As Lions, following their headline show at the Boston Arms Music Rooms in March, will be back in the UK for their first ever headline tour, playing a run of 17 dates in September.
Sept 9th – Bridgend, Hobo’s
Sept 10th Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Sept 12th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Sept 13th – Bristol, Louisiana
Sept 14th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Sept 15th – Norwich, Waterfront
Sept 17th – Chester, Live Rooms
Sept 18th – Birmingham, Flapper
Sept 20th – Leeds, Key Club
Sept 21st – Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks
Sept 22nd – Glasgow, Garage Attic
Sept 23rd – Stoke, Sugarmill
Sept 25th – Manchester, Rebellion
Sept 26th – Dover, Booking Hall
Sept 27th – Bournemouth, Anvil
Sept 28th – Southampton, Joiners
Sept 29th – Leicester, Firebug
Sept 30th – London, Old Blue Last
Friday 22nd September 2017 sees the UK release of the long awaited new studio album Into The Great Unknown from Swedish rock band H.E.A.T via earMUSIC.
After eighteen months of songwriting with returning guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis), the band headed off to Thailand with Swedish Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell to record the album. With ten songs ready, H.E.A.T entered Karma Sound studios in the outskirts of Bangkok to record what would become the fifth studio album.
Into The Great Unknown is the follow-up to 2014’s Tearing Down The Walls.
“During the making of this album, I think we all felt a little bit like astronauts going off to space for the first time,” says guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis). “We set out on a journey not knowing what we would come back with, or if we’d even make it back. Somewhere along the way, the pieces began to fall into place. There’s just no point in doing the same album over and over again just because it works. When it all comes down to it, you want to make the songs shine to their full potential. If that includes bending the rules of the genre or crossing paths into unknown territory, so be it.”
“The title Into The Great Unknown suits the album for many reasons,” says drummer Crash. “The plan, to focus entirely on the song writing and to not do a live show until the new album is out, was a new thing for us. We had never done anything like it, how do you ‘not’ play live for two years? We had been doing live shows since we were kids. Another leap into the great unknown is the music itself, with no limits and elements never before seen in H.E.A.T. Eric Rivers disappeared into the great unknown and former guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) came back from it. The album cover is once again created by Russian artist Vitaly S. Alexius, and is inspired by the mystical space, the greatest unknown known to man.”
Trivium have returned with a new track, The Sin And The Sentence, the first new music from the group since their last album, Silence In The Snow.
Trivium will release a new album this Autumn, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks. For up to the minute news and information, visit www.trivium.org.
In the meantime, the Orlando, Florida-based band will spend this August trekking across mainland Europe, including festival appearances at Germany’s Wacken Open Air, Austria’s Jolly Roger Festival, Poland’s Woodstock Festival and more, along with headline dates featuring support from Obituary and Bury Tomorrow.
For complete tour information and tickets, please visit www.trivium.org/tourdates.
Neal Schon has hinted a Journey line-up change may be in order after falling out with his bandmates for meeting with Donald Trump at the White House.
The only original member of the band has been ranting on social media after discovering singer Arnel Pineda, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and bassist Ross Valory had paid a visit to the Republican leader in Washington, D.C. at the tail end of July.
Schon claims he was unaware of the visit before hearing about it in the news, and makes it clear the trio was not representing Journey during the White House appearance, because the band has always remained politically neutral.
In his initial post on Facebook on 3rd August, he wrote:
“I will remain strong and consistent with the belief we’ve always shared and agreed upon – Journey should never be used and exploited by anyone , especially band members for politics or any one religion.
I’ve been here since 1972 and this has always been our belief. This was with intent to exploit the brand and use the name. Journey was not there – 3 individual members were Cain, Valory and Pineda whom I found… Tours are done all the time but it could have been privately…
This clearly shows no respect or Unity… just Divide”
Schon has since continued to vent about the secretly-arranged visit on Twitter, revealing further discord among the group members, who he alleges have been plotting to tour without him.
“How would you feel if u found out that the rest of the band wanted to tour without me? They will not tour with Journey name. Trust me. I’ve spent way too long building to give up the brand… F-ing insane. It is a serious try at hijacking JRNY… It’s now time for the truth (about) all I have endured this year, enough is enough. Exposing any abusive, malicious behavior (sic).”
Asked if the dispute will affect the current line-up, the guitarist replied yesterday:
“I’m not sure. The last two years have not been easy. Was fine till then.
One way or the other I won’t be dealing with any more toxic shit. Done… Negative energy was all I was in for 2 years. I’m getting rid of it.
I’m taken (sic) it by the horns and who ever doesn’t like can leave. There’s so much more that nobody knows yet…”
Pineda, Cain, and Valory have yet to comment on Schon‘s remarks, while drummer Steve Smith has so far remained silent about the whole saga, which emerges days after they performed at The Classic East festival in New York on 30th July.
Alice Cooper and Joe Perry were once forced to flee a haunted house shortly after the rockers were released from rehab.
Alice met up with the Aerosmith guitarist in the early 1980s at an old home in Copake, New York to write songs for Perry‘s 1984 movie Monster Dog, but the musicians weren’t prepared for the supernatural disturbances they experienced during the collaboration.
“Every time I would put something down – I’d go in the other room, I’d come back – it (the object) was in some other place,” Alice recalls to Rolling Stone of the creepy haunting. “It was more playful than scary. We were both just out of rehab so we figured we were just insane.
But (we knew it was real) when the two road guys (with us) said, ‘Jeez, I know I put ’em there and they were on the other side of the room when I came back.'”
Although playful at first, the haunting quickly escalated in intensity: “That night at dinner, there’s a basement right under us and it sounds like somebody’s moving furniture down there. It’s not just a bump or a little thing: It sounds like 20 people are moving furniture,” Cooper remembered, noting the terrifying bangs prompted himself and Perry to jet out of the house immediately.
“And it’s not like the movies where you go, ‘Let’s go see what that is.’ It was more like, ‘Do you know where the car keys are?‘ We got out of there that night,” he added.
Alice’s manager Shep Gordon later informed the star the Copake house was where author Jay Anson had written his famous 1977 book The Amityville Horror, a recounting of the alleged demon-inspired Lutz family slayings in 1974.
“I went, ‘And you were gonna tell me this when?’” Cooper laughed. “So yeah, that was paranormal. I can’t explain any of that.”
Following a debut appearance at Download 2017 in a rammed tent, Devilskin proudly unveil the brand new video for the track Believe in Me
The Believe in Me video was filmed while the New Zealand band were in the UK for Download, following a tour with Airbourne. This hard hitting love song is taken from their new album Be Like the River, recently included in Metal Hammer’s Best Albums of 2017 so far list.
“We had spent months looking for a director when myself and Nail stumbled across Shae Stirling at an awards night. Three seconds of looking at his previous work was all we needed to know he was our guy. A month later we are shooting it at the beautiful Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire. With incredible grounds, it really was the perfect location for this video. Grand and foreboding. It features the band in acting roles as well as performing. We had a lot of fun with it.”
The band even scared the locals during the shoot
“The location was open to the public so there were quite a few older folks walking their dogs and grandchildren around the forest we were shooting in. Nail and I were in full monster/demon makeup and body paint. We frightened a few locals but not as much as poor precocious six year old – Poppy who screamed the forest down from the moment she saw us. She wouldn’t move so her mother asked us to sneak up behind her and scare her out of the park.”
History recently repeated itself for Devilskin as their new album Be Like The River entered their domestic album chart at #1 on week of release. Just 18 months ago their debut album We Rise spent 3 weeks in the pole position. This is unprecedented in rock music in New Zealand and is a testament to the excellence of Devilskin’s second studio album Be Like The River.
Devilskin have established themselves as a household name in their native New Zealand. Formed in Hamilton in 2010 this four piece rock band are bonded by blood. Paul (bass) and Nic (drums) are father and son, Jennie (vocals) is Nic’s Aunt and Paul’s sister in law, Nail (guitar) is Paul’s evil twin.
Devilskin are writing their next album as we speak and “hope to be recording in Jan/Feb and then get out and tour the world some more!”
Finally, the band want to say “Thanks to the friends we have made on our UK tours who keep coming back for more. We are having the time of our lives and we’ll see you guys again real soon! Meanwhile, enjoy the video!“
Suffolk scallywags, The Darkness have released the tongue-in-cheek video (tongue-in-cheek? The Darkness? There’s a surprise! – Sarcastic Ed) for their brand new single All The Pretty Girls, out now through Cooking Vinyl.
Justin Hawkins proclaims:
“Dear People of the Internet. We have made this excellent video to distract you from the humdrum banality of existence. By looking at film of The Darkness preening and cavorting, you will be transported to an unattainable world of awesomeness. Furthermore, we recommend that you purchase our new record album, for which the above video serves as an amuse-bouche. Enjoy!”
The video finds the band performing All The Pretty Girls along the beautifully overcast Cornish shoreline. They embrace the typical British summer by playing tennis, going on a band banana boat ride, travelling on a tractor and even attempting guitar solos while surfing, amongst other suitably seaside japes.
