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  DREAM STATE have released a brand new song 'Chin Up Princess' ahead of playing next weekends 2000trees Festival. The single is the bands first new music since the release of their EP 'Untethered' in February this year. Watch the video for 'Chin Up Princess' HERE  or below: Speaking about the new song the band said,"Chin Up Princess is a song about having to deal with a narcissist, who's world falls apart around them as they start to lose everyone and everything close to them, due to bad habits and toxic traits. The music is dark, fierce, and all over the place, mirroring the theme of the lyrics." "Chin Up Princess marks the first release since we released our EP "Untethered" back in February. We're really excited for everyone to hear this new single and join us on this journey and new direction! We worked with producer Dan Weller on this single, who had previously worked with us on our debut album "Primrose Path". T


  Today Download Festival and The Heavy Metal Truants launch The Download 20 Auction to coincide with Download Festival’s 20th Anniversary. This historic auction includes rare memorabilia which will be auctioned off to support four children’s charities through the Truants Foundation. The online auction, which also includes a raffle component for select bundles, is located at and will go live from 10AM and remain online for one week. Entries will close on Thursday 6th July 2023 at 23:59 UK time. Winners will be announced for each item the following week, with proceeds going to the Heavy Metal Truants chosen charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff & Robbins Music Therapy, Childline, and Save The Children. “If you’re after hand-written lyrics or a guitar that’s responsible for some of the greatest songs of our age, then this auction is for you!” says HMT co-founder Alexander Milas. “The incredible generosity the rock and metal community has show

Thousand Years Wide nails it with cover of "Cry Little Sister"

  THOUSAND YEARS WIDE Rocking the Night Away with Their Latest Single, 'Cry Little Sister' Out Now! 'Cry Little Siser' is a cover song originally by Gerard McMahon from the popular The Lost Boys film album soundtrack. Check our their awesome version below: Thousand Years Wide was born from the parting of three different bands. Conceived in 2014, TYW formed, merging their respective sounds, styles and backgrounds. With this new inspiration, the guys went to work. Together they blended influences such as Chevelle, Sound Garden, and Sevendust to name a few, from there, the chemistry flourished. Over the following years Thousand Years Wide WON Best New Band from Project Backstage in 2015. In 2016, the band was awarded Rock Band of the Year by Backstage Project! Over the course of the years Thousand Years Wide has released 3 full albums, which include, "My Torrid Autumn" in 2017, "Bedlam" 2019 and "Audio Therapy" in 2022. The ba


THE UNDAUNTED are a Brighton-based, four-piece electronic metal band that take inspiration across a variety of genres (drum n bass, dubstep, punk and metal) to fuse their own creation of 'loud, angry music for an unbalanced society' with their debut track, 'Chihuahua', smashing through over 7K spotify streams and their second release, 'Intoxicated', reaching over 2K. They're considered something of a mystery; having only formed as of August last year, but with all of them having an abundance of previous experience in other bands prior, certain individuals even cutting their teeth on the mainstage of Download Festival…  Their new single, R.I.P., tells a story of two best friends burning their friendship to the ground, re-opening the wounds of a final melody of a musical journey they embarked on together from the very first note. Expect rageful notes of betrayal with countering synth melodies screaming at each other and melancholic undertones expressing a deep


  Pop-Metal band Major Moment are known for their intense and cinematic sound that blends heavy guitar riffs, modern production, and melodic vocals. They are back with their new single ‘Overcome’ which is out now on all platforms. An effortless mix of pop melodies, EDM synths & metal riffs Major Moment’s “Overcome” combines both female and male vocals to create an inspirational new offering. “‘Overcome’ was inspired by our music journey and is about prevailing over difficult times and persevering against all odds. But if we zoom out and look at our everyday lives, full of conflicts, health issues, losses, financial struggles, aspirations, wins and failures, we see a similar theme everyone can relate to, the one of pain and, as a result of overcoming it, personal growth. ‘Overcome’ is the anthem made for all creators out there struggling to get their voices heard, doubting every day if it’s worth fighting for.” - Vocalist, Sasha. Watch the official music video right here: ‘Overcom

Dark Below Release New Single “Make Believe”

  Columbia, MO based Heavy Rockers Dark Below have delivered their powerful new single “ Make Believe ”. What began as a humble trio making music for their friends in the Midwest has grown into a promising force on the national scene. The song features a massive, wall of sound vibe – Thanks to award-winning producer Malcolm Springer (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Fear Factory, Josey Scott). The song was recorded at East Iris Studios in Nashville, TN. The band is influenced by Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, and 10 Years – and that heavy alternative sound shines through on this new release. Dark Below’s Josh Campbell says “Make Believe’ is a song about the power of imagination. I grew up without any siblings and spent a lot of time on my own – so I think it was inevitable for me to become a really imaginative person. What I learned is that your imagination has the ability to bring you out of really dark places… But it also has the ability to put you back there, if you aren’t careful.” T

RISTRIDI Announce Debut EP "Dark Solstice" + Release Song "Genesis"

  RISTRIDI states about "Genesis": "'Genesis' is a song about my personal dealings with difficult times, with which I want to express the inner conflict about the new start after personal problems. Knowing that all the 'promises' and expectations of life you had as a young adult were always empty, there is still a little bit of hope that things will get better again. That this will be an uphill battle and that one will once again 'conspire' against oneself is clear from the beginning. But through creativity and with perseverance you may manage to take one step after the other and find new strength - even if the new songs and texts that emerge may never reach the public." Check out the video for "Genesis": RISTRIDI is best known on YouTube for his guitar covers. With over 20,000 subscribers, he regularly amazes his audience with his clear and precise playing. Until 2023, he was also the lead guitarist of the German dark metal insti

Metalcore New Zealanders CHASING TITANS Joins Sliptrick

  Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records: Chasing Titans (NZ) Metalcore | Alternative Metal | Thrash Metal Chasing Titans is an alternative metalcore band hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. Formed in 2018, this three-piece group made up of Adrian Govender (guitar/vocals), Sylvester Porizakova (bass/vocals), and Torrance Kam (drums/vocals) has been making waves in the local and international scene with their distinct and powerful amalgamation of metalcore, infused with elements of hip hop and electronica, coupled with emotionally charged and poignant lyrics. The name Chasing Titans, inspired by the Greek Titans, reflects the philosophy of never giving up on one’s biggest dreams and striving for greatness. It captures the spirit of perseverance, and the belief that anything is possible through hard work and determination. The group has gained a reputation for their intense and energetic live performances, with Penrose Underground calling their performance "Superb" and the high

De’Lour Release Brand New Single ‘Guarded’ + Band Announce Tech Fest 2023 Appearance

  South Wales based band De’Lour are today proud to share their new single ‘Guarded’. The five piece melodic melancholy band have blended a monumental offering of emotive yet heavy alternative rock with their new single. “We've all been guarded at some point in our lives, especially when the actions of others make you feel manipulated to the point that you hate the way you feel when you're around them. When you look back on these situations, you see the patterns so clearly, you understand the actions and come to the realisation that you'd been duped into being a person different from your true self.” - De’lour. Watch the official music video for ‘Guarded’ right here: To coincide with the release of ‘Guarded’ De’lour will be performing at this years Tech Fest on Thursday 29th June alongside Loathe, Conjurer, Hacktivist, Chelsea Grin and more. ‘Guarded’ follows the bands recent single ‘No One’ which saw De’lour supported by the likes of Planet Rock and Total Rock and saw th


  The Rolling Stones' Forty Licks, the album that gathered together fully three dozen of the most enduring and anthemic songs from the group's peerless career and added four then-new tracks to their incredible story, is to be released digitally for the first time on July 26. Two days later, it will be available, again for the first time, in a lavish, limited edition four-disc, 180-gram black vinyl version, housed in a wide spined gatefold sleeve. At the same time, Stones fans will also have an opportunity to stream new Dolby Atmos versions of the album’s 40 tracks. Pre-order now: Forty Licks was initially released in September 2002 to celebrate the Stones' 40th anniversary and to mark the beginning of their massive Licks tour. This global spectacle, mounted on the breathtaking scale that only the Stones could muster, crossed the globe over the next 14 months, playing 117 shows and became the second highest-grossing tour in history u

ELECTRON Release New Single & Video Ahead Of Debut Album

  ELECTRON’s build is certainly on as the Brit metallers release their highly captivating new single, Break Me!, out now. Check out the video for the track, here - . The single is lifted from the band’s much anticipated debut album, Defiance, out everywhere on Friday 1st September. Towering Londoners, ELECTRON, are here to take over your world. Pulling in from influences panning from Metallica and Alter Bridge through to Halestorm and Architects, and featuring Jason Payne (Vocals/Guitar), Joanna Hyde (Bass), and Nuno Bessa (Drums), the potent trio are destined to leave their mark. The emerging riff slingers have already widely performed throughout the nation’s capital and have broadened their base in playing a host of impressive shows throughout England. ELECTRON’s previous singles, Wake Up, Throw Me Away, and Sick And Wrong, all garnered strong praise and formidable traction within the UK scene, obtaining radio airplay from a host of stations, includin

Dögs of War To Perform One-Night-Only Club Show at The Underworld Camden on Friday 30th June

  Last Friday, Mötley Crüe posted a cryptic flyer on their socials about a band called DÖGS OF WAR playing a show at The Underworld club in London on Friday June 30. Mötley Crue has not confirmed the rumours but everything is strongly pointing in the direction that this is Mötley Crüe performing a club show to 450 people under the name DÖGS OF WAR the night before their Wembley Stadium show that will take place in front of 90,000 fans on Saturday July 1. Mötley Crüe have been in the studio recording new music with producer Bob Rock in recent months and it is confirmed that "Dogs Of War" is the name of one of the new songs. The band will wrap up the current European leg of The World Tour on July 6 in Glasgow before heading back to the U.S. for more stadium shows in August and continuing to take The World Tour around the globe to Japan and Australia this Fall. To join Dögs of War for one night only, visit Tickets are limited.

BLOODSTOCK 2023 - Just 46 days to go! 9 More METAL 2 THE MASSES Winners Announced!

  With just 46 days to go to BLOODSTOCK, the countdown is ON! Tonight, Tuesday 27th June, sees festival directors Adam Gregory and Vicky Hungerford doing a Live Q&A via the festival’s Facebook and Instagram channels, answering punters' questions about this year’s event. Tune in at 7pm to get all the latest updates and maybe even win some prizes! The Metal 2 The Masses finals are nearly complete and another nine bands, the cream of the crop in each region, win a slot on 2023’s New Blood stage. Grabbing a Friday slot are Essex’s winners ARMS TO OBLIVION . Check out ‘Tequila Blues’ from the Ipswich groove metallers’ latest EP, ‘Defciylion’. Also appearing Friday are Bristol’s MOON REAPER UK , whose blackened death/doom sound is showcased via ‘Overlord’ , which was shot live at their M2TM semi final. Saturday’s bill will feature County Durham’s SWARMS whose fat riffs and heavy breakdowns won over the Newcastle heat’s masses. Watch for yourself via ‘Copperhead’ shot during their


  Powerful UK rock quartet, THE FIRES BELOW, are set to stake a claim with the release of their fiery new EP, Masquerade, out Friday 1st September. The high-flying Londoners have also just released the single and video of the EP’s namesake out now. Watch the video, here - THE FIRES BELOW have engineered a sound that merges formidable vocal lines with punchy and spiky guitar work, and a beefy rhythm section that will blow the roof right off. The feisty four-piece, with their roots placed in punk rock, stoner, and metal, have woven a set list comprised of bangers that will take up residence in your very soul. Featuring Smithy (Vocals, Guitar), Del (Drums), Si (Bass), and Sam (Guitar), THE FIRES BELOW started life as a lockdown project, and by last year, the heavy rockers were poised to unleash their wall of sound to the masses. Rampant live performances followed, along with the release of their singles Normality and Out to Destroy. Both songs picked up str


  Leeds based post-hardcore newcomers, EXTS have today shared their new single ‘Happening’. The relentless new single features on the band’s debut EP ‘The Fragile Space Between’ which is also out now. Stream the EP right HERE . ‘Happening’ is a fresh take on the post-hardcore genre but also has a certain nod towards the nostalgia of the early 2000s, which was the era that shaped the band’s sound. The frantic musical energy & powerful vocals of “Happening” perfectly encapsulates the whole sentiment of the debut E.P ‘The Fragile Space Between’ “The lyrics for Happening capture the emotion of how overwhelming life events can feel and the uncertainty that they bring: “Is the end of the tunnel closed?” Moreover, it’s about the pursuit of finding light in suffocating darkness in times of real need yet being resolute in the face of adversity - as time inevitably marches forth… ticking away.” - Vocalist, Jack Flynn. STREAM ‘HAPPENING’ HERE Founded by guitarist Lee Horner (formerly of Caske

Sliptrick Records Welcomes Dutch Progressive Metal Group KONG

  Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records: Kong (NL) Progressive Metal | Industrial | Hardcore Ambient Dutch quartet Kong have been following their own path for more than 30 years, melting elements of heavy metal, progressive rock, dance and industrial. Signing with Peaceville Records, Kong debuted with Mute Poet Vocalizer (1990), and toured regularly across Europe, drawing widespread praise from in-the-know critics and building a selective but dedicated fan base. Two more albums (Phlegm, Push Comes To Shove) were released before the band moved to Roadrunner Records. The music obtained a more fluid, danceable, even lighthearted approach resulting in Earmined (1997) and Freakcontrol (1999). In 2000, Kong took take a long break. In 2007, the band was revived with a 3/4 new line-up and started working on new material, returning to the heavier, more experimental sound of the early years. This resulted in the albums What It Seems Is What You Get (2009), Merchants Of Air (2012) and Stern (201

She Burns Red Announces 'Out Of Darkness' Debut Album To Be Released This September

  “HOPE, TRUST and HUMANITY are not just words, it's everything we’re fighting for, it's everything we are." - She Burns Red Turning heads since the release of their 2020 acclaimed debut ep 'Take Back Tomorrow' (produced by Toby Jepson), Scottish rock band She Burns Red are finally ready to release their highly anticipated debut album following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign which saw them smash their target within 48 hours of launch. Titled 'Out of Darkness', the upcoming album demonstrates why they are the "truth" when it comes to gritty feral infused slabs of hard crunching rhythms and standard flying rock anthems. Riffs go wild, melodies are plentiful and make no mistake, She Burns Red are ready made game changers with their first studio long player. Watch 'Out Of Darkness' (official music video): Produced by Matt Elliss (Massive Wagons/Black Spiders), 'Out of Darkness' will be released

LIES WE SOLD Release New Single & Video 'Cracked Open'

  LIES WE SOLD have released a new single and video for 'Cracked Open'. The song was once again produced by Nicolas Exposito (Landmvrks). Lies We Sold is preparing a new EP for release in autumn 2023. In the meantime, you can already listen to and watch the first three tracks that have been released: "Ethereal Dreams," "Lost and Found," and now "Cracked Open." Check out the video below: Mix / Master : Nicolas Exposito ( Landmvrks ) Video clip by Anthony Lossmann . For more on Lies We Sold:

70000TONS OF METAL 2024: Public Sales Date Announced

  Hot tubs, warm Caribbean breeze, and Heavy Metal. The organizers of 70000TONS OF METAL have announced the public sales date for the twelfth edition of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Public Sales will start Tuesday, June 27th 2023 at 12PM EDT for the upcoming voyage that will sail on January 29th to February 2nd, 2024 from Miami, FL to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and back. Every attendee receives unrestricted festival access to 120+ shows and special onboard events: meet & greets with every band, unique and intimate masterclasses with select musicians, exclusive live album premieres, listening sessions and more. Guests will also have the chance to explore Puerto Plata with their favorite bands on a selection of “Artist Escorted Shore Excursions”, where fans have the opportunity to join band members on expeditions like snorkeling, kayaking, boat tours and more. Sailing onboard Freedom of the Seas, 60 bands will perform across four stages, including the

Finnish Metal Group ELECTRIC DEATHBEAT Joins Sliptrick

  Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records: Electric Deathbeat (FIN) Modern Metal | Melodic Death Metal Electric Deathbeat is a modern metal band hailing from Oulu, Finland. The first full line-up of the group saw its daylight in 2014 and included two pair of brothers; Juha handling vocals, guitars and synths & Antti Väyrynen taking care of low-end frequencies. Joni Alatalo & Jiri Huovinen on guitars and Waltteri Väyrynen (Opeth, ex-Paradise Lost, ex-Vallenfyre, Bodom After Midnight etc.) behind the drums. The same line-up had earlier played years together also in local bands like Luna Tremensis & The Wargasm. A second configuration saw minor changes as Jiri changed from guitar to drums due Waltteri having a bunch of projects going on already. A debut album Dead Echo Paranoia was released worldwide in 10th of July 2015. In Spring 2016, Electric Deathbeat was the co-headliner in European Tour "The Singularity Tour" with Danish companions from Raunchy. The tour includ


  The Raven Age have announced their highly anticipated third album Blood Omen. Out July 7th, it is their first record with Music For Nations/Sony Music. The album is available to pre-order now here . Having established their name as one of the finest in modern British metal, thanks to two brilliant albums, 2019’s Conspiracy and Darkness Will Rise debut in 2017, The Raven Age have garnered over 75 million streams worldwide and have toured heavily across the globe. For the Essex quintet’s “all-important third album”, as guitarist George Harris puts it, they have expanded on every level. This motivation is written into the album’s concept. Following the theme of its two predecessors, the raven motif looms large, this time centering on the overthrowing of old masters, with the band’s Raven King character coming to prominence. Blood Omen pushes everything further than ever before. The choruses are made for arenas, the riffs are taut, direct, and free of fat. It all makes for a grand mus