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James Maddern

Decade

Decade release video for new single ‘Peach Milk’

British alternative rockers Decade have unveiled a brand new video for their track Peach Milk. The song is the second single to be taken from their forthcoming second album Pleasantries which is due out on 24th February on Rude Records.

Decade said: “For the Peach Milk video we wanted to try our hand at creating something as cinematic as possible with a budget of approximately £0, using only the tools at our disposal. Towards the end of Summer 2016 we drove to the west coast of England with Jess Greaves (videographer) and repeatedly burned Alex’s face and torso with the sheer and brute power of English sand (mud). 

The concept for the video stems from the chorus lyric ‘Drag me to the sea’. We wanted to present the theme literally but instil doubt as to whether anyone actually was dragging Alex into the tide against his will, or rather that he’s almost schizophrenically attempting to drown himself. Cheerful for sure. The question we attempted to ask, albeit in a metaphorically artsy way; are we unwillingly consumed by emotions and people, or do we wade in voluntarily? How can we tell the difference? The video resolves with the clarity of liberation (as you do). Ultimately with this visual accompaniment to the song we just wanted to see what was possible with our own bare hands. We think what we managed to create, taking into account our inexperience with film, turned out pretty cool.

See the video below:

Young Legionnaire

Young Legionnaire (inc. ex-Bloc Party) reveal UK tour dates

Featuring former Yourcodenameis:Milo frontman Paul Mullen and ex-Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes, Young Legionnaire are scheduled to set foot in the UK next year.

Moakes said “This will be our longest UK tour, or any kind of tour, for about five years. A Young Legionnaire tour is like a bus: you wait years for one to come along, and then one comes along. Not three. Anyway, it will be considerably louder, more full of riffs and all-round rock goodness than any bus I’ve ever been on.

The dates look as follows:
11/02 – Huddersfield, Parish
12/02 – York, Fibbers
13/02 – Glasgow, Broadcast
14/02 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
15/02 – London, Boston Music Room
17/02 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
18/02 – Aldershot, West End Centre
A sample of their second album Zero Worship is Candidate, which you can hear below:

Hexvessel

Hexvessel release concert film, tour in 2017

Self-proclaimed ‘psychadelic forest rock’ band Hexvessel have released a short concert film following their appearance Menuo Juodaragis festival this year, which you can see at the bottom of the page.

The band comments: “Our idea was to try to capture a sense of the transcendental nature of one of our live shows, when you set our music to the backdrop of the forest at an event that has great meaning for us spiritually. There are a few events that have enabled this perfect conjuration of what Hexvessel means to happen. Menuo Juodaragis is one of those such magic events. A pagan festival held deep in the wilds of Lithuania on a beautifully lush island surrounded by forests, It is an event which celebrates our culture and heritage and it is utterly unique in Europe. We were so proud to go there and play the main stage and in our own way offer a sacrifice of sound to the great transformation that was taking place within people at the festival. It’s a place where you can feel the ancients breath, you can sense a great unity of spirit and mind and it’s a very warm and inclusive, familiar atmosphere. We were delighted to feel bound and compelled together with people from all parts of the world who had travelled there to get some sense of an old and almost forgotten religion. When you are there, really brought out of yourself and back into your more primitive awareness, you know that the old religion still exists only waiting to be pulled out again from the earth, the ash and the roots of age-old trees. Here you know the real meaning of what it was to truly know the earth and the universe. It was a beautiful and life-changing event that we are very happy to have this visual and resonant memento of.”

Hexvessel are on tour with Death Hawks and Kairon Irse in Finland next year, check out the full list of dates below:
02.02 45 Special, Oulu
03.02 Bar 15, Seinäjoki
04.02 Tanssisali Lutakko, Jyväskylä
09.02 Tavastia-klubi, Helsinki
10.02  Suistoklubi, Hämeenlinna
11.02 Olympia-kortteli, Tampere
17.02 Ravintola Torvi, Lahti
18.02 Dynamo, Turku
24.02 Ravintola Kerubi, Joensuu
25.02 Bar Downtown Kouvola, Kouvola

Great Cynics

Great Cynics announce album, release single

London four-piece Great Cynics have announced a new album and have released a single. The record will be called POSI and will be released on March 24th via Specialist Subject Records.

