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By Stampede Press UK, Aug 21 2016 10:17AM

"They used to be hard rockers BlackWolf. We even nominated them for our Best New Band award. Now they’re back after a facelift as Illustr8ors, and if Your Animal is anything to go by, it was a good move. Sharper, slicker and more contemporary-sounding, it’s a promising opening case for their new look"

Illustr8ors stunning debut single / music video premiere features as part of a stellar playlist c/o Classic Rock Magazine's latest 'Tracks Of The Week', alongside new Metallica, Green Day, Beth Hart, Blackberry Smoke, The Dead Daisies, Pixies and David Brent (Yes, THAT David Brent, taken from the forthcoming motion picture 'David Brent: A Life On The Road').

Discover 'Your Animal' here:

Don't miss Illustr8ors on tour with Toseland:


28th STOKE ON TRENT - The Sugarmill

29th WOLVERHAMPTON - The Slade Rooms

30th SHEFFIELD - ‪The Corporation


1st EDINBURGH - Electric Circus

2nd ABERDEEN - Tunnels

4th HULL - FRüIT

5th CHESTER - The Live Rooms

7th NORTHAMPTON - Roadmender

8th NOTTINGHAM - Rock City

9th BRISTOL - The Fleece

11th SOUTHAMPTON - Engine Rooms

12th LONDON - Dingwalls

13th NORWICH - The Waterfront


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By Stampede Press UK, Aug 5 2016 02:59PM

U.S rockers confirm special guest UK tour slot to Stone Broken + reveal 'Criminal' lyric video

Idlewar has been making the headlines, with Classic Rock Magazine calling the Californian hard rock trio "Immense" and Planet Rock Radio playlisting the band, plus confirming them for Rockstock 2016.

With their debut album set for release 30th September (via Pledge/PHD), Idlewar has now been confirmed as guests to STONE BROKEN (recently announced Frontiers Music signing) on their UK tour, this coming November and December.

"This is not just about being able to play music that we’ve written for appreciative fans. It’s also about meeting these amazing people that we have connected with. We see a passion in fans that matches the passion we put into this music." (James Blake - vocals / bass)

Watch the new lyric video for 'Criminal' and pledge now for the debut album 'IMPULSE' at

"We’re trying to keep a balance with our videos. Some songs lend themselves to darker imagery. 'Criminal' is the song on the debut album that we felt was the opportunity to be a bit comical, but still cool." (Pete Pagoni - drums)

Idlewar UK Tour With Stone Broken:

24th Nov – NORWICH – Brickmakers Arms

25th Nov – SHEFFIELD – The Corporation

26th Nov – LONDON – The Black Heart

28th Bov - BRIGHTON - The Hope And Ruin

29th Nov – NEWCASTLE – The Cluny

30th Nov – EDINBURGH – Bannermans

1st Dec – MANCHESTER – Rebellion

3rd Dec – PLANET ROCKSTOCK (SOLD OUT) – Idlewar only


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By Stampede Press UK, Aug 3 2016 04:32PM

Independent UK music agency celebrates fourth anniversary and announces new addition to team

As featured in Music Week:

Stampede Press UK, a music PR, artist support and consultancy agency that specialises in profiling rock and metal bands, brands and events, has announced the appointment of Simon Hall to the company.

The announcement ties in with the company’s fourth anniversary, and see Stampede continue to fulfil their work ethic of “helping make music matter” for self release and signed musicians, whilst supporting the industry network.

Through his prolific work as a key member of the UK’s number one metal festival Bloodstock Open Air and the Metal 2 The Masses foundation (which has established itself as a premiere platform for emerging rock/metal bands and draws in thousands of music fans at events nationwide and internationally) Simon’s new position at Stampede Press UK as Artist Consultant will see him strengthen the company’s foundations and build on the past four years successes.

Stampede Director / Founder Rob Town says “2016 was always going to be a year of change for Stampede. I knew I wanted to be bolder and build on past achievements but I needed to bring in another person/s that shared my vision and passion. Simon is definitely one of those persons. Whilst we share a lot of experience, knowledge and skills, he also brings a whole lot more to the table and I can’t wait for Stampede’s clients to benefit from what’s to come.”

Hall is currently preparing for what’s set to be Bloodstock Festival’s biggest year yet, and as a champion of new blood bands and legacy acts, he’s kept a keen eye on the ever shifting landscape of the music scene, “For some time now, I’ve felt the filter has been broken, in terms of talented bands being able to achieve all the potential they can in the music industry. Through my work as a musician (Hall is frontman for the British progressive metal band Beholder), Bloodstock Festival and Metal 2 The Masses, by now coming on board with Stampede, I see this is a great opportunity for Rob and myself to dispel misinformation and help musicians navigate away from self-serving platforms that can have a negative effect on an artist’s momentum.”

Town agrees, “It’s a creative time for artists, especially having opportunities to self-produce their music, but we need to strive to find a balance, so that potential to be great / GREAT music gets a chance to shine and artists don’t miss out on opportunities to work with key people in this business, that can help raise their music to another level. In my mind, it’s got to come back down to how GREAT is the song / collection of music, and should it be marketed, or maybe rather, how strongly should it be marketed, in the public domain, before it risks becoming another small drop in the ocean?”

“What we’re looking to achieve”, continues Hall, “is for Stampede to build on its reputation as a solid, honest, trustworthy company that believes in its clients and acts as a conduit to help develop dedicated, committed bands reach realistic goals.“Realistic”, Town chimes in, “it’s so important to be realistic and to achieve clarification where possible. The internet, for all its ‘power’, for musicians trying to ‘make it’, it’s a double edged sword. Unless you’re switched on or working with someone that’s reliable, switched on and gives a damn about what you’re doing, bands will otherwise risk crashing and burning before their time, and amongst the wreckage could be true gems that should have shined.” “Right now, it’s an exciting but unsure time for rock and metal music and all that surrounds it, we need to have our eyes wide open. I’m looking forward to working with Simon and others in our community, to help support and strengthen the bands, brands and events that energise our beloved scene.”

Stampede Press UK will be attending Bloodstock Festival UK and available for press in the media area on Sunday 14th August 2016


About Stampede Press UK and Rob Town:

Throwing caution to the wind, Rob ‘Bobby’ Town quit his full time career in March 2004 to join a band. Previously bassist / co-manager in the successful British heavy metal band Panic Cell, he’s been fortunate to tour the world, sharing stages with the likes of Metallica, Disturbed, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Anthrax, Staind, In This Moment, Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Devildriver, Skindred and more, playing legacy festivals like Download, Sonisphere, Wacken, Bloodstock, Fields Of Rock and SXSW. During this time Rob was a director of an independent record label and involved in numerous UK / European tour / show promotions including SOiL, Drowning Pool, iLL Nino, American Head Charge, Testament, Stuck Mojo and more.

In July 2012 Rob formed Stampede Press UK Ltd.

To date clients have included legacy artists, such as SOiL, Terrorvision, Winger, Toby Jepson (Little Angels), (hed)p.e, Jizzy Pearl/Love/Hate, Straight Line Stitch, Richie Ramone and more, plus working with up and coming / breaking bands like Anti-Clone, BlackWolf, Buffalo Summer and Krysthla, helping them promote their releases proactively and navigate the music industry effectively.

By Stampede Press UK, Jul 28 2016 03:25PM

Following their swagger oozing live debut at Ramblin' Man Festival 2016, illustr8ors has been confirmed as guests on Toseland's UK tour this autumn.

The former World Superbikes champion's band has just completed a European tour with Deep Purple.

Formerly classic rock award nominees BlackWolf, illustr8ors will release their self titled debut ep on the 14th October. Lead single 'Your Animal' is now streaming online:

Toseland UK Tour With Special Guests illustr8ors


28th STOKE ON TRENT - The Sugarmill

29th WOLVERHAMPTON - The Slade Rooms

30th SHEFFIELD - ‪The Corporation


1st EDINBURGH - Electric Circus

2nd ABERDEEN - Tunnels

4th HULL - FRüIT

5th CHESTER - The Live Rooms

7th NORTHAMPTON - Roadmender

8th NOTTINGHAM - Rock City

9th BRISTOL - The Fleece

11th SOUTHAMPTON - Engine Rooms

12th LONDON - Dingwalls

13th NORWICH - The Waterfront


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By Stampede Press UK, Jul 28 2016 06:21AM


Bryan Scott (THE UNION UNDERGROUND): Vocals/Guitar

Tim King (SOiL): Bass

Adam Zadel (SOiL): Guitar

Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE): Drums

American hard rock band INTO THE FIRE was conceived in 2013 by vocalist Bryan Scott (The Union Underground, Cult To Follow), bassist Tim King (SOiL) and guitarist Adam Zadel (SOiL). Long time friend Will Hunt (Evanescence) was brought in on drums soon after.

"I was sitting around with Adam one day talking about who would be great to jam with", states bassist Tim King. "I shot Bryan Scott a text message and Into The Fire was born a day later."

The group grabbed onto this opportunity and started putting material together. According to Bryan Scott "As soon as Tim sent me the material I immediately had ideas and started putting vocals down. The music had the perfect vibe for what I wanted to do."

The first two released tracks 'Spit You Out' and 'From The Medicine' were engineered, produced and mixed by Bryan W.Scott and mastered by James Murphy. The result can be best described as a raw and stripped down rock sound with modern elements. The band's first video for 'Spit You Out' is scheduled for release as part of a special EP bundle, which is officially released 30th September 2016 via Pavement Entertainment.

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By Stampede Press UK, Jul 26 2016 10:13AM

Californian's bring the rock with debut album release this September

Appearing live at Planet Rockstock 2016

"They shoot riffs like crazed, bazooka-wielding freedom fighters, rocking their hard rock groove like a tractor teetering atop a cliff. IMMENSE." - Classic Rock Magazine

Following the well received debut EP 'Dig In', IDLEWAR IS BACK, with the release of their greatly anticipated first full length album, 'Impulse', in association with Pledge Music and PHD.

With the Pledge campaign now underway, fans will get the chance to hear and receive new material before the album is released, starting with lead single 'Criminal'.

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With the core tracking for the album's ten songs recorded in just two days, Idlewar throws down a debut album which has an abundance of raw power. This new release shows the growth of the Orange County, Californian three piece, as 'Impulse' offers a widened scope to listeners, whilst remaining firmly planted in heavy / hard rock sonics.

"The writing process has become easier between the three of us. Initially, because it was all so new, there was a 'feeling out' period, but once we became more comfortable, the creative process opened things up so much", says drummer Pete Pagonis, who also produced 'Impulse'. The album was given its final audio punch, with mastering by Brian Lucey (Ghost 'Meliora', Black Keys 'El Camino', Arctic Monkeys 'AM', plus albums by David, 'Twin Peaks' 'Dune', Lynch) in Los Angeles.

From the one, two, three, groove drenched punches of 'Stone In My Heel', 'Soul' and 'Criminal', Idlewar showcase riffs, hooks and melodies with ease. By the time you reach track four, 'All That I've Got', vocalist / bassist James Blake delivers a stunning, emotionally charged vocal performance. Throughout 'Impulse', Blakes' vocals captures the essence of Idlewar, but never over-riding the well oiled, organic, solid instrumentation that he, Pagonis and guitarist Rick Graham professionally deliver, from start to finish. Never letting up but allowing enough variety to engage listeners, 'Impulse' is THE sound of Idlewar, and by the time 'Glory' knocks you to the floor and closing track, the speed junkie 'On Our Knees', hits you between the eyes, you'll be ready to press the repeat button.

'Impulse' is officially released 30th September 2016 via PHD.

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By Stampede Press UK, Jul 13 2016 09:59AM

"In one breath illustr8ors is a metamorphosis and a stubborn stride towards a place where the core components of rock'n'roll exist in a relative and contemporary time. In another breath illustr8ors is just a contemporary rock band giving a f**k about what it means to be alive in music now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but right now"

Wave goodbye to BlackWolf (2014 Classic Rock Magazine 'Best New Band' Award Nominees + Planet Rock Radio Tour Headliners) and say hello to illustr8ors and their stunning, self titled debut ep (out 14th October 2016).

Featuring four white hot songs, this forthcoming ep is sharp, drenched in groove, ladened with hooks and melody, whilst intelligent and a straight to the point collection of music. No messing about, no gimmicks…this is what rock music sounds like right NOW.

illustr8ors is a different animal to BlackWolf. Whilst the band line up remains the same; this young five piece from Bristol, UK have been on a musical journey of discovery, both as a band and as individuals. Simply put, this is illustr8ors.

Scott Sharp - Vocals

Jason Cronin - Rhythm Guitar

John Greenhill - Lead Guitar

Ben Webb - Bass Guitar

Thomas Lennox-Brown – Drums

In their previous guise illustr8ors scored tours and supports with the likes of The Temperance Movement, Winger, Blues Pills, Von Hertzen Brothers and The Answer to name a few; a nomination for Classic Rock Magazine's 'Best New Band' roll of honour award, numerous playlist slots on major rock radio stations and a debut headline tour endorsed by Planet Rock Radio. However, it was time for a change. A time for a more decisive stride towards a definitive and individual sonic identity. A rebirth. That's when illustr8ors were born.

From the initial coffee shop conversations between new producer Toby Jepson (The Virginmarys) and frontman/singer Scott Sharp, right the way through to the numerous days of recording in the studio, the aim was simple. The band was in search of a new voice, one they could call their own and one that had something relevant and relative to say.

It didn't take long before band and producer were shedding away the fat and cutting at the bare bones of what this band were: A slick, riff loving, funked-up (slightly off-centered) melting pot of sas-mouthed rock'n'roll. Growth came quickly and the new songs came out swinging. From the immediate soaring hooks of 'Your Animal' to the foot-shuffling, popadelic declaration of identity that is 'Shush Shush', the excitement between band and producer was tangible. The end result is a selection of songs that tell the story of a unique band striding confidently forward into a contemporary music world, whilst not forgetting what it was about rock'n'roll that set their hearts alight in the first place. No throw back gimmicks. No bulls**t. Just rock music as this band hears it today.

illustr8ors self titled debut ep is released 14th October 2016. Don't miss the band play their first live show at Ramblin' Man Fair, Sunday 24th July 2016.

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By Stampede Press UK, Jul 12 2016 06:27AM

The year was 1992—not so long ago? Actually, it was nigh on 25 years ago, before kids and car payments, before growing up, it was still long hair and staying up all night, listening to your favourite music and not having to pay for it the next morning.

And then there was the rock band, Love/Hate.

Out and about with Ozzy Osbourne on his 'No More Tears' European tour. Somewhere in the middle of the mayhem, an early morning knock came on the tour bus door. Always the first one up, frontman Jizzy Pearl opened the door a crack and peered out, “Congratulations” said an Ozzy roadie, “Your new record just broke the Top 20!” That record was 'WASTED IN AMERICA', second in line and coming fast on the heels of their successful first record 'BLACKOUT IN THE RED ROOM'.

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of 'Wasted In America' and Jizzy Pearl will celebrate by playing the entire album in its entirety, a FIRST!

Along with many songs from 'Blackout In The Red Room' and 'LETS RUMBLE' -

JIZZY PEARL/LOVE/HATE joins his UK band and UK fans for an amazing night of songs and memories. And ALWAYS a meet and greet afterwards.

