DIRT BOX DISCO have been confirmed as headliners of UBERPALOOZA, Uber Rock's birthday party celebrating five awesome years of the world's greatest glunk rock 'n' roll website!
Dirt Box Disco, whose new album, 'Bloonz', is set for release next month via STP Records, will head a line-up overflowing with glunk: a line-up as good as anything you'll see in this size venue anywhere, anytime.
Joining them on the Uberpalooza bill will be THE SICK LIVERS, whose 'Motors, Women, Drugs, Booze & Killing' album soiled the undergarments of all at URHQ late last year; THE HIP PRIESTS, who are threatening to release the album of 2014 - something we wouldn't bet against; JD & the FDCs, who won Uber Rock's 2012 album of the year vote; and quasi-legendary local louts TRIGGER McPOOPSHUTE, opening proceedings in a way that only they know how...and dare.
Put the date in your diary - Saturday, September 13th 2014.
The venue, one of our favourites, situated at the heart of Uber Rock country: The Dolls House in Abertillery.
We want to see all Uber Rock Soldiers in attendance - if you've written for the site or been written about, if you just love to read it, or if you have ever bought a piece of Uber Rock merchandise, chuck it on and come and party with us on September 13th.
Talking of merch, there'll be an exclusive UR birthday shirt available first at the gig, and all the remaining Uber Rock merch at crazy for-one-day-only prices! There'll also be a rock 'n' roll raffle where we'll be giving away a stupidly big box of promo material containing everything from CDs, DVDs, shirts, books and everything else we can find!
And entry is FREE! Yes, we're footing the bill so you have no excuse not to attend!
"I like Evil Blizzard, they give me hope that music is alive and kicking" - Mark E Smith (The Fall)
4 bass players, a singing drummer, a baby's head theremin and a dancing sacrificial pig....
Welcome to the surreal and slightly worrying world of EVIL BLIZZARD. An assault on the ears and the eyes, their brutal onslaught of bludgeoning riffs has been making friends and enemies in equal measures throughout the country over the past 12 months.
The debut album 'THE DANGERS OF EVIL BLIZZARD' will be released on Louder Than War records on April 7th, 2014 on CD, download and very limited edition pink vinyl.
Comprising of four bass guitars, with minimal vocals, keyboards and samples, the band have drilled right into the void currently present in the UK music scene. With influences ranging from Hawkwind, Dub Reggae, Krautrock and Black Sabbath they have amassed a huge and dedicated following in a short space of time, playing with such varied acts as Bo Ningen, Conan, Goldblade, Ufomammut, Gnod and Mugstar and being 'the most talked about band of the weekend' at this year's Supernormal Festival. The Liverpool Echo even gave the band their own genre: the kings of 'Poly Rhythmic Gumbo'.
Spotted at an early gig by Mark E Smith, who promptly took the band on tour supporting The Fall, the band have spent the past year gathering phenomenal reviews for their incredible live shows which feature a myriad of masks, on stage brawls, off stage brawls, stage invasions and audience participation. Their tribal and ritualistic performances are a B-Movie theatre of the absurd; a mix of bewilderment and celebration.
VAMPS(JPN), the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), have made the title track from their current album 'Sex Blood Rock n' Roll' available to download for free for a limited time.
In addition to this, the band will return to the UK for a one-off headline show on MARCH 28th. This event will take place at Koko, North London, and sees VAMPS(JPN), one of Japan's most successful an daring rock acts, returning to the UK in the wake of their sold-out show last October at London's Islington Academy.
Polish death metal legends VADER have just finished recording the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2011 album, 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich'.
The new album is titled 'TIBI ET IGNI' and is set to be released on 2nd June 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The band recorded the album at Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Poland) and it was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.
“The Fire was released!! The word made flesh and new VADER album - 'TIBI ET IGNI' - is done! We were working four weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February. 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. Two songs in special mix versions shall be released as 7'' yet in April. The whole album at the end of May. In April and May Vader and Nuclear Blast are preparing some videos to close up the process of work and the album itself. Be ready for interviews and other surprise until 'TIBI ET IGNI' will be in your hands. The absolute heaviest VADER album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now!”
London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH are giving away their last album for free, ahead of the release of their new album, 'THE FATEFUL DARK'.
