Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ramblin' Man Fair 2018 - First Line-Up Announcement


Spirit Of Rock Presents
Ramblin’ Man Fair
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK
30th June & 1st July 2018

Announces First Bands For 2018

Steve Earle & The Dukes UK Exclusive Set

Halestorm UK Festival Exclusive

Blackberry Smoke UK Festival Exclusive

Sons Of Apollo UK Festival Exclusive


Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful third year in 2017, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2018! This year the festival will move from its traditional end of July slot to the 30th June and 1st July 2018
Ramblin’ Man Fair is pleased to announce the first bands confirmed for the event in 2018.

These include Steve Earle & The Dukes – Playing a UK Exclusive set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’ (Outlaw Country Stage, Headliner), Halestorm (Main Stage, Special Guests), Blackberry Smoke (Main Stage) and Sons Of Apollo (Main Stage).

Ramblin’ Man Fair is the must see event for discerning festival goers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances. The event is a unique experience fast becoming a staple of the UK festival calendar.

The festival will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

Ramblin’ Man Fair will take place on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018.

Announced acts to date are:
Main Stage
Halestorm (Special Guest)
Blackberry Smoke
Sons Of Apollo

Country Stage
Steve Earle & The Dukes (Headliner)
(UK Exclusive Set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’)

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES 
(Outlaw Country Stage, Headline / UK Exclusive) – With a career spanning over 40 years, Steve Earle is revered as a consummate songwriter and performer, in addition to film and TV actor, author, poet and playwright. He has also established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of his lifetime, his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris. Since 1974 Steve Earle has released 16 studio albums. In 2018 he will be playing a UK Exclusive set of his iconic album ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits’ at Ramblin’ Man Fair.

HALESTORM 
(Main Stage, Special Guest / UK Festival Exclusive) – One of the most exciting rock bands of recent years, fronted by the indomitable Lzzy Hale. The band have released a series of critically and commercially acclaimed albums and singles, including the Grammy winning single “Love Bites (So Do I)” in 2013. The band are also renowned for their consummate live shows. Halestorm are a worthwhile special guest for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2018. “Marking the precise point on the Venn diagram where fierce ambition and ability collide, Halestorm are heading in one direction, and that's up” – Classic Rock Magazine. 

“We are so excited to be performing at the Ramblin Man Fair for the first time! We love playing for our fans in the UK and look forward to making some new friends too. We are ready to melt faces!!" – Lzzy Hale, Halestorm

BLACKBERRY SMOKE 
(Main Stage / UK Festival Exclusive) – One of the most loved new rock acts. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia the bands southern country rock sound has seen them win a legion of fans worldwide. The band’s fifth studio album, “Like An Arrow”, released in 2016 went to No1 in the UK Rock and Independent Charts, as well as the Billboard Country Chart in the USA. The band are renowned for their live shows and have toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top.

“We can’t wait to bring some Southern music to the Ramblin Man Fair......it’s refreshing to play festivals with such diverse lineups.” – Charlie Starr, Blackberry Smoke

SONS OF APOLLO 
(Main Stage / UK Festival Exclusive) – Sons of Apollo is the American progressive metalsupergroup formed in 2017 and composed of legends Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. The band’s debut album, “Psychotic Symphony”, was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian (as "The Del Fuvio Brothers") and was released on the 20thOctober 2017 through InsideOut Music. Ramblin’ Man Fair is delighted to welcome these legends to the mainstage in what is sure to be one of the weekends highlights.

Tickets are available now priced as below:
VIP Admission Saturday & Sunday - £256 plus booking fee
General Admission Saturday & Sunday - £156 plus booking fee
Camping Starts at £49

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EPICA announce supports for their 'The United Principle' 2018 UK Tour!


Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA are proud to announce the supports for their upcoming ‘The United Principle’ 2018 UK tour: Danish metal sensation MYRKUR and US progressive metallers OCEANS OF SLUMBER!

Tour dates:
06.04.18 Rock City – Nottingham
07.04.18 02 ABC 1 – Glasgow
08.04.18 O2 Academy – Bristol
10.04.18 Tivoli – Dublin
12.04.18 O2 Ritz – Manchester
13.04.18 O2 Forum - London

Tickets and VIP upgrades are available here: www.epica.nl/tour

EPICA recently released their brand new live video for ‘Consign To Oblivion’, which was captured during the band’s sold out show at the Zénith in Parislast February where the band closed their most successful European tour to date together with an excited legion of 5,000 fans! 

The video was captured and edited by Panda Productions. 
Check out this stunning video, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkqyyUTCMUQ

EPICA celebrates 1000th show anniversary at 013 Tilburg!

On Saturday 14th April 2018 – just after their UK tour - the symphonic metal icons, along with support from Myrkur and Oceans Of Slumber, will celebrate their 1000th show anniversary at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After their recent sold out shows in the Netherlands, EPICA is more than proud to announce that they will perform this mile-stone event at the legendary 013 venue, the exact same venue where it all started for the band 16 years ago!

Vocalist Simone Simons stated: "Back in 2002, we could have never imagined that one day we'd be playing our 1,000th live show! This couldn't have happened without the support of our dearest and most loyal EPICA legion, so in order to make this an unforgettable night, we've invited some very cool guests to perform with us!"

Guitarist Mark Jansen added: "I remember our very first show at 013, Tilburg as if it was yesterday. Back then we were supporting ANATHEMA, but now 16 years later, we'll have the honour to be celebrating our 1,000th show at the same venue as headliners. We could have never achieved this without the support of our loyal fans, so we definitely wanted to make this an amazing night to celebrate all together with also some very cool special guests! We hope to see you all in Tilburg!"

EPICA’s latest EP – ‘The Solace System’ was released September 1st via Nuclear Blast – purchase links below:

Limited Edition Digipack CD: http://bit.ly/2zPeREY
Limited Edition NB Anniversary Green Vinyl: http://bit.ly/2zPOaQG
Limited Edition Black Vinyl: http://amzn.to/2j3iL5p
Order ‘The Solace System’ digitally: http://apple.co/2A80DSE

More info:

Saturday, 18 November 2017

IN FLAMES drop surprise covers EP ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ today & kick off UK/EU tour!


Gothenburg-based metal heavyweights IN FLAMES surprise fans with a four-track covers EP ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ out today on streaming platforms worldwide! The band shared the news during their SOLD OUT hometown show at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Get your download here:

To debut their cover of DEPECHE MODE’s 1997 hit single 'It’s No Good', IN FLAMES are taking over DEPECHE MODE’s Facebook page today starting at 12:00 GMT, releasing exclusive content and a new video for the song - 
watch it here: 

The panoptic covers collection also includes IN FLAMES' versions of ALICE IN CHAINS’ 'Down In A Hole,' CHRIS ISAAK’s 'Wicked Game,' and a live bonus version of NINE INCH NAILS' 'Hurt'. It sees the Swedish quintet expanding beyond metal to incorporate the group’s varied musical taste and expansive sonic range.

“We’ve been fans of DEPECHE MODE since we were as young as 10. Getting to do our rendition of ‘It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song – it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to Pop, Synths or Rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.”

Earlier this week, the Swedish icons IN FLAMES kicked off their co-headline arena tour with American heavyweights, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and special guests OF MICE & MEN in Helsinki. The trek will ravage arenas across Europe and the UK, stopping in most major cities, finally concluding on December 21st at the iconic Wembley Arena in London, UK.

Watch an exclusive clip from the Helinski show here:

Complete tour dates:
17.11. Stockholm - Stockholm Globe (IN FLAMES headline show) *sold out* (S)
18.11. Oslo - Spektrum (IN FLAMES headline show) *sold out* (N)
20.11. Copenhagen - Royal Arena (DK)
21.11. Hamburg – Sporthalle (DE)
22.11. Berlin – Velodrom (DE)
24.11. Oberhausen - KP Arena (DE)
26.11. Prague - Forum Karlin *sold out* (CZ)
28.11. Zurich – Hallenstadion (CH)
29.11. Munich – Olympiahalle (DE)
30.11. Padova - Geox Theatre (I)
02.12. Stuttgart - HMH Schleyerhalle (DE)
04.12. Paris - Olympia *sold out* (FR)
05.12. Luxembourg – Rockhal (LUX)
06.12. Frankfurt – Festhalle (DE)
08.12. Vienna – Stadthalle (AT)
11.12. Madrid - Wizink Centre (ES)
12.12. Barcelona - Sant Jordi Club (ES)
14.12. Antwerp – Lotto (BE)
15.12. Amsterdam - Afas Live (NL)
17.12. Birmingham – BCA (UK)
18.12. Glasgow – Hydro (UK)
20.12. Leeds - Leeds Arena (UK)
21.12. London - Wembley Arena (UK)

Tickets are available from here: www.inflames.com
For exclusive VIP offerings, go to http://inflames.seetickets.com/tour/in-flames

In case you missed the official video clips, you can still watch them here:

Since forming in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990, IN FLAMES have had seven albums debut in the top ten in Sweden, including two #1 debuts. They have toured the globe countless times, performing alongside some of today’s biggest rock and metal acts, including METALLICA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED and IRON MAIDEN, and have held several mainstage and headline spots at various music festivals around the world, including Ozzfest, Download Festival, Graspop, Taste of Chaos, Hellfest, Rock Am Ring / Im Park and many more.

The band’s 2016 album, ‘Battles’ - recorded by multi Grammy-nominated producer, Howard Benson - debuted in multiple Top 10’s around the world.

