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  CILICE: UK TECH-METAL FEST TRIPLE THREAT
INTERVIEW, LIVE REVIEW AND ALBUM REVIEW


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THE INTERVIEW:

Xander: Here I am at UKTMF with Cilice, hello guys! I first caught you guys about four years ago, but since then your vocalist left, and I've just found out your other guitarist left too actually, but we have your new vocalist here - would you like to introduce yourself...

Ramage: Halloo I'm Ramage!

X: And you are from?

R: Cilice..?

Theo: But where are you from? R: Oh right yeah I'm from Cilice, haha. I'm from Scotland, Edinburgh.

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X: How did you get involved with the band?

R: Through the grape vine really, through the wisdom of MySpace! Back in the day I sang on a few tracks for a man called Nick... what was his second name?

T: Vos? He was in a band, The Fire Will Fall, we did a couple of tours with them. He got Ramage to do a few vocals tracks for him and our old guitar player, Remko, did the mixing and production for those songs. When Daniel left the band for Textures, it was so hard to find a new vocalist with their own personality. We got a lot of tapes and it didn't work out, so what do we do now? Then we remembered Ramage from the recording. So we had a listen and thought yeah that's cool.

X: So you approached Ramage?

T: Yeah.

R: I got a wee email from Cilice saying "We'll fly you over and give you an audition". So it was a five day audition of singing the set relentlessly six to seven hours a day. Then at the end of it we played the Mammoth Fest in Brighton, we headlined the second stage that day and that was an audition and a half! But I'm in the band now, don't worry.

T: He also did his own backing tracks (for the gig) which I think is the most important thing. Don't try to copy something, you have to use your own voice in. If we're writing new music we need to know what somebody else is doing and not copying somebody else.

R: That was actually an issue when I first joined, obviously I'm singing somebody else's songs, and Theo said that from the get go. So they sent my all the tracks without vocals and the album with the vocals so I could practice at home in Scotland. So I listened to what Daniel did and obviously I'm trying to make it my own as much as I can and still stay true to the original, and live I do certain things differently either because I can't do it or it's just not my style. Cilice play with backing tracks a lot, mainly because we love vocals, but there is only one of me!

It would be nice to have lots of choirs going on and extra vocals. So we synch the backing tracks to the backing vocals, Phil plays to a click track and that come's through the PA as extra synths. So obviously touring with Dan he had his backing tracks, so I did my own for that first set, which was nice! It meant I could make the songs more my own, the song I think the one I've changed the most which I really enjoy playing is Chinovel with and Eastern European kind of choir section. It's nice, it adds a new spin on the old tracks, making the more my own a little bit until the next albums comes out.

X: Interesting, so what's the highest amount of layers you have?



R: Umm... I dunno, haha, it was so long ago that I did. I think the most vocals on any one part.. actually it would be on the newer stuff, I put 50 tracks of vocals on one section, but it was a four part harmony and I did each harmony for or five times and then doubled that up with octaves as well.

T: Like Queen!

X: Yeah that's right, I know they did a hundred layers of their own vocals for a choir effect!

X: An inevitable question you probably get asked by everyone about not having a bassist, do you have one playing in your back track? Ramage: No, it's all completely live.

Theo: The story behind it is we had a gig but we were not complete, we didn't have a drummer, we didn't have a bass player and we were rehearsing with a drum machine. We worked with another drummer but it didn't work out but then I found Phil via a friend of mine and he passed by and we did some things and he studied one song and I thought we've found the right guy! When we went to the rehearsal room and played everybody was smiling and we thought this is it! And Daniel was smiling again and laughed, "Yeah guys in three weeks we have a gig!"

The thought behind it was you can wait ages for a bass player, it's really hard. So we thought we'd play the gig and solve the problem. Remco has a digi system with two signals, one is a bass sound, one guitar sounds, we did it for the first show live and it worked out! So we didn't need the bass player, just started getting gigs and playing. If we get a bass player in the end it needs to be more natural, like if you know somebody and it clicks, but not force it. The music business pays so bad, so one musician less is not so bad!

Ramage: I think it makes it tighter as well, If there's one guys that knows the songs inside out and he's making the sound of the guitar and the bass with every stroke of his pic, it makes the performance tighter. It's the advantage of technology these days to get the sound of the bass and guitar through one amp. Also, I can't fit any more than four people in my car!

X: How is the music evolving now with two new members in the band?

Theo: Good, good. I worked last the last two months together with Simon, he lives 20 minutes from my home. We weren't actually looking for a guitar player, I wanted a rest because there was too much happening at the same time, but I met Simon as he works in a venue as a sound engineer and also from other bands, djenty kind of bands and I saw him performing and asked if he was interested. And so we have been working on him learning the old songs and then with Phil we learn the new songs together.

Ramage: The next album is pretty much already written, we've got all of our demo's. We arrange everything first on the computer riffs etc. and then we send it to each other and access, and we've been analysing it over and over for the last year or so.

Theo: Also he came to my place to work on some things and I went over to him.

Ramage: Yeah I went over to finish writing the vocals for the album. And the entire album is there, it's ready to be recorded, the songs are... awesome!

X: Great, so what's the plan to get this out there and released?

Theo: Well we start recording after the holiday.



Ramage: Yeah Theo's going on holiday for a month! I'm seriously hoping next year sometime it's going to be released. We've got a good part of this year left to get some music down. I myself am aiming to get my vocals down over winter cuz that's generally when I record stuff, in the winter time - favourite time of the year.

Theo: Perfect time of the year, you're not going outside!

X: Well just as well you like it cold then, I like it hot! Right now it's 20 degrees!

Ramage: Oh this is far too hot for me! I'm sweltering, my poor car is melting!

X: So what's the name for the album?

Theo: I have a title but I don't want to give it away! But because we haven't discussed it yet.

Ramage: We've got the preliminary artwork though! It's really really cool, it's the same guy that did the artwork on the first album. It's err.. different, it's a little bit more colourful!

X: Any theme for the album?

Ramage: Nah i've not really got a conept, each song has got its own story, that's the kind of way I like to keep it, unless something drastic happened in my life and I need to kinda express an entire album worth of angst or pain or love! It's quite funny, these guys write a song and send it over to me as a midi file and call it some random name and sometimes that name will trigger off lots of ideas.

Theo: Yeah when I write a song I don't want to call it just song no.2, that's boring. So when reading a magazine or something and I think hey this is a cool thing, I'll call it that, like Hydro-syphilis! (laughs) I like the sound of the words together, like Mental Breakdown and Psychotic Mind-warp.

Ramage: Yeah sometimes the name can just last forever, and even when you get a name for the track band members will still call it that first name.

Theo: It's fun because I make up names like that and then the lyrics come and sometimes the name stays, so the title can inspire lyrics I guess, sometimes!

Ramage: Yeah sometimes, not always. I've pretty much written all the lyrics of the new album and I have managed tow rite music for one song as well which is something I didn't think I'd get to do, I'm hoping that will make the album! Phil's been writing a lot too and also our previous guitarist, Remko, has wrote two songs.

We'll record them all and see which ones gel together best, it would be nice to put them all on the album but you know.

Theo: I like different composers on the album because you get variety, it's not like every song is the same, but you have to produce the songs the same way so it sounds like the same band. But I think that is a strength to be able to do different songs.

Ramage: Yeah and the music isn't exactly easy to play.

X: Oh I don't know about that, it's all the same note really; dum dumdum dumdum! (laughs)

Ramage: Ha, yeah, if only!



Theo: That's the way I see it, it's about the whole song. OK there is a lot happening but the song has to be strong, strong vocals, etc and there may be weird things happening, but it's the energy and the focus thats important in the song. I really think quite traditional in the structure of the song.

Rammage: Pop djent!

X: Djop!!

Theo: Yeah! But I really like the blues rock background of vocals, I don't like very much the screamo, I don't want that at all.

Ramage: And I certainly don't have the hair for it! I certainly don't have the voice for it either, which is a good thing in my opinion. The whiney boy vocals don't do anything for me.

Theo: Then you get stronger songs, if you look at the old blues records the melodies are really strong and it sticks in your head. Ramage: I think it will make you a bit unique in that sense because so many other bands are going down that [screamo] route and then have exactly the same sound, they're just copies of each other. It's a shame, some of them have got really good music but I can't really listen to a band if the vocals are like that. That's why I like bands that have done something quite different with this particular genre.

