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Live at Glasgow Garage 9/08/18

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VICE

We had the chance to help out Vice at the Rockfiend Birthday Bash,  and did them a bit of a photo shoot.

 Here are the photos that our snapper Mike did for them.

 MB Photos Scotland


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VICE 

'Pride'

Live at Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate 30/06/2018


VICE 

'Gluttony'

Live at Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate 30/06/2018


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BLACK MAJESTY

new album

Children Of the Abyss

Australia's Black Majesty are happy to announce that the band's new upcoming full length album is titled CHILDREN OF THE ABYSS. The new album will be released on September 21st via Pride and Joy Music.

The album art has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Masterplan, Edguy, Rage, Jorn Lande).

The new album will be available on cd and vinyl/lp.

Mixing and Mastering will once again be handled by Roland Grapow at Grapow’s Studio in Slovakia.

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CARMERIA

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VICE

Live at Red Wall Studios Bury

16.12.17

Tom Atkinson 

VICE

Live at Red Wall Studios Bury

16.12.17

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Connor Summers

VICE

Live at Red Wall Studios Bury

16.12.17

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IVAN L MOODY ​

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Live photos taken at SSE Hydro Glasgow 18th December 2017

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SCREAM: the essentials

SOiL

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 Tim King from SOiL

Metalfiend - How's your 2017 been going so far Tim?

Tim - Been going great. Very busy with my label Pavement Entertainment and all the SOiL stuff.

Metalfiend - After 20 years of Soil songs, how do you feel you could now grow into another (and ultimately the next) chapter? Do you see “Scream…..” as an opportunity to draw a line under the past? If so what does the future hold and do you foresee any kind of change in musical direction in that future?

Tim - Well in 20 years we have learned a great deal of things. Most of all survival. The music business is a tough and cruel business. For us to survive 20 years and still be here today is amazing. I never thought we’d last 5 years let alone 20! This collection is a celebration of that. It’s got our whole career wrapped up on one release. It was very fun to look back into all those older albums and put this together. It’s a celebration of the band and our fans! As for the future, 2018 will most likely see us working on a proper new material of some sort. We have a lot of touring to do to promote “SCREAM…” so it will be a while till we get back into a studio of any sort with new material.

Metalfiend -Where did the title for the new record come from? “The Essentials” is I guess, obvious, but SCREAM!!

Tim - I had the idea of the moth spitting out all the logos we’ve had over the course of our career. And I always wanted to call a “greatest hits” collection something other than “greatest hits”. I thought “the essential collection” would be cool. Then when the art came back, I thought of the “Scream” part of it. That and the fact that Ryan’s scream in the beginning of our biggest song “Halo” was something that people always talked about as a monumental “scream” is the music world. So it all blended together in my head and I came up with “SCREAM: The Essentials” and brought it to the guys and they liked it as well so we ran with it.

Metalfiend - Why did you feel it was time now for a greatest hits package?

Tim - 20 years is a big landmark for a band. 2 decades. So it was the perfect time to do it.

Metalfiend - What formats are going to be available?

Tim - Special digi-pak in 2 versions. A USA version and a European (rest of the world) version. Plus digitally naturally. The digital USA version has an alternate version of “Gimme Some Lovin” included as well.

Metalfiend - Why did you choose the cover (“Gimme Some Lovin”) to open the package with? 

Tim - It’s the current single,

Metalfiend - Sure, but any other reason?

Tim - It was about 3:00am and I couldn't sleep so I turned on the tv and the movie "The Blues Brothers" had just started. So of course I had to stay up till 5:30am and watch it. Once the "Bob's country bunker" scene came on and they start to play "Gimme Some Lovin" and had all the bottles thrown at them, I was like "This would be a bad ass song for SOiL to cover".

So I ran it by the rest of the guys and it fell together really quickly. Since the movie song had horns, female backing vocals, and keyboards we needed to figure out a way to pay homage but do it in our own way. So we replicated the horn section with guitar synth tracks. Put a more "metal" sounding keyboard track in the song, and brought in 2 female singers (fellow Pavement artists Lindy from Gabriel and the apocalypse, and Cristina from Oblivious Signal). They definitely brought the song to life and added a whole new dimension to the tune and the band.

The track just tied in perfectly with the fact that we were celebrating 20 years of SOiL, putting out a greatest hits album (SCREAM: The Essentials), the band is from Chicago and The Blues Brothers was filmed in and based around Chicago, and the police car in the movie was an old Mt Prospect police car and for 10 years we rehearsed in Mt Prospect. It was just too great of a tie in not to use.

So that's how the song was decided upon and how it became the first track on the new release and new single.

Metalfiend - What track from the album do you think most describes Soil?

Tim - “Halo” for sure. It is the song that gave us our careers. It was, and still is, our biggest song. Some magic just happened on that song and it translated to the public.

Metalfiend - You’re heading back to the UK for dates in February; how do you feel the crowd changes in different parts of the world, say US to UK, and UK to other territories?

Tim - UK and Europe are the best. When you make fans there they are fans for life. And I just feel that they value music and bands more than other parts of the world. They don’t care what is the “new thing”. If they love a band they love a band for life.

Metalfiend - Favourite place to play…?

Tim - UK hands down the best.

Metalfiend - Anywhere you still want to play you haven’t yet been to?

Tim - We for some reason never went to Japan. I want to play there very bad.

Metalfiend - I know you’re in the industry yourself, outside of the band. How do you feel the recording business has changed over the last few years?

Tim - It’s so tough for new bands now. And it’s so tough to sell music at all. Everyone streams music. I get it. I understand why. Plus it helps the environment with no paper and plastics being used. But the artists, labels, producers, and retailers, make little money off of it and it hurts everything. Instead of just making music and touring, bands have to have other sources of income and other jobs to help pay bills and live. That takes time away from focusing solely on writing and recording and playing music. So the quality suffers in some instances. Plus there are too many bands out there. It’s too easy for sub-par musicians to record and release music. Back in the day, you had to be good at your craft or you couldn’t do it. Now computers can make a terrible player sound good and that sucks!

FAN QUESTIONS NOW…..

Simon - How was it when Ryan quit the band for time out, eventually join Drowning Pool then returning to the band? Was it very natural or did you have to work at your friendships again?

Tim - It took a bit to regain trust all around and patch things up. It wasn’t the best break up the first time. There are reasons and people behind it that fuelled the fire but I won’t get into that.

What is most important is that now all of our friendships are the strongest they have ever been and we are a brotherhood again and stronger than ever!

 Metalfiend - Wayne from Static X was very close to the band at that time of course, and that’s reflected on this album, which is a great moment? Any others you’d really pick out for us?

Tim - I’d say 2001 to 2004 were the best times for the band. We had a mega hit record with “Scars” and then “redefine” did very well. There was plenty of money and promotion. We were on great tours and had brand new busses. It was an exciting time. It was so much fun. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. That and the UK tour we did in 2011 with Ryan back on vocals. It felt like the band was “Back” and it felt so right. I had goose bumps that entire tour because I was so happy to be back on stage with Ryan.

Metalfiend  - How instrumental was Clive Davis in promoting the band and getting your name out there back in the day?

Tim - He and the A&R man James Diener gave us our career. They are partially responsible for why we are still here today. It was a blessing being on j Records. Amazing times. And here we still are! Thank you Clive and James!!

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VICE

The First Chapter

Debut album from Manchester Metal Band

VICE

"The First Chapter"

A flawless album which is based on the concept of 'The Seven Deadly Sins'...  

'The First Chapter' is an album that will have you captivated with its powerful riffs from the onset.

Opening track 'Wrath' eases you in gently, then you are hit with a thunderous sound that will transport you into metal heaven.

This is an album filled with tracks to hair swirl to, including 'Lust'... 11 minutes of instrumental genius.

This is an amazing piece right down to its cover, with its stunning art work!

This band will leave you wanting more...

