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“Second Chance”, the new video from English rockers GLAMOUR OF THE KILL, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with director Robby Starbuck, who has previously worked with ASKING ALEXANDRIA, ESCAPE THE FATE and SNOOP DOGG, among others.

Said GLAMOUR OF THE KILL bassist/vocalist Davey Richmond: “Working with Robby on the video was such a great experience and having the opportunity to shoot it in L.A. definitely had the added bonus of standing outside in sun with an ice-cold beer between takes. The heat turned out to be our enemy, though, as we all just looked like melting pale Yorkshiremen the second we started the performance part to the video. Fortunately, we had a great make-up team who managed to disguise this though! We all had such big ideas on how we wanted the video to look and Robby managed to capture that spot-on.”

“Second Chance” comes off GLAMOUR OF THE KILL‘s new album, “Savages”, which will be released on September 24 in the U.S. through eOne Music, September 20 in Germany and September 23 in the rest of Europe through SPV.

Produced by Joey Sturgis (ASKING ALEXANDRIA), this is the first batch of new material we’ve seen from GLAMOUR OF THE KILL since the release of “The Summoning”, which came out in 2011.

The new CD’s first single, “Break” features a guest appearance by VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! lead singer Michael Vampire.

“Savages” track listing:

01. Break
02. Second Chance
03. The Only One
04. Live For The Weekend
05. A Freak Like Me
06. Heartbreaker
07. Rescue Me
08. Leave It All Behind
09. A Beautiful Day To Die
10. Tears Of The Sun

Fresh off a full U.S. tour with ESCAPE THE FATE and a European tour with PAPA ROACH, GLAMOUR OF THE KILL will be hitting the road with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and THE DEFILED in the U.K. throughout September before heading back out the Europe with PAPA ROACH in November.

GLAMOUR OF THE KILL has been generating buzz ever since its debut EP, “Through The Dark They March”, came out in 2007. The success of the EP led to tours with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, DRAGONFORCE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and most notably a performance on the main stage of Download festival in 2008.

GLAMOUR OF THE KILL is: Davey Richmond (lead vocals, bass), Chris Gomerson (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Kingswood (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Ben Thomson (drums, backing vocals).


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The Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride to Download 2013 kicks off tomorrow, so we asked James from Tesseract if his legs have fallen off from all the training yet…

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James (far left) with TesseracT

Oi oi, James! What did you first think when you heard about Heavy Metal Truants?

At first the idea of a bunch of beer-swilling fat heavy metallers cycling 161 miles had me in hysterics, but then after reading about its purpose and the charities involved I thought it looked brilliant and had to be involved! It’s really great that heavy metal community is coming together to raise funds for three very worthy causes, and equally as great that so many people are up for doing something so crazy!

What inspired you to get involved?

Well it’s one hell of a challenge, and looks like fun, so when I was asked I jumped at the chance! Raising money for charity is obviously a big part and I’m very intrigued by Nordoff Robbins’ work. Not only is it an incredibly unique approach to therapy that’s helping many every day, but it also gives music even more relevance in life.

How has the training been going?

Not too bad! I did a 35 mile bike ride on Sunday and I’ve been doing around 22 miles, three days a week, for the past month. My incentive to finish on my training days has been going to the pub… so just ask long as there’s a cold beer at the end of each day, I’m pretty sure I’ll make it!

Are you an avid cyclist? If so, what’s your experience?

Not really.. I used to commute to work four miles and back around three years ago, but that’s it. Since signing up I’ve been pretty on it with getting around town on a bike and I’ve kind of redescovered the enjoyment I get from cycling. I’ll probably keep it up after the HM Truants ride.

What’s been on your training soundtrack?

SPL – Rescue Me
The Algorithm – Polymorphic Code
Arcite – The Escape Key
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Hatchet – Dawn of the End

For more info on the Heavy Metal Truants, head here

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Portugal’s Moonspell has posted a new blog online discussing the band’s history, as well as recent and upcoming activity. Front man Fernando Ribeiro comments:

“Summer set itself in all its grace and power in the land of Portugal but we take this three-week break from festivals to think about and organize the year. There is now a lot of expectation to run and it’s not an easy task to please all appetites.

“Do not pity us. The summer work of Moonspell is always pleasurable and sometimes we give in to some hours on the beach, or in my case, the balcony for fresh air, cold beer and friends. The prospect of a carefree summer is just another of our utopias and we know that being busy in the summer is actually a good thing. With its share of suffering, of course, couldn’t be otherwise.

“To sit down and write a few words is a more welcoming thought than an immediate action but I guess that’s children growing, asking for your full attention and nothing can really beat that smiley appeal of your own seed. Not even closing the deal to a festival, or arrange a forthcoming tour.

“Next week, we start to rehearse for Sombra/Shadow/Umbra show that we are specially recreating for Wacken. This has, so far, proven to be quite a Herculean job, as 16 people will be travelling from Portugal. Plus we will be using also local crew. In a few days, under the oppressing heat (AC is something studios mainly put away because it does interfere with the sound) Moonspell, Opus Diabolicum (the 4 cello/percussion combo which play with us on stage) and our singers Crystal Mountain Singers, we will be sweaty but happy, as this show is very special for all of us and hopefully the fans who will watch it. We have played a full tour of Sombra, in Portugal, and it was very successful. Wacken was looking to spice up their tremendous bill with some of these moments, so we got on the bill, because they liked what they heard and even if there is, momentarily, some anguished expectation if this show will go well in the World’s biggest METAL fest, the vibe is positive and, in the end, people will be surprised and, hopefully, enchanted as it happened in all the dates in our country.

“Even when time is short, there are a few things I never stop doing, even if sometimes they steal away into the night, depriving me of a much valued and needed sleep. One thing I do is always at night, to light up one, and browse the I tunes and label sites or Amazon in search of news and music that will keep me up to date with the scene and, first and foremost, to provide me with feelings I need to balance my inner chaos. New Katatonia, new Dead can Dance are preordered. I count the days, of course. Unable to go to a shop these days, I tunes has been my solace. Even if it is a bit of a desolated feeling to watch the files downloading and to synch the devices, it’s kind of cold, I guess; to get music as fast and to be able to start listening to it, is a modest but welcoming reward. I went on a rampage, for several reasons, and among my acquisitions are Ghost, the new Paradise lost, the new Soulsavers, Judas Priest live (which I have on vinyl but felt like listening to in the car) some scattered material from several artists and a record I have been listening over and over and that I highlight for the reasons to follow.

“While I am still waiting to get into Ghost or the new Paradise Lost, I was immensely absorbed by The Cult’s new album, Choice of Weapon. Last year I watched a great live show of The Cult at Sweden Rock and almost ten years ago I was one (of the few it seems) to heavily enjoy Beyond Good and Evil, a fantastic record that hit the wall of indifference of the spirit of our time. Since then until today, besides the live show, I had very little contact with what they are doing, until I read a superb interview with Ian Astbury on a Portuguese Music magazine called Blitz. The next minute I was buying the record.

“The Cult was a gigantic Rock band through the eighties and some of the nineties. They have a signature, a killer songwriting and they also had an image which pointed to a certain earthly mysticism, Astbury somewhere between a rockstar and a Native-American Shaman, all in a guy from the UK who was hand picked to fill in for Jim Morrison ghost in the Riders in the Storm, “reunion tour”. I have learnt that they have always been active, playing Love on its entirety in a few selected dates, but that’s not the kind of perspective I want to get into here.

“What I want to say is that the last steps of The Cult are not only worth gold but that they present a direction that most would not guess. I do not mean the musical progress as when you listen to Choice of Weapon, you will find a pure Cult album, filled with great songs, rocking atmospheres, some novelty here and there but all in all a solid release which should not go unnoticed, and it wouldn’t if we here living a golden age of discovery and enchantment, instead of an enslaving opinion era.

“I read Astbury’s words and they were pure philosophy, evocating his own life experience and travelling, with books he read and theories he embraced. The titles and some of the lyrics of this new one go as far as being Crowleyian quotes from several of his books and there is an impeding and enjoyable sense that we are in front of a great work which mixes The Cult’s very own brand of Rock with a deep soul-searching literary part which for me it’s essential and a breath of really fresh air in a Rock’n’roll scene that died at the hands of agendas, normalization, airplay and crowd indifference.

“Data vénia, that is, with due distance as Moonspell never reached those heights The Cult did, to listen to this album and to wonder so much, lead me to a question I pose many times regarding my own band. Is experience, personality, a certain wisdom acquired with age a good substitute for lack of momentum? Can a band, old in age, still appeal to a growing crowd going the intelligent, artistic way or all is doomed when the audience sees you as “cult band” (pun intended), devoid of novelty’s power?

“When we did Wolfheart and Irreligious we had a virgin forest to explore in front of us. We did think we sucked badly and we were a very frustrated band because we struggled with many inside problems and we lacked ground to understand what was going on. We came from studio unhappy and angry, spent countless hours in vans, sold thousands in Germany but came back to sleep with my brother in our room, in my parent’s house. When we thought we could actually do it and self-esteem arose in us, our momentum was gone and since Sin, where the waters separated, it has been a fight to impose our songs, a battle directly proportional to the easiness of when we were a new band, and people were seeking for us instead of being the other way around.

“I identify with this album from The Cult as I might not be alone on this dilemma, which is, I know, not to be solved while we still on the scene, stubbornly fighting for our territory and for our ideas and thoughts to gain expression through our music. Do people really care about what we have to say, about our more mature and sometimes more powerful way of delivering our songs; or were we just a band that belonged to a certain time and context and became a band that the general audience perceives as boring and impositive, whining about weird philosophies and mankind’s doom, instead of delivering them the entertainment they paid for?

“I do not know the answer but I can still talk about the question as much as I can, I believe. After touring with band such as Turisas or playing after Alestorm on the metalfests I find it impossible for Moonspell to provide such crowd enthusiasm. We are short of fun and pagan or pirate evocations, we have mainly darkness, philosophy, statements of aging once young wolves. But then, I see the enthusiasm for a new Katatonia album or where Opeth brought their fans through the ways of death metal until a progressive dark and fiery rainbow, and I am confused.

“I have been restless with this thought, but to listen to new albums as this one from The Cult kept me in company, like if animated by an older general who is giving the example to just a foot soldier in an European Metal scene, once a player, now a resistant. It might seem that a midlife crisis speech, but music still gets its own way through the cracks and the holes and fills you with courage and you then you start pointing down stuff, opening new books, listening to new stuff and for a while you forget about momentum, pertinence, crowd appeal and you just want to tame a fire that still burns.

“We chose our weapon and maybe our destiny.

“The Cult- Choice of Weapon Favourite tracks: The Wolf, Elemental Light, Life Death Essential quotes: ‘You can’t destroy them, the beauty and the youth, you’ll never beat them, you’ll never hide the truth.’

“If you are in the mood for some recommendations here we go: Music: Choice of Weapon (The Cult); Amnesia (Dead Can Dance, advance track); Metallica Rockabye Baby redemptions (my son loves it)

“Books: Histórias de um Portugal Assombrado (Vanessa Fidalgo, a great interesting book about Portugal most haunted places), Fargo Rock City (Chuck Klosterman, the book I mentioned on the other entry).”

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Motorhead Beer: Definitely tastier than our webmaster's Photoshop skills

This was always going to happen. Rock ‘n’ roll icons Motörhead have launched their own brand of beer!

Following on from the Motörhead wine launched last year, fans can now also down a few Bastards Lagers.

“Motörhead Bastards Lager is a gloriously fresh and fruity beer with a wonderful character of light malt,” says Yvonne Wener of Brands For Fans. “It’s easy to drink but has a hard rock edge. It’s perfect for all those occasions when you feel that craving for a cold beer such as those summer barbecues and picnics, naturally with music pumping at full blast through the loudspeakers.”

Sounds good to us. We’ll have ten.

For more info, head to the Motörhead drinks page!

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