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FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirms two UK exclusive appearances Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:24

Bloodstock has announced not just one but two UK exclusives for 2018.


Emperor will fulfill the special guest slot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on the Friday (10 August), while Nails will take to RJD stage on the Sunday (12 August).  In between these two special exclusive sets, DevilDriver have been confirmed for a main stage slot on the Saturday (11 August).


They join already confirmed headliners Gojira, Judas Priest and Nightwish.


Bloodstock 2018 takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, from 9 – 12 August. Early bird tickets and a select amount of VIP packages are available NOW.


Bloodstock 2018 October poster

ALBUM NEWS: Falling Red to release ‘Lost Souls’ next March. Print E-mail
Friday, 29 September 2017 11:09

Falling Red will release their new album, ‘Lost Souls’, on 16 March.


Falling Red photo 

Drummer Dave Sanders said of the album:


“We went into ‘Lost Souls’ with a total clear head, aiming to just write what we like, not writing with a certain theme or sound, as we have in the past. We’ve got pop radio-friendly tracks, Glam/Sleaze tracks, ballads and heavy metal tracks, but all done in a way that still has the Falling Red edge and tone.”


As vocalist and lead guitarist Andrew Roze explained, the band deliberately changed their approach to recording and production for this album:


“We went a totally different way around.  All our previous recordings were done with Matt Ellis at Axis studios in Doncaster and mastered by Pete Maher (The Killers, U2, Katy Perry).


“This time, we wanted to be more hands on and work our own way, so Dave recorded all the drums with Mark Broughton and Dean Thompson at Blast Studios in Newcastle while all the guitars and vocals were recorded by James Stephenson at Stymphalian Productions in York. In the past, James has worked with Alestorm and we were put on to him by a friend. We heard his work and instantly knew he was the guy for us. After talking back and forth, we started laying the record down and it has worked out really well. The product is a big step up from records we’ve previously released.”


After a very successful Pledge campaign for their previous album Empire of the Damned, Falling Red have used the Pledge platform again to fund 'Lost Souls'. The Pledge campaign ends on 17 October.


Falling Red undertake a co-headline tour with Fahran, with dates as follows:


Falling Red Fahran tour poster

TOUR NEWS: The Cruel Knives seek The Promised Land on W.A.S.P support slots Print E-mail
Friday, 29 September 2017 08:36

The Cruel Knives – the new band from Sid Glover and Rob Ellershaw of Heaven's Basement, have been confirmed as the support act on W.A.S.P’s forthcoming ‘Re-Idolized’ UK and Ireland tour dates:


Thursday 12 October - Hastings, White Rock Theatre

Friday 13 October - Nottingham, Rock City

Saturday 14 October - Leeds, 02 Academy

Sunday 15 October - Newcastle, 02 Academy

Monday 16 October - Glasgow, 02 ABC

Wednesday 18 October - Belfast, Limelight 1

Thursday 19 October - Dublin, Academy

Friday 20 October - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

Saturday 21 October - Manchester, 02 The Ritz

Sunday 22 October - Buckley, Tivoli

Tuesday 24 October - Cardiff, Tramshed

Wednesday 25 October - Bristol, 02 Academy

Thursday 26 October - Norwich, UEA

Friday 27 October - London, 02 Forum Kentish Town


The Cruel Knives have just released a new single, ‘The Promised Land’, taken from their debut EP, ‘Side One’.

TOUR NEWS: Machine Head announce May 2018 dates Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:07

Machine Head are to return to the UK next May, with a run of ten ‘Evening With…’ style dates:


MH Euro tour May 2018 

Tickets go on at 10am on Friday (29 September).  Tickets will be available from box offices, all usual agents and online via


Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn said:


"It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in the UK!  We have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album 'Catharsis', but now it’s time for Machine Head to go melt some faces!! 


“The reaction to our last 'Evening With…' tours in the UK was nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be 'Evening With…' shows and will see us performing 2 ½ to three hours every night, with no opening bands."  


