Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Autumn Tour News

As well as the recently announced special shows from Alice Cooper, Therapy? and Cathedral, several European/UK tours are materialising for the traditionally busy Autumn schedule.

Glenn Hughes has announced a run of UK shows throughout October, most recently adding stops in Reading and Belfast. This is likely to be his last solo tour for a while as he turns his attention to his new band Black Country Communion, who's debut album is released via Mascot Records on September 20.

Before joining the Thrashfest tour (which runs through the end of November and into December, but skips the UK), Exodus have added some UK headlining dates with Man Must Die in mid October.

Annihilator are in the process of booking their first European headlining tour for a very long time, with currently confirmed dates in Poland, Czech Republic, UK and Germany. More dates are expected soon.

Similarly Stuck Mojo will return to Europe in October, with dates already set for Germany, and Blaze Bayley is constantly adding dates to a second UK leg of his tour for the Promise And Terror album.

Finally UK dates have been confirmed for Monster Magnet in November following the October release of their new album Mastermind, with Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Reading, London, Manchester and Southampton all on the schedule.

Announcements Starting To Split

For the remainder of the year it's likely that confirmations for both late 2010 and into 2011 will be coming out each week, with several festivals now having set out their stalls for next year.

Bloodstock (UK) - October File cancelled, Behemoth cancelled, Cathedral, Winterfylleth
Firefest (UK) - Shotgun Symphony
Damnation (UK) - Paradise Lost, The Ocean, October File, Maybeshewill
Stockholm Rock-Out Part 2 (SE) - Roxie 77
Stockholm Rock-Out Part 3 (SE) - W.A.S.P.
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Stratovarius, Paul Dianno cancelled
Metal Hammer (PL) - Jurojin
Ozzfest UK - Paradise Lost, Black Spiders, Jettblack, Revoker
Summer Breeze (DE) - Behemoth cancelled, Endstille

Headbangers Open-Air XIV (DE) - Jaguar

Monday, August 09, 2010

NightMare World Competition

The unsigned English progressive metal band, currently including Threshold guitarist Pete Morton in their ranks, released their debut EP No Regrets in 2009 and we have four copies to give away.

To win send your answer to the following question, and your full name, to nightmareworld[at]

Question: Which other Threshold member produced NightmareWorld's EP?
a) Damian Wilson
b) Richard West
c) Karl Groom


Go to our Competitions Page for rules and entry details.

Two More For 2011

Two more festivals are getting in early with their 2011 announcements, one being Wacken, who's 2010 event is only a week old.

Organisers have confirmed the Worldwide exclusive festival appearance of Tobias Sammet's Avantasia for next year, along with Apocalyptica, Suicidal Tendencies and Blind Guardian.

Meanwhile in Norway the Inferno extreme metal festival, set for April 20-23, have announced Aura Noir and Immortal.

More festivals are expected to get the ball rolling on their 2011 editions soon.

Non-line-up Related Festival News

Before this week's line-up updates for the remaining festivals of a the year (as well as a couple for next year) a few events have issued updates of other kinds.

The running orders for ProgPower Europe and Elsrock, both in Holland, are now online, and ProgPower Europe have released details of their day tickets. They do warn that the Saturday is likely to be the first to sell out, so fans are urged to move quickly if they want to attend that day.

Firefest (UK) have sold out the extra allocation of tickets for their Friday night pre-party after moving to a larger venue because the original one sold out so quickly.

The second day of Sonisphere Finland was hit a freak storm at around 16:00, leaving some 40 people injured, the second stage damaged beyond repair and several of the bands' equipment also damaged, including second stage headliners Mötley Crüe. Iggy & The Stooges managed just four songs in an impromptu acoustic set on the main stage, as they were unable to play their full second stage set, while Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden had to push their sets back by around two hours while repairs and checks too place, Cooper forced to borrow equipment from Slayer in order to perform.

Monday, August 02, 2010

No New, So Here's Some Old

Not that old though. This coming week we have no new releases to review, so instead he's a batch of albums released in recent weeks:

Man.Machine.Industry - White Trash Devil In A Jesus Christ Pose by Andy Lye
Black Majesty - In Your Honour by Andy Lye
Decrepit Birth - Polarity by Jackson May
Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth by Andy Lye
Kingdom of Sorrow - Behind The Blackest Tears by Andy Lye

Coming soon: Sister Sin, Witchery, Realmbuilder, The Rocket Dolls, Paul Gilbert, Innerwish, Gentlemen of Distorted Sound, Empires of Eden, Angelus Apatrida, Korzus, Kreator, Hero Destroyed, Fatal Embrace, Kiko Loureiro, Ed Kowalczyk and photo galleries from our Summer festival activities.