Definitive guide: Essex Metal
The Only Way Is Essex, well not quite. Forget the stereotype that is emblazoned on the very mention of the name 'Essex'; let alone the mass over-populated realms of the Chav subculture (actually its common all over the place, but let's avoid that specie of humanity).
The fact being the Essex Meta and rock scene is relatively underground does not mean it lacks any potential bands from breaking out from the underground and making a name from themselves, as such bands like Tides of Virtue, Our People Versus Yours, Romeo Must Die, Imperial Vengeance, Chimp Spanner, Echoes Fall (R.I.P), Fei Comodo (R.I.P), Busted (yeah we went there) amongst other well known names have made tracks, touring abroad, making music videos, getting signed, you name it, they've done it.
But it's the underground that seems to be ripe for sensational talent; usually they spool out from the three main areas of Colchester, Southend and Chelmsford. But naturally band's all over Essex crop up, even from my home town of Wickford we have We Were Lions. Rainham has BadlocK, Rayleigh has Luminescence, Canvey Island has Remember December, Saffron Walden has A Few To Many, North Essex has Kaine and these are just a few locations were bands have cropped up from.
Turning our attention to the main output, you have bands from Southend such as Merciless Fail and CB6, Chelmsford is brewing up bands like Never Means Maybe and Supercharger and Colchester holds bands like Dismanibus, Thames Burial and One Louder. Now, The University of Essex has played host to a number of musicians: Dex Jezierski (Thames Burial, Echoes Fall), Chris Hall (Eastern Front from Ipswich), Daniel Loveys (Dismanibus), Will Price (One Louder) and current student Kieron Rochester (Merciless Fail).
Sure, Essex has an array of venues, most notable is Chinnery's in Southend, but The Mill in Rayleigh, The Fat Surfer and Burtons Snooker Club in Grays, The Judge & Jury and Arts Centre in Colchester, The Square in Harlow and The Golden Fleece in Chelmsford are just a number of familiar venues to play at.
One way or another, the Essex Metal scene will never die, it will prosper, but most importantly, it will always produce the next generation of Rockers and Metallers.
_Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of extreme music by offering 25 brain-crushing metal albums at unbeatable prices for the first 25 days in July.
All items in the sale will be discounted on the official Earache Webstore, as well as iTunes, and all will be less than £5 GBP / $7 USD. The albums will each be discounted for one day only however, so don't forget to check back daily for more killer classics!
The incredible albums on offer are:
July 01: Napalm Death - Scum
July 02: Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
July 03: Entombed - Left Hand Path
July 04: Carcass - Heartwork
July 05: At The Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
July 06: Decapitated - Nihility
July 07: Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying
July 08: Deicide - The Stench of Redemption
July 09: Evile - Enter the Grave
July 10: Terrorizer - World Downfall
July 11: Godflesh - Streetcleaner
July 12: Hate Eternal - I, Monarch
July 13: White Wizzard - Over the Top
July 14: Cauldron - Burning Fortune
July 15: Brutal Truth - Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
July 16: Oceano - Depths
July 17: Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium
July 18: Iron Monkey - Our Problem
July 19: Cult of Luna - Salvation
July 20: Cerebral Bore - Maniacal Miscreation
July 21: Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos
July 22: Bonded By Blood - Exiled to Earth
July 23: Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
July 24: The Haunted - The Haunted Made Me Do It
July 25: Massacre - From Beyond
To grab these brutal bargains, head to the Earache Webstore in Europe or in North America
Alternatively, search on iTunes for that day's discounted album.
Don't forget, these albums are on offer at a discounted price for one day only each, so don't miss out!
_Texas-based electronic metallers The Browning are due to play their first ever show in Europe this weekend, at Germany's With Full Force Festival.
The band will be performing this Saturday night at midnight, joining a line-up of bands that includes MACHINE HEAD, LAMB OF GOD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SOULFLY, ESKIMO CALLBOY and more. The Browning will be returning to Europe in October for a full tour.
The Browning frontman Jonny McBee comments:
"It is crazy to think our band is getting the opportunity to travel overseas to play music! This is our first time going to Europe and it is a dream come true to travel the world! We will be going back later this year for the Never Say Die Tour as well! The Browning couldn't be happier!"
For tickets and more information about With Full Force festival, go to http://www.withfullforce.de
See The Browning live in Europe at the following shows:
Jun. 30 - Löbnitz, Germany - With Full Force Festival
IMPERICON NEVER SAY DIE! TOUR
Oct. 12 - Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle
Oct. 13 - Stuttgart, Germany - Zapata
Oct. 14 - Paris, France - Machine du Moulin Rouge
Oct. 15 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy 2
Oct. 17 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Oct. 18 - London, UK - The Electric Ballroom
Oct. 19 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Oct. 20 - Köln, Germany - Essigfabrik
Oct. 21 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
Oct. 22 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Oct. 23 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben/Fryshuset
Oct. 25 - Münster, Germany - Sputnikhalle
Oct. 26 - Esch, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
Oct. 27 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Oct. 28 - Trezzo D'Adda (Milan), Italy - Live Club
Oct. 29 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 30 - Wien, Austria - Arena
Nov. 01 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum
Nov. 02 - Leipzig, Germany - Werk 2
Nov. 03 - Den Haag, Netherlands - Paard
Randy Blythe arrested.
Today Global Metal Apocalypse has learnt that the vocalist of American Groove/Metalcore band Lamg of God has been arrested. Randy Blythe and co. were going to start their tour in Europe when Randy was arrested on charges of manslaughter in the Czech capital, Prague.
This comes in wake of an apparent confrontation that happened two years ago involving a fan climbing onto the stage and then a fracas pursued between the fan and Randy, resulting in the fan receiving injuries from which he later died from in hospital.
All at Global Metal Apocalypse pray for the rightful outcome, whatever the outcome is, however we wish to state to our readers that nothing is 100% clear at this precise moment in time, we will endeavour to find out what happened as soon as we can.
Support from musicians worldwide has been pouring in, here are just some of the messages of support:
Tom Watling (UK - Silent Descent): "That's mental! Support goes out to our metal brothers"
Mark Alles (Sri Lanka - Dhisti):
"Would like to say heads up sir, as a fan i shall always support the band no matter what happens i will still be Lamb Of God fan, thoughts and prayers out to one my idols. Hope he gets released soon start kicking asses once again onstage. peace LOG for life ! hails and full support from Mark - Sri Lanka"
Kareem Chehayeb (Lebanon - Voice Of The Soul / editor of Metality.net):
"I've been a huge Lamb of God fan for the past 6-7 years or so...obviously it's sad to hear that one of the most influential vocalists in metal is in such a situation. At the same time, we have to wait and see what happens as this case develops. I don't think anyone knows what actually happened or whether anything happened or not. My condolences go to the family and loved ones of the fan who passed away, and I hope the case is a fair one. I can only speak for myself though".
Arif Sablee (Brunei - Hebiimetaru):
"Well it is quite a shock to hear about and I really do hope everything clears up for LOG. I dont think it's something Randy would do...but then again he has been known to brawl with his bandmates".
Ashmedi (Israel - Melechesh):
"Probably they will see it as self defense,
_The new album by Svolk "Nights Under the Round Table" will hit the streets on August 31st! Watch the first teaser HERE! The longplayer will be available on CD and on limited colored vinyl. The pre-order will start soon, so stay tuned!
_ Huntress are about to set forth and conquer Europe this autumn! The hottest newcomer of 2012 will join English mob Dragonforce on their upcoming live dates hitting Europe's major cities. The warriors revolving around charismatic frontwoman and vocal banshee Jill Janus have tasted blood during their recent live shows and are ready to claim their crown! There is no excuse for missing this fantastic package! Get ready to be enthralled by the haunting mix of heavy guitar riffs and ancient spells woven by masters of their craft! Also joining this fantastic tour are German Sleaze Heavy Rockers Kissin' Dynamite.
"Huntress is honoured to join our friends Dragonforce on tour once again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel through Europe, performing our entire album 'Spell Eater' for those who've had faith in us from the start. Spread it, shred it, behead it!"
09.10.12 NL - Tilburg / 013
10.10.12 BE - Antwerp / Trix Ball
12.10.12 DE - Hannover / Capitol
13.10.12 DE - Cologne / Live Music Hall
14.10.12 DK - Copenhagen / Amanger Bio
15.10.12 NO - Oslo / Rockefeller
16.10.12 SE - Stockholm / Tyrol
18.10.12 FI - Seinajoki / Rymikorjaamo
19.10.12 FI - Helsinki / Nosturi
22.10.12 SE - Gothenburg / Brewhouse
23.10.12 DK - Arhus / Train
24.10.12 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
30.10.12 DE - Munich / Backstage
31.10.12 DE - Berlin / Postbahnhof
01.11.12 DE - Dresden / Reithalle
02.11.12 DE - Erfurt / HsD
03.11.12 DE - Bochum / Zeche
05.11.12 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
06.11.12 AT - Vienna / Szene
07.11.12 CH - Zurich / Komplex
09.11.12 IT - Florence / Viper Theatre
10.11.12 IT - Treviso / New Age Club
11.11.12 IT - Milano / Alcatraz
12.11.12 CH - Solothurn / Kofmehl
15.11.12 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
16.11.12 PT - Lisbon / Cine-Teatro de Corroios
17.11.12 ES - Madrid / Sala Arena
18.11.12 ES - Bilbao / Rock Star Live
21.11.12 FR - Bordeaux / Rock School Barbey
22.11.12 FR - Paris / La Cigale
23.11.12 FR - Strasbourg / La Laiterie
24.11.12 FR - Lille / Le Splendid
26.11.12 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg Max
AS I LAY DYING have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Cauterize.” This news comes as the San Diego based rock group is about to head on the road for the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Fans can expect to see the band--renowned for delivering explosive live performances--all summer long on the Mayhem Festival alongside select U.S. solo dates (see full itinerary below). Watch the clip for “Cauterize” here
AS I LAY DYING will release their new album 'Awakened' September 24 on Metal Blade. For the album, the band teamed with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson, who’s also the drummer for Descendents (and has played with Black Flag); and mixer Colin Richardson at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO.