'PLAGUE OF CONSCIENCE' was originally released in 2012 and is available now on BitTorrent, with the first three tracks available instantly and the full album available after entering your e-mail address. Download 'PLAGUE OF CONSCIENCE' now for free on BitTorrent at http://bit.ly/1pUsKqI
SAVAGE MESSIAH's new album, 'THE FATEFUL DARK', is due to be released on March 10th in Europe, March 18th in the USA and April 7th in the UK.
The album is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP in the following quantities and colours:
THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus tracks and three instant grat tracks, at: http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes
Watch SAVAGE MESSIAH's music video for the new track "Hellblazer", featuring famed London contortionist PIXIE LE KNOT (GAME OF THRONES Season 3, THE DEVIL INSIDE), at: http://youtu.be/qMLgbl7yU98
Don't miss SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour:
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip Aug. 16 - Kettering, UK - Alt-Fest
Crucial British modern hard rockers Voodoo Six have lined up the release of a 4 track EP, containing a brand new radio edit of ‘Lead Me On’; the original version of which can be found on the band’s current, highly acclaimed ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’ album.
Due to be unleashed on April 21st on Spinefarm Records, via Universal, ‘Lead Me On (Edit)’, will be bundled with ‘All That Glitters (live In Paris)’, ‘Take The Blame (Acoustic)’ and ‘Respect (Acoustic)’.
A video will also be unveiled in support of the release, filmed during Iron Maiden’s ‘Maiden England’ European tour last year, on which V6 were main support, playing 28 shows in 18 different countries before an audience in excess of 300,000. Voodoo Six hit the road again this month to headline the following UK tour dates, (with label mates Santa Cruz in support):-
12th March – WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms
13th March – MANCHESTER – Sound Control
14th March – GLASGOW – Audio
15th March – DUNDEE – Buskers
17th March – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – The Cluny
19th March – WAKEFIELD - Warehouse 23
20th March – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City Basement
21st March – LONDON – Undergound
22nd March – MILTON KEYNES – The Crauford Arms
23rd March – SOUTHAMPTON – The Joiners
Voodoo Six then head off around Europe, supporting UFO in Sweden, Denmark and Germany, before returning to play a prestigious slot at the Sonisphere UK Festival in Knebworth Park on July 4th.
‘Songs To Invade Countries To’, the band’s compelling current album, was masterfully produced by Voodoo Six founder Tony Newton, an accomplished producer / engineer in his own right, who has previously worked with the likes of Cockney Rejects, Iron Maiden and The Treatment. ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’, which was recorded at Steve Harris’ Barnyard Studio UK, was then mixed by Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Enter Shikari, Therapy?) and Tony Newton; the album includes remixed versions of three songs from Voodoo Six’s 2012 ‘Falling Knives’ digital format EP, which was play-listed on Planet Rock Radio’s A-List for 6 weeks, reaching number 2 in Amazon’s UK charts.
‘Fluke’, the band’s 2010 album, which was mixed by uber studio engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica, Jimmy Page) and originally released through Classic Rock Magazine’s Powerage Records, is being lined up for an enhanced reissue on Spinefarm later this year.
‘Fluke’, the first album to feature the effortlessly excellent talent of vocalist / front man Luke Purdie, won the band a host of new fans, not to mention tours with the likes of Adrenaline Mob, Edguy, Extreme and Michael Monroe, plus performances at the Download, Sonisphere and Bloodstock Festivals.
‘Songs To Invade Countries To’, a killer, melody drenched modern classic heavy rock album, lifted the bar higher still, prompting Classic Rock Magazine’s Polly Glass to state that “Voodoo Six come bearing a hard, dusty-desert-driving dose of crunch’n’rock. Passion and technical proficiency isn’t lacking, impressive solos and cool off-beat rhythms kick out the rugged but rich sound they convey.”
Voodoo Six, a visceral live outfit, were invited on tour last year by Iron Maiden founder / bassist Steve Harris, who stated that “I’ve been keeping an eye on Voodoo Six for a while now, and they’ve produced a cracking new album with real promise. It’s great to support true British up and coming talent such as theirs and it’ll be a pleasure to have them out with us on tour.”
Another famous fan, original Dream Theater drummer Mike Portney, caught the band live when they supported Adrenaline Mob, and subsequently stated that “Voodoo Six are a great band with a bright future – cool guys, great players!”
