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Andy Millen

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L-R Umair, Waleed and Sheraz

Lahore based Dionysus have enjoyed a growing worldwide following over the past few years. Their debut EP, 'Hymn To The Dying' (reviewed in an earlier column of mine) had international success following its release on the Salute Record label.

The band have followed that up with the news that they have signed to India's Transcending Obscurity and are currently writing new material for a follow up.

I caught up with Sheraz, Umair and Waleed and they took time out to give me this interview.

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Please introduce yourself, what you play and how long have you been together.

Sheraz: Thanks man, I am Sheraz Ahmed. I play guitars and write drum parts for Dionysus. I founded the band in 2010 along with Umair. Waleed Ahmed joined in summer of 2011, later we incorporated Sam for playing live drums for us. We're all brothers trying to have a good time doing what we love.

About the gear, I am a sucker for old school sound so my gear only comprises of ADA-MP1 preamp that I bought from ex Dusk's guitarist Aman Durrani, he used it in the recording of Dead heart dawning EP. It's a pretty old piece of equipment but it sounds killer. And Marshall Valve State amplifier along with a Boss HM-2 pedal. I play an Ibanez RG 370 that I bought from Waleed some years back. That guitar has a bit of history too since it was first used by Waleed. haha.

Umair: I am Umair Ahmed. I play guitars in the band. We like to play different kinds of music so ADA Mp-1 kind of fulfil our needs. Haha. I've tried alot of processors and effects but since I played on ADA MP-1 I couldn't find anything better. I play an Ibanez RG350EX and a tuned down Strat that Sheraz usually uses for the Marwolaeth songs, we like to call it war-strat. haha.

Waleed: Hey this is Waleed Ahmed. I'm the lead vocalist/ Guitarist/ Bassist and the producer of Dionysus. I like to experiment a lot with sound so Les Paul is my first choice as far as guitars are concerned. I've changed the pickups to DiMarzio liquifire (neck) and DiMarzio D activator (bridge). I play a fender P bass besides that.

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What bands have been the biggest influence on you (both as Individuals and as a Band) also what was the Metal scene like when you were growing up?

Sheraz: The biggest influence? Well, my musical influences keep changing with time as I keep discovering new music every fucking day. haha. There is just a lot of different kinda music from 70s prog rock to old school heavy metal to death/doom to post rock to neoclassical shit to fucking electropop, there are no boudaries to the kinda music I find myself listening to, if its good I'll listen to it and I am not afraid to go out of the boundaries of metal when I write music, fuck standards!

That said, Dan Swano, Andrew Latimer, Jon Nodtveidt, Anders Nystrom, Chuck Schuldiner are the musicians that I can relate to the most in terms of the approach towards music. Only local metal band I knew when I was growing up was Dusk and I always loved what they did. I don't remember any local metal gigs happening when I was growing up, I didn't use to go out much anyway so I wouldn't know. The first show I went to was the one I was playing in.

Umair: I Can't name one band or an individual. There are a lot of musicians that have influenced me over the years. I listen to a lot of different kinda music, Jazz/Fusion/funk, Neo Classical metal, progressive rock apart from Dionysus' music. Talking about Dionysus' music, I am very much influenced by bands like Dissection, Dismember, Death, Agalloch, Anathema, Katatonia etc. As Sheraz said, when I was growing up, the only metal band we knew was Dusk. And, Faraz Anwar and Amir Zaki used to be my favourite Guitar players from Pakistan and still are. Haha.

Waleed: Ahh! Well I don't limit myself when it comes to music. I listen to all kind of genres, but if you ask me specifically, I love post/experimental/progressive kind of music. Steven Wilson is one of my favorite musicians and he has influenced me a lot throughout my musical journey. I grew up listening to bands such as Agalloch, Katatonia, Pelican, Explosions in the sky, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, Anathema - the list goes on. These bands have inspired me a lot and have influenced my songwriting as well as production. Umm about the local scene, there was not enough music to explore at that time, and most of the underground bands that forced me to dive into this scene were friends.

Apart from Catacombs and Aftermath, how much opportunity is there for live gigs locally?

Sheraz: Not many bro; no live scene over here in Lahore. Islamabad is doing pretty good in terms of live shows. But Lahore is dead. But fuck it, we get to spend more time in the studio writing/recording music so it's all cool. We don't whine about it and we don't want anyone to feel sympathetic about it either. I am not a very passionate live musician anyway, I love getting up on stage, but it's not what I started playing music for in the first place. I've never dreamed of playing big shows and touring around the world, this is not what I am in for. Converting my ideas into songs is what matters for me the most. Waleed lives in a Karachi now so we don't get to play live much as Dionysus but my other band Foreskin still plays live. Dionysus might play at Hellfest in January 2014 in Islamabad, looking forward to that.

