Friday, February 28, 2014

Black Space Riders - Give Gravitation To The People


Black Space Riders is a band that I found at Spader Ess web page, a guy who very often finds some interesting music to share.

In the fading last winter nights of 2008 JE, SLI, SAQ and CRIP entered a musty and mouldy basement for the first time together: The plan was simple: Jamming ... loud and heavy, rediscovering that nearly lost feeling of getting impassioned by a pushing, pulling, droning and moving wall of self-created sound. It worked!

In 2010 the self-titled debut-album was released. "Black Space Riders" triggered enthusiastic reviews around the globe and the band played a run of sweaty shows in Europe.

In 2012 the band released it´s second album "Light is the new black". It showed even more influences and variety than the debut and brought the band many new followers around the globe.

The following shows in 2012/13 featured a new bandmember: SEB, who had contributed additional background-vocals to "Light is the new black" was presented as a second lead-vocalist.

Their latest album "D:REI" are Black Space Riders even more colorful, louder, softer, harder, atmospheric, gripping, and above all exalted!



Black Space Riders are:

JE (VOX, Guitars)
SLI (Guitars, bgvox)
SAQ (Bass, bgvox)
CRIP (Drums, bgvox)
SEB (VOX, movements, space)


Discography:

2010: s/t
2012: Light is the new black
2014: D:REI


Todays tune "Give Gravitation To The People" is taken from Black Space Riders 3:rd and latest album D:REI, released 2014




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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Afghan Whigs - Algiers


Do to the Beast, the first new album from The Afghan Whigs in 16 years, will be released worldwide via Sub Pop Records on April 14th in Europe and April 15th in North America. The album features the lead single "Algiers."

The Afghan Whigs will perform at the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA on Friday April 11th & Friday April 18th. On April 10th the band will headline an official Pre-Coachella show in Pioneertown, CA at Pappy & Harriet's with Brody Dalle as special guest.

The band will also perform a small number of headline shows in April and May in North America in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Boston and Baltimore. There will be a special fan pre-sale beginning February 18th, with tickets available to the general public later in the week.



The Afghan Whigs are an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally active from 1986 to 2001, who have since reformed. The group – with core members Greg Dulli (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick McCollum (lead guitar), John Curley (bass), and Steve Earle on drums – rose up around the grunge movement, evolving from a garage punk band in the vein of the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., and Mudhoney to incorporate more soul influences into their sound and image. After releasing their first album independently in 1988, the band signed to the Seattle-based label Sub Pop, before releasing their major-label debut and fourth album, Gentlemen, in 1993. Pitchfork described them as "one of the few alt-bands to flourish on a major label" in the 1990s.

Dulli frequently claimed in interviews that the Afghan Whigs would never get back together following their dissolution in 2001 but the group announced in 2012 that they would reunite for a series of major concerts. 



Todays tune "Algiers" from the The Afghan Whigs' 4/15/14 album - Do to the Beast



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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Behemoth - Chant For Ezkaton 2000 e.v


The year is 2014, the month is February and the most extreme, blackest and fearful of tours settles over Europe.

Cradle Of Filth and Behemoth embarks on co-headline tour and nineteen dates are booked over that continent which one of them is at Tyrol in Stockholm on February 25 (Yesterday).


Behemoth may have been a classic black metal band originally, but it was not enough for the brutal multi talented Negal and mixed into death metal, progressive and experimental elements which led to the multi-faceted beast Zos Kia Cultus (2002). After having conquered and defeated all of Evangelion (2009), it was leukemia as the front man had to master and from the fire's ashes rose the man who wears the "holy scripture" in pieces and created the album The Satanist (2014) that you according to Nergal's statement below would expect while the tour starts.


The support bands on the tour is the Swedish In Solitude, Chilean / American Inquisition and Norwegian Svarttjern.

A quick summary of the evening was that behemoth actually owned the place. What was most baffling that not Behemoth got to be the last slot this evening, got told that they ran every other gig as headliner and the Stockholm show it was the Cradle Of Filths turn, which you could see as soon as Behemoths show was over, 2/3 of the audience went home.

Norwegian Svarttjern was a fairly pleasant surprise, okey in my ears, pretty good swing in the songs. Chilean / American Inquisition delivered really good, nice to get the chance to see them live. Clearly exceeded expectations. Swedish In Solitude delivered an okay show, a little shaky at first, but came back at the end, the tune Sister was really powerful live. Cradle Of Filth as a final act with only a couple hundred people in the audience probably was not as they had expected, I thought it was pretty boring actually.

