James Maddern


Hellfest announce more bands for 2017 event

France’s Hellfest have announced the majority of the rest of the bands on the 2017 lineup.

The announcement includes Deep PurpleRancidOpeth and Alter Bridge, yet features the mysterious disappearance of Guns N RosesSystem of a Down and Bon Jovi among others.

See the full current lineup below, and the initial announcement featuring some bands that have vanished below it. You can also get tickets here.


And the older poster:

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Lower Than Atlantis

Lower Than Atlantis release song, announce supports

Watford’s finest Lower Than Atlantis have released another track from their upcoming album Safe In Sound, which is titled Had Enough. The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 tonight with Annie Mac and marks the third track to be released from the album so far ahead of its February release.

Frontman Mike Duce said “Had Enough was the first song written for Safe in Sound and felt like it perfectly picked up from where we left off with the self-titled, but also took things some place new. We feel that it’s one of the best Lower Than Atlantis songs ever so we can’t wait to share it with the world! The album feels like a much truer representation of our band than the last record and the success of that album meant we had to challenge ourselves to write bigger and better songs this time around.  The song is about exactly what the title suggests!  Everyone has one of ‘those’ days and this song is the soundtrack.”

See the video below:

In addition, Lower Than Atlantis have announced the support for their upcoming 2017 UK tour will be Young GunsHands Like Houses and ROAM. See the poster below:

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Vegas Lights cover The Weeknd, announce debut single

Detroit 4-piece Vegas Lights have released a cover or The Weeknd hit Starboy ft. Daft Punk.

Vocalist Parker Malcolm said: “We’re all huge fans of the Weeknd, and we were definitely excited to team up with our production team to put out the Vegas version of Starboy.”

The release comes ahead of their debut single Just Like Hollywood, coming next month.

Watch the video for the cover below. You can also purchase it here.


The Flatliners sign to Rise, announce UK/EU tour

Canadian outfit The Flatliners have signed to Rise Records today ahead of a tour also announced today. The tour will be alongside The Menzingers and you can see the dates below. They are also set to release a full-length in the first half of next year. Check the band out on Facebook here.

UK dates:

Tue 18 Apr Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads

Wed 19 Apr London, UK @ Koko

Thu 20 Apr Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller

Fri 21 Apr Manchester, UK @ Academy 2

Sat 22 Apr Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor

Sun 23 Apr Derby, UK @ The Venue

Mon 24 Apr Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios

European dates:

Wed 26 Apr Cologne, DE @ Underground

Thu 27 Apr Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden

Fri 28 Apr Munster, DE @ Uncle M event

Sat 29 Apr Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock Festival

Also, check out their latest track Hang My Head:



Hunter Kill Hunter – II [EP]

The opening track Intro is a regular introductory track: no lyrics or particularly eventful instrumental yet building to the explosion of the second track – this is most definitely present within this release. Too Much To Take shows the full extent of what Hunter Kill Hunter are about. There are vocal melodies that will stick around in anyone’s head with wide backing vocals and a solid backing from the band. It is clear from the off hardcore shout/screams will be a recurring style though the course of the EP and they complement the rest of the track fantastically. The lyric “too much to take but we will get by” is one of the best on the record with its application to many a hardship and the clearly emotive connection the band had writing this song shines through as the breakdown at the end rams home the feelings displayed throughout.

Following track Sinking From Within is a story very similar to the last, though this time there are hints of The Offspring within the musical landscape Hunter Kill Hunter have created for themselves. The thrashing drumbeat with crunchy lead guitar over the top of the verse lines brings a rounder sound to the whole release which gives a stronger sense of how far this band could go. Their ability to flip from fairly ambient and chilled-out lines to hardcore seems to be one of the best in the game at the moment and the variety of writing styles shows the true musicianship. The Hunted is a bit slower and calmer though still has its moments of slipping into that more hardcore style, and the beginning of They’ve Traded Us For Gold stays more ambient before its sure movement into the verses with a drumbeat coming in.

The standout track though is penultimate We Are The Blame, which embodies the EP perfectly. The more roughly-styled instrumental and vocals never hitting the true tuneful capabilities means the piece holds a great emotional tag with it and the ideas presented of being the scapegoat are reinforced powerfully. This is then followed with Neverlasting Light which is slower yet incorporates a heavy sound throughout to provide an excellent close to the release.

Overall then, definitely something to look out for when it appears on sites. The main thing to take away is this: that Hunter Kill Hunter are an extremely versatile and classy band who have the musicianship to carry out the feeling well. A triumphant collection, and it will definitely be a marker to show the start of the band’s success properly!

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Blink-182 announced for first Norwegian show

Pop punk legends Blink-182 are set to play their first ever Norwegian show in June next year.

The set will be a part of the Tons Of Rock festival from 22nd-24th June that takes place annually at Fredriksten Fortress, Halden around 100km away from the capital Oslo. Blink will headline Thursday 22nd.

