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  HELLFEST 2012 DAY THREE
CLISSON, FRANCE
CRÜE-LLY ENDED TOO SOON


Tina Saul


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And so comes the third and final day of Hellfest. There's always something quite sad about waking up and watching people packing up their tents on the Sunday morning of any festival, but thankfully the sun's out to brighten the mood.

It's a much more relaxed day on site, as people have either taken off early or are still in their pits sleeping off the party from the night before, but as we wander into the press area, the Jäger girls are out early, so we neck a couple of ice cold shots and wander out to watch the first band of the day, Girlschool.

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Opening with 'Demolition' they prove that they can still deliver their youthful take on female Heavy Metal, even though their 30th anniversary was a few years ago. I always love it when bands honour legends of the Metal world, and as they dedicated 'I Spy' to Ronnie James Dio, you can't help wonder if this is a dig at Ozzy And Friends who are due to take the stage later that night.

Actually, it's because this is the song that he lent his vocals too on their 30th anniversary album 'Legacy' and more trivia for you, Tony Iommi played lead guitar on it. A fine performance from these London girls that proves that Sunday is for preaching to one thing only for us - Heavy Metal.

D-A-D were up next and I took the opportunity to bask in the sun on the grass with these guys as the perfect background music and it wasn't until Black Label Society that I ventured back to the main stage. And as I stood watching people in various 'colours' swoop towards the front, I noticed a very quiet and sedate presence take over the audience. This was soon rectified once Zakk took to the stage with his feather headdress, which seemed to have a life of its own today, more than I've ever noticed before.

The set was nothing special for me. It was solid, but it was the same old, same old and nothing new at all. Opening with 'Crazy Horse', ditching the headdress for 'Funeral Bell', the Zakk Wylde solo (really do we really want solos in the middle of such short sets at festivals? Well I guess it is Zakk...) and closing with crowd pleaser 'Stillborn'. After the amount of shows I've seen over the last couple of years, it just felt too samey and one I hope they freshen up soon.

Whoever books the bands at Hellfest really does like to throw the occasional curveball and these could definitely be described as one. Although they've been touring for 40 years, I've never seen Blue Ouster Cult and their psychedelic style was an interesting break from the rest of the bands over the weekend. Highlights of course were 'Godzilla' and 'Don't Fear The Reaper' which even saw the sceptics join in. A good fun band that provided a brief respite from Metal, which wasn't needed but was certainly enjoyed.

When I say Motley, you say... Yes, after a few tipples to get me in the mood, it was time for one of my highlights of the weekend, and as I headed towards the front for Mötley Crüe I started making lots of new friends, and especially enjoyed the Jäger bombs supplied by my new Finnish friends who were in fine singing form. I was thankful to find as not many French were singing along.

I found out from a helpful local that the French don't singalong to bands generally at gigs, so explained some of the weird looks I'd been getting all weekend. That aside, Crüe couldn't have started the set better for me as they opened with 'Wildside', and then 'Livewire'.

The stage was not as spectacular as the last time I saw them, but I'm guessing it's not feasible to bring a rollercoaster drum riser for a festival tour. The sparkly piano did make it though for Tommy, Nikki bought his meat hook mic along, Vince had two female playthings for the duration and Mick, well Mick was just Mick. It was a typical Crüe festival set, with hit after hit and the crowd lapped it up. As they closed the set with 'Kickstart My Heart' all the band members approached the front of stage, picked up buckets and covered the front row with fake blood. A classic show, which no matter what the cynics say entertained each and every one of us.

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Up next was Slash, keeping the Sunset Strip vibe going, featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. For the first time I have to admit to being bitterly disappointed by the show, which was a real shame as they did nothing wrong and normally I sit firmly in Slash's camp when it comes to the Axl feud. A bunch of great musicians, tight and on the ball, with one of the best guitarists in the world and a beautiful vocalist to boot, so what went wrong?

Well quite frankly, the four G n R songs from the set were done a little too seriously, and after seeing Axl and friends perform them the night before with a bigger stage show and a lot more fun, meant that they got lost in the ether. Gone were the Slash's Snakepit songs, in favour of tracks from the new album, and the Velvet Revolver tracks did little to make up for it. Trust me, I am still as disappointed to be writing this now as I was watching the show, which was a big blow for me.

