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Earache Records Are Giving Away A FREE SAMPLER ALBUM of Ear-aching Metal Tracks

by on Oct.17, 2011, under Metal Music News

Earache Records are giving away a FREE  sampler album containing the following bands:

* Rival Sons
* Evile
* White Wizzard
* Savage Messiah
* Cauldron
* Diamond Plate
* The Browning
* Wormrot
* Cerebral Bore
* The Soulless
* Hour Of 13
* Woods Of Ypres

All you have to do is download the EARACHE winter catalogue (pdf document) and you will then need to enter your email address to have access to over 100mb of screaming earache metal!

To do this MAD CHORE!  follow this link

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Win A Free VIP Pass To Metal Hammer Show

by on Oct.17, 2011, under Metal Music News

Win a pair of VIP tickets to see MALEFICE for the 2011 upcoming Metal Hammer 25th Anniversary show and hang out with the band..

frontman DALE BUTLER says..

‘The very reason we make music is for people to lose their shit to it live, and whenever we’re given an opportunity to meet those people we grab it with both hands. Our good friends at Metal Hammer have given us the opportunity to spend some time with some of you guys at The O2 Islington Academy for the 25th Birthday Bash, so for your chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of VIP entries, one of which will win a pair of very special VIP passes, come hang with the band before the show and maybe even have a chance at seeing the sound check, send us your craziest pic with a T shirt, album or from a show to our facebook at and show us why you party harder than everyone else.’

Due to the event this is an 18+ only competition.

MALEFICE have announced they will play two very special shows in October. Reading outfit have been added to the bill of the Metal Hammer 25th birthday pary in London along with Orange Goblin, Dirty DC and more to be announced. Tickets are at a 1986 price of £2.50!

A week later they join Skindred, Therapy? Rolo Tomassi, Yashin and The Treatment at the Jagermeister ‘Ice Cold In Birmingham’ special on the 31st.

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Dan Mangan Release New Album ‘Oh Fortune’ also download Free Track Post War Blues

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Rock Music News

Dan Mangan new album Oh Fortune, also joins the City Slang label.

Following numerous European jaunts, tours with The Walkmen, The Decemberists and Okkervil River, playing for Wills & Kate on their recent trip to Canada, award nominations and appearances at Glastonbury and End of the Road, Dan Mangan has joined City Slang. The Vancouver-based song smith will be releasing his captivating new album ‘Oh Fortune’ in the UK on December 5th.
You can download and hear ‘Post War Blues’  here:

Already a highly regarded Polaris Prize nominee in his home land, his mark on the UK thus far has been fleeting but impressively well received and the release of this new record a statement of intent. Ambitious and textured, ‘Oh Fortune’ sees Mangan pull away from the world of alt-folk, observational anthems that its predecessor ‘Nice, Nice, Very Nice’ encapsulated, allowing the music to swell up into waves of full orchestration and with the help of free-jazz experimentalists and Seattle’s Eyvind Kangarrangements developed into luscious walls of sound, sweeping and flowing throughout the album.Post War Blues’ is the perfect introduction to the album, and proves that Mangan has much more to give than ‘Nice, Nice, Very Nice’ suggested.

“Hugely impressive… An album of songs with wry, razor-sharp, self-observational lyrics and arrangements that are deceptively complex. ****” The Times

Despite the change in direction, ‘Oh Fortune‘ never strays far from what Mangan believes is ultimately “him”.
The  last  record  did  far  more  than  I  or  anyone  else  thought  it  would…  I felt  like  we stumbled by accident onto something that people liked. I feel now that if we tried to recreate  something  that  already  worked,  I  wouldn’t  like  it…  and  then  they  wouldn’t like  it  either,”  Dan  muses,  “it  has  to  be  sincere,  and  relevant,  and  whatever  we’re feeling right now.”
Anthemic calls to arms such as ‘Post War Blues’ and ‘How Darwinian’ do just that. Reflecting how Mangan is feeling now, and continuing the themes of isolation and desperation that are raised by tracks such as ‘Rows of Houses’, the rich instrumentation and the positivity of the album’s title spawned from Dan’s reflection of a ticker‐tape parade in the US in 1926 balance out the morbid streams of thought.
Oh Fortune‘ debates melancholy while it anticipates incredible moments of glory and victory, as the title’s background suggests. It’s not sad, it’s simply honest. Life is just that.
Visit Dan’s website for your FREE copy of Post War Blues for download:
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New Yorks Experimental Progressive Metal Outfit ‘3’ Release Album THE GHOST YOU GAVE TO ME

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Rock Music News

New Yorks progressive metal band ‘3’ have released their eagerly anticipated album ‘The Ghost You Gave to Me’, the band have also release a video single ‘Numbers’ from the album, which you can watch below.. This is the band’s sixth studio album since 1999 and is a massive step forward for the group. The 3 trademarks are intact – many musical peaks and valleys, bright and uplifting chorus’s alongside dark and heavy passages powered by Gartdrumm’s aggressive drumming and the acoustic/electric guitar duo of Joey Eppard and Billy Riker. The Ghost You Gave to Me is 3 at their most inspired.

In other 3 news, the band has confirmed that they will be touring North America this Fall as direct support to Cynic. The tour kicks off November 3rd in West Chester, Pennsylvania and wraps up November 23rd in Hollywood, CA at the Key Club. The second night of the tour sees 3 appearing as part of the Metal SuckFest.

