Tuesday, 30 June 2015

THE DARKNESS UNLEASH NEW SINGLE


Having recently stormed Download with a secret set backed with a crowd of barbarians (and a 30 row strong crowd outside the tent!) The Darkness unleash a new single on 21st August. ‘Last of Our Kind’ is the title track of their recent 4th album which entered the UK charts at No. 12 on its release in June. The song has been described as 'part Van Halen, part Waterboys, ALL The Darkness'. It features a record-smashing choir of several thousand Darkness enthusiasts (The Darkness Army) who each contributed their individual performances using the Internet service. The single, described by one reviewer as “(the track’s) effortlessly catchy hooks and righteous leads deliver pure rock perfection”, is a stomping rocker which demands hands be thrown in the air (when not playing air guitar on the excellent solo).

The album ‘Last of Our Kind’ has received some of the best reviews of the bands career to date with Classic Rock proclaiming it “A glorious return to form for the flamboyant rockers … they’ve only gone and made their finest album since Permission To Land” whilst Total Guitar said “Their very British blend of battle rock and classy ballads still hits the spot.” 

The band have also announced a UK tour for November/December where they will entertain and astonish fans all over the country with their marvelous tunes and killer riffs. A few UK festival spots will also warm them up nicely.

new single: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ - 21st August 2015

Summer:

4 July WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival

Winter:

30 November NORWICH, Open
1 December CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
2 December NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
4 December NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
5 December GLASGOW, O2 Academy
9 December LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets on sale now priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.

THE DARKNESS: 
JUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/lead guitar), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass/backing vocals) RUFUS TAYLOR (drums)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Cradle Of Filth Hammer Of The Witches Review


Love them or hate them, you simply cannot argue the sheer importance that Cradle Of Filth have had on Metal since their inception and debut album `The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh’ way back in 1994, and despite a fair few line up changes, founder and front man Dani Filth has made Cradle Of Filth more of a house hold name than any British Metal band have done since Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. 

Marking both Cradle’s jump into the powerhouse label Nuclear Blast as well as passing their 20th anniversary stain on the musical landscape, `Hammer Of The Witches’ has all the hallmarks of Cradle’s macabre make up albeit updated and certainly one could suggest honed. The opening track `Walpurgis’, a track that signifies Dani’s worship of all things Danny Elfman and the gothic horror, when `Yours Immortally’ rips you a new one and launches in with a relentlessly unforgiving guitar and drum blast off and Dani’s unmistakable screech. 

What you notice throughout the album is the grandiose Cradle of yester year seems to have taken a back seat, not that it’s disappeared but it’s become part and parcel of the song and its there more as an added sprinkling of gothic fairy dust than as the main focal point of the song, some may certainly see this a dire point for Cradle. However what do you get are several orchestral interludes that hold the gothic lovers attention whilst bombarding the senses with songs like `Yours Immortally’, `Blackest Magick’ and `Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych’, which is where `Hammer Of The Witches’ really picks up with ferocious riffs and Maiden influenced melodic passage that gets the blood pouring. 

It is no mean feat that Dani and co. have lasted over 20 years in this strange world we call the music industry but always armed with the never ending source of horror and the macabre, we will definitely see Cradle parading around for many years and hopefully get to see some of these songs on their next jaunt in the UK. 

8.5/10- another very solid Cradle album, complete with screaming banshee. 

Track Listing:

1. Walpurgis

2. Yours Immortally

3. Enshrined In Crematoria

4. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess

5. Blackest Magick In Pratice

6. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)

7. Hammer Of The Witches

8. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych

9. The Vampyre At My Side

10. Onward Christian Soldiers

11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

DEATH ANGEL | Band release first live track 'Fallen' online


San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL have released a live rendition of the song 'Fallen'over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wceLXLh_xVw 

The track comes from their upcoming The Bay Calls for Blood - Live in San Francisco album, which will also be included with the release of their a thrashumentary DVD.

The a thrashumentary DVD release was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios will be released July 24thvia Nuclear Blast Records. The release will include a bonus full live album entitled The Bay Calls for Blood - Live in San Francisco. 

The Bay Calls for Blood - Live in San Francisco will also be sold as a vinyl LP exclusively through Nuclear Blast mail-order and will be made available in the digital format as well. Artwork for the LP version was created by Joey James Hernandez.

