Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

                                                        UCRS HELLYEAH COMP ai

Thats right, thanks to our friends at ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC we have five signed copies of the latest CD from HELLYEAH 'UNDEN!ABLE' for you to win! 

As announced on The Unchained Rock Show, all you have to do to win one of the copies is send an email with your name and address to:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Winners will be drawn out live on the show on 20th February 2017. (usual competition rules apply)

You can check out HELLYEAH on tour in the UK through April. Details and tickets here HELLYEAH



Friday, 03 February 2017 19:24

BLOODSTOCK announce four more bands

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As 2017 settles in, four more brutal bands are locked in for August’s best metal weekender; BLOODSTOCK!

Swedish metal marauders, SOILWORK are confirmed for a main stage slot at Catton Park.  Frontman Björn ‘Speed’ Strid tells us "We are really thrilled to return to UK soil after a killer mini-tour with Arch Enemy last year.  That ended with one of the most spectacular and sweatiest shows to date at The Underworld in London. BLOODSTOCK is always a riot and we cannot wait to hit the stage this summer.  Bring it England!!!"  

‘Murder metal’ outfit, MACABRE are set for a headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage.  The Chicago-based band blend elements of true crime, math rock, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more.  Guitarist/vocalist, Corporate Death tells us “We haven’t been back to the UK in several years but BLOODSTOCK is exactly where MACABRE should play if you know our music.”  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch this unique band on UK shores!

Metallic Finns WINTERSUN are also lined up to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage.  The band are hard at work on new album, ‘The Forest Seasons’ which is set for release this Summer via Nuclear Blast.  The band tell us “It’ll be great to come back to the atmospheric BLOODSTOCK.  We had a blast in 2011, but this year is extra special since we’re going to play new music for you guys!  See ya in August!"  

Keen to include bands from less obvious parts of the world too, BLOODSTOCK is delighted to welcome back Egyptian death metallers, SCARAB, to the Sophie stage.  The band are currently recording their new album, ‘Martyrs Of The Storm’ so expect some new material at Catton Park this August! 

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit plan.  The payment scheme helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums.  Sign up in the ticket store before 28th Feb with an initial payment of £34.80.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. 

Get full info over at

Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday’s headliners MEGADETH, plus BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL and DECAPITATED.  Many more, including our Saturday headliner are still be announced!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK’s social media for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) from  Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT


Thanks to our friends at ElevenSeven Music we've got signed copies of the album to give away. Tune in to the Unchained Rock Show, Monday at 9pm on ARFM to find out how you could get hold of a copy of the superb 'UNDEN!ABLE'.

U.S based metal merchants HELLYEAH will be heading to UK shores for some headline dates in April very soon hot on the heels after their European dates with KORN.

HELLYEAH latest release  UNDEN!ALBE features 11 tracks that take off where it’s predecessor Blood For Blood. That album debuted at #1 Billboard Hard Rock Charts in June 2014 and which Revolver Magazine praised as being full of “punchy and vitriolic, unforgiving tracks”. Heavy with a purpose, the band is re-charged, sharpened up and ready to reclaim their rightful spot at the top of the rock charts. This description aptly describes the music fans have been waiting for.

The record also features a beyond the grave appearance from the late great Dimebag Darrel who's guitar can be ambitiously heard across the Phil Collins cover 'I Don't Care Anymore' 

UNDEN!ALBE was produced in Las Vegas at The Hideout Recording Studio by Kevin Churko (Papa Roach, Rob Zombie), and showcases everything that the band’s fans have come to know and love in a more focused, concise, and powerful sound with Churko co-writing all songs.

Check them out on tour in the UK on the following dates;

April 7th, Club Academy - Manchester

April 8th, The Garage - Glasgow

April 10th, Leeds University Stylus - Leeds

April 11th, Waterfront - Norwich

April 13th, o2 Academy Islington - London

April 14th, Thekla - Bristol

April 15th, Rock City - Nottingham

For more details

Slam Dunk Feb 2017

Hot on the heels of the Fearless Records sneak peak announcement earlier this week, they announce some more big guns for this years festival including NECK DEEP, MEMPHIS MAYFIRE, SET IT OFF, CITIZEN and TURNOVER. Add that to those announced earlier this week; I PREVAIL, ICE NINE KILLS and OCEANS ATE ALSAKA and its sure to be a memorable weekend.

SLAM DUNK Festival 2017 is taking place over the following dates




For more information and tickets visit

Download Feb 17

Yep! That's right...Download Festival 2017 has added over 45 more bands hitting the stages across Donington Park.

And here they are;

Touché Amoré, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Contortionist, Venom Prison, Grove Street Families, Holding Absence, She Must Burn, Wednesday 13, The Lounge Kittens, Casey, The La Fontaines, A Day To Remember, Steel Panther, Creeper, Sabaton, Hacktivist, Baroness, State Champs, Northlane, Kvelertak, Suicidal Tendencies, The Dillinger Escape Plan, As It Is, Trash Boat, Alestorm, The Devils Wears Prada, In Flames, Moses, Normandie, Moose Blood, The King Blues, Idles, Junior, Dead Label, Like A Storm, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Devilskin, Fizzy Blood, The Charm The Fury, Stone Broken, Brutai, I The Mighty, DEAD!, Bloody Youth, Red Sun Rising!

These will be joining already announced headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith; and they still haven't finished.

It's gonna be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Download Festival takes place between 9 – 11 June 2017.

For more information and tickets visit 

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KASABIAN announced as headline act for Reading and Leeds 2017.






Reading and Leeds announces Kasabian as the second headliners for this year’s Festivals, taking place on 25 – 27  August 2017 at Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, Leeds. Tickets are available here.

Here's another one hot on the heels to get the blood flowing. The mighty KORN are playing this years Reading and Leeds festival. Trail-blazing across Europe in 2017 and making a welcome return in summer to British shores to hit the stages at one of our premier festivals.

With their sixth studio album set for release this spring, rock juggernauts Kasabian stand as one of the biggest and  most beloved British bands of the 21st century. Their unmistakable modern-day rock & roll anthems have seen them reinvent themselves from the vintage classics of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, through to the electro-infused party starters of recent album 48:13. A band leading the charge in modern British rock - their UK Festival Exclusive performance at Reading & Leeds will mark an invigorating new chapter for a defining band of our time. Kasabian commented: “It’s been five years, and as a band we have come a long way since then. We’re looking forward to playing tunes from the new record and bringing the mosh pit to Reading & Leeds Festival!”

Melvin Benn commented: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Kasabian as the second headliner for Reading and Leeds 2017. It’s been five years since they played; I’m excited about what this memorable headline performance will bring. The Reading and Leeds line up is already shaping up to be one of the best yet, and I’m looking forward to revealing the third and final headliner soon.”

Two Door Cinema Club join the impressive line up for another vibrant performance at Reading and Leeds. Expect old favourites alongside new tracks from latest album Gameshow, as the Northern Irish trio smash yet another festival crowd on their way to indie immortality.

Two Door Cinema Club commented: "It's so good to be back at Reading and Leeds, it's always a highlight of our summer. Good to see so many guitar bands on the bill this year as well."

Aussie electro king Flume is set to touch down at Reading & Leeds this summer. Latest album Skin saw him branch into stunning collaborations with AlunaGeorge, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples and Beck amongst others. Expect a stellar production of the soundtrack to 2017 when one of the most in-demand producers in modern dance, Flume takes to the Reading & Leeds stage for a UK Festival Exclusive performance. 

No British DJ stands as iconic as Fatboy Slim. In the span of his 20 year career, he not only pioneered an entire revolution in British dance, but became the genre’s leading face and changed a generation in the process. From ‘The Rockafeller Skank’, through ‘Praise You’, ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and many more, Fatboy Slim’s first ever performance at Reading & Leeds this summer is guaranteed to leave festival-goers wanting to ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ for the entire weekend.

Following the success of his top ten album The Godfather, Wiley returns to Reading and Leeds in 2017. Widely acknowledged for laying the foundations for one of the most explosive and important genres of the 21st century, catch the godfather himself performing his art in its purest form.

Circa Waves will mark their unstoppable return with an appearance at this year’s festivals, bringing their hotly anticipated new album Different Creatures to life with the live presence that has catapulted them to sold-out shows across the globe.

Talking about playing Reading & Leeds this year, Circa Waves said: “We are SO made up to be playing Reading and Leeds again. We are so ready for the festival and can't wait to tear the stage up!”

Festival favourites and influential heroes of their genre, Jimmy Eat World are set to deliver their unrivalled catalogue of life-affirming classics to the Reading & Leeds crowd with a UK Festival Exclusive performance. Expect anthems  ‘The Middle’, ‘Sweetness’ and much more amongst hits from latest album Integrity Blues.

Aussie metalcore titans The Amity Affliction will make their way to Reading & Leeds this summer for a UK Festival 

Exclusive performance, bringing their unmistakable sound to new levels after a mammoth 12 months of touring around the globe. One of the most talked about post-hardcore bands of the moment, their debut appearance at Reading & Leeds will be a calling moment of a band in their element.

Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction says: "I can’t actually believe we’re going to be playing Reading and Leeds. What a wild dream we’re living in. After seeing insane photos of these festivals for my entire adult life and wishing I could just go as an attending music lover, it’s going to be an extremely special experience for me personally to be standing on those stages." 

After a mammoth 12 months of trail-blazing live moments with a growing legion of devoted fans, Rat Boy will be returning to Reading & Leeds in August. Sparking with a youthful rebellion that’s captivated a nation, his riotous performance is not to be missed this summer. 

These names join a stellar bill already confirmed for Reading & Leeds 2017, joining previously announced headliners 

Muse with Major Lazer, Bastille, At The Drive In, Architects, Tory Lanez, Glass Animals, Against The Current, Danny Brown, Andy C and While She Sleeps, for a weekend that brings the most exciting sounds and artists from across the musical spectrum, capturing a year in music like no other.


Kasabian | Two Door Cinema Club | Flume | Fatboy Slim | Wiley | Circa Waves | Jimmy Eat World | The Amity Affliction | Rat Boy


Muse | Major Lazer | Bastille | At The Drive In | Architects | Torey Lanez | Glass Animals | Against The Current | Danny Brown | Andy C | While She Sleeps

Tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2017 are on sale now

Instalment plan available now with an initial payment of £50 (Plus booking fee) 

Weekend Camping Tickets - £205 (Plus booking fee)

Early entry Pass - £20 

Campervan Pass - £75 

Seat of Luxury - £35 

Lockers - £20

Reading Car Park - £10 

Mobile Charging - £10

Heavy Scot final

HEAVY SCOTLAND are delighted to announce their complete line-up for their debut year with the addition of heavyweights WARBRINGER and EVIL INVADERS.

Held at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange between the 1st-2nd April, the two bands join the already hard hitting line-up that's set to make this the go-to Scottish metal festival in 2017.

Set to be the biggest and best new festival dedicated to all things dark, heavy, and vicious, Heavy Scotland is borne out of a love of metal. Aimed at supporting a famously dedicated metal scene but until now without a big festival, Heavy Scotland looks set to put Scotland on the map.

Full line-up:

Behemoth (UK/EIRE Exclusive)
Arch Enemy
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Blaze Bayley
Evil Invaders
Sodomized Cadaver
Shiraz Lane

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:57

Bloodstock Announce Second 2017 Headliner

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BLOODSTOCK is excited to kick off the New Year by announcing MEGADETH as their Sunday night headliner!

MEGADETH’s mainman, Dave Mustaine tells us “We kick off 2017 by announcing we'll be headlining Sunday night at Bloodstock, one of my favourite, purely metal, British festivals! Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer. See ya at Catton Park in August!"

MEGADETH were recently nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Metal Performance’ category for the title track of their current critically acclaimed ‘Dystopia’ album.

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit scheme! The payment plan helps ease the ‘big lump’ shock of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums. You can sign up in the ticket store at any time from now until 28th Feb, with an initial payment of £34.80 payable on sign-up. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. Get full details over at

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BLOODSTOCK wish you a Metal Christmas!

As we pelt into December, BLOODSTOCK HQ is getting some Christmas treats ready! As well as preparing the on-sale dates of VIP upgrades, the remainder of the VIP ticket allocation and this year’s deposit scheme, we’ve three more bands to announce for 2017!

Joining the BOA fray for the first time are SKINDRED. The boisterous Welsh crew mix a unique blend of reggae, punk and metal and are renowned for their live shows. If you’ve ever taken part in Evil Scarecrow’s epic ‘Crabulon’ before, get ready to join in with the Newport helicopter!
Also landing a main stage slot are Canadian thrash icons, ANNIHILATOR. Last year’s ‘Suicide Society’ album - the band’s fifteenth! - spawned tour dates around the globe, but rumour has it they’re heading back to the studio this month!
Rounding out today’s announcement are our crossover thrash buddies, MUNICIPAL WASTE! With last album ‘The Fatal Feast’ coming out four years ago, maybe BLOODSTOCK will get treated to a new tune or two?! Frontman Tony Foresta tells us “We are very excited to be finally returning to one of our favourite metal festivals - BLOODSTOCK! We’re looking forward to getting greasy with all of our UK fans!”
Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, plus BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, POSSESSED, HELL and DECAPITATED. Many more are still to be announced!

Early bird weekend camping tix are on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation quickly SOLD OUT! The remaining VIP allocation and a number of VIP upgrades (to accompany previously purchased early bird tickets) and will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as VIP is set to sell out even earlier in 2017. Also stay tuned for details of 2017’s ticket deposit scheme (payable over 5 instalments) in just a few weeks time!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT










Download Festival,the world’s premier rock and metal event has announced more than twenty of the world’s most electrifying bands in rock, pop punk, hardcore and metal. Also unveiled is the newly named third stage – The Avalanche Stage – with a punk, emo and post-hardcore edge, including headline performance from the previously announced Simple Plan and Sleeping With Sirens.The three day festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at

Joining headliners System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith for the ultimate rock event of the year are hard rock juggernauts Alter Bridge.Fresh from packing out London’s O2 Arena, and back with new album The Last Hero, Myles Kennedy and his crew will ensure the crowds are in for an unforgettable experience. The most ferocious live force to come out of Australia since AC/DC; Airbourne, will be delivering no frills rock ‘n’ roll with an intensity and energy that will tear up the Main Stage.

Treasured names in progressive metal and Download Festival favourites Opeth, will deliver a set laden with classics and tracks from this years’ anticipated album Sorceress. Clutch will be coming to Donington with riffs and impassioned lyrics aplenty, ready to deliver with intensity to the Download Festival crowd. Special guests and six-time Grammy nominated Ministry are bringing near to forty years of industrial metal wisdom, whilst heavy metal titans Mastodon return to Donington to prove why they’re the all-time greats of their genre. Joining them with new members and new album Trust No One will be kings of the circle pit DevilDriver.

It’ll be a warm welcome back to the hallowed grounds for Coheed and Cambria who are set to perform a prog-rock experience to remember, whilst rock ‘n’ roll super group The Dead Daisies bring some of the biggest rock veterans including members of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe together for a mighty performance.

Legendary pop punkers Sum 41 have been making crowds go wild with their infectious sound since the 90s. They’ll be taking Download by storm with anthems Fat Lip, In Too Deep and more. The Maryland rockers behind bonafide anthems including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Girls and Boys and I Just Wanna Live; Good Charlotte, will deliver a pop punk packed performance including tracks from this year’s long awaited album Youth Authority.

Making an exciting Download debut in 2017 are San Diego outfit Pierce The Veil who continue to bend the rules by blending punk beats and post hardcore riffs with screams, theatrics and huge choruses. Joining them on the Main Stage in another Download Festival first are the nu metal, djent rhythms of Issues.

With third stage headliners Sleeping With Sirens and Simple Plan already announced, the newly named Avalanche Stage will be the one-stop destination for the biggest and best names in pop punk, post hardcore and more. Celebrating 10 years since their game changing album Rise or Die Trying, Four Year Strong are set to leave their energetic mark on The Avalanche Stage, as will old-school Chicago based pop punk rockers Knuckle Puck.

Alt-punk influenced trio WAKRAT, led by Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave’s Tim Commerford will be making their Download Festival debut and are ready to unleash their brand new sound on Donington. UK cult band Basement are expected to lead The Avalanche Stage into grunge influenced harmonies with loved tracks from latest album Promise Everything.

The One Hundred are set to bring the noise and provide a meltdown set with their modern take on nu-metal, whilst Dallas heroes Crown The Empire will mesmerise the Download crowd with their unmistakable live noise. The haunting and atmospheric sounds of the up and coming Greywind and the exciting high-energy punk, hardcore and grime fuse of Astroid Boys makes The Avalanche Stage truly unmissable at Download 2017.

Coming to The Dogtooth Stage are thrash metal legends Exodus who will make an unforgettable impact as they hit British soil once again. Expect head-banging, moshing and fist-pumping aplenty. Joining them are Finnish metal sensations Lost Society as they lead the way for modern thrash and prepare to deliver a storming set. Wolverhampton two-piece God Damn have established themselves as forerunners of the UK’s hard rock scene and will join the stellar line up alongside hard rock US riff-wielders Red Fang.

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the 80s. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

For further information, please visit 

Download Festival 2017 Line Up


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