Scorpions To Headline Bloodstock Open Air 2019

he organisers of Britain’s Bloodstock Open Air festival has confirmed the second headliner for next year’s edition of the event. Bringing the weekend to a close on Sunday night will be German hard rock/heavy metal pioneers, Scorpions. The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. The initial lineup is as follows:

Sabaton (Headliner)
Scorpions (Headliner)
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dee Snider
Hypocrisy
Queensryche
Soilwork

You can read reviews of this year’s festival below, as well as checking some interviews with Power Trip, Exhorder, Orphaned Land and At The Gates which Metal Underground conducted.

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Scorpions To Headline Bloodstock Open Air 2019

he organisers of Britain’s Bloodstock Open Air festival has confirmed the second headliner for next year’s edition of the event. Bringing the weekend to a close on Sunday night will be German hard rock/heavy metal pioneers, Scorpions. The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. The initial lineup is as follows:

Sabaton (Headliner)
Scorpions (Headliner)
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dee Snider
Hypocrisy
Queensryche
Soilwork

You can read reviews of this year’s festival below, as well as checking some interviews with Power Trip, Exhorder, Orphaned Land and At The Gates which Metal Underground conducted.

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Bloodstock Announces More Bands For 2019 Edition

The organisers of Britain’s Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced six more bands for next year’s edition of the event, in addition to the previously announced headliners, Sabaton. Bands now added include Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom, who will be performing their only British show of 2019 at the festival, as well as Gothic stalwarts Cradle Of Filth, Swedish death metal veterans Hypocrisy and Soilwork, the former will also be performing their only UK show at Bloodstock, former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and progressive metal legends Queensryche.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. You can read reviews of this year’s festival below, as well as checking some interviews with Power Trip, Exhorder, Orphaned Land and At The Gates which Metal Underground conducted.

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Redemption launches cover song of U2′s “New Year’s Day”

– August 2nd, 2018 –

Last week (July 27th), Redemption released their seventh full-length, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Today, the band has released a new track from the album: “New Year’s Day”, a cover version of U2‘s classic song – which can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=071U2vTItA8

For more previews of Long Night’s Journey into Day, and to purchase the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/redemption

Long Night’s Journey Into Day is inarguably the sound of a band at the height of their powers. As followers of Redemption are also aware, it is the first full-length since the departure of vocalist Ray Alder, and features the debut of Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund. “We were unable to tour ‘The Art Of Loss‘ because Ray was not able to actively participate in Redemption any longer, so we decided it was time to part company shortly after its release. Ray is a dear friend, and I have nothing but respect and love for him and what we created together. But at some point, it just became untenable.” Of course, Alder’s shoes were not exactly going to be easy to fill, and it was essential that his successor be someone who would immediately command respect, as well as somebody who could exceed expectations when it came to performance. Moreover, it was integral that they had someone who could fully invest in the lyrical themes concerning the human condition, which have always been central to Redemption. So, the fact that from the beginning of his career Englund has penned lyrics about feelings of doubt, fear and despair with an unshakable emotional authenticity made him the perfect choice. “Because of the power of his voice and the emotion he brings, this isn’t going to be a shocking transition for fans. Tom’s also a very versatile vocalist, and being a songwriter, he has a tremendous melodic and compositional sensibility, and on top of that, we’ve known each other for many years, and there is a level of not just professional respect but personal friendship to it all.”

Guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. When it came to backing up the music with visuals, the band once again turned to a longtime collaborator, Travis Smith, whose humbling resumé includes records by bands such as Art Of Defiance, Opeth and Iced Earth.

As previously announced, Redemption will appear at ProgPower USA 2018, along with a special show at the Whisky A Go Go, with more USA dates coming soon. See below for all dates!

Redemption live:
Sept. 7 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (ProgPower USA)
Sept. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go

Redemption line-up:
Tom Englund – vocals
Nick van Dyk – guitars
Sean Andrews – bass
Chris Quirarte – drums
Vikram Shankar – keyboards

Redemption online:
http://redemptionweb.com
https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand
https://twitter.com/RedemptionOfcl

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Lizzy Borden storms Billboard charts with first album in 11 years, ‘My Midnight Things’

– June 26th, 2018 –

It turns out that the time away from the music scene has not dulled the appetites of hard rock fans for Lizzy Borden, as his new album, My Midnight Things, has already left a deep impression on five different Billboard charts. These placings include #11 on Top New Artist Albums, #17 on Current Hard Music Albums, #43 on Top New Artist Albums Consumption, #46 on Independent Current Albums, and #148 on Top 200 Current Albums. Additionally, the album also made the Canadian charts – hitting #84 on Top Hard Music Charts.

“We live in a streaming world now, where everyone gets their music for free,” explains Lizzy. “But I want to personally thank all the great Lizzy Borden fans out there who shopped online or drove down to your local mom and pop music store and actually paid for my new album. You guys got Lizzy Borden back on the charts! And the fact that you’ve all embraced ‘My Midnight Things‘ in such an amazing way is the icing on the cake. Thanks again, and I will see you all soon on the ‘My Midnight Things‘ tour!”

Released on June 15th via Metal Blade Records, My Midnight Things can be purchased and previewed at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. “I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that,” Borden explains. “My approach is very different than what is happening in today’s current sound.”

The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), and is already receiving rave reviews, from Alt Revolt, Pure Grain Audio, and Royal Flush:

Borden paints a ten-song art gallery show and lets the listener decide what he or she sees on the canvas.”Alternative Revolt Magazine

“Catchy riffs and melodies that are sure to be trapped inside your head, bouncing around your skull for days to come.”PureGrainAudio

“The resulting creation yielded what is arguably the strongest vocal performance of Borden‘s career.”Royalflushmagazine.com

Lizzy Borden online:
http://www.lizzyborden.com
https://www.facebook.com/Reallizzyborden
https://twitter.com/realLizzyborden
https://www.instagram.com/reallizzyborden

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Lizzy Borden storms Billboard charts with first album in 11 years, ‘My Midnight Things’

– June 26th, 2018 –

It turns out that the time away from the music scene has not dulled the appetites of hard rock fans for Lizzy Borden, as his new album, My Midnight Things, has already left a deep impression on five different Billboard charts. These placings include #11 on Top New Artist Albums, #17 on Current Hard Music Albums, #43 on Top New Artist Albums Consumption, #46 on Independent Current Albums, and #148 on Top 200 Current Albums. Additionally, the album also made the Canadian charts – hitting #84 on Top Hard Music Charts.

“We live in a streaming world now, where everyone gets their music for free,” explains Lizzy. “But I want to personally thank all the great Lizzy Borden fans out there who shopped online or drove down to your local mom and pop music store and actually paid for my new album. You guys got Lizzy Borden back on the charts! And the fact that you’ve all embraced ‘My Midnight Things‘ in such an amazing way is the icing on the cake. Thanks again, and I will see you all soon on the ‘My Midnight Things‘ tour!”

Released on June 15th via Metal Blade Records, My Midnight Things can be purchased and previewed at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. “I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that,” Borden explains. “My approach is very different than what is happening in today’s current sound.”

The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), and is already receiving rave reviews, from Alt Revolt, Pure Grain Audio, and Royal Flush:

Borden paints a ten-song art gallery show and lets the listener decide what he or she sees on the canvas.”Alternative Revolt Magazine

“Catchy riffs and melodies that are sure to be trapped inside your head, bouncing around your skull for days to come.”PureGrainAudio

“The resulting creation yielded what is arguably the strongest vocal performance of Borden‘s career.”Royalflushmagazine.com

Lizzy Borden online:
http://www.lizzyborden.com
https://www.facebook.com/Reallizzyborden
https://twitter.com/realLizzyborden
https://www.instagram.com/reallizzyborden

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Lizzy Borden launches new track, “The Scar Across My Heart”, from first album in 11 years

– June 11th, 2018 –

Lizzy Borden fans who simply cannot wait any longer to hear a sample of the new studio effort from one of theatrical metal’s top frontmen, Lizzy Borden, are in luck – “The Scar Across My Heart” (from the forthcoming full-length, My Midnight Things) can be heard via this link: youtube.com/watch?v=fCpHuEmPNaM

Lizzy Borden comments: “With ‘The Scar Across My Heart,’ I wanted to explore those kinds of relationships that tattoo your soul. You’re forever linked to this person, even though it can never be for one reason or another. ‘We bury all our yesterdays and try and drink these scars away’ – I’m talking about a no-hope situation, a never-meant-to-be situation, but I’m still singing ‘We’re gonna make it now.’ I’m always looking for that human reaction no matter how delusional or unrealistic.”

June 15th will see the release of My Midnight Things via Metal Blade Records, which can be pre-ordered at metalblade.com/lizzyborden in the following formats:


–limited 1st edition Digipak-CD (includes bonus tracks)
–jewelcase-CD
–180g black vinyl
–clear pacific blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear burgundy marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–opaque cool gray marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To celebrate My Midnight Things‘ release, Lizzy Borden will have an album release party on Thursday, June 14th from 7-10PM at the Hard Rock Live, Las Vegas (3771 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109). Hosted by Jim Florentine (along with Lizzy Borden in attendance!), there will be giveaways, drink specials, signed CDs/LPs available for purchase, and more at this event, which is open to the public. Please RSVP to mymidnightparty@gmail.com to confirm your attendance!

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. “I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that,” Borden explains. “My approach is very different than what is happening in today’s current sound.”

The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), and is already receiving rave reviews, from Alt Revolt, Pure Grain Audio, and Royal Flush:

Borden paints a ten-song art gallery show and lets the listener decide what he or she sees on the canvas.”Alternative Revolt Magazine

“Catchy riffs and melodies that are sure to be trapped inside your head, bouncing around your skull for days to come.”PureGrainAudio

“The resulting creation yielded what is arguably the strongest vocal performance of Borden‘s career.”Royalflushmagazine.com

And now, fans can get a taste of things to come, with “The Scar Across My Heart”.

My Midnight Things track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Obsessed with You
3. Long May They Haunt Us
4. The Scar Across My Heart
5. A Stranger to Love
6. The Perfect Poison
7. Run Away with Me
8. Our Love Is God
9. My Midnight Things (Reprise)
10. We Belong to the Shadows

Lizzy Borden online:
http://www.lizzyborden.com
https://www.facebook.com/Reallizzyborden
https://twitter.com/realLizzyborden
https://www.instagram.com/reallizzyborden

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Machine Head Call Out Reviewer After Devastating Review Of Upcoming New Album “Catharsis”

Decibel magazine has given Machine Head’s new effort “Catharsis” a devastating review. Reviewer Jeff Treppel even gave the release a shrug emoji (¯_(ツ)_/¯), rather than assigning it a numeric rating. Looks like Machine Head didn’t exactly appreciate the judgement, taking to Instagram to vent on it and the reviewer in question.

“DECIBEL MAGAZINE SLAMS “CATHARSIS”!
The former-Decibel cover stars new album gets called “juvenile”, “stupid”, “endlessly pummeling” and a “Super Collider-level-miss”.

Oh, and hey… FUCK YOU Jeff Treppel!!

Read the entire review below:

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MACHINE HEAD – CATHARSIS

EVERYTHING OLD IS NÜ AGAIN

Let’s just tear off this Band-Aid:

The new Machine Head is a 74-minute rap metal album with a song that sounds like the Dropkick Murphys in the middle. Maybe Robb Flynn really misses the late 90’s (although, let’s be honest who doesn’t these days)? Maybe, after a decade of ridiculously great progressive groove metal records, Flynn decided to blow off some steam by going back to “The Bleeding Red’s” knuckle-dragging simplicity?

The frustrating thing about Catharsis is that Machine Head are great even when they’re making bad music. The Soulfly tribal breakdowns on “Volatile,” the drop tuning on “Beyond The Pale,” the whiteboy hip-hop of “Triple Beam” (nothing more “street” than gymnastics metaphors), the anti-gentrification screed “California Bleeding” –they’re effective in the same primal way that the best Rage Against The Machine and Korn hits were back in the day. None of it feels half-assed; these are clearly well-crafted songs.

It’s all just so stupid.

As intermittently satisfying as the nu-metal approach may be, Flynn and his bandmates have proven themselves more than capable of expressing their rage articulately. This feels juvenile from dudes pushing 50. There are certainly some interesting parts mixed in; unfortunately, with 15 songs, any nuances get lost in the endless pummeling.

Frankly, I’m baffled. This is a “Super-Collider“-level miss from a band that seemed to have ditched this phase long ago.

“Catharsis” drops Jan. 26th
#machinehead #catharsis #spreadthehead”

DECIBEL MAGAZINE SLAMS “CATHARSIS”!? The former-Decibel cover stars new album gets called “juvenile”, “stupid”, “endlessly pummeling” and a “Super Collider-level-miss”.? ? Oh, and hey… FUCK YOU Jeff Treppel!!? ? Read the entire review below:? ? ——————? ? MACHINE HEAD – CATHARSIS ? ? EVERYTHING OLD IS NÜ AGAIN? ? Let’s just tear off this Band-Aid:? ? The new Machine Head is a 74-minute rap metal album with a song that sounds like the Dropkick Murphys in the middle. Maybe Robb Flynn really misses the late 90’s (although, let’s be honest who doesn’t these days)? Maybe, after a decade of ridiculously great progressive groove metal records, Flynn decided to blow off some steam by going back to “The Bleeding Red’s” knuckle-dragging simplicity? ? ? The frustrating thing about Catharsis is that Machine Head are great even when they’re making bad music. The Soulfly tribal breakdowns on “Volatile,” the drop tuning on “Beyond The Pale,” the whiteboy hip-hop of “Triple Beam” (nothing more “street” than gymnastics metaphors), the anti-gentrification screed “California Bleeding” –they’re effective in the same primal way that the best Rage Against The Machine and Korn hits were back in the day. None of it feels half-assed; these are clearly well-crafted songs.? ? It’s all just so stupid.? ? As intermittently satisfying as the nu-metal approach may be, Flynn and his bandmates have proven themselves more than capable of expressing their rage articulately. This feels juvenile from dudes pushing 50. There are certainly some interesting parts mixed in; unfortunately, with 15 songs, any nuances get lost in the endless pummeling.? ? Frankly, I’m baffled. This is a “Super-Collider”-level miss from a band that seemed to have ditched this phase long ago.? ? “Catharsis” drops Jan. 26th? #machinehead #catharsis #spreadthehead ? ? What do you think??

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In an op-ed from Neill Jameson (Krieg), Decibel – indirectly – responds to the matter:

“Recently a popular metal band publicly made a filled-baby’s-diaper kind of complaint that Decibel had given them a bad review. If you’ve spent your whole career wondering what the quickest way to make people think you’re an asshole, then, eureka – welcome to the internet! I figured this shit out in the ’90s, but I understand if you might have missed it since those really cool cornrows probably took up a lot of your free time.

This isn’t just to dogpile on a man obviously having a difficult time with old age, though. This time-wasting “think piece” is here to consider the concept of reviews and the complicated relationship between reviewers, reviewees (not a word, I guess) and, for lack of a better word, etiquette.”

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Corrosion of Conformity Issues Sixth Clip Of The No Cross No Crown Blog Series

Corrosion of Conformity issues the sixth clip in the No Cross No Crown videoblog series. In an in-depth roundtable discussion conducted by J. Bennett, the band talks about forthcoming fan reactions and album reviews.

Watch the latest segment below:

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Sigh Reveals New Album Title, Shoots New Music Video

Japanese extreme metal veterans Sigh has posted a short update online, in which revealed the name of their forthcoming new album. The message reads as follows:

“Time files but we promise that our new album ‘Heir to Despair’ will be coming out some time in 2018. The recording process should be done very soon and we have already shot the video for one of the songs.”

This will be Sigh’s first album since the critically acclaimed, “Graveward” (see review here) in 2015.

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