NICK HIPA (guitar)
TIM LAMBESIS (vocals)
JORDAN MANCINO (drums)
PHIL SGROSSO (guitar)
JOSH GILBERT (bass)
Trivium + AS I LAY DYING + Caliban + Upon A Burning Body
15th MANCHESTER – Ritz
16th GLASGOW – O2 ABC
17th BIRMINGHAM – HMV Institute
19th BRISTOL – O2 Academy
20th NORWICH – UEA
21st LONDON – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
_Death metal ministers JOB FOR A COWBOY have just announced a full European tour as direct support of DYING FETUS!
DYING FETUS + JOB FOR A COWBOY + REVOCATION + CEREBRAL BORE
14/09/12 ˆ DE - Lindau - Club Vaudeville
15/09/12 ˆ CH - Genève - L'Usine
16/09/12 ˆ UK - Brighton - Concorde2
17/09/12 - UK - Norwich - Waterfront
18/09/12 - UK - Birmingham - O2 Academy 2
19/09/12 - UK - Reading - Sub89
20/09/12 - UK - Manchester - Club Academy
21/09/12 - UK - Glasgow - Cathouse
22/09/12 ˆ IE - Dublin - The Pint
23/09/12 - UK - London - Underworld
24/09/12 ˆ FR - Paris - Divan Du Monde
25/09/12 ˆ NL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje
26/09/12 ˆ DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
27/09/12 ˆ SE - Malmö - KB
28/09/12 ˆ SE - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
29/09/12 ˆ SE - Stockholm - Klubben
01/10/12 ˆ FI - Helsinki - Tavastia
03/10/12 ˆ DK - Copenhagen - Vega
04/10/12 ˆ DE - Berlin - C-Club
05/10/12 ˆ DE - Würzburg - Posthalle, Hell Inside Fest
06/10/12 ˆ DE - Jena - F-Haus
07/10/12 ˆ CZ - Prague - Hoodoo club
08/10/12 ˆ DE - München - Backstage
09/10/12 ˆ AT - Wien - Arena
10/10/12 ˆ SI - Ljubljana - Gala Hala / Kino Siska
11/10/12 ˆ IT - Legnano (Milano) - Land Of Live Club
12/10/12 ˆ CH - Aarau - Kiff
13/10/12 ˆ DE - Essen - Turock
14/10/12 ˆ BE - Aarschot - De Klinker
_Last week saw the release of the highly anticipated new full-length album from Tennessee's Whitechapel. Their self-titled fourth album has been met with critical acclaim and fans are clamoring to see the band perform the new material live. 'Whitechapel' landed spots on five of Billboard's charts.
The album debuted at:
#47 on the Top 200 Chart
#10 on the Top Independent Albums Chart
#3 on the Hard Music Albums Chart (Current)
#2 on the Hard Music Albums Chart (Core Stores)
#64 on the Top Digital Album Chart.
European and Canadian chart numbers saw WHITECHAPEL coming in at:
Canadian Top 200: #60
Canadian Hard Music Chart: #5
Canadian Top Digital Album Chart: #9
Canadian iTunes (Release Day) Top 200 Current Chart: #39
Canadian iTunes (Release Day) Rock: #6
Canadian iTunes (Release Day) Metal #1
Germany Newcomer Charts: #9
German Media Markt/Saturn Charts: #99
Whitechapel commented on the initial fan reaction and reception of their fourth album:
"We are really excited about our first week numbers and our charting position on the Billboard 200. It's further proof that we have amazing fans that support us by still buying physical CDs, or legal downloads on iTunes. A big thank you goes out to ours fans and anyone involved with the making of this record for its success!"
Loudwire is hosting an exclusive stream of the single "I, Dementia" here
1. Make it Bleed
2. Hate Creation
4. I, Dementia
5. Section 8
7. Dead Silence
8. The Night Remains
10. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence
18th NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
19th GLASGOW – Garage
20th WOLVERHAMPTON – Wulfrun Hall
21st MANCHESTER – HMV Ritz
22nd BRISTOL – Academy 1
23rd LONDON – Electric Ballroom
_Chilean Power metallers Six Magics have posted, on their official YouTube channel (click here), videos taken from the recording sessions of the forthcoming album entitled "Falling Angels" scheduled on July 2nd 2012 via Coroner Records.
1. Another Name
2. Falling Angels
4. Dreamer (B:O:M)
5. Do You Remember?
6. Sick & Tired
7. Icy Lips
8. Start Another War
12. How To Live
13. I Know
Videos of the recording sessions of "Falling Angels" can be seen below (each link is to a different video).
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