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10 December 2013

British Metal band Absolva have had a triumphant 2013, with the release of their 'Beyond Live' CD and the amazingly successful European tour.

For a taste of the incredible live shows, check out MetalTalk Editor Steve Goldby's review of the London gig here.

The band have now released news of plans for 2014, and it's looking like another packed and exciting year, with new music and more live dates.

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Writing in the official newsletter, Absolva broke the news of a slight hiccup to the new album recording as bassist Dan Bate recovered from surgery, but went on to talk about being backing band for Blaze Bayley and plans for a summer tour:

"Well, it's rarely simple & as some of you will know whilst the actual recording has been going really well, last week Dan had surgery for an appendicitis & has been quite ill. He's recovering now & the excellent news is that he re-joins us in the studio this week to complete his bass parts so we're still on schedule to finish in the studio in this our 3rd week of recording.

We're really really happy with the way the songs are sounding & look forward to sharing the Metal goodness with you! Around Christmas or maybe just into the new year we expect to be able to reveal more details to you ... album title, some artwork, & a track to listen to upfront. What we can say is that release date for the album is likely to be 5th May but we'll be looking to get together some exciting pre-order details well before then."

Chris, Martin and Dan continued: "The 3 of us have just been announced as the band members with Blaze Bayley on his 'Soundtracks Of My Life' 30 date European Tour for March/April. Just to be 100% clear, that's not Absolva as support band but the 3 of us as Blaze's band for this tour.

This is a great opportunity for us to continue working whilst taking a small Absolva break before the album release & before our own tours re-start. Very much looking forward to working with Blaze & we're sure to see many of you out there on the road.

"We're booking a UK Tour for May when we'll also have a main support band along as special guests - the UK Tour details should be out within the next couple of weeks. Then, after the Summer festival season, we plan to return to Europe to tour for 2 months September-October, returning to many places we've already visited & some new places too."

This is exciting news for Metal fans - Absolva are ensuring that the Flames of Justice continue to burn brightly.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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