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ALBUM NEWS: Vukovi to release debut album and kick off headline tour on 10 March Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:51

Scottish alt-rock outfit Vukovi will release their self-titled debut album via LAB Records on 10 March– the same day on which they kick off a headline tour at Glasgow’s King Tuts.


The album is preceded by a single, ‘La Di Da’. The accompanying video is not suitable for anyone who has a fear of snakes:



“I wanted the video for ‘La Di Da’ to be a representation of my subconscious”, frontwoman Janie Shilstone says. “Almost like watching what a satanic, schizophrenic nightmare would look like.”


“At first I was terrified when David, the owner, turned up with this see-through box. I totally froze when I saw her, though David assured me that she'd never bit or tried to strangle anyone before!


“Her name was Honey, a six foot boa constrictor, and after 20 mins of stroking her I finally plucked up the courage to hold her. I completely fell in love. She slithered down my left arm and rested her head on my hand, it was so therapeutic. 


Partly inspired by the Joker and Harley Quinn relationship Janine was obsessed with as a comic book loving teen, “the song portrays an abusive relationship unbeknown to the victim”.


“There are a lot of emotions throughout the song. There’s vulnerability, and there’s resistance. It took time to come together, and it had to live on the back burner for a while. But one night I gave in to the niggling that kept demanding I go back to it. I remember the moment it came together; me and Hamish (Reilly, guitars) in my flat drinking pretentious cocktails, laptop, tiny amp, guitar…”


‘Vukovi’ is available for pre-order HERE.


Vukovi’s tour dates are as follows:

Friday 10 March - Glasgow, King Tut’s
Saturday 11 March - Leeds, Key Club
Monday 13 March - Manchester, Sound Control
Tuesday 14 March - Bristol, The Louisiana
Thursday 16 March - London, Boston Music Room
Saturday 18 March - Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Sunday 19 March - Aberdeen, Tunnels


Tickets for all shows are available HERE.


GIG NEWS: Rock’n’Roll Circus announce details of annual Christmas fundraiser Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:00

January may still have a few days of life left in her, but the good folk over at the Rock’n’Roll Circus Radio Show have already announced details of their annual Christmas charity show.


It will take place once again at The Doll’s House in Abertillery on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December.


The Friday bill features The Black Bullets, White Coast Rebels, Pizzatramp and one other act to be confirmed.


The Saturday will be headlined by Trucker Diablo and Crashed Out.  Also on the bill are The King Lot, Hell’s Addiction, Fahran, Pilgrim, Kikamora, Black Water Chemistry and Whiskey Lies.


Tickets for the Saturday cost a mere £7 and are on sale now. Admission on Friday will be £3, payable on the door. All proceeds will go to the Stepping Stones Appeal at the Velindre Cancer Centre.


Rock N Roll Circus Christmas Poster

TOUR NEWS: Thunder confirm support bands for March UK/Ireland tour Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:17

THUNDER have confirmed the support acts for their scheduled March tour of the UK and Ireland.


CATS IN SPACE will support on the dates in England, Scotland and Wales, while TRUCKER DIABLO will fulfil the same duty for the last two shows in Dublin and Belfast.


Thunder tour flyer


Thunder release their new album, ‘Rip It Up’, via earMUSIC, on 10 February. Read our review HERE.


HARD ROCK HELL add SLEAZE weekender to growing list of specialist fests Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:44

FASTER PUSSYCAT, VAIN and JIZZY PEARL have been confirmed for the brand new HRH SLEAZE festival, which takes place at the 02 Academy in Sheffield over the weekend of 2/3 September.



Other acts confirmed for this latest addition to the growing Hard Rock Hell series of specialist festival weekenders include Tyla's Dogs D'Amour, Tigertailz, Crazy Lixx, Sister, Bulletrain, Stop Stop, Wildside Riot, Kaato, New Generation Superstars, Daxx & Roxane, Devilstar, New Device, 44 Caliber and Superhooch.


Tickets are available now.


Highway To Hell, HRH’s annual battle of the bands competition which offers slots at various of their festivals as well as record deal with affiliate Off Yer Rocka Recordings, once again will take place at the same venue on Friday 1 September.


THE CRAWLING to release debut album in April Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:01

Northern Ireland doom/death trio THE CRAWLING are to release their debut full-length album, ‘Anatomy Of Loss’ via Grindscene Records on 7 April.


The Crawling artwork 

The band, who hail from Lisburn in County Antrim, have previously released a single, ‘Choking On Concrete’, and an EP, ‘In Light Of Dark Days’, in January and October 2015 respectively.


Vocalist/guitarist Andy Clarke explained that ‘Anatomy Of Loss’ is an album inspired by true events:


“It examines experiences of the band first hand, and what we see in our everyday lives. In short, it is a collection of stories about loss, regret and despondency. It looks at how people develop mechanisms to cope with grief, failure and heartbreak; and more often than not - the inability to do so. The recording process consisted of fun, despair, rage and subsequently immense satisfaction. Translating a song from the rehearsal studio to record is a daunting task, but this album was particularly challenging."

"I have my own studio, so we figured we would simply invest in ourselves, and spend far too many hours ensuring everything was captured just as we wanted. The results were inspiring; we have a heavy, clear and vigorous production showcasing the songs perfectly."


Read our review of The Crawling’s recent gig at Belfast’s Voodoo HERE.

We SAWTHIS video and thought we’d string you up… Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:58

Italian thrashers SAWTHIS have released a video for the song ‘This String Is For Your Neck’, taken from their forthcoming fourth album, ‘Babhell’, which is being released via Mighty Music on 24 March.

THE AGONIST head to church on new video Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:54

Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST have released a video for their cover of Hozier’s chart-topping hit ‘Take Me To The Church’.



Guitarist Danny Marino said of the song, which is taken from their current album, ‘Five’, released last September via Napalm Records:


“It was fun to record a cover of a song that is so different from our material. Even though it is not metal at all, the song itself is very dark and meaningful. That's why we felt it could be really interesting as a more upbeat Agonist song. I'm happy that we were able to keep some elements while drastically altering others.”


The Agonist begin a north American tour with DevilDriver, Death Angel, Winds Of Plague and Azrael on 8 February.


The Agonist

THE QUIREBOYS, FM and GUN head to the Castle for CASTELL ROC FESTIVAL Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:51

THE QUIREBOYS, FM and GUN have been confirmed to appear at the Castell Roc Festival, being held at Chepstow Castle on Saturday 26 August.



Tickets cost £29 and are available HERE.

PULLED APART BY HORSES to release new album in March Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:37

PULLED APART BY HORSES will release their new album, ‘The Haze’, on 17 March via Caroline International.


Having recently shared their first new music since 2014’s ‘Blood’ in first single 'The Big What If', the band are now streaming the opening, title track HERE.



“We had to have ‘The Haze’ as the album opener - it gets down to business pretty quick!” vocalist and guitarist Tom Hudson revealed.


“One of my favourite sections on the album is the Kraut-rock-vibe middle eight in this track. We wrote and demoed it in our 'middle of no-where' Welsh writing session, the weird atmospheric sounds at the start of it were recorded outside the lodge we were in. There were these giant whirring fans and birds tweeting everywhere. The bell that opens the album was this little brass doorbell that was hanging up in the porch too.”


Bassist Robert Lee extrapolated: “With the third album [2014’s ‘Blood’], we were making a conscious effort to think about everything and really analyse what makes good songs work.


“This time around we wanted to get back to the spontaneity of the first record, to just hang out and have fun and see what happened, so we wanted to take ourselves away from our usual practise room, find a new space, both literally and metaphorically, and just immerse ourselves in music for fun once again.”


“Basically,” added Hudson, “we wanted to go with our guts and fuck everyone else.”


To facilitate this, at the beginning of 2016 the band completed by guitarist James Brown and new drummer Tommy Davidson, an old friend recruited from Leeds noise rockers These Monsters - decamped from their lock-up rehearsal facility in their native Leeds to a tiny, remote cottage on a dairy farm in the Welsh countryside for ten days.


Pulled Apart By Horses


“When we first got to the cottage we thought ‘There’s nothing to do here!’” said Brown.


“But that was precisely the point. There was no internet, no emails, no-one checking how we were getting on. We were writing for no-one but ourselves. We became like a little family - cooking for one another, building fires, holding late-night karaoke competitions – and completely immersed ourselves in the music.”


“One of the biggest influences in writing this new album was the new line up,” Lee revealed.


“We've known Tommy for many years, and he’s created a whole new level of creative spirit within the band.”


“Tommy has a different style of drumming – he’s a bit more hard-hitting, like a Dave Grohl/John Bonham type – and so that changed the dynamics,” adds Hudson. “He probably felt like he had something to prove, and in terms of creativity and pushing ourselves, his presence really made everyone step up.”


‘The Haze’ was recorded by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys/MIA/Drenge) at his McCall Sound Studio in Sheffield.


“When we were making our previous album, 'Blood', we were referencing a lot of Ross’s work, so it made sense to go straight to the source, and it was great to see him investing so much in the process” Lee explained.


“Ross essentially became a fifth member of the band for a month,” added James Brown.


Pre-order ‘The Haze’ HERE.


Catch Pulled Apart By Horses on the following dates:


Monday 27 March - Oxford, O2 Academy 2

Tuesday 28 March - London, Scala

Wednesday 29 March - Bristol, Thekla

Thursday 30 March - Southampton, Talking Heads

Saturday 1 April - Derby, 2Q Festival

Sunday 2 April - Birmingham, Mama Roux’s

Monday 3 April - Norwich, Waterfront Studio

Wednesday 5 April - Glasgow, King Tuts

Thursday 6 April - Manchester, Sound Control

Friday 7 April - Newcastle, Think Tank

Saturday 8 April - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club 

THE INTERRUPERS announce post-Green Day headline dates Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:57

LA based ska-punk quartet The Interrupters have announced three headline shows following their support slots with Green Day on next month’s arena tour.

“We had a couple of free days after the Green Day tour so we thought, why not add a couple of headline shows,” states frontwoman Aimee Interrupter. “It’s been too long and we are stoked to be coming back to the UK!”



The full run of dates is now:


Sunday February 5 - Leeds, First Direct Arena (with Green Day)
Monday February 6 - Manchester, Arena (with Green Day)
Tuesday February 7 - Kingston, Beggars Banquet, acoustic in-store (6pm)
Wednesday February 8 - London , 02 Arena (with Green Day)
Thursday February 9 - Sheffield, 02 Academy 2 (TICKET LINK)
Friday February 10 - Liverpool, 02 Academy 2 (TICKET LINK)
Saturday February 11 - London, Tufnell Park Dome (TICKET LINK)


ANAAL NATHRAKH head list of final bands confirmed for RITUAL Festival Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:33

The final four bands appearing that this year’s RITUAL Festival, which takes place at Canal Mills in Leeds on Saturday 8 April, have been confirmed.


Ritual Festival sigil

The announcement is headed by ANAAL NATHRAKH and also includes BOSSK, UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION and KUROKUMA.  They join a bill that also features IHSAHN (making an exclusive UK appearance), ALL PIGS MUST DIE, MISERY INDEX and the recently reformed CANVAS.


Bossk bassist Tom Belgey said of his band being added to the Ritual line up:


“Leeds has always been a historic city for our band, lots of our first really good shows were there. We were really impressed with its local scene even back in 2005, and played many shows with Humanfly. To see Canvas playing a show together again will be great, and will bring out lots of old faces from way back when we first played in Leeds.   


“To be part of such a diverse bill is also fantastic, and is a testament to how good the Northern music scene is. This will be our first show of 2017, and our first with copies of the .1/.2 re-release LP.   


“Ihshan released one of the best records of 2016, so really looking forward to seeing some of those tracks live. Also APMD have just finished a record, so hopefully they will be playing new tracks too. Support underground UK festivals like Ritual, they are a great chance to see a varied line up like this, and only exist with fans’ support.”


The final announcement is rounded off with the addition of brutal London based death-metal outfit Unfathomable Ruination and psychedelic sludgers Kurokuma.  


There will be an official Ritual pre-show on the Friday (7 April) at Belgrave Music Hall featuring Bolzer, Fen, The Infernal Sea & Sathamel.   


Tickets, priced at £30 for the main festival and £15 for the pre-show, are available HERE.


Ritual Festival poster

KATAKLYSM to play 25th anniversary London show in October Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:53

Canadian hyperblasters KATAKLYSM are to play a one-off UK show at the O2 Academy in Islington on Tuesday 10 October as part of a European tour to mark their 25th anniversary. They will perform their ‘Shadows & Dust’ and ‘Serenity In Fire’ albums in their entirety.


Tickets go on sale at 2pm on Thursday from HERE.


The band commented:

"It's hard to think that 25 years have already arrived.  It feels like yesterday when we were in high school being teen rebels and we started a band called Kataklysm, hard to believe that through everything this band has been through, we are still standing tall, but when you really think hard a few words can summon it all: Perseverance, strength, belief and honesty, those were and are the key ingredients for Kataklysm success and of course killer anthems who have stood the test of time!

“We have taken this moment to stop and reflect and thought we should celebrate this event, as it doesn't happen often to bands, to still be meaningful to the world and achieve 25 years of career, with this we also noticed that one of our breakthrough albums 'Shadows & Dust' will turn 15 years old in 2017, so what better way to send a big thank you back to our fans by revisiting this classic record and its follow up 'Serenity In Fire', two landmarks in Kataklysm’s on going blistering career?



“We decided to make a special event with select dates and bring this idea to life with a tour called 'A Moment In Time: Shadows & Dust vs. Serenity In Fire' where Kataklysm will play both albums in their entirety, with a brand new stage show reflecting those two records. For this special occasion we have invited our old friends in Graveworm from Italy, who supported us in Europe in the US during the 'Shadows & Dust' and 'Serenity In Fire' campaign era, to open up the festivities.


“We are beyond excited for this event, it will be a onetime thing for the cities we play it, so don't miss it, we will not bring it back, so make sure you come out and party with us celebrating our 25th anniversary!"


Kataklysm tour poster


RAGING SPEEDHORN vocalist FRANK REGAN to sit out SKINDRED tour Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:34

RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced that co-vocalist Frank Regan will not be joining them on their upcoming UK run with Skindred, or their appearance at HRH Metal, as he has been ordered by doctors to rest. Regan’s spot will be filled by RSJ vocalist Dan Cook. The band's two scheduled March shows at The Black Heart in Camden are to be moved to later in the year.



Raging SpeedhornGuitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the announcement:


"Unfortunately, due to doctors ordering immediate rest, our brother Frank Regan won't be with us on our stint with Skindred and the HRH Metal Fest. We will have a stand in to help us out for these shows, but after those dates we will be ceasing all live performances until Frank gets the go ahead from the doctors to return.


"We don't want to go into details, we don't want to go public with anymore information than this. Please respect our privacy in this matter. We feel that continuing any further than these shows without Frank is not an option. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and hope you understand."


The band, who cancelled a handful of dates at the end of 2016, have stressed that they are not splitting up, nor is Regan leaving Raging Speedhorn, and that once he is 100 per cent physically fit and cleared by doctors he will be rejoining the band.


Raging Speedhorn will appear on the following dates with Skindred:


Tuesday 31 January – Brighton, Concorde 2

Thursday 2 February – Derby, The Venue

Friday 3 February – Edinburgh, Liquid Room

Saturday 4 February – Inverness, Ironworks

Sunday 5 February – Carlisle, Brickyard

Tuesday 7 February – Liverpool, O2 Academy

Wednesday 8 February – York, Fibbers

Thursday 9 February – Holmfirth, Picturedrome

CROWBAR announce March tour dates Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2017 12:15

New Orleans sludge metallers CROWBAR have announced up a ten date UK and Ireland tour for March.




“The UK has always been great to us, and it's been too long... Get ready, Crowbar is bringing the HEAVY!!!” states frontman Kirk Windstein.


Dates are:


Thursday16 March – Birmingham, Institute 2

Friday 17 March – Sheffield, The Plug

Saturday 18 March – Glasgow, King Tuts

Sunday 19 March – Manchester, Academy 3

Monday 20 March – London, Tufnell Park Dome

Tuesday 21 March – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge

Wednesday 22 March – Belfast, Limelight 2

Thursday 23 March -  Reading, Sub 89

Friday 24 March – Southampton, Engine Rooms

Saturday 25 March – Bristol, Bierkeller


Crowbar released their 11th studio album, ‘The Serpent Only Lies’, on Steamhammer/SPV last October.


TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD to support BONAFIDE on March tour Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2017 10:55

TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD have replaced the now defunct Chase The Ace as special guests on BONAFIDE’s upcoming March tour dates.


Tequila Mockingbyrd
“It’s a shame about Chase The Ace,” said Bonafide frontman Pontus Snibb. “But I’ve heard lots about this kick-ass, Australian three-piece. We’re so happy to have them along with us, and this is gonna make for a great night of rock n roll that you won’t wanna miss.”
“We can’t wait to hit the road with Sweden’s finest this March,” added Tequila Mockingbyrd drummer Josie O’Toole. “The UK has welcomed us with open arms since we arrived from Oz last September. We’re really looking forward to getting back out there to see everyone again. Bring it on!”

Tour dates are as follows:


Sunday 5 March: O2 ABC2, Glasgow
Monday 6 March: O2 ABC2, Liverpool
Tuesday 7 March: O2 Academy2, Sheffield
Wednesday 8 March: The Tivoli, Buckley
Thursday 9 March: Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival, Pwllheli
Friday 10 March: Fibbers, York
Saturday 11 March: Yardbirds, Grimsby
Sunday 12 March: O2 Academy2, Birmingham
Monday 13 March: O2 Academy2, London
Tuesday 14 March: O2 Academy2, Oxford
Wednesday 15 March: Rebellion, Manchester
Thursday 16 March: The Waterfront, Norwich
Friday 17 March: Think Tank, Newcastle
Sunday 18 March: Bannerman’s, Edinburgh


Support on all dates comes from Killer Bees.

Tequila Mockingbyrd were formed in Melbourne in 2012, and released their debut album, ‘Fight And Flight’, in Australia and New Zealand at the end of 2015.  After relocating to the UK in September last year, the album will now get an international release via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.


Bonafide’s latest album, ‘Flames’, will be released by OYR on 24 March.


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