January News Updates
ALBUM NEWS: Inglorious to release second album in May Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:25

Inglorious will release their second album – aptly titled ‘Inglorious II’ – via Frontiers Records on 12 May.


Inglorious 2017


Singer Nathan James said of the album:


"It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time possible. Between Adde [Eriksson]'s flat in Malmö, Sweden and [bassist] Colin [Parkinson]'s family home in Somerset, England, this album came together quickly. We spent three weekends in Somerset, writing in a kind of 9-5 fashion, whereby we knew we were at work. Then, after a lovely home cooked dinner, we would relax, have a few beers and balance out our hard work. The environment is so important to be creative and we had it good!"


The band have also announced that original guitarist Drew Lowe has rejoined on a permanent basis, following the departure of Wil Lewis, who let when the new album had just been completed.


Inglorious headline the Planet Rock Winter’s End festival in Poole on 25 February and also appear at the Steelhouse Festival in Ebbw Vale on 28/29 July and the Weyfest Festival in Tilford on 19 August.


GIG NEWS: Opeth to play Belfast and Dublin in November Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:54

Opeth Belfast 2017 posterSwedish prog metallers Opeth have announced two dates on the island of Ireland for November.


They are:


Friday 17 November – Belfast, Limelight 1


Saturday 18 November – Dublin, Academy


Support will come from Enslaved.


Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am this Friday (3 February) via Ticketmaster and all other usual outlets.


Opeth have also just released a video for ‘Era’, taken from their current album, ‘Sorceress’.




FESTIVAL NEWS: Monster Truck added to Steelhouse line up Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:32

Canadian hard rockers Monster Truck have been added to the bill for this year’s Steelhouse Festival, which takes place at Hafod-y-Dafal, just outside Ebbw Vale in south Wales, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.


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 Steve Kiely of Monster Truck at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo © The Dark Queen/Uber Rock


Promoter Max Rhead said: “Monster Truck are by far and away the most requested band we’ve booked this year. I think their incredible mainstage performance at Download last year has seen their popularity grow massively. We’re looking forward to welcoming these ‘proper rockers’ to our mountaintop.”


They join a bill that already features Skindred and Saxon, who will be bringing their full Eagle stage show to Steelhouse, as well as Last In Line, Inglorious, Steve Harris British Lion, King King, Jared James Nichols, Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Florence Black.


Tickets are available HERE.



TOUR NEWS: W.A.S.P. announce ‘The Crimson Idol’ 25th anniversary tour dates Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:38

W.A.S.P. have announced a full UK and Ireland tour to mark the 25th anniversary of the band’s iconic concept album, ‘The Crimson Idol’.


WASP Re-Idolized artwork


The ‘Re-Idolized’ tour will see the band perform the album – plus three songs intended for the original 1992 recording but ultimately omitted – in its entirety.  The second half of the set is being billed as a “collection of greatest hits”.


Blackie Lawless has also revealed that the band will release a re-recorded version of the album, along with a 50 minute DVD of the story, later this year.


Tour dates are as follows:


Thursday 12 October – Hastings, White Rock Theatre

Friday 13 October – Nottingham, Rock City

Saturday 14 October – Leeds, O2 Academy

Sunday 15 October – Newcastle, O2 Academy

Monday 16 October – Glasgow, O2 ABC

Wednesday 18 October – Belfast, Limelight 1

Thursday 19 October – Dublin, Academy

Friday 20 October – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

Saturday 21 October – Manchester, O2 Ritz

Sunday 22 October – Buckley, Tivoli

Tuesday 24 October – Cardiff, Tramshed

Wednesday 25 October – Bristol, O2 Academy

Thursday 26 October – Norwich, UEA

Friday 27 October – London, O2 Forum


Tickets for all dates are on sale now from all usual outlets.



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


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