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18th May 2017

retribution road trip

The Retribution Alive road trip continues in June as we make our way back south of the river London Bridge - the Underdog Gallery. We have melodic Death Metal headliners in the form of GraVil, returning to the live environment on tour in support of newly released album 'No More Forgiveness'. The Retribution club night keeps the neighbours awake until 1.00am.

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

Bands playing 6.15pm-11.00pm:


In the last three years they have gone from wowing the local London Metal scene to UK Metal festival regulars whilst picking up an ever increasing loyal fan base along the way. With one well received EP under their belts and a debut album to be released this year, it seems One For Sorrow have tapped into a creative vein that Metal fans were sorely in need off. Expect big things.

• Formed in 2012
• Earned their stripes across the London Metal circuit
• Released EP 'Backs To The Wall' produced by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Machine Head)
• Outright Winners of the 2013 Bloodstock 'Metal 2 The Masses'
• Played Bloodstock Festival 2013
• Covermounted and praised in mainstream media such as Metal Hammer and Terrorizer
• 2014 Hammerfest and Headbangers Balls
• Played 02 Islington Academy with Soulfly then were asked to return to do a headline gig in 2015
• Travelled to South Africa to play WitchFest and supported Hed PE 2017
• Headlining Thursday night at Download Festival


GraViL return with new single/lyric video 'Decommissioned' from their sophomore album 'No More Forgiveness' which was released on 5th May.

As seen previously on tour with HellYeah, live at Download Festival and Hammerfest and frontman Grant Stacey isn't holding back with GraViL's return to form. He told us:

"There is a massive sub-context of loss within the new album, with 2016 notably being a brutal year, however 'No More Forgiveness' pulls in a lot of strength from negativity that all too often engulfs our society and ways of life. It's time to make a stand and do what’s right... and this is us, doing things right."

And on 'Decommissioned', Stacey notes:

"It deals with betrayal on a huge scale. One of my favourite songs from the album, it's really punchy and therapeutic, in a twisted kinda' way!"


Slave Steel are a four-piece Thrash/Death Metal band based in Leytonstone, London. From 2008 in Rome, the band went throughout several changes which leads to its current line-up and over the years, they played all around Italy. Following their Italian tour they performed in Hollywood in 2013. They completed work on their debut album and self-released in 2014.

They moved to London in 2015, played in Rome with E-Force (Eric Forrest, ex-Voivod) and in 2016 they performed in Metal 2 The Masses London reaching the Grand Final and achieving the sponsor award.

During the end of the year Slave Steel played in several London venues and headlined one of the stages at Red Roar Festival 2016. They also published with Very Metal Art, the lyric video for the single 'Fat Sunday's Tale'.

The entire Slave Steel concept is based on the conflict between the different points of views defining the musical element, a dream of a frozen music corrupted by reality.


We are Imperium! A five-piece Heavy Metal band from West London. Amongst the plethora of sub-genres, Imperium want to carry the flag of HEAVY METAL.





James Raven is the creator of the long running manga series called 'Vamp The Lost Soul'. Along with all the art work and scripting James also has a weekly live 'Let's Draws' programme on Facebook and YouTube covering concept art for the manga to the chibi comedy VTLS mini series and even crossovers for fun.

Come down to Retribution Alive on Saturday 3rd June and have a chat with the author and artist of 'Vamp The Lost Soul', maybe get him to sign some stuff and enjoy the six bands and three DJs.

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)

+ guest DJ AYS (Die Kur / Renaissance Festival / Reptile / Ich Will)


Expect a whole host of metal exploring many of the genres lurking in the metal shadows and of course the classics from resident DJs 69 and Griffin (Bloodstock's Club Serpent) + guests.


1) Serve the METAL public
2) Protect the METAL
3) Uphold the METAL
4) Not classified - METAL!

You get the idea!

In previous months you could hear everything from Destroyer 666 to Ihsahn, Sabbath to Anathema, Kampfar to Down, Ghost to Metallica, Children Of Bodom to Black Breath, Dio to Carcass, In Flames to Alice In Chains, Amon Amarth to Watain, Jex Thoth to Death, Fen to Primordial, The Heretic Order to Famyne, Blood Ceremony to Cannibal Corpse - you get the idea.

Remember, tell us what you want to hear! See you there.

On the door:

- £4 (Retribution members)
- £6 (Everyone else)

Get involved with this great night out on the Facebook page here...

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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