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New Interviews Added!

Cast your minds back to July of 2017 in “sunny” Manchester. Specifically, The Civic Centre in Prestwich, just off the M62. For those of you who weren’t there, that’s when the tenth annual SOS Festival happened. As usual, The Wyrd Ways Rock Show was there to do some interviews and catch some bands.

I’ve already posted interviews with members of Die No More and Core Of Nation.

If you head over to this page, there are now more interviews for you to listen to from the first day.

Khemmis to hit Roadburn, Migration and Maryland Deathfest

Denver’s doom/metal titans Khemmis are currently working at Flatline Audio Studios with Dave Otero – immersed in the recording  of the band’s impending third album, which will see release this summer 2018.

Immediately following the recording sessions, the band will take part in the Seventh Annual Decibel Magazine Tour, set to run through North America from February 15th  to March 10th  alongside Wolves In The Throne Room, Myrkur, and Nuclear Blast label mates Enslaved.  One month later, they’ll will make their European live debut at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 19th, followed by a set at Doom Over Leipzig Festival in Germany on April 21st.

Upon their return to the USA, May will see Khemmis taking part at the annual Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Maryland, and July will see them joining this year’s instalment of Migration Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The full dates are:
15/2/2018 TLA – Philadelphia, PA ^
16/2/2018 Irving Plaza – New York, NY ^
17/2/2018 Royale – Boston, MA ^
18/2/2018 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC ^
20/2/2018 Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON ^
21/2/2018 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH ^
22/2/2018 Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI *
23/2/2018 Metro – Chicago, IL ^
24/2/2018 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN ^
25/2/2018 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS ^
26/2/2018 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO ^
28/2/2018 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT ^
02/3/2018 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB ^
03/3/2018 The Starlite Ballroom – Edmonton, BC ^
05/3/2018 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC ^
06/3/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA ^
07/3/2018 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR ^
08/3/2018 Cooper’s Ale Works – Nevada City, CA *
09/3/2018 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA ^
10/3/2018 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA ^
11/3/2018 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
19/4/2018 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
21/4/2018 Doom Over Leipzig Festival – Leipzig, DE
24/5/2018 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
27/7/2018 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA @ Migration Fest
^ w/ Enslaved, Wolves In The Throne Room, Myrkur

Cage and Malice to co-headline Swordmetal VI

American Power Metallers Cage and Trad Metal stalwarts Malice confirmed as co-headliners of Swordmetal Fest VI

The show will be held on November 11, 2017 at Niesen’s Sports Bar in Savage, Minnesota.  Malice bassist Rayman James checked in with the following update:

Swordmetal began in 2012 and has weathered the storms and continued to grow ever since. This will be the 3rd year in a row that it has been held at Neisen’s Sports Bar in Savage, Minnesota and will be the biggest show yet. The fest will feature 2 stages running a total of 19 bands coming from all across the USA including the mighty power metal kings Cage, as well as the return of Swordmetal veterans like Malice and Eternal Voyager.

Swordmetal fest has always tried to go the extra mile to provide fun activities and great entertainment that will include some fan favourite events from the past like The Metal Warrior’s Miss Metal Minnesota contest, a Hotter than Hell hot wing eating contest and a beer drinking contest.

In addition, we are debuting a brand new contest for the Cosplay / fantasy fans, the epic Swordmetal Warrior costume contest and a raffle for a kick ass custom painted SMF VI guitar.

Swordmetal Fest VI band line-up:
Seventh Calling
Eternal Voyager
Caster Volor
Sons of Vengeance
Piece of Mind
Great Electric Quest
Agony Reigns
Distal Descent
Luna Boreal
Defiled Christ
Beyond Forever

Regular Tickets $15.00
VIP tickets $30.00

VIP package includes band Meet and Greet sessions, a free SMF VI event t-shirt and a raffle ticket for the custom SMF VI guitar.

Festival admission – 16 years or older

For the latest news, visit the official Swordmetal Fest VI website

Havok hit the road

Havok return to the stage with a pair of US tours and a European run.

First off, the Havok join Metalcore band Darkest Hour on the Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora tour in July, before heading to Europe in August for festival dates and club shows with acts like Converge, Gorguts, Revocation and others.

Following these runs, Havok are to be part of the seventh annual Metal Alliance tour across North America, which is led this year by Thrash legends Overkill and Crowbar. Speaking about the band’s upcoming shows, Havok lead vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez states:

“After two months off, we’re excited to get back on the road to play some new songs! Expect to hear some fresh material from Conformicide this summer. Start stretching out those necks…”

Here is an exact overview of the upcoming Havok live-dates, which start next week and include a spot on the bill at this year’s Bloodstock Festival at Catton Hall in Derbyshire (New additions in Europe marked *):

Havok (with Darkest Hour & Jesus Piece):
12.07.2017 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon (no Darkest Hour)
13.07.2017 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall (no Darkest Hour)
14.07.2017 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
15.07.2017 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
16.07.2017 Virginia Beach VA – Shakas
18.07.2017 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
19.07.2017 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
20.07.2017 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
21.07.2017 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
22.07.2017 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
23.07.2017 Fayetteville, NC – The Drunk Horse Pub
25.07.2017 Saint Louis, MO – Fubar (no Darkest Hour)
26.07.2017 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge (no Darkest Hour)

Havok – Live in Europe:
10.08.2017 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air
11.08.2017 Ieper (Belgium) – Ieper Festival
12.08.2017 Catton Hall (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air *
13.08.2017 Vagos (Portugal) – Vagos Metal Fest
14.08.2017 Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
15.08.2017 Leipzig (Germany) – Naumanns + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
16.08.2017 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Baroeg + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
17.08.2017 Oberhausen (Germany) – Kulttempel + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
19.08.2017 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air
20.08.2017 Wroclaw (Poland) – Zaklete Rewiry + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
21.08.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Music Club + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
22.08.2017 Vienna (Austria) Arena + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
23.08.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
24.08.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
25.08.2017 Paris (France) – Trabendo + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
26.08.2017 Wörrstadt (Germany) – Neuborn Open Air
29.08.2017 Tallinn (Estonia) – Tapper *
30.08.2017 St. Petersburg (Russia) – A2 + Amon Amarth *
31.08.2017 Moscow (Russia) – Moskva *
02.09.2017 Markneukirchen (Germany) – Reeveland Fest

Havok on the Metal Alliance North American Tour with Overkill, Crowbar, Black Fast & Invidia:
07.09.2017 Cave-In-Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault Open Air (Havok and many others!)

08.09.2017 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10.09.2017 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
11.09.2017 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Concert Lounge
12.09.2017 Rochester, NY – The German House Theater
13.09.2017 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
14.09.2017 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
16.09.2017 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
17.09.2017 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
18.09.2017 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
19.09.2017 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
20.09.2017 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
22.09.2017 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
23.09.2017 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
24.09.2017 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
25.09.2017 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
26.09.2017 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
28.09.2017 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
29.09.2017 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
30.09.2017 Easton, PA – One Centre Square

SOS Festival 2017 preview

The countdown is now on to the tenth SOS Festival in Prestwich, near Manchester.  Over the decade it has been running, the three day indoor festival has become an excellent showcase for up-and-coming talent and established bands.

Bands on the bill for this year include Kill II This, Power Quest, Blaze Bayley, Triaxis (in what could be one of their final shows as Triaxis), Pythia, Wyrd Ways Rock Show favourites Die No More in their final show before going on hiatus and I Saw The World Burn.

Tickets can be bought from THIS LINK, for the princely sum of £15 for the full weekend, £5 for the Friday only and £10 each for Saturday or Sunday only.

Want to get Stonedeaf in August 2018?

The first band on the main stage at the first Stonedeaf Festival on 25th of August 2018 at the Newark Showgrounds will be decided by an online public vote.

The festival organisers are inviting ORIGINAL (no covers or tributes please) bands to provide three tracks, one of which must be a live video.

They will then run an online Battle of the Bands competition, posting the contestants over a period of three weeks with the final being held in the fourth week.   Each heat will be made up of four or five bands, with the three getting the most votes moving into the finals alongside the two runners-up with the largest votes.

