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  CILICE: UK TECH-METAL FEST TRIPLE THREAT
INTERVIEW, LIVE REVIEW AND ALBUM REVIEW


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THE INTERVIEW:

Xander: Here I am at UKTMF with Cilice, hello guys! I first caught you guys about four years ago, but since then your vocalist left, and I've just found out your other guitarist left too actually, but we have your new vocalist here - would you like to introduce yourself...

Ramage: Halloo I'm Ramage!

X: And you are from?

R: Cilice..?

Theo: But where are you from? R: Oh right yeah I'm from Cilice, haha. I'm from Scotland, Edinburgh.

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X: How did you get involved with the band?

R: Through the grape vine really, through the wisdom of MySpace! Back in the day I sang on a few tracks for a man called Nick... what was his second name?

T: Vos? He was in a band, The Fire Will Fall, we did a couple of tours with them. He got Ramage to do a few vocals tracks for him and our old guitar player, Remko, did the mixing and production for those songs. When Daniel left the band for Textures, it was so hard to find a new vocalist with their own personality. We got a lot of tapes and it didn't work out, so what do we do now? Then we remembered Ramage from the recording. So we had a listen and thought yeah that's cool.

X: So you approached Ramage?

T: Yeah.

R: I got a wee email from Cilice saying "We'll fly you over and give you an audition". So it was a five day audition of singing the set relentlessly six to seven hours a day. Then at the end of it we played the Mammoth Fest in Brighton, we headlined the second stage that day and that was an audition and a half! But I'm in the band now, don't worry.

T: He also did his own backing tracks (for the gig) which I think is the most important thing. Don't try to copy something, you have to use your own voice in. If we're writing new music we need to know what somebody else is doing and not copying somebody else.

R: That was actually an issue when I first joined, obviously I'm singing somebody else's songs, and Theo said that from the get go. So they sent my all the tracks without vocals and the album with the vocals so I could practice at home in Scotland. So I listened to what Daniel did and obviously I'm trying to make it my own as much as I can and still stay true to the original, and live I do certain things differently either because I can't do it or it's just not my style. Cilice play with backing tracks a lot, mainly because we love vocals, but there is only one of me!

It would be nice to have lots of choirs going on and extra vocals. So we synch the backing tracks to the backing vocals, Phil plays to a click track and that come's through the PA as extra synths. So obviously touring with Dan he had his backing tracks, so I did my own for that first set, which was nice! It meant I could make the songs more my own, the song I think the one I've changed the most which I really enjoy playing is Chinovel with and Eastern European kind of choir section. It's nice, it adds a new spin on the old tracks, making the more my own a little bit until the next albums comes out.

X: Interesting, so what's the highest amount of layers you have?



R: Umm... I dunno, haha, it was so long ago that I did. I think the most vocals on any one part.. actually it would be on the newer stuff, I put 50 tracks of vocals on one section, but it was a four part harmony and I did each harmony for or five times and then doubled that up with octaves as well.

T: Like Queen!

X: Yeah that's right, I know they did a hundred layers of their own vocals for a choir effect!

X: An inevitable question you probably get asked by everyone about not having a bassist, do you have one playing in your back track? Ramage: No, it's all completely live.

Theo: The story behind it is we had a gig but we were not complete, we didn't have a drummer, we didn't have a bass player and we were rehearsing with a drum machine. We worked with another drummer but it didn't work out but then I found Phil via a friend of mine and he passed by and we did some things and he studied one song and I thought we've found the right guy! When we went to the rehearsal room and played everybody was smiling and we thought this is it! And Daniel was smiling again and laughed, "Yeah guys in three weeks we have a gig!"

The thought behind it was you can wait ages for a bass player, it's really hard. So we thought we'd play the gig and solve the problem. Remco has a digi system with two signals, one is a bass sound, one guitar sounds, we did it for the first show live and it worked out! So we didn't need the bass player, just started getting gigs and playing. If we get a bass player in the end it needs to be more natural, like if you know somebody and it clicks, but not force it. The music business pays so bad, so one musician less is not so bad!

Ramage: I think it makes it tighter as well, If there's one guys that knows the songs inside out and he's making the sound of the guitar and the bass with every stroke of his pic, it makes the performance tighter. It's the advantage of technology these days to get the sound of the bass and guitar through one amp. Also, I can't fit any more than four people in my car!

X: How is the music evolving now with two new members in the band?

Theo: Good, good. I worked last the last two months together with Simon, he lives 20 minutes from my home. We weren't actually looking for a guitar player, I wanted a rest because there was too much happening at the same time, but I met Simon as he works in a venue as a sound engineer and also from other bands, djenty kind of bands and I saw him performing and asked if he was interested. And so we have been working on him learning the old songs and then with Phil we learn the new songs together.

Ramage: The next album is pretty much already written, we've got all of our demo's. We arrange everything first on the computer riffs etc. and then we send it to each other and access, and we've been analysing it over and over for the last year or so.

Theo: Also he came to my place to work on some things and I went over to him.

Ramage: Yeah I went over to finish writing the vocals for the album. And the entire album is there, it's ready to be recorded, the songs are... awesome!

X: Great, so what's the plan to get this out there and released?

Theo: Well we start recording after the holiday.



Ramage: Yeah Theo's going on holiday for a month! I'm seriously hoping next year sometime it's going to be released. We've got a good part of this year left to get some music down. I myself am aiming to get my vocals down over winter cuz that's generally when I record stuff, in the winter time - favourite time of the year.

Theo: Perfect time of the year, you're not going outside!

X: Well just as well you like it cold then, I like it hot! Right now it's 20 degrees!

Ramage: Oh this is far too hot for me! I'm sweltering, my poor car is melting!

X: So what's the name for the album?

Theo: I have a title but I don't want to give it away! But because we haven't discussed it yet.

Ramage: We've got the preliminary artwork though! It's really really cool, it's the same guy that did the artwork on the first album. It's err.. different, it's a little bit more colourful!

X: Any theme for the album?

Ramage: Nah i've not really got a conept, each song has got its own story, that's the kind of way I like to keep it, unless something drastic happened in my life and I need to kinda express an entire album worth of angst or pain or love! It's quite funny, these guys write a song and send it over to me as a midi file and call it some random name and sometimes that name will trigger off lots of ideas.

Theo: Yeah when I write a song I don't want to call it just song no.2, that's boring. So when reading a magazine or something and I think hey this is a cool thing, I'll call it that, like Hydro-syphilis! (laughs) I like the sound of the words together, like Mental Breakdown and Psychotic Mind-warp.

Ramage: Yeah sometimes the name can just last forever, and even when you get a name for the track band members will still call it that first name.

Theo: It's fun because I make up names like that and then the lyrics come and sometimes the name stays, so the title can inspire lyrics I guess, sometimes!

Ramage: Yeah sometimes, not always. I've pretty much written all the lyrics of the new album and I have managed tow rite music for one song as well which is something I didn't think I'd get to do, I'm hoping that will make the album! Phil's been writing a lot too and also our previous guitarist, Remko, has wrote two songs.

We'll record them all and see which ones gel together best, it would be nice to put them all on the album but you know.

Theo: I like different composers on the album because you get variety, it's not like every song is the same, but you have to produce the songs the same way so it sounds like the same band. But I think that is a strength to be able to do different songs.

Ramage: Yeah and the music isn't exactly easy to play.

X: Oh I don't know about that, it's all the same note really; dum dumdum dumdum! (laughs)

Ramage: Ha, yeah, if only!



Theo: That's the way I see it, it's about the whole song. OK there is a lot happening but the song has to be strong, strong vocals, etc and there may be weird things happening, but it's the energy and the focus thats important in the song. I really think quite traditional in the structure of the song.

Rammage: Pop djent!

X: Djop!!

Theo: Yeah! But I really like the blues rock background of vocals, I don't like very much the screamo, I don't want that at all.

Ramage: And I certainly don't have the hair for it! I certainly don't have the voice for it either, which is a good thing in my opinion. The whiney boy vocals don't do anything for me.

Theo: Then you get stronger songs, if you look at the old blues records the melodies are really strong and it sticks in your head. Ramage: I think it will make you a bit unique in that sense because so many other bands are going down that [screamo] route and then have exactly the same sound, they're just copies of each other. It's a shame, some of them have got really good music but I can't really listen to a band if the vocals are like that. That's why I like bands that have done something quite different with this particular genre.

Last year we went to Euroblast festival, a whole weekends worth of djent bands and math metal bands. It was awesome, insanely talented musicians, but with the vocals there was only a few bands that stood out for me and did something really different with it. I really enjoyed seeing Hacktivist because it was rap djent! It was awesome! I really enjoyed their set, and Destiny Potato had a more melodic thing, it wasn't just "rar rar rar", you know! It is different, melodic and more focused and songs that you'll remember and they'll stick in your head. Chimp Spanner doesn't even have vocals! It's just lots of really interesting compositions and melodies that stick in your head, I love Chimp Spanner, it's my driving music!

Theo: Yeah there was a lot of really good musicians there but I love how good he is, it's a different vibe being instrumental, totally different compositions. It's really cool you can create your own thing.

