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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Sorrow Plagues Announce Second Album 'Homecoming'!



Self-Released Sophomore Album 'Homecoming' Out May 27th 2017


Sorrow Plagues is the brainchild of British musician, David Lovejoy and they have just announced their second album 'Homecoming' is going to be self-released on May 27th 2017. The new album sees them explore new territories beyond their black metal sound that they are known for, this time it features elements of post-rock and more contemporary influences, in what is set to be their most ambitious offering so far.

The project began in late August of 2014 with the release of 'It Will Never End', where Lovejoy composed, performed and produced the entirety of the music on the release. Lovejoy has since gone on to release a further two EPs, two singles and a full-length album.

Sorrow Plagues combines the aggression of Black Metal with the ethereal soundscapes of Shoegaze and Post-Rock-esque climaxes to deliver a cathartic experience. Listeners have described a wide spectrum of experiences delivered by the music with some stating that it calms the soul right down. The lyrics explore many different aspects of the human experience, including death, loneliness and regret. Then finding strength and resolution through these difficult situations.

Lovejoy has recently gathered some talented and like-minded musicians to fully showcase Sorrow Plagues in a live environment, with their first gig being announced to support Fen, Aklash and Conform To Serve at the Green Door Store in Brighton this November. A string of dates are currently being booked to support the release of 'Homecoming', and the debut single, 'Relinquish'.




Tracklist for "Homecoming":

1.) Departure
2.) Disillusioned
3.) Isolated
4.) Irreversible
5.) Relinquish
6.) Homecoming



Grab your pre-orders here:
https://sorrowplagues.bandcamp.com/album/homecoming

'Homecoming' is due to be released on May 27th on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and many other digital outlets.


For more Sorrow Plagues:
https://www.facebook.com/sorrowplaguesmetal/
https://sorrowplagues.bandcamp.com/

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Five Hundred Release ‘The Rush’ Video, Reveal EP Details & Announce Tour Supporting Carnifex!


Nottingham metallers The Five Hundred unveil lyric video ‘The Rush’, taken from their upcoming EP, ‘The Veil'


The Five Hundred have been hard at work writing their latest EP, ‘The Veil’, the follow-up to their 2015 EP, ‘Winters’. ‘The Veil’ was produced by Justin Paul Hill (Sikth, Heart of a Coward, Betraying The Martyrs) and will be released on April 21st, 2017 via London Road Records. ‘The Veil’ is a collection of the band's most haunting, heavy and darkly melodic work so far.


As a preview of what to expect from ‘The Veil’, The Five Hundred have unveiled their first taste from the EP with new lyric video for ‘The Rush’.The haunting video shows gruesome, horror movie-like imagery, including a creepy dolls head and bloody knives. See the video below!






The Five Hundred is a five-piece that formed in late 2014, providing technical, melodic metal from the rough streets of Nottingham, UK. The quintet is known for unleashing barrages of down-tuned riffs and mind blowing hooks performed on eight-string guitars. The band deliver plenty of crushing technical grooves fronted by ferociously conquering roaring shouts. This is balanced out beautifully by captivating lead melodies and clean singing vocals.







'The Veil' tracklist

1. Aftermath
2. Ghost In The Flames
3. The Rush
4. The Veil
5. The Veil Pt II


Opening track, 'The Aftermath' follows on from the decay of the Nottingham quintet's previous release, a mournful introduction to what quickly becomes a punch-to-the-face riff frenzy. 'The Rush' is the first track to be unleashed from the EP.

Guitarist Mark Byrne describes the song: "It's a tale of euphoric misanthropy and hauntingly dark despair. The music effortlessly combines furious guitar work and painfully beautiful melody with spine-snapping breakdowns and depraved, sadistic lyrics."

With rumours of the release of a full debut album later on this year (label yet to be announced), 'The Veil' serves as tasty precursor to what promises to be The Five Hundred's ascent to becoming one of the UK's hottest new metal bands.

You can pre-order the EP at the link below:
https://thefivehundred.bandcamp.com/album/the-veil




To promote the launch of this EP, The Five Hundred have been announced as support for Deathcore outfit, Carnifex on their tour through eastern Europe, heading to the likes of Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia. A Night In The Abyss will also be featured on the tour.

Dates are:
April 23rd – Sentrum, Kiev, Ukraine
April 24th – Lemmy, Kaunas, Lithuania
April 25th – Nabaklub, Riga, Latvia
April 26th – Tapper, Tallin, Estonia
April 27th – Mod, St. Petersburg, Russia
April 28th – Moscow Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia

Monday, 10 April 2017

Synaptik Release New Video 'White Circle' Plus New Album 'Justify & Reason' Hits UK Stores!



Synaptik New "White Circles" Video Released & "Justify & Reason" in UK stores today!


British heavy metal five-piece, Synaptik from Norwich, UK unleashed their anticipated sophomore album, “Justify & Reason” on March 10th 2017 worldwide digitally through Defox records and physically in the US via Divebomb records but today (April 10th) it lands in various UK stores!

To promote the release of their new album "Justify & Reason" being available in stores across the UK today (April 10th) through Plastic Head Distribution, they have just dropped an official lyric video for their third single taken from the album for "White Circles".



Vocalist, John Knight had this to say about the lyrical meaning behind the new song:
“Lyrically the song describes the story of one person’s dependency on medication, antipsychotic drugs, the decision whether to stop taking them and return to a natural state risking confusion and illness or to continue on, the side effects, the withdrawals, the risks. All overseen by the ‘god like’ Psychiatrist. Singer John Knight worked for many years within the Mental Health system at management level and witnessed how the clients saw and described their experiences, “I spoke at length with a client about her feelings towards her medication and her Psychiatrist, she told me her Psychiatrist was ‘like a God’, someone who oversaw all the choices she made and controlled her life, it made an impression and I wrote this song that night, of course not every story is the same and medication plays a very important and useful part of people's life, it’s not an anti-medication song at all, but about the conflict a person has, the internal battle……telling themselves ’I’m well now, I don’t need these tablets’ without realising they feel this way because the medication is working, the side effects both being on and withdrawing can be severe”.


Check out the new powerful lyric video below!





For more information on Synaptik:

http://synaptikmetal.com/
http://synaptikmetal.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/synaptikmetal

Friday, 31 March 2017

New Stencil Mag (Issue 42) Feat Papa Roach, Parkway Drive, The Walking Dead & More!





So the new Stencil Mag (Issue 42) is out today and it's huge as always!

For this issue I got to interview Joey Z from Life Of Agony - check out the interview here: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/52



My reviews featured include:

Life Of Agony - A Place Where There's No More Pain https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/203

Bleed Again - Momentum  https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/208

You Me At Six - Night People  https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/209

Acceptance - Colliding By Design  https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/210

Counterfeit - Together We Are Strong https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/211

Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/233




Lastly I also done a feature for albums that turn 10 years old this year! My choice was for Paramore's - Riot Album which you can read here: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42/238


So be sure to check this out plus all the other great content, including interviews with front cover band Papa Roach, You Me At Six, While She Sleeps, The Walking Dead cast and much more!

Read all for free here: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue42

Look out for the next Stencil Mag out in May!







Download Festival New Announcement!


Download Festival UK has just got even bigger with the addition of more than 20 acts!



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Amongst the new acts joining the bill are, Devin Townsend Project, Suicide Silence and Machine Gun Kelly.


Here is the full new list:

Suicide Silence
Machine Gun Kelly
Code Orange
Blackwater Conspiracy
Blackwaters
Devin Townsend Project
Drones
Krokodil
Love Zombies
Max & Igor Cavalera
Nothing More
Orange Goblin
Otherkin
Pertubator
Sick Puppies
Sikth
Tax The Heat
The Fallen State
The Raven Age
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Yonaka


Check out the mighty full line-up so far below:

Friday, 10 March 2017

Synaptik's New Album 'Justify & Reason' Is Out Now Plus They Release New Video For 'The Incredible Machine'!




Synaptik Unleash New Video Single For 'The Incredible Machine' Same Day As Album Release Date!



British heavy metal five-piece, Synaptik from Norwich, UK have had a brilliant and busy year already, having signed with DeFox and Heart Of Steel records as well as landing a US deal with Divebomb records and re-releasing a remixed heavier version of their hit debut album, “The Mechanisms of Consequence” on 30th January, and they are set to make an even bigger impact with their sophomore album, “Justify & Reason” which is released today (March 10th).


To promote the release of their anticipated new album they have just dropped an official lyric video for new single, the mighty melodic and extremely technically skilled "The Incredible Machine", which features guest vocals from Meyrick de la Fuente (Exist Immortal).



Vocalist, John Knight commented on working with Meyrick de la Fuente who also produced the new album at Floodgate Studio. Saying: "(Meyrick's) Vocals on the chorus brought my original melody line to life, our vocals complimented each other well. It added a further dynamic which creates more melody that helps hammer home what the new album is all about; melody, aggression and emotion. It's perfect as the opening track and sets the standard for the rest of the album."


Knight also talked about the lyrical meaning behind the new single, 'The Incredible Machine': “Lyrically the song describes the human brain. The inner workings of the mind to a large extent remain a mystery. It’s extraordinary, our entire experience of life, all our mental experiences; they all result from the activity of chemistry in our brain, the activity of neurotransmitters and neurocircuits, synaptic signals sparking, a hundred billion nerve cells coordinate our physical actions. Quite literally mind blowing."


Check out the powerful video below!



Video credits: Andy Pilkington www.verymetal.co.uk


New album "Justify & Reason" is described as “A collection exhibiting real finesse, true technicality but not at the expense of neck-snapping riffs and a progressive air that’s both bracing and intimidatingly menacing”.


The album is available in a number of formats, including a special limited edition bundle deal, a double album (featuring a remix of their debut), vinyl and more! Check it out here: http://synaptikmetal.com/shop/



Synaptik will be playing at this year's Mammothfest UK amongst headliners, Rotting Christ, Fleshgod Apocalypse, along with Lawnmower Deth, Dragged Into Sunlight and more!


Tickets for the festival are available here: Tickets are available here -www.mammothfest.uk/store

‘Justify & Reason’ is out now (March 10th 2017) via Snakes On Fire Records (UK), Divebomb Records (US).

For more information on Synaptik:

http://synaptikmetal.com/
http://synaptikmetal.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/synaptikmetal






Monday, 6 March 2017

Bleed Again Release Video For 'Decimate' Plus Album Launch Show & Tour Details!



Upcoming Act Bleed Again Unleash New Video for 'Decimate' & Reveal Album Launch and Tour!


Fresh and exciting modern metal act, Bleed Again from the south coast of the United Kingdom strike hard with their massive melodic metalcore that is comparable to the likes of American heavyweights, Killswitch Engage and Trivium in both musical style and memorable energetic live performances.

Bleed Again has dropped their video for ‘Decimate’, the second track is taken from their highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Momentum’. The album will be released through recently signed US label Sliptrick Records on May 1st.

The new video lyric video for ‘Decimate’ makes quite the impact with defiant lyrics such as “You won’t be able to brain wash us all, you won’t see us fall!” which is delivered with intense urgency. Bleed Again is in no shortage of infectiously catchy hooks and melodies, placed on top of punishing riffs, relentless drum work and ferocious vocals.


Vocalist, James Dawson talks about the musical and lyrical inspirations of the song: "Decimate has definitely been influenced by my love for mainstream hardcore. We wanted to make a track that would have very little, or zero singing on it, a track that hits hard throughout. When we were writing this song, we knew straight away that it wasn't like anything we had done before. We knew it would stick out on the album, but in a good way."

"Lyrically this song has many different meanings. My first thoughts were that we take for granted what our past generations did for us in this country in WW1 and WW2. This grew into more political thinking in that I feel at times as if the government are constantly trying to scare us and control us into believing everything they say. Also, I was thinking at times that our past generations had a more simple life, even if it wasn't a very wealthy one. I feel at times that if we are to repair what I believe are very deep cracks in our society's, that we may have to destroy everything and start again. Rebuild."


Check out the new video below!



Video Credits:
Mixed and Mastered by Acle Kahney of TesseracT
Video production by Poseidon Media
Artwork by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art



‘Momentum’, which is impressively mixed and mastered by Acle Kahney of Tesseract is brimming with world dominating anthemic songs such as ‘Walk Through The Fire’, ‘Legacy’. Another stand out track is ‘Through My Eyes’, which was their first video single for the upcoming release and was filmed at their blistering 2016 Mammothfest set which they stole the show with, delivering one of the most memorable sets of the festival.

Mammothfest are big supporters of Bleed Again. Having seen their passion, energy and true potential, Mammothfest are therefore proud to be hosting their album launch party with a special show with the revered Welsh metalcore act, Brutality Will Prevail headlining.

The show will take place on the 6th May at The Arch, Brighton with a whole host of other great bands, including Raging Speedhorn, Giants and Death Remains. Bleed Again will simply revel in the live setting and what a way to launch their album in a night that won’t be forgotten by the band and metal heads alike! This launch show will add to their list of great support slots, as in the past they have shared the stage with established acts Soil, Darkest Hour and Devil Sold His Soul, all as a result of their intense shows which they have built a solid reputation for.



Vocalist James Dawson comments about his excitement for the release show "Our album release show is going to be huge. So many bands over two stages in one day at one venue ensures it's going to go off!! We are really looking forward to our headliners in Brutality Will Prevail as well as Raging Speed horn. The entire day is filled with local and nationwide talent and we can't wait to play and party afterwards."

Come down and hear new songs from ‘Momentum’ live and witness Bleed Again thrive!

Get tickets for the album launch here: https://mammothfest.uk/product/brutality-will-prevail-raging-speedhorn/


Before the album launch show they are heading out on tour with Death Remains (also appearing at launch show). The launch show is the last day of the tour. Details below:





The band have more confirmed tour dates for the coming months:

April 1st – Brighton (supporting Feed The Rhino) | April 14th – Worthing (Headlining Pangalactic Festival)

Tour with Death Remains:
April 28th – Hastings | April 29th – Southampton | April 30th – Reading | May 1st – Leicester | May 2nd – Birmingham | May 3rd – Bridgewater | May 4th – Banbury | May 5th – Northampton | May 6th – Brighton (Album release show)

June 24th – Norwich POW3RF3ST …link

Tour with As Flames Rise:
July 20th – Isle of White | July 21st – Quarrydowns (Amplified Festival) | July 22nd – TBC | July 23rd – TBC

October 7th – Brighton (Mammothfest - Rotting Christ, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Lawnmower Deth & more) …link




Band Information:

http://www.bleedagainband.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/bleedagainuk/

Friday, 3 March 2017

Fleshgod Apocalypse Announced As Second Mammothfest Headliner! Plus Dragged Into Sunlight & More!






Mammothfest's biggest event to date continues with Fleshgod Apocalypse & 15 more acts added to the bill!



Mammothfest has already made two festival announcements this year for their main event taking place at The Arch in Brighton on 6-8th October, which included first headliners, Rotting Christ (UK exclusive), Tjusder, Meta-stasis, Lagerstein, OHHMS, Patrick Walker (40 Watt Sun) and more.

In this new latest announcement, Mammothfest reveals its second headliner will be Italian avant-garde symphonic extreme act, Fleshgod Apocalypse heading up the Death/Extreme metal main stage on Saturday the 7th October for their only other UK performance in the UK in 2017, along with a further 15 acts spread across various stages over the weekend!



Headliners Fleshgod Apocalypse


Fleshgod Apocalypse will only be doing two UK shows this year, so asides from their performance in Scotland in April, Mammothfest will be the only event where you can catch the band in the UK in 2017.

The six-piece leads the forefront of death metal in Italy and for a good reason. The Italians are inspired by renowned composers such as Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse as well as classical influences from Mozart, Beethoven and more. They have released four albums to date, their latest offering being ‘King’ (2016) through Nuclear Blast Records.

To date, Fleshgod Apocalypse has toured worldwide with established acts such as Behemoth, Dying Fetus, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and more. You won’t want to miss their triumphant and unforgettable set at Mammothfest!

That is not all – further additions to this mighty weekend include...


Saturday 7th October 2017 Death/Extreme metal MAIN stage

DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT join Fleshgod Apocalypse as main support on the main stage.




British extreme metallers from Liverpool, UK, Dragged Into Sunlight have been brought in as the main support to headliners, Fleshgod Apocalypse. They have been delivering their intense and brash sound for over a decade now, since 2006. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue surrounding the band, as they reveal little information about their identities, even going as far as to hide their faces, wearing balaclavas. Their live performances are a stranger affair, as they play with their back to the audience. They will have to be seen to be believed.

As support to the mighty legends MAYHEM in a vast European tour soon, Dragged into Sunlight will spread their unlight to Mammothfest in what is undoubtedly the darkest Mammothfest weekend to date.


Also appearing on the main stage:

Lawnmower Death



Also on the death/extreme main stage is thrash metal legends, Lawnmower Deth. They like to have fun whilst playing their thrash punk crossover sound. They formed back in 1987 and were active until the 1990’s and then reformed in 2008 in style by reuniting as support to massive Welsh metalcore band, Bullet For My Valentine. Since then Lawnmower Deth have landed many big supports and festival appearances, including Download Festival on a couple of occasions, Bloodstock, Hammerfest and more, and now it’s time for them to stun the crowds at Mammothfest also!




Other additions to Friday 6th October 2017 Black metal stage MAIN stage:


The Infernal Sea


Friday 6th October 2017 Black metal stage 2nd stage:


Ethereal

Deitus

The Crimson Brigade




Saturday 7th October 2017 Death/Extreme metal 2nd stage:


No Raza

Damaj

Devil Wants Her Swagger Back



Sunday 8th October 2017 STONER DOOM MAIN stage

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters

Haast's Eagled

Kalloused



Sunday 8th October 2017 STONER DOOM 2nd stage


Thermit


Pensevor

Mutually Assured Destruction



More acts still to be announced!

Tickets for Mammothfest are available now with a variety of options, including day tickets and VIP weekend tickets: https://mammothfest.uk/store

https://www.facebook.com/MammothfestUK/


Monday, 27 February 2017

Vader, Immolation, Krysthla & More Announced For New Mammothfest show!



Death Metal Invasion in Brighton With Vader & More In New MammothFest & Jackhammer Promotions Easter show!


Mammothfest are keeping busy in 2017! Rotting Christ are set to headline the main Mammothfest festival later this year as a UK festival exclusive. On top of that, two "Mammothfest Presents" shows have already been announced, with Feed The Rhino and Brutality Will Prevail headlining two separate events.

Now the spoil us further with this latest addition to the Mammothfest shows, which could be their biggest yet, featuring some of the best Death Metal acts such as headliners, Polish death metal pioneers Vader, who impressively released their eleventh album last year named, 'The Empire' with main support from New York extreme metallers, Immolation, who have just dropped their new career defining album, 'Atonement'.

Other acts joining them on the main stage for of this monstrous line-up are: Monument of Misanthropy, Krysthla, Divine Chaos, Seprevation, Hades Lab, Mutually Assured Destruction and Enslavement.

On the second stage, acts include Brighton Tech metallers, Hole In The Sky who are no strangers to Mammothfest as they played in 2014 along side headliners Savage Messiah and Martyr Defiled. The band sadly lost their singer Rik to cancer but continue to grow despite this. Mammothfest director was very close to Rik and named one of the festival stages after him in tribute, being the Rikstock stage for emerging artists.

Joining them so far on the second stage is Internal Conflict and Infected Dead with some more acts to be announced! So keep an eye out on their website and social media pages!



Get early bird tickets quickly for only £13 for the first 200 tickets! After this tickets are £15 in advance and £20 on the door.

17 bands across 2 stages for £13 right on Brighton beach at the Arch, what a great way to spend Easter weekend with no work the next day either, so no excuses! Come and be part of this mighty death metal event!


Ticket link: https://mammothfest.uk/product/vader-immolation-plus-supports/



For more information on Mammothfest and other Mammothfest presents shows visit:

http://mammothfest.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/MammothfestUK/





Sunday, 26 February 2017

Interview: Bloodyard (UK)

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Groove/death metal four piece Bloodyard from the North-West England have been going since 2010. Since their formation they have been building their fan base and reputation, especially on the live scene, having shared the stage with established bands such as, Monument, Evil Scarecrow, Scordatura, Savage Messiah, Foetal Juice, Warlord, RSJ and Meta-Stasis. They have also played numerous festivals and shows countrywide, including a headliner show at The Manchester Academy. In 2015 they reached new heights earning a slot at Bloodstock and have since signed with TBFM Records and Management. I caught up with guitarist, Nick Adamson to talk about their successes, their latest EP, 'Darker Days' and more...




So for those who aren’t familiar, can you give us a bit of back story about Bloodyard and how you came to be?

Bloodyard came about because Donna was looking for people to jam with, she played guitar in a band but wanted to do vocals. She knew I was looking to put something together so got in touch. We got together and started putting a few ideas in motion, she then invited Matty from her previous band to come along and see what he thought. He thought he was coming to a different band practice, but he must have liked what we were doing because he’s still turning up! Then not too long after that we convinced Dave to join our ranks. We all knew each other from other bands around the area, and it was exciting to get together and play some of our favourite music.


How would you describe your music?

Our music is heavy and groovy, it's death metal you can dance to! We all have a wide array of influences, so it's quite a creative mixture. The only rule we have had from day one and still stick to is can you get up and shake your head to it?!



How happy have you been with the response to your latest EP offering, ‘Darker Days’?

We're very happy with it, and it's had a good reception and some good reviews. We're looking forward to making the next one now.



Can you tell us about the making and recording of the EP?

We recorded it at LMC Studios, which is a studio attached to our local college. It is a fantastic studio, with some great gear, and brilliant people. With it being a part of the college it gave students the chance to get involved with the production. It was the most relaxed we'd been in a recording session.



What are your main influences both musically and personally?

I have a list longer than my arm. We live in a time where there is an abundance of brilliant musicians and awesome bands. We all like and listen to the full rock and metal spectrum, everything from Metallica through to Napalm Death, but for Bloodyard we stick to the heavy end, it's the most fun to play. What inspires us personally is that we have such a great time doing it. We have such a laugh at rehearsals, and really enjoy what we do. I couldn’t say it has ever felt like hard work, it's a brilliant way to do what we love, with our closest friends.



How would you say your sound has progressed since your formation in 2010?

I'd say the sound has grown and become more diverse and challenging. In the beginning, we wanted to play fast and heavy, and now we're expanding on that with more technical parts, and pushing ourselves as musicians.



You have shared the stage with some great bands such as Monument, Savage Messiah, RSJ, Meta-stasis and many more, how does that make you feel and what have been some of your show highlights?

Sharing the stage with those bands has been an amazing experience. It has given us the chance to watch and learn from some of the best bands on the scene up close. We played a Sophie Lancaster event a while ago with RSJ, and they had driven all the way from Mammothfest in Brighton after playing it the night before. You could tell they were feeling it, and were quite quiet before their set. As soon as it was time to go on stage though, it was like an explosion! They put on a brilliant show and you would never have known that they had driven 9 hours to get there. Not only that but they stuck around to watch our set, and getting a nod of approval from Dan Cook, was very cool.



Speaking of sharing the stage, you are playing Hard Rock Hell in 02 Academy Birmingham with the likes of Sodom, EVILE, Raging Speedhorn, Feed The Rhino and more, how excited are you for this and what can attending fans expect?

We are over the moon with landing a slot at such a monumental event! We all have albums by Sodom, Evile, Skindred, and Raging Speedhorn in our record collections, so to be a part of the same line-up is a dream come true. We’re one of the opening bands on the Saturday afternoon, so we’re planning to play a set hard and heavy enough to get everyone awake and ready for the rest of the festival.



You played at Mammothfest 2016 in Brighton, UK, how was the experience for you?

Mammothfest was awesome! Getting the chance to play at the opposite end of the country and seeing what the music scene down there is like was a brilliant opportunity. It was a good small venue we played at, and it was packed from start to finish, everyone was really in to it and it was bouncing ‘til the small hours of the morning.


Have you started working on any new material and if so, what can we expect to hear?

Yes, we have. We have lots of new material ready to go, and a few more songs that we’re still working on, that will hopefully be ready by the time we hit the studio in the summer. If all goes to plan we’re hoping for an early autumn release. The new stuff feels like the next level again for us, we’re really pushing ourselves to make the best music we can, and I’m confident in saying it’s our best yet. We’re expanding almost every avenue of our writing, the fast stuff is faster, the heavy parts are heavier, it’s like everything has been turned up to 11!



What else does Bloodyard have planned for 2017?

With the recording being planned for the summer we’re going to be spending the first half of the year out on the road, we already have dates lined up across the North of England. Once the new record is done, we’ll head back out to show off the new stuff and we’re planning to go further afield and play shows throughout the Midlands and maybe a bit further south.



Is there anything else you would like to share or add?

2017 is already looking amazing for us, with some great gigs and shows booked, but we’re always looking to expand our horizons, so if anyone wants us to come and play in their local venues, get in touch! All info and tour dates and much more can be found on our website www.bloodyard.uk or through our facebook page.



For more information on Bloodyard:

https://www.facebook.com/bloodyard666/

http://www.bloodyard.com/



Monday, 20 February 2017

WEAK13 Release Another Controversial Video 'Obey The Slave'!

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Underground Grunge Rockers Release New Video!


British underground post punk band WEAK13 have released a new music video for their song 'Obey The Slave' taken from their 2016 debut album 'They Live' which was well received by press and metal heads alike. WEAK13 have never been ones to be subtle and like to cause havoc with controversial songs, lyrics and videos to accompany their honest views.

The latest music video was filmed in a real English magistrates court and revolves around a theme of law and order. The song raises questions about authority and activism with thought provoking lyrics and proudly shouts “Don't start a revolution. Have a revelation and share. Wake up”.

Witness the bold and compelling video for yourself!




You will be be pleased to hear the band are currently preparing to record their follow up to 'They Live' with as yet untitled sophomore studio album with producer John Stewart at FrEQ in Coventry, England. Frontman and guitarist Nick J Townsend revealed “We were so impressed with the engineering by Stewart on the They Live album; it's important news that we'll be able to work with him again and we know already that he'll do the new material the justice it deserves”. The They Live album contains the song “Obey The Slave” and is only available from weak13official.com


I'm sure we can expect more contentious themes from their anticipated upcoming release!


I reviewed the bands debut album 'They Live' so be sure to check that out! It's a must hear! http://www.madaboutrock.co.uk/2016/02/weak-13-they-live-debut-album-review.html



To find out more about WEAK13:


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Band Focus: VISTA (Interview)



VISTA Are Ones To Watch With Their Anthemic Rock Sound!




I caught up with upcoming new band VISTA, an angsty rock trio from New York City. In their short time as a band they have quickly gained media attention and most recently landed a support slot with the trendy rockers, Against The Current. Following their hit debut EP “VERSUS" they are ready to take things to the next level with their new single “Henchmen", including world domination...



