This Halloween, BLOODSTOCK has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love Zombies? The fiendishly brilliant ROB ZOMBIE is confirmed as Sunday's 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his mind-blowing full production to Catton Park.
ROB ZOMBIE exclaims: "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for BLOODSTOCK. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called 'BLOODSTOCK' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?"
Expect to witness a spectacular range of ROB ZOMBIE classics as well as choice cuts from the band's most recent studio album, 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor'.
In addition to that big news, don't forget that BLOODSTOCK's 'Rock Society' memberships went on sale at 9am today, 31st October. The BLOODSTOCK 'Rock Society' is effectively the festival's 'Members Club', offering not only a 10% discount on your weekend ticket (and that's on top of the already discounted early bird ticket if you're quick enough!), but it offers punters all sorts of other cool benefits like priority access to the signing tent, special tours of backstage & production areas so you can see what goes on 'behind the scenes', as well as access to the VIP Serpents Lair bar, plus a Rock Society laminate with your name and membership number, and plenty more besides. The memberships are limited to just 300 and sell out very quickly every year, so don't delay if you want to pick one up. Last year, these sold out that morning! Full details can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/rock-society
Don't want to do the zombie shuffle all the way to BLOODSTOCK? The Big Green Coach packages have now launched. Big Green Coach are the official and exclusive coach travel partner to BLOODSTOCK. Sit back, relax, and let their drivers take you, your mates, and your zombie survival/camping gear direct to the festival grounds! There are 26 locations all across the UK to choose from! To guarantee your return seat, book here: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel
When they're gone, they're gone so grab yours now! Campervan pitches are also already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.
Bands already announced for 2015 are Saturday's headliners, WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, plus DEATH TA, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA and DARK ANGEL. More bands will be announced soon!
Following South American touring as well as appearances at Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horrorfest in Austin as well as Slipknot’s Knotfest in San Bernadino this past weekend, British Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are ready to reveal the first details for their much anticipated new, 15th studio album release. The album will be entitled 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' and will be released via Century Media Records on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America.
Vocalist Mark 'Barney' Greenway chimed in as follows in regards to the album’s title and concept: "Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an exposé of slave labour in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up).
"Some in power like to declare that slavery is consigned to the history books. But if you look beneath the surface it is alive and well in many different forms - it just has a different face now, and exists in ways that may seem ethically ambiguous. Using the terminology of evolution particularly interests us, so in this case the 'Apex Predator' represents those who bring the slavery to bear (and capitalise from it), and the 'Easy Meat' is of therefore those who feel they have no option but to comply.
"Fittingly, the music on 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' is punishing. We feel it's more ambient, more expansive, more unsettlingly discordant than ever, and importantly, still extremely rampant at excessive speed. We hope in every respect - both musically and lyrically - this album will make your eyes burn with the harsh sonics and harsh visions of the dumping ground of globalisation."
Some song titles already revealed are 'Copulating Snakes', 'Dear Slum Landlord' (aired at Roadburn 2014), 'What Is Past Is Prologue' and 'Stunt Your Growth'.
Additionally, NAPALM DEATH have recently been announced to appear at 2015’s edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean (Florida / Jamaica) from January 22nd to 26th alongside bands like Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Municipal Waste and many more. Check here for details: http://70000tons.com or here: https://www.facebook.com/70000tons
Here are all upcoming dates confirmed so far and more are to follow soon for 2015:
NAPALM DEATH – Live: 07.11.2014 Wroclaw (Poland) - Alibi 08.11.2014 Chemnitz (Germany) - Arena + Hatebreed 09.11.2014 Hannover (Germany) - Capitol + Hatebreed 10.11.2014 Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof + Hatebreed 11.11.2014 Genf (Switzerland) - L’ Usine + Hatebreed 12.11.2014 Ludwigsburg (Germany) - Rockfabrik + Hatebreed & War Of Ages 13.11.2014 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix + Hatebreed & War Of Ages 14.11.2014 Oldenburg (Germany) - Amadeus + Morser * Sold out! 15.11.2014 Weissenhauser Strand (Germany) - Metal Hammer Paradise 21.11.2014 Paris (France) - Le Trabendo 22.11.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Speedfest 26.11.2014 Tokyo (Japan) - Liquidroom + Brutal Truth 27.11.2014 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro + Brutal Truth 28.11.2014 Nagoya (Japan) - Electric Lady Land + Brutal Truth 30.11. 2014 Tokyo (Japan) - Earthdom + Brutal Truth 22.-26.01.2015 Florida/Jamaica - 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
WAYNE STATIC, founding member and leader of Evil Disco innovators Static-X, will be co-headlining throughout the United Kingdom and Russia with DROWNING POOL.
The tour kicks off on January 8 in Ekaterinburg, Russia and wraps up in Bristol, England on January 25.
Wayne will be playing his 1999 Platinum album, 'Wisconsin Death Trip', in its entirety while Drowning Pool will perform their complete Platinum debut album, 'Sinner'.
Catch Wayne Static LIVE with Drowning Pool:
1/8: Ekaterinburg, RUSSIA - Tele Club 1/9: St Petersburg, RUSSIA - Glav Club 1/10: Moscow, RUSSIA - Glav Club 1/13: Norwich, ENGLAND - Waterfront 1/14: Reading, ENGLAND - Sub 89 1/15: Wolverhampton, ENGLAND - Slade Rooms 1/16/2014 Manchester, ENGLAND - Club Academy 1/17/2014 Glasgow, SCOTLAND - Classic Grand 1/18: Newcastle, ENGLAND - Riverside 1/19: Leeds, ENGLAND - The Stylus 1/21: London, ENGLAND - The Garage 1/22: Southampton, ENGLAND - 1865 1/23: Brighton, ENGLAND - Concorde 2 1/24: Plymouth, ENGLAND - The Hub 1/25: Bristol, ENGLAND - The Fleece
"What can I say... It's been far too long since we've played the UK and this will be our first time in Russia. To say I'm excited would be an understatement! For those of you still wondering what to expect from my solo band, don't fear, we're still bringing the Evil Disco with a ton of classic Static-X and a couple from my solo record, Pighammer. I have the best band ever backing me up and the shit's on fire! Add our friends Drowning Pool to the mix and this is gonna be an awesome tour!" - Wayne Static
Like a bear native to the Alaskan tundra, 36 CRAZYFISTS have emerged from a four-year recording hibernation to sign a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. The label welcomes the Alaska-originated band – celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – to its formidable and expanding roster, boasting the best in hard rock and heavy metal.
The new album, 'Time and Trauma', is due out in February 2015.
"We have found a new home at Spinefarm Records and although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn't be more grateful to unleash the beast that is 'Time and Trauma' with their help," says frontman Brock Lindow. "20 years in and it feels like Spinefarm is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!"
Spinefarm Senior Director of Marketing Tim Brennan echoed that sentiment, saying; "We are thrilled to have 36 Crazyfists be part of the growing Spinefarm family! They are a genuine band of brothers that has grinded for 20 years to create a truly committed fan-base. 'Time and Trauma' is an incredible way to begin the next 20 years for the band."
36 Crazyfists released their debut, 'Bitterness the Star', via Roadrunner Records in 2002. The follow up, 2004's 'A Snow Capped Romance', is largely considered a sleeper classic in the post-hardcore realm. The band also released several additionally beloved albums, including 'Rest Inside the Flames' (2006) via the now-defunct DRT Entertainment, as well as 'The Tide and Its Takers' (2008) and 'Collisions and Castaways' through Ferret Music. Their Spinefarm debut is their first album in four years and their first since 'Collisions and Castaways', released in 2010.
To celebrate the fresh label partnership, the band has shared the new song "Also Am I", which is available as a stream. Listen to it here:
This new song is merely a taste of what's to come…
36 Crazyfists will close out 2014 with a slew of US tour dates, including a December anniversary show in their native state. Here's to 20 more years of bringing the rock!
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!
Swedish street metal crew HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have released an "artwork" video for their new single, 'Glue' - watch it below.
'Glue' is available on iTunes and Spotify via Gain/Sony Music Sweden.
The single is taken from the band's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album which will be the follow up to last year's 'C'mon Take On Me'. HCSS have been working with Joe Barresi (QOTSA; Fu Manchu; Kyuss; NIN) on the new material.
The band will play their first US show in over a decade when they take to the stage at the Whiskey A Go Go on January 24th, 2015.
Finnish crust punk 'n' rollers GRAVEYARD SHIFTERS have released a brand new music video from the upcoming EP, 'Brainwashed by Moonshine'.
The music video, for the song 'A Good Day to Die Hard & Loud', contains evidence of UFO phenomenon and it hits directly to the heart of AC/DC, The Hellacopters and Kvelertak fans.
The 'Brainwashed by Moonshine' EP is in stores 31st of October in Europe & United Kingdom via Eternal Sound Records. The video can be seen below:
The GRAVEYARD SHIFTERS started in the fall of 2013 with singer J. Matilainen and drummer A. Salmenoja being abducted by alien invaders from the sky. Our heroes were forced to return back to Earth and make a change to the nowadays ‘polished music’ that infects our planet from all corner of the globe. Their mission: to create new music to blow YOUR mind.
This is only to be the begining of the GRAVEYARD SHIFTERS tale and their relentless lust for music and partying. Since their formation the band recorded their debut EP, 'Brainwashed by Moonshine', which self-financed by recycling the empty beer bottles from the rehearsal room's floor.
Four years after its final breath in 2010, Peter Ahlqvist's genre defining Punk(rock) and Metal/Hard(core) label BURNING HEART RECORDS appears on the scene again. With a new business model, a new artist roster and a new passion on the side of its navigator.
Sometimes, when times get rough and you start to bleed, you lose your enthusiasm and, to use an obvious metaphor, your burning heart starts dying out. Such was the case with Peter Ahlqvist whose label Burning Heart Records, which had spawned and featured legendary bands like Refused, Turbonegro, The Hives, Millencolin and Boysetsfire, suffered badly from the decline in music sales and was struck twice as hard because the visionary sound factory had just expanded big time in 2004 when the music industry started falling apart abruptly, and Sweden was in first line to bleed hard.
Suddenly, people had to be dismissed, savings melted away, offices had to be closed. In 2006 Epitaph Records, majority-owner since 1998, imbibed Burning Heart completely and relocated the label to Amsterdam while Peter contiuned work as an A&R from Sweden, signing bands like Parkway Drive, Gallows (for US) or The Ghost Of A Thousand for Epitaph and Burning Heart, a label that wasn't his anymore.
After four more years of massive sales decline, the heart stopped beating.
However, this is not an obituary... this is a birth announcement! A rebirth announcement to be precise. After talks with Brett Gurewitz in 2014, Peter was able to get back the name and trademark Burning Heart Records from Epitaph, albeit without its impressive back catalogue.
"I've had some time to think it over. This really is the time now to restart the label because it is now really the right time to go for it again. I had a few tough years but now its' all coming back. Sweden was hit hard early, but it's all there again , thanks to Spotify."
Peter enthuses about his newfound inspiration and vision, which goes far beyond just running a rehashed record label as he explains; "The new Burning Heart is more than a label, it's a hybrid company that also provides management for the bands. We're doing a different financial model with the bands, and do joint ventures on the record side. It's not a record label as it used to be, it's a brand, and a music company that is starting to climb with new found ambitions on new roads."
You've got to keep up with the times. Peter realized that after he had left (Epitaph's) Burning Heart in 2009 and started working Panic & Action Management, together with producer and Kid Down fronter Eric Hojden (who has pursued other occupational paths) by now. Peter Ahlqvist is now about to push to the next level with the renaissance of Burning Heart. Starting with the existing Panic & Action bands, who will be 'transferred' to Burning Heart, this new and enhanced incarnation of Sweden's groundbreaking trademark label for exciting hard music is going to set out into the digital future of music.
"Basically it is Burning Heart returning to form, with a full-on digital approach. On the other hand, we're also going back even more to the roots with vinyl." In fact it's the magic word 'digital sales' that accounts for Peter's optimism about this restart. When he sold CDs ten years ago there was income from around 25 countries, now with the digital sales money comes from +100 countries and counting. Multiple income streams and less organizational issues - what has once been a curse held accountable for the death of the CD - is now the great white hope for an economically successful future of the music industry. "Just look at Spotify or YouTube, Vevo or any of the other services getting bigger, the time is right to go out there, be brave and release good music. We've come out of the steel-bath and 'the now' and future makes me very excited to be back with the label."
Economical success is one side of the coin, the other is finding good artists and developing them properly. "Looking forward to getting out there and releasing different kinds of music, be it metal or metalcore or punk rock or whatever. Burning Heart had everything from Refused to more standard hardcore, metal oriented to skate-punk to garage or whatever rock. We even had hip-hop acts or someone like Moneybrother who was more soul-rock-punk. Music that will always be close to me."
The new Burning Heart will to start with work with:
ADEPT whose new album is coming spring 2015.
BOMBSHELL ROCKS - now back to life with original singer Marten Cedergran with new album 'Generation Tranquilized' out late November.
HER BRIGHT SKIES - New album in 2015
WALKING WITH STRANGERS - back aftera hiatus and just recorded an album for release early part of 2015.
...and finally the legendary ASTA KASK that started in 1978, (reformed in 2005/2006 and did an album for Burning Heart). A band whose energy and spirit directly or indirectly influenced the whole scene (bands as Refused, Millencolin, Nasum, The Hives etc)
Cult U.S. Heavy Metal act TITAN FORCE has inked a deal with Skol Records. The band's first release for the label will be 'Force Of The Titan', a collection of 12 previously unreleased studio tracks recorded in the '80s; the complete demo from 1985 - recorded when the band was using the TITAN name, featuring John Flores on vocals - and eight classic tracks from the first two TITAN FORCE albums in alternate and previously unreleased demo versions, with Harry Conklin (JAG PANZER, SATAN'S HOST) on vocals.
"All tracks were transfered from original tapes and have jaw-dropping sound quality," says Skol Records CEO, producer Bart Gabriel. "It's incredibly huge honor to have them on Skol Records. They are one of the amazing Heavy Metal bands that ever walked the earth. And this compilation is just the beginning. We have few jokers hidden in our sleeve!" he adds.
The 'Force Of The Titan' cover artwork [seen below] was painted by Dimitar Nikolov. The compilation will have its premiere on November 28, 2014, and will include the following tracks (all previously unreleased):
Titan Demo 1985:
1. Too Late 2. No One Wins 3. Tomorrow / Today 4. Fist To The Sky
Titan Force Demo 1987:
5. Master Of Disguise 6. Fool On The Run 7. Wings Of Rage 8. Will O’ The Wisp 9. Toll Of Pain
Titan Force Demo 1990:
10. One And All 11. Fields Of Valor 12. Dream Escape
TITAN FORCE will perform at the already sold-out Keep It True festival on April 24-25, 2015 in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany. The event will be headlined by recently reformed original lineup of EXCITER and RIOT V. TITAN FORCE will also appear at the Up The Hammers festival on March 6 and 7, 2015 in Athens, Greece.
TITAN FORCE was formed as TITAN in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1983, by Mario Flores (guitar), his siblings John (bass, vocals) and Stefan (drums). The line-up was completed by Bill Richardson (guitar, keyboards). In 1987, the band recruited JAG PANZER vocalist Harry Conklin (who at that time was involved with SATAN'S HOST) and went on to release two albums: 'Titan Force' in 1988, and 'Winner/Loser' in 1991, which are considered classics of the progressive heavy/power metal genre. In 1993, TITAN FORCE co-headlined the Power Metal Gods tour of Europe with ANVIL.
Episode 27 of THE TWO BUCKS ROCK SHOW is now streaming via YouTube, and can be heard below.
For this latest episode, DJ extraordinaire, The Jazzinator, takes a look back at past Two Bucks radio shows and gigs, and also forward to November 15th's BUCKFEST all-dayer at the Lower George Inn at Gloucester.
Grab your ear trumpet, studded wristband and ass-less leather chaps and listen to the likes of Paraletica, Revenant, Honeycomb Love, Lifer, Hellbound, Lex Umbra, BurnThru, Smiling Tigers, Kill For Trophies, and Stone Broken.
Bad news for DEVIL YOU KNOW fans; unfortunately the band have had to pull out of their support slot on the MACHINE HEAD European and UK dates.
The band explain it is due to reasons beyond their control but hope to perform in Europe soon:
"It is with much regret that we are forced to announce the cancellation of our upcoming UK and European dates supporting Machine Head due to business issues far beyond our control.
"We want to personally extend our apologies to the Machine Head guys and their entire camp, and thank them for offering us such a great opportunity.
"To our fans, the last thing we want to do is let you down and we are devastated that we can't perform for you all and be part of an amazing tour with one of our favorite bands. As musicians the 5 of us have a job we love to do and we are ready to get onstage and do it, but unfortunately the cancellation of this tour is completely unavoidable despite every attempt by us to make it happen.
The business side of this industry is very ugly at times and this is one of those unforeseen instances where the band has to suffer. To put it mildly we are extremely agitated by this situation, right now our hands are tied but we are going to deal with it and forge on!
"We WILL tour Europe and the UK as soon as we possibly can and make it up to you all. Sincerely, Howard, Francesco, John, Ryan, Roy."
Devil You Know released their debut album, 'The Beauty Of Destruction', earlier this year on Nuclear Blast. They performed their UK live debut at Sonisphere Festival this summer.
Judging by the brand new video for SEETHER's latest single, 'Same Damn Life', retirement just got a whole lot more fun! Seether frontman Shaun Morgan came up with the video's concept in close collaboration with director Nathan Cox (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Marilyn Manson); the pair have wanted to work together for years.
'Same Damn Life', the highly melodic second single from sixth studio album, 'Isolate and Medicate', is fast on the rise at Active Rock radio (US), already busting into the Top 10 after a few short weeks.
Watch as Seether redefine the phrase “ageing gracefully” here:
Multi-platinum rock band SEETHER has had a blistering 2014. 'Isolate and Medicate' (Spinefarm/Bicycle Music Company/Concord), produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Springsteen, AC/DC), was released in July to rave reviews and impressive sales, with a #4 US debut on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.
Fresh off a summer of non-stop touring that featured headlining dates, the Rockstar UPROAR Festival, plus prime positions on some of the world’s largest rock festivals, including Download here in the UK, the band is now finishing up the year with a major tour throughout Europe, including dates in France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Russia, as well as the UK…
ON TOUR IN THE UK IN NOVEMBER 16.11.2014 - Birmingham, The Institute 18.11.2014 - Glasgow, 02 ABC 19.11.2014 - Manchester, The Ritz 20.11.2014 - London, The Forum
'Isolate and Medicate', the sixth studio album from Seether, is out now via Spinefarm Records.