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Innovative progressive metallers BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have announced a European headline tour for Autumn 2019. Each show on the 19 date run will see the ground-breaking quintet perform two sets, in a special “Evening With” style celebration of their astonishing back catalogue and a career spanning almost two decades.

BTBAM will bring their “Evening With” set to the following UK venues this October:

09.10 Manchester, Academy 2
10.10 London, Electric Ballroom

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th March at 9am (GMT). Visit the band’s Facebook page to purchase.

Dan Briggs (bass) comments: “The “evening with” set is a curation of almost 20 years of music with the specific intent on realizing what it all means in 2019; how did we arrive here and where do we go? Sometimes the process of realization comes from breathing new life into old material. Over the two sets of music there’s a four part arc that will play out in the form of one cohesive night of music spanning 2002-2019.”

Between The Buried And Me’s newest accomplishment is the conceptual, two-part, epic album “Automata“, which was released last year via Sumerian Records. With their latest opus, BTBAM continue to push themselves to new dimensions with their song-writing, resulting in their most expansive and diverse work yet.

Check out the videos from “Automata”:

‘Condemned To The Gallows’: https://youtu.be/Tq8u0uDK61E
‘Millions’: https://youtu.be/Fye2KREpeJQ

For more information visit:



Sir Mo Farah made it back-to-back victories at The Vitality Big Half as he outkicked Bashir Abdi (Belgium) and Daniel Wanjiru (Kenya) to take the win in a thrilling sprint finish as he prepares for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

In windy conditions, Farah clocked a time of 61 minutes and 14 seconds, which proved too much for training partner Abdi and former Virgin Money London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru.

It was an all-British battle in the elite women’s race with last year’s champion Charlotte Purdue winning ahead of Aldershot & Farnham District AC clubmate Steph Twell in a time of 70:38. Charlotte Arter finished third.

David Weir warmed up for his 20th London Marathon with victory in the elite men’s wheelchair race and Margriet van den Broek was the winner in the women’s wheelchair contest.

Sir Mo Farah lived up to his billing of pre-race favourite but had to work hard for his win.

Farah, Wanjiru and Abdi broke away early in the race, quickly dropping former double London Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang and Welshman Dewi Griffiths from the lead group.

Wanjiru and Abdi looked to have shaken off Farah in the early stages as he suffered briefly from stomach cramp, but Sir Mo soon rejoined the front of the race.

Then Farah, the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion, timed his sprint to perfection as the leading three men approached the Finish Line at Cutty Sark.

It was a trademark finish from Sir Mo, who signalled to Abdi and Wanjiru to stay with him as he upped the tempo heading to the Finish Line and crossed the line in a time of 61:14.

Abdi was second in 61:16 and Wanjiru third in 61:17.

Sir Mo said: “The conditions weren’t great today so I’m pleased to win, although it would have been nice to run a bit faster and really test myself. I’m happy with the win and with how my preparations are going ahead of the London Marathon in April.

“I got a bit of stomach cramp at one point but it cleared up. It’s always great to race in London. I love racing on the streets of London; the crowds are amazing. I’m going to spend the next few days with my family then I head back to Ethiopia to continue training.

“The London Marathon is still quite a long way away but I’m happy with my progress and it was nice to be able to race today.”

It was a magnificent performance from Charlotte Purdue, who closed a significant gap with Steph Twell in the closing stages to successfully defend her Vitality Big Half title.

Twell was out on her own for much of the race, but Purdue gave chase across Tower Bridge and caught her clubmate.

Purdue turned the screw in the final miles as Twell tried and failed to respond to the raised pace.

Purdue’s time of 70:38 was a long way short of her impressive personal best of 69:46 but was enough to take the win. Twell was second in 71:33 and Charlotte Arter third in 71:44.

“It’s brilliant to get the win,” Purdue said. “The weather was really windy so I knew it wasn’t going to be a really quick day.

“Some of the athletes went off really quick, but I knew they’d come back to me because the conditions didn’t indicate really fast times – so I followed my own race plan, and it paid off.

“It’s great to retain my title. I won here last year, and to win again is really good.”

David Weir was a dominant victor in the elite men’s wheelchair race proving he is ready to challenge at his 20th London Marathon next April.

Weir was a clear winner in 51:12 with Simon Lawson the next man home in 54:37. Weir’s training partner John Boy Smith was third in 55:00.

In the elite women’s wheelchair race, Margriet van den Broek won in a time of 63:41. Mel Nicholls was second (63:59) and Eden Rainbow-Cooper third (67:52).

“I’m really pleased to win here today,” Weir said. “The race was a great test of my fitness as I prepare for the London Marathon.

“The windy conditions made the race challenging today – because our chairs are six feet long, they act like a bit of a sail, but I don’t really mind windy conditions. I train in all weathers – and it’s been windy all week so it wasn’t that bad, to be honest.

“The support out on the course was good; I always enjoy racing in London.

“I was a bit anxious in January because I had a car crash and got ill, spending a week in hospital, so I was nervous about my training but it’s been going well recently. I’m off to Spain next week for 10 days of warm-weather training ahead of the Boston Marathon and then the London Marathon.”

The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April.


Release Acoustic Version Of ‘Ode to Despair’

US dark melodic metal act WITHERFALL is releasing an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. The original recording can be found on WITHERFALL‘s latest album “A Prelude To Sorrow” and is now going to be released as an acoustic version on the “Vintage EP”, which will be out on 22 March and available during the group’s upcoming European tour.

You can listen to ‘Ode to Despair’ here: https://youtu.be/pq0MCWvrz7s

The band says, “Being invited as special guests on Sonata Arctica’s ‘Acoustic Adventures’ tour, we knew we had to re-imagine some of our songs to realise the vibe of the tour.  Our partners at Century Media came up with a brilliant idea of recording a few of these and including them on the upcoming ‘Vintage EP’. Being our most successful single to date, ‘Ode to Despair’ was the first one we thought of. The track was recorded in a split session bookending a tour of Japan with Kamelot. Vocals and guitars were literally followed by a 5am flight to the Far East then, after the tour, we headed straight from the airport to the studio. This is also the first song to incorporate new keyboardist; Alex Nasla. We also had the privilege of working with James “Timbali” Cornwell (Earth Wind & Fire, Janet Jackson) who provided the percussion that really makes this track standout.”

WITHERFALL already released another single from the “Vintage EP”. Watch the official video to their version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ here: https://youtu.be/lzxZ3DU_CoI

The “Vintage EP” is available for pre-ordering now, with WITHERFALL offering an exclusive green “Verdigris” vinyl limited to 200 copies alongside t-shirt bundles. The transparent-magenta “Vintage Pinot Noir” vinyl, limited to 100 copies, has already sold out from Century Media’s European Store.

Black vinyl and the limited hand-numbered CD Digipak as well digital formats are available here: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/vintage

WITHERFALL will be part of Sonata Arctica’s “Acoustic Adventures” tour, which is kicking off on 13 March in Oslo, Norway. Full dates and venues are as follows:

SONATA ARCTICA’s Acoustic  Adventures’ with support from WITHERFALL (Acoustic Set)

Presented by Rock Hard, Rocks, musix, Rock It!, metal.de

13.03 Oslo (NO) Parkteatret
14.03 Stockholm (SE) Södra Teatern
15.03 Malmö (SE) Palladium
16.03 Hamburg (DE) Fabrik
17.03 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
19.03 London (UK) Islington Assembly Hall
20.03 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat
21.03 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos-Saal
22.03 Paris (FR) Le  Trabendo
23.03 Lyon (FR) Ninkasi Kao
24.03 Mailand (IT) Teatro Dal Verme
26.03 Pratteln (CH) Z7
27.03 Nürnberg (DE) Hirsch
28.03 Prag (CZ) Roxy
29.03 Stuttgart (DE) Im Wizemann (Club)
30.03 Bochum (DE) Christuskirche

26.04 – 27.04 (Exact date TBA) WITHERFALL ‘Electric set’ @ Keep It True XXII, Germany with Candlemass, Satan, Agent Steel, Midnight and many others

Booking: www.facebook.com/DragonProductionsOfficial

Joseph Michael – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards
Jake Dreyer – Guitars
Anthony Crawford – Bass
Alex Nasla – Keyboards
Steve Bolognese- Drums
Ahmad Dubose-Dawson – Special Guest Percussionist on EU tour




‘Infinite Regress’
(Elephant & Castle)

“On ‘Y’ Praa utilises a minimalist, percussive soundscape, skilfully creating a truly immersive texture of sound that sucks you into her core.” The Line of Best Fit

“Irresistible modern soul built around a minimal groove.“ Clash

“Soulful and minimalist, classy and mature.” The 405
Infinite Regress is the latest release from French artist Praa (AKA Marion Lagassat) – the female singer, songwriter who melds 90’s pop music, dance and modern RnB to create her own sound.

Having released a few introductory tracks over the course of last year (listen here), 2019 sees Praa step things up a gear with this new single taken from her debut EP which is set for release in mid-April.

Across the song,Praa’s gentle and crystal-clear voice celebrates the unique link between two soulmates and depicts an introspective journey through the other’s eyes like a reflection in a mirror. You can also hear elements of the musical influences that inspire her. Uplifting and urgent, the rising chorus is reminiscent of Phoenix with the minimalist electronic production being akin to Kaytranada.
Listen to ‘Infinite Regress’ HERE

‘Infinite Regress’ and the full EP are producedbyTimsters – Praa’s partner in music as well as real life. LOVE: the essential element of the Praa project.

Look out for upcoming live shows in the UK and Europe this spring as Praa looks set to make her mark on the musical landscape for 2019.


Release New Single and Music Video ‘Judas Kiss’

‘Judas Kiss’ is the second single release from the upcoming ‘Metamorphosis’ album by DEFYING DECAY. The video is a visceral abstraction of a Metamorphosis, the transformation of matter to a hybrid consciousness.

You can watch the video for ‘Judas Kiss’ here: https://youtu.be/3I1Hcv6fXPU

Speaking about the single and video, vocalist ‘Jay’ Poom Euarchukiati says: “This song was the first song we finished writing for the album. It was originally on a 8-bit sounding synth and it was the first time that I decided to experiment more with electronic elements. With vibes of urgency, aggression and mystery, I’d say this is definitely something on the more heavy side of this album we’ve worked on. 

In regards to the video, I wanted something different – I feel like band performance music videos are getting boring, especially as we have a few of those. The video footage that we used was actually suppose to be for the narrative for our previous single ‘Ghost’ but when it was done, myself and our director Stuart thought it was too good on it’s own so we kept it and used it to make our short film “APEX”. We then later used it to develop a music video for ‘Judas Kiss’.”

The visuals feature excerpts from a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning short film ‘APEX’. The film, directed by Stuart Birchall, was executive produced by Jay. Stuart and Jay have worked on a number of short conceptual films, including ‘Dominion’ & ‘Holding Company’ – both are to be released later in 2019. The duo share an affinity for the arts, anime and science fiction. Jay was keen to work with filmmaker Stuart after following his ongoing work with Architects, Kerrang! winning-work with Bring Me The Horizon, and a series of films with Bullet For My Valentine. 

APEX is a dark experimental sci-fi that has received over 50 awards since its release in 2018 and continues to inspire audiences worldwide. It’ll be featured in Slamdance later this month, and can be see at a variety of online festivals this year. 

DEFYING DECAY are led by ‘Jay’ Poom Euarchukiati (vocalist, guitarist and synthesis) Howard Fang (guitarist), Kongpop “Jump” Thongrat (guitarist and pianist). The bands lineup was updated in 2016 with the addition of Theon Adam (bassist and programmer), and Mark Mironov (drums).


London based singer and producer Sola shares new video
‘Save Yourself’

Confirms headline show at
Bermondsey Social Club on 5th December

A seriously exciting new artisti-D
Sola blended Massive Attack, Burial, and fractured neo-soul to conjure something special.”
Clash Music

‘Save Yourself’ is the cinematic new release from south London based producer and vocalist Sola.

Drawing from a broad palette of influences, including electronica, jazz, soul and R&B, ‘Save Yourself’ is accompanied by a beautifully expansive video, changing from black and white to colour, perfectly matching the track’s hauntingly ethereal qualities. The music and the video, directed by Savannah Setten (Pulse Films), see Sola come back into the light after a spell in darkness.

Speaking on the track Sola said: “Writing ‘Save Yourself’ was a healing process, I wrote it during a time of deep depression and it’s essentially me talking to myself about fighting your inner demons, knowing your self-worth, and learning to love yourself through your flaws. There weren’t really any direct inspirations, it was more a need to get these thoughts out in an expressive way and capture my mood at the time.”

Director Savannah Setten commented: “Hearing that Sola wrote the lyrics about overcoming depression, the visual idea for Save Yourself explores warped perception – when a person becomes entangled in negative emotion and their perception of themselves suffers as a result. The visual takes us on a journey through inner torment, reflection and ultimately finding new power to keep existing”. 


Sola’s unique vocal delivery feels timeless, inspired by the likes of Sade and Nina Simone spliced with experimental electronic sonics reminiscent of the likes of Burial or Arca. It’s this unique blend that makes Sola such an exciting prospect, both producing and providing vocals for the music she creates.  ‘Save Yourself’ follows on from the breathtaking “Sacrifice Me’ which featured an incredible video shot in location in Lagos, Nigeria. Watch here.

Having played classical piano since the age of 6, it wasn’t until she discovered the raw and unfiltered vocals of Nina Simone several years later that she grew the confidence to accept her own voice and start singing. After a four-year stint at the prestigious New York University, Sola started producing her own music. It was a time she found herself obsessed with Portishead, Massive Attack, and Burial, loving their darker, cinematic qualities and their ability to blur genres. It’s these influences that you can hear in her music today, which she affectionately titles ‘warped soul’. Inspired by Afrofuturism and Yoruba imagery, Sola is a musician with depth and integrity, determined to represent her Nigerian ancestry through her creativity and music.

With such an impactful duo of releases under her belt, make way for Sola.

 See Sola live at London’s Bermondsey Social Club on December 5th – tickets here.

Sola: Instagram | Facebook | Spotify


Modern Thrash Metal trailblazers HAVOK continue to promote their much acclaimed latest album “Conformicide” and will make their return to European stages for a tour in April together with Darkest Hour, Cephalic Carnage and Harlott.

The European tour dates are as follows:

HAVOK, Darkest Hour, Cephalic Carnage & Harlott – European Tour:
05.04.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) – Kulttempel
06.04.2018 Berlin (Germany) – Musik & Frieden
07.04.2018 Leipzig (Germany) – Hellraiser
08.04.2018 Weinheim (Germany) – Café Central
09.04.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) – Nova Chmelnice
10.04.2018 Budapest (Hungary) – Durer Kert
12.04.2018 Nürnberg (Germany) – Z-Bau
13.04.2018 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
14.04.2018 Lyon (France) – CCO Villeurbanne
15.04.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Bóveda
16.04.2018 Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
17.04.2018 Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
18.04.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) – Lisboa Ao Vivo
20.04.2018 Pamplona (Spain) – Totem
21.04.2018 Montpellier (France) – Secret Place
22.04.2018 Paris (France) – Petit Bain
23.04.2018 London (UK) – Underworld
24.04.2018 Dublin (Ireland) – Voodoo Lounge
25.04.2018 Glasgow (UK) – Cathouse   

26.04.2018 Birmingham (UK) – Asylum
27.04.2018 Antwerp (Belgium) – Zappa
28.04.2018 Hannover (Germany) – Faust
29.04.2018 München (Germany) – Backstage

A video message from HAVOK about their upcoming European tour can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial/videos/10155276830768097/

Upon release, HAVOK’s latest album “Conformicide” entered the official sales charts as follows: Germany (Top 100 Charts): # 94, Belgium (Flemish Charts): # 124, USA (Billboard Charts): # 67 Billboard Top Current Albums, # 4 Billboard Heatseekers, # 4 Billboard Current Hard Music, # 5 Billboard Top Hard Music, # 23 Billboard Rock.

“Conformicide” is available as special edition Digipak (with 2 bonus tracks), as 2LP in various limited vinyl colour options (with 3 bonus tracks, logo-etching on Side D and the album on CD as bonus) as well as in the Digital Download format.

Check out the album’s first singles here:
“Intention To Deceive” (Video clip): https://youtu.be/2GT9m0jX9vw
“Hang ‘Em High” (Lyric video): https://youtu.be/2HYIfA3p8jw
“Ingsoc” (Album track): https://youtu.be/jP2pzw8jV9s

“Conformicide” can be ordered in its various physical formats from CM Distro in Europe here:

Or click this link to direct you to selected stores and download/streaming platforms:http://smarturl.it/HAVOKconformicide




 Star Wars: A New Hope with full live orchestral accompaniment for the first time ever in the UK this November, as it comes to the Royal Albert Hall.

The most requested title in Films in Concert history arrives for five performances, with John Williams’ iconic score performed live on stage by the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra, who played on the original soundtrack in 1977.

The shows will form the centrepiece of the Hall’s dedicated Star Wars season, a special celebration including Q&As, concerts and family events. Star Wars: A New Hope will also tour the UK following its UK premiere.

