LA rap-rock troublemakers Hollywood Undead are one of those bands that have a knack for writing songs that you know deep down you should hate but, for some reason, you just don’t. You may not love them like you loved say Master Of Puppets, but you sure as hell can’t get songs like "Pigskin" out of your head.
Quite clearly bonkers, German power metal outfit Sacred Steel have produced one of the most ludicrously brilliant heavy metal albums of the year in The Bloodshed Summoning. In fact, only more ludicrous than the actual album itself was the sight of me driving along at 80 mph pounding my fist along to the unashamed heavy metal of "No God / No Religion".
Welsh rock band Bullet For My Valentine will release the first official single from their forthcoming album ‘Temper Temper,’ entitled "Riot," on February 3rd. The band's fourth studio album 'Temper Temper' will follow on February 11th. The album will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on RCA Records. The rock giants recently headlined Radio 1’s Rock Week at the BBC Maida Vale studios where they debuted the album’s title track. They have also announced a UK tour for March which is already sold out.
Produced by Enter Shikari fan, Jonathon Lindley after the animator approached the band with the idea of low/zero-budget animated video for the track lifted from their "A Flash Flood Of Colour" album. See the end result here.
Massachusetts metal outfit Shadows Fall return to the UK for a series of dates in April 2013. The "Epidemic Tour 2013" sees the band team up with the Godfathers of Latino metal, Ill Nino. Said lead singer Brian Fair: "Shadows Fall is incredibly excited to be returning to the UK! We have been waiting since Download to come back to play a full set covering our entire catalogue and raging with all of our friends. These won't just be shows, they will be parties! Come down and help us celebrate as the "Fire From The Sky" World Tour continues to roll."
Norwegian extremists Enslaved have confirmed details of a UK run of dates to promote their critically acclaimed new album 'RIITIIR' which was released through Nuclear Blast on 1st October 2012. Dates for the tour are as listed below.
Ahead of the release of their new album, Engineering The Void, due in April 2013, Swedish technical death metal titans Soreption have posted their new video online. Check it out here.
Three years have passed since Kreator headlined in the UK but the thrash-titans return in April 2013 bringing their "Phantom Antichrist" tour with them. Mille Petrozza (vocalist and guitarist) comments: "Finally we are coming back to play 3 selected shows for our loyal fans in the UK! We will bring our 3D tour production to give you the full Kreator treatment. Support acts will be announced in the next few days, so stay tuned. Also, we are looking forward to play for all our Irish fans again, it has been quite a while. Our promise to you is a TOTAL MASSACRE!"
UK rockers The Treatment will guest with ex-Guns 'N Roses and Velvet Revolver axe-man Slash on four shows in February and March; the dates – including one headline show in Northern Ireland – are as listed below.
UK hardcore mob Housefires marked the end of an era in 2012 with the release of this live video, a video which features several members who are now no longer members of the band. A new line-up is in the pipeline ahead of UK dates later this year, but for now this video shows the high standard that is expected of Housefires 2013.
Slam Dunk Festival organisers have confirmed 7 more acts for their 2013 event including Memphis May Fire and Sleeping With Sirens.
Fresh from a two-year hiatus, Eurovision winners Lordi recently signed to the AFM label with a new album due later this year. The band also confirmed UK dates which are as follows below.
The first of a three part series, after a few spins of the Mark Of The Beast: Indoctrination portion of the set, you should have a fairly solid impression as to what is going to follow in the coming months. Offering blackened death/black metal from Texas, Sparrows fair better than most who tread down this path simply by producing an output that doesn't sound like, not to put too mild a point on it, dog shit.
Hatebreed may have a new home for The Divinity Of Purpose, but as the opening seconds of "Put It To The Torch" smash you in the face it’s crystal clear that little has or will be changing in Camp Hatebreed. Yes, the Connecticut metal heavyweights are back and are bringing with them another slab of brawling "toughcore" metal.
Having spent the best part of their career supporting some of America’s finest purveyors of modern hard rock (Papa Roach, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry), it comes as no surprise that Filthy Empire is a prime slab of pumping, hard rock full of wailing solos and loud choruses.
Turbogeist, will be guesting with Pure Love - the band formed by former Gallows front man Frank Carter and ex-Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll - on their 14-date UK tour, commencing early February 2013. The band also has a new EP scheduled for release in March 2013. Check the tour dates below.
Biffy Clyro have confirmed that City and Colour – the alias of the Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green – will provide the support on their upcoming UK and Ireland arena tour which commences in March. The tour will follow the release of Biffy Clyro’s eagerly anticipated double-album 'Opposites' which is out on January 28th on 14th Floor Records. The album will be previewed by the January 14th release of the single "Black Chandelier".
Ohio's Miss May I have announced that they will be supporting Bullet For My Valentine in the UK and Europe in March 2013. Also on the bill now are US rockers Halestorm. "We're beyond excited to be supporting Bullet For My Valentine next March, we grew up listening to that band, so it's a honour to share a stage with them. We can't wait to get back over to the UK and get you all banging those heads! Stay Metal!" says singer, Levi Benton.
We Are The In Crowd have announced a final UK and European co-headline tour with Never Shout Never before the band heads off to begin work on the follow up to their hit album 'Best Intentions'. Speaking of the tour, singer Tay Jardine says, "our upcoming UK/Euro tour is the most exciting and biggest yet! The planning of this tour has me so stoked to be back with you all. As many of you know, our love for the UK and mainland Europe is HUGE and we see how yours grows every time we come back. We couldn't be more grateful! 2013 will bring many exciting things in WATIC world and we are pleased to have this tour be a part of that! This is my warning to you... You do not want to miss this!"
Fresh from their European trek with Finnish rockers The Rasmus, highly rated British rock mob The Dirty Youth post the emotionally-charged new video from their Red Light Fix debut album online. Watch the video for "Last Confession" here.