News Updates
ALBUM NEWS: Tax The Heat to change their position in March Print E-mail
Friday, 17 November 2017 13:13

As their current run of dates supporting Black Star Riders comes to an end, Tax The Heat have confirmed that their second album, ‘Change Your Position’, will be released via Nuclear Blast on 9 March.


Tax The Heat CYP artwork


Vocalist/guitarist Alex Veale commented:


“If an album is about capturing a band or artist at a certain point, 'Change Your Position' might have happened at the perfect time. As a band we toured, found our sound, found our place and took inspiration from a world in utter chaos. With 'Change Your Position' we pushed ourselves creatively as hard as we could and it took us further into ourselves than we expected - we hope it's apparent to the listener."


The album can be pre-ordered HERE.

TOUR NEWS: Black Label Society add second Belfast date Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:51

Due to phenomenal demand, Black Label Society have added a second Belfast date at the end of their previously announced European tour:


BLS Added Date


Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (17 November) from Ticketmaster.

TOUR NEWS: Iron Maiden to relive the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ Print E-mail
Monday, 13 November 2017 13:04

Iron Maiden have just confirmed six UK dates as part of next year’s ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour.


Iron Maiden tour header


They will play:


Tuesday 31 July – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Metro Radio Arena

Thursday 2 August – Belfast, SSE Arena

Saturday 4 August – Aberdeen, Exhibition and Conference Centre

Monday 6 August – Manchester, Arena

Tuesday 7 August – Birmingham, Genting Arena

Friday 10 August – London, O2 Arena


Support on all dates will come from Killswitch Engage.


The concept for the ‘Legacy Of The Beast World Tour’ was inspired by Maiden’s mobile game and comic book of the same name and the stage set design will feature a number of different but interlocking “worlds”, with a set list covering a large selection of Eighties material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity.


Maiden manager Rod Smallwood explains further:


“As our fans know, we’ve been following a particular touring cycle ever since Bruce and Adrian re-joined Maiden at the start of the millennium, alternating new album tours with “History/Hits” tours. We enjoy working this way for many reasons, not least because it gives the band a chance to play both new material and the older favourites which we know fans like to hear. It keeps things fresh, not just for the fans but for the band too.


“For this History/Hits tour we decided to base the theme around the Legacy Of The Beast name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! I don’t want to give too much away at the moment but we’re working on a number of different stage sets, all in keeping with the Maiden tradition and we hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show.”


Tickets for all dates go on sale from all usual outlets at 9am on Friday 24 November.

ALBUM NEWS: MaterDea to pluck ‘A Rose For Egeria’ with deluxe re-issue Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:38

Italian pagan metallers MaterDea are to re-issue their third album, ‘A Rose For Egeria’, via Rockshot Records on 15 December in Europe and 19 January in North America.



Originally released in 2014, the deluxe edition will feature a new version of ‘The Green Man’ which originally featured on their ‘Satyricon’ album three years earlier.


‘A Rose For Egeria’ is available for pre-order HERE.


MaterDea artwork

SINGLE NEWS: Tax The Heat prove they have ‘Money In The Bank’ Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:24

Tax The Heat celebrate hitting the road in support to Black Star Riders with a new single, ‘Money In The Bank’.



The single is taken from their new studio album, 'Change Your Position', which is due to be released via Nuclear Blast next year.


The Black Star Riders tour kicks off in Wolverhampton tonight (Wednesday 8 November), with full dates as follows:


BSR Nov 2016 poster

ALBUM NEWS: Yob to reissue ‘The Great Cessation’ in December Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:17

Cosmic doomsters Yob are to reissue ‘The Great Cessation’, their fifth album, originally released in 2009, on 8 December, via Relapse Records.


Yob The Great Cassation


This definitive edition has been completely remastered by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive) and includes new artwork plus two bonus tracks (previously only available on vinyl).


Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt reminisced on the original release of ‘The Great Cessation’:


“With ‘The Great Cessation’, we were revitalized from our break. We just had Aaron [Rieseberg – bass] join the ranks with the single best new potential member audition (since Travis) and the album basically wrote itself. When we broke up, we played generally to very small crowds in a very small scene. When we came back, our return was met with a scene that has caught up to what the genre's best had to offer, and we all of a sudden had opportunities we'd never had before. Hell, we did shows with Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, High On Fire, that were attended by 50-ish people in the early 2000s.”


Physical and digital versions are of ‘The Great Cessation’ available for pre-order HERE.

