Posts Tagged “Holy Crap”

Dimmu Borgir: Extreme icons

Some big, big names in the latest Bloodstock announcement.

Black metal legends Dimmu Borgir return to Catton in August as special guests on the Friday night, and are joined by fellow new additions in Hellyeah, Rotting Christ, Bloodshot Dawn, De Profundis and Aghast! Holy crap!

“We are excited for our return to Bloodstock 2014, the one and only UK festival we do this year,” say Dimmu. “It will be a special event for sure, without revealing too much, but a 20th anniversary show will not go unnoticed.  Await the return of symphonic darkness.”.

Head to and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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According to The Drinks Business, over a million pints of Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer have been produced since it was first launched in May. That works out at around 20,000 pints of the stuff being drunk every day since. Let’s be honest, that’s really not too shabby at all.

Our Bruce gets to work

“We are amazed to reach this mark in such a short time, a million pints already is way ahead of all rational expectations, and are grateful for the support we have had from the retailers, Maiden fans, real ale enthusiasts, our distributors and the beer trade generally as they were so quick to catch on to the genuine and unique quality of this beer,” says Oliver Robinson, Managing Director of the beer’s brewery, Robinsons.

“This is a great showcase for our new brew house and demonstrates the sorts of volumes it is capable of producing. It’s very exciting to observe Trooper as it expands across Britain and then, we fully expect, internationally. It is easily the fastest-selling new beer Robinsons have ever had, and quite possibly anyone else too.”

For more info, head to Iron Maiden return to the UK for two London shows in August.

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Avenged Sevenfold: back in 2013!

Avenged Sevenfold have unveiled the title, artwork and release date of their new album!

Titled Hail To The King, the album is the follow-up to 2010′s Nightmare and will land on August 26, and will be the first Avenged album to feature no writing credits from The Rev, who tragically passed away in 2009.

M Shadows exclusively told us earlier this year that the album has a Sabbthy, Led Zeppelin kinda vibe. Whatever happens, Avenged Sevenfold will make a long-awaited return to the UK this winter, hitting the following three venues:

November 2013

Saturday 30 Manchester Arena

December 2013

Sunday 1 Wembley Arena, London

Thursday 5 LG Arena, Birmingham

The dates will serve as the OC metal heavyweights’ first UK shows since Download 2011, with tickets on sale now, priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and available from this link.

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…sorry, that is, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Which is a black metal song title if ever we heard one.

Anyway, check it out…

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Avenged Sevenfold: back in 2013!

Avenged Sevenfold will make a long-awaited return to the UK this winter!

“It’s been far too long since we’ve played for our friends in the United Kingdom,” says M Shadows. “We’ve been itching to get back since our last appearance at Download in 2011. We are putting the finishing touches on a new album, and can’t wait to share the new songs with you in concert.”

Avenged hit the following three venues:

November 2013

Saturday 30 Manchester Arena

December 2013

Sunday 1 Wembley Arena, London
Thursday 5 LG Arena, Birmingham

The dates will serve as the OC metal heavyweights’ first UK shows since Download 2011, with tickets going on sale from 9am on Friday May 17 2013, priced at £28.50 (subject to booking fee) and available from or

Expect the new Avenged Sevenfold album to drop later this year.

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Just shut up and watch it already:

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Trent’s Back, BayBay!

Trent Reznor has announced the official return of Nine Inch Nails with a brand new lineup and has said that there will be NIN shows in 2013!

The man himself released the following statement:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.


Shows this summer before US dates, eh? Reckon he’ll make it to Europe in time for festival season?


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Download FTW!

A whopping 49 bands have been added to this year’s already amazing Download lineup! SO BIG.

The full list of new additions is as follows (and we ran a scientific analysis over the announcement and have deduced that if you don’t absolutely love at least a few of the bands in here, you’re a total fart face):

Papa Roach
Rise To Remain
Gogol Bordello
Escape The Fate
Blitz Kids
Uriah Heep
Dir En Grey
After The Burial
The Ghost Inside
Blacklist Royals
Red Fang
Naked Flame
The Algorithm.
Sacred Mother Tongue
Bury Tomorrow
Brutality Will Prevail
Emperor Chung
Sonic Boom Six
States of Panic
Bleed From Within
Hill Valley High
Astroid Boys
I Divide
Rat Attack
Hang The Bastard.
Heart Of A Coward
Glamour of the Kill
Silent Screams
The First
Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats

Download 2013 takes place from June 14-16 and also features headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, plus Motorhead, Queens Of The Stone Age, HIM and many more. Tickets are onsale now from

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Last night the one and only KISS played an intimate, sweaty and very fucking pyro-heavy set at London’s Kentish Town forum. Here’s what went down…

Given that they played the tiny Islington Academy a couple of years back, seeing KISS in a setting more intimate than their usual arena-friendly habitat isn’t exactly an unimaginable event, but the fact that Kentish Town Forum’s size means we can see one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time close up while still hoping for a bit of a show makes this one just a bit special.

And holy crap, what a show it is. There’s as much pyro on show as you’d ever get at Wembley, with fire, bazookas, Catherine wheels and more all in full force and melting the very walls away from a building that’s so god damn fucking toasty it’s a wonder the whole crowd hasn’t turned into one big sweaty puddle. Admittedly, Paul’s vocals have seen much better days than tonight, but how can you possibly complain about a setlist that bloody well starts with Detroit Rock City and goes on to casually throw out classics like Deuce, Love Gun, Crazy Crazy Nights and Lick It Up like they weren’t some of the best songs ever written. We just feel sorry for whoever had to clean up that confetti at the end. Crumbs.

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But holy crap! 2011 is about to end! That’s just nuts. I figured since I like to neatly wrap up the news events of each week, now’s a good time to examine the blur that was 2011.

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