Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:33
VENOM – the hugely influential British heavy metal trio widely revered for driving and shaping many aspects of the music industry, including black and thrash metal, plus their instinctive blending of metallic power and punk spirit – have confirmed the release of their new studio album, 'From The Very Depths', for January 26th via Spinefarm Records.
The band are led by vocalist / bassist and original Venom titan, Cronos – who decided against making fans the world over wait too long for this powerful new 14-track release (the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Fallen Angels’, also issued via Spinefarm).
So… Venom will be unleashing their 14th studio album, on CD and download, on January 26th with a double vinyl format to follow shortly after.
Cronos says: “This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording, Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well… it’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure Black Metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the Legions… Hell Yeah!”
Just as the aftermath of Christmas can be laced with reminders of gluttony and false cheer, so Venom will unleash a full-throttle, full-length LP to drag you even further into HELL!
This is the heaviest Black fuckin’ Metal and is not for wimps.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:27
IN THIS MOMENT have announced their first ever UK headline run, the 'Black Widow' tour, in support of the recently released album of the same name. The jaunt will hit two of the countries in the UK in February 2015.
Guitarist Chris Howorth enthuses: "Hello UK! We can't believe it's actually happening, but not only are we are coming to play for you, we are actually headlining this time! To say we are excited is an understatement! This is the first time in our band's history we've been able to bring a headline show to our fans in the UK and Europe. And this isn't just any show, we are bringing you the 'Black Widow Tour'. Get ready to be infected!"
Frontwoman Maria Brink describes the 'Black Widow' concept as "...definitely the darker part of me. It's about finding the weakness inside and turning it into strength. It's about being reborn, setting yourself free and realizing the balance in everything, the dark and the light."
Dates rack up as follows:
Sat 28th Feb - GLASGOW - Garage
Sun 1st Mar - LEEDS - Metropolitan University, Beckett SU
Mon 2nd Mar - MANCHESTER - Academy 2
Wed 4th Mar - WOLVERHAMPTON - Wulfrun Hall
Thu 5th Mar - LONDON - KOKO
Tickets priced £10 regionally and £12 in London (subject to booking fee) go on sale at 10am Friday 28th November.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:24
MICHAEL SCHENKER has announced specials guests for the 'Bridge The Gap' UK tour will be Bournemouth rockers Western Sand.
At O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 20th December - in addition to Western Sand - the phenomenal State Villains, featuring Michael’s son, Tyson Schenker on guitar, will be opening up the show.
The State Villains track 'Done Crawling' is available to download from SoundCloud here: http://bit.ly/1ycBg8Z
Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album 'Bridge The Gap' which features the new single 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely'.
Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock Festival at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:22
Southern rock's hottest property, BLACKBERRY SMOKE have launched a lyric video for 'Let Me Help You (Find The Door)', taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album, 'Holding All The Roses', set for release on 9th February 2015 through Earache Records.
Check out the video below:
Produced by studio legend Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Black Crowes), 'Holding All The Roses' follows the band's double live album/DVD set, 'Leave A Scar; Live In North Carolina', which romped into the album chart at #35 and February 2014's Top 30 album, 'The Whippoorwill'. The album cycle saw the five piece make three visits to the UK, with each batch of dates selling out in advance, even with numerous upgraded venues.
With plaudits across the board from MOJO, Classic Rock, The Guardian and The Times, the future for BLACKBERRY SMOKE looks exciting. Plans are underway for a live return next Summer. Watch this space.
The album is available to pre-order from Amazon and iTunes and also comes in an array of collectable formats, including various CD/t-shirt bundles, delicious coloured vinyl versions, plus a special limited edition box set which can be pre-ordered over at: http://www.earache.com/bbs
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:19
Cambridge quintet LONELY THE BRAVE have today announced their headline tour for early 2015.
Off the back of a huge run of co-headline dates with UK alt-rock band, Marmozets, Lonely The Brave will play a full headline run of shows from March 4th taking in 16 dates across the UK. Having one of the most exciting live shows in the UK rock scene at the moment, with David Jakes goose-bump-inducing vocals as striking live as they are on record, this tour, with supports acts still to be announced is sure to be a highlight of 2015.
Having had a stellar summer taking in festivals across Europe, including Reading and Leeds, Rock Am Ring and Glastonbury, Lonely The Brave released their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ to massive critical acclaim and a place at #14 in the UK album charts this past September. Following that with striking videos from director Greg Davenport, for singles ‘The Blue, The Green’ and ‘Backroads,’ that have amassed almost half a million views between them and with their most recent radio single ‘The Blue, The Green’ reaching the B List on BBC Radio 1, Lonely The Brave have truly made 2014 their own.
4th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
5th High Wycombe, Bucks Student Union
6th Bicester, Courtyard Youth Arts Centre
7th Leicester, The Scholar
9th Nottingham, The Bodega
10th Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
12th Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
13th Newcastle, The Cluny
15th York, Fibbers
16th Leeds, The Key Club
17th Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
19th London, Student Central
20th Tunbridge Wells, Forum
21st Brighton, Sticky Mikes
23rd Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
24th Bristol, The Exchange
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:17
HORNET have released their video for brand new single, Cry Wolf - watch below.
The song is taken from the band's new EP, which is tentatively due to be recorded early next year for a late 2015 release.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:27
PAPA ROACH have announced that they will be playing "a full UK tour" next year. This, of course, does not include one of the countries that, in fact, makes up the United Kingdom.
Unless Wales has suddenly disappeared from the globe like something out of Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious fucking World then Papa Roach have become the latest in a long line of bands who refuse to pay the £19 that it costs to negotiate the Severn Bridge.
The March 2015 tour will be the band's first headline jaunt around (some of) the country for two years.
Frontman Jacoby Shaddix commented: "We are super stoked to get back to do a headlining show for the fans in the UK and we got tricks up our sleeve for this tour so be ready, it's gonna be off the chain!"
08 March 2015 - Norwich UEA
10 March 2015 - Bristol O2 Academy
11 March 2015 - Southampton Guildhall
12 March 2015 - London Roundhouse
14 March 2015 - Glasgow Barrowlands
15 March 2015 - Manchester Academy
17 March 2015 - Birmingham O2 Academy
20 March 2015 - Dublin Academy
21 March 2015 - Belfast Limelight
Pre-order the new album 'F.E.A.R' and gain access to tour tickets 48 hours before the general sale. Pre-sale begins HERE Wednesday 26 November at 09:00.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:24
Due to last minute engagements of a few of the artists in the line-up, METAL ALL STARS will be rescheduling all European dates from November 28th - December 23rd, including the Brixton Academy concert on December 16th, to Spring 2015.
New tour dates in these cities will be announced shortly. Due to this unfortunate delay, the organisers will be adding additional headline artists to make the new line-up even more METAL for 2015!
Current ticket holders and purchasers of VIP Meet & Greet packages will have their tickets honoured for the new dates.
More official information will be updated at www.metalallstars.com
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:21
A lot of fans were both surprised and delighted to hear that iconic Seattle metal band SANCTUARY were to reform and continue recording. And the surprise was even bigger once new album, 'The Year The Sun Died', came out this October.
While not attempting to imitate 1989's classic 'Into The Mirror Black' neither following the path of Sanctuary's immediate follow-up act Nevermore, 'The Year The Sun Died' was heartily welcomed by fans and media alike honoring both band's immortal legacy with its dark and diverse brand of classic metal.
Now, SANCTUARY are proud to announce the next chance to witness old and new songs live in Europe! The tour starts with a very special show in London before they join the mighty Overkill for a run of mainland shows while finishing the trip with two headlining gigs in Greece.
03.03.2015 (GB) LONDON / Underworld
04.03.2015 (D) BRAUNSCHWEIG / Meiers Music Hall*
05.03.2015 (D) LEIPZIG / Hell Raiser*
06.03.2015 (D) MEMMINGEN / Kaminwerk*
07.03.2015 (A) WÖRGL / Komma VZ*
08.03.2015 (A) VIENNA / Szene*
09.03.2015 (SRB) BEOGRAD / Dom Omladine*
10.03.2015 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / Kino Sisak*
11.03.2015 (HR) ZAGREB / Tvornica*
13.03.2015 (HU) BUDAPEST / Club 202*
14.03.2015 (PL) KATOWICE / Mega Club*
15.03.2015 (PL) GDANSK / B90*
17.03.2015 (NL) ZWOLLE / Hedon*
18.03.2015 (F) METZ / Les Trinitaires*
20.03.2015 (GR) THESSALONIKI / Eightball Club
21.03.2015 (GR) ATHENS / Gagarin205
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:20
GYPSY LEE PISTOLERO & the Gypsy Pistoleros' 32 track anthology,'Beautiful Disaster', is out now. The complete story and collection. Still something truly unique and interesting in today’s predictable musical landscape. A sound and style that mixed sleazy glam rock with flamenco influences and a shout out to Mexican folklore and Spanish tendencies. Now there’s very, very few bands you can think of that even come close to this unique style. For the first & last time, the whole story is here!
