Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EX-EVILE GUITARIST OL DRAKE CONFIRMED FOR THE UK'S BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has been announced for this year's Bloodstock festival, which takes place from August 6th - 9th at Catton Park in Derbyshire, UK.

The six-string shredder will be performing on Sunday, August 9th on the Sophie stage in support of his upcoming solo album, 'Old Rake'.  Other bands already confirmed for the festival include OPETH, OVERKILL, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CANNIBAL CORPSE, NAPALM DEATH and more.

Ol Drake comments:

"I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity.  The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now.  It'll be a very special show, so don't miss it.  I'll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible.  This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album.  Hope to see you there!"

For tickets and more information about Bloodstock, go to http://www.bloodstock.uk.com

Ol Drake's debut solo album, 'Old Rake', features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic.  The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.

The first single from the album is available now and features guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS).  Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.

Listen to "Guitarists Playing Guitars" now on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1Gat3W9

'Old Rake' is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition signed CD.  For anyone brave enough, there is also a deluxe 242-page tab book, featuring full tablature for the entire album for both guitar and bass, transcribed by Ol Drake himself.

Pre-order the CD, signed CD and official tab book now in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/ol-drake or in the USA at http://uswebstore.earache.com/ol-drake

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track as well as an instant download of "Guitarists Playing Guitars", at http://bit.ly/oldrake-itunes

See a sneak peek of the official tab book at https://youtu.be/EFAm2-6mJkA and try your hand at the "Guitarists Playing Guitars" tab at http://bit.ly/1D5ofws

View the 'Old Rake' album artwork at http://bit.ly/1zfgLZ1

View a photo of Ol Drake at http://bit.ly/1Gax8te

Get more Ol Drake news and info:

Official site - http://www.oldrake.co.uk
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/theoldrake
Twitter - http://twitter.com/old_rake


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Monday, April 20, 2015

EX-EVILE GUITARIST OL DRAKE RELEASES FIRST SINGLE FEATURING GARY HOLT, JAMES MURPHY & MORE; TABS ENTIRE ALBUM

Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, 'Old Rake', which features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic.  The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.

The first track, "Guitarists Playing Guitars" - which made its debut last night on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter - showcases the six-string shredder's phenomenal fretwork and features special guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS).  Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.

Listen to "Guitarists Playing Guitars" now on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1Gat3W9

Ol Drake comments:

"Behold the first single from the already-rusty 'Old Rake'.  This song was written by trying to write the cheesiest riff possible and going from there.

"I was speaking to Gary Holt and he said he'd like to solo on the album, and it just happened that when he'd said that I'd reached the main 'solo section' in its writing process.  Then I Thought 'I might as well go all out'.  James got involved and I couldn't believe it; to have two of my idols from growing up on one of MY songs was mind-blowing.  I then asked my friend, Josh, from Sylosis, who is a ridiculous shredder, and my other friend, Amit.  I met Amit through his working at a metal magazine publication, but mainly from at festivals involving alcohol; ridiculous shredder, too!

"Do not take a full impression of the whole album from this song; every track is different.  Hope you enjoy my cheese-fest of 'Guitarists Playing Guitars'!"

'Old Rake' is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition signed CD.  For anyone brave enough to attempt playing any songs from the album, there is also a deluxe 242-page tab book, featuring full tablature for both guitar and bass, transcribed by Ol Drake himself.

See a sneak peek of the official tab book at https://youtu.be/EFAm2-6mJkA and try your hand at the "Guitarists Playing Guitars" tab at http://bit.ly/1D5ofws

'Old Rake' was recorded at the guitarist's home studio and was mixed with producer and former DEATH/TESTAMENT/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy.  Pre-order the CD, signed CD and official tab book now in Europe at http://bit.ly/1JQiubX or in North America at http://bit.ly/1ERgekx

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track as well as an instant download of "Guitarists Playing Guitars", at http://bit.ly/oldrake-itunes

View the 'Old Rake' album artwork at http://bit.ly/1zfgLZ1

View a photo of Ol Drake at http://bit.ly/1Gax8te

Get more Ol Drake news and info:

Official site - http://www.oldrake.co.uk
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/theoldrake
Twitter - http://twitter.com/old_rake


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

MASSIVE PREMIERE 'GHOST' VIDEO ON KERRANG.COM

Aussie hard rockers MASSIVE have teamed up with Kerrang! for the premiere of their brand new music video for the track "Ghost".

The track is taken from MASSIVE's debut album, 'Full Throttle', which is available now worldwide on CD, vinyl and digital download.  Watch the video for "Ghost" now at http://www.kerrang.com/30405/massive-unveil-new-video-for-ghost

'Full Throttle' was originally released independently in 2013 in the band's homeland of Australia, before being released in the rest of the world on Earache Records in 2014.  The new version features four newly-recorded bonus tracks which weren't available on the original release, including two brand new original songs plus covers of AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" and AEROSMITH's "Rats in the Cellar".

Get 'Full Throttle' now on CD and limited edition vinyl in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/massive or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/massive

The album is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/fullthrottle-itunes

Get more MASSIVE news and info:

Official site - http://www.massiveoz.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MassiveOz
Twitter - http://twitter.com/MassiveOz


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

KAGOULE ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM 'URTH', RELEASE 'GUSH' VIDEO

Urth released August 21st 2015 via Earache Records

Watch the new video for 'Gush': https://youtu.be/uazEUxOp_E4

Nottingham's Kagoule have announced their long-awaited debut album Urth, due for release on August 21st 2015 via Earache Records. The prodigious teenagers have previously released a wealth of singles and are now ready to unleash a hugely impressive debut that not only belies their years, but proves they are one of the most exciting young bands in the UK.

Produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall) and Pete Fletcher (Childhood) Urth is an intense and forward-thinking listen from a band ready to step forward and shake things up. Despite their age, the band have formed a sound that is truly their own – dark, melodic, heavy and constantly evolving.

From guitarist Cai Burns' Dinosaur Jr-esque squall and fuzz, to Lucy Hatter’s rumbling bass and vocal harmonies through to Lawrence English’s unconventional and intuitive drumming, Urth is a fully realised, intelligent and cohesive debut. Opening with recent single ‘Gush’, the album takes the listener on an unbridled and hedonistic journey. The groove-laden ‘Glue’ bleeds into the off-kilter ‘Damp Sand’, while ‘Made of Concrete’s outwardly sweet appearance contradicts its darker themes. The energy of the punk inspired ‘Empty Mug’, featuring Lucy’s blood-curdling, screaming backing vocals, perfectly complements the soaring instrumental ‘Greenbeefo’. Closing on the positively anthemic ‘It Knows It’, Urth is a consistently powerful and memorable listen.

Producer Ross Orton says: "It's very rare on a wet and windy winter night in Sheffield you get blown away by the support band. Kagoule came saw and kicked my head off its shoulders, once I'd recovered and found my nerve I went over and demanded they let me into their world. That they did and sweet music was made. Kagoule are a mind bending band with infectiously catchy tunes. An honour to have them in my studio."

Having already amassed over 230,000 plays on Soundcloud with ‘Gush’, Kagoule have just unveiled it’s bizarre and inventive video, which can now be viewed on YouTube. Of the video, singer and guitarist Cai Burrns says: “We saw a video of this guy in Brighton with telekinetic abilities. After many nights of searching we tracked him down to the dark, back table of the Hobgoblin pub. We sang our praise and asked him to teach us the ways of the TK. He stood, put his cold hands on our shoulders and admitted that it was only camera trickery. We had been fooled. Our heads hung in silence, until Lucy blurted “Camera trickery? We could well do with a bit of that. We’ve only got a few days to make a new video” His eyes lit up and a broad smile crawled up his face. Grabbing us by the hands he sprinted for the door, dragging us along behind him.”

The band have consistently impressed live, sharing stages with acts including The Wytches, Iceage, METZ, Sebadoh and Drenge, as well as performing at Glastonbury Festival for BBC Introducing. As well as amassing a dedicated fanbase, they have been critically lauded by the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, Guardian, while receiving plays from the likes of BBC Radio 6Music and BBC Radio 1.

Urth by Kagoule is released via Earache Records on August 21st 2015. Pre-order via iTunes and Earache Records.

Urth track listing:

01: Gush
02: Adjust The Way
03: Glue
04: Damp Sand
05: Empty Mug
06: Greenbeefo
07: Centralwing
08: Made Of Concrete
09: Open Mouth
10: Mike
11: It Knows It

Live dates:

Tue April 14 - London - Oslo W/ Balthazar
Thu April 16 - Kent - The Ball Room
Sat April 18 - Nottingham - Music Exchange
Sat April 18 - Nottingham - Rough Trade
Mon April 20 - Birmingham - The Oobleck w/ Nai Harvest + Best Friends
Fri April 24 - London – The Shacklewell Arms
Sat April 25 - Leeds - Berlgrave Music Hall
Thu May 14 – Sat May 16 - Brighton - The Great Escape
Fri May 1 - Sheffield - Bungalow And Bears
Fri May 22 - Manchester - Dot To Dot
Sat May 23 - Bristol - Dot To Dot
Sat May 23 - London - Fluffer Fest @ The Shacklewell Arms w/ Telescopes, LOOM, Demob Happy
Sun May 24 - Nottingham - Dot To Dot
Tue June 9 - London - Birthdays W/ Theo Verney
Wed June 10 - Brighton - Prince Albert W/ Theo Verney
Sat July 25 - Birmingham - One Beat Festival

Get more Kagoule news and info:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/KagouleUK
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/Kagoule

Contact Joe Parry at Division Promotions for more information on 0208 962 8282
Email: joe@divisionpromotions.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SAVAGE MESSIAH TO HEADLINE HARD ROCK & METAL COALITION AT GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL

London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have been confirmed as headliners for the "Hard Rock & Metal Coalition" at The Great Escape festival 2015.

Presented by AIM and Team Rock, the Hard Rock & Metal Coalition will showcase some of the UK independent sector's finest heavy bands.  The gig takes place at Volks Bar in Brighton on Friday, 15th May, and features UK bands ELEGIES, THE COLOUR LINE, PRESS TO MECO, ACODA, and headliners SAVAGE MESSIAH.  Entry is free for everyone with a TGE wristband.

SAVAGE MESSIAH frontman Dave Silver comments:

"We're looking forward to putting some much needed metal into The Great Escape festival this May down in Brighton!  It was super cool to be invited to headline the Hard Rock & Metal Coalition by the folks over at AIM.  Also a big thanks to our friends over at Team Rock for putting their name to it.  We've had a few killer shows in Brighton over the last 2 years, so make sure you turn out and raise a glass to UK heavy metal with us!"

For tickets and more information about The Great Escape festival, go to http://greatescapefestival.com

Don't miss SAVAGE MESSIAH live at the following shows:

May 15 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape, Volks Bar
Jul. 17 - Tachov, Czech Republic - Tarock Open Air

SAVAGE MESSIAH's latest album, THE FATEFUL DARK, is out now on CD and vinyl in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/savage-messiah

The album is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes

Watch SAVAGE MESSIAH's music video for the track "Hellblazer", featuring famed London contortionist Pixie Le Knot (Game of Thrones, The Devil Inside), at http://youtu.be/qMLgbl7yU98

Get more SAVAGE MESSIAH news and info:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
Twitter - http://twitter.com/savagemessiah


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BITERS SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH EARACHE RECORDS

Atlanta rock 'n' roll tearaways Biters have announced a worldwide recording deal with Earache Records.

Recalling the early spirit and danger of rabble-rousing rock heroes, Biters have faithfully built upon their punk heritage and their love of 70’s rock to deliver music that ignites, incites and excites in equal measure.

View photo of the band here: http://www.earacherecords.com/myspace/biters.jpg
Possessing a heart full of rock 'n' roll, the band play foot stomping, fist pumping, spit-on-the-floor anthems possessed of a fighting spirit that refuses to give in.

Band leader Tuk explains the band's outlook:

"Corporate pop culture and fairweather fads is just something I'm not interested in. I still choose to play rock ‘n’ roll, because I still believe in rock ‘n’ roll."

Earache's Dan Tobin comments:

"Biters have lit a fire under us here at Earache. Their brand of rock forces you to take part - its so immediate, accessible and exciting that the label had to get involved. Most of all, its completely believable - its makes you want to fight for this kind of music to be heard. There is a gang mentality with Biters that is very strong, and we are thrilled to join forces with them."

An aura of recklessness and intimidation surrounds the Biters mythology. Yet amongst all of the raw riffage, teethmarks and broken glass, the band serve up instant hooks and shout-a-long choruses. This ear for melody has not been lost on others - the likes of Green Day have proclaimed Biters among their favourite new bands.

'Electric Blood' is Biters debut album for Earache and is released on July 13. A single, ‘Restless Hearts’, will precede the album and can be heard here:

https://soundcloud.com/earacherecords/biters-restless-hearts

Get more BITERS news and info:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BITERS
Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheBiters

UK PRESS - MICHELLE KERR
COSA NOSTRA PR
E-mail: michelle@cosanostrapr.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

OCEANO: NEW ALBUM 'ASCENDANTS' OUT NOW IN USA

'Ascendants', the brand new studio album from Chicago deathcore titans OCEANO, is out now in the USA.

Already being heralded as their heaviest work since their 2009 debut album 'Depths', 'Ascendants' features nine crushing new tracks which propel the band's trademark hybrid of bone-splintering brutality into devastating new realms.

Get 'Ascendants' on CD in North America now at http://uswebstore.earache.com/oceano

The album is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/ascendants-itunes

'Ascendants' was recorded at The Nook studio in New Lenox, Illinois with producer Nick Nativo (MONSTERS).  The album artwork was created by Dusty Peterson (SIX FEET UNDER, BLOODBATH).

Watch the official lyric video for the song "Dawn of Descent" at https://youtu.be/1QQcXYSh3_8

OCEANO are currently on tour in the US in support of 'Ascendants'.  Don't miss them at these remaining shows:

Mar. 25 - Lake Worth, FL - Propaganda
Mar. 26 - Tampa, FL - Local 662
Mar. 27 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar
Mar. 28 - Fayetteville, NC - The Drunk Horse Pub
Mar. 29 - Springfield, VA - Empire
Mar. 30 - Patterson, NJ - The Wild Bull
Mar. 31 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Apr. 01 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
Apr. 02 - Brooklyn, NY - M2 Brooklyn Asylum
Apr. 03 - Rochester, NY - California Brew Haus
Apr. 04 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry

View the tour flyer at http://bit.ly/1KY2Dd6

Get more OCEANO news and info:

Facebook - http://facebook.com/oceanometal
Twitter - http://twitter.com/oceanometal


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