Live rates:

Svarttjern 3/5
Inquisition 4/5
In Solitude 3/5
Behemoth 5/5
Cradle Of Filth 2/5

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Behemoth is a Polish extreme metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

Todays tune "Chant For Eschaton 2000" is originally taken from the fourth studio album "Satanica" released in 1999. But this version is from the sixth EP "Ezkaton". It was released in 2008. The EP features seven tracks, including one new song titled Qadosh, a live recording and new studio version to Chant for Ezkaton 2000 e.v., live versions of From the Pagan Vastlands and Decade ov Therion, along with covers of Master's Hammer's Jáma pekel and Ramones' I'm Not Jesus.



Setlist:

Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
Conquer All
Decade of Therion
As Above So Below
Slaves Shall Serve
Christians to the Lions
Hidden in a Fog
The Satanist
Ov Fire and the Void
Furor Divinus
Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
At the Left Hand ov God
Chant for Eschaton 2000
O Father O Satan O Sun!


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Skillet - Not Gonna Die


Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States. The band currently consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose. Awake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA.

Skillet went through several line-up changes early in their career, leaving founder John Cooper as the only original member remaining in the band. They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and are known for a relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com.

The band's style has been described as rock, Christian rock, Christian metal, alternative rock, hard rock, nu metal and symphonic metal. The band's eponymous debut album characterized by its grunge influences, while their follow-up album, Hey You, I Love Your Soul was noted for "its electronic elements and industrial feel."



Todays tune "Not Gonna Die" is the fourth single taken from the ninth album "Rise". It was released on June 25, 2013. The deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks and a DVD entitled Awake & Live DVD. It is the first album to feature guitarist Seth Morrison.



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Monday, February 24, 2014

Truckfighters - Prophet


Monday and it's time to proudly introduce this week's "Record Of The Week". From Sweden and one of the most interesting "stoner" bands available on this round fuzzy earth. This week's album is called "Universe" with Truckfighters.



The band have been playing since early 2000, formed in Örebro, Sweden. Their sound has been described as classic desert rock, similar to bands like Dozer, Fu Manchu, and Kyuss.

“Universe” is a fuzzed out stoner metal bonanza, an album that is filled with great soaring and emotive melodies, chunky and fuzzy riffs that really hooks you, so that you in the end will reach for the remote to increase the volume even more. The album contains 7 songs, which doesn't seem to be a lot, but it clocks in around 45 minutes, the songs have very varying lengths, from under 2 minutes to almost 14 minutes. But with a very good mix between longer tunes and shorter tunes. Truckfigherts "Universe" is a very a cool stoner record, which shows us, that the desert rock attitude also works outside the desert.

And yes, this record is released on Vinyl.



Todays tune "Prophet" is more straightforward rock tune with loads of dynamic, with a little indie/grunge touch.



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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Lucky Man


Sunday, time for a classic. "Lucky Man" is a song by the English progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, from the group's 1970 self-titled debut album. Written by Greg Lake when he was 12 years old and recorded by the trio using improvised arrangements, the song contains one of rock music's earliest instances of a Moog synthesizer solo. "Lucky Man" was released as a single in 1970 and reached the top 20 in the Netherlands. The song also charted in the United States and Canada. The single was re-released in 1973 and charted again in the U.S. and Canada.

The album was intended not as an effort by a unified band, but as a general collaborative recording session, and as such, some of the tracks are essentially solo pieces.


The cover art painting is by the British artist Nic Dartnell. Although it has been said to be originally intended for the American group Spirit, and that the bald-headed man on the left of the cover is Spirit's drummer, Ed Cassidy, the artist denied this in an interview with Mike Goldstein of RockPoP: "I'd like to take a moment and dispel a rumor that, according to Wikipedia, the image is somehow linked to the LA band Spirit. The fact is that, at the time I painted the ELP "Bird", I also painted a portrait of Spirit which I sent to them in LA. A very similar bird was featured in the corner of that painting. I got a message from Spirit to say that if they had received their painting in time they would have put it on the back of 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus. I became friendly with Randy California over the years and I took the photograph that is on his 1982 12" EP All Along the Watchtower. The bald image in "Bird" has no connection to Ed Cassidy of Spirit and doesn’t look anything like him. Ed still has the Spirit portrait – so I’m told. The cover depicts a fluttering white bird with a human ear in the bottom left corner; the bird's left wing outlines the back of the male head to which the ear is attached, the other half of which is on the back of the album, and the right wing outlines a female head."

