New music releases, 10th July 2015

Here are this week’s new and notable music releases, week ending 10th July 2015! Note, this is the first week that new music will be released globally on the same day, beginning this Friday!

Kill The Wolf - B Dolan
Kill The Wolf, B Dolan

Communion, Years & Years
Perpetual Motion People, Ezra Furman
Hammer Of The Witches, Cradle of Filth
Like It Is – Yes At The Mesa Arts Center, Yes
Coma Ecliptic, Between the Buried and Me
Mobile Orchestra, Owl City
I Can’t Imagine, Shelby Lynne
Hours/Live At Islington Academy, Funeral For A Friend
The Big 3, 60ft Dolls
Subbacultcha, Pixies
In Memoriam, Cathedral
Escape From Witchtropolis, Espectrostatic

All of the above are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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Cradle Of Filth ink deal with Nuclear Blast

Cradle Of Filth

British extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

The announcement comes ahead of the release of the band’s eleventh studio album. The LP is tentatively slated for release in 2015 and, according to frontman Dani Filth, has a working title of Hammer Of The Witches.

Says Filth of the news: “Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous Records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that Cradle stayed with until 2001.”

“For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of Cradle Of Filth’s dark, enigmatic history.”

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Lacuna Coil and Motionless In White for co-headline UK tour

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Italian metal band Lacuna Coil and US metalcore crew Motionless In White are teaming up for a co-headlining tour of the UK.

Devilment, the new band featuring Dani Filth of Cradle Of Filth fame, will support on all dates.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, with confirmed dates as follows:

31st Oct: Anson Rooms, Bristol
1st Nov: The Forum, London
2nd Nov: 02 ABC, Glasgow
4th Nov: The Ritz, Manchester
5th Nov: The Institute, Birmingham

The bands are inviting all gig goers who purchase tickets for the show in Bristol on the 31st of October to come in their best and most ghoulish Halloween costumes.

Lacuna Coil’s latest album, Broken Crown Halo, was released earlier this year. Motionless In White’s new LP, Reincarnate, is scheduled for release on the 15th of September.

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AltFest: bands and fans in disarray as cancellation rumours persist

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All the indications are that this year’s inaugural AltFest, the crowdfunded festival promoting alternative culture, has been cancelled.

Rumours went viral when Simon Hall of UK metal band Beholder spoke of the alleged cancellation: “I got confirmation via text message but also spoke with some of the main stage acts and they’ve also been told.”

“We were open to this whole thing and extremely excited about headlining – but it leaves me hollow to think so many fans, traders and support staff will end up losing out.” Beholder were due to headline the Sophie Lancaster Stage.

Marilyn Manson has changed the status of his Facebook gig listings to show his AltFest appearance as “cancelled”, and members of a number of other bands who were scheduled to play say that they have also been told that the event is off.

Tairrie B Murphy of LA metal band My Ruin took to the band’s Facebook page yesterday saying: “Our agent has been trying to get a confirmation on whether these rumors are true or not from the festival organizers but has had no response.”

“Trust us, we hope this is NOT true because we know so many of you have plans to see My Ruin at this event and we do not want to disappoint our friends and fans… Please rest assured that we will NOT be cancelling the rest of our tour. We are still planning to rock the rest of the dates and OUR SHOWS WILL GO ON AS PLANNED come hell or high water!”

Rob Ferguson, a promoter at Transcend Music who had several of his artists due to play at the festival, tweeted yesterday: “Well, what a surprise. Alt-Fest is no more. I feel extremely sorry for all those who will undoubtedly lose money. Bad times.”

AltFest was due to take place in just over two weeks time between August the 15th – 17th in Kettering, UK, billing itself as “the international celebration of alternative music, art and culture.” The event raised £61,762 via a KickStarter campaign last year, but it is now believed that organisers failed to raise the rest of the funds needed to cover costs.

A number of band reps have been reporting that their expected advances have still not been paid, but so far there has been no official word from the festival team. As late as yesterday, when rumours about the festival’s collapse were in overdrive, AltFest’s Facebook page was still being updated with news about coach travel packages for fans from Wales.

Over 170 artists and traders had been booked for the event. It is not currently known what will happen regarding refunds for fans who have already paid for tickets.

Watch this space.

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Metal stars set to soundtrack new videogame

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Epica’s Simone Simons

The worlds of metal and gaming are to join forces once again with the forthcoming release of the platform adventure game, Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame.

Arch Enemy’s vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth, Simone Simons of Epica and Marc Hudson of Dragonforce are all set to lend their musical and vocal talents to the game that sees the story being told through the use of rock and metal music.

The orchestral score is performed by the Metropole Orkest – purportedly the world’s largest pop and jazz orchestra. Members of Textures and Within Temptation are also involved in the game, which sees the style of music alter and change depending on the gamer’s style of play.

An album version of the game’s score will be released in October this year, with the game itself due to follow for PC and Mac in early 2015.

The game has been developed by students at the Utrecht University Of Arts in the Netherlands, and you can watch the trailer for it below:

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