BLOODSTOCK rolls out final band additions!

BLOODSTOCK rolls out final band additions!

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BLOODSTOCK is a little over two weeks away and activity is at fever pitch over at BLOODSTOCK HQ.  The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there’s a few last additions for the Sophie and Jägermeister stages.

BALLS DEEP bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancasterstage.  The

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BLOODSTOCK announces after-hours Sophie Stage fun!

BLOODSTOCK announces after-hours Sophie Stage fun!

With BLOODSTOCK just over two weeks away, the festival goblins have been hard at work locking in all the party fun for your annual metal weekender.  Once the bands are done each day, the after-hours entertainment in the big top Sophie Stage borders on legendary, so be sure to rock up to Catton Park early on Thursday 7th, pitch your tent and get your beer on in time for the evening’s proceedings.

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Onslaught @ O2 Academy 2 Sheffield, 18/7/2014

Onslaught @ O2 Academy 2 Sheffield, 18/7/2014

On a very pleasant Friday night in the middle of July, at the behest of Mike Exley, I trekked down the M1 to the O2 Academy 2 in Sheffield to see a band I’ve somehow managed to miss at every single opportunity: the mighty Onslaught! The Academy2 is nice, intimate club-sized venue, so is something of a sweatbox, especially on the kind of day we’d just had.
Unfortunately, I missed seeing last…

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Tysondog Sign With Rocksector Records

Tysondog Sign With Rocksector Records

News just in: At SOS 2014, North Eastern NWOBHM band Tysondog have signed with Manchester-based independent label, Rocksector Records.

More information and photos later.

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Tysondog Sign With Rocksector Records

Tysondog Sign With Rocksector Records

News just in: At SOS 2014, North Eastern NWOBHM band Tysondog have signed with Manchester-based independent label, Rocksector Records.

More information and photos later.

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Sathamel - Deathly Delights

Sathamel – Deathly Delights

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Above: Frontman Kruk holds aloft a bloody skull while the band shreds around him.

Sathamel are a Blackened Death Metal band hailing from West Yorkshire, previously likened to Burzum and Bolt Thrower. I caught up with them at the Einherjarfestival in Halifax, and was lucky enough to see them play before we got a chance to chat. Smeared with blood and black, and with the largest crowd of any band…

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The Spiral Sequence – Through Shadow Into Light

The Spiral Sequence – Through Shadow Into Light

Spiral Sequence

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Spiral Sequence

Review by Dave Smiles

The Spiral Sequence is a solo project from multi-instrumentalist James O’Toole, who hails from Melbourne in Australia. All the song-writing, performances, recording, mixing and artwork were done by O’Toole, the only thing he didn’t do was the final mastering of the album, which might be a good thing. There’s always the danger of being too close…

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Nightwish release ‘making of’ clip for forthcoming album

The NIGHTWISH crew recently assembled to make a start on their new album. The as yet untitled record will be the first…

WOLF unveil ‘Making Of Devil Seed – The Studio Diary’

WOLF unveil ‘Making Of Devil Seed – The Studio Diary’

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Sweden’s pack of Heavy Metal heroes, WOLF, return with their seventh studio album, Devil Seed.  This time around, the band have teamed up with Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth) over at Fascination Street Studios and have delivered not only a heavy sounding release but also one chock full of clarity and complexity.

WOLF has now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s…

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Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCLXXXV

Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCLXXXV

Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCLXXXV

The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is back after my week off in Cornwall.  It was excellent.  Thanks for asking!

As usual, it’s a packed show this week.  Not only are we looking back at the BST Festival that happened last weekend, we’re taking a look at the recent reissues of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums with part one of a special documentary.

What else is in this week’s show?  You’ll be getting new…

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