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AMFEST Returns + Announces Line-Up ||| Deafheaven, Zeal & Ardor and More!

Hailed as one of Europe’s most respected indoor festivals, Barcelona’s annual celebration of instrumental/experimental post-rock and metal returns for its 8th edition!

STREAM THE OFFICIAL AMFEST 2019 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HERE

This October, AMFest, the events arm of Barcelona’s much-loved Aloud Music Ltd returns for another special instalment in its live celebration of instrumental/experimental post-rock and metal.

Having brought together thousands of people over the years, 2019 will play host to the festival’s eighth edition and over four days will showcase some of the world’s biggest and boldest with bands such as Deafheaven, Zeal & Ardor, Alcest, Pelican, Touché Amoré, Daughters, Brutus and so much more. As AMFest member, Mau Barbazza, explains:

“It’s always been a special event for rock and metal lovers in Barcelona. We have massive festivals that happen every year who we obviously can’t compete with in terms of budget, but we’ve always tried to be different and give people what others don’t – we’ve always championed an artistic coherence and vision based on our own personal tastes.”

For over a decade, Aloud Music Ltd, has forged an inseparable bond between themselves, the artists they support and the fans that follow their Aloud Philosophy. Flying the flag of honesty in a business infamous for selling passion for quick profit, Aloud has constantly strived to be different from the get-go. In 2008 they not only embraced free downloading but actively promoted it through their website for all their back-catalogue releases, making it an indispensable portal for those interested in their history and output.

“Each yeah we try to put together a festival that we’d love to go to,” continues Mau. “Not only in terms of bands but also coolness, comfort, affordable prices and good vibes. Barcelona is a beautiful city, with centuries of history that will leave many open-mouthed. We’re just here to enhance it all with the addition of amazing music.”

AMFest will take place between 10-13 October 2019 at Fabra I Coats, Barcelona. To purchase your tickets for the festival visit https://entradium.com/en/events/amfest-2019

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HORSEBURNER: Hard Hitting Road/Riff Merchants Return With New Album + Tour Dates | Stream and share new song ‘HAND OF GOLD, MAN OF STONE’

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Together since 2008 and borne from the wild Appalachian green of West Virginia, Horseburner has never cowered from hard toil. From performing their first live show, self-recording and releasing two EPs (2009’s Dirt City and Strange Giant in 2013), putting on an inaugural tour in 2011 and releasing their debut full-length album, Dead Seeds, Barren Soil in 2016, the band has quite simply, done it all themselves.

Having played hundreds of shows over the past decade, performing alongside acts such as Torche, Weedeater, Goatwhore, Obituary, Corrosion of Conformity, The Obsessed, Karma to Burn and Bell Witch, in 2017 the band reissued their debut album through Hellmistress Records, which quickly reignited that song writing/recording flame, resulting in the gift of new music.

This year, as well as hitting the road for a monster Summer/Fall Tour of the US, the band join forces with Ripple Music, the California-based record label and world leader in Heavy Rock, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych to bring you the hard rocking yield of that fruitful and inspired year. The official worldwide release of their brand-new album, The Thief. As the band explains:

“We are thrilled to finally be putting out new music after almost three years and several member changes, and we can’t wait for people to hear, ‘Hand of Gold, Man of Stone’. It was the first song we finished for this new album, and we think it really sets the tone for what’s to come this summer when the full album is released. It’s loud, it’s aggressive, it’s a little weird… It’s also the shortest song. Brevity has never been our strong suit, but there is a much larger story waiting to be told, and this song is just one chapter. We’re even more excited to be teaming up with Ripple Music for the new record. We love so many bands on their roster, it’s such a well curated label. We’re honoured to be joining the Ripple Family, and honestly, that’s what it feels like, a family.”

Ahead of the release of Horseburner’s new album The Thief on 9th August on Ripple Music, stream and share new song ‘Hand of Gold, Man of Stone’ here – http://horseburner.bandcamp.com/track/hand-of-gold-man-of-stone

LIVE DATES (MORE DATES TBC):

2/8 – Richmond, VA – Wonderland
3/8 – Beckley, WV – Melody’s
23/8 – Athens, OH – Casa
24/8 – Youngstown, OH – Westside Bowl
25/8 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
27/8 – Canton, OH – Buzzbin
5/9 – Huntington, WV – V Club
6/9 – Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
7/9 – Charlotte, NC – Skylark
8/9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
9/9 – Miami, FL – Las Rosas
11/9 – Savannah, GA – El Rocko
12/9 – Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge
27/9 – Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
5/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s
6/10 – Buffalo, NY – Electric Avenue
7/10 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Desperate Annie’s
11/10 – Brooklyn, NY – The Well
12/10 – Wilmington, DE – Oddity Bar
13/10 – Baltimore, MD – The Depot
29/11 –Marietta, OH – Adelphia

SALEM’S BEND: LA-based Psych Trio to Release New Album, Supercluster

“It’s the power of bands like Salem’s Bend that keeps rock and roll vibrant in 2016. It shows us new sonic highways and unveils new futures. That’s why we keep digging deeper and deeper, all for the love of fuzz.”
METAL INJECTION

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Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the release of Supercluster, the brand-new album from LA-based rock trio Salem’s Bend.

Cutting their teeth in various outfits over the years, after idly deciding to crawl into a garage one day, three unassuming dudes emerged into sunlight as a mighty hard rock triumvirate skilled in the execution of maximum Sabbath, Priest and Zeppelin worship…

…for on this day, Salem’s Bend was born.

Running an aural gamut of ’70s-sounding classic rock with the influence of melodic heavy-hitters from the contemporary realms of desert, doom metal, psych and stoner rock, the band coalesced in the summer of 2014 with the intention of turning heavy riffs into the catchiest of tunes. With seven songs eventually making the cut on what would become their self-titled debut, the trio earnestly self-released their efforts via Bandcamp, and in doing so caught the ear of Ripple Music. Garnering some early praise one reviewer commented on just how well the band managed to, “Forge their own searing, raucous guitars; intense, deep bass; and athletic, punctuated stickwork around some of the most intelligently interesting melodies to float through the stonersphere in quite some time.”

Salem’s Bend subsequently signed with Ripple, who gave their debut a worldwide release on vinyl, CD and digital in 2016. Since then, they have been taking their hard-hitting live performance on the road, touring every few months around the Western US and Canada and playing festivals such as SXSW, More Beers in Hell, Vantopia, and many more.

This May, thanks to the good folk and fellow Californians at Ripple, Supercluster – Salem’s Bend eagerly awaited follow-up to Salem’s Bend – will receive an official worldwide release on 24th May. In the meantime, you can stream and share new song ‘Spaceduster’ via Ripple Music and catch the band across Europe (see dates below) as they tour in support of the new record.

SALEM’S BEND EUROPEAN TOUR:

02/05 – TBA – Leeds, UK
03/05 – TBA – Birmingham, UK
04/05 – Desertfest – London, UK
08/05 – Muziekcentrum Kinky Star – Ghent, Belgium
09/05 – Don’t Panic Essen – Essen, Germany
10/05 – MTS Records – Oldenburg, Germany
11/05 – Stereo Wonderland – Cologne, Germany
12/05 – Db’S Utrech – Utrecht, Netherlands
13/05 – Pallieter Cafe – Herselt, Belgium

BEASTWARS RETURN: New Zealand Heavyweights Revisit The Riff

New album chronicles vocalist Matt Hyde’s battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – “The fear of death is enough to make you want to live”

“Beastwars have long been regarded as one of metal’s best kept secrets.”
METAL HAMMER

“Beastwars’ live prowess is downright legendary south of the equator.”
NOISEY

“If there is any justice in metal it shouldn’t be too long before Beastwars are dragging their distinctive sound – one which includes but is not limited to High on Fire’s molten sludge, Kyuss’s Sky Valley grooves and the rhythmic backbone of Unsane – to a sweat and sawdust venue near you.”
TERORRIZER

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Returning in 2019 with what will undoubtedly become one of this year’s most revelatory releases, IV, the fourth instalment in Beastwars’ canon is life affirming in more ways than one.

So heavy and heavily admired around the world, New Zealand’s legendary metallers are back this June with a new lease of life – quite literally – following vocalist Matt Hyde’s recovery from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. After undergoing six months of treatment in 2016 he is now in remission and today the band announces their long-awaited return, along with the release of their first single in three years, ‘Omens’.

Shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences through his diagnosis and subsequent treatment, he was given an opportunity to look into the abyss, beyond life as we know it. “Throughout the treatment I was numb,” he explains. “It’s interesting to have the ability to confront that, to confront the void, to confront the idea of mortality. I didn’t make peace with it either.”

The experience and loneliness in isolation of treatment gave Hyde plenty to consider. Life, friendships and relationships, especially with his then ten-year-old daughter resulted in a record that leaves nothing unsaid. “I was lucky that I had music to express what had happened to me,” Hyde says. “A lot of people don’t have that. I was very lucky that we could make a record. I took the time to process it and turned it into something else.”

In 2011, Beastwars released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim and in doing so transformed New Zealand’s metal landscape forever. Reviewers celebrated the album’s, slow-burning blend of lysergic and premonitory metal and compared the band to Kyuss, Neurosis and Godflesh, while hinting at influences as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Black Sabbath, and in Hyde’s ‘avant-grunt’, Celtic Frost.

Two years on from their internationally acclaimed debut, Beastwars returned in 2013 with Blood Becomes Fire, delivering ten songs that retained the strength and psychedelic power of their first while presenting a kinetic evolution in vision. Closing the post-apocalyptic trilogy, 2016’s The Death Of All Things signalled the long overdue arrival of one of metal’s best-kept secrets, out from under and ready to take on the world full tilt.

To celebrate the band’s fearless return to the fold, Beastwars will tour New Zealand and Australia in June/July (see below) and perform at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane.

IV, the new album from Beastwars will be released on Friday 28th June 2019 and can be pre-ordered on limited edition vinyl, cassette, CD at http://www.beastwars.bigcartel.com.

Watch and share the new video for ‘Omens’ below.

IV ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
With special guest Witchskull (AUS)

28/6 – San Fran Wellington
29/6 – Galatos – Auckland
5/7 – Blue Smoke – Christchurch*
6/7 – The Cook – Dunedin*
11/7 – Crowbar – Sydney (w. Potion)
12/7 – The Gershwin Room – Melbourne (w. Dr. Colossus + Droid)
13/7 – Dead of Winter Festival – Brisbane*

*Dates without Witchskull