Reunions, Finales and Debuts all set for Slam Dunk 2017 with latest line up

If you thought the reasons to not miss Slam Dunk Festival 2017 weren’t already piling up then pay attention because it’s about to sway further in that direction. The Slam Dunk crew have announced that joining the already special line up of anniversary performances from Enter Shikari and debut Slam Dunk performances from Bowling For Soup are Essex rockers We Are The Ocean who have played the most Slam Dunk stages in history and will be playing them once more as some of their final ever shows, Deaf Havana have also been added to this years line up and will see their return to the Slam Dunk events for the first time in 4 years.

Frank Iero and the Patience will be performing this year alongside fellow debut ‘Slam Dunkers’  Arizona boys The Maine, Metalcore legends Stray From The Path and US Indie rockers Sorority Noise to really give a fresh mix up to this years extensive and board line up. These announcements come after the organisers recently let festival goers know that Zebrahead will be making their 4th appearance at Slam Dunk, this time on the Fireball UK stage and the huge news that emo legends Madina Lake will be returning to the UK for a reunion tour that includes all three Slam Dunk dates.

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 will take place throughout May starting with the 27th in Birmingham at the NEC, 28th in Leeds at the First Direct Arena, and 29th in Hatfield at The Forum.

Tickets are on sale right now and are available here, be quick though because we can’t see them staying that way for long after these recent line up announcements.

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Download Festival announce first wave of bands including System of a Down

The Donington based Festival returns for 2017 with a bang having just announced that System of a Down will take the stage on the Friday Night. It will be the third time the band play Download Festival and joining them are some other pretty big names including Aerosmith, Biffy Clyro, Five Finger Death Punch and for the first time in the UK, the supergroup on the lips of rock fans, Prophets of Rage.

The festival will take place on June 9th, 10th and 11th and tickets will be on general sale at 10am on November 4th after the initial Pre Sale sold out.

Check out the current confirmed line up below;

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Also, check out our special episode of the Queue & A at Download 2015

 

Avenged Sevenfold release awesome puppet show themed video for “The Stage”

The metalcore icons have released their latest music video for “The Stage” and it is awesome. The eerily shot intro of the video features punters attending and old fashioned puppet show in what looks like an A7X themed circus tent. The puppet show is called the “Professor Batz Fantastical History of the World” and depicts world wars, witch hunting, powerful monarchy and beheading. Thankfully, they’re just puppets this time round! The video hits a nice twist towards the end. Check it out below:

Avenged Sevenfold haven’t released anything since 2013 and this new song is an indication of the direction the band are going in. A deep song with a fascinating video to go with it, we are looking forward to what the year ahead brings us from the boys.

You can catch the band on tour in Europe on the following dates:

Oct 23: Sacramento Discovery Park, CA
Jan 10: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jan 12: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Jan 13: Birmingham Genting Arena
Jan 15: Sheffield Arena
Jan 16: Manchester Arena
Jan 18: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Jan 19: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Jan 21: London O2 Arena
Jan 22: London O2 Arena
Feb 12: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Feb 13: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany
Feb 15: Berlin Arena, Germany
Feb 16: Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Germany
Feb 18: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Feb 20: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Feb 21: Milan Forum, Italy
Feb 23: Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Austria
Feb 25: Munich Zenith, Germany
Feb 26: Zurich Halle 622, Austria
Feb 28: Lille Zenith Arena, France
Mar 01: Luxembourg Rockhal, Luxembourg
Mar 02: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
Mar 04: Copenhagen Valby Hallen, Denmark
Mar 07: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Mar 09: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Mar 10: Oslo Telenor, Norway

 

VIDEO: Download Festival (Queue & A)

 

Rebellious Noise give Download Festival goers a “Queue & A“. We talk about the their favourite moments, adapting to the rain, festival food and much more!

This episode of the Queue & A was recorded at Download Festival 2015.

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In-Fest 5 photos now online

After a great night at In-Fest 5 with some amazing performances we are happy bring you the pictures from some of those capturing the night. You can find the official album via the Rebellious Noise facebook page here. Photos are from Captured by Corinne and Alastair Hall Photography.

The official RN facebook also shared the following about the event: A big thank you from the RN team to all at came down to In-Fest 5 and (w)reckless last night. We saw great performances from the bands and hen from you on the dance floor! Updates on what’s next soon

We will also be adding exclusive interviews with some of the bands from In-Fest 5 very soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

VIDEO: In-Fest 5 & (w)reckless – Dingwalls, Camden (Tues Sept 8th)

In-Fest 5: Live Bands/Alternative Marketplace/Drink Deals including Pints for £1.75/Double Mixers for £3 and more/Afterparty from (w)reckless. Entry £5, Afterparty £1. Dingwalls, Camden (Tues Sept 8th)
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(w)reckless announced as In-Fest 5 afterparty

It has been announced that (w)reckless will be the club night to host the official In-Fest 5 afterparty.

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The night already contains 6 Live bands including Deadly Circus Fire, In Search of Sun, Eva Plays Dead, Feral Sun, Far From History & Dirt, an ‘Alternative marketplace’, Giveaways and Drinks Deals which will continue into the night through (w)reckless as the drinks remain cheap including Pints of Carling for £1.75 and Double Mixers for £3…Hows that for getting wrecked?

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On top of that the club night will be giving away 4 tickets to the UK’s hottest new festival, Breakout Festival which includes Deaf Havana, We Are The Ocean, Martyr Defiled, TRC, The Qemists & Sikth.

In-Fest 5 tickets can be purchased here for just £5 and (w)reckless tickets here for just £1.

Arin Ilejay leaves Avenged Sevenfold

Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they are “moving forward” without Arin Ilejay. The official release comes from the bands website and states creative differences as the reason behind his departure. Arin has been the most consistent drummer in the band since the death of original member Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan in 2009. The band originally had Mike Portnoy as the replacement sticksman during touring dates in 2010 but his commitments to his other band Dream Theater meant that he would not stay in A7X. The departure of Arin has lead to many fans speculating whether or not this would lead to the return of Mike but the band have been hesitant to reveal too much stating that “While we can’t say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon”. The statement signed by the remaining band members hails Mike for his energy and drumming skills and proclaims love for him for helping them during “some very dark times”.

Could this spell a ‘Metallica like’ Cliff Burton scenario with A7X? Time will tell, but we at Rebellious Noise would like to wish Arin and the remaining members of Avenged Sevenfold the best in the future. Stay tuned for updates and check out the official statement below;

Hello Everyone –
We are writing this to inform you all that we will be moving forward without Arin IIejay as our drummer. Arin has been nothing but a positive energy and monster drummer for us over the past 4 years. We love the guy and always will. We are and will always be grateful to him for helping us to move forward through some very dark times. Creatively though, we felt we needed to move in a different direction. While we can’t say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon with the greatest fans in the world. As always we appreciate your understanding and unwavering support.

With Love –
Matt, Zack, Brian, Johnny

Ex-After The Burial Guitarist found dead weeks after posting ‘conspiracy’ filled statement

Justin Lowe, former guitarist of the metalcore band After The Burial has been found dead at the age of 32 after being reported missing a few days ago. The guitarist had been caught up in a whirlwind of news lately since he left the band citing conspiracies as the reason. Justin mentioned sabotage of his computer, sexual and drug allegation and the staging of his friends death. In one part of his statement he mentioned “I realize what I am saying will most likely start the conspiracy of the decade” and he went on to say “I realize what I have said could certainly spell the end of me, but it had to be said“.

The band posted a statement of their own shortly after citing mental health issues for the post Justin had made, saying “Justin is ill, and right now he needs more than ever to be shown that the world is not against him“. The bands statement also mentioned that soon after Justin had written his exit statement that he had gone missing for the rest of that day. Fast forward to just a few days ago and word got out that he had gone missing again and police were searching the area around his recently found car. Today updates have been emerging of another tragic step in this story with confirmation that Justin Lowe was found dead 3 days later underneath Arcola High Bridge connecting Minnesota and the town of Somerset. It has been reported that Foul play was not suspected and that it appears to have been caused by a fall.

We at Rebellious Noise would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends, family and fans that Justin as left behind.

The original post from Justin’s facebook about leaving the band is below;

My decision to leave After The Burial…
Where do I begin…

I’ve been set up guys by something more powerful than law enforcement, and it’s bad. S–t is about to hit the fan on an epic scale, and the only thing I can do now is tell you as much of my side while I still can. I’ve been removed as an administrator from the After The Burial band account, so I’m hoping this letter reaches as many people as possible. I’m going to start from the most recent and go backwards. As some of you may or may not know, After The Burial is currently recording at the Machine Shop in Belleville, NJ. Immediately upon entering, something wasn’t right. I thought, “maybe it’s just me” or maybe I’m just being paranoid for no reason. Then things got interesting. From the beginning, there was a kit set up to connect MacBook hard drives and duplicate them at the studio. Seems unusual, right?

The following day, there was a cup of coffee poured into my laptop, right in the perfect spot to destroy the mother board. OK, now how did that happen? I had a feeling my personal data was being or going to be compromised. They had the kitchen cleaned spotless and there was bad energy in the air. Energy doesn’t lie. Could something be planned? Saturday, June 6th, I was the last one awake. Or so I thought I was. I picked up the kitchen and threw bottles away and got ready for bed. However, a band that I will not name showed up in the middle of the night and they were not making themselves present. I knew this, because an open luggage bag had appeared in one of the control rooms that I noticed on my way to the studio bedroom. I woke up early on Sunday, June 7th and peeked my head out, to find that the kitchen was being set up with an empty bottle of whiskey, a MacBook belonging to someone named Andreas, a tiny plastic baggy with residue, and 2 bottles of Heineken that had been removed from the trash; one of them filled half way with water. At this point, I firmly believe that something is very, very wrong.

My body is telling me to get the f–k out now. Coincidentally, I had been asked by multiple people including one of my closest ‘friends” in the recent past asking me about MacBooks, iMacs, how to finance them, etc. I have also been asked to put water into empty beer or liquor bottles in the past. I’m starting to connect the dots. Now, I am going to switch gears, but this is my conclusion. The record label, our manager, band, and who knows who else, sent me out to to make the record knowing fully well that I would be robbed of my data, and would be dealt physical harm. They planned to film it. Anyway, what I’m about to say next, is going to take this situation to a completely different level. The next thing I’m being set up for is going to be very disturbing, but I believe it is true. When I was young, I was a victim of sexual abuse. It’s one thing in my life that I would give anything to undo. Here’s some advice, if you have been or are being abused, do something about it RIGHT NOW.

Get help, tell people, report it, get therapy, and do not put this off. I however, did not get help. I instead handled it myself, I was embarrassed. This is not an easy topic of conversation by any means. Now, with that being said, I have never EVER had any inappropriate thoughts about children. Why am I saying this? Because about a month or so ago, while he didn’t know I was looking right at him, I WATCHED Trent Hafdahl tell our mutual friend’s daughter to tell her dad that I was being “naughty”. OK, I’m going to stop and let that sink in for a second. Why on earth, would ANYONE say something like that? Well, he’s trying to set me up. Not just for this, either. I’ve been encouraged by people close to me to post pictures of my nephew who I love, he’s my nephew. But after connecting more dots, I can see how this may look from a different perspective, in a gross, very inappropriate way.

In an effort to keep this letter as short as possible, I will not speak any further about this topic at this time. Now, to something very, very serious. As serious as almost anything can get. Last fall, I lost one of the closest people to me in a suicide. Or so I had thought. My body just couldn’t put the pieces of the puzzle together. No gravestone? Was he cremated? Or buried? I was hearing different stories. How could, the person I spend literally the most time with, just decide to take his own life out of nowhere, without letting anyone know? I was confused. It was one of the most difficult times I have ever experienced. Now, what I’m about to say, will either probably save my life or kill me, but I have to say it. He is still alive, he’s been living at his cabin. His death was staged, to set me up to be put away forever for something I absolutely did not do.

Now, this is starting to get absolutely beyond insane, right? This had to be planned months in advance, who knows. But this is what I do know for a fact. I carried the key to his house on my keyring for YEARS, he said I was always welcome if I ever needed a place to crash. He’s that kind of guy, genuine, always there for you no matter what. But, this is where it starts to get strange, towards the end of summer, I stopped by his place. The key didn’t work. What? Why? I never took the key off for any reason. Had someone replaced the key? I didn’t think anything of it at the time, just noticed that it was something very odd. Anyway, the Friday night before he “took his own life”, I was with Trent Hafdahl. Now, get ready. Him and I had been drinking a bit, he was pretty intoxicated. He took out a slab of bison jerky, and sliced the side of his finger badly. To get blood on my shorts? I absolutely believe this. (The shorts from Forever 21 have now vanished.) Unfortunately, it took me a long time to put these pieces of this “puzzle” together, but better late than never. Of course, I retraced my footprints from that night, to figure out where I was and if there would have been anything I could have done to save him. I was working on music pretty late, and on Face-Time with my girlfriend.

That night, she was very investigative. Now that I look back, I realize that literally everyone in my life was in on it. She made sure she knew exactly where I was going, and even asked my if I used my card when I was out. That night, she made sure she knew I was somewhere that would put me right by his house. She then relayed this information and voila, his “suicide” happened. I realize what I am saying will most likely start the conspiracy of the decade, but I don’t care. I’m still alive to tell you this so I’m going to continue. Why was I not even interviewed once by law enforcement? I had just been with him 2 nights prior? Very, very strange indeed. Now, months later, my own mother came to me and said, “I found this key.” I knew it was the key to his house. What? How? Unfortunately, it took me a long time to connect the dots here. But it makes perfect sense.