And it's almost time for the festival to come to a close and one week on from seeing Black Sabbath play an unforgettable show at Download Festival, I wondered what Ozzy And Friends would bring to cheer me up.

'Bark At The Moon' kicked off the show, followed by 'Mr Crowley' and Ozzy appeared to be in moderately good spirits considering all that he's been through of late. Instead of the usual buckets of water to throw over the crowd he opted for a giant hose, and very soon he didn't need his own water effects as the heavens thought they'd help by unleashing enough water to sink the ark for the remainder of the night.

Running for cover, I could still hear the show, which featured a whole host of guests and legends join him. From Slash and Geezer Butler getting in on the action for 'Iron Man' to Zakk lending guitars for 'Crazy Train' and then all of them coming on stage for 'Paranoid', it was a show of who's who, but you couldn't help but miss two people on stage.



And so came the end to my Hellfest. Lamb of God were up next, but with an early start to get the mammoth road trip back to London, I couldn't face a night of standing in pouring rain whilst each and every one of my bones ached from the effects of two festivals over two consecutive weekends.

Download the weekend before had been an amazing time, and there are things that Hellfest could learn from their event, but equally (and perhaps more so) Download could take quite a few pages out of Hellfest's book. One thing's for sure though, I'll stay true to Donington, but I sure as hell have added an annual pilgrimage to this place.

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

le dernier et le troisième jour du HELLFEST arriva.

Il y a toujours des choses tristes au réveil, le dimanche matin sur chaque festival, c est de voir les gens plier leur campement. mais quelle gratitude de voir que le soleil était là, pour rester de bonne humeur.

c 'est de loin le jour le plus détendu sur le site, les gens se levant tôt ou restant à dormir dans leur tente, en se remettant des fêtes de la nuit précédente.

mais comme nous nous le demandions, dans l espace presse, "Jäeger girls", étaient aussi sortis de bonne heure, nous attaquions avec quelques petits verres bien frais et nous sommes partis se promener, pour voir paris voir le premier groupe de la journée : GIRLSCHOOL.

Ouvrant avec "démolition day", elles prouvèrent qu' elles pouvaient toujours envoyer leur HEAVY METAL féminin et juvénile, même si le trentième anniversaire du groupe avait eu lieu quelques jours auparavant.

J ai toujours aimés que les groupes rendant hommage aux légendes du monde du métal, et elles le firent en dédicaçant "I Spy" à Ronnie James DIO.

On ne peut que se demander, si c est un clin d oeil à "OZZY and Friends", qui doivent monter monter sur scène plus tard dans la soirée.

c est la chanson où il posa sa voix, pour "Legacy", l album du 30ème anniversaire, et pour plus de bagatelle, Tony Iomy y jouent également de la guitare...

Une bonne performance, pro ces Londoniennes, qui nous ont prouvées qu' elles prêchaient une seule chose pour nous : le HEAVY METAL.

D_A_D furent les suivants, suivants, saisissant l opportunité de m allonger dans l herbe pro bronzer, avec ces gars en parfait fond sonore, jusqu'à ce que je m aventure vers la main Stage principale pour Black Label Society.

je restais à regarder les gens, de différentes "couleurs" échangeant devant, je remarquais une présence silencieuse et posée dans le public.

Bientôt, modifiée quand Zakk monta sur scène avec sa coiffure de plume, montrant sa vie d'aujourd' hui plus que je ne l avais remarqué auparavant.

Le reste n avait rien de spécial pour moi. Il était solide, c était toujours le même ancien, et même ancien et rien de plus neuf.

Ouvrant avec" Crazy Horse", abandonnant sa coiffe de plumes, pour, "Funeral Bell", le solo de Zakk Wilde (sincérement a-t-on vraiment envie envie d'entendre des solos au milieu de courtes prestations durant les festivals mais c est Zakk Wylde), terminant en faisant plaisir à la foule avec "Still Born", avec tous les shows que j'ai vu ces dernières années, tous se ressemblent et j'espère quelque chose de rafraichissant bientôt.

Peu importe, qui planifie les groupes au Hellfest, il aime vraiment lancer un curveball occasionnel, qui pourrait être décrit comme tel.

Bien qu' ils tournent depuis plus de 40 ans, je n 'ai jamais vu Blue OIster Cult et leur style psychédélique, ce fût un bon break avec le reste des groupes du weekend.

En résumé, pour tous ceux qui auraient été encore sceptiques, le joint se fît avec des morceaux tels que "Godzilla" et "Don't fear the ripper"

Un bon et sympathique groupe, qui fourni un bref répit dans ce monde "Métal", qui n'était pas nécessaire, mais que nous avons certainement apprécié.

Si je vous dis MOTLEY CRUE, vous dites ..........

Effectivement, après en avoir siroté quelques unes, arriva le moment, d un de mes résumé du week end, je montais au front pour Motley Crüe, j'avais commencé à me faire quelques nouveaux amis, appréciant tout particulièrement, les bombes de Jäger fournies par mes nouveaux amis suédois, qui étaient en pleine forme, chantant parfaitement et à qui j en étais reconnaissant, de leurs trouvé, comme peu de français qui chantèrent tous au longs.

J ai constaté avec l 'aide d in habitant local que le "français" ne chante pas tous le long des concerts, ce qui explique, certains regards surnaturels, qui m étaient arrivés tous le weekend.

D'un autre côté Motley Crûe ne pouvait pas mieux commencer leur set, qu avec "Wildside" et "Livewire".

La scène n était pas aussi spectaculaire que la dernière fois que je les ai vu.

mais je me dis qu'il n 'est pas réalisable d'amener, la batterie "Rollercoaster" sur un festival.

Le piano pailleté l'a aussi bien fait avec Tommy, Nikki avec son micro-crochet, tous le long, Vince, ses 2 choristes pour toute la durée du show, et Mick, bah c'était Mick.

ce fût un bon concert, pour un festival pour le groupe, avec leurs succès s'enchainant et la foule les reprenant.

Alors qu' ils terminaient le show avec" Kickstart my heart", tous les membres du groupes s'approchèrent sur le devant de la scène, attrapèrent des seau et aspégerent copieusement de faux sangs les premiers rangs.

Un concert classique, peu importe ce qu en disent les cyniques, qui a diverti chacun d entres nous.

Le suivant était Slash, amenant les ondes du Sunset Strip, avec Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators....pour la première fois j'ai du admettre, que je fût un peu déçu du concert, ce qui fût vraiment dommage,car habituellement ils n 'étaient pas maillais et normalement je penchais plus du côté du camp de Slash, que vers les querelles d'Axl.

Un florilége de bons musiciens soudés et au top, avec un des meilleurs guitaristes du monde, et un bon chanteur à la botte, qu est qui a mal tourné?

tout à fait franchement les 4 morceaux de GNR, ont été joué un peu trop sérieusement pendant ce concert, et après avoir vu axl et ses potes les jouaient le soir d'avant sur une pus grande scène, avec plus de fun, révéla qu ils se sont évaporé dans l 'éther.

disparues les chansons de Slash and Snakepit, en faveur des morceaux du nouvel album, et de ceux de Velvet revolver ont un peu compensés.

Croyez moi je suis un peu dégouté d'écrire ça, en ce moment, mais j'ai vu le show, et ce fût un sale coup pour moi.

Et en arrivant presque à la fin du festival, une semaine après avoir vu Black Sabbath jouer un spectacle inoubliable au Download, je me demandais ce que "Ozzy and friends", m'apporteraient pour m 'encourager.

"Barck at the moon", démarra le show, "Mister Crowley", Ozzy avait l'air en place aver un bon esprit modéré, considérant que c'était un des derniers.

Plûtot que les éternels seau d eaux, balancés à travers la foule, ils optèrent pour un tuyau géant, et rapidement, ils n'eurent plus besoin de leurs jeux d'eau, car le paradis pensa les aider en lâchant suffisamment d'eau pour le restant de la nuit.

En tirant, la couverture, je pouvais toujours entendre le spectacle, qui présenta une foule d invités et de légendes qui le rejoignirent sur scène.

de Slash à Geezer Butler, entrants en action pour "Iron Man", de Zakk pretant sa guitare pour "Crazy Train", et tous rejoignirent la scène pour "Paranoïd", ce fût un show digne du Who's who, mais on ne pouvais pas, empêcher qu' il manquait 2 personnes sur scène. Et ainsi, vint la fin de mon hellfest.

Lamb of God étaient les suivants, mais avec un départ précoce, pour obtenir le voyage sur la route des mammouths pour le retour à Londres.

Je sentais que je ne pourrais pas faire face à une nuit supplémentaire debout, avec toute cette pluie se déversant sur chacun de mes os, qui commençaient à me faire mal, les effets de deux festivals en deux semaines consécutives.

La semaine précédente au Download, fût un moment génial, et le Hellfest devra en prendre quelques leçons, mais le Download pourra apprendre, aussi quelques pages du livre du Hellfest.

Une chose set sure, je vais rester fidèle à Donington, mais je suis sur que l enfer à ajouter un pèlerinage annuel à cet endroit.

28.6.12


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Have your say and cast a vote for which cities Mötley Crüe will play on their final leg...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR ABBATH LONDON SHOW
The band have also released a new video for 'Wield Lightning To Split The Sun'...

nile NILE REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND COVER ARTWORK PLUS UK TOUR DATES
"This album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence..."

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE LIVE SHOWS IN NOTTINGHAM AND LONDON TO CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM RELEASE
'Love Lies Dying' is released on May 31st. "Recording this album felt so right, we had the right producer and engineer and the sounds just fell out of us..."

anti flag amnesty ANTI-FLAG STREAM 'AMERICAN SPRING' VIA AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
"Amnesty International's mission is to speak up and stand up for those who cannot for themselves. The record American Spring is about the very same idea..."

blackberry smoke BLACKBERRY SMOKE ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Blackberry Smoke are touring in support of their latest album, 'Holding All the Roses'...

death angel DEATH ANGEL REVEAL ARTWORK FOR 'THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD' LIVE LP
"The title is written in the blood of victims whose bodies have been dragged down to the second deck of the bridge, where their assailants plot the next attack..."

nile tour NILE ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS THIS SEPTEMBER WITH SUPPORT FROM SUFFOCATION
Nile's withering live performances are nothing short of legendary...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'DIVIDE US'
One of the UK's most exciting young bands can be seen on a headline tour in support of the new CD...

scrap metal FREE SCRAP METAL EVENT COMING TO GLASGOW
Eight hours of Metal is heading your way this June in this must-see event...

hrh aor MELODIC LEGENDS AND ICONS JOIN THE HRH AOR 4 CRUSADE
Quiet Riot, Joe Lynn Turner, Tyketto, The Dan Reed Network are among the first batch to be announced...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCE US FESTIVALS AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
It's a busy time for Napalm Death who can be seen at festivals and gigs throughout the summer, including Bloodstock in August...

wacken ROCKCOMM TO HOST SPECIAL FESTIVAL FOCUS Q&A ON WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL WITH ITS CO-FOUNDER THOMAS JENSEN
As well as the festival focus, the prestigious rock music conference has doznes of panels and showcase covering all aspects of the industry...

black sabbath BLACK SABBATH REUNITE WITH BILL WARD TO ACCEPT IVOR NOVELLO AWARD
Ozzy Osbourne, did not join the other three members at the ceremony for reasons unknown...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR DEEP PURPLE EUROPEAN TOUR
"I cut my teeth on those early records... 'Machine Head', 'In Rock', 'Made In Japan' etc. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of LEVELLING....

trooper RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR ANNOUNCES TROOPER AS OFFICIAL ALE FOR FESTIVAL
One of Iron Maiden's famous creations is now the must-have ale for the must-see festival...

helloween HELLOWEEN REVEAL STUNNING POST-APOCALYPTIC VIDEO FOR 'MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT'
When the tough girl realises that she won't escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty...

lucifers friend ROCK LEGENDS LUCIFER'S FRIEND TO RELEASE NEW BEST OF COMPILATION PLUS BONUS DISC WITH FOUR NEW TRACKS
The founder members have re-formed and will be taking their influential and ground-breaking original sound to fans old and new...

symphony x SYMPHONY X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'UNDERWORLD' OUT IN JULY
The album is a flowing, total experience Inspired by Dante and secret knowledge. "There's cool shit like this all over the record..."

chris squire CHRIS SQUIRE TO UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA
Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months...

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TWO UK AND IRELAND SHOWS THIS AUGUST
Brazil's most successful Metal band are making additional stops after Bloodstock...

download AT THE GATES CONFIRMED TO PLAY AT DOWNLOAD
The Swedish Melodic Death Metallers can also be seen across Europe, South America and Australia...

magic bus 3CD COMPLIATION 'MAGIC BUS' IS RELEASED ON UNIVERSAL RECORDS
Take a trip and relive the hippie trail with this mystical compilation bringing together the best of the era...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: BRUCE DICKINSON GIVEN ALL CLEAR AFTER CANCER SCARE
Absolutely brilliant news this Friday afternoon - Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been given the all clear...

the edge THE EDGE GOES OVER THE EDGE ON U2'S OPENING NIGHT
This is karma's way of saying don't make your new album a compulsory free download on iTunes...

gus g GUS G ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM 'BRAND NEW REVOLUTION'
"It's a continuation of the modern hard rock style I followed on my 1st album, although I think this one's a bit heavier..."

mac sabbath MAC SABBATH, THE CHEESIEST AND BEEFIEST BAND IN THE WORLD TO DRIVE THRU THE UK
These mind-blowing sets are guaranteed to leave you satisfied...

pearl handled revolver PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ABSINTHE IN ADELAIDE'
This stunning psychedelic new track is the first taste of the new studio album to be released later this year...

billy idol BILLY IDOL RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME NOW'
The dramatic promo was filmed in the Californian desert...

beth hart BETH HART ANNOUNCES LONDON'S UNION CHAPEL SOLO CONCERT
Beth will play solo in the UK for the first time ever - tickets for this unmissable show are on sale from Friday 15th May...

vintage trouble THE NEW ALBUM FROM VINTAGE TROUBLE IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 14
'1 Hopeful Rd.' is available for pre-order now. The band open for AC/DC in Europe this summer...

joe satriani JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA'
Satch releases a wildly ambitious album, showcasing his extroverted alter ego...

helloween HRH 9 ANNOUNCES HELLOWEEN FOR NOVEMBER
Fans will get a chance to see this rare UK performance surrounded with the customary HRH community back drop...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES, THE VOICE OF ROCK, RETURNS FOR EURO DATES
Glenn has announced a month long string of dates across western Europe which will run from mid September to mid October...

anvil ANVIL RETURN TO UK FOR SUMMER TOUR
Canadian Heavy Metal legends return to the UK for four dates in July...

vardis VARDIS SPEED BACK AT '200MPH' WITH FIRST NEW MATERIAL AND LONDON DATE IN 30 YEARS
Hoplite Records proudly announce the first new Vardis release since 1986...

ron wood GIBSON TO LAUNCH RON WOOD SIGNATURE GUITAR
Not all vintage guitars were first built in the 1950s...

art of anarchy ART OF ANARCHY STREAM ALBUM SONG SNIPPETS
Their debut self-titled album will be in stores and online June 8th 2015...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BENEATH BROKEN EARTH'
"Doing a performance video with our miserable, old faces barely moving in a crappy, old basement was too much to resist..."

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM 'MAKING OF COMA ECLIPTIC' DVD
'Coma Ecliptic' is available for pre-order from Metal Blade with special bundles and packages offered...

marilyn manson MARILYN MANSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE MEPHISTOPHELES OF LOS ANGELES'
Marilyn Manson will play live across Europe this summer, including an appearance at Download in the UK...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE 'TORN APART', THE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
The band can be seen at a string of summer shows and festivals across Europe...

death angel DEATH ANGEL TO RELEASE 'A THRASHUMENTARY' DVD AND LIVE ALBUM
"This is the first time that the band in its current lineup has been able to collectively sit down, and tell the story of how Death Angel came to be..."

dan reed DAN REED NETWORK UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Dan Reed was very excited to announce the six dates and said that "this would be a funky good time warp indeed"...

wildhearts THE WILDHEARTS TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 'P.H.U.Q' WITH UK TOUR
It's twenty years since the album went straight in at Number 6 on the national UK album charts...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'STOLEN LIFE (2015 VERSION'
This brand-new version of the song that was originally released on the 2014 album, 'War Eternal'...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE RELEASE NEW 'SOLDIER OF FORTUNE' VIDEO
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago..."

acid reign ACID REIGN ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP
"It's not a reformation, it's a reboot!" Howard 'H' Smith...

ac dc AC/DC KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR IN ARNHEM: VIDEOS AND SETLIST HERE: WARNING - CONTAINS BIG SPOILERS
The set list running order differed slightly from the show they played at the Coachella Festival...

craig gruber ORIGINAL RAINBOW BASSIST CRAIG GRUBER PASSES AWAY AGED 64
Craig Gruber's career in music took off in 1974 when he joined Elf, the band fronted by Ronnie James Dio...

rev jones REV JONES SLATES DON DOKKEN, MARK BOALS AND THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN
"...normally I would have hit him in the face but I didn't want to knock that really bad fucking wig off his head..."

venom VADER ANNOUNCE UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SET THIS SEPTEMBER SUPPORTING VENOM INC
Death Metal legends Vader released the "absolute heaviest" studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK WINTER TOUR
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation's venues...

borknagar BORKNAGAR WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM
The original Borknagar vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (aka Garm/Fiery G Maelstrom/Trixter G) has already recorded vocals for two songs...

wasp W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE TEN DATE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER
W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album 'Golgotha'...

dew scented DEW-SCENTED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'INTERMINATION' ON 12th JUNE
The German/Dutch thrash commandos have finished recording their third full length studio release for Metal Blade...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER SAYS RAINBOW REUNION IS "PROBABLE"
"We are talking, but we have not sat in the same room yet to discuss anything..."

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND - AOR LEGENDS RELEASE FIRST NEW MATERIAL IN 33 YEARS
This will be the first brand new material from New England in decades...

black sabbath OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RETIRE AFTER 2016 FAREWELL TOUR
"The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over..."

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE FIRST BATCH OF DATES FOR EU TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
This year is Motorhead's 40th anniversary and we always knew that a big tour would take place...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ANNOUNCE JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
Schenker will perform tracks from 'Spirit On A Mission' plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics...

venom MANTAS, ABADDON AND DEMOLITION MAN REUNITE TO CREATE VENOM INC: TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
...now there is a second Venom on the circuit...

kamelot KAMELOT PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF 'INSOMNIA' FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'HAVEN'
It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven. Check it out here...

the darkness THE DARKNESS LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'OPEN FIRE'
The Darkness have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album 'Last Of Our Kind'...

doro pesch DORO ANNOUNCES UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AND LIVE DVD
Internationally renowned rock and Heavy Metal legend Doro Pesch has just announced a run of three UK shows this November...

epica DUTCH SYMPHONIC METAL STARS EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SWISS FOLK METALERS ELUVEITIE
"Both bands bring their unique flavour to Metal and are known as top live acts, so we are certain that every single night is going to be one to remember..."

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH UNVEIL THE COVER ARTWORK FOR 'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES'
"...themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation..."

heidevolk MARK BOCKTING AND RAEMON BLOEM DEPART HEIDEVOLK
Heidevolk, Mark and Reamon have all made statements which you can read in full here...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG POSSESSION AND THREATENING TO KILL CHARGES
Phil remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea and also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse...

inglorious EXCLUSIVE: INGLORIOUS RELEASE VIDEO OF 'FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN'' AHEAD OF LONDON HIPPODROME SHOWCASE
The video was recorded completely live and recorded and mixed by Steve Rispin at Liscombe Park Studios...

majesty GUITARIST TRISTAN VISSER LEAVES MAJESTY
The split appears to be amicable and without bad blood. Tristan has left to pursue a solo career...

uriah heep JUDAS PRIEST AND URIAH HEEP MEMBERS IN ALL-STAR METALWORKS JAM AT DAVEY RIMMER'S WEDDING
Other guests included all the members of Uriah Heep plus numerous faces from the London scene...

alestorm BREAKING NEWS: GUITARIST DANI EVANS LEAVES ALESTORM
"I hold nothing but respect for the guys and there is no bad blood between us..."

ozzy osbourne BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE HITS BACK AT BILL WARD: "BE HONEST WITH BLACK SABBATH FANS"
"Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour..."

kiss KISS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR MAY/JUNE 2015
"Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as Kiss are coming to OWN Europe..."

bill ward BILL WARD POSTS LONG STATEMENT ON HIS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK SABBATH CONTINUING WITHOUT HIM
"The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues..."

origins of iron ORIGINS OF IRON: AN ALBUM FULL OF EX-IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS AND THEIR MUSIC
After the success of the highly rated encyclopaedic book, 'Outside Iron Maiden' the author and organisers hatched a plan...

giants of rock MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK TO HEADLINE GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL 2016
Other acts already confirmed are Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell plus two of the finest bands to ever come out of Dunfermline...

aerosmith AEROSMITH BLUE ARMY TOUR 2015 SUMMER TREK TO KICK OFF JUNE 13th
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith will return to the road June 13th...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER AND POST NEW VIDEO CLIP
Looking back on 2014, it was the best year in the band's career so far...

bernie torme BERNIE TORME ANNOUNCES 'BLACKHEART' NEW ALBUM AND TOUR SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015
"We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the 'Flowers & Dirt' album and I really caught the bug to play live again..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'MESSE NOIR' WITH PRODUCER ZEV DEANS
The combination of visual and auditory elements could not be more ideal...

conan CONAN ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR IN JUNE
""As we gear up to record the follow up to 'Blood Eagle', we welcome you to join us on our only run of UK shows in 2015..."

muskel rock MUSKEL ROCK ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HEADLINERS
Let Them Eat Metal On Metal because there's Thunder On The Tundra at this year's Muskel Rock Festival in Sweden...

primus PRIMUS ANNOUNCE 'AN EVENING WITH PRIMUS' JUNE UK DATES
Primus are set to return to the UK for the first time since 2012 for three special shows...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO FINALLY RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN UK VIA earMUSIC
Babymetal are a divisive phenomena in the Metal world today...

ac/dc AC/DC OPEN ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR WITH SURPRISE SETLIST INCLUSIONS: WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Rock Or Bust world tour resumes on April 17th during Coachella's second weekend before the band hit Europe in May...

six feet under SIX FEET UNDER ALL SET TO RELEASE THEIR ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM 'CRYPT OF THE DEVIL'
The band's eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance...

gwar METAL BLADE TO RE-ISSUE GWAR's 'AMERICA MUST BE DESTROYED'
'America Must Be Destroyed' is definitely their "heaviest" album. The hardest vocals, and the hardest music...

twisted sister BREAKING NEWS: TWISTED SISTER ANNOUNCE AJ PERO TRIBUTE CONCERT, FAREWELL TOUR AND AJ'S REPLACEMENT
"Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits - just one week before drummer AJ Pero died from a heart attack."

skyclad MARTIN WALKYIER GOES SKYCLAD ANNOUNCED AS BEERMAGEDDON SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
"Once again we will witness Skyclad in it's true glory, as intended from conception, the Skyclad that impacted Metal like no incarnation since..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN CATALOGUE NOW MASTERED FOR ITUNES
"I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums..."

skid row JOHNNY SOLINGER LEAVES SKID ROW; REPLACEMENT NAMED ALREADY
"We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SIX MORE BANDS
Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age, 13 Stars, Heartbreak Remedy, Liz Owen & Charlotte Hackett are added to the loaded bill this July...

megadeth ANGRA GUITARIST KIKO LOUREIRO JOINS MEGADETH
He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick...

odium CANADA'S ODIUM ISSUE STUDIO UPDATE AND OFFER FREE SONG DOWNLOAD
As the album comes together in the studio, Odium have no plans to slow down on the live performance front...

videscape VIDESCAPE IS THE NEW WAY FOR MUSICIANS TO MAKE MORE MONEY FROM VIDEOS AND AUDIO
VidEscape is perhaps not a site many musicians and bands are familiar with but all that could change in the coming months...

van halen VAN HALEN SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD FOR SPECIAL JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
The band performed a forty five minute set to fans who were given free tickets to attend the outdoor event...

status quo STATUS QUO TO ROCK ROCHESTER CASTLE FOR A RECORD FIFTH TIME
The Quo will perform at the picturesque Norman castle grounds on Wednesday July 15th with support from Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Dubbed the 'We Will Rise' Tour to promote their new EP, 'We Are The Brave', the band will be joined on the trek by The Raven Age...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE/BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on 1st April from Live Nation UK with pre-sale and VIP ticketing information coming soon...

doro DORO CONFIRMED FOR ROCK IN RIO AND ANNOUNCES HUGE EUROPEAN TOUR
"This is amazing and a dream coming true. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are'."...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW SET OFF FOR 'ROAD TO DOWNLOAD' TOUR
Grab the chance to catch the Nottingham maestros of Metal around the UK before their appearance at Download...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO RECEIVE O2 SILVER CLEF AWARD
The iconic band have won the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music category...

thunder THUNDER APPEAR ON WEEKEND WOGAN BBC RADIO SHOW
Thunder's new album 'Wonder Days' went straight into the Top Ten of the UK album charts and they have just completed a highly successful UK tour...

aj pero BANDMATES AND STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO TWISTED SISTER AND ADRENALINE MOB DRUMMER AJ PERO
Pero was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when members of that band were unable to rouse him on their bus on Friday morning...

red dragon cartel RED DRAGON CARTEL NAME MICHAEL THOMAS BECK IN LEAD VOCALIST CHANGE UP
Darren James Smith is out, and a new era begins. The saga continues...

walls of jericho WALLS OF JERICHO ARE ENTERING THE STUDIO
The band will start work shortly on their first full length album since 2008...

beyond forgotton shores DORMANT INFERNO & DIONYSUS ANNOUNCE SPLIT RELEASE 'BEYOND FORGOTTEN SHORES'
India's Transcending Obscurity label produces a Doom Metal double...

icon I.C.O.N SIGN TO METALBOX RECORDINGS
With a follow up album to 'New Born Lie' on the way and an extensive touring schedule, 2015 sees I.C.O.N in full flow...

soldierfield SOLDIERFIELD RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'THE ONLY WAR'
The video is from the latest acclaimed release 'Catharsis'...

serpentine SERPENTINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM 'CIRCLE OF KNIVES'
The new studio album contains ten brand new songs from the melodic rock quintet...

styx STYX RELEASE 'LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS'
The definitive live show is available on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and digital formats...

mike porcaro MIKE PORCARO OF TOTO DEAD AT 59
The rock world was shook again on Sunday morning, March 15th 2015...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'GET BRONX'
"This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work..."

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT LAUNCHES 'THE WHEEL'S TURNING' LYRIC VIDEO
"In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, 'The Wheel's Turning' has a fun and nostalgic vibe..."

corbitt WARBEAST'S BRUCE CORBITT ISSUES UPDATE FOLLOWING HIS HEART SCARE
Bruce has been undergoing tests and has an important message to share...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE INTIMATE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL WARM-UP SHOW
Catch the band at Bristol in June before their slot headlining Download's second stage...

serpentyne MEDIEVAL FOLK ROCKERS SERPENTYNE UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'VALKYRIES'
Over the last few years their live show has become quite the spectacle...

tank TANK REVEAL ALBUM ARTWORK FOR 'VALLEY OF TEARS'
"He's injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013..."

mike portnoy MIKE PORTNOY IN MEGA "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" MOMENT AFTER HAVING TO WAIT AT HOSPITAL
However well intended, the post comes across as though he is expecting to jump the queue due to his "status"...

david gilmour DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 SHOWS
The dates will coincide with the release of his as yet untitled fourth solo studio album...


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