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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 25th February 2018

It’s time for another Wyrd Ways Rock Show… and may the Gods of Metal have mercy on your blackened soul, my friends!

Anyway, carrying on the experiment from last week (yes, that was only a week ago – I am starting to get these things out more like when they should be again), I recorded the show pretty much “as live”, with no script, just a few notes down the side of the playlist, so any rambling is… well… just the way my mind works.

In case you’re wondering, the band on the image are Legend Of The Seagullmen, and they managed to claim the accolade of Record Of The Week. Give the show a proper listen and you’ll find out how and why.

What are you waiting for?

Side One, Track One: Deep Purple – Burn
Dimmu Borgir – Interdimensional Summit
Primordial – To Hell Or The Hangman
Covered: Wolfhorde – Kylän Päässä (Moonsorrow)
Eldritch – Voices Calling
Riot V – Victory
Reach – The Great Divine
Spotlight: Anvil – Old School
Shock Of The New: Schattenmann – Licht An
Shock Of The New: Dead City Ruins – Bones
Shock Of The New: KOSM – Ancient Heart
Black Dreams – Kiss The Gun
Spotlight: Anvil – When Hell Breaks Loose
Light The Torch – Calm Before The Storm
Jinjer – Who Is Gonna Be The One
Cult Of The Fox – Killing The Black Dog
Boss Keloid – Chronosiam
Record Of The Week: Legend Of The Seagullmen – We Are The Seagullmen
Record Of The Week: Legend Of The Seagullmen – Curse Of The Red Tide
Record Of The Week: Legend Of The Seagullmen – The Fogger
Spotlight: Anvil – Black Smoke
Armoured Dawn – Chance To Live Again
Borealis – Sign Of No Return
Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction – Prime Mover

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 17th February 2018

It’s time for another edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, you lucky people!

This week’s show is something of an experiment – I didn’t write a script and the only editing I did was to cut the length of some of the pauses in my speech patterns. Other than that, this is pretty much “as live”.

Sorry to say you’ll hear my personal stream of consciousness as I recorded the show.

Musically, it’s a real mix. There’s Classic Metal, Nu-Nu Metal, Melodic Death Metal and Power Metal, plus a few others. Pretty much something for everyone. So long as you like a bit of Metal in your musical diet.

So what are you waiting for? You know the drill. Download and turn it up!


Judas Priest have released the following statement:

Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s – from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important

Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he wants to let you all know that he won’t be touring as such –

True to the metal spirit of ‘the show must go on’ Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him

“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed.  I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest!  So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again”

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest – he is a true metal hero!

We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real – as Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road…

We love you Glenn!”

For anyone who doesn’t know already, Glenn Tipton was part of the Tipton/Downing partnership that set the standard for twin Heavy Metal guitar playing from the mid-70’s onwards, powering Judas Priest to the status of being the archetypal Heavy Metal band (especially once Rob Halford introduced them all to leather and studs!). Glenn‘s influence, along with his longtime axe-partner KK Downing, who retired a few years ago, cannot be underestimated.

Andy Sneap‘s career in music began in Sabbat, a band that could be considered to have been ahead of their time and who never reached the heights they should have. Following their dissolution, Sneap moved over into engineering and production, working with the likes of Arch Enemy, Megadeth, Accept and now Judas Priest. As a guitarist, he was instrumental in the resurrection of Hell, a band he loved and was inspired to form Sabbat by.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 21st January 2018 – The Behemoth

It’s finally here. The show you’ve been waiting for.

Eighty-one (couldn’t resist putting in the Electric Wizard track, even though I did say I was going to limit it to 80) songs covering a plethora of sub-genres including Death, Black, Pirate, Thrash and Proper Heavy Metal.

There’s an enormous amount of excellent music here.

The most interesting segment, though, is the one that a loud minority seem to think doesn’t exist: Good new bands, in which you will find contributions from Skarlett Riot, Warbringer, Dorja and a good many others from around the world.

Since (if you’ve listened to the show, you’ll know) I didn’t back announce the tracks for this show, here’s the full playlist, including the albums each track is taken from:

Band Album Song
Blaze Bayley Endure and Survive Destroyer
Absolva Defiance Defiance
Iced Earth Incorruptible Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors)
Deep Purple inFinite On Top Of The World
Krokus Big Rocks Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Accept The Rise Of Chaos The Rise Of Chaos
Venom Inc. Ave Ave Satanas
Burnt Out Wreck Swallow Pulling It Out
Alice Cooper Paranormal Fireball
Millennium Awakening Searching
Madam X Monstrocity Nitrous
Prong Zero Days Divide And Conquer
Corrosion Of Conformity No Cross No Crown Wolf Named Crow
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Big Mouth
L.A. Guns The Missing Peace Kill It Or Die
Every Mother’s Nightmare Grind Swing Again
Babylon AD Revelation Highway She Likes To Give It
Pretty Boy Floyd Public Enemies Do Ya Wanna Rock
Wintersun The Forest Seasons Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
Atrocity Masters Of Darkness Devil’s Covenant
Ex Deo The Immortal Wars The Spoils Of War
Six Feet Under Torment Slaughtered As They Slept
OnceHuman Evolution Dark Matter
Cradle Of Filth Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay Death And The Maiden
Arch Enemy Will To Power Blood In The Water
Butcher Babies Lilith #iwokeuplikethis
Almanac Kingslayer Guilty As Charged
Battle Beast Bringer Of Pain Beyond The Burning Skies
Beast In Black Berserker The Fifth Angel
Bloodbound War Of Dragons Battle In The Sky
Dream Evil Six How To Start A War
Vandroya Beyond The Human Mind Time After Time
Orden Ogan Gunmen Vampire In Ghost Town
Nocturnal Rites Phoenix A Heart As Black As Coal
Firewind Immortals Ode To Leonidas
Grave Digger Healed By Metal Ten Commandments Of Metal
Lonewolf Raised On Metal Through Fire, Ice And Blood
Masterplan PumpKings (Helloween covers) The Dark Ride
Helloween Pumpkins United
Avatarium Hurricanes And Halos Medusa Child
The Doomsday Kingdom The Doomsday Kingdom The Never Machine
Crom When Northmen Die When Northmen Die
Electric Wizard Wizard Bloody Wizard Mourning Of The Magicians
Epica The Solace System Architect Of Light
Xandria Theater Of Dimensions Ship Of Doom
The Dark Element The Dark Element The Ghost And The Reaper
Overkill The Grinding Wheel Mean, Green Killing Machine
Savage Messiah Hands Of Fate The Crucible
Kreator Gods Of Violence Army Of Storms
Heretic A Game You Cannot Win Annihilate
Destruction Thrash Anthems II Black Death
Sepultura Machine Messiah Phantom Self
Varg Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung
Warbringer Woe To The Vanquished Remain Violent
Panzer The Fatal Command Satan’s Hollow
Alestorm No Grave But The Sea Fucked With An Anchor
Elvenking Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire The Horned God and The Sorcerer
Dorja Target Practice Fire
Skarlett Riot Regenerate Break
Rabid Bitch Of The North Nothing But A Bitter Taste Trapped in 1999
Masqued Light In The Dark Hypnotized
Cybernetic Witch Cult Troglodithic Trip Tyrannosaurus Hex
Lady Beast Vicious Breed Every Giant Shall Fall
Night Legion Night Legion Titan
Prophets Of Rage Prophets Of Rage Unfuck The World
Arthemis Blood-Fury-Domination Blood Red Sky
Pyramaze Contingent 20 Second Century
Stormbringer Born A Dying Breed Don’t Trust Me
Shakra Snakes & Ladders Fire In My Veins
Liv Sin Follow Me Let Me Out
Sinheresy Domino Star Dome
Stone Sour Hydrograd Taipei Person/Allah Tea
Trivium The Sin and The Sentence The Wretchedness Inside
Sorcerer The Crowning Of The Fire King The Devil’s Incubus
Danko Jones Wild Cat Going Out Tonight
Body Count Blood Lust The Ski Mask Way
Linkin Park The War Party Guilty All The Same
American Head Charge Tango Umbrella When The Time Is Never Right
Sanctuary Refuge Denied Battle Angels
Audioslave Audioslave Like A Stone

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

The Unguided

For any reader that might be new to The Unguided, can you introduce yourself, please?
Most people know part of the band, including myself, from the songwriters of Sonic Syndicate 2002 – 2010. I guess in The Unguided we kind of continued and developed the sound that we started in our old band. Soon 4 albums deep into this band, we’ve definitely defined ourselves anew.

The Unguided forms around the nucleus of yourself and your brother.  Do you two have a close collaborative relationship, or is it more a case of “I write the lyrics, you handle the guitars”?
We have a close collaborative relationship when it comes to running the company behind The Unguided, but when it comes to writing the songs we have different responsibilities. My brother is pretty uninterested in lyrics and vocal arrangements and I’m not too impressed by guitars in general, so it came pretty natural (*laughs*). Anyway the latest album have really been a team effort and everyone in the band have contributed a lot.

Talking of other band members, your new vocalist
Jonathan Thorpenberg, has been in place since the end of last year.  How is he settling in?
He’s settling mighty fine! We’ve spend a lot of time together since our first show with him during the summer of 2015 so we haven’t really been strangers to each other at all, he’s been an natural part of the band for a pretty long time now. Of course recording a new album and getting down and dirty in a studio for long periods is where you really get to know each so it’s been an interesting year with stellar results.

What was it
about him that made you contact him when Roland left?
First I just heard about his guitar skills in a studio I was recording in and we needed a stand-in for Roland for a show, so it was an interesting trail to follow. First show with Jonathan he actually only replaced Roland as a guitarist and we had another guy filling in for the vocals. When we found out about his vocal skills as well; he became the natural replacement on shows for both when Roland was busy elsewhere. After a while we found ourselves spending more and more time with Jonathan when Roland was occupied with his job and private life, the replacement was more at our shows than the actual main person, so we figured we needed to overlook the situation. And that’s when Roland stepped down and Jonathan became a permanent member.

Nighttaker and
Daybreaker are the first new songs without Roland Johansson.  How are the fans taking to it?
Nighttaker, which was the music video became a symbol for the singer transition so it got a lot of attention. Eventually it became a great live number as well and according to Spotify it’s our most played song, so frankly it’s one of our most successful tracks since Phoenix Down from Hell Frost (2011) and that’s quite an achievement during a trying time as a singer change.

Presumably you’ve written some new material over the last few months – how is the new dynamic affecting the style?
We have material just waiting to be unleashed! And I’m sure you hate to hear this from bands, but this time around it’s true (*laughs*). This is the most dynamic album up to date from this band, we’ve utilized all the competence in the band to its fullest and it’s really a nice roller-coaster ride. I think the fans will love it! The first single; Legendary, was warmly welcomed.

When can we expect the new album?
The album will be out November 10th. You can already now enjoy the lyric video Legendary at YouTube.

Are we going to get a tour to go with it?
Does the bear poo in the forest? (*laughs*) Swedish expression for something that’s super obvious! Doesn’t translate too well… But yes, of course you’ll get a tour to go with this new baby.

This is going to read as a strange question if readers aren’t familiar with the artwork on your albums, but: World Of Warcraft or Old School D&D?
Both. I’m a huge D&D fan as well as I’m a huge Blizzard fan. With the artworks I’m trying to incorporate key happenings in the conceptual story of the albums and it’s obviously heavily inspired by sci-fi and fantasy, gaming and of course good old forgotten realms from Dungeons and Dragons.

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.

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.

Rabid Bitch Of The North Reveal Debut Album Details

Belfast Heavy Metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, Nothing But a Bitter Taste, this August via Hostile Media.

Frontman Joe McDonnell:

“Nothing But a Bitter Taste has essentially been several years in the making. For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice.  [The album], is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It’s something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we’ve released.”

1. The Missionary
2. Chance
3. Nothing But A Bitter Taste
4. Gilded Men
5. God Of Punishment
6. Demon Mind
7. Defending Two Castles
8. Trapped In 1999

The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases.

Joe McDonnell again:

“Gerry’s production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles.  What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound.”

As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, The Missionary:  “It’s a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs.”