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By Stampede Press UK, Apr 13 2017 01:42PM


'Sun Stroke Heart' (official music video):

New hard rock blues band SAMARKIND's lead single 'Sun Stroke Heart' doesn't miss a beat. Wasting no time introducing itself with locked down grooves, layers of quality soundscapes and stunning, memorable melody hooks weaving a tapestry throughout the track. Classic yet undeniably modern in its delivery, this is a true musical treat for rock fans.


The multi-national group, which features charismatic Irish frontman David Paul Byrne (formally teenage wunderkind singer for successful hard rock band Assassin - a time that saw them tour with Def Leppard, Status Quo, WASP, Manowar and more - and featured vocalist on 80's cult movie 'Trick Or Treat' starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons), showcases sublime vocals which are accompanied by the talents of sensational Polish guitarist Michal Kulbaka, Ireland's Mark Dempsey on bass guitar, and South African born drummer Marius Appelgryn.


"'Sun Stroke Heart' has this uplifting vibe yet brooding undertones", the Samarkind frontman explains, "it's a dark tale of resentment at being let down by those close to us, particularly for me during a time when I was in Spain living a lifestyle in the sun, while underneath feeling a dark emotional pain. Although not aimed at anyone in particular, I feel the song conveys a sense of hurt that we all sometimes feel."

Recorded at Westland Studio in Dublin with producer Alwyn Walker: Samarkind are currently putting the final touches to their debut album, with a release date set to be announced for later this year.

Samarkind is:

David Paul Byrne - Vocals

Michal Kulbaka - Guitar

Mark Dempsey - Bass

Marius Appelgryn - Drums

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. Samarkind on Facebook

Photo credit: Michelle La Grue Photography

By Stampede Press UK, Apr 11 2017 05:00PM

The UK's number one metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, has confirmed the finals for this year's Metal 2 The Masses. Championing the new blood of heavy metal, M2TM 2017 has been the biggest year yet for this fiercely contested event, which will see winners given the opportunity to play a 30 minute set on the New Blood Stage at BOA '17 PLUS other priceless opportunities for winning bands with the potential to take their music career to the next level.

Metal 2 The Masses Finals:

22nd April COVENTRY Arches Venue

23rd April BRIGHTON The Green Door Store

28th April SWINDON Level III at The Rolleston

29th April SHEFFIELD Mulberry Tavern

12th May BELFAST Limelight Belfast 2

13th May DUBLIN Fibber Magees

19th May GLASGOW Ivory Blacks

20th May INVERNESS Mad Hatters

21st May CARISLE The Brickyard

26th May WOLVERHAMPTON The Giffard Arms

27th May LEICESTER De Montfort Hall

28th May GRAVESEND Red Lion

3rd June SANDES (NORWAY) Tribute

16th June SALTASH Livewire

17th June CARDIFF Fuel Rock Club

23rd July NEWCASTLE Trillians

23rd June BURNSLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar


24th June NOTTINGHAM The Maze

25th June MANCHESTER Rebellion

30th June HITCHIN Club 85

1st July LONDON Scala

2nd July BRISTOL Exchange

7th July OXFORD The Bullingdon

7th July LINCOLNSHIRE Café INDIEpendent

8th July SELBY The Venue Selby

8th July BOURNEMOUTH Anvil Rockbar

8th July NORTHANTS The Prince Of Wales

9th July BIRMINGHAM The Roadhouse

More info:

By Stampede Press UK, Apr 9 2017 09:38AM

Following the release of their sophomore album, 'Peace In Our Time', this past Friday: UK extreme metal band Krysthla has broken into Amazon UK's official chart.

The new album hit the number two spot, sandwiched between Deep Purple and Mastodon, alongside other new releases by Kreator, While She Sleeps, Bodycount and more.

Krysthla's stunning new album has also cracked Amazon's mainstream chart, sitting high in the ranks alongside popular Top 40 artists Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, James Blunt and Rag'N'Bone Man.

'Peace In Our Time' is the second album to be released by the Northamptonshire metal group and follows on from the success of their 2015 debut record 'A War Of Souls And Desires'.

