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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!

Kadavar reveal new music and European tour

Kadavar have announced the details for their upcoming fourth studio album, Rough Times. The album will be released on September 29 via Nuclear Blast.

Tiger, the drummer said:

“The process of making this record was quite intense. I kind of went through my inner hell. Working all day, you’re fine but at night all these things were torturing me. The new songs are crazy and absurd sometimes, but also serious and very personal. It’s the ambiguity that holds Rough Times together. Every song evolved from a certain strong feeling.

We chose the title because it has this duality. It’s not just funny, yet it’s not a complete serious title. we’re doing fine, but something’s missing in this world. We don’t really fit in or want to but at the same time we’re stuck in this. the times are rough when you wake up and just wanna die, but times can also be rough for very trivial reasons, the latter I have the feeling is very zeitgeisty.

This collage for the cover is the perfect match for the title. I had this picture in my head throughout the whole process. It’s a little rough, but this picture tells a lot.”

Lupus (singer and guitarist) added:

“For me it’s a very serious title, bar any humour. We maintain the achievements of our elders, such as women rights, peace and a corporate Europe by touring through clubs, sniffing 100 euro bills through our noses and call attention to ourselves by posting insta stories. Meanwhile people rising to power decline economy, free thinking and progress. If we don’t start to really care for this heritage and leave it to people who just want to enrich themselves, we will soon face Rough Times.

The album itself is a journey through our states of mind. The first 3 songs is us venting our spleen. About everything and everyone we despise – until towards the end when there’s something kinda like hope.”

The first single from the album will be Die Baby Die, which will be available as an exclusive vinyl 7″.  The B-side will be a cover of The Beatles song that supposed inspired Charles Manson and The Manson Family’s crimes, Helter Skelter.  Despite the thoughts of a deranged psychopath, it’s a song about a spiral slide you’ll find at British fairgrounds.  It’s available for pre-order now if you click THIS LINK.

Also announced were a string of festival shows across Europe, followed by more dates, going right up to the end of December.

2017-06-23 Saarwellingen (Saarmageddon) DE
2017-06-24 Marburg (KFZ) DE
2017-07-01 Schmitten (Schmittner Open Air) CH
2017-07-06 Ballenstedt (Rockharz Open Air) DE
2017-07-13 Erfurt-Stotternheim (Stoned from the Underground) DE
2017-07-14 Pleszew (Red Smoke) PL
2017-07-24 Salzburg (Rockhouse) AT
2017-07-25 Tolmin (Metaldays) SI
2017-07-26 Konstanz (Kulturladen) DE
2017-07-27 Dornbirn (Conrad Sohm) AT
2017-07-28 Michelau (Rock im Wald) DE
2017-07-29 Gijón (Tsunami Xixon) ES
2017-07-30 Le Garric (Xtreme Fest) FR
2017-08-04 Wacken (Wacken Open Air) DE
2017-08-05 Almiros Volos (Los Almiros Festival ) GR
2017-08-11 Moledo (Sonic Blast) PT
2017-09-30 London (The Dome) GB
2017-10-01 Sheffield (HRH Doom vs. Stoner) GB
2017-10-12 Essen (Zeche Carl) DE
2017-10-13 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
2017-10-14 Leipzig (Conne Island) DE
2017-10-15 Antwerp (Desert Fest) BE
2017-10-17 Strasbourg (La Laiterie Club) FR
2017-10-18 Paris (Le Trabendo) FR
2017-10-19 Rennes (L’Ubu) FR
2017-10-20 Bordeaux (La Krakatoa) FR
2017-10-21 Madrid (But) ES
2017-10-22 Barcelona (Bikini) ES
2017-10-24 Lyon (Feyzin) FR
2017-10-25 Monthey (Pont Rouge) CH
2017-10-26 Aarau (Kiff) CH
2017-10-27 München (Backstage) DE
2017-10-28 Wien (Flex) AT
2017-10-29 Graz (PPC) AT
2017-10-30 Zagreb (Mocvara) HR
2017-11-01 Budapest (A38) HU
2017-11-02 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
2017-11-03 Krakow (Kwadrat) PL
2017-11-04 Prague (Nová Chmelnice) CZ
2017-11-05 Nürnberg (Hirsch) DE
2017-11-07 Amsterdam (Paradiso Noord) NL
2017-11-08 Hannover (Capitol) DE
2017-11-09 Copenhagen (Pumpehuset) DK
2017-11-10 Stockholm (Debaser) SE
2017-11-11 Oslo (Bla) NO
2017-11-12 Gothenburg (Pustervik) SE
2017-11-13 Deventer (Burgerweeshuis) NL
2017-11-15 Köln (Bürgerhaus Stollwerck) DE
2017-11-16 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
2017-11-17 Stuttgart (LKA Longhorn) DE
2017-11-18 Berlin (Columbiahalle) DE
2017-12-20 Bremen (Tower) DE
2017-12-21 Mannheim (Alte Feuerwache) DE
2017-12-22 Münster (Sputnikhalle) DE
2017-12-28 Chemnitz (AJZ Talschock) DE
2017-12-29 Siegen (Vortex) DE

Victorient release video for new track

Goth duo Victorient have released the song Ghost City.

The song is taken from their new mini album, Revolutions Part 1, which is due for release on 12th June through Raphaelite Records.

The band’s debut album, The Old Curiosity Shop is available on Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” download – I’d suggest at least £1 – if you click the link that is hiding behind this sentence.

Sound-wise, Victorient are somewhat reminiscient of the likes of early Theatres Des Vampires and Inkkubus Sukkubus.  The husband-and-wife line-up of Tansy (vocals) and Sam Dunham-Carter (guitars, programming and backing vocals) solidified in 2014 in London.  The pair recorded and mixed the album in their own home studio, with Tansy providing the artwork.

Have a look at the video:

Remember to tell them The Wyrd Ways Rock Show sent you!

Revolutions Part 2 is expected later in the year.

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 .

Death Angel: UK Shows Announced


San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel, who seemingly never slow down, are very pleased to announce that they will be playing four UK headline shows this August. Support to be announced shortly.

Fiery front man Mark Osegueda checked in with the following comment:

“I am extremely proud to announce that Death Angel will finally be returning to the UK for a string of headlining shows in August of 2017.
These will be the first Death Angel shows in the UK since the release of our album The Evil Divide!! And we have been biting at the bit to get back there!
Expect nothing less than a special in your face set that will leave exhausted, and satisfied! Yet! Wanting for more! See you on stage, in the pit, and at the bar”

The Death Angel dates are as follows:

8th August – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
9th August – Glasgow, Audio

10th August – Bridgend, Hobos
11th August – London, Underworld

Team Rock closes

Massively sad news for anyone across the world who loves Rock and Metal, especially for the 73 people who did all the work.

Team Rock came together just over three years ago when the company bought Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog from Future Publishing.  The final link in the chain was the radio station, the core team coming from Manchester’s Real XS (formerly known as Rock Radio).  The whole operation was to be funded by subscriptions to Team Rock Plus and sponsorship of items and shows across the radio station, website and the magazines, eschewing radio adverts.

Unfortunately, the operation was damaged by the radio station leaving DAB, although it did save them £1 million per year.  That wasn’t enough, though, as the losses mounted up despite drastic cost-cutting measures, with the company calling in the receivers and going into administration with debts of around £8 million.

The Wyrd Ways Rock Show would like to extend it’s condolences to the 73 former staff in London and Glasgow and all those who had the passion and commitment to try to make a go of Team Rock.  Hopefully the magazines, at the very least can be saved.

Read more on the Daily Record website.

Saxon announce Battering Ram tour

NWOBHM icons Saxon have announced 10 dates for the UK leg of their upcoming Battering Ram World Tour, kicking off in Newcastle on 28th October.  They will be joined by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for these much-awaited shows.

“Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool”, said frontman Biff Byford. “I think this line up is unique, you don’t wanna miss it.  Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!”

Fastway, the brainchild of ex-Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, just couldn’t resist getting together to hit the road with Saxon.  The band have played one-off dates and festivals over the past few years since the release of Eat Dog Eat (SPV) in 2011.  The current lineup features Fast Eddie Clarke with Toby Jepson on vocals, Steve Strange on drums and Mama’s BoysJohn McManus on bass.

Following the release of Battering Ram, Saxon hit the road in Europe with Motörhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the entire UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was cancelled – with the exception of a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.

Dates as follows:
October
28th Newcastle O2 Academy
29th Glasgow O2 ABC
30th Belfast Limelight

November
1st Dublin Academy (Fastway only)
2nd Manchester O2 Ritz
3rd Bristol O2 Academy

5th London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
6th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

8th Sheffield O2 Academy
9th Nottingham Rock City

* Fastway are the only support in Dublin.

Also on 28th October, Saxon release The Vinyl Hoard, a deluxe eight album vinyl boxset featuring four live recordings.  The albums come in specially designed gatefold sleeves in a slipcase box.

They are:
The Dogs Of War Tour, 1995, recorded on tour in Germany and featuring: Dogs Of War, Denim And Leather, Wheels Of Steel;

The Lionheart Tour, 2004, recorded on tour in France, England and Germany featuring: Lionheart, Court Of The Crimson King, Are We Travellers In Time;

A Night Out With The Boys, 2005: The 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHM, recorded on tour in Germany and Sweden and featuring: And The Bands Played On, Suzie Hold On, Stand Up And Be Counted;

Rocksound Festival, 2006 [2 LP], recorded in Switzerland featuring: Backs To The Wall, Princess Of The Night and Crusader.

 

Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Inside Out

amazon_badgeIn stark contrast to the many artists who like to take their sweet time when it comes to making new music (I’m looking at you, Tool), Canadian polymath Devin Townsend churns out new albums as if his life depends on it. Transcendence is the 7th album to be released under the “Devin Townsend Project” name and Devin’s 24th overall (from the Extreme Metal of Strapping Young Lad to the Country Rock of Casualties of Cool). Everyone has their own favourite style and era of Mr Townsend’s work and Transcendence comes across as an attempt to satisfy them all. Whether it succeeds in doing that is another matter entirely though…

Devin Townsend is undeniably a very forward-thinking musician; at his best, his idiosyncratic blending of loud and soft styles has put him light years ahead of his peers. Transcendence, however, starts by looking backwards with a remake of Truth, a song that originally appeared on the early solo album Infinity.  For those unfamiliar with it, it’s a quintessential example of Devin’s “wall of sound” technique; heavily layered vocals and instrumentation, and thoroughly bombastic. A powerful overture, though it’s unclear why it was deemed necessary to revisit it.

The two subsequent tracks are amongst the album’s highlights, and neatly illustrate how Transcendence is an attempt to marry the intricate and chilled-out sides of Devin’s repertoire. Stormbending and Failure both pay tribute to classic Prog Rock, with the former’s dreamy yet powerful soundscapes recalling Pink Floyd and Dream Theater, and the latter’s odd time signatures and jarring guitar sound evoking King Crimson and Tool. Particular praise must be given to the guitar-playing on both tracks; the interplay between Devin and fellow guitarist Dave Young is superb.

The two other big highlights are the title track and Offer Your Light. Transcendence has a hypnotic mid-paced rhythm and tempo, and a catchy, chugging guitar riff very similar to much of Tool’s work, with a prominent vocal contribution by Dutch siren Anneke Van Giersbergen; recruiting her as a regular DTP guest was one of the smartest moves Devin Townsend ever made.  Offer Your Light meanwhile is the only out-and-out fast-paced Rocker on the album, with Devin’s snarling screams and guitar intertwining sublimely with techno synths and Anneke’s vocals.

While these high points stand proudly alongside much of Devin Townsend’s other work, the rest of Transcendence is, well, a bit dull really. Higher features some top-quality Metal riffs but they’re hidden somewhere in the middle of its 9.5 minute meandering duration. From the Heart and Transdermal Celebration (a cover of a song by Ween) show Devin at his most emotional but they outstay their welcome, both exceeding 8 minutes. And Stars, with its calm campfire-singalong atmosphere, sounds, for a lack of a better term, just a bit too nice; is this really the same guy who sung (i.e. screamed) Oh My Fucking God and Satan’s Ice Cream Truck? Ok, Devin’s come a long way since Strapping Young Lad, but the majority of his DTP work, despite being catchy and fairly commercial-sounding, has still been characterised by his trademark heaviness; that’s distinctly lacking on this album.

Fans who primarily like Devin Townsend for his crushing heaviness and kooky Canadian wackiness won’t find much to write home about on Transcendence. It is clearly one of his more thoughtful, introspective albums, and it does flow nicely from one track to another in a manner reminiscent of many classic Prog Rock albums, but it treads a fine line between being engaging and boring. He gets it right on several tracks, such as Failure and the title-track but, for the sake of balance, a few heavier, faster tracks wouldn’t have gone amiss. There’s no point fretting though; Devin will have another new album out in a few months’ time no doubt, hopefully that’ll offer something different.

Verdict: 7/10

P.S. Be sure to pick up the deluxe version with the bonus disc of demos; lots of heavy, kooky stuff on that (such as the excellent Canucklehead)

P.P.S. But avoid reading Devin’s pretentious track-by-track commentary in the lyrics booklet, unless you’ve recently been poisoned and urgently need to vomit.

Evil Scarecrow Rock You Like A Hurricanado

Nottingham’s *ahem* finest, Evil Scarecrow, hit the road in the wake of their triumphant non-headlining slot at Bloodstock.

After their brilliantly bonkers performance at Bloodstock on the Ronnie James Dio Stage last week to an absolutely huge crowd, all robototroning, crabuloning and hurricanadoing like crazy, Evil Scarecrow are delighted to announce new dates for the start of 2017 and beyond, on their Rock You Like A Hurricanado tour backed by Live Nation.

Previously released dates:
29th October – Corporation, Sheffield
26th November – Midlands Metal Crusade, Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

7th January – Yardbirds, Grimsby

‘Rock You Like A Hurricanado Tour’:
26th January – Cathouse, Glasgow 
27th January – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
28th January – Rock City, Nottingham
2nd February – The Engine Rooms, Southampton
3rd February – Electric Ballroom, London 
4th February – Thekla, Bristol

A quote from Dr Hell on the forthcoming shows:

“We’re back on the road for our Rock you like a Hurricanado Tour (see what we did there).  We’ll be bringing our biggest, silliest show yet along with some brand new, probably never heard before, music ‘genius’.  I expect the entire tour to sell out immediately now that we are super famous massive rock stars, so I’ll be personally selling extra tickets on eBay like a dirty tout. Dust off your robot cardboard boxes and get ready to spin on the spot!”

Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCCXXXVI

As promised last week, there’s new stuff from Joey Jordison’s other project, Vimic, so don’t tell me I never follow through on my promises! There’s also new stuff from Dead Daisies and Neil Fallon’s side-project, Dunsmuir.

That’s (obviously) not all.

Alongside a track from the recently unearthed version of Cradle Of Filth’s second album, Dusk… And Her Embrace, there’s also a track from Old Corpse Road and an interview, recorded at last year’s SOS Festival, with two of the members of reunited NWOBHM band, Avenger.

Record Of The Week celebrates the storming new album by Bristol (and Nottingham)’s very own Bull-Riff Stampede.

Turn it all the way up.

Vimic – My Fate
Deadlock – Hybris
Griever – She Is Death
Covered: Six Feet Under – Night Crawler
Stuck Mojo – The Business Of Hate
Blaakyum – Crossing
Dead Daisies – Long Way To Go
Palace Of The King – We Are Vampires
Shock Of The Old: Avenger – Faster Than Hell
Shock Of The Old: Avenger – SOS Festival 2015
Shock Of The Old: Avenger – Midnight Mass Destruction
Old Corpse Road – Herne of Windsor Forest
Cradle Of Filth – Dusk And Her Embrace
Record Of The Week: Bull-Riff Stampede – Enraging The Beast
Record Of The Week: Bull-Riff Stampede – Dawn Of Disease
Record Of The Week: Bull-Riff Stampede – Pieces Of Hate
Combichrist – Skullcrusher
Dunsmuir – Our Only Master
Sabaton – The Lost Battalion