Haze
2.       The Big What If
3.       Hotel Motivation
4.       Prince Of Meats
5.       Neighbourhood Witch
6.       Lamping
7.       Flash Lads
8.       Moonbather
9.       What’s Up Dude
10.   Brass Castles
11.   My Evil Twin
12.   Dumb Fun

 Good Charlotte To Head Back To The UK This Summer.

Good Charlotte.Wednesday 25th January 2017
Multi-platinum-selling rock icons, Good Charlotte are set to return to Europe in 2017 for a run of headline dates across the continent and a performance at Download festival in the UK.  

2016 was an enormous year for the band.  It saw their highly anticipated live return with dates around the world including a UK tour with All Time Low, a scorching summer run of dates on the Vans Warped Tour, Festival performances and a US headline tour.   2016 also saw the critically acclaimed release of the their sixth studio album "Youth Authority" via the band's' own indie label MDDN, distributed worldwide through Kobalt .

Be sure to catch their exhilarating live show at one of the following dates:

June
7th Paris, France, Le Bataclan
9th Donington, UK, Download Festival
10th Utrecht, Netherlands, Tivoli
11th Brussels, Belgium, AB
12th Stuttgart, Germany, LKA Longhorn
14th Zurich, Switzerland, Loudfest @ X-Tra
15th Nickelsdorf, Austria, Novarock
16th Prague, Czech, Forum Karlin
17th Budapest, Hungary, Budapest Park
18th Berlin, Germany, Monsterbash at Huxleys

 Decade Unleash Video For 'Brand New Again'.

Decade.Wednesday 25th January 2017
British alternative rockers Decade have revealed a lyric video for ‘Brand New Again’. The track is taken from their forthcoming new album Pleasantries, out on 24th February 2017 via Rude Records.

Speaking about the song and video, the band says:

“Brand New Again is a song about that amazing feeling immediately after hitting the bottom and realising there is nowhere left to go, the only thing to do is to shed your skin and start over. It’s one of our favourites from the record and we’ve always had a blast playing it live. We started working with the great guys at Friction Collective to bring the concept for the visuals to life, and it’ll be the first of many we co-produce together.”

Check out the video for “Brand New Again” here: https://youtu.be/wgEqCxYUmpo

Decade hit the road for a UK headline tour in March, where they will be joined by supports Big Spring and Wallflower.

Check out the trailer for the tour announcement here: https://youtu.be/0TUmg4rASOI

Catch all three bands at the following shows:

03.03 Birmingham, Asylum
04.03 Leicester, The Cookie
05.03 Newcastle, Think Tank
06.03 Glasgow, Audio
07.03 Leeds, The Key Club
08.03 Manchester, Star & Garter
09.03 London, Boston Music Room
10.03 Nottingham, Rock City Basement
11.03 Bath, Moles

Tickets and ‘Pleasantries’ pre-order packages (both CD and vinyl) are available to buy at the following link: http://decade.bigcartel.com/live

 Waterparks Unleash New Video.

Waterparks.Wednesday 25th January 2017
Ahead of their first US headline tour and their upcoming UK tour supporting All Time Low in March, Houston's Waterparks have today revealed a video for new single, 'Royal', taken from their debut album, 'Double Dare' - out now on Easy Life Records.

Waterparks will be appearing at the following dates in the UK, supporting All Time Low alongside SWMRS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpQDqppBsxI&feature=youtu.be

MARCH
10: LONDON Eventim Apollo
11: CARDIFF University Great Hall
12: SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
14: CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
15: LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
16: BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
18: LIVERPOOL Guild of Students
19: BELFAST Ulster Hall
20: DUBLIN Olympia
22: BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
23: MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
24: SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
25: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
27: EDINBURGH Corn Exchange
28: GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
30: NORWICH UEA
31: LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

 Skunk Anansie Announce More UK Dates.

Skunk Anansie.Tuesday 24th January 2017
Skunk Anansie have announced some additional UK headline & festival shows for May 2017; these follow on from a full European tour kicking off in late January, with the band set to visit 14 different countries across a six week period, including a sold out London date at the Brixton Academy on February 4th.

Support on the European tour comes from edgy, rockin’ duo, The Pearl Harts
An opening act for the UK shows in May is still to be confirmed, but the dates & venues are as follows:-
May 25th – Bristol, O2 Academy
May 26th – South Derbyshire, Bearded Theory Festival (‘Pallet’ stage headliner)
May 27th – Manchester, O2 Ritz

‘Anarchytecture’ – Skunk Anansie’s sixth studio album, produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies, Ghost) – was released last year to much critical acclaim and impressive official chart positions, with Classic Rock magazine saying, ‘Like Queen or Muse, they’re at their best when they push beyond the narrow centre-ground of hard rock in search of something bigger, stranger and more glamorous…’

‘Anarchytecture’ is available to purchase here via Amazon or here via iTunes.

 Hell Yeah Release New Video.

Hellyeah.Tuesday 24th January 2017
The band is touring in support of their latest release, UNDEN!ABLE, which includes the track "Love Falls." Directed by William "Wombat" Felch, the official music video for "Love Falls" premieres TODAY. Check out the video HERE! The band has partnered up with the YOU ROCK FOUNDATION on the video, which allows artists to share their stories to help spread awareness and help battle stigmas. Read more about the YOU ROCK FOUNDATION HERE

Hellyeah will be supporting Korn on their European Tour in March 2017, followed by their own Headline shows in the UK

 Ruts DC Back With New Killer.

Ruts DC.Tuesday 24th January 2017
Following hot on the heels of last year's critically acclaimed new album 'Music Must Destroy', voted 'Album Of The Year' by Vive Le Rock magazine, The Ruts DC are gearing up to take 2017 by storm with a new digital single 'Kill The Pain', released March 3rd via Westworld/Sosumi Recordings (alongside a previously unreleased instrumental version), before hitting the road with The Stranglers throughout March and early April.

Lifted from 'Music Must Destroy', the band's first new rock recordings since 1981, new single and video 'Kill The Pain' features backing vocals from Stiff Little Fingers frontman Jake Burns and Spear Of Destiny/Theatre Of Hate frontman Kirk Brandon. Having successfully toured together as the ever evolving Dead Men Walking acoustic tour, it was the perfect opportunity to feature the iconic frontmen on the single.

"One of the many highlights of last year was hooking up with Jake and Kirk to do some Dead Men Walking acoustic shows," explains bassist and vocalist Segs. "Four veterans in one van, how would that go?! In between singing we didn't stop talking and laughing. It just felt right to have them sing on the single. What with The Stranglers tour coming up, 2017 looks like another exciting year for The Ruts DC."

Catch The Ruts DC on tour with The Stranglers throughout March/April at the following dates:
7 March The Engine Shed, Lincoln
9 March Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Aberdeen
10 March The Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline
11 March O2 Academy Glasgow
13 March ROCK CITY, Nottingham
14 March Hexagon, Reading
16 March O2 Academy Newcastle
17 March  O2 Academy Leeds
18 March O2 Academy Birmingham
20 March O2 Guildhall Southampton
21 March G Live, Guildford
23 March Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
24 March O2 Academy Brixton
25 March Cambridge Corn Exchange
27 March Cardiff University Great Hall
28 March Brighton Dome
30 March O2 Academy Bristol
31 March O2 Academy Liverpool
1 April O2 Apollo Manchester

 Havok Releade Video For New Single.

Havok.Tuesday 24th January 2017
US thrash metal outfit HAVOK are disseminating the first new track off their upcoming album, 'Conformicide'. The song, titled 'Hang 'Em High', can be heard via the lyric video (created by Cloud Music Typography) below and is also the first instant grat track for those who pre-order the album on Amazon and iTunes.

'Conformicide' will see a March 10threlease on Century Media Records.

'Hang 'Em High' single:
Lyric video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2HYIfA3p8jw
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2jTZhzN

Speaking about the message behind 'Hang 'Em High' and the accompanying lyric video, David Sanchez (lead vocals, guitar) comments, "In our current political atmosphere, corruption runs deep. This is our response. It's time to wake up."

In addition to 'Conformicide' being released on CD, digital and streaming platforms, the album will also be available in an array of limited edition vinyl colors. See below for a complete list of these color 2LPs and where fans can purchase them.

Vinyl colors:
Black - All Outlets (unlimited)
White - CM Webshop Europe (100 copies)
Lilac - CM Distro Europe (200 copies)
Golden - Nuclear Blast Europe (200 copies)
Neon Yellow - US Stores / Indie Merch (400 copies)
Clear - Pledge Music Exclusive (300 copies)
Transparent Blue - Tour/Band Exclusive (300 copies)
“Conformicide” will be available for physical pre-order from CM Distro in Europe in the second week of February, but can already be pre-ordered digitally via the following links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideITUNES
AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideAMAMP3
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideGOOGLE  
Or check here for HAVOK’s Pledge Music campaign: http://smarturl.it/ConformicidePLEDGE

In the works for three years, HAVOK’s 'Conformicide' is undoubtedly their 'Master of Puppets' or 'Rust in Peace' moment. While it's true that the Denver-based rippers have bled out guts, brains, and cash on previous records like 'Unnatural Selection' (2013), 'Time is Up' (2011) and 'Burn' (2009), none of them compare to the ear-destroying, mind-flaying upheaval heard on 'Conformicide'.

HAVOK - Conformicide / Tracklisting:
1. F.P.C.
2. Hang 'Em High
3. Dogmaniacal
4. Intention To Deceive
5. Ingsoc
6. Masterplan
7. Peace Is In Pieces
8. Claiming Certainty
9. Wake Up
10. Circling The Drain

Bonus Tracks (Special Edition CD):
11. String Break
12. Slaughtered

Bonus Tracks (Gatefold 2LP + CD):
11. String Break
12. Slaughtered
13. Claiming Certainty (Live)  

HAVOK are preparing to embark on their first headlining tour of the year in North America as part of the build up to “Conformicide”. Immediately following this run, the band will join on as part of the "World Gone Mad" tour, supporting the legendary likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Crowbar, before heading out to Europe for a headlining run together with Warbringer, Gorod and Exmortus in April. Here is a complete list of all upcoming dates:

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

HAVOK - "World Gone Mad" US Tour supporting Suicidal Tendencies & Crowbar
22.02.2017 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
23.02.2017 San Diego, CA - The Observatory
24.02.2017 Tucson, AZ - Club X
25.02.2017 Farmington, NM - Top Deck
27.02.2017 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
28.02.2017 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
01.03.2017 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
03.03.2017 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.03.2017 Ft. Meyers, FL - Harborside Events Center
05.03.2017 Tampa, FL - State Theatre
07.03.2017 Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
08.03.2017 Lawrence, KS - The Granada
09.03.2017 Omaha, NE - Lookout Lounge (No S.T.)
10.03.2017 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall (Record release)
11.03.2017 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex

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

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

 Mortiis Announce UK Tour.

