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Power Metallists Phear Return With New EP, The Curse Lives On

If you long for the sounds of vintage Power and Thrash Metal with a Prog twist, then there is a fast-rising band that perfectly fits this description – Phear.

Comprised of Patrick Mulock (Vocals), Graham Stirrett (Guitar), Tyson Emanuel (Guitar), Chris Boshis (Bass), Chris Lewis (Drums), the band is gearing up to issue a five-track EP, The Curse Lives On (release date Friday, June 30th, 2017), which follows their debut full-length, Insanitarium.

According to Patrick:

Phear was formed in Toronto in 2015.  I played in Metal Blade recording artists Eidolon with Glen and Shawn Drover – formerly of Megadeth – from 2001-2004.  Prior to that I was in a local outfit called Rampage that had some success in the Toronto area, and for some strange reason, Australia.  After a semi-retirement from music (2004- 2014), I had the Rampage boys over to discuss doing it again. Unfortunately, all couldn’t commit due to other bands, jobs etc. So, with 2 new members and 3 original rampage members, we formed Phear.”

The forthcoming EP does not disappoint with its ferocity, as it contains both studio and live cuts, including a killer Iron Maiden cover.

“Doing our first cover ever, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I think I’ll never forget the first power chord I heard on the guitar. I knew that the 7 string guitars would beef it up a little but BOOM….I just remember smiling and saying, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ Dirty Work was a little departure for us….We had an Alice in Chains feel with the harmonies and I really like how it came out.  Live songs…. Don’t Scream/Heaven/Regan’s Dream, I remember being very nervous for that show.  I literally got home from 10 days in Europe and had to perform in 3 days.  But the show went well and after 5 minutes, we got into our flow.”

And prepare to be blown away by Phear’s live show – including Canadian dates in the fall/winter (with the possibility of dates in Europe, Japan, and the US, as well).

Phear treats our live show as an event. I go see a lot of live bands in Toronto. We try to support live music as much as possible. Good or bad, most bands go up on stage, play their songs than leave the stage. Well that’s not good enough for us. Phear owns its own production! We use lighting effects, strobes, lasers, blinders, smoke machines, geysers. We are all in costumes, not our street clothes. If we could use pyro… trust me, we would and hope to be in the near future. We have our own light guy, sound guy because we want it to be a great sounding and great looking show for everybody to enjoy. We are getting more and more theatrical every show we do. The Rime… video is a good representation of what you are going to see.”

Lastly, expect much from Phear in the future.

“The immediate future is exciting. We will begin rehearsal for the fall and winter 2017 Canadian Shows. Also, we have begun the writing of our next full length album, for release early 2018. We are very excited about bringing our music to the world. With that said, All the fans and Industry that have been so very, very kind to us, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon.”

Rabid Bitch Of The North Reveal Debut Album Details

Belfast Heavy Metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, Nothing But a Bitter Taste, this August via Hostile Media.

Frontman Joe McDonnell:

“Nothing But a Bitter Taste has essentially been several years in the making. For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice.  [The album], is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It’s something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we’ve released.”

Tracklisting
1. The Missionary
2. Chance
3. Nothing But A Bitter Taste
4. Gilded Men
5. God Of Punishment
6. Demon Mind
7. Defending Two Castles
8. Trapped In 1999

The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases.

Joe McDonnell again:

“Gerry’s production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles.  What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound.”

As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, The Missionary:  “It’s a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs.”

Listen Again: Wyrd Ways Rock Show 25th May 2017

Been a while, hasn’t it?  To be brutally honest, I’ve just not been in the mood recently.  Better no show than a shoddy one, I think.  I’d rather not put out a show at all rather than a poorly made one with no feeling to it.

Anyway.

Since the last show, we’ve lost Chris Cornell to depression.  So that’s who this show is dedicated to: the memory of the voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave and anyone currently fighting depression.

Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
Jupiter Falls – Sickened
Vandroya – You’ll Know My Name
Covered: Body Count – Raining Blood/Postmortem 2017
Winterfylleth – The Threnody Of Triumph
Wintersun – Sons Of Winter and Stars
Ghost – Year Zero
Spotlight: Soundgarden – Jesus Christ Pose
My #3: Amon Amarth – Raise Your Horns
My #2: Dakesis – Destined For The Flame
My #1: Bull-Riff Stampede – Enraging The Beast
Wednesday 13 – What The Night Brings
Spotlight: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Gothic Demons Catacombs
Woodhawk – Quest For Clarity
Record Of The Week: Body Count – The Ski Mask Way
Record Of The Week: Body Count – Walk With Me (feat. Randy Blythe)
Record Of The Week: Body Count – Here I Go Again
Spotlight: Audioslave – Cochise
Cybernetic Witch Cult – Tyrannosaurus Hex
Spinetingler: Audioslave – Like A Stone

Raw In Sect release new video

Greek Metal/Rock band, Raw In Sect, have released a new music video for Therion.  The song is taken from the upcoming third album Kitro, which will be released in September.

Here’s the video in question:

Filmed in London’s Black Island studios by director Peter Lee Scott, the band says the video is mean to reflect the transformation into Therion, which is to “find inner power in a primitive way getting in touch with your instincts.

The song’s unique blend of traditional Greek music and rock ‘n’ roll is, according to the band, meant to…

“…redefine what aggressive/rock music is through a totally different approach than the one that has been known in the music scene.

Really though, it’s about doing something new and artistic instead of repeating the same old patterns of established bands in hopes of securing a career in a declining music industry. Changing the language of the lyrics in Greek, recording live, and not setting on the sound of previous records that was somewhat accepted, are among the risks we took willingly in order to express something new and reach wider audiences.”

New Video Released by Cellar Darling

CELLAR DARLING, the new band formed by ex-ELUVEITIE members Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi, have released a new single, Avalanche

Here’s the video:

The band’s debut album, This Is The Sound, is due to be released on Nuclear Blast Records on June 30th 2017.

In band’s own words: “We’d like to take you on another journey into a picturesque, abstract world. Listen to the summoners of the ‘Avalanche’. A story about a cult and a freezing end to an intimate deathwish. Shot in the heat of beautiful Tenerife, an intentionally contradictory setting, this video tells you our story with symbolism and movement, contrasts & metaphors. So sit back and let your imagination run wild, enjoy! “

Uncommon Evolution – WWRS Shock Of The New

Uncommon Evolution hail from high in the mountains of North West Montana USA.

Since forming in the Spring of 2013, they have travelled all over their native US and had the honour of playing the South by South West Festival in Austin, Texas, where they also love to record at the Machine Shop Recording Studio.

With fiery vocals, big ballsy riffs and grooves thick enough to shake mountains, these guys have honed a sound truly all their own, though their wide ranging influences shine through in a cornucopia of flavour.

Here’s the title track from the EP they’ve got coming out this month:

Most recently, Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Crobot, etc.) produced, mixed and mastered their new EP, Junkyard Jesus, to be released by Argonauta Records by June 2017.

Listen Again: Wyrd Ways Rock Show 7th April 2017

Did you enjoy the Thrash Hour? There’s going to be more of those coming, probably once a month, mixing old and new. I’ve also got the rest of the WWRS team working on their own specialist areas, so you can expect Power Metal, Prog and Punk hours. Good, eh?

Now then… as to this week’s show, there’s new stuff from Blaze Bayley, Body Count and Ex Deo, plus lots of other stuff.

Download it and PLAY IT LOUD.

Body Count – No Lives Matter
Courtesans – Mesmerise
Cage – Flying Fortress
Covered: Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 – Shoot To Thrill (AC/DC)
Eva Plays Dead – Spin
Danko Jones – Wild Cat
Spotlight: Murderdolls – Dead In Hollywood
New Day Dawn – The Broken
Tom’s #3: Avantasia – Let The Storm Descend On You
Tom’s #2: Gojira – Magma
Tom’s #1: Babymetal – Road of Resistance (feat. Herman Li & Sam Totman)
Spotlight: Wednesday 13 – Astro-Psycho Galactic Blood Drive
Warbringer – Remain Violent
Krysthla – Make Disciples Of The Nations
All But One – The Reaper, The Sower
Elephant Bell – Straight To Hell
Record Of The Week: Blaze Bayley – Endure and Survive – Escape Velocity
Record Of The Week: Blaze Bayley – Endure and Survive – Destroyer
Record Of The Week: Blaze Bayley – Endure and Survive – Fight Back
Spotlight: Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 – I Love To Say Fuck
Ex Deo – Hispania (The Siege of Saguntum)
Trigon – Apocalypse
Spinetingler: Black Sabbath – TV Crimes

Listen Again: Wyrd Ways Rock Show 16th March 2017

Back in the saddle for another two hour (nearly) blast of the best in Metal from all over the world. By that I mean bands from Canada, Finland, Germany, the US, Italy, Sweden and right here in the UK. A veritable United Nations of arse-kicking, neck-cracking tunes. Want to know which ones in particular, and what they sound like?

Click the pic. You know you want to.

Papa Roach – Help
Hydrogyn – My Redemption
Arthemis – Into The Arena
Covered: Children of Bodom – Silent Scream (Slayer)
Sumo Cyco – Move Mountains (feat. Benji Webbe)
Pink Pussycats From Hell – Hellvolution
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Lake Bodom
SinHeresy – Star Dome
Shock Of The New: Himiltungl – Skogstokig
Shock Of The New: Blister Brigade – Dollargod
Shock Of The New: Murkocet – Strip Club Massacre
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Hellhounds On My Trail
Rick’s #3: Testament – Neptune’s Spear
Rick’s #2: Metallica – Moth Into Flame (Live)
Rick’s #1: Opeth – Sorceress
Record Of The Week: Kreator – World War Now
Record Of The Week: Kreator – Lion With Eagle Wings
Record Of The Week: Kreator – Death Becomes My Light
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Morrigan
Crnkshft – Systematic
Dakesis – Destined For The Flame
Spinetingler: Halford – The One You Love To Hate

Victorient release video for new track

Goth duo Victorient have released the song Ghost City.

The song is taken from their new mini album, Revolutions Part 1, which is due for release on 12th June through Raphaelite Records.

The band’s debut album, The Old Curiosity Shop is available on Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” download – I’d suggest at least £1 – if you click the link that is hiding behind this sentence.

Sound-wise, Victorient are somewhat reminiscient of the likes of early Theatres Des Vampires and Inkkubus Sukkubus.  The husband-and-wife line-up of Tansy (vocals) and Sam Dunham-Carter (guitars, programming and backing vocals) solidified in 2014 in London.  The pair recorded and mixed the album in their own home studio, with Tansy providing the artwork.

Have a look at the video:

Remember to tell them The Wyrd Ways Rock Show sent you!

Revolutions Part 2 is expected later in the year.

Listen Again: Wyrd Ways Rock Show 26th Feb 2017

More Metal than you can shake a stick at in this edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show! Take a look below at the playlist if you want to find out how full of Metal the next two hours or so (depending on how quickly you download the show) are going to be.

Amid the mayhem, though, there is a sad bit. This edition marks the final contribution of Dr Jim “IronLord” Waterman. He’s decided that it’s time to move on. May the winds take you where you will, Jim. There’s always a place by the hearth waiting for you at WWRS.

Papa Roach – Help
Hydrogyn – My Redemption
Arthemis – Into The Arena
Covered: Children of Bodom – Silent Scream (Slayer)
Sumo Cyco – Move Mountains (feat. Benji Webbe)
Pink Pussycats From Hell – Hellvolution
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Lake Bodom
SinHeresy – Star Dome
Shock Of The New: Himiltungl – Skogstokig
Shock Of The New: Blister Brigade – Dollargod
Shock Of The New: Murkocet – Strip Club Massacre
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Hellhounds On My Trail
Rick’s #3: Testament – Neptune’s Spear
Rick’s #2: Metallica – Moth Into Flame (Live)
Rick’s #1: Opeth – Sorceress
Record Of The Week: Kreator – World War Now
Record Of The Week: Kreator – Lion With Eagle Wings
Record Of The Week: Kreator – Death Becomes My Light
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Morrigan
Crnkshft – Systematic
Dakesis – Destined For The Flame
Spinetingler: Halford – The One You Love To Hate