Burnt Out Wreck – Stand and Fight

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Burnt Out Wreck – Stand and Fight
Burnt out Wrekords
Release Date: 18/11/22
Running Time: 60:00
Review by Paul Hutchings
7/10

I first saw Burnt Out Wreck at a Hard Rock Hell event in North Wales in 2017. I enjoyed them then, with their basic, AC/DC feel and vibe, and their first two albums “Swallow” and “This is Hell” both worked well. Led by former Heavy Pettin’ drummer Gary Moat, the band bring an old school sound with absolutely no shame.

Unpretentious is probably a good description of Burnt Out Wreck. They play hard rock ‘n’ roll with plenty of rhythm, in part due to a dual guitar attack as well as a solid rhythm section in Paul Gray and Alex Carmichael. Moat’s vocals echo Bon Scott and Udo Dirkschneider at times, but he brings his own unique style to the songs. 

11 songs span an hour of music which is enjoyable from start to finish. You can admire the solidity of the tracks, the quality of the musicianship and the witty lyrics. From opening track ‘Big Up Yourself’, the chug of ‘Turpentine’ and the finale of ‘I’m A Loser Too’ it’s all good stuff. Sure, it’s not going to win any prizes for originality, but sometimes comfort is what we want and Burnt Out Wreck bring it in spades. 

Moat has put blood, sweat, and tears into this album. “These are eleven of the best songs I’ve written. This really was the ‘difficult third album’, inspired by the worst one and a half years in my life, but the result was worth the struggle, and this is something I’m really proud of. I invite you all to Stand and Fight“.

With new guitarist Richard Upson shredding for fun and in some style throughout, this is an album that demonstrates that there can be a future for bands who want to create honest, good-time music. They can do the more sentimental stuff, such as the melodic ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’, and bluesy delivery (‘I’m A Loser Too’) but it’s when they kick out the jams on songs like ‘Big Up Yourself’ that they really hit their peak. And when they do, then it’s worth every minute. 

‘Stand And Fight’ Official Video



TRACKLISTING:
01. Big Up Yourself
02. Stand and Fight
03. Lion
04. Ain’t Done Nothing Wrong
05. More than Anything
06. Pain and Suffering 
07. Turpentine
08. Blood, Sweat and Tears
09. Wake Up
10. Take It or Leave It
11. I’m A Loser Too

LINE-UP:
Gary Moat – lead vocals/ rhythm guitar
Alex Carmichael – bass guitar/ backing vocals
Andy McLaughlan – lead guitar/ backing vocals
Richard Upson – lead guitar/ backing vocals
Paul Gray – drums

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Thundermother – Black And Gold

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Thundermother – Black And Gold
AFM Records
Release Date: 19/08/22
Running Time: 42:49
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Thundermother somewhat impressed me last year when I reviewed their re-issued expanded edition of their “Heatwave” from 2020. So I grabbed this one with open arms, because shit-hot Hard Rock bands of this calibre are a rarity in a crowded market full of copycats. It’s impressive not least for the fact that they had to practically start again from the ground up after some crippling line-up changes since their debut, but this incarnation of the band have a lot going for them. 

As with last time out, the music is back to basics anthemic Hard Rock, with roots back to the early 80’s, but a Modern and hugely up to date feel to them. With a lovely fat guitar sound and a huge dose of crunch-bang-wallop that evokes AC/DC on a good day (in sound that is, although to be fair you get stylistic nods as well from time to time – the title track being the most obvious occasion but ‘I Don’t Know’ probably owes Angus royalties too) this album belts you where it hurts right from the get-go.

With nothing coming in over four and a half minutes, these ladies deliver a dozen tight, well-structured and highly anthemic belters that really belong on bigger stages before long, which considering their reputation live can not be too far away. Five albums and a painful reboot later, and this does not sound like a band with any shortage of fire, energy or potential. Obviously, in any commercially pitched outfit aimed at the more Melodic end of the market, there’s a few slower numbers in there, but these too work seamlessly, as Guernica Mancini’s vocals are little short of spectacular. Soulful, powerful and with a lustrous emotional edge that Steven Tyler would tip the nod to. She must be one of the strongest players in this scene today.

This incarnation of the Swedish four piece is an absolute powerhouse though, and these four ladies are destined for much, much more if they can keep this up. Gutsy, beautifully written, lavishly produced and heart-pumpingly delivered, this one is clearly going to get a lot more play time from me…

‘Watch Out’ Official Music Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Light In The Sky  
02. Black And Gold 
03. Raise Your Hands  
04. Hot Mess  
05. Wasted 
06. Watch Out 
07. I Don’t Know You 
08. All Looks No Hooks  
09. Loud And Free 
10. Try With Love 
11. Stratosphere 
12. Borrowed Time

LINE-UP:
Filippa Nässil – Guitar
Guernica Mancini – Vocals
Emlee Johansson – Drums
Mona “Demona” Lindgren – Bass

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EMQs with GOLDSMITH

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EMQs with GOLDSMITH

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with German Classic Rock/Thrash band, Goldsmith. Huge thanks to guitarist, vocalist, and band founder, Michael Goldsmith, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Michael Goldsmith, I play guitar and sing. I guess you can say the band is my. I founded the Band around 2012. We are based in southern Germany and released 3 albums so far (“Shut Up & Rock” 2013 , “Fire!” 2016 and “Of Sound And Fury” 2022). The first 2 albums contain slower and more Bluesy songs compared to the new album. From 2005 to 2015 I toured a lot with blues guitarist Bernard Allison, so I was surrounded by a lot of blues during that period. You can hear these influences on the first 2 albums. I changed the line-up while writing the songs for the new album since I knew it was gonna be a lot heavier and faster.

Our new album was recorded by Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios in Germany. We’re happy to announce that the new album is going to be released through MDD-Records, which is a big step forward for us. As I said, the new material is a lot heavier and faster than what we did before. I would say it is a mixture between Rock / Metal and a very little bit of blues.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name is the English way to say my surname (in German: Goldschmidt)

I thought about giving this band a ‘real’ name but just couldn’t find anything cool. So I kept the name Goldsmith. Now I like it because it has metal in it.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Germany. The Rock/Metal scene is pretty big here, at least it was before Covid 19. It’s recovering from the lockdowns right now. The Metal and Rock fans are very loyal and supported the bands during that tough times, that’s what I like about that scene. I think there will always be a Metal and Rock scene. I was at a Metal Festival last week and the people there looked like they came straight out of 1986 with all the patches and stickers on their jackets. I think this never gonna change.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We are going to release a new album on June 24th. It’s called “Of Sound And Fury”. There will be also a new Video of the Song The Parade Of Euphoria‘ soon.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up in the 80s and 90s listening to Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer…etc. So I would say back then my influences were Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Jeff Hannemann, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, to name a few. After school I studied Jazz Music and a whole new world open up for me. I discovered Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Benson and a lot more. Then I played for 10 years in an American bluesband (The Bernard Allison-Group) and after that I got hired by a symphonic orchestra. I met so many great musicians during that time. They all influenced me.

What first got you into music?

My parents sent me to Music school to learn the accordion when I was 6. I thought it was cool to learn the accordion because my siblings played it, too. When I was 12, I switched to the guitar and found my first band. We covered three-chord-punk songs, because that’s all we could play on our instruments back then. We got better and better and changed our style more into Heavy Metal music. Some of my first records were Scorpions “Love At First Sting” and Iron Maiden’s “Piece Of Mind”. That’s what brought me to heavy music. A couple years later I was listening to Slayer, Entombed, Death…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I’d like to meet Matt Bellamy of Muse. I admire his pioneering spirit when it comes to guitar sounds and the way he transformed Rock music and made it fit into the new century.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I’d like to play Wacken Open Air in Germany. I’ve never been there so far, but from what I‘ve heard I think it’s one of the greatest Metal Festivals on this planet.

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A big bucket filled with little bottles of Jägermeister and ice. It’s actually not so weird but he put it right on the stage next to me and we, the band, started to empty the bottles immediately. We were all pretty hammered after a bit.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I’d like you to check out our new Album “Of Sound And Fury”. It’s Rockish, Thrashy and a little bit Bluesy. Thank you for supporting us and our music. We love you all!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Randy Rhoads

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the creativity that comes with it. That’s a way for me to express my feelings. I’m not the best talker, I speak through music. And also I like the fact that I don’t have a boss, I can do whatever I like 24/7. I don’t really hate anything about being a musician. It’s definitively money-wise not as solid as working in a factory or an office, but money never played a big role in my life.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I can’t complain. I’m a self-employed musicians for almost 25 years now and I still have a house, a car and a filled refrigerator. There’s a lot of talking in the music industry, and a lot of showing-off, but I don’t care about that. For me music comes first. I also teach music and do studio jobs for guitar manufactures, so there’s always money coming from somewhere. I can’t imagine doing something different than being a musician.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I’d say Vinyl. I like the warmer sound and the fact that it’s harder to skip songs. Once a album is put on you gotta listen to it from beginning to end. It has the highest value for me, especially when it also has a decent cover painting. Since the age of downloads and streaming began everybody thinks music is for free and that’s the way it’s treated. It’s nearly impossible for smaller bands to make any money. The side-effect is that bands now make their money on the road, so the quality of the live shows is rising. That’s not too bad.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

2008 I played the Long Island Blues Festival in New York with the Bernard Allison Group. There‘d gotta be about 15,000 people in the audience. That was pretty intense.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d say a teacher.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince Neil, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikky Sixx, Dave Mustaine and Steven Adler. I guess that’s gonna be funny.

Whats next for the band?

We just shot a video in France and are gonna release it pretty soon. We are also working on getting a live set together for some shows in autumn 2022.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.goldsmithrocks.com
https://www.facebook.com/Goldsmith.rock
https://www.facebook.com/goldsmithrocks
https://www.instagram.com/goldsmithrocks/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIvNxNOqCDrGRNz_ZYZzPCg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d say a cake. In Germany a biscuit is pretty solid.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you, too. Please check out our new album “Of Sound And Fury” which will be released on June 24th.

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EMQ’s With TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS

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EMQ’s With TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Classic Hard Rockers, Tyrannosaurus Nebulous. Huge thanks to them for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Matt, I play guitar and very often lead vocals. Also there’s Paul, guitars; Lee, bass, and Jay drums, lead and backing vocals. We are a four-piece Hard Rock band from Stourbridge in the Black Country. Our sound is crafted around classic 70’s hard rock. With listeners comparing them to a diverse range of classic rock bands such as AC/DC, Alice In Chains, Budgie and Thin Lizzy. The present line up formed in 2014 and released the ‘Deal With My Evil’ EP in 2016. 

How did you come up with your band name?

To the best of my recollection, we were one of those bands that couldn’t agree on a name, that was until our first gig was fast approaching so I threw Nebulous in to the mix, I’d read something somewhere that it meant vague or ill-defined, which I thought fit us as we couldn’t agree a name, turns out it means space cloud or something, we agreed to nebulous but we needed something else to represent the monster riffs, and so Tyrannosaurus Nebulous was born.


What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from the West Midlands in the UK, Matt and Paul from Stourbridge, Jay from Dudley and Lee from Coseley (but originally from Caerphilly in South Wales).


What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We’ve recently released ‘Deal With My Evil’, which is the first single off our debut album called “Tyrant Lizard King” (released 25th March) The music video for the release is on our YouTube channel. 

Our next single ‘Magnetar’ is also out on the 25th March.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: Musically when I was younger probably the likes of Metallica, ugly kid Joe, Steve Vai, Van Halen, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, more recently Volbeat, Winery dogs etc. 

Paul: The likes of AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Kings X, Whitesnake

Lee: Geddy Lee & Burke Shelley. Both phenomenal bass players and frontmen.


What first got you into music?

Matt: My dad first introduced me to the guitar when I was around ten years old, and of course his vinyl collection.

Paul: my brother Matt and dad both played the guitar, they were always making a noise, sort of had no choice but to join in

Lee: There always seemed to be music playing when I was growing up. My Dad is a big music fan and steered me in the right direction. My first album was Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy and it just went from there. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Matt: I think I would love to jam with Billy Gibbons, swapping solos in ‘La Grange’ for hours probably.

Paul: Robert Plant (obviously local), or if he was still alive SRV.

Lee: Poison the Well, Shai Hulud or Misery Signals would add an interesting ‘beatdown’ element to the band’s sound. Current musician, very leftfield but Tame Impala is a phenomenal musician and that would develop the melodic side of what we do. Also Tom Jones, because he’s a legend and needs a Hard Rock record in his back catalogue. 


If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Matt: Mmmm Download or Rock AM Ring.

Paul: Glastonbury (would love to be on stage rather than watching).

Lee: Download or Ghent Festival (amazing city and an amazing festival).

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Matt: Err, a friend request.

Paul: The gift of strength, (carrying my gear to the car after a gig).

Lee: I’d love to say a beautiful woman’s knickers but an empty pint glass with a request to refill.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Life’s hard but you just gotta keep on keepin’ on.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Matt: Mr Eddie Van Halen.

Paul: SRV would love to get the chance to see him perform live.

Lee: Burke Shelley or Neil Peart.


What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Matt: Enjoy playing with other musicians, playing an instrument is great but when you’re in a room or on stage with fellow minded players its next level, I wouldn’t say hate but I’m not a fan of having to be in front of a camera for photos or videos.

Paul: Playing live and writing music.

Lee: Playing live and in the studio is the most enjoyable, I hate the frustration of getting our music out for people to hear. 


If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Lee: More investment in original talented upcoming musicians who don’t conform to the plastic world of popular music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: Impossible question, maybe Van Halen “Van Halen”.

Paul: Yeah impossible, Metallica?

Lee: I have many, today’s is “Happiness” by Dance Gavin Dance.


What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Matt: I guess vinyl, but I sure do miss playing along with cassettes and having to tune my guitar up or down to suit, but then I probably own more CDs?

Paul: grew up with cassettes and CDs, although convenient you can’t hold a download in your hand.

Lee: I consume a lot of music so vinyl, cassettes, CD’s become too much of a faff. Digital for me. I went through my vinyl phase when I was an early teen. I used to love going to record fayres then. You could pick up an Iron Maiden vinyl album for a couple of quid then. Now they’re like £150 plus when you can buy them on CD for a fiver. It’s not about the medium for me, it’s about the music.


What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Matt: could pick one out, but I do love outdoor gigs.

Paul: O2 Academy.

Lee: Caerphilly Workman’s hall (hometown gig).

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Matt: Probably a sportsman of some kind, Rugby? No I’m too weak, Cyclist?

Paul: Professional pillow tester.

Lee: Record/music store owner.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: Professor Brian cox, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Black, Jethro, Brian May.

Paul: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Squire, Gandalf, Ludo (the film Labyrinth).

Lee: Jordan Peterson, Ozzy Osbourne, Harry Hill, Gene Simmons, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson (you can’t have one without the other). That would be mental.

What’s next for the band?

The future plans are to continue to challenge ourselves to write and record albums that add to and expand upon the great British hard rock albums of the past and to continue to spread the gospel of rock and roll on bigger and better stages. 

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Website: www.tyrannosaurusnebulous.com 
LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/tyrannosaurusnebulous 
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC93G5VzWGBeqFDJcEwTJy9A 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TyrannosaurusNebulous 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/T_Nebulous 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tyrannosaurus_nebulous/ 
Bandcamp: https://tyrannosaurusnebulous.bandcamp.com/ 
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tyrannosaurusnebulous/tracks 

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit

Matt: Biscake?

Paul: Cake, (it’s not called a Jaffa biscuit).

Lee: Cake, whilst we’re on the subject does anyone know what ‘Scampi’ is?.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Keep rockin’

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The Spitfires Live at The Rickshaw Theatre

The Spitfires Live at The Rickshaw Theatre
Vancouver, BC, Canada – 20/11/21
Words and Photography by Arturs Feists

The Spitfires have been wowing music fans with their mix of “AC/DC meets the Sex Pistols” 70’s era rock/punk since 1996. They’re road dogs – Canada coast to coast multiple times, extensive U.S. touring, and playing in the UK, the Spitfires have taken on SXSW, NXNE, Canadian Music Week, and New Music West. Spits have released 4 full length LPs, numerous 7 inches on labels like Junk, Estrus, Longshot, and more. Photos from the show at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver BC, Canada on November 20, 2021

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Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between The Lines

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Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between The Lines
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 19/11/21
Running Time: 40:52
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Hearts & Hand Grenades started life in New York as a covers act and, thanks to the support of Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Tabak, were persuaded to record some of their original material … once they had got around to writing some that is! The ‘Wait’ EP was released independently in 2019 (some tracks from which also appear here) and then their full length debut ‘Turning To Ashes’ earlier this year, so a second full length album following on so quickly implies that they have taken to this original music lark like a duck to the proverbial water, even if some material released on earlier EP’s is being reconstituted and given the benefit of a better studio experience. You get the sense that this is a band with the song-writing bit well and truly between their teeth now and that there’s a lot more where this came from just waiting to happen. Releasing anything new in time for a global pandemic when you can’t get out there and tour every toilet and support slot going means getting a wider audience right now is a challenge, but perhaps some good old-fashioned word of mouth can do the trick here, because these folks really deserve it.

