31/08/2012 - Bowling For Soup UK Tour Announced

 

BOWLING FOR SOUP

W/ THE DOLLYROTS & PATENT PENDING

ONE BIG HAPPY TOUR

OCTOBER 2012

Bowling For Soup is 18 years old and what better way to commemorate such an achievement than packing up the full-band and heading back to the UK, for what will be their 30th visit.

Having just completed a busy spring of touring the Middle East (entertaining the troops), a widely successful UK acoustic tour, and a tour of the North Eastern United States, BFS are delighted to announce a 15-date blitz of the UK. Support comes in the form of American counterparts The Dollyrots and Patent Pending.

… This is the ‘One Big Happy Tour’.

Already this summer fans have been treated to a brand new song, T.G.I.S (Thank God It’s Summer) which is featured on the Crappy Records, Have A Crappy Summer compilation.

Ahead of the tour, BFS will release a new album on their Brando/Queso Records label, entitled, One Big Happy. The album features BFS, The Dollyrots and Patent Pending. They will all take on a track belonging to each of the other bands as well as adding a brand new song of their own to the mix. The album will be closed with a Jaret Reddick (BFS) and Kelly Ogden (The Dollyrots) duet.

18 years after frontman Jaret Reddick started a humble little rock band in Denton, Texas, there is no sign of BFS letting-up. They remain as busy and creative as ever, with plans for the future, not least a potential live DVD capturing the fun and frolics of their Glasgow acoustic show earlier this year.

Sharp-eyed BFS fans will be quick to notice the lack of a London date on ‘The One Big Happy Tour’ and this grey cloud comes with an enormous silver lining as, BFS are beyond excited to be a part of The Warped Tour’s return to the UK at Alexandra Palace, London, November 10th, 2012. So make a day of it and witness a taste of the legendary tour on home soil.

For more information, check out http://www.bowlingforsoup.com/

24/06/2012 - Valhalla Smith Gig Preview

Valhalla SmithLeamington Spa based heavy groovers Valhalla Smith, who scored a healthy 7/10 review on Rockpulse with their 'All the Pieces of the Desert' EP last year, are resuming gigging duties on Friday 6th July at the Leamington Assembly.

Supporting one of the biggest tribute acts in the UK, Limehouse Lizzy, Valhalla Smith are looking forward to owning a stage which later this year will also see the likes of Lou Reed, Jesus Jones, Sham 69, The Enemy, Walter Trout, Magnum, Steve Harley and The Saw Doctors playing to packed houses.

Drummer Matt revealed to Rockpulse how the band are feeling about playing such a illustrious venue:

"We are all looking massively forward to the assembly gig. It's our hometown gig and our first show there. We shot the All the Pieces video there, and the final part of the day was spent shooting the live band shots on stage so it was cool to be up there but obviously minus the crowd and not actually playing live!!"

Asked about their plans for the future, Matt explained "The rest of the year will be spent trying to play as many shows as we can and carry on promoting the latest EP. We have also had radio airplay out in the States on several rock radio stations so we want to capitalise on that. We're aiming to get out to some more mainstream radio stations and magazines over here in the hope they pick up on what Valhalla Smith is doing and just really promote our asses off!! We are lucky these days that we have the power of the Internet to promote music instead of the old 80s tape trade scene, but it still is a lot of hard work to get it out there and for the right people to hear!!"

Tickets for Valhalla Smith, supporting Limehouse Lizzy on 6th July 2012 can be found at the Leamington Assembly website.

 

 

14/06/2012 - Science Bastards New Video and Single

The Newport band Science Bastard are releasing their debut single "A Different Same" from their debut album "Pull Tiger Death Cord." The single has been accompanied by a video, seen here. You can purchase the album from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. If you are looking for a physical copy of the CD you can purchase it on the Big Cartel website. 

13/06/2012 - Skreamer Live Show

On June 1st, English Metal band Skreamer played a gig at the Borderline in London. Luckily for fans the show was recorded and put online. Skreamer features: Samuel Morter on guitar and vocals, Sergio Ronchetti on bass and vocals, Bobby Steel on drums and Andreas Pavlou on guitar. To view the live show click here

13/06/2012 - Biting Elbows Video and Album

 

Russian band Biting Elbows have announced the release of their self titled album on July 23rd. The album features twelve tracks of dark punk music based around global injustices. The album was recorded in five studios throughout Moscow. The band also created a video for their first single "Toothpick." The video for the single was conceived and directed by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ilya Naishuller and can be viewed here. You can also view their other video Stampede, from their 2011 EP "Dope Fiend Massacre," here.

 

28/05/2012 - Thin Lizzy Releases Classic Album Selection

 

Thin Lizzy fans should get excited, the Irish rock bands six best albums will be combined into one classic boxset. After forming in 1968, Thin Lizzy created hits that still feature regularly on radio stations.

On June 11th Universal Media UK is releasing the boxset featuring a mini-LP presentation and is housed in an attractive slipcase.

The albums featured are:

Nightlife

 

Fighting

Jailbreak

Johnny The Fox

Bad Reputation

Black Rose

28/05/2012 - New Motörhead Boxset to be Released in June

 

English Rock band Motörhead have been creating music since 1975. In order to celebrate their victories a boxset featuring their best albums throughout their career will be released.

After being fired from Hawkwind Ian Fraser Kilmister or "Lemmy" created Motörhead, and named it after the last song he had written. Motörhead succeeded with fans and critics alike and has created two genres: speed metal and thrash metal. 

The boxset features six of the bands top albums and are original masters, housed in gate-fold replica wallets with original artwork. Albums include: 

Overkill

Bomber

Ace Of Spades

No Sleep 'Till Hammersmith'

Iron Fist

Another Perfect Day

The Classic Album Selection will be released June 11th, 2012. 

27/05/2012 - New Video from The Vow

English band The Vow have created a new video for their single "A Walk in the Sunshine." To view it, click here.

The video features bright colours, animation and interchanging images. For a slow song this video is intricate and loud. The single is from their newest album 'For a Dreamer.' To check out more from the band click here.

26/05/2012 - The Travelling Band's 'Hands Up' UK Tour

27 Sept: Norwich, Arts Centre
28 Sept: Lowdham, Village Hall
29 Sept: Leicester, The Donkey
30 Sept: Cardiff, Buffalo Bar
01 Oct: Bristol, Cooler
03 Oct: Nottingham, Bodega
04 Oct: Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
05 Oct: Manchester, Sound Control
06 Oct: Liverpool, Eric's
08 Oct: Newcastle, Cluny
09 Oct: York, Duchess
10 Oct: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
11 Oct: Glasgow, King Tut's
12 Oct: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
13 Oct: Oxford, Jericho Tavern
14 Oct: Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle
16 Oct: Guildford, Boileroom
17 Oct: Cambridge, Portland Arms
18 Oct: Southampton, Cellar
19 Oct: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
20 Oct: Brighton, Green Door Store
21 Oct: London, Lexington

This fall The Travelling Band will be touring the United Kingdom. Their month long 'Hands Up' tour will send them throughout England and Scotland. Tickets are already on sale on their website, to purchase them click here: www.thetravellingband.co.uk

30/04/2012 - Elvis Jackson's New Video

At an altitude of 2200 meters on the Kanin mountain range above Bovec, Slovenia, rock band Elvis Jackson shot the video for their new single 'This Time.' Using the beautiful scenery to offset the song, Elvis Jackson have created the perfect pairing. 'This Time' is the latest single off their newest album 'Against The Grain.' To view their video click here.

To see Elvis Jackson this summer, they will be co-headlining the Ljubljana Music Fest on June 15th with Sunrise Avenue and Warrior Soul. 

For more information head over to their website: www.elvisjackson.com

29/04/2012 - The Maudlin Hounds Album and Tour Dates

 

Norwegian hard rock trio The Maudlin Hounds have released their new album 'The Roaring Season.' The band describes their style as a mixture of "blues, folk and country music, 60s pop, classic rock and metal. This blend of styles have helped The Maudlin Hounds differentiate themselves from others in their field. Along with the release of their album they will be doing a two date tour in Scotland in May.

The Maudlin Hounds will be in Lennoxtown, Scotland at the Lennoxtown Town Hall on Friday May 11th at 8pm. On Saturday May 12th they will be appearing at Bar Bliss in Kirkintilloch, Scotland at 8pm.

For more information head over to their website.

29/04/2012 - Marvlec Releases Music Video for Single 'Pack and Run'

Young band Marvlec was started by childhood friends David Hamilton, Scott Dotson, but wasn't complete until they found Ben May and Gustavo Lombana. The Miami based melodic hard rock band have come out with a new music video. 'Pack and Run' shows the story of a young girl who is running away from her troubled father.

'Pack and Run' is off their upcoming EP 'What Are You Waiting For,' released in the UK on May 14th.

To view the video click here.

26/04/2012 - Sondura Announce May 2012 Tour with a Twist

Rockpulse favourites Sondura kick off their much anticipated 2012 tour on May 3rd - and in an unusual twist, the guys are offering anyone who writes a review of one of the gigs a chance to win an exclusive snare skin - signed by the band!

Simply email or post your review to Sondura's Facebook and you'll be entered into the competition - the winner will be decided by the band themselves.

Rockpulse will be keeping tabs on the band - whose performance of fans favourite 'Falling Free' at Download 2010 was a festival highlight - as they tour the country this May.  We'll be bringing you exclusive tour reports as well as pics from selected gigs from the tour (quality depending on beer consumption...)

Here's the full gig list:

 

Thurs May 3rd The River Rooms – Stourbridge
 

Fri May 4th The Rigger – Newcastle-Under-Lyme
 

Sat May 5th Scruffy Murphys – Birmingham
 

Sun May 6th The George – Andover
 

Thurs May 10th The Intake Club – Mansfield
 

Fri May 11th The Yorkshire House – Lancaster
 

Wed May 16th The Boiler Room – Guildford
 

Thurs May 17th The Joiners – Southampton
 

Fri May 18th The Firestation – Windsor

 

17/04/2012 - Dio 'Devil Horn' Photo Contest

What is the most creative way to do a devil horn? The late and great Ronnie James Dio repopularized the devil horns for a new crowd, and now its your chance to do the same. Submit a photo of you doing your most outragious, entertaining, out of the box version of the devil horns to win a Dio prize pack.

The winner will receive the ULTIMATE Dio Fan Prize Collection, including Tour Shirts, CD's, Hats, limited editions, Dio back-catalogue and more!

All you have to do it upload a photo of you or your friends raising the 'Devil's Horns' to Flickr and tag it with "Dio's Devil Horns," to enter the contest.

Visit http:diosdevilshorns.com/ for more information.

 

27/02/2012 - Debut Album from The Sun Explodes to be Released May 7th

The Sun Explodes is a heavy rock quintet emerging from the UK Rock scene. After a year of touring, the band has created their debut album 'Emergence.' The band has cultivated a strong fanbase and online presence, without an album, which has helped gain exposure. 

The Sun Explodes consists of Dave Maclachlan on vocals and keys, Jamie Harris on drums, Alex Harris on guitar and vocals, Nick Yule on guitar and vocals and Mike Walker on bass. The band has also created their first music video, for their single 'Honour Bound,' which you can check out here.

 

 

 

27/02/2012 - New Album from Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons

On March 20th of this year the new album from Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons will be released. This new double album titled 'Happy Book' features a diverse sound. A majority of the album was written in Mexico after Joseph's father passed away and was finished with the rest of the band. 

The band features Joseph on guitar and lead vocals,  JR Ruppel on bass and backing vocals and  Steve Drizos on drums and backing vocals. The album was produced by Gregg Williams (Dandy Warhols) and features guest performances from Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine), Wally Ingram, Little Sue Weaver and Paul Brainard. 

06/02/2012 - Three Deluxe Editions of Ronnie James Dio's Albums Out in March

Late singer Ronnie James Dio, who passed in May of 2010, was influential in the Hard Rock/Metal scene. On March 12th, three of his albums will be re-released in deluxe editions. 

 
'Holy Diver' was Dio's debut album and was released on May 25th, 1983. It was awarded silver certification in January 1986.
 
'Sacred Heart' was the third studio album by Dio and reached number four on the UK charts.
 
'Last in Line' was the second Dio album and was released on July 13th, 1984. It was the first Dio album to reach Platinum.
 

27/11/2011 - Valhalla Smith - All the Pieces

We bring you a stunning song and video from midlands based Valhalla Smith....checkout Rockpulse's review of their incredible debut EP All The Pieces of the Desert here. These guys really are destined for bigger things - be a part of it and comment / rate their video on YouTube now!

18/10/2011 - We Are The Ocean - Overtime is a Crime

Superb new tune from We Are The Ocean - this one has some cracking 'classic' rock phrases!!

05/10/2011 - Iconcrash : Acoustic & Interactive (Live in Twitter)- tonight 8 pm GMT

 

Hello dearest RockPulsers !!! Today I bring you some of the best news from Iconcrash !! The Finnish Rockers are about to perform live through twitter TONIGHT !! So, no need to buy tickets, no need to drive to a venue, just get online and access the band's official twitter to have a great night of rock !!


Tune in tonight - it's free and we look forward to see you there!

EVENT Details:
Iconcrash : Acoustic & Interactive (Live in Twitter)
Wednesday 22:00hs Finnish time = 20:00hs UK/ GMT

www.twitter.com/iconcrash

 

Don't forget to invite your friends for this special moment too !!

04/10/2011 - Sebastian Bach - Kicking and Screaming

A stunning piece of work from former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach with the title track to his new album.  And yes, the rest of the album is just as good, and out now...

12/09/2011 - Long Day Fear Launch Audacious Xmas Single Bid

Long Day Fear have launched an certainly audacious, and perhaps crazy, bid to secure a number one single this Christmas with their epic song 'Weathered'.

In an attempt to stick two fingers up to The X Factor, LDF's Richie Tyler Woolgrove spoke on Facebook about their effort to replicate the success of a similar campaign which saw Rage Against The Machine grab the number one in 2009:

"Please please please people add as many of your friends as you can to get this snowballing...This is not a bullshit campaign like many others you may have seen in the past...This concerns a real song from a real British band to be proud of....Not any dumbed down all white in the wash X-Factor bollox.......lets get this moving people!!"

Visit their Facebook campaign page to support the cause to see a REAL badass rock song make a real impact in todays pop-toss-laden charts:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/269234536427680/

04/09/2011 - New Iconcrash Single Video - 'Stockholm'


Finland's Iconcrash release their new single 'Stockholm' on 14th September 2011

 

02/09/2011 - Iconcrash releases Inkeroinen in September

 

As previously announced here on Rock Pulse UK, the Finnish rock band Iconcrash is about to release on 14th Sep their third album entitled “Inkeroinen” through Dynasty Recordings/EMI. And to celebrate another great work from Iconcrash, Rock Pulse UK has set them as the band of the month for September!

Inkeroinen can be pre-ordered online at The Record Shop and it’ll be delivered at the release’s date. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check Iconcrash’s video “Stockholm” to get a sample of what the album itself brings to the audience. 

 

So keep on checking our site for loads of Iconcrash this September!

 

Iconcrash on Rockpulse

 

                                                                                                                     * picture by (c)Ilkka Hämäläinen 

 

For further information on Iconcrash, please access:

http://www.iconcrash.com -->official site

http://www.facebook.com/iconcrashgroup  -->official facebook

http://www.myspace.com/iconcrash -->official myspace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HOouW7lVrw  --> Stockholm video

http://www.recordshopx.com/artist/iconcrash/inkeroinen/  -->Record Shop Inkeroinen Pre-Order

 

 

 

30/08/2011 - Long Day Fear - Don't Watch The Rain Video

'Don't Watch The Rain' - the stunning debut video from Nottingham based Long Day Fear.  Now you can see and hear why we gave them a 9/10 review earlier this month for their debut album 'Bones' which is out early October...

Checkout their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/longdayfear.

23/08/2011 - New Kids in Glass Houses Video & Single - Animals

Kids in Glass Houses grow a pair, and turn out to be a rock band after all!  New single 'Animals' from their just released 2011 album 'In Gold Blood' is stunning - let's hope it's not a one off.  Visit the KIGH website here

16/08/2011 - Sondura Unveil New Single

Cracking new single and hot-off-the-press video from Sondura - check out the sick riff at 3:56!  Visit Sondura's facebook page for details of their UK tour with Orestea - not to be missed!

24/07/2011 - New Orestea Video 'Ruthless'

Catch Orestea on tour with the awesome Sondura during August and September - see our gig guide here...

15/07/2011 - MOKSHA FINISH ALBUM WITH FOUR TIME GRAMMY WINNER

MOKSHA IN THE STUDIO WITH CARUSO (2ND FROM RIGHT)

MOKSHA IN THE STUDIO WITH CARUSO (2ND FROM RIGHT)

 

Liberate: this Hindi word couldn’t fit any better the Rock quintet from Las Vegas (USA) called Moksha. Having as influences Phish, Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead, their music carries the sensuality from New Orleans’ Mardi Gras with a contagious grooving mix of Funk, Jazz and Prog Rock.

Moksha’s got started in 2007 having on its line up:Sam Lemos (vocals),John Heishman (vocals/bass),Brian Triola (vocals/keys), Jeremy Parks (guitar) and Patrick Gray (drums). Their energy and appeal during the live performances have contributed to the reputation gained and the several concerts played in 2010: a year that’s also presented the band with the participation of the guitar legend Brian Stolz (Bob Dylan and others) on Mammal or Machine’s recording process. As golden closure, Moksha was awarded as “Best Alternative Progressive Band” at the Vegas Rocks  Award Show.

Now, in 2011, Moksha is about to release on July 23rd their second full length: Here to Go. This album counted with the very special presence of the four time Grammy Award winning engineer/mixer: James “Bonzai” Caruso.As a final note to eager the audience’s curiosity, Moksha’s Brian Triola stated: “Overall, Here to Go seems to be a bit more cohesive,” and added, “being able to track together for every song was huge for us since the live dynamic is so important for the kind of music we make.”.

 

For further information about Moksha, please access:

http://www.mokshatime.com/

 

11/07/2011 - ANZI DESTRUCTION LIVE @ GUILFEST THIS SATURDAY!

Hello RockPulsers!!

My Finnish friend Anzi Destruction (Anzi Destruction: Vox, Ben Christo (Sisters Of Mercy): Gtr, Miikki Kunt (V For Violence): Drums,Miki Peltola (Vanity Ink): Bassis)is heading to the UK with his band to perform on Guildfest 2011 !!

If you wanted some great gig now you got it! Here goes the info !! Don't miss it, it's this Saturday: July 16th !!!

Keep 'n Rocking, Babe !!

- Ana Leary -

GuilFest 2011 is the 3 day music festival in Guildford Surrey UK:

Line Up:

ROGER DALTREY

RAZORLIGHT

JAMES BLUNT

PENDULUM (DJ SET)

Adam Ant

PETER ANDRE

Funeral for a Friend

UK Subs

The Skints

Skindred

Sonic Boom Six

Anzi Destruction

GALLOWS

CEREBRAL

BALLZY EVOKER...

more:

http://www.guilfest.co.uk/
http://www.anzidestruction.com/
http://www.facebook.com/anzidestructionofficial

07/07/2011 - Bill Bailey Ready for Sonisphere?!

30/06/2011 - Toon in to Orestea's new CD...

Orestea Album DoodlesIn a masterstroke of marketing genius befitting an apprentice of Lord Sugar, Guildford based Orestea are giving away a unique, one off uber-doodle with each of their stunning latest CD 'Love Lines & Blood Ties', as well as a free copy of their EP!

In their own words - "Buy our album, get it signed, get our E.P (also signed), A Keyring and an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ARTWORK DRAWN BY ONE OF THE BAND!"

Click on the pic to see an example of what you can get your grubby mitts on from this up and coming melodic metal band, or follow the link below to get yourself a copy of their stunning CD before they're all gone - the offer runs until Friday 8th July so don't hang about : Orestea.bigcartel.com

 

 

14/06/2011 - Karma to Burn Forgiven?

It looks like Karma to Burn's no-show at Download this weekend was due to a cancelled flight - so we'll let them off and tell you where they can be found playing in the UK this summer, in support of their stunning new CD 'V':

August 2011

4th    BRISTOL – The Fleece (+ Black Spiders, Gentleman’s Pistols)
5th    LONDON – Underworld (+ TBC)
6th    LEEDS – Cockpit (+ Black Spiders, Gentleman’s Pistols)
7th    BIRMINGHAM – HMV Institute (+ Sally, Alunah)

Don't forget - gigs up and coming in the next few weeks can be found in our gig listing section.

 

02/06/2011 - News Roundup 2nd June 2011

Band of the Month for June, Black Stone Cherry, have released their third album 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' on Roadrunner Records.  Also available on Spotify, the full album features 15 tracks including 'Blame it on the Boom Boom' and current single 'White Trash Millionaire'. 

BSC have also been added to the bill of Hard Rock Hell V held annually at Pontin's Holiday Village, North Wales.  They join the likes of Ace Frehley, Magnum, Therapy?, Million $ Reload, Reckless Love, Voodoo Johnson and Voodoo Six on 1st to 4th December. Check back on Rockpulse for a full review of the new BSC album - coming soon!

Rockpulse favourites Sondura have announced a UK wide tour, together with Orestea.  Dates to be confirmed soon.  Visit Sondura's Facebook page for more details and some pre-tour gigs.

The Darkness play a warmup gig at The Waterfront in Norwich this Sunday (5th June) before their full blown comeback appearance at Download on Friday 10th June, where they appear on the bill before old-school headliners Def Leppard.

 

29/03/2011 - Mortiis and Combichrist to hit UK again !

Mortiis and Combichrist are about to hit UK again. "We haven´t played the UK in a while, it feels great to finally be able to get back over there and meet some old friends and hopefully gain some new ones," said band namesake Mortiis.  "The European tour with Combichrist was a blast so we know this one will be too."

The Mortiis/Combichrist European tour took the two groups on a two month-long trek all throughout the continent.  During the tour, Mortiis offered fans a preview of the band's newest material, which is starkly heavier and more aggressive than past offerings. 

Prior to the European tour, Mortiis was focused preparing their latest releases, the upcoming full-length "The Great Deceiver" and "Perfectly Defect," a free digital download unveiled October 10 at www.mortiis.com.  "

Tickets for the UK dates are available at :

http://eee-uk.net/eeetickets/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=mortiis.

 

UK dates for Mortiis and Combichrist:

 

 June 28  Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads

 June 29  Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly

 June 30  Manchester, UK @ Academy

 July 01  Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand

 July 02  Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

July 03  London, UK @ Koko 

 

Web:
Official Website: www.mortiis.com
Mortiisbay - Shop: http://stores.ebay.com/Mortiisbay
Vampirefreaks: http://vampirefreaks.com/u/mortiis
TRIG: http://www.trig.com/official_mortiis

09/03/2011 - News Round-Up 09/03/11

Former Alice In Chains bassist dies – Mike Starr, the original bass player for iconic grunge band Alice In Chains has been found dead in his Utah home. He was 44.

A spokesperson for the Salt Lake City police department has stated that "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual," the spokesman said.
“The medical examiner's office will likely conduct an autopsy on Wednesday, but the results of toxicology tests could take up to two months.”

Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993 after recording the fantastic “Dirt” album due to an out-of-control drug habit. He long since struggled with his dependency to heroin, appearing on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew” in 2009 to beat his addiction. However in February 2011 he was arrested in Utah for an outstanding warrant and possession of a controlled substance.

Mike Starr April 4 1966 – March 8 2011

New Black Stone Cherry album – BSC are set to release their new album “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea” this Spring. The release date is 30th May and features the first single “White Trash Millionaire”.

In Flames announce new guitarist – After the departure of Jesper Strombland, Swedish metal band In Flames have revealed that their new guitarist is Niclas Engelin. New album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” is released this Summer.

Dragonforce name new singer – Before setting off on tour with Iron Maiden this summer Dragonforce have announce their new singer is 23 year old Marc Hudson from Oxford. Marc was picked from thousands of video submissions the band received. “I’m really excited about being a part of the Dragonforce family,” says Marc. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”

More names for Download – Another week and another Download announcement. The next batch of bands joining Def Leppard, Linkin Park, System Of A Down and more at Donnington are Times of Grace, Puddle of Mudd, Pretty Reckless, Suicide Silence, Evile, Versaemerge, Your Demise.

Bloodstock announce headliners – The metal festival at Catton Hall in Derby have announced their headliners for this year; WASP & Motorhead.

 

 

24/02/2011 - News round-up 24/02/11

Download line-up grows – A shed-load of bands have been added to the bill for Download Festival. Def Leppard have been announced as headliners along with already announced Linkin Park and System Of A Down.

Also announced are Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, The King Blues, Madina Lake, Frank Turner, Bowling For Soup, All That Remains, Turisas, The Devil Wears Prada, Cheap Trick, Black Stone Cherry, Asking Alexandria, Sacred Mother Tongue, Jameson Raid, Ghost, Straight Line Stitch, Trash Talk, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagan’s Loaded and Down. 

Ex-Paramore members reunite – Since leaving Paramore last year guitarist Josh Farro has started a new band called Novel American. Now his former band mate and brother Josh has joined him playing drums. There have been no official statements about touring or recording as of yet but they are rumoured to writing with hopes to record an EP later this year.

The Sword to play small UK tour in May – Metallica favourites The Sword are set to play a handful of dates in the UK in May, dates are as follows:

9th May – Birmingham Academy 3
11th May – Manchester Academy 3
12th May – London Relentless Garage

Queens Of The Stone Age UK Tour grows – Further to an announcement last week that QOTSA will play their debut album & B-Sides in their entirety at Camden’s Roundhouse in May, another few dates have been revealed. The tour calls at:

17th May – London Roundhouse
19th May – Dublin Olympia Theatre
20th May – Glasgow O2 Academy
21st May – Manchester Academy

Frank Turner announces new album & tour – Former Million Dead front man Frank Turner is to hit the road in May for an 18 date tour around the UK to support his new album “England Keep My Bones” which will be released on 6th June. Tour dates are:

9th May - Stockton ARC
10th May - Dundee Doghouse
11th May - Dunfermline PJ Molloy's
13th May - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14th May - Lancaster Library
15th May - Chester Telfords Warehouse
16th May - Leeds Brudenell Social Club
18th May - Manchester Night & Day Café
19th May - Liverpool Cathedral Crypt
20th May - Stoke Sugarmill
22nd May - Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
23rd May - Gloucester Guildhall
24th May - Bristol St George's
25th May - Bath Komedia
26th May - Kingston Hippodrome (26)
27th May - Cambridge St Paul's Church (27)
29th May - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
30th May - Winchester Railway Inn

Funeral For A Friend to headline festival – The Hub Festival is set to take place on 21-22nd May at Otterspool Park in Liverpool to coincide with Sound City festival taking place in the city. Bands confirmed to play are:

The Blackout
Chickenhawk
Decade
Don Broco
Fine Young Firecrackers
For Eyes
Fransesqa
Funeral For A Friend
In Casino Out
The King Blues
Mayday Parade
We Are In The Crowd
We Are The Ocean
Young Guns

Thursday to play 3 dates in UK –New Jersey hardcore act Thursday are set to play 3 dates in the UK this April, catch them at:

19th April – LONDON Kings College
20th April – MANCHESTER Academy 3
21st April – CARDIFF Venue TBC

“We’re so very happy to be bringing our new record, No Devoluciòn, to the UK before we play it anywhere else,” said frontman Geoff Rickley. “In addition to our new material, we’ll be continuing to celebrate our ten year anniversary of our milestone record, ‘Full Collapse’.”

16/02/2011 - News round-up 16/02/11

Queens Of The Stone Age to play London - Josh Homme and co are taking a break from recording their new album to play a date at The Roundhouse in Camden, London to support the re-release of their debut album on 17th May. It is unknown at this time whether this will be the only date they play in the UK. Tickets go on sale Friday 25th February.

Foo Fighters reveal details of album number 7 – The anticipation continues to build for the April release of the new album from Foo Fighters. The album will be called “Wasting Light” and the track listing is as follows:

Bridge Burning
Rope

Dear Rosemary
White Limo
Arlandria
These Days
Back & Forth
A Matter Of Time
Miss The Misery
I Should Have Known
Walk

The band have also release a video for “White Limo” featuring Motorhead legend Lemmy. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebJ2brErERQ

More bands added to Sonisphere bill – The list continues to grow as more bands are being announce to the Sonisphere line-up. Limp Bizkit, The Sisters Of Mercy, Gojira, Gallows, InMe, Kids In Glass Houses, Volbeat, Protest The Hero & One Minute Silence are all confirmed to play. The line-up so far is:

The Big 4 – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
Biffy Clyro
Slipknot
Airborne
Architects
Diamond Head
Gallows
Gojira
In Flames
InMe
Kids In Glass Houses
Limp Bizkit
Mastodon
Motorhead
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive
Protest The Hero
The Sisters Of Mercy
Volbeat
Weezer

Against Me! to release new compilation – Floridian rockers Against Me! are set to release a new compilation album called “Total Clarity” through NOFX frontman Fat Mike’s label Fat Wreck Chords. The album is due for release on 24th May and will be made up of demos. The track listing is:


Miami
The Shaker
Justin
Exhaustion & Disgust
Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners
The Energizer
Violence
The Mover
How Low
Joy
Holy Shit
Lost And Searching In America
Problems
Money Changes Everything
Total Clarity

The 100 Club lives! – Legendary music venue The 100 Club in Oxford Street, London has been saved from closure. The venue which has seen the likes of Sex Pistols, Gallows & The Clash grace the stage was in danger of folding due to astronomical increases in costs to keep it running. But a deal has been done with shoe brand Converse to sponsor the venue. 

