Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Nothing More Announce New Album for September & Unveil New Video




NOTHING MORE announce the release of their eagerly awaited album The Stories We Tell Ourselves on September 15th via Better Noise Records. This is the band’s first release since their 2014 self-titled album. The album is available for pre-order now at all digital retailers along with exclusive merch packages, signed vinyl and CDs at PledgeMusic.

Fans demand nothing less than Nothing More and The Stories We Tell Ourselves sets the bar high. The band have just unveiled the album’s lead single “Go To War,” showcasing singer Jonny Hawkins’ dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. 
Watch the Wayne Isham directed video here:

"Trust is the foundation of every relationship. As trust erodes, our need for control grows. ‘Go To War’ is about how we circle the problem, unknowingly spinning the web tighter. If you circle enough, it becomes a spiral. If you spiral enough, it becomes a war." –Jonny Hawkins, Nothing More

As a special treat for fans, Nothing More have released a second track from the album, “Don’t Stop”--Listen HERE. “Don’t Stop” and “Go To War” are available now at all digital retail providers and streaming platforms.

The band will celebrate the release of The Stories We Tell Ourselves with fans across North America by heading back out on the road for The Noise Presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour 2017. The extensive fall tour kicks off September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee and includes stops in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Dallas and the band’s hometown, San Antonio—see full tour routing at www.nothingmore.net.

(Ambition; Destruction)
Do You Really Want It
(Convict; Divide)
Let 'em Burn
Ripping Me Apart
Don't Stop
Funny Little Creatures
(React; Respond)
The Great Divorce
Still In Love
(Alone; Together)
Go To War
Just Say When
(Accept; Disconnect)
Who We Are
(End; Begin)

BMG to publish new book, 'For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records'

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of 'For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records' on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica's Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label's 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: "I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade. We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!"

'For the Sake of Heaviness' is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom's non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. The book recounts the early beginning of a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job, before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler,Malice, Ratt, and Metallica.

'For the Sake of Heaviness' pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they've accomplished, and where they're going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue's career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist - twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads - from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show's Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon!

Joe Bonamassa `Live at Carnegie Hall’ DVD Review

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? That is a question that’s been on the lips of many a musician. It’s a historic venue in the heart of Manhattan, and a venue that has held some absolute memorable moments not just in music history but also it includes Suffragette speeches in 1908, through to the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film `The Kid’ in 1921 and The Beatles in 1964. 

For Joe Bonamassa, his already extensive list of played venues is as long as it is illustrious, yet one venue that eluded him was Carnegie Hall. The bonus content on this DVD, Joe explains that from boyhood dream Carnegie Hall was the last one on his bucket list and precisely why it wasn’t his usual foray with electric instruments. 

To the main feature, the way the stage is set up and presence of the band is almost homely like Joe’s playing in your living room or at the end of the most picturesque pub nestled somewhere a village of equal beauty straight away Joe invites you in.

The inclusion of such an outstanding group of individuals is quite astonishing, although that’s not saying due to their quality but the fact Joe can transpose what would be a rip roaring electric blues set to an acoustic one and have many elements of world music is a huge credit to each individual member bringing in their stamp on this illustrious evening. 

Before we mention particular songs, draw your attention to the guitars on stage, mostly Gibson’s and most being at least 100 years old or there around, so in the grand scheme of things the blues should be played on these old beauties something that I’m sure the likes of Robert Johnson would have only dreamed of.

Opening the show with `This Train` it’s a very upbeat rendition of the electric driven piece, although the crowd haven’t started bouncing on their chairs, it’s definitely the right track and right mood to get them ready for an hour and half of a musical extravaganza. 

Although on `Drive`, Joe and company bring that ecstatic feeling down to earth with the adding a far more sombre tone that blues music does replicate, although some may assume that the blues can be all like `Drive` yet the Blues is very expressive and these two songs are perfect examples of that.

One aspect of `Live at Carnegie Hall’ and one that’s very much part of Joe’s sound is the use of world instruments and on this occasion Joe’s band consists of Egyptian, Australian, of course American and Chinese members, each adding in an extra ingredient to serve the song.

Joe is relentless with releases, with some who churn out so many albums so quickly, it can become tiresome yet with Joe his unique vision 99% of the time will result in watching something or listening to an album that’s pretty darn special. He won’t just put out a live album of `Live at?’ if it doesn’t have any resonance with himself or his audience. Definitely with `Live at Carnegie Hall’, you get that sense of true accomplishment that he’s doing something he loves and wants you to come along for the ride. 

9/10- Joe’s last venue on his bucket list, warm and inviting, its Joe B to a T.

Stand out tracks:
`Drive’, `This Train` and `The Rose'

Track Listing: 
1. Cold Streets (Intro)
2. This Train
3. Drive
4. The Valley Runs Low
5. Dust Bowl
6. Driving Towards The Daylight
7. Black Lung Heartache
8. Blue and Evil
9. Livin’ Easy
10. Get Back My Tomorrow
11. Mountain Time 
12. How Cam a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? 
13. Song of Yesterday
14. Woke Up Dreaming
15. Hummingbird
16. The Rose
17. Cold Streets (Credits) 

Joe Bonamassa online:

Decapitated `Anticult’ Review

Death Metal is a worldwide entity; it ranges from the US through to Sweden, all across Europe and as far into the Middle East.

As the world got smaller, Death Metal spread and Poland has really became a powerhouse of the scene, along with Behemoth and Vader, Decapitated are very much one of the horsemen of the scene. Formed in 96, they’ve gone through quite something, a tragic car accident in 2007 that claimed the life of a founding member. It’s was certainly a tribute that the band was reformed in 2011. 

`Anticult` is Decapitated 3rd album in 6 years, it opens with `Impulse’ and above all, this is a perfect indicator of `Anticult` overall resonance, its extreme metal with so much more added to the witches brew. With cleaner guitar parts to set the mood, the track then opens up with a heavy groovy riff that’s akin to Meshuggah with its downright precise intensity. At just over 6 minutes this track personifies just how Decapitated can take elements from other spheres in metal and apply it to extreme metal and not just make it 6 minutes of pure blast beats. 

Song 2 is `Deathvaluation’ and it carries on from its predecessor in it’s particularly groove mentality, especially within the guitar solo. It’s fast, there’s a hell of a lot of widdley in there but more importantly ultimately it’s very memorable and certainly one that people will try, although expect some bleeding fingers to attempt it note for note. It appears that Decapitated has an adage of thrash into their niche and with this solo they pay homage to their heroes of Exodus or Testament, melodic, aggressive but certainly memorable is the order of the day for Decapitated on `Deathvaluation’

The two singles `Earth Scar’ and `Never’ are much later on in the album structure, yet listening to them and how they are laid out and within the record ultimately you really get a superb taster of the rest of the songs on the 8 track extreme opus, clinically aggressive, fast and with a heap of atmosphere.

One aspect of listening to an album is the way in which it flows. Now in this day and age, an album is merely a collection of singles readymade for a quick listen or as part of a shuffle playlist, so listening through `Anticult’ from start to finish it flows well, each track seamlessly into its successor and doesn’t feel disjointed or any point like they just slapped a song where they felt like. Honestly, it feels like they took the time to really set this up, strange to think that an extreme metal album could be a harmonious affair.

If you love extreme metal with added thought, flow, groove, speed and intensity then ultimately this should be your new favourite album. Poland seems to be churning out some real blasting extreme metal and `Decapitated’ are certainly at the forefront with `Anticult’.

9.5/10- The complete extreme metal album, flowing, aggressive 

Stand out tracks:
`Never`, `Impulse’ and `Deathvaluation`

Track Listing:
1. Impulse
2. Deathvaluation
3. Kill The Cult
4. One Eyed Nation
5. Anger Line
6. Earth Scar
7. Never
8. Amen

Decapitated online:

Sunday, 25 June 2017




 Swedish rock ‘n’ roll legends, Europe, will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

“What an awesome night! 
It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!” 
Joey Tempest / Europe

The limited edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:
DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
BluRay/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
A Digital audio only release
A 12” sized Boxset, limited to 1,000 units will also be available in September. 
It will contain the BluRay/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only The Final Countdown portion of the concert, a 40 pg 12” sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest-pass.

…Live At The Roundhouse will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios a brand new album to follow up War of Kings, which was released in 2015.

THE HAUNTED 'Strength In Numbers' album details revealed; 'Brute Force' video launched

Swedish Thrash Metallers THE HAUNTED are geared up to kick off the promotional campaign for their upcoming, 9th studio album effort entitled “Strength In Numbers”. Recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited), the album will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 25th, 2017 and it’s time to reveal the first details about the release...

The album’s first single for the merciless and in-your-face track “Brute Force”, so check it out in a video produced by Oscar Dziedziela / OD Visual here: 

Or stream “Brute Force” via Spotify here: 

THE HAUNTED checked in to comment on the track as follows: "We’re very excited to finally be able to air our first single from the new album “Strength In Numbers” and let it set the tone for the brutality of the album. “Brute Force” is one of those songs written in the early stage of making the album and shows our hunger to make new music, uncompromising, unforgiving and just to the point."

The artwork for “Strength In Numbers” was once again created by THE HAUNTED’s longtime designer Andreas Pettersson and the album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

THE HAUNTED – “Strength In Numbers”:
1. Fill The Darkness With Black
2. Brute Force
3. Spark
4. Preachers Of Death
5. Strength In Numbers
6. Tighten The Noose
7. This Is The End
8. The Fall
9. Means To An End
10. Monuments

The album’s limited edition Mediabook CD version will additionally include the bonus tracks “Illusions” and “Sinister”, expanded layouts as well as 3 stickers. “Strength In Numbers” will also be available on 180gr. vinyl in various editions:

Black LP (Unlimited), Silver LP (200x copies / Sweden) and Clear LP (300x Copies / USA).
And last but not least, a strictly limited Deluxe LP package will be available from CM Distro / CM Webshop in Europe. This very special edition is limited to 500x copies on transparent red coloured vinyl and comes with a printed guitar tablature book, a poster, a set of 3 guitar-picks and the entire album on CD as bonus. Grab it before it’s too late!

Pre-order the album in its various physical formats from CM Distro here: https://smarturl.it/BruteForceCMDistro

A video teaser from the album’s recording sessions can be seen here: https://youtu.be/sWHJnmXxfFY

A list of the upcoming live dates announced so far for THE HAUNTED in support of “Strength In Numbers” can be found here:

THE HAUNTED – Live 2017:
31.08.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Blå
01.09.2017 Stavanger (Norway) - Folken
02.09.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Hulen
08.09.2017 Örebro (Sweden) - Frimis Salonger + Witchery
09.09.2017 Linköping (Sweden) - Backstage + Witchery
15.09.2017 Borlänge (Sweden) - Liljan
16.09.2017 Sundsvall (Sweden) - Club Destroyer
21.09.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik + Witchery
22.09.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Debaser Strand + Witchery
23.09.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB + Witchery
29.09.2017 Hultsfred (Sweden) - Mörkaste Småland Festival
30.09.2017 Eskilstuna (Sweden) - Loket
07.10.2017 Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) - Graveland Fest

THE HAUNTED’s latest album “Exit Wounds” (2015) was highly praised as a return to form and managed to enter international sales charts upon release as follows: Germany # 64, Finland # 15, Switzerland # 100, Sweden # 32, USA # 151 Top Current Albums, USA # 5 Heatseekers.

THE HAUNTED line-up:
Marco Aro - Vocals
Jensen - Guitars
Ola Englund - Guitars
Jonas Björler - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

More details about THE HAUNTED and “Strength In Numbers” will be revealed soon…


Saturday, 24 June 2017

EPICA announce EP 'The Solace System'; start pre-order; release music video!

With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016’s The Holographic Principle is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high-quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. "This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes," explains Mark. Since the band didn’t like the idea of ​​a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of The Holographic Principle.

Today, EPICA proudly announce their upcoming long-awaited EP, The Solace System, scheduled to be released on September 1st, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Mark tells about the songs: "The listeners can expect a high-quality EP - with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context. It is always hard to decide at the end of a recording process which songs will be on the album, because this means that you have to miss some songs with best quality, just because they do not fit quite well into the overall flow of the record or because there are other songs that are more suited to the lyrics".

Check out the video for 'The Solace System', here: 

The Solace System was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. It was produced by anime-master Davide Cilloni. The stunning artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

Simone Simons (vocalist) comments on the EP:
"During the early writing process of 'The Holographic Principle' we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn't fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!"

Pre-order now:
The box set The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition as well as the EP The Solace System are now available for pre-order.

Nuclear Blast will also be re-release two classic albums from EPICA, Design Your Universe and The Divine Conspiracy on vinyl on August 18th. Each album is available in two different colours, the pre-order for which has already started last week.

Or get the digital version and get the title track 'The Solace System' instantly: http://nblast.de/EpicaSystemIT

More on EPICA:
'Edge Of The Blade' OFFICIAL VIDEO:
'Universal Death Squad' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
Europe tour 2017 aftermovie: https://youtu.be/0z4JVKs7aOA
'Dancing In A Hurricane' - Live at The Zenith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1qRwjqjurQ

More info:


Friday, 23 June 2017

BLIND GUARDIAN 'Twilight Of The Gods' live video

Progressive power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have just released another great classic off their first live record in 14 years. Live Beyond The Spheres is a collection of 22 tracks including all-time classics such as 'The Bard's Song (In The Forest)' and 'Mirror Mirror', but also rarely performed songs like 'And Then There Was Silence'. To celebrate the forthcoming release, the band are premiering a live video for 'Twilight Of The Gods'.
 Watch here: 

"We compiled one 'show' out of the best tracks from more than 40 live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That's how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium", explains guitarist André Olbrich.

Pre-order Live Beyond The Spheres: 
Limited Edition Vinyl box set: http://bit.ly/BGLiveBeyond

Pre-order Live Beyond The Spheres digitally to get 'Prophecies', 'Mirror Mirror' and 'Twilight Of The Gods' instantly: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/live-beyond-the-spheres/id1240180696?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Live Beyond The Spheres Track List:
01. The Ninth Wave
02. Banish From Sanctuary
03. Nightfall
04. Prophecies
05. Tanelorn
06. The Last Candle
07. And Then There Was Silence

01. The Lord Of The Rings
02. Fly
03. Bright Eyes
04. Lost In The Twilight Hall
05. Imaginations From The Other Side
06. Into The Storm
07. Twilight Of The Gods
08. A Past And Future Secret
09. And The Story Ends

01. Sacred Worlds
02. The Bard's Song (In The Forest)
03. Valhalla
04. Wheel Of Time
05. Majesty
06. Mirror Mirror

Watch a special drum cam video for 'Prophecies': https://youtu.be/QA7Y6ei6gB0

PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS sign with NB, release live EP, on tour

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary long time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have inked a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast. 

Commented Phil Campbell: "I am really pleased to announce that my band PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. The label is home to some great bands, some of which are also very good friends of mine. Once we get back from the summer festivals we look forward to recording our first full length album!"

In celebration of the announcement, the band has put together the exclusive digital only live EP 'Live At Solothurn' (see cover below) which is available via all download and streaming platforms as of today!

'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)

After supporting sleaze rock icons GUNS N' ROSES on their stadium tour, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS are currently touring Europe, playing a selection of big festivals:
23.06. NO Halden, Tons Of Rock Festival
24.06. ES Madrid, Download Festival
01.07. GR Khaniá, Chania Rock Festival
22.07. UK Gloucester, Amplified Festival
25.08. CH Granichen, Open Air Granichen
02.09. UK Durham, Stormin' The Castle Festival

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 the 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.

In November 2016 the band released a self titled EP and headed out on tours including a European tour with SAXON. Now in 2017 the band is finishing off the writing and recording of their debut full length album and are about to play shows with GUNS N' ROSES and play many of Europe's biggest festivals.

Phil Campbell - Guitar 
Todd Campbell - Guitar 
Dane Campbell - Drums 
Tyla Campbell - Bass 
Neil Starr - Vocals

ALTER BRIDGE Release Live Performance Video From Their Legendary London O2 Show!

ALTER BRIDGE are on a mission on European festival and club stages right now: To prove their incredible live performance qualities, and that they are one of the best top notch live acts of our times. 

Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" which captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "The Last Hero" track "Cradle To The Grave"! Check out the video HERE

If you like what you see, make sure you order your copy of "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" NOW, and enjoy hits like "Farther Than The Sun", "Show Me A Leader", "Rise Today", and ALTER BRIDGE's masterpiece "Isolation", showcasing a band on the top of their game. Other highlights include the Tremonti sung "Waters Rising", the acoustic-driven "Watch Over You" and their mighty signature anthem "Blackbird".

In addition, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length "Rarities"-CD that will give every collector cause for rejoice. The CD features the never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. The song "Breathe" from those same sessions was released as a bonus track exclusively for Best Buy on The Last Hero. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection.

This incredible collection of ALTER BRIDGE gems will be released in different formats! In addition to the regular 3 CD audio version, you can go for the ultimate fan experience and get one of the limited deluxe versions which also include an exclusive ALTER BRIDGE documentary with plenty of interviews with the band, their crew and family, giving you an amazing glimpse behind the scenes of this legendary show at London's O2 arena! Check out the trailer HERE

"Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" tracklist: 
CD 1 
1 The Writing on the Wall
2 Come to Life
3 Addicted to Pain
4 Ghost of Days Gone By
5 Cry of Achilles
6 The Other Side
7 Farther Than the Sun
8 Ties That Blind
9 Water Rising
10 Crows on a Wire
11 Watch Over You (solo acoustic)

CD 2 
12 Isolation
13 Blackbird
14 Metalingus
15 Open Your Eyes
16 Show Me A Leader
17 Rise Today
18 Poison in Your Veins
19 My Champion

CD 3 
1 Breathe
2 Cruel Sun
3 Solace
4 New Way To Live
5 The Damage Done
6 We Don't Care at All
7 Zero
8 Home
9 Never Borne To Follow
10 Never Say Die (Outright)
11 Symphony Of Agony (The Last of Our Kind)

All different formats of ALTER BRIDGE's "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" can be ordered HERE, make sure you save your copy NOW! 

Right now, ALTER BRIDGE is charming their European audiences in the best possible way, always giving 100%, and leaving people speechless and inspired in the face of such overwhelming stage presence! Make sure you'll check them out live on one of the remaining tour dates before they head back to the US!

24.06.17 DE - Leipzig / Haus Auensee
29.06.17 ES - Madrid / Auditorio M. Rios
30.06.17 ES - Bilbao / Miribilla
02.10 17 UK - London /Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
03.10 17 UK - London /Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
05.10.17 UK - Edinburgh / Usher Hall (different set to this summer's set!)
07.10.17 IE - Dublin / Olympia (different set to this summer's set!)
08.10.17 UK - Belfast / Ulster Hall (different set to this summer's set!)

Festival shows:
23.06.17 DK - Copenhagen / Copenhell
26.06.17 LU - Luxembourg City / LuxExpo
02.07.17 ES - Barcelona / Rock Fest
05.07.17 IT - Rome / Rock in Rome
06.07.17 IT - Milan / Market Sound
07.07.17 CH - Pratteln / Summernights

Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars
Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals
Brian Marshall on bass
Scott Phillips on drums 

For more info visit:
Twitter: @alterbridge

Bloody Hammers `The Horrific Case Of Bloody Hammers’ EP Review

Dynamic duos in the musical sphere appear to be dominated by siblings, think Pantera, think AC/DC, literally how many are there that have utilized a sibling paring at one time or another. Ok, now think the same for married pairings, ok there’s definitely a list but it’s fair smaller than that of siblings. Within the Metal world, it’s probably even smaller; Bloody Hammers does certainly contain such a pairing.

Bloody Hammers, whom hail from Transylvania, although that’s North Carolina, not within Romania where Count Dracula was set, anyway they are a husband and wife team that musically crossbreeds Doom Metal, Occult rock and certainly a heap of Dark Wave for good measure. This release is a comparatively small one, yet essentially it’s pretty long for an EP, 6 songs in full count.

Opening up the EP, the first two tracks `Gates of Hell’ and `Blood’ deliver that side of Bloody Hammers that really showcase the harder more metal edges. A fully loaded doom metal riff that although quite simplistic, it drives the song whilst the added synthesiser adds that extra colour and atmosphere to make the tracks take on a different life that with the riff alone wouldn’t have perhaps held a longer listen or many playthroughs. 

Not being too familiar with the Darkwave side of musical exploits, I’m not sure if people would consider `The Beyond’ a particularly Darkwave song but it has those elements that I have come across in my very limited reception to bands like `Depeche Mode’ and `Joy Division’. Yet, Bloody Hammers kept this individual entertained and intrigued through `The Beyond’, thumping beat and atmospheric use of the synthesiser, it to my ears had the feel of an 80’s dark sci-fi movie soundtrack. 

Overall, the EP as a whole is a perfect introduction into what Bloody Hammers are and what they do. A band, which treads the murky waters of Doom Metal and coupling that with elements of Darkwave, while adding in occult imagery and lyrical content. If that sounds like your type of fun then quite honestly, you’ve found your new love affair.

9/10- A perfect look through the viewing glass at what Bloody Hammers do.

Stand out tracks:
`Gates Of Hell’, `Beyond’ 

Track Listing:
1. Gates Of Hell
2. Blood
3. The Beyond
4. Vultures Circle Overland 
5. All The Colors Of The Dark
6. The Bloodsucker Leaders The Dance

Bloody Hammers online:

Thursday, 22 June 2017


A foreboding storm is gathering overhead. Bells toll, lighting cracks, rain falls…something dark and sinister is heading this way. It’s 1970 and four guys from Birmingham, with the release of their debut self-titled album, have single-handedly created what would become known forever as heavy metal. It was a singular moment of crushing heaviness that would define the genre for years to come. 

The sixties were over. Charles Manson and his knife wielding followers had put a violent end to peace and love and the optimism and hope of the decade had vanished. As the seventies came down like a dark cloud, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler welcomed these uncertain times with open arms and riffs of thunder. And so The Ten Year War began.

Fresh from receiving the ‘Golden God’ Icon Award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods , Black Sabbath are proud to announce ‘The Ten Year War’ – a limited edition vinyl box set, released September 29th via BMG, that brings together their eight Ozzy fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the seventies, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish ‘The Ten Year War’ brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes:

8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

• MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
• VOL. 4

2 x rare 7” singles, reproduced in their original sleeves: 

Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath.

Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums. 

The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.

Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots. 

Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme, impeccably reproduced.

Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

Box set is individually numbered.

It’s fair to say that ‘The Ten Year War’ is the definitive package from one of the most important and influential artists the UK has ever produced.

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HATEBREED & MADBALL tour in 2018 + new music video

Hardcore giants HATEBREED and fellow iconic label mates MADBALL have announce to be part of the line up of 2018's instalment of the renowned EMP PERSISTENCE TOUR!

HATEBREED will be touring in support of their most current output, The Concrete Confessional, which was released in May 2016 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

NYHC legends MADBALL are currently working on the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed Hardcore Lives which is likely to be released in the first half of 2018.

Coinciding with the announcement of the tour, HATEBREED have also released the official music video for the song 'Seven Enemies' - check it out here: 

18.01. DE Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus
19.01. NL Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
20.01. DE Dresden, Eventwerk
21.01. DE Munich, Backstage
22.01. CH Zurich, Komplex
23.01. DE Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
24.01. CZ Brno, Sono
25.01. DE Lichtenfels, Stadthalle
26.01. B Torhout, De Mast
27.01. DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
28.01. UK London, O2 Forum Kentish Town

'Looking Down The Barrel Of Today' music video: https://youtu.be/eGOr91Wx4DM
'Something's Off' music video: https://youtu.be/N63Zc5XS-rw
'Honor Never Dies' music video: https://youtu.be/_m-vaJDy25c

More on MADBALL: 
'Doc Marten Stomp' music video: https://youtu.be/b5RQhAPygXE
'Born Strong' music video: https://youtu.be/lLes0J8AwDY
'All Or Nothing' music video: https://youtu.be/Pb0rfikpdE4


ARCH ENEMY reveal cover art and further details for 'Will To Power'

Metal powerhouse ARCH ENEMY are ready to bring their fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as they announce details on their upcoming album, "Will To Power", out September 8, 2017 via Century Media Records. The band are excited to reveal the album's captivating cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork:
"It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the 'Will to Power' cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat... All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power"

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis' (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of their most acclaimed album to date, "War Eternal", which saw the band reach their highest charts in the US and Germany to date, "Will To Power" will continue to smash records worldwide.

While full details and pre-order information on "Will To Power" will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the "Will To Power" Deluxe Box Set Edition.

For further details and to have your name included, please visit: http://willtopower.centurymedia.com/

Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international "Will To Power Tour 2017" which will commence from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests, Jinjer. A full list of their upcoming appearances can be found below. There will be a US tour coming this Fall as well. Stay tuned for further tour dates!

ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Italy
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

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