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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!

Doll Skin announce new album, tour and spot on Vans Warped Tour

Phoenix pop-punk favourites Doll Skin have announced the release date for their upcoming second album Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which is due for release on 16th June via EMP/SPV in Europe and EMP Label Group in the US.  Produced and mixed by Cage9 frontman Evan Rodaniche (who also produced albums by Lacey Sturm, and Powerman 5000), Manic… is the follow up to Doll Skin’s EMP debut, 2016’s In Your Face Again, which was produced by Grammy Award winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, which spawned multiple singles including, Family of Strangers, Let’s Be Honest, and Furious Fixation.

2016 saw the band tour much of the year with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Fire From The Gods, Hellyeah, Dead Kennedys and more, before settling in to record their new record.  Not to be outdone by last year, the band kicked off 2017 in equally notable fashion with a packed hometown show supporting former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, and the announcement that the band would join the lineup of the 2017 Vans Warped Tour from June 16-25, appearing on the “Hard Rock” Stage alongside Metal and Punk bands such as The Dickies, Municipal Waste, The Ataris, TSOL and more.

In addition to the stint on Warped Tour, Doll Skin have announced a run of headlining dates in April and May, as well as the release of Shut Up (You Miss Me) as the first single from the new album.

Drummer Meghan Herring says:

“How excited are we for Warped Tour?? Psyched. Ecstatic. Beside ourselves. We’re feeling it all at once. Before we were even a band, I would go to Warped with the girls. Now our names are on the poster. It’s a surreal feeling. The lineup this year is absolutely incredible as well. Let’s do this!!!”

And on the subject of the new album Herring adds:

“We are so crazy excited for this new record to be released!! The sophomore album is an entirely different beast. It’s colorful, loud, and all over the place. It really shows the world who we are.”

Vocalist Sydney Dolezal adds:

“I am so excited to be hitting the road again this spring! We’ve got some great new tunes that we know you’ll all love, and I can’t wait to see all of our friends and fans around the country!”

Tour Dates:
DOLL SKIN Headlining:
4/29 Tucson, AZ. @ The Loudhouse w/ Dead Horse Trauma
4/30 Albuquerque, NM. @ The Co-Op
5/02 Lubbock, TX. @ Backstage Live w/ Never Say Die
5/03 Abilene, TX. @ My Place w/ Never Say Die
5/04 Ft Worth, TX. @ Ridglea Theatre w/ Never Say Die
5/06 Hutchinson, KS. @ The Rusty Needle w/ Another Lost Year & Never Say Die
5/09 Peoria, IL. @ Rail II w/ Drugs Delaney & Evil Engine
5/10 Crest Hill, IL. @ Bada Brew w/ Drugs Delaney & Evil Engine
5/11 Ft Atkinson, WI. @ Hijynx w/ Evil Engine
5/12 Mt Calvary, WI. @ Maximillians w/ Evil Engine
5/13 LaCrosse, WI. @ The Warehouse w/ In Solace
5/18 Colorado Springs, CO. @ Sunshine Studios
5/19 Salt Lake City, UT. @ Club X
5/20 Las Vegas, NV. @ Adrenaline
VANS WARPED TOUR 2017 PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS:
June 16 — CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
June 17 — Oregon State Fairgrounds – Salem, OR
June 21 — Balloon Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
June 22 — Fear Farm – Phoenix, AZ
June 23 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
June 24 — Utah State Fair Park – Salt Lake City, UT
June 25 — Pepsi Center – Denver, CO

Hi. Welcome to Jazz Club… Nice.

Though Alex Skolnick may be well known as the guitarist of the legendary Thrash Metal band Testament (which he joined at age sixteen, left in the early 1990s and returned to in 2005), these days, more and more recognize him as a “musician’s musician” for whom terms such as shredder, thrasher etc don’t paint the full picture. Describing him as a “genre-defying guitar hero” for a 2015 cover story, Making Music Magazine said:

“Though he’s pretty much a household name in heavy metal, Alex is not your average, everyday shredding guitarist. In reality, he defies categorization by musical genre.” (Making Music, Jan 2015).

For evidence, one needn’t look any further than the Alex Skolnick Trio (AST). AST blend the conviction of rock with the elegance and sophistication of jazz. Conceived while Alex was pursing his jazz degree from New York’s New School University, AST are known for their sophisticated re-harmonisations of classic hard rock and heavy metal songs, along with originals whose depth, humour and character are enthralling to fans across the musical spectrum, achieving legitimacy in the eyes (and ears) of sceptics while converting first-time jazz listeners to the pleasures of music without mosh pits.

The trio’s 2011 album, Veritas, reached the Top Ten of the iTunes jazz charts at no.7, positioned between Dave Brubeck and Esperanza Spalding and was released via the esteemed jazz label, Palmetto Records.  Since their 2002 debut, AST has been honoured with 4 ½ stars by Downbeat, reviewed by Jazziz, The Village Voice, has charted on the Jazz Week radio charts and enjoyed its status among the greats as an NPR Jazz Daily Pick feature.

Fans of the group include international superstars Rodrigo y Gabriella., who have taken the trio on tour, and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo (a noted jazz fan and producer of the upcoming Jaco Pastorius documentary) who joined the band for an impromptu jam at Radio City Music Hall.  AST was also the main support band on Rodrigo Y Gabriela‘s consecutive European and US tour in 2010, including five sold-out nights in London.

Skolnick’s additional instrumental work include his acclaimed 2014 album Planetary Coalition (including Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Kiran Ahluwalia and many others), What’s Next? – a jazz duo album by New York pianist-composer Randy Klein and several stints as a first-call guitarist for electric bass hero, Stuart Hamm. 2016 also saw, after four acclaimed studio albums, the release of the first AST live CD, Live Unbound. This album contains live versions of two of their reimagined remakes (Aerosmith‘s Dream On and ScorpionsStill Loving You) along with a few songs from their last couple studio efforts.  The CD kicks off with two brand new tracks, Unbound and Culture Shock!