X: OK, well now it's time for the pop quiz! first gig you went to?

Ramage: It was a long time ago, I was very young! Well I can tell you the first two gigs I went to, I just can't remember which one was first. One was White Zombie, the Astro Creep 2000 album, and the other one was Iron Maiden in the Barrowlands with Blaze Bayley singing! I still to this day have not managed to see Iron Maiden Live with Bruce Dickinson! Which is a shame because I'm a big Iron Maiden fan!

Theo: I think my first gig was Wishbone Ash. I was a kid and it was music before my age, but I got into playing guitar and they have those dual solo's.



X: First album you bought?

Ramage: Michael Jackson - Bad, it was on tape!

Theo: I think my first record was probably The Beatles. But the I got into punk to Crash or GBH.

X: Who has the smelliest feet in the band?

Theo: I think me?

Ramage: I think Theo too!

X: Who snores the loudest?

Theo: I think me! I never hear it though.

X: What's your favourite pizza?

Ramage: I know! I love pizza, pepperoni, salami and crackled pepper. Simple. Elegant, amazing. With a fresh thin base. Theo: I'm not a big pizza lover but if it was really good in Italy, then thin with ricotta.

X: Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

Ramage: First thing would be my hard drive, it's got everything of my love on it from the last ten years musically.

Theo: Yeah you got a point, I thought of photos.

X: If you were a superhero, what would you power be?

Ramage: That's a really hard question for me.

Theo: I think the power of Godfrey Coughlin. Amazing guitar player, if I could do that I would be very glad!

Ramage: Say if it actually happened and some one was actually able to make me a superhero and give me one power then obviously I'd have to do something that would help everybody, so I'd probably have the power to be able to make everybody stop being a dick to each other. With a click of my fingers "stop being a dick!", and he'd not be a dick any more!

X: If you could be a woman for the day, who would you be?

Theo: A very sexy woman, my girlfriend!

Ramage: I don't know how to answer that, what would I do if I was to become one? Spend a long day in front of a mirror! A pretty lady that blew me away recently I saw online playing the drums, she's called Meytal Cohen, she's really really cool. That's just someone who I've come across recently as you do after ours worth of browsing videos on YouTube, and she has this really big nice smile. Playing heavy metal drums and being herself, it's pretty cool, she's really talented.

X: Jack Daniels or Jager?

Ramage: C'mon man, that's no question, JD.

Theo: JD for me also.

X: The ultimate question, what's your favourite cheesecake?

Ramage: Nondo's Chocolate Cheesecake, I've had that many a time, that's why I'm the way I am!

Theo: Space Cheesecake!

Ramage: What would be the ingredients of that?

X: Something that would be legal in Holland!

Theo: I give it to all my guests you know, they don't know and then play soccer!

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THE LIVE REVIEW:

Cilice took to the stage, somewhat in the darkness and to quite a bad sound actually, distorted and over powered. Neither of which were the band's fault and they just played away regardless in an absolute positive momentum kicking off with 'God Of Lies', this band are really chugtastic! Not bopping your head along is not an option, the music orders and you quite happily oblige. A happy sight to see the band play a larger crowd compared to the just me four years ago at the Vic Bikers pub.

At a time when the for-runners of djent were exploding onto the scene, compared to now where it's almost a dirty word, somehow Cilice have eluded the mainstream wave which I think has saved them in the long term allowing them to avoid going into the 'fad' bin. Great news because this band is something that needs to keep going, I love their groove and and unique quirky side. New vocalist, Ramage, nailed the set which is no easy task to follow in the footsteps of Danël de Jongh, now vocalist with Textures.

Whilst respecting the composition of existing tracks, Ramage manages to maintaining them whilst bringing forth his own characteristics. Additionally, new guitarist, Simon, has slid into place no problem, seamlessly continuing the grove and chugs. The flow of this band is just aewsome, like riding the seas in a small viking boat the grove rides the waves, and the chugs hit with every cut on the bow.

Fills from drummer Phillipp Moser are just insane, watching him is like watching someone write, he barely moves making this job look effortless! Yet the sounds are as intense as a heavy storm. Theo Holsheimer keeps the energy high leading the tracks with an accuracy and intent that leaves your jaw dropped along with the rest of the band.

Once the band set out playing their new album, hopefully due in 2014, I think Ramage will be able to give a bit more attitude onstage, something to display the passion from this humble Scotsman. I'm sure they will be great shows, I for one, will be there!

