US hardcore heavyweights Hatebreed are now heading up a list of new acts added to the line-up for Hevy Fest 2013. Hevy Fest takes place over the 2nd-4th of August at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park with more information available at www.hevy.co.uk
. Check the full list of new bands below.
British rock legends Iron Maiden have teamed up with Cheshire family brewers, Robinsons, to create a new beer named 'Trooper'. Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce Dickinson, Maiden's vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson’s brewery in Stockport.
The release of Meir, the new album from Norwegian scrotes Kvelertak is a big deal. Actually, when I say a big deal, I mean a big deal in the rock world. In the rock world, the hype surrounding this record is akin to the sort of hype afforded to bands like the Deftones. Yes, we’re talking frothing mouth levels of excitement and, if you've seen the band ripping venues a new one or had any exposure to their raucous Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll, then it’s hard not to understand why.
Now I know, amongst death metal circles, it is something akin to treason, but I have be honest when I say that I've always found the death metal peddled by Six Feet Under to be a bit m’eh. I know, I know, it’s Chris Barnes and he was in Cannibal Corpse in a time when they redefined death metal but, I've never found any of his post-"Hammer Smashed Face" output in Six Feet Under to be anywhere near as potent or unrelentingly sickening.
When a biography cites influences as diverse as The Acacia Strain and Linkin Park, it is certain to raise something of a puzzled look on the face of the reviewer. Not only are the two bands at such extreme ends of the "rock" spectrum, but the thought of combining elements of the grunting, misery-core churned out by The Acacia Strain with whatever-the-hell-it-is that Linkin Park are playing these days, is, quite frankly, a horrific one.
Ever since the days of the New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal explosion, you have always been able to depend on Swedish bands to deliver quality material regardless of genre, post-hardcore mob Adept being no exception to that rule. Despite worrying signs early on that their third album was going to be riddled with clichés ("We are the Voice of the Youth" *shudder*), the frustrated, pent-up fury of frontman Robert Ljung's lyrics on "Means To An End (The Greatest Betrayer)" sees the Swedes put some distance between themselves and the rest of the hit n’ miss post-hardcore scene.
Sonic Boom Six, and three other new bands have been added to Takedown 13 which takes place at Southampton University on 11th May at Southampton University. The latest additions are listed below. For further information including the full line-up, visit www.takedownfestival.co.uk
Sheffield, or "Steel City" as it is known around the UK, is a city responsible for an impressive array of British rock and metal acts. From old school rockers Def Leppard to modern day metal troublemakers Bring Me The Horizon, Sheffield is a place which is steeped in rock history. However, should you have the inclination to dig through the bands that have made the front pages of the mainstream media, you’ll find an underground scene bubbling away with bands like Dead Harts who, as this album showcases, are smashing out some exciting sounds.
Some bands have a certain swagger about them. Buckcherry are one of those bands and Confessions, their latest album, is no different on that score. Dirty rock n’ roll is the order of the day here, as it always has been for the American trash-rockers although, this time, there is a little more depth to the content. Well, when I say a little more what I really mean is that Confessions isn't purely an album about partying, strippers, and "recreational" powders.
I've heard Elite, the third album from Massachusetts tech-metal heavyweights Within The Ruin, described as a "paint-by-numbers" affair and, while I have to admit I've never paid much attention to their previous work, initial listens do give the impression that this is an album that doesn't see the band veer to much from their signature sound.
Hard Rock Hell 7 (Cirque Du Rock) which takes place November 28-30th at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, N.Wales is pleased to announce its first round of acts for this year’s event including a co-headline appearance by Black Star Riders. This brand new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza and who have now been joined by Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth) on Drums. The band have just signed a new Global deal with Nuclear Blast Records and will release their much anticipated album this Summer.
Two more acts have been added to the Redcore In Your Face stage at the 2013 Redfest. Subsource and The Valiant join an impressive display British rock, metal and hardcore over two days on the 26th/27th July at Robins Cook Farm, Redhill with main stage acts yet to be announced. For more information and ticket details visit www.redfest.co.uk
Alarm Bells, the band featuring former members of influential Brit rock act Dananananaykroyd, have confirmed details of their first single. The first single is "Speeding Ticket", a track that will be released around March dates, is the second track taken from the ex-Dananananaykroyd band's first release 'Part One', a limited 12" available from their Bandcamp page
and some independent record shops. It is being released in celebration of the band's first UK tour, taking in 5 dates around the UK in March.
British thrashers Xentrix return to action with a handful of live dates as special guests for Kreator and Evile in April as well as the promise of new material! The band have had numerous offers to reform over the years but original singer Chris Astley always declined and as guitarist Kristian Harvard states, "without him it wasn't really Xentrix."
Ahead of the release of their brand new studio album, Boysetsfire have announced a run of UK shows with Bane and Apologies, I Have None. Stay tuned for for information on the album and head out to one of the show dates below if you can!
Joining an already impressive cast that includes While She Sleeps and Don Broco, six more acts have been added to this year's Takedown Festival which will take place on May 11th at Southampton University. The latest additions are all listed below. For more festival information and to buy tickets visit www.takedownfestival.co.uk
While there has been no official statement from the Slayer camp, it would appear that drummer Dave Lombardo has been replaced for the band's forthcoming Australian shows. Lombardo however has issued the following statement: "I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums. So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation."
Midway through their show in Newcastle, UK hardcore bruisers Your Demise were forced to stop performing when security took to the stage pulling the plug on the show. According to reports, crowd surfers were the cause of the intervention and after a heated debate between the band and security, police were called to the venue.
With Download Festival already looking like the rock festival of the Summer in the UK, organisers have upped their game by adding a whopping 49 new acts to the line-up. The new additions are all listed below... this will be one hell of a festival! For more information on Download Festival 2013 (which will be headlined by Slipknot, Rammstein, and Iron Maiden), visit www.downloadfestival.co.uk
EMI have announced the highly-anticipated release of the double disc DVD 'Maiden England '88' on March 25th. Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour". Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 longform VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: "Running Free", "Run To The Hills", and "Sanctuary" thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes.