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NEW Stencil Mag Issue 28 - 31st July 2014! Feat Rise Against, Finch, In Flames & More!

The mighty new issue of Stencil Mag has landed featuring as you can see main feature, Rise Against! You can also check out my review of their new album here: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/173 Also featured is a Reading/Leeds preview including my sections on Paramore, Young Guns, Crossfaith & Of Mice & Men, which can be seen here! http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/127 In a new VS feature, kicking of with Bring Me The Horizon. I pick their latest album, 'Sempiternal' which goes up agaist their previous album, 'There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It..' - which is your favourite?! http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/143 Also check out my reviews of the following: Mastodon and Linking Park latest albums: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/159 And lastly my reviews of Casket Of Cassandra and The Moderates: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/169 Check out the whole mag in its all its glory here: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue…

Alestorm - Sunset On The Golden Age Album Review (Napalm Records)

Scottish Metallers, Alestorm are known for their pirate themes and are back after three years with their fourth album and follow up to, 'Back Through Time', so are you ready to board the swash buckling pirates boat again?!..



Opening song, 'Walk The Plank' opens on an upbeat triumphant note and showcases a more symphonic epic sound, which displays a more serious and refined side to them immediately, all the while embracing their catchy wonderful pirate sound! Enjoying yourself on their quest, stick around for 'Drink', which could well compete with their best and most infectious anthems to date! You will find you can't stop listening to this and will have found your new weekend tune to get merry to and have a blast with your mates! 'Magnetic North' again demonstrates their slight change in sound, possessing their nautical elements but mixed with heavier sections also.


'1971 (The Battle of Cartagena)' is an truly epic surprise featuring growly fie…

Divine Chaos pull out of MammothFest 2014! Find out who will replace them!

 Unfortunately thrash metallers from Slough, Divine Chaos have had to pull out of MammothFest 2014 which takes place at the Green Door Store, Brighton between Saturday 30th August and Sunday 31st August. But although this is a shame, the band replacing them is instrumental progressive act from Brighton, thedealwasforthediamond, who are returning after a break with their upcoming sophomore album and as a result of working on their new album they haven't played live for a while, so MammothFest 2014 marks their come back show of the year! Be sure to check out the band and their epic instrumental sound; to be a instrumental band solely relying on the music to portray the emotion and passion, as well as keep your interest can be hard to achieve, but this band pull it off extremely well! Get your tickets to the festival now to witness them perform live on the Sunday between 5:15-5:45pm, as well as all the other brilliant acts. The line-up is not to be missed!





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MammothFest 2014 Surprise Announcements - 2 extra acts added!

Brighton's heavyweight intense festival, MammothFest has today released some new announcements, including a shock surprise of two extra acts, to what was meant to be a full bill! (see full line up above). The two extra acts are Acoustic duo Tom & Ash and Acoustic virtuoso Sean De Burca who will perform as part of the weekend. Organiser Steve Dickson was so impressed by them both at recent
shows that he walked up onstage to offer them spots as soon as they finished their gigs! That is quite a compliment and means attending festival goers are in for an even more epic time! (See links and video below to check out new acts added!) 
If that wasn't already exciting enough MammothFest have also announced a Apolcalypse Club Night DJs playing on the Saturday between bands and DJ Demonize Debs on the Sunday. So even more reason to get down to this mighty event!

Also some of the bands featured on the line-up have been busy creating new music and videos which they have unleashed upon us…

Basement Fest 2014!

If you are in the West Midlands area then this Festival is a must (or even if your not)! Check out the awesome line-up above and below! Arc Event Management presents - BASEMENTFEST 2014 - BIGGER and BETTER than before returning for another round! This time it's a full weekender! For just £10 witness 3 days of mighty talented metals bands, such as the weird and wonderful grunge act that is WEAK13, the operatic gothic metal geniuses of Calatrilloz or the original and talented progressive metallers, Eight Great Fears, plus many many more brilliant bands! Taking place between August 29th to the 31st August at The Roudhouse in Birmingham. Check out all the fantastic bands playing below as well all the information you need on the festival!

Basementfest 2014 Tickets are priced as follows:- Friday night £5, Weekend Ticket (Saturday and Sunday) £10. Saturday £8 Sunday £8

SATURDAY MAIN STAGE
10.30 Gypsy Pistolero’s https://www.facebook.com/pages/GypsyPistoleros/378204642215891
9.40 Calatri…

New Song from Progressive Metallers Stone Circle!

Progressive Metal band from Brighton, Stone Circle are back and mean business! Check out their new offical lyric video for new song, 'Easter Island' taken from upcoming album. The lyric video was created by Bassist, James Pearce so praise where its due! The band are looking to make a huge impact with their return so are currently on tour now which is sponsored by the mighty return also of Brighton's only dedicated metal festival, MammothFest! Of course Stone Circle are playing at the main festival which takes place on the 30-31st August. Stone Circle have the honour of being on the MammothFest line-up again following their successful slot at the first ever MammothFest back in 2010! So this marks a great return all round! Also it has just been announced that the band are playing Tech-Fest on the Saturday 12th July on Second stage at 3pm! So there are plenty of chances to witness their awaited return! See all tour details below!


Here is the awesome new song/video:

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MammothFest Sponsored Tours - Stone Circle (starts 5th July 2014)

Stone Circle formed in 2004 with Joe Ashwin (Lead Guitar/Vocals), James Pearce (Bass) & Sam Hill (drums), the lineup was then completed when Tom Skelton (Rhythm Guitars) joined in 2005. Over this time the band developed their sound into the progressive metal that they play today, inspired by Opeth, Katatonia, Morbid Angel, Gojira, Amorphis and more. The band are back to play round two of the return of MammothFest having played at the first one back in 2010 and they went down a storm with their epic progressive metal, so are not to be missed this time round! If you can't wait to see them at the main festival you can luckily also catch them on their our tour which is sponsored by MammothFest. The tour begins this Saturday 5th July at The Unicorn in London, supporting Felix Martin (14 string guitarist) both acts of which the next day on Sunday 6th July are playing at the biggest MammothFest warm up show so far in a MammothFest & Tech-Fest UK collaboration show taking place at …

Grave Digger - Return Of The Reaper Album Review (Napalm Records)

This German heavy metal band formed back in 1980, being part of the German high speed power metal to emerge in the early to mid-1980s. The band has toured all over and have released many albums over the three decades, and with their latest release, 'Return Of The Reaper' the heavyweights show why they still are at the forefront, with their best and darkest offering yet to be released via Napalm Records..


Opening intro song fittingly titled, 'Return Of The Reaper' portrays just that with its sorrowful piano and vibe, setting the theme of the grim reaper on his horse with the sound of hooves and screams, making it very atmospheric and then the instruments blast out!..
'Hell Funeral' strikes you with its classic 80s sound and has the makings of an hit anthem with its particularly melodic chorus and fast rhythms showing some stand out guitar work from Axel Ritt!

'Wargod' boasts good lyrics which are delivered superbly by Chris Boltendahl, who really has a voic…