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WYRD WAYS EXCLUSIVE: My Dying Bride on Nuclear Blast Move and New Material

After 27 years, West Yorkshire Doom Metal giants My Dying Bride have moved their ‘crushing misery‘ to metal monster label, Nuclear Blast Records. Described as “the voice of the hopeless and broken” the band have so far given us 12 studio albums forged from “beautiful grief“.

The thirteenth album sees a move away from previous label Peaceville, and a move to what singer and lyricist Aaron Stainthorpe describes as the ‘formidable’ Nuclear Blast Records.

I was lucky enough to catch up with current sticks man Dan Mullins, to get a bit of insight into the move, and what’s up next for MDB.

On the move to Nuclear Blast:

Well, the talks were conducted and a decision was reached not too long back, obviously details to iron out. But this has been in the works for a good number of months. The signing to NB was a simple matter of the [fact that the] band were approaching the end of their contract with their former label and as such, there were offers placed on the table from a lot of companies wanting to carry on the MDB legacy.

After looking through what was best for the band a decision was made to go with NB. Everyone is totally enthusiastic as ever to push My Dying Bride the same as the band have done since its inception. The energy levels are so on the up currently. The band are engaged in constructing new material which will be on the new record, although it’s early days to say how it will turn out. This momentous occasion has ensured that My Dying Bride can bestow some world class misery upon all. Mercilessly!

Signing to NB was just amazing, they are a great label with a super fantastic team, there to push the band forward! Everyone is enthusiastic and supportive of what it is that My Dying Bride is. It’s a mutual thing; really, they want the best out of the band just as the band want the best out of the label. All on the same page.

And any scoop for us on the new material?

The new material is still a work in progress. We do have plenty of riffs sections and songs, yet until we’ve been through the process it’s hard to say what the feel of this new record will be. However trust me – as an MDB fan myself – it is devastating!

Any UK shows coming up?

This year the only live UK show is the HRH Doom vs Stoner on Oct 1st in Sheffield, which will be great!

When can we expect the new album?

It’s hard to say when the new album will actually land! However rest assured when it does, as always it’ll be a great occasion!

Thanks for talking to Wyrd Ways, Dan!

Watch this space for further news on the upcoming release. If you can make it to Tilburg (Netherlands) in April, for the Roadburn Festival, you might be able to catch MDB perform their 1993 classic Turn Loose The Swans in its entirety, joined exclusively on the drums by Shaun ‘Winter’ Taylor-Steels.

Live dates in full:

22nd April – NL, Roadburn Festival
15th July – POL,  Bolkow, Castle Party
1st October – UK, HRH Doom Vs HRH Stoner



Wacken Metal Battle 2017

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival, Wacken, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes. For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Here’s a trailer to whet your appetite.


Last week, the Finnish epic melodic death metallers Wintersun announced that their crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st, allowing fans to secure their ‘Forest Package’  (which includes their upcoming studio album The Forest Seasons) directly from the band. With the collected amount, front man Jari Mäenpää plans to build his own studio that would finally allow him to record his long-awaited album Time II. Today, Wintersun unveil the cover artwork of their third album ‘The Forest Seasons’.

Jari Mäenpää states:

“We’re proud to show you guys our NEW 3rd full length album cover! The album cover was made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates THE AWAKENING of a mystical forest where the seasons are merging together.
By the way, this preview is just 1280 x 720 resolution. Wait till you see it in 5K! 😉
Enjoy guys! This album is sick and minds will be blown! Our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st where you can order the new album DIRECTLY from us with the highest quality!
Thank you!”

– Jari, Jukka, Kai, Teemu

Here is the artwork, what do you guys think?

Here is the track list of The Forest Seasons:
1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54

In the meantime you can witness the band’s return to the stage at the following festivals:

Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest
Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
Zvolenská Slatina – More Than Fest

If you haven’t heard Wintersun before, here’s a little taster, in the shape of Beyond The Dark Sun, from their eponymous 2004 album.


Canadian Metal fans listen up: Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce their 2017 line-up for Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference, ShrEdmonton.  Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s festival will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s doom metallers Psychotic Gardening (a regular occurence for me), and Edmonton gore masters Blëed from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room (full band list below). This year’s festival also features an all ages event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

“We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past. ”

Tickets for ShrEdmonton 2017 are available on and at the following Edmonton locations Mercury Room, Blackbyrd, Rendezvous Pub, The Forge plus available in Red Deer, AB at Sound House and from Annihilatrix Productions in Calgary, AB.

Ticket Prices:
Shredpass: $50
Friday, May 12: $20
Saturday, May 13 – Conference – Free with Shredpass, $5 at door
Saturday, May 13: $25
Sunday, May 14: $17

Shredmonton 2017 – Line Up

All events at Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Follow festival details on Facebook event here.

Friday, May 12

Show (18+)
Doors 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 – Days I Die (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – Osryon (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Sleeping in Traffic (Edmonton, AB)
11:00 – 11:45 – Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB)
12:15 – 1:00 – Psychotic Gardening (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, May 13 Seminars (ALL AGES)

Publicity/Promotion Clinic – 1:00-1:30 pm
Vocal clinic 1:30-2:00 Guitar Clinic – 2:00-2:30 pm
Stage Moves with Jesse Valstar – 2:30-3:00 pm
Festival Seminar – 3:00-3:30 pm
Recording/Live Sound Clinic – 3:30-4:00 pm

Show (18+)
Doors 6:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 – Valyria (Edmonton, AB)
8:00 – 8:45 – Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – W.M.D. (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 – 11:45 – Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
12:15 – FIN – Unleash The Archers (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, May 14

Show (All Ages)
Doors 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 – Disturb The Dead (Devon, AB)
4:00 – 4:45 – Scarlet Serenity (Edmonton, AB)
5:00 – 5:45 – Krepitus (Calgary, AB)
6:00 – 6:45 – Voltang (Hamilton, ON)
7:00 – 8:00 – Bleed (Edmonton, AB)

For more info, please visit:


Anyone in USA want to play at Wacken?

Americans!  Ever wanted to play at Wacken Open Air in Germany?

Everybody’s heard of Wacken Open Air, right?  If anyone hasn’t, it’s possibly the biggest (and probably the best known) outdoor Metal festival in the world.

Here’s a trailer:

For over a decade, up-and-coming bands have competed at the festival to be crowned Metal Battle winners.  This year, for the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is going to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia (more may be announced).  The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th in Wacken in Germany.

Submissions for Metal Battle USA began October 21st and will end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST.

Band submissions can be made at the following link: 

How it works:

Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined), selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by city.

2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City

For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:

Official Website:



For more info on international battle, please visit:

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit


All bands, that wish to participate in the Metal Battle, must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.

  • Your band doesn’t have a deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.
  • Your band can easily play a 25 minute set consisting of your own songs. (No Covers). Full set performance time is 25 mins.
  • PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands.
  • Backline arrangements TBA.
  • The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
  • To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
  • Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live. Background orchestrations are ok as long as all vocals, guitars and bass are live. Intros / interludes are also ok.
  • Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.

If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.

Please note:
Travel for the winning band to go to Germany is at their own expense and accommodations at the festival will be in the form of camping in the VIP area.
Full professional back line will be provided for performance.


RockSector Records the people behind Wyrd Ways Rock Show favourite, the SOS Festival have literally just announced four more additions to the festival line-up for 2017.

News has reached WWRS HQ that Lynne and Mark at RockSector Records have announced four more bands for the bill of British Underground Rock and Metal showcase, the SOS Festival 2017.  The first band on the list are the newly reformed British Power Metal band, and longtime friends of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, the mighty PowerQuest.  They have been given the prestigious headlining slot and will be given the task of closing the show for 2017.

PowerQuest formed in 2001, the brainchild of former DragonForce and more recently Eden’s Curse keyboardist Steve Williams.  Over the years the band has also featured another friend of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, Andrea Martongelli of Italian Heavy Metal band, Arthemis.

PowerQuest achieved an enviable reputation in the Power Metal genre, rubbing shoulders with many of the genre’s top names, whilst surviving a series of line-up changes and releasing a succession of great albums until 2013 they split after a final show on the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock (after which The Wyrd Ways Rock Show conducted this emotional interview).  After three years, including a stint in Eden’s Curse, Steve Williams resurrected PowerQuest in 2016 with a new line-up including Ashley Edison from the highly regarded Dendera and a fresh energy and enthusiasm.

Also playing on Sunday we have Fire Red Empress from the Midlands who Classic Rock magazine have described as “a hard-charging, riff-fuelled, radio-baiting monster”, plus Metallers Kill Or Cure hailing from Manchester and Brighton return, having been a revelation for so many people in our 2015 event. On Saturday we additionally announce a return for local heroes Sister Rose who also helped to light up our festival in 2015.

Hail Sagan announce new gigs and raffle guitar for anti-bullying charity

Hail Sagan have announced that they will be playing at The Pin in Spokane, Washington on August 31st and also the Reedley, Fresno date of the Make America Rock Again Tour on September 3rd at The Wakehouse alongside Alien Ant Farm, Trapt, Tantric and more.

