And so the fabled Bloodstock Open Air Festival is once again upon us, with just over a month to go and buzzing fans planning out their days takings, we at Global Metal Apocalypse thought about giving you all a helping hand with that with a handful of bands we have got our sights on - from the New Blood to the Ronnie James Dio stage, we have got you covered.
Giving each band a unique analysis on the style they play, what feats they've already achieved (some crazier than at first thought) and why you should check them out at Bloodstock, whilst linking you to their latest albums for purchase (for pre-listening and potential band-signing).
Metal is truly global and we are proud to be the forerunners of giving global metal the ultimate exposure, let the Bloodstock apocalypse begin...
1. Jasad & Burgerkill
This is a bit of a cheeky selection, by having two bands who both hail from Indonesia, it's like killing two birds with one stone. Both bands have been tearing down their native Indonesia for the last 2 decades, with Jasad forming around 1990 and Burgerkill in 1995. For the vastness of the scene, the sub-genres that dominate seem to be Thrash Metal and Death Metal, and these two bands are no exception, having recently picked up the Metal Hammer Golden God award for "Metal As Fuck" in 2013, Burgerkill will no doubt bring their gritty style of Indonesian Death Metal and westernized Metalcore. Jasad in contrast go a notch heavier with their own form of Brutal Death Metal and correlates with their band name meaning ('Corpse' in Indonesian; 'Soul' in Malay). Both bands will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Saturday.
This is perhaps the first time any Indonesian Metal band has set foot ashore on British soil and so this will mark a hugely historic moment not only for said metal scene, but Bloodstock itself as the festival prides itself in giving international metal a platform to bring the party from the most far flung nations.
Jasad's latest album: "Rebirth of Jatisunda" - get this from Severed Records here
Burgerkill's latest album: "Venomous" - get this from eBay international here
Black Metal vs. Hardcore? We know Deathcore caused a stir when it emerged but can 'Blackcore' avoid that fate? Hexis believe so, and going on the strength of their music video "Tenebris", this eccentric Danish unit have record-label-signing stamped right across their faces. Not much is known about this lot and so the thought of said genre combination making an appearance on the Friday on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage will surely attract a sizable crowd. Combining Bloodstock with a short UK tour (5th-8th August - Bournemouth, Bristol, Bloodstock & Hull with Oblivionized; except Bloodstock), you would not want to miss this genre-bending bunch.
Hexis' latest album: "Abalam" - limited to a 1000 so be quick to get one from Musicfearsatan here
The Luxembourg Metal scene finally makes its mark on British soul with this Death Metal unit raring to unleash themselves upon the masses. Having made themselves a pedigree on the festival circuit via performances at Wacken Open Air and Metalcamp, they will surely not disappoint this time. Further to their Bloodstock appearance, they will be performing at Sonic Visions on 12th November with a host of other fantastic bands including fellow countrymen Retrace My Fragments of whom we reviewed their latest album. As for Scarred, this will be a historic moment too for the Luxembourg Metal scene, given it's small size. Be sure to make a note in your diary: Scarred @ Bloodstock, Sunday 9th August on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage.
Scarred's latest album: "Gaia - Medea" - get this from Season of Mist here
4. Dead Label!
We've been championing this Irish trio for a long time now (see our post in 2013 here; and here) and we believed in them, low and behold they play in Japan and return to sharpen themselves for Bloodstock. Oh and Claire Percival used to be our Irish correspondent, small world eh? Having paid attention to this group for a good 2 years now, we are pleased to see them being selected to unleash their infectious Thrash Metal amongst the Bloodstock horde. The trio used to be signed to the now defunct Rising Records, and now are signed to Nuerra Records. Thus they released their debut album through the latter record label and their follow-up album is due soon, you ought to check this Irish group out seeing as they are going places. They will not disappoint you. Confirm this statement on Sunday 9th August on the Sophie Lancaster stage.
Dead Label!'s debut album: "Sense Of Slaughter" - get this from the band here directly.
5. Winter Storm
Another successful partnership, we had the pleasure of featuring this West Midlands Gothic Metal band on our 'Tea, Crumpets & English Metal' compilation in aid of raising funds for the Animal Health Trust (https://globalmetalapocalypse.bandcamp.com/track/worcestershire-winter-storm-dark-awakening) and now they are set to play Bloodstock. So we can assure festival goers that if they check this band out, they will be truly treated to. Bringing an icy blast from their native Kidderminster, this female-fronted quintet will ensure the Bloodstock grounds turn into a huge ice rink for all moshers to freeze at the sheer force this band musters. We dare you to prove us wrong by checking the band out on Friday 7th August at the Jagermeister Stage; perhaps their serving the ice for the Jager shots?
Winter Storm's latest album: "Within The Frozen Design" - get this from the band here directly.
6. Within Temptation
Of course we could not exclude perhaps the most exciting headliner this time round, for one reason only. Xzibit. Come on, when WT released the song 'And We Run' it garnered so much attention, positive and negative, it positioned itself as probably the most controversial song ever done by the Dutch symphonic veterans. Speaking of Dutch bands, do check out Delain who will be playing the headline slot on Friday on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. This is a real treat for two reasons, one there seems to be a healthy aroma of Gothic Metal going about this year and also this is a UK exclusive, which means that this is the only show they will be playing in the UK this year, oh do we hope they've managed to sneak Xzibit in, that will be one historic moment not only for metal music, but for Bloodstock Festival... in da hood brutha. Be entranced by the Dutch veterans on Saturday 8th August as they tear down the Ronnie James Dio stage.
Within Temptation's latest album: "Hydra" - get this from Amazon UK here
Now let the metal do the talking and watch out for more coverage from the GMA team as we lead up to the UK's best ever metal festival.
Sleep Inertia drummer takes on 24 hour drumming session for Comic Relief, before dropping debut release at London show on 14th March
Wiltshire's Sleep Inertia have something to cheer about, well two things really. Drummer Tom Shrimpton is set to undertake a 24-hour drum session from midnight GMT 12th March - Midnight 13th March in aid of Comic Relief, taking a break every hour for 5 minutes. Anybody who wishes to make a contribution can do so at www.facebook.com/TomShrimpDrums or TomShrimpDrums.com
This feat awaits an official confirmation but it's most likely to be at an emergency services center, Tom admits that he is "not too sure at the moment, it's proving difficult to finalize", but anyone can come visit him anytime on that Friday. For a drummer who has time and time again challenged and improved his skills, he certainly has taken this challenge in his stride and is excited about the whole thing, "I always enjoy raising money for charity and this way I get to do something I love but yet pushing myself to the limit".
Naturally Tom will be pummeling away at the Sleep Inertia material as well as some Antoinette (his other band) songs, in addition to swift solo's and technical complex grooves, Tom admits to Global Metal Apocalypse that he has the gig in mind as well, " I don't want to push myself too hard too early haha", moreover because Tom is considering breaking the world record drumming session (which currently stands at 122 hours, 25 minutes and is held by Kunto Hartono from Indonesia) sometime late 2016 or sometime in 2017, but for now cautiously admits that he wants to see how this 24 hour marathon goes.
Now as if that is not good enough news, well in addition to the challenge, Sleep Inertia will be performing 14th March at the The Underworld in Camden, London. The show will be used as a platform to release their debut EP “Growth, Decay, Transformation” through. The EP itself has a scheduled release date of 20th March.
Sleep Inertia arose out of the ashes of The Dead Lay Waiting, featuring ex-members Ben Connett (lead guitar), Steve Franklin (rhythm guitar), Sam Sara (bass guitar) and Tom Shrimpton (drums) plus new front-man Jamie Harrison.
Sleep Inertia are quickly earning themselves a reputation within the music scene. “Growth, Decay, Transformation” is exactly what you would expect from a band of this genre; a progressive-edged sound with complex and fresh riffs.
So whilst Metallica have had the utmost joy in becoming the first band in the world to play on all seven continents, The Defiled however have found solace by becoming the first band in the world to perform on an iceberg.
Before we turn our attention to the London industrialists, we at GMA would like to draw your attention to the band Arctic Spirits and their music video "Assiliarsuaq" which can be seen below. Arctic Spirits are one of the first ever metal bands from Greenland, yeah we bet Kerrang! and the like didn't tell you that!
Right well back to The Defiled, so an iceberg was transformed into not quite exactly a 'gig venue' per se, more like the most literal open-air concert you'll ever see and this all took place in the Greenland Sea (all in aid of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which if you like pits artists under jaw-dropping temperatures i.e. -30*C).
Rocking out in temperatures to a number of locals from nearby Kulusuk (of which is near Kulusuk Airport and features direct flights to Reykjavik in Iceland), all of whom attended the gig in Amon Amarth fashion via standing and watching the band perform from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.
The Defiled's journey began with flying from London to Reykjavik (Iceland) and then got their connected flight to Kulusuk Airport, where they then traveled across ice and sea to their base on the neighbouring island of Tasiilaq (just over 2000 inhabitants).
Before taking the challenge head on, front-man Stitch D, along with keyboardist The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time mingling with local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. The choice of set? 30 minutes of insane music taken from their latest album "Daggers" (Nuclear Blast)
To thank the locals for making the gig happen, The Defiled donated their equipment to the local community hall, this happened upon hearing that the Kulusuk village music hall, and all of their equipment, had burnt down in a fierce winter storm. The donations included strings from Mapex and Blackstar, a donated drum kit and guitar amp to contribute to the rebuilding of the facilities.
Stitch D admitted that this performance was one of the most insane they have ever done, adding that "you see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away."
He goes on to further add that:
“As a group of mates we’ve shared some amazing experiences together but this has been an adventure that has bought us closer together and something that we all feel really privileged to have been part of. We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!”
In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings, the expedition team turned to the latest technology to film and photograph the gig – utilizing state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg which are controlled remotely from the flotilla of boats nearby.
Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added:
“As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this. We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre-event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems."
“We’ve worked with The Defiled for a number of years now as part of our Jägermusic programme and we’re extremely grateful to them for accepting the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig challenge and staging one of the most unique sets we’ve witnessed – we hope the locals of Kulusuk enjoyed it as much as we did.”
View pictures of The Defiled taking on the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig Challenge here
The Defiled tour dates:
Tickets for all shows available at http://kililive.com/artists/the-defiled
Sylosis recently announced "Dormant Heart" as the title of their fourth studio album. It’s about a powerful force unleashing anger against everyday injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them.
Today we have the first taster from the forthcoming release - watch the official video for new track 'Mercy' here.
Front man Josh explains the background behind their first single off of "Dormant Heart", it features
"a pretty dark and heavy vibe to it but it's one of the most melodic tracks on the album at the same time. It's got a big slow, doom outro with an octave pedal on the guitars so that's going to rumble some guts live".
As for the video Sylosis wanted it "dark and claustrophobic, with the album artwork and inlay illustration involved as well".
Regarding the artwork theme, Josh explains that it "relates to sacrifice" and that "the looming, oppressing figure in the background represents corruption and being forced into something against your will"
Josh adds his thoughts about the album, that whilst they've retained the unmistakable Sylosis melodic and progressive elements, it is in fact "the most pissed-off, aggressive and intense album we've done", adding that they have "been through a lot as a band and individuals and we've made our darkest album to date".
“The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd, how a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it's 'tradition' as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness.”
Fresh-faced Devilment, fronted by veteran Black / Dark Metal vocalist Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), took time out to record a music video for their forthcoming second single ''Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me', taken from the band's forthcoming debut "The Great And Secret Show". The video stills can be seen above.
Director Sam Scott-Hunter offered his thoughts on the new video, admitting that he "wanted to capture the intensity of the song, and then shove it in your face to get the heart pounding - the visual equivalent of listening to it loud on your headphones in a dark room".
In order to do this the band and Sam headed to Suffolk, locked themselves in and had fun with both the lights and volume. Ultimately he wanted to combine the darkness and sound together, so that whilst the brutality and visual-representation was present, he wanted an element of "mystery and mysticism in what the band are doing, and to capture that we enlisted an incredible dancer, NagaSita, who has a wonderfully different and exotic take on the track".
Similarly, Dani Filth had the same vision and acknowledged that they wanted to "create something very visually disturbing, yet stunning to look at, in a minimalistic monochrome context", bringing out phantasmagorical images via the usage of strobe-effects, fire, smoke, exotic dancing, silhouettes and Theban masks.
He feels that both Sam and his assistant for the day, Devilment photographer Dex Jezierski (formerly of Echoes Fall and Thames Burial), locked forces to conjure up a video of horrid artistic proportions. Moreover he admits that "we even enlisted the help of my wife Toni and daughter Luna for hair, angle-grinding, make-up and costume, all for the benefit of keeping our cinematic occult activities a closed secret from the unsuspecting human world"
"The Great And Secret Show" has a scheduled release date of November 3rd via Nuclear Blast.
The track list for "The Great And Secret Show":
01. Summer Arteries
02. Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me
03. Girl From Mystery Island
04. The Stake In My Heart
05. Living With The Fungus
06. Mother Kali
07. Staring At The Werewolf Corps
08. Sanity Hits A (Perfect) Zero
09. Laudanum Skull
10. The Great And Secret Show
11. Beds Are Burning (MIDNIGHT OIL cover)
12. Psycho Babble
13. Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pre-order the album here
Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Double Blue Vinyl here
Devilment will be touring for the first time later this year and have announced a string of live dates with Lacuna Coil and Motionless In White:
31.10.14 UK Bristol - Anson Rooms
01.11.14 UK London - The Forum
02.11.14 UK Glasgow - 02 ABC
04.11.14 UK Manchester - The Ritz
05.11.14 UK Birmingham - The Institute
Buy tickets here
You have been warned....
London Groove Metal crew Reverted are pleased to announce the releasing of their music video for
“Die My Saint”.
This is the group’s first official music video and comes off of their album "Sputter the Worms".
“This song is about a man who chose death and hell over life and light. He finds regular life too ordinary and boring and after failing attempts to fit in, he decides to go and live in hell where he will rule his Kingdom pleasantly until realizing he still misses something... "Die My Saint" is a direct order / plea to his woman to die and join him in hell.” - blurb by vocalist Tony Vega
A preview for the video and narration of the work that went into this video can beseen here.
Click below for the official music video for Reverted's ‘Die My Saint’
Since 2010, Reverted have seen success with their singles “Tolerance” and “Die My Saint” over the course of the past year, with both reaching the No. 1 position on Reverbnation’s U.K. Metal Charts.
Future plans involve releasing a second video music video and an acoustic EP before Christmas.
Evyltyde have announced they will be starting work on their debut album come 4th October 2014.
Recording for the as-yet untitled album will kick off at The Boneyard Studio in Swansea (Wales, United Kingdom) and is scheduled to run through to early November, with a release penciled for mid-December or early January.
The 10-track digital release will include 5 songs that currently feature as part of Evyltyde’s live set; ‘Living To Die’, ‘Kick You Down’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Hollow’ and ‘Fly Away’ plus another 5 new songs that the band are currently developing.
The special edition CD release will not only contain the 10 new recordings, but remixed and remastered versions of Evyltyde’s previous releases as well. “It’s going to have quite a mix of styles, not just ten songs that all sound the same. If you’ve seen us live then you’ll know what to expect, if not, then I guess it will be a bit of a surprise for some”, comments Danny Merton (guitars).
“We’re super excited about it, I spent two years living in Swansea, so it’s almost a sort of homecoming for me. It will be great to be able to take the time to work on the material and to be able to spend a week doing nothing but singing will be awesome!" remarks Hannah Delany (vocals).
WATCH the "Killer" music video HERE:
LISTEN to the "Fight" Acoustic Version HERE:
READ the James Holder "Killer" review HERE:
Threshold are set to release their forthcoming album 'For The Journey' on the 22nd of September and in anticipation of the new album, the band have been revealing a series of trailers documenting the making of and recording. This week sees the longest standing member Karl Groom discussing the amps and gear used.
To watch the trailer on YouTube click (here)
To watch album trailer #1 click (here): Watch as Guitarist and Producer Karl Groom walks you through Thin Ice Studios and chats about the guitars used on the new album.
To listen to new track 'Watchtower On The Moon' on YouTube click (here)
Order the digital single of 'Watchtower On The Moon':
Amazon MP3: http://geni.us/ThresholdMoonAMZMP3
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/THRESHOLD-MoonGoogle
iTunes : http://geni.us/ThresholdMoonITunes
Nuclear Blast MP3: http://smarturl.it/ThresholdMoonNB
"For The Journey" follows the band's 2012 release "March Of Progress" and was produced by guitarist Karl Groom and Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England. The album was mastered by Mika Jussila (Therion, Amorphis) at Finnvox in Finland and will be released on September 22, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The album artwork was created by Polish Surrealism artist Leszek Bujnowski, who the band found on the internet. "He's designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect Threshold cover", states West.
For The Journey CD track list:
1. Watchtower on the Moon
3. The Box
4. Turned to Dust
5. Lost in your Memory
6. Autumn Red
7. The Mystery Show
8. Siren Sky
9. I Wish I Could - available on the digipack, vinyl and download versions
10. Lost in your Memory (Acoustic Version) - available on the vinyl and download versions
Pre-order your copy of the band's new album on CD:
Digipack version inc. bonus tracks click (here)
Recordstore.co.uk signed insert click (here)
For The Journey Vinyl track list:
1. Watchtower On The Moon
2. The Box
2. Turned To Dust
3. Lost In Your Memory
1. Autumn Red
2. The Mystery Show
3. Siren Sky
Side D (Bonus):
1. I Wish I Could
2. Lost In Your Memory (acoustic)
Pre-order 'For The Journey' on Limited Edition Blue Double vinyl (here)
Pre-order 'For The Journey' on Black Double Vinyl (here)
Pre-order 'For The Journey' on Black Vinyl from Recordstore.co.uk to receive a hand signed insert with the album (here)
The band will be performing at O2 Islington Academy in London on Thursday 20th November and The Live Rooms in Chester on Friday 21st November. Buy tickets (here)
Brutai are setting themselves up to smash Euroblast apart, this performance comes hot off of the heels of their sensational Bloodstock Open Air Festival performance.
Brutai will be slaying the masses on the main stage at Cologne's premiere progressive metal festival in October. The festival has a backlog of sensational artists that have graced their stages over the years, as for Incendia Management this is their third year that they will be represented by one of their bands.
Adjacent to festival appearances, Brutai will be releasing a new single at Euroblast and an album in the near future.
Listen to Brutai's latest single 'Never Change' here:
Sad to say that it is true, Aaron Curse is no longer a member of The Defiled. Everyone at the GMA Team wishes him a bright and prosperous future, he will always be a Defiled musician. x
Gearing up to open the main stage at this weekend’s Sonisphere festival at Knebworth House (headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden & Metallica), London metallers The Defiled have released the video for their latest single “Infected”.
Featuring stunning 3D animation from the London based Smoke And Guns Productions, the video tells a twisted tale of epidemic infection, while the band rock out in a fire and stripper filled morgue.
Stitch D explains that the band has "done performance videos, we’ve tried our hand at acting, and our last video did not even have us in it", naturally they wanted to do something unique and so what better way to achieve this than by using Lego, as he explains "With animation, anything is possible – if we want a helicopter, no problem, if we want a massive machine gun mounted on a jeep, ditto". Of course he is disappointed that the real thing did not happen, no strippers nor pyrotechnics.
Keyboardist The AvD adds: "Fuck yeah! Suicide, murder, disease, fire, helicopters, machine guns, strippers and lego – this has got it all".
Regarding Aaron Curse's departure (as seen in the video), he admits that the band "are sad to see him go, but you can’t fuck with fate. He is probably down there in hell right now, creeping out Satan and his minions. He will be missed".
To see the video in full and find out what happened to Curse, click here
The Defiled open the main stage of Sonisphere Festival Friday 4th July 2014, their first show as a four piece..For more information check www.sonisphere.co.uk
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