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  HELLFEST 2012 DAY TWO
CLISSON, FRANCE
HERE COMES THE SUN


Tina Saul


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Bach at the moon...

Day two of the festival and the Metal gets underway at 10.30am with Suicidal Angels waking up Main Stage 2, but it was Crashdiet who made sure I headed into the arena early. After the traditional festival shower of wet wipes and dry shampoo, we made the short journey into the arena to see how these Swedish glamsters were going to rid the crowd of their hangovers.

And a fine job they did too. Frontman Simon Cruz was full of energy and even those who were more accustomed to harder Metal seemed to enjoy the set. Simon found common ground by saying "the good thing about being up this early is you can drink all day" and I think he made a few friends with that statement. I can confirm that I spotted him several times throughout the day and he kept true to his word, and watching him lift his bright blue mohawk so he could drink from his Hellfest jug was a fine sight indeed.

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Next up was Gama Bomb who played Main Stage 2 and even though Crashdiet had pulled a decent sized crowd, it started to grow noticeably through the Irish thrash Metallers set. They had a great rapport with the audience, including a giant ninja wasp that flew around the crowd for the whole set and then buzzed off at the end. A great sing-along for 'OCP' with the crowd shouting out "Dick Jones" loud and clear and wall of death for 'Mussolini Mosh' were highlights and a way to make sure this won't be the last time I go and see these guys.

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Time for a quick trip to the VIP bar for the traditional breakfast of ice cold Jaegermeister and then it was time for Steel Panther. Even though these guys haven't been around for that long, I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen them and was getting a little bored with the same old show. But today's set was very different as they had bothered learning some French for the occasion, including "show your pussy" and "boobies", all written as an aide memoir on Satchel's hand. They played a classic Steel Panther set with their obligatory appeal for girls to show their boobs. French ladies clearly have higher morals, as only a few got them out for the boys, in stark contrast to the hordes that did at Download.

Next up was my only venture into one of the four tents over the weekend to see October File play The Warzone. That has to be the most appropriate name for a tent as it was surrounded by its very own moat of mud. I'm not a fan of Metalcore, but these guys didn't do too bad a job and it's good to support your fellow countrymen, right?

As we wandered back to the main arena to grab some sustenance, liquid of course, we caught the end of a band I'd not heard of before, but their back catalogue is now firmly planted on my wish list. Koritni are an Australian band that play France a lot looking at their tour history, so it's no surprise that they got a good slot on the Saturday of Hellfest. It was the perfect afternoon band supplying a brand of Hard Rock that would make any Aerosmith, Van Halen or AC/DC fan smile. Keep an eye out for these guys, as they are well worth seeing live.

Uriah Heep were up next, but I opted to go and do a little bit of work and chill out in the press area. Glad I did, as I spotted a guy in the corner drawing official Hellfest posters. That's the thing that I love about this festival, the mix of music and art. The sculptures on site are amazing, and there are flames coming out of bars and other installations on site. I found out that the posters were limited edition and I managed to bag myself #1 of 70 for a mere €30. I did hear the traditional end to Uriah Heep's set, 'Land Of Hope And Glory' blasting out from the Main Stage PA, which made me proud to be British, then the guilt set in for not seeing them play, in favour of supporting French art – oh the irony.

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And then it was time to return to the sleaze as I stood waiting for Sebastian Bach. Fresh from his controversial visit to the UK, he took to the main stage at Hellfest to an adoring crowd, waiting to get the vocal chords slashed as they tried to mirror his range, which happened instantly as he opened with 'Slave To The Grind'. His stage act hasn't changed at all and as he simultaneously head banged and swung his microphone over his head, the crowd were really getting into it.

After 'Kicking And Screaming' he had a good chat with the crowd in French. No idea what he said, but it seemed to go down well, so much so that one girl threw her bra onto stage, hitting one of the photographers. They passed it up to him and he grabbed it and took it off stage. 'Piece Of Me' was a great track to showcase his vocal talent, '18 And Life' was a perfect sing-along in the sun and renaming 'American Metal Head' to 'Français Metal Head' was a nice touch. The set was perfect and left me praying that the rumours of a Skid Row union will come true soon.

