Tag Archives: Hardcore

Ten Tips To Tempt You Away From The Main Stage At Download 2018

wo weeks today I will be making my annual pilgrimage to the home of Rock, Donington Park for the 2018 version of Download Festival.  As always Download has plenty on offer for those who like their music loud and heavy.  We will see Rock, Metal, Hardcore, Metalcore, and Punk bands from around the globe.

At large festivals like Download, there is always a temptation to camp out by the main stage to watch a seemingly never-ending lineup of big-name acts.  This year sees headline slots form Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osborne.  Marilyn Manson, Bullet for my Valentine and Blackstone Cherry head up the main stage undercast.

Download Artists Saturday-50

Marilyn Manson

I will, of course, be checking out Avenged Sevenfold and Guns N’ Roses, but Ozzy will get a body swerve.  I dread to think how Ozzy will cope, after all, when he headlined with Sabbath two years ago I was amazed that he had even managed to walk onto the stage.  No matter!  As with any festival, it is my firm belief that the real joy takes place away from the main stage.

Over the years Download’s Avalanche stage has become my personal favourite. It’s at this stage where you can be sure of a quality lineup of punk and Hardcore bands, and this year is no exception.  For me, at least, Friday evening at the Avalanche stage provides rich plunder for fans of Punk, Metalcore and Hardcore.

It is there that two of my top 10 picks for the weekend away from the main stage can be found.  Even better, Stray From The Path and Stick To Your Guns are playing back to back, and in this old punk’s estimation, both are unmissable, the Mosh Pit will be brutal and both bands are more than capable of getting you right in the mood for the rest of the weekend.

To be fair, with Cancer Bats, The Bronx and Bad Religion all on the Avalanche stage on Friday, you would be forgiven if you staked out a spot and stayed put all evening.  That won’t be the case for me though. If the timings work out as they should I will be checking out Zippo Stage Friday Headliners, You Me At Six.

I must admit, I caught You Me At Six a couple of years back and remember being totally underwhelmed.   I thought they were a bit lost on the big Reading stage, but since then they have become something of a guilty pleasure.

OK now, I accept that YMAS may not be the diehard metalhead’s idea of Download music, but these boys will rock the stage, and I must confess an affinity with the young pop-punk bands around at the moment.  The scene is flourishing and YMAS will draw a huge crowd of mostly younger fans.

With WSTR, Neckdeep and Mayday Parade on the Avalanche stage on Saturday, I could be tempted back.  However, the Zippo stage is where my top tips for Saturday are playing.  The stage has a quality lineup all day, but L7, Lawnmower Deth, and Asking Alexandria are where I shall be pointing my camera.

L7 played a blinding set on the same stage on 2015 (?) and as the only (almost) all-female lineup at this year’s Download, they certainly deserve our support.  Asking Alexandria are arguably the strongest British Metalcore outfit around, and they get better and better.  I certainly won’t be missing this one.  Anyone who has ever seen Lawnmower Deth knows that their stage shows are not to be missed.  Their 2016 set on the Avalanche stage was the highlight of a very wet festival for me.  FFS they even brought along one of my boyhood crushes, Kim Wilde to perform “Kids in America.”  Seriously what’s not to like 🙂

Sunday’s highlight for me is undoubtedly Rise Against headlining the Zippo stage.  The Chicago based punk outfit was sublime at Download in 2015, and I can’t wait to see them again.  Arguably the most underrated punk outfit of this millennium.

I will also be checking out Milk Teeth and The Hives over on the Avalanche stage.  I have seen Milk Teeth numerous times and have always been impressed by Becky Blomfield.  The bass player and singer has a great stage presence, and it is great to see a female fronted pop-punk outfit get another slot at Download.

I managed to catch some of The Hives set at Reading in 2016.  They were fabulous.  I must admit that was my first exposure to the Swedish punk outfit, but I was impressed and am looking forward to hearing more.

So there you have it, 9 bands to check out away from Download’s main stage.  But Wait!  Didn’t I promise 10?  Of course, I did, and my 10th is BabyMetal!  I know, I know – but here’s the thing, festivals are supposed to be fun, and no one can deny that BabyMetal are fun.  Check them out and see what all the fuss is about, you might even enjoy it 🙂

Download Artists Friday-35

Download Artists Friday

See ya there Downloaders, I’m ready to rock!!

 

Advertisements

Slaves Are Back With A Huge Release

Sacramento post-hardcore outfit Slaves are fulfilling their promise to keep moving forward with their brand new single, “I’d Rather See Your Star Explode”.

 Always progressing and embracing change, the band is eager to share their new music with their ever-growing fan base. The new single is a testament to Slaves’ persistence through adversity and willingness to push past any negativity.

The upcoming record, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set It Off), is set to be the band’s most powerful release to date. Jonny adds, “with this album, I feel like I have the chance to be the person I was supposed to be the entire time.” “I’d Rather See Your Star Explode” is just a taste of what’s to come.

A few short months after their 2014 inception, they released their Artery Recordings debut, Through Art We Are All Equals, hitting #4 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts. Reflecting on the complexities of difficult relationships, addiction, and personal redemption, the record features Jonny Craig’s soulful vocals atop rich instrumentalism. After refining their sound and constantly writing on tour, the band released their sophomore album, Routine Breathing, in 2015. The record features guest vocals from Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath), Garret Rapp (The Color Morale), and Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance). Routine Breathing solidified their place in the scene, hitting #7 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts.

Slaves are an unstoppable force that are here to stay. Always moving forward and embracing change, the duo are eager to share their new music with their ever-growing fan base. The upcoming record, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set It Off), is set to be the band’s most powerful release to date. “I’d Rather See Your Stars Explode” is just a taste of what’s to come.

Beartooth – This Is The Sound Of Your Children Revolting

Beartooth‘s frontman Caleb Shomo is one of the most engaging front men in modern rock music.

Check out this powerful video for Beaten In Lips one of the tracks on Beartooth’s debut album Disgusting.  As you will see it is a powerful message highlighting domestic abuse against children.  It is both thought provoking and powerful.

After a stunning performance on the third stage at last years Download Festival the boys are back this year to show the main-stage crowd what they are made of.

 

NEW YEARS DAY ADDED TO ESCAPE THE FATE EU TOUR

Great news today, US based hardcore outfit New Years Day are on their way back to Europe.  I should have seen the band last week but there was a mess up with my press pass so frustratingly I missed their show supporting Motionless in White.  Bloody annoying.

I fell in Love with New Years Day at this years Download festival where I interviewed and photographed them.  I gotta tell you, Ashley Costello is one of the nicest women in rock.  An absolute pleasure to interview and their live set is awesome.  Their hard rocking sound combined with a punk-rock attitude makes them a shoe in for me.

Download New Years Day-14

New Years Day

I’m pleased to say that New Years Day will be touring Europe again in January, this time in support of ESCAPE THE FATE.

Also on the bill is New Zealand Hard Rock outfit LIKE A STORM.  Both bands are extremely excited to come back to the UK and Europe:

“Europe, did you miss us yet?! Well guess what? We are coming back soon!” – Ashley Costello, New Years Day

“We’re so excited to be coming back to the UK & Europe with Escape The Fate. We can’t wait to rock with our European friends & fans again!” – Matt Brooks, Like A Storm

This looks very much a line-up not to be missed so hopefully I will be able to make my way to London for the show on February 16.

The full tour programme looks like this:

NEW YEARS DAY & LIKE A STORM on tour with Escape The Fate:
28-01-16 UK Manchester, Club Academy
29-01-16 UK Glasgow, Cathouse
30-01-16 UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

31-01-16 France Paris, Le Divan Du Monde
02-02-16 Germany Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
03-02-16 Switzerland Zurich, Dynamo
04-02-16 Germany Munich, Strom
05-02-16 Italy Milan, Legend Club
06-02-16 Italy Pordenone, Deposito
08-02-16 Austria Vienna, Szene
09-02-16 Czech Republic Prague, Rock Cafe
10-02-16 Germany Berlin, Bi Nuu
11-02-16 Germany Hamburg, Logo
12-02-16 Holland Amsterdam, Melkweg
13-02-16 Germany Koln, Underground
14-02-16 Belgium Hasselt, Mod Box
16-02-16 UK London, Electric Ballroom
18-02-16 Russia Moscow, Red Club
19-02-16 Russia St. Petersburg, Cosmonavt Club

LIKE A STORM’s ‘Awaken The Fire’  & NEW YEARS DAY’‘Malevolence’ are both out now via Another Century.

LIKE A STORM online:
http://www.likeastorm.com
www.youtube.com/user/officiallikeastorm
www.twitter.com/RealLikeAStorm
www.facebook.com/likeastormofficial
http://instagram.com/likeastorm

NEW YEARS DAY online:
www.facebook.com/nydrock

Another Century online:
www.anothercentury.com
www.youtube.com/user/AnotherCenturyTV
www.twitter.com/_AnotherCentury
www.facebook.com/AnotherCenturyRecords

Frank Carter And the Rattlesnakes – [Photos]

Those of you outside the UK may not have come across Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.

Frank Carter is one of the last of a breed, a true punk rock wild man.  Carter’s energy and aggression onstage has to be seen to be believed and when I say aggression that is exactly what I mean.  Frank has been known to punch members of the audience is they piss him off.

I caught Frank’s set at this years Reading Festival where he turned in an incredible performance.  On this occasion Frank even showed us that he has a softer side too 🙂

Those of you outside the UK may not have come across Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.

Frank is one of the last of a breed, a true punk rock wild man.  Frank energy and aggression has to be seen to be believed and when I say aggression that is exactly what I mean.  Frank has been known to punch members of the audience is they piss him off.

I caught Frank’s set at this years Reading festival and Frank even showed us that he has a softer side too 🙂

Download 2015 – Photo Gallery

A few more download photographs to keep the 2015 memories alive.

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 

http://peta2.me/2w0zr

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDIqbM_Q1gE

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