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Dragonforce: widdly

We’re debuting an exclusive demo from new Dragonforce album Maximum Overload, and it features none other than Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy!

The track, titled Defenders, is the first piece of music to be released from the opus and showcases a bit of a heavier side for the London-based power metallers. Don’t worry, though; there’s still tons of widdling.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DEFENDERS

Maximum Overload will be the second Dragonforce opus to feature frontman Marc Hudson, and will drop via Ear Music on August 18. The album was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Studios, Sweden.

The guys will also embark on a mammoth UK tour in September, hitting up the following venues:

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thursday 18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
Friday 19th GLASGOW King Tuts
Saturday 20th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sunday 21st DUBLIN Whelan’s
Tuesday 23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
Wednesday 24th MIDDLESBRO’ Empire
Thursday 25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Friday 26th STOKE Sugarmill
Saturday 27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
Tuesday 30th BRIGHTON The Haunt

OCTOBER
Wednesday 1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Thursday 2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Friday 3rd BRIDGEND Hobo’s
Saturday 4th BRISTOL The Thekla
Tuesday 7th LEEDS Brundenell
Wednesday 8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Thursday 9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Friday 10th NORWICH Waterfront
Saturday 11th LONDON Bush Hall

Dragonforce tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday April 4, priced at £17.50 for London and £16.00 regionally, available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-hear-a-brand-new-dragonforce-demo-featuring-triviums-matt-heafy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exclusive-hear-a-brand-new-dragonforce-demo-featuring-triviums-matt-heafy
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Absolutely no Photoshop was used in this. At all. Nope…

Hammer’s Greg Moffitt went to see Bee Gees metal tribute act Tragedy last week. Not only was it a blast, but it reminded him why novelty bands can still kick ass…

Novelty bands have always proved divisive in the realms of rock and metal. Comedy bands, joke bands, spoof bands…call them what you will, but acts fooling around and indulging in blatant frivolity are guaranteed to draw the ire of those defenders of the faith for whom heavy metal is a deadly serious business. From Gwar (RIP Oderus) and Lawnmower Deth to Green Jelly and the currently in-vogue, Steel Panther, each decade produces a clutch of clowns to entertain and infuriate. The fact that such outfits persist – although individual ‘careers’ may be remarkably short – reminds us, however, that metal has always displayed an innate sense of humour and unlike many other genres of music, is capable of laughing at itself.

Steel Panther: LOLs-a-minute

The most ardent fans of Spinal Tap and Bad News are, after all, metal fans themselves. Billed as an “all metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond”, New York’s Tragedy are the latest novelty outfit to emerge onto the scene. Their mission: to “take your favourite Bee Gees, disco and soft-rock classics and reinvent them in a heavy metal fashion”. Fresh from their show headlining the opening night of HammerFest, the band are currently on the last leg of their UK tour.

Tragedy: Their love is deep [Photo: Mike Powell]

Zakky Boy Taylor, frontman with main support act A Joker’s Rage, is outside the venue having a cigarette. “I’ve seen Tragedy before and they’re thoroughly entertaining,” he says. “Supporting these guys is like a night out for us! I’m very hard to impress when it comes to live bands. The industry is saturated with bands now and what I find is that when it comes to the theatrical aspect of what Tragedy do – and we’re a little bit like that ourselves – I love it. I think a lot of people have forgotten the visual aspect of a live show. It’s so important. It used to be the main focal point and that got lost somewhere down the line.”

[Photo: Mike Powell]

Amazingly, two fans from the Isle Of Man – Justin and Jo – are following Tragedy as they make their way around the country. “We first saw them at Camden Underworld,” says Justin, “and they were brilliant! A good night’s entertainment. They’re very good at what they do.” “They’ve all got such great voices that they can carry it off,” adds Jo, “and if we can’t have some fun with this, what’s the bloody point? Even if you /really/ love metal, it’s not all serious.”

Inside the club, it’s about as far from serious as you can get. Exploding on stage in a riot of spandex, leather, sequins and stunning facial hair, the Tragedy experience emphasizes fun and frolics, but it quickly becomes apparent that it’s not at the expense of the music. And that’s the kicker. You may not have them on your iPod, but there’s simply no denying the quality of these songs, metal makeover or not. Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees, We Are Family by Sister Sledge becomes We Are Tragedy, Slayer’s Raining Blood morphs into The Weather Girls’ Raining Men… even Abba get a look in with a sly-winking rendition of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight). As they close out with Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart (penned by Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman let’s not forget), the words of Maximus in Gladiator spring to mind; “Are you not entertained?” Camp as a row of tents and with more hooks than hell’s cloakroom, Tragedy guarantee it.

ALL THE PEOPLE! [Photo: James Cross]

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/features/live-evil-tragedy-at-the-duchess-york/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=live-evil-tragedy-at-the-duchess-york
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Dragonforce: widdly

UK power metal heabyweights Dragonforce will be unleashing a new studio album in August!

Maximum Overload will be the second Dragonforce opus to feature frontman Marc Hudson, and will drop via Ear Music on August 18. The album was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Studios, Sweden and will feature a guest appearance from none other than Trivium‘s Matt Heafy!

The guys will also embark on a mammoth UK tour in September, hitting up the following venues:

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thursday 18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
Friday 19th GLASGOW King Tuts
Saturday 20th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sunday 21st DUBLIN Whelan’s
Tuesday 23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
Wednesday 24th MIDDLESBRO’ Empire
Thursday 25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Friday 26th STOKE Sugarmill
Saturday 27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
Tuesday 30th BRIGHTON The Haunt

OCTOBER
Wednesday 1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Thursday 2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Friday 3rd BRIDGEND Hobo’s
Saturday 4th BRISTOL The Thekla
Tuesday 7th LEEDS Brundenell
Wednesday 8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Thursday 9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Friday 10th NORWICH Waterfront
Saturday 11th LONDON Bush Hall

Dragonforce tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday April 4, priced at £17.50 for London and £16.00 regionally, available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/dragonforce-to-release-new-album-maximum-overload-this-summer-uk-tour-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dragonforce-to-release-new-album-maximum-overload-this-summer-uk-tour-announced
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black sabbath

Black bloody Sabbath

Festival season has just got that little bit more insane.

Black Sabbath will headline British Summertime Festival in July with a pretty damn impressive supporting cast.

The Metal Godfathers will play the huge event in Hyde Park on Friday July 4 with Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly and many more also on the bill! Wow.

“The first time I came to London I didn’t have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave,” says Ozzy Osbourne. “Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a it better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park, the most beautiful park in London that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past. We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the Royals will enjoy it!”

The full bill for the festival is as follows:

Great Oak Stage

Black Sabbath
Soundgarden
Faith No More
Motorhead
Soulfly

The Barclaycard Theatre

Hell
Kobra and The Lotus
Broken Hands
The Bots

Village Hall

Gallows
Bo Ningen
The Gravel Tones
Hang The Bastard

A Plastic Rose

Summer Stage
Rise To Remain
Blitz Kids
The Struts
The First

Yeah, not bad, right?

Barclaycard presale tickets will be available from 9am Monday March 31, the BST/AEG presale will go from 9am Wednesday April 2 and the general onsale will come Friday April 4.

This summer is getting ridiculous.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/black-sabbath-announce-huge-london-show-with-soundgarden-faith-no-more-motorhead-and-more/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=black-sabbath-announce-huge-london-show-with-soundgarden-faith-no-more-motorhead-and-more
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Arch Enemy’s new look for 2014

Arch Enemy have unveiled some juicy details about their new album.

War Eternal will be the first Arch Enemy album to feature recently announced new singer Alissa White-Gluz, who previously fronted The Agonist, and will officially land on June 9 via Century Media.

Check out the album art and tracklist below:

War Eternal Tracklist

1. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)
2. Never Forgive, Never Forget
3. War Eternal
4. As The Pages Burn
5. No More Regrets
6. You Will Know My Name
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
11. Avalanche
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/arch-enemy-reveal-war-eternal-cover-arttracklist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=arch-enemy-reveal-war-eternal-cover-arttracklist
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HellYeah: blood brothers

HellYeah – featuring Pantera legend Vinnie Paul and Mudvayne’s Chad Gray – have released two tracks from new album Blood For Blood.

Have a listen to Cross To Bier (Cradle of Bones) and Sangre Por Sangre (Blood for Blood) below:

Blood for Blood is out June 9.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/hellyeah-release-two-new-tracks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hellyeah-release-two-new-tracks
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Corey Taylor: wants KISS to be mates again

Corey Taylor has waded in on the controversy surrounding KISS’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

Current members and KISS mainstays Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have refused former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss the chance to perform a few classics with the band at the induction ceremony next month, leaving many fans angry at a missed opportunity to reunite the classic lineup one last time.

Paul, Peter, Ace and Gene’s relationship has been, ahem, destroyed

Corey, who we can safely bet is a longterm KISS fan like us lot, believes that the best thing for Paul, Gene, Ace and Peter would be to just kiss and make up (lolz) and put on a great show for the fans.

“On one hand, you’re stoked being a KISS fan,” he tells Radio.com, “but on the other hand it’s, like, ‘Can you guys just put aside your petty issues and realise that without one another you wouldn’t have been able to do this?Can you just set stuff aside and do one show for the fans of the original lineup again? And then you never have to see each other again!’

“Without [Peter and Ace], the other two guys wouldn’t be where they are!,” he adds. “And that’s just me layin’ it straight! I might not ever get a kind word from anybody in that band anymore. But I think it’s petty and I think it’s ridiculous! Figure it out! Show respect, because sometimes it’s not about you, it’s about the fans.”

Also inducted for 2014′s ceremony, which takes place on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, are Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Hall And Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Oldham, Brian Epstein and the E Street Band.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/corey-taylor-on-kiss-hall-of-fame-feud-can-you-guys-put-aside-your-petty-issues/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=corey-taylor-on-kiss-hall-of-fame-feud-can-you-guys-put-aside-your-petty-issues
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