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Music news – VOYAGER RELEASE ‘BRIGHTSTAR’ AHEAD OF AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES AND DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

You can purchase the new single on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon Music and more. The band’s back catalogue is also now available to purchase and stream digitally.

Directed by Red Empire Media, Voyager’s Perth-fect music video encompasses the quintessential nature of  Western Australia, displaying the relationship between science, art, and nature. With a montage of drone footage taken from Parkes, CSIRO and MRO Space Satellite sites across Western Australia, Voyager explores the synergy of how science and creative expression go hand in hand.

Danny Estrin, frontman for Voyager says this about the allegory behind his lyrics

“Brightstar is about the power of rationality, of the importance of science as an art, of facts, of the demise of empirical evidence in favour of blind belief in idols who spit forth a torrent of nonsense and generally about not believing in something or someone because it’s shiny and bright and promises a warm blanket of comfort.”

“It’s so refreshing to be playing in such wide open spaces and to use technology to create art… There was definitely something magical about the beauty of this blisteringly hot part of the country and I think this clip will capture that magic. We are proud to be from Perth and we want our fans to see what we see. We also want them to know that we almost burnt to a crisp on 40c heat to bring them this visual treat!”

The new single comes the day before Voyager embark on Australian dates with Twelve Foot Ninja and also a performance at Download Festival Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), dates below.

Ash Doodkorte, Voyager’s drummer, says this about the tour

“We’ve whispered it among ourselves for years and it’s finally happening: Voyager and Twelve Foot Ninja on the road together around Australia! We can’t wait to bring the heaviness, grooves, and singalongs. The only thing that could make it even better is an appearance or two at a huge heavy festival like, say, Download Festival Australia. Wait, what? FARK YEAH!!!”

TICKETS – http://twelvefootninja.com/shows

Friday 8th March – ANU, Canberra

Saturday 9th March – Download Festival Sydney

Monday 11th March – Download Festival Melbourne

Friday 15th March – Miami Tavern, Gold Coast

Saturday 16th March – The Valley Drive in, Brisbane

Saturday 23rd March – The Gov, Adelaide

Music news – THIN LIZZY headline STEELHOUSE festival

Ricky Warwick “It’s great to be playing Steelhouse again – we all love this festival and to be asked for Thin Lizzy to headline the last night was a no brainer for us! To make the evening even more special we are playing the Black Rose album in it’s entirety as part of the set as a UK exclusive – which is great as it’s probably my favourite Thin Lizzy album”

Scott Gorham “as It’s the 40th anniversary of that record, Steelhouse came to us with the idea of doing a Black Rose set – so how could we refuse!”

Black Rose – A Celebration, EXCLUSIVELY at Steelhouse. Get your tickets at, www.steelhousefestival.com/tickets/ and https://www.gigantic.com/…/ebbw-vale-hafod…/2019-07-26-17-00

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KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

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Frontiers [Release date 25.01.19]

Guitarist Kane Roberts – who first came to light as part of Alice Cooper’s band in the mid-80s – returns with a new solo album and one that is certainly a mixed musical bag. The album includes songs penned by Brent Smith (Shinedown) and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. In addition there are numerous guest musicians including Winger’s Kip Winger and Paul Taylor, drummer Ken Mary (ex-House Of Lords) – all of whom along with Roberts, appeared on Alice Cooper’s ‘Raise Your Fist And Yell’ album.

The song that will generate the most attention is ‘Beginning Of The End’, which features guest vocalists Alice Cooper and Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Glu, who gives it some serious growling vocals. This may be a bit too much modern for fans expecting the hard rock of his earlier albums, however fans after such a fix will enjoy ‘King Of The World’ and the slower ‘The Lion’s Share’ (written by Lzzy Hale). Elsewhere there is a touch of Nickelback on the catchy ‘Forever Out Of Place’, one of the songs written by Brent Smith.

Kane Roberts states in the bio he likes to keep moving forward with his music and he certainly has done on ‘The New Normal’. Not sure it will appeal to those who enjoyed his earlier work, however it will be right up the street of Shinedown and Nickelback fans.

 

 

Music news – The inaugural World Metal Congress will be held on March 22nd and 23rd

World-first event to include delegates from Afghanistan, India, Lebanon, Nepal, Syria, Singapore, and more

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Friday 22 & Saturday 23 March At Rich Mix (35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Tickets On Sale Now At http://www.worldmetalcongress.org/

Representatives from every field will come together to discuss, promote, and celebrate the incredible success and scale of heavy metal music from India to South Africa to Singapore and beyond through panels, documentary film premieres and live music showcasing the unparalleled global impact of one of Britain’s greatest cultural exports.

Conceived by ex-Metal Hammer editor and Twin V Ltd. founder Alexander Milas in partnership with Dr. Lina Khatib of world-renowned policy institute Chatham House, University of Central Lancashire’s Dr. Niall Scott and independent promoter Josh Retallick of Old Empire, the aim of w\m/c is to connect the global metal community.

“This is a world-first,” says Milas. “In these troubling times the fact that this music resonates with people of every colour and culture and creed is an incredibly special thing, and we want to shout that from the rooftops. With the w\m/c we’re creating a unique forum to help bring that truly global community together, and we’ve already had a phenomenal response.”

“I’m really pleased to hear that the World Metal Congress will be taking place in the UK,” says Tony Iommi, the founding guitarist of Black Sabbath. “The metal community is huge but rarely gets the recognition it deserves. My best wishes for a successful event.”

Created with the support of Arts Council England, an industry-facing conference on day one will feature key decision-makers from labels, festivals, media, and the artists themselves including BBC Radio 1, Wacken Festival, Music For Nations, Vice, and Barney Greenway of Napalm Death among many others.

“Human rights and universal artistic licence are tightly intertwined,” says Greenway. “Breaking tired old stereotypes, celebrating free creative expression without borders and confronting and debating challenging ethical band decisions continues to be an absolute must.”

Day two presents documentary films highlighting metal’s triumph over adversity and a live gig from Singapore’s Wormrot, one of global metal’s true success stories, with much more to be revealed in the coming days.

A full programme of events will be announced in the near future through 

www.worldmetalcongress.org

Music news – DEVIN TOWNSEND announces ‘Empath Europe – Volume 1’ Tour

 

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Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has recently announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for the 29th March 2019, and today he is pleased to reveal the dates for the ‘Empath Europe – Volume 1’ tour starting in November 2019.

The full list of dates are as follows:

15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium

17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands

18th November – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany

20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland

21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland

23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden

24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway

25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany

28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic

29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland

30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary

2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria

3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland

6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland

7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK

9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK

10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK

12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK

13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 1st at 10am local times and will be made available here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/ and all other usual outlets.

Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first ‘band’ tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a ‘backing band’ that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track.  ‘Empath Europe Volume 1’ will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).

I have spent considerable effort think about the things I wanted to do for these shows, and one thing I came out of DTP with was the awareness that I wanted to incorporate a more improvisational element to what I do. With the best players I can find, my plan is to interpret my back catalogue, as well as the Empath material, in ways that may change nightly. less computers, and less of a rigid structure. I want to use Volume 1 as a way to bring my music to people in a potentially new way. People playing music…

I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.

Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?

Devin Townsend”

interview with PAUL LOGUE from EDEN’S CURSE

(This is a syndicated interview and well worth a read if you are a fan of the band or power/melodic metal)

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Congratulations on the release of your ‘Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse’ album Paul. Does that mean you guys are splitting up now? 😉

PL: Haha! No, but I get the context. A lot of band’s seem to break up and then release a ‘Best Of’ album to fulfil contractual obligations. But I hate to disappoint you – we are going nowhere!

So why now then?

PL: The timing of the release came via discussions with our label AFM Records. We have such an open and close relationship, having worked together for over 12 years and we are constantly bouncing ideas off each other. We both felt it was the perfect time, especially with us heading out on a big UK tour with Michael Schenker Fest. One of our main aims on that tour was obviously to win over new fans and ‘Testament’ would hopefully be a great tool for helping convert those people who liked what we were doing on the night into hardcore fans.

‘Testament’ is not your typical ‘Best Of’ release that has two or three CD’s full of the band’s greatest songs. You instead have opted for one disc with fourteen of the band’s best songs and a second disc of bonus tracks and a brand-new song. Can you explain why?

PL: Sure! The aim is simply to appeal to fans both old and new. Disc one is primarily aimed at potential new fans. If you always fancied checking out our music and don’t know where to begin this, is in our opinion, is a great starting point. For the guys that have the albums already, then it’s a good compilation with arguably all our big songs on one CD. Disc two was compiled especially with our long-time followers in mind. We are very much a band who listens to its fan base and for many years we have been asked “can you release all the bonus tracks on one disc?”. Unfortunately, for contractual reasons, that was unable to happen until now, as we extended our worldwide deal with AFM Records and they now hold all the rights. There are a couple of extra special tracks that have not seen the light of day on general release before and of course a brand-new song called ‘Forever’.

Who chose the tracks for the best album and put the running order together?

PL: I chose the songs with our A&R director at AFM Records, Mr Timo Hoffmann. I put together the running order exactly like we would perform it as a set list, if we were playing it live, and I think it really works.

In April 2019 you will undertake the ‘Testament’ tour in the UK. What will feature in the set?

PL: We will play ‘Testament’ in full along with the new song ‘Forever’.

And you have two amazing support bands in Mob Rules and Degreed as part of a brilliant triple package?

PL: Yes, that’s right! Mob Rules are one of my favourite bands, but I have never seen them live before. So naturally I was delighted when they accepted our offer. Degreed are relatively new to me. I have heard the name before but only caught them live for the first-time supporting H.E.A.T in Glasgow and then we played together in Malmo at Melodic Rock Fest Scandinavia in Sweden this past summer. So, I kept them in mind when it came to looking for a third band for the tour. We worked very hard on getting a package together that really stood out for the fans, and when it was announced it seemed to receive a very positive response. The proof is in the pudding though and it’s all about how many people turn out for the shows though. So, get your tickets bought people! 😉

Speaking of tours, you are just hot off the UK tour supporting Michael Schenker Fest. How was that experience?

PL: The tour was excellent. As I mentioned above, our main aim was to win new fans and we certainly did that. We played very well every single night and got better as the tour went on. Some of the stage times were a little earlier than we would have liked, as Michael was playing a near three-hour set, but beggars cannot be choosers and we were delighted to be involved and playing on some of the UK’s most iconic stages.

What shows were the highlights?

Glasgow, as always! SWG3 was packed and the gig went like a dream. We opened the Hard Rock Hell XII festival in North Wales in front of a very full room and London at the iconic O2 Forum in Kentish Town was superb.

What’s next for Eden’s Curse?

PL: First up, it’s a relaxing end of the year spending Christmas and New Year with our families. Then into 2019, we will perform at Planet Rock Radio’s Winter’s End Festival in England in March, and as mentioned above, we will undertake the ‘Testament UK Tour’ in April. For the remainder of the year though, we will be focusing on writing our next album, which we have begun but not in earnest.

So, you have actually started writing?

PL: Yes! I have recorded one instrumental track with our drummer John and have several new riffs and ideas recorded, but in very early stages, with maybe only one song pretty developed, instrumentally at this point.

You guys always seem to have a very clear idea of where each album is headed. Is it more of the same?

PL: First and foremost, I am always very sure of what I want to write, which for me is always just good quality melodic hard rocking metal music. It is never forced but I always write for myself first and foremost. We will never stray too much from what we are all about, after all it is our identity, but I think our fans can hear with the newer track ‘Forever’ what this line-up of Eden’s Curse is all about and capable of. We have several ideas that I am very excited about and that for me is what keeps writing fresh and interesting. If it doesn’t excite you then don’t bother!

Care to elaborate further?

PL: Not too much, but I am exploring some lyrical concepts that are pretty cool.

A concept album?

PL: I never said that haha!

But you never said no?

PL: No I didn’t haha! We will see. I am not committing to anything at this stage.

When do you expect to have the album ready?

PL: We haven’t even written it yet, so not before 2020.

Well there you have it folks – the Curse are going to be back with their sixth album at some point in the near future. Until then, we have the wonderful ‘Testament’ and the new track ‘Forever’ to whet our appetites. You can buy ‘Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse’ and tickets for the tour with Mob Rules and Degreed from www.edenscurse.com and follow the band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial