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Cannibal Corpse confirmed for Damnation 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 1st April 2014 by Nico Davidson

America’s most vulgar death metal band Cannibal Corpse have been confirmed as the Terrorizer stage headliners at this year’s Damnation Festival on 1st November at Leeds University Union. They will be joining the likes of Bolt Thrower, Saint Vitus and Raging Speedhorn for what is looking to be the heaviest and most extreme line-up in Damnation’s ten year history. This will also be the first time the band play Damnation Festival. The band comments:

We’ve been hearing about the Damnation festival from our fans for a while now, so we’re really excited we’re going to get the chance to play it this year. It’s clearly a killer festival and we’re stoked to be a part of it. See you all this fall!

Terrorizer publisher Miranda Yardley is also delighted to see death metal royalty top the stage the magazine has endorsed for the past decade. She added:

Terrorizer is thrilled to be supporting Damnation Festival for the tenth year, and to host a stage headlined by Cannibal Corpse truly is an honour.

Tickets are available for the low price of £36 from this location.

Cannibal Corpse online:

http://cannibalcorpse.net
http://facebook.com/cannibalcorpse

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Doom legends Saint Vitus confirmed to celebrate 35th anniversary at Damnation

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

This year, 1st November will be a very special date as it’s the 10th anniversary of the UK’s darkest festival Damnation which brings us onto the second reason why it will be such a special date. The legendary doom metallers Saint Vitus have been confirmed to not only celebrate their 35th anniversay at Damnation Festival in Leeds, but they’ll also be playing their entire album Born Too Late in full.

The Los Angeles-based doom quartet will air the seminal album with other classic tracks on the Jagermeister stage at Leeds University on 1st November, later this year. Saint Vitus join headliners Bolt Thrower and the recently reformed sludge unit Raging Speedhorn on the bill with another 24 bands to be confirmed across four differing stages. Saint Vitus’ guitarist Dave Chandler said:

We are very excited to be performing at the Damnation Festival for the first time and it’s even cooler because we are doing it on our 35th Anniversary tour. Two very kick ass things.

Festival director Gavin McInally added:

Saint Vitus playing Born Too Late, Bolt Thrower playing their only UK show, Raging Speedhorn back with the original singers to play tracks from their two best albums and record ticket sales with only a fraction of the bill announced… To say our 10th birthday bash preparations are coming along nicely would be a massive understatement!

And with one of the planet’s biggest death metal bands and another 23 acts to announce, I think it’s safe to say that Damnation Festival 2014 will not only be the best line-up of the year, but overshadow our previous efforts too.

With the continued support of the fans, we’re going to sell this year out and mark our tenth Damnation in style.

Tickets are available from the following locations for a mere £36 which is an absolute bargain:

http://damnationfestival.co.uk
http://facebook.com/damnationfestival
http://leedstickets.com

Saint Vitus online:

http://saintvitusband.com
http://facebook.com/saintvitusofficial

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Bolt Thrower confirmed for one-off 2014 UK show at Damnation Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 4th February 2014 by Nico Davidson

Death metal titans Bolt Thrower have been confirmed for their only show of 2014 at Damnation Festival. The Coventry quintet, who haven’t performed on home soil since selling out London’s Forum in 2012, will play the Leeds event on Saturday 1st November, in their only UK appearance for the “foreseeable future”.

The one-off UK show also marks the first time that Bolt Thrower appear at a UK festival, making it one of many highlights at Damnation’s 10 Year Anniversary. At least another 26 bands will be added to the line-up. Vocalist Karl Willetts said

Well, we always knew if we were ever going to play a festival in the UK, it would be Damnation Festival; as we’ve only heard good things about it from mates who’ve been, and other bands who’ve played it.

So we’re chuffed our only UK show of 2014 – and the foreseeable future – will be Damnation’s 10th Anniversary Bash… Grind on.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally added:

In 2005 we asked Bolt Thrower to play Damnation Festival and there hasn’t been a year that’s passed since that we haven’t sent a hopeful enquiry their way so it’s with massive relief and delight that we’re able to announce our absolute first-choice headliner for Damnation Festival. The band are by far and away the most requested group for Damnation Festival so there could not be a more fitting start to out 10th anniversary preparations than to have Bolt Thrower topping the bill.

Tickets for Damnation 2014 are now on sale for the low price of £36 and can be purchased from this location.

Bolt Thrower online:

http://boltthrower.com/

 

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Lonely The Brave announce UK Tour Support and TBS Show Support

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

After what was a huge 2013 for them, Lonely The Brave have announced Scottish newcomers Fatherson as the support act for their first ever headlining UK tour, which will include a hometown show at Cambridge. Having sold out their previous London gig at The Lexington, the band is booked to play Cargo on 30th January and last month announced 9 additional nights to that original show making up the bands first headline tour.

Lonely The Brave have also been confirmed as the only support act to Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday at their already sold out show in London at Camden’s Koko on 26th February.

Tour dates and links to tickets are as follow:

January

26th      Glasgow, King Tuts
27th      Manchester, Deaf Institute
28th      Leicester, Academy 2
30th      London, Cargo
31st      Aldershot, West End Centre

February

1st        Nottingham, Rock City Basement
4th        Southampton, Joiners
5th        Leeds, Cockpit
7th        Norwich, Open
8th        Cambridge, Junction 2 / SOLD OUT

http://lonelythebrave.com
http://facebook.com/lonelythebrave
http://twitter.com/lonelythebrave

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Valk-Fest line-up changes; Old Corpse Road replace Gone Til Winter as headliner

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28th October 2013 by Nico Davidson

Both Gone Til Winter and Shades of Avalon have withdrawn from this year’s Valkyrian Festival. Gone Til Winter withdrew from the festival and postponed their entire UK tour, which was to take place next month, due to ill-health whereas Shades of Avalon withdrew form the line-up due to their recent parting with their drummer. Glaswegian black metal suits Maelstrom have also withdrawn from the line-up due to work commitments.

Old Corpse Road will now replace Gone Til Winter as the headlining band on Saturday 30th November and Leeds metallers Bludger have replaced Maelstrom. This will also be Bludger‘s last UK show before they tour Europe’s holy land of metal: Finland. Tour dates can be found here. Newly formed metal band Bharghest will also be opening up the first night of Valkyrian Festival on Friday 29th November, making it their second show – their debut show will be at Shades Nightclub on Friday 22nd November, supporting Finnish death metal lords Re-Armed. And last but not least, Twilight’s Embrace have been confirmed as main support on the final night of Valkyrian Festival 2013, supporting the co-headliners Severed Heaven and Andraste.

There are still two slots spare on the second day of Valk-Fest. The bands to be booked for these two slots will be picked by public vote. The poll can be found at this location.

The bar will also be open throughout the festival but valid ID will be required for the purchase of alcohol. There will also be a raffle hosted on the second day to help raise funds. Prizes will include a limited edition Valk-Fest 2013 mug, items donated by Victory Records, Napalm Records and Meta

Valkyrian Festival will take place at Shades Nightclub in Bridlington from Friday 29th November through to Sunday 1st December. The festival is in aid of Rape Crisis and weekend tickets are available for £5 from this location.

 

Damnation 2013: Bands you must see!

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11th October 2013 by Nico Davidson

The days are counting down until Damnation Festival once again lays waste to the city of Leeds with a truly heavy, dark and spectacular line-up. Here’s our list of bands you must go see at this year’s Damnation…

Rotting Christ

Chosen by Iza Raittila.

For those who are fed up with all the gimmicks present in today’s black and death metal scenes, be sure to check out Rotting Christ at this year’s Damnation Festival. These guys prove once and for all that there’s really no need for corpse-paint or fancy, “evil” looking stage-props to put on a great show. They rely solely on their energy and skills as musicians to win over the crowds. You won’t be disappointed.

Carcass

Chosen by Alex Cook.

The legendary Carcass are due to headline this year’s Damnation festival and I have heard from many people that they are the ONLY band that they are bothered about seeing. This in many ways is a shame, but such is the power of a band that so many metal fans grew up listening to. Carcass are easily one of the more accessibly Death metal bands, although suitably graphic in their lyrics, their real strength lies in the accessibility of their riffs and the urge they produce in us to bang our heads with complete abandon. I was listening to my copy of Heartwork recently (on cassette no less) and was struck by the fact that despite it being 10 years old, it still sounds fresh and heavy without being over-bearing. It is an album that leaves on imprint on your musical memory, so that when anyone mentions the band or you hear a snippet of No Love Lost, Embodiment or Doctrinal Expletives to name but a few, you are reminded why you first fell in love with the genre in the first place. That, and Carcass’s new album Surgical Steel is something of a quiet masterpiece. Unpretentious and all-encompassing, it delivers on everything we expect from Carcass which is solid, accessible and memorable material. If you’re still not sure about the merits of Carcass, let them entertain you at Damnation festival. I am certain that even if you just stick your head around the door, you will be enchanted and undoubtedly end up in the pit that ensues whenever Carcass play live.

God Seed

Chosen by Hannah O’Flanagan.

If you’re asking me why you should go and see God Seed, I’ll ask you why you’re attending Damnation at all. Made from the fall out of the Gorgoroth name dispute saga, God Seed is Gaahl and King ov Hell‘s new project that delivers insanely atmospheric black metal as only Gaahl and KoH can. They’ve triumphantly appeared at Wacken and supported Cradle of Filth on their Manticore tour, and I can guarantee the experience of watching God Seed perform will be like no other. Their 2012 debut I Begin is a good place to start if you still don’t believe me. But stand before the infernal glory of God Seed and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Vallenfyre

Chosen by Alex Cook.

Vallenfyre are also a band to look out for at Damnation. They are something of a super-group for those whose hearts belong to early 90’s Doom and Death metal, and they do not disappoint. Featuring Gregor Mackintosh from Paradise Lost, Hamish Glencross from My Dying Bride and Adrian Erlandsson of At the Gates, you get the impression from their releases that it is just a bit of fun and that the members are stretching their wings and proving they have a capacity for a genre separate from how they have made their names. Their album A Fragile King’is engrossing and infectious and just pure, crushing, dirty death metal. Tracks such as Desecration, Cathedrals of Dread and A Thousand Martyrs reek of the infamous Boss HM2 pedal which makes any Entombed fan salivate at the mouth and it is used to spectacular effect. Expect nothing but great things if you catch them at Damnation and be sure to pick up a copy of A Fragile King beforehand so your appetite for the old school is suitably whetted.

Dyscarnate

Chosen by Nico Davidson.

No Damnation line-up would be complete without a slab of face-crushing, ear-splitting death metal and that’s exactly what Dyscarnate offer. Be it recorded or live, Dyscarnate‘s crushing use of riffs will utterly abuse you and leaving you begging for more like a glutton for punishment. Having already devastated venues across the UK and toured with bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse and most recently Psycroptic and Hour Of PenanceDyscarnate are at the front of the UK’s death metal and represent everything good about it!

Katatonia

Chosen by Lauren Gowdy.

Although their songs aren’t as fast as a majority of the bands playing Damnation Festival, Katatonia is one band that everyone should check out. Their playing is heavy and slow but filled with so much emotion that it literally will suck you into their set. Not to mention that their stage presence is captivating, and you may either find yourself headbanging slowly along with the riffs or just standing and observing the sheer awesomeness of their set. Anyone who is a fan of Opeth should definitely check out Katatonia because both bands are very similar only difference being that Katatonia does not have as many heavy songs as Opeth. They will be worth sticking around to see towards the end of the day, and I guarantee you will remember their set!

Iron Witch

Chosen by Nico Davidson.

Liverpudlian doom noise mongers Iron Witch are definitely one to keep an eye out for at Damnation this year. Straying from the classic doom sound, the Scouser quintet incorporate hardcore punk vibes and gritty riffs with their doomesque connoction that has helped put themselves on a map. Being relatively young compared to the vast majority of the Damnation line-up and other bands on the British doom scene, Iron Witch have had their fair share of success and I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t reach the same level as Liverpudlian doom overlords Anathema.

Twilight Of The Gods

Chosen by Ian Foster.

One of the many band who will be appearing at the Damnation Festival 2013 are Twilight Of The Gods, a five piece band who were initially formed with the intent of paying tribute to the legendary Bathory and writing music inspired by them. The band have just released their debut album Fire On The Mountain. The band includes members of Primordial, Lock Up, Einherjer, Thyrfing and Aura Noir so there’s some real pedigree involved here and there’s far more than Bathory worship going on. You can definitely hear a lot of influence from the classic metal bands on the Fire On The Mountain album, but after all it’s what the band set out to do. Definitely a band for fans of old school heavy metal to check out at the festival.

[Editor’s note: If you didn’t see Primordial at last year’s Damnation, TOTG are the next best thing]

Damnation Festival will take palce on 2nd November at Leeds University Union. Tickets are available from this location.

Five reasons why you must go to Damnation 2013!

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd October 2013 by Nico Davidson

It’s under a month now until 2013’s edition of the UK’s darkest festival Damnation tears Leeds a new one, so Valkyrian Music editor and general Yorkshire patriot Nico Davidson has listed five reasons why you must attend Damnation 2013.

5. Yorkshire!

As you already know, Damnation is hosted in Leeds, West Yorkshire which is another reason that Yorkshire is the best county in all of the UK and of course, Yorkshire has contributed a bit to the history of metal, which pioneering bands such as My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost hailing from Yorkshire, as well as NWOBHM Saxon. Throw in Damnation into the mix and Yorkshire is definitely one of the most metal places in the UK.

If you’re unsure why Yorkshire is great or metal as fuck, then you’re probably a Lancastrian.

4. Value For Money

Given the epic line-up that is gracing this year’s Damnation, which festival director Gavin McInally described as “the best line-up so far”, the event offers a damn lot more for your money than a lot of UK events – Especially at £34 a ticket!

3. The Fourth Stage

So, unless you’ve been living in a hole or under a rock in the middle of Lancashire, you’ll be aware that this year, Damnation has added a fourth stage, which will be a blasphemous temple dedicated to doom and sludge, which means more kick ass bands to go see. Or less bands if doom and sludge aren’t your cup of tea, but they’re mostly likely are.

2. Probably The Heaviest Festival In The UK

Yeah, I said it. Damnation is probably the heaviest festival in the UK, as well as being the darkest. Anyone who’s ever been to Damnation before knows exactly what to expect but if a Damnation virgin and love your music heavy and dark, then this year’s edition is not one to miss! Plus, with it being held in Yorkshire, what more could you ask for… Aside from…

1. Carcass!

So, Carcass recently released their new album, Surgical Steel via Nuclear Blast. So, that means there’ll be a lot of new material as classic tunes that they’ll be blasting out as they lay unholy waste to the Jagermeister stage this year. Of course, if Carcass aren’t your thing then there’s other bands you can get hyped up about, but we’ll discuss that in another article.

Damnation Festival will take place on 2nd November at Leeds University Union. Tickets are priced at the low price of £34 and are available at this location.

Seven new bands announced for Damnation 2013 plus additional fourth stage

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 23rd August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Greek extreme metal tyrants Rotting Christ and Yankee post-metallers Rosetta will head the seven new additions for this year’s Damnation Festival. Joining them are two servings sludge and doom in the form of Palehorse and Slabdagger who join hail from the south of England.

Fifth on the list are French maestros of all things progressive; Dirge. Local grind merchants The Afternoon Gentleman are sixth on the list and making one of their live appearances, featuring the likes of Primordial‘s Alan AverillAura Noir‘s Rune EriksonLock Up‘s drummer Nick BarkerEinherjer‘s Frode Glesnes and Patrick Lindgren from Thyrfing, will be Twilight Of The Gods.

These seven will join the likes of quality metal acts such as CarcassCult Of LunaGod SeedVallenfyreThe Ocean and Crippled Black Phoenix who are all ready to lay waste to Leeds University Union on 2nd November. Rotting Christ‘s vocalist Sakis Tolis commented on Rotting Christ‘s return to the event since their last appearance in 2009:

Our damned souls could not find a better and suitable shelter than Damnation Festival.

Let’s make the hell metal brothers and sisters.

With their pending appearance, Alan Averill stated:

I had a great show at Damnation with Primordial last year, and this year Twilight of the Gods arrives to bring Leeds some true epic heavy metal. Our album will be out in September so it’s perfect timing for our first set of original songs in the UK. We promise you blood and heavy metal thunder.

The guys from Palehorse added:

We’re really pleased to have been asked to play with such an impressive array of quality bands.

Thanks to everyone at Damnation for choosing us in the ‘odd ones out’ category.

Damnation are also delighted to confirm the addition of a fourth stage, which will consist purely of doom and sludge. Festival Director Gavin McInally said:

The support we have been shown by the fans over the year, and in particular over the last month since we mooted the idea of a fourth stage, has been phenomenal. They have put us in a great position for this year’s event and afforded us the opportunity to grow to our biggest event yet. With our newly proposed timetable, fans will be able to see more bands in a day than at any other year.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now, priced £34, available from Leeds Tickets, the official Damnation Festival website or Damnation’s official Facebook page.

 

The Temperance Movement announce full European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

British rock ‘n’ rollers The Temperance Movement have announced recently the full list of tour dates for their forthcoming European tour. The tour is set to kick off on 17th September here in the UK before they go to mainland Europe on 17th October and then return to the UK for more shows on 15th November.  The tour will be in support of the band’s highly anticipated debut album which will be released on 16th September via Earache Records. You can catch The Temperance Movement at the following shows:

Sep. 17 – Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy 2
Sep. 18 – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
Sep. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Tunnels
Sep. 21 – Ullapool, UK – Loopallu Festival
Sep. 22 – Newcastle, UK – Warehouse 46
Sep. 23 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
Sep. 24 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 26 – Reading, UK – Sub89
Sep. 27 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Sep. 28 – Leicester, UK – O2 Academy 2
Sep. 29 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms

Oct. 10 – Cologne, Germany – MTC
Oct. 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
Oct. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – KB18
Oct. 13 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Oct. 15 – Halmstad, Sweden – Kajskjulet
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Cross Road
Oct. 18 – Falkenburg, Sweden – Grand Hotel
Oct. 19 – Uppsala, Sweden – Katalin
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Akkurat
Oct. 21 – Orebro, Sweden – East West
Oct. 23 – Umea, Sweden – Scharinska
Oct. 24 – Sundsvall, Sweden – Estreet
Oct. 25 – Ostersund, Sweden – Blues Festival
Oct. 26 – Avesta, Sweden – Bjurfors Hotel & Konferens
Oct. 28 – Berlin, Germany – White Trash
Oct. 29 – Munich, Germany – Strom
Oct. 30 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
Oct. 31 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
Nov. 02 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Soul Kitchen
Nov. 03 – Stuttgart, Germany – Kellerclub
Nov. 04 – Vienna, Austria – Chelsea
Nov. 06 – Milan, Italy – Factory
Nov. 07 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
Nov. 08 – Madrid, Spain – Moby Dick
Nov. 09 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena
Nov. 12 – Paris, France – Boule Noire

Nov. 15 – Stoke, UK – Sugarmill
Nov. 17 – London, UK – KOKO
Nov. 18 – Cardiff, UK – Globe
Nov. 20 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
Nov. 21 – Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Room
Nov. 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy

The Temperance Movement online:

http://www.thetemperancemovement.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheTemperanceMovement
http://twitter.com/ttm_tweets

Six new additions announced for Damnation Festival

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

Swedish doom lords Katatonia and Norwegian black-metal masters God Seed are the latest international acts to be added to Damnation Festival.

German progressive collective The Ocean, French post-metal standard bearers Year Of No Light, Norwegian avant-garde jazz quartet Shining (not to be confused with Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining) and Irish doom titans Mourning Beloveth will also bolster the stunning bill which will be unleashed on Leeds University Union on Saturday 2nd November.

The six additions compliment an extreme and eclectic line-up which already boast Carcass, Cult of Luna, Crippled Black Phoenix, Vallenfyre, Negura Bunget, SSS, Moss and Voices with at least nine more bands to be announced. Gorgoroth re-incarnation God Seed will play Damnation Festival as an exclusive UK show. Katatonia will play 2003’s classic Viva Emptiness in its entirety.  Anders Nystrom, said:

Since it looks like November will bring us Damnation, we’re absolutely certain there’ll be some Swedish export of atmospheric dark metal coming your way with it!

We couldn’t be more psyched to celebrate our Viva Emptiness album anniversary at a festival we never got to play before. So Leeds, join us and be damned!

Brendan from Mourning Beloveth said:

We are delighted to be asked to play a small part in the metal institution that is Damnation Fest. Our recent visits to the shores of the U.K. have unfortunately been limited to stages in the capital. We would like to thank Damnation Fest for giving us the opportunity to at last rectify this grave and indefensible injustice. You guys bring the ale, and we’ll bring the Doom.

Damnation Festival could also become a four-stage event this year, reducing clashes and allowing the return of the much-missed Deathfest stage… with fans’ backing. Organiser Gavin McInally explained:

A change to licensing laws at Leeds University Union has opened up the possibility for us to use the fantastic Riley Smith Hall as a venue which fans can enjoy a pint in, but it comes with a catch.

The festival’s capacity would be pushed above the 4,000 mark and although ticket sales are better right now than at the same point 12 months ago, the venue management, somewhat understandably, don’t want to hand over their entire building, including terracing and bars to Damnation unless there’s a guarantee the numbers will justify it.

This is not a sales pitch, if you don’t believe the confirmed line-up so far doesn’t merit your £34 then don’t buy a ticket BUT if you are fully intending to be at Damnation Festival this year then booking your ticket now will help us land that fourth stage.

And if we do, Carcass and Cult of Luna will not clash for a single minute, the Terrorizer Stage will be reminiscent of our Deathfest event with death and grind from morning until night, a fourth stage will worship doom all day long and we’ll book DJs to perform in the terrace area which has been missing at Damnation since 2008.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now, priced £34, available from:Leeds Tickets , the official Damnation Festival website at or the official Damnation Facebook.

 

Further three bands to Valkyrian Festival 2013

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

Already bolstering a line-up that spans from viking metal to industrial and touching on other genres in between, Valkyrian Festival have announced a further three bands to this year’s bill. Confirmed for the Friday are Nottingham’s very own buccaneers of pirate metal Red Rum, who have also recently been confirmed for the Warhorns Festival. Red Rum will be joining Ravenage, Dead Man’s Conspiracy and Scotland’s djentlemen Storm of Embers on the first night of Valk-Fest.

Added to the more extreme metal stylings of Saturday are Leeds-based extreme metal tyrants Lammergeier who will be bringing their devilishly heavy sound which will no doubt go down well alongside the other other extreme metal acts on the bill such as Scottish corporate black metallers Maelstrom and fellow Yorkshire band Narcotic Death whose vocalist can apparently castrate a cat from a distance of 400 yards. And for industrial fans, Sheffield-based industrial duo The Gifted have been confirmed to play the final night of Valk-Fest 2013 with acts such as Spekulus, Powercake, Dakesis and Yorkshire’s most violently brutal band Severed Heaven.