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A little bit of a break to wander the site, grab some of the delicious food, and have a cheeky break in the VIP bar and next up for me were Machine Head who had the task of warming up the Hellfest crowd before tonight's headliners. This was by far the biggest crowd I'd seen Main Stage 2 pull over the weekend, bordering on ridiculous with the bar and stalls crammed in on one side, and wasn't the nicest of experiences to be honest.

I moved back slightly just in time for the Bay Area Metallers open with 'I Am Hell' – a very apt track for this festival. 'Imperium' and 'Beautiful Mourning' went down well, and then a green haze appeared and an echoey Rob Flynn broke the intense moshing with a monologue. When he said: "This next song is a metaphor for a person who comes into your life and has a similar effect. Hellfest do you know somebody like that?" it didn't get as big a reaction as they expected. Maybe a French translation would have been good, but as 'Locust' kicked in, it returned to savage moshing.



I've seen Machine Head a lot and have never questioned Rob Flynn's vocals but he didn't seem on form today, which was a real shame as the set list was superb, but thankfully ending with 'Halo' and 'Davidian' was a way to make sure I left satisfied regardless.

I retreated to the VIP bar to meet up with everyone and start taking bets on when Axl would actually turn up tonight. We got ourselves a drink and settled in for the inevitable wait, but then we were all taken aback as 'Chinese Democracy' blasted out at 11.30pm – the exact time he was billed. And we weren't the only ones, as the queue to get out of the bar was huge, and when we did eventually get out you could see people running over from all over site and we just about made it out for the end of 'Welcome To The Jungle'.



This isn't Guns n' Roses and I refuse to go and see Axl And Friends on tour, but you can't deny that it's the perfect way to spend a Saturday night after a few drinks. 'It's So Easy', 'Mr Brownstone,' 'Rocket Queen', 'Civil War', 'Nightrain' and 'You Could Be Mine', coupled with the overplayed 'Paradise City' and 'Sweet Child Of Mine', were all guaranteed to get your dancing shoes on. But it was 'Estranged' that sent shivers down my spine, as I absolutely love that song and Axl And Friends really pulled it off perfectly.

You may have seen the dig on the Metal Hammer website this week, that Axl took a tumble in 'Sweet Child Of Mine' and he certainly did, but unlike previous shows he didn't let it affect the performance, which went on for over two hours and left the whole arena in a fine party spirit. What a great end to a perfect day.

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And here's the French version, with thanks to Flo Cherry...

HELLFEST 2012- 2nd JOUR: LE SOLEIL EST VENU

2nd jour du festival et dés 10h30, le métal se met en branle, avec SUICIDAL ANGELS, pour réveiller la Main stage 2.

Mais c est surtout CRASHDIET, qui ont fait que je me suis dirigé sur le site de bonne heure.

Après un traditionnel festival alliant lingettes et shampooing sec, nous nous sommes rendus, après un court trajet, dans l enceinte du festival, afin de voir comment ces slammeurs suédois allaient débarrasser la foule de leurs gueules de bois.

Ce fût un bon travail qu' ils firent. Simon Cruz, frontman du groupe, était bourré d'énergie, et même ceux habitués à un métal pur et dur semblait y prendre du plaisir.

Simon trouva un terrain d entente en disant :"La bonne chose en se trouvant, là si tôt et que vous pourrez boire toute la journée", et je pense qu' il s'est fait quelques amis avec déclaration.

Ce que je peux je peut confirmer, l'ayant repéré, à plusieurs reprises, au cours de la journée, fidèle à sa parole, le voyant basculant sa magnifique crête bleue, pour boire la cruche du Hellfest, et ce fût un sacré spectacle.

Ensuite, ce fût au tour de GAMMA BOMB de jouer sur cette même Main Stage 2, même si CRASHDIET avait attiré, une foule assez conséquente, elle continua de s'accroître les trasheurs métalleux irlandais.

Ils eurent un bon contact avec le public, une guêpe Ninja géante, survolant la foule et tombant à la fin.

Un rappel avec le public, scandant, durant "l OCP" : "Dick Jones", d une même voix forte claire et unanime.

Le mur de la mort pour "Mussolini Mosh" me dit que ce ne sera pas la dernière fois que je verrais ces gars-là.

Le temps d un voyage rapide au bar VIP, pour un petit déjeuner tradionnel à base de Jaegermeister fraîche, et ce fut l heure de STEEL PANTHER.

Même si ces gars là ne sont pas là, depuis longtemps, je ne me souviens plus le nombre de fois où je les ai déjà vu, cela devenant un peu ennuyeux avec l éternel même show.

Mais aujourd'hui le set fût différent, ils avaient même pris la peine d apprendre quelques mots de français, pour cette occasion, dont : "Montrez votre chatte" et "imbécile", ces mots écrits en aide mémoire, dans la main de Satchel.

Ils jouèrent un set de STEEL PANTHER tradionnel, avec rappel aux filles de montrer leurs seins.

Les filles françaises ayant certainement une morale un peu plus élevée, seulement quelques unes leur ont montré, contraste absolu avec le Download ou des hordes de filles l ont fait.

Ensuite, ce fût ma seule aventure dans l une des 4 tentes, durant ce week-end; pour voir OCTOBER FILE jouant la "Warzone", nom le plus approprié pour une tente très propre!, pleine de boue.

Je ne suis pas fan de Metalcore, mais ces gars là n'ont pas fait un mauvais boulot, et c 'est pas non plus de soutenir, un peu vos concitoyens, non?

Puis un repli, vers la Main Stage, ayant pris auparavant, le temps de se restaurer en nourriture liquide, bien évidement.

Nous avons vu, la fin du set, d'un groupe que nous n'avions jamais vu auparavant. Mais leurs compos est désormais solidement implantés dans mon catalogue de souhaits.

KORITNI, est un groupe australien, jouant beaucoup en France, il suffit de regarder leurs précédentes dates de tournée.

Donc, pas surprenant qu'ils ont obtenu ce passage dans cette brèche au Hellfest, ce samedi là.

C'était donc l'aprés-midi parfait, pour un groupe de Hard Rock, qui rendait le sourire aux fans d'Aerosmith, Van Halen et AC/DC. Gardez un oeil sur ces types là, ils valent le détour.

URIAH HEEP étaient les suivants, mais j'obtais d aller faire un tour, pour travailler un peu, au secteur presse.

Et je fût heureux de le faire, repérant, un gars dans un coin, qui dessinait des affiches officielles du Hellfest. C'est la seule chose que j'aime dans ce festival, le mélange de la musique et de l'Art. Les sculptures sur le site, sont étonnantes, des flammes sortent des bars et des autres installations du site. j'ai donc des trouvé, des affiches en série limitée à 70, que je m empressa de mettre dans mon sac, pour seulement 30 euros.

Puis j ai entendu, la fin du tradionnel "Land of Hope and Glory", qui dynamitait la Main Stage PA, qui rendit fière d'être Britannique, mais me culpabilisa de ne les avoir vu jouer, en faveur de mon soutien à l art français- ô ironie.

Et ce fût le moment de revenir au Sleeze, et j attendais Sebastian Bach. Fraîchement controversé, lors de sa visite au Royaume-Uni, il prit possession de la Main Stage, devant une foule en adoration, qui se réduisait les cordes vocales à néant, en tentant de donner un reflet de son répertoire, ce qu'il fit en ouvrant avec "Slave to the Grind".

Son jeu de scène, n'a pas changé du tout, secouant sa tête et balançant son micro simultanément. La foule était vraiment dedans.

Après "Kicking and streaming", il conversa avec la foule en français, mais aucune idée de ce qu' il dit, mais le message semblait passer, tant et si bien qu une jeune fille lui balança son soutien-gorge sur scène, qui atterri au passage, sur l un des photographes, il s' en empara et le mis hors de scène.

"Piece of me" fût un bon terrain, pour mettre son talent vocal en avant, "18 and life", parfait aussi pour chanter sous le soleil, renommant "American Metal Head" en "French Metal Head", délicate attention pour son public.

Le set fût parfait, et me laisse espérer que les rumeurs concernant une prochaine re-formation de Skidrow vont se réaliser bientôt.

Une petite pause, pour se promener sur le site, en profitant de la délicieuse nourriture et faire une pause insolente au bar VIP.

Pas loin de moi,"MACHINE HEAD", ceux-ci avait la tâche de réchauffer la foule du Hellfest avant les têtes d affiche du soir.

Ce fût de loin la plus grosse foule, que j'ai vu devant la Main Stage 2, durant ce week-end, à la limite du ridicule, avec le bar entassé dans les stalles d'un côté, et ce ne fût pas ma plus belle expérience, pour être honnête.

Je me suis donc déplacé vers l'arrière, juste à temps pour les métalleux de la Bay Area, ouvrant avec "I'm Hell" morceau bien choisi pour ce festival.

"Imperion" et "Deuil Beautiful" tombèrent bien aussi, puis une brume verte apparue, et dans un écho, Rob Flynn cassa l intense Mosh en court, avec un monologue, annonçant la prochaine chanson, je cite: " this next song is a métaphore for a person who comes in your life and as a similar effect, Hellfest do you know somebody like that?"

La réaction ne fut pas de la taille auquelle il s attendait, peut être une traduction française aurait été la bienvenue, mais les "pèlerins" re -entrèrent en jeu et le mosh sauvage repris.

J ai vu MACHINE HEAD pas mal de fois et je n'ai jamais remis en question le chant de Rob Flynn, mais il semblait pas très en forme ce jour, ce qui était dommage, vu la superbe Set list.

Heureusement, le final avec "Halo" et "Davidian" fût le bon moyen de me dire que malgré tout j'étais heureux.

Je me suis retiré au bar VIP, pour retrouver tous le monde et commencer à prendre les paris, sur l'heure à laquelle AXL arriverait ce soir sur scène.

nous avons pris un verre tous ensemble, et nous nous sommes installés pour cette inévitable attente.

Mais quelle surprise, quand les premières notes de "Chinese Democraty" retentirent à 23H30, pile l heure annoncée.

Nous n étions pas les seuls manifestement à être surpris, vu la longue file d'attente pour sortir du bar, une fois enfin sortis, nous avons pu voir des gens affluant de tous le site, arrivant juste pour la fin de "Welcome to thé Jungle".

Ce n'est pas Gun's ann Roses, et je refuse d'aller voir AXL et ses amis en tournée, mais on ne peut nier que c'est un moyen idéal pour passer un agréable samedi soir avec quelques verres.

"It's so easy", "Mr brownstone", "Rocket Queen", "Civil War", "Nightrain" et "You could be mine", couplés aver les surestimés "Paradise City" et "Sweet child o'mine", étaient la garantie d' obtenir chaussures a son pieds.

Mais ce fût "Estranged" qui me fit parcourir des frissons le long de tous le dos, j ai toujours absolument adoré cette chanson, et AXL et ses amis l ont envoyé à la perfection.

Vous avez certainement vu en fouinant sur le site de Metal Hammer cette semaine, que AXL à fait une chute, pendant "Sweet child o'mine", mais contrairement aux shows précédents, il n' a pas laissé cela affecter sa performance, qui dura plus de 2h00, laissant cette foule intense dans un esprit de communion parfait.

Quelle belle fin pour une journée parfaire.

24.6.12


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The band have a new creative energy after reuniting with singer Dan Tompkins and have already written half of their third album, the follow up to 'Altered State', slated for a 2015 release...

primordial PRIMORDIAL TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH THIS NOVEMBER VIA METAL BLADE RECORDS
"We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history..."

ill nino ILL NIÑO PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'I'M NOT THE ENEMY'
The video tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND LAUNCHES ZTV AND NEW ZILTOID SITE
"I'm really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release..."

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST OPEN US TOUR WITH NEW SONGS AND CLASSICS: SPOILER ALERT - FULL SETLIST HERE
The legendary British Metallers are touring in support of of their new 'Redeemer Of Souls' album...

tony wright TONY WRIGHT RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM 'THOUGHTS 'N' ALL' ON 17TH NOVEMBER
The Terrorvision frontman has made a personal, heartfelt and passionate reflection of his journey...

off PUNK/HARDCORE LUMINARIES OFF! RETURN TO THE ROAD
There will be six UK dates before the band head off to mainland Europe...

queensryche BREAKING NEWS: QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCED AS HARD ROCK HELL VIII HEADLINERS
Following the official cancellation of W.A.S.P., Hard Rock Hell are pleased to announce that Queensryche will be stepping up to the top slot...

motorhead LEMMY TALKS TO FULL METAL JACKIE ABOUT HIS HEALTH, THE NEXT ALBUM AND THE MOTORBOAT CRUISE
Lemmy Kilmister was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show this weekend...

hellion HELLION ANNOUNCE NEW 'KARMA'S A BITCH' MINI ALBUM & SINGLE
Hellion's strongest line-up to date unleash first new material in over a decade...

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY RELEASES 'SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE' DVD
Blaze and backing band Absolva are captured in a performance celebrating 30 years in the business for Blaze...

black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND DO ONE FINAL TOUR
Just as we told you back in May, Black Sabbath's Hyde Park performance on 4th July was not the last ever Sabbath gig...

def leppard DEF LEPPARD ROCK THE NFL AT WEMBLEY
A stage was set up on the pitch with the band performing in front of beautiful cheerleaders...

slipknot SLIPKNOT RELEASE 'THE DEVIL IN I' OFFICIAL VIDEO
Find out more about the new masks as the build up to the release of '.5:The Gray Chapter' continues...

sy keeler ONSLAUGHT'S SY KEELER TO SIT OUT FORTHCOMING US/CANADA/SOUTH AMERICA TOUR
Ex Anthrax legend Neil Turbin steps into the breach as the health issues of Sy Keeler's son mean he is needed at home...

vivian cambell VIV CAMPBELL TO UNDERGO STEM CELL TREATMENT
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown will fill in for Def Leppard's autumn dates...

haken HAKEN LAUNCH 'DARKEST LIGHT' VIDEO
"We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show..."

the dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE 'THE FACE I LOVE' VIDEO
Get a look at the title track of the new EP here. A new album will follow in 2015...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN FEBRUARY 2015
There will also be an album launch in Dublin in November for 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen'...

protokult SING ALONG TO 'GET ME A BEER!' LYRIC VIDEO BY PROG FOLK METALLERS PROTOKUL
"For those of you who can't understand what the hell Martin is spewing, now is your chance to sing along! Get yourself a cold one and enjoy!"...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DVD/CD WITH CLASSIC AND RARE PERFORMANCES
"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale...

metal church VOCALIST RONNY MUNROE QUITS METAL CHURCH
The band posted a statement on their official Facebook page assuring fans that the band is alive and well and that "big announcements" are expected soon...

bloodbath BLOODBATH STREAM FIRST NEW TRACK FEATURING NICK HOLMES AND REVEAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Sweden's masters of horror Bloodbath are set to release their fourth album of supreme death Metal, 'Grand Morbid Funeral', on 17th November 2014...

ac/dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ROCK OR BUST', AND CONFIRM DEPARTURE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album, their first for six years and their first ever not to feature Malcolm...

lordi LORDI RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'SCARE FORCE ONE'
Tour dates to follow for the Finnish sensations. "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there..."

bloodstock CANNIBAL CORPSE WILL PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK 2015
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Ihsahn join the line-up that also includes Within Temptation and Opeth...

helix HELIX ANNOUNCE TOUR OF EUROPE
This will be the first Euro tour for Helix since heading out with Kiss and Ian Gillan in the 1980s...

threshold THRESHOLD DISCUSS HOW THEY FOUND THE NEW ALBUM ARTWORK ON THE INTERNET
Damian Wilson and Richard West discuss Threshold's new album 'For The Journey', out today...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE 'THIS IS ROCK N ROLL II' IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER TOUR
Re-packaged, re-styled and with 4 bonus tracks, the rare 2001 classic from The Quireboys will be available on 23rd October...

gwar GWAR REVEAL TWO NEW MEMBERS - BLÓTHAR AND VULVATRON
Meet the latest warriors to don the latex and styrofoam and join the intergalactic crew for Gwar's "Eternal" tour...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT
The journey continues for one of the groundbreaking Metal bands of our time, with new material to be released in 2015...

tank TANK BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM; BAND CONFIRMED FOR BANG YOUR HEAD
The band are scheduled to enter the studio in November with a release planned for early February...

blitzallica DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE COUNTY DURHAM'S BLITZALLICA IN OCTOBER
Plus legendary Metal party band Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and old favorites Holosade who are reforming especially for this headbanging estravaganza...

saille SAILLE COMMENT ON FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM
"'Eldritch' differs quite a bit from our two previous albums," keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says...

winger WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BETTER DAYS COMIN'
Winger have released a new music video - the title track from their Billboard chart breaking album...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX ANNOUNCE SIX HEADLINE SHOWS IN EUROPE
This Autumn, Voodoo Six will play six headline shows in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER UK TOUR
Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' plus all the classics...

johnny thunders LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery...

metallica METALLICA TO RELEASE 27 LIVE ALBUMS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND APPEAR IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
To commemorate the anniversary of the LiveMetallica.com site, the band are offering CDs and LPs of every gig they played in 2014...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS AND THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOURS
Kobra And The Lotus will be kicking off their Headline Tour on 24th September in support of their latest record 'High Priestess'...

rival sons RIVAL SONS RETURN TO UK FOR DECEMBER TOUR
The band appear on Letterman in the US on October 9th, and will have an exciting UK TV appearance to announce soon...

linkin park LINKIN PARK PLAY TWO NIGHTS AT LONDON'S 02 ARENA IN NOVEMBER
Following their exhilarating headline sets at the European summer festivals, Linkin Park return for their own headline tour in November...

evil scraecrow AT LAST! A NEW VIDEO FROM EVIL SCARECROW
"It's an emotional thing for us to watch back. We hope that translates to everyone that watches it too!"

sabctuary SANCTUARY POSTS LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'EXITIUM (ANTHEM OF THE LIVING)'
Sanctuary continue that legacy that they started decades ago, delivering yet another fresh take on "classic-sounding" Metal...

electric mary ELECTRIC MARY ANNOUNCE MINI ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Australian five piece Electric Mary are back to spread Rock n' Roll's genuine flavour to Europe...

accept ACCEPT REVEAL LIVE CLIP OF 'PANDEMIC' FILMED IN FRONT OF 750,000 PEOPLE AT WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2014
UK fans can catch the band live at The Forum in London on the 27th November 2014...

hornet HORNET ANNOUNCE NEW EP AND SINGLE
"We really wanted to just expand the sound we already had by incorporating more of our influences to make our sound more modern and diverse..."

jimmy barnes JIMMY BARNES ANNOUNCES NEW 30th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM 'HINDSIGHT'
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Barnes' debut as Scottish born Australian rock singer-songwriter...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED FOR FORTHCOMING TOUR
London based hard rockers Neonfly will support in the UK mainland, with Northern Irish Metalheads Conjuring Fate doing the honours at the Belfast and Dublin shows...

within temptation WITHIN TEMPTATION TO HEADLINE BLOODSTOCK 2015
Within Temptation appear as a UK exclusive. Prog Metal titans Opeth will also appear on the bill...

emigrate EMIGRATE CONFIRM NEW ALBUM FOR UK RELEASE VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
'Silent So Long' is the second album from the band formed by Rammstein's Richard Kruspe...

highway to hell WINNERS OF HIGHWAY TO HELL 5 ANNOUNCED
Texas Flood are the overall winners from an outstanding field, winning a contract and an appearance at Hard Rock Hell...

grim reaper THE LEGENDARY GRIM REAPER RETURN TO LONDON
Get down to the Boston Music Room on 27th September for Grim Reaper with Amulet and Dark Forest...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
The 30th anniversary celebrations continue with a world tour including a trip to North America and a nine date UK leg...

eric martin MR. BIG SINGER ANNOUNCES UK SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR
Eric Martin will play nine unplugged dates in December 2014 with a mix of solo and Mr Big material...

absolva ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST
British classic Metallers Absolva are delighted to announce the appointment of new bassist Karl Schramm...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PLANS AND UPDATED TOURING SCHEDULE
Manowar will headline Loud Park Festival in Tokyo on October 18th 2014 and will then resume the 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' World Tour...

skyscraper SKYSCRAPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'MONDAY MORNING'
This dynamic band has been taking critics by storm with their inimitable brand of melodic hard rock...

the more i see THE MORE I SEE ANNOUNCE OCT/NOV TOUR WITH SAVAGE MESSIAH AND BULL RIFF STAMPEDE
Featuring world renowned guitarist Gizz Butt, the band always deliver incredible live shows that combine passion, energy and breathtaking musicianship...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND REVEALS Z DETAILS AND ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ROYAL ALBERT HALL PERFORMANCE
Devin Townsend is extremely pleased to announce the release of long-awaited new double-album...

blastfest AT THE GATES, DARK FUNERAL, ROTTING CHRIST AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR BLASTFEST 2015
Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered thee black metal capital of the world...

exodus EXODUS REVEAL SPECIAL GUESTS ON NEW ALBUM 'BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT'
Bay Area thrash Metal provocateurs Exodus proudly announce the special guests appearing on their latest showcase of unrefined rage...

panzer PANZER STREAMING LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LAST MAN ON EARTH'
Brazilian thrash/stoner act Panzer have just released a new lyric video on for the second track of the album 'Honor'...

bush BUSH ANNOUNCE OCTOBER 20th RELEASE FOR 'MAN ON THE RUN'
Multi-platinum alt-rock band Bush have announced an October 20th release date for their highly anticipated new album...

absolva ABSOLVA RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'LIVE FOR THE FIGHT'
The video features Luke Appleton (Iced Earth) who is playing bass for the band on the forthcoming European Tour...

giants of rock GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL: FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED
The reformed Family and pomp rockers Magnum will headline the event...

weapon uk ESTRELLA TO SUPPORT GILBY CLARKE ON TOUR AND ANNOUNCE A NEW SINGLE
The band are currently gearing up for a thirteen date trek with Clarke that includes dates in Wakefield, London and Edinburgh...

weapon uk WEAPON UK ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER
Weapon UK have tour dates confirmed in support of their critically acclaimed album 'Rising From The Ashes'...

amulet AMULET DEBUT ALBUM 'THE FIRST' RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER: FIRST TRACK NOW ONLINE
The album track 'Mark Of Evil' has just been uploaded to Soundcloud. Raise your fists and bang your heads on this one...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S GUITARS STOLEN FROM GERMAN RECORDING STUDIO
German police are examining evidence and the studio for fingerprints and DNA evidence to help catch the criminals...

jimi jamison JIMI JAMISON OF SURVIVOR PASSES AWAY AGED 63
Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, very sadly passed away on Sunday night...

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