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  SAVN
'Savn'
(CDR Records, Norway)
Worldwide Release: 13th May 2014


Roger Berzerk Fauske

Roger Berzerk Fauske

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Back I go to the land of my fathers, Norway, for my next review. As I have mentioned more than once, the rock scene in Norway is alive and well – in fact producing a bigger and better variety of bands than ever before. So time to see if Savn should be added to that ever growing and impressive list. Before I get on to the musical side, a little background on the band, and interesting it is too.

Norwegian goth Metal legends The Sins Of Thy Beloved have been dormant since 2000 - following the release of their second album Perpetual Desolation - and after years of a rumoured reunion, Stig Johansen and Anders Thue have instead risen from the ashes with a new band, SAVN, and a new vision.

The seeds for Savn (translated: Deprivation) officially took root when multi-instrumentalist Stig contacted Midnattsol vocalist and long-time friend Carmen Elise Espenæs about singing one song for the planned SAVN album. Carmen agreed, and Stig and Anders (keyboards) were so pleased with the final result they invited her to sing on the entire record. With Midnattsol rendered inactive for the time being due to personal commitments within the band, and her new role as a singer, as well as a mother of an adorable daughter, the Norwegian powerhouse found herself with enough time and refueled with energy to take part in this new musical journey.

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And, how did all this come together as a band?

"In the beginning they just wanted me here and there in parts of the songs", Carmen reveals, "but I became more and more involved as we worked. There were some parts that I asked if we could change them because I had a chorus or melody line that needed to be in there. They decided that it would be best to say that I'm part of the band. I loved the music when I first heard it, and working with them in the studio was a great experience."

Did you get all that? Time to get to the hub of the matter, the music. If you are expecting some goth Metal (or fearing it, depending upon your viewpoint) then you will be in for a surprise. Naturally there are elements of it, but the sound is a lot more in the heavy rock direction so classic metalheads will have something to sink their teeth into, or shake their hair at. Right, down to business.

As if to prove my point, the album kicks off with 'Musical Silence', and a riff about as classic rock orientated as you could wish for, pounding drums pulling it along. But add in another layer, some strings (and I mean fiddle ones, not guitar ones) from Dag Bjørkedal and Lillian Hodne the whole feel of the music takes on a transformation and I have to say, a transformation for the good.

As you know the name Savn is Norwegian for desperation and all the songs touch on the subject – that melancholy, sorrowful feel is accomplished beautifully with the tones of strings. The subject matter of this one is losing a part of yourself due to lack of music and then rediscovering it through taking your music in a new direction.

When the vocals kick in, the song takes on an even more melancholic theme, Carmen's voice full of passion, truth and feeling. More fiddles where a lot of bands would put a guitar solo and the fiddle being a fiddle, there is even a touch of the Irish feel about it. Chorus is a very catchy little affair, a nice hook to it, keys interspersed without going over the top and taking over. A fine way to start proceedings.

As a footnote, perhaps Coldplay could take the concept of musical silence, but take it more literally (you knew it was coming...).

Next up is 'Hang On', which is about someone who has lost all hope and wants to end their life, whilst those close to them are begging them to hold on to life. Musically it starts off with just vocals before the drums and guitar pound in, keyboards beautifully catching the mood. Middle section featuring strings, fluttering keys, adding to the feel, ironically uplifting vocal mood giving the sense of reprieval.

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So to 'The Demons In Me', well not actually me personally or we could be here for a very long time. The track is about struggling with anxiety, voices in your head wearing you down. Michelle Darkness (End Of Green) makes an appearance on this track, adding vocals. Musically, again the fiddles adding a lot of depth, this one has more of a sombre feel to it, the contrast between the two voices working well, fiddles again in the space between.

The difference in the vocals is the stand out part of this track, almost anger and sorrow being depicted by each separate voice. The melody chugs along at a rate of knots, again an underlying feature of their tracks, proving you don't need to go into vegetative depressed mode to get that feeling across.

'Longing For Love' has for its subject matter wondering where the love has gone after a long time in a relationship. Personally I still love West Ham, however much they continue to upset and disappoint me. Back to the music... piano beginnings, with the kind of feel you would probably expect. Again the keyboards are impressive, especially how they fit on top of the heavier drum and guitar sound. Melody full of soul, feeling and more than a little catchy grabs you on this one, before the tone gets a little more sombre as the strings arrive again before going back up to the catchy melody. A good track, nothing overly complicated, but very well crafted.

'I Am Free' has another guest appearance and this time it is a family affair with Carmen's sister, Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes). It is the first time the siblings have recorded one of Carmen's songs together and Carmen is particularly proud of this one. Interesting keyboard intro, melodic before we get a first taste, mild though it is, of some growling (more about that later), emotional vocals from the sisters, softness in the voice before going more uptempo. Once again the strings add more than a little to the track, replacing the tried and tested guitar solo but again it works well. Quickening keyboards towards the end on top of the drums mixed with more strings make for a stirring end to the song.

The Lingua Mortis Orchestra make an appearance on the next one, 'Sorrowful'. The track itself deals with being left alone after a break up or other life changing event, kicking off with more riffery, keyboards and belting drums, the orchestrations layered in behind it giving it the sense of sadness right from the get go. There is the contrast between the rock instrumentation and the orchestration but they fit well together, harmonising and expanding the sound, choral chanting adding an even deeper layer before the melodic verses. A very well written one, and not the simplest to weave together but they have succeeded.

'All I Want' deals with wanting to do what you want and being happy, rather than the drudgery of life which seems a waste of time and effort sometimes. Yes ok, more than sometimes. Keyboards again overlaying drums and guitar, with strings again used to great effect. More upbeat this one – this lot aren't all about being lachrymose. Musically, the customary good quality songwriting and melodies are in evidence with the familiar pounding in the background.

'Now Or Never' is the next one up, so clearly more a case of now. This deals with a subject you have no doubt already worked out, but in case of any slowness it is basically a question of life being too short and you only having one of them.

Fiddles again, vocals uplifting, Stig Johansen's injection of growling vocals adding urgency to the track, Carmen's harmonising sitting intriguingly alongside.

'Lengselens Hand' is the last track on the album, bonus tracks aside that I will get to in the course of time. Translated from Norwegian, it means 'Longing's hand' and is about when someone close to you is lost for whatever reason. You still have the memories and the hand of longing just won't let go. This one again features The Lingua Mortis Orchestra and is also sung in Norwegian.

Sad, minor key piano with vocals, strings coming in alongside restrained drums, keeping the feel, no upbeat feelings to this one – but as much as it portrays sadness, there is no depressive feeling. Orchestration on its own gives a beautiful effect in the middle before the song moves uptempo, drums crashing in although still with some restrain, a well delivered piece. And this song actually fades out unlike most on the album that finish quite abruptly.

That is the basic album but there are a couple of extras on the digipak, namely growling versions of 'Hang On' and 'The Demons In Me'. They are as you would expect more on the heavier side, vocally, at any rate of songs heard on the album. They are interesting although musically stick to the same path as the standard versions but it can be looked on as an alternative sound, giving you an option and possibly for them to gauge reaction to this format.

So there it is. As I mentioned at the beginning, if you were expecting some gothicness, then you will be disappointed, surprised, reticent (delete as applicable). This album may require some clever marketing so people know what to expect but if it is given the right push in the right direction then there is no reason it shouldn't be successful. It is a shame that bands and music get pigeonholed as their former identity may put some people off before they even get to hear the music but marketing is the record company's job so let's hope they are at the races.

As someone more leaning towards the classic rock end of the spectrum, it impressed me so there is a definite cross appeal – it has all the elements that go to make up good albums and bands. The masterstroke is the use of strings in the way that they do and the orchestration as well. Whilst fiddles in rock aren't a new concept, it is not usual to use them to this extent – one of the first things you will notice is the lack of any guitar solos, that space generally being used for the fiddle parts,and why not, it works.

Some more used to the classic end of rock may not be enamoured with the relatively standard guitar and drum parts, but Savn don't pretend to be doing an album like that.

Bad points? There always are (even I am not perfect – yes really, I know, surprising eh?). Carmen Elise Espenæs is a very fine vocalist and she has a very distinctive quality to her voice but it is not one filled with extreme power and at times her voice does disappear into the mix. The mix generally is a little tame for my ears although the presence of the fiddles are never dumbed down, a definite plus point.

The variety of songs on offer could perhaps be greater but given the name of the album, there is always going to be the melancholic feel and there is only so much you can do with that – plus they are all songs about personal experiences.

That aside, it is an impressive album and whilst not quite unique as the PR claims (PR is... well...PR), it is different and they should all be congratulated on the direction they have taken and the way they have done it.

Online:
savn-official.com
facebook.com/SavnOfficial
  
Savn Line-Up:
Carmen Elise Espenæs - Vocals
Stig Johansen – Vocals, Guitars
Anders Thue – Keyboards


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ripper owens WAS BREAKING NEWS: RIPPER OWENS REFUSED UK ENTRY FOR FRIDAY'S WILDFIRE PERFORMANCE
"Although we are trying everything we are able, we have little hope of changing the minds of such a powerful UK agency."

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN GO ALL THE WAY WITH NEW ALBUM: LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPIC TRACK HERE
Screw politics - it never made a positive difference but these two did!!

twisted sister TWISTED SISTER FEATURE IN FIRST METAL MELTDOWN, A NEW SERIES OF CONCERT DVDs ABOUT TO LAUNCH
"This performance captured herein just two months after AJ's death really was about our way to help memorialize the great AJ Pero..."

richie ramone RICHIE RAMONE ANNOUNCES UK AND IRELAND TOUR FOR LATE 2016
"Richie saved the band as far as I'm concerned. He's the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band."

tesla TESLA TO RELEASE 'MECHANICAL RESONANCE, LIVE!' AS SUMMER TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD KICKS OFF
"Making this new live album of 'Mechanical Resonance' was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla..."

inglorious INGLORIOUS "HIGH AS A KITE" AS SECOND ALBUM GETS UNDERWAY AND DEAD DAISIES AND STEEL PANTHER TOUR DATES APPROACH
"No feeling or buzz I have ever had in my life will compete with that immense feeling of pride and happiness..."

airbourne AIRBOURNE ARE 'BREAKIN' OUTTA HELL' WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM AND HEADLINE TOUR OF AMERICA AND EUROPEAN DATES WITH VOLBEAT
These latest tour dates will only add to their reputation for incendiary live performances – maximum energy, maximum entertainment...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF ALBUMS AND NEW 2016 TOUR DATES
"This time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever."

kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

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