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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