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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Breakout Festival Brighton 2014 - Interviews (The Qemists & River Becomes Ocean)



 
The Qemists Logo
Check out my interview with The Qemists, the headlining act of the second stage Uprawr at this year's first ever Breakout Festival in Brighton back in September up now on Planet Loud TV here:

http://www.planetloud.tv/uncategorized/the-qemists-we-want-heavy-music-to-be-party-music



River Becomes Ocean Photo by M.Keeler

Also check out my interview with River Becomes Ocean who also played on the Uprawr stage at Breakout Festival! http://www.planetloud.tv/interviews/river-becomes-ocean-talk-about-an-incredible-first-six-months

http://www.planetloud.tv/
http://breakoutfestival.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/theqemists
https://www.facebook.com/RiverBecomesOcean

Monday, 27 October 2014

MammothFest 2015 - Set to Stampede Brighton - News & Tickets on Sale!!
















Following on from the success of this year's Mammothfest back in August, which featured headliners, Savage Messiah and Martyr Defiled along with support from Meta-Stasis, Ingested, Abhorrent Decimation, Mask Of Judas, Collisions, No Sin Evades His Gaze and many many more mighty metal offerings, comes news about the next epic Mammothfest 2015 which is massive in comparison to this year's event, as it will be held over 3 days at 3 venues due to overwhelming support! The dates and venues are as follows:


  • Friday 2nd October – The Haunt
  • Saturday 3rd October – The Green Door Store & The Prince Albert
  • Sunday 4th October – The Green Door Store & The Prince Albert
The festival is so sure of success again that they have bravely released early bird tickets for next year with no band announcements to go with it! Although the festival organisers have pinned down some immense acts already who surely will be ready to destroy our eardrums!
 
Early discount price tickets for the whole weekend have been released in a limited quantity at only £30, three days - three venues, only £30.
 
This year sees another giant leap forward for Mammothfest Merch too, with early bird ticket purchases comes a whopping 20% discount on anything in stock, as well as for preorders, but be quick because again, this is for a limited time ONLY!

Head to
http://mammothfest.smashthecompetition.co.uk/product-category/tickets-official-merchandise to check out the new Hoodie, shot glasses, hip flask, and a whole load more suited to every pocket. Some would make fabulous stock fillers for your beloved metal fan partner.
Roll on October 2015, when the mighty Mammoth will roar again!
Website: www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk
Tickets and Merch:
http://bit.ly/Mammothfest2015
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Mammothfest
Twitter: @Mammothfest14
Email:
info@mammothmetalfestival.co.uk 

Also following on from the success of this years event, Mammothfest has been nominated for "Best metropolitan festival 2014" so please take a minute to vote for Mammothfest!! Vote here: http://www.festivalawards.com/vote




Mammothfest 2014 - The Crowd are having a blast! Photo By Ajit Dutta - Raid Studios

Mammothfest 2014 - Abhorrent Decimation tearing it up! Photo by Ajit Dutta - Raid Studios
      
 
 
 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Alestorm Live Review: Concorde 2 Brighton 12/10/14

 
 
 

It’s a Sunday Night and many of us will have work in the morning but that’s not stopping us from packing out the venue at Concorde 2 in Brighton where a mass of pirates have descended to witness Alestorm’s Piratefest..
The first support act Red Rum, are such a superb and appropriate band to support the mighty swash buckling scallywag’s that are Alestorm! Sometimes the first support band doesn’t grab the crowd’s attention, but Red Rum didn’t suffer this fate! They had the crowd dancing, singing and stomping their feet like they were crew on the decks of a drunken pirate party! This six piece neoclassical pirate metal band from East Midlands showed Brighton a hell of a good and hearty time, especially with their brilliant Lord Of The Rings rendition which fitted in nicely with their set! If you weren’t a fan before today you will be now!

The second support act, Lagerstein hailing from Australia who describe themselves as ‘drunken pirate metal’ keep up the momentum and cheers of the rather fittingly ‘drunken’ wannabe Pirates from what I saw of their performance, and pave the way for the headliner act!
The primary reason all us pirate loving fans are here is for the main act that is Alestorm! They open their set with the first song, “Walk The Plank” from their incredible new album, “Sunset On The Golden Age”, which seems a good place to start – there was many a crowd surfer that ‘walked the plank’ so to speak, by being carried along by the crowd and dropping down when they reach the stage which front man, Christopher Bowes thoroughly enjoyed seeing and said, “I want to see more people crowd surfing and breaking bones!” – What a scallywag!! They of course played a number of new songs, including a new Alestorm fan favourite, for its catchy typical pirate themes, “Drink”, which went down a storm with the crowd madly dancing and screaming in unison, “We are here to drink your beer!”, and throughout their set, everyone pretty much joined in every way possible along to other classic fan favourites such as, “Shipwrecked”, “Keelhauled”, “The Sunk’n Norwegian” and “Wenches & Mead”! Here lies a rowdy and merry crowd to soak up the funny yet serious delights of piratical metal! They also offered some random brilliant amusing moments amongst their set, including, front man, Christopher bringing out “Gary Monkey Bastard” (monkey) puppet, and a strange and difficult staring contest between bassist ,Gareth Murdock and guitarist, Dani Evans who through all the smoke can barely even see each other, but nonetheless Gareth reigns worthy! Front man of Australian Folk Pirate Metal band, Lagerstein joined and performed briefly with Alestorm also! I think everyone who attended can all agree that Alestorm deserve a massive ‘Yo Ho Ho’ to cheer them for a highly fun, memorable and enjoyable night!


Alestorm: http://www.thepiratebay.com
Red Rum: http://www.redrummetal.com/
Lagerstein: http://www.lagerstein.com/

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Blood Sugar Summer - “The Most Photographed Woman On The Planet" Single Review






Are you ready to hear something different?! Then look no further, listen to Blood Sugar Summer’s single, “The Most Photographed Woman On The Planet”, which is bound to be one of the most distinctive and peculiar songs you have heard!! This duo from Northumbrian, consisting of Benjo James (Vocals/Keys) and Jack Wilson (Guitars) have created their own unique and compelling genre with surprising elements!..
The interesting and intriguing titled single opens with an air of spacey ethereal opening synths, deep gothic inspired vocals and melancholic lyrics, such as, “She was so lonely the girl, murdered by fame”, and “The world broke her heart”, which together with the dazzling contrasting pop sounds make their, ‘doomwave’ sound which seems appropriate to describe! The sound is somewhat perplexing with dark undertones through the vocals and distorted guitars, and then coated with shimmering upbeat synths creating a weird and wonderful experience!

Fancy a bit of upbeat gloom to level things out? Then this creative duo are for you! I think they are one act to watch out for and with their mini debut album, "Birthed By Wolves" due imminently, I can't wait to hear what strange sublime sounds it will contain!
 
The inspiring duo that make Blood Sugar Summer
 
 
You must be curious, so listen to the single in question here! https://soundcloud.com/blood-sugar-summer/the-most-photographed-woman-on-the-planet-master

Saturday, 4 October 2014

ARJUN - CORE Album Review





 
 
 
This three piece instrumental act from New York have put in a lot of effort to form their own unique sound by using elements of rock, jazz and experimentalism, and now they are back with their follow up to their trilogy "Space”, which was the first in a three-album trilogy, with the second ‘piece’ of the puzzle, “CORE” to untangle more creativity from the band..
 
Opening song, “Rocks” has a hopeful feel to it before sliding into a plethora of carefully constructed melodies and tones which help unravel a story solely through the use of clever instrumentation. You are left hanging on to every note that resonates out…
“Deep Impact” continues this notion and the drums stand out more here, complementing the bass beats and melodic guitar riffs, along with a superb solo which highlights Arun’s talents further.
Single “Core” changes dynamics, opening on a warped spacey experimental sound, then quickly transpires to a jazz blues vibe, infused with slick intricate melodies which help create a chilled sound with the help of jazz keyboard/organ player, John Medeski.
Starting out on mellow soft sounds, “Crystalline” then jumps into an upbeat jazz rock number which is superbly catchy, with memorable guitars and rhythms. “Lavalust” grabs you with a brilliant bass line intro and drum work which progresses in an unexpected manner. But not in a bad way, as it escalates into soulful changeable skilled instrumentation, making this one of the most unpredictable and developmental songs, all the while flowing wonderfully.
“Alchemy” contains ambient sounds which are created through riffs unfolding and guiding us along this musical journey – the title of this song is rather fitting for their sound, being an almost magical process of transformation and combination!
So we reach the end with, “Within You” the longest song, which features lower slower tones, with relaxed quiet atmospheric drums and bass to accompany, making it a perfect song to sit back and contemplate and lose yourself in whilst enjoying the joyful mix of sounds!
Anyone who truly appreciates good music can revel and escape in this masterful instrumental album! This second venture and recreation of their sound they have pulled off to a huge degree, doing what they hoped to achieve, by the instruments powerful structure and use of intelligible melodies to deliver a musical story which will stick with you long after!


Website: http://arjunmusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ARJUNmusiclive
Twitter: https://twitter.com/arjunmusic

Soundcloud link for “Core": Single: https://soundcloud.com/arjunmusic/core-featuring-john-medeski

Youtube link for "Core" Single: http://youtu.be/ESe_GIzt-MU?list=UUUTs7c_TOB1Gk62PPUsFDrQ

Free Download of Single "Crystalline": http://www.arjuncore.com

Buy album here: http://www.arjuncore.com/core

 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Issue 27 Stencil Mag - Featuring Bring Me The Horizon, Opeth, Dragonforce, Young Guns & More!

 
 
 
The new issue of Stencil mag has landed! This issue features some seriously awesome interviews from the likes of front cover band, Bring Me The Horizon, Dragonforce, New Found Glory, Opeth and loads more! It also features great reviews, including my reviews of The Gaslight Anthem, RX Bandits, The Color Morale, Royal Blood, Emarosa and Hands Like Houses!

Check this all out for free here: http://en.calameo.com/books/003947070cd0829f426a5