He continued:


"We LOVED performing as an 'Evening With…' for the UK Head Cases and you guys loved it as well.  The freedom to do whatever the fuck we want, for as long as we want every night was liberating.  Jamming 'Desire To Fire' live for the first time in aeons at the Ten Ton Hammersmith show in London was epic as fuck! 


“This is not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but Machine Head CAN pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again.  We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!  No festivals, period!  No supporting some stupid DJ!  The Head will only be 'Headlining', so come on down and rage!!"


Machine Head’s ninth studio album, 'Catharsis', is set for release via Nuclear Blast in January.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Damnation announces four final bands Print E-mail
Monday, 25 September 2017 08:57

Dragged Into SunlightBig BusinessThe Great Discord and Body Hound have been confirmed as the final bands on the now completed line-up for Damnation Festival, which takes place at Leeds University Union on Saturday 4 November.


Damnation 2017 Final Poster


T from Dragged Into Sunlight said: "The curation of Damnation this year is outstanding, with the likes of Pallbearer and Warning sitting alongside Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Dying Fetus.


"The final announcement today completes the festival billing and once again demonstrates its commitment to the UK’s unquenchable thirst for extreme music.


"Dragged Into Sunlight will open a portal to the other side on November 4, expect the worst.”


The Great Discord added:


"We are honoured to make our return to the UK, performing at this year’s edition of Damnation alongside some truly amazing bands like Bloodbath, Leprous and Psycroptic. Leeds delenda est."


Festival Director Gavin McInally believes the 13th instalment of of the festival is of "unrivalled diversity, depth and quality".


He said “This line-up sets a new benchmark for UK events, especially for £40 a ticket, and with those tickets soon to be sold out in record time, it has been incredible to see our fans continue to support the festival's ambitions."


The complete line-up for Damnation Festival 2017 is Bloodbath, Sodom, Paradise Lost, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Warning, Dying Fetus, Nails, Nordic Giants, Dragged Into Sunlight, Myrkur, Pallbearer, Big Business, Vallenfyre, Leprous, Agent Fresco, Grave Pleasures, The Great Discord, Pyschedelic Witchcraft, Pyscroptic, Wiegedood, Beyond Creation, Leng Tche, Mutation, Pg. Lost, Disentomb, Body Hound and Wren.


Remaining tickets are available from the Damnation Festival website and Facebook, as well as

FESTIVAL NEWS: Judas Priest confirmed as third Bloodstock headiner Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 September 2017 17:07

In an unprecedented and possibly historic move, Bloodstock have announced all three main stage headliners – a full 11 months out from the event.


After more than a month of speculation as to who would fill the slot, British heavy metal legends Judas Priest tonight were confirmed as topping the bill on Friday 10 August. They join Gojira and Nightwish.


ALBUM NEWS: ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Boxset’ Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:04

A special boxset of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ is to be released to mark the 40th anniversary of the album’s release.


Sex Pistols - Never Mind


The set will contain the out-of-print limited-edition “super deluxe” version of the album, originally issued in 2012 and spread over three CDs and a DVD.


Disc one will feature the original album.   Disc two will feature four singles B sides (including ‘No Feeling’ from the withdrawn version of ‘God Save The Queen’, as well as demos recorded by Dave Goodman and Chris Thomas and studio outtakes. 


Disc three will feature two 1977 live performances, from Trondheim in Norway and the Happy House in Stockholm.  The DVD also will feature live footage from 1977, including the infamous Riverboat Party on the River Thames, as well as the Happy House show and the Winter Gardens in Penzance, plus the promo videos for ‘God Save The Queen’, ‘Pretty Vacant’ and ‘Holidays In The Sun’, and a Radio One ‘Rock On’ interview with John Lydon and Sid Vicious.


The set will also include a a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.


‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ will be released on Friday 27 October via USM/UMC. You can pre-order your copy HERE.

ALBUM NEWS: The Bloody Beetroots to release guest laden new album in October Print E-mail
Friday, 15 September 2017 11:17

The Bloody Beetroots – aka Italian producer and songwriter Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo – will release his new album, ‘The Great Eelctronic Swindle’, on 20 October via Last Gang Records.


The Bloody Beetroots artwork


The release has been preceded by two singles: ‘My Name Is Thunder’, a collaboration with Jet, and ‘Pirates, Punks & Politics’ featuring Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee.


The album also features guest appearances by Anders Friden of In Flames, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive/The Fever and Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam, as well as collaborations with Gallows and Deap Valley.


“This is the first time I have used so many vocalists and lyrics in The Bloody Beetroots music.  I chose the greatest vocalists I knew that could help tell the story of about four years of life,” says Rifo.

“The title is a tribute to the Sex Pistols and the film ‘The Great Rock and Roll Swindle’ directed by Julian Temple.  It was a sign of the end of an era. The end of punk.  I want to reclaim that for electronic music because the business squeezed the genre so much that they delivered the end of electronic music itself.  We are living in a great electronic swindle.  People don’t even realize who is the artist, the producer and who deserves to be called an artist in this genre.  There is much great music out there but it is completely covered by trash.  You just have to dig. There’s so much shit around.

“Dance music has been recognized as cheerful, joyful but there is so much more than that.  The way we’re dealing with this album… with the cover, etc, is trying to add substance to it. 


“Dance music used the beat to draw people in.  We use the ‘four on the floor’ kick in a similar way to bring people in and then expose to something with more substance.  Similarly, the mask is a catalyst.  To bring people in.   Now there are many masks out there trying to do the same thing.

This project is for the people and everybody can be part of TBB.  I’m a little guy from a small town… I am part of the people and this is made for the people.”

ALBUM NEWS: Last Great Dreamers launch Pledge campaign Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:51

Brit rock troubadours, and Über Rock faves, Last Great Dreamers have just launched a PledgeMusic campaign around their fourth album, which they plan to start recording in November, with a release scheduled through their own label, Ray Records, in March 2018.


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PHOTO CREDIT: The Dark Queen


You can join the campaign HERE.


The launch of the Pledge campaign coincides with a trio of dates LGD are playing this weekend, as special guests to The Quireboys:


Thursday 14 September – Derby, The Venue

Friday 15 September – Wakefield, Warehouse 23

Saturday 16 September – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

ALBUM NEWS: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to release ‘Wrong Creatures’ in January Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:45

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are to release their new album, ‘Wrong Creatures’, on 12 January.


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 

The first track, ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’, is available as an instant free download with pre-orders of the album. The album title is inspired by a lyric from the single: “Lord you hear me loud into my soul speaker, why won’t you let me out, you’ve got the wrong creature”.


‘Wrong Creatures’ has been more than two years in the making as the band - Peter Hayes (vocal, guitar, harmonica), Robert Levon Been (vocal, bass, guitar) and Leah Shapiro (drums) – started work on it in the summer of 2015.  They had just finished the touring cycle for their last album, ‘Specter At The Feast’, and Shapiro had undergone life-saving brain surgery for Chiari Malformation, a rare disorder the restricts the flow of spinal fluid between the brain and spine .


“It’s a crazy making machine, it can chew you up good, I mean we literally toured ‘till the wheels came off and Leah’s brain literally started leaking out of her head” says Been.


“I know I’ve battled on and off with mental depression, and Pete’s head never came with any proper instructions.”


“I find myself writing about death a lot,” says Hayes.


“I find myself having a discussion with death, which sounds dark. For me, it's dark humour.”

Adds Been:


“We are truly an island – come hell or high water, so it’s usually best to dress accordingly. Though I’m not sure what the proper attire is when drowning in fire. But leather usually goes with everything.”


BRMC tour the UK and Ireland in October and November, with dates as follows:


Monday 23 October – Dublin, Academy (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 24 October – Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 26 October - Glasgow Barrowland(SOLD OUT)
Friday 27 October - Manchester, Academy
Saturday 28 October - Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday 30 October - Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 31 October - Brighton, Dome
Thursday 2 November  Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 3 November - Nottingham, Rock City
Saturday 4 November - London, O2 Academy Brixton

ALBUM NEWS: Jaya The Cat to declare 'A Good Day For The Damned' in November Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:14

Jaya The Cat release their new album, 'A Good Day For The Damned', on 17 November, through Bomber Music.