All The Pretty Girls was released last month to great acclaim and all round fabulous excitement, heralding their magnificent new album, entitled Pinewood Smile, which is released on October 6th. The single is available on all streaming platforms and also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans. Click here for details: https://TheDarkness.lnk.to/PS
The album is also the first to feature the drumming and vocal talents of new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks, and gets roundly pelted with tennis balls in the video… as is only right and proper for the new boy!
To celebrate the release of Pinewood Smile, The Darkness will be touring extensively at the end of this year playing 17 dates in the UK throughout November and December including headline shows at Leeds’ O2 Academy on 27th November and London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 10th December (see dates below). The shows are part of a wider European tour, full dates can be found at http://www.thedarknesslive.com/tour-dates/
THE DARKNESS UK TOUR DATES
23/11 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24/11 – Manchester, Academy
25/11 – Blackburn, King George’s Hall
27/11 – Leeds, O2 Academy
28/11 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
29/11 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
01/12 – Stoke-On-Trent, Victoria Hall
02/12 – Nottingham, Rock City
03/12 – Norwich, UEA
05/12 – Guildford, G Live
06/12 – Margate, Winter Gardens
07/12 – Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
09/12 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
10/12 – London, Eventim Apollo
11/12 – Brighton, Dome
13/12 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
14/12 – Bristol, Colston Hall
The Wyrd Ways Rock Show welcomes Kev and Tosh’s Rock Train to The Web Of Wyrd
Following another rather successful SOS Festival (their 10th, believe it or not!), I had a chat with Kev from Rock Train. He’s agreed to joining the Web Of Wyrd, which is a group of podcasts I’m giving pages to on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show website. So far, that means we’ve got the Bloodstock podcast, Kev and Tosh’s Rock Train and James’ Metal Ashes alongside Dani’s Powerzone! show.
I’ll be talking to a couple of other people to see who else fancies joining in. All it really needs is a Mixcloud account with a player I can embed on a page on this site. If you click on the Outer Limits dropdown menu at the top of the page, you’ll see all those mentioned.
If you’re a podcaster and you fancy becoming another strand in The Web Of Wyrd, get in touch by clicking HERE
So it’s Bloodstock next weekend. And thanks to those fucking twats at AC Promotions, I won’t be there for the second year running. Going by their “reasons”, there’s no point me bothering applying next year, since I’m apparently not big enough for the festival I’ve been covering very positively and working my arse off at since 2009.
So much for loyalty.
Making no bones about it, Bloodstock is my absolute favourite outdoor festival. It’s actually the only outdoor festival in the UK I’d even think about going to. Up until three years ago, the atmosphere in the media area was very jovial, with musicians, journos and togs interviewing, writing and chatting. Three years ago, that changed. For one thing, it became difficult to get contact details for bands and managers. It was, so I understand, difficult for managers and bands to get contact details for potential interviewers.
That year, the atmosphere in the media area wasn’t as friendly. It wasn’t as much of a fun place to be. The next year, despite it being almost empty, I was told it was full and I would just be allowed access to VIP. Pretty much everyone I encountered (who were all either videoing interviews or had shows on FM radio, unlike me, who was “just” a podcaster) was asking me why I was outside media.
I was offered the same thing last year, despite me reminding AC Promotions that the media area was (according to several people I trust and call friends) virtually empty for most of the three days, and stressing that the quality of interview I was able to get thanks to the conditions THEY set had decreased.
I turned them down, stating that I would be unable to give Bloodstock the coverage it deserved (to a larger audience than several of the media outlets that DID get access, by virtue of them being on a radio station of some kind, despite them being highly local community stations) if I was not able to access the media area.
This year, I applied and was turned down.
So my message to Oli Walkers and Austin Collins is this: fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I fervently hope that the Gregorys notice the decrease in Bloodstock coverage across the audio media (because from what I understand, Cosa Nostra PR are doing a pretty damned good job with the print media) and realize it’s because you’re alienating many of us because you can’t be arsed doing the job you’ve been employed to do – spread the word about the best Metal festival in the UK.
This, by the way, is a PR agency who don’t even answer their phone. There’s a message on their answering machine telling any callers to ring Oli on his mobile. Yes, you did read that correctly. It’s a wonder they’ve got ANY clients at all, since the person who’s supposed to be running things is doing it in absentia.
Next year, I’m seriously considering getting myself a VIP ticket and setting up my own media area for podcasters and small press. I may even message Adam Gregory on Facebook to ask about setting up my gazebo in VIP so I can do interviews under some kind of cover.
So yes… I’m angry, I’m disappointed and I’m not going to take their shit anymore. Any bands left on their roster, I’ll be contacting through their record company or through Cosa Nostra, who seem to share many of them.
AC Promotions? Fuck off and die.