Black Star Riders re-sign with Nuclear Blast

NEWS: Black Star Riders re-sign with Nuclear Blast ahead of Warwick/Johnson Diamond show and Ramblin Man slot Well – as you should know by now Black Star Riders’ duo Ricky Warwkick and Damon Johnson are playing the Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill on July 5th, and BSR will then have a series of shows including a main stage slot at Ramblin Man Fair. Seems that it is a busy time for the guys on and off stage as they have announced a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Back in 2012, Black Star Riders signed their first contract with Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the same year. Under the banner of the independent...

WAYWARD SONS Album: ...

Wayward Sons are delighted to announce the release of their debut album “Ghosts Of Yet To Come” on the 15th September through Frontiers Music Srl. The band is set to release four videos to support single releases. The videos together will make one short film. You can see the first video (for...

Chris Holmes Northampton Jun26

Chris Holmes Northampton

Loud, louder, loudest   A mid-week gig is uncommon for us, but when Chris Holmes and his Mean Man tour are visiting your local rock bar – the King Billy at Northampton, what choice do you have?!   Kicking off the night were American visitors Bob Dee with Petro. The New Yorkers are currently touring the UK and got the night off to a great rocking start.   Second up were Still Remains UK – a great local band with a huge following. With Andy Green on guitar, Pacey on bass, Miles Goodman on guitar (previously with Soldier) and Ethan Durrant on drums performed a short but storming set. Andy was also the organiser of...

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN ...

EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM EUROPE’S ICONIC ROUNDHOUSE SHOW RELEASED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW2VYZVS5xE THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW – LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IS RELEASED ON JULY 21st, 2017 Pre-Order Now – EUROPE_The_Final_Countdown_30th-Anniversary_Physical ON JULY...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid Bitch of the North leave sweet sensations on the palette on Nothing But A Bitter Taste AHH the heady days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – our formative years when the Friday Rock Show was gospel and a myriad of bands infused musicality with punk attitude....

ALBUM REVIEW: Goatwh...

ALBUM REVIEW: Goatwhore gore the aural tracts on album number 7 – Vengeful Ascension GOATWHORE some five or six years ago seemed to be stuck in a rut, they’re blackened metal somewhat re-treading their own sound a little too much. However, on 2014’s ‘Constricting The...

NEWS: Just 51 days u...

WITH the countdown well underway the clock is ticking until we all gather at the sacred grounds of Catton Park – and to mark the 51 days to go this is the official statement that should keep everyone happy: Not long now before the BLOODSTOCK faithful thunder onto the hallowed turf of...

Stiff Little Fingers: ‘Best Served Loud – Live at the Barrowland’ Jun23

Stiff Little Fingers: ‘Best Served Loud – Live at ...

  Stiff Little Fingers: ‘Best Served Loud – Live at the Barrowland’ Review – Craig Grant – Stiff Little Fingers, the SLF or the Rigid Digits are the pioneers of punk rock. In 1977 the world was filled with acts such as the Pistols, the Buzzcocks, the Undertones and The Clash but the SLF stood out. They were angry and in a hurry to share their political slant on a world that was honed from their experience growing up during, ‘The Troubles’. Infectious hooks, no nonsense delivery and a commitment to telling it like it is was the trademark of a SLF show. By the time Suspect Device and Alternative Ulster came on at a gig you had been...

IN FLAMES JOIN FORCES WITH FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH...

JOIN FORCES WITH FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH FOR UK ARENA TOUR! A true clash of the titans! Chart-topping European legends In Flames will unite with US multi-platinum hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch, to play what promises to be the biggest and most exciting arena rock tour of autumn 2017. This marks the very first time that these two juggernauts have joined forces on the road together, and it will be a “can’t miss” moment for the genre and fans. The trek will ravage arenas across Europe and the UK beginning in November, stopping in most major cities, finally concluding on December 21st at the iconic Wembley Arena in London, UK.  ...

THE DEAD DAISIES SET TO ROCK WOODSTOCK, POLAND Jun21

THE DEAD DAISIES SET TO ROCK WOODSTOCK, POLAND

LIVE & LOUDER FOR PEACE & FREEDOM THE DEAD DAISIES SET TO ROCK WOODSTOCK, POLAND WITH THE GORZOW ORCHESTRA   High Octane, rip-roaring hard rockers THE DEAD DAISIES are proud to announce a monumental return to WOODSTOCK POLAND featuring in a gripping headline performance at a special “CONCERT FOR FREEDOM” with The Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3rd, 2017.   Founder & President of Woodstock Poland, Jurek Owsiak has the following thoughts on The Dead Daisies and their return to his Festival:   “Woodstock 1969 became an incredible spark which inspired all freedom thinkers of the world to face their biggest...

OVERKILL, will be coming to London as a part of th...

Announced for ‘MTV Headbangers Ball’ London show!     Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, will be coming to London as a part of the ‘MTV Headbangers Ball’ Tour 2017later this year, which also includes 16 European dates. On this trek the band will be joining forces with metal legends Max & Iggor Cavalera, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium and up and coming German death squad Deserted Fear. Tickets are available here: 12th December – London – O2 Forum Kentish Town Full dates are as follows:   ‘MTV Headbangers Ball’ Tour 2017 Max & Iggor Cavalera, Overkill, Insomnium, Deserted Fear 26th  Nov – (DE)...

PIG‘PREY & OBEY...

PIG ‘PREY & OBEY’ BRAND NEW EP [METROPOLIS]  OUT NOW   Following his recent UK tour and ‘Swine & Punishment’ remix album, PIG aka Raymond Watts,  the Infidel of industrial rock, returns to feed, foul and further his reputation with a brand new EP, ‘Prey & Obey’.  This will...

DECAPITATED | BAND R...

Polish metal extremists Decapitated are inching closer to the release of their seventh album Anticult, which arrives via Nuclear Blast on July 7. The band has further stoked anticipation for the album by issuing the video for the new track ‘Earth Scar’. “We’re really...

NEWS: Cradle of Filt...

NEWS: Cradle of Filth to open Cryptoriana tour in Belfast OUR favourite dark creatures Cradle of Filth are set to open up its Cryptoriana tour in Belfast on 30th October. The tour is named after the band’s upcoming 12th full-length album. ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay’...

PENROSE

LOOK OUT FOR THERE NEW SINGLE COMING SOON  April 2017 Irish indie ensemble Penrose has its roots in a two person act originally started by musician Darragh McGrane in 2015. The line-up has gradually expanded to a five piece ensemble in 2015 and their pedigree is quickly developing with the band supporting the likes of Aslan, Jack L, The Original Rude Boys, and Paddy Casey on the vibrant Irish live scene…each performance well lauded by those media present at the gigs. Penrose can now be described as a solid Indie Pop band with catchy uplifting inide songs and anthems that have “attitude” and stick in your head. Mixing the pop...

ALBUM REVIEW: 17 albums in and Tankard just keep g...

IT’s a long way from 1982 through to 2017, and for any band with that longevity one could reasonably expect that for their 17th album could be jaded and without much development. However, when it comes to Tankard that’s definitely not the case on ‘One Foot In The Grave’. Instead they have elevated their own creativity that bit further. How? Tackling societal issues through humour is one aspect. The production of Martin Buchwalter is another. The German thrashers have taken their familiar template, well worn over 35 years of “alcoholic thrash”, and upped it a notch. As always the music is full faced...

Spirit Of Rock Prese...

Spirit Of Rock Presents Ramblin’ Man Fair Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK 28th, 29th & 30th July 2017 Announce Prog In The Park Stage Headliner Devin Townsend Project    Praise for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2016  “Only UK Festival of its kind, superbly organised, top notch food, great music!”...

Zone 52 Festival

  Zone 52 Festival Held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton from 9-11 June and run by NB’s Outdoor Events and Blackbush Promotions Northampton. This is the first Zone 52 Festival to be held, the weather was mostly kind although very windy. A great selection of bands, from local unsigned bands to top tribute acts. It was unfortunate that the dates clashed with another huge music festival, as well as local events. Although the audience was small, every band gave their best. Day 1   started off with The Touch, An originals band from Northampton. Rock/Pop & punk Band 2 – Austin Gold 5 piece blues outfit. Band 3 – Rob...

Devilskin lays waste to Ireland Jun12

Devilskin lays waste to Ireland

  Devilskin lays waste to Ireland Devilskin are not a band to sit back and take it easy, no, they are constantly pushing barriers and themselves to take their brutally melodic metal to the masses and now it is Ireland’s turn. Having caught Devilskin on every tour in the UK so far it was time for me to make a trip across the water, catch up with some old friends and see what all the fuss is about this place called Limelight. As is usual when I decide to travel to gigs there is always something thrown at me to make things a bit more difficult and today it was watching my plane coming in to land with a smashed windscreen and covered with...

Kreator – Album Re-Issue:

Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, Kreator are arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, like many of their European speed metal brethren, Kreator fused Metallica’s thrash innovations with Venom’s proto-black metal imagery.  June 9 is the announced release date for the upcoming reissues of 1985’s ‘Endless Pain,’ 1986’s ‘Pleasure to Kill,’ 1987’s ‘Terrible Uncertainty’ and 1989’s ‘Extreme Aggression. ‘Endless Pain’ was released in October 1985 by Noise Records. It was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. This album has been known to...

ALBUM REVIEW: Unleas...

ALBUM REVIEW: Unleash The Archers hit new heights on Apex WITH their fourth album ‘Apex’ Unleash The Archers could be forgiven for sticking to the formula that has stood them well so far in their career. While all the elements of previous releases are present and correct this is a...

GOGOL BORDELLO

READY TO UNLEASH  SEEKERS AND FINDERS ON AUGUST 25TH VIA COOKING VINYL Pre-orders available here now  FIRST TRACK ‘SABOTEUR BLUES’ AVAILABLE NOW UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED Renowned gypsy punk band GOGOL BORDELLO announce their new album, the seventh in their wide-ranging oeuvre which comes...

MR. BIG ‘Everybody N...

MR. BIG ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’ video for new single available now http://bit.ly/2s8c60k   taken from the forthcoming album ‘Defying Gravity’ [Frontiers Records] ‘Defying Gravity’ – new album out July 2017  “OK, we’re rolling.” With those three declarative words (spoken...

Love Zombies Live @ Abbey Road Studios Jun07

Love Zombies Live @ Abbey Road Studios

  Love Zombies Live @ Abbey Road Studios Have you ever done something and instantly knew it was a once in a lifetime moment? Something you know will never be repeated? For me today was that day. Of all the gigs, festivals, backstage, VIP, taking photos and interviewing bands over 35 years and one day can turn it all on its head and everything pales in comparison. The day started very differently, a stormy Scotland had an instant effect on my journey as delays hit everything from trains, planes and everything in-between. The day was definitely sent to test me but after seven hours travelling and almost 500 miles(no mention of that song...

ALBUM REVIEW: Alesto...

ALBUM REVIEW: Alestorm ask do you drink and have you been fucked by a hammer on No Grave But The Sea ALESTORM have been seen as a joke for many a year by the po-faced intelligentsia who hold their noses at the term Pirate Metal – but on their new album ‘No Grave But The Sea’...

ALBUM REVIEW: Thyran...

ALBUM REVIEW: Thyrant mix it up on What We Left Behind SOMETIMES something wonderful drops for review; a surprise, a delight that comes at you so far leftfield it bowls you over. With nary a warning Thyrant landed for listening, and it has to be said that this début, ‘What We Left...

ALBUM REVIEW: Selene push on to the next level on ...

WHEN you hear the term ‘symphonic metal’ sometimes there is a tendency to go back to the progenitors of the genre and compare it with newer acts, which is both unfair and unjust. The depth and the breadth of the genre belies the fact that with an ear there is more to be heard, but more than that it is a demanding type of metal to tackle. With just a few years under their belt Selene have managed to make a name for themselves with their début release ‘The Forgotten’ and a couple of eps. Faced with the challenge of a second album the band have knuckled down and produced a solid set of 11-songs. But ‘The Ravages...

New Sydney artist HO...

New Sydney artist HOLDING releases debut EP.  Today, Holding’s debut EP ‘Lost Summer’ is available at all digital outlets. Holding is the new project of Sydney musician Joshua Gonzalez, best known as guitarist for Sydney punk act Undercast, and draws inspiration from acts...

Buckle & Boots ...

  Buckle & Boots Country Festival have announced the stage times for this year’s festival, taking place at Whitebottom Farm, Stockport between 23-25 June. The main stage will once again host some of the brightest talents in country music from across the globe. The entertainment...

Release digital sing...

Release digital single ‘The Rise Of Chaos’; Pre-order start & tracklist reveal Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ will be unleashed on August 4th 2017. The band’s 4th studio release...

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