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UK Release July 25th 2011 on Casket Records
From the moment of formation in 2007 there was a sense of something extra about Plymouth/Truro metalers Huron. It did not take too long for Rising Records to grab them and the release of their debut album Cheyne Stoking saw them bathed in glowing reviews from the likes of Kerrang, Rock Sound, and the man himself, Bruce Dickinson. Subsequent tours and shows with the likes of Valient Thorr and Viking Skull, festival appearances, and playing Hammerfest II on the same bill as Devil Driver, Suicidal Tendencies, Orange Goblin and Iced Earth in 2010, has only escalated the appetite for and the reputation of the quartet. Read more here!
UK Release June 6th 2011 on UDR
It’s the biggest mystery in metal: why aren’t Saxon bigger than Iron Maiden? Personally, I prefer the Barnsley barnstormers to the East End crew. Hey, don’t get me wrong, Maiden are a fantastic band, and have done more for the profile of metal than possibly any other band this side of AC/DC or Metallica, but there’s something about Saxon that I just find more appealing.
They’re a band that have fought the odds – break ups, being fired by record companies – but they’ve hung on in there and carried on doing what they do best… playing damn fine, fist in the air, anthemic heavy feckin’ metal. Read more here!
Look out Britain, there’s a big truck coming rolling over the Irish Sea, and it’s got a quartet of devils behind the wheel.
The Northern Ireland rock and metal scene is undergoing something of a revival at the moment, spearheaded by Million $ Reload, who recently signed to the Classic Rock magazine owned Powerage Records, who in turn remastered, re-edited and re-issued their hard rockin’ debut album, ‘Anthems Of A Degeneration’. The band have led the Norn Iron foray into the English live market, with an appearance on the recent Powerage tour, a second appearance at Download just this weekend and a place confirmed at December’s Hard Rock Hell festival. Read more here!
UK Release June 6th 2011 on PIAS
Concept albums – the sort of thing you either love or hate, with generally no ground in between. In the hands of truly great artists such as The Who, Rush or Dream Theater, they can be true masterpieces: in the hands of a bunch of pretentious upstarts (naming no names) who think it would be ‘cool’, they can be an unmitigated disaster. The sort of balance that brings us neatly to what could possibly be described as “the world’s first hardcore concept album”: ‘hardcore’ and ‘concept’ in the same sentence – surely they jest? Read more here!