Cradle of Filth are set to release their new masterwork ‘The Manticore & other Horrors’ this Hallowe’en on Peaceville Records. They’ve now unleashed a track from the album for free download. You can get ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation’ here.

The title of Cradle Of Filth’s tenth studio full-length can be likened to a bestiary, a collection of stories on Monsters; personal demons, Chimeras, literary fiends and world-enslaving entities to blame but a few, Manticore being the ravening title track. It is a song about a beautiful mythological horror that comes to be feared as the disfigurehead of foreign occupation in the Indian provinces.

The songs Illicitus and Pallid Reflection bare the sweet ingredients of vampirism and lycanthropy; the wicked For Your Vulgar Delectation and Frost On her Pilloware woven perversely into grim fairytales, whilst classic, monumental tracks like The Abhorrent and Siding With The Titans both extol tentacular Lovecraftian values.

The album itself possesses an altogether new atmosphere for the band, incorporating a heavier, faster NWOBBM punk vibe that is both current and cruel, blended with ornate orchestration and the quirky immediateness of 2000’s Midian opus.

Recorded in eight  weeks at both Springvale and Grindstone studios (where it was also mixed by Scott Atkins), Suffolk, the album is testament to the longevity of The ‘Filth, as not only does it reek of Cradle’s (feared or revered) brand of delicious metal vamperotica, but this thoroughly modern album places the band firmly in fresh killing fields anew.

Singer Dani Filth had this to say on the new album:

‘This is our tenth commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!’
Cradle of Filth is also set to spread their darkness upon European lands with a tour throughout November & December.


Wed 19 Dec        UK                          London Forum

CROWNS announce debut album and free download.

CROWNS’ debut album ‘Stitches In The Flag’ is set for release on 5th November 2012 via Ship Wreckords with a free download of the title track  available now from

Finding their raucous sound in a combo of traditional folk music and their own pop-punk youth, Crowns stand apart from the pack. Rolling out their incendiary live show over the festival season, with appearances at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and a support slot with Blink 182, the band have emerged triumphant, leaving beer-soaked tents and arenas in their wake.

Following on from the boozy, shout-a-long songs that made up their self-titled EP (released March 5th), Crowns are proud to announce the release of their debut album  ‘Stitches In The Flag’ on November 5th, through their own Ship Wreckords label with distribution by PIAS.. You can also download the title track of the album for free right here.

Hailing from Launceston, Cornwall the band relocated to London and entered the legendary RAK Studios for the second time following a UK tour in April. Wearing their influences on their sleeve, Crowns sound emerges from early years playing in punk bands, and attending St Piran’s sessions, where punters sing and play traditional Cornish music to celebrate the country’s patron saint.

The blistering opening track ‘Stitches In The Flag’ is as close to a mission statement you’re going to get from the band. With the leading question ‘It’s too late to raise those voices some may say, but who are they to make those choices anyway?’ and visions of streets ‘paved with black, white and gold’ Crowns make clear their main influence: growing up in Cornwall and its traditions.

‘Four Walls’ follows urgently on, complete with rabble-rousing call and response verses that have become the bands signature. The snarled lyric ‘People live here, more than once a year’ on ‘China Clay’ is a dig at the second-home culture that troubles their home land.

With ‘My London’ a love-letter to the city in which they recorded the album, Crowns display a previously unseen tenderness. Similarly the new single ‘Parting in the Porch’ (released October 29th) is a bittersweet, coming of age tale; moving seamlessly from boisterous to heartfelt alongside a thumping rhythm and jangly mandolin.

It wouldn’t be a Crowns record if the boys didn’t borrow something from the traditional Cornish cannon. ‘Boscastle Breakdown’ tells of dancing on gravestones and steals a riff of the same, albeit played at four times the speed. They close the album, as they do their live set, with ‘Little Eyes’ – originally an American doo-wop song but now a staple of the traditional pub-sessions where songwriter Bill Jefferson cut his teeth.

Continuing to work with the engineering talent at RAK Studios, the band recorded the 11-track album with Tim Goalen (Mark Ronson, Crowns EP) and Richard Woodcraft (The Vaccines, Arctic Monkeys).

In addition to the album, Crowns are excited to announce two of their largest shows.  Friday October 26 sees the boys play the Lexington, London – just up the road from the infamous Filthy MacNasty’s where they used to host their ‘Noisy Boysies’ club night. On Saturday November 3rd the band will headline Falmouth Princess Pavilions – and are curating a line-up of fellow Cornish talent to complete the bill.



Fri 21 Sep 2012  Salisbury              Six Penny  Handley Village Hall

Sat 22 Sep 2012 Looe                      Looe Music Festival

Sat 20 Oct 2012  Perranporth       Lowender Peran

Fri 26 Oct 2012                   London                 Lexington            (album release show)

Sat 03 Nov 2012                Falmouth             Pavillion               (album release show)  |  |

RAVEN LORD add JOE STUMP to their ranks‏

Multinational Heavy Metal group RAVEN LORD have just added JOE “Speed Metal Messiah” STUMP to their illustrious ranks.

Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign of Terror) joins forces with vocalist Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency), guitarist George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X), bassist Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath), and Lawrence “Larry” Paterson(Blaze Baley, Stuka Squadron) on drums, to complete the line-up of Raven Lord.

Jamie Mallender had the following to say on the matter, “I can barely contain my excitement. I am a huge fan of Joe’s, so when Csaba asked me what I thought about asking him to play for us I jumped at the chance to work with the finest exponent of the rock guitar virtuoso playing style. Joe Stump has quite a considerable catalogue of excellent solo releases under his belt – both instrumental and with Reign Of Terror, Holy Hell and a long list of guest appearances. He is also a renowned guitar teacher with his own series of instructional releases available on “Shred Academy” and brings to the band a wealth of touring experience. RAVEN LORD sounded like an exciting prospect before, but now with Joe on board things are shaping up to be a true force to be reckoned with and one can only await the release of their debut album with bated breath and sweaty little Heavy Metal hands.”

RAVEN LORD’s singer and founder Csaba Zvekan had to say “Knowing that Joe Stump is in the band means a great deal to me as now RAVEN LORD has a strong foundation for the future. As well as for touring and for future recordings. Joe’s playing is stunning and with him in our ranks we step up to another level. They don’t call him the “Shredlord” for nothing. ”

Joe Stump in his own words on joining Raven Lord: “I was recently approached by Csaba Zvekan and the RAVEN LORD guys about the possibility of joining the ranks. Needless to say after hearing Csaba’s voice as well as the the sound of the band I was sold. I’ve been at this a very long time and I know quality metal when I hear it. Looking forward to working with the fellas and of course bringing some serious over the top shredding and fierce metal riffage to RAVEN LORD.”

Raven Lord are priming themselves to deliver metallic carnage across the globe.

The line up now is as follows :

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign of Terror) – Lead Guitars
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X) – Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Baley, Stuka Squadron) – Drums
t.b.a. – Keyboards

There is more information about Joe Stump on his official website at and Raven Lord:

As I Lay Dying: Awakened

As bruising and titanic as ever, As I Lay Dying unleash their rampaging sixth album Awakened to show why the band are still one of the formidable benchmarks aspiring bands look to emulate. Never less than destructively venomous and a creative explosion of intrusive intensity, the San Diego quintet have brought a towering presence of freshness and inspiring energy to metal over the past decade but with the new album arguably they have dug deeper for even more power and keenly shaped aggression. Awakened may not see the band at the height of their groundbreaking powers but it is certainly is one of the most spiteful, barbed, and muscularly satisfying albums of the year and shows the band rippling with even greater personal invention and merciless intensity.

Released September 25th via Metal Blade Records, the album is the first recorded with The Descendents drummer and acclaimed producer Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, Comeback Kid, NOFX). Looking for someone outside of metal with different ideas and ear to understand and compliment  their own evolved shift in direction with the new material, the choice of Stevenson it has to be said was inspired, the sound on the album crisp without distilling the overwhelming intensity the band always erupts with whilst bringing a sharpness and incendiary presence to the streams of melodic imagination which flare up magnificently throughout the songs. Musically and lyrically the band has ignited deeper wells of vitriolic urgency and energy whilst leaving their previous levels of aggression as the weaker brother to this, possibly their best album to date. As mentioned, strong melodies are rife throughout the release,  their addictive radiation brought with immensely skilled craft for a fully sparking and inciteful effect, its fusion with their natural anger and aural violence immediately and persistently impressive.

Some reviewers as the new album nears its arrival have accused Awakened as lacking the passion found in earlier albums, something which is hard to agree with from the opening track Cauterize alone, the song a riot of guttural bile from Tim Lambesis and bone crumbling riffs which insistently spray anger and emotion from its dark heart. An unrelenting onslaught with the ever outstanding bass of Josh Gilbert snarling with the menace of a pack of wolves within the overwhelming guitar skills of Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa, the track leaves one breathless and sets one up eagerly for the even better violations to come. Maybe the fine melodic veins, especially the warm vocal harmonies alongside Lambesis, distil some of the barbaric acrobatic sounds for some, but truly they only enforce the acidic nature and manipulative skill of the band even further.

The stunning A Greater Foundation pounds on the already emerging wounds with magnetic and perpetual excellence, its spine of rifling rhythms and corrosive riffs layered with blistering sonics and vocal caustic tones. It is an irresistible corruption which in every aspect leaves the senses smarting and grinning from the given trauma. The annihilatory drums of Jordan Mancino show no qualms about snapping synapses in to splinters with his beats though it is offset by the great combined vocals, the clean vocals of Gilbert more prominent than ever on the album, bringing a Billy Talent like feel to the insatiable outrage.

Tracks like the wonderfully sizzling Wasted Words with its predatory groove and belligerent riffs, Whispering Silence with a whisper of U2 to its melodic opening and sonic scorching, and a bear of a track in No Lungs To Breathe, find the band further exploring their new evolution of ideas successfully and impressively. These and to be honest every song on the album are impossible to offer any real obstacle up against to deny full acclaim upon them, yes maybe other bands are also producing similarly fuelled and quality material not to far apart in sound but it is hard to think of any releases as dramatically striking.

The hungry and ferocious Defender is a further peak on the album, the bass finding an even deeper growl to its breath whilst the guitars burn with a furious fire in their belly and sheer strength in their play. Not the most barbarous song on the album to be fair it is still as powerful and piercing as any other with its razor sharp invention and gnawing riffing.

Awakened is without doubt one of the highlights of the year, an album which even the diehard fans who may have been wary of the newer melodic feel will devour with ease and greed. As I Lay Dying is still showing all how it is done and keeping that bar of excellence very high.

RingMaster 22/09/2012

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