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Japanese Vamps confirmed for Download Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th April 2014 by Pieni

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Japanese rock duo Vamps (featuring HYDE from L’Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z. from Oblivion Dust) will make their third appearance in the UK this Summer, at Download Festival (Donnington Park between 13th and 15th of JuneVamps playing on the 14th). They’ve recently played a headline show at Koko (March 28th) and last October they hit British ground for the first time at a sold-out Islington Academy.

» We just finished the show at Koko, London, and already we plan to come back and play for you guys at Download Festival in June! We will do our best to come back to the UK as many times as we can this year! Come to the festival and check out our performance, if you get a chance! «, says HYDE.

“Sex Blood Rock’N’Roll” is already their third album, the first to be released in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Follow them on Facebook (link here) for more information on what they’re up to.

Anti-Mortem premier video for new single via Vevo

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 25th February 2014 by Nico Davidson

Oklahoma saviours of southern hard rock Anti-Mortem have recently unveiled the video for their new single 100% Pure American Rage which is taken from their debut album New Southern. The video, which premiered on Vevo today, can be viewed below. The video was shot, produced and directed by Clark Deal of Chaotic Productions.

New Southern will be released in both physical and digital formats on 28th April via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by the esteemed Bob Marlette (Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Rob Zombie).

UK fans will have the opportunity to witness Anti-Mortem’s feral testicular fortitude when they play their first live show in the UK at this year’s Download Festival.

Anti-Mortem online:

http://ANTI-MORTEM.com
http://facebook.com/ANTIMORTEMUSA
http://twitter.com/ANTIMORTEMUSA
http://youtube.com/ANTIMORTEMUSA

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12 more bands announced for Download 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 25th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Download Festival have announced 12 more bands for the 2014 edition of the festival. The bands announced are The Offspring, the legendary rock group Status Quo, Steel Panther, Trivium, Swedish melo-death outfit In Flames, While She Sleeps, LetLive, The Black Dahlia Murder, Miss May I, CrossFaith, Blessthefall and of course Dying Fetus. All 12 bands will join Link ParkAvenged Sevenfold and Aerosmith as well as Rob ZombieFall Out Boy and Alter Bridge at the UK’s biggest rock festival.

Download Festival 2014 will take place at Donnington Park from 13th June – 15th June. Tickets are available from this location. Stay tuned for more announcements!

 

Aerosmith announced as third Download 2014 headliners

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 6th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Download organisers announced this morning that Aerosmith will close the festival next year on Sunday 15th June, making the legendary rockers the third and final headliners for Download 2014. Aerosmith are one rock’s most infamous and revered bands. Fronted by the iconic partnership of frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, their generation spanning career has seen them sell in excess of 150 million records, making them the best selling American rock band in history. Despite having been a band for over 40 years, their incredible, ever expanding collection of hits continues to appeal to hoards of fans both old and new. Their headline performance at Download 2014 will be their first on UK soil since 2010, speaking on their return to Donington Park, Joe Perry said:

It’s been too long since we’ve been to England and we’re sincerely f**ing charged to be coming back! See you there!

Joining Aerosmith on the main stage on Sunday 15th June as special guests will be Alter Bridge. The band released their 4th studio album, Fortress earlier this year to huge critical acclaim. It’s been the band’s highest charting album in the UK, hitting the #1 spot on the rock charts and saw them sell out arenas across the country on their recent UK tour.

Aerosmith and Alter Bridge join the previously announced Avenged Sevenfold with special guest Rob Zombie, who play on Friday 13th June and Linkin Park with special guests Fall Out Boy who play Saturday 14th June.

Fall Out Boy announced as Saturday’s special guests at Download 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following the announcement earlier this morning about Linkin Park headlining the Saturday at Download 2014 and performing Hybrid Theory, alt. rockers Fall Out Boy have just been announced as special guests.

Hot on the heels of their stunning return from hiatus earlier this year, with their chart topping album Save Rock and Roll, Chicago’s finest, Fall Out Boy will be bringing their exquisitely crafted, mega-singalong catalogue of hits to the main stage at Donington Park for the first time ever.  Speaking on the announcement, Pete Wentz said:

So stoked we are playing download. It’s a legendary one to us from watching old videos of our favourite bands playing it back in the day. Gonna be a blast, we can not wait.

Fallout Boy will be joining the likes of Avenaged Sevenfold and Rob Zombie at Donington Park next year over the weekend of Friday 13th June – Sunday 15th June. Tickets are still available for the early bird price for another three days. Tickets can be purchased at this location.

Fall Out Boy online:

http://falloutboy.com 
http://facebook.com/falloutboy
http://twitter.com/falloutboy

Linkin Park announced as Saturday night main stage headliner at Download 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Announced moments ago via BBC Radio 1, Linkin Park will headline the Saturday night of Download on the main stage. However, it doesn’t just end there for the Linkin Park news. The band will perform their entire Hybrid Theory album at their Download 2014 appearance. Chester comments:

We have been kicking around the idea of playing Hybrid Theory for some time and the perfect opportunity is Download 2014. The legendary energy of the Download crowd is the apex of the rock experience and we are very excited to share this special night with them.

Linkin Park will be joining Avenged Sevenfold and Rob Zombie as part of Download Festival which has become the biggest rock festival in British history over the years. The next Download announcement will be at 8am on the official Download Festival Facebook page. Tickets can be ordered from this location.

Linkin Park online:

http://linkinpark.com
http://facebook.com/linkinpark
http://twitter.com/linkinpark

 

Avenged Sevenfold and Rob Zombie announced for Download Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 4th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Announced in the early hours of this morning on the official Download Festival Facebook pageAvenged Sevenfold will be headlining Friday 13th June. This will be their first time headlining Download Festival but it will also be the firs time they headline any UK festival, making it a very special occasion for the band and their fans. They’ll be joined by special guest and horror metal lord Rob Zombie, who is set to return to the main stage after his headline performance on the second stage back in 2011.

The next Download announcement will be made tomorrow at 8am. Standard tickets are currently available at 2013 prices for a limited time only. Click here to snap yours up.

Taiwanese metal band and activists Chthonic release illustrated book based on their songs

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Those familiar with Chthonic will know that their songs incorporate all matters political and historical and promote them to people who otherwise may not have had a clue about the rich and diverse culture the band come from. By getting the events depicted in their songs made into fine works of art emphasises the unique outlook that Chthonic have on the world, but also provides a visual aid to what can sometimes be complex themes and fascinating pieces of history and folklore. They’ve incorporated the talents of the famous Taiwanese arts group Yamyoukan to bring the songs to life, and the result is the truly stunning book Unsealing the Bú-Tik.

Included in the 32 pages of illustrations is the headhunt from Seediq Bale(2005), the departure of the Takasago Army from the album Takasago Army (2011), the final battle at Sing Ling Temple from Takasago Army (2011) & Mirror Of Retribution (2009); all of which are brought to vivid and visceral life and will enchant any fan of their music, but also fine art enthusiasts. The book also features artwork from Chthonic’s new album Bú-Tik(2013) which is available now for purchase. Fans can purchase the book at this location.

Chthonic’s bassist Doris Yeh and singer Freddy Lim have made contributions to the book in the form of their own drawings, which will feature side by side with the other pieces.

Doris had this to say about the art book:

It has always been our dream to turn the stories behind our music into images; I feel so moved as I hold this illustrated book in my hand…

Chthonic’s drummer Dani also commented:

I’m really grateful that Yamyoukan invited us to take part in the drawing process, so that I could pick up the drawing pen again. It’s always been a passion of mine…

Chthonic appeared for the second time at Download festival this year and have played at Bloodstock in 2012 where Dan Mullins [My Dying Bride] came in as guest drummer and the whole crowd were informed by Freddy Lim of the lack of a Taiwanese team in the Olympics; who instead had to be called Chinese Taipei. The Bloodstock crowd responded in force to chanting ‘Taiwan’ to the band and showing their support for the political battle still on-going between China and Taiwan.

At Download 2013 Chthonic played with a six-piece Taiwanese orchestra which would have been an astounding spectacle to behold and would have brought energy to their material that has never been witnessed on these shores.

A full UK tour is currently being planned for autumn 2013.

Chthonic online:

http://facebook.com/CHTHONIC
http://facebook.com/CHTHONICtw
http://youtube.com/CHTHONICtw
http://www.CHTHONIC.tw

Download 2014 dates announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 17th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

The biggest weekend in the UK rock calendar took place this weekend as 90,000 people rocked out in Donington Park to headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein plus a host of other bands across the weekend, which included acts such as Amon Amarth, Huntress, Black Dogs, Heaven’s Basement and more. Crowds of rock, metal and hardcore fans packed out Donington Park as the opening day of Download saw Asking Alexandria, Papa Roach, Architects, Korn and Bullet for My Valentine all perform, what were described as, mind blowing sets throughout the day, while bands like Fearless Vampire Killers, Fidlar and The Algorithm ripped up the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage.

Download Festival promoter Andy Copping commented:

It’s been an amazing weekend. We’ve had over 150 bands across five stages and a trio of ground breaking, world class headliners. Having Iron Maiden back 25 years after they first headlined Donington was an incredible moment. Slipknot as usual delivered an unforgettable set, and Rammstein tonight will be the first time the band have played Donington.

Fans don’t need to be too down about the fact that the weekend is almost over, as the festival organisers have announce the dates for next year and a special early bird offer as a thank you to fans. Download Festival 2014 will take place 13th – 15th June, and as a thank you to fans for a limited time Download is offering £10 off the current 2013 prices for 5-day camping tickets, 3-day camping and weekend arena tickets. All tickets go on sale at 9am on 21st June with the offer closing on 1st July. There are only 5,000 available, so visit the official Download website to get yours.

 

Chthonic announce 24 hour stream of Bú-Tik via Soundcloud

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Taiwan’s premier metal unit, Chthonic have announced a 24-hour stream of their seventh studio album, Bú-Tik, via Soundcloud.com to celebrate its release in the UK. Listen to Bú-Tik in full here, at this location.

Recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s Takasago Army, Bú-Tik sees the band returning to the scene with their signature brand of symphonic ‘oriental metal’, as they choose to define it; as usual, the musicians continue on their mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country’s history.

Bú-Tik – based around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution – highlights “righteous violence and justifiable defence”; once more, it takes the listener deep into the folklore & history of exotic Taiwan. Chthonic’s bassist and spokesperson, Doris Yeh comments:

We are very proud to present Bú-Tik to the world; it talks about self-defence, righteous violence and the armed spirits! With this album, we have pushed ourselves to achieve new heights – heights we’ve never imagined before! We are leading metal fans to the next episode of Chthonic!

Track listing is as follows:

01. Arising Armament (intro)
02. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
03. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
04. Next Republic
05. Rage Of My Sword
06. Between Silence And Death
07. Resurrection Pyre
08. Set Fire To The Island
09. Defenders Of Bu-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

Bú-Tik is available in both physical and digital formats now, via Spinefarm Records.

On the front of live performances, Chthonic are confirmed to play on the Pepsi Max Stage on Saturday 15th June at the Download Festival 2013, set to take place over the weekend of June 14th – 16th at its historical stamping ground of Donington Park. Chthonic last appeared at Download in 2011, but for this follow-up show they are returning in greater numbers, the plan being to utilise the skills of the oriental orchestra to help bring their brand of symphonic oriental metal to the UK masses: Doris states:

This is the first time we’ll have played with the orchestra outside of Taiwan. We’re really hoping to present a show that people will be talking about for some time to come…

Tickets for Download 2013 are available at this location. Plans are currently being discussed for an autumn UK tour.

Chtonic online:

http://chthonic.org
http://facebook.com/chthonic

 

Rival Sons release video compiled of fan footage

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 27th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Rival Sons have released a video for their latest single, Wild Animal, compiled from footage sent in from their fans.

The band, who recently returned home from a near sell-out European headlining tour, held a competition asking their fans around the world to send in clips of their own creative interpretations of the song.  The winning entries were chosen by the band and put together to make the official fan video. Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley comments:

So check it out.  Before our recent European tour, we asked our fans to submit 20 sec clips for the song Wild Animal off our latest album Head Down.  What a riot it was going through these!  Now, we present to you the culmination of our fans’ (all your!) hard work and creativity on the ‘Official Wild Animal Fan Clip’.  We’re always interested in encouraging creativity and so many of our fans worldwide totally put real time and effort into these clips; the entries were awesome and far exceeded our expectations!  Yo!  Rival ‘Sons and Daughters’: you’ve outdone yourselves!  We’re gonna have to set the bar higher for the next one haha!  We want to thank you all for the entries, and also all your support on our recent European tour – man, you guys are awesome.

See Rival Sons live at the following shows:

Jun. 08 – Kivenlahti, Finland – Kivenlahti Rock
Jun. 14 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenfest
Jun. 15 – Oslo, Norway – Norwegian Wood festival
Jun. 16 – Castle Donington, UK – Download festival

Rival Sons’ new album, Head Down, is out now in Europe on CD and limited edition vinyl at this location and on iTunes here. The album is also available now in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records at this location.

Rival Sons online:
http://www.rivalsons.com
http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
http://twitter.com/rivalsons

Voodoo Six set to release new album via Spinefarm and announced as main support for Iron Maiden

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

British modern hard rockers Voodoo Six are now set to release new studio album, Songs To Invade Countries To, having penned a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

The much-anticipated release will be available from May 27th, coinciding with the first date of the band’s European tour with UK metal legends Iron Maiden. The tour will include major festival appearances, including Download Festival, Graspop, SeeRock and TopFest, plus several Sonispheres (Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and Amneville).

The new album consists of 11 studio tracks produced by Tony Newton, mixed by Tony Newton &Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Enter Shikari, Therapy?) and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, British Lion). It follows Voodoo Six’s 2010 Fluke? outing, which was released through Classic Rock’s Powerage label and mixed by renowned studio engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica). At some point, Fluke? will see an enhanced re-issue via Spinefarm

Songs To Invade Countries To track list is as follows:

1.Falling Knives
2.All That Glitters
3.Lead Me On
4.Sink Or Swim
5.You Don’t Know
6.Your Way
7.Sharp Sand
8.Stop
9.Brick Wall
10.Waiting In Line
11.Higher Ground

The band have gained a loyal following from their impressive portfolio of live activity, which has included several performances at Download, Sonisphere and Bloodstock, as well as touring with Adrenaline Mob, Edguy, Extreme, Michael Monroe and the legendary UFO.

Voodoo Six guitarist Chris Jones comments:

The album title was something that came about ages ago, but took on another dimension when we heard the news that we’d be going out with Iron Maiden on the ‘Maiden England’ tour. It’s about taking our music further afield, and into new territories. We can’t wait to play to overseas audiences on this tour!

Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris adds:

I’ve been keeping an eye on Voodoo Six for a while now, and they’ve produced a cracking new album with real promise. It’s great to support true British up ‘n’ coming talent such as theirs, and it will be a pleasure to have them out with us on tour.

Steve Harris isn’t the only advocate of the band.  After touring with Adrenaline Mob last summer, V6 caught the attention of original Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who has stated:

Voodoo Six are a great band with a bright future – cool guys, great players!

Songs To Invade Countries To is released worldwide via Spinefarm Records on May 27.

Voodoo Six tour dates w/Iron Maiden

27 May Bilbao BEC Bilbao, Spain
29 May Atlantic Pavilion Lisbon, Portugal
31 May Sonisphere Madrid, Spain
01 Jun Sonisphere Barcelona, Spain
05 Jun The Bercy Paris, France
08 Jun Sonisphere Milan, Italy
09 Jun Sonisphere Amneville, France
11 Jun Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
12 Jun Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
15 Jun Download Festival Donington Park, UK
18 Jun Berlin O2 World, Germany
19 Jun Hamburg O2, Germany
21 Jun Graz Seerock Festival Graz, Austria
22 Jun Zurich Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
25 Jun Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Holland
29 Jun Singen-Aach Open Air Arena, Germany
30 Jun Graspop Festival Dessel, Belgium
03 Jul Atlas Arena Lodz, Poland
04 Jul Ergo Arena Gdansk, Poland
06 Jul Open Air an der KoPi-Arena Oberhausen, Germany
10 Jul Malmo Stadium, Sweden
13 Jul Friends Arena Stockholm, Sweden
24 Jul Piata Constitutiei Bucharest, Romania
26 Jul BJK Inonu Stadium Istanbul, Turkey
27 Jul Topfest Piestany, Slovakia
29 Jul Synot Tip Arena Prague, Czech Rep
31 Jul Zagreb Arena, Croatia

The band are also streaming a new taster track; Waiting In Line, at this location.

Voodoo Six online:

http://www.voodoosix.com
https://www.facebook.com/VoodooSixBand/

In This Moment premier video for new single, Blood

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Metallic rockers In This Moment have recently premiered their video for Adrenalize, the second single off of their highly successful album Blood. The video can be viewed below.

The video was shot in Eastern Los Angeles at one of the most haunted locations in the country, the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital. Directed by Robert John Kley, the video takes fans on an eerie journey with In This Moment throughout the hospital, that was officially shut down in 1991. The music video for the title track and lead single, Blood, currently has almost 6 million views on YouTube.

In June In This Moment are bringing Blood live to European stages. After supporting Halestorm in the UK in March they are coming back for summer festivals and selected shows in June. Dates and shows are as follows:

14.06.2013 (UK) Donington Park – Download Festival
19.06.2013 (UK) Manchester – Academy 1 (w/ Danzig)
24.06.2013 (UK) London – Roundhouse (w/ Danzig )

Just in time for their upcoming run In This Moment will release a re-launch of their album Blood that will come as a 2CD for a fan-friendly price. CD2 of Blood (Re-Issue + Bonus) will be out June 3rd, 2013 and has the following tracks added:

Closer
Blood (Sluggo Remix)
Adrenalize (Mr. Kane Remix)
Whore (Nikka Bling Remix)
The Blood Legion (Mitch Marlow Remix)

In This Moment online:

http://www.inthismomentofficial.com
http://facebook.com/officialinthismoment

 

DragonForce complete writing of the follow-up album to 2012’s The Power Within

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

UK metal icons DragonForce have completed writing the follow up to last year’s release The Power Within album, which was their first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the band in July of 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with the band in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with Iron Maiden as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the album.

With a new found wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the DragonForce machine will be at it’s most powerful when they enter Fascination Studios in Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X to name a few, a killer-sounding album will be the inevitable result.
Dragonforce’s own shredmaster Herman Li says: “Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic DragonForce music ever written. With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the DF sound to the next level and beyond!

The band will perform at Download Festival at Donington Park June 14th – 16th.

 

The Sword and Huntress prepare to conquer Download 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 16th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Both The Sword and Huntress, along with bands such as Limp Bizkit, Korn, Airbourne, Enter Shikari, Cancer Bats, Amon Amarth and 30 more names have been announced to play Download 2013.

They’ll be joining headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden, and Rammstein, as well as Bullet for My Valentine, Mastodon, Stone Sour, Volbeat and Coal Chamber, for what’s set to be THE biggest weekend in the rock calendar on 14-16 June 2013 at the ‘home of rock’, Donington Park.

The Sword have just decimated the UK on the back of their latest album Apocryphon.

The almighty operatic banshee Jill Janus and the boys from Huntress will also make a welcome return after their three shows here last year. Huntress have stated that they’re honoured to be playing this year’s Download Festival and have promised to unleash fury at festival.

Weekend and Day tickets for Download 2013 are on sale now and available from this location.

Apocryphon by The Sword is out now on Napalm Records.
BUY IT AT THIS LOCATION.

Spell Eater by Huntress is out now on Napalm Records.
BUY IT AT THIS LOCATION.

Black Dogs are bound for Download 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Northern Heavy Groove act have been confirmed for this year’s Download Festival. The band have gone toe-to-toe at shows with some of the scene’s biggest post-hardcore acts such as Bring Me The Horizon and they’ve even played with rising stars like Demoraliser and Betraying The Martyrs.

Download Festival will take place at Donington Park on 14th-16thJune and features bands like Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden, Cancer Bats and many more on this year’s line-up. Tickets and further information can be found at this location.

Amon Amarth ready to pillage Download Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish melo-death metallers Amon Amarth, who are known for the Viking themes throughout their music, have been confirmed for Download Festival later this year. They’re amongst the 37 bands that were announced today on the official Download Festival Facebook page.

Download Festival will take place at Donington Park on 14th-16th June. Tickets and further information can be found at this location.

Amon Amarth’s latest album Surtur Rising was released in March 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

Asking Alexandria set to bring pyro to London; confirmed for Download Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

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Having kicked off their biggest European headline tour to date on Monday in Dublin, UK post-hardcore outfit Asking Alexandria have announced something special for their London show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton this Saturday 19th January, bringing a full pyro production to their show for the first time.

Guitarist Ben Bruce commented: “Headlining Brixton has been a dream of ours since before we even learned how to wank! It’s such a fucking honour and we couldn’t be more excited. We have the biggest and best stage show of our careers planned for this show and definitely want this occasion to be just as important and memorable to our fans as it is for us. We shall see you all very soon. From all of us in AA, we thank you and we fucking love you. The AA Family has once again proven their dedication and made us all so proud.”

With an incredible line up boasting support from While She Sleeps, Motionless In White and Betraying The Martyrs and less than 100 tickets left for what is set to be one of the band’s most historic shows to date, fans are advised to purchase quickly to avoid disappointment.
Asking Alexandria have also confirmed their appearance at this year’s Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park June 14 – 16th.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA – WHILE SHE SLEEPS – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – BETRAYING THE MARTYRS
JANUARY 2013
17 GLASGOW        BARROWLANDS             SOLD OUT!
19 LONDON           O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON   LESS THAN 100 TICKETS REMAINING

FEBRUARY 2013
10 BIRMINGHAM   O2 ACADEMY                 SOLD OUT!
11 MANCHESTER   ACADEMY                      SOLD OUT!

Tickets for the London are available from TicketMaster, Live Nation and GigsAndTours.com

 

Holy Grail sign Europe-wide deal with Nuclear Blast

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 17th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Formed in 2008 and hailing from Pasadena in Southern California, North American up-and-comers Holy Grail offer a unique blend of the legendary NWoBHM scene with influences of several contemporary heavy metal sub-genres.

After numerous celebrated festival appearances, including Wacken-Open-Air and the UK’s Download Festival and extensive touring with bands such as Blind GuardianExodus and Eluveitie, the time is right for this promising quintet to hit the next level. In that regard, Nuclear Blast Records are proud to announce the Europe-wide signing of Holy Grail.

Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker comments: “Already after we’d listened to their debut EP Improper Burial, it became pretty obvious that Holy Grail – offering a modern version of the old-school heavy metal we’ve grown up with – were the most exciting metal band to emerge from the county of L.A. within the last two decades, as renowned American Decibel magazine had put it. After Metal Hammer UK had nominated the band as best new band at the Metal Hammer Awards even before they had even released their debut album Crisis in Utopia, we knew we had to keep an eye on them. All over Europe, music magazines loved that record and celebrated it by publishing rave reviews.  And ever since we’ve seen them playing two awesome shows at Wacken:Open:Air and British Download Festival, there was no doubt whatsoever that Holy Grail were bringing the leather and steel to a new generation of metal heads. So watch out for Holy Grail’s second coming in 2013!

The band states “We in the Holy Grail camp are very proud and excited to announce that we have recently become part of the Nuclear Blast family. We feel honoured to join the ranks of metal legends and many of our favourite bands, including Accept (who we’ve covered), Blind Guardian (who we’ve toured with) and Testament (who we’d love to tour with)! Fans of Holy Grail can expect all the metallic elements we’ve built our name on taken to the next level on our forthcoming new record Ride The Void. Coupled with the unequivocal might of Nuclear Blast, European domination is inevitable for our new album. See ya on the road!

The band’s upcoming second studio album Ride The Void is set for a European release via Nuclear Blast in early 2013; in North America, the record will be released via Prosthetic Records. Stay tuned for more info coming your way soon! And if you haven’t listened to Holy Grail before, now is your chance to start listening them.

 

Former Blaze Bayley guitarist returns

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th July 2012 by Nico Davidson

Former Blaze Bayley guitarist, Jay Walsh, returns with new UK based thrash metal outfit Bull Riff Stampede (featuring British and Italian band members who’ve shared stages with Anthrax, Sabaton, Amon Amarth, Sikth etc).

Bull Riff Stampede’s debut album ‘Scatter The Ground’ is out now.

Bull Riff Stampede are turning heads; having already been billed with Sepultura, Evile and playing the UK’s prestigious Download Festival.