Archive for November, 2012

WAKING THEO let loose ‘Reborn’ EP, on Monday 11th February‏



Hotly-tipped Northern metal crew ‘Waking Theo’ are primed to break out to the nation with their explosive new EP ‘Reborn’, which hits stores on Monday 11th February 2013.

Relentless and uncompromising, soaring and intricate, Waking Theo weld the brutal to the beautiful, creating music that distinctively walks the tight rope between the extreme and the accessible. With a vast cross-section of influences, stemming from classic thrash and metal through to modern-day melodic death and metalcore, Waking Theo carve out a sound that is undoubtedly their own.

Born in 2006 and busting out of the Yorkshire wilderness, the irrepressible quintet are 100% committed to the execution and construction of their craft. Through extensive gigging and intense rehearsing, Waking Theo have finely tuned their live show, which has led to them being selected for support slots with names such as While She Sleeps, Bleed from Within, Malefice, Trigger the Bloodshed, and many more. Not to mention the fact that the band were hand-picked for this year’s Bloodstock festival, where they eagerly showcased new material to a packed tent of avid metal fans.

But the road to rock stardom is rarely a smooth one, and changes in personnel have slightly hindered Waking Theo’s rise. In early 2012, the band parted ways with their original singer/co-founder soon after the release of their second EP ‘Ghost in the Machine’. The decision was based on the band’s unwavering drive and desire to make a solid impact on the modern day metal scene. Soon after, Waking Theo welcomed aboard Craig Gordon, a passionate and skilled vocalist who now fully completes the current line-up.

Now as an invigorated and revitalised unit. Waking Theo are set to firmly stamp their mark on the Brit metal scene as evidenced by their brand new 3 track EP ‘Reborn’, out this February. From the blistering opening of  their new video single ‘To the Lions’, to the whiplash riffery of ‘Downcast’, onto the track title ‘Reborn’, which heartily displays Craig Gordon’s immense vocal prowess, suitably bolstered by his compatriots’ weighty depth and impressive layering, it’s clear that Waking Theo have arrived. And with a full length album schedule for the later Spring, there’s nothing holding them back this time.

TRACKLISTING: 1. To The Lions; 2. Downcast; 3. Reborn.

BAND MEMBERS: Craig Gordon – Vocals; Ben Wright – Lead Guitar; Chris Town – Rhythm Guitar; Chris Giles – Bass Guitar; Chris Vinter – Drums.


Fuckshovel unleash video ‘Schizophonic’ + News announcement‏



Coming at you from the backstreets of London Town, metallic punks ‘Fuckshovel’ set loose the stunning video for ‘Schizophonic’, taken from their forthcoming album ‘This Is What We Are’.

Fuckshovel’s sound has been described as “an unrelenting mass of festering dragster groove primed with the DNA of old school Discharge disfigured and dispatched with the manic face down aggression of ‘Hotrod’-era Ministry being pummelled by Anthrax and spiked with crowd pleasing terrace styled choruses.”  Boasting a stunning concoction of old school metal melded with the attitude and drive of punk rock, the band have had stints with Cradle of Filth, Decimator, Basement Jaxx, Plan B, and remnants of Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam. The band drop their debut album ‘This Is What We Are’ on Monday, 18th February.

But in the meantime, check out the video for ‘Schizophonic’ over at

NORTHPAW’s new EP ‘Trepidation’, out 28th January


Impressive Brit Post-Hardcore Combo ‘Northpaw’ weigh inn with their stunning new EP ‘Trepidation’, out Monday 28th January 2013.

Having grown up feasting on the aural delights of Glassjaw, Thrice, Norma Jean and The Bled, and adding to that, genuine craft and an imaginative approach to penning highly engaging slabs of post-hardcore, ‘Northpaw’ have materialized a sound that is whole-hearted, intense, and ultimately compelling.

Formed in Alton, Hampshire, at the end of 2011, and consisting of long-time friends Charlie Grout-Smith (Vocals), Spencer Huet (Guitar and Vocals), Andy Allen (Drums), Jack Robinson (Bass), and Josh Irvine (Guitar), the band decided on their moniker courtesy of guitarist Spencer Huet, who having grown up in Texas, earned the nickname due to his baseball exploits. The newly formed quintet then began to ink a series of songs and wasted no time in striking out on the live circuit. The hardcore crew toured through the heart of the UK in 2012 with rising stars ‘Violet’, in support of their debut self-titled EP. The record had a limited internet release, but still managed to increase the band’s growing fan-base whilst garnering impressive reviews.

