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.read more
Canadian 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.read more
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.read more
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:read more
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.read more
Norwegian-American group Combichrist returns with an unapologetic masterpiece. The new long player “This Is Where Death Begins“ is an apocalyptic behemoth of guitars, electronica, infernal drums and dark elemental force.
The album is released on June 3rd on CD, Deluxe 2CD, Double LP and Special Fan Box.
Thudding tribal drums, guitars slammed in your face like a 20-ton-weight, chopped up synth-attacks and in the midst of it Andy LaPlegua rampaging like an unrestrained demon of wrath: on their new album, “This Is Where Death Begins”, Combichrist are conjuring up a proverbial hellfire. A black monolith of unbridled aggression. Produced by Oumi Kapila (Filter) and Andy LaPlegua, with guest vocals from Chris Motionless (Motionless In White) and Ariel Levitan (MXMS) and mastered by the legendary Vlado Meller (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot, to name just a few), Combichrist have created a milestone of their career. “This Is Where Death Begins” is released as a regular album CD, as a lavish colored gatefold double vinyl, incl. the album CD and as a deluxe 2-CD-Digipak-version which contains the bonus disc “History Of Madness: Old School And Rarities Live At Complex, LA” (a fine selection of the group’s early Industrial classics.) The album is also released as a strictly limited fan set in a deluxe A5-Digipak containing the double-CD plus the complete recording of the group’s energetic live show at Summer Breeze Festival 2015 on CD and DVD (Combichrist’s first ever official live release) as an exclusive bonus. The party is over, the world is on the brink of disaster… but we stand tall and face it, guns cocked: My Life, My Rules!read more
We’ll get individual posts up for each show back up over the next couple of weeks, but, here’s how things stand right now.
Shows marked with a * are co-promoted shows with SSD Concerts – ** are shows that are SSD Concerts only, but we think people who like shows we do would like. April 28th – Bloodstock Metal 2 Masses Heat 5 @ Trillians (The Fury Remains, I’ll Play the Villain, Rusted Hero, Juratory, Ball of Mayhem) **May 3rd – Milk Teeth + Black Foxxes + Eat Me @ Think Tank **May 5th – Chameleons Vox @ Think Tank **May 14th – Chasity Belt @ Think Tank May 15th – Bloodstock Metal 2 Masses Semi-Final 1 @ Think Tank (Hellion Rising, Arcite, Guardian, Devil’s Night + 1 more) May 23rd – Mortiis + Seraph Sin + deadfilmstar @ Cluny *May 27th – Dorje @ Independent (Sunderland) May 29th – Bloodstock Metal 2 Masses Semi-Final 2 @ Think Tank (Guilt City, The Distorted, Dirty King, Souls of Jack Ketch + 1 more) *May 30th – Cold in Berlin @ Head of Steam June 9th – Ayria + Inertia + EurasianeyeS @ Think Tank June 17th – Bloodstock Metal 2 Masses Final @ Cluny (5 bands from the Semi Finals) *June 29th – Combchrist + Filter + Rabia Sorda @ Riverside *October 5th – The Birthday Massacre @ Think Tankread more