We have some Queen newz in this edition, which reminds us of the track '39' where adventurers spend a year in space only to return to experience the effects of time dilation.
You don't have to go into space to experience that though; have you ever just been about to go to bed to get an early night, then blinked and immediately found it's four in the morning and you've gone down an internet rabbit hole? Yeah, that.
Legendary bass player Chris Glen has teamed up with renowned Glasgow based writer Martin Kielty to put his memories down on paper, and 'The Bass Business' is due to be launched at a special event at Glasgow's Hard Rock Café (located in the heart of Glasgow's historic Style Mile in the restored, renaissance-inspired Old Atheanaeum Theatre) on Friday 7th April 2017.
With over forty years in the music business working with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Michael Schenker Group, The Ian Gillan Band as well as playing alongside music legends like Angus Young, Rick Nielson, Cozy Powell, Jeff Beck, Doogie White, Klaus Meine, Joe Elliott, Herman Rarebell and many more gifted musicians, Paisley born bass player Chris Glen has more than a few rock 'n' roll tales to tell.
Tickets for the event are available now from the Shock City Productions Facebook page, direct from Tickets Scotland located at Argyle St in Glasgow, Rose Street in Edinburgh or online. Special packages to go with the book launch, including the chance to enjoy a meal with Chris, pose for a photo with him and have your copy personally dedicated are available, and start the packages start at just £17.00. A limited-edition hardback version will be on sale alongside the standard paperback edition.
On his official website earlier this week, Queen guitarist Brian May revealed that the band have been working on a Queen version of Monopoly which is due to hit the shops in May 2017.
Speaking via his official website (brianmay.com), May said of the upcoming version of the award winning board game "We've been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year, and it's due in a shop near you in May. I'm excited — it was a blast working on it — like making an album!"
May added "Somebody leaked this info (which I) should have leaked myself! I think Queen fans will love our new Monopoly game. The launch of our fabulous new official Queen Monopoly game scuppered by a leak to Amazon! But you guys will love it I'm sure. I do! Since the cork is already out of the bottle - what do you reckon these little guys are? Which one would you choose?"
He's referring to the pieces which are the shapes of players' tokens for the game and are tied to iconic Queen references – the robot from the 'News of the World' album cover, a bicycle representing the song 'Bicycle Race', a vacuum cleaner taken from the 'I Want to Break Free', a hammer representing the song 'Hammer to Fall', an old fashioned radio referencing the single 'Radio GaGa' and of course May's own Red Special guitar.
It is thought that the game is due to be releasedin early May. Players will tour the world with the band and buy gig locations and hit singles rather than the traditional buying of houses and hotels.
Stoke-on-Trent based Sertraline released their second EP, 'Guilty', at the start of March to a positive review from fans and critics. The first single, 'Change Of Heart' was released at the back end of 2016 and now the second single, 'I Admit The Blame' has been unleashed.
The video was produced by Lancashire based TVPAV Studios and features actors Richard Upton and Kathryn Green. The band told us "We had a lot of fun filming this so we hope you like it!". The 'Guilty' EP is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and you can buy a physical copy from the band's online store.
The band completed a successful UK tour which included stops in Edinburgh, Carlisle, Newcastle and, of course, a home gig to promote the release. If you weren't lucky enough to catch them there, the band have lined up a handful of dates in April and early May including Sound Control, Manchester (1st), The Sportsman, Long Eaton (14th), Woolpack Live, Doncaster (21st), The Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyme (22nd) finishing up at O'Riley's in Hull on Monday 1st May
No sooner had everyone arrived home after this year's Hard Rock Hell AOR than Chic Festivals announced a handful of bands scheduled to appear at next year's event taking place at Camp HRH (located at Hafan Y Mor in Pwllheli, North Wales) from Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th March 2018.
First up are the mighty Skid Row, who will be celebrating all aspects of their thirty plus year career. Joining them will be British rockers Dare who are fronted by Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton as well as Swedish rockers Eclipse. Joining Skid Row on the journey from across the Atlantic are Jack Russell's Great White in a rare UK appearance as well as the return of the Californian Metallers Bulletboys and from Blue Island, Illinois comes Enuff Z'Nuff.
Further bands will be announced once they're confirmed but in the meantime, tickets for the event are already on sale via the official Hard Rock Hell AOR website (http://www.hrhaor.com) which also has details of accommodation and how to get there. You'd best be quick, though, as HRH AOR usually sells out well before the event.
