Tuesday, 5 May 2015
All you rockers, ready to get down ‘n’ dirty at Donington with the Download Dog can lay witness to a plethora of Spinefarm bands on a variety of stages throughout the weekend (June 12-14); start out on the Friday with our lads in DECADE, who guarantee to get you jumpin’ for joy (just don’t expect them to replace the beer that’s sure to be all over your T-shirt/ shorts/ head).
Take a quick hop-step-lunge over to the third stage and get low for the mighty KROKODIL. A too-cool-for-school, arm cross and head nod is not going to cut it here; that growl from frontman Simon Wright will penetrate your soul and resonate in the pit of your stomach! EMBRACE THOSE RIFFS AND ROCK THE FUCK OUT.
Now that you’re suitably sticky, why not head over to THE CADILLAC THREE? If you follow in the band’s footsteps, you’ll soon be a few whiskeys in, “getting your buzz on!” But hey, “they’re southern and it ain’t their fault”…
What you do with Friday from then on is nothing to do with us! But make sure you get some shut eye as Saturday marks your opportunity to see the other-worldly magnificence that is PURSON…
A new signing for Spinefarm Records and a bloody exciting one, singer, guitarist, songwriter Rosalie Cunningham fronts this UK outfit whose music touches on a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic & classic rock. GROOVY!
But there’s no time for tired limbs on Sunday as that’s when those dashing Scandinavian siblings, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, will be bringing their own brand of stadium rock to the stage. This will be their first ever Download appearance and it’s one certain to turn a few heads. If you’re a fan of Muse, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters or even Queen, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS have the credentials to become your new favourite band.
Now, I’ve heard rumours that you like your rock HARD? Well, I’ve got a treat for you: G.O.D.S.M.A.C.K. Oh yeah!!! Boston monsters of rock GODSMACK have been a much-missed commodity in the UK, having not played here in six years, so rev yourself up at that barrier, my friend, cos that fist has some air-pumping to do!
Talking of fists, grab all of your pals because Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS are playing main stage, motherfuuuuckers! And, oh my, do they deserve it! Following the release of current album, ‘Time and Trauma’ – which won the guys top-notch reviews across the board and saw them playing every town on this little island of ours – they are back by popular demand. Come join Brock & Co. as they drag us all in for a bloody great bear-hug then spit us all out, wind-milling all over the place. THIS SHIT’S FOR REAAAAL!
Right before extreme metal titans ARCH ENEMY kick off their next European tour in France tonight, they are releasing a digital single for the track 'Stolen Life (2015 Version)'. This brand-new version of the song that was originally released on the 2014 album, War Eternal, features additional lead/solo parts of their new guitarist Jeff Loomis and is available as of now!
ARCH ENEMY also launch a new video for 'Stolen Life (2015 Version)', which was directed and produced by Carlos Toro V. (Abysmo Films). It was filmed in Chile during their recent Latin America tour in early 2015.
Watch it here:
ARCH ENEMY founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "I can't believe it's been almost a year since we released the ‛War Eternal‛ album! Time flies when you're having fun huh?! We're just starting up our summer tour here in Europe and there's still a long way to go - we're booked up till Christmas! There has been such an amazing reaction to the new music and lineup and it is really keeping us motivated. Having Jeff Loomis out with us on the road is fantastic. A fine player and a true gentleman. I'm super happy that he could throw down a couple of leads on this new exciting version of "Stolen Life", it really adds some new fire to the song. On our recent tour in Latin America we had the opportunity to film a video for our new single. It was a really good experience working with the talented Abysmo team and I'm more than happy with the end result! I look forward to seeing you all out there on the road..."
ARCH ENEMY live:
05.05.2015 Le Splendid, Lille, France* 06.05.2015 L'Empreinte, Savigny-Le-Temple, France* 07.05.2015 Le Fil, St Etienne, France* 08.05.2015 Le Moloco, Audincourt, France* 09.05.2015 JUZ Live Club, Andernach, Germany 10.05.2015 ZAK, Uelsen, Germany* 11.05.2015 Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland* 14.05.2015 Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland* 15.05.2015 Audiodrome, Torino, Italy* 16.05.2015 Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Italy* 17.05.2015 La Paloma, Nimes, France* 18.05.2015 La Krakatoa, Bordeaux, France* 21.05.2015 Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal* 22.05.2015 Hardclub, Porto, Portugal* 23.05.2015 Capitol, Santiago de Compostela* 31.05.2015 Komma, Wörgl, Austria (Support Drone) 02.06.2015 Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary (Support Drone) 03.06.2015 Orpheum, Graz, Austria* (* supported by UNEARTH and Drone) 04.06.2015 Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind, Germany 05.06.2015 Metalfest Open Air, Pilsen, Czech Republic 06.06.2015 Plein Air de Rock Festival, Jarny, France 19.06.2015 Nummirock Metal Festival, Nummijarvi, Finland 20.06.2015 Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium 21.06.2015 Hellfest, Clisson, France 25.06.2015 Bravalla Festival, Norrköping, Sweden 26.06.2015 TopFest, Piestany, Slovakia 03.07.2015 Pfeffelbach Open Air, Pfeffelbach, Germany 05.07.2015 With Full Force Festival, Roitzschjora, Germany 17.07.2015 Metal Collision Festival, Frankfurt, Germany 18.07.2015 Dynamo Metal Fest, Eindhoven, Netherlands 19.07.2015 Two Days A Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria 23.07.2015 Metaldays, Tolmin, Slovenia 24.07.2015 Lanzenanger Festival, Burglengenfeld, Germany
ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL - EUROPE 2015 with Nightwish & Amorphis
16.11.2015 DK Copenhagen - Falconer 18.11. 2015 GER Hamburg - O2 World 19.11. 2015 NL Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall 20.11. 2015 NL Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall 21.11. 2015 GER Oberhausen - König-Pilsener-Arena 23.11. 2015 FR Lyon - Hall Tony Garnier 25.11. 2015 FR Paris - POPB-Bercy 26.11. 2015 FR Toulouse - Le Zénith 28.11. 2015 CH Basel - St. Jakobshalle 29.11. 2015 IT Bologna - Unipol Arena 01.12. 2015 GER Munich - Zenith 03.12. 2015 GER Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle 04.12. 2015 GER Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle 05.12. 2015 GER Nürnberg - Arena 07.12. 2015 CZ Prague - Tip Sport Arena Prague 10.12. 2015 RO Bucharest - Polivalenta Hall 14.12. 2015 GER Leipzig - Arena 15.12. 2015 GER Berlin Max - Schmeling-Halle 16.12. 2015 LUX Luxembourg - Rockhal 17.12. 2015 BE Antwerp - Lotto Arena 19.12. 2015 UK London - Wembley Arena
Photos Dublin 2014
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
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.
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 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
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
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