Bloodstock’s annual, hugely popular ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ initiative offers unsigned and DIY bands the chance of being part of the Bloodstock festival experience! For 2018, your band could be playing on the bill alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Gojira, Nightwish and many more amazing bands.
Plans for 2018 are under way and Bloodstock along with their favourite ale, Hobgoblin Beer, are aiming once again to track down the best breaking metal bands across the UK and give them a platform to show what they can do.
Detailed below are the participating UK regions (there’s more to come in Europe) – so if you’re in a self-signed or unsigned band and want to try out for a slot on the Bloodstock bill, get in touch with the promoter nearest you for details on how to enter and get yourselves involved!!
One winner from each event will win a slot on Bloodstock's ‘New Blood’ stage, with many more additional prizes to be announced. In August 2018, your band or your favourite local act could be one of the lucky bands stepping on stage at Bloodstock!
BELFAST - firstname.lastname@example.org
BIRMINGHAM - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
BRISTOL – email@example.com
BURNLEY - firstname.lastname@example.org
CARDIFF - email@example.com
CARLISLE - firstname.lastname@example.org
COVENTRY - email@example.com
DUBLIN - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
GLASGOW - firstname.lastname@example.org
HITCHIN - email@example.com
HULL - firstname.lastname@example.org
LEICESTER - email@example.com
LONDON - firstname.lastname@example.org
MANCHESTER – email@example.com
MERSEYSIDE - Andy@Deathwave.co.uk
MILTON KEYNES - Skye@HOPpromotions.com
NEWCASTLE - firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHAMPTON - Skye@HOPpromotions.com
NORWICH - Info@plugstudios.co.uk
NOTTINGHAM - email@example.com
OXFORD - firstname.lastname@example.org
READING - email@example.com
SALTASH - firstname.lastname@example.org
SELBY – email@example.com
SHEFFIELD - firstname.lastname@example.org
SOMERSET - email@example.com
STOKE - firstname.lastname@example.org
WREXHAM - email@example.com
For further details on M2TM, check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial or for bands wishing to submit applications outside the initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standard weekend tickets for Bloodstock are currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.
Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
From the rotten shores of the River Medway in Kent, Infected Dead have emerged to reveal details of their debut record Archaic Malevolence, set for release 8th December via Hostile Media. Six tracks of visceral death metal, brutal, catchy, influenced by genre leaders Aborted and The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as a love of the occult and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The 5-piece have honed a razor-sharp sound, underlined by their trademark breakneck speed and intense live shows, which has been quickly turning heads in the UK underground.
Guitarist Alex Brown comments, “We are delighted to announce our union with Hostile Media for the release of our first offering. This year has been great for us and we’d like to thank them for their faith in what we do and for helping us step up to the next level. From the start of the writing process for Archaic Malevolence it was always our intention to push ourselves. We wanted to enter uncharted territory and push the boundaries of what we could do technically and creatively. Inspired by modern day juggernauts such as Aborted, The Faceless, Nile and countless others we feel this release is the perfect balance of unrestrained brutality, infectious hooks and sinister melody from the grandiose title track to the crushing weight of ‘Invocation Of Unspeakable Gods’ this release was designed to grab you.”
Essex Thrashers Forged In Black have released their stunning new music video for 'Pay The Price'.
The new video accompanies the song ‘Pay The Price’, taken from the band’s latest and greatest release, the superb, Chris Tsangarides produced Sinner Sanctorum. It’s a powerful track; full of the band’s customary muscular riffing, intricate leads and soaring vocals and lyrically it carries a forceful anti-war message.
The video was created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art, known for his work with US thrash legends Flotsam And Jetsam and UK death metal titans De Profundis and it’s a remarkable, engaging visual feast. The images combine the terrifying destructive power of modern warfare with a poignant reminder of the loss and personal cost that war always entails. The leaders of our nations are called to account, because while they spout their inflammatory rhetoric it is we who are left to Pay The Price!
Forged In Black are the epitome of great heavy metal. With a heart of steel always at the core of everything they do, they reach out and draw in everything that’s great from across the metal map. Their unique take on the glorious metal art has never been more apparent than on the Sinner Sanctorum EP and ‘Pay The Price’ is one of the standout tracks from that headbanging masterpiece.
For more Forged In Black information click here
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A year on from the release of their debut album, "Altars", and following an acclaimed set at Bloodstock festival on the 12th of August, KROH have returned with a brand new release that showcases the Birmingham-based five-piece at their best. "Pyres" will be set free into the world on Friday, October 13, 2017 via Devizes Records.
Pre-orders are available here: http://www.ds.bigcartel.com
UK cult legends Electric Wizard have released the video for the new song ‘See You in Hell,’ which singer/guitarist Jus Osborn called ‘”the most brutally simple and Neanderthal song ever."
Watch and listen here: https://www.vevo.com/watch/electric-wizard/see-you-in-hell/GBUV71701418
The song appears on Wizard Bloody Wizard, the long-anticipated new LP, which is full of cranium-crushing bludgeon rock — a relentless aural brain rape and, like the band's beloved vintage horror/exploitation movies, definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.
Wizard Bloody Wizard arrives via Witchfinder / Spinefarm on November 10. T-shirt, pin, poster, patch and cassette bundles are available HERE.
ELECTRIC WIZARD ARE:
Jus Oborn – guitar/vocals
Liz Buckingham – guitar
Simon Poole – drums
Clayton Burgess – bass
Electric Wizard Online
Over the last year Delain have been celebrating their ten year anniversary – from the release of their fifth full-length Moonbathers and an anniversary edition of their debut album Lucidity to extensive headline tours across Europe and North America to gracing some of the world’s biggest festival stages – the band is set to cap it off with the release of their first ever live DVD / Blu-Ray package coming out on October 27, 2017 on Napalm Records!
'A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso' was filmed at a sold out gig at Amsterdam’s legendary Paradiso on December 10, 2016. Delain was joined on stage throughout the evening by Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Liv Kristine, Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), and many other special guests and collaborators.
Coming as a 2-CD / DVD / Blu-Ray as well as LP Gatefold editions, 'A Decade of Delain – Live At Paradiso' is now available for pre-order HERE!
The set list for the evening showcased songs spanning Delain's entire decade-long existence, including everything from the sing-along singles to cuts from the band’s vault that are rarely played live. On top of the full live concert, the package includes an exclusive documentary about the band entitled We Are The Others – A Decade of Delain, a bonus live performance of “We Are the Others” from Masters of Rock 2015, and the “Suckerpunch” music video.
Says the band: After months of planning, performing and putting together our first ever live DVD / CD / Blu-Ray "A Decade of Delain - Live at Paradiso", we are very excited to be so close it's release now! What to expect? Have a look at this trailer for a sneak peek! We hope you enjoy it, and we hope it makes you extra eager to experience the complete 115 minute show and all cool extras, including the documentary "We Are The Others - A Decade of Delain" very soon!
Check out Delain's teaser for their upcoming live release right HERE!
The tracklist of 'A Decade of Delain – Live At Paradiso' reads as follows:
1. Intro (The Monarch)
2. Hands of Gold (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)
4. The Glory and the Scum
5. Get the Devil Out of Me
6. Army of Dolls
7. The Hurricane
8. April Rain
9. Where Is The Blood (featuring Burton C. Bell)
10. Here Come the Vultures
11. Fire With Fire
12. The Tragedy of the Commons (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)
13. Danse Macabre
14. Sleepwalkers Dream (featuring Rob van der Loo, Sander Zoer, and Guus Eikens)
15. Your Body is a Battleground (featuring Marco Hietala – video)
16. Stay Forever
17. See Me In Shadow (featuring Liv Kristine and Elianne Anemaat)
18. The Gathering
19. Pristine (featuring George Oosthoek)
20. Mother Machine
21. Sing to Me (featuring Marco Hietala – video)
22. Don’t Let Go
23. We Are the Others
DVD/Blu-Ray Bonus Content:
1. We Are the Others – A Decade of Delain documentary
2. “We Are the Others” – live at Masters of Rock 2015
3. “Suckerpunch” official music video
In support of Delain's upcoming live release, the band will hit the road for the Danse Macabre Tour this Fall, featuring special guest and frequent collaborator Marco Hietala from Nightwish on all dates, along with a very special set list of rarely-played Delain songs! Support will be coming from Serenity and Cellar Darling.
Catch this very special and exciting live package on the following dates:
Oct. 26 – Paris, France – Alhambra
Oct. 27 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
Oct. 28 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche (SOLD OUT)
Oct. 29 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Oct. 31 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 1 – London, UK – Koko (SOLD OUT)
Delain will follow the Danse Macabre Tour with a string of dates in South America in late 2017 and a full North American tour with Kamelot and Battlebeast in Spring 2018:
Nov. 18 – Sao Paolo, Brazil – Manifesto
Nov. 19 – Granfinos, Brazil – Granfinos
Nov. 21 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Theatro Odissea
Nov. 23 – Santiago, Chile – Club Subterraneo
Nov. 24 – Rosario, Argentina – Teatro Vorterix Rosario (w/ Amaranthe)
Nov. 25 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Estadio Luna Park (w/ Tarja and Amaranthe)
Apr. 16 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Apr. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Filmore Underground
Apr. 18 – Silver Springs, MD – The Filmore
Apr. 20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Apr. 22 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Apr. 23 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Apr. 25 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Apr. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
Apr. 27 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Apr. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
Apr. 29 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly's
May 01 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
May 02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
May 04 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
May 05 – Anaheim, CA – Grove Anaheim
May 06 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
May 08 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
May 09 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 12 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
May 13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Warner Music will release Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ on November 17th worldwide [through BMG in the USA]. This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during ‘The Book Of Souls World Tour’, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download – full details below.
Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’, the band's most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favourites.
Steve comments:- "We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”
Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, "'The Book Of Souls World Tour’ was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and UK tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to ‘The Book of Souls’ release.
"On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”
The full track list and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:
The album will replicate ‘The Book Of Souls’ original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2 CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.
More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on IronMaiden.com shortly.
British doomlords Lucifer's Chalice stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, The Pact, at slow & low authority TheObelisk.net. Set for international release on September 29th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Lucifer's Chalice's The Pact in its entirety exclusively HERE.
With members concurrently doing time in such bands as Winds of Genocide, Uncoffined, and an ex-member of new Shadow Kingdom signees Horrified, the four-piece Lucifer's Chalice play pure 'n' true doom for total doom maniacs! Sounding as old as time itself, the eldritch atmosphere of The Pact is brewed in the foundational NWOBHM sounds of Witchfinder General and then steeped in witchcraft across the centuries and across continents. Its heaviness is forlorn yet yearning, unrepentantly dark but searching for light, plumbing doom metal's most abyssal recesses but equally brimming with the true metal spirit that defined the early '80s metal scene: doom metal may be the chosen genre of Lucifer's Chalice, but they inherently understand its total essence and the building blocks which made it in the first place, and thus span the whole panoply of metal and rock from 1977-1984. As such, across four epic-length tracks in a concise 'n' cutting 36 minutes, The Pact takes the listener on a moonlit journey across misty moors and through cobwebbed catacombs, from tragedy to triumph and back to tragedy again, inhabiting the subconscious of both the accuser and the accused.
Originally self-released digitally earlier this year, Shadow Kingdom now steps in to unveil The Pact to a larger audience for which there's no returning from this covenant of total doom. Take the whole journey exclusively HERE, courtesy of TheObelisk.net.
Asking Alexandria have released a video for the new single “Into The Fire” (watch above). The track, which will appear on the band’s as-of-yet untitled fifth album (Dec. 15, Sumerian Records) marks the first new music to come from the band since they reunited with singer Danny Worsnop.
“This is an incredibly exciting period in Asking Alexandria’s career. We have been through hell and back again,” explains singer/guitar player Ben Bruce. “It’s been an insanely long road but we couldn’t be more excited that it has brought us to where we are now. We have been given a new lease on life. As individuals, this is the happiest we have been in a very long time.”
The song, and accompanying video, arrives following the U.S. debut via SiriusXM Octane.
Asking Alexandria spent the summer recording the new album, with From First To Last’s Matt Good (Memphis May Fire, Upon a Burning Body) and mixer Taylor Larson (Periphery). The album’s title and cover art will be revealed soon.
Asking Alexandria is:-
Ben Bruce (guitar/vocals)
Cameron Liddell (guitar)
Sam Bettley (bass)
James Cassells (drums)
Danny Worsnop (vocals).
Melodic metallers Angel Nation just released a music video for "Burn The Witch", the first single from their new album "Aeon".
Link to the music video: https://youtu.be/XaVYbtofbr0
"Aeon" will be released October 27th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Angel Nation is a melodic metal band founded by the classically trained Finnish singer Elina Siirala who moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power of rock and metal.
Their debut album [released under the name EnkeliNation] "Tears of Lust" was received with glowing reviews all over the world. The release in 2014 was followed by shows at Bloodstock Open Air, shows in Finland amongst others.
In 2016 Elina also joined Leaves' Eyes as their new vocalist.
Angel Nation's second album "Aeon" continues the musical diversity that Elina likes to express in her songwriting. The unique blend of retro and modern sounds is developed even further with this album. The power of metal and rock combined with Elina's ethereal yet strong and emotional vocals create the perfect platform for stories of both earthly and otherworldly she likes to create with her lyrics.
The album features a guest appearance by Jukka Pelkonen [Omnium Gatherum] on vocals and the artwork was created by Darkgrove Design [Apocalyptica, Delain, Leah].
Get ready for it all: Heavy, rocking and epic tunes from this highly anticipated album with tons of character!
Angel Nation tour dates
Dec 14: Boston Music Room - London, UK
Dec 15: De Verlichte Geest - Roeselare, BE
Dec 16: Le Batofar - Paris, FR
Dec 17: Popcentrale - Dordrecht, NL
Dec 20: 7er Club - Mannheim, DE
Dec 21: T.B.A.
Dec 22: De Bosuil - Weert, NL
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