THUNDER return with the release of not just one, but two live albums: 'Back To The Black Country' (featuring additional highlights to the ticket buyer CD) and 'Thunder - The Xmas Show Live 2013', both available now from www.thunderonline.com
Recorded at the band’s thundering sold out Xmas Shows at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 20th and 21st December, the albums feature the highlights of the band’s biggest Christmas shows to date, together with the biggest band (including guest backing vocals, keyboards and a brass section). To give fans a special treat one free download from each album is available now from the website.
Danny Bowes says: “Here’s the thing. We decided to resurrect our Christmas show concept in 2011, after an incredible show at London’s High Voltage Festival that summer. Having been away for 2 years, it was really quite moving to see so many people wearing Thunder tee shirts in the crowd, all singing every word of our set. Since then we’ve not managed to get near a studio, but the Christmas shows have just got bigger and bigger, and nuttier and nuttier! Wolves Civic last December was quite simply off the scale, and the crowd was the noisiest we’ve ever played to. So having got the new year out of the way, and the recordings mixed, we were having a cup of tea and discussing what to do next, and then Live Nation called up and asked if we wanted to play on Clapham Common with Aerosmith and Joe Bonamassa. How are we going to turn that down? I keep saying I’m supposed to be retired, but nobody’s bloody listening…”
'Back To The Black Country' tracklisting:
Long Way From Home Heart Of Gold Robert Johnson's Tombstone Carol Ann Long Train Running Higher Ground When I'm Dead & Gone Everybody Wants Her Empty City Fade Into The Sun Got To Get You Into My Life Don't Wait For Me I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
Long Way From Home Pinball Wizard Robert Johnson’s Tombstone You Can’t Live Your Life In A Day Long Train Running Higher Ground When I’m Dead and Gone She’s So Fine Pilot Of My Dreams In a Broken Dream Hollywood Nights Fly on the Wall I’m Dreaming Again Just Another Suicide Merry Xmas Everybody
Thunder will join the line-up at the Calling Festival on Clapham Common on Saturday 28th June with Aerosmith and Joe Bonamassa, plus Walking Papers and others to be confirmed. They will play a selection of their greatest hits and classic tracks, and everyone will jump up and down and scream very loudly. They say it’s the law.....
Following last year's run of amazing live shows and strong support from UK fans countrywide, Transgressive Records are proud to announce the signing of Canadian punks FIST CITY, and will re-issue their classic album 'It's 1983, Grow Up' on May 17th with new bonus tracks.
Forming in Lethbridge, a smallish southern Alberta town, in 2010, Fist City jelled from the ashes of various punk bands to form a storming blend of garage-fuelled, surf-tinged, scuzzy rock n roll. The cataclysmic sound that made their riotous second album, 'It's 1983, Grow Up', so special has been re-mastered this month, making it heavier, gnarlier and even more of a must-have since its original hometown release on Black Tent Press. What makes this even more exiting is that a new vinyl version will be released on Transgressive Records, alongside a limited edition cassette version on Jen Long's Transgressive imprint, Kissability.
"Fist City are a special band who stopped us all in our tracks," says Transgressive co-owner Tim Dellow. "Ten seconds into listening we'd all jumped up from our desks and were adamant that we had to sign this vital new band. Dischord(ant), Dirty, New Wave brilliance that should pour some cold piss and vinegar on all of you taking a nap at the back. Important band."
Alongside stand out tracks such as 'Endless Bummer', 'Boring Kids' and 'Creeps', this new release is scheduled to have two brand new songs on board: 'Let's Rip' is a sugary-sweet, violent pop song about a knife-wielding girl gang, and psych post-punk number 'Losers Never Die', written about being an immortal weirdo will also join the record. Both tracks were recently recorded with Felix Fung in his studio in Vancouver.
The band has also gone through a small line-up change since their UK tour last year. Brittany Fist re-joins FIST CITY on bass duties and will stand next to her one-time Sister, now Brother and frontman Kier Fist, following his successful gender reassignment to become a male.
In other good FC news, since the band last stormed the UK, nobody has called them 'Satan worshipping reptilian hermaphrodites' on the radio following conspiracy theories that the band are active in the Satanic Underground, and guitarist Evan Van Reekum has managed not to fall out of any more fourth floor windows.
In fact, all four band members will be ready and armed with new tracks as they prepare to head to the UK this March for another UK tour destroying venues in London, Bristol and Manchester. Miss these dates at your goddam peril.
Sat 22nd - Manchester, Nekro Bar with Quests - FREE HEADLINE SHOW Sun 23rd - Liverpool, Maguires Pizza Bar with Good Grief - FREE HEADLINE SHOW Tues 25th - London, White Heat with Bear Hands (main support) - Tickets: http://bit.ly/1krKJUK Weds 26th - Bristol, with Start the Bus - FREE HEADLINE SHOW Thurs 27th - London, Old Blue Last - VICE Issue Launch - FREE HEADLINE SHOW Fri 28th - London, The Shacklewell Arms with Beach Creep - FREE HEADLINE SHOW
FIST CITY are: Ryan Grieve (Drums) - Brittany Fist (Bass/Vox) - Kier Fist (Vox/Guitar) - Evan Van Reekum (Guitar)
BLOODSTOCK has announced another Ronnie James Dio Stage band, plus four more Sophie Lancaster Stage acts for this August's event.
Gothenburg, Sweden's hard rockers GRAVEYARD will be taking over the main Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday. The Nuclear Blast four-piece have just wrapped dates on Australia's Soundwave Festival, playing choice cuts from latest album, 'Lights Out'. The band last set foot in the UK in September, opening for Soundgarden. Keep up to date with their travels on their official Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial
Stepping up for a Saturday slot on the Sophie Lancaster Stage are Norwegian death metallers, BLOOD RED THRONE. Having released their seventh studio album last year, simply entitled 'Blood Red Throne', the band proclaim, "It's about time BLOOD RED THRONE get the chance to tear shit up at the almighty BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL! We can't wait to see old and new fans. Let the madness begin!
NWOBHM stalwarts BATTLEAXE also join the Saturday bill. Harking from the North East, the band formed in 1980 and made waves for eight years before going on hiatus. Having regrouped in 2007, BATTLEAXE are back with a vengeance, with their latest album, 'Heavy Metal Sanctuary', hitting stores last week. Check out their official website for the most recent news over at http://www.battleaxemetal.com/
The Sophie Stage also welcomes Finnish self-appointed death n' roll outfit, PROFANE OMEN. The band are readying their fourth studio album, 'Reset', for release on 17th March through Spinefarm Records. Get a taster of the newie by checking out the lyric video for 'Sonic Wings' here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wBOX-ZEBrI
Homegrown monolithic death metal act, THE KING IS BLIND will be steamrolling into BLOODSTOCK on Saturday. Although a new band, its various members have a wealth of experience and their festival debut performance should not be missed! For the curious, the band extend this invitation: "Brothers & Sisters of the crown, download our free 4-track promo, 'Bleeding The Ascension', at http://thekingisblind.bandcamp.com. Thus spake the King."
BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to announce its ongoing support for TEENAGE CANCER TRUST. Last year, BLOODSTOCK and its festival goers raised their highest figure to date for TEENAGE CANCER TRUST - just shy of £7500, a £3000 increase on the previous year! They're now keener than ever to improve on that in 2014. BLOODSTOCK loves to break a record, especially for a good cause! Look out for Teenage Cancer Trust's stall on site, go say hello and pick up a raffle ticket for one of the many great prizes planned for the weekend. The ever-popular T-shirt Amnesty will once again be running, so bring along any unwanted rock and metal tees to either donate on site, or if you want to clear your cupboards ASAP, email
for details on how to help.
BLOODSTOCK 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, with early bird and rocksoc tickets selling out in record time and weekend tickets flying out the door! Friday night's headliners are New Orleans sludgemeisters, DOWN. Joining them to head up Saturday night are re-united black metal overlords, EMPEROR and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends, MEGADETH. Also announced so far are AMON AMARTH, OBITUARY, CROWBAR, HATEBREED, LACUNA COIL, CARCASS, PRONG, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, DECAPITATED, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, PRIMORDIAL, EVIL SCARECROW, ROTTING CHRIST, SISTER SIN, and SATAN. More bands and other cool things on site will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are available now priced £130 (plus booking fee) for a 4-day Thurs-Sun weekend pass with camping. VIP tickets and upgrades are also now available, as well as the very popular ticket deposit scheme, which helps make a ticket purchase a bit more manageable, breaking the payment over three months.
DELAIN have released the lyric video to 'Your Body Is A Battleground', the second single from their highly anticipated new album, 'THE HUMAN CONTRADICTION' - watch it below.
DELAIN will not only enthrall Symphonic Metal Fans with their fourth album, 'The Human Contradiction', but also listeners new to the genre. Today the band, revolving around the supreme Charlotte Wessels, are revealing the cover artwork (above) and tracklist to their new masterpiece.
DELAIN - 'The Human Contradiction' tracklisting:
1. Here Come the Vultures 2. Your Body Is a Battleground 3. Stardust 4. My Masquerade 5. Tell Me, Mechanist 6. Sing To Me 7. Army of Dolls 8. Lullaby 9. The Tragedy of the Commons
Catch DELAIN on tour in the UK soon with Within Temptation:
April 2014 11th MANCHESTER – Apollo 12th LONDON – Wembley Arena 14th NEWCASTLE - Academy 15th GLASGOW – Academy 16th BIRMINGHAM – Academy
'THE HUMAN CONDITION' is out on Napalm Records on April 7, 2014
DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), have released the first single from their upcoming debut, 'The Beauty of Destruction'! Check out the song 'Seven Years Alone' below.
The track will also be released as a digital single on the 23rd of March via iTunes. The album can be pre-ordered here: http://smarturl.it/DYK-TBOD-NB
'The Beauty of Destruction' will be made available in both physical and digital formats on April 28th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was produced by Logan Mader (5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA) and mixed by none other than acclaimed producer/mixer Chris 'Zeuss' Harris (HATEBREED, CHELSEA GRIN). Artwork was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND). "When Travis Smith presented us with the initial sketches we were blown away." commented Jones. "He captured the concept of the album perfectly. It's hugely different than anything that's out there and will be immediately recognizable as DEVIL YOU KNOW."
It has been confirmed that DREGEN has left MICHAEL MONROE's band to concentrate on his solo career, with RICH JONES (The Black Halos/Ginger Wildheart/Amen) confirmed as his replacement. Jones filled in for the Backyard Babies guitarist in Monroe's band last year when Dregen took time out to tour his self-titled solo record.
Dregen's departure has spilled zero bad blood, however: his solo band confirmed to appear as Michael Monroe's opening act on their gigs in Finland at Pakkahuone (Tampere), Tavastia-klubi (Helsinki), Kaivohuone (Naantali) and M/S Viking Grace in April and May.
After the Finnish shows, the Swedish guitarist will continue to focus on his solo career:
"It's been three amazing years in the Michael Monroe band and I've been enjoying every second of it! I'm gonna miss this band so much, but it's time for me to focus on my solo career and future Backyard Babies albums. I hope that I contributed positive energy, great live shows, riffs, dirt, and songs on 'Horns And Halos' that gave Michael Monroe an extra dimension after 'Sensory Overdrive'. This band is so good so they'll be fine without me," says Dregen. "I'll be supporting Michael Monroe with my solo band in April and May. What a great package! What a great show! What a great ending!"
"Dregen and his band opening up for Michael Monroe is a nice send-off and a special treat for the fans," added Michael Monroe. "Luckily Rich, who has done an excellent job as Dregen's substitute, has gelled into the band's chemistry so well that the rest of the band welcomes him with open arms as a permanent member. And so the saga continues..."
Between the upcoming gigs and the summer festivals in Finland, Michael Monroe will also be playing in Italy and Spain.
MICHAEL MONROE + special guest: DREGEN (SWE)
Fri 25.4.2014 Tampere, Pakkahuone Sat 26.4.2014 Helsinki, Tavastia Sat 26.4.2014 Helsinki, Tavastia Wed 30.4.2014 Naantali, Naantalin Kaivohuone Fri 2.5.2014 Turku-Tukholma, M/S Viking Grace
Swedish glunk 'n' rollers JUNKSTARS, whose second album, 'French Hot Dog' got the uber-approved stamp upon its release last autumn, have released the official music video for one of the record's standout tracks, 'First Time I Heard The Clash' - watch it below.
Junkstars announced earlier this week that guitarist Staven had left the band and the remaining three members (Max - Vocals & Guitar; Tobbe "Bronxen" Ljungqvist - Bass and Back Vocals; Mathias "Matte" Wanneberg - Drums) would continue as a three-piece:
"After discussions within the band three of the members have decided to go on as a trio. Staven leaves the band and Bronxen, Max and Matte stays. We are all friends and no harm is done. We thank Staven and welcome the future as a trio."