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Order Sixty Six Release Debut EP ‘Sirens’

Order Sixty Six Release Debut EP ‘Sirens’

Dublin based Order Sixty Six have released their debut EP ‘Sirens’ on all digital platforms.
They released this statement.

Tomorrow at 10am we release our 2017 EP ‘Sirens’. It’s taken a long time for us to decide to release it, but we hope you enjoy.

It will be available on all major platforms such as Spotify, iTunes etc.

Artwork by Notion Design
Recorded and Mixed by JSR Audio


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Melbourne Hardcore Outfit Born Free Release New Single ‘Blinded’ Through Resist Records

Born Free, Melbourne hardcore outfit signed to Resist Records, are back! Returning to the fold after a reasonable absence from the scene, they are today announcing a brand new single, ‘Blinded’. The single will see its release this Friday March 15 on all good digital platforms and streaming outlets. The single is the first cut from a forthcoming record – with more details to be revealed very soon.

They are also off to Newcastle’s Hamilton Station Hotel on Friday March 23 to headline Last Ride Records‘ 2019 Showcase show, alongside Ill NaturedPrimitive BlastCaged Existence and more, with tickets available on the door.

The new album was recorded in Winter 2018 at Black Lodge Studios (old three phase studio) in Brunswick, Melbourne with Mike Deslandes (from Melbourne’s blackened Rock ‘N’ Roll outfit High Tension). The new record is the first from the band to feature new member Josh Manitta (CarpathianWarbrain) – who has brought on a more layered and melodic style to their previous 2015 album Sorrow, and is a natural progression musically from their Upon my Head tape, released in 2017. The band has further utilised vocalist Nathan’s clean singing, while also creating what is their heaviest album to date, yet more structured and more melodic.

Lyrically, Nathan has strived to vent about the destruction of the planet, internal anguish and a personal take of life, death and everything in between and aimed to create a more dynamic and matured sound for this album.

Born Free have done some notable tours in their 6 years of proudly representing Melbourne hardcore throughout the land, with bands like TurnstileExpireBlacklisted and Miles Away, as well as notorious/memorable shows with standout hardcore acts BaneRival MobMindsnareEndless Heights and Break the Ice

The band have more recently played less to really focus on writing and recording – but are excited to get on the road and show what Born Free is in 2019! 

Born Free’s new single ‘Blinded’ will see its release on Friday March 15 through Resist Records.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Release ‘Spoke In The Wheel’ Music Video

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have released a new music video for their song ‘Spoke In The Wheel’, taken from their upcoming LP due out this spring. Directed by long-time director and collaborator Justin Reich, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band since ‘Trampled Down Below’. was released last year from the Grimmest Hits LP.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will release Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19 on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). ‘Spoke In The Wheel’ is available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive that single as an instant download. “Spoke In The Wheel” is available on all streaming services today.   

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Thanks to a new arrangement with record label Entertainment One (eOne), BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s back catalogue is now all in one place, uniting the band’s earlier work with their more recent output. The “re-blended” version of their classic debut is resurrected bigger than ever without sacrificing its familiar kick. Plus, there are two bonus cuts: a full band/piano version of ‘Spoke in the Wheel’ and an acoustic take on ‘Black Pearl’.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have also announced their “20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour”, a brand-new batch of 2019 North American tour dates in conjunction with the new release. The band will play two shows in each market – the first night will feature Sonic Brew played in its entirety, while the second night will see the band play a set of greatest hits. Support will come from Conan and The Atomic Bitchwax. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will also participate in U.S festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville on this run.

Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar
John DeServio – Bass
Dario Lorina – Guitar
Jeff Fabb – Drums

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Irish Death Metal Act Fleshwolf Release Second Single The Rot On March 31st

FLESHWOLF is a new one-man Death Metal project from Northern Ireland, strongly influenced by classic Swedish Death Metal.

The Rot is the second single release, following on from the well received debut single “Trench”, and is available from all major streaming and digital services from 31 March 2019.

Dedicated to all who have been chained to the shackles of debt and consumerism, “The Rot” explores a life of expected servitude under the shallow and fickle tactics employed by the factory and office’s self-righteous “management”.

FLESHWOLF is the sound of a Boss HM2 Heavy Metal pedal and thirty years in the underground metal scene. Taking his punk DIY ethos to it’s logical conclusion, Marty wrote and played all instruments (except drums which are drum patterns played by Joe Babiak (Altitudes & Attitude)), as well as recording and mixing the album himself.


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WARD XVI Release Lyric Video/Single ‘Hold Me’ From Their Album ‘The Art Of Manipulation’

Theatrical avant-garde rock sextet WARD XVI have dropped their brand new lyric video for the official single release of Hold Me. The track itself initially appeared on their sophomore album ’The Art Of Manipulation’ but after a strong fan response to live performances, they have decided to release it as an official single hitting the digital realms on March 1st. Infusing beautiful melodies, smooth guitar riffs, haunting vocals and soaring solos!

“Hold Me is probably the most deep, meaningful and personal song from our debut album, ‘The Art of Manipulation’. It’s one that a lot of people can associate with as we’ve all been in that dark place where we no longer like or recognise who we see in the mirror. It’s the first time the listener gets to see beyond Psychoberrie’s hard exterior and marks a significant turning point in the story where both Psychoberrie’s victim and the listener feel a deep sense of pity for Psychoberrie, despite her heinous crimes. We’re excited to release this as an official single as the song means a lot to us and to many of our fans who have been with us from the start.”

– Psychoberrie

The gates of Whittingham Asylum have been struck open and for the first time in history the high security Ward XVI invites members of the public to meet face to face with the UK’s most violent serial killer. Journey into the mind of Psychoberrie as she gives an insight into her life prior to her incarceration. This sordid tale of deceit and manipulation is represented with a genre defying mix of hard-hitting metal riffs, off-beat ska rhythms, melancholic piano, accordion, catchy female vocals, a hint of electro, and to top it all off an engaging, energetic theatrical live show. 
In the summer of 2013 in the city of Preston in the Northwest of England, a group of misfits got together for a new musical project with the aim of creating something completely unique. Each musician from a different musical background drawing in influences from the likes of Alice Cooper, Lordi, The skintz, Stolen Babies, Scar Symmetry, Diabolo Swing Orchestra, Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Jason Becker and Avatarium.

In 2017 Ward XVI progressed onto the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival after winning Metal 2 the Masses and then went on to win a further prize of a full PA system after impressing the Bloodstock team with their packed-out theatrical performance. Their momentum didn’t slow in 2018, which saw them support Doyle (former guitarist of The Misfits) on a full UK tour before they brought their insanity to Breaking Bands, Amplified Festival and a further UK tour with Red Rum before embarking on their own ‘Scare in the Community’ headline tour at Halloween. This demand has already resulted in their booking at HRH Metal , Hammerfest and Breaking Bands in 2019.Plans are afoot to return to the studio to record the follow up to The Art of Manipulation ready for release later in the year.
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Lugosi Release New Single ‘Mans Best Friend’ From Their Forthcoming LP ‘Rise From The Grave’

Dublin based Lugosi have released their second single ‘Mans Best Friend’ from their forthcoming album ‘Rise From The Grave’.

Lugosi formed in 2016 consisting of JM Burr and Jimmy Rooney (of the band the Reverend JM’s Panic Worship). Film maker and former ‘Hungry Souls’ guitarist Alan Morton.
Neal Wright formerly of Belfast’s ‘Memento Morion’ on Bass.

With influences ranging from the Misfits, Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Clutch and a love of the macabre. Lugosi’s songs range in subject matter from alien vampires, American Indian legends, horror and witchcraft. A sonic Ed Wood movie, delivered through rock and roll.

They released this statement.

‘Mans Best Fiend’ tells the story of Cerberus, who according to Greek legend guarded the gates of Hades, to prevent the dead from leaving.
‘Mans Best Fiend’ will be available soon on Lugosi’s upcoming album ‘Rise From the Grave’.
Watch this space.

We’re very much looking forward to their album on the strength of this track and their previous single ‘White Witch’.
The lads are heavily experienced and all great musicians.
Everything is falling into place here!

Check out White Witch here.


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