Mortiis.Monday 23rd January 2017
A first glimpse into the forthcoming 'The Great Corrupter' Mortiis album has been revealed with a free download of the ferocious 'Doppelganger'/'The Shining Lamp of God' double single, remixed by German industrial legends Die Krupps and club heroes Leæther Strip

To listen and download the free single, please click here:
http://downloadmusic.mortiis.com/album/the-die-krupps-le-therstrip-mixes

"We're stoked to be able to open the floodgates, so to speak, of 'The Great Corrupter' in advance, and invite people to check out the Die Krupps and Leæther Strip mixes" Mortiis says.

'The Great Corrupter' is due for release on April 21 via Omnipresence Production. The record is a collection tracks from Mortiis' 'The Great Deceiver' album, deconstructed and masterfully "corrupted" by the likes of Chris Vrenna, Rhys Fulber, Die Krupps, John Fryer, GODFLESH, Merzbow, Apoptygma Berzerk, In Slaughter Natives, Raison D´Etre, PIG, and many more. 

The band recently announced they will be embarking on a nine-date UK co-headline run this March with PIG, aka industrial pioneer Raymond Watts, ahead of the album's release. 

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

 Interpol Announce 'Turn On The Bright Lights' 15th Anniversary Tour.

Interpol.Monday 23rd January 2017
Interpol will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights by playing the record in its entirety during a run of European headline and festival dates this summer. Limited tickets are available in an exclusive fan pre-sale for headline shows, starting at 9am GMT on Wednesday at interpolnyc.com.

Interpol began in New York in 1997, when guitarist Daniel Kessler recruited bassist Carlos Dengler and singer/guitarist Paul Banks to form a band.  In 2002, with Sam Fogarino on drums, the band signed to Matador Records and released Turn On The Bright Lights, which made it to tenth position on NME's list of 2002's top releases while Pitchfork named it the year's #1 album.

Over the next decade and a half, Interpol would go on to wide critical and commercial acclaim, with four subsequent high-charting records on the Billboard 200; earning rave reviews across the map from Rolling Stone to TIME; performing on late night television shows including Late Show with David Letterman and Conan and playing major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Primavera. Turn On The Bright Lights has sold over a million albums to date, and continues to be a complex, melodic, unforgettable debut release.

The band (Banks, Kessler & Fogarino) is currently working on new material in their native New York, due for release through Matador Records in 2018.
 
Tour Dates:


August 9           Prague, CZ                    Lucerna Music Bar
August 10         Vienna, AT                     Arena
August 12         Buftea, RO                     Summer Well Festival
August 13         Belgrade, RS                Belgrade Fortress
August 15         Budapest, HU               Sziget Festival
August 16         Munich, DE                    Muffathalle
August 19         Luxembourg, LU           Den Atelier
August 20         St. Malo, FR                    La Route Du Rock
August 22         Asolo, IT                         AMA Music Festival
August 23         Milan, IT                         Carroponte
August 25         Zurich, CH                     Zurich Open Air
August 27         Copenhagen, DK         The Koncerthuset
August 29         Tilburg, NL                     013
August 30         Groningen, NL               Oosterpoort
September 1     London, UK                   Alexandra Palace
September 3     Manchester, UK            Albert Hall
September 5     Paris, FR                       Le Trianon
September 9     Spain, ES                      DCode Festival

More dates to follow. 

 While She Sleeps Announce New Album 'You Are We'.

While She Sleeps.Monday 23rd January 2017
While She Sleeps have revealed the title track from their forthcoming third album 'You Are We'. It's a statement of intent that is indicative of the record as a whole. The full album is set for release on 21st April, 2017. The release of 'You Are We' will be accompanied by a full UK tour in April with several shows already selling out. Support has also just been announced for the tour, as In Hearts Wake* and Fizzy Blood join the bill. See below for details.

With the help of their loyal fanbase, the band have funded the project through Pledge Music and are currently at 135% of their initial goal. Their Pledge page is updated constantly so stay tuned.

While She Sleeps have already revealed two tantalizing tasters from 'You Are We', in the form of the anthemic 'Hurricane', and the visceral social commentary of 'Civil Isolation'.

Made with Carl Bown, who also produced 'Brainwashed', the songs that comprise 'You Are We' are full of as much force, focus and determination as ever. The songs within continue the band's trajectory as one of the most inspiring, riotous and important voices in British music today, demonstrating both their continued musical evolution and their incisive social conscience. Yet while these are brutal anthems that paint a vivid picture of a post-Brexit Britain, they stand as both the most universal and most personal songs of the band's career.

TOUR DATES (w/ support from In Hearts Wake* and Fizzy Blood):
APRIL
20/04 – Fibbers, York, UK
22/04 – The Dome, London, UK – SOLD OUT
23/04 – The Dome, London, UK – SOLD OUT
25/04 – Concord 2, Brighton, UK
26/04 – Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
27/04 – O2 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
28/04 – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
29/04 – Academy 2, Manchester, UK
MAY
01/05 – Academy, Dublin, UK
02/05 – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast, UK
03/05 – Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
05/05 – Sugarmill, Stoke, UK
06/05 – Waterfront, Norwich, UK
08/05 – Riverside, Newcastle, UK
09/05 – Garage, Glasgow, UK
10/05 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
12/05 – Asylum, Birmingham, UK
13/05 – Stylus, Leeds, UK

OTHER
25-27/08/17 – Reading & Leeds Festivals

* except Manchester, Dublin and Belfast

 Anti-Flag Release Live Vol 1.

Anti-Flag.Monday 23rd January 2017
Anti-Flag is leading the charge of political punk rock in 2017! The Pittsburgh punk band will be increasingly visible and vocal in 2017. With the follow up to 2015's American Spring (Spinefarm) on the horizon later this year, the band continues to fight for justice and equality and fearlessly make their voices heard, especially in this changing (and increasingly terrifying) government landscape.

Put simply, A-F can't and won't back down.

Anti-Flag's Justin Sane spoke to Billboard, sharing the band's views on our new president and the band was featured in an in-depth and eye-opening profile over at CLRVYNT.

Watch the live video for "Death of a Nation" HERE.

Today Anti-Flag releases Live Vol. 1.  This special release was recorded over the course of 3 special evenings at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, Live Vol. 1 spans the entire Anti-Flag catalog and catapults you from your headphones straight into the circle pit.  Known for their raucous lives how, Anti-Flag deliver in kind with this first volume of live tracks.

Purchase the LP HERE.
Purchase the Digital version HERE.

Additionally, the band has created a new video series called “I AM ANTI”.   The videos feature each band member sharing their story and experience by tackling an issue that is near to them. The band speaks out against war, classism, violence, and islamophobia - all growing epidemics and key staples of the incoming Trump administration. What are you ANTI-?

“I AM ANTI” Videos:
I AM ANTI-WAR https://youtu.be/97g8kW-Utek
I AM ANTI-CLASSISM https://youtu.be/w6Yr9YMXVTc
I AM ANTI-VIOLENCE https://youtu.be/B4fAr2Ni0vY
I AM ANTI-ISLAMOPHOBIA https://youtu.be/Y580MXsXpmk

Anti-Flag continues to fight for justice and equality and fearlessly make their voices heard.

The band are currently on tour in North America with Reel Big Fish. Check out tour dates HERE.

 Death Havana Announce In-Store Acoustic Performance.

Death Havana.Monday 23rd January 2017
Ahead of the release of their highly-anticipated fourth album, 'All These Countless Nights', on January 27th - Deaf Havana have today revealed their new single with a video for 'Fever'.

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

The accompanying music video, is the third part of a story shot in Monterrey, Mexico at the end of 2016. "I always loved the idea of having several videos that were all part of a bigger story, I felt like the 3 singles, (Sing, Trigger and Fever) were perfect for this as they all shared and underlying theme of feeling alienated and out of control," says James. "Meeting AJ and everyone at Groovy Chaos was an absolute blessing because they completely understood our vision and managed to translate that to video much better than we ever imagined. Travelling to Mexico and shooting with the guys was such an amazing experience, being so far away from home and out of our comfort zone really leant itself to the lyrical content of the songs and they ended up being the best music videos we have ever been a part of."

MORE ON 'ALL THESE COUNTLESS NIGHTS':

2013's brilliant Old Souls album had successfully catapulted Deaf Havana into the UK rock big league. It crashed into the Top 10 of the Albums Chart, earned rave reviews for its bravura songwriting and saw the band sell out ever bigger venues, appear higher up the bill at festivals and even support James Veck-Gilodi's hero, Bruce Springsteen.

"It made us feel like a proper band," says Veck-Gilodi, after Deaf Havana's many years on the fringes of the scene. "It stepped away from that emo-y world; there were a lot more layers to it and the songwriting was much more mature."

But, behind the scenes, the band were experiencing financial problems and a lack of internal communication that almost broke them. "I was very close to quitting," says Veck-Gilodi, "basically, I didn't want to be in the band anymore."

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

Recent single, 'Trigger', followed as James says, "it was one of the few songs where the words just came out of me as I put the pen to paper. It's about me feeling alone in relationships and alone in life, reflecting on all the mistakes and things I had done wrong, yet too idled by laziness to do anything to change them. In the video, Ceci (the actress) represents me, being so close to so many people, yet feeling so far away and essentially remaining alone."

The song and those that followed demanded that he and his bandmates – singing keys player Max Britton, bassist Lee Wilson, drummer Tom Ogden and Veck-Gilodi's guitarist brother, Matthew – strike out for new sonic territory.

The end result, Veck-Gilodi declares, is Deaf Havana's most eclectic and expansive album yet. Having cleared house internally in the months leading up to recording of 'All These Countless Nights', taking on new management and signing to a new record label (So Recordings), the band are already benefitting from the "new energy" that brings. They're communicating better with each other, they're involved in every aspect of the band's affairs, and they're ready for whatever the world of rock wants to throw at them...

"This album needs to take us to a higher level," asserts Veck-Gilodi. "Not necessarily in terms of chart positions, because I don't care about that. I just can't wait for people to hear the album. We appreciate the fact that everyone's waited this out with us. It's going to be great."

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

Exclusive pre-order album bundles are available at: http://www.deafhavanaofficial.com

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

Tickets on sale at: http://myticket.co.uk/artists/deaf-havana

 The Killers To Headline British Summer Time Festival.

The Killers.Monday 23rd January 2017
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is delighted to reveal that the sixth and final headliner for 2017 is... The Killers!

Rumours of their return have been simmering for months. Now, The Killers can give fans something HUGE to look forward to this year with the news of a 2017 UK festival exclusive.

The Las Vegas group's summer return will give fans an early glimpse of material from their hugely anticipated new album, alongside their much-loved classics, all in the unbeatable setting of Hyde Park.

The Killers stormed into the UK with their 2004 debut, "Hot Fuss", which went on to become one of that decade's biggest selling albums and has since been hailed as one of the greatest debut albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Since then, each of the band's four studio records (Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012)) has topped the UK charts, the band clocking up over 20 million album sales and headlining festivals and arenas the world over, notably joining the rarified ranks of Wembley Stadium headliners with a sold out show there in 2013.

With an immense catalogue of hits, including "Mr Brightside", "When You Were Young", "Human", "Read My Mind" and "Runaways", festival goers will welcome The Killers back with open arms on 8th July.

Joining The Killers will be Mancunian rock group, Elbow. The band shot to fame with their iconic single "One Day Like This" in 2008. The same year, they scooped up the Mercury Prize for "The Seldom Seen Kid". Their impressive last album "The Take Off and Landing of Everything" received rave reviews across the board in 2014, and brand new record "Little Fictions", their 7th studio record, is released on February 3rd.

Also making a welcome return to the spotlight is mega pop group Tears for Fears. Over the past three decades, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have sold over 30 million records worldwide. They will be bringing all their hits to London for the first time in 12 years, including the #1 songs "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", "Shout" and "Mad World".

Completing the final killer line up is the dark-edged London trio, White Lies, who will no doubt be bringing anthems from their 2009 debut album "To Lose My Life" to the park. Fans will also be treated to soaring choruses from "Friends", the new album released late last year, including the upbeat single "Morning in LA".

With a great mix of 80s style hits and indie anthems, our final headliner announcement The Killers and special guests at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now an essential date for summer 2017.

The Killers are the sixth and final headline announcement for this year, completing the line up of the summer. Already confirmed are Phil Collins (30th June), Green Day (1st July), Justin Bieber (2nd July), Kings Of Leon (6th July), Tom Petty& The Heartbreakers (9th July) – all performing at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2017!

Now approaching its fifth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been host to some of the biggest and best live acts since its debut in 2013. From The Rolling Stones to Carole King, The Libertines to The Who, Kylie to Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath to Taylor Swift, music history has been written almost night by night.

 Falling In Reverse Announce Fourth Album 'Coming Home'.

Falling In Reverse.Monday 23rd January 2017
Falling in Reverse have announced April 7, 2017 as the release date for their fourth album Coming Home (Epitaph). The band has also shared the track listing, album artwork, and the new song "Loser." Listen to "Loser" HERE

The follow-up to 2015's Just Like YouComing Home finds the band exploring its sound, all the while retaining the signature ethos and aesthetic that has won the love and loyalty of its incredibly invested fans and followers.

Listen to the atmospheric title track, released in late December, HERE
Coming Home is available for pre-order here https://lnk.to/FIRComingHome

Frontman Ronnie Radke previously told Alternative Press that the album is "a huge left turn. It sounds like nothing we've ever done. Every song is very vibey. There's more feeling in it."

He continued, "We're challenging ourselves now more than we ever have in the weirdest ways possible, because you would think writing the craziest solo or riffs would be the challenging part. But the challenging part is trying to stick to a theme and not go all over the place like we would normally do."

Falling in Reverse will embark on a busy touring schedule in support of the album. The band is currently on tour in the US with Issues and Motionless in White.

COMING HOME TRACK LISTING:
1. Coming Home
2. Broken
3. Loser
4. Fuck You and All Your Friends
5. I Hate Everyone
6. I'm Bad At Life
7. Hanging On
8. Superhero
9. Straight to Hell
10. I Don't Mind

 As Lions Release Debut Album 'Selfish Age'.

As Lions.Monday 23rd January 2017
UK metallers As Lions have today released their debut album Selfish Age on Better Noise Records. The highly anticipated worldwide release serves as the follow up to the band's 2016 EP Aftermath and includes their latest single 'Bury My Dead'. Watch the official video for the single HERE.

Produced by the acclaimed Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, In This Moment), and award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon) Selfish Age blends hard-hitting rock with the melodic, soaring vocals of Austin Dickinson, creating a seamless album ranging in both emotion and sonic expression.

Lyrically the album draws from current matters, speaking to consumerism and the world's image-obsessed culture, letting go of life's burdens, and navigating the way out of disaster. "I was thinking about the idea of where we're at in the world—where I sit and where my generation sits," says Austin Dickinson. "Take, for instance, the electro-tinged title track, 'Selfish Age': "To me it's a song first and foremost about consumerism and this relentless taking and taking, until you realize you've taken so much that you've lost sight of what you originally set out for," Dickinson explains. "There's a very powerful sense in the world right now that something went wrong. We don't know quite when or where it went wrong, but we have no idea how to turn back the clock and fix it. And I think a lot of people placate that feeling by just consuming—plugging the hole, so to speak."

Coinciding with the album's release, As Lions are set to embark on a spring 10-date US tour as direct support to Shinedown, followed by festival appearances at Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville, and Northern Invasion.

Since coming together in 2015, As Lions—comprised of Austin Dickinson, guitarist and keyboardist Conor O'Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee— have played sold-out shows in the UK, as well as performing with Trivium, and recently wrapped up a US arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown, spanning 27 dates, including 13 sold out shows across the states. Kicking off 2017 with their eagerly awaited release and tour announcement, As Lions are prepared for a massive year ahead. For more information on the band, album and tour, visit aslionsband.com.

 Radio Moscow Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records.

Radio Moscow.Monday 23rd January 2017
Southern Californian psychedelic hard rock trio RADIO MOSCOW and CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS are proud to announce a worldwide partnership to release the band’s upcoming albums. RADIO MOSCOW already started songwriting and will enter the studio soon to release their fifth full length album in late summer 2017.

Guitarist and vocalist Parker Griggs comments: “Radio Moscow couldn't be more stoked to be joining the Century Media family! When we met these guys we spent hours nerding out on obscure classics from our favorite era of Rock ‘n’ Roll (1965-1974).... so we feel right at home! Excited to keep writing and working on the next Radio Moscow release on Century Media. Looking forward to 2017 with a new label and album! Peace n Love!”

Jens Prueter, Head of A&R at Century Media Europe adds: “A beautiful summer night at a club in the middle of Germany, some beers, a nice chat about weird 60s stuff and an amazing sweaty show: that’s a good start for a long time partnership. I’m very happy to welcome this highly talented band that is taking the roots to the roof!”

Trends come and go, but the idea of a bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops — that’s forever. And it’s that idea that’s crystallized in the form of Radio Moscow who took their name from an obscure 60s garage punk novelty single. The power trio led by the Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula: Crunching, heavy Sabbath-style chords topped with fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian. Radio Moscow plants their flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet. The sound is unabashedly retro (think Cream, Blue Cheer, Led Zep or Jimi Hendrix Experience), so it’s easy to see how it caught the ear of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced Radio Moscow’s 2007 self-titled debut. 

With 'Brain Cycles', their second album, Radio Moscow proved that they’re not a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In 2011, Griggs continued his psychedelic trip with 'The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz' followed by 'Magical Dirt' in 2014.

Parker Griggs (vocals, guitar), Anthony Meier (bass) and Paul Marrone (drums) hit the road hard in the U.S. and in Europe, touring with the likes of Graveyard, Witchcraft, Joe Bonamassa and Pentagram, followed by an appearance on the legendary German television program Rockpalast.

Coming off of what seems like endless touring proceeding and following the recording of the double-live gatefold 'Live! In California', Radio Moscow is ready to hit the studio again. 

The band toured the U.S., Europe, South America, and Australia around the release of the live document, landing at such festivals as Desert Daze (US), the Void Fest (Ger), Electric Funeral (US), Burg Herzberg Fest (Ger), and the Orbital Festival in Santiago, Chile, to name a few.
The live album wrapped up the first chapter of the band’s career, playing highlights from their first four studio albums.  As Rolling Stone’s Dave DiMartino cited, “I would be lying if I did not say I have been completely taken with this…The band actively evokes all that was great about hard-rock trios, but does it with such gleeful abandon you’ve got to admire both their spirit and whatever time capsule they rode in on. Great fun.” 

Discography
Radio Moscow (2007)
Brain Cycles (2009)
The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz (2011)
3 & 3 Quarters (2012), early demos recorded in 2003 by Parker Griggs
Rancho Tehama EP (2013)
Magical Dirt (2014) 
Live! In California (2016)

 Bad Religion Announced For Rebellion Festival.

Rebellion Festival.Monday 23rd January 2017
2016 saw Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool's Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent. And Rebellion 2017 already looks set to be no different.  Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from  the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is already shaping up to be another punk genre defining event.

LA punk legends Bad Religion are now confirmed to return to the festival for the first time in seven years, bringing their addictively melodic, politically-charged, high energy punk rock to the seaside punk event.

"Rebellion is by far the best punk festival on the planet," enthuses Bad Religion (and Dag Nasty/Minor Threat) guitarist Brian Baker. "I went last year; it was so nice I saw Cock Sparrer twice! And this year you can see Bad Religion and Pennywise and the UK Subs, Sham 69, Skids, Angelic Upstarts and tons more. This is a great festival and i love playing it and I hope to see you all there."

With every passing day, more bands are being added to the prestigious line-up that already includes such luminaries as mentioned by Brain Baker above who join the likes of The Vapors, Kent duo Slaves, The Skids, DOA, Alternative TV, Neville Staples Band,  Good Riddance, Scream (who once featured Dave Grohl), Toyah, Richie Ramone, Leftover Crack, Ruts DC and many many more.

Day tickets are now available at £60 per day and there is also the opportunity to buy weekend tickets in instalments with a deposit.
More bands, running-order and stage times still to be announced.

Rebellion Festival is an ALL AGES, family friendly event and children under 12 are admitted free of charge (accompanied by an adult). More information and tickets are available at:
Website: www.rebellionfestivals.com 
Twitter: @rebellionfest 
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RebellionPunkMuskFestival

 Ghost Top Rock Chart With New Single 'Square Hammer'.

Ghost.Monday 23rd January 2017
Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have topped the Active Rock chart with current single "Square Hammer" and are the first Swedish band to have a No. 1 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. "Square Hammer" is featured on the band's most recent EP release, Popestar, which debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts and has sold 75,000 units in its first four months of release.

Metal Injection called "Square Hammer" "one of the shining gems in the band's catalog", adding, "It's a relentless confection of earworm hooks, carnival organ, and a harmony chorus that just won't quit." 

Popestar was surprise released on September 16th and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The EP has been streamed over 18 million times globally. In addition to "Square Hammer", the five-track offering features covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. Popestar was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). To purchase Popestar now, click HERE.

Additionally, Ghost have released a Deluxe Version of Meliora, their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album. Meliora Deluxe contains the Popestar EP as a bonus disc (CD or LP or digital). To purchase Meliora Deluxe, click HERE. 
  
Ghost were awarded a Grammy® last year for 'Best Metal Performance'. Their most recent album Meliora was released on August 21, 2015 and debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. The album has sold over a quarter million copies globally and has been streamed over 120 million times. The band capped off a landmark 2015 with their late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Halloween show on CBS with a rousing performance of their offering "Cirice", which reached No. 3 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock.

Ghost is currently preparing to embark on a European tour. For a list of upcoming dates, click HERE.

 Decade Announce Tour Supports.

Decade.Monday 23rd January 2017
Following the earlier announcement of their upcoming headline tour, Decade are pleased to reveal that Big Spring and Wallflower are confirmed to support them on the nine-date run.

Check out the trailer for the tour announcement here: https://youtu.be/0TUmg4rASOI

Catch all three bands at the following shows:

03.03 Birmingham, Asylum
04.03 Leicester, The Cookie
05.03 Newcastle, Think Tank
06.03 Glasgow, Audio
07.03 Leeds, The Key Club
08.03 Manchester, Star & Garter
09.03 London, Boston Music Room
10.03 Nottingham, Rock City Basement
11.03 Bath, Moles

Decade are set to release their second album, ‘Pleasantries’ on 24th February 2017 via Rude Records.

Tickets and ‘Pleasantries’ pre-order packages (both CD and vinyl) are available to buy at the following link: http://decade.bigcartel.com/live

Check out the video for Decade’s latest single “Peach Milk” here: https://youtu.be/K2bqNtAP8WE

 Sikth To Release First Album Since 2006.

Sikth.Monday 23rd January 2017
SikTh, the UK's progressive metal forefathers, have commenced recording their brand new studio album.  The, as yet, untitled 3rd album will be their first new full length since 2006's Death Of A Dead Day and follows on from last year's acclaimed Opacities EP recorded after their reunion performance at the UK's legendary Download Festival. The new album is scheduled for a May 2017 release, with the first single and video entitled "No Wishbones" due to be released on Friday 10th February.

Vocalist Mikee Goodman reveals how the recording sessions are progressing "We've started recording and it is sounding really vibey so far. This album should be a lot more aggressive than our Opacities EP on the whole. A lot of slamming grooves there, also lots of intricacy and dynamics as always". He goes on to explain the creative process within the band "There is a formula in SikTh which works well. I always take the lead in the early stages and also I write all lyrics. But of course I am open to Joe Rosser, our new vocalist's melodic input later on. We have not entered that stage yet. These initial steps are me laying my ideas in, since I have a great studio set up, if I do something awesome now, it goes straight on the record. That's a great thing because as most vocalists will tell you, it's all about the vibe and feeling. It's all about the moment."

The vocals are primarily being recorded at Mikee's own studio and at Adrian Smith's (Iron Maiden) R&R Studios; Mikee & Adrian Smith worked together previously on the Primal Rock Rebellion project. The guitars and drums will be recorded at the renowned Monkey Puzzle House studios. Dan Weller will be producing, alongside Adam "Nolly" Getgood (Periphery), handling mixing duties.

The new album is to be released via Millennium Night, the newly created imprint from Snapper Music, home of Peaceville Records & Kscope. The label imprint name, chosen by SikTh, comes from the track taken from their debut 2003 album The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild.

Mikee explains "We have signed to Millennium Night, which is a new division of Snapper Music; they decided they would invent a new label just for us, we don't fit in and we never felt the need to".
Further updates from the studio will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Ahead of the release of their new studio album the band will head out on tour across the UK & Europe with Trivium. 

UK Shows w/ Trivium
11/02/2017 - Ireland - Dublin  / Academy
12/02/2017- N. Ireland - Belfast / Limelight
14/02/2017 - UK - Birmingham / Institute
15/02/2017 - UK -  Manchester  / Academy
16/02/2017 - UK - Glasgow / Barrowlands
17/02/2017 - UK - London / Roundhouse
18/02/2017 - UK - Nottingham /Rock City 

 Pulled Apart By Horses Announce New Album.

Pulled Apart By Horses.Monday 23rd January 2017
Leeds’s Pulled Apart By Horses have announced their new album, The Haze, for release on March 17th 2017 via Caroline International.
Having recently shared their first new music since 2014’s Blood LP in ‘The Big What If’, dubbed “an instant mosh-pit maker” by the NME, Pulled Apart By Horses today reveal the new album’s opening and title track.

“We had to have ‘The Haze’ as the album opener - it gets down to business pretty quick!” vocalist and guitarist Tom Hudson reveals. “One of my favourite sections on the album is the Kraut-rock-vibe middle eight in this track. We wrote and demoed it in our 'middle of no-where' Welsh writing session, the weird atmospheric sounds at the start of it were recorded outside the lodge we were in. There were these giant whirring fans and birds tweeting everywhere. The bell that opens the album was this little brass doorbell that was hanging up in the porch too.”

Stream ‘The Haze’ here - https://PulledApartByHorses.lnk.to/TheHazeVYT.

“With the third album [2014’s Blood], we were making a conscious effort to think about everything and really analyse what makes good songs work,” explains bassists Robert Lee. “This time around we wanted to get back to the spontaneity of the first record, to just hang out and have fun and see what happened, so we wanted to take ourselves away from our usual practise room, find a new space, both literally and metaphorically, and just immerse ourselves in music for fun once again.”

“Basically,” says vocalist/guitarist Tom Hudson, “we wanted to go with our guts and fuck everyone else.”

To facilitate this, at the beginning of 2016 the members of Pulled Apart By Horses, Tom Hudson, guitarist James Brown, Robert Lee and new drummer Tommy Davidson, an old friend recruited from Leeds noise rockers These Monsters, decamped from their lock-up rehearsal facility in their native Leeds to a tiny, remote cottage on a dairy farm in the Welsh countryside for 10 days.

“When we first got to the cottage we thought ‘There’s nothing to do here!’” says James. “But that was precisely the point. There was no internet, no emails, no-one checking how we were getting on. We were writing for no-one but ourselves. We became like a little family - cooking for one another, building fires, holding late-night karaoke competitions – and completely immersed ourselves in the music.”

“One of the biggest influences in writing this new album was the new line up”, Rob reveals. “We've known Tommy for many years, and he’s created a whole new level of creative spirit within the band.” “Tommy has a different style of drumming – he’s a bit more hard-hitting, like a Dave Grohl / John Bonham type – and so that changed the dynamics,” adds Tom. “He probably felt like he had something to prove, and in terms of creativity and pushing ourselves, his presence really made everyone step up.”

Recorded by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys/MIA/Drenge) at his McCall Sound Studio in Sheffield, The Haze is twelve tracks of whip-smart, unpredictable, fierce and sussed hardcore noise-pop. “When we were making our previous album Blood we were referencing a lot of Ross’s work, so it made sense to go straight to the source, and it was great to see him investing so much in the process” Rob reveals. “Ross essentially became a fifth member of the band for a month,” adds James.

Dissected and diced, one might hear elements of The Jesus Lizard, Devo, Hot Snakes, The Stooges, Krautrock, Surf-Pop, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Captain Beefheart, QOTSA, Fugazi and T-Rex amidst its dozen tracks, but fused by electric studio performances, it’s a compelling snapshot of a rewired, recalibrated and rejuvenated rock band at the peak of their powers.

Pre-order The Haze here - https://pulledapartbyhorses.lnk.to/TheHaze.

Catch Pulled Apart By Horses live at the following dates. All tickets are available here - www.pulledapartbyhorses.com/tour/
March
27 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
28 London, Scala
29 Bristol, Thekla
30 Southampton, Talking Heads
April
01 Derby, 2Q Festival
02 Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
03 Norwich, Waterfront Studio
05 Glasgow, King Tuts
06 Manchester, Sound Control
07 Newcastle, Think Tank
08 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Artwork & Track listing
1.       The Haze
2.       The Big What If
3.       Hotel Motivation
4.       Prince Of Meats
5.       Neighbourhood Witch
6.       Lamping
7.       Flash Lads
8.       Moonbather
9.       What’s Up Dude
10.   Brass Castles
11.   My Evil Twin
12.   Dumb Fun

 Northlane Are Back.

Northlane.Monday 23rd January 2017
Northlane have today released new song "Intuition" after debuting it as a surprise gift for fans during their headline show at UNIFY 2017 last weekend. The song quickly made its way onto YouTube via fan footage, and the accompanying new video was filmed by Jason Eshragian onsite at the festival.

"It's time to release this beast into the wild." Says Northlane guitarist Josh Smith. "We decided to premiere it at UNIFY 2017 because it's a special place for us, and we were floored with the response the first time we played it live. So now it's time for the rest of the world to hear 'Intuition'."

"Intuition" is now available on all digital music services and is the first new song from Northlane since they released The Equinox EP alongside In Hearts Wake in 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Nashville Pussy Announce UK Tour.

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

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

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

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

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

 Helloween Announce Pumpkin United UK Show.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 Primitive Weapons Release New Video Ahead Of UK Tour.

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


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

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

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

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

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

 The Interupters Announce Headline UK Shows.

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

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

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

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

Catch the band live at the following dates:

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

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

 Elbow Announce Forestry Commision Tour.

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

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

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

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

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

Elbow - plus guests. Forest Live 2017

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

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

 Youth Killed It TO Release Debut Album In May.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Mortiis To Relese Remix Album.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 Annihilator To Release Triple Threat Album On 27th January.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Svart Crown To Release New Album On March 3rd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Abreaction' tracklist:

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


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

More dates coming soon!

 The White Buffalo Heads Out On Tour.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Kreator To Release New Album 'Gods Of Violence'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Less Than Jake Release New Song 'Whatever The Weather.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Firewind To Release 'Immortals' Album.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Charm The Fury Announce New Album.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Cage The Elephant To Head Out On Tour.

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

Cage The Elephant upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Avatarium Enter The Studio To Work On New Album.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Black Star Riders Release New Trailer For Forthcoming Album.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklistings below: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Western Addiction Release New Song.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Avenged Sevenfold Announce Pop Up Shop In London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Track Listing:

Disc 1:

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

 
Disc 2:

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

 Skindred Sign Deal With Kobalt'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Bonafide Announce New Album 'Flames'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Quireboys Announce 'Twisted Love Tour'.

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

To see The Quireboys new video / single, click here

https://youtu.be/hj8d4gvDgPs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Dimmu Borgir To Release New DVD.

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

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


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

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

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

 Chrome Molly To Release New Album.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Lullaby To Release Debut Single.

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

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

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

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

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

 Havok Announce New Studio Album 'Conformicide'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Gospal Youth Sign To Rise Records.

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

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

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

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

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

 Megadeth To Headline Sunday At Bloodstock Open Air 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Austin Carlile Leaves Of Mice And Men.

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

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

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

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

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

-Aaron, Alan, Phil & Valentino.

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