Looking forward to more from Vice!

VICE is

Tom Atkinson - Guitars, lead vocals

Aiden Lord - Guitars, backing vocals

Connor Summers - Drums, backing vocals

Track List:

I. Wrath

II. Gluttony

III. Pride

IV. Sloth

V. Lust

VI. Greed

VII. Envy

VIII. Web of Iniquity

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METALFIEND Interview with

Tom Atkinson from VICE 29th August 2017


Metalfiend - How is your 2017 going?

Tom - At the moment it's going exceptionally well, we've had some cracking gigs this year. Probably some of the highlights were Wildfire Festival, the turn out for that and the stage experience was phenomenal. After that SOS Festival, another great one bringing in the fans from all over the world.

Metalfiend  - How did the Wildfire experience go?

Tom - Our manager Billy Summers got talking to Dave Ritchie and he got us an absolutely fantastic slot...early evening. The tent was absolutely full! Everyone that was interested in the more heavy side of the weekend came to watch us!

Metalfiend - Without a doubt! We hadn't actually heard of you before, as soon as you came on stage we were hooked! We are really enjoying your album. It's good when something catches your attention unexpectedly.

Tom - That's really good to hear. Thank you.

Metalfiend - We will continue to pass the VICE word around.

Where are you guys from?

Tom - We are all kind of based around the Greater Manchester area, I'm from Bury which is North Manchester, Jack is originally from a place called Helmshore and Connor is from Accrington. Our stand in bass player Rick is from a band called 'Babylon Fire' he's based in the Manchester area as well.

Metalfiend - Is he still hired help at the moment?

Tom - Yeah, he's always been a really good friend of mine, going way back now, he helped originally when we first decided to get the line up back together, we had a bit of a long hiatus. We did the Headbangers Ball at the Rebellion Bar in Manchester and I kind of realised we had about four weeks until the gig and we were still without a bass player so he stepped in for that.

Metalfiend - Panic times!

Tom - Well yeah we like to keep things well planned when we can!

(Laughs)

Tom - Then due to line up changes we just said...Rick are you available?...he said absolutely! I think he's with us until the end of the year now.

Metalfiend - So have you got word out there that you are looking for a bass player?

Tom - Yeah we've got word out, we are just taking our time, we want to make sure we find the right person that we all gell with, and have all their commitments in the right place. We understand that people still have to work, but you just need the dedication...just find that missing piece you know.

Metalfiend   - It must be so difficult trying to bring a new member in that everyone is going to get on with.

Tom - Myself, Jack and Connor have known each other for many years now, so we've always gelled really well, even outside the kind of band scenario, we are always just really good friends, we can go out and have a drink with each other, we don't have to worry about anything.

Metalfiend - You have to get on in life, it's just like another family isn't it being in a band.

Tom - Bands go through the argument stage, we can have the biggest most heated debate you could even think of, but soon as we get out of that practice room we are all friends again.

Metalfiend - It tells you something and trying to get a fourth member into that won't be easy.

Where did the name come from?

Tom - This goes way back to the birth of VICE which was probably going back about eight years ago now, it was the original line up that I joined into with a few old friends, before we released any material or anything like that we were a covers band really. We started writing a few songs, I started writing riffs for "Wrath" it was originally the first song that came along with VICE, and one of the original members said what should the album be about? Where should we go with it? What do we wanna base it on? We kind of all decided on the 'Sins', so we started to write the lyrics to "Wrath" then "Greed" came along then "Envy" joined it and we kind of thought we've got the songs going on the context of The Seven Deadly Sins now, because they are obviously known as the Seven Vices it just flowed into VICE and that's where it came from. Writing the first album on the basis of a concept wasn't exactly giving ourselves an easy task, especially trying to write lyrics to songs like "Gluttony" it's hard to write a song about that kind of sin. It took so long to come out because we wanted to release the best material that we could at the time.

Metalfiend - Are you signed at the moment?

Tom - No we completely unsigned, we are doing it all off our own backs and done it independently.

Metalfiend - So I take you've all got day jobs? As well as being rockstars at the weekend.

Tom - Yeah, we have our diva moments when we go on stage.

(Laughs)

Metalfiend - Get rid of some anger.

Tom - You can take out the troubles of being stuck in a nine to five all week, you can go out and let your hair down so to speak.

Metalfiend - Where are the next shows that people can see VICE?

Tom - The next one... we are down in Norwich at the B2...30th September, after that we are coming back up to Mama Roux's in Birmingham the next day...1st October. Babylon Fire album launch is on 13th October in Rebellion Bar in Manchester. We've got a band called Kaine with us which is Rage Sadler, Saxon Davids and Stephen Ellis who is one of the best bass players in the uk at the moment, they are an absolutely phenomenal band.

Metalfiend - Any plans to come back to Scotland?

Tom - It's probably either going to be later on this year, maybe December time if we can slot it in, if not we are going to try and get up a lot earlier before Wildfire. We know that everyone starts saving up for Wildfire and they are not so interested in going out, so we are going to try and get up maybe April time.

Metalfiend - Is there talk of you playing Wildfire again?

Tom - I'm not sure yet, we need to have a chat with Dave Ritchie and see what the next stage is for stuff like that.

Metalfiend - It would be good to see you back on the stage, it is a really good festival. Very well run, it works well.

Tom - Definitely, everyone is so happy to be there. Even if we don't play next year we are thinking about coming up for the weekend anyway.

Metalfiend - If you need any help promoting shows you know where we are. That's not a problem to do.

Tom - Yeah definitely!

Metalfiend - Who's the main songwriter in the band?

Tom - It's mainly me. The kind of writing process that we have is I'll sit at home and move out a few riffs and see what I like, and before I know it I'll have the basic song structure, verse, chorus, verse, solo another solo probably another solo and then a solo and then an outdo...in the way that I write . I'll take that bare boned structure and I'll send it to Connor who then gives his opinion on what the drums are like, whether they should be changed, then I'll share it with the rest of the lads and we'll get it into the rehearsal room and we'll all jam it together and that's when it all comes into shape.

Metalfiend - Do you have new material ready for an upcoming album?

Tom - Yeah we've got about six tracks ready already! We've got about fifteen songs in the mix at the moment.

Metalfiend - Awesome! We just need to get a nice big management deal for you and signed.

Tom - Pretty much, yeah!

Metalfiend - We've never seen such a happy manager as Billy, he was just brilliant at Wildfire! He thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and it's great to see a manager enjoying a band he's working with.

Tom - He used to be a very big session drummer back in the day, so that's where the love of music has come from, music has always been a part of his life. Some of the stories he's told me when we've been on the road together...with his first wage he went and bought a cheap van and put all his drum kits into it then he told the company he was working for he had to go and play a gig, they wouldn't let him have the time off so he just quit on the spot and went and played the gig! He's always had that absolute love of music and never lets anything get in the way of it. And to have someone like that manage us it pushes me to work even harder, it pushes the whole band to be fair.

Metalfiend- You just saw the love that he had for the band, he enjoyed the show so much! An enjoyment to watch him as well as yourselves.

Tom - Definitely, he keeps us all going. We can all be having a bad day and he can make it all better. There's never any stress with him, he's very supportive, positive all the time.

Metalfiend - That's definitely one thing you need in a manger, as we said earlier life is not easy when you're trying to do your love for music but also having to work a job as well, it's not easy.

If fans are trying to get a hold of you where is the best place to get you?

Tom - At the moment because the website is still under construction the easiest place to keep in touch with us is the Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/vicemetaluk

Metalfiend - Thank you very much just now Tom for your time, hopefully speak to you very soon.

Tom - It's been an absolute pleasure.

'Greed' is the first official video release from 

'VICE'

Taken from the Debut album

'The first Chapter' based on the Seven Deadly Sins!

TITAN BREED

"Everytime" (Official Video)

NEW LOGOS HAVE ARRIVED

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