Rock Candy Mag has dedicated the prestigious cover slot of its latest issue to an outstanding new coffee-table book of images from legendary US photographer Mark Weiss. The Decade That Rocked is the best visual history of 80's Rock ’n’ Roll and Rock Candy’s feature brings the whole story of Metal’s greatest era to life, with its unforgettable cover image of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and his hero Alice Cooper taken on the set of Sister’s ‘Be Chrool To Your Scuel’ video in 1985. Metal fan Weiss captured some of the most iconic images of the era and because he shared the same passions as the bands he worked with he was welcomed into their inner sanctums.
Head's Up - Grunge Over Europe 31/5/20
Our thanks to Replicants frontman Joe Head (pictured) for sharing today's Video Of The Day, a 'Rockumentary' Joe put together of his other band Alice in Chains UK on tour in Germany in April 2019, with their Grunge family - four bands, friends, on the road, living and playing gigs together. With a running time of 46 minutes, Joe says it's no Spinal Tap, but the video has some really fun moments, particularly the first part of footage of the band shenanigans on the ferry over from Dover to Dunkirk!
The Outlaw Orchestra Take A Bow 31/5/20
Ever-rebellious, Southern Country Rock-influenced, 4-piece powerhouse, The Outlaw Orchestra released their hell-raisin' 10-track debut album ‘Pantomime Villains’ on Friday, and to celebrate, the raucous, roof-raising Outlaws released a lyric video to today's Track Of The Day, ‘Take a Bow’ - one of the tracks you’ll find on this varied and vibrant album. A bundle of foot-stomping fun, the band formed in mid-2016 bringing together David Roux (guitars/lead vocals), Ryan Smith (drums/percussion/vocals), Pete Briley (banjo/lap steel/vocals) and Alex Barter (double bass/vocals). Sounding like they’ve been steeped in moonshine since birth, the band do indeed hail from the Deep South – Great Britain's Southampton, to be precise! Accomplished musicianship, rich in hard Southern and 70's-style Rock plus Cajun, Dixie, Country and even Flamenco, brings the ‘Orchestra’ to the party, whilst their deep-set taste for irreverence, not playing by the rules, rebel hearts and sheer energy bring in the ‘Outlaw’ contingent.
Wednesday At The Square 30/5/20
It was good to hear from our American correspondent Rick Menniti, not only that he is safe and sound, but also for today's Video Of The Day of some interesting virtual performances at the recent fifteenth-anniversary of New Orleans' YLC Wednesday at the Square, closed out by WRC favourites The Revivalists (pictured). Other artists include Alexis & the Samurai, Amanda Shaw, Anders Osborne, Andrew Duhon, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Daria + The Hip Drops, Dave Jordan + Rurik Nunan, Erica Falls, Flow Tribe, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, Little Freddie King, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Marc Broussard, Margie Perez, Marcia Ball, N.O.B.A.B.E, The New Orleans Johnnys, The Quickening, Robin Barnes & the Fiya Birds and Shamarr Allen.
The Prog Years - 2021 30/5/20
Understandably, due to the current uncertainty of putting on large events in the UK, Ian Anderson has re-scheduled his 2020 11-date The Prog Years Tour for September 2021, beginning with Bath's The Forum on Friday 17th, stopping off at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on Friday 24th, and finishing at Blackburn's King George's Hall on Thursday 30th. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates and we encourage you to hold on to these in support of your local venues who are also experiencing ongoing financial struggles in this difficult time.
Sound Of Sin 30/5/20
Gothic/Electric Body Music band Sündenklang (Track Of The Day) are on the forefront when it's about Pop music with a dark touch that is able to pierce ones soul, and their new album, 'Jahresringe', will be released on Friday 19th June via Drakkar Entertainment. Uncensored and unadorned, the songs are melancholic, yet rousing with elements from a multitude of other genres. Frontman Mart Soer once again worked with his musical companion Patrick Nevian for all arrangements, with guest appearances from Benni Cellini (Letzte Instanz) and Leandra Ophelia Dax (ex-Apoptygma Berzerk).
Online Blues Trivia Charity Quiz Today! 29/5/20
Today at 3pm EST/8pm BST/9pm CET, The Blues Podcast will host a live Blues trivia quiz online here to help promote and raise money for The Blues Foundation’s Covid-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund. Everyone can enter, and the winner will receive a selection of vinyl records from Provogue artists that have previously won awards from the Blues Foundation. The quiz will be hosted by The Blues Podcast presenter Big Boy Bloater and it’ll give you the chance to test your knowledge of the Blues. If you would also like to help The Blues Foundation, there will be an option to donate to the Emergency Relief Fund that assists Blues musicians during these difficult times.
Rews Heart On Fire 29/5/20
Following on from ‘Birdsong’ and ‘Monsters’, Rews recently released their latest stand-out single, and today's Video Of The Day, ‘Heart Is On Fire’, in advance of the release of the band's second album ‘Warriors’ on Friday 7th August via Marshall Records. 'Warriors’ is an album for our times symbolising passion, pain, spiritual resilience and ‘rising from the ashes’ together. Lead-vocalist and frontwoman Shauna Tohill’s songwriting goes from strength to strength delivering a powerful, dynamic and anthemic collection of songs that will connect globally with Rews loyal following and their fast-growing army of new fans. Working alongside Shauna are Alex Loring and Tom Andrews, who together have created an impressively powerful album with 11 storming tracks that drive them towards new horizons.
Blues Club Stranglers 29/5/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat featuring new releases, classic tracks and UK IBBA Presenters' Picks, including Johnny Burgin, Elles Bailey, Backtrack Blues Band, Catfish, Ray Charles, The Stranglers, The Sleep Eazys, Robert Cray Band, Dion, Larkin Poe, Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band, Errol Linton, Sari Schorr and many more.
St Harmonica's Mix 28/5/20
The latest Bluesy playlist here in a regular lockdown series by Southgate's St Harmonica's Blues Club - the Best Blues in North London - was compiled by David Sinclair: music journalist, singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader of the David Sinclair Four. Indeed, DS4 were meant to play St. Harmonica’s last Friday, but instead, please enjoy some of David's favourite performances by great musicians he's met over the years.
Vandenberg's Skyfall 28/5/20
Where Whitesnake meets Rainbow - the iconic Vandenberg are back, revived with a brand-new line-up, and a new album ‘2020’ which will be released this Friday 29th May via Mascot Records, of which 'Skyfall' is today's Video Of The Day. Guitarist Adrian Vandenberg pulled a masterstroke by bringing in Chilean born Ronnie Romero on vocals; who's forged a formidable reputation over the past few years with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. The rhythm section for the new line-up features bassist Randy van der Elsen (of NWOBHM heroes Tank) and drummer Koen Herfst (Bobby Kimball, Epica and Doro). There are also two celebrated guests on the album, namely bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Brian Tichy (Foreigner). They also return screaming and shaking down thunderous riffs like they’ve never been away this year at Planet Rockstock on Friday 4th December, plus next year's HRH Spring Break over the weekend of 10th - 14th March.
AshenMoon's Dustbowl 28/5/20
After recently signing to Golden Robot Records, Rock powerhouse AshenMoon have released their debut double single ‘Dustbowl’ (today's Track Of The Day) and ‘Mosquito’, from their upcoming debut album. Headed by the return of bassist Garry Beers (INXS), one of the best vocalists in Rock, Toby Rand, and the highly talented and regarded guitarist Jimmy Khoury, AshenMoon nail the formula that blends 70's, New Wave and modern Rock 'n' Roll into one massive arena worthy sound. Originally a “Passion Project” in Beers’ garage in the heat of the San Fernando Valley, they created the recipe and sound of AshenMoon - majestically anthemic, whilst remaining magnetically intimate.
Becoming Human 27/5/20
Frontiers Music Srl have recently signed multi-talented Prog musician Simon Collins for the release of his new album, ‘Becoming Human’, which is anticipated to be released in the Autumn. Guest musicians include original Sound of Contact guitarist Kelly Avril Nordstrom, the outstanding bassist Gaz Williams and guitarist Robin Boult, who also brought his bespoke keyboard and sound design to the mix. Being the son of Phil Collins, Simon not only plays the drums, but also some keyboards and all the vocals. However, the rollercoaster that we all face as we become human is the central focus of the album, and it is ultimately a conversation about surrender, renewal, uplift and mortality.
The Isolation Sessions 27/5/20
Today's Video Of The Day is taken from 'The Isolation Sessions', an album of re-imagined favourite songs from Danny Stoakes, all reworked and recorded in isolation, that will be released in the Summer with all money going to help fight Coronavirus. What would AC/DC sound like if Oasis covered them? Add the incredible vocal talents of Burnt Out Wreck frontman Gary Moat on 'A Whole Lotta Rosie', and they were cooking with gas. From Heavy Metal to Country, Rock and Roll to Folk, it's a huge cross section of music delivered in an entirely different style, thanks to collaborations with the creme de la creme of the current Rock scene.
Naked Rock On The Ridge 27/5/20
Today's Track Of The Day is another great Rock On The Ridge Lock-Down show with The Swamp Born Assassins, Massive Wagons, Naked Six (pictured), RavenEye, Electric Mob, These Wicked Rivers, Tarot Rats, Gasoline Outlaws, Bad Touch, Mississippi Riot, Soundgarden, Wolftooth, Palace Of The King, The Cold Stares, Crobot, Western Sand, Blacktop Mojo, Aynsley Dunbar, One Desire, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Swan, Ryders Creed, Silverthorne, Clint Lowery, Shinedown, Black Lakes, Bone Broke Kings and Klogr.
It Takes Blood And Guts 26/5/20
Thursday 24th September, sees Skin, global female icon and trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling Rock band Skunk Anansie, publish 'It Takes Blood and Guts', co-written with music journalist, biographer and broadcaster Lucy O’Brien, who has written for Q, MOJO, Sunday Times and The Guardian. As an incendiary live performer, she shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. With her striking visual image and savagely poetic songs, Skin has been a groundbreaking influence both with Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist. She talks powerfully about her work as social and cultural activist, championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay. Told with honesty and passion, this is the story of how a black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British Rock.
Toby And The Whole Truth 26/5/20
Today's Video Of The Day is the premier lyric video for Toby Jepson's lead single, 'I Won't Be With You', ahead of the re-issue of his debut album 'Toby and the Whole Truth - Ignorance Is Bliss' (25th anniversary remastered), that is due out on Friday 17th July. The song is a reflection of Toby's mindset during a turbulent period after the split of his former band Little Angels following 1993’s number one album ‘Jam’ and a final sold out show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in 1994. Jepson has also launched a new podcast series, 'Toby and The Whole Truth', seeking to uncover the reality of what it means to live and work as a successful person in the real entertainment business, and his next guest is fellow Planet Rock DJ Wyatt Wendels.
Chasin' Blues On The Radio 26/5/20
Another Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day today includes Rebecca Downes (pictured), Ma Polaine's Great Decline, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Eddie 9V, Andy Lindquist, Dion, Chasin' the Train, Redtenbacher's Funkestra, When Rivers Meet, Nick Steed, The Terraplanes, Jose Ramirez and Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band.
Goblin 25th Anniversary Tour 25/5/20
Diehard exponents of the noble art of Heavy Metal since 1995, Orange Goblin have announced details of their 8-date December UK and Ireland 25th anniversary tour that begins at Dublin's Grand Social on Friday 11th and ends with two special nights at London’s The Underworld on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th, with the band playing a completely different set each evening. Orange Goblin most recently released new live album ‘Rough & Ready, Live & Loud' on 1st May featuring tracks recorded between 2016-2019. Frustrated at being unable to tour due to the current worldwide Covid-19 restrictions, the band – vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard and drummer Chris Turner, decided to plug the gap with a live set, which also serves to coincide with their remarkable anniversary.
Roulette Vultures 25/5/20
South Coast based Heavy Rock band Black Tree Vultures are the latest ‘must see’ band to join the Roulette family, and their 2019 single ‘Pull Apart’, produced by Grammy nominee Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral for a Friend, Bring Me The Horizon), is today's Video Of The Day. Indeed, they recently recorded a four track EP in Spain with producer Will Maya (The Answer, Raise a Little Hell/Breed 77), which is set for release in 2021. Formed in 2017 by Jonno Smyth (drums) and Aaron ‘Ham’ Hammersley (guitar), the band drew on their classic Metal influences, and with lead vocalist Celyn Beynon and bass guitarist ‘Ched’ Cheeseman subsequently completing the current line-up, they have added a modern edge ensuring their sound appealed to audiences from seasoned Metal veterans to new Rock lovers.
Capra Interview 25/5/20
On today's Track Of The Day, Capra joins The Zach Moonshine Show for a live interview, as they talk about the bands latest release, lineup changes, Coronavirus, video games and more! This episode also features brand new music from Slasher Dave, BlackQueen, Enrage, Front, Lamb Of God, Vader, Suicide Silence, Venomous Skeleton, Voodus (Sweden), October Changes, Witches, Lucid Conformity, Sorcerer, Behold... The Arctopus, Stygian Crown, Paradise Lost and a classic from Cannibal Corpse.
Left For Dead 24/5/20
Left For Dead release their sixth album, simply titled 'L F D', a ten song barrage that touches all the bases in true Hard Rock/Classic Metal style, this Friday 29th May on all digital platforms. After many attempts and false starts, Mike Lipski (guitar/lead vocals), Mark Cicchini (drums/lead vocals) and Keith Jones (bass), chose Detroit's award winning Tempermill Studio and toiled from May through October to get the sound just right. So whether it's the mid-tempo crunchy AC/DC inspired riffing, the faster Motorhead inspired beats or the Rock radio inspired Classic Rock charm, then you are sure to find something to love here.
Darkest Winter 24/5/20
With just one EP, and a mere 30 live-shows under their belt since their formation in late 2017, London based Heavy Metal outfit Louzada wrapped up 2019 with their latest release, 'Darkest Winter', which is today's Track Of The Day. Known for their crafty drum grooves, raw guitar riffs and for powerful, authentic vocal melodies, the band is shaped by luminaries and legends such as Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Linkin Park and Motley Crüe. Indeed, they took their music to the next level working with renowned producer Stuart Epps (Led Zeppelin, Twisted Sister), and are looking to expand their Heavy Metal attitude beyond the digital realm, to the live-stage across the UK and beyond, with their energetic vibe and their driving pulse Rock sound.
In The Beginning 24/5/20
Cro-Mags (Video Of The Day) release their new 13 track album 'In the Beginning' worldwide on Friday 19th June on LP, CD and all digital platforms. The songs draw on the past and break new ground musically; the lyrics as always, are based on personal experiences, mixed with advice and reality-based themes and topics ranging from personal struggles, striving to succeed against the odds and issues that we are all challenged with in one way, shape or form. The history of the Cro-Mags is integral to the history of Hardcore, its evolution from Punk and the development of alternative music genres such as Hardcore, cross-over, Thrash Metal, Post Punk and Grunge to name a few.
Watch Essex BluesRockFest Today 23/5/20
Last Saturday should have been the 3rd EssexBluesRockfest, but the good news is that today sees the release of a very special "Stay Home" version that will be available to download here featuring some of the acts who should have been taking to their little stage plus some special guests. Featuring 30 minute sets from Stompin' Dave, Mississippi MacDonald, The Brent Hutchinson Band, Sugarman Sam, Robert J. Hunter, Will Wilde, Dani Wilde, Robin Bibi Band and Ash Wilson, it's not be a live show but a video that you can download and watch at your leisure. All they ask for is a minimum donation of £6 all of which will be split between the bands.
Too Much Of A Good Thing 23/5/20
New Wave of Classic Rock favourites Bad Touch recently released their third single – ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ – from their upcoming new studio album ‘Kiss The Sky’, that will be released by Marshall Records on Friday 19th June, and the single is today's Track Of The Day. The band's fourth album will be supported by a rescheduled nationwide 13-date UK headline tour that kicks off at The Waterfront in Norwich on Friday 18th September, that will also feature Piston as main special guest, plus local supports. A no-nonsense Rock and Roll album at heart, Bad Touch have stripped everything right back and looked at what the essence of what makes a great album, and at the core, great songs. They've stuck to what they do best, which is writing catchy, feel good Rock music.
We Got This 23/5/20
Seth Walker's new single, 'We Got This', is today's Video Of The Day, and the song is a rallying cry for people everywhere to come together. While its origins pre-dated the Covid-19 outbreak, Walker completed the lyrics and recording with the help of producer Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers following the shutdown. The accompanying video, which was directed by Austin, Texas, based artist, Gary Dorsey, presents visual images flashing across the screen from crises overcome throughout the history of the United States. This latest release follows Walker's previous single, 'Warm Love', a cover of the Van Morrison classic, released earlier this year and his 2019 studio album, 'Are You Open?'. The Nashville, Tennessee, based artist has also been hosting a series of living room "virtual concerts" every other Sunday night on Facebook and Instagram Live. The next set is scheduled for Sunday 31st May.
Vive Le RockDown Saturday 22/5/20
Vive Le Rock Magazine are hosting a free Online Global Music Festival here this Saturday 23rd May at 7pm UK time with some fantastic acts from around the world. Vive Le RockDown includes Ruts DC, Cockney Rejects, Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), The Picturebooks, Kirk Brandon (Spear Of Destiny) , Derek Forbes (Simple Minds), Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock plus newer acts like Tokyo Taboo and The Barstool Preachers. All proceeds go to the Music Venues Trust to help keep our music venues alive!
Marillion Made Again 22/5/20
Marillion had the idea to do a 'lockdown' version of today's Video Of The Day of 'Made Again', not only for their fans, but also for it to be released as a Charity single over the next few weeks. Unbeknown to H, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve, their manager Lucy made a call (via social media) to ask fans to send in videos of themselves, in the hope of replicating the 'Made Again Stage Invasion' (at their Marillion Weekend in 2013) to surprise them! Lucy and Tim Sidwell (from Toward Infinity), then came clean to the band of their plan and added their 'at home' videos and recordings into the mix. The result is a beautiful video of hope from around the world. Also watch out shortly for an official announcement re: next year's Marillion Weekends!
Blues Club Snakes 22/5/20
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat, featuring new releases, classic tracks and UK IBBA Presenters' Picks, including music from Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, Norman Beaker, Backtrack Blues Band, Joe Cocker, Jose Ramirez, Starlite Campbell Band, Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band, Errol Linton, James Taylor, Sari Schorr (pictured), Dave Ferra, Little Red Kings, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Otis Rush, Southern Avenue, Kandace Springs and many more.
FM Synchronized 21/5/20
"Hell Or High Water’ takes a more Rock and Roll/boogie stroll along the feel good factor highway, although in contrast, track eleven, the massive ‘Angels Cried’ is, in my opinion, the top tune from ‘Synchronized’, and is a classy Blues based ballad, that ticks all the right boxes from all members of the band. And last, but not least, ‘Ready For Me’ closes out the album in true FM style."
Today read another one of our self-isolating album reviews, as Geoff C. this time gives you his take here on FM's new CD 'Synchronized', which is due to be released this Friday 22nd May, plus check out our Track Of The Day. Remember, if you are currently kicking your heels and you fancy doing a self-isolation CD review, then don't be shy, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ain't No Sunshine 21/5/20
"No pressure then as they kicked off our fourth BluesRockFest at 3pm at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, with already a sizeable crowd in attendance. As expected their forty minute setlist would draw completely on their new album as they opened with the titfer wearing Funkas' cool bassline on 'River' and immediately the Red Lion punters were, ahem, hooked. 'Trust Yourself' with Turner's 'Joplinesque' groovy, gravelly voice and tangible stage presence, was a great foot stomping romp with a great riff from Black. Taj Mahal's 'Leaving Trunk' grooved and rocked in true 60's/70's style whilst 'Brand New Day' emphasised the tightness of a band excelling in all the right places. Black's intro on the album title track took things down tempo with some intricate guitar work combined with Turner's hypnotic captivating voice that saw the appreciative crowd hanging of off every word. Classy." Was it really nearly four years ago that we had Born Healer opening our 2016 BluesRockFest? Well we're really pleased to report that, despite lockdown, the band are still going strong, as testified by today's Video Of The Day, and their version of the late Bill Withers classic - 'Ain't No Sunshine'.
HRH Roadtrip XI Ibiza 2021 21/5/20
HRH Roadtrip XI Ibiza returns in 2021, from the 4th-12th May, for the first-time ever with a new second stage featuring The Dirty Dozen – a showcase of up and coming talent second to none – with three bands each night, from Wednesday to Saturday, joining LA Guns, Reef and Skindred plus many many more! With many of the bands put forward by Hard Rock Hell Radio presenters – who had the brief of selecting bands that truly own the stage – the room promises to be simply incredible! A huge opportunity for fans to discover the very latest that British Rock and Metal have to offer, it coincides with the expansion of the event having been understandably forced into a fallow year in 2020.
It's Not Over 20/5/20
Devon based Firekind, have just released their new single, ‘It’s Not Over', and it's out now on all good digital streaming platforms. The 2013 Global Battle of the Bands winners are a modern Rock band, fusing epic, soaring guitar and vocal melodies with driving, powerful drums and bass, consisting of frontman and Guitarist Magazine Guitarist of the Year Jas Morris, his brother Dan on bass and keys, and drummer Robin Shute. Original drummer and close friend of the band, Dan Collings played drums on this single and their debut album ‘What I have Found Is Already Lost’, which was produced in Los Angeles by the highly acclaimed and sought after Alain Johannes (Queens Of The Stone Age, Chris Cornell, PJ Harvey).
Blue Jacket Ridicule 20/5/20
Screaming from the lockdown, even pandemic protecting masks cannot muffle the anger and bile spilling from eclectic Kent Punks Riskee and The Ridicule, who have just released a great new single called ‘Blue Jacket’, which is today's Video Of The Day, that pokes fun at the ‘Brexit means Brexit at any cost’ ethos. It’s humorous, lyrically dark, yet musically happy. That offset makes for a stark contrast between the disappointment and anger in the words and the optimism in the music. 2019 was an amazing year for the band, that not only saw the highly anticipated release of their third album ‘Body Bag Your Scene’, which was well received by both fans and critics alike, but also their sets at both Rebellion and Boomtown proved to be real highlights.
With a resigned air of inevitability, Spirit of Rock announced yesterday the cancellation of this year’s Ramblin' Man Fair due to be held at Mote Park, Maidstone, over the weekend of July 17th - 19th. However, it will also come as no surprise to learn that many of the bands booked for 2020 have expressed their desire to play at next year’s festival, due to be held over the weekend of July 16th - 18th July 2021. Indeed, wherever possible, this year's line up will be repeated next year, despite, inevitably, there will be changes as RMF features a large array of international artists, although many of them have already been in touch to already secure their same positions on the bill for next year’s show.
Empire's Natural Selection 19/5/20
WRC favourites Black Orchid Empire have just released their third single 'Natural Selection' (today's Video Of The Day), following on from their last single, 'Winter Keeps Us Warm', taken from their up and coming new third album 'Semaphore', due for release on Friday 12th June via Long Branch Records. It's the folow up to 2018's 'Yugen', although the bad news is that their coinciding four co-headline UK gigs with Exist Immortal have been postponed due to Covid-19.