Swedish Death ‘n’ Roll trio Jesus Chrüesler Supercar have been confirmed as special guest act at Swedish Heavy Metal five-piece Bullet’s upcoming 02 Islington Academy headline gig in London on Wednesday 16th May. Jesus Chrüsler Supercar’s second album, ‘35 Supersonic’, released in April 2016 on Rodeostar/SPV, is a ferocious yet melodious, thoroughly uninhibited, storming mix of Rock, Punk, Doom and Death metal. Bullet’s stonking sixth studio album, ‘Dust To Gold’, recently released on Steamhammer/SPV has already won a host of rave reviews.
Tears In My Eyes 30/4/18
Due to be released on Friday 8th June, the aptly titled ‘XIII’ is the thirteenth studio album by the Norwegian Hard Rock band TNT. It features founding members Ronni Le Tekro (guitar) and Diesel Dahl (drums), alongside bassist Ove Husemoen and new vocalist Baol Bardot Bulsara, who has replaced the recently departed Tony Harnell. Hailing from Spain, Baol is a stunning singer whose debut with the band occurred in front of 8,000 rabid fans in November 2017 when the band opened for German Hard Rock legends Scorpions at a show in Oslo, Norway. TNT fans can expect the Melodic Rock and excellent playing they have grown accustomed to from the band over their storied career. Check out their new single 'Tears In My Eyes' which is today's Video Of The Day.
Heartfelt Blues 30/4/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from Beth Hart (pictured), Carolyn Gaines, Heather Newman, Kathy & The Kilowatts, Lori Oz, Meg Williams and Michele Malone.
The Record Company 29/4/18
Similar to yesterday, we are once again indebted to another one of our American correspondents, namely Rick Menniti for today's Video Of The Day. Rick went to see The Record Company in Charleston on Wednesday night, a band that write and play raw, sincere Rock n' Roll. Influenced by the rough honesty of their heroes - Bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early Punk bands like The Stooges and Rock greats like The Rolling Stones - their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a garage-sale Ludwig drum kit and the heartland-hued voice of Chris Vos, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm!
Well Fargo 29/4/18
36 years on from the release of their last album ‘F’ in 1982, cult German Hard Rock act Fargo have announced the arrival of a brand new studio LP, ‘Constellation’, on Friday 25th May on Steamhammer/SPV. ‘Constellation’ contains twelve contemporary, wonderfully laid-back classic Rock compositions, all effortlessly exuding the typical Fargo signature sound, not least their impressive recently released first single ‘Leave It’. Mention must also be made of the casually grooving ‘Don’t Talk’, the atmospheric ‘Cross To Bear’, ‘Losers Blues’, (reminiscent of the best of ZZ Top) and ‘Southern Breeze’, which incorporates no less than twenty Elvis hit single titles in the lyrics. Even original drummer Frank ‘Franky’ Tolle picked up his sticks again on ‘Buzz Buzz’ and ‘Don’t Talk’.
Hamlet At Sunset 29/4/18
Aaron Roterfeld is not the type of person who settles for half-measures! The Roterfeld frontman took a whole seven years to let the successor to his hit album 'Blood Diamond Romance' ripen. Now the Austrian rockers are finally back with 'Hamlet at Sunset' released this Friday 4th May, playing themselves into their very own, genre-crossing league. Roterfeld are not only rocking the long-awaited fans with their new single 'Bring Your Own Star To Life', but also millions of smartphones. Today's Track Of The Day and video was chosen by the social media app "Castl.rocks" for the worldwide smartphone release 2018.
G3 Summit 28/4/18
"Well you can take the boy out of Dream Theatre but you can't take the Tech Metal out of the boy as Petrucci's power trio opened up with a Prog instrumental version of the recent Wonder Woman theme tune 'Wrath Of The Amazons', Petrucci pumping his fist in the air before the heavy bass line of 'Jaws Of Life' from his solo album 'Suspended Animation' - with its to die for solo guitar ending. Wow. "Hello London" - the black bearded Petrucci greeted the crowd - "This is the Metal part of G3!" And he hammered home the point with some unbelievable fret work on 'The Happy Song' which did exactly what it said on the tin making the audience feel like they were on 'Cloud Ten'. The heavy riff of 'Damage Control' - which Petrucci recently admitted he struggles to play live (although it didn't show) - highlighted his awesome engine room, namely some neat sticks work from his Boston Dream Theater mucker and the baseball capped Mike Mangini plus a pounding bass guitar solo from Floridian Dave LaRue."