Last year we went to Euroblast festival, a whole weekends worth of djent bands and math metal bands. It was awesome, insanely talented musicians, but with the vocals there was only a few bands that stood out for me and did something really different with it. I really enjoyed seeing Hacktivist because it was rap djent! It was awesome! I really enjoyed their set, and Destiny Potato had a more melodic thing, it wasn't just "rar rar rar", you know! It is different, melodic and more focused and songs that you'll remember and they'll stick in your head. Chimp Spanner doesn't even have vocals! It's just lots of really interesting compositions and melodies that stick in your head, I love Chimp Spanner, it's my driving music!

Theo: Yeah there was a lot of really good musicians there but I love how good he is, it's a different vibe being instrumental, totally different compositions. It's really cool you can create your own thing.

X: OK, well now it's time for the pop quiz! first gig you went to?

Ramage: It was a long time ago, I was very young! Well I can tell you the first two gigs I went to, I just can't remember which one was first. One was White Zombie, the Astro Creep 2000 album, and the other one was Iron Maiden in the Barrowlands with Blaze Bayley singing! I still to this day have not managed to see Iron Maiden Live with Bruce Dickinson! Which is a shame because I'm a big Iron Maiden fan!

Theo: I think my first gig was Wishbone Ash. I was a kid and it was music before my age, but I got into playing guitar and they have those dual solo's.



X: First album you bought?

Ramage: Michael Jackson - Bad, it was on tape!

Theo: I think my first record was probably The Beatles. But the I got into punk to Crash or GBH.

X: Who has the smelliest feet in the band?

Theo: I think me?

Ramage: I think Theo too!

X: Who snores the loudest?

Theo: I think me! I never hear it though.

X: What's your favourite pizza?

Ramage: I know! I love pizza, pepperoni, salami and crackled pepper. Simple. Elegant, amazing. With a fresh thin base. Theo: I'm not a big pizza lover but if it was really good in Italy, then thin with ricotta.

X: Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

Ramage: First thing would be my hard drive, it's got everything of my love on it from the last ten years musically.

Theo: Yeah you got a point, I thought of photos.

X: If you were a superhero, what would you power be?

Ramage: That's a really hard question for me.

Theo: I think the power of Godfrey Coughlin. Amazing guitar player, if I could do that I would be very glad!

Ramage: Say if it actually happened and some one was actually able to make me a superhero and give me one power then obviously I'd have to do something that would help everybody, so I'd probably have the power to be able to make everybody stop being a dick to each other. With a click of my fingers "stop being a dick!", and he'd not be a dick any more!

X: If you could be a woman for the day, who would you be?

Theo: A very sexy woman, my girlfriend!

Ramage: I don't know how to answer that, what would I do if I was to become one? Spend a long day in front of a mirror! A pretty lady that blew me away recently I saw online playing the drums, she's called Meytal Cohen, she's really really cool. That's just someone who I've come across recently as you do after ours worth of browsing videos on YouTube, and she has this really big nice smile. Playing heavy metal drums and being herself, it's pretty cool, she's really talented.

X: Jack Daniels or Jager?

Ramage: C'mon man, that's no question, JD.

Theo: JD for me also.

X: The ultimate question, what's your favourite cheesecake?

Ramage: Nondo's Chocolate Cheesecake, I've had that many a time, that's why I'm the way I am!

Theo: Space Cheesecake!

Ramage: What would be the ingredients of that?

X: Something that would be legal in Holland!

Theo: I give it to all my guests you know, they don't know and then play soccer!

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THE LIVE REVIEW:

Cilice took to the stage, somewhat in the darkness and to quite a bad sound actually, distorted and over powered. Neither of which were the band's fault and they just played away regardless in an absolute positive momentum kicking off with 'God Of Lies', this band are really chugtastic! Not bopping your head along is not an option, the music orders and you quite happily oblige. A happy sight to see the band play a larger crowd compared to the just me four years ago at the Vic Bikers pub.

At a time when the for-runners of djent were exploding onto the scene, compared to now where it's almost a dirty word, somehow Cilice have eluded the mainstream wave which I think has saved them in the long term allowing them to avoid going into the 'fad' bin. Great news because this band is something that needs to keep going, I love their groove and and unique quirky side. New vocalist, Ramage, nailed the set which is no easy task to follow in the footsteps of Danël de Jongh, now vocalist with Textures.