More info:

Friday, 17 November 2017

AT THE GATES begin new album recordings; announce more live shows for 2018



Swedish melodic Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES have begun recordings of their upcoming studio album with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, The Haunted, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) at Parlour Studios in the UK, which follows up 2014’s acclaimed comeback release “At War With Reality”. The band has checked in with the following comment:

"We are finally hitting the studio and are super excited about this! The songs have been worked on in such detail for the last 7 months and we can´t wait to put them down to tape. Russ Russell was actually the runner up for mixing “At War With Reality”, and we really wanted to work with him on this one. He has what we are looking for when it comes to sheer loud, blunt heaviness. This is going to be a darker, richer and more raging album than the last one. It has so much more real ATG emotions on display, and I would say, it has the same approach lyrically as the feeling of “The Red In The Sky Is Ours”. More of a RED album, than a BLUE one. Can´t wait for people to hear it!" -- Tomas / AT THE GATES – Gothenburg, November 2017

Check out a first video report from the studio, featuring AT THE GATES drummer Adrian Erlandsson doing a drum set-up run-down for the recordings: 

AT THE GATES have also announced their next live shows for 2018 as follows:

AT THE GATES – Live 2018:
04.03.2018 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Netherlands Deathfest
31.03.2017 Philadelphia (USA) – Decibel Metal & beer Fest
21.06.2018 Halden (Norway) – Tons Of Rock Festival
13.-15.07.2018 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Fest
27.-28.07.2018 Essen (Germany) – Nord Open Air
08.-11.08.2018 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival
More dates to be announced soon…

Further updates on the upcoming album will be following soon…

AT THE GATES line-up:
(From left to right on photo)
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar

AT THE GATES online:

Europe - Announce 2018 UK Headline Tour

IN SUPPORT OF THE RELEASE OF THEIR
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 11TH STUDIO ALBUM
“WALK THE EARTH”

Europe are pleased to announce they will embark on a headline UK Tour next September 2018 featuring special guests King King. The shows will feature songs from the new album “Walk The Earth” as well as all the hits.

The tour will kick off at Manchester Academy on Friday September 14th 2018 and will continue right across the UK – hitting venues in Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Brighton and also London’s iconic venue, The Royal Albert Hall.

Earlier this year Europe released their 11th studio album ‘Walk the Earth’ and if Europe’s 2015 album “War Of Kings” was the album that made the rock world realise what a formidable act Europe had become, then “Walk The Earth” is the album that is set to establish the band as one of the most exciting contemporary rock acts of current times.

From the anthemic sound of the opening track “Walk The Earth” – to the heavy vibe that is “Haze”, from the instant melody of “Election Day” to the lyrical content of “Kingdom United”, “Walk The Earth” is the album that should see Europe rightly acclaimed as a band at the height of their powers. The wonderful melodies and depth of Joey Tempest’s vocals along with a powerhouse rhythm section and the guitar playing of John Norum, one of the great underrated guitarists. Norum’s guitar playing shines across the record. This is an album that is big in its scope and sound. Much like previous album “War Of Kings”, “Walk The Earth” is an album that has instant appeal but is also an album that needs to be lived with, in order to uncover it’s depth. The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).

Late 2016 saw Europe perform a series of “The Final Countdown Anniversary Shows” across Europe – culminating in a show at The Roundhouse in London. The show has been immortalised in a July 2017 DVD release “The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse”.

Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s last album, 2015’s War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top rock bands in the world.

Since forming in 1979 Europe have sold over 25 million albums, toured across the world and become one of the greats of modern rock music. The band’s all-conquering “The Final Countdown” album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No 1 in 25 countries. Europe are currently touring arenas across the UK, appearing as special guests on the Deep Purple Tour.

SHOW DATES - September 2018
Fri 14 Manchester Academy
Sat 15 Glasgow Barrowlands
Mon 17 Newcastle O2 Academy
Tue 18 Nottingham Rock City 
Wed 19 Birmingham O2 Institute
Fri 21 Cardiff St David’s Hall
Sat 22 Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Sun 23 London Royal Albert Hall
Mon 24 Brighton Dome

Tickets go on sale next Friday 24th November at 9am – available at AXS.COM

“Walk The Earth” is released through Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music) on 20th October 2017.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Iron Maiden announce Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018


Following the massively successful global tour of 2016-17 in support of their sixteenth studio album The Book Of Souls IRON MAIDEN will take to the road again in 2018 with a series of arena and festival shows in Europe on the Legacy Of The Beast World Tour opening in Tallinn, Estonia on May 26 and finishing at the O2 Arena, London on August 10.

The UK dates are: 
JULY
31st METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE

AUGUST
2nd SSE ARENA, BELFAST
4th EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABERDEEN
6th MANCHESTER ARENA, MANCHESTER
7th GENTING ARENA, BIRMINGHAM
10th O2 ARENA, LONDON

The full European tour schedule can be found on ironmaiden.com and the tour is expected to continue in 2019.

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.”

