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Thursday, 16 April 2015

EUROPE's JOEY TEMPEST Issues U.S. Tour Video Update - Touring the U.S. for the First Time in 10 Years



Rock legends EUROPE will kick off their first U.S. tour in 10 years this Saturday, April 18th with the launch of the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD.

See below for a full listing of tour dates, and watch here for a special check-in video from EUROPE vocalist Joey Tempest:



EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:

4/18 - 4/22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise 4/23 – Sault Ste Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino 4/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino - w/ Black Star Riders 4/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 4/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue 4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders 4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders 5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den 5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival 5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

ABOUT EUROPE:

EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.

AGNOSTIC FRONT - Band premiere official video for 'A Wise Man'



New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have premiered the official video for 'A Wise Man' featuring Matt Henderson on YouTube today:



The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed & mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR). The record features guest vocal appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O), Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) and legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson solely laying his guitar magic on the song 'A Wise Man'.

The American Dream Died track list:

01. Intro 02. The American Died 03. Police Violence 04. Only In America 05. Test Of Time 06. We Walk The Line 07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller 08. Enough Is Enough 09. I Can't Relate 10. Old New York 11. Social Justice 12. Reasonable Doubt 13. No War Fuck You 14. Attack! 15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar 16. Just Like Yesterday

SPINEFARM DROPS THE NEEDLE FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2015



SPINEFARM RECORDS will be supporting Record Store Day 2015 with a number of releases highlighting different aspects of the rock ‘n’ metal genre…

Taking said genre into brave new worlds are UK riff-gurus Turbowolf, who have just released their new / second studio album, ‘Two Hands’, via Spinefarm Records / Search & Destroy. Having recently toured with both Royal Blood & Death From Above 1979, advocates of the Turbowolf cause, the Bristol quartet are now very much on an upward trajectory, with Radio 1 playing the recent singles (‘Rabbits Foot’ & ‘Nine Lives’), and a headline UK tour currently underway...

On the other side of the Atlantic, Atreyu are a band who have already left a serious mark… One of the key architects of the '00s American metal resurgence, selling over a million albums in a 10 year period, the Orange County outfit simmered on the back-burner after 2009… but now they’re back in business with a brand new studio album, set for release via Spinefarm Records / Search & Destroy in late summer / early autumn 2015, backed by a comprehensive touring plan.

Just as Atreyu were breaking big in the US, so UK sextet SikTh were turning heads with their debut album, ‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild’; released in 2003, the record showcased a style combining elements of extreme metal, tech metal, prog & spoken word with plate-juggling musicianship & extended atmospheric passages to create a style that has cast a huge shadow over the past ten years of rock.

‘The Trees Are Dead…’ now achieves double vinyl status for the very first time, supported by selected international shows featuring the reformed original line-up.

Meanwhile, nestling under the ‘none more legendary’ banner, there’s Newcastle ne’er-do-wells Venom – a band who not only invented a new category of extreme music (‘Black Metal’), but who continue to be a significant international force in darker circles, playing shows around the world and generally spreading the message for no-compromise heavy metal of maleficent intent.

Released in January of this year, new Venom album, ‘From The Very Depths’, is right up there with the best of their work, and April 18th sees it being released on (double) vinyl for the first time.

SPINEFARM RECORDS: ‘RECORD STORE DAY’ DETAILS:

· VENOM – ‘From The Very Depths’. 14 tracks, ltd edition double red vinyl, gatefold sleeve, lyrics, satan approved. · TURBOWOLF – ‘Solid Gold’ / ‘Rabbits Foot’. 2-track 10” single, marbled black & white vinyl, postcard. · SIKTH – ‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild’. 18 tracks (including 4 bonus tracks), gatefold sleeve, lyrics, sleeve-notes, band commentary. · ATREYU – ‘So Others May Live’ / ‘When The Day is Done’. 2-track 7” single featuring new music, including current single / video ‘So Others May Live’.

Californian punks HARD LEFT give away tracks from their debut album.. We Are Hard Left is released 11th May via Future Perfect



HARD LEFT Ft. members of Black Tambourine, Lunchbox and Boyracer Give away free album tracks
We Are Hard Left Released 11th May via Future Perfect Records

Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage -- Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital.

Their debut album, We Are Hard Left, is set to be released on 11th May via Future Perfect, and the band are giving away free downloads of select album tracks every Friday in the run up to release. Listen here

Pick up 'Red Flag' for FREE below:



The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Jüke, Whorl, Lunchbox and Black Tambourine, and operating the respected labels 555, Emotional Response and Slumberland Records. Initial Hard Left recording sessions in Spring 2014 led to the release of two limited edition lathe-cut singles, the Situationist-inspired "What's That Sound?" and the tough-as-nails "Safety." The band set to writing and in August 2014 gathered in the desert of Flagstaff, AZ to record. The results were two more singles ("Skinheads Home For Christmas" and a split 7" with Bad Daddies, both released in December 2014), and now this album.

We Are Hard Left is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. These are crucial times that we live in, and Hard Left seek to inspire and invigorate. The opener "New Year" sets out the band's stall in fine fashion, urging listeners to "give up false needs" and embrace new beginnings. They follow with the blasting "Hard Left Rules OK," a call to arms if ever there was one. The album is tightly edited, each song on the heels of the previous one, exemplifying the group's eagerness to broadcast their message and energize their fans.

To that end, rousing chants and noisy interludes are interspersed throughout, cheeky but pointed references to their mod forebears and street-level terrace "politics." The message is always positive, the underlying mood is of hopefulness. "Hand In Hand" is an exhilarating call for solidarity and collective action, while "Future Perfect" imagines a world where the people were the true beneficiaries of the surplus created by progress, the perfect future we were all promised during the golden age of capitalism. Previous singles "Safety" and "Stay True" appear in re-recorded form, hard as nails and fitting in perfectly.

From the super-tough "Kicking If Off" to the Occupy-inspired "Red Flag" and the supremely uplifting (and also Situationist-inspired) closer "Imagination," this is a record that hits hard, crammed with guitars that soar and rage, group chants and raw-throated vocals. It's anthemic in the best way -- inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils. Call it "utopian Oi" if you will, or "hard mod" or just plain punk, but don't miss out on this passionate, thrilling record.

Hard Left are: Mike: exhortations Donna: bass, vocals Tim: guitar, vocals Stewart: drums, vocals

Preorder: hardleft.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

BAST announce European tour with Pallbearer



BAST will join Pallbearer on a lengthy tour across Europe starting in Berlin on May 20, 2015. It’ll be the bands first full tour of the continent and guitarist/vocalist Craig Bryant is looking forward to it:

"Following performances at Roadburn, Incineration and Red Sun festivals, and a year after supporting them together with YOB on our home-turf, it’s with great pride that we will be playing 18 dates alongside Pallbearer on their European tour this Summer – marking our first extensive excursion across the mainland!"

PALLBEARER + BAST

0/05/2015 DE Berlin – Kantine am Berghain 21/05/2015 CZ Prague – Klub 007 22/05/2015 DE Koln – MTC 24/05/2015 BE Brussels – AB Club 25/05/2015 FR Paris – Social Club 26/05/2015 DE Schorndorf – Club Manufaktur 27/05/2015 CH Zurich – Rote Fabrik 01/06/2015 UK Glasgow – Broadcast 02/06/2015 UK Birmingham – The Oobleck 03/06/2015 UK London – 100 Club 30/06/2015 NO Oslo – Blä 01/07/2015 SE Gothenburg – Truckstop Alaska 03/07/2015 NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje 04/07/2015 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof 06/07/2015 IT Milan – Lo-Fi Club 07/07/2015 IT Bologna – Freakout Club 08/07/2015 IT Rome – Traffic Live Club 09/07/2015 IT Padova – Radar festival

BAST is a trio specialising in an unhealthy blend of Black Metal and Doom, with a flair for experimentation and emphasis on storytelling.

Their debut full-length ‘Spectres’ – originally released on Black Bow (Slomatics / Conan / Fister and others) and Burning World records in early 2014 – weaves together a hatful of heavy and a pinch of psychedelia to take you on a journey of Godless riffs and crippling atmosphere. Following its initial release, Bast embarked on two tours across the UK and Ireland with Conan and Ageless Oblivion, made festival appearances at Damnation, Into The Void (NL), Doomed Gatherings (FR) and FOAD, as well as one-off performances with Indian, Oranssi Pazuzu, Oathbreaker, Wodensthrone and Horse Latitudes, among many others.

This repress of ‘Spectres’ (on both black and gold vinyl) signals Bast as true auteurs of their vision, spreading it without compromise and proving that there’s still life aplenty in the UK heavy music scene.

GUITAR / VOCALS: Craig Bryant DRUMS / VOCALS: Jon Lee BASS: Gavin Thomas

HARD LEFT - "WE ARE HARD LEFT" Released 11th May via Future Perfect Records



HARD LEFT - "WE ARE HARD LEFT" Released 11th May via Future Perfect Records
FFO The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils


Ft. members of Black Tambourine, Lunchbox, Whorl and Boyracer

We Are Hard Left is the debut album from Hard Left. Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage -- Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. Far from a dry exercise in doctrinaire thought, Hard Left's songs are great punk first and foremost, and ripping good fun.

The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Jüke, Whorl, Lunchbox and Black Tambourine, and operating the respected labels 555, Emotional Response and Slumberland Records. Initial Hard Left recording sessions in Spring 2014 led to the release of two limited edition lathe-cut singles, the Situationist-inspired "What's That Sound?" and the tough-as-nails "Safety." The band set to writing and in August 2014 gathered in the desert of Flagstaff, AZ to record. The results were two more singles ("Skinheads Home For Christmas" and a split 7" with Bad Daddies, both released in December 2014), and now this album.

We Are Hard Left is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. These are crucial times that we live in, and Hard Left seek to inspire and invigorate. The opener "New Year" sets out the band's stall in fine fashion, urging listeners to "give up false needs" and embrace new beginnings. They follow with the blasting "Hard Left Rules OK," a call to arms if ever there was one. The album is tightly edited, each song on the heels of the previous one, exemplifying the group's eagerness to broadcast their message and energize their fans.

To that end, rousing chants and noisy interludes are interspersed throughout, cheeky but pointed references to their mod forebears and street-level terrace "politics." The message is always positive, the underlying mood is of hopefulness. "Hand In Hand" is an exhilarating call for solidarity and collective action, while "Future Perfect" imagines a world where the people were the true beneficiaries of the surplus created by progress, the perfect future we were all promised during the golden age of capitalism. Previous singles "Safety" and "Stay True" appear in re-recorded form, hard as nails and fitting in perfectly.

From the super-tough "Kicking If Off" to the Occupy-inspired "Red Flag" and the supremely uplifting (and also Situationist-inspired) closer "Imagination," this is a record that hits hard, crammed with guitars that soar and rage, group chants and raw-throated vocals. It's anthemic in the best way -- inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils. Call it "utopian Oi" if you will, or "hard mod" or just plain punk, but don't miss out on this passionate, thrilling record.

Hard Left are:

Mike: exhortations Donna: bass, vocals Tim: guitar, vocals Stewart: drums, vocals

Preorder HERE

Ireland Rockers RADIO ROOM Releasing Debut LP '92/93' On April 14; LP Recorded with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies); "Better Now" Premiering on Huffington Post



Dublin, Ireland rockers Radio Room will release their debut LP '92/93' on May 19 via Gold Coast Recordings. The LP was recorded and mixed with legendary producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) at his Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, and mastered by Fergal Davis (Muse, Ben Folds).

A track titled "Better Now" is premiering on the Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com.

Front man Robbie Murphy tells HuffPost, "Steve Albini was a gent to work with. We got on with him really well and learned a lot from the experience. He made the sound golden and gave us plenty of creative control, letting the album unravel naturally over the course of the recording sessions."

'92/93' was recorded completely live - no click tracks, no computer editing, no plug-ins. Pre-orders are available here.

Since forming in 2011, Radio Room has played shows with La Dispute, Kids In Glass Houses and has been steadily building a legion of dedicated fans all over Europe.

**Track Listing:**

01 What You Heard 02 Skin Touch 03 Just Like This 04 Better Now 05 About You 06 Maybe Her Too 07 Shrug 08 Who We Owe 09 Interlude 10 Curtain Call

Lich King Singer Departs Band, New Track Released & Audition Process For Replacement Vocalist Begins Immediately



On 1st April 2015 Massachusetts Thrashers Lich King published a new track entitled 'I Quit'. It was naturally received as an April Fools joke by their fans and media alike. However on the 2nd April Lich King singer Tom Martin made an announcement that he would in fact be relieving himself of vocal duties for the band from that point onward. Please find Tom's entire statement regarding his departure from Lich King below. Lich King are currently scouring the globe for a replacement singer and are pushing forward with plans to release a new full length album in 2015.

Auditions for a new vocalist are currently underway and the band have released the following campaign welcoming applicants to take five shared instrumental Lich King songs complete with lyric sheets from tiny.cc/lkvocals. Applicants should then record their vocals over the tracks and email their audition directly to Andy@evileyeindustries.com.

Tom Martin's Statement

So yesterday we put up an announcement in the form of a song, in which I declared I was quitting Lich King, and... April Fools! It was the truth.

These are my reasons for leaving. My reasons are my own, and don’t at all reflect on the attitudes or opinions of the other guys.

Reason #1: Live shows were never my thing. I have bad hearing so at a metal show when you hear the music, almost all I hear is deafening jangled noise.

Reason #2: Bars are the worst. On tour, you’re hanging around in a venue for seven to eight hours every night, and usually it’s a bar. I have no idea how someone sits in a bar for that long and doesn’t want to open their wrist with a blender.

Reason #3: I’m a homebody. I like sitting at home, surrounded by my comfort zone, making stuff. This isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy touring with Lich King, because largely, I did. I love those guys and discovered I love traveling... but I stopped having a good time when we pulled into the venue every night. I’d dread shows, and during them I’d sit on the bus and fantasize about being home with my stuff.

Reason #4: [redacted]

Reason #5: This is the big one: Money. There’s not much. Thrash bands have day jobs, and I’m not just talking about the small guys. I’d be willing to bet that just about everyone outside of the big four aren’t living off their music alone. In the song, when I mentioned “now a good show means some pizza and 9 bucks,” I wasn’t exaggerating. $9 and food are what I get for devoting my evening to what is considered a good show by our standards.

Some people tell me to be happy to have even that, because most bands don’t, and to suck it up and be professional about it. All I can say is that those people must enjoy the gig more than I do, and good for them, I’m glad... but “professional” is a poor choice of words for metal bands. If you’re in a band but it’s not your primary source of income, it’s not your profession, it’s your hobby... and your hobby shouldn’t eat up two months of your life when you could be hammering at your profession.

Lich King is a hobby that got away from me and started lumbering under its own will, demanding more and more of my time for minimal rewards outside of seeing people enjoy what we made. That’s fine, I’m going to let that beast stomp off and maybe in the future there’ll be lucrative tours or big shows I can jump onto. Maybe it’ll all be worthwhile in the future. Till then, I’m going back to just doing art and giving Lich King the amount of time a hobby deserves.

When Ol Drake left EVILE, he said “I've reached a point where I want... a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band's income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.” That's pretty much it.

So... thanks to anyone that ever came out to a show, bought some merch and said they had a good time, because you helped me when I needed it.

If you liked I QUIT, you can get it here

As for now, I solemnly pronounce thrash metal dead.

Your pal
-Tom

VENOM TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘FROM THE VERY DEPTHS’ ON RED VINYL IN CELEBRATION OF RECORD STORE DAY



VENOM have issued a first run of vinyl for current album ‘From The Very Depths’. The album was released to much critical acclaim in January of this year on compact disc and digital formats only.

The LP version will be available on Record Store Day, and in the spirit of the cause, this isn’t just any run of vinyl but a 2-disc gatefold limited run of just 300 copies for the UK, stained a bloody red.

Go and get your copy from one of the hundreds of independent record stores taking part in RSD up and down the country on April 18th. Check out the list of participating stores on the official website here: www.recordstoreday.co.uk

In addition to this, a new lyric video for the track ‘Smoke’ - taken from ‘From The Very Depths’ - is viewable here:

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Lupe Fuentes Drops Hot, Minimal Deep/Tech House Single "Holla If Ya Hear Me" Out NOW On In The Loop!

April 14, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA - House Music Producer and DJ Lupe Fuentes continues to flex her production muscles and impress with her newest In The Loop release, "Holla If Ya Hear Me". Originally premiered at Beats Drop Cancer in San Francisco, this newest addition to her rapidly growing and highly impressive catalog is a perfectly balanced deep/tech house perfect for festivals and clubs.

KORPIKLAANI - BAND DISCUSS THE FIRST FEW TRACKS OFF THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'NOITA'



KORPIKLAANI are set to release their new album Noita on May 4th in the UK via Nuclear Blast. This will be the band's ninth full length studio album and to give fans an idea of what to expect, they are releasing a series of album trailers detailing the making of their new offering. Today sees the release of the first track by track featuring Jonne, Sami and Tuomas. Watch as the guys explain the meaning behind the songs 'Viinamäen Mies', 'Pilli On Pajusta Tehty' and 'Lempo':



Listen to new track 'Lempo':



Noita was recorded at Petrax Studio with musician and producer Aksu Hanttu. The album is the first KORPIKLAANI release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula's joining the band has added another dimension in the band's folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR, SIRENIA etc), of Darkgrove Design, created the artwork. Yrlund has created all of the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece.

LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL REVEALS MORE ACTS



FUTURE OF THE LEFT, SWEET BABOO, ALLUSONDRUGS, GENTLEMANS PISTOLS JOIN LINE UP
FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SOFAR SOUNDS COLLABORATION
12th June – 14th June 2015
www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk

Long Division Festival has announced a further nineteen acts as the festival is set to celebrate their fifth year. Ninety bands will take over seven spaces in Wakefield city centre over the weekend of the 12th – 14th June.

Joining an already fantastic line up that includes British Sea Power, Ash, Pulled Apart By Horses and Fat White Family will be Welsh noise rock legends Future Of The Left, Leeds Newcomers Allusondrugs who spent 2014 out on the road, earning a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands around right now. Also joining the line up is North Wales’ Sweet Baboo who’s much anticipated follow up to 2013’s ‘Ships’ is due out this summer and Yorkshire riff merchants Gentleman’s Pistols. Some new stars in the making are set to play the festival for the first time including Leeds’ Polo, Novella plus Hyde & Beast who have recently been playing shows with James Bay. Full list of new additions below.

Dean Freeman, Long Division Founder:

"I love the second wave of announcements for Long Division. This year, with the first, we really pushed things for our fifth festival. But it's not until the second that it really takes shape and it's possible to really sense the character of the weekend. We've got a great collection of upcoming bands from across Yorkshire that have never played the festival before and really validate our support of DIY culture. We've got the best Wakefieldian bands. We've got personal heroes of ours, like Future Of The Left and Sweet Baboo. But most of all, they collectively represent five years of making stuff happen in Wakefield. Getting people to travel here and experience a weird and wonderful city. I think we have our best line-uptwitte ever, we have our best collection of venues and I absolutely guarantee we will have the most perfect weather. It's a no-brainer."

Long Division have also announced that they will be collaborating with much loved pop up concert series Sofar Sounds, for a special evening of live music, curated and hosted by Long Division founder, Dean Freeman. There will be performances from artists who have performed at Long Division during its five-year history including some very special guests. As with all Sofar events, the line up and Leeds city location of the show will be kept a secret and revealed to the lucky attendees the day before the show. For the chance to attend the event you need to email Sofar Leeds at leedssofar@gmail.com

Full List Of New Acts:

FUTURE OF THE LEFT GENTLEMANS PISTOLS SWEET BABOO ALLUSONDRUGS NOVELLA HYDE & BEAST MATT ABBOTT WOMPS POLO CRYSTAL SEAGULLS DEAD PARTY SCENE HANDS OFF GRETAL FLECKT PETS STOP DROP ROBOT MOLARS CACTUS KNIFE JJ SWIMSUIT FOLLOW THE LION MAGGIE8 DAVID HICK HEATHER COULTON KIRSTY WHITE TWO MAN CUPPY YAWNING DOG

Full Line Up Below:

BRITISH SEA POWER | ASH | PULLED APART BY HORSES FUTURE OF THE LEFT | FAT WHITE FAMILY | THE LOVELY EGGS | SWEET BABOO | BOXED IN | MENACE BEACH | ALLUSONDRUGS |BRAWLERS | THE BURNING HELL | CRYSTAL SEAGULLS |GENTLEMANS PISTOLS | WITHERED HAND | TOM WILLIAMS | ROZI PLAIN | NOVELLA | TUFF LOVE |HYDE & BEAST|CRYBABYCRY| MATT ABBOTT |HER NAME IS CALLA | SAM AIREY | WOMPS | ALGERNON DOLL | THE INCREDIBLE MAGPIE BAND | THE GRAND | POLO | SEAZOO | THE AINSLEY BAND | FOREVER CULT | THOMAS WILBY GANG | NARCS | THE DO’S | FUR BLEND | BI-LINGUAL| LOZ CAMPBELL | DEAD PARTY SCENE| HANDS OFF | GRETAL | FLECKT PETS | STOP DROP ROBOT|MOLARS | CACTUS KNIFE |FOLLOW THE LION |MAGGIE8 |HEATHER COULTON |KIRSTY WHITE | TWO MAN CUPPY | DAVID HICK | CHARLIE PADFIELD | KLEINE SCHWEINE | JJ SWIMSUIT | YAWNING DOG

Tickets:

Friday - British Sea Power & More - Unity Works - £15
Saturday – 80 bands + - £25 wristband
Sunday – Special live recording album session with The Ainsley Band in association with Greenmount Studios The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses) - £5 to watch live

Sunday, 12 April 2015

International Dark Art Show in Dublin, March 26 - May 1, 2015



Dear art enthusiast,

Macabre Gallery are pleased to announce our first art exhibition in Ireland, particularly in the cosmopolitan city of Dublin. We will bring artists from around the world, which most of them had never exhibited in this country:

- Saturno Buttò (Italy) - Michael Hutter (Germany) - Tomasz Alen Kopera (Ireland) - Sandra Yagi (United States) - Trëz (France) - Jean Francois Bouron (France) - Christine Morren (Belgium) - Arturo Esparza (Mexico)

The exhibition will take place in the awesome art gallery "GalleryX", from March 26 to 1st May 2015. Anyone who wants to enjoy an unusual and extraordinary art show can come to the following address: 3 Herbert Street, Dublin, D2, Ireland.

The show includes original paintings and limited edition prints. If you want to buy one giclée print or original painting but you can not come to the show, you also have the option to purchase them at the following link: macabregallery.com Free shipping worldwide.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and on Sunday from 12PM to 5PM. If you plan to visit the exhibition on Monday or Tuesday, or during the holidays, please call on +353 (0) 1 549 1630.

*Admission free!*

Exhibition title: The Macabre Gallery Show I Dates: March 26 - May 1, 2015 Place: GalleryX - galleryx.ie Address: 3 Herbert Street, Dublin, D2, Ireland

More info: macabregallery.com

Spinefarm announces signing of Danish rockers ESSENCE



Essence are a Danish metal band with roots in thrash metal, formed in 2005. The band consists of four young guys, Lasse, Nikolaj, Mark & Rasmus. Their debut album, ‘Lost in Violence’ (produced by Søren Andersen), was released in 2011, and their second album, ‘Last Night Of Solace’ (produced by Peter Tägtgren), came out in 2013.

The band have shared the stage with acts such as Entombed, In Flames & Megadeth, touring heavily throughout Europe.

Their 2013 album was nominated for a Metal Hammer Award and won the Rock The Nation Award; they were also honoured with a Culture Award from the Danish government, presented by the mayor.

Their 3rd album, the first for Spinefarm, is currently being mixed, and signals the beginning of a new era…

"We are extremely proud to be part of the Spinefarm family! We have seen Spinefarm as an inspiration ever since we started playing, dreaming of what it would be like to work with them one day. It truly felt like that dream had come true when we signed the deal! They are hardworking music lovers who believe that quality beats quantity any day. We are honoured to share our songs and visions with the single most AWE-FUKN-SOME label ever!" – Essence

Head of A&R for Spinefarm Finland/Universal Finland, Euge Valovirta, also commented: “The album is sounding f**ing amazing. Really fresh with great songs, great hooks, great playing etc. God damn, I’m excited!”

ESSENCE are:

Lasse Skov – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Mark Drastrup – lead guitar Rasmus Kalke – bass Nikolaj Kjaergaard – drums

THE ROCKET DOLLS - Hard Rock trio announce tour dates in May 2015



Summer 2014 saw the release of THE ROCKET DOLLS' groove-laden album 'Eyes', gaining critical acclaim, as well as serving as a welcome return since vocalist Nikki Smash's health issues. In between writing new material and promoting the album, THE ROCKET DOLLS have been working hard to book in some tour dates, which they are pleased to announce have been confirmed. Come catch the band's signature raging riffs, growled vocals and an undeniable knack for huge, heavy, hooks on the following dates:

May 02 The Ivy Leaf, Sheerness May 12 Fuel, Cardiff May 15 Finns, Weymouth May 16 The Anvil, Bournemouth May 18 The Firehouse, Southampton May 19 Bar 42, Worthing May 22 The Black Dog, Crawley May 23 The Rafters, Maidstone Jun 06 The Dublin Castle, London

The band commented on hitting the road: We are all so psyched for this tour. We can't wait to get back on the road doing what we do best, playing for the people who make this worth doing. These shows are for you. See you on the road, The Rocket Dolls - Benji, Nikki, TommyK xxx

ABOUT THE ROCKET DOLLS

Mixing muscular metal riffage with grunge grit, the ’Dolls take their sonic cues from the likes of Alice In Chains, Helmet and Silverchair, as well as sharing Nirvana’s power trio dynamics. Vocalist and guitarist Nikki Smash is well qualified to lead the charge of fist-pumping rock with lashings of fighting spirit, having overcome more obstacles in the making of this debut than many battle-scarred rock veterans will have faced down by the closing pages of their memoirs. The past three years have seen Nikki undergo two operations for osteoarthritis and contract the e-coli virus while recuperating in hospital, only to then be hit with pneumonia. A born fighter, he has kept writing throughout. He recently sought to regain his strength by entering the boxing ring, yet he still finds fire and aggression to spare when delivering ferocious vocals to numbers like ‘Can’t Keep Him Down’ - an indestructible monster of a track that could well be his theme song.

Backing Nikki up is powerhouse drummer and long-standing partner in crime, Ben Knopfler. Son of a guitarist, Ben has music in his blood, but rather than following in his dad’s melodic footsteps he gravitated to the drums. Ben gives The Rocket Dolls their furious, fearsomely tight, foundations. Bassist Tommy K rounds out the rhythm section and complements his bandmates’ grounding in grunge by bringing his love of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Def Leppard and 80s metal to the table. He describes hearing Maiden’s ‘No Prayer For The Dying’ at the age of five as a defining moment and credits Steve Harris with inspiring him to pick up the bass and adopt his trademark fingerpicking technique.

The culmination of many months work, ‘Eyes’ now combines this talented trio’s diverse experiences and influences in defiant and spectacular style. Producer Mark Roberts excels at giving the 11 tracks a high-end punch and power, but are careful to ensure the polish doesn’t come at the expense of the authentic grit and raw edges which are essential elements of The Rocket Dolls’ sound.

The official video for the title track of the album has already made a major impact on the viewers of Scuzz TV, who voted it straight to #8 in the channel's 'New Videos Chart', with the video climbing to #4 a week later. Watch 'Eyes':

BABYMETAL TO FINALLY RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN UK VIA EARMUSIC



BABYMETAL are one of the most powerful musical phenomena in the world today and they are taking the world by storm. Formed in Japan, the three girls known as SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL began their mission to unify the world through Heavy Metal in 2010. Backed and supported by some of the finest metal musicians their native land has to offer and grown from the seeds sown by band overseer KOBAMETAL, their self-titled debut album will finally be released in the UK on June 1st, 2015 on earMUSIC.

BABYMETAL is not just an invigorating introduction to its creator’s refined conceptual world and glorious tunes; it is also a fearsome statement of intent that takes the pop and metal rulebooks and sets them ablaze amid a whirlwind of euphoria and energy. The self-titled album is a dazzling and exhilarating explosion of thunderous modern metal and irresistible, infectious kawaii pop melodies. The infectious anthems range from the crunk-ified, party thrash of ‘line!’ to the widescreen power metal fury of ‘Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!’.

The album will be released as 1CD Standard Edition as well as a Limited CD+DVD Edition. Both versions include two bonus tracks: ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ from their infamous, sold-out performance at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, and ‘Road of Resistance’ including the mighty guitar force of Herman Li and Sam Totman of Dragonforce. The DVD includes all of the band’s video clips. BABYMETAL’s success in their native country Japan led to Top 10 singles in the Oricon chart in Japan, performances at several major festivals in Japan, including Summer Sonic 2013 and two consecutive sold out nights at Tokyo’s legendary Budokan venue in March 2014, in front of 20,000 people.

Eventually, BABYMETAL’s reputation had crossed the globe and was beginning to make waves in Europe and America too. With video clips with over 25 million views, the band became a sudden and huge internet phenomenon, leaving pop and metal fans around the world in no doubt about the magic and might of this new musical force. BABYMETAL made their first world tour, traversing continents to perform at the celebrated Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England (and won over a vast field of 65,000 diehard metalheads in the process), were invited by pop icon Lady Gaga to support her on her prestigious ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour in the US, and played various sold out shows throughout Europe and in New York.

With the public approval of such rock icons as Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and Guns N’ Roses legend Slash who sang the band’s praises during a live radio interview, BABYMETAL entered 2015 as the hottest new band on planet Earth.

BABYMETAL will become one of the biggest acts of the 21st century. Irresistible, unstoppable and destined for greatness, BABYMETAL are metal’s saviours.

Tracklist CD

1. BABYMETAL DEATH 2. Megitsune 3. Gimme Chocolate!! 4. line! 5. Akatsuki 6. Doki Doki ☆ Morning 7. Onedari Daisakusen 8. Song 4 9. Uki Uki ★ Midnight 10. Catch me if you can 11. Rondo of Nightmare 12. Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!! 13. Ijime, Dame, Zettai

Bonus

14. Road of Resistance (feat. Herman Li & Sam Totman of Dragonforce) 15. Gimme Chocolate!! (Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

DVD – Official video clips

- Doki Doki ☆ Morning - Iine! - Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!! - Ijime, Dame, Zettai - Megitsune - Gimme Chocolate!!

THE 69 EYES “The Best Of Helsinki Vampires” OUT: April 13, 2015 (UK)



Founded in the Finnish capital some 25 years ago, THE 69 EYES spawned a total of ten full- length records and an additional selection of live, best-of and re-mastered albums. With the release of their tenth and most current studio encounter »X« in 2012, vocalist and frontman Jyrki69 observes the bands’ resemblance with one certain masked superhero: “I just saw “The Dark Knight Rises” and realized that THE 69 EYES is like Batman: we always rise and return - our only mission being to save Gotham City and serve its people. Everybody else is gone, nobody does it better & someone's got to do it. So, sunglasses on and here we go again: the Helsinki Vampires are BACK!”

Looking back on such a vast legacy, THE 69 EYES have always managed to stay alive as a band, reinventing their distinct blend of Goth’n’Roll and keeping the same line-up ever since 1992, when Jussi69 replaced original drummer Lotto. The second peak of the Goth era in the late 90s/early 2000s saw the five-piece with some of its most acclaimed longplayers, »Wasting The Dawn« (1999), »Blessed Be« (2000) and »Paris Kills« (2002).

Entering 2015, THE 69 EYES just announced the release of »The Best Of Helsinki Vampires«, a full best-of collection, spanning a quarter of a century of band history. From the early days of fame with »Wrap Up You Troubles In Dreams« (1997), to the stardom of the latter years with »Devils« (2004) and »Back In Blood« (2009), »The Best Of Helsinki Vampires« features 28 tracks and will be out on April 10, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

THE 69 EYES | 'THE BEST OF HELSINKI VAMPIRES' & CLASSIC ALBUM REISSUES OUT SOON + TRAILER NOW ONLINE Founded in the Finnish capital 25 years ago, THE 69 EYES have spawned a total of ten full-length records and an additional selection of live, best-of and re-mastered albums. Throughout the band’s legacy THE 69 EYES have managed to thrive and reinvent their distinct blend of goth’n’roll. For 2015 THE 69 EYES have announced the release of ‘The Best Of Helsinki Vampires’, a full best-of collection spanning a quarter of a century of their musical history. ‘The Best Of Helsinki Vampires’ will be compiled of 28 tracks over 2 discs and is set to be released on April 13th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Order here!.

Additionally, the band are re-releasing the classic albums ‘Devils’ (2004), ‘Angels’ (2007) and ‘Paris Kills’ (2002) in limited special edition formats. Each re-release will include the original album track listing plus three bonus tracks. These reissues will also be available on the 13th April 2015 and are available to order here: http://smarturl.it/THE-69-EYES-Release.

Watch the official trailer for the special edition releases and best of album:



'THE BEST OF HELSINKI VAMPIRES'

CD1

01. Lost Boys 02. Perfect Skin 03. Brandon Lee 04. Lost Without Love 05. Feel Berlin 06. The Chair 07. Dead Girls Are Easy 08. Radical 09. Tonight 10. Dance D'Amour 11. Borderline 12. Rocker 13. Dead N' Gone 14. Rosary Blue (feat. KAT VON D)

CD2

01. Never Say Die 02. Gothic Girl 03. Betty Blue 04. Sister Of Charity 05. Love Runs Away 06. We Own The Night 07. Red 08. Devils 09. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams 10. Wasting The Dawn 11. Kiss Me Undead 12. Crashing High 13. Stolen Season 14. Ghost

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