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EXCLUSIVE: Luke Appleton Blogs For Us!

luke_aug11-197x300Hot on the heels of the announcement that his band are heading back into the studio later on this year, Luke Appleton, bass player with Iced Earth, has agreed to write a blog for The Wyrd Ways Rock Show webzine.  In this blog, Luke will be filling us in on what’s going on in the Absolva and Iced Earth camps, as well as regaling us with some tales from the road.

As well as being in the bass player in Iced Earth, Luke also plays guitar for Absolva as well as bass for Fury UK.  He has also worked with Wolfsbane and former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley, original AC/DC frontman Dave Evans and Belgium’s Wizz Wizzard.

The first entry is up and ready for your perusal RIGHT HERE.

Goat Leaf on Tour

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Following a pair of sell-out shows at The Corporation in Sheffield, a winning run in the Metal 2 The Masses competition, culminating in a storming set on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock and recent dates with New York legends Warrior Soul and Californian Stoner overlords, Fu Manchu, South Yorkshire’s Goat Leaf are prepared for one last aural assault to cap off a very successful year.

Capitalizing on the momentum gained from their second album, A Lack Of Oxygen and packed shows at iconic venues such as the Camden Underworld and Purple Turtle in London and The Asylum and Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham, the band have become a live force par excellence.

Teaming with Swedish noise merchants, Stonewall Noise Orchestra, the lads are hitting the road for a few dates in December, climaxing in headline slot on the second stage at the inaugural Winter Rocks festival at the band’s spiritual home, the Sheffield Corporation.

The tour stacks up like this:

December
3rd – Bannermans – Edinburgh
4th – The Hairy Dog – Derby
5th – The New Intrepid Fox – London
6th – Winter Rocks Festival – Corporation – Sheffield

For all press enquiries, interview opportunities, guest list requests contact;

Carl Pickles pr@nullwyrdwaysrs.com 0775 3412348

Bloodstock Sunday Night Headliner Announced!

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This Halloween, BLOODSTOCK has some howlingly good news to share!  Are you a fan of the undead?  Love Zombies?  The fiendishly brilliant ROB ZOMBIE is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his mind-blowing full production to Catton Park.

ROB ZOMBIE exclaims, “I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol’ England for BLOODSTOCK.  We’ve had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can’t wait to add this to the list.  Besides, it’s called ‘BLOODSTOCK’ so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?

Expect to witness a spectacular range of ROB ZOMBIE classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.  Check out this cut of Superbeast from last year’s The Zombie Horror Picture Show DVD, which captured Rob and his Zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish on the road and get a taster of what’s in store:

In addition to that big news, don’t forget that BLOODSTOCK’s ‘Rock Society’ memberships went on sale at 9am today, 31st October.  The BLOODSTOCK ‘Rock Society’ is effectively the festival’s ‘Members Club’, offering not only a 10% discount on your weekend ticket (and that’s on top of the already discounted early bird ticket if you’re quick enough!), but it offers punters all sorts of other cool benefits like priority access to the signing tent, special tours of backstage & production areas so you can see what goes on ‘behind the scenes,’ as well as access to the VIP Serpents Lair bar, plus a Rock Society laminate with your name and membership number, and plenty more besides.  The memberships are limited to just 300 and sell out very quickly every year, so don’t delay if you want to pick one up. Last year, these sold out that morning!  Full details can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/rock-society.

Don’t want to do the zombie shuffle all the way to BLOODSTOCK?  The Big Green Coach packages have now launched.  Big Green Coach are the official and exclusive coach travel partner to BLOODSTOCK.  Sit back, relax, and let their drivers take you, your mates, and your zombie survival/camping gear direct to the festival grounds!  There are 26 locations all across the UK to choose from!  To guarantee your return seat, book here: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel

An ever-diminishing, limited number of early bird weekend tickets with camping are on sale now, priced £120 (plus booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956.  When they’re gone, they’re gone so grab yours now!  Campervan pitches are also already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Bands already announced for 2015 are Saturday’s headliners, WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, plus DEATH TA, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA and DARK ANGEL.  More bands will be announced soon! BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

SONISPHERE FINAL ROUND UP – Cat A

1) Posessions Lost?

Do the tents count? I nearly lost my Headcharge hat again, but I went back for it!

2) Injuries?

Just a couple of bruises it seems, and I found some muscles I forgot I had, stupid hills!

3) Best Food/Vendor?

The Motley Brew. I love those guys so much, I am a tea addict.

4) Most Perfect Moment

Seeing Suzi’s face when she finally got to see Iron Maiden!

5) Worst Moment

It’s a toss up between when the press area ran out of Monster, and the horrendously disappointing sausage sarnie on Sunday morning. If I’m fed and caffeinated I’m happy…

6) Best unexpected band find?

Bleed From Within

7) Set you wish you’d missed?

Deftones

8) Set you wished you hadn’t missed?

Black Dogs

8) Credits-

My wonderful NotEvil Twinnie Suzi H, Mr Carl – the Wyrd Ways almighty overlord, the Noise Cartel for being brilliant all weekend, the bands I spoke to and their PRs and not to mention the Motley Brew for the amazing cups of tea!

 

John Browne Solo Song to fund Education Website Project.

John Browne from the progressive metal band Monuments (Century Media Records) has released the following statement to promote a project he is working on.

Monuments’s 2nd album is on the way. Catch Monuments at this year’s Download Festival.

brownebear“I, The Creator of Monuments will be releasing a brand new solo song tomorrow at 7pm GMT. This song is a solo piece of writing that is comparative to what I have previously written for Monuments. The purpose of this song is to help promote a future enterprise I am currently participating in, away from Monuments. In the forthcoming months I will be creating a members only website to exhibit my recognised skillset in guitar playing and songwriting. I will demonstrate a multitude of techniques that I am frequently requested to teach. The material promoted on the website will be in the form of videos, blogs, tablatures and more. In order to do this however, I need to raise a certain amount of money to cover my overheads for studio time and filming etc. Any donations towards this song I have written is greatly appreciated, and will help contribute to an abundance of educational material that I aim to release this year, to assist fans and aspiring musicians in their musical endeavours.

I become inspired when reading human ideals outside of the common way of thinking. My muse for this song was the theory of Hollow Earth and the fictional city of Agartha, which is described as Utopia, a place of paradise. ‘Agarthian’ is about everything in nature having both a calm and chaotic side, and hopefully you will hear that within my writing.

I will aim to release one song a month, which will eventually become inclusive of the membership fee on my website. Without further ado, please feel free to visit www.musicglue.com/browne at 7pm GMT tomorrow night, Monday 17th March 2014.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support.

John Browne
Guitarist/Songwriter of Monuments”

 

BUFFALO SUMMER Tour Dates

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Taking a break from the studio, where they’re working on pre-production of their 2nd album, South Wales rockers Buffalo Summer have announced an extensive run of tour dates across the UK and Europe; including special guest slots supporting Skid Row, Buckcherry, The GraveltonesThe Cadillac Three and Slam Cartel.

Playing bluesy, southern, soulful tinged rock with a modern twist, Classic Rock Magazine has this to say about Buffalo Summer:

“A little Zeppelin here, a touch of Skynyrd there and a big helping of Free pretty much through out… What’s really impressive here is the hunger and conviction of the delivery” 

Buffalo Summer’s debut album is out now on Cargo Records.

Watch ‘Down To The River’ music video

Buffalo Summer 2014 tour dates22nd February – Timeless Tattoo, Llanelli Wales (headline show)

w/ The Graveltones & The Cadillac Three

26th February – Institute Temple, Birmingham England
28th February – The Live Rooms, Chester England

3rd March – The Garage, London England (Graveltones, Buffalo Summer plus guests)

8th March – EVI Institute, Ebbw Vale Wales (headline show)

21st March – O2 Academy, Oxford England (w/ Slam Cartel)

The Graveltones – Germany tour 

3rd April – Strom, Munich
4th April – Goldmarks, Stuttgart
5th April – Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe
7th April – Noch Besser Keben, Leipzig
9th April – Tante Anna, Saarbrücken
10th April – Pitcher, Düsseldorf
11th April – Hansa Club, Braunschweig
12th April – Heardbreak Hotel, Bremen
13th April – Bielefeld, Forum
14th April – Nachtleben, Frankfurt
16th April – Austerclub, Berlin
17th April – Rosis Bar, Dresden
18th April – White Trash, Berlin
19th April – Markthalle (Tattoo Convention) Hamburg
20th April – Markthalle (Tattoo Convention) Hamburg
21st April – Schüttorf (tba)

w/ Skid Row & Buckcherry:

17th June – Razzmatazz, Barcelona Spain

18th June – Shokolive, Madrid Spain
19th June – Sanata 27, Bilbao Spain

22nd June – Kulturfabrik Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Buffalo Summer are:

Vocals – Andrew Hunt
Guitar – Jonny Williams
Bass – Darren King
Drums – Gareth Hunt

The Brew – Control

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Review by Mabh Savage

This album is just rocking from the get-go, instantly making me think of the hey-day of ZZ Top; gravelly yet melodic vocals, crunchy guitars and a formulaic but fun song structure. I’ve gotta say, I hadn’t heard of these guys before, and it’s always a gamble pressing play on a completely unknown album. Rocks Magazine says of The Brew

‘”The Brew are the future of modern classic rock music

I always find it bizarre, labelling something as modern classic anything; surely the term classic implies having stood the test of time, not simply a genre or style? Having said that, after listening to these licks and riffs, I can well believe that in time this band will earn the status of Classic.

The album itself is based on a very simple concept; the controls on your stereo. Yep, every song is a button you can press on your cd player or iPod. Well, probably just the CD player as one of the songs is called eject, a button we rarely need with digital media! It sounds a touch contrived; how can you write a good song about each function on a boom box?!? Yet it works, each song is perfectly formed and doesn’t feel like filler, which is the main thing I was afraid of.

The first track, Repeat, is definitely single material. A true, swing your hair, stomp your feet rock song. It makes my tired little soul sing to hear a proper rock song that is unashamedly fun, entertaining and unpretentious. It’s an immediate attention grabber, which is almost vital for an up and coming band in the rock scene. When there are so many albums to wade through, if you aren’t transfixed immediately, it’s easy to sigh and skip and not really pay attention. I am, however, definitely paying attention.

From this energetic start, I’m fully prepared for an album of similar, straight up and down rock belters. I am pleasantly surprised to find amazing variations on this style including some darker, almost ballad like tunes such as Pause and Mute, that remind one of Led Zeppelin’s more mournful offerings, without losing that crunchy edge.

By the time I reach Shuffle, almost half way through the album, I know I’m going to score this album highly. The guitar work is awesome. Their own website compares the style to Hendrix, and while I think that’s possibly a touch egotistical, some of the solos are definitely at that level, and that whimsical style of flowing, effortless melody. The drumming is tight and hard, and the vocals are gorgeously gruff. Then this track, Shuffle, wow. What an anthem. You know those songs that stay with you from the first moment you hear them? There aren’t many, are there. This is one. I’m still wide eyed and humming when Fast Forward jerks the tempo back up and makes me think AC/DC with Chris Cornell on vocals. There is nothing about this style that does not make me happy.

The Brew say of this album

As musicians, there is always a point where you have to expand and make a change, challenge yourselves and keep it fresh. With ‘Control’ we wiped the slate clean and went for a raw and live feel.  We all literally sat down and said, how would we do this live? So we recorded totally live… even all effects were done in the moment to the point where you can hear the pedals being turned on and off.