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CILICE: 'DERANGED HEADTRIP'
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Bar the instigators, Meshuggah, and trend setters, FellSilent, Cilice were the first "djent" band I'd heard, playing in my local dingy bikers bar in Coalville. It's amazed me how these guys haven't been snapped up along with Textures, Periphery, TesseracT and Monuments, especially when with such prolific musicans as vocalist Danël de Jongh (who subsequently left for Textures), riffist Theo Holsheimer and banger Phillipp Moser!

Pelting off with 'God Of Lies', to me this is pretty much the bands signature track. It's freaking awesome, the whole bloody album is and it infuriates me that a label (such as Basick, Century, Sumerian) hasn't picked them up yet, why the hell not? Have a listen to 'Mental Breakdown', pure genius, how could you even come up with that? Well I guess these days with the barrage of tech/djent bands it's not so shockingly amazingly, but back in 2009, this was groundbreaking - leaning towards the SikTh end of the scale.

'Drone' changes the tone with a smothering of industrial sounds, which is good for a djent band to diverse and have different elements, it can all get a bit tedious to have the same staggered chugging, right? 'Golem Servants' whilst typical not just of djent, is more defining to the sound of Cilice; choppy chugs, breaks and vocal noises.

'Chernobyl' you could be forgiven for thinking it was Mushroomhead! Lyrically deep and intense, I love that this band is not typical, every track has something interesting going on and over four years later sounds more fresh and exciting than a lot of other stuff out there. Djent music gets you nodding along with no effort but 'Malice' certainly gets you bouncing off the walls, groove doesn't even do it justice.

'Psychotic Mindwarp' ends, oddly short at only two minutes, leaving a hunger for more, right now, gimme gimme gimme! So here's to a prosperous 2014 for Cilice with their new album featuring new vocalist, Rammage, and rhythm guitarist, Simon. I cannot wait for this sh*t to hit!!


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The album is a marked improvement on its predecessor, 'Infestissumam'...

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM AND TOURING PLANS FOR REMAINDER OF 2015
Motorhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever...

buckcherry BUCKCHERRY TO RELEASE 7TH STUDIO ALBUM, 'ROCK 'N' ROLL', ON 21ST AUGUST 2015
"We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavour of Buckcherry..."

36 crazyfists 36 CRAZYFISTS TEAM UP WITH PUCK HCKY FOR HOCKEY-BRANDED MERCH
They shoot, they score - check out this unique range of merchandise...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT SET TO RELEASE 'DARK MATTERS' & 'SKY BLUE' SEPARATELY THIS SUMMER
The albums were previously available as part of Z2...

foreigner FOREIGNER RELEASE 'GREATEST HITS LIVE'
The 2005 concert is available as a standalone product for the first time...

slayer SLAYER ANNOUNCE UK DATES WITH SUPPORT FROM ANTHRAX AND KVELERTAK
It's a welcome return to the UK for Slayer for a seven date run...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 - FINAL LINE UP CONFIRMED
"Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for 'Eternal'..."

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM - 'ETERNAL'
"Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for 'Eternal'..."

damned DAMNED DOCUMENTARY TO DEBUT IN THE UK
Lemmy, Guns 'N' Roses, members of the Sex Pistols, and more appear in the film. Members of The Damned will appear at select screenings...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE STORM THE ALBUM CHARTS AROUND THE GLOBE WITH THE RELEASE OF 'THE PURPLE ALBUM'
A limited edition box set is on its way along with a 42 date US tour...

nervosa tour NERVOSA ANOUNCE THEIR FIRST UK HEADLINE TOUR
"Playing on the same ground where the first Metal riffs were created is both an honour and a privilege..."

sabaton alestorm SABATON ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH ALESTORM
Put on your army combats, grab a tankard of rum and prepare to witness the Metal event of 2016...

motley crue MÖTLEY CRÜE ANNOUNCE 'demandthecrue' CAMPAIGN FOR LAST EVER EUROPEAN TOUR
Have your say and cast a vote for which cities Mötley Crüe will play on their final leg...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR ABBATH LONDON SHOW
The band have also released a new video for 'Wield Lightning To Split The Sun'...

nile NILE REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND COVER ARTWORK PLUS UK TOUR DATES
"This album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence..."

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE LIVE SHOWS IN NOTTINGHAM AND LONDON TO CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM RELEASE
'Love Lies Dying' is released on May 31st. "Recording this album felt so right, we had the right producer and engineer and the sounds just fell out of us..."

anti flag amnesty ANTI-FLAG STREAM 'AMERICAN SPRING' VIA AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
"Amnesty International's mission is to speak up and stand up for those who cannot for themselves. The record American Spring is about the very same idea..."

blackberry smoke BLACKBERRY SMOKE ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Blackberry Smoke are touring in support of their latest album, 'Holding All the Roses'...

death angel DEATH ANGEL REVEAL ARTWORK FOR 'THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD' LIVE LP
"The title is written in the blood of victims whose bodies have been dragged down to the second deck of the bridge, where their assailants plot the next attack..."

nile tour NILE ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS THIS SEPTEMBER WITH SUPPORT FROM SUFFOCATION
Nile's withering live performances are nothing short of legendary...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'DIVIDE US'
One of the UK's most exciting young bands can be seen on a headline tour in support of the new CD...

scrap metal FREE SCRAP METAL EVENT COMING TO GLASGOW
Eight hours of Metal is heading your way this June in this must-see event...

hrh aor MELODIC LEGENDS AND ICONS JOIN THE HRH AOR 4 CRUSADE
Quiet Riot, Joe Lynn Turner, Tyketto, The Dan Reed Network are among the first batch to be announced...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCE US FESTIVALS AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
It's a busy time for Napalm Death who can be seen at festivals and gigs throughout the summer, including Bloodstock in August...

wacken ROCKCOMM TO HOST SPECIAL FESTIVAL FOCUS Q&A ON WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL WITH ITS CO-FOUNDER THOMAS JENSEN
As well as the festival focus, the prestigious rock music conference has doznes of panels and showcase covering all aspects of the industry...

black sabbath BLACK SABBATH REUNITE WITH BILL WARD TO ACCEPT IVOR NOVELLO AWARD
Ozzy Osbourne, did not join the other three members at the ceremony for reasons unknown...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR DEEP PURPLE EUROPEAN TOUR
"I cut my teeth on those early records... 'Machine Head', 'In Rock', 'Made In Japan' etc. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of LEVELLING....

trooper RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR ANNOUNCES TROOPER AS OFFICIAL ALE FOR FESTIVAL
One of Iron Maiden's famous creations is now the must-have ale for the must-see festival...

helloween HELLOWEEN REVEAL STUNNING POST-APOCALYPTIC VIDEO FOR 'MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT'
When the tough girl realises that she won't escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty...

lucifers friend ROCK LEGENDS LUCIFER'S FRIEND TO RELEASE NEW BEST OF COMPILATION PLUS BONUS DISC WITH FOUR NEW TRACKS
The founder members have re-formed and will be taking their influential and ground-breaking original sound to fans old and new...

symphony x SYMPHONY X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'UNDERWORLD' OUT IN JULY
The album is a flowing, total experience Inspired by Dante and secret knowledge. "There's cool shit like this all over the record..."

chris squire CHRIS SQUIRE TO UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA
Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months...

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TWO UK AND IRELAND SHOWS THIS AUGUST
Brazil's most successful Metal band are making additional stops after Bloodstock...

download AT THE GATES CONFIRMED TO PLAY AT DOWNLOAD
The Swedish Melodic Death Metallers can also be seen across Europe, South America and Australia...

magic bus 3CD COMPLIATION 'MAGIC BUS' IS RELEASED ON UNIVERSAL RECORDS
Take a trip and relive the hippie trail with this mystical compilation bringing together the best of the era...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: BRUCE DICKINSON GIVEN ALL CLEAR AFTER CANCER SCARE
Absolutely brilliant news this Friday afternoon - Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been given the all clear...

the edge THE EDGE GOES OVER THE EDGE ON U2'S OPENING NIGHT
This is karma's way of saying don't make your new album a compulsory free download on iTunes...

gus g GUS G ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM 'BRAND NEW REVOLUTION'
"It's a continuation of the modern hard rock style I followed on my 1st album, although I think this one's a bit heavier..."

mac sabbath MAC SABBATH, THE CHEESIEST AND BEEFIEST BAND IN THE WORLD TO DRIVE THRU THE UK
These mind-blowing sets are guaranteed to leave you satisfied...

pearl handled revolver PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ABSINTHE IN ADELAIDE'
This stunning psychedelic new track is the first taste of the new studio album to be released later this year...

billy idol BILLY IDOL RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME NOW'
The dramatic promo was filmed in the Californian desert...

beth hart BETH HART ANNOUNCES LONDON'S UNION CHAPEL SOLO CONCERT
Beth will play solo in the UK for the first time ever - tickets for this unmissable show are on sale from Friday 15th May...

vintage trouble THE NEW ALBUM FROM VINTAGE TROUBLE IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 14
'1 Hopeful Rd.' is available for pre-order now. The band open for AC/DC in Europe this summer...

joe satriani JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA'
Satch releases a wildly ambitious album, showcasing his extroverted alter ego...

helloween HRH 9 ANNOUNCES HELLOWEEN FOR NOVEMBER
Fans will get a chance to see this rare UK performance surrounded with the customary HRH community back drop...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES, THE VOICE OF ROCK, RETURNS FOR EURO DATES
Glenn has announced a month long string of dates across western Europe which will run from mid September to mid October...

anvil ANVIL RETURN TO UK FOR SUMMER TOUR
Canadian Heavy Metal legends return to the UK for four dates in July...

vardis VARDIS SPEED BACK AT '200MPH' WITH FIRST NEW MATERIAL AND LONDON DATE IN 30 YEARS
Hoplite Records proudly announce the first new Vardis release since 1986...

ron wood GIBSON TO LAUNCH RON WOOD SIGNATURE GUITAR
Not all vintage guitars were first built in the 1950s...

art of anarchy ART OF ANARCHY STREAM ALBUM SONG SNIPPETS
Their debut self-titled album will be in stores and online June 8th 2015...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BENEATH BROKEN EARTH'
"Doing a performance video with our miserable, old faces barely moving in a crappy, old basement was too much to resist..."

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM 'MAKING OF COMA ECLIPTIC' DVD
'Coma Ecliptic' is available for pre-order from Metal Blade with special bundles and packages offered...

marilyn manson MARILYN MANSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE MEPHISTOPHELES OF LOS ANGELES'
Marilyn Manson will play live across Europe this summer, including an appearance at Download in the UK...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE 'TORN APART', THE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
The band can be seen at a string of summer shows and festivals across Europe...

death angel DEATH ANGEL TO RELEASE 'A THRASHUMENTARY' DVD AND LIVE ALBUM
"This is the first time that the band in its current lineup has been able to collectively sit down, and tell the story of how Death Angel came to be..."

dan reed DAN REED NETWORK UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Dan Reed was very excited to announce the six dates and said that "this would be a funky good time warp indeed"...

wildhearts THE WILDHEARTS TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 'P.H.U.Q' WITH UK TOUR
It's twenty years since the album went straight in at Number 6 on the national UK album charts...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'STOLEN LIFE (2015 VERSION'
This brand-new version of the song that was originally released on the 2014 album, 'War Eternal'...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE RELEASE NEW 'SOLDIER OF FORTUNE' VIDEO
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago..."

acid reign ACID REIGN ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP
"It's not a reformation, it's a reboot!" Howard 'H' Smith...

ac dc AC/DC KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR IN ARNHEM: VIDEOS AND SETLIST HERE: WARNING - CONTAINS BIG SPOILERS
The set list running order differed slightly from the show they played at the Coachella Festival...

craig gruber ORIGINAL RAINBOW BASSIST CRAIG GRUBER PASSES AWAY AGED 64
Craig Gruber's career in music took off in 1974 when he joined Elf, the band fronted by Ronnie James Dio...

rev jones REV JONES SLATES DON DOKKEN, MARK BOALS AND THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN
"...normally I would have hit him in the face but I didn't want to knock that really bad fucking wig off his head..."

venom VADER ANNOUNCE UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SET THIS SEPTEMBER SUPPORTING VENOM INC
Death Metal legends Vader released the "absolute heaviest" studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK WINTER TOUR
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation's venues...

borknagar BORKNAGAR WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM
The original Borknagar vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (aka Garm/Fiery G Maelstrom/Trixter G) has already recorded vocals for two songs...

wasp W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE TEN DATE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER
W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album 'Golgotha'...

dew scented DEW-SCENTED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'INTERMINATION' ON 12th JUNE
The German/Dutch thrash commandos have finished recording their third full length studio release for Metal Blade...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER SAYS RAINBOW REUNION IS "PROBABLE"
"We are talking, but we have not sat in the same room yet to discuss anything..."

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND - AOR LEGENDS RELEASE FIRST NEW MATERIAL IN 33 YEARS
This will be the first brand new material from New England in decades...

black sabbath OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RETIRE AFTER 2016 FAREWELL TOUR
"The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over..."

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE FIRST BATCH OF DATES FOR EU TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
This year is Motorhead's 40th anniversary and we always knew that a big tour would take place...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ANNOUNCE JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
Schenker will perform tracks from 'Spirit On A Mission' plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics...

venom MANTAS, ABADDON AND DEMOLITION MAN REUNITE TO CREATE VENOM INC: TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
...now there is a second Venom on the circuit...

kamelot KAMELOT PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF 'INSOMNIA' FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'HAVEN'
It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven. Check it out here...

the darkness THE DARKNESS LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'OPEN FIRE'
The Darkness have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album 'Last Of Our Kind'...

doro pesch DORO ANNOUNCES UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AND LIVE DVD
Internationally renowned rock and Heavy Metal legend Doro Pesch has just announced a run of three UK shows this November...

epica DUTCH SYMPHONIC METAL STARS EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SWISS FOLK METALERS ELUVEITIE
"Both bands bring their unique flavour to Metal and are known as top live acts, so we are certain that every single night is going to be one to remember..."

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH UNVEIL THE COVER ARTWORK FOR 'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES'
"...themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation..."

heidevolk MARK BOCKTING AND RAEMON BLOEM DEPART HEIDEVOLK
Heidevolk, Mark and Reamon have all made statements which you can read in full here...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG POSSESSION AND THREATENING TO KILL CHARGES
Phil remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea and also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse...

inglorious EXCLUSIVE: INGLORIOUS RELEASE VIDEO OF 'FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN'' AHEAD OF LONDON HIPPODROME SHOWCASE
The video was recorded completely live and recorded and mixed by Steve Rispin at Liscombe Park Studios...

majesty GUITARIST TRISTAN VISSER LEAVES MAJESTY
The split appears to be amicable and without bad blood. Tristan has left to pursue a solo career...

uriah heep JUDAS PRIEST AND URIAH HEEP MEMBERS IN ALL-STAR METALWORKS JAM AT DAVEY RIMMER'S WEDDING
Other guests included all the members of Uriah Heep plus numerous faces from the London scene...

alestorm BREAKING NEWS: GUITARIST DANI EVANS LEAVES ALESTORM
"I hold nothing but respect for the guys and there is no bad blood between us..."

ozzy osbourne BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE HITS BACK AT BILL WARD: "BE HONEST WITH BLACK SABBATH FANS"
"Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour..."

kiss KISS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR MAY/JUNE 2015
"Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as Kiss are coming to OWN Europe..."

bill ward BILL WARD POSTS LONG STATEMENT ON HIS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK SABBATH CONTINUING WITHOUT HIM
"The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues..."

origins of iron ORIGINS OF IRON: AN ALBUM FULL OF EX-IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS AND THEIR MUSIC
After the success of the highly rated encyclopaedic book, 'Outside Iron Maiden' the author and organisers hatched a plan...

giants of rock MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK TO HEADLINE GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL 2016
Other acts already confirmed are Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell plus two of the finest bands to ever come out of Dunfermline...

aerosmith AEROSMITH BLUE ARMY TOUR 2015 SUMMER TREK TO KICK OFF JUNE 13th
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith will return to the road June 13th...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER AND POST NEW VIDEO CLIP
Looking back on 2014, it was the best year in the band's career so far...

bernie torme BERNIE TORME ANNOUNCES 'BLACKHEART' NEW ALBUM AND TOUR SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015
"We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the 'Flowers & Dirt' album and I really caught the bug to play live again..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'MESSE NOIR' WITH PRODUCER ZEV DEANS
The combination of visual and auditory elements could not be more ideal...

conan CONAN ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR IN JUNE
""As we gear up to record the follow up to 'Blood Eagle', we welcome you to join us on our only run of UK shows in 2015..."

muskel rock MUSKEL ROCK ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HEADLINERS
Let Them Eat Metal On Metal because there's Thunder On The Tundra at this year's Muskel Rock Festival in Sweden...

primus PRIMUS ANNOUNCE 'AN EVENING WITH PRIMUS' JUNE UK DATES
Primus are set to return to the UK for the first time since 2012 for three special shows...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO FINALLY RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN UK VIA earMUSIC
Babymetal are a divisive phenomena in the Metal world today...

ac/dc AC/DC OPEN ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR WITH SURPRISE SETLIST INCLUSIONS: WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Rock Or Bust world tour resumes on April 17th during Coachella's second weekend before the band hit Europe in May...

six feet under SIX FEET UNDER ALL SET TO RELEASE THEIR ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM 'CRYPT OF THE DEVIL'
The band's eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance...

gwar METAL BLADE TO RE-ISSUE GWAR's 'AMERICA MUST BE DESTROYED'
'America Must Be Destroyed' is definitely their "heaviest" album. The hardest vocals, and the hardest music...

twisted sister BREAKING NEWS: TWISTED SISTER ANNOUNCE AJ PERO TRIBUTE CONCERT, FAREWELL TOUR AND AJ'S REPLACEMENT
"Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits - just one week before drummer AJ Pero died from a heart attack."

skyclad MARTIN WALKYIER GOES SKYCLAD ANNOUNCED AS BEERMAGEDDON SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
"Once again we will witness Skyclad in it's true glory, as intended from conception, the Skyclad that impacted Metal like no incarnation since..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN CATALOGUE NOW MASTERED FOR ITUNES
"I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums..."