Skolnick about the album:

“This recording says that we don’t have much use for limitations.  Our live performances can take us anywhere, from the spirit of quintessential jazz guitar trios to distortion and chaos. It’s all possible. We realized that the live element has been such an important part of what we do, but it’s just never been captured before and it’s never been put out. We have these great new songs that we wanted to do as well, so it just made sense to release them as live versions. (The album) gives us a chance to sort of re-introduce some of the material from earlier albums, but the way we play it live, even if you don’t get to catch us in concert.”

Alex Skolnick Trio:
Alex Skolnick – guitar (Testament, Trans Siberian Orchestra)
Matt Zebroski – drums (Gil Goldstein, Dave Eggar)
Nathan Peck – bass (Maynard Ferguson, Maria Maldaur, Richard Cheese)

European Tour Dates:
01 March SOUTHAMPTON, England – TALKING HEADS
02 March CHESTERFIELD, England – REALTIME MUSIC
03 March GLASGOW, Scotland – AUDIO
04 March BIRMINGHAM, England – FLAPPER
05 March LONDON, England – PIZZA EXPRESS
07 March KARLSRUHE, Germany – JUBEZ
08 March NANCY, France – MAI FRANCE
09 March FÜRTH, Germany – KOFFERFABRIK
10 March PASSAU, Germany – MUSEUM CAFÉ
11 March HABACH, Germany – VILLAGE
12 March FRAUENTAL, Austria – BLUEGARAGE
13 March VIENNA, Austria – REIGEN
14 March BUDAPEST, Hungary – DÜRER KERT : ROOM 041
16 March PRAGUE, Czech Republic – AGHARTA
17 March REICHENBACH/VOGTLAND, Germany – BERGKELLER
18 March NORDHAUSEN, Germany – CYRIACI-KAPELLE NORDHAUSEN
19 March ROMA, Italy – PLANET LIVE
21 March COPENHAGEN, Denmark – STENGADE
22 March MILANO, Italy – THE BLUE NOTE MILANO
24 March LARVIK, Norway – GUITAR FESTIVAL
26 March GÄVLE, Sweden – CC PUB
28 March FEHMARN, Germany – CAFE LIEBEVOLL
29 March HAMBURG, Germany – HAFENKLANG
30 March BREMEN, Germany – KITO
31 March DORTMUND, Germany – PIANO
01 April TILBURG, Netherlands – PARADOX

Brujeria – Pocho Aztlan

Nuclear Blast

Review by Rick Ossian

Rick takes his life into his hands to review “Mexican” gangster Death Metal band, Brujeria‘s fourth album, Pocho Aztlan. May the gods have mercy on his soul

Brujeria (“Witchcraft“) are an extremely militant Grindcore Death Metal outfit from Los Angeles, Mexico, according to their bio.  They are on their fourth full-length album with their latest, Pocho Aztlan (“Wasted Promised Land“) and they are seriously, severely Spanish, as you might have surmised by now.  Their members are as follows: Juan Brujo voz  (I’m betting he’s a vocalist of some stature).  Garganta Fantasma is also listed as a vocalist.  On guitarra, the Infernal HongoHongo Jr. – Bateria Pinche (perhaps a battery of some sort..? Maybe he plays a drum machine, not sure!).  Peach does Voices del mal Pititis, and Concubina del Inferno helps out there, Sangron is the voz Mal d Tarika (another vocalist, I’m betting), and Baby Bruja Guero III must be a bassist or another percussionist, perhaps… I may be a bit out of my depth here.

In any case, if you are about to listen to these fine upstanding Spanish heroes, then BE PREPARED, dear reader.  You are in for some seriously severe stuff!  The title track features some considerable chanting (in Español, of course), FX, slamming, Spanish growling (Señor Cookie Monster), and some serious bass playing as well.brujeriagroupshot

Let’s go track by track, as is traditional…

No Aceptan Imitaciones (pretty self-explanatory, I’m going to go with the most obvious translation, as in we DON’T accept imitations) is up next, and it is about the heaviest fucking thing I’ve heard in some time.  It is probably going to tear your head off when you hear it!

Profecia del Anticristo ( again, I think we’re all pretty sure where were going with this one – I’d say our old friend Jack Scratch is the main man behind this tune) (The Prophecy of the Antichrist).  It is extremely heavy, as it should be.

Angel De la Frontera is our next tune on board, and for now I believe I will dispense with the translations.  Suffice it to say that there is a revolucion in the works!  There is plenty more slamming involved here, and even a bit of Spanish spoken word!

Plata ol Plomo (Silver or Lead) features more of the same, particularly in the intro.

Satongo is more growling and slamming… I sense a pattern developing here.

Isla de La Fantasia (Fantasy Island) is a short slam, but worthy of a listen nonetheless.

Bruja (Witch) features a feedback-laden intro, along with plenty of heavy riffing and chanting en Español (of course).

Mexico Campeon (Champion) is a super short slam, but again worthy.

Culpan La Mujer (They Blame Woman) features more of the same.

Codigos (Code) has more of the Spanish and FX stuff in the intro, but again is worth a listen.  It is the single longest number on board, somewhere between five-and-a-half and six minutes.  Most of the other number are 3-4 minutes or less.  When I indicate a ‘short slam’, that could be even as little as 2 minutes.

The final track is California Uber Aztlan, and by now you will be able to guess what is involved.

To sum up, let me be brief.  If you enjoy your Metal VERY growly, very militant, and severely extreme, and en Español, then Brujeria may very well be right up your proverbial alley.  Check them out!

Verdict: 7/10

The Agonist announce new album release

The Agonist have announced they will release their new album Five on 30th September through their new label, Napalm Records.  They also released the first official video from Five, called The Moment.

Watch it here:

About making the video, singer Vicky Psarakis stated:

The Moment was probably the most exciting and demanding video I’ve had to shoot so far. Chris (bassist/FTB Visuals director) came up to me with the idea to create a “storyline” with a close up of just my face singing the lyrics underwater. And we achieved it by building a box with a plexiglas panel that fit my head, while the rest of my body was standing and perfectly dry. I guess you could say it was scary and awkward to have just your head submerged underwater and a bit dangerous to have to perform the entire song in that position, but honestly, I wouldn’t mind doing the whole thing all over again!”

If that’s not enough for you, here’s the lyric video for the first song released from the album, The Chain:

Five was produced by Mike Plotnikoff at West Valley Studios.  Mike has engineered and produced such artists as Buckcherry, Flyleaf, My Chemical Romance, Apocalyptica, P.O.D, Halestorm, Skillet, Seether, Three Days Grace, Aerosmith, and Kiss.

Maor Appelbaum handled the mastering at Maor Appelbaum Mastering studios.  Maor has had the pleasure of mastering recordings for major international acts such as: Faith No More, Yes, Starset, Ill Nino, Dokken, Fates Warning, Sepultura, Yngwie “More is more” Malmsteen, Armored Saint, Lita Ford, Butcher Babies, and more.

Five Track Listing:
1. The Moment
2. The Chain
3. The Anchor And The Sail
4. The Game
5. The Ocean
6. The Hunt
7. The Raven Eyes
8. The Wake
9. The Resurrection
10. The Villain
11. The Pursuit Of Emptiness
12. The Man Who Fell To Earth
13. The Trial
14. Take Me To Church (Hozier cover) (Bonus Edition Only)

Just to put the proverbial tin hat on it, and get their moneysworth out of Napalm’s PR team (hello Andy and Will!) the band have also announced a slew of tour dates across the world with various bands:

European Tour:
27.09.2016 – Fryshuset Klubben- Stockholm, Sweden
28.09.2016 – Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
30.09.2016 – Tube – Dusseldorf, Germany
01.10.2016 – Epic Metal Fest – Tilburg, Netherlands
02.10.2016 – De Kreun – Kortrijk, Belgium
04.10.2016 – Opera Concert Hall – St. Petersburg, Russia
05.10.2016 – Клуб Театръ – Moscow, Russia
07.10.2016 – Sala Becool – Barcelona, Spain
08.10.2016 – Sala la Burbuja – Castellon, Spain
09.10.2016 – Sala Maladar – Seville, Spain
11.10.2016 – Sala tbc – Lisboa, Portugal
12.10.2016 – Sala Lemon – Madrid, Spain
13.10.2016 – Sala Azkena – Bilbao, Spain

Canadian Tour with Xandria, Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse:
04.11.2016: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
05.11.2016: Montreal, QC @ Corona
06.11.2016: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall

American Tour with Arkona, Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse:
08.11.2016: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
09.11.2016: Minneapolis. MN @ Cabooze
11.11.2016: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Event Center
12.11.2016: Calgary, AB @ Marquee
13.11.2016: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch
15.11.2016: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
16.11.2016: Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
18.11.2016: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
19.11.2016: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
20.11.2016: Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel
22.11.2016: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
23.11.2016: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
25.11.2016: Dallas. TX @ Gas Monkey Live
26.11.2016: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
28.11.2016: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
29.11.2016: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
01.12.2016: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
02.12.2016: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03.12.2016: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

RATM’S TIM COMMERFORD SMASHING THE GRID WITH NEW BAND WAKRAT

Former Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage bassist Tim Commerford‘s new band, Wakrat (pronounced wôk•rat) are already making something of a name for themselves without playing a note.

Along with Commerford, guitarist Laurent Grangeon and drummer Mathias Wakrat, led a protest through the streets of London, declaring a brand new micronation in what was formerly known as Parliament Square in an effort to expose the failings of the current political system.

The so-called Republic of Wakrat proudly “welcomes everyone of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths, and offers a fresh alternative to the current system.

Arriving to a legion of fans, media and bewildered tourists in an iconic red London bus decorated with the words #GenerationFucked – the title of the band’s new single – the protest created headlines across the UK and beyond, striking a chord in the current climate of political unrest.  Everyone is invited to join the Republic of Wakrat at http://www.republicofwakrat.com

The video, Smashing The Grid, which you can watch below, features the band talking about their formation, the creation of their self-titled debut album, their use of different effects and sounds, and quite a bit more.

The band’s guitarist Laurent Grangeon comments: “We need to do something completely opposite of that boxed-in, overproduced, gutless type of music that’s hammered every day.”

Their self-titled debut album is due to be released on November 11th on physical formats and November 8th on digital formats to coincide with the US election.  It can be pre-ordered now on ultra-limited, hand-stencilled and signed vinyl, signed CD and coloured vinyl, regular CD and vinyl, and t-shirt bundles at http://www.earache.com/wakrat

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, which will give you an instant download of the track Generation Fucked, at http://bit.ly/wakrat-itunes

If you’re over in the US, Wakrat are about to go on tour with Commerford‘s other new band, the Rage Against The Machine/Cypress Hill/Public Enemy hybrid, Prophets Of Rage:

Aug. 19 – Fairfax, VA – EagleBank Arena
Aug. 20 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 26 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Aug. 28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 30 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Sep. 01 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 03 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 04 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 05 – Kansas City, MO – PMCA
Sep. 07 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sep. 10 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sep. 11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Sep. 13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sep. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 25 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sep. 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone
Oct. 01 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Oct. 04 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Oct. 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Oct. 08 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Graspop 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of my trip to Graspop Metal Meeting began with me making it to the main stage just in time to be reliably informed that Municipal Waste were going to f*** me up before they promptly left the stage. I can’t help but think they probably should have opened with that one.

Lzzy Hale Graspop 2016

Halestorm were the first band I saw more than ten seconds of though, and it must be said they drew a very impressive crowd for so early in the day.  More importantly though, they came good on delivering what the crowd was there for with a solid performance. Lzzy Hale is clearly a fantastic frontwoman and had the crowd woken up and engaged pretty much instantaneously.  It helps that even for a band who haven’t been around all that long, they have a number of killer tracks which they are able to pull off well.  They are however guilty of a running theme of the festival in seemingly not realising that they aren’t headliners.  Halestorm are a young band with a short set and so could have done without a 5 minute drum solo midway through, which made the crowd quite spectacularly lose interest.  I then spent most of the rest of the set wondering how Lzzy Hale managed to get a Golden Gods award for her guitar playing when not only is she clearly not the best guitarist in rock right now, but she isn’t even the best guitarist in her own band.  They managed to recapture the crowd with their last song I Miss The Misery though, which left a far more positive impression than they otherwise might have had. 7/10

Graspop 2016 Pennywise

Pennywise however did not seem to leave much of an impression upon anyone, as far as I could see, unless it was a negative one and it wasn’t difficult to tell why.  Their stage presence was virtually non-existent and their playing felt rushed and sloppy, as the seemed to hope that laying fast songs could allow them to get away with this.

It couldn’t.

The lead singer and guitarist spent most of the time in between the songs making jokes to each other which just fell completely flat on the audience.  The fast-paced songs which make up most of Pennywise‘s discography do at least suit the festival atmosphere well, but to be honest that really was the band’s only saving grace and even the two covers they did of songs which are far more well-known than any of their own failed to get much of a reaction from me or the rest of the crowd. 4/10

Graspop 2016 Skindred

It’s interesting how much bands can vary in popularity between countries. A week ago Skindred were sub-headlining the second stage at Download, yet at Graspop they ended up going on in the middle of the day on their smallest stage.  Still, I personally wasn’t going to complain about that because it meant that they didn’t clash with anyone else I wanted to see, and as always they put in a killer performance. We clearly weren’t the only ones there who felt that Skindred could have done with being further up the bill as the stage was packed out for them.  Skindred have been a stellar live act for a number of years now and today was no exception.  Benji was his usual flamboyant self and an expert at getting the crowd moving, while Skindred with every new album are able to add more and more great songs to their live repertoire.  Again though, they perhaps could have done with a little less speech-making from Benji and a little more actual music, but it didn’t spoil the show on this occasion. I don’t know if Skindred will crack the European market anytime soon, but performances like this certainly won’t hurt their cause.  8/10

Graspop 2016 Killswitch Engage

Another band you sort of have to wonder what they need to do to get themselves higher up the bill is Killswitch Engage.  With the release of another new and fantastic album under their belt, I would have thought that they would certainly have enough to be playing an evening slot at the very least.  However, they did come out in what proved to be the last of the day’s sunshine and put in the best performance of the festival so far.  Organisers take note!  They had bags of energy with every member apart from the drummer making full use of the entire stage, but never at the expense of the music as they proceeded to just nail every single song.  Adam D was fantastically entertaining as usual and Jessie Leach was on terrific form as well.  I was happy to see that the band were prepared to throw in a fair few new songs and they definitely held their ground against the old classics.  Every song was pulled off with aplomb and I can’t imagine that one person walked away from that show without a great big smile on their faces. 9/10

Graspop 2016 Testament

Testament therefore had a pretty tough act to follow, but they managed to still make a good show out of it.  They also were very much not helped by the weather which chose that moment to take a pretty epic turn for the worse.  Testament battled on regardless though and definitely won the crowd over with a relentless set which showcased everything that is good about them, so you have to give them a lot of credit for that.  Whilst they rose to their challenge well, they just didn’t have that extra little bit that made seeing them a truly special experience; but they were definitely worth sticking around in the rain for. 7/10

The rain had stopped by the time that Dropkick Murphys took to the stage and found a crowd that was incredibly receptive to their fusion of punk and Irish folk music.  And who wouldn’t be when it works so well in a festival setting?  Of course it is possible that the reason so many people turned up was just to gloat at Belgium’s triumph over Ireland in the football earlier that day, but if that was the case then Dropkick Murphys soon put the focus back on their music where it rightly belonged.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there were a very large number of people in the crowd who clearly knew more of their back catalogue than I’m Shipping Up To Boston.  It’s not exactly difficult to enjoy Dropkick Murphys regardless of how many songs you know though, as the band who were celebrating 20 years showed a great mix of energy and experience to get the whole crowd dancing and singing along. 8/10

Graspop 2016 BFMV

I know that they’re quite a popular band to hate among many in the metal world, but Bullet For My Valentine by all accounts should be a great band to see live. Yes their songs are generic and often overplayed, but in a festival setting in particular that’s the sort of thing that should work well, even if it is on a bit of a guilty pleasure level for many.  However, when it comes down to it, there really is no other way to say it: BFMV are just boring!  Nobody in the band has any stage presence whatsoever and they spend almost the entire show stood static behind their microphones waiting for their singing parts.  The pyrotechnics seem like a massive token effort which really doesn’t help with anything other than warming the crowd up a bit on what was turning into a very cold evening.  They are saved by their songs, which most of the crowd knew and were able to sing along to, and the fact that they can at least play them well.  But put it this way, when the most entertaining bit of a band’s set is the moment you realise the band’s new bassist looks like Jack Whitehall, it doesn’t exactly show the band in that great a light. 6/10

Graspop 2016 Ghost

Needless to say, I didn’t think twice about making sure I sacrificed BFMV to get myself a great spot for Ghost. In fact, I would recommend that anyone does the same because Ghost are one of the best live bands around and their show at the London Palladium in March still holds top spot for best gig so far this year.  This time around however, Ghost were not quite up to their usual standard. This is not to say that they were in any way bad.  It’s just that they set such a high standard that a very good performance like this was actually ends up being below expectations.  Nothing was majorly wrong, it was just that Papa Emiritus was slightly off and even down at the front there were clearly chunks of the crowd that they just weren’t able to connect with.  Still though, if on a bad day they still end up being better than most other bands at the festival, that shows you what a great act they really are.  And let’s face it, when a man in a Cardinal’s outfit and a weird mask spends the last few minutes before the last song talking about orgasms, what isn’t to love? 8/10

Graspop 2016 Rival Sons

After coming together with Ghost, I quickly made my escape from the main stages to go see Rival Sons. Not because I’m a particularly big fan of them or anything, but because (unpopular opinion alert) Slayer are terrible.  Rival Sons were well worth seeing on their own merit however, and I have to say I very much regret not checking them out a bit more thoroughly beforehand.  They’re a very tight-knit band who may not do anything spectacular but clearly write good songs and know how to perform them well.  If anything, I’m probably being slightly harsh on them with my rating because not knowing their songs and being far away does detract from the experience to some extent.  But either way, their performance definitely earned Rival Sons a new fan if nothing else. 7/10

Graspop 2016 Nightwish

With the next band I may have made a bit of an error because my most difficult clash of the festival was next and I had to choose between Nightwish and Gojira.  I chose the former mostly because I felt I would have more of a chance to see the latter, but my friend who did the opposite assured me that they were the best band he’d seen so far.  As with Ghost though, it isn’t as if Nightwish were bad. In fact, they were very good, and they’ve been very good whenever I’ve seen them before, but they just never seem to reach the truly special category for me.  They are another band too who could have done with taking a little less time faffing around between songs too in my view, as it added little to the atmosphere and essentially just meant that they played fewer songs.  Still, the songs they did play went down very well despite the fact that I know many people who would be against them playing a set so heavily weighted in favour of their newer material, and they always bring a good stage show to proceedings as well.  What was great about Nightwish‘s show in particular though was the way that they were able to create such a great atmosphere when they were playing their songs, even if this was sometimes spoiled by elongated gaps in between. 8/10

On the other side of the coin to Skindred are Volbeat, by which I mean that this is a band who are much bigger on the continent than they are in the UK; and indeed they were considered a strange choice of headliner by many people I knew when I mentioned Graspop to them.  If you are sat there raising your eyebrows at this idea however, do yourself a favour and go and see them.  You’ll soon realise that they more than merit their headline status, because they were just phenomenal.  Everything you would want from a live show was here pretty much.  Stage show, great songs, talented musicians and a frontman who gets the mix of engaging the crowd but not being a complete and utter dick spot on.  Again, I can only say I wish I knew a little more of their material beforehand, but in this case it really didn’t make much of a difference because I still thoroughly enjoyed even those songs I didn’t know.  After constant drizzle since the early evening and falling temperatures, I should have been thoroughly miserable by all accounts at this stage of the evening but Volbeat ensured I wasn’t.  I don’t know what this band has to do to make it in the UK, but I certainly hope that their upcoming tour with Alter Bridge will help them get a spot headlining a UK festival soon! 9/10

Armored Saint announce performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party

Just back from a stomp across Europe, Armored Saint will be making a special appearance back in the USA this fall at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party.  This particular bash is exclusively for those brave souls who will be camping at this double-header music and lifestyle weekend.

The September 23rd pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time to prepare for a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile. For tickets and more information, please visit: http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.ozzfestmeetsknotfest.com

As well as the festival appearances (which also includes the famous Loud Park Festival over in Japan), Armored Saint have also lined up some US tour dates, bringing Queensrÿche and Midnight Eternal for the ride:

Sept. 23 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party
Oct. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Loud Park Festival

Armored Saint tour dates
w/ Queensryche, Midnight Eternal

Nov. 15 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
Nov. 16 – Ace of Spaces – Sacramento, CA
Nov. 18 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Nov. 22 – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
Nov. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Nov. 25 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
Nov. 26 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Nov. 29 – Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 30 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec. 1 – The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
Dec. 2 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Dec. 3 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Dec. 4 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Dec. 6 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Dec. 7 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 8 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
Dec. 9 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Dec. 11 – Limelight – Peoria, IL
Dec. 13 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Dec. 14 – Kanza Hall – Overland Park, KS
Dec. 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

Download 2016

Message from The Editor:
So there I was, going through the spam box of the mail@ account on the Wyrd Ways Rock Show email system.  Somewhere near the bottom, I found the following.  To preserve the authenticity, I have copied and pasted directly from the original document.

Ali, whoever you are, wherever you are, may the Gods of Metal smile upon you…

Review of Babymetal:
Sky: RAIN
Crowd: ? ALWAYS LOOK ON THR BRIIIIGHT SSSIDE OF LIIIIFE
Babymetal: BOUNCE ON STAGE LIKE BOUNCY THINGS KAAAAWAAAAAAIIII
Babymetal backing band: MELTS ALL FACES
Babymetal backing band bassist: PLAYS JACO PASTORIUS LEVEL TAPPED SOLO THAT EVEN SOMEONE LIKE FLEA COULD NEVER HOPE TO DO
Babymetal guitarist: PLAYS STEVE VAI LEVEL SOLO
Babymetal Singer: makemecircle (twirls fingers round) I SAY MAKE ME CIRCLE
Crowd: MAKES BIGGEST CIRCLE PIT I HAVE EVER SEEN.
Babymetal backing band: MELTS ALL FACES
BabyMetal: YATATATATATATITITITITITITYATATATATATTTTOOOTITITITIT CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE TITITITYATATATATA
Crowd: GOES MENTAL
BabyMetal singer: Gimmeee WOOOOAAAAAAAYYYAAAAAOOOOOOO
Crowd: (responds to call and response as if it were Freddie himself calling it)
WOOOOAAAAAAAYYYAAAAAOOOOOOO
Sky: RAINS LIKE FUCK ON EVERYONE
Crowd: DOESNT CARE BECAUSE BABYMETAL ARE FUCKING AWESOME AND THEIR FACES ARE MELTED OFF BY THE BACKING BAND AND HEARTS FILLED WITH TEH UBERKAWAIIII
Babymetal: FANKOOO DONNINTOOON SEEEYAAAAA
Babymetal backing band: MELTS MOAR FACES
Crowd: PIT PIT PIT MOSH MOSH MOSH FUCK WE’RE ALL SOOO FUCKING WET BUT FUCKING HELL THAT WAS AN EPIC SET FROM WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT WERE A FAKE GIMMICK BAND

Wildhearts Review:
Crowd: is wet and grateful for under cover gig
Wildhearts: have less hair and less hairspray and less spandex and looser clothes in general than when I last saw them a few times in the nineties
Crowd: ❤️
Wildhearts: play some great songs that were minor hits in the 90s
Crowd: ❤️
Wildhearts: play Motörhead song
Crowd: ❤️❤️❤️
Ginger: Banters
Crowd: ❤️❤️❤️

Review of Korn:
Sky: FUCK YOU ALL AHAHAHAHA
Crowd: FUCK YOU RIGHT BACK WE HAVE PONCHOS
Korn: be 50 year old zillionaires having teenage angst
Crowd: Bounce a little bit
Korn: BOWWOWZIGAZIGAOOOGEYBOOGEY?
crowd: bounce a tiny bit
Korn: I SAID ‘JABBERWOOCKEYSCOOOBYDOOWAKKAWAKKABIBBITYBOBBITYBOO’
Crowd: some bouncing
Korn: WOKKAWOKKAIZZYWIZZY?
Crowd: bouncing reduces
Korn: BOOPBOOPDEDOO?
Ali: meh
Korn: DOOTDOOT?
Ali: wanders off for nachos

Review of Rammstein‘s first song:
Til: I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE
Arthur Brown: er…. Excuse me, I think you’ll find actually that…
Rammstein: FUCK YOU OLD MAN THIS IS OUR CENTURY MOAR FIYAH AND EXPLOSIONS AND SEXY SEXY MUSCLES AND BOOOOOOOOOM

Review of Ranmstein:
Sky: HAHAHAHFUCK YOU WE WILL RAIN ON YOU
Crowd: NO FUCK YOUBWE HAVE PONCHOS AND WELLIES
Rammstein: it’s okay guys, we’ll warm you up with SO MUCH FUCKING FIRE
Crowd: we love you sexy sexy Nazi men
Rammstein: DONT CALL US THAT! WE’RE THE NICE GERMANS
Crowd: BUT YOU BLOW EVERYTHING UP AND HAVE SEXY OUTFITS AND MUST HAVE BEEN SOME SORT OF EUGENICS EXPERIMENT RAISED BY KRAFTWERK AND LEFT TO PLAY WITH MATCHES IN THE KITKATCLUB AS KINDER
Rammstein: NO, WE’RE NICE GERMANS AND TO PROVE IT WE WILL ONLY BE SLIGHTLY UBERMENSCHEN AND BLITZKRIEGY AND WILL SING A NICE SONG ABOUT OUR MOMMY
Crowd: WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH BLOW MORE SHIT UP INCLUDING THE GIMP KEYBOARD PLAYER AND THE STAGE
Rammstein: JA! AND VE VILL FLY ABOUT ON FLAMING ROCKET SHOOTING ANGEL WINGS
Crowd: WE LOVE YOU SRSLY FOR REALS
Rammstein: HAVE MORE FUCKING AWESOME MUSIC AND ROCKETS AND SMOKE JETS AND FIRE THEN
Crowd: SPAFFS DRY OF TEH AWESUM
Rammstein: You’re velcum.

Review is Sixx AM:
Nikki Sixx: HELLO DONNINGTON
Crowd: HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?
NIKKI SIXX: LETS RAAAAAAAAAAAAAWK
Crowd: No, seriously, how are you still alive? (Starts to bounce)
NIKKI SIXX: I HAVE HAD SEXUAL SEX WITH MORE PEOPLE THAN THERE ARE IN THIS ENTIRE AUDIENCE
Crowd: WE KNOW, SPEAK TO US OF YOUR WISDOM OF THE WAYS OF RAWKSECKS
Nikki Sixx: YOU ALWAYS LOVED THIS COCK ROCK SHIT REALLY EVEN THOSE OF YOU MISERABLE FUCKERS WHO CLAIM TRUE METAL IS THE ONLY TRUE RELIGION
Crowd: YOU SPEAK TRUTH (does RAWK hands and bounces more)
Nikki Sixx: GIRLS SHOW ME YOUR BOOBIES
Crowd: hmm maybe… Not right now though, it’s cold
NIKKI SIXX: SINGS EPIC POWER BALLAD ABOUT BEING A DEPRAVED RAWKSTAR WHO GOT CLEAN
Crowd: NAH THANKS SING ABOUT DEPRAVED SEX SHIT PLS
Nikki Sixx: OKAY!
Crowd: NO BUT SERIOUSLY HOW ARE YOU EVEN ALIVE?
Nikki Sixx: I WROTE ABOUT IT IN SOME BOOKS YOU CAN ORDER AVAILABLE IN ALL GOOD BOOKSHOPS AND ON AMAZON
Crowd: YOUR PLAN TO HAVE A SECOND PHASE OF YOUR CAREER IS WORKING AND YOURE SORT OF COOL AND THE SONGS ARE DECENT ENOUGH AND YOU ACTUALLY OFFER SOME INTERESTING INSIGHT ABOUT ALL THAT DEPRAVED CRUE RAWK SHIT
Nikki Sixx: OH THANK FUCK IM NOT TURNING INTO A TOTAL CUNTY WANKER LIKE GENE SIMMONS THEN
Crowd: RAISES FISTS AND GETS INTO IT EVEN MORE
Ali: yeah, alright, but you’re no Zodiac Mindwarp

