Widows Announce Live Dates
Nottingham Stoner Crew To Hit The Road
Nottingham stoner mob Widows are thick into their roadtrip this Spring in support of new record “Oh Deer God”.
The band will be appearing at the following upcoming dates:
08/04 – Rebellion Bar, Manchester (w/Alunah & Pig Witch)
14/04 – Rough Trade, Nottingham (Album Launch)
15/04 – Gorilla Studios, Hull (w/Mastiff, Sound of Orion & Sinners Sermon)
The band recently launched a behind the scenes video in the build up to “Oh Deer God” which can be seen exclusive at Pure Grain Audio – http://puregrainaudio.com/videos/widows-tease-music-from-new-album-oh-deer-god-via-studio-video-diary-exclusive-premiere
Following on from the rousing success of their 2012 record “Death Valley Duchess”, Nottingham stoner rock crew Widows are back with their flattening new album “Oh, Deer God”. Their first with new bassist, Phil Emblin, and recorded at Skyhammer Studios in Cheshire, the result is seven tracks of quality stoner rock.
Guitarist James Kidd had this to say about the record: “It’s been a long time since our last record so we’re excited to be back with something new! Oh Deer God is heavier and dirtier than a lot of our previous stuff and whilst the old Widows groove is still there, we’ve traded the desert worship for some more sludgy/doomy elements and it’s definitely a much darker affair. Recording at Skyhammer was a big tick on the bucket list as well, both Chris Fielding and new bassist Phil Emblin’s input really helped us move forward with our sound. We’re really proud of it.“
Formed in 2008, Widows play music you can raise a beer and swing a fist to, and they do it hard, fast and loud. With bone crushing grooves and an undeniable swagger! Influenced by the likes of Down, Kyuss, and Clutch, Widows released their debut EP, “Raise the Monolith”, in 2010. The subsequent shows bolstered their reputation as an impressive live band as they chewed up venues and damaged people’s hearing across the UK.
Their next album, Death Valley Duchess”, was recorded after a desert rock pilgrimage by James and vocalist Adam Jolliffe to the Californian desert in a bid to inspire both the music and album artwork. It was released worldwide in 2012 followed by several tours across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, and supported with playlisting on Kerrang! Radio and Propeller TV’s Metal Tuune and Tuune Rocks shows.
All this next to a string of killer shows with Tombstones, Orange Goblin, and Valient Thorr. and festivals including Desert Fest 2012 (London), Waterfront Festival 2010/14 (Nottingham), Hockley Hustle 2014 (Nottingham), Riff Fest 2014 (Bolton) Macmillan Fest 2015 (Nottingham) and Mammothfest 2015 (Brighton).
DEAD LABEL UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR PURE CHAOS
Ireland’s hottest metal export, DEAD LABEL have recently released their highly anticipated new video for ‘PURE CHAOS”, ahead of the band’s appearance at the UK’s Download Festival this coming June.
With a legacy that has already involved touring with some of the world’s most exciting metal acts, across three continents – not forgetting an impressive amount of critical acclaim from a host of respectable media outlets, DEAD LABEL have finally released their first new track since their highly acclaimed ‘Throne of Bones’ sophomore LP last June.
‘Pure Chaos’ sees DEAD LABEL capture the essence of their live sound and enhancing it in a recorded environment.
Check out the video in full here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2cOPduOaHo
The video for Pure Chaos is based around a religious cult leader, who, after forcefully expanding his congregation, get’s his comeuppance. Directed and produced by Crooked Gentlemen, this marks the band’s fourth music video to date. Drummer, Claire Percival commented on the video’s concept;
“We gave the Crooked Gentleman guys (Shaun Ryan and Jeff Doyle) the track and they came back to us very excited about this concept; to which they were inspired by after hearing the track. When they pitched it to us; we really loved the idea. It’s without a doubt the darkest video in terms of subject matter that we have created.”
With the last two years being of significant importance, due to their debut North American 40 date tour, (which saw them perform in 30 states), DEAD LABEL gained significant international interest following a vast amount of European, UK and Irish dates, with the likes of Machine Head, Gojira, Fear Factory and Raging Speedhorn to name but a few. A slew of Summer shows followed with appearances at festivals such as, Bloodstock (UK), main stage billing Metal Days (Slovenia), Made of Metal and Aggressive Music Festival (Czech Republic) and Gothoom Open Air (Slovakia), eventually leading to the band’s ‘Hot New Band’ feature in Metal Hammer (December, 2016 issue) and their recently confirmed slot at this year’s UK Download Festival in June.
Dead Label have been tracking demos for the follow-up to Throne of Bones and plan to enter the studio later this year, following dates in Europe and further afield, with a prediction for 2018 release.
Catch Dead Label on Saturday, June 10th at the Dogtooth stage during this year’s Download Festival. Stage times will be confirmed closer to the date.
Outright Resistance Set For European Tour!
Hertfordshire Quintet Outright Resistance Are Set To Appear Alongside Bloodsoaked, Attila, Greves & The Unexplained!
Following on from a hugely successful year, including spots at Bloodstock and Beermageddon, Hertfordshire metallers Outright Resistance are gearing up for their first European tour this Spring alongside Bloodsoaked, Attila, Greves & The Unexplained.
Following the announcement, guitarist Michael Worsley added:
“We are insanely stoked to be able to get out into mainland Europe! it’s been a dream of ours to take our music across the channel, playing to new crowds in new countries with new cultures since we formed. We’re super pumped to be able to share this experience with the talented folks in Bloodsoaked, Attila, Greves and The Unexplainable! It looks like it’s going to be one hell of a tour, and we really can’t wait to tear it up!”
The band are set to appear on the following dates:
01/04 – Wiesenhaus -Eisleben, Germany
02/04 – Rock it – Aalen, Germany
03/04 – Ebrietas Bar – Zurich, Switzerland
04/04 – PMK – Innsbruck, Austria
05/04 – HKW – Glauchau, Germany
06/04 – Bambi Galore – Hamburg, Germany
07/04 – Alte Zuckerfabrik – Rostock, Germany
08/04 – Muggefug – Cottbus, Germany
In an interview with Team Rock last year, the band announced they were already looking at a new record.
“We’re always writing, so that when the time does come to think of the next record we’re ready to jump straight into the process of what we really have a feeling for. We do have something in mind already to be completed next though, we’ve got a few minor things to figure out to make sure it does work as an idea, but we’re beginning to put some plans in place.”
The full interview and their video for “Maimed In Chelsea” can be seen here:
Since forming in 2011, Hertfordshire based quintet Outright Resistance wasted no time erupting onto the British metal scene with their debut release “Don’t Eat My Organs”. They quickly began racking up shows across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & London. Including shows with Hacktivist and hardcore mob TRC.
Fast forward to 2015; Outright Resistance released the “Poveglia EP” to solid praise from both the media & the wider metal community. Their message of unity rang true in their video for the song “We Are Here”; a heart-warming statement from a band determined to remind people struggling that they are not alone, nor should they be forced to deal with their problems as such if they don’t want to. The band released their latest record, “Me Vs I”, last year and followed it up with a number of tours and festival dates.
New Brit Alt Metallers, PRETTY LITTLE ENEMY, Drop New Video!
Fresh UK Metallers ‘Pretty Little Enemy’ make their mark with their neweye-catching new video ‘Vertebreak’.
The track, which is taken from the band’s mesmerising debut EP ‘Bitch PLEase!’ released Friday 3rd June, is out now and viewable at https://youtu.be/ZY3tozjEPo4
Born early 2015 from the ashes of ‘Zoltar Speaks’, Pretty Little Enemy explode out of Minehead, Somerset, and pull from the riff assault and groove of Coheed Cambria and Killswitch Engage, fused with the vocal angst of Skunk Anansie. This two girl, two guy combo offer a unique take on the Alt Metal genre and are already causing a stir throughout the whole of the South West. Featuring Louise Body (Vocals), Georgia Bell (Guitar), Jason Coles (Bass) and Ben Dean (Drums), Pretty Little Enemy have wasted no time in bringing together a sound that is highly engaging, and a live show that is visual appealing. With a series of successful performances under their belts and support shows with Syren City, Embers of Eden and Chasing Cadence, Pretty Little Enemy are set to dominate this year, and will transcend from the underground with their stunning debut EP ‘Bitch PLEase!’.
The provocatively titled ‘Bitch PLEase!’ arrives this June, preceded by the foursome’s unveiling of their alluring video for ‘Vertebreak’. The track is loaded with a mammoth refrain and thoughtful guitar lines and is destined to widely hit radio; the video is also sure to frequent TV screens and highlights the band’s captivating personality. Pretty Little Enemy will undertake further shows and festival appearances throughout the rest of the Spring and into the Summer; check out their social sites announcements.
– PRETTY LITTLE ENEMY – ‘VERTEBREAK’ https://youtu.be/ZY3tozjEPo4
FALLEN TO FLUX Announce Debut Album and June UK Tour
UK Alternative Rock crew Fallen To Flux continue their ascent with the release of their explosive debut album Transitions, which arrives through all stores on Friday 5th August. Igniting glowing comparisons to Don Broco, Avenged Sevenfold, and Mallory Knox, the Brit rocksters are destined to break out this year.
Born in 2012, Fallen To Flux swiftly dropped their debut EP Piece By Piece, which was followed with their first tour. The release and tour provided a solid base for the emerging rock combo. The quartet then spent the next two years working together on last year’s From The Outside, Looking In EP. The record, showcasing a more developed approach to songwriting fused with a widespread appeal, saw London’s O2 Academy2 completely packed out at the EP launch show. A debut festival appearance at Camden Rocks 2015, and a second UK tour shortly after, only served to expand the crew’s dedicated fan-base right throughout Great Britain.
In 2015, the band solidified their line-up with Oli Clipsham (Vocals & Guitar), Björn Gugu (Lead Guitar & Synths), Luke Walley (Bass) and Declan Brown (Drums) and began to work on their debut album Transitions. This record far exceeds the band’s earlier work. The four piece have spewed their heart and soul into this release and it’s tangibly apparent. From the magnificent Sane, which soars supremely with its colossal refrain and webbed progressive phrasing, to their recent single Anchored, with its hammering rhythms and uplifting vocal lines that hang in the air for eons, this is an album that truly makes a statement. The striking Drifting is further evidence of the band’s growing stature and genuine ability to pen a tune that is emotive, highly expressive and wholly captivating; so too is the stunning Razor’s Edge, which fantastically balances melodic hooks with infectious riffery. Transitions is a record that needs to be heard, and with a UK tour in the works for June, there’s nothing stopping the band’s infinite rise.
FALLEN TO FLUX & Once More Around UK tour:
21ST JUNE – GLASGOW, CLASSIC GRAND (14); 22nd JUNE – MANCHESTER, AATMA
(18+); 23RD JUNE – BIRMINGHAM, FLAPPER (18+); 24TH JUNE – NEWCASTLE, JUMPIN
JACKS (14+); 25TH JUNE – LONDON, BLACK HEART (18+).
FOXTALES release their debut single ‘Spider’ on Friday June 10th 2016 and announce UK Dates and new Video!
Manchester’s FOXTALES are girl fronted band, made up of four girls, and one boy; Amy (guitar/vocals) Cassie (guitar/vocals) Angela (mandolin/vocals) Briony (bass) and The Scoon (drums). They create a psychedelic folk pop sound woven with glittering harmonies that tell stories of lust, love and loss.
‘Spider’ is the first delicious taste of FOXTALES gorgeously folk flecked pop sound laced with entwined vocal harmonies of singers Amy, Cassie and Angela. Each couplet is punctuated by stompy uptempo beats and glistening strummed mandolins, it’s an impossibly uplifting summery tune with a bittersweet twist.
FOXTALES have been frequenting the Manchester Music since their birth early last year and can’t wait to get out on the road and share their EP with you. They are also super excited to announce they will be playing the House Party stage at Kendal Calling with their friends ‘Acoustica’.
With their self-titled debut EP to be released this summer, they have a number of gigs lined up across the country to coincide with release. 2016’s looking big and they hope to see your lovely faces amongst the crowds.
The video for ‘Spider’ can be seen @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaTLAGaS1uE
FOXTALES lead you down a path of wonder and anticipation.
2016 is looking like a super exciting year for FOXTALES.
Upcoming Live Dates:
Saturday 7th May, Manchester, Deaf Institute w/Liam McClair
Monday 23rd May, Manchester, Sofar Sounds 23rd birthday (venue TBA)
Saturday 28th May, Manchester, Soup Kitchen w/Heavy On The Magic
Saturday 18th June- Buryfest, Chesham
Saturday July 9th- EP Launch: Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sunday 31st July Kendal Calling
Fallen To Flux return with new lyric video!
Brit Alt-Rock metal outfit Fallen To Flux have returned and are aiming for the jugular of the UK scene, armed with their stunning lyric video single for Anchored, taken from their forthcoming debut album Transitions, which lands this Summer. The video can now be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpvL0tFbQTU and across all platforms. The single is a forceful state of intent which stays true to the band’s origins, as metal fans reared on Bullet For My Valentine and Killswitch Engage, and also highlights the quartet’s growing songwriting maturity and progressive technical craft.
The beginnings of Fallen To Flux can be tracked to 2012, when the band released their debut EP Piece By Piece, which was followed by their first tour. This first release and tour provided a bedrock for the young rocksters. The quartet then spent the next two years working together on 2015’s From The Outside, Looking In EP. The record, showcasing a more developed approach to songwriting fused with a widespread appeal, saw London’s O2 Academy2 completely packed out at the EP launch show. A debut festival appearance at Camden Rocks 2015 and a second UK tour shortly after only served to expand the crew’s dedicated fan-base right throughout Great Britain.
Last year, the band solidified their line-up with Oli Clipsham (Vocals & Guitar), Björn Gugu (Lead Guitar & Synths), Luke Walley (Bass), and Declan Brown (Drums) and commenced work on their debut album Transitions. The writing sessions were long and the Londoners spent the entire summer in Oli’s garden shed, sleeping between amps, keyboards and other instruments, and working day and night on the record. This Summer, Fallen To Flux will finally drop Transitions. Reaching new realms of creative expression, the album far exceeds the band’s earlier work, and truly reflects their development as individuals and a troop. The four piece have spewed their heart and soul into this release and it’s tangibly evident. This is a band and record that you need in your life.
Fallen To Flux play a special one-off show on Saturday 30th April at The Corporation in Sheffield. For details and tickets – https://www.facebook.com/events/974266559354399/
– FALLEN TO FLUX HAVE JUST RELEASED ‘ANCHORED’; WATCH THE VIDEO AT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpvL0tFbQTU
EURO RIFF BEASTS SUASION RETURN WITH NEW VIDEO SINGLE!
Belgium metalcore crew, Suasion are turning things up a notch with the release of brand new video single ‘Horizon’
Rendering influence from a constellation of areas, from the venom of Architects and The Devil Wears Prada, to the guile of Northlane and Bring Me The Horizon, Suasion astutely merge metallic riffery and raw aggression with woven dynamics and heart felt emotion.
Born in the Autumn of 2013 and hailing from the Liège area of Belgium, Suasion combine the impressive talents of Steven Rassart (Vocals), Nicolas Pirlet (Guitar), Louis Jassogne (Drums), Nicola Marrocco (Guitar) and Julien Dejasse (Bass) into a metalcore roar. Settling in to developing their sound from the off, the band headed to Paris to record their debut EP ‘Islanders’. It was released in the Spring of 2014 to a swell of support from a number of prominent online publications throughout the whole of mainland Europe. The success of the EP sparked a deluge of offers to play alongside the likes of Animals As Leaders, Stick To Your Guns, Hundredth, Being As An Ocean, Vildhjarta and Vanna. Besides sharing stages with a host of established acts, the five-piece also racked up key festival appearances at Euroblast X Festival (Germany) and Miner Fest (Belgium).
Taking time out at the end of 2014, Suasion underwent a couple of line-up changes with Louis Jassogne (Drums) and Steven Rassart (Vocals) entering the fray. With fresh impetus and newfound energy, the quintet headed to NDSE Recordings Studio in Berlin to work on two new singles ‘Mirabilia’ and their new video single ‘Horizon’. The video for ‘Mirabilia’ ( https://youtu.be/AmQVmTJ1O_M ) was released in the Autumn of 2015 and firmly put Suasion back on the map. The band now kicks on with the release of the video for ‘Horizon’ and it’s sure to send metalcore fans to even giddier heights. Complete with juggernaut riffs, pounding rhythms and killer melodic hooks that will force your senses into surrender, Suasion are on the attack and are set to break in 2016!
Watch ‘HORIZON’ at https://youtu.be/eMCeCZG9r1Y?list=PLchOBNdNnBKpEp2M10GQAISMGTFCu0nFa
Raging Speedhorn Reveal Title, Artwork and Release Date for Their New Album
Corby sludge demons Raging Speedhorn have finally announced the release date of their long awaited new album.
The record, titled “Lost Ritual”, is set for a wide release on July 15th 2016. However, anyone who pledged on the record will receive their copy a week earlier on July 8th 2016.
Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the album and its title “This album seems like a true reflection of everyone’s input, a slice of all of us, if you will. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock n roll moments, and some much darker ones too. Sound wise, it’s got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you’d expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist.
The title of the album, “Lost Ritual”, came initially from the artwork. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the image. Subconsciously though, I think maybe the title fits even better than that, as the mojo in the band seems to be back. Speedhorn have finally returned. We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album; you won’t be disappointed!“
Fans still wanting to Pledge on the new record can do so @ http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/raging-speedhorn
“Lost Ritual”, which was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts), is their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since “How The Great Have Fallen” in 2005, the band’s first record since “Before The Sea Was Built” in 2008, and the first with their new line up.
Formed in 1998, Raging Speedhorn have released four records, the most successful being their second release “We Will Be Dead Tomorrow”, which was recorded with Billy Graziadei and Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured globally with the likes of Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals around the world, 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, returning again in 2014.
Already this year the band has recorded a spilt 7” with Monster Magnet through Desertfest which will be unveiled the opening day of the festival on April 29th via H42 Records.
Star Dancer, the hard rock fuelled brainchild of Robert Star and Sponge main men Vinnie Dombroski and Tim Patalan, are set to release their debut album “Welcome To My World” on April 20th through Star Dancer Records.
Recorded during the summer of 2015, “Welcome To My World” was produced by Dombroski and Patalan, with a handful of tracks mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, HIM, Robert Plant, David Bowie) and mastered by Adam Ayan (Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Linkin Park, Def Leppard) at Gateway Studios, home to legendary engineer Bob Ludwig (KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones).
Boasting a style caught between the bombastic riffs of Guns & Roses, the grit of early late 80’s circa Ministry, and the lyrical style & prowess of classic Stone Temple Pilots; the Detroit hailing Star Dancer is a must for fans of classic hard rock. Lyrically, “Welcome To My World” was created for the purposes of tapping into the light and community of rock music whilst exploring the world through Robert’s unique lens.
Coming from a Native American background, Robert ventured to the heart of Peru eleven years ago during a difficult time with the goal of reconnecting with his roots. Whilst there in the Peruvian jungle, Robert had a spiritual awakening brought about by the Ayahuasca drink, and later returned to the US with a view of creating a beautiful piece of work inspired by the things he experienced both in the Jungle and at home.
The album is a snapshot into both the world surrounding Robert and a troubled modern day America, as exampled by the Tim Palmer mixed ‘Great Sexpectations’, which explores the odd relationship we now have with love and sex.
Robert has enlisted the help of seasoned touring musicians from the Detroit area to help him bring his vision to the live arena with the goal of bringing the music to the ends of Earth and spread the good word of love, compassion and unity.
If you’re a fan of huge guitars, massive choruses and emotive music; you need Star Dancer in your life.
The track listing for “Welcome To My World” is:
1. Welcome To My World
2. Earth Mother Dancer
3. Great Sexpectations (Turn Off the Lights)
4. She’s In Love With Joan Jett
5. The Weed Don’t Lie
6. High & The Mighty
9. IntraVenus FlyTrap
10. Before I Die