10/02/2011 - News round-up 10/02/11

Rolo Tomassi announce UK tour dates – Sheffield based Rolo Tomassi have announced dates for their UK tour this May, dates are:

May 5th – Birmingham HMV Temple
May 6th – Brighton Green Door Store
May 7th – London HMV Garage
May 8th – Newcastle The Cluny
May 9th – Norwich Arts Centre
May 10th – Bristol Fleece
May 11th – Leeds Well
May 12th – Glasgow Stereo

Primus to play UK for the first time in 14 years– Les Claypool and co will play 2 dates in the UK this July for the first time in 14 years. Dates are as follows:

July 12th – Manchester Academy
July 13th – Brixton Academy, London

Social Distortion announce rare UK show -  Following the release of their new album “Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes” Social Distortion have announce that they will play a one off date in the UK on 7th July  at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Mastodon to release live album – Atlanta metal titans Mastodon will release a live CD/DVD package entitled “Live At Aragon” on 15th March which was recorded at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in October 2009 on their “Crack The Skye” album tour. The track listing is as follows:

1. Oblivion
2. Divinations
3. Quintessence
4. The Czar
5. Ghost Of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron
8. Circle of Cysquatch
9. Aqua Dementia
10. Where Strides The Behemoth
11. Mother Puncher
12. The Bit

Gary Moore dies aged 58 – Irish guitar legend Gary Moore has passed away whilst on holiday on the Costa Del Sol in Spain, according to Spanish authorities he died from natural causes.

Moore made a name for himself as a guitar virtuoso playing blues, jazz and rock in various guises but most famously as part of Thin Lizzy and as a solo artist. His hits included “Parisienne Walkways” “Still Got The Blues” and “Out In The Fields”.

Gary Moore 4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011

 

 

03/02/2011 - Paul soundtrack to be released on Feb 21st through Universal Music

In the comedy-adventure Paul, best friends Graeme Willy (SIMON PEGG of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and Clive Gollings (NICK FROST of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) have saved for decades to take a sci-fi fan’s trip of a lifetime: a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland to track the legendary hot spots of extraterrestrial activity.  But when a close encounter with an alien named Paul derails the plans…their dream vacation turns into a road trip that will rock their universe forever.        
 
Hunted by federal agents and the fanatical father of Ruth Buggs (KRISTEN WIIG of Date Night, Knocked Up), a young woman whom they have accidentally kidnapped, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling plan to return Paul to his mother ship in one piece.  And as two nerds fight to help save an awesome little green man, Paul might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
 
Directed by GREG MOTTOLA (Superbad, Adventureland) and from a screenplay written by frequent collaborators Pegg & Frost, Paul co-stars an impressive comedic supporting lineup that includes JASON BATEMAN (Hancock), BILL HADER (Pineapple Express), BLYTHE DANNER (Little Fockers), JOE LO TRUGLIO (Role Models), JOHN CARROLL LYNCH (Get Smart), JANE LYNCH (television’s Glee), JEFFREY TAMBOR (television’s Arrested Development) and SIGOURNEY WEAVER (Avatar). 
 
Of course no road movie is complete without a batch of great songs designed to keep the heart pumping, and Paul certainly delivers. In keeping with the well documented love of Sci-fi that both Pegg and Frost share, each track has some link to science fiction. It is a more than diverse collection of classics from a range of genres such as Punk (“Another Girl Another Planet” – The Only Ones), Soul (“Just The Two Of Us” – Bill Withers & Grover Washington Jr., “Got To Give It Up” - Marvin Gaye), Rock N’ Roll (“Flying Saucers Rock N Roll” - Bill Lee Riley), 70’s Pop / Rock (“Hello It’s Me” - Todd Rundgren, “Dancing In The Moonlight” - King Harvest, “All Over The World” - Elo), Reggae (“I Chase The Devil” – Max Romeo) and the 50’s Sci-Fi inspired “Planet Clare” by B52’s. Even Cantina Band’s “Syd Masters & The Swing Riders” is a rock-a-billy cover of the music playing in the bar on Tatooine in Star Wars: A New Hope – famously Simon Pegg’s favourite film.
 
The collection also features exerts from David Arnold’s original score. The complete track listing is as follows: 
 
1.       PAUL OPENING TITLE  - David Arnold
2.       “ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET” – THE ONLY ONES
3.       ROAD TRIP NUMBER 1 - David Arnold
4.       “JUST THE TWO OF US” – BILL WITHERS & GROVER WASHINGTON JR.
5.       PASSPORT - David Arnold
6.       ROAD TRIP NUMBER 2 - David Arnold
7.       “FLYING SAUCERS ROCK N ROLL” BILL LEE RILEY
8.       WINDOW SHOPPING - David Arnold
9.       “HELLO ITS ME” TODD RUNDGREN
10.   END OF THE ROAD TRIP - David Arnold
11.   “DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT” KING HARVEST
12.   CAMPFIRE CONFESSIONS - David Arnold
13.   “GOT TO GIVE IT UP” MARVIN GAYE
14.   A LITTLE TALK WITH PAUL - David Arnold
15.   “I CHASE THE DEVIL” – MAX ROMEO
16.   CHASE - David Arnold
17.   “CANTINA BAND” SYD MASTERS AND THE SWING RIDERS
18.   YOU GOTTA TRY - David Arnold
19.   1st CONTACT - David Arnold
20.   “PLANET CLARE” B52’S
21.   GOODBYE (its a little awkward) - David Arnold
22.   “ALL OVER THE WORLD” ELO

03/02/2011 - News round-up 03/02/11

Foo Fighters Reveal New Album Release Date - Few albums are more anticipated this year then the 7th album from Dave Grohl and company. The album was recorded in Grohl’s garage with Nirvana’s Nevermind producer Butch Vig at the controls. The album is set to be released on 12th April. To hear snippets of new songs “Miss The Misery” and “Bridge Burning” go to www.foofighters.fm and tune the virtual radio to 101.5

 

Panic At The Disco Confirm Track Listing For New Album – March 28th will see the release of new album “Vices And Virtues” by Panic At The Disco. This is the bands third album, following on from 2008’s “Pretty. Odd.”  Track listing is as follows:

01. The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
02. Let's Kill Tonight
03. Hurricane
04. Memories
05. Trade Mistakes
06. Ready to Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
07. Always
08. The Calendar
09. Sarah Smiles
10. Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met…)

 

Protest The Hero Release New Album Details – Following on from 2008’s “Fortress” Canadian metal band Protest The Hero have revealed the track listing for their new album “Scurrilous” due for release on 22nd March.  The track-listing is:

01. C’est la Vie
02. Hair-Trigger
03. Tandem
04. Moonlight
05. Tapestry
06. Dunsel
07. The Reign of Unending Terror
08. Termites
09. Tongue-Splitter
10. Sex Tapes

 

The White Stripes Split Up – Detroit blues-rockers The White Stripes have announced that they are to “make no further new recordings or perform live” according to a statement on their official website www.whitestripes.com

"It [the split] is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."

"The White Stripes do not belong to Megand Jack anymore," they wrote. "The White Stripes belongs to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to."

01/02/2011 - News round-up 01/02/11

Weezer, Airbourne, Diamond Head & Architects added to Sonisphere – 4 more names have been added to the ever-growing-more-awesome Sonisphere Festival line-up for this year. Weezer have announced that this will be their only English festival appearance of this year while Airbourne will be returning to Sonisphere after playing Download Festival last year, expect death-defying guitar solos suspended from the stage scaffolding . . .

Diamond Head are playing the Friday before The Big 4 of Thrash (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax) which is quite an occasion as at last year’s Sonisphere in Sofia, Bulgaria the Big 4 took to the stage to cover Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?”, will they do this again with Diamond Head at Knebworth?

This will be Architects first UK festival appearance after the release of their new album “The Here and Now”.

Earthtone 9 announce UK tour – British metallers Earthtone9 announce their first UK tour in 9 years, dates are as follows:

17th May – Birmingham Academy 2
18th May – Durham Live Lounge
19th May – Glasgow Stereo
20th May – Manchester Club Academy
21st May – Bristol Thekla
22nd May – London Relentless Garage

Support comes from The Ocean, maybeshewill and Humanfly.

We Are The Ocean touring the UK – London hardcore band We Are The Ocean have announced that they will be playing 5 nights at various venues around the UK in April/May, dates are as follows:

27th April - Cardiff Millennium Music Hall
28th April - London Camden Electric Ballroom
29th April - Manchester Academy 2
30th April - Glasgow Garage
1st May - Newcastle O2 Academy 2

The band have also made their new single “What It Feels Like” available as a free download from their website www.wearetheocean.co.uk

The Black Crowes to play last ever UK gigs? – The Black Crowes will soon start their 20th Anniversary tour in the USA and have announced their final European tour dates before the band go on indefinite hiatus, the dates for the UK are:

11th July – Manchester Academy

12th July – London Shepherds Bush Empire (Two sets, acoustic and electric)

13th July – London Shepherds Bush Empire (Two sets, acoustic and electric)

25/01/2011 - News round-up 25/01/11

Avenged Sevenfold name new drummer– After the death of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan in December 2009 the Californian metal outfit had been using the services of ex-Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy on a temporary basis. Now his replacement has been named and it is former Confide drummer Arin Ilejay. A7X have released this statement:

“We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.

“Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us. ”

More bands confirmed for Download – The festival taking place at Donnington Park in Derbyshire on 10th-12th June have announced a slew of acts appearing over the weekend, the bands confirmed so far are:

Alice Cooper
Alter Bridge
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Clutch
The Cult
The Damned Things
Danzig
Escape The Fate
FM
The Gaslight Anthem
GWAR
Hollywood Undead
Korn
Linkin Park
Masters Of Reality
Mr Big
Pendulum
Rob Zombie
Rise To Remain
Sacred Mother Tongue
System Of A Down

UPDATE:Legendary Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy have stated on their Facebook/Twitter pages that they are confirmed to perform at the festival on the Friday (10th). Download have not confirmed this as of yet.

 

In Flames complete recording new album – Swedish metallers In Flames have finished recording the follow up to their 2008 album “A Sense Of Purpose”. The album was recorded at the band’s IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden with engineer Roberto Laghi.  The group states: “Mixing is taking place right now and we are very happy with the results.”

The album is expected in early summer, no title or exact release date as yet. UPDATE:The album title is “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”

 

Iron Maiden back ticket tout campaign – Iron Maiden have never been the biggest fans of the British Government yet they are backing a campaign by Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West.  Hodgson has drafted a Private Members Bill that will place a fine on anyone caught selling a ticket for more that 110% of its face value. On her website the MP states:

The fact of the matter is that a few people are making large amounts of money by exploiting the hard work of people involved in the live entertainment industry and the passion of fans, whilst contributing nothing to either.”

Iron Maiden manager Ron Smallwood has said that he is “delighted” that the bill has been drafted:

Something really has to be done about the plague of secondary ticketing... This is becoming a blight on anything and everything which involves people genuinely wishing to buy tickets at the intended price for popular events, be it music, sport or theatre."

Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys are also pledging their support for the campaign.

 

20/01/2011 - Rock Music Landmarks of London App

Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
Released by Musicroom.com – The leading producer of mobile music apps
Available for download at £1.19 or $1.99
 
Rock Music Landmarks of London is an innovative new iPhone App that transports the user to the most legendary rock ‘n’ roll landmarks of London, one of the most influential music cities in the world. The App is the definitive, interactive guide for rock music enthusiasts visiting or living in London. Rock Landmarks explores London’s most important rock music locations, and reveals unknown facts, trivia and the musical history of each location and the rock stars who made history there.
 
Want to re-trace the steps of The Beatles running from their fans in A Hard Day’s Night at Marylebone Station, or visit the ‘death flat’ once owned by Harry Nilsson, where both Mama Cass and Keith Moon died? Do you want to see where The Sex Pistols played their very first gig, which later became a hangout for future stars like Chrissie Hynde, Boy George and Sade? Rock Landmarks tells all of these stories and many more.
 
With the enhanced map search feature, you can search for the nearest rock landmarks to you and let the App take you right to the doorstep. Once you're there you can listen to exclusive narration by legendary Old Grey Whistle Test presenter, 'Whispering' Bob Harris about each iconic location and its musical legacy.
 
Every page on the App features photographs of the landmarks, with their iconic stories narrated by Bob Harris. The App reveals facts that haven't yet seen the light of day, in addition to the user simultaneously learning all that needs to be known about how London helped shape the music world.
 
If you are intrigued to see where Led Zeppelin set fire to a pile of money or one of the last venues Jimi Hendrix visited just hours before his death, then this App is a must-have.
 
Rock Music Landmarks of London is user friendly and optimized for iPhone 4 retina display.
 
See it on iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rock-music-landmarks-london/id409321252?mt=8
 
To see more apps from Musicroom.com visit www.musicroom.com/iphone

19/01/2011 - News round-up 19/01/11

Ateyu to go on “extended hiatus” – Orange County metal band Atreyu have issued a statement to confirm they are to take “a very long break” for the foreseeable future, although they have stated that they are not breaking up.

The full statement reads:

“Hey all. You have asked, so here goes. Atreyu is taking a long long break after 11 years of rocking. We aren’t breaking up but we aren’t writing recording or touring for a while. Simply taking a break to recharge and focus on different parts of our lives. Much love.

“All of us have other projects we are excited about and urge you to check them out if you miss us too much.”

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us and given us a reason to exist over the past 11yrs. We hope to see you again 1 day. Until next time…”

Sonisphere line-up gets even better – 4 more bands have been announced to join Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Biffy Clyro & Slipknot at Knebworth on July 8th-10th. Confirmed to play are Parkway Drive, In Flames, Mastodon & Motorhead.  Not content with having the Big 4 on UK soil for the first time it seems the Sonisphere team are really aiming for a line-up to stick it to Download who have confirmed Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold and the newly-reformed System Of A Down. Download takes place at Castle Donnington on 10th-12th June. 

Joint tour by Revoker & Hoily Grail announced – dates are as follows:

16th March – BIRMINGHAM Academy 3
17th March – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
18th March – PRESTATYN HAMMERFEST
19th March – COVENTRY Kasbah
20th March – MANCHESTER Roadhouse
21st March – SHEFFIELD Corporation
22nd March – NEWCASTLE Academy 2
23rd March – GLASGOW King Tuts
24th March – LEEDS Cockpit 3
25th March – NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement
26th March – OXFORD Academy 2
27th March – SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
28th March – LONDON Barfly

Soundgarden to release live album – The Seattle 90’s legends have announced that they are to release a live album called “Live on I5”, which was recorded during Soundgarden’s 1996 USA West Coast tour . The album is scheduled to be released on March 21st.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Spoonman

2. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
3. Let Me Drown
4. Head Down
5. Outshined
6. Rusty Cage
7. Burden In My Hand
8. Helter Skelter
9. Boot Camp
10. Nothing To Say
11. Slaves And Bulldozers
12. Dusty
13. Fell On Black Days
14. Search And Destroy
15. Ty Cobb
16. Black Hole Sun
17. Jesus Christ Pose

12/01/2011 - News round-up 12/01/11

Dave Grohl to receive “Godlike Genius” award – The Foo Fighters frontman has been announced as this year’s recipient of NME’s “Godlike Genius” award at this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards taking place at Brixton Academy, London on 23rd February.  Foo Fighters are also expected to play a short set on the night prior to the release of their new album this spring and their 2 gigantic dates at Milton Keynes Bowl in July.

Green Day confirm new live album and DVD – Once upon a time punk rockers Green Day are to release a new live album and DVD this March. The title is “Awesome As Fuck”.

Staind "in your face" album due - Staind are currently working on a new album to be released later this year. Frontman Aaron Lewis has been quoted as saying this new album is “heavy” and “in your face”. The album is being produced by Johnny K.

Underoath announce UK tour – Christian metalcore band Underoath have announced that they are to embark on a UK tour in April, dates are as follows:

12th April – BRISTOL Bierkeller
13th April – SHEFFIELD Leadmill
14th April – BIRMINGHAM HMV Institute
15th April – MANCHESTER Academy 2
16th April – GLASGOW Garage
17th April – NOTTINGHAM Rock City (Hit The Deck Fest co-headline)
19th April – LONDON Koko
20th April – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
21st April – BOURNEMOUTH Uni Old Fire Station

New Velvet Revolver singer and album? – According to drummer Matt Sorum’s Twitter feed, the former Guns N Roses members have possibly found their singer after firing Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland in 2008. Matt has been quoted as saying “In the studio with Cherie Currie tomorrow almost done. Also did 4 days with an amazing singer with VR and have 9 killer demo tracks. Going to make the decision one way or another this week.”

The drummer has also been speaking to Noisecreep about the possibility of a new Velvet Revolver album “The goal now is to get right back together and make a call on the singer,” Matt says “Slash is going to finish out his tour through the beginning of the summer, and then hopefully by that time we’ll have a bunch of songs compiled. We all work on our own, and send each other ideas and work together when we got breaks. And maybe we’ll take a few more weeks to write, get in the studio and record an album by the end of the summer to get it out by the late part of 2011. I’m looking forward to that. We’ve all had enough time to go out and live other lives and have an adventure and organically come back as a unit that wants to do it again.” The plot thickens . . .

Exodus added to Bloodstock Festival – Thrash metal legends Exodus have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival joining already confirmed acts such as Morbid Angel, At The Gates & Immortal on 12-14th August at Catton Hall in Derby. 

Less Than Jake to re-release classic albums – Ska-punk Floridians Less Than Jake have announced that they will be re-releasing their 1996 album Losing Streak along with their 1998 album Hello Rockview on their own label Sleep It Off Records. The band are about to embark on a US tour to support the re-releases. Each album will include the original album along with a bonus DVD of live video recorded at various shows in Florida. Both albums will be released on 01.03.2011.

Drowning Pool defend “Bodies”, again – Following the Arizona shooting over the weekend, Drowning Pool have had to defend the lyrical content of their hit “Bodies” again. Jared Loughner, 22, was apprehended after six people were shot dead at the incident in Tucson. US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was also fired at in the incident and is in a critical condition in hospital. The shooter had an unofficial video with the song playing while a masked man burned the American flag on his YouTube channel, so some news teams are debating about Loughner being influenced by the song.

In the statement, posted online at Drowningpool.com, the band said: "We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted. 'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and was never about violence."

The band stated that they believe "someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a moshpit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy".

This is not the first time Drowning Pool have been forced to defend "Bodies". The song has been used in the past as part of a method of torture used at Guantanamo Bay and has been listed as a favourite for soldiers before they engage in active duty.

News Update by Ross K.