Get ready to get WASTED in March 2017 with JIZZY PEARL/LOVE/HATE!!

UK Tour March 2017 with guest 'Bulletproof Rose':

8th - EDINBURGH - Bannermans

9th - TBA


11th - EVESHAM - Iron Road

12th - WAKEFIELD - Snooty Fox

16th - NEWCASTLE - Trillians

17th - BASINGSTOKE - The Stage

18th - NORWICH - The Waterfront

19th - LONDON - Camden Underworld

23rd - WOLVERHAMPTON - Slade Rooms

25th - BALLYMENA - Diamond Rock Club

30th - TBA

31st - GLASGOW - Audio

April 2017:

1st - TBA

2nd - TBA

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By Stampede Press UK, Jul 10 2016 12:43PM

British technical/progressive metallers follow Bloodstock Festival main stage slot with Sworn Amongst co-headline UK tour this August.

Since releasing their acclaimed EP 'Virus' and having cut their teeth playing countless live shows, sharing stages with the likes of Scar Symmetry, Xerath, Hacktivist, Skindred, Fozzy, plus festival slots at Bloodstock, Download, Techfest and more, Cambion continue to impress with their own take on high energy, intelligent, technical metal. With a prestigious main stage appearance at Bloodstock Festival 2016, and a co-headline UK tour with Sworn Amongst this August, Cambion live is not to be missed.

The Devon 4 piece are currently in pre-production for their highly anticipated debut album. More news to follow.

Cambion live August 2016:


Cambion / Sworn Amongst Co-Headline UK Tour:

19th Aug - WORKSOP - The Frog - Worksop

20th Aug - BOLTON - Alma Inn


22nd Aug - EXETER - Exeter Cavern

23rd Aug - CAMBRIDGE - The Portland Arms

24th Aug - NORWICH - The Owl Sanctuary

25th Aug - BASINGSTOKE - Sanctuary Live UK

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By Stampede Press UK, Jul 6 2016 03:08PM

Beholder announce special guest inclusion on Onslaught 'The Force Revisited' UK-IRE Tour.

Onslaught return to home soil celebrating the 30th anniversary of their legendary opus 'The Force', while Beholder will be delivering tracks from their highly acclaimed ‘Reflections’ album which has taken the band to the next level:

"Progressive edged metallers Beholder have impressed...excellently crafted and crushingly performed...this is without a doubt the most cohesive collection of songs that Beholder have put to their name to so far" - Metal Hammer

"Beholder meld the labyrinthine and the massive to imposing all hangs together with bloody minded, ass-kicking panache" - Kerrang!

Beholder frontman Simon Hall: “Loving the thought of this tour already, and to be honest being on a bill with the mighty Onslaught and Anihilated means the punters get a real tour de force ……. Tour de Force ….. get it? “

Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett comments “We are well and truly stoked to announce our upcoming tour of the UK & Ireland this Autumn, by the time we hit the road in November it will be well over 2 and a half years since we did the last run, we feel the time is now right to bring things home once again.

Everything is gonna be stripped back and brutal, just as Thrash Metal should be!”

Onslaught / Beholder / Anihilated live:


2nd SOUTHAMPTON – Talking Heads *

3rd GRIMSBY – Yardbirds *

4th LIMERICK - Dolans

5th DUBLIN - Voodoo

6th BELFAST - Limelight2

7th DERBY - Hairy Dog

9th SWANSEA – The Scene *

10th EDINGBURGH - Bannermans

11th GLASGOW - Audio

12th KETTERING – Athletic Club **

13th MANCHESTER -Rebellion

14th BIRMINGHAM - Rainbow

15th BANBURY - Wheatsheaf

16th CHESTER - Live Room

17th CARDIFF - Globe

18th BRISTOL - Fleece

19th LONDON - Titanfest

*Not Beholder

**Onslaught Only

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