Modern metal titans Avenged Sevenfold have finally shown off some of what has kept them silent for all these months with a brand new track, titled The Stage. The song comes amid speculation the band are soon to announce a new album Voltaic Ocean for 9th December release.
The track is presumably the first to feature new drummer Brooks Wackerman, and stands at a whopping 8 and a half minutes in length.
Oh, and it has a pretty sinister puppet music video to accompany it…
With Butserfest fast approaching, here is the Musicology rundown of the bands from Main Stage we are most excited to see…
Headliners Mallory Knox are definitely contenders for the best set of the day at this year’s Butserfest. Hailing from Cambridge, the band have two albums and an EP to date, with a third full-length in progress at the moment. With huge anthems like Lighthouse, Shout At The Moon and Ghost In The Mirror at their disposal, they should have the crowd moving in no time at all. When the stage times come out, it will be interesting to see how much if at all they overlap with quickly-rising Creeper and how much of an effect that makes: it would be sensible to suggest it will be a tug-of-war of two British titans…
The High Wycombe rockers are back to Petersfield for the third time the week before they are set to release their fourth full-length record. The album is titled Echoes and will be partially played at the festival, no doubt, which will be the first time any material has been played from the record in the UK since lead single Bulletproof debuted at Slam Dunk in May (with the exception of the release show in Kingston the night before Butserfest!). Anthems like Bones and Rising Up will undoubtedly get a run out there with an inevitable singalong that will ensue. Check them out for solid, honest rock and roll.
As It Is
Having started out as a Patty Walters solo project, As It Is have blossomed into one of the brightest talents in the scene. Patty, along with co-vocalist Ben Langford-Biss, write deep and heartfelt lyrics to go along with their incredibly energetic tunes that transpire immaculately onstage. With a second full-length currently in production, the Brighton five-piece are ready for world domination it appears, and Butserfest will be somewhere they can make yet another AII stamp so be sure to check them out.
Late additions The Qemists only hit the lineup on the Friday before the festival (2nd September) when Moose Blood dropped out unexpectedly. The band also played Main Stage at last year’s event but this year get promoted to one of the main support slots, therefore a longer set. The band’s catalogue is rather complex with three studio albums, a compilation and a huge number of “sound system”-style singles that will make their set at Butser something to definitely spend time watching.
Whether you’re on the hype or not, there is no denying the energy that this Eastbourne based band bring. With tunes like Deadweight and their EPs and now the album Backbone at their disposal, this performance is bound to be nothing short of hectic. Unfortunately with Moose Blood dropping out, the banter will not be displayed between the two but should be an energetic and enjoyable set nonetheless.
These pop rockers from North London are huge but unsigned. Their latest release Lost Youth made its way into #28 in the UK Charts, without the assistance of a label. Formed in 2007, Room 94 have built up a loyal following over the last few years through shows with Union J, Lawson and Twenty Twenty. With their youthful energy and childish humour they are one to watch!
Since WSTR exploded into the UK pop punk scene last year with their EP SKWRD under initial identity ‘Waster’, they’ve been playing countless shows supporting some amazing bands, and even headlined tours. With an energetic and fun-filled performance that often features a brutal Limp Bizkit cover, they’re always looking to impress their current fans and expand their fan base, so expect a wicked show. People compare them to Neck Deep quite a lot but many believe WSTR are better and looking to rule the land of UKPP.
Our Hollow Our Home
Our Hollow Our Home have gone relatively unnoticed for a while, they released their debut EP //Redefine early 2015 and thankfully have picked up the support that they deserve. After travelling around the country for two years playing shows as small as ten people, they thoroughly deserve the attention they’ve picked up recently. Check out If Those Were Guns, Reggie Be Dead before the band play main stage at Butserfest.
The Gospel Youth
An energetic alt-rock quintet hailing from the south coast. Their music is an eclectic blend of intricate riff-work, distinctive vocals and stoic drum beats, stylistically similar to Deaf Havana. The band are currently touring the UK with Trash Boat, and will be the second band up on the main stage of Butserfest. Don’t miss it, their anthemic live performances are a standalone experience.
Zoax is a relatively new Post-Hardcore project coming from London. Forming in 2013, the band have already gone from strength to strength appearing on lineups including Download 2013, 2014 and 2016 and Camden Rocks this year. They recently released their debut album this year so to have 2 appearances at Download before they’ve even released an album is pretty good going. The band also have released 2 EPs; XIII (2014) and Is Everyone Listening? (2015) so have quite a fairly wide range to choose for their setlist for a new band. Check them out this year on Main Stage and prepare to be impressed by the quality put on show.
After all this wait, Butserfest have announced the stage times.
With 45 minute sets for Creeper and Young Guns and a whopping 1hr 15 set for Mallory Knox, the festival has shown it knows how to do organisation, and well at that. Elsewhere in the lineup, 30 minute sets go to As It Is and The Qemists, as well as for most other bands on the lineup so extremely exciting!
This year at Butserfest, the acoustic revolution continues. With the belief of all bands being involved with the fans and being clean and stripped back to the talent, the Acoustic Shack stage provides the lucky ticket-winning fans with a set from one of the amazing selected bands in the tiny acoustic shack. The tickets can be won by applying for a code which your mates quote when buying tickets and the highest sellers get the best prizes!
This year’s acts include main support Young Guns who should be interesting to hear in a rare acoustic performance and As It Is who have played acoustic mini-sets frequently on their recent UK tour. The lineup also included Moose Blood ahead of them pulling out on Friday.
Featuring some of the best local bands to the festival, the Introducing Stage is bound to show you some fantastic talent you will not have seen before. On the lineup are local favourites like City Of Ashes and High Down who are sure to get the crowd going, but lesser known bands elsewhere on the lineup are sure to get some new fans. Check out the stage throughout the day to see some promising talent and support the up-and-coming UK bands in the scene.