VALIS ABLAZE release video for new single 'Frequency', ft. Drewsif Stalin

VALIS ABLAZE release video for new single 'Frequency', ft. Drewsif Stalin

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Bristolian prog-metallers VALIS ABLAZE have released the video for their new single 'Frequency', ft. Drewsif Stalin.

Watch the video here:

The track comes from their long-awaited debut album Boundless on 6 April via Long Branch Records.

They have also released the first video / single from the album, check out 'Paradox' here:

Having quickly risen through the ranks, VALIS ABLAZE released their first EP Insularity in 2017 which saw them added to many bills in the prog-metal world, including supports with TesseractSikth and a set at UK Tech Fest. Not only did they pick up a legion of fans along the way, progressive minded label Long Branch saw the huge potential and snapped them up for their debut album.
Although wearing their influences clearly on their sleeves, VALIS ABLAZE provide an intriguing alternative to the progressive metal norm; swells of creative ingenuity shine throughout, as well as thought out details and subtle complexities that will keep the listener returning again and again.
With their debut full-length, VALIS ABLAZE present an even more refined sound: low end grooves juxtaposed with soaring vocal lines, crisp milton-cleans and atmospheric synths, all driven by intricate rhythm work and growling bass. A huge spectrum of energy, emotion, power and beauty.
VALIS ABLAZE will be touring Europe far and wide in support of Boundless, stay posted for more news.

Pre-Order Boundless here: 


UK progressive metal group DIVIDIUM release satirical new single and announce new EP

UK progressive metal group DIVIDIUM release satirical new single and announce new EP

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UK progressive metal band DIVIDIUM have released their new single/video 'Send Nudes', taken from their new EP T.H.R.E.E., to be released 1 June.

Premiered on ItDjents, 'Send Nudes' is now available to watch here:

Often compared to their key influences: TesseracT, and Protest The Hero, vocalist Neil Bailey's unique vocal style has often had the band's sound described as Iron Maiden meets The Dillinger Escape Plan.

New single 'Send Nudes' is no exception, opening with the pugilistic : ‘Every man’s a whore/We’re all just selling pieces of ourselves/Bastardised our souls/To feed the mouths of babes and dogs of war

DIVIDIUM have supported many acts passing through their hometown including Tesseract, Malefice, Valis AblazeExist Immortal, toured the UK with The Colour Line and played Tech Fest 2016, which has enabled them to refine their incredible live show. Tour dates for the summer will be announced soon.

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 Australian prog rock guitarist PLINI releases new single 'Salt + Charcoal'

Australian prog rock guitarist PLINI releases new single 'Salt + Charcoal'


Acclaimed Australian prog-guitar virtuoso PLINI is excited to unveil his stunning new single 'Salt + Charcoal'.

Listen to 'Salt + Charcoal' here:

Stream/download the track here: 

Featuring backing vocals from Skyharbor's Devesh Dayal, the new single comes ahead of Plini's support of TesseracT with Between the Buried and Me, and appearance at UK's Download Festival in June.

The self-produced, self-managed guitarist and composer is riding the waves of critically acclaimed debut LP, Handmade Cities, released at the end of 2016, following tours with Animals as Leaders and Intervals. Acclaimed by Guitar WorldSteve Vai, and many more, Plini has has cultivated a worldwide following, with more than ten million views on YouTube.

Watch Plini live:

USA Tour: with TesseracT and Astronoid

4/19 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/20 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
4/21 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
4/22 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
4/24 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/27 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/28 Houston, TX @ Numbers Night Club
4/29 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
5/1 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
5/2 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
5/3 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/4 San Diego, CA @House of Blues
5/5 Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
5/7 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5/8 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/9 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/11 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
5/12 Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
5/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
5/15 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/16 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
5/18 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
5/19 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/20 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
5/22 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
5/23 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
5/24 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Download Festival
8-10/6, Donington, UK

Be Prog! My Friend
30/6, Barcelona, Spain

Brutal Assault
11/8, Jaroměř, Czech Republic

EU tour: with TesseracT and Between the Buried and Me

09/11/18 - DE, Cologne, Live Music Hall
10/11/18 - NL, Nijmegen, Doornroosje
11/11/18 - BE, Vosselaar, Biebob
12/11/18 - FR, Paris, Le Trabendo
13/11/18 - DE, Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
14/11/18 - DE, Hamburg, Gruenspan
15/11/18 - DK, Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
16/11/18 - NO, Oslo, Parkteatret
17/11/18 - SE, Stockholm, Kägelbanan
19/11/18 - DE, Berlin, Lido
20/11/18 - DE, Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
21/11/18 - AT, Vienna, Flex
22/11/18 - DE, Munich, Backstage
23/11/18 - CH, Aarau, Kiff
24/11/18 - IT, Parma, Campus Industry
25/11/18 - LU, Esch, Rockhal

For More Information: 

PLINI Website || PLINI Facebook || PLINI Twitter || PLINI Youtube

SHIELDS release new video: 'Black Dog' out now

SHIELDS release new video: 'Black Dog' out now


UK metalcore band SHIELDS have released the video for their new single 'Black Dog', out now. The single comes ahead of the band's new album Life In Exile, out April 20 via Long Branch Records. Pre-orders for the album have also gone live.

Premiering on AltPress' Facebook, you can watch the video here:

The cover art for the single (see below) was made in dedication of guitarist George Christie

Pre-order the album here:

The news follows the band's tour with Escape the Fate and subsequent release of new single 'It's Killing Me' and now 'Black Dog', their first new material in nearly three years.

Watch 'It's Killing Me' here:

The London-based metal band were established in 2012, releasing their first EP in 2013. Since then, SHIELDS have toured the UK relentlessly, gathering a strong following. In April 2015 SHIELDS dropped their second EP Guilt which for the next two years would take them on tours running laps around Mainland Europe and the UK, and land them festivals and shows with the likes of Born Of OsirisChelsea GrinIce Nine Kills and Veil Of Maya to name a few. During their extensive touring schedule the band were writing on and off the road for their next release.


Joe Edwards - Vocals
Sam Kubrick - Guitars/Vocals
Lawrence Welling - Bass
Alex Rayner - Drums

For more information:

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Theatrical rockers WARD XVI to support legendary Misfits guitarist DOYLE on UK tour

Theatrical rockers WARD XVI to support legendary Misfits guitarist DOYLE on UK tour


Theatrical rockers WARD XVI have been announced as support to DOYLE (MISFITS)


26/03 Asylum 2 Birmingham
27/03 Red Rum Stafford
28/03 Factory Manchester
29/03 Cathouse Glasgow
30/03 Church Dundee
31/03 Corporation Sheffield
01/04 Parish Huddersfield
02/04 Bierkeller Bristol
03/04 Frog & Fiddle Cheltenham
04/04 Hobo's Bridgend
05/04 The Hub Plymouth
06/04 Cobblestones Bridgwater
07/04 The Lounge London

The news follows the band's release of single 'Cry of the Siren', which you can watch here:

The Preston-based electro rockers are well known for their elaborate live appearance and characterisations and the tour with DOYLE is just another indication of their growing prowess. Bearing comparisons with Rob ZombieAlice CooperThe SkintzStolen Babies and more, WARD XVI have already played Bloodstock Open Air, and alongside William Control and Uli Jon Roth.

For more information:

The Dali Thundering Concept unveil new single 'The Myth of Happiness'

The Dali Thundering Concept unveil new single 'The Myth of Happiness'


French progressive metal quintet THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT have unveiled their new video 'The Myth of Happiness', taken from their upcoming album Savages, out 13 April via Apathia Records.

Premiered via Metal Injection, check it out here:

The band also been announced as main support for Jinjer on their German tour,  which also features South African post-rockers Ohgod on the bill.

Check them out on one of the following dates:

15.05. BERLIN (DE) Musik & Frieden
16.05. BOCHUM (DE) Rockpalast
17.05. KÖLN (DE) Jungle Club
18.05. FRANKFURT (DE) Nachtleben

The band's first single 'Ink' features guest vocals from Adam Warren (Oceano). Check it out here:

Savages is a dark projection of the future of humanity, should it not take drastic action to alter its course. What are the consequences of the global warming, the rise of right-wing populism and the politics of nostalgia, the growing rich-poor divide? According to THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT the future is very bleak.

Low-tuned riffs, crushing grooves and painfully abrasive vocals deliver this message with huge effect and urgency, however there is a glimmer of hope, illustrated by hints of electronica and even jazz. It’s an album of anger, suffering, despair and conflict, with many twists and turns; an impressive achievement for a band so young in their career.

Pre-order here: 


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Andorran prog-metallers Persefone release live video and announce UK tour dates

Andorran prog-metallers Persefone release live video and announce UK tour dates


Andorran progressive metallers PERSEFONE have announced three UK shows next month as part of their upcoming European tour, and to coincide they have released a live video to the song 'No Faced Mindless'.

Featuring footage recorded in 2017 on the Aathma album European tour, check it out here:

The band hit the UK on the following dates:

01.04.2018: UK - London, Garage Highbury
02.04.2018: UK - Birmingham, The Asylum
03.04.2018: UK - Manchester, Ruby Lounge 

Almost four years have passed since PERSEFONE unleashed their highly-acclaimed album Spiritual Migration. An impressive tour-de-force of insanely great musicianship that took both the press and the listeners by storm (1.5 million views on YouTube).

With a new guitarist and a new drummer PERSEFONE have now taken their music to the next level with the release of their brand-new album Aathma (ViciSolum Records) in 2017. Aathma was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios (Sweden). The album includes the epic 20-minute title-track, with guest appearances from vocalist Merethe Soltvedt and Leprous guitarist Øystein Landsverk.  Aathma also features Cynic's Paul Masvidal, appearing on the song 'Living Waves', as well as on 'An Infinitesimal Spark'. The amazing cover art is created by none other than Travis Smith, who shouldn't need further introduction.

Purchase Aathma here:


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Post-rockers Coldbones release new video and announce UK tour

Post-rockers Coldbones release new video and announce UK tour


South-East coast post-rockers COLDBONES have released 'Lost', the latest video from the band's upcoming debut album Where It All Began, set for release on 6 April via Crooked Noise Records.

Premiered via Prog magazine, check it out here:

The band have also announced a UK headline tour, check them out on one of the following dates:

06.04 UCA Bar - Canterbury
07.04 Central Studio - Basingstoke
08.04 Mother's Ruin - Bristol
09.04 Broadcast - Glasgow
11.04 Asylum 2 - Birmingham
12.04 229 - London

Pre-order Where It All Began here (physical) and (digital).

Combining elements of prog, shoegaze, metal and atmospheric soundscapes, COLDBONES present a fresh and engaging take on post rock. Intelligent arrangements and atmospheric layers are plentiful and there are many curve-balls to shock and surprise, which are masterfully weaved into eight concise tracks. 

Where It All Began tells the story of a butterfly’s life, with each track representing a key moment in its journey. From the ‘Caspases’ enzymes that start the transformation process in the cocoon, to discovering ‘New Heights’ in flight, through to the unknown after death in ‘To Whatever End’, Where It All Began is a fascinating and beautiful musical journey. And with every track performed soley with drums, bass and guitars, their analogue and organic approach adds warmth, personality and a rawness unique to the band.

Since their inception, COLDBONES have slowly but surely built a passionate fanbase: an early tour with Elephantis helped put them on the map, then a more recent tour with Tides Of Man saw fans hailing them as the most exciting new band in post-rock. This is also in part due to their phenomenal live show, where their music is complemented by mesmerising homemade visuals; a true testament to their DIY ethic and skills.

2018 will not only see them release this much anticipated debut album, but also touring the UK and beyond. More news announced soon.


EMP!RE sign to Silent Cult, release new single 'My Party, My Rules' & announce UK tour dates

EMP!RE sign to Silent Cult, release new single 'My Party, My Rules' & announce UK tour dates


UK rockers EMP!RE have revealed the video for their brand new single 'My Party, My Rules', the first music to be released since signing to Silent Cult. 

"'My Party, My Rules' is about realising that you thought you knew what the deal was, but actually you didn't know and your assumptions were wrong," explains vocalist Joe Green. "And now, this is it. Nothing you can say will change it, nothing you can do will change it, you have to just accept it.  Its up to the listener as to how they want to perceive that, but this can be a positive or negative, dependent on where you find yourself and how you manage in that moment."

Watch the video here:

Stream or purchase 'My Party, My Rules' here: 

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Of signing to Silent Cult the band comment:

"We are so happy to be working with Silent Cult, where we have the opportunity to work with like minded people who share our ideals on music and what it should mean. Signing a deal for our debut album was very important, but more importantly, it was about finding a label who shared our vision and ideas and worked with us to create something which we are all proud of. We are really happy that we can take our next steps as a band with them."

EMP!RE have also announced a run of UK headline shows, with support from KidBrother


29.05.2018 – Birmingham, Subside
30.05.2018 – Edinburgh, Opium
31.05.2018 – Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
01.06.2018 – Cheltenham, 2 Pigs
02.06.2018 – London, Camden Rocks (EMP!RE only)
03.06.2018 – Nottingham, Red Rooms

For more information:

Check out the new Hold Tight PR Client Singles Spotify Playlist

Check out the new Hold Tight PR Client Singles Spotify Playlist

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We love bringing good music to new ears. You can now tune into the current singles from our clients at Hold Tight PR - an eclectic mix of metal, alternative rock, instrumental guitar driven artists and prog. 32 tracks from the cutting edge of underground talent from all across the globe. Please follow/subscribe to our playlist as we update it weekly.  

Click here for our Hold Tight PR Singles Playlist 


Track list

1    Retch - Conjurer    

2    Penumbra - MØL    

3    King - TesseracT    

4    Chronosiam - Boss Keloid    

5    The Rush - The Pearl Harts    

6    Drive Me to the Dogs - Pretty Pistol    

7    Senses - Sick Joy    

8    Letters - Jakub Zytecki    

9    The Downpour - Exploring Birdsong    

10    Waterhole - Awooga    

11    Single Life - Inklings    

12    Get Back - Eva Plays Dead    

13    It's Killing Me - Shields    

14    Feel It More - Bailer    

15    Carry On - The Amsterdam Red Light District    

16    Blackened Soil - CABAL    

17    Damnatio Memoriae - Kaoteon    

18    Interrotron - The Ever Living    

19    New Heights - Coldbones    

20    Hip Dipper - Arch Echo    

21    Paradox - Valis Ablaze    

22    Exposed - Earth Caller    

23    Still Moving Colour - TrueHeights    

24    Heavyweight - Chocolate    

25    Lose This - Phoenix Calling    

26    Diamond - Winchester UK    

27    Endeavour - Arcaeon    

28    Crazy - Lazybones    

29    The Best Is yet to Come (feat. Liam Cormier) - The Amsterdam Red Light District    

30    Haven - Unprocessed    

31    Boomerang - Smash Into Pieces    

32    Shogun - HYVMINE