On Saturday 28th February, LAST GREAT DREAMERS are launching their new single, 'Supernature Natural', with a special show at an old haunt: The Cellar in Oxford.
To get you retrosexual deviants in the mood Uber Rock can now exclusively reveal the band's brand new video for their next hit single - watch 'Supernature Natural' below:
This one-off single launch show, with support from blues-rockers Get Loose, is a prequel to the Last Great Dreamers' first UK tour since reforming in 2014.
The band are set to play 11 dates across England & Wales during April 2015 as they continue to promote their critically acclaimed 2nd album, 'Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven'.
Catch Last Great Dreamers at:
April 4 - Chelmsford, Asylum April 8 - London (Camden), Fiddler's Elbow April 9 - Nottingham, TNT April 10 - Norwich, B2 April 11 - Doncaster, Little Theatre April 16 - Evesham, Iron Road April 17 - Bournemouth, Anvil April 18 - Wellington, Beambridge April 24 - Kidderminster, Secret Garden April 25 - Abertillery, The Doll's House April 26 - Oxford, Wheatsheaf
Last Great Dreamers are:
Marc Valentine - Vocals, Guitar Slyder - Guitar, Vocals Ian Scruffykid - Bass Ginge - Drums
UK rock legends THUNDER have returned to the Top 10 with 'Wonder Days', their first studio album in six years.
No strangers to chart success, the band have amassed a string of hit albums and 18 Top 40 singles in their 25-year career, but 'Wonder Days', their landmark tenth album, is their highest charting UK album since 'Behind Closed Doors' peaked at number 5 back in 1995.
It's testament to their fervent fan base and the remarkable quality of the album that it staved off stiff competition from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Ne-Yo, Charlie XCX and Idlewild to enter the Top 10 on Sunday.
Says lead singer Danny Bowes: "We're absolutely delighted with the way 'Wonder Days' has been received by both fans and the media around the world. To come back with a Top 10 album after six years away is so brilliant, it's actually hard to believe. I'm covered in red marks where I've been pinching myself. We're so fired up right now, the shows next month are going to be fantastic!"
Lead guitarist Luke Morley continues: "The response to the new album is really exciting and to be honest, a bit unexpected. Going straight into the Top 10 after this time away just goes to show how loyal our fans are. We're really proud of the album and the tour is going to be very special. It's good to be back!"
Continuing their renaissance Thunder are playing three of the biggest UK shows of their career next month, ahead of appearing as Very Special Guests with ZZ Top at Wembley Arena on June 24th, alongside a much-anticipated appearance at Download Festival and further European dates.
They are also releasing their first single from the album. 'Resurrection Day' was written by Luke Morley about the recovery of the band's rhythm guitarist Ben Matthews from cancer and its positive message has fast become a favourite with fans and critics alike. It also showcases all the classic Thunder traits exuding a no-holds-barred pop prowess with the unmistakable vocals of Danny Bowes backed up by a master-class of rock guitar playing and a rhythm section at the top of their game.
'Wonder Days' is the band's first release with earMUSIC, one of Europe's most successful independent labels, distributed in the UK by Absolute/Universal.
Thunder hit the road in March with dates in Leeds, Birmingham and London, with Reef and Tax The Heat as support:
March 2015 Thur 12th - Leeds, First Direct Arena Fri 13th - Birmingham, NIA Sat 14th - London, Eventim Apollo
New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT released the first of a series of killer webisodes documenting the production process of their forthcoming album, 'The American Dream Died', recently and today sees the release of the second video in the series aptly titled, 'Stigma Being Stigma'. It's a candid clip on the enigma that is guitarist Vinnie Stigma. Have a laugh with the guys below:
The band has also announced that they will include a special bonus vinyl edition of the album. Every copy of the album on vinyl will contain a download code for the album 'Time's Up You're Dead' by THE ALLIGATORS, a rowdy punk project featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT singer Roger Miret and members of legendary Anaheim, CA hardcore band INSTED.
The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed & mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 4, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The record features guest vocal appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O), Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) and legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson solely laying his guitar magic on the song, 'A Wise Man'.
UK Grind pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their recently released and much acclaimed 15th studio album, 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat', with a new and extensive track-by-track video featuring vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway explaining the lyrical themes of the songs on the album - watch it below.
'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' has 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.
