Sam Preece

Anathema announce shows to test new music

Anathema have revealed that they have been busy writing their eleventh studio album. They have also announced a string of shows across the UK in order to road test the new music.

Vocalist Vincent Cavanagh said: “There’s something about the immediacy of playing something new before an audience who are hearing it for the first time. There’s a sense of urgency and excitement to it. Also you know instantly whether or not something is working. Quite often in the past we have ended up changing previously recorded songs and arrangements after playing them live. We thought we’d try it the other way around for once.”

Anathema will be going into the studio at some point after the tour. Other than this the band are remaining tight-lipped about any more regarding the eagerly awaited follow up to 2014’s Distant Satellites.

Tickets go on sale for the tour on 8th August here. Check out all the dates below.

An evening with Anathema:

Holmfirth – Picturedrome – 04.11.16

Cardiff – The Globe – 05.11.16

Brighton –  The Haunt  – 06.11.16

Leamington Spa – Assembly – 07.11.16

Reading – Sub89 – 08.11.16

Holland – Boerderij Zoetermeer – 10.11.16

Southampton – Engine Rooms – 15.11.16

The Raven Age announce debut album

Last night on stage, The Raven Age announced the release of their long awaited debut solo album. On The Book of Souls world tour with Iron Maiden, the band said the upcoming album will be called Darkness Will Rise. 

Darkness Will Rise will be released in December later this year.

Guitarist George Harris said: “Everything we have done in the last 3 years has built up to this announcement… We’re incredibly proud and we’ve been overwhelmed by the reactions we’ve received on this tour and can’t wait to deliver this album to our fans around the world.”

The Raven Age will play the final show of their tour at Wacken Open Air festival on 4th August after playing 36 countries over the past 6 months.

Fans can pre-order Darkness Will Rise with an exclusive free track Trapped Within The Shadows  here.
You can also check out the entire track listing below.
Also see below a video of the band announcing the album on stage followed by a live performance of Angel In Disgrace. 

Darkness Will Rise Track Listing
1. Darkness Will Rise
2. Promised Land
3. Age Of The Raven
4. The Death March
5. Salem’s Fate
6. The Merciful One
7. Eye Among The Blind
8. Winds Of Change
9. Trapped Within The Shadows
10. My Revenge
11. The Dying Embers Of Life
12. Angel In Disgrace
13. Behind The Mask

Susie Blue release new single ‘People Like Us’

Four piece indie-rock band Susie Blue have released their new single People Like Us. The song has a strong message of standing up to intolerance and and hatred in society, particularly against homophobia.

The band from Derry have been building up their fan base across Ireland by playing gigs around the country. They have also made appearances as Swell Festival and Maritime Festival. Susie Blue will be heading out on their first headline Irish tour this month.

You can listen to the new single People Like Us here and check out all the band’s tour dates below.

‘People Like Us’ Tour dates

August 11th – Echo Echo, Derry
August 13th – Mchughs, Belfast
August 17th – Swagmans, Sligo
August 18th – Whelans, Dublin
August 27th – Foyle Pride, Derry

Psychostick release ‘So Heavy’ music video

Comdey rock kings Psychostick have released the music video for their track So Heavy. 

Guitarist Josh ‘The J’ Key said: “So. Heavy. is a favorite from our latest album in all it’s over-downtuned glory.

“We felt it was a worthy video to launch our Patreon, which has been going very well. If you want to help us make more ridiculous videos like we have been, then please support us on Patreon!”

Josh did not quite understand what Patreon was right away. Click here to see the rest of the band explaining what their Patreon campaign is to Josh.

The release comes ahead of their appearance at Dirt Fest on 13th August. Killswitch EngageAsking Alexandria and Hatebreed will also be playing the festival. You can see more details about Dirt Fest here.

Fans can watch So Heavy below and catch the band on their UK tour from 13th September. All dates are listed below.

UK Dates: ‘PsychoJellÿ Tour’
Sept 13 – Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms
Sept 14 – Reading, UK – Sub 89
Sept 15 – Chester, UK – The Live Rooms
Sept 16 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City Basement
Sept 17 – Swansea, UK – The Scene
Sept 18- Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Sept 19 – Cardiff, UK – The Globe
Sept 20 – Leamington, UK – Zephyr Lounge
Sept 21 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion Bar
Sept 22 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand Lounge
Sept 23 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
Sept 24 – Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms
Sept 26 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Sept 27 – London, UK – Boston Music Rooms
Sept 29 – Newcastle, UK – Cluny
Sept 30 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Oct 1 – Brighton, UK – Apocalypse



Lyric Dubee signs with Mascot label group

Award winning singer/song-writer Lyric Dubee has signed with Mascot label group Provogue. Lyric Dubee has combined many genres including rock, pop, blues, classical and jazz to create his own style dubbed ‘revolution rock’.

Mascot Label Group CEO Ed van Zijl said: “In our never ending search for new talent we now bring you Canadian future star Lyric Dubee. From a very young age it was obvious there is something special about him, not just another great guitar player but also an impressive songwriter. I predict that in a few years the whole world will know who he is!” 

The singer had released four albums before he even turned 18. His latest album, Combat Of Love, which was released last year, debuted at number seven on the Digital Radio Tracker. Lyric will be releasing his upcoming album in 2017. More details on this album will be released later this year.

Check out the music video for Lyric Dubee’s track Young & Restless below.


Sludgehammer release new video for ‘Ectogenesis’

Toronto band Sludgehammer have released their video for the track Ectogenesis. The track comes from their debut full length album The Fallen Sun which is out now. The Fallen Sun is a follow up to their 2014 EP Organ Harvester.

The band will be playing two live shows in their home province of Ontario in July and August. See the dates below along with the new Ectogenesis video.

You can stream the full length of The Fallen Sun here.
ou can digitally download or purchase CD for the album here.

Show Dates:
July 29 – Oshawa, ON – The Atria
August 27 – Oshawa, ON – The Atria

Pierce The Veil unleash video for ‘Circles’

The mighty Pierce The Veil have released the brand new video for Circles this week. The track comes fresh from their recently released album Misadventures. The video was directed by Drew Russ who also directed the band’s King For A Day video back in 2012. It takes a loose influence from the 1991 feature film Nothing But Trouble complete with a creepy and unsettling theme.

Pierce The Veil performed the song on MTV’s fandom awards last week. They have recently completed a sold out run of the “Misadventures Tour” in the US and announced a UK tour this winter.

See the video below as well as all the UK dates that kick off in late November.

Friday 25th November Great Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 26th November O2 Academy, Birmingham

Sunday 27th November O2 Brixton Academy, London

Tuesday 29th November Rock City, Nottingham

Wednesday 30th November O2 Academy, Newcastle

Thursday 1st December Barrowlands, Glasgow

Friday 2nd December Academy 1, Manchester

Sunday 4th December Mandela Hall, Belfast

Monday 5th December Academy, Dublin

Tuesday 6th December Academy, Dublin

TesseracT confirmed on the Devin Townsend Project UK tour

TesseracT will be appearing as special guests on the Devin Townsend project tour. The six date UK tour will take place next year in March.

TesseracT guitarist James Monteith said: “We are beyond stoked to be touring with the Devin Townsend Project and playing such great venues around the UK next year. Not only are we all huge fans of the band (and our mutual agreement on music is a rare thing!), they also hold a very special place in our hearts, as they were the first band who ever took us on the road in the USA and Canada. They gave us a huge leg up in the touring game, were great mentors / advisers, all-round amazing dudes to hang out with, and they have remained our friends ever since. Not only will this be an honour on a musical level, it’ll be great to spend some time with them once again! Plus having Leprous on the bill is definitely the icing on the cake; they’re a phenomenal band and really help to make this bill special. Bring on 2017!”

These shows will be TesseracT’s only UK club shows in 2017 because they are working their follow up to the 2015 album Polaris. The band will be releasing a new two-CD edition of Polaris this autumn. This will include a bonus disc entitled  Errai featuring four re-imagined tracks from Polaris.

Fans can pre-order Errai here.
All the tour dates are listed below along with the new imagined version of the song Survival. 

March 2017

12th – Bristol, Colston Hall

13th – Manchester Academy

14th – Glasgow Barrowlands

16th – Birmingham O2 Institute

17th – London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

18th – Nottingham Rock City

Dance Gavin Dance announce new album

Versatile rock band Dance Gavin Dance have announced that their seventh studio album Mothership will be released on 7th October. The follow up to 2015s Instant Gratification offers fans 13 new tracks to feast their ears on.

Dance Gavin Dance are a mixtures of many genres including emo, jazz fusion, post-hardcore, progressive rock and screamo. This signature sound has ensured their last five albums spots on the Billboard 200.

The band will be bringing their 10 years anniversary tour to the UK this November. The tour will feature their current vocalist, Tilian Pearson as well as previous vocalist, Kurt Travis and Jonny Craig. Craig will share vocal duties on select songs.

Lead guitarist Will Swan said:”After unintentionally neglecting UK and EU for years, we are coming back at full force to celebrate the band’s 10 year anniversary with every singer combination the band has ever had. Each show will be a celebration of every era of the band all in one night.”

Pre order Mothership here and the track listing below.
Check out all the UK tour dates below – tickets are on sale now.


Mothership Track Listing:

01. Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise

02. Young Robot

03. Frozen One

04. Flossie Dickey Bounce

05. Deception

06. Inspire The Liars

07. Philosopher King

08. Here Comes The Winner

09. Exposed

10. Betrayed By The Game

11. Petting Zoo Justice

12. Chocolate Jackalope

13. Man Of The Year

Thu 3-Nov UK Oxford O2 Academy2
Fri 4-Nov UK Brighton The Haunt
Sat 5-Nov UK Birmingham Institute3
Sun 6-Nov UK Southampton Engine Rooms
Tue 8-Nov UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wed 9-Nov UK Newcastle O2 Academy2
Thu 10-Nov UK Manchester Sound Control
Fri 11-Nov UK Glasgow Garage
Sat 12-Nov UK Leeds The Key Club
Mon 14-Nov UK Cardiff The Globe
Tue 15-Nov UK Bristol The Fleece
Wed 16-Nov UK London Underworld