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Nik Underwood

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MetalTalk's Nik Underwood sat down for a chinwag with Buckcherry singer Josh Todd at London's Koko venue on the first night of their UK and Ireland tour. Here to promote 2013 album 'Confessions' and a Greatest Hits package, Josh talks about 15 years of Buckcherry, complicated childhoods, Prince, and never giving up...

MetalTalk - Hi Josh, welcome to the UK! So this is the first night of the UK/Ireland tour, how are you withe the cold? A little different from California!

Josh Todd - Thanks, good to be here! We started in Germany, Zurich, Italy, so we've had time to acclimatise to the weather!

MT - So we're here to talk about Confessions, album number 6 that came out earlier in the year. How's the reaction been to that?

JT - It's been amazing. You know it's outside of our box as far as when we went in to do the songwriting for it on the foundations of the Seven Sins, so it was a lot of fun for us to take a different direction.

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MT - Was it conceived thematically before the writing and recording or did it naturally evolve?

JT - Keith and I had thrown around the idea of an EP based on the Seven Sins for a long time and it was just time to do something with it. There's been other bands that have done it and movies and everything but the sins are timeless and so cool as a concept so it was a lot of fun, especially as a lyric writer. I did a lot of research, a lot of writing and rewriting. I worked really hard on the record.

MT - In terms of the lyrics they can seem very dark. I personally think there is more melody than usual but in terms of the subject matter perhaps your most personal to date?

JT - I agree with you. It's definitely lyrically darker record for us and I'm not a real dark individual but it's very easy for me to access that when I write though because I've experienced a lot of things in my lifetime. That's the beauty of creating a catalogue of music that it gives you the freedom to go outside the box and create something different when you've already covered certain areas in your "rock history".

MT - Was it a cathartic experience for you do the more personal stuff?

JT - It was heavy, you know? Songs like Pride, I'm so happy I have that because I really love the lyrics on that and songs like Sloth are very hard to get through but I'm also glad it's there. I'm at a place in my life where I can finally talk about that kind of stuff that happened in my life and it's just all about being honest. That's what I feel is the beauty of Buckcherry, we always do what feels right to us. Sometimes it serves us and sometimes it doesn't but I think that's what people appreciate about us, that we take risks.

MT - Do you feel a more honest a writer now than say on your first album?

JT - Not at all. I mean it's just that as far as that particular subject of Sloth which deals with my father's suicide, I didn't really want to talk about how that made me feel when I was in my twenties, now I've learned a lot more about myself as a man and matured over my lifetime and just to touch on that subject that if somebody else has been through something similar maybe they can get some inspiration out of it and that's all you can really hope for, if it just hits one person, you know?

MT - Do you feel now more comfortable now putting that out there?

JT - I just feel like it was a turning point in my life that I didn't know about until I did a lot of work on myself as a man and after having children I just felt that it was time to tell the story.

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MT - Is there a fear that it might be too much of a departure from the perceived notion of Buckcherry?

JT - I don't care. We have 70 other songs that they can sift through if that one doesn't make them happy. I think it's a beautiful song and I think it's a song just for anyone that's lost somebody. It doesn't have to be suicide, it could be anything.

MT - You mention the big back catalogue, 1999 was the release of the debut, do you feel that this is a different chapter for Buckcherry? Are you drawing a line?

JT - I think it was time for us to do something different, we did it. A lot people love it and a lot of the critics loved it. The critics usually bash on us because we're a rock band so I don't know! I'm glad we did it. Am I gonna make another "theme" record after this? Fuck no! Not right now!

MT - Well, I'm glad you said "theme" as opposed to "concept" as that seems to be a dirty word for an album...

JT - Right, right. I mean it's got a theme of the Seven Sins, that's the foundation but also we just wanted to make a great Buckcherry rock record that you could just put on and leave on and it's still Buckcherry and that's what I feel we did. MT - There was also a proposed movie tie-in, what's happening with that?

JT - There was a short film but it got stopped when funding fell through. We're still working on it, still in talks about it, seeing who can come to the table but there's no more money in the music business so you really have to find creative ways to do things that are outside of the box.

MT - In today's industry in terms of the financial climate, label support for artists - or lack of it, and changing sales models what do you have to do to survive?

JT - Well thank God we based our reputation on our live show. Nowadays you've got to be touring constantly to make a living at this. Now bands are starting to release singles, not albums. I think the album is going away and as shitty as that is you can see it happening but we'll see.

MT - It is a bit sad especially as you've made this record which is thematically a complete work but in this day and age people can just cherry-pick songs from here or there...

JT - Yeah, that's all they do now and you can see that trickling down through every part of the business, everybody buying singles so there's not a lot of money and record companies don't want to give you a lot of money to make a record, they're not seeing the return.

MT - So now bands HAVE to get out there and tour to stay alive.

JT - Yeah, you used to be able to sit at home and collect some cheques but not any more!

MT - And you guys are on tour now?

JT - We've been on tour since April last year, since we finished recording Confessions. This is show number 240. We're on tour constantly!

MT - And does it still feel fresh?

JT - Well you know the stage is really the frosting on the cake, it makes up for all the travel, the hard work in the studio and all the behind the scenes stuff.

MT - When Charlie Watts was celebrating 40 years of the Stones his great quote was along the lines of "5 years playing, 35 years hanging around!"

JT - Yeah, yeah, that's the truth!

MT - So on this tour you playing Belfast and Dublin. Have you been to Ireland before?

JT - Yeah, I can't tell you when because it's all a blur at this point but we've done it before. We're actually going to be spending Thanksgiving there on our day off so that should be interesting!

MT - Hectic! 2013 is winding up and as you said you've been on the road since last April, what are your plans for Christmas and the New Year? Take some time off?

JT - Yeah, we're going to go home, break for Christmas and the Holidays. We've been working on an EP for the new year or the first quarter and it's a really cool EP and if you're into Buckcherry you're going to want this, it's really special. I grew up with EPs, I had a lot of them as a kid and I always wanted to do one so we're going to get that in the can in January then at the end of January we start touring Canada and the States.

MT - So not that much of a break then!

JT - No! We can't!

MT - What have been the highlights or standout moments of 2013 for you?

JT - Well we really worked hard on our international reputation and our fanbase outside of the United States. We got to go back to South America and Australia on this run. We got to come here and do a proper tour where it was our own shows and not just festivals which was something we really wanted to do and that's been great. A lot of sold out shows, sold out tonight. Then We're going to Australia for a week after this which is cool. And it's really that, you know? Being able get outside of the States and going thousands and thousands of miles and having great turnout. It's very special for us.

MT - 2014 will be 15 years since the release of your debut album and although there was a brief hiatus ( 2002-2006) does it feel like it for you?

JT - It doesn't feel like it until somebody brings it up and I'm like "all this fucking time's gone by!" but no, I'm just very proud of the work, and we work very hard in this band and it makes me happy. And I think I'm the most comfortable as a performer, as a songwriter now so it's really a lot of fun.

MT - With the band being so busy right now and you not having much time off do you have a chance to do much outside of music? I know you've done a spot of acting in the past, if the Confessions movie does get the green light will you be acting in it?

JT - There is a role for me in it, I play a priest which is cool! The last thing I did was (TV show) Bones and that was a lot of fun so hopefully when I get some time off here I can jump into something.

MT - Is acting something you actively seek out or more a case of opportunity?

JT - Opportunity and time and the right situation, it's got to all come together and it has so we'll see. Music is always the top priority.

MT - I do remember you popping up in The Shield and the movie the Salton Sea with Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio.

JT - That movie was my first acting gig and I learned a lot on that. Vincent is a fucking amazing actor. There's actually a scene that got cut out of that where he and I are listening to Bon Scott era AC/DC - I forget what song - but we're doing lines of meth and cleaning our guns, it was a really good scene but it got cut. It was cool though.

MT - Back to the music, and what can the fans expect from tonights show?

JT - I always like to say "Their money's worth" you know? This question is so hard to answer but hopefully I think they can expect to be inspired. If we can inspire one person to leave the club tonight and go "Fuck man, I wanna go home and just be creative or do whatever, you know, paint or play my instrument or write my book" I think that is the coolest form of flattery for us.

MT - Any chance of a Buckcherry book on the horizon?

JT - You know I've been thinking about it but I really can not stand musicians stories, I can't stand reading them because they just seem to be so boring, it's always the same fucking story and the only way I'd want to write a book is for it to be like a book, and it reads like a book and it's very interesting, not just a music story it's a story of - you know I want to know what created the monster, I want to know about the childhood because psychologically that's the foundation, where all the shit comes from and as artists we're very insecure and that's why we do this for a living because it's a crazy life! It goes down the line for actors, musicians, painters - we're all just insecure wrecks and it all came from somewhere so I'd like to do it at some point. I've recently been re-visiting George Carlin and all his HBO specials and he's done 9 of them, and I've read his book and he's really inspiring to me because he was such a brilliant fucking mind and he wrote over an hour's worth of material and it was different every show, memorised it all and delivered such incredible performances. His book was so interesting so maybe I'll start dabbling in that.

MT - So, like you say, outside the box. Not your typical Rockstar story! I went here, I went there, I did this, I did that...

JT - Yeah! I got famous, I got a drug habit, lost it all, whatever you know... I don't want that.

MT - You say you find these stories boring but are creative people like actors, musicians, painters etc not essentially the same person with the same story?

JT - No not at all, that would be silly! The end may be the same but I've met a lot of these characters over the years and the most extraordinary part of their stories are their childhoods. That to me is the interesting part. I read a lot of true crime because it's interesting to me, you know, guys like Richard Ramirez, Jeffery Dhamer, it's interesting to know the backstory. Like, how did they become these fucking people?

MT - They are not born that way, nature vs nurture.

JT - No, they're not born that way but they have these elements of their childhood that kind of shape them in the direction they were going. It's interesting and I'd just like to maybe dive more into the psychological aspect of it. But you also want to give the people what they want, they want to know about this life and what it's like to live it. I understand that.

MT - Well THAT book may be a bit dark for people to read!

JT - (laughs) Yeah! I would just want to write a story that takes you on a journey and is a lot of fun to read.

MT - Well I think you have been on a journey and people who like Buckcherry and this kind of music would want to read that and are looking perhaps for a bit of escapism. You could definitely be the guy to provide that.

JT - Yeah mostly people just want to know "So, who did you fuck? How many chicks? How fucked up did you get?"

MT - "What's your latest tattoo?"

JT - Right! and that just gets fucking boring to me.

MT - But you definitely have something to say just not perhaps in the expected way?

JT - We'll see. I've still got a lot of life to live yet!

MT -Can we talk a little about the Greatest Hits album that has just come out? How involved were you and the band in selecting the tracks?

JT - The Best Of? Yeah, well like I said we have 68 or 70 songs out there and it could only be a 12 song record so...

MT - ...and of course there are songs that HAVE to go on there...

JT - Right so we just decided to pick the singles over the years, make it real easy and cut out all the fucking arguments we would have over who thinks what song should be where off what record! So that's what we did, just compiled the singles off all 6 records. MT - I guess much like compiling your setlist you try to strike a balance...

JT - Well, you've got to have the usual suspects in there. You know people want to hear Lit Up, they want to hear Crazy Bitch, Everything...

MT - KISS aren't going to go out and not play Love Gun...

JT - Right!

MT - Is it ever a burden to play Lit Up after all these years?

JT - No no no! I just go back there in my head. That's why I think every singer should right their own lyrics because you've got to sing these songs thousands of times, you might want to put yourself in them a certain way so you can get excited about it.

MT - A bit like Method acting and it's Sense Memory technique?

JT - There you go. Yes sir. That's what I always really appreciated about Axl, I know he didn't write all of his lyrics but I felt like when he went to sing a song he fucking believed it, you could see it in his passion live. Every time he'd do a song he would go there in his mind, no matter if he was tired or whatever was going on in his life he would deliver it and you would believe it. That was what was so cool about him you know?

MT - If he was tired he would take a nap and turn up when he was good and ready!

JT - Ha! That's right!

MT - In terms of this retrospective Best Of, I just want to put it out there that to me your Timebomb album is perhaps my favourite and I feel is often overlooked as an album...

JT - Cool! That's cool. Yeah, it's the long lost record.

MT - At the time (2002) people said it was a very "downer" record and that it seemed as though you guys were already jaded by your second album...

JT - I love all of our records, we worked hard on all of them. We didn't rush through any of them and Timebomb is what it is. We just tried to capture where we were at that time and that's what came out. It's too bad that it didn't get the attention that it deserved. Our A&R guy quit on us at the beginning of that record cycle so no one at the label knew what was going on with us so after the first single Ridin' it just got completely shelved and it didn't get any love. So it's unfortunate but at least if you're into this band you can go discover it which is cool.

MT - Is it due a re-appraisal?

JT - I'm a huge Prince fan and I think Around The World In A Day was recorded after Purple Rain and no one cared about it. I go back and listen to that record I think I like it more than Purple Rain. I love it so if people feel that way about Timebomb that's great!

MT - The difficult second album?

JT - Every band has to battle the "Sophomore Slump". When you come out and you're unknown it's fresh and then all of a sudden you're not fresh anymore and you have to overcome this thing and sometimes it's tough, no matter what kind of record you make it's always going to be overlooked.

MT - Was the great reaction to the first record a rod for your own backs? If it wasn't "Part 2" it wouldn't be received as well?

JT - Yeah, but whatever. At the end of the day you've just got to move forward and that's what we did. It's peaks and valleys, like any business sometimes your products are selling and sometimes you're in a slump but what are you gonna do give up?

MT - Well, you came back with 15 which was a definite peak for you. that must have felt good? Did it feel like a vindication?

JT - Yeah ii was our biggest record. It felt more than fucking great because do you know what? No one cared about us, no one wanted to sign us. We had that whole record recorded and no one would sign it. We couldn't get a deal in the States. We got a small label in Japan, recorded it in 15 days - that's why we called it 15 - and it's just an amazing story. On top of it all we were a Rock'n'Roll band that wasn't supposed to sell records because Rock'n'Roll is dead. We just believed in ourselves and said "Who cares? We're making Rock'nRoll" and it all worked out.

All the haters, all the people that wanted us to fail....it felt so good.

MT - Well, you guys seem to have weathered the fads and phases in music pretty well. When you first came on the scene you were marketed alongside Nu-Metal because it was popular at the time, where do you see yourselves on the landscape?

JT - It's so silly because all it is is two guitars, drums a bass and a vocal, that's it. No samples, no bullshit. We've just been on our own planet over the years and played with so many different types of band because we had to go through all these waves of Rock, but we just stick to our guns and do what's right and we have a career. We keep focused on the beacon and keep showing up for our worldwide fanbase and that's all that matters. All you gotta do is not give up. Keep knocking on that door of opportunity and it opens at some point. But that's just Buckcherry, we're like Chinese fucking water torture!

And as if on cue Josh excuses himself to use the bathroom and we are done.


29.11.13





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The haunting video for 'Flight' is available to watch now. The long awaited stock of physical CDs of 'Casualties of Cool' have also arrived...

meshuggah MESHUGGAH ANNOUNCE LIVE DVD 'THE OPHIDIAN TREK'
"We're really stoked about this new Meshuggah live DVD! It's been 4 years since the release of 'Alive' and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL SECOND FORTHCOMING ALBUM TRAILER TITLED 'THE LAKE'
Holopainen and co give more insight into the creative process...

john garcia JOHN GARCIA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SOLO TOUR IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2014
From Kyuss to Slo Burn to solo, the distinctive voice of Stoner Rock goes on the road...

god dethroned GOD DETHRONED WILL REUNITE ON BOARD 70000 TONS OF METAL
The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will set sail with the Dutch Death Metallers and many others in January 2015...

metal all stars METAL ALL STARS (FT. ZAKK WYLDE) ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE-OFF UK CONCERT
A stellar cast combines for a blockbuster show at Brixton Academy on 16 December...

spocks beard SPOCK'S BEARD ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR SEPTEMBER
Following last year's jaunt with Sound of Contact and Beardfish the Prog stars are heading off round Europe once more...

emperors and elephants EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS PREMIERE 'MAN OF GOD' VIDEO
Tour Dates with Tantric have been announced in support of the 'Devil In The Lake' album...

flying colors FLYING COLORS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'SECOND NATURE'
The second album from the virtuoso band, whose members include Steve Morse and Mike Portnoy, will be released on September 29th, followed by an international tour...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD REVEAL RELEASE DATE OF BRAND NEW ALBUM + VIDEO + PRE-ORDER BUNDLES
'Time To Die' is released on September 9th via Spinefarm Records...

philm DAVE LOMBARDO'S PHILM TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'FIRE FROM THE EVENING SUN'
"These three prolific musicians have created something that is refreshingly not mundane, but ear-shattering and groundbreaking"...

tysondog TYSONDOG SIGN WITH ROCKSECTOR RECORDS FOR THE RELEASE OF BRAND NEW ALBUM 'CRY HAVOC'
The NWOBHM stalwarts are back and barking louder than ever...

belphegor BELPHEGOR REVEAL SICK VIDEO FOR NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK, 'CONJURING THE DEAD'
The tenth studio album by one of Metal's most bizarre and authentic bands will be unleashed on August 11th via Nuclear Blast...

black state highway BLACK STATE HIGHWAY ANNOUNCE DEBUT SINGLE RELEASE AND ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW ON LONDON'S DENMARK STREET
'Aint Got No' is out on August 11 with the launch gig at the Alley Cat on August 14...

fearless vampire killers FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS LAUNCH SOCIAL NETWORK AND ANNOUNCE HALLOWEEN HEADLINE EVENT
Obsidian Bond is Fearless Vampire Killers' own hand-crafted social network. 'The Cabaret Of The Damned' is planned for Nov 1st at The Dome...

wovenwar WOVENWAR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON AUGUST 4th: NEW SONG UNVEILED
Fans can stream a new song, 'The Mason', as well as pre-order the album now...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'NO GOING BACK' OUT ON 11TH AUGUST
The newest chapter of Stiff Little Fingers shows no loss of quality. There will also be a UK Tour in August...

hrh aor3 THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCED SECOND LEG OF 'RUNNING WITH THE DOGS' TOUR
The UK headline tour will be supported by a new single & video...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR 3 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Acts on the bill include H.E.A.T, Romeo's Daughter, Houston and White Widdow...

sos 2015 FORMER IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BLAZE BAYLEY TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE 'SILICON MESSIAH' 15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT SOS FESTIVAL 2015
Other bands confirmed include NWOBHM Heroes Avenger as well as Black Whiskey, fronted by former Xentrix vocalist Simon Gordon...

virgil and the accelerators VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS ANNOUNCE NEW 'ARMY OF THREE' ALBUM
The brand new studio album is produced by Chris Tsangarides. A UK-wide tour will take place in Otcober/November...

headbangers ball THE HEADBANGERS BALLS TOUR FINALISE HEADLINERS FOR 2014
Onslaught, Fleshrot, Savage Messiah and Bull Riff Stampede will headline each of the events in December...

hard rock hell FINALISTS FOR HIGHWAY TO HELL 5 ANNOUNCED
Meet the final eighteen acts who will battle it out in front of The Dark Circle ...

status quo STATUS QUO TO RELEASE 'LIVE' DELUXE BOX SET AND 'FRANTIC FOUR FINAL FLING' RECORDINGS
Four mouth-watering CDs, including many unreleased tracks, and a DVD from Dublin for your watchng and listening pleasure...

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE SUMMER/AUTUMN UK TOUR
The duo have been creating a frenzy with their live shows and continue this with a regional tour. A new single, 'Bang Bang' will be released in September...

skyscraper SKYSCRAPER REVEAL TRACKLIST AND VIDEO TEASER FOR NEW ALBUM 'ELEVATOR'
The captivating debut album has been two years in the making - not long to wait now...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'BITTER PILL'
Overkill's new album 'White Devil Armory wsa released this week. "WDA has landed and you my friends are the fucking recipients of the carnage!" ...

europe black star riders EUROPE AND BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR MARCH 2015
An essential Spring tour as both bands will reveal tracks from their forthcoming albums...

hammerfall HAMMERFALL REVEAL SECOND ALBUM TRAILER FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM '(r)EVOLUTION'
"We've taken everything that makes Hammerfall Hammerfall and evolved it..."

delain DELAIN WILL BE SPECIAL GUESTS ON SABATON'S EUROPEAN TOUR IN 2015
There is also a chance to see the Dutch powerhouse Delain in the UK this year on their headliner tour...

rob reed CHTHONIC BREAK NEW GROUND FOR MAIN-STAGE APPEARANCE AT WACKEN FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 1st
The set will mix Chthonic's unique brand of Metal with a classical Oriental orchestra...

rob reed ROB REED ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SANCTUARY'
One of Prog's most proficient artists releases unique solo album...