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By Stampede Press UK, Apr 3 2017 06:00AM

British doom pop group announced for Bloodstock Festival ahead of new EP release

"Awesomely dark" - Kerrang! Magazine

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

Rising stars Courtesans have been invited to perform live at the UK’s number one metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, at Catton Park, Derbyshire this Summer. Courtesans play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday, 13th August 2017.

Demonstrating musical diversity and making waves with their forthcoming new EP release, this extraordinary band joins an extraordinary bill which includes Amon Amarth, Ghost, Megadeth, Skindred, Arch Enemy, Hatebreed, Testament, King 810 and many more.

Courtesans vocalist Sinead La Bella says, “To perform at Bloodstock is incredible exciting. It’s a huge honour to play the Sophie Lancaster Stage, her legacy is at the heart of our ethics. We are advocates of equality and have a zero tolerance to any form of prejudice. We hope to raise a few eyebrows and stir some s**t up!"

Ahead of the release of their EP ‘Better Safe Than Sober’, Courtesans are streaming a new track, ‘Knowhere’:

‘Better Safe Than Sober, the new ep by Courtesans, is out now.

Courtesans live:

5th May - BRIGHTON, Green Door Store

3rd June – SHEFFIELD, Mosfest

23rd July - GLOUCESTER, Amplified Festival

13th August – WALTON ON TRENT, Bloodstock Festival

More dates to be confirmed.

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. Bloodstock official website

By Stampede Press UK, Mar 31 2017 03:56PM

Metal Hammer have premiered Krysthla's music video for the opening track to their new album 'Peace In Our Time'.

Guitarist Neil Hudson says of the track: "The Minor Mystery Of Death is about embracing the end. Death is an absolute certainty and we're living lives that seem like they're going to last forever until it's too late and your mortality is thrust into your hands.

We're very precious towards our lives but don't actually live them.”

Peace In Our Time was influenced by Krysthla’s 2016 tour of the Balkans with Decapitated – with Hudson revealing that one experience on the road will live with him forever....

Read the full article:

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By Stampede Press UK, Mar 24 2017 10:55AM

INTO THE FIRE Releases Lyric Video For New Single 'From The Medicine'

American hard rock band INTO THE FIRE, featuring vocalist Bryan Scott (The Union Underground), bassist Tim King (SOiL), guitarist Adam Zadel (SOiL), and Will Hunt (Evanescence), have just released a lyric video for their new single 'From The Medicine'.


From The Medicine' comes from the self titled Into The Fire debut EP and is a follow up to the single and music video 'Spit You Out':

The group is planning to record new material and make touring plans for later in 2017.

Into The Fire's debut EP was released 22nd September 2016 via Pavement Entertainment and was 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 digital EP bundle, containing 3 tracks and a bonus video, is available at digital and streaming outlets everywhere.

You Tube:





Bryan Scott (THE UNION UNDERGROUND): Vocals/Guitar

Tim King (SOiL): Bass

Adam Zadel (SOiL): Guitar

Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE): Drums

. Official Website

. Into The Fire on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Mar 7 2017 09:00AM

Some of the most influential heavyweight names in the rock and metal music industry have been confirmed as judges for the new Heavy Music Awards (HMAs), including Stampede's very own Simon Hall.

Simon is as well known for fronting the metal band Beholder, working as an artist consultant with Stampede Press UK, as he is for his long-standing works at Bloodstock Open Air and 'Metal 2 The Masses'

"I’m genuinely excited to be involved in Heavy Music Awards", said Hall, “anything that highlights and praises the music we all love, alongside the unsung heroes who make it all happen, is something much needed – especially when it’s driven by an entirely independent beast such as this."

“It's a significant endorsement of the strength of the heavy music scene in 2017", (Andy Pritchard, from organisers The Heavy Group), "Curated by a collective of music industry professionals – all of them without exception fans of music first and foremost – the Heavy Music Awards will provide an entirely independent vehicle to democratically crown the best of the year in heavy music. Expanding the panel with even more of the industry insiders who represent the beating heart of the heavy music scene underlines our intention to create a fully democratic scheme, crowning winners that are indisputably the best in their field for the year."

Recognising the rich history of heavy music, the HMAs will also see the launch of the Heavy Music Hall of Fame, and The H – a community award recognising inspiring achievement by an individual, group or organisation.

Public voting for the Heavy Metal Awards opens 22nd May 2017.

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By Stampede Press UK, Mar 5 2017 05:56PM


Winners of Bloodstock's 'Metal 2 The Masses' (Corby finals) and seen live at the prestigious festival in 2015 on the 'New Blood' stage, Northampton modern metal band 'From Eden To Exile' have announced they'll release their debut album 'Modern Disdain' on 2nd June, via Attic Records / PHD.

Listen to lead single 'Volatile' and you'll discover the perfect gateway to 'Modern Disdain':

Recorded and produced by Neil Hudson (Krysthla / Gutworm) at Initiate Audio and Media Studios in Wellingborough Northamptonshire, From Eden To Exile's debut album wastes no time in grabbing the listener by the throat and showcasing impressive song crafting that points to a young band with an abundance of potential ahead of them.

"It's been an extraordinary time", says vocalist Matt Dyne, "we've taken our time and sweated bullets nailing this album to the point where everyone in the band can honestly look each other in the eye and confidently state this is the best of us, right now." "Yet there's much more in the tank", continues guitarist Tom Kelland, "Working with Neil at Initiate really opened our minds as to the possibilities with our music. The boxes we may have felt confined to in the past have been stripped away and we firmly believe we've got something really solid to offer the metal community."

Producer Neil Hudson was quick to spot the potential of the group and took them under his wing, providing not just his skills as a producer, but also mentoring the group, thanks to his own experiences as a member in successful metal acts Gutworm and Krysthla. "From Eden To Exile are going to make serious waves with this album. Make no mistake. From start to finish it's an absolute monster!", states Hudson.

From Eden To Exile's debut album 'Modern Disdain' is released 2nd June via Attic Records / PHD.

. Official Website

. From Eden To Exile on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Mar 4 2017 12:00AM

Bloodstock Festival confirms KREATOR, KING 810, INQUISITION and KING PARROT.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday’s headliners MEGADETH, plus ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, CHELSEA GRIN, MACABRE, SCARAB, WINTERSUN and ONI. Many more acts, including Saturday's headliner, are still be announced.

Bloodstock Festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee), plus increasingly limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) from Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!

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By Stampede Press UK, Feb 23 2017 05:45PM

REEF confirmed as Sunday headliner at Amplified Open Air Festival / New bands added to line-up / Early bird ticket offer ends 2nd March

Chart topping rock group Reef play the Sunday headline slot on Amplified’s main stage this July. Following a BIG 2016, which saw the West Country rockers end the year with a sold-out headline UK tour, Reef live at Amplified Open Air Festival are a must see.

"I'm absolutely stoked to be playing Amplified Festival with REEF on the Sunday. We cannot wait to rock out. I'm AMPED!!!" (Gary Stringer)

Also joining the bill on the Shoot Your Hoops stage are God Damn, Orto, The Splash, Goblins, Chapter & Verse, Veridian, Red Light Rebels and The Uncharted.

With Saturday’s main-stage headliner still to be announced, the addition of Reef and confirmed Friday night headliner Puddle Of Mudd, Amplified Open Air Festival is set to be one of the must go to events for rock music fans this Summer.

Situated in the glorious Cotswold countryside, other Amplified confirmed acts include Evil Scarecrow, Trapt, Diamond Head, Acid Reign and many more. Full line-up details at

Amplified Open Air Festival takes place 21st-23rd July 2017 at Quarrydowns, between Northleach and Aldsworth, in Gloucestershire.

Earlybird tickets on sale until 2nd March:

Early Bird Ticket £60 (usually £80) includes free parking and camping

VIP Early Bird Ticket £95 (usually £125) includes free parking, camping and VIP hospitality access.

About Amplified Open Air Festival:

Amplified is an exciting new three-day rock/metal festival featuring a top quality line-up of chart-topping artists, breaking new bands, great food and drink, and excellent amenities.

Address: Quarrydowns, Eastington Road, Northleach, Gloucestershire.


Instagram: amplifiedrocks

Twitter: @amplified2017

Facebook: Amplified Festival Group


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