English death/grind legends Carcass are gearing up to headline the closing night of Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles on December 14th. In preparation, the band have released a new single called 'Under The Scalpel Blade' on streaming services today! The track is the band’s first new song in 6 years. 'Under The Scalpel Blade' was recorded during sessions for their upcoming 7th studio album that’s due out in 2020.
Jeff Walker about the single:
"It’s always difficult trying to decide what new song to expose people to, especially given an absence of nearly seven years???? With that in mind here’s a slow throw away number we cobbled together, and NO the title was NOT plagiarized from the DISORDER album of the same title before you ask!"
Stream 'Under The Scalpel Blade': nuclearblast.com/carcass-scalpel
Carcass’ new single 'Under The Scalpel Blade' is a taste of what’s to come from the band’s long-awaited 7th full-length album. It follows the release of several classic albums over the years, including Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. Reek of Putrefaction, Symphonies of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. Heartwork), Carcass have always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day.
In 2007, the metal world got its wish as Carcass reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker recorded the next chapter of their influential career, 2013’s Surgical Steel. Following the critically acclaimed release, the band toured the world extensively, including recent performances with Slayer on their final world tour. Now the band that broke barriers 25 years ago has returned to the studio to tear them all down again with their 7th record, which will undoubtedly be one of next year’s most anticipated heavy metal albums.
Bill Steer | Guitar
Jeff Walker | Bass/Vocals
Daniel Wilding | Drums
Tom Draper | Guitar
Bloodstock is delighted to share that New Delhi’s BLOODYWOOD will headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday, in a UK festival exclusive. Blending Indian folk instruments and heavy metal, this is sure to be a unique set you won’t want to miss! Check out their most recent single (closing on 1.4 million views), ‘Machi Bhasad (Expect A Riot)’ at https://youtu.be/Gsy5sJy5_34.
Saturday’s Sophie Lancaster stage headliners are none other than extreme metal miscreants CATTLE DECAPITATION. Hailing from California, the Metal Blade signed group release their crushing new album ‘Death Atlas’ this Friday, November 29th! Not familiar? Listen to ‘Bring Back The Plague’ from the new LP at https://youtu.be/BBy4gn8VBMo. Head here to pre-order all manner of cool formats.
Birmingham death metal brutes MEMORIAM will be Saturday’s special guests on the Sophie Lancaster stage. The band’s third album, ‘Requiem For Mankind’ was released by Nuclear Blast in June. Watch the video for ‘The Veteran’, taken from that album, at https://youtu.be/_uTsdsc3cys.
Also joining the Sophie bill on Saturday, are Edinburgh-based prog experimentalists RAMAGE INC. With five albums under their belt now, they’ve plenty of songs to choose from! You can explore their latest record, ‘Under The Skin’, in its entirety over on their Bandcamp page at: https://ramageinc.bandcamp.com/.
Have you discovered London’s psych-doom crew GREEN LUNG yet? Appearing on the Sophie stage on Sunday, Metal Hammer described them as, “a fantastic mix of stoner rock, hard rock, and psychedelic rock laden with harmonies,” with further praise heaped on them by Kerrang!, The Guardian, and BBC Radio 1 Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter. Play their latest album, ‘Woodland Rites’ on Bandcamp at https://greenlung.bandcamp.com/.
BLOODSTOCK is pleased to welcome back post-metal squad BOSSK, joining the Sophie stage line-up on Friday. Following on from 2016’s well received ‘Audio Noir’ album, the band’s Facebook page was recently teasing new music is coming in 2020. Here’s hoping it’s out in time for BLOODSTOCK! Watch the full set of their 2017 performance at https://youtu.be/PLNpbvyUzQw.
Filled with questions about BLOODSTOCK? Put them to festival directors ADAM GREGORY and VICKY HUNGERFORD in a Facebook Live Q&A tonight! Head over to BLOODSTOCK’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/ for a 7pm start! Can’t make it? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to replay it later on the page too.
In other BLOODSTOCK fun, as 2020 marks 20 years of BLOODSTOCK, instead of ‘12 Days Of Christmas’ competitions, BLOODSTOCK is going to have 20! Be sure to check Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/ every morning from December 5th for details of each one-day-only competition, and be in with a chance to win all sorts of prizes from BLOODSTOCK bands past and present, festival sponsors, and of course BLOODSTOCK!
BLOODSTOCK’s 2020 main stage headliners are DEVIN TOWNSEND (Friday), BEHEMOTH (Saturday), and JUDAS PRIEST (Sunday). The festival also welcomes PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILITY, and BUTCHER BABIES so far. Many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course.
Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets, and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Be quick though, the early bird discount ends on December 15th (or sooner if the early bird allocation sells out) and weekend tickets then revert to the standard price of £145 (+ fees)! Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Multi-platinum quintet Bring Me The Horizon have received a GRAMMY award® nomination in the Best Rock Album category for their latest album amo, out now on RCA. This marks the band’s second nod from The Recording Academy following their Best Rock Song nomination last year for “MANTRA,” the lead single from the album.
The news comes on the heels of Bring Me The Horizon’s U.S. headlining “Threesome Tour” and brand new track “Ludens” which they contributed to Timefall, an album of new music inspired by the highly anticipated “Death Stranding” video game available on PlayStation 4.
Bring Me The Horizon is one of the most electrifying and successful rock bands to emerge from the UK. amo, was released earlier this year and was named as “one of the most anticipated albums of 2019” by Billboard and described by NME as “bold, brilliant and boundary-pushing.” “MANTRA,” was a Top 5 hit at Rock Radio and earned the multi-platinum-selling act its first-ever GRAMMY award® nomination for Best Rock Song. Bring Me The Horizon has spent 2019 touring the world in support of the critically acclaimed amo. The group has sold over 4 million albums globally to date, played sold-out shows in over 40 countries, including a sold out night at the Forum in Los Angeles and two sold out nights at London’s O2, wowed a traditionally non-rock crowd at Glastonbury Festival in 2016 and 2019 and stole the show at high profile festivals across Europe all summer. Bring Me The Horizon is vocalist Oli Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Mat Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish.
Bring Me The Horizon continue their assault on 2019 with the release of a new track entitled ‘Ludens’ from the highly anticipated "Death Stranding" Soundtrack (original music from the world of Death Stranding: Timefall).
These recent releases (Ludens and in the dark) showcase Bring Me The Horizon at their best and help to confirm their status as one of the most important British rock bands in the world.
The soundtrack features original music inspired by the upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4™) video game. Last month it was announced that RCA Records had partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) to release the soundtrack which is out today and available here.
‘Ludens’ follows previously released tracks ‘Trigger’ by Major Lazer & Khalid, ‘Ghost’ by Au/Ra x Alan Walker, ‘Yellow Box’ by The Neighbourhood and ‘Death Stranding’ by Chvrches.
Oli says of the track:-
“Death Stranding is a game I’ve been waiting for long before collaborating with them was on the table. Kojima-san is one of the few people I would call a hero to me, so making a track for his first game since Konami was equal parts daunting, stressful & exciting… the whole thing felt surreal, and not right... to be honest I didn’t see where a Bring Me The Horizon song was going to fit into an art house AAA game but I was stupid to try and pigeonhole Kojima’s style!”
From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all-new, genre-defying experience for PlayStation®4 system. Sam Bridges must brave a world transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the remnants of our future in his hands, he embarks on a mission to reunite the shattered world. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and humanity on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Sam to journey across the ravaged continent and save mankind from impending annihilation. What is the mystery of the Death Stranding? What will Sam discover on the road ahead? An unprecedented gameplay experience holds these answers and more.Starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner.
Warner Music are proud to announce the release of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris’ second album with British Lion, the ‘up close and personal’ side project he devotes his time to, outside of his Maiden activities.
The Burning features 11 new songs and will be released worldwide on January 17th 2020 in Digi-pack CD, double gatefold Vinyl and Digital Download formats.
British Lion comprises: vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie, Steve Harris on bass & keyboards and drummer Simon Dawson. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris, The Burning is crammed with powerful hard rock melodies, with two songs ‘Lightning’ and ‘Spit Fire’ being made available for immediate download from tomorrow with all album pre-orders at www.britishlionuk.com.
'Lightning' is also available to listen to now ahead of the digital release tomorrow at https://youtu.be/E_b8cO7Fi80
Richard Taylor says:-
“We’ve been working on The Burning for the past couple of years and everyone is really pleased with the results. We started playing some of the songs live on recent tours and got a fantastic reaction from our fans so we are really excited to be sharing this album with the world. We’re also looking forward to heading out on the road again and seeing everyone at the shows.”
The Burning is a follow-up to British Lion’s 2012’s eponymous debut album, Steve’s first ever musical venture outside of Iron Maiden which was pronounced both “brilliant” and “a big hearted ferocious triumph” by the music press. The band have since been tirelessly honing their live show performances with club tours every year and festival dates whenever time allows, building and establishing a firm and dedicated fan-base, reaching 24 countries across the globe so far, with plans to visit many more in the future including a short UK club tour in December on the following dates.
Sun 15th - Norwich - Waterfront
Mon 16th - Manchester – Club Academy
Tues 17th - Chester – The Live Music Rooms
Weds 18th - Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Thurs 19th - Colchester – Arts Centre
Fri 20th - London – Islington Academy
“I’m in the UK in December and thought it would be great to take British Lion out on the road for a few shows while I’m here. We haven’t played any in England since 2017 and as most people know, I love getting out and playing live whenever I can, so this seemed a good opportunity to fit some dates in. The set-list will be a mixture of songs from the first British Lion album and new songs from our upcoming second album The Burning”.
Tickets available now from https://britishlionuk.com/. Support at all shows will be Voodoo Six and Nine Miles Down.
English Hard Rock / Heavy Metal crew Collateral have released a music video for their new single “Mr. Big Shot” from their forthcoming debut full-length album, which will be available on February 21, 2020 via Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/O67NZRS0zck
The exciting and flamboyant rock and roll band are comprised of Angelo Tristan (lead vocals, guitar), Todd Winger (guitar), Jack Bentley-Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums).
Collateral have been busy in the studio since after the release of the ‘4 Shots!’ EP, Collateral worked relentlessly to keep the momentum going. They won a Camden Rocks Festival competition out of 20,000 bands to play the main stage at the Electric Ballroom on June 1, 2019. A few months later, they won a competition between 40 bands at the Ramblin’ Man Rumble to play the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival 2019. The band drew the biggest crowd when they played the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man.
One of their most exciting achievements for Collateral in 2019, was when they won a competition out of 200,000 entrants to support Jon Bon Jovi on his Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise departing Barcelona to Majorca on August 26th.
Now, Collateral’s hotly tipped debut album is likely to propel them next level. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from the new album, as the band have been tight-lipped about the new songs. Collateral have created a state-of-the-art rock album that will enable fans to feel the blood, sweat and glory that went into the recording of every song.
Front man Angelo Tristan comments:-
“We wanted to stay away from the normal rules that apply to what you can and cannot put on an album. The album contains all of our inspirations, and nothing’s has been diluted. I’m very influenced by country music which is evident in the song “About This Boy”. Jack is heavily influenced by 80’s rock on tracks like “Mr Big Shot” and “Promiseland”.
One of the more Southern style tracks on the album is “Merry-Go-Round.” It’s a reflection of Todd’s inspiration from bands that include Black Stone Cherry and Cadillac Three. Our drummer, Ben, comes from a far heavier metal background which really gives the songs their powerful edge.
The album is comprised of nine songs – all killer and no filler. The recording of this album was an amazing experience from the get-go. To finally see this record come to life was remarkable. I hope the fans will share the same excitement we had when we made the album. Buckle up. We’re in for one helluva ride!”
Kaine has released their new album Reforge The Steel today via Bandcamp.
The band began recording in November 2018 (just 9 months after the release of A Crisis of Faith) and recording was concluded in June of this year. The album was finally mixed and mastered last month and is now ready for full release.
Reforge The Steel was again produced by Carl B of Pointy Halo Productions alongside Sheldon Jolly, the same team who worked on A Crisis of Faith. The bulk of the material was written between April and October of last year with many songs being staples of the bands current set, two live versions of the album tracks will soon be available, the first being Kaine X Live 2019 (already available to purchase, just awaiting mastering) and Reforge The Steel live which will be recorded next month at the B2 Norwich (tickets available from here).
An additional live EP of the songs will be made exclusively available to bandcamp members next week. Members will also get 10% off the CD and additional merch for the album – to join as a member click here.
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Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated, quintet Bring Me The Horizon have released the official video for single “In The Dark” today – watch HERE. Written, directed and edited by the band’s frontman Oliver Sykes, the visual stars Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Forest Whitaker and sees him undergo Matrix-like brain mapping.
Co-directed and produced by videographer Brian Cox, Oli comments:-
"’In The Dark’ is my first ‘official’ directing effort. We were in the midst of planning to shoot the video with a director in LA, 3 days before the shoot I got a call from Forest saying he was in London and available, so ignoring everyone who said it was impossible to make it happen in time, I called our videographer Brian and asked him if he wanted to help me direct a video. 2 days later we were shooting in London! It was a crazy, emotional few days and I was very lucky to bag an insanely talented crew to assist me.”
The band is currently touring in support of their number one album, 'Amo' (RCA), which exploded on both sides of the pond. Its lead track, “Mantra,” earned the band its first-ever Grammy nomination for “Best Rock Song.” Fans can catch Bring Me The Horizon on their headlining “Threesome Tour” before it wraps on October 29 in Miami, FL. See full list of remaining tour dates below.
Bring Me The Horizon also have new single “Ludens” coming, which will be the feature track for Timefall, an album of new music inspired and written for the highly anticipated Kojima Productions video game “Death Stranding”, available on Playstation 4. The single is set for release on November 6.
BRING ME THE HORIZON TOUR DATES:
October 21 – The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
October 22 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, MO
October 24 - The Fillmore New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
October 25 – Sunken Garden Theater, San Antonio, TX
October 27 - Voodoo, New Orleans, LA
October 28 – The Cuban Club, Tampa FL
October 29 – The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami FL
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Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the Iron Maiden catalogue with the fourth and final set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on November 22nd.
The albums are Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier and 2015’s double-album The Book Of Souls.
The Studio Collection – Remastered follows on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project and features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The most recent studio album – The Book Of Souls – was released that year in the same quality audio, but is appearing in Digipak for the first time.
The albums supersede the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases is optionally available in a specially artwork designed box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the final batch, this will be A Matter Of Life And Death.
All four albums in this set are available for pre-order now from - studiocollection.ironmaiden.com
Iron Maiden have attracted rave reviews on their mobile game-inspired, three-month Legacy Of The Beast Tour across North, South and Central America with Rolling Stone calling it the “pinnacle of Heavy-Metal escapism” and a “pure multi-media spectacle”. The tour included a headline performance at Rock In Rio - which NME described as “brilliant” - with all 100,000 tickets sold in less than two hours.
The Legacy Of The Beast tour returns to the UK in June 2020 with headline performances at Download Festival (Donington) and Belsonic (Belfast), which will be the band’s only UK shows of next year. See www.ironmaiden.com for full tour details.
Birmingham's doom frontrunners Alunah return with a consuming fifth album "Violet Hour" this October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds, streaming in full exclusively via Metal Insider.
This new album sees the energy of Alunah's dark, doom-tinged hard rock being cranked up with the arrival of guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head) alongside the lush vocals of Siân Greenaway and rhythmic foundation of Dan Burchmore and Jake Mason. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), these eight tracks display a searing combination of melodies, riffs and focused writing.
Darkened your world with ‘Violet Hour’ HERE
The band tells more about the album:
"The time is here to release our new LP “Violet Hour”. This album represents a period of focused creativity and we are proud to now share it with the world. Having it released on Heavy Psych Sounds Records also makes this a very special time for Alunah.”
Alunah - "Violet Hour" - out October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds - Pre-order here
With their roots dating back to 2006 in "Sabbath City" of the UK and an evolution that has grown over four previous albums and numerous European tours and festival dates, the momentum now picks up the pace. A UK summer tour with The Obsessed and an appearance at this year's prestigious Damnation Festival have just been confirmed with many more live dates as well as album tunes to follow soon!
Siân Greenaway - Vocals
Daniel Burchmore - Bass
Jake Mason - Drums
Dean Ashton - Guitar
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