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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!

GLENN TIPTON DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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 1st February 2018


Here we go with the first proper show for 2018.

As usual, as you’ve come to expect since I started this whole thing back in 2008 (yes, it has been nearly 10 years!), you’ll be treated to a grab-bag of the best up-and-coming Hard Rock and Metal alongside the best of what’s out there already.

Since it looks like the usual Christmas/New Year release drought has come to an end, what have we got for you?

If you scroll down and take a look at the track list, it’s all there, but here are the edited highlights: New stuff from Judas Priest, Korn’s Jonathon Davis, Black Moth and the mighty Monster Magnet.

Also, since the last surviving member of the Motorhead line-up that recorded the likes of Ace Of Spades, Bomber, Overkill, Iron Fist, No Sleep Til Hammersmith and others, has passed away at 67, we’ll be paying tribute to the legend who was Fast Eddie Clarke.

Turn it up and praise the loud!

Judas Priest – Lightning Strike
Visigoth – Silver And Steel
Desolation Angels – Another Turn Of The Screw
Covered: Bad Wolves – Zombie
Jonathon Davis – What It Is
Orphaned Land – We Do Not Resist
Accept – Analog Man
Spotlight: Motörhead – Iron Fist
Shock Of The New: Damnation’s Hammer – Hammers Of War
Shock Of The New: Low Drive – The Last Stand
Shock Of The New: Metalwings – Fallen Angel In The Hell
Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons – Welcome To Hell
Spotlight: Motörhead – Bomber
Black Moth – Moonbow
Therion – Night Reborn
Thy Antichrist – Metal To The Bone
Slayer – Angel Of Death
Record Of The Week: Machine Head – Kaleidoscope
Record Of The Week: Machine Head – California Bleeding
Record Of The Week: Machine Head – Heavy Lies The Crown
Spotlight: Motörhead – Ace Of Spades
Monster Magnet – Mindfucker
Avatar – The King Wants You
Snake Eyes Seven – Speaking Ill Of The Dead
Spotlight: Motörhead – Overkill
Torch Song: Rage Against The Machine – Take The Power Back

It’s So Easy

No.  It isn’t, really, is it?

As you’ve probably noticed, The Wyrd Ways Rock Show podcasts are dwindling a little.  I’m not bringing out as many per year as I used to.  Back in the early days, it was one a week, every week without fail.  Now it’s down to one a fortnight if the moon is full, you’re facing the right way and the wind’s blowing in the right direction.

Reading the contraindications, it’s more than likely the drugs I’m currently taking for depression and anxiety.

Just so you know.  It’s not that I’m losing interest in Metal.  I’m most definitely not.  Take a listen to the show that, as I type this, I’m uploading to the servers for release sometime in the next few hours.  Not only are there around 80 tracks in there, every track is taken from an album that was released in the last twelve months or so (release schedules get a little strange around the end of one year and beginning of the next, so I may get an album through to listen to that isn’t due to be released until early on in the next year – take Corrosion Of Conformity‘s new one as an example).  The list was compiled with very little research.

One very pleasant surprise has been the sheer number of cracking debut albums and EPs that were released during 2017.  Off the top of my head, I can cite Cybernetic Witch Cult, Dorja, Masqued and Lady Beast as some examples.  Unless you listened to The Wyrd Ways Rock Show during 2017, it’s doubtful you’ll have heard of any of them.

Glad to say that a couple of bands who WOULD have been on that list have managed to get the word out a little more thanks to Primordial Radio.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, you REALLY need to.  It’s the sort of Hard Rock and Metal station we in the UK have been crying out for for donkey’s years.  We thought we’d got it with Team Rock, but their management screwed the pooch in fine style.  You can listen to the free stream on primordialradio.com, TuneIn and so on, but to get to hear Moose, Pete and Dewsbury making the station what it is, you’ll be paying £6 a month.

I know some of you are frowning a little about having to pay for radio, but all over the world, subscription radio services are becoming more and more common.  With this one, you get a free trial.  Watch this space, and I’ll get you a 3 month free trial instead of the normal 30 day one.

Damn.  Went off on a bit of a tangent there, but the bands I was talking about are friends of the show, Skarlett Riot (I’ve known Chloe for a few years through social media and being at various festivals and gigs) and Warbringer.

Anyway… 2018.  This month we’ve got the new Machine Head album, which is sounding broader than anything they’ve previously done.  They’re getting more interesting by the year.  I’ve got a lot of time for Robb Flynn and his boys.  I’m looking forward to that one.  We’ve also got a new one from one of my all-time favourite bands, the mighty Judas Priest coming soon.  Having heard the single they’ve just released in the last week or so, it’s looking like Priest are staking a VERY early claim for Album Of The Year.  Oh yeah… there’s also the full debut by Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons due out over the next few weeks.  That’s another one on the shopping list, then…

I’m off to bed, leaving this thing uploading to Dropbox for the Subscribers to access tomorrow, when I publish it.  The rest of you can get the Broadcast version later on in the day.

Keep an eye on your inboxes.

Be impure!

Be vigilant!

Misbehave!

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.

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.”

Tracklisting
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.”

HELL BENT FOR LEATHER: AN ART EXHIBITION

Legendary Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will attend the private view on Thursday, 27th April at Parliament Tattoo in London.

PARLIAMENT TATTOO STUDIO have joined forces with the iconic metal band JUDAS PRIEST to bring you HELL BENT FOR LEATHER: an exhibition of hand painted leather biker jackets inspired by the band’s albums and song titles by some of the worlds greatest tattoo artists.

The first exhibition of its kind featuring tattooing nobility such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, Xam, and more, the landmark exhibition is set to make waves in both the music and tattoo art communities. Each artist taking part in the exhibition has selected their favourite Judas Priest song or album title from which to create their artwork – painting directly onto the back of biker jackets using specially designed acrylic leather paint – each piece represents hours of meticulous work resulting in some of the most exciting heavy metal artwork ever produced.

Rob Halford

Kicking off with a bang, Metal God Rob Halford will take time out of the studio where he is working with Judas Priest on their new album, to open an exclusive showcase exhibiting the leather jackets to press, influencers and celebrities.

Hosted at Parliament Tattoo in London, guests of the private view will also have the opportunity to take home a piece of artwork of their own that will last a lifetime – a tattoo by one of Parliament’s resident artists. The studio will release Judas Priest themed tattoo flash, which guests can select from should they wish to make the ultimate homage to the legendary band.

Following the private view, the one off pieces will be displayed publicly in London this May, at a free exhibition in the heart of Camden. A drinks reception will launch the week long event on Friday 5th May at the Provender Building, right in the subculture epicenter that is the Stables Market.

Moving on from its stint in London, the jackets will head south to the prestigious Brighton Tattoo Convention on 13th & 14th May where they will exhibit alongside more than 300 world class tattooists, including several of the artists participating in the Hell Bent for Leather exhibition.

Charity Auction

Following the events, the jackets will be auctioned off online to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund; both extremely worthy causes close to the hearts of Judas Priest. The exhibition hopes to raise as much money as possible for the two charities.

FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS


Abby Drielsma (AUS), Elliot Wells (UK), Gregory Whitehead (USA), Grime (USA), Joao Bosco (BR), Jondix (UK). Kelly Violet (UK), Liam Sparkes (UK), Rafel Delalande (FR), Robert Borbas (HU), Scott Move (UK), Tamara Santibanez (USA), Tas Danazoglou (CY), Tony Hundahl (USA), Uncle Allan (DE), Wendy Pham (DE), Xam (UK). 

DATES FOR THE DIARY 

PRIVATE VIEW (Invitation Only) 27th April 2017 Times: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Location: Parliament Tattoo

Unit D Leeds Place London
N4 3RF

PUBLIC EXHIBITION

5th – 10th May 2017 

Opening Party: 5th May, Times TBC
Location: Provender Building

The Brighton Tattoo Convention
13th & 14th May 2017 Location: The Brighton Centre

Kings Road
Brighton, BN1 2GR
For more Information visit www.brightontattoo.com

The Stables Market

Chalk Farm Road

London

NW1 8AH

 

About Parliament Tattoo: 

Parliament Tattoo is a private, appointment only tattoo studio with an impressive line up of internationally acclaimed artists. Having opened up shop in an old dress making factory just 2 years ago, the unique tattoo studio has quickly established itself as one the most distinguished tattoo shops in Europe. With a combined social following pushing into the millions, Parliament Tattoo is at the forefront of modern tattooing with premier artwork being produced daily by artists such as Scott Move, Kelly Violet, Rebecca Vincent, Emily Alice Johnston, Adam Ruff, Andrew John Smith, Duncan X, and more. Enquiries to info@nullparliamenttattoo.com .

Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone! 19th September 2016

Over a couple of hours, tonight you see,
A Powerzone show is a real treat for thee!
New tunes from Sonata Arctica, Testament & Tengger Cavalry,
We’ve also got new stuff from Running Wild, Hammerfall & Lost Society.
From 9pm we’ll be here with all this and more,
Other radio shows right now will be such a bloody bore.
To try and resist such great metal would be completely futile,
So turn to 105 FM and make your Monday BRUTAL.
Ah, close enough, m/

Evil Scarecrow – Hurricanado
Sonata Arctica – Life
Hammerfall – The Sacred Vow
Running Wild – Warmongers
Judas Priest – Eat Me Alive
Krampus – Beast Within
Eluveitie – Omnos
Tankard – Fooled By Your Guts
Lost Society – Hangover Activator
Metallica – One (Epic Track)
Testament – Brotherhood Of The Snake
Stratovarius – Dragons (Volt Track)
Edguy – Down To The Devil
In Flames – Pinball Map
Soilwork – Rejection Role
Sinergy – Gallowmere
Children Of Bodom – Silent Night, Bodom Night
Iron Maiden – Dance Of Death (Epic Track)
Tengger Cavalry – Mountain Side
Nine Tresures – Sonsii
Rammstein – Das Modell [Kraftwerk Cover] (Coverzone) {Overload}
Bear Bear – Мать троллей/Trollhammaren [Finntroll cover] (Coverzone) {Overload}
Tragedy – Jive Talkin’ (Bee Gees Cover) [Coverzone] {Overload}
O.Children – Ruins

Top Ten Judas Priest albums

10: Turbo

Much maligned (most unfairly in my opinion), this one is still one of Priest‘s biggest selling albums.  The change in sound from the more Trad Heavy Metal sound of the previous few albums happened as a reaction to the mid-80’s trend towards incorporating synth pop influences, as pioneered by ZZ Top.  Despite that, the title track is one of my personal favourite songs and has remained in Priest‘s live set.

 

9: Stained Class

This was the album that started the evolution towards Priest becoming the quintessential Heavy Metal band.  Producer Dennis MacKay streamlined Priest‘s songwriting, filtering out most of the Prog to create a tighter, meaner, more direct sound.  Stained Class also spawned Beyond The Realms Of Death and Exciter, as well as the controversial Spooky Tooth cover, Better By You, Better Than Me.

 

8: Jugulator

Even though Rob Halford had left the band somewhat acrimoniously, Priest made a solid attempt to carry on where Painkiller left off.  This was an angry band with a new singer in Tim “Ripper” Owens who could snarl as well as scream.  This may count as sacrilegious, but Ripper‘s version of Green Manlishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown), which can be found as a bonus track on Demolition, has a creeping menace to it that not even The Metal God himself could match.

This one is a grossly underrated album, that is worth re-evaluating purely on the strength of the last two songs: Bullet Train and the truly epic Cathedral Spires.

 

7: Sad Wings Of Destiny

Priest’s second album, the follow-up to 1974’s Rocka Rolla could probably be called the band’s first Heavy Metal album.  The centrepiece is the monumental Victim Of Changes, which set the stamp of what Judas Priest would be for the next six years, before everything changed for British Steel.  The Progginess was still strongly evident, but so were the riffs, solos and stratospheric vocals that became their trademark later on.  As well as Victim… this one is probably best known for The Ripper and Tyrant.

 

6: Defenders Of The Faith

Defenders… was the last of the three absolute classic albums Priest recorded in the 80’s, that pretty much set the standard the rest of their albums are judged by.  In terms of style, it didn’t really veer much from the path laid down by it’s predecessor, Screaming For Vengeance, which is why it’s not higher up in this countdown.

That said, it’s got another one of my favourite Priest songs on it, in the shape of The Sentinel.  It also contains Freewheel Burning, and Eat Me Alive, which is a masterclass in the art of lyrical innuendo and the double entendre, and earned them the ire of a certain Tipper Gore.

 

5: Redeemer Of Souls

After the bitty let-down that was Nostrodamus, Judas Priest needed to get their act back together, especially with the retirement of original member and mainstay, KK Downing.  To be absolutely honest, they played it safe.  Thing is, this is Judas Priest, one of the greatest Heavy Metal bands ever to walk the Earth, so their version of “playing it safe” puts them head and shoulders above most other bands.  This is a bloody good Judas Priest album, with very few weak links.  That’s why it’s sitting at Number 5.

Remember though, that this album was never supposed to happen.  The original plan was that Priest would do one more tour (named “Epitaph”, for obvious reasons), then would hang it up.  Substitute guitarist, Richie Faulkner (who had also worked with the late, great Sir Christopher Lee on his second Charlemagne album) changed all that.  Infused by new energy, they went back into the studio and recorded the album that righted the ship.

 

4: Angel Of Retribution

Arguably Priest‘s most important album, for them at least.  After the acrimonious split in the early 90’s, this was the album that brought Rob Halford back into the fold.

It was like he’d never been away.  The lessons Halford had learned from Fight and his own solo material were folded back into Judas Priest and they were all the better for it.

 

3: Screaming For Vengeance

The term “classic album” is bandied around far too much.  Judas Priest, though, got into a little bit of a habit of producing “classic” albums.  This is one of them.

The album kicks off with The Hellion, which leads into another all-time favourite of mine, and a mainstay of the band’s live set: Electric Eye.  This album also features Bloodstone, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ and Devil’s Child.

Then there’s the title track, Screaming For Vengeance, itself.  In the old days of vinyl and cassette, that one kicked off side 2, and… well.  That’s why it’s in the Top 3.

 

2: British Steel

If any album deserved the accolade of being called “all killer, no filler”, it’s this one.  If not for the next album on the list, this would have been unassailable at the top.  There is not one single even slightly below par moment on this entire album.  Even the recording of the album has passed into legend in a way that only an album by a British band can… most notably due to the story behind the sound effects on Metal Gods.

It’s also got Grinder, Livin’ After Midnight, Rapid Fire and the song that is to Judas Priest as Paranoid is to Black Sabbath, Breaking The Law.

The only thing that stops British Steel being Priest‘s greatest album (the genius of the Breaking The Law video isn’t allowed into it) is that it doesn’t have a certain song as it’s title track…

 

1: Painkiller

It was never going to be anything else, really, was it?  As soon as British Steel came in second, this one was obviously the top.

None other than Sy Keeler, singer with Onslaught, agrees with me that this album sums up what Heavy Metal is all about. It was Rob Halford‘s original swansong with the band, and by the gods he went out on top. As with British Steel, this album has no weak links. A quick scan down the tracklisting shows up Hell Patrol, Night Crawler, Between The Hammer and The Anvil and Touch Of Evil. There’s also All Guns Blazing and One Shot At Glory.

Generally, that would be enough to bring it nose-to-nose with British Steel, but then you bring the title track onto the field, and the war is over. Kicking off with new boy (at the time) Scott Travis, formerly of Racer-X absolutely hammering his drumkit into the floor, Painkiller doesn’t let up for a second.

That’s why it’s Judas Priest‘s best album (so far), and possibly the greatest Heavy Metal album ever recorded.