This weekend Slam Dunk Festival will be in full swing in Leeds (Saturday), Birmingham (Sunday) and Hatfield (Monday) if you are going make sure you catch Creeper on the Fresh Blood Stage at 7.20pm and The Amity Affliction are on the Atlas Stage at 6.05pm. Leeds and Hatfield are now sold out but there are still tickets available for Birmingham. More info on the Slam Dunk website!
The awesome people at Metal Hammer are giving you the chance to win tickets to see Gojira play the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award ceremony on June 13th. The show, which has almost sold out, also features Amon Amarth, Halestorm, and a not to be missed Salute To Lemmy featuring Saxon and Phil Campbell & Mikkey Dee. Click here to enter and to get all the T&Cs. Good luck!
Wild Throne craft music that is as hard to describe as it is exciting to listen to. The hard-hitting and versatile Pacific Northwest metal trio offer up an ambitious blend of thrash, progressive rock, and classic melodic NWOBHM that invokes names like Mastodon, Judas Priest, Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Coheed and Cambria, and Dillinger Escape Plan.
Boasting a complex and robust sound, the band is comprised of Josh Holland (guitar/vocals), Noah Burns (drums), and Jeff Johnson (bass). Wild Throne have taken the volume and brutality of heavy metal, compositional elements of prog, atypical time signatures, strong melodies, a touch of psychedelia, and some straight-up rock ’n’ roll, then melded them into a multi-layered, many-faceted sound that is their own.
The Bellingham, WA natives are set to release their debut EP, ‘Blood Maker’, on 22nd July in the UK, via Roadrunner Records. Produced by Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, The Cure), the EP features 4 tracks. The release will coincide with 3 UK dates, including a free show at the Old Blue Last in London.
WILD THRONE – ‘BLOOD MAKER’ – TRACK LISTING
1. Harvest Of Darkness
2. Shadow Deserts
3. The Wrecking Ball Unchained
4. Blood Maker
Catch the band at the following UK dates this July:
Wed 20th Jul – BATH Moles (Dischord club night)
Thu 21st Jul – LONDON Black Heart (tickets)
Fri 22nd Jul – LONDON Old Blue Last (free entry)
Wild Throne follow up the shows with the UK release of their album, ‘Harvest Of Darkness’, on 9th September. Listening to the 11-track, Ross Robinson-produced album’s depth and range, it is hard to believe this band comprises just three people. But Wild Throne is no stranger to crossing boundaries, not just with their music, but also how they play it. “We really wanted this album to have a more dynamic presence than anything we had done in the past,” says Holland. “Musically and lyrically, we wanted to make sure it had a kind of pulse—that it be very human and flawed but alive and still a good listen.”
WILD THRONE – ‘HARVEST OF DARKNESS’ – TRACK LISTING
1. Harvest Of Darkness
2. Shadow Deserts
3. Fear Yourself
4. Lone Lust
5. Death Of A Star
6. Blood Maker
7. I Of The Prism
8. War Is A Romance
9. Born To Die
10. The Wrecking Ball Unchained
Although Wild Throne’s music is highly technical, requiring pinpoint control and precision, it’s not sterile. ‘Harvest of Darkness’ is rife with passion and emotion, anchored by lyrics that explore the human condition – an emotional exploration that’s personal and universal. The album’s titular first track is an excellent distillation of what’s to come, and is, Holland says, “about hanging on to negativity and resentment and then answering to the consequences of doing so down the line.” ‘Fear Yourself’, the album’s most anthemic song with machine-gun drums and arena rock stylings, mines similar territory, that of “staying out of your own way,” Holland says. “I think a vague fear of failure is pretty normal and the song is about crumbling under that fear into the realm of self-sabotage.” Talking about track ‘War Is A Romance’, Holland explains, “Humans tend to seek out both love and war instinctively. Rather than thinking of them as opposites, I wanted to suggest that the intensities of violence and passion actually share more similarities than differences. That the hunger to fight is some sort of inner romance. We lust for it.”
If ‘Harvest Of Darkness’ brings up one question about Wild Throne, it would be this: Why choose this road less travelled when they could easily succumb to making music that’s not as intricate, less personally demanding, not as risky? Holland’s answer strikes at the heart of what makes Wild Throne a compelling listen. “Making music that is simpler, less technical, and more accessible would actually be the real challenge for us,” he says. “We do it the way we do because it comes naturally to us.”
Gojira’s Mario and Joe Duplantier, sat down with the guys from Metal Injection in their very own Silver Cord studio. In the interview which you can watch over on Metal Injection, the guys discuss the building of the studio, as well as the impact that it had on their eagerly awaited new album ‘Magma’. You can now pre-order Magma vinyl/CD and merch bundles from the Roadrunner store or grab the CD from Amazon and digital on iTunes.
Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach spoke to the guys at Team Rock about his favourite Bad Brains songs! Jesse also explains how he came to fall in love wit the band; The first time I heard Bad Brains was probably in 1993. One of my bandmates at the time played me I Against I off the I Against I record, and I remember sitting there listening and really taking it in. I didn’t have a language for the kind of music they were doing, especially that record because it’s so diverse, and when I found out that they were an all-black Rastafarian punk band, that kind of blew my mind.
Head to gojira-music.com to watch the brand new Gojira video for ‘Silvera’. The song is taken from the highly anticipated new album ‘Magma’ which drops on June 17!
In other incredible news, Metal Hammer cover stars Gojira and Swedish melodeath giants Amon Amarth complete the live lineup of this year’s Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Fireball. The full live lineup, which also includes Halestorm and A Salute To Lemmy with Saxon and Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell of Motörhead, are the only UK shows for any of the bands outside of festival appearances – and tickets cost just £6.66!
The evening’s host, and holding the whole show together, is Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta. Currently on tour in America, Jasta is one of the most charismatic and engaging frontmen in the business, and is the perfect person to keep the Golden Gods’ moshpit in check! Hatebreed released their seventh album, ‘The Concrete Confessional’, on May 13 this year. Metal Hammer awarded it 8 out of 10, calling it “Unapologetic, relentlessly angry, and without a filler track to be found… exhilarating to the very last syllable.”
Taking place at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London on June 13, headlining the ceremony will be A Salute To Lemmy – a celebration of the life of one of rock’s most inspirational icons that will see Saxon joined onstage by Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell of Motörhead to play a set of classic songs from both bands. Also confirmed are Grammy Award-winners Halestorm, whose sure-to-be-incredible performance will be one of only two in the UK this year.
Gojira are one of the most exciting and innovative bands in metal. Set to release their much-anticipated sixth album, ‘Magma’, on June 17 – a follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ – they have always pushed the boundaries and challenged their listeners with genre-defying music. The band’s sound develops with each album and their live shows are among the most captivating in the world. They start a world tour at the end of May that will take them through Europe, the US and Canada.
Viking-obsessed Amon Amarth released their 10th album, ‘Jomsviking’, in March of this year to resounding acclaim. Their first concept album, it allows the band to demonstrate the full dynamic force of their music, and shows why they are one of the world’s leading death metal bands. A live powerhouse, they are currently touring the US, and will be going on to conquer Europe in June and July. Live, Amon Amarth are like nothing else; their intensity is immense and unwavering, delivered with a power like no others.
Alexander Milas, Editor-in-Chief of Metal Hammer Magazine and TeamRock Executive Director, says, “This isn’t a bill for the faint-of-heart. From the goblet-hoisting, festival-headlining might of Amon Amarth to the peerless innovative brilliance of our latest coverstars Gojira, this is going to be a firebreathing monster of a party. Nothing but the best for the people who’ve supported Metal Hammer in all its forms for all these years. Horns up!”
There are two ways to be part of this incredible show:
Simply vote for this year’s winners at metalhammer.com to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets – voting is open NOW. Alternatively, tickets are available to buy now for £6.66. TeamRock and Eventim UK, the official ticketing partner of the Golden Gods, will donate all profits from ticket sales to the charity Heavy Metal Truants, an annual charity cycle ride, sponsored by TeamRock, from London to Download Festival to benefit Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.
Each Golden God Awards ticket includes a FREE 3-month TeamRock+ membership worth £11.97, giving unlimited access to full magazine content online from Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog and The Blues Magazine as well as exclusive content, events and offers.
The Amity Affliction, have announced details of their widely anticipated new album. THIS COULD BE HEARTBREAK, the platinum-certified Australian band’s new LP will arrive on August 12th. The band – Joel Birch [Vocals], Ahren Stringer [Bass, Vocals], Ryan Burt [Drums] and Dan Brown [Guitar] – detailed the new material in a press conference earlier today hosted by former Triple J radio host / Frenzal Rhomb guitarist, Lindsay McDougall which can be viewed on the band’s Facebook.
THIS COULD BE HEARTBREAK is available now for pre-order in a variety of limited edition physical bundles via in the Roadrunner UK store, as well as digitally on iTunes. All digital pre-orders will receive an instant download of the album’s gripping first single, “I Bring The Weather With Me” which debuted today along with the track’s official music video.
This summer, The Amity Affliction will head to the UK where they will embark on a series of festival dates and headline shows with highly anticipated sets slated for the United Kingdom’s Slam Dunk Festival and Download Festival.
Deeply personal and emotionally wrenching, THIS COULD BE HEARTBREAK is The Amity Affliction’s most transformative and revealing record yet. Recorded by producer and longtime collaborator Will Putney at Melbourne’s Holes and Corners with additional drum tracking done at Sing Sing Studios, the album finds The Amity Affliction evolving their signature powerful and cathartic song craft. Both ambitious and grand, album standouts “This Could Be Heartbreak” and “All Fucked Up” are equal parts heavy and hopeful, fueled by frontman Joel Birch’s desperation which achieves extraordinary transcendence through radical honesty and absolute power.
THIS COULD BE HEARTBREAK follows The Amity Affliction’s ARIA platinum-certified #1 album, LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME, which proved an to be an international breakthrough for the group. LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME marked The Amity Affliction’s second consecutive time topping the ARIA Album Chart following 2012’s gold-certified CHASING GHOSTS. More recently, the band released SEEMS LIKE FOREVER, the #1 ARIA gold-certified documentary chronicling The Amity Affliction’s history up through their epic “Let The Ocean Take Me World Tour,” which saw the band performing in front of capacity crowds around the globe, including sold-out shows at New York City’s Irving Plaza and London’s KOKO. Furthermore, the band’s most recent single, “Shine On” came in at #25 on Triple J’s “Hottest 100” of 2016. For more than a decade, The Amity Affliction has confronted the very darkest edges of man’s existence through their music and with SEVERED TIES, 2008’s full-length debut, and 2010’s ARIA gold-certified follow-up, YOUNGBLOODS, The Amity Affliction instantly established themselves as leading force in the heavy music world.
Joey Jordison’s new band VIMIC have today released an official video for the song ‘She Sees Everything’. The song is now available on iTunes too!
Turnstile have dropped a brand new video for ‘Addicted’. The track is taken from the bands debut album Nonstop Feeling. Check it right here!