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Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone – 12/12/2016

This is a pretty special one, it’s our 150th show special! The Gentleman and Roadie are joined in the studio by occasional guest presenter Mark, we play some awesome tunes and even have time for a game of ‘Moth or Band’. Sound fun? Have a listen and enjoy! – GoM m/

Ennio Morricone – The Ecstasy Of Gold
Metallica – Fuel
Dreamtale – Dreality (Cheese Sandwich)
Freedom Call – Metal Is For Everyone (Cheese Sandwich)
Eluveitie – King
Korpiklaani – Hunting Song
Skálmöld – Niðavellir
Svartsot – Jotunheimsfærden
Grave Digger – Healed By Metal
Sabaton – Winged Hussars
Nightwish – 7 Days To The Wolves (Epic Track)
Xandria – We Are Murderers
Sonata Arctica – Full Moon (Volt Track)
In Flames – Moonshield (Volt Track)
Kalmah – Cold Sweat [Thin Lizzy Cover] (Coverzone)
Vicious Rumors – Chasing The Priest
Metal Church – Reset
Iron Maiden – Another Life
Black Sabbath – Fairies Wear Boots
Judas Priest – Electric Eye
Motörhead – Trigger
Ozzy Osbourne – Shot In The Dark
Black Label Society – Concrete Jungle
Europe – Rock The Night
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Dio – Rainbow In The Dark

Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime gear up for new album release

Frontiers Music are excited to announce the release of Resurrection, the new album from former Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate‘s band, Operation: Mindcrime.  The album is set for a worldwide release on September 23rd 2016.

Here’s a bit of a teaser:

“The album Resurrection is the second part of our three album presentation.  It continues the story that began on The Key with the near death experience of the lead character, H and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key.  With the Key finally in his possession, H has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called The New Reality. Or does he..?,” explains Tate.

He continues,

“I’m excited for people to hear and experience Resurrection because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album.  Musically, it also offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I’ve ever written.”

Aktaion

Aktaion
Interview by Rick Ossian

Following his review of Aktaion‘s really rather excellent recent release, the Swedish lads got in touch to thank Rick (who wrote the review, which you can read here).  Which was nice.  Since we at The Wyrd Ways Rock Show webzine aren’t the sort to look a gift horse in the mouth, Rick did an email interview with band leader and guitarist, Francis Larsson and vocalist Jonas Snäckmark.

Rick: How do you pronounce your band name and what is the significance of said name?

Francis: Well. This is a hard one. It is not quite as the English version of the name “Actaeon” But we are in luck, there is a 30sec clip on YouTube which comes close (although we like to go hard on the second A):


I found the name in a book while recording vocals for Seven and we were looking for a band name which didn’t sound like a description for when a person would die. But still there is a legend behind the name, as old as the Greeks.  Old story short: A hunter, Aktaion (or Actaeon) is transformed into a deer, by a naked woman, for spying on the naked woman and Aktaion, being a man, is then killed by his own hunting dogs, for now being a deer.

Although we don’t take anything from the legend with us in the music as of now, you might catch some of it in our soon-to-be-released artwork for our next album, The Parade Of Nature!

Rick: Besides you guys, what is your home town of Halmstad known for?

Francis: We got Gyllene Tider, Roxette, Per Gessle, beaches, two weeks of summer every other year and Halmstad is where the Danish realized they should just have stayed home, around 1676. And of course Arch Enemy.

Rick: Would you rather growl (shred-style vocals) or use straight, cleans vocals?

Francis: Can’t have one without the other.  Hard to formulate a complete song without seriously consider adding both.  Although if one has to go, in regards to our upcoming album, I’d delete the cleans first.

Jonas: Well I prefer to sing clean, although my strength is in the growl. But then again I feel that it is an unnecessary question, both have a unique standpoint and the rule is that if both styles complement each other, there is no need to take away one or the other. We write the lyrics with basis in emotion to bring out the whole picture and when the framework shifts, then we will see.

Rick: Is progressive metal still a viable genre?

Francis: Hard to answer.  A genre is mostly a construction by the listener, and while writing music I never ask myself what genre it fits into or that I should take it in another direction to please a certain genre.  So for me, and I hope, many others, genres are not decisive for if the music should be considered relevant or not.  Progressive metal will be viable as long as we like the music we label progressive.

Jonas: As in all stages of evolution we need to progress, so do metal. No Metal is the same. So I feel that it’s needed and therefore still a viable genre.

Rick: How do you stand out with all of the other many, many Swedish Metal acts?

Francis: Hard to say. Most of them are acts we look up to, we just believe that we are able to fill a void between all the amazing tunes they put out, and keep releasing. We are relevant in addition to the other acts in regards to our choruses, the way we build our songs and explore our riffs!

I write music mostly to please myself, and I like to listen to what I have written. And I don’t write from what I hear from others. There is no reason to write what Soilwork or Arch Enemy writes because I can listen to them if I want to hear just that. And I’d rather not mention Meshuggah, but Meshuggah

Rick: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin or Iron Maiden?

Francis: Why choose when you can listen to Led Zeppelin?

Rick: Favourite band(s)?/books/Television shows?/Movies?

Francis: Right now, Baroness and also starting to get into the latest Machine Head, but always and always: Ulver. In regards to books, haven´t felt anything special since reading the Foundation series. And lastly, just give me more Kung Fu Panda.

Rick: Favourite female singer?

Francis: Can’t speak for the whole band, but Sia.
Jonas: Regina Spektor or Linda Perry

Rick: Thoughts on ISIS/Syrian refugees?

Francis: Daesh are fucking idiots and the refugees are not.

Rick: Where is the world heading?

Francis: To a place where regret will be the only relevant topic.

Rick: Vampires vs. Werewolves?

Francis: Come on, hailing from Sweden: Alexander Skarsgård in True Blood. Do you even need to know anything else?

Rick: Fair enough! In a similar vein, what’s your fave video game?

Francis: Well 3/4 of the band plays CS:GO quite a lot. Other than that, World of Warcraft and Heroes and Generals. What I can remember Jonas likes Mass Effect but he can’t join us when playing video games…

Rick: Fave vehicle(s)?

Francis: Bicycle and bicycle.
Jonas: Millennium Falcon

Rick: Desert Island disc (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray)?

Francis: Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition, will not even ask the other guys about this one.
Jonas: Interstellar

Rick: Desert Island magazine subscription?

Francis: Donald Duck, pocket version!
Jonas: Cosmos, Australian Magazine.

Rick: Candy/chocolate(sweet) vs. Sour/salty?

Francis: Coffee and fruit please.
Jonas:  Sour/salty, at least it doesn’t feel like you are getting diabetes.

Rick: Fave fast food/junk food?

Francis: Anything, just give me something without meat.
Jonas: Veggie sandwich, despise the fast-food world.

Rick: Pets?

Francis: Give me a pig and I will keep it forever.

Rick: Crazy fan stories?

Francis: Still looking for that first one…

Rick: Fave super hero (comics/TV/movies)?

Francis: Wolverine and/or Batman.

Jonas: “I eat the uncertainty principle for breakfast. I was born the original loose cannon. — and I am one unpredictable feather-plucking’ walrus! Koo-koo-ka-freakin’-choo!
-Deadpool, the one true antihero!

Rick: Where have you been?

Francis: As a band? Ask us again next year. As a person I’m quite weak on the travelling side. Lived in Oslo for a year, visited mainland Europe and Great Britain. Been to Denmark and Germany for cheap “water of life”. Looking into East Asia this spring. Have to get away from Sweden for a while where everything is insulting to everyone, all the time.

Gong Mainman Daevid Allen Dead at 77

Obituary by Rick Ossian
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Christopher David Allen, better known as Daevid Allen and sometimes even Divided Alien (talk about Wyrdness!), died 13 March 2015, only weeks after having been informed that he had six months to live.

On 12 June 2014, Allen underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his neck, when it was diagnosed as cancerous. Allen underwent intensive radiation therapy. In a statement released 5 February 2015, Allen wrote that the “cancer had returned to his neck and had spread to his lungs (metastasized)”. Allen further announced that he “was not interested in endless surgical operations”.  On Friday, the 13th of March, his son Orlando Monday Allen, announced the passing of his father through Facebook.  He died in Australia at 1:05 p.m., “surrounded by his boys”. He was survived by four sons, two with his partner, willowy whispering witchy wife Gilli Smyth, and two from other mothers.

According to the Daily Telegraph, “Allen revelled in being the court jester of hippie rock and never lost his enthusiasm for the transcendent power of the psychedelic experience“.

Allen once quipped “Psychedelia for me is a code for that profound spiritual experience where there is a direct link to the gods“.

That he never attained the riches and fame of many of his contemporaries did not concern him daevidallenthree

For my part, I was definitely a fan of Gong, and later came to appreciate the other stalwart denizens of the Canterbury Scene, of which Allen was a definite anchor, having co-founded Gong and Soft Machine, two of the scene’s most outstanding aggregations. I came to know Gong and their work through the glissando guitar overload of maestro Steve Hillage, who I still listen to today. Though Allen left Gong fairly early on in their career (1973), he returned in their latter-day period(s) to rock the boat without sinking the ship. Today he is revered as the Godfather of the movement. Whether with Banana Moon, the Magick Brothers or Planet Gong or Mother Gong, Allen was nearly always at the helm, conjuring epic vistas of psych/prog wyrdness for the masses.daevidallenfour

Of particular note early in his career was the Radio Gnome Trilogy (Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg and You) work done with Gong. There are many other recorded works worth of noting, but by and large the critics agree that the music of the trilogy is the best. We all have our faves, mine in particular is the work done on 2032, which marked the return of Hillage and some pretty far-out, trippy fractal videos.

Allen will most certainly be missed by all, especially in the psychedelic and prog rock communities.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCCI Part 1

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We’re back to what passes for normal in this week’s Wyrd Ways Rock Show.  This week’s Record Of The Week is the new one from Finnish Metal band, Battle Beast, and in the Spotlight, we have the mighty UFO, whose new album, A Conspiracy Of Stars is due out next month.  You’ll be hearing tracks from that very album in this week’s show.  Remember to go and vote in the poll to find The Wyrd Ways Rock Show People’s Choice for Album Of 2014.  If you want your say, click this link and peruse the shortlist.

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Playlist:
Scorpions – We Built This House
Enforcer – Undying Evil
Diamond Blvd – Follow The Deadlights
Covered: Kobra And The Lotus – Don’t Talk To Strangers (Dio)
Savage Messiah – Hammered Down
Huntress – Starbound Beast
Amon Amarth – Father Of The Wolf

Bloodstock Announce Sophie Lancaster Stage Bands

Bloodstock are pleased to announce Delain as Friday night’s headliner. The Dutch symphonic metal band enthused,

“We are really excited to perform at the awesome Bloodstock Festival for the very first time this summer!  Having written our previous records’ title track We Are The Others about Sophie Lancaster, it will be an extra important and special occasion for us to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage and meet up with our friends at the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (“Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred & Intolerance Everywhere!”) again. We look forward to rocking out at Bloodstock and hope to see many of you there!”

The group are currently touring Europe with Sabaton, in support of their latest album The Human Contradiction. Watch their latest video for Stardust right here:

Italian Tech Death Metal kings Fleshgod Apocalypse will be rolling in as Saturday night’s headliner, stating:

“We’re very happy to be part of this amazing festival for the first time. It’s a great honour for us and we can’t wait to crush one of the most important stages in the UK and Europe! See you all there mates!”

The band are working on their follow-up to 2013’s Labyrinth concept album, which will hopefully surface before the end of the year. Meanwhile, head over to their YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FleshgodApocalypse, to see live clips from Wacken, lyric videos and even how to cook a special Fleshgod Apocalypse spaghetti dish, complete with their own brand of wine!

Also appearing Saturday will be Swiss Thrash Metal band Battalion. Bloodstock is delighted to welcome the group back to Catton Park, following their first UK show at Bloodstock in 2012. The four piece recently finished recording their third studio album and started the new year by sharing this live video of their whole set at Wacken last year:

Newly reformed Bay Area hip hop thrash funksters Mordred join the Sophie Lancaster stage bill for Sunday. The band are hard at work on a brand new album, which will mark their first new release in 20 years! You might have caught them on a brief UK visit last summer, following a triumphant Indiegogo campaign. Get a taste via brand new song The Baroness here:

…or revisit some classic Mordred with Falling Away here:

Also stepping up for a Sunday Sophie slot are fellow Italians Destrage. Signed to Metal Blade, their last album Are You Kidding Me? No! guest featured GN’R man Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal on the title track. Metal Hammer writer and TeamRock Radio Breakfast Show presenter, Stephen Hill declared it his 2014 Album of the Year.  See why in the live video for song Destroy Create Transform Sublimate:

Scorpions Release New Single

 

Scorpions album cover

If there are twelve high quality songs (plus four bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition) on a single album, like on the brand-new Scorpions opus Return To Forever, choosing the first single can almost be incredibly challenging. Thankfully there was a very good reason for choosing We Built This House.  Vocalist Klaus Meine had this to say about it:

“In the end, it tells our story. We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be wheatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fans’ affection. We have been working hard for this dream, but we’re thankful as well for having been able to live it, and for still being able to live it today.”

As the saying goes, it would seem there is life in the old dog yet.  The album is due for release on the 15th February 2015.

Nickelback – No Fixed Address

 

Republic Records

Review by Suzi H

Buy the CD HERE and the MP3 HERE

Alright, Nickelback.  Lots of people hate them (hello! – Ed).  I’ve been publicly mocked on more than one occasion for liking Nickelback, but like them I do and have done since I first heard How you Remind Me more years ago than I want to think about, and The Long Road and All The Right Reasons have been in my personal top ten favourite albums since forever. Anyway, I’ve donned my flame retardant blanket in preparation for this review. (flame-thrower… ready! – Ed)

And that’s just to save me from my colleagues!

Hyperbole out of the way and let’s get down to business. No Fixed Abode is Nickelback’s eighth studio album, and their first release on Republic Records following their split from Roadrunner Records. It kicks off with the aggressively cheerful Million Miles An Hour. The opening riff is classic Nickelback and then there’s some weird synth dubbing effect going on which represents how the band might sound if they were in an 80’s cartoon. Anyway it’s a bizarrely pleasing combination and by the time the album’s segued into Edge Of A Revolution I’m headbanging away at my desk quite happily (what?! – Ed).

Nickelback are not known for their political lyrics. In fact they’re normally  heavily criticised for singing too much about sex, strippers, drinking too much and young male violence and posturing.  Edge of a Revolution is an amusing pot-shot at capitalism from a band who are routinely accused of being utterly unoriginal and mass produced (that’s what they are! – Ed).  Anyway, the riffs are rather enjoyable, and the lyrics made me giggle, so it’s a win as far as I’m concerned.

Next up we have the disgustingly commercial What Are You Waiting For. It’s like Bruno Mars Does A Big Rock Single. In fact, you know that week of every year of the X Factor where they do ‘Rock Night’ and spend the evening murdering perfectly good songs, who never did anything to deserve it? (*shudder* – Ed)  That’s what What Are You Waiting For is and frankly, Chad and co. should know better. D- for that one boys (that’s more like it, Elfie! – Ed).

She Keeps Me Up is a dirty sexified rock song, mixed in with some really funky 70’s style beats.  I like it.  It’s classic Nickelback with a hint of Motown, and of course they’ve gone back to what they do best (definition applied loosely, mayhap? – Ed), which is singing about sex (…which is the nearest the majority of Nickelback fans will ever get! – Ed). I know people criticize Nickelback for the amount of time they spend singing about sex – more accurately about the fact they aren’t getting any or that when they are they shouldn’t be sleeping with the people they are – but really they’re very good at it, and they should just play to their strengths.

Make Me Believe Again, Satellite  and Get ‘Em Up are standard middle of the album filler tracks (you’ve just summed up their entire recorded output there, m’dear! – Ed).  There’s nothing wrong with them (so you say! – Ed), but as a long time listener I could match up the riffs in them to previously released Nickelback material and that’s a bit sad.  I swear hand on heart that the opening of Get Em Up is the same as the opening of Something in Your Mouth  from the Dark Horse album.

The Hammer’s Coming Down is the first moment where Nickelback break the mould on this album (can’t we just break the album? – Ed) – there’s a piano, and some strings and an opening that isn’t reliant on the sort of riffs that cowboy bars from movies are founded on.  It quickly peters out into another generic pop-rock song, with some vaguely uplifting orchestral bits.  Sadly it’s immediately followed by Miss You which my 11 year old, Bruno Mars obsessed daughter will like, and which I, not a fan of whistly chirpy tunes, dislike intensely.

No Fixed Address draws to a close with Got Me Runnin’ Round and Sister Sin which is exactly the sort of funked up, dirtied down commercial rock song I like for light listening. Until it gets half way through and then there’s a weird-assed rapping section that fits the song but is annoying. The final track Sister Sin is probably my favourite  from the album – it’s got a feel good beat (why has the image of Hugh Dennis popped into my head? – Ed), some nice backing vocals and lends itself to a nice groove in a dark club.

All in all No Fixed Address is exactly what you can expect from a commercial band like Nickelback. These guys aren’t trying to produce the best or most exciting rock music, they’re making commercial pop rock so that radio stations can play something that’s edgier than Taylor Swift and isn’t hip-hop. It’s not a terrible album – I’ll probably play it regularly for background music that won’t lead to my non-Metal husband and kids muttering about “all the growling and screaming”. It’s a bog standard, not very exciting release, and for that I am going to give it a boring, but respectable 2.5 stars out of five. If you don’t like Nickelback, you shouldn’t listen to it, and if you do, you’ll think it’s alright.

Although next time lads – stop listening to Bruno bloody Mars!!!

 

Verdict: 2.5/5

(Who’s this Bruno Mars, by the way? – Ed)