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5 Sep 2014

SANTA CRUZ ANNOUNCE LONDON HEADLINE SHOW

+ APPEARING AT THIS YEAR’S HARD ROCK HELL FESTIVAL (UK)
SANTA CRUZ ANNOUNCE LONDON HEADLINE SHOW

Buoyed-up by the energy of youth, and packing some serious guitar fire-power, Santa Cruzwill be returning to the UK for a one-off headline show, confirmed for November 17th at The Barfly in Camden Town, North London.

Says Archie Cruz, Santa Cruz frontman:-

“It’s been quite a while since we were last in the UK, and we´re really looking forward to getting back! All of the tours we´ve done there have been amazing and hold such fun memories. With a set-list featuring some new songs, we can't wait to wreck stuff up again - hope you guys are ready to party?!”

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Previous to this, SC will appear at this year’s Halloween-themed Hard Rock Hell Festival onNovember 15th; this 3-day event will take place in Pwllheli, North Wales.

Tickets for Hard Rock Hell

News on album number two will be revealed in due course.

In the meantime, check out SC’s recent video for ‘We Are The Ones To Fall’ below.

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4 Sep 2014

SIKTH UK TOUR/PROMO VIDEO

+ RE-ISSUE OF DEBUT ALBUM SET FOR OCT 27th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
SIKTH UK TOUR/PROMO VIDEO

UK tech-metal godfathers SikTh have released a short promo video for their upcoming UK tour in October/November, part of ‘Download Freezes Over 2014’.
Compiled and edited by SikTh (co)frontman Mikee utilising live material sent in by fans, it features footage from the band’s recent performances at both Download & Tech-fest…

Mikee: “We have been so pleased with the crowd responses at the last two shows. It’s been incredible to see just how passionate people are. I guess a lot of them have never seen SikTh before. The energy feels better than ever, and we're really looking forward to these upcoming shows!”

Dan Weller: "We cannot wait for the tour. We feel like we're playing better than ever and really want to give everyone a great time."

The new dates are as follows, with certain venues having to be upgraded due to demand…

October
29th – Milton Keynes, Crauford Arms
30th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
31st – Plymouth, The Hub

November
1st – Bristol, Anson Rooms
3rd – Liverpool, Academy
4th – Leeds, Cockpit
5th – Glasgow, Garage
7th – Newcastle, Academy 2
8th – Manchester, Academy 2
9th – Birmingham, Academy 2
10th – Norwich, Waterfront
11th – Brighton, Concorde 2
12th – London, Koko

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In addition, the debut SikTh album, ‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild’, will be re-issued via Spinefarm Records on October 27th. Originally released back in 2003, the record – featuring seminal tracks such as ‘Hold My Finger’, ‘Scent Of The Obscene’, ‘Pussyfoot’ & ‘When Will The Forest Speak’? – is now recognised as a hugely influential, ground-breaking release; this new version will be available as 2-CD set featuring extensive bonus audio content plus enhanced packaging. A double LP version will follow early in 2015.

 

20 Aug 2014

von hertzen brothers set to work on new studio album

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS SET TO WORK ON STUDIO ALBUM NUMBER SIX WITH “TOP-OF-THE-LINE” TEAM!

von hertzen brothers set to work on new studio album

Left – right: Kie Von Hertzen, Mikko Von Hertzen, Garth Richardson, Mikko Kaakkuriniemi, Juha Kuoppala, Jonne Von Hertzen

Von Hertzen Brothers, will release their sixth studio album early next year via Spinefarm Records.

 

Following the outstanding critical acclaim afforded their last full-length release, ‘Nine Lives’ (2013), the brothers – MikkoKieJonne Von Hertzen – are now back in the studio doing pre-production, this time with Grammy-nominated Canadian producer Garth ‘GGGarth’ Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Atreyu, Rage Against The Machine, etc.), plus regular drummer Mikko Kaakkuriniemi and keyboard player Juha Kuoppala.

 

Once pre-production is complete, VHB will head across to Canada where recording will start in September; the studio chosen for the task at hand is The Farm (owned and operated by Richardson) in Vancouver – previously the world-renowned Little Mountain Sound Studio, past home to acts such as AerosmithAC/DCMetallica and The Cult.

 

Mixing, meanwhile, is set to be handled by Canadian Randy Staub, a Juno Awards-winner whose previous credits include some of the biggest names in rock and metal, the likes of Metallica, Alice In Chains, etc

 

Says Garth“Working with Von Hertzen Brothers is a dream come true. Besides being the coolest people on the planet, they are one of the hardest working bands I know. This is a record that will be on everyone's iPod, phone and turntable. Turn it up loud and get ready to rock. They are going to tear it up!”

 

Mikko Von Hertzen adds: “For the past five years, we’ve been working hard on building an international set up, and now, with our sixth album on the way, the collective feeling is that we need to up it a gear and just go for it! From the outset, the idea was to find a producer who knows his stuff, is experienced, has a vision, and thus something concrete to offer our music. With Garth, things clicked from the first meeting, and what was really encouraging was his enthusiasm for our new material. Of course, we’re really looking forward to recording in a studio like The Farm – there’s legendary vibes in that place! But it’s even more thrilling to create our music with a top-of-the-line team. Randy Staub is another world class pro who needs no introducing. The work of Randy Garth simply speaks for itself!”

 

Further details of this forthcoming record will be revealed in due course.

 

http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com
http://www.myspace.com/vonhertzenbrothers
http://twitter.com/VHBROZ

 

 

 

 

19 Aug 2014

ELECTRIC WIZARD REVEAL BRAND NEW TRACK, ‘SADIOWITCH’

HEADLINE UK SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER 23RD IN MANCHESTER

ELECTRIC FUCKIN’ WIZARD have revealed a second track from their forthcoming full-length album, ‘TIME TO DIE’, set for release via Spinefarm Records on September 29th.

 

ELECTRIC WIZARD REVEAL BRAND NEW TRACK, ‘SADIOWITCH’

Titled ‘SadioWitch’ and featuring the line ‘the black drug took my soul away’, the song will be accompanied by a video, currently being edited. Little is known about the clip, although it is believed to feature (encouragingly) both ‘nudity’ & ‘explosions’.

 “Sadiowitch is about death by lust and indulgence. As life becomes disillusioning it is reassuring to turn to 'lifes luxuries'…sex and drugs. But, of course, over indulgence leads to emaciation, weakness and death. The song is short and sweet just like this particular form of death. There are many choices but only one outcome. Choose wisely…” – Jus Oborn

 

A limited edition 7” version of ‘SadioWitch’ is also being planned, with a previously unreleased piece of music on the B-side.

 ‘TIME TO DIE’ is the eighth full-length offering from the masters of aural punishment, and their first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

Listen to ‘Sadiowitch’ here

A UK headline show has been announced for October 23rd at The Ritz in Manchester.

Tickets are available here

A full supporting bill will be announced in due course.

All official Electric Wizard pre-order bundles are now live at www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com, featuring limited numbers of vinyl, CD, T-shirt, back-patch & pin badge packages.

Electric Wizard, who have recently played headline slots at a number of major European festivals, including Hellfest (France), Roskilde (Denmark) and Sonisphere (UK),  have the following appearances lined up for 2014, with more shows to be added:-

Sep 12th     Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)

Oct 10th     Desertfest, Antwerp, Belgium

Oct 23rd     The Ritz, Manchester, UK (headline show)

12 Aug 2014

FINCH TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BACK TO OBLIVION ON SEPTEMBER 29TH 2014

 

* Finch playing UK shows this week *

                  

Two Guns To The Temple” will be available to download from the 18th August.

FINCH TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BACK TO OBLIVION ON SEPTEMBER 29TH 2014

Back To Oblivion marks the return of Finch with the band’s first full length album in over nine years. The Southern California band has undeniably created a lasting, formidable body of work with their two studio albums and EPs - singer Nate Barcalow acknowledges that 2002’s What It Is To Burn all but “defined post-hardcore early in the decade”, while 2005’s Say Hello To Sunshine continued to shape its direction. The band dignified the demand for a celebration of What It Is To Burn’s 10th anniversary by reforming after a hiatus and playing select sold-out shows across the country in 2013. Inspired by the creative surge brought on by these shows, Finch rendered these contradictions moot with Back To Oblivion, their long-awaited third LP and a new, bold chapter in the band’s legacy. Back To Oblivion itself is a paradoxical idea. This is Finch reinvigorated, brimming with the inspiration of their earliest days; the opposite of the negation implied by “oblivion”. But as a songwriting unit, they’re challenging themselves by going deep into the unknown - this is by far Finch’s most introspective and demanding work from a lyrical standpoint. The album was produced by Brian Virtue (Deftones, 30 Seconds To Mars, Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave). 

This past summer, Finch returned to the Warped Tour as a respected veteran; this was once a scene where they had been the newcomer with something to prove.  Finch will play the following UK shows this week:

Wednesday 13th August               London Underworld

Thursday 14th August                   Kingston Banquet Records (Acoustic Set)

Friday 15th August                          Hevy Festival (headline set)

 

Listen To First Single “Two Guns To The Temple” here 

 

12 Aug 2014

DECADE anounce UK headline run with LIGHT YOU UP and HEY VANITY

 

AND CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT TO WE ARE THE OCEAN ON OCTOBER UK TOUR

 

DECADE anounce UK headline run with LIGHT YOU UP and HEY VANITY

Following the success of the band’s recent (and first ever) UK headline tour as well as an incredibly well received run of dates as main support to Lower Than Atlantis, DECADE have revealed yet another string of headline dates, this time taking Light You Up and Hey Vanity as supports.

In addition to this, the guys will be hitting the road with We Are The Ocean this October, with Boy Jumps Ship announced as openers.

 

Sept/Oct UK headline dates:-

September

29th  - Rafters, Maidstone

30th  -   Portland Arms, Cambridge

October

1st - The Scene, Swansea

2nd - Level 3, Swindon

3rd - Zombie Hu, Corby

4th – Brickyard, Carlisle

5th - Make A Scene Festival ,Teeside University (main stage, festival appearance)

6th - Sugarmill, Stoke

Tickets available here: www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/Decade

 

WATCH CURRENT VIDEO ‘COFFIN’ HERE

 

6 Aug 2014

PROTEST THE HERO RELEASE ‘MIST’ VIDEO TODAY

Protest The Hero today release the video for ‘Mist’ – a track from the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Volition’, out now via Spinefarm Records.  

PROTEST THE HERO RELEASE ‘MIST’ VIDEO TODAY

Shot in the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador, ‘Mist’ is an 8½ minute mini-movie spotlighting a part of the world that contains some of the band’s most dedicated fans.  Newfoundland is not included on most tour itineraries, but repeated visits by Protest The Hero has given birth to one of the Ontario group’s most raucous fan-bases. 

 

Guitarist Luke Hoskin comments:

 

“Making this video came in two parts. Originally, the plan was to film an ‘Island Tour’. We pestered our friend / promoter Johnny to book us as many shows on the island as possible. Begrudgingly, he dug us up two additional shows to the typical BIG St. John's date. We hauled everything we could in two small minivans, and a gaggle of our wonderful NFLD friends tagged along in a couple of separate vehicles. It felt more like a carnival than a tour – our motorcade invading gas stations and rest stops along the way. It wouldn't have been the same without all those familiar faces to help us at every step. When we were done, though, it felt like something was missing...

 

“Since the original idea was to film the tour and make the 'Mist' video from all that footage, our job was done right? We were close, but we felt like we had left out the most beautiful part of the island – the island itself! So we returned. And we made sure to capture some of our favourite spots in the St. John's area. 

 

“As expected, we were welcomed with open arms, and the unbridled enthusiasm we have come to expect from this place. It was an amazing feeling to make

a video for the song about the place you love the most. It was even more amazing to fall further in love while shooting. I am constantly reminded of the friendships we have made there, and am ever thankful for the reception we have experienced. There is something truly magnetic about this place – don't go unless you plan on returning many times.”

 

‘Mist’ is the fifth official video from ‘Volition’, following lyric videos for ‘Clarity’ and ‘A Life Embossed’, plus conceptual videos for ‘Underbite’ & ‘Tilting Against Windmills’

 

PTH will continue to tour through to the end of 2014, with headline dates in the UK & Ireland already on sale for November / December; in addition, the band will be playing shows in Australia, South Africa & Europe.

 

The video for ‘Mist’ is below:-

 

6 Aug 2014

Amaranthe to release Third Album MASSIVE ADDICTIVE via Spinefarm Records on October 20th

Gothenburg, Sweden's Amaranthe, known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, will release their third album MASSIVE ADDICTIVE via Spinefarm Records on October 20th

Amaranthe to release Third Album MASSIVE ADDICTIVE via Spinefarm Records on October 20th

MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is true to its title. The band's signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains intact, but the album finds Amaranthe continuing to explore a range of dynamics and with a willingness to push themselves even further.

 

The songs that populate MASSIVE ADDICTIVE are so incredibly catchy that they will take up residency in your brain for hours after you've turned the music off, and you will find yourself humming the melodies or singing the choruses long after you've stopped listening to them. MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is that memorable and that catchy.


MASSIVE ADDICTIVE was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, with the sound sorcerer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) at the helm.

 

The 12-song album is a flawlessly executed clinic of masterfully and carefully crafted modern metal, boasting Olof Mörck's surgically precise riffs and soaring solos alongside Morten Løwe Sørensen's rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen's booming low-frequency assault. Elise Ryd's vocals are as emotive and empowering as ever, filling the room, while Jake E's melodic vocals are an outpouring of power. New screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson puts his stamp on the material, as well.

 

The sound is both massive and addictive, from the unforgettable, driving sounds of "Drop Dead Cynical" to the anthemic title track to the stadium-sized soar of "Digital World" to the emotionally haunting power semi-ballad "True." MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is an exercise in dynamics and is one that refuses to play by any sort of genre-specific, prescribed rules.

 

"We have lived and breathed this album every hour and every day the last year, and to know that this music is about to reach everyone's ears is beyond exciting," guitarist Mörck enthused about MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. "Following the first leg of The Nexus World Tour, we sat down and agreed that we wanted the next album to be really fresh, new and even to raise a few eyebrows, all while retaining our signature sound."

 

He continued, "MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is in every way that huge leap forward we wanted to achieve; the album definitely contains our strongest song-writing to date. The press often asks us to 'describe the album in three words'; this time, the answer is simple - it's MASSIVE, it's ADDICTIVE and, most importantly, it's AMARANTHE!"

 

MASSIVE ADDICTIVE Track-listing

 

1. "Dynamite"

2. "Drop Dead Cynical"

3. "Trinity"

4. "Massive Addictive"

5. "Digital World"

6. "True"

7. "Unreal"

8. "Over and Done"

9. "Danger Zone"

10. "Skyline"

11. "An Ordinary Abnormality"

12. "Exhale"

31 Jul 2014

ELECTRIC WIZARD ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW FOR OCTOBER 23RD IN MANCHESTER


+ ‘TIME TO DIE’ ALBUM RELEASED SEPTEMBER 29th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS

++ OFFICIAL ‘I AM NOTHING’ VIDEO CLIP UNLEASHED!

+++ ALBUM / BUNDLE PRE-ORDERS LIVE!

ELECTRIC WIZARD ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW FOR OCTOBER 23RD IN MANCHESTER

Electric Wizard have announced a UK headline show for October 23rd at The Ritz in Manchester.

Tickets are available here: http://po.st/KSpIv5

A full supporting bill will be announced in due course.

The Manchester show will be preceded by the release of ‘TIME TO DIE’ on September 29th via Spinefarm Records; ‘TIME TO DIE’ is the eighth full-length offering from the masters of aural punishment, and is testament to the fact that Electric ‘fuckin’ Wizard continue to be the most uncompromisingly heavy, genuinely twisted and evil band in the world.

In addition to this, a brand new video clip for ‘I am Nothing’ has been unleashed via www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com.

EW guitarist / vocalist Jus Oborn has said of the track, which harnesses the dark underground death metal spirit of 1984:-

"It was the year I became a metal-head. It was heavy shit for real – there was no way you were ever going to get a decent job. So I became a Satanist, I dug up a grave, I got into tape-trading, I had a one-man noise/black/death metal band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil's music..."

All official Electric Wizard pre-order bundles are now live on www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com , featuring limited numbers of vinyl, CD, T-shirt, back-patch & pin badge packages.

Electric Wizard, who have just played headline slots at a number of major European festivals, including Hellfest (France), Roskilde (Denmark) and Sonisphere (UK), have the following appearances lined up for 2014, with more shows to be added:-

Aug 16th Jabberwocky, The Excel Centre, London, UK
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ep 12th Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
Oct 10th Desertfest, Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 23rd The Ritz, Manchester, UK (headline show)

ELECTRIC WIZARD are here for REVENGE.....BE AFRAID.....

www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com

 

31 Jul 2014

FINCH ARE BACK!

FINCH are back! Nine years since they released their last album, the band have announced that they’ll be releasing their third studio album “Back to Oblivion” on 29th September via Spinefarm records in the UK.

FINCH ARE BACK!

Finch will be headlining HEVY festival on Friday 15 August and prior to that they’ll playing a warm up show at The Underworld on Wednesday 13th August – a show not to be missed! Additionally they’ll also be doing an instore at Banquet records in Kingston on Thursday 14th August.

Ticket links are as follows:
The Underworld
Banquet Records instore

Hailing from Temecula, California, former Drive-Thru favourites released the seminal album “What It Is To Burn” in 2002 which spawned the UK Top 40 hit “Letters To You”. Following on from that “Say Hello To Sunshine” came out in 2005 before the band went on a hiatus in early 2006. The band most recently toured the UK in 2013 for their 10 year anniversary tour of WIITB and played a sold out show at Brixton Academy!

The band comprises of Nate Barcalow (vocals), Alex Linares (guitar), Randy Strohmeyer (guitar), Daniel Wonacott (bass) and Alex Pappas (drums)

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