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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Griswolds announce US tour w/ Magic Man - Hotline Spring tour kicking off this April

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Fresh off a busy 2015 playing 130 shows, and celebrating the one year anniversary of their debut LP, Be Impressive, The Griswolds were busy dividing their time between their homeland Australia, Europe, Asia and their adopted home, of The United States. Having toured with the likes of Walk The Moon, The Kooks, Andrew McMahon and The Wilderness, New Politics, as well as a slew of festivals and their own sold out shows, the Aussie four-piece will be gracing American shores for the first time in 2016, announcing the "Hotline Spring Tour" with good friends, Magic Man and Panama Wedding.

Kicking off in North Carolina in early April, the tour takes the boys across the country for a one and a half month stretch, hitting the east coast, west coast, Canada, everything in between, and closing out at Hangout Fest in Alabama, mid-May.

The band's debut and fittingly titled LP, Be Impressive was received with critical acclaim. Their infectious indie rock cemented the Sydney-based band on the scene, being awarded Rolling Stone single of the year, #4 Alternative Single from Billboard, 6 weeks at #1 on the Alt Nation Alt 18 countdown, and peaking at #13 on the Alternative Radio charts.

The band are working on new music and will be debuting brand new material as well as crowd favorites on the road.

Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Magic Man:

4/8/16 - Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle 4/9/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 4/10/16 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club 4/12/16 - Boston, MA @ Royale 4/14/16 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall 4/15/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Warsaw 4/16/16- Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom 4/18/16 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club 4/19/16 - Detroit, MI @ St Andrews 4/20/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom 4/22/16 - Columbus, OH @ Newport 4/23/16 - Chicago, IL @ Metro 4/24/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave 4/26/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity 4/27/16 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre 4/28/16 - Denver, CO @ Gothic 5/1/16 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite 5/3/16 - Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial 5/4/16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos 5/5/16 - Portland, OR @ Wonder 5/7/16 - San Diego, CA @ North Park 5/8/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore 5/10/16- Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda 5/11/16 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory 5/13/16 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn 5/14/16 - Dallas, TX @ The Granada 5/15/16 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues 5/17/16 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy 5/18/16 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Raging Speedhorn Enter Studio With Russ Russell

Following on from a hectic two years of touring and festival appearances, Sludge overlords Raging Speedhorn are set to enter the studio with acclaimed producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts) on January 18th in Kettering to begin work on their latest album. Their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since “How The Great Have Fallen” in 2005, and the first with their new line up.

Drummer Gordon Morison had this to say on the upcoming record:

“We’re hitting the recording studio this Monday coming, and we can’t fucking wait! It’s been a long time coming. We’re going to be recording the new record at Parlour studios with the mighty Russ Russell. We can guarantee that fans of classic Speedhorn will love the new album!”

The new album, which is as yet untitled, is set to be released later this year.

Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release “We Will Be Dead Tomorrow”, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured continuously with acts like Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals across the globe, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record “Before The Sea Was Built” and a subsequent tour of Japan.

SANGUINE hit Las Vegas in new video for ‘Pretty Girl’

SANGUINE hit Las Vegas in new video for ‘Pretty Girl’; latest single to be taken from second album ‘Black Sheep’, out Jan 29th via Odyssey Music

Incendiary Exeter alt. metal quartet Sanguine have unleashed a second video from their imminent new album, ‘Black Sheep’. One of the record’s most frantic and furious cuts, latest single ‘Pretty Girl’ hears force of nature frontwoman Tarin Kerrey take a pop at misogyny in an intense vocal performance, while her bandmates – guitarist Nick Magee, bassist Ross Andrew and drummer Matt Feld - dish out manic, ricocheting riffs, and a bruising, heavy hook.

In spite of the song’s serious subject matter, the visuals that accompany it are typical of Sanguine’s imaginative, fun and totally DIY approach to video making. Following on from last year’s single ‘Social Decay’ (which saw the band splice themselves into notorious 1936 propaganda film ‘Reefer Madness’, and rack up more than 18,000 YouTube hits), the ‘Pretty Girl’ clip was shot amongst the neon lights of Las Vegas. Capturing the sleazy undertones and sensory overload of a stroll through the 24-hour party town, it perfectly complements the frenetic, high-energy feel of the song.

On writing the track, Tarin comments “part after part just seemed to bounce out of my brain, it came from the heart so it was easy to write. It’s a song about female power, it’s a song about discrimination, and it’s biographical. I know there have been times in my life when my sex determines how I am treated, and the lyrics reflect my frustration that women are not meant to be both pretty and strong… but it’s more of a ‘fuck you’ than a complaint! I want to front a metal band, I’m 5ft 3in tall and I have breasts – who’s going to stop me?!”.

The video shoot happened over one wild night on the Vegas strip, eventually wrapping at 5am, by which time the band had “met some crazy people”, and booked a helicopter ride over the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon to shoot the spectacular opening footage. Tarin says, “it was hard trying to shoot with people walking past on the Strip, but it was a lot of fun and the neon really summed up the seediness we were looking for. The whole helicopter ride was an insane experience and it was probably one of the best days shooting a music video we have ever had!”.

Sanguine’s second album, ‘Black Sheep’, will get a Europe-wide release on January 29th, through Odyssey Music. Recorded at In Flames’ Gothenburg studios, and featuring some cameos and co-writes from IF guitarist Jesper Stromblad, it’s a record that’s both highly distinctive and dizzyingly eclectic. With Tarin’s instantly recognisable banshee-howl-to-angelic-harmony vocal range drawing it all together, ‘Black Sheep’ dips into a dazzling array of influences to be by turns both brutal and beautiful, and predicts a very bright future for Sanguine.

Cry Excess Release "Unto Death" Music Video

Luxor Record's metal band Cry Excess has released a new music video for their latest single, "Unto Death". The single comes from their 2015 full length release, Ambition Is The Shit which showcases the outfit's new unique metal and rock sound.

"This is our favorite song of the album. We truly believe it fully represents ourselves an it's the visceral connection between us all. We'd like to inspire people to listen to the inward voice and do whatever makes them feel special or unique. Unto Death is a clarion call to those who insist on bettering themselves and their loved ones and their life." - Cry Excess

Watch Cry Excess' new music video below and check out Ambition Is The Shit today on iTunes.


Cry Excess consists of Jaxon Vex (lead vocals), Andrew Vex (guitars), Mark Agostini (guitars), Angie Six (bass), Brian Nox (drums). The band has toured in Russia, Europe, U.K. and Japan supporting bands like : Papa Roach, Korn, Funeral For A Friend, Tarja Turunen, Walls of Jericho, Vanilla Sky, Upon This Dawning and many more.

The band has released two full length albums, The Deceit (2013) and Ambition Is The Shit (2015), which feature their own unique brand of metal. Pounding drums and razor sharp guitars force listeners into submission as their songs spread the crushing message from dual vocal attack of Jaxon Vex (main vocals) and drummer Brian Nox. The two’s trademark "harsh and clean” delivery make for some of the most memorable metalcore in recent years. With influences spanning many genres, including hip-hop, EDM, and metal, Cry Excess has the tools to create a dynasty of their own.

The Contortionist Announce Headlining Tour Dates with Monuments




3/21 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad 3/23 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto 3/25 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction 3/26 - San Diego, CA - SOMA 3/27 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk 3/29 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater 3/30 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven 4/2 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater 4/3 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock 4/5 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze 4/6 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean 4/7 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache at the Intersection 4/11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar 4/12 - Toronto, CAN - Hard Luck 4/13 - Montreal, CAN - Les Foufounes Electriques 4/14 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 4/15 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater 4/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge 4/18 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage 4/19 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club 4/20 - Greensboro, NC - Green Street Club 4/21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade 4/22 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall 4/23 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum 4/24 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth 4/26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar 4/27 - San Antonio, TX - Korova 4/29 - St. Louis , MO - Fubar 4/30 - Indianapolis, IN - The Emerson Theater 5/1 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall

The Contortionist will hit the road yet again this spring in continued support of their latest release. Monuments, Entheos and Sleepmakeswaves will serve as support through the end of April. "Over the months of touring behind Language, we would imagine an ideal lineup and the same names kept coming up," says keyboardist Eric Guenther. "We always get psyched on tours with huge variety and dynamic shifts through every band."

"The spring tour is going to be stacked, no exception. We are hitting the road with our friends on a tour we have been working to get together since 'Language' came out. We can't wait to bring this spectacle around the U.S." The Contortionist recently released a "Rediscovered" version of Language. The new version contains four re-worked tracks recorded and engineered by John Douglass and mixed/mastered by Jamie King. The rediscovered tracks are accompanied by four all new music videos for the same tracks.

ZOMBIE SAM - WHAT'S THIS feat RYAN HOWELL (Nightmare Before Christmas cover)

"What's This" (from the Nightmare Before Christmas) cover by Zombie Sam feat Ryan Howell (ex Farewell, my Love/The Monroes). DOWNLOAD FOR FREE

“Song taken from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack released 1993 and composed by Danny Elfman.”

DEVILDRIVER head to the UK with Ministry!

California Groove Metallers DEVILDRIVER have been announced as special guests of Ministry for a monster five-date UK run with kicks off in Cardiff on August 16, 2016.

Frontman Dez Fafara: "Ministry and DevilDriver on the same bill , that's a fucking concert worth showing up to ! Al is a close and dear friend and Ministry is an iconic band for me and helped form my youth , I look forward to sharing the stage with one of the most legendary frontmen of all time !"Thanks for having us aboard Al let's give em HELL! "


August 2016

16th CARDIFF – Tramshed 17th GLASGOW – O2 ABC 18th BIRMINGHAM – O2 Institute 19th MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz 20th LONDON – O2 Forum Kentish Town

Tickets are now on sale from:

DEVILDRIVER recently completed work on their 7th studio album and follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 Napalm Records debut Winter Kills.

Trust No One is set for a Friday May 13, 2016 release date via Napalm Records. The band has teamed up again with producer Mark Lewis from Audio Hammer Studios for the production of the album

Pre-orders for Trust No One will be available shortly. Touring plans for 2016 are being finalized now and dates will be announced soon.