Monday, December 11, 2017

Robert Plant - Carry Fire

Monday, New Week and I see that I have time for one more album review and "Record Of The Week" before we close this year.

"Carry Fire" is the 11th solo release for the LED ZEPPELIN lead singer is backed by his band the Sensational Space Shifters and features a guest appearance from Chrissie Hynde from PRETENDERS.

Folkloric have been something that Robert Plant always have embraced during his carer as a singer and songwriter. I am referring to the tales of the occult, Vikings and even Tolkien that we heard in the tunes of LED ZEPPELIN or the more folk traditions and myths that he has been working around during his solo carrier. With "Carry Fire" he dives deep into international folk forms and blends both musical, cultural and ancient lyrics with yesterday’s entries and creates something flavouring as "Carry Fire".

"Carry Fire" is a very detailed, ambitious and very direct album, it's so full of life that you get happy inside when you get this a spin.

The first cut "The May Queen" is a atmospherics piece with a spicy from Americana, lovely lyrics. The guitars ricochet throughout the spiritual tune "New World" until the more straightforward love song "Season's Song" and "Dance With You", two magical pieces that could be played at a any feast. "Carving Up the World" sounds like a mix between the 60's rock and African rhythms and goes in the same steps as the title tune, but "Carry Fire" has a more Indian flavour added to the sound. "A Way With Words" could been a collaboration with THÅSTRÖM, it's naked, slow, gray and slightly industrial with alot of motions and feelings. "Bones Of Saints", slight guitars with a ruffling drums shows another side of Plant, Americana with a Blues and Folk in a mix sounds pretty good here. "Keep It Hid", another slight Industrial tune, muffling bassline, guitars that stands out and a sentimental and groovy vocal makes this a tune to stand out, I really dig this. "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" Industrial Blues, modern but still retro, or ancient, a tune that I just love, specially Chrissie Hyndes part, suits this tune perfect. The album closes up with the mystique half pace "Heaven Sent", a emotional and historical piece.

Sum: Plant wears his years proudly and have released a magnificent album.

Robert Plant is out touring atm to supprt his new album, see the rest of the tour dates below.
Today's tune "Carry Fire" the title tune of the album, Enjoy!

Jools Holland regular & Led Zeppelin Front Man Album Interview 2017

Upcoming Tourdates:
11/12/17 PORTSMOUTH, UK Guildhall Sold out
12/12/17 BIRMINGHAM, UK Symphony hall Sold out
2/09/18 RALEIGH, NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Sold out
2/11/18 CHARLOTTE, NC Ovens Auditorium Sold out
2/12/18 NORFOLK, VA Chrysler Hall Sold out
2/14/18 NYC, NY Beacon Theatre Sold out
2/16/18 BOSTON, MA Orpheum Theatre Sold out
2/17/18 TORONTO, ON Massey Hall Sold out
2/20/18 CHICAGO, IL Riviera Theatre Sold out
2/22/18 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Orpheum Theatre Sold out
2/24/18 DENVER, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre Sold out
2/26/18 PHOENIX, AZ Symphony Hall Sold out
2/28/18 OAKLAND, CA Fox Theater Sold out
3/02/18 LOS ANGELES, CA Orpheum Theatre Sold out
23/03/18 SYDNEY, AUS State Theatre
26/03/18 SYDNEY, AUS Sydney Opera House
27/03/18 SYDNEY, AUS Sydney Opera House
30/03/18 BYRON BAY, AUS Byron Bay Bluesfest
01/04/18 MELBOURNE, AUS Palais Theatre
02/04/18 MELBOURNE, AUS Palais Theatre
05/04/18 ADELAIDE, AUS Thebarton Theatre
08/04/18 PERTH, AUS Riverside Theatre

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cock Sparrer - One By One

Sunday, time for a classic.

Today we pick a tune from the classic band COCK SPARRER that played at Kraken, here in Stockholm last night. A marvellous show as usal. Rarely do a band get the reaction that these guys do, they really know how to deliver a good evening and the set list was full of classics. A COCK SPARRER show is an event. It’s like cup final day. A family singalong. Theirs is a career in reverse, they’re bigger now than they ever were. Regularly headlining all the major punk festivals in Europe and occasionally hitting the US to headline events such as Punk Rock Bowling and Riot Fest.

COCK SPARRER are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history.

2017 sees them celebrate their 45th Anniversary. Also the same year for the bands release “FOREVER”, their first album since 2007s Lars Frederiksen (RANCID) produced album "Here We Stand". 45 years on, still five blokes in a pub, five mates having a laugh, more than just a band.

The thing about Sparrer is that they're not just a band. They are childhood friends and have been making a noise since they got together way back in 1972. They were playing, drinking, going to football and generally making a nuisance of themselves when the late 1970s punk scene started in London. Finally it seemed that there were hundreds of like minded people with the same attitude.

However, the boys were from the wrong side of town and didn’t quite fit in with the ‘art school’ scene - they were more at home on the terraces wearing jeans and Dr Martens boots than being fashion victims in bondage trousers. They’ve always done things the way they wanted to. As Punk ended up with its own set of rules they were always on the outside as they just didn’t buy into it.

Despite being courted by SEX PISTOLS manager Malcolm McLaren (who they turned away for not buying a round of drinks), early tours with the SMALL FACES, THIN LIZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, SLADE amongst others and a record deal with Decca, the ‘music industry’ just wasn’t ready for COCK SPARRER.

Today's tune "One By One" from the band's new LP "Forever!", enjoy!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Primitive Man - Victim

Hard and peculiar is something the Denver’s nihilistic trio PRIMITIVE MAN shows associated with the video to the tune "Victim", a track taken from their second full-length album "Caustic", released on Relapse Records October 6th, 2017.

"Caustic" offering of soul-crushing blackened doom and noise-ridden claustrophobia, it's dirty, well-made and full of anger, like the contractions of childbirth or when you get hit with a concert block right in your face.

Recorded and produced at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (COBALT, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION). "Caustic" is for anyone who enjoys some pain with their pleasure.

Vinyl version

Today's tune "Victim" is 6 minutes of bloodcurdling howls, abysmal tones and dense, unsettling feedback spewing forth a cesspool of utter misery. The video was Produced By: Dirt City Studios, Trill Kommand, Directed By: Neil Barrett, Marcos Morales

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Grave Pleasures - Infatuation Overkill

GRAVE PLEASURES is Finland's most notorious Post-Punk band.

There are still those rare bands out there in the world that have a unique ability to combine macabre, mystifying rock with a more pop-oriented flare, a la early BOWIE or early THE CURE. GRAVE PLEASURES are such a band that is equally suited for playing on a stadium stage, or in some Lynchian nightmare. It’s that duality and electrifying contradiction that makes their music so exhilarating.

Lead guitarist Juho Vanhanen (ORANSSI PAZUZU) steps up to write the majority of the songs together with British-born outcast McNerney (HEXVESSEL, ex- BEASTMILK/DHG/CODE). His screaming telecaster and unique interplay of discord and harmony has become a trademark of the band’s sound. Together with guitarist Aleksi Kiiskilä (ex - KOHU 63), their strings shimmer, hammer and howl out a web of sound which is distinctly GRAVE PLEASURES. Fleshed out by the hypnotic signature rhythms of Valtteri Arino (ex- BEASTMILK) on bass and Rainer Tuomikanto frenetically pounding the funeral drums (AJATTRA, ex- SHINING Swe), this group of well established punks have started to reach up to their zenith on their sordid new testament "Motherblood".

"Motherblood" was recorded at Orgone Studios in the UK with Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ULVER, HOST, PARADISE LOST) in March 2017. The studio was suitably situated on the site of an old WW2 coding bunker and brought with it the isolation of the bleak British countryside. The setting helped give the album an intense and smiling urgency that picks up where 80s UK bands such as MAGAZINE, THE WIRE and ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN left off, but never stopping long enough to look back too much into the past. Featuring guest vocals from David Tibet from CURRENT 93, the band sets the tone for their inspirations, from the esoteric underground of England’s hidden reverse to Manchester’s sound of misery. With their own metallic raw tone clashed with pop hooks, "Motherblood" is a furiously passionate and contemporary record, which re-defines post-punk as a “war-cry for the eternally doomed.”

Following the recording, they were asked to support their heroes KILLING JOKE on a short tour of Europe during June 2017. Debuting upcoming album songs to a newly captivated and eager audience, "Motherblood’s" fallout had begun. Come Fall 2017, the album will be out and detonated, let loose upon the world by Century Media Records.


Mat McNerney (Hexvessel, ex- BEASTMILK/DHG/Code) – Vocals
Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu) – Guitars
Aleksi Kiiskilä (KOHU 63) – Guitars
Valtteri Arino (BEASTMILK) – Bass
Rainer Tuomikanto (AJATTRA, ex- SHINING Swe) - Drums


“Dreamcrash” album CD/LP 2015 Sony Columbia/Metal Blade “Funeral Party” 7” 2016 Secret Trees “Motherblood” album CD/LP 2017 Century Media Records

Today's tune "Infatuation Overkill" is taken from the latest album "Motherblood" released in September 29th.

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