VAMPS to release new album in the Spring

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Japanese rock band VAMPS are set to release their new album in the Spring.

Bloodsuckers will be out on the 23rd March in the UK and Europe via Spinefarm Records. The album will follow one day later on the 24th in the US.

The 13 song collection was produced by Josh Wilbur (whose previous credits include Gojira and Lamb Of God) and is the follow up to the band’s 2013 album Sex, Blood, Rock N’ Roll.

Says Hyde, who launched VAMPS with K.A.Z in 2008: “Bloodsuckers is a record that we spent almost one year putting together. For me, this is the best work we’ve done so far, and we would love to tour around the world with these songs.”

The album has already been a top 5 hit in the band’s native Japan. Adds Hyde: “Our aim was to build on the excitement of our headline show at Koko in London last year, and of course our appearance at the Download Festival in the UK.”

The full tracklist for Bloodsuckers is:

VAMPS Bloodsuckers cover01. “Reincarnation”
02. “Zero”
03. “Lips”
04. “World’s End”
05. “Evil”
06. “Ghost”
07. “Vampire’s Love”
08. “Damned”
09. “Get Away”
10. “Replay”
11. “Bloodsuckers”
12. “The Jolly Roger”
13. “Inside Myself”

VAMPS are hosting and headlining their own festival, Vampark Fest, on the 18th and 19th of February at the legendary Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The lineup for the event is completed by Special Guests SIXX:A.M., plus Buckcherry, Gerard Way and Nothing More.

VAMPS will then be touring the US supporting SIXX:AM in April, kicking off in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom on the 8th. Additional support will come from Finnish band Apocalyptica.

Said SIXX:AM’s Nikki Sixx of the tour: “SIXX:A.M. just played our first Japanese show ever with VAMPS in Tokyo at Budokan. They really gave us our first opportunity to play in front of so many rock fans in Japan. We now want to extend the same to them by bringing them out on tour with us. We can’t wait for our fans to discover them all across the US.”

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Corrosion Of Conformity confirm European tour

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Pepper Keenan

Corrosion of Conformity have confirmed a series of European tour dates. The shows will be their first with Pepper Keenan back in the COC camp.

Says bassist Mike Dean: “This is all about going out and celebrating some of the classic material, and at the same time it’s about tuning up the chemistry and the energy to possibly create a new album or two with this lineup.”

Keenan hasn’t played a full tour with Corrosion Of Conformity since 2006 and this will be the first time that the band’s Deliverance lineup has played together since 2001.

The band’s most recent album, IX, was released last year.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday 16th January at 9am. You can grab yours via LiveNation.

Confirmed dates in the UK are as follows:

Mar 07th: Manchester Academy 2
Mar 08th: Glasgow Garage
Mar 09th: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Mar 11th: Bristol Bierkeller
Mar 12th: Colchester Arts Centre
Mar 13th: London Electric Ballroom

Meanwhile Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin is in the process of launching new supergroup Teenage Time Killers with fellow founder members Mick Murphy (of My Ruin, Birds Of Satan and Neanderthal) and John “Lou” Lousteau. The group’s debut album, Greatest Hits Vol.1, will be released in 2015 via Rise Records and features contributions from a veritable whos-who of rock, punk and metal greats.

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Karnataka share Secrets Of Angels

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Karnataka have revealed details of their new album.

Secrets Of Angels is slated for release in March and will be supported by a 14 date UK tour.

The album features eight songs including the 21-minute title track, and it’s available to pre-order now in CD, CD/DVD, vinyl and digital formats.

The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire, Quadra Studios in London, and features several notable guest musicians including Nightwish man Troy Donockley, Rachel van der Tang, Clive Howard and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Seana Davey.

Confirmed UK tour dates are as follows:

Feb 27th: London Met Threatre
Feb 28th: Lowdham Village Hall
Mar 07th: Derby Flowerpot
Mar 08th: Bilston Robin 2
Mar 13th: Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms
Mar 14th: Chesterfield Real Time Live
Mar 20th: Bristol Bierkeller
Mar 22nd: Leamington Spa Assembly
Mar 26th: Norwich Arts Centre
Mar 27th: Milton Keynes Stables
Mar 29th: Southampton Brook
Apr 12th: Swansea Scene
Apr 17th: Leicester Y Theatre
May 09th: London Islington Assembly

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Nightwish reveal Endless Forms Most Beautiful

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Nightwish have shared the details of their forthcoming new album.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful will be released on the 30th of March via Nuclear Blast, with mainman Tuomas Holopainen revealing that the whole work was inspired by a quote from scientist Charles Darwin.

Holopainen quotes from Darwin’s seminal work The Origin Of Species: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

“This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015 – join us!”

The album will be Nightwish’s first with new vocalist Floor Jansen and with Troy Donockley as a full-time member.

The album’s lead single “Elan” will be released on the 13th of February, backed by non-album track “Sagan”.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful will be available in standard CD, digibook including instrumental disc, double-vinyl gatefold, extended earbook and download formats.

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The Iron Maidens line up 2015 European tour

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The Iron Maidens, an all female tribute to metal legends Iron Maiden, have announced details of a European tour.

The band will take in an extensive series of dates across the continent in March of 2015. Two UK shows are also in the planning stages according to the band.

Confirmed shows so far are as follows:

Mar 11th: Backstage- Munich, Germany
Mar 12th: Longhorn- Stuttgart, Germany
Mar 13th: Buerrgerhaus Oppau – Ludwigshafen, Germany
Mar 14th: Festhalle Durlach – Karlsruhe, Germany
Mar 16th: ColosSaal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
Mar 17th: Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Mar 18th: Turlock – Essen, Germany
Mar 20th: De Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Mar 21st: Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium

The Iron Maidens guitarist Nita Strauss recently joined Alice Cooper’s touring band and was interviewed on Motley Crue man Nikki Sixx’s radio show The Sixx Sense. Says Strauss of the experience of touring with Cooper in support of Motley Crue:

“The past two months on the Motley Crue Final tour have been unreal! Every time the curtain drops to start our set and I feel the crowd roar wash over me it’s amazing to look to my right and see the legendary Alice Cooper. We have made so many great memories on this tour playing too sold out amphitheaters and arenas all over North America and meeting tons of new fans.”

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