Download have added a massive 22 bands to their line up this morning! Including Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, who will be making his acoustic debut, Skid Row legend Sebastian Bach and the mighty Saxon!
Also announced are newcomers Rise to Remain, Cancer Bats, Dropkick Murphys and Sylosis. As well as Gun, Heaven’s Basement, James Cleaver Quintet, Kopek, The Quireboys, Sylosis, Butcher Babies, and metallers The Defiled!
As if that wasn’t enough Fozzy, Soil, Red, White & Blues, Upon A Burning Body, While She Sleeps, We Are The Ocean, The Marmozets and our favourites The Treatment all join the fun too!
They certainly know how to make an announcement! This year looks set to be one of the best ever. What do you guys reckon to these new additions?
Rent Boys. Slightly provocative name, cracking music. Hailing from Leeds they are most definitely one of the most refreshing bands I have heard in a long time. Their sound is hard to pin down, one bit garage rock, one bit trash, one bit punk, like one big accumulation of them all smashed up and attempted to be put back together again. But the labels do not matter, all that matters is the fact they make great music.
They go beyond the realm of normal, conventional bands and create their own breed of spontaneous, experimental noise, but good noise. This can be highlighted perfectly on new single Shoot Your Shot. Its intensity is electrifying, the guitars are dirty and the electronics atmospheric, like The Jesus and Mary Chain on acid, it is guaranteed to get you moving. It kind of grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the song is over, takes you on this 2 and a half minute trip of craziness, feels good. The b side, I Think…. is a more toned down affair. Reminiscent to early Horrors, but not as hipster, it is much more intelligent than that. Slow, whiny guitars with what can only be described as haunting effects layered over the top, gradually speeding until they reach a crescendo at the end, another crazy trip, fantastically done.
Here is the, pretty insane, video for Shoot Your Shot
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has recently revealed that he is working on a solo record. A pioneer of metal, the album is going to be full of collaborations with other big names. He told SF Weekly:
I’m three-quarters of the way though a solo album right now. I’ve got two tracks with The Damned, two tracks with [German hard-rock band] Skew Siskin, one with Joan Jett, one with Grohl, and two with the Reverend Horton Heat. So I’ve got quite a mixed bag on there.
With a possible release of early next year, there are plenty of Motorhead dates to fill the wait!
Most dedicated fans of a band or group would do anything to get their hands on the latest memorabilia on offer, but Motorhead have veered away from the norm and urged their fans NOT to buy the new 15 disc box set. Why? Because it ha a recommended retail price of £375.
The limited edition The Complete Early Years, released by Universal Music, includes eight of Motorheads early albums, as well as a collection of singles, a book and posters. Additionally, the set comes inside a fake Motorhead skull complete with light up red eyes.
But Motorhead were so incensed by the extortionate cost of the collection that they released a statement telling their fans not to buy it. The statement reads: ‘Motorhead have no control over what’s done with these early songs, and don’t want fans to think that the band is involved in putting out such a costly boxset.’
Lemmy also had something to say on the matter, ’Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists’. Fans have also hit back stating that in the box set there is no new songs etc so it is not worth the money they have been asked to pay, it is for serious collectors only.
Once again the Americans have got it right, this time the source is Stonerider. Heading back to rock n roll roots and that vintage sound, they are a joy to listen to. Their bluesy riffs and distorted guitar tones scream out influence from the early seventies. Matt Tanner’s unique vocals are hypnotic and add to the ambience the instrumental side of the music presents. Hailing from Atlanta, the rich sounds of the South are evident giving it that extra spark of character and depth to accompany the psychedelic element. The attention to detail in each track makes it hard to pick a favourite as they are all brilliant in their own right.
Their fan base is constantly growing with glowing reviews and enthusiasm for their music. Make sure you don’t miss out!
The bands second album Fountains Left To Wake is available on the 28.02. Watch this space for a full review!
