It won’t have gone unnoticed just how well British bands are faring in all genres of rock and metal at the moment. It seems at all levels we’re flourishing, and now throwing their Hardcore hats into the ring are Blood Youth. Hailing from Harrogate, Yorkshire, the band have garnered a lot of praise for high energy live shows and a much revered EP called Closure (Banquet). Continue reading
We have picked a winner in our ticket giveaway to the first ever Souled Out Fest, all day tomorrow at The Chance In Poughkeepsie, NY. Emilie Padnick and a friend will go to the show thanks to the sponsors of the show and Ghost Cult! Nearly100 people participated in our contest on Instagram and we thank you all! More details about the fest are below: Continue reading
Despite already boasting a packed line up, topped by US Hardcore Heroes Hatebreed, alongside Emmure, Despised Icon, Angel Dust, Martyr Defiled and Venom Prison amongst others, Ghostfest 2015has confirmed the addition of Heart of a Coward,Stray From The Path (both of whom are fresh from devastating sets at this years Download Festival, Malevolence and Blood Youth.
The festival, which takes place with the same line up on two different days, Saturday 5th September at Leeds University Union (site of Damnation Festival) and Sunday 6th September at Motion in Bristol (site of Temples Festival) is shaping up to be the best Ghostfest yet, as the boat is pushed out to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
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I like being in early to an empty festival arena; the main stage with its welcoming wide arms enticing you down into big open area that later on will be filled by up to 80,000 pairs of feet. But at 10.30am, while taking it all in, there were pressing ablutions-related priorities while the facilities were still clean…
Having completed the exiting part of the cycle, it was time to begin filling up again. Running a ring round the perimeter of the whole arena is van after van of greasy and fast food vendors, and this is next port of call – though the stomach was not up for any of the kebab or burger related fare, fortunately there are a couple of recommended less greasy options – the ‘Vegan and Vegetarian’ stand doing a fine falafel and hummus and coffee (and I’m not even a veggie) to kickstart my heart (or at least brain). If you can be bothered to search off the beaten track as we did later in the day there are some decent food stalls in the “Kennels” by the acoustic stage, and right over by the far side of the second stage, where I picked up a very tasty and unsaturated teriyaki chicken noodle feast.
With all of the “main” three stages running simultaneously throughout the day, there are choices to be made… Heart of a Coward was, by all accounts, the right choice to “wake the fuck up” with. At 11 o clock, in front of only a hardy few in the rain (the opening of gates had been delayed to allow the site to be tidied and made safer by the laying down of straw following the previous nights’ downpour) you feared for the Milton Keynes boys, but by the time the set ended people were sprinting down the hill to catch them, hangovers forgotten as circle pits, choreographed headbanging and angsty shouts over slab-heavy grooves well and truly kicked things off.
With Funeral For A Friend completing their slide from the grace of being main support only a few years ago to the same slot they appeared in at the first Download with a performance as gray as the skies, it was time to wander away from the mainstage for another coffee and something different.
I had meant to see Malefice, but I benefitted from that most festival of experiences of accidentally seeing a new band. Stage three at Download is a good one for that; not only does it shelter from the rain by driving in hundreds of people out of the elements, it provides up and coming bands with a captive audience, and Stray From The Path won over some cold, wet new fans.
Saturday arvo was all about the second stage. Apocalyptica offered something different, and won over the inquisitive; Ace Frehely was, by all accounts, a surprising success that occurred while I got drawn into the unmitigated fun of Hollywood Undead instead, who had the main stage eating out of the palm of their hands. Brilliantly entertaining, which is, surely, what mainstage festival bands should be all about.
Back over second stage, Testament crushed with a consummate set of testicles and big fucking riffs, before Carcass continued the smackdown laying. Motionless In White drew the youngest crowd of the day (by the time we left to not be able to get in to see Dub War in the oversubscribed tent of the fourth stage, TeenFest 2015 was in full swing) as Chris and the boys delivered. While wandering to and from others, I caught the first and then later, the last songs of A Day To Remember (‘Downfall of Us All’ and ‘All I Want’), their best two, and all you really need to see, before taking up a good vantage point for Faith No More and Muse. I’d have liked to have seen Body Count, Marilyn Manson, Andrew W.K., and Black Veil Brides – all of whom played during Saturday’s Main Stage one-two knock-out blow, but from the first peals of the massively catch ‘Motherfucker’, to the dying Western-meets-Maiden/Queen of ‘Knights of Cydonia’ the main stage was where it was at.Faith No More, by Hillarie Jason Photography
During FNM we had lounge jams, 50,000 people singing to Lionel Ritchie song (‘Easy’, natch) casual abuse of one pissed-off looking bedraggled girl in the front row, a set list that held enough back for their upcoming headline show while still showing how far above most other bands they are, arrogance and a performance of excellence; Mike Patton note perfect and enticingly sardonic. It even stopped raining.
People in the UK get particular about their festival headliners, and Muse weren’t selected from the normal pot. However, they were absolutely the right choice. Matt Bellamy is a sickeningly talented individual, nailing Eddie Van Halen guitar techniques while simultaneously hitting falsetto notes that could crack glass, all to the back drop of videos, a stunning light show, pyro, fireworks, streamers, big bouncing black Prisoner balls and a cleverly tailored, dark, heavy set that saw them fire out rarities like ‘Dead Star’ and ‘Agitated’ and epics such as ‘Hysteria’, ‘Micro Cuts’ and ‘Citizen Erazed’, which had even the most sceptical won over even before a last forty-five minute hit-factory, with fervent reaction all the way back as far as the eye could see. Muse more than matched up to Slipknot, the first two days at Download further proving that there are bands, and there are “bands”. And then there are bands. And then there are BANDS.
