1. Rancid Announce New Album & Stream Three New Tracks

    Rancid Announce New Album & Stream Three New Tracks

    rancid honor is all we know albumPunk Rock icons Rancid return with their new album “Honor Is All We Know”.

    The bands first album since 2009’s “Let The Dominoes Fall” will be released by Hellcat Records in late October 2014.

    The band are also streaming the tracks ‘Collison Course’, ‘Honor Is All We Know’ and ‘Evil’s My Friend’ which can all be viewed in the video below.

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  2. Saturday evening at Bloodstock 2014 marks the first time I’ve seen Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho perform without any corpse paint on his face and quite frankly it doesn’t seem to make any difference so I’m not entirely sure what the point is…

    That aside, he leads the rest of the band into a blinding opener, going from ‘Hate Me’, to ‘Needled 24/7 to ‘Bodom Beach Terror’, the only drawback of which being that as ‘Needled is my personal favourite of theirs there wasn’t as much to look forward to for the rest of the 13 song set.

    As Alexi asks if the assembled throng would like to hear something fast and heavy (I don’t think I need to go into the response), Bodom plough through ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’, following it up with a very well received ‘Lake Bodom’.

    The band are fantastic throughout, playing tight and fast on every song like their lives depended on it. Drummer Jaska Raatikainen playing particularly well, but the real hero of the performance is keyboard player Janne Wirman, who insists on pretty much playing everything one handed. Whilst drinking a beer with the other. For the whole set.

    Whilst this may not seem that big a deal – it’s only keyboards right? – when you realise he is matching Alexi note for note during guitar solos, never mind the rest of it, trust me when I say it’s damn impressive.

    After a barrage of pseudo melodic death metal bangers including, but not limited to, ‘Are You Dead Yet?’, ‘Silent Night, Bodom Night’ and ‘Bodom After Midnight’ it is time for the final singalong of the day of “I don’t give a flying fuck mother fucker” to popular soccer mum hit ‘In Your Face’.

    I may not be a diehard Bodom fan, but that was definitely the best I’ve seen them, full of virtuoso playing, songs you can bang your head to, lyrics you can swear along to and a diminutive frontman you can throw your horns at.

    Children Of Bodom – Facebook Page

    Bloodstock – Official Website

    Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal

    Children of Bodom @ Bloodstock 2014 Saturday evening at Bloodstock 2014 marks the first time I’ve seen Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho…
     

  3. Mastodon Release The Motherload Video

    Mastodon Release The Motherload Video

    Mastodon UK Tour 2014
    Geogrian riff behemoths Mastodon have released the video for their track ‘The Motherload’.

    The track is the second single to come from the bands sixth studio album “Once More Around The Sun” which was released earlier this year.

    Mastodon will return to the UK in November/December will be joined by Krokodil and Big Business.

    Mast…

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  4. Yes – Heaven & Earth

    Yes – Heaven & Earth

    Yes – Heaven & EarthFollowing the 2011 release of “Fly From Here”, the new Yes album “Heaven & Earth” features yet another new singer, this time Glass Hammer‘s Jon Davison. Of course, the expectations were high, still, the first sounds of the album’s opener ‘Believe Again’ hint at a very sad performance.

    First of all, the album’s sound is shockingly dull and without any power. Considering the recent and – as usual –…

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  5. Code Orange - I Am King

    Code Orange – I Am King

    Code_Orange_-_I_Am_King2014 hasn’t been a bad year for Deathwish Inc. From the superb Cult Leader (formally Gaza) record “Nothing For Us Here” and the breath-taking debut album “When Life Comes To Death” from Young And In The Way, the label has been a pioneer in all things crushing, vicious and most importantly savage music making its way out of the heavy music world.

    The latest addition to Deathwish’s 2014 arsenal of…

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  6. Neko Nine & The Creator Of - Meet The Forest

    Neko Nine & The Creator Of – Meet The Forest

    Neko Nine & The Creator Of - Meet The ForestI’ll admit to having “Meet the Forest” – a split album made by Neko Nine (Yaroslavl, Russia) and The Creator Of (Tokyo, Japan) – for way too long. Every time I tried to write about it I failed to capture the essence of the recording. If I had been using a typewriter and paper then I’d be surrounded by crumpled up balls by now. I just haven’t found the right words until now.

    “Meet the Forest” has,…

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  7. Saxon. They aren’t as successful as Iron Maiden or as brash as Motörhead, but they are just as important to modern metal and they are still going strong 38 years later.

    This isn’t their first Bloodstock either, so strolling comfortably onto the main stage on the Sunday, while the sun just starts to crawl away and with  new album Sacrifice to promote co-founding members Biff Byford (vocals) and Paul Quinn (guitar) waste no time in leading the rest of the band into the title track, before forgetting all about it and playing the rest of the set seemingly using only material from the first 6 albums including the rarely played ‘To Hell and Back Again’.

    The audience lap up every note and sing every lyric, while long standing bassist Nibbs Carter remains tight and solid with returning drummer Nigel Glockler.

    There really isn’t much else to say about a damn near flawless performance of hit after hit after hit – ‘Heavy Metal Thunder’, ‘Battalions of Steel’, ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘And The Bands Played On’, ‘Wheels of Steel’… It just doesn’t let up until the disappointing announcement of the final song, which Biff injects a whole new level of excitement into by inviting Dave Mustaine on stage to play.

    As MegaDave and his big ginger barnet rock and roll to the awesome sounds of ‘Denim & Leather’ one can’t help but wonder how the hell this set is going to be topped and for just how long will people still be talking about it.

    Saxon – Official Website

    Bloodstock – Official Website

    Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal

    Saxon @ Bloodstock 2014 Saxon. They aren’t as successful as Iron Maiden or as brash as Motörhead, but they are just as important to modern metal and they are still going strong 38 years later.
     

  8. ThisIsNotAScene‘s intrepid photographer Sabrina Ramdoyal was front and center as Swedish metallers Avatar took to the stage at Bloodstock 2014. Check out the photo gallery.

    Avatar – Facebook Page

    Bloodstock – Official Website

    Avatar @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos] ThisIsNotAScene’s intrepid photographer Sabrina Ramdoyal was front and center as Swedish metallers Avatar took to the stage at Bloodstock 2014.
     

  9. Raum Kingdom - Raum Kingdom

    Raum Kingdom – Raum Kingdom

    Raum KingdomRaum Kingdom is the self-titled debut release from the four-piece from Drogheda, Ireland, and what a terribly bleak destination Raum Kingdom appears to be. Each of the five tracks here follow a similar modus operandi of lonely, unadorned simple chords into an agitated, post-metal canvas of haunting and impassioned cries, occasionally leavened by brief, cathartic release of crushing repetitive…

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  10. Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead - Live From Wacken

    Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead – Live From Wacken

    Alice-Cooper-300x249Although some highlights from Alice Cooper‘s performance at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival were featured in the “Live at Wacken 2013″ DVD released earlier this year, UDR Records are beginning to release artists whole sets in special CD/DVD packages and Alice Cooper is the first in what will hopefully be a long line of releases to come.

    Of course, Aliceneeds no bigging up at this point in…

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