This really comes across; the energy and passion of a live performance, and the crunch of distortion contrasting with sweet acoustic guitar as the mood and timbre changes throughout the album. Yet they manage to keep the entire recording clean, tight and bright. There’s none of that mushiness you often get with live recordings, and I can well believe that there would be a great deal more of this rawness and rock purity at a live gig.

I can’t believe that I’ve been missing out on this band, who have been releasing since 2006. This album is a great introduction, and I’ll definitely be checking out their back catalogue. Do yourself a favour; go pre-order this. Inject some rock into your life. You won’t regret it.

*****/5

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EDEN’S CURSE Studio Diary

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Multinational Melodic Metal band EDEN’S CURSE have posted the fifth edition of their studio diaries online which features new vocalist Nikola Mijic(Alogia, Dreyelands, Expedition Delta) recording his vocals for groups fourth album “Symphony Of Sin” which was released worldwide by AFM Records on 4th October 2013. The video can be viewed below.

The latest video covers Mijic recording at the Masquerade Ball Studio under the tutelage of Bassist and album Producer Paul Logue and includes a behind-the-scenes insight into the tracking of the songs “Symphony Of Sin“, the records lead single “Evil & Divine“, “Where Is The Love?” and “Fallen From Grace“.

This latest edition comes hot on the heels of the fourth edition which featured Dutch Orchestral composer and arranger Frank Van Essen of Strings Attached documenting the process behind the orchestra intro piece for the album and song “Symphony Of Sin“. The group also released a alternative band only performance of their promo video “Evil & Divine“. The video can be viewed below.

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EDEN’S CURSE will be touring the United Kingdom in support of the new album “Symphony Of Sin” later in the Spring.

www.edenscurse.com
www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial 
www.twitter.com/edenscurse

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TRIVIUM UPDATE!

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Trivium’s next single from the acclaimed album Vengeance Falls is out 17th February. The No Way To Heal is the second single release from the album, produced by Disturbed front-man David Draiman, with the legendary Colin Richardson (Machine Head/DevilDriver/Slipknot) at the mixing helm. Want to know what we thought of the album? Check out Suzi’s review Here.

Trivium will return to the hallowed ground of Donington Park to play this year’s Download Festival (day tbc) after starting the year touring Europe on a co-headline run with label-mates Killswitch Engage (dates below)
and Australia’s Soundwave Festival.

Wed 29th Jan – DUBLIN The Academy

Thu 30th Jan – BELFAST The Limelight

Sat 1st Feb – MANCHESTER Academy

Sun 2nd Feb – LONDON Brixton Academy

Mon 3rd Feb – NEWCASTLE Academy

Tue 4th Feb – GLASGOW Academy

Thu 6th Feb – BIRMINGHAM Academy

Fri 7th Feb – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall

TRIVIUM UPDATE!

nowaytoheal

Trivium’s next single from the acclaimed album Vengeance Falls is out 17th February. The No Way To Heal is the second single release from the album, produced by Disturbed front-man David Draiman, with the legendary Colin Richardson (Machine Head/DevilDriver/Slipknot) at the mixing helm. Want to know what we thought of the album? Check out Suzi’s review Here.

Trivium will return to the hallowed ground of Donington Park to play this year’s Download Festival (day tbc) after starting the year touring Europe on a co-headline run with label-mates Killswitch Engage (dates below)
and Australia’s Soundwave Festival.

Wed 29th Jan – DUBLIN The Academy

Thu 30th Jan – BELFAST The Limelight

Sat 1st Feb – MANCHESTER Academy

Sun 2nd Feb – LONDON Brixton Academy

Mon 3rd Feb – NEWCASTLE Academy

Tue 4th Feb – GLASGOW Academy

Thu 6th Feb – BIRMINGHAM Academy

Fri 7th Feb – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall