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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!

No Hot Ashes

Originally formed in 1983, No Hot Ashes were influenced by UFO, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, JourneyForeigner, Thin Lizzy and other Classic Rock/AOR acts of that era. They released their first single, She Drives Me Crazy, in 1986 and supported bands such as Mama’s Boys, Magnum, Girlschool and Steve Marriott’s Packet of Three.

The group signed a record deal with GWR Records in early 1988, joining Motörhead, Girlschool and Hawkwind on that label’s roster. They also relocated to London in order to be closer to the company and made an album before the end of that year. However, delays then occurred in getting it released and by the end of 1990 the band had called it a day and the record was shelved.

That should have been it, but in September 2013 NHA reformed for a one-off tribute gig which subsequently snowballed. Performing what can be described as Classic Melodic Rock with a contemporary twist, they have been delighting new fans in the years since with their hook-laden guitar and keyboard driven songs, supporting AerosmithForeignerUFO and Scorpions along the way and touring the UK with FM and Romeo’s Daughter. They have also performed at major festivals such as Hard Rock Hell AOR, DownloadLondon Calling, Ramblin’ Man, Steelhouse, Rockingham and the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, going down a storm each time.

NHA are currently preparing to hit the road in support of what is now a very eagerly anticipated debut album, with shows already planned for late spring and summer 2018. Unfortunately for the group, the pleasure of releasing the album is also tinged with great sadness as founding member, bass player and close friend Paul Boyd tragically lost a brave battle with cancer in 2017.  Paul appears on the album and the band are respectfully dedicating its release to his memory.

“35 years ago we started a journey as band members and friends. We’ve had some incredible highs and some devastating lows. We lost Paul Boyd to cancer in January last year. He played and sang on this album.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of it and him. The songs are massive, the production immense.

The world needs this album because there is always room in life for quality. Listen and enjoy.”

Eamon Nancarrow – NO HOT ASHES

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.

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

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.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 24th December 2017

It’s the last Wyrd Ways Rock Show of 2017… or certainly the last one before the traditional Yuletide Behemoth, anyway. Despite the fact that this is, effective a Christmas show, I’ll only inflict one Christmas tune on you.

It’s one you’ll like.  I promise.

What else do we have for you?

Well, the last Record Of The Week is a bit of a cracker, then there’s loads of other stuff, including Nick from Nuclear Blast having a bit of a chinwag with Robb Flynn of Machine Head.

Who says I never get you anything nice?

What are you waiting for?  Press Play and turn it up LOUD!

Wyrd Ways Rock Show, 3rd December 2017

So here we are spinning rapidly towards the end of another year. 2017 is almost over, but The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is celebrating the dying embers of this year with another slab of quality Metal.

Not only do we have new stuff from such luminaries as Machine Head, Electric Wizard and Almanac, we’ve got Skarlett Riot snapping up Record Of The Week with a serious slab of quality called Regenerate and a celebration of His Infernal Majesty himself, Ville Valo, as he hangs up his mascara and puts H.I.M to bed for the last time.

Loads of other good stuff too.

What are you waiting for?

Press Play and turn it up LOUD!

Masqued

Masqued were formed in 2014 in Houston, Texas by guitarist Eric Halpern (Helstar, Leatherwolf), bassist Shane Dubose, and keyboardist Adam Rawlings, all formerly with local Houston, TX band, Z-Lot-Z.  Following the addition of keyboardist Adam Rawlings, drummer Jon Allen (ex-Testament/Sadus/Dragonlord), and guitarist Drew Creel (Meyvn), they embarked on an extensive search for a vocalist before finding Steffany Johnston.

Their debut album, The Light in the Dark, was produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament / Machine Head / Vicious Rumors) with additional tracking by Brian Baker (Toadies / Garbage) and was released digitally through Sleazy Rider Records (Greece) in early October, with the CD version following on the 13th.

The band has also released a video produced by Josh Vargas for the title track, The Light in the Dark: