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Break Me Down release official video for single 'Lose Your Mind'

  After the release of the first single See Me Fall with Veronica Driven on vocals, Break Me Down present Lose Your Mind , a new track with a fast-paced rhythm, big guitars, and captivating vocals. The numbers of the song See Me Fall are, for an independent band, noteworthy: over 68K plays on Spotify and more than 45K views on YouTube without counting the constant growth of new followers on each social media platform. Veronica, frontwoman of the band, says: “We all grew up with a happy ending: the prince who saves the princess from the evil witch or the evil queen. Many beautiful fairy tales have been written and many wonderful cartoons and films have been shot. But those stories are not true! We know very well that real life is not a fairy tale and there is rarely a happy ending. In a nutshell: in reality, the bad guys win. The whole process of writing our new songs started from this perspective. We wanted to give a voice to the villains of fairy tales and tell their stories, and


  Striking while the iron is hot, New York rock and metal band Ovtlier has decided to release another hard-hitting track, "Neme sis" , just one month after seeing success with their previous single "Blame The Dead" . Showing the versatility of the band, the recent shift into a heavier sound with a more aggressive dynamic shows listeners what has always been up Ovtlier's sleeve, just waiting to be unleashed. Upon the release of "Blame The Dead" , the track was immediately well received and added to SiriusXM Octane's Test Drive. Ovtlier decided to keep the aggression coming with in-your-face screams, hard-hitting drum beats and searing guitar work. "Nemesis" displays different vocal styles and plays on the vast amount of musical influences Ovtlier draws their hybrid-like sound from. Founder and vocalist of Ovtlier, Joey Arena, elaborates on the new found aggression heard in the latest Ovtlier tracks: "An out-the-gate hard hitting and

Temple Of Shadows Release Their Third Tarot Themed Single

  Temple of Shadows is a brand new band fronted by long time friends, Justin ‘JD’ deBlieck (Ex-Ice Nine Kills) and Joel DeMartino (Moonstriker). Together they deliver dueling vocals shrouded in cryptic lyrics over high energy progressive rock. Their music explores the parallels between the Tarot and alchemical transmutation. "The Sun" is the third single in their tarot-themed series of releases, following their debut with "The Hermit" and sophomore single "The Hanged Man" . Though "The Sun" comes in at single number three, it was actually the first song crafted by the duo, ultimately leading to numerous more mysterious and spiritually meaningful tracks. "The Sun" is a guitar driven track featuring powerful instrumentation paired with dueling vocals to add layers of atmospheric dimension. Alike the alchemists of old, their songs are riddled with hidden meanings sending the listener on a mystical journey through the collective subconscio


  OUTBREAK FEST, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary this weekend with headliners  Turnstile, Knocked Loose, Deafheaven + Touché Amoré have announced dates for 2023. The fest will take place on 23rd, 24th and 25th June 2023 at the new home of Depot Mayfield, Manchester. A limited number of tickets are now on sale at this years price of £95 for a weekend ticket. Buy OUTBREAK FEST 2023 TICKETS HERE This years event saw it sell out almost immediately and had the most incredible sets, live podcasts, an Art & photography exhibition, Record stalls, vegan food vendors, skateboarding and so much more! Check the video for a little piece of the weekend: Outbreak Fest have also started an online shop to buy merch HERE What started in 2011 at the Bromhall Centre in Sheffield for a few hundred people, before moving to Canal Mills in Leeds, has now grown into one of the most important independent festivals on the UK calendar for the hardcore and punk scene, holding host to fans from not jus

Ex-Kreator Bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesler Joins BONDED

  Thrash metal veteran Christian "Speesy" Giesler (formerly Kreator) joins forces with supergroup BONDED. Bernemann Kost (Sodom, Bonded) adds: "We've been talking about making music together since the "Hell comes to your town" tour in 2001/2002. It just took us a little longer to realize our plans than usual hahaha.....we were both so involved with our jobs at Kreator and Sodom that we never found the time, but we always stayed in touch over the years. If Speesy hadn't still been with Kreator in January 2018, he would have been our first choice for Bonded, but due to the intensive Kreator tours it was out of the question. That's why we were very happy about his collaboration on the song "Rest in Violence" together with Bobby Ellsworth. When the situation suddenly arose a few weeks ago and we broke up with our bass player, it was only logical for me to call Speesy first, and he didn't really think long about an answer hahaha.... now we

Critically acclaimed Mongolian rock band The HU announce UK Tour

LONDON, Tuesday 28 June, 2022: Acclaimed Mongolian rock band The HU are bringing their brand-new Black Thunder Tour to the UK and Europe later this year. After returning with the single ‘ This Is Mongol ’ last month, The HU have announced a UK and European tour for 2022, starting in Oslo, Norway on 26 Oct, and finishing in London with a huge show at the Roundhouse on 9 Dec. Whilst in the UK the Black Thunder Tour will also visit Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow – full UK dates below. Pre-sale for tickets (if applicable) will begin tomorrow Wednesday 29 June 9AM local time, with General Sale on Friday 1 July at 9AM local time. Visit for more information. THE HU – BLACK THUNDER TOUR – UK DATES 28.11.22 – Manchester / Academy 30.11.22 – Leeds / Stylus 01.12.22 – Nottingham / Rock City 02.12.22 – Cardiff / Great Hall 03.12.22 – Birmingham / O2 Institute 05.12.22 – Dublin / 3Olympia 06.12.22 – Belfast / Ulster Hall 07.12.22 –

BLACK RIVER Featuring BEHEMOTH Bassist ORION & DIMMU BORGIR Drummer DARAY Unleash New Album “Generation aXe”

  BLACK RIVER – Feat. BEHEMOTH Bassist ORION And DIMMU BORGIR Drummer DARAY - Unleash New Album “Generation aXe”! Polish rock/metal/punk combo BLACK RIVER – feat. BEHEMOTH bass player ORION and DIMMU BORGIR drummer DARAY - have unleashed June 24th, their highly acclaimed new album “Generation aXe” via Crusader Records/Golden Robot Records, on CD and digital. Vinyl release will follow in early 2023. “Generation aXe focuses on the band’s anger at what they see happening in the world. They decided to express it in their music and “vomit all this venom”. The result is a collection of songs written without calculation but in full anger - closing out with a furious version of The Doors’ classic, 'Break on Through'.” Buy “Generation aXe” at “Generation aXe” tracklisting: Oxygen Joker Whiplash Under My Flag Generation aXe Crossover Love Civil Army Burn It Motherless Inner Hell Break on Through (bonus track) Check out the singles from the album: 'Civ

Moonshade Unleash "Artemis" Single

  After releasing the singles ' Epitaph ' and 'Blood Of The Titans' and 'Everlasting Horizons' , 'Artemis' is the fourth single from Moonshade's sophomore album. The song features lyrical singer Sandra Oliveira (Blame Zeus, Perennial Dawn) and is available on all major streaming platforms . 'Artemis' was taken from Moonshade's upcoming album 'As We Set the Skies Ablaze', out July 22nd. Album pre-orders are already available at the following link This album was produced, mixed and mastered by Afonso Aguiar (Titanforged Productions). Single and album artwork by Credo Quia Absurdum. Connect with Moonshade: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Spotify Bands in Town Apple Music SoundCloud Tik Tok

DRABIK Release First Single 'Chain Of Sorrow' from Upcoming Album "Mannequin"

  A few days after the announcement of the agreement with the independent label Volcano Records & Promotion, Italian metallers DRABIK set the world of metal on fire with 'Chain Of Sorrow', first firing anticipation for the new album awaited on September 23rd. "You cannot escape from your mistakes and your actions but you can learn to accept the consequences and live with them" (Drabik about Chain Of Sorrow) Chain Of Sorrow is available through all digital streaming providers while a powerful and evocative lyric video is ready to drive your attention on YouTube at the link below. The song has been produced by Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati, founder and bass player of Lacuna Coil, recorded at Ivory Tears Music Works by Andrea Seveso and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio, and anticipates the new album Mannequin. Watch Chain Of Sorrow's video at "Mannequin" will include ten outrageously powerful tracks that will

Chicago's Wolf Rd Debut New Single + Music Video "Way Down"

  Photo: Kelley Curran Wolf Rd (“wolf road”) is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois that combines an eclectic mix of influences to create a sound that is catchy and accessible, yet refreshingly unique. The group’s diverse sonic spectrum ranges from pop-punk party bangers with anthemic emo hooks to electronic dance synths, monstrous guitar riffs, and breakdowns that will have you throwing hands in the mosh pit. Wolf Rd’s gripping live performances have received critical acclaim from both peers and industry executives thanks to the group’s high energy stage presence and engaging crowd participation. The band has just dropped a new single "Way Down" along with a companion music video. “Way Down is about picking up the pieces after you’ve had your heart broken,” says Wolf Rd frontman Chris Hoffmann. “I wanted to move on so badly, but with social media it’s too easy to see what people are up to. There’s a line in the chorus that totally sums up the song to me: ‘Life goes on and y

THE KUT announces July HMV & FOPP in-stores + full band UK tour dates

  The Kut’s forthcoming album “GRIT” is a story of independence, passion & purpose. From the contagious award winning “ANIMO” to the closing punk rock strides of “And 1 More…” the long-awaited sophomore oozes courage, resilience and punk rock spirit. It’s a knowing pep talk on following your instincts, from one of the UK’s most hotly tipped underground artists. Produced by James LeRock (Def Leppard / Skindred), The Kut leads on vocals/guitar on the album, moonlighting as drummer & bassist on two tracks, alongside her women in music collective. The Kut is a British rock solo-artist. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter & PhD Graduate, she’s a Double Award Winner in the UK Songwriting Contest, winning UKSC Best Rock Song & UKSC Best Music Video with ‘ANIMO’ (meaning courage) & Winner of the International Songwriting Rock Award (Mar ’22). The Kut was awarded Arts Council funding to create her second studio album, featuring her touring line up. Recent tour dates inclu

AMERICAN TERROR Reveals “Self-Control” Single​

  AMERICAN TERROR, the heavy punk/metal band based out of Atlanta, has revealed a new single, “Self-Control”, out now. The track, an aggressive and thrashy exhibit of frustrations against selfish government leaders, is available on Spotify here and all major digital platforms, with its accompanying lyric video out now on YouTube. This follows their previous single, “End Of America”, and precedes their sophomore album, Where We Are, which will be released on July 8th, 2022. AMERICAN TERROR’s critically-acclaimed debut record, Influencer, arrived in May 2020 and led to the band quickly tallying up 350,000+ streams. The album, which was released by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, arrived on the heels of the success of the singles “Judgement” and “She’s A Bitch”. These two tracks quickly built momentum for the band, thanks to features on Spotify’s editorial and algorithmic playlists, in addition to spots on hundreds of user playlists. Prominent rock media outlets took


  Some of BLOODSTOCK HQ’s favourite festival moments are wandering amongst their metal brethren at Catton Park and seeing someone become a fan of a new band. Elevating the best upcoming heavy metal talent is one of the chief aims of Metal 2 The Masses, and as finals continue, we’ve details of a few more winners you’ll be able to see at BLOODSTOCK this August, alongside the first of the Jagermeister stage bands to be announced! First though, BLOODSTOCK also wants to take a moment to celebrate and elevate the work of an amazing woman. 2022 saw the very tragic loss of Sylvia Lancaster OBE, the pioneering fundraiser & educator who established The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, as well as of course being Sophie's mum and a dear friend of everyone at BLOODSTOCK HQ. At Sylvia's funeral earlier this year, she had requested that everyone attending wear something pink, as this was her favourite colour. So in honour of Sylvia, at this year's festival on the Sunday, we're mirr

INTERVIEW - UMBILICUS: "we started writing this 70s type of rock, it was so nice to finally kick out the jams, but not in a murderous, blast-beat type of way"

New rock outfit UMBILICUS is made up of CANNIBAL CORPSE drummer/lyricist Paul Mazurkiewicz, guitarist Taylor Nordberg (DEICIDE, INHUMAN CONDITION), bassist Vernon Blake (ANARCHUS, NAPALM DEATH-live), and vocalist Brian Stephenson (FORE, OLD JAMES). Though they are well known in the metal community, this new group is nothing like their primary bands but sees the band show their love of 60's and 70's rock. Their debut album title has been revealed as "Path Of 1000 Suns" but with no set release date yet. I caught up with guitarist Taylor Nordberg to get the lowdown on this new hard rock group. First things first, how did you arrive at the band name of UMBILICUS and what does it mean for you as a band? Well, I think I was reading the book “It” by Stephen King, and there is a library in the book where one building is the adult side, and one side is the children’s side, and it was connected by an umbilicus, or section connecting the two. Around the same time, I was watchin

DEAD EYED CREEK Release Debut Video "Set Me Free" Featuring Actress Ruby Modine

  European rock act DEAD EYED CREEK, featuring former members of Satyricon and Triptykon, have released their debut music video for "Set Me Free," featuring American actress Ruby Modine. In the fall of 2019, before anyone expected a global pandemic, Dutch guitarist Job Bos (Dark Fortress, The Ruins of Beverast, ex-Satyricon) approached longtime friend and drummer Norman Lonhard (ex-Triptykon) with the idea of creating music together. The duo soon recruited Icelandic vocalist Einer Vilberg, notable for being one of the finalists in Stone Temple Pilot's vocalist search in 2016, and bassist Max Blox, who proved to be the right fit on both a musical and personal level. “I’ve been working with music for over half of my life. This time I felt the need to go far back to my roots, and play the kind of music I grew up with," says Bos. "I never really played guitar, but I had all these ideas in my head, so the only way to realize these ideas was to pick up a guitar and st


  There’s now just 8 weeks to go 'til BLOODSTOCK 2022! HQ is in a frenzy getting the infrastructure together and locking in the last of the slots. There's still another batch of Metal 2 The Masses bands to come and plenty more info about this year’s event to reveal, but first off, BLOODSTOCK has all the info about what to see at the festival’s unique Rock And Metal Gallery, including a very special Iron Maiden exhibition, as well as some Venom-shaped news. Each year, the RAM GALLERY brings a very unique element to BLOODSTOCK. There certainly aren’t many metal festivals showcasing a wealth of rock and metal inspired art, but here at Catton Park you can get your fill. Curated by festival founder and globally renowned fantasy artist, Paul Raymond Gregory and housed in a purpose built, professionally-lit marquee, the gallery acts as a focal point for a variety of artists, photographers, and other creatives. This year, there’s a special Iron Maiden theme, with illustrator Mark Wi