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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 24th December 2017

It’s the last Wyrd Ways Rock Show of 2017… or certainly the last one before the traditional Yuletide Behemoth, anyway. Despite the fact that this is, effective a Christmas show, I’ll only inflict one Christmas tune on you.

It’s one you’ll like.  I promise.

What else do we have for you?

Well, the last Record Of The Week is a bit of a cracker, then there’s loads of other stuff, including Nick from Nuclear Blast having a bit of a chinwag with Robb Flynn of Machine Head.

Who says I never get you anything nice?

What are you waiting for?  Press Play and turn it up LOUD!

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

Walpyrgus release video for Dead Girls

US hard rock/heavy metal warriors Walpyrgus have released the video for Dead Girls, the second single off the band’s forthcoming  album Walpyrgus Nights.

The video is based on the original art created by Scott Waldrop (Twisted Tower Dire) for the comic book that accompanies the vinyl edition of the album. The glossy-papered, 56-page comic book depicts the lyrics of the album and is intended as a bonus for the vinyl release.  Due to a print surplus, the comic book can also be purchased  together with the CD, but only while ordering directly from Cruz Del Sur Music webstore.

Featuring an all-star cast of Heavy Metal veterans, North Carolina’s Walpyrgus will release their full-length debut album June 9 on Cruz Del Sur Music. The album will be released on compact disc, vinyl  and digital formats.  

Walpyrgus Nights represents the full realization of the potential of this dangerous meeting of Metal minds. Hook after hook, cascading guitar harmonies, anthemic soaring vocals, and epic unexpected twists and turns abound on this eight-song opus. It is a genuinely inspired, wild, fun ride through the annals of classic Hard Rock and early Metal with a distinct personality. The album, which features the artwork of Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, Firewind), was recorded in a variety of locations over the course of two intense years under the guidance of Tom Phillips, mixed by longtime collaborator Kevin “131” Gutierrez (Raven, Deceased, Believer) and mastered by Bill Wolf (Raven, While Heaven Wept).

So when the when the stars are right and you’re alone, take a journey, lock the world tight and prepare yourself for the tales of demons, spectres and witches rising on Walpyrgus Nights!

Wintersun recruit new second guitar player – Wyrd Ways Rock Show News

WINTERSUN have revealed the identity of their new second guitarist: 27-year old Asim Searah.  Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.

Jari Mäenpää commented:

“We’ve known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn’t realize how talented and skillful a guitar player he is.  Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively.  After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realized he was exactly what we were looking for.  He is very motivated and passionate with a good Heavy Metal attitude – a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!”

Asim commented:

“It’s an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years.  It’s definitely a dream come true and I’m super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!”

Wintersun‘s third studio album The Forest Seasons, will also be released though Nuclear Blast in July.

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…

Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

Blackened Records

Review by Mabh Savage

Was there ever an album title that felt so apt currently? For a year when so much seems to have gone so wrong, even their logo has been adapted to a ‘glitch’ version, which seems to be breaking up, like there’s a poor reception signal on an old TV set.

Musically, the album is much less 2016 than 1983. There’s a real sense of the band returning to their roots. Death Magnetic (2008) started in a dark, haunting style, before kicking it with some crunching riffs. There’s no such ‘easing in’ on Hardwired. The very first notes grab you by your roots and start forcing your head up and down rapidly. There is physically no way to not head-bang to this music.

The title track is also the first track on the album, and while the staccato beat forces you to twitch uncontrollably, the lyrics tell you just how shit everything really is.

We’re so fucked
Shit out of luck”

No really, don’t beat about the bush, tell us how it really is guys! This kind of Punk Metal approach to lyric writing is most refreshing at the moment. It sums up the desperation felt across a nation, even across the globe, and instead of trying to be poetic about it, goes straight to the heart of things; we’re fucked guys.

Does the album cheer up from this point?  Nope!  The shortest track apart from the just-over-three-minute opener is 5.45, and these are long tracks of crushing misery, angst and pain.  And I love it! Atlas Rise! is a monster of a tune, a real anthem with a chorus and post chorus guitar riff reminiscent of early Maiden, circa Killers. Now that We’re Dead has such an unusual ‘tappy tappy’ drum sound accompanying classic, crunchy guitars and a sound so wide it needs a stadium all to itself.

Moth Into Flame is a classic Metallica shout-a-long track.  Chromatic guitar riffs, 2/4 drums that have been produced to sound as if they are coming from everywhere all at once, and a brief melody in the refrain that gives way to more anger and bile.

Dream No More sounds just for a moment like Rage Against The Machine, then morphs into something slower than the previous offerings; a reprieve, if you will. Halo on Fire continues this slower pace, but with some more mainstream sounding drums and melodies that are actually quite fantastic. The last couple of minutes of this song are like the end of a great movie, gripping and epic.  Great song.

The album is split into two CDs, if actually owning music is your thing.  Doesn’t everyone use Spotify these days? I always feel weird streaming music from a band that once spent a couple of years trying to get Napster shut down…

CD two takes us straight back to chug-town, with a guitar riff that speaks of Black Sabbath to start with, then simply early-day Metallica by the time we hit the second minute of the song. ManUNkind is one of the worst song titles I have ever heard, but what a tune!  The gentle start lulls you into a false sense of security before your ear drums are assaulted by some extremely densely produced drums and guitar.  Classic Hetfield single word pronouncements pepper this fun and bouncy track.

James Hetfield sounds really angry on this album. Vocally there is a tone of bitterness and self-loathing, that melds with the incredibly produced tapestry of Metal and Thrash to create one of the most upbeat yet downhearted albums I have heard this year.  Fuck your false optimism and positivity.  This is how it is.

Here Comes Revenge is a song title that kind of sums up the feel of the whole album for me. This album says ‘We’re pissed, and we’re not going to take it lying down.’

Hardwired has shot straight into the US charts at number One, which is not unusual as the last five studio albums before also did the same. What’s interesting is that although 282000 actual albums were sold in the first week after release, the songs were streamed 9.3 million times. That’s an awful lot of people listening to one album in one week. The album has also hit the top spot in another 22 countries.

Back to the tunes, Am I Savage seems a bit thinner than some of the other offerings.  The sound isn’t as fat, and Hetfield isn’t as, well, angry.  Murder One will be emotional for some, as it’s an ode to Lemmy Kilmister. Hetfield said that “Motörhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now”, so this song is a fitting tribute to a hugely influential man.

The final track, Spit out the Bone is an unrelenting war-horse of a track, crushing from the start, then moving into some crazy stop/starts. All the vim and venom is back, and we end the album with over seven minutes of vicious Metal aggression.  

This album is unusual in that guitarist Kirk Hammett is not listed as a credited songwriter. There’s nothing nefarious about this; apparently the poor guy lost his iPhone, on which he had recorded hundreds of riffs, which may have eventually made it onto this album. Gutted. Isn’t it strange to think that, without that odd little incident, this album may have been an entirely different beast.

This is a great album, one of their best in recent years. Its main flaw is that it sets the bar so high from the start, leaving some of the later tracks struggling to reach those heights. What I think is really special about this album though, is that it should appeal to all Metallica fans, even those that haven’t looked sideways at their albums since they heard Enter Sandman. Go on, give it go. I dare you.

Verdict: 8/10

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]

Lebanese Metal band, ZiX, to release new single

Lebanese Metal band ZiX to release Heaven’s Eyes as the new single from their forthcoming album Tides Of The Final War, on 28th October 2016

Lebanon‘s latest Metal export, Zix, travelled all the way to Nevada to record their debut album, Tides Of The Final War in the Vegas View studios with Steve Thompson (who has worked with luminaries such as Metallica, Anthrax and Guns N’ Roses).  The album was then remixed and remastered at QuSoundStudio in Germany by Michael Kusch.

The band, made up of Ziad Bardawil (Bass/founder), Juan Carrizo and Walid Awar (Guitars), Ziad El Alam (Drums) and Maya Khairallah (Vocals), managed to rope in guest appearances from such luminaries as Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden), Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar, Death Dealer) and many more.

Not at all bad for a band releasing their debut.

Ellefson signs Pitch Black Process

Turkish Metallers Pitch Black Process have signed with David Ellefson‘s EMP Underground/EMP Label Group.

The new album Derin will be released digitally on 3rd December, via EMP Underground in most of the world, Atlantis Yapım/EMP Label Group in Turkey and on Ellefson Music Productions/SPV in Europe. Their new video Halil İbrahim Sofrası featuring Necati Karadayı, can be viewed here:

David Ellefson: “We signed this Turkish metal band after playing with Megadeth in Istanbul this summer. We are thrilled to be able to sign another gifted international artist and do our part to support the GLOBAL Metal community!

The album was recorded at Dugout Studios Uppsala, Sweden – produced by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth) and Pitch Black Process. Mixed by Daniel Bergstrand and mastered by George Nerantzis (Abbath, Dark Funeral, Nightrage) at Dugout Studios.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents Powerzone: 8th August 2016

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from tonight’s show: New tunes from Stormtide, Primal Fear, Twilight Force, Whispered, Epica, Powerwolf, Blaze Bayley and Vivaldi Metal Project.

Plus loads of Power, Folk and Heavy Metal! Cor. Join us for a face melting, ear blasting, hair swinging good time!

Playlist
Battle Beast – Touch In The Night
Stormtide – Wrath Of An Empire
Whispered – Victory Grounds Nothing
Twilight Force – To The Stars
Dark Moor – Nevermore
Powerwolf – Werewolves Of Armenia (Livewire)
Dream Evil – Bang Your Head
Primal Fear – We Walk Without Fear (Epic Track)
Gamma Ray – Space Eater
Blaze Bayley – Dark Energy 256 (Volt Track)
Iron Maiden – Rainmaker
Epica – Universal Death Sqaud
Vivaldi Metal Project – The Age Of Dreams
Finntroll – Häxbrygd
Korpiklaani – Midsummer Night
Winterhymn – Blood Burner
Vesperia – The Swordsman
Revolution Renaissance – Falling To Rise
Silent Force – Goodbye My Ghost
Fozzy – To Kill A Stranger (Overload)
Skindred – Ratrace (Overload)
Disturbed – Inside The Fire (Overload)
Pellek – Sea Of Okhotsk