The Dandys are a band that i always find incredibly underrated, made famous by that really catchy song that was once on a Vodafone advert. Well, in reality they are much more than that, stoner rock at its best. Courtney Taylor Taylors brooding deep voice with the loungey guitars and atmospheric keys are just brilliant for kicking back and chilling out to. They are releasing a new album in April and are heading over to the UK four a couple of live dates, i for one cannot wait to see them as i haven’t had a chance before, i would definitely recommend you do too.
Listen to: Boys Better, Godless, Ride
Lana Del Rey
Since she came onto the scene with Video Games, i found something quite enchanting about Lana Del Rey. That song in particular is beautiful, very haunting but beautiful. I was intstantly intrigued. Of course since then there has been a ton of hype surrounding her, the wealth of her father, the help she has had along the way and the fact it is all one big fake show. Well, personally, i’m not too bothered about whether its all fake or not, the fact of the matter is that her album is pretty brilliant. (You can find a review here) I haven’t been able to turn it off since i got it.
Listen to: Blue Jeans, Born To Die, Off to the Races
As much as i love my rock and my metal, i am also somewhat of a big Britpop fan. When i was a kid it was the likes of Blur, Suede, Pulp that i grew up with alongside all the classic rock my mother listened to, but it was these bands that really made me love music and that made me buy my first records etc. When i heard that Blur were receiving the outstanding contribution to music award at this years Brit Awards it did make me extremely happy, and i feel they thoroughly deserve it. So many classic hits, i don’t think they really need an explanation.
Listen to: This is a Low, Oily Water, Song 2
One of the biggest bands of the ‘grunge’ movement, and always been a favourite of mine. On hearing they were coming to the UK in June, it sent me a little bit excitable and again i started listening to them a lot again. The musicianship in this band is incredible, so talented, and Eddie Vedders voice is perfect. I recently watched the PJ20 movie too, fantastic insight to the band, well worth a watch.
Listen to: State of Love and Trust, Black, Animal
I cannot turn their new album off (review here). It is the definition of nuts. Soulful, funky, crazy ass rock and roll. Its like an explosion of chaos packed into one cd. They are crazy live, Eric Nally their lead singer is borderline mental on stage, there is just nothing bad i can say about them, and not much i can do to explain them. You just have to see them for yourselves to know what i mean.
Chris Cornell announces small UK tour to coincide with Download appearance
Chris Cornell is bringing “Songbook” to Europe by way of an acoustic tour, starting off with a few dates in the UK! This much anticipated solo acoustic “Songbook” tour highlights works from Chris Cornell’s entire catalogue, including songs written for Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.
The shows are taking place after Soundgarden’s appearance at the Download Festival on the 10th of June, and are Cornell’s first headlining dates in the UK for just about three years and are not to be missed - previous Songbook shows have gained positive reviews from just about everywhere.
Sonisphere reveal line up for this years festival!
They certainly kept us waiting but last night Sonisphere revealed a mammoth 20 acts confirmed to play this year bash at Knebworth in July.
The headliners announced were KISS, Faith No More and a world exclusive Queen with Adam Lambert on vocal duties.
KISS join the bill as a European festival exclusive, metal icons Faith No More as a UK exclusive and Queen headlining Saturday night as a world exclusive, their only festival appearance this year!
Joining them will be reunited punk band Refused, Marilyn Manson, The Darkness, Mastodon, Gojira, Ghost, Fields of the Nephilim, Within Temptation, Andrew WK, Lacuna Coil, Katatonia, Cypress Hill, Evanescence, Wolfmother, Flogging Molly, Incubus, The Blackout, I Killed The Prom Queen and Switchfoot!
You can safely say there is definitely a bit of everything!
Sonisphere takes place from July 6-8 at Knebworth, Herts. Grab your tickets from this Thursday (Feb 23) from www.sonispherefestivals.com!
Band of Skulls is a name that keeps appearing more and more often, especially after their recent appearances supporting The Black Keys. After a well received debut in 2009, they have returned with Sweet Sour.
The title track opens up an album of diverse, experimental sounds. Sticking a more indie, but slightly bluesy, base, Band of Skulls musical progression is pretty evident. Their mellow sound and fuzzy overtones create a calming atmosphere, and whilst they do it very well, the album does lack a lively, upbeat number. Lies is about as close as you get to an up tempo number and is a lot heavier in comparison; but still not one that really catches your attention. Lay My Head Down is a beautiful track and my personal highlight of the album.
Band of Skulls are very good at what they do and Sweet Sour is a great album. It just fits into the category of wind down music and doesn’t really spread much further.
Songs I’d Recommend: Lay My Head Down, You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Goin’ On.
After the monstrous debut that was Treats back in 2010, Sleigh Bells are back with their new album Reign of Terror, a slightly deceitful title I must say.
The album is far from terrifying actually. In reality, its actually a perfect little pop treat. Now, don’t get scared when I use the word pop, I don’t mean the same old same old that dominates the charts at the moment, I mean it is full of melody, content, and sweet sounds, aswell as a sharp edge that gives it all its flavour.
Alexis Krauss’ voice never steers from its harmonic, beautiful soft tone, even when faced with the heaviest of riffs and noise provided by her musical partner Derek Miller. But this is what makes it, the juxtaposition of sounds and themes keeps the music interesting. Both loud and quiet at the same time, pretty compelling stuff.
There are points on Reign of Terror where I would liken the duo to the softer side of Crystal Castles, except less electro, more rocky. And there are times when the fuzz created by Miller wouldn’t ound out of place on an Atari Teenage Riot track.
Single Comeback Kid is a perfect example of the sweet melody and crashing guitar fusion, you can definitely tell that Krauss has had a lot more imput on this album also. Other tracks that stand out for me are Road To Hell and Never Say Die. And Leader of the Pack which represents that poppy element perfectly.
The only thing I will say, is in parts you are left craving more loudness, for the guitar to really kick in and take it to another level, but the beats keep it going and it is still a very pleasing album. Great stuff again from Sleigh Bells.
Download to be Black Sabbath's only European performance
After the recent diagnosis of Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath have had to adjust they’re original plans. In a statement released last night, the group have announced that Ozzy & friends will perform instead, featuring appearances from Geezer Butler for a Sabbath section of the set, Zakk Wylde and Slash and others.
With regards to Iommi they added:
Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, BLACK SABBATH continue to write and record music in the U.K.
As it stands, original drummer Bill Ward is still not part of the group. Will they manage to sort something out for just one performance?
Guitar hero Slash has announced the title of his new album - Apocalyptic Love. Working under the title Slash feat Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, the album will released on May 21 exclusively through Classic Rock magazine who are producing a special fan pack.
The cover depicts artwork from Frank Maddocks and can be seen below
The exclusive fan pack is available to pre-order through the Classic Rock website and will include the studio album with bonus tracks, alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together byClassic Rock.
The fan pack will also come with free gifts including a pin badge and artwork poster. It will be available to buy via more than 2,000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers.
Roadrunner will simultaneously release Apocalyptic Love digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner on June 18.
Apocalyptic Love is produced by Eric Valentine. It sees Slash working with vocalist Myles Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz.
The band will be playing at the Download Festival in June. News of a UK tour will hopefully follow soon, watch this space!
The past few months have seen the closure of several live music venues in the UK, with the likes of Liverpool’s Masque Theatre, The Charlotte in Leicester, Sheffield’s Boardwalk and most recently The Talking Heads in Southampton. This is simply down to the fact that not enough people are going to gigs. Hard to believe right? But sadly true.
Obviously, we are still in Winter right now and a lot of people can’t be bothered to go out and queue in the cold to go and see a band, most would rather sit at home listening to their favourite band on their ipod with a cuppa right? No. No no no.
Nowadays there are so many ways to view live music, arenas, stadiums, theatres, long established music venues, your local pub, that kooky little music venue you’ve always loved? Well, in reality, very soon this may not be the case. Sure if you’re favourite bands announce a big show and you get the tickets months in advance, plan it all etc, you’re going to make a night of it! But, its the smaller shows, the off chance gigs, those little bands you’ve heard good things about but can’t be bothered to go to the show and see for yourself, its those that get effected. Not only the band, but the venue itself.
Live music revenues dropped by 6.7% in the UK in 2010, according to PRS For Music. Primary ticket sales fell ever further, by 11.8%, after a decade of continuous growth. While we wait for the 2011 figures to be published, would you be surprised if there is a further dip in live music’s fortunes? A short while ago we wrote about the collapse of sales of cd’s and the closure of music stores around the country, pretty soon there will be nothing left for the die hard music fan.
So what can you do to stop the live music scene from dying a death? Get yourself out and go to more gigs! Occasionally we will introduce new bands and urge people to check them out, and thats what we should be doing! A band is never going to get big unless the support is there from the beginning right?
In saying all of this, just as recent as last month a new ‘Live Music Bill' was passed in the UK allowing venues with a capacity of 200 or lower to hold live music events without having to apply for license or pay the costs trying to aquire a license. Great news! This means more and more places will be able to hold events, it just means that us music lovers have to make the extra effort to attend!
I am guessing that most of you that come across our site here must have some passion for music, or are interested enough to want to be kept in the know, well how are you ever going to do that unless you get out there and see for yourself? Your new favourite band might just be waiting to be discovered!
Let us know what you think on this! As always we welcome your thoughts and opinions, so get in touch!
All of the original Guns N' Roses to attend Hall of Fame induction
According to keyboardist Dizzy Reed all 5 original members of GnR wil show for their induction to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in April. Reed told Billboard.com:
"I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."
A member since 1990, Reed is second only to Axl Rose in years being a member of the band. Despite not having spoken to Rose about the ceremony, it seems they both have similar views when it comes to the award; it’s more for the fans.
"For the people that have supported Guns ‘N Roses over the years. It’s really cool for them more than anyone else. To me, that’s the most important thing."
After 14 months away, Shinedown have returned to UK shores after spending the majority of 2011 writing their new album. Due for release in April, the quartet wanted to remind people of their presence.
First up were Liberty Lies, hailing from the West Midlands. Their heavy riffs and Shaun Richards raspy vocals are a hit with the crowd and their energy and enthusiasm is written all over their performance. Halestorm followed, also getting a great reaction. Lzzy Hale’s raw, powerful vocals hold the attention of the audience, backed by a tight band. Lzzy makes a lot of effort to engage the crowd and get them pumped for tonight’s headliner.
Shinedown take to the stage after Jay Z’s99 Problems rings round the venue, kicking off with Sound Of Madness, the most prominent album of the night providing almost half the setlist. Poised on a platform at the front of the stage, frontman Brent Smith has a commanding presence and easily connects with the entire room. Two new tracks are sandwiched between the old and go down well with an enthusiastic crowd. Old favourite Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide is accompanied by lots of fist pumping, with The Crow & The Butterfly providing the big sing along. The first song of the encore is their latest single, Bully, and presents the only slight downside of the night due to some precarious backing vocal harmonies. Nevertheless it was followed by the highlight of the night; an acoustic performance of Lynryd Skynryd’sSimple Man, a great cover. Finishing on Fly From The Inside, Shinedown’s appreciation of their fans is clear from their lengthy stage exit. Taking the time to thank each section of the crowd, a smile is left of everyone’s face.
Even after a 14 month absence, Shinedown still have a strong following, and on that performance, they’ve got a lot to look forward to.
At last nights 54th Grammy’s ceremony the Foo Fighter’s managed to bag the award for every category they were nominated, which included the whole rock category. Now, no disrespect to the Foo’s, I mean Dave Grohl himself agrees, but it’s all become a bit of a joke. Grohl & co managed to take the awards for both rock performance AND hard rock/metal performance; kind of implies it’s all the same right? As well as that, the nominations were slightly bizarre in the first place; Mumford & Sons in the rock category? Not really sure how that happened!
Thankfully, Dave Grohl has great character and beliefs and didn’t just accept the awards without adding his own two cents. At a posh award ceremony, with plenty of designer labels about, Grohl wore a Slayer t-shirt on stage to accept the award for best rock performance. On top of that, his speech, which received a standing ovation, spoke of the importance of the human element in music; playing an instrument and using your own talent rather than that of a computers. Watch the full speech below:
Most of the awards the Foo’s won were in the pre-show, taking place while many were still on the red carpet, something Grohl didn’t fail to mention, standing up for the rock industry!
"I remember one year we came here and Vince Gill got up and made this speech about how ‘everybody should come to the pre-tel because they’re just as important as the other Grammy’s over there’ and I completely agree so thank you very much for having us here."
Like I said, absolutely no disrespect to the Foo’s, they’ve had a brilliant year and Wasting Light is a great album; and of course, great appreciation to Dave Grohl for having the guts to do a truly honest speech!
Will the rock category get the attention it deserves at awards in the future? We can only wait and see!
Damned Religion is the latest offering from Manchester band Dear Superstar and one that sees the band combine their love of classic rock with the bite of modern metal, or at least it tries to.
Kicking off the album is the title track, not a bad one to get it started. Catchy enough to grab some interest, and a solid, radio friendly track. One of the high points on the album. Moving onto Change Yesterday, which is still not bad, but sounds much the same as the former. And as the album carries on, it does go into a bit of the ‘same-old’ territory, I mean a band are allowed to develop a signature sound but when every song kind of sounds like the other it doesn’t do much to hold my attention.
A high point however is Our City Sleeps, the bands first single from the album released in Oct last year. Featuring Stevie D from Buckcherry on guitar, this track injects some much needed power and again highlights the bands talent at writing a radio-friendly rock song.
Last track Crystalized is another saviour, the guitar work on this one is pretty great and I’d liken the sound to 30 Seconds to Mars, infact it wouldn’t sound out of place at all on a 30STM album.
The problem for me with this album is that it does nothing to stand out from any other band out there, its just the same thing rehashed in a slightly different way, presented differently. It’s a shame because there are shining points on the album that do show potential, but unfortunately Damned Religion just doesn’t do it for me.
After the departure of Howard Jones late last year, Killswitch Engaage have confirmed that original singer Jesse Leach has rejoined the group. In a statement posted on their Facebook, the group revealed that Leach auditioned for his former role and ‘pretty much blew everyone away.’
Leach performed on the groups self-titled debut and Alive Or Just Breathing, before being replaced by Jones. Upon his return Leach commented:
"It is a great honor to rejoin my brothers after all of these years. After some discussion and much reflection, it was obvious to me this was the path I was meant to take. We got together and jammed on the ‘Howard-era songs,’ as well as some Alive or Just Breathing-era songs and we all felt the synergy."
Work has resumed on their new album and the band will showcase their new line up at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 22nd.
Spinefarm Records presents The Next Big Thing: featuring Reckless Love, Jettblack and The Treatment @ The Garage, London 02.02.12
Although it’s a weekday and there’s a slight chill in the air, that doesn’t stop a sellout show from rocking the joint tonight at London’s Garage.
Spinefarm Records presents three of its best signed acts, those of which include British bands Jettblack and The Treatment, and Finnish favourites Reckless Love.
Starting the evening were Cambridge boys The Treatment, a band I was losing my virginity to tonight. After only listening to their album very recently and being rather impressed with the initial exposure, tonight only heightened that feeling. Their stage presence is powerful and energetic, and they provided a really raw and ballsy attitude to their music, something I love seeing from musicians and hearing in their work. Starting their set with the fantastic Departed, the crowd took no time at all getting involved with the electric atmosphere. After a cracking opener, they followed with The Doctor, Shake The Mountain and Just Tell Me Why, amongst others. Semi-ballad Nothing To Lose But Our Minds got the best reaction, with a huge sing-a-long and a garrison of swaying arms and cups of beer in the air.
Following on from such a magnetic performance were fellow Brits Jettblack, a fantastic hard rock act hailing from just outside the city in High Wycombe. After having a hugely successful year in 2010, the boys have waned a little due to problems getting their next album recorded. Nevertheless, tonight they still proved themselves as high flyers in the business and put on an explosive performance starting with Get Your Hands Dirty. Already revved up and raring to go, the crowd got in on the action by clapping and chanting along to the catchy chorus. Slip It On, Two Hot Girls, and Fooled By A Rose were all included in the set, as well as the standard mid-set ballad provided by Not Even Love. A few new tracks were thrown in the mix too, and although their reception wasn’t as roaring as the known songs, the crowd stopped to listen more and take in what was being offered, and they still managed to reel in an enthusiastic response. Jettblack's new album is definitely going to be one to look out for.
Finally, headliners Reckless Love graced the stage with your typical cheesy hair metal apparel - huge hair, denim and leather, glow in the dark guitars and glittery personas. Still using Thin Lizzy's The Boys Are Back In Town to emphasise their second outing on our shores, they warp the music to fire into Animal Attraction, also the title of their second album. With only an hour slot they quickly fired out the hits, following up with Speedin’ and Born To Break Your Heart. They then reached back into their catalogue to pull out favourites from their debut, a collaboration of hits including Badass, Romance and Back To Paradise. Disco anthem Hot got a massive reception from the crowd, with hundreds of pumping fists and a multi vocal chorus. Their latest single On The Radio gets an outing, with the music video vixen herself partying in the crowd, and then the set is polished off nicely with the Reckless Love classic Beautiful Bomb and sensational summer time song One More Time.
If tonight was about showcasing some of the best of the best of Spinefarm’s groups, then that was exactly what was delivered. Excellent showmanship, fantastic songs, thriving party atmosphere, and a successful night of outstanding modern rock ‘n’ roll.
Metal giants Metallica revealed earlier today that they are set to launch their very own musical festival later this year. Named Orion Music + More the band said after playing legendary music festivals around the world, to celebrate their 30th anniversary they decided to have their own! The festival will be held at Bader Field in Atlantic City on June 23rd & 24th. Continuing the celebration of The Black Album, the group will play the record in it’s entirety one night and 1984’s Ride The Lightening the other.
With the promise of at least 3 stages, the rest of the diverse line up current features Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy with more to be announced.
It’s been a hectic few years for rockers Van Halen, as usual! A group that always seems to be surrounded by drama, I don’t think anyone was really surprised when the album release was pushed back or tour dates were cancelled. Nevertheless; February 2012, finally see’s the release of new Van Halen music with original frontman David Lee Roth in nearly 30 years.
First single Tattoo is the opener and had mixed reviews upon its premiere last month, it certainly is a weak song to begin the album with. Thankfully, things do improve with She’s The Woman, a catchy tune in true VH form; hardly surprising as it is a re-worked version of an early demo. China Townprovides a more frantic track with some excellent shredding, a skill Eddie Van Halen displays he’s still got. Roth still has the commanding vocal presence of the early days, even after all this time. He is still trying to push himself to create a great vocal, and thankfully, he succeeds despite the signs of wear and tear. A proper family affair; the talent Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son, shows justifies his position on bass within the group. Stay Frosty provides a short blues break and has plenty of Roth character in it before another re-worked demo; Big River. These revised tracks from the early days are by far the strongest on the album; hardly surprising when you think back to the golden years of Van Halen.
When Tattoo was first heard last month, the general consensus was that this album could not touch classic Van Halen. Whilst A Different Kind Of Truth doesn’t possess the complete sparkle of the old days, it is certainly better than Tattoo suggests and worth a listen.
Placebo are due to headline the Sundance film and music festival in London on April 28th. The show at the Indigo2 has completely sold out, but fans now have the chance to catch the band before then at two special warm up shows announced today.
The band will play Edinburgh Picture House on April 25th, and Liverpool Olympia on the 26th. There will be a special fan presale on Wednesday (Feb 8th) before tickets go on general sale this Friday.