Blackmore’s Night Release ‘Best Of’ Album ‘To The Moon And Back – 20 years and Beyond’ 11th August

Blackmore’s Night release their ‘Best Of‘ album ‘To The Moon And Back – 20 years and Beyond‘ on 11th August.

1996 – a snowy winter in Massachusetts. Inside the lodge around a fireplace, a guitarist plays some beautiful acoustic tunes, and a singer with an ethereal voice joins in, they play throughout the night – creating songs of myths and fantasy, inspired by nature.  All this is occurring while Rainbow are recording their last CD, Stranger in Us All. Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night are using their secluded time around the fire in the middle of winter to create some beautiful music inspired by many melodies of the Renaissance period, and Blackmore-ised into contemporary music. We call it Renaissance/Folk/Rock.

1997 – the first CD by Blackmore’s Night is released- ‘Shadow of the Moon‘ and immediately goes gold in Japan and wins awards worldwide. Their fan base is ecstatic and ever growing and devoted, they have created a genre of music for all ages. Grandparents, Parents, children-everyone embracing their medieval mood music and gypsy dances.

1997-2017- 20th Anniversary of Blackmore’s Night
Every one of their studio CDs has been given awards such as Best of the Year or Best Vocal album of the year and all debuting in top five of Billboards charts. Their sold out live concerts in castles and Unesco sites worldwide are filled with thousands of fans dressed in Renaissance garb, dancing and singing as if time stood still, no clocks, no pressure, just the gaiety and camaraderie of a medieval pub, everyone joins in.
Their latest release due out on August 11 is a ‘Best Of’ compilation – most requested and beloved songs from their fans but also contains several bonuses. 4 brand new versions of their songs and two brand new songs including Ritchie Blackmore‘s latest version of ‘Land of Hope and Glory‘ and Candice Night singing a favoured Rainbow tune ‘I Surrender‘.

When on tour, the Blackmore’s Night touring group is made up of 7 extremely talented musicians, Ritchie plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello and hurdy gurdy and Candice performs on 7 medieval woodwinds including bagpipe chanters, shawm, corner muse, penny whistles, recorders etc as well as writing all the lyrics and performing lead vocals. Our other musicians are Bard David on keyboards and back-up vocals, Scarlet Fiddler on Violin, Lady Lyn on Shawm and back-up vocals, Earl Grey on Base and rhythm guitar and Troubadour of Aberdeen on percussion

“When we first started this Renaissance musical journey 20 years ago, it began in the most unlikely of places. A darkened recording studio, in front of a raging fireplace with mountains of snow outside and a band of rockers doing their backing tracks for a completely different CD in a completely different genre. Yet, there we were, gazing out that window or into that fire, playing the acoustic guitar and writing lyrics; while the rest of them existed in their world, we were the only inhabitants in ours. Inspired by all things from another century we never truly felt at home in this one. Not until we created our own musical escape that helped us co-exist. Allowed us to dress as our spirits wanted, portray the dreams and visions we imagined within the realms of music, which had no boundaries. We were free. Each song took us down another pathway through the wilderness…fed our hungry souls. We knew we were alone there, but we were at home and comfortable.   And then…one day…someone heard our music in the darkness. They asked us if we wanted to share the music with the rest of the world. We thought about it for a long time, it was a whole new path. We had melded together music from eras gone past with lyrics of modern day faerie tales, creating a new genre. We weren’t sure that anyone else would be interested. Besides sharing this side with the world exposed us deeply. Left us open and incredibly vulnerable. But we decided if even 1 other lost person felt their home within our songs, then it would be worth it. It was never for popularity, for radio play, or for money. It wasn’t about filling seats at concerts. It was strictly what our hearts called for. The songs flowed out of us and now we find ourselves looking back 20 years later over so many CDs, so many DVDs and so many fans worldwide. To perform in a 12th century castle courtyard with the moon rising above you, singing songs you created with thousands of people, many of whom are dressed up in garb…if you experience something like that once in your life, count yourself blessed. We have been lucky enough to experience that each time we perform. And it is pure magic. Candice Obviously our music will not be played in commercial radio or in the latest dance clubs. We like to think that our music comes from a place where music is more sacred, organic, fresh, green and woody, communal, not processed. Renaissance mock rock and folk textures, imagination not just regurgitating the past for the purists but living it and feeling the pain and passion of the day. Transcending the mundane to the peaceful living in a fairy-tale existence, pondering the mysteries of life and death. Pleasure not pressure.”
Ritchie

Tracklist:

CD1                                           CD2    
Shadow Of The Moon                I Surrender (bonus track)
Spirit Of The Sea                       Moonlight Shadow (2017 version)
Renaissance Faire                     Somewhere Over the Sea (2017 version)
Play Minstrel Play                      Writing on The Wall (2017 version)
Under A Violet Moon                  Coming Home (2017 version)
Spanish Nights                           Ghost Of John (bonus track)
Fires At Midnight                        Minstrel Hall
Ghost Of A Rose                        Possum Goes To Prague
Cartouche                                   Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
Village Lanterne                         Nur eine Minute
The Circle                                   Village Dance
25 Years                                     Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version
Dandelion Wine                          Bonus video
Home Again (live)

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H.E.A.T Launch ‘Time On Our Side’ Lyric Video

Swedish melodic rockers H.E.A.T have released an Official lyric video for ‘Time On Our Side‘.

Time On Our Side‘ is now available on Spotify and iTunes.   The new album will be released by earMusic on Friday 22nd September.  The first official single ‘Eye of the Storm‘ will be officially released in the next few weeks.

Into The Great Unknown‘ is available to pre-order now. H.E.A.T will tour the UK in December (dates announced soon).

Line-up:
Guitar: Sky Davis (aka Dave Dalone)
Bass: Jimmy Jay
Keyboard: Jona Tee
Drums & Percussion: Crash
Vocals: Erik Grönwall

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King King Announce Re-scheduled Tour Dates

Due to a throat condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the band’s October 2017 UK tour dates have been re-scheduled to January 2018.  All October 2017 tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows in January 2018.

The re-scheduled dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January).
Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.


King King – ‘Exile & Grace’ January 2018 UK Tour

Book Tickets: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com

London Shepherd’s Bush Empire              Wednesday 17 January
Birmingham, Town Hall                                Thursday 18 January
Bath, Forum                                                       Saturday 20 January
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall                               Friday 26 January
Sheffield, Leadmill                                         Saturday 27 January

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Gentle Giant Release Taster From New Prog Compilation Album ‘Three Piece Suite’

Gentle Giant release their first taster from their new Prog compilation album ‘Three Piece Suite remixed by Steven Wilsonout September 29th, the track ‘Peel The Paint‘.

Gentle Giant—’Three Piece Suite‘ is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring The Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from each album are known to exist as multi-tracks, with the rest presumably lost.

Listen to ‘Peel The Paint’ on itunes: https://lnk.to/GentleGiant_ThreePieceSuite
Video for ‘Peel The Paint’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGvPSm1opgk

Three Piece Suite‘ is available in the following formats:
*A two-disc digipak containing 96/24 animated Blu-ray plus CD.
*A single disc digipak CD.
*A two-disc gatefold LP in180g high-end vinyl.
*A 95/24 digital download of the CD version.

Ordering links can be found Here

Gentle Giant‘s ‘Three Piece Suite‘ includes the songs ‘Giant‘, ‘Nothing At All‘, and ‘Why Not‘ from the first album ‘Giant‘.
Pantagruel’s Nativity‘, ‘The House, The Street, The Room‘ from the second album ‘Acquiring The Taste‘.
Schooldays‘, ‘Peel the Paint‘, ‘Mr. Class And Quality?‘, and ‘Three Friends‘ from the album ‘Three Friends‘ completes the list of the original recorded material.
The band and Steven Wilson are including a previously commercially unreleased song ‘Freedom’s Child‘, taken from the first recording sessions with legendary producer Tony Visconti.

The liner notes by interviewer Anil Prasad include reflections from Gentle Giant‘s members about the writing and recording sessions. Furthermore, Steven Wilson and Tony Visconti share their incredible observations about the early days of this unique collection of timeless music from one of progressive rock’s most influential bands.

Tony Visconti recounts: “I was a very optimistic young man in 1970…I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there being a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions.”

Steven Wilson explains: “To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips and old mixing desks…I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them.”

Tony Visconti continues: “In our own way, we’ve touched the ears, minds and hearts of thousands of true believers.”

The band members, collectively, feel there are still good reasons its fans continue to enjoy Gentle Giant‘s music and why it continues to be discovered by new generations.

For fans of Gentle Giant, ‘Three Piece Suite‘ is a must have. For fans of great musicianship and progressive rock this is an incredible insight into the earliest days of this legendary band.