Read the whole of AJ's G3 Hammersmith Apollo gig review from Wednesday night here plus check out our Photo Gallery including Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (pictured) and Uli Jon Roth here (photo courtesy of Laurence Harvey).
Milan Rocks This Weekend 28/4/18
Frontiers Records Rock Festival V - an unmissable festival for all international Melodic and Hard Rock fans, takes place this weekend as usual at the Live Music Club in Trezzo Sull’Adda, Milan. One of the best venues in Italy with its large hall, first-class PA and wide external green area, it will feature 14 international bands from 3pm to midnight, with a few nice surprises thrown in to! Saturday's roster is Stryper, Quiet Riot, Michael Thompson Band, Praying Mantis, Ammunition, Bigfoot (Video Of The Day) and Hell In The Club, whilst Sunday includes Jorn, Coreleoni, FM, Pretty Boy Floyd, Issa, Animal Drive and Perfect Plan.
Tennessee Whiskey 28/4/18
We're indebted to our new Washington correspondent Christina Wallace for tipping us off about today's Track Of The Day - 'Tennessee Whiskey' by Chris Stapleton. The Nashville-endorsed outlaw spent a decade writing hits for stars like Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan before becoming an overnight sensation with solo debut 'Traveller' which lead to four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, and his first major hit, 'Nobody to Blame'.
G3 Apollo Photo Gallery 27/4/18
"Step forward German guitarist Uli Jon Roth, best know as Scorpions lead guitarist and one of the earliest contributors to the Neoclassical Metal genre - although the 63 year old's official tenure with Germany's famous Rock son's actually ended forty years ago. With his trademark (blue) bandana and his white moustache, Roth had strength in numbers with his six piece set up, opening with the Proggy instrumental 'Sky Overture' - an immediate opportunity to showcase one of his transcendental "Sky" guitars, all of which contain extra frets. "Good evening London" - Roth welcomed the crowd - using that well know German expression of "stating the bleedin' obvious" that they were in for a guitarfest tonight. And the signs were certainly good given the quality sound, lighting and backdrop of a big screen - even Roth's long hair was blowing and flowing as they launched into the driving Rock and vocal harmonies of 'Sun In My Hand'. Uli Jon dedicated Scorpion's 'We'll Burn The Sky' from 'Taken By Force' to his younger brother and fellow guitarist Zeno who tragically died just over two months ago - its poignancy not only hitting home because of Zeno's photo projected on the big screen, but also the fact that Uli's girlfriend Monika Dannemann had written the lyrics in conjunction with Rudolf Schenker and that indeed Monika took her own life in 1996."
Read the whole of AJ's G3 Hammersmith Apollo gig review from Wednesday night tomorrow, but in the meantime check out our Photo Gallery including Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth here (photo courtesy of Laurence Harvey).
Nambucca's Reigning Days 27/4/18
Two weeks ago British Rock trio Reigning Days released their colossal debut album 'Eclipse', via Marshall Records, which included their latest single 'Inhaler' - today's Video Of The Day. In support of 'Eclipse', Reigning Days are playing a very special show at London’s Nambucca tonight in association with Camden Rocks Presents. Joining them on the night will be Vahalla Awaits which features members of The Blackout and Revoker for their debut show, as well as Towers, Rosen, Gravey, Indya and As Sirens Fall. Reigning Days have also been announced for this year’s The Great Escape Festival where they will play The Autonomy stage on Thursday 17th May, then on Sunday 9th September they head to Wheels and Fins festival in Kent.
Blues Club Back 27/4/18
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more including tracks from Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Marcia Ball, Frank Raven, Philipp Fankhauser, Jumpin' Joz Band, Richard Koechli, Paul Lamb, Steve Grieve and The Mourners, Jimmie Vaughan, Steve Hill (pictured), Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Achievers, JT Lauritsen, The BluesBones, LaVendore Rogue, George Shovlin & The Radars, Laurie Morvan Band, JP Williams Blues Band, Paul Rodgers, Beth Hart, Susan Angeletti Band, Victor Wainwright and The WildRoots, Ian Siegal, Lamont Dozier & Jo Harman, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
G3 Apollos 26/4/18
Hot on the heels of world-renowned guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani releasing his 16th solo album 'What Happens Next' at the beginning of this year, Satriani revived his G3 Tour entity in the middle of March, with the show winding up on Monday 30th April in Birmingham. Playing shows in many European countries, including the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and more, Satriani landed at London's Hammersmith Apollo last night with Dream Theater's John Petrucci and the former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth - with each guitarist performing their own set, followed by a brilliant jam at the end of the show. With a review and more photos to come, please check out today's Video Of The Day.
Tuesday Blues Photo Gallery 26/4/18
London's iconic 100 Club witnessed the latest monthly instalment of the Tuesday Blues series this week featuring headliners (Ken Pustelnik's) The Groundhogs, Crow Black Chicken and Born Healer(pictured). WRC favourites Born Healer kicked off a great night of Blues with their mix of old, new, including 'Forgot To Forget' and classic covers, namely Zeps 'Whole Lotta Love'. Crow Black Chicken a three-piece Blues Rock band from Clonmel, Ireland - think the Emerald Isle's ZZ Top - were a real highlight - with a storming set mainly taken from their CD 'South Roman Street'. Finally, would you believe that Ken Pustelnik picked up The Groundhog's sticks 53 years ago and the four-piece kept the flag flying for British Blues still producing their own particular brand of Blues, Acid and Progressive Rock. Anyway, check out our Photo Gallery from the night here.
The First Frontier 26/4/18
Tonight at London's Black Heart in Camden, Frontiers Music srl present the next generation of Rock legends! The first edition of ’Frontiers - New Breed Night’ features three of the label’s recent UK signings - an eclectic triple bill co-headlined by Doomsday Outlaw (Track Of The Day) and Dirty Thrills with support from The Brink. Doomsday Outlaw's new album, 'Hard Times' is set for worldwide release on Friday 11th May and then the band head out on a full UK tour, much of it as support to label mate Jizzy Pearl (of Love/Hate). Meanwhile, Dirty Thrills also head out to mainland Europe as special guests of Skid Row on a month long tour, before their next confirmed UK show at the Stone Free Festival on Saturday 16th June at London's O2. Finally, influenced by great Rock bands of both the past and present, The Brink bring new life and energy to today’s scene with their vibrant 21st Century form of balls-to-the-wall Rock N’ Roll.
Tuesday's Blues 25/4/18
London's iconic 100 Club witnessed the latest monthly instalment of the Tuesday Blues series last night featuring headliners (Ken Pustelnik's) The Groundhogs, Crow Black Chicken (pictured) and Born Healer. Would you believe Pustelnik picked up The Groundhog sticks 53 years ago and currently keeps the flag flying for British Blues with their current line up still producing their own particular brand of Blues, Acid and Progressive Rock. With support from Crow Black Chicken a three-piece Blues Rock band from Clonmel, Ireland, plus WRC favourites Born Healer, it was a great mix of Blues. Anyway, with our Photo Gallery to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Satriani's G3 Tonight 25/4/18
'Soap On A Rope' - also off of the 2009 album 'Chickenfoot' - clearly demonstrated Joe's dexterity and up next was er .. 'Up Next' from Chickenfoot III which took things down a notch, followed by 'My Kinda Girl' which again had a Stones touch about it. 'Down The Drain' echoed the influence of the absent Smith - the bass and drum of Anthony and Aronoff making it the classic it is, not forgetting Hagar's 'Daltreyesque' vocals at the end - taking us all back to Sarf East London in '74. 'Three and a Half Letters' from Chickenfoot III leaves you in no doubt that these guys are no one trick ponies." That was part of our take when we last saw Joe Satriani with Chickenfoot at Brixton Academy in January 2012 (pictured) and Joe returns solo to London tonight at Hammersmith Apollo as part of G3 with pals Uli Jon Roth at 7.30pm, John Petrucci at 8.30pm followed by Satriani at 9.35pm.
"They opened with Funkas' (never was a surname more appropriate) cool bassline on 'River' followed by 'Trust Yourself' - Turner's groovy, gravelly voice and stage presence coming to the fore. After 'Pressure Valve' Black's intro on 'Til The Dawn' took things down tempo for the 'Blues Police' in attendance. Classy. Following 'Share The Ride' and 'Brand New Day' - they covered Taj Mahal's 'Leaving Trunk' which grooved and rocked in true 60's/70's acknowledgement. However, after 'Healing Hands' they saved their best cover to last - sending one young lady near me into rapture (who was wearing the same boots as Helen apparently) - with Zep's 'Since I've Been Loving You' - faultless - as was the rest of the set - a standard that was going to dictate the rest of the evening." This was the first time we saw Born Healer at London's 100 Club in November 2015 supporting Corky Laing - and the band return to the same venue tonight supporting Crow Black Chicken and The Groundhogs.
A Fabulous Hour Of Music 24/4/18
On today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day they've managed to squeeze in The Voodoo Sheiks, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, The Bluesbones, Catfish, George Shovlin & The Radars, The Sharpees, Cherry Lee Mewis (pictured), Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Trevor Babajack Steger, Big Joe Shelton, Little Boys Blue, Ma Polaines Great Decline and The Chris Bevington Organisation.
Ghost In The Glass 24/4/18
Intense, sensual and arcane, Diamond Black are a dark-Rock quartet based in London. Founded by Ben Christo (guitarist with The Sisters of Mercy), the band deliver crushing riffs, mesmerising electronica and cinematic choruses: a dark fusion of irreverence, intrigue and isolation. Inspired by the heaviness of Katatonia, the passion of Depeche Mode, the haunting soundscapes of Type O Negative and the anthemic quality of The Cult, Diamond Black weave tangled tales of desire, decadence and devotion. 'Ghost In The Glass’ (today's Video Of The Day) is the pounding, soaring follow-up to ‘Sorrow’, maintaining the haunting heaviness of its predecessor while showcasing another shade of Diamond Black. The single arrives hot on the heels of a well received run of UK dates (their first ever live shows) with Swiss Alt/Goth/Folk/Prog pioneers Cellar Darling.
Bude Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival 23/4/18
Traditionally held in Ilfracombe, this year over the weekend of 9th-11th November they are relocating the Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival just 17 miles down the road and crossing the border into North Cornwall to Penstowe Manor, a really tasteful intimate venue near Bude. To match such a phenomenal set of musicians including Focus, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado and Wishbone Ash, the venue itself and location of the festival had to be just as impressive. Situated in a beautiful part of the country, set in private grounds, the holiday resort has a wide range of self catering accommodation and facilities that include two bars, restaurant and take away, indoor heated swimming pool, on site gymnasium, coffee shop and an amusement room!
Revivalists Nominated 23/4/18
The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been revealed and our American WRC correspondent Rick Menniti is rightly over the moon. Yes The Revivalists have been nominated for best Rock song for 'Wish I Knew You' - today's Video Of The Day. We've followed the guys on their way up the ladder and the band have tough competition in Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park ft. Kiiara and Portugal. The Man. You can see the full list of nominations here.
Hot Blues Nights 23/4/18
Today’s Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is dedicated to the memory of Deborah Coleman, an American Blues artist who sadly died this month aged 61. Music this week includes Allman Goldflies Band, Blues Corp, Bluff City Backsliders, Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau, Freddie Pate, Hardchargers and Johnny Drummer.
Run With The Pack 22/4/18
Norwegian melodic Rock queen Issa (Video Of The Day) is back with her fifth studio album 'Run With The Pack' released last Friday. As with her past releases, the new record is a dream come true for melodic Rock fans with its huge sounding vocals and soaring melodies. This time around, Issa has partnered with Italian producer and keyboard wizard Alessandro Del Vecchio to mix things up, also bringing in Simone Mularoni of Italian Progressive Metal giants DGM to play guitar and Andrea ToWer Torricini (Vision Divine) and Marco Di Salvia (Kee of Hearts) holding down the rhythm section. Revolution Saints frontman and drummer Deen Castronovo (also ex-Journey) also performs a duet with Issa on the song ‘Sacrifice Me’.
James Christian Craving 22/4/18
House of Lords singer James Christian has a long standing reputation as a fine songwriter and producer in his own right. His first solo album, ‘Rude Awakening’, was originally released in 1994 and is still highly regarded by fans of AOR. Following the return of House of Lords in the early 2000’s, he released another classy effort in ‘Meet The Man’ (2004), which featured the songwriting of AOR luminaries such as Stan Bush and Judithe Randall as well as his then House of Lords bandmates Chuck Wright and Lanny Cordola. Almost a decade later he stepped back onto the scene with ‘Lay It All On Me’. The brand new ’Craving’ (today's Track Of The Day), released last Friday, is his fourth solo record and another beautifully crafted melodic Rock release as well as strong personal statement from this mature artist and performer. The album features songwriting contributions from Tommy Denander, Chris Pelcer, Jimi Bell, Clif Magness, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Richard Hymas, Charlie Mason and Jeff Kent.
Here Come AWOLNATION 22/4/18
In support of their new album 'Here Come The Runts' released at the beginning of February, AWOLNATION have recently embarked on a headlining tour in Canada and the States before crossing the pond for a European/UK run throughout the month of April which stops off at London's Scala in King's Cross tonight. Serving as a follow up to the platinum-certified debut album 'Megalithic Symphony', and 2015’s 'Run', which included US No. 1 hit ‘Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)’ as well as Top 5 tracks ‘I Am’ and ‘Woman Woman', AWOLNATION’s third undertaking sees Aaron Bruno once again at the helm producing, writing and recording the new studio album.
Rhino's Putney Revenge 21/4/18
"The exceptional ‘Bad News’ raised the roof! A monumental rocker and huge crowd pleaser. Another worthy Quo classic written solely by Rhino from the ‘In Search Of The Fourth Chord’ album. This was also Rhino’s first lead vocal on a Quo album. The Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band cover ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ was rattled through with passion and vigour. Leading seamlessly on to the quirky and amusing ‘My Name Is Stan’, a fast tempo Rock epic that gets everyone singing along to its anthemic chorus. “My name is Stan, I am the man, top dog you understand, I lick my balls because I can, don’t mess with Stan the man”. Profound lyrics if ever there was! This quality track is from the ‘Rhino’s Revenge II’ album."
Read Steven C. Gilbert's Rhino's Revenge review from last Friday night's gig at London's Half Moon in Putney here, plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Dublin Rocket's 21/4/18
Explosive Brighton based Heavy Rock trio The Rocket Dolls released their new full length new studio album 'DeadHead' earlier this month (see today's Track Of The Day) and the band are currently on the road for UK live dates including London's Dublin Castle in Camden tonight. Featuring just the right amount of melody with straight up hook laden driven riffs combined with curveballs when you least expect them, 'DeadHead' is a must hear album for 2018. Relentless in their approach, The Rocket Dolls have taken the Rock mould, smashed it, and then meticulously pieced it back together again to deliver a fresh contemporary collection of music that combines the best bits of Heavy Rock, Grunge, Punk and Pop smart sensibilities. It's clear the band have spent time wisely crafting their second album, as it's a monster!
Record Store Day Today! 21/4/18
Today is Record Store Day 2018 - the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. Although there’s only one Record Store Day a year, work carries on throughout the year to celebrate independent record stores by spotlighting exclusive releases, events and special news. For today's 2018 RSD events and participating stores go here.
The Exploding Boy 20/4/18
With their unique mixture of genres like Indie, Post Punk and Gothic, The Exploding Boy have made a name for themselves in respective scenes. The Swedes provide another taste of their new and fifth album 'Alarms!' - due to be released on Friday 18th May - with their second single 'The Day' (today's Video Of The Day) - all about the world we live in and that the terror and the threats will never bring us down - what you destroy, we will rebuild!
Everything About You 20/4/18
"Casually taking the stage Whitfield Crane and the gang burst into life with a fantastic sound much missed by their loyal fans – 16 whole years suddenly burst out as if it were only played the week before and they hadn’t been away at all! Still the crush was on as a great mixture of songs came bursting through the small gap in front of me as fans were pushed, moshed and generally climbed on in a effort to get the smallest of touches of Whitfield. A powerful voice and fantastic spot on performance from the rest of the guys (including the female session drummer) gave us an absolute humdinger of a night to remember ending with 'Everything About You'.
That was part of Wrinkly The Silver Fox's take on Ugly Kid Joe at Camden's The Underworld in June 2012 (pictured) and the guys return to London tonight at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.