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  MICHAEL DOWNIE'S BEST OF 2011
Review Of The Year


michael downie



BEST METAL MEMORY: For me, it would have to be Rhapsody Of Fire walking out onstage at Bloodstock. The memory of it still sends shivers down my spine.

GIG: Turisas at Northumbria Uni

ALBUM: Uneven Structure 'Februus' BAND: Aliases

FESTIVAL: Bloodstock

VIDEO: Trivium 'Built To Fall'

SINGLE: Circles 'Eye Embedded'

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So we're rapidly coming towards the end of the year, and as the rest of the world gets ready for Christmas and New Year, I have been deliberating on my Top Ten releases from the last twelve months. Now this is no mean feat - in fact, it's been incredibly hard. There've been so many good albums out this year that I fear I may end up with an embolism.

So, without further ado, lets get straight into it and look back in anger at my Top Ten albums of 2011.

10: Foo Fighters 'Wasting Light' (RCA Records)

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Dave Grohl and his merry bunch of miscreants had spent the last few years touring the middling 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace' before jumping back into the studio at the beginning of this year to work on their seventh full-length album and - my word - what a piece of work.

Going back to their roots and setting up a makeshift studio in Grohl's own garage, as well as enlisting the help of grunge uber-producer Butch Vig, 'Wasting Light' was raw rock at its best. From the walloping 'Rope' to the driving 'Arlandria', 'Wasting Light' is easily the best thing they've done since the seminal 'The Colour And The Shape'.

Coupled with their trademark storming live show and headlining slots at some of the world's biggest rock festivals, 2011 was really a great year for the band.

9: Opeth 'Heritage' (Roadrunner Records)

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Opeth have always been one of those bands that polarised opinions. You either really adored them or you were entirely nonplussed by them; it was rare that there was any middle ground. When mainman Mikeal Akerfeldt announced that 'Heritage' would see the band take an altogether less Metal route than their previous nine albums, I have to admit that I was very skeptical.

Fortunately, the band came through with an absolutely stunning album. From the main single, 'The Devil's Orchard' to the ambient-yet-nuts 'Nepenthe', 'Heritage' crosses musical territory that the band couldn't have touched had they still been doing Metal. Granted, I didn't feel that this new material worked particularly well live; in fact I found it downright boring, but as an album goes, it's brilliant.

8: Visions 'Home' (Basick Records)

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This year has been a great year for awesome debut releases. In fact, most of this list is going to be comprised of debut albums - it really has been that good of a year for new bands. Visions hit the ground running with this amazing album in the late summer, and what a stunner it is. 'Home' features some of the most amazing and considered technical Metal I've ever heard, especially from a band so young and fresh-faced.

Tracks like 'Machines', 'Autophobia' and 'Into The Sun' solidify Visions as a force to be reckoned with. Their 'Safer Than Home' tour with label mates Aliases cemented them as a live act worth keeping an eye out for in the future. All in all, a killer debut album.

7: Xternals 'Fistful Of Infinity' (Corpro Records)

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Now this album was a happy surprise for me. Randomly, one of the band members got in touch with me and asked if I would like to do a review for them. Never passing on the opportunity to help a band out, I obliged and I'm really glad I did. 'Fistful Of Infinity' is a superb album full of glorious harmonies, epic synth lines and songs so catchy, you'll be humming them for days.

Hailing from Italy, Xternals blend together the best bits of Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park and Seal (yes, Seal) into an album that's as catchy as it is unmissable. These guys aren't big over here in the UK, so I recommend you all help them out and buy a copy of their album. It was my album of the month after all...

6: Iced Earth 'Dystopia' (Century Media)

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Iced Earth are one of those bands who can be brilliant, but can also miss the mark quite significantly. After yet another line-up change (now totalling over thirty different members in twenty-two years), Jon Schaffer and his boys returned with the phenomenal 'Dystopia'.

Having completed the 'Set Abominae' story on the previous album, the band put together a collection of songs with dystopic themes and stories taken from books and films. 'Equilibrium', 'V', 'Soylent Green', this album has it all. In their new singer Stu Block, the band have found a mouthpiece who can quite happily cover the Ripper Owens material and the Matt Barlow material and still manage to sound like himself. A strong return to form for sure, I do sincerely hope that they manage to keep this level of quality up.

5: Dream Theater 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events' (Roadrunner Records)

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Back in 2010, Mike Portnoy shocked the world by announcing he had left Dream Theater due to creative differences within the band. No-one expected this to happen as Portnoy was one of the founding members as well as chief songwriter (along with John Petrucci). After an arduous decision-making process and several days of auditions, the band hired drumming legend Mike Mangini to fill in the vacant drum stool. They then set about writing and recording 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events'.

Without the tight level of control Portnoy had on the band, the band have remarked that the writing process was very easy and they were free to do what they wanted and try out new ideas. 'ADTOE' is a mix, there are sections which sound like classic Dream Theater, recapturing some of the magic that made 'Images & Words' such a classic album, whilst they've dropped in some forward-thinking creativity that shows they've got plenty of miles left to go.

4: Aliases 'Safer Than Reality' (Basick Records)

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Born from the ashes of tech Metal legends SikTh, Aliases have taken the scene by storm. With unrivalled technical ability across the entire band, Pin and co create some of the most intricate, alluring and epic Metal to come from the UK in a long time.

Their debut EP, 'Safer Than Reality' is a tour de force in ability and lunacy, with some of the most extreme riffing I've ever heard combined with what has to be the hardest working drummer in Metal today. Aliases are a band not to be missed, they're amazing live and awesome on record. Hopefully next year we'll get to hear a full album from them but, for now, 'Safer Than Reality' is a bargain at twice the price.

3: Trivium 'In Waves' (Roadrunner Records)

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In my eyes, Trivium have always suffered from an identity crisis. Are they Metal-core, are they thrash, are they technical? It seems that over the years they've had the same issues, each song on each album having differing approaches, leading them to sound woefully inconsistent in places. However, after a change of drummer and some time off, Trivium came back kicking and screaming with the superb 'In Waves'.

Trivium have really found their sound here, finding that careful balance between extreme death/black Metal sections and catchy, hook-laden choruses. The album sounds consistent; even the bonus tracks on the special edition which were dropped into the main track list don't sound out of place, it just all fits. If you haven't heard it, go and buy it, there is something for everyone and you will not be disappointed.

2: Blotted Science 'The Animation Of Entomology' (Basick Records)

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Ron Jarzombek is not human. Ok, well, actually, he is. What I mean is, what he has created with 'The Animation Of Entomology' is a super human feat. Seven tracks, all scored to sections from films involving all manner of nasty beasties, in a super-complicated compositional technique, played at breakneck speed, all instrumentally. The man must be crackers to even consider such an undertaking.

Crackers, human or not, 'The Animation Of Entomology' is a masterpiece of epic proportions. It may not be a long record, but twenty-four minutes of brain-melting progressive death Metal is enough to know that there isn't a single thing I could say is wrong with it. I gave it a 10/10 because there is simply no faulting it whatsoever.

So this brings us crashing down to the last entry, my favourite album of the year. Well, let's get you out of your suspense, because its:

(drum roll please)

1: Uneven Structure: 'Februus' (Basick Records)

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If people think djent is boring and uninteresting, then they want to take a good hard listen to Februus. An epic, sweeping concept album, the French natters that are Uneven Structure have come up with something entirely special.

Fusing a futuristic sci-fi story with extreme drums, edgy and complex guitars and a mix of throat-wrenching screams and soaring clean vocals from singer Matthieu Romarin, it flows as one continuous song. From the opener to the finale, there is not a single moment which is anything less than epic. As a debut album, it's been put together so well, I honestly can't believe how good it is.

