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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 17th February 2018

It’s time for another edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, you lucky people!

This week’s show is something of an experiment – I didn’t write a script and the only editing I did was to cut the length of some of the pauses in my speech patterns. Other than that, this is pretty much “as live”.

Sorry to say you’ll hear my personal stream of consciousness as I recorded the show.

Musically, it’s a real mix. There’s Classic Metal, Nu-Nu Metal, Melodic Death Metal and Power Metal, plus a few others. Pretty much something for everyone. So long as you like a bit of Metal in your musical diet.

So what are you waiting for? You know the drill. Download and turn it up!


Judas Priest have released the following statement:

Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s – from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important

Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he wants to let you all know that he won’t be touring as such –

True to the metal spirit of ‘the show must go on’ Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him

“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed.  I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest!  So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again”

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest – he is a true metal hero!

We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real – as Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road…

We love you Glenn!”

For anyone who doesn’t know already, Glenn Tipton was part of the Tipton/Downing partnership that set the standard for twin Heavy Metal guitar playing from the mid-70’s onwards, powering Judas Priest to the status of being the archetypal Heavy Metal band (especially once Rob Halford introduced them all to leather and studs!). Glenn‘s influence, along with his longtime axe-partner KK Downing, who retired a few years ago, cannot be underestimated.

Andy Sneap‘s career in music began in Sabbat, a band that could be considered to have been ahead of their time and who never reached the heights they should have. Following their dissolution, Sneap moved over into engineering and production, working with the likes of Arch Enemy, Megadeth, Accept and now Judas Priest. As a guitarist, he was instrumental in the resurrection of Hell, a band he loved and was inspired to form Sabbat by.

New Interviews Added!

Cast your minds back to July of 2017 in “sunny” Manchester. Specifically, The Civic Centre in Prestwich, just off the M62. For those of you who weren’t there, that’s when the tenth annual SOS Festival happened. As usual, The Wyrd Ways Rock Show was there to do some interviews and catch some bands.

I’ve already posted interviews with members of Die No More and Core Of Nation.

If you head over to this page, there are now more interviews for you to listen to from the first day.

Leps go digital (at last)

On 19th January 2018 around the world, Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalogue worldwide via various digital services, including Google Play Music (which means you can get it on your Google Home speakers and Chromecast Audio… which is nice), Soundcloud, Deezer, Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.  One of the last multi-platinum selling acts to be made available on streaming and download platforms, music fans from all corners of the globe can now enjoy tracks and albums from Def Leppard who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide to become one of rock’s most enduring and influential bands.

Said Joe Elliott, “It is with a mixture of relief & euphoria that we now see our entire catalogue finally getting a digital release. Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially & more recently the re-emergence of vinyl, we’re now going to be available to everyone everywhere and honestly, it’s as exciting as the original releases were.”

Phil Collen adds, “We felt we’d been left out of the digital party, but it’s a thrill for us to finally accept the invitation and to be able to say “Yeah, you can stream us, download us and hear us on all digital outlets”.

As one of Britian’s biggest-ever bands and one of the NWOBHM’s greatest success stories, Def Leppard’s substantial career includes numerous hit singles including their first early chart hit Wasted — to their radio and MTV staples Bringin’ On The Heartbreak, Photograph, Rock of Ages, Too Late, Animal, Armageddon It, Love Bites, Rocket and Let’s Get Rocked. Their multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone Pyromania and Hysteria, captured some of the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as Pour Some Sugar on Me, Hysteria and Foolin’.  The group continued their success expanding into the world of film, covers, and new collaborations including Two Steps Behind from Last Action Hero, No Matter What, Waterloo Sunset, and Nine Lives with Tim McGraw as well as Def Leppard hits When Love and Hate Collide, Slang, Work It Out, Promises and Now.  Finally, all of Def Leppard’s music is available to everyone, around the world from the band’s eponymous debut EP through to their most recent album.

Late 2018 will see the band deliver what many UK and Eire fans have been waiting for – the Hysteria album performed in full across eleven arena dates in December 2018

Rick “Sav” Savage says, “After many requests from fans in the U.K, I’m delighted that we can bring the whole Hysteria album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year. From Women to Love and Affection plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can’t wait’.

These will be the band’s first UK and Eire tour dates since the Arena run in late 2015. They will return to Sheffield Arena for what is sure to be a monumental homecoming show, in addition to their first ever show at The O2, London. 2018 also marks the 35th anniversary of Hysteria’s predecessor Pyromania.

Sat 1st December 2018           Dublin, 3 Arena EIRE
Sun 2nd December                  Belfast, The SSE Arena UK
Tues 4th December                 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena UK
Thurs 6th December                London, The O2 UK
Sat 8th December                   Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena UK
Sun 9th December                   Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena UK
Tues 11th December               Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena UK
Wed 12th December               Manchester, Manchester Arena UK
Fri 14th December                  Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena UK
Sat 15th December                 Liverpool, Echo Arena UK
Mon 17th December               Birmingham, Arena Birmingham UK

Supported by Cheap Trick across all dates.

The UK & Eire tour will follow a massive USA co-headlining tour with Journey. Comprised of stadiums and arena venues around the U.S., the 60-city run is set to kick off in Hartford, CT on May 21st and will wrap in Los Angeles, CA on October 6th.

The Def Leppard EP (1979)
On Through The Night (1980)
High ‘N’ Dry (1981)
Pyromania (1983)
Hysteria (1987)
Adrenalize (1992)
Retro Active (1993)
Vault (1995)
Slang (1996)
Euphoria (1999)
X (2002)
Yeah! (2006)
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (2008)
Mirror Ball – Live & More (2011)
Def Leppard (2015)

Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums)

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 1st February 2018

Here we go with the first proper show for 2018.

As usual, as you’ve come to expect since I started this whole thing back in 2008 (yes, it has been nearly 10 years!), you’ll be treated to a grab-bag of the best up-and-coming Hard Rock and Metal alongside the best of what’s out there already.

Since it looks like the usual Christmas/New Year release drought has come to an end, what have we got for you?

If you scroll down and take a look at the track list, it’s all there, but here are the edited highlights: New stuff from Judas Priest, Korn’s Jonathon Davis, Black Moth and the mighty Monster Magnet.

Also, since the last surviving member of the Motorhead line-up that recorded the likes of Ace Of Spades, Bomber, Overkill, Iron Fist, No Sleep Til Hammersmith and others, has passed away at 67, we’ll be paying tribute to the legend who was Fast Eddie Clarke.

Turn it up and praise the loud!

Judas Priest – Lightning Strike
Visigoth – Silver And Steel
Desolation Angels – Another Turn Of The Screw
Covered: Bad Wolves – Zombie
Jonathon Davis – What It Is
Orphaned Land – We Do Not Resist
Accept – Analog Man
Spotlight: Motörhead – Iron Fist
Shock Of The New: Damnation’s Hammer – Hammers Of War
Shock Of The New: Low Drive – The Last Stand
Shock Of The New: Metalwings – Fallen Angel In The Hell
Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons – Welcome To Hell
Spotlight: Motörhead – Bomber
Black Moth – Moonbow
Therion – Night Reborn
Thy Antichrist – Metal To The Bone
Slayer – Angel Of Death
Record Of The Week: Machine Head – Kaleidoscope
Record Of The Week: Machine Head – California Bleeding
Record Of The Week: Machine Head – Heavy Lies The Crown
Spotlight: Motörhead – Ace Of Spades
Monster Magnet – Mindfucker
Avatar – The King Wants You
Snake Eyes Seven – Speaking Ill Of The Dead
Spotlight: Motörhead – Overkill
Torch Song: Rage Against The Machine – Take The Power Back

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 10th February 2018

It’s time for another Wyrd Ways Rock Show, you lucky people!

This week, that means new stuff from Saxon, Frozen Crown, Blaze Bayley and Ektomorf amongst a whole load of others. You’re also getting a little something from a side project merging Mastodon and Tool as well as three bands you’ve probably never heard of in Shock Of The New and an old Hawkwind track getting a going over.

So turn the volume all the way up, crack open a beverage of your choice and enjoy just over 2 hours of the finest Metal this side of anywhere.

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics – Totems Split EP

2018, Black Bow Records

Review by Rick Ossian

When I first saw this item in my inbox/things to check out itinerary, I decided that the name alone was worth investigating these new sounds.  Many of you have no doubt checked out an album cover (vinyl or CD or what have you) and thought, “Wow, what a cool cover! I should buy this and see what these guys sound like!”  That was indeed the case here, and I was amply rewarded for my efforts.

I was, in fact, so excited, that I contacted the band (MWWB) via their Facebook page to let them know I was going to be reviewing their latest work.  They said they would share the link! I also got a message from them in regards to the running order:

“Hey, Master and His Emissary & Eagduru are MWWB, the other tracks are Slomatics. Slomatics do a spoken word on the outro of Eagduru, and Jess from MWWB sings backing vox on the Slomatics song Master’s Descent. Hope this helps”.

Now there was no turning back, as one can obviously see.  Therefore, I decided to dive headfirst into the tunes and see what was going on.

As you might imagine, my first concern was where the ‘split’ was.  In other words, where did Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard end and where did the Slomatics begin?  As I listened, I realized that the distinction didn’t really matter.  When listening to the songs, it occurred to me that both bands were of the same mind when it came to the music.  Both are post-apocalyptic doom and gloom purveyors.  Both put freaky vocals on top of the sludge to enhance the proceedings; at least, that’s what the music led me to believe.

