As It Is Announce Acoustic Tour

As It Is have only finished up their recent UK dates and now, they’ve announced their UK headline tour return with a twist! They have now announced they will tour the UK for an intimate stripped back and acoustic shows across the UK ahead of their Slam Dunk appearances in May!

The evenings are set to see the band play stripped back versions of their track with conversations about the band’s history to date.

Here are the dates for the tour.

May 2018

21st – Norwich Arts Centre

22nd – Sheffield Plug

24th – Bristol The Lantern

25th – London St Pancras Old Church

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Real Friends Cancel Upcoming Appearances

Real Friends have sadly had to cancel their upcoming shows all over the place in places such as Australia, Europe and the UK to focus on their mental health.

 

Dan Lambton wrote the following statement.

“Hello everybody, Dan here. I wanted to let you all know that Real Friends will be cancelling our upcoming international appearances in Australia, Europe, and the UK,”wrote frontman Dan Lambton.

“This has come recommended by both the band and my psychiatrist so I can have time to continue learning to live and deal with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Since coming home from recording, I am sober, on new medication, and undergoing an intensive outpatient group therapy program per the recommendation of my therapist.”

“I am continuing to better myself so that Warped Tour this summer will be a fresh start for not only me, but for Real Friends as a whole. We all want to be the best possible versions of ourselves as individuals and in turn be the best possible version of Real Friends.”

“We appreciate your support and understanding, and we want to note that this conversation about mental health will continue, but for now I’ll be continuing my treatment, and we’ll make Warped Tour something so special for you all. Thank you all for your love and support.”

 

Slam Dunk Festival Announces

Slam Dunk is gearing up the stage splits!

With the festival just two months away, anticipation is going up for the 2018 festival, the organisers will be close to revealing who is playing what stages. Now though, the Slam Dunk Acoustic Stage has been revealed. Playing are as follows:

Speak Low If You Speak Love
Four Year Strong Presents: Some Of You Will Like This, Some Of You Won’t
Rob Lynch
Luke Rainsford
PVMNTS
Selfish Things
Cave Town

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The Gospel Youth Release Statement, Part Ways With Vocalist Sam Little

Following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Sam Little (Vocalist for The Gospel Youth), the band have released the following statement.

 

“Thank you for being patient with us while we got our heads around this situation.
First and foremost, we’ve decided to part ways with Sam as a member of The Gospel Youth.
The allegations that have come to our attention are not something we could take lightly, nor do we condone any aspect of it.
We feel for anyone that has been affected, not only in this instance, but at any point. It takes courage to speak up and nobody should ever have to suffer alone or be fearful of the consequences speaking out may bring.
We are going to take some time to figure out our next steps, but we’re not done by any means.

Thanks for reading and hopefully understanding. Stick with us, it’ll be worth it.

Jules, Kev, Kurt & James. x”

 

Sam Little has also released his own statement via Instagram. It is as follows.

“I am no longer a part of The Gospel Youth. After the worst week imaginable, full of hate, twisted stories and losing everything because of my actions, the final straw has broken. Please never take anything for granted. I give my thanks to anyone who’s cared, supported or even spared a thought for me but this is goodbye. Enjoy your lives. I have a lot to say but most of you didn’t give a shit when it mattered so whatever, what’s done is done. I mean, fuck what I have to say, right?
Finally, and if this is the only thing you take from this, please make sure that band get everything they deserve. They’re some of the hardest working guys and this does not deserve to be their final chapter. They will be back with new music and if it’s the stuff we were working on, it will blow your minds.

To those of you who care: thank you, honestly. I’m gonna start looking after myself and fix the various problems i have accrued over the years.
& to those of you quick to jump to conclusions, full of hate, or not worth my time, don’t worry.

I’ll never see you again. (P.S. I’m not gonna do anything stupid, to those that have read that as a suicide note. Just goes to show you that, something out of context, makes you jump to conclusions.)”

 

Line-Up Confirmed For 2018 Heavy Music Awards Launch Event

The 2018 Heavy Music Awards isn’t too far off now and they will be hosting a launch event next month to announce the year’s award category, finalists.

Now, they’ve confirmed the lineup for the launch event which will be held at Gorilla, Manchester on April 25th 2018 and will see sets from Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years.

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After the event on the night, it will signal the opening of the public vote allowing nominations from several hundred from across the heavy music spectrum.

Tickets cannot be purchased for this though. Those who wish to attend can sign up for the chance to win a pair of tickets via the official website.

Panic At the Disco Detail Sixth Record

After much teasing via Instagram via Brendon Urie, Panic At the Disco have now confirmed the follow up to 2016’s, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’.

The record is titled as ‘Pray For The Wicked’ and is set to be released June 22nd 2018 via Fueled By Ramen/DCD2.

You can see the album art and tracklisting below.

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  1. (Fuck A) Silver Lining
  2. Say Amen (Saturday Night)
  3. Hey Look Ma, I Made It
  4. High Hopes
  5. Roaring 20s
  6. Dancing’s Not A Crime
  7. One Of The Drunks
  8. The Overpass
  9. King Of The Clouds
  10. Old Fashioned
  11. Dying In LA

 

Annnnd….. here’s the video for Say Amen (Saturday Night)

 

 

You can pre-order the record via the band’s official webstore, Itunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Jonathan Davis (Korn) Details Solo Record

A few months ago, Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis dropped his lead single from his debut solo record, ‘What It Is’. Now this record has been in the works for nearly a decade and now, he’s shared more details about this release.

The vocalist will be releasing the solo record, ‘Black Labyrinth’ on May 25th via Sumerian Records.

You can take a look at the cover artwork and full tracklist below.

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  1. Underneath My Skin
  2. Final Days
  3. Everyone
  4. Happiness
  5. Your God
  6. Walk On By
  7. The Secret
  8. Basic Needs
  9. Medicate
  10. Please Tell Me
  11. What You Believe
  12. Gender
  13. What It Is

You can pre-order the record now via the Artist Arena and the Label’s webstore.

Decapitated Issue First Statement Since Release From Prison

Back in January, the Polish death metal band ‘Decapitated’ were acquitted of all charges against them of allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman in Spokane, Washington after a show back in August 2017.

The band were arrested in Santa Ana, California back on September 9th 2017 whilst they were midway through a co-headline tour of North America with Thy Art Is Murder, all charges were dismissed before it went to trial.

Now their guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka has issued a statement on behalf of the band and is the first statement issued since their release.

 

“We are innocent. We are free. We are back home. And we are ready to return with the band.

The last few months were one of the most terrible and irrational times in our lives.

Jail is a horrible place. 96 days in jail and almost a month outside the jail where we dealing with fear, unbelievable stress, depression, and even violence. It was a really hard time – especially for our families.

Being in jail in another country with charges that became a criminal case is an extreme experience. We do not wish this on anyone. It caused ourselves and our families many stressful days and sleepless nights. The cancelled tour meant loss of the income we use to support ourselves and our families, but worst of all, it cost us our professional reputation in a community we have loved and been members of all of our lives.

Unfortunately, while we were jailed, we could not communicate with the outside world, leaving our fans and our metal community to read many news stories and posts on social media that contained inaccurate information because there were no direct statements from us, the band, the ones in the middle of all of this. We ourselves could not report on how the situation was unfolding. This led people who were so shocked by the news to make untrue narrations. Without walking our experience with us, they felt obligated to comment on our case and blamed us, without even knowing the facts that said something opposite. They came to a very fast opinion about us in a very public way.

In this internet age, it is really easy to ruin someone, their life, their family, their career. Some media and people just jumped on a topic and made their own inconsistent storytelling, taking one piece of information and creating a story they wanted to tell about us around it.

For those who do not know yet: Our case was dropped. All charges against all members were dropped.

Words hurt. Words matter. Truth matters.

Does sexual harassment happen and do crimes against women exist? Yes, and it is horrible.

Do false accusations happen? Yes, this really happens. And it is also horrible.

Many people are falsely accused every day and the metal community is not immune. Unfortunately, it happened to us. People with their own motivations who falsely accuse someone don’t seem to understand they can ruin somebody’s life without facing any public consequences themselves. A false accusation can change a life in one moment. One day, everything is normal. Then the next day, you wake up in jail with a police record. You are marked, stigmatized while waiting to see how things unfold, even if the charges are not true. And then, when it’s all over, it is not a “hot topic” on the internet anymore. Not many people spend time on social media to spread the truth, not many people even care what the truth was. It is hard to feel relief when this happens.

We cannot and we will never accept someone else’s narration about who we are. That is why we have chosen to return with the band. We know who we are and we can hold our heads and our music high with that knowledge.

I want to thank all of you – families, friends, other bands, and our amazing fans – for your belief in us and your support throughout a horrible situation. Our incredible lawyers, Steve Graham, Karren Lindholdt, Chris Bugbee, Jeffry Finner, and all the teams who stood by us – our management and our label. It’s priceless to see that we have so many people who were, are, and will be, with us. You know who you are.

I also want to thank Mr. Dominik Tarczynski from the Polish Parliament who visited us in Spokane and checked if our human rights were protected during the whole process, for supporting our families from the beginning. It means a lot more than words can express.

There will be more time in the future to talk about the path of our return, but now the most important thing for us is to get back to our lives, to return to the people and places and things that had been taken from us, to return to what became even more precious to us while we were away.

We are eager to get our lives back and we are grateful for the opportunity.

We are really sorry we were forced to cancel tours and festivals, but we will work very hard to bring all plans back to meet with all of you again, our community.

“From Pain To Strength” is still a valid motto.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience.

Vogg”

Columbus Announce New Record.

Aussie Pop-Punkers Columbus have announced their return in the form of the new full-length records, ‘A Hot Take On Heartbreak’, set to drop May 25th via UNFD.

 

Wanna hear something from it? Here is the lead single, ‘Don’t Know How To Act’.

 

And here is the artwork as well as the tracklisting for the record.

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  1. Don’t Know How To Act
  2. Care At All
  3. Worn Out This Week
  4. Feelin’ Low
  5. Give Up
  6. Woke Up With A Heart Attack
  7. Piece Of Shit
  8. Cut It Out
  9. Difficult Conversations
  10. Feel This Way

You can pre-order the record from the label’s webstore, Itunes, Amazon and Google Play.