UK rockers THE ALCHEMY stream new single 'Intertwined'

UK rockers THE ALCHEMY stream new single 'Intertwined'


New anthemic UK rock band THE ALCHEMY are now streaming their single 'Intertwined', taking from their forthcoming debut LP Chemical Daydream, released 29th March.

Premiered via Already Heard, you can listen to the single before its general release on Friday 22nd March here:

Chemical Daydream follows the band's debut EP (released April 2016) which received support from Kerrang! Radio, Planet Rock Radio, Scuzz TV, BBC radio and more.

Music built for stadiums and arenas, THE ALCHEMY's twist on modern Brit-rock has seen the band support Mallory KnoxI Am Giant, and has seen more than 100,000 views of an unreleased track from their EP.

Following their support of I Am GiantTHE ALCHEMY since worked with the band's bassist Paul Matthews to record and produce Chemical Daydream. Elements of Lonely The BraveLower Than Atlantis and Normandie combine to create a thrilling and mature debut. Fronted by vocalist Rhys Taylor's huge vocal performance, Chemical Daydream's rich melodic tapestry of intricate instrumentation and eclectic influences gives audiences a sneak peek at the band's electrifying potential.

Watch THE ALCHEMY live:

April 12th: Penny Theatre Canterbury Kent
April 14th: Prince Albert Brighton
April 16th: The Shed Leicester
April 18th: The Cobblestones Bridgewater
April 20th: Bar 42 Worthing 

Rhys Taylor - vocals, guitar
Alex Porro - bass, synth, vocals
Luke Welch - guitar
Sam Ewen - drums

Alt-rock trio WINCHESTER release 'Line Up' single, the fourth from debut LP

Alt-rock trio WINCHESTER release 'Line Up' single, the fourth from debut LP

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New alt-rock trio WINCHESTER have released 'Line Up', the fourth single from their stunning debut LP Life Begins At These Dead Ends (9th February 2018).

Watch the video here:
Listen to or purchase the album here:

As vocalist Adam comments:

"'Line Up' is the spiritual predecessor to our previous single 'Diamond' and seems to come at an apt point in our timeline. We explore how similar the archetypes of the freedom fighter and the terrorist are and how dangerous revolution is when it comes back around. Time and time again we talk about THEM and US, instead of coming together in a loving way towards peace and understanding the reasons we feel the need to act out in violence."

Watch 'Diamond' here:

Although young, WINCHESTER are a band with a promising array of sounds. The eclectic alt-rockers tastefully mix elements of technical rock/metal, metalcore, alt-rock and melodic rock. Influenced by the likes of FightstarFuneral for a FriendNothing MoreDeftonesand Biffy ClyroWINCHESTER utilise powerful riffs, versatile rhythms and emotional lyrics.

Life Begins... establishes the band as a group to keep eyes on. The threepiece’s first effort has been produced by Dan Weller (Dream State, Holding Absence).

Drawing from the intense social climate of today, WINCHESTER have nurtured a sound and a concept that rings true with the twists and turns of tomorrow. With a live show that manages to recreate and somehow elevate their epic sound, this is something fresh that you don’t want to miss.

In the past 6 months alone, Winchester have performed over 40 shows as well as completing completing a UK/EU tours with Time, The Valuator 

They've just finished touring the UK with Remenitions and are set to support Dream State, for a sold-out hometown show in Bristol (The Exchange) this Saturday (23rd March). 

Electronic/math/post-rock duo AIMING FOR ENRIKE release new single/video

Electronic/math/post-rock duo AIMING FOR ENRIKE release new single/video

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Maverick electro/math/post-rock duo AIMING FOR ENRIKE have unveiled their new single and video for 'Hard Dance Brainia', released 15th March 2019 via Pekula Records.

The video, premiered via Heavy Blog Is Heavy, is available to watch here:


It’s safe to say that AIMING FOR ENRIKE’s fame is mostly thanks to their frenetic, wild and engaging live shows – having toured extensively in USA, India, Japan, Czech Republic, Norway, England and Germany for several years. 

The duo are known for experimenting with noisy musical transformations and frenetic sonic attacks, but increasingly are shifting their focus towards the club and dancefloor. The result - more futuristic, funky and increasingly communal music.

