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  • Four Colour Ghosts join Dorje show

    We are thrilled to welcome Four Colour Ghosts back to support Dorje at Sunderland Independent on May 27th.

    They really woo’d us at The Cluny last year, a show they joined at almost the last minute, so we’re interested to see what they can do with more time.

    Four Colour Ghosts are a selection of highly skilled, dedicated, and passionate musicians from the heart of Teesside who are determined to bring the power back to original rock music.
    They are equipped with deliciously catchy guitar riffs and anthemic lyrics that pack a punch as well as tug on your heart strings.

    For more info, music, interviews see their website here

    Tickets available here


  • The Golden Age of Nothing join Cold in Berlin show

    Another welcome addition to the Cold in Berlin show in The Head of Steam on May 30th.

    We’d already announced Mausoleums and now we’re thrilled to announce that Teeside Psychedelia act The Golden Age of Nothing will also be performing as part of the bill.

    Tickets are available here and priced just £6 in advance (£8 door).

    TGAON describe themselves as “Gothic psychedelia from Stockton on Tees. Drum machine, distortion pedals, viola gone mad and throbbing bass churning out songs of dead Russian spacemen, the end of the world and polar expeditions gone wrong, all sung with an echo of the blackest humour.”

    You can check out their video for ‘Black Wings’ below


  • Mausoleums to support Cold in Berlin

    mos marbleWe’ve got a new support announcement for you, Mausoleums are to support Cold in Berlin at Head of Steam on May 30th.

    Combining heavy synths, atmospheric sounds and reverberant vocals to create a haunting industrial soundscape, the duo are influenced  by 80s minimal wave, witch house and Industrial.

    I’m sure they will be well welcomed.  Hopefully another to be added soon 🙂

    Get tickets here.

    Check em out on Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/mausoleums


  • Bloodstock M2TM Semi Finals

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    We’ve now completed the heat stages of the Bloodstock M2TM Competition. 25 bands took to the stage in Trillians and there’s been some amazing performances. And some Donk. But mostly, amazing performances.

    As well as being the first time for the Bloodstock M2TM Competition is Newcastle, it’s also my first time at running a Battle of the Bands style competition. 10 years of this and it’s the first time I’ve really done it – and fuck – there’s been so many so so good bands who didn’t get through, it was heartbreaking.

    But, that in itself, is a big testamanet to the quality of some of the Underground bands in Newcastle and the the Region and I recommend every one of them. (Even the Donk).

    I certainly look forward to working with some of the bands in other capacities in the future.

    So. 10 bands got through to the Semi Finals in May.

    The running orders for these are to be confirmed, as we need to shuffle and randomise, so the order here is the order they appeared in the heats.

    Semi Final 1 : May 15th at Think Tank. £4 Entry.

    Hellion Rising, Arcite, Guardian, Devil’s Night, Rusted Herosemi 2 copy
    Semi Final 2 : May 29th at Think Tank. £4 Entry.

    Guilt City, The Distorted, Dirty King, Souls of Jack Ketch, I’ll Play the Villain

    Progression to the final changes slightly from the Heats. With a stronger focus on judge votes, although fan votes (cheers) do still contribute – we are considering other models also to register fan votes.

    Fans have played a major part in the heat stages – we have had a number of very, very close rounds where the ultimate decision on which band went through and which didn’t had rested on crowd cheers.

    A total of 5 bands will go through the final – this will be the two winners of each heat and the judges decision on strongest 3rd place band.

    These bands were all quality in the heats and it’ll be good to see them battle out in the semis but will be, undoubtedly, ridiculously close.

    £4 for 5 amazing bands each night? Bargain.


  • The Birthday Massacre – October Tour

    tbmlocalCanadian Synth-Goth Sextet The Birthday Massacre have announced a tour for this October.

    The band, famed for hits such as ‘Video Kid’, ‘In the Dark and ‘Blue’ have not played in Newcastle since 2010 so we’re very pleased to announce they will be playing at Think Tank on October 5th.

    They’re a band who’ve got real strength in the UK, having headlined Whitby Goth Weekend twice, including just last year, they’ve also released some killer tracks and albums since their last visit.

    Three videos to check out…

    “Beyond” – from 2014 album ‘Superstition’

    “One Promise” – a fan made competition winner for the track from 2012 album ‘Hide and Seek’

    “In the Dark” from 2010 album ‘Pins and Needles’

    Tickets available here from www.seetickets.com and also locally from record shops like Reflex, RPM and Beatdown


  • Mortiis – New Album, Video and Tour

    unnamed (2)MORTIIS’ ‘THE GREAT DECEIVER’ ALBUM AND ‘DEMONS ARE BACK’ VIDEO OUT NOW
    The Great Deceiver, the long-awaited ninth album from Norway’s Mortiis will officially was released on March 4 via Omnipresence, and a video for the album’s “Demons are Back” has been revealed in conjunction.

    The Great Deceiver‘s long and tortured state of evolution took its toll equally on the band and its namesake, leading Mortiis to so much as state that the record killed the band. “As important as is it to myself and who I have become, I haven’t been able to think about it in any way other than ‘I need to just get this thing out of my life and behind me before I lose my mind,’” he said.

    Saturated with themes of anger, greed, confusion, self-doubt and re-discovery, The Great Deceiver is undoubtedly Mortiis’ most mature album to date. But that maturity came at a great cost mentally. “When we started talking about it and writing the record, we were a band, we had two managements, merch deals and tours were happening,” Mortiis said. “During the course of the writing, recording, re-writing, and re-recording, we lost the connection with almost everyone. There were fallings out with band members to the point where we had to let them go. It was usually about delusion and defeat, the realization of being f**ked with and not getting the recognition deserved. It was never pretty, but in hindsight always understandable.

    “I have been accused of being a lot of things: self-centered, manipulative, unstable, hot- headed, paranoid, the list goes on. Most everyone I have spent some time with have had beefs with me. They´re all right, too…it’s the price of being driven and passionate – or just narrow minded and obsessive – about something is often the loss of friends and colleagues.”

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    The Great Deceiver builds on Mortiis’ past dabbling in metal and industrial, with aggressive guitar-driven crossover metal meeting industrial-type electronics. Although genre-defying, The Great Deceiver is Mortiis’ most accessible release to date.

    With its hauntingly memorable chorus, “Demons are Back” is a perfect example of this accessibility, while also providing an overall narrative for the album.

    “Anger, resentment…I hate everyone,” the band’s namesake said. “These feelings are like waves. During the ‘good times’ they are far away in the distance, and occasionally they come washing ashore in huge waves of ‘I hate everyone.’ It’s a thin line between being in sync with the world and wanting to annihilate everyone you see. ‘Demons are Back’ is a conflicted song, in the sense that I let both sides in, or out, and both voices are heard. It’s therapeutic in a sense, and in another sense it is chaotic and confusing. But, again, I try to create some sort of positivity in the harangue of spitefulness. It’s really down to the logical, sensible me, telling the disturbed, pessimistic me to chill out.”

    The video shows a grotesquely-masked voyeur watching dystopian scenes of utter despair, sadism and eventually, suicide through an array of TV screens, as his own life ends violently. “The mask was inspired partly by a very violent dream I once had,” said Mortiis. “The violence was absolutely relentless.”unnamed (1)

    The clip uses scenes from writer/director Charlie Deaux’s Zoetrope, a film based upon Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony. At the suggestion of Deaux, whom Mortiis previously work with on “The Grudge” video, the band spent a day in Oslo filming additional footage to splice in with images from the original film. With a minimal set and crew – guitarist Levi Gawron acting as directing and Mortiis himself handling special effects – the band captured original scenes that seamlessly compliment those from Zoetrope in frantic stop-motion created by Deaux himself.

    “Demons are Back” is available here.

    Order “The Great Deceiver” online.

    Mortiis plays The Cluny in Newcastle on May 23rd – support comes from Seraph Sin and deadfilmstar

    Tickets can be purchased here.


