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ALICE COOPER set to star in Bigfoot movie for Syfy Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:27

Syfy's newest creature feature is amassing yet another pop-culture cauldron of familiar names.


The network's upcoming Bigfoot - which already stars the previously announced power team of Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) - is adding the following actors: Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Andre Royo (The Wire), and rock legend Alice Cooper (School's Out). Bruce Davidson is directing.


When Bigfoot is discovered in South Dakota, two life-long rivals (Williams and Bonaduce) battle to capture the creature - one to exploit it and one to save it.


The movie will debut later this year


ALL TIME LOW frontman too ill to write his own name or play a record Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:24

All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth's "upper respiratory cold/infection/thing" has forced the cancellation of a DJ set and signing appearance from the band while on tour in the UK.


The group has no plans to cancel any shows, and Gaskarth will be on vocal rest for the time being.


"I wanted to make the first official announcement regarding a few cancellations per my faulty voice pipes," Gaskarth said in sign language. "As some of you may know, I've been struggling with an upper respiratory cold/infection/thing for the past week, and last night in Southampton it finally took its toll. We ended up cutting a handful of songs, but managed to get through the end of the set with a lot of help from the audience."


"Regardless, I am now on major voice rest because I absolutely refuse to cancel these last shows."


"With that in mind, I won't be DJing FaceDown @ Scala tonight, and we will be cancelling our signing tomorrow at Banquet Records."


"I'm really sorry that we won't be able to make it out to the extra events, but the shows matter most, and I want to be as healthy as possible for both."


"Thanks to everyone for being understanding! Being a human sucks sometimes... I need robot pipes like Ke-Dollarsign-Ha."


His ability to joke at the end of the statement given that he is too ill to even play a record or write his own name gives us all hope for a better future on Planet Earth.


MOTLEY CRUE and GUNS N' ROSES among host of big hitters confirmed for HELLFEST Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:19

French festival Hellfest finalised its 2012 line-up today and, well, the additions weren't too shabby.


Joining a bill that already includes the likes of Black Sabbath, Machine Head, Trivium, Lamb of God and King Diamond are....



Phew! Click that banner to your right for more details and to buy tickets!


KISS in talks with Angry Birds creators over latest attempt to fully kill their legacy Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:14

Gene $immons has revealed that Kiss are in talks with the people behind the hugely popular computer game/app Angry Birds, in regards to starring in their own spin-off.


Simmons told Industry Gamers that he was confident that the mooted-project "will become a deal" also claiming that the rockers were in discussions with Sony Games.


"We're talking with Sony Games now," he said. "We are really trying to take it in areas that haven't been done before and have stayed out of the marketplace because the ideas simply weren't exciting enough. So while the gaming world is waiting for the Kiss games that are going to explode, we're busy taking the brand to places where no brand has gone before."


Kiss fans are indeed waiting for the Kiss games that are going to explode after the Psycho Circus PC and Dreamcast spin-off The Nightmare Child proved as popular as Gene Simmons' Tongue Magazine.


Shit, were we supposed to have forgotten about that game, Gene?


SEPULTURA and ICED EARTH confirm exclusive UK shows at BLOODSTOCK Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:12

Metal titans ICED EARTH and thrash icons SEPULTURA are the latest additions to BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012


They join an already stellar line up that includes headline sets from ALICE COOPER and BEHEMOTH, as well as exclusive appearances from WATAIN, special guests DIMMU BORGIR, HATEBREED, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER & many more.


BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 takes place at Catton Hall August 9th - 12th.


HORNET want you to get buzzing about another exclusive London show Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 19:19
HornetLondon based independent record label SED Records UK return once again with their free-entry rock nights at Soho's top rock venue, The Intrepid Fox, in full force on Thursday 23rd February 2012 to showcase the UK's best up and coming young rock bands. If you have previously been to an SED Records night you will know how fantastic the nights have been with hot young talent from all over the UK rocking the joint. There is a stellar line-up with three great bands. Headlining the night is SED Records signed hard rock outfit Hornet. All About The Rock said "Hornet are like are a shot in the arm - an injection that you're going to want on a regular basis" and as always main support comes in five-star rating this time from London's finest glam rock band Damn Dice and the Bournemouth based Western Sand who kick ass 70's style.


