Black Sabbath return to Division…The Ten Year War is coming….

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Fresh from receiving the ‘Golden God’ Icon Award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods , Black Sabbath are proud to announce ‘The Ten Year War’ – a limited edition vinyl box set, released September 29th via BMG, that brings together their eight Ozzy fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the seventies, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish ‘The Ten Year War’ brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes:

8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

• MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
• VOL. 4

2 x rare 7” singles, reproduced in their original sleeves:

Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath.

Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.

Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.

Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme, impeccably reproduced.

Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

Box set is individually numbered.

It’s fair to say that ‘The Ten Year War’ is the definitive package from one of the most important and influential artists the UK has ever produced.

Louise Distras shares new single via Kerrang!


Set to be released on May 26 through Street Revolution Records, Kerrang! are premiering Louise Distras’ new single Outside Of You. Watch the video here.

Catch Louise live at the following:

14 London Lost Evenings @ Roundhouse w/ Frank Turner
27 Birmingham Slam Dunk Festival
28 Leeds Slam Dunk Festival
29 Hatfield Slam Dunk Festival

3 London Camden Rocks Festival
4 Sussex Glastonwick Festival
10 Bolton Safe Gigs 4 Women Benefit @ The Alma Inn
25 Pilton Glastonbury Festival (Leftfield Stage)
30 London Hope and Anchor

2 Manchester Sonderfest
7 Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival

5 Blackpool Rebellion Festival

Demob Happy reveal new single ‘Dead Dreamers’

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Brighton’s Demob Happy return with the first new music since their acclaimed debut album ‘Dream Soda’. Listen to their new, Tom Dalgety-produced single ‘Dead Dreamers’, out via Atlantic Records imprint Taste And Tone on the Independent, DIY, Clash, NME and many more.

Confirmed to support The Cribs across the UK at shows including London’s The Forum on May 18th, Demob Happy will also support Gang Of Youths through May on the dates below.

Tour Dates (* with Gang Of Youths, ** with The Cribs)

15 Newcastle, O2 Academy **
16 Bristol, O2 Academy **
18 London, O2 Forum **
25 Manchester, SoundControl *
28 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge *
30 Brighton, Green Door Store *
31 London, Camden Assembly *


At The Drive In release Hostage Stamps video


Watch the new video for Hostage Stamps by At The Drive In featuring a mix of stop-motion as well as digital animation directed by Rob Shaw and Damon Locks who also designed the characters and set.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes the song as “like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, ‘Raise your nithing pole,’ I don’t think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it’s this curse. We are going to be victorious. Here’s the fucking head on the stake in front of our army. We’re coming back. It’s reading the writing on the wall. It’s going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people.”

At The Drive In’s new album, in • ter a • li • a will be released on May 5th on Rise Records ahead of the band’s next live performance on UK soil at Reading & Leeds festivals this August.

You’ll never watch Shaking Chains’ new video ever again

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Manchester newcomers Shaking Chains have created a new experiment in algorithmic film making in their music video for debut single, ‘Midnight Oil’. Using a series of ever-evolving algorithms, the video you watch will be totally unique. The viewer gets one chance, one view, then that film is lost and reborn into something completely different.

Watch your unique music video at, and read all about it at The Creators Project, and on the Guardian, who took ‘Midnight Oil’ as the impetus for a new feature on the most innovative music videos in history. Further support comes from the NME, BBC, CMU and many more.

Shaking Chains borrow their name from ‘The Masque of Anarchy’, a poem written when Shelley was in exile, to portray his disgust with the Peterloo Massacre and the encroaching parochialism of the England in which he fled (‘Shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you. Ye are many – they are few’). More Chartists than chart hits, they are a four piece produced in The North long after production halted, currently treading water under the dark streets of London.

Following two sold out shows in Salford and London, ‘Midnight Oil’ / ‘Drunk No More’ is due for release on 7” vinyl this April 21st via Concrete Recordings. Pre-order here –

The Afghan Whigs announce new album In Spades and UK tour

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The Afghan Whigs will release a new album titled ‘In Spades‘ on May 5th via Sub Pop fronted by lead single, Demon In Profile.

In Spades, written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree. The album is a searing and soulful rock effort that emphasises its pop instincts while contrasting with the seductive themes found throughout. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery.

“It’s a spooky record,” notes Greg Dulli, Afghan Whigs’ songwriter and frontman. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”

The Afghan Whigs have also delivered a new video for “Demon In Profile,” directed by longtime collaborator Phil Harder that features Har Mar Superstar.

In Spades is now available for pre-order from Sub Pop, The Afghan Whigs official website, and select independent retailers. LP pre-orders will receive the “Loser” edition on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design, along with cassette versions of The Afghan Whigs classic Sub Pop albums Up In It and Congregation, will also be available.

The Afghan Whigs have also announced their first set of dates in support of In Spades in Europe. The band will visit 14 countries this summer including performances at Primavera Sound and Northside Festival. Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all headline shows.


May 26 – Manchester, UK – Cathedral
May 27 – Glasgow, UK – ABC
May 28 – Dublin, IE – Academy
May 30 – London, UK – Koko


Listen to Vukovi’s debut album exclusively on


Set to release their self-titled debut album this March 10th via LAB Records, already awarded 5 K’s, Vukovi are streaming the record in full right now over at Click here to check it out alongside a revealing track-by-track commentary written by front-woman Janine Shilstone.

Vukovi will embark upon a full UK headline tour on the dates below. Tickets are available here.

10 Glasgow, King Tut’s SOLD OUT
11 Leeds, Key Club
13 Manchester, Sound Control
14 Bristol, The Louisiana
16 London, Boston Music Room
18 Nottingham, Rock City Basement
19 Aberdeen, Tunnels

Phobophobes premiere new music video with NOTION

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Ahead of their single launch show at MOTH Club on March 13th with Dead Pretties, South London’s Phobophobes have shared a mesmerising new video, led by interpretive dance, for their forthcoming 7” ‘The Never Never’, due for release this March 24th via Ra-Ra Rok Records.

Watch it on Notion here.

Following their single launch show at MOTH Club, Phobophobes will tour the UK with LIFE through April on the dates below. The band are currently readying their debut full-length album and will release ‘The Never Never’ on 7” vinyl this March 24th via Ra-Ra Rok Records.

Pre-order ‘The Never Never’ here –

April Tour w/ LIFE

1 Hull, The Welly Club
2 Glasgow, King Tuts
3 Manchester, Gullivers
5 Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
6 London, Camden Assembly
7 Bristol, Crofters Rights

At The Drive In return with their first album in 17 years


At The Drive In are back and with a bang! They return with their first album in 17 years titled ‘in • ter a • li • a‘ scheduled for release on Rise Records on May 5th.

Stevie Chick looks back on where they left off for the Guardian this week whilst NME ran an exclusive interview with frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala and drummer Tony Hajjar.

News of the release can be found all over the web on the likes of FACT, the Quietus, Kerrang! Team Rock, Noisey and many more. The album is absolutely amazing so expect something magical. until then, here’s a taste from it called Incurably Innocent.

Pre-order at


‘No Wolf Like The Present’
‘Tilting At The Univendor’
‘Governed By Contagions’
‘Pendulum In A Peasant Dress’
‘Incurably Innocent’
‘Call Broken Arrow’
‘Torrentially Cutshaw’
‘Ghost-tape No.9’
‘Hostage Stamps’