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Scarborough Fair & Beyond

Having just released his debut solo album, Saxon frontman Biff Byford will be taking School of Hard Knocks for an airing on the road, in a tour of two halves, filled with both chat and live music. Prior to the tour, Byford has released a cover of the classic folk song ‘Scarborough Fair’ as his latest single. Movingly world weary ...

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Dynazty’s Dark Delights

Swedish rock band Dynazty release their new album The Dark Delight on 3rd April on AFM Records and ahead of that they’ve brought out ‘Heartless Madness’ as their latest single. ‘Heartless Madness’ is a melodic rocker, and  the second track to be taken from their upcoming album. Other tracks featured on The Dark Delight are: ‘Presence Of Mind’, ‘Paradise Of ...

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The Sweet announce 2020 UK tour dates.

Following their successful tour in late 2019, glam rock icons The Sweet have announced a string of UK dates for 2020. DAB digital radio station, Planet Rock, will start a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from 10 am on Wednesday, March 4th via their website www.planetrocktickets.co.uk. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 am on Friday, March 6th via www.planetrocktickets.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com and the 24-hour ...

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Bloodstock 2020

Bloodstock announces new charity partner… and more bands

We’re pretty sure Bloodstock Open Air are trying to get in the record books for ‘most stacked festival bill of 2020’ by announcing six more bands. Firstly we are treated to Kentucky traditional heavy metal band Savage Master, opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Saturday. From Italy, we have blackened-death metallers Blasphemer play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday. ...

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Heavier! Faster! Louder!: What we learned from the series’ launch

As reported previously, a six-part audio series has been created to explore the origins of heavy metal and the genre’s connection to the Tyneside area. Narrated by local radio legend, Alan Robson, and featuring members of NWOBHM staples such as Venom, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Atomkraft, Fist, Raven, War Machine, and more makes this essential listening for any metal historian. ...

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Lyytinen May Tour

European blues award winner Erja Lyytinen returns to the UK in May 2020. The critically acclaimed Finnish slide guitarist returns for a nationwide eight date tour. At The 100 Club, London on 2nd May and Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on 3rd May she will be She will co-headlining with Chantel McGregor, and will similarly co-headline The Robin, Bilston on 6th ...

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King King Will Not Fall!

King King release their first new song in three years on Friday 28th February, when the brand new single ‘I Will Not Fall’ is released. Already A-listed on Planet Rock, ‘I Will Not Fall’ will be first release on King King’s own independent label, Channel 9 Music. It wil be available on all digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google ...

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Crusader Records Launched

Heavy Metal… the bastard son of early rock n’ roll and the blues has remained a driving force in music since the day it reared its ugly head. Blistering guitar histrionics with razor sharp vocals and attitude to shatter the eardrums of anyone within striking distance! Couple all that with a rabid and loyal fanbase, heavy metal is a genre ...

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Mord’A’Stigmata Exiled

Avantgarde black metal quartet Mord’A’Stigmata will be releasing their first live album Songs for the Exiles (Live At Roadburn 2019). The album is set to be released on 19th of March through Pagan Records. Captured live during the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands on 14th of April 2019, the recording was subsequently mixed and mastered by Marcel van de ...

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Deadrisen’s Destiny

DeadRisen released a new lyric video for their single ‘Destiny’, taken from their upcoming eponymously titled debut album, due for release by AFM Records on 13th March. Combining progressive metal with power metal, Deadrisen features guitarist Rod Rivera (Rivera/Bomma),  bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), keyboard player Tony Stahl (Livesay) drummer Dan Prestup (Midnight Eternal) and vocalist Will Shaw (Heir Apparent). ...

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