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3rd October 2017

retribution road trip

Melodic death metallers Countless Skies headline Retribution Alive this October. They are joined by special guests Anoxide and Anakim, Cerberus Unchained and Hand Of Doom at Electrowerktz in Islington.

So far the diverse Metalisation of Retribution Alive has breached the walls of such venues as the Intrepid Fox, Scala, The Lounge, Purple Turtle, Black Heart, The Dev, Unicorn, Nambucca, Underdog Gallery, 12 Bar, New Cross Inn, Fiddlers Elbow, Wig & Gown, Amwell Arms, Upstairs @ The Garage, Kings Arms and the Plough & Harrow. Get along to October's edition at Electrowerktz.

Bands playing 7.00pm-11.00pm:


Countless Skies burst onto the modern Metal scene with their debut self-titled EP in late 2014. Blending progressive and darkly intense music influenced by their Scandinavian melodeth heroes, the EP began a flood of shows up and down the UK. After winning the Bedfordshire 'Metal To The Masses' competition, they secured a slot on the New Blood stage at the UK's No1 independent Metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air 2015. Building upon their rapid momentum, they continue their conquest of the UK to support their debut full-length released last June through Kolony Records. With a tremendous start, the future looks bright for Countless Skies.


In the 2012th year of the modern age, just as the Mayan's predicted, a band was formed under the aligned planets of Aquarius. This band went on to be known as Anoxide. Incorporating the powers of alcohol abuse and the never ending quest to free Gucci Mane, Anoxide are on a crusade to spread the slightly slurred message of glory that is Death Metal. The musical equivalent of busting a nut. To describe the Anoxide sound it is universally agreed by respected academics that you need to have an IQ just as low as the band.


Anakim's music has elements from many genres. With definite influences from Death and Black Metal, there is also a progressive element to their music. It's dark, melodic and heavy, with contrasting sections of a more mellow nature. Striving to push boundaries with their music, Anakim forever seek unity between brutality and melody, finding balance between chaos and order.


Cerberus Unchained is a five-piece melodic Death Metal band based in Hertfordshire. The songs are a great mixture of the melodic and the brutal, balancing the two sides of their collective personality well. Imagine a mix of Carcass, Vehemence and Amon Amarth, perhaps, for an idea of the kind of field they play in. One of the things that originally struck me about this band was their great combination of accessibility and extremity. I think that they strike a great balance between the two on this EP.


London based extreme Metal band, taking influence from death, black, thrash, doom Metal and more. Influenced by Black Sabbath, Carcass, Death, Obituary, Pantera, Crowbar, Sleep, Conan, Exodus, Havok, Taake, Emperor.

Resident DJs:

DJ 69 (Retribution Alive / Bloodstock's Club Serpent / Intrepid Fox / Unholy / Synthetic Culture / Bloodstock's In New Blood We Trust)

DJ GRIFFIN (Retribution Alive / Bloodstock's Club Serpent / Intrepid Fox / Sonic Rebellion / Heaven and Hell / Garage Dayz)

Advance tickets are £5 and available here. They are also available on the door at £6.

RETRIBUTION ALIVE is supported by:


judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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