Anathema UK tour starts February 9th

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anathema live

On the back of their highly acclaimed 2010 album We’re Here Because We’re Here, Liverpool prog rockers Anathema will tour the UK this month kicking of with a gig at the Live Lounge in Durham on February 9th and finishing at London’s Scala on February 17th.

Following an absence from the recording studio of several years, Anathema returned last year with the award winning album We’re Here Because We’re Here, their first collection of new material since the 2003 album A Natural Disaster.

The multi-coloured, multi-layered work of unbridled emotion, passion, and intensity, the new album has been embraced by their legions of fans and the worldwide press.

Having pioneered the UK melodic rock metal movement since their conception in 1990, Anathema have fearlessly explored  new territory and new ways to express feeling through sound ever since.

Spawning a myriad of imitators, influenced by their music, along the way, Anathema have managed to remain one step ahead throughout their distinguished reign.

The line-up is really a collective of two families who were quite simply born to do it. Anathema consists of brothers Vincent, Daniel and Jamie Cavanagh, alongside childhood friends John Douglas and his sister Lee, who is an incredible singer in her own right. The line-up is completed by Les Smith, who brings much in the way of production expertise to the band.

Always forward looking, the band are humbled by the lavish praise heaped upon them over the years, but are now ready to take their music to the next level.

Expect details of a new Anathema EP entitled Dreaming Light during the coming weeks.

Anathema UK tour dates:

09/02 : Durham – Live Lounge

10/02 : Glasgow – Cathouse

11/02 : Sheffield – Academy 2

12/02 : Nottingham – Rescue Rooms

14/02 : Leamington Spa – The Assembly

15/02 : Manchester – Academy 3

16/02 : Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms

17/02 : London – The Scala

As a bonus here is a video featuring Danny from the band discussing band life and working with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame whilst on a big wheel!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP4GuOymNvI

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Cradle Of Filth ‘Forgive Me Father I Have Sinned’ single/video and album news

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Forgive Me Father I Have Sinned is the excellent first single to be taken from the forthcoming Cradle Of Filth album Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa which is released on November 1st.

The single is scheduled for release on October 18th and the video to accompany the track can be seen below.

The band are currently streaming tracks from Darkly, Darkly,Venus Aversa album on the Cradle Of Filth mini site where they also currently previewing the brilliantly titled track Nun With The Astral Habit.

The mini-site also features a video blog, info about the album, a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track Lilith Immaculate, downloads and more. The site is being updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, new downloads and more. We shall also be adding previews of a different track from the album every Wednesday.

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, released on the band’s own AbraCadaver imprint through Peaceville Records and through Nuclear Blast in the USA, is the band’s ninth studio album and in the words of Cradle’s infamous frontman Dani Filth is ‘without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we’ve created to date. As an acquaintance of the band so aptly noted, this is like Iron Maiden on crack in a graveyard of angels! This album is Cradle at our most sinister and darkened fairytale, a gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion.’ Top Stuff!

The ultimate fans’ edition of Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is now available to pre-order from the mini-site, Dani has stated that this is will be, ‘the best Cradle Of Filth release that we have ever created, the ultimate version of our ultimate album. For you, our loyal mortal appreciators.’

The fans’ edition comes packed in a deluxe hard box containing:

  • 2CDs – the album plus a disc of bonus tracks and demos (including  Adest Rosa Secreta Eros, an exclusive track that will not be available on any other edition of the album)
  • DVD – the promo video for Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) plus a documentary on the making of the video
  • A 64 page hard-back book containing band photos, musings and artwork
  • An exclusive t-shirt available only in this box
  • A stunning limited edition lenticular 3D image of the album cover art , ready for framing
  • Five photographic prints
  • An official certificate of authenticity from the band

Cradle Of Filth are inviting fans via the mini site, to submit questions which Dani will be filmed answering. The band’s answers will be filmed and posted on the Peaceville YouTube channel and the album mini-site in the lead up to the release date.

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Torche announce EP release and UK tour dates

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Doom mongers Torche release their first new material since the acclaimed Meanderthal album on October 4th, and the band will follow the release with some live dates in the UK.

Songs for Singles is a collection of eight new tracks that for some reason Torche refer to as an EP rather than a full album, maybe that is down to the short, 21 minute length of the recordings, but who knows?

Torche fans can hear the entire collection of Songs for Singles being streamed via the Torche MySpace page, where pre-orders for the EP are also available.

Once again Torche have harnessed the power of doom and  stoner rock and wrapped it neatly around some catchy melodic pop tunes, creating a rare treat of short but sweet head banging tracks on the eagerly awaited new EP.

The pioneers of Doom, Sludge, Metal, call it what you will, it is all rock music after all, will be performing the new material in November when they play four shows in the UK, the dates are as follows:

November Tour Dates

22nd – London, Garage

23rd – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

24th – Glasgow, Stereo

25th – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds

Cradle Of Filth launch mini site with exclusive access to new album tracks

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The delightfully shocking, exciting and at times downright disgusting Cradle of Filth release the latest episode of the bands dark history, their new album Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa will be released on November 1st through Peaceville Records.

The extreme metal band has set up a mini site where fans are able to get their fix of Cradle of Filth ahead of the album release there is a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork and a link to download an mp3 of the track Lilith Immaculate.

The site will be updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos,  an iPhone app, new downloads and more. From September 22nd they will also be adding previews of a different track from the album every Wednesday.

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is the band’s ninth studio album and in the word’s of Cradle’s infamous frontman Dani Filth is “without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we’ve created to date. As an acquaintance of the band so aptly noted, this is like ‘Iron Maiden on crack in a graveyard of angels!”

“This album is Cradle at our most sinister and darkened fairytale,” continues Dani. “A gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion.”

Grammy nominated Cradle Of Filth have been pioneers of extreme music since their debut in 1994 and have continued to evolve with each of their subsequent releases. Unafraid of ruffling a few feathers, the band have continually refused to bow to convention or to conform to prevalent trends and fads. Yet despite this uncompromising stance the band are still the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden, with legions of fans around the globe.

Ozzfest 2010 comes to London’s O2 Arena

Ozzy Osbourne’s career has spanned an amazing five decades.  His popularity has never been in question since he spearheaded, what was to become, the heavy metal genre as charismatic lead vocalist of Black Sabbath.  The band formed in 1968 and released their eponymous album ‘Black Sabbath’ on Friday the 13th, February 1970.

The Ozzfest Festival was created in 1996 by Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne; and in 1998 Ozzfest first came to the UK.

Over the years Ozzfest has included some great line-ups including Marilyn Manson, Pantera, Slipknot, Incubus, Linkin Park and Disturbed.  Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne have also played.

Following several concerts across the United States the Ozzfest 2010 comes to the UK for one show at London’s O2 Arena, before heading off to Israel for a final tour show in Tel Aviv.

The London Ozzfest 2010 concert is on 18th September but will include much more than shows from the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne and other heavy rock protagonists.

Ozzfest 2010 will be the first UK show in over five years and will see Ozzy and co take over London’s O2 with a ‘Village Of The Damned’ including fairground rides, stalls and tattooists.  This will be the first indoor Ozzfest and for those followers of the legend that is Ozzy, this will be an event not to miss as this year, Ozzy has joined the tour!

Ozzy Osbourne will be supported on the main stage by Korn, Murderdolls and Skindred plus a special guest.  More acts will perform live on a second stage though nothing is currently confirmed.

Grammy Award-winners Korn need no introduction and will be flying in from the USA especially for the show to showcase songs from their forthcoming new album, ‘Korn III – Remember Who You Are’.

Korn guitarist, Munky was quoted on the Ozzfest website as saying:

“Ozzy is an absolute legend, mentor, and dear friend of mine, so it’s always an honour to perform on the same bill as him. We can’t wait!”

Murderdolls will rise from the dead after a six year absence, while Welsh raga-punks Skindred will perform their unique blend of metal, punk, rap and reggae.

This year Ozzy Osbourne published his book ‘I Am Ozzy’ and released his tenth solo studio album, ‘Scream’, all of which have achieved Top 40 Chart success in the UK.

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