Meshiaak are thrilled to announce they will be taking on their first ever tour in June and will be coming over to Europe to support thrash heroes Metal Church, including UK dates in Bristol, London, Glasgow and Belfast.
Talking about the tour Dean Wells told us; "We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty Metal Church . We couldn't be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can't wait to finally play these songs live. Hope to see a lot of new faces on the road!"
Formed in Melbourne, Australia by 4ARM's Danny Camilleri and Teramaze's Dean Wells, bassist Nick Walker and rhythmic weapon Jon Dette, of Iced Earth, Slayer, Testament and Anthrax they combine formidable elements of progressive Metal and thrash on debut album 'Alliance of Thieves' which was released in the summer of 2016 on Mascot Records.
Ahead of their upcoming London headline show, UK five-piece As Lions have unveiled the video to their brand new single 'One By One' – out now on Eleven Seven Music.
Filmed underground in Manchester, and with the Metal maestros' rip-roaring performance at its heart, the video's narrative conveys the themes of metamorphous, shedding your skin and ultimately embracing who you really are.
'One By One' comes ahead of the band's upcoming string of US shows across April and May with Shinedown, Nothing More, I Prevail and P.O.D.
As Lions are also confirmed for their first UK festival appearance of the year at Bristol's Fat Lip Festival in July with Young Guns.
The band will also be playing a number of European & US festivals including Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Graspop, Rock On The Range and Northern Invasion.
After Anathema's 2012 award-winning album 'Weather Systems' and 2014's spellbinding 'Distant Satellites', the ambient rockers are back with their eleventh full-length, 'The Optimist'. Due for release on 9th June through Kscope, the album will soon reveal some of the darkest, most challenging and unexpected music the sextet have put their name to.
The idea for 'The Optimist' was born from the front cover artwork of the band's 2001 album 'A Fine Day To Exit'. Daniel Cavanagh explains "I suppose you might say the album is semi-autobiographical because this time we used a surrogate," he says, of the character that is The Optimist.
"We put sound, feelings and crucially, our own hopes and fears into another person and made him the subject of the songs then weaving my own internal monologue into the narrative of The Optimist. It was John's idea to write a narrative, so I took A Fine Day To Exit as the starting point".
Have a look at the trailer right here:
Wednesday 13 has revealed a brand new video for 'What The Night Brings', the first track taken from his forthcoming album, 'Condolences' which is set to land on 2nd June via new record label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Wednesday tells us "I'm really excited to unveil the new video for 'What The Night Brings', the first track from our upcoming album, 'Condolences'. It kicks off our new album and really sets the tone for the rest of it. We worked on the video with director Matt Zane (Society One) and he really helped bring a spooky vibe.
"The song reminds me of a Heavy Metal version of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' theme! It was also a lot of fun filming the extra scenes too, where I get to dress up like a demon at a ritual! I never knew that singing with fangs would be so difficult, but I made it work!!"
Wednesday 13 is confirmed to headline the Dogtooth Stage at Download Festival on Saturday 10th June with his full electric set, as well as two additional shows in Dublin (Thu 8th Jun at Voodoo Lounge) and Belfast (Fri 9th June at Limelight 2).
Swedish hard rock band Corroded, a band that topped the music charts in Sweden and whose songs are worshipped by fans around the world, are finally back, and this time the stakes are raised! After previously creating music for the Swedish TV show 'Survivor' (Expedition Robinson in Sweden) and the globally popular video game Battlefield, Corroded now enters 'Defcon Zero'.
'Defcon Zero' isn't just Corroded's first new album in five years – it's also their first release on Despotz Records. Signing to Despotz Records has opened brand new possibilities for Corroded and given them the firepower to further strengthen their position, both nationally and internationally.
"The goal with this album is the usual – complete world domination!" singer/guitarist Jens Westin etold us with a smile. The sound on 'Defcon Zero' is harder without losing any of the melodic focus. Five years might have flown by but the album picks up when the acclaimed 'State of Disgrace' left off; while sounding completely new at the same time! Above all – it sounds Corroded.
In advance of hte album, a video for single 'Fall Of The Nation' has been revealed."We wanted the video to show how the song feels and we think it´s spot on! Dark, ugly and ferocious! Just like us! Hard rock fans will love it. So if your eyes bleed after this one, you´re probably not that into heavy music. It might also be our appearances, but nonetheless, it´s time to bang heads and make some trouble! This is - FALL OF A NATION!"
Here's one to watch - Stone Mob are an American hard rock band formed in Virginia in 2017, currently hard at work on their first album. The quartet have very eclectic and impressive resumes with expert builder, actor, inventor, film and music producer, fluency in Mandarin Chineseand author alongside musical prowess.
We are afforded a glimpse of what to expect right now, with the video for 'Murder Town', a bloody tale of revenge set to a hard rockin' score:
Following the success of their debut album 'Reign Of Suffering', UK hardcore-Metal mob Malevolence return with the video for new track 'Slave To Satisfaction', the first single to be taken from the band's highly anticipated follow-up album, 'Self Supremacy'.
"We are very excited to be making our return this spring with our follow up album; Self Supremacy," frontman Alex Taylor told us. "We're picking up where our previous effort left off; same unique brand of intelligent guitar work, crushing mosh parts and soulful, anger drenched vocals but now with the unmistakable maturity of a band that has spent years honing their craft. We're very excited to be working very closely with our friends in Germany's boutique BDHW records. The boys are back and we're not playing games."
Pre-orders for the album are available now. Check out the video for "Slave To Satisfaction" here:
North London 3-piece, Puppy, mark the arrival of spring on the Northern Hemisphere with a video for newly recorded track, 'Beast'. The video dropped at the very moment in which the plane of Earth's equator passed through the centre of the Sun (commonly known as the Vernal Equinox), and can now be enjoyed by all.
'Beast' will be added to the band's most recent five-track 'Vol. II' EP, which will be re-released this summer in re-mastered form with new artwork and a tweaked title, marking the first Puppy release (on 12" vinyl, CD & download) under their freshly-inked worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.
On the live front, Puppy have been announced as main support to CKY across 7-dates of their May UK tour, and can also be seen on a fast approaching UK/Euro tour with Creeper.
Jonne Järvelä, the driving force of the internationally successful folk metal band Korpiklaani, will release his second folk music album entitled 'Kallohonka' on 28th April via Playground Music Scandinavia.
The band that carries his name, Jonne, consists of ten well known musicians from the world of rock, Metal and folk music. The first single from the album, 'Vieras', can now be heard in all music services world wide. It's the first song in which Jonne Järvelä has used a musical instrument from the Baltic psaltery family - Finnish kantele.
'Kallohonka' is filled with spiritually dazzling music, and the big spotlight is on folk music instruments. The songs focus on more traditional values and bring you back to your native roots.
Occulta Veritas is the one-man-band from Daniele Vergine, known for his work with Noise Trail Immersion.
With the band's debut LP 'The Inner Wail' set to be released today, March 24th, via Moment Of Collapse Records , Occulta Veritas is now streaming two singles in advance which you can listen to below.
The music, fully instrumental, presents itself as a combination of Post and Math Metal and is strongly influenced by genres like Black Metal and Hardcore. The artist's intention with this album in particular was to create a very intimate and personal record, characterized by a melodramatic feel. For fans of Dysrhythmia, Converge, Capsule, Amia Venera Landscape, Cloudkicker, Gorguts, Altar of Plagues and Ihsahn.
The US progressive power Metal band MindMaze just released a music video for 'Sign of Life', the first single from their new album 'Resolve'. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Over the span of 68 minutes of melodic and powerful music ripe with recurring themes, the band takes the listener on a whirlwind journey through the scope of human emotion in hopes they will be able to project their own experiences into these intensely personal lyrics inspired by an amalgam of real-life events.
Resolve reprises the band's ever-present influences from bands like Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Savatage, and a mixture of contemporary power Metal and melodic rock hooks and songwriting, while moving the band further into progressive and theatrical territory with more atypical song structures used to best serve the concept of the album.
Royal Republic are returning to British shores this Spring, following a sold out run of dates in November 2016. These irrepressible party starters from Sweden have lined up 3 headline shows in March/April with Tax The Heat joining the festivities as support.
The band told us "The Sold-Out UK shows in October were amazing, and has left us with the opportunity to come back in the Spring! We will seize this opportunity and could not be more stoked!"
30th March: Glasgow, The Garage
31st March: Manchester, Academy 2
1st April: London, Electric Ballroom
More Cum On Feel The Newz next Friday 31st March 2017...