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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

Judas Priest announce US tour dates

Metal legends Judas Priest have announced a tour of North America, kicking off in March 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Support for the trek will be provided by Yorkshire’s finest, Saxon and Black Star Riders. The tour will be in support of their highly-anticipated new studio album Firepower, the title of which was revealed on Monday.

Since we mentioned new albums, Saxon have just finished mixing theirs. It’s going to be called Thunderbolt and is probably due for release in January 2018, just in time for you to learn the songs before they hit the road with Priest. The album will feature a tribute to the late, great and sadly missed Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead, entitled They Played Rock And Roll

Here’s the dates for those of you over there in the USA:
Mar. 13 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar. 15 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Mar. 17 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Mar. 18 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Mar. 20 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Mar. 22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Arena at TD Place
Mar. 27 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Mar. 28 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre
Mar. 30 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
Mar. 31 – Detroit, MI – Detroit Masonic Temple
Apr. 03 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Apr. 05 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Apr. 08 – Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena
Apr. 10 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
Apr. 11 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Apr. 15 – Kent, WA – ShoWare Center
Apr. 17 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Apr. 19 – San Francisco – The Warfield
Apr. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Apr. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Apr. 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Apr. 29 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre
May 01 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum

Following the tour of the US, Priest will be playing Wacken OA and of course headlining the Friday night at the Wyrd Ways Rock Show’s favourite outdoor festival, Bloodstock.

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.

Click on THIS LINK to get your tickets now.

AC Promotions Join WWRS Shitlist

So it’s Bloodstock next weekend.  And thanks to those fucking twats at AC Promotions, I won’t be there for the second year running.  Going by their “reasons”, there’s no point me bothering applying next year, since I’m apparently not big enough for the festival I’ve been covering very positively and working my arse off at since 2009.

So much for loyalty.

Making no bones about it, Bloodstock is my absolute favourite outdoor festival.  It’s actually the only outdoor festival in the UK I’d even think about going to.  Up until three years ago, the atmosphere in the media area was very jovial, with musicians, journos and togs interviewing, writing and chatting.  Three years ago, that changed.  For one thing, it became difficult to get contact details for bands and managers.  It was, so I understand, difficult for managers and bands to get contact details for potential interviewers.

That year, the atmosphere in the media area wasn’t as friendly.  It wasn’t as much of a fun place to be.  The next year, despite it being almost empty, I was told it was full and I would just be allowed access to VIP.  Pretty much everyone I encountered (who were all either videoing interviews or had shows on FM radio, unlike me, who was “just” a podcaster) was asking me why I was outside media.

I was offered the same thing last year, despite me reminding AC Promotions that the media area was (according to several people I trust and call friends) virtually empty for most of the three days, and stressing that the quality of interview I was able to get thanks to the conditions THEY set had decreased.

I turned them down, stating that I would be unable to give Bloodstock the coverage it deserved (to a larger audience than several of the media outlets that DID get access, by virtue of them being on a radio station of some kind, despite them being highly local community stations) if I was not able to access the media area.

This year, I applied and was turned down.

So my message to Oli Walkers and Austin Collins is this: fuck you and the horse you rode in on.  I fervently hope that the Gregorys notice the decrease in Bloodstock coverage across the audio media (because from what I understand, Cosa Nostra PR are doing a pretty damned good job with the print media) and realize it’s because you’re alienating many of us because you can’t be arsed doing the job you’ve been employed to do – spread the word about the best Metal festival in the UK.

This, by the way, is a PR agency who don’t even answer their phone.  There’s a message on their answering machine telling any callers to ring Oli on his mobile.  Yes, you did read that correctly.  It’s a wonder they’ve got ANY clients at all, since the person who’s supposed to be running things is doing it in absentia.

Next year, I’m seriously considering getting myself a VIP ticket and setting up my own media area for podcasters and small press.  I may even message Adam Gregory on Facebook to ask about setting up my gazebo in VIP so I can do interviews under some kind of cover.

So yes… I’m angry, I’m disappointed and I’m not going to take their shit anymore.  Any bands left on their roster, I’ll be contacting through their record company or through Cosa Nostra, who seem to share many of them.

AC Promotions?  Fuck off and die.

Havok hit the road

Havok return to the stage with a pair of US tours and a European run.

First off, the Havok join Metalcore band Darkest Hour on the Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora tour in July, before heading to Europe in August for festival dates and club shows with acts like Converge, Gorguts, Revocation and others.

Following these runs, Havok are to be part of the seventh annual Metal Alliance tour across North America, which is led this year by Thrash legends Overkill and Crowbar. Speaking about the band’s upcoming shows, Havok lead vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez states:

“After two months off, we’re excited to get back on the road to play some new songs! Expect to hear some fresh material from Conformicide this summer. Start stretching out those necks…”

Here is an exact overview of the upcoming Havok live-dates, which start next week and include a spot on the bill at this year’s Bloodstock Festival at Catton Hall in Derbyshire (New additions in Europe marked *):

Havok (with Darkest Hour & Jesus Piece):
12.07.2017 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon (no Darkest Hour)
13.07.2017 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall (no Darkest Hour)
14.07.2017 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
15.07.2017 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
16.07.2017 Virginia Beach VA – Shakas
18.07.2017 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
19.07.2017 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
20.07.2017 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
21.07.2017 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
22.07.2017 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
23.07.2017 Fayetteville, NC – The Drunk Horse Pub
25.07.2017 Saint Louis, MO – Fubar (no Darkest Hour)
26.07.2017 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge (no Darkest Hour)

Havok – Live in Europe:
10.08.2017 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air
11.08.2017 Ieper (Belgium) – Ieper Festival
12.08.2017 Catton Hall (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air *
13.08.2017 Vagos (Portugal) – Vagos Metal Fest
14.08.2017 Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
15.08.2017 Leipzig (Germany) – Naumanns + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
16.08.2017 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Baroeg + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
17.08.2017 Oberhausen (Germany) – Kulttempel + Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah & Venom Prison
19.08.2017 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air
20.08.2017 Wroclaw (Poland) – Zaklete Rewiry + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
21.08.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Music Club + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
22.08.2017 Vienna (Austria) Arena + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
23.08.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
24.08.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
25.08.2017 Paris (France) – Trabendo + Converge, Gorguts & Revocation
26.08.2017 Wörrstadt (Germany) – Neuborn Open Air
29.08.2017 Tallinn (Estonia) – Tapper *
30.08.2017 St. Petersburg (Russia) – A2 + Amon Amarth *
31.08.2017 Moscow (Russia) – Moskva *
02.09.2017 Markneukirchen (Germany) – Reeveland Fest

Havok on the Metal Alliance North American Tour with Overkill, Crowbar, Black Fast & Invidia:
07.09.2017 Cave-In-Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault Open Air (Havok and many others!)

08.09.2017 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10.09.2017 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
11.09.2017 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Concert Lounge
12.09.2017 Rochester, NY – The German House Theater
13.09.2017 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
14.09.2017 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
16.09.2017 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
17.09.2017 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
18.09.2017 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
19.09.2017 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
20.09.2017 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
22.09.2017 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
23.09.2017 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
24.09.2017 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
25.09.2017 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
26.09.2017 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
28.09.2017 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
29.09.2017 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
30.09.2017 Easton, PA – One Centre Square

More Bloodstock bands announced!

Joining Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Denver-based thrash animals HAVOK.  The band recently released their fourth studio album, Conformicide via Century Media.

Also landing the opening slot on Saturday’s main stage are San Francisco tech death outfit, FALLUJAH.  Check out the video for Abandon, taken from their recently released Nuclear Blast album, Dreamless:

Fleshing out the Sophie bill over the weekend are seven more awesome bands.  Joining us on Friday will be Norwich thrashers SHRAPNEL, Leicester metal five-piece INTERNAL CONFLICT, Yorkshire’s stoner blues squad (WWRS Shock Of The New alumni), IRONRAT and London extremists, CORPSING who feature members of Akercocke and Aghast.

Bringing their critically acclaimed noises on Saturday are heavy prog beasts OHHMS and rounding out Sunday’s line up are British/Chilean thrash/death outfit, CRIMINAL and purveyors of mammoth metal grooves, GRAVIL, who have also appeared on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.

Phase two of our ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finalists are also locked down.  These lucky winners of regional heats land a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage…  On Friday, fans of Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Whitechapel should be sure to catch Carlisle champions, SEEK SOLACE IN RUIN:

If Sylosis, Trivium and Children of Bodom are more your thing, look out for Saltash heroes MANTRA.  Also celebrating on Friday, are Leicester victors BLOODOATH and Wolverhampton top dogs ASHEN CROWN, who are one for fans of Bolt Thrower and At The Gates.  Saturday brings Southern metal riffers TITAN BREED, who clinched first place in Glasgow, Gravesend winners INFECTED DEAD with their polished blend of modern death metal and visceral brutality, and three-piece progsters SOLAR SONS who won the Inverness heat with their Rush/Budgie influences!  Joining them will be Cardiff conquerors MALUM SKY with their mix of progressive styles – think Periphery and Karnivool, but with a twist.  The kings of the Norwegian M2TM final are VORBID, who join Sunday’s bill, sure to please everyone who digs a bit of Megadeth, Testament, Annihilator, King Crimson, Rush, and… erm… Camel!

Bloodstock no more…

So that’s it, then.

It looks like 2015 was my last Bloodstock as a member of the media.

Why?  Not entirely sure, to be honest.  I’ve been covering the festival for The Wyrd Ways Rock Show since 2009 (the year Europe headlined), and I’ve always worked bloody hard, interviewing bands performing across all stages.  Never trod on anyone’s toes or rubbed anyone the wrong way while I was there.  Met a lot of excellent people, too.

I put in my application in May, listing (in detail) what I’d done since 2015 and laid out my plans for the festival itself and the aftermath.  Basically, I’d be writing entries live from the event as well as recording interviews with as many bands as I could get my hands on for broadcast through the rest of 2016 and into 2017.  I also stated that would mean I would need media tent access so I could get, at the very least, wireless internet access, preferably a hardline.

Based on last year’s experience, I knew that it was pretty much impossible to record decent quality interviews and write anything meaningful in terms of website content from VIP.  It was fine if you were just reviewing, but doing interviews?  Not practical at all.  I’d made the decision a week or so ago that if I didn’t get media tent access, there was no real point in accepting.

I had a bad feeling about all this.

The bad feeling only got worse when responses to my emails, starting last week, were met with “sorry for the delay”, followed by some excuse, or by someone passing the buck, and telling me nothing.  By this time I knew people who were applying through Cosa Nostra PR (who seem a damned site more organized, going by the odd encounter) had already been sorted out, which meant interview slots were already being booked up fast.  Again all I got from AC Promotions was static.  Turns out that two weekends before the biggest festival they look after, when surely everything should have already been sorted out, the staffmember whose job it was to sort out the applications had taken the weekend off.  Again.  He’d done the same thing the previous year.  And the year before.

Ever had the feeling someone really didn’t give much of a shit?  That they really couldn’t be bothered doing any work?  In comparison, The Noise Cartel, who looked after the event before, worked their arses off.  Nelly, Adam, Steph and Nina (as well as various interns through the years) never sat still for more than a moment.  To be fair to them, the Cosa Nostra crew were the same, from what I’d seen and comments I’d heard.  I saw them moving around the tent from the outside and out in the media area and VIP.  AC Promotions?  Didn’t clap eyes on them the entire weekend.  The year before, I don’t remember seeing one of them move from his seat or take his eyes off his phone for more than a few minutes at a time.

Last year, according to reports from friends of mine who have various radio shows and websites around the country, the media tent was pretty much empty.  I can say pretty much for definite that I was the only person out in VIP doing interviews.  Looking around, there were also several big names from the independent media scene conspicuous by their absence.  Mick The Beard for one.  If there was anyone outside the organisation who was a bigger supporter of Bloodstock and what they do, well… they must have been invisible.  Yet Mick wasn’t there, and hadn’t been since the new PR company too over.  As I said, he wasn’t the only one.

OK, this may well damage my relations with AC Promotions, if not destroy them.  I’m really struggling to care, to be honest, since their content has become less and less useful to me and less frequent.    Nick and his crew at Nuclear Blast, Andy at Metal Blade and Napalm, Mike at MEPR, the aforementioned Noise Cartel people, Lynne and Marc at Rocksector, Dante and his team at Spinefarm, the folks at ElevenSeven, Lulu at Incendia, Roland at Work Hard PR, Scott at ClawHammer PR, Gary at Frontiers, Becky at Pioneer, Judith at BJF, Emma at Pluggin’Baby, and many others all provide a MUCH better PR service and work harder even with the grassroots like myself.

Like I said.  Very disappointing.

Can’t say I’m angry.  More I’m hugely disappointed that a festival that’s all about giving smaller bands exposure on a big stage is being hamstrung in that effort by a PR company that really don’t seem to give much of a shit about those selfsame up-and-coming bands and the likes of me and my fellow podcasters and zine writers who spend our own time, money and passion on the only untamed musical style left, trying to help them in their job of elevating the profile of Metal.

Resin – Persecution Complex

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Review by: Cat A

It’s been a while since I wrote a review, so when I put a call out on social media for a review suggestion I got my hands on Resin’s upcoming EP Persecution Complex.

You may have heard of Resin from the 2014 Metal 2 the Masses competition to play that year’s Bloodstock, and for very good reason as they won the thing and treated the New Blood Stage to a fantastic show, then went and totally owned the Jagermeister stage with an acoustic set. With tea and biscuits. There was a single release, there were some gigs, and then there was an awful announcement that the band was to be no more, even following all the success of the year.

But you’re writing about a new EP!” I hear you cry, and yes indeed I am. The vacancies were filled and a new look Resin were announced in February. More gigs, festivals and then the eagerly-awaited new music from the revamped band followed.

Okay, okay I’ll talk about the music now.  Persecution Complex opens with an irritatingly catchy riff (ie it’s got stuck in my head) as the introduction to Open Heart Trauma. It’s bluesy, it’s grungy, it’s one you can actually dance to. There is something about this track that gives me goosebumps with harmonies that get right to the heart (no pun intended). In fact I have just put it on again. For the fourth time in a row. You can have a listen to a bit of it yourself in the teaser below.

Following that is something of a darker feel . Printing Money sounds to me like something that should be played over a melancholic movie montage, when everything has gone awry for the protagonist and they’re sat in a bar wallowing.  Angel, the final track of Persecution Complex, is powerful. If you want a description, it’s like the best of 90s grunge. Again there are shivers and goosebumps as the lyrics “what have you turned me into?” are sung out in a gravelly tone that takes me right back to my college years. There’s a dark beauty to the song that can stir up emotion, so maybe it’s not one to listen to before a night out, but it sure as hell is one that I want to hear live.

Should you buy this EP? Well I would. Then I would make sure I’m at the front for one of their gigs, and then I’d go and buy a shirt or two. Music doesn’t have to be melt-your-face brutal to totally rock, and Resin in their latest incarnation are stepping up to the plate to show the rock and metal world that great things can come from what seems to be a dreadful situation. It’s difficult to believe that in the space of 6 months a lineup can come together and create an EP with as much power as Persecution Complex. Well played Resin, keep it up.

****/5

More Bands Announced for Bloodstock 2015

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With 2015’s festival season officially underway, BLOODSTOCK still has plenty to reveal about the summer’s premiere metal weekender. Ten more bands, to start with…

Joining the Sophie Lancaster Stage line-up on Friday are MESSIAH’S KISS, featuring former session musicians for Tony Iommi and Saxon. Saturday sees the addition of old school thrashers ANNIHILATED, as well as death metal band AGELESS OBLIVION. Digital tech metal act THE IZUNA DROP, featuring Jamie from UK Subs, are all set to perform on Sunday, alongside female-fronted, classic doomsters ALUNAH.

Also are announced five bands for the Jagermeister Stage.

On Friday, if you’re a fan of bands like Karnivool and Tesseract, head over to check out THE PARALLAX METHOD. Dark melodic metallers WINTER STORM also nab a Friday slot.  Former Status Quo support band KNOCK OUT KAINE bring their brand of ballsy rock ‘n’ roll to the Jager stage on Saturday.

Inspired by heavy metal Gods of the late 70’s/early 80’s such as Budgie, Tank, Venom, and Motörhead, BLIND HAZE steamroll in on Sunday, joined by Irish progressive trio SNOWBLIND – definitely one to see if you like your time changes and musical curveballs!

The next batch of BLOODSTOCK club nights also kick off in June, so if you didn’t have one in your area before, check out the huge list of evenings out below, and get on down for your chance to win all manner of BLOODSTOCK goodies, including pairs of weekend tickets!

Wed 3rd June – NOTTINGHAM The Bodega
Fri 5th June – STOKE ON TRENT Bunker 13
Fri 5th June – MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
Sat 6th June – EDINBURGH Studio 24
Sat 6th June – BRIGHTON Envy
Sat 6th June – WOKING Schism
Wed 10th June – BOLTON Blind Tiger
Thu 11th June – PRESTON The Adelphi
Sat 13th June – BIRMINGHAM Eddie’s Rock Bar
Thu 18th June – LIVERPOOL The Arts Club
Fri 19th June – NEWCASTLE The Globe
Fri 19th June – MIDDLESBROUGH SUMO
Fri 19th June – STOKE ON TRENT Bunker 13
Thu 25th June – EXETER Walkabout
Thu 25th June – GLASGOW The Cathouse
Thu 25th June – LONDON The Purple Turtle
Fri 26th June – LONDON Elektrowerkz
Fri 26th June – PLYMOUTH Misfits
Fri 26th June – BRISTOL Bierkeller
Sat 27th June – BIRMINGHAM The Asylum
Sat 27th June – SHEFFIELD Corporation

Wed 1st July – BOLTON Blind Tiger
Wed 1st July – NOTTINGHAM The Bodega
Thu 2nd July – BURY Blind Tiger
Fri 3rd July – STOKE ON TRENT Bunker 13
Sat 4th July – WIGAN Boulevard
Sat 4th July – COVENTRY The Phoenix
Sat 4th July – EDINBURGH Studio 24
Sat 4th July – BRIGHTON Envy
Fri 10th July – LONDON Electric Ballroom
Fri 10th July – MANCHESTER Alter Ego
Sat 11th July – BIRMINGHAM Eddie’s Rock Bar
Fri 17th July – CAMBERLEY Agincourt
Mon 20th July – READING Sakura
Thu 23rd July – GLASGOW The Cathouse
Thu 23rd July – LONDON The Purple Turtle
Fri 24th July – BRISTOL Bierkeller
Sat 25th July – BIRMINGHAM The Asylum
Sat 25th July – SHEFFIELD The Corporation
Sat 25th July – NEWCASTLE The Globe
Fri 31st July – IPSWICH Liquid & Envy
Fri 31st July – LONDON Elektrowerkz