Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spirit Of Rock Presents Ramblin’ Man Fair


Spirit Of Rock Presents
Ramblin’ Man Fair
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK
28th, 29th & 30th July 2017


ANNOUNCE FURTHER ACTS
Line Up Artwork - https://we.tl/I02bJHmNtL

U.F.O (UK Festival Exclusive)

Press Shot - https://we.tl/H9CRFhwQaP


Scorpion Child 
Toseland 
Stone Broken 
Caitlin Koch 
 

Praise for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2016
 “Only UK Festival of its kind, superbly organised, top notch food, great music!” – Daily Express
“Ramblin’ Man Fair looks good on paper. But it’s even better in practice” – Kerrang Magazine
“Ramblin’ Man Fair is festival heaven for fans of rock, prog, blues and country” – The Sun 
"The latest boutique festival is a huge success, rocking all weekend"- Classic Rock Magazine
“A Cracking Festival” –Sunday Mirror

 

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful second year in 2016, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2017!
Ramblin’ Man Fair is the must see event for discerning festival goers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances. The event is a unique experience fast becoming a staple of the UK festival calendar.

The festival will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

Ramblin’ Man Fair for the first time adds a third day, The festival will now be open from 4pm on Friday 28th July with the first wave of bands announced below!

The festival will be split into four stages over three days. Stages announced so far include Planet Rock Mainstage, Prog In the Park Stage, Outlaw Country Stage and Blues Stage. New for 2017 is a Guest stage unique to next year’s event more details of which will emerge in a later release. Announced acts to date are:
 

Friday 28th July
Planet Rock Main Stage
Saxon (Main Stage Headliner) 
Y&T
Last in Line
Graham Bonnet Band 

Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th July

Planet Rock Main Stage
ZZ Top (Main Stage Headliner / UK Festival exclusive)
Extreme (Main Stage Headliner / UK Festival exclusive)
Black Star Riders (Special Guests)
U.F.O (Special Guests / UK Festival exclusive)
Dokken (UK Exclusive)
Supersonic Blues Machine (First Ever UK Show)
Glenn Hughes
Blues Pills
Monster Truck
Danny Worsnop
Toseland
British Lion
Jared James Nichols
Stone Broken

Prog in the Park Stage
Kansas (Prog in the Park Stage Headliner)
Magnum
Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash
Focus
I Am The Morning
The Gift


Blues Stage
Joanne Shaw Taylor (Blues Stage Headliner)
The Quireboys (Blues set)
Tyler Bryant
Aaron Keylock
Big Boy Bloater

Outlaw Country Stage
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (Headliner)

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
Steve “N” Seagulls
Ghoultown

Whiskey Dick
Jessica Lynn
Caitlin Koch

Grooverider Stage
Rival Sons (Headliner)
Vintage Caravan
The Kyle Gass Band
The Picture Books
Scorpion Child
Lionize
Dirty Thrills 




 


Information on just added bands:

U.F.O (Planet Rock Mainstage) – Multi-million selling classic British hard rock / metal legends UFO will make their first appearance at Ramblin’ Man Fair as special guests of ZZ Top on Sunday 30th July. Formed in London in 1969, UFO have been cited as huge influence  to some of the biggest bands of all time, such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and many more . UFO’s magnificent 22nd album, ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ released in February 2015, was universally hailed by the media as one of the best albums the band have ever made. It will be honour to see them grace the main stage at this year’s festival.


Toseland (Planet Rock Mainstage) – Toseland is the band fronted by James Toseland. Since their critically acclaimed debut album “Renegade” in 2014, the band have developed into one of the most exciting new British rock bands, supporting the likes of Status Quo, Reef, The Darkness and playing storming sets at Download and Hard Rock Calling. 2016 saw them release follow up album “Cradle The Rage” which was produced by Toby Jepson (Little Angels) and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC). This is Toseland’s second visit to Ramblin’ Man Fair.


Scorpion Child (Grooverider Stage) – Infused with the bluesy swagger and the semi-mystic, thunderous kick-drum assault of iconic bands like Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Rainbow and Black Sabbath, hard-hitting Austin, Texas-based quintet Scorpion Child offer up a heady mix of classic rock, old school heavy metal and Southwest-kissed psych-rock.

Friday only ticket General Admission - £45*
Friday only ticket VIP - £65*

Weekend General Admission – £150.00*
Weekend VIP - £250.00*
*Subject to booking Fee

Day Tickets Now On Sale at 
Day General Admission - £85*
Day VIP Admission - £125*
*Subject to booking Fee

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Massive Wagons release charity single and video in memory of the late Rick John Parfitt.

Massive Wagons release charity single and video in memory of the late Rick John Parfitt.
 
Christmas eve 2016. A day that should be remembered for all the good things in life, family, friends and good cheer. However for many, including the guys in Massive Wagons it will also be remembered as the day Rick John Parfitt was no longer with us. Back To The Stack is Massive Wagons way of saluting their hard rocking, heavy riffing hero and sending him off their way, and what better way could there be?

Back To The Stack is the first brand new track by the Lancashire five piece to be released as a single since their critically acclaimed album Welcome To The World in April 2016, and the first new music to emerge from the writing sessions for album number 4. As well as writing the band continue to play heavily around the UK and into Europe during the run up to festival season.

The lads tribute to Rick was aired live for the first time to a sold out Manchester Ritz while touring in support of the rock legends The Wildhearts. The packed theatre most certainly approved, chanting Ricks name and raising their glasses to the main man, such is the love for the heaviest right hand in rock.

Back To The Stack is set for worldwide release Monday 24th Aprilalong with the accompanying HD Video. Proceeds are going directly to The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Rest in peace Rick John Parfitt.
 



 See Massive Wagons Live:

11/03/2017 Legends Of Rock Great Yarmouth
22/04/2017 Diamond Rock Club Ireland
12/05/2017 Silja Rock Cruise Sweden/Finland
27/05/2017 Breaking Bands Stoke
03/06/2017 Camden Rocks Camden
09/06/2017 Skullfest    Belgium
16/06/2017 The Scene Swansea
17/06/2017 Stone Free o2 Arena London
22/07/2017 Amplified Festival     Gloucestershire
05/08/2017 Cumbria Rock Festival Whitehaven
27/08/2017 Rockwich       Prestwich
24/11/2017 Winter storm      Troon 




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Immolation seek no remorse as they offer up an 11-track 'Atonement'

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 08, 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Immolation seek no remorse as they offer up an 11-track 'Atonement'

CATCHY. There's a word you rarely hear in terms of death metal songs, but seek and ye shall find... And, NY act Immolation have managed that feat as they pound out their trademark blast and battering on the unremitting excellence of their 10th studio album 'Atonement'.

So far, so normal for fans considering purchasing the 11-track album. However, this takes the darkness is an unrelenting vision of the four-piece's view of the world, both lyrically and musically.

We're going to go out on a limb (a diseased gangrenous limb, of course) and say that this is possibly the most complete Immolation album in their almost 30-years history of the band.

Whether it is Paul Orofino's production or the mix and mastering of Zach Ohren but an alchemic elixir has been distilled from the elements of the band.

But, this is not a monochromatic death metal release in terms of pacing and lay-out. Take for example 'Rise The Heretic' - after a minute of full-on there is a delicate change of pace, with atonal elements amid the unrelenting riffing, before around two minutes 40 and a clean, brief few seconds before the assault is renewed.

Bouks and Vigna have managed to retain balance in their playing throughout - understanding that the best of death metal isn't afraid to orchestrate each track.

There is also an element of brooding tension on each song, no more than on 'Thrown To The Fire' and 'Lower'.

Dolan's words are impassioned throughout, with a dystopian jaundiced eye cast upon the failings of mankind. Lyrics and music mated in an unholy unity.

What Immolation have managed here is take their existing formula, reach back to the earlier MB releases, take the success of 'Kingdom of Conspiracy' and its vision and build yet further. The darkness within seeks 'Atonement' and in 2017 death is what can provide penance.

Review by Jonathan Traynor
Atonement is out now on Nuclear Blast.
Immolation are on tour with Vader, with a Dublin date coming in April

ALBUM REVIEW: Warbringer add more strings to their bow on Woe To The Vanquished


ALBUM REVIEW: Warbringer add more strings to their bow on Woe To The Vanquished

SINCE their first release in 2008 it is fair to say that Warbringer have been one of those thrash acts that for a time seemed to be caught, at times, in a bit of a rut, but always promised to be one of the better bands treading their metal wares.

However, their new album 'Woe To The Vanquished' takes all the promise, pumps it up to 10 and unleashes something that is sure to be treasured in future years - and contains their magnum opus.

Most of the album takes the Warbringer template and enhance it with more poise. In fact what they do on this album is rein it in at times to ensure the effect is more rounded, without sacrificing - for want of a better word - the metal.

Indeed it is clear that there is a purity of approach, such as on the title track with its pacing and solo trade offs between Carrol and Becker.