Not every band can rise up to be musical legends, but every once in a while a group is able to exceed all expectations and define the boundaries of a genre. Seven albums into their career and DEATH ANGEL has never been stronger or more vital to the scene. Among one of the youngest bands ever to storm the metal world, DEATH ANGEL have come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the 80s Bay Area Thrash Metal scene. DEATH ANGEL weren’t just a band, they were family! Originally formed in 1982 by five cousins, including surviving members guitarists Rob Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda, a thrashumentary tells the story of the bands incredible musical journey and of a dream that called for blood.


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BUTCHER BABIES – launch video for 'Monsters Ball'


The BUTCHER BABIES have returned with their most abrasive and aggressive offering yet and while unrelenting, it also delivers crushing grooves backed with extremely catchy hooks. The much-anticipated new offering, Take It Like a Man, was recorded in the Hollywood Hills with renowned producer Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira) and it is set for a Aug 21st release (Century Media Records).

BUTCHER BABIES' striking new music video for “Monsters Ball,” can be viewed now at the link below. Enjoy!

Heidi (vocals): "The moment I spoke with director, Dan Dobi, about the ideas we had for a literal Monsters Ball, he jumped at them and began tossing even more great ideas into the melting pot. We wanted to use the swingy feel of the song to create a jazz type club scene. A Monsters Ball is how we describe the pit. Being an adult who always has and STILL thrives in the pit, I've always seen it as a carnival of monsters. Where it doesn't matter what you look like, where you came from, what you do for a living, your sexual orientation, etc. We're all the same monsters there for the same reason; to rock the fuck out! This song is about the beautiful, positive energy at a metal show. Too many times, mainstream media makes these shows out to be dangerous and evil, but what they don't know is that we are a big family who in that moment will do anything for each other. A family who rocks together, inevitably stays together. That’s our Monster’s Ball."

Carla (vocals): "I always felt that metal music was something that brought all of us misfit kids together. With the lyrics to ‘Monster's Ball,' we wanted to celebrate that and really paint a picture of the moments that we spend together side by side in the mosh pit, letting the music course through our veins and move us."

HENRY (guitars): "Musically the song has a very swingy, fun and energetic feel to it. It's almost something you can dance to. The ballroom vibe seemed perfect for this song and Dan Dobi knocked it out of the park! We had such a blast making this video with all our friends!"

JASON (bass): "This was by far the most fun I have had making a music video. Everyone got express their inner ‘ onster'. Felt very comfortable working with Dan Dobi and his team, and I believe he really understood what we were all aiming for with this one.”

BUTCHER BABIES kick off a massive European touring run on July 7th and then will join GWAR and Battlecross across North America from Aug 25th to Sept 18th.

See below for all dates and head over to www.facebook.com/butcherbabiesmusic for all additional information

BUTCHER BABIES live:
EUROPEAN TOUR
7/7: Lille, France @ Le Splendid
7/8: Besancon, France @ La Rodia
7/9: Nurnberg, Germany @ Hirsh
7/10: Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colossaal
7/11: Ostava, Czech Republic @ Barrak
7/12: Prague, Czech Republic @ Exit-Us
7/13: Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randall
7/15: Dornbirn, Austria @ Conrad Sohm
7/16: Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
7/18: Paris, France @ Divan Du Monde
7/20: Tolmin, Slovenia @ Metaldays Frestival
7/22: Prattein, Switzerland @ Z7
7/23: Colmar, France @ Le Grillen
7/24: Pavia, Italy @ Fuorionda
7/25: Mortegilano, Italy @ Festa In Tenda
7/26: Velden, Austria @ Bluesiana
7/28: Mannheim, Germany @ Alte Seilerei
7/29: Munich, Germany @ Free & Easy Festival @ Backstage
7/30: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ The Jack
7/31: Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Festival

GWAR, Battlecross 
Aug 25 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale, PA 
Aug 26 @ Cheers Pub in South Bend, IN 
Aug 27 @ Wooly's in Des Moines, IA 
Aug 28 @ Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE 
Aug 30 @ Granada @ Lawrence, KS 
Aug 31 @ Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK 
Sep 01 @ Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, TX 
Sep 02 @ Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA 
Sep 03 @ Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL 
Sep 04 @ Iron City in Birmingham, AL 
Sep 06 @ Ziggy's in Winston Salem, NC 
Sep 08 @ Ziggy's By The Sea in Wilmington, NC 
Sep 09 @ Freebird Live in Jacksonville, FL 
Sep 10 @ Track 29 in Chattanooga, TN 
Sep 11 @ Pop's in Sauget, IL 
Sep 14 @ The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY 
Sep 15 @ Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT 
Sep 16 @ Reverb in Reading, PA 
Sep 17 @ The Paramount in Huntington, NY 
Sep 18 @ Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY 

BUTCHER BABIES are:
Heidi Shepherd- vocals
Carla Harvey- vocals
Henry Flury- guitar
Jason Klein- bass
Chrissy Warner- drums

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CUT UP stream new album "Forensic Nightmares" - album in stores June 29th!