Lawnmower Deth review:
Crowd: ?❤️❤️
Lawnmower Deth: HAHAHAHHOLYFUCK THERE ARE A LOT OF YOU HAVE SOME CLOWNS AND SILLY STRING AND BALLS ANS RAISE YOUR HANDS AND DO MEXICAN WAVES AND BOUNCE
Crowd: ????❤️❤️❤️❤️????
Lawnmower Deth: HOLY FUCK WE’RE OLD AND WERE ONLY TAKING THE PISS IN THE FIRST PLACE HOW THE FUCK ARE WE PLAYING DONNINGTON AT THIS AGE STILL
Crowd: ???❤️❤️❤️???
Lawnmower Deth: WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST
Kim Wilde: ITS ACTUALLY REALLY ME NO SERIOUSLY
Crowd: WOOOO
Lawnmower Deth: OKAY WERE GOING TO DONA SONG WITH KIM WILDE
Crowd: FUCK YEAH
Kim Wilde and Lawnmower Deth: EGG SANDWICH EGG SANDWICH EGG SANDWICH
Crowd: hahahahawtf
KIM WILDE AND LAWNMOWERDETH: PSYCHE!!
Crowd: HAAHAHAHAH NO SERIOUSLY JIST PLAY IT THAT WAS FUNNY BUT GO ON
Kim Wilde: OKAY – KIDS IN AMERICA KIDS IN AMERICA KIDS IN AMERICA
Crowd: NAAAA NA NAAAA NAAA NAAAAAAAAAAAH
Kim Wilde: WERE THR KIDS WERETHE KIDS WERE THE KIDS IN AMEEEEERICCCA
Creowd: NAAAAAAAAAAA NAAAAAA NAAAAANAAAAAA NAAAAAAA
Lawnmower Deth; we can’t fucking believe she agreed to that but I suppose she must have for a few royalties out of us over the years so cheers Kim mwah mwah mwah
CRowd: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️???❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Review of The Megadeths:
The Megadeths: RAAAARAAA WIDDLE WIDDDLE WIDDDLE HELLLLO DONNNINGTOOON RAAAAAARAAAAWIDDDDLEEWIDDLE
Crowd: We quite like this actually
Ali: doesn’t like this actually. Wanders off to find AntiFlag to see if they put the drums in the circle pit again like they did at Rebellion last year
Ali: is also quite dunk so apologises if quality levels dop

AntiFlag review:
Antiflag: WE ARE ANT EYE FLAG
CROWD: speak properly please
Antiflag: PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA
CROWD: wotever
Antiflag: POLITICS POLICE BRUTALITY RELIGION
CROWD: wotever
Antiflag: starts to be interesting and good
Crowd: hmm wait actually
Antiflag; MAKE FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND BE FRIENDLY AND SHIT
crowd: OKAY
ANTIFLAG: MAKE MORE NOISE THAN THE MEGADETHS
CRROWD: OKAY RAAAAAAAAAARGH
ANtiflag: sing some stuff back to us
Crowd: OKAY
Antiflag: STARTS TO KILL IT NOW THEYRE NOT TALKING ABOUT POLITICS OR FUCKING PITTSBURG PENNSYLVANIA
crowd: FUCK THEYRE ACTUSLLY KILLING IT
Antiflag: IF SOMEONE FALLS DOWN PICK THEM UP LOOK AFTER EQCH OTHER WHILST WE’RE FUCKING KILLING IT
Crowd: HOLY FUCK THEYRE DEFIJITELY KILLIJG IT.
crowd: RAISES HANDS AND BOUNCES AND SHIT
ANtiflag: PLAYS CLASH SONG
CROWD- TOTALLY LOSES IT AND THE PIT IS FUCKIJG HARDCORE BUT AS DIREXTED EBERYONE THAT FALLS DOWN GETS PICKED UP
Antiflag: PLAYS SONG WITH LOVELY MELODIC CHORUS
Crowd: TOTALLY SINGS IT ALL ALONG AND FUCK YOU THE MEGADETHS
Antiflag: PLAYS SONG AND STARTS CIRCLE PIT
CROWD: DOES EPIC CIRCLE PIT
Antiflag: DISASSEMBLES DRUMKIT AND MOVE IT TO THE FUCKING PIT AND THE SINGER CLIMBS ON IT AND THE crowd: IS LIKE ??????YOURE SEPPOS THAT ARE BORING ABOUT POLITICS BUT FUCKING HELL YOU BROUGHT IT TODAY

Review of Skindred:
Crowd: WE’RE ALL FUCKING METALHEADS WHO LIKE METAL AMD METAL IS DEPRESSED WHITE BOY BLUES AND ANGST BUT HEY WAIT A SECOND THATS A BLACK GUY?
Skindred: YES IM A BLACK GUY
Crowd: BUT YOU SING LIKE TOM JONES. WAIT. SHIT. NO. YOU SING LIKE ROB HALFORD. WAIT. SHIT. NO. YOU SING LIKE EDDY GRANT.
Skindred: HAHAHA I CAN DO ALL THAT SHIT AND RAGGAZAGGGA TOASTIN TOASTING
Crowd: fucking hell…
SKINDRED: MELTS ALL FACES ABD MAKES CROWD BOUNCE BOUNCE
crowd: BOUNCES BOUNCES
Skindred: MAKES CROWD SING
crowd: SINGY SINGY SING
SKindred: YOU CUNTS (he calls the crowd cunts a lot but that’s okay because that just means best mate if you’re from Wales, which the singerist is) ARENT SINGING LOUD ENOUGH. MY KIDS ARE HERE, DONT EMBARASS ME IN FRONT OF MY KIDS YOU CUNTS
Crowd: SINGY SINGY SINGY FUCKING ALL THE SINGY SING
Skindred: MORE LIKE IT BUT BOUNCE AND SING
Crowd: BOUNCES AND SINGS AND DOES A LITTLE SEX WEE ABOUT HOW FUXKING AWESOME SKINDRED ARE
Skindred; OKAY HERE’S A NEW SONG
crowd: FUCK ME THATS AN INSTANT CLASSIC CAN WE ALL GO ONLINE TO BUY A COPY NOW?
Skindred: NO YOU FUCKING CANT YOU CUNTS BECAUSE YOU NEED TO FUCKING BOUNCE AND MOSH SOME MORE
Crowd: OKAY IF WE SKANK AND BOGLE A BIT TOO?
Skindred: TOO FUCKING RIGHT YOU CAN YOU CUNTS
Crowd: WE’RE NOT SURE WHEN THE COMMITTEE THAT RUNS METAL STARTED LETTING BLACK DUDES WITH PROPER DREADS AND SHIT BE FRONTMEN INSTEAD OF JUST THE OCCASIONAL BASS PLAYER IF NO ONE ELSE WAS AVAILABLE BUT THANK FUCK THEY DID BECAUSE THIS IS FUCKING EPIC
Skindred: HAHAHAHAHA TOASTIN TOASTIN MEEEETTAAAAAAL SCCCCCREEEEEEEAAAAAAM TOOASTIN TOOOASTIN
Crowd: THIS IS SO GOOD
Skindred: does Nobody Gets Out Alive
Crowd: WE CANT EVEN HANDLE THIS ITS SO FUCKING GOOD
Skindred: NOW TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OF AND WHIRL THEM ABOVE YOUR HEAD
Crowd: NEWPORT HELICOPTER IN FULL EFFEXT EVEN IN THE PISSING RAIN
Skinded: NAILED IT
crowd: YOU DID. KEEP DOING THIS SHIT AND YOULL BE PROPER HEADLINING IN A FEW YEARS
Ali: you know what? Beavis and Butthead giving cred to Cypress Hill is probably how we got here and what convinced the committee to let black dudes in. Shame we had to get through The Limp Biscuits to make it here though. But damn, that was some fine stuff.

