Earache Record's Savage Messiah have announced a pre-Bloodstock warm up show in guitarist Joff Bailey's home town of Hastings on Saturday 4th August. The seaside town is home to the infamous biker pub The Carlisle, and it's upstairs at said venue that the show will take place. Tickets are priced at £5.00 and support comes from local female fronted rock/metal act Blackdown and thrashers Vulgate.
Following a hugely succesful tour with Evile earlier in the year and
This video highlights the state the the current music scene is in. Matt Drake from Evile discusses just how hard it is being in a band, paying bills, and keeping/getting jobs when not on the road. Personally I think the bulk of this problem comes down to illegal downloads. If you want to support the scene, then buy the music of the bands you like, don't steal it!!
Hammerfest 4 Review Part 1 – Friday
by Nicholas Holmes
Photos by Tess Donohoe (www.tessdonohoe.com/)
Hammerfest, organised by Metal Hammer magazine with the team behind Hard Rock Hell, celebrated St Patrick's Day weekend in thoroughly drunken style, with several thousand heavy metal fans making the bi-annual pilgrimage to the Pontins holiday complex at Prestatyn on the North Wales coast.
The line-up this year featured some true legends in the form of Big Four US thrashers Anthrax and Yorkshire's doom-driven Paradise Lost, plus Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth and eclectic, eccentric Welsh wonders Skindred – not to mention a huge bill of bands that may have been overlooked by others or new ones looking to make their mark.
The weekend includes fancy dress themes, band autograph sessions and a bustling market area where you can get tattooed, stock up on CDs, shirts and patches. Then there is the amusement arcade, open until 3am where hardcore party animals can win a giant-sized cuddly Winnie The Pooh to take to bed. Or not.
The event is all about the live music, and the bill covers numerous genres and tastes across three stages. There really is something that will appeal to everyone. Here are some of the highlights...
Damnation have just announced a ton of new bands, and there are some SERIOUSLY good names announced, click below for the full news story...