TOUR NEWS: Courtesans add three more dates to forthcoming run Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:53

Über Rock doompop favourites Courtesans have added three more dates – in Camden, Glasgow and Manchester – to their previously announced forthcoming run:


Courtesans poster


Support comes from Berlin-based UK electronic rock duo Bullet Height, who have just released their debut album, ‘No Atonement’. 


Courtesans recently sat down with Bullet Height frontwoman Sammi Doll to get to know each other a bit better and talk about the upcoming tour:


ALBUM NEWS: The Bad Flowers to fire ‘Starting Gun’ in February Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:31

Midlands hard rockers The Bad Flowers will release their debut album, ‘Starting Gun’, on 16 February.


The Bad Flowers Starting Gun artwork


The album is available for pre-order HERE.


The Bad Flowers play The Soundhouse in Leicester on Friday 24 November and then join Stone Broken and Jared James Nicholls on tour next February/March:



TOUR NEWS: Trivium announce April dates Print E-mail
Monday, 06 November 2017 10:50

Trivium will round off their 2018 European tour, in support of their recently released eighth album, ‘The Sin And The Sentence’, with five dates in the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll:


Trivium tour poster


Tickets for all dates go on sale at 10am this Friday (10 November), from all usual outlets.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Peter Hook And The Light to present “best of Joy Division” at Rebellion 2018 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 20:56

Peter Hook And The Light will perform a “best of Joy Division” set at the 2018 iteration of Rebellion, which takes place at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool from 2 – 5 August.


Peter Hook


"It's a real pleasure to be returning to Rebellion Festival with The Light again,” states Peter.


“Rebellion's a tremendous event bringing together a great line up of alternative and punk bands with a very enthusiastic crowd. The reactions are always great, and it attracts a real mix of people to Blackpool's Winter Gardens, a great venue in its own right. It's always a unique occasion and one of the highlights of the year."


PHATL join a line-up that already features the likes of The Exploited, Cockney Rejects, Angelic Upstarts, Discharge, Ruts DC, UK Subs, Slaughter & The Dogs, D.R.I., The Adolescents, SNFUToxic Reasons, Raw Power and many more.


Tickets are available HERE.



VIDEO RELEASE: Are Death Blooms really the ‘Last Ones’? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 14:56

Rising British metalcore crew Death Blooms have just released a video for ‘Last Ones’, the third single to be taken from their self-titled EP, released this past May:



According to Death Blooms vocalist Paul Barrow, ‘Last Ones’ echoes the band’s support of the charity MIND and their concern that “communities need to pull together and be more understanding of mental health issues in our society, especially as technology rapidly advances”:


"'Last Ones' was shot by a good friend of ours called Bobby Pook (Sumo Crucial) and features myself and one of my best friends, Holly Fred. The video idea seemed to go hand in hand with the theme of the song and it came together really quickly. We wanted to give the feeling of people being brought together by things they didn't ever consider. In this case, it was the feeling of being chased by the unexpected and unexplained. I'm really pleased with how it all ended up and I think it conveyed the exact message that it needed to. Bobby and Holly absolutely nailed it!”


Death Blooms support Insane Clown Posse and Mushroomhead on the following dates later this month:


Monday 13 – Leeds, O2 Academy

Tuesday 14 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 Academy

Wednesday 15 – Glasgow, ABC O2 Academy

Thursday 16 – Bristol, O2 Academy

Friday 17 – Manchester, O2 Ritz

Saturday 18 – Birmingham, O2 Institute

Sunday 19 – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town


‘Death Blooms’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

TOUR NEWS: Brit bruisers Brutai confirmed as Kobra And The Lotus support Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 23:03

Brutish Brit metallers Brutain have been confirmed as the main support for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour by Kobra And The Lotus:


Kobra Lotus tour poster

FESTIVAL NEWS: Breaking Bands 2018 confirms full line-up and day splits Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 13:14

The full line-up for the 2018 edition of the Breaking Bands festival has been announced, together with full details of the event's day splits:


Breaking Bands Day Split poster


Day and weekend, campervan and glamping tickets are available HERE.


TOUR NEWS: Testament to return to UK and Ireland in Spring Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:56

Testament have confirmed six dates in the UK and Ireland at the end of March/beginning of April:


Testament tour poster

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday (3 November) from all usual outlets.

TOUR NEWS: Black Label Society announce London, Dublin and Belfast dates Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:45

Black Label Society are to round off their just-announced 2018 European tour with three dates in the UK and Ireland.


They play:


Thursday 5 April – London, Royal Albert Hall

Saturday 7 April – Dublin, Tivoli Theatre

Sunday 8 April – Belfast, Limelight


Black Label Society tour poster


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