Make America Rock Again Festival

Hail Sagan guitar

The guitar pictured above will be signed by the band and raffled off at the aforementioned Fresno date on 3rd Sept. The guitar raffle is free for everyone, but a donation is strongly suggested.  A portion of the donations will go to the Love Is Louder Foundation which addresses issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness, and depression.

Amery says “It’s been a great experience being able to broach the subject of bullying and abuse with the lyrics of [Dark Cloud]. We took it one step further and created a video with director Matthew Crum and DP Kenny Keeler that visually enhanced the sensitive subject matter. We chose to mask the members of the band in an effort to show the world that anyone can be a part of this, you never know who will be under there, maybe even a fan or someone who needs music to save them.

You can watch the video here:

The band will release their self-titled debut EP in the Autumn of 2016 on EMP LABEL GROUP, and will be available for pre-order later this month.

Show Dates:
Aug. 31st – The “PIN” – Spokane Washington
Sept. 3rd – Make America Rock Again Tour – Reedley, Fresno, CA

Armored Saint announce performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party

Just back from a stomp across Europe, Armored Saint will be making a special appearance back in the USA this fall at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party.  This particular bash is exclusively for those brave souls who will be camping at this double-header music and lifestyle weekend.

The September 23rd pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time to prepare for a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile. For tickets and more information, please visit: and

As well as the festival appearances (which also includes the famous Loud Park Festival over in Japan), Armored Saint have also lined up some US tour dates, bringing Queensrÿche and Midnight Eternal for the ride:

Sept. 23 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party
Oct. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Loud Park Festival

Armored Saint tour dates
w/ Queensryche, Midnight Eternal

Nov. 15 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
Nov. 16 – Ace of Spaces – Sacramento, CA
Nov. 18 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Nov. 22 – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
Nov. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Nov. 25 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
Nov. 26 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Nov. 29 – Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 30 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec. 1 – The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
Dec. 2 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Dec. 3 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Dec. 4 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Dec. 6 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Dec. 7 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 8 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
Dec. 9 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Dec. 11 – Limelight – Peoria, IL
Dec. 13 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Dec. 14 – Kanza Hall – Overland Park, KS
Dec. 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

Eindhoven Metal Meeting: line-up complete!

With the addition of Pro-Pain, Soulburn and Komah the line-up for the eighth Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 is now complete.  Battle commences on the 16th and 17th December at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Single day tickets are going on sale Monday 1st of August 2016.

The full festival billing with day splits is as follows:

Thursday (pre-party)
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

Bleeding Gods
Burning Hatred
Cirith Gorgor
Hail Of Bullets (featuring David Ingram (ex-Benediction, Bolt Thrower) on vocals)
Mayhem (Playing the entirety of the classic De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas)
Toxic Waltz

Aura Noir
Der Weg Einer Freiheit
General Surgery
Harakiri For The Sky
Insanity Reigns Supreme
Memoriam (featuring band members from Bolt Thrower, Cerebral Fix and Benediction)
Moonspell (Special setlist based on the Wolfheart and Irreligious albums!)

Evil Scarecrow unleash new video

Working in conjunction with Bloodstock Open Air Festival, the… erm… “lovely” people of  Evil Scarecrow have decided to give their new single Hurricanado away free after the 22nd exclusively from the Bloodstock Festival website, all you have to do is sign up here to get a link for the track.

Hurricanado will also be available to buy from all the usual outlets for those who are desperate to pollute their minds with this filth – iTunes, Amazon, Google Play etc from 29th July.

Yes, that was indeed the new video for Hurricanado.  Dr Hell had a few words about the herculean feat it took to make:

“The final sequence was recorded in a single take, all we have done is sped up and slowed down some of the footage. It was a huge choreographed effort and we had amazing team of people that were literally in the shadows moving props in and out and throwing space hoppers and tricycles at us. It took weeks of planning and scripting and the whole sequence took about 16 minutes to run through each time. We’ll be releasing some time lapse footage of the chaos down the line”

This year Evil Scarecrow return to the Ronnie James Dio Stage at Bloodstock on Friday, and they plan to perform Hurricanado live for the very first time during their set.  Dr Hell has this to say:

“We really wanted to do something special for Bloodstock this year so we’ve fast tracked some music genius (*coughs*) from our upcoming album especially for the BOA fans, which will be available for free through the Bloodstock website! So, it should give you time to learn all of the ropey latin chanting that we crowbarred in-between some thunderstorm samples. Writing music is easy. It’s another massive Scarecrow hit and we expect to see you all spinning on the spot for Hurricanado. Bloodstock will be the first time we have ever played the song live, so the dizzier you are the less obvious our mistakes will be.”

Upcoming shows:
29th October, Corporation, Sheffield
26th November, Midlands Metal Crusade, Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
23rd-26th March 2017, HRH United, Wales