Archive for February, 2012

Betraeus to support Xerath and Scar Symmetry on UK tour‏

Fast rising progressive death metallers Betraeus have announced they will join Xerath as support for metal titans Scar Symmetry on the UK leg of their tour. This continues the band’s busy tour schedule following their headliner of Ireland and their recent slot supporting death metal masters Decapitated.
Betraeus frontman Chris Sykes comments:
“We’re absolutely ecstatic to be touring alongside Scar Symmetry and Xerath, We’re fans of both bands and you can safely say the shows will be a real mixed night of modern metal. Make sure you get down to one of the dates!”
18 March – Purple Turtle, Camden, London
Molten Magazine sponsored headliner in Ireland, with support from Spires
22 March – The Blind Pig – Limerick
23 March – The Pint – Dublin
24 March – The Limelight – Belfast
Supporting Xerath and Scar Symmetry
09 May – Academy 2 – Islington
10 May – Moho – Manchester
11 May – Academy 2 – Bristol

UNEVEN STRUCTURE kick off European tour with PROTEST THE HERO

UNEVEN STRUCTURE kick off European tour with PROTEST THE HERO by posting a video of their live rig set up 

After releasing their debut album ‘Februus‘ to widespread critical acclaim in 2011, getting ambient in a forest for their debut video ‘Awaken‘, touring with Chimp Spanner and TesseracT, and raising the roof at the Basick Records/HMV label showcase in London in February, French progressive heroes,UNEVEN STRUCTURE, are set to embrace Europe when they hit the road for the first time in 2012 in support of PROTEST THE HERO, which kicks off tonight in Stuttgart.
In preparation for tonight’s opening show, the band have released tongue in cheek, stress relieving footage of their live rig set up, during pre-tour rehearsals from deep within a nuclear bomb shelter in Switzerland, which can be viewed here:
Showcasing one of the main reasons which makes UNEVEN STRUCTURE rise head and shoulders above their contemporaries, is video footage of their world class vocalist, Matthieu Romarin, rehearsing during a one shot, live vocal performance, to their track Buds which can be viewed here:
The seventeen date tour w/ Protest The Hero, Long Distance Calling, Blood Command and Uneven Structure kicks off tonight in Stuttgart and visits the following places:
29/02 Universum – Stuttgart, Germany
01/03 Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
02/03 CF10 University – Cardiff, UK
03/03 0² Academy 2 – Birmingham, UK
04/03 Corporation – Sheffield, UK
06/03 Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
07/03 Club Academy – Manchester, UK
08/03  O² ABC2 – Glasgow, Scotland
09/03 O² Academy Islington – London, UK
10/03 Helling – Utrecht, Netherlands
11/03 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
12/03 Chez Heinz – Hannover, Germany (only with Long Distance Calling)
13/03 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
14/03 Arena Wien – Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria
15/03 Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
16/03 Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
17/03 Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
18/03 Matrix – Bochum, Germany
UNEVEN STRUCTURE will then tour throughout their native France, with TEXTURES on the following dates:
28/03 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
29/03 Secret Place – Montpellier, France
01/04  Connexion Café – Toulouse, France

Raven Lord add Larry Paterson on Drums

Raven Lord has revealed that former Stuka Squadron (Blaze Bayley, Chokehold, Sinocence, Arbitrater) drummer Lawrence “Larry” Patersonjoining the band. Larry lives in UK and comes with tour experience. Larry will be handling the drum duties and completes Raven Lord’s line up.

The band has been often compared to sound like Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Preliminary work on a new album has already begun, with various songs at different stages of completion.

Two new songs ‘End of World’ and ‘Saints & Sinners’ can be heard at or

Raven Lord’s line up is Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals,Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv) – Lead Guitar, Julian Barrett (Tarja Turunen, Barilari, Lorihen) – Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath) – Bass Guitar and Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Bayley, Stuka Squadron, Sinocence) – Drums.Larry’s bio: Lawrence ‘Larry’ Paterson was born in Matamata, New Zealand, drumming by the age of 15 influenced by the sounds of classic hard rock and heavy metal made by bands such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Several bands in New Zealand followed until by 1988 Lawrence relocated to the United Kingdom.

Larry’s bio: Lawrence ‘Larry’ Paterson was born in Matamata, New Zealand, drumming by the age of 15 influenced by the sounds of classic hard rock and heavy metal made by bands such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Several bands in New Zealand followed until by 1988 Lawrence relocated to the United Kingdom.

Once there he again spent years in several bands of different calibre and levels of achievement, drumming for the likes of thrashers Arbitrater in 1992 when they released the ‘Darkened Reality’ album. For a period of time Larry was ‘official helper and gear carrier’ for Cozy Powell and his drum tech Eddie Naughton during the writing and recording of the Black Sabbath ‘Forbidden’ album. Striking up a friendship with one of his all time drum heroes left an indelible impression on Lawrence; a profound influence of Larry’s playing style and attitude to both music in general and metal in particular.

Over the years since his arrival in the UK Larry has played in several notable bands, including Chokehold (who released three albums, appeared on Channel 4 television and toured with Saxon) and Blaze Bayley; appearing on two studio albums, a live double album and DVD and touring throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece between 2007 and 2010.

Larry also authored a book on the Blaze Bayley band’s history entitled ‘At The End Of The Day’, published originally in 2009. This is actually his eleventh book as he has also written ten others about a totally different kind of Heavy Metal: since 2000 he has written non-fiction histories of Germany’s Second World War U-boat service, inspired largely by his lifelong interest in the Second World War and working as a Scuba instructor, diving the wartime wrecks off France.

Vinyl Jacket Released New Single.

Vinyl Jacket

New Single out March 5th through Generator  

Vinyl Jacket follow up the success of 2011 with their third single ‘Red Light’ released 5th March 2012, the single is backed by an exclusive remix by Mercury-nominated artist Everything Everything.  The single has already been played by Huw Stephens on Radio1 who has invited the band to play a Huw Stephens presents… show at The Social, London on 14th February with a UK tour in April and European dates to follow later in the year.

Vinyl Jacket  are a young five piece that hail from the small village of Wylam in Northumberland creating their unique brand of upbeat, off-kilter Pop. Having only formed early 2010 Vinyl Jacket toured the UK and supported the likes of Hockey, General Fiasco and The Holloways. Their self titled EP released in June 2010 gained them airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Tees & Amazing Radio, a feature in Newcastle’sCulture Magazine and saw them develop an ever growing fan base. 

The band performed at a showcase event in front of Tom Robinson who picked them as his standout band stating that Vinyl Jacket ‘blew him away’ proclaiming them to be ‘world class!’ This led to further airplay on 6Music and the band headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at In the City 2010. Their track Broken Record topped the Amazing Radio Chart in December 2010 after a successful viral video got fans voting for the song that also topped the Best of Myspace chart. The band was also PRS Artist of the Week for the first week of 2011 and featured on the Radio 1 BBC Introducing week on the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show.

Their debut single Painting Stations (21.02.11) received airplay from Chris MoylesHuw Stephens (track of the week), Steve LamacqLauren Laverne, Tom Robinson and Capital FM as well as a ‘New Blood’ feature in Artrocker Magazine.  They followed up the single by touring the UK as well as supporting Little Comets, playing Liverpool Sound City and opening the main stage at Evolution Festival. The band also played the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival this year after being selected by a panel that included Zane LoweJo Whiley and Emily Eavis.

Koala (18.07.11) received plays from XFM’s John Kennedy6Music’s Lauren Laverne & Tom Robinson and was again a Huw Stephens tip of the week that resulted in him inviting Vinyl Jacket down for a Radio 1 session at the famous Maida Vale studios.

letlive. unveil new music video for ‘Muther’

Heavy music’s breakout stars letlive. have just released a brand new video for their song ‘Muther’ from the band’s heralded Epitaph Records debut album Fake History. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and offers a cathartic meditation on romantic jealousy featuring singer Jason Aalon Butler, who Kerrang! Magazine recently named the “Greatest Rock Star In The World Today.”


letlive.’s critically acclaimed album Fake History is being called a masterpiece while their electrifying live shows have already become the stuff of legend. The band are currently proving their live prowess on the Kerrang! Tour in the UK, playing alongside New Found Glory, The Blackout and While She Sleeps and winning over more avid fans with each and every performance. Already establishing themselves as young road warriors, in the last year alone letlive. have toured in over 20 countries, playing close to 250 shows, including the likes of Download Festival, Reading and Leeds festivals and an extensive tour across Europe with Enter Shikari.


February 2012 – Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour with New Found Glory

15 Manchester Academy
16 Birmingham O2 Academy
17 London Roundhouse

Further praise for letlive. –

“A frenetic, hugely entertaining and inventing genre mash-up full of punk rock aggression and rock’n’roll swagger” – Rock Sound

“The king of crazy live shows.” – NME on Jason Aalon Butler

“letlive. are one of the most truly exciting bands to emerge in years” – Metal Hammer

“a whirl of clattering hardcore, gymnastic screaming and raw-edged, blazing riffs.” – Q Magazine

SOUND OF GUNS To Release New album ‘Angels And Enemies’


Following the release of new single ‘Silicon’ through Distiller Records, Sound of Guns announce their biggest tour to date in support of new album ‘Angels And Enemies’, which drops March 5th. Recorded at the Distillery in Bath, the album was produced by Dave Eringa who has previously worked with The Manic Street Preachers and Ocean Colour Scene.

Having already secured a headline slot at HMV’s Next Big Thing in February 2012 and being nominated for the 2011 XFM New Music Award, Sound Of Guns kicked off the new year with support from XFM’s Mary Anne Hobbs, a slot on her evening playlist, Single of the Week on Rich Walters XFM show and BBC Radio 1 support from Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens.

Discovered by BBC Introducing, Sound of Guns have developed as a band since releasing their debut album ‘What Came From Fire’, which was one of the ten albums shortlisted for the 2011 XFM’s New Music Award. Having now crafted ten new and original tracks for ‘Angels And Enemies’, Sound of Guns have their sights set once again at the top.

The journey for Sound of Guns has been far from dull. Since forming, the band have gone from having their guitars stolen, studio burnt to the ground to being surrounded by armed police (a misunderstanding after a local at a gig heard the band talking about ‘guns’). More recently they have toured with The View, performed at Radio One’s Big Weekend, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and recorded at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios

Sound Of Guns are not afraid to appeal to the masses. With the support of Mary Anne Hobbs, Radio One heavyweights and bands including Everything Everything, Miles Kane, The Courteeners and Delphic, it’s now time for Sound of Guns to take centre stage.


Tickets for the dates are on sale now and available through HMV Tickets. European dates to be announced for April.


March 6 – Newcastle Academy 2
March 7 – Glasgow King Tuts
March 8 – Inverness Ironworks
March 9 – Aberdeen Tunnels
March 10 – Dundee Doghouse
March 13 – Manchester Roadhouse
March 14 – Dublin Academy 2
March 15 – Belfast University (Radar)
March 16 – Sheffield Leadmill
March 17 – Leeds Cockpit
March 19 – Nottingham Bodega
March 20 – Cardiff Moon
March 21 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
March 23 – Brighton Hydrant
March 24 – Southampton Unit

April 21 – Liverpool O2 Academy 1



The unstoppable Oxfordshire quintet will unleash their alluring debut for eager public consumption from 14th May.

Sparking glowing comparisons to the likes of Underoath, Oceana, and Parkway Drive, Vera Grace burst from the blocks with rampant fretwork, raw power, and potent intent. Vera Grace are rapidly
picking up speed throughout the underground and are set to crank up velocity with their impressive debut EP ‘Rotations’, out this May. 

Freshly formed at the foot of 2011, Vera Grace are quickly scaling the ranks and making new friends. Hailing from rural Oxon and featuring school mates Aaron (Bass), Chris (Guitar), Steve (Vocals), Josh (Drums) and Jonjo (Guitar). The youthful five-some soon pressed forward and began work on penning new tunes for their eagerly awaited debut record. To help make their mark on the scene, the metalcore unit set loose a debut single in the shape of ‘Living Forever Isn’t Living At All’; the track notched up hearty support from a grass roots level and earned the band a cluster of new fans.

The southern noiseniks are now poised to raise the bar, with their eagerly awaited debut release of ‘Rotations’. Hosting five meaty joints of hardcore infused metal and taking cues from Underoath, Oh, Sleeper, and Parkway Drive, Vera Grace offer up an altered take on metalcore and in turn have produced a debut record loaded with guile, intensity, and true promise. From the melodic riffage
and beefy climax of ‘Wasting Away’, through to the experimental synth and guitar work on the title track ‘Rotations’, Vera Grace have set loose a real beast of a debut. The UK metallers also plan a full blown gig onslaught set for summer, hit up for show updates.