For example, when I listened to the final track, I was reminded of things that I had noticed from the first track.  From the monumental pounding of The Master and His Emissary to the space-like dirge of Master’s Descent, this could be both bands at the same time!

Of course there are riffs that could signal the end of the world.  Of course there are strange vocals throughout.  There are also lots of FX and synth-laden intros.  I was reminded of Sleep at some moments, which made perfect sense because of the similarity in genres.  The first track even made me think it was an instrumental until the chanting broke out.  Doom and gloom lords will no doubt fanboy fawn over Eagduru and Ancient Architects, both mega-epic leviathans of echo and mighty riffs with angelic and oftentimes indistinct mutterings of vocal over the top of everything.

Let us get to the meat of the music right here and now.  If you like your metal in molten sludge form, then you will no doubt enjoy this new pairing of the boys from Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and Slomatics.

Verdict: 9/10



Wyrd Ways Rock Show 21st January 2018 – The Behemoth

It’s finally here. The show you’ve been waiting for.

Eighty-one (couldn’t resist putting in the Electric Wizard track, even though I did say I was going to limit it to 80) songs covering a plethora of sub-genres including Death, Black, Pirate, Thrash and Proper Heavy Metal.

There’s an enormous amount of excellent music here.

The most interesting segment, though, is the one that a loud minority seem to think doesn’t exist: Good new bands, in which you will find contributions from Skarlett Riot, Warbringer, Dorja and a good many others from around the world.

Since (if you’ve listened to the show, you’ll know) I didn’t back announce the tracks for this show, here’s the full playlist, including the albums each track is taken from:

Band Album Song
Blaze Bayley Endure and Survive Destroyer
Absolva Defiance Defiance
Iced Earth Incorruptible Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors)
Deep Purple inFinite On Top Of The World
Krokus Big Rocks Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Accept The Rise Of Chaos The Rise Of Chaos
Venom Inc. Ave Ave Satanas
Burnt Out Wreck Swallow Pulling It Out
Alice Cooper Paranormal Fireball
Millennium Awakening Searching
Madam X Monstrocity Nitrous
Prong Zero Days Divide And Conquer
Corrosion Of Conformity No Cross No Crown Wolf Named Crow
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Big Mouth
L.A. Guns The Missing Peace Kill It Or Die
Every Mother’s Nightmare Grind Swing Again
Babylon AD Revelation Highway She Likes To Give It
Pretty Boy Floyd Public Enemies Do Ya Wanna Rock
Wintersun The Forest Seasons Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
Atrocity Masters Of Darkness Devil’s Covenant
Ex Deo The Immortal Wars The Spoils Of War
Six Feet Under Torment Slaughtered As They Slept
OnceHuman Evolution Dark Matter
Cradle Of Filth Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay Death And The Maiden
Arch Enemy Will To Power Blood In The Water
Butcher Babies Lilith #iwokeuplikethis
Almanac Kingslayer Guilty As Charged
Battle Beast Bringer Of Pain Beyond The Burning Skies
Beast In Black Berserker The Fifth Angel
Bloodbound War Of Dragons Battle In The Sky
Dream Evil Six How To Start A War
Vandroya Beyond The Human Mind Time After Time
Orden Ogan Gunmen Vampire In Ghost Town
Nocturnal Rites Phoenix A Heart As Black As Coal
Firewind Immortals Ode To Leonidas
Grave Digger Healed By Metal Ten Commandments Of Metal
Lonewolf Raised On Metal Through Fire, Ice And Blood
Masterplan PumpKings (Helloween covers) The Dark Ride
Helloween Pumpkins United
Avatarium Hurricanes And Halos Medusa Child
The Doomsday Kingdom The Doomsday Kingdom The Never Machine
Crom When Northmen Die When Northmen Die
Electric Wizard Wizard Bloody Wizard Mourning Of The Magicians
Epica The Solace System Architect Of Light
Xandria Theater Of Dimensions Ship Of Doom
The Dark Element The Dark Element The Ghost And The Reaper
Overkill The Grinding Wheel Mean, Green Killing Machine
Savage Messiah Hands Of Fate The Crucible
Kreator Gods Of Violence Army Of Storms
Heretic A Game You Cannot Win Annihilate
Destruction Thrash Anthems II Black Death
Sepultura Machine Messiah Phantom Self
Varg Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung
Warbringer Woe To The Vanquished Remain Violent
Panzer The Fatal Command Satan’s Hollow
Alestorm No Grave But The Sea Fucked With An Anchor
Elvenking Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire The Horned God and The Sorcerer
Dorja Target Practice Fire
Skarlett Riot Regenerate Break
Rabid Bitch Of The North Nothing But A Bitter Taste Trapped in 1999
Masqued Light In The Dark Hypnotized
Cybernetic Witch Cult Troglodithic Trip Tyrannosaurus Hex
Lady Beast Vicious Breed Every Giant Shall Fall
Night Legion Night Legion Titan
Prophets Of Rage Prophets Of Rage Unfuck The World
Arthemis Blood-Fury-Domination Blood Red Sky
Pyramaze Contingent 20 Second Century
Stormbringer Born A Dying Breed Don’t Trust Me
Shakra Snakes & Ladders Fire In My Veins
Liv Sin Follow Me Let Me Out
Sinheresy Domino Star Dome
Stone Sour Hydrograd Taipei Person/Allah Tea
Trivium The Sin and The Sentence The Wretchedness Inside
Sorcerer The Crowning Of The Fire King The Devil’s Incubus
Danko Jones Wild Cat Going Out Tonight
Body Count Blood Lust The Ski Mask Way
Linkin Park The War Party Guilty All The Same
American Head Charge Tango Umbrella When The Time Is Never Right
Sanctuary Refuge Denied Battle Angels
Audioslave Audioslave Like A Stone

New Desert Storm album and tour announced

2018 marks the return of Oxford-based Wyrd Ways Rock Show-approved Sludge Metal monsters Desert Storm as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s Omniscient album with their new one, Sentinels, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.

The album was recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio’s, Hackney and tracked by Steve ‘Geezer’ Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi).

This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”

Clicking on the Soundcloud thingy below means you will get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”

In addition to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road hard throughout February, March and beyond in the UK and Europe. This is a band that have never been afraid to get in the van and have shared stages with a who’s who of heavy talent over the years, including Karma To Burn, Corrosion Of Conformity, Red Fang, VoiVod, Orange Goblin, Crowbar, Weedeater, Valient Thorr and many more.

Catch Desert Storm live at the following dates in the UK and Europe:

03.02.18 | United Kingdom | Manchester | The Bread Shed

17.02.18 | United Kingdom | Birmingham | o2 Academy
22.02.18 | United Kingdom | London | The Devonshire Arms
23.02.18 | Netherlands | Rotterdam | Baroeg
24.02.18 | Netherlands | Eindhoven | The Jack Cafe
25.02.18 | France | Douai | Red Studio
26.02.18 | Belgium | Antwerp | Kids Rhythm & blues bar
27.02.18 | Germany | Berlin | Urban Spree
28.02.18 | Germany | Weimar | Gerber3

01.03.18 | Germany | Dresden | Chemiefabrik
02.03.18 | Czech Republic | Prague | Theremin
03.03.18 | Poland | Warsaw | Hydrozagadka
04.03.18 | Slovakia | Bratislava | Fuga
05.03.18 | Slovakia | Kosice | Collosseum
06.03.18 | Poland | Katowice | Klub Faust
07.03.18 | Poland | Wroclaw | Black Moon
08.03.18 | Germany | TBC
09.03.18 | Netherlands | Zwolle | Jacks Bar
10.03.18 | Belgium | Brussels | Rock Classic

07.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bradford | Underground

28.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bournemouth | The Anvil
04.08.18 | United Kingdom | Abingdon | Abingdon Town F.C

25.08.18 | United Kingdom | Bolton | Alma Inn
29.09.18 | United Kingdom | Sheffield | O2 Academy



Purest Of Pain prepare debut album

Dutch melodic death metal quintet Purest of Pain are ready to unleash their debut album Solipsis on March 1st.

Led by guitarist and main songwriter, Delain‘s Merel Bechtold, the line-up of Purest Of Pain includes bandmate Joey de Boer on drums.  The band were formed in 2008 and this album has been in the works for seven years.  The relatively long timespans are due to  Merel’s time in Delain, as well as her work with Anneke van Giersbergen, The Gentle Storm and MaYaN, as well as the schedules of the band’s other members.

Following the 2011 release of the Revelations in Obscurity EP and the single, Momentum in 2013, the band concentrated on live work, opening for heavyweights such Opeth, Suicide Silence and Unearth in their home country as well as a number of festival appearances. The bulk of the live work was in part to help fund the album recordings but also gave them the chance to hone their craft so that when they were able to enter the studio, the songs for  Solipsis would be 100% ready.

Choosing to remain totally independent, the band launched an overwhelmingly successful crowd-funding campaign, which saw them reach their target in just six days.  Once they had the resources in place, Merel took the production reins, with invaluable help coming from Mantis Audio studio and legendary ‘sound wizard’ Jens Bogren, well known for his work with Opeth, Arch EnemySoilwork amongst others.