With things a lot dryer , even the walk back to the tent was alright, though I’m far too old to be lying in a field kept up until 4am by a bunch of young pissheads blasting out Slipknot. Hotel next year for me, methinks!
Supermassive Black Hole
Time Is Running Out
Plug In Baby
Knights of Cydonia
I the Mighty has just been announced as the newly added opener on the entirety of Enter Shikari’s Spring headline tour with support from Stray From The Path and A Lot Like Birds. Hundredth will also perform on select dates.
They are currently in the studio with producer Mike Green (Paramore, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low), recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, which will be released later this year via Equal Vision Records.
Prior to entering the studio, I the Mighty revealed a three-song digital release, featuring a new song – “Love Your Sin” and two studio recordings of full-band acoustic renditions of “The Dreamer” and “Speak To Me”, which originally appeared on the band’s Karma Never Sleeps EP and recent debut full-length album, Satori, respectively. The digital-only release was produced by Erik Ron (Panic! at the Disco, Foxy Shazam, I the Mighty), is streamed here.
Enter Shikari w/Stray From The Path, A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty
Mar 23: Fitzgeralds – Houston, (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Mar 24: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Mar 26: The Social – Orlando, FL (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Mar 27: The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Mar 28: Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Mar 30: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Mar 31: Cone Denim Center – Greensboro, NC (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB))
Apr 01: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD (w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth, A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty)
Apr 03: The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr 04: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 06: Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Apr 07: Club Soda – Montreal, QC
Apr 08: Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Apr 09: The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Apr 10: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Apr 11: The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Apr 12: The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
Apr 14: The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Apr 16: Murray Theater – Murray, UT
Apr 17: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Apr 18: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Apr 19: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Apr 21: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr 23: House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
Apr 24: Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA
Apr 25: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Apr 26: Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM (Enter Shikari w/A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty only
Apr 28: The Korova – San Antonio, TX (Enter Shikari w/A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty only
The full line up of the UK’s Premier Summer festival, Download Festival, is beginning to take shape with the addition of 23 more acts including Thrash Metal Kings Testament and legendary Brit Rockers Thunder.
The most high profile of today’s announcements, King 810 are confirmed a year after they had to cancel their spot on the bill due to the arrest of vocalist David Gunn.
South By So What?! Music festival has made a fifth announcement for the 2015 edition, adding Circa Survive, Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Emmure, Power Trip, Stray From the Path, and Within The Ruins added to the previously announced bands here and here. The event is held at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX from March 20-22, 2015.
After The Burial
Against The Current
A Skylit Drive
As Blood Runs Black
As We Walk
Boris The Blade
Born Of Osiris
Cartel (performing “Chroma“)
Courage My Love
Crown The Empire
Death Before Dishonor
Every Passing Dream
Fear & Wonder
For The Win
Front Porch Step
Good Morning Gorgeous
Hawthorne Heights (performing “Silence In Black & White“)
He Is Legend
I See Stars
Like Moths To Flames
Memphis May Fire
Motionless In White
Mouth Of The South
My Body Sings Electric
My Ticket Home
New Years Day
No Bragging Rights
Outline In Color
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Sirens & Sailors
Take It Back!
Texas In July
The Alchemy Index
The Color Morale
The Family Ruin
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
The Ongoing Concept
This Wild Life
Upon A Burning Body
Veil Of Maya
We Came As Romans
Youth In Revolt
Yesterday As Today
Enter Shikari is returning for another US Tour in the Spring 2015 behind their new album The Minds Weep, out January 20, 2015 via Hopeless Records. Watch their Peter MacAdams (Ren & Stimpy) directed cartoon animated music video for “Slipshod” here and here.
The official video for “The Last Garrison” can be seen here.
Enter Shikari formed in England’s Hertfordshire in 2003. They cemented themselves into the global music scene with their unique style of incorporating post-hardcore and heavy metal sub-genres with elements of various electronic genres creating a very distinct sound. To date, all of their albums debuted in the Top 10 on the Official UK Album Chart, including two at #4. Enter Shikari continues to use their music as a vehicle to reach masses while they confront both political and social issues.
ENTER SHIKARI is Rou Reynolds (vocals), Rory Clewlow (guitar, vocals), Chris Batten (bass), and Rob Rolfe (drums).
The band will be headlining ‘The Mindsweeping Tour’ with Stray From The Path, Marmozets, Hundredth and A Lot Like Birds as support.
Mar 20: Never Say Never Festival – Mission, TX
Mar 21: South By So What?! – Grand Prairie, TX
Mar 23: Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX (With Hundredth)
Mar 24: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA (With Hundredth)
Mar 26: The Social – Orlando, FL (With Hundredth)
Mar 27: The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL (With Hundredth)
Mar 28: Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL (With Hundredth)
Mar 30: The Masquerade – Hell – Atlanta, GA (With Hundredth)
Mar 31: Cone Denim Center – Greensboro, NC (With Hundredth)
Apr 01: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 03: The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 04: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 06: Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 07: Club Soda – Montreal, QC (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 08: Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, ON (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 09: The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 10: Fubar – St. Louis, MO (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 11: The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 12: The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 14: The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 16: Murray Theater – Murray, UT (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 17: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 18: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 19: El Corazon – Seattle, WA (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 21: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 23: House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 24: Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 25: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 26: Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM (With A Lot Like Birds)
Apr 28: The Korova – San Antonio, TX (With A Lot Like Birds)