Currently out on a huge UK/EU tour with In This Moment, FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS have announced their biggest UK headline tour to date.
These dates were rescheduled from the previously announced February tour, so any tickets purchased for that tour will now be valid for these new dates.
"Bring on this headline tour! We're all very excited to finally get these dates out there. Our fans have been very patient after the rescheduling we had to do, and we also feel like the extra time has really given us chance to get to grips with more songs from 'Unbreakable Hearts'", explains co-frontman, Kier Kemp.
"We've also really mixed up the supporting bill. We love the energy that Myth City bring, and our German friends Annisokay have been doing great things recently, playing alongside bands like Falling In Reverse - this is going to be one hell of a tour!"
'The Unbreakable Hearts Tour' will kick off on May 4th with a total of 16 shows around the country, ending at Southampton Joiners.
Support will come from German melodic metalcore quintet, 'Annisokay' (May 4th - May 13th) , London based groove bruiser's, ZOAX (May 15 - May 22nd) and Midlands based 'Myth City' (May 4th - May 8th + May 13th - May 22nd)
May 4th - Norwich Arts Centre May 5th - Oxford, O2 Academy May 6th - Plymouth, The Hub May 7th - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach May 8th - London, The Underworld May 10th - Birmingham, O2 Academy 3 May 11th - Glasgow, King Tuts May 12th - Manchester, Sound Control May 13th - Liverpool, O2 Academy 3 May 15th - Newcastle, O2 Academy 2 May 16th - Sheffield, Corporation May 17th - Leeds, The Key Club May 18th - Nottingham, Rock City Basement May 19th - Bristol, Exchange May 21st - Brighton, The Haunt May 22nd - Southampton, Joiners
The band have also been invited back out on tour with Black Veil Brides on their EU tour this March, with one, completely sold out London Show on March 15th at the Electric Ballroom!
FINCH have confirmed that Fort Hope and Only Rivals will support them on their upcoming UK tour, this May/June.
Tickets are priced at £17.50 regionally and £20 in London and go on sale today! Tickets are available from www.seetickets.com
Dates are as follows:
Wed 27 May 2015 - Glasgow, Garage Thu 28 May 2015 - Newcastle, University Fri 29 May 2015 - Manchester, Academy 2 Sun 31 May 2015 - Norwich, Waterfront Mon 01 Jun 2015 - Brighton, Concorde2 Tue 02 Jun 2015 - London, Koko Wed 03 Jun 2015 - Bristol, Marble Factory
Finch released their latest studio album, 'Back to Oblivion', last October via Spinefarm Records. The album was their first full length album in over nine years.
Little less than a year after parting ways with TRIVIUM, drummer Nick Augusto now returns with a brand new band called CORROSION, which also features members of Insense and Before the Mourning.
The group, whose line-up is rounded out by vocalist/bassist Tommy Hjelm and guitarists Christopher Cussell and Martin Rygge, have already recorded three songs and will release them soon as a digital EP via Mas-Kina Recordings (featuring 'Insense', 'Beaten to Death' and 'She Said Destroy').
Augusto said: "It's just four friends playing what makes us feel good and I really hope you all enjoy it. Really looking forward to making a full length and seeing everyone on tour soon. The idea for this project came together right after me and Trivium parted ways. All of us in Corrosion were friends already so it just felt right to start it up. I was an Insense fan, so going for a long shot them being all the way in Norway and I wanted to play in a band with them. We talked through emails and made it happen. We just wrote three songs and felt like it was a good introduction and a full length will come eventually. What you hear on this EP is just what we felt at the time and that's what came out and it felt pretty damn good and clicked right away."
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK have announced three headlining UK shows, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their classic 2005 album, 'Commit This To Memory'.
Find the full list of dates below:
2 May - Fury Fest, Liverpool 3 May - Birmingham, Academy 2 4 May - London, Koko
'Commit This To Memory' was the band's sophomore album, and their highest selling and most streamed album to date. Produced by Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), the album is full of energetic melodies, catchy hooks, thumping drums, bursting keys and soaring vocals, and features the hit songs 'Everything Is Alright', 'Hold Me Down' and 'Attractive Today'.
In addition to performing 'Commit This To Memory' in its entirety, Motion City Soundtrack will also perform classic tracks and fan-favourites from their extensive back catalogue.