The lineup also features an exclusive Cabotus Rex performance from Sabaton as well as a spot from Airbourne amongst others. Past lineups have included Twisted SisterBlack SabbathAlice CooperSlayerW.A.S.P and Anthrax so this looks set to be another huge year.

See the latest lineup below, get more information on their website and get tickets here.


SLF&Co. – No Beats In Algebra

Opener Intro (Spag Bol) gets the release on track for how SLF&Co. mean to go on: an intriguing electronic beat that is neither building nor ambient, just a kind of bland and bizarre more than anything else. The end flows nicely into second track Looking For A Map though, which has some chilling vocal harmonies and a guitar part to match. The addition of piano dischords into the mix gives the effect of further confusion and mystery. The lasting impression is a combination of a slightly psychotic-seeming musician base and vocals to work well over the top.

Third track O Romeo (That Burning Smell) is where it starts to get weird though. It sounds like someone has recorded a flamenco guitarist/singer, detuned it to make it sound psychedelic then mixed it up in a studio with electronic beats to make it try to fit with the other tracks. This is contrasted with fourth track Red which features vocals from Vicky Harrison. This version is a Lord Fluffy & SLF remix so it doesn’t sound right for the vocals: the beat overpowers the melody to the extent that at parts it is almost totally inaudible.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rest of the tracks are just as weird. YrAFlowerButYrStenchIsMoreSoWicked sounds like a sitar is playing throughout with some electronic beats and synthesisers to make it more than just the single instrument. Back Scratcher has a good riff that is strangely mixed and the vocals sound out of place for a lot of the track, and the closing track Pop Sensibility sounds like something Die Antwoord would put out. It’s hard to believe someone could challenge their crown as champions of odd music but it seems SLF&Co. have made a pretty good effort.

Perhaps the saving grace of the group is Deaf Kiwi, which sounds like a remixed rap rock track which actually works. There’s a recurring riff that is incredibly catchy and the vocals are well performed and well mixed. It breaks down for an electronic sample break before coming back just as strongly to finish up on a high.

Overall, SLF&Co. have produced a bizarre group of songs that doesn’t work at all as a collection, though have moments of promise that could be built-on in the next release. The collection flows in its own way which is very much different from most in the market these days – oddly with the exception of Die Antwoord, and a collaboration between these two artists would be the one of strangest things to come from the music industry ever.

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New Blood Youth is coming…

After a lot of teasing and mentioning it, Blood Youth are back in the studio.

A post on the band’s Twitter gives an update on their progress:

Two new tracks titled Parasite and Making Waves were played on their Closure tour in October. They told us: “Parasite really takes on the theme of the album we’re going to be recording soon. Parasite is a song that I wrote when I wanted to experiment with songwriting because normally I’d just go out and drink loads of coffee and do lyrics and that. Chris had this riff and this song written out and sent to me and I thought I’d try and write the song a bit intoxicated so I drank quite a lot this one night, wrote a load of lyrics, fell asleep, woke up the next morning and went over to Chris to put together the song. Parasite is all about the feeling you have of being invincible when you’re drunk but it’s a bit dirty as well, hence the name. Making Waves is just about being a rascal on a night out! You can take that as you want…” Read the full interview here.

Who’s excited? We sure are…

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Killswitch Engage debut new ‘Cut Me Loose’ video

Killswitch Engage have premiered their latest video in their collection for the track Cut Me Loose, the latest in a series of events going on for them at the moment.

The video was filmed on the Utah salt flats and directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn. The song comes from their latest album Incarnate which came out in March this year.

In addition to the new video, the band will be releasing a documentary CD/DVD called Beyond The Flames: Home Video Part II. The film describes the return of frontman Jesse Leach after he just under ten years apart. See the trailer below:

Killswitch Engage are also going to be out on tour with Bullet For My Valentine as of this week:

Thu 24th Nov – NEWPORT Centre

Fri 25th Nov – BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy

Sun 27th Nov – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy

Mon 28th Nov – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy

Wed 30th Nov – GLASGOW O2 Academy

Thu 1st Dec – INVERNESS Ironworks

Sat 3rd Dec – MANCHESTER Academy

Sun 4th Dec – MANCHESTER Academy

Tue 6th Dec – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy

Wed 7th Dec – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy

Fri 9th Dec – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

Sat 10th Dec – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

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Youth Salute release ‘Daze’ video

Britain’s small towns are booming with great bands just waiting to be heard and Youth Salute are trying to prove they’re rising to the top of that list with their new video for Daze.

The band have recently played shows alongside bands including Fort Hope and The Xcerts, and vocalist Shane Sanderson has recently played an acoustic hometown show at Workington’s Lounge 41 with InMe‘s Dave McPhearson and Marc Halls from Fei Comodo/Hey Vanity.

They have also just released an EP through Spoken Records UK on 28th October. Download and stream Carve now from all major platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer.

See the new video below: