It's October so that means that the countdown has begun to UBER ROCK's 13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN!!!
Yes, it's that time of year again when we celebrate the horrific and torture thirteen reprobates from the world of music by making them confront their biggest fears and tell us all of their darkest secrets. From the goriest movies to the spookiest tales of the supernatural, anything goes for the carefully-dissected victims of Uber Rock's 13 Days of Halloween!
We've done things a little differently this time, too - think Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch. Uber Rock has teamed up with Graveyard Calling, the UK label that releases horror-themed music exclusively on cassette, so expect several of their beastly bands to appear over the thirteen days! What a deadly double bill!
Starting on October 19th, Uber Rock will splat one scare-drenched interview on the site a day until, thirteen terrifying tales later, we reach October 31st itself!!
But how could we possibly celebrate the culmination of thirteen gore-splattered days? Well, in some spooktakular style as it happens!
Uber Rock will once again team up with Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema to bring our Dead End Drive-In to the oldest, and most haunted, cinema in Wales!
From 10pm on Friday, October 31st the cinema will open its mausoleum-like doors to wolf men and living dead girls as its presents a Halloween All-Nighter featuring five of the finest horror flicks this side of Hades!
Slashing its way into the cinema will be Wes Craven's classic from 1984, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Forget the remake for tweens, this is the real deal with Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, Heather Langenkamp as the dream-haunted Nancy, John Saxon as her police lieutenant father, and Johnny Depp, in his feature film debut, as her boyfriend. Depp's first movie can only mean one thing with Freddy around - Depp's first movie death! It's a bloody one and the perfect opener for an all-night horror feast!!
Next up, and still in the FX-splattered '80s, we have THE HOWLING, Joe Dante's legendary werewolf movie regarded by horror fans as one of the best lycanthrope flicks of all time! Dee Wallace stars as a Los Angeles television news anchor who is being stalked by a serial murderer...then things get a little...erm...hairier! Also starring horror movie legends John Carradine and Kevin McCarthy, and with stunning make-up FX from Rob "The Thing" Bottin, this is one film you can sink your teeth into!
"Here's Johnny!" Take a celebrated novel by Stephen King, arguably the greatest horror writer of all time, get crazed movie director Stanley Kubrick to turn it into one of the most intense of psychological scare flicks, then add Jack Nicholson, a snowstorm, a typewriter, and an axe, and what do you get? THE SHINING, one of THE scariest movies of all time! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. REDRUM.
From the '80s we journey back to 1957 for Jacques Tourneur's stunning British horror movie NIGHT OF THE DEMON. An adaptation of a story by one of, if not the greatest writer of ghost stories, M.R. James, this timeless horror revolves around an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder. The DEMON in the title isn't there just for show, though - oh no, there's one of the most iconic of movie monsters waiting in the wings! Find out why Martin Scorsese rates this as one of the scariest films of all time, and why Kate Bush quoted dialogue from the film in one of her greatest songs!
Finally, we dig Wes Craven back up and, with him, the film that reignited the slasher genre with its self-referential tone and all killer, no filler attitude - SCREAM! Let Ghostface stab you back to 1996 and ask "What's your favourite scary movie?!" Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore and Rose McGowan, and written by Kevin Williamson, this is a bona fide modern horror classic! "Now Sid, don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!"
There are certain RULES that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie....and you can find them all out on Friday, October 31st at the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr!
Bring your daughters to the slaughter from 10pm, with entry for all five films a mere £10!
UMC will release 'Blondie', containing BLONDIE's studio LPs originally released between 1976 and 1982 brought together in a boxed set for the first time, on December 1st. Each LP will have exact reproductions of original artwork to retain authenticity, and will be pressed on 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl and contained in a rigid slipcase box.
The band's first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of 'Parallel Lines' in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including 'Call Me', 'Atomic' and 'Heart of Glass' and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.