Musically this is full on rawking stuff, with a deep vein of that 70’s East Coast Punk attitude of the part of the world that gave us The Ramones, and won’t let us forget it any time soon. The songs are all slightly longer than that kind of classic stuff, but it’s obviously an influence. Musically, these guys have a lot going on for them, so alongside the down tuning and aggression, there’s some subtle technical twists in there to make the anthemic song-writing just that little more well-rounded, as a good catchy riff with a few twists always guarantees. They tend to be lumped into the broad church becoming known as New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR), which is a catch all for anything more Hard or Melodic Rock orientated, that’s likely to appeal to the Metal market whilst not entirely fitting in with it. Let’s face it, that’s a good, broad audience base that means you may actually sell some records – which is just as well, because those crazy overlong journalist acronyms like NWOBHM are a bit of a turn off for ordinary folk…

And I think Hearts & Hand Grenades most likely will sell a fair few …

This is cracking stuff, with a down tuned but melodic sound, some blasting instrumental performances and a vocalist in Stephanie Wlosinski with attitude, range, and enough gutsiness to grab you by the throat, but who knows how to turn on the softer side and show her range when it’s needed. Check out the heavy ballad ‘Moonlight’ if you are in doubt, which borrows a heavy as hell riff from Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, allows Stephanie Wlosinski to show power through a heart-rending, emotive vocal delivery, whilst still bashing your brains out with the heaviness of the overall musical framework. This is fantastic stuff.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scream It Out
02. Black Sunset
03. Between The Lines
04. Secret
05. Tragedy
06. Beautiful Pain
07. Bad Medicine
08. Illogical
09. Wait
10. Moonlight

LINE-UP:
Stephanie Wlosinski – Lead Vocals / Bass
Mike Bress – Guitar / Keyboards
Kenny Blesy – Lead Guitar
Tom Lafferty – Drums

LINKS:

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Gypsy’s Kiss – 74

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Gypsy’s Kiss – 74
Vole Records
Release Date: 30/06/2021
Running Time: 54:24
Review by Dawn Smith
7/10

When we think of Iron Maiden, we generally think of one of the biggest bands in the history of metal. But the Iron Maiden story started with a little-known band called Influence, who later changed its name to Gypsy’s Kiss.

Originally formed back in 1973 by Steve Harris (Iron Maiden founder and bass player) and David Smith, when the two lived within a short distance of each other, in East London. With a mutual love of West Ham United and progressive rock the two formed a band, along with Paul Sears on drums and Bob Verschoyle on vocals.

However, the band was to be short-lived as, despite playing prestigious venues such as The Cart And Horses in Stratford (later to become known as the birthplace of Iron Maiden) and The Bridge House in Canning Town, the band called it quits in 1975.

After being asked numerous times to reform, the band agreed to play at Burrfest in March 2018. Although this was meant to be a one-off gig, two more followed and “overwhelmed and motivated by the worldwide support from the Iron Maiden fan community” David decided to keep going and Gypsy’s Kiss was a real band once more.

“74” is the band’s debut full-length album, after the release of their EP “Heat Crazed Vole And Other Tails” in 2019.

First thing to note about this album is that is it NOT, and I repeat NOT, an Iron Maiden album, so if you are expecting galloping riffs and in your face drums, then this is not the album for you.

This album seems, to me, to have taken its influence from the NWOBHM era of Rock/Metal and, although this is not a genre, I am particularly a big fan of, I am glad the band went in this direction, and didn’t just hold on to the coat tails of Iron Maiden.

This is a solid Rock album with some great tracks, my favourite being ‘Gone For Good’. There is nothing new, musically, on “74” and I am sure there are a few blinkered people that will say it has all been done before, and maybe it has, but is there something wrong with a band sticking to its roots? I certainly don’t think so.

Will I buy an album from these guys in the future? Yes, I will. Will I go to see them live? Again, yes, I will. I would like to see them leave the whole “Iron Maiden” thing behind them but with the accompanying tour called “The Maiden Prequel UK Tour 2021” I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Take Me Down
02. Gone For Good
03. Better Than Me
04. My Own Holy Grail
05. Smoke And Mirrors
06. Nothing To Say
07. Traveller
08. Arabesque
09. The Man For All Seasons

LINE-UP:
David Smith – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jonathan Morley – Guitars, Vocals
Fraser Marr – Guitars
Ross Hunter – Keys, Vocals
Robin Gatcum – Bass, Vocals
Stuart Emms – Drums

LINKS:

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NWOCR – The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1

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NWOCR – The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1
RPM
Release Date: 23/07/2021
Running Time: 153:11
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

I love a bit of Rock – I mean who doesn’t? But do you ever have those mornings where you just can’t decide which CD to stick on in your car, and you end up running 10 minutes late because you’ve been indecisively pulling out and replacing albums from your CD rack? Okay, I admit if you’re one of the youngsters your answer to that is probably “Err… that’s why Spotify shuffle exists, duh!” But I’m old and I like physical copies. And I am, of course, doing it correctly – none of this new-fangled gadgetry, I don’t care if it is there to make my life easier, I know what I like, and I like what I know. Harumph.

Anyway, back to the point. If like me, your musical indecisiveness makes you late for shit, then I have the answer! You need to pick yourself up a copy of the about to be released “The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1”, a canny, and not so little, compilation featuring the best of the new kids on the block (no, not those ones) in the classic rock field.

The force is strong with this genre right now. There are some absolutely superb bands popping up to rock our socks off, and at 42 tracks long, this double album certainly gives you a veritable smorgasbord to listen to. Now, I’m not going to do a rundown of every song, because, quite frankly, you may all have died of boredom by the time I finished waxing lyrical, and I don’t want to be responsible for starting a new wave of deadly tedium (although, that does have a good ring to it…) so, I’m just going to give you a little overview, and then highlight some of the tracks that I think stand out.

There is nothing fancy or surprising about the album. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s meat and two veg classic rock, done by the new guys, and done bloody well. There are some lapses into Southern and Blues Rock in places. But, on the whole, if you like the classic sounds of good old fashioned, leather clad, hard rocking, then you’ll love this album. That’s basically it for the overview. Just a stonkingly good listen.

So, onto the highlights. Top of the list, and possibly no surprise to people who’ve read my reviews before, are Mason Hill, with rip-roaring track ‘DNA’, from their recently released debut album “Against The Wall”. I adore Mason Hill, and the debut album, with this track being my joint favourite, alongside the title track. It pleased me a lot to see it on here.

The Hot Damn’s ‘Dance Around’ took me back to the 80’s (most of which I missed because I was only a nipper, and shielded from the horrors of the world, like TV advertising and Rock ‘n’Roll… but not Jim’ll Fix It… Terrible misjudgement by my parents there. However, I broke free, *evil laugh* and then had to do a bit of catching up). Great powerful vocals, and a nice groove.

‘Hideaway’ from Tomorrow Is Lost is a little more modern, and heavy, but it’s another banging tune. It’s taken from their 2020 album, “Therapy”, which I was lucky enough to review, and was one of my favourite albums of the weirdest year in all of our lifetimes. Ironically, most of us probably now need therapy, but music will do for the interim, because it is a sort of therapy.

If you want a lesson on how to play some mean, face melting guitar, then listen to ‘The World Is Calling Me’ by Shape Of Water. Man, they have more licks than an ice-cream parlour on a hot summer’s day! Great 70’s sludgy vibe going on too.

Gin Annie round off CD1, with ‘Devil In Me’. I do like a little Gin Annie for the afternoon chill vibes, and this song is great for that. Nice cold beer, in a field with your mates, listening to a rock band and just generally being happy to be alive, kind of feel. God, I miss that…

Kicking off CD2 is possibly one of the last bands I saw live in a field, Phil Cambell and the Bastard Sons, with ‘Son Of A Gun’. Pedal to the metal rock at its best. Simples. It smacks you in the face like a freight train with its thunderously rhythmic ROCKKKK. Hell yes! That’s followed by The Dust Coda, with ‘When The Tide Comes In’, which is the epitome of Classic Rock. Sultry vocals, a steady bass line, a catchy chorus, and some great hooks. Love it.

Another firm favourite here at camp Ever Metal are Bad Touch, and they feature with their track ‘I Get High’. Again, I’m back in the field, although maybe not with just a beer now, given the track name!

King Creature come along to make everything a bit more down tuned and dirty, with ‘Captives’. This one has more of a 90’s feel about it, but not in a bad way! (The 90’s I do remember – the marmite generation, with us youngsters loving this new grungy sound, and all the classic folks hanging their heads, and wishing the facepalm had been invented…)

Doomsday Outlaw’s ‘Turn Me Loose’ has me heading down route 66 in a convertible just for shits and giggles. I mean honestly, there are some sweet Southern sounds happening here. And then directly after them, another of our Ever Metal favourites, Ashen Reach, pop up with ‘Fighting For My Life’, from their 2020 album ‘Homecoming’, which I also had the pleasure of reviewing.

Ryders Creed appear too, with ‘Cut Me Down’. I love this band. The powerful clean vocals and sweeping melodies are superb, and they have such a great groove. Then, to finish off my pick of the best (which admittedly is a pretty long list) we have a bit of Ward XVI, with ‘Broken Toys’. They are in a league of their own in my opinion. What they do is mesmeric, and their brand of ‘Shock Rock’ is perfect for my slightly warped mind. Again, I reviewed their album, “Metamorphosis”, when it graced our ever-growing review list last year, and was blown away by it.

So, yeah. That, in a nutshell, is what this album’s all about. Good, solid, no messing, New Wave Of Classic Rock. You need this in your CD Collection (or Spotify playlist, if you must, but only if you’re under 40, or haven’t yet learnt how sacrosanct the compact disc is)!

New Wave of Classic Rock – Volume One (Official Trailer)

TRACKLISTING:

CD1:
01. Massive Wagons – Tokyo
02. Mason Hill – DNA
03. Hollowstar – All I Gotta Say
04. These Wicked Rivers – Shine On
05. Anchor Lane – Fame Shame
06. Empyre – New Republic
07. Daxx & Roxane – Without You
08. Sons Of Liberty – Fire And Gasoline
09. The Hot Damn! – Dance Around
10. Massive – Rise
11. Everyday Heroes – Find My Way
12. Elles Bailey – Woman Like Me
13. Scarlet Rebels – No One Else To Blame
14. Wolf Jaw – I Ain’t Ready
15. Tomorrow Is Lost – Hideaway
16. Dead Man’s Whiskey – War Machine
17. Dig Lazarus – Tell Me Why
18. The New Roses – Whiskey Nightmare
19. Shape Of Water – The World Is Calling Me
20. Revival Black – So Alive
21. Gin Annie – Devil In Me

CD2:
01. Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Son Of A Gun
02. The Dust Coda – When The Tide Comes In
03. Skam – Iron Cross
04. Collateral – Merry Go Round
05. Bad Touch – I Get High
06. Gorilla Riot – Still Doing Time
07. Thundermother – Driving In Style
08. King Creature – Captives
09. Rews – Today We’re Warriors
10. Twister – Call To Arms
11. South Of Salem – The Hate In Me
12. Jack J Hutchinson – World On Fire
13. Bootyard Bandits – Hoedown Showdown
14. Haxan – Killing Time
15. Doomsday Outlaw – Turn Me Loose
16. Ashen Reach – Fighting For My Life
17. Bastette – Talk About It
18. Ryders Creed – Money
19. Takeaway Thieves – This Is Rock N Roll
20. Ward XVI – Broken Toys
21. Blackwater Conspiracy – Soul Revolutionaries

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Mad Symphony – Mad Symphony EP

Mad Symphony EP Cover Art

Mad Symphony – Mad Symphony EP
MR Records
Release Date: 13/05/2021
Running Time: 23:57
Review by Simon Black
10/10

Once in a while, I hear some music that takes me way back to the beginnings of my musical journey. For me that story begins firmly in the mid-80’s when bands like Yes, Rush and Magnum first attracted my attention to Hard Rock and Prog, and from then onwards to all things Metal. Canada’s Mad Symphony all look like they may be of similar ages and roots, as loud and clear this band’s tunage is heavily laden with all the hooks and tropes of what is now referred to as ‘Classic’ rock, in order not to make people like me feel too old. These are experienced musicians to boot, with the roots of the band lying in the now defunct Grunge Meal outfit Soulbender, but pulling in a really diverse and eclectic set of musos to fill out the sound, which goes a long way to explain the broad array of influences here.

Don’t be put off by the name – Symphonic Metal this definitely is not, at least not on these five tracks, just plenty of Progressive groove with a liberal smattering of Hammond Organ boogie to keep the retro feel. The tracks cover a lot of musical ground and sound simultaneously old and new in much the same way as Cats In Space achieve closer to home and they are definitely coming from the same angle, but with a more Continental USA feel rather than UK one (although there’s a shed load of early Marillion in the mix too, just to contradict and confuse). Quality wise though, they are bang on par with the Cats, so if they rock your boat, then Mad Symphony will not disappoint either.

This debut EP feels very much a hint of things to come, as the first thought I had when I finished listening was “Is this it?”, five tracks is not enough. The two opening tracks – the anthemic ‘Do It All Over Again’ and foot-tappingly infectious ‘The Next Door’ stand out immediately as guaranteed floor-fillers, but the remaining three indicate a rich writing style that is warming me up nicely for a full length album. I really want to hear what else these boys can do with a good hour of run time. An incredibly promising debut.

‘The Next Door’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Do It All Over Again
02. The Next Door
03. Sell Me Out
04. Nothin’
05. Bittersweet Bye Bye

LINE-UP:
Kevin Wright – Lead Vocals, Percussion
Dave Groves – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ted Tosoff – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mike Russell – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Amrit Prasad – Bass
Wes Hallam – Drums

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Ronnie Atkins – One Shot

One Shot Album Cover Art

Ronnie Atkins – One Shot
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 44:48
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Do you ever find yourself pondering the finite nature of life. I do. Often. The one certainty is that, at some point, it comes to an end. This isn’t a rehearsal, and you have two choices. Drift through it, approaching everything with undue caution, or grab it by the nuts, and have fun while you can. Pretty Maids frontman, Ronnie Atkins, has certainly lived a full life, bringing sweet Rock ‘n’ Roll music to the masses for 4 decades. Our very own high lord of Ever Metal, Rick, has been a huge Pretty Maids fan since those early heady days of the 80s.

It’s fair to say that Ronnie’s been forced to do a lot of contemplating recently, too, after the devastating news that the ‘big C’ he’d battled so hard against in 2019 had come back, and was incurable. Now, for a lot of people, and certainly for me, news like this would take away any strength I had left. But not Ronnie. He’s determined to keep the nuts of life in a tight tourniquet until the end, and speak to the world, through his new solo album, “One Shot.” Lighter than the usual Pretty Maids style, Ronnie describes this album as ‘melodic rock album with a heavy twist,’ and lyrically, ‘more personal and maybe melancholic at times.’

On first listen, it truly is a great melodic rock album, complete with rock-steady beats, classic style riffs, and great vocal harmonies and guitar solos. But dig a little deeper, and it becomes all about the lyrics. It’s a bittersweet journey into the ponderings of a man’s mortality, beautifully moulded into an emotional journey of finding peace and reconciling all of life’s lessons. It reminds me, lyrically, of Queen’s “Made In Heaven” album, where Freddie explored much the same thing.

The title track of the album pretty much sums up what I’ve just said. The whole, ‘you only get one shot at life’ idea. Putting aside the emotive nature of the lyrics, knowing the backstory behind this album, it’s a stonking anthem that you could see on a stadium stage, being chorused back at the band by tens of thousands of adoring fans.

This is true of the whole album, though. Whether it’s an anthem, or a heartfelt ballad, it’s all brilliantly done, with Ronnie’s vocals taking pride of place atop the masterfully constructed melodies and orchestration of every song. It’s one of those albums that fills your entirety with happiness, and, well, life.

There isn’t anything negative about this album. It’s mixed and mastered perfectly, it’s polished, it’s passionate, it’s mature and expansive. It is what musicians spend their whole lives striving towards. Whatever musical genre you prefer, you’ll find something that connects with your soul in this album. And we all need to listen to the wisdom held within the lyrics. Thank you, Ronnie, for braving your fears and sharing this precious album with the world.

‘One Shot’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Real
02. Scorpio
03. One Shot
04. Subjugated
05. Frequency Of Love
06. Before The Rise Of An Empire
07. Miles Away
08. Picture Yourself
09. I Prophesize
10. One By One
11. When Dreams Are Not Enough

LINE-UP:
Ronnie Atkins – Lead and Backing Vocals
Chris Laney – Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Allan Sørensen – Drums
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Anders Ringman – Acoustic Guitars

Lead Guitars/Solos
Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann, John Berg, Chris Laney

Additional Backing Vocals
Chris Laney, Linnea Vikström Egg, Olliver Hartmann, Bjørn Strid

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