News: Brit punk band WEAK13 release new video for Obey The Slave

Here on altrocklife, as much as I enjoy reviewing and writing about more mainstream bands, sometimes it’s good to discover new, underground bands.  Today’s focus is the Wolverhampton post punk band, WEAK13.  They recently released the music video for their track Obey The Slave, from their debut album They Live which was released last year.  You can watch the video here:

The DIY music video was filmed in a real Magistrates Court, and the themes of the song and video revolve around law and order, questioning authority, and political activism.  This track is packed full of powerful lyrics, much like the rest of their debut album, which has themes of love and loss, death and heartbreak, and what the future may bring.

WEAK13 is currently preparing to record their second as yet untitled studio album with producer John Stewart at FrEQ in Coventry, England. Frontman and guitarist Nick J Townsend revealed:

“We were so impressed with the engineering by Stewart on the They Live album; it’s important news that we’ll be able to work with him again and we know already that he’ll do the new material the justice it deserves.”

The They Live album contains the song Obey The Slave and is only available from the WEAK13 website.

What did you think of the new WEAK13 music video? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

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News: Reading & Leeds Festivals make first line-up announcement

Last night, Reading and Leeds Festivals announced the first few acts confirmed for next year’s line-up, including one of the three headliners: the mighty Muse.  The festivals will be held over the August bank holiday weekend next year, from the 25th to the 27th.

Alongside Muse, some of the other heavier acts announced include Architects, Against The Current, While She Sleeps and At The Drive In, plus who could ignore the pop/electronic giants Bastille.

Overall I’m fairly impressed with this announcement, but it’s quite difficult to guess how good the festivals’ line-up is going to be overall judging from these eleven acts.  The announcement spans a number of genres, so as someone who would only be interested in seeing heavier bands, I can’t judge how much I’d enjoy next year’s festival.

Compared to the last Download Festival line-up announcement, I’m definitely much more enthusiastic about the Donington Park festival.  Download have announced all three headliners, and it must be said knowing all of the headliners makes a festival a much more exciting prospect.

Hopefully we’ll be hearing more from Reading & Leeds soon, but until then this latest news is enough to tide us over.

What do you think about the announcement? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

News: First half of 2017 ram-packed with fantastic UK tours

For those of you, like myself, who enjoy attending concerts, the first half of 2017 is set to be an amazing few months of live music.  These acts are absolutely fantastic, so if you manage to get tickets for a few of these tours your bank balance could end up being in serious trouble. Today I decided to round up some of the best tours coming up next year.

January 2017 – Avenged Sevenfold, dates here

This tour is the only tour on my list which I already have tickets for, and I am extremely excited to be able to see Avenged Sevenfold for the second time.  I’ll be attending the Nottingham date, and although I was already looking forward to the date, my excitement pretty much quadrupled after reviewing the band’s latest album, The Stage.

January 2017 – The Pretty Reckless, dates here

After reviewing the band’s latest record Who You Selling Formy love for The Pretty Reckless has seriously increased.  I’m hoping to be able to attend their Nottingham date on January 19th, because it promises to be a fantastic night.

February 2017 – Deaf Havana, dates here

I’ve seen these guys perform twice and I thoroughly enjoyed myself both times, so I’d love to make it a hat trick.  Again, I’d probably have to make the journey to London to catch these guys live, but it would be worth it!

February 2017 – Kings Of Leon, dates here

I’m really excited at the prospect of seeing Kings Of Leon live, considering how long I’ve been a fan of theirs.  Even if you weren’t a massive fan of their last two albums, their great live performances would make attending one of their shows worth it.

March 2017 – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, dates here

Not wanting to rest on their laurels for too long, even though The Rattlesnakes have only just finished up a string of UK tour dates, the band announced this week that they’ll be touring yet again next March.  I’m gutted that they haven’t announced a Nottingham date, but I’m willing to make the trek to London to see these guys perform live.

March/April 2017 – Mallory Knox, dates here

I’ve been a big fan of Mallory Knox since their first mainstream success, and I really enjoyed seeing them perform live at Leeds Festival in 2014.  Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to see them live again since, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to attend either the Cambridge, or one of the London dates.  Plus, Lonely The Brave is one of their support acts, and I’d love to see them perform live again too.

March/April 2017 – Pulled Apart By Horses, dates here

Even though I’m a fan of this band, I have yet to see Pulled Apart By Horses live, so it would be great to see them next year.

April 2017 – You Me At Six, dates here

I really enjoyed You Me At Six’s latest single, Night People, so I’d really like to see them perform it live next year.  Plus, I’ve been a fan of the band for a long time, so it would be great to hear them perform some older songs alongside the new on tour.

Are you attending any of these tours?  Are there any other awesome tours planned for 2017 that I missed off this list? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

News: Mallory Knox return with single, album and tour announcements

It’s official: everyone’s favourite Cambridge rock band is back with new music.  Mallory Knox released a pretty simple video for their latest single, Giving It Up, yesterday, and I really enjoyed the track.  You can listen to the track here:

The vocals are a little rougher around the edges than the band’s usual fare, and the bass sounds a little louder than usual which gives the song a more grungy feel.

Giving It Up has made me pretty damn excited to hear the band’s upcoming third full length album, Wired.  The record is due out next March, and I’ll be looking out to see if any more singles are released, to give me a better idea of what direction the band will be heading in.

Mallory Knox will also be heading out on tour during March and April next year to celebrate the release of their new record.  This band is absolutely fantastic live, so I definitely recommend attending one of these shows if they visit a venue near you.  Helpfully, here is the list of dates for your viewing pleasure:

  • 20/3 – O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 21/3 – Tramshed, Cardiff
  • 22/3 – UEA, Norwich
  • 24/3 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
  • 25/3 – Leadmill, Sheffield
  • 26/3 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
  • 28/3 – Garage, Aberdeen
  • 29/3 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
  • 31/3 – University Students’ Union, Newcastle
  • 1/4 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
  • 2/4 – Pyramids, Portsmouth
  • 4/4 – O2 Academy, Oxford
  • 5/4 – KOKO, London
  • 6/4 – KOKO, London

What did you think of Mallory Knox’s latest single?  Will you be heading out to see them on their UK tour next year? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

News: Avenged Sevenfold release new track, tease next album

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Avenged Sevenfold, so you should be able to imagine the screams of excitement when I saw the band’s latest update.  First off, I noticed this intriguing post on my Facebook timeline:

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The link to the band’s website lead us to the music video for their latest single, The Stage.  It’s an eight and a half minute long anthem which has obvious influences from Iron Maiden and Metallica, and to me sounds like the logical follow-up to their 2013 album Hail To The King.  The music video takes a damning look back at the history of mankind, how we the public are merely pawns to politicians and the human race is doomed to constantly repeat history.  You can check it out for yourself here:

The website also contains a semi-hidden link to Doombot, an application which answers questions typed in by the user.  When I asked it some questions it told me to look out for November 18th, so I’ve marked that date down in my calendar as the time to expect more Avenged Sevenfold news.

This single was also the first time we’ve heard from the band’s new drummer, Brooks Wackerman.  The drumming throughout The Stage is much more complex than throughout Hail To The King, which is of course a stylistic choice of the band’s and no reflection on previous drummer Arin Ilejay’s talent.

Overall I’m very excited at the release of Avenged Sevenfold’s new single, but I definitely cannot wait to hear more from the band about a future record, especially because I’ll be seeing them on their upcoming UK/EU tour in January.  Here’s hoping there’ll be tracks from a new album to hear performed on tour.

What do you think of Avenged Sevenfold’s latest track? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

8 incredible tracks you need in your life – September 2016

September has been a massive month for album releases, with albums by Twin Atlantic, A Day To Remember, Young Guns, Of Mice & Men and Against Me! already out, and records by Slaves and Yellowcard are due out tomorrow.  Has the market for singles been just as good?  Today I take a look back at the best singles of September.

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – Lullaby

This fantastic track was accompanied by news of the band’s next album, due out next January.  Lullaby is a great indicator for things to come.

Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment

The Tennessee rock band are back with another lighthearted track, with indie and country influences similar in tone to their previous album, Mechanical Bull.  

Taking Back Sunday – Death Wolf

Following a slow-burning introduction with cute synthy elements which are replicated throughout the track, punk-rockers Taking Back Sunday have released a fab new song from their recent album, Tidal Wave.

Sum 41 – God Save Us All (Death To POP)

Sum 41 have well and truly stuck their middle finger up in the direction of mainstream popular music with this track and music video.  Whilst I don’t think pop music is the great evil it’s sometimes portrayed as by alternative bands, you can’t deny that this single is a banger.

Green Day – Still Breathing

The latest track from the upcoming Green Day album Revolution Radio is here, and it’s a slower, more reflective track with an explosive high-impact chorus.  I reckon this track will be the 21 Guns of the new record.

Twenty One Pilots – Cancer (Cover of My Chemical Romance)

Rock Sound recently released a covers album celebrating 10 years since the release of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade. I honestly thought most of the covers were terrible, but Twenty One Pilots took an iconic, much loved track and made it 100 per cent their own.

Slaves ft. Mike D. – Consume Or Be Consumed

The latest Slaves single is everything I hoped it would be: loud unapologetic punk with brilliant tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a chorus which will be very easy to headbang along to.  The feature by Mike D. fits perfectly within the track.

Memphis May Fire ft. Jacoby Shaddix – This Light I Hold

Papa Roach’s vocalist Jacoby makes a brilliant addition to Memphis May Fire’s usual brand of religious-themed metalcore. His and Matty’s vocals work extremely well together, and whilst I wasn’t hugely excited for new Memphis May Fire music before, I am now.

What do you think of these tracks? Are there any singles I missed off this list? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

News: Every Time I Die release new album, feature Brendon Urie in video

The New York metalcore band, Every Time I die, returned with a new full length record, titled Low Teens on Friday.  To celebrate, the band also released the music video for It Remembers, featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco fame.  You can watch the video here:

The video and track share some pretty heavy symbolism about escaping the stresses and troubles of the real world and attempting to find oblivion, but if you don’t care about that kinda thing the track is great and stands up by itself.

If you like the sound of that track, or are a long term fan of the band, Every Time I Die are coming across the pond in December to put on a string of live performances across the UK.  If you fancy treating yourself to an early Christmas present, check out the dates below:

  • 8/12 – Chinnerys, Southend
  • 9/12 – Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
  • 10/12 – Brooklyn Bowl, London
  • 11/12 – The Haunt, Brighton
  • 12/12 – Globe, Cardiff
  • 14/12 – The Venue, Derby
  • 15/12 – Vintage Bar, Doncaster
  • 16/12 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
  • 17/12 – Gorilla, Manchester
  • 18/12 – King Tut’s, Glasgow
  • 19/12 – Riverside, Newcastle
  • 20/12 – Parish, Huddersfield

What do you think of the latest Every Time I Die Album? Are you planning on seeing them on tour? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

News: Deaf Havana announce new album release date

English alt rockers Deaf Havana have announced the release date for their next album in a less than conventional way.  All These Countless Nights is set to be released on the 27th of January next year, following the release of new single Sing earlier this month.  You can watch the video for that track here:

The band’s announcement was made whilst they played the above single during their set at Reading Festival last weekend.  During the performance, an artist spray painted the album title and release date onto the band’s stage backdrop.  If you’re in the UK and want to watch their full performance, you can check it out on the BBC iPlayer here.

Rather than pulling a Beyoncé and dropping a new album with no lead-up, announcement or publicity, or announcing a record the old fashioned way, I appreciate that Deaf Havana have shaken things up and done things a little differently.  Their new track sounds a little different too: the chorus is big and punchy, and it sounds like they’re stepping away from their slightly poppier sounding previous record.

Did you enjoy Deaf Havana’s Reading Festival track? Are you looking forward to their next album? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

9 incredible tracks you need in your life – August 2016

This month has been a fantastic month for musical announcements, especially leading up to a number of records being released next month.  Here’s my round-up of the best new music releases over the past few weeks.

Trophy Eyes – Heaven Sent

Trophy Eyes have released a slower, post-hardcore sounding track in the lead-up to their next record’s release.  The lyrics are pretty powerful, and I look forward to hearing more from this band.

Yellowcard – The Hurt Is Gone

Yellowcard’s upcoming album marks the end of the band’s career, and this track suggests that they’re pulling out all the stops to make their final record their best yet.

Twin Atlantic – The Chaser

The Scottish rock band’s next record comes out next month, and I can’t wait to hear the full album! Singles such as this one suggest the album will be full of party-ready rock tracks.

A Day To Remember – Naivety

Anyone worried that A Day To Remember’s next record wouldn’t have enough pop-punk influenced tracks will have been proved wrong with this song.  To me it sounds like their upcoming record Bad Vibrations will have a solid mix of pop-punk and heavier, more hardcore tracks.

Of Mice & Men – Real

This track is one of Of Mice & Men’s least heavy numbers, with Austin making the switch to clean vocals during the verses. It seems that the band are attempting to capitalise further on the success of their previous record and launch themselves further into the mainstream limelight.  This evolved sound may not be for everyone, but I say good for them.

Slaves – Spit It Out

With a DIY style music video similar to their previous videos in style, Slaves have made their triumphant return to the limelight with new music.  It seems like only yesterday their debut Are You Satisfied? was released, but I’m definitely not complaining about more material from the Kent punk rockers.

You Me At Six – Night People

You Me At Six announced their return this month, with a new record planned for release in January of next year.  It sounds like the band are aiming for a slightly heavier sound than their previous album Cavalier Youth, which I think is welcome.

Don Broco – Everybody

To me, this song shows Don Broco flexing their muscles a bit and having some fun.  This track is a very strong offering, and the video is weirdly hilarious.  If I don’t see videos of crowds doing the cowboy dance at alternative club nights soon, I’ll be pretty disappointed.

Green Day – Bang Bang

Following frontman Billy Joe’s stint in rehab and the subsequent flop of their trio of records released in 2012, I think a lot of Green Day fans were a little worried about what the band would do next.  But fear not: the punk-rock trio are back with an explosive and politically charged lead single for their next album.

What do you think of these tracks? Are there any singles I missed off this list? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.

News: Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes announce UK tour

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a massive fan of everything Frank Carter puts his name to. From Gallows, to Pure Love, and now to Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, in my eyes this man can do no wrong.  I honestly have to restrain myself every time I write about one of his musical ventures just in case I sound too much like a rabid fangirl.

The band celebrated the first birthday of their debut album, Blossom, last Sunday: if you still haven’t heard this record, you can check out my review here.  They’ve been headlining gigs and playing festivals across Europe this summer, that is until Frank majorly messed up his back in Berlin.  You can see his Facebook post about the incident here.

Even though Frank’s back ended up so messed up the band had to cancel a handful of festival appearances, I’m certain that he’ll be back at full strength in time for their November UK tour, announced on Monday.  Unfortunately it looks like I won’t be able to attend: I’m in Bournemouth for my graduation on the Nottingham date, but I leave Bournemouth before the band play The Winchester. Needless to say, I’m absolutely gutted at missing out on another chance to see this fantastic band live.  Here are the tour dates: hopefully you’ll be more fortunate than myself and be able to attend your nearest date!  Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning from 10am.

  • 2/11 – Gorilla, Manchester
  • 3/11 – Bongo Club, Edinburgh
  • 4/11 – Tunnels, Aberdeen
  • 6/11 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
  • 7/11 – Key Club, Leeds
  • 8/11 – Fleece, Bristol
  • 10/11- Electric Ballroom, London
  • 11/11 – The Winchester, Bournemouth
  • 13/11 – The Bullingdon, Oxford
  • 14/11 – Concorde 2, Brighton
  • 15/11 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

The band will also be playing at Reading & Leeds Festivals later this month, but if you’re still unsure about whether to attend, you’ll have to choose Leeds as Reading has sold out!

Are you excited for Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes’ upcoming tour? Are you planning to attend any of the above dates? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.