NYC Punk band SCRAPERS takes us back to the nitty, gritty, hot time summer in the city streets of The Bronx, NY in 1977 to help us out of this gloomy winter slump with their new video for 'Gravity', off of their album, 'Dark Party'.
Cast out by the outcasts themselves, and too punk for punk rock, The Scrapers wield their own brand of gritty, trashy rock 'n' roll. Banned from clubs, bars, squats, and back alleys. Though few and far between, The Scrapers still manage to find an audience depraved enough to listen. Beaten, bruised, and left for dead... Scrapers, shunned and banished to the fringes of conventional society.
'Dark Party' is a collection of nine old style punk cuts that will take up less than fifteen minutes of your time. Recorded live and in one take (with the exception of a few layered guitar and vocal tracks that just weren't possible in one take for a four piece band) 'Dark Party' is worth a listen. . . and best of all the SCRAPERS has made it available as a free download.
So sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City in its heyday.
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 14th studio album, due on 1st June, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.
The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album, 'My God-Given Right', the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.
'My God-Given Right' was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the band's very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.
The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.
Martin Häusler comments his recent creation: "We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the "classical HELLOWEEN" elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title, 'My God-Given Right', and some of the song titles, like 'Swing Of A Fallen World', 'Lost In America', 'Battle's Won', etc. During my research I stumbled upon the blockbuster "Day After Tomorrow" and the idea of just leaving the world to the 'pumpkins' was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11" Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That's the reason the entire artwork was done 'in one piece', using a 3D program - we did not want one of those 'cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version', but the best possible real 3D result: So don't get any other versions - this will be a true collector's item!"
Frontman Andi Deris states: "I never know how, but somehow we did it once again - the album really rocks and kicks some major asses!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible, producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range."
Adds guitarist Michael Weikath: "...this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi Deris, I'm very happy about the new album."
Their most recent studio effort, 'Straight Out Of Hell', saw HELLOWEEN entering the official German album charts on a sensational #4. Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 ranking as well as the US Billboard Top 100, Straight Out Of Hell is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.
More guests have been added to the live music bill at the Rock N Roll Cinema premiere of the 'I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run' at Koko on 25 March.
As well as The Crunch [starring Terry Chimes of The Clash, Dave Tregunna of Sham 69, Mick Geggus of Cockney Rejects, Sulo Karlson of Diamond Dogs] new additions include Roland Gift from FYC, Rachid Taha, Henry Padovani from The Police, Norman-Watt Roy [Blockheads and Wilko Johnson Band], Chris Bailey from The Saints, and Jeff Turner from Cockney Rejects, and Ruts DC.
Chris Salewicz, the author of the Joe Strummer Biography, will introduce the film.
NINE BELOW ZERO's founding members Mark Feltham and Dennis Greaves have announced the release of ‘Duo’, an album that sees them recording as a duo for the first time to celebrate their love of blues music, on 13th April, 2015.
With Mark on harmonica, Dennis on guitar and the duo sharing vocal duties, they have used the bare essentials to pay homage to the musicians, in particular Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, who inspired them to form a band and start writing music 37 years ago.
“We always loved American folk music and Mark, as a harmonica player, is drawn towards blues and country music. Living with the blues is everything a blues song is…a life’s journey of struggle and coming to terms with it,” explains Dennis.
Mark and Dennis have recorded several classic tracks by Sonny & Brownie as well as Randy Newman’s slave trade tale ‘Sail Away’, Bessie Smith’s ‘Backwater Blues’, ‘Amazing Grace and songs by Lead Belly, Hank Williams and Jethro Tull, amongst others.
“We wanted the album to feel really authentic and we recorded most of the songs live - some like ‘Walk On’ in just one take - capturing the performance and the feel over perfection. We tried to stay honest to the originals whilst putting our stamp on them” says Mark. They achieved this by creating their own instrumental arrangements for several of the covers including Area Code 615’s ‘Stone Fox Chase’ and by stripping bare some of their own self-penned cult classics such as ‘Egg on my Face’ and ‘Ballad of Dombovar’.
The love of the blues began at an early age for Mark and Dennis. Two of Dennis’ uncles were big fans and both had vast collections of blues albums, and it was listening to those records that encouraged the Nine Below Zero frontman to first pick up the guitar. Meanwhile Mark’s Merchant Navy uncle would bring him harmonicas from his travels overseas. The pair first met in the late 1970s, during the punk era, when Dennis decided to form a blues band and was introduced to harmonica player Mark - who not only lived on the same estate in South London, but just 14 houses away. The name of their band itself, Nine Below Zero, was inspired by the song penned by Sonny Boy Williamson II, an American folk-blues legend from Mississippi.
Since their genesis in the 1970s, Nine Below Zero have been known for providing unique and innovative music in the form of alt blues-rock, a breath of fresh air in a pop punk era. Now, in 2015, Mark and Dennis are giving us classic emotive blues in the form of this acoustic album.
British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' European tour in the spring of 2014.
The setlist comprises songs chosen from 7 of their 18 studio albums, and the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum's beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.
'Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014' will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV / Steamhammer.
Super Jewel Case
1. Live ‘til You Die 2. Black Skies 3. Freedom Day 4. Dance of the Black Tattoo 5. Blood Red Laughter 6. Unwritten Sacrifice 7. How Far Jerusalem 8. Les Morts Dansant 9. Falling For the Big Plan 10. All England’s Eyes 11. Vigilante 12. Kingdom of Madness
LP1 Side 1 1. Live ‘til You Die 2. Black Skies 3. Freedom Day Side 2 1. Dance of the Black Tattoo 2. Blood Red Laughter 3. Unwritten Sacrifice
LP 2 Side 1 1. How Far Jerusalem 2. Les Morts Dansant 3. Falling For the Big Plan Side 2 1. All England’s Eyes 2. Vigilante 3. Kingdom of Madness
LIVE 2015: 18.07. SE-Väsby – Väsby Rock Festival 31.07. SE-Rejmyre – Skogsröjet Festival 01.08. D-Seebronn – Rock Of Ages Festival
WHITESNAKE are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. 'The Purple Album' will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL.
'The Purple Album' is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.
The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition (http://amzn.to/1EQjry0), a deluxe edition (http://amzn.to/17Xxc2P) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited boxset edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale. "As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn't have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can't wait to play these songs in concert."
From the opening notes of the classic track 'Burn' to album closer 'Stormbringer', Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like 'Lady Double Dealer', 'Soldier of Fortune' and 'Sail Away' are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
Watch the 'Stormbringer' video below.
'The Purple Album' tracklisting:
1) Burn 2) You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers) 3) Love Child 4) Sail Away 5) The Gypsy 6) Lady Double Dealer 7) Mistreated 8) Holy Man 9) Might Just Take Your Life 10) You Keep On Moving 11) Soldier Of Fortune 12) Lay Down Stay Down 13) Stormbringer
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks: 14) Lady Luck 15) Comin' Home
DVD Content: Lady Double Dealer - Music Video Sail Away - Mix Music Video Stormbringer - Music Video Soldier Of Fortune - Music Video Purple Album Behind The Scenes Purple Album EPK
American power-trio PRONG are set to release their new covers album, 'Songs From The Black Hole', on March 30th via Steamhammer / SPV.
The record sees PRONG putting a distinct spin on 10 punk rock anthems originally recorded by luminaires such as Black Flag, Fugazi, Discharge, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü and Neil Young.
These are the songs that originally helped inspire this legendary New York trio when they first formed out of the hardcore grime of CBGB’s back in 1986.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming release of this record,” explains frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging too!” he adds. “Since the record explores Prong's roots, musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually.”
With the help of art director Mike Lopez, PRONG’s album artwork brings “the themes of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music to the surface in images. Since much of PRONG’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment. I think one can get a firm grip of the hard hitting, dangerous sounds inside from just a glimpse of the packaging of 'Songs From The Black Hole'. We certainly hope you enjoy this latest release, inside and out.”
'Songs From The Black Hole' tracklisting:
1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE) 2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY) 3. Goofy's Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS) 4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS) 5. The Bars (BLACK FLAG) 6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE) 7. Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ) 8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI) 9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS) 10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG)
PRONG are: Tommy Victor, (guitar, vocals) Jason Christopher, (bass) and Art Cruz (drums). Catch them live on tour in the UK at the dates below:
April 21st Birmingham - O2 Academy 2 April 22nd Liverpool - O2 Academy 2 April 23rd London - O2 Islington Academy April 24th Bristol - O2 Academy