Album cover from the album  The Ghost You Gave To Me

The Ghost You Gave To Me album cover

The Ghost You Gave to Me track listing:
1. Sirenum Scopuli
2. React
3. Sparrow
4. High Times
5. Numbers
6. One With the Sun
7. The Ghost You Gave to Me
8. Pretty
9. Afterglow
10. It’s Alive
11. Only Child
12. The Barrier

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Irish Rockers THE ANSWER New Album REVIVAL Has Now Been Released

by on Oct.11, 2011, under Rock Music News

Northern Irish Rockers THE ANSWER have released their new album REVIVAL has now been released, you can check out the album on Spotify Here, below you can listen to the track Piece by Piece as well as download for FREE.. top dog !! check it out

Check out The Answer for tour dates on the bands website

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My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na (is awful)

by on Oct.17, 2010, under video

I can’t lie, my hopes we’re never high for anything new by My Chemical Romance, so the shock is that they still managed to dash them. Normally when you hear a song several times it starts to grow on you – the more I listen to this the more I want to throw my computer in the bin and shout at it for daring to deliver such fail.

As I mentioned before I never had high hopes for My Chemical Romance’s new material, largely because I was never blown away by their earlier releases. Having said that they’ve always had a pretty large audience and I’ve been known to sing along to Black Parade in my time so it can’t have been complete garbage. This on the other hand is garbage that’s been left to rot in the summer sun for several weeks, and the garbage sings through its nose…some how.

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Queensryche Signs to Roadrunner/Loud & Proud

by on Aug.31, 2010, under Rock Music News


Four-time Grammy nominees QUEENSRYCHE have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band’s label debut –their twelfth studio album- is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make against-the-grain hard rock. Since their inception over 25 years ago, Queensryche have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.

“We are very happy to be signing with Road Runner/Loud and Proud. This is the rock label and a place where they are as excited about our music as we and our fans are,” Tate said.

“We are excited to welcome Queensryche to the label,” stated Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky. “They have earned global acclaim for their distinctive approach to music and we are confident of a successful partnership with them.”

Queenryche’s 1988-issued album Operation: Mindcrime is universally respected as a classic concept release about rock, revenge, and redemption. The album is regarded as one of the most important hard rock records in the genre’s expansive canon. 1990’s follow-up, Empire, yielded a #1 single in the USA, the Grammy-nominated ballad “Silent Lucidity,” which the band performed at the 1992 Grammy Awards accompanied by a supporting orchestra.

In 2006, the band released Operation: Mindcrime II, a scorching sequel to their original. The band then hit the road performing both albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatrical presentation throughout the year. The final performance was recorded at The Moore Theatre in Seattle that October and the Mindcrime at the Moore double CD/DVD release debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart leading to Gold status.

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ALTER BRIDGE sign to Roadrunner (Slash’s touring singer – Myles Kennedy -being the vocalist!)

by on Aug.31, 2010, under Rock Music News


Roadrunner Records are delighted to welcome American rock band ALTER BRIDGE to the family. The band will be represented by Roadrunner worldwide, with the exception of North America (an announcement regarding North America will be released in the near future). Since they formed in 2004, Alter Bridge have built a loyal fan-base through relentless touring and their stellar live performances, selling more than a million albums and in the process becoming one of the most respected rock bands in the world.

Grammy-winning songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti comments, “There is a real sense of excitement in the Alter Bridge camp to be able to partner-up with Roadrunner. With their proven track record worldwide and the hard work we have put in touring internationally, it seems like the perfect combination.” Wally van Middendorp, Roadrunner’s Snr VP International, states, “I am extremely pleased that we have added Alter Bridge to our international artist roster and I am confident the band will reach the next level with their upcoming record.”

Alter Bridge’s first release with Roadrunner will be their forthcoming third studio album, succinctly titled AB III. Set for release on October 11 with Michael “Elvis” Baskette producing, the band – completed by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Myles Kennedy (who also fronts Slash’s touring band), bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips – recently unveiled the song titles on their official website at and also on their Myspace page at The full track listing is set to be:

Slip To The Void Isolation Ghost Of Days Gone By All Hope Is Gone Still Remains Make It Right Wonderful Life I Know It Hurts Show Me A Sign Fallout Breathe Again Coeur D’Alene Life Must Go On Words Darker Than Their Wings

The band will hit the road as soon as the album hits the shelves. Alter Bridge kick off an extensive European tour in Glasgow on October 16. Including 8 UK shows, the jaunt will wrap up in Italy in December. Tickets are on sale and selling fast for the following UK dates:

Sat 16th Oct – GLASGOW O2 Academy SOLD OUT

Sun 17th Oct – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy

Tue 19th Oct – MANCHESTER Academy SOLD OUT

Wed 20th Oct – NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Fri 22nd Oct – LONDON Hammersmith HMV Apollo

Sat 23rd Oct – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall

Mon 25th Oct – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy

Tue 26th Oct – BRISTOL Colston Hall

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ANTERIOR announce Halloween show

by on Aug.30, 2010, under Metal Music News

ANTERIOR have announced they will play a special one-off UK show on Halloween, October 31, 2010 in Swansea.

It’ll be the bands only show before they begin work on their long-awaited follow up to ‘THIS AGE OF SILENCE’ from 2007.


“Due to taking most of 2010 to finish up the writing for our second album for Metal Blade we have decided to showcase some new material for the album at our first live show of 2010. It has been a few years since we have played in Swansea and we are really looking forward to see some new and old faces and show them some of what we have worked so hard on over the last year. We can’t wait to see you all there you sexy bastards!!!”


October 2010

31st    SWANSEA – Sin City

‘THIS AGE OF SILENCE’ is out now on Metal Blade

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Anterior Announced For Bloodstock Metal Festival Wales

by on Jul.31, 2009, under Metal Music News

Welsh Metal band Anterior who are signed to Metal Blade label are one of the leading new lights at the Derby based Bloodstock metal festival in August

Review of Anterior album This Age of Silence

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