Their debut of the single, titled Only In Memories was by no means conventional though – they played it no less than 50 times back to back on a Facebook Live video. A look-in at their style before even listening, perhaps?

See the video for the Only In Memories below:

creeper hiding

Creeper release ‘Hiding With Boys’ video

Southampton horror punks Creeper have released the video for their new single Hiding With Boys.

The track debuted on the Radio 1 Rock Show last night ahead of its full release at midnight on all platforms. It takes the fourth slot (directly after previous single Suzanne in the third slot) on their upcoming album Eternity, In Your Arms which is due out March 24th on Roadrunner.

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The band are also on tour:
March
25th – Manchester, Academy 2
26th – Glasgow, The Garage
28th – Leeds, Stylus
30th – London, Electric Ballroom
31st – Southampton, The 1885
April
1st – Birmingham, Institute 2

Killswitch Engage Joel

Interview: Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage), Brixton 10/12/16

On the last date of the Bullet For My Valentine tour, we caught up with Killswitch Engage guitarist Joel Stroetzel to talk about music, food and products of capitalism…

How do you think hard rock music has changed in the 17 years Killswitch has been going?

I think a lot of what used to be totally separate genres of music have kinda pulled together a little bit. Death metal and hardcore and punk and rock, you hear a lot of those elements all from the same band nowadays more than ever before. Heavy music is just more accepted than it was, you hear stuff on the radio with double bass drum and screaming – stuff you wouldn’t hear fifteen or twenty years ago.

What do you eat on tour?

On this tour there’s been catering ever night so it’s whatever. Some nights a roast, other nights soup and salad, whatever they have! Only on this tour though… A lot of the time we go to McDonalds and stuff [laughs]. Most of us like burgers and steaks and things like that, pizza is always a good go-to. Who doesn’t like pizza?

How do you feel Killswitch has adapted to fit each of your personal needs?

Between band members and crew members, we’ve had the same people around us for years and years. I think we just surround ourselves with friends really. Hanging out, eating together, drinking together. Just being around those you get along with is the biggest thing. I can’t imagine going out and being in a band where nobody hangs out. I think everybody would go crazy [laughs]. I guess it could work for some people but I personally wouldn’t be happy with that situation. I don’t think any of our guys would. If we couldn’t hang out together, listen to music and drink beers I don’t think any of us would do it.

How does the writing process work for Killswitch?

It’s changed a little bit over the past few years because Justin [Foley, drums] has moved down south to Florida, Adam [Dutkiewicz, guitar] is on the West Coast and me, Mike and Jesse are still up in New York/New England area on the East Coast. We tend to write a lot more on our own, like doing demos and sending them to each other. We don’t really stand in a room together and bang out riffs like we used to. We just don’t have the luxury anymore. We still do it to some degree but it’s not as frequent. Everyone will fly in, practise for a week or two straight then go home again to digest what just happened [laughs]. Usually we don’t write on tour either. We may come up with little demos here or there but we don’t try to do anything.

On the next trip over, will you be concentrating on an extensive UK tour or EU dates?

It’s usually a combination, really. If we’re going to come over then just from a cost perspective it makes sense to just do both. I think the last UK tour we did was with Trivium almost two years ago and we didn’t take that to mainland Europe so next time we’ll probably do both, maybe in two legs. Spend a couple of weeks in the UK, spend a couple in Europe. Germany is a good spot for us too, so we’ll definitely hit there when we come back. London is always great though, and honestly the UK has been really good to us since the beginning. Birmingham’s fun, people get rowdy there. What do you call it, the “Midlands”? [laughs] I think people like their metal there.

How does the reaction you get in the UK compare to that in the US?

People were initially a lot more accepting of us here, actually. It took many rounds around the States for people to start noticing. The first time we came here, the shows were really fun and people were excited. I think people in the UK are just really enthusiastic about music which is cool. It’s probably a combination of us getting bigger before we came over as well as the attitudes though. When a lot of bands tour the States, a lot of people don’t go the extra mile. An American band coming to the UK isn’t something that necessarily happens as often. Bands from the States play the States so much that people don’t really make that much of an effort to go out all the time. Here, it’s more like “oh, I may not see these guys for a year or two!” That’s a problem with the States too – the circuit in the states has got over-saturated when bands do three or even four tours a year so it’s more like “oh I just saw them” or “they’ll be back soon”. There’s more of an impact when you space things out.

What do you think about the subject of ticket reselling for profit?

I get people reselling when they can’t go, like the whole StubHub thing. If you buy a ticket and can’t go it makes sense to me to be able to sell it to someone else but I don’t agree with buying out tickets and selling them for more after the show sells out. I’ve noticed people outside venues walking around the town buying and selling tickets which is weird – we don’t have that much in the States. It’s kinda a shame that they buy shows out and people get forced to go through these people. I just think it’s unfair.

Where do you see the next move for Killswitch, either in the UK or worldwide?

I’m really psyched we got to do this tour with Bullet. We’ve been here a number of times and getting a chance to get in front of some different people is cool. The festival circuit is great to do too, maybe not every year but every other year. I think the next step for us will be doing another record and coming back to support that. We’ll hopefully be back at some point next year so yeah, before the end of 2017. It just depends. We have a few more things lined up like Australia, touring the States but I think after that the record is the one so we can finish that sooner rather than later. We can’t have a three or four year gap between records, just trying to shorten it a little bit. Makes sense for everybody hopefully!

Thanks to Joel for taking time out to chat with us. See the review of Killswitch Engage‘s set, as well as those of Bullet For My Valentine and Cane Hill here.

Bullet For My Valentine

LIVE: Bullet For My Valentine (The Poison) – Brixton 10/12/16

First on the Bullet For My Valentine bill was Cane Hill who had come over from New Orleans to be here. Last time they were over here was in May when they played at Slam Dunk Festival, and as a relatively new band they haven’t been playing shows in the UK for very long. This didn’t seem to make too much of a difference though: with their ferocious yet laid-back style, they had hundreds of new fans after just a couple of songs.

Lining the barrier were the main culprits for screaming back the lyrics – it was obvious they’d come early for this reason – but even people at the back recognised some of the lyrics or were at least bobbing along. An enjoyable set, which showed they could well go on to do big things in the near future with a bit more touring round the country and releasing more music. [7/10]

Cane Hill Valentine


Next up were Killswitch Engage, and it was clear as soon as their banner was lofted high thata significant portion of the crowd were either there for them or it was a lucky bonus. They burst out onto the stage with Adam D shouting various obscenities to a crowd that was ready for both the music and stage presence that Killswitch always bring. Ripping through one of the four setlists they had prepared for this tour was impressive – they had time for not just the seven or eight most support bands had, but twelve every night.

The highlight of their set was frontman Jesse Leach jumping into the photo pit and instructing the crowd to split so he could get into the middle of a circle pit for Rose of Sharyn. The crowd did as he asked with no questions: a true testament to the sheer power of Killswitch‘s performance. Elsewhere, Adam was running around like a maniac with a guitar held vertically above his head as if possessed and the rest of the band just put on a regular good show. Excellent music and excellent stage presence, very exciting indeed. [9/10]

Killswitch Engage Bullet Valentine


Bullet For My Valentine came out to a readily-rabid audience and had something to prove to both those in the Academy and people watching the DVD at home: that their ten years from releasing The Poison to today have only been the start of their careers. They walked out into the packed Academy in front of the giant ‘BFMV’ banner at the back of the stage and without any form of introduction (Intro feat. Apocalyptica aside) burst into Her Voice Resides and 4 Words (To Choke Upon) which both continued the singalong spirit that Killswitch had started. The lasers and smoke from the outset showed that the band had gone for a high budget and were going to go all out for this DVD – a fact that bore true throughout the night. Bullet then paused for introductions to the show and acknowledging the fact the performance was being recorded, then introducing the next track.

The audience were all surprised, not by the track (obviously the album denotes what that would be) but by the fact that “the song that brought [them] here” would be having its “last time [they] play it for a long time” – this was the end of Tears Don’t Fall being a part of their setlist for a while to come. They didn’t hold back with it though, and it turned into one of the most energetic renditions the UK has ever seen as the Academy went wild (see the live video on our Facebook). This was followed by fan favourite Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do) to continue the feeling.

Bullet For My Valentine

The rest of The Poison was played out yet the energy didn’t get any lesser despite tiredness kicking in for many, and the singing got no quieter either. Finally, the album playthrough came to a close with The End, which couldn’t have been better written to sum up the night in one track. The mixture of softness and thrashing metalcore are what defined the early days of Bullet For My Valentine and they were clearly demonstrating all night how they still had it in them despite their more refined sound in recent years. They left the stage fairly abruptly and the crowd chanted a mixture of “Bullet!” and “we want more” as if in a football stadium as they were being lauded like kings.

The lights came back up and by popular demand Bullet For My Valentine were walking back out onstage to the sound of V, the introduction track to their latest album Venom. The crowd didn’t need two guesses as to what would follow – in no time at all they were shredding through debut single from that album No Way Out as the lasers and closed the encore with Hearts Burst Into Fire followed by Waking The Demon that had bursts of pyro to coincide with the kick-drum beats to finish of the 21-month touring cycle they have been on up to now. The onlookers didn’t just let them go though: as the band lingered onstage the chants of “Bullet!” returned. They finally left the stage but the whole venue didn’t get any quieter at all.

Bullet For My Valentine

Just when the crowd were starting to pour out of the doors, the lights onstage came back up and a sound started to come through the PA again and everyone stopped in their tracks. Then came a sudden explosion (literally an explosion) onstage and Bullet For My Valentine came running back out. This second encore was in the shape of their brand new single which debuted just a couple of weeks ago, Don’t Need You, which was a return to The Poison-style sound that started their careers off so brightly. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a single person around that didn’t know the words despite how recently it was released and it was a fitting end to the night with all the energy that had been displayed across the previous songs.

Overall, an absolute triumph that shows Bullet For My Valentine both have fantastic taste in bands and that they can outshine even the very best after all these years. A fantastic evening throughout, and one that will be remembered for a long time to come. This will go down in history as one of rock’s best shows of the last decade, so keep an eye out for the DVD next year – you won’t want to miss it… [10/10]

Bullet For My Valentine

babymetal

Babymetal set to support Metallica on tour

Japanese pop/metal trio Babymetal have been announced as the support for a Metallica show, just a matter of days after being confirmed as support for Guns N Roses on their Japanese dates. The show in question is the January 11th date in Seoul, South Korea as part of the metal giants’ Worldwired tour.

Su-Metal said: “We’ve looked up to Metallica for so long and to be able to join them on their tour is a dream come true. It will be our first performance for 2017 so we are really looking forward to receiving a lot of good energy from them to kick off the new year!!

See more details on the poster below:

Metallica Babymetal

black mourning light

Black Mourning Light Festival open band submissions 2017

Edmonton, AB based black and doom metal festival Black Mourning Light have officially launched band submissions for their 2017 festival, occurring on October 7th.

If you are interested in playing at the festival or know someone who is, please visit the submission page on the festival’s website and read the statement below for more information:

“I’m sure by now you know exactly what Black Mourning Light Metal Festival is: a festival focused on black metal and doom, with a love of death and darkness. If your band falls under these categories, and you think you’d be a good fit at Black Mourning Light, then please fill out the application form below and I will get back to you after checking out your music.

Please note, that for this, our third year, I am including one major stipulation: a Dropbox link with a folder that contains your band’s logo in a vector format, a 320kbps MP3, and a 300 dpi band promo photo. This is for the festival posters, the promotional video I will be making, and used for print promo of the festival. Not including this link will be grounds for ignoring your application, and not having all the items listed in the folder will be grounds for ignoring your application.
One of the biggest changes we’ve made to the application process for 2017 is the inclusion of the tech rider in the application form. This info will be passed onto our sound tech to make sure your band sounds as good as possible, and to ensure we have all of the gear they need to do their job as good as possible. Although we try our best to have most of everything backlined for Black Mourning Light, please fill out the tech rider section as if we were not backlining a single thing, just for our own ease of understanding your needs. Meaning, inform us of your exact drum/guitar/bass/keys set up, including brands and model numbers for amp heads if possible.

As always, thank you for your interest and support of Black Mourning Light.”