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The Damned Confirm Additional Date For 2018 ‘Evil Spirits’ Tour

The Damned Evil Spirits Tour 2018 Dec 18Punk legends The Damned are set to return in 2018 with both new material and an extensive UK tour. The Evil Spirits tour kick-starts 2018 on January 26th and now includes an extra date at London Koko on the 16th February. Main support on the tour comes from fabled Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, whilst at Koko American ‘operatic-punk’ performer Kristeen Young will open the show. The Damned last released new material in 2008 with their So, Who’s Paranoid? album, 2018 will see the unveiling of a hugely anticipated new album, the band have signed a new deal with Search & Destroy Records and Spinefarm Records and are set to stun the music world once again with their dizzying blend of high-energy punk rock, creative psychedelic pop and classic song-writing.

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Video: Anti-Flag – Digital Blackout

Anti FlagPolitical-punks Anti-Flag have premiered a new music video from their next full length.  The video features the song “Digital Blackout” and appears on the disc, American Fall, which dropped last week via Spinefarm Records.

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Anti-Flag

American Fall

Spinefarm Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Anti-Flag’s Spinefarm Records debut, American Spring, was a strong, anthemic album.  A great launching pad from which to establish themselves on their new home, and from which to lead into its sister namesake and follow up, American Fall.  Serving as the band’s tenth full length, American Fall also marks a new collaboration with producer Benji Madden.  Madden is no stranger to sitting in the producer booth, but considering his pop-orientation, the pairing with Anti-Flag may be surprising.  In many regards American Fall contains a few steps in different directions, and one has to wonder if Madden’s influence bares any responsibility.

Opener “American Attraction” may throw longtime fans for a loop.  The track plays out like a straight up hard rock song, with heavy guitar licks punctuating each tract of vocals, and the tempo stomping away at the pace of a lumbering giant.  While Anti-Flag has never chased the radio waves, this song feels targeted to a more conventional audience – even more so than major label counterparts Rise Against.  That being said, the track is consistent with the band’s portrayal of society’s blind acceptance of American spektacle and Anti-Flag’s counter culture sentiment remains in tact.  Several track later, “Throw It Away” follows the same rock-heavy framework, but with somewhat less production gloss.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, the passion of “I Came. I Saw. I Believed.” feels somewhat muted thanks to a pop-tinted production that seems to compromise the anger of the lyrics.  This is a recurring issue that hinders certain tracts of American Fall.  “Finish What We Started” suffers the same fate, featuring an outright addictive gang driven chorus diluted by bubbly basswork that would sound more in place on a Patent Pending album.  The change in direction presented in these circumstances becomes a little less disorienting with each passing listen, but they tend to live in the shadow of the ediger tracks in between.

A strong selection of more familiar sounds serve to counter some of of these questionable decisions.  “The Criminals” comes bolstered with very targeted guitar and the band’s outright angry call to denounce a corrupt political system.  A chorus of passionately landing “woah-oah” accompaniment make for a melodic and memorable chorus.  “When The Wall Falls” channels the same classic Anti-Flag feel through a well suited and sparingly executed upstroke that leads into the chorus, “if the come for you in the night, then they will come for me in the morning.”  Every Anti-Flag album has a sense of danger in resistance, and while this track is mostly upbeat, there is always a reminder of the consequence for standing up for what you believe.  Catchy mid-tempo tune  “Racists” is the most explicitly damning anthem of the bunch, and it’s also the most likely to which you’ll sing along with.  “Just ’cause you don’t know you’re racist… You don’t get a pass, get a pass for your ignorance” sings the band in harmony, to which they eventually add “sexist” and “fascist” in later verses.  The song sends a strong message to those denying ownership over a national social crisis: “No you weren’t alive in the time of slavery / But that’s no excuse to ignore its legacy.”  There are at least a handful of tracks that work quite well.

If anything, American Fall will be a polarizing album for fans.  While the message is consistent with all of Anti-Flag’s work, the mode of delivery has shifted more than some may be comfortable with.  Whether these differences can be credited to Madden’s perspective are up for debate, but the poppy, playful beats composing much of American Fall will likely be the source of much discussion.

Video: Anti-Flag – Liar

Anti FlagPolitical-punks Anti-Flag have premiered a new music video from their next full length.  The video features the song “Liar” and appears on the disc, American Fall, which dropped last week via Spinefarm Records.

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Video: Anti-Flag – When The Wall Falls

Anti FlagPolitical-punks Anti-Flag have premiered a new music video from their next full length.  The video features the song “When The Wall Falls” and will appear on the disc, American Fall, which is set to drop on November 3, 2017 via Spinefarm Records.

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Anti-Flag Announce New Album; Premiere New Music Video

Anti FlagPolitical-punks Anti-Flag have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled American Fall and is set to drop on November 3, 2017 via Spinefarm Records.

The song is titled ” American Attraction” below.

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Video: Bullet For My Valentine – Don’t Need You

Bullet For My ValentineHard rock/metal heavyweights Bullet For My Valentine have premiered a new music video featuring live footage from their sold-out performances at the world famous Brixton Academy, London, last December.  The performance is a part of the upcoming DVD, Bullet For My Valentine – Live From Brixton: Chapter Two, which will be available worldwide via Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records (UMG).

The track is titled “Don’t Need You” and can be heard below.

The band released Venom back in 2015.

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Flogging Molly – Welcome To Adamstown

Flogging-MollyLong-running punk/folk rockers from Los Angeles, Calif., Flogging Molly have premiered a new song from their upcoming full length.  The track is titled “Welcome To Adamstown” and the disc is entitled Life Is Good.  The disc is due out on June 2, 2017 via Spinefarm/Vanguard Records.

Stream the track here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

Tours: Flogging Molly

Flogging-MollyLong-running punk/folk rockers from Los Angeles, Calif., Flogging Molly will be heading to the UK for a brief tour this June in support of their new album, etitled Life Is Good.  The disc is due out on June 2, 2017 via Spinefarm/Vanguard Records.

Tour dates and a new music video for the song “Reptiles (Are Here)” are available below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Flogging Molly To Release New Album

Flogging-MollyLong-running punk/folk rockers from Los Angeles, Calif., Flogging Molly will release their new album titled Life Is Good on June 2, 2017 via Spinefarm/Vanguard Records.

The upcoming full-length serves as the band’s first studio album in six years, following Speed of Darkness in 2011. Flogging Molly was founded by Dublin-born frontman Dave King and fiddle-player Bridget Regan, and are known for lyrics of exile, rebellion, history and struggle through a blend of punk rock and traditional Irish music.

Flogging Molly plan to announce tour dates in the near future.

Video: Bullet For My Valentine – Don’t Need You

Bullet For My ValentineHard rock/metal heavyweights Bullet For My Valentine have premiered their first single since signing a worldwide deal with Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records (UMG).

The track is titled “Don’t Need You” and can be heard below.

The band released Venom back in 2015.

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Hotei Strangers

Hotei

Strangers

Spinefarm Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Hotei began his career back in the 1980’s, this is probably the most successful guitarist you’ve never heard of, he has sold in the region of sixty million records, yes you read that correctly, in his native Japan. He clearly feels that now is the time for him to spread his wings as this is his debut international release. Strangers is a collaborative release that features appearances by some heavyweight guest vocalists from the alternative music scene, including Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein), Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine), Noko (Apollo 440) and Texan singer Shea Seger.

Opening track Medusa eases you into this sixteen track epic with an atmospheric instrumental that conjures up a contemporary spaghetti western. Iggy Pop makes his appearances on How The Cookie Crumbles and Walking Through The Night, his distinctive vocals add gravel to these stampy pieces of light industrial, unsurprisingly the two tracks Iggy makes his appearances on are amongst the best tracks on the album. Shea Seger demonstrates her vocal talents and brings some sultry bluesy attitude to proceedings on Kill Or Kiss and Texas Groove. In contrast to these pieces it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the tracks featuring Richard Z. Kruspe are the heaviest on the album, these are quite lightweight compared to his work with Rammstein, then again so are most things.

On this album Hotei comes across as a musical chameleon, changing and adapting his style to those around him. This is an unusual album, each of the tracks appears to have been tailored to the person guesting on it, but the overall theme is a hybrid of rock, electronica and industrial. There are high and low points on this, it resembles the soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi movie and the whole album sounds slightly dated, in places Hotei doesn’t seem to have been able to move away from his 80’s roots, but the inclusion of a varied and laudable collection of guest vocalists makes this a diverse and interesting album

You can order Strangers here

The Browning I

The Browning

Isolation

Spinefarm Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

The Browning are an extreme metal band from Kansas City, Missouri, Isolation is their third album and follows on from 2013’s Hypernova. Their first two albums were released on pioneering UK based label Earache Records, this is their first release for Spinefarm Records. The Browning‘s music stands out from the majority of metal bands as alongside the crushing metal guitar riffs, pummelling double bass drums and guttural vocals, it incorporates elements of electronica and dance music into the mix. Isolation is also a superbly produced album, the brutal metal is blended effortlessly with the electronic elements, the end result is a perfectly balanced assault on the senses.

I might as well lay my cards on the table at this point, over the years I’ve seen a fair few extreme metal bands live and, much like the extreme end of hardcore punk, I find this is a music that works live, the extreme energy and intensity works in that environment, but, and this is a big but, with very few exceptions I just don’t see the appeal of it outside of a live venue, and to a lesser extent I find that exactly the same applies to electronic dance music.

You can probably gather that this album is not something I would normally choose to listen to, in fact I doubt I’ll ever to listen to it again, but if I was offered the chance to see them live I probably would be tempted. If you’re a fan of extreme metal then Isolation is an album you should investigate, The Browning deserve credit as they have made an album that brings something different to the table in a genre that can be overly formulaic and repetetive.

Isolation is released on the 24th June on Spinefarm Records and can be ordered here

Bullet For My Valentine Sign To Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records

Bullet For My ValentineHard rock/metal heavyweights Bullet For My Valentine has signed a worldwide deal with Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records (UMG).  Frontman Matt Tuck comments:

“We’re very proud and excited to announce our signing to Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records. It feels great to be part of a family that truly believes in the band and is ready to take us to the next level. It’s been an incredible journey so far – but with the Search and Destroy / Spinefarm team behind us, it feels like we’ve just begun. Here’s to the future.”

The band released Venom back in 2015.

Video: Atreyu – A Bitter Broken Memory

AtreyuAmerican metalcore act Atreyu has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “A Bitter Broken Memory” and appears on their latest album, Long Live, which dropped back in September 2015 via Spinefarm/Search + Destroy.

Watch it here courtesy Billboard.

Anti-Flag release Live Acoustic at 11 Street Records

Anti-FlagPittsburgh’s Anti-Flag have released a digital acoustic album, Live Acoustic at 11 Street Records. The album features nine tracks, some fan favorites and several from American Spring, recorded live at Punk Rock Bowling. 

Bassist Chris #2 commented:

“The songs on American Spring pushed us into territory uncharted. This show at 11th Street Records was not only us unveiling the record for the first time but of us playing these songs for people other than ourselves for the first time. To partner with this shop in Las Vegas and have attendees of Punk Rock Bowling from all over the globe made this one of the coolest and powerful moments in our bands life. This collection of songs is a document of that moment.

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Video: Anti-Flag – All of the Poison, All of the Pain

American SpringPittsburgh, PA punks Anti Flag have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “All of the Poison, All of the Pain” from their latest full length, American Spring, released earlier this year via Spinefarm Records.

