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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

INTERVIEW: Part two of our interview with Cormac and Paul from The Answer

THIS is part two of our interview with The Answer. (Watch Part One Here).

This was recorded at The Answer's County Down studio. Recording was by Darren and Zakk; production assistant was Tina.


Monday, May 02, 2016

LIVE REVIEW: Finland brings the party to Belfast in a folk metal fest courtesy of Moonsorrow and Korpiklaani

LET'S face it the words folk and metal should not, in a sane universe, be used in the same dimension let alone in the same sentence. Folk - that's earnest men in aran sweaters with acoustic guitars and weird English accents. Metal - well that's us.

Add in a liberal dose of 'Finland' and nothing would have made sense of this to the progenitors of heavy metal and fans of metal in the 70s and 80s.

But, when those of that vintage stumble upon this alternate dimension there is nothing else to do, but smile, raise a glass and join in the fun.

Fun is such a small word, and when Moonsorrow and Korpilaani roll into Belfast on the latest leg of their Finnish Folk Metal Mafia tour fun grows from just three letters to a Sunday night Limelight2 full on party as smiles and cheers mingle amidst a swirl of the most positive emotions.

Moonsorrow take to the stage first and it is fair to say that ahead of the event many of the audience would not be as familiar with their material, but within a few chords there was no doubt that they won over many new fans.

Despite being self-avowed pagan metallers the synth lines add the folk elements above the all-out aural attack. Latest release 'Jumalten Aika' features throughout the set. Eight plus songs over 90 minutes might seem like overlong songs, but not one seems like too much.

Ville is a commanding front man, and the entire band provide their own coherent contribution to the set, including some witty to and fro with the audience.

As they conclude with the chug and roll of 'Sankaritarina' there is a clear sense of welcome from the crowd to the band. Pagan, black, folk, battle metal, or whatever it is simply great.

As to Korpiklaani, this is their second Belfast show in less than 18 months, and as they are about to take to the stage there is a sense of anticipation. In their previous incarnation, the band like Moonsorrow used synth sounds. Now, the accordion and electric fiddle not only give the band different tones, but provide three-dimensional visual elements to compliment Jonne as the focal point.

Songs come fast at the audience, prompting joy amongst those fortunate to be in attendance. Despite the fact that many of the songs are in their native Finnish, the crowd is familiar with the tracks, and the energy from the stage translates into unprompted cheers, movement and some of the weirder dances ever seen in Belfast's Ormeau Avenue.

It is a pure party and, of course, alcohol features in the closing trio of songs that see the audience joining in with (slightly slurred) vigour. 'Wooden Pints', Vodka' and 'Beer Beer' are the perfect conclusion.

Folk metal? Who cares what it means, or does not mean. We stepped into the parallel universe, took the red pill, slipped down the rabbit hole and found it was fun.

Review by Jonny
Pics by Darren
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LIVE REVIEW: All the groove as Corrosion of Conformity land in Belfast again with local heroes Zlatanera

IT seems they like it in Belfast, because Corrosion of Conformity rolled up on Sunday May 1st for the second time in the city in less than a year. And, they delivered a set as if they were young pups rather than seasoned, tried and tested NOLA veterans.

In a lesson that could be learned by many a band the members of Corrosion of Conformity mingle with the audience before doors, sip pints and have their pictures taken. Simple courtesy to the fans and good manners.

Before they bring their southern groove Satan was in the house, as Zlatanera bring their devilish sound to a venue that was filling up for Sunday's service at the Church of Metal. They are a band that has been building and growing at a steady rate; sure-footed and wily as a serpent instilled with metal blood.

The collective experience in other bands have been telling as they have emerged from the local pack. The excellent 'Legerdemain' album is the cumulative song writing that encapsulates everything the band have been striving for, but live the tracks develop their own intensity.

Despite being cramped on stage this was one of Zlatanera's best sets to date. There is a sense of purpose, a clear sighted vision of what they want to achieve, as tracks such as 'Idle Hand Sataniser' and 'Holy Man's Crook' have the live breath that many try and fail to achieve.

Sure, some of the backing tracks used to introduce tracks may seem a little silly to those without a sense of humour, but they are carefully deployed and are well observed by the audience.

Big things await Zlatanera.

And, big is a good way to describe Corrosion of Conformity's sound. As was the case in June 2015 they have a fuck off, honestly ear busting grooves, no doubt aided by an old school big back line. Digital compression, overly complicated pre-amps? Nah, stick a big stack up there, plug in and play.

Foundations rumbled, the crowd roared and CoC played. Pepper and Woody wield their axes with deceptive ease, while Mike and Reid anchor everything together.

With a set list that includes most fans it is almost impossible to credit one track over another.

'Wiseblood', 'Stonebreaker', and 'Vote With A Bullet' are worthy of mentions in dispatches, but in truth all the songs stand as equals in this set.

And, it is a sign of the class of the band that rather than the usual schtick of going off stage expecting the crowd to bay for an encore they dander off with Pepper saying they're taking five minutes to have a beer and relax before the final set of songs.

In a world beset by bands bigger than their own boots, with mouths bigger than their talents Corrosion understand the simple things. Their job is to play music, and they do it well. They don't think that they are anything different from the fans who come to their shows.

Which makes the adoration they receive all the more understandable.

Review by Jonny
Pictures by Darren
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Sunday, May 01, 2016

INTERVIEW: The Answer from the studio as they get ready for touring, 10th anniversary of Rise, festivals and a new album

THE Answer are about to embark on a massive summer. It's the 10th anniversary of début album Rise, which they are re-issuing with re-mastered tracks, work is almost done on their forthcoming release.

Add into all that and the band are getting set for a mini-UK tour, that will see them play Rise in full, and culminating in a Belfast date at the Limelight on June 3rd.

After that they'll be hitting festival dates, including Ramblin Man Fair.

We ventured down to The Answer's County Down studio to catch up with Cormac and Paul to reflect on these. Interview below.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

INTERVIEW: Jarkko from Korpiklaani

LAST week we caught up with Korpiklaani, and Jarkko told us a little bit about the band as it is now:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

COMIN' ATCHA: Dead Daisies make Belfast return in July

Austrailian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daisies, will play Belfast once again in a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday July 21st, with planned support from Inglorious.

Here's the blurb:

Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s hard rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible equal parts of The Faces, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks.

With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans across the globe are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll! Tickets go on sale Friday April 15th at 9am from www.limelightbelfast.com, www.ticketmaster.ie Katys Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300

Since exploding onto the scene in early 2013, The Dead Daisies have taken the Classic Rock world by storm, releasing two albums to date & touring with the biggest names in rock including: ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Judas Priest, KISS, Whitesnake and Def Leppard. 2015 was a banner year that saw the band playing to over 300,000 people around the world in support of their second album "Revolución", make a historic visit to Cuba, join the line-up for some of the biggest European Rock Festivals including Download; Graspop, tour around the globe with Whitesnake and KISS as well as play a sold out triumphant headline show in Paris. The band then returned to the UK for the first time in two years to play a series of headline sold out club shows, including the special guest slot at Planet Rock Stock in Wales.

The Dead Daisies feature in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet. The band has just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player. He completes a powerhouse line-up that features John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink)

The current incarnation of The Dead Daisies is part of musical collective created by a rotating line-up that have individually and collectively left their mark on the high-class brand of Rock & Roll the band is known for. This includes names such as Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers and Blow), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones, Sting), Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie) and many more.

The band recently signed an exclusive, global distribution deal with SPV Records and have begun recording their new studio album with mega-producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Buckcherry) in Nashville.

With the year having just started, The Dead Daisies are well underway to continue to rewrite the book on Classic Rock. With a killer new album in the works, massive touring being booked and fueled by their ever-growing fan base, the band is showing no signs of letting up.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well!!!

The Limelight 1, Belfast

Thursday 21st July 2016

Doors 7pm *EARLY SHOW*

Tickets £15 + Booking Fee

18+ Only

Monday, April 11, 2016

COMIN' ATCHA: NIckelback for Belfast

Multi-platinum selling rock band NICKELBACK are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016. Starting in Helsinki. Finland on 2nd September, with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers MONSTER TRUCK, they will be play Belfast on October 10th.

Feel free to shout, scream, complain etc at this point... hereafter follows the blurb.

The tour marks NICKELBACK’s tenth world tour and will see the band performing in 32 cities across Europe this autumn, including shows at both London’s O2 Arena and SSE Arena Wembley.

Nickleback have also confirmed they will play Dublin’s 3Arena on October 9th and The SSE Arena, Belfast on October 10th. Tickets for both Dublin and Belfast go on sale this Friday 15th April at 9.00am.

In addition to membership gifts, exclusive giveaways and content, individuals that join the fan club will have first access to tickets. For additional information on joining the fan club, visit www.nickelback.com.


NICKELBACK have cemented themselves as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past two decades. The group’s worldwide sales exceed 50 million units and their irresistible smash "How You Remind Me" remains Billboard’s "Top Rock Song of the Decade". Amongst all of these accolades, they’ve been crowned Billboard’s "Top Rock Group of the Decade" as well. Along the way, they’ve received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award. In their native Canada, the band have garnered 36 JUNO Award nominations of which 12 won in a variety of categories and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

NICKELBACK return to Europe with a high octane rock show, to put it in the words of singer Chad Kroeger: "Get ready Europe, we are bringing one hell of a loud party to our fans over there!"

Friday, April 01, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Artillery step it up on Penalty By Perception

WHEN Artillery released their last album 'Legions' it was clear that they were still a vibrant metal band, but come 2016 they have stepped their game up yet further on their latest release on Metal Blade 'Penalty By Perception'.

This is an album that not only deserves a place in the collection of all thrash fans, but deserves a wider audience beyond the realms of thrashers.

It is, however, more of a grower than an instant like. On first listen it comes across as another of the heritage thrash albums kicking around at the minute. But, if you persist there is a lot going on.

This is a nuanced release from the Danish veterans that gives back in spade loads with every listen of this 11-track monster.

While the guitar work of the Stutzer brothers has the trademark Artillery riffing what makes this album really rise is the rhythm work on each track. Josua Madsen (drums) and Peter Thorsland (bass) maintain a dynamic performance throughout, propelling the band, and allowing the Stutzers and singer Michael Bastholm Dahl to deliver to the highest levels.

The band grew up as contemporaries of the growth of thrash, and on 'Penalty By Perception' they take the template and give it a firm kick up the backside. 'Mercy of Ignorance' and 'When The Magic is Gone' are among the stand-out tracks, which are both familiar in sound and fresh in output, with a heavier attack than on 'Legions'.

Michael Stutzer states this is something intentional.

 "'Penalty by Perception' has the typical Artillery riffing, with powerful drumming and melodic singing," he said. "[It's full of] catchy hook-lines. We also wanted the sound to be a bit heavier and more powerful than on 'Legions'."
When, after a couple of listens, you get the lyrical content dealing with religiosity and its inherent danger to humanity's progress, you may get a sense of injustice.

That injustice is the status of Artillery...

The so-called 'Big Four' and other Bay Area and mid-European bands have produced little new (apart from some notable exceptions such as Anthrax's new release). At the same time as the big bands enjoy success playing old standards and re-treading riffs Artillery have attempted, and largely succeeded in keeping their sound fresh.

One can only hope that they gain more exposure with this release. What they do have is a sound fanbase to build upon.

"We have some of the most dedicated and diehard fans from the early days of Artillery still supporting the band," he said. "It's awesome to meet them when we are on tour.


"The difference is that now they are coming with their sons and daughters and this is amazing. Half of our fans were not even born when we released our first album, 'Fear of Tomorrow', but our new fans know all the songs!"
Whether any get the lyrical references to Superstring theory on 'Cosmic Brain' or the nod to Plato on the title track remains to be seen, but will no doubt be informed by any forthcoming interviews that the band give.

What is sure that if you give this album a chance it will reward you. Don't listen to it on streaming services, take the risk and but it!