With another four bands to be announced, this year’s Valk-Fest is already shaping up to be its most diverse line-up.

The full Valkyrian Festival line-up is as follows:

Friday 29th November:

Ravenage (Headliner)
Dead Man’s Conspiracy
Red Rum

Storm of Embers

Saturday 30th November

***Headliner TBA***
Nya
Narcotic Death (Special Guests)
Aonia
Old Corpse Road
Lost Effect
Shades of Avalon

Maelstrom
XIII
Lammergeier

Sunday 1st December

***Headliner TBA***
Alice In Thunderland
Innersylum
Severed Heaven
Dakesis
Spekulus
The Antiquity
Powercake

Terra Omnia
The Gifted

This year, Valkyrian Festival is in aid of RapeCrisis. Information on RapeCrisis can be found at this location. Donations can be made direct to the charity via the Valkyrian Festival JustGiving page which can be found here. Weekend tickets can be found at this location for the low price of £5 (excluding P&P).

Valkyrian Festival 2013 is now officially sponsored by online gothic and custom-made jewellery store, The Crypt Of Curiosities.

In related Valkyrian Festival news, Aonia will be headlining a Valk-Fest fundraiser at Shades Nightclub, in Bridlington on 7th September with support from Powercake, Spekulus and Penance, the latter of which [performed at last year’s Valk-Fest. Further support acts to be announced and a lot more bands are still to be announced for Valkyrian Festival 2013. Further Valkyrian Festival announcements and info can be found here.

 

Evile to perform special intimate show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire thrashers Evile are celebrating this year’s Record Store Day with a number of treats for fans, including an intimate live show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow (Saturday, 20th April).

The band will be performing live in the store at 4pm, giving fans the chance to see them in a unique, up-close and personal setting.  Evile are also releasing a split 7″ picture disc with Swedish death metal legends Entombed, featuring Entombed‘s classic 1990 track, Drowned, along with Evile‘s incredible 2012 cover version.

Evile drummer Ben Carter recently commented:

Evile are looking forward to making some stupidly heavy noise at Crash Records in Leeds on Saturday, 20th April in support of Record Store Day!  We’re going to start destroying ears at 4pm, so make sure to get in early as space will be VERY limited!  We guarantee this show will be utter carnage and something very different than the norm.  We can’t wait to see how a circle pit will work in a record store and need our fans there to show us!!!  To mark the occasion, we’ll be selling our new exclusive 7″ split of our cover of Entombed‘s Drowned, with Entombed’s original on the flipside.  All this is to show support to indie retailers, so get yer asses down to Crash and show your support for the old school!!!

Space for the show is limited, but fans who buy the 7″ from Crash Records on the day will get free entry to the show (space permitting).

Record Store Day takes place each year on the third Saturday of April, bringing together artists and independently-owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music.  Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores.

For more information and to see which stores are participating in Record Store Day in the UK, head to this location.

Evile‘s new album, Skull, is due to be released in Europe on Earache Records on May 27th, and in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records on June 11th.  The album was recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England.  The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SODOM, HATEBREED).

Pre-order Skull now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at this location or in North America at this lcoation.

Skull is also available on iTunes, including an instant grat track which you receive as soon as you pre-order the album.  Pre-order Skull on iTunes now at this location.

See Evile live at the following shows:
Apr. 20 – Leeds, UK – Crash Records (Record Store Day UK show)
Apr. 26 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy *
Apr. 27 – Manchester, UK – HMV Ritz *
Apr. 28 – London, UK – HMV Forum *
Jun. 14 – Wervik, Belgium – SkullFest
Jun. 28 – Lesmahagow, UK – Les Fest
Aug. 24 – Werrington, UK – Scar Fest
* with KREATOR

Evile online:
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http://www.facebook.com/evileuk
http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
http://twitter.com/evileuk
http://evile.tumblr.com

 

Five new additions for Damnation Festival

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

The UK’s darkest festival, Damnation, will proudly host two rare live outings this year, as extreme metal ‘supergroup’ Vallenfyre and experimental rock ensemble Crippled Black Phoenix perform at the event.

They will be joined in Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 2nd, by Romanian progressive black metallers Negura Bunget, English doom trio Moss and the sonic assault of Paul Catten’s The Sontaran Experiment (Anyone else seeing the Doctor Who reference?).

Vallenfyre – featuring members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and At The Gates – will play their only UK show of 2013 at Damnation Festival, which will also be their first appearance outside London. Founding member and vocalist Greg Mackintosh said: “Since our first UK show last year at Boltfest, we have been looking to follow it up with a northern show. Being asked to play Damnation Festival provides us with the perfect opportunity. We are looking forward to spreading some filth and meeting up with some old compadres.

Negura Bunget will also be playing the festival as an exclusive date. Drummer Negru said: “Damnation is going to be our one and only UK concert in 2013 so we will definitely make it count! Be prepared for a very special Negura Bunget performance, with one of a kind exclusive previews. And doom laden Moss also promised to make a lasting impression, as the band said: “It’s been over 10 years since we last played in the north, in a squat in Manchester in front of eight people. So we look forward to finally bringing our doom and gloom back to the northern wastes at Damnation. You are in for a fucking horrible night.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now and will be held at last year’s price of £32 until this Sunday, March 31st. The full Damnation line-up is as follows: CarcassVallenfyreCrippled Black PhoenixNegura BungetMossThe Sontaran Experiment.

To buy tickets, visit Leeds Tickets , the official Damnation Festival website at this location or the official Damnation Facebook.

 

Spekulus – Terroristian

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 26th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Spekulus
Terroristian
Released 23rd February
Industrial Metal
Self-Released

The Terroristian album is the latest release from Leeds based band Spekulus and it see’s a dramatic change in musical style from their debut album Breathplay. Still there are the band’s electronic roots but now with a beefed up heavier sound. Terroristian features 12 tracks of Spekulus‘ own brand of Industrial Metal.

Orgasmic groans and clicking cameras open proceedings before the first track Skin & Tonic blasts from the speakers with heavy guitar riffs, chugging bass, pounding drum machine beats and keyboard wizardry. Then in come the vocals of front woman Amanda Amorphic, the lyrics are roared and screamed out at exceptional levels, a vocal style that compliments the strong lyrical content of the songs perfectly. This format sets the tone for the rest of the album. Religion seems to be a sore point for the band, none is more evident than in the tracks One Nation Under God and the title track Terroristian. Both of which feature strong lyrics that underline the fact.

My favourite track on the album is Avada Kedavra, a fast paced song with some nice guitar and drum work, a calmer more melodic vocal with a punchy shout along chorus, a class track. Another brutal track is Martyr – another faster song with a Star Trek themed style of music that hides the strong lyrical content of the song (reading the lyrics to this album is essential).

The production of the album is raw with an almost live feel which is always a plus point for me as it gives a true reflection of the Spekulus sound.

Terroristian is a credit to the band, an album of 12 well written songs that clearly shows that the band are not afraid to experiment with many musical genres and fuse them all together in their own unique style. If you are a fan of industrial or cyber-punk, I strongly recommend you give this album a listen! A solid quality second album from Spekulus.

4/5

Ian Foster

 

Rival Sons announce limited edition Record Store Day UK vinyl

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 11th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Rival Sons have revealed that they will once again be offering a limited edition vinyl release for this year’s Record Store Day in the UK and Europe, which takes place on Saturday, April 20th.

Founded in 2007 and officially kicked off in 2008 by Metallica, Record Store Day takes place on the third Saturday of every April and brings together artists and independently-owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music.  Special vinyl and CD released and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores.

To celebrate Record Store Day UK 2013, Earache Records and Rival Sons will be releasing an exclusive 10″ vinyl picture disc, strictly limited to 1000 copies.  The picture disc will feature the following tracks:

SIDE A
01. Manifest Destiny Pt. 1 (Live in Gothenburg)
SIDE B
01. Manifest Destiny Pt. 2 (Acoustic Version)
02. Nava (Full Length Version)

Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday comments: “As we’ve talked about quite often, all the band are big vinyl junkies.  Travelling all over the globe, it’s exciting to see how many people around the world are becoming enlivened by this vinyl trend – as they should!  Vinyl is finding its place once again and improving the way we listen to and enjoy music.  Living in the digital age, we’ve begun to realize how much quality and sonic experience we sacrifice for convenience, and how much is gained from hearing a recording sounding closer to the product we (as musicians and recording artists) intended to be enjoyed.  That said, we’re always excited to deliver something cool for Record Store Day, and this one coming up is one of my personal favorites.” He continues: “With all the response we’ve received for the Manifest Destiny tracks, we’ve decided to offer up something special: a very limited run on 10″ dual-sided picture vinyl… Side A will be an inspired live version of Manifest Destiny Pt. 1, live from Gothenburg, Sweden, recorded on our last European tour, playing to a sold out theatre of very excited Swedes!  Side B will be an acoustic interpretation of Manifest Destiny Pt. 2, mixing our love for Eastern and Native Indian flavors.  Side B will also present the full length arrangement for my instrumental tune, Nava. What more could there be, you ask?!  Well, we had a friend of ours create comic book style covers for the front and back of the jacket.  The front depicting Pt. 1 and the back depicting Pt. 2.  This release is very close to my heart, and something I think our fans will really dig.  Limited to only 1000 copies… So get ’em while the gettin’s gettin’!

For more information and to see which stores are participating in Record Store Day UK, head to this location.

A small quantity of RIVAL SONS Record Store Day picture discs will also be released on April 20th via the Earache Webstore.  Get your copy on the day in Europe at this location or get the import in North America at this location.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:
Mar. 22 – Bonn, Germany – Harmonie (WDR Rockpalast)
Mar. 23 – Aarhus, Denmark – Vox Hall
Mar. 24 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo KB
Mar. 25 – Linkoping, Sweden – Linkoping Garden
Mar. 26 – Uppsala, Sweden – Uppsala Katalin
Mar. 28 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo
Mar. 29 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
Mar. 30 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
Apr. 01 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Apr. 02 – Lyon, France – Ninkasi Kao
Apr. 04 – Treviso, Italy – New Age
Apr. 05 – Bologna, Italy – ZR
Apr. 06 – Arles, France – Cargo de Nuit
Apr. 08 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli
Apr. 09 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
Apr. 10 – Cardiff, UK – Solus
Apr. 11 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Apr. 13 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Metropolitan University
Apr. 14 – Edinburgh, UK – Picture House
Apr. 15 – Preston, UK – 53 Degrees
Apr. 16 – Cambridge, UK – Junction

Rival Sons‘ new album, Head Down, is out now in Europe on CD and limited edition vinyl at this location and on iTunes at this lcoation.

Head Down is due to be released in the USA on March 19th via Century Media/Earache Records.

 

With One Last Breath announce co-headline UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th February 2013 by Nico Davidson

York-based band With One Last Breath have just announced a string of UK dates for a joint headline tour with Swedish metal act Adept. The band will be touring in support of their new EP, Wake The Dead, which will be released via Small Town Records later this month. The band comments: “We are really excited about this tour. It’s a big step for us. This will be the first time to go out as a headlining band and although we are a little nervous, we are so ready for it. We are stoked to be co-headlining with Adept too, they are a great band and they will kill it no doubt. It’s going to be so fun playing all the re done versions of the EP tracks. People will dig it i think. It’s about time these songs get some live jams and we’re excited to play them. It’s going to be a mental tour and i hope everyone gets a chance to witness it!”

With One Last Breath have shared stages with a number of prominent and upcoming bands such as Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, Yashin and Architects, gaining attention along the way from The Artery Foundation  and TKO Booking. Together with their dedicated team, they are planning and plotting a steady takeover of the modern scene.

Catch With One Last Breath live on the following dates.

APRIL 2013
MONDAY 8 SOUTHAMPTON – UNIT
TUESDAY 9 MANCHESTER – MQ LIVE
WEDNESDAY 10 GLASGOW – IVORY BLACKS
THURSDAY 11 DERBY – THE VIC INN
FRIDAY 12 WREXHAM – CENTRAL STATION
SATURDAY 13 LEEDS – COCKPIT
SUNDAY 14 – BIRMINGHAM – O2 ACADEMY 3
MONDAY 15 NORWICH – WATERFRONT STUDIOS
TUESDAY 16 LONDON – CAMDEN BARFLY

 

Damnation Festival 2012 @ Leeds University

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

My Dying Bride, Belphegor, Vreid
Leeds University, Leeds, West Yorkshire
3rd November 2012

It was a cold day as hundreds, probably thousands of metal fans clad in leather, denim and band shirts made their way to the Leeds University for Damnation, which boasted some of the best bands on the doom, black and death scenes. Before the doors had officially opened, there was already a might horde gathered throughout the area, each one discussing their plans for the day, familiarising themselves with the venue’s layout and buying merch.

I think that Ravens Creed must have pulled the short straw when I was asked to cover their set as Nico interviewed Witchsorrow – Mainly because I’m a fan of symphonic metal. Never the less Ravens Creed offered me the well needed break from the (what seems to be) repetitive symphonic melodies and orchestrations that forms the base symphonic metal, with the heavier use of guitars and death growls that instead of easing you into this year’s Damnation, threw you into the festival’s main concept… Hard, heavy and face-melting metal! Though unable to catch the name of the first three songs the bands third song, Slaughterhouse opens up with quiet heavy guitars before being met by the frontman’s harsh vocals again.  A couple of songs later and free from a speech from the lead vocalist about how some people in the music industry are complete knobhead’s the band begin to play their next song; Stand Up and be Counted, a strong and terrifying song. While being a great band that put on an entertaining performance, I do wonder if they could have done more with their set if they had been on the Terrorizer or Jagermeister stage. Though only on for 30 minutes, Ravens Creed are towards the top of the bands that I really enjoyed both in terms of both performance and music.
[4.5/5 – DE]

After the interview with Necroskull of UK doomsters Witchsorrow, I navigated my way to the Eyesore Stage where they were due to play. By the time I had got there, I struggled to squeeze into the room – It’s nice to see people supporting bands on the smaller stages at festivals, rather than just going for the bigger names. I could barely see Witchsorrow as they began playing but I heard perfectly the unholy anthems of doom that churned out. Combining heavy, droning riffs with a crisp bass sound and haunting vocals, Witchsorrow conjured up a grim, terrifying sound and performed a truly bewitching set – Though the sunlight coming through the windows did ruin the apocalyptic atmosphere of the music.
[3.5/5 – ND]

I’ll admit Hawk Eyes aren’t exactly what I’d consider Damnation material but they proved to be an excellent opener for the Jagermeister stage as they belted out ferocious wailing riffs and destructive rhythm sections while displaying a unique sound as well. Definitely an impressive live act.
[4/5 – ND]

Wodensthrone were one band that I really wanted to see at Damnation and I feel awful that I missed most of their set due to getting lost. However, when I had found the stage they were playing, I was more than pleased with what I was welcomed by. Heavy pounding guitars and an ambiance of grim were offered up by the British black metallers, along with distinct and snarling vocals and cold keyboard symphonies that added to the final touches to the band’s set. A shame that I could barely see them though due to the crowd size!
[4/5 – ND]

Devil Sold His Soul were one of the bands on the line-up that I had actually heard of, I knew nothing about them or their music but was quite looking forward to seeing them perform live and was gutted when we arrived towards the end of their set. This was something shorted lived and the image of what I had of Devil Soul His Soul was the complete opposite to what they we’re like. I was very surprised to learn I was experiencing a post-metal band from London.  Upon the first listen I thought they were akin the likes of Bring Me The Horizon but getting away from that I do feel that they are a talented (and I have started to listen to them since seeing them at Damnation). I do feel that they have a lot of potential to become as big as the other names in the post-metal scene. Their performance was good though there wasn’t much crowd interaction and I feel that they were average while on stage – Nothing that you could complain about but yet nothing that would blow you away!
[3/5 – DE]

Winterfylleth were another band I’d wanted to catch after hearing a number of great things said about them at Warhorns Festival earlier this. I can see why they’re reading as one of the finest black metal bands on the UK’s underground scene. Aside from packing a full-on assault of vicious riffs and ethereal screams, the band know how to keep a crowd entertained as well when on stage. Unfortunately I hadn’t had the chance to watch the full set due to an interview with Vreid but hopefully, they’ll be appearing again at Damnation in the future.
[4/5 – ND]

I’ve been a casual listener of Vreid for the past few years and have always wanted to know how their live sound would compare to their studio work. Well, I was more than pleased when their terrifyingly brutal live sound was just as good, if not better than their studio work. As the light show corresponded acutely with Vreid’s use of snarling vocals and raw, gritty riffs, especially during the performances of songs such as Speak Goddamnitt and Pitch Black, I found myself mesmerised by their lively performance. Other tracks such as Raped By Light went down a treat with the fans as well due to the sheer heavy assault of barbaric drums and screeching riffs.
[4.5/5 – ND]

Being a fan of Celtic-styled music (be it proper Celtic folk or just Celtic-orientated metal such as Cryptic Age or Celtachor or Cruachan), I was stupidly excited to see Primordial and I can safely say that i was not let down by the Irish metallers. As frontman AA Nemtheanga put it “We are in the eye of the great storm” and he was correct as Primordial unleashed a blasphemous performance of Celtic elements and violent riffs upon an unsuspecting horde of metalheads. The darkened lightshow only added to the unholy sounds that Primordial churned out with unrelenting fury.
[4/5 – ND]

Opening up their Hadean set with Kneel Til Doomsday, Yorkshire doomsters My Dying Bride proceeded to entrance the packed out crowd at Jagermeister Stage with their unique blend of droning riffs and cold vocals, while the violins and keyboards added to the tragic flavourings of the band’s tragic sounds of the music. Aaron looked like some ethereal prophet of doom as he worked his vocal magic. One surprising part about their set was the performance of To Remain Tombless – A great song but it doesn’t strike me as a fan favourite but it still eased its way into Bride’s set like depression easing its way into one’s soul. The performance of Like Gods Of The Sun was a truly mystifying one, while their performance of The Dreadful Hours was more akin to haunting, which was a magnificent way to end their set at Damnation.
[5/5 – ND]

After seeing My Dying Bride, I headed straight to the Terrorizer stage to catch the rest of Belphegor’s set as I’d really wanted to see them but sadly they clashed with MDB. I think I got my hopes up a bit too much as I didn’t think much of Belphegor’s set. As I arrived at the Terrorizer stage, there was a cold and hellish wind blowing into the room as I was greeted by the aggressive stylings of Belphegor, though it wasn’t enough to entice me to stay interested in their performance. While they are a talented band, I found myself bored with their performance. The drums sounded tinny in sections and while blasphemous riffs and vocals were belted out aplenty, the performance just didn’t match up to their studio work (of which I am a huge fan of), and the faux-gruff voice of the frontman in between songs wasn’t quite as comical as the crowd found it to be – If anything, it was irritating. Never the less, the crowd enjoyed them and that’s what matters.
[2.5/5 – ND]

The heavy droning that was Electric Wizard’s set was one that took me by surprise. Having never been familiar with Electric Wizard, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The use of cinematic images in the background intrigued me as Jus Oborn’s vocals echoed hauntingly across the room, carried on the gloomy riffs like a raven on the wind. It was hard to not become entranced with Electric Wizard’s unique brand of doom metal as the dark riffs and hypnotic percussion came out so enchanting. My only regret is not being familiar enough with Electric Wizard’s music to truly appreciate the artistic value of their performance.
[5/5 – ND]

Well, it was one hell of a day and the early train ride to Leeds was well worth it. Damnation is definitely up there in our top five events of 2012, so we’ll gladly be raising a pint to Damnation 2013, which can’t come soon enough!

Nico Davidson & Danielle Eley.

Amateur photography by Danielle Eley.

Angelspit w/Support @ The Cockpit, Leeds

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , on 2nd October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Angelspit, Uberbyte & Zeitgeist Zero
Room 3 – The Cockpit, Leeds
13th September 2012

After missing Angelspit on their UK tour last year, I wasn’t going to let myself miss them again this year. Embarrassingly, the only band I knew on the bill was Angelspit, so I was in for a treat when Uberbyte and Zeitgeist Zero supported Angelspit in Room 3 of The Cockpit.

Zeitgesit Zero began the night with the sound of air raid sirens echoing through the small room, which was soon followed by a performance full of a heavy, futuristic synth-orientated sound and hypnotic beats. The driving use of dirty basslines added a lot to the band’s sound. I found the vocals to have an interesting sound, as they flowed back and forth over the ever growing crowd. Sadly, I didn’t see Zeitgesit Zero’s full set since I was interviewing Zoog during in the latter part of their set. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to catch a full set of theirs in the future.

By the time I’d finished my aforementioned interview, Uberbyte were already dominating the stage with a mix of aggressive beats and almost-techno-like synth workings while the frontman Uberman whipped the crowd into frenzy. Jump Into Hell was certainly a stand-out track during in their set with its loud, overwhelming basslines and catchy vocal medleys, which got the crowd jumping along like crazed rabbits. It was hard to not be taken in by Uberman’s charismatic attitude on the stage, especially during in the performance of We Like The Bass and an apparently dubstep-influenced song that I never caught the name of.

And the headliners of the night, Angelspit took to the stage. With the crowd all hyped from the brilliant support acts, Angelspit blasted into a raw, violent set that almost tore the venue apart. Featuring tracks that span their whole career, Angelspit performed each song beautifully – yet sadistically – well. Tracks like Wolf and 100% sounded far more raw and distorted compared to the studio versions, though this was no issue at all as it added to the unique sound of the songs while some of the other fan favourites like Kill Kitty and Wreak Havoc were more like their studio versions but still belted out an overwhelming aggressive sound that went down well with the crowd. Hopefully the next time Angelspit play Leeds, they’ll be on a bigger stage.

Nico Davidson

Martyr Defiled unveil new video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Heavyweights Martyr Defiled have premiered their new video Nemesis on their Facebook page yesterday, taken from their new EP In Shadows out now via Siege Of Amida.

Check out the video for Nemesis below.

The band announced a run of UK shows back in May to follow the release of their new EP In Shadows and have promised fans each show will be £2 entry with advance purchase tickets. – see dates below.

Martyr Defiled £2 tour:

6th September – The Well, Leeds (Official EP release party & video shoot)
7th September – Venue, Newcastle
8th September – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
9th September – Chameleon Cafe, Nottingham
10th September – Relentless Garage, London
11th September – Seabreeze, Lowestoft
12th September – Labour Club, Yeovil

New DreamCatch​er video released online to celebrate single release!

Posted in News with tags , , , on 13th August 2012 by Nico Davidson

Following two triumphant performances at this year’s Bloodstock, Leeds power-riffing atmospheric metallers DreamCatcher‘s new single, Never Look Back, is released today and the band have posted the awesome new video online!  You can watch the video here.

Taken from their stunning EP, SoulDesign, out now on Rising Records, Never Look Back is accompanied with brand new instrumental track Foresight as a b-side, and is available to download here via the band’s bandcamp.