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: https://youtu.be/WgNNZoN3eho

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.”

Castles 
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: https://danieltompkins.lnk.to/CastlesPR

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:
https://www.facebook.com/danieltompkinsvocalist
https://www.instagram.com/rockwithdan
https://twitter.com/Rockwithdan
https://www.youtube.com/user/RockWithDan
https://www.youtube.com/user/kscopemusiclondon
http://daniel-tompkins.com
https://www.danieltompkinsvocalist.com
http://kscopemusic.com/dt
 

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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: https://youtu.be/12ZnmbwxXS4

The band have also released a live acoustic version of the single: https://youtu.be/N-BdWK0siLc

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: https://orcd.co/thtc 

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.

For more information:
https://www.brightlightcityofficial.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/brightlightcityofficial
https://twitter.com/blcband

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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: https://youtu.be/lUksqQe_BZA

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

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

Dates:

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.

BORDERS are:

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

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/BordersbandUK
https://www.twitter.com/BordersbandUK
https://www.youtube.com/user/BordersbandUK
https://www.instagram.com/BordersbandUK

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Avandra announce new album and stream single featuring Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater)

Avandra announce new album and stream single featuring Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater)

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Puerto Rican prog-metal band AVANDRA have announced the release of new album Descender via Blood Music and unveiled new single, 'Derelict Minds'.

Premiered by Prog MagazineDerelict Minds features ex Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7b0m_iJ_kw

Pre-order Descender here: http://www.blood-music.com/store/

Having started as a one-man project by Christian AyalaAVANDRA were born from hurricane-fuelled strife, and now becoming one of the scene’s breakout acts. Given their humble origins, AVANDRA were never meant to play live. However, after releasing the band’s first record, Tymora, demand was so high that Ayala felt obligated to bring his work to life on stage in May of 2017. By the time their second show rolled around a few months, later Puerto Rico had been ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Alone in the dark, Christian wrote what became the second Avandra record, Descender.

Having gained international attention with their debut release, the band found themselves on multiple year end lists. One fan, Nelson Varas, the director of such award winning metal music culture documentaries in the Caribbean as Distorted Island, Metal Island, and Songs of Injustice, ended up writing to Blood Music about the band. Suddenly, an act with the most humble of beginnings found themselves signed to a top notch tastemaker label with the power to push them over the top. Avandra’s hard work was starting to pay off.

2018 was a whirlwind for the fledgling prog act as they travelled to New Hampshire to record their new album with Daniel Schwartz of Astronoid, then enlisting the mastering talent of the legendary Magnus Lindberg. Featuring guest spots from current and former members of Haken, Dream Theater, and Astronoid, the band seems poised to unleash something truly different and special. In the midst of it all, they even performed a hometown show in San Juan as opener for metal legends Orphaned Land. From out of the storm’s wreckage, Avandra have spent over a year preparing this stunning sophomore release, and shall soon come forth and unleash prog metal mayhem.

Tour dates to be announced soon.

https://avandra.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/avandraPR
https://www.instagram.com/avandrapr

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TRUTH CORRODED go for the political throat with new video clip 'Victims Left Lepers'

TRUTH CORRODED go for the political throat with new video clip 'Victims Left Lepers'

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Australian death-thrashers TRUTH CORRODED have unleashed their second song ‘Victims Left Lepers’ from the band's upcoming new album Bloodlands, which will be released worldwide on 22nd March.

Premiered via Exclaim!, check out ‘Victims Left Lepers’ here: https://youtu.be/RQrCpzUnT_4
 
The track is accompanied by a confronting video clip that depicts the desperate plight of asylum seekers in offshore detention facilities and targets Australian political figures who engage in racism and fear baiting for political gain.
 
Bassist and lyricist Greg Shaw offers the following regarding the songs subject matter and video clip: “Victims Left Lepers' is a protest against the treatment of asylum seekers in offshore detention and the fear baiting and racist policy pursued by certain politicians for political gain. The clip challenges and ridicules these politicians and provides a historical context and contrast for their deplorable actions to be considered”

The video was produced by David Hall at Uneasy Sleeper who has worked with acts such as Misery Index, Today Is The Day, The Melvins and KEN Mode.
 
'Victims Left Lepers' is the second single from TRUTH CORRODED's soon to be released album Bloodlands which was mixed by Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris (Hatebreed, Soulfly, Overkill) and features guest appearances by artists such as Stephen Carpenter ofDeftones, Terrance Hobbs of Suffocation, Mark Kloeppel of Misery Index and Ryan Knight (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder).

Pre-order the album here: https://www.indiemerch.com/uniqueleader/band/truth-corroded
Digital pre-order bundles here: https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bloodlands-2 

Warning - The 'Victims Left Lepers' music video may induce epilepsy. 

Catch TRUTH CORRODED on tour in Europe this March and April supporting Misery Index alongside Wormrot and The Lions Daughter.

Dates below - 

23 Mar Heidelberg (DE) Heidelberg Deathfest
24 Mar Nürnberg (DE) Z-Bau
25 Mar Wien (AT) Escape Metalcorner
26 Mar Brno (CZ) Melodka
27 Mar Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik
28 Mar Kassel (DE) Goldgrube
29 Mar Berlin (DE) Cassiopeia
30 Mar Eindhoven (NL) Grindhoven
31 Mar München (DE) Backstage
01 Apr Zürich (CH) Werk21
02 Apr Segrate MI (IT) Circolo Magnolia
03 Apr Genf (CH) Usine
04 Apr Paris (FR) Glazart
05 Apr Sint Niklaas (BE) De Casino
06 AprEssen (DE) Turock

More info:

https://www.facebook.com/truthcorroded/
https://www.instagram.com/truthcorroded/
https://www.facebook.com/UniqueLeaderRecords/
https://uniqueleader.com/

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US prog rock band SOURCE stream new song / lyric video

US prog rock band SOURCE stream new song / lyric video

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Colorado USA progressive rock three-piece SOURCE have released a lyric video for new single and album title-track 'Totality' on album release day. 

Check out new single 'Totality' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPH51Rq30Hw

The album Totality was released via Pavement Entertainment on 1st March and can be purchased here: Spotify Amazon iTunes

Produced by Ulrich Wild (DeftonesPanteraDethklokWhite ZombieTotality is the band’s second full length and presents a refined evolution of their unique sound. Entwining intelligent composition with melody at the core, you can hear a wide range of influences on Totality including ToolOpeth and Chevelle.

Formed in 2013 in Boulder Colorado, Benjamin Gleason, Justin Mirarck and Riley Selleck create consciousness-based music through the exploration of flotation tanks, philosophy, meditation, yoga, and other embodiment and mindfulness practices. Their music is an expression of the sensations experienced on this planet, the profoundness of the human experience and the beauty of all that is.

Their debut album Return To Nothing was released in September 2016 on Pavement Entertainment and received a hugely positive response from music fans and press. Accolades included being named Metal Nexus' #1 best album of 2016 and Heavy Music HQ's #9 best progressive metal album of 2016, and their video for single 'memories of yesterday' was supported by Axs TV, Promo Only , Club Com Network and many more.

The success of the record earned them tours with Hellyeah, In Flames, From Ashes to New and TrapT, firmly establishing them in the US rock scene. 2019 will see them tour the US in Jan / Feb in support of the first single ‘Benjamin’, and they will be announcing a full spring tour soon.

More information:
Facebook || Website || Twitter || Instagram || Youtube

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CHAPTER AND VERSE announce debut UK headline tour with special guests Delaire, the Liar

CHAPTER AND VERSE announce debut UK headline tour with special guests Delaire, the Liar

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CHAPTER AND VERSE have announced their debut UK headline tour, joined by special guests Delaire, the Liar. The dates follow the release of the band's Glow EP and tour supporting Emarosa in January. 

See CHAPTER AND VERSE live: 

14.05.2019 - Tunbridge Wells, Forum Basement
16.05.2019 - London, Thousand Island 
17.05.2019 - Huddersfield, Parish
19.05.2019 - Manchester, Night People
20.05.2019 - Nottingham, Red Room
22.05.2019 - Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge 
23.05.2019 - Bristol, Hy-Brasil
24.05.2019 - Plymouth, Underground 

Check out the band's latest single 'Ink' here: https://youtu.be/LpGlpjcx0Ys

Purchase Glow EP here: https://song.link/album/gb/i/1449047079

Becoming the best version of yourself can be a long and complicated road, but CHAPTER AND VERSE have been patiently taking their time. The quartet are back with their new EP Glow, an intricate and powerful illustration of the potential within.

Their reputation has seen them quickly reach the dizzying heights of the 2000trees Main Stage, garner much coveted tour supports for Dream StateCourage My Love and Hellions, turn heads at the Radio 1 Rock Show and Kerrang! Radio, and even gain Metallica’s Lars Ulrich as a member of what CHAPTER AND VERSE call 'The New Breed'. 

For fans of Circa SurviveThrice and Coheed & CambriaCHAPTER AND VERSE present music that is at once powerful and anthemic, tender and soulful, led by Josh Carter's unique vocals.

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/chapterandverseuk/
https://twitter.com/chapterandver5e
https://chapterandverseuk.com/
https://www.instagram.com/chapterandverseuk/

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The UK's angriest new metal band  CLIMATE OF FEAR release debut LP, stream new video

The UK's angriest new metal band CLIMATE OF FEAR release debut LP, stream new video

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The UK's most ferocious new metal band CLIMATE OF FEAR have today released their debut LP, The Onset Of Eternal Darkness (1st March, Demons Run Amok). 

To celebrate the news, CLIMATE OF FEAR have also released their new music video for 'Storming The Heavens'.

Premiering on Everything Is Noise's Facebook, you can watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/EverythingIsNoise/videos/vb.466164026734834/259335354785837/?type=2&theater 

Buy the record here: https://shop.demonsrunamok.de/de/musik/8266-14869.html

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4YnFEOAtebLiToXsRhAWdB

CLIMATE OF FEAR are a new UK melodic death metal fivepiece who are already causing quite a stir. For fans of At The GatesCarcass, early Arch Enemy, and Stampin' Ground, the band's debut full-length The Onset Of Eternal Darkness combines the best of death metal, classic metalcore and hardcore.

Listen to the first two singles here:

'The Cult of Retribution'
'From Enslavement to Extinction'

Formed 2017, CLIMATE OF FEAR have already found themselves busy, touring relentlessly throughout the UK and across Europe (from Spain to the Czech Republic), supporting US veterans Merauder and playing with Leeched. In their short history, CLIMATE OF FEAR have also played with VeinSick Of It AllMalevolence, and Twitching Tongues, as well as festivals including Ieper Fest.

The band are staunch anti-capitalists, anti-religion, and anti-propagandists, whose lyrical themes found within The Onset Of Eternal Darkness include environmental nihilism and anti-exploitation.

Watch the band live:

March
14 Birmingham Subside
15 Manchester Aatma
16 Plymouth Underground
17 Bristol The Gryphon

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RADAR FESTIVAL announces second wave of bands

RADAR FESTIVAL announces second wave of bands

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RADAR Festival has added to its already-impressive line-up, cementing its position as the most exciting new progressive UK festival.

Announced are instrumental-prog titans INTERVALS, UK heavyweights HEART OF A COWARD, Icelandic art-rock darlings AGENT FRESCO, as well as UNEVEN STRUCTURE, KADINJA, UNPROCESSED, CRYPTODIRA, SHATTERED SKIES
THE DEADLIGHTS 
and GATVOL.

They join the likes of ANIMALS AS LEADERSMONUMENTSROLO TOMASSI, and TOSKA.

Full list:

Animals as Leaders    
Monuments    
Intervals 
Heart of a Coward
Agent Fresco 
Rolo Tomassi   
Uneven Structure
Toska 
VOLA 
Car Bomb   
Sithu Aye   
No Consequence*   
Kadinja
Unprocessed
Harbinger   
Valis Ablaze   
Sumer  
Eschar   
Arcaeon  
Mask of Judas
Visionist
Kagoo
Cryptodira 
Shattered Skies 
The Deadlights 
Gatvol


*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: https://radarfestival.seetickets.com/

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.

For more information:
Instagram: RDRfestival // Facebook: RDRfestival
Twitter: @RDRfestival // Website: www.radarfestival.co.uk