Review of The Temperance Movement:
Temperance Movement: plays lame MOR
Ali: yawns and wanders off in search of coffee

Interlude:
Ali’s attempt to pull Sexy Rawk Girlie:
Ali: Hey Sexy Rawk Girlie how’s it going?
Sexy Rawk Girlie: oh hey, yeah having a great time how’re you and what bands have you seen and are you having a great time and is your tent dry and where are you from and what sort of music are you into and bounce bounce happy happy chatty friendly talk talk
Ali: realises he cannot communicate with humans. Only cats and the people that live in his phone. And also has a horrific moment of self awareness about the state of his personal hygiene and breath that could fuel Rammstein’s flamethrower and nutsack fluff that Sarah Pickles could make the evilest of felt dragons out of and may need solvents to remove his socks.
Sexy Rawk Girlie: oh, hey, you look a bit ill, you feeling okay, I’ve got some paracetamol in my bag if you need it and I can get you some water and
Ali: I’ll leave you alone forever
Sexy Rawk Girlie: oh. Okay, well, hope you feel better soon and have a great rest of Download
Ali: ….

Review of Jane’s Addiction:
Jane’s Addiction: Hey Ali, would you like to be right at the front of the stage
Ali: yes please
Jane’s: oh, and would you like some dancers suspended by hooks in their back swinging above your head?
Ali: yes please
Girls in crowd: would you like us to get our boobies out?
Ali: um… Okay, sure… If you want to, that would be cool
Jane’s: and would you like us to play all your favourite songs?
Ali: yes please
Jane’s: No problem
Ali: Squee
Jane’s: and is it okay is we do a tribute to Bowie and get everyone to sing along to Rebel Rebel?
Ali: fine
Jane’s: and we can finish with Jane Says, which is one of the loveliest songs ever, yeah?
Ali: oh fucking thank you I love you and have such a burst of teh happies
Jane’s: you’re welcome Ali we clearly love you too as we’ve done all this for you
Ali: ?

Review of Iron Maiden:
Ali: it’s still stupid o’clock and I’ve got a long day ahead packing up and getting home but let’s do this. Iron Maiden have for a really long time now been a core part of what being British and slightly angsty and needing some escapism is. They used to be really serious and needed to position themselves as something that was against the establishment and had a lot to prove. But they won that battle and became the establishment. Or rather the establishment of the alternative to the mainstream. They very cleverly gamed having a number one hit single in the same way that Bill Drummond and the KLF did, which broke them right through to the mainstream, and offered horror and fantasy and history as ways to personify and manage difficult emotions. Just like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Somewhere along the line two things happened. First – They stopped being just for white male adolescents. Some of those guys grew up and kept loving Maiden for the music and some of the shit maiden helped them with never went away anyway. But that Teenage Dirtbag song made the point that Maiden didn’t just work for those guys but girls feeling some of the same things too. And not just for British people but the shared experience of growing up worldwide. And South America especially loved them. In just one other important example I can think of their importance in another culture is shown in Persepolis – an autobiographical story about a girl growing up in and then escaping from post-revolution Iran of the Ayatollahs where she talked about how black market Iron Maiden cassettes changed her life. Second – somewhere down the line Maiden stopped taking themselves seriously and maybe saw Spinal Tap and got the joke, or realised what they were really offering with all this horror and history and decided that dealing with emotions and issues didn’t have to be all serious and could be fun too. That’s when I started liking them.
Maiden: thank you for that, Ali, but we’re now going to play some of those songs about horror and history and fantasy and everyone is going to raise their horns and sing along
Crowd: awwwww yiiiisssssss
Eddie: oh hai
Crowd: FUCK YEAH EDDIE
Brucie: Guys, I have some bad fucking news, maybe some of you out here haven’t heard, but some wanker shot a whole load of people who were just out dancing and having fun. And a load of politicians are already jumping on it and being arseholes. Fuck that. Those gay dudes who were out dancing were our brothers and fuck those murdering arseholes of all persuasions and the politicians who’re making it worse with their agendas. It’s all more important than ever that we all have to live and love and sing and dance. So I’m changing the set and all eighty five thousand of us are gonna sing a song called Blood Brothers, for each other and for those people that were killed.
Crowd: respect. And yes. Let’s live and love and sing and dance.
Maiden: BLOOD BROOOTHHHERS. WHOOOAAAAAH OOOOOHHH AAAAOOOOH.
Crowd: BLOOD BROOOTHHHERS. WHOOOAAAAAH OOOOOHHH AAAAOOOOH.
Brucie: Yes. That. Be good to each other.

Sixx AM Release New Single

Sixx AM, featuring bassist Nikki Sixx (ex-Mötley Crüe, Brides Of Destruction), guitarist DJ Ashba (ex-Guns N’ Roses, Beautiful Creatures) and vocalist James Michael, are releasing the title track of their current album, Prayers For The Damned as their new single.

This is what the vocalist had to say about the song and the album: