Archive for July, 2012

Merthyr Rock Festival full line-up announced

Posted in News on 26th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson


Merthyr Rock are proud to announce the full line for one of the last alternative festivals of the Summer.


Independently run and with a huge community focus, the festival is situated in the beautiful historic Cyfarthfa Park, a public, Grade II space in the heart of Merthyr.  This boutique festival brings a mix of indie and rock bands, both home-grown talent and further afield.


Friday 31st August:
Main Stage:

Second Stage:
Dirty Goods
The People the Poet
The Lash
The Undivided

Saturday 1st September
Main Stage:

Second Stage – Lostprophets takeover:
Pulled Apart by Horses
Save Your Breath
Neil Starr & Gavin Butler
Black And Reds
Astroid Boys
The Dead Formats

Sunday 2nd September

Main Stage:


Second Stage – The Blackout Takeover
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Buried in Alaska

More news coming soon including Jagermeister trucks, and Skate & BMX half-pipe action!

Merthyr Rock is the UKs best new 3 day alt/rock festival in the heart of Wales. The festival will run from Friday 31st August- Sunday 2nd September 2012.

Advance Weekend tickets are £65
Advance Day Tickets are priced at Friday £20 – Sat & Sun £25
Camping is £15 per person, for 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bus Home to Cardiff: £7 and £5 (U16): Coming to Merthyr Rock and want to leave the car behind? The Merthyr Rock Express Bus allows you to come to Merthyr by train and then get home by late night buses. The buses leave the Festival Site at 11.30pm and will call at the following stations en route to Cardiff: Abercynon, Pontypridd, Cardiff Central.

Merthyr Rock is a 14+ years only event and under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

External ticket stockists: Ticketline UK and See Tickets or call the Box Office on 01497 822 629



Merthyrock Battle Of The Bands- entry to this has now closed.  The final heats will take place at the below locations. Prizes this year will include, once again, slots on the bill at Merthyr Rock, a Dean guitar, a shedload of CLIC goodies and much, much more.

Soar Chapel, Merthyr Tydfil – Friday 3 August
Bogiez, Cardiff – Thursday 9 August
Sin City, Swansea – Friday 10 August
Hobo’s, Bridgend – Saturday 11 August
Galeri, Caernarfon – TBC

The final will take place at Ebbw Vale Institute on Friday 17 August.

Electric River announce EP title and unveail artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Electric River have finished recording their new 5 track “IN YOUR NAME” E.P.

Mixed by Peter Miles (King Blues/We Are The Ocean) it contains the following tracks:

1.   Happy
2.   Hold Your Nerve
3.   In Your Name
4.   Still
5.   5 Hold Your Nerve (Accoustic)

It will be released on England Street Records on September 10, 2012 through Cadiz Music Distribution, 2012 followed by a full UK tour

Electric River have been confirmed for this years BT London Live festival in Hyde Park, London which takes place between July 28 – August 11, 2012.

Electric River will play two sets on Friday August 3, 2012. These will be at 4.30pm & 8.40pm on the bandstand stage. For more details, click here.

Prior to this Electric River will return once again to the sunny shores of Teignmouth, Devon (Muse’s home town) to headline the Teignmouth Music Festival on Saturday July 28, 2012.

Electric River who feature Chris Aldis – Guitar, Alex Mayland – Drums, Sponge – Bass & Vocals and Will Whisson – Guitar & Vocals have previously toured with the likes of Against Me, Sonic Boom Six and Sharks and are influenced by the likes of the Clash and Bruce Springsteen.

Catch Electric River live at:

July 2012

28th            TEIGNMOUTH – Teignmouth Music Festival @ The Den

August 2012

3rd            LONDON – BT London Live @ Hyde Park
4th            BADDLESMERE – Frolic Festival @ The Red Lion
5th            LONDON – Penisula Festival, Area 12, Greenwich
6th            LONDON – 12 Bar with The Downtown Struts
26th            CUXTON – Rock Fest 5 @ White Hart

September 2012

1st            ASHFORD – Beer & Music Festival @ Rugby Club
2nd            FAVERSHAM – Hop Festival @ Alexander Center

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Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by mariadodarmata

Hammers of Misfortune
17th Street
Heavy/Progressive Metal
Released: October, 2011
Released via Metal Blade Records.


You know that incredibly frustrating feeling you get when you hear something you know but you can’t quite tell what it is? After the initial perplexity that was caused because of my mind was being misled by the band’s name towards other genres, I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure out where I had heard that sound before.

I came to the conclusion it sounds like if you had thrown Dio, Helloween, Merciful Fate, Blind Guardian and the musical “REPO! The Genetic Opera” in a blender to then add 70’s Rock sprinkles. I have never been so unsure of under which genre should I classify a band! And to be completely honest, it feels a bit unfair to put under one classification music with such a rich selection of sounds.

Some songs are worthy of standing besides the mighty Power Metal marches while others could be included in Heavy Metal compilations. Some could easily be in one of those romantic rock ballad mix tapes and some others I would have definitely come from one of those modern Rock-Opera musical things. This album’s variety makes it exiting to listen to every time. You pick up on new sounds every time.

This is a band I can see both my 17 year old sister and my 50 year old mother enjoying. Although at first I was a bit confused by the sound of it, after several plays you understand it and the more you listen to it, the more you like it.


María Mata

Stream of Passion join Epica UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson


Stream Of Passion will join Epica on seven UK dates in December 2012, as part of their “Requiem for the Indifferent” tour. See them here:

Epica + Stream Of Passion

December 2012

11th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms

12th SHEFFIELD – Corporation

14th NEWCASTLE – Academy 2

15th GLASGOW – Classic Grand

16th MANCHESTER – Ritz

18th WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2

19th LONDON – Electric Ballroom

Damnation sponsored by Peaceville Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Peaceville Records is proud to announce that, to coincide with celebrating 25 years of the label’s existence, we will be joining forces with Yorkshire’s own Damnation festival, as sponsoring partners. Damnation Festival, based in Leeds, UK, has brought a high-caliber of extreme metal’s finest & most diverse acts from around the globe to the north of England since launching in 2005.

Representing Peaceville on the night will be local doom heroes and heroine My Dying Bride – themselves a long-standing act on the label over a 20 year period of metallic tyranny – as the band return to the stage in support of their upcoming album due on Peaceville.

Since its inception in 1987, Peaceville Records has brought consistent quality & evolution to the metal universe, from early crust punk releases, to the death metal of Autopsy & At the Gates, through the black metal of Darkthrone, to being a leader of the gothic doom movement with the ‘Peaceville 3’; namely Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride & Anathema – all cementing the label’s legendary reputation as the home of doom. Later years saw numerous internationally renowned acts such as Katatonia & Opeth brought to the fold, & more recently the UK’s own Cradle of Filth.

“Damnation Festival are thrilled to be partnering up with Peaceville Records for the 2012 edition of the festival. It’s a killer label with an amazing history and we wish them a very happy birthday. Damnation fans will benefit from this fantastic partnership in the form of a free CD sampler featuring some of the best Peaceville tracks from the past two and half decades. There will be 2000 samplers on offer, so don’t forget to collect one alongside the complimentary programme courtesy of Terrorizer magazine. Here’s to the next 25!”

Rob Zombie kittens?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rob Zombie and kittens are the last two things I’d expect to hear in the same sentence. and when I first heard it I was just like “Whaaa?”.

Anyway, if you head on over to Find The 13 by clicking here, you can be in for a chance of winning a free download of a remix of Pussy Liquor. What’s the catch you ask? Well, the only catch is that you find 13 Zombie Kittens and exchange them in this Rob Zombie-themed online scavenger hunt and then in put your e-mail address.

Not enough to tempt you?

Well, the site also features a ton of Rob Zombie‘s best sounds that you’ll be hearing all year long.

Cruadalach – Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by izaforestspirit

Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside
Released: February 2011
Folk Metal
Released via Parat Magazine

‘Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside’ is the latest EP from the Czech folk metal band Cruadalach. It was released in the same year as the band’s debut ‘Lead – Not Follow’.

Straight from the bag-pipe and war chant -infused intro ‘Agni’, you know you’re in for a folk metal album. The first track ‘Occident Sun’ offers a hybrid of melodic folk tunes and metal akin to the likes of Skyforger and Pagan Reign. This is not your typical (read Korpiklaani-style) beer-drinking party folk metal, though. Instead there’s a touch of melancholy in the songs mostly due to the violin accompanying the other instruments, which creates a sombre feeling that is audible on tracks such as ‘Pramen Epony’ or the ballad ‘Confession’.

Good thing that they have decided to incorporate bag-pipes, whistles and flutes into the music as well – all of which lighten up the mood a little. Take ‘Heavenly Forge’ for instance, it’s the first track on here with which you can picture yourself dancing or stomping your feet to. There’s something very uplifting about the overall style and speed of that particular track that makes it stand out.

3.5/5 – Not a bad effort, but if you’re new to Cruadalach I would recommend checking out their debut album first.

Iza Raittila