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Left For Red to support SKINDRED!

Left For Red have just been confirmed to open for the one and only Skindred on their 'Sound The Siren' UK tour at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton on Monday 7th November with The King Blues.

This is a huge honour and a big 'tick' off the bucket list for the band, as not only is the Wulfrun Hall a legendary venue in the Black Country but the mighty Skindred are flying the flag for the UK Rock/Metal scene at the moment in the UK and worldwide.

Ticket information will be coming soon but if you really cant wait visit the box office | 0870 320 7000 

Check out the latest music video for Utopia, taken from the 2015 album 'All Things Known And Buried'

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Eternal Fear will be ‘Killing Time’ in the UK February 2017

Swedish heavy rockers Eternal Fear will be returning to the UK shores once again in February 2016 with support from fellow Bearded Monkey Management & Promotions artists Left For Red.

The tour will be stopping in at London, Chester, Birmingham & Gloucester.

23rd - The Dev, London (With support from AffluenzA)
24th - The Live Rooms, Chester (Support to be announced)
25th - O2 Academy Birmingham (With Valous, Disarm Goliath, Master Charger & Rawkas)
26th - The Lower george inn, Gloucester (With Remnant)

The tour is supported by Midlands Metalheads | Vocalzone | Maximum Volume Music

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Obzidian reveal the ‘Obliteration Process’

“A touch of Sabbathy doom and a hint of death metal violence”  -Kerrang!

“progressive thrash with death metal in a blistering attack.... should WWIII start in earnest, then I think we may have found a suitable soundtrack” - Powerplay Magazine

Midlands based thrash metallers, Obzidian have unveiled the details of their brand new album ‘Obliteration process’ which is due for release on Monday 28th November.

Originating from the region which has heavy metal flowing through it’s veins with Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh & Black Sabbath being a few who come from the area. Obzidian having formed in 2001 have built up a large fan base and have toured up and down the country including supports with the likes of Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Crowbar & Ill Nino which earns them the title of being one of the UK’s finest thrash metal bands.

Since the band formed they have previously released 2 full length albums which have all had critical praise including praise from Kerrang!, Metal Hammer & Powerplay Magazine. Their first offering was the 2007 album ‘Damned Eternal’, which was released on Casket Records and in 2014 the band signed to Rocksector Records to release their outstanding second album ‘Concrete Psychosis’.

14087771_10209385346526825_459735610_oThe four piece are now set to release their third full length album, entitled ‘Obliteration Process’. This latest offering from Obzidian will be the band’s heaviest and most intricate album to date. Stacked with pounding drums, intense vocals & brutal riffery the album offers twelve heavy duty slabs of UK Thrash Metal at it’s finest.

Currently the single ‘Sins Here Are Purified’ gives you an idea of the level of musical bludgeoning you will receive from ‘Obliteration Process’.

The Obliteration Process artwork was designed by the award winning Very Metal Art. Obzidian are currently putting together their busiest tour schedule for the rest of 2016 including some big festival slots. Watch out for savage thrashers as they bring the party to a town or city near you!

- Obzidian release ‘Obliteration Process’,  Monday 28th November via all online stores.

- Obzidian have pre-orders available from their website

Catch Obzidian on the road in 2016:

18th September - The Rainbow, Birmingham
24th September - The Retro Bar, Manchester
20th October - The Swan, Stone
29th October - O2 Academy, Birmingham
9th December - Bantam, Northampton
17th December - The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
18th December - Grand Central, Manchester

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Bearded Monkey unleash new recruits!

Bearded Monkey are proud to announce that they have signed sludge lords WARCRAB from Plymouth & Thrash metal legends Obzidian from Wolverhampton to their ranks, which already consists of Left For Red, Vicious Nature & Eternal Fear.

Bearded Monkey was established in 2014 as a promotion company in the Birmingham area, running nights at The Flapper amongst other venues. In 2015 when Bearded Monkey signed Left For Red & Eternal Fear to the company, they branched out into PR, Bookings & Consultation.

"Bearded Monkey started as a way that I could book Left For Red's gigs without the need for a middle man, it has now grown into a way that I can now help bands & individuals get themselves heard. I have been aware of Obzidian & Warcrab for several years now and I have always been a fan of their music and live shows. I feel with the recent additions to Bearded Monkey it will help push Bearded Monkey & the bands involved to the next level. " - Dan Carter - Bearded Monkey Management CEO

Obzidian - Stafford/Wolverhampton - Thrash Metal


Obzidian - The Legacy Has Failed

Warcrab - Plymouth - Sonic Death / Sludge



Warcrab - Lay All To Waste

Bearded Monkey would like to also welcome you to our brand new website Visit regularly in order to keep up to date with everything that is going on with our bands.