Imagine a combination of Talking Heads, Jon Hopkins, Three Trapped Tigers, The Algorithm and you'll come close to the sounds created by AIMING FOR ENRIKE.
Energy and explosiveness have always been key musical factors for AIMING FOR ENRIKE, and there’s no doubt that the band live entirely live in their own universe, where everything revolves around insane instrumental chemistry and sparks flying between drummer Simen Følstad Nilsen and Tobias Ørnes Andersen.

The duo are on the road nonstop this year - watch them at one of the following shows:

21.3 - Stavanger - Tou Scene
28.3 - Bergen - Hulen
30.3 - Trondheim - Studentersamfundet
04.4 - Tønsberg - Stasjonen

26/4/19 – Glasgow – The Hug and Pint 
27/4/19 – Leeds – StrangeForms Festival / Brudenell Social Club 
28/4/19 – London – The Old Blue Last 
30/4/19 – Paris – Le Picolo 
1/5/19 – Brussels – Venue TBC
2/5/19 – Luxembourg - Cafe Rotondes 
3/5/19 – Leipzig – Venue TBC 
4/5/19 – Munich – innen.aussun.raum 
5/5/19 – Pilsen – Andel Music Bar 
6/5/19 – Prague – Underdogs


1.6.19 - La Palazzo Stabile
29.6.19 - Salzburg
20.7.19 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands
27.7.19 - Hoggival, Norway
17.8.19 - ArcTanGent, Bristol, UK

RADAR FESTIVAL announces more bands and day splits

RADAR FESTIVAL announces more bands and day splits


RADAR Festival has bolstered its inaugural lineup with the additions of MODERN DAY BABYLONLOATHE, and BRINK OF EXTINCTION. Also appearing on the Friday are an unmentioned Secret Act, further confirming RADAR's position as the most exciting new progressive UK festival.

Day splits have also been announced, with MONUMENTS headlining Friday and supported by HEART OF A COWARD on mainstage and TOSKA headlining stage two. Saturday is headlined by ANIMALS AS LEADERS, with INTERVALS as support; MODERN DAY BABYLON headlining stage two.

Full list:

Friday, Stage 1

Heart of a Coward
Secret Act
Uneven Structure

Stage 2

Mask of Judas
Shattered Skies
The Deadlights

Saturday, Stage 1

Animals as Leaders
Agent Fresco
Rolo Tomassi
Car Bomb
Sithu Aye

Stage 2

Modern Day Babylon
No Consequence*
Valis Ablaze
Brink of Extinction

*back for one night only.

RADAR Festival is to be held in Guildford, Surrey, on 2-3rd August at a soon-to-be-announced venue...

Tickets for the indoor event start at £34.99 for a day ticket, or £59.99 for both days. Purchase tickets here:

With their mixture of international talent and confirmed homegrown success, RADAR Festival will position themselves as champions of forward-thinking guitar-led music. The brainchild of two promoters in the South of England, RADAR will be held over two stages at a new indoor location in Guildford, half an hour from London.

Focusing on bands who push boundaries across the musical spectrum, RADAR will become a high-point on the UK festival calendar, and a new community for all fans of sonic innovation.

UK rockers OF ALLIES release new single, 'Blossoms'

UK rockers OF ALLIES release new single, 'Blossoms'


K rockers OF ALLIES have released their new single/video 'Blossoms' (08.03.19 release), the first taste of new material since their smash 2017 debut full-length.

Watch the video here:

Listen/stream here:

Following 3.5 million streams of debut LP, Night Sky (2017), OF ALLIES are back with a bang. 

The new single kickstarts the independent and unsigned band's new era and is the first glimpse of the band's forthcoming second LP, due later this year. 

OF ALLIES have already caught the eyes and ears of other notable UK press and industry, including Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, and radio play on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show, Alex Baker's Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood show and BBC Introducing. The band have also found success on Spotify Official playlisting with previous singles '17', 'Lost Not Found', and 'Glass House'.

This comes as no surprise as the band boast an undeniably British stamp; a thick, multi-layered sound that is fast becoming OF ALLIES' trademark. For fans of Twin AtlanticBreaking Benjamin,DeftonesLower Than Atlantis and FightstarOF ALLIES tread the lines between alternative rock, melodic rock and UK rock whilst always hinting at something darker.

Trippy Metal Trio KUROKUMA Announce New EP Details

Trippy Metal Trio KUROKUMA Announce New EP Details


Trippy metal trio KUROKUMA have announced their third EP Sheffield's Best Metal Bands Vol.1 will be released via Off Me Nut Records on May 3rd 2019 ahead of their appearance at Desertfest UK on May 5th. 

Check out their teaser here: 

After earning acclaimed reviews for their Advorsus EP (2016) and Dope Rider EP (2018), KUROKUMA's cult-like notoriety for producing avant-garde music, heavy yet multidimensional, has continued to grow. Now, the band have teamed up with notorious electronic record label Off Me Nut Records for their latest release, which sees the label's first ever foray into the murky world of metal. Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 finds the band burrowing deeper into an atmospheric world of their own creation, producing four leviathan tracks that are a consciousness-expanding 24-minute refraction of monumentally unsettled ambient heaviness and blackened sludge. And there's even a Jamiroquai cover thrown in for good measure (Deeper Underground). This is some persuasively weird shit.

The band comments: "It's a product of being on the road a lot more this past year, seeing a lot of metal bands outside of just the stoner/doom circles, and then just bringing in a few influences from outside metal. We listen to things from all across the musical spectrum; lately it's been a lot of electronic music and beats, and that's nothing particularly unique, but we've never drawn lines between genres or been hesitant about bringing what we like to listen to into the band. There's a darkness and an intensity that you might find in unexpected places if you're willing to look. Reality is twisted, you'll never escape it. We're taking the weird shit that flows through our brains and in front of our eyes, cranking the volume and putting it on cassette. And when we took a step back and looked at the lyrics and song titles on this release, we realised that, if you had to describe it, everything related to a theme of weird creatures that are misunderstood by society at large, which, to be honest, is a good way of summing up who we are.“ 

KUROKUMA recently gained further spotlight after being featured in The Doom Doc, an independent documentary on the doom scene which followed KUROKUMA's drummer, Joe E  Allen, and featured interviews with original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Primitive Man, Conan, Slabdragger, and many others.

Having perfected their engaging sound on stages worldwide from the UK to Japan with bands such as Conan, Crowbar, Trap Them, KEN Mode, Boss Keloid, Primitive Man and Skeletonwitch to name a few, the next few months will see the band playing select dates and festivals including Desertfest in London in support of their EP. Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 will be released by Off Me Nut Records on May 3rd. Pre-orders will be available soon. 

See KUROKUMA live at one of the following dates: 

March 24th, Dreadfest, Leeds (UK)
April 12th, Record Junkee, Sheffield (w/ Author and Punisher) (UK)
April 13th, Replacement Weekender @ The Moon, Cardiff (UK)
May 5th, Desertfest, London (UK)
May 18th, The Rumble At Rebellion, Manchester (UK)

Find out more about the band

Facebook || Twitter || Bandcamp || Spotify 

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Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol. 1 Tracklisting

1: RVN

2: Wasp Nest

3: Deeper Underground

4: Wasp Nest (Memphis edit)

 DANIEL TOMPKINS announces debut album and reveals new single 'Saved' ft. Acle Kahney

DANIEL TOMPKINS announces debut album and reveals new single 'Saved' ft. Acle Kahney

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DANIEL TOMPKINS has announced his debut solo album Castles, due for release on 31st May 2019 via Kscope

To coincide with the announcement, TOMPKINS has revealed new single and video 'Saved'. Directed by Blacktide Productions, the single features Acle Kahney (TesseracT).

Check out 'Saved' here:

Already part of the Kscope family as the vocalist in TesseracT, TOMPKINS comments on signing to Kscope as a solo artist:

“I’m ecstatic to have the backing of Kscope. They believe in what I’m producing and wish to support me as I freely express myself as a solo artist. I cannot thank them enough.”

Within Castles, the listener will explore an album inspired by the arc of relationships – tragic mistakes, misjudgements of character and victorious, passionate love.

TOMPKINS expands on this theme:

“Everyone has experiences that are relatable to one another in their romantic relationships. We make huge investments of trust and care and commitment into one another and sometimes they simply fail. In fact, most fail. That said, some survive, thrive and create incredible lifelong partnerships or at least important, long lasting love. But sometimes, we make massive misjudgements of character and the true nature of someone is always revealed over time. Sometimes tragic mistakes, physical or mental abuse, compulsion or addiction are an issue and create irreparable harm to relationships and lives, no matter how in love two people may be. This is the area where the most tragic outcomes occur. The album is somewhat cathartic lyrically but in other areas it explores amazing, victorious, passionate love. A lot of this story is told from the perspective of someone seeking that perfect partnership and the ultimate fulfilment of finding it.”

will be released on CD, LP (180g black vinyl) and digital (pre-orders receive 'Saved' feat. Acle Kahney as an instant download). Pre-orders are available here:

Castles was written & engineered by TOMPKINS alongside US producer Eddie Head (Haji's Kitchen) and recorded at both the UK’s Celestial Sound Studio (Vocals) & The Color And The Sound Studios(Music) in the US, with mastering by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds; together they created the dynamic realisation of Tompkins' expansive ability and taste: pulsating synths, beautiful keyboard lines, powerful electric guitars, heavy crash cymbals, and both skittering and forceful beats. The space created by the production allows TOMPKINS' voice to switch skilfully from tender and introspective to soaring emotion in a blend of pop-rock-electronic sounds that engages his eclectic audience. The result is a masterclass in tension and release. 

This 13 track album features six alternative versions, which feature special guests Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Grammy-nominated Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner) and producer Dmitry Stepanov. With the stunning artwork created by Ani Artworks.

A diverse vocalist, TOMPKINS has established himself as a highly respected artist with a dedicated worldwide fanbase garnered from his work with the global progressive metal sensations TesseracT and Skyharbor, the experimental pop oriented White Moth Black Butterfly, which recently included a collaboration with percussive guitarist Jon Gomm, and the rise of his more accessible solo material.

In creating Castles TOMPKINS found the freedom to truly express his originality and artistry, he explains “I have directed and produced every aspect of the project. It's been an extremely liberating project to have full control and essentially redesign my image and approach to music creation. This feels like a new start as an artist and the most excited I have personally been so far throughout my career.”

For more information:

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BRIGHTLIGHT CITY announce debut album and reveal new single 'Statues & Monuments'

BRIGHTLIGHT CITY announce debut album and reveal new single 'Statues & Monuments'

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UK rock quintet BRIGHTLIGHT CITY have announced their debut album The Harmony & The Chaos, due for release on 17th May 2019 via Undead Collective Records.

To coincide with the announcement, BRIGHTLIGHT CITY have revealed new single 'Statues & Monuments'. A deeply personal lead single from the forthcoming album, vocalist/lyricist Jamie Giarraputo explains:

“This is a song about struggling with depression and anxiety, it can be so overwhelming and
consuming. The verses are an explanation of sorts, into what it feels like to be at your lowest point, which stemmed from the questions always being asked like “why do you feel so down today?” or the classic “what’s wrong?”, sometimes there is no reason. The expectation is that you should just ‘suck it up’ and be strong, but that isn’t always possible and should never be the first expectation of anyone suffering with metal health issues. This song live still gets me quite emotional as it takes me back to a point that I never want to return to, again the therapy of playing this live is great.”

Check out 'Statues & Monuments' here:

The band have also released a live acoustic version of the single:

Of the debut album BRIGHTLIGHT CITY comment: 

"The Harmony & The Chaos has a number of themes in every individual song. The title itself was something that we have been using for a while now. For us it started as a description of us live with someone stating ‘you guys sit in a pocket between harmony and chaos’. The more we thought about it the more it made sense with the themes for songs we were writing as well as how we see live shows. It is also a great description of where we are in society and within ourselves skating the fine line between harmony and chaos."

Pre-order The Harmony & The Chaos here: 

See BRIGHTLIGHT CITY live at one of the following dates: 

16.03.2019 - Canterbury, UCA Bar 
29.03.2019 - Kingston, Fighting Cocks (Undead Collective showcase)
11.04.2019 - London, Nambucca (supporting Brigade
21.04.2019 - Swindon, Level 3 
24.04.2019 - London, Tooting Tram & Social 
03.05.2019 - London, Notting Hill Arts Club (supporting Mantra)
08.05.2019 - London, New Cross Inn
01.06.2019 - London, Camden Rocks Festival 
29.06.2019 - Canterbury, Melofest

The Harmony & The Chaos follows BRIGHTLIGHT CITY's highly-regarded 2017 EP Our Future's Not Dead, which saw support from Kerrang!, Powerplay Magazine, and more. Eleven tracks of polished UK rock which tread the lines between robust British Indie and classic alt-rock, The Harmony & The Chaos is an accomplished record from a band ready to show their full potential. Elements of Hundred Reasons,ThricePress To MecoReuben and more clash and collide in the LP which is bursting with melody and attitude.

Highly personal, the album covers a variety of viewpoints from a group passionate about homegrown talent (running their own record label), literature, politics and art. From fake news ('Feast On Fear'), to war photography ('Through The Lens') and Italian governmental corruption ('Songs Of Dissent'), The Harmony & The Chaos is a disarmingly deep and multi-faceted release.

In their history BRIGHTLIGHT CITY have supported Rise Against, Millencolin, Dead!, Blood Youth, Press To Meco, Max Raptor, Fizzy Blood, Bad Sign, amongst others, a company of bands which marks the newer UK group as ones to watch.

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BORDERS release video for new single 'War'

BORDERS release video for new single 'War'

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UK metallers BORDERS have released a video for 'War', the second taste of their debut album Purify which is due for release on 10th May via Long Branch Records.

Check out the single here:

Purify will be available in vinyl, CD and digital formats, as well as BandCamp and Long Branch Records bundles. Pre-orders are available here:

BORDERS have also announced a run of UK shows in support of the album.


03.05.2019 - Manchester, Rebellion
04.05.2019 - Cardiff, Fuel
06.05.2019 - Brighton, Green Door Store
07.05.2019 - Southampton, Joiners
08.05.2019 - London, 229
09.05.2019 - Birmingham, Subside
10.05.2019 - Nottingham, Alberts
11.05.2019 - Lincoln, Liquor
12.05.2019 - Glasgow, 13th Note

Hailing from Lincoln, UK, BORDERS are pushing to lead in a new era of heavy music, seamlessly blending genres and styles to forge a crushing yet melodic and unique experience. Since joining forces with new vocalist Jordan 'JJ' Olifent in 2016, BORDERS have been working hard impressing crowds across the UK and Europe with their energetic, powerful live performance. From playing sold-out hometown shows, to supporting Skindred and Whitechapel and appearing at UK Tech-Fest, BORDERS consistently electrify crowds as unchained force Olifent leads the indomitable machine. Lunging from the crowd to the mic and leaving no spot unclaimed, he bends the crowd to his will with gang chants, mosh pits and room splits. While performing alongside Martyr Defiled on their UK/EU farewell tour, Metal Hammer said of their live show: "[Borders are] boasting an energised stage presence and an armada of head-bang-inducing grooves."

Speaking out on modern issues of healthcare, austerity and corruption, the band's Diagnosed EP was released in 2017. It received glowing reviews from Metal Hammer and more, as well as gaining regular radio play on Kerrang’s Fresh Blood, where Alex Baker hailed BORDERS as "behemoths of tomorrow." The songwriting, catchiness, technical prowess and sheer brutality of the record were standout points for critics. The EP theme hit home for Olifent as his lyrical content reflected his own mother’s experiences with cancer and the healthcare system. After she beat the disease with only natural remedies and lifestyle changes, Olifent seeks to pose questions on trust in the healthcare system and the corporate greed that drives pharmaceutical companies to put profits before people.

Purify is an ambitious full-length record which documents a timeline of human corruption; from the wartime atrocities of the Japanese experimental death camps in '731', to modern day political corruption in war, all the way to a bleak vision of future potential healthcare systems in 'Wake Up'. Purify is a statement on the condition of the world today, yesterday and tomorrow that not only sounds incredible but might change the way you look at the world around you. Olifent muses on the development of human corruption; the barbaric human beginnings of mass slaughter against targeted groups may seem a world away to the average citizen, but not only do those atrocities still exist, but corruption and evil has further retreated and disguised itself behind closed doors. A disguise that is easily lifted with information and a willingness to challenge one's own beliefs. Purify is a call for a purge of corruption and a call for the average person to think more about the world they inhabit.


Jordan Olifent - Vocals
Gavin Burton - Guitars
Tom Britton - Bass
Daniel Hodson - Drums

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