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Friday, 29 April 2016

Final Mammothfest Brighton Announcement!







So earlier this week, Brighton based metal festival, Mammothfest announced their final full line-up. See the mighty poster above! It includes a special exclusive reunion show from metalcore thrashers, Here There Be Monsters who

Join the stampede to get to Brighton for Mammothfest which takes place 30 September - 2 May 2016!


Here is the complete festival line up and venue details:




FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
THE HAUNT £20.00
Textures | Heart Of A Coward | Krysthla | The Five Hundred

FRIDAY 30TH SEPETMBER
THE GREEN DOOR STORE £10.00
EASTERN FRONT | Necro Ritual | The Infernal Sea | Premature Birth | Vehement

SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER
CONCORDE 2 £25.00
Venom Inc | Entrails | Liquid Graveyard | One Machine - official | Sworn Amongst | DIVINE CHAOS | King Leviathan | HeLL PuPPeTs | MORTISHEAD

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER
THE GREEN DOOR STORE £20.00
Conan | Black Moth | Serpent Venom | Bast | Opium Lord | Conjurer | King Goat | BongCauldron | PIST | Garganjua | Boss Keloid | MOWER

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER
THE PRINCE ALBERT £10.00
Here There Be Monsters | Magna Carta | The Heretic Order | Basement Torture Killings | Chaos Trigger | Bleed Again | Hostile | ASCARIS | Xerosun | Kinasis | Killer Hurts | Derelict Dream | Vrona | BloodYard


To buy tickets and for more info:

http://mammothfest.bigcartel.com/






THRICE DEBUT NEW SONG, BLACK HONEY






Thrice are back...and it's sweet as hell!




American Rockers Thrice have premiered new song, Black Honey.

The band have releashed a new song from their upcoming highly anticipated comeback album, To Be Everywhere Nowhere. This is first album in 5 years, which is due out May 27 via Vagrant.


Check out the new song below and let me know your thoughts!








Saturday, 23 April 2016

PVRIS - White Noise Deluxe Album Out Now! Featuring 2 New songs!




PVRIS are a fast and forever rising American trio from Massachusetts. They released their highly successful debut, 'White Noise' in 2014, and are still reaping the benefits and soaring to greater heights with it! They decided to release a deluxe version of their dark electro cinematic rock sound, out now (released 22nd April 2016), which luckily for us includes new song, 'Empty', which is hugely ambient and atmospheric, with Lynn's characteristic powerhouse vocals, leaving a lasting impression, and a stunning stripped down version of new single, 'You And I', which differs greatly from the original, but is equally powerful and impressive, having a seriously emotive, beautiful and haunting raw sound. 

They are certainly in the spotlight right now, having recently supported Fall Out Boy in the US in February/March 2016, they then embarked on their first ever headline UK tour which started and finished this month, which went down a storm , with many a sold out show, and then of course a US headline tour is on the way for May. Finally, not too mention, last night (22nd April 2016) they provided support for popular British rock electronic act, Bring Me The Horizon, who personally asked them to play, at a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. This isn't the first time they have supported either, first doing so in October/November 2015 in the US and UK! They have landed some big support slots in a short space of time, and now are ready to be the headliners! 

The sky is the limit for PVRIS, who are one of the most exciting and refreshing rock bands to grace the scene in a while, and the latest offering in the form of the new songs/deluxe album, is acting as a transition period to tide us over and give us some insight into their yet to be released sophomore album. The deluxe version also features a music video for every song featured on the album minus, 'Empty' (hopefully this is on the way!) and again highlights why the band are so popular, as they pride themselves on visual imagery, mystery and concepts, with all the videos being cohesive and well thought out.

Jump on the PVRIS bangwagon if you somehow haven't already! You are seriously missing out if not!

Listen to the two new songs yourself below:
















http://www.pvris.com/

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Assassin Stream New Song "Back From The Dead"!

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German Metal Thrashers, Assassin have been at it since 1983, and there still going strong! They have just released new song, "Back From The Dead" from their upcoming album, "Combat Cathedral", on May 20. This will be released via Steamhammer/SPV worldwide on CD, limited-edition LP (500 copies only on red 180-gram vinyl + CD) and as a digital download.


The album art work was created by Marcelo Vasco, who also worked with SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY and BORKNAGAR.


"Back From The Dead"
is the album opener, and for good reason! As it packs a punch and asserts new singer, Ingo "Crowzak" Bajonczak vocal capabilities and energy, in a raging speed, and with some hefty riffage! A sign of good things to come for the new album, and showcasing that the band are still alive, screaming and kicking all the way!!



Check out the ruthless new offering below:





http://www.assassin-online.de/
https://www.facebook.com/AssassinOfficial/

http://www.spv.de/





Monday, 18 April 2016

Seek Nothing - Self Titled EP Review - HONEST HARDCORE WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Seek Nothing cover art


DEBUT EP FROM NEWCOMERS IS HONEST HARDCORE WITH A DIFFERENCE!



Seek Nothing are a Berlin/UK act, that describe themselves, 'as not so bad hardcore'. They unleashed their first EP on the 21st March 2016, and now they are looking to break out, and get their music heard further afield to scout for new fans on more home turf, as they are heading to the UK this June!

Opening song, Drunken X Wolf starts on a light hearted comical note, before it bursts into full fast chugg mode, with extremely pissed mad vocals, and chunky down tempo riffs throughout. The nice bass breakdown towards the end offers a breather, before it all kicks off again, in this blistering likeable bruiser! 

The interesting titled, Actually, It's About Ethics In The Hardcore Scene, see's them bare all and snarl their teeth at the generalisations of the genre. This is thought provoking, fast and fuming, making for a good one to let some steam off too! 

Caught In The Slipstream has a heavy well structured groove and rhythm, top that with bleak honest lyrics, and your left with a rather epic sound. The band have mastered the art of dark bad-ass groove, rather than chaotic over the top instrumentation that tends to dominate in hardcore genres, giving them a hard punk and doom feel at times also.

To close we have, Recoil which opens on sinister prologue to set the scene, before urgent manic instruments and fierce vocals come in. Again the lyrics are to the point and highlight the mundane problems of today of disengagement. This is a powerful and belligerent one to end on, that perfectly demonstrates what the band are about, in terms of musical style and lyrical themes.

Seek Nothing effortlessly churn out blunt in your face, unconventional hardcore music that is bold and compelling...I think they are on to something, even if they aren't looking for it! 




To promote their self titled EP they are embarking on a homecoming UK Tour:








Dates (June):


10th - Hastings - The Carlisle


11th - Worthing - Bar 42 - sup. Seprevation, Reprisal


12th - Brighton - The Albert - sup. Seprevation, Reprisal


17th - Bournemouth - Sound Circus


18th - Exeter - Barnfield Bar


19th - Bristol - Crofters Rights








https://www.facebook.com/SeekNothingband


https://seeknothing.bandcamp.com/



Saturday, 16 April 2016

DOLL SKIN RELEASE DAVID ELLEFSON PRODUCED DEBUT LP IN YOUR FACE

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Since forming in Phoenix in 2013, DOLL SKIN, Vocalist Sydney Dolezal, Guitarist Alex Snowden, Bassist Nicole Rich, and Drummer Meghan Herring,have taken the World by storm, playing shows and touring with Social Distortion, Slunt, DRI, Metal Allegiance, HELLYEAH, Shiprocked 2016, and many more, with an international press blitz pouring in from around the Globe, and adds and spins on hundreds of radio stations around the World, including almost weekly spins since 2015 on the uber-influential LA station KROQ, where they have become a favorite of legendary DJRodney Bingenheimer, with 3 different singles in rotation on his Rodney on the Roq.


On Friday, April 15th, the band releases IN YOUR FACE (Again), via EMP Label Group/eOne Distribution, a full length version of their 2015 digital EP IN YOUR FACE, produced by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.


The extended 9 track retail version features new tracks including “Furious Fixation”, mixed by Richard Easterling (American Head Charge, Fuel), and a “Punk’D” demo version of their first single “Family of Strangers.”


"It's a rocking kick in the face that you don't want to miss. We've got some fun new surprises on it and it'll leave you wanting more" says Doll Skin bassist Nicole Rich.


Tracklist :

Family of Strangers

Wring Me Out

Let’s Be Honest

Blind

So Much Nothing

Weatherman

Furious Fixation

Woman

Family of Strangers (Punk’D Mix


The video for latest single “Let’s Be Honest” premiered exclusively via REVOLVER MAGAZINE earlier this month and can be viewed here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMs5qZRlyHM







The band who recently played Shiprocked 2016, as well as dates with HELLYEAH and the Dead Kennedys, are currently out with Otep, Lacey Sturm, September Mourning and Through Fire, before jumping on a handful of newly announced dates with HELLYEAH, ESCAPE THE FATE and SUNFLOWER DEAD.


2016 TOUR DATES:


With Otep, Lacey Sturm, September Mourning, Through Fire

4/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

4/16 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

4/17- Spokane, WA @ The Pin

4/18 - Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios

4/19 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

4/20 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

4/21 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground

4/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze

4/23 - Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center

4/24 - Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar

4/26 - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew

4/27 - Rock Falls, IL @ Longshots

4/28 - Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter

4/29 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos

4/30 - Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory

5/1 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

5/3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

5/4 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

5/5 - Clifton Park, NJ @ Upstate Concert Hall

5/6 - Reading, PA @ Reverb

5/7 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium

5/9 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall

5/10 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground

5/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

5/12 - Knoxville, TN @ The International

5/13 - Fayetteville, NC @ Rock Shop

5/14 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater

5/15 - Jacksonville, FL @ Harmonious Monks

5/17 - Clarksville, TN @ Warehouse

5/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

5/19 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall

5/20 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog

5/21 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey

5/23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

5/24 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box

5/27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto

5/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go


W/ HELLYEAH, ESCAPE THE FATE, & SUNFLOWER DEAD

June 01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Rockwell at The Complex

June 03 - San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues

June 04 - Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium

June 05 - Las Vegas, NV @ SLS / The Foundry


For More Information Please Visit:

http://www.dollskinband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dollskinband/

http://www.emplabelgroup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/emplabelgroup

http://empmerch.com/

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Anti-Clone - The Root Of Man Debut Album Review






ANTI-CLONE GO DEEP AND DARK IN DEBUT ALBUM!


To open we have the title track, which acts as the atmospheric build up prologue, before demonic drawn out vocals take over and alarming effects, showcasing their industrial sonic nu-metal madness in all its glory...

Deracinated flows well following the opener, with intriguing clean vocals, until the technical franticness consumes once again, in this stomping release that will have an unconformable grip on you!

Mechanical Heart chuggs away with dark down tempo memorable riffs and guitars. The subject matter, highlights the strong digital influence in the modern world we live in, where everything becomes cold and lifeless, reliant on machines. A very thought provoking number!

Astaroth is simply mental, and highly reminiscent of Korn and Slipknot, which isn’t surprising as produced by Matt Hyde (Slipknot 'All Hope Is Gone' - Machine Head 'The Blackening') . With agitated fast guitars, pounding drums and crazed vocals, all coming together to make a monstrous melodic groove!

Final and longest song, Sentinel wreaks havoc with Mr Clone barking ferociously, although this changes pace, as it progresses with resonant clean striking vocals and slower paced sections, making a varied and balanced one to end this deranged offering!

This album is chaotic and thrilling, unleashing their distinct apocalyptic intelligent well-structured nu-metal. You won’t be disappointed, with their intense delivery, making for a stand out debut!



The debut album 'The Root Of Man' is released 29th April 2016 via PHD (Plastic Head Distribution).




Website - http://www.anticlonehq.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/anticlonehq
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/anticlonehq









Monday, 4 April 2016

Airbourne endorsed Palace Of The King unveil Valles Marineris‏





"AIRBOURNE ENDORSED AUSTRALIAN ROCKERS UNVEIL THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM"

Less than twelve months after releasing their critically-acclaimed debut album, Melbourne-based rock n’ roll nomads Palace Of The King are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their second full-length album, 'Valles Marineris'.

Set to land on 15th July 2016 (vis Listenable Records), 'Valles Marineris' deepens Palace Of The King’s footprint on the international rock music scene by expanding on the “raw, energetic, imaginative and boundary-pushing” (Dedicated Rocker Society) qualities of their debut through an all-new 10 track collection of blues and psych-infused hard rock.

Led by the bruising gospel-tinged riffathon of ‘Let The Blood Run Free’, Valles Marineris is both eclectic and unrelenting right through to the final eerie piano fadeout of album closer ‘Into The Black’.

Vocalist Tim Henwood comments “I feel like we’re really honing in on our own distinctive sound now. I love our early recordings but after travelling around the world and playing over 300 shows in our first three years as a band, we’re growing and evolving. It’s real, it’s from the heart and we can’t wait to let this one out of the box.”

Having always placed equal importance on the visual component of each release, the band once again enlisted award-winning tattoo artist Kristian Kimonides for the album artwork, whose original painting was inspired by the music and lyrics of Valles Marineris.

With extensive tour dates already scheduled in Australia, USA and Europe, 2016 is set to be Palace Of The King’s best and most prolific year yet.


'Valles Marineris' tracklist

1) Let The Blood Run Free
2) Beyond The Valley
3) Black Cloud
4) The Bridge Of The Gods
5) We Are The Vampires
6) Empire Of The Sun
7) Sick As A Dog
8) River Of Fire
9) Throw Me To The Wolves
10) Into The Black




‘No Chance In Hell’ (music video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqxnYGjFkTE



‘Another Thing Coming’ (music video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?


Website - www.palaceofthekingmusic.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/palaceofthekingmusic
Twitter - www.twitter.com/palaceoftheking

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Latest Stencil Mag - Issue 36 (31/3/16) Feat Funeral For A Friend, Slam Dunk Preview & Loads More!




So the new Stencil Mag has landed! This was a busy issue for me, as it features 14 reviews that I done! I reviewed, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, The Word Alive, Yashin, Brian Fallon, Cold Summer, Natural Strangers, Landscapes, Hollow Leg, Tantal, Tragic Earth, One Step From Falling, Holy Pinto & Rise! I also contributed to the Slam Dunk Festival preview, writing about, Mallory Knox, Young Guns, Of Mice & Men & Cancer Bats! And lastly I done a bit of subediting, helping out with the interview intros! Check all this out, plus all the awesome interviews, reviews & other features!! All free!!

https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36

https://www.facebook.com/stencilmagazine/



See my Slam Dunk preview pieces (pg 190): https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36/189

My reviews of One Step From Falling & Tragic Earth https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36/203

My reviews of Yashin, Cold Summer, Hollow Leg & Tantal https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36/205

My reviews of Killswitch Engage, Brain Fallon & Rise: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36/211

Review of Natural Stranger & The Word Alive: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36/213

And lastly review of Black Stone Cherry, Holy Pinto & Landscapes: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue36/215



The next Stencil Mag is out end of May & will get us ready for Download Festival! Also it will feature my review of PVRIS opening first headliner UK show in Brighton!!