The sound is flamenco in a head on collision with punk/rock riffs, pounding bass and thrashing drums. The songs span madly in the best rock 'n' roll tradition! With big hooks, attitude, and sleaze. Yet those flamenco breaks got into your head and refused to leave - this hybrid rocks.
This mongrel offspring of fiery flamenco passion and gritty gutter glam, the Gypsy Pistoleros were born roamin' somewhere between Barcelona and Birmingham, brought into the world to a soundtrack stack-heeled anthems of sleazy '70s America. Standing alone in musical ancestry and sum sound, they were one one of those most rare acts who honestly could claim the tag 'unique'.
The insane inspiration came from frontman & songwriter Gypsy Lee Pistolero who begin wielding this unique sound whilst living in Zaragoza (Spain) whilst supporting The Ramones in 1993.
'Beautiful Disaster' is the full 32 track anthology of all Gypsy Pistoleros recorded songs (All produced by Joe Gibb –Catatonia, Janes Addiction, The Kinks, etc) and GLP’s subsequent solo work, with long time friend, producer & guitarist Mark Westwood (Neo, Shadowland, Caamora).
The Gypsy Pistoleros always had a reputation for danger and made history by being the only band to be invited to play at all five Rocklahoma festivals, in Oklahoma, USA May 28th 2011, where they appeared alongside Poison, Whitesnake, Black Label Society, Papa Roach, etc where they closed Saturday night after Staind.
They toured extensively, playing with the likes of L.A. Guns (Both), Ratt, The Dogs D'Amour, Bai Bang, Wrathchild, Vains Of Jenna, Twisted Sister, Poison, Vince Neil, Bang Tango, Skid Row, Slaughter, Faster Pussycat, Dokken, ZZ Top, Papa Roach, Staind and Dirty Penny.
The band imploded in a drug and booze-induced five year trainwreck, GLP leaving on the eve of the Heavy Metal Records GLP album release.
Gypsy Lee Pistolero, main songwriter and vocalist from the band Gypsy Pistoleros, kept the flame alive and continues to release new material, though has become somewhat reclusive.
At present GLP has been concentrating on an acting career. Roles include 'The Reaper' in Northbank Entertainment's 'Theatre of Fear (Midnight Horror Show)' through 4Digital Media/Hannover House, filming at present continues on 'The Stranger' (Carnie Films) where GLP co stars as 'The Stranger' alongside Gary Shail (Quadrophenia, Shock Treatment, Jack the Ripper, etc) and Dale Sheppard in this much anticipated Tom Lee Rutter film. He also plays 'Ticks' in 'Spidarlings', a Salem Kapsaski feature, all out 2015.
'Beautiful Disaster' tracklisting:
2 The Good, the Mad.& the beautiful
3 Ay Que Dolor
4 Just Another Friday Night.
5 Close as You'll Ever Be...
6 They Call Me Django
7 Welcome to the Hotel de la Meurto
8 Mangi (Prince of Thieves)
9 Rubi's Got a Gun
10 Wild Is the Wind
11 Pistolero, Pistolero
12 Son Illusiones
13 No Rose but Fades
14 Chica De La Luna
15 Chicas Peligrosa
16 Sangre De Las Roses
17 Sonic Reducer
18 Livin' down with the Gypsies
19 Wild, Beautiful, Damned
20 Whats It Like to be a Girl
22 Last Train to Nowhere
23 Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
24 Forever Is Para Siempre
25 The Crazy Loco Loquito
26 Los Suenos De Los de los muertos
27 Johnny Johnny Peligroso
28 Last of the Jet Boyz
29 Stand and Deliver
31 Livin' la Vida Loca
32 Sangre Till Dawn
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:16
The opening track, 'Night Life', from FOREIGNER's hotly anticipated live album, 'The Best of 4 & More', is now available as an instant download when you pre-order the album digitally. The pre-order links are below. 'The Best of 4 & More' will be released in Europe on Friday 5th December with release in the UK on Monday 8th December.
