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    Hot Sex For Boys

    Everything you need to know about the M2TM Final.

    This Saturday marks 2018 final of the Newcastle M2TM.

    A winning band will gain a slot playing on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock.

    This is the third year we’ve been doing this and so a little reminder of how things work.

    WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE FINAL TAKE PLACE?

    The final takes place this Saturday, June 23rd, at Trillians Rock Bar.

    HOW MUCH IS ENTRY?

    For the second year running, we’ve been able to keep entry to the final (along with all previous rounds) free of charge.

    WHAT TIME DOES IT START?

    Trillians will be open all day and fans can come and go as they please. We expect the first band to take to the stage at 7.15pm.

    WHO WILL BE THE FIRST BAND?

    In each final to date we’ve determined the running order by drawing lots on the night – we expect to publish a running order around 6.30pm.

    HOW LONG DOES EACH BAND GET?

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    Kilonova

    Each band has 25 minutes.

    SO WHO IS PLAYING?

    There’s 5 bands. They are Hot Sex For Boys, Kilonova, Love The Sinner, Kraken Waker and The Unholy Concoction.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO DESOLATION – I THOUGHT THEY WERE IN THE FINAL?

    Sadly they had to withdraw due to personal reasons. We hope to work with them again in the future.

    HOT SEX FOR BOYS… THEY’RE EX-DRUGANAUT AREN’T THEY?

    They are, almost veterans of this kinda thing. They deliver a pretty killer set, a bit of a mini-party.
    The best thing to expect from them is the unexpected. And songs about being kicked in the balls.

    KILONOVA, THEY’RE A NEW NAME?

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    Kraken Waker

    Yes – in fact, the final will only be their 4th gig – 3 of the other 4 en route here. But, while on paper they lack experience, on stage you really wouldn’t know – they’ve really deserved their place in the final.

    There’s a certain My Ruin vibe about them, but… modernised.

    LOVE THE SINNER – THEY’RE A BIT… THEY’RE NOT THAT HEAVY?

    They’re not, but it’s not just about heavy music and that’s a bit of misconception. If you look over to the Bloodstock line-up, Mr Big are a main stage band.
    I’ll be honest, we expected them to struggle in the semis, but they came with a much beefier set and it was really hard to ignore the quality.

    AND THE UNHOLY CONCOCTION, THEY WERE FINALISTS LAST YEAR, WEREN’T THEY?

    They were, yes. They pack some awesome riffs and while it’s no surprise to see them back in the final, they’ve had to navigate some tricky rounds to get here.

    KRAKEN WAKER – MORE RIFFS?

    Yes, it’s a bit of a riff-heavy final, but these nautical beardy sludgers do have a bit punch about them – and a singing drummer. On occasion.
    They also have songs about beards.

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    Love The Sinner

    HOW IS IT DECIDED WHO WILL WIN?

    While earlier rounds had judges and a vote based on crowd reaction (which we’re looking to improve in the future…) the final is merely decided by representatives from Bloodstock. I imagine they will be looking at a number of factors – but – overall – a name they’ll feel pleased to have on their festival.

    DIDN’T TWO BANDS WIN LAST YEAR?

    No. Decrepid Monolith won last year, however Trendkill were also offered a slot on the Jaegermeister Stage.

    WILL SIMILAR HAPPEN THIS YEAR?

    The Jaeger invite is discretionery. I’d like to send ALL the bands to Bloodstock (along with a few who are out) but it’s not up to me and ultimately there’s officially one winner.

    WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN?

    I honestly think it can come down to the night. I know it’s a cliche, but every one of these bands have been impressive in the previous rounds – seeing off some very tough opponents.

     

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    The Unholy Concoction

    And actually, you know – I won’t give names because if there’s one thing sure to make sure you won’t win is to think you’ve already won.

    WHAT TIME WILL THE WINNER BE ANNOUNCED?

    A lot depends on how long it takes to decide – we imagine around 10.30pm.

    ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW FOR THE FINAL?

    Bring some spare change as there’ll be a raffle where you can win some beers or some tickets to Bloodstock – come along and check out some cool bands from the region.

    SAME TIME NEXT YEAR?

    I bloody hope so.


  • M2TM – Heat 3 write up

    Heat 3, already?

    We’re half way through the heats? This is flying over.

    A horribly close evening where every judge carried a different opinion. Chucking in the crowd reactions and applying to the calculations and formula (there is a process to this, honest. It’s probably more straight forward than I make out).

    So, first up we have Creature.
    I’ve a lot of time for Creature, they’re a fun grunge band and very enjoyable. I kinda hate thinking of stuff like this in any way retro. It certainly feels fresh and relevant.
    They were one of my pre-contest tips to do well, especially as they made the play offs last year – but the opening slot in a tough heat works against them a bit.

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    Dead River Kings are a surprise package. They’ve got their blues driven hard rock thing down to a tee. More than a few nods to Black Stone Cherry. There’s a lot of experience and they’re pretty darn tight. The crowd seems to like them too and that just helps them pinch a place in the semis in the end.

    Mechanical were added into the competition following the late withdrawal of Ellen Moss. They’d originally meant to be in Heat 1, but pulled out on health. But, they’re back now and it’s enjoyable minimal rock. George was in solo last year and, similarly, you can kinda watch and know in your heart that tonight they’re not going through, but enjoy them anway.

    Anti-Bastard divide a little opinion, they’re very loud and very punk. They whistle through an 11 song set list without going over the 25 minute set length. That gives you an idea of the type of punk they are, crusty fast… loud… fun. Opinion splitting.
    Well *I* enjoyed them.

    Actually, I do always find it hard to sound sincere but I genuinely enjoy every band.
    Some in different ways to others, mind.
    But, I dunno – it feels like it’s been a while since I enjoyed a band quite like Skyryder.

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    Skyryder for me… they’re overblown fantasy hair metal. You know all those cheese laiden Maiden sound-a-like bands? Yeah. Hellowe’en, Blind Guardian and about a zillion others.
    And some of those bands are good and some are just cheese guff.
    Well, Skyryder intentionally lay on the cheese but they do it in such a way you can appreciate it.
    They don’t take the piss out of the genre, they poke friendly fun at it – and it’s almost impossible not to smile.
    Imagine Steel Panther except (a) good (b) funny.
    So, well, nothing like steel Panther then.

    They do… however… go into a tough Semi…

    Right… does it get any easier on Thursday *checks line up*

    Oh God….


  • jizzy newcastle - Love/Hate ? Jizzy Pearl previews more music ahead of tour Love/Hate ? Jizzy Pearl previews more music ahead of tour

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    With the UK tour due to begin in just a matter of days, Jizzy Pearl has been previewing more material from the forthcoming album ‘All You Need is Soul’.

    Recently, an audio for ‘High for an Eye’ was released – you can hear that here (clicky).

    There was also recently a video for ‘You’re Going to Miss Me When I’m Gone’.  A link to that is at the bottom of this post.

    Fans and critics alike have been very impressed by these tracks.  There’s a very solid traditional vibe about them.  But, let’s be honest – they’re just damn fine tracks!

    As mentioned, the tour is imminently due to kick off.  The local date is at Think Tank on May 3rd.  Support comes from Emperors of the Wasteland and Doomsday Outlaw.

    Tickets are available online from www.seetickets.com 

    It’s always a pleasure to have Jizzy and co up here, always special nights.  Don’t miss out!

    Video

  • M2TM Heat 2 Write Up

    M2TM starts with an uncomfortable headache.

    The lads from Nephilim are quite young looking and lack ID.

    The M2TM Newcastle rules state all band members must be 18 at the time of heat and venue rules is 18+ from 7pm.

    So. Snap discretion – stick them on at 6.30pm and if they get through make sure they arrive with ID for the semis.

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    Yersin

    This does disappoint a few who miss them, which is a shame – they’re a young band clearly brought up on Avenged Sevenfold and they’re certainly tight and competent.

    “No Place to Hide” is certainly a tune and a half.

    Although they don’t get through this time, I do look forward to seeing them again in the future and how they progress.

    Yersin opened the first heat last year and totally set the bar with their energetic grindcore enslaught. They were so so unlucky not to go through last time, but this time around they just own the stage (and space in front of the stage… and half the venue) and again set a bar to beat. They get through this time.
    Looking forward to some ‘Burzum and Chill’ in the semis.

    I kinda feel for Leading Zeroes – they’re really bloody good but must feel quite lost sandwiched between grind and donk. They do produce some fairly enjoyable alt rock and seem well received. Speaking to them afterwards they were in a pretty postive attitude despite not going through, which is something I massively appreciate.
    There were a lot of smiles and nods while they were on, so they’ve at least got some new friends.

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    Armortura

    Next up is the band that makes us all question our life choices – the Newcastle Upon Tyne Speed Donk experience.
    They have an extremely strong fanbase and bring all of the songs about Donk. They are the visual and musical equivalent of a guy in a shark onesie dry humping a guy in a dinosaur onesie.
    Certainly memorable.
    “I think we’re going to stop now because we need to set up because a real band is on next”

    So, Armortura have the, ahem, pleasure of following them and closing.
    And, you know what. They do it well. Proper traditional heavy metal which there’s not been enough of in the Newcastle runs – and decent and tight to boot.
    Certainly raising the curtain at the end and I look forward to seeing them in the semis.

    Phew.

    Looking ahead to next week’s line up… holy fuck, that’s gone be hard to call.


  • BANNER - M2TM - Heat 1 - Write Up M2TM – Heat 1 – Write Up

     

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    Photo by Newcastle Live Bands

    It feels strange starting M2TM so late.
    Normally we’re about half way through the comp by now – but we opted for a later start with weekly, rather than fortnightly, heats.

    Mind – with the recent grotty weather we thought an April start may be more pleasant…

    And yet it STILL snowed.

    However – that didn’t stop the bands, nor a respectable crowd.

    Sadly, we are down to 4 bands. The first heat suffered two drop outs and we were able to replace one, but a little too short notice for the second.

    So, it’s pushing 8pm when electro-metal trip THIS HOLY VIRUS open the 2018 competition.
    Pretty decent mix of styles and ideas, like an angry Gary Numan. Fairly well received and a good way to prise the competition open.
    Really looking forward to seeing more from these guys in the coming months, there’s a lot of potential.

    DESOLATION stepped in following the withdrawal of Rossi Noise. While this may have felt it would boost chances, an experienced band with a strong following replaced by a relatively young and unknown band.
    This is actually their first time gigging in Newcastle.
    The band are groove metal with a few hints of 90s grunge and nu-metal, but a passionate performance impresses many. Enough to see them through to the semis.

    Kraken Waker at M2TM Newcastle in Trillians
    Photo by Newcastle Live Bands

    I’ve a lot of love for PRETTY LIVID IMPS – they’ve a lovely set of punky rock and roll, with lots of fast and uplifting anthems. They should be a lot bigger. But, maybe I’m just bias.
    They’re well received but have two tough bands to follow and it doesn’t quite get them over the line this time.

    The beast to beat was always going to be KRAKEN WAKER.
    They made it to the semi finals last time with their nautical sludge. They’re previewing a couple of tracks from their new EP and you know – they’re going to be a challenge to get passed in the semis this year as well.
    They’re simple but effective – riffs, riffs, beards, riffs, beards, riffs.
    Phwoar.

    It’s been an interesting start to the competition… for sure.

    Look ahead for Heat 2

    Photos by Newcastle Live Bands


  • eureka - Eureka Machines - September Tour Eureka Machines – September Tour

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    Can you believe it’s been 3 years since Eureka Machines last played Newcastle?  I know.  That’s ages.

    But… good news everyone, they’re coming back!

    This is a strictly limited run of dates, so we’re thrilled they’re coming to Cluny 2 on September 14th.

    Tickets can be grabbed here.

    Couple of things to help make this show special…

    First off, they’ve a new album out – ‘Victories’ and it’s canny good and that. You should check it out.  I’ve stuck a video from it on the bottom of this post.

    Secondly, it’s their 10th anniversary tour – so expect tracks from, well, all of the albums.  Which is nice cos they’ve lots of cracking songs.

    Supports will be announced in good time, for sure.

    Tickets.

     

    Misery

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    Glasgow Industrial-Metal favourite Seraph Sin make an overdue return to the region this month.

    The quartet have been well received on previous visits, having played first with Hanzel Und Gretyl and later with Mortiis – and now we look forward to their show with Psydoll.

    They will be very special guests at the show on March 31st at Central Bar in Gateshead. Local act You Are The Dead are also performing.

    Wrestling fans may also be familiar with them. They’ve written 3 pieces of entrance music for performers of Insane Championship Wrestling, as well as the intro music for the weekly show!

    Tickets remain at just £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from www.seetickets.com

    A great chance to see great bands at a great price.

    Huzzah.

  • bs lord of the lost 2016 franz schepers 01 - Lord of the Lost - Headline Tour Lord of the Lost – Headline Tour

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    A mixture of personal and professional comments regarding a tour we’re thrilled to announce.

    Lord of the Lost are one of my personal favourite bands.  Over the past 8 years I’ve watched them rise up in Germany. From playing festivals in the 11am slot for 20 minutes to performing with a full Orchestra.

    Now, they look set to repeat this in the UK.

    Whilst they did do some small dates in 2010, they didn’t return to the UK until 2017.  2017 saw them impress many crowds on tour with KMFDM.  Now, in 2018, they’re about to embark on a UK headline tour.

    The tour will start right here in Newcastle, on November 21st, at The Cluny.

    There’ll be special guests to be announced in due time, also.    If you caught them with KMFDM I hope you’re already hooked – but if you missed that show, then really, this is a band set to go on the ascendancy.

    Tickets

    Tickets are on sale now from www.seetickets.com

    Videos to check out

  • PSYDOLL2017 09 - New Show : Psydoll Return New Show : Psydoll Return

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    We are pleased to announce that Psydoll will be making and overdue return to the region.

    It was 2006 that the band last came to the North-East, for a show that was very well received.

    Now, they return as part of their 2018 Magnetic Storm Tour.

    The show will take place in The Central, in Gateshead.  Located on Half Moon Lane.  Very close to both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station.

    Psydoll are a Japanese band, a must for fans of J-Rock, Electropunk and things that little bit different.

    Local support will come in the form of You Are the Dead.  There are likely to be more local bands added.

    Tickets are just £6 in advance (£8 on the door) and available from www.seetickets.com.

    More on Psydoll, in their own words.

    We’re a Cyberpunk band from Tokyo, Japan.
    Built in the future city Shinjuku,Tokyo, PSYDOLL captures the Japanese manga and anime as their nutrition,and continued to spread their sound and the existence to the world.
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  • jizzypearllive2017 638 - New Jizzy Pearl album - All you need is Soul New Jizzy Pearl album – All you need is Soul

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    The unmistakable voice from one of the most loved hard rock bands of the early 1990s is returning this spring. Jizzy Pearl of LOVE/HATE is back with his new solo album, “All You Need Is Soul”. This highly anticipated studio release will be made available May 11 via Frontiers Music Srl.

    “In my opinion, this is the best record I’ve done since ‘Blackout In The Red Room’,” says Jizzy. “It captures all the energy and power of that album with great songs, high-energy vocals, big drums courtesy of Dave Moreno (PUDDLE OF MUDD) and amazing guitars from LOVE/HATE guitarist Darren Housholder.”

    From the opening vocals of blistering first song “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” to the effortlessly cool album closer “Mr Jimmy”, Jizzy’s new record is brimming with fresh new music that’s easily recognizable whilst contemporary in its delivery. Listen closer and you’ll discover the hard-rocking groove of “High For An Eye”, the funk rock of album title track “All You Need Is Soul” and many more new favorites. Make no mistake, Jizzy Pearl has returned and he’s better than ever.

    Although released on May 11, we’re told Jizzy will have copies with him on the UK tour, which cuts Think Tank in Newcastle on May 3rd.  As always, tickets are doing well – you can secure yours here (click)

    Jizzy Pearl and LOVE/HATE burst onto the scene in 1990 with the debut album “Blackout In The Red Room” and proceeded to take the U.K. by storm with “Best Album Of The Year” from Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines. Playing sold-out shows and opening for SKID ROW, AC/DC and DIO put LOVE/HATE on the map. MTV hits “Why Do You Think They Call It Dope”, “She’s An Angel” and the band’s follow-up album, “Wasted In America”, have ensured a loyal following to this day.

    “All You Need Is Soul” track listing:

    01. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
    02. Comin’ Home To The Bone
    03. High For An Eye
    04. All You Need Is Soul
    05. House Of Sin
    06. Mortified
    07. Frustrated
    08. When The Devil Comes
    09. You Don’t Know What It’s Like
    10. It Doesn’t Matter
    11. Little Treasures
    12. Mr Jimmy