Review by Jonny

Thursday, March 31, 2016

NEWS: More announced for Bloodstock


WELL, with just 133 days until Bloodstock Open Air shatters the peace of summer in Derbyshire yet more bands have been added to the bill. As if it wasn't burgeoning enough...

The latest batch includes symphonic metal six-piece Pythia, This Is Turin, Derange and One Machine.

One Machine is a name you will be getting very familiar with when they play in Belfast on April 9th, as openers for the Overkill and Vader Limelight1 show.

One Machine is the new project of Steve Smyth. If that name rings a bell, it is because Smyth's talents have been seen on the likes of Nevermore, Testament and Forbidden.

We have it on very good information that more bands are to be added soon, so stay tuned!

More bands? How in the name of Beelzebub are we going to cope with all the clashes across the four stages?

Already there are Twisted Sister, Mastodon, Slayer, Behemoth, Gojira, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Corrosion of Conformity, Symphony X, Satyricon, Paradise Lost, Dragonforce, Metal Allegiance, Stuck Mojo, Rotting Christ, Venom, Diamond Head, Goatwhore and shit tonnes more...

Weekend camping plus VIP packages are still available starting at £139+ booking fee.

All the latest BOA news can be followed here, via twitter @bloodstockfest, or by keeping checking here.

NEWS: LIve Motorhead album set for May release

IT was almost inevitable that some sort of Motorhead album would be released in the wake of Lemmy's death in December of last year.

UDR Records, in collaboration with 'Motorhead Music' will release the live album/DVD 'Clean Your Clock' on May27th.

Recorded on November 20th and 21st at the Zenith in Munich, Germany it was the last recording of a Motorhead show as the last ever tour by the band was coming to a close.

Yes, Lemmy was ill at the time but he still got up on stage and played. Yes, he was not the same man as he had been three or four years previously, but no-one doubted that he still got up on stage and played, it was in his blood as much as there was alcohol in his blood.

Is it valid for the label to release this? Some might see it as cashing in, but that is to ignore the fact that UDR is a business, and as such they lost one of their valued assets with Lemmy's passing.

And, while the individuals on the label mourned the loss of a friend they still had these live recordings. Who knows, there may have been a contractual issue for its release. However, it would have been cynical of the label to hold on to these recordings and do something tacky such as releasing them on the anniversary of the man's death.

We here at Belfastmetalheadsreunited are glad they are releasing the album. No matter what the quality of Motorhead's final shows it is fitting that the last album from Motorhead is a live album.

No doubt at some stage in the future there will be some sort of lost recordings/rarities compilation album, but for now we can't wait to hear 'Clean Your Clock'.


Tracklisting:
Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You/ Over The Top/ (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch/ Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It/ Dr. Rock/ Just ‘Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues/ Overkill

Formats:
· Coloured Double Vinyl in Gatefold with Pop-up Art
· Standalone Audio CD
· DVD of the show with audio CD
· BluRay of the show with audio CD
· BOXSET which contains the Coloured Double Vinyl in Gatefold with Pop-Up Art, DVD of the show with audio CD and the Motörhead Metal Medal
· A limited edition BOXSET will be available through the UDR shop and will contain the Motörhead Medal in Silver or Gold
· Also available as a Digital download.
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

COMIN' ATCHA: Airbourne prove loyalty with yet another return to Belfast

THEY are one of the most loyal hard rock visitors to Belfast - Airbourne. In case you missed the initial announcement the Aussie four piece are playing Limelight1 on 24th August.

When the first appeared on the scene with début release 'Runnin' Wild' it was clear that they were a band intent on playing hard ass whipping ass; and when they played what is now Limelight2 they proved live they were the real deal.

When Joel O'Keefe pushed his way through the crowd while still playing to get a pint from the bar the mixture of cheers and laughter summed up what was to come.

All the way from Warnambool in Victoria Australia they have come back to Northern Ireland, with shows including Mandella Hall and Limelight1 dates the 24th August date is part of the final leg of the 'Black Dog Barking' tour cycle, which will see them play festivals across Europe - and Belfast.

Tickets, priced £17.50 plus booking fee, are on sale now from all usual outlets.

Monday, March 21, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Beholder deliver compassion and anger in equaly measures on Reflections

THE keyboard warriors of the world spout opinions on every matter under the sun - we're all guilty at tomes - but when you have a stance in the world it is the creative not the commentators who can deliver; and that is something Beholder have done on their forthcoming release 'Reflections'.

In the world of metal there is little new under the sun, but on Reflections they have taken the traditional metal trope, re-interpreted it for 2016 and produced an outstanding set of 10 songs - each with a message, each with a level of musicianship that belies its Kickstarter origins.

Indeed it is a sad reflection of times that a band as talented as Beholder needed to go out to fans to finance the release, but they can take solace in that the quality on display will surely have labels sniffing around for a full release and distribution.

It is an album jam packed with tunes that sit head and shoulders above many so-called big acts. Lyrically this is what we would all hope to understand, that we can be compassionate towards those in need, those who are isolated and persecuted, and we can rage in anger at injustice, cruelty and the worst aspects of society.

This is something that Simon Hall has done. Songs such as 'Heal The Wounds', which deals with the issues around the attempted murder of school girl Malala for daring to suggest that girls deserve an education.

The anger at those who tried to kill the young woman is balanced with the respect for her courage and the freedom to learn that is a right for all. The line "The freedom to sing, the freedom to cry, the freedom to simply walk on by" is one to send shivers down the neck.

Equally the lead release, 'Frozen Steps of Otøya is a deconstruction of the Norwegian mass murderer who killed so many young people on an island for some perverted cause. Hall takes the man's motives, destroys them and gives a voice of hope arising from the tragedy.

The power of the message is one thing, but without the music it would be just another poet in a world drowned in contrary views. Combined with the music it becomes a manifesto of hope, driving home with a package that sees a band rise to the next level in its evolution.

Make no mistake, this a heavy metal album, full stop. But it does not fall into the trap of living in the past, or trying to bask in what we sometimes expect from bands in a 'genre'.

There are riffs a plenty, but there are melodies to provide a counterpoint to the exorcism through metal. 'Danse Macbre' and 'Breath In the Silence', together with 'I, Machine' also show a band not afraid to be subtle and give space for the songs develop.

Scott Taylor, as said before, takes what can be a tired metal trope and delivers a stunning guitar display. Power and grace in solos and breakdowns will have listeners going back time and time to this album.

Si Fielding (bass) and Chris Bentley (drums) are a powerhouse of rhythm work. On 'Killing Time' and 'Army of One' they provide a foundation that enables each track's depth to be explored by all the band.

If there is one niggle it is on the outro of 'My Revolution' with its cacophony of voices, ending in a child's voice. The point of the lyric had already been driven home on the song, without the need to tell it again.]

But that is only a minor niggle, a few seconds that do not mar this release, but perhaps serves to emphasise how the 10 tracks are a true marriage of great metal and lyrical excellence.

In a world of so many false prophets of new sounds'; in a world where there are more genres than bands, some will not give Reflections the listens it requires. This is a release that needs time. On first listen it is immediately a good release, but after the third listen it emerges as a great release.

Review by Jonny


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NEWS: Massive Wagons release video for Tokyo

ON revved up anthem 'Tokyo' the fighting spirit at the very heart of Massive Wagons shines through. ‘You won’t play us on the radio’ blasts frontman Baz Mills. But this time we just might…

Because on brand new record 'Welcome To The World', Massive Wagons carry all the passion, power and party attitude missing in the slow lane of British rock.
 
For those who missed MW last week in Belfast here's the video for 'Tokyo':


It’s the sound of a band accelerating towards stardom and overtaking the opposition.

Guitarist Adam Thistlethwaite revealed: “Our sound has always drawn on many different influences from classic rock to AOR to heavy blues and prog.

“Those influences are deliberately more polarised from track to track on this album. We love to be able to morph from highly accessible rock to deeper cuts.

“The result is something a lot more diverse yet a lot more ‘us’. We had a much heavier hand in the production beyond just the performance.

“I think we’ve achieved what we set out to do.”

Listen to 'Ratio' – where Massive Wagons promise to ‘go to a place where the beer is cheap, the craic is good and jukebox is free’ – and you’ll want to jump aboard and party hard.

Load up 'Shit Sweat Death' and it’s as if Vince Neil is fronting Nashville Pussy. On the uplifting set closer 'Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum' fans will lap up the giant-sized hooks that put the ‘massive’ into Massive Wagons.

In fact the band’s new album is rock and roll road trip referencing everyone from AC/DC to Black Stone Cherry, Green Day to Iron Maiden. And with Welcome To The World the Wagons are surely well on the road to long-term success.

After signing to Off Yer Rocka Reordings in 2014, Massive Wagons released the critically acclaimed Fight The System – the record that persuaded label bosses no MOT was required.

“I loved their songs from day one and didn’t want to change a thing about them,” said Off Yer Rocka CEO John Davies. “They already have a huge reputation as hard-gigging live band but Welcome To The World will confirm Massive Wagons as serious songwriters.

“People won’t believe this is the sound of five guys from North West England. This is music made for North American arenas.”

NEWS: Killswitch Engage Incarnate lauch shows

KILLSWITCH Engage did 5 TINY sold out gigs, all in different venues, in New York City last week - to celebrate the launch of their new album Incarnate. Of course, the shows were totally mental (one of the venues, St Vitus, only holds like 200 people, to give you an idea). 

They've put together a little recap video of the 5 nights, inc live footage, new songs etc - 

Enjoy!
 
 

NEWS: Raging Speedhorn Reveal Album Title, Artwork & Release Date

Lost Ritual Set For Wide Release On July 15th 2016


Corby sludge demons Raging Speedhorn have finally announced the release date of their long awaited new album.

The record, titled ‘Lost Ritual’, is set for a wide release on July 15th 2016. However, anyone who pledged on the record will receive their copy a week earlier on July 8th 2016.

 
Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the album and its title "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input, a slice of all of us, if you will. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock n roll moments, and some much darker ones too. Sound wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist.

 The title of the album, “Lost Ritual”, came initially from the artwork. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the image. Subconsciously though, I think maybe the title fits even better than that, as the mojo in the band seems to be back. Speedhorn have finally returned. We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album; you won’t be disappointed!"

Fans still wanting to Pledge on the new record can do so here - http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/raging-speedhorn


“Lost Ritual”, which was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts), is their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since ‘How The Great Have Fallen’ in 2005, the band’s first record since ‘Before The Sea Was Built’ in 2008, and the first with their new line up.


Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release ‘We Will Be Dead Tomorrow’, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured globally with the likes of Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals around the world, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record ‘Before The Sea Was Built’ and a subsequent tour of Japan.

Friday, February 26, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: All the Satans ooze fom Zlatanera's début release Legerdemain

FOR the past two years Zlatanera have been honing their songs on the live circuit, bringing a dark humour in lyrics and dark intent in their music. Now, they have wrestled their songs to the ground for their début album, 'Legerdemain'.

It could have been a disaster taking the live favourites into a recording studio. Thankfully it isn't a disaster, rather the five-piece have taken the stoner groove and the anger and brought a vitality to the sound.

From Andy's (Campbell) sheer determined vocals - such as on 'Hooked, Kicked, Hooked Again - through to the dynamic rhythm work of Anto on bass and Keith on drums the album rolls along with fierce power.

The live trio of 'Satanic' tracks - 'Master of Ceremonies', 'Bad Case of the Devil' and 'Idle Hand Sataniser' - have retained their tongue in cheek evil replete with the introductions that give them the feel of the best Hammer House of Horrors films.

Andy McCallister and Willie Caulfield's guitars intertwine and stab at the heart of the matter; where others sometimes isolate riffs and solos they compliment each other, such as on closer 'Advance of the Clodhoppers'.

The sheer size of the attack Zlatanera have amassed for the album is at times staggering. Stand-out track 'Holy Man's Crook' has been in the band's set since the off and harnessing that energy must have been a struggle for the band, but they have pulled it off.

Sure that are some minor niggles - at times the mix loses some elements - but they are very, very minor issues.

What 'Legerdemain' shows is that Zlatanera deserve a wider audience.

Review by Jonny

Legerdemain is launched at Limelight2 on February 27th.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

VIDEOS: Some old and new videos interviews and tunes

SO we're having a quiet night in ahead of tomorrow (Sunday) night's Ensiferum gig and basically we're bored...so trawling through some videos, old and new here's Rabid Bitch of the North's 'Green Eyes', Toseland's 'Puppet on a Chain', interviews with Napalm Death and Herod from last year.

Here you go:

RBOTN: Toseland: Napalm Death: Herod:

NEWS: Raging Speedhorn Announce Split EP With Monster Magnet!

Desertfest Sponsored 7" Set For release on April 29th 

UK SLUDGE demons Raging Speedhorn are set to appear on a split EP with US Stoner Overlords Monster Magnet as part of the bands’ appearance at the British Desertfest.

The Desertfest sponsored 7" split will be released by H42 Records on April 29th, the first date of the festival, with a limited vinyl pressing of 300.

The track listing is:
Side A: Raging Speedhorn - Halfway to Hell
Side A: Monster Magnet - Hallucination Bomb

Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the release:

"Having been a fan of Monster Magnet, forever it’s a real pleasure to be part of this split record! We also feel tremendously honoured that Desertfest chose us, as we are big fans of the festival. It doesn’t much better than this!"
This is Desertfest’s second split, with last year’s featuring instrumental legends Karma To Burn & Sons of Alpha Centauri.

Raging Speedhorn are currently in the studio with Russ Russell finalising their fifth record, which is set for a mid-2016 release.

NEWS: Massive Wagons rolling in 2016 with new album and tour

MASSIVE Wagons have been carving out quite a live reputation and on revved up anthem Tokyo the fighting spirit at the very heart of Massive Wagons shines through. ‘You won’t play us on the radio’ blasts frontman Baz Mills. But this time we just might.

Because on brand new record Welcome To The World, Massive Wagons carry all the passion, power and party attitude missing in the slow lane of British rock.

It’s the sound of a band accelerating towards stardom and overtaking the opposition.

Guitarist Adam Thistlethwaite said: "Our sound has always drawn on many different influences from classic rock to AOR to heavy blues and prog.

"Those influences are deliberately more polarised from track to track on this album. We love to be able to morph from highly accessible rock to deeper cuts.

"The result is something a lot more diverse yet a lot more ‘us’. We had a much heavier hand in the production beyond just the performance.

"I think we’ve achieved what we set out to do."

Listen to Ratio where Massive Wagons promise to ‘go to a place where the beer is cheap, the craic is good and jukebox is free’ and you’ll want to jump aboard and party hard.

Load up Shit Sweat Death and it’s as if Vince Neil is fronting Nashville Pussy. On the uplifting set closer Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum fans will lap up the giant-sized hooks that put the ‘massive’ into Massive Wagons.

In fact the band’s new album is rock and roll road trip referencing everyone from AC/DC to Black Stone Cherry, Green Day to Iron Maiden. And with Welcome To The World the Wagons are surely well on the road to long-term success.

After signing to Off Yer Rocka Reordings in 2014, Massive Wagons released Fight The System the record that persuaded label bosses no MOT was required.

"I loved their songs from day one and didn’t want to change a thing about them," said Off Yer Rocka CEO John Davies. "They already have a huge reputation as hard-gigging live band but Welcome To The World will confirm Massive Wagons as serious songwriters.

"People won’t believe this is the sound of five guys from North West England. This is music made for North American arenas."

Massive Wagons hit the road with label mates Trucker Diablo, Screaming Eagles, Skam, Chase The Ace and Thirteen Stars this spring and will play the following shows in April:

And, you can catch Massive Wagons in Belfast with The Quireboys and Screagles.

Single/Video Tokyo Released March 4
Album Welcome To The World Released April 29
UK Tour Starts April 14