'Night Life' is the live album's opening track: a timeless rock song delivered with passion and urgency, and recorded live at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City in October 2014. Originally released in 1981, Foreigner ‘4’ spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Hits included 'Juke Box Hero', 'Urgent' and 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' - all of which are present on 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More'.
"It's great to be in a group with people who really get it, and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material," enthused vocalist Kelly Hansen, while band founder Mick Jones added, "Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide ― unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives."
The album can also be pre-ordered from PledgeMusic, which offers vinyl, limited edition posters and remake t-shirts from Foreigner’s 1981-1982 tour packages. 'The Best of 4 & More' will be also be released on vinyl by Soulfood Music on January 23rd 2015.
Get 'Night Life' here:
General download link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4
Amazon link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4Amazon
iTunes link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4iTunes
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:12
While everyone's talking about Christmas approaching, BLOODSTOCK's sights are firmly fixed on next August! And what better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin' bands for 2015's premier heavy metal event?!
Thrash legends OVERKILL are set to grace the Ronnie James Dio stage. With the band's latest album, 'White Devil Armory', still hot on the racks, the band's frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth tells us: "We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Let's make BLOODSTOCK 2015 a bloodbath!"
Folk metal Finns ENSIFERUM also join the party. Having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, 'One Man Army', set for release on 23rd February, the band are looking forward to an action packed year in 2015. The band state: "It feels really awesome to return to mighty Bloodstock again! There are so many great memories from previous years and now it's time to make bunch of new ones. This gig will be really special because we head to Bloodstock with brilliant set of golden oldies and nutcracking metal anthems from our new album! So see you all there! Mosh till you drop!"
Austrian blackened death metal overlords BELPHEGOR make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: "BELPHEGOR returns to the ingenious BLOODSTOCK Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering, 'Conjuring The Dead'. BELPHEGOR will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos."
Bands already announced for 2015 are Saturday's headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday's headliner ROB ZOMBIE, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH TA, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, DARK ANGEL and ARMORED SAINT. Yet more bands, including Friday's headliner and special guests will be announced soon!
BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK's official sites at http://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and http://www.bloodstock.uk.com
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:05
Every so often there comes along a band who injects the mental back into metal; a band who reminds us all of the importance of simply having a good time. Stepping into the frame are French boogie death metal/swing metallers TREPALIUM, who are pleased to announce their new EP, 'Voodoo Moonshine', scheduled for UK release on February 9th.
Have a watch of the first video from the EP here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QeIgsBQTHQ
A tantalisingly unique cocktail of death metal attitude and 1930s-esque New Orleans jazz swing and bounce and booze, 'Voodoo Moonshine' is Trepalium's fifth studio release. A short but sweet collection combining voodoo mysticism and prohibition speakeasy culture, Trepalium serve up an enticingly potent form of foot-tapping groove metal. So strong is the swing that you'll find yourself nodding along automatically - any listener who can resist the urge is either amazingly strong-willed, or just stone deaf. Keep an ear out for the band's accompanying jazz woodwind/brass group, as well as the appearance of Gojira's Joseph Duplantier on track 2, 'Damballa's Voodoo Ball'.
'Voodoo Moonshine' tracklisting:
1. Moonshine Limbo
2. Damballa's Voodoo Ball
3. Possessed by the Nightlife
4. Guede Juice
5. Fire on Skin
6. Blowjob on the Rocks
An active band for 13 years, Trepalium are well-known in their native France. Having already sold thousands of albums and undertaken two tours with Gojira, as well as playing Hellfest four times, Trepalium are sure to draw many more listeners under their voodoo hoodoo.
For more information:
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:01
Today, Moribund Records recording artists PACT - who've released two critically acclaimed albums through the label, 2012's 'The Dragon Lineage of Satan' and this year's 'The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night' - have announced a name-change to PACT INFERNAL.
A statement from the band reads: "Pact will now be going by the name Pact Infernal to help usher in a new era of darkness and death. Antithesis will be handling the vocal duties, and session/live guitarist Dirge has joined Wretch and T as a full member of the band. Over the next several months, Pact Infernal will be taking a break from live appearances to put all their energies into writing and recording their third album, which is now deep in the works to be released on Moribund Records.The band also promises this to be their most hate-fueled and aggressive album to date. There will be hell to pay!"