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I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.

Anthrax to celebrate 30th anniversary of State of Euphoria

On 5 October, 2018, Island Records/UMC will release the 30th anniversary, 2CD deluxe edition of Anthrax’s fourth studio album, State of Euphoria.   The package will consist of two discs:  Disc One is the fully-remastered album, all of the B-sides originally released in conjunction with the album, and “Antisocial” recorded live …

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Bloodstock 2019 VIP tickets now available

For those who want their VIP spot guaranteed, BLOODSTOCK’s first wave of 2019 Serpents Lair VIP tickets are on sale now in the ticket store – http://bloodstock.seetickets.com – priced at £290.  A second wave, including the Deluxe VIP packages (Luxpads, Bellepads, Podpads, etc) and a limited amount of VIP upgrades …

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CLUTCH’s Book Of Bad Decisions out now

Clutch, the influential heavy rock band from Maryland, has released their twelfth studio album “Book Of Bad Decisions” today via their own label Weathermaker Music. The new album “Book Of Bad Decisions” consists of 15 new tracks that are on all the album formats. Formats include: CD, 2xLP Standard Black …

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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Announce European tour

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS are pleased to announce European Tour dates in February and March 2019 – following on from their USA headline tour in September and October 2018. The European tour will support the imminent release of Slash’s fourth solo album LIVING THE DREAM. Full European tour dates …

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Stone sour release Mercy acoustic video

STONE SOUR have today released an acoustic video for Mercy, a track taken from the deluxe edition of their UK Top 5 album, Hydrograd which hit stores on Friday.  Check it out… The two-disc Hydrograd deluxe edition collects unreleased covers, b-sides, live recordings and alternate versions of songs from Hydrograd.  The deluxe edition is highlighted by Burn One Turn One, …

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Behemoth unleash the ‘Wolves ov Siberia’

The mighty BEHEMOTH have released another new track, Wolves ov Siberia, taken from their forthcoming studio album, I Loved You At Your Darkest, which is set for release via Nuclear Blast on 5th October.  Check out the video for Wolves ov Siberia here; To pre-order I Loved You At Your …

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Edguy – Kingdom of Madness anniversary edition

Way back in 1997, Edguy’s first official album was released – Kingdom of Madness. Now over 20 years on, the album has just been remastered and reissued. The reissue has two bonus tracks – the 2001 version of “Wings of a dream” and a live version of the same song. …

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Ben Poole – Anytime you need me

Ben Poole’s new album “Anytime you need me” comes out this month, and will be followed by a UK tour in November and December. There are two covers on the album. The first is the Eagles song, “Dirty Laundry”. It’s a great cover and his voice really suits the song …

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SAGA – So good so far – Live at Rock of Ages

In 2017 SAGA celebrated their 40th anniversary. No I’m not talking about the organisation for elderly people, I’m talking about the Canadian rock band of the same name. On reaching this landmark anniversary, they set off on a farewell tour which came to an end in early 2018 and the …

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Stratovarius – Enigma – Intermission 2

Stratovarius have a new album. Or is it an old one? Well it’s something in between. There are some new songs (three of them), there are some orchestral versions of existing songs (four of them) and there are a load of rare tracks such as songs that were previously only …

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Van Canto – Trust in rust

A Capella metal band Van Canto made their name with their covers of classic songs from bands like Nightwish, Sabaton, Metallica, Manowar and more. On this album however there are only two cover versions – Helloween’s “Ride the sky” and ACDC’s “Hells bells”. On the one hand it’s admirable that …

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Monster Truck – True Rockers

It’s been two years since Canadian band Monster Truck released “Sittin’ Pretty”. It was the album that brought them to a lot of peoples attention although it was actually their second album. Following it’s release on Mascot label group, they toured supporting acts such as Nickelback and Deep Purple, did …

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Alter Bridge – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Last year Alter Bridge played two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They weren’t just standard shows though – these featured the band performing with the Parallax orchestra – a 52 piece orchestra. Needless to say, the shows sold out almost instantly, and those fans lucky enough to …

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Hard Rock Cafe to host “Freddie for a day” celebration honouring Rock legend Freddie Mercury

In honour of the 72nd birthday of legendary rock icon, Freddie Mercury, Hard Rock Cafe London will host a “Freddie for a Day” celebration. The one-day event brings Freddie fans and staff together to honour the musician’s life and legacy, while raising awareness and funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. …

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Soulfly release new album’s title track, Ritual

SOULFLY are set to release their 11th studio album Ritual, on 19th October via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has unveiled the second single from that release, this time in the form of a 360º video. Check out the tribal-influenced, groove laden title-track, here: Vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera tells us; “This song took a long time and …

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Opeth reveal ‘Ghost of Perdition (Live)’ 10″ vinyl

Swedish prog metal legends OPETH release their new live CD/DVD, Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast on 2nd November.  Ahead of the CD/DVD, OPETH are releasing a limited 10” vinyl of Ghost Of Perdition (Live) on 19th October in 10″ pink sparkle (limited to 700) and 10″ …

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The Fever 333 reveal ‘Made An America’ video

Roadrunner Records activists THE FEVER 333 have shared an official music video for MADE AN AMERICA, which is streaming today on the group’s official YouTube channel. The black and white video was directed by the band’s own Jason Aalon Butler, who commented on the video stating:  “I am not afraid …

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Opeth set to release ‘Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater’ CD/DVD

Swedish progressive metal legends OPETH are set to release Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater on 2nd November via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast.  This historic show in the band’s career was captured for the DVD, Blu-Ray and vinyl formats during their set on 11th May 2017 at …

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Clutch announce support acts for UK headline tour

Maryland rockers CLUTCH are pleased to announce that The Picturebooks and The Inspector Cluzo will support the band on their upcoming UK headline dates. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows: Tue 18th Dec – BRISTOL O2 Academy Wed 19th Dec – GLASGOW O2 Academy Thu 20th Dec – MANCHESTER …

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA unveil visualiser for new song The Gutter

Roadrunner Records group Coheed and Cambria have unveiled a third new track from their highly anticipated new LP, THE UNHEAVENLY CREATURES. “The Gutter,” an explosive six-minute operatic rock jam, is streaming today alongside an exclusive interview with frontman Claudio Sanchez at Rolling Stone HERE. THE UNHEAVENLY CREATURES arrives worldwide on Friday, …

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