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

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

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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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Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P...

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

bruce dickinson IRON MAIDEN ISSUE BRUCE DICKINSON HEALTH UPDATE AS NEW PHOTOS OF BRUCE EMERGE
Things are looking very positive concerning the Bruce Dickinson cancer situation...

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

the darkness THE DARKNESS REVEAL FIRST SINGLE 'OPEN FIRE'
The single and the forthcoming album 'Last Of Our Kind' promise an explosion of rock following the band's break ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rival sons RIVAL SONS HAVE RECORDED EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY TRACKS
The limited edition 7" contains two previously unreleased songs...

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

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD CONFIRM FULL SUPPORTING CAST FOR HEADLINE SHOW AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IN LONDON
The Cosmic Dead, Purson and Moss are added to the May 15th bill...

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

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

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

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

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

tony iommi TONY IOMMI, NAPALM DEATH AND LAMB OF GOD APPEAL TO INDONESIAN PRESIDENT FOR BALI NINE DUO CLEMENCY
All artists are hopeful that their words will be persuasive and encourage President Widodo to grant clemency...

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

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

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

armored saint ARMORED SAINT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THIS SUMMER
"There's everything from classic Armored Saint rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep deliver something special..."

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


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