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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hellions release new track 'Nottingham'

Hellions have today released new track 'Nottingham', another dynamic blast of punk intricacy from their phenomenal debut album 'Indian Summer', on sale February 02 via UNFD.

Complementing the pure fury of previous single 'Creasy', 'Nottingham' displays the Sydney trio's depth and thoughtfulness while retaining the chaotic edge that makes 'Indian Summer' such a monster. Says guitarist Matt Gravolin, "Nottingham is about comparative thinking and jealousy within a relationship; The unearthing of the erstwhile in cardiac landfill after incessant inquiry, begetting a mutual resentment."

Forming in early 2013, Sydney’s Hellions wasted little time in establishing themselves as a national presence. Releasing their first single ‘Infamita’ in June of that year, the group quickly racked up supports and tours with Deez Nuts, Attila and Every Time I Die before releasing their UNFD debut 'Die Young' in September. The trio’s blend of aggressive, hardcore-influenced guitar work, punk rock melodicism, frenzied percussion and the unique delivery of front man Dre Faivre all combining to form a sound and style that Hellions can proudly call their own.

Hellions - Indian Summer

1. Hellions ft. JJ Peters & Real Bad 2. Nottingham 3. Creasy i) Styrofoam Lungs 4. ii) Technicolour Yawn 5. Ghoul 6. Lie 7. Polyphasic Sleep i) Aurora ft. Kyle Erich & Duane Hazell 8. ii) Indian Summer 9. Comedy Of Errors 10. Mea Culpa 11. 23

Sólstafir announce different tour-drummer

SÓLSTAFIR have just announced that their regular drummer, Guðmundur "Gummi" Óli Pálmason, will not be performing during their upcoming shows. He will be replaced by Karl Petur Smith during this period.

The Icelanders comment: "Today we're in Milton Keynes ready to kick off the second leg of our European tour. It is with great sadness that we need to report to you that Gummi will not be joining us on this tour due to personal reasons. We'd prefer to leave it at that and ask that you please respect our privacy in this matter and refrain from all questions, speculations and internet rumors. We will follow up when the time is right, but for now, we're very excited to have a brilliant drummer by the name of Karl Petur Smith joining us for these shows. His extensive musical background includes playing with such acts as Rusty Anderson, Jason Falkner and Bubbi Morthens. Can't wait to see all of your faces out there!"

Please note that SÓLSTAFIR will not answer any questions regarding this topic at all!

On further news, SÓLSTAFIR have already reported sold out shows at Paris' Nouveau Casino in France on the 27th of January and in Nantes a day later as well as in Weinheim, Germany. Tickets are running low in other places as well. We strongly recommend an early ticket purchase.

22 Jan 15 Milton Keynes (UK) The Craufurd Arms 23 Jan 15 Bristol (UK) The Exchange 24 Jan 15 Manchester (UK) Deaf Institute 25 Jan 15 Sheffield (UK) Corporation 26 Jan 15 Brighton (UK) The Haunt 27 Jan 15 Paris (FR) Nouveau Casino (Sold out!) 28 Jan 15 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur (Sold out!) 29 Jan 15 Toulouse (FR) Dynamo 30 Jan 15 Lyon (FR) CCO Villeurbanne 31 Jan 15 Aarau (CH) Kiff 01 Feb 15 Weinheim (DE) Cafe Central (Sold out!) 02 Feb 15 Bochum (DE) Zeche 03 Feb 15 Hamburg (DE) Uebel & Gefährlich 04 Feb 15 København (DK) Pumpehuset 05 Feb 15 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers 06 Feb 15 Oslo (NO) Rockefeller (+Black Debbath) 07 Feb 15 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Medis 09 Feb 15 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko 10 Feb 15 Tampere (FI) Klubi 11 Feb 15 Tallinn (EE) Tapper 12 Feb 15 Riga (LT) Melna Piektdiena 13 Feb 15 Vilnius (LV) New York 14 Feb 15 Minsk (RU) Republic 15 Feb 15 Moscow (RU) Volta 16 Feb 15 St. Petersburg (RU) Zal Ozhidaniya 17 Feb 15 Athens (GR) Kyttaro 18 Feb 15 Thessaloniki (GR) Eightball Club 19 Feb 15 Sofia (BG) RockIT

FORGOTTEN TOMB putting final touches on new album

Italy's notorious black/doom metallers FORGOTTEN TOMB are on the final lap of the recording process of their next installment, having recently completed mixing duties in Sound Suite Studios (Marseille, France) with producer Terje Refsnes (Carpathian Forest, Novembre, Gehenna, Destroyer 666).

FORGOTTEN TOMB's leader Ferdinando "Herr Morbid" Marchisio commented: "We are extremely proud of how this new album came out. We worked really hard, like never before. Terje Refsnes is a really experienced producer and he managed to get the best out of us. We kept the sound very organic and natural, kinda old-fashioned but still very fresh. The new songs are heavy as fuck and they feature our classic trademark plus some new elements. It's a good mix of melancholy, groove and pure malignancy. I can't wait for people to listen to it, 'cause it's a really special album for us and probably the most extreme we did in quite a while, both musically and conceptually".

The band's eight studio album will be mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studio (Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails, Vallenfyre, Beastmilk, High On Fire) in Portland (Oregon, USA). A spring release date via Agonia Records is expected. Further details will be announced shortly.

Monte Pittman releases three music videos

Monte Pittman releases three music videos

Performing at NAMM and on tour with Ministry

Guitarist and vocalist Monte Pittman released "The Power of Three" exactly one year ago, today! To celebrate the anniversary, three new music videos have been released! "Delusions of Grandeur," "Away from Here," and "Missing," are online now in the youtube playlist HERE. "Delusions of Grandeur" was shot at the end of 2014 with bassist Max Whipple and drummer Scott Fuller with director Vince Edwards. "Away from Here" was shot by Brad Jurjens and AJ Satsangi, and "Missing" was shot live at the Whisky a Go Go by Brad Jurjens and Ian Shea.

Monte Pittman will be busy in 2015, beginning this week with the NAMM convention, and performing as part of the Randy Rhoads Remembered show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The show features the some of the world's best guitarists as they pay tribute to Rhoads. The legion of shredders will be playing each song from "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman", as well as others with house band "The Madmen"! Doors are at 6pm and tickets are available

Ministry will be touring soon, with a touring lineup that includes bassist Tony Campos, drummer Aaron Rossi, keyboardist John Bechdel, Monte Pittman on guitar, and of course, Al Jourgensen! The dates include festival performances at Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and Welcome to Rockville. The tour dates begin in February and tickets are on sale now at Photos from currents rehearsals and updates can be found now at


In Times is the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian extreme metallers, ENSLAVED. The hand-painted artwork for the new album was created by long time collaborator and the ‘sixth member of ENSLAVED’, Truls Espedal. The band has just released the first album trailer detailing the development of the artwork - watch as Truls walks you through the painting process, here:

Truls Espedal states: “Working with oil paint and a deadline can be somewhat aggravating and I learned that red paint takes really really long to dry! But I almost made the deadline finishing three paintings and layout, all the time with IN TIMES on the stereo. I've played the album closer to two hundred times by now, and I find it to be more in every way. It sounds potent and fresh, and the tracks are just fucking inspirational. So, I went for more as well. I wanted the cover to have more atmosphere, starker contrasts and be more subtle yet dramatic. Ivar and Grutle's concept allowed me to add new elements and be more experimental, without wanting to leave the familiar. It also allowed for more diversity through the cover, especially the vinyl.

The three paintings for this release range from figurative work to very stylised, almost abstract, expanding upon the front cover. The process was also a bit different; more dynamic. A lot of the artwork was improvised, which is not typical me. I enjoyed it. And I feel I'm getting the hang of the oil paint now, so I'm really excited for next time.”

Frontman Grutle Kjellson adds: "I just love the album cover. I honestly think this is the best artwork I have ever seen. That is of course because Truls has developed the ability to transform me and Ivar’s often surreal concepts and ideas into an actual painting. This painting is the perfect projection of our lyrics, it even extends the written words. This is a picture of mythology, life, death and time. Truls has made a masterpiece, we have made the soundtrack." The main recording session for In Times took place at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recording sessions taking place at Conclave & Earshot Studios (run by band members Larsen and Ice Dale), as well as Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal 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.

In Times will be released on March 9th via Nuclear Blast.

Celebrate the Life & Music of RONNIE JAMES DIO: A Series of 5th Anniversary Memorial Activities Planned in Los Angeles - May 15-17, 2015

Celebrate the Life & Music of RONNIE JAMES DIO:

A Series of 5th Anniversary Memorial Activities Planned in Los Angeles – May 15-17, 2015

MAY 15: Rock & Bowl Celebrity Charity Event at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA

MAY 16: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie's Music @ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, CA

MAY 17: “Ride For Ronnie” Motorcycle Ride from Glendale Harley Davidson to Los Encinos Park for BBQ and Live Music

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural "RIDE FOR RONNIE" motorcycle ride and BBQ, according to Dio Cancer Fund Co-Founder/President, Wendy Dio.

A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie's passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to:

The weekend will kick off on Friday, May 15 with a Celebrity Rock 'n Bowl tournament at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City. It will be a fun evening of bowling, entertainment and a silent auction, which will include bowling pins autographed by Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax, Metallica and many others.

All events lead up to the inaugural "RIDE FOR RONNIE" motorcycle ride and BBQ on Sunday, May 17. Riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to food, live music, raffle/silent auction and more. Fans who don't ride are welcome to attend just the BBQ!

Further information on registering for the "RIDE FOR RONNIE" and purchasing tickets for Celebrity Bowling and the BBQ will be available shortly. Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website for updates.

A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects.

PERIPHERY 'Juggernaut: Omega' advance stream

PERIPHERY is now streaming 'Juggernaut: Omega' ahead of its release next Monday, 26th January. Listen to 'Juggernaut: Omega' HERE

The highly anticipated dual album releases 'Juggernaut: Alpha' and 'Juggernaut: Omega' come together as a conceptual piece to be experienced collectively. The story follows a tale of birth and re-birth with the first album (Alpha) sharing the origins of the main character and the second offering (Omega) sharing the gut-wrenching twists and turns the take takes. Each album cover features original artwork from graphic novelist Justin Randall.

'Juggernaut: Alpha' and 'Juggernaut: Omega' are out on the following dates via Century Media Records: GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND: Friday, January 23, 2015
ITALY / SPAIN / POLAND: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
SWEDEN: Wednesday, January 28, 2015


26.02.2015 (BY) Minsk - Re:Public 27.02.2015 (RUS) St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidaniya 28.02.2015 (RUS) Moscow - Volta 02.03.2015 (RUS) Novosibirsk - Rock City 03.03.2015 (RUS) Yekaterinburg - Tele-Club

w/ Devin Townsend Project, Shining

05.03.15 (F) Paris - La Cigale 06.03.15 (D) Karlsruhe - Substage 07.03.15 (CH) Pratteln - Z7 08.03.15 (I) Milan - Live Club 10.03.15 (D) Munich - Backstage Werk 11.03.15 (A) Vienna - Arena 12.03.15 (H) Budapest - A38 13.03.15 (SLO) Bratislava - Majestic 14.03.15 (CZ) Prague - Roxy 16.03.15 (PL) Warsaw - Stodola 17.03.15 (D) Hamburg - Gruenspan 18.03.15 (DK) Aarhus - Voxhall 19.03.15 (N) Oslo - Rockefeller 21.03.15 (FIN) Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo 22.03.15 (FIN) Helsinki - Circus 24.03.15 (S) Stockholm - Debaser 25.03.15 (DK) Copenhagen - Amager Bio 26.03.15 (D) Bochum - Matrix 27.03.15 (NL) Eindhoven - Effenaar 29.03.15 (UK) Bristol - O2 Academy 30.03.15 (UK) Glasgow - O2 ABC 31.03.15 (UK) Manchester - Academy

PERIPHERY + Xerath and Red Seas Fire

01.04.2015 (UK) London - O2 Academy Islington ***SOLD OUT***

16.-18.07.15 (ES) Viveiro - Resurrection Fest

Broken Lips Debut New Single And Music Video "Chains of Grudge"

California-based post hardcore quartet Broken Lips have debuted their vibrant new single and music video, "Chains of Grudge," via BryanStars. The dark landscape set by the video mirrors the haunting melodies driven into the viewer by the female-fronted act. The song is the first released by the band in 2015, delivering a pop rock gleam with a post hardcore edge — making it a must-listen for all fans of the alternative scene.

Originally from Puerto Rico, the band re-located to America where they continue to grow musically — as shown in the "Chains of Grudge" video.

"Chains of Grudge" is about moving forward in spite of everything that tries to hold you back — like mistakes, doubt and criticism. We all have elements in our life which we can't physically see, but we feel we can never overcome. This is represented by the ghost in our video. 'These chains of grudge will end when I return to dust.'" — Rubina Altreche, Broken Lips frontwoman

About Broken Lips:

Broken Lips is a post hardcore and pop punk quartet originally from Puerto Rico. After creating a buzz in their hometown with the release of debut EP “No Option But Answers," founding members Rubina Altreche (vocals) and Carlos Garcia (lead guitar) relocated the band to San Diego in 2014 and picked up Harlan Saiz (rhythm guitar) and Freddy Lovio (drums) to round out the lineup.

With a solid lineup in tact, a steadily growing fanbase, a new music video for "Chains of Grudge" release, an EP in the works — the band is more excited than ever to continue chasing their dream.

Broken Lips is:

Rubina Altreche — Lead Vocals Carlos Garcia — Lead Guitar Harlan Saiz — Rhythm Guitar Freddy Lovio — Drums