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  HELLFEST 2012 DAY THREE
CLISSON, FRANCE
CRÜE-LLY ENDED TOO SOON


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And so comes the third and final day of Hellfest. There's always something quite sad about waking up and watching people packing up their tents on the Sunday morning of any festival, but thankfully the sun's out to brighten the mood.

It's a much more relaxed day on site, as people have either taken off early or are still in their pits sleeping off the party from the night before, but as we wander into the press area, the Jäger girls are out early, so we neck a couple of ice cold shots and wander out to watch the first band of the day, Girlschool.

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Opening with 'Demolition' they prove that they can still deliver their youthful take on female Heavy Metal, even though their 30th anniversary was a few years ago. I always love it when bands honour legends of the Metal world, and as they dedicated 'I Spy' to Ronnie James Dio, you can't help wonder if this is a dig at Ozzy And Friends who are due to take the stage later that night.

Actually, it's because this is the song that he lent his vocals too on their 30th anniversary album 'Legacy' and more trivia for you, Tony Iommi played lead guitar on it. A fine performance from these London girls that proves that Sunday is for preaching to one thing only for us - Heavy Metal.

D-A-D were up next and I took the opportunity to bask in the sun on the grass with these guys as the perfect background music and it wasn't until Black Label Society that I ventured back to the main stage. And as I stood watching people in various 'colours' swoop towards the front, I noticed a very quiet and sedate presence take over the audience. This was soon rectified once Zakk took to the stage with his feather headdress, which seemed to have a life of its own today, more than I've ever noticed before.

The set was nothing special for me. It was solid, but it was the same old, same old and nothing new at all. Opening with 'Crazy Horse', ditching the headdress for 'Funeral Bell', the Zakk Wylde solo (really do we really want solos in the middle of such short sets at festivals? Well I guess it is Zakk...) and closing with crowd pleaser 'Stillborn'. After the amount of shows I've seen over the last couple of years, it just felt too samey and one I hope they freshen up soon.

Whoever books the bands at Hellfest really does like to throw the occasional curveball and these could definitely be described as one. Although they've been touring for 40 years, I've never seen Blue Ouster Cult and their psychedelic style was an interesting break from the rest of the bands over the weekend. Highlights of course were 'Godzilla' and 'Don't Fear The Reaper' which even saw the sceptics join in. A good fun band that provided a brief respite from Metal, which wasn't needed but was certainly enjoyed.

When I say Motley, you say... Yes, after a few tipples to get me in the mood, it was time for one of my highlights of the weekend, and as I headed towards the front for Mötley Crüe I started making lots of new friends, and especially enjoyed the Jäger bombs supplied by my new Finnish friends who were in fine singing form. I was thankful to find as not many French were singing along.

I found out from a helpful local that the French don't singalong to bands generally at gigs, so explained some of the weird looks I'd been getting all weekend. That aside, Crüe couldn't have started the set better for me as they opened with 'Wildside', and then 'Livewire'.

The stage was not as spectacular as the last time I saw them, but I'm guessing it's not feasible to bring a rollercoaster drum riser for a festival tour. The sparkly piano did make it though for Tommy, Nikki bought his meat hook mic along, Vince had two female playthings for the duration and Mick, well Mick was just Mick. It was a typical Crüe festival set, with hit after hit and the crowd lapped it up. As they closed the set with 'Kickstart My Heart' all the band members approached the front of stage, picked up buckets and covered the front row with fake blood. A classic show, which no matter what the cynics say entertained each and every one of us.

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Up next was Slash, keeping the Sunset Strip vibe going, featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. For the first time I have to admit to being bitterly disappointed by the show, which was a real shame as they did nothing wrong and normally I sit firmly in Slash's camp when it comes to the Axl feud. A bunch of great musicians, tight and on the ball, with one of the best guitarists in the world and a beautiful vocalist to boot, so what went wrong?

Well quite frankly, the four G n R songs from the set were done a little too seriously, and after seeing Axl and friends perform them the night before with a bigger stage show and a lot more fun, meant that they got lost in the ether. Gone were the Slash's Snakepit songs, in favour of tracks from the new album, and the Velvet Revolver tracks did little to make up for it. Trust me, I am still as disappointed to be writing this now as I was watching the show, which was a big blow for me.

And it's almost time for the festival to come to a close and one week on from seeing Black Sabbath play an unforgettable show at Download Festival, I wondered what Ozzy And Friends would bring to cheer me up.

'Bark At The Moon' kicked off the show, followed by 'Mr Crowley' and Ozzy appeared to be in moderately good spirits considering all that he's been through of late. Instead of the usual buckets of water to throw over the crowd he opted for a giant hose, and very soon he didn't need his own water effects as the heavens thought they'd help by unleashing enough water to sink the ark for the remainder of the night.

Running for cover, I could still hear the show, which featured a whole host of guests and legends join him. From Slash and Geezer Butler getting in on the action for 'Iron Man' to Zakk lending guitars for 'Crazy Train' and then all of them coming on stage for 'Paranoid', it was a show of who's who, but you couldn't help but miss two people on stage.



And so came the end to my Hellfest. Lamb of God were up next, but with an early start to get the mammoth road trip back to London, I couldn't face a night of standing in pouring rain whilst each and every one of my bones ached from the effects of two festivals over two consecutive weekends.

Download the weekend before had been an amazing time, and there are things that Hellfest could learn from their event, but equally (and perhaps more so) Download could take quite a few pages out of Hellfest's book. One thing's for sure though, I'll stay true to Donington, but I sure as hell have added an annual pilgrimage to this place.

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And here's the French version, with thanks to Flo Cherry...

le dernier et le troisième jour du HELLFEST arriva.

Il y a toujours des choses tristes au réveil, le dimanche matin sur chaque festival, c est de voir les gens plier leur campement. mais quelle gratitude de voir que le soleil était là, pour rester de bonne humeur.

c 'est de loin le jour le plus détendu sur le site, les gens se levant tôt ou restant à dormir dans leur tente, en se remettant des fêtes de la nuit précédente.

mais comme nous nous le demandions, dans l espace presse, "Jäeger girls", étaient aussi sortis de bonne heure, nous attaquions avec quelques petits verres bien frais et nous sommes partis se promener, pour voir paris voir le premier groupe de la journée : GIRLSCHOOL.

Ouvrant avec "démolition day", elles prouvèrent qu' elles pouvaient toujours envoyer leur HEAVY METAL féminin et juvénile, même si le trentième anniversaire du groupe avait eu lieu quelques jours auparavant.

J ai toujours aimés que les groupes rendant hommage aux légendes du monde du métal, et elles le firent en dédicaçant "I Spy" à Ronnie James DIO.

On ne peut que se demander, si c est un clin d oeil à "OZZY and Friends", qui doivent monter monter sur scène plus tard dans la soirée.

c est la chanson où il posa sa voix, pour "Legacy", l album du 30ème anniversaire, et pour plus de bagatelle, Tony Iomy y jouent également de la guitare...

Une bonne performance, pro ces Londoniennes, qui nous ont prouvées qu' elles prêchaient une seule chose pour nous : le HEAVY METAL.

D_A_D furent les suivants, suivants, saisissant l opportunité de m allonger dans l herbe pro bronzer, avec ces gars en parfait fond sonore, jusqu'à ce que je m aventure vers la main Stage principale pour Black Label Society.

je restais à regarder les gens, de différentes "couleurs" échangeant devant, je remarquais une présence silencieuse et posée dans le public.

Bientôt, modifiée quand Zakk monta sur scène avec sa coiffure de plume, montrant sa vie d'aujourd' hui plus que je ne l avais remarqué auparavant.

Le reste n avait rien de spécial pour moi. Il était solide, c était toujours le même ancien, et même ancien et rien de plus neuf.

Ouvrant avec" Crazy Horse", abandonnant sa coiffe de plumes, pour, "Funeral Bell", le solo de Zakk Wilde (sincérement a-t-on vraiment envie envie d'entendre des solos au milieu de courtes prestations durant les festivals mais c est Zakk Wylde), terminant en faisant plaisir à la foule avec "Still Born", avec tous les shows que j'ai vu ces dernières années, tous se ressemblent et j'espère quelque chose de rafraichissant bientôt.

Peu importe, qui planifie les groupes au Hellfest, il aime vraiment lancer un curveball occasionnel, qui pourrait être décrit comme tel.

Bien qu' ils tournent depuis plus de 40 ans, je n 'ai jamais vu Blue OIster Cult et leur style psychédélique, ce fût un bon break avec le reste des groupes du weekend.

En résumé, pour tous ceux qui auraient été encore sceptiques, le joint se fît avec des morceaux tels que "Godzilla" et "Don't fear the ripper"

Un bon et sympathique groupe, qui fourni un bref répit dans ce monde "Métal", qui n'était pas nécessaire, mais que nous avons certainement apprécié.

Si je vous dis MOTLEY CRUE, vous dites ..........

Effectivement, après en avoir siroté quelques unes, arriva le moment, d un de mes résumé du week end, je montais au front pour Motley Crüe, j'avais commencé à me faire quelques nouveaux amis, appréciant tout particulièrement, les bombes de Jäger fournies par mes nouveaux amis suédois, qui étaient en pleine forme, chantant parfaitement et à qui j en étais reconnaissant, de leurs trouvé, comme peu de français qui chantèrent tous au longs.

J ai constaté avec l 'aide d in habitant local que le "français" ne chante pas tous le long des concerts, ce qui explique, certains regards surnaturels, qui m étaient arrivés tous le weekend.

D'un autre côté Motley Crûe ne pouvait pas mieux commencer leur set, qu avec "Wildside" et "Livewire".

La scène n était pas aussi spectaculaire que la dernière fois que je les ai vu.

mais je me dis qu'il n 'est pas réalisable d'amener, la batterie "Rollercoaster" sur un festival.

Le piano pailleté l'a aussi bien fait avec Tommy, Nikki avec son micro-crochet, tous le long, Vince, ses 2 choristes pour toute la durée du show, et Mick, bah c'était Mick.

ce fût un bon concert, pour un festival pour le groupe, avec leurs succès s'enchainant et la foule les reprenant.

Alors qu' ils terminaient le show avec" Kickstart my heart", tous les membres du groupes s'approchèrent sur le devant de la scène, attrapèrent des seau et aspégerent copieusement de faux sangs les premiers rangs.

Un concert classique, peu importe ce qu en disent les cyniques, qui a diverti chacun d entres nous.

Le suivant était Slash, amenant les ondes du Sunset Strip, avec Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators....pour la première fois j'ai du admettre, que je fût un peu déçu du concert, ce qui fût vraiment dommage,car habituellement ils n 'étaient pas maillais et normalement je penchais plus du côté du camp de Slash, que vers les querelles d'Axl.

Un florilége de bons musiciens soudés et au top, avec un des meilleurs guitaristes du monde, et un bon chanteur à la botte, qu est qui a mal tourné?

tout à fait franchement les 4 morceaux de GNR, ont été joué un peu trop sérieusement pendant ce concert, et après avoir vu axl et ses potes les jouaient le soir d'avant sur une pus grande scène, avec plus de fun, révéla qu ils se sont évaporé dans l 'éther.

disparues les chansons de Slash and Snakepit, en faveur des morceaux du nouvel album, et de ceux de Velvet revolver ont un peu compensés.

Croyez moi je suis un peu dégouté d'écrire ça, en ce moment, mais j'ai vu le show, et ce fût un sale coup pour moi.

Et en arrivant presque à la fin du festival, une semaine après avoir vu Black Sabbath jouer un spectacle inoubliable au Download, je me demandais ce que "Ozzy and friends", m'apporteraient pour m 'encourager.

"Barck at the moon", démarra le show, "Mister Crowley", Ozzy avait l'air en place aver un bon esprit modéré, considérant que c'était un des derniers.

Plûtot que les éternels seau d eaux, balancés à travers la foule, ils optèrent pour un tuyau géant, et rapidement, ils n'eurent plus besoin de leurs jeux d'eau, car le paradis pensa les aider en lâchant suffisamment d'eau pour le restant de la nuit.

En tirant, la couverture, je pouvais toujours entendre le spectacle, qui présenta une foule d invités et de légendes qui le rejoignirent sur scène.

de Slash à Geezer Butler, entrants en action pour "Iron Man", de Zakk pretant sa guitare pour "Crazy Train", et tous rejoignirent la scène pour "Paranoïd", ce fût un show digne du Who's who, mais on ne pouvais pas, empêcher qu' il manquait 2 personnes sur scène. Et ainsi, vint la fin de mon hellfest.

Lamb of God étaient les suivants, mais avec un départ précoce, pour obtenir le voyage sur la route des mammouths pour le retour à Londres.

Je sentais que je ne pourrais pas faire face à une nuit supplémentaire debout, avec toute cette pluie se déversant sur chacun de mes os, qui commençaient à me faire mal, les effets de deux festivals en deux semaines consécutives.

La semaine précédente au Download, fût un moment génial, et le Hellfest devra en prendre quelques leçons, mais le Download pourra apprendre, aussi quelques pages du livre du Hellfest.

Une chose set sure, je vais rester fidèle à Donington, mais je suis sur que l enfer à ajouter un pèlerinage annuel à cet endroit.

