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.
Described as their "most focused, fiery and fierce" effort to date, Resilience is the fifth album from US rockers Drowning Pool, and first to feature new frontman Jasen Moreno. Resilience sees the band make their intentions clear right from the get-go with the pounding, defiant opener "Anytime Anyplace". It’s this confrontational, focused theme that runs through the course of early tracks like "Die For Nothing" and the anthemic "One Finger And A Fist".
Following on from the already impressive list of acts confirmed, Slam Dunk Festival organisers have now announced the additions as listed below. Check out the dates below as well and be sure to get your tickets
before they sell out!
Hit The Deck Festival has announced the second wave of bands to appear at this years events. Among the new additions are US metallers Attack Attack!, genre-blending quintet Sonic Boom Six, Rolo Tomassi and Canterbury, as well as the additions of Jonah Matranga and Walter Schreifels, who will join ex-Movielife and current I Am The Avalanche frontman, Vinnie Caruana, on the acoustic stage.
Alice In Chains have announced a May 2013 release for their highly anticipated new album, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'. The first track "Hollow," which was initially released as a lyric video has now hit No. 1 in America on the Mainstream Rock radio chart and closing in on No. 1 on the Active Rock radio chart. Fans can catch Alice In Chains performing "Hollow" and a set list packed with fan favorites during their upcoming North American tour - see dates below.
Heights are back with the release of their new studio album 'Old Lies For Young Lives' on April 29th through Transcend Music. The album was recorded and produced by John Mitchell and Ben Humphries of Outhouse Studios (You Me At Six, Enter Shikari, Architects, Funeral For A Friend, Rolo Tomassi and more). The first, lead single "Eleven Eyes" (featuring Sam Carter from Architects) received its first play on the Radio 1 Rock Show (in the early hours Tuesday morning, this week) with Daniel P Carter to a huge response, and the video has now received nearly 20,000 views in 2 days.
Reading thrashers Sylosis have confirmed they will open for US metal titans Killswitch Engage when they return to the UK for a run of shows in May. The two bands will be playing together at the dates listed below. Don't miss out!
Punk/hardcore mob Feed The Rhino have flattened most of the venues who've dared to let them play and you can see why the band are being described as one of the most fearsome acts on the UK circuit by checking out their new video here. The band just started a tour last week in support of their latest record The Burning Sons which was released last Summer.