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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 13th December 2017

The countdown to Christmas now begins in earnest. Just to show I’m not a total Scrooge, I’ve included the full sweary version of Lawnmower Deth‘s collaboration with Kim Wilde (yes, THAT Kim Wilde… she of Kids In America back in the 80’s, who went on to do gardening shows for the BBC).

There’s also a fond farewell to Triaxis, new stuff from all over the place and… well… I’m not going to tell you who gets Record Of The Week. You’ll just have to listen to the show when you’ve finished downloading it, or it arrives in your Inbox (if you’re a Sponsor or on the mailing list).

Turn it all the way up!

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 5th July 2017

You have to admit this is better.

Hasn’t been a month this time!

Anyway… this week’s Wyrd Ways Rock Show is a packed show yet again. Then again, isn’t it always? Rammed to the gunwhales with brand new music, including stuff from Alestorm, Iced Earth, Venom Inc, Helstar and Rex Brown.

Yes, THAT Rex Brown!

Not only that, but there’s also THREE tracks from the brand new album by the Italian Metal maestros, Arthemis.

Powerwolf – Blessed & Possessed


Napalm Records

Review by Carl “DJ ThunderGod” Pickles

Buy the CD HERE and the MP3 HERE

Let’s get something straight before we start, shall we? Power Metal, as a subgenre is totally and utterly ridiculous. That has to be a given. Soaring guitars, soaring vocals, bludgeoning drums played at a speed you’d expect from bands classed as being much heavier…  Some bands, like DragonForce, take that to extremes. Other bands, like HammerFall and Sabaton play it straight down the line and create some truly anthemic stuff.

Then there is a German outfit by the name of Powerwolf. They use twisted, blasphemous religious imagery, cross-pollinated with werewolf mythology, corpse paint and monks robes as costumes. The formula should be a recipe for disaster, but it works when it really, really should be an absolute train wreck.  It doesn’t exactly hurt the German band’s cause that Attila Dorn’s voice is a truly stunning instrument. There is absolutely no way to mistake this man’s pipes for anyone else’s. Incredibly charismatic and powerful in a subgenre where many vocalists go for range rather than power, he works in a similar register to Sabaton’s Joakim Broden. Then there’s the keyboards. The best keyboard players use their instruments to add colour to the proceedings. That’s another thing that helps this insane formula work so well. Falk Maria Schlegel’s sepulchral cathedral organ matches perfectly.

Right from the off, these guys are not messing about. The opening track (which also happens to be the title track), Blessed & Possessed has “anthem” stamped through it like a stick of Blackpool rock. The momentum gained from that one takes you barrelling straight into a pummelling Dead Until Dark, before slamming down another anthem in Army Of The Night. This one has “live favourite” stamped all over it.

That takes us into the first single, Armata Strigoi, (which you’ve probably just watched above) with its staccato riff and yet another masterclass from Dorn, beautifully supported by Schlegel… and so it goes on. If your foot isn’t at least tapping, or your head nodding by this point, you really are deficient in some major way. Other honourable mentions have to go to Sanctus Dominus, Higher Than Heaven, We Are The Wild, Sacramental Sister… sod it… I’ve just realized I’m typing out the titles of the entire remaining running order. ALL the tracks on this one really hit the spot in a pretty major way. There is truly not one single track you could even think of as being “filler”.

On Blessed & Possessed, Powerwolf absolutely nail the formula. They’ve got close on previous albums, most notably on the mighty Bible Of The Beast, but for this one there is not one single misstep throughout the entire album. This is absolute perfection. It’s an incredible piece of work. The pace only really drops on the final track, Let There Be Night, but that just allows Attila to really flex his vocal cords. The man sings out of his skin on that one, and when matched with an exquisite solo from Matthew Greywolf… well, it’s not often I can be said to be lost for words, but hearing this song for the first time was one of those occasions.

Make no mistake. Powerwolf have thrown down the gauntlet and staked their claim for Album Of The Year for 2015.  This one is absolutely awesome.  What’s more, if you get the limited edition version, you get a CD of cover versions, including this one:

No hesitation at all with a rating of..


FREE ALESTORM track download from HMV available NOW!!


If ye can’t be waitin’ to get your ears around some new material by those crazy Pirate Metallers, Alestorm, worry ye not me hearties… OK I’ll stop.

Alestorm are giving away a free track from their soon to be released album ‘Sunset On The Golden Age‘.
All you need to do is follow the link to download the band’s fantastic version of Taio Cruz‘s ‘Hangover‘!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…

Fresh from their appearance at Sonisphere 2014, Alestorm are hitting the seven seas again! Cast off!

Scottish pirates ALESTORM with Captain Christopher Bowes at the helm, are set to release their upcoming album Sunset On The Golden Age on August 4th in the UK via Napalm Records.

To get a first taste of the pirates live on the high seas, check out the album preview clip here:

Also don’t forget to check out the band’s brand new video for ‘Drink!’ here:

‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ – A real treasure trove for pirates and rum-loving landlubbers alike!