Swedish death metal act, CUT UP, will release their debut album "Forensic Nightmares" tomorrow in Europe, and on June 29th in the UK! A day ahead of release the band is streaming their slab of brutal death metal via the landing page at metalblade.com/cutup.

Comments drummer Tobias Gustafsson: "I proudly present to you, our debut album Forensic Nightmares! Less than a year and a half after we started CUT UP, our hard work and determination has paid off and resulted in this blasterpiece. We couldn't be more satisfied with the album! Forensic Nightmares clearly makes a statement about what CUT UP is all about, and what our mission is for the future. So don't sit back and enjoy this, but bang your fucking heads while blasting it at maximum volume! Then repeat! Cheers!"

Don't forget to check out the two video clips the band has released in support of "Forensic Nightmares"! Visit metalblade.com/cutup for "Burial Time" and deaf-forever.de for 'A Butchery Improved'!

CUT UP - Forensic Nightmares
1. Enter Hell
2. Burial Time
3. Remember the Flesh
4. A Butchery Improved
5. Brain Cell Holocaust
6. Forensic Nightmare
7. Camouflesh
8. Order of the Chainsaw
9. Stab and Stab Again
10. Bunker Z 16
11. Dead and Impaled

CUT UP was founded by drummer Tobias Gustafsson and vocalist/bassist Erik Rundqvist in early 2014. After disbanding Vomitory by the end of 2013 after 24 years of death metal duty, the two felt it obvious to continue creating death metal together. Very soon, guitarist Anders Bertilsson and guitarist/vocalist Andreas Björnson were recruited and CUT UP was complete. Both Bertilsson – who was previously and most notably in Coldworker (2006-2013) – and Björnson – also known from Fetus Stench – share the same musical ideals as Gustafsson and Rundqvist as well as the passion to play live.

The next months followed with hard work, writing and rehearsing, and in November 2014 they entered the studio and recorded 11 songs for the debut album "Forensic Nightmares". With the band members' collective resume and repute in the metal scene, you can expect nothing but violent, catchy, groovy and grinding death metal from CUT UP.

CUT UP is:
Erik Rundqvist - vocals, bass
Andreas Björnson - vocals, guitar
Anders Bertilsson - guitar
Tobias Gustafsson - drums

Twitching Tongues officially announce new album "Disharmony"


Release full live video of new song from Hellfest 2015

Twitching Tongues recently flew across the Atlantic to perform a string of dates across Europe with fellow SoCal hardcore act, Disgrace. The tour included a June 19th performance at the tenth anniversary edition of Hellfest in Clisson, France. The band's set list included the title track from the band's forthcoming album, "Disharmony", and an official live performance of that song can be seen now on the Metal Blade Records YouTube channel HERE.

Over e-mail from London, England, vocalist Colin Young commented: "When your band's existence is pretty much solely based on live videos from Dynamo fest in the 90's, playing something like Hellfest is pretty fucking cool. Especially getting to play "Disharmony" live for the 3rd or 4th time ever."

Twitching Tongues continues their tour of Europe tonight in Belgium. The remaining dates are listed below. "Disharmony" is scheduled for a fall release via Metal Blade Records worldwide. New music and details will be released in the coming weeks.

TWITCHING TONGUES
Tour w/ Disgrace
06/25 Mol, BE JH Tydeeh
06/26 Münster, DE Cafe Lorenz
06/27 Berlin, DE Cassiopeia
06/28 Dresden, DE Chemiefabrik
06/29 Wien, AT Das Bach
06/30 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse Bar
07/01 Stuttgart, DE Juha West

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Confessions Of A Heretic The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond Adam Nergal Darski


Nothing seems to stir up emotions like a bit of controversy and since the days of Elvis strutting his stuff, Rock n Roll seems to optimise pushing society’s buttons. Yet, in recent years the ability to really shock or even terrify that status quo seems to have gone the way of the Dodo with perhaps Marilyn Manson’s antics being the last to send parents into frenzy. Yet step outside our little bubble and you’ll find one particular figure that seems to have pushed the buttons over in Poland. His name is Adam Darski or as many more would come to know him as Nergal the frontman of legendary Polish Blackened Death Metal outfit Behemoth.

The biography, well more of a semi-autobiographical book tells the tale of Adam, from his rebelliously youthful days learning the ways of Metal, his past relationships, to the formation and growth of Behemoth. Yet where this book truly shines is Adam’s rather horrendous brush with Leukaemia, where he gives a warts and all account of his ordeal. 

The book also delves into what for Poland was a media frenzy, when Adam began dating the Polish popstar Dorota but you don’t get any kind of attack on her which I’m probably sure that some tabloid media outlets in Poland were hoping would be nestled in amongst the pages, yet not even Indiana Jones could find the hidden messages, Adam delivers a very mature and thought provoking account of the relationship, predominately with issues concerning paparazzi whom haunted his shadow like locusts. 

What do you get in this biographical piece? You will get to know more about the man behind the pop star, the man whose controversial stance against religion isn’t the devil incarnate as some would believe, but a human being who has gone through some pretty terrible shit to not only come out a changed man but a stronger man, a better man certainly, and throughout the book and certainly from the foreword you get the image of a survivor. A man whose existence and philosophy has not and will be altered by events no matter what and that shows you who Adam Nergal Darski is in a nutshell. 

10/10- A fantastic look into one of Poland’s most controversial musicians. 




KADAVAR | Band premiere new track 'The Old Man' online


After spending the last 4 months in the studio, our favourite bearded Germans KADAVAR have completed the production of their new album ‘Berlin’, out worldwide on August 21st. Today, the band have decided to treat fans by releasing the official music video for the first single, The Old Man. Watch the video here: http://smarturl.it/TheOldMan.

The band commented on the track: "We’re super happy to give you guys a first impression of our new album, Berlin. The Old Man was the first song that was written and the last one that was finalised for this record. It just kept changing from week to week until we were completely satisfied before we entered the studio. No we’re excited to see the first reactions!"

The Berlin track list racks up as follows:

01. Lord Of The Sky
02. Last Living Dinosaur
03. Thousand Miles Away From Home
04. Filthy Illusion
05. Pale Blue Eyes
06. Stolen Dreams
07. The Old Man
08. Spanish Wild Rose
09. See The World With Your Own Eyes
10. Circles In My Mind
11. Into The Night
BONUS TRACK
12. Reich der Träume (Nico cover)

Drummer Tiger commented: "About ten years ago, when we - independently of one another - moved to Berlin, we just wanted to break free from home and do something new. I thought it was comfortable, to blend in and just live from day to day. A lot of very long nights and so many completely different people at one place. Where there are opposites you can always ground yourself. We’re all different, come from different places but have managed to create something together we all like. I think the Berlin lifestyle has influenced our band very much and therefore fits perfectly as the album’s title."

Catch KADAVAR live in 2015:

08.11. UK Manchester - Sound Control
09.11. UK Glasgow - Audio
10.11. UK Leeds - The Brudenell Social Club
11.11. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
12.11. UK Bristol - Marble Factory
13.11. UK Cardiff - The Globe
14.11. UK London - The Dome


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Thursday, 25 June 2015

BRUJERIA Announce another UK show this August in Edinburgh


Brujeria, the Mexican murderous deathgrind outfit shrouded in mystery have announced that they will be infiltrating our UK shores later this year.

They are pleased to announce a second UK show on August 12th at Bannermans, Edinburgh. Support will be coming from Edinburgh based death metal outfits Cancerous Womb and Tower Of Flies.

Brujeria have already confirmed a co-headline show on August 14th at The Dome, London. 
Playing alongside them in London will be Canadian extreme metallers Cryptopsy with support from Psycroptic and Nervosa.

But what do we actually know about this masked death squad? The name 'Brujeria' derives from the black magic used by some Mexican drug dealers to inspire fear in religious locals. It is said that this unit of banditos is made up of Satanic drug lords who came together to make music on Brujerizmo - their own brand of brutal 'machete metal'.

But what is the truth? Regardless of who they are or what they stand for Brujeria remain a force of nature. A very evil nature.

Brujeria's new album is due for release later this year globally via Nuclear Blast Records.

You can purchase tickets for the shows below;


Brujeria Links:


Brujeria is:

Juan Brujo 
Fantasma
Hongo 
El Cynico 
Hongo Jr. 
A. Kuerno 
Pinche Peach 
Pititis 
Ill 
Baby Bruja

OCEANS OF SLUMBER sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records


Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of Houston progressive metallers OCEANS OF SLUMBER. 

Founded in 2011, OCEANS OF SLUMBER mystify listeners with atmospheric melodies over darkened dynamics that range from the perversely sinister to the adventurously progressive. Creating an undeniably epic wall of sound that has become the Texans’ trademark, OCEANS OF SLUMBER caught the attention of the world’s largest heavy metal label and will release their Blue EP on limited edition vinyl which will be available on August 21st, 2015.

On the Blue EP, listeners are treated to re-imaginings of classics from seminal artists such as Candlemass, Led Zeppelin, Emperor and Pink Floyd. The EP also includes a re-working of a previously released OCEANS OF SLUMBER track as well as a taste of a brand new single that will appear on the forthcoming full length album, to be released by Century Media, date and title TBA.

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Records Europe comments: “Being part of the Metal scene for so many years it’s hard to surprise me with anything but I couldn’t believe what I heard when my colleague Daniel Dismal sent me the new OCEANS OF SLUMBER recordings. Here’s a young band, combining the best of Texas’ heritage from both Metal and Alternative Progressive bands such as Watchtower, King’s X, Mars Volta, Trail Of Dead and going way back to the roots of Big Mama Thornton and her disciple, Janis Joplin. These highly skilled musicians made a huge step with the addition of the young, soulful voice of Cammie Gilbert and I’m sure you will be just as surprised when you hear the upcoming album! The Blue EP is just the beginning from OCEANS OF SLUMBER on Century Media and I am sure they’ll be surprising us all every step of the way.”

“One of the many things that drew me into the Metal and Punk genre when I was coming up through the scene in the late 80’s / early 90’s was the overall passion you could hear and feel in the music. When I first popped in the new OCEANS OF SLUMBER album I was floored. Here was something that not only took me back to my youth but continued to take me on an emotional journey throughout the entire record. I am honestly honored to be able to work with this up and coming act and I am excited to be part of their promising future! The Blue EP is just a taste my friends, not only a showcase of the bands’ musical prowess but also a look into what the full length will bring to the world of Metal and music itself.” states Daniel Dismal.

The alliance of OCEANS OF SLUMBER with Century Media Records marks the genesis of many great achievements in the future for this rising act. OCEANS OF SLUMBER drummer Dobber Beverly elaborates, “We are beyond excited to begin the next chapter of Oceans of Slumber with Century Media. Being a part of a label that shares our vision and is equally as daring is a perfect match for us and we couldn't have dreamed of a better pairing. We've finally found our home."

In addition to the limited edition vinyl release of Blue EP, which features their infamous cover of the Candlemass single “Solitude,” OCEANS OF SLUMBER have also announced North American tour dates with EVERGREY beginning in August. You will be able to pick up your copy of the Blue EP directly from the band on this tour. See below for the complete list of dates.

Watch OCEANS OF SLUMBER cover “Solitude” by Candlemass at http://youtu.be/e91SnsQS1O8

EVERGREY, VOYAGER, BOREALIS, OCEANS OF SLUMBER
08/26/2015 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
08/27/2015 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora
08/28/2015 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
08/29/2015 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
08/30/2015 – Montreal, QC – Campus
08/31/2015 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
09/01/2015 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
09/02/2015 – TBA
09/03/2015 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/04/2015 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
09/05/2015 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
09/06/2015 – Springfield, VA – Empire
09/07/2015 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah

OCEANS OF SLUMBER is
Cammie Gilbert – Vocals
Anthony Contreras – Guitar
Sean Gary – Guitar
Keegan Kelly – Bass
Uaeb Yelsaeb - Synthesizers
Dobber Beverly - Drums

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SPINEFARM SIGNING ESSENCE REVEAL DETAILS OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM


Danish Thrashers, Essence, have confirmed that their forthcoming full-length album is titled “Prime”, and is set for release on October 2nd, 2015 via Spinefarm Records.

Narrowing the gap between the poppy energy of The Offspring and the youthful vehemence of early Metallica and Slayer, Essence's third album is a Prime example of how a riveting combo of melodic and catchy, yet wildly thrashing metal is done, complete with a fully analogue production.

You can check a preview static video with short clips from 6 of the album tracks here: https://youtu.be/y1-gCDOjegY

“Untouchable”, the lead single and video, will be released later this summer on August 14th; before that, on July 17th, the “No Sleep ‘Till Def” track will provide a taster of what’s to come.

“Prime” track-listing and cover art are as follows:-

01. Refuse To Exist

02. Thunder Prayer

03. No Sleep ’Till Def

04. Heart Of Gold

05. Modern Heroes

06. Untouchable

07. Flawless

08. Prime

09. Watch It Burn

10. Triumph


ESSENCE is:-

Lasse Skov – lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Mark Drastrup – lead guitar

Rasmus Kalke – bass

Nikolaj Kjaergaard – drums

MY DYING BRIDE INVITES YOU TO FEEL THE MISERY NEW ALBUM COMING SEPTEMBER 18TH


My Dying Bride’s latest opus and 12th full studio album, ‘Feel the Misery’, is set for release on 18th September on Peaceville Records. With crushing epic doom spanning 8 tracks, and featuring the return of original guitarist Calvin Robertshaw to the fold, this is undoubtedly amongst the band’s heaviest, darkest, & most majestic works to date, marking My Dying Bride’s 25th anniversary in punishing style, with the title track also set to feature as the album’s debut video.

‘Feel the Misery’ sees a notable return to the band’s old haunt, Academy Studios in Dewsbury West Yorkshire for recording, where all of My Dying Bride’s classic early albums were produced. Mixing once more takes place at Futureworks in Manchester UK with the band’s long-time studio engineer/producer, Mags. 

The band comments on the themes of ‘Feel the Misery’:

“Contained within are all the grandeur and mastery of the melancholic one would expect to find on a recording from this group of musicians. 
The crushing of hearts and the solemn farewells to friends and lovers twinned with the destruction of flesh and the passions of cruelty are laid neatly for the listener to devour and savour.
Eight new compositions detailing the path of life through dark doors and the burdens we all must endure simply to make it to the end, My Dying Bride have returned with a foreboding new album which may enlighten, delight and consume the soul in one epic sitting”.

‘Feel the Misery’ will be released on CD, vinyl, plus a special edition 2CD/2x10” vinyl set in deluxe earbook format, with exclusive music & expanded booklet.

Tracklisting:
1. And My Father Left Forever

2. To Shiver In Empty Halls

3. A Cold New Curse

4. Feel The Misery

5. A Thorn Of Wisdom

6. I Celebrate Your Skin

7. I Almost Loved You

8. Within A Sleeping Forest

My Dying Bride has been the leading light of doom metal since their debut album "As The Flower Withers" was released on Peaceville Records back in 1992, and the band's heavy atmospherics and expertly crafted compositions make them among the most essential and legendary acts of the gothic doom/death genre.

My Dying Bride are playing festivals in Europe over the summer:

31st July – Wacken Festival, Germany
2nd Aug - Rock Off Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
7th Aug - Rock Part Festival, Lake Balaton, Hungry 
8th Aug - Party San Metal Open Air, Schlotheim, Germany
29th Aug - Seinajoki Metal Festival, Rytmikorjaamo, Finland 



Wednesday, 24 June 2015

CRADLE OF FILTH | Band premieres new track online


Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth are set to release their forthcoming album ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ onJuly 10th but until then, the band are whetting the appetite of eager fans by releasing another new track online! Listen to 'Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess' over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5Zj5g3bTWQ0

Frontman Dani commented on the track:
"'Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess' is based on the ancient belief of the world personified as Mother Goddess, concerning itself with her self-preservative measures when assailed by her final abuse by the human race. Violated, poisoned and unknowingly left for dead, Gaia's is a pre-emptive, violent and justified retribution; without tears for creed or culture. Nature versus Mankind. A total renewal of species. The song spirals onward at a frenetic, apocalyptic pace to climax and was originally one of guitarist Ashok's contributions to the album, along with 'The Vampyre At My Side'."

Pre-order 'Hammer Of The Witches' from iTunes to receive 'Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess' as an instant-grat track: http://nblast.de/COFHammeriTunes​.

The band's highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory: It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches' hands and it's payback time.

'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES' TRACK LIST:
01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
05. Blackest Magick In Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
07. Hammer Of The Witches
08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell
Bonus Tracks:
12. King Of The Woods
13. Misericord

‘Hammer Of The Witches’ will be the first Nuclear Blast album to have a global release date.

'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES' IS AVAILABLE TO ORDER IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS:

The artwork was created by Arthur Berzinsh (http://www.berzinsh.lv) who is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a 'sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism'. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterised by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism. 

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

ENSIFERUM announces European tour in October!


Finnish Metal heroes ENSIFERUM have announced another European tour for October. This time the band will be conquering Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal and perform a total of 13 shows!

ENSIFERUM
13/10/15 CH - Zürich - Komplex
14/10/15 FR - Marseille - Le Moulin
15/10/15 ES - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
16/10/15 ES - Granada - El Tren
17/10/15 ES - Sevilla - Sala Custom
18/10/15 ES - Madrid - Sala Caracol
19/10/15 PT - Lisbon - Paradise Garage
20/10/15 PT - Porto - Hard Club
21/10/15 ES - Santiago De Compostela - Sala Capitol
22/10/15 ES - Santander - Escenario Santander
23/10/15 ES - Pamplona - Totem
24/10/15 FR - Limoges - CC John Lennon
25/10/15 FR - Rouen - Le 106

2015 Summer Festivals:
30/07 - 01/08/15 Wacken Open Air - Wacken, DE
06/08 - 08/08/15 Party San Open Air - Schlotheim, DE
08/08/15 Into The Grave Festival - Leeuwarden, NL
09/08/15 Bloodstock Open Air - Walton-On-Trent, GB
10/08/15 Foire au Vin, Colmar, FR
13/08/15 Rockstadt Extremefest - Rasnov, RO
13/08 - 15/08/15 Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbühl, DE

ENSIFERUM
Folk Fest
+ Metsatöll
+ Skyforger
+ Valkenrag
01/10/15 PL - Cracow - Klub Kwadrat
02/10/15 PL - Wroclaw - Alibi
03/10/15 PL - Warsaw - Progresja

ENSIFERUM's "One Man Army" debuted at #167 on Billboard's Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard's Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard's Heekseekers Chart. In Canada, "One Man Army" placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

On the Official Top 100 Charts in Europe, the record earned the coveted #1 slot in Finland, #15 Germany, #37 Austria and #24 Switzerland. Additionally, ENSIFERUM's "One Man Army" has ranked among the top five entries in the iTunes Metal Charts in multiple territories.

ENSIFERUM's "One Man Army" is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today atmetalblade.com/ensiferum where you'll also find the band's recently debuted "One Man Army" video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes orders, point your browser toitunes.apple.com/album/id956849251.

SORCERER announced for Hammerfest 8


SORCERER have been added to the bill of Hammerfest 8.

The epic Swedish doom legends will join Exodus, Turisas, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Evile and a whole load more already announced plus tons more to be added to the bill.

Check out the video for “The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxAJ6i_jKkY

Hammerfest 8 takes place at Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales 10th / 13th March 2016. With tickets virtually sold out on all levels it would be cool to call in now on 0208 133 4741 or jump online hammerfest.co.uk

All ticket holders will be automatically upgraded to all the other HRH United stage’s taking place on the 27 KM site.

SORCERER released their Metal Blade debut In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross in March 2015 on Metal Blade.

SORCERER was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 but disbanded after two demos in 1992. Both demos are considered true Doom Metal classics and have been released on CD in 1995. In 2010 the band came back together to play the Hammer of Doom festival in Germany and a year later the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece. Both shows were received extremely well and the thoughts of putting together a new album started to take form. In the end it took over two years to write, arrange and record it but the result is nothing but pure, heavy epic doom metal. The process of putting all bits and pieces together and making it ready for mix and mastering was the work of drummer Robert Iversen, also a very fine recording engineer, who was acting as the spider in the recording web. The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend).

With years of professional experience and top-class instrumental abilities among its band members the SORCERER of the 21st century is determined to deliver epic doom metal for many years to come; on record and on stages all around the world!

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BITERS announce debut UK tour


Hotly tipped, rock n' roll rabble rousers, BITERS have announced their debut UK tour for September in support of the 7th August release of 'Electric Blood', their debut album for Earache Records. 

The band are already picking up supporters at UK media, with playlists on Planet Rock Radio and Team Rock for lead single,'Restless Hearts', Kerrang! magazine dubbing them "electrifying punk n' roll" and Classic Rock magazine proclaiming "If anyone's going to bring the good times back, you'd do worse than to put your money on Biters," the future's looking bright for the Atlanta-based party starters.

Check out this introduction to BITERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy5NtFLGREs and listen to another album track, 'Low Lives In Hi-Definition' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ8vGHh7CXA.

BITERS' firebrand frontman Tuk is excited for his UK trip this September, explaining, "When I think of the UK, I think of the legendary rock n' roll it created. For me growing up in rural Georgia, the UK always had this larger than life aura surrounding it. The band is honoured to be able to blaze the same trail as some of our biggest heroes and influences."

Dates rack up as follows:

Fri 25th Sep - LONDON Barfly Jubilee Club
Sat 26th Sep - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sun 27th Sep - SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Mon 28th Sep - BRISTOL Thekla
Tue 29th Sep - NORWICH Waterfront Studio
Fri 2nd Oct - LEEDS Key Club
Sat 3rd Oct - GLASGOW Stereo
Mon 5th Oct - NEWCASTLE Think Tank
Tue 6th Oct - LONDON Borderline
Wed 7th Oct - WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Thu 8th Oct - MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
Fri 9th Oct - SHEFFIELD Corporation

Tickets are on sale now from box offices, all usual agents and online at www.livenation.co.uk/artist/biters-tickets orwww.seetickets.com

The album is available to pre-order on iTunes - http://bit.ly/electricblood-itunes - with an exclusive bonus track, as well as instant downloads of 'Restless Hearts' and 'Low Lives in Hi Definition'. You can also pre-order the album on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl over at http://www.earache.com/biters


DEAD LORD reveal cover artwork of new album 'Heads Held High'


Swedish DEAD LORD have revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming album, “Heads Held High”, which is going to be released worldwide by Century Media Records on August 21st, 2015.

DEAD LORD’s debut album 'Goodbye Repentance' hit the scene like an airstrike out of nothing in 2013 and gained them the reputation of being excellent song writers and vanguards of the new scene of classic hard rock. Two years of constant live activities have managed to spread the name of DEAD LORD further all across the rock music scene. With the newly gained experience and armed to the teeth with killer songs DEAD LORD entered the studio in late 2014 to record 'Heads Held High', an album with “10 songs of solid no-bogus, face-melting, twin-guitar, smart-rock action”, as singer/guitarist Hakim Krim describes the album. 

The album’s artwork was created by Pol Abran / Branca Studio and can be seen above. Exact info on formats, vinyl color splits and further details of the release will follow shortly.

Right in time for the release of the album, DEAD LORD will conquer European stages together with Audrey Horne and Dead City Ruins. Be sure not to miss this killer package!

DEAD LORD on tour with AUDREY HORNE and DEAD CITY RUINS:
31.08.15 Denmark Copenhagen @ KB18 
01.09.15 Germany Berlin @ Magnet 
02.09.15 Germany Hamburg @ Headcrash 
03.09.15 Holland Leiden @ Gebr. De Nobel 
04.09.15 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix 
05.09.15 France Paris @ Divan du Monde 
08.09.15 Spain Madrid @ Sala Caracol 
09.09.15 Spain Barcelona @ Razzmatazz 
10.09.15 France Bordeaux @ iBoat 
13.09.15 Switzerland Pratteln @ MiniZ7 
14.09.15 Italy Milano @ Lo Fi Club 
15.09.15 Austria Wien @ Viper Room 
16.09.15 Germany München @ Backstage 
17.09.15 Germany Stuttgart @ Kellerklub 
18.09.15 Germany Oberhausen @ Kulttempel 
19.09.15 Germany Wiesau @ Storm Crusher Fest (AH/DL only)

DEAD LORD summer festival appearances:
09.-11.07.2015 Erfurt-Stotternheim (Germany) - Stoned From The Underground Festival
31.07.-01.08.2015 Småländska Dädesjö (Sweden) - Fest I Logen
13.-15.08.2015 Abtsgmünd (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air 
22.08.2015 Königs Wusterhausen (Germany) - Bergfunk Open Air 
19.09.2015 Wiesau (Germany) - Storm Crusher Festival 

DEAD LORD Line-Up:
Hakim Krim - Guitar and vocals
Olle Hedenström - Guitar 
Martin Nordin - Bass
Adam Lindmark - Drums

DEAD LORD Discography: 
No Prayers Can Help You Now – 7” EP 2012
Goodbye Repentance – CD/LP 2013
Split with Black Trip – 7” EP 2014
Heads Held High – CD/LP 2015

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