Another month, another batch of bands to be announced and this is a really exciting announcement.
Forget 'Valentines Metal' by HIM, this is the real deal.
Rock legends Black Label Society will be shaping up the RJD stage on the Sunday and will surely be given a warm welcome, not to mention a huge horns-up to the godfather that is Zakk Wylde. Their latest opus ‘Catacombs Of The Black Vatican’ stormed the UK album charts and scored a respectable #30.
Brummie Grindcore hairy-fairies Napalm Death will also be playing an exclusive performance in the UK and will be grinding down the RJD stage, as if they wanted to dismantle the stage that quick!
Joining the already-confirmed Swedish contingent is Wolf, who are readying themselves to slay the RJD stage upon their returning Bloodstock performance.
The third headlining act for the SL stage will be Godflesh, the awe-inspiring Industrial Metal gods, they will be performing on the Sunday night. This will be a huge moment for the band having reformed after a lengthy eight year hiatus and so the question beckons whether they have rusted up or will be as fresh as daisies.
Joining the British contingent, Onslaught will be ready to deliver their own 'onslaught' upon the masses through a ferocious slaying of Thrash Metal and ballsy grit. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of their premier album "Power From Hell" and what a better way to celebrate than other to play on the SL stage on the Sunday.
Friday would not be complete without a bit of battle-doom, or at least a band to drink beer and smoke weed to; welcoming to Bloodstock is Conan. The three-piece have already laid down the law down under in Australia and paraded through Europe, and prior to Bloodstock they will be assaulting Maryland DeathFest.
You would have thought that Greece would suffer a lack of rock and metal given the economic crisis, but you'd be mistaken. Making their voyage to BOA is Planet Of Zeus, of whom will unleashing their tunes on the Saturday on the SL stage, think sludge metal, think southern metal, get the picture? And finally on the Friday bill, London's own home-grown Bast will be eying up a brutal performance.
We said finally, we lied.
Joining the party are Lawnmower Deth (UK), who will playing the SL stage on the Sunday. Their last BOA performance was way back in 2011. More of the British contingent are yet to be announced, especially the New Blood stage armada. But, OAF are making their return after performing back in 2013 and will be playing the SL stage on the Friday. Currently writing their third album, which is set to drop sometime later in 2015, playing Bloodstock will give them a right buzz given drummer Jim will be making his first BOA performance since his successful hip replacement.
Fresh off the Black Metal graveyard and freshly christened by Candlelight Records, Liverpool's Ethereal will be bringing eternal darkness to the Derbyshire fields on the Saturday as they crusade the SL stage wholeheartedly. Their premier album "Opus Aethereum" is an absolute belter and punters will be shell-shocked by this band's playing capabilities.
More Black Metal comes in the form of the unearthly horde Saille, bringing their Belgian craftsmanship to the SL stage. The attending crowd should gear themselves up to hear sermons from their latest release "Eldritch". Finally Pritchard Vs. Dainton will be bringing their childish antics and uncanny behavior swings on the Friday to the SL stage.
Ukrainian black metal pioneers Drudkh have revealed the title of their next full-length, which will march under the flag of 'A Furrow Cut Short'. The album has been scheduled for release on the 20th April 2015. Pre-sale will commence in late February, which will also mark the revealing of the album's cover art and track-list.
Drudkh maintain their strict policy of no interviews, no pictures, no live performance, and no statements. Yet everybody following the career and art of the band's mastermind Roman Sayenko will be aware that 'A Furrow Cut Short' cannot have been conceived without the dire situation of his Ukrainian homeland under military attack of a nuclear power playing a role in its inspiration.
With 'A Furrow Cut Short', Drudkh follow-up on their latest album 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel', which witnessed the band returning to their black roots. In an ever evolving metamorphosis the Ukrainians took several steps back with their previous effort from the sound of their previous release 'Handful of Stars' (2010), which advanced in a more progressive and lighter direction. 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' owed deeply to their early legacy from the Nordic Black Metal inspired debut 'Forgotten Legends' (2003) via the cinematic soundscapes of 'Autumn Aurora' (2004) to the traditional influences rising on 'The Swan Road' (2005).
Instead of re-discovering Ukrainian poets, mastermind Roman Sayenko relied on self-penned lyrics again with each song representing a season. To their dedicated following this turn did not come as a surprise as Drudkh took many turns in their career since their inception in 2002. On “Blood in Our Wells” (2006), progressive elements surfaced, while after the instrumental and partly acoustic 'Songs of Grief and Solitude' (2006) a sharp contrast was delivered by the harshly black 'Estrangement' (2007). Their 2009 masterpiece 'Microcosmos' seemed to tie up the different strands of Drudkh previous works, before embarking on a quest to more outlying realms with 'Handful of Stars' that led to the founding of OLD SILVER KEY joined by vocalist Neige (ALCEST). 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' returned to the dark melancholy that permeates all of Drudkh's music, which is often dubbed Slavonic Heathen Metal as a perfect soundtrack for a harsh winter will.
Texan metal group Shattered Sin have inked a deal with Victory Records, this follows the bands attraction of Breaking Bands LLC management (owned by PR CEO Maria Ferrero, Jon Zazula and Testament front-man Chuck Billy).This means that Shattered Sin will be releasing their highly-anticipated new album "Hope Within Hatred" on April 21st, 2015.
For those who do not know who this sextet are, you can check out the lyric video for the title track “Hope Within Hatred” by clicking the red writing.
As for vocalist Marcos Leal, he admits that it was a childhood dream for the band to be signed to Victory Records, a label of whose bands are some of the band members favorites. For Shattered Sun, they collectively feel that "it's truly an honor to be a part of this family". Building up this news, the six-piece are conformed to perofm at the 17th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, taking place in Worcester, MA at The Palladium, on Saturday, April 18th.
In context with the festival, Marco feels that the band are ready to unleash a barrage of Texan brutality upon the New England crowd.
For more information on the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and details on how to purchase tickets, please visit www.metalandhardcorefestival.com.
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"Suffering is the Seed", the sophomore album from Colombian Death / Black Metallers Nepente will get the vinyl treatment from Cimmerian Shade Recordings. The RingMaster Review called the album "a savage and sonically scurrilous violation, a torment of intensity and unbridled devastation". Targeted for later this year, Suffering is the Seed will be the first vinyl release for the U.S. label.
In the meantime fans can look forward to new Nepente EP "I Will Get Your Soul", which will be released through Cimmerian Shade Recordings on March 31. And this time the temperature is raised to "face-melt!" "I Will Get Your Soul" was recorded at Manizales Studio (Manizales Colombia), and mixed/mastered at Hertz Recording Studio (Bialystock, Poland) by Slawomir Wieslawski and Wojciech Wieslawski.
1. I Will Get Your Soul
2. Show me that You are Suffering
3. Gray Land
4. Last Rites
Napalm Records are excited to announce the signing of Michigan’s Walls Of Jericho, who are currently conjuring up their new album which will be released via Napalm Records later this year.
Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer expressed the band's excitement and honor they have being accepted into the Napalm Records family, whilst suggesting previous record label deals were not 100% satisfactory as the band "are looking forward to finally finding the right partnership"; indicating not all was well with previous relationships. The band are grateful for their fans and families patience as it has been seven years since the band had released an album.
Napalm Records' Vice-President Thomas Caser expressed his delight at the news, calling Walls Of Jericho "one of the most exciting acts out of this genre", heavily praising their live performances and expressing his belief that the band stands out in the music industry.
Walls Of Jericho seem to have gone from strength to strength, negating the whole genre-tagging and image fiasco that never seems to end in the music industry, whilst using their wealth of talent to create music meant to last and stand on it's own feet.
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