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Terrifier premiere ‘Nuclear Demolisher’ lyric video have been given the honour of premiering Terrifier‘s latest lyric video for Nuclear Demolisher. The video is in support of their new album Weapons of Thrash Destruction released in January via Test Your Metal Records. You can catch the track here.

Terrifier have also announced a mini tour in Canada for this week:
April 5 – The Royal On Baker – Nelson, BC – info
April 6 – Smokehouse Bar and Grill – Lethbridge, AB
April 7 – The Forge On Whyte – Edmonton, AB – info
April 8 – Nite Owl – Calgary, AB – CEMR Metalfest (Headliners) – info

You can also catch them live here:
April 22 – SBC Restaurant – Vancouver, BC – info
May 5 – Logan’s Pub – Victoria, BC – info
July 15 – Hassen Arena – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong MetalFest –
August 11 – Brookside Resort – Prince George, BC – Metallion Festival –

James Leese – Live @ The Night Owl, Birmingham, 23/3/17

The Night Owl, a small venue off Birmingham’s industrial estate, was buzzing with anticipation on Thursday night. The performing artists could be spotted mingling in the crowd; headliner James Leese seemed to know everybody present.

First up was Stafford based Alex Voss, who accompanied his vocals with electric guitar rather than acoustic. Creating a relaxed and chilled out vibe, Voss began his set and immediately impressed with a well rounded sound. The guitar mix was set up nicely and didn’t overpower the vocals. The set list was mixed and contained slower and faster songs, however it became clear that the faster songs wouldn’t work on acoustic guitar as they were mostly chord based. Some songs were quiet, others loud, and Voss demonstrated his capabilities by performing in different keys. However, it would have been great to see him using different dynamics within the same song.


Up next was local acoustic singer/songwriter Lauren Marie. Following Voss‘ casual vibe, she chatted to the audience in between tracks and admitted to not having a set list, and just performing whatever she felt like, however her songs were well rehearsed.

Her original tracks used lots of finger picked melodies underneath the vocals instead of just chords, which sounded nice and a bit different to most acts. She has a great vocal range and used different guitars for different tunings. Her most popular tracks were covers; she performed Always by Blink 182 and Mr Brightside by The KillersAlways sounded quite different to the original and she added new depth to the track.

At the end of the set, however, Lauren Marie looked cold and a little bored!

Here's a really rough video of what to expect on my newest EP, a short preview of the first track "alive". I don't wanna give too much away about production and what not. 🙂 Quite messy in parts but had to rush it! Catch me playing here next: xx

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Laurenmarie‎‏ في 19 مارس، 2017


Finally, to a big cheer, on came James Leese. Starting on Bye, Bye Butterfree, and then proceeding to tell the crowd off for not paying as much attention to the acts before him, it’s clear that Leese commands a lot of respect from his fans. His set list contained different tracks, including some new ones that will be on the upcoming EP (I Have A) RomComplex. All of Leese‘s music was well polished and it’s clear he feels at home on the stage, chatting to the audience and putting on a great show. Crowd favourites included The Nerd Song and Mrs Unknown. The set list chosen clearly demonstrated Leese‘s talents, as there was a wide variety of material, including A Song For A Waltz. There was only one occasion where he was out of tune in the whole set!


Guitarist Andy James announces instrumental solo album

Guitar legend Andy James has announced his latest instrumental solo album, Exodus, to be released on 5th May via Urban Yeti Records.

The latest track from the upcoming album is Never Back Down, which can be streamed on YouTube.

“It’s been a while since I did my last solo album, but the time has come where I’ve suddenly got a collection of songs that seem to fit together pretty well and thought why not put out another album. I don’t like to force material, it either comes naturally or it doesn’t. However, every so often I get inspired to write some songs and the next album is exactly that, spontaneous inspiration. Some of it is a slightly different vibe for me where other songs encapsulate what I think people associate with my sound and writing style, but as a whole fitted together nicely.

I decided to do everything myself this time around. Sometimes when you do demos you capture a vibe that when recreated in a studio, doesn’t quite get the same vibe, so with these songs they started as demos then I spent more time on them to get them sounding like proper songs rather than going back to a studio to re-do it all. On past releases, I feel some of the original vibe has been lost, but this time I think for me it has captured more spontaneity that I wanted to get down.

I’m excited to put this collection of songs out with the relatively new label, Urban Yeti Records, and getting out there to play.” – Andy James

Restless Streets unveil video for ‘A Little More Us’

Melodic rockers Restless Streets have just released a brand new music video for A Little More Us. It is an atmospheric song with distinguishable sound that is a combination of melancholy, romance and the band’s recognisable talent to create outstanding, memorable and emotionally charged music.

