Century Media founder launches new record label

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Rev Theory have signed to new imprint, Another Century

Century Media, the renowned heavy metal record label, have branched out, with founder Robert Kampf launching a new imprint focusing on hard rock.

Another Century have already signed three acts to their roster, including LA hard rock stalwarts Rev Theory, Chicago based outfit The Bloodline, and New Zealand band Like A Storm.

Says Kampf of the new venture: “Twenty five years after starting Century Media, the excitement to do another version of the label could not be any larger. My undying love for rock has driven the formation of this label, Another Century.

“Over the years, great bands like Otherwise and In This Moment have been released on Century Media but sometimes got lost or felt ill mixed among some of the heavier CM bands. Another Century now has a clear path and mission statement: To develop and break the best bands in rock to come.”

Century Media formed in 1988, and were instrumental in forging the careers of bands such as Eyehategod, Iced Earth and In This Moment. The label is also currently home to Lacuna Coil, Napalm Death and Arch Enemy.

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UK metal band Evile reveal name of new guitarist

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UK thrash metal crew Evile have announced their new guitarist, reports Metal Hammer.

Former Fallen Fate member Piers Donno-Fuller will replace Ol Drake who left the Yorkshire band in 2013.

Speaking to Team Rock Radio’s Metal Hammer Magazine Show, bass player Joel Graham said the band opted from someone local, as well as very talented: “We had to step back and ask what do we do from this point. We thought it would be a shame to stop it right now. We had to find the right guy, that’s taken time. I appreciate people have been waiting for news but we’ve got to spend time with this guy, get on with him, travel with him and he’s got big shoes to fill.

“We’re still good friends with Ol, we can’t not be, he’s Matt’s brother. He made his decision and we respect that. We kind of realised that the last four years have been manic for us and we decided to take some time off. Then we put it out there if anyone wants to send in an audition tape. Being a northern band we wanted someone on our doorstep.”

New guitarist Piers said of his joining the band: “We’ve had passing chats and had been talking for a while. But I got in touch when Ol left and it went from there. It was time to get on to something else and expand out and Evile was the perfect opportunity. I’m massively grateful to these guys for letting me come on board. I’m learning all the tracks. Ol’s a fantastic guitar player so it’s not easy trying to work out his solos. We’ve got something in the pipeline for March.”

For an example of just the kind of guitar work that Donno-Fuller is going to have to figure out, check out the video for Evile’s track, “Thrasher”, below:

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Under The Skin: The Passion of Skin Back Alley

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It doesn’t matter how hard you try to avoid it, sometimes life is gonna’ get in your way. At those times, it’s important to be mindful of the concept of acceptance. Some things you just aren’t going to be able to change, and you have to do your best to navigate them, learn from them, and move on.

To cut a story short, I was unexpectedly forced to look again at what I write here at Skin Back Alley this weekend; why I do it, what I want to achieve with it, and how best to go about doing that.

As well as checking in on my own internal values, motives and goals, I sought some external input, too. What does Skin Back Alley look like from an outside perspective?

One message came back and stuck in my mind: essentially, hold back on the superfan vibe; people will see you as a shill or a suck-up if you don’t make them fight for space on your site, or if your reviews are largely positive.

So I mulled that over for a while and bounced it around with other aspects of what I do here and why I do them; things that I do out of choice, and some that are a simple consequence of circumstance.

And I came to a conclusion.

I’m not at all inclined to hold back on any vibe that suggests that I am a fan of the styles of music I write about. The simple fact is I AM a fan of that music. I am very passionate about it. That and the best quality writing. For goodness sake, I love both so much that I’m trying to make writing about that music WHAT I DO. I think that’s part of what makes Skin Back Alley different.

Don’t get me wrong, I won’t write blindly or without insight in to what I am hearing; I won’t write thinking “If I do x, y band will love me.” In short, I’m not about to give a favourable writeup to something that is shit, regardless of whether it is in a genre I love. I mean what I say in the “About” section of this site. Skin Back Alley is not about personal prejudice.

But it is about PASSION. The writing WILL reflect that.

As for being a shill? Well, if you’re cynical enough to think that, then bollocks to you. That says more about you than it does about me or Skin Back Alley. The simple fact is that Skin Back Alley doesn’t have a vast swathe of staff writers to call upon (yet!) Therefore I do have to carefully select what gets covered in order to do it justice; in order to write with PASSION and INSIGHT; in order to write with Skin Back Alley’s brand values at the forefront of my mind.

I want Skin Back Alley to be a professional space, of course I do. I want it to have integrity. I want it to be seen as somewhere that fans and bands – indeed any and all people who are passionate about the music that I am passionate about – can come and engage and share in that passion.

I DO value this space; more than most things in my life. Do I expect anything from fans or bands in return? Well, I want them to value themselves and their music in the same way first; then I want them to value Skin Back Alley too, respecting why it was founded and what they’ll find here should they come.

You like Skin Back Alley? Great. Tell me. You don’t like Skin Back Alley, feel free to tell me that too! You want to use some of what I’ve written somehwere else or in your marketing or PR materials? Ask me! Credit me! I’ll probably say yes!

I want engaging with Skin Back Alley to be a mutually beneficial experience for ALL.

Rock HornsMaybe you think that’s all naive bullshit. Maybe you’re right. But until such time as I am proved wrong, I’m going to ensure that Skin Back Alley continues to do what it set out to do, and become what I have intended for it to become.

I hope you’ll join me.

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Watch! SERVERS premiere new video “Claustrophobia”

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Barnsley based metal band SERVERS have today premiered their new video via Metal Hammer.

“Claustrophobia” is lifted from the band’s debut LP, Leave With Us.

Said SERVERS frontman Lee Storrar: “The song for the video, “Claustrophobia”, is about Crisis Creation, basically how people employ tactics designed to create or deepen confusion, fear, guilt or doubt. i.e. ‘you aren’t serving God the way he intended.'”

You can watch the video below:

Continues Storrar: “For the video location we discovered this big derelict house and thought it was perfect. What we found there was disturbing. The video features a bunch of our fans, our ‘servers’. They signed up to our website, were allocated their server number and from there were invited to be included in the video, which was something we’ve been keen on right from the start, as we want people to feel involved and part of the band.”

Meanwhile, SERVERS recently announced that they will be playing in support of My Ruin during their upcoming The Sacred Mood Tour. The band will join the LA metal veterans, fronted by Tairrie B. Murphy and guitar-God husband Mick Murphy, at their show on the 21st of August at The Fleece, Bristol.

SERVERS debut LP, Leave With Us, is out now on Undergroove Records.

servers_leave_with_us1. “Save Me From Myself”
2. “Universes & Supernovas (The Ride)”
3. “Claustrophobia”
4. “Run With The Foxes”
5. “Dangerous Devotion”
6. “Mega High”
7. “Do Gooders”
8. “Once I Started”
9. “King Things”
10. “Mother’s Grave (Leave With Us)”

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Machine Head announce 21 date US tour


Metal veterans Machine Head have announced a 21 date US tour, with support coming from heavyweights such as Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross.

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn said: “Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012‘s Locust tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest lineup out there for 2014, period. This is a must-see event for any heavy metal fan in America.”

“I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much-needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour.”

Children Of Bodom singer Alexi Laiho said he’s looking forward to being able to get vocal points from Machine Head mainman, Flynn: “We’ve rolled with Machine Head quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick-ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America. Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for Halo Of Blood.”

The tour kicks off in Denver on the 4th of October and draws to a close in Hollywood on the 1st of November.

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