British metal legends Iron Maiden and independent family brewers Robinsons announce the creation of Light Brigade, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV. It has been developed in support of Help For Heroes, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service.
6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries – both physical and mental – and are looking to regain their purpose in life.
Help For Heroes met with Robinsons in the summer of 2017 to explore the possibility of launching a beer. Robinsons and Iron Maiden, who jointly launched Trooper Beer almost five years ago and which has now sold over 20 million pints worldwide, were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. Indeed, the origin of Trooper’s name, which comes from the classic Iron Maiden song, ‘The Trooper’, based on the Battle of Balaclava of 1854 in the Crimean War, reflects the band’s well-known interest in history.
As ever with the Trooper range of beers, Robinsons’ Head Brewer, Martyn Weeks, and Iron Maiden lead vocalist and ale aficionado, Bruce Dickinson, teamed up to create the new and original beer, with the final tasting and approval taking place at Help For Heroes’ Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, last Autumn.
Bruce Dickinson said: “We are very proud to have been asked to get involved. I have been an instructor on several of British Airways’ flight simulator ‘Flying Heroes’ days for Help For Heroes Veterans, so I know the charity and the work that they do well. Light Brigade is our interpretation of a golden ale that maintains the elements of strength and character that are the essence of Trooper but at a more sessionable level. In fact, the two beers complement each other very well."
Beth Miles, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Help For Heroes: “We are thrilled that Bruce Dickinson has developed a new beer for us under the Trooper brand with Robinsons. We are sure that Light Brigade will have a very popular appeal and raise significant funds, enabling Help For Heroes to empower more Veterans to reach their potential and regain their purpose. This is the beginning of a partnership which we hope will see Trooper fans and Robinsons customers join The Force for Good campaign to support the thousands whose lives have been affected by their service.”
Martyn Weeks commented: “Bruce and I were recently invited to visit Help For Heroes in Wiltshire, where we had a tour of the incredible recovery facilities there and met some of the Veterans. We were both hugely impressed with the work they are doing and launching a new beer in support of this Charity is, we believe, a great way to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause. Robinsons will also be supporting the Charity through fundraising in our pub estate.”
Light Brigade is designed as a session ale for beer and music fans everywhere. It will also be produced on a long-term basis, differentiating it from the other limited edition Trooper beers: 666, Red ‘N Black, and Hallowed. In keeping with the Trooper brand, Light Brigade's original bottle label features Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie on horseback in one of the uniforms of the Light Brigade.
Light Brigade is available to pre-order online now at www.robinsonsbrewery.com for delivery from 1st February, and will be stocked in supermarkets nationwide and selected pubs from 19th February onwards.
Texan metallers Omotai to provide track for Hurricane Harvey benefit compilation; A Ruined Oak LP nears release via Tofu Carnage
While their home town struggles to clear the carnage left by Hurricane Harvey, Houston-based Omotai has provided a new track to a benefit compilation to help their community rebuild.
Making Waves: A Benefit Compilation For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey is available digitally through Miss Champagne, featuring fifteen Houston artists including Football, etc., Cool Moon, VODI, Ruiners, The Wheel Workers, Astragal, Dollie Barnes, Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends, Tee Vee, Lace, El Lago, Miears, Fight Me, Rose Ette, and Omotai, who provides the track "A Cruel Weight, Thy Wound." All proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated directly to United Way Of Greater Houston's Hurricane Relief Fund.
Omotai bassist / vocalist Melissa Lonchambon Ryan offers, "This storm was completely unfathomable, and I've been through a lot of hurricanes. Some of the first-person accounts I've read will haunt me for a long time. For a lot of people here, it will be difficult and take a long time to get back to some kind of normalcy or get close to replacing what was lost. But I was astounded by the response of regular people here that stepped up and rescued and helped others."
Help Houston rebuild and pick up the Making Waves at THIS LOCATION.
Omotai's upcoming A Ruined Oak album delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummelling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks, the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centred on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock. A Ruined Oak was recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, and completed with art by Wolfbat and design by Sean Mehl.
Stream Omotai's "Last Of The Green Vial" at Treble RIGHT HERE.
Tofu Carnage Records will issue A Ruined Oak on 2xLP and digital formats on October 6th. Find pre-orders and stream "Welcome to the Adders' Land" and "Last Of The Green Vial" HERE.
Omotai has also booked a run of tour dates across the western half of the country surrounding the release of A Ruined Oak. From September 29th through October 14th the band will run a counter-clockwise trail out to the West Coast and back, with the final venues being locked up now.
Omotai Tour Dates:
9/29/2017 Sunshine Bar - Arlington, TX
9/30/2017 The Blue Note - Oklahoma City, OK
10/01/2017 Streets Of London - Denver, CO
10/03/2017 TBA - Kalispell, MT
10/04/2017 Mootsy's Tavern - Spokane, WA
10/05/2017 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
10/06/2017 Le Voyeur - Olympia, WA
10/07/2017 Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor - Reno, NV
10/08/2017 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
10/09/2017 Blacklight District Lounge - Long Beach, CA
10/10/2017 TBA - San Diego, CA
10/11/2017 Yucca Tap Room - Phoenix, AZ
10/12/2017 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
10/13/2017 Depot District Oyster Bar - Lubbock, TX
10/14/2017 Faust - San Antonio, TX
Internationally-renowned Groove Metal band Lamb Of God recently announced the upcoming release of their brand new EP, entitled The Duke, out November 18, 2016 via Epic Records. The Duke EP is titled after the new track "The Duke", written in honour of the band's late friend and fan, Wayne Ford, who was named after "The Duke" John Wayne. You can listen to the track "The Duke" here:https://youtu.be/GzybO09MOmA
As previously announced, in conjunction with The Duke EP release, Lamb Of God is offering the following items as part of an online charity campaign, which is now live via www.propeller.la/lambofgod
All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org/):
- Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque
- Signed signature model guitars
- Signed copies of handwritten lyrics
- Signed copies of The Duke EP on CD
- Signed copies of The Duke EP on Vinyl
- Signed copies of Randy Blythe's book
- Pair of Chris Adler Pro-Mark Drum Sticks Signed by Chris
- Signed Drum Head
**Contributors who give $5 or more will automatically be entered to win Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque.
At www.propeller.la/lambofgod, you can also contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society without receiving a reward.
The Duke EP pre-orders, including CD and vinyl versions (vinyl out November 25):
Merch Bundles: http://theduke.lnk.to/merch
Mammothfest 2016 will support Martlets Hospice in Brighton following tragic passing of Tom from Architects
The Mammothfest team in Brighton have been deeply moved by the passing of Tom Searle of Architects recently. He spent his last days being cared for by the incredible people at Martlets hospice, a charity that rely on donations to continue to help those in need through their last days. Stephen Dickson, Mammothfest director commented:
"Firstly we send our love and compassion to the band and their families at this difficult time. Having personally witnessed the passing of my best friend and Mammothfest business partner Rik Mosquero in 2013 after months in a hospice, we know just how tough a journey it is. It is fucking brutal so we are compelled to do something positive to put some back. The people in hospices are on another level, the care they give is so amazing so Architects and Martlets have got our complete support.
We have therefore invited Martlets hospice down to have a stall for the weekend and we will be holding daily raffles so we can try to raise as much money as possible. This is where we ask everyone around the world to chip in and help the cause!"
MAMMOTHFEST are asking you all, yes you bands, labels, magazines, printing companies and other - whatever it may be - if you have something that can be raffled, send it to the address below asap:
3B Highcroft Villas
Every prize will be raffled and every single penny raised will go directly to the hospice.
Cut off point is 20/09/2016 to submit prizes.
If you are unable to attend or send prizes for the raffle but want to support this incredible charity/cause then please donate at the following just giving page:
Taking a mighty step out of their usual musical comfort zone, Monolithic Metallers The King Is Blind have revealed "I Love You All The Time (RequiIem), their take on the Eagles Of Death Metal track "I Love You All The Time". Recorded in memory of Nick Alexander, who also lived in Colchester, local producer Tom Donovan offered free studio sessions to bands in the community with all profits going to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help those affected. The King Is Blind were the only extreme metal act to take up this offer, creating a cathartically haunting 6 minute epic.
The cover was recorded in 2 stages – initially with Tom in December 2015, then Musikzimmer, Vienna, under the direction of Mark Royce (Entwined) who introduced live orchestral elements.
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“Colchester is a small town, with a close-knit music scene. Nick Alexander was someone we knew from the pubs and gigs in our home town for many years and we felt tremendous shock and sadness when we heard about his death, along with so many others in the Paris attacks in November 2015.
Tom Donovan took the concept that EODM had presented, and took it to the extreme by offering free studio time to bands wishing to record their version of the song. Jumping head-first into the project to record as many covers of the EODM track as humanly possible, he asked if TKIB were interested in getting involved. I've known Tom for nearly 20 years so I know what he's like when he's fired up about an idea, so I said yes on behalf of the band before I'd even heard the EODM song.
As soon as I got off the phone to Tom, I looked up the original EODM track online and the fear kicked in - the song was a jaunty little ditty without a hint of Metal, let alone TKIB’s 'Monolithic' Metal. It became pretty clear that, instead of doing a straightforward cover of the song, we would need to tear up the original and use only the blueprint of the music to design a track, guided by our feelings surrounding Nick and Paris. With the path now clear, we began to focus on delivering a much more sombre, emotional tone to the track.
At certain points, we felt overwhelmed with emotion during the process, but with the help of Tom and our colleagues in Vienna we have been able to come up with a track expressing our compassion and grief which, we hope, will be a fitting tribute to Nick and all who were directly affected by the Paris attacks.”
– Lee Appleton (TKIB Lead Guitarist)
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Actor Emilio Rivera ("Marcus Alvarez" on the "Sons of Anarchy" television series) will lead the 2nd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Following Rivera at the front of this year's Ride will be a VIP pack comprising of "Sons of Anarchy" actors Michael Beach ("Taddarius Orwell 'T.O.' Cross") and Sean McNabb ("Tacoma-VP") as well as Wendy Dio, Ronnie James Dio's widow and co-founder-president of the Dio Cancer Fund, rocker Lita Ford, who will also perform at the concert following the RIDE, Frank Kramer of KLOS Radio's popular "Heidi and Frank" morning show, and "Boston" Tom Foresteire. Forestiere will ride the one-of-a-kind "Holy Diver" Harley-Davidson motorcycle he won at the recent Street Party that launched this year's Ride. It is custom-painted with the illustration from the cover of Ronnie James Dio's iconic "Holy Diver" album.
Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. The Ride will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle and live auction, various food and merchandise vendors and more. The Inaugural Ride, held in May 2015 as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 5th anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, contributed to raising $155,000 for the cancer charity from that weekend's events.
Festivities at Los Encinos Park will commence at 11:30AM with live entertainment provided by rockers Great White, Lita Ford, Dio Disciples, Gabbie Rae, Budderside, Sonia Harley and Doctors Of The Earth. The concert will be hosted by DJ Will.
The "Sons of Anarchy" cast members will also participate in a Meet & Greet at Los Encinos Park during the afternoon events. Rivera, Beach and McNabb will be joined for the Meet & Greet by actress Natalie Skyy, who played Kiki on the popular series. Emilio Rivera, whose acting career spans some 25 years of roles on television and in films, including the Oscar-winning "Traffic," is an avid motorcyclist and supporter of charitable motorcycle events. His upcoming projects include the films "Badsville," "Better Criminal," "Fade Away" and "Smartass." Michael Beach is also a familiar face on television, with appearances on "The Blacklist," "Secrets and Lies," "Blue Bloods" and a pivotal role on the critically-acclaimed series "ER."
In addition to his string of acting credits, which include theatrical productions and appearances on television's "NCIS Los Angeles" and "Community" as well as "Sons of Anarchy," Sean McNabb is well-known as a rock musician who has played bass guitar with Quiet Riot, Dokken and Lynch Mob, among others. Natalie Skyy made her pro Mixed Martial Arts debut as a ring girl with Strikeforce in 2008, which led her to serve at her 2nd MMA fight night collaboration with the Texas-based MMA show, "Shark Fights." Her new film "3 Days" is slated for a 2016 release.
Rocker Gabbie Rae will host another Meet & Greet following her set at the Park to promote Free2Luv, the Anti-Bullying initiative for which she is a spokesperson.
Gourmet food trucks will be on site at the Park throughout the afternoon. Among the participating food trucks will be Slammin Sliders, G's Taco Spot and Archie's Ice Cream. Premium beer sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing Company will be available as well as wine, soft drinks and water courtesy of Solar Rain.
An array of merchandise-t-shirts, caps, CDs, wristbands, event souvenirs, etc.-will be available for purchase, and a "Jumble Sale" booth featuring gently-used items and collectibles benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund will be also on site at the Park. Additional vendors are being finalized.
A live auction will be held during the concert that will include a B.C. Rich guitar signed by Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), King Diamond and Geoff Tate and a custom-made "Cut" leather motorcycle vest with a set of specially-embroidered Dio Cancer Fund patches. Additionally, there will be a raffle for a special limited edition ASG Vision Motörhead white-body guitar with the "Ace of Spades" graphic and other items.
Additional Ride For Ronnie sponsors who are helping to make this year's event possible include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Bigg Time Entertainment, Production Resource Group (PRG), Law Tigers, Mates Studios, Clair Global Audio, Monster Energy Drink, Brittany Foundation, Western Bagel and Starbucks (San Fernando Road, Glendale), among others.
100% of the net proceeds from the Ride For Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).
Both riders and concert-goers can purchase their tickets by visiting: www.diocancerfund.org/events.
$30/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$20 concert admission only
Day of Event Prices:
$35/rider (includes concert admission)
$15/passenger (includes concert admission)
$25 concert admission only
2016 Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert Schedule - Sunday, May 22, 2016
9:00am - 10:45am: Rider Check-In & On-Site Registration
9:00am - 10:30am Continental Breakfast
Kickstands up at 11:00am
Harley Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204
11:30AM - Gates open
11:45AM- 5PM Concert
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street Encino, CA 91436
Sleep Inertia drummer takes on 24 hour drumming session for Comic Relief, before dropping debut release at London show on 14th March
Wiltshire's Sleep Inertia have something to cheer about, well two things really. Drummer Tom Shrimpton is set to undertake a 24-hour drum session from midnight GMT 12th March - Midnight 13th March in aid of Comic Relief, taking a break every hour for 5 minutes. Anybody who wishes to make a contribution can do so at www.facebook.com/TomShrimpDrums or TomShrimpDrums.com
This feat awaits an official confirmation but it's most likely to be at an emergency services center, Tom admits that he is "not too sure at the moment, it's proving difficult to finalize", but anyone can come visit him anytime on that Friday. For a drummer who has time and time again challenged and improved his skills, he certainly has taken this challenge in his stride and is excited about the whole thing, "I always enjoy raising money for charity and this way I get to do something I love but yet pushing myself to the limit".
Naturally Tom will be pummeling away at the Sleep Inertia material as well as some Antoinette (his other band) songs, in addition to swift solo's and technical complex grooves, Tom admits to Global Metal Apocalypse that he has the gig in mind as well, " I don't want to push myself too hard too early haha", moreover because Tom is considering breaking the world record drumming session (which currently stands at 122 hours, 25 minutes and is held by Kunto Hartono from Indonesia) sometime late 2016 or sometime in 2017, but for now cautiously admits that he wants to see how this 24 hour marathon goes.
Now as if that is not good enough news, well in addition to the challenge, Sleep Inertia will be performing 14th March at the The Underworld in Camden, London. The show will be used as a platform to release their debut EP “Growth, Decay, Transformation” through. The EP itself has a scheduled release date of 20th March.
Sleep Inertia arose out of the ashes of The Dead Lay Waiting, featuring ex-members Ben Connett (lead guitar), Steve Franklin (rhythm guitar), Sam Sara (bass guitar) and Tom Shrimpton (drums) plus new front-man Jamie Harrison.
Sleep Inertia are quickly earning themselves a reputation within the music scene. “Growth, Decay, Transformation” is exactly what you would expect from a band of this genre; a progressive-edged sound with complex and fresh riffs.
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