Golden Autumn Days – Photos

I know that some of my friends believe that I only ever post photographs of gigs.  It isn’t true. Honestly!

Just to prove it here a few landscape shots that I have enjoyed taking recently.

James Bay

James Bay and Support – Bournemouth 06/10/15 [Photos]


Nice gig at Bournemouth International Centre last night.

Up and coming star James Bay was supported by Samm Henshaw and Elle King.  As you can see the lighting wasn’t great for Sam or Elle but it was really excellent for James.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

New Years Day

New Years Day New Album ‘Malevolence’ Available To Stream

Post Hardcore band New Years Day were one of my picks of this years Download Festival.  I was thrilled by their performance and have been eagerly looking forward to their new album ‘Malevolence’ which was released through Another Century on 3rd October.

Malevolence was produced by Erik Ron (The Word Alive, Motionless In White) and is the band’s first release on Another Century Records.

New Years Day took the unusual step of streaming the album in it’s entirety on YouTube before it was released.

Check it out here.

Ash Costello (vocals) states, “Malevolence is the most personal album we have ever written to date. More than ever you can really feel the blood and tears in these lyrics. It wasn’t an easy process because it was so emotional but what came from it is honest and real. It’s therapeutic and angry but still shows vulnerability.

“Our producer Erik Ron will always start an album by asking me ‘what are you feeling right now?’ to which I replied ‘pissed off.’ I think anyone that has suffered through loss, betrayal, insecurity and abandonment will absolutely relate to it. For me, it felt so good to get everything I had been bottling up out and hopefully it helps others in the process.”

2015 has been a monstrously significant year for the band, it saw New Years Day dominate this year’s Vans Warped Tour, as well as frontwoman Ash Costello hosting the Alternative Press Music Awards Red Carpet and taking an active role as a spokesperson for PETA (see below).

PETA “Pet Adoption” Campaign

NEW YEARS DAY – “Kill or Be Killed” Official Music Video

New Years Day will be back in the UK for a run of gigs supporting Motionless in White & Chelsea Grin in late November/early December. See below for a list of dates.

NEW YEARS DAY live:  with Motionless In White & Chelsea Grin

23 NOV Belfast, IRE – Mandela Hall

24 NOV Dublin, IRE – Academy

26 NOV Manchester, UK – Club Academy

27 NOV Leeds, UK – University Union

28 NOV Glasgow, UK – Garage

29 NOV Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
01 DEC Birmingham, UK – Asylum

02 DEC Bristol, UK – The Fleece

03 DEC Southampton, UK – 1865

04 DEC London, UK – Underworld **SOLD OUT**

06 DEC London, UK – Underworld **SOLD OUT**

New Years Day are on Facebook and they Tweet as @NYDrock


Slipknot return to the UK for short tour in February

Todays big new on the music from is that the multi-platinum, Grammy-Award-winning, masked beast that is SLIPKNOT is set to play a short run of UK arena shows in February 2016.

After Slipknots triumphant return headlining this year’s Download Festival at Donington Park, the metal icons return to these shores with their visually arresting, chaotic and spectacular shows.

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor comments: “Any time we get the chance to come over to the UK, it’s awesome. Hopefully the fans have as much fun as we do.  We’ll be putting together a great set for them, and as we fill out the bill with bands, we hope the excitement gets even bigger.”

The bad news for Slipknot fans is that the run is just four shows and on a personal level the fact that the London show is on a Tuesday evening really sucks.

At present it has not been announced who will support Slipknot for the UK dates.

Fans will be keen to snap up tickets as it is believed that Slipknot will go on a hiatus after next years European dates.

Dates stack up as follows:

MONDAY                     8          CARDIFF ARENA
TUESDAY                    9          LONDON ALEXANDRA PALACE
FRIDAY                       12        BIRMINGHAM GENTING ARENA
SATURDAY                 13        LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
Tickets are priced at £39.50 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee)   available on pre-sale from 9am Wednesday 7th October through the Slipknot OT9 Fan Club and go on general sale at 9am Friday 9th October from
Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine – O2 Academy Bournemouth October 01 2015

I went to a super gig at Bournemouth’s O2 Academy last night.

Bullet For My Valentine headlines with While She Sleeps and Japanese band Cold Rain supporting.  It was a great show in a nice little venue.  The tunes from Bullet For My Valentine’s new album Venom come over great live. Top night all round.

The lighting for the support acts left a lot to be desired with harsh back lights and no front lighting.  It’s not easy to get good shots in that environment but here are a few photos.  I hope you enjoy them.  If you do please be nice and hit the like button or leave a comment.


stitched up heart

Stitched Up Heart – Finally Free [Video]

Great news for the Los Angeles-based hard rock quintet, STITCHED UP HEART.  They have officially inked a world-wide deal with Another Century, who will release their debut, full-length offering in spring of 2016.

In celebration of landing a deal, the group are debuting their striking new performance video for the brand new track “Finally Free,” which can be viewed now at the link below.

“Finally Free” Official Music Video

Mixi (vocals) states: “We are fired up about joining the Another Century team. There’s an amazing group of people working hard behind the scenes on this band. We are honored to be able to work with such experience, passion, and dedication. On top of all of it they have been my closest friends over the past couple years. Our video, ‘Finally Free,’ will be our first release on the label and a perfect taste of what’s next for Stitched Up Heart. There has been much growth internally and musically and “Finally Free” is a great representation of that. We are currently on tour right now till November and then will finish our first full length release for Another Century. Couldn’t be more pumped for the next chapter!”

STITCHED UP HEART have forged their path in sheer passion and earned their keep in physicality and volume. Both on the road and in the studio, frontwoman Mixi and the Los Angeles-based quintet face 2016 and their forthcoming Another Century debut with brazen confidence.  “Finally Free” is the clarion call for the band’s day of reckoning. Recorded by producer Mitch Marlow and captured on video by director Ron Underwood (also known as the high-flying frontman for labelmates, 9ELECTRIC), “Finally Free” delivers on the promise hinted at on their self-released EP, Skeleton Key.  Stitched Up Heart’s days of self-booked national van tours and Mixi being a Revolver “Hottest Chicks” mainstay was merely the beginning. Driven by a new level of sonic confidence and topped with the frontwoman’s soaring vocal verve, it’s the sound of a band unapologetically coming into its own.

Stitched up Heart are on Facebook and they tweet at @StitchdUpHeart


Dead Soul Launch New Video Track – The Soul [Watch]

Swedish Doom Metal duo DEAD SOUL has launched a video for the brand new track, “The Fool”, taken from their upcoming album, “The Sheltering Sky” which will be available on October 23.

Dead Soul will be playing a one-off headline show at the O2 Academy, Islington, London on October 8th before they head out on tour with fellow doomsters Ghost.

DEAD SOUL it is the unholy alliance of the rough and unpolished delta blues of Anders Landelius and the electronic music of Niels Nielsen, creating a unique, dark rock sound that one could describe as industrial doom blues. Think NICK CAVE meets NINE INCH NAILS meets JOHNNY CASH and you might get an idea of what is awaiting you.

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

It might be just me but I thought the opening licks sounded a little bit like Joy Division.

Dead Soul are on Tour with Ghost from November 9th and the show rolls into the UK in December with the following dates:

Dec. 14 – UK, Nottingham, Rock City
Dec. 15 – UK, Birmingham, Institute
Dec. 16 – UK, Newcastle, Academy
Dec. 18 – UK, Glasgow, ABC
Dec. 19 – UK, Manchester, Ritz
Dec. 20 – UK, Bristol, Academy
Dec. 21 – UK, London, Koko