The Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone! Show #185

Braving illness and bad weather, this weeks show has been signed, sealed and delivered to you in one cute soundcloud package. Open it for new tunes from Power Quest, Beast In Black, Hulkoff, Tankard, Helloween, Arch Enemy, Minotauro & Incursed as well as a load of awesome METAL from across the globe!

Originally broadcast on Calon FM, 16/10/17

Playlist:

Power Quest – Coming Home
Beast In Black – Beast In Black
Gloryhammer – The Hollywood Hootsman
Hulkoff – Einherjr
Sabaton – Winged Hussars
Children Of Bodom – Living Dead Beat (Live) [Livewire]
Sonata Arctica – 8th Commandment (Live) [Livewire]
Edguy – Painting On The Wall (Live) [Livewire]
Arch Enemy – The Eagle Flies Alone
Battle Beast – Lost In Wars
Cradle Of Filth – Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover) [Epic Track]
Emperor – Thus Spake The Nightspirit
Amon Amarth – The Way Of Vikings [Volt Track]
Týr – Tróndur I Gøtu
Helloween – Pumpkins United
Gamma Ray – Heaven Can Wait
Minotauro – Son Of A Witch
Iron Maiden – Be Quick Or Be Dead
Grave Digger – Road Rage Killer
Running Wild – Black Bart
Incursed – Zombeer Alcoholocaust [Overload!]
Equilibrium – Born To Be Epic [Overload!]
Turisas – In The Court Of Jarisleif [Overload!]
Tankard – Schwarz-Weiß Wie Schnee

Divinity Compromised – Terminal

Qumran Records/No Dust Records

Review by Rick Ossian

This five-piece outfit from Northwest Chicago have been out there for a while now.  They were formed in 2009, and released their debut in 2013, entitled A World Torn.  They also played Prog Power XIV in 2013.  This LP, Terminal, is their sophomore effort.  Divinity Compromised features Lothar Keller (The Skull) on vocals, Andy Bunk on bass, Ben Johnson on guitars and keyboards, Mike Mousel on drums and Jeff Treadwell on lead guitars.

First up is the title track, and it is a powerful number featuring Kayla Dixon (Helion Prime, Witch Mountain) on vocals.  There is, of course, a YouTube video, as it is the lead-off single as well as being the lead-off track.

Shelter in Place is a good uptempo track, with lots of riffing and a bit of spooky, vampiresque vocals (a la Type O Negative).  The engine room is busy, with big bass runs and lots of double bass drumming.  There is also some lovely piano and a sort of rap/spoken word section.  There are also guests on this number, namely The Sinful Dwarfs.

My Escape begins life with a beautiful piano intro, acoustic guitars and gentle vocals.  This is sort of a wandering journeyman number, with some bluesy elements and some nice shredding along the way.  It doesn’t really kick in at first, but when it does it does so very nicely.

The Definition of Insanity is next on the docket, and this one is a bit longer than the majority of the tracks.  Most are six minutes or so, and this one is 7-plus.  It starts out with the pedal to the metal, with some excellent riffing and some almost growly vocals.  This is potent stuff, with a nice squealing shred about half-way through.  More spoken word stuff, this time vaguely political (a la Queensryche).

The Last Refugee is another hard-charger, sort of symphonic at times.  On board here we have another special guest, one Paul Kuhr (November’s Doom).  Again we have some growly vocals, almost bordering on Cookie Monster fare.  When they mix these with the clean, or straight, vocals, it seems to do pretty well.  This one reminded me of Pagan’s Mind or even Symphony X.  The piano/vocal closing bit resonates nicely.

Free to Speak features a wicked main riff and some pretty cool, pretty much straight forward rock.  Lots of big bass work and symphonic background, as well as some good shredding on the lead guitar section.  This is prog metal at its finest, folks.  I have heard better, but not by much.

Legacy starts out with a somber piano intro and some string action – sounds like violins, but is most likely keyboards.  This one is very intense but very mellow.  The vocal parts once again reminded me of an older Queensryche.  The arrangement is also beautiful in its orchestration.  The lead guitar parts are of a bluesy nature, for the most part, but still some serious shredding involved.

The Fall of istoria has lots of power and features much more of the double-bass drum slamming and lots of big, symphonic riffs.  Great vocals and excellent guitar work as well.

Saving Grace is the big finale.  At just over eight minutes in length, it overpowers the other tracks with sheer force alone.  It starts out kind of slow and determined, but very powerful and potent.  Haunting vocals again, as well as lots of big bass, drums and guitar – and all at the same time!  There are no less than three separate guitar solos, which is very cool in my opinion.  There is never any shortage of guitar on this collection, by the way.

In short, if you are a big fan of prog metal, and you lean toward the direction of a bit heavier fare, than this is definitely for you.

Verdict: 9/10

 

Tankard – One Foot In the Grave

 

Nuclear Blast

Review by Rick Ossian

Having last reviewed Tankard in these very pages (R.I.B., 2014), I am somewhat familiar with these Teutonic terrors already. Tankard hail from Frankfurt and have been toiling in the thrash rock territory for nigh on 35 years now.  These beer and thrash metal hooligans have to their credit 14 studio LP’s, two compilations, two DVD’s and a live LP.  They will be at Metal Frenzy Fest in June and July, featuring many other metal stalwarts such as Rage, Vader, Destruction, Amorphis, Stratovarious and Fleshgod Apocalypse.  Their ranks include Gerre on vocals, Frank on bass, Olaf on drums and Andy on guitar.

Since the last time I reviewed them I had sort of a weird idea.  I assigned a brand name of a beer to each tune, just as sort of a fluke, being it was Tankard and all.  Well, this time out I was just going to go with light (pilsner), or ale, or a dark brew to help describe these musical minions.  Seemed like a good idea at first – then I realized each song was, indeed, a darker brew!

Take the first track up, for instance.  Pay to Pray is fast and heavy as fuck.  We are in Riff City here, my lovelies, and things are tough, like a street gang.  Even the vocals are more of a throaty shout than anything else.  They get the job done, people.  They have this shit down.

Meanwhile, on Arena of the True Lies, we have another heavy uptempo number.  I loved the sound on this number, by the way.  Normally I don’t get bogged down in semantics, but this is the aural equivalent of a jack hammer or buzzsaw with just a touch of studio polish.  Great stuff, and they throw in a couple of quick guitar solos to boot!

Don’t Bullshit Us! gets at least five cool points just for the title.  It should probably also get points for being Super heavy as fuck.  I know I probably curse too much and probably use the word HEAVY too much, but other better words admittedly fail me at the moment!  This is a wow moment here – a no-holds-barred onslaught on the senses, with an aggressive attitude, a nice guitar piece, and that stop-time on a dime dramatic shift stuff that I’m always on about.

The title track, by slight contrast, is also a very cool piece, with one of those foreboding intros that give you gooseflesh if done just the right way.  It is also super fast thrash, which seems to be becoming a pattern for these blokes… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Syrian Nightmare, for which Tankard have already released an official lyric video.

This is another really heavy tune, with lots of shredding plus a nice guitar bit right out of the box.  This one is kinda proggy – well, there’s some noodling going on.  Nothing to get too excited about.  This sounds like Hell on Earth.  The guitar part makes me wonder if things are getting a bit formulaic.  I would say perhaps just ever-so-slightly.  Again, I’m not going to worry about that. No big deal and not really significant to our purposes here.

Northern Crown features some nice leads and is full of dramatic heavy stuff, including the obligatory guitar solo.

Lock Em Up! features more of the stop-on-a-dime dramatic time shifts and complicated arrangements.  There is more heavy riffing and more guitar soloing.

The Evil That Men Display is a slight alteration in proceedings.  It begins life with the threat vocal intro, then it’s super slam thrash from that point on.  So, not that much different, but still, change is change!

Secret Order features a violin intro, of all things!  There is also some vocal chanting (monks) during the chorus.  This is a slam jam at about a minute in, really fast and very heavy.  I would venture to call this historical metal.  Not bad at all.  There is also a violin outro.

Sole Grinder is another Heavy as Fuck/Riff City adventure.  I would also use my colleague Dr. J.’s S.F.B. here. If you haven’t heard, S.F.B. refers to the Super Fucking Bad-Ass content of the tune!

Summing up briefly, Tankard’s latest is a no-brainer.  If you like beer, and you like thrash metal, there is a good chance you will like Tankard.  Check them out!

Verdict: 9/10

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!

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The Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone! Show #184

Greetings, people of Earth (or anywhere else you may have internet capabilities).  It’s time for another edition of POWERZONE!

On this weeks show we have a bit of your favourite feature FOLK OFF, plus our regular stuff, including new tunes from Almanac, Rage, Grimner, Orden Ogan, Deos, Ex Deo, Cannibal Corpse, Ensiferum & Vogelfrey plus a host of other sweet sweet metal tunes for you to bang your head to. Any requests, get in touch with us over on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/powerzonemetal)

Originally aired on Calon FM 9/10/17

Playlist

Orden Ogan – Gunman
Almanac – Losing My Mind
Rage – Serpents In Disguise
Megadeth – Chosen Ones [Battle Across Time]
Megadeth – The Threat Is Real [Battle Across Time]
Korpiklaani – Rauta (Live) [Livewire] [Folk Off]
Finntroll – Nedgång (Live) [Livewire] [Folk Off]
Alestorm – Shipwrecked (Live) [Livewire]
Nothgard – The Sinners Sake
Children Of Bodom – Kissing The Shadows
Skálmöld – Kvaðning [Epic Track] [Folk Off]
Vanir – Unrepentant [Folk Off]
Primal Fear – King For A Day [Volt Track]
Judas Priest – All Guns Blazing
Grimner – Eldharta [Folk Off]
Svartsot – Spillemandens Dåse [Folk Off]
Deos – Caput Mundi
Ex Deo – The Spoils Of War
Cannibal Corpse – Code Of The Slashers
Deicide – Godkill
Ensiferum – King Of Storms [Overload!] [Folk Off]
Fferyllt – Call Of The Wild [Overload!] [Folk Off]
Equilibrium – Katharsis [Overload!] [Folk Off]
Vogelfrey – Mittelalter Rockstar [Folk Off]

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.

The Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone! Show #183

After another show beset by streaming issues, we can finally bring you the proper version, without static and only a few mistakes, but thats par for the course when it comes to POWERZONE! So, we’ve got loads of new tunes, from the likes of Xandria, Crimfall, Vogelfrey, Devilment, Gwar, Beast in Black and loads more! We hope you enjoy it! -GoM

Originally broadcast on 2/10/17, Calon FM

Playlist

Pain – A Wannabe
Xandria – Call Of Destiny
Crimfall – Wayward Verities
Edguy – Misguiding Your Life [Battle Across Time]
Edguy – Ravenblack [Battle Across Time]
Dream Evil – Made Of Metal (Live) [Livewire!]
Metallica – Of Wolf And Man (Live) [Livewire!]
Rammstein – Sonne (Live) [Livewire!]
Vogelfrey – Mittelalter Rockstar
In Extremo – Ai Vis Lo Lop
Bal-Sagoth – Six Score And Ten Oblations To A Malefic Avatar [Epic Track]
Devilment – Judasstein
Eternal Of Sweden – Scream Higher [Volt Track]
Sunrise – Star Ocean
Ensiferum – Feast With Valkyries
Vetten Äpärät – Brothers Of Hate
Vorgrum – Potato Troll
Trollfest – Professor Otto
Gwar – El Presidente
Ghoul – Blood And Guts
Beast In Black – Blind And Frozen [Overload!]
Battle Beast – Out On The Street [Overload!]
Helion Prime – Into The Black Hole [Overload!]
Slayer – Bloodline

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!

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The Wyrd Ways Rock Show presents: Powerzone! Show #182

Greetings Powerzone fans! Show #182 is finally here, and as usual its good fun, all went to plan, and we managed to play a load of good metal, including some new stuff from Orden Ogan, Harpyie, Nocturnal Rites, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Crematory, Freedom Call,  Mormieben,  Lonewolf and Benighted. Plus of course all the usual chat and unusual genres you look forward to. Enjoy, and get in contact for any queries and requests over on out Facebook page, (fb.com/powerzonemetal).

Originally aired on Calon FM 25/9/17

Playlist:

Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
Orden Ogan – Gunman
Nocturnal Rites – A Heart As Black As Coal
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Iron Fist [Battle Across Time]
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Folgt Uns [Battle Across Time]
Iron Maiden – Flight Of Icarus (live) [Livewire]
Hammerfall – Let The Hammer Fall (live) [Livewire]
Crematory – Die So Soon (live) [Livewire]
Harpyie – Ambra
Kamelot – My Confession
Primal Fear – One Night In December [Epic Track]
Freedom Call – Hammer Of The Gods
Nekrogoblikon – Bears [Volt Track]
Finntroll – Jaktens Tid
Mormieben – Défense de Gerber
Storm Seeker – Side By Side
Lowewolf – Through Fire, Ice And Blood
Powerwolf – We Are The Wild
Benighted – Reptilian
Anaal Nathrakh – Depravity Favours The Bold
Annihilator – Ultra Motion [Overload!]
Lost Society – Trash All Over You [Overload!]
Testament – Born In A Rut [Overload!]
Accept – Koolaid

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.

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