When asked in an interview if he felt "lucky" to have written the song, Lake responded:

I did write “Lucky Man” when I was 12. My mum bought me a guitar and I was very lucky in that sense, the answer was yes instead of no. There was the first bit of luck because had the answer been no, my life would have probably been totally different. I got the guitar and I learned the first four chords that were D, G, A Minor and E Minor and with those chords I wrote “Lucky Man”. I truly cannot remember everything about writing it other than I think it struck me as being a sort of minstrel type of event with these chords, G, D, E Minor and A Minor, gave me this sort of minstrel feeling. “Lucky Man” has kind of an almost medieval element tone to it. It is like a medieval folk song in a way. That was the essence of the idea. I wrote the song in its entirety and I finished it and I remembered it. As far as its significance regarding me and how lucky I was, I suppose it does really. You cannot disassociate the tune, the song has been very lucky for me. It came about because of a piece of good fortune, which was my mother giving me the guitar and it has been lucky for me ever since. I would say if I was going to be honest, I have been very lucky in life. I certainly have been.

 

Todays tune with Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the song Lucky Man is played live at California Jam 1974


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Saturday, February 22, 2014

We Hunt Buffalo - The Search


One of Canada's finest upcoming Rock Bands "We Hunt Buffalo". The band plays classic rock guitar with synth sounds, seeped in a copious amount of fuzz.

Their catalogue is an eclectic mix, filled with hard- hitting grooves and psychedelic overtones. It's a culmination of years playing music togther in a small Vancouver suburb. We Hunt Buffalo know how to write a damn fine Stoner Rock song with loads of groove and plenty of power to kick your ass all over. If you like it heavy, you'll like We Hunt Buffalo.



Members

Ryan Forsythe - Vocals/Guitar and Synth Sounds/Bari Sax
Brendan Simpson - Bass/Vocals
Brandon Carter - Drums/Vocals


Todays tune "The Search" is taken from their début self titled album released 21 January 2012. Recorded at 'The Hive' in Burnaby. BC . "The Search" a glimpse of We Hunt Buffalo in their element - out in the wild and up to no good - with true-to-form 'farm boy' antics.



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Friday, February 21, 2014

Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker - Wasted Time


Robert Pehrsson is a Swedish guitarist, singer & song writer. He has worked for such diverse bands such as Runemagick, Thunder Express, Death Breath, Dundertåget, Imperial State Electric, Slingblade and also Dagger. Robert Pehrsson started his career as a guitarist/vocalist around 88-89, then concentrating mainly on playing extreme music like thrash and early death metal, but soon branched out in different musical genres but mainly focusing on rock music.

Pehrsson has now completed his first (solo) album for High Roller Records containing songs such as the guitar-driven “Haunt My Mind”, “Who Else Is On Your Mind” or the soft rockin' “Can't Change”.

The self-titled album combines yearning Thin Lizzy-esque guitar harmonies with tight classic rock hooks. Heartfelt and honest, it hits with confessional hymns to a lost age of guitar-driven rock.



Recorded at Gutterview Recorders, the nine songs feature guest spots by well-known musicians such as Nicke Andersson, Dolf De Borst and Tomas Eriksson from Imperial State Electric, Peter Stjärnvind (Nifelheim, Black Trip), Joseph Tholl (Enforcer, Black Trip), Robert Eriksson (ex The Hellacopters), Olle Dahlstedt (Entombed), Johan Bäckman (Necrocourse) and Johannes Borgström.

Todays tune "Wasted Time" is the second single from the self titled solo album "Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker" by Robert Pehrsson.




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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Death Angel - Left For Dead


California thrashers Death Angel have released a new video taken from the latest and seventh studio album "The Dream Calls for Blood".

Death Angel initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.


Two independent releases, The Ultra-Violence (1987) and Frolic Through the Park (1988), attracted the attention of Geffen Records, which signed the quintet in 1989 and released their next album, Act III, one year later. While Death Angel was touring in support of Act III, drummer Andy Galeon was injured in a tour bus accident and needed more than a year to fully recover. This resulted in the band's break up in 1991. However, Death Angel reformed in 2001 (without original guitarist Gus Pepa) at the Thrash of the Titans benefit concert for Testament singer Chuck Billy. The band continues to record and perform today.

Todays tune "Left For Dead" is taken from the latest album "The Dream Calls for Blood"



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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mike Oldfield - Sailing


The upcoming 25th album "Man on the Rocks" with Mike Oldfield was produced by Stephen Lipson together with Oldfield. The album features bassist Leland Sklar, drummer John Robinson, keyboardist Matt Rollings, guitarist Michael Thompson and singer Luke Spiller together with Oldfield himself on guitar. The backing tracks were recorded during June 2013 in Studio D of Village Studios, Los Angeles with producer Steve Lipson; Oldfield participated in these sessions via Skype. Oldfield has also recorded part of the album in his home studio in the Bahamas.

The working title for the album had been Rock. The piece "Irene" is inspired by Hurricane Irene which hit the Bahamas in 2011. The final track is a cover of William McDowell's gospel piece "I Give Myself Away". Luke Spiller is the singer of another of Virgin EMI's British artists, The Struts.

The album marks a return of Oldfield to a Virgin branded label since leaving Virgin Records in the 1990s, through the merger of Mercury Records UK and Virgin Records after Universal Music's purchase of EMI.

Man on the Rocks is due to be released on 3 March 2014, after initially being announced that it would have been released on 27 January. The album is to be released on single CD, double CD, coloured double vinyl, digital download and a box set.

The two CD Deluxe Edition contains the album and a second instrumental disc. In the UK the boxed set will be available exclusively through mikeoldfieldofficial.com - this includes the content from the Deluxe Edition as well as Oldfield's demos of the songs and 4 alternate mixes of songs. The boxed set will also include a 16-page CD size booklet, four art cards and a certificate of authenticity.

Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer whose work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, New Age and, more recently, dance music. It is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his 1973 album Tubular Bells – which launched Virgin Records and became a hit after its opening was used as the theme for the film The Exorcist – and for his 1983 hit single "Moonlight Shadow". He is also known for his hit rendition of the Christmas piece "In Dulci Jubilo". 


Todays tune "Sailing" is the first single taken from the upcoming twenty-fifth studio album "Man On The Rocks", due to be released on 3 March 2014. "Sailing" was a record of the week on BBC Radio 2 during the first week of February. The music video for "Sailing" was released on YouTube on 8 February. The video features Oldfield and Spiller in The Bahamas on a beach, a boat and in Oldfield's studio there.



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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pretty Maids - Nuclear Boomerang


The Danish rockers Pretty Maids have released a new video "Nuclear Boomerang" that is taken from the upcoming album "Louder Than Ever, set to release March 21st 2014

After celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band and the release of their latest monumental release "Motherland", the Danish melodic hard rockers are serving the fans with "Louder Than Ever". This is not a completely new album but consists of eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 - 2006 era plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80's, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans!

"The reason for doing this project is to give those songs a different spin with the band and producer we have now" explains singer Ronnie Atkins. It is an in-between album until the band completes the next studio album with new tunes".


The Bands members:

Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards

Pretty Maids are a Danish hard rock/heavy metal band from Horsens, Denmark. Formed in 1981 by Ronnie Atkins and Ken Hammer, their sound and music can be described as classic guitar-laden heavy rock with a strong emphasis on melodic elements like vocals and keyboards.

Over the years, Pretty Maids have sold hundreds of thousands of records, but have never broken through in a major way, except in Japan during the 1990s. They have supported well known bands as Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, and Saxon, and were also featured at the 1987 German version of Monsters of Rock, where Metallica headlined along with Deep Purple. 

After a prolonged international touring hiatus before the release of the 2006 Wake Up To The Real World album, the band have every year since been touring their primary markets of Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Spain. 


Todays tune "Nuclear Boomerang" is taken from the upcoming 13th studio album Louder Than Ever.



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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Answer - Spectacular


Monday, time to crown this week's "Record Of The Week". From Downpatrick, Northern Ireland we find the hard rock and blues-rock band "The Answer" and their the fourth studio album "New Horizon".

The album, which was released on 30 September 2013 was produced by Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson and features artwork from the legendary designer Storm Thorgerson, who was working on the cover shortly before his death in April 2013. New Horizon is the band's first album with Napalm Records, with whom they signed the previous year.



New Horizon contains ten solid rockin' golden tunes. With clear and crisp sound that features some great rock moments and catchy grooves and powerful choruses. "New Horizon" will give you a solid and well executed album of Blues and Hard Rock.



Todays tune "Spectacular" is the first single taken from the album "New Horizon", it is a solid Hard Rock tune. It was released on 5 August 2013, on two formats: download, and a limited edition green and blue 7" vinyl


For the collectors there is a deluxe edition, which features three bonus tracks including "Road Less Travelled", "Feel The Fear" and "Real As It Gets". The vinyl also has three exclusive bonus tracks including "White Flag", "City Won’t Fall" and "To Be True".

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