  • Combichrist and Filter on MEGA Tour

    CCH photo 300x200Newcastle Riverside – June 29th

    Tickets already selling very fast – secure yours from www.seetickets.com

     

    This summer, we will be bringing the ultimate Industrial-Rock-line-up on the road, the likes of which Europe has not seen before. With the double-headliner dream team Combichrist and Filter, the German high-flyers Lord Of The Lost and Mexican Industro-Punks Rabia Sorda, the scene’s greatest team of super heroes is setting out to rock Europe’s stages to the ground:

    Live, Norwegian-American collective Combichrist has the rightful reputation for unleashing pure excess in a hellish ride of Metalcore, Industrial, Electronica, flying drum parts and unabated madness. Armed with their brand-new album and fueled by the pure essence of sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll, Combichrist want YOU!

    FIL photo 02-2016US-Industrial-Rock-legend Filter is the kind of band that doesn’t really really require an introduction. Their albums are genre-classics and their newest release „Crazy Eyes“, the group is in full on attack mode, again. On stage, they will sweep you off your feet with Richard Patrick’s exceptional voice, an infernal performance and a maelstrom of aggression and emotions.

    Special guest is Mexican-German group Rabia Sorda. The wild Electro-Punk-Industrial-bastard-brainchild of Hocico-front-man Erk Aicrag is a whirlwind on stage and the ideal opener for an this kind of tour, with his ability to really get a crowd going.

    The tour comes to Newcastle at The Riverside on June 29th

    Secure your ticket from www.seetickets.com


  • Dorje Return set for Sunderland Show

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    live at Sunderland Independent

    May 27th 2016

    After two great shows last year, Dorje return to the region – this time hitting up Sunderland Independent – in order to be closer to fans who couldn’t quite make it last time and close enough for those who could.

    If you’re unfamiliar with Dorje, they’re a great modern technical band – not too dissimilar to Alter Bridge or Incubus, they are also really well connected to their fans – harnessing social media and holding many clinics and Q+A sessions. Dave “Chappers” Chapman is a complete guru when it comes to guitars and gear (and even built a custom range based on fan feedback!) and this really helps turn them into an approachable, professional and quality band.

    Check em out here : http://www.dorje.tv/ or on Rob’s youtube channel here 

    Tickets are £10 in advance from www.seetickets.com – Reflex -etc
    You can also pick up VIP tickets for just £20 (includes meet and greet, poster, entry, etc)


  • Cold in Berlin return for bank holiday gloom

    Certainly one of our favourite shows from 2015 was Cold in Berlin – well – all of our shows are our favourites, but you know what we mean.

    Cold in Berlin were dark, moody, bleak and left us begging for more.

    Well, they’re back – darker, moodier, bleaker and giving us more.

    We’re in the city centre this time, The Head of Steam on Neville Street providing the perfect backdrop. 30th May 2016, a great way to celebrate a bank holiday.

    Tickets are just £6 in advance and available from www.seetickets.com

    This is a co-promotion with SSD Concerts.

    “ A voice that could fell oaks at 100 meters… razor-sharp guitar wizardry” Q

    “ Get sucked into their dark whirlpool of noise” Mojo

    “ A mesmerising set of doomy, goth-infused tracks” Metal Hammer

    “ Translators for our imploding society” ArtRocker

    “ Taut punk anxiety and sizable hooks… tied together by an inherent darkness” Rock-A-Rolla

    “ Maya‘s voice breathes heavy stories of volatile sexuality” Rock Sound


  • Ayria / Inertia return for co-headline show with special local guests

    ayriaposterIn 2014 we hosted a double-header of two great electro bands, Ayria and Inertia. It was very well received and a good fun night.

    Well… we’re doing it again.

    June 9th we welcome back Ayria and Inertia for their joint 2016 tour. It’s in support of new material from both bands and is dubbed the ‘Paper Dolls’ tour.

    Ayria recently released an EP, ‘Feed Her to the Wolves’, which contained two new songs – you can stream or buy it here – her new album Paperdolls is out this Friday, April 22nd.

    The most recent video from Inertia is for ‘Dark Valentine’ – you can view that here

    They will be joined by local synth duo Eurasianeyes – check them out here

    Tickets are just £10 in advance – you can purchase from www.seetickets.com or locally from Reflex Records