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As Lions Announce UK Tour

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

Hang The Bastard on the road

Hang The Bastard

London Doom Metallers Hang The Bastard know a thing or two about riffs and how to entertain a live audience.  Now, once again, Metal fans across the UK will have the chance to experience one of the countries’ best homegrown talents of recent years.

The Mists Over Albion tour sees Hang The Bastard hit the road across England and Wales for a string of shows over the next few weeks including festival appearances in Manchester (Noize Fest – with Witchsorrow) and Leeds (Ritual Fest – with 40 Watt Sun and the really rather fine Conan).

Hang The Bastard – Mists Over Albion UK Tour Dates
March 2016
27th – Plymouth – Underground
31st – Birmingham – Rainbow

April 2016
1st – Bournemouth – The Anvil
2nd – Manchester – Noize Fest
8th – Tunbridge Wells – The Forum
9th – Leeds – Ritual Fest
10th – Nottingham – Bodega
15th – Norwich – Owl Sanctuary
16th – Stoke – Underground

Tickets are priced at around the £6 – £8 mark, so the whole “can’t afford it” excuse won’t wash. Information about where to get tickets from is available from the official Hang The Bastard website or the Hang The Bastard Facebook.

If you’re still not sure, this is what they sound like:

Thy Art is Murder, Heart of a Coward, 7th February, Camden Underworld

Thy Art is Murder, Heart of a Coward, Aversions Crown, Aegaeon

7th February, Camden Underworld

Review by Simon Hastelow

Thy Art is Murder are a brutal bunch. You do not watch a TAIM show you are assaulted by it. But their energy and enthusiasm are palpable and every time they come to town the tickets are bought straight away.

So it was with this their third visit to London in a short period of time. Their previous two gigs last year at the Barfly and The Garage are still talked about in whispered tones by those that were beaten up by the noise but this ensured that tonight’s gig at the legendary Underworld was a sell out.

I’m not a great fan of having a long band list at small venues and the count of four for tonight’s entertainment was pushing it a bit. In the end Aegaeon had tech issues so only played three songs. Announcing ‘due to problems with our computer. . .’ is just about the most un-metal thing you can say at a gig like this.

Being an unfamiliar band (to me anyway) I’d researched Aversions Crown before the gig and the tracks on their Facebook page were pretty impressive. However their performance didn’t quite deliver the same mastery of their craft and I found myself thinking I could probably make an early exit to get to the bar before the rush. Only the flailing scene-chimps seemed to be getting excited.

After a rather acceptable pint of The Underworld’s own ‘Underworld’ beer (which tastes suspiciously like Caffreys bitter) we await Heart of a Coward. I must admit that I think these guys are fab. Their latest album; Severance is just faultless and puts many better known bands to shame. On stage they did not disappoint. My gig buddy for the night hadn’t heard them before but had both Severance and Hope and Hindrance on his iPod the next day!

You could be forgiven for thinking that a band from that most unexciting town of Milton Keynes would have little to sing about but vocalist Jamie Graham soon shows you that they are not messing about. You WILL pay attention and do exactly as you are told. Imagine the precision drone of Meshuggah with the more tuneful artistry of Deftones thrown in and you get the picture. After just a couple of songs the audience were going mental. The aforementioned hardcore/scene windmilling losers had run for cover and proper moshing took over. Surely these would be easy contenders for best band of the night?

Then we get to Thy Art is Murder. We were expecting great things. They’d already put on two of the best small shows I’d ever been to in London. Would they be able to top their last performance at The Garage that had people quite literally climbing the lighting rig? Holy shit yes! Just seconds into their set there was little doubt that we were going to get the crap beaten out of us.  As CJ loomed onto stage in his trademark black hoody (only the ‘North Face’ logo spoiling the illusion of menacing darkness) the place just erupted.

I must admit that I was standing at the back as a lingering knee injury kept me out of the pit but in the Underworld ‘the back’ is still only 10 metres from the stage. The steps leading to the emergency exit to my right were now packed with quivering emo kids looking for safety as the intensity just increased. The ticket stated under 14s should be accompanied by an adult. I might suggest they bring their whole family for protection next time.

For the last song CJ always encourages people to get up on stage, tonight was no exception, despite the fact that the Underworld stage is miniscule there were a good couple of dozen people up there. If you’ve seen the reports from the Soundwave festival in Australia this kind of activity is not appreciated by a lot of venues and promoters, luckily stage diving is pretty much normal activity in Camden.

Sophie K featured these guys on her first ‘Breaking Bands’ show on Team Rock Radio. Thy Art is Murder are no longer a breaking band, they have arrived and they will tear you a new one.

Great venue, great bands, total carnage!



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HEART OF A COWARD launch video for ‘Psychophant’ shortly before their UK tour kicks off

Just after releasing their new album ‘Severance‘ and right before embarking on their headlining tour throughout their native UK, HEART OF A COWARD are launching a brand new video for the track ‘Psychophant‘ – watch the clip here

Jamie Graham (vocals) on the song and video: “’Psychophant is a play on words for ‘Sycophant’- someone who just lives leeching off others, but taken to a psychotic level. We asked (Scott) Kennedy to jump on the track after we all toured together back in early 2013. It’s one of the heavier, simpler songs on the album and follows the night of a total prick who gets everything coming to him! Everyone knows someone like this and it begs the question of how happy you are with your own life. We love playing this one live!’“

Next on HEART OF A COWARD’s agenda is extensive touring:

support: The Charm The Fury and Malevolence
11.11.2013 (UK) Birmingham – Asylum 2
12.11.2013 (UK) Southampton – Joiners
13.11.2013 (UK) Cardiff – Full Moon
14.11.2013 (UK) London – Barfly
15.11.2013 (UK) Milton Keynes – Craufurd
16.11.2013 (UK) Sheffield – Corporation
17.11.2013 (UK) Manchester – Alter Ego
18.11.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Classic Grand
19.11.2013 (UK) Leeds – Cockpit 3
20.11.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City Basement
21.11.2013 (UK) Norwich – Upstairs @ Waterfront

Tickets on sale from www.seetickets.com

w/ Thy Art is Murder, Aegaeon, Aversions Crown
15.01.2014 (GER) Stuttgart – Juha
16.01.2014 (GER) Munich – Kranhalle
17.01.2014 (GER) Leipzig – Conne Island
18.01.2014 (GER) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
19.01.2014 (PL) Poznan – Minoga
21.01.2014 (GER) Hamburg – Hafenklang
22.01.2014 (GER) Muenster – Skaters Place Café
23.01.2014 (GER) Berlin – Magnet
24.01.2014 (GER) Cologne – MTC
25.01.2014 (B) Brussels – AB Club
26.01.2014 (F) Paris – Batofar

Determination combined with a high level of creative ability, ensure HEART OF A COWARD are one of the UK’s hottest prospects right now!

MALEVOLENCE are streaming their new album in FULL UK tour kicks off next Monday

Sheffield Shredders MALEVOLENCE are streaming their new album in FULL – listen to ‘REIGN OF SUFFERING’ in full here:

Smashing the listener into submission as a savage, bastardised offspring of Pantera, Life of Agony, Necrophagist and Terror…MALEVOLENCE are fast gaining notoriety for their explosive live shows and their musical proficency, only underlined further by their average age of 19!

The band have also unveiled a second video from their phenomenal debut ‘Reign Of Suffering‘, which is released in November 11th.

Eternal Torment‘ is available to watch now here:

MALEVOLENCE embark on a a UK run with HEART OF A COWARD from the 11th November:
11.11.2013 (UK) Birmingham – Asylum 2
12.11.2013 (UK) Southampton – Joiners
13.11.2013 (UK) Cardiff – Full Moon
14.11.2013 (UK) London – Barfly
15.11.2013 (UK) Milton Keynes – Craufurd
16.11.2013 (UK) Sheffield – Corporation
17.11.2013 (UK) Manchester – Alter Ego
18.11.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Classic Grand
19.11.2013 (UK) Leeds – Cockpit 3
20.11.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City Basement
21.11.2013 (UK) Norwich – Upstairs @ Waterfront

SCORPION CHILD’s Tom and Aryn film a shout out to UK fans


Fast-rising Texan hard rock quintet Scorpion Child confirmed a brace of regional dates to follow their previously-announced UK debut supporting label mates ORCHID on November 3rd atLondon’s Dingwalls recently – and Tom and Aryn from the band have since filmed a shout out to their UK fans in anticipation of the tour. Watch the band’s message to their fans here:

Scorpion Child’s self-titled debut album was released to rave reviews back in June and secured them a ‘Best New Band’ nomination at this year’s Classic Rock Awards. Joining them on all dates, bar Milton Keynes, are hotly-tipped young psychedelic blues rockers Blues Pills, fronted by the dazzling vocals of Elin Larsson.

The full list of dates are as follows:

16 Nov // Queens Hall, Nuneaton – with Blues Pills – buy tickets
17 Nov // The Audio, Glasgow – with Blues Pills – buy tickets
18 Nov // Bogiez, Cardiff – with Blues Pills – buy tickets
19 Nov // The Foundation, Milton Keynes – buy tickets

BIOHAZARD announce European for October and November ’13


Brooklyn hardcore legends BIOHAZARD, return to the UK & Ireland this October for a clutch of dates in support of their crushing 2012 release ‘Reborn In Defiance’.

Biohazard had a few words to share with their UK fans…

“To our friends in the UK!! Been a while since BIOHAZARD has had the absolute privilege to rock with our brothers and sisters in England, Scotland, and Ireland. That is all about to change!! BIOHAZARD is proud to announce the ‘VENGEANCE IS OURS’ tour in the UK this October 2013! The special guest on these shows will be Arythymia from Italy! Tell your friends! Get your tickets now!! See you in the pit!”

Dates as follows (Ticket links included):

13.10. Newcastle – Trillians
14.10. Glasgow – Cathouse
15.10. Norwich – Waterfront
16.10. Manchester – The Pub/Zoo 
18.10. Dublin – Fibber McGees
19.10. Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
20.10. Bristol – Fleece
22.10. London – Underworld

Check out a track from 9th studio album, ‘Reborn In Defiance‘ – ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUFUfUPR0nc

Billy Graziadei – Vocals, Guitar | Danny Schuler – Drums | Bobby Hambel – Guitar

After Six Years, American Head Charge Announce UK Tour


Have you heard American Head Charge are going on a UK tour? We can hear them from across the pond in the UK, and are looking forward to seeing them at one of their shows with support from RSJ and Maplerun. Seeing as this is their first major tour after six years, it’s bound to be awesome!

American Head Charge bassist and co-founder Chad Hanks speaks for the band when he says Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we’re all looking forward to returning to the UK for the Shoot Tour Part II. It’s been WAY too long, and we’re going to make it a tour to remember. See you soon, ladies and gents.”  Pulling no punches, keyboardist J.Fowler adds “Brace yourselves. We’re back on the march and we’re coming to rip your faces off…You wanted it? You got it!”

 The tour dates for American Head Charge are as follows:
13th Nov – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
14th Nov – The Garage, London, UK
15th Nov – Legends – Newcastle, UK
16th Nov – Audio – Glasgow, UK
17th Nov – Sound Control – Manchester UK
18th Nov – ScholarBar / Academy 2 – Leicester, UK
19th Nov – The Fleece – Bristol, UK
20th Nov – Bogiez – Cardiff, UK
21st Nov – White Rabbit – Plymouth, UK
22nd Nov – Crauford Arms – Milton Keynes, UK
23rd Nov –  Roxx, Southampton – UK
24th Nov – The Met – Peterborough, UK