Side One X Offender Little Girl Lies In the Flesh Look Good in Blue In the Sun A Shark in Jets Clothing
Side Two Man Overboard Rip Her to Shreds Rifle Range Kung Fu Girls The Attack of the Giant Ants
Side One Fan Mail Denis Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45) Youth Nabbed as Sniper Contact in Red Square (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear I'm on E
Side Two I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No Love at the Pier No Imagination Kidnapper Detroit 442 Cautious Lip
Side One Hanging on the Telephone One Way or Another Picture This Fade Away and Radiate Pretty Baby I Know But I Don't Know
Side Two 11:59 Will Anything Happen? Sunday Girl Heart of Glass I'm Gonna Love You Too Just Go Away
'Eat To The Beat'
Side One Dreaming The Hardest Part Union City Blue Shayla Eat to the Beat Accidents Never Happen
Side Two Die Young Stay Pretty Slow Motion Atomic Sound-A-Sleep Victor Living in the Real World
Side One Europa Live It Up Here's Looking At You The Tide Is High Angels on the Balcony Go Through It
Side Two Do the Dark Rapture Faces T-Birds Walk Like Me Follow Me
Side One Orchid Club Island of Lost Souls Dragonfly For Your Eyes Only The Beast
Side Two War Child Little Caesar Danceway (Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say) English Boys The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
The final acts have been added to the line-up for Camden's massive Halloween party, NIGHTMARE FESTIVAL, taking place on Saturday, November 1st. Hardcore bruisers Feed The Rhino join the bill, alongside new names Allusondrugs, Suzerain, Eat the Evidence, Plastic Barricades, Broken Diamond, Matt Grocott & The Shrives, Army of One, Levyathan, The Dirty Thrills and Feral Sun.
Previously announced acts ready to party this Halloween include Blood Red Shoes, King Charles, Man Like Me, InMe, Eliot Minor, Calling All Cars, Night Engine, Hawk Eyes, The Hell, Guy McKnight (Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster) and Brawlers.
Taking place across several legendary music venues, Nightmare Festival is Camden's only Halloween themed metropolitan music festival and boasts a stacked line-up of cutting edge rock, punk, indie and metal. Known worldwide as a mecca for live music, Camden Town is the perfect setting for what is sure to be one of the city's most memorable Halloween celebrations.
Prepare to scare... ghoulish fancy dress - for both gig goers and bands - is VERY much encouraged!
Nightmare Festival have partnered with Camden's premiere fancy dress shop Escapade. Get your tickets from Escapade (45-46 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ) to receive a 10% discount!
Bands will be playing in the following venues:
ELECTRIC BALLROOM *UNDERWORLD * JAZZ CAFE * DINGWALLS * BLACK HEART * PROUD * BARFLY *DINGWALLS CANAL SIDE * THE HAWLEY ARMS * GOOD MIXER * THE BLACK CAP * BREW-DOG * THE STILLERY
The full line-up for Nightmare Festival: King Charles, Blood Red Shoes, Man Like Me, Elliot Minor, InMe, Howling Bells, Night Engine, Hawk Eyes, The Hell, The Algorithm, Max Raptor, I AM GIANT, Calling All Cars, Freeze the Atlantic, Brawlers, Crazy Arm, The Red Paintings, The Hype Theory, Tigercub, Hounds, Guy McKnight (Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster) DJ Set, BLACK FUTURES, Knifeworld, La Horse, Levyathan, Lyger, Vales, Lucie Barat & The AU Revoirs, Hero Fisher, Eat the Evidence, Electric River, Empire, I am In Love, Longy, Dead, Release The Bats, Magnus Major, Amaryllis, The Petals, Hunter & The Bear, Get Inuit, Cortes, Attention Thieves, Acoda, Reverted, Beasts, Aeroplane Flies High, FERAL SUN, Feed The Rhino, Fizzy Blood, The Tuts, Crystal Seagulls, Subversion, Suzerain, Sykes, This Be The Verse, Storms, colt 45, Anavae, GHXST, Jesus Fucking Christ, Making Monsters, Generation Graveyard, Shrine, Under the Influence, Rival State, Tyler Mae, Dumbjaw, Glasmaps, The Vex, Matt Grocott & The Shrives, Mitsubishis, Monkish, Dead Sea Skulls, Dedwardians, Intraverse, The Wondersmiths, TheParade, Falls, The Ultimate Grand Supreme, The Dirty Truth, Them & Us, Mr Shiraz, Panic The Vulture, Danny Wright, Rewild, To The Bones, Death Koolaid, Alexa de Strange, The Undivided, Brocker, Broken Diamond, Ashes, Agent, Allusondrugs, ARMY OF ONE, Avosetta, Brutai, Shea, Plastic Barricades, Prosperina, Du Bellows, Duchess, Death and the Penguin, We Are Carnivores, Twin Wild, Nash Albert, Shoshin, The Scenes, The Connectors, The Dash, The Dirty Thrills, The KUT, The Monday Project, The Mercy House, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, The Valves, The Tricks, Star Scream, Them & Us, Fur Cough, Sophie DeBattista, You The Living.
Teutonic Heavy Metal trio The German PANZER is comprised of three undisputed genre legends: Vocalist & bass player Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION and HEADHUNTER, guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT). The band are set to release their debut album, 'Send Them All To Hell', on December 1st and anticipation of the release, they have revealed a new track. Listen to 'Panzer' below:
Frontman Schmier commented on the new track: "Like a Panzer, the self-titled track 'Panzer' is a marching monster of a song that is different than the rest of the more classical material. We wanted a song that sounds like a steamrolling TANK - straightforward in your face! 'Panzer' will be a perfect live song cause of its intense beat, guitar crunch and the hypnotic chorus. Traditional metalheads might not expect a track like this from us, but the record has a wide range from classical ACCEPT/PRIEST Metal up to Speed Metal/Motörhead influences - so this track sure stands out with its intensity!"
'Send Them All To Hell' tracklist:
01. Death Knell 02. Hail And Kill 03. Temple Of Doom 04. Panzer 05. Freakshow 06. Mr. Nobrain 07. Why? 08. Virtual Collision 09. Roll The Dice 10. Bleed For Your Sins
Swedish heavy metal icons AMON AMARTH will be returning to Europe in January/February for a month long tour in regional UK, regional France and Spain/Portugal.
The band comments: "UK, Portugal, Spain, France and UK…get ready this January for a Viking invasion! We'll be making an extensive UK expedition where we'll be pillaging smaller clubs in virtually every nook and cranny of the country. We're also making a more in depth raid of France, Spain and Portugal. Finally! As support on this mission we're bringing our friends in Huntress and up-and-comers Savage Messiah. Don't miss this awesome night of metal and we will take no prisoners!"
AMON AMARTH + Huntress + Savage Messiah 15/01/15 FR - Lille - Le Splendid 16/01/15 UK - Brighton - Concorde 2 17/01/15 UK - Plymouth - The Hub 18/01/15 UK - Bristol - Thelka 19/01/15 UK - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms 21/01/15 UK - Norwich - Waterfront 22/01/15 UK - Colchester - Arts Center 23/01/15 UK - Oxford - O2 Academy 2 24/01/15 UK - Stoke - Sugarmill 25/01/15 UK - Manchester - Academy 2 27/01/15 UK - Glasgow - Classic Grand 28/01/15 UK - Leeds - Stylus 29/01/15 UK - Newcastle - Newcastle University 30/01/15 UK - Lemmington - The Assembly 31/01/15 UK - Southampton - 1865 02/02/15 FR - Rouen - Le Cargo 03/02/15 FR - Reims - La Cartonnerie 04/02/15 FR - Nancy - L'autre Canal 05/02/15 FR - Nimes - La Paloma 06/02/15 ES - Bilbao - Santana 27 07/02/15 ES - Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 08/02/15 ES - Madrid - La Riviera 10/02/15 PT - Lisboa - Paradise Garage 11/02/15 PT - Porto - Hard Club 12/02/15 ES - Santiago - Captol 14/02/15 FR - Clermont-Ferrand - La Cooperative De Mai 15/02/15 FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
HUNTRESS will also be touring North Amercia this fall with Arch Enemy and Kreator. The tour begins October 23rd in Baltimore, MD and runs through November 23rd in Cleveland, OH.
