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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Photos: New Years Day at The Academy Dublin. 14 January 2016

Photos: Motionless in White at The Academy Dublin. 14 January 2016


California Alternative-Folk/Americana outfit Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars is proud to announce the release of Understand, the second album since their 2014 release,You Were The Fire. The album, will be released digitally on 2/26/16, but fans can also expect an LP release later in the year. Understand was produced by Anton Kellner and Nolan Perry, mixed and mastered by Nolan Perry. The album looks from the outside-in on the daily struggles and emotions of others who seek help and comfort. Anton Kellner states, "I strongly felt the need to address these emotions, but needed a medium to communicate my thoughts, so I figured why not turn them into a record." For the first time, Anton Kellner is not taking a personal approach to his songwriting, but rather pens stories about real people and the drastic situations that he has witnessed over the years. Here is what Anton Kellner had to say about Understand:

"We took a lot of risks with it, and dared to step into stories that were outside our comfort level. We are very proud of the end result, and truly believe that this is simply 'our album'" - Anton Kellner

Coastal California is the home of singer/songwriter Anton Kellner, who performs with his band under the moniker "Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars". After touring the circuit for quite some time in his prior band Holding Onto Hope (Come&Live Records), Kellner released his successful debut album entitled You Were The Fire. The album was released on July 29th, 2014 and had much critical acclaim among the press & his fans. You Were The Fire was produced by Nolan Perry (The Mighty Fine), with additional mastering handled by Eric Boulanger (OneRepublic, Plain White T's). Kellner has landed 3 successful PR campaigns, extensive shows up & down the coast, two music videos, and numerous musical collaborations, such as with Louis Diller (HolyChild/Glassnote Records), Elle Puckett (Poema), Tim Brennan (June/Victory Records), Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday/The Color Fred). Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars' sophomore album, Understand, features Anton Kellner (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, piano, organ), Nolan Perry (bass), Josh Lucas (drums, percussion), and Scott Poley (pedal steel, additional electric guitar), with additional vocals by Sierra English.

Until Understand becomes available on 2/26/16, head to to hear past releases from Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars. Follow the band on social media for updates and new music.

Understand: Tracklisting

01. Understand 02. Notions 03. Broke 04. Losing Your Blood 05. Should Be 06. Drive Me Down 07. It's Been a Lifetime

Macon Blind Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Working On New Blues Album Feat. Chuck Leavelle, Jimmy Hall and Renowned Producer Ross Hogarth

Macon, GA - Joey Stuckey is a blind guitarist, producer, educator, recording artist and media personality.

Born in Green Cove Springs FL, a city that has honored him with the key to the city and now residing in Macon GA, for whom he is the official music ambassador, Joey Stuckey is a power house of music talent. He has worked with icons from Alan Parsons to Ted Nugent and Joe Solo, producer of Macy Gray to Sammy Nestico, arranger of the Count Basie orchestra.

Last year saw him take on the UK where he toured and released his latest single “Blind Man Drivin'”.

The song and it's accompanying video was a runaway hit and became the official theme song for the Visually Impaired Musicians Lives Conference, held at the University College of London where Stuckey was also a keynote speaker and performer.

While in the UK, Joey also became friends with research teams from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmith's University and has worked with them extensively to improve music technology for the blind. As a blind person, a studio owner, producer and professor of music technology at Mercer University, this was a roll Stuckey took on with ease.

2016 is already shaping up to be a land mark year as Joey prepares to release the full length album “Blind Man Drivin'” in early summer.

Says Stuckey, “Music is the thing that makes me know I am a live. It is my spiritual bread and butter and the best way I know to encourage and provide comfort and inspiration to others, while at the same time entertaining and sharing stories about who I am. When I first started making my own music it was a combination of southern rock sensibilities mixed with bands like The Smiths and The Cure, I used to think of myself as the Morrissey of Macon. I have played a lot of jazz and my jazz album 'Mixture' was number 9 on the top 40 CMJ jazz charts for 5 weeks back in 2013, but, the thing that really seems to enthrall my audiences is blues and that is now what I am focused upon.”

And no wonder that blues is what Stuckey fans want to hear! With his versatile voice that can whisper or shout with equal alacrity and his guitar playing that can make one note cry or explode like a super nova with seemingly a thousand notes a second, blues is Stuckey's true calling.

To make this debut blues project truly memorable, Stuckey is working hard to gather old and new friends alike to add some truly one-of-a-kind performances.

These artists include:

Ross Hogarth – Producer (John Melloncamp, Van Hailen R.E.M...) Chuck Leavelle – Keyboards (Rolling Stones, Alman Brothers, Black Crows...) Jimmy Hall – Sax and harmonica (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams JR...) Shannon Forest – Drums (Toto, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts...) Additional drums by Brandon Khoo, Maypex endorsed artist. Charley Hoskyns – Bass guitar (Shayne McGowan, The Popes and Pete Maher...)

Nashville's Step Sisters Releasing 'Thick' EP on February 26

Nashville, TN garage rock 4-piece Step Sisters will self-release their debut EP, 'Thick' on February 26.

The EP is available for pre-order HERE.

Step Sisters was born in a basement and baptized in a neon cathedral where the holy water is poured by the pint. As their name implies, this Nashville-based quartet shares no blood, yet their cohesion suggests a placental sharing in the womb of rock and roll.

As the summer of 2014 blazed, Step Sisters cut the umbilical cord and began fashioning their version of raw & heavy, where cyclonic rhythms driven by maniacal drums and face-melting fuzz bass tumble amongst caustic guitars and ominous voices. An impressive growth spurt landed the Sisters in an undisclosed warehouse locale, to record their debut EP, 'Thick.' An EP that demonstrates a sonic scope and ingenuity that may come to define the group. In the wake of this early 2016 release, Step Sisters will be found in and out of Nashville, wrecking necks and ear drums alike. Behold, the birth of Step Sisters!

Tour Dates

Jan. 14th – Foobar Too – Nashville, TN Jan. 19th – Foobar Too – Nashville, TN Feb. 10th - Foobar Too - Nashville, TN (w/ Uzi, BUHU) Feb. 26th – The Basment – Nashville, TN (“THICK” Release Party) (w/ Reality Something, Heinous Orca) Feb. 27th – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN (w/ Chew)

UK Pop-Punks Such Strange Arts Debut New Song ("Criminal") - 'Waking The Neighbours' EP Out January 29

Essex County, England pop-punk 4-piece Such Strange Arts have released a new instant grat track ("Criminal") with iTunes pre-orders of their upcoming EP, 'Waking the Neighbours', out January 29 on Standby Records. The EP is also available for pre-order on Google Play.

A music video for the track is premiering yesterday on New Noise Magazine.

The band says, "We are so excited that everyone is finally able to hear Waking the Neighbours! This EP had been a long time coming and we are very proud of it; It's an EP that has taken a lot of work, but it has been totally worth it. We can't wait to get out and play these new songs live. See you all on the road!"

Formed in 2011, Such Strange Arts deliver catchy pop-punk with an energetic live show. Having played extensively throughout the south of England at many prestigious venues (such as O2 Academy2 Islington, Chinnerys and The Square) and now playing shows more widely across the UK, they are building a strong and loyal fan base. The debut EP 'Our Time Is Now' was released in the fall of 2012 and received a lot of positive feedback, along with the following single 'Goodnight'. Having been featured in Kerrang! Magazine, SSA worked closely with Jake Pitts of Black Veil Brides, who mixed and mastered the single ’There’s A Hole In Your Logic, Dear Liza' that was released worldwide digitally. Following a line up change and extensive gigging the band's latest EP 'More Than We Know' was released in summer 2014 to widespread positive reviews.

Upcoming shows:

17th February 2016 - Manchester | Aatma (14+ under 18's accompanied by an adult)

18th February 2016 - London | Surya (14+ under 18's accompanied by an adult)

19th February 2016 - Stamford | Voodoo Lounge (14+)

20th February 2016 - Brentwood | The Hermit Club (Ages 13-19 only)

21st February 2016 - Birmingham | The Flapper (16+)

The Foxery Release Free 3 Song Digital EP "American Dissonance" on Bandcamp

Lousville, KY's The Foxery have released a FREE 3-song digital EP titled “American Dissonance,” on their Bandcamp page. A track off the EP "Commercial Suicide" premiered on New Noise.

The EP coincides with The Foxery's tour with Spartan Records label mates Secret Stuff (Nashville, TN), which kicks off in Columbus, OH.

Coming on the heels of several independent releases, incessant DIY touring, and months and months of persistent writing, The Foxery found their home on Spartan Records with their 2014 debut full-length Unless.

Unless is available for purchase in the Spartan Records store.

The Foxery Tour Dates with Secret Stuff

1.15.16 Columbus, OH - The Summit 1.16.16 Louisville, KY - Modern Cult Records 1.17.16 Indianapolis, IN - Paradox Lounge 1.18.16 Alton, IL - Metal Gear - 631 Liberty St. 1.19.16 Champaign, IL - TBA 1.20.16 Springfield, IL Black Sheep 1.21.16 Chicago, IL - Populous Chicago 1.22.16 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews 1.23.16 Omaha, NE - Milk Run 1.24.16 Lincoln, NE - TBA 1.25.16 Kansas City, MO - Davies Uptown Rambler 1.26.16 Springfield, MO - The Outland 1.27.16 Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective 1.28.16 Denton, TX - Gatsby's Mansion 1.29.16 Little Rock, AR - Vino's 1.30.16 Memphis, TN - TBA

Glass Houses Sign with InVogue Records; Band Releases "Eyes & Heart" Single and Video

North Dakota based Glass Houses have signed with InVogue Records. A music video for their latest single "Eyes & Heart" can be streamed over at the InVogue Records YouTube channel.

You can also purchase the single through iTunes and MerchNow (where single comes free with t-shirt purchase).

The band is hitting the studio with Josh Schroeder (The Plot In You, The Color Morale, Still Remains) to record their debut full length album which is due out this fall.

Vocalist Tanner Leier says, "When we were writing this song we wanted it to be driving and tell the story of an internal conflict, which is also represented by the video. We're happy with how it turned out, how the music and lyrics accompany one another, and feel it represents a darker side of our upcoming record while still retaining a silver lining."

THRESHOLD - Richard West discusses the support bands on the current tour

British progressive metal protagonists THRESHOLD's latest live album European Journey was recorded during the November 2014 'For The Journey' tour and consists of 15 live tracks. The band are continuing on that journey and are currently on the road in Europe with Spheric Universe Experience and Damnation Angels, with all three bands stopping off to play London's O2 Islington Academy on January 24th. We caught up with Richard West to ask him how THRESHOLD heard about the support bands and what it's like to share the road with support bands in tow. Find out what he had to say over on

The band will perform their latest studio album, the acclaimed For The Journey in its entirety on Jan 24th, including a selection of classics and old favourites.

European Journey track list:


01. Slipstream 02. The Hours 03. Liberty Complacency Dependency 04. Ground Control 05. Unforgiven 06. Long Way Home 07. Part Of The Chaos 08. Coda


01. Watchtower On The Moon 02. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams 03. Lost In Your Memory 04. Mission Profile 05. The Box 06. Turned To Dust 07. Ashes

Shot by fans across various venues in Europe and the United States, the video for Lost In Your Memory can be viewed over on YouTube:

Watch the official live video for Watchtower on The Moon:


Dear Amphi Fans,

next July we ring in again the 5th season for the dark-music scene at Amphi Eventpark. Alongside already announced highlights like EDITORS, PROJECT PITCHFORK, COVENANT, BLUTENGEL and TARJA we´re back today with six additional artists, ready to pull you out of everyday´s life and to create memorable moments with their concerts. Let us salute new to the Amphi Line-up:


Sometimes it is just a puddle jump from Hamburg to the Rio Grande. Deeply impressed by the infinite vastness of the texan prairie, MONO INC. summarily decided on returning to the US to produce their 8th album „Terlingua“ on an original texan ranch. Inspired by this distinct surrounding they created an unusual dark-rock album, which Martin Engler & co. will perform live at Amphi Festival 2016, of course along with many of their beloved blockbuster tunes.

It is the first time since 2008 that L’ÂME IMMORTELLE are about to play at Amphi Festival together, celebrating the upcoming 20th anniversary of their band. On this special occasion Sonja Kraushofer and Thomas Rainer musically put on their finest garments and re-recorded a selection of their greatest hits for the album „Unsterblich“ (rel. 26.02.2016). Epic – electronic - eternal, L’ÂME IMMORTELLE span the bridge past to present, summing up the many facets of their career in a modern-day livery that interweaves state of the art production with their current live arrangements and the spark of their typical inventiveness.

LEBANON HANOVER will return to Amphi Festival. 2015 a lot of you were especially looking foward to watch Larissa Iceglass, William Maybelline perform their atmospheric coldwave sound. To everyones misfortune literally „gone with the wind“ at that time, the sensation is perfect now: dark - minimal – art!, the duo will play their lost show in 2016, which is something we´re extremely happy about.

Next up we welcome a genuine cult band from the second wave of goth rock: NOSFERATU! The British band, formed in the late 80s around guitarist Damien DeVille meanwhile looks back on over 300 show in 14 countries worldwide and more than 100.000 records sold. As headliner of the orbit stage NOSFERATU conjure the origins of gothrock for oldschool enthusiasts and everyone loving to discover!

