Roger Bannister was wearing the number 41 when he ran the world's first recorded sub-four-minute mile in Oxford in 1953, clocking in at 3:59. Coincidentally, 3:59 is the exact length of the Alestorm track 'Surf Squid Warfare'. I have no idea where I'm going with this.
Defences have announced details of a London headline show which takes place at The Black Heart in Camden on Monday 17th April. The show has been set up in support of 'The Housing and Homelessness Charity' - Shelter, where the band will be donating a percentage of ticket sales and collecting donations on the day of the show to support the charity.
Guitarist Callum told us: "We're delighted to be teaming up with such a long-standing and effective organisation like Shelter. As a band, our take-home message has always been about overcoming adversity in whatever form it presents itself, and with an estimated figure of over 4000 people sleeping rough each night, we feel that supporting a charity like Shelter is a positive step towards tackling that adversity."
The new album 'With Might and Main' is out on 26th May, and the title, a phrase meaning "with all one's strength", aptly summarises the meaning behind the collection of twelve songs as well as the band's mantra during the creation process. The album aims to promote positivity, seizing every opportunity and becoming the best possible version of one's self through its lyrics, backed up by hard-hitting and melodic instrumentals.
In a rare break from his day job as the bass player with Status Quo, John 'Rhino' Edwards goes on the road for a run of 5 UK dates as Rhino's Revenge and promises a night of "straight ahead good time noisy rock and roll performed by an ace band".
That band now includes FM's lead guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick and Uriah Heep's drummer Russell Gilbrook, who join regulars Rhino and Matthew Starritt to complete a stellar line up.
In support of the shows, Rhino's Revenge is releasing a heavyweight double A-side single featuring a new edit of Take 'em Down ("about a town called Kobanî") and Famous, "about people who want something for nothing".
Rhino's Revenge 5-date UK Tour
5th May: The Iron Road, Evesham
12th May: 100 Club, London
13th May: The Holbrook Club, Horsham
18th May: Bootleggers, Kendal
20th May: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Crusty Death/Doom outfit Vallenfyre will release their third album, 'Fear Those Who Fear Him', via Century Media Records on June 2nd, 2017.
Now the band proudly presents the first single and video clip for this opus, Greg Mackintosh (vocals and guitar) told us: "'Kill All Your Masters' is about the frustration and anger we feel towards the many people and regimes in positions of power, whether it be political, religious or corporate, inflicting crimes and injustices on an often docile and enslaved population, who in many ways seem happy to be told what to do by anything from ancient books to lifestyle magazines."
'Fear Those Who Fear Him' will be released as Gatefold LP+CD on limited coloured and regular black 180 gram vinyl, as Special Edition Digipak (international version), Jewelcase CD (Canada, USA, Mexico only) and on all digital / streaming platforms.
Critically acclaimed doom/sludge band Hollow Leg have teamed up with No Clean Singing to reveal their video for 'Raven', a track that's taken from their recently released EP Murder.
In further news, the band have announced the Northern Migration Tour, which will include an appearance at the prestigious Maryland Doom Fest on June 24 2017.
The band told us "We will be resurfacing this summer to make an East Coast run that'll see us make first-time stops in Richmond/Winston-Salem/CT. We are also stoked to hit Atlanta and Boston, but we are really excited to make a return appearance at the Maryland doom fest."
Earth Electric are premiering the third song taken from their debut album 'Vol.1: Solar', which will hit the streets on May 12th.
Mastermind Rune Eriksen comments on behalf of Earth Electric: ""We have chosen 'The Endless Road' as the third and final single from 'Vol.1 Solar'. This one used to be called 'Burn' when it was in my Cubase folder – most likely due to the umpteen amount of times I've travelled abroad with that glorious Deep Purple album on my headphones. Somehow something must have slipped in; however, I digress.
"For me, this song represents something alluring and charming yet indefinitely old, something untamed and wild, something that transcribes perfectly into our unique take on hard rock. Carmen's interest in Gypsy magic and aesthetics is massively present in the lyrics and the hypnotic melodies move forward in a carefree and sort of 'unattached' way assisting the music. To be honest, what is a rock band without having a song dedicated to these mysterious traveling people? Hm? Arriba!"
On the 7th April 2017, Demon Head's new album 'Thunder On The Fields' will be released through The Sign Records. The songs were recorded by the Copenhagen band onto 16-track tape, in an isolated cabin where they locked themselves in for weeks in the winter of 2016.
Since the beginning, the band has relentlessly travelled on the road and off the beaten path, playing loud, wild concerts with bands from many genres and scenes. In the same way, the influences on 'Thunder In The Fields' are hard to pinpoint; many have experienced nothing quite like the doom-tinged heavy rock of Demon Head, while retaining a strange familiarity of haunting melodies that don't seem to want to escape the listener's cranium.
Comparison is always difficult and limiting, but you might get an idea of the direction if you imagine if the tour bus of Judas Priest had crashed into a whiskey bar where The Doors and Neil Young throw dice with the devil, while The Stooges cover Big Mama Thornton on the decrepit corner stage.
Kings are Brisbane's most well-kept secret. A relatively fresh face on the heavy music scene, they nonetheless have crushed it in their short time together and like a King, they have risen to power. Now, they are bringing their new single and album to the people.
New single 'Stone Cold' drops online today and it comes along with a brilliant, dark, mysterious and brooding video. It will be live in Spotify this Friday 7th April and their brand new album 'Never Alone' will drop May 19th - with pre-orders going live next Friday April 14th. Stone Cold was recorded at STL Studios where it was mixed and mastered by Sonny Truelove.
Vocalist/Guitarist Nat Cochran told us "This song was written from a time where a close friend continued to let me down over and over again. Drugs amongst other things began to change his life and his outlook towards myself and those around him. Lies and false rumours came from him until it reached a point where I had to cut him out of my life. The negativity was something I didn't need and didn't need to worry about anymore."
Ohio Metalcore quartet Nine Shrines have released their brand new single 'Parasite', taken from their upcoming debut EP 'Misery', out via Mascot Records on 21 April.
Based between Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio – Nine Shrines dig deep to explore the nuances of contemporary Metal, navigating through Metalcore, Alt Rock and stadium sized choruses - Formed by former Attack Attack! Drummer Andrew Wetzel and Life On Repeat guitarist Andrew Baylis early in 2014, they are a band woven into the fabric of the explosive Ohio scene.
'Parasite' is based on personal experiences and is an ode to those who deliberately create problems, explains the bands vocalist Chris Parketney. "Parasite is about worthless people. The type that latch onto you and drain you of your money, your happiness, and your self worth. Once they are gone, you are left empty. We all have dealt with these people in one way or another. This is our Fuck You to those people!"
Eclectic Swiss band Impure Wilhelmina are premiering 'Great Falls Beyond Death', the first track taken from their new album, 'Radiation', which has been slated for release on July 7th.
Regarding the new song, the band told us: "We have chosen the opening track 'Great Falls Beyond Death' of our new full-length entitled 'Radiation' for the first premiere. The song starts with an easy melody line and a massive guitar that both evolve into a more dark and twisted tune.
"The vocals grow steadily more epic until the song coalesces into its melancholic finale – evoking fatalism, fanaticism, ignorance, and the fear of death. We see it as a perfect way to start the journey towards our new album – to take-off and then fall through an uncharted musical radiation."
Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra (featuring members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy) have released the second video trailer for their forthcoming third studio album 'Amber Galactic'.
'Amber Galactic' is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017 via Nuclear Blast and will be available as limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art, 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms.
When asked about the direction of NFO within the realm of classic rock, Strid explains with a chuckle: "Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD - we sound like cocaine."
Amber Galactic was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. The album follows The Night Flight Orchestra's two previous releases, 2012's 'Internal Affairs' and 2015's 'Skyline Whispers'.
After two highly successful music videos 'Daimon' and 'Tornekratt' from their Norwegian Grammy award winning album 'Profan', Kampfar have made an untraditional move and created a video for a song from a previous album, namely the 'Mylder' track off of companion album 'Djevelmakt'.
"We never managed to promote this album as well as the latter one, mainly because of complications when putting together tours, and when we so quickly went in and wrote and recorded 'Profan' and the just as fabulous 'Djevelmakt' did not get it's fair share of attention" Ask Ty told us.
"Seeing as this song is a mainstay in our live set, a statement of everything that Kampfar represents as one of the leaders of Norwegian Black Metal in this age, we felt the need to visualize it and create something unique in this time of low budget music videos."
Developed together with the duo Marcin Halerz and Maja Makarewicz of Red Pig Productions, the band again traveled to Krakow, Poland to film their scenes. Based on core ideas behind their three latest albums, and scetched out by the band themselves, the video was put together to reflect the visions of both band and filmmakers.
The Picturebooks released their new album 'Home is a Heartache' on March 10th 2017 via Another Century Records. After a successful run in the UK and Ireland supporting Monster Truck, the band are currently out on the road on a European tour in mainland Europe and have unleashed their brand new video titled 'I Need That Oooh'.
"We shot the video out in Yucca Valley and Pioneer Town in California. Next to us performing in the middle of the desert, the video is about us riding our choppers (one of them is a bike that we built ourselves and the other bike belongs to one of our buddies in the US.) In the video, we´re riding bikes, meet this hitchhiking chick, we blow up stuff on the side of the road, getting lost… looking for inspiration, pretty much what the song is about in a way.
"While we were filming though, my dad (who is also our manager, producer, live mixer and camera guy) got hit by a truck when we left him alone for 10 minutes. It was a hit and run. He was just sitting down on the side off the road checking some of his footage he filmed earlier while it happened. He broke 10 ribs, 9 fractions on his spine, he punctured his lung, tore some ligaments in his left knee and cut up his elbow pretty badly. He was rushed to the "Frank Sinatra Hospital" in Palm Springs immediately and we were lucky we had great insurance (which in the US really helps if you know what I mean?)
"Anyways, 3 weeks later this guys manages to be back on his feet again and with the help from our friends in the skateboarding and chopper scene we finished the video and things turned out for the better. We're so thankful for everyone that was involved in the making of this video and we had the best time up there in the high desert. Good times. Life is so freaking weird man."
Fresh off a triumphant handful of US dates—including a surprise pop-up performance that was the talk of SXSW and a run of make-up dates, At The Drive In unleash 'Hostage Stamps', the third single from the highly anticipated new album, 'in • ter a • li • a', out May 5th on Rise Records.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes the song as "like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, 'Raise your nithing pole,' I don't think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it's this curse. We are going to be victorious. Here's the fucking head on the stake in front of our army. We're coming back. It's reading the writing on the wall. It's going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people."
At The Drive In's new album, 'in • ter a • li • a' will be released on May 5th on Rise Records ahead of the band's next live performance on UK soil at Reading & Leeds festivals this August.
Romanian Metal veterans Gothic just released their newest video, 'Shadow Man', the first track off the band's latest full-length album, Demons, released at the beginning of this year on Loud Rage Music. The video was mixed by the band's leader, Alin Petrut, with post-production by Razvan Alexandru (Abigail).
Gothic released their fourth, highly-anticipated studio album, 'Demons', earlier this year and soon after embarked on an extensive national tour to be followed by international gigs later this year. The new material is considered to be the best in the band's long (24 years) career/
Turkish Black Metallers Zifir have signed with Norwegian label Duplicate Records and announced that their third full-length, 'Kingdom Of Nothigness', will be released in late spring / early summer of 2017, both in CD and LP format, with artwork created by Russian artist Vergvoktre.
Skillfully blending Eastern and Scandinavian influences into their very own sound, Zifir evoke haunting imagery within the listener's mind. Having carefully honed their craftmanship over the years, they have effortlessly created an album that is diverse without losing its sense of direction.
As opposed to the standard "Hail Satan" perspective, lyrically 'Kingdom Of Nothingness' is a condemnation of all man-made religion, seen from a Turkish view. Several songs, like album highlight '769', deal with actual events, or rather horrors that took place in the name of religion.
With this album Zifir deliver one of the truly stand-out Black Metal releases of 2017. The beast has awoken.
After a great deal of touring with all entirely Italian line up, Bastian are now ready to release their brand new, third album 'Back To The Roots' with the stripped down line-up of Sebastiano Conti on guitar, Vinny Appice on drums, the swedish singer Apollo Papathanasio and the indestructible Corrado Giardina on bass.
The Bastian band/project was formally conceived in 2014 and the following year, an album written and produced by leader Sebastiano Conti was their first release. Entitled 'Among My Giants', it featured American singers Michael Vescera (ex Malmsteen, Loudness, Animetal Usa, Obsession) and Mark Boals (ex Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Ring of fire). On drums, the great Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Heaven and Hell), Thomas Lang (Paul Gilbert, Glenn Hughes, Stork), John Macaluso (ex Malmsteen, James LaBrie, TnT, Riot, J.Batten). This was followed by their second album 'Rock Of Daedalus' which was released in March 2016.
The sound on 'Back To The Roots' is a little bit different than the pure Metal sound of the two predecessors, containing more hard rock shades with ballads and some bluesy touches, but without losing sight of the harsh sound that has always characterized Conti's works. The album is out now in Europe and set for a July 23rd release in the US.
More Cum On Feel The Newz next Friday 14th April 2017...