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Vicious Nature release new DVD ‘EX CINERIBUS’

On 25th June 2016, Vicious Nature released their brand new DVD ‘Ex Cineribus’.The DVD contains a mixture of music videos, live footage, interviews plus many more features.

Drummer JB explains: “The title of the DVD, Ex Cineribus means ‘from the ashes’….which is significant due to Vicious Nature being a project formed from the ashes of Marshall Law, Cloven Hoof and Cerebral Fix.”

Track listing for the DVD is as follows:

Fight For Your Life
Killing Me
Dragging Us Under
The Silence That Kills

Vicious Nature are:
Andy Southwell – Guitar (ex Marshall Law)
Mark Culley – Bass (ex Cerebral Fix, Drown)
Andy Pyke – Vocals (ex Marshall Law)
Jon “JB” Brown – Drums (ex Cloven Hoof)

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Vicious Nature confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2016!

We are thrilled to announce that Vicious Nature will be joining the already incredible line up at this years Bloodstock Open Air 2016. They will performing on the Jägermeister Stage on Saturday 13th August.

Bloodstock takes place on August 11-14 at Catton Park in Derbyshire and tickets are available now!

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Eternal Fear – Raise an ‘Army From Hell’


EternalFear Sweden have just released their fifth official music video for the new single 'Army From Hell' taken from the 2013 album Eternal Damnation.

"The song is about a sergeant who conjures up his own army of demons and monsters, we recorded the video ourselves using a green screen as we wanted to test out some equipment we are really pleased with how it came out." - Mattias Thomasen, the band's guitarist

The Swedish band are currently in the studio in their hometown of Karlskoga writing and recording the follow up record which is currently untitled and the first with their new bass player Torbjörn Brogren. The band will be releasing teasers for this later on in 2016.

Hear more from Eternal Damnation:

Eternal Fear are looking to tour the UK once again after 5 successful tours already in the bag, the latest being their 20th Anniversary tour. The bands next tour will be to celebrate the release of their new album.

For more information on the band, visit

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Wolves M2TM Final


So, to sum up Friday night and the M2TM competition... 5 incredible bands battled it out to play on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2016. From personal experience, playing BOA is a fantastic opportunity for any band and is well worth putting in the hard work and effort involved. Not only that, but we set up a bundle of great prizes for the winning band, to help them on their journey to Bloodstock.

Anyway, the stage was set and the bands were all raring to go......all the organisers were feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement, as a promoter for M2TM you see bands progress over such a short see this makes it all worth it.


Each band played a blinding set - 30 minutes sometimes doesn't seem like long enough to get "your point" across, but every band gave it their absolute all. What was great to see was a full room for EVERY band that played - the support this year from fans/family and friends of the scene has been beyond what we expected...but...the less said about some fans/family the better! Moving on!

Slaughter Horse

We did not envy Simon Hall at all - his job in judging can't have been easy as every band honestly deserved their place on that stage. Husk set the bar so high from the start, but Slaughter Horse, Pilla, A Born Disaster and Ronin all stood up to the challenge and it was extremely hard to pick a winner! But, pick a winner Mr Hall did, and Husk are very worthy. Good job Simon!

The night was finished off with a stunning performance from 2015 Wolves M2TM winners XVII, proving why they deserved their spot on BOA last year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people personally....

Firstly, thanks as always to Matt & Nicola from Mayhem Promotions, good luck next year....have fun at Bloodstock!

Simon, pleasure as always mate and thanks for trusting us with your baby once again!

Wendy, Brett & the crew at The Giffard....thank you for your hospitality and for being excellent hosts for the heats/semis of the competition. Also big thanks to Kieron and Alex for giving your time every week to help judge, its a big commitment and we really appreciate it....hope you all enjoy the bottle of booze!

Tice & all the staff at Wolves Civic, excellent job as always!

PMT Birmingham for the loan of the equipment & the donations.

All our sponsors who helped or donated prizes....Fatangel Management, Very Metal Art, Robannas Studios, PMT Birmingham, TBFM & Smashmouth Metal

Tim & Kristina from Heavy Harlequin & Schattenrand for taking fantastic photographs and video footage...can't wait to see it all!


A Born Disaster

Tim & Kristina from Heavy Harlequin & Schattenrand for taking fantastic photographs and video footage...can't wait to see it all!

Hils for the further advice & support, Alex & Phil Caldicott for the loan of their van and also their time & my LFR brother LC for helping me lug the equipment from one venue to another.

As some of you may be aware, this could well be Bearded Monkey's last turn on the M2TM merry go round...we'll be slightly busy soon once our little bearded (or not bearded) monkey pops out! There's a hell of a lot of time, effort and hard work that goes into the planning and running of all these events, but, nights like Friday night make it all worthwhile.

Congratulations to Husk! and great job by all of the finalists Slaughter Horse, Pilla, A Born Disaster & Ronin check them all out!

Dan & Claire

Bearded Monkey Management & Promotions


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