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INTERVIEW: The Rocket Dolls (UK)

Brighton rock trio have just unleashed their sophomore album 'DeaDHeaD' which is going down a storm with rock fans and press alike and they have quickly established themselves as a rising rock band to look out for and as a result, they have secured festival appearances this summer at Ramblin’Man Fair, Wildfire Festival and more. The band are currently on their UK tour supporting the album so I caught up with vocalist/guitarist Nikki Smash to discuss this, the new album and more...

Can you tell us about your formation?


We all met in college and all shared the same drive, passion about being in a Riff/Grunge Band outfit and when we formed Indie was huge and we hated it and almost wanted to get rid of it, haha! We were all session musicians and weren’t enjoying that so we decided to make the plunge and started the band!



How did you come up with your band name?

I was watching MTV2 or MTV rocks really late at night one of those I’m not going to sleep tonight, nights. Ricky Rocket from…
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ANTI-FLAG Announce UK/ EURO Tour W/ SILVERSTEIN & CANCER BATS + Release Video For ‘TROUBLE FINDS ME’

Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag have just announced a UK/Euro tour this fall with Silverstein, Cancer Bats, and Worriers. Tickets are on sale now.

"Anti-Flag have always seen punk rock as a vehicle for change; community leads to recognizing commonality, which leads to a recognition of our collective power, which leads to us knowing we have the power to create the future we want to see.

This tour, this line-up, eclectic in sonics but all bands believe in sharing empathy over apathy, optimism over cynicism. The goal is to bring people from all walks of life through the door. Introducing them to new people, new friendships, new ideas.

Silverstein: a band we have done countless Warped Tours with... have been comrades in arms for years (hell, Chris #2 and Paul Marc play ice hockey together). They’re a powerful band, we’ve shared stages all over the world, but this will be our first club tour together.

Cancer Bats: some of our oldest friends... we’ve toured together in Canada, the…

DREAM STATE Release New Video 'New Waves' + Announce European/UK Tour With Amity Affliction

Welsh 5 piece and Kerrang! Awards 2018 'Best British Breakthrough' winners DREAM STATE can now reveal the video for their huge single, and recent Radio 1 Annie Mac exclusive first play, 'New Waves'. The track is taken from the bands new 'recovery' EP which is out now through UNFD.

Watch 'New Waves' - HERE and below!




From DREAM STATE vocalist CJ on the single/video - "I wanted to show our fans, as I know a lot of them are going through their own troubles, that they have it in them to push through it. Sometimes we have to face our battles alone, but there is always going to be that inner voice that tells you that you've got this and that is the one you need to be listening to. We had so many amazing quotes sent through that any weak moment I had during the filming process, I had all these amazing, positive quotes surrounding me that brought a tear to my eye and it helped me perform better than I ever have. I hope our listeners can take from this an…

STEVE HEWITT Releases Free Download Of Live Album Tracks & Live Video Footage

British singer/songwriter 'Steve Hewitt' presents a taste of things to come from his debut LP, with the release of his free-download album sampler and live video single.


Recorded as 'live' renditions of tracks selected to feature on the highly anticipated 'Bigger Than Words' set for release later in 2018, the songs 'Healing & Hurt', 'Move On' and 'Holding Me Back' showcases Steve at his most intimate and organic; allowing his songwriting & performance abilities to carry his soul-bearing honesty and desire to emotionally connect with his audience. A formula that has enabled Hewitt to share stages with artists such as Newton Faulkner, Emma Stevens, Toploader, StarSailor plus many more. In addition to this generous download EP offer, Steve has also released live video footage of his fan-favoured track 'Sad Sad Old World'.


Sad Sad Ole World (Live)

https://youtu.be/RKp0QVco_So


The Kent (UK) native has been collaborating with local…

DECAPITATED Release 'Kill The Cult' Music Video

Polish death metal masters DECAPITATED have released a music video for the song 'Kill The Cult', here: https://youtu.be/kQUTQTNChbE



The track comes from their latest album Anticult, which was released July 7, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. The video was directed by Łukasz Jaszak, who previously directed the music video for 'Never' and created the cover art for DECAPITATED's three most recent albums.

Order Anticult:
Limited Edition Vinyl (inc signed insert): http://nblast.de/DecapAnticultRS
Limited Edition Digipack CD: http://nblast.de/AnticultDigCDAMZ

DECAPITATED festival appearances:

10.08. NL Leeuwarden - Into the Grave
16.08. CZ Litomerice - Death Coffee Party
18.08. PL Cieszanow - Rock Festiwal
25.08. PL Walbrzych - Metal Mine
31.08. PL Lyski - Magia Rocka
01.09. PL Szczecinek - Materiafest
02.09. UK Edinburgh - Heavy Scotland
07/08.09. RL Beirut - Beirut Metal Fest
06.10. UK Brighton - Mammothfest
03.11. DK Aalborg - Metal Festival
16/17.02.2019 UK Birmingham - HRH Metal

An…

Mammothfest Summer Sale, Day Splits & Best Band Competition

Mammothfest are offering a one-off summer sale which ends 31st July, which will be your last chance to secure savings! The festival wants to continue to bring you the finest and up and coming talent to Brighton, UK and to help this they are offering some deals to cater for your needs of what you can afford and to help support the local scene and the event...

Below are 3 ticket links... 0% discount (full price), 25% discount and 33% discount. If full price is too much for you, get a cheaper ticket if you want!

Full price: https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-2018-tickets
25% discount: https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-2018-various-brighton-venues-2018-10-05-00-00-27664
33% discount: https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-2018-various-brighton-venues-2018-10-05-00-00-27664

The future of the festival is unclear but one thing is for certain that 2018 is going to be a blast, so come and be a part of this awesome weekend!

Find out more about what bands are appearing across the weekend below an…

MIDNATTSOL Release Lyric Video For 'THE AFTERMATH'

Nordic symphonic metal masters MIDNATTSOL have just released the official lyric video for the title track of their upcoming new album “The Aftermath” which will be released on May 25th via Napalm Records.

MIDNATTSOL now has true full sister power featuring Liv Kristine and Carmen Elise! The name "Espenæs“ rightfully makes a lot of people swoon – as both sisters have been a vital part of a magnitude of gothic / symphonic / folk metal milestones. Until this point a supergroup involving both sisters sharing microphone duties was only the stuff only dreams were made of. Now it is a reality!

The band comments on the track:
“As a huge thank you for waiting for us all these years, here is another song for you before the release of our new album! It contains a message that we want to reach out with; What do you think it is?”

“The Aftermath” relies much more heavily on folk influences lending atmospheric density to the melancholic symphonic metal compositions. A sumptuous and sensual affair a…

REVIEW: Spiricom - Hammer Of Witches EP

Spiricom is a instrumental act comprised of duo Steven K. Smith (percussion,keyboards and synths) and Marc Cody (Guitarist) from Ohio. This new EP consists of three companion pieces which evoke how men wielded pain, fire, and unyielding conviction in the pursuit of holy purification. So join them on their enlightening discover...

The opening song 'Strappado' which translates as a form of torture is tense with hush voices and alarming synth noises which seems fitting but it quickly progresses into something more calming and ethereal yet keeps an underlying sense of sorrow. It features more layers and tunefulness as it goes on and the ending cleverly picks up where the beginning started and ends with some eerie spoken words making for a captivating start.

'The Burn' is the shortest offering and is ambient, hopeful and depthful, making for a great and pleasant track and one to let wash over you and reflect upon life.

The final song 'The Witch Hammer' has a more omino…