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Monday, 15 December 2014

Sister to embark on European Tour in February 2015

Sister to embark on European Tour in February of 2015.

Swedish Hard Rockers SISTER have just confirmed a headline run through Europe in February and March of 2015.

SISTER 06/02/15 NO - Oslo - Olsen Pa Bryn 07/02/15 NO - Stavanger - Brynerocken 25/02/15 SI - Kranj - Trainstation Squat 27/02/15 DE - Lichtenfels - Paunchy Cats 28/02/15 DE - Bochum - Sleazefest 04/03/15 ES - Barcelona - Rocksound 05/03/15 ES - Valencia - Pabersematao 06/03/15 ES - Zaragoza - Eccos 07/03/15 ES - Vitoria-Gasteiz - Helldorado 08/03/15 ES - Madrid - We Rock 11/03/15 UK - Edinburgh - Bannermans 12/03/15 UK - Consett - Steph 13/03/15 UK - Hafan y Mor - Hard Rock Hell 14/03/15 UK - Nottingham - Doghouse 15/03/15 UK - Sutton in Ashfield - The Diamond 17/03/15 UK - London - The Underworld 18/03/15 BE - Deinze - Elpee 19/03/15 NL - Breda - Mezz 20/03/15 NL - Oefenbunker - Landgraaf 21/03/15 DE - Hamburg - Rockcafé St. Pauli

More dates will be added to this so watch out!

Comments the band: "This is the first European headline tour we do in a while after heavily touring Europe as a support to a lot of great bands the last 3-4 years. We're really looking forward to playing whole sets every night and going through all the material we have on our three releases from the EP "Deadboys Making Noise" to the latest album "Disguised Vultures". Will be killer nights for sure! See you out there!"

DICTATED guitarists Sonja and Jessica release "The Basher" guitar play through video

DICTATED guitarists Sonja and Jessica release "The Basher" guitar play through video

Dutch death metal newcomers, DICTATED, released their debut album, "The Deceived," in August of this year. Last month, guitarists Sonja Schuringa and Jessica Otten shot a guitar demonstration video to show fans just exactly how "The Basher" is played. The track itself features guest vocalist Jason Keyser of Origin! Watch Sonja and Jessica shred at

Dictated comments on the song: "The Basher was the last song written, two days before entering the studio. It has become our personal favourite because it containes all the death metal ingredients and a memorable chorus! A special shirt will be printed for this song."

"The Deceived" track listing: 1. Forced Into Dismay 2. This is to All 3. No Absolution 4. The Basher 5. No Mercy for Cowards 6. Dispossession 7. The Deceived 8. Stonebreakers Rising 9. They Live, They Suffer, They Die 10. Rail of Death

DICTATED is: York Keijzer - vocals Sonja Schuringa - guitars Yessica Otten - guitars Henri Sattler - (session) bass Michiel vd Plicht - (session) drums

DICTATED live: 11/12/14 NL - Leeuwarden - Romein 07/03/15 NL - Beek & Donk - Fortress Fest 16/05/15 NL - Emmen - Emmen Metal Fest 25/07/15 NL - Steenwijk - Stonehenge



The Killing Lights have released their new video for 'Until I Bleed' online. Directed by Brad Golowin (Miss May I, Asking Alexandria) the performance-based clip wraps perfectly around the incendiary, very personal song.

"I remember waking up to doctors mumbling about a guardian angel on my shoulder,” TKL frontman Michael Vampire told Alternative Press about the song. “I couldn't speak. I had no teeth in my mouth and a breathing tube in my neck. I was almost another statistic thanks to a drunk driver. After years of recovery I wrote this song with my best friend and guitarist DJ Black. Thanks to the amazing Brad Golowin for directing this video!"

The Killing Lights released their highly-anticipated, self-titled debut EP on December 2nd. The 5-song release was produced & engineered by DJ Black & Michael Vampire, mixed by Erik Ron (Motionless In White, Escape The Fate) and mastered by Sterling Sound NYC. It is now available through the band’s online store on District Lines and at all major digital music retailers. Limited edition merchandise bundles are also available.

The band has been riding strong the past several months after the release of their debut single and video 'Lies Spread Like Fire' which was premiered by Revolver and has since been viewed over 200,000 times. The band plans to tour heavily in the new year in support of the EP with an eye on releasing a full-length album in 2015.

MARIACHI EL BRONX announce February 2015 Tour

MARIACHI EL BRONX announce February 2015 tour, new single "New Beat” out January 19th
Currently touring the UK with Gogol Bordello

Mariachi El Bronx – the alter ego of acclaimed Los Angeles punk outfit The Bronx – have announced a UK headline tour in February 2015! Currently on a UK and European trek with Gogol Bordello - Mariachi El Bronx will be performing at the following venues this coming February:

February 2015

3rd Edinburgh, Electric Circus 4th Glasgow, King Tuts 5th Manchester, Gorilla 6th Stoke-On-Trent, The Sugarmill 7th Leeds, The Key Club 8th Newcastle, Cluny 10th Huddersfield, The Parish 11th Nottingham, Bodega Social Club 12th Bristol, Thekla 13th Gloucester, Guildhall 14th London, Brooklyn Bowl 15th Norwich, Epic Studios 16th Brighton, Komedia 17th Guilford, The Boiler Room 18th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Tickets are on sale now!

Ahead of the dates, we’re happy to announce their new single “New Beat” on January 19th! The guys will perform live on Conan on January 13th.

On the third in its series of self-titled albums, the band took a fresh approach. Not content to simply excel within the confines of the mariachi genre, they ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. The band recorded most of (III) at Haunted Hallow Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia, a surreal private countryside location with absolutely no cell phone reception, but plenty of strange sculptures and miles of woods in every direction.

Mariachi El Bronx – comprising Matt Caughthran, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Brad Magers, Ken Horne, Vincent Hidalgo, Ray Suen and Keith Douglas – spent two weeks there, recording with producer John Avila (Oingo Boingo), who co-produced (I) and (II) with the band. From the social commentary of tracks like “New Beat” to the reflective “Wildfires” and “High Tide,” (III) reveals a band coming into its own, extending the proverbial middle finger to tradition – and backing it up 100%. DJ Bonebrake (X) guests on marimbas on “Nothing’s Changed” and harp virtuoso Willie Acuña (Mariachi Sol de Mexico) joins the band on “Raise The Dead.” The album has received rave reviews across the board with Kerrang! saying "Mariachi El Bronx (III) is that rarest of things: an album that does not feature one bad song.”

(III) is available via ATO/Pias (Cooperative) Records in all formats, including day-glo orange vinyl, and can be ordered now at (III) follows 2011’s Mariachi El Bronx (II), which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist chart. The band supported (II) with numerous high profile television and radio performances – including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” WXPN’s “World Café” and KEXP – and extensive touring, including a North American arena run with Foo Fighters.

MARIACHI EL BRONX – 2014 TOUR DATES Supporting Gogol Bordello

12/12 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy 12/13 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse 12/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City 12/16 – Dublin, IRE @ The Academy

Chiildren Releases New Track "O' Child"

Chiildren Releases New Track "O' Child" (Produced By Michael Keene Of The Faceless) From Their Upcoming EP "The Circle Narrows"

Los Angeles, California - The highly controversial, Synthetic-Metal duo Chiildren have released their newest track entitled "O' Child" (produced by Michael Keene of The Faceless) from their upcoming EP "The Circle Narrows." The EP, which does not yet have an official release date, also features artwork from Steven Johnson Leyba.

"It has been an honor to work with producer, Michael Keene, on The Circe Narrows EP. His knowledge and understanding of metal, industrial, and electronic music has been integral in shaping the new material from experimentation into what I hope is the perfect representation of our sound." - Chris Zeischegg (Chiildren)

"Our new song, 'O' Child,' reflects an evolution from spirituality to narcissism. And the upcoming EP, The Circle Narrows, is meant as a disappropriation of symbols. It's difficult to view ancient texts or images without the thought that their power, or significance, is irrelevant to contemporary life. If Ouroboros (the snake that eats itself) is meant as a symbol of individuation, I can only see it as a reminder that the path has narrowed and will soon run out." - Chris Zeischegg (Chiildren)



In Times will be the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED. Hand-painted artwork is by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal. The album will be released in the UK on the 9th March 2015. ENSLAVED guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson shares the following about the band’s latest creation: “I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own a**, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any ‘opinions’ about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert song-smith. The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events. In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art. I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our ‘blacker’ past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense… Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired.” The track listing for In Times is:

01 – Thurisaz Dreaming 02 – Building With Fire 03 – One Thousand Years Of Rain 04 – Nauthir Bleeding 05 – In Times 06 - Daylight

The new album’s total running time is fifty-three minutes. Main recordings for In Times took place at Duper Studios to Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Personal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.

In Times was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Enslaved will play Bloodstock Open Air next Summer held in Catton Park August 6th-9th.

Video: Sabaton at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

Video: Sabaton interviewed at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

Photos: Sabaton at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

Photos: Sabaton at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

Video: Týr interviewed at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

Video: Týr interviewed at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

TÝR recently unveiled their latest music video, "The Lay of Our Love," from their most recent album, "Valkyrja." The song features a vocal duet with Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. So, naturally, fans will be excited to see that Kristine joins Heri Joensen and the rest of TÝR in this new video! The video was produced by Stanimir Lukic, directed by Ivan Colic.

Photos: Týr at The Academy. December 6th, 2014

Photos: Týr at The Academy. December 6th, 2014 - Supporting Korpiklaani and Sabaton. A DME Promotions show.

Týr's recent album "Valkyrja" debuted on charts worldwide upon release in September of 2013. In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! On iTunes on day of release, "Valkyrja" reached #4 on the metal chart. In Europe, the album entered at #45 on German Top 100 Album Charts, and #76 on Switzerland's charts. And in Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the metal chart, #9 on the rock chart, and #73 on the top 200 albums chart!

The concept behind "Valkyrja" involves a story based around a nameless, Viking-era warrior, who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; "the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women."



THE FIRST two Almighty Re-issues – ‘Blood, Fire & Love’ (first released in 1989) & ‘Soul Destruction’ (first released in 1991) – will be made available via Spinefarm Records on February 9th 2015. Every effort has been made to make these new versions as complete as possible – a celebration of the early work of a band (formed in Scotland in 1988) who have long been regarded as highly influential to the UK metal scene, splicing elements of rock, punk & full-tilt metal, and notching up a Top 5 UK album and successive Top 30 singles.

Musically, The Almighty staked their ground between Motorhead & ‘Electric’-era Cult, which made their early Polydor releases – five albums, starting with ‘Blood, Fire & Love’ – a breath of fresh air for riff-hungry rock fans the world over; and now, with their reputation continuing to flourish, Spinefarm has taken over from Polydor (the band’s original home) as the label co-ordinating the Re-issue campaign…

THE INITIAL batch of Re-issues (fully official and put together under strict band supervision) will appear beneath the ‘RE-F**KIN’-ISSUES’ banner and be divided into two parts – the first pair of titles coming out on February 9th 2015 and the following releases later that year. All of the Re-issues will come complete with extensive bonus content, including live, studio, remix & acoustic recordings, plus liner notes, special packaging and comments from Almighty main-man Ricky Warwick, now fronting Black Star Riders.

· ‘Blood, Fire & Love’ is a 3 disc set, including the ‘Blood, Fire & Live’ on-the-road album, plus a disc of ‘rarities’, including 3 demo recordings. · ‘Soul Destruction’ is a 2 disc set, with Disc 2 including B-side material, plus live & acoustic tracks.