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  • FESTIVAL NEWS: Day tickets for Bloodstock released

    Day tickets for this year’s Bloodstock go on sale at 9am tomorrow (Friday 30 June).   They cost £60 (plus booking fee) per day, and are available HERE.     Four-day 'weekend tickets with camping' are also still available, priced ...
  • ALBUM NEWS: Steve Vai to release ‘Modern Primitive’ next week

    Virtuoso guitarist and composer Steve Vai will release his new album, ‘Modern Primitive’, next Friday (7 July) through Favored Nations Entertainment, the indie label founded by Vai in 1999.     Originally included as a companion disk to...
  • TOUR NEWS: Jimmy Barnes announces December dates

    Australian singer Jimmy Barnes has announced a run of dates for this December.   Four of the shows will be with his full band, while two will follow his ‘Stories And Songs’ format.   Dates are as follows:   ...
  • TOUR NEWS: Kobra And The Lotus announce UK and Ireland dates

    Kobra And The Lotus have announced an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland for the end of November/beginning of December.   Dates are as follows:     Special guests will be Brutai.  Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday (30...
  • ALBUM NEWS: Hypochristmutreefuzz to release debut album in August

    Belgian noise rockers Hypochristmutreefuzz are to release their debut album, ‘Hypopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia’ on 11 August.   They have preceded the release with a video for the song ‘Clammy Hands’:     Founded by guitari...
  • ALBUM NEWS: Nothing More to release ‘The Stories We Tell Ourselves’ in September

    Nothing More are to release their album, ‘The Stories We Tell Ourselves’, on 15 September via Better Noise Records.   They have preceded it with a new single, ‘Go To War’:     Singer Jonny Hawkins said of the song: "Trust is ...
  • TOUR NEWS: Mr Big confirm dates with The Answer and Faster Pussycat

    Mr. Big have announced a European tour for November, to promote their forthcoming new album, 'Defying Gravity’.      The run, on which The Answer and Faster Pussycat will also appear, concludes with the follo...
  • New book to document story of Metal Blade Records

    'For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records' will be published via BMG on 29 August. The book, written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica's Lars Ulrich, celebrates the st...
  • BAND NEWS: Razorbats confirm new line-up

    After a few turbulent months with a failed attempt to record a new album, disagreements and major changes in personnel, Norwegian punk upstarts Razorbats are back with a new line-up.     Razorbats got international attention when they relea...
  • FESTIVAL NEWS: Damnation nails latest announcement…

    US powerviolence outfit Nails have been added to this year’s Damnation Festival, which takes place at Leeds University Union, on Saturday, November 4.     The band were due to make their Damnation debut last year but had to scrap their pl...
  • SINGLE NEWS: The Godfathers unveil a Big Bad Beautiful video!

    The Godfathers have just released a brand new video for 'A Big Bad Beautiful Noise', the title track of their recent album and the lead track on their new, limited edition 10 inch 'A Big Bad Beautiful EP'.     Godfathers' singer Peter ...
  • FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock cry Havok and let slip more dogs of metal!

    More bands have been confirmed for this year’s instalment of Bloodstock, which takes place at Catton Hall in south Derbyshire over the weekend of 10 – 13 August.   Added to the Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Havok, while Fall...
  • ALBUM NEWS: Saxon to open ‘The Solid Book Of Rock’ in August

    Saxon are to release ‘The Solid Book of Rock’ – featuring all nine of the band’s studio albums released between 1991 and 2009 - on 4 August.       The set will also feature bonus tracks not featured on the original albums, a...
  • ALBUM NEWS: Cradle Of Filth to release ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’ in September; tour to follow

    Cradle Of Filth will release their 12th full-length album, ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’, on 22 September via Nuclear Blast.     Frontman Dani Filth said:   "The album is deeply infused with Victorian gothic horror and...
  • FESTIVAL NEWS: Pat McManus to headline Belfast Blues Festival

    Pat McManus once again is the star attraction at the ninth Belfast City Blues Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 23 – 25 June.     The Fermanagh guitarist will top the bill at the annual tribute to Rory Gallagher, which takes...
  • TOUR NEWS: Alter Bridge confirm Royal Albert Hall dates; Creeper, Mastodon and SikTh announce December tours

    Following their appearance at Download yesterday (Sunday), Alter Bridge have confirmed that they are to return to the UK later in the year, for two special shows.     They will appear at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 Octob...
  • TOUR NEWS: Wednesday 13 announces three pre-Halloween shows

    Following his most recent trio of gigs – which culminated with him headlining the Dogtooth stage at Download yesterday (Saturday) – Wednesday 13 has announced another short run of dates just before Halloween.     They are:   Thur...
  • TOUR NEWS: Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar announce co-headline dates

    Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar have announced a co-headline European tour, to take place this coming October and November.   The trip kicks off with a string of dates in the UK and Ireland:     Support will come from Madame Mayhem and Th...
  • ALBUM NEWS: Lionize to expose their 'Nuclear Soul' in September

    Maryland rockers Lionize are to release their new album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, on September 8.   They have just released the first single, ‘Blindness To Danger’, which was shot entirely on an Apple iPhone 7 and sees Lionize’s Nate Bergman take ...
  • GIG NEWS: Second annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ confirmed

    Northern Ireland alternative rockers Gascan Ruckus have announced details of their second annual ‘Summer BBQ’, which will take place in The Speakeasy in Queens University Belfast Students’ Union on Saturday 19 August.   A total of 19 bands wi...