Saxon Announces 40th Anniversary Shows With Girlschool And Other Special Guests

1979 was a monumentous year for British Hard Rock with the birth of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the subsequent rise of future giants of the genre. After 40 years and 22 studio album releases SAXON remain as one of those giants of British Heavy Metal and to prove the fact the band are back in 2019 to play 3 iconic shows in iconic venues.

For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of Saxon shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle Lighting rig!

In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the classic “The Eagle Has Landed Live” series of albums with The Eagle Has Landed 4 out on general release on August 2nd 2019 via Silver Lining Music. Renamed “The Eagle Has Landed 40” to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing 40 songs spanning the bands career.

The Tour Dates are as follows:

Friday October 18th – Glasgow, Braehead Arena
Saturday October 19th – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Sunday October 20th – Manchester, o2 Apollo

To add to an already exciting spectacle, very special guest acts have been included on all shows to make these events no hard rock fan can bear to miss.

For London and Manchester, a four band bill will include Swiss legends KROKUS who will play their first and only shows in the UK for many years together with friends and NWOBHM icons GIRLSCHOOL & DIAMOND HEAD. Krokus have decided to retire after this year, so these will also be the band’s last ever shows in the UK.

Glasgow will feature special guests BLACK STAR RIDERS, fresh after the release of pending album No 4, together with Girlschool opening the show.

Biff Byford: “We are very happy to be celebrating 40 years of Saxon by playing these great venues – to be back at Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo is fantastic and to see all our Scottish friends at Braehead Arena just tops it off! The show will be the biggest and best since the classic era of the band and the set list will be …. Well let’s say we’ll start with ‘Wheels Of Steel’ – straight into ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ into ‘Denim & Leather’ … that good enough for you?”

Krokus’ Chris Von Rohr adds “We all have very good memories about the British fans – and Saxon – long stick will go boom! Together we gonna set the damn roof on fire!”

Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be special guests to our good friends Saxon at their Braehead Arena show. Glasgow is very dear to us and I personally … have a huge history with the City! Can’t wait to see you all. This will be epic!”

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Scumpulse Premiere New Song “Alba Gu Bràth” From Upcoming New Album “Rotten”

Los Angeles-based extreme metal label Gore House Productions confirms the February release of Rotten, the scorching debut album by Scottish outfit Scumpulse. An official video for the album’s “Alba Gu Bràth” has been premiered below as the label issues preorders for Rotten.

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New Single “Harva” Streaming From Crackhouse

French doom sludge group Crackhouse is streaming the new single “Harva” in the player below. The song appears on the three song long player “Be No One. Be Nothing,” coming out as a CD/DD via Argonauta Records on October 6th.

The track listing is:

I . Burden
II . Harva
III . Realm

Check out “Harva” here:

But this is not enough, Crackhouse also announces the first European tour in October/November 2017 with the Scottish progressive metal band Dvne.

“We’re so excited to hit the road with our good friends Dvne for our first european tour!” says Jibus Carton, “After months and months of work to release our new album, we can’t wait to go back on stage. We hope to see you all there!”

Tour Dates:

27 October, Tours, esp. Gentiana, Fr
30 October, Toulouse, pavillons sauvages, Fr
31 October, Poitiers, le Zinc, Fr
1 November, Rennes, le Bar’hic, Fr
2 November, Paris, Olympic café, Fr
3 November, Rouen, le 3 pièces, Fr
4 November, Lille, le Biplan, Fr
8 November, Amsterdam, the winston, NL
9 November, Tübingen, tbc
10 November, Muflingen, tour raum, DE
15 November, Edinburgh, Banshee, UK
16 November, Glasgow, Nice and Sleazy, UK
17 November, Newcastle, UK tbc
18 November, Sheffield, the Lughole, UK

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New Album “Lord Of Misrule” Detailed By Blood Ceremony

In a tradition that dates back to Late Antiquity, the “Lord Of Misrule” or “Abbot Of Unreason” was the doomed figure elected to preside over the Feast Of Fools, an annual Saturnalian bacchanalia in which masters became servants and servants masters, while drunken revelry and strange entertainments pervaded Britain and parts of mainland Europe for 30 days. At the end of the month’s festivities, the Lord of Misrule’s throat was cut in sacrifice to Saturn.

Taking its title from this fascinating slice of religious history, Blood Ceremony’s fourth album evokes pagan rites and the bizarre mystical underbelly of rural Britain. Embracing the psychedelic and progressive in their indelible songcraft, guitarist Sean Kennedy, bassist Lucas Gadke, drummer Michael Carrillo and triple threat vocalist/flautist/organist Alia O’Brien have created what Kennedy calls “a very English album,” despite the band’s very Canadian heritage. Recorded to analogue tape with producer Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios in London, Lord Of Misrule possesses a timeless quality within the rock epoch: It could stand alongside a Shocking Blue or Deep Purple record as easily as it will take its place among 2016’s finest albums.

“Lord of Misrule” conjures a lush atmosphere in which the pastoral horror of “The Wicker Man” and the Scottish ballad of “Tam Lin”-as viewed through the lens flare of Ava Gardner’s witchy turn in 1970’s The Devil’s Widow-are alchemized into songs of seduction and mortality. “There’s no defining concept running through the album, unless one can imagine a lord of misrule offering each song as a different entertainment,” Kennedy says. “The lyrics tend to deal, in different measure, with obsession, love and death.”

“Lord of Misrule” will be released March 25th via Rise Above Records.

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. The Devil’s Widow
2. Loreley
3. The Rogue’s Lot
4. Lord of Misrule
5. Half Moon Street
6. The Weird of Finistere
7. Flower Phantoms
8. Old Fires
9. Things Present, Things Past

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Thy Catafalque Streaming Full “Sgùrr” Album

Thy Catafalque is now streaming the entire new “Sgùrr” album online – give it a listen below before the album drops through Season Of Mist on October 16, 2015.

Regarding the new album, band mastermind Tamás Kátai comments: “This is Sgùrr in full. The matter is never silent. It has been carrying the pure, clean cadence in its droning corridors for millions of years and who ever heard it will always hear what mountains murmur and water sings.”

Kátai continues, “The title of the album is from Scottish Gaelic meaning the top of a mountain but most of the songs are equally about water, mountains, their relationship and symbols attached to them, inspired by the Scottish Highlands and weirdly the Hungarian Lowlands. There’s not much vocals at all, and when there is, it’s not pleasant.”

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Iniquitous Savagery Releasing New Album “Subversions Of The Psyche”

Grindethic Records has announced the September 22 release for “Subversions of the Psyche,” the new full-length from Scottish brutal death unit Iniquitous Savagery.

Three years removed from the release of the “Compelled by Perverse Immorality” EP, Iniquitous Savagery returns with eight tracks of ultra-violent and tech-laden brutality. The track listing will be as follows:

1. Prey to the Agonies of Morbid Apprehension
2. Transient States of Metaphysical
3. Cognitive Dissonance
4. Sadistic
5. Subversions of the Psyche
6. Propagating a Pestiferous Enmity
7. Prognosis of Terminal Parasitic Degradation Facilitating the Process for Utter Decomposition
8. Subjugated Into Pathological Servility

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Giant Streaming New Track “Kairos”

The far-flung Scottish prog/tech-metallers from Giant have unveiled a video for their new track “Kairos,” which is available below.

“Kairos” will be included on upcoming debut EP “Chronos // Kairos,” due out Friday, August 28, 2015. The new EP will be available via the Giant Bandcamp page here.

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Thy Catafalque Releasing New Album “Sgùrr,” Posts Song Online

Thy Catafalque – the progressive/avant-garde metal project of Hungarian mastermind Tamás Kátai – has announced the release date for a new album titled “Sgùrr.” The album, written by, and recorded almost in it’s entirety by Kátai, will be released internationally by Season of Mist on October 16, 2015.

The first taste of the new album, an ambitious folk-tinged track titled “Alföldi Kozmosz,” is now available for streaming below. Regarding the new track, Kátai comments:

“This is a quite spontaneous song, recorded in my childhood room with my old, 10-dollar classical guitar while visiting home in Hungary. Violin is similarly off-handed, played by my Greek friend, Dimitris Papageorgiou. There’s no vocals, only music depicting my love towards the Great Hungarian Plain where I was born and raised. Or home. Hence the title: Lowland Cosmos.

“The title of the album is from Scottish Gaelic meaning the top of a mountain but most of the songs are equally about water, mountains, their relationship and symbols attached to them, inspired by the Scottish Highlands and weirdly the Hungarian Lowlands. There’s not much vocals at all, and when there is, it’s not pleasant. Music is mostly unfriendly, bristly and cold compared to the previous albums. I guess it’s more metal this time.”

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Ommadon Streaming Forty Minute Track “V2”

UK drone/doom duo Ommadon today drops the sonically devastating new full-length, “V,” stateside via Domestic Genocide Records.

“V” was executed and recorded live by Ommadon on The Hill Of Maud in the Scottish Highlands over the Winter of 2012/2013. Split across four sides of vinyl, the 180 gram double LP was mastered by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, High On Fire).

In celebration of its release, Cvlt Nation spews forth the “V2” track in its soul-rupturing, near-forty-minute entirety. Give it a listen below, and you can also hear “V1” still at this location.

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New Vocalist Tony Dunn Named By Falloch

Scottish act Falloch announced that they have recruited second guitarist and new vocalist Tony Dunn. The band is currently writing new material for a sophomore release and follow up to the 2011 debut LP “Where Distant Spirits Remain.” The album is expected to be recorded this summer and should see a late 2013/early 2014 release through Candlelight Records.

The announcement reads: “We’re very pleased to announce that we have finalized our line up for the next album. Taking over the vocals and second guitar position will be Tony Dunn. We are currently finishing off the writing for the second album and are planning to record it over the summer. We will be playing a couple of live shows before we start recording, more info about those will follow soon.

“Falloch’s aim is to create music which conveys atmosphere and emotion through a wide variety of styles including Metal, Post-Rock and Folk inspired by the atmosphere of bands such as Alcest, Agalloch and Primordial, as well as minimalist composers such as Yann Tiersen and Arvo P

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