Each band will then submit two more tracks for the final.

The organisers believe that this will probably be the first ever Battle Of The Bands to be fought purely on social media, which goes with the fact they are probably the first festival to be born out of Social media too.

The Stonedeaf people had this message:

So you can kick back with a few beers and check out which bands could be the opener and cast your vote. Ultimately you decide.

Bands – what we need from you: a brief Bio and why you should be our opening act, links to two tracks and a link to a video of you playing live. We will get back to you, let you know our terms and go from there. We won’t be asking any band to PAY TO PLAY… it’s not what we’re about!!!

Bands MUST send their applications to this email address:  No links on this post will be taken into consideration.  Bands also must be in the Stonedeaf Facebook group too… so get onboard and get your fanbase engaged with us!

So then… do you know of a band who might be interested?  Get them to join the Stonedeaf Festival group and apply

Any questions just ask on their Facebook page – but please do not post any links etc.

As a final message from Chris and his team:

Regarding the rest of the line-up.
We pretty much have the next 2-3 bands onboard. We have irons in the fire regarding the bands at the top of bill, offers on the table as well as bands ready to go once we sort a deposit. Nothing can be announced until this is done though. It’s all money related. So we are working to get that aspect over the line. However, soon you will see exactly what we are doing and where we hope to be with it all next August.

Hopefully you all be happy with what we have up our sleeves.

Chris \m/ \m/

More Bloodstock bands announced!

Joining Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Denver-based thrash animals HAVOK.  The band recently released their fourth studio album, Conformicide via Century Media.

Also landing the opening slot on Saturday’s main stage are San Francisco tech death outfit, FALLUJAH.  Check out the video for Abandon, taken from their recently released Nuclear Blast album, Dreamless:

Fleshing out the Sophie bill over the weekend are seven more awesome bands.  Joining us on Friday will be Norwich thrashers SHRAPNEL, Leicester metal five-piece INTERNAL CONFLICT, Yorkshire’s stoner blues squad (WWRS Shock Of The New alumni), IRONRAT and London extremists, CORPSING who feature members of Akercocke and Aghast.

Bringing their critically acclaimed noises on Saturday are heavy prog beasts OHHMS and rounding out Sunday’s line up are British/Chilean thrash/death outfit, CRIMINAL and purveyors of mammoth metal grooves, GRAVIL, who have also appeared on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.

Phase two of our ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finalists are also locked down.  These lucky winners of regional heats land a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage…  On Friday, fans of Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Whitechapel should be sure to catch Carlisle champions, SEEK SOLACE IN RUIN:

If Sylosis, Trivium and Children of Bodom are more your thing, look out for Saltash heroes MANTRA.  Also celebrating on Friday, are Leicester victors BLOODOATH and Wolverhampton top dogs ASHEN CROWN, who are one for fans of Bolt Thrower and At The Gates.  Saturday brings Southern metal riffers TITAN BREED, who clinched first place in Glasgow, Gravesend winners INFECTED DEAD with their polished blend of modern death metal and visceral brutality, and three-piece progsters SOLAR SONS who won the Inverness heat with their Rush/Budgie influences!  Joining them will be Cardiff conquerors MALUM SKY with their mix of progressive styles – think Periphery and Karnivool, but with a twist.  The kings of the Norwegian M2TM final are VORBID, who join Sunday’s bill, sure to please everyone who digs a bit of Megadeth, Testament, Annihilator, King Crimson, Rush, and… erm… Camel!

Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia announces Irregular Orbits Stage

John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records to present IRREGULAR ORBITS – the label’s first ever curated festival stage at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Featuring ONCE & FUTURE BAND, SUNWATCHERS, MALE GAZE, MAGNETIX + DUDS

Helmed by Thee Oh SeesJohn Dwyer, along with fellow Californians Matt Jones and Brian Lee Hughes, Castle Face Records have issued music from the likes of White Fence, Warm Soda, POW!, Feels, Ty Segall, Useless Eaters, The Blind Shake, Fresh & Onlys…and more. Plus, there’s the small matter of Thee Oh Sees’ ever-expanding catalogue.

For Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017 the label present IRREGULAR ORBITS – their first ever curated festival stage. The stage will feature some of the finest groups on their roster – with an insight into what the label has in store heading into the Autumn – plus Castle Face DJs and a host of Castle Face frolics across the festival programme to be announced over the coming months.

Matt Jones gave us the following titbits of info on the groups they have lined up for IRREGULAR ORBITS:

Once & Future Band – “If we are lucky enough to have a Dark Side of the Moon-style prog grand opus for our generation, I nominate Once & Future Band’s self-titled debut. They are just that good, that grand. Like watching wizards battle over who can write the best bridge.

Sunwatchers – “Psych/jazz/freeform freakniks that dropped a great disc on us early last year. From a hall of mirrors psych-like repetition to tendrils of free jazz, but always with an exotic edge no doubt helped along by the occasional surfacing of electric phin and Ethiopiques-esqe alto spice, which frankly kinda seals the deal for me.

Male Gaze – “There is no easier task than describing your own band! Gothly sung, feedback stung, Modern English meets Big MuffMale Gaze is a loud and fuzzy pop band with a tendency to thrash behind my passable Ian Curtis impression rather than brood or jangle.”

Magnetix – “’The butchest band in Bordeaux’, as John Dwyer so eloquently put it. Looch and Aggie bring an inimitable gallic swagger to their two-piece fuzz-manic whomp. Looch is a towering, slavering rock n roll animal in person and when I heard he was recently hit by a car, I worried more about the car. Aggie could chew you up and spit you out with one hand still hitting the snare…as if she could be bothered to!

Duds – “Post-punk perfection so far delivered in 7” doses, Duds have a full length for us coming out in September. Sharp lads with a great monotone delivery, a great jittery bounce, and tension you can cut with a knife (or a Telecaster). Marc Riley actually sent them our way and we’re very happy to be working with them.”

Liverpool Psych Fest is a two-day happening, held over the weekend of 22 + 23 September 2017 within the warehouses and recesses of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.  The festival site contains four performance spaces, housed in complex of warehouses across Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory and District.  Also in the planning stages is a wide expansion of the PZYK Gallery and Village – which were successfully introduced in 2014 – on Greenland Street and Flint Street, plus the festival’s trademark world of scintillating artist curation from across the PZYK cosmos, DJs, label curations, installations and audiovisual explorations.

The festival site is a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre, and is served by buses 103 (nearest stop on Park Lane) and 82 (nearest stop on Great George Street). The main bus station at Liverpool ONE (Paradise Street) is a 15-minute walk away.

Train stations Liverpool Central and Brunswick (on the Northern Line), and Liverpool James Street (on the Wirral Line loop) are all approximately 15-20 minutes walk away.

The easiest way to get to the festival site is by foot or by car/taxi. There are also plenty of Hackney cabs operating in Liverpool city centre.

More Bloodstock bands announced

The UK’s best Metal festival have announced ten more bands for the bill at Catton Hall this summer.  Here’s the rundown:

DEVILMENT, featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, will be prowling the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday.   The band released a statement:

“Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check DEVILMENT out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!”

Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own BATTLE BEAST (a personal favourite over here at WWRS HQ – you’ve probably noticed they get a lot of play on the show).

Bassist Eero comments:

“We’re psyched to be taking on BLOODSTOCK for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this Spring, and it’s really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!”

Metal 2 The Masses also makes it’s presence felt on the Friday as the New Blood Stage welcomes Coventry winners DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies and modern metalheads MERITHIAN, who took top prize in the Swindon heat.

Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors ENSLAVEMENT , influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, and Devourment.

On Saturday, Sheffield champions BA’AL add their blackened doom and Dublin’s top dogs ZHORA bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary.

Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters (who made their debut on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show back in 2014 on show CCLXXV as part of Shock Of The New – good to see Bloodstock catching up! – Ed) MIST roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays.  Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass and Pentagram.

HEATHEN DEITY join Sunday from the Midlands.  Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’:

Last but not least, Melodic Death Metallers SHROUDED also join Sunday’s bill, having clinched first place in Belfast’s final.