Don’t Fuck With Dying Fetus
23rd June 2017, 16:00
Posted by Tristan

Known for their take no prisoners style of Death Metal, Dying Fetus are one of the most relentless forces in the Death Metal world. Fiercely reliable the band haven’t released any new material for more than five years now, until now.

Discussing The Future (In Whose Eyes) With Dan Weller (Download 2017) 
22nd June 2017, 12:31
Posted by Tristan

Hard to believe that it has been almost twenty years since Sikth were formed. Leagues ahead of their peers the band are somewhat of a misunderstood entity. After deciding to call it quits, Much to everyone’s excitement the band announced they would be returning for an EP. The testing of the water that was the Opacities EP was indeed fruitful and what came next was The Future In Whose Eyes. 

Meet The Lurking Fear, A Death Metal Fans Dream
20th June 2017, 13:22
Posted by Tristan

Swedish Death Metal is often cited as one of the most important of the sub category Death Metal groups. Responsible for one of the genres all time greats, At The Gates created this quintessential sound. Having returned back in 2014 it seems that this is quite enough for the band’s singer Tomas Lindberg and Adrian Erlandsson. Combine other elements of classic acts such as Disfear, God Macabre and Skitsystem and you get The Lurking Fear.

Download Festival 2017 – The Year The Sun Shone
19th June 2017, 12:00
Posted by Tristan

Arriving for the final day at our festival experience, once again the entry was nice and smooth and after I had pepped up having had a lovely coffee from the complimentary press area, I was wandering around and seeing a fair amount of Aerosmith t-shirts…

Chon Are California Dreamin’ With New LP Homey
17th June 2017, 10:10
Posted by Tristan

Known for its laid back attitude, California is the stoner of the western world. Known for being both the sides those who are so relaxed you think they might fall over and the out and out disgustingly rich, its a state that has a lot going on. Wanting to soak up the former type of vibe, musical virtuosos Chon holed themselves up at a beach house and recorded one of the most chilled out records you’ll hear and a perfect anthem for those who might not be digging the summer top forty on radio.

Arcadea Walk With Synth Giants On Debut Album
16th June 2017, 10:16
Posted by Tristan

Music can be sophisticated to the highest level but what does sophistication mean? Not one for taking the easy route, Brann Dailor is very much a perfectionist yet what shines through just as much is a sense of voyage. Swapping King Crimson for Tangerine Dream, a different kind of sophistication presents itself in the form of Arcadea.

Download 2017 : The Raven Age – Darkness Is Rising
15th June 2017, 16:56
Posted by Tristan

For those of you who might have been on their recent UK tour, Anthrax took these London lads under their wing (no pun intended). Recently releasing their brand new album Darkness Will Rise, The Raven Age are set to bring a new kind of Metal to the masses. Now with a huge UK tour under their belt and multiple Download performances, the band have aimed for their biggest to date on Zippo’s Encore Stage.

Download 2017 – Motionless In White and The Story of Graveyard Shift
14th June 2017, 13:35
Posted by Tristan

Interactions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From the everyday hello of bystanders to moments that for some are far more memorable. Know for their loyal fan base, Motionless In White have been in touch with their fans from the word go. Going as far as incorporating lyrics from the fans of track “Creatures” the band wanted to involve the fans further with their decision of cover artwork.

The Faceless Have Released A Brand New Song
13th June 2017, 09:30
Posted by Tristan

But do we care?

Tristan’s Top Five Metal Tracks – June
8th June 2017, 09:30
Posted by Tristan

One of the many joys of being part of the musical world is the ability to listen to all sorts or material out there. I thought it was high time that I compiled a monthly list of my top five tracks.

Goatwhore Ascend Higher Than Ever Before On New Album
23rd June 2017, 14:00
Posted by Tristan

Recording live is hardly somewhat of a novelty but in recent years it seems to have made a real resurgence among the most unlikely of bands. Last year, for example the technical behemoth’s that are Meshuggah released their new album recorded entirely live! Proof that regardless of how technical the material might be, it is possible to record live. Following up their 2012 effort Constricting Rage of The Merciless, Goatwhore resolved to change their recording habits of working with esteemed Metal producer Erik Rutan and instead bring a whole new idea to the table.