skid row JOHNNY SOLINGER LEAVES SKID ROW; REPLACEMENT NAMED ALREADY
"We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SIX MORE BANDS
Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age, 13 Stars, Heartbreak Remedy, Liz Owen & Charlotte Hackett are added to the loaded bill this July...

megadeth ANGRA GUITARIST KIKO LOUREIRO JOINS MEGADETH
He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick...

odium CANADA'S ODIUM ISSUE STUDIO UPDATE AND OFFER FREE SONG DOWNLOAD
As the album comes together in the studio, Odium have no plans to slow down on the live performance front...

videscape VIDESCAPE IS THE NEW WAY FOR MUSICIANS TO MAKE MORE MONEY FROM VIDEOS AND AUDIO
VidEscape is perhaps not a site many musicians and bands are familiar with but all that could change in the coming months...

van halen VAN HALEN SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD FOR SPECIAL JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
The band performed a forty five minute set to fans who were given free tickets to attend the outdoor event...

status quo STATUS QUO TO ROCK ROCHESTER CASTLE FOR A RECORD FIFTH TIME
The Quo will perform at the picturesque Norman castle grounds on Wednesday July 15th with support from Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Dubbed the 'We Will Rise' Tour to promote their new EP, 'We Are The Brave', the band will be joined on the trek by The Raven Age...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE/BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on 1st April from Live Nation UK with pre-sale and VIP ticketing information coming soon...

doro DORO CONFIRMED FOR ROCK IN RIO AND ANNOUNCES HUGE EUROPEAN TOUR
"This is amazing and a dream coming true. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are'."...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW SET OFF FOR 'ROAD TO DOWNLOAD' TOUR
Grab the chance to catch the Nottingham maestros of Metal around the UK before their appearance at Download...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO RECEIVE O2 SILVER CLEF AWARD
The iconic band have won the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music category...

thunder THUNDER APPEAR ON WEEKEND WOGAN BBC RADIO SHOW
Thunder's new album 'Wonder Days' went straight into the Top Ten of the UK album charts and they have just completed a highly successful UK tour...

aj pero BANDMATES AND STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO TWISTED SISTER AND ADRENALINE MOB DRUMMER AJ PERO
Pero was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when members of that band were unable to rouse him on their bus on Friday morning...

red dragon cartel RED DRAGON CARTEL NAME MICHAEL THOMAS BECK IN LEAD VOCALIST CHANGE UP
Darren James Smith is out, and a new era begins. The saga continues...

walls of jericho WALLS OF JERICHO ARE ENTERING THE STUDIO
The band will start work shortly on their first full length album since 2008...

beyond forgotton shores DORMANT INFERNO & DIONYSUS ANNOUNCE SPLIT RELEASE 'BEYOND FORGOTTEN SHORES'
India's Transcending Obscurity label produces a Doom Metal double...

icon I.C.O.N SIGN TO METALBOX RECORDINGS
With a follow up album to 'New Born Lie' on the way and an extensive touring schedule, 2015 sees I.C.O.N in full flow...

soldierfield SOLDIERFIELD RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'THE ONLY WAR'
The video is from the latest acclaimed release 'Catharsis'...

serpentine SERPENTINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM 'CIRCLE OF KNIVES'
The new studio album contains ten brand new songs from the melodic rock quintet...

styx STYX RELEASE 'LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS'
The definitive live show is available on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and digital formats...

mike porcaro MIKE PORCARO OF TOTO DEAD AT 59
The rock world was shook again on Sunday morning, March 15th 2015...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'GET BRONX'
"This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work..."

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT LAUNCHES 'THE WHEEL'S TURNING' LYRIC VIDEO
"In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, 'The Wheel's Turning' has a fun and nostalgic vibe..."

corbitt WARBEAST'S BRUCE CORBITT ISSUES UPDATE FOLLOWING HIS HEART SCARE
Bruce has been undergoing tests and has an important message to share...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE INTIMATE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL WARM-UP SHOW
Catch the band at Bristol in June before their slot headlining Download's second stage...

serpentyne MEDIEVAL FOLK ROCKERS SERPENTYNE UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'VALKYRIES'
Over the last few years their live show has become quite the spectacle...

tank TANK REVEAL ALBUM ARTWORK FOR 'VALLEY OF TEARS'
"He's injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013..."

mike portnoy MIKE PORTNOY IN MEGA "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" MOMENT AFTER HAVING TO WAIT AT HOSPITAL
However well intended, the post comes across as though he is expecting to jump the queue due to his "status"...

david gilmour DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 SHOWS
The dates will coincide with the release of his as yet untitled fourth solo studio album...


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