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Bowling For Soup Release New Single

Pop punk legends Bowling For Soup have just released their second single from Drunk Dynasty, Don’t Be A Dick is an animated video within which a former member of the bands tour crew has been forever immortalised, becoming part of their history forever. Having recently played a headline slot on Slam Dunk‘s Fireball stage and before that embarked on numerous tours, the next tour will be Jaret’s solo tour in the UK Heartache & Hilarity, tickets available from usual vendors.

Check out Don’t Be A Dick below:

Alter Bridge Announce Royal Albert Hall Shows

After a triumphant return to the stage at rock festival Download, Alter Bridge have announced two very special shows on October 2nd and 3rd at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The set will consist of never before played songs, fan favourites, as well as the band being accompanied by the Parallax Orchestra. Tickets for these shows go on-sale at 10am on Friday 16th June from Livenation and Royal Albert Hall.

On September 8th via Nepalm Records the band will release their album Live At The O2 + Rarities which was recorded on November 24th 2016. Check out the trailer below:

Opeth Announce UK Tour

Swedish band Opeth have announced a run of UK dates in November, this is in addition to their prior announced Dublin and Belfast shows. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 16th from usual vendors and Livenation. Supporting the band will be Enslaved, also on label Nuclear Blast.

Dates are as follows:

Wed 15th Nov – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

Thu 16th Nov – GLASGOW Barrowlands

Fri 17th Nov – BELFAST Limelight

Sat 18th Nov – DUBLIN O2 Academy

Sun 19th Nov – NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Tue 21st Nov – BRISTOL O2 Academy

Wed 22nd Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute

Check out their recent video for Era from their twelfth album Sorceress:

Jack the Envious Release New Single

With their second EP In Your Way due out July 14th, Jack The Envious will release their newest single Guilty on June 16th as a free download.

“On this track, we get more political than we have before. The influence of the song strongly comes from our background. Back home, such subjects revolved around us on a daily basis. Yet it’s all over the world that people with power use it, some for good, some for bad.
We got to a certain point where there are so many problems, and no one takes the responsibility, leaving everything in the air. We aren’t judging, but we just wanted to say what we saw, and make a statement that we’re not a part of it. You can take a listen and draw your own conclusion.”

Check out the trailer:

Whilst comprising their finalised EP track listing, the band had this to say:

We’ve got so many songs in our arsenal at the moment, it’s been crazy to choose only five songs, but we wanted to keep it simple. Bands change all the time, a little here, a little there. With that being said, we wanted to capture it yet give the listeners who already know us that familiar JTE vibe. The songs are, in a way, very different from each other, but at the same time contain the guidelines of a JTE song. We never settled on one style of writing, and every time it’s a different journey but with the same friends.”

The bands first UK show is listed below:

Grab tickets from OurBlackHeart.com

Rosen Bridge A-Z

Having just released their sophomore EP Dreamcatcher, Rosen Bridge, a ‘spiritually driven metal band’ from Wales want to spread positivity. Of the album, vocalist Antony Jones had this to say:

“It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. The artwork represents the journeys that people can take within their own thoughts, without looking like a self-help book cover.”

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Marcus: It’d probably be a song from long in the past that isn’t metal. It’s hard to pinpoint eactly what it is that made me want to play music. As you get older your taste develops and I’m still bumping into new songs that make me want to carry on. It’s probably just more music itself that makes me want to create it, rather than a paticular song.

Eddie: Definitely really hard to pinpoint, but a lot of CKY riffs back in the day made me really inspired to play guitar.

Best Album Ever Written:

Marcus: Sikth – Death of a Dead Day. It’s just the perfect blend of various different types of metal and ridiculously good songwriting. It’s just so interesting and creative.

Eddie: I love Protest the Hero’s – Kezia album, it’s one I always come back to and I can never get enough of the concept of it, it just adds another depth to the music.

Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Marcus: Probably staying in the van in an underground car park the night after a show in Newcastle next to a few homeless people fighting each other. Then waking up in the morning next to armed police and a parking ticket.

Eddie: Probably back in the day when we DIY’d a video for ‘truth’ from Entropy. We’d rented a really fancy holiday home to shoot in, and it was just such a crazy experience hanging out with all our mates in this 5 star place we just probably shouldn’t have been in.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Marcus: That ‘I was lost in the maze of my mind’ from our song ‘Brand New’ gets me everytime.

Eddie: Brand New in general really resonates with me, as some of the lyrics came in a pretty adverse time in my life.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Marcus: Brand New, probably because it just came out organically from the whole band, and we all really vibed off each other.

Eddie: Yeah, probably the same as a lot of the material just came out there and then as a band. But that’s definitely a one off, because most of the time it takes ages for a song to make the cut.

Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Marcus: Our hometown show in Bangor the other night was crazy. It’s so good to see the local scene coming together generally, but to be coming to see us makes us feel incredibly greatful and privileged.

Eddie: Yeah Bangor was amazing because it was the last day of tour and we really couldn’t believe how many people came out to see us.

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On Your Record:

Marcus: Bjork.

Eddie: Bjork.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Marcus: Probably when we were hearing the record come together in the studio, that’s just such a unique moment.

Eddie: Some of the shows recently have really left me beaming, I can never get over how happy I am playing live.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Marcus: Ant can really rap man.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Marcus: Mostly ridiculous inside welsh slang jokes that we really can’t mention on here…

Eddie: We also like to play smoke on the water over every song in Practise, im just waiting for someone to do it live…

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Marcus: For Vega is usually a good one to get people moving!

Eddie: We start with summer nowdays and I think it’s a pretty cool way to get going.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

Marcus: Probably our recent trip from Hastings to Swansea, we had to split it through the night after our show and the day before the next one.

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced:

Eddie: I met Larnell Lewis from Snarky Puppy recently and we had a massive philosophical conversation on approaches to playing and it was a bit of a life changer.

New Band You’d Recommend:

Marcus: Change of Loyalty.

Eddie: Malum Sky, crazy guitar skills.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Marcus: Sikth/Architects

Eddie: Issues maybe?

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Marcus: Japan

Eddie: America, because I’ve never been.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Marcus: You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent Release:

Eddie: It is quite literally about following your dreams, which is super cliche. But cliche’s are what they are with good cause.

See Us Live At:

Eddie: New Cross, London, August 5th with Our Hollow Our Home & some crazy good prog bands!

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Currently, do you agree?

Marcus: No, there’s loads of new music out there, that’s incredible. People just tend to get stuck in the past because they attach themselves to emotions there, instead of creating new experiences with new music.

Unusual Merchandise:

Marcus: Grinders

Eddie: We’ve got a lot of ideas for new Merch in the coming year, not sure how unusual we’ll get though.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

Marcus: we’re working on a full acoustic set so we can do a couple more events over the summer.

What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted:

Eddie: Not sure I want to call anyone out, but I saw a pretty big band a while back look completely uninterested in what they were doing throughout their whole set.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related in juries:

Eddie: Nothing that brutal yet. Fingers crossed we keep it that way.

You could have written any song in history, which would you pick:

Marcus: Architects – hollow crown

Eddie: Happy Birthday, I could do with them royalties.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band:

Marcus: Red Panda

Eddie: Naked Mole Rat.

Anthrax Release Digital 2 Song Single

American rockers Anthrax are set to tour the UK and Europe later this month supporting their current release For All Kings. To celebrate this they have released a 2-track single titled Leftoverthrax which includes; Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas and Black Math by The White Stripes. Pick up the tracks from iTunes.

ANTHRAX live:
17.06.  D         Hockenheim – Matapaloz
18.06.  D         Saarbrücken – Garage
19.06.  D         Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
21.06.  H         Budapest – Barba Negra
22.06.  SRB      Kragujevac – Arsenal Fest
23.06.  I           Natz – Alpen Flair
25.06.  F          Strasbourg – Festival des Artefacts
26.06.  D         Regensburg-Obertraubling – Eventhall Airport
27.06.  D         Osnabrück – Hyde Park
28.06.  B          Liège – Reflektor *SOLD OUT*
29.06.  NL        Alkmaar – Victorie
01.07.  DK       Roskilde – Roskilde Festival
02.07.  NL        Uden – De Pul
04.07.  E          Pamplona – Zentral
05.07.  P          Corroios – Cine Teatro
06.07.  E          Viveiro – Resurrection Fest

13.07.  USA     Cadott, WI – Chippewa Music Fest
14.07.  USA     Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
15.07.  USA     Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
29.10. – 02.11.  MEX    Cancun – Metal May

CKY Release New Track ‘Head For A Breakdown’

With their album The Phoenix being released at the end of the week, CKY have dropped a new track from it, titled Head For a Breakdown. Check it out below:

“Head for a Breakdown’ seemed to write itself, in a sense, it’s a song about taking things too far when you darn right know it won’t end well but you do it anyway. Go figure. The mid solo section is an epic break unlike any we have done in the past. Very proud of this song.” – Chad I Ginsburg, vocals/guitar

Grab a copy of The Phoenix here.

 

With Confidence Release Video For ‘Archers’

Fresh from Slam Dunk and a tour with Set It Off, Australian outfit With Confidence have released a music video for their track Archers from debut album Better Weather. Featuring tour footage, the video plays as a sort of tour diary showing what life is like on the road. Having already played impressive tours in support of Better Weather, With Confidence embark on Mayday Parade‘s 10 years of A Lesson In Romantics UK tour this September as main support.

Check out Archers below:

With Confidence on tour with Mayday Parade:
SEPTEMBER
18th Nottingham Rock City, UK
19th Leeds Stylus, UK
20th Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
21st Glasgow O2 ABC, UK
22nd Manchester Academy, UK
23rd Birmingham O2 Institute, UK
25th Oxford O2 Academy, UK
26th Cambridge Junction, UK
27th Brighton Concorde, UK
29th Bristol O2 Academy, UK
30th London O2 Forum, UK
OCTOBER
02nd Amsterdam Melkweg, Holland
03rd Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
04th Munich Backstage Halle, Germany

Obey The Brave Announce UK Shows

Obey The Brave will be headed back to the UK for a couple of intimate shows, having recently released their third full length album; Mad Season and music video for Drama. Check it out below:

“Sonically and visually, this new song and video mark a new turn in our career.  We stepped out of our comfort zone and drove ourselves to new limits, trying out different ideas while maintaining the heaviness and energy from our Young Blood days. As soon as I heard that riff, all I could hear in my head was Steve’s voice over and over again.  He and I have been writing and performing together in Despised Icon for 15 years.  That chemistry definitely shines on this single.” – Alex Erian, vocals

Grab a copy of Mad Season at ObeyTheBrave.com

MAD SEASON TRACKLIST:

1. On Thin Ice
2. Drama
3. On Our Own
4. Mad Season
5. 97 Again
6. Les Temps Sont Durs
7. Low Key
8. Feed The Fire
9. The Distance
10. Way It Goes
11. RIP
12. This Is It

Dates:

16.07 London, Boston Music Room
17.07 Bridgend, Hobo