We have some good news for you regarding Halloween today. Last year’s Crossfire Halloween Massacre event didn’t happen due to a back injury, but this year we are back with an absolute banger to celebrate 10 years of Crossfire.
Expect 3 rooms full of party chaos including very special guests held at a venue in South London! A limited 100 cheaper £8 earlybird tickets have now sold out. Standard advance tickets can be found here but be quick as these are selling fast. Click here for the facebook page for all info. Please put the date of Friday October 28th in your dairy and we will see you there.
Hevy Festhave announced more bands to appear on their line-up for this year’s event.
The Festival, which takes place on August 5th-8th has already announced Four Year Strong, Funeral For A Friend and The Ghost Of A Thousand [their last ever show, sob sob] and these bands will be joined by:
Trash Talk (the band performed their first ever festival appearance at Hevy last year)
OFF! (with Keith Morris from Black Flag)
While She Sleeps
More Than Life
Me Vs Hero
Stoner rock legends The Sword have announced UK tour dates for May this morning.
The 4 piece who were derailed somewhat last year when long time drummer Trivett Wingo left the band due to his problems with flying and traveling and has now been replaced by Kevin Fender who previously batted the drums for Texas hardcore legends EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE.
Check out our video interview with the band below if you missed it last year when the mighty Warp Riders record was released.
The Sword UK tour dates are:
Sun 8-May-2011 SOUTHAMPTON JOINERS
Mon 9-May-2011 BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 3
Tue 10-May-2011 GLASGOW CATHOUSE
Wed 11-May-2011 MANCHESTERACADEMY 3
Thu 12-May-11 ENGLAND LONDON GARAGE
The Warriors are one of those unsung-heroes-of-the-hardcore-scene type of bands. This latest album will be released to little/no fanfare, yet it is undoubtedly top notch heavy music. 2007’s Genuine Sense of Outrage was full of crunching riffs and guttural vocals married together with a certain groove that was unmistakably The Warriors.
First impressions of this latest album are that it’s not quite so obviously beefy in sound. There’s a bit more variety here and an intriguing approach to guitar riffs that’s less straight-up to the band’s previous work. The jagged guitar work often takes unexpected turns whereas the band may have taken a more predictable route in the past.
The Warriors are definitely one of those bands who straddle the two genres of Metal and Hardcore. But referring to them as ‘Metalcore’ just seems wrong, seeing as the term has been sullied by so many poor quality efforts from bands who warp both genres and water them down with no regard for their potential power. The Warriors seem to get it just about right with the pummeling hardcore drumbeats and gruff vocals coupled with some pure metal goodness in the guitar inventions. Another genre that springs to mind when listening to See How You Are but also seems somewhat wrong to apply here is nu-metal. Don’t let that put you off. It’s just a tinge in the band’s sound that is perceptible every now and again but actually makes for an interesting facet amongst the technical guitar riffs and raging vocals.
The production on this record is infinitely more raw than it was on Genuine Sense of Outrage giving the impression that the band are really getting back to their roots and are intent on kicking out rough and ready anthems rather than polishing every element of production.
Saint Vitus, to people in “the know”, are the quintessential doom metal band second only to say, Black Sabbath?! Due to record company issues, band issues and line up changes, not to mention the booze and the drugs (OOOOH THE DRUGS!), this band really shouldn’t be around today. The fact that they are here, relatively coherent and have been touring the states and Europe since 2009 is as close to a miracle as some people will ever see. As a die hard, there is always a nervous anticipation that comes with a Saint Vitus gig. There is always an air of potential disaster when Saint Vitus play. The woes are always eased when Vitus finally show up in one piece if not a little late and a little buzzed.
Tonight, we receive what some may claim to be a collectors set. Opening with the obscure classics ‘Clear Windowpane’, ‘White Magic / Black Magic’ and ‘Shooting Gallery’ comes from out of left field but this change in usual set list is most defiantly welcomed by the doom freaks in attendance. Saint Vitus looks like they have found the love for their music and each other again…kinda. You could almost, if not a few grey hairs, be back in LA during the late 80’s watching these dudes. Wino, who commands vocal duties like a wild-eyed acid casualty, wails like no other. His vocals, albeit a little muffled by the underworld PA, were spot on whilst a maniacal Dave Chandler solo’d into oblivion occasionally preferring his teeth to his fingers.
Vitus plough though ‘Look Behind You’ ‘H.A.A.G’ and the amazing ‘White Stallions’ before the unthinkable happens…..we get hit with a new song. That’s right, a new song……from Saint Vitus. I have a built-in pessimist reflex, so my immediate reaction is to think “cashing in on this doom revival and releasing another album… It’ll never match up to the original stuff”. Oh how wrong I was. ‘Blessed Night’ has the same demonic Vitus sound of old but with added groove and most of all, it is fresh and relevant. Weird for a band that pride themselves on being born too late.
Having sung their praises for this review the songs were not all played without fault. Sure it’s loose as fuck and the band come in to early on a few occasions but who gives a fuck? It’s Saint Vitus! Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s the drunk and dosed up unpredictability of a Saint Vitus show that makes it what it is. Exhibit A; Dave Chandler leaving the stage to solo up close and personal to the people down the front of the stage as bassist Mark Adams and drummer Henry Vasquez dish out cold can of beer to anybody wanting one (which is everybody) before the band reconvene on stage for an encore of ‘Living Backwards’, ‘Dying inside’,’ ‘I Bleed Black’.
A second encore is the final one. Vitus finish off on perhaps their biggest tune, ‘Born Too Late’, an anthem for all in attendance and an especially poignant moment as Dave Chandler dedicates the song to recently lost Vitus drummer Armando Acosta. With a new record on the way and there now two years almost spent touring Europe and the US, it would appear that we are all witnessing the resurrection of this pioneering doom metal band. Against all odds, Saint Vitus lives!
Funeral For A Friend have announced that they will be playing a series of intimate venues in the spring of next year as they hit the road with Rise To Remain.
The tour will be in support of their as yet untitled forthcoming album which is due in March 2011. Peep the dates below and scroll down a little further to watch the fantastic video for Serpents of Solitude which surfaced recently.
16th March – Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
17th March – Buckley, Tivoli
18th March – Penrith, Penrith Leisure Centre
19th March – Edinburgh, Bongo Club
20th March – Glasgow, King Tuts
22nd March – Bury St Edmonds, Apex
23rd March – Birmingham, Academy 2
24th March – Manchester, Academy 3
25th March – London, Relentless Garage
27th March – Liverpool, 02 Academy
28th March – Stoke, Sugarmill
29th March – Wakefield, Black Flag
30th March – Durham, Live Lounge
1st April – Poole, Chords
2nd April – Saltash, Livewire
3rd April – Wycombe, Academy
Heavy Metal was spawned in the West Midlands by bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Napalm Death and more. To celebrate this iconic cultural movement in sound, Home Of Metal is calling for all heavy metal lovers to submit their own connections with the scene to their new digital archive.
This could include posters, ticket stubs, press releases, setlists, flyers, photos, fan zines… just anything that could be of interest to another heavy metal fan. Head over to the Home Of Metal website to become a part of the pride of the Black Country and represent the sound that rocked the world.
California’s Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they will be embarking on a co-headline tour of the UK with Stone Sour in October and November.
The band who were recently voted 2nd best band in the world by Ultimate Guitar Magazine are very excited to return to the UK. Gutiarist Zacky Vengence commented ‘you have been warned’.
Their fifth studio album, ‘Nightmare‘, will be released on July 26th.
They will be playing the following dates…
26th October – Glasgow SECC
27th October – Manchester Academy
28th October – Birmingham NIA
30th October – Hammersmith Apollo
2nd November – Newcastle 02 Academy
3rd November – Leeds 02 Academy
4th November – Manchester Academy
6th November – Plymouth Pavilion
7th November – Brighton Centre