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Official Statement – Ginger Wildheart’s Forthcoming Shows Have Been Postponed

Official Statement – Ginger Wildheart’s forthcoming shows have been postponed
‘It is with regret that due to serious ongoing issues with Ginger Wildheart‘s mental health, we will be unable to fulfil any scheduled live appearances in the very near future.
Ginger is currently hospitalised and receiving around the clock care and is in the safest possible place.
We ask that you please respect the privacy of Ginger, and his family and friends at this difficult time.

“Thank you for your continued love and support, it is very much appreciated.” – Ginger Wildheart Team

The postponed shows are :
Friday 18th August – Manchester Dancehouse (warm-up show)
Saturday 19th August – London Union Chapel
The shows will be rescheduled but ticket refunds are available from point of purchase.

Pretty Little Enemy Announce More Details Of Second Load EP; Releases 15th September

Following on from the announcement of their new EP, ‘Second Load‘ (release date 15th of September), a couple of weeks ago, Somerset alt-rockers Pretty Little Enemy have some more information ready to share about their brand new EP.

The full tracklist for ‘Second Load‘ can now be confirmed, along with the EP’s artwork which has a distinctive retro feel to it.

1) – Get A Grip
2) – Collide
3) – Play By The Rules
4) – It’s All Just A Show

Get A Grip‘ is out now on all good digital download and streaming services. Amazon link Here

After a busy summer of gigging including support slots with the likes of Trapt and some shows of their own, Pretty Little Enemy are spending the next few weeks preparing for the release of their EP. News of some new tour dates will be announced very soon, but there is one date currently in the diary, at Turbulence Festival on the 14th of October.

Since their formation in early 2015, Pretty Little Enemy have built up a dedicated following in the South West which is quickly spreading across the rest of the UK and beyond.

The self proclaimed “Metal ABBA” have earned a reputation for putting on a great show, and this has led to support slots with the likes of Crazy Town, Hed P.E, Dave McPherson, The Lounge Kittens, Courage My Love, Halflives, Empire and The Gospel Youth amongst others.

With the fierce determination to widen their musical reach and gain new fans, Pretty Little Enemy are coming for you, and trust us, you are not ready for them.

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Hammerfest X Announces Its Final Line-up

The lines of battle are drawn: the Army of the Faithful have answered the call. Hammerfest X (The 10th Anniversary) announces its final magnificent metal, multi-genre line-up, and has SOLD OUT. The three-day battle will commence on the 15th March, 2018 then run to the 18th at Camp HRH, Pwllheli.

Hammerfest X is going to be big!” CEO Jonni Davis promises, “We’ve got a decade to celebrate. We’ve listened to our community and picked the acts they want. What’s more, this time around we’re putting on stages that cross the genres of metal, giving platforms at Hammerfest to talent from many forms of metal HRH is famed for.

Headlining Friday night are Sepultura (Brazil’s most metal export), as already announced, and bringing the Newport Helicopter to this 10th anniversary are HRH favourites, the uber-awesome, award-winning Welsh metal legends Skindred who will be headlining the Saturday night.

Hammerfest is also pleased to announce further bands will be joining its 10th Anniversary celebration ranks: extreme metal band Anaal NathrakhThyrfing from Sweden bring some Viking metal to the mix, the intense punk of Feed the RhinoLimb, Death the Leveller, Warpath, Triverse Massacre, and Bearfist. Also: Ex People, Repulsive Vision, De La Tierra, Jukebox Monkey, Arbor Low, Mörti Viventi, Forged in Black, and Donkerkarnuffel.

These join the other great  bands already announced: HellyeahGloryhammer,

Raging Speedhorn, Conan, Blaze Bayley, Grimner, Mael Mordha, Blood Red Throne, Cypecore, Sumo Cyco, OHHMS, Critical Solution,  Red Rum, Triaxis, Asomvel, Belligerence, Deadly Circus Fire, Dead Label, Codex Alimentarius, Obzidian, Ballsdeep, Fallen Arise, Vice, Footprints in the Custard, and Callus.

Remember, this cycle also features various genre stages representing HRH Doom, HRH Stoner, HRH Metal, HRH Thrash and the new Dark Brother: HRH Black. As promised, this event caters for the full Metal spectrum. The fans choose and ask: Hammerfest delivers.

This event is completely sold out but for waiting lists, please call Rebecca on 0207 193 9564


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