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Umair: There used to be a time when there were a lot of gigs happening here in Lahore back in '10. Now, it's all dead. When we first started playing live, there were a lot of opportunities but suddenly, all is gone. Islamabad is doing pretty good. As Waleed has shifted to Karachi now, we can't perform live as Dionysus unless he is in town. But I get to play bass live with Foreskin, so that's kinda fun.

Waleed: A lot of live gigs happen here in Pakistan, even more than you can think of, but no metal shows.

'Hymn To The Dying' had a phenomenal reception worldwide , were you surprised at just how far the EP spread?

Sheraz: I appreciate the love and support we've got from our brothers from across the world and you too. And of course, my mind was blown when Tony Sundstrand contacted me for releasing Hymn to the Dying on CD format, it really felt like we've accomplished something. Although it was doing pretty good on internet when we released it for free download first but knowing that our music would be out on physical format and that too from a label from Sweden, was a real grand feeling, it's just the beginning but yeah we cherish every little memory. Tony played a big part in spreading our music and I've my utmost respect for that guy. We're now signed to Transcending Obscurity India, Kunal Choksi (the owner) is one of the most humble people I've ever come across and he knows his shit so I know this will work out for the better in future.

Umair: Thanks to Tony Sundstrand for releasing 'Hymn To the Dying'. I appreciate the support from everywhere, thanks to all the people who bought our EP. It feels really good to accomplish something like this. And the best part is having the CD released from Sweden. haha. And now we are signed to Transcending Obscurity thanks to Kunal Choksi. Now looking forward to working on some new stuff!

Waleed: With all the hard work that we put in writing/recording Hymn to the dying, we kinda knew it would do well. And we're happy to be satisfied with what we did although improvement is a never ending process. Cheers to all the labels/zines/PR people who have helped us in spreading our music in the dark corners of the world.

What do your families think of the music and the success/Transcending Obscurity deal?

Sheraz: Success? haha! they were pretty happy when they got to know that someone from Sweden released our crap on CD and when underground zines and vinyls/tapes etc started showing up in the mail from countries like Singapore, Sweden, Holland etc. My mother has always supported me in respect of music but we all take it as a hobby and completing studies and moving on with my life is primary for me. Music will always be a big part of my life, but there are other things that are more important.

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Umair: haha, they were pretty happy when they saw that the CD was released from Sweden. It was a big accomplishment for us. My mother supported me most in everything. Even in buying gear initally, lol.

Waleed: When my father got to know that his son has produced it, he made some copies of the EP and distributed 'em among his buddies. haha. He is proud of it!

What does that deal mean to you as a band - personally as well as musically ? (does this mean gigs in India might be on the cards)

Sheraz: It means a lot to me, since Transcending Obscurity is the biggest label in this region and with bands like The Dead, Drunk Honkey and Dormant Inferno on that label, I feel proud to be the part of the family. For the band, the deal means better promotion, better distribution and better quality of CDs and yes, if everything worked out we shall play in India one day as well.

Umair: I am really happy about this deal. And as some great bands are signed to TO, I feel honoured. Also, we might play in India someday so it's good.

Waleed: I think it's a step forward and it will help our music spread around the world easily!

Pakistani Rock/Metal bands are beginning to get more attention world wide - how do you feel being part of that? Do you get as much attention at home?

Sheraz: I am not a part of that. We're just lone rangers. We've a big local/international fan base but I don't promote my music with my country's name on it. And I want people to listen to my music without thinking about the drones and all the other shit that goes down in Pakistan. I am sick of those metal bands from countries like Iran or Iraq and other Asian/Middle Eastern countries who try to get attention by showing how they're coming from a 'muslim country' and how hard they work to record a 'metal' song in that country, I say fuck off! If your music is not strong enough, fuck where you're coming from. Too bad your Dad is an extremist mullah who doesn't let you play a guitar, you're not getting my attention.

But Dionysus/my other projects do get a lot of exposure in the underground circle, which is a good thing. Dionysus' bathing in unholy blood has been featured Underground United compilation released by Formasi Dajjal and B tattoo productions on CD, one of the new songs is featured on Doom metal front zines compilation which will be released soon. Foreskin's Antikvlt was featured on Ghalazat split featuring other hardcore/sludge/grind bands from Nepal. Another song called Raid the Stage along with Multinational corporation's Salaab was featured on "Never mind the taqwacore, HERE IS THE REAL DEAL" Compilation released on 7" Vinyl by Tam 89 records. Marwolaeth's Death lives on was featured on Wartorn Record's 4 way split featuring 2 bands from India and 2 bands from Pakistan. I don't even remember all of the compilation appearances actually. It feels good when people who have respect for your music show their support, that's why I love the underground. People love the music, no matter where it's coming from or who's playing it or if its popular or not!

