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By Stampede Press UK, Jun 21 2017 10:29AM

Bloodstock Festival announces GraViL + watch 'Detonate' new music video

"Pure f**kin’ metal delivered with maximum vitriol. This band rules harder than Josef Stalin." - Dom Lawson

The latest announcement by Bloodstock Open Air this past Tuesday sees the London melodeath group GRAVIL confirmed for the prestigious Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday 14th August. This new addition to the bill once again demonstrates Bloodstock's commitment to championing new bands in the metal community.

"We are honoured to be a part of Bloodstock Open Air 2017" says GraViL vocalist Grant Stacey. "Each year this spiritual home of heavy metal somehow betters the year before. We have each spent a lot of time on the hallowed ground of Catton Park, witnessing stunning new bands, the earth shattering veterans of the main stage and embracing the metal music community that we have come to call our family. Now we are privileged to grace the SOPHIE stage, whose very name represents the strength and pride of our brotherhood. See you there!"

2017 has seen a resurgence for GraViL. Their sophomore album 'No More Forgiveness' was released in May and has being going down a storm with media and the band's fanbase. With various premieres by the likes of Metal Hammer, Scuzz TV, Terrorizer and more, GraViL have now unleashed the music video for elite track 'Detonate'.

This new video clip shows the group in a high-octane performance which also features three versions of the mysterious woman, 'Obliti'... the present broken self, a lost dream of grandeur and the self-loathing dark entity which destroyed it.

"'Detonate' is a personal song drawn from a negative situation", explains Stacey, "The video captures the lyrics perfectly... it tackles loss, taking charge and using the anger, rage and sadness to triumph over the overwhelming paint that the loss entails... hence detonating."

Whilst the song and video reflect important issues in our society, it didn't stop the band from taking time out to have fun on set and inflict 'crabcore' on non-believers.

"On the way to the video shoot we discussed how low our guitarists get to the floor during live shows. Sparx (bass) mentioned it was called crabcore and a confused Charlie (Webster, guitar) refused point blank to believe there was such a thing. Like a red rag to a bull this spurred us onto mischief, leading to the band shouting "crab it" during the performance sections and band members having to get as low as physically possible to the floor without taking the soles of their feet off the ground."

GraViL's new album 'No More Forgiveness' is out now.

GraVIL live:

23rd June - COVENTRY, Arches (w/ Metaprism)

8th July - BURNLEY, Sanctuary Rock Bar (w/ Metaprism, Today, They Are Older)

14th Aug - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (Sophie Lancaster Stage)

More dates to be announced.

. GraViL on Facebook

. Bloodstock Festival Official Website

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 20 2017 06:45AM

'SICK' is the brand new music video by much talked about UK metalcore act Death Blooms. A highlight of 2017, check out their highly impressive self titled debut EP:


"Metalcore's freshest new talent" Kerrang!

"Don't blame us when you headbang your way into oblivion!" Rock Sound

Now showing on Scuzz TV, Sky Channel 367... 'Sick' joins Scuzz's latest playlist with new videos by Royal Blood and Northlane.

Death Blooms live:

25th Jun - MANCHESTER, 22/05 Fundraiser (w/ Loathe, Heritage, Values)

17th Jul - MILTON KEYNES, Craufurd Arms (w/ Trapt, The Fallen State)

27th Aug - LIVERPOOL, Studio 2 (w/ Loathe, Harbinger)

. Death Blooms on Facebook

. Scuzz TV on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 14 2017 03:00PM

Get ready to detonate. The new music video and behemoth first track on GraVil's sophomore album 'No More Forgiveness' has been premiered online by Metal Hammer Magazine and is showing on Scuzz TV (Sky channel 367) alongside new additions by While She Sleeps, Sikth, Muse, Milk Teeth, Royal Blood, and You Me At Six.

Metal Hammer premiere:

. Scuzz on Facebook

. Gravil on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 9 2017 02:00PM

Wayward Sons 2017 Photo Credit: Tony Mottram
Wayward Sons 2017 Photo Credit: Tony Mottram

Wayward Sons are delighted to announce the release of their debut album “Ghosts Of Yet To Come” on the 15th September through Frontiers Music Srl.

Wayward Sons is a UK guitar act made up of Toby Jepson (Vocals/Guitar), Sam Wood (Guitar), Nic Wastell (Bass), Dave Kemp (Keys) and Phil Martini (Drums). They have an impressive resume of groups they have previously worked with – Little Angels, Gun, Spear Of Destiny, Treason Kings and Chrome Molly to name a few – which is reassuring in terms of the band as players, but doesn’t really hint at their sound. Wayward Sons sound nothing like the sum of their parts. The music is hard rock but mixed with a vitality and energy – both musically and lyrically.

The band is set to release four videos to support single releases. The videos together will make one short film. You can see the first video for debut single 'Until The End' online now.

'Ghosts Of Yet To Come' is a hugely accomplished debut album – as might be expected. From the staccato riffing of 'Give It Away' to the melodic intro of first single 'Until The End', from the hard rock of 'Ghosts' to 4/4 rock of 'Don’t Wanna Go', the album sounds familiar yet of its own. Toby Jepson had the basis of songs written when the band formed. Together they then took these rough song ideas and forged their own sound. Lyrically the album sees Jepson treading a far more personal line than some of his previous output.

“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 write about what makes me tick; about what I believe in. Hopefully you will believe in it too. It will be warts and all,” says Jepson.

The album was produced by Wayward Sons (Toby Jepson’s previous credits as a songwriter and producer include the likes of Katie Melua, The Virgin Marys, The Answer and Toseland) and Chris D’Adda (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds).

'Ghosts Of Yet To Come' will at turns surprise, beguile and inspire…

Wayward Sons have a series of live dates through 2017, with more to follow. Confirmed so far are:

26th July - BRISTOL, The Louisiana

28th July - PENTRICH, Rock & Blues Custom Show

29th July - MAIDSTONE, Ramblin' Man Fair

30th July - EBBW VALE, Steelhouse Live

'Ghosts Of Yet To Come' is released through Frontiers Music Srl on the 15th of September 2017.

Pre-order the album here:

. Official Website

. Wayward Sons on Facebook

Press release credit: Duff Press

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 9 2017 10:52AM

UK rising dark stars Courtesans have been announced as special guests to former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 on his UK Tour this October.

Tickets are on sale from Monday 12th June,

Watch the new lyric video 'John Doe':

Courtesans released their new ep 'Better Safe Than Sober'' earlier this year to critical acclaim. The band's latest tour news follows a flurry of live shows including festival slots at Bloodstock and Amplified Open Air this Summer.

"This is music that keeps you guessing... one of the best new bands to believe in" - Kerrang!

“Inventively dark… Courtesans are a band on the up” - TeamRock

"Finally, an alternative rock band you can believe in. Courtesans rule." - Dom Lawson

Don't miss Courtesans live:

21st July - BOURNEMOUTH Anvil Rockbar

23rd July - GLOUCESTER Amplified Festival

11th Aug - MILTON KEYNES The Craufurd Arms

13th Aug - CATTON PARK Bloodstock Festival

Wednesday 13 UK Tour:

26th Oct - MANCHESTER Club Academy

27th Oct - GLASGOW Garage

28th Oct - LONDON O2 Academy Islington

. Official Website

. Courtesans on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 2 2017 10:33AM

Previous Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses winners From Eden To Exile are celebrating the release of their debut album with a new music video and an extensive run of UK show dates announced for this summer.

Watch 'Sentiment' (official music video):

Following Terrorizer Magazine's premiere of the music video, the Northampton metal group’s new studio album is now available at hmv, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital outlets.

Praise for the new album ‘Modern Disdain’, out now via Attic Records / PHD.

"… Chunky beatdowns and commendable dexterity bubbling through…" - Metal Hammer

Featured track one on latest Terrorizer Fear Candy CD

"'Modern Disdain' is a bit of a blinder" - Powerplay Magazine

"From Eden To Exile are going to dominate" - Stencil Mag

"An excellent debut album" - Lords Of Metal

"From Eden To Exile bare their souls... an electrifying experience" - RAMzine

"Brutal... dynamic and beautifully executed..." - Rock N’ Load

From Eden To Exile live:

9th June - BOLTON Alma Inn

23rd June - LONDON Nambucca

24th June - LUTON The Castle Tavern

30th June - NORTHAMPTON The Lab

14th July - ASHFORD The Attic

15th July - ANDOVER The Rockhouse

From Eden To Exile / Vendetta UKHC UK Tour

24th Aug - ASHFORD The Attic

25th Aug - HASTINGS Flairz

26th Aug - PETERBOROUGH Met Lounge

31st Aug - BANBURY Wheatsheaf

1st Sep - BOURNEMOUTH The Anvil

2nd Sep - KETTERING Prince Of Wales

3rd Sep - BRIGHTON Prince Albert

. Official Website

. From Eden To Exile on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, May 22 2017 03:18PM

Amplified Open Air Festival has confirmed its final line-up with the announcement that legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and his band The Bastard Sons will headline the main stage on Saturday night, 22nd July 2017. The group joins other stage headline acts including Puddle Of Mudd, Reef, Acid Reign, Diamond Head, Evil Scarecrow, Raging Speedhorn, Astroid Boys and Milk Teeth.

"It's great to be headlining this brand new festival showcasing the best in U.K. Rock and Metal. See you guys there!" – Phil Campbell

Amplifed is also excited to announce that they will be giving away in conjunction with Blade

Harley-Davidson, Cheltenham a unique one-off motorcycle to one lucky ticket holder at this year's festival. The 'Iron Man' themed Sportster XL833N custom built for the Harley Davidson 'Battle Of The Kings' event with paint livery by Reborn To Be Wild along with the special blue light-up Iron Man chest piece could be yours.

At a cost value of £10,000 with an approximate £2,000 worth of customisation, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A UNIQUE ONE-OFF!

Full details about this amazing opportunity plus terms and conditions can be found at

Tickets on sale now:

Adult weekend £80 (includes camping and free parking)

VIP weekend £125 (includes camping and free parking + backstage access)

Day tickets £45

Discounted group saver offers are also available or via SEE Tickets:

By Stampede Press UK, May 16 2017 08:48AM

We’ve been seeing public awareness for mental health grow and in recent times more concern for musician’s well-being in this fast evolving music industry.

As someone that quit a full-time ‘traditional’ job in my late twenties to join a band and then go on to form my own business in my late thirties, I strongly feel the need to highlight concern about mental health. Not just for musicians, but also for people who work behind the scenes in the music industry and struggle with keeping a balanced mental well-being. I’m one of those people.

Like many, through hard work I am extremely grateful for opportunities the music industry has given me. Respect where respect’s due, I’ve been fortunate to meet good people that have enabled me to continue doing what I do. However, like many others, my time spent working in this business has had an adverse effect. Stress and anxiety is an all too common thing nowadays. The easy connection to

social media and the internet (in my opinion) has bred negativity and unrealistic outlooks that are easily confused with challenging possibilities.

The internet gives us a warped reality and seemingly offers up opportunities that are easily within reach when the truth is the music business is one of the tougher business to be in. Add to this that the hard rock & metal market is extremely small when compared to the likes of pop, hip hop and r&b genres.

The “rock star” no longer exists in the rock world. Rock is dead in the sense of it being a cash cow and from my experience, the majority of people that work in the offices of music companies are doing it because they love music. If a career choice was based on the money, working in the music business is probably not going to be the first option people choose.

I don’t claim to know everything and everyone. What I know is from my own journey and meeting great experienced people along the way who have been in the business a long time and/or understand the current standing of the music industry. Thanks to these people, I feel like I have a handle on the situation, but it’s taken me a while to get here.

Trying to help people on their own journeys understand my perspective can be tough and an emotional task for both sides. I’ve been asked on occasions to manage bands but the honest truth is that’s just not me. There’s still too much artistry in me and I prefer to mentor bands, giving them honest advice and show them the pitfalls I’ve fallen into on my journey, so that it helps them avoid what’s happened to me.

Flashback… In 2008 I was still playing in Panic Cell and if I look back, we were still achieving good things. Yet at the time, I just felt like there was no financial longevity in what we were doing and after spending six years fully immersing myself in the band both onstage and behind the scenes, the “crash” finally started to settle in. I tried to leave the band on a few occasions but was dissuaded. A big part of me still had that “But what if ” can do attitude (I still do). And so, for two years I continued, but all the while I was sinking deeper and deeper into a miserable place. I started to develop stress and anxiety, and so began my battle. It was in 2011 that I finally came crashing down and announced that I was leaving the band, and it was around then the awareness I wasn’t firing on all cylinders was realised.

I was experiencing problems in my sleep. I was waking up in the middle of the night in sheer panic. As time went by, the problem really manifested itself. I began having seizures, waking up panicking as my body convulsed to the point that I thought I was being lifted off the bed. The nearest I can describe this terrifying experience is epilepsy. On a few occasions an ambulance had to be called out and I was taken to hospital. This went on for four+ years. I was placed on epilepsy medication which combats these “night terrors” and whilst itlooks like I’m stuck with the meds for life, they have had a positive effect.

After numerous appointments with medical staff, they couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong with me, but it was agreed that stress and anxiety was a major factor, if not THE factor as to why I was experiencing these seizures. Fortunately these experiences have got better.

In this industry, I find there’s always going to be an element of self-doubt, “am I good enough” attitude, but it is something that can be worked out eventually and you learn to deal with – if you want to work in this business.

As for business… it’s not a faceless organisation. It’s made up of human beings all trying to do the best they can about something that’s supposed to be fun and passionate for them. But, passion in this world can be lost so quickly now-days. There’s a fine line between success and failure and the two are blurred constantly.

I question sometimes why I do what I do and why I seemingly won’t go back to a “traditional job”. It all stems from the fact that I care, a lot. For instance, I might hear a story from a band or a friend in the music industry about a negative situation where they have been wronged and that just spurs me on to do something right. A lot of what I do is about giving something back, because we are all in this together and if we can’t pass on the lesson of learning from a mistake to help others, what’s the point? Mentoring, in my opinion, is more precious than ever, especially in a world that’s constantly looking for its next fix and doesn’t take enough time to savour the riches that’s come before.

My biggest fear for the generation coming through now is how they handle working in the industry and how long the potentially great bands and people will last if they don’t have a realistic support network and understanding how to navigate the industry. Social media is here to stay and it’s not a fast track to fame and fortune. Common sense, experience and mentoring is more crucial than ever.

Bottom line: there are no guarantees. But if you are good at what you do, have potential and are willing to listen, learn, commit and sacrifice; then there is success to be had. How success is measured is entirely down to you and if that’s not managed realistically; this is where things can go wrong. Surround yourself around good experienced people, and never be afraid to listen and talk, and never ever fear failure. It happens to us all. What counts is trying and savouring the victories, no matter how small.

Photo credits: Mark Latham Photography

From surviving to thriving: building a mentally healthier Britain by

First published by RAMzine 11th May 2017:

By Stampede Press UK, Apr 29 2017 04:24PM

Scuzz TV has playlisted breaking extreme metal band Krysthla's 'The Minor Mystery Of Death'

Krysthla's music video features on Scuzz's new playlist, alongside the latest videos by Asking Alexandria / We Are Harlot vocalist Danny Worsnop ('High'), and The One Hundred's 'Monster'.

Tune into SCUZZ TV on Sky channel 367.

2017 has been another big year for Krysthla, with the release of their sophomore album 'Peace In Our Time', which saw the group break into Amazon's UK 'Hard Rock / Metal' chart at number 2; sandwiched between Deep Purple's 'Infinite', and Mastodon's 'Emperor Of Sand'.

Don't miss Krysthla live at Amplified Festival this July, with Puddle Of Mudd, REEF, Acid Reign, Diamond Head, Evil Scarecrow, Anti-Clone, Courtesans, illustr8ors and many more.

. Official Website

. Krysthla on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Apr 29 2017 03:31PM

Classic Rock Magazine #236 'Film Noir' (debut album review):

"Ultra-catchy... there's something refreshingly no-nonsense about 'Film Noir'"

Hellbound Hearts 'Broken Hearted' video premiere at Team Rock:

('Broken Hearted' features) "a chorus that'll stick in your head for days."

Classic Rock 'Tracks Of The Week' w/ Stone Sour, Zakk Sabbath, Highly Suspect and more:

"This new tune (all about “when you realise the world is not a beautiful place”) from the Yorkshire-based alt rockers is both brooding and fantastically catchy."

UPDATE (5th May) - Hellbound Hearts crowned TRACK OF THE WEEK, with Stone Sour in 2nd place and Bad Company placed third:

. Official Website

. Hellbound Hearts on Facebook

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