Jaya The Cat 

"We hope to have created something people can connect to." says vocalist Geoff Lagadec of the album.


"It's pretty eclectic, just a bunch of stories in different styles. We keep trying to evolve, yet stay grounded in a punk/reggae aesthetic." 


The lead single, 'Sweet Eurotrash', has just been released.


"[It] is a story about a night of sin, madness and questionable life decisions made in bathroom stalls... of overzealous hotel maids and unreasonably early check out times," explains Lagadec.



Jaya The Cat return to the UK this December, with dates as follows:


Tuesday 5 – London, The Underworld
Wednesday 6 – Huddersfield, The Parish
Thursday 7 – Newcastle, Think Tank!
Friday 8 – Bradford, The Underground
Saturday 9 – Derby, Hairy Dog
Sunday 10 – Bristol, Xmas Ska Fest @ The Fleece

TOUR NEWS: Anvil to pound the pavements in February Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 20:18

Legendary Canadian metal loons Anvil are to play no fewer that 15 dates across the UK and Ireland next February as part of their extensive 40th anniversary 'Pounding The Pavement' European tour.


Anvil tour poster

MassMatiks to release new single ahead of September tour Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:32

MassMatiks are to release a new single, ‘One Foot In This Club’, ahead of their already announced September tour.



Vocalist Geroge Peploe said of the new single:


“In a modern world where there is an apparent over-crowding of meaningless, half-assed rock music – we promise our music will give your ears a fresh and new sound that will make you want to come down to a show and experience MassMatiks.”


Tour dates are as follows:


Massmatiks Tour Poster

ALBUM NEWS: GBH to gain ‘Momentum’ in November Print E-mail
Friday, 25 August 2017 12:58

GBH will release their latest studio album, ‘Momentum’, on Hellcat Records on 17 November.



“We’re always looking forward,” says vocalist Colin Abrahall. “Next gig, next tour, next album. For us, it is all about momentum. At this point if we stopped moving forward we’d just fall over”.


Tour dates will be announced in the near future.

New book to tell history of Finnish black metal Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:00

A new book on the history of Finnish black metal is to be published in English for the first time.


‘The Devil's Cradle: The Story of Finnish Black Metal’, by Helsinki-based journalist Tero Ikäheimonen, will be issued by Svart Publishing on 1 November.


The Devils Cradle artwork


Based on more than 50 interviews conducted by Ikäheimonen between 2014 and 2017, the book unravels the story of Finnish black metal from the late 1980s and features such bands as Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Barathrum, Archgoat, Azazel, Diaboli, Darkwoods My Betrothed, Horna, Vornat, Thy Serpent, Wanderer, Urn, Black Dawn, ...And Oceans, Musta Surma, Alghazanth, Azaghal, Warloghe, Behexen, Clandestine Blaze, Satanic Warmaster, Ride for Revenge, Goatmoon, IC Rex, Charnel Winds, Cosmic Church, Saturnian Mist, Rienaus and Abyssion.


"Countless books have been written about black metal over the years, but every time, the Finnish scene has remained merely a side note," says Ikäheimonen. 


"It's an atrocity, since Finland has created some of the world's most renown underground black metal since the beginning; I wanted to fix that. This book is made for the maniacs all over the world.


"It was important for me to base the book on the experiences of true underground spirits - black metal musicians, zine authors, and tape traders," Ikäheimonen says. 


"Many stories are told for the first time. I wanted to focus on the music, but not forget the darker side of black metal - all the violence, death, and destruction that have ravaged the Finnish scene. It was crucial to include the spiritual and psychological side of black metal, too. Satanism with all its different notions and the occult are present throughout the book."


‘The Devil's Cradle’ was first published in Finnish in September 2016. The English translation features all the original content and two additional chapters.


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