Grounded by their roots and encompassing an underlying concept of movement and maturity, their brand new EP ‘Trepidation’ thematically travels the same path towards staunch loyalty that has been such an integral part of Northpaw. Trepidation certainly delivers on all fronts, exploding with innovate ideas and cut-throat riffs. The first track, ‘Extinction’ soon kicks you in the teeth with its inventive math fret-flurries and progressive groove that nods gleefully towards ETID. While ‘Face Needs’ illustrates the five-some’s supreme ability to deliver a hook, as Grout-Smith flexes his vocal pipes as he impressively swings from abundantly melodic to gut-wrenchingly raw within a heartbeat, while sparring with his vocal counterpart Huet in the process. ‘Habitus’ is an adrenaline-fueled shot of earnest angst modern punk-rock that helps to demonstrate the band’s notable diversity and sheer intensity, while ‘Artificial Respiration’ slams the door shut on the EP with stunning effect.

TRACKLISTING: 1. Extinction; 2. Face Needs; 3. Habitus; 4. Oil, Gratulerar; 5. Artificial Respiration.

BAND MEMBERS: Charlie Grout-Smith: Vocals; Spencer Huet: Guitar and Vocals; Andy Allen: Drums; Jack Robinson: Bass; Josh Irvine: Guitar.

FOR FANS OF: Underoath, Architects, Saosin.

MYSTERY BLUE Reveal Album Release Date, Cover Artwork, and Track Listing

French heavy metallers MYSTERY BLUE will release their 7th album, “Conquer The World” on December 21 worldwide via Road Show Productions.

The new album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Uwe Lulis (Grave Digger, Rebellion) at Black Solaris Studios, Frankfurt, Germany. The artwork and booklet was created by Jobert Mello, Sledgehammer Graphix (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Thunderbolt, Benedictum). Andreas Babuschkin (Paragon) feat. special guest vocals on the song “Running with the Pack“.

A rough studio version of the track “Running with the Pack” feat. Andreas Babuschkin of Paragon can be streamed using the YouTube player below.


MYSTERY BLUE’s current lineup includes female singer Nathalie Geyer, guitarist Frenzy Philippon, bass guitarist Matt Gabnai and drummer Vince Koehler.

The foundation of MYSTERY BLUE dates back to 1982
Originally founded by the guitarist FRENZY PHILIPPON, MYSTERY BLUE rather quickly became a household name in the world of Hard Rock, as we called Metal in those pioneering days. The band released two successful albums, the eponymous debut long-player MYSTERY BLUE (AXE KILLER RECORDS), followed by CIRCLE OF SHAME (DREAM RECORDS/CBS), and toured Europe with big guns such as MOTÖRHEAD, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, VENGEANCE, and fellow “Frenchies” H-BOMB and SATAN JOKERS… read more

Video teaser of “Conquer the World“:

Today True Metal doesn’t get any better than MYSTERY BLUE. Get ready to bleed!

“Conquer The World” track listing:

01. Conquer The World

02. Innocent Crime

03. Running With The Pack

04. Evil Spell

05. Cruel Obession

06. Ticket To Hell

07. Keep On Dreaming

08. Road Of Despair

09. Behind Those Walls

10. Guardian Angel

11. Accroche-Toi À Tes Reves (bonus track)

New Feud singles out

Rock band Feud release a triple threat of singles to light up the tail end of the year.

The new singles are ‘Miles Away’, ‘Medicine’ and ‘Floater’ and are now available from all good online retailers!!

You can listen to the tracks first at and

Or just download them straight away  from any of the following:





 Or directly from the Feud official website at;


RAVEN LORD – Announces Fan Video Contest‏

Multinational heavy metal band RAVEN LORD and ROCK N GROWL have launched a worldwide fan video contest for the track “BLACK FRIAR“. It comes off their forthcoming album “Descent to the Underworld“.

The winning contestant will be publicly announced in a press news and wins 300€ for the efforts. The video chosen will be the official music clip for the upcoming album release in January 2013.



Contest details:

Are you the guru for graphical design and video editing? Have you ever wanted to produce and edit your video clip to your favourite music? Now this is your chance!

RAVEN LORD just released the track “Black Friar” on which you can use your imagination and talent. You’re free to use animated or recorded video material. The resolution shall be HD quality. Make sure you use only video material on which you own the rights to!

The winning contestant will be publicly announced in a press news and wins 300€ for the efforts. The video chosen will be the official music clip for the upcoming album release in January 2013.

 Here is how you can enter the contest:

1. Download “RAVEN LORD – Black Friar” HERE! (

2. Create your own video for “Black Friar” with your favourite tools.

3. Upload your HD video version to YouTube with the title “RAVEN LORD – video contest -” followed by your name or company and set the rights to unlisted!

4. Send your link to us promo (at) and you’re officially entered our contest.

Contest ends on Monday, 31. December 2012. The winning clip will be chosen by the band. The winner will be contacted by ROCK N GROWL. Good luck!


RAVEN LORD recently inked a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s debut CD, “Descent To The Underworld“, is scheduled for a release on January 25, 2013 in Europe and February 12, 2013 in North America.

“Descent To The Underworld” track listing:

01. The Rebel

02. Attila The Hun

03. Let The Show Go On

04. Seal Of The Cross

05. Settle The Score

06. Promised Land

07. Black Friar

08. World Out Of Steel

09. Revelation

10. Metal Knights

11. Sun God

“Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves, RAVEN LORD combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present,” according to a press release. “Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.”


* Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) – Lead Guitar
* Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) – Bass
* Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (BLAZE BALEY, STUKA SQUADRON) – Drums
* George Karafotis (VERMILLION DAYS, OPERATION X) – Guitar
* [to be announced] – Keyboards

WHEN WE WERE WOLVES unleash debut EP on 14th January‏.

Formidable South Welsh quintet ‘When We Were Wolves’ hurl out their enthralling debut record ‘The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same’ on 14th January 2013.

When We Were Wolves have fashioned a brand of post-hardcore that will blast its way through your skull, pull at your heartstrings, and truly make you think, all in one sitting. Displaying a passionate approach to song-writing united with meaningful lyrical content, rhythmic hooks, and tactfully layered, pristinely melodic and aggressively raw vocals, the band are destined for national recognition in 2013.

Since their incarnation in July 2011, post-hardcore quintet When We Were Wolves have spent the last eighteen months cutting their teeth and establishing their place within the music scene in their home region of South Wales. Hailing from the town of Bridgend and with no other prior recorded material to date, When We Were Wolves have built a loyal fan-base purely on their impressive live performances. By relentlessly touring throughout England & Wales, the irrepressible five-some have engaged audiences of all ages. Their unbridled determination to deliver a ferocious, dynamic live performance at every show has earned them a growing reputation, and in turn, has led the band to share stages with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Exit Ten, Pay No Respect, Martyr Defiled and Carcer City.

Now with the release of their debut EP ‘The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same’ the band are prised to elevate themselves to a national level. From the eerie atmospheric and emotive ‘All Good People Must Come To An End’, to the undeniably powerful and contagious ‘Under The Water’, and from the gut-wrenching shout outs of ‘This Is Where We Belong’, it’s abundantly clear that the band mean every single note, beat, and word that they produce. The record continues in stellar form with the stompingly dynamic ‘Your Sick Fantasy’ before climatically closing with the breathtaking ‘Hounds’, which features Phil Cross teaming up with the band on vocals. Aided with the national release of the EP and with a multitude of touring planned for the rest of this year and into 2013, When We Were Wolves will soar.

RELEASE DATE: Monday 21st January 2013.


TRACKLISTING: 1. All Good People Must Come To An End; 2. Under The Water; 3. This Is Where We Belong; 4. Your Sick Fantasy; 5. Hounds (featuring Phil Cross).

BAND MEMBERS: Mitch Bock – Vocals; Steve French – Guitars; Rhod Evans – Guitars; Ben Taylor – Bass; Josh Baker – Drums.

FOR FANS OF: Of Mice & Men, A Day To Remember, Parkway Drive.