Vocalist Jill Janus on the upcoming tours:
"The Gods have spoken! HUNTRESS will spend a wintery month with the Vikings from Sweden; Amon Amarth! It's a fantasy come true to tour with one of our favorite bands as direct support. Huntress will bring the fury to Europe and the UK once again! This is an exciting time for us, just launching into a North American tour with the mighty Arch Enemy and Kreator. Our attack has been relentless, we're now recording our third album in Los Angeles with production duo Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch) and Jim Rota (Sound City, Fireball Ministry, Kyng), slated for release in early 2015. Spread it, shred it, behead it! Hail Heavy Metal!"
Firewind guitarist and six string slinger that filled the shoes of Zakk Wylde in Ozzy's band, GUS G - the Greek Descendent of Metal Guitar Gods - kicked off his four date mini-tour in the US Southwest with a show at the Whisky A Go-Go on the famed Sunset Strip. Branching out on his own with his first Solo World Tour, Gus took the stage on October 15th with vocal hard rock hero Jeff Scott Soto fronting the band and near literally set the roof on fire!
On stage, the band was rounded out by bassist Marty O'Brien, (Disturbed, StaticX, Lita Ford, Tommy Lee) and fellow Firewind compatriot Jo Nunez pounding out the drums, and quite masterfully. The concert tour celebrates the re-issue of Gus G's first solo effort apart from his works with Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne and the multitude of works that he's been featured on in recent years. The CD features an expanded version of the original release as a CD/DVD Digipak and features four bonus tracks and 62 minutes of live footage on the DVD with bonus guitar tutorials, an official EPK and other video goodies.
Warming the stage for the band was Lynam, the glam-styled hard rockers with the look of old school Mötley Crüe and the sound of everything the genre embraces with straight forward crunching distortion and blazing solo guitar-work. The band hails from Birmingham, AL and in the last decade has grown to be a giant, not just figuratively, but literally. Frontman Jacob Bunton stands well in excess of the six-foot mark and towers over the audience shredding the neck of his guitar with precision and authority, almost in a way you just can't believe until you see it...and you SHOULD see it!
In the middle of the set, Soto announced that they were to play a song that hadn't been performed live yet. To the delight of show-goers, they played the song 'Wrath', the first single released off the forthcoming SOTO album, co-written by and featuring Gus G. himself. Throughout the set, Soto departed from the stage allowing Gus and O'Brien to have at it in a wild display of guitar wizardry, the likes FM radio overlooks but metal fans consistently harken to.
The setlist looked like this:
01. My Will Be Done 02. Eyes Wide Open 03. Blame It On Me 04. Vengeance 05. Summer Days 06. Wrath 07. World On Fire 08. Fire & Fury 09. Terrified 10. Into The Void 11. Redemption 12. I Am The Fire 13. Crazy Train
Gus G. will follow this show with three more Southwest appearances; at Vamp'd Vegas, a hotspot for talent touring through, at the Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA and at Club Red in Mesa Arizona, before taking the show over to Germany for a series of dates and across Europe and the UK through the end of 2014.
Find Gus G. online and hear the new album at his official website, http://www.gusgofficial.com and find the newly re-issued CD titled, 'I Am The Fire', on iTunes and Amazon with links to sale locations found directly on the Gus G. website.
Like every year, London promoters When Planet Collides and Human Disease Promo will be curating a stage at The Underworld, hosting some of the most crushing and bleak riffage on the whole festival. Let's all welcome the mighty NOOTHGRUSH, MINSK, BLACK COBRA, DOPETHRONE, AGRIMONIA and WALK THROUGH FIRE at DESERTFEST LONDON 2015, taking place on April 24-26th in Camden.
Already confirmed: SLEEP RED FANG ORANGE GOBLIN MY SLEEPING KARMA
Human Disease Promo / When Planets Collide Stage NOOTHGRUSH MINSK BLACK COBRA DOPETHRONE AGRIMONIA WALK THROUGH FIRE
For the fourth year running, Camden will be hosting one of the most exciting stoner/doom/sludge/psyche gatherings in Europe, for a full weekend of fuzzed-out tunes, psychedelia and partying. As the first headliner of this 2015 edition, American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP will be treating the Desertfest crowd to the finest smoked-out odysseys, with an exclusive headlining set at London’s famous venue Koko. Also headlining, Portland’s heavy rock’n’rollers RED FANG are set to turn this fourth edition into a massive metal celebration. The ground is set to tremble once again this year, with UK metal heavyweights ORANGE GOBLIN delivering their fiery metal anthems for a one-off 20th anniversary performance. It’s very rightfully than German psych foursome MY SLEEPING KARMA will be perfectly embodying the cosmic side of the lineup.
This new announcement with cult North-American outfits NOOTHGRUSH, MINSK, BLACK COBRA and DOPETHRONE, as well as Sweden based AGRIMONIA and WALK THROUGH FIRE gives the 2015 line-up the blackened twist that is expected by all sludge and doom worshippers each year. Impending earthquake in Camden...
DESERTFEST LONDON April 24th-26th 2015 in Camden Town Koko - Electric Ballroom - The Underworld - The Black Heart
New England powerhouse WITHIN THE RUINS have announced that they will kick off the New Year with an extensive European tour which sees them travel the continent far and wide for a lengthy 27 dates. The band will be joined by I Declare War for the entire tour, as well as Aversions Crown for all shows up until the 8th February.
Dates are as follows:
16.01.15 Germany Wolfsburg Jugenhaus Ost 17.01.15 Belgium Liege Espace Georges Truffaut 18.01.15 France Paris Batofar 19.01.15 UK London Underworld w/Arcarnia 20.01.15 UK Glasgow Ivory Blacks w/Arcarnia 21.01.15 UK Leeds Key Club w/Arcarnia 22.01.15 UK Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach w/Arcarnia 23.01.15 Netherlands Haarlem Patronaat 24.01.15 Germany Oberhausen Kulttempel 25.01.15 Germany Frankfurt Elfer 26.01.15 Germany München Backstage 27.01.15 Czech Republic Prague TBA 28.01.15 Germany Dessau Beat Club 29.01.15 Poland Warsaw Hydrozagadka 30.01.15 Germany Berlin Comet 31.01.15 Germany Dresden Club Pushkin 01.02.15 Germany Rauenstein Kulti 02.02.15 Austria Wien Viper Room 03.02.15 Hungary Budapest KVLT 04.02.15 Austria Gleisdorf Kulturkeller 05.02.15 Italy Milan Legend Club 06.02.15 Switzerland Aarau Kiff 07.02.15 Germany Weinheim Cafe Central 08.02.15 Russia St. Petersburg Zal Ozhidaniya * w/o Aversions Crown 09.02.15 Russia Moscow Volta * w/o Aversions Crown 10.02.15 Belarus Minsk Re:Public * w/o Aversions Crown 11.02.15 Ukraine Kiev Bingo * w/o Aversions Crown
Earlier this year, Within The Ruins released their highly anticipated LP, 'Phenomena', via eOne Music and coincided this with a lyric video for single, 'Gods Amongst Men'.
Following up on the great response for their recent video, 'Snakes', Boston-based aggressive rock/metal band MONGREL has released a video for the song 'Over & Over' from their recent release, 'Evolution' - watch below.
While 'Snakes' was a more light-hearted and fun video, 'Over & Over' definitely strikes a different visual tone and is not for the squeamish. Taking a strikingly darker approach to a Mongrel video than we've seen before, bassist Michael Ariza brought this nightmare to life both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
'Evolution' was released June 3rd 2014 by Unable Records and was recorded by Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Thy Will Be Done), mixed by Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Otep, Godsmack, Evanescence), and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Pantera, Metallica, The Cult, Soundgarden, Nirvana). Artwork for 'Evolution' was done by Joey James (Otep, Butcher Babies, Type O Negative, Biohazard). Mongrel previously released a video for the song 'Oxygen Mask' from 'Evolution' earlier this Spring which was followed up by 'Snakes' in late September 2014. 'Evolution' is available on iTunes, Amazon, UnableRecords.com and mongrel.bandcamp.com
Mongrel recently performed with Butcher Babies and Anti-Mortem at the Massachusetts stop of their tour and this Friday will be making their 3rd consecutive appearance at the 2014 Rock & Shock Festival in Worcester MA on October 17th. This year's festival includes performances from Life of Agony, GWAR, Overkill, Avatar, Doyle, and many more (http://www.rockandshock.com for more info).
Steampunk superstars THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING have announced a further three UK headline dates this autumn. The shows in Nottingham, York and Newcastle, plus a centerpiece hometown date at London’s Highbury Garage on November 14th, will be the band’s first appearances as a four piece since vocalist Andy Heintz was diagnosed with throat cancer this April.
Andy is now making a good recovery, and the band are once again firing on all cylinders. Work is already underway on a third album, tentatively slated for release in Spring/Summer 2015, with some of the new material set to be debuted at the upcoming shows. The group are inviting fans to join them in celebrating ‘kicking cancer’s arse’ at the following dates;
Anarchic, anachronistic and truly inspired, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have been putting the ‘punk’ into ‘steampunk’ since 2008. Blending tales of 1877 with the attitude of 1977, their highly original mix of horror, humour and history has seen them hailed as one of the 21st century’s most inventive acts, by critics everywhere from The Independent to Terrorizer, while their immersive, immensely fun live show has wowed crowds from Bestival to the Edinburgh Festival. An ever-innovative recorded catalogue has included the first release on the archaic wax cylinder format for 70 years, caught the attention of EMI Records (who threatened legal action over the first album, ‘Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Vol 1’), and seen them grow a devoted, globe-spanning fanbase, with the release of 2012’s tongue-twisting follow-up, ‘This May Be The Reason The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons’.
Yes, quite literally nothing can hold this truly unique band back; not lawsuits, not conventional weapons, and now not even cancer. While Andy has faced up to the hell of radiotherapy treatments over recent months, his bandmates - ‘occult comedian’ and Radio 4 personality Andrew O’Neill (vocals/guitar), fellow stand-up comic Marc Burrow (bass/vocals), and ex-Lords of The New Church man Jez Miller (drums) - have remained determined to keep the show on the road. In June they played Glastonbury festival as a three-piece to a great response, before Marc and Andrew took their stand up show on a US tour The Men had been due to play, attracting rave reviews in New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit, and playing a one-off performance as an acoustic duo at the Steampunk World Fair in New Jersey.
However, the most hotly-anticipated TMTWNBBFN shows of the year are still to come. Their big comeback as a four-piece this autumn is definitely not to be missed!
Episode 25 of THE TWO BUCKS ROCK SHOW is now streaming via the crazed collective's YouTube channel and can be heard below.
Promoting the latest shows from Two Bucks Rock Productions and the finest in unsigned rock and metal acts, The Two Bucks Rock Show never disappoints, and Episode 25 is no different.
Listen out for The Jazzinator putting the virtual needle on the records of the likes of Lex Umbra, The 8th Bridge, The Dweller, Oakharrt, We Come From Ashes, Ded Orse, Black Forge, Desalvo, Valous and Witch Tripper...
NWOBHM heroes AVENGER have revealed the cover art for their forthcoming brand new album, 'The Slaughter Never Stops'. The album is set for release on Rocksector Records on 1st December 2014, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's iconic debut album, 'Bloodsports'.
Brian Ross, Mick Moore and Gary Young founded the band in 1982, vocalist Ross later defecting to Satan whilst Satan's singer, Ian Swift, made the opposite move to join Avenger. The band's debut album, 'Bloodsports', was released in 1984 on NWOBHM label NEAT Records. Avenger toured Europe widely, released a follow-up album, 'Killer Elite', in 1985 before splitting later that same year.
Avenger re-formed in 2005 and have toured with US rockers Y&T, as well as sharing stages with Twisted Sister, Candlemass, Saxon, Diamond Head and Raven.
The new album includes 10 brand new songs plus a cover of Iron Maiden's 'Killers', with artwork provided by guitarist Liam Thompson which includes references to the band's earlier records which will no doubt prove popular with fans. The song 'Fate' has been available as an album teaser for free download for several months now, whilst from today a second song, 'In Arcadia Go', is also available as a free download at the Rocksector Records Soundcloud HERE
This eagerly-awaited new material recorded at BLAST Studios (Newcastle) and Leather Bear Studios (Sunderland) and produced by Dean Thompson sounds fresh and exciting whilst, without question, retaining its roots in 1980s NWOBHM.
Ian Swift - lead vocals Sean Jefferies - guitar Gary Young - drums Liam Thompson - guitar, backing vocals Ian Fulton - bass, backing vocals
'The Slaughter Never Stops' is available now for pre-order as a special limited edition fanpack including CD, poster, 'Bloodsports' 30th Anniversary postcards, custom guitar pick & patch. See the Rocksector Records website (http://www.rocksector.com) for more details.
A music video is to follow soon.
The band is confirmed to play SOS Festival in Manchester, UK in July 2015 whilst a European Tour is in course of booking for January/February.
LOSTALONE have taken the sad decision to call it day come the end of 2014.
Despite releasing the artistic high-point of their career this year in the form of third album, ‘Shapes Of Screams’, and despite remaining the firmest of friends, situations around the band have made continuing as LostAlone untenable.
The band will play a final hometown show on 19th December, with an intimate final London show the night before.
This week, LostAlone venture to Spain and Germany for what will be their last ever mainland European shows.
In a statement on their Facebook, the band had this to say:
"LostAlone will forever be documented by our three albums of which we are immensely proud, the memories of the incredible support you have shown us, and the unbelievable places around the world we’ve had the opportunity to travel to together.
This is not something that we wanted to happen, and not a decision we took lightly, but, unfortunately for us, events have transpired that make it impossible right now for us to continue the band we love.
We never dreamed that we would ever have fans as committed, passionate and supportive as you guys, and we are extremely thankful to each and every one of you. We hope that this will continue as we take our first steps on our individual musical paths.
Hopefully we’ll see as many of you as possible at these final shows so we can say goodbye in person.
It’s our sincerest hope that in our physical absence our music will be safe in your hands.
Listen to it, share it, play it loud, sing it, cover it, own it, wear it and spread the word of LostAlone.
Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of a deluxe two-CD version of their 1977 U.S. platinum-plus album, 'Love Gun', coming out October 27, 2014 via Universal Music.
The band's sixth studio recording, 'Love Gun' was the first album to feature lead vocal performances from all four original band members, and has since gone on to sell more than four million copies.
The two-CD edition will include the complete re-mastered first album, featuring such classics as the title track, 'Plaster Caster', the song inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, the groupie famous for taking casts of rock star genitalia; 'Shock Me', written about Ace Frehley suffering an electric shock during a concert in Lakeland, Florida; 'Christine Sixteen', and 'Then She Kissed Me', the band's cheeky, gender-switching cover of the Crystals' 1963 hit penned by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector.
The second disc is made up of rare, never released Love Gun demos of 'Plaster Caster', 'Tomorrow and Tonight' and 'Much Too Soon'. The first four lines of the demo 'I Know Who You Are' eventually evolved and became the song 'Living In Sin' and the rest of the lyrics and music became 'I Know Who You Are'. A glimpse into Paul Stanley's creative process is demonstrated in 'Love Gun (Teaching Demo)' with Stanley talking through the various chords of the song after writing the song. The next version, 'Love Gun (Demo)', is the complete demo performance. 'Reputation', the only previously released demo, was originally included on this year's 'KISS 40' compilation.
Also included is a 1977 interview with Gene Simmons, as well as three never-available live tracks from their show at the Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland U.S.A. from December 20, 1977 - 'Love Gun', 'Christine Sixteen' and 'Shock Me'. The package comes with liner notes especially written by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, currently on tour with KISS.
CD ONE - Original Album: 1. I Stole Your Love 2. Christine Sixteen 3. Got Love For Sale 4. Shock Me 5. Tomorrow And Tonight 6. Love Gun 7. Hooligan 8. Almost Human 9. Plaster Caster 10. Then She Kissed Me
CD TWO - Demos, Interview & Live: 1. Much Too Soon (Demo)* 2. Plaster Caster (Demo)* 3. Reputation (Demo) 4. Love Gun (Teaching Demo)* 5. Love Gun (Demo)* 6. Gene Simmons Interview (1977)* 7. Tomorrow And Tonight (Demo)* 8. I Know Who You Are (Demo)* 9. Love Gun (Live in Largo, MD 1977)* 10. Christine Sixteen (Live in Largo, MD 1977)* 11. Shock Me (Live in Largo, MD 1977)*
With the culmination of the KISS 40th Anniversary Tour, KISS marks their four decades as America's most iconic band with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a series of nine performances, starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 23, including shows on Nov. 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19 and 22. KISS will make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties ever at The Joint, unleashing its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more.
From rock 'n' roll to fashion, always creating and inspiring, KISS recently appeared as the finale on the prime-time CBS special Fashion Rocks, live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Lambert, Nico + Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora and the Band Perry.
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A gigantic Iceberg has been turned into the most unlikely of gig venues in the Greenland Sea, as THE DEFILED performed on top of the floating platform for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig - which sees artists put to the test as they perform in unconventional, ice cold conditions.
Braving freezing temperatures and fast flowing ice, the group performed the special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.
As an internationally touring band and part of the Jägermusic programme, The Defiled are used to spending long stretches on the road together, which helped prepare them for the unusual nature of this tour. Flying from the UK to Iceland, the group then transferred to the island town of Kulusuk, Greenland, before trekking over-land and sea to their base on the neighbouring island Tasiilaq which has a population of just over 2000 inhabitants.
Prior to taking to the icy-stage, Frontman Stitch D, along with keyboard player The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time getting to meet local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. Renowned for their distinctively dark and imposing on-stage dress - which provided a stunning visual contrast to the bright white ice cold surroundings - The Defiled played a 30 minute set featuring tracks from their latest album, 'Daggers'.
In the lead up to the gig, the team scoured the area for several days on the search for the ‘perfect’ berg – one that was large enough and thick enough to take the band and all of their equipment. All of the instruments, sound equipment and the band themselves were ferried onto the gig stage with the help of local experts who have lived and worked amongst these impressive ice floes for generations.
To thank the locals for making the gig a reality, the band donated their equipment to the local community hall. When the band heard that the Kulusuk village music hall, and all of their equipment, had burnt down in a fierce winter storm, Stitch D and his bandmates pulled strings with Mapex and Blackstar, two of their equipment suppliers, and donated a drum kit and guitar amp to contribute to the rebuilding of the facilities.
Stitch D said: "This has to be one of the most insane gigs we’ve ever played! You see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away."
"As a group of mates we’ve shared some amazing experiences together but this has been an adventure that has bought us closer together and something that we all feel really privileged to have been part of. We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!"
In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings in all its glory, the expedition team turned to the latest technology to film and photograph the gig – utilising state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg which are controlled remotely from the flotilla of boats nearby.
Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added: "As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this. We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems."
"We’ve worked with The Defiled for a number of years now as part of our Jägermusic programme and we’re extremely grateful to them for accepting the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig challenge and staging one of the most unique sets we’ve witnessed – we hope the locals of Kulusuk enjoyed it as much as we did."
In 2012 Charlie Simpson performed The Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig and set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Coldest Concert. Braving brutal temperatures of -30C the singer, songwriter and former Fightstar frontman performed to a small crowd in Oymyakon, Siberia - the coldest permanently inhabited place on the planet.