Headliners Hornet are currently taking the music industry by storm and are causing a huge stir in the rock 'n' roll honey pot! who reviewed the young upstarts at their last show said "These boys are something special and there's just no stopping the buzz getting louder" and with London's Big In The Game Magazine recently saying; "In their time The Sex Pistols had revolutionised the music industry in a way never seen before. It is my belief that Hornet will do the same, all that's left is to see their influence spread. Need I say any more?" You know the Hornet boys are on to something big!


Glasswerk said; "It's Like witnessing Nirvana, The Sex Pistols and Black Flag and the crowd here is lucky enough to catch the band in intimate surroundings, clearly aware that they are witnessing something very special indeed. 'Outta Control', 'Second Hand Smoke' and 'Rock n Roll Riot' already sound like classics. The bands rise to superstardom depends on one thing - whether a major label has big enough balls to take on this rock leviathan."


Main support comes from Damn Dice, who are an emerging new band from London who are fully equipped with a high energy, powerful and hard rock sound injected with an exciting stage presence that matches their glamorous image of four, long haired, sexy glam rockers who are dressed to kill. At the end of 2011 Damn Dice managed to scoop the main support slot with the legendary L.A Guns and supported them on a 17 day tour across the United Kingdom and Europe. Damn Dice focus on the lighter side of life, such as sex, partying and having a wild time and with no room for negativity Damn Dice perceive rock music as an expression of positive energy and these lads boldly sing "Life is a gamble. We play to win. Roll the damn dice, never lose" so whether you're into gambling or not I can guarantee that Damn Dice are a safe bet and will blast The Intrepid Fox away!


Opening the evening are the talented Western Sand, who are an exciting, no bullshit, balls-out-of-the-bath, four piece southern hard rock revival group hailing from, Bournemouth, Dorset. With high ambitions the guys from Western Sand intend on putting rock 'n' roll back on the map and after forming in 2008 Western Sand are becoming Dorset's most exciting new rock band, earning a strong reputation after performing countless shows around Bournemouth and Southampton. Relentless gigging has landed the band headline shows at The Joiners as well as supporting The Treatment, Jettblack, Voodoo Six and Heaven's Basement. So if you don't mind getting sand between your toes then make sure you catch these guys live in the city because they might just cause a sand storm...


The last two SED Records shows had rockers crammed into the venue like battery hens so make sure you get down to the venue early enough to avoid disappointment of not being able to get in! Doors will be opening at 8pm so make sure you get down to The Intrepid Fox in Soho on Thursday 23rd February 2012 it's an evening not to be missed!


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COCK SPARRER, UK SUBS, LAST RESORT and DEADLINE all announce tour dates Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:44

Captain Oi! Records have announced the following upcoming tour dates for their roster of top quality acts.  Rebellion Festival is already etched in the Uber Rock gig calendar as a definite highlight of the summer, but what's this special Sparrer shaped treat under the Uber Rock Christmas tree? Talk about wishing our lives away eh!



March 23rd - The Warfield, San Francisco, USA (with Rancid)
March 24th - The Warfield, San Francisco, USA (with Rancid)

April 28th - Bologna, Italy
June 16th - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
July 21st - Back On The Streets Fest, Germany
September 1st - Spirit Festival, Germany

December 8th - Rebellion Xmas Bash, Birmingham UK



10: La Clef, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
11: Little Devil, Tilburg (afternoon show - Subs on 16:30 and finish by 17:30), Netherlands
12: Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe, Germany
14: Stone, Düsseldorf, Germany
15: AU, Frankfurt, Germany 
16: MUSA, Göttingen, Germany 
17: Lido, Berlin, Germany
18: Glad-House, Cottbus, Germany
19: Klub Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
21: Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
22: Arena, Vienna, Austria
23: Barrák, Ostrava, Czech Republic
24: M-Klub, Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic
25: Randal Club, Staré Mesto-Old Town, Bratislava, Slovakia
26: FBC Club, Martin, Slovakia
28: Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia



13th - 15 April - Berlin, Germany



2nd - 5th August - Blackpool, UK



8th December - Birmingham UK



05.04. Weinheim - Café Central (Germany)  

06.04. Rotterdam - De Baroeg (Netherlands)  

07.04. Magdeburg - Factory (Germany)  

08.04. Cottbus - Gladhaus (Germany)  

09.04. Dresden - Chemiefabrik (Germany)  

10.04. Bad Hersfeld - Jugendhaus (Germany)  

20.07. Loreley - Back On The Streets Festival (Germany)



14.04. Milan - Ligera (Italy)

20.07. Loreley - Back On The Streets Festival (Germany)



THE LOST SOULS CLUB & PATCHWORK GRACE complete Pure Rawk Awards line up Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:30

Dark, devious and devilish sounds complete the line up for the Pure Rawk Awards 2012 - the fan-voted awards championing the new, independent and the alternative. The Lost Souls Club (Southampton) and Patchwork Grace (Nottingham) will play the show along with headliners Obsessive Compulsive plus supports The James Warner Prophecies and Jonny Cola and the A Grades.


Traditionally for the Awards every year, Pure Rawk features an acoustic slot usually filled by a band who by trade dabble in the raw, wild and electric side of music - this year Patchwork Grace will be providing a stripped down version of their material.


Pure Rawk Editor Nix comments "We wanted to have a line up that represents bands across the country, not just London. This will be the 5th Awards we have held and the growth of them seems to have snowballed into a monster that is starting to be recognised nationally. The results are purely the outcome of music fans voting for their favourite new, unsigned or underground acts and we're so pleased with the quality of entries that have come in. We're just looking forward to seeing it all come together, who wins and who ends up under the table first".


Tickets for the Awards were offered for free for the first time due to the commitment of major sponsorship and they were snapped up within a week by punters forcing Pure Rawk to create a waiting list for any returned tickets. The 2012 Awards will be the 3rd year running that the event has 'sold out'. The shortlist voting is still open at until Monday 27th February.



BONDED BY BLOOD recording with Logan Mader Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:26

California's BONDED BY BLOOD are due to enter the studio this weekend to begin recording their as-yet untitled new album.


The follow up to 2010's EXILED TO EARTH is being recorded with producer and former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist LOGAN MADER (DEVILDRIVER, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) at Silver Sound and Mt. Olympus Studios in Los Angeles.  It will be the band's first album to feature vocalist MAURO GONZALEZ and bassist JESSIE SANCHEZ.


"We can't wait for everybody to hear what the new album has in store.  It's definitely more diverse and we all had a blast writing it," states guitarist JUAN JUAREZ. "It'll be the first record with Mauro and Jessie, who have been great additions to the line-up, and the four of us really connected well during the writing and rehearsing of this album.  The playing on this album will be top-notch.  We're glad to be recording in Los Angeles, and excited to work with Logan.  We can't wait to get started and we hope everybody enjoys it as much as we do - watch for video updates from the studio!  YEAH!"


BONDED BY BLOOD's first two albums, FEED THE BEAST and EXILED TO EARTH, are available now on CD and LP in North America at and in Europe at


The albums are also available on iTunes at


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LOU REED to play songs from 'Lulu' on Summer European tour Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:44

Lou Reed is set to play songs from last year's controversial 'Lulu' album on his forthcoming European tour.


The former frontman of The Velvet Underground will embark on the 'From VU to LULU' European tour in the summer. The trek will start in Luxembourg on June 5th and take in several festivals, including Switzerland's Caribana, France's Montereau, Berlin's Citadel and Slovakia's Pohoda. The tour will also hit Belgium, Germany, France, Holland and Denmark.


Lou Reed's band will consist of Tony "Thunder" Smith (drums), Rob Wasserman (bass), Kevin Hearn (keyboards) and Aram Bajakian (guitar).


Lou and band will perform material from Reed's entire career, ranging from The Velvet Underground to his recent collaboration with Metallica which split fans into two camps; haters and simply dislikers....



- Luxembourg - Rockhal (June 6)
- Nyon, Switzerland - Caribana Festival (June 8)
- France - Montereau Festival (June 9)
- Paris - Olympia (June 11)  
- Lille, France - L'Aeronef (June 12)  
- Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall (June 14)
- Brussels - Ancienne Belgique (June 15)  
- Copenhagen - Falconer Salen (June 18)
- Berlin - Citadel Music Festival (June 20)  
- Mainz, Germany - Zollhafen/Nordmole (June 23)  
- Clermont Ferrand, France - Cooperative de Mai (June 25)
- Bordeaux, France - Fete le Vin (June 26)  
- Bonn, Germany - Kunst!Rasen (June 29)  
- Dresden - Filmnächte am Elbufer (June 30)
- Munich - Tollwood Festival, Olympic Park (July 1)  
- Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival (July 5)



KREATOR reveal details of new album and exclusive single Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:42

German thrash titans KREATOR have revealed the title of the band's upcoming album.


'Phantom Antichrist' is currently being produced at the famous Fascination Street Studio with renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH) in Örebro, Sweden.


'Phantom Antichrist' marks the band's debut for Nuclear Blast and is set to be released June 1st 2012 (Europe), June 5 2012 (North America)!


Furthermore, KREATOR will also release an exclusive 7" single of the title song on April 20 2012. The collector's item will be available in coloured red vinyl (limited to 250 pieces) as well as in clear vinyl (limited to 250 pieces, exclusively available from Nuclear Blast.


FIREWIND announce new North American deal Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:40

Greek melodic metal act Firewind, featuring acclaimed guitarist Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), are excited to announce a new distribution deal for North America.


Joining forces with DisManic, Inc via eOne Distribution, Firewind's hotly anticipated new album 'Few Against Many' will be the first release of this partnership, due May 22nd.


Band driving force Gus G commented "I'm very excited about this new partnership! While we've been around for some time, North American territory is relatively new ground for us. And since the music industry is changing drastically these days, we felt we should be more in control on our new release. We are fortunate to have a great team behind us for our N. American release, including Thomas Ziegler of DisManic, Inc./ eOne Distribution and together with our management I'm confident that we will reach the next level."


DRAGONFORCE set to release fifth studio album in April Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:38

DRAGONFORCE have revealed details of their forthcoming new album. Entitled 'The Power Within', the ten track release is the band's fifth studio album, and first with new singer Marc Hudson in the fold.


DragonForce guitarist Herman Li said,


"The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album. This time around we've really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we've ever recorded to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DragonForce album yet."


'The Power Within' will be released in the UK on April 15th via the band's own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music.


RANCID set to begin work on long-awaited new album with Brett Gurewitz Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:34

Rancid's Tim Armstrong has revealed that the band are set to enter the studio in "the next couple of months" to begin work on the follow up to 2009's 'Let the Dominoes Fall'.


Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion will be at the controls.


Armstrong also stated that, although busy with his musical theatre project and a collaboration with legendary reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, he also plans to work on new Transplants material.


Rancid play the UK's Rebellion festival this Summer.


Aaron Eckhart to play DENNIS WILSON in forthcoming biopic, THE DRUMMER Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:09

Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking and the shit remake of The Wicker Man) will play Dennis Wilson in a forthcoming movie.


Director Randal Miller and screenwriter Jody Savin are behind the biopic of the troubled Beach Boys member which is expected to start shooting in June. Titled The Drummer, the film will centre on Wilson's six-year love affair with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. McVie is to be played by Acadamy Award nominated actress Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air, Orphan).


The story of Dennis Wilson seems ripe for the biopic treatment. The rock star, afflicted by drink and drug problems and a dubious connection to the so-called Manson Family, drowned in Marina del Ray in 1983.



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