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Sunday, 28 February 2016

‘First Light’ Switched On: Leeds Alt Rockers Day Old Hate Release Sophomore EP

“First Light marks a new beginning for Day Old Hate. Before we seemed to be stuck in a rut of bad habits and even worse luck, but this EP represents us reaching the end of that period in a kind of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ scenario,” remarks Oliver Swift, vocalist of the Leeds anthemic rock quintet, on their newly released sophomore EP. Born from the same musical genepool as fellow countrymen Mallory Knox, Lower Than Atlantis and Young Guns, Day Old Hate – completed by guitarists Ben Fletcher and Will Smith, bassist Josh Flynn and drummer/backing vocalist Ed Dennis - load their songs with roaring, satisfyingly chunky rhythmn guitar, bursts of sparkling lead guitar toplines and soaring vocal refrains that feel instantly familiar, in the best way possible.

“We wanted to write better songs then we ever had before,” says Swift of First Light’s creative inception; “Making brave decisions and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone was a must; it was an intense experience - we pushed ourselves to write the best Rock record we could. Overall, it feels like a more authentic representation of Day Old Hate than anything that’s come before.”

Discussing the outlook of Day Old Hate, Swift states: “A lot of people don’t understand what being in a band and creating music is about. Many think a band is just a group of guys who aspire to be celebrities, but we do this because we are a strong group of friends who love to make music, and because the feeling of people singing lyrics you wrote back at you is better than anything.” On the evidence of Day Old Hate’s newest release, the amount of people singing Swift’s lyrics back at him and his bandmates is going to be on a steady increase.

Day Old Hate ‘First Light’ Track Listing:

1. First Light 2. Secrets 3. Fifteen 4. Minutes, Hours, Days 5. Don’t Chase Me

Currently Confirmed Live Dates:

Feb 15th- Newcastle, Head of Steam Feb 16th- Manchester, Factory Feb 17th- Norwich, B2 Feb 18th- High Wycombe, Phoenix Bar Feb 19th- London, Black Heart Feb 20th- Leeds, The Key Club

Blood Of The Martyrs’ Premieres 'Endgame' In Full

Farmville, VA - Blood Of The Martyrs is pleased to see the release of their brand new album entitled Endgame, which will serve as the band’s follow-up to the 2013 release Completionist. that was produced by Andreas Magnusson (Oh Sleeper, Haste The Day, Impending Doom). The band will be hosting an AMA on the /r/metalcore subreddit Tuesday at 7 PM ET.

“With this CD we really strived to step out of our comfort zone and progress as musicians. We are very happy with how everything turned out and wrote this album with the hopes that we can reflect back on it years down the road and still be proud of it.” - Bobby Huotari (Bass)

Blood of the Martyrs - "Endgame" (Full EP stream)

About Blood Of The Martyrs:

Blood of the Martyrs formed in late 2007 and underwent numerous transformations throughout its lifetime. They have garnered a reputation as one of the hardest working and most professional DIY acts in heavy music, having over 600 shows under their belt and now a three professionally recorded releases. Endgame is the bands third Independent release and was recorded and produced by Andreas Magnusson in Richmond Virginia.


MINISTRY main man Al Jourgensen's new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for their debut album recently. The self-titled offering, which was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso, will be released on April 15th worldwide. In support of the forthcoming album, Al has revealed a lyric video for new track, 'Tragic Alert'. Watch and listen over on YouTube:

Al commented: "I hope you enjoy this soundtrack to the New World should, y'all helped create it!"

Pre-order Surgical Meth Machine on Limited Edition Neon Pink Vinyl exclusively from the Nuclear Blast UK store: >a href="">HERE.

The track list for 'Surgical Meth Machine' racks up as follows:

01. I'm Sensitive 02. Tragic Alert 03. I Want More 04. Rich People Problems 05. I Don't Wanna 06. Smash And Grab 07. Unlistenable 08. Gates Of Steel 09. Spudnik 10. Just Go Home 11. Just Keep Going 12. I'm Invisible

In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea for SURGICAL METH MACHINE came about: "You know, [guitarist] Mikey [Scaccia] died a couple of years ago, from MINISTRY, and I just figured, like, nah, it's time to quit. I don't want to have John Bonham's kid playing drums for us and having replacement parts forever; that's just not my scene. So I just figured, 'All right, let's stop this. Let's do some other stuff.' And not only that. I found that it was really unburdensome to not have the MINISTRY moniker or expectations and just do something like whatever the fuck we want. I mean, the band's name is SURGICAL METH MACHINE. It's not like we're gonna be on Top 40 radio and on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. [Laughs]"

He continued: "I understand it's not a real commercial project for us, it's not gonna put bank in my wallet, but it was a lot of fun to do, in that sense — of just not having the constraints of the expectations of what you've done for twenty years. So this is… It's kind of new stuff. It's pretty cool. It sounds like kind of MINISTRY, but it's a different level. It's like I literally just put my foot on the gas pedal for this record."

According to Jourgensen, the sound of SURGICAL METH MACHINE's debut release leans heavily on the aggressive side, but fans can also expect to hear a few surprises. "There's a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don't give a fuck anymore", he said. "So I'm actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I'm crooning on some songs, I've got some pop songs on there, and then there's just brutal assault for the rest of it. It's a very dichotomous record, but it's me, and I'm acknowledging everything that's been me through, like, the last 35 years. Let's just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn't have a meat cleaver running."