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By Stampede Press UK, Jun 14 2016 06:21AM

Following the announcement that they're to release a new studio album 'Forever!' on the 22nd of July (details here), U.S G-Punks (hed)p.e. has been confirmed as special guests on Alien Ant Farm's UK-IRE Tour this October and November. The tour will see (hed)p.e. performing songs from the new album plus a host of back catalogue classic songs and Alien Ant Farm will be playing their chart hit album 'ANThology‬' in full, to mark its 15th anniversary.

Joining them on a bill not to be missed will be Sumo Cyco and Kaleido.



18th - WAKEFIELD - Warehouse 23

19th - EDINBURGH - La Belle Angele

20th - ABERDEEN - Garage

21st - BELFAST - Voodoo Lounge

22nd - DUBLIN

24th - PRESTON - 53 Degrees

25th - BRISTOL - Marble Factory

26th - CHESTER - Live Rooms

27th - LEAMINGTON SPA - Assembly

28th - SOUTHAMPTON - Engine Rooms

30th - WOLVERHAMPTON - Slade Rooms

31st - LONDON - O2 Academy Islington


2nd - BARNSTAPLE - Factory

3rd - READING - Sun 89

4th - SOUTHEND - Chinnerys

5th - HULL - The Welly

6th - OXFORD - O2 Academy

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By Stampede Press UK, Jun 7 2016 10:17AM

British progressive metaller's BEHOLDER have been confirmed to play Bloodstock this August, promising to deliver a special ‘Reflections’ show, featuring a set based entirely on their critically acclaimed new album.

The new album ‘Reflections’ (released April 2016) has met to high praise from fans and press alike, with Metal Hammer Magazine claiming the album to be "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" and Kerrang! Magazine boldly stating that "Beholder meld the labyrinthine and the massive to imposing all hangs together with bloody minded, ass-kicking panache."

Beholder’s slot at Bloodstock Festival promises to be a highlight of this year’s event, with a number of guests joining the band on stage for the show. “Beholder’s return to Bloodstock is going to be something for us and the fans to savour”, says frontman Simon Hall, “The monumental feedback we’ve had for 'Reflections' has spurred us on to deliver a show full of surprises and special guests and we also intend to take every precious moment that we put into that album and honour The Sophie Lancaster Stage with fans, friends and family, on Friday 12th August. We look forward to seeing you all there. Bring it on!”

. Beholder On Facebook

. Bloodstock Festival Official Website

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 7 2016 03:00AM

Winger mainman triumphs with his debut classical music album

No.1 on Billboard traditional classical music chart

No.1 on iTunes classical music chart

No.3 on Billboard classical music chart

“Kip Winger is one of the best writers of the past three decades. Playing a 12-string guitar, with no other accompaniment, you realise he is a brilliant musician.” - Classic Rock Magazine

C.F. Kip Winger, the multi-platinum recording artist, composer and producer, may be known best for his success with rock band, Winger, and his early days as bass player with Alice Cooper. However the range and scope of his musical journey can be more fully experienced in his solo work, This Conversation Seems Like A Dream, Songs From The Ocean Floor, From The Moon To The Sun.

And now, with his first full length classical album, the acclaimed composer, producer and performer has debuted at Number 1 on the official Billboard and iTunes classical music charts. Performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, recorded at SkyWalker Sound, conducted by Martin West and co-produced by C.F. Kip Winger and 4 time Grammy winner Leslie Ann Jones, the new album features Winger’s acclaimed Ballet 'Ghosts', choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, 'Conversations with Nijinsky', and the new composition 'A Parting Grace.'

Kip Winger plays his fifth annual 'An Evening With' London show, 17th September 2016 at The Borderline. Tickets on sale now.

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By Stampede Press UK, May 31 2016 08:46AM

California trio deliver on promise to play live in the UK, with BIG festival announcement.

Since releasing their first ep in 2015, IDLEWAR have been turning heads and snapping necks with their bazooka-wielding riffs and emotionally charged take on hard, heavy, groove-drenched rock.

2016 has been their biggest year yet, with airplay on Planet Rock Radio and feature spot on Classic Rock Magazine's 'Tracks Of The Week' - and now it's set to get bigger, with the confirmation that they be playing this year's ROCKSTOCK event , which also features THE DEAD DAISIES, TYKETTO, INGLORIOUS, STONE BROKEN, COLOUR OF NOISE and more!

This latest announcement for Idlewar follows hot on the heels that the band are currently working on their debut album, expected to be released later this year.

More news to follow.

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By Stampede Press UK, May 26 2016 09:00AM

Former Little Angels frontman's new band to release debut album in 2017

"Welcome to the very beginning of my new band 'Wayward Sons'. Why now?

Well ,I feel I have unfinished business, stories still left to tell, points to make, noise to create, all of the above...besides, it wasn't a choice, more of a need.

My intention is very simple. I want to sing about what makes me tick; about what I believe in. Hopefully you will believe in it too.

It will be warts and all.

Take it.

Leave it.

I hope I can help by being passionate through entertainment.

I'm currently writing the first album. We hope to record later this year and release next year through Frontiers Records. Yes! an actual record deal! I have a great team around me to help this en-devour, and have high hopes.

This is a new chapter in my life as a musician and song writer, I hope you will come along for the ride.

So please like this page and lets get cracking.

Best regards

Toby J

(Somerset May 2016) "

Toby Jepson has been in demand since the highly successful UK hard rock band Little Angels split in 1994. As a producer, he's worked with The Virginmarys, The Answer, Saxon and Toseland (the latter, Jepson has been a major driving force, as the former World Superbikes Champion band's profile grows in in the UK, Europe and the USA). Add to that co-writing credits including Katie Melua plus various solo album / ep releases, Toby Jepson is a talent to behold and the prospect of Wayward Sons is one to be relished.

Waywards Sons debut album is expected to be released via Frontiers Records in the first half of 2017.

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By Stampede Press UK, May 25 2016 12:00PM

Apocalyptic nu-metal mob step up to the plate with debut album and confirm first major festival slot.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be playing the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock this year. Bloodstock Festival is an institution in British metal and we cannot wait to smash our noise into your faces in August!" - Mr Clone (frontman, Anti-Clone)

Don't miss ANTI-CLONE live at Bloodstock, Friday 12th August 2016 on The Sophie Lancaster Stage.

"Likely to be one of the year’s most distinctive debuts" #HOTNEWBAND - Metal Hammer

“There’s a sense of genuinely sick weirdness to them that’s all Anti-Clone. It makes them intriguing, fascinating...They're threatening to make heavy music edgy again” - Kerrang!

"Stunning...With 'The Root Of Man', Anti-Clone have upped their game" - Powerplay

"Anti-Clone mix vicious guitars, pounding drums and hellish vocals" - Terrorizer

Anti-Clone's debut album, 'The Root Of Man' was produced by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Machine Head), with artwork by Mister Sam (Rob Zombie, Fear Factory) and is out now via PHD: available to buy in-store at HMV and online at iTunes, Amazon etc.

. Anti-Clone on Facebook

. Bloodstock Festival official website

By Stampede Press UK, May 24 2016 05:20AM


Resin Events in association with Firebug & Andy Wright present UPRISING – A full day of metal over three stages featuring a host of the heaviest bands on the touring circuit along with the final of the East Midlands BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL's 'Metal 2 The Masses'.

MOTORHEAD axeman PHIL CAMPBELL will be bringing his All Star Band to headline the event with a barrage of Rock N Roll classics along with Motorhead tracks as we raise our beers to the late great Lemmy Kilminster … anyone remember 2013 when Phil and the band played “Killed By Death” on the Bloodstock Jagermeister Stage?

Hell - With the band's stunning live performance at Bloodstock Festival 2013 being one of the absolute highlights and numerous accolades from the press/media including band and album of the year awards, HELL's special guest slot at Uprising is not to be missed.

Quite possibly the heaviest band on planet earth CONAN will destroy all in their path. With primal monolithic tones guitarist Jon Paul Davis, Bassist Chris Fielding and drummer Rich Lewis will leave the De Montfort Hall in a state of euphoric doom!

Madmen ACID REIGN are back in action! After a lengthy hiatus and after a monumental return in 2015 they’re set to bring their brand of obnoxiously humorous Thrash back to Leicester. Time to get ya Thrash pants back on kids!

BEHOLDER - The British progressive metal legends are about to release their best album to date with 'Reflections' ("Beholder have impressed...excellently crafted and crushingly performed...this is without a doubt the most cohesive collection of songs that they have put to their name to so far" - Metal Hammer) and Uprising is honoured Beholder will be joining the party!

SWAMP DELTA , featuring Robber Byker of Gaye Bikers on Acid and Screaming Delta Anderson, The Porkbeast, Denizen Blink Cyclone and not forgetting Rob Vomit all formerly of Crazyhead, Swamp Delta are a 21st century Urban Bastard Blues Band from South Wigston Swamp Delta Zone. this promises to be something special.

The band that puts the X in Extreme Metal, AGHAST are a four-piece extreme metal band from London, formed after a drinking competition and subsequent visit to the medical tent!

With their full on show this promises to open up the pit and lay down a barrage of force!

Reading based MORASS OF MOLASSES bring a warmth of sludge based swamp blues that’ll render you void of controlling your limbs as you involuntarily bang your head and sway to the hypnotic sounds. Not to be missed.

Leicester based MAGE are local heroes and a true testament to band brotherhood. With 3 full releases to date and an army of support for their stoner/doom sounds they have vowed to remain “Goddamn Heavy” in honour of the recently deceased guitarist Ben Aucott. Blaze up and come worship at the alter of the mighty Mage.

Local metal legends and previous M2tM winners INTERNAL CONFLICT open up the MAINSTAGE after the Metal 2 the Masses final.


Taking place on the mainstage from 2pm, this will see the finalists battle it out for a coveted slot at this years Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Playing on the Hobgoblin Newblood Stage, this offers bands a massive leg up to be seen in front of so many metalheads, to network with media and bands from all over the globe and to reach the next level for the band. Not only that but they get to play with acts such as Slayer, Anthrax, Mastodon, Behemoth, Twisted Sister, Gojira and loads more …

M2TM's Regional Finalists:

Blood Oath

Final Coil


Temple OF Lies



Feeling the energy of later day giants such as Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots – RESIN are a 5 piece that offer this and so much more. With their unique twist on the 90’s grunge vibe their music is perfectly suited to an acoustic setting. Emotive and always looking to expand boundaries Resins headline set promises to be one of the highlights.

James Cull, Rhett Barrow, The Midnight Dogs and Final Coil will also be bringing their acoustic flavours to the stage.

Uprising also offers Burlesque Acts, Comedians, Real Ale Bar, Food Court, Mini Market, Gaming Area and loads more!

Uprising takes place on 4th June at the iconic Leicester De Montfort Hall.

Tickets £17.50 from DMH, Firebug and Resin Events – link :

For updates and more details -

One day of Metal not enough? Try the Firebug Friday Warm Up Show, THE NIGHT BEFORE UPRISING, featuring Bloodstock 2016 mainstagers CAMBION plus special guests, Sophie stage 2016 extreme metallers KRYSTHLA plus KING LEVIATIAN and THE MIRE DEEP.

By Stampede Press UK, May 22 2016 04:26PM

Californians dig in one last time in preparation for debut album

"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

As featured on Planet Rock - This Is IDLEWAR!

Following 2015's release of their acclaimed ep 'DIG IN' and music videos for 'Chunk Of Me' and 'Out Of My Head' - California rock trio IDLEWAR close the chapter on what's been a highly successful launch period for the band and ready themselves for the next stage, with preparations for their anticipated debut album well underway (more news to follow).

For now, savour this new music video for 'Feel The Pain'. Featuring band frontman, James Blake's daughter, 'Feel The Pain' is a riveting and heartbreaking 4 minutes and 55 seconds of emotion, both visually and sonically.

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By Stampede Press UK, May 20 2016 10:45AM


The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2016 in association with Fireball have announced Metal Innovators GOJIRA and Swedish Viking Metal Powerhouse AMON AMARTH, to complete one of the most exciting lineups of the year!

Also confirmed to play:


PLUS Grammy Award-Winners HALESTORM.

HATEBREED frontman JAMEY JASTA will host the event at on Eventim Apollo, London Monday June 13 2016.

Vote for this year's Golden Gods winners to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to show.


Tickets are available to buy now for £6.66 at the Eventim website. TeamRock and Eventim will donate all profits from ticket sales to the charity Heavy Metal Truants, an annual charity cycle ride sponsored by TeamRock from London to Download Festival to benefit Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.

Each Golden God Awards ticket includes a free 3-month TeamRock+ membership worth £11.97, giving unlimited access to full magazine content online from Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog and The Blues Magazine as well as exclusive content, events and offers.

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By Stampede Press UK, May 18 2016 07:39AM


(hed) p.e. tenth studio album 'Forever!' is released 22nd July 2016 via Pavement Entertainment.

Pre-Order 'Forever!':

Since 1994 (hed)p.e. has been turning heads with their brand of original and unique music. The band has been called everything from rock, metal, punk, reggae, rapcore, and more. With such a vast career and 10 studio albums, the band has earned their place as one of the most original and well respected acts on the planet (earth that is!).

"We here at (hed)p.e. come to bring inspirational music for the worldwide family. I want my people to know its okay to fall, JUST GET THE F**K UP! Our mission: to go forward with our music and shine a light in the darkness. Blending metal, reggae, hip hop and punk, we’ve cultivated a worldwide underground following. Inspiring revolution and reflection every step of the way" says vocalist and founding member Jahred.

(hed)p.e. return in 2016 with their newest album 'Forever!'. The follow up to the band's highly acclaimed 2014 release 'Evolution' and second album with Pavement Entertainment.

"Evolution is (hed)p.e's finest album since their heyday" - Metal Hammer Magazine

Jahred speaks on his enthusiasm with the new album: "With our new record 'FOREVER!' we blend Godzilla heavy guitar riffs with beats that will hypnotize. The vocals strike the proper balance between rock, punk, hip hop and reggae. Its is a soundtrack for life!"

Coming to you 22nd July 2016 'Forever!' takes the listener on a journey of original and fresh music that only a band like (hed)p.e. can deliver. It's evolved, unique, and true to the original vision and direction of the band. It is (hed)p.e. It is FOREVER!

For a limited time, get the 15 track bonus disc 'Family Fresh' featuring appearances by Twiztid, Blaze, The Roc and Playboy The Beast. A must have for your collection!

'Forever' trackisting:

1) Live

2) Pay Me

3) Closer

4) Hurt

5) It's You

6) Waste

7) JahKnow

8) You Know

9) The Higher Crown

10) Shadowridge

11) Together

12) Always

13) Ganja (bonus track)

(hed)p.e. is:

Jahred - Vocals

Gregzilla - Guitars

Kurtis - Bass

Trauma - Drums

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