Posts Tagged “Rock Heavyweights”

Linkin Park: game for it

Linkin Park have been locked in the studio working on a new studio album, and it looks like it’s packing a few surprises.

The band announced earlier this year that they were getting cracking on the follow-up to 2012′s Living Things, with Mike Shinoda recently suggesting that we might see it surface by the time they rock up to Download in June.

Now guitarist Brad Delson says that shred-happy LP warriors (erm, are there any of those?) will be very satisfied with the way the new opus is turning out.

“There’s a lot of guitar solos on the album!” he tells Music Radar. “And this is from someone who was quoted early on as saying I hated them. Not that I hated them as a listener; I just don’t want to play any; I shirked guitar solos. Early on, I felt as though the songs we were making aesthetically didn’t want them. This new batch of songs, to me, always want solos. I feel like every song has one.”

Brad also explained why the band decided to drop a new single so soon after announcing that they were in the studio, noting: “We wanted to get music out sooner than later. The timing just felt right with this song. We finished two songs relatively early in the process, and Guilty All The Same seems to inform the spirit of the record. For us, it’s the perfect lead offering to set the tone for the album as a whole.”

Expect that album to land around summer time. In the mean time, catch the rock heavyweights playing their seminal Hybrid Theory debut in full at Download in June.

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Omaha, Nebraska based hard rockers EMPHATIC will release their new album, “Another Life”, on October 22 through Epochal Artists Records. The band enlisted the help of drummer John Tempesta (THE CULT, ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS) to lay down drum tracks for the CD, which “is filled with gigantic hooks, powerful melodies and is an inspiring triumph over adversity,” according to a press release. The album is the group’s first to feature new frontman Toryn Green, who was previously the singer of FUEL and the touring vocalist for Finnish cello rock band APOCALYPTICA.

Produced by EMPHATIC guitarist Justin McCain and co-produced by Ryan Greene at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, “Another Life” showcases EMPHATIC‘s newfound sense of maturity and creative firepower as they belt out a powerful dose of hard rock. Rejuvenated creatively, the band is now firing on all cylinders with a lineup that matches the intensity of their songs.

The lyric video for the CD’s debut single, “Remember Me”, can be seen below.

EMPHATIC is best known for its major label debut album, “Damage”, which produced the hit single “Bounce”, and landed on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at position No. 9. The CD was produced by Howard Benson (THREE DAYS GRACE, HALESTORM), and featured A PERFECT CIRCLE‘s Josh Freese playing drums on the record. From there, the band went on to take part in the Carnival Of Madness tour alongside hard rock heavyweights THEORY OF A DEADMAN, ALTER BRIDGE, BLACK STONE CHERRY and ADELITAS WAY.


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Alter Bridge: taking over the UK in October

Arena-filling rock heavyweights Alter Bridge have released a new video from their (fucking brilliant, if we do say so ourselves) new album Fortress, out September 30 via Roadrunner.

Watch Addicted To Pain here

Fortress Track Listing

1. Cry Of Achilles
2. Addicted To Pain
3. Bleed It Dry
4. Lover
5. The Uninvited
6. Peace Is Broken
7. Calm The Fire
8. Waters Rising
9. Farther Than The Sun
10. Cry A River
11. All Ends Well
12. Fortress

Alter Bridge play the following dates with Shinedown and Halestorm later this year:

Oct 16: Nottingham Arena
Oct 17: Birmingham NIA
Oct 18: London Wembley Arena
Oct 20: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Oct 21: Glasgow Hydro
Oct 22: Manchester Arena

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Alter Bridge: Love massive tunes. Love ‘em.

Arena-rock heavyweights Alter Bridge have officially confirmed that their album will be titled Fortress and will land on September 30! Big indeed. The album follows 2010′s incredibly well-received AB III.

You can catch the band alongside Shinedown and Halestorm on the following dates this Autumn:

Wed 16th Oct – NOTTINGHAM Arena
Fri 18th Oct – LONDON Wembley Arena
Sun 20th Oct – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Mon 21st Oct – GLASGOW Hydro
Tue 22nd Oct – MANCHESTER Arena

Tickets are available now from or

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“Torn Apart”, the new video from Chapel Hill, North Carolina hard rock heavyweights VALIENT THORR, can be seen below.

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Alt rock heavyweights Placebo will return with a new album and some UK dates later this year.

Loud Like Love is the follow-up to 2009′s Battle For The Sun and will land on September 16, with Brian Molko and the crew heading out on the following dates:


12 Birmingham, Academy
13 Glasgo, Academy
14 Manchester, Apollo
16 London, Brixton Academy

Get your tickets here

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Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars (featuring Michael Amott from Arch Enemy) recently released their 8th studio album, “Earth Blues,” via InsideOut Music. The band has now just completed a European tour, which included an intense show at Holland’s prestigious Roadburn festival. Next up, Spiritual Beggars will be heading to Mexico for the first time ever.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina hard rock heavyweights VALIENT THORR will release their sixth studio album, “Our Own Masters”, on June 18 via Volcom Entertainment.

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Desertfest: Taking over Camden this April

John Garcia’s desert rock heavyweights Unida are the latest band to join the Desertfest 2013 lineup! Hell yes!

Desertfest 2012 saw a ton of the finest stoner, doom, psychedelic and sludge metal bands descend upon Camden town for a dizzying week of riffs, riffs…riffs. Expect more of the same when Desertfest 2013 lands in London from April 26-28.


Lineup: Unida,Pentagram, Colour Haze, Truckfighters, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, Dozer, Lowrider, Turbowolf, Naam, Ufomammut, Kadavar, Sons of Merrick, Yawning Sons, Mars Red Sky, The Admirial Sir Cloudley Shovell, Wo-Fat, Pagan Altar, Deville, Abrahma, Steak, Black Moth, Tombstones, Trippy Wicked, Prosperina, Mother Corona, Gurt, Bong, Indesinence, black magician, War Iron, Hammers, Bongripper, Cough, Witch Mountain, Belzebong, Toner Low, Conan, Planet of Zeus, Latitudes, Atlas, Human fly, Castle, Throne,Whoremoan.

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Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars are currently wrapping up work on their 8th studio album, which will be entitled “Earth Blues” and is set for releas in Spring 2013 via InsideOut Music.

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