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ICYMI: Fozzy to tour Europe in October

Rock veterans Fozzy are coming back to Europe in October this year with Hardcore Superstar on a co-headline run.

Fozzy are set to close the UK dates with their set, while Hardcore Superstar will finish off the European dates. Support comes in the shape of Madame Mayhem and The Last Band, but they’re not in a standard order either – The Last Band are going to open the UK run with Madame Mayhem following and vice versa for Europe.

See the full list below:

27.10.2017 (UK) Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
28.10.2017 (IRL) Dublin – Tivoli
29.10.2017 (UK) Belfast – Limelight 2
31.10.2017 (UK) Chester – Live Rooms
01.11.2017 (UK) Manchester – Waterfront
02.11.2017 (UK) London – Islington Academy
03.11.2017 (UK) Sheffield – Corporation
04.11.2017 (UK) Glasgow – The Garage
05.11.2017 (UK) Newcastle – Riverside
07.11.2017 (NL) Amsterdam – Q Factory
08.11.2017 (DE) Aschaffenburg – Colas Saal
09.11.2017 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
10.11.2017 (IT) Trezzo Sull’Adda – Live Club
11.11.2017 (IT) Roncade – New Age Club
12.11.2017 (IT) Rome – Kimera Rock
14.11.2017 (AT) Vienna – Flex
15.11.2017 (DE) Munich – Technikum
16.11.2017 (DE) Essen – Turock
17.11.2017 (DE) Hamburg – Gruenespan
18.11.2017 (BE) Genk – CPG

Fozzy also recently released a new song titled Judas, so watch that below too:

Shaman’s Harvest Release New Single

Following on from the announcement of their newest studio album Red Hands Black DeedsShaman’s Harvest have released the first single off of this upcoming record. This new single The Come Up implements this well orchestrated and juxtaposing instrumentation that houses a Motown backbeat and this classic rock and roll swagger. This single sets a great precedent for everything which is to follow on Shaman’s Harvest’s new record. Check out The Come Up below.

Hollowstar – Some Things Matter

St Ives quartet Hollowstar fall heavily into the bracket of classic rock. It’s a genre that by the very nature of being labelled ‘classic’ can at times be somewhat redundant in its approach to fresh sounds. There are still bands (The Answer for example) who have managed to keep the bombastic flame from going out by penning music that although it may be rooted in the older school of rock, delivers on songs and musical presence. On Some Things Matter, Hollowstar fall somewhere between those two extremes.

The emphasis here is on the blues side of rock with opener Lay Down – a song seemingly about an ageing hometown girl not able to let go of her youth – being driven by a huge groovy riff reminiscent of Audioslave’s Cochise. Vocalist Joe Bonson delivers some heavyweight moments throughout the EP, sounding a lot like The Cult’s Ian Astbury and tracks like the slow build of Feel The Burn allow him to show this off well.

For a band still in its relative musical youth, the songwriting although somewhat repetitive in nature at times, has clearly developed from years of listening to Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake and even heavier acts such as Pantera. Guilty in particularly shows off crunchy rolling guitar lines, punctuated by a sturdy rhythm section – coming together to sound like a mutated take on The Black Crowes.

For a straight up classic rock release, the songs on Some Things Matter are strong and deliver on expectations of dominant choruses and churning riffs. The thing missing here is a sense of urgency and reliance on basic song structure which can occasionally leave songs blurring into one another. If however the listener is one who frequents classic rock nights/clubs and enjoys blues driven rock turned up to eleven, Some Things Matter is an enjoyable trip into rocks past.

Alestorm Announce EU Tour

In celebration of their successful album No Grave But The Sea, metallers Alestorm have announced a European tour in September to follow on from their stint on Warped Tour. Aether Realm and Troldhaugen will provide support at these shows which is marked as part one of the tour, fans should expect more dates to surface in the near future. The bands full touring itinerary thus far:

ALESTORM FESTIVAL SHOWS:

09.-11.06.17 UK – Castle Donington / Download Festival
16.-18.06.17 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
16.-18.06.17 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
09-.12.08.17 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
11.-12.08.17 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill

VANS WARPED TOUR 2017:

6/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park
6/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Fear Farm Festival Grounds
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel
6/24: Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fair Park
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville
6/28: Metairie, LA @ Zephyr Field
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
6/30: Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
7/1: St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa) @ Vinoy Park
7/2: West Palm Beach, FL (Miami) @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/4: Wilmington, NC @ Legion Stadium
7/6: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
7/7: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
7/8: Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
7/9: Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/10: Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/11: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
7/12: Mansfield, MA (Boston) @ Xfinity Center
7/13: Darien Center, NY (Buffalo) @ Darien Lake PAC
7/14: Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/15: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/16: Columbia, MD (Washington, DC) @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/18: Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Cleveland) @ Blossom Music Center
7/19: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/20: Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/21: Tinley Park, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/22: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/23: Shakopee, MN (Minneapolis) @ Canterbury Park
7/24: Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
7/26: Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino
7/27: Bonner Springs, KS (Kansas City) @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/28: Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
7/29: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T center
7/30: Houston, TX @ NRG Park – Main Street Lot
8/1: Las Cruces, NM @ New Mexico State University (Intramural Field)
8/4: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/5: San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field
8/6: Pomona, CA @ Fairplex Pomona

ALESTORM
+ special guests AETHER REALM & TROLDHAUGEN
No Grave But The Sea World Tour – Part 1

28.9 – Bochum, DE @ Zeche
29.9 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
30.9 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
1.10 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
2.10 – Zwickau, DE @ Break Out Festival
3.10 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
4.10 – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
5.10 – Hannover, DE @ Faust
6.10 – Vienna, AT @ Simm City
7.10 – Cologne, DE @ Essigfabrik
8.10 – Bern, CH @ Gaskessel
9.10 – Toulouse, FR @ Bikini
10.10 – Rennes, FR @ L’etage
11.10 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106
13.10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
14.10 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
15.10 – Pratteln, CH @ Z7
16.10 – Nuremberg, DE @ Hirsch
17.10 – Stutgart, DE @ Club Universum
18.10 – Lyon, FR @ Transbordeur
19.10 – Sion, CH @ Le Port Franc
20.10 – Selestat, FR @ Rock Your Brain Fest
21.10 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmarte
22.10 – Antwerpen, BE @ Trix

Of their success with their recent release, the band had the following to say:

“For an awful band like Alestorm, that’s incredibly impressive, and it’s higher than anything we’ve ever achieved before! Thank you to everyone who bought an album and made this possible! Oh yeah, the coolest thing about this is, we charted higher than the new Shakira album, and she’s an international pop sensation! Does this mean we’ll be doing the theme tune for the next FIFA World Cup? Maybe. Does this mean we’ll dress in leather bikinis and record a cover of ‘Whenever, Wherever’? Definitely.“

Implore Annouce New Album

Metallers Implore have finished the writing and recording process for their upcoming album and it is ready for a release date of September 22nd via Century Media Records. Subjugate will be available on CD, LP and digital formats. During the recording process the band made 3 studio diaries, check out the first below:

In Late October the band will embark on a European tour with Gadget:

26.10.2017 Zürich (CH) Werk21/Dynamo
27.10.2017 Eindhoven (NL) Bloodshed Fest
28.10.2017 Leipzig (DE) Westwerk
29.10.2017 Ruzemberok (SK) Nove Korzo
31.10.2017 Karlsruhe (DE) Dudefest Halloween Edt.
01.11.2017  Brussels (BE) Magasin 4
02.11.2017 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
03.11.2017  Berlin (DE) Tommyhaus, Grindcore Fachtagung

Wednesday 13 – Condolences

20 years ago, a quirky little band named Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 was birthed, fronted by horror and shock rock aficionado Wednesday 13. As purveyors of sandpaper-throated horror rock ‘n roll, they developed a cult like following and several sleazy releases later, caught the eye of one Joey Jordinson of Slipknot. In a shared vision between between Jordinson and 13 the group morphed into platinum selling ghoul group The Murderdolls . Fast forward some 15 plus years and our man Wednesday 13 is cranking out spooky tunes at an extremely prolific rate, bringing us to his latest (trick or) treat, Condolences.

Kicking off the record is undoubtedly it’s strongest cut – What The Night Brings. Like the majority of the record, it rips and roars with machine gun guitars, spooky keys and gutter-trash vocals, serving up a devilish slice of ghoulish rock. Speaking prior to the albums release, 13 announced “The punk rock vibe has left the building and it’s become a full-on metal vibe” which is certainly apparent when listening to the bruising metalcore of You Breathe, I Kill and the thuggish grooves of Prey For Me. 

Previous releases saw high octane punk rock combined with Wednesday’s beloved shock rock – giving songs a buzz that matched his b-movie themed snarls. Here, the emphasis on slickly produced stock metal riffs and pitch black lyrical content can at times feel tiresome, leaving the record a little empty. For fans still looking for the full speed ahead vibe of old though, Lonesome Road To Hell comes complete with a monstrous chorus, while Cruel To You injects a little Motley Crue glam into the proceedings.

Wednesday 13 remains a troubadour for a bygone age of rock –  A fiend who may not have the mainstream spotlight he once held, but whose frequent and consistent output hopes to place him alongside such greats as Alice Cooper and The Misfits someday soon. On Condolences, he shifts gears slightly, beefing up the sound and darkening the tone a little – but for fans who have followed Mr 13 this far, there is nothing on his seventh solo release that will scare them off. That is….unless you want him to…

Condolences is out now on Nuclear Blast Records

Helsott begin tour with I Am Morbid and Necrophagia

Death Metal rockers Helsott are beginning a 13 date EU tour today with the guys in I Am Morbid and  Necrophagia

 

They kick off the tour in Poland, before heading to a further 7 countries.

 

Check out the full tour details below

29.05.2017 (PL) Bielsko Biala, Rudeboy
30.05.2017 (SVK) Kosice, Collosseum
31.05.2017 (HU) Budapest, Durer Kert
01.06.2017 (SVN) Ljubljana, Orto Bar
02.06.2017 (IT) Venice, Revolver
03.06.2017 (CH) Lyss, Kulturfabrik
04.06.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
06.06.2017 (DE) Munich, Feierwerk
07.06.2017 (DE) Erfurt, From Hell
08.06.2017 (DE) Flensburg, Roxy
09.06.2017 (NL) The Hague, Paard von Troje
10.06.2017 (NL) Tilburg, 013
11.06.2017 (DE) Leipzig, Hellraiser

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Malevolence – Self Supremacy

Malevolence have only been around for a few years, yet have already made a massive impact on the metal/hardcore scene. Their 2013 release Reign Of Suffering saw them quickly become favourites and gave them the opportunity to play shows all around the world.
Three and a half years on, it’s less than a week till the release of their new album Self Supremacy. With it being announced back in March, fans all over the world have been counting down till May 19th to experience what the band have been cooking up.
Jumping straight into the album with the title track, ‘Self Supremacy’ it feels like it’s been ripped straight from their debut. The familiar tone of guitar and Malevolence’s unique drumming welcomes the fans back into the new album slowly, as well as heavily implementing Konan’s vocals which make more than an appearance in the release. This track paired with the equally batshit crazy ‘Trial By Fire’ creates an opening to an album that will go down as one of the heaviest in history.
After being taken on their first big European tour back in 2013 by Comeback Kid, Malevolence decided it would only be fair to ask Andrew to feature on ‘Severed Ties’. In an interview, drummer Charlie Thorpe said “We knew he’d come through with something sick, but he exceeded all expectations” and the combination of Andrew, Alex and Konan on one song is nothing short of an ingenious idea. The other track with a guest feature comes in the form of the second single ‘Wasted Breath’. This time featuring Kevin of The Merciless Concept – it seems a weird pairing but mixed with the melt-your-face off beatdown, it creates one of the heaviest songs on the album.

