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Secrets stream new track ‘Five Years’

US post-hardcore band Secrets have streamed a new track ahead of their European and UK tour.

First streaming via Rock Sound, you can now listen to Five Years via YouTube:

Tour dates:

22/11/2017 – London UK, Boston Music Room*
23/11/2017 – Manchester UK, Satans Hollow*
24/11/2017 – Northampton UK, Roadmender*
25/11/2017 – Bridgend UK, Hobos*
26/11/2017 – Bristol UK, The Lanes*
27/11/2017 – Bournemouth UK, The Anvil*
28/11/2017 – Eindhoven NL, Dynamo^
29/11/2017 – Leipzig DE, Naumanns^
30/11/2017 – Berlin DE, Maze Club^
01/12/2017 – Wroclaw PL, DK Luksus^
02/12/2017 – Prague CZ, Klub 007^
03/12/2017 – Budapest HU, A38^
04/12/2017 – Vienna AT, Arena^
05/12/2017 – Munich DE, Backstage^
06/12/2017 – Milan IT, Circle Svolta^
07/12/2017 – Aarau CH, Kiff^
08/12/2017 – Tessenderlo BE, The Box^
09/12/2017 – Bochum DE, Matrix^

* support from Shields
^support from Our Hollow, Our Home

Gardenhead release ‘Perpetual Motion’

Performing under his new name Gardenhead, singer-songwriter Casey Bolles has released a brand new single called Perpetual Motion. Bolles has partnered with to debut the track.

I wrote Perpetual Motion when I was staying with some friends in Philly at a time in my life when I felt like I had nowhere that really felt like home and I was spending a lot of time wasting time. I recorded a few different versions, most of which were pretty bare bones. Eventually I took the song to a studio session in MA. Alan and I spent a lot of time trying to come up with interesting drum sounds and eventually decided to just make the exact sounds we were looking for which resulted in us standing in a kitchen with microphones, rhythmically throwing a set of keys around and slapping books together. This ended up being what we used for the final version.” – Casey Bolles

Tour dates can be expected to be announced in 2018.

Greyhaven have revealed video, EP and UK tour!

UK heavy alt-rockers Greyhaven unleash dense riffs and deliver energetic performances in anticipation of their EP release. The Londoners’ towering sound nods to everyone from 30 Seconds To Mars, Don Broco and Alexisonfire. Greyhaven have announced their blistering new EP Breathe, via Outsider Records, on Friday 12th January 2018, and before then, the band drop the new video, Truth.

The group are on tour with As Lions this month and can be seen at the following venues:
14th November – Firebug, Leicester
15th November – The Waterfront, Norwich
16th November – The Old Blue, Last London
18th November – Hobos, Bridgend
19th November – Jumpin Jacks, Newcastle
20th November – The Garage attic, Glasgow
22nd November – Sugarmill, Stoke
23rd November – Rebellion, Manchester
24th November – The Key Club, Leeds.

Borders release video for ‘Watch The World Burn’

Lincoln tech-metallers Borders have released a video for their brand new single Watch The World Burn, the group’s first new material since the release of their Diagnosed EP earlier in 2017.

Borders are currently out on the road supporting Martyr Defiled on their European farewell tour, before they return to the UK to appear at Techabilitation.

Live dates:

10.11.2017 – Zug CH, Industrie 45 (w/ Martyr Defiled)
11.11.2017 – Tournai BE, Port’Ouverte (w/ Martyr Defiled)
12.11.2017 – Essen DE, Don’t Panic (w/ Martyr Defiled)
13.11.2017 – Berlin DE, Cassiopeia (w/ Martyr Defiled)
14.11.2017 – Gothenburg SE, Fangelset (w/ Martyr Defiled)
15.11.2017 – Hamburg DE, Bar 227 (w/ Martyr Defiled)
16.11.2017 – Leipzig DE, 4Rooms (w/ Martyr Defiled)
17.11.2017 – Erfurt DE, From Hell (w/ Martyr Defiled)
18.11.2017 – Mannheim DE, Vogelstang (w/ Martyr Defiled)

26.11.2017 – London UK, New Cross Inn (Techabilitation)

Heidevolk release first details of their upcoming album

Heidevolk have released details of their upcoming album, including the title and the artwork.

Veer van Verzet is set to be released on 12th January 2018 via Napalm Records.

We are excited to announce our long-awaited new album “Vuur van Verzet” (“Fire of Resistance”). An album that catapults you to a battlefield where a failing Roman empire is retreating and Germanic tribes are on the rise to claim back what is theirs. It will guide you through the great migrations and tell the tale of early traditions, gods and nature. We’ve fitted these stories in 11 songs that emphasize the characteristic Heidevolk sound but also underline the progression of our songwriting. Fast metal riffing combined with a our trademark dual male vocals, a 24 piece male choir, various folk musicians, a string ensemble and the raw guest vocals of Primordials’ Nemtheanga make “Vuur van Verzet” an album that shows its a bombastic way. Join us, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!” 
– Heidevolk

Vuur van Verzet track listing:
1. Ontwaakt
2. A Wolf In My Heart
3. Onverzetbaar
4. Yngwaz Zonen
5. Britannia
6. The Alliance
7. Tiwaz
8. Het Oneindige Woud
9. Gungnir
10. Woedend
11. Het Juk der Tijd
12. Drink op de Nacht (Bonus Track)
13. Een Wolf in mijn Hart (Bonus Track)Available formats:
1 CD 6-pages Digipack incl. 24 pages booklet
1 LP Gatefold, black and limited golden vinyl
Ltd Edition Album Bundle incl. 6-pages Digipack, Leather wristband, flag, patch
Digital Album Download

Butcher Babies release video for ‘Headspin’

In anticipation of their album Lilith which is due for release on 10th November, Butcher Babies have released the music video for their new single Headspin.

With ‘Headspin’, we finally wrote about a topic that we’ve strayed away from for years; sex, one of the most basic human needs. This song drips sensuality and we wanted the video for it to do the same. We enlisted two pros, Jessa Rhodes and Zander Corvus, to tell this story of lust for us and towed the lines of truth vs fantasy by experimenting with virtual reality. It’s also a bit of social commentary on how much of our reality is skewed in this social media driven world. – Frontwoman Carla Harvey


Fortify – Valhalla [EP]

Female fronted Essex rockers Fortify are due to release their debut EP,  the self release Valhalla on 27th October. Opening with What About Us, the listener’s first impression is that the group take their influences from heavier rock, however there are some pop elements which are heavily present in the chorus. The song takes lyrical influence from spurned love, reducing the heaviness somewhat. Lead singer Anna Louise’s voice also sounds quite poppy, adding to the self described ‘easycore’ genre.

Following What About Us is Survivors, opening with a slow guitar riff. It is the slowest song on Valhalla, and the only track in 3/4 time. The speed and the broken chord riff make the track the most pop/easycore on the EP. It begins to build up at the chorus without losing the pop aspect.

In the middle of Valhalla is Rumours, and the opening riff sounds like a mash up between Incubus and Madina Lake, incorporating the alt rock vibe. The chorus is the catchiest so far on the EP, and the listener can imagine Rumours would be a real crowd pleaser in a concert setting. It is hear that the listener really begins to notice the variation in lead vocalist Anna Louise’s voice, particularly in contrast to Survivors. The guitar solo here is also the best on the EP. Each instrument can be heard in Rumours perfectly in the balance of the song, enhancing the epic sound that the track already has.

Following in much the same vein is Emergency Exit, another great track that sounds more alternative than What About Us and Survivors whilst incorporating some of those heavier themes that Rumours uses. It is here that the range in vocals is really shown, from the growly lows to the perfect highs. The timing in the stops during the second verse are all nailed perfectly, before leading into the slower bridge.

Final track Strangers is another faster and heavier song, and gives the listener the impression that Valhalla has been building up to this moment. Strangers is a slightly longer song than the previous tracks, sitting just shy of 5 minutes. Here again the listener can see the impressive vocal range of Anna Louise, particularly contrasting the screamed backing vocals during the bridge. However there is no final chorus to this track, leaving the listener wanting more.

The recurring theme throughout Valhalla is half time bridges, which are all well planned and well executed. The listener finishes the EP feeling pumped from the build up of tracks and definitely wanting to hear more, and looking forward to a gig or album release.