Thursday, 16 April 2015

EUROPE's JOEY TEMPEST Issues U.S. Tour Video Update - Touring the U.S. for the First Time in 10 Years



Rock legends EUROPE will kick off their first U.S. tour in 10 years this Saturday, April 18th with the launch of the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD.

See below for a full listing of tour dates, and watch here for a special check-in video from EUROPE vocalist Joey Tempest:



EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:

4/18 - 4/22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise 4/23 – Sault Ste Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino 4/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino - w/ Black Star Riders 4/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 4/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue 4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders 4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders 5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den 5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival 5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

ABOUT EUROPE:

EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.

AGNOSTIC FRONT - Band premiere official video for 'A Wise Man'



New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have premiered the official video for 'A Wise Man' featuring Matt Henderson on YouTube today:



The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed & mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR). The record features guest vocal appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O), Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) and legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson solely laying his guitar magic on the song 'A Wise Man'.

The American Dream Died track list:

01. Intro 02. The American Died 03. Police Violence 04. Only In America 05. Test Of Time 06. We Walk The Line 07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller 08. Enough Is Enough 09. I Can't Relate 10. Old New York 11. Social Justice 12. Reasonable Doubt 13. No War Fuck You 14. Attack! 15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar 16. Just Like Yesterday

SPINEFARM DROPS THE NEEDLE FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2015



SPINEFARM RECORDS will be supporting Record Store Day 2015 with a number of releases highlighting different aspects of the rock ‘n’ metal genre…

Taking said genre into brave new worlds are UK riff-gurus Turbowolf, who have just released their new / second studio album, ‘Two Hands’, via Spinefarm Records / Search & Destroy. Having recently toured with both Royal Blood & Death From Above 1979, advocates of the Turbowolf cause, the Bristol quartet are now very much on an upward trajectory, with Radio 1 playing the recent singles (‘Rabbits Foot’ & ‘Nine Lives’), and a headline UK tour currently underway...

On the other side of the Atlantic, Atreyu are a band who have already left a serious mark… One of the key architects of the '00s American metal resurgence, selling over a million albums in a 10 year period, the Orange County outfit simmered on the back-burner after 2009… but now they’re back in business with a brand new studio album, set for release via Spinefarm Records / Search & Destroy in late summer / early autumn 2015, backed by a comprehensive touring plan.

Just as Atreyu were breaking big in the US, so UK sextet SikTh were turning heads with their debut album, ‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild’; released in 2003, the record showcased a style combining elements of extreme metal, tech metal, prog & spoken word with plate-juggling musicianship & extended atmospheric passages to create a style that has cast a huge shadow over the past ten years of rock.

‘The Trees Are Dead…’ now achieves double vinyl status for the very first time, supported by selected international shows featuring the reformed original line-up.

Meanwhile, nestling under the ‘none more legendary’ banner, there’s Newcastle ne’er-do-wells Venom – a band who not only invented a new category of extreme music (‘Black Metal’), but who continue to be a significant international force in darker circles, playing shows around the world and generally spreading the message for no-compromise heavy metal of maleficent intent.

Released in January of this year, new Venom album, ‘From The Very Depths’, is right up there with the best of their work, and April 18th sees it being released on (double) vinyl for the first time.

SPINEFARM RECORDS: ‘RECORD STORE DAY’ DETAILS:

· VENOM – ‘From The Very Depths’. 14 tracks, ltd edition double red vinyl, gatefold sleeve, lyrics, satan approved. · TURBOWOLF – ‘Solid Gold’ / ‘Rabbits Foot’. 2-track 10” single, marbled black & white vinyl, postcard. · SIKTH – ‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild’. 18 tracks (including 4 bonus tracks), gatefold sleeve, lyrics, sleeve-notes, band commentary. · ATREYU – ‘So Others May Live’ / ‘When The Day is Done’. 2-track 7” single featuring new music, including current single / video ‘So Others May Live’.

Californian punks HARD LEFT give away tracks from their debut album.. We Are Hard Left is released 11th May via Future Perfect



HARD LEFT Ft. members of Black Tambourine, Lunchbox and Boyracer Give away free album tracks
We Are Hard Left Released 11th May via Future Perfect Records

Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage -- Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital.

Their debut album, We Are Hard Left, is set to be released on 11th May via Future Perfect, and the band are giving away free downloads of select album tracks every Friday in the run up to release. Listen here

Pick up 'Red Flag' for FREE below:



The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Jüke, Whorl, Lunchbox and Black Tambourine, and operating the respected labels 555, Emotional Response and Slumberland Records. Initial Hard Left recording sessions in Spring 2014 led to the release of two limited edition lathe-cut singles, the Situationist-inspired "What's That Sound?" and the tough-as-nails "Safety." The band set to writing and in August 2014 gathered in the desert of Flagstaff, AZ to record. The results were two more singles ("Skinheads Home For Christmas" and a split 7" with Bad Daddies, both released in December 2014), and now this album.

We Are Hard Left is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. These are crucial times that we live in, and Hard Left seek to inspire and invigorate. The opener "New Year" sets out the band's stall in fine fashion, urging listeners to "give up false needs" and embrace new beginnings. They follow with the blasting "Hard Left Rules OK," a call to arms if ever there was one. The album is tightly edited, each song on the heels of the previous one, exemplifying the group's eagerness to broadcast their message and energize their fans.

To that end, rousing chants and noisy interludes are interspersed throughout, cheeky but pointed references to their mod forebears and street-level terrace "politics." The message is always positive, the underlying mood is of hopefulness. "Hand In Hand" is an exhilarating call for solidarity and collective action, while "Future Perfect" imagines a world where the people were the true beneficiaries of the surplus created by progress, the perfect future we were all promised during the golden age of capitalism. Previous singles "Safety" and "Stay True" appear in re-recorded form, hard as nails and fitting in perfectly.

From the super-tough "Kicking If Off" to the Occupy-inspired "Red Flag" and the supremely uplifting (and also Situationist-inspired) closer "Imagination," this is a record that hits hard, crammed with guitars that soar and rage, group chants and raw-throated vocals. It's anthemic in the best way -- inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils. Call it "utopian Oi" if you will, or "hard mod" or just plain punk, but don't miss out on this passionate, thrilling record.

Hard Left are: Mike: exhortations Donna: bass, vocals Tim: guitar, vocals Stewart: drums, vocals

Preorder: hardleft.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

BAST announce European tour with Pallbearer



BAST will join Pallbearer on a lengthy tour across Europe starting in Berlin on May 20, 2015. It’ll be the bands first full tour of the continent and guitarist/vocalist Craig Bryant is looking forward to it:

"Following performances at Roadburn, Incineration and Red Sun festivals, and a year after supporting them together with YOB on our home-turf, it’s with great pride that we will be playing 18 dates alongside Pallbearer on their European tour this Summer – marking our first extensive excursion across the mainland!"

PALLBEARER + BAST

0/05/2015 DE Berlin – Kantine am Berghain 21/05/2015 CZ Prague – Klub 007 22/05/2015 DE Koln – MTC 24/05/2015 BE Brussels – AB Club 25/05/2015 FR Paris – Social Club 26/05/2015 DE Schorndorf – Club Manufaktur 27/05/2015 CH Zurich – Rote Fabrik 01/06/2015 UK Glasgow – Broadcast 02/06/2015 UK Birmingham – The Oobleck 03/06/2015 UK London – 100 Club 30/06/2015 NO Oslo – Blä 01/07/2015 SE Gothenburg – Truckstop Alaska 03/07/2015 NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje 04/07/2015 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof 06/07/2015 IT Milan – Lo-Fi Club 07/07/2015 IT Bologna – Freakout Club 08/07/2015 IT Rome – Traffic Live Club 09/07/2015 IT Padova – Radar festival

BAST is a trio specialising in an unhealthy blend of Black Metal and Doom, with a flair for experimentation and emphasis on storytelling.

Their debut full-length ‘Spectres’ – originally released on Black Bow (Slomatics / Conan / Fister and others) and Burning World records in early 2014 – weaves together a hatful of heavy and a pinch of psychedelia to take you on a journey of Godless riffs and crippling atmosphere. Following its initial release, Bast embarked on two tours across the UK and Ireland with Conan and Ageless Oblivion, made festival appearances at Damnation, Into The Void (NL), Doomed Gatherings (FR) and FOAD, as well as one-off performances with Indian, Oranssi Pazuzu, Oathbreaker, Wodensthrone and Horse Latitudes, among many others.

This repress of ‘Spectres’ (on both black and gold vinyl) signals Bast as true auteurs of their vision, spreading it without compromise and proving that there’s still life aplenty in the UK heavy music scene.

GUITAR / VOCALS: Craig Bryant DRUMS / VOCALS: Jon Lee BASS: Gavin Thomas

HARD LEFT - "WE ARE HARD LEFT" Released 11th May via Future Perfect Records



HARD LEFT - "WE ARE HARD LEFT" Released 11th May via Future Perfect Records
FFO The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils


Ft. members of Black Tambourine, Lunchbox, Whorl and Boyracer

We Are Hard Left is the debut album from Hard Left. Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage -- Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. Far from a dry exercise in doctrinaire thought, Hard Left's songs are great punk first and foremost, and ripping good fun.

The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Jüke, Whorl, Lunchbox and Black Tambourine, and operating the respected labels 555, Emotional Response and Slumberland Records. Initial Hard Left recording sessions in Spring 2014 led to the release of two limited edition lathe-cut singles, the Situationist-inspired "What's That Sound?" and the tough-as-nails "Safety." The band set to writing and in August 2014 gathered in the desert of Flagstaff, AZ to record. The results were two more singles ("Skinheads Home For Christmas" and a split 7" with Bad Daddies, both released in December 2014), and now this album.

We Are Hard Left is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. These are crucial times that we live in, and Hard Left seek to inspire and invigorate. The opener "New Year" sets out the band's stall in fine fashion, urging listeners to "give up false needs" and embrace new beginnings. They follow with the blasting "Hard Left Rules OK," a call to arms if ever there was one. The album is tightly edited, each song on the heels of the previous one, exemplifying the group's eagerness to broadcast their message and energize their fans.

To that end, rousing chants and noisy interludes are interspersed throughout, cheeky but pointed references to their mod forebears and street-level terrace "politics." The message is always positive, the underlying mood is of hopefulness. "Hand In Hand" is an exhilarating call for solidarity and collective action, while "Future Perfect" imagines a world where the people were the true beneficiaries of the surplus created by progress, the perfect future we were all promised during the golden age of capitalism. Previous singles "Safety" and "Stay True" appear in re-recorded form, hard as nails and fitting in perfectly.

From the super-tough "Kicking If Off" to the Occupy-inspired "Red Flag" and the supremely uplifting (and also Situationist-inspired) closer "Imagination," this is a record that hits hard, crammed with guitars that soar and rage, group chants and raw-throated vocals. It's anthemic in the best way -- inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils. Call it "utopian Oi" if you will, or "hard mod" or just plain punk, but don't miss out on this passionate, thrilling record.

Hard Left are:

Mike: exhortations Donna: bass, vocals Tim: guitar, vocals Stewart: drums, vocals

Preorder HERE

Ireland Rockers RADIO ROOM Releasing Debut LP '92/93' On April 14; LP Recorded with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies); "Better Now" Premiering on Huffington Post



Dublin, Ireland rockers Radio Room will release their debut LP '92/93' on May 19 via Gold Coast Recordings. The LP was recorded and mixed with legendary producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) at his Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, and mastered by Fergal Davis (Muse, Ben Folds).

A track titled "Better Now" is premiering on the Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com.

Front man Robbie Murphy tells HuffPost, "Steve Albini was a gent to work with. We got on with him really well and learned a lot from the experience. He made the sound golden and gave us plenty of creative control, letting the album unravel naturally over the course of the recording sessions."

'92/93' was recorded completely live - no click tracks, no computer editing, no plug-ins. Pre-orders are available here.

Since forming in 2011, Radio Room has played shows with La Dispute, Kids In Glass Houses and has been steadily building a legion of dedicated fans all over Europe.

**Track Listing:**

01 What You Heard 02 Skin Touch 03 Just Like This 04 Better Now 05 About You 06 Maybe Her Too 07 Shrug 08 Who We Owe 09 Interlude 10 Curtain Call