From our symphonic melo-pop-death metal correspondent …

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Spring?  It has sprung!  Well, it probably has somewhere in the world (the UK is presently shivering through the last snowy vestiges of a Winter which has long-since outstayed its welcome), so why not celebrate sunnier times ahead by enjoying the new, sophomore release from Swedish/Danish musical magpies, Amaranthe?

Pop diva hooks, growling harsh vocals, keyboards duking it out for riff-mungous supremacy, drums galloping along – Amaranthe’s sound is rather akin to a bizarre and distinctly pleasurable backstage mix-up at “A Song For Europe” with lots of genres colliding together and making for a pleasingly orthodox metalhead baiting mix of tunes.

For an example of the bonkers fare which awaits you if you pick up this record, why not try out the title track on the Tubes of You?

 

 

Van Halen? European Tour? Huh?

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Van Halen – live in Europe before your naked, steaming eyes and ears?

In news which clearly indicates the imminent arrival of quite cross, scythe-wielding, be-cloaked dudes on horseback, band front man and mile-a-minute gabber David Lee Roth has told US radio jocks Opie & Anthony that legendary rockers Van Halen intend to tour outside the US this year.

I’ll believe it when I see it.  It’s long been my contention that Eddie Van Halen lost his passport down the back of his sofa sometime in the nineties and couldn’t be bothered to get a new one – it’s a jovial notion vastly preferable to the idea that VH just don’t think that the rest of the world give a monkey’s for their music and that they’ll lose money on any global jaunt.

Festivals, Ed!  Festivals!