Whilst respecting the composition of existing tracks, Ramage manages to maintaining them whilst bringing forth his own characteristics. Additionally, new guitarist, Simon, has slid into place no problem, seamlessly continuing the grove and chugs. The flow of this band is just aewsome, like riding the seas in a small viking boat the grove rides the waves, and the chugs hit with every cut on the bow.

Fills from drummer Phillipp Moser are just insane, watching him is like watching someone write, he barely moves making this job look effortless! Yet the sounds are as intense as a heavy storm. Theo Holsheimer keeps the energy high leading the tracks with an accuracy and intent that leaves your jaw dropped along with the rest of the band.

Once the band set out playing their new album, hopefully due in 2014, I think Ramage will be able to give a bit more attitude onstage, something to display the passion from this humble Scotsman. I'm sure they will be great shows, I for one, will be there!

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CILICE: 'DERANGED HEADTRIP'
cilice
Bar the instigators, Meshuggah, and trend setters, FellSilent, Cilice were the first "djent" band I'd heard, playing in my local dingy bikers bar in Coalville. It's amazed me how these guys haven't been snapped up along with Textures, Periphery, TesseracT and Monuments, especially when with such prolific musicans as vocalist Danël de Jongh (who subsequently left for Textures), riffist Theo Holsheimer and banger Phillipp Moser!

Pelting off with 'God Of Lies', to me this is pretty much the bands signature track. It's freaking awesome, the whole bloody album is and it infuriates me that a label (such as Basick, Century, Sumerian) hasn't picked them up yet, why the hell not? Have a listen to 'Mental Breakdown', pure genius, how could you even come up with that? Well I guess these days with the barrage of tech/djent bands it's not so shockingly amazingly, but back in 2009, this was groundbreaking - leaning towards the SikTh end of the scale.

'Drone' changes the tone with a smothering of industrial sounds, which is good for a djent band to diverse and have different elements, it can all get a bit tedious to have the same staggered chugging, right? 'Golem Servants' whilst typical not just of djent, is more defining to the sound of Cilice; choppy chugs, breaks and vocal noises.

'Chernobyl' you could be forgiven for thinking it was Mushroomhead! Lyrically deep and intense, I love that this band is not typical, every track has something interesting going on and over four years later sounds more fresh and exciting than a lot of other stuff out there. Djent music gets you nodding along with no effort but 'Malice' certainly gets you bouncing off the walls, groove doesn't even do it justice.

'Psychotic Mindwarp' ends, oddly short at only two minutes, leaving a hunger for more, right now, gimme gimme gimme! So here's to a prosperous 2014 for Cilice with their new album featuring new vocalist, Rammage, and rhythm guitarist, Simon. I cannot wait for this sh*t to hit!!


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meshuggah MESHUGGAH ANNOUNCE LIVE DVD 'THE OPHIDIAN TREK'
"We're really stoked about this new Meshuggah live DVD! It's been 4 years since the release of 'Alive' and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL SECOND FORTHCOMING ALBUM TRAILER TITLED 'THE LAKE'
Holopainen and co give more insight into the creative process...

john garcia JOHN GARCIA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SOLO TOUR IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2014
From Kyuss to Slo Burn to solo, the distinctive voice of Stoner Rock goes on the road...

god dethroned GOD DETHRONED WILL REUNITE ON BOARD 70000 TONS OF METAL
The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will set sail with the Dutch Death Metallers and many others in January 2015...

metal all stars METAL ALL STARS (FT. ZAKK WYLDE) ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE-OFF UK CONCERT
A stellar cast combines for a blockbuster show at Brixton Academy on 16 December...

spocks beard SPOCK'S BEARD ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR SEPTEMBER
Following last year's jaunt with Sound of Contact and Beardfish the Prog stars are heading off round Europe once more...

emperors and elephants EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS PREMIERE 'MAN OF GOD' VIDEO
Tour Dates with Tantric have been announced in support of the 'Devil In The Lake' album...

flying colors FLYING COLORS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'SECOND NATURE'
The second album from the virtuoso band, whose members include Steve Morse and Mike Portnoy, will be released on September 29th, followed by an international tour...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD REVEAL RELEASE DATE OF BRAND NEW ALBUM + VIDEO + PRE-ORDER BUNDLES
'Time To Die' is released on September 9th via Spinefarm Records...

philm DAVE LOMBARDO'S PHILM TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'FIRE FROM THE EVENING SUN'
"These three prolific musicians have created something that is refreshingly not mundane, but ear-shattering and groundbreaking"...