“This is a song about finding someone again after they made a decision to leave you. ‘A Little More Us suggests that even though someone may be “caught up in the wave” or seemingly distant and distracted for a period of time, love will always cut through the clutter and lead their heart back to where it ultimately belongs. The track speaks about coming to terms with the past and making the decision to let your soul guide you.” – Vocalist Logan Carpenter

Kasabian announce new album!

Kasabian are back with an explosive album brimming with confidence, swagger and huge tunes. For Crying Out Loud, their sixth studio album, will be released on 28th April via Columbia Records. The lead single, You’re In Love With A Psycho, is out now!

You can catch Kasabian at the following venues in April:

Wed 12th LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru
Thu 13th BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
Sat 15th NEWPORT, Newport Centre
Sun 16th SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Cliffs Pavillion
Tue 18th LONDON, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Wed 19th LONDON, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Thu 20th LONDON, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sat 22th DUBLIN, Olympia

Knifey reveal ‘Tanlines’

Toronto’s Knifey have revealed latest single Tanlines, which will be on their upcoming album, of which we are eagerly awaiting more information.

Cutting through the bleak twilight of winter in Toronto, we’ve put together ‘Tanlines’ which is a nostalgia-fuelled chronicle of better, warmer – and more naked – times. With desperate energy, the song reaches for the not-too-distant memory of a lover’s touch made soft by seawater and tropical air. The song’s essence is certainly fantasy material for blurry late night trips on decrepit streetcars. – Knifey 

You can listen to Tanlines below!

Girls In Synthesis share second track of their debut AA single

Girls in Synthesis released their debut AA single The Mound/Disappear on Friday 17th March.

The video to The Mound can be viewed below:

Disappear can be caught below:

You can see Girls In Synthesis at the following venues:

Saturday 25th March: Deptford Vinyl instore – London, UK – INFO
Thursday 13th April: The Phoenix, Coventry, UK
Friday 02nd June:  Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Brighton, UK
Friday 30th June: Some Weird Sin, Nambucca – London, UK (w/Thee MVP’s)

Quinn Sullivan unveils ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming’

17 year old Quinn Sullivan will release his third studio album, Midnight Highway, next week on 24th March. Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming is the latest single to be revealed from the album.

“Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming was so much fun to record. It grabs you right away and makes you feel like it’s summertime and you’re in the car with the windows down, music blasting, heading down the coast!” – Quinn Sullivan 

Casa Del Diablo – Radio Free Universe

Hamilton’s award nominated Radio Free Universe will release their debut album Casa Del Diablo tomorrow (17th March) via Jet Pack Records.

The first track, American Gun, opens with drums, vocals and a simplistic riff that ties together to work really well. Radio Free Universe are a mix between Jack White‘s less alternative material and AudioslaveAmerican Gun is a track that really grabs the listener’s attention.

The next track, Disclosure, which is also the lead single from Casa Del Diablo, introduces elements from The Hives and Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as a more alternative twist on a faster track. The pre chorus slows down into broken chords before picking back up in the chorus to provide the listener with a nice variety, as well as keeping the song moving.

“This is a strange song. It’s about aliens running the planet. Aliens from another dimension. It talks about 9/11 and reptilians that ‘take you away and teach you how to love, take you away until you’re one of us.’ The song was instant. When the riff was written the words happened immediately and have never been questioned for any reason. Sometimes songs are in the either and they are an accumulation of strange thoughts and strange places. I think the song is reaching to understand why the world is in the state it’s in. In the end, it’s a battle of the beast inside us and our connection to something we may never understand.” – Vocalist George Panagopoulos

Most of their tracks are riff based, however instead of sticking with the same riff all the way through the songs, the musicians provide little twists and variations every now and then to keep the listener hooked. Six sounds like the guitarists are using glass sliders in the opening riff, and bringing a country aesthetic, while still providing distortion and a more indie feel to the vocals. Dirty Little Things and Armageddon Road also follow in this vein.

The Rest Of Us is the fastest track on the album, yet the timing for the drums and the guitar riffs never falter. The guitar melody varies all the way through the song, although around the 1 minute 30 second mark, the track sounds much more alternative that it does at the beginning.

Rythm And Bones (deliberately misspelled) would be an excellent choice for the next single. It’s upbeat, the riffs and hooks are catchy and it would make for a great live performance. The only downside to the track is that it’s only just over 2 minutes long.

All in all, Casa Del Diablo is a great album for both casual listeners, and for listeners looking for something new to get into. Each track brings something new to the album, all while having an underlying sound tying everything together.