Purson sign worldwide deal with Spinefarm

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UK rockers Purson have signed a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records it has been announced.

The pairing will see Purson’s second album, Desire’s Magic Theatre, released in the autumn following a slew of high-profile shows including this year’s Download festival.

The band are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to the new album, which will be released under the Spinefarm/Machine Elf Records banner.

Says Purson singer, guitarist and song-writer Rosalie Cunningham: “As I sit here in the control room at Gizzard Studios, the pride of East London, I’m excitedly realising that our second album has turned out to be everything I’d imagined and more!

“My world has been so consumed by it that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.

“The twists in the tale have been carved out by the path we’ve taken over the last 12 months. It’s been constantly shape-shifting and developing with all the wonderful experiences we’ve had.

“On behalf of the band, I give thanks to everyone who has bought a Purson record and been to our shows. Your continued support means everything… and you have our promise that the best is yet to come…”

Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto: “I’ve been following Purson since the early days of their career, and I’ve always considered the band something special; I like their vision, their theatricality, and their refusal to be corralled by a single musical genre. Purson really do have an expansive approach to their craft, and as a song-writer, Rosalie is a unique talent on the rise. In all ways, their future is bright, and I’m delighted that Spinefarm & Purson have now forged this fresh alliance.”

Catch Purson live in 2015 on the following dates:

02nd Apr: LONDON, Lea Beat Bespoke with Wolfpeople
17th Apr: BOLTON, Railway
18th Apr: SOUTHEND, Railway
15th May: LONDON, The Roundhouse w/Electric Wizard
29th-31st May: NURBURG / EIFEL, Der Ring Festival – Grüne Hölle Rock
29th-31st May: MUNICH, Rockavaria Festival
13th Jun: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Castle Donington

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Anti-Flag reveal American Spring album details

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Pittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag have today revealed the cover art and track list for their new album.

American Spring, the band’s first LP for Spinefarm Records, will be released on the 25th May.

“The songs on American Spring are an aggressive critique of the global social and political climate of 2015,” explain the band. “The artwork is no different. The cover art is meant to challenge our collective view of violence and peace. The entire American Spring package includes essays, personal liner notes, and further information behind the driving forces of each song, detailing ways for us all to take action against injustice in the world. The American Spring is now.”

The full track list for American Spring is:

01. “Fabled World”
02. “The Great Divide”
03. “Brandenburg Gate”
04. “Sky Is Falling”
05. “Walk Away”
06. “Song For Your Enemy”
07. “Set Yourself On Fire”
08. “All of The Poison, All of The Pain”
09. “Break Something”
10. “Without End”
11. “Believer”
12. “To Hell With Boredom”
13. “Low Expectations”
14. “The Debate Is Over (if you want it)”

Keep your eyes peeled later in the month, as lead track “Fabled World” will premiere worldwide on the 31st of March.

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Album Review: Ranger | Where Evil Dwells

Ranger - Where Evil Dwells coverArtist: Ranger
Album: Where Evil Dwells
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: 16th March
Find it at: iTunes
Review by: Graeme Blackwell

“A fiery statement of intent from one of Finland’s foremost up-and-coming heavy metal bands.”

If ferocious twin guitar attacks and skin-shredding fret runs are your thing, then the debut full-length from Finland’s Ranger will not disappoint. Where Evil Dwells is heavy metal in the most traditional sense, but is in no way a lesser record as a result.

Paced at full pelt from start to finish, the album reminds at turns of the speed, thrash and heavy metal greats, with the influence of the likes of Anthrax, early Metallica and Maiden coming to the fore across the LP’s economic running time. Galloping bass, pummeling drums, face-melting solos and high-octane vocal delivery are very much the order of the day.

Where Evil Dwells‘ old-school song-craft is well served by the analogue recording process used during the making of the record, helping as it does to give a sense of warmth and depth to the tracks on offer. That said, the production is also full and contemporary; no need to fear a poorly recorded album from the vaults here.

Tracks like lead song “Defcon 1”, “Deadly Feast” and “Storm Of Power” are sure to induce rabid frenzy in fans of the genre when Ranger hit UK shores for their first ever headline show in March. The band already have a reputation for putting on a fierce live show in their native Finnish lands. Time will tell whether their raucous riffing draws in the same level of dedication and devotion across the rest of the globe. For now, Where Evil Dwells is certainly a fiery statement of intent.

You can watch the lyric video for “Defcon 1” below. “Where Evil Dwells” is due for release on the 16th of March in the UK via Spinefarm Records and is available to pre-order from iTunes. Ranger will play their first ever UK headline show at London’s Boston Music Room on the 19th March. Tickets are available now.

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Soen release video for new track “Kuraman”

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Progressive metal masters Soen have released a lyric video for their new track “Kuraman.”

The song is lifted from the band’s latest album, Tellurian, released last year via Spinefarm Records.

Produced by Soen guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis, mixed by the legendary Grammy Award-winning David Bottrill (Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, King Crimson, etc.) and mastered at Bob Ludwig’s Gateway set-up in the US by Adam Ayan, Tellurian is described as “pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice.”

Check out the video for “Kuraman” below and be sure to let us know what you think!

Soen embark on a European tour starting tonight in Finland, with confirmed dates as follows:

Feb 25th: FIN Turku, Klubi
Feb 26th: FIN Jyväskylä, Lutakko
Feb 27th: FIN Tampere, Klubi
Feb 28th: FIN Helsinki, Nosturi
Mar 12th: GER Oberhausen, Kulttempel
Mar 13th: BEL Mons, Alhambra
Mar 15th: NL Tilburg, 013
Mar 16th: GER Frankfurt, Das Bett
Mar 17th: GER Munich, Backstage
Mar 19th: ITA Rome, Traffic Lights
Mar 20th: ITA Mezzago, Bloom
Mar 21st: ITA Bologna, Alchemia Club
Mar 22nd: SLO Ljubljana, Channel Zero
Mar 23rd: AUS Graz, PPC
Mar 24th: GER Nurnberg, Rockfabrik
Mar 25th: GER Berlin, Magnet
Mar 26th: GER Hamburg, Rock Cafe
Mar 27th: DK Copenhagen, Lygten Station
Apr 03rd: SPA Barcelona, Razzmatazz
Apr 04th: SPA Madrid, Caracol

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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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