Author: Sonic Shocks

The Flower Kings have announced their new albu…

The Flower Kings have announced their new album Waiting for Miracles – recorded in the studio owned by Benny from ABBA! – will be released on 8th November via Inside Out Music

Review: SATAN’S TAINT – DESTRUCTION RITUAL by …

Out now via Megaforce Records

It’s a great time to be a metalhead. Our music is thriving.
Bands are filling stadiums, albums are selling, and new bands are coming onto
the scene all the time. But the best part about our music, and our people, is
that we never forget the good stuff and the people who created it.

And so it was that the many fans of one Bobby Gustafson,
the guitarist instrumental in establishing Overkill as one of the major thrash
bands in the ‘80s, would not leave him alone. For years they pestered him
relentlessly to release his own music. He complied. Axe to the Head of My Enemies (’07), takes the listener on a blistering
ride through battlefields and brutality, combining thrash and melodic death
metal with a Viking edge.

It’s amazing what can happen with just word of mouth. With
zero media or record company support, everyone who bought this CD (it was only
released on CD) told their friends about it and bought extra copies. The
response was so positive that Bobby & Co. made enough money to put out
their latest release, Destruction Ritual,
only this time they are backed by Megaforce Records and it is available on
iTunes and Amazon (now that they replenished their stock – they ran out of the
first run of CDs). And the kicker is, this one takes this band to a whole new
level. These tracks are definitely NOT leftovers from Axe.

From the opening track “Sumbel” you know right away that
this is the sound you’ve been missing. The guitar starts solo, the drums kick
in, and he head starts bobbing even before you hear any words. The heaviness
doesn’t let up on “Sorry You Were Ever Born” and “Thorn in My Side” starts off
sounding like a full frontal assault before settling into a catchy groove.

“Skullkrusher II” is a special treat for those of us who
remember “Playing with Spiders/Skullkrusher” off The Years of Decay (’89). You recognize that haunting melody and
you begin to understand what was so special about the early Overkill years.
Bobby’s outstanding musicianship is all over this album – he’s the guitars,
bass, solos and songwriting. Just as in Axe,
he has the expertise of two vocalists – Dan Ortega and Paolo Velasquez, each
choosing which songs they chose to perform. Jim McCourt joins the team again on
drums. His skills are the perfect accompaniment to this hard-driving,
in-your-face assault.

“Desecration” was released as the single, but this album is
so strong that any one of these songs could have been the single. Yes, we can
buy individual songs these days. Don’t bother. You need to get this whole
album. Just keep this in mind: When a musician of this skill level puts out
music on his own time and his own dime at the urging of friends and fans from
Australia to Japan to Germany to every corner of the U.S., and then does it
again solely for the love of music, it’s worth checking out. Destruction Ritual is that good stuff
that doesn’t ever get old.

Roadburn 2020 reveal curators and more!

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For 2020 Roadburn festival have announced for the first time there will be two curators: Emma Ruth Rundle and James Kent (Perturbator).  Alongside this there is the reveal of three commissioned projects – James kent and Johannes Persson, Jo Quail’s the Cartographer and for the only time – Vile Creature and Bismuth bring us A Hymn of Loss and Hope.

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Also added for Roadburn 2020 is an artist that whether with Made Out Of Babies, solo or the amazing and critically acclaimed Mariner with Cult of Luna is one of the best and distinctive voices in music: Julie Christmas.

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At Roadburn 2020, Julie will perform a special, exclusive set comprising of both old favourites and new material. Read that again: new material. Joining Julie as part of her backing band will be Johannes Persson and ex-Kylesa guitarist, Laura Pleasants.

Tickets go on sale September 24th!

LA hardcore juggernauts TERROR announce a to…

LA hardcore juggernauts TERROR announce a tour throughout Europe in fall of 2019 with special guests CRO MAGS JM, LIONS LAW, and JESUS PIECE

01.11.    D             Leipzig – Conne Island
02.11.    NL          Eindhoven – The Sound Of Revolution*
03.11.    UK          London – The Underworld Camden*
04.11.    UK          Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
05.11.    B             Antwerp – Kavka Zappa
06.11.    D             Hamburg – Knust
07.11.    D             Berlin – SO36
08.11.    D             Cham – L.A.
09.11.    F             Paris – Hardcore Fest
10.11.    CH          Zurich – Plaza Klub
11.11.    A             Vienna – Arena
12.11.    H             Budapest – Dürer Kert
13.11.    D             Schweinfurt – Stattbahnhof
14.11.    D             Münster – Sputnikhalle
15.11.    D             Karlsruhe – Weiße Rose
16.11.    D             Kassel – Scream Festival
17.11.    D             Cologne – Gebäude 9
*no LION’S LAW

Tickets are on sale now.

DOMINIC WOLF to release new single this August

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Following his 4 A.M. release in May which was premiered on MusicMap and John Kennedy’s X-Posure on Radio X, Dominic Wolf has dropped another single Tainted Paradise this summer.

“Tainted Paradise is a song which explores the end of our civilisation.” says Dominic, “Scientists are calling it the sixth mass extinction and it is happening right now. We are failing on a political, environmental and social
level. The truth is we’re making this planet ill and it will spit us out eventually. With this track, I attempt to collect my thoughts on how I would deal with bearing witness to the aftermath of this extinction, what it would
be like being the last man on earth.”

Earlier this year, the London based producer and multi-instrumentalist headlined the Decave Bank Holiday all-dayer at The Victoria in London alongside EASTERN BARBERS and Luke Marzec, before supporting
Japanese Band Yahyel for their first London show in 5 years at The Waiting Room in June. He is now planning a streak of shows in the UK later on this year ahead of his debut EP “Feed My Brain”.

Tainted Paradise is available on all streaming platforms right now!

Steve Hackett to release Genesis Revisited ban…

Following a sensational 2018 UK tour, legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak titled Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

The album was recorded on 5th October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra. The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

Lindy-Fay Hella releases Seafarer video. The m…

Lindy-Fay Hella releases Seafarer video. The magickal album of the same name will be released via Van Records on September 20th…

Today, Melbourne experimental electronic / p…

Today, Melbourne experimental electronic / pop and performance artist Sui Zhen unveils her new single, “Matsudo City Life”. The track is taken from Zhen’s upcoming album Losing, Linda which it set for release Sept 27th via Cascine.

Captured in the city of Matsudo, Japan in a repurposed Love Hotel, Zhen explains the creation of new single “Matsudo City Life”, “the walls of the Love Hotel – titled ‘Paradise Air’ – were made of very thick concrete to keep loud noise in, which worked well for us musicians. Each room was uniquely themed. We were assigned one with faded pink and red tones, a love heart shaped bathtub and maroon carpet. Whilst the room we designated as ‘the studio’ was tiled with cool grey tones, marble and pillared. The city was what locals call a ‘sleeper town’ or bedroom community, which Salarymen would use only for rest. In some ways it was a city full of their dreams and empty of their reality.”

Norwegian multidisciplinary artist Jenny Hva…

Norwegian multidisciplinary artist Jenny Hval releases a new single, “High Alice,” from her forthcoming album, The Practice of Love, due September 13th via Sacred Bones.

The Wildhearts to release Diagnosis mini album…

The Wildhearts are proud to announce the release of the Diagnosis mini album on October 4th through Graphite Records. This six track mini album, features five brand new songs and is released as a limited edition special white vinyl with pale blue powder splatter 10’’ (to look like a pill) and as a regular black vinyl 10” and CD.  All 3 physical formats will also include an exclusive bespoke inner gatefold comic strip illustrated by the award winning Hunt Emerson, who last worked with the band on the Earth Vs’ cover and their classic logo.
The Diagnosis mini album follows the success of Renaissance Men, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, which gave the band’s classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny, their highest chart entry since 1994’s P.H.U.Q, when it debuted at number 11.

To coincide with the Diagnosis announcement The Wildhearts have unveiled a new video for Renaissance Men:


The Wildhearts Renaissance Men tour part 2with special guests The Professionals and Janus Stark on the shows marked *October

5th Brighton       Concorde 2 *

Sun 6th Reading           Sub 89 *

Mon 7th Chester Live Rooms *

Tue 8th Hull Welly *

Thur 10th Holmfirth Picturedrome 

Tue 15th Cambridge Junction 

Wed 16th Bath Komedia 

Thur 17th Southampton Engine Room

Mon 21st Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill 

Tue 22nd Dover Booking Hall

November

Fri 29th Buckley Tivoli