Blaze Bayley, Iron Maiden singer 1994-1999, has released a brand new Christmas song on 2nd December 2016.
'Crazy Christmas' was written and recorded during spring/summer this year and is available now via digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon mp3.
A light-hearted and fun music video has also been released today to help promote the song.
Blaze co-wrote 'Crazy Christmas' with singer/songwriter Michelle Sciarrotta who also performs under the name Fall Girl, and Chris Appleton who is lead guitarist in Blaze's own recording and touring band and is also singer/guitarist in British metal band Absolva.
Blaze Bayley's career spans in excess of 30 years, starting as singer in Wolfsbane before catapulting to worldwide fame in Iron Maiden during 1994 to 1999. After leaving Iron Maiden he has pursued a successful solo career with particular progress with the release of a new album earlier this year entitled 'Infinite Entanglement' which is the first in a trilogy of albums with a sci-fi concept.
The second instalment in the trilogy is set for release in March 2017 together with plans for a World Tour and full details of that are expected to be revealed within the next 7-10 days.
Meanwhile, 'Crazy Christmas' is available for download now at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/crazy-christmas-single/id1177499026
and Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crazy-Christmas/dp/B01N2HPBFC/ref=sr_1_14
The 'Crazy Christmas' music video is available to view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/pZS3XOEh-7U
Following a whirlwind year in promotion of their new album “Lost Ritual” including stops at Desertfest & Download Festival, Corby sextet Raging Speedhorn have announced they will be unable to play any further shows in 2016.
The band have made the following announcement:
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of all our shows for the remainder of 2016 and the immediate cease in activity until the New Year. Raging Speedhorn is a unit, we work together or not at all and right now we need to be together to take care of one of our number. We hope you understand that we don't want to go into details or go public with any information other than to say we will be back in the New Year. This is just something we have to do so we can make sure we can come back in 2017 fully ready for anything it has to throw at us. I hope you will understand and respect our privacy in this matter.
We'd like to say sorry to all the promoters who've booked us, bands who were due to play shows with us and fans who are attending any of the shows we had booked for the remainder of the year. We hope any shows that still go ahead will still be attended, if possible, and that you have a great time with us in mind. You the fans are why we do this and without you we are nothing. All of us are forever grateful for everything you do in support of the Horn, you are like family to us. Right now, we need to regroup and take care of our own.
Party hard, take care of one another and see you in 2017.”
The band have asked for privacy for the time being on the matter and insist they will return in 2017.
Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s long-time label partner Century Media Records in Europe.
Gus G. checked in to comment about 'Immortals' and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album Firewind has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our long-time collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”
'Immortals' marks the first time Firewind used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Media-book CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…
A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here:
Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM
2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk
3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8
In order to support the release of “Immortals”, Firewind are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:
Firewind – European & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest
GUS G – Live 2016/2017
10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall
As Lions announce their debut full-length album "Selfish Age", out January 20 via Better Noise Records.
Selfish Age is the follow-up to As Lions’ debut EP Aftermath released earlier this year. Produced by award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, In This Moment), Selfish Age is an illustration of the band’s mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.” The album’s 11 dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, with the epic and evocative 'Aftermath', the crushing 'Deathless' which targets the internet culture’s obsession with image, 'Bury My Dead', a hard-hitting personal statement complemented by stately piano tinklings, and the electro-tinged title track, 'Selfish Age' —full track listing enclosed.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'AFTERMATH' HERE
Comprised of Austin Dickinson on vocals, guitarist and keyboardist Conor O’Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee, As Lions showcase an evolution in British rock. Having already played sold out shows in the UK, As Lions are now leaving their imprint on the States during their US arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Sixx:A.M.. For more information on the band, album and tour, visit aslionsband.com.
British atmospheric black metal band Terra have teamed up with Terrorizer Magazine to stream their new song "Apotheosis". The track is taken from their forthcoming album Mors Secunda which will be released via Code666 on December 2nd 2016.
Stream "Apotheosis" here: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/listen-terras-new-song-apotheosis
Terra are an atmospheric black metal band from Cambridge, England, who have quickly left a lasting impression on the U.K. Black metal scene. Incorporating elements of Drone and Post-rock, Terra create a unique and intense form of obscure music with dark, brooding bass lines and terrific elemental drumming creating an experience that ebbs, flows, leaps and soars through a panoply of emotions, textures and moods.
Skyfire 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
Skyfire are currently looking for bookings for this fantastic band for any festivals over the next 12 months. If you would like to find out more please contact Rick @ Skyfire.
Dead Of Night are:-
Cypher16 are delighted to be able to finally announce that they will film the music video for 'Open The Dark Door' at The Natural History Museum in London this month. Opened in 1881, this world renowned institution houses over 80 million different specimens spanning billions of years, and is often referred to as 'a cathedral to nature'.
Following on from their shoot at Battersea Power Station for 'Lonely Road' a few years ago (video below), they wanted to find another suitably epic location, and believe that the museum will provide the perfect setting for 'Open The Dark Door'!
As far as they know, this is the first time ever that a rock band has filmed inside the museum, so they will be keeping everyone up to date with the shoot's progress via www.cypher16.net and www.facebook.com/cypher16
It promises to be a unique event, and they're looking forward to showing you the final video!
2016 ushers in a new dawn for UK metal trio Dyscarnate. After a period of silence spent writing and dealing with personnel shifts due to the loss of long-time member Henry Bates, the group is set to return with a third album, a fresh sound, a new vocalist / bassist in Arceye's Al Llewellyn, and a union with Florida's renowned Unique Leader Records.
"We're stoked to be working on the new record with Unique Leader," says drummer Matt Unsworth. "Our style has continued to evolve from album to album and we feel Unique Leader is the perfect home for our new material. We can't wait for everyone to hear what we've put together for album three. It's got all the grooves and blasts our fans would expect but the whole thing is drenched in a fucking dark atmosphere. There's genuine progression from the last record to this one. There is no doubt in my mind that it will surprise more than a few people."
Dyscarnate has long been flying the flag for UK death metal all over the world. Having toured across Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Israel, Russia and more, fans can expect to see the three-piece powerhouse's dominance to spread even further in the coming year.
Following the release of the debut EP Annihilate To Liberate in 2008, Dyscarnate were met with overwhelming feedback from national magazines, record labels, and fans alike which consequently led to a multi-album deal with the UK's Siege Of Amida Records. The band's debut full-length Enduring The Massacre earned the tag of "best new death metal band in the UK, without question," by Terrorizer Magazine.
Dyscarnate toured the album extensively and internationally with such high profile names as The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon, Cephalic Carnage, and Psycroptic, then swiftly followed up the success of their debut. Cited as "one of the best death metal albums to come out of the UK in the last twenty years" by Metal Hammer's Dom Lawson, Dyscarnate's devastating second record, 2012's And So It Came To Pass, was met with an unprecedented reaction from critics and fans globally with Terrorizer calling the album "the freshest breath of air."
Keen to capitalize on their success in the press, Dyscarnate set out on a blitzkrieg touring schedule, which saw them fly the flag for British extreme music across Australia, Israel, Indonesia, Russia, and Europe, sharing stages with such names as Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Fear Factory, Gojira and Decapitated among countless others.
Dyscarnate's as-yet-untitled third full-length will be released in 2017 with official details to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Three men, one purpose, one sound. Always outnumbered, never outgunned.
British Doom / Death / Sludge band Warcrab have teamed up with Metal Underground to stream their new album Scars of Aeons, which is out tomorrow via Black Bow Records.
The band commented "This is our best album to date.It fully represents the musical evolution of Warcrab as both a collective and individuals"
Stream Scars of Aeons here: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=128295
Warcrab have been making a name for themselves in the UK underground Metal scene since 2011. Hailing from the South West of England, the six piece have played the length and breadth of the country wowing audiences with their carefully crafted blend of Death, Sludge and Doom Metal.
The first release, a Self-titled EP, came in late 2012 and was very well received. Showcasing the bands heavy, sledgehammer approach to songwriting Warcrab followed this release with a number of successful UK shows throughout 2013.
The band began 2014 with a string of dates across the UK with London-based doomsters Diesel King, this provided great exposure for some of their crushing and dynamic new material from their eagerly awaited second EP Ashes of Carnage. This was premiered and the EP released when the band played to a huge audience on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock 2014 which was swiftly followed by a UK tour with Brazilian death mongers Krow. This second offering was a step up for the band as they strived to hone their sound and enhance what they had previously written. With a strong theme of warfare, conflict and the agonies that ensue they aimed to portray this both lyrically and musically in songs such as “In this Iron Tomb”, "Lay all to Waste” and “Entombed in Flames”.
Limited numbers of Ashes of Carnage were released on When Planets Collide label and then re-released in 2015 with additional bonus tracks on Contagion Records giving the band a much larger audience in Europe and beyond. It was promoted through numerous shows across the UK which saw Warcrab sharing the stage with artists such as Vader, Conan, Incantation, Desecration, Sonance and Warlord UK (on the WARTOUR 2015). The band accompanied this series of shows with the premier of their first official video. The video for “Lay all to Waste”, from the aforementioned Ep, was shot at a number of live performances and showcases the band doing what they do best as the title would suggest.
In late 2015 the band entered Skyhammer Studios, with Chris Fielding (Conan) at the desk to embark on recording the third release Scars of Aeons. 2016 looks to be very promising for Warcrab with the release of this monster through Black Bow Records' and further live offerings at upcoming UK metal festivals such as Thashersaurus and Incineration fest. This will no doubt be an opportunity for them to pummel their audience into ear bleeding submission.
UK metal outfit As Lions have announced their debut EP Aftermath, out October 14th via Better Noise Records. The EP will be available digitally in the US and physically in Europe. In conjunction with the announcement of the EP, the band have also unveiled the title track and first single ‘Aftermath’. Watch the visualizer here.
The EP’s four dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, mixing thick, grinding riffs and rhythms with majestically sweeping strings, stately piano tinklings and a hefty dose of atmospheric electronics, all shot through with Dickinson’s soaring vocals and introspective lyrics. ‘Aftermath’ has vocalist, Austin Dickinson asking: “What have we created / what have we become?” as guitars churn and crash around him. “Conceptually it's about trying to navigate your way out of disaster, be it personal, collective, or in the case of the video, a war zone,” says Dickinson. Another track, the crushing ‘Deathless’ targets the internet culture’s obsession with image.
Comprised of Austin Dickinson, guitarist and keyboardist Conor O’Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee, As Lions are the evolution of British rock. Standing by their mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale,” the band has worked with award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, In This Moment). The band has played sold out shows in the UK, performing with metal/rock pioneers, Trivium, and making festival appearances this past summer at Camden Rocks and Download. As Lions are now gearing up to bring Aftermathand their explosive live show to the US during their arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Sixx:A.M.
Visit aslionsband.com for full tour dates.
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