Killswitch Engage [killswitchengage.com] will be Maiden’s Special Guest on headline European shows from May 26 to July 1 inclusive, and in the UK from July 31 to Aug 10 inclusive. Guests on other shows are currently being finalised and will be announced soon.

Most shows go on sale Friday 24th November, please check IronMaiden.com for full details. As always, there will be an exclusive presale for Fan Club members, starting Monday 20th.

Atrocity “Masters of Darkness” EP Review


When a band decides to stretch its musical legs, it’s usually met with distain with an almost immediate effect. Yet, years can go by and those artists that laid the path can be revered as pioneers or they can simply be left to rot in the forgotten in a pile of avant-garde musical projects.

Ok, so that may sound a little vague so here’s another question. How many German Metal bands can you name off the top of your head? Who will you come up with? The obvious answers will include Scorpions, Rammstein, Accept or if you like the thrasher options you might go Kreator, Sodom or Destruction. 

Yet, do you know of Atrocity? No, well my friend you’ve missed out on what could possibly be one of the most pioneering of all the German metal bands. 

How so? Well they’ve hung around since 1985, and their founding member Alexander Krull has done a lot and I mean a lot for the German Metal scene. Essentially, he helped kick start so much of the German underground scene into existence. 

Atrocity also pieced together the Gothic and Industrial music into the world of Metal, of course bands in particular like Cradle of Filth and Rammstein have used to great advantage over the years.

Anyway, I digress. Atrocity is for the most part a Death Metal band. That is after all where the story began all those years ago. In 2013, Atrocity returned to their roots with the fantastically heavy “Okkult”, and will soon bring forth unto the world, “Okkult” Part 2. Yet that’s not the reason for this review, Alex and co felt it necessary to wet our appetite with an EP lovingly entitled “Masters of Darkness”. 

So with only 4 tracks it’s not exactly going to be taking too long to rattle through. However, if you absolutely want an all out metal assault then “Masters of Darkness” is definitely a great EP to pick up, and works especially well as a perfect introduction to Atrocity. 

Taking this EP as a prelude to next year’s “Okkult 2” album, “Masters of Darkness” hits you straight out of the gate with the title track, and it blasts in with relentless Death Metal. 

Rapid fire drumming and aggressively intense riffs lay down what’s to come for the rest of the EP with Alex putting down some forcefully commanding vocals to complete the package. Not only that but Atrocity like to explore particular themes within the lyrics and the EP conjures up images of the occult and its importance in world history especially within the darker recesses of the human condition. 

Atrocity was one of the pioneers when it came to using German lyrics within their songs before those younglings in Rammstein did so to great effect. The song in question on the EP is “Menschenschlachthaus”. The song opens with a deluge of cannon fire before ripping back into brutal Death Metal, there’s definitely no mucking about from Atrocity on this EP and rarely does the EP deviate from that path. 

On to “Gates To Oblivion”, the song opens with the distinct flavouring of a Gothic inspired choir. Although, there is very little of this throughout the EP, there are small parts of Atrocity’s many faces. This addition of the choir really helps add extra variety to the songs and extra level of attention rather than constant relentless destructive death metal.

Overall, the EP is indeed short yes, yet within it holds so much of what Atrocity stands for. Blasting Death Metal, aggressive tones and vocals that smash through the speakers like a jet engine. Its lyrical content is a point of interest for the listener, which allows you to discover something new albeit it dark about human history. Metal music does appear to love giving listeners a dive into human history. The EP also contains flavours of where Atrocity has been in the past, which are the spicy additions of a choir on certain songs.

9/10 – A superb gateway into Atrocity. Full on blasting Death Metal with smatterings of Gothic interest. Atrocity to a T! If this what “Okkult 2” sounds like, sign me up!

Stand out tracks: 
`Masters Of Darkness` and `Menschenschlachthaus` 

Track Listing:
1. Masters Of Darkness
2. Menschenschlachthaus
3. Gates To Oblivion
4. Devil’s Covenant

Atrocity online:

Atrocity Interview



1. Hi guys, how are you today? Where are you chatting to me from in Germany?

2. So looking back a little, “Die Gottlosen Jahre” chronicled the bands 25th Anniversary and looked back at all you’ve done in the industry. That was released in 2012, so you what does the band have in store for its 30th Birthday? 

3. Looking back once more, your last album “Okkult”. How did you feel the reactions to the album were and to the tours that you went on? 

4. So you’ve gone back to Massacre Records that you spent a large portion of the 90’s on. What was the reason behind the switch from Napalm Records to Massacre? 

5. I love the EP “Masters of Darkness”, it’s very much keeping in line with “Okkult”. What was the reason behind an EP and not just bringing out “Okkult” Part 2? 

6. So any fan of Atrocity should have seen just how varied your influences and musical direction has been over the years. What are your influences/inspirations when writing currently? 

7. Also how did you come by the artwork for “Masters of Darkness”? 

8. Speaking of “Okkult” 2, what has been done so far on the album? 

9. What are Atrocity’s plans for 2018? I do hope a UK Tour 

10. Finally, what do you enjoy outside of the band? What are some of your hobbies? 



Atrocity online: 
http://www.atrocity.de/
https://twitter.com/atrocitypage
https://www.facebook.com/AtrocityOfficial

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Cradle of Filth & Savage Messiah Electric Ballroom 10/11/2017

Savage Messiah - Photo Credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

A bitterly cold night approaches in London, and the hordes of filthy individuals have assembled for tonight’s festive musical numbers from Cradle of Filth and thrashers Savage Messiah. 

Now the Electric Ballroom despite it being a sound Friday evening also plays host to a nightclub that unfortunately starts tonight’s musical extravaganza off quite early. 

Savage Messiah (6) is tonight’s home town heroes and is here in full voice. They are loud, proud and thrashingly entertaining, however despite their hard earned efforts they didn’t really have an impact on the crowd. That being said maybe the crowd are just not into the hometown thrashers and certainly looking out onto the nearly full Ballroom, it’s hard to spot too many Savage Messiah t-shirts over the gothic inspired black glad ladies and gentleman that predominately cover the mass area of Camden’s Electric Ballroom. 


Cradle of Filth - Photo credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

Ah Cradle of Filth (9), a marmite band of the Metal world. Love them or hate them, they’ve been around a damn long time and are still a force in their own right.

On tonight’s showing they’ve lost none of their theatricality, bringing on ankle grinders shooting metallic shaves into the stratosphere of the venues lighting structures, boy it looks dangerous but oh so appealing. 

Theatrics aside, Cradle have had a massive back catalogue and have garnered up a massive list of fan favourites that are all on show tonight. From the set opener and lovingly titled `Gilded Cunt` through to the highlights of `Nymphetamine` and `Her Ghost In the Fog` go down an absolute treat producing Disney esq sing-along moments albeit with extra shrieking. 

The maestro of the Filth, or to some Dani, his voice is still an absolute fucking beast. His ability to hit the majority of the high notes on tracks plus his control of his vocal chords is still an amazing feat and his talent should never go unrecognised or unrewarded. 

Cradle of Filth have in more recent times unfortunately slipped through the pecking order in the world of metal, however their staying power and influence can never be discounted. 

Cradle of Filth - Photo Credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

Overall, an odd pairing that despite the metal that links the bands and probably both bands share similar influences, yet are vastly different. Whereas Cradle have carved their own path from their earliest inception for over 20+ years and were lucky enough to have existed in a time of little competition, compared to Savage Messiah who just didn’t fit with tonight’s headliners and needed more either theatricality or gothic metal sensibility. 

Cradle of Filth online: 

Savage Messiah online:

Friday, 10 November 2017

DARK FUNERAL Announce Line-Up Change


Swedish black metal masters, DARK FUNERAL, have just announced that they are parting ways with their drummer Nils 'Dominator' Fjellstroem.

Lord Ahriman comments: 
"We must sadly inform you that we have agreed to let Nils ‘Dominator’ Fjellstroem take a much needed timeout from the band to handle personal matters. We of course wish him the best!

Yet the world keeps turning and so DARK FUNERAL will stride on. We have hired an extremely talented drummer that will fill in Nils’ position until further notice. ‘Jalomaah’ will make his live debut with us today, Friday 10 November, at Aalborg Metal Festival in Denmark.

All scheduled shows and tours will take place as planned! Stay tuned for further announcements!

2018 will be an epic year as we have two celebrations to make: our classic album ‘Vobiscum Satanas’ turns 20 years old and DARK FUNERAL celebrate 25 years as a band. More news to follow - stay tuned!"

DARK FUNERAL live:
10.11.2017 Aalborg (Denmark) – Aalborg Metal Festival
02.12.2017 Leeuwarden (Netherlands) – Into Darkness Festival
29.03.2018 Oslo (Norway) – Inferno Metal Festival

DARK FUNERAL online:

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS - studio diary, pre-order date, UK tour

Cover art by Matt Riste

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have released the first episode of the official studio diary for their upcoming debut album. 
Check it out, here:

Their first full-length studio effort, titled ‘The Age Of Absurdity’, was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered, and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda. The record was then passed over to the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London for mastering.

The band will kick off their UK tour supporting Australian rockers AIRBOURNE tomorrow – full dates below:
11.11. UK Bristol, O2 Academy
13.11. UK Glasgow, O2 Academy
14.11. UK Manchester, Academy
15.11. UK London, Roundhouse
18.11. UK Norwich, UEA
19.11. UK Oxford, O2 Academy
20.11. UK Sheffield, O2 Academy
22.11. UK Nottingham, Rock City

‘The Age Of Absurdity’ will feature 11 tracks + 1 bonus track (see tracklist below) and will be released on January 26th 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The album will be available in various formats, with pre-orders launching November 17th.

Commented Phil Campbell:
 "I am really excited for the fans to hear our debut record. Every part of the process was done in Wales, from the writing, to the recording and even the artwork! The album title ‘The Age Of Absurdity’ was inspired by the crazy world we live in today. The world to me seems to be a bit of a theater show so the album artwork idea just seemed to fit so well with the whole concept and album title."

Added singer Neil Starr: 
"Writing and recording this album was a lot of fun. We got to record at Rockfield studios where so many great artists had been over the years, it really was inspirational. Hearing the blistering riffs that the Campbell family seem to churn out effortlessly made me ensure I pushed myself to the limits when writing the melodies and lyrics. It's an album that I, and the rest of the band, are very proud of and can't wait to share it with the world!"

‘The Age Of Absurdity’ tracklist:
01. Ringleader
02. Freak Show
03. Skin And Bones
04. Gypsy Kiss
05. Welcome To Hell
06. Dark Days
07. Dropping The Needle
08. Step Into The Fire
09. Get On Your Knees
10. High Rule
11. Into The Dark
12. Silver Machine (HAWKWIND cover feat. Dave Brock of HAWKWIND)*

*=only to be included in the first pressing of the CD version of the album
The band recently released the exclusive digital only live EP ‘Live At Solothurn’, which is available via all download and streaming platforms.

‘Live At Solothurn’ tracklist:
01. Big Mouth
02. Nothing Up My Sleeve (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)​
03. Spiders
04. Take Aim
05. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)
06. Sweet Leaf (BLACK SABBATH cover)


More info on PCATBS:
Phil Campbell was the lead guitarist in MOTÖRHEAD for 32 years. He has toured the world, sold millions of albums and headlined some of the world’s biggest festivals. Phil has a passion for music and it is this passion that has led to the formation of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS. 

The band is unique as it features Phil's 3 sons on drums, bass and guitar. The band is completed by vocalist Neil Starr.

Line-up:
Phil Campbell - Guitar 
Todd Campbell - Guitar 
Dane Campbell - Drums 
Tyla Campbell - Bass 
Neil Starr – Vocals

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GUNS N’ ROSES ANNOUNCED AS THIRD AND FINAL HEADLINER FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2018


ROCK LEGENDS GUNS N’ ROSES COMPLETE DOWNLOAD 2018 HEADLINERS ALONGSIDE OZZY OSBOURNE AND AVENGED SEVENFOLD AT THE UK’S PREMIER ROCK EVENT

Download Festival has today announced its final headliner as the legendary Guns N’ Roses, alongside the previously announced Ozzy Osbourne, and Avenged Sevenfold. The three day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

On the road since April 2016 and over 100 shows later, the resurgent Guns N’ Roses are back and coming to Download Festival. Reuniting last year for the first time since 1993, the inimitable Axl Rose, guitar legend Slash and original bassist Duff McKagan, plus Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer andMelissa Reese, have been blowing audiences away worldwide on the aptly named Not In This Lifetime Tour, and will stop by Donington on the Saturday night for their first UK Festival appearance of the classic line up on legendary form after selling 1 million tickets across Europe in 2017 alone.

Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivalled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction, the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II occupied the top two spots of the BillboardTop 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe.

Download Festival’s Promoter, Andy Copping said:
“It’s great to have this iconic line up of Guns N’ Roses headlining at Download. I am sure I am not alone when I say I have been wanting this to happen for years. It will be an incredible show and will be one of the highlights of the Download weekend!”

Earlier this week Download Festival revealed that The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining the Sunday night and one of the world’s biggest rock bands Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining the Friday night. Guns N’ Roses complete the 2018 line up and will headline the Saturday night. 

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Leaves Eyes announce new album `Sign Of The Dragonhead' due Jan 12th




AFM Records proudly presents the new cover artwork, tracklisting and release date of the upcoming LEAVES' EYES album 'Sign of the Dragonhead'

The hearts of symphonic metal fans will beat faster: Epic metal hymns, cracking rock songs, great choirs, powerful classical music, a top notch production and magic melodies - on top of it all Elina's outstanding voice. The energy of the latest shows and tours (a.o. with Sabaton in North America) were taken directly into the music and studio recordings. The biggest LEAVES' EYES record to date.

The London Voices choirs of Lord of The Rings and Stars Wars are back again, as well as the classical ensemble of Victor Smolski from Belarus and various folk, classical and percussion musicians. Once more Leaves' Eyes take the listener into the world of Norse Mythology and Viking Sagas. The dragon ship sets sail to new horizons. Full speed ahead!

Tracklisting:
1. SIGN OF THE DRAGONHEAD
2. ACROSS THE SEA
3. LIKE A MOUNTAIN
4. JOMSBORG
5. VÖLVA
6. RIDERS ON THE WIND
7. FAIRER THAN THE SUN
8. SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT
9. RULERS OF WIND AND WAVES
10. FIRES IN THE NORTH
11. WAVES OF EUPHORIA

Leaves' Eyes are: Elina Siirala - vocals, Alexander Krull - vocals, Thorsten Bauer - guitars, Pete Streit - guitars, Joris Nijenhuis - drums

Pre-order 'Sign Of The Dragonhead' here: 

Produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio
The cover artwork was done by Stefan Heilemann (Lindemann, Epica. Kamelot)
Street date: January 12th 2018

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

THE 69 EYES to release festive new single 'Christmas In New York City' soon!


Even the Helsinki Vampires celebrate Christmas! To inject some black magic and gothic vibes into the most beautiful season of the year, THE 69 EYESwill launch their special music video for 'Christmas In New York City' on November 24th. The video is filmed and directed by Ville Juurikkala, known from his previous work with THE 69 EYES, HIM, NIGHTWISH and AMORPHIS. Today, the band reveals the cover artwork for the digital single.

”This is about the last thing we haven’t done yet - so it’s our time to release a Christmas song!” says THE 69 EYES singer Jyrki 69. ”This is also our tribute to the Ramones and New York which both have been our main influences.
This is our 'thank you for a great year' for our fans - the next 69 EYES album will be on its way soon!”

The Christmas rock hymn will be available for download and streaming on November 24th via this link:

Watch the latest music videos from THE 69 EYES here: 

Catch THE 69 EYES at the following live shows:
10.11. Tallinn - CatHouse Concert Hall (EST)
17.11. Vaasa - WS Areena (FIN)
24.11. Turku - M/S Viking Grace (FIN)
27.12. Helsinki – Jäähalli (FIN)

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCED AS SECOND HEADLINER FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2018


CHART TOPPING HARD ROCK BAND AVENGED SEVENFOLD RETURN TO THE UK’S PREMIER ROCK EVENT TO HEADLINE ALONGSIDE OZZY OSBOURNE

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has today announced the second of its three headliners as one of the world’s biggest rock bands Avenged Sevenfold. The three-day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets available now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

Avenged Sevenfold will return to Download Festival once more, to give a momentous Friday night headline performance that will be talked about for years to come. This announcement comes days after it was revealed that the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will also be headlining.

From the genre-defining metal-core album City Of Evil, the hard rock UK No.1 Hail To The King, through to the latest progressive-metal sounds of The Stage; Avenged Sevenfold have an epic history of modern metal classics, a stage show to make Rammstein jealous and a proven track record of smashing anything that comes their way.

Avenged Sevenfold said:
“We are more than honoured to be a part of this legendary show and line up. Being asked to headline Download for the second time is a career highlight. We would like to thank our UK A7X family”

Download Festival’s Promoter, Andy Copping said:
“A real career highlight of mine was giving Avenged Sevenfold their first ever UK festival headline slot, and I’m thrilled to welcome them back. You don’t often see bands like Avenged Sevenfold top the charts, but much like seeing them live, they’re not to be underestimated.”

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Saxon announce New Album & UK Tour


SAXON
ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘THUNDERBOLT’
SET FOR RELEASE 2nd FEBRUARY 2018 VIA MILITIA GUARD (SILVER LINING MUSIC) 
THUNDERBOLT TOUR PART 1
UK & EUROPEAN DATES ANNOUNCED

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music). 
The new album Thunderbolt will feature original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
“This is album 22 and it's called Thunderbolt. It's a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it's finished ready to be unleashed.

Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford 
Three weeks later, the band will be embarking on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour. SAXON will be joined by fellow English rockers DIAMOND HEAD and metal trio ROCK GODDESS will be performing on the scheduled UK dates, with very Special Guests MAGNUM on the UK Hull date only. However, SAXON doesn’t stop there - dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced in early 2018. 

“Ok this is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we're going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride.
It's gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding.
Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it's going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way” – Biff Byford 

Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career. 

Thunderbolt Track Listing
1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’sSong
12. Nosferatu(RawVersion)*
*not available on vinyl

Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour - Part 1 
Fri February 23 - UK, Cardiff University
Sat February 24 - UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun February 25 - UK, Hull City Hall
Tue February 27 - Holland, Tilburg 013
Wed February 28 - Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thu March 1 - Germany, Hannover Capitol
Fri March 2 - Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
Sat March 3 - Germany, Dresden Schlachthof 

Presale for all shows is on Wednesday November 8th at 10am with general on Sale Friday November 10th at 10am

Monday, 6 November 2017

FOREVER STILL unveil music video of 'Scars (acoustic version)'


Denmark's female-fronted hard rockers FOREVER STILL are busy working on their second full-length release scheduled for 2018. However, to shorten the waiting time for the successor to Tied Down (which was recently nominated as 'Best Debut' at the Metal Hammer Awards), the band have released the music video for the haunting acoustic version of 'Scars'. The clip showcases lead singer Maja Shining alone on her piano and even includes some breathtaking a-capella moments. 

Watch it here: 

More on Tied Down:
'Save Me' official video: here
'Scars' official video: here
'Miss Madness' official video: here
Trailer #1
Trailer #2
Trailer #3

More info:

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

THE FACELESS announce UK and Ireland headline tour


NEW ALBUM "IN BECOMING A GHOST" OUT ON
1ST DEC 2017 VIA SUMERIAN RECORDS

Progressive death metal titans THE FACELESS have announced a UK and Ireland headline tour for February 2018!

The four-piece will tour in support of their fourth studio album, "In Becoming A Ghost"due for release on 1st December 2017 via Sumerian Records. With a blend of eerie melody and harmony combined with fast-paced drums and blast beats, it's guaranteed to leave the listener in shock. Featuring a cover of "Shake The Disease" originally performed by Depeche Mode, this album encases a variety of skilful songwriting, arranging and dynamics - everything that has come to be expected from THE FACELESS and more.

Check out the first single from the record, "Digging The Grave":

"In Becoming A Ghost" tracklisting:
1. In Becoming A Ghost
2. Digging The Grave
3. Black Star
4. Cup of Mephistopheles
5. The Spiraling Void
6. Shake The Disease
7. I Am
8. Ghost Reprise
9. Instrumental Illness
10. The Terminal Breath

Catch THE FACELESS in the following cities in February 2018:
01.02 - Guildford, Boileroom
02.02 - London, Underworld
03.02 - Manchester, Rebellion
04.02 - Birmingham, Mama Roux's
06.02 - Dublin, Ireland
07.02 - Glasgow, G2
08.02 - Bristol, Fleece
09.02 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

Evanescence “Synthesis” Album review


Despite the fact that Evanescence having been creating music since 1995, it’s strange to think “Synthesis” is only album number 4.

Over the years, Evanescence have a core sound, yet they’ve always brought in a variety of musical sounds that mixes well especially when there’s such a talented vocalist on hand. Evanescence has always remained in flux, toeing the line between the orchestral and the rockers. However, as you’ll notice with “Synthesis” the sound theme is pretty much leaning fully to the orchestral regions of Evanescence’s ethos. 

The eagle eyed or eared among you will be thinking “Hey, all those tracks look familiar?” You’d be very much correct; there are only two new tracks on “Synthesis”. The rest are re-workings of older songs, “Your Immortal”, “Bring Me to Life” and “Lithium” all form part of the re-imagining. 

Listening to “Bring Me to Life”, which was ultimately the band’s breakout and one of their biggest hits to date and the song is certainly a huge departure tonally from its original source. 

Where once upon a time, it was a rip roaring heavy guitar led track with a touch of rap rock thrown in to accompany Amy’s dark operatic vocals. The song now takes on more of a cinematic operatic consideration; although the original had its qualities, this version really allows Amy to show off her powerful vocals and newer vocal techniques. 

Certainly one of the strangest tracks that Evanescence have reworked for “Synthesis” is “My Immortal” which if you remember the original was very much a huge piano and string led piece. “My Immortal” already showcased Amy’s ability to not only hit a rock vocal but also her hit a softer vocal range. So really, the reimagining for this track doesn’t need this kind of reworking. Amy’s vocal delivery and inflection has changed however this track is annoyingly little redundant when administrating changes on an orchestral level. 

“Imperfection” is one of a few new songs to appear on “Synthesis”. Ultimately however the song showcases the summation of what appears to be Evanescence’s new direction. The direction in particular now revolves around maximising Amy’s spectacular voice, with the backdrop of electronic sounds and the use of strings to create something which gives the song a powerful yet nuanced tone. 

Overall, this isn’t really a brand new album. The reworking of classic tracks gives the album more of a special edition feel or as a preview of new albums to expect from Evanescence. Although, they will always keep an element of hard rock here or there, the overall theme appears to be moving over to orchestral and electronic sounds whilst further elevating Amy’s vocals. Do not threat, there’s no threat of Evanescence becoming any sort of EDM dance troupe. 

This is definitely more for the Evanescence fan base, it’s not a full blown new album but reworking old tracks with their new direction, which wouldn’t take their fans into shock mode when a full album with all orchestra and electronic have fully eclipsed the Evanescence hard rock elements.1

8/10 – A grand re-working of classic tracks! 

Stand out tracks: 
“Imperfection”, “Bring Me to Life” and “Lithium”

Track listing:
1. Overture
2. Never Go Back
3. Hi-Lo
4. My Heart Is Broken
5. Lacrymosa
6. The End of the Dream
7. Bring Me to Life
8. Unraveling
9. Imaginary
10. Secret Door
11. Lithium
12. Lost in Paradise
13. Your Star
14. My Immortal
15. The In-Between
16. Imperfection

Evanescence: