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Krysthla break into Amazon UK Top 10 with Deep Purple, Mastodon

Krysthla new album breaks into Amazon UK Top Ten

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Following the release of their sophomore album, ‘Peace In Our Time’ this past Friday: UK extreme metal band Krysthla has broken into Amazon UK’s official chart.
The new album hit the number two spot, sandwiched between Deep Purple and Mastodon, alongside other new releases by Kreator, While She Sleeps, Bodycount and more.
Krysthla’s stunning new album has also cracked Amazon’s mainstream chart, sitting high in the ranks alongside popular Top 40 artists Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, James Blunt and Rag’N’Bone Man.
‘Peace In Our Time’ is the second album to be released by the Northamptonshire metal group and follows on from the success of their 2015 debut record ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’.
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Krysthla have revealed ‘The Minor Mystery Of Death’, the third single and official music video from their new album ‘Peace In Our Time’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eCAbdqCGjY

Guitarist Neil Hudson says of the track: “The Minor Mystery Of Death is about embracing the end. Death is an absolute certainty and we’re living lives that seem like they’re going to last forever until it’s too late and your mortality is thrust into your hands. “We’re very precious towards our lives but don’t actually live them.”

Peace In Our Time was influenced by Krysthla’s 2016 European tour with Decapitated – with Hudson revealing that one experience on the road will live with him forever:

“On the Greek border, I saw a refugee girl stood on the other side of the motorway while we were parked up getting fuel. She saw us looking over at the thousands of grubby tents cooking the inhabitants in the scorching heat and fixed her eyes on me for a few seconds. “I gave her a nod. She jumped over the barrier and ran over the motorway to the garage, dodging traffic on her way. She walked over, looked me straight in the eye, said something in Syrian and gave me a highfive and hugged my leg. “I left a bit of me behind that day. We sobbed in the van as we left. It was utterly heart breaking to hear the hum of bodies murmuring in the boiling sun.” Hudson adds: “The album is influenced heavily, and almost solely by the fact I am a father. With so much unrest and violence in the world, it’s easy to turn your back and pretend none of it has an impact on your life. “Or somehow because it’s a long way from home it’s someone else’s problem. War does not sleep. War does not stop. It doesn’t choose who dies and who lives. But the people who light the fire and fan the flames do.”

The new album ‘Peace In Our Time’ is released 7th April via PHD.

KRYSTHLA LIVE

16th April – BRIGHTON, The Arch (w/ Vadar)
17th April – PETERBOROUGH, The Met
21st April – BOLTON, The Alma
22nd April – WARRINGTON, The Brewhouse
28th April – CARDIFF, Fuel
5th May – HIGH WYCOMBE, Phoenix
6th May – WORTHING. Bar 42
7th May – BOURNEMOUTH, The Anvil
12th May – INVERNESS, Mad Hatters
13th May – DUNDEE, Beat Generator
14th May – EDINBURGH, Bannermans
26th May – NORTHAMPTON, King Billy Rock Bar
27th May – LONDON, The Devonshire Arms
28th May – LEICESTER, Uprising Aftermath @ The Firebug
3rd June – KETTERING – The Prince
24th June – NORWICH, B2
1st July – MILTON KEYNES, Craufurd Arms
22nd July – GLOUCESTER, Amplified Festival

More dates to be announced.

ABOUT KRYSTHLA

Hailed by Metal Hammer Magazine (UK) as “setting 2016 on fire” (alongside TexturesDream TheaterAnthrax, and Devin Townsend) one of the finest extreme metal acts around will release their sophomore album this April.

Titled ‘Peace In Our Time’, this new studio offering from Krysthla sees the British five-piece producing something extremely special. Part metal, part extreme, part technical, part progressive… Aurally this is a metal fan’s nirvana. There’s an abundance of aggression on offer, and yet the power of the band is amplified even more with melodic tinges and lighter musical landscapes, which never detract from the powerhouse delivery Krysthla is renowned for.

Following the announcement of their debut album ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’ in July 2015, Krysthla broke into Amazon UK’s pre-release Top 10 album chart (alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Disturbed), featured in-store nationwide at HMV as a “recommended buy” and lead music video ‘Luminosity’ was playlisted on Scuzz TV.

Krysthla’s debut album received extremely positive reviews from the music press, setting the band up for an exceptional 2016. From their extensive European tour with Decapitated to a prestigious slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air, and main support to Textures at Mammothfest, Krysthla has crafted their music and live shows to such a high standard, that they can’t be ignored.

With ‘Peace In Our Time’, this is the sound of a band that has quickly found its place in the metal market, and given the chance, Krysthla will take the scene by storm.

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KRYSTHLA IS

Adi Mayes – Vocals
Neil Hudson – Guitars
Carl Davis – Bass
Noel Davis – Guitars
Wayne Minney – Drums

Website – www.krysthla.co.uk
Facebook – www.facebook.com/krysthla
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Krysthlaband
You Tube / Instagram

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REVIEW: Bad Llama – Shedding Skin (ep)

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Bad Llama – Shedding Skin E.P

 

Track 1 – The Healer.

Sounds like sound effects are used at the start of the track to make a mysterious opening. It’s quite mellow; good opening track to the E.P.

 

Track 2 – The Wolf You Feed

This is a bit more rocky than the first track. A quite catchy song, with a bit of growling going on at times.

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Track 3 -Paint In Sound

A mid tempo rock track with hints of indie. I can imagine people dancing to this track.

 

Track 4 – Ten Years Time.

There is a ballad feel to this song. The singer has a lot of emotion in his voice. A nice track to chill out to.

 

Overall this is a good E.P. It would be good to just sit and chill out to.

I will give it 7/10.

I would recommend it to fans of Biffy Clyro.

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Bad Llama – ‘The Wolf You Feed’ (Official Music Video)

Review by:

Jovi Hacker (12)

HAMEREX -TRAITOR

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 HAMEREX – TRAITOR

RELEASE DATE: 7TH OCTOBER, 2016

LABEL: IX MUSIC

Track 1 – Traitor

The title track of the album starts with a bass introduction. Before it breaks into melodic vocals, which is high pitched in places. It’s quite a long song at just over 6 minutes, and is mid paced with a heavy sound.

Track 2 – The Dark Tower

It starts with a guitar intro which sounds mysterious, before the drums kick in bringing the pace up slightly. A dark sounding track, like the title suggests. It has a great solo guitar riff in the middle of the track and has plenty of chugging riffs all the way through the track. A good track for headbanging.. 

Track 3 – Dead Mountain

Starts off with the drums beating in the intro. A medium paced Heavy Metal track. There are hints of classic N.W.O.B.H.M bands in this track.

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Track 4 – The Nameless One

I thought this was going to be a ballad, because of the intro. It is very deep and dark at times, with very strong vocals.There is a burst of energy before going back to the slow pace, which changes often throughout. I like the variety of tempo in this track.

Track 5 – Eyes Of Deceit

There is more energy in this song than in previous tracks. Again, it has a longish intro, but still sounds dark. The drums give a steady beat during the track.

Track 6 – The Abyss

The instrumental and shortest track of the album. It has a nice mellow intro, with the drums slowly building up. There are some nice clean riffs repeated throughout. There is a nice change of feel towards the middle of the track, and it ends with some nice, fast drums.

Track 7 – The Evil Within

This is by far the longest track of the album, coming in at just over 9 minutes. There is a thrashy intro. It’s a quite heavy sounding song with some nice riffs and drum beats. About a third into the track there is a change of tempo, to a more slower and relaxed feel. There are some cool guitar effects and some good riffs repeated throughout the song.

Track 8 – Journeys End

A heavy Black Sabbath style intro, leads into a chugging guitar riff. Another N.W.O.B.H.M style song with Sabbath undertones. Which is no bad thing. I really like the punchy guitar solo and the feedback outro.

Overall I enjoyed the album and will be checking out the other Hamerex releases. I like the classic feel of some of the songs.

I rate the album 8/10

Jovi Hacker

Into The Fire

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Following the release of their self titled debut ep, Into The Fire has unleashed their first visual assault, the new music video ‘Spit You Out’. Described as modern, stripped back, hard rock, Spit You Out’s video is the perfect accompaniment to the huge sonics on offer here.
Into The Fire is:
Bryan Scott (The Union Underground): Vocals/Guitar
Tim King (SOiL): Bass
Adam Zadel (SOiL): Guitar
Will Hunt (Evanescence): Drums
American hard rock band Into The Fire was conceived in 2013 by vocalist Bryan Scott (The Union Underground, Cult To Follow), bassist Tim King (SOiL) and guitarist Adam Zadel (SOiL). Long time friend Will Hunt (Evanescence) was brought in on drums soon after.
“I was sitting around with Adam one day talking about who would be great to jam with”, states bassist Tim King. “I shot Bryan Scott a text message and Into The Fire was born a day later.”
The group grabbed onto this opportunity and started putting material together. According to Bryan Scott “As soon as Tim sent me the material I immediately had ideas and started putting vocals down. The music had the perfect vibe for what I wanted to do.”
The first 2 released tracks ‘Spit You Out’ and ‘From The Medicine’ were engineered, produced and mixed by Bryan W.Scott and mastered by James Murphy. The result can be best described as a raw and stripped down rock sound with modern elements.
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SKREAMER – KING OF CROWS

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Review of the new SKREAMER album, King Of Crows (released 12/09/2016 via Metal Hammer

  1. MY DARKNESS.

It starts off slow with a quiet music background and the vocalist talking. The tempo starts to build then suddenly heavy drum beats and growling vocals kick in. It then goes back to quiet with whispering vocals, which then build up into a fast tempo. I could imagine a good mosh pit with this song. I love the sudden changes in this song, one minute quiet the next fast and loud.

  1. PIG FEED.

This is a lot faster and louder than the first track. With fast guitar playing and crashing fast drum beats.This has deep power chords.The vocals change between shouty and growly. I like this because you can understand what the vocalist is saying.

     3.THE AWAKENING.

Starts off quiet and slow but quickly crescendos to a much louder heavier beat, with fast paced guitars. Great track to headbang to.

  1. VACANCY.

Very slow smooth harmonic track. Was not expecting this type of song. The clean guitars and vocals show that the band have a good variation of musical tastes. Towards the end of the track it spends up and ends in a crashing cymbal.

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  1. LET ‘EM BURN.

Starts off slow with growly vocals. Gently speeds up and slows down again. More of a middle paced song than all out thrash.The bass is more prominent on this track then the rest. I like the bass on this track.

  1. WELCOME TO PARADISE.

This is a totally different style of track. The vocalist raps, while the bass sets the tempo. There is a repetitive guitar riff all the way through this track. The drums are slow and quiet.

  1. THIS IS WAR.

Starts off with feedback, then the guitars, bass and drums kick in. The vocalist goes back to growly on this track. Really like the cool bass line and riffs. Not as fast as some of the other tracks, but heavier than most.

  1. KING OF CROWS.

The title track of the album. Starts off with cool bass riffs and some rapping. It soon gets heavy with growls and more rapping. Like the mix of growls and rapping on the song. It has some good clean guitar riffs throughout the track. I could imagine the crowd moshing to this.

 

Overall a good album which I rate 9/10

Fans of Slipknot would enjoy this album

SKREAMER

Jovi Hacker (aged 12)

The PSYCHOJELLY UK TOUR 2016!!

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   The demands from fans have been met! PSYCHOSTICK, the comedy metal rock kings, are returning to the UK and they’re bringing their friends, the legendary Green Jellÿ for the PsychoJellÿ Tour’. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances this tour just got bigger! PSYCHOSTICK‘s 2015 ‘Ugly Americans Tour’ with Dog Fashion Disco was only 9 dates, but the guys have stretched the jelly! Their 2016 tour across the UK this fall will be from September 13th to October 1st to satisfy the hunger and bring more of ‘Beer’, ‘Obey The Beard’, ‘Dogs Like Socks’, ‘Bruce Campbell’, ‘Do Want A Taco?’ among many other tracks to be performed live! Plus fans can anticipate coming next week… a new music video for ‘So Heavy’!

“Our first tour over in the UK was genuinely a dream come true. Now that we’re going back, I want that dream to come EXTRA true. I want to see all my new friends again, and have a cheese and onion toasty.” – Guitarist Josh ‘The J’ Key.

PSYCHOSTICK‘s 2014 album ‘IV: Revenge of The Vengeance’ was released via on Rock Ridge Music. The album features 21 tracks of pure rock comedy genius with titles such as ‘Obey The Beard‘, ‘Dogs Like Socks‘, ‘Quack Kills’ (a song about anatidaephobia: the fear of being watched by a duck), ‘Bruce Campbell’ (a tribute to the 21st century’s most beloved action hero), ‘NSFW’ featuring Bill Manspeaker (founder of Green Jellÿ), a spoof cover of Kenny Loggins’ ‘Danger Zone’ and many more! There’s no wonder why these guys are the kings of parody metal!

‘IV: Revenge of The Vengeance’ is available on iTunes here, the band’s online store here and all major online retailers.

 

Green Jellÿ (pronounced “green jello”) started more than 30 years ago and has had over 400 band member changes, plus has sold over 2 million records to keep fans still knocking heads! 

The band has had hundreds of members during its lifetime, with Bill Manspeaker the only consistent member throughout. The lineup during their most popular album release, ‘Cereal Killer’ is typically referenced as it contained several musicians who went on to appear in other major 1990s bands, such as Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan of Tool. Green Jellÿ is best known for ‘The Three Little Pigs’, a #1 selling single on Billboard with a Grammy nominated music video.

Formed in 1981 in Kenmore, NY, by founding member Bill Manspeaker, the band was originally named Green Jellö, but changed the name due to legal pressure from the owners of the Jell-O trademark, Kraft Foods, who claimed that it was an infringement of their trademark. Throughout the early 80’s, Green Jellÿ performed throughout New York, opening for bands like the Ramones and New York Dolls. Their reputation for over-the-top live performances and food-hurling audiences got them banned from most local venues.

UK Dates: ‘PsychoJellÿ Tour’
Sept 13 – Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms

Sept 14 – Reading, UK – Sub 89

Sept 15 – Chester, UK – The Live Rooms

Sept 16 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City Basement

Sept 17 – Swansea, UK – The Scene

Sept 18- Bristol, UK – The Fleece

Sept 19 – Cardiff, UK – The Globe

Sept 20 – Leamington, UK – Zephyr Lounge

Sept 21 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion Bar

Sept 22 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand Lounge

Sept 23 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish

Sept 24 – Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms

Sept 26 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront

Sept 27 – London, UK – Boston Music Rooms

Sept 29 – Newcastle, UK – Cluny

Sept 30 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms

Oct 1 – Brighton, UK – Apocalypse

Playlist:08/07/2016

  1. BEYOND SALVATION – ASCENSION
  2. SOMA DARK – PASSENGERS OF TIME
  3. HELL’S ADDICTION – WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO
  4. STRAIN – THAT WHICH I DESPISE
  5. PROMETHIUM – THE ART OF HURTING
  6. PYTHIA – SARAH (BURY HER)
  7. TWISTED ILLUSION – A MOMENT OF LUCIDITY
  8. CROWSAW – BELIEVE
  9. iDESTROY – STATE OF THE ART
  10. BABYLON FIRE – THE DAY THE ANGELS DIED
  11. A JOKER’S RAGE – BOUNCE
  12. CHRIS APPLETON – NO TOMORROW (acoustic)
  13. ASYLUM CITY ZOO – FAVOURITE DRUG (acoustic, recorded live @ Phoenix FM, 2015)
  14. RITUAL KING – DETACHMENT
  15. DAKESIS – THE GREAT INSURRECTION
  16. ABSOLVA – HARSH REALITY
  17. ATTICA RAGE – FALLING DOWN
  18. VICIOUS NATURE – BREATHLESS
  19. LORD VOLTURE – TAKLAMAKAN
  20. THE IDOL DEAD – TRAVELLING MAN
  21. MASSIVE WAGONS – THE DAY WE FELL
  22. KNOCK OUT KAINE – COPPERHEAD ROAD (Steve Earle cover)
  23. C.O.P. UK – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
  24. GANG – CHAOS FOR GLORY

Podcast: Metal Ashes show – July 1st, 2016.

SOiL UK / European Tour 2016

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SOiL announce October / November 2016 UK and European tour.

 

Chicago Heavy Rockers SOiL will embark upon an extensive UK and European tour in October /November 2016. The tour will kick off on 27th October in Utrecht, Netherlands and end on 26th November in Milton Keynes, England. The tour will see SOiL hitting some cities they have previously never played before. “This time we wanted to tap into some cities that have been asking us to play over the years and we haven’t gone to before states bassist Tim King. “We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around.”

 

Support for the dates will come from Memphis, TN rock veterans Saliva and Texas based new comers Sons of Texas. A fourth opener will be announced at a later date.

 

According to SOiL vocalist Ryan McCombs: “Every time we get home from a UK/European tour, I’m ready to go back.. It feels like it’s been way to long since we’ve gotten to spend time with our UK/European SOiL family. I need to find me a place to hide in York England (My favourite city), so I can just stay there after this next tour wraps up!”

 

SOiL / Saliva / Sons Of Texas live:

October 2016:

27th UTRECHT (NL) Helling

28th JENA (DE) F-Haus

29th ZURICH (CH) TBD

30th BORGO PRIOLO (IT) Dagda Club

November 2016:

1st VIENNA (AT) Szene Wien

2nd MUNICH (DE) Backstage Halle

3rd SUTTGART (DE) Universum

4th SITTARD (NL) Volt

5th BOCHUM (DE) Zeche

7th SOUTHAMPTON (ENG) Engine Rooms

8th BRIGHTON (ENG) Concorde 2

9th BRISTOL (ENG) The Fleece

10th READING (ENG) Sub 89

11th PLYMOUTH (ENG) The Hub

12th BARNSTAPLE (ENG) The Factory

13th CARDIFF (WAL) The Globe

15th LONDON (ENG) Islington Academy

16th NORWICH (ENG) Waterfront

17th MANCHESTER (ENG) Sound Control

18th SHEFFIELD (ENG) Corporation

19th BIRMINGHAM (ENG) O2 Institute 2

20th NEWCASTLE (ENG) Riverside

22nd GLASGOW (SCT) Cathouse

23rd HULL (ENG) The Welly

24th YORK (ENG) Fibbers

25th CHESTER (ENG) The Live Rooms

26th MILTON KEYNES (ENG) Crauford Arms

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Beholder Onslaught UK-IRE Tour 2016

Beholder announce special guest inclusion on Onslaught ‘The Force Revisited’ UK-IRE Tour.

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Onslaught return to home soil celebrating the 30th anniversary of their legendary opus ‘The Force’, while Beholder will be delivering tracks from their highly acclaimed ‘Reflections’ album which has taken the band to the next level:
“Progressive edged metallers Beholder have impressed…excellently crafted and crushingly performed…this is without a doubt the most cohesive collection of songs that Beholder have put to their name to so far” – Metal Hammer

“Beholder meld the labyrinthine and the massive to imposing effect…it all hangs together with bloody minded, ass-kicking panache” – Kerrang!


Watch ‘Frozen Steps Of Utøya’ (lyric video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfNjHd27I7M

Beholder frontman Simon Hall:  “Loving the thought of this tour already, and to be honest being on a bill with the mighty Onslaught and Anihilated means the punters get a real tour de force  ……. Tour de Force ….. get it? “
Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett comments “We are well and truly stoked to announce our upcoming tour of the UK & Ireland this Autumn, by the time we hit the road in November it will be well over 2 and a half years since we did the last run, we feel the time is now right to bring things home once again. Everything is gonna be stripped back and brutal, just as Thrash Metal should be!”
Onslaught / Beholder / Anihilated live:
November:
2nd SOUTHAMPTON – Talking Heads *
3rd GRIMSBY – Yardbirds *
4th LIMERICK – Dolans
5th DUBLIN – Voodoo
6th  BELFAST – Limelight2
7th  DERBY – Hairy Dog
9th  SWANSEA – The Scene *
10th EDINGBURGH – Bannermans
11th GLASGOW – Audio
12th KETTERING – Athletic Club **
13th MANCHESTER -Rebellion
14th BIRMINGHAM – Rainbow
15th BANBURY – Wheatsheaf
16th CHESTER – Live Room
17th CARDIFF – Globe
18th BRISTOL – Fleece
19th LONDON – Titanfest
*Not Beholder
**Onslaught Only