On every album there’s always a song that will be a hit live, and Malevolence have created that experience with “Body Count”. A delicate concoction of riffs, beatdowns and gang vocals will have the quietest of crowds getting rowdy. Breaking up the brutality is a little number called4AM on West Street’. A pure instrumental interlude with a sinister twist is sure to be the intro when the band tour the album later this month, finishing with a clip from the TV show The Wire it brings us into the next track. “Slave to Satisfaction” was the first single released and is easily one of the best tracks on the album. Konan is heavily involved and the vocals between the pair are malicious which pays off extremely well, and the Crowbar influences are very prominent throughout the track. The sludge-esque breakdown is one of the most rememberable pieces of the song, if not the whole album and will be stupidly heavy when played live.
The second half of the album is when Malevolence really come into full force, whether it’s the hard as fuck beatdown and ‘MLVLTD’ chant at the end of “Spineless” or the blast beat and punchy riffs filled “Outnumbered”. One song that really stood out in their previous release “Reign Of Suffering” was “Turn To Stone” due to the musical excellence that flowed throughout the 8 minutes and if you were expecting another track just like that, you won’t be disappointed – this time coming in the form of “True Colours”. Predominately Konan, it showcases everything that Malevolence are made of, and with the spine chilling riffs and stupendous drums by Thorpe complementing each other outstandingly it’s a standout across the bands discography, let alone this album.
Genre defining is not a term to be thrown around lightly, but this album is a true representation of what hardcore and metal can be when mixed together perfectly. They’ve matured immensely and the work put into this is evidently second to fucking none. Do not even try and compare “Reign of Suffering” and “Self Supremacy” as they’re both modern classics and with both albums to play with, Malevolence will put on a hell of a show when they tour in a couple of weeks. This album has been massively hyped in the underground scene and it easily exceeds any expectations you may have.

Malevolence embark on a three week long tour starting in a couple of weeks time bringing along No Zodiac and Revulsion to join the party. Pre-orders for the album can be found over on BDHW Records.

Everyday Sidekicks – Hope [EP]

The post-hardcore group launch straight into the EP with the track Glass House, which, although starting in a pop punk style, thematically evolves into something more alternative which produces a post-hardcore sound by the end. It’s immediately clear that Everyday Sidekicks aren’t just an average group; the band’s music is more complex, with varying guitar melodies sitting over the top of the noisy chord progression, discernible but not overpowering. Glass House is the latest single to be released from Hope.

Bury Your Friends is the second track, and this sees the group experiment more with effects. The tone for the track is set with the lone guitar, but then in comes the riff and screamed vocals and disrupts the listener’s assumptions. However the vocals are mixed between screaming and singing, something a lot of post punk and post hardcore bands do but only some pull off well: Everyday Sidekicks is one of the latter.

Fracture, the lead single, starts off sounding more metal than any of the other tracks so far. However, when the verse starts and the guitars split off between the melody and rhythm is when the listener starts to hear the post-hardcore influences in the track.

Lacuna is the other experimental track on Hope. It is the sole instrumental track on the album, but is a beautiful piece of music. The sound effects are used to enhance the music and the mix is balanced just right.

Saving the best track for last, Everyday Sidekick present Business Secrets of the Pharoahs. The track immediately starts with a catchy guitar riff typical of metal, however, much like the other tracks on the EP, there is an underlying melody that pushes the genre towards post hardcore instead. This melody becomes more prevalent in the second verse and bridge. This track is the heaviest on the EP, and would be amazing live.

Overall, Hope is a really well presented EP with great artwork, talent from the group and is mixed and mastered really well. The sound effects, when they are used, enhance the overall sound of the tracks contained within the EP and the listener can easily imagine a great stage show to go with the songs.

[9/10]