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The next show is coming… be ready!

OK sentients, since I’ve done the recording for the current show, and intend to get it published tomorrow, I’m now taking requests for the #freespinwhatever portion of the next edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.   Might even be tempted to make it a bit Christmassy.

Oh yeah… I’ll also be starting to build the infamous, traditional Yuletide Behemoth, which covers the albums released during this year. The longest one I ever made topped 7 hours.

Suggest a track by clicking on THIS LINK or via the contact form, Facebook or Twitter, and I’ll trade you a shoutout – the only proviso is it’s got to be a song from an album that was released in 2017

Ozzy “not ready to retire”

Ozzy Osbourne has stalled his plans to retire because he doesn’t want to die like his father.

Sharon Osbourne wants a commitment from her husband, the former Black Sabbath frontman to announce his plans to give up performing live next year, after he turns 70.  Ozzy, on the other hand, insists she’ll have to wait a while because he’s not ready to walk away from the stage.

Ozzy told Rolling Stone:

“People around my age go, ‘I’m 65 now. I’m retired’, and then they f**king die.  My father got a bit of cash from the job he had, did the garden and died.

That’s a bit of an anticlimax after working so many years in a factory. I ain’t retiring. People still want to see me, so what’s there to retire from?”

He assured fans that the end of Black Sabbath earlier this year wasn’t the start of his own swansong:

“They’ve (bandmates) retired but I haven’t.”

The news will come as a bit of a surprise to his wife, who recently confirmed she and Ozzy had arrived at a retirement plan.

The TV personality, who has managed her husband’s career for decades, announced she is preparing to wind down her appearances on shows like The Talk in America and Britain’s The X Factor within five years and she has told Ozzy he must give up touring.

Sharon has been reported as saying:

“I’ve given myself five years then it’s time to say goodbye from the industry.  I just think that it would be enough. I want to keep my dignity. I’ve been working since I was 15 in this industry and I think that’s enough.

It’s very difficult if you’re at a gig and you’re the oldest person in the room. I think when you get to a certain age it can be somewhat embarrassing. I don’t want to be one of those people standing at the side in a mini skirt pretending you love it. I don’t want Ozzy singing Crazy Train at 75. I think it’s best you go out before you hit that 70 and go out on top.”

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

Woodhawk launch new album via Sludgelord

From the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains comes Calgary, Alberta’s WOODHAWK. Purveyors of straight-forward riff-rock wizardry, the power trio released an EP in 2014 and have continued forging ahead. Made of equal parts 1970’s Birmingham and influences including a 21st century heavy ‘Who’s Who’, Woodhawk are purveyors of riff-centric rock and roll.

Air Drumming

Capable and original, the band is crafting anthemic fist-pumping songs while attempting to forego tired stoner rock clichés. With time (travel) tested themes of science fiction, swords and sorcery, the band’s lyrics are born of snowy winters, hot practice spaces and pages of dog-eared paperbacks. While the musicianship reinforces recollections of Black Sabbath, modern influences that encourage wild air drumming or stretching highway speed limits are undeniably present.

Set to unleash their debut full-length Beyond The Sun, produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) on April 7th, Woodhawk has teamed up with ‘riff-addicts’ blog, The Sludgelord, for the full stream premiere. Check it out here.

Show Dates
Apr 7 – Edmonton, AB – Sewing Machine Factory (CD Release Show)
April 8 – Calgary, AB – The Palomino (CD Release show)
Vagabonds of The Western Gig Tour:
May 4 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
May 5 – Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
May 6 – Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub
May 7 – Kelowna, BC – Doc Willoughby’s
May 8 – Edmonton, AB – Rendezvous Pub
May 9 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
May 10 – Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
May 11 – Regina, SK – The German Club
May 12 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
May 13 – Fernie, BC – Northern Bar
If you want something visual to whet your appetite, check out the video for The High Priest here:

Soma Dark announce new members

Manchester-based Heavy Metal band Soma Dark posted the following announcement on Facebook early on this afternoon:

All of you who made it down last night [to their gig at Grand Central in Manchester] will now be in the loop. But for those of you who didn’t, you really missed something special.

First things first, towards the end of summer last year, Drummer James McMurrough and bassist Luke Jones had to make the tough decision to step down from their positions in Soma Dark. Although this choice was no doubt difficult for them, other commitments in life had to take priority. We wish them all the best in the future and thank them dearly for their contributions to the band over the years.

But… Not all news is bad news. So it is with great pleasure we announce our new members into the Soma Dark family.

Firstly, taking to the rhythm throne on drums we introduce Charlie Stack (ex-Digital Buffalo/ex-Bob Dean). Charlie has brought a new angle to the sound and a new imagination in keeping us solid as a rock, while keeping that groove interestingly heavy.

Locking in with Charlie and completing the rhythm section, it is with great pleasure to introduce you to Simon Robertshaw, who some of you may know from his time in fellow Manchester Metal band, Vice. Simon has brought a new energy and enthusiasm, which for those of you who were there last night, will have been witness to.

We’re very proud to have these boys on board with us. Don’t miss us on the road… But also, keep your eyes peeled for news of our new album which is now mixed and going off for mastering. Artwork is complete, logo updated. We are currently looking into finding a label to release this through. So if you are reading this from a label and are interested, get in touch!

We’ll see all of you very soon…

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

Suicide Silence bassist appears on 288 Podcast

Big thanks to Matt Slayer (@Matt_Slayer) for letting us download and repost this particular edition of the 288 Podcast he presents with Draven Star (@thedoomdoll).

Dan Kenny (@dankenny) the Bassist for Suicide Silence joins Draven and Matt in studio. Things get drunk and a little weird. Dan briefly talks about Suicide Silence‘s new album and tour. Matt tells the story of that time he met Chyna. This episode is a porn and metal extravaganza!

If you enjoyed that (and I really don’t see why you wouldn’t), you can click HERE to listen to more episodes.

Powerzone Halloween Spooktacular!

No tricks, just treats on this week’s Powerzone!

Make us your evil evenings soundtrack, we’ve got all the Metal you need to make your Halloween BRUTAL!

Including ghouls, ghosts, vampires, scary clowns, bears, trolls, goblins, witches, wolves, zombies and Frankenstein’s in attendance! See you at the link…

Grave Digger – Return Of The Reaper / Hell Funeral
Civil War – Road To Victory
Hammerfall – The Sacred Vow
Lordi – Hell Sent In The Clowns
Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein
Finntroll – Sång
Nekrogoblikon – Bears
Ghoul – Blood And Guts
Tankard – Zombie Attack
Helloween – Halloween (Epic Track)
Trick Or Treat – Paper Dragon
Hell – Land Of The Living Dead (Volt Track)
Mercyful Fate – Evil
Carach Angren – The Sighting Is A Portant Of Doom
Cradle Of Filth – Hallowed By Thy Name [Iron Maiden Cover] (Coverzone)
Evil Scarecrow – Crabulon
The Devin Townsend Band – Vampira
Iced Earth – Wolf
Twins Crew – Burn The Witch
Wolf – At The Graveyard
Powerwolf – Headless Cross [Black Sabbath Cover]

Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone! 10th October 2016

Get yourself battle ready to enter the Powerzone! – we’re off to tear internet radio a new one!

Coming up on the show this week, we’ve got some brand new Sonata Arctica, Sabaton, Vetten Äpärät, Lordi, Skálmöld and Alestorm – but it’s not all about the new: we’ve got classic metal galore, including the long awaited return of WATT Year! Plus plenty of folk and power metal as per usual, should be a good ‘un! Join us cos we’ll be bringing the BRUTAL! \m/

Here’s the Playlist:
Hammerforce – Access Denied
Sonata Arctica – Fairytale
Kamelot – The Black Halo
Lordi – Down With The Devil
Rob Zombie – Demonoid Phenomenon
Black Sabbath – Jerusalem (WATT Year?)
King Diamond – The Trial (WATT Year?)
Iced Earth – Iced Earth (WATT Year?)
Trollfest – Uraltes Elemente
Vetten Äpärät — Wind Of Exhaustion
Iron Maiden – Dream Of Mirrors (Epic Track)
Megadeth – A Tout Le Monde
Whispered – Strike! (Volt Track)
Children Of Bodom – Red Light In My Eyes Part 2
Sabaton – Camouflage
Battle Beast – Into The Heart Of Danger
Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears
Black Label Society – What’s In You
Alestorm – Kvaðning (Skálmöld Cover) [Overload] {Coverzone}
Skálmöld – Drink (Alestorm Cover) [Overload] {Coverzone}
In Flames – Eye Of The Beholder (Metallica Cover) [Overload] {Coverzone}
Brymir – The Rain

Who Are The Metal Taliban?

I recently joined a couple of Metal forums, to see if anything had changed in the years since I last had the time to use them.  It seems that they have, and not necessarily for the better.  The experience shows a lot of what is wrong with the Metal scene at the moment, and has been for about the last ten years or so.  Actually nearer 20.  That problem is fracturing of the fanbase, caused by elitism.

What do I mean by that?

It’s in the title: The Metal Taliban.

They seem to think they have the right to decide what is Metal, and what isn’t.  If it’s not Metal, it is derided and so are it’s fans.

They are the reason the live scene as a whole is struggling and why Metal will not be able to reach the heights it did in the late 80’s.  The Metal Taliban have decreed that if it doesn’t have Cookie Monster vocals, it’s not Metal.  If it doesn’t sound as if it was recorded inside a biscuit tin, it’s not Metal.  If more than three people like it, it’s not Metal.

That’s bollocks.  Are these people saying that Ronnie James Dio wasn’t Metal?  Are they saying Simon Hall, Dave Mustaine, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Jorn Lande and Ozzy Osbourne aren’t Metal?  They’ll also tell you, with that air of smug superiority they all seem to have, that anything “-core” isn’t Metal.  I’m here to tell you that it is.  It ALL is.  Just because you don’t like it doesn’t give you the right to decide it’s not Metal.

So what, I hear you ask, is Metal?  It’s very simple.  Far simpler than The Metal Taliban would have you believe.  It’s a more aggressive, louder, faster offshoot of Blues.  That’s all you need in terms of a definition.  Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, Dimmu Borgir, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides are ALL Metal.  Why?  Offshoot of Blues.  Blues-y chord progressions with lyrics with meaning (sometimes stories).  That is Heavy Metal.  That is what it all boils down to.  -core is what happens when Hardcore (which is really Punk cross pollinated with Thrash) cross pollinates with… well… Thrash.

The list goes on, but they are all formed by another form of music cross pollinating with Heavy Metal.  That makes them ALL Metal.  Don’t like that?  Tell it to someone who gives a flying one.  That, dear friends, is the crux of it; “Like”.  There are people (The aforementioned Metal Taliban) who decide that they like Metal.  They then decide that if they don’t like it, it’s not Metal.  They’re like the “troo kvlt” Black Metal kids (and they usually are kids).  Blinkered fools who want to be seen as “special”.  Just like the hipsters they so despise.  That’s actually what they are, though.  Hipsters in Metal band shirts.

Just like all hipsters, they should be laughed at, generally derided, possibly pitied for being so narrow-minded, but ultimately discounted and ignored.

When the whole Metal family can do that, we may just regain the position we had 30 years ago.