Bloodstock Festival Adds More Bands, Tickets On Sale Now

Bloodstock 2014 as of march 10

Bloodstock Festival (aka Bloodstock Open Air or BOA) has added five more bands to its already stacked line-up for 2015. New to the bill are reformed sludge metallers Raging Speedhorn, prog-metal exports Xerath, Trepalium, Villainy and Godsized. Taking place August 6th – 9th at Walton on Trent, Derbyshire UK. Tickets are on sale now by phone (24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 )or online and include an array of camping and VIP ticket options. Camper van pitches are now all sold out.

Already announced to the bill over four massive stages are major acts such as Friday’s headliner Trivium and special guests Sabaton, Saturday’s headliner Within Temptation and special guests Opeth, Sunday’s headliner Rob Zombie and special guests Black Label Society, also Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Sepultura, Orange Goblin, Death T.A, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Napalm Death, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch, Korpiklaani, Pro-Pain, Enslaved, Wolf, Delain, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Godflesh, Lawnmower Deth, Mordred, Ethereal, Onslaught, Oaf, Pritchard Vs Dainton, Conan, Planet Of Zeus, Bast, Saille, Batallion, Destrage with more bands to be announced in the coming weeks.


Nightwish Launch Elan Cover Video Contest

nightwish endless forms most beautiful

Nightwish have announced a video contest for their fans to cover their new single ‘Élan’. The song is from their forthcoming album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, releasing on March 30th from Nuclear Blast.

The contest encourages any conceivable format for a self-made fan video performing the song Élan. Sign language speakers/interpreters, jazz flutists, cellists, ukulele & theremin players, expert whistlers, vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers and keyboard players are all invited to create a video and enter.

Prizes for three Grand Prize Winners & two Runners Up include Nightwish t-shirts, posters and autographed photo cards. For contest information and rules, visit:

This contest ends on Thursday, April 10th. Winners will be announced on April 16th, 2015.

Korpiklanni Streams First Single From New Album


Pagan metal masters Korpiklaani are streaming their first single, ‘Lempo’, from their highly-anticipated ninth album Noita, due out on May 4th from Nuclear Blast. The single can be heard below:



Metal Tribute to The Bee Gees Post Single, Touring the UK This Week

Tragedy tour poster


Tragedy the Metal tribute to disco act The Bee Gees have posted a new single, a cover of the anthem from the musical film Grease, ‘Your the One That I Want’. See the video below:




The video has over 150,000 hits on YouTube in the first week. The band have also booked a UK tour, kicking off later this week.

Tragedy is;

Barry Glibb — lead vocals, lead back-up vocals, lead rhythm guitar
Mo’Royce Peterson — lead vocals, lead back-up vocals, lead lead guitar
Disco Mountain Man — lead vocals, lead back-up vocals, lead keyboards, lead cowbell
Andy Gibbous Waning — lead bass, lead vocals, lead back-up vocals
The Lord Gibbeth — lead drums

Black Metal Masters Carach Angren Stream Entire New Album

Carach angren This is no fairytale cover

Dutch Symphonic Black Metallers Carach Angren are streaming their entire new album This Is No Fairytale (Season of Mist) at this location. Due for release next week on February 24th, the album was recorded by Patrick Damiani and the band last June and is was mixed by Peter Tägtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album is said to be a concept album the origins of which the band commented:

(It is an) Utterly dark tale of two desperate children on a terrible quest to escape total darkness. As music and lyrics take you from chapter to chapter you will learn about the inevitable outcome… This Is No Fairytale”

Documentary About Prog Legends Kansas Streams New Clip

Kansas Film Poster

Kansas, known as “The Greatest American Progressive Rock Band” has a documentary film titled Miricles Out of Nowhere, telling the bands “untold story” coming soon. Watch a clip here: The band which celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2014, recently attended the film’s premiere at the the 2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival. It will be officially released on March 24th and is available for pre-order at this link: You can also pre-order Miracles Out Of Nowhere on Amazon here:

Sweet Cobra Signs To Magic Bullet, New Album Soon

sweet cobra

Chicago’s Sweet Cobra have signed to Magic Bullet Records and they have also completed their long-awaited new album, Earth, due out later this spring. The album was created with producers Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge. Recorded at Talbot’s studio Earth Analog Studios near Chamapign Illinois, and mixed at Ballou’s Godcity Studios in Salem MA, Earth also features guest musical contributions from each producer/artist. This will be the first album of new music from the group since 2010’s acclaimed Mercy album.

Magic Bullet Records Owner Brent Eyestone commented on Earth:

“Holy hell… it’s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records… super catchy slabs of heaviness.”

Sweet Cobra Tour Dates

March 27th Drunken Donut – Joliet, IL

March 28th Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Kvlthammer

April 4th The Burlington – Chicago, IL w/ Auxes

April 25th Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Hum, Cloakroom (SOLD OUT)

Rockers Raise Awareness of Save Your Hearing Campaign

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats


Bands such as Cancer Bats, The Blackout and While She Sleeps have lent their voices to campaign for greater Hearing Awareness for the Save Your Hearing Campaign and the dangers of not wearing ear protection at concerts. Each band has united with online retailer in conjunction with Tinnitus Awareness Week (#Tinnitus) which was last week in the UK. According to Action on Hearing Loss, As of 2011, 10 million people in the UK suffered some form of hearing loss, with that figure expected to reach 14.5 million by 2031. About 10 per cent of the population have also experienced tinnitus, a debilitating condition frequently caused by excessive noise, and common amongst rock stars. To do their part and pitch in each band shared positive messages about using hearing protection at concerts with their respective fan bases via social media and other methods to help get the word out. For more information, visit


The Blackout

The Blackout


While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps


Press Notes


Online retailer has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the potential damage that can be done if you expose your hearing to persistently loud noises. To kick start the campaign three of the rock world’s most celebrated bands lending their support, urging fans to wear ear protection whenever they attend gigs.

Hardcore punkers Cancer Bats, Welsh post-hardcore act The Blackout and Sheffield metalcore mob While She Sleeps have all thrown their weight behind the campaign, sending out messages to their substantial online following.

An average rock concert has been measured by Action on Hearing Loss as being around 115dB, 35dB over what’s considered the ‘danger level’. This is enough to start causing damage after less than ten minutes – barely enough for three songs, let alone a whole evening.

According to a report from Action on Hearing Loss, awareness is still low, with on 34 per cent of the young people surveyed believing that hearing loss would affect their lives in some way, and 88 per cent disagreeing that music is played too loudly at gigs/concerts. Some participants even believed that the ‘type of ear’ was to blame for hearing loss. 90% per cent of young people have experienced ringing in their ears – an early sign of damage – at least once.


Tairrie B To Release First Hip-Hop Album In Over 20 Years

Tairrie B with My Ruin, photo by Brianna Norton

Tairrie B with My Ruin, photo by Brianna Norton

In a series of posts to Facebook, Tairrie B. Murphy, aka Tairrie B has revealed that she is working on her first full-length solo-album of original hip-hop music in over 20 years, titled Vintage Curses, planned for release as a Free Mixtape. No release date or other information is available at this time. Before her long and acclaimed career as a rock and metal artist with bands she has led such as Manhole (later Tura Satana), and My Ruin, Tairrie was a ground-breaking West Coast rapper, and signed to CompTown/Ruthless Records in the late 80s. As a protege to NWA’s Eazy-E, she released her critical and commercial smash The Power of A Woman album in 1990. Tairrie helped influence a generation of female artists across several different genres, a feat few artists can claim. Since shifting gears into heavy music in the early 90s, Tairrie has remained consistent with her album releases and touring since, while staying true to her roots while occasionally releasing rap singles, covers and collaborations, as well as her poetry project with her husband Mick Murphy, The LVRS. Tairrie will also appear on a project with Mick, the all-star Teenage Time Killers (Rise Records). On the future of My Ruin, she remarked:

“My Ruin‬ is not over. As long as we are together, we will always be a band and if or when the time is right to play a show, tour or make another record again, we will. In the meantime, Mick has a few things he is busy working on behind the scenes and I am currently conjuring various elements and images to accompany my upcoming release which is coming soon.”

Tairrie B of My ruin The power of a woman cover at

My Ruin’s last release was The Sacred Mood in 2013, and the band spent time touring Western Europe in 2014 to support that album.