Umair: I don't care about the commercial rock/ pseudo metal bands over here. Dionysus do have a very loyal fan base, and we appreciate it but it was never about getting 'attention'. Knowing that my music reaches the right ear is what matters to me the most.

Waleed: It does feel when people know about your songs and when you see people doing covers of your songs. Its a great feeling knowing other people can relate to your music.

Pakistan appears to the outside world as a country beset with conflict (sectarian violence, Extremism etc) how much of that affects you as musicians - how much of that side do you write about, also have you ever been told that you shouldn't be making music?

Sheraz: No, I've never been told that. In fact my teachers, my parents and everyone else respects me for what I do. I once got saved from getting expelled from my college due to short attendance because the principle found out that I am in a band! Instead he asked me to play at a function the next month in order to save my ass, the other guy who was with me got expelled and he didn't have anything to back him up. I felt sorry for the poor guy. LOL. But yeah, since there are a lot of problems like load shedding, economic crises, crime situation etc. It gets really tough sometimes but fuck it, I am gonna act like a black dude and say "a nigga gotta do what a nigga gotta do". hahahah.

Umair: Hahaha. I got accepted in Art School because of my music. Everyone here appreciates music in one way or another. Some people are always crying about load shedding and all, but it's not going anywhere. You gotta live with it. And to be honest, we humans learn to live in every condition so yeah, fuck whining about it.

Waleed: Violence and extremism doesn't affect our lives that much. Karachi is known as the most dangerous cities in the world, I think it's not true in any sense. Of course there are crimes etc like in every other big city around the world. But nothing that affects our lives majorly. I think it is the media who's to blame for this propaganda. I do music just as a normal person living in any other country, yes people here do not appreciate much of the things we do musically, but they do not stop us from doing it either. So the best thing we can do is focus on it.

New recordings planned - how will you record this differently from 'Hymn ...'

Sheraz: its pretty different now since "Hymn to the dying". Waleed lives in Karachi now, so basically Umair and I record guitar/drums at our studio over here and then send files to Waleed and he edits them the way it sounds better and adds bass, vocals, acoustic guitars and additional guitar parts then send 'em back to us. We've written 2 songs till now which are planned to be featured on a split release with a really killer and my personal favourite death/doom band. I am not gonna disclose the name for now, but you'll get to know soon.

Umair: What Sheraz said.

Waleed: It's a lot different, we've been exposed to a lot of new music since we recorded Hymn to the dying. And we've recorded 2 new songs, they sound pretty good. I think we're progressing in the right direction, you'll get to know soon!

You all seem to be involved in other projects as well - different styles etc. Does working with them give you fresh ideas for Dionysus?

Sheraz: hahah yeah, since we cannot limit ourselves to one specific style of music, we've ended up with a lot of shit on our plate.

Besides Dionysus, here is the list of my other projects that are active at the moment:

Foreskin (crossover/thrash): http://foreskin.bandcamp.com/
Multinational Corporations (grindcore/crust): http://foreskin.bandcamp.com/
Marwolaeth (OSDM): http://marwolaeth.bandcamp.com/
Flaw (experimental rock): http://visionaire.bandcamp.com/album/flawloss
Irritum (funeral doom): http://irritum.bandcamp.com/

Umair: I am not involved much in other projects as Sheraz and Waleed are. haha. But I do play some different music on the side. I've been working on some Jazz/fusion music for a while now - am writing some songs. Maybe I'll release them someday.

Waleed: Oh yes! I love to experiment with sounds, whether it is metal or whatever genre. I've been involved in many other projects and have recently released a solo album called “WATERFORT” which mainly consists of progressive/ post rock elements, heres the link of the album: https://soundcloud.com/syed-waleed-ahmed/sets/waterfort-2-songs

Also check my previous post black metal project LOHIKARMA, Dreaming skies EP was released on CD by Moontone records (Thailand) earlier this year: http://lohikarma.bandcamp.com/

Thank you very much guys. Good luck with the new stuff, and we at Metaltalk.net look forward to reviewing it!




14.10.13





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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...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD RELEASE 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' ON 7TH JULY
The album is released with a live CD. It proves one major thing no-one should ever forget...they are Motörhead, and they play rock'n'roll!...

grave GRAVE REISSUE 'SOULLESS' ON VINYL ON JULY 14
The limited editions of the third album by the Swedish Death Metal act are issued in several colours...

wolf WOLF ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM 'DEVIL SEED'
All the elements are aligned for this fierce slab of pure Heavy Metal mayhem...

darkest era DARKEST ERA RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BEYOND THE GREY VEIL'
Watch the thematic centerpiece for the album 'Severance' right here...

hordes of belial DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR HORDES OF BELIAL V: A 2014 SCOTTISH EXCLUSIVE
The Geordie quartet will play the Dundee event along with other high quality Metal bands...

sikth SIKTH ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR OF THE UK
"We decided we had to do a full UK tour, just one show was never gonna be enough for us... Also we aim to add some 'never played before live songs' too"...

tankard TANKARD ANNOUNCE HILARIOUS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR 'FOOLED BY YOUR GUTS'
The latest track from 'R.I.B.' (Rest In Beer) has been created by producers from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE US SUMMER DATES WITH KISS & DEF LEPPARD
The band are ready to "bring some some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF INTIMATE UK SHOW AT THE BORDERLINE, LONDON
The Borderline show is on 27th June. The Metal heavyweights will also headline Yorkshire's Ghostfest on 28th June...

Eluveitie ELUVEITIE RELEASE FIRST SINGLE 'KING' ONLINE, TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'ORIGINS'
The Swiss Folk-Metallers release a mighty tale of the historical figure Ambicatus...

sikth UK TECH-FEST WELCOMES THE GODFATHERS OF UK TECH-METAL SIKTH TO THE BILL
Djent monsters Monuments and acoustic guitar master Jon Gomm also join the line up...

escape the fate ESCAPE THE FATE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2014
Now it is time for UK audiences to get their first look at the new look Escape The Fate...

anthrax ANTHRAX ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYLS AS PART OF THRASH BACK CAMPAIGN
Celebrate 30 years of Thrash with reissues from Anthrax and other classic bands...

gatecreeper GATECREEPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR SELF TITLED EP
'Force Fed' is available as one of the tracks on the pay what you want download...

jonny morelli JONNY MORELLI, DRAUGR DRUMMER DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Condolences start to pour in for the musician, tattoo artist and writer...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER IRISH SHOW, BLOODSHOT DAWN TO SUPPORT
Swedish Melodic Death Metal pioneers to play Dublin in January 2015...

nita strauss ALICE COOPER ADDS NEW GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS TO LINEUP FOR 2014 SUMMER/FALL TOURS
The LA guitar wiz will join the tour in Michigan on June 26...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL PREMIERE NEW VIDEO 'WORSHIP THE DIGITAL AGE'
The clip is the first full performance video from 'Our Endless War' and was directed by acclaimed director David Brodsky...

behemoth BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED & GRAND MAGUS ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER TOUR
A chance for the UK to see 'The Satanist' performed in all its hellish glory...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER ANNOUNCE THEIR BIGGEST EVER UK TOUR
The dates include a night at the legendary Wembley arena in March 2015...

alestorm ALESTORM UNVEIL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'DRINK'
If you need a new anthem of the summer then look no further...

rik mayall RIK MAYALL'S 'NOBLE ENGLAND' SONG HEADING FOR NUMBER ONE SPOT AS ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP ANTHEM
The beloved late comedian looks set to storm the UK Top 10 with his lost anthem...

red dragon cartel EXCLUSIVE: RED DRAGON CARTEL GIGS BACK ON - BAND TO PLAY MANCHESTER AND BUCKLEY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events...

brutal truth DAN LILKER OF BRUTAL TRUTH INVITES YOU TO OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL
This will most likely be the very last chance fans will get to see Danny and Brutal Truth live in Europe...

belphegor BELPHEGOR PUT THE FIRST 'CONJURING THE DEAD' STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
The Black Metal giants are gearing up to unleash their tenth album ...

ill nino ILL NIÑO RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND NEW SINGLE
Every pre-order for Till Death, La Familia will receive an instant download of 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow' and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by Ill Niño. ...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS WILL BE OPENING ACT FOR KISS AND DEF LEPPARD THIS SUMMER
The new album 'High Priestess' will be released in September...

triaxis becky TRIAXIS ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST & NEW ALBUM PLANS
Outstanding bassist Becky Baldwin joins the Welsh Metallers for third studio album...

rival sons tour RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Following their current run of sold-out dates, the Californians return this winter with their unmissable live show...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' IN SEPTEMBER 2014
The celebratory album features Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and more...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE REGRETS'
The album 'War Eternal' is out now worldwide and the band hit the road from July to December...

sanctuary SANCTUARY FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE
'The Year The Sun Died' will be out on September 29th in Europe...

rock metal circus ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS ANNOUNCE NEW VENUE FOR 2015
Roll up to Northants for Voodoo Six, Tygers of Pan Tang, Wolf plus some of the hottest new acts around...

aor 3 NIGHT RANGER TO HEADLINE HRH AOR 3
Adrenaline-fuleed rock and roll is the latest addition to the bill...

alz grinder ALZ-GRINDERS PLAN GRINDING FOR A CURE VOL 4
Over 300 extreme bands have contributed to the fundraising albums so far...

cambridge rock festival LINE-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ALMOST COMPLETE
The main stage is booked and stages 2 and 3 are filling up fast...

headbangers open air ANVIL REPLACE DEATH ANGEL FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR
After Death Angel cancelled their entire European tour, Anvil step in with a special "best of" set...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH CANCELS GUITAR GODS DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
It's official - this guitar god has been grounded by visa problems...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE'
The new album of all original material lands on 22nd September...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL ISSUE STATEMENT OVER WOLVERHAMPTON GIG CANCELLATION
The band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL CANCEL WOLVERHAMPTON SHOW, REST OF UK TOUR IS OFF, DOWNLOAD IN JEOPARDY
An argument broke out between the band and promoter Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH FACES CANCELLATION OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN GUITAR GODS TOUR
"The tour is in jeopardy...this has never happened in over thirty years of visas"...

les fest wiston LES-FEST ANNOUNCES MAIN STAGE TIMES
Get the latest from Scotland's premier Metal festival right here...

beermageddon METAL FEST BEERMAGEDDON STRENGTHEN THE LINE UP YET AGAIN...WITH EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jaldaboath, Monumentomb and Furyborn are among the latest additions...

blues pills DORIAN SORRIAUX FROM BLUES PILLS PERFORMS A GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH OF THE BAND'S NEW TRACK
Watch and learn as Dorian deconstructs 'High Class Woman'...

cj wildheart CJ WILDHEART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
'Mable' is available for pre-order now via Pledgemusic. CJ will also be releasing his own brand of hot sauces this year...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR ANNOUNCE FIRST 10 BANDS
FM, Dare, The Poodles and Starz lead the charge for March 2015...

asia ASIA ANNOUNCE A UK TOUR FOR AUTUMN 2014
"We've played to audiences globally, but playing at home in the UK is always a major event for us"...

wolf WOLF UNVEIL BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR 'MY DEMON'
The Swedish stalwarts offer a first taste of the new album...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND'S 'CASUALTIES OF COOL' PROJECT REVEALS NEW VIDEO
"The genesis of it was rooted was in the frustration of it all. Frustrated by the loud"...

biohazard BIOHAZARD RE-SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Following their European summer tour, the band will enter the studio to record the follow-up album to 2012's Reborn In Defiance...

sonisphere gibson GIBSON AND SONISPHERE HAVE TEAMED UP TO OFFER AN EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE OFFICIAL VIDEOGRAPHER OF SONISPHERE 2014
An amazing chance to document the inner workings of the festival...

king lot THE KING LOT RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE 'UNTIL MY DYING DAY'
There will be further tour dates following the album release in August 2014...

techfest UK TECH-FEST ANNOUNCES STAGE TIMES AND DAY TICKETS
The festival for the best in emerging music has also secured support from the Arts Council England...

morgoth MORGOTH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH BOLT THROWER
The Death Metallers are in the studio working on new material...

sonisphere HUNDRED REASONS TO PERFORM 'IDEAS ABOVE OUR STATION' IN FULL AT SONISPHERE
And still they come ... Yet more acts announced for the July weekender...

andrew o'neill ANDREW O'NEILL'S 'HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL' COMES TO EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
"The funniest vegan transvestite comedian in the whole of time and space"...

joanne shaw taylor JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES AND PRE-ORDER OF NEW ALBUM
Support on the 14 date run comes from special guest Bernie Marsden...

secret cinema SECRET CINEMA PRESENTS BACK TO THE FUTURE IN LONDON
This summer California's Hill Valley comes to London for an amazing live cinema experience...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW DRUMMER
As Dave Mackintosh leaves the band for Prog Rock, Gee Anzalone takes the seat for the upcoming UK tour...

iced earth BREAKING NEWS: ICED EARTH CANCEL ALL 2014 DATES
Jon is naturally extremely disappointed about this and has made a statement which you can read in full here...

terraplane TERRAPLANE DEBUT ALBUM REISSUE CELEBRATED WITH RARE DOUBLE SINGLE RELEASE
Thunder's alter-ego release tracks featuring Jools Holland and Ruby Turner...

la bam prod CALL FOR BANDS TO BE PART OF FRENCH COMPILATION ALBUM
Independent label La Bam Prod is releasing 'HeadBamgers' in September and needs your contribution...

thrashback THRASHBACK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF THRASH METAL
Wear your Thrash T Shirt to work on June 6 and win some fantastic prizes including VIP Sonisphere tickets...

goatwhore GOATWHORE UNLEASH FIRST TASTE OF 'CONSTRICTING RAGE OF THE MERCILESS'
New Orleans Metal legion showcase their new album with the track 'FBS'...

chasing dragons CHASING DRAGONS KICK OFF UK TOUR WITH TWO EP LAUNCH SHOWS
Catch the official launch of 'Checkmate' in Leeds and London...

crowbar CROWBAR DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'WALK WITH KNOWLEDGE WISELY'
The first of two videos from the album 'Symmetry In Black' is revealed...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON REACHES FOR THE SONISPHERE SKY WITH A SPECTACULAR WW1 TRIBUTE AIR DISPLAY
Aces High at Sonisphere on 5th July with an unforgettable air show ...

black star riders BREAKING NEWS: MARCO MENDOZA LEAVES BLACK STAR RIDERS AND IS REPLACED BY ROBBIE CRANE
"Marco will always be part of the BSR family and a true friend of ours. We are very happy to introduce Robbie Crane to everyone as the new BSR bass player..."

hostile EXCLUSIVE: HOSTILE CONFIRMED AS SUPPORT TO MACHINE HEAD ON UK TOUR
"The band are excited to be playing with Machine Head as they grew up on their music..."

high on fire HIGH ON FIRE BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM
"Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's "Master of Reality" backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea"...

the treatment THE TREATMENT REVEAL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO 'RUNNING WITH THE DOGS'
A major run of dates for June has also been confirmed...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT SUPPORT THE ROLLING STONES
A chance to see the UK's finest new blues band on tour with the veterans in Europe...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY PRESENT 'YOU WILL KNOW MY NAME' VIDEO
Check out the next track from the upcoming album 'War Eternal'...

crucified barbara SWEDEN'S CRUCIFIED BARBARA RELEASE 'TO KILL A MAN' VIDEO
"From anger, we create music. A really heavy song in every sense"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE POST TRAILER OF BONUS 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' DVD
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and is their first full-length recording since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker...

attica rage ATTICA RAGE PART WAYS WITH BASSIST COLIN WILSON AND ANNOUNCE REPLACEMENT
A new chapter begins for the Glasgow heavy rockers...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE STUDIO VIDEO
An advance look at the process of recording studio album number four is unveiled...

iron knights def con one IRON KNIGHTS + DEF CON ONE TEAM UP FOR THREE UK SHOWS
Catch a double bill of classic British Metal in July...

neal morse NEAL MORSE TO RELEASE 'SONGS FROM NOVEMBER' THIS AUGUST
The Prog composer takes a break from supergroup Transatlantic to fly solo...

hammerfall THE HAMMERFALL '(r)EVOLUTION' IS NEAR!
Swedish Heavy Metal pioneers Hammerfall are fully recharged and back with a vengeance...

slash SLASH ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND EUROPEAN TOUR
'World On Fire' is released on Sep 15 with a great fan pack pre-order on offer...

lemmy pancake LEMMY IN THE RUNNING FOR SAINTHOOD?
It's a miracle in carbohydrate form...

insomnium INSOMNIUM ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
"We can hit the European autobahns and nightly motorways again, deliver the goods in concerts and spread the melancholic word of 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun' album for all of you!"...

arthur brown THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN DEBUT FIRST TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM
'Zim Zam Zim' is released on July 28th and is delightfully genre-spanning and heavy grooving...

leon hendrix LEON HENDRIX TO APPEAR AT THE CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 2014
The younger brother of Jimi will be promoting his new biography "A Brother's Story"...

bad for lazarus BAD FOR LAZARUS RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO 'CAUGHT IN THE TWIST'
"I said I wanted it to be like Buddy Holly meets Slayer. Well, here you go."...

screaming eagles SCREAMING EAGLES RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ALL THE WAY'
Their raw and riff-heavy live act was captured onto record in an intense 10-day recording session surrounded by Marshall stacks and fuelled by cheap wine...

darkest era DARKEST ERA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER
Catch the Northern Irish band on seven dates this autumn...

megadeth MEGADETH CANCEL TOUR DATES FOLLOWING DEATH OF BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON'S BROTHER
All immediate dates are cancelled to allow time for grieving...

asia ASIA TO DEBUT TRACKS FROM NEW ALBUM 'GRAVITAS' AT UK SHOWS
"Aware of the debt to our homeland, we look forward to playing these two special dates in June to introduce the latest, exciting chapter of this extraordinary band"...

belphegor BELPHEGOR REVEAL TRACK LISTING FOR CONJOURING THE DEAD
The tenth studio album will be unleashed on August 11th via Nuclear Blast...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE STAGE TIMES + NEW BANDS
See the full thrilling line-up for the rock n'roll street party of the year...

hellyeah HELLYEAH ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
A series of UK dates will follow the release of 'Blood For Blood' and coincide with their appearance at Bloodstock Festival...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF UK SHOW IN LONDON AT THE FORUM ON NOVEMBER 27TH '14
This will be the band's first appearance in the capital for over 3 years...

lambesis TIM LAMBESIS BREAKS SILENCE OVER CHARGE OF ATTEMPTING TO HIRE A HITMAN TO MURDER ESTRANGED WIFE
As the As I Lay Dying frontman begins a 6 year sentence, an in-depth interview throws light on the circumstances...

manowar MANOWAR WILL RETURN TO CLEVELAND, OH ON NOVEMBER 21, 2014
"We are excited to return to the Agora! We have always been welcomed with the greatest passion and support!"...

jim root JIM ROOT PARTS WAYS WITH STONE SOUR
Corey Taylor confirms that the pair continue to work on new Slipknot album...

12 bar LONDON'S TIN PAN ALLEY UNDER THREAT
An online petition to preserve the iconic 12 Bar Club needs your signature...

ume UME TO SUPPORT BLACK SABBATH IN JULY
More UK dates to be announced soon...

hard rock rising THE ANSWER TO HEADLINE 'HARD ROCK RISING ON THE ROAD' ON A TRUCK IN MANCHESTER
Watch The Answer for free this coming weekend...

vader POLISH DEATH METAL LEGENDS VADER POST NEW TRACK 'TRIUMPH OF DEATH' ONLINE
The forthcoming album 'Tibi Et Igni' is released on June 2nd...

rival sons RIVAL SONS TO HOLD SIGNING SESSION AT HMV
To celebrate the release of the new album 'Great Western Valkyrie', Rival Sons will be performing and signing at the Oxford St and Manchester stores...

eluveitie ELUVEITIE REVEAL ALBUM TITLE, RELEASE DATE AND COVER ART
'Origins' deals in-depth with Celtic mythology, approached scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE THE IMMINENT RELEASE OF "THE FACE I LOVE" APP
The innovative interactive Facebook Application will allow fans to be a part of the album cover art and music video...

peter frampton PETER FRAMPTON TO RELEASE MINI ALBUM 'HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX'
The new music features seven original guitar pieces in Frampton's virtuosic stylings...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE MORE DETAILS ON THE ALBUM 'BLIND RAGE'
The release date is set for August 18th, and there will be a Limited Edition Digipak available...

legend of rock BLACK STAR RIDERS TO HEADLINE LEGENDS OF ROCK - THE ORIGINALS
The mouth-watering October line-up also features Snakecharmer, The Quireboys, Uli Jon Roth and many many more quality acts...

rhapsody of fire NEW RHAPSODY OF FIRE LIVE ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 16, 2014
This majestic Symphonic Power Metal album is a true gem...

deathstars DEATHSTARS REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'ALL THE DEVIL'S TOYS'
Swedish Metallers prepare for the release of studio album 'The Perfect Cult'...

black sabbath EXCLUSIVE: HYDE PARK WILL NOT BE THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
MetalTalk understands that the legendary Godfathers Of Metal will play select dates late in 2014, probably a handful in Europe and a couple of the States...

carnifex CARNIFEX ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH PARKWAY DRIVE IN DECEMBER 14
This mighty intercontinental bill surely will be one of the biggest tours of 2014...

soil SOiL ANNOUNCE 2014 UK TOUR
Special guests will be American HeadCharge & (hed) p.e...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP'S DIGITAL RELEASE OF BRAND NEW SINGLE 'ONE MINUTE' IS OUT NOW
The first taste of the forthcoming album 'Outsider' is revealed...

metallica METALLICA CONFIRM SHOWS AT BOTH GLASTONBURY & SONISPHERE FESTIVALS
There will now be two chances to see the band in the UK this summer...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE HIM, EXTRA SET FROM ANTHRAX, COMEBACK KID AND MORE
The acts just keep on coming...

sabaton vinyl SABATON STREAM THE NEW ALBUM 'HEROES' IN FULL
Get over to Spotify to hear it before the release date...

rob halford JUDAS PRIEST'S ROB HALFORD TO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR UMBILICAL HERNIA
"It looks like the alien just burst forth!"...

hostile EXCLUSIVE: HOSTILE TO PLAY MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL IN FINLAND
Celebrating Manowar's worldwide Metal community, the festival is hosted by different countries and has previously taken place in Germany and Slovenia...

