Monday, 26 June 2017

EUROPE - The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse



On July 21, 2017, Swedish classic rock icons EUROPE will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London's legendary Roundhouse with fans everywhere. The band's new limited edition audio/video release, The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse, celebrates the multi-platinum album's triple-decade success.

The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London's most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12, 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB for this set. Preceding the landmark event described above, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe's latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

Joey Tempest of EUROPE says:"What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!"

Watch a brand new trailer for The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse here:

Tash Sultana - Live in London This Week



Tash Sultana plays live in London for the first time this week. The 21 year-old Melbournian is quickly becoming an international sensation following the independent release of her debut EP ‘Notion’ last year.

Tash’s UK shows in June and September sold out without any promotion whatsoever. Her debut ‘Notion’ EP has amassed over 25 million streams, and Tash’s home-made video jam sessions have become a viral hit. Watch her live version of ‘Jungle’ here:



Tash first wrapped her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, and the self taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform live. She will play sold out shows at London’s Scala on June 27 and 28, and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on September 14. The selling out of these shows is testament to how this unique artist has captured the imagination of music lovers everywhere. Further UK shows are also on sale now.

Tash’s vocal shines with a magical quality, she has a natural gift for melody and her virtuosic guitar playing is from another planet. Her carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left audiences in awe. She honed these performance skills on the streets of Melbourne, busking being the only way she could make money having emerged from the clutches of drug-addiction, an issue from her past which she now speaks openly about.

In her native Australia, she is already collecting accolades having been selected as Triple J’s ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ already, plus this year she was Google Play’s #1 artist to watch. Recent single ‘Jungle’ came in at #3 in Triple J's hottest 100, the worlds biggest music vote, with over 2.5 million votes

Tash is currently working on her debut album, and will be releasing more new music very soon.

UK Live Dates: June 27 - London, The Scala. SOLD OUT. June 28 - London, The Scala. SOLD OUT. September 9 - Port Meiron, Wales, Festival #6. September 10 - Isle of Wight, Bestival. September 12 - Manchester, Club Academy. September 13 - Bristol, SWX. September 14 - London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire. SOLD OUT.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

DANZIG - "Black Laden Crown", Released May 26th, 2017 via AFM Records - ALBUM REVIEW


DANZIG - "Black Laden Crown"
Released May 26th, 2017 via AFM Records

Not every day that an album from a music icon lands on your desk. Danzig's Black Laden's Crown is one of those. The unique voice from Glen haunts the entire album and I cannot help taking a trip thru memory lane including his early work with Misfits. What an artist!!! He has influenced not only musicians and many generations of music lovers but has also laid the foundations of what the music was to become for so many bands in the 80/90s.

Black Laden Crown the first track is the perfect stage for Danzig's voice. The music is stylishly and subtly influenced by stoner touches and together with the voice form the perfect story telling vehicle that Glen's is renowned for.

The production is clean and efficient while not showing off needlessly. The start of Eyes Ripping Fire is not without reminding me of some of the best Corrosion Of Conformity intros, same for Devil On Hwy 9. I swear I thought I heard Woody and Pepper (from C.O.C) the first time I played the track.

No instant hits stands out in the 9 tracks proposed and the first thing that may spring to mind is that there is no song as distinctive as Mother on Black Laden Crown. Having said that all the titles are very solid and cohesive if you consider But A Nightmare, The Witching Hour Or Skulls & Daisies.

I like Pull The Sun, the concluding track where Glen's soft singing style is taking all its dimension which for me is not so distant in terms of intonations from the great work of the late Chris Cornell.

Maybe not one of Danzig’s most catchy work but definitely up there in the strong and solid album category.
Overall: A super solid album.
If I was to pick 3 Only: Eyes Ripping Fire, Devil On Hwy 9, Pull The Sun
Live Test: Never seen him play but would surely if he comes to Ireland :-)

Reviewed by Pascal Derrien

Thursday, 22 June 2017

ARCH ENEMY reveal cover art and further details for 'Will To Power'



Metal powerhouse ARCH ENEMY are ready to bring their fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as they announce details on their upcoming album, "Will To Power", out September 8, 2017 via Century Media Records. The band are excited to reveal the album's captivating cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork: "It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the 'Will to Power' cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat... All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power"

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis' (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of their most acclaimed album to date, "War Eternal", which saw the band reach their highest charts in the US and Germany to date, "Will To Power" will continue to smash records worldwide. While full details and pre-order information on "Will To Power" will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the "Will To Power" Deluxe Box Set Edition. For further details and to have your name included, please visit: willtopower.centurymedia.com.

Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international "Will To Power Tour 2017" which will commence from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests, Jinjer. A full list of their upcoming appearances can be found below. There will be a US tour coming this Fall as well. Stay tuned for further tour dates!

ARCH ENEMY live: ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017: 06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany 08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain 12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary 15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden 04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia 05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic 07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay 08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria 10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain 11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal 12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer: 15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria 16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria 17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia 18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia 20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania 21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria 22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece 23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece 25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia 26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland 27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania 29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia 30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia 01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland 03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus * 04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia * 06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia * 08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia * 10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia * 11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia * *without Jinjer

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UNKLE Announces New Album THE ROAD PART 1 Out August 18, 2017



After a rollercoaster twenty-five year career as an artist, curator and tastemaker, James Lavelle returns with UNKLE’s fifth studio album, The Road: Part 1 - a collection of fifteen new UNKLE tracks inspired by his curation of 2014’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank, their most successful to date. Following a technical error at the manufacturing plant, The Road: Part 1 will now be released on August 18th.

The Road: Part 1 is a collective creative venture with musicians including London folk-rock artist and poet Keaton Henson, Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes, The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, long-time UNKLE collaborator Mark Lanegan and Mercury prize nominee ESKA. Lavelle also found new friends and collaborators in Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and Beck drummer Justin Stanley, who make definitive contributions throughout the record.

Recorded in UK, Europe and Los Angeles’ Pink Duck Studios, The Road: Part 1 is the product of a desire to create something fresh and innovative, that also celebrates the rich history of UNKLE, and showcases a new wave of talent such as Elliott Power, Mïnk and YSEÉ. The album also features long-term collaborators Philip Sheppard, Chris Goss, Twiggy and Troy Van Leeuwen. Lavelle set out to make a record that tapped into the multicultural landscape of modern London. His mission was to unite the eclectic mix of ideas, cultures and genres under the UNKLE umbrella and create something unique.

James Lavelle praises the role of collaboration, and its importance at the core of the project: “I hadn’t made a record in a long time, and the incarnation of UNKLE had changed in that now, it was me on my own. For that reason, I wanted to make a record that I hadn’t been able to before, going back to the roots of where I came from, with a foot in modern London.” In July 2016, UNKLE released their first single in seven years. Lavelle teamed up with Elliott Power, Mïnk and YSEÉ for the gospel infused "Cowboys or Indians". Followed by "Sick Lullaby" in February 2017, his second collaboration with Keaton Henson. "Sick Lullaby" is tender and cinematic, a beautiful lullaby that empowers Henson’s delicate vocals.

The latest track from The Road: Part 1 , "Looking For The Rain", - currently riding high on the BBC 6 Music Playlist - is a call to arms in our turbulent modern world written by Mark Lanegan with string arrangements by Will Malone (Massive Attack, Unfinished Symphony and UNKLE's Lonely Soul amongst others). The video, by visual artist Doug Foster, was created by “filming a variety of subjects from nature, such as water, crystals and plants. The footage was composited in several stages to eventually form a moving tunnel of light that features synchronized repetition and bilateral symmetry.”

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Creative visual collaborations are a core part of the immersive experience of UNKLE. The importance of the visual experience is an integral part of ‘The Road: Part 1’ and its story. Following the immense success of his critically acclaimed exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick last summer at Somerset House, Lavelle continued his collaborative relationship with esteemed artists throughout the creation of The Road: Part 1. This includes cinematic and thought-provoking official videos from artists and visionaries including Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones (Cowboys or Indians, Sick Lullaby); Norbert Schroener (The Road), and many more to be revealed.

Watch the official video for the album’s title track "The Road", directed by German filmmaker Norbert Schoerner, The collaboration follows from Schoerner’s involvement with James Lavelle's Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick exhibition. The footage was filmed by using a drone to explore the stark American wilderness. Norbert Schoerner and James Lavelle have created a film that in Schoerner’s own words “describes the ever present conflict between natural landscape and human progress”. The masterfully curated list of visual collaborators extends to the physical release of The Road: Part 1. The cover art is from a painting by German contemporary artist Jonas Burgert. The 36-page booklet features artwork by contemporary luminaries including Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley, John Isaacs, David Nicholson, Norbert Schoerner, Doug Foster, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones. It was designed by James Lavelle and up-and-coming designer George Stewart-Lockhart.

In the twenty years since UNKLE’s debut album Psyence Fiction, Lavelle has been prolific. He created four studio albums with UNKLE (Psyence Fiction, Never Never Land, War Stories and Where Did The Night Fall), a host of critically-acclaimed film scores, and curated a series of art exhibitions through Daydreaming With... most notably, the hugely successful Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House, and his latest exhibition Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents THE ROAD: SOHO. The Daydreaming with... exhibitions are inspired by the desire to marry music and the visual arts and aim to create a unique and multi-sensory experience, unprecedented by museum exhibitions or music festivals.

Whilst The Road: Part 1 may be their fifth studio album, it is in many ways a new beginning. With shows booked throughout the year in the UK (and hopefully some U.S. dates to be announced) and The Road: Part 2 already in the making, it feels that even after 25 years, the road for UNKLE has only just begun.