I've listened back to Februus so many times since I got my copy and I still haven't gotten bored of it. I keep hearing new things and extra subtle nuances that I didn't hear the previous time. It's such a huge, multi-layered album, I defy you all to listen to it and not like it.

So there it is. My top ten albums of this year in an easily digestible chunk. Here's to next year and more amazing Metal.

22.12.11








 

cat stevens METALLICA HARDWIRE CENTRAL PARK WITH CAT STEVENS
"Because this world is big enough to share and for it to go round..."

la guns BREAKING NEWS: LA GUNS, WITH TRACII AND PHIL, UK TOUR DATES ARE HERE
"The only time we really bitch at each other is when we're in a band together, or when we're not in a band together..."

geoff tate BREAKING NEWS: GEOFF TATE IS GONNA GET CLOSE TO YOU ON UK/EUROPEAN ACOUSTIC TOUR
The tour across Europe will see Geoff performing a very special night of story telling and acoustic songs spanning his thirty-five year career...

dan reed BREAKING NEWS: DAN REED NETWORK ANNOUNCE 2017 UK TOUR
"After twenty-five years we were able to gravitate back to the passion we discovered playing together all those years ago, and battle once more!"

paco ventura UK EXCLUSIVE: KISS, EUROPE, RAINBOW STARS AND MORE FEATURE ON 'PACO VENTURA BLACK MOON'. LISTEN HERE
It's a powerful album with songs in English and Spanish and will appeal to lovers of Whitesnake, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen...

berserker LITHUANIAN VIKINGS BERSERKER TO UNDERTAKE FIRST UK TOUR
This band deserves support so get your drinking horns out and go enjoy. You'll be glad you did...

hrh metal HRH METAL IS HERE: TWENTY QUID TO SEE SODOM, RAGING SPEEDHORN, EVILE, LAWNMOWER DETH AND MANY MORE
"It's the tenth year of HRH and it's time we gave all fans old and new something to celebrate it with..."

as i lay dying AS I LAY DYING SINGER TIM LAMBESIS FILES $35MILLION LAWSUIT OVER STEROID MAN-BOOBS
"The terror I felt at this moment of confirmed maturation has left me traumatized indefinitely..."

lynyrd skynyrd LYNYRD SKYNYRD FANS TAKE IT ON FAITH WITH NEW GARY ROSSINGTON ALBUM
"Even some of the Skynyrd band would say to us 'Hey, go do something — the fans want to hear it', so we finally we thought, 'Well, let's just do it.'"

stone hroken STONE BROKEN WILL WAIT FOR YOU WITH NEW SINGLE
The fourth single to be taken from their acclaimed debut album, 'All The Time', this is sure to be THE power ballad for 2016...

the who THE WHO TO PERFORM 'TOMMY' ACOUSTIC AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
This special concert will be the first time the full band have performed Pete Townshend's classic rock opera since 1989...

anna murphy BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN BOOK OF SOULS UK TOUR DATES RIGHT HERE
"Although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas..."

anna murphy UK EXCLUSIVE: CELLAR DARLING ARE BORN - EX-ELUVEITIE MEMBERS TAKE THE CHALLENGE - FIRST SONGS HERE, FIRST LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCED
"We have fallen. We have screamed. We have battled. We found strength. We will overcome."

ac dc UK EXCLUSIVE: ANGUS YOUNG CONFIRMS AC/DC WILL CONTINUE WITH AXL AND NEW BASS PLAYER
"Axl and Angus are also rumored to want to record new AC/DC material following Guns N' Roses' 'Not In This Lifetime' world tour..."

lords of the land SCOTLAND'S LORDS OF THE LAND FESTIVAL BILL UNVEILED
Dubbed 'Scotland's biggest festival of filth, loud noise and destruction', the organisers have once again dug deep...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO ANNOUNCE BOOK OF SOULS UK TOUR ON FRIDAY
This time round the band have gone to great lengths to ensure their fans are able to buy tickets at the intended price...

cliff williams CLIFF WILLIAMS PLAYS HIS FINAL GIG WITH AC/DC AND WHO WE THINK COULD REPLACE HIM
"I couldn't have asked for anything more - being with the people I'm with and have been, being in this situation with this band, playing this music."

ultimate jam night NOW WE CAN ALL WATCH ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT DUE TO BROADCAST DEAL WITH ZINNA TV
"Our goal is giving music lovers a chance to experience something fresh on the live music scene."

suicidal tendencies SUICIDAL TENDENCIES NEW ALBUM ‘WORLD GONE MAD’ IS OUT SEPTEMBER 30th
"I think it's very typical and very traditional Suicidal Tendencies. It's that unforgettable style. It's Mike Muir."

gojira GOJIRA DEBUT NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE SHOOTING STAR'
'Magma' took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart this summer making them the first French band to hold the #1 spot in the chart's nine year existence...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES PREMIERES 'HEAVY', FIRST VIDEO FROM 'RESONATE'
'Resonate' is already a contender for Album of the Year and features Glenn's live solo band members...

prophets of rage PROPHETS OF RAGE RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST VIDEO: 'THE PARTY'S OVER' EP OUT NOW
"An elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit..."

iggy pop IGGY POP: 'POST POP DEPRESSION: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL' ON THE WAY
The Telegraph said: "I have been going to gigs for a very long time and that was one of the best I have ever seen."

hawklords HAWKLORDS UK TOUR DATES ARE HERE: GIRLSCHOOL'S KIM McAULIFFE GUESTS ON NEW ALBUM
"Exploring the themes of sex, death, art, time and identity. It's above and beyond a normal rock album!"

amon amarth AMON AMARTH PREMIERE 'RAISE YOUR HORNS' VIDEO FEATURING MANY SPECIAL GUESTS
Special guests include Biff and Paul from Saxon, Behemoth's Nergal, Rob Flynn of Machine Head, Doro, Jessie Leach, Zakk Wylde and many more...

thunder THUNDER MARCH 2017 UK TOUR DATES ARE HERE
"If we’re not playing the city/town where you live that's because we tried, but it wasn't available in the time frame. We did not do it on purpose."

pythia PYTHIA BASS PLAYER MARK HARRINGTON REPLACED BY ASH PORTER
"No drama, no problems, no fall outs etc, just simply a case that over time people's circumstances and situations can change...

the shockwaves EXCLUSIVE: NYC ROCKERS THE SHOCKWAVES DEBUT NEW SINGLE 'LIES' ON MetalTalk
The Shockwaves spent the summer in the studio hammering out new songs which will be released as a series of singles over the next few months...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT FORCED TO CANCEL LONDON GIG
""Is this good business? Is this how we and the other bands on the bill should be treated and how our fans should be treated?"

def con one DEF CON ONE RELEASE FREE DOWNLOAD OF SEX PISTOLS 'ANARCHY IN THE UK'
"The crowds went absolutely crazy for it and quite a few people have suggested we should record it and release it..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH SINGER FLOOR JANSEN IS FOUR MONTHS PREGNANT
Additionally, today Ghost have released a Deluxe Version of 'Meliora', their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album...

eluveitie WAS BREAKING NEWS: ELUVEITIE CONFIRM NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND NEW ACOUSTIC SHOWS
"We're looking forward to 'Evocation II'! The concept of the album sticks in our head already for years and it has matured a lot..."

ghost GHOST ANNOUNCE SURPRISE NEW EP AND NEW VIDEO, AVAILABLE HERE NOW
Additionally, today Ghost have released a Deluxe Version of 'Meliora', their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album...

status quo BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT DIED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES AND MAY HAVE PERFORMED HIS LAST QUO GIG
"He is far from being fit enough to undertake the rigours of Quo's touring schedule..."

black sabbath BLACK SABBATH TO RELEASE 'THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION': RE-MASTERED SET AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH WITH CRUCIFOLD VINYL TO FOLLOW
Curated in conjunction with the band, the 31-track offering features many classic songs..

the answer THE ANSWER REVEAL NEW SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The album is a hugely varied body of work encompassing elements of their Celtic background as well as their renowned trademark guitar attack...

sonic syndicate SONIC SYNDICATE ARE REBORN: NEW ALBUM 'CONFESSIONS' ON THE WAY
Aware that the band's 'new start' may cause a lot of listeners to raise their eyebrows the band do not fear the changes nor the future...

john otway OTWAY GOES WHERE NO BAND HAS BEEN IN OVER QUARTER OF A CENTURY
He's the first artist to record on the Caribbean island since The Rolling Stones made 'Steel Wheels' there in 1989...

out came the wolves OUT CAME THE WOLVES REVEAL DETAILS OF DEBUT ALBUM 'STRANGE FATE'
"This album is the culmination of our endless hard work and we couldn't be more excited to finally reach this turning point..."

kiss EXCLUSIVE KISS 'GODS OF THUNDER' DOCUMENTARY SET FOR 2017 RELEASE
As well as unseen footage of the band, the documentary was said to feature new interviews...

korn KORN AND LIMP BIZKIT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR DECEMBER
Korn are return to the UK in December for an arena tour in support of their hotly anticipated, twelfth studio album...

santana SANTANA IV: 'LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES, LAS VEGAS' ON THE WAY
This release captures the long anticipated reunion of the classic and much-heralded line-up of Santana...

second relation EXCLUSIVE SECOND RELATION DEBUT VIDEO FOR 'COUNTLESS DAMAGES' ON MetalTalk
"The motion picture for the second single ‘Countless Damages’ is a schematic translation of the lyrics..."

queen UK EXCLUSIVE QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT BRING A KIND OF MAGIC TO ISRAEL
Brian May and Roger Taylor each sang a song in Freddie's memory, and concert clips featuring the legendary frontman were prominent throughout...

phil campbell PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP ON MOTÖRHEAD MUSIC
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons are about to fly a mighty Welsh rock'n'roll flag in your direction...

jack bruce AN EVENING FOR JACK BRUCE WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS CONFIRMED
"We will be taking a walk through the major aspects of Jack's career, from the early days through to Cream and beyond..."

veil of delusions VEIL OF DELUSIONS ANNOUNCE UK DATES
The band have played numerous shows across Europe, including appearances at the Amsterdam Metalfest 2016 and the FemMe Battle...

leonard haze LEONARD HAZE, FORMER Y&T DRUMMER, PASSES AWAY
"Kelly said that although his health had recently declined, they felt he had a few years left, so this is unexpected..."

scorpions SCORPIONS APPOINT MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER MIKKEY DEE AS PERMANENT MEMBER
"The Scorpions fans have been most welcoming and its been great to meet all the crazy wonderful Motörheadbangers along the way..."

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ADD A SECOND NIGHT AT LONDON’S O2 ARENA
Tickets for all dates of what will be the band's first UK tour for three years are on sale here...

vixen VIXEN ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL AND BERNIE MARSDEN IS READY AND WILLING TOO
"Vixen will be a class addition - they are on fire at the moment, so it's a nice wee exclusive to add to the line-up..."

deep purple RITCHIE BLACKMORE: IAN GILLAN IS SICK AND DEEP PURPLE SHOULD GIVE IT A REST
"I'm deteriorating very fast, as we all are. All my friends are passing away. Some of my enemies are passing away too..."

europe EUROPE ANNOUNCE TAX THE HEAT, DARE AND THE ELECTRIC BOYS AS THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR SUPPORT
"They are one of the young new bands out there that are keeping the rock business exciting and vibrant..."

napalm death NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCE 2017 IRISH DATES
Napalm Death’s acclaimed fifteenth album release 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' managed to enter the sales charts in several countries across the world upon release...

london tattoo convention STAGE TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR ORANGE GOBLIN, RAGING SPEEDHORN AND ALL LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION LIVE ACTS
The 12th London Tattoo Convention takes place over the weekend of September 23rd to 25th at Tobacco Dock, London E1W...

neal morse band THE NEAL MORSE BAND NEW ALBUM OUT 11th NOVEMBER: WORLDWIDE TOUR DATES ARE HERE
"Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December..."

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES NEW STUDIO ALBUM IS ABOUT TO 'RESONATE': UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ARE HERE
Now, finally, his first solo album in over eight years will see the light of day...

judas priest EXCLUSIVE JUDAS PRIEST HELL BENT FOR BLOODSTOCK 2017?
When this will be officially announced is anyone's guess but what we do know is that festival organisers are working hard right now to secure next year's headliners...

the skids THE SKIDS HEAD BACK INTO THE VALLEY WITH 2017 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
One of the gigs on the 40th anniversary tour will be a hometown performance at Dunfermline's Glen Pavilion...

possessed POSSESSED ANNOUNCE GLASGOW/LONDON DATES
The current line-up have been working together since 2013 and despite playing festival shows in Europe in 2014, this tour includes their first ever Scottish live date...

the skids SCOTS ROCKERS MASON HILL WIN HIGHWAY TO HELL
"So many good bands played over the weekend and we're really proud to be part of it!"

slayer SLAYER: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE...
"Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc..."

guns n roses ac dc "STOP BEING SO SELFISH!" GUNS N' ROSES AND AC/DC CRITICS BLASTED PLUS LOTS MORE NEWS FROM BOTH CAMPS
"Grow up and stop complaining. This is also about Angus and his mates, have some respect for them."

metallica METALLICA ANNOUNCE OCTOBER/NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
"It's on!!! As we put the finishing touches to the album, we're also getting ready to hit the road for the first of many headlining shows around the world."

scorpions MIKKEY DEE GIVES IT BACK TO YOU AS SCORPIONS HONOUR MOTÖRHEAD WITH 'OVERKILL' PERFORMANCE
The Germans are to be commended for choosing a Motörhead song that isn't 'Ace Of Spades'.

lee kerslake LEE KERSLAKE URIAH HEEP ROCK PARTY POSTPONED DUE TO HEALTH SCARE
"It is with regret that Lee Kerslake's health has deteriorated at this time and therefore we will have to postpone..."

bristol deathfest NEW UK DEATH METAL FESTIVAL UNVEILS MONSTROUS LINE-UP
"It's been too long of a time and we are super stoked to see all you sick fucks again at Bristol Deathfest!!!"

pink floyd PINK FLOYD RELEASE NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'UMMAGUMMA' HIGHLIGHT AS V&A EXHIBITION IS LAUNCHED
The new video features additional guitars and vocals from David Gilmour and piano from Richard Wright...

british lion A MESSAGE FROM STEVE HARRIS AS BRITISH LION EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ARE ANNOUNCED
"We'll be looking to record some more shows on this tour to add to the recordings we already have for an upcoming live album..."

lords of bvlack LORDS OF BLACK FEATURING RAINBOW SINGER RONNIE ROMERO ARE HERE IN DECEMBER
Kicking off at the Underworld in London, the tour includes dates in Glasgow, Newcastle, Stoke, Swansea and Grimsby...

quartz QUARTZ FINALLY SET THE TIME FOR NEW ALBUM
"'Fear No Evil' is a straight Heavy Metal rock album, delivered with enthusiasm,” says Quartz guitarist Mick Hopkins.

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE RELEASE NEW VIDEO AHEAD OF UK TOUR: WATCH IT HERE
Special guests on the tour include Danish rockers Volbeat, French progressive Metallers Gojira and up-and-comers, Like A Storm...

purson PURSON ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
The band will also make bill-topping appearances at Norwich Sound + Vision Festival and the Brain Freeze Festival...

black star riders WAS BREAKING NEWS: BLACK STAR RIDERS UK TOUR DATES FOR MARCH 2017 ARE HERE
Black Star Riders will release their new album, 'Heavy Fire', in early 2017 and will be hitting the road in support of this in March...

pink floyd THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS AT THE V&A IS UNPRECEDENTED AND INNOVATIVE
The Exhibition offers a unique insight into a group of world-class musicians who have always defied artistic boundaries...

ac dc phil rudd UK EXCLUSIVE: AC/DC'S PHIL RUDD SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK BUT IS NOW READY TO ROCK AGAIN. BUT NOT WITH AXL
"I sneaked out to the shop to get some cigarettes, then I realised I had no car, so I walked home to get the Ferrari, and drove back to the hospital..."

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK 2017 IS GO! DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE HERE NOW
This price will not be available for long so grab your now before they sell out...

clutch CLUTCH DECEMBER UK HEADLINE DATES ARE HERE
A sure fire way to brighten up your holiday season, Clutch will be bringing the festive cheer to four UK cities...

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST NINE BANDS FOR ITS' 10TH EDITION IN 2017
"It's great for us that another Manchester band has the kudos to headline, just as Absolva did us proud on our Friday in 2016..."

tyr TÝR EUROPEAN TOUR UNDER THREAT OVER WHALE CONTROVERSY
Animal rights sympathisers, supporters and activists are in overdrive over this one with some pretty nasty comments being directed towards Heri and the band...

fm FM ANNOUNCE 'INDISCREET 30' NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR DATES
"We have been asked many times if we would consider re-recording some of these tracks using today's modern technology..."

red hot chili peppers WAS BREAKING NEWS: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ANNOUNCE FIRST UK TOUR FOR FIVE YEARS
This exciting run kicks off with two nights at London's O2 on 5th and 6th December and takes in dates in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD IMMORTALISED IN WEST HOLLYWOOD AS THE IRON MAIDENS HEAD STAR-STUDDED ULTIMATE JAM
"I think it looks a lot like him. It's a compelling image. I think it will offer some closure. I think Lemmy is finally home."

korn KORN UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR 'INSANE': DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
'Insane' appears on Korn's latest and twelfth studio album 'The Serenity Of Suffering' which you can pre-order here...

status quo STATUS QUO REVEAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR 'AQUOSTIC II - THAT'S A FACT!'
This is the sound of a band living in the present, embracing the future, whilst cherishing their past...

bruce dickinson EXCLUSIVE: SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO FEATURING BRUCE DICKINSON SCOOPS SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The audience surveyed rated the film 4.98 out of a total of 5.00 while Al Jazeera awarded it the Best Documentary out of twenty two entrants...

wakrat WATCH RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE'S TIM COMMERFORD START NEW NATION IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE ON VIDEO HERE
"The current system is oppressive and elitist, promoting racist ideologies in order to push a self-serving agenda..."

led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN GIVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT 'THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS' SUPER DELUXE
Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans...

saxon SAXON PRESENT A HOARD OF LIVE GLORY IN A BOX OF VINYL GOLD
"This is not going to be around again and with exclusive art work too. Bring it on - I think we'll play some of these tracks on tour in the Autumn."

journey toto JOURNEY AND TOTO LIVE SPECTACULARS ON THE WAY IN SEPTEMBER
"When I first listened back, the thought omnipresent in my mind was simply, 'That's that raw, sizzling energy we had in high school!'"

titanfest SKYCLAD, OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR TITANFEST
It's the 30th anniversary of Onslaught's 'The Force' and they requested that Titanfest be scheduled for November so that the album could be celebrated in style.

geoff tate GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION MINDCRIME UNVEIL TWO NEW TRACKS
"With the key finally in his possession, "H" has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called The New Reality. Or does he..."

big country BIG COUNTRY HEADING OUT ON 'THE SEER' 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Big Country will be performing 'The Seer' in its entirety when tbey hit the road for a 24-date UK tour starting on September 14th...

metallica UK EXCLUSIVE: METALLICA RELEASE 'HARDWIRED' - NEW VIDEO RIGHT HERE
"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there via MetalTalk...

manowar WAS BREAKING NEWS: MANOWAR TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE FINAL BATTLE WORLD TOUR
The Kings Of Metal are abdicating and our very last Call To Arms is coming...

opeth OPETH DETAIL WEMBLEY ARENA SHOW
"We'll only play this set list three times on the whole world tour so if you miss it, you'll have missed it..."

tank UPDATED: TANK RELEASE DIGITAL DELUXE VERSIONS OF 'WAR MACHINE' AND 'WAR NATION'
"Doogies vocals were exactly suited to this period of Tank and we're extremely proud of what we created in these two albums."

pete way PETE WAY LEAVES HOSPITAL AFTER HEART ATTACK
"Pete Way and I would like to thank you all for your messages, kind thoughts and prayers..."

vader WAS BREAKING NEWS: VADER ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER LONDON GIG
Vader will be touring in support of their recently announced new studio album 'The Empire' which is due for release this autumn...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'JOIN TOGETHER' AS 'MAKE SOME NOISE' CRASHES INTO WORLDWIDE CHARTS
"We want to thank all of our fans and friends around the world for the amazing support of our new record 'Make Some Noise'!"

bloodstock POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AT BLOODSTOCK
"Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch and are asking people to share this appeal..."

guns n roses EXCLUSIVE: GUNS N' ROSES DOWNLOAD ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE WAY WITH AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE DATES CONFIRMED
Other possibles for the remaining two headline slots are Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Metallica...

roger dean URIAH HEEP, BUDGIE AND ATOMIC ROOSTER ARTISTS WORK TO BE IMMORTALISED ON STAMPS
Roger Dean has designed over 100 album covers for artists including Yes, Asia, London Symphony Orchestra, Nightwing, It Bites and Snafu.

evil scarecrow WAS BREAKING NEWS: EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCE 'ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANADO' TOUR
"We'll be bringing our biggest, silliest show yet along with some brand new, probably never heard before, music 'genius'..."

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY TO BE FEATURED IN MULTI-PART CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY
"I'm excited to be returning to Canada and I look forward to meeting my fans, with the opportunity for them to be a part of the documentary."

last in line LAST IN LINE ADDED TO WINTER STORM LINE-UP
Winter Storm, the festival that will take place over the weekend of 25th and 26th November in Troon, South Ayrshire, have already announced an exciting line-up...

tony iommi GREAT NEWS FROM TONY IOMMI: CANCER IS IN REMISSION
"The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick — but I'm aware that it could come back one day."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2016 UK TOUR
"Hold on to your butts cause we will be headbanging our way through your town! Bring your A game cause we will be bringing ours..."

ac dc AC/DC IN FULL FLIGHT: QUALITY LIMITED EDITION BOOK IS A MUST FOR COLLECTORS
All of the photographs have been carefully processed and digitally restored to optimise reproduction quality.

ozzy osbourne BOB DAISLEY FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST OZZY OSBOURNE, WHO RESPONDS
"We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr Osbourne's success."

70 tons of metal 70000 TONS OF METAL: SIXTY BANDS, BARS THAT NEVER CLOSE AND MUCH MORE
Heavy Metal bands from around the globe playing concerts on four different stages...

lamb of god WAS BREAKING NEWS: LAMB OF GOD REVEAL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'EMBERS': MARK MORTON HAS SOME DEEPLY PERSONAL WORDS
"Nearly a decade after 'Walk With Me In Hell' it was happening yet again. Art was imitating life..."

iron maiden WAS BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN RELEASE "THANK YOU" VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
Now it's break time for Iron Maiden but they will be back for a full scale UK Tour in 2017...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF RELEASES SECOND TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM WITH JIM STEINMAN - LISTEN HERE
"Now psychologist and psychiatrists all over America are giving it to their patients..."

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