helloween EXCLUSIVE: KISKE RETURN GETS VETOED BY HELLOWEEN'S MANAGEMENT
So this looks like the end of the 'Kiske back in Helloween' saga but as Andi Deris said in his interview with us: "You never know..."

no sinner NO SINNER LAUNCH 'RUNNIN' VIDEO BEFORE UK TOUR
Vancouver's powerhouse blues rock band are ready to captivate UK audiences...

electric river ELECTRIC RIVER RELEASE STUNNING NEW ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO
Watch the new video and get all the live dates right here...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: WHITESNAKE PART COMPANY WITH DOUG ALDRICH
Founding singer and mainman David Coverdale said that Doug is leaving the band "to pursue a solo career" but Doug has denied this...

manowar spain MANOWAR WILL HEADLINE ROCK FEST BCN IN BARCELONA, SPAIN ON JULY 5TH 2014
"We are excited to celebrate the 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' World Tour with our Spanish Manowarriors, who love Metal as much as we do and who have always passionately stood with us!"...

richie sambora RICHIE SAMBORA ANNOUNCES UK AND EIRE DATES FOR JUNE/JULY 2014
The rock icon will perform a series of headline shows and festival appearances...

black star riders BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR JULY 2014
Catch this run of shows before the band return to the studio to record their second album...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER RELEASE 3RD SINGLE FROM THEIR HIGHEST EVER CHART DEBUT ALBUM 'ALL YOU CAN EAT'
The release of 'You're Beautiful When You Don't Talk' coincides with the band's main stage performance at Download...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER UNVEIL SNIPPET TO UPCOMING TRACK 'SEASON OF THE WITCH'
New album 'The Return Of The Reaper' is released on July 14th...

answer THE ANSWER TO RELEASE 'SPECTACULAR' (SAMBA VERSION) SINGLE BUNDLE IN RUN UP TO WORLD CUP 2014
The new acoustic interpretation features an uplifting Brazilian samba beat...

trivium TRIVIUM PART WAYS WITH DRUMMER NICK AUGUSTO
Mat Madiro takes over the stool with immediate effect...

trooper IRON MAIDEN'S TROOPER ANNOUNCED AS THE OFFICIAL ALE OF SONISPHERE
There will also be a special, dated & limited Iron Maiden Sonisphere plastic bottle available at the festival ...

reverence REVERENCE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE ADDITIONS TO THE LINE-UP
Hawkwind & Electric Wizard headline at this unique Portugese festival...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR NOVEMBER 2014 TO SUPPORT 30TH ANNIVERSARY 'BLACK EYED SONS' ALBUM RELEASE
The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August...

saxon SAXON ADD HELL & STORMZONE AS SUPPORT FOR UK LEG OF 'WARRIORS OF THE ROAD'
Make sure you catch the 35TH anniversary tour in November...

suarez LUIS SUAREZ PERFORMS BORN TO BE WILD FOR PEPSI WORLD CUP ADVERT
The Liverpool FC centre forward acts as a rock star in leather and shades...

repair to ruin REPAIR TO RUIN RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SONG 'APOLOGIES'
The self-titled debut album will be out later this year...

tank EXCLUSIVE: TANK ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER BRAZILIAN DATES FOR JUNE 2014
Joining long term Tank members Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on the tour will be some very special guests...

DEATH THREAT EXCLUSIVE: POLICE FAIL TO ARREST MAN WHO MADE FACEBOOK DEATH THREATS TO LEADING HEAVY METAL BAND
The man was detained and subsequently released without charge, the only stipulation being that he write a letter of apology to the band...

doro DORO, THE ORIGINAL METAL QUEEN, RECORDS A MESSAGE ABOUT HER 30TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
Doro's '30 Years Strong & Proud' tour hits London on May 19th...

led zep remaster WIN TICKETS TO AN INVITATION-ONLY EVENT WITH SPECIAL GUEST JIMMY PAGE
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Jimmy Page provide insight into the selection of the companion audio to the re-issues ...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM NEW TRACK 'CEASE TO EXIST' ONLINE
The first album since the tragic loss of Mitch Lucker is out in July 14...

killer be killed KILLER BE KILLED'S MAX CAVALERA TALKS ABOUT HOW THE BAND CAME UP WITH THEIR NAME
On the eve of the release of their self-titled album, find out more about the band and listen to a track...

celebr8 3 CELEBR8.3 AT THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS, ISLINGTON MAY 31ST-1ST JUNE
The Central London Prog festival will have several exclusive performances...

death angel DEATH ANGEL'S 'THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD' OFFICIAL VIDEO NOW ONLINE
The album is out now, including a UK Exclusive Blood Red Vinyl...

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