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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

DELAIN Debut New Song “Suckerpunch” From Forthcoming EP Lunar Prelude



Available February 19th via Napalm Records!

DELAIN seem to be restless spirits: Their latest album The Human Contradiction was released in 2014 on Napalm Records and gained high praise from both fans and the press alike. DELAIN followed up the release by touring the world with acts such as Sabaton, Within Temptation, and Nightwish, followed by a European headline tour that saw them conquering stages in sold out venues all over! Yet instead of resting on their success, DELAIN have hit the studio again to present a brand new epic endeavor: Lunar Prelude – the exciting EP by DELAIN, set to be released February 19, 2016 on Napalm Records!

As DELAIN prepares to hit the road again in Europe followed by a North American Tour the band is pleased to present a one of the two new songs from their upcoming EP. The song entitled “Suckerpunch” is available for streaming HERE.

The band commented on the upcoming EP and “Suckerpunch”: “Dear Delainers, our latest album The Human Contradiction has taken us on a great ride, performing hundreds of stages around the globe for all of you. We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent tours, yet we've already got some new music that we simply can't wait to share. In preparation of our next full-length studio album, we'd like to present to you Lunar Prelude, a collection of several brand new tracks, a new version of a familiar one, and live versions of some our favorite The Human Contradiction tracks. Today, we release the first track off "Lunar Prelude": an upbeat fight song about facing your demons and taking them on. Don't let them weigh you down! We hope you will enjoy "Suckerpunch"!"

Lunar Prelude, was mastered by Grammy Award winning Ted Jensen, offers two brand new songs in the shape of the beyond catchy ‘Suckerpunch‘ and the melancholic ‘Turn The Lights Out‘.

‘Don`t Let Go‘ (taken from 2014`s The Human Contradiction) comes in a brand new version, while the EP also contains four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of ‘Suckerpunch‘, all of which proving once again how DELAIN are blatantly known for their extremely catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and of course a good solid dose of Metal! DELAIN have concocted a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of emotions, and with the EP title featuring the tell-tale word "Prelude", our hunger is left to grow for a next full-length album...coming in 2016!

The Track Listing of Lunar Prelude will read as follows:

1. Suckerpunch 2. Turn the Lights Out 3. Don't Let Go 4. Lullaby (Live 2015) 5. Stardust (Live 2015) 6. Here Come the Vultures (Live 2015) 7. Army of Dolls (Live 2015) 8. Suckerpunch Orchestra

Lunar Prelude will be released on February 19th 2016 via Napalm Records!

Catch DELAIN live in 2016 on the following dates & festivals!

DELAIN headlining shows:

29.01.2016 – NL - Patronaat, Haarlem 07.04.2016 – NL - Vredenburg, Utrecht 23.04.2016 – NL - Boerderij, Zoetermeer 21.05.2016 – NL - Dynamo, Eindhoven 30.09.2016 – NL - Luxor, Arnhem 01.10.2016 – NL - Gebouw-T, Bergen op Zoom

US Tour – in support of NIGHTWISH:

2/19/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 2/20/2016 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT 2/21/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA 2/22/2016 Music Hall – London, ON CANADA 2/24/2016 Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA 2/25/2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH 2/26/2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI 2/27/2016 Rave – Milwaukee, WI 2/29/2016 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN 3/01/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA 3/02/2016 O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA 3/03/2016 Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA 3/05/2016 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA 3/06/2016 Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT 3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA 3/08/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID 3/10/2016 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV 3/11/2016 City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA 3/12/2016 The Grove – Anaheim, CA 3/14/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 3/15/2016 City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO 3/16/2016 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO 3/18/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 3/19/2016 Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX 3/20/2016 New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA 3/21/2016 Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL 3/23/2016 The Ritz – Tampa, FL

Festivals 2016:

70,000 tons of Metal HELLFEST DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL UK OUT AND LOUD FESTIVAL GRASPOP METAL MEETING TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL HEAD MEETING METALFEST BANG YOUR HEAD METAL DAYS

ANTHRAX - BAND DISCUSS THE 'SIXTH MEMBER' OF THE BAND, PRODUCER JAY RUSTON



When it came time for thrash legends ANTHRAX to start the writing and recording process for the follow up to 2011's Grammy-nominated Worship Music, there was no doubt that the entire band wanted producer Jay Ruston there with them from the start. Ruston first worked with the band during the final stages of Worship Music but for this new album, he has been there every step of the way.

"He's become an integral part of our process, that's for sure", comments Scott Ian. "It's cliche, but he really has become a sixth member."

In the most recent album trailer released by the band, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Jonathan Donais talk about Ruston's invaluable contribution to the making of For All Kings, due out February 26th:



Track list:

01. You Gotta Believe 02. Monster At The End 03. For All Kings 04. Breathing Lightning 05. Suzerain 06. Evil Twin 07. Blood Eagle Wings 08. Defend Avenge 09. All Of Them Thieves 10. The Battle Chose Us 11. Zero Tolerance

The album will be in stores on February 26th, 2016.

TWO MORE ADDITIONS FOR NORTHERN SYMPHONY



Two more bands have been announced to join the likes of Theatres des Vampires, Old Corpse Road and Alwaid at the second edition of the UK's leading symphonic metal festival: Northern Symphony.

Scottish suited-and-booted black metal corporation Maelstrom, who have supported the likes of Alestorm and Tyr in the past, have been announced to headline the Infernal Orchestra stage on 16th April this year. The band's keyboardist Jaime Cross comments: "It's a massive honour to have been picked to headline the Infernal Orchestra stage. We're all excited about the festival and we always enjoy our shows in England. We look forward to seeing you all there!"

Joining Maelstrom on the Infernal Orchestra stage are Ward XVI, who describe themselves as theatrical avant-garde rock. Mixing haunting melodies and female vocals with heavy guitar passages and the occasional segment of accordions, Ward XVI are an interesting addition to the festival.

Northern Symphony Festival will take place on Saturday 16th April at The Venue in Selby. In total, there will be 14 bands across 2 stages. The Midnight Waltz stage will be headlined by Italy's legendary vampire-themed metal band THEATRES DES VAMPIRES.

Advance tickets are available for £15 from the festival's BigCartel store.Further information is avialable at the festival's official Facebook page.

FILTER announce new album "Crazy Eyes", due April 8, 2016 via Wind-up Records





"Crazy Eyes is hardly bereft of guitars but there are a substantial amount of electronics and effects in use. The result features heavy industrial crunch and solemn, ambient songs that reach back to Patrick’s time in Nine Inch Nails and the first Filter album, 1995’s Short Bus." - Billboard

Reconstruction requires deconstruction. The institutions must be razed in order to clear space for the future to flourish. You tear down the old and build up the new. Filter founder, singer, guitarist, and producer Richard Patrick knows this dance well. It’s what established the group as a multiplatinum industrial alternative luminary, and it catalyzed their seventh full-length album, Crazy Eyes [Wind-up Records].

“Filter is the mind,” he exclaims. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real.”

Rather than partner with a producer, he took the reins and oversaw production on "Crazy Eyes" himself. “You recognize it’s us from my aggression and singing, but the instrumentation had to change,” he admits. “It wasn’t about just stacking guitars like we might’ve done on the last couple records. There are way more electronics and sound design.”

He collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999’s seminal platinum-certified Title of Record, producer Ben Grosse [Thirty Seconds To Mars, Marilyn Manson], and Michael “Blumpy” Tuller [Nine Inch Nails]. He also worked closely with new band mates Oumi Kapila [guitar, programming], Ashley Dzerigian [bass], Chris Reeve [drums], and Bobby Miller [keyboards], and former Filter bandmates, Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner. Mixed by Brian Virtue (Janes Addiction, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Deftones) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Van Halen, Mars Volta, The White Stripes).

The first single “Take Me To Heaven” rides a pulse-pounding gallop into an entrancing and ponderous refrain. “I was looking into the eyes of my father when he was passing away, and I held his hand,” Richard recalls. “He glanced at me really quickly, focused on me, had this look of gratitude, and then he slipped away. I was almost like, ‘I hope you’re going to heaven.’ Scientifically, the idea doesn’t make any sense to me, but if there is a heaven, take me there. That’s what happened.”

Ultimately, it all comes back to the fact that Richard remains honest. “I’m completely into this for the music,” he leaves off. “Being yourself is the most important thing. I authentically went places I’d never gone before. That was from my heart. I’m trying to be as genuine as possible to what Filter is. It’s about sounding fucking different, forward, and original.

BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Release Compelling 90 Second Video Collage Teasing Upcoming EP!



Oklahoma City, OK - BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING, the electro-metal project from producer Dietrich Thrall (ex-DOYLE, MARAZENE), have posted their 2016 teaser in the form of a 90 second video collage which highlights the bands upcoming releases.



Teaser Track List:

1) "N.G.F.D." (Never Gonna F*ing Die) 2) "YOUR LOVE" THE OUTFIELD cover 3) "REVEILLE" 4) "JULIET"

"For as long as I can remember I have always heard music in my head. Usually while I am in songwriting mode and I start scatting scratch vocals I will get a good sense of a lyrical theme and from there a story emerges. Sometimes the story is vast and communal and sometimes it’s just a feeling or a mood and much more personal." From every aspect of this project ; music, lyrics, album artwork, and video, I wanted to try and create a multi-media experience that would shine a light from different angles on different core aspects of concepts that were running around in my head despite all of the financial roadblocks most independent bands face. For my bands first videos it just so happens the first couple of songs took a zombie apocalypse turn. But whether the setting is that of a dystopian future or focuses on interpersonal pain from the present or demons from the past my goal has and will always be to enhance the musical experience through a cinematic approach." - DieTrich Thrall

About BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING

Artist & producer DieTrich Thrall is known among industrial-metal fans for his work in the band Marazene (AKA: Marazene Machine), who scored a hit - and the approval of rock legends NIKKI SIXX and TOMMY LEE - with their extreme cover of Motley Crüe's “Live Wire” as well as horror punk fans during his touring stint with MISFITS guitar legend DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN's solo project DOYLE.

“BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING is one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on lately” said Provo Provenzano, who handled engineering and guested on the project and appeared in 4 of the music videos. “DieTrich is insanely precise in the studio and has a great vision for where his songs need to be and the DIY ability and attitude to get it done right. DieTrich has also brought in some amazing studio musicians to help round out a unique and catchy collection of gritty and electronic based songs. I can’t wait to get them out there for the world to hear!”

In between flirtations and collaborations with rock n' roll's elite, Thrall has pushed ahead, never afraid to pioneer new ground, forming a new heavy electronic rock supergroup dubbed BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING which features studio and media special guests from members of TRAPT, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, DOPE, ANTI-MORTEM, SKINLAB, EVERYBODY PANIC – with additional guests TBA.

For their first outing as a new band, Thrall and team decided to adopt a horror motif, beginning with the track “The Crazies (The Zombie Song),” which is no doubt influenced by the horror classics of George A. Romero – not just the film of the same name, but his beloved Dead saga as well. “The Crazies” is the first of four zombie-themed music videos to be released and you'll be hearing more about the project soon.

TKO / THE RODS members record MOTORHEAD cover of Ace of Spades as a tribute to Lemmy



Members of legendary American metal bands TKO and THE RODS recently teamed up to record a high octane version of the MOTORHEAD classic "Ace of Spades" as a tribute to Lemmy.

TKO vocalist Brad Sinsel has checked in with the following comment:

Immediately following the death of Rock Legend Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, the surviving members of Motorhead reached out to & simply requested that fans " Play Lemmy's music loud. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE of this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself."

Former members of TKO gathered together to follow those instructions on a dreary Saturday while tuning into the live broadcast of Lemmy's "Celebration of Life." Brad Sinsel, frontman for TKO / Warbabies / Angels of Dresden, took things a step deeper in his search for closure in the matter. Speaking with guitarist Rick Pierce, bassist Evan Sheeley, Guitarist Brynn Arens, Sinsel asked with a gr

in, "How 'bout we go in and record some Motorhead? Who's game? Immediate reaction from everyone was "Hell Yeah!". My next call was to Carl Canady, drummer for the Rods" and I couldn't think of anyone more fitting to do this with, he added.

Dubbed ,"The Lemmy Sessions," TKO entered the studio in celebration of what they viewed as a rock n roll life well lived. Although the plan was never to release the recordings to the public, the final decision was made to release Ace of Spades as a loving tribute to Lemmy. All proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up and Shout" Cancer fund.

Carl Canedy has checked in to share his favorite memory of Motorhead's Lemmy:

When The Rods opened for Motorhead at the Calderone Concert Hall in Hampstead, Long Island, New York, we were in the middle of recording our "Live" album for Combat Records.

It was a crazy time for us and I remember having been called to the back of the venue during Motorhead's set. They were so loud that even outside, we had to yell to each other to be heard. Motorhead was so loud, I couldn't believe it. As we'd been called the "American Motorhead" in the first Sounds review by Geoff Barton, I was eager to see them live. They didn't disappoint. It was truly one of the loudest shows I've ever seen.

After the show Lemmy hung out with us at the back of the venue. I remember him being a really good guy. He had his arm around me chatting and offering me his seemingly "never ending" beer. He was patient and kind to the fans. The nicest and most unpretentious guy I'd met in the music business. A true metal icon!

Unearth Announce Headline Tour Dates w/ Ringworm, Fit For An Autopsy



3/18 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall 3/19 - Toronto, CAN - Rockpile WEst 3/20 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch 3/21 - Valparaiso, IN - Big Shots 3/22 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean 3/23 - Spring Lake Park, MN - POV's 3/24 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground 3/25 - Fort Collins, CO - Hodi's Half Note 3/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Bar 3/28 - Reno, NV - PB&J's 3/29 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club 3/31 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos 4/1 - Upland, CA - Grizzly Den 4/2 - Mesa, AZ - Nice Half House 4/3 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room 4/4 - Grand Junction, CO - Independence Ballroom 4/5 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater 4/6 - CO Springs, CO - The Black Sheep 4/7 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater 4/8 - OK City, OK - 89th Street Collective 4/9 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room 4/10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's 4/11 - Biloxi, MS - Kress Live 4/12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade 4/13 - Fayetteville, NC - Drunken Horse Pub 4/14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel 4/15 - New York, NY - Santos Party House

UNEARTH will soon head out on the "Fury Tour" as their relentless taste for the road never ceases to exist. RINGWORM, CULTURE KILLER will ride along for the full length of the tour while FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY and REFLECTIONS will split the tour. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST and HOLLOW EARTH will also support on select dates. "The Fury line up is one of the most stacked bills we've ever taken out and we are pumped to headline year one of the tour," says vocalist Trevor Phipps.

"This is our first coast to coast American run in support of our latest album and we are looking forward to playing some different songs for everyone. See you all out there soon. " UNEARTH released Watchers of Rule in 2014 with accurate precision. "Once again, Unearth have fashioned a fully kick-ass album overflowing with hi-speed thunderous riffage that comfortably straddles the line between thrash and metalcore," says Metalsucks. Alternative Press called the effort "the hardest, most obstinate and all-out aggressive Unearth release since 2004's The Oncoming Storm" in their 4/5 review. New Noise Magazine went as far to say that the newest LP is "undoubtedly the band’s best record."