Grant Watmuff, Licensing & Strategic Partnerships Manager at Disney Music Group, said: “We’re delighted that Star Wars fans will have the opportunity to experience the music of the movie performed live to picture in the UK for the first time. From the opening fanfare to the final note, John Williams’ score for Star Wars: A New Hope is a genre-defining masterclass of cinematic composition.”

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “During our nine years of pioneering the Films in Concert concept, there’s one movie that’s been requested more than any other, and that’s Star Wars: A New Hope. We’re ecstatic to announce its UK debut at the Hall this November, with the London Symphony Orchestra confirmed for this once-in-a-lifetime show. There’s simply no film – or score – that’s more iconic.”

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, said: “The London Symphony Orchestra has a deep and long-lasting relationship with John Williams and particularly his music for the Star Wars films, having recorded the soundtracks for the first six episodes. The music of Star Wars is in the LSO blood and we are delighted to be involved in what will surely be a memorable series of performances.”

An exhilarating, pioneering mash-up of sci-fi, serial, WWII flyer flick and Western, full of indelible characters and groundbreaking special effects, Star Wars: A New Hope rewrote the rulebook, and remains one of the most beloved movies of all time, topping innumerable polls of favourite films.

Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness).

A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire as Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Joined by the quirky droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO, the unlikely team sets out to rescue Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and make use of the stolen plans to destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon. In a legendary confrontation, the rogue group mounts an attack against the Death Star for a climactic battle with the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

The film has so far spawned eight sequels and prequels, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which received its European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall last month. The film was the biggest hit of 2017 in both the UK and Ireland.

John Williams’ iconic, transcendent score for the 1977 original is one of the most renowned in film history, winning him an Oscar and being selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest ever written.

Tickets are on sale at 10am on Friday from www.royalalberthall.com

The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music. The London Symphony Orchestra appears by kind permission of the Barbican.


Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Friday 16 November (7:30pm), Saturday 17 November (2pm and 7:30pm), Sunday 18 November (2pm and 6:30pm) 2018

Tickets £35-£85

Box office: 020 7589 8212 / www.royalalberthall.com



Tour dates

28 November – Liverpool Echo Arena

29 November – Bournemouth International Centre

1 December – Manchester Arena

5 December – 3Arena, Dublin

7 December – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

8 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds;

9 December – SEC Centre, Glasgow



·      Kenyan star to take on Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins

·      New London half marathon takes place on Sunday 4 March

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru will take on British favourites Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins in a mouth-watering elite men’s race at The Big Half.

The 25-year-old Kenyan, who claimed the biggest win of his career at the London Marathon last April, will return to the streets of the capital on Sunday 4 March 2018 over the half marathon distance.

Wanjiru’s participation adds a third leading contender to an exciting Big Clash against Farah, the four-time Olympic and World Championship champion on the track, and Hawkins, who was fourth in last summer’s World Championship marathon in London.

With a half-marathon personal best (PB) of 59 minutes and 20 seconds set last year, Wanjiru is the fastest on paper of the three men.

Farah has a PB of 59:32, which is also the British record, which he set in Lisbon in 2015 while Hawkins ran a Scottish record of 60:00 in Japan last February.

Wanjiru said: “I am really looking forward to returning to London to race in The Big Half. I have very happy memories of running on London roads and the fantastic crowds.

“It is a privilege to be racing such a legend as Sir Mo Farah and I know that both he and Callum Hawkins will be big rivals to me in this race. The Big Half will be a great race.”

The Big Half starts by Tower Bridge and finishes in front of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, using many of the same roads as the first half of the Virgin Money London Marathon. See route here

The race is part of a one-day festival centred around the half-marathon distance which aims to be ‘truly global and uniquely local’.

International athletes such as Wanjiru, Farah and Hawkins make the event ‘truly global’. The ‘uniquely local’ aspect reflects the event’s commitment to working with community groups from the four host boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich and encouraging residents to take part in a mass-participation running event for the first time.

Around 15,000 people will participate in events that include:

  • The Big Half: a half marathon starting by Tower Bridge and finishing in front of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich
  • The Little Half: a 2.4 mile event for participants of all ages and abilities
  • The Big Relay is aimed at community groups from the host boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. Participants will be able to run in teams of four, with each person running one leg over distances ranging from one mile to five miles
  • The Big Festival: a celebration of London’s diverse culture, food and music which will take place throughout the day in Greenwich Park