Ticketmaster and Livenation team up with indie labels for free Download Festival compilation

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Ticketmaster and Livenation have teamed up with four independent record labels to offer a free compilation featuring ten bands who will be performing across this weekend’s Download festival in Donington.

Overseen by promoter Andy Copping and available to download instantly, the album consists of tracks from the legendary Earache Records, Eleven Seven Music, Mascot Label Group and Napalm Records.

Get your hands on some free music, Download festival style!

You can grab your copy of the compilation here. The full tracklisting is as below:

01. Rival Sons – “Hollow Bones Part 1” (Main Stage)
02. Sixx:A.M. – “Rise” (Main Stage)
03. Skindred – “Saying It Now” (2nd Stage)
04. Monster Truck – “Don’t Tell Me How To Live” (Main Stage)
05. The Temperance Movement – “Battle Lines” (Main Stage)
06. As Lions – “White Flags” (2nd Stage)
07. Escape The Fate – “Alive” (3rd Stage)
08. From Ashes To New – “Lost and Alone” (4th Stage)
09. Counting Days – “Liberated Sounds” (4th Stage)
10. Lawmower Deth – “Did You Spill My Pint” (3rd Stage)

This year’s Download festival takes place at Donington Park on the 10th – 12th of June. Iron Maiden will close the festival with a headline appearance on the 12th, the band’s only confirmed UK appearance for 2016.


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L7 announce reunion, documentary and live shows

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Unless you’ve been living under an alt-rock, well, rock… you can’t fail to have noticed that L7 have announced their reunion.

The seminal all-female group will be playing a set at this year’s Download festival at Donington Park in the UK; their first since they split up in 2001.

They also be playing at Azkena Rock Festival in Spain and Hell Fest in France, with more shows to be revealed.

“It’s going to be a blast playing Download Festival this year,” said frontwoman Donita Sparks. “We can’t wait to see all of our maniac rock and roll mates in the UK again. Reunited, and it feels so good! See you there!”

The band have also begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary film, L7: Pretend We’re Dead, to be directed by Sarah Price. “The film takes viewers on an all access journey into the 1990’s grunge movement that took the world by storm and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation,” reads a press release.

“Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never before seen performance footage, and candid interviews, L7: Pretend We’re Dead chronicles the early days of the band’s formation in 1985 to their height as the ‘queens of grunge’ and follows a roller coaster ride of triumphs and failures. It offers particularly revelatory insight into the band’s eventual dissolution in 2001.”

The band announced their reunion with a short video that you can watch below:

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Slipknot to headline Download 2015

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Slipknot are the first headline act announced for next year’s Download festival.

The US metal titans will play the main stage in the headline slot on Friday the 12th of June. They’ll follow legendary British band Judas Priest, whilst Black Stone Cherry will be closing first night on the second stage.

Says the ‘Knot frontman Corey Taylor: “Being invited back to Download always feels like coming home. Headlining for the third time feels like the culmination of a life’s dream – it’s an honour and we’re all looking forward to it.”

Judas Priest first played at Donington in its guise as Monsters Of Rock in 1980. Their first appearance at Download was in 2008. Said the band in a statement: “We’re thrilled to be performing at Download 2015 as the band continues its 40th anniversary Redeemer of Souls World Tour, bringing us home to hear the roar of our Priest family.”

Tickets for Download 2015 go on sale this Thursday 20th of November at 9am and are available via www.downloadfestival.co.uk

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Def Leppard sponsoring Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot has revealed that he is sponsoring the 2014 Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride, and is urging all fans of rock and heavy metal music to do the same.

The ride – which raises money for Nordiff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline – is a three day, 162 mile trek from London to the Download festival at Donnington Park.

The riders will set off from the UK capital on the 11th of June, and aim to arrive at Download around midday on the 13th June, just in time for the festival to begin. This year’s pack of riders includes Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, who founded the Heavy Metal Truants, Metal Hammer magazine editor Alexander Milas, and the man that Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot is sponsoring, heavy metal fan Andy Huuns.

“This is a great cause,” says Elliot, “so I’ve decided to sponsor Andy, and I’m encouraging everybody to do the same thing – and if not Andy then somebody else they know.”

“London to Donington – that’s pretty hardcore,” continues the singer, before breaking out the Leppard puns. “These guys can’t do it in a day, so they’ll have to cycle on through the night, which would leave them high ‘n’ dry in the morning. They would have to start a campfire to warm up – hence being pyromaniacs. This in in turn would probably affect their brains, causing mass hysteria. And then they would need lots of Red Bull to adrenalise themselves to finish the race. And you can quote me on that!”

You can donate to Heavy Metal Truants here.

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Linkin Park share new song, ‘Until It’s Gone’

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US nu-metal stalwarts Linkin Park have shared a second new song from their forthcoming album.

‘Until It’s Gone’ is scheduled to appear on the band’s forthcoming album, The Hunting Party, and follows the streaming of previous song ‘Guilty All The Same.’

The Hunting Party will be Linkin Park’s sixth studio album and their first since 2012’s Living Things. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Daron Malakian of System of a Down have been announced as guests on the LP.

Linkin Park frontman, Mike Shinoda, recently stated that the new album is heavier in sound than the band’s previous outings.

“I read a blog last year about music sucking right now and being really depressing, and I had to agree,” he says. “There are bands like Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire, who are both fine if you like that sort of thing, but then there are just hundreds of bands trying to be like them.”

The Hunting Party is due for release on the 16th of June, immediately following Linkin Park’s headline appearance at this year’s Download festival. You can listen to ‘Until It’s Gone’ by clicking the video below.

The full tracklisting for The Hunting Party is:

‘Keys To The Kingdom’
‘All For Nothing’ (featuring Page Hamilton)
‘Guilty All The Same’ (featuring Rakim)
‘The Summoning’
‘Until It’s Gone’
‘Rebellion’ (featuring Daron Malakian)
‘Mark The Graves’
‘Drawbar’ (featuring Tom Morello)
‘Final Masquerade’
‘A Line In The Sand’

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