28.6.12


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Read statement number 6 about the imminent closure of The Intrepid Fox here in full...

mayhem MAYHEM ANNOUNCE ONLY UK DATE FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The Norwegian Black Metallers are back with a vengeance with an anniversary tour in support of their new album...

homo erraticus IAN ANDERSON'S NEW CD HOMO ERRATICUS WILL BE RELEASED ON 14TH APRIL
The Jethro Tull frontman will perform the album in its entirety on a 22 date UK tour...

howard jones HOWARD JONES REVEALS THE REASONS BEHIND HIS KILLSWITCH ENGAGE DEPARTURE
The vocalist speaks candidly to MetalTalk columnist and TotalRock DJ Xander...

dave brockie gwar BREAKING NEWS: GWAR FRONTYMAN DAVE 'ODERUS URUNGUS' BROCKIE DEAD AT 50
"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known..."

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT COVER OASIS AND BLUR ON RSD14 EXCLUSIVE VINYL
Record Store Day on April 19th will have a very tasty addition from The Temperance Movement...

ocean collective UK TECH-FEST RETURNS FOR 2014 BOASTING A BIGGER VENUE AND A HUGE FIRST LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Ocean Collective, Vildhjarta and Glass Cloud will headline at Newark Showground, 10-14 July 2014 ...

metallica METALLICA OFFER DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF LIVE SHOWS AND DEMO VERSION OF NEW TRACK
The Lords Of Summer is available as a studio demo along with live tracks from the 'By Request' tour ...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY PRESENT VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK OF UPCOMING ALBUM 'WAR ETERNAL'
Arch Enemy lift the veil and present the new line-up and new music with this video...

monument MONUMENT RELEASE SINGLE AND UK TOUR DATES
The rising stars of British Metal will play 6 headline dates in May in support of debut album 'Renegades'...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER REVEAL NEW ALBUM COVER, TITLE & RELEASE DATE
'The Return Of The Reaper' arrives on July 14 2014 in the UK with cover art by Gyula...

vader VADER COVER ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST OF 'TIBI ET IGNI' REVEALED
The legendary artist Joe Petagno has created the cover for the Polish Death Metallers...

steelhouse STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL 2014 CONFIRMS THE ANSWER WITH EUROPE & BLACK STAR RIDERS
"While the headline artists get bigger and bigger each year, we'll continue to showcase the best up-and-coming talent alongside them"...

flotsam jetsam FLOTSAM AND JETSAM HAVE A NEW LINE-UP
Following their European tour with Sepultura, the band bring us up to date with the latest news about the band members...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DAY SPLITS AND DAY TICKETS PLUS BAND OF SKULLS, GARY NUMAN, CARCASS AND MORE
With no clashes across the two main stages and sensitively timed sets across the tented stages, Sonisphere ensures ticket holders get the most for their money...

rb halford BREAKING NEWS: NEW JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM IS FINISHED
"The Priest album is finished. It's done. I just heard from the mastering sessions that Glenn [Tipton] is looking over in England, it's finished..."

camden rocks MORE BANDS CONFIRMED FOR CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL LINE-UP ON MAY 31ST
There are over 200 bands playing at the rock'n'roll street party of the year...

ageless oblivion AGELESS OBLIVION ADDED TO GORGOROTH TOUR AND STREAM NEW ALBUM IN FULL
The Progressive Death outfit will play 5 dates in support of 'Penthos'...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX'S VIEW FROM THE BAR: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE..."THE FIVE OF PENTACLES"
"The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one" ...

kiss def lep KISS AND DEF LEPPARD UNITE FOR SUMMER 2014 TOUR
The two heavyweight rock bands team up for the first time on a 40 date journey across the US...

rival sons RIVAL SONS 'GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE' ALBUM PREVIEW AVAILABLE
The highly anticipated new album is due to be released on June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK and June 10th in the USA...

belphegor BELPHEGOR UNVEIL TITLE AND RELEASE DATE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM
One of the Metal world's most bizarre and authentic bands will release their tenth album 'Conjuring The Dead' on August 11 via Nuclear Blast....

mick jagger BREAKING NEWS: ROLLING STONES CANCEL PERTH CONCERT AFTER SUICIDE TRAGEDY
It is thought that the remaining Australian dates will also, understandably, be cancelled...

arch enemy BREAKING NEWS: ANGELA GOSSOW LEAVES ARCH ENEMY - NEW VOCALIST ALREADY ANNOUNCED
Arch Enemy have sensationally announced that longtime vocalist Angela Gossow has left the band...

triptykon TRIPTYKON UNVEIL 'MELANA CHASMATA' WITH THE RELEASE OF SINGLE 'BREATHING'
Listen to two tracks from the album in advance of the April 14th release...

metallica METALLICA DEBUT NEW SONG 'THE LORDS OF SUMMER'
Watch the track which was revealed at the first date of the 2014 Tour in Colombia ...

killer be killed KILLER BE KILLED RELEASE TWO NEW TRACKS ONLINE
The new band features members of Soulfly, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan & Ex-The Mars Volta...

edguy EDGUY REVEAL NEW TRACK 'SABRE & TORCH' ONLINE
In advance of the album release fans can order exclusive versions of 'Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown'...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL PREMIER THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'DIE & RISE' TAKEN FROM 'BROKEN CROWN HALO'
The album will be released at the end of March, in several formats...

decade VEVO REVEAL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PLUS ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH DECADE
Watch the interview and special performance of 'British Weather' right here ...

slash NEW ALBUM FROM SLASH SET TO BE RELEASED AROUND SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR
The album will be the second to be billed as Slash ft. Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators ...

nin soundgarden NINE INCH NAILS AND SOUNDGARDEN TEAM UP FOR CO-HEADLINING AMERICAN TOUR
This summer the two giants of US Rock will play 22 dates together in this mouthwatering combination ...

cambridge rock CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE MAIN STAGE LINE UP FOR 2014
Melodic Rock superstars FM top the bill for the Saturday night and Jørn Lande will play his only UK gig on the Sunday. Other headliners are Snakecharmer and Wishbone Ash ...

machine head MACHINE HEAD RELEASE 'KILLERS & KINGS' 10" VINYL
This limited edition 10" will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colours. The release comes prior to a 2014 album release, and a massive worldwide tour cycle....

category iv CATEGORY VI RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'FIREBORN'
The Newfoundland quartet cover elements of Melodic, Traditional, Power and Thrash Metal...

led zep LED ZEPPELIN NEWLY REMASTER THE FIRST THREE ALBUMS
Each album will be shipped with an additional disc of previously unreleased companion audio. Multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats, including a super deluxe boxed set, will be available on June 3...

manowar MANOWAR CANCEL PERFORMANCE AT LEGACY OPEN AIR IN GERMANY IN JUNE
The cancellation was due to the promoter not meeting obligations. Fans are advised to contact ticket outlets for a full refund...

sxsw crash TRAGIC ACCIDENT AT SXSW FESTIVAL KILLS 2 AND INJURES 25 MORE
A driver avoiding a breath test ploughed into the crowd at the packed Austin festival and has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault...

mark taylor MetalTalk's MARK TAYLOR LET LOOSE ON TOTALROCK RADIO FOR 70s/80s DENIM N' LEATHER SHOW
MetalTalk's Mark Taylor will be spinning the discs on TotalRock Radio this Thursday 13th March...

motorboat MOTÖRHEAD'S MOTÖRBOAT 'THE LOUDEST BOAT IN THE WORLD' SAILS FROM SEPTEMBER 22-26
The Carnival Ecstasy featuring Megadeth, Motörhead, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde & more will sail from Miami to Key West & Cozumel...

rush RUSH REISSUE THEIR 1974 SELF-TITLED MOON RECORDS DEBUT ON VINYL TO MARK THE BAND'S 40-YEAR RECORDING CAREER
The sturdy custom box also features original art and a host of special extras...

muppets 'THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED' ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK IS RELEASED
"The 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack is some of the best music by a frog, pig, bear, chickens, penguins and a-uh, whatever - ever recorded. It's like going on tour with the Muppets, but without the messy cleanup afterwards"...

rob zombie ROB ZOMBIE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF FIRST EVER CONCERT FILM PLUS FULL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
'The Zombie Horror Picture Show' will be released on May 19th with live dates in June and July...

hrh HARD ROCK HELL 8 ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF WASP, MSG & Y&T
WASP return to HRH by overwhelming demand to headline the Friday Night at this year's festival....

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'WE ARE THE ONES TO FALL'
Catch Santa Cruz at their run of UK Shows as support for Voodoo Six...

rizzo SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY GUITARIST MARC RIZZO ANNOUNCES US SOLO TOUR
Marc Rizzo will be on a road trip across the US in April and May ...

tcp THE INTREPID FOX GIVES MAJOR CLUE AS TO IT'S NEW VENUE
...take my hand and walk with me through history... but always remember to tread carefully...

tcp THE CRIMSON PROJEKCT TO PERFORM AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN LONDON ON 12TH MARCH 2014
The exclusive one-off show is a unique opportunity for any European King Crimson fan after 10 years of live abstinence...

delain DELAIN RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEGROUND'
Previews from the album 'The Human Contradiction' are also available to watch ...

darkest era DARKEST ERA TO RELEASE 'SEVERANCE' ALBUM ON CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
The album from the Irish Celtic Metallers is due to be released in June ...

thunder THUNDER RELEASE TWO LIVE CDS FROM XMAS SHOWS
One free download from each CD is available. Thunder have also been added to the bill for the Calling Festival in June...

blaze absolva BLAZE BAYLEY AND ABSOLVA FILM Q&A FROM FANS
As the 'Soundtracks Of My Life' tour starts catch up with the conversations and rehearsal footage ...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DREAM THEATER, DEVIL YOU KNOW, YASHIN AND MORE
Further big names announced today for the essential festival at Knebworth in July...

collapse COLLAPSE ANNOUNCE A NEW FRONTMAN AND A FREE DOWNLOAD
Former InComa member Harry Watson is the new vocalist. "I can say with confidence that the new Collapse album will be disgustingly heavy!"...

reuben archer REUBEN ARCHER'S PERSONAL SIN TO PLAY THE BORDERLINE ON 12 MARCH
The Borderline gig is part of a small run of UK dates in support of the debut album ...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM 'WAR ETERNAL'
"Musically, this album is going a few places we haven't visited before. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11"...

blackwolf BLACKWOLF RELEASE 'KEEP MOVING ON' VIDEO
Watch the video taken from debut album 'The Hunt', released after the success of the Pledge Music campaign...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE' FEATURING RANDY BLYTH FROM LAMB OF GOD
Get a ssneak peek at the upcoming DVD with this taster track from the Mitch Lucker Memorial Show ...

california breed GLENN HUGHES REVEALS ARTWORK & TRACKLISTING FOR 'CALIFORNIA BREED'
New album to be released on May 19th. "California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies" ...

wakeman giltrap LEGENDARY GUITARIST ROCKS UP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS THIS APRIL
Gordon Giltrap teams up with Oliver Wakeman and an all-star backing band including the rhythym section of Threshold ...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX INTRODUCES NEW STRICT DRESS POLICY IN LATEST STATEMENT REGARDING IT'S CLOSURE
"See, that's what life is all about: you always gotta have choices and some form of entertainment..."

aerosmith BREAKING NEWS: AEROSMITH AND THUNDER CONFIRMED FOR LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL AT CLAPHAM COMMON
It's all official now - as revealed by MetalTalk yesterday, Aerosmith are playing the London Calling festival...

metallica FREE DOWNLOAD OF METALLICA'S EPIC 1986 HAMMERSMITH 'MASTER OF PUPPETS' GIG AVAILABLE NOW
A free download of Metallica's epic 1986 concert at Hammersmith Odeon is available now...

cat scratch fever CAT SCRATCH FEVER RETURNS TO THE WHITE LION
Cult hard rockers Stampede have been added to the 29th March event ...

doro DORO RELEASES COVERS OF METALLICA, TINA TURNER AND LED ZEPPELIN FOR ANNIVERSARY 2CD OUT IN MAY
A special edition of 'Raise Your Fist' contains some extra jewels for the Metal queen's crown...

richie sambora RICHIE SAMBORA EXPANDS ON REASONS FOR STOPPING TOURING WITH BON JOVI
Ahead of his solo shows, Richie Sambora speaks to Australian media. "The currency of love and happiness is worth a lot more than the currency of money"...

aerosmith EXCLUSIVE: AEROSMITH TO PLAY LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL IN JUNE?
MetalTalk believe that Aerosmith will play London Calling on Friday 27th June...

airlander BRUCE DICKINSON INVOLVED IN THE LAUNCH OF THE WORLD'S LONGEST AIRCRAFT
The Airlander Hybrid Airship is a 'game-changer' in the history of aviation...

bigelf BIGELF OFFER FREE DOWNLOAD OF 'ALIEN FREQUENCY'
Get the latest from the progressive Metallers with this track from 'Into The Maelstrom'...

dave davies DAVE DAVIES OF THE KINKS ANNOUNCES FIRST UK CONCERT IN 13 YEARS
The evening at Barbican Hall will celebrate his revolutionary guitar sound...

winger WINGER TO RELEASE 'BETTER DAYS COMIN' ON 21 APRIL FOLLOWED BY A UK TOUR
After the main stage appearance at Download in June Winger will play some headline UK dates ...

corey taylor SLIPKNOT WILL RECORD MAJOR NEW ALBUM IN 2014
Corey Taylor confirms that work will begin in March...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'SAIL'
Catch DevilDriver in Europe this spring in support of sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

crowbar CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'SYMMETRY IN BLACK'
The riff lords are in the UK at the moment on a run of headline dates...

les fest BREAKING NEWS: LES-FEST ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS FOR 2014
Savage Messiah will be Saturday night headliners. "This continues our something for everyone policy with a broad range of rock and Metal bands now confirmed from Death Metal right through to Classic Rock"...

wiston lodge BREAKING NEWS: LES-FEST ANNOUNCE THE NEW LOCATION
Following the administration of the previous venue, Scotland's award winning festival finds a new home at Wiston Lodge...

winger WINGER TO RELEASE 'BETTER DAYS COMIN' ON 21 APRIL
Along with the first new album for five years, the band are confirmed to appear at Download festival in June...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW ALBUM
The track listing and album artwork for the fifth Whitechapel album is revealed...

jon lord book LAVISH JON LORD BOOK 'ALL THOSE YEARS AGO' TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL
The limited edition of just 500 copies contains many unpublished images and contributions plus a purple 10" vinyl...

lambesis TIM LAMBESIS PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO MURDER HIS WIFE
The As I Lay Dying frontman changes his plea and admits soliciting an undercover detective to kill his spouse...

uriah heep VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MICK BOX: URIAH HEEP ARE READY TO TAKE THE STAGE FOR ONE-OFF KOKO SHOW TO BE FILMED FOR DVD RELEASE
Uriah Heep will finish recording their 24th studio album in time for the extremely special set on March 4th ...

stream of passion STREAM OF PASSION JOIN FORCES WITH THEIR FANS TO CREATE 'A WAR OF OUR OWN'
The Dutch Metallers forge their own path with this crowd-funding triumph...

autopsy AUTOPSY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON 21st APRIL
This will be the seventh studio album from the acclaimed US Death Metallers...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE WILKO JOHNSON, ELECTRIC WIZARD, ANTI-FLAG AND MORE
The latest stellar additions mean that Sonisphere will have over 100 bands across the weekend...

desecrator ep DESECRATOR RELEASES 2 TRACK EP
The SAMA nominee issues a free download of 'MMXIV' with a pay what you want option...

sebastian bach SEBASTIAN BACH'S NEW ALBUM 'GIVE 'EM HELL' SET FOR APRIL 22ND RELEASE VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS
"I can honestly say that Give 'Em Hell meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past"...

global rock summit GLOBAL ROCK SUMMIT IN LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES MORE SPEAKERS INCLUDING MOTLEY CRUE MANAGER CHRIS NILSSON AND WARPED TOUR FOUNDER KEVIN LYMAN
The event will discuss the future of the industry and look at solutions to further bolster and expand business opportunities...

edguy EDGUY REVEAL FURTHER ALBUM DETAILS
See the tracklist and artwork for the limited edition release right here...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX ISSUES FURTHER STATEMENT CONCERNING ITS CLOSURE
Check out this unique view from the bar: past, present and future...

zak wylde ZAKK WYLDE'S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY STREAM NEW SINGLE 'MY DYING TIME'
The single is the first release from the new studio album 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican' coming in April ...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX ISSUES STATEMENT ABOUT IMMINENT CLOSURE
The Metal institution has a farewell line-up to ensure it goes out with a bang...

loud noises OUERGH RECORDS LAUNCHED
Newly established label Ouergh have an impressive Rock and Metal division & celebrate their launch with a free download...

absolva ABSOLVA ADD EUROPEAN DATES TO THE 'ANTHEMS TO THE DEAD' TOUR 2014
The European jaunt starts in France in September and runs until the end of October with more dates to be added...

manowar MANOWAR'S 'KINGS OF METAL MMXIV' SILVER EDITION CD WILL NOW BE RELEASED ON MARCH 21 2014
"Due to strong pre-orders we have increased our initial order and we decided to change the release date, so that all stores get the music at the same time, and every fan has a fair chance to get one of these limited edition CDs"...

kiss KISS WILL NOT PERFORM AT 2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
The inductees have confirmed that there will be no performance on April 10 due to an impossible situation with the line-up...

sabaton SABATON REVEAL FINAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST FOR 'HEROES'
The latest from the Metal veterans is released on May 19th and will be available in five formats...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR AND DEBUT ALBUM
'Renegade' is released on 24th March and access to exclusive content, tour blogs and streams of other tracks from the album is available with orders...

techfest UK TECH-FEST ANNOUNCES ALL-DAYER WARM-UP SHOWS
Venues in Manchester, Bristol and London will host the mini-festivals in advance of the progressive and technical main event...

keith wilfort ATTENTION IRON MAIDEN FANS: KEITH WILFORT TO UNDERGO OPEN HEART SURGERY IN CALIFORNIA
Keith Wilfort is a big name in the early history of Iron Maiden...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON 5 MAY
The self-titled new album marks the next chapter in the evolution of Iron Knights...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ADD AN EXTRA DATE FOR THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Following a rapid sell-out, and additional date at The Half Moon Putney will take place on 22nd April...

newsted NEWSTED REVEAL BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR 'AS THE CROW FLIES'
The only chance to see Newsted in the immediate future is via this video as all Feb and March tour dates are cancelled...

beth joe BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCE DEBUT LIVE RECORDING 'LIVE IN AMSTERDAM'
The Grammy-nominated duo showcase a truly live set featuring 22 songs and over two hours of bonus and behind-the-scenes footage...

desecrator DESECRATOR NOMINATED IN THE SAMA AWARDS 2014
The one-man death machine is nominated in the Best Metal category at this year's Scottish Alternative Music Awards ...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH HELLYEAH
2014 is a mammoth year of touring for the giants of rock with dates all the way up to August ...

hairy balls THE HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE IS LAUNCHED!
Do you have the balls to put your balls on the line? A hair-raising challenge in aid of Headbangers Balls has been set ...

rovo system 7 STEVE HILLAGE JOINS JAPANESE BAND ROVO FOR MARCH UK TOUR
The iconic prog guitarist will play four UK dates with this unique collaboration ...

deborah bonham DEBORAH BONHAM & BAND HEAD OUT ON THE ROAD
The 'Spirit' UK tour celebrate's the worldwide album release ...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL CONFIRMED FOR SATURDAY 31st MAY
First fifty bands announced of the 200 that will take over Camden ...

tryptikon TRIPTYKON REVEAL'BREATHING' SINGLE RELEASE AND PRE-ORDER DETAILS
Collector's gatefold 7" vinyl released to herald the new album ...

epica EPICA REVEAL DETAILS OF 'THE QUANTUM ENIGMA'
"Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes Epica sound raw and overwhelming."...

ex deo EX DEO LAYS DOWN ITS ARMS AND ANNOUNCES INDEFINITE LEAVE OF ABSENCE
"I feel we've done two great albums, full of passion and Epic passages, no regrets, just proud moments"...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD RELEASES NEW ALBUM ON APRIL 14TH
Marc Ford will play the Jazz Café on April 22nd in support of 'Holy Ghost'...

Quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW, NEW ALBUM AND WORLD TOUR
A special one-off show at The Half Moon, Putney will kick off the year of celebrations...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT OF CRIS "PIZZA" MIGLIORE AND CRISTIANO "CRIZ" MOZZATI
'Broken Crown Halo' is out March 31 in Europe but a new journey awaits for the drummer and guitarist...

witchfynde WITCHFYNDE'S 'THE LOST TAPES' TO BE RELEASED ON 10TH MARCH
A fortuitous discovery during a spring clean gives an insight into the birth of NWOBHM...

mount salem MOUNT SALEM PREMIERE NEW TRACK 'MESCALINE II'
The intensely brooding track is the latest to be heard from the new album 'Endless' released 3rd March...

ac/dc BREAKING NEWS: AC/DC TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND TOUR AGAIN
"It's been 40 years of the band's existence. So I think we're gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty..."

cat scratch fever CAT SCRATCH FEVER RETURNS TO THE WHITE LION
Get down to Streatham on Saturday 29th March for a purr-fect rocking evening and support some great causes...

wattie BREAKING NEWS: THE EXPLOITED'S WATTIE BUCHAN IN HOSPITAL AFTER HEART ATTACK
Tour cancelled and all band activities have ceased until May 2014...

civil war CIVIL WAR SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
Former Sabaton members move onwards and upwards after debut album is certified gold...

volume iv VOLUME IV SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ON RIPPLE MUSIC
The impressive album 'Long In The Tooth' will be out on March 14th ...

behemoth BEHEMOTH'S 'THE SATANIST' DEBUTS AT #34 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
A double celebration as Behemoth's frontmant Nergal was found not guilty on blasphemy charges yesterday ...

hellyeah HELLYEAH PART WAYS WITH GREG TRIBBETT AND BOB ZILLA
New album 'Blood For Blood' marks a return to form for the US groove Metal band...

anette olzon EX-NIGHTWISH SINGER ANETTE OLZON TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'SHINE'
Anette's striking new album will be released on March 31st to mark the next phase of her career...

the answer THE ANSWER RELEASE NEW SINGLE BUNDLE & LAUNCH 32 DATE UK, EIRE & GERMAN TOUR
The Answer also launched their video premiere for 'New Horizon' today...

toseland TOSELAND TO SUPPORT ON FINAL STATUS QUO TOUR?
Tickets on sale with the ex-Superbike Champion's band named as support for three dates...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ARE RECORDING A NEW ALBUM
The band have released a video taking a look around the Nashville studio where work is in progress...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS HAVE A NEW STUDIO ALBUM, 'NO GOING BACK' SET FOR APRIL 2014 RELEASE
UK tour dates have also been announced for March/April 2014 ...

btbam BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME RELEASE VIDEO AHEAD OF UPCOMING US TOUR
"The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a Between The Buried And Me show. Let's switch off together" ...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DEFTONES, FRANK TURNER, ALESTORM, REEL BIG FISH AND MORE
The exemplary bill swells to over 100 acts with the addition of twelve more quality names today...

magnum MAGNUM RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN'
Legendary British Melodic Hard rockers unleash their nineteenth studio album on March 24th followed by a tour...

liza david SAMMY HAGAR PLEADS WITH FDA TO ALLOW EXPERIMENTAL DRUG TO SAVE DRUMMER'S WIFE
Give Liza A Chance by signing the petition to save her life...

edens curse EDEN'S CURSE HAVE A NEW DRUMMER
Pete Newdeck leaves for personal commitments and is replaced by John Clelland...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCE BELFAST AND DUBLIN SHOWS AFTER BLOODSTOCK
The Swedish Death Metallers Amon Amarth pay a visit to Ireland before returning home after their worldwide trek...

buffalo summer BUFFALO SUMMER ANNOUNCE EXTENSIVE TOUR SUPPORTING BANDS INCLUDING SKID ROW AND BUCKCHERRY
The tour starts on 22nd Feb and runs until June 2014...

dio tribute RONNIE JAMES DIO TRIBUTE ALBUM 'THIS IS YOUR LIFE' ANNOUNCED
Some of the greatest names in Rock and Metal pay tribute to the greatest of them all...

chris cornell SOUNDGARDEN'S CHRIS CORNELL RECEIVED DEATH THREAT TWEETS FROM SEATTLE WOMAN
The woman has been charged with cyber-stalking following the vile abuse received by the singer...

decade DECADE HEAD OUT FOR UK HEADLINE TOUR IN MAY 2014
The Bath-based quintet promote their debut album with a six date run...

gus tour GUS G. - EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Gus teams up with Uli Jon Roth and Jorn Lande, and also co-headlines with Marty Friedman ...

the ocean DOWNFALL OF GAIA ANNOUNCE NEW DRUMMER
New York native Michael Kadnar will join the German-based band on a full time basis ...

the ocean THE OCEAN DEBUT 'PELAGIAL WORLD TOUR' VIDEO BLOG PART 1
The Ocean take an in-depth look at touring as an underground Metal band ...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL UNLEASH FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'BROKEN CROWN HALO'
'Nothing Stands In Our Way' provides a taste of what is to come on March 31 ...

klogr ALTERNATIVE METAL BAND KLOGR RELEASE 'DRAW CLOSER' SINGLE
The band have also been confirmed as special guests on the UK/European tour by American Metal band Prong...

manowar EXCLUSIVE: MANOWAR OVERCOME MAJOR PROBLEMS AS WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF
Manowar found themselves fighting the world this weekend as they kicked off the first leg of the Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour...

death angel DEATH ANGEL'S 'LEFT FOR DEAD' MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED ON THE BAND'S WEBSITE
The Thrash veterans latest release from 'The Dream Calls for Blood' is directed by Tommy Jones ...

KXM KXM TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ON MARCH 11th VIA RAT PAK RECORDS
Pre-orders for the supergroup's debut are being taken now, with a choice of packages ...

house of x HOUSE OF X PREVIEW NEW TRACKS
The former members of UFO showcase two songs in advance of their next album ...

chris tsangarides LEGENDARY PRODUCER CHRIS TSANGARIDES DISCHARGED FROM INTENSIVE CARE
Good news today as Chris makes positive progress in his battle with Legionnaire's Disease...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA REVEAL THIRD ALBUM TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM 'PARIAH'S CHILD'
It's guitarist Elias Viljanen's turn to talk about studio album number eight ...

alestorm ALESTORM BEGIN RECORDING NEW ALBUM 'SUNSET ON THE GOLDEN AGE'
Everyone's favourite Pirate Metallers are set for a new release in the summer of 2014 ...

singapore rock KORN & ALICE IN CHAINS TO HEADLINE FIRST EVER SINGAPORE ROCK FESTIVAL
Singapore Rock Festival also has a tasty competition where you can greet bands directly at the airport...

piledriver STATUS QUO PRODUCE 'PILEDRIVER' BEER
The Quo celebrate the deluxe edition of 1972 album with their very own ale, and will also head out on the road with Wilko Johnson...

above the fray JEHANGIR AZIZ HAYAT RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'ABOVE THE FRAY'
Check out the title track from the Peshawar based grunge rocker here...

switchblade ISRAELI METALLERS SWITCHBLADE SIGN WITH ROCK'N'GROWL
Catch a live performance alongside Iced Earth's first appearance in Israel...

les fest BREAKING NEWS: LES-FEST VENUE VALLEY INTERNATIONAL PARK CALL IN THE ADMINISTRATORS
A statement from Les-Fest organiser Dave Ritchie regarding the future of Les-Fest reads as follows...

giants of rock EXCLUSIVE: GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL RUNNING ORDER REVEALED
MetalTalk can exclusively reveal the running order and times for the Giants Of Rock Festival which takes place this weekend...

california breed BREAKING NEWS: GLENN HUGHES AND JASON BONHAM FORM A NEW COMMUNION WITH CALIFORNIA BREED
Former Black Country Communion members Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham have formed a new power trio act with a new young guitarist...

paul raymond UFO'S PAUL RAYMOND UNVEILS PIANO VERSION OF 'LOVE TO LOVE'
UFO keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond has made public a newly recorded piano version of the classic track...

endless chaos ENDLESS CHAOS OFFER A FREE DOWNLOAD TRACK FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING EP 'REJECTED ATROCITY'
"'Sacrificial Ritual' gives a further glimpse into the perverse mind of Endless Chaos and really showcases the band's true sound. Evil, vicious and unrelenting" ...

bolt thrower BOLT THROWER PLAY THEIR ONLY UK SHOW OF 2014 HEADLINING DAMNATION FESTIVAL
The most requested headliners will top the bill for the 10th anniversary ...

frontiers festival FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL TO BE HELD MAY 1st-3rd 2014
The first festival from the record label will be held in Milan and promises an appetising line-up ...

black dahlia murder THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
The Molten Melodic Metal onslaught will be here in June and July...

meshuggah MESHUGGAH CELEBRATE A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEVIANCE
There will be special events galore to mark this milestone from the experimental Swedes...

ginger wildheart THE WILDHEARTS TOUR THE UK IN APRIL - VON HERTZEN BROTHERS AND HEY! HELLO! ADDED TO THE BILL
"I absolutely cannot wait to get back onstage with the lads, and we're all excited to be playing with our brother Scott again."...

hrh ibiza HRH IBIZA ROAD TRIP ANNOUNCE 17 BANDS
Time to beat the UK weather and join HRH Ibiza for a once in a lifetime rock n roll adventure ...

out of the ashes OUT OF THE ASHES HAS AN EPIC INITIAL LINE UP OF BANDS
The UK festival scene is on the increase and heading the thunderous charge are the team over at Out Of The Ashes...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS RELEASE 'DESTROYER' SINGLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD
Get a teaser from the vampire warmongers with an exclusive track which will not be on the new album ...

hardcore superstar HARDCORE SUPERSTAR UNVEIL THE NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL'
The Swedish sleaze kings remind us what they are all about with this live version of the 2010 classic ...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON UFO EUROPEAN TOUR
The band will be special guests on ten dates following their own headlining UK tour...

absolva ABSOLVA REVEAL ALBUM COVER ART FOR 'ANTHEMS TO THE DEAD'
Progress on the third album is going well, and will be released on 5th May to co-incide with UK tour dates ...

ginger wildheart GINGER WILDHEART'S NEW ALBUM 'ALBION' TO BE RELEASED ON 31ST MARCH
Never one to rest on his laurels, the pioneer releases his 7th album in 2 years ...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER WILL RETURN TO EUROPE IN SPRING 2014
This tour will be the only chance to catch the band on a European stage in 2014, do not miss ...

ian anderson IAN ANDERSON ANNOUNCES 'HOMO ERRATICUS'
It's the return of Bostock! Album release and extensive UK tour from the eclectic and seminal Prog God ...

bring me the horizon BRING ME THE HORIZON ANNOUNCE WEMBLEY ARENA SHOW
After a triumphant 2013, the Sheffield Metallers will play their biggest show to date...

tyr TÝR DEBUT 'THE LAY OF OUR LOVE' VIDEO
Guest vocalist Liv Kristine also appears on the video, which forms part of the Viking warrior's story told in 'Valkyrja' ...

grand magus GRAND MAGUS FRONT MAN JB DISCUSSES WHAT THE NEW ALBUM MEANS TO HIM
"It's a Metal Triumph of Viking Power!" Watch the discussion and track by track trailers here ...

saxon live SAXON PLAY 3 CLUB DATES IN FEBRUARY
Saxon's return to their roots promises to be a special treat not to be missed, and footage will be used for an upcoming documentary ...

blues pills BLUES PILLS ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
The rising stars are heading off an another European trek with their intense and unique blend of rock ...

tankard TANKARD BEGIN RECORDING THEIR NEW ALBUM, 'R.I.B.'
The sixteenth studio album, to be known as Rest In Beer, is due for release in summer 2014 ...

american head charge AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE ANNOUNCE DOWNLOAD APPEARANCE
The Industrial Metallers will be at Donington Park in June 2014 ...

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES INCLUDING DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
The UK dates will be with Buffalo Summer and The Cadillac Three in Feb/March 2014...

extreme EXTREME TO PERFORM PORNOGRAFFITTI IN ITS ENTIRETY ON EUROPEAN TOUR
The first visit from the band in six years includes UK dates in July...

hornet HORNET ANNOUNCE UK DATES
There will also be a Deluxe Edition of 'Skies Are Falling' out 12th May 2014...

sound of contact SOUND OF CONTACT ANNOUNCE BILL JENKINS AS KEYBOARD PLAYER FOR FORTHCOMING SHOWS
The renowned member of Enchant will play live dates in April and May...

ajenda AJENDA TO RELEASE 'HATRED AND GREED' SINGLE
Northern Ireland's rising stars showcase video from debut album ...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
Swedish Metallers make a comeback with their first new material since 1995 ...

black star riders BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR SECOND STUDIO ALBUM
The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in the spring of 2015 through Nuclear Blast ...

randy blythe BREAKING NEWS: LAMB OF GOD SINGER RANDY BLYTHE ANNOUNCES A LONG BREAK FROM MUSIC
"I will not be thinking about Lamb Of God, touring, playing Heavy Metal, writing new material for a good long while..."

motley crue BREAKING NEWS: MOTLEY CRUE ANNOUNCES THE FINAL TOUR... with video...
Band is first-ever to sign binding "Cessation of Touring" agreement to prevent future, unauthorized touring. Last Chance To See The Band Perform Live...

jake e lee BREAKING NEWS: JAKE E LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL ANNOUNCE JUNE 2014 UK TOUR DATES
The UK tour follows Red Dragon Cartel's eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records on January 27th...

chris dale EXCLUSIVE: BRUCE DICKINSON/TANK BASSIST CHRIS DALE JOINS MONUMENT FOR UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS
"...it's an honour for me to be asked to play for the next generation..."

nick menza EX-MEGADETH DRUMMER NICK MENZA FAILS TO RECONNECT WITH DAVE MUSTAINE AT NAMM SHOW
Former Megadeth sticksman Nick Menza claims that Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine ignored his attempts for a reconciliation...

transatlantic TRANSATLANTIC LAUNCH 'BLACK AS THE SKY' VIDEO
Second video from the supergroup's new album 'Kaleidoscope' is out now ...

kill ritual KILL RITUAL RELEASE 'THE EYES OF MEDUSA' ALBUM TEASER
New studio album to be released on 4th April ...

wacken canada WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA: SUBMISSIONS STILL OPEN UNTIL JAN 31ST FOR MONTREAL, TORONTO, EDMONTON, VANCOUVER
Krepitus win Calgary Battle One and will go on to the national final, for a chance to appear at the prestigious Wacken Open Air ...

corey taylor SEE SLIPKNOT WITHOUT THE MASKS IN COMPILATION VIDEO
Actual faces of the band members are revealed all in one place by Loudwire...

grammys THE GRAMMYS HAVE BEEN AWARDED AT THE 56TH ANNUAL CEREMONY
Black Sabbath took the award for Best Metal Performance for 'God Is Dead' ...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA REVEAL SECOND ALBUM TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM 'PARIAH'S CHILD'
Watch the band talk about studio album number eight ...

pig iron PIG IRON AND BLACK STATE HIGHWAY PLAY CHARITY GIG FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS OF JAPAN
Get down to The Intrepid Fox on 6th March to support this worthy cause ...

foreigner BREAKING NEWS: FOREIGNER ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ACOUSTIC PLUS Q&A GIG AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
An intimate evening with a chances for fans to get their questions answered on stage ...

glenn hughes BREAKING NEWS: GLENN HUGHES TO APPEAR AT SUNFLOWER JAM 2014
The legendary bassist clears his schedule to pay tribute to Jon Lord ...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL UNVEIL 'BROKEN CROWN HALO' ALBUM COVER AND TRACK LISTING
The new studio album from the Milanese Metallers is out on March 31 ...

lemmy motorhead MOTÖRHEAD CANCEL 2014 EUROPEAN TOUR
Lemmy and the band were advised by doctors that it was still too soon to resume full touring activities...

chris tsangarides LEGENDARY PRODUCER CHRIS TSANGARIDES CRITICALLY ILL IN HOSPITAL
Chris is critically ill in hospital with Legionnaire's Disease...

cambridge rock CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FIRST 20 BANDS FOR 2014
Melodic Rock superstars FM top the bill with many more acts to be announced ...

krokus KROKUS'S 'METAL RENDEZ-VOUS' GAINS OFFICIAL HONOURS
1980 opus is officially the most successful Hard Rock album of Switzerland ...

oliver OLIVER WITHÖFT CO-OWNER OF CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 20TH 2014
The Metal world mourns the passing of a great man ...

twilight TWILIGHT SET TO RELEASE THE FINAL ALBUM IN THEIR TRILOGY - 'III: BENEATH TRIDENT'S TOMB'
Listen to the track 'Lungs' from the experimental Black Metal band in advance of release ...

pantera THE BREW UNVEIL 'REPEAT' VIDEO
The latest from the British Classic Rock band is the first from their upcoming studio album, produced by Toby Jepson ...

pantera PANTERA - 'FAR BEYOND DRIVEN' ALBUM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Special anniversary edition will be available on Monday 24th March and comes in physical CD format as well as a digital download ...

flotsam jetsam FLOTSAM AND JETSAM TO RELEASE 'NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE 2014' ON FEBRUARY 17TH THROUGH METAL BLADE RECORDS
Classic Album is enhanced with the promise of being "100% better and more refined!" ...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH PREMIERE EPIC PRODUCTION VIDEO FOR 'FATHER OF THE WOLF'
Watch the latest from the Swedish Heavy Metal icons right here...

saxon SAXON ARE READY TO GO ON THE ROAD ON THEIR RESCHEDULED UK TOUR DATES IN FEBRUARY 2014
Amazing makeover album 'Unplugged and Strung Up' is also out now...

chas n dave CHAS N' DAVE TO PLAY SONISPHERE 2014 ALONGSIDE IRON MAIDEN AND METALLICA
Amazing news from Sonisphere Festival this morning; the latest acts to play the UK's sterling festival this summer have been announced...

metallica METALLICA CONFIRM WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW ALBUM IN BILLBOARD INTERVIEW
The follow-up to 'Death Magnetic' will be their ninth studio album ...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR SATURDAY 31st MAY
Early Bird tickets available now for £15 and first bands to be announced soon ...

exploited THE EXPLOITED SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
The Scottish Punk legends promise a new album in 2014, and 3 classic albums are re-released in the meantime ...

carnifex CARNIFEX RELEASE A LYRIC VIDEO FOR THE BRAND NEW TRACK 'DRAGGED INTO THE GRAVE'
New album 'Die Without Hope' can be pre-ordered now ...

fergie FORMER TOTO AND LE ROUX SINGER DENNIS "FERGIE" FREDERIKSEN DIES AGED 62
The Prince of AOR has sadly left the building ...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE 'ELEVATOR'
Promo video can be viewed now in advance of their first album ...

lemmy motorhead MOTORHEAD MANAGER GIVES WORRYING INTERVIEW REGARDING LEMMY'S HEALTH
A very worrying interview with Motorhead manager Todd Singerman regarding Lemmy's health problems has appeared in Decibel magazine...

dave evans DAVE EVANS REVEALS 'PUT UP OR SHUT UP', LYRIC VIDEO AND SONG FROM HIS FORTHCOMING 'NOTHING TO PROVE' EP
Original AC/DC vocalist and co-founder of the band releases new tracks co-written with Chris Appleton ...

jack bruce JACK BRUCE TO RELEASE NEW CD 'SILVER RAILS' ON 24 MARCH
New studio album from one of rock music's most respected innovators ...

gus g GUS G. REVEALS FIRST SONG/VIDEO FROM 'I AM THE FIRE'
The Ex-Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist gears up for release of long-overdue solo album ...

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