 

Watch the video below.

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Atreyu Stream New Full Length

AtreyuAmerican metalcore act Atreyu has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Long Live, which dropped today via Spinefarm/Search + Destroy.

Listen to the full disc below.

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Anti-Flag

Pat Thetic

Spinefarm Records
By on August 7th, 2015 at The Bowery District, Reading UK

 

 

Ahead of one of Anti-Flag’s intimate club shows in Reading, UK we sat down with drummer Pat Thetic to talk about their latest record American Spring, the first Republican TV debate, running their own label, terrible band artwork and a whole lot more.

Check out the interview below.

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Atreyu – Start To Break

AtreyuAmerican metalcore act Atreyu has premiered a new song from upcoming full length.  The track is titled “Start To Break” and will appear on Long Live, which is due out on September 18, 2015 via Spinefarm/Search + Destroy.

Listen to the song here courtesy AltPress.

Atreyu Announce New Album; Premiere Music Video

AtreyuAmerican metalcore act Atreyu, has announced plans for their next full length.  The full length will be titled Long Live and is due out on September 18, 2015 via Spinefarm/Search + Destroy.   Pre-orders are live and track listing is below.  Coinciding with the announcement comes the premiere of a new music video.  Drummer Brandon Saller expresses his enthusiasm:

“This is my favorite video we’ve ever created. We were fortunate to have our own Porter McKnight at the helm with the art direction and video. We wanted to make the pre-order options interesting and have items for the true collector. Grab your pre-order and get the title track instantly. Then, I recommend going to your car, cranking it up and driving fast while screaming your f**ing head off.”

Watch the video below.

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Anti-Flag Full Album Stream

Anti FlagLong running punk act Anti-Flag has premiered a full stream of their brand new album, American Spring, which is due out May 26, 2015 via their new home on Spinefarm Records.  The album was produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet) and Anti-Flag.  Known guest spots in the album includ appearances from Tim Armstrong of Rancid (“Brandenburg Gate”) and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (“Without End”).

Listen to the full disc below.  And be sure to read our review of the new record.

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Video: Anti-Flag – Brandenburg Gate

Anti FlagLong running punk act Anti-Flag has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Brandenburg Gate” from their upcoming album, American Spring, which is due out May 26, 2015 via their new home on Spinefarm Records.  The album was produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet) and Anti-Flag.  Known guest spots in the album includ appearances from Tim Armstrong of Rancid (“Brandenburg Gate”) and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (“Without End”).

Watch the video below.  And be sure to read our review of the new record.

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Anti-Flag - American Spring

Anti-Flag

American Spring

Spinefarm Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Anti-Flag has been pushing to awaken of the apathetic global populace since their inception.  They’ve supported various non-profit organizations like PETA, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, and have attended countless rallies by playing protest songs on the streets.  But they’re still waiting.  As might be expected from a band born from such vicious condemnation of modern consumerism and economic imperialism, they’re beginnings started wrought in unbridled anger.  

But after nearly two decades, their sound has become far more strategic.  Like a rebellious adolescent realizing that they will inevitably live their life in the very world they’re fighting against, Anti-Flag’s current form has been decidedly more approachable than their early years.  Comparing A New Kind Of Army to anything post For Blood And Empire is like slugging it out in the trenches versus being told about being in the trenches.  While purists might have you believe the former is preferable, trenches are actually repulsive, disgusting cesspools of disease.  You’d likely have a better time watching Band of Brothers than following in their footsteps.  The same principal loosely applies to Anti-Flag’s legacy.

Each passing album finds Anti-Flag intentionally expanding their sound into a more accessible form, downplaying the singular riot scuffles and protest war-cries by expanding into broad themes and big, flavourful anthems.  While that might sound like punk-rock betrayal, lyrics like, “across the great divide lies the rich and poor, a rotting melting pot, of haves and have nots, so fix your bayonets, this is war,” still provoke radical thinking under a spotlight of addictive chorus hooks.  In other words Anti-Flag is a leader in reaching and connecting with the biggest audience possible without compromising their raison d’etre.  Songs like “Brandenburg Gate” coat messages of hope and resilience in tuneful, gang-flooded climaxes born of age old “woah-oh-oh” vocal melodies (aided by a cameo from Rancid’s Tim Armstrong).  Infused with searing pop hooks, the songs and messages will linger in memory well beyond their runtime.  At it’s core, American Spring is an album that can be listened to over and over again without losing steam.  

The album comes scattered with a host of angsty highs leading the pack with a rumble of riff rolling punches.  Highlights like “Walk Away” challenge listeners to sift through the day to day and discover their own potential as agents of change.  The band pleads directly with their audience, tossing around accusations of blind indifference: “walk away walk away, that’s what you always do, be the same be the same, cause they want you to, there must be more to life than this.”  Guitars cut deep as riffs amplify Anti-Flag’s finger-wagging allegations that ignorance remains every bit as detrimental to finding a solution as the instigators.  Some of American Spring’s biggest and best moments of shred it up in the short bouts of fury making up “To Hell With Boredom,” but also completely reel it back in for those sing-along fist raisers like “Low Expectations” and “The Debate Is Over (If You Want It).”

When the dust settles, American Spring stands as a really well rounded Anti-Flag album.  The disc is rough, tough and boasts a surprisingly easy flow for such a combative statement.  Anti-Flag channels their political distrust into a social justice mission that’s every bit as catchy as it is commanding.  If American Spring proves anything, it’s that after all these years Anti-Flag’s edge remains as sharp as ever, and that should be all fans really need to hear.

Anti-Flag – Sky Is Falling

Anti FlagLong running punk act Anti-Flag has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Sky Is Falling” from their upcoming album, American Spring, which is due out May 26, 2015 via their new home on Spinefarm Records.  The album was produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet) and Anti-Flag.  Known guest spots in the album includ appearances from Tim Armstrong of Rancid (“Brandenburg Gate”) and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (“Without End”).

Listen to the new track accompanied by full lyric video and commentary on US drone strikes below.

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Anti-Flag Reveal Album Art And Tack Listing

Anti FlagLong running punk act Anti-Flag has has revealed album art for their next album.  The disc will be titled American Spring and is dueout May 26, 2015 via their new home on Spinefarm Records.  The album was produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet) and Anti-Flag.  Known guest spots in the album includ appearances from Tim Armstrong of Rancid (“Brandenburg Gate”) and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (“Without End”).

Track listing and album art are below.

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Anti-Flag Join Spinefarm Records; Announce New Album

Long running punk act Anti-Flag has made the jump to Spinefarm Records.  The punk legends plan to release a brand new record, The American Spring, later this year.  The band commented on what fans can expect:

“We are excited to announce that our tenth full-length record will be released on Spinefarm Records this spring… There is no shortage of fodder for a new record of commentary on the social and political climate in 2015: Endless wars, the new Jim Crow and American injustice, corprotocracy, environmental coup d’état, the surveillance state, loss, grief, and anxiety. We hope that these songs can grant us solace in a seemingly hopeless era.”

“It has been frustrating to see much punk rock music -and music in general- quiet in the face of so many atrocities that are taking place around the world. This record is not quiet. If you are disillusioned with the status quo, these songs are for you. The American Spring is now.”

The album was produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet) and Anti-Flag.  Known guest spots in the album includ appearances from Tim Armstrong of Rancid (“Brandenburg Gate”) and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (“Without End”).

Upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Dregen – Just Like That

DregenDregen, founding member of the Swedish rock bands Backyard Babies and The Hellacopters has finished recording his debut solo record. Simply titled Dregen it is due for release on September 25th via Universal Music (Sweden) and Spinefarm Records in the UK.

The lead single is called Just Like That and the official video can be viewed here. Full track list below:

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