Sunday, 31 January 2016

Turn It Up! A Celebration Of The Electric Guitar Documentary Review


For those of us in the music world, we know that this time of year is NAMM time. Which for those who aren’t aware, it’s a bunch of instrument developers who all get together to show off their new toys, so what a better way to celebrate the magnificent guitar section of that crowd with a documentary about the history of the electric guitar. 

`Turn It Up’ is narrated by none other than EE and `Footloose’ wonderment Kevin Bacon and was filmed over the course of 8 years and as we all know 8 years is a long time in rock n roll. 

Turn It Up, details the history of the electric guitar from the Rickenbacker Frying Pan guitar and yes it was an actual frying pan, through to the birth of the Fender Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul. The documentary also dives into the guitar war between the giants of the guitar world that being Gibson and Fender, which is definitely raging on today albeit with a tonne more brands added to the pot. 

What this documentary does extremely well is take what is a complex history of how the electric guitar was born and how it developed but it simplifies it, although this doesn’t mean it oversimplifies and turns away anything but beginners. An added touch that is heavily utilized is the player interviews, whether that’s a rock star like Slash or blues legend B.B. King chatting about how they got turned onto the guitar and how it still drives them as a person. It also goes into the everyday player, those of us that sit on the couch in front of a terrified pet or family member holding their ears or running in panic and asks why the guitar is so significant in their lives.

It lovingly talks to players about their own experiences with the guitar in that quest to find the ultimate personal tone. The players themselves detail just what the guitar means to them with some of the best explanations are `You can’t hug a Steinway’, they all say that it’s romantic, the feel and shape of a guitar is a thing of beauty and has helped them through some tough times and continues to a be a source of inspiration. 

The biggest issue although it’s one that I feel could be addressed on a new documentary is the more modern aspects of the electric guitar, checking out some of the newer companies and shapes, plus looking into NAMM (just a thought).

So overall is it worth your money? 
Honestly I believe it is. Now, to sum it all up, this documentary is pretty much your basic history of the electric guitar with added interviews with some of the best known guitar slingers in the business ala Slash, B.B. King (RIP), Jerry Cantrell to name but a few but where this one does differ from checking out rock stars is it shows us more regular ladies and gentlemen who don’t play to 20,000 people at a gig but just to a family who cover their ears to avoid being totally deafened by the wailing noise. My only issue with the documentary is it really only centres on Fender and Gibson’s, yes these are the two biggest names but developing this to include newer names but I digress, it’s the centring of much of the documentary on the vintage guitar market, yes it would be nice to discover a 59 Les Paul stashed away in the attic, worth 400,000 dollars but doubt that. Perhaps, they should do an extra episode all most on the newer companies and the future of guitars. 

From Rockstars to CEO’s to the regular Joe, it doesn’t matter, what matters is the passion, the passion for the guitar, the passion to keep playing and to defy the expectations of what society believes a CEO of Southwest Airlines should be doing with his free time or a construction worker. Turn It Up and Turn It Up fucking loud. 

8.5/10- A well worthy documentary for all of those with the passion for our stringed lovers. 

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TEXTURES video for 'Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand' released


Dutch poly-rhythmic metallers TEXTURES will release the first of their forthcoming two albums, Phenotype, onFebruary 5th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the new album, the band have released the official video for 'Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand'. 
Watch the stunning video over on YouTube:https://youtu.be/JKtvJUyFX5U

Phenotype, a 60-minute song-based album, presents an eclectic overview of what modern metal offers while preserving the catchy, innovative and progressive songs that TEXTURES represent. The new virtuosos Uri Dijk (synth) and Joe Tal (guitar) deliver a new, harmonic vibe to the mature TEXTURES sound. The new album is part one of the musical diptych, with the second album entitled Genotype scheduled for release in 2017.

Phenotype track list:
1. Oceans Collide
2. New Horizons
3. Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand
4. Illuminate The Trail
5. Meander
6. Erosion
7. The Fourth Prime
8. Zman
9. Timeless

Pre-order the album (inc signed insert): http://bit.ly/PhenotypeSigned

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ENTOMBED A.D. new album 'Dead Dawn' available for pre-order


Ahead of the release of ENTOMBED A.D.'s new album "Dead Dawn", the band is kicking off the Europa Blasphemia tour with Behemoth, Abbath and Inquisition today in Copenhagen!

The deadly dawn of a new ENTOMBED A.D. chapter will be opened on February 26th, 2016 with a new album full of death and rock and roll. As of now 'Dead Dawn' can be pre-ordered at the following locations: CMdistro.de ; EMP

'Dead Dawn' is offered in the following formats:
- Ltd. Edition Box Set (incl. Digipak Edition of the album + bonus demo MC, patch & button set)
- Gatefold golden LP+MC
- Gatefold LP
- Standard CD Jewelcase
- Digital album

The LP version is available with the following vinyl colors:
- Black LP
- Golden LP+MC (limited to 200 copies, exclusively offered at CMdistro.de)
- Transparent red LP (limited to 200 copies, exclusively offered at EMP)
- White LP (limited to 200 copies, exclusively offered at Sound Of Records)
- Transparent purple LP (limited to 200 copies, exclusively offered at CM Distro US)

'Dead Dawn' track-listing:
01. Midas In Reverse
02. Dead Dawn
03. Down To Mars To Ride
04. As The World Fell
05. Total Death
06. The Winner Has Lost
07. Silent Assassin
08. Hubris Fall
09. Black Survival
10. Not What It Seems

You can listen to the song 'Midas In Reverse' here: 

ENTOMBED A.D. live: 
Europa Blasphemia 2016 tour w/ Behemoth, Abbath & Inquisition
31.01.2016 Arenan, Stockholm, Sweden
02.02.2016 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
03.02.2016 Astra, Berlin, Germany
04.02.2016 Meetfactory, Prague, Czech Republic
05.02.2016 Weststadthalle, Essen, Germany
06.02.2016 Tivoli Ronda, Utrecht, The Netherlands
07.02.2016 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
09.02.2016 La Cigale, Paris, France
10.02.2016 Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland
11.02.2016 Live Club, Trezzo sull adda, Italy
12.02.2016 Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
13.02.2016 Backstage, Munich, Germany
14.02.2016 Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Festivals 2016:
10.-11.03.2016 Close Up Boat, Stockholm, Sweden
01.04.2016 Moita Metal Fest, In Live Caffe, Moita, Portugal
03.06.2016 Metalfest Open Air, Plzen, Czech Republic
19.06.2016 Hellfest, Clisson, France
25.06.2016 Dokkum Open Air, Dokkum, The Netherlands
02.07.2016 Death Shall Rise, Trier, Germany
07.07.2016 Rock Harz, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2016 Resurrection Festival, Viveiro, Spain
06.-09.08.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
17.-20.08.2016 Summer Breeze Open Air, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany

ENTOMBED A.D. is: 
L-G Petrov - Vocals
Nico Elgstrand - Guitars
Olle Dahlstedt - Drums
Victor Brandt - Bass

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Toseland announces New Album "Cradle The Rage" & March Tour

New Album “Cradle The Rage” 
11th March 2016
UK Tour “Cradle The Rage Tour” March 2016

BBC Documentary “True Grit” feat. James Toseland – Spring 2016

The brand new Toseland album, “Cradle The Rage”, will be released worldwide on the 11th March 2016. The band are setting out on a 10 date UK tour to support the release in the same month.

“Cradle The Rage” is the follow up to the critically and commercially successful album “Renegade”. Production duties again come from Toby Jepson (The Answer, Virgin Marys, Little Angels), with mixing duties now taken on by the legendary Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Motley Crue). The album will be available to pre order in January with first single available as an instant grat download from then. There will also be physical bundle option with exclusive t-shirt.

Toseland's debut album “Renegade” was released in March 2013. It has sold 13,000 copies in the UK to date, and the band have headlined 3 sell out tours and played to thousands of people on numerous festivals including Car Fest, Ramblin Man, Isle Of Wight and Hard Rock Hell. The success of Renegade led to the band inking a licensing deal with German label Metalville earlier this year, and that deal will see new album Cradle The Rage released globally in March.

Recently frontman James Toseland's filmed an appearance on True Grit, a new BBC2 documentary where he, Gareth Thomas (rugby legend), Donavon Bailey (Double Olympic champion) and former 400m world champion Iwan Thomas go head to head and take on some of the most extreme challenges around the globe! The 4 part documentary will air in the Spring of 2016.

Toseland - Cradle The Rage Tour 2016
Sun 13th March Brighton, Hope 
Mon 14th March Cardiff, Globe 
Tue 15th March Birmingham, Academy 3 
Wed 16th March Manchester, Sound Control 
Fri 18th March Ballymena , The Diamond Rock Club 
Tue 22nd March London, Borderline 
Wed 23rd March Cambridge, Portland Arms 
Thur 24th March Leeds, Key Club 
Fri 25th March Glasgow, Stereo 
Sat 26th March Newcastle, Think Tank

Tickets are available now through www.seetickets.com and local box offices. Support on all dates (apart from Ballymena) is Colour Of Noise.

Toseland is James Toseland (vocals), Zurab Melua (Guitar), Ed Bramford (Guitar), Roger Davis (bass) and Joe Yoshida (drums).

THE 69 EYES Vocalist Jyrki discusses the album title


Founded in the Finnish capital 25 years ago, THE 69 EYES have spawned a total of ten full-length records and an additional selection of live, best-of and remastered albums. Throughout the band’s legacy THE 69 EYES have managed to thrive and reinvent their distinct blend of goth’n’roll - 2016 sees the band continue on with this legacy in the form of new album, 'Universal Monsters'. Today the band have released the second making of trailer for the new album, which can be viewed over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IFnYNNWs9Bc

Vocalist Jyrki explains how they came up with the album title and concept: "I was walking in downtown Austin during the last SXSW festival and ran into this strange castle looking horror shop Sfanthor, which had also a house of wax kind of movie monster exhibition. The classic 30's and 40's movie monsters are something that you love to be afraid of and…love. I thought that would be perfect way to portray THE 69 EYES - as a band of monsters.”

"As I first heard the instrumental demo of the song, it immediately sounded for me like a song from the early 80’s new wave/post punk days. You know, like when the music was heavily inspired by David Bowie’s dark visions, the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war and 1984 - kind of the future. So I wrote such lyrics from the past - and all of a sudden, the history started to repeat itself and the Cold War winds started to blow again! It was very strange - all of a sudden THE 69 EYES have a song which is very 'today' and even political, longing back the days of peace", explains singer Jyrki 69. "We also wanted the video to be artistic and visually capturing the vibe and theme of the song. There is hope but also darkness, violence and innocence. And it’s only goth 'n' roll."

The new album’s cover artwork, as well as the above mentioned video, were created by Finnish photographer and director Ville Juurikkala - known for his work with NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, HIM, APOCALYPTICA andMICHAEL MONROE. As the album title Universal Monsters suggests, the band are portrayed in movie monster lightning, showing them as well classic and timeless creatures. “The covers are planned and designed as an old-school CD covers - remember when the booklets used to be as exciting as the album itself?! It will actually have five different covers being such a folder - each member of the band can be used as a cover creature of their own. Ville has really succeeded in capturing the classic movie vibe for the shots without any special make-up or photo shopping. THE 69 EYES are the universal rock ’n’ roll monsters - not so many of us left anymore”, comments Jyrki. “So from real fans I wish they would get the actual CD in their hands to get the full album treatment as we have planned it to be experienced!”

Pre-order Universal Monsters on CD, which includes an exclusive Horror Movie Poster, from the Nuclear Blast UK store: http://bit.ly/The69EyesLtdEd

The album track list racks up as follows:
01. Dolce Vita
02. Jet Fighter Plane
03. Blackbird Pie
04. Lady Darkness
05. Stiv & Johnny
06. Never
07. Miss Pastis
08. Jerusalem
09. Shallow Graves
10. Rock 'N' Roll Junkie
11. Blue

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ENTER SHIKARI Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace mini-documentary set live and acoustic EP announced


Ahead of their February 2016 headline show at London's Alexandra Palace that closes their UK tour, Enter Shikari went into the venue in December 2015 to visit the site and to record a short acoustic set for a small audience of friends and competition winners. 

Rather than use the 10,000 capacity space that will house the full-blown ‘arena rock show’, Ally Pally offered the band the use of the seldom-seen-by-the-general-public Victorian Theatre for the recording. The theatre, largely unused in this century, is a hidden gem behind the main building. A 2500 capacity ornate room that has, over the past 100+ years, served as not only a place of entertainment but also a haven for Belgian refugees, a BBC props store, and a German internment camp. 

Footage from the set has been released via the band’s Youtube channel today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdD4s3g45t8,
 and three of the tracks will be available for streaming and download as a ‘Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace EP’ via all outlets from Monday 1st February. 

Enter Shikari’s UK tour - which the band recently announced would utilise quadraphonic surround-sound - starts on Thursday 18th February in Glasgow, and ends up at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 27th February before heading out to Europe. 
Support for the UK dates comes from The Wonder Years and The King Blues. 

EP tracklist ; 
1) Torn Apart (Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace)
2) Myopia (Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace)
3) One True Colour (Live & Acoustic at Alexandra Palace)
release date ; Monday 1st February 2016. 

Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep Tour - UK - Feb 2016 
Thurs 18 - Glasgow - O2 Apollo 
Fri 19 - Edinburgh - Corn Exchange 
Sat 20 - Nottingham - Motorpoint Arena 
Mon 22 - Bournemouth - International Center 
Tues 23 - Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena 
Thurs 25 - Manchester - Victoria Warehouse 
Sat 27 - London - Alexandra Palace

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Producer Jens Bogren discusses the band's new offering


Italian symphonic death metal masters FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE have been releasing a series of trailers in support of their forthcoming album 'King', out on Feb 5th via Nuclear Blast. Today sees the release of the fifth trailer in which producer Jens Bogren and recording engineer Marco Mastrobuono discuss the recording and mixing of the band's new offering. 
Watch over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mWxcHFbaD1U

Pre-order FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE's new album King here: http://bit.ly/FleshgodKingDigipack

King track list:
01. Marche Royale
02. In Aeternum
03. Healing Through War
04. The Fool
05. Cold As Perfection
06. Mitra
07. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft bringt Leiden)
08. And The Vulture Beholds
09. Gravity
10. A Million Deaths
11. Syphilis
12. King

Bonus Orchestral CD (digipack only)
01. Marche Royale
02. In Aeternum
03. Healing Through War
04. The Fool
05. Cold As Perfection
06. Mitra
07. And The Vulture Beholds
08. Gravity
09. A Million Deaths
10. Syphilis

The band will tour extensively in support of their forthcoming album. Catch FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE live:

10.03. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
11.03. UK Gwynedd - Hammerfest
12.03. UK Leeds - The Key Club
13.03. UK Glasgow - Audio
15.03. UK Manchester - Sound Countrol
16.03. UK Bristol - Fleece
18.03. UK London - Underworld


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LOST SOCIETY Second 'Braindead' track by track trailer


Braindead is the third album by Finland-based thrash metallers LOST SOCIETY and will be released on February 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. In celebration of their new release, the band have been posting a series of trailers covering the recording of the album. Today sees the release of the second track by track trailer, in which frontman Samy discusses the tracks 'Hollow Eyes', 'Rage Me Up' and 'Hangover Activator': 

Braindead track list:
01. I Am The Antidote
02. Riot
03. Mad Torture
04. Hollow Eyes
05. Rage Me Up
06. Hangover Activator
07. Only (My) Death Is Certain
08. P.S.T.88
Bonus track:
09. Terror Hungry (Californian Easy Listening Version)

Pre-order the album:
Limited Edition Vinyl - http://bit.ly/BraindeadVinyl

LOST SOCIETY will be playing as main support alongside Exodus on their forthcoming 2016 UK & Ireland tour. Front man Samy Elbanna said regarding the announcement: "We can't even begin to tell you all how stoked we are to announce that we'll be hitting the road with the almighty EXODUS at the end of February! We're so happy to finally return to the UK and hit our other favourite countries and cities. We'll be playing some tracks off of ‘BRAINDEAD’ for the first time ever, and of course songs off of the first two records. One thing is for sure, Exodus and Lost Society will tear down every single venue, and we expect you all to go crazy and scream your lungs out!! Make sure you get your tickets right away, this is gonna be legendary!

Europe BEWARE: Lost Society and Exodus comin' atcha!!”

The tour which will take the bands across Europe as well as the UK & Ireland:
25th February – Birmingham, Asylum
26th February – Newcastle, Riverside
27th February – Aberdeen, The Tunnels
28th February – Glasgow, The Cathouse
29th February – Belfast, Limelight
1st March – Dublin, Button Factory
2nd March – Liverpool, O2 Academy
3rd March – York, Fibbers
4th March – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
5th March – London, Underworld
6th March – Brighton, The Haunt
8th March – Southampton – Talking Heads
9th March – Bristol, The Fleece
10th March - Plymouth, The Hub
11th March – Cardiff, The Globe
13th March – Southend, Chinnerys


Exodus and Lost Society are keen to disperse their thrashing annihilation across the UK, this is a tour not to be missed!

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Ramblin' Man Fair - New Line Up Announcement

23rd to 24th July 2016

New Line Up Announcement
Sebastian Bach
The Cadillac Three
Ginger Baker’s Airforce 3 
Purson, The Kentucky Headhunters, Headspace, Inglorious and The Zombies

Following from a hugely successful inaugural year in 2015, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2016. The festival is pleased to announce the second round of bands for next years festival! Already announced is the stellar lineup of WHITESNAKE (Saturday Headliners), BLACK STONE CHERRY (Sunday Headliners),THIN LIZZY, Airbourne, Europe, Ginger Wildheart, The Graveltones, Procol Harum, Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Von Hertzen Brothers, Blurred Vision, The Fierce And The Dead, Frost*, IO Earth, The White Buffalo, Life Signs, Hayseed Dixie, Walter Trout and King King. Joining them in 2016 are…

Sebastian Bach
Sebastian Bach, singer who achieved mainstream success as front man of SkidRow from 1987-96 will be performing with his band, playing contemporary numbers and old school classic Skid Row tracks. Sebastian is renowned for being one of rocks most iconic singers and outspoken front men. Expect classics such as '18 For Life’, ‘Youth Gone Wild’ and ‘Monkey Business’ 

The Cadillac Three 
Since the release of Tennessee Mojo featuring the radio hit ‘Party Like You’, The Cadillac Three are proving a massive success on both sides of the Atlantic and have been on a non-stop rollercoaster of touring, including rave reviews and sold-out shows during their UK run this month. Ramblin’ Man Fair are so excited to add them to this years line up and feel this is only the beginning for this band who clearly have big things on the horizon.

Ginger Baker’s Airforce 3 
Ginger Baker is probably one of the most innovative and influential drummers of our time and one of the founding members to one of the most iconic classic rock bands ‘CREAM’. Now with a career spanning 45 years and still going strong, Ginger Baker will be bringing back 70’s jazz rock fusion project ‘Airforce 3’ to Ramblin’ Man Fair 2016 and we can’t wait!
Also announced are blues psychedelic outfit Purson, Main stage performers Inglorious and TheKentucky Headhunters and also adding to the Prog Stage The Zombies and Headspace. 

Weekend and Day Tickets On Sale Now 
Weekend General Admission – £130.00 *
Weekend VIP - £225.00 *
Saturday General Admission - £75.00 *
Saturday VIP - £125.00 *
Sunday Genral Admission - £75.00 *
Sunday VIP - £125.00 *

*Not Including Booking Fee


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 will be a unique experience set to become 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, the Channel and Ferries to and from mainland Europe.
Ramblin’ Man Fair is now under the ownership of new music event company Spirit of Rock, the first IP acquisition activity by ex Team Rock and Classic Rock/Metal Hammer magazine Managing Director Chris Ingham. Spirit of Rock is a division of RFS Entertainment.
In a statement Spirit Of Rock said, "Now under new management, year two of Ramblin’ Man Fair will be even bigger and better than year one. The festival will concentrate on a core offering of classic rock, prog and Southern rock music showcasing both legends and new talent. Ramblin’ Man Fair will come with a new emphasis on great food, fine bourbons and the colourful world of rock culture.”

Spirit Of Rock Director Chris Ingham adds, “Ramblin’ Man 2016 is my first venture with the Spirit of Rock, the company I formed in partnership with RFS entertainment after twenty years at Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines and latterly, with TeamRock. I actually attended the 2015 concert in Mote Park and I was hugely impressed not only by the diversity of the artists but also the great atmosphere and the sheer potential of the brand.
It’s time to create a music festival that appeals as much to the foodie as it does the rock music fan in us all. Let’s have Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Prog, Blues and Country music stages alongside great outdoor BBQ food, fine bourbon whiskies and barrels of real ale in the heart of Maidstone’s beautiful Mote Park. Knowing whom we have booked to play and alongside these new areas Ramblin’ Man 2016 will be a very special weekend indeed, don’t miss out.” – Chris Ingham


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Creeper release video for track 'Black Mass'


Taken from new EP ‘The Stranger’, out February 19th on Roadrunner Records UK

Radio 1’s ‘Rockest Record’ and now added to the In New Music We Trust List

Next London gig on March 3rd has been upgraded to The Underworld after the original show sold-out in less than 24 hours

After making a striking debut for Roadrunner Records UK with the sold-out EP ‘The Callous Heart’, the rise of Southampton goth-punks CREEPER continues unabated with the February 19th release of the new EP ‘The Stranger’. Hot on the heels of being added to Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust List yesterday, they build towards its release by unveiling the video for ‘Black Mass’.

“The concept behind the video is a dream that our EP’s cover character named Madeline is experiencing,” explains vocalist WillGould. “She’s in the middle of an episode of sleep psychosis with the band performing to her in her dream. She awakes to find herself in her bedroom.”

“The song’s lyrics are written from the perspective of the character of The Stranger, the heartbroken monster who is the EP’s namesake,” he continues. “They’re partly inspired by recounts of sleep paralysis, where sufferers describe seeing a ‘black matter’ or ‘black mass’ haunting them in their rooms at night, while they lie paralysed in bed.”

Produced by Neil Kennedy at The Ranch, ‘Black Mass’ captures CREEPER’s inherent sense of energy while also evoking the dramatic spirits of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.

‘The Stranger’ EP immediately establishes a theatrical air of foreboding with the mood-setting opener ‘The Secret Society’ before the band’s love of The Misfits, Alkaline Trio and The Damned is very much in evidence throughout the pop-punk attack of‘Valentine’. The EP’s closing two tracks really highlight the band’s growing maturity and versatility: ‘Misery’ Is stripped back to a soul-baring vocal/guitar duet before exploding into its climactic finale, and the mid-section of ‘Astral Projection’ focuses on Gould’simpassioned delivery before a final race to the finish line. 

‘The Stranger’ EP will be available on 12” vinyl and digital download formats, and can now be pre-ordered from iTunes(http://po.st/StrangeriTunes) as a special package from the Roadrunner Records (http://po.st/CreeperRRStore) store which also features an exclusive new t-shirt design.

Having recently added guitarist Oliver Burdett and keyboardist Hannah Greenwood to the CREEPER ranks, the band’s new line-up will debut at the Birmingham O2 Institute on February 1st where CREEPER play as guests to Neck Deep.

Their first headline tour as a sextet commences later that month and includes their biggest headline show to date at The Underworld on March 3rd. The gig was upgraded from the original venue of The Barfly after that show sold-out in less than 24 hours. Still selling strongly, any remaining tickets for The Underworld show will be available from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/creeper-tickets, priced at £7 in advance.

February – HEADLINE SHOWS
20th – Weymouth, Finns
21st – Newport, Le Pub
22nd – Wrexham, Rewind
23rd – Edinburgh, Mash House
24th – Dundee, Beat Generator Live
25th – Huddersfield, The Parish
26th – Peterborough, Met Lounge
27th – Coventry, Kasbah
29th – Worcester, Marrs Bar

March – HEADLINE SHOWS
1st – Guildford, The Boileroom
2nd – Bath, Moles
3rd – London, The Underworld (UPGRADED from The Barfly)
4th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum

February – with NECK DEEP
1st – Birmingham, O2 Institute
2nd – Glasgow, O2 Academy
4th – Manchester, Academy
5th – Cardiff, Great Hall
6th – London, O2 Forum

April – with NECK DEEP
16th – Southampton, Guildhall
18th – Newcastle, University
19th – Leeds, Beckett University
20th – Liverpool, O2 Academy

In addition to the success of ‘The Callous Heart’ EP, CREEPER’s highlights of 2015 included tours with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Misfits, Funeral For A Friend, Moose Blood and Twin Atlantic; and they also burst onto the festival circuit atDownload, the Vans Warped Tour UK, 2000 Trees, Hevy and Camden Rocks.

Friday, 29 January 2016

The White Buffalo `Love and the Death of Damnation’ Review


Sons of Anarchy, you may well be familiar with this bikerathon show and certainly you should’ve heard the climatic song `Come Join The Murder’. Well the harrowing track was sung by one Jake Smith, better known as The White Buffalo. Now, having a rather popular program has probably boosted Jake’s stock, I mean hell I found him that way. 

He’s certainly been around for a while though with his first album `Hogtied Like A Rodeo’ came out back in 2002 which was well 14 years ago, see X Factor hopefuls this is the way your career is meant to be built, for the love, not for the prestige or lip syncing in front of Cowell and Co. 

Jake’s newest work `Love and the Death of Damnation’ is just bonafidely awesome. Now, personally I deal predominately with the harder, rougher edges of music but there are those that slip through my gauntlets and this one of them. 

From the get go, your welcomed by a foot tapping rhythm on `Dark Days’ that’s pretty bouncy and probably more suited to a barn dance or riding your bike on a summers day with the wind in your hair than a rainy day in the UK but hell it takes you to that place.

There’s so many tracks to choose from on `Love and the Death’ that it’s hard to pick just a few to chat about, really this album is a melting pot of acoustic rock, add to that some folk and a large helping of country so imagine lots of lumberjack shirts with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson riding their Harley’s. `Radio with no Sound’ is a softer more low key outing but is the perfect showcase for Jake’s amazing vocal range, I mean yeah it can’t hit notes that only dogs can hear but there’s a note that he hits late in the song that’s more likely to deploy and earthquake it’s so bloody low. 

Without doubt, a personal favourite on the album is `Modern Times’, it entails Jake’s idea of not fitting in this current world but keeping going and the music of `Modern Times’ is bouncy, it’s fun and without doubt if it doesn't make at least make you get your dancing shoes on then something is missing from your soul.

Personally I absolutely loved this album, yes this won’t be to everyone’s tastes but with the rise of guys like Ed Sheeran in the past few years, a guy with an acoustic guitar should be pretty much on record labels hot list, although in this case with an older, American bearded fella and you got The White Buffalo.

It’s foot tapping, it’s getting your groove on, it’s being outside on a summers day with your acoustic guitar and your lady, `Love and the Death of Damnation’ deals with Universal themes of love, loss, heartbreak yet makes these topics so personal and surely that’s what a great songwriter is able to do. Take a universal problem and make you feel that you’re the only one that matters, Jake I mean The White Buffalo does this over 13 tracks of `Love and the Death of Damnation’.

9.5/10- A truly wonderful piece of American country, come folk, come whatever. Just great, fun songs.

Stand out tracks:
`Radio with no Sound’, `Modern Times’ and `Rocky’

Track Listing:
1. Dark Days
2. Chico
3. Go The Distance
4. Radio With No Sound
5. Home is in your Arms
6. I Got You (feat. Audra Mae)
7. Modern Times
8. Last Call to Heaven
9. Where is your Saviour?
10. Rocky
11. Come on love, Come on in
12. Fantasy
13. Darkside of Town
14. I Got You (Radio Edit)

Internet happenings:

New Megadeth video for `Dystopia'


Thrash metal genre pioneers MEGADETH has kicked off the New Year with the release of their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records.

With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold). The rest of the MEGADETH lineup is comprised of David "Junior" Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to recordDystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album. 

"There's an excitement right now that I haven't felt for a really long time," exclaims Dave Mustaine. 

Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners. “Fatal Illusion” is the first track released from the album - listen here. Dystopiaweaves together Dave Mustaine’s intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to MEGADETH’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground. 

MEGADETH burst onto the thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time). sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction. 

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Threat Is Real
2. Dystopia
3. Fatal Illusion
4. Death From Within
5. Bullet To The Brain
6. Post American World
7. Poisonous Shadows
8. Conquer or Die!
9. Lying In State
10. The Emperor
11. Foreign Policy

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

CHILDREN OF BODOM release lyric video for 'Horns'


Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have released a lyric video for the track 'Horns'! The track is taken from their latest album 'I Worship Chaos', which was released in October 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
 Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Xddc3AjyAp0 

Returning to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record I Worship Chaos, the album was produced by the band and Mikko Karmila, who worked with them on their earlier albums Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow The Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll. The album was then mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki and the artwork was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi ( tuomaskorpi.com).

I Worship Chaos track list:
01. I Hurt
02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One)
03. Morrigan
04. Horns
05. Prayer For The Afflicted
06. I Worship Chaos
07. Hold Your Tongue
08. Suicide Bomber
09. All For Nothing
10. Widdershins
Bonus tracks (digibook only):
11. Mistress Of Taboo (PLASMATICS cover)
12. Danger Zone (KENNY LOGGINS cover)
13. Black Winter Day (AMORPHIS cover)
Bonus DVD (digibook only):
01. Making Of

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

HEVY FESTIVAL 2016 announces first wave of bands: REFUSED, SIKTH, WHILE SHE SLEEPS, ANIMALS AS LEADERS and more!


HEVY FEST 2016 is very excited to announce its first wave of bands, continuing the reinvigoration of one of the UK's most exciting festivals.

With both headliners still to come, announced today are: punk titans REFUSED, technical metal frontrunners SIKTH, metalcore heavyweights WHILE SHE SLEEPS and instrumental legendsANIMALS AS LEADERS.

They join unique grime-metal outfit Hacktivist, Gnarwolves, Krokodil, No Consequence, Devil Sold His Soul, Forever Never, Vukovi, Murdock, and When Our Time Comes.

All of this PLUS two headliners still to come and loads other huge bands for only £79 makes Hevy the best-value rock music festival in the UK this summer.

Stay tuned for more massive band announcements in the coming weeks!

With a history of booking bands ranging from Andrew W.K. to Meshuggah, not forgetting other huge names including Thrice, Coheed & Cambria, Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hevy has built a strong reputation for delivering diverse and ambitious line-ups, and 2016 will be no exception. Four headliners plus over 50 great bands and DJs will perform across the two days, there will be a great range of food outlets and a glamping option for those who like to do festivals in style!

Set for a brand new location this year with ample room to expand, Hevy is set to reclaim its title as the UK’s best small sized outdoor festival in 2016.

Tickets are priced at £79, with a small batch of early bird tickets still available. There is also a pay monthly finance option should you wish to spread the cost. Purchase tickets here:

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TEXTURES release drum playthrough for 'Illuminate The Trail'


Dutch poly-rhythmic metallers TEXTURES will release the first of their forthcoming two albums, Phenotype, on February 5th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The band recently released new track 'Illuminate The Trail' online and to compliment that track, they have now released a drum playthrough for it. Learn all of the grooves and beats, 

Listen to 'Illuminate The Trail' over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UouFnxwJ998 

Phenotype, a 60-minute song-based album, presents an eclectic overview of what modern metal offers while preserving the catchy, innovative and progressive songs that TEXTURES represent. The new virtuosos Uri Dijk (synth) and Joe Tal (guitar) deliver a new, harmonic vibe to the mature TEXTURES sound. The new album is part one of the musical diptych, with the second album entitled Genotype scheduled for release in 2017.

Phenotype track list:
1. Oceans Collide
2. New Horizons
3. Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand
4. Illuminate The Trail
5. Meander
6. Erosion
7. The Fourth Prime
8. Zman
9. Timeless

Pre-order the album (inc signed insert): http://bit.ly/PhenotypeSigned

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