Rockmantic 2016 Valentine Weekender


Now in its fourth year, Rockmantic returns with what is set to be its strongest line up to date. The first four bands have been announced & Sweden’s hottest property CONFESS are confirmed to headline the Saturday night. Trailblazing through the UK earlier this year, the five piece set hearts racing & heads banging inNow in its fourth year, Rockmantic returns with what is set to be its strongest line up to date. The first four bands have been announced & Sweden’s hottest property CONFESS are confirmed to headline the Saturday night. Trailblazing through the UK earlier this year, the five piece set hearts racing & heads banging in England, Scotland & Wales. Confess have most recently been confirmed to perform at the most prestigous CRUEFEST at the Whisky a go go in Hollywood, LA this July. Newcastle’s RUSTED HERO join the pack. Originally winning the fan vote at last year’s Rockmantic. Rusted Hero was a hugely popular & a must ‘rebook’ option. The band who blend a similar sound to Slash & Black Stone Cherry are a full on powerhouse live. Edinburgh based THE KING LOT have that knack of writing amazing songs you would swear you had heard before. From the spiky ‘As They Burn’ to the shiny pop rock of ‘One Of These Days’ they then go and complete the full package with the subtle ballad ‘Until My Dying Day’. Described as the lovechild of Guns N Roses & Bon Jovi – who would argue? The last of the first four […]

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Deez Nuts – Word Is Bond

Melbourne, Australia’s Deez Nuts brought forth their fourth studio album, Word Is Bond, in the spring of 2015. Word Is Bond is a 14 track disc filled with monolithic, aggressive hardcore crossover thrash metal that will sear your feet to the floor and melt your face simultaneously.

The overall sonic texture on Word Is Bond isMelbourne, Australia’s Deez Nuts brought forth their fourth studio album, Word Is Bond, in the spring of 2015. Word Is Bond is a 14 track disc filled with monolithic, aggressive hardcore crossover thrash metal that will sear your feet to the floor and melt your face simultaneously. The overall sonic texture on Word Is Bond is consistent, with each song being relatively similar to each other song. When those songs are filled with skull-jarring, bone-crunching riffs, homogeneity is a very good thing! The modern, crisp mix is overall vocal and guitar-forward, but well-balanced. Instrumentation is relatively simplistic, as to be expected from the genre. Musicianship is adequate and competent. Each song has a spartan amount of layers, effects, and so on to serve the song – the album is not over-produced. Song durations are “punk” short, for the most part. Ideas are well-chosen and sparingly wrapped into each song, which ends up as an aural near-equivalent to reading shorter sentences or text messages. Vocalist JJ Peters has a deeper, more convincing voice with a slightly grittier delivery. Lyrics are vitriolic, negative, and loaded with swearing: the songs effectively channel negativity and hostility. Deez Nuts’s lyrical prosody is fairly rap-ish, so […]

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SixStringNoise – Snake Side Brotherhood

SixStringNoise, from Greece, has independently released Snake Side Brotherhood, a ten song album. This offering, the band’s third, shows a natural progression in musicianship, songwriting, and technical mastery. As a duo, Markos and Alex have come up with a cohesive batch of songs which run a gamut from grunge or alternative metal, to hard-hitting heavySixStringNoise, from Greece, has independently released Snake Side Brotherhood, a ten song album. This offering, the band’s third, shows a natural progression in musicianship, songwriting, and technical mastery. As a duo, Markos and Alex have come up with a cohesive batch of songs which run a gamut from grunge or alternative metal, to hard-hitting heavy metal. As with the band’s previous release, Likewise, Snake Side Brotherhood draws ready comparisons to American grunge (Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots) and alternative metal (Alter Bridge, Creed). This disc hits harder and is more tenacious, though, and has none of the production flaws which plagued the digital version of Likewise. Snake Side Brotherhood‘s overall mix is crisp, clear, and loud. Instruments are very well balanced and there’s no sense of an instrument becoming lost in the mix. Production features fairly typical layering, and includes some very nice ideas. As with previous releases, the musicianship is solid, the performance being across-the-board quite enjoyable. The music is globally nicely accessible, with very sparse, if any, quirkiness. First and foremost, this is a contemporary alternative metal disc with leanings to other genres. Snake Side Brotherhood is heavy; there’s no doubt about that. Grunge influence is most noticeable, […]

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Golden Gods Announce Full Line Up


Golden Gods Announce Full Line Up

Monday 15th June 2015, IndigO2, The O2, London #GoldenGods

*FULL MAIN STAGE LIVE LINE-UP ANNOUNCED*

Hosted by Scott Ian with live performances from…

KILLING JOKE AT THE GATES BABYMETAL FEAT. DRAGONFORCE WE ARE HARLOT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Taking place at IndigO2 in London on 15th June 2015, the Orange Amplification presents the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in association withGolden Gods Announce Full Line Up Monday 15th June 2015, IndigO2, The O2, London #GoldenGods *FULL MAIN STAGE LIVE LINE-UP ANNOUNCED* Hosted by Scott Ian with live performances from… KILLING JOKE AT THE GATES BABYMETAL FEAT. DRAGONFORCE WE ARE HARLOT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Taking place at IndigO2 in London on 15th June 2015, the Orange Amplification presents the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in association with World Of Warships once again has the fans at its core and brings them together with the artists, shoulder to shoulder, like no other event. By simply voting for your favourite bands to win awards atwww.metalhammer.com/gods you are automatically in with a chance of winning a pair of money-can’t-buy tickets for the evening. “The Metal Hammer Golden Gods are the annual thermometer for the health of the metal scene, and the world’s only live metal awards show,” said Alexander Milas, Editor-in-Chief of TeamRock and Metal Hammer. “Judging by the stunning breadth and diversity of this year’s nominees, it’s safe to say our world is as vibrant as ever, and we can’t wait to celebrate it with our readers. Horns up!” Voting will be open until 12pm GMT on Monday 25th May atwww.metalhammer.com/gods Our host, Anthrax icon […]

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State Champs announce September Dublin show


Following the release of their explosive debut EP in 2013 and ‘The Acoustic Things’ late last year, New York pop-punkers STATE CHAMPS have announced a headline show at the Academy 2, Dublin on September 16th. Tickets €15.35 including booking fee go on sale this Wednesday at 10am from Ticketmaster! *This is an over 14s show.’

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State Champs,Following the release of their explosive debut EP in 2013 and ‘The Acoustic Things’ late last year, New York pop-punkers STATE CHAMPS have announced a headline show at the Academy 2, Dublin on September 16th. Tickets €15.35 including booking fee go on sale this Wednesday at 10am from Ticketmaster! *This is an over 14s show.’ State Champs, consisting of Derek Discanio, Tyler Szalkowski, Ryan Graham, Evan Ambrosio and Antonio Diaz came together with every intention of making it clear that they were a group of friends that wanted to make great music and have a good time. And with the instant chemistry the band shared with their formation, they knew their intention was possible. “You can only play alone for so long before you get the urge to collaborate and experiment with other musicians,” says Tyler Szalkowski. “When you realize the limitless potential to what you can create with you and your friends musically, it’s just like someone turned the lights on.” Since their start back in 2010, State Champs has been at the forefront of the pop punk revival, becoming a fan and critic favourite with their first official release, Overslept. Recorded at Getaway Studios in Massachusetts with Jay […]

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In This Moment – ‘Sex Metal Barbie’ video


In This Moment – ‘Sex Metal Barbie’ video In This Moment have unveiled a brand new video for ‘Sex Metal Barbie’, a track taken from their current ‘Black Widow’ album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZqWLIQaKM4&feature=youtu.be

The band’s fiery frontwoman Maria Brink also directed the ‘Sex Metal Barbie’ clip, explaining to Loudwire; “Directing it was a liberating experience. When you write music that youIn This Moment – ‘Sex Metal Barbie’ video In This Moment have unveiled a brand new video for ‘Sex Metal Barbie’, a track taken from their current ‘Black Widow’ album. The band’s fiery frontwoman Maria Brink also directed the ‘Sex Metal Barbie’ clip, explaining to Loudwire; “Directing it was a liberating experience. When you write music that you are very passionate about, being able to bring the visual aspect of it alive with the music is what ties everything together. Sex Metal Barbie is all about rising above hate. I used other people’s hatred to create this song and concepts. I really wanted this video to convey that other people’s perceptions of us are just their own twisted and warped views. I wanted a sarcastic and delusional visual to bring this video alive.” She continues; “I want to thank all the people who feel compelled to express negativity toward us for all the inspiration. I couldn’t have done it without them.” In This Moment completed their first UK headline tour in March, culminating in a sold out KOKO show in London. They’re currently nominated for ‘Best Live Band’ in the 2015 Relentless Kerrang! Awards, which is being held in the capital in June. […]

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King Parrot Stream New Album ‘Dead Set’

King Parrot Stream New Album ‘Dead Set’ The Aussie thrash metal/grindcore/punk mad men, KING PARROT, have teamed up with Metal Hammer UK to launch an advance stream of the band’s forthcoming album, Dead Set. The album is set to be released on May 15th in Europe (Agonia Records), May 19th in North America (Housecore Records) and May 15th in Australia(Rocket/EVP). Dead Set is available for listening inKing Parrot Stream New Album ‘Dead Set’ The Aussie thrash metal/grindcore/punk mad men, KING PARROT, have teamed up with Metal Hammer UK to launch an advance stream of the band’s forthcoming album, Dead Set. The album is set to be released on May 15th in Europe (Agonia Records), May 19th in North America (Housecore Records) and May 15th in Australia(Rocket/EVP). Dead Set is available for listening in full HERE The follow-up to 2013’s Bite Your Head Off effort, Dead Set was produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) in Nodferatu’s Lair Studio (Down, Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual). Anselmo also stars in the video for Like A Rat, the first track released from the new album, and firmly gives them the seal of approval, saying: “King Parrot are a fine body of fellows, and it is our absolute pleasure to be working with these assaulting-yet-charming devils. Their best years are ahead of them!” Of the new album, vocalist, Matt Young, comments: “King Parrot are proud to release our new album ‘Dead Set’ via Agonia records this May. It’s been a long process but we happy to say that we are ready to move ahead and get this sucker out. We wanted to work together with the best people in the business to make this a great record and when Phil (Anselmo) said he wanted to be involved it […]

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