ENTERTAINMENT ONE ACQUIRES DUALTONE MUSIC GROUP



Bringing a lineup of critically-acclaimed artists to eOne and reinforcing eOne’s strength in the North American music market

January 20, 2016 – Nashville/Toronto – Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce its acquisition of leading Americana, singer-songwriter and Indie Rock brand Dualtone Music Group.

The transaction unites two independent music leaders. Dualtone brings a roster of some of the most popular artists to eOne, including Denver-based The Lumineers whose 2012 debut album became a worldwide multi-formatic hit, selling more than 2.5 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide. In its fifteen year history, the label has released 16 GRAMMY Award-nominated albums, garnering 4 wins. Along with The Lumineers, the current roster includes Langhorne Slim & The Law, Noah Gundersen, Wild Child, Robert Earl Keen, recent Americana Music Association Emerging Artist winners Shakey Graves (2015) and Shovels & Rope (2014), along with the legendary GRAMMY Award-winning songsmith Guy Clark. Nashville-based Dualtone was founded in 2001 by Scott Robinson who continues to lead the business along with Paul Roper.

“We are delighted to welcome Scott, Paul, their team and the talented Dualtone family of artists to eOne,” said Darren Throop, President & Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One. “We have long recognized the potential in Americana and Indie Rock and we were keen to find the right opportunity to add the popular music format to our portfolio. Dualtone’s expertise and track-record of success make them stand out, both strategically and culturally, and we are confident that this new relationship will be very complementary.”

Dualtone will continue to operate with the identity and brand that has seen it emerge as a home for artists of creatively and culturally important music. The company’s recorded music catalog contains more than 292 albums totaling more than 3500 tracks, including albums by the iconic June Carter Cash and three critically acclaimed releases by songwriter Brett Dennen.

“I am very excited to join Darren, Michael Olsen, Michael Healy and the whole eOne team,” said Robinson. “As we continue to grow, eOne will be a strong strategic partner; they share our passion for music, they have the financial resources, infrastructure and vision to see our business into the future and they can offer our artists new and expansive opportunities.”

As the leading independent music brand in North America, the deal will see eOne further extend its strength in the music market where it has long been successful in genres including Urban, Metal, Rock, Gospel and Urban Inspirational. eOne, which also owns Nashville-headquartered music brand Light Records, produces music as an independent label and has an established catalogue business in both the US and Canada. Additionally, as a global independent studio, eOne has successfully secured television series opportunities for its recording artists including SWV, Erica Campbell, The Sheards and The Game.

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The Company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Film and Television Divisions, the Company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

Mongolian Folk Metal Band TENGGER CAVALRY Announces "Winter Raid" Performance Dates



Following their sold out, two hour unplugged Christmas Eve performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York City-based Mongolian folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY is pleased to announce three new headlining performances coming soon to the New York tri-state area. For these shows, the golden horde is joined by a new member, Mongolian fiddle player Uljmuren. In addition, the Mongolian dancing group featured at the band's last Saint Vitus performance, Altan Seseg, will dance at all of the upcoming shows.

See below for all current dates:

1/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar

2/06 - Clifton, NJ @ Clash Bar

3/09 - New York, NY @ Joe's Pub

This winter marks another celebration for TENGGER CAVALRY - as our country battles the topic of immigration, frontman Nature Ganganbaigal has been officially approved for his green card, allowing TENGGER CAVALRY to continue their groundbreaking performances in the United States. "I am excited to announce that my green card application for Extraordinary Ability just got approved by USCIS. This is amazing, because my application title is literally "Mongolian Folk Heavy Metal Musician". This will be very beneficial to the band, and perhaps the genre, as I could continue developing our career stateside and do more US and EU tours in the future," states Ganganbaigal.

Keep an eye on www.tengger-cavalry.com for more show information and updates.

Nature Ganganbaigal and TENGGER CAVALRY have been turning heads in the music world since the band's inception in 2010. In 2014, Ganganbaigal released his Mongolian New Age album To Where Tengger Leads Me. The album won a bronze medal from Global Music Awards and a nomination from Hollywood Music in Media Awards. In 2015, Nature moved to New York City from China and re-located the band with brand new American members. This past spring, the band released a new album, Blood Sacrifice Shaman, out via Metal Hell Records and available for streaming here.

TENGGER CAVALRY blends the nomadic music tradition of Central Asia with heavy metal music, creating the unique music genre mentioned above, Mongolian folk metal. Nature Ganganbaigal performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including Mongolian horse-head fiddle Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute, Tibetan horn, Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) and other instruments native to the region. He is also able to sing using the ancient Mongolian singing tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing or overtone singing. After the release of four studio albums in Europe and United States, TENGGER CAVALRY has become known as one of the most unique, innovative and exciting metal bands in Asia.

TENGGER CAVALRY original line-up is: Nature Ganganbaigal - performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including Mongolian fiddle Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute, Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) and other instruments native to the region. He is also able to sing using the ancient Mongolian singing tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing or overtone singing.

Drummer, Yuri Liak - Being a professional heavy metal performer for many years, Yuri shared stages with big guns such as Nightwish, Therion, Overkill and Opeth in Europe and America. He is also an excellent stage designer.

Bass, Alex Abayev - Coming from a strong extreme death metal background, Alex performed with renowned metal acts such as Immortal and Cephalic Carnage. His Central Asian heritage also gives him the talent to capture the spirit of the nomadic folk.

Ethnic fiddle, Robert McLaughlin - Growing up with a close relationship with Tuva people in USA, Robert studied the Tuva fiddle Igil, Tuva throat singing and Tuva language. He is also a real shaman and practices spiritual acts.

THE MISSION announce 30th Anniversary Tour



2016 sees The Mission celebrating 30 years since they first set foot on the stage at the intimate Alice In Wonderland club in London on January 20th 1986.

To celebrate The Mission set out on their most extensive and ambitious tour since they reformed in 2011, to coincide they will release a brand new studio album. The 30th anniversary tour starts in Dublin on October 1st and includes O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on October 8th. The Mission will also play the Whitby Goth Weekend on November 5th.

Wayne Hussey exclaimed ’30 bloody years! Who would’ve thought it, eh? As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I remember Melody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of The Mission would die first. I seem to remember Mick was the favourite with yours truly running a close 2nd. Well, we’re still here, alive and well and still going strong. It seems to me that anyone who survives past the age of 50 in this business these days is given honorary legendary status. It’s cheaply given, in my opinion, but we’ll take it. I seriously never thought I’d see this day but 30 years is a remarkable achievement. Not one we could have achieved without the support and patronage of our brilliant audience. This celebration is for them as much as it is for our retirement funds.”

With the original members Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler being joined by new drummer Mike Kelly in 2011 and armed by one of the most rabid fan bases in the world The Mission have continued to excite the legions with a slew of successful shows and tours. The Mission has sold in excess of 4 million of their previous 13 studio albums and attendant singles, compilations and live albums. They have garnered headlines in the worlds music press and not always for the quality and strength of their music. However, with a new studio album planned and this extensive tour The Mission enter their 4th decade in the rudest of health.

On January 22nd there is an exclusive ticket pre sale at the-mission.tmstor.es, which includes a free download of 'Father' by Wayne Hussey.

The Mission UK and Ireland Tour dates

October

Sat 1st Dublin O2 Academy Sun 2nd Belfast Limelight Mon 3th Glasgow O2 ABC Wed 5th Manchester O2 Ritz Thu 6th Nottingham Rock City Fri 7th Bristol O2 Academy Sat 8th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

November

Sat 5th Whitby Goth Weekend

There are VIP experience packages for all UK and European shows available from the-mission.tmstor.es The limited bundle package includes: - Exclusive Tour T-Shirt - Laminate & Lanyard - A3 Signed Poster - Attend Sound Check - Front Of Queue Access With Laminate On January 25th tickets go on general sale from Ticketmaster and all usual outlets.