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News Round-Up Featuring MEGADETH, SUFFOCATION, 3TEETH and More

It’s been a busy week around the rock world so here’s a quick round up of some of the news stories that you might have missed…

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Another busy week in rock which has seen Deep Purple and Judas Priest announce a US tour, Frank Turner announce a massive UK Arena tour and More Bands get added to Bloodstock, here’s some of the stories you might have missed…

1. Megadeth Announce “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good: The Final Kill” Deluxe Re-Issue
Hailed as The Best Thrash Metal Album Of All Time (VH1), legendary thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth will continue to celebrate the band’s 35th anniversary with a deluxe re-issue of their revolutionary debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!. The band have partnered with Century Media and Legacy Recordings for release on 08 June 2018 in North America and Europe, and in Japan on 06 June 2018 via Sony Japan.


2. Suffocation announce one off London Headline Show
Death metal trailblazers Suffocation have announced a one off headline show this summer, on June 4th at London venue The Underworld. The date is part of a two month European trek running from early June until late July, consisting of mainly festival shows, plus a few club shows.

3. Hellions announce July 2018 UK Headline Tour
Australian 4 piece Hellions have announced a full UK headline tour. The tour takes includes slots at this years 2000trees, Y Not and Truck festivals, as well as two London shows (at the Old Blue Last on July 11th and at Birthdays on July 28th). The tour dates kick off on July 11th.

4. Speaker First Announce Debut Single and UK Shows
Indonesian rock band Speaker First release their debut UK single “Break My Soul”, an explosion of raw, raucous and ballsy rock’n’roll, on June 1st. The band also play three shows in the UK in May at Liverpool Sound City on May 6, The Ruby Lounge in Manchester on May 8 and Hoxton Underbelly on May 10.


4. Cut Short Announce New EP and Single
UK metalcore newcomers Cut Short will release their debut EP Impersonal on 15th June 2018. The EP was produced by Timfy James of Hacktivist at Old School Studios. The band have released a single, “Solitary”, and will be announcing tour dates shortly.


5. Witchsorrow Announce UK Headline Shows
Hampshire doom metal maniacs Witchsorrow are confirmed to play three UK headline shows to celebrate the release of fourth studio album, Hexenhammer. Starting in Glasgow on May 25th (album release day) Witchsorrow will then appear in Leeds & Birmingham with local bands playing in support. Additionally, Witchsorrow are now confirmed to play Doomline Festival in Sheffield on July 23rd.

6. Hard Rockers Stand Alone Announce New Single Details
Bradford hard rock trio Stand Alone have announced their new single, “Never Stand Alone”, will be released on the 11th of May. The single is the follow-up to their hugely popular last release “Save Me”.

7. Man With A Mission Announce New Album ‘Chasing The Horizon
Japanese superstars Man With A Mission have announced their new album Chasing the Horizon, will see physical release on August 10th via Century Media. The album is their fifth in their native Japan, but their first brand new album to be released worldwide.

8. 3Teeth Sign New Deal with Century Media
Transgressive five-piece 3Teeth have announced their signing to iconic metal record label Century Media Records. The announcement coincides with 3Teeth’s back-to-back co-headlining shows in their hometown of Los Angeles, which precedes their headlining European tour this spring.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.

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Fit For a King and The Devil Wears Prada Crush Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom [Photos]

The “Metalcore Dropout Tour” hit Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and Fit For a King, The Devil Wears Prada, Counterparts and Avoid brought the heat!

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Fit For a King on Feb 15, 2024, photo by Randy Romero
Fit For a King on Feb 15, 2024, photo by Randy Romero

The Commodore Ballroom became a Metalhead Institute the night of February 15th for the “Metalcore Dropout 2nd Semester” tour. The trek, headlined by Fit For a King and The Devil Wears Prada, included supporting acts Counterparts and added Avoid instead of Landmvrks, who were on the first leg of the tour.  

The Vancouverites were hungry for the lights, drums and growls from this lineup, something evident because a large majority of the crowd was at the venue to enjoy the opening act performed by Avoid. The Seattle natives delivered a substantial set that included some of their most popular songs like “Whatever,” “Cowabunga Can’t Take This Away,” and “Hostage at a Beach House Party.”

Counterparts opened their set with “Love Me,” the hit single from their 2019 Album Nothing Left to Love. Throughout the set, they played songs from all their albums, including A Eulogy for Those Still Here, the latest one, the one they played most songs from with a total of five, “07/26/2020,” “Bound to the Burn,” “Unwavering Vow,” “What Mirrors Might Reflect” and “Whispers of Your Death,” which they closed their performance with.

The crowd was euphoric, hands with the sign of the horns were all over the place, there was a huge mosh pit in the middle of the crowd and security had to help the crowd surfers to land safely in front of the stage.

When Fit For a King hit the stage the crowd went nuts, the band started their set with “End (The Other Side)” from their latest album The Hell We Create. The crowd was highly engaged with the band and sang each song word by word. In their set, they included their last single, released about a month ago, “Keeping Secrets,” and other fan favourites like “Breaking the Mirror,” “Vendetta,” “The End’s Beginning,and “When Everything Means Nothing.” They did a total of 14 songs, and if it weren’t for the time, the set would have been much longer.

What can be better than one headliner? Of course, 2. The Devil Wears Prada brought the perfect energy to the stage. Opening their set with “Exhibition” from their latest full-length project Color Decay Deluxe. Continuing with their set, the vocalist Mike Hranica encouraged the crowd surfers to be more active and sang a few of their big hits, including “Salt,” “Reasons,” “Dez Moines,” and “Broken,” closing with “Hey John, what’s your name again?” for a total of 13 songs.

We must highlight that both headliners praised the Vancouver crowd, calling them the best crowd of the entire tour yet and the best in Canada ever.

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Wabi Sabi – ‘The Love Insane’ [Album Review]

‘The Love Insane’ displays the psychedelic jazz band persona of Wabi Sabi and their talent shifting from genre to genre with aplomb.

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Wabi Sabi ‘The Love Insane’ album artwork
Wabi Sabi ‘The Love Insane’ album artwork

About seven months ago, Atlanta-based ensemble Wabi Sabi released their fourth album, The Love Insane, a record that not only flew under the radar but was also impacted by the pandemic, resulting in it being self-produced.

Pianist/vocalist Damien Cartier explains, “This is the first of our albums that I have produced myself. We have never done an album this way, but Covid mixed with having a spare bedroom home studio seemed like the perfect time to try.”

The genesis of Wabi Sabi occurred in 1999. Initially comprising piano, trombone, and drums, the band’s name was Damien Cartier And His My Newt Orchestra. Before long, the band added horns, bass, guitars, percussion, and singers. However, there was a problem: the band’s name, the spelling of which stymied people.

Then Damian saw an episode of King Of The Hill where Bobby discovered the concept of Wabi Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic that perceives beauty in imperfection and transience. Enter the band Wabi Sabi, whose unique sound amalgamates elements of soul, funk, reggae, and pop with tangs of jazz.

The Love Insane begins with “The Truth,” opening on a soft, low piano topped by tender vocals, mirroring pensive tones. The melody blends savors of rock and jazz, forming a dreamy, almost psychedelic flow of floating textures.

Highlights on the album include the title track, conjuring up the swaying soul surfaces of the ’60s, tinted with twangy, country-laced guitars. Cartier’s vocals are spot-on and convey touching, quixotic aromas.

New Life,” a personal favorite, evinces suggestions of Steely Dan because of its deliciously trippy-lite surfaces and grand brass accents that bray forth finessed tones. The funky “Not Yet, Sister,” with its hints of reggae, features bright horns, skiffing guitars, and a neighing organ.

The album finishes with “The Weirdo Blues,” a luscious fusion of bluesy jazz and orchestral flavors. There’s a delightful, sleazy sensation to the tune, imbuing the song with benevolent craziness.

The Love Insane displays the psychedelic jazz band persona of Wabi Sabi and their talent shifting from genre to genre with aplomb.

Wabi Sabi, photo courtesy of Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi, photo courtesy of Wabi Sabi

The Love Insane Track Listing:

1. The Truth
2. I Am OK
3. Manifest
4. The Love Insane
5. New Life
6. Not Yet, Sister
7. Sick Tuna
8. The Fall
9. Please Rescue Me
10. Spacetime
11. The Weirdo Blues

Run Time: 48:18
Release Date: July 28, 2023
Record Label: Independent

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Hardcore/Punk

Malevolence Dish Out a Metallic Hardcore Beatdown at Liverpool’s O2 Academy [Photos]

Sheffield metallic hardcore crew Malevolence dish out a beautiful beatdown in Liverpool. Check out the photos here…

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Malevolence @ O2 Academy Liverpool by Maryleen Guevera
Malevolence, photo © Maryleen Guevera

Sheffield metallic hardcore maulers Malevolence are certainly making the most of their meteoric rise with the band out on the road undertaking their second headline tour in just over four months. Unsurprisingly, the latest run of shows is playing to packed out venues with the band living up to their reputation as a fearsome live act.

The high-profile tours and festival appearances across the UK and Europe last year, are a far cry from the days of touring around the dives of the UK. Helped by two critically-acclaimed albums, the second album, 2017’s Self Supremacy and the follow-up, 2022’s Malicious Intent (read our review of that album here), Malevolence is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting bands on the UK circuit.

On the latest run of shows, which precede a special guest appearance at Bloodstock Festival this August, the tour rolled into Liverpool and our photographer, Maryleen Guevara, braved the pit to bring back this photo gallery. Before you check out the gallery though, here’s the setlist….

Set List:

1. Malicious Intent
2. Life Sentence
3. Slave to Satisfaction
4. Waste of Myself
5. Karma
6. Severed Ties
7. Higher Place
8. Self Supremacy
9. Remain Unbeaten
10. Still Waters Run Deep
11. Keep Your Distance
12. Serpent’s Chokehold
13. On Broken Glass

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