From the british island our trail continues southward with our next stop in Rome, where mastermind Simone Salvatori confirmed us a reencounter with SPIRITUAL FRONT. Already in 2012 this Italian exceptional formation enchanted with their nihilist suicide pop at Amphi. High time for an encore of their deep, handmade music, tangled up with a hint of meridional temperament!

Concluding today´s musical journey we look at Belgium where Industrial/EBM-Icon Dirk Ivens (The Klinik / Absolute Body Control) currently prepares to crack the whip at Amphi 2016 with his project DIVE. Cool, minimal electro meets icy industrial – full of images, hypnotic, relentless – like music taken directly from a factory assembly line! Don´t miss it!


As the line-up progresses you can buy Amphi Festival early season tickets (original hardtickets) and the premium boxes for CALL THE SHIP TO PORT exclusively at Amphi Shop at – while stock lasts!

Furthermore Amphi-Tickets are also available at all associated CTS/EVENTIM and TICKETMASTER box offices as well as online at,, and At EVENTIM we now also offer a print@home option, that allows you to easily print festival tickets from your own PC at home.

Kind regards
Your Amphi Festival Team

23. – 24. July 2016 Cologne | Amphi Eventpark

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NightShade Release "Uchronia" Music Video; New Album Pre-Orders Available

French Metal band NightShade has released their newest music video and single, "Uchronia" off their upcoming album Predilections. The album produced at Nalcon Studios, mixed and master by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Attila, Born Of Osiris) will be released on February 12th via Marked Man Records. Pre-orders for Predilections are now available on iTunes and at the Marked Man Records online store.

"NightShade really brings a powerful punch of riffs, beatdowns, and steady pulverizing rhythms that will kick your ass! Listen to this, and try not to spin kick your neighbors." - Joey Sturgis

Guitarist, Bastien Deleule said, "One of my favorite songs from the album. I worked on it with Fabien Letren and think we found the perfect harmony between the technical, powerful and epic ending parts with the orchestral."


1 - Sentient 2 - Uchronia 3 - Before We Die 4 - Enclave 5 - Reminisce/Solace (ft Kiarely from Conquer Divide) 6 - My Orchid 7 - For Those Who Fight 8 - Midas (ft Vincent from JRAAAH) 9 - What Dreams May Come 10 - Sons Of Liberty


Active for more than 6 years now in the French scene and recognized more in the international scene, after touring Europe, USA and Japan with bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Hester Prynne and Fleshgod Apocalypse and also playing festivals like Euroblast Fest, NIGHTSHADE, French/Canadian metal band, are proud to announce their 4th studio album to be released in February 2016.

After three albums released through Rising Records and Bullet Tooth Records, they have had reviews in the international press, music on samplers and even in video games such as Rock Band.

For this new album called Predilections, NightShade have signed with Marked Man Records, a new label owned by guitarist and clean singer Bastien Deleule, with the help from Energy Zombie Management, High Road Publicity, Mercenary Management and H.I.M Media. Music structures which already prove their success by working with bands such as Black Label Society, As Blood Runs Black, Architects, or Bring Me The Horizon.

Ascent Of Apophis Releases Vocal Playthrough for “The Antikythera Mechanism”

Greenville, NC - Ohio ambient technical deathcore outfit Ascent Of Apophis, who recently announced their signing with Imminence Records, is pleased to unveil the vocal playthrough for their song “The Antikythera Mechanism.” The song is set to be featured on the forthcoming Apotheosis EP that is currently set for a spring 2016 release.

“This play through was created to bring you guys a high quality demo and behind the scenes look into the songs by Ascent Of Apophis. We will have more treats for everyone in the coming months!” - Caelan Stokkermans (Vocals/Electronics)

About Ascent Of Apophis:

Ascent Of Apophis is a four piece ambient technical deathcore outfit in the vein of Aversions Crown, Born Of Osiris, and Veil Of Maya. The band started back in 2012 as a solo project for Caelan Stokkermans with the band name as a description of the Egyptian god of chaos which resides in the underworld. If he ever arises and swallows the sun, the whole world will be plunged into darkness and chaos. The project quickly transformed from a solo project to an online band that released two singles on Religious Genocide Records. These two singles quickly caught the attention of Imminence Records who would announce the signing of the band on December 14th, 2015. The band’s Apotheosis EP is currently set to be released on Imminence Records during the spring of 2016.

Bass Wizard SeamlessR Releases "Wizard Bass" EP for Pre-Order - "Ruin" Single Now Available

Bass wizard SeamlessR (remember the "R" is silent) delivers a bass tour de force on his new EP 'Wizard Bass,' available January 22nd from FiXT.

Best known for his YouTube series "How To Bass" with over 90,000 subscribers, SeamlessR mastermind Stephen O'Leary doesn't disappoint in his latest offering and offers a preview of the EP on the single "Ruin," available now.

"Wizard Bass is a combination of old and new ideas. There are a few tracks on there that are styles I've wanted to do since I first started being a producer but never felt good enough to pull off until now. There are tracks that are older than even my first EP that I couldn't find a way to finish until now. There are also tracks that are comletely new. New sound design, new beats, It's definitely my best and most diverse work yet."

Wizard Bass is the third EP release from SeamlessR. As always, SeamlessR is much less concerned with genre conventions as he is with making a heavy hitting track, and it's never been more apparent. With bass and beats summoned through sheer force of will, the electric energy on display could only be conjured by a Level 80 wizard. If SeamlessR's beard had a soundtrack, this would be it.

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Rude Records is revealing today a new track out of the 'Music For Boobies' compilation: Danko Jones’ 'Wild Woman' in a new, unreleased version featuring Lacuna Coil’s very own Cristina Scabbia.

Danko comments: “It is an honour to have the one and only Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil grace us with her vocals on our song, “Wild Woman”. To have this happen while helping to raise awareness of breast health education and support makes this even more sweet. Check out the track. I think it’s hot rockin’!”


Some of the hottest names in the alternative scene have joined forces with KAB and Rude Records earlier last year, creating the two volumes that make up Music For Boobies, donating a mix of new and unreleased songs: duets, previously-released tracks connected to the KAB cause, as well as new remixed versions of their songs. The full tracklist can be seen below!

The release announcement last month came together with the first 2 instant-grat tracks announced: a brand-new, unreleased cover of the New Radicals classic 'You Get What You Give' from Arizona rockers THE MAINE (featuring Brennan Smiley) and ANGELS & AIRWAVES with a remix of their 'Saturday Love'

The compilation – which is released on worldwide digital outlets on March 18th 2016 – is available for pre-orders including 'Wild Woman' as instant-grat track in physical and digital.

50% of all proceeds garnered through the sale of the compilation will go to support KAB’s ongoing efforts. Spread the word, and help raise funds and awareness in support of Keep A Breast’s mission of empowering youth around the world with breast health education and support. More information can be found at

Music For Boobies

Volume 1

1. Angels & Airwaves - Saturday Love Remix 2. Falling In Reverse - Chemical Prisoner 3. Parkway Drive - Vice Grip 4. Sleeping With Sirens - Save Me A Spark 5. American Hi-Fi feat. Kay Hanley - Another Perfect Day (Acoustic) 6. Emarosa - A Hundred Crowns 7. Too Close To Touch - Pretty Little Thing 8. Motion City Soundtrack - Lose Control 9. Allison Weiss - Who We Are 10. Alvarez Kings - Fear To Feel 11. Patent Pending - It’s All Good Today 12. The Raveonettes - Wake Me Up

Volume 2

1. The Maine feat. Brennan Smiley - You Get What You Give 2. Simple Plan - Astronaut 3. Anti-Flag feat. Tim Armstrong - Brandenburg Gate 4. Knuckle Puck - Swing 5. Such Gold - When It Gives 6. Danko Jones feat. Cristina Scabbia - Wild Woman 7. letlive. - Banshee (Ghost Fame) 8. Beautiful Bodies - War Inside Your Heart 9. Skinny Lister - Trouble On Oxford Street 10. Zebrahead - Blue Light Special 11. Enter Shikari - Dear Future Historians... (London Elektricity Remix) 12. This Wild Life - No More Bad Days 13. Simone Denny - Breathe Again

About The Keep A Breast Foundation

Now entering their 15th year, The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support. Since its inception in 2000, KAB has worked with young people to remove the shame associated with breasts and breast cancer health. Through various initiatives such as breast cast art exhibitions, the “Non Toxic Revolution” and "I love boobies!" campaign, KAB has opened up the dialogue about breast cancer, and has proven to be a doorway to breast self-awareness and education. Keep A Breast has grown into the leading global youth-based breast cancer prevention organization, with global affiliates in Japan, Canada, France, UK and Chile. Constantly pushing the boundaries of the pink ribbon status quo, Keep A Breast has always encouraged young people to love their boobies, get to know their bodies and be aware of changes. Twitter/Instagram: @keepabreast