Iron Maiden, whose first major UK arena tour for six years will be announced on Friday Sept 23, have gone to great lengths to ensure their fans are able to buy tickets at the intended price rather than at the ludicrously inflated prices prevalent on many secondary ticketing sites and also to protect them against counterfeit tickets.
Maiden manager Rod Smallwood explains,
“We do not want our fans being ripped off either by counterfeit tickets or through costly mark-ups on so called secondary ticketing websites. These problems now affect the UK more than any other country outside of the U.S.A. We believe the most successful way to prevent this is by implementing Paperless ticketing.
This proved highly successful in reducing piracy at our previous London shows in 2013 and on our North American tours since 2010. This is a simple procedure and goes a long way to minimising the resale of tickets and reducing fraud by requiring the original cardholder purchaser to be present at entry.
We have been working with our UK promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster to ensure that we can operate a Paperless ticketing system, in full or in part, at all the UK venues we’ll play in 2017. We are also instigating a number of additional measures which we believe will directly help our fans to access tickets in the fairest, safest way and at the intended price.”
The actions being put in place for 2017 are:
Iron Maiden has long been active in combatting the abuse of secondary ticketing websites; specifically the individuals and businesses who use digital platforms to immediately snap up and re-sell tickets at vastly inflated prices, denying the genuine fan a fair chance to purchase at face-value. The band supports The Fanfair Alliance http://fanfairalliance.org which unites music businesses, artists and fans against ticket touting and profiteering in the online secondary market.
Nigel Adams MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music and Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty adds,
"I'm pleased that Iron Maiden are taking a principled position and standing up for music fans. I'd like to think the whole industry can learn from this initiative and use technology to put a stop to the industrial level of touting that has been a blight on the live music industry for so long."
Please note the FAQ which will hopefully go some way to answering any queries from our fans (http://ironmaiden.com/fan-club/tickets).
UKEM Records are very pleased to announce that the release date for 'The Ghost Road' from Wretched Soul will be Friday 2nd December. The album will be available in the following formats: CD Digi-Pack | CD Digi-Pack & Shirt Package Deal | Digital.
European distribution and worldwide digital distribution is once again via Plastic Head. Cover art is via renowned artist Dan Goldsworthy (Accept, Hell, Sylosis etc.)
UKEM Records CEO comments:-
"I'm sure you will agree that it is a stunning cover and definitely suits the bands style perfectly!"
If you haven't heard the preview track 'War Wolf' already then head over to the labels bandcamp page and take a listen: https://soundcloud.com/ukem-records/wretched-soul-war-wolf
Digi-packs are available to pre-order now here:
However, the exclusive CD & Shirt package deal will be available very soon, the shirt featuring the cover art and limited to 50 packages, so if you're interested in the shirt and CD, hang fire - the link will be available very soon!!
English Symphonic metallers Dead Of Night join the Skyfire Interactive roster; earns rave reviews of debut album
Skyfire Interactive are delighted to welcome symphonic metallers Dead Of Night to their roster. Hailing from the North West of England this 5 piece female fronted band have achieved some fantastic reviews with their debut album “The Dead Shall Rise Again”
Originally the band were a studio based band but have made the decision to become a live touring band. They are currently working on a new album to be released by the end of the year
If you have not come across Dead Of Night before please find a download link below to the current release "The Dead Shall Rise Again"
Dead Of Night are:
UKEM Records are extremely pleased to welcome to the roster Blackened Heavy metal outfit Wretched Soul. Following periods of relentless gigging around the UK, the band has honed an exciting and unique sound all its own, with their potent melding of Death, Thrash, Black and Traditional Heavy Metal offering brutality and melody in equal measure.
The band has quickly gained an international reputation for their intense and genuinely engaging live shows; participating in tours with Onslaught, Nervosa, Orange Goblin, Savage Messiah, Vreid, Mercenary, Omnium Gatherum, Brutal Truth, Extreme Noise Terror, 1349 and Taake, among others as well as appearances at Bloodstock and Incineration Festival. Penned in for a late 2016 release, UKEM Records will release their brand new album entitled ‘The Ghost Road’ which was Recorded and Produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest's "Painkiller", Black Sabbath, King Diamond, Exodus etc) and was Mastered by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Dissection, Katatonia etc) and this is the first time that these two legendary producers have worked together on the same recording, the results are an old-school vibe with modern power!
Artwork, full track listing and release date announcements will follow in due course. This is an extremely exciting addition to the label roster and once again marks a positive step forward in the labels development and growth. For a sample of what to expect from the album, head over the label soundcloud page and take a listen to ‘War Wolf’: HERE
Witch County nefarious frights Devilment – led by vehement frontman Dani Filth, are incredibly pleased to announce their forthcoming masterpiece ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’. The record, which is the follow up to 2014’s debut ‘The Great And Secret Show’, will be released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment on 18th November 2016.
Dani had this to say on the subject of the new record:
“Everybody in Devilment is very excited about the prospect of releasing our latest album, ‘II – The Mephisto Waltzes’, which we have worked extremely hard on. The album is definitely a step-up from our debut, featuring a more mature, dissonant presence coupled with a darker edge, yet at the same time utilising our better musical assets to deliver a unique metal hybrid. I don't even know what to classify it!”
Dani’s crew have meticulously pieced together a second blood-spattered batch of deranged anthems that brings vastly more colour, intensity and lyrical versatility to this band’s spectral palate. The second Devilment record makes no splintered bones about its nefarious intent, offering a bewildering torrent of disparate and demented ideas and delivering them with refined, ultra-gothic panache and several jolting doses of Dani’s trademark verbal subterfuge. Assisted by long-time collaborators Lauren Francis (keys and vocals), Colin Parks (guitar), Nick Johnson (bass) and new drummer Matt Alston, Dani has arrived at the telling moment where Devilment become a genuine force to be reckoned with.
Regarding the album’s artwork, Dani revealed:
“Winner of many international awards, the artist for the new Devilment album is Elena Vizerskayaaka Kassandra, whose photography and photo-manipulation perfectly complements the mysterious and magickal world of Devilment. Elena's work is sometimes compared to Dali and Magritte due to the complexity of artistic figures and the perceptible amount of layers, something to be felt and not necessarily understood, exotic dreams filled with reflections and allusion. I have been a fan of Elena's work for a long while now and had originally wanted to utilise it for the Cradle Of Filth album, 'The Manticore And Other Horrors' as far back as 2011, which only fell through when band politics intervened and an in-house label artist was used instead.”
“In conjunction with Elena, the booklet was compiled and further augmented with illustration by Dan Goldsworthy, who has also undertaken album artwork for the likes of Accept, Hell, Xentrix, Gloryhammer and Sylosis, amongst others. His contribution to the album has provided it with a minimalist dark uniformity, punctuated by slick and classily macabre imagery, the perfect balance to Elena's gorgeously vibrant photography.”
The album was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at Grindstone Studios by close friend and long term collaborator Scott Atkins (Cradle Of Filth, Behemoth, Sylosis, Savage Messiah...), between March and July of this year.
“Scott has worked very closely with the band to share our vision and we are very proud of the finished result, especially the megalithic production values and the hammered-home emphasis on song writing.”
Devilment recently announced an extensive UK tour which will commence this December. The run will kick off on December 6th in Colchester, taking the band through 11 UK cities – before wrapping up at eminent Southampton venue, the Engine Rooms on December 19th.
Tickets are available to purchase here:
Dec 6th – Colchester, Arts Centre
Dec 7th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Dec 9th – Stoke, Sugarmill
Dec 10th – London, Boston Music Room
Dec 11th – Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 13th – Glasgow, Stereo
Dec 14th – Newcastle, Think Tank
Dec 15th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Dec 16th – Leeds, Key Club
Dec 18th – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 19th – Southampton, Engine Rooms
Pain, the Swedish metal force led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann), is ready to unleash the follow-up to 2011's critically-lauded You Only Live Twice full-length. Titled Coming Home, the band's latest industrial metal statement will see release this Friday, September 9th via Nuclear Blast.
In celebration of its release, the band has released a track-by-track video trailer. Check it out at here where you can also view the band's video for the song "Call Me" featuring Sabaton's Joakim Brodèn as well as the lyric video for "Black Knight Satellite" and three album trailers.
Pre-order Coming Home via the Nuclear Blast web shop HERE, iTunes HERE or Amazon HERE.
In support of the release of Coming Home, PAIN will embark on a massive European headlining tour this Fall with German gothic metal outfit The Vision Bleak, as well as Dynazty and Billion Dollar Babies. See confirmed dates below.
PAIN w/ The Vision Bleak, Dynazty, Billion Dollar Babies:
10/13/2016 Astra - Berlin, DE
10/14/2016 Wuerzburg - Posthalle - Wuerzburg, DE
10/15/2016 Leipzig - Hellraiser , DE
10/17/2016 Vienna - Szene, Vienna, AT
10/19/2016 Rockfabrik - Ludwigsbur, DE
10/20/2016 Backstage - Munich, DE
10/21/2016 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH
10/22/2016 Vaudeville - Lindau, DE
10/23/2016 Turock - Essen, DE
10/24/2016 Underworld (New) - London, UK
10/25/2016 Salde Rooms - Wolverhampton, UK
10/26/2016 The Fleece - Bristol, UK
10/27/2016 Petit Bain - Paris, FR
10/28/2016 Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, ES
10/29/2016 Changó - Madrid, ES
10/30/2016 RCA Club - Lisbon, PT
11/01/2016 Stage Live - Bilbao, ES
11/02/2016 Jas Rod - Marseille, FR
11/03/2016 Ninkasi Kao - Lyon, FR
11/04/2016 Nancy On Rock Festival - Nancy, FR *
11/05/2016 Music Hall - Markneukirchen, DE
11/07/2016 013 - Tilburg, NL
11/08/2016 Trix - Antwerp, BE
11/09/2016 Klubsen - Hamburg, DE
11/10/2016 Aalborg Metal Fest - Aalborg, DE
11/11/2016 Brewhouse - Gothenburg, SE
11/12/2016 Debaser - Stockholm, SE
11/17/2016 Henry's - Kuopio, FI*
11/18/2016 Hevimesta - Oulu, FI*
11/19/2016 Nosturi - Helsinki, FI *
11/24/2016 Klubi - Tampere, FI*
11/25/2016 Lutakko - Jyväskylä , FI*
British NWOBHM legends Saxon will unleash Let Me Feel Your Power, their 10th live album, on October 7 via UDR Music. The 16 track album was recorded in Munich during November 2015 and Brighton in January 2016, with bonus materials from Chicago in September 2015, Let Me Feel Your Power will be available in several formats, including DVD / 2CDs, Blu-Ray / 2CDs, digital download and a deluxe vinyl version which will also include the Blu-Ray and 2CDs (limited to 1500 copies).
BraveWords is streaming an exclusive live video of Saxon performing "Wheels of Steel", cut from the upcoming double album. Watch here: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-saxon-premier-wheels-of-steel-video-from-upcoming-live-album
Stay tuned for more exclusive Let Me Feel Your Power performance clips premiering soon.
Pre-order Let Me Feel Your Power here:
iTunes - get "Wheels of Steel" as an instant grat!
Let Me Feel Your Power track-listing:
BATTERING RAM (LIVE IN MUNICH)
MOTORCYCLE MAN (LIVE IN MUNICH)
SACRIFICE (LIVE IN MUNICH)
DESTROYER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
POWER AND THE GLORY (LIVE IN MUNICH)
20000FT (LIVE IN MUNICH)
THE DEVILS FOOTPRINTS (LIVE IN MUNICH)
HEAVY METAL THUNDER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
QUEEN OF HEARTS (LIVE IN MUNICH)
PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT (LIVE IN MUNICH)
WHEELS OF STEEL (LIVE IN MUNICH)
DENIM AND LEATHER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
CRUSADER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
EYE OF THE STORM (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
BATTALIONS OF STEEL (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
REQUIEM (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
The bonus material track-listing:
MOTORCYCLE MAN (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
BATTERING RAM (LIVE IN CHICAGO) *
THIS TOWN ROCKS (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
SACRIFICE (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
POWER AND THE GLORY (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
SOLID BALL OF ROCK (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
DALLAS 1 PM (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
HEAVY METAL THUNDER (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
ROCK THE NATIONS (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
WHEELS OF STEEL (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
BACKS TO THE WALL (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
JUST LET ME ROCK (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
CRUSADER (LIVE IN CHICAGO) *
DENIM AND LEATHER (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
[*only available as video content; not available on CD or digital]
The format breakdown is as follows:
DVD+2CDs (digipack format)
BluRay+2CDs (digipack format)
Deluxe Vinyl Version, (Double vinyl plus BluRay+2CDs) limited to 1.500 units
Bluray: NTSC 16:9; 1920x1080 Full HD; Region Code: FREE; Length: 183 Minutes; Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, PCM Stereo
DVD: NTSC 16:9; Region Code: FREE; Length: 183 Minutes; Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, PCM Stereo (Brighton: PCM Stereo; Chicago: PCM Stereo)
In a new video, UK death metal giants Abhorrent Decimation confirm they have appointed Ross McLennan (of Reign of Fury fame) as their new lead guitarist. McLennan, a long time friend of the band, enters the fold to complete the line up and begins to contribute material as the group start work on their Prosthetic Records debut.
“I’m really happy to be joining the band at such an exciting time. I’ve known the guys quite a while and always admired their drive and professionalism. I hope that I can add something to that formula and I look forward to contributing towards making the next record a success.” Vocalist Ashley Scott added, “Ross has been a friend of the band for such a long time, it’s great to have him fill this position. As a unit, we are closer than we have ever been, the creative juices are flowing and we are ready to seriously up our game from the Miasmic era. The themes for this new one are all done, we have a considerable amount of demoed material already and we are just extremely excited to collaborate with Prosthetic on this release.”
On top of this, the video contains some new audio, perhaps a sign that things are changing with the bands sound? Bass player David Archer, who will also be engineering and producing the upcoming album had this to say…
“The dynamic of the band has changed recently and that has obviously altered the way that we do things. I really wanted to try to include influences from other genres and styles to make our sound a bit broader and more musical whilst still retaining that aggression of our previous material. The main thing that I want to achieve with this album is to create something that sounds a bit more involved and thought-out. Something dark, brooding and just a bit more reflective, whilst still being something that our fans can appreciate and that we will enjoy playing live.”
Rhythm guitarist William Cooke added,
“We’re bringing a lot more to the table this time around, the demos we have made so far are packed with new influences and I know our fans are going to love the general direction of this sound. It’s an extremely exciting time.”
The band have also shared the final run of dates that they will play before they head into the studio to begin recording this winter, they also confirm that they are main support to Wombbath in London next year at The Black Heart Camden, 3rd February 2017, get that one in your diaries.
The final shows are…
27 August 2016 - The Black Heart, London
22 October 2016 - TBA, Belgium
23 October 2016 - TBA, Belgium
28 October 2016 - The Facebar, Reading
30 October 2016 - Fulford Arms, York
Death metal legends Obituary have announced Ten Thousand Ways To Die, a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favourites from the band's storied catalogue. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band's highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is sure to satisfy new and die-hard Obituary fans and will quench the blood-thirst of listeners until the band's new album drops in Spring 2017.
Listen to the new single "Loathe" now via this location. Physical pre-orders for Ten Thousand Ways To Die are available at this location with digital pre-orders available here.
Additionally, the band has announced a Fall European Tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below.
The band commented on the live album saying:
"We are very excited about the live songs that we recorded on this last US Tour. Joe Cincotta from Full Force Studio is also our live sound engineer and he had his full recording rig on the road with us so we took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the show every night. The quality was amazing so we decided to include this as part of the Ten Thousand Ways to Die release to give the fans a little Ob bonus! We selected songs from different cities so you will hear the sound difference between each song. Nothing was done to the songs after the live performance recording so it gives you the real, true, unedited "live show" sound and feeling that the fans experienced at each show."
Obituary Tour Dates:
Oct 21 Hannover, DE Capitol
Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Nov 02 Tilburg, NL O13
Nov 03 Leuuwarden, NL Neushoom
Nov 04 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
Nov 05 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 06 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 08 Dortmund, DE FZW
Nov 09 Berlin, DE Huxley’s
Nov 10 Leipzig, DE Taubchenthal
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 13 Ostrava, CZ Garaz
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club
Nov 18 Vienna, AT Arena
Nov 19 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Nov 20 Zurich, CH Komplex
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