motorhead BREAKING NEWS: MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK DATES INCLUDING BIGGEST HEADLINE SHOW IN OVER A DECADE
Motorhead have also been added to the lineup of Way Out West 2014, which takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 7th-9th...

sunflower jam THE SUNFLOWER JAM "CELEBRATING JON LORD" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD
The magical night at the Royal Albert Hall in memory of the great man and musician is released in September...

goatwhore GOATWHORE PREMIERE OFFICIAL 'BARING TEETH FOR REVOLT' VIDEO
Watch the latest from the blackened death thrash behemoths...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'PARASITE'
Come to one of the band's three UK shows this week and get the CD single for free...

robin trower ROBIN TROWER ANNOUNCES MARCH/APRIL 2015 UK TOUR
One of the finest guitarists in rock history brings his trademark mix of explosive sounds and soft psychedelia on the road next spring...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES VIDEO AND FIRST EVER PICTURE DISC
"I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years..."

the burning crows STRIKER ANNOUNCE 'CITY OF GOLD' ALBUM RELEASE DATE AND TOUR DATES
After the European tour, the band head over to America for a string of dates in October/November supporting Onslaught and Artillery...

the burning crows THE BURNING CROWS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN
The band will be heading back to the world famous Rockfield Studios in Wales with the album due for worldwide release in June 2015...

indigo darkpsych INDIGO DARKPSYCH ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF THEIR FIRST GLOBAL SINGLE, 'WORK THOSE BRAIN CELLS'
Indigo Darkpsych is mainly an industrial/alternative Metal project started by Marvic 'Indigo' Lewis in the year 2002/3 as a soloist...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
The hard-touring band hit the road for more dates in September and October in support of debut album 'Renegade'...

breakout BREAKOUT FESTIVAL 2014 ANNOUNCED
Brighton's first outdoor rock & Metal festival lands on September 27th...

the stanfields THE STANFIELDS RETURN TO THE UK THIS JULY FOR A STRING OF LIVE DATES
"We want people to leave our shows with a smile on their face and a ringing in their ears..."

bigelf BIGELF RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'CONTROL FREAK' FROM 'INTO THE MAELSTROM' ALBUM
The band also recently announced a run of European tour dates for later this year...

ben matthews BREAKING NEWS: THUNDER GUITARIST BEN MATTHEWS NEEDS TREATMENT FOR CANCER
Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we're told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are "in the high 90s"...

legends of rock CLASSIC ROCK TOURS PRESENTS "LEGENDS OF ROCK - THE ORIGINALS" FESTIVAL 16TH - 19TH OCTOBER 2014
Black Star Riders lead the magnificent line up for this essential weekender...

reckless love RECKLESS LOVE ANNOUNCE HEADLINE DECEMBER UK TOUR
"Seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further... harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher...kicks! Ha! Ha!..."

dark tranquility DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE "UNIFORMITY" EUROPEAN TOUR
No rest for the wicked as the Swedes start their trek in November...

goatwhore GOATWHORE CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT ON DYING FETUS EUROPEAN TOUR IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
A full European tour follows the release of the new album 'Constricting Rage Of The Merciless'...

hairy balls presentation 'HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE' RAISES OVER £5,000 FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Les-Fest organiser and Achren manager Fede Valls has proudly presented the cheque to Headbangers Balls fundraiser Matt Steed...

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ARE SCHEDULED TO RECORD SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM THIS AUTUMN
The band will get straight back into the studio immediately after the festival season ends...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD TO PLAY INTIMATE ACOUSTIC GIG AT THE BORDERLINE- JULY 22ND
'Holy Ghost' reveals Ford's gift for Americana which will be showcased at this special appearance...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD UNVEIL "LOST WOMAN BLUES LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO" VIDEO FROM 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION'
Swagger, verve, grit and polish. "We are Motörhead and we play rock and roll..."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' IN FULL ON YOUTUBE
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and includes some special guest appearances...

Nightwish TOUCHSTONE RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER 3DISC DVD WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 'OCEANS' EP
The DVD features previously unreleased footage of Touchstone's full set from 2010's High Voltage Festival, and a behind the scenes documentary...

Nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL 'MAKING OF' CLIP FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The yet to be titled album is starting to take shape and the band discuss all aspects in this new video...

decapitated DECAPITATED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
'Blood Mantra' will be released in September and features artwork by Lukasz Jaszak...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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