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  ELEVEN ADDITIONS FOR SONISPHERE INCLUDING ALESTORM, BLACK STONE CHERRY, ELECTRIC WIZARD AND SKINDRED
6th March 2012

alestorm
Let's hope the Sonisphere Rum and Mead tent is well stocked this year...



Sonisphere, Knebworth have announced a further eleven acts for its 2012 event including the mighty Alestorm.

Having just completed a sell out tour of the UK, these swashbuckling scallywags combine elements of folk and Power Metal with nautical nastiness and are ideal festival fun. Alestorm will shiver your timbers and blow you down when they open the Saturn stage on the Saturday.

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Exactly ten years to the date after its original release, Long Island hardcore innovators Glassjaw will perform their landmark 'Worship And Tribute' album in its entirety exclusively at Sonisphere. Formed in 1993, Glassjaw took their hardcore and punk influences and DIY attitude to create a genre defying sound entirely their own.

Over the years the band has brought their art to the public through undisclosed elaborate algorithms and sequential coding which up to now has baffled modern day mathematicians, scientists and fans alike. So, with releases such as 8/8, 9/9, 10/10, 11/11, 12/12, 01/01/11 and 07,07,07, one questions how, 10 years later, another significant sequential date of 8/7 could have been planned out with such accuracy. The Mayan calendar doesn't have shit on these guys.

Now, Glassjaw play the historic Knebworth, a fitting site for this pioneering collective from Long Island, NY with a punk rock ethos and a desire to challenge the boundaries of guitar music.

Another ten year anniversary comes in the form of Hundred Reasons' 'Ideas Above Our Station', which the Aldershot quintet will perform in full in Bohemia on the Friday. From the moment the band played their first show at London's Kingston Peel, it was obvious Hundred Reasons were gong to make a name for themselves. Within months they were being offered high-profile support slots, plastered all over Kerrang! Magazine and generally creating a buzz wherever they went.

Earning a Top 10 (#6) chart position on its release in May 2002, 'Ideas Above Our Station' is Hundred Reasons' biggest selling album to date. Featuring chart topping singles including 'If I Could', 'Silver' and 'Falter', Hundred Reasons will see a packed out Bohemia relive a magical moment in music's history.

Says guitarist Larry Hibbitt: "We are galactically excited to be playing Sonisphere Festival 2012. It's been way too long and we can't wait to get back to doing exactly what we do best. See you at the front."

Black Stone Cherry make their Sonisphere debut on the Apollo stage on the Friday. With last year's 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' rapturously received by a rock loving public, crashing into number 1 in the UK Rock Charts, the rapidly rising Kentucky quartet shows no sign of slowing down as they kick off a sold out UK tour later this week.

"Now we can check off another goal on the ole BSC 'wanna do it' list!" says guitarist Ben Wells. "We can't wait to make our debut at Sonisphere 2012!!"

With gargantuan riffs and even bigger hooks, songs like 'Rain Wizard' and 'Blind Man' to dish out, Sonisphere is serving the hottest piece of the Black Stone Cherry pie so far.

If there's one man capable of getting 60,000 music fans to go loco it's Skindred's Benji Webbe. The charismatic frontman has led his raga-punk troupe since 1998, earning a reputation as one of the best live acts around today. With an instantly recognisable sound totally their own, their musical mix of Metal, reggae, dance and punk is at it's height, as they headline the sold-out Jaegermeister Music tour next month.

Says Benji: "We've built this band on being a solid, tight live act, and what more of a perfect platform can one ask for other than Sonisphere Festival Knebworth 2012. We are so thankful and honoured to be invited back once again! We are gunna get this place rocking. We are gunna get this place bouncing. WE ARE GUNNA GET YOU Bitches! SD crew step up!"

Whether it's a packed out club or a huge festival field the size of Knebworth, one can be certain that everybody in sight will have no option but to let the music take over, and their set on Sonisphere's Saturn stage will be one of Saturday's highlights.

Legendary post-punk heroes New Model Army join the Sonisphere cast for a very special late night set on Friday night in Bohemia after headliners Kiss wrap up the Apollo stage. Forming in Bradford in 1980, NMA earned a highly dedicated and impassioned fanbase through their combination of angry punk, modern-day protest folk and anthemic political chanting, which included the likes of Brazilian metallers Sepultura who covered 'The Hunt'. Their set in Bohemia will be highly anticipated, and serve to showcase the diversity and wide range of music on offer at Sonisphere this summer.

Since their formation in 1993, Electric Wizard's name was a familiar one amongst metal underground, but in 2007 - perhaps after a pact with the devil himself - the Dorset four-piece have been riding a black wave of success off the back of their 'Witchcult Today' album. 2010s 'Black Masses' has only seen that success continue, with the band poised to play their biggest headline show to date later this month at London's Forum. Sludgey, heavy, the epitome of doom, let us pray that Bohemia's structure can withstand the Wizard's down-tuned onslaught.

If one day dictionaries have audio examples of definitions replacing the current standard text format, one wouldn't be surprised to hear Crowbar's 'Broken Glass' under the 'Heavy' entry. Led by Kirk Windstein - now also one of the leading forces in Down - these sludge Metal pioneers were one of the first bands to show the world that being heavy is not just about playing fast, and in fact that the opposite is true. With heavy hitters like 'All I Had (I Gave)', 'Nothing' and 'Planets Collide', their exclusive festival appearance will test Bohemia's structural integrity to its limits.

Norwegian black n' rollers Kvelertak return to Sonisphere for a second time after their 2010 appearance in the wake of a massive buzz. That a six piece from Stavanger, Norway who sing about Norse mythology and Viking folklore solely in their native tongue, could become one of the hottest and most talked about acts of late is testament to just how awesome their music is, and their only UK show of 2012 on Sunday in Bohemia will be a triumphant return.

Alternative rock heroes Seether play their only UK festival on Sonisphere's Saturn stage on the Sunday. The South African post-grunge trio have enjoyed massive success in the States, making them one of SA's biggest musical exports, with four out of six records earning gold status. Currently touring with multi-platinum rockers 3 Doors Down, Seether are slowly but surely winning over fans on this side of the pond, and their exclusive festival appearance at Sonisphere will show us why.

The first band to be announced for the Red Bull Ballroom Jam stage is Kerrang! Introducing stars The Getaway Plan. "To be able to say that we are a part of the Sonisphere festival this year is an absolute honour." Says frontman Matthew Wright. "This is going to be our first time to the UK and our first ever show outside of Australia. We're over the fucking moon!"

The Aussie rockers make their UK debut at Sonisphere on the Saturday, giving UK fans the first chance to see why Australian rock fans have ensured chart topping success for the alt-rock four piece.

Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 6th to 8th at Knebworth House. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...

LINE UP SO FAR:
Exclusive headline sets from:
KISS (European Exclusive) - QUEEN (World Exclusive) - FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)
ALESTORM
ANDREW W.K, *
THE BLACKOUT
BLACK STONE CHERRY *
CROWBAR
CYPRESS HILL
ELECTRIC WIZARD *
EVANESCENCE **
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
FLOGGING MOLLY *
THE GETAWAY PLAN
GHOST *
GLASSJAW (Performing 'Worship' and 'Tribute' In Full) *
GOJIRA *
HUNDRED REASONS (Performing 'Ideas Above Our Station' In Full)
I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN
INCUBUS**
KATATONIA *
KVELERTAK **
LACUNA COIL *
MARILYN MANSON*
MASTODON (performing 'The Hunter' in full) *
NEW MODEL ARMY
REFUSED *
SEETHER *
SKINDRED
SWITCHFOOT *
THE DARKNESS
TIM MINCHIN
WITHIN TEMPTATION **
WOLFMOTHER **

** Denotes only UK show of 2012
* Denotes exclusive festival appearance

Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 6th to 8th at Knebworth House. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...








 

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motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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