Enhancing their overall sound is what is sometimes used when a band tries something a little different - the 'P' word. Add any change-up, different arrangement, or different solo and suddenly assorted people latch on and declare that there is progressive elements. It's not progressive to try and bring new elements to a band; it's called evolving as a unit and as individual musicians.

Don't be mistaken, however, that Warbringer are walking away from the thrash and can still deliver a straightforward smack in the face, such as on 'Shellfire'.

Lyrically the take on contemporary and historic events is more impressive as Keevil wrestles with topics such a the perception, right or wrong, that law enforcement in the US acts as if it is an armed militia rather than a police force on 'Remain Violent'

One song of particular note is 'Spectral Asylum', which achieves the remarkable feat of making a thrash track sound almost trippy and psychedelic. Tasty take on what Mastodon do without ripping off, just putting their stamp as they progress as a band (and, no it's not a fucking progressive metal track!)

We must come at some stage to consider the 11-minte plus closer 'When The Guns Fell Silent'. Opening with Keevil reciting a section for war poet Siegfried Sassoon's "Prelude: The Troops" the song is split into five sections, one of which draws on Gilbert Frankau's 'The Voice Of The Guns'. The song could have sounded verbose and bloated, but touches on the subject matter of the suffering of soldiers on the battlefield in a sensitive way: no glorification, no posturing, just a touching observation.

Elements of melody in Keevil's singing , balanced playing from all - this is the band's magnum opus, their finest achievement to date. Like all masterpieces there are a few tiny flaws, but 'When The Guns Fell Silent' is a great song; a song that you end up coming back to again and again.

And, this is an album that we will be playing long after the review is completed...

Review by Jonathan Traynor

ALBUM REVIEW: Daxx & Roxane conjure up the spirit of the 80s on Ticket To Rock

ALBUM REVIEW: Daxx & Roxane conjure up the spirit of the 80s on Ticket To Rock

AHH the 1980s, the decade when hard rock was in its ascendancy, when rock and metal acts stood shoulder to shoulder and outmuscled the pop acts on shows such as Top of the Pops and The Tube - even the BBC Newsround Children's show featured Bon Jovi's release of 'Slippery When Wet'....

Thanks to the influence of benevolent hard rockin' parents generations have been exposed to those glorious sounds of Def Leppard, DC, Scorpions and all their ilk. As we look, blinking towards the next decade a new tranche of bands are re-kindling the spirit of the 80s, bringing riff packed joy.

The latest of which to cross the doors of metal mansion goes by the moniker Daxx & Roxane. A Swiss-act. Now immediately thinking of Krokus and their hits such as 'Bedside Radio' and 'Long Stick Goes Boom'. A few listens of Dax & Roxane new album 'Ticket To Rock' and the comparison is justified as it seems this four-piece can re-kindle that love of big tunes.

From the off this album is one that gets the feet-tapping and irresistible urge to strap on your air guitar.

While some may have heard the wondrous track 'Wrong Side' on various radio stations, there is many more great tunes on this release. The rocket ride of 'Good Vibes' and the stomp of 'What Was' showcase a band that knows the licks, knows the arrangements that work.

Many an act would be afraid to harken back to tried and trusted formulae and while it largely works there is one-misstep on the Jovi/Lepps 'Leaving Tomorrow' which is the only track that sounds a little-dated.

On the other hand on 'Wild Child' the trusted formula seems to have been injected with element X to give it a kick up the hindmost quarters; as does album closer 'Hard Rockin' Man'.

The bracketing of the title track opening with 'Hard Rockin' Man' gives the album a sense of completeness in its overall attitude to play what they love and play it well.

There are some who regard this type of hard rock as retrograde; not advancing in any way. However, that is to somewhat miss the point. Daxx & Roxane take what could be a tired sounding type of rock by the scruff of the neck, gives it a good shake and makes it sound just energetic but relevant.

'Ticket to Rock' is a fine slab of balls-out rock and roll.

Review by Jonathan Traynor

Ticket to Rock is out now on Justice Brothers Records

Massive Wagons release charity single and video in memory of Rick Parfitt ahead of Diamond Rock Club date


THURSDAY, MARCH 09, 2017

NEWS: Massive Wagons release charity single and video in memory of Rick Parfitt ahead of Diamond Rock Club date

CHRISTMAS Eve 2016. A day that should be remembered for all the good things in life, family, friends and good cheer…

However for many, including the guys in Massive Wagons it will also be remembered as the day Quo's Rick John Parfitt was no longer with us. ‘Back To The Stack’ is Massive Wagons way of saluting their hard rocking, heavy riffing hero and sending him off their way, and what better way could there be?

‘Back To The Stack’ is the first brand new track by the Lancashire five piece to be released as a single since their critically acclaimed album 'Welcome To The World' in April 2016 (our review is here), and the first new music to emerge from the writing sessions for album number four.

As well as writing the band continue to play heavily around the UK and into Europe during the run up to festival season – with a date in the Diamond Rock Club on 22nd April as part of the run of dates.


The tribute to Rick was aired live for the first time to a sold out Manchester Ritz while touring in support of the rock legends The Wildhearts.
The packed theatre most certainly approved, chanting Ricks name and raising their glasses to the main man, such is the love for the heaviest right hand in rock.

‘Back To The Stack’ is set for worldwide release Monday 24th April, along with the accompanying HD Video.

Proceeds are going directly to The Teenage Cancer Trust. 


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

‘Follow Me’ The new album – out April 28th!


‘Follow Me’
The new album – out April 28th!



Check out the new single from the album ‘Killing Ourselves to Live’ (featuring a guest appearance from Destruction main man Schmeir!)

and

the first release, ‘Let Me Out’

After a successful thirteen-year career, Sister Sin called it a day in 2015. Undeterred, front woman and musical force of nature Liv Sin formed a new band and began work on her debut solo album. ‘Follow Me’ is the stunning result!
Liv comments; ‘For me, it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss SISTER SIN, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that’s who I am!’
Co-produced by long time ACCEPT and U.D.O. member Stefan Kaufmann and U.D.O. bassist Fitty Wienhold. ‘Follow Me’ captures Liv at the peak of her abilities, focused and powerful.
‘Follow Me’ will be released via Despotz Records, April 28th 2017.
On the collaboration with Stefan, Liv states: ‘I’m truly excited to work with Stefan! He is an incredible musician and a long time metal hero. I think he brings that extra bit to my music with his lifelong experience from both ACCEPT and U.D.O.’ Kaufmann adds; ’When Liv called me and asked to produce her new project together with Fitty, of course I said yes! Liv has talent, and I am sure it will be a blast.’

About Liv Sin:
From the gutters of southern Sweden, Liv Jagrell emerged as a major force as lead singer for hard rock band SISTER SIN. Throughout their thirteen-year career, SISTER SIN sold thousands of records and toured the world on high-profile tours, supporting the likes of SLAYER and KING DIAMOND and as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as well as the Revolver magazine “Hottest Chicks In Metal” tour. SISTER SIN toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock. When SISTER SIN called it quits at the end of 2015, Liv knew that she had much more to offer the world and her fans. From this, LIV SIN was born. The new music shows the power and attitude that Liv is known for.

Tracklist:
1. The Fall
2. Hypocrite
3. Let Me Out
4. Black Souls
5. Godless Utopia
6. Endless Roads
7. Killing Ourselves to Live (featuring Schmeir from Destruction)
8. I’m Your Sin
9. Emperor of Chaos
10. Immortal Sin
11. The Beast Inside

Lineup:
Liv Jagrell - Vocals
Patrick Ankemark - Lead Guitar
Per Bjelovuk - Drums
Tommie Winther - Bass
Chris Bertzell - Guitar

Monday, 6 March 2017

TWELVE FOOT NINJA @ ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA.

TWELVE FOOT NINJA @ ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA.

Live Review – Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia.
Reviewed by Craig Grant: What a night we have lined up tonight with Twelve Foot Ninja touring the colossal, ‘Outlier’ album on the Sick Tour. The ticket says doors at 8pm but we find out that the Ninjas won’t be on stage until 10:45pm. This leads to the bars being chocka and bodies everywhere. Luckily we have a few bands to get things going, but warming up is not too much of an issue as it’s a hot and sticky night in Adelaide. Back to the bar again to hydrate.
First up we have Colibrium and this is a first for me as I haven’t come across the band before. They released their first album early last year and I have managed to miss that as well but thankfully I was here to see them play tonight. The five-piece play progressive rock that is fast becoming mainstream and I was blown away by the tone and the strength of the performance by the band. The set was nicely put together for what is a fairly eclectic crowd. Excellent performance and I’ll be catching up with the band at some stage as their first album, ‘In Balance’, which I listened to after the gig, is an immense album for a first outing. You can find the album here and drop the digital needle on the first track, ‘Alien’ to get an idea what Colibrium are all about. Great start to the night and the band are getting nods of approval from the arms-folded, guitar-tech fans standing next to me.
Quick changeover, a sharp bar visit, and it’s time for Japam. In the words of their bass player, ‘Hi, we are JAPAM, yes that’s right JA-PAM’. So I’ve got no idea what a Japam is either but the five piece put together a set that got the early adopters going and a nice little mosh starts at centre stage and grows over the first few songs. Like Colibrium, Japam are an Adelaide band, but they have more bounce in their music compared to the band on stage before them. There is also a strong hint of 90s, or even early 00s, in their music. More pop than Colibrium, and I use that term in a radio edit sense, but they got the crowd going. Fun, fast, jangling guitars and high energy; with a nod to the excellent drumming of Jack Thomson, who got amongst it, and smashed it out the park. Not a sound I normally go for but the interaction between Japam and the increasingly well-oiled crowd was worth the admission price alone.
Time for the Ninjas and I’m down the front camera in hand. The band comes on, the place goes mental and I have a shoe between my camera lens and the band. The body drops to the ground but he is on his feet like a startled gazelle and back into the mosh he goes. Ten shots taken and I’ve moved from the stage to three rows back and I haven’t touched the ground. The Ninjas have hit the stage like an express train and it’s a shock to the senses. The Ninja pants, the crazy Ninja shoes and the technically perfect, though ear drum rattling, sound that comes from the band is right on the money. It’s crazy time and there is a lot of energy in the room.
The faces, the shirts and the haircuts of the crowd tells you everything that you need to know about the Ninjas; their music is as eclectic as their fans. Hard progressive music, onto funk, to reggae and back to deep throbbing hard-driven riffs. It’s all there and it’s only the first song. Its song after song from the two albums and, even though they are great tracks on those releases, they take on a life of their own during the gig. Song of the night is, ‘Sick’….tired of being sick or sick of being tired. Or maybe it was, ‘One Hand Killing’, not sure. The battle weary crowd rise again and it’s going off. The band are just taking it all in their stride and the road crew are getting a workout, ‘escorting patrons’ from the stage. It’s one of the craziest nights we have had for a while…and that is saying something.
The rapport between this band and the crowds across Australia is amazing but it’s only one part of this band. The communication, the image, the guitar-tech and the range of progressive music is so well put together that the audience just laps it up. The Ninjas have been to Adelaide many times and every gig grows the band and they raise the bar. It’s an awesome set. The guy next to me is being helped to his feet after the mosh, huge grin on his face but only one sleeve on the shirt. It was that sort of night.
If you haven’t seen the Ninjas then there is no excuse, get out there and get on with it. Listen to, ‘Outlier’ and marvel at the scope of this band. Listening to metal for more years than I can recall I’m often wary of hype but whatever you have read about the Ninjas – it’s not enough! The Twelve Foot Ninjas are the real deal.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW AS PART OF EUROPEAN TOUR

ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW AS PART OF EUROPEAN TOUR

NEW ALBUM: “LYKAIA” OUT NOW
UDR is proud to announce a new addition to their great roster: SOEN. The band released their new album “Lykaia” on 3rd February 2017.

SOEN, the progressive GROUP featuring the otherworldly driven drumming of Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), have been taking another trip into uncharted waters for the past few months at Ghostward Studios and Deepwell, Stockholm, Sweden.

Their previous travels saw SOEN start to visualize, and explore their pathway, with 2012’s Cognitive undoubtedly drawing influence from modern progressive Rock characteristics before 2014’s Tellurian saw SOEN start to stride freely into their own power and unique visions. In fact, Tellurian was the album which saw the band embracing the experimental spirit of pioneering travelers like Pink Floyd while retaining the power, force and influence of Opeth and others.

SOEN’s music is so much more than an easy ‘category.’ “This has never been about genres, it’s always been about the journey we need to take both musically and personally,” says Lopez, “and what we´re working on right now is another adventure, another journey which in some ways is quite different again but also builds upon the experiences we’ve had over the last few years.”

This SOEN journey is more than that.

To support the release of “Lykaia”, SOEN will embark on a European tour, playing a headline show in London on 1st April @ O2 Academy 2 Islington.

“Lykaia” will be released on 3rd February 2017, both CD (first limited edition bonus tracks) and gatefold 180gr. vinyl with download card.


Track List
  1. Sectarian                 
  2. Orison    
  3. Lucidity
  4. Opal        
  5. Jinn                            
  6. Sister                        
  7. Stray                         
  8. Paragon 


For further information:
Valeria Laghezza: valeria@duffpress.co.uk - off: +44 (0) 20 7736 7611 – mob: +44 (0) 7449 705650
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