The night the “suicide” happened, I went to get sushi, get gas, and get a big gulp. Got home, got back to work on a new song idea. The next evening, I got a call from his brother giving me the news. I did realize that I was in the area at that time they said it had happened, but didn’t realize that I was being set up. I realize that since law enforcement is also in on this, so this will be an impossible battle for me and I most likely do not stand a chance. Writing about this is my only option now, so I will continue to do so. Now, this is going to continue to get more and more insane and disturbing. Back in 2012, while he didn’t realize I was looking in my bedroom, Trent Hafdahl was messing with a semen encrusted t-shirt that was under my bed.

Wait, what? Why would he want a sample of my semen? The plot thickens drastically. What is his motive? Well, there has to be one. OK, now, I’m going to jump back to Wolves Within. The record took a very, very long time. Why? Well, the way it appears is that it was me that was holding the process up. It was getting ridiculous, I was pleading with the band and begging for help, to no avail. What could be happening here? Nobody wants to make this record? I knew I was getting fucked over, but I didn’t want to give up. I wanted to see what happened if I didn’t give up. Truth is, we had “A Wolf Amongst Ravens” done and ready to be released in 2012, the record label refused to release the track. Something was very, very wrong here. After a long battle to finish the album, I had prepared the totally unmixed Pro Tools sessions of all the songs

Nobody would mix it. This is a major bummer. After all this hard work, nobody to mix. Unreal. How could this be? As if things weren’t bad enough, we had tours booked right in the middle of the album, which could have been finished months ago had we all actually worked. Hindsight, I realize things were already very, very bad. After bringing up the current status of our album during a heated conversation in Toronto, Trent’s exact words to me, ‘Who are they going to believe, me, or you?” OK. Now, to jump to something totally different. Some years ago, somebody I know and was close to (His name is Eric Lovold) had their studio robbed completely. I know absolutely about it, but I know who does, he does. I’m starting to realize how far back this set up really goes. After connecting more dots, I realized, he was texting me at the exact moment that the robbery took place.

Why would he text me of all people during a time like that? Everyone is working together. These “friends” of mine are all in on it. I have reason to believe that every single key on my keychain has been duplicated. (House, studio, car, etc.) Recently, I was presented with my old FOB that had been mysteriously “put through the wash” after years of me never seeing it. Now, to jump to the present day. Recently, I was hospitalized. Not knowing how or why I was finding myself in this situation literally driving me crazy. I stayed up for days trying to figure this out. First, I was placed with a roommate that exactly resembled the person I was abused by as a child.

They had him shaking his feet just like I do, the whole nine yards. I was delivered pictures of my little nephew to the hospital as well that I did not ask for. The combination of “vitamins” I was provided with was destroying my train of thought. I quickly figured this out when I found myself starring at a food menu for 3 minutes without making a single selection. I noticed that the packets of my medication had been tampered with before opening. One of the pills I was being given, Hydroxyzine, I was familiar with, and it did not have the effects I was used to.

I was given what I was told was a nerve calming pill, but it was actually a laxative put into the yellow 215 container to see if I would take a loud shit in the bathroom with my roommate there or try to cover up the sound. This is how big this thing is. Here is one thing to consider. Why would I not be apprehended immediately or interviewed by police or anything at all? I was hospitalized so that any chance of being taken seriously by a judge or jury would be would be quickly discredited. I have a feeling that this goes back further and further, maybe even to my birth and/or childhood. Scored a perfect 10 on the Akbar, and have had no problem figuring out how to read, play music, learn anything.

Someone or something is afraid of me becoming too powerful. Some of my past girlfriends all have fathers who are very, very wealthy. I mean VERY wealthy. Coincidence? These are all dots I have connected and I do realize how deep this is. I have a feeling there will be a lot more coming that I have yet to figure out. I realize what I have said could certainly spell the end for me, but it had to be said. In the words of Shawn Keith, “you have to speak your mind.”

 

 

Killswitch Engage’s Adam D. Win’s The Price is Right (SERIOUSLY!)

Stay at home Americans watching Day-Time Television and tuning into The Price is Right would have seen a familiar lanky dude standing beside Drew Carey. Well that was Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage, and he fared extremely well. Not only did he make it to the end, he actually WON!

It seems Killswitch Engage are ready for a busy 2015 as it’s been reported that they will be demoing new music in the coming months and it seems that while vocalist Jesse Leach is working on a spoken word tour, other members of the outfit are keeping busy winning big prizes on TV. It would appear that Rock stars like Game shows too.

We have the links to the videos of Adam winning, and you can view them here!

Killswitch Engage’s Adam D winning Price is Right (Video 1 of 2)

Killswitch Engage’s Adam D winning Price is Right (Video 2 of 2)