tysondog TYSONDOG SIGN WITH ROCKSECTOR RECORDS FOR THE RELEASE OF BRAND NEW ALBUM 'CRY HAVOC'
The NWOBHM stalwarts are back and barking louder than ever...

belphegor BELPHEGOR REVEAL SICK VIDEO FOR NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK, 'CONJURING THE DEAD'
The tenth studio album by one of Metal's most bizarre and authentic bands will be unleashed on August 11th via Nuclear Blast...

black state highway BLACK STATE HIGHWAY ANNOUNCE DEBUT SINGLE RELEASE AND ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW ON LONDON'S DENMARK STREET
'Aint Got No' is out on August 11 with the launch gig at the Alley Cat on August 14...

fearless vampire killers FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS LAUNCH SOCIAL NETWORK AND ANNOUNCE HALLOWEEN HEADLINE EVENT
Obsidian Bond is Fearless Vampire Killers' own hand-crafted social network. 'The Cabaret Of The Damned' is planned for Nov 1st at The Dome...

wovenwar WOVENWAR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON AUGUST 4th: NEW SONG UNVEILED
Fans can stream a new song, 'The Mason', as well as pre-order the album now...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'NO GOING BACK' OUT ON 11TH AUGUST
The newest chapter of Stiff Little Fingers shows no loss of quality. There will also be a UK Tour in August...

hrh aor3 THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCED SECOND LEG OF 'RUNNING WITH THE DOGS' TOUR
The UK headline tour will be supported by a new single & video...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR 3 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Acts on the bill include H.E.A.T, Romeo's Daughter, Houston and White Widdow...

sos 2015 FORMER IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BLAZE BAYLEY TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE 'SILICON MESSIAH' 15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT SOS FESTIVAL 2015
Other bands confirmed include NWOBHM Heroes Avenger as well as Black Whiskey, fronted by former Xentrix vocalist Simon Gordon...

virgil and the accelerators VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS ANNOUNCE NEW 'ARMY OF THREE' ALBUM
The brand new studio album is produced by Chris Tsangarides. A UK-wide tour will take place in Otcober/November...

headbangers ball THE HEADBANGERS BALLS TOUR FINALISE HEADLINERS FOR 2014
Onslaught, Fleshrot, Savage Messiah and Bull Riff Stampede will headline each of the events in December...

hard rock hell FINALISTS FOR HIGHWAY TO HELL 5 ANNOUNCED
Meet the final eighteen acts who will battle it out in front of The Dark Circle ...

status quo STATUS QUO TO RELEASE 'LIVE' DELUXE BOX SET AND 'FRANTIC FOUR FINAL FLING' RECORDINGS
Four mouth-watering CDs, including many unreleased tracks, and a DVD from Dublin for your watchng and listening pleasure...

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE SUMMER/AUTUMN UK TOUR
The duo have been creating a frenzy with their live shows and continue this with a regional tour. A new single, 'Bang Bang' will be released in September...

skyscraper SKYSCRAPER REVEAL TRACKLIST AND VIDEO TEASER FOR NEW ALBUM 'ELEVATOR'
The captivating debut album has been two years in the making - not long to wait now...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'BITTER PILL'
Overkill's new album 'White Devil Armory wsa released this week. "WDA has landed and you my friends are the fucking recipients of the carnage!" ...

europe black star riders EUROPE AND BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR MARCH 2015
An essential Spring tour as both bands will reveal tracks from their forthcoming albums...

hammerfall HAMMERFALL REVEAL SECOND ALBUM TRAILER FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM '(r)EVOLUTION'
"We've taken everything that makes Hammerfall Hammerfall and evolved it..."

delain DELAIN WILL BE SPECIAL GUESTS ON SABATON'S EUROPEAN TOUR IN 2015
There is also a chance to see the Dutch powerhouse Delain in the UK this year on their headliner tour...

rob reed CHTHONIC BREAK NEW GROUND FOR MAIN-STAGE APPEARANCE AT WACKEN FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 1st
The set will mix Chthonic's unique brand of Metal with a classical Oriental orchestra...

rob reed ROB REED ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SANCTUARY'
One of Prog's most proficient artists releases unique solo album...

motorhead BREAKING NEWS: MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK DATES INCLUDING BIGGEST HEADLINE SHOW IN OVER A DECADE
Motorhead have also been added to the lineup of Way Out West 2014, which takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 7th-9th...

sunflower jam THE SUNFLOWER JAM "CELEBRATING JON LORD" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD
The magical night at the Royal Albert Hall in memory of the great man and musician is released in September...

goatwhore GOATWHORE PREMIERE OFFICIAL 'BARING TEETH FOR REVOLT' VIDEO
Watch the latest from the blackened death thrash behemoths...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'PARASITE'
Come to one of the band's three UK shows this week and get the CD single for free...

robin trower ROBIN TROWER ANNOUNCES MARCH/APRIL 2015 UK TOUR
One of the finest guitarists in rock history brings his trademark mix of explosive sounds and soft psychedelia on the road next spring...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES VIDEO AND FIRST EVER PICTURE DISC
"I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years..."

the burning crows STRIKER ANNOUNCE 'CITY OF GOLD' ALBUM RELEASE DATE AND TOUR DATES
After the European tour, the band head over to America for a string of dates in October/November supporting Onslaught and Artillery...

the burning crows THE BURNING CROWS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN
The band will be heading back to the world famous Rockfield Studios in Wales with the album due for worldwide release in June 2015...

indigo darkpsych INDIGO DARKPSYCH ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF THEIR FIRST GLOBAL SINGLE, 'WORK THOSE BRAIN CELLS'
Indigo Darkpsych is mainly an industrial/alternative Metal project started by Marvic 'Indigo' Lewis in the year 2002/3 as a soloist...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
The hard-touring band hit the road for more dates in September and October in support of debut album 'Renegade'...

breakout BREAKOUT FESTIVAL 2014 ANNOUNCED
Brighton's first outdoor rock & Metal festival lands on September 27th...

the stanfields THE STANFIELDS RETURN TO THE UK THIS JULY FOR A STRING OF LIVE DATES
"We want people to leave our shows with a smile on their face and a ringing in their ears..."

bigelf BIGELF RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'CONTROL FREAK' FROM 'INTO THE MAELSTROM' ALBUM
The band also recently announced a run of European tour dates for later this year...

ben matthews BREAKING NEWS: THUNDER GUITARIST BEN MATTHEWS NEEDS TREATMENT FOR CANCER
Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we're told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are "in the high 90s"...

legends of rock CLASSIC ROCK TOURS PRESENTS "LEGENDS OF ROCK - THE ORIGINALS" FESTIVAL 16TH - 19TH OCTOBER 2014
Black Star Riders lead the magnificent line up for this essential weekender...

reckless love RECKLESS LOVE ANNOUNCE HEADLINE DECEMBER UK TOUR
"Seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further... harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher...kicks! Ha! Ha!..."

dark tranquility DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE "UNIFORMITY" EUROPEAN TOUR
No rest for the wicked as the Swedes start their trek in November...

goatwhore GOATWHORE CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT ON DYING FETUS EUROPEAN TOUR IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
A full European tour follows the release of the new album 'Constricting Rage Of The Merciless'...

hairy balls presentation 'HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE' RAISES OVER £5,000 FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Les-Fest organiser and Achren manager Fede Valls has proudly presented the cheque to Headbangers Balls fundraiser Matt Steed...

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ARE SCHEDULED TO RECORD SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM THIS AUTUMN
The band will get straight back into the studio immediately after the festival season ends...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD TO PLAY INTIMATE ACOUSTIC GIG AT THE BORDERLINE- JULY 22ND
'Holy Ghost' reveals Ford's gift for Americana which will be showcased at this special appearance...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD UNVEIL "LOST WOMAN BLUES LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO" VIDEO FROM 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION'
Swagger, verve, grit and polish. "We are Motörhead and we play rock and roll..."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' IN FULL ON YOUTUBE
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and includes some special guest appearances...

Nightwish TOUCHSTONE RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER 3DISC DVD WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 'OCEANS' EP
The DVD features previously unreleased footage of Touchstone's full set from 2010's High Voltage Festival, and a behind the scenes documentary...

Nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL 'MAKING OF' CLIP FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The yet to be titled album is starting to take shape and the band discuss all aspects in this new video...

decapitated DECAPITATED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
'Blood Mantra' will be released in September and features artwork by Lukasz Jaszak...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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