For a band with such a long history that have retained strong popularity 30 years on, it seems strange that Skid Row would be booked to play a venue as small as the London Underworld that evening. Any fan hoping to purchase a ticket on the door would have been severely disappointed with the gig long sold out. Perhaps it was the reputation of the first band, or maybe everyone was out to party that night as walking into the Underworld I was greeted to a packed out room, a rare sight on a school night. Read the rest of this entry »
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, will enter the studio next January to record the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting for the End to Come album. The band has released the following statement:
“There is no rest for the wicked as they say. KATAKLYSM has been full of inspiration and are in full determination mode lately; a rejuvenated band that is out to conquer the world with no sign of stopping! We’ve been secretly working hard on a monstrous new album, and will enter the studio next January to start tracking. The process will take three months to complete, with three different producers at the helm. Seasoned guitarist and longtime studio engineer J- F Dagenais will be tracking drums, guitars and bass, while traveling between Montreal and Texas. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono will be tracking vocals in Florida with producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process will be mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMONAMARTH).”
The pirate crew re back on this stop of their swashbuckling journey they are in Reading’s prime venue Sub 89, famed for their wench at the ready tunes that make you want to crack out a bottle of rum in an instant, have three valiant support acts for tonight’s debauchery. Rainbowdragoneyes, Red Rum and Lagerstein and of course the evenings head line act Alestorm.
Without further ado it’s time for some merriment, first up are Rainbowdragoneyes [4/5] who on paper might sound like am audio disaster, but in reality are surprisingly infectious. Opening up with a dance-chip-core sound, the corpse painted one man band is met with a crowd who look almost anxious about the lack of fellow musicians on stage. His sound is somewhere between the soundtrack of fighting dragons with majestic 8-bit trumpets, stomping dance beats and topped off with death metal growls.
It’s not long though before the slowly trickling in crowd start to enjoy the strange sound flavour before them. There is an aura of uncertainty around the frontman until he asks the crowd an obvious ice breaker “do you like video games” before proceeding with his 3D game boy antics.
With slices such as “the rift” which sounds like Nintendo dubstep and other notable wonders such as “Primordial ooze” which is not without some killer electronically created riffs. It would be fair to say that this band have a very old school sound to them, with childhood rekindling in every chord. A thoroughly enjoyable if not unexpected set from the American gamer.
Red Rum [3.5/5] are up next with a full band on board, it’s a visual re-adjustment for the crowd (which has filled out by quite a long way). With music that sits somewhere between Neoclassical Pirate Metal and fairy-tale land infused folk. The crowd lapped up the chance to interact with the band and show them their “claw/hook” instead of the traditional metal horns.
The six piece from the Midlands step up the pace with a heavy rendition of Lord of the Rings famed “Taking the hobbits to Isengard” among other delightful offerings that are as addictively danceable as they are drinkable too. It’s not long before the crowd are thrown by command into a tundra of excitement, whirling its way into a circle pit.
The bands bring with them rhythms that are drenched in a sound that is a combination of Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, and Eluviette influence.
It’s time to say bye to the plush pirates who needless to say may have felt a bit underdressed in compare to the crowd, which had finally filled out the venue completely and just in time for the gigs second to last act.
Lagerstein [4.5/5], the troupe who hail from Australian, have travelled across the seven seas to be here tonight. The outfit who are self-described as being formed in 2010 after a 12 Kings hangover and decided that there weren’t enough drinking bands out there so formed Lagerstein and did something about it!
The band don’t waste too much time with formalities as they get stuck in with the first guitar chords ringing out from band members “The Majestic Beast” and ” Neil Rummy Rackers”. They work in fruitful harmony and start off the bands musical journey packed with story- telling antics, which serve as the backdrop for the beer guzzling.
Highlights of the bands set included a swashbuckling cover of “I’m on boat” that gets everyone familiar with the lonely island masterpiece to sing along, after downing multiple beer bongs of course. Shared with one man band Rainbowdragoneyes and the evening’s headliners Alestorm it’s needless to say that the stage is pretty packed.
The excitement for Alestorm [4/5] has begun to boil as the band are about to kick off with an instrumental sea shanty followed by new found classic: “Walk the plank”. Which kicks off the “First annual Anglo-Irish pie rating festival 2014” according to the set list.
The ‘True Scottish Pirate Metal’ band were welcomed onstage by the packed out crowd. The band who are nearing the end of their nineteen day tour of the British Isles, most bands at this point would be faltering but the crew are roaring to go helped by a power punch of excitement in their bellies to add fire to the hearth.
Working their magic all over the intimate stage, Alestorm show their ability to play to a large and relatively small crowds. Displaying their calibre as musical geniuses and as theatrical master minds. With no stopping except for topping up the dosage of alcohol as the band continue onward on their high energy rampage.
The twenty strong set list has been one killer track after another, with the likes of “drink”, “Nancy the tavern wench”, “wooden leg” and of course the awesome “Wenches and Mead” .It’s fair to say that when final fun filled tracks “Captain Morgan’s revenge” and simply named “Rum” rung out the crowd wouldn’t have asked them to walk the plank in punishment.
The concert tonight has been a fine display of how an intimate stage can really bring out the most excitement in a crowd and the best in a band. Helped, naturally by lashings of beer, plenty of whirlpool worthy circle pits and more antics than a circus. It’s fair to say that Pirate fest 2014 in Reading has been a success.
The band’s latest release Sunset on the Golden age here
Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD have released a teaser for the brand new song ‘Beneath The Silt’, from their upcoming album Bloodstone & Diamonds, here.
The band’s Nuclear Blast debut will be released on November 07 (Europe) and November 10, 2014 (N. America/UK) on several physical and digital formats. Pre-order the CD, limited edition mediabook, box set, vinyl or the exclusive premiumMACHINE HEAD guitar edition via this link: http://bit.ly/MACHINE-HEAD-BD-NBE
Bloodstone & Diamonds was produced by Robb Flynn & Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE) and masterfully mixed byColin Richardson (CARCASS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with the legendary Andy Sneap (EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.
“Stagefright” by MOTÖRHEAD and “Showtime” by UFO will be released through SPV/Steamhammer for the first time on Blu-ray. Both are a “must have” for the fans!
“Stagefright” was recorded during a show at the Phillipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany on December 7, 2004. The set features 20 songs from the entire Motörhead history, including ‘Overkill’, ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Iron Fist’. This memorable occasion was shot with 23 high definition cameras under the direction of Sven Offen (Papa Roach, Heather Nova, Grönemeyer, Toten Hosen, among others). The late Gert Hof, famous not only for his work with Rammstein, was enlisted to take care of the show’s light design. The fans can also expect a lot of bonus material like making of, a fan special, testimonials, slide show, backstage rider and much more.
During the world tour for the album “You Are Here” UFO filmed a concert in May 2005 at the Pumpwerk Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Now “Showtime” will be released for the first time as Blu-ray incl. a fantastic acoustic session which was recorded at the Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany. More bonus material, like making of and history interviews, is also included and you can see the last performances with the band of Drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and Pete Way who had to leave the band due to health reasons soon after.
Both Blu-rays will be released in Germany on November 28th 2014, in Europe on December 1st 2014 and in the USA on January 20th 2015.
There will be more Blu-ray releases in 2015 including AXEL RUDI PELL and much more. Stay tuned for more info!
Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.
Category VI Releases Music Video for “Silence Befalls the Crowd”
St. John’s NL band Category VI is proud to announce the release of a very special music video for the song “Silence Befalls the Crowd”. Its message of hope is aimed at stopping the ignorance and stigma associated with issues of suicide, mental illness, addiction, and poverty, to inspire viewers to stand up and make a change. The song is taken from the bands debut self-released album FIREBORN.
Vocalist Amanda Marie comments, “I hope that this video will shed some light on the fact that in order to see change in our world we really need to reach out to the people that need help and not pretend that these issues do not exist. Ignorance, stigmatization, and lack of compassion are the reasons why a lot of times people end up falling through the cracks and not receiving proper medical treatment and supervision. We need to stand up for those who are afraid to speak, and for those who are tortured daily by emotional debilitating pain. Mental illness is just as important as every other disease or illness, and our thoughts and views on how we treat one another needs to change. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out and talk to someone, or if you know someone is hurting please show them you care. It’s really that simple folks.”
The video was directed by Amanda Marie with Assistant Director Justin Foley. Production and editing was done by the talented Ritche Perez who also did Category VI’s first music video for “Reborn“. Camera work was done by Mike Hynes, Ritche Perez, and Rodger Price.
w/Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators
Sept. 12th, 2014 Cape Fest, Sydney, NS Canada
Longtime Aerosmith fan here so when the opportunity arose to go see my favourite band for the second time I jumped at it. Granted after a few delays arrangements were made and I was on my way to see the bad boys of Boston once again. I was equally psyched to see Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators as I have never seen them live before AND The Conspirators featured a couple of fellow Canadians. I have seen drummer Brent Fitz play before and he is fantastic. I have never seen Todd “Dammit” Kerns live before and I have been listening to his music since “Ugly” by his old band Age Of Electric was a staple on Much Music. Seeing him play was a big part in the excitement of this trip.
Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album “Blackout” on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! “Blackout”, their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak…it is the band’s 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.
Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom.”Blackout” is the band’s most solid and rockin’ album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.
” ‘Blackout’ just flat out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history.” – Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio