All posts by DJ ThunderGod

I am the producer and presenter of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show (http://www.wyrdwaysrs.com), which is a weekly podcast showcasing the best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. You'll hear interviews, brand new stuff, as-yet unreleased stuff and stuff from signed and unsigned bands. If you're in a band and would like some airplay, or would just like to hear one of your favourite songs on the show, get in touch and we'll sort something out.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 13th October 2017

Here we go again!  The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is back again.  You really don’t get rid of us that easily.  If you’re fancying a mix of brand-spanking new and classic Metal, you’ve come to exactly the right place to get your regular allowance.

What are you waiting for?  There’s the download link for you to click on right here!

Incidentally, you can also stream us on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and the TuneIn radio app.  Just go to their homepages and search for The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.  Same applies if you want to follow us on Facebook, Reverbnation, Twitter or Instagram.

The Unguided

For any reader that might be new to The Unguided, can you introduce yourself, please?
Rich:
Most people know part of the band, including myself, from the songwriters of Sonic Syndicate 2002 – 2010. I guess in The Unguided we kind of continued and developed the sound that we started in our old band. Soon 4 albums deep into this band, we’ve definitely defined ourselves anew.

The Unguided forms around the nucleus of yourself and your brother.  Do you two have a close collaborative relationship, or is it more a case of “I write the lyrics, you handle the guitars”?
Rich:
We have a close collaborative relationship when it comes to running the company behind The Unguided, but when it comes to writing the songs we have different responsibilities. My brother is pretty uninterested in lyrics and vocal arrangements and I’m not too impressed by guitars in general, so it came pretty natural (*laughs*). Anyway the latest album have really been a team effort and everyone in the band have contributed a lot.

Talking of other band members, your new vocalist
Jonathan Thorpenberg, has been in place since the end of last year.  How is he settling in?
Rich:
He’s settling mighty fine! We’ve spend a lot of time together since our first show with him during the summer of 2015 so we haven’t really been strangers to each other at all, he’s been an natural part of the band for a pretty long time now. Of course recording a new album and getting down and dirty in a studio for long periods is where you really get to know each so it’s been an interesting year with stellar results.

What was it
about him that made you contact him when Roland left?
Rich:
First I just heard about his guitar skills in a studio I was recording in and we needed a stand-in for Roland for a show, so it was an interesting trail to follow. First show with Jonathan he actually only replaced Roland as a guitarist and we had another guy filling in for the vocals. When we found out about his vocal skills as well; he became the natural replacement on shows for both when Roland was busy elsewhere. After a while we found ourselves spending more and more time with Jonathan when Roland was occupied with his job and private life, the replacement was more at our shows than the actual main person, so we figured we needed to overlook the situation. And that’s when Roland stepped down and Jonathan became a permanent member.

Nighttaker and
Daybreaker are the first new songs without Roland Johansson.  How are the fans taking to it?
Rich:
Nighttaker, which was the music video became a symbol for the singer transition so it got a lot of attention. Eventually it became a great live number as well and according to Spotify it’s our most played song, so frankly it’s one of our most successful tracks since Phoenix Down from Hell Frost (2011) and that’s quite an achievement during a trying time as a singer change.

Presumably you’ve written some new material over the last few months – how is the new dynamic affecting the style?
Rich:
We have material just waiting to be unleashed! And I’m sure you hate to hear this from bands, but this time around it’s true (*laughs*). This is the most dynamic album up to date from this band, we’ve utilized all the competence in the band to its fullest and it’s really a nice roller-coaster ride. I think the fans will love it! The first single; Legendary, was warmly welcomed.

When can we expect the new album?
Rich:
The album will be out November 10th. You can already now enjoy the lyric video Legendary at YouTube.

Are we going to get a tour to go with it?
Rich:
Does the bear poo in the forest? (*laughs*) Swedish expression for something that’s super obvious! Doesn’t translate too well… But yes, of course you’ll get a tour to go with this new baby.

This is going to read as a strange question if readers aren’t familiar with the artwork on your albums, but: World Of Warcraft or Old School D&D?
Rich:
Both. I’m a huge D&D fan as well as I’m a huge Blizzard fan. With the artworks I’m trying to incorporate key happenings in the conceptual story of the albums and it’s obviously heavily inspired by sci-fi and fantasy, gaming and of course good old forgotten realms from Dungeons and Dragons.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 1st October 2017

I will admit that I did have moments of doubting that this edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show would ever see the light of day. The inspiration for getting it finished and uploaded was, at least in part, Primordial Radio. It was their launch party in York on 30th September. Going to that event (before crippling social anxiety meant we left early) reminded me why I do this.

Rock and Metal is hideously poorly served by the mass media. The stereotypical image of us is that of a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal. We all know that nothing could be further from the truth, but why let the truth get in the way of a good stereotype?

Anyway, I’ve been letting the show slip for a while. Tracking back, it probably goes back to when my level of medication was increased. I’m experimenting with dropping it and I seem to have retrieved a little of my drive to do things.

I know this probably should have been a blog post, but you who take the time to listen to the show deserve to know what’s going on and why I’ve been so bloody useless at getting these things done over the last couple of years.

What are you waiting for? There’s the download link for you to click on, by the picture!

Incidentally, you can also stream us on Mixcloud and the TuneIn radio app. Just go to their homepages and search for The Wyrd Ways Rock Show. Same applies if you want to follow us on Facebook, Reverbnation, Twitter or Instagram.

Bloodstock Announces Judas Priest as Third Headliner for 2018!

Bloodstock are excited and proud to announce their third and final headliner for 2018 will be… JUDAS PRIEST!

The metal icons are one of the most-requested bands by the festival’s loyal fan base and finally make their Bloodstock debut at Catton Park in 2018 on Friday night, 10th August.

A statement for the legendary Heavy Metal pioneers… erm… states:

“Judas Priest are thrilled, honoured and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of heavy metal at Bloodstock 2018!”

In other news, Bloodstock also said they were rightly very proud to reveal that they raised £11,686.88 in 2017 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, bringing the total to over £60,000 since their partnership began.

Get tickets now for 2018!

The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced at £290) and Deluxe VIP packages (Luxpads, Bellepads, Podpads, etc) are available now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed.  A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am.

Standard weekend tickets are currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20!  In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year’s £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone.  The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who’ve bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.

Click on THIS LINK to get your tickets now.

Manson blames Columbine for “destroying my entire career”

Marilyn Manson has blamed the 1999 Columbine High School shooting for “destroying my entire career“.

Teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and one teacher at the Colorado school, before turning the guns on themselves.  Following the tragedy, reports emerged that the shooters were fans of Manson’s music.

It was even claimed that the duo were wearing Manson T-shirts when they embarked on the shooting rampage. And while these claims turned out to be untrue, Manson admitted during a new interview with The Guardian, that they still had a drastic, negative effect on his career.

“Give them the money and let them make their own choice: guns or records. If (Klebold and Harris) had just bought my records, they would be better off.  Certain people blame me for the shootings at schools – I think my numbers are low, and hopefully they go up on (my upcoming) record. But, honestly, the Columbine era destroyed my entire career at the time.”

Manson’s first album after the shooting, 2000’s Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), had disappointing sales, and during an interview with Larry King in 2013, the singer admitted he knew the shooting would have an impact on his career when he heard the news.

“(I) was the best face to attach to at the time because I put myself in the role of villain.  Because I think villains are the key to any good story.  Before they were showing anything, they said a gang of kids wearing Marilyn Manson T-shirts shot up a school… I think I’ve been blamed for about 36 school shootings.”

Now Manson is attempting to move on from the “Columbine era”, and is gearing up to release his new album Heaven Upside Down, from which the video at the top of this item is taken.

Ozzy “not ready to retire”

Ozzy Osbourne has stalled his plans to retire because he doesn’t want to die like his father.

Sharon Osbourne wants a commitment from her husband, the former Black Sabbath frontman to announce his plans to give up performing live next year, after he turns 70.  Ozzy, on the other hand, insists she’ll have to wait a while because he’s not ready to walk away from the stage.

Ozzy told Rolling Stone:

“People around my age go, ‘I’m 65 now. I’m retired’, and then they f**king die.  My father got a bit of cash from the job he had, did the garden and died.

That’s a bit of an anticlimax after working so many years in a factory. I ain’t retiring. People still want to see me, so what’s there to retire from?”

He assured fans that the end of Black Sabbath earlier this year wasn’t the start of his own swansong:

“They’ve (bandmates) retired but I haven’t.”

The news will come as a bit of a surprise to his wife, who recently confirmed she and Ozzy had arrived at a retirement plan.

The TV personality, who has managed her husband’s career for decades, announced she is preparing to wind down her appearances on shows like The Talk in America and Britain’s The X Factor within five years and she has told Ozzy he must give up touring.

Sharon has been reported as saying:

“I’ve given myself five years then it’s time to say goodbye from the industry.  I just think that it would be enough. I want to keep my dignity. I’ve been working since I was 15 in this industry and I think that’s enough.

It’s very difficult if you’re at a gig and you’re the oldest person in the room. I think when you get to a certain age it can be somewhat embarrassing. I don’t want to be one of those people standing at the side in a mini skirt pretending you love it. I don’t want Ozzy singing Crazy Train at 75. I think it’s best you go out before you hit that 70 and go out on top.”

Foo Fighters appear on James Corden’s Carpool

Foo Fighters were the latest guests to appear last night (September 20) on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

Dave Grohl and his bandmates joined Corden for his popular car segment of The Late Late Show in the US.

Ahead of the release of their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold, the Foos and Corden belted out a host of their hits, including: All My LifeBest Of You and Learn To Fly. The group also performed their new single The Sky Is A Neighborhood.

In between songs, we get to hear stories from the guys, Grohl chatting about his infamous broken leg and Taylor Hawkins being embarrassed beyond belief.

At the end of the segment, Corden and the Foos enter a guitar centre, where Corden joins in with the guys to show off his drumming skills and they cover Rick Astley‘s global No. 1 hit, Never Gonna Give You Up.

H.e.a.t debut new video ahead of album release

 

If you read this recent news item, you’ll know that Sweden’s H.e.a.t have now completed their new album, Into The Great Unknown.  If you haven’t read it yet, open up a new tab and go read it.  I’ll wait.  Don’t worry.

Everybody up to speed now?

Excellent.

Anyway, if you watched the video at the top of the page, you’ll have listened to the first track to be released from Into The Great Unknown.  If you pre-order the album, which is due out on the 22nd of September on earMusic, on Amazon or iTunes by clicking the links, you’ll get that track as an instant gratification thing if you go digital.

Not bad, eh?

Anyway, here’s a tracklisting to further whet your appetite:

CD Tracklisting

1. Bastard Of Society
2. Redefined
3. Shit City
4. Time On Our Side
5. Best Of The Broken
6. Eye Of The Storm
7. Blind Leads The Blind
8. We Rule
9. Do You Want It?
10. Into The Great Unknown