Can you tell us a bit about the formation of VISTA?

Greg: We were all abducted by aliens together. Awoke and soon found out we could play music.
Matt: Greg and I joined VISTA at the same time. We had the same audition the same day actually. I originally messaged Hope when I learned that she had lost her drummer. At the time, I had a band that wasn’t going anywhere, so I went to audition, we had Chipotle and then I went home in a new band.

How would you describe your sound to those that aren’t familiar?

Greg: It’s hard to do, but ill just say we like to get big.
Matt: Big choruses, even bigger drums and guitars. Something you may not see and/or hear everyday at a show.
Hope: Big banger apocalyptic-sounding anthems.

What are your main influences both musically and personally?

Greg: Musically I really like all kinds of stuff. The fall of troy is a main influence for me. Been really into a ton of genres tho. Personally I’ve met/gotten to know a few musicians who are really good people altogether. Matt Thiessien from RK is one of them.
Matthew: Growing up I listened to alot of different kinds of music. From concert, jazz, to Underoath, Anberlin, Armor For Sleep and Yellowcard. My all time fave is Angels and Airwaves. They have a positive message and their shows are the best I’ve ever been to. Plus, what other band do you know who does comic books, novels, movies, animated shorts and albums?
Hope: Life, the world, things I see happening on the news, Warped Tour, darkness (as weird as that probably makes me seem).

You have recently released your new single the extremely anthemic, ‘Henchmen’ on the 13th January 2017 and to coincide with that, you had the amazing opportunity to open for Against The Current on the same day, how was the experience for you?

Greg: I want more days like that. It was a great day!
Matthew: The best day of my musical career! It was a bit overwhelming and felt like a dream. I couldn’t believe we were playing that show. It finally hit me when I went on stage to play in front of 1000+.
Hope: Thank you! Yeah, that show was superrr sick. We really hope to grab some more opportunities like that.

Considering you haven’t been going long you have already gained widespread media attention and are securing some great support slots, how does this make you feel? Did you expect this reaction?

Greg: I’m not sure what I expected. I try not to as much. I usually just try to focus on the grind.
Matthew: I don’t have expectations with anything for the sake of protecting myself from disappointment, haha. But It’s been an amazing journey.
Hope: It’s definitely super humbling, but in my eyes we’re just starting. We haven’t really accomplished anything yet. I think we have some killer momentum now that we’re just going to
keep working with.

Can you tell us about the meaning behind the new single ‘Henchmen’?

Greg: As you can tell, lots of people are unhappy with the state of many things in the world right now, especially with politics and civil rights. We wanted to write an anthem to all those who felt oppressed. It’s the least we could do.

What has the response been like to the song so far?

Greg: Pretty awesome. Very thankful.
Matthew: The fans and in the general public have been very supportive and kind. I can’t thank them enough for taking the time to listen to our music!
Hope: I appreciate anyone who’s taken the time to check out some of our music, even if it wasn’t their cup of tea. The response to “Henchmen” has thankfully been nothing but super positive and uplifting, kind of goes hand in hand with the lyrical content.

What was the recording and writing process like when making the song?

Greg: It started from a tiny voice memo from Hope. Then it just evolved from there.
Hope: Yeah, I had the initial idea as a voice memo, I’d written out I think 4-5 different versions of verses to try. We just built on that first concept!

Have you got any other shows or tours planned for 2017?

Greg: Working on stuff right now!
Hope: We’re playing the Stanhope House in NJ on 2/19, The Space in CT on 3/26, and we have some other stuff in the process of being planned and confirmed! Definitely hoping to be out on a tour within the first half of this year.

What can attending fans expect from your live shows?

Greg: To enjoy themselves, hopefully. We like to put a lot of energy into it.
Matthew: A huge energetic show. If you think the songs are bombastic, the live show takes it up a few notches.
Hope: Ah, I love that word bombastic. It’d be cool to put that in a song somewhere. But definitely agree with these guys, we’re all very energetic not only on stage, but also in general. So we just carry our natural energy over to our set and amplify it x10, because we’re working with each other’s energy.

Have you already began work on your next follow up release? If so what can we expect to hear?

Greg: Yes. We are trying to string it all together right now and are sifting through ideas!
Matthew: We’ve been writing new songs, but so far these songs are a nice staple within the VISTA realm.
Hope: Yeah! We’re working on our next EP right now. I think we’ve been working on it for about 2-3 weeks so far.

What else do VISTA have planned for 2017?

Greg: To be seen and heard.
Matthew: Writing, touring, repeat, haha.
Hope: TO TAKE OVER.


Is there anything else you would like to share with us or add?

Greg: Thank you so much for the interview. Thank you to the fans!
Matthew: Thank you to whoever is reading this for taking the time to check us out! We love the fans and can’t wait to see you all on the road soon! Don’t be a stranger...
Hope: Thanks so much for this! We really appreciate your time and for listening to our stuff.




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Friday, 17 February 2017

Brutality Will Prevail To Headline Mammothfest Event with Raging Speedhorn & More For Bleed Again's Album Launch!



Mammothfest Announces Special Album Launch Show For Fresh Act Bleed Again With Brutality Will Prevail, Raging Speedhorn, Giants, High Hopes & More!



Mammothfest are making quite the impact already in 2017, with two announcements out for the main event taking place on the 6-8th October at The Arch, Brighton, which includes headliners Rotting Christ (with more to be announced). Now they continue to please with this latest Mammothfest show, the second one of the year, with the first being held on the 1st April with headliners, Feed The Rhino. Find out more about this massive show below...

Worthing metallers, Bleed Again have become Mammothfest favourites in recent years. So, to celebrate the release of the band’s album, “Momentum”, Mammothfest have set up an event to make the occasion even more special.

Commonly the festival is known for bringing some of the best emerging metal acts to Brighton, but, Mammothfest is now dipping its toes into the world of hardcore by unleashing UK hardcore favourites Brutality Will Prevail and UK metal icons Raging Speedhorn on the south coast along with some of the best emerging acts in heavy music.

The event will take place at Brighton's Arch venue on May 6th, the same venue that Mammothfest 2017 will be held in October. The album launch show will be an all day showcase, giving you a choice of 17 bands spread across two stages.


BWP - Brutality Will Prevail
Brutality Will Prevail

Brutality Will Prevail, commonly known as BWP, is about to release their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “In Dark Places”. This will be the band’s second album to feature Louis Gauthier on vocals, formally of popular Brighton-based hardcore act Breaking Point. The Welsh outfit is known for producing a unique style of sludge-hardcore, adding it the energy and aggression of metalcore. More importantly BWP deliver some of the best pit-starting grooves in UK hardcore. Expect a high- octane show.


Formed in 1998, Raging Speedhorn has a lot of experience under their belt as the band quickly established itself as a major presence within the UK's metal scene early on into their careers.The band's first single, "Thumper” was released in 2000, which received significant critical acclaim, then in 2001, Raging Speedhorn charted in the UK Singles Chart with "The Gush". As the main support to BWP, you can expect pounding bass lines and heavily distorted riff-thick riffs, all unleashed with a punishing effect.

Hardcore-punk outfit, Giants, which will follow an extensive European tour with Polar. The Essex and London-based punks released their debut album, “Break The Cycle” in 2016. The album pulled in praise for their fresh take on delivering a mixture of brutal nature and catchy hooks, unveiling influences from the likes of Bad Religion and Pennywise, to Comeback Kid and Gallows.

Bleed Again Promo
The Band Of The Day Bleed Again 
Bleed Again, the men of the hour who will be releasing their album, “Momentum” on May 5th. Bleed again are Brighton heroes and fan favourites at Mammothfest. In 2016, Bleed Again delivered one of the most memorable sets of the weekend, in which they filmed their latest song and video for the melodic “Through The Eyes” and earned them one of the best crowd reactions of the whole festival. Having already supported the likes of Soil, Darkest Hour and Devil Sold His Soul with their reputation for blistering live sets, you don’t want to miss them.



Headlining the second stage is High Hopes from Reading UK. Since forming in 2012 they have become an unstoppable energetic live act, which has seen them share the stage with well-known acts such as  Heart Of A Coward, Skindred, Emmure, Stick To Your Guns and Deez Nuts, as well as touring the world, across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and China, building a dedicated fan base in their path wherever they go, making them a very worthy headliner indeed!

All these bands plus more! (see poster above)

This massive show strongly highlights Mammothfest’s statement to bring the biggest bands to Brighton whilst giving the local acts a platform to grow and play amongst established acts, especially in this extra special event that marks the album launch of one of the most exciting UK upcoming acts Bleed Again! Come and celebrate Bleed Again’s new release and join in this mental party of big and smaller bands united as one all under one roof at The Arch which is the perfect location being central and along the seafront. You don’t want to miss it!


To get tickets to this massive event go here: https://mammothfest.uk/product/brutality-will-prevail-raging-speedhorn/ Hurry as limited amount of early bird tickets at just £18! 

For more info on this event plus all other Mammothfest shows and tickets visit: www.mammothfest.uk