Broken Hope’s Mutilated and Assimilated – Whatever It Is, It’s Ugly And Its Pissed Off
21st June 2017, 14:03
Posted by Tristan

One of the darker routes of cinema, Horror is in its own interpretation the portrayal of that dark place, the place we never want to find ourselves in. A place where fans flirt with the idea of danger yet remain perfectly at ease in their seats. Taking this same ideaology into account Death Metal is very much a similar trip in a more aural sense. Depictions of graphic violence, horrendous creatures and a whole lot of nastiness, there’s nothing quite like it. Known to be a huge horror movie fan, one Jeremy Wagner has been fusing the two together for more than twenty five years with his Brutal Death Metal outfit Broken Hope. Returning with 2012’s lecherous offering that was Omen of Disease the band have recouped their creative effort to return for what could be their most horrendous release yet, Mutilated And Assimilated.

Reimagining The Contortionist At Download With Robby Baca
20th June 2017, 10:52
Posted by Tristan

The nature of progressive music is to challenge the musical apartheid. Thriving on creativity, The Contortionist are a band like no other. Enlisting the vocal stylings of one Michael Lessard, the band made a radical departure from their previous offering that was Intrinsic in the form of 2014’s Language. Earning critical acclaim from across the board with fans alike, it sparked what could well be a paradigm shift for the modern age of Progressive Metal. Having unveiled their latest single “Reimagined” to come off September’s forthcoming album Clairvoyant the band have once again rewritten the rules.

Leprous Release First New Song From Malina 
19th June 2017, 11:29
Posted by Tristan

At last! Finally fans of Leprous can hear the brand new sounds the band have been experimenting with.

Download 2017 : Talking Anchors and Arseholes with Chris Bowes From Alestorm
16th June 2017, 17:53
Posted by Tristan

Completing their latest voyage into the unknown, Alestorm have released their brand new record No Grave But The Sea. A combination of tom foolery and absolute genius, the record was a big surprise for me. Particularly since Pirate Metal was not really my thing, I have since been won over by the scallywags!

Have Thy Art Is Murder Finally Gone Death Metal?
16th June 2017, 08:18
Posted by Tristan

Thy Art Is Murder, what was once a small band from Australia have become an entity that are heralding the new era of Deathcore. Having released two albums on Nuclear Blast, Hate and Holy War the band have seen an exponential growth in popularity. Somewhat stunning audiences the world over with his sudden departure from the band they toured with stand in vocalists for a little while before recently announcing that CJ would be returning with the band to record a brand new album. Today the band have announced their new record to be Dear Desolation, with an August 18th release and have premiered a brand new track. 

Akercocke Release “Disappear” Renaissance In Extremis For August Release
15th June 2017, 09:30
Posted by Tristan

At last! It’s finally coming. 

Download 2017 – How Have Exodus Never Played Download?
13th June 2017, 13:15
Posted by Tristan

For the seasoned Thrash fiend, you’ll no doubt be well acquainted with the sounds that are in part responsible for some of the craziest Bay Area Thrash anthems ever. Known just as well as their metallic counterparts, Exodus are just as vital in the world of Metal as the likes of Metallica. I mean, the lead guitarist Kirk Hammett began his Metal career in Exodus! So why is it that the band have never played the hallowed ground that is Donington?

Anathema Bring Their Optimistic Look To June
12th June 2017, 11:17
Posted by Tristan

Closure. An idea that we as humans have created, we crave the idea that something will be resolute. The idea that something can finish being open ended can often terrify most people. Acting as a foreword for their story, the band took 2001’s A Fine Day To Exit to pick up exactly where they had left off. Using the artwork from the record and the coordinates of the photograph taken in Silver Strand Beach where their faceless “man” was last seen and sixteen years later we come to The Optimist.

Time Waits For No Slave But I Did For Napalm Death
6th June 2017, 15:30
Posted by Tristan

Napalm Death are one of the most influential bands to come out of the Extreme Music scene and they might not be an easy dish to swallow at first but I certainly remember my first mouthful.

Find out Wednesday 13’s Horror Movie Ideas And Talking Condolences
23rd June 2017, 13:45
Posted by Tristan

Recently playing an absolutely blistering set at Download Festival, Wednesday 13 took the place by storm following the release of brand new album Condolences.

Havok, Fallujah and More Announce For Bloodstock 2017
20th June 2017, 14:00
Posted by Tristan

As we’re almost nearing the time for Bloodstock the final couple of announcements are rolling in and they’ve got some brilliant surprises up their sleeves this year.

Alter Bridge’s Scott Phillips Discusses What The Last Hero Means To Him
19th June 2017, 14:00
Posted by Tristan

What defines a hero? Portrayed throughout culture all over the world as the men who are in spandex flying around in the air, the reality is something a lot more humble. Having become more than a household name among Metalhead’s, Alter Bridge are one of the biggest bands going. Celebrating their monumental release that was 2016’s The Last Hero the band have been achieving goals most would never dream of. With a headline sold out O2 performance in their back pocket, the band now look to repeating history with their huge main support slot for Aerosmith, Download Festival’s Sunday headliners.

Currents’ Debut Album Sounds Like Failing Machinery, And That Is Awesome
19th June 2017, 05:05
Posted by Chris

Metalcore is under going an identity revolution, and Currents are helping with it’s long needed transformation with their new album ‘The Place I Feel Safest‘.

Carach Angren Have The Last Laugh on Spectacular New Album Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten
16th June 2017, 13:00
Posted by Tristan

The art of story telling is hardly something new. A huge part of culture, entire civilisations have been built on the art of telling a story, be it factual or fictional. Giving birth to the idea of literature and film but how can it be incorporated in music? The concept album is an art form that has been around since its seventies hey day. Forming a bridge between the Horror medium and the concept album Carach Angren have had their finger on the (deceased) pulse of the story. Previously releasing 2015’s This Is No Fairytale, now the band return for their most ambitious haunting yet, Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten.

Download 2017 – The Year The Sun Shone (Saturday)
15th June 2017, 17:58
Posted by Tristan

Arriving bright eyed and (surprisingly) bushy tailed this morning, its back to the guest arena entrance where the queue is somewhat slow owing to the security checks. Something I feel that I should mention, given the current climate of the world Download’s security procedure was nothing short of remarkable. Quick, efficient and on time I didn’t miss one band or interview owing to their speed so yet another big tick in the box. As I got out of being searched the thick eight stringed din of Hacktivist could be heard bounding from the main stage. The closer I got, the better it sounded! After the departure of longtime singer Ben Marvin’s departure from the band, they’ve found a suitable successor in the form of Jot Maxi who delivered with the combination of Jermaine Hurley at his side. It was a fitting if slightly unconventional way for Download to wake up!

Download 2017 – The Year The Sun Shone (Friday)
14th June 2017, 15:30
Posted by Tristan

As Britain was slowly coming down from the snap election high, Theresa May was forced into an uncomfortable position, whilst Labour supporters were fully into what many are now calling The Corbyn Effect. Not scheduled to land together, the overall result following Friday morning’s news set the tone perfectly for an absolutely fantastic three day break away to one of the best European events, Download Festival.

Comeback Kid More Than Turn It Around In Their New Single
13th June 2017, 10:30
Posted by Tristan

An unlikely pairing of Devin Townsend in the track and they’ve announced that they have signed to Nuclear Blast!

Suffocation Embrace The Darkness on …Of The Dark Light
9th June 2017, 17:00
Posted by Tristan

Instrumental in the perfection of what was the nineties death Metal scene, Suffocation have long been heralded as the godfathers of this, most bloodthirsty of genres. Having continued since their nineties hey day, the band have continually upped the ante with each release. Following the release of 2012’s Pinnacle of Bedlam, the band embarked on a hectic touring schedule the world over. Returning to the studio at the tail end of 2016, the band resolved to revitalise their sound, the end result was Of The Dark Light.

Avert Your Eyes To The Stoney Gaze of Paradise Lost
6th June 2017, 14:15
Posted by Tristan

Shortly